THE TYPE OF NA ROMANCE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. Oh man, I loved the crap out of this book. It was a sweet and sexy romance that I totally shipped likeTHE TYPE OF NA ROMANCE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. Oh man, I loved the crap out of this book. It was a sweet and sexy romance that I totally shipped like you have no idea but I also really loved how it explored how hard the college transition can be, family, grief & loss and having to grow up too soon. I have been pining for some books that aren’t just SET in college as a flimsy background setting for sexy times but the main character ACTUALLY is engaging with college life stuff and this book is 100% that. And well…the romance?
If you like forbidden romances (a student and TA) that don’t make you feel icky…I highly recommend. I loved the slow build of their relationship and the tension that just kept growing between them — especially since he was her TA so a romantic relationship between the two could really have repercussions.
I just could NOT put this one down — it’s compulsively readable and stood out for having a substantive college setting alongside the romance and for having a good guy love interest.
My only qualm came with the uber villainy of the antagonist…it just seemed a little overboard for me. I can see jeopardizing her love life because she’s mad but then some of the other stuff she was threatening was a little much.
You know I don’t read a ton of New Adult because most of it makes me all eye-rolly but I will heartily recommend this one!!...more
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Crown Duel was a quick paced adventure for sure that, despitFirst posted over at my blog where you can find more book talks and general book nerdery.
Crown Duel was a quick paced adventure for sure that, despite a slow start for me to warm up to, really pulled me in and made me eager to grab the conclusion at the library and check out the novellas. It really hit the ground running with the father dying and with Mel and her brother quickly having to go war against a tyrant king who is threatening their kingdom. It was quite the adventure from the start and I knew pretty early on that I’d really love Mel — even when she’s kinda rude and stubborn. I loved watching Mel and her people think of cunning ways to outsmart these larger and well trained troops. I always root for the band of misfits! As soon as Mel’s adventure breaks off from the rest is where it gets even more intense and made for a great story of adventure, survival and political maneuvering. I really liked the world, though that and the magic system were a little too sparsely constructed for me at times, and loved finding out more about the other kingdoms and players within. I wanted to understand more of the magic and the Hillfolk to be honest. I will say…I WISH THERE WAS A DAMN MAP IN THIS BOOK. I had the hardest time picturing places traveled to or talked about which was really hard for me. I looooved the Marquis and how Mel and he interacted. I see a good ship for book 2 especially because you know I love me a hate-to-love ship! Although I think I would have enjoyed this more when I was younger I did quite enjoy this adventure! Definitely a book to pick up if you are craving fantasy but want something shorter and fast paced!...more
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I could die of happiness talking about Summers at Castle Auburn — it was so charming and swoony. It was one of those books that felt like magic. It felt like cozy over-sized sweaters, a good cup of tea, hot cocoa with big ol’ marshmallows, blanket forts and sitting by the fireplace. I don’t know how else to describe it. I felt like it didn’t matter what happened around me as I was reading it in my blanket fort with my cuppa tea because I was so utterly absorbed in the story and the characters lives. I loved the setting of castle Auburn and watching her come of age each summer (while getting snippets of her life in the village) there was so delightful. She was irreverent and smart and oh I adored her and her various escapades.
I loved watching that shift of innocence and enchantment by life at the castle and then, as she got older, she lost some of that innocence to see things (and people) at the castle for what they were. She got a bit jaded as one does when you get older and everything isn’t how you always thought it to be — especially when she saw all the political maneuvering that has always been there. The ship in this book is one of my faaaaaavorite in a long time. If you are looking for sexy, this is not that. This is the slowest burn of all slow burns and I’m talking rubbing-two-sticks-to-make-fire slow burn. It was delightful and made me squeal and oh man did my heart swell like 10 sizes. If you are looking for those brutal and intense type fantasy books this isn’t quite it. It’s more a charming and happy one — though sad and hard things ARE in it. It’s just not as quite intense or brutal as a lot I’ve read if that makes sense....more
I will wait for the applause to die down. YES I FINALLY READ BOOK 2. I have to ask myself WHY did I wait so long in between my reading of this and booI will wait for the applause to die down. YES I FINALLY READ BOOK 2. I have to ask myself WHY did I wait so long in between my reading of this and book 1. I REALLY enjoyed this one and I’m so eager to continue on to book 3. I read it in a matter of a few hours and I felt like I fell more in love with all these characters even more. REALLY enjoyed trying to figure out who was making trouble with the Chamber of Secrets and all the Riddle stuff. It was so compelling. WILL NOT WAIT SO LONG TO READ BOOK 3…I PROMISE. I continue to have suspicions that Snape is the worst. I can’t figure him out but I feel very unsettled. OH OH and other noteworthy things..I decided to get sorted after reading this one…I was sorted as Gryffindor (72%) but also 72% Hufflepuff. Apparently I can be a Gryffinpuff!??...more
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A prehistoric setting? YES PLEASE. I really enjoyed how unique the setting was for this one and I felt like I could just picture it through Julie Eshbaugh’s writing. I will admit that I had quite the struggle getting into it — I was interested but not quite being pulled in the way I had hoped. It also may have been the fact that for a good chunk of the book, because he’s telling her a story, it’s told from second person point of view and it felt a little disconnecting at times because of that. That took some getting used to. I think the best part of this book was how transported I was to this time period of hunting and gathering and I enjoyed the nature aspect of it — to be honest, the land and nature felt like a character in its own because of the obstacles and dangers for Kol and the other characters. I also really loved all the clan dynamics and how we learn about the clan history through the present events in the novel and there is quite a bit of tension in trying to navigate which version of the past actually was true. My other qualm, in addition to it taking a long time for me to feel engaged, was that I just didn’t really care about the romance? I mean, I liked it but I wasn’t swept up in it or feel like I understood it other than there were slim pickings for a mate. If you are looking for an action-packed prehistoric setting, this isn’t quite that. But if you can be patient and let yourself get swept up in it at a slower pace, you might enjoy it. I did like it and plan to continue on with the series because I’m digging the prehistoric thing — though the ending felt like it also could be a standalone....more
This book was just sooooo delightful! There needs to be a proper word for something that makes your heart a little sad but equally giddy. Maybe thereThis book was just sooooo delightful! There needs to be a proper word for something that makes your heart a little sad but equally giddy. Maybe there is a word for it? I don’t know but this book is whatever that word is. I’m sad I made my YA contemporary beach read list already because this one would have definitely been at the top — compulsively readable and just heart-melting. And YOU GUYS…one of the sweetest, swooniest dudes in YA.
I LOVED the relationship between Maguire and Jordy. So banter-y. So cute. I want you to discover it for yourself so I don’t want to say too much about it. I just loved how they met and how they opened up to each other and helped each other.
I love books that deal with grief/loss and read a lot of them but I actually really loved that this one wasn’t directly dealing with the grief and loss of losing her father and brother. I loved that it was still showing the lasting effects of losing someone especially so tragically as well as some of the other things she went through. While on the surface it seems silly that she would really think she’s cursed and live her life in the careful manner she does, it’s actually amazing what your brain convince you. I really felt for Maguire especially because I could relate. After my mom passed away from brain cancer in 2006 I convinced myself I was dying or that I was going to die. Like some days I just laid in bed so scared of dying. It really hit pretty personally how one can hold themselves back from living because of a fear and belief so tight within your gut that no matter the logic people try to use on you you just can’t shake it.
I think the shining star of this novel is how positively therapy is portrayed. Honestly I wish I had this book after my mom passed away because maybe I would have gotten the help that I needed to deal with my issues. Watching Maguire put in that work and do these scary assignments, that to others would seem easy, was just wonderful. I really enjoyed watching her (and Jordy) tackle them even though they were hard. I really loved that therapy wasn’t just a convenient plot thing for her and Jordy but I really felt like the author showed how important it was for her....more
1.5 stars maybe? Okay enough that I kept reading it but I really kept feeling like I didn't dig this?
I'm very much a newb in the NA romance genre so1.5 stars maybe? Okay enough that I kept reading it but I really kept feeling like I didn't dig this?
I'm very much a newb in the NA romance genre so take my thoughts/rating with a grain of salt. I've found NA romances I dig but this one isn't one of them. It was a little too cheesy for me and mehh..just so much meh. I think just not my type. Wasn't into her writing either, little too dramatic for me too.
I was excited about the plot and what was promised that the two characters would be facing but I felt like a lot of it was underdeveloped besides Rhys's story. I didn't feel like Auden grew much or got much out of this trip besides what an actual orgasm was like. Which, important and yay for her, but I wanted to feel like I was on this journey with her but when I got to the end I never felt like I was there for all this stuff she says she learned and how she changed from this trip.
I will say...Lia Riley can sure write a hot broody Scottish guy. I enjoyed him very much and could just picture his sexy voice and self. But I honestly never felt the romance. It was insta-everything and I'm not even bothered totally by instalove but I need to FEEL that all consuming passion and I never did. I got the insta-lust but I just didn't buy the love that quick. I just didn't. I mean, I was glad Auden pointed out how unbelievable it was they fell that fast but it still didn't make me particularly invested in them.
Also lols for days for creative euphemisms and phrases in this book -- beef bayonet ("I would have gotten stabbed by his beef bayonet had his shorts been any smaller"), scro-tak (an attack to the scrotum) and Pound Town as in "Oh my god. That was an invitation to Pound Town." (that was my husbands fave one I told him)
I am very much in the minority here so if you are a NA romance lover you might like this one. But this picky NA romance lover did not like this one which is sad because it sounded so good and I was craving a romance and I just want to find more NA I like. I would have probably enjoyed a narrative that just described the amazing setting of this novel just as much if not more. ...more