Saturday, January 30, 2016

On a personal note...

Just on a personal note, I finished my manuscript the other day, it's titled Breaking the Cycle, and I'm pretty in love with it. I had put it up on my tablo page www.tablo.io/megan-lowe for the record, but took it down. I've submitted it to a publisher and is in consideration for printing and took it down on their advice. 
Hopefully soon it'll either be available for purchase soon or back in my tablo page. Please pray to whomever you pray to it's the former. 

Anyway, thanks for your support and happy reading.

Hashtag series books 1,2,3 and 6, Cambria Hebert

In the wake of #junkie I thought I'd reread the hashtag series, #nerd, #hater, #player and #heart. For those of who don't know, hashtag follows Romeo and Rimmel.

Romeo is the quarterback for Alpha University. Rimmel is a vetrinary student who is forced to tutor Romeo. She's a mess and is quite content to stay in the spotlight.
Romeo is rushing a frat, Alpha Omega and his challenge is to sleep with Rimmel. The president of the frat, Zach, really hates Romeo and is trying to do everything that he can so that Romeo doesn't make it. 

Long story short Romeo drops out of rush and him and Rimmel get together.
I love Romeo, the fact that he doesn't give a shit about what people think and goes after Rimmel anyway. You get a really good sense of the depth of his feelings for her.

I also like Ivy more, rereading these books. She's Rimmel's roommate and takes Rimmel under her wing a bit. At first I thought Ivy was shallow and ditzy but the more I read these books, the more I love the fact that she too took to Rimmel.

Anyway, Romeo and Rimmel are terrorised by Zach, who then terrorises Ivy and Romeo's best friend Braeden, before stuff happens (I don't want to spoil things). They are then set upon by loan sharks after Rimmel's dad. 

Throughout it all though they love each other and stick together and gather loyal friends around them and make a family.

All the supporting characters; Ivy, Braeden, Trent and drew are fantastic and I love them all. I love this series and the fact that Cambria is able to have such turmoil and drama but still have Romeo and Rimmel together and not play with them. I love Romeo's so sure of his love for Rimmel and that she isn't a drag on him, they truly are partners.

I love the family they create, and you do get the sense it is a family.
I love the use of slang even though it is kind of annoying.
I love Romeo and Rimmel's wedding. But I am still hanging out for a baby!

Give hashtag a go, I promise you won't be disappointed. They have everything, love, drama, football, animals and evil mothers. The 2 Ivy and Braeden books are ok, but necessary to the story. When you've read them all then give #junkie a go.

There is a Christmas novella as well but it's not really anything of note, but I can't talk up hashtag enough.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Southern Pleasure, Kaylee Ryan.

I'll be honest, I love Kaylee Ryan books and I buy them based on the strength of her previous work, but I didn't love Southern Pleasure. I thought the concept was a little strange and the relationship between McKinley and Evan was strange as well.

Evan finds out his (ex?) girlfriend is pregnant. She doesn't want the baby, he does, so he manages to convince her to have it and sign the rights over to him. She does so.
McKinley is his best friends sister and has just returned home from college. She's always had a thing for Evan so when he tells her he's going to be a single father she offers to help him prepare.

As they are preparing for the baby the two grow closer and end up sharing kisses and I suppose a lot of loving gazes but never get together. He thinks she needs someone who can offer her a future, I'm not sure what her deal is.

Anyway the baby comes and McKinley is there to help. The mother 'dies' a month after the baby is born and her parents come after Evan for custody, despite being terrible parents and the mother stating they are to have nothing to do with the kid. In an effort to help Evan, McKinley says they should get married, like normal right? They both haven't feelings for each other and while he says the marriage will be 'real' she's sticking to the arrangement.

They end up sleeping together a few times but never get around to revealing their feelings. For the life of me I don't get how the other doesn't know and I really don't get what mckinley's problem is. They're married, sleeping together and he says he wants a real marriage so I dot get why she can't get it through her thick head!

Anyway eventually shit sorts itself out but I just find the whole concept weird, she's helping him but it's strange, I mean, who does all that? And how can she not see? It's what she wants but why doesn't she realise it? It's frustrating and it doesn't need to be. I love Kaylee Ryan but I think this one is off the mark.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The baller, Vi Keeland

I enjoy a good sports novel, I really do, the result of being a daddy's girl and an only child. So the Baller was right up my alley, but I didn't really enjoy it. It felt rushed and skimped on the details. It's a new adult book so usually that means 'steamy parts' and by steamy parts I mean sex scenes. There weren't a lot here even though the 2 main characters chemistry promised so much.

Delilah is a reporter for a sports news station and is sent to interview Brody, the Steels quarterback. He's not keen on women in locker rooms and during her first interview drops his towel and exposes himself to her. She's flustered and leaves. As the season progresses he tries to get to her more and more, and eventually she succumbs to his charms, I don't blame her, I totally would too.

But there's hurt and tragedy in both their pasts and it comes back to haunt him in the face of his ex girlfriend Willow. I hated the chapters from Willow's perspective. I didn't think they were at all necessary and almost detracted from the story, I really wished they would go away, just like she did, with a whimper.

In all, this book just felt rushed and light on details and the story, while it had some depth, it didn't have depth in the right places. It was a cute book, I quite enjoyed Brody but it was missing something that would make it great.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Junkie, gearshark, Cambria Hebert

So I finished Junkie a matter of minutes ago. I've been all over Cambria's Facebook page in the wake of Junkie's release and I love it, it's the most beautiful book I've read in a long time. It's not so much about a m/m romance as it is just 2 best friends falling in love, and they happen to be 2 guys. It's such a beautiful story and I totally fell for Trent, he's so sweet. 

The word that comes to mind when I think of this book is beautiful and I'm not going to get over it. I loved Trent in hashtag but getting to know him in Junkie was pretty cool. As you've learned I'm not really one for spinoffs but this was one I really liked. It was amazing to see the process of Drew and Trent coming to terms with their feelings. I thought it was explained really well and in a manner that doesn't scream 'coming out' but just figuring out feelings like everyone else, it's relatable.

I also love Joey, I think she's a great addition to the hashtag family, although I've got to admit I kept waiting for Rimmel to turn up and give advice. I also love how Romeo is portrayed in this novel, even though he has a small part, it makes me love him even more. He really is the heart of that family and I know he loves Drew and Trent. He knew, just like they all did, in fact I think he probably knew before anyone, there were hints in the last few hashtag books. 

I'm going to be honest and say I hate the cliffhanger but it's not one where you're left totally hanging because Drew handles things well, I'm just anxious for the next one! I only hate it because I'm dying to know what happens, as my first post on junkie said, I do read the last chapters early so you know I hate not knowing. I wish I could read the next book right now! But I'll wait, because I have no choice! Haha, but I'm waiting! Impatiently!

Junkie is the first m/m novel I've read and I liked it. Will I read others? Probably not. I only read this one because I knew the characters and I wanted to see what happens with them. It doesn't read as a 'gay' novel, it's just plain romance. Trent and Drew aren't 'gay' as such, they just fell in love with each other and they happen to be both be men. There's nothing more to this story than that, they fell in love and it's such a beautiful thing to read. Please don't be scared to read this book because of that, give it a go because of it. The story and feelings are beautiful and Cambria does such an amazing job in describing it. I loved it and it's going straight in as one of my favourites, give it a try!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#Junkie, gearshark 1, Cambria Hebert

I have to write this, despite only having read the prologue.
I was a bit hesitant to read this book, a m/m romance but I love Drew and I love Trent and I wanted to know what happened so I'm giving it a go. And so far it's beautiful. It is love in its purest form, just like Romeo and Rimmel in hashtag (another of my favs and I'll post about it later). I'm not disturbed by it being a m/m romance, I think it fits for Trent and Drew, you could see it coming and I think it's a natural development for their story.

I'll also tell you that I've read the last chapter, yes I'm one of those people and no I'm not sorry, and it seems like the beauty continues. I realise this book will be full of angst but I don't mind in this case, I want to see how the relationship develops.

And I want to make note of Cambria's authors note. I've read the stuff she's written in Facebook and I  agree with everything she says. How she describes the characters and the story bouncing around in her head is exactly what happens with me, it gives comfort and no, she doesn't sound weird. I told someone the other day I had to write stuff down because I was hearing voices and they freaked, but that's how my stories come to me, and I don't always know where they're going to lead me and what they're going to tell me, much like Cambria. So if the characters lead you off a cliff and under the water then that's where you gotta go, don't ever apologise for that, we have to be true to ourselves and our characters and if this is what they want, this is what they want.

I'll post more once I've finished #junkie but also know I'm pushing for another hashtag novel, or at least a novella with a Romeo/rimmel baby!

Until then, give #junkie a go and read it with me!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Somewhere in between, Madison Square book 1, Samantha Harris.

I finished this book in the early hours of this morning but left this entry for now because who wants a half assed entry? 

Anyway Somewhere in between is about Drew and Alex who become best friends after she pours a beer over his head at a party. As usual Drew is a womanising player and Alex is hot and stubborn. 
The story is told with dual povs, Drew in the past, Alex now which I found annoying. I hate when stories are told like this, I find it breaks up the story, especially when you just want to focus on what's happening now. You also never get a sense of what the other is feeling either then or now.
There is a ton of angst in this book and as you know, I'm not a fan.

Drew has been in love with Alex since the first party but realises she needs a friend and doesn't want to fuck that up and buries his feelings. Personally I find it hard to believe that someone who is supposed to be such a major player could hide his feelings for so long, especially for someone he spends so much time with but I suppose this is meant to represent how much he loves her that he does this, I still don't buy it.

Alex comes to the realisation after a work friend sees them together and puts the idea in her head. In a rush she spills her feelings to him, but only after making it super awkward, but, and this is what I REALLY don't get, he doesn't tell her the feelings are mutual! Now seriously, if the object of your affection for 6 long years tells you they're in love with you, wouldn't you tell them you feel the same? Well not Drew, he wants to hide the relationship and then when his brother discovers them he tells him it's just sex.

I really don't get present day Drew. Yes, at the end all is explained but I find the excuse flimsy and just a reason to create unnecessary drama and angst and that pisses me off. I'm all for torturing characters but drama for drama's sake is just stupid, there was no reason for it and makes Drew look like a tool. It's also a little confusing especially as you never get Drew's pov now.

Somewhere in between is a nice story but it ultimately pissed me off with the confusing actions, dual povs and flashbacks and unbelievable scenarios. I get the gist of the story, unrequited love, which is great but this takes it too far and for no reason. Give it a go if you like tortured characters and angst but I won't be reading it again or the rest of the series, which I assume follows the friends.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Southern Perfection, Casey Peeler

So I just finished this book today and I liked it. It was a sweet, young adult novel about a girl, Raegan and a boy, Emmett. To be honest I'm not sure if it's going to go in my favourites collection but I certainly did enjoy it.

There's not so much heat in this book, being a young adult novel I guess it wouldn't be appropriate, just sweet, young love. 

Emmett has been out of town for a few years, but returns to live with his mother and step father. Raegan, who has gone through a rough time, always remembers the sweet boy that bought her a toy rabbit during that time. When becomes back to town sparks fly, as much as sparks can fly in a YA book. 
They get together quickly and there's no toing and froing for which I am grateful, as you'll learn, I'm not a fan of angst. There's no attempt to mess with the happy couple and I love how unafraid Emmett is to show and voice his feelings towards Raegan. I did think Jace was going to be more of an issue but I'm glad he wasn't, in fact, he faded into the background rather quickly.
The one thing I did find distracting was the constant use of names, like, every time a character would reply to something they'd use the other's name. I also found the dialogue itself a little unsophisticated.

What I did think was done well was Raegan's concern for her granddaddy. I think he's a great character and I like his sass. Do men have sass? Oh well, they do now. 
I think the struggle for Raegan at school and with her 'image' could've been a bit ramped up, giving the book a darker feel, but bringing a 2nd dimension to the story. As it is, it sometimes felt a little one note.

But I did like this book, it was a good escape and a good palate cleanser, give it a go if you need to wipe your mind for a bit!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Play Nice and Play Dirty, The Devil's Share series, books 1 & 2, L.P. Maxa.

So I'll start with some of my favourite books and at the moment those include the devil's share series, Play Nice and Play Dirty by L.P. Maxa.
These are short novels, possibly even novellas, which is a shame coz I love these characters, the guys and their girls, who make up the band the Devil's share.

Play nice is the first in the series and focuses on Dash and Lexi. As is usually the go with these sorts of books, Dash is the good looking lead singer who's a bit of a man whore, until he meets Lexi. Without giving too much of the plot away, some things go awry for our couple but ultimately bring them together.
I love Lexi, she seems like such a cool chick, one of the guys almost and I can relate to that. She's fun and laid back but fiercely protective of the guys in the band.
Dash is a loveable puppy. Right from the get go you can tell he feels different about Lexi, despite not knowing how he is with other girls. He's not sleezy and he's respectful, unlike some other alpha males that pop up around the place.
Play nice also introduces the other members of the band; Smith, Luke and Jacks and you fall in love with all of them, except maybe Luke coz you're shipping Dexi or maybe Lash hard. You get a great feel for the band and it's nice that not everything is perfect with them, but not so fucked up that they can't function. These are a tight knit group of guys and I love how wholeheartedly they take to Lexi.

Play dirty is Smith and Dylan's story. I love that Smith is able to break down Dylan's barriers fairly quickly and that she's not afraid of his dark past and sort of present. She too fits in with the Devil's share guys but in a different capacity to Lexi. She's more girly but still tough and that's awesome. I love that she also doesn't take any shit from the guys.

What I really love about play dirty is that you're still following Dash and Lexi's story. Let's be real here, it's theirs that got you into this series in the first place so you want to know what's happening with them as it's clear their story has more to go. I hate that in some series you lose track of the original characters, but this series is truly about the band and their girls. Sure, it's not pure Dexi of course, it's Smilan as I'm going to call them, but you still get your Dexi fix.

Another thing I love about both books, is that she doesn't fuck around with the couples. Yeah ok, there are issues they have to deal with, but there are no major secrets festering and no breaking up, getting back together, betrayals and backstabbing etc etc. I hate the heartache some writers put their characters through. There is none of that here. It's not all smooth sailing but it's not tortured looks and broken hearts either.

There's only one problem with this series and that the books are too short! I never want the books to end. I think once all the books are published, Jacks is next, that they'll be a decent length combined but I just want more!

Jacks' book is up next, apparently it's with L.P's editor! So it should be live soon! There was a snippet on her Facebook page the other day but didn't give away much 😔. I hope that it continues to be a band series, I can't see it not being that way, especially with how close the guys are, but as a writer you have to go where your characters lead you. 

But seriously, if bad boy rockers are your thing, give the Devil's Share a go.

New beginnings

So, lately I've been doing a lot of reading, and my own writing, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on the books I've read.

I'm not going to say I'm a best selling author, far from it, or that I know everything there is to know about novels and writing but I know what I like and I'm hoping other people out there will like the same things...

I've been reading mainly new adult, contemporary romance and young adult books so those are the types I'll be reviewing so to speak.

So here goes...

Oh, and by the way, if you want to check out my writing search for me at table.io/megan-lowe. I hope to have some more stuff up soon, or maybe on a bookshelf, physical or electronic, near you soon!

Enjoy and happy reading!