- The heroine was slightly annoying sometimes and pulled some TSTL moves. I wanted a better explanation...more
While the story was okay I had a few quibbles:
- The heroine was slightly annoying sometimes and pulled some TSTL moves. I wanted a better explanation of why they moved to a middle of nowhere town in WV - was it close to a hospital where her mom could work? Why would they go there when they had no ties to the town?
- The world building needs more details. We don't know enough about what the aliens really are and how they live on earth. It was kind of glossed over, which might be okay for younger readers but I want explanations.
- Daemon was an unpleasant dick the whole story, there wasn't any real redemption. He could have accomplished his goals in better ways - like maybe dealing with the fact his sister is the one endangering them, not Katy, because his sister knows the risks and still became friends with her. I just didn't find him likable so it will be hard to root for him. The extra chapters in the end made him more likable, maybe the story would be more enjoyable if we knew what he was really thinking and didn't have to go off his rude actions.
- The aliens themselves - beings of light? What the heck does that mean, how did they "become" human, do they reproduce, etc - the world building should have answered this (not just lightly glossed over it) But I found the idea of them being light kind of dumb.
- The fact the heroine had a book blog and waxed poetic about YA fiction, this just seemed like the author wanted to include maybe something she is familiar with. They didn't have YA fiction and blogs when I was a teen so maybe I just don't get it.
Despite all of my quibbles, I may give the next book a try depending on how it sounds.(less)
Okay story but the heroine did some dumb stuff, like running straight into danger and not trusting the hero at all. She was frustrating. I wish we wou...moreOkay story but the heroine did some dumb stuff, like running straight into danger and not trusting the hero at all. She was frustrating. I wish we would have had the hero's point of view, I didn't get a good read of his feelings for her. (less)
Beautiful Disaster was a story that sucked me in from the beginning and kept me on a crazy roller coaster while the two leads figured out their passio...moreBeautiful Disaster was a story that sucked me in from the beginning and kept me on a crazy roller coaster while the two leads figured out their passionate relationship. The heroine, Abby (or Pigeon as the hero calls her - yeah it's kind of weird but cute) is a freshman at college when she meets the hero, Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox. Travis is quite the bad boy, he fights in underground boxing fights to earn money for college (he is a sophomore at the same college) and he screws different girls all the time. Oh yeah, and he is hot, tattooed and rides a motorcycle. Travis sees Abby as a challenge because she doesn't throw herself at him, in fact she is kind of rude to him. They eventually decide to be friends but it's pretty clear that it's only a matter of time before they finally give into their crazy chemistry. Abby ends up living with him for a month after losing a bet and they get even closer. But they both have a lot of issues and keep pushing each other away. Eventually they do get together but they still have a lot of ups and downs before they finally get things figured out.
This book was really good. Travis was a complex, sexy, slightly scary man. He is quick to fight any man he thinks messes with Abby and he is quite simply obsessed with her. He wants all of her to the point where she gets freaked out. Abby also has issues due to her father and there was a point where I thought she walked away for no real reason and really hurt Travis (which she does apologize for later but she still put them both through stuff unnecessarily). The passion between them was scorching but they loved and fought with equal intensity. Their relationship was volatile but very hot.
If you are looking for something different and like bad boy heroes, this would be a good choice. The story is very good, even if it is a bit of a roller coaster ride as these two fight and make up until they finally figure out they want to be together (well he knew right away but she needed to admit it). I don't mind obsessive heroes so Travis's single minded intensity toward her wasn't a problem but he may freak some people out (he even gets her name tattooed on him after like a month of being together). He also is still screwing a bunch of one night stands while they were first friends as they tried to ignore their attraction, but they weren't together yet. I usually don't like it when a couple is this volatile but their chemistry was so hot I was able to handle it.(less)
This was not a bad book but I found the ghost thing just dragged on and was annoyed that the big bad vampires got their butts kicked so many times by...moreThis was not a bad book but I found the ghost thing just dragged on and was annoyed that the big bad vampires got their butts kicked so many times by the guy.
We need a little more excitement and a better story next time.(less)
I had a fun time reading this humorous cute story of a southern woman who moves to nowhere Alaska to start a new life away from her overly attentive s...moreI had a fun time reading this humorous cute story of a southern woman who moves to nowhere Alaska to start a new life away from her overly attentive super hippie parents and ends up falling for a hot, slightly cantankerous local man who just happens to be a werewolf. The story was written in first person but I didn't really mind because I really liked our heroine, Mo (short for Moonflower Freedom Refreshing Breeze Joplin Duvall-Wenstein - her parents were really free spirits). We get to come along for the ride as she gets to know the colorful characters that make up the small Alaskan town of Grundy. She really comes into her own when she starts cooking for the local saloon/restaurant/general store and feels like she makes a home for herself now that she doesn't have to worry about her parents constantly interfering in her life. Her relationship with Connor starts out slow because he is so surly but it heats up considerably once they finally give into their hot chemistry. He gets more likable but he definitely deserved the swats to the head women (including Mo) gave him sometimes. But he was hot, protective and had lots of stamina so I could forgive his occasional dumbness.
This was an enjoyable, fun book with an interesting location and a great cast of characters. I would recommend it, especially if you are looking for a lighter book with a likable strong heroine that is a nice change from the typical romance.(less)
Rules of Attraction was a good story that I enjoyed reading but I didn't think Carlos and Kiara had the crazy chemistry that Alex and Brittany did. So...moreRules of Attraction was a good story that I enjoyed reading but I didn't think Carlos and Kiara had the crazy chemistry that Alex and Brittany did. So the romance wasn't as satisfying and electric. Carlos was also not as sympathetic a character as Alex because I felt like Alex only did bad things because he had no other choice while Carlos acted like a punk just because he wanted to. But overall the story was a good read that I enjoyed a lot.
We got to see more of Alex and Brittany as they are both in college. They hit a rough patch in their relationship when Alex doesn't want to meet with her parents because he is afraid she will realize she can do better than him but they work things out when she convinces Alex that she wants to be with him no matter when anyone thinks and she refuses to hide their relationship at all. So by the end they are fine :) They just have such great chemistry as a couple, it was great seeing more of them.(less)
Perfect Chemistry is a wonderful story, I loved reading it. The story is about two high school seniors from two very different lifestyles who fall in...morePerfect Chemistry is a wonderful story, I loved reading it. The story is about two high school seniors from two very different lifestyles who fall in love despite their differences.
Brittany Ellis has the perfect life from the outside – she is beautiful, rich and popular at school. However, her home life is not a fairy tale. Her older sister has major health problems which she helps out with as much as possible because her parents can’t seem to deal with her. Her mother has anxiety issues and expects Brittany to put forth a perfect image at all times while her father is always working. Brittany also has the perfect football player boyfriend to complete her image who she didn’t see over the summer only to find things strained when school begins.
Alejandro Fuentes is a Latino man from the south side of town. He is the man of his house, taking care of his two younger brothers and his mother. His secret wish is to get out of the violent lifestyle he lives and go to college but he knows that isn’t possible for him. He joined the Latino Bloods gang to protect his family because he had no choice, now he is stuck because you don’t just walk away from a gang – you either die or wish you would have died if you tried to leave. Alex refuses to deal drugs but he does have to collect money from people and resort to violence, which is all he has known on his side of town.
On the first day of class, Alex and Brittany get into a clash before school over a parking lot incident. Then they are both in the same chemistry class and are assigned to work together as partners. Alex thinks Brittany is a fake white b*tch, while she thinks he is a scary druggie gang member so they don’t exactly hit it off. Alex makes a bet with a friend that he can sleep with Brittany before Thanksgiving, so he decides to try to seduce her. As they start to get to know each other, Alex and Brittney find that despite outside appearances, they have a lot in common. They both hide behind a fake persona they created, Alex as a tough gang banger and Brittany as a perfect popular girl.
Alex and Brittany are both attracted to each other but Brittany has her perfect football player boyfriend. She is very attracted to Alex but doesn’t see how they could be together. She eventually gets the courage to go after what she wants in life instead of maintaining a façade, so she dumps her boyfriend and goes after Alex. Her feelings aren’t one-sided but Alex lives a dangerous lifestyle that he isn’t sure Brittney should be anywhere near. He starts to think maybe he can actually graduate and hope for a future but he doesn’t see a way out of the gang lifestyle he is stuck in. Brittany believes in him and thinks he can have a great future, but getting out just may kill him.
I loved this story! I was so engrossed in this Romeo and Juliet style romance. Alex was a very sexy Latino man, he was a good man despite his violent background. He didn’t want to be in a gang but was stuck because he lived in a dangerous place and needed to protect his family. I liked Brittany too, I was a little annoyed with her when she didn’t break up with her boyfriend right away when he was being a jerk then I remembered how long I stayed with my jerk high school boyfriend and realized we have all been young and dumb. I was impressed when Brittany threw caution to the wind and went after Alex, accepting the fact he was in a gang but wanting better for him because she knew he could do better.
I loved how the author didn’t water things down, the characters seemed very realistic. The gang lifestyle shown was gritty, dangerous and scary but she managed to show the different facets of it. She also showed the Latino culture in great detail which I enjoyed. None of the characters were two-dimensional, they all had layers to their personalities. Tough guy Alex had a vulnerable side and there was a funny scene where his buddy spilled something on his pants that made it look like he peed himself. I also like how the high school seniors drank alcohol at parties, had sex and occasionally smoked weed – because that is realistic for the setting, I hate when people act like it doesn’t happen.
I highly recommend this book! I loved reading about Alex and Brittany, it’s a story I won’t forget anytime soon and plan on reading again. Alex was a great character, who can resist a bad boy with a good heart and the good girl who won’t give up on him. Don’t be worried about the Young Adult label, these two are very mature for their ages. There is one love scene that is not very detailed but the story is full of sexual tension and hot chemistry between the leads. There is an HEA at the end of the book, we know they are going to be together and it makes sense for their age and place in life. The story is told in first person from both points of view, which actually worked wonderfully since the author is very talented.(less)