Mini Reviews: Torn & Checkmate: This is War

Torn (Divided #1) A.M. Wallace


23588988Marcus has his life pretty much figured out at twenty five years old. He’s got his career on track, a nice house just outside of the city, and his lifelong best friend, Hannah, by his side at every turn. The only problem is that he has been fighting with himself to tell Hannah how he really feels. How she’s all he’s been able to think about since he was old enough to have those feelings. What he doesn’t know is that Hannah is facing the same inner battle with herself about him. She fantasizes about a life with Marcus.

Will Marcus or Hannah be able to tell each other how they feel about one another? Will they be able to make a life together or does fate have other plans?

More Details

Genre: New Adult/ Romance
Page Length: 265
Characters: Marcus, Hannah
Publication Date: 18th February 2015
Format: eBook


I really don’t know where to begin, well actually I do, this book was just a complete waste of time. In general for a love triangle type story to capture my attention the storyline has to be good and the characters likable, this book failed on both accounts.

Hannah was so childish! I felt no connection with her, Marcus was ok but I really just did not enjoy the story. The lack of communication between the new main characters was just so frustrating!

The Bottom Line:

I don’t recommend this book and that’s all there is. It does have lots of good ratings on GoodReads so perhaps it’s just me? I probably will try another book by this author.

 My Rating:  2/5 🌟 🌟

Checkmate: This is War (Travis & Viola) – Kennedy Fox


BOOK-1-EBOOKTravis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.
And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.


More Details

Genre: New Adult/ Romance
Page Length: 414
Characters: Viola, Travis
Publication Date: 3rd October 2016
Format: eBook


I liked the hate/love theme of this book and I enjoyed the story. However, I did have some issues with the characters. Mainly Travis because he skipped back and forth between being a nice guy to being a complete asshole so often I felt like I had whiplash! I get that this is a probably a defense mechanism from his shitty upbringing but it did make it extremely hard to like him.

I did, however, feel a little sorry for Viola, she is totally in love Travis and loving him is not easy even from afar because he is such a dick at times. The smut in this book is pretty good though.

The Bottom Line

I did enjoy this book, the cliffhanger at the end was a bit annoying, I’m not sure if I’m going to read the next one yet. I would recommend this book if you enjoy hate/love romances with lots of sex.

 My Rating:  3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟

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