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Book Review: ‘Talk Nerdy To Me’ by C. M. Owens

Title: Talk Nerdy To Me (The Sterling Shore Series Book 12)

Published: 30th May 2018

Author: C. M. Owens

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Synopsis:

Despite the fact it seemed like Base Masters was all over Sterling Shore, I’d never really known much about him, aside from random factoids. Things like…he’s a semi-estranged cousin of one of my brother’s friends, plays guitar in a local band, and he doesn’t get mentioned much unless he’s on stage.

Until…he decided I was going to be his first real-life muse, moved himself into my spare room, and started splashing the walls with pictures of my face next to his lyrics…

His weirdness differs from mine, but he’d be a perfect candidate for my hymen situation. Then I could finally move on to the next personal challenge on my list. The only problem is that he’s yet another man afraid of a virgin.

I genuinely never expected it to be so difficult to lose one’s virginity. I think the world has filled me with false expectations of debauchery coming so easily.

The human element always messes up the plans in my head.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author who uses initials in their pen name. Another great read by one of my favourite authors, with a series I love. Can’t wait to see how it all ends with the wedding we have been waiting for. This is very much part of a series so I would recommend that they be read in order and not as standalones as you may not get certain ‘in jokes’. Characters from all previous books pop up in this one so you may get a bit confused with who they are if you haven’t read them. But as the series is so great you should check it out anyway!

Britt and Base is the story I’ve been very excited to read. Mainly to get inside this girls quirky head to see what makes her tick and how she really views those around her. She is one weird and wonderful girl – elf ears and mystical fantasy to comic-con superhero extremes. Don’t worry because Base is just as quirky when he starts to see her as his muse – talk about ‘in the zone’. Almost stalker-ish at times but he somehow manages to make it come across as artistically charming.

Britt just wants to lose her virginity without any drama or feelings getting involved. She has seen what has happened in the past with all those around her so just wants the deed over with. Seems to be having a bit of trouble in that regard though as men seem to want to run the other way – protective brother and would be uncles having something to do with that. Now you may think that she isn’t completely aware of some of the things they do but it seems she has a certain way of getting back at them. Past books moments will have a bit more clarity and humour to them. She feels like an odd ball trying to find her way in a confusing world. She has plans and thinks things through with logic to get the answer she seeks but the human element seems to keep messing with her. Namely when Base comes onto the scene. When she asks him for a favour, I think you what that is, she is a bit hurt that he turns her down. She just needed a bit of girl talk to find out ways to get what she wanted. The fact that most wanted to come round to check in on said shirtless, sweaty, Greek god in training was neither here nor there. Doesn’t take long before that situation is taken care of and both seem to be on the same page. Well to start with anyway. Plans are one thing but when feelings get involved the human element always seems to change the direction you thought you were on.

All Base seems to be able to focus on at the moment is trying to get his band a contract deal. They know that they are good enough but need the next big break instead of just doing local clubs – even though Dane’s is a good gig. It’s at one of these gigs that he comes across Britt, taking the wrong idea from his inability to ask a direct question. She may have caught his attention then but it’s not until another strange encounter that he starts to fixate on her. Cosplay in the park where he finds that he does like the look of elf ears on a girl, helps Britt’s costume leaves little to the imagination too. He can see she has a story behind her eyes and longs to find out more. Once he has a muse in his head his musically mind kind of takes over and he loses a bit of focus on what he should and shouldn’t be doing. Now Base wouldn’t have thought saying no to taking someone’s virginity would get him on every Sterling female’s shit list, but that’s just what happens. It seems that he might think he is doing the right thing but he is actually messing it up. Taking advantage of Britt’s kind nature by taking over her spare room so he can be close to his muse as it helps the lyrics come out. Not a lot of give a take to begin with so you are glad when he sees sense. Hot and steamy fun soon to follow and with emotions off the table everything should be hunky-dory right? Well you know nothing is going to go that smoothly so hold on for the ride.

I wouldn’t say Base is a full alpha man, yet, more like alpha man in training. So he’s got a bit of work to do before he gets to the likes of say Kode or Rye. He was fun but not my favourite alpha with a soft side hottie – top three would have to be Kade, Kode and Mav – OMG I loved his book so much! That’s not to say the other men is this series aren’t all swoon worthy because they are when the need arises but they stand out a little more than most.

I think what made this book for me was the crossovers with all the other characters from the previous books. Whether it was a one on one with Britt and Harley (loved their chats, especially when she starts talking about a certain shirtless wearing sweaty band member at her apartment), the group BBQ (these Sterling men will do anything to keep Britt innocent, not that it works on Base though) or the girls lunch (now that was fun, talk about dropping in a conversation stopper – ‘oh he took my virginity 3 weeks ago’ before deciding what to eat, shocked faces all round wanting to know as many details as possible). They all bring together a series of some great characters in new interesting ways.

Now seriously will our man Kode ever catch a break to get a ring on his girl Tria or will it be a twist with her asking him? Now that he wouldn’t see coming after all his procrastinating with when to ask her. Liked that we got introduced to some new characters in the form of Base’s band members – Randy, Taylor and Sticks. All interesting characters who bring a certain something to an already brilliant series. OMG I loved it when they went to Britt’s talk. The fact Randy was taking notes was brilliantly funny. Note to self, next time you are asked to go to a talk make sure you ask what it is about first or you may wish a hole would open up so you could hide in it. Another great read and now I can’t wait to read the finale. You are left on a bit of a cliff hanger as you are wondering what might happen next with the wedding we have been waiting for. Kade and Raya are where we started so it’s only right that they end it off too. Happily ever after? Here’s hoping that goes for more than just them.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Taming a Maverick’ by C.M. Owens

Title: Taming a Maverick (The Sterling Shore Series Book 11)

Published: 8th May 2017

Author: C.M. Owens

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Synopsis:

SALEM

Just some fun. Just one night of reckless, harmless, wild fun.

That’s what I told myself the night I hooked up with quite possibly the sexiest guy I’ve ever known. Only, I didn’t want to KNOW him. Life is a series of temporary situations, or so it’s always been for me. A future revolves around the next move, but I’m still the type to live in the moment on a seldom occasion, consequences be damned.

Unless that moment happens to be unknowingly landing in bed with my brand new stepbrother. The universe is a mean, twisted jerk. And one consequence is that I have to be around him and get to know him. The worst consequence is the fact that Maverick Sterling, the infamous playboy who can’t possibly be tamed, is really hard not to want more of once you’ve had a taste. So long as I’m not stupid enough to fall in love, it shouldn’t be a big deal. Right?

MAVERICK

My life has been blissfully simple for a really long time. I have a routine. I have friends. I have family. Yet everyone seems to have less and less time, since they’re all sort of trying to be adults or what the hell ever. I blame them for the fact the only girl to ever ditch me without a backward glance is suddenly under my skin. I blame my father for the fact she’s a new fixture in my life. Not that I knew that before I got a little overly friendly with my new stepsister. I mean, what are the odds? It shouldn’t have been possible.

But it happened. It figures the one girl I can’t get out of my head is the one girl who doesn’t want to be with me. At least in my head she’s the only girl who doesn’t want to be with me, because I tend to be arrogant like that. The point is, now she’s everywhere I turn, yet she’s marking a line in the sand that she thinks I really won’t cross.

Obviously she doesn’t know me at all.

*Can be read as a stand-alone
*Sexual Content
*Adult Language

 

Review:

Oh my sweet lord Maverick is awesome. I love him so much. Knew his story was going to be good but this knocked it out of the park with what came. Who would have thought that Mav would be the most romantic and easiest to fall for? Things I love about this book #monopoly #bananas #piemoment #warmup

So Salem is in a new town but knows it won’t be permanent due to past experiences with family problems due to her mother’s relationships. For just one night before all the crazy comes in she wants a night of fun and after one look she’s found just the guy for the job. Hunter becomes the prey it seems. Though after one look at her outfit it doesn’t take long for Mav to make his move. Talk about fast work for the pair of them, so its good they seem to know where they both stand. Passion ignites for a fast bit of fun. Though Mav insists it was just a warm up so he’s none too pleased to find his beauty gone before he’s done with her. Shouldn’t worry too much though as fate has worked its magic. After a broken phone call from his father a few days later he goes to check out their beach house – one that just happens to have a hot squatter inside of. One he knows a little too well it seems and after the bombshell that gets dropped, one he maybe shouldn’t have gone near – his new stepsister. What are the odds right? Though we’re so glad it happened because fun antics are on the way for sure.

A sure fire way to make sure they stay platonic now is to become friends as Mav insists he doesn’t hit on friends – yeah well we know that won’t last long for both of them. The thing is the longer they hang around each other the more they both want something more which puts them in a bit of a tricky situation. A deal is struck so one thing is off the table for now but Mav’s counter is brilliant. They suit each other perfectly and when she cracks you are right with her. Mav the hero it seems with stepping up to help Sean when the time comes – a shirtless Mav love it.

Salem and her younger brother Sean are the only ones that followed their mother to a new place due to her new marriage. Its all part of a system that they go along with, wherever Sean goes Salem will follow, she is the only one bringing warmth into his life where their mother only brings coldness. Her other brothers when they show up are great with their cameos but Sean is by far the star. He is like Mav 2.0 and when they spar its like Mav is talking to his younger self. Brilliant banter, could listen to it all day. Note to self though Maverick – do not under any circumstances let people use your phone. Twitter is fun though! Great running theme throughout with the tweet chats. Love his mum and aunt when they start chatting away on it. One sure way to make Mav cringe away and others laugh their heads off. Be wary of lending phones is all I will say.

With the other books in the series a pattern forms where it’s usually the guy that does something stupid to mess things up. Not saying Mav doesn’t do a few things (funny as they are) but I’m glad this one went a different way. That being said my heart broke a bit near the end. Love that this one linked in more of our Triple Dare and Break Even guys and girls. Ruby, Corbin, Brin and Rye are great and the pranks and dares we see are brilliant. You also get more links in with the group as a whole as we are almost at our final stop with the wedding we have been waiting for. Before that though we are going to get a cracker, I can feel it. Can’t wait for Britt’s story. Thinking I will be laughing throughout just from the preview at the end. Teasers are good but it just makes you want the next one that much more. Side note: loving the fact that we are going to be getting a bit of a spin off with Connor. Sports Romances are so in right now.

5 out of 5 stars

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Blog Tour: ‘Taming a Maverick’ by C.M. Owens

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SALEM

Just some fun. Just one night of reckless, harmless, wild fun.

That’s what I told myself the night I hooked up with quite possibly the sexiest guy I’ve ever known. Only, I didn’t want to KNOW him. Life is a series of temporary situations, or so it’s always been for me. A future revolves around the next move, but I’m still the type to live in the moment on a seldom occasion, consequences be damned.

Unless that moment happens to be unknowingly landing in bed with my brand new stepbrother. The universe is a mean, twisted jerk. And one consequence is that I have to be around him and get to know him. The worst consequence is the fact that Maverick Sterling, the infamous playboy who can’t possibly be tamed, is really hard not to want more of once you’ve had a taste. So long as I’m not stupid enough to fall in love, it shouldn’t be a big deal. Right?

MAVERICK

My life has been blissfully simple for a really long time. I have a routine. I have friends. I have family. Yet everyone seems to have less and less time, since they’re all sort of trying to be adults or what the hell ever. I blame them for the fact the only girl to ever ditch me without a backward glance is suddenly under my skin. I blame my father for the fact she’s a new fixture in my life. Not that I knew that before I got a little overly friendly with my new stepsister. I mean, what are the odds? It shouldn’t have been possible.

But it happened. It figures the one girl I can’t get out of my head is the one girl who doesn’t want to be with me. At least in my head she’s the only girl who doesn’t want to be with me, because I tend to be arrogant like that. The point is, now she’s everywhere I turn, yet she’s marking a line in the sand that she thinks I really won’t cross.

Obviously she doesn’t know me at all.

*Can be read as a stand-alone

*Sexual Content

*Adult Language

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C.M. Owens always loves a good laugh, and lives and breathes the emotions of the characters she becomes attached to. Though she came from a family of musicians, she has zero abilities with instruments; she sounds like a strangled cat when she sings; and her dancing is downright embarrassing. Just ask anyone who knows her. Her creativity rests solely in the written word. Her family is grateful that she gave up her quest to become a famous singer.

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Release Blitz: ‘Taming A Maverick’ by C.M. Owens

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SALEM

Just some fun. Just one night of reckless, harmless, wild fun.

That’s what I told myself the night I hooked up with quite possibly the sexiest guy I’ve ever known. Only, I didn’t want to KNOW him. Life is a series of temporary situations, or so it’s always been for me. A future revolves around the next move, but I’m still the type to live in the moment on a seldom occasion, consequences be damned.

Unless that moment happens to be unknowingly landing in bed with my brand new stepbrother. The universe is a mean, twisted jerk. And one consequence is that I have to be around him and get to know him. The worst consequence is the fact that Maverick Sterling, the infamous playboy who can’t possibly be tamed, is really hard not to want more of once you’ve had a taste. So long as I’m not stupid enough to fall in love, it shouldn’t be a big deal. Right?

MAVERICK

My life has been blissfully simple for a really long time. I have a routine. I have friends. I have family. Yet everyone seems to have less and less time, since they’re all sort of trying to be adults or what the hell ever. I blame them for the fact the only girl to ever ditch me without a backward glance is suddenly under my skin. I blame my father for the fact she’s a new fixture in my life. Not that I knew that before I got a little overly friendly with my new stepsister. I mean, what are the odds? It shouldn’t have been possible.

But it happened. It figures the one girl I can’t get out of my head is the one girl who doesn’t want to be with me. At least in my head she’s the only girl who doesn’t want to be with me, because I tend to be arrogant like that. The point is, now she’s everywhere I turn, yet she’s marking a line in the sand that she thinks I really won’t cross.

Obviously she doesn’t know me at all.

*Can be read as a stand-alone

*Sexual Content

*Adult Language

Other Books in the Sterling Shore Series

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Find the rest of the Sterling Shores book Here

About the Author

CMauthor.png

USA Today Bestselling Author of the Sterling Shore Series, Property of Drex, and Deadly Beauties.

C.M. Owens always loves a good laugh, and lives and breathes the emotions of the characters she becomes attached to. Though she came from a family of musicians, she has zero abilities with instruments; she sounds like a strangled cat when she sings; and her dancing is downright embarrassing. Just ask anyone who knows her. Her creativity rests solely in the written word. Her family is grateful that she gave up her quest to become a famous singer.

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Book Review: ‘Make Me’ by C.M. Owens

Title: Make Me (The Sterling Shore Series Book 10)

Published: 30th January 2017

Author: C.M. Owens

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Synopsis:

DALE

I’m a mature and very pragmatic person, whom others like to call boring.

At least I was…until Harley came back into town…

What do you do when a girl comes back for some petty revenge against you and seduction is part of her game?

You pretend to be a millionaire Dom, of course.

Yeah…it sounded better in theory. My execution keeps ending up in awkward messes, and this game between us gets even messier when I learn more about Harley. She’s easy to fall for, even though she’s hazardous as hell.

What happens when all the games end?

HARLEY

One simple little goal turns into one giant disaster.

On the surface, Dale Sterling seemed like an asshole from my past; the typical arrogant guy who boulders through life and anyone in his way. So a little revenge seemed plausible, considering what he did to me once upon a long time ago. In hindsight, it was immature. But revenge has kept me on top of the world since I stopped being on the bottom of everyone’s shoes, so I make no apologies for my immaturity.

But Dale is weirdly kinky…

Everything is going fine…until it gets real. Now the guy I wanted to humiliate is the same guy I’m begging my heart not to stupidly fall in love with.

Unfortunately, my heart tends to be stubborn.

*Can be read as a stand-alone
*Sexual content
*Adult language

 

Review:

Goes down as another from my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book from a series you love. The Sterling Shore Series is one very addictive one and I can’t wait for the next!

Harley did not have a very good school experience but a few things made a lasting impression on her. They made her into the person she is today and today she wants revenge for those who have wronged her. One person on that list is none other than our Dale Sterling. Things are about to get interesting with our boy Dale, the saying it’s always the quite ones comes to mind with what they soon get up to. She is going back to Sterling Shore with her head held high and a very nice bank balance due to being on hell of an app guru. She wants them all to know that she has made it when they thought of her as nothing.She’s back in Sterling Shore for revenge, what she gets is much more kinky when Dale gets her within his grasped. To help her on her way with her revenge plan though she needs a little help. That help comes in the form of Vivica, who just so happens to be a cousin of Raya’s. Loved how loyal she was with Harley, she would clearly do anything to protect her girl. A Drivel you don’t want on your bad side. Nice link back to the beginning as well as we are soon to be coming to our end with this series.

Dale has always been the quiet one who saw where everyone else was going wrong in their relationships but doesn’t always see it in his own. When he sees a blonde beauty at the bar he is all up for a little flirting. That is until she says her name ‘Harley’. That one word and he goes back to the one bad thing he did when he was younger. He wants to make amends though and seems to know her better than she would have thought. When he finds out that she is back to seek some sort of revenge on him he does something he is not proud of. He asks the most immature people he knows for advice – Mav and Corbin. Bad idea as their idea is for him to pretend he is a Dom, get him a whole room kitted out and shock her so much that she runs away screaming. Well she might run the first time but he is in for a shock of his own when she says she wants to try what he ‘likes’. If only he knew what was they would be golden. He is about to play the role of a lifetime and you can imagine that there are going to be quite a few mishaps along the way. Note to self: Dale use Google next time when trying to figure out what something is, don’t just guess. Seems he is getting into the role much easier than he thought and loving how she is with him. With everyone else’s relationship he was quick to get them to see that jumping to conclusions was never a good thing. Shame he doesn’t listen to his own advice.

On a side note I love that Harley Quinn is Harley’s favourite hero of sorts because she’s mine too! She’s so crazy bonkers in such a fun way and you can see why Harley would relate to her. Love the ending and what Dale gives her. Totally want it for myself though. Also love that you got to catch up with everybody from the series so far in this one and that Britt gets more of a presence. Can’t wait for her story, I just love what she comes out with.

This series is very, very addictive. When I get a new book I want to read it as fast as possible and then don’t at the same time. Mainly because I know I will then have to wait for the next one to come out. I really can’t wait for Mav’s story next. I want to see the woman who will turn things on its head with him. Then only a two to go after, not sure I will cope when its over. Might just have to have a yearly re-read week to get me back to the fun times had at Sterling Shore.

5 out of 5 stars

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