Unraveled is a very interesting book. The third in the Woodlands series, but the first I have read, it works great as a stand-alone, but you can bet o...moreUnraveled is a very interesting book. The third in the Woodlands series, but the first I have read, it works great as a stand-alone, but you can bet on it that I am going back to read more about Noah and Bo who were in the Marines with Gray the main character of this book.
Full of alpha males who joke around, fight sometimes and just generally enjoy each other's company Unraveled wins on that alone. I live in the middle of two Marine bases, one of them I believe is the largest on the East Coast so I grew up thinking men with short hair and buff bods were hot (of course not all of them are buff in reality, but the majority look pretty good). However as most parents around here do, they warn you off the Marines, lol! Of course we were 16-18 at the time, I think if I would have been older they would have been perfectly fine, in fact I have a brother-in-law who is a Marine and I adore him. Okay my thoughts aside, I also like the way the guys act. Typically guys in my age group don't act like this (or maybe they do in the service) but I do know the younger guys do. There is a different camaraderie with guys now, than there was 15-20 years ago. And I love the camaraderie that is shown between Bo, Noah and Gray. These guys have been through it all together and have a strong friendship. But when Gray starts wondering about what Bo and Noah have now in their relationships and Sam enters the picture things get interesting.
Sam is a great main character too. She is a widowed young woman and I mean young. Her husband died in service with the Army and when he died she was robbed of her life and plans too. So she has just been coasting along for two years with her husband's things still scattered around her condo, a job bartending and half the time she sleeps in her childhood room at her parents'. And even though she is coasting I can feel her silent strength and I like that. As a crocheter, I like that she knits as well showing that there is a younger generation working in the needlearts. But the story picks us as Gray enters the picture. At first she feels lust and she doesn't even want to feel that for another man in the service. But she does, but slowly there is something more and it scares her. But not as much as it scares him since he's been hurt in the past and truly believes there are no good relationships when you are in the service. But of course they learn to trust and that's what makes the story awesome. And at the center too is the fact that Gray is up for re-enlistment and has 45 days of leave (which is why he's in Sam, Bo and Noah's town) to decide what to do. And what will he do? Well that you have to read the book for.
But know this, Unraveled is full of great characters, attraction that will scorch your ereader (have your significant other handy, just a warning), romance, a lot of humor, friendship and good fun. While New Adult at it's core, this is ultimately a feel-good book and not as gritty as some New Adult. But it's wonderful and has me clamoring for more of Jen Frederick's characters and storylines. So read it and come back and let me know what you thought (or what you thought if you have already read it). It's an A+ in my book.(less)
Former brief (meaning one-time) lovers, competitors all through school and they've been apart 10-years when they meet up during difficult circumstance...moreFormer brief (meaning one-time) lovers, competitors all through school and they've been apart 10-years when they meet up during difficult circumstances. All of this make Ellie and Finn's story very, very interesting and Her Summer with the Marine an excellent book to read as spring approaches and it feels like love is in the air.
If I went with what I didn't love about this book, there would be very little to write. I thought the writing/story was a little choppy at times, but that did not diminish my enjoyment of the story. It may be more a testament to my life while reading the story than the book itself, so don't let that deter you. Honestly I really enjoyed every second of this book. The characters are fun. Finn is sexy, one of those men that make women from 12-90 just melt between his looks and his undeniable charm. Ellie is trying to move through life, make something of a career and deal with the guilt that surrounds her and her Dad's situation. Plus she's still trying to get over that night 10 years ago with Finn. Their love/hate/amazing attraction relationship is fun and when they finally give into it, it's enjoyable to watch. Of course there will be that time of difficulty as there is with any romance (have to have conflict) but as with any romance you know they will get their happily ever after, just now how it will happen.
I have to say there were surprises with this book and I look forward to more books by Ms. Meier. I can't wait to read more about Finn's brothers who are just introduced in the book but should make things interesting in the future. I believe this is the first of the Red-Hot Bliss line where the passion is a little hotter than the typical Bliss line and it is. The heat was just right for me and fit the couple in the book. It's sexy and fun and romantic all in one. I like how Ms. Meier went at this romance just a bit different with the lust vs. hate type of relationship and how the couple realizes they really play off each other well. It was fun to watch every second of their relationship and to see each character grow and surprise me.
If you love your romance then this is definitely a book to try. The characters will engage you, the small town enthrall you and the storyline will make you turn pages at a fast clip. Her Summer with the Marine is a book that you shouldn't miss and I am so happy I had the chance to review it!(less)
Let me state up front there are good and bad reviews of this book. I actually read through them because I really wasn't sure what to think after I fin...moreLet me state up front there are good and bad reviews of this book. I actually read through them because I really wasn't sure what to think after I finished this one. And I think for once reading the reviews helped clarify my thoughts on a book. So here goes.
First I'm going to start with what I enjoyed. I enjoyed this story or what I guessed was the storyline from the reading. I like the fangirl to lover angle. I liked Lacey most of the time and I really liked Dante. He's hot and he's not a complete total jerk rock star. He's good with Lacey, he seems to handle her well even though he doesn't understand his attraction to her. I like that he protects her even before he figures that out and he sees something in her that she doesn't. I also like that Lacey sees the true Dante. We all put on fronts to the world and when you find your soulmate they can see you for your true person, they accept who you are and nurture that not try to change it and I liked that both characters seemed to understand that. There was no changing for each other, just finding their ways to their true self. So I liked the element of self-discovery. Another thing I like is the book is hot, from the make-out scenes to start til it gets more heated between Dante and Lacey, it is hot. The attraction is there and the reader can feel it.
So what didn't I like. Lacey was indecisive. I can understand being a little indecisive and I know some of it was linked to self-esteem (I'm not good enough for a rock star) but whoa, some of the complete changes she would do were crazy to me. Another thing was the fact that it took until halfway through the book for me to feel like I really got any backstory on the characters. At halfway I finally learned something that gave Dante depth. Lacey is kind of always there, but still the surface is only scratched. Shoot me for saying this but there could have been a few less pages of the steamy and a little more development of character. But I guess this depends on what you like, because the steamy was good.
Overall I enjoyed this book though. I kept reading and it kept me interested. There are some interesting plot twists later in the book, but I still felt that sex got in the way of development sometimes. However I think Ms. Chance's writing is great, this is a quality book, just not as in depth as I usually like. But I am excited to read more of this series, I'm guessing it will center around Lacey's housemates and I can't wait to see how that works out. We see some of them all in this book but Anna really shines so I can't wait to read about her.
If you are looking for a steamy rock star read with some nice romance added in then this is just the book for you.
Some of my favorite defining lines/quotes in the book:
First a description of Dante:
Looking like he'd just swaggered out of her latest fantasy, Dante Falcone sauntered into the room with a complete entourage of IMO secretaries in his wake, his hand wrapped around an insulated thermos that he'd clearly brought with him. Today he wore an expertly tailored white button-down shirt, with just enough of said buttons undone to give a hint of that smooth bronze skin beneath and black leather pants that slid over hi intimately without quite being obscene.
Then something to whet your appetite for the four friends:
"Yeah," Lacey said. She thought about the girls in the brownstone--she and Anna had been close enough friends in college, but it wasn't until they'd both found themselves in Boston last summer that things had really clicked for them. A chance encounter with artist-on-the rise Erin Connelly had led to a roof oer their heads, which was where they'd met the fast talking Dani Michaels. Within just a few weeks, the four of them had formed a pretty tight bond. Even Dani, who didn't seem to connect easily, was now hanging around the brownstone more often whenever she wasn't working as a bartender, pool hustle, or God only knew what else.
And finally a little romance:
"Lacey, I need you to look at me." She blinked her eyes open and was transfixed. He was staring straight at her, and this wasn't the fresh-faced boy-bander or the moody, molten rock star. This wasn't an image or a legend or a celebrity. This was a man, flesh and bones and heart and heat. And he was in front of her, focused on her, real and powerful and turning her inside out, making hope surge up within her like maybe, just maybe, this was real and she could, she could . . .
Jessica Sorensen does gritty very well. As the second book in the Nova series, this was even grittier than the first. Talk about hitting rock bottom....moreJessica Sorensen does gritty very well. As the second book in the Nova series, this was even grittier than the first. Talk about hitting rock bottom. However I think I will now have a lot of respect for anyone who takes rehab seriously.
Saving Quinton starts roughly a year after Breaking Nova. It's summer break after Nova's sophomore year and she can't seem to get Quinton off her mind. Nova has cleaned up with help of her Mom and her friend Lea. She's finished her second year of school and is dealing with her feeling now instead of burying them. Everything is not perfect for her, but life is definitely on an upswing. But the one thing that tears at her, is how she can help Quinton who she walked away from that day. She doesn't want him to end up like her boyfriend Landon, someone she regretted not being able to help.
So that is what the majority of this book focuses on. Told from alternating point-of-view of Nova and Quinton. The reader sees how hard Nova will go to help Quinton and how dark things have really gotten for Quinton. This book is not for the faint-of-heart, but if you enjoy gritty New Adult and don't mind getting a bit grittier, I promise this book has a lot to offer. Raw emotion, addiction, guilt, love, all are themes and contributed to a book that was well worth the time to read. I now cannot wait for the third installment Nova and Quinton: No Regrets where I hope everything will finally come together for these two, but I don't expect it to be easy. But that's what really makes these books.
Love New Adult, or edgy books in general. Don't mind drug use in books (but someone is always trying to help those using). Like that things don't resolve easy, yet you can kind of see there might be a happy ending eventually, then this is a book series for you. I have enjoyed both Breaking Nova and Saving Quinton and cannot wait for Nova and Quinton: No Regrets (April 15, 2014). I am hooked on Jessica Sorensen and can't wait to go read her other series.(less)
A Beautiful Wedding is the perfect ending to the Beautiful Disaster series. Short and sweet, it was just so perfect for me. I have loved Travis and Ab...moreA Beautiful Wedding is the perfect ending to the Beautiful Disaster series. Short and sweet, it was just so perfect for me. I have loved Travis and Abby since Beautiful Disaster and loved getting to know them through each side of the story. This seems to be a growing trend in New Adult genre and while I thought re-reading the same story might be boring, I quickly learned it's fascinating to see the two sides to the story.
A Beautiful Wedding presents the two-sides all in one novella. A wedding for Travis and Abby might seem crazy, but their whole relationship has been crazy and this might just have been the one sane thing they have done. I like how they both see the realism of getting married and their situation. They don't go in with rose-colored glasses. They know it will be tough but in the end they realize their love is strong enough to handle the ups and downs. I loved seeing them both have doubts yet reaching this conclusion and the story of them getting to their wedding(s) was a lot of fun!
A Beautiful Wedding completely fits with the tone of the rest of the series and I was not disappointed at all except to see the series end. But Travis and Abby get their hard-fought happily-ever-after and that was all that mattered to me.
I listened to the audio and it is well-done. I enjoyed the alternating voices in each chapter that focuses on a character. The female voice was perfect for Abby and the male voice was perfect for Travis. I listened to this over a few rides to and from work and even on a walk one day because I had to know how it would all come down (a wedding with Elvis?). If you enjoy audiobooks, this one is great and really brings to life Abby and Travis' story.
A great ending to a wonderful series. Would love to see America and Shepley's story too, not sure if it is in the works or Ms. McGuire is going in another direction. Either way she is now on my must-read list. So if you haven't read Beautiful Disaster and love the New Adult genre, I encourage you to start this series. If you have been waiting on their happily-ever-after, run out and grab (or order online) A Beautiful Wedding so you can see what I'm gushing about!(less)
Consoling Angel was a quick enjoyable read with an interesting premise. What a sweet way to deal with death of a loved one and the aftermath of gettin...moreConsoling Angel was a quick enjoyable read with an interesting premise. What a sweet way to deal with death of a loved one and the aftermath of getting over that death in a book.
This is a novella, so there is not a huge amount of character development. However in the short span of the story I loved getting to know Mira. Mira is dealing with the loss of her father and throwing herself into everything she can to pretty much ignore it. She carries her Dad's and her shared love of all things James Dean as her one way to hold onto him which I thought was sweet. Then the plot really starts and Mira falls asleep and dreams. I loved the dream aspect of the plot and how everything happens and the explanation at the end. Every aspect worked well together and kept me turning page to find out how this story would turn out.
For a short novella, there is a lot to process in a good way. Denise Alicea doesn't overload you with too much but gives just the right amount of plot and character development to fit into the novella framework. But the nice thing is you don't feel shorted by the shorter number of pages. The story fits perfectly into the novella framework and was one I really enjoyed. I look forward to more reading of Ms. Alicea's work in the future.(less)
Mutilate My Heart is an interesting tale. I loved the rock star with a twist angle. I enjoyed the characters and it made for a quick, fun read.
Becca a...moreMutilate My Heart is an interesting tale. I loved the rock star with a twist angle. I enjoyed the characters and it made for a quick, fun read.
Becca and Carli are fun characters. This is mainly Becca's story but Carli is along for the ride as well picking her on band member from Mutilated Arteries. I loved Becca's love of music and devotion tot the band. I love music as well so it was fun to see a book from this point-of-view. Becca doesn't have a lot of development, but it takes place over a short span of time and the main focus is the plot. Sketch also made a great character. A fun, yet down-to-earth rock star and new member of the band.
Becca and Sketch and Carli and Corpse's whirlwind romance are the real focus of the book. And there is a twist. But the book is fun and fast-moving. The plot was interesting, not too predictable and different. The fast-pace made me keep reading and almost finished it in one sitting.
If you want a book that focuses on music, rock stars and some romance, this is just the book for you. If you enjoy a paranormal twist this is fun too. I loved the book and look forward to seeing where this series goes.(less)
This book is a lot of fun. It is a little crass but you know that from reading the blurb so it's not shocking. But if you get past that (and I had no...moreThis book is a lot of fun. It is a little crass but you know that from reading the blurb so it's not shocking. But if you get past that (and I had no problem with it, it really works within the plotline of the book) it is such a fun book to read. It's the perfect YA romantic comedy.
Sam's point-of-view is first in the book and honestly I didn't think I would like him. Yes he explains he is the typical teenage boy, but he kind of comes off as a dog. But set him with Ally as her best friend and Sam becomes something more. He's a real friend, he's good to Ally, he doesn't try to change her (until she asks) and he's incredibly protective of her. So Sam immediately became a good guy in the second chapter. Ally is sweet, nerdy and has had a somewhat boring boyfriend for the last two years. Now that somewhat boring boyfriend has dumped her for another girl so Ally wants to change, not to get boring boyfriend back but to get her self-esteem back up and in a way to get back at the male species. She wants to become the female equivalent of Sam and enlists him to help her.
Makeovers ensue and then mayhem ensues. Ally becomes like Sam even when they eventually get involved, but now Sam is acting like a girl and it's really confusing for both of them. Hilarity then ensues and the book just keeps on moving. I won't give away any more. I will say that once you start reading it's hard to put down. Yes it's predictable, but that is the fun. There are still bumps and lots of other things along the way that make the book extremely funny and enjoyable to read.
Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is funny, cute, romantic and just plain adorable. Tellulah Darling has managed to make sex and teenagers amusing and real with characters that are easy to relate to for both sexes. Who doesn't want a best friend like Sam or Ally? Who doesn't want to transform themselves like Ally? Who doesn't want the perfect soulmate? It's just incredibly cute and well-done. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Ms. Darling.(less)