Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Release Blitz & Book Review: Bestie by Bella Jewel

by Bella Jewel
Series: Jokers Wrath MC #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 13th, 2016


From USA Today Bestselling Author Bella Jewel comes a new novel in the international bestselling Jokers Wrath MC Series. 

The universe works in mysterious ways.

Well, it did for me, anyway.

It was like it knew that I needed him.

It put him in my life during a time I honestly thought I couldn’t go on.

He was broken. I was broken.

We only had one thing to offer each other – friendship.

A true, deep, incredible friendship.

Laughter fixed us.

Talking bonded us.

He quickly became my everything.

This is our story.

I can’t promise it’s always perfect.

It might make you laugh.

It might make you cry.

It might even make you love.

It's real.

It’s us. Besties.

**Contains Adult Themes - This book can be read as a standalone**


Buy now:

Jokers Wrath MC Series: http://amzn.to/2goGF7W

About the author:

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.


My review:

After endless thoughts of giving up and countless times closing and re-opening the book, I finally made it through! This book was such a struggle but stubborn me didn’t want to give up on a book. I just had to finish it.

My usual ratings are between 3 and 5 though I rarely rate 3. Since I had so many problems with this story and had already planned a few times on giving up I just couldn’t rate it higher than 2. I had hoped that there would be at least something in this book that would change my mind on the rating though such a turnaround sadly never happened. I'd like to tell you that I would give the author another chance though at the moment my judgment is kind of damaged and I'd rather not read a book of hers soon. I have to go and lick my wounds first.

The Story:
Two strangers go through their heartbreaks and when they find and confide in each other they give each other strength during this hard time. Though when something gets better, it's not guaranteed to always stay that way. The challenge for both of them starts when life gets tough again.

!! Please bear in mind that even though I tried not to I’ll probably start rambling a bit about some stuff not everyone will agree on but this is my honest opinion on this book and I just wanted to tell it in a nice way. I hope it doesn’t come across as mean.

I was so excited when I started to read this book because it's the first for me by this author and since so many people love her I had to jump on the Bella Jewel Train. The blurb was interesting and I liked that it was an MC Novel.

So, we have an amazing author and an interesting story, what happened now that I rated so low?

See, I started reading with the expectation of reading an MC book and all I've gotten was a girl acting like a virgin teenager dealing with her first heartbreak. This could've still been good if the main character wasn't so annoying and immature. She always put the blame on others and even people she didn't know and the worst for me was that she repeated herself a hundred times. Everything she said, she said over and over again. The story was repetitive and boring.

I was annoyed with Molly and her inner monologue since the first few pages though I didn't give up. I tried to pull through because I've hoped that it would get better. When I reached 30% I really planned on giving up because I doubted that it would get any better. Though since I never DNF a book I struggled with myself and finally decided to give it another try to finish it. I finally made it after what felt like reading forever.

Let me give you some examples on why I couldn't deal with this story:
!!! The things mentioned below may not be spoilers to some of you but I just wanted to make sure to warn you beforehand that in case you don't want to know any details of the story then I suggest you stop reading now.

First off we had two near strangers who declared each other besties without reason whatsoever. Oh there was a reason all right; Molly believed they were meant to meet, so yeah, good enough for someone. I'm just not one that believes in 'we were meant to meet' or 'my gut tells me' or 'my heart believes so'. Molly was a strong believer of those signs obviously and she really believed that the universe handed her him.

She also didn't seem to be shy when it came to sharing everything with this stranger though it was a shame that their conversations were always the same which became boring and repetitive. I really wanted to give up a few times even before I read the first 30%.

Molly was so immature. At first I thought she was still a kid and a virgin because she acted as if her first love broke up with her. Although I noticed soon that she wasn't a virgin at all and obviously no teenager but still not a woman IMO. (Btw she lived alone in a house which never seemed to be locked up because people came as they pleased. -> Pet peeve.)

Nobody could do right by Molly. Nothing her ex did was ever right for her. When he didn't call he was a jerk, when he called he was a jerk, when he ignored her he was a dickhead and when he wanted to talk he was an ass. I understood that she was angry at him but this was just ridiculous! She behaved like a child and that was by far not all. She even talked much worse about a woman she didn't even knew. Yeah I get that you usually talk bad about a person when your best friend tells you that this somebody's bad and you just agree. But this person became the devil to Molly. This before mentioned girl was her Bestie's ex and she was blocking him and not answering his calls though when she called him she also was a twat. For all I knew or cared they just drifted apart but what do I know. Molly always exaggerated and I thought I'd read the worst though when she herself became a selfish bitch I just gave up on my hope that this would get any better.

Even though Molly thought that there was a reason why they've met and she never felt awkward with her new bestie she sure as hell often asked him if their situations weren't awkward or weird. It bothered me that she was going on and on about the same things all the time. She was either calling one of their exes names, cursing, talking about her special bond with Roman or asking him if it wasn't weird between them. I just wanted to yell at her that it was weird all right! It seemed like it was awkward for her but she didn't want to admit it to herself because it would've negated all of her believes.

Both characters were so contradictory because he also wanted to contact his ex to talk, then he wanted to move on and wanted her to stop contacting him and THEN he held onto her?! WTF?!

At least those two weirdos found each other and can now be awkward together forever. Perfect. Let’s move on now.

Oh something I almost forgot, Molly complained that her ex wasn’t there for her during her heartbreak because she had to go through all of it alone. What the hell?! He broke up with her!! Why would he help her with going through this?! Hold her hand?! He didn't want to be with her. Why would he break up with her and then be there for her?! „)%)“(„$%(„$ Just no! This was too much! WOMAN!! You made me so angry! Just grow up! I got more and more frustrated with her. She drove me crazy with all her hatred and ramblings. I swear this woman costed me some nerves. Molly's character was just so bad. I didn't like her at all as you would’ve guessed probably by now with all my ramblings. See, now I turned into a Molly.

Anyway, after all she’s been through she still couldn’t make up her mind if she would take her ex back or not.

I believe that’s enough about the characters. Let me tell you what else bothered me:

The story was turning in a circle. Even now when I think back about the book I don’t even know what the point of the story was because besides those two people becoming besties and developing feelings there wasn’t anything else. 

It was sad that every time when they’ve met they told each other a fun story and then the scene changed real quickly. It was always the same and made it impossible for me to connect with the characters and their story. I never felt any emotions through whatsoever was happening. I was just bored and annoyed though I guess those are also some kind of emotions. I would have liked to understand the special bond they shared but I just didn't get it.

I also never understood their humor. “Your dick stinks”, “Wash your balls”.. Ah, what?!

Maybe I was just the wrong person for this book and I may be boring because of this but I’m not into flipping the bird to people and in this book you would be so wasted after drinking a shot each time someone flipped the bird. I've never read about flipping someone a bird that often like in this book. Am I the only one who doesn't do this at all in her life? Is this a thing?! Flipping someone the bird?? It’s just rude and not funny at all.

I tried not to spoil anything but this one thing was just the cherry on top. At one point in the book right in the middle Molly said something that made me close the book for a while → I’ve never orgasmed before, I've come close, but it just never seems to touch the right place.” Say what?!!?!?! She was no virgin and she said herself that she also uses her sex toys A LOT! And now she wanted to tell me that she never orgasmed before?! Oh please, go away!!

Since there was a lot of Roman's story in this book I would have liked to read some from his POV but we just got Molly's which made it monotonous and as I mentioned a few times now, Molly annoyed the hell out of me.

I was disappointed that there wasn't much of the MC involved. Yeah we met some of the members but I really thought this was about some badass bikers. Jack was at least one character I liked in this book. He had some fun personality and I may even be intrigued to read his book.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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