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Hi everyone! I used to be a former Goodreads lover. Who has decided to move to BookLikes due to the recent changes to the GR site: that is, the decision of the management to delete reviews that talk about bad author behaviour.

 

It is important that we know of bad author behaviour and actions. We buy their books. I want to know whether Author A has decided to harass Reviewer A or encouraged fans to stalk Reviewer B.

I want to know this, the same way I wanted to know that a well known sporting good company had been using child labour in the production of some of its products. The same way the WHOLE WORLD wanted to know. 

It is irrelevant that the author writes well, or that the said sporting good company produces good quality sporting goods. Our ethics and morals MATTER!

 

 

Now to discuss my reading habits:

 

I am very picky when it comes to books. I am a feminist and I think that shows in my reading list. 

 

There are many things that bug me to death. But I'll always make an exception if the boy-girl standard is reversed. Dear world, that is MY double standard. I respect and champion authors who have the guts to do something different.

Firstly, I hate infidelity in novels. 

 

Secondly, I hate it when the heroine is a virgin and the guy is an expert and skilled lover. I hate it when the heroine, for fated reasons, saves herself for someone who has been sowing his oats. It's not only overdone, old-fashioned and pathetic, but it also grosses me out like he is violating something so sacrosanct.

 

Thirdly, I might enjoy the occasional alpha-hero tendencies, but my true love lies with beta-heroes. Guys who are loving and sweet. Who don't feel the need to push around their women to make themselves feel more manly.

Feminista's bookshelf: read

Death, and the Girl He Loves
4 of 5 stars
tagged: ya-and-new-adult and urban-fantasy
The Loneliest Alpha
4 of 5 stars
tagged: paranormal-romance
Hard to Handle
2 of 5 stars
Rating: 2 out of 5. Sadie Howard is a serial dater who never goes out with a guy on more than one date, but then sometimes she breaks her rules... Aiden Downey found out that his mother was dying and even though he was in a relationship...
tagged: contemporary-romance and arc
Mine to Hold
3 of 5 stars
Rating: 3 out of 5. Claire Kramer from Mine to Keep has been a victim of an obsessed lover in the past. It is also a past that she can’t seem to get away from. Noah York, from the previous books, is Trace’s friend. He was a part of those...
tagged: arc and romantic-suspense
Finding Never
4 of 5 stars
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
tagged: ya-and-new-adult
Keeping Never
4 of 5 stars
tagged: ya-and-new-adult
Hurt
4 of 5 stars
tagged: ya-and-new-adult
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
3 of 5 stars
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
tagged: paranormal-romance
Alpha Instinct
3 of 5 stars
Rating: 3 out of 5. I have been wanting to read this book for ages. But I had the wrong idea in mind. I thought it was an Urban Fantasy novel. Probably because of the cover of a female. But it is a paranormal romance. As far as parano...
tagged: paranormal-romance
Never Love a Cowboy
3 of 5 stars
tagged: historical-romance

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S.E.C.R.E.T.

S.E.C.R.E.T. - Rating: 4 out of 5S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline Warning: this is not a love story.For those who have picked up the book, thinking to read a nice erotic romance, beware that this is not a love story. There is erotica, there is romance, but you may be disappointed if you expect something more. This is about a woman’s sexual emancipation. The protagonist Cassie is a 35-ish year old woman whose husband of 14 years died a bit more than 5 years ago, and she is finding it hard to find herself after years of unhappy/mediocre marriage. For a woman who had only ever been with one man – the deceased, sometimes abusive and unhappy husband – she takes extraordinary steps to become more empowered and this she does through freeing herself sexually.All this starts with a journal that’s been accidentally left at the café Cassie works in. When she reads bits and pieces of it, she is surprised and shocked to read what the content is about. When she gives back the journal, she is approached by a woman who offers her a card and an offer to join the club. This introduces her to a world that brings back her confidence, trust and love in herself.There were many things I liked about the book. Things that had to do with her fantasies and just funny snippets that made me laugh out aloud. For example, I loved how Adeline describes Cassie’s five years of celibacy like it is a living thing. She compares it to a dog following her around, like Five Years slinked down the road behind me. Five Years lay down at my feet during my date... It was so amusing.I also liked the ending. I liked how Adeline did something so out of the blue, and that she did so with no sequels waiting. It made this book different for me. Different from all the other contemporary romances and erotica. Having said that, I’d understand why other may feel dissatisfied with the ending. But for me, the ending fit in perfectly with the idea of her not being so dependent on someone else. I felt like she had to enjoy this power she has over herself away from S.E.C.R.E.T. before she could truly be happy with someone in her life.ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Crown Publishing.