I was enamored with this concept from the first time I heard about it - how awful would it be to know for a fact you have a higher chance of becoming I was enamored with this concept from the first time I heard about it - how awful would it be to know for a fact you have a higher chance of becoming a killer? I often think it's bad enough doing the cancer genetic testing, Huntington's, etc, those sorts of things, where you find out for sure you are more likely to end up suffering from that. Correlate that to this concept, and the different implications, and I was hooked before I ever picked up the book.
In a lot of ways, I have to say, this book is maybe a bit slower. To start, it's very much about Davy figuring out how to handle suddenly being cast aside, and the echoing of so many eras in our history as a result was chilling. This is one of those books that, despite not being solid contemporary/realistic fiction, is too realistic to be comfortable. Can I imagine everything in this book actually happening? Absolutely. I really loved Davy's character. She's a good girl, a privileged girl, with so much ahead of her, at least until she's uninvited from her school as a result of being a carrier. As everything is stripped away from her, and even her own family has some tension there now, it's both painful and realistic to read. Still, there is a lot of strength to Davy as she goes through all of this, but what I loved the most is how her fear is present, even has some element of hindering her, yet she also pushes through it and doesn't let it get the best of her.
And Sean. Oh. Sean. I love this boy, so hard. He's so determined to fight back against everything happening, even while it seems impossible to do so. He's that quiet, solid sort of guy, with mystery about him and a hard exterior, yet such a genuinely good heart inside. This boy really got to me and I want nothing more than to see him come out okay. He takes Davy under his wing so to speak, and there is definitely some romance though it's not as forefront as in Jordan's prior series. In a lot of ways, I feel like these are two people who need each other right now, who found each other at the right time, though what that means in the future I don't know.
There is so much realism infused throughout this book, and as someone who reads more contemporary than anything, I completely love it. Still, the sci-fi bend to it is scarily believable to me, and despite that niggle in my mind that this is something not in our world, how easy it is to imagine had me both hooked and uncomfortable. This book has so many layers and is brilliant in ways I can't describe without spoiling anything, but I highly recommend it for fans of all genres....more
This one of those overall quiet feeling books, yet it is so captivating and memorable. I read this in one sitting, unable to put it down and loving bo This one of those overall quiet feeling books, yet it is so captivating and memorable. I read this in one sitting, unable to put it down and loving both sides of this story. More so, though, I really loved seeing these two complete strangers get to know each other through emails only, and go through some really strong events and emotions, before they even meet in person.
One of my favorite things about this book are the first impressions on both sides, the little things that set the other girl's hackles up without it being intentional and, of course, figuring out later, they misjudged. It's such a simple thing, and one we all do, whether we mean to or not. And while this element really wasn't played up too much, it was one of those softer, little things, it really stood out to me.
With a nice romantic element, but plenty of much bigger things going on, this had all the makings of everything I love in contemporary. Elizabeth starts out so hopeful, both ready to escape and excited to see who her potential new closest friend is going to be, but quickly has to reel herself in due to the way Lauren initially reacts. Add in the fact Elizabeth's father lives in San Francisco, and some really awesome things that come up as a result of that, and this one really is just stunningly done, with so many quiet things to it that add up to pack a huge punch.
This is a book where I rooted for both characters, even when they were at different ends of an issue. I didn't like one more than the other, and went through such an array of emotions myself. This book is masterful, and definitely one for the favorites shelf....more
Though there is a simple concept behind this one, the implications and impact of it are astounding. Take a look at where you're at today, and in yourThough there is a simple concept behind this one, the implications and impact of it are astounding. Take a look at where you're at today, and in your mind, think back to all the things that led you to where you're at. Then think, what if one of those times, you went the other way? How drastically different would your life be, or would you maybe still be about where you're at now? That's the main element of this one, and I absolutely love how it was handled. There are two Carolines in this one, a Go Caroline who leaves the night her grandma passes, and the version of her who Stays. The impact of both is profound in different ways, one riddled with grief and sorrow and the other just an unending sense of loss and the feeling of drifting. Having been so close to her grandma, and even having lived with her, both Carolines face some big changes as a result of her grandma's death.
I loved the family element of this one, a touch dysfunctional yet also something so relatable and intriguing. Each path gives different insight into her family, and the impact all this has beyond even Caroline was one of my favorite parts. While things both good and bad happen in both paths, this is one that really challenged me to wonder which was one better for Caroline in the end. The things she goes through, the events that happen on each path, have lasting effects on her, and it's this element that left me thinking about this book long after I finished.
There's a romance in each path, ones which will challenge readers as much as they do Caroline. Christopher is charming and endearing and sweet, the kind of guy who will make readers melt, with the right blend of goofy thrown in there too. I loved basically every scene that involved him, even the painful ones, and think Young and Patrick beautifully captured the kind of emotion and romance that could stem from such a recent less, yet not be defined by it.
With a great voice, the kind of plot and implications that left an impression on me and really made me think, and a sweet romance, this one is the best of mix of my favorite things. ...more
I've loved the first two books in this series, and this one absolutely did not disappoint! Nathan's been hiding a pretty big secret, which comes out iI've loved the first two books in this series, and this one absolutely did not disappoint! Nathan's been hiding a pretty big secret, which comes out in the first chapter, and it's one you probably won't guess... which makes it that much better. And cracks me up to look back at Elle, and know why she never really stood a chance with this guy. Still, the chemistry between Chelsea and Nathan is everything I expect from Katee, off the charts and then some, with the right mix of softness and dominance. Even better about this one, is just how much the two previous couples flit in and out, giving readers who love them more, yet never taking the focus from Chelsea and Nathan working towards their ending. It's definitely not an easy road for these two, and there's plenty of things to tug at the heartstrings. Still, I love this installment, and cannot wait for more from one of my favorite romance authors. ...more
Hilarious, charming and hot, Lover Undercover has certainly earned a spot on my Favorites shelf! With plenty of tension, both sexual and otherwise, alHilarious, charming and hot, Lover Undercover has certainly earned a spot on my Favorites shelf! With plenty of tension, both sexual and otherwise, along with a fabulously done murder mystery plot, I couldn’t put this one down. Add in the sharp witted dialogue and humor, and the particular set up of this one, and it’s definitely a hit.
I. Love. Trevor. He’s intimidating and protective, yet he isn’t the super possessive kind of alpha often seen. Instead, he’s got a much softer, sweeter side to him, this inherent gentleness that had me totally melting. Intelligent and perceptive, it doesn’t take him too long to figure out the girl he thinks is Stacy is really Kylie, but unfortunately, he’s already started to fall for “Stacy.” I loved the problems this brought about, both obvious and subtle, and the near palpable pain both characters endure as a result was one of my favorite elements. I’m going to admit, too, the opening scene, when Kylie is doing her very first lap dance, with Trevor, had me cracking up, and things just kept going from there.
Kylie was a great character too, an innocent girl trying so hard to take her wild sister’s place. Uncomfortable with every aspect of the stripping, yet finding her confidence the more dances she does with Trevor during the course of the investigation, she’s a perfect blend of unsure and straight forward. With goals of her own she isn’t willing to give up even for a sexy guy like Trevor, she’s got a strong head but isn’t brash.
With explosive chemistry, and a constantly building tension that gets stronger with every touch, dance, and even glance between these two, this is definitely a must read for romance lovers who like it hot. Trevor is without a doubt a favorite hero for me, and the plot kept me engaged and intrigued, far beyond the relationship between the pair. Samanthe Beck is definitely an auto-buy author for me. ...more
With a premise inherently painful, but a hot and overall fun playout, Stand-In Star is as sweet as it is intense. With an immediate dislike between NaWith a premise inherently painful, but a hot and overall fun playout, Stand-In Star is as sweet as it is intense. With an immediate dislike between Nate and Holly, yet a just as instant lust as well, these two fly off the pages from the start. While a few aspects of the plot didn’t mesh quite right with me, I still enjoyed this one and definitely couldn’t wait to see how everything played out.
Holly is a bit of a mess, torn up over the death of her sister, complicated by their three years of silence. While she clings tightly to her anger at her sister over a past betrayal, she isn’t so tight fisted with it that she can’t accept other takes on the situation. With an overall sense of sorrow at the entire thing riding with her, there is something vulnerable about Holly even while she holds her chin high. She certainly has her breaking moments, yet she is a solid character with a lot going for her. Though Nate certainly flusters her, she can easily hold her own against him and doesn’t back down even when he tests her.
Nate is more damaged than messy, still hung up, in a way, on things in his past even after breaking out of them. With a big heart, despite his dislike of Holly, and plenty of guilt and sorrow of his own about Daisy’s death, he is that right mix of cocky, sexy, jerky outside with the softness inside. The kind of guy who has friends with benefits, rather than outright one night stands, and definitely doesn’t do committed relationships, something about Holly catches him off guard. Watching these two get close, without realizing it, and watching them try to fight the chemistry that was present from their first meeting, made for a great story with plenty of moments to make you grin.
This book takes place over a week, though so much happens within that week it felt like it was longer as I was reading. Though Holly and Nate fall fast and hard, given their situations, and the things that happen, it didn’t at all feel forced for them to feel that way. While in some ways, this one didn’t totally go to the emotional depths I prefer, it still toed that line, and had far more than sexiness to it. Not to mention, there are few things better than watching two people fall for each other when they start out wanting to tear each other’s throats out, and this one plays on that beautifully....more
Taming the Tycoon is completely quirky. Addie is a totally different kind of character, full of little eccentricities that had me laughing throughout.Taming the Tycoon is completely quirky. Addie is a totally different kind of character, full of little eccentricities that had me laughing throughout. She has a different view on life, something that is due to being close to death just a few years before, but also something that is her as well. Even if stuff got in the way before her brush with death, it's also very much just Addie. She cracked me up, both when she was around Nathaniel and on her own. She's flirty and fun in a different sort of way, but one that I really liked. Her interactions with Nathaniel, though, were fabulous. Hilarious and witty, full of tension, yet also far from yielding on either's part, these two had a great dynamic. Their road to getting together is certainly not easy, and Nathaniel does cling too tight to his goals in life and what he wants. Though he is given some great reasons for it, I admit it. I loved seeing those walls come down, and Addie being the one holding the sledgehammer. There was something so quietly enamoring about these two, and the little details peppered throughout the book definitely added some great layers....more
Every Day has an interesting premise, and one that I think is hard to really pull off... but Levithan does it. I was captitavted by A's story, by theEvery Day has an interesting premise, and one that I think is hard to really pull off... but Levithan does it. I was captitavted by A's story, by the almost mind-boggling way of life. All the little things that would come with waking up each day as a different person are woven in so smoothly, without taking away from the simple fact that every single day, A has to adapt to a new body, a new family, a new way of life. And nothing is off limits in this, from an abusive home to a wealthy one, A has been through it all. The effect this has had, especially the genuine appreciation for the people who have it good, where the end of the day isn't an automatic blessing, is fabulously well done.
The romance of this one was a little tricky for me, dabbling in some gray areas that I had a little bit of a hard time totally getting behind. Still, there was such a strong emotional element to this one, and I really did enjoy how with this one, "love" was very much stripped down to something far more basic than usually seen. While it's hard, in a way, to be okay with A wanting Justin's girlfriend, when Justin quite obviously would also want his gf, and it sort of feels like cheating when it's also sort of not... this one definitely made me think, and challenged me in some good ways.
Though the ending didn't have quite the impact as I hoped, I still really enjoyed this one overall. The characterizations were so well done, especially with the situation and the issues inherent to that. The writing is solid, full of voice even if A doesn't exactly have any specific sex attached, beyond whatever the body of the day is. There is something so raw and basic about all that, and it totally had me hooked....more
This is the first book I've read in this series, but I definitely want to check out the others now. The family aspect is great, letting you get to knoThis is the first book I've read in this series, but I definitely want to check out the others now. The family aspect is great, letting you get to know all of them in a way that for new readers, it makes sense and I imagine, for continued reasons, it just fits in and gives subtle reminders without being annoying. I am always a sucker for a second chance at love kind of story, and this one didn't disappoint. Ryan has his own sort of troubles to contend with, having left because the girl he was in love with was marrying another man. When she shows back up in town, he isn't really sure exactly what to do. Worse is when her son gets caught as the vandal at his family's lodge while renovations are in progress. There is such a great push and pull between Ryan and Lauren, from emotions to sexual tension to their old friendship firing back up. I loved watching the struggles these two went through, and even when things started to fall into place, it was far from totally easily. This is a seriously sweet book, yet has just the right amount of emotional stuff mixed in, and has a smooth pace to it with great character arcs. Romance readers definitely need to pick this one up, because it doesn't disappoint....more
I really loved Slammed, from the solid writing to the characters to the story. Point of Retreat, though, was kind of a disappointment for me. It feltI really loved Slammed, from the solid writing to the characters to the story. Point of Retreat, though, was kind of a disappointment for me. It felt in large part like it was really just a book about finding ways to keep Layken and Will apart, kind of pointless drama mixed together to create a story. I didn't feel the same attachment to the characters in this one as I did the first, and didn't end up with the same page turning drive as the first. While I do like these two, and they certainly had their moments in this installment, it felt a little too pointless for my tastes. Still, I did enjoy seeing the way they figure out what's next afte the events of book 1, and I think there is something intriguing about both of them given their situations and how they handle it. ...more
The premise of this one grabbed me from the start, and as soon as I was approved on Netgalley, I downloaded and started reading ASAP. And at the startThe premise of this one grabbed me from the start, and as soon as I was approved on Netgalley, I downloaded and started reading ASAP. And at the start, I was really into this one. There is something about Brandon's characterization, his mentality, etc, that totally drew me in. He is sort of ambitionless, just going with the flow even if he's not really happy with it. He's depressed, in a way that is obvious to readers but maybe not to him. He is, basically, trying to just figure his life out without totally screwing up. I connected to him and felt for him, and even when Melanie first starts coming into his life, when things really start up there, I was seriously captivated. But as things progressed, the book started to have a weird sort of feel for me, in a way that I can't accurately describe. We see big changes in Brandon, many of them not for the better, and Melanie is a seriously messed up girl. But some other stuff happens before this short book closes out that left me, in a way, feeling like what was the point? I didn't see quite the overall character arc for Brandon I would've liked, and that knocked this one down some for me. Still, there's something oddly intriguing about the whole playout, and I still very much love Brandon's state of being....more
This one had me sold on premise alone. Guy and girl get married in Vegas, girl can't remember, guy doesn't want a divorce. Then you find out, the reasThis one had me sold on premise alone. Guy and girl get married in Vegas, girl can't remember, guy doesn't want a divorce. Then you find out, the reason for that, is he has a very different and literally practical rather than romantic approach to marriage. He wants a woman who can stand on her own yet support him, someone who doesn't let emotions, etc, get in the way of everything else. And in theory, it sounds great, and she even agrees, at least the night before. But in the light of day, she isn't so sure. And I loved watching this one play out. Megan and Connor had a great push and pull between them, each fighting for their own small victories without being really crappy about it either. Of course, as emotions do start coming into play, things kicked up even more, and the sexual tension, especially, between them had me cracking up more than once. With a few things to set them back along the way, and some good character arcs for both, Waking Up Married is a different kind of romance with a great outcome all the same....more