Sunday, December 8, 2013

review: New Adult Romance Boxed Set by E. Rollins, J. Kent, A. Antonia, A. Rose & H. Newbury

New Adult Romance Boxed Set by E. Rollins, J. Kent, A. Antonia, A. Rose & H. Newbury

My rating:  3/5 overall

DRC provided by NetGalley for an honest review

Published: 8.13.13

Genre:  New Adult Romance

Summary –
Bad-boy CEOs. Naked lead singers. Soulful intellectuals. Dancers. Rock stars. Summer is hot, and so are these men.... The New Adult Romance Boxed Set has FIVE COMPLETE NOVELS.

All novels from top 100 New Adult Amazon authors, this collection includes USA Today Bestseller Julia Kent, Top 100 Amazon Bestseller Emme Rollins, top 10 UK Amazon bestseller Helena Newbury, and more...

Dear Rockstar by Emme Rollins -- She's obsessed with a rock star. He's crazy enough to want to be one. Sometimes the best things in life are crazy. Amazon Top 100 Bestseller.

**Random Acts of Crazy (Random #1) by Julia Kent
I never intended to pick up a naked hitchhiker wearing nothing but a guitar. A guitar. Really. I don't collect guys like that (don't ask what kind of guys I do collect), but when you spot a blonde, tanned, sculpted man with a gorgeous smile and his thumb poking up and practically begging you to stop – you stop.

And I definitely never thought I'd be staring into the bright blue eyes of Trevor Connor, the lead singer for Random Acts of Crazy, an indie rock star I followed like the slobbering fileshare fangirl I am. How he came to be nude and lost six hundred miles from home is quite the tale, but how we fell in love is even more unreal.

Because someone like Trevor Connor, headed to Harvard Law next year, isn't supposed to want someone like me, a rural Ohio chick majoring in Boredom at Convenience Store University who is all curves and frizzy blonde hair and manners so unpolished they have sharp edges that make you bleed.

But he did.

When his best friend, Joe Ross, the bass player for Random Acts of Crazy and a man who makes Calvin Klein models look like Shrek, drove eleven hours through the night to rescue him, though, it got real complicated. It's one thing to like two different guys and be torn.

What do you do, though, when maybe – just maybe – you don't have to choose?

As my Aunt Josie says sometimes, "It's always complicated."

**Mad For You (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Love #1) by Anna Antonia
I had gone to high school with Gabriel Gordon. Despite his heavenly name and matching beauty, Gabriel was anything but angelic. Rich, spoiled, and far too cynical for his age, he could easily charm the skirt off a prim beauty or a young teacher or two. Gabriel Gordon was mad, bad, and ...well, you probably know the rest.

The years hadn't changed him, despite taking over his father's company and expanding it into a multinational corporation. Unfortunately, it was just my luck that I found myself working in Gabriel's building. Although I had managed to avoid him for the better part of a month, a chance encounter in the elevator proved he was still an arrogant man who showed far too much interest in the shape of my mouth and nape of my neck.

From then on, Gabriel bedeviled me, teased me, and more often than not, made me want to throw things at his head. Still, just as in high school, I couldn't help but see the pain behind his lazy grin and the shadows in his crystalline gaze. When Gabriel confessed his love for me, I should have been the happiest woman in the world. Too bad I couldn't believe him...

Emma Adams had always considered herself level-headed, even-tempered, and most of all, sane. So how did she become someone who couldn't seem to push Gabriel Gordon away? No matter how sweet his words could be or how easily passion exploded between them, getting involved with the outrageously wealthy playboy had to be the height of insanity. Given their tumultuous natures and personal demons, there was only way a relationship between them could survive: in madness.

Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose -- One kind deed can change your life forever.... Brynn Tomlin could never afford to follow her heart, but when she buys a cup of coffee for a stranger sitting in the cold, she sets into motion a course of events that can only lead to one kind of fairy-tale ending.

Dance For Me (Fenbrook Academy #1) by Helena Newbury -- When troubled ballet student Natasha agrees to be the muse of millionaire designer Darrell Carner, she doesn't expect to fall for him...or to discover that his past is just as dark as hers. Can two broken souls heal each other...or will their secrets tear them apart?

FIVE New Adult novels filled with men with a passion for the women they can't live without.
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My Thoughts –
**I’m only reviewing 2 of the stories in the boxed set.  I already reviewed Me, Cinderella and the first and last story I really couldn’t get into. 

Random Acts of Crazy – Julia Kent
I truly enjoyed this faced paced, easy to read wicked ménage romance.  You get the story in all three main characters POV’s – which I think makes the story way more interesting that in just one.  Trevor is an absolute hoot and Darla is really the perfect match for him.  Adding Joe into the mix only made it better.  I liked all the characters in this story and really think it was all around great.  I literally laughed out loud when Darla’s Uncle Mikes retells the Mavis story – so funny. 

Mad About You – Anna Antonia
I think this book had excellent potential, but because of the poor editing and D/s – I just couldn’t go higher than a 3.  I really, really liked this story.  I think the Dominate/Submissive stuff really didn’t belong or flow with the story; the jealous ex was enough of a counterpoint to be an impacting conflict.  With the editing – at times, the timing seemed to jump around and situations were not cohesive which was slightly confusing…but Gabriel made up for it.

That said – as said before, I really liked this.  I enjoyed Emma and Gabriel’s flashbacks and I enjoyed their banter and activities together.  I also thought how the book started was cool.  Gabriel was ga-ga, almost too ga-ga, over Emma.  He is totally my new book boyfriend.  While Embry was a deceitful, conniving B and I hated her to death, she was the ultimate villain in this story.  The sexual chemistry was definitely clear and intense between Emma and Gabriel.  **fans self**  & **swoons**!!  I can’t wait for the next episode of the Emma and Gabriel show…just sayin’.


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