I've been reading a lot lately. Well, more than usual. So, what have I been reading? First, let me preface this by saying I was having 50 Shades withdrawals!
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire - This is what Amazon has to say..."The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match."
So, this book took a bit to get into, but once I started I could not stop. However, I must say that it follows the same formula as Twilight with a damsel in distress and wanting the wrong guy. It was a super easy, entertaining read, and I recommend it. It was only $4 on Amazon Kindle.
Gabriel's Inferno/The University of Edward Masen by Sylvain Reynard - Book description from Amazon - "Gabriel's Inferno" -- semi-finalist for Best Romance in the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards "This is not only one of the best debut books this year, but Reynard is one of the best new authors this year. 5 stars." - Donna of Offbeat Vagabond "It's not very often that I am left so affected by a book, but this one took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions ... This novel is thought provoking, entertaining and beautiful. 5 stars." - Nix of Scorching Book Reviews "This is one of the most romantic and sensual stories I have read ...the words he writes will sing to you. 5 stars." - JJ of JJ iReads "I was seduced, entranced, and completely satisfied ...The narrator, and its characters were equally charming and sinful. 5 stars." - Tigris Eden's Garden of Books Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide. An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, "Gabriel's Inferno" is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man's escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible...forgiveness and love."
I started reading the free excerpt of Gabriel's Inferno from Amazon, and I liked it, so I was about to buy it when I decided to read the fanfiction that it was based on, The University of Edward Masen (U of EM). And once again, the book, based off Twilight, has the same themes running through it. No surprise there but the background story is different. Now, I don't know if it was because I was reading the fanfic, but this book had some serious lulls throughout. I had a hard time getting through them only to be brought back in by some new twist. I also wasn't a fan of all the poetry used throughout out the book. Again, I don't know if it's the same for the actual book. So, I don't know if I'd actually recommend U of EM, but I wouldn't mind reading Gabriel's Inferno to see the difference between the two.
Things worth mentioning, these books are similar, however there is NOT a lot of raunch like 50 Shades, which I liked. Are these books the greatest? No, but they're entertaining and well written. I would totally recommend them for a decent read, you'll definitely know what you're getting with these reads.
Next on my list to read is Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. I actually found the movie first and decided to DVR it, but read the book before I watch it. We'll see how it goes!