The Nerdy Dirty Girlies

Two gal pals(Juli and Lynne) who are romance books fanatics. Be it NA, Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotica, Historical and even some YA , as long as it's saucy we eat it up!

Review of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel And The Pulse of History
Rating: 4 Stars
I received this arc via NetGalley for an honest review:
Not sure if my whole review is positive, oh not against the author she wrote a wonderful book. I rarely ever read biographies because i find most of them boring, but this one kept me on my toes. It’s opened my eyes and i don’t know if i’d ever see those two C’s and feel the same way again. From espionage to most importantly doing it for the Nazis, apparently she was extremely egotistical, selfish and plain heartless. The worst was her partaking in the pillaging of Jewish homes (in one instance one whom she knew). Sure her credits will always be how she rose from poverty to basically change the world of woman’s fashion and i guess that perseverance can be admirable. But she did this all at what/who’s cost?. Anyone who knows me, knows the inspiration she was. But how would she have reacted to someone of my ethnicity if she was still alive? Since she believed in the Nazi movement i wouldn’t have meant much and that was heart breaking. The good new: this book confirmed what ive always believed, history is important. Without books like this to set the record straight we’d be walking around wearing signs like double C’s without knowing the ugly truths of the persons behind them. I know she had a facinating life story but i just can’t get past what i know now. No matter how gorgeous her clothes and all the chic fashion lessons in the world won’t change that.  - Juli
Amazon Synopsis:
Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic relief an era of war, fashion, ardent nationalism, and earth-shaking change—here brilliantly treated, for the first time, with wide-ranging and incisive historical scrutiny. Coco Chanel transformed forever the way women dressed. Her influence remains so pervasive that to this day we can see her afterimage a dozen times while just walking down a single street: in all the little black dresses, flat shoes, costume jewelry, cardigan sweaters, and tortoiseshell eyeglasses on women of every age and background. A bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume is sold every three seconds. Arguably, no other individual has had a deeper impact on the visual aesthetic of the world. But how did a poor orphan become a global icon of both luxury and everyday style? How did she develop such vast, undying influence? And what does our ongoing love of all things Chanel tell us about ourselves? These are the mysteries that Rhonda K. Garelick unravels in Mademoiselle. Raised in rural poverty and orphaned early, the young Chanel supported herself as best she could. Then, as an uneducated nineteen-year-old café singer, she attracted the attention of a wealthy and powerful admirer and parlayed his support into her own hat design business. For the rest of Chanel’s life, the professional, personal, and political were interwoven; her lovers included diplomat Boy Capel; composer Igor Stravinsky; Romanov heir Grand Duke Dmitri; Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster; poet Pierre Reverdy; a Nazi officer; and several women as well. For all that, she was profoundly alone, her romantic life relentlessly plagued by abandonment and tragedy. Chanel’s ambitions and accomplishments were unparalleled. Her hat shop evolved into a clothing empire. She became a noted theatrical and film costume designer, collaborating with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Luchino Visconti. The genius of Coco Chanel, Garelick shows, lay in the way she absorbed the zeitgeist, reflecting it back to the world in her designs and in what Garelick calls “wearable personality”—the irresistible and contagious style infused with both world history and Chanel’s nearly unbelievable life saga. By age forty, Chanel had become a multimillionaire and a household name, and her Chanel Corporation is still the highest-earning privately owned luxury goods manufacturer in the world.

Review of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel And The Pulse of History

Rating: 4 Stars

I received this arc via NetGalley for an honest review:

Not sure if my whole review is positive, oh not against the author she wrote a wonderful book. I rarely ever read biographies because i find most of them boring, but this one kept me on my toes. It’s opened my eyes and i don’t know if i’d ever see those two C’s and feel the same way again. From espionage to most importantly doing it for the Nazis, apparently she was extremely egotistical, selfish and plain heartless. The worst was her partaking in the pillaging of Jewish homes (in one instance one whom she knew). Sure her credits will always be how she rose from poverty to basically change the world of woman’s fashion and i guess that perseverance can be admirable. But she did this all at what/who’s cost?. Anyone who knows me, knows the inspiration she was. But how would she have reacted to someone of my ethnicity if she was still alive? Since she believed in the Nazi movement i wouldn’t have meant much and that was heart breaking. The good new: this book confirmed what ive always believed, history is important. Without books like this to set the record straight we’d be walking around wearing signs like double C’s without knowing the ugly truths of the persons behind them. I know she had a facinating life story but i just can’t get past what i know now. No matter how gorgeous her clothes and all the chic fashion lessons in the world won’t change that.  - Juli

Amazon Synopsis:

Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic relief an era of war, fashion, ardent nationalism, and earth-shaking change—here brilliantly treated, for the first time, with wide-ranging and incisive historical scrutiny.
 
Coco Chanel transformed forever the way women dressed. Her influence remains so pervasive that to this day we can see her afterimage a dozen times while just walking down a single street: in all the little black dresses, flat shoes, costume jewelry, cardigan sweaters, and tortoiseshell eyeglasses on women of every age and background. A bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume is sold every three seconds. Arguably, no other individual has had a deeper impact on the visual aesthetic of the world. But how did a poor orphan become a global icon of both luxury and everyday style? How did she develop such vast, undying influence? And what does our ongoing love of all things Chanel tell us about ourselves? These are the mysteries that Rhonda K. Garelick unravels in Mademoiselle.
 
Raised in rural poverty and orphaned early, the young Chanel supported herself as best she could. Then, as an uneducated nineteen-year-old café singer, she attracted the attention of a wealthy and powerful admirer and parlayed his support into her own hat design business. For the rest of Chanel’s life, the professional, personal, and political were interwoven; her lovers included diplomat Boy Capel; composer Igor Stravinsky; Romanov heir Grand Duke Dmitri; Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster; poet Pierre Reverdy; a Nazi officer; and several women as well. For all that, she was profoundly alone, her romantic life relentlessly plagued by abandonment and tragedy.
 
Chanel’s ambitions and accomplishments were unparalleled. Her hat shop evolved into a clothing empire. She became a noted theatrical and film costume designer, collaborating with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Luchino Visconti. The genius of Coco Chanel, Garelick shows, lay in the way she absorbed the zeitgeist, reflecting it back to the world in her designs and in what Garelick calls “wearable personality”—the irresistible and contagious style infused with both world history and Chanel’s nearly unbelievable life saga. By age forty, Chanel had become a multimillionaire and a household name, and her Chanel Corporation is still the highest-earning privately owned luxury goods manufacturer in the world.

Yeah…lol.

REVIEW OF BEAUTIFULLY FORGOTTEN (BEAUTIFULLY DAMAGED #2) BY L.A. FIORE

RATING: 5 STARS
 
Before reading this review, check out my review of the first novel, Beautifully Damaged, here. NOTE: that review was for the e-published edition in 2012.
So one day I’m browsing either Goodreads or Amazon, can’t remember which and was curious to see if L.A. Fiore had any new books out, being that I was a fan of Beautifully Damaged. If you could of seen my face when I saw that she was writing, not only a followup to BD, but that it was going to be Lucien Black’s tale. We meet Lucien in the first novel. I’m sooo glad she gave Lucien a story he was so mysterious and seem to be very guarded with lots of secrets. So the day came that I was finally able to get my hands on the book was truly one of the best days of my life. Freaking loved this book, in ten folds. This book promised me Lucien story with so much more!
Lucien is living his life but not the way he wants. He has been through hardships in his life that has led him into the comfort of a secure and extravagant lifestyle, so to speak. But it means absolutely nothing because the one who captured his heart so many years ago left and a stranded him to figure the world out on his own. What if that one day comes the love of your life happens to wander back in? Would you welcome him or her with open arms or would you vow to make that person suffer every pain you felt when they abandoned you? Lucien is asking himself this very same question, but soon realize he can’t give her up or let her go. Especially when you both discovered your undoing was by the hand of someone you least expected…
I gotta say I was blown away by this follow up. It was one of those books where you gave people the stank eye if they interrupted your reading or read at an extremely slow pace because you wanted to savior every moment or word that the author lay out in front of you. Lucien and Darcy story was sad, tragic and beautiful love story. Their history is told through a series of flashbacks both have of each other. You saw how they got to know each other and the way their worlds would of been different if they would of stay together. Secrets, Lies and Deception ruled this book with a big helping of mystery. I love when a story can give you so much more than sex. It tells you a history and gets you so invovled it feels you know every single character by the end of a book. That’s how I felt here. What I also loved and adored was that you got to see what was going on with Trace and Ember in this story too. They were the main couple in book 1. They still go through their trust issues and Trace still is self-doubting himself. I wanted to kick him quite a few times. But he was able to pull himself together by the end.
In all this was a great followup and great story over all. I will say if you decide, which you should, read this book make sure you read the updated verison from March 2014. I read the first edition when it came out in 2012. So when I jumped into Beautifully Forgotten, I was kind of lost because the history told in this book was way different in the first edition. At some point I do plan on reading the updated verison along with this book again because it’s just that good! I look forward to this author work. She gives me people I care about and hold in my heart forever. Out of a 5 I’m giving this a 5. Well done.
-Lynne 
Review of Bottom Feeder by Maria G. Cope
Rating : 5 Stars
Warning: Will have some minor spoilers. Sorry chickadees, it was inevitable. 
This was one of those books that packed a punch and totally took me my surprise. I usually don’t go for the romances based around on the army or army talk. But this lil treasure was an amazon freebie, and being that i was in a book slump and needed something different, i jumped on it.. boy am i glad i did! This story sucked me right in. I was spellbound and couldn’t put it down ( i did an all nighter and looked like i had a fight with my pillow and lost! Yeah it was that good).
Maddy is a sweet 17 yr old girl in desperation. She finally had the chance to escape her prison, being under the watchful and oppressive grip of her father, The  ”IT” crime boss of the south : Cordell Carrington. After years of suspisions she finally has the proof he’s nothing but a murderer, she risks it all to the point of putting herself in danger by feeding information to the feds.  Just when she thinks all will go according to plan in walks her high school’s heartthrob( and wet dream) and rattles not just her state of mind, but complicates her plans. 
Jackson is a 18 yr old soldier struggling with PTSD.  After two yrs of being deployed for two years he’s finally back in his home town. The only thing is while others see him as this hero, he’s living with survivors guilt. All that aside he needed to get things in order, and that meant getting a car. But not just any car. It so happens that the said car was owned by Cordell ( Oh life! You tricky lil bastard!), and he makes him an offer he cant refuse: Drive Maddy to NY and he could have the car and about ten grand for his troubles. What’s a guy to do right?
Well for starters he falls in love! This story has angst, drama, secrets, betrayal and in the mist of it all a love triangle.  During the trip she meets another Yummy Soldier Dom Beraz’s. This is where the book made me swoon! The guy is a complete ball of cotton candy deliciousness he’s so sweet! I’m completely torn with who i think she’ll end up with (It better be Dom) but i can tell you the suspense is killing me.  In essence this book was phenomenal! Refreshing and just plain awesome! What it lacks in kink it more than makes up with kick ass story telling with saaaaweet romance sprinkles on top. Can wait for what comes next :) - July
Amazon Synopsis:
Graduating high school was Maddy Carrington’s chance to leave her abusive childhood behind. When she discovers her father is a murderer, her chance of getting out of Georgia alive comes from a nineteen-year-old war veteran with deadly secrets that may cost both their lives.Jackson thought the worst of his battles were over. Returning from a year-long tour in Afghanistan, he planned to relax and eat his way through every restaurant in Savannah. That is, until he makes a deal with the South’s most notorious crime boss, Cordell Carrington.They want to tell you their story with one stipulation: absolute confidentiality.

Review of Bottom Feeder by Maria G. Cope

Rating : 5 Stars

Warning: Will have some minor spoilers. Sorry chickadees, it was inevitable. 

This was one of those books that packed a punch and totally took me my surprise. I usually don’t go for the romances based around on the army or army talk. But this lil treasure was an amazon freebie, and being that i was in a book slump and needed something different, i jumped on it.. boy am i glad i did! This story sucked me right in. I was spellbound and couldn’t put it down ( i did an all nighter and looked like i had a fight with my pillow and lost! Yeah it was that good).

Maddy is a sweet 17 yr old girl in desperation. She finally had the chance to escape her prison, being under the watchful and oppressive grip of her father, The  ”IT” crime boss of the south : Cordell Carrington. After years of suspisions she finally has the proof he’s nothing but a murderer, she risks it all to the point of putting herself in danger by feeding information to the feds.  Just when she thinks all will go according to plan in walks her high school’s heartthrob( and wet dream) and rattles not just her state of mind, but complicates her plans. 

Jackson is a 18 yr old soldier struggling with PTSD.  After two yrs of being deployed for two years he’s finally back in his home town. The only thing is while others see him as this hero, he’s living with survivors guilt. All that aside he needed to get things in order, and that meant getting a car. But not just any car. It so happens that the said car was owned by Cordell ( Oh life! You tricky lil bastard!), and he makes him an offer he cant refuse: Drive Maddy to NY and he could have the car and about ten grand for his troubles. What’s a guy to do right?

Well for starters he falls in love! This story has angst, drama, secrets, betrayal and in the mist of it all a love triangle.  During the trip she meets another Yummy Soldier Dom Beraz’s. This is where the book made me swoon! The guy is a complete ball of cotton candy deliciousness he’s so sweet! I’m completely torn with who i think she’ll end up with (It better be Dom) but i can tell you the suspense is killing me.  In essence this book was phenomenal! Refreshing and just plain awesome! What it lacks in kink it more than makes up with kick ass story telling with saaaaweet romance sprinkles on top. Can wait for what comes next :) - July

Amazon Synopsis:

Graduating high school was Maddy Carrington’s chance to leave her abusive childhood behind. When she discovers her father is a murderer, her chance of getting out of Georgia alive comes from a nineteen-year-old war veteran with deadly secrets that may cost both their lives.

Jackson thought the worst of his battles were over. Returning from a year-long tour in Afghanistan, he planned to relax and eat his way through every restaurant in Savannah. That is, until he makes a deal with the South’s most notorious crime boss, Cordell Carrington.



They want to tell you their story with one stipulation: absolute confidentiality.

Review of Proving Paul’s Promise by Tammy Falkner
Rating: 5 Stars
To say i’ve been waiting (all the way from book one) for Paul’s demise into sweet torturous love is the understatement of the year! If you look back on some of my reviews about this series, you’ll find there is no doubt about how deep is my love. Paul is the rock when it comes to this sweet edgy lovable bunch, so of course i’d want to be intimate with his story. 
Destiny sure can be a bitch, and it sure unleashed that bitchiness on The Reed’s. After their mother passed Paul, a child himself, took responsibility and finished raising his brothers. Then life hands him another blow when the woman he has his daughter with wants him to choose between her or his brothers. But maybe life has a clue after all because in walks Friday. She’s this artsy, fierce force of nature who doesn’t back down and calls him on his shit. It was insta love for me. I was in love with their struggle to meet in the middle. Like ships in the night. But when they finally met it was explosive ( at least to my poor lil heart). Even though this one wasn’t as dramatic as the others when it came to the level of tragedy it was still very heartfelt. Her having to give up her son had my heart aching. From their banter, passion and heartaches i was right there with them. I couldn’t ask for more when it comes to a sweet NA romance. -Juli
Goodreads synopsis:
He has watched her from afar…Paul Reed has been raising children since he was a child himself, but he wouldn’t change his life, even if given an opportunity. That is, until one of his brothers says four little words that shake the foundation of his world. “She’s not a lesbian,” shouldn’t be quite so earth shattering, but suddenly the woman he loves is available, and he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over.They call her Friday, and she’s hiding more than just her name…Friday has worked in the Reeds’ tattoo parlor for four years. She’s become more than just an employee, and she loves being in the middle of something so wonderful. She treasures the way the Reeds live for one another, and she adores the way they take care of their family. She would do just about anything to be part of it, if not for the fact that she doesn’t deserve a family of her own. Or does she? Friday is punishing herself for her past, and by doing so, she pushes away the one man who could truly love her.Separately, they’re strong. Together, they’re vulnerable. As a team, they rock.

Review of Proving Paul’s Promise by Tammy Falkner

Rating: 5 Stars

To say i’ve been waiting (all the way from book one) for Paul’s demise into sweet torturous love is the understatement of the year! If you look back on some of my reviews about this series, you’ll find there is no doubt about how deep is my love. Paul is the rock when it comes to this sweet edgy lovable bunch, so of course i’d want to be intimate with his story. 

Destiny sure can be a bitch, and it sure unleashed that bitchiness on The Reed’s. After their mother passed Paul, a child himself, took responsibility and finished raising his brothers. Then life hands him another blow when the woman he has his daughter with wants him to choose between her or his brothers. But maybe life has a clue after all because in walks Friday. She’s this artsy, fierce force of nature who doesn’t back down and calls him on his shit. It was insta love for me. I was in love with their struggle to meet in the middle. Like ships in the night. But when they finally met it was explosive ( at least to my poor lil heart). Even though this one wasn’t as dramatic as the others when it came to the level of tragedy it was still very heartfelt. Her having to give up her son had my heart aching. From their banter, passion and heartaches i was right there with them. I couldn’t ask for more when it comes to a sweet NA romance. -Juli

Goodreads synopsis:

He has watched her from afar…

Paul Reed has been raising children since he was a child himself, but he wouldn’t change his life, even if given an opportunity. That is, until one of his brothers says four little words that shake the foundation of his world. “She’s not a lesbian,” shouldn’t be quite so earth shattering, but suddenly the woman he loves is available, and he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over.

They call her Friday, and she’s hiding more than just her name…

Friday has worked in the Reeds’ tattoo parlor for four years. She’s become more than just an employee, and she loves being in the middle of something so wonderful. She treasures the way the Reeds live for one another, and she adores the way they take care of their family. She would do just about anything to be part of it, if not for the fact that she doesn’t deserve a family of her own. Or does she? Friday is punishing herself for her past, and by doing so, she pushes away the one man who could truly love her.

Separately, they’re strong. Together, they’re vulnerable. As a team, they rock.

For realz!
Review of Hard Knocks by Lori Foster
Ratings: 4 stars
I received this arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
Harper Gates has had it bad for for Gage Ringer A.K.A Savage for what seems like forever. After so many yrs of admiring him from afar like every girl in town she’d finally had her chance. As adults things between them just clicked, and just when it was getting hot and heavy he had to leave in order to further his career as a fighter. Even though she understood his decision she nonetheless was hurt that he didn’t look back.  Now that he’s returned home because of an injury, she can’t seem to ignore him. She can see how being taken out of the circuit has done a number on him  and she’s willing to do anything to help him through it. Just how far she’d go to achieve that is the question.
Gage had finally reached a point where he was more than willing to take his friendship with Harper to the next level. But circumstances changed and he had to choose to focus on the goal at hand. That never meant she wasn’t in his thoughts or in his heart. Being back home when he should have been in japan was annoying, but having her ignore him really pisst him off. Oh he knew when she finally spoke to him she was trying to distract him from his blues. So when she proposed they flirt publicly so the other guys would back off the Are you okay? Questionnaire he was more than on board. Only he wasn’t in it to act, but to act on it! 
I loved the moment he realized how much she meant to him and how he’d always been in love with her. Super sweet how he reassured her how she came first. He can definitely can go on my BBF list. Armie on the other hand can go on my yummy “Book Husband” Or BTIWF (Boy Toy I Wanna F!ck) list! For reelz i need those next books in the series yesterday!!! (Uhm come on Mrs. Foster hook a gal up! lol) :D -Juli

Amazon Synopsis:
In the stunning prequel novella to her new mixed martial arts series, New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster brings together an elite fighter and the woman he’s determined to win.
Power. Brute strength. Unforgettable moves. It’s no wonder Harper Gates hasn’t been able to get her fling with Gage “Savage” Ringer out of her head. Months have passed since she laid eyes—or any other body parts—on him. Months without a word of contact…until, sidelined by injury, he comes back to town.
Staying focused on his training seemed like a smart move to Gage, even if he thought about Harper every day. Seeing her again only makes it clear how much is at stake. He’s got one night to earn back her trust. One night to show her that behind his breathtaking skill and ripped body is a man who’ll give her everything she needs.

Review of Hard Knocks by Lori Foster

Ratings: 4 stars

I received this arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Harper Gates has had it bad for for Gage Ringer A.K.A Savage for what seems like forever. After so many yrs of admiring him from afar like every girl in town she’d finally had her chance. As adults things between them just clicked, and just when it was getting hot and heavy he had to leave in order to further his career as a fighter. Even though she understood his decision she nonetheless was hurt that he didn’t look back.  Now that he’s returned home because of an injury, she can’t seem to ignore him. She can see how being taken out of the circuit has done a number on him  and she’s willing to do anything to help him through it. Just how far she’d go to achieve that is the question.

Gage had finally reached a point where he was more than willing to take his friendship with Harper to the next level. But circumstances changed and he had to choose to focus on the goal at hand. That never meant she wasn’t in his thoughts or in his heart. Being back home when he should have been in japan was annoying, but having her ignore him really pisst him off. Oh he knew when she finally spoke to him she was trying to distract him from his blues. So when she proposed they flirt publicly so the other guys would back off the Are you okay? Questionnaire he was more than on board. Only he wasn’t in it to act, but to act on it! 

I loved the moment he realized how much she meant to him and how he’d always been in love with her. Super sweet how he reassured her how she came first. He can definitely can go on my BBF list. Armie on the other hand can go on my yummy “Book Husband” Or BTIWF (Boy Toy I Wanna F!ck) list! For reelz i need those next books in the series yesterday!!! (Uhm come on Mrs. Foster hook a gal up! lol) :D -Juli

Amazon Synopsis:

In the stunning prequel novella to her new mixed martial arts series, New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster brings together an elite fighter and the woman he’s determined to win.

Power. Brute strength. Unforgettable moves. It’s no wonder Harper Gates hasn’t been able to get her fling with Gage “Savage” Ringer out of her head. Months have passed since she laid eyes—or any other body parts—on him. Months without a word of contact…until, sidelined by injury, he comes back to town.

Staying focused on his training seemed like a smart move to Gage, even if he thought about Harper every day. Seeing her again only makes it clear how much is at stake. He’s got one night to earn back her trust. One night to show her that behind his breathtaking skill and ripped body is a man who’ll give her everything she needs.