Truth and Temptation by Riley Edgewood | Review

    Title: Truth and Temptation

    Author: Riley Edgewood

    Release Date: July 23rd, 2015

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.

Description from Goodreads:

She’s a liar. He knows the truth.

Reagan Walker gets around. Ask anyone – hell, ask her. She’ll own it with a smile. But beneath that smile is a girl whose parents didn’t want her. Whose grandparents raised her without affection. Whose struggle with a burning anger threatens to consume her, though she’d rather punch someone in the face than talk about it. With a new job looming, she’s determined to work her way into a better life. When she meets the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, she decides to kick it off with a bang. And she makes her move.

But he’s got moves of his own, and before the night is out, he strips her of way more than she wants to reveal – without removing a single piece of clothing. That comes, too, of course. He’s gotten under her skin like nobody before him, and what’s the harm in one night with a sexy stranger? Exposed or not, she never has to see him again.

Except she does.

On Monday morning, they come face-to-face. He’s the sone of her new CEO – and her boss for the summer – and he threatens to bring her entire world crashing down, making her face every lie she’s ever told.
I wanted to like Truth and Temptation, I really did. The synopsis grabbed me immediately and I thought it would be love at first read. It was not. Sure, I liked it to begin with, Teagan’s fiery and gives as good as she gets, both qualities I like in characters. Problems didn’t really arise until Alec got a lot more involved in the plot. And it became anything but believable.
You’re probably wondering what I mean by that, well, Alec became cheese to the extreme. EXTREME ladies and gentlemen. Not just a few cringe worthy one liners, oh no. I’m talking full blown cringe that resulted in pages being skimmed and skipped. I’m not just talking cringey in the bedroom, but believe me there was plenty of that going on, I’m also talking just generally as a person.

I get what I want you know. Might as well say yes now.”

I’m sorry but arrogance overload! Yes, arrogance and cockiness can be attractive in a character, but only when it’s done right! In this case it was certainly not done right!

‘Careful,’ he says, against my mouth. ‘I only wanted a hint of sugar before dinner, but you keep this up, we won’t be eating tonight… Not food anyway. I can think of something else I’d like to eat.’

Creepy, or is it just me? There’s no way in hell that line would make me swoon, go weak in the knees as my heart flutters uncontrollably. In fact I’d probably try to stifle a laugh as I make a mental note to tell my sister later.

The two stars is not purely down to Alec alone. In my humble opinion Teagan lost a bit of her fiery pazazz. She started letting things slip that were (definitely) uncool and needed a whole lot more reproach. Don’t go ahead and do something when you’ve been specifically asked not to, that’s not how it works I’m afraid. At one point Teagan was all ‘you mess with me then you’re going to pay’, but then she became ‘I’m working on myself so I’m going to become more like a doormat than I have ever been in my entire life’. She still got angry occasionally and exploded, which was always entertaining, but the book became far too focussed on getting through the day without ripping Alec’s clothes off for my liking.

Truth and Temptation turned out to not be for me, while that saddens me as I expected and hoped for more, I’m just glad I’ve finally finished, because it took me a while!

Have you read Truth and Temptation? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

‘Truth and Temptation’ by Riley Edgewood
2 Stars


Mini Reviews | Texas Secrets | Neanderthal Seeks Human | Someone Else’s Fairytale

I’ve read three books this past week that didn’t hit the mark, I realised that I didn’t have enough to say about them for individual reviews, so I pulled them all together in one post! So here’s my thoughts on the three books that left me disappointed and still in need of my next good book fix!

This book was so underwhelming and disappointing. I expected so much more, I love me some Texas, the State’s in the name for crying out loud! I had such high expectations! It’s not that Texas Secrets was bad, just very disappointing.

Maddie is a top chef from New York City and Boone is born and bred Texan with a weird past, although even after reading I still don’t get why his past was such a mystery. Drama for dramas sake if you ask me. Obviously the two of them were going to fall for each other, there was no doubt. It just seemed to take SO LONG for it to happen. There’s only so much describing of hotness a girl can take before boredom sets in. I read this book pretty quickly, and honestly that wasn’t from enjoyment. I was having a bad with it and just wanted it to stop.

‘Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star’ by Jean Brashear
2 Stars

I enjoyed Neanderthal Seeks Human most of the time, but it was quite hard to connect to Janie. There’s no way to describe her narrative tone other than stiff. She clearly has a very unique and quirky character which I got and appreciated, I just think that writing could have been a lot less sterile. I thought that the writing was purely like this to fit in with Janie’s character, but then the prologue was in the POV of Quinn, and it was exactly the same. There needs to be variation! I want to know that I’m reading from a different characters POV, it should be reflected in the style of writing!
Aside from my issue with the tone and style of the writing I liked the story, it was slightly predictable but I could put up with it for a quick romantic read. I liked Quinn more when Janie was talking about him, although he did order for her quite a lot which is a big no-no. I’m quite capable of ordering my own food, thank you very much.
‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ by Penny Reid
3 Stars

Someone Else’s Fairytale by E. M. Tippetts

Someone Else’s Fairytale took me quite a while to finish, 20 days to be precise. It didn’t take that long because I wan’t enjoying, it’s because I got Red Queen and couldn’t stop myself from diving right in! (Find out what I thought of it in my review!)

Basically, Chloe is your average American student who’s been seriously injured as a child after her brother attempted to murder her, you know, just average stuff. Then there’s Jason, the hot movie star from the same town. Obviously he falls for her immediately and she turns him down because she’s not about that life. No problems with that, she doesn’t want the fame and crazy lifestyle, which I understand.

Problems started arising when she turned him down and friend zoned him, then immediately started going out with her best friend. She took this relationship pretty seriously, but from what I could tell it only lasted for a day (maybe more, I was reading this on the train at ridiculous o’clock in the morning). So why did she take it so bad? Get a grip and get your self a movie star!

She (eventually) did get herself a movie star, but honestly, the relationship moved very fast and quickly took a very unneeded turn for the worse.

‘Someone Else’s Fairytale’ by E. M. Tippetts
3 Stars

I think it’s pretty clear that I’ve had a run of bad luck with books recently, has anyone else been experiencing this, being let down by your books? I’d love to hear what you have to say, let me know in the comments!

Anything But Independent | Independent Study Review

I had mixed feelings regarding the first book in this trilogy The Testing. I loved the first half; the educational twist on the dystopian genre was refreshing. But then the second part happened. And I didn’t like that. I was reading a poor copy of The Hunger Games, and sadly, Independent Study did not break away from The Hunger Games pattern. Oh, no. Charbonneau stuck to her guns and replicated Catching Fire perfectly. Cia has just survived The Testing, and now, after thinking she’s finally safe, she has to do a load more tests and stick herself in life threatening situations. So, basically Katniss competing in a second Hunger Games then? Furthermore, to really lack and sense of originality, Cia is going to become the face of a revolution. Seriously Charbonneau? You’re slipping a bit of Mockingjay too? I only assume, due to the strikingly ridiculous similarities (although I feel copying is more apt) that Graduation Day will be Mockingjay all over again.
Charbonneau had a lot going on in Independent Study, yet nothing ever seemed to happen. There were lots of characters and so many odd names that it was hard to keep track of who was who. Additionally, the majority of the time the characters appeared for one or two paragraphs and then vanished completely. They weren’t needed, so why were they there? The excessive amount of characters that served no purpose seriously impacted my enjoyment of the novel.
During The Testing and Independent Studyone character I constantly liked was Michal. My opinion didn’t falter at all while reading. But then Charbonneau ruined everything. She killed Michal. 98% into the novel everything’s going well, and then BOOM. Michal is dead. And I find myself asking why. Why is he dead? Why is my favourite character dead? It’s Finnick all over again. Why do author’s perpetually do this? From Suzanne Collins to Helen Fielding. Do they get joy from killing their best characters? Or is it merely a tool to create suspense and action, to shock readers. Perhaps they find themselves stuck, not knowing what to do, thinking ‘well, it’s a bit boring at the moment; I’ll just go ahead and kill someone. And not just anyone, one of my best someone’s in the whole damn series’. Authors need to stop doing this. Meaningless death doesn’t make a book more interesting. It appeals to me in no way.
I won’t be reading Graduation Day; too many things annoyed me to persist with the trilogy. Reading a book or series should not be a measure of persistence, and sadly it was. I would not recommend this book, or the trilogy for that matter. If you want something similar then I highly recommend you opt for The Hunger Games. I’d love to know what you think of this book, so please let me know in the comments.

‘Independent Study’ by Joelle Charbonneau
2 Stars