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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ARC Review! Stacked Up by Sidney Halston

Working two jobs to support her infant daughter is harder than anything Penny Richards has ever done, but it sure beats living under the rules of her stepfather, a television preacher who demands a picture-perfect family. And if Penny hadn’t struck out on her own, she never would have met Travis Calhoun. The intensely physical heavyweight brawler has a way of drawing out her wild side. But Travis lives fast, with no responsibilities—and that just isn’t for Penny.

Most of the women in Travis’s circle wear tight clothes, high heels, and tons of makeup—not pearls or plaid headbands. But once he works past Penny’s inhibitions, Travis discovers a kindred spirit who longs to trust someone with her body, and her secrets. Still, Travis can’t help but wonder if this rich girl is just slumming it before she returns to her privileged life. Now it’s up to Penny to prove that she wants her hard-edged, hard-loving fighter just the way he is.

I have read this entire series and have liked all of them, the first one the most. It really pains me that I did not really like the last one in the series.

My first issue was the is like it is for a different book...the issues that are mentioned in the blurb, the things that they would encounter and deal with, felt like inconsequential things in comparison to the actual story line. While this is not an issue, technically, it for me made the book feel that no one really knew where this one was going. This feeling stayed with me through most of the book and the book seemed to have more than one book going through it, but not as subplots.

I liked the last 3rd of this book a lot more than I liked the beginning and middle. In fact, the last 3rd was a 4-5 star story...unfortunately, the 2/3 of the book before is was a 1 star and bordering on a DNF for me, so I can't bring myself to rate it highly, it was not this book that kept me reading, it was the 5 that came before it. This is the end of the series, the final book, and I wanted to know what happened, more to see where it left everyone in Worth the Fight than to see where they ended up.

Both Penny and Travis annoyed the heck out of me.

Penny has absolutely no backbone, which is odd for someone who has been through what she has, and until the latter portions of the book, she was wishy-washy and uneven as a character. I think it was an attempt to balance her strength with a little vulnerability, but it ended up leaving me annoyed at her, and more than once. I have no issues with God, or with characters who are religious, but Penny's religion at the beginning was to the point where it was almost preachy and I was starting to feel like there was a point trying to be made to the reader about God...which is fine in and of itself, but odd as this was not an element that was in the other 5 books so it made this one feel out of place.

Travis is a jerk. After the 4th time he referred to Bella as "it" "the kid" and other ways of avoiding saying her name, I was ready to slap him myself...I understand that he doesn't particularly want or like children, but at that point, I was starting to question why Penny would want him? What single mother wants a man, no matter how good the sex is, who weeks into the relationship is calling a child "it"? Yes, he gets better and he comes to realize that he is actually capable of love, and of loving both of them, but I am not convinced that any person would have stayed around to give him the time to get to that point, based on where he started from.

As I mentioned the pacing, the story and the characters were uneven throughout most of the story. If the last part had been where this started and focused, this would have been a much better read.

All in all, I thought this was a disappointing conclusion to the series.

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