Every time I finish a book, I like to think about the things that made the book memorable to me. What was it that spoke to me. With at any moment it wEvery time I finish a book, I like to think about the things that made the book memorable to me. What was it that spoke to me. With at any moment it would have to be the prevailing themes; love, loss, and finally redemption. Those are things that stick out the most when you read this book from the Gaming the system series. The story picks up a few days after Adam finds out Mia's secrets. Almost immediately you come to see that they are each walking on egg shells just to get through the day. Avoiding the proverbial landlines in their relationship that they haven't yet figured out how to deal with. Mia is not in the best head space at the start, she has a great deal of guilt that she is allowing to override her judgement. So her reactions to things are born out of fear and guilt rather than having been thought out logically. Adam by contrast is burying his emotions and avoiding his own feelings in a single minded attempt to get them through this hurdle. While his approach it admirable it keeps him from having a settled relationship with Mia that he wants. They each have profound love for each other but they can't seem to get past the things that have happened in their pasts. Mia is very vulnerable and Adam doesn't want to take advantage of that where she will have more regrets over their relationship. The problem is that while both Mia and Adam are burying their feelings, they continue to bubble up to the surface and challenge what they have for each other. This story is told from both of their points of view and that makes the dialogue flow richly where each of them has an opportunity to express the things they have going on inside of their minds, however, misguided some of it tends to be. The emotional turmoil they endure battling with hardships and losses takes its toll on them and they both realize that they are at a crossroads but neither one of them truly wants to take the necessary steps to make drastic changes to the relationship because they see it as this intensely fragile thing. They weather the storms together but once they are over the hurdle they realize that they are mostly empty. For Adam there is resentment and anger, for Mia there is guilt and mistrust. When they finally give a voice to those feelings they realize that in order for them to get past this and move forward they are going to have to make tough choices and embark on journeys that they didn't see for themselves when they first began seeing each other. As with any relationship their bonds are tested to the limits and they both come to realize that love is a choice and not a mantle. Love is something that is ever growing and ever changing. Its the responsibility of the parties involved to continuously work on it and to see things through once they have made the commitment to love. As reader you will come to love the honesty and depth of both Mia and Adam. They have a banter between them that is part romance and part camaraderie. While you still get the depth of the other characters such as Heath, Kat, and Jordan, you also have them as compliments rather than over powering the narrative, making for a very enjoyable read. Fans of the previous two books will love the consistency of their journey and the dance that they share in figuring out love in all of its facets and forms. Kudos Brenna, this series was one of a kind, filled with smart and edgy characters that I enjoyed following. Out of a possible 5 stars this one gets all 5. Happy Reading!!!!! ...more
I was so intrigued with Adam and Mia's story that I had to check out the follow-up. So with some trepidation, because I am now invested in these charaI was so intrigued with Adam and Mia's story that I had to check out the follow-up. So with some trepidation, because I am now invested in these characters I decided to read At Any Turn, book 2 in the Gaming the System series. Let me tell you, Brenna stepped her game up with this one, you are literally learning at the same rate as the characters are getting the experience which makes for such an enjoyable read. The story is told from Adam's POV, and its refreshing because it keeps the story fresh and it lets you get an idea about some of his feelings from the first installment. Looking through my notes, I tried to figure out what it was that had kept me so engrossed in the story, I would say that its the real world parallels that you can draw from the interactions between Mia and Adam. The story picks up just as Adam is finishing up his 'vision quest' to rid himself of his addiction to work. He is still the cocky S.O.B. that you met in At Any Price. I think the difference this time around is that he has come to understand a few things about himself. First, he realized that he has a tendency to keep secrets so that he can orchestrate an outcome that he can live with. The only difference this go round is that Adam, doesn't totally realize the magnitude to which his need for control can take him. By contrast Mia has a few decisions that she needs to make and her insecurity over her past is still present in specter form in terms of her applying and getting accepted to med school. She still has that dream to be a doctor and the drive within her is still just as strong as it ever was before, if not more so, because you can tell that she has love for Adam, but there are elements of it that she holds back almost as if to keep herself from falling fully into their relationship. I think the echoes of what happened to her mother keep her in a paranoid state for a good deal of this second book.
I love how honest and down to earth Adam was, I would have pegged him as being more self-contained but he came out of his experience in the desert relying heavily on Mia to keep him in check with his addiction issues, not realizing that it was a big mantle to lay at her doorstep and that they still had a ton of growing to do before they could reach their own utopia. A huge theme within the fabric of the storyline was the need for compromise, which was a lesson they both failed at miserably. Adam's inability to deal with the grief from his sisters death was heightened in its exposure and his desire to not have his feelings laid bare in front of Mia definitely contributed to the ongoing battle of wills between the two of them throughout the book. As their relationship unravels and their individual needs for independence and free will become apparent to them both, the bonus round begins for them and things are stressed to the point of fracture. Without giving too much away, I think they grow up a little bit by the end of the book. Not having actually reached a conclusion about their issues but about how they need to view and react to each other. The candid nature of each of the characters is refreshing. You get a real full picture of how each feels for the other without the back and forth that you can get in some books (i.e.: switching POV to tell the story). I would go into more as I have a couple of pages worth of notes but it wouldn't be fair for those readers that haven't yet had a chance to take in the story. I will simply say that its story that can be appreciated and enjoyed, due to the careful crafting of each of the characters. The fullness of the story is simply a bonus to the equation. Out of a possible 5 stars this one gets all 5.
Oh wait one issue I did have was the hair color issue - WTF!!!! OMG even I hated the hair, I am usually pretty flexible about that stuff, but it irritated me to no end and when I got the answers behind it, I think that might have pissed me off a bit more. Ignore that tangent until after you've had a chance to take a read. I hope you enjoy the story and the characters as much as I did. Happy Reading! ...more
Fear is a major suck! That is what I learned about At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey. This is the first installment in a three part series. The story is aFear is a major suck! That is what I learned about At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey. This is the first installment in a three part series. The story is about Emilia (Mia) a gaming blogger that is disenfranchised with her virginity. Mia has a number of things going on in her life and not the least of which is her need to cover costs for the completion of her medical training. The thing is that she is beyond broke as are most of us. She gets the brilliant idea to auction off her virginity to the highest bidder by way of her blog. By her way of thinking this should be a pretty easy transaction with the right kind of planning and with Heath in her corner she feels pretty confident that she has all the bases covered. The thing is she actually doesn't and when Adam Drake enters the picture he wastes no time in pointing out the obvious flaws in her plan to her. Through a series of misunderstandings Mia learns way more about herself than she was willing to and the fear that results out of it is starting to cripple her. I have to admit, I was skeptical about her line of thinking myself so I was pleasantly surprised that she was as stubborn as she was. She is a strong woman, literally as her name would imply. She has weathered a number of huge life hurdles in her life, and each time she used the experience to erect a new wall/castle/mote around her heart. So for her to find it again, she has to dig deeper than she ever has before. The story is really entertaining because there are Mia's life issues that she is trying to learn to live with and deal with and then there are the faults that she finds in Adam that he wasn't even aware existed before she called him on it. What makes their love story memorable is that its honest. Its the kind of story that could literally happen to anyone. It felt like a really natural progression for the depth of their discoveries even in spite of the fact that they were brought together by a set of 'sick' circumstances. The thing that I think readers will take away from it just the same is that when you feel completely paralyzed by fear, the only way to overcome it is to face it head on and learn to trust that everything can work out; even if it doesn't work out according to your own plans. The story is filled with lots of fun characters and some really interesting places throughout California. There of course are also the blogging and gaming elements that were much appreciated. I am pretty confident that if you are looking for an unusual romance that will steal your heart just a little bit then you will definitely enjoy At Any Price. Out of 5 stars I am giving this one 4. Happy Reading !!!!...more
I recently finished this title that I came across by L.A. Remenicky. The title was Saving Cassie and its the first book in the Fairfield Corners serieI recently finished this title that I came across by L.A. Remenicky. The title was Saving Cassie and its the first book in the Fairfield Corners series. The premise of the story is that a young woman with a hugely traumatic past has to relocate back home after the death of her beloved grandmother. As she leaves the lights of the city of New York where she was recently attacked, she starts to experience some very strange activity in her childhood home. The activity begins to escalate until it becomes a full blown problem complete with paranormal events and small town angst. You are probably wondering what I thought of the installment (insert shoulder shrug here), as a blogger I felt compelled to finish off the story so that I could see if there were any redemptive qualities that I could at least reference. The thing about the story was that it seemed as if it was a great outline for a story without the added layers of depth to the characters, Cassie was sort of a dual personality and some of the things that she did were slightly over the top and while it was in order to stay true to who she was as a person there was an element where some of the things she did or said were just not enough to keep me entertained. The plot was good, it was the reintroduction of paranormal events back to the town of Fairfield Corners, but even there it would have been nice to learn more about the town or to come to understand a bit better the feelings of Cassie. Marie the wife of Cassie's longtime friend/honorary brother is a very patient woman, because while the things that Cassie does are all about Cassie, they are actually really disrespectful to her friend and his wife, just to get a rise out of him and to make him blush over not really wanting to show public displays of affection. Again, its not a bad story but it would be on a Lifetime spectrum, if you could choose between Lifetime and Oxygen networks the odds of you choosing Lifetime first are minimal at best. Remenicky has the bones for what could be a great story, I think in the end if it were tweaked and developed a bit more, where we could see the layers and depth of the deputy and maybe not introduce such a close childhood friend at the tail end of the book. Possibly try to bring in more disbelief about the presence of the paranormal activity without stating the obvious and avoiding the reuse of certain sentence structures you could definitely have your hands on a book similar to say the almost a witch series. The thing is please do not be discouraged by this, I respect how hard it can be to take all of these great ideas and thoughts and try to translate them into something that a reader can get the full picture of. So if you ever have a bit of time on your hands and wanted to re-work this one, I would be first in line to beta read. Out of a possible 5 stars I am going to give this one 2, but that is only because there were a couple of places where your editor skipped over the right use of tense and it made it harder for me to get through the chapters. Just the same it has great potential. Happy reading!!!!!...more
O.M.G. I am writing this after having read all of the installments in this saga. I am giving it 5 stars! Now let me set the scene. I am trolling throuO.M.G. I am writing this after having read all of the installments in this saga. I am giving it 5 stars! Now let me set the scene. I am trolling through Amazon after having finished an amazing series, but not yet completely ready to jump out of the escapism that is my reading, when I happen to pick this book up. I vaguely remember the book description, but for some reason, I think its going to be something way less than it is (yes, I am that jaded). Just the same I sit down with a cup of coffee and start reading. The book starts out with Lauren, in a bit of a panic; she is running around the apartment annoyed and pissed off and I am expecting this to take a turn for the worst. The author is brilliant, thank you Portia, as I literally had to finish it. I rather not give too much away but, you twisted my arm, so Lauren is in a fairly recent marriage to Cal, a devastatingly handsome man who is by all accounts emotionally closed off. Portia is so good a weaving their story that I swear she has met and lived with my own husband. He is charismatic, charming, but there is always this huge portion of him that is missing, its like he's a dream in some ways because he seems so real and honest and then something happens and it makes him seem even more ethereal than when you started. As the story unfolds, you are thinking come on Lauren, this guy is either a secret agent or he literally is cheating and he is just that damned good that you can't catch him. Either way your heart goes out to her as she remembers all of the things that led to where they are now and you learn that while he does things that can be thoughtless and in some ways even cruel, he has a side to him that is caring and compassionate. He just has a really hard time expressing these emotions. He can be very eloquent but he has this barrier that is more like traversing a gravitational pull when he doesn't want to share. His presence is very commanding and yet he has these moments, however, fleeting, that you realize he has something there that can be redeemed. Lauren by contrast starts out unsure of herself, even in some instances insecure, but she makes up for it in the grit. She is dealing with some seriously heavy stuff, but her presence of mind and the perseverance that she shows lets you know that she is a strong and very dynamic person in her own right. She has tough breaks, but she isn't a victim. She takes the licks and she doesn't give up. I think that is what the reader will appreciate the most. She has her down moments where it all seems as if this is going to be the point where she throws in the towel and is down for the count, but yet somehow her support system gets her through. As wrapped up in the tumultuous relationship that she shares with Cal, the amazing thing is that she stills has the wherewithal to realize her true allies. The story is amazing, and trust me, there is no way that you can't follow it through to the end of the series. There is a telling honesty to the piece that will grab your attention and make you keep turning the page, even when you feel like you want to stop, you will not want to put it down. So to reiterate, hands down its got the five stars. If I'm late to the party and you already read it, what did you think about it? Happy reading!!!!...more
I just finished this title, I was hoping for something a bit lighter since I had done back to back drama for a bit, trust me it was worth the read. CaI just finished this title, I was hoping for something a bit lighter since I had done back to back drama for a bit, trust me it was worth the read. Calamity Jayne or "Tressa" as she prefers was a super fun read. As her name infers, she gets in to more than a little bit of trouble. The fun part is that her brand of trouble should probably come with some sort of warning label. Readers are going to fall in love with her brand of self-deprecating humor and the follies of her one horse town. Her rivalry with the infuriating Ranger Rick and the high jinx of her Grandma Hannah as well as the Green Hornet himself Joe, Ranger Rick's lovable Grandpa. These characters bumble around the pages and make for a truly entertaining read. The author even blessed me with being able to stump me on the killer, which, for me is a real rarity. I was close though so it wasn't a huge margin on that one. It was a great story and you could truly follow along with Tressa as she tries to solve the murder that never was, as most will tell you where there is no body there is no crime, but Tressa seems to be able to ferret out the biggest crimes just by waking up every morning and putting one foot in front of the other. With the Sheriff's office breathing down her neck, Tressa is in a race to catch the bad guy before she becomes the next one on the chopping block. You are going to fall in love with her, root with her, and on a couple of occasions in the book, want to strangle her yourself. In the end, you will have to love her for her determination if nothing else. Tessa appeals to the underdog in us all, that person that has been overlooked and under appreciated for far too long. The one who if people gave them half a chance could surprise the pants off of you. The story has a heart of its own that is very clear to the reader and makes you want to cheer for Tressas' tenacity if for nothing else. Out of a possible 5 stars I am giving her all 5. She had me at the opening line. If you haven't had a chance to check out her antics, take a break and see what she has in store. Happy Reading!!!!!...more
I recently read A Moment (Moments, Book 1) by Marie Hall. It gave me chills. You have to understand that from the writers perspective, you can have aI recently read A Moment (Moments, Book 1) by Marie Hall. It gave me chills. You have to understand that from the writers perspective, you can have a million emotions flowing between characters and harnessing that so that people can take away the right implications from your words is a challenge in and of itself. Lillian and Ryan have that range of emotion and Marie Hall lays them out in stark detail for her readers. The story begins on a day that is possibly the worst in both of their respective lives. Things are very bleak and there seems to be no relief for two souls that are as damaged as these two people are. Their hurts are evident in their copping mechanisms. For Ryan its losing himself in his fights, for Liliana its losing herself in the carefully constructed routines that she has created. As the unfolds and layers begin to come off it is clear that each of them is dealing with a form of loss that is in some respects bigger than both of them are. For Liliana its the overwhelming feeling of regret at disappointment and having her dreams shattered in such a short span of time. For Ryan his hurts are deeper and they run in long rivulets like a splintered piece of glass throughout his life. Ryan is running out of ways to cope and his demons are becoming larger and bigger than he can fight off. The subject matter is very heavy and yet comes off as very real in the telling. I found myself empathizing with both of them and I honestly felt my heart break a couple of times as they learned to love each other through pride, pain, hurt, and ultimately redemption. The characters in this story are full and rich, each of them has a strong support within the fabric of the story. Especially Javier. There are so many elements to the story that make it a true stand out, because the reward of the ending means even more given what they end up traversing together and apart. As individuals they learn as much as they can about themselves, but I think they grow the most when they are together because they are able to love with minimal expectations. There is a great range of depth within this very rich story. It was truly a page turner. If you haven't had the opportunity do take a moment to pick this one up, it will not disappoint. Its a very real love story. Out of a possible 5 this story gets all 5. Kudos to the author as this story truly blew me away. Happy Reading!!!!!...more
I had been putting off reading this installment for some time now. I prefer to be in the right headspace to appreciate a good paranormal book. I findI had been putting off reading this installment for some time now. I prefer to be in the right headspace to appreciate a good paranormal book. I find that my reading experience comes off better that way rather than to be in the mood for the more interesting murder mystery that I tend to favor now and then. So I wandered into this book expecting light hearted magic and in a general sense all the fun that wicans get to have while spell casting. Instead, I got a heaping help of cool for my troubles and loved every second of it. The story follows a half-witch, Jade Godfrey. She has a small bakery in a non-descript Vancouver town that does some pretty solid business. She finds herself distracted by a random Vampire that seems to be testing the wards around her shop. Her fears are palpable as the danger starts to ramp up with each new event. Jade has to work harder to figure out why he seems to be there at the shop and her minor investigation yields results she is definitely unprepared to take on. Add to the mix the cupcake descriptions that literally had me reaching for "peanut chews" and as much chocolate as I could consider getting my hands on without it making significant changes to the waistline and this is definitely one that you will want to add to your book queue. The story is mixed with a great cast of characters that compliment Jade perfectly. The town itself is fascinating in its size and yet full of interesting shops and places to go. Jade has a bunch of growing to do despite her age. She hasn't yet embraced who she is and reconciled that with what she wants to be and that level of conflict shows in her reactions to the various events that start to up-end her life. I enjoyed this story because its format. You get to experience the events just as Jade is going through them, so you aren't shielded for foresight or foreshadowing, that can tend to come with complex storylines like this one. One of the best parts is that the author doesn't gift us with all of the keys to the kingdom, so if you want to have real answers like what's really in the basement, or what is Jade really dealing with here, you'll get no such answers from this installment alone. The other part that I like is that you are immediately hooked into the honesty that Jade presents, so you are intrigued enough to end the story and pick up the next installment without batting an eyelash. That means something when it comes to stories like this because I have found it to be a readers crossroads of sorts, do you care enough to continue on? Will you be able to walk away feeling like you have drained the story and you feel completely sated with the answers that you received? Often times, I have left whole buckets of information just sitting around because I had lost the attention factor just as the story was getting good. That will not be the case here for the reader, they are going to want to follow through and find out what comes next. They are going to enjoy Jade for her optimism and spunky ways, they are also going to be enamored with the people that she surrounds herself with. Out of a possible 5 stars this title gets 4. Have you had a chance to read this title? What did you think about it? Happy Reading! ...more
What can I say? I am a girl who likes nice things, so when I picked up this title by Donna Joy Usher, I was hoping for plenty of fashion; and she didWhat can I say? I am a girl who likes nice things, so when I picked up this title by Donna Joy Usher, I was hoping for plenty of fashion; and she did not disappoint. Cocoa and Chanel literally had me laughing out loud. I ended up laughing so hard my train neighbors felt the need to lean extra close to see what I was getting into on my tablet. That is how funny it was, after a tough day this is the kind of installment you want to have on deck to take a read from. The story starts out with Chanel, a small town hairstylist, as she is cornered in a supply room. Unfortunately for her, her bosses' husband is a huge jerk who takes to hitting on her in a way too forward way, apparently, he was letting his marital vows take a break for the day. Chanel finds that she needs to tell a quick lie to get out of the situation and that's pretty much when the whole thing goes down hill. She later finds herself in the police academy in her own version of Private Benjamin (queue Goldie Hawn for a close up). The story unfolds from there as we follow Chanel and her loveable dog Cocoa as they get into a number of hilarious misadventures. He is the yin to her yang, and has as much of a role in the book as the other characters. I love the way the story shakes out. Since I tend to be too clever for my own good, I guessed the killer way before Chanel did but not without still wanting her to lead me through the rest of the story. Overall, this book made me want to pull out the heels and a bottle of bubbly to enjoy it. I really think that readers will root for both Chanel and Cocoa, as well as some of the more colorful people that seem to be pulled into her life. Chanel picks up hangers on like one would lint in a house filled with long haired cats. If you have a bit of time and want to laugh, take a moment to pick up this title. I am sure it will not disappoint. Out of a possible 5 stars I am giving this one 4. Happy Reading!!!!...more
I picked up a copy of this title doing my usual browsing. I thought the plot was interesting since it referenced a blogger who was being stalked by soI picked up a copy of this title doing my usual browsing. I thought the plot was interesting since it referenced a blogger who was being stalked by someone that seemed bent on exacting some form of unknown revenge. What I got instead was so much more, I am writing this with a super full heart and an inability to put into words just how many of the themes struck "REALLY" close to home for this reader. The story follows Cathy Cramer, it picks up two years after the murder of her fiancé. She is doing what has worked well for her after losing her faith in the justice system she was compelled to protect, now she is a crime blogger with an enormous following. She hit pay dirt with her legal knowledge and research in each of the cases that she covers, delving deeper than most seemed capable of accomplishing where these unique cases were concerned. The matter at hand is that now someone seems to be targeting her for the very work that she has found a way to hide herself within. The story begins slow for those of you who are adrenaline junkies with minimal patience to wait for the action. The author is excellent and building up the perspectives and vantage points for each of the characters as she tells the main story through a number of character arcs. The turbulent issues that each of the people in Cathy's life are facing coupled with the demons that continue to haunt them in their past make for a very enjoyable read. I personally appreciated the Christian themes that were highlighted in the book, because it gave more depth to the situation. It also provided a bit of perspective on very real and serious Christian topics that are highly relevant for those that are regular churchgoers. I felt that the authors ability to spin the story lend itself to the necessity to read the story through to the end. The candid author notes at the back even got my attention. Not to give away any spoilers but while I had the kiler narrowed down to about 2 suspects, the actual perp, doesn't become clear until the twist is inserted with good measure. I of course, (insert my slow bow here) was correct in my suspect, but I have a very strong feeling that my secondary suspect will prove himself to be guilty in due course, like in the next installment, who knows but when I am done here I am definitely checking into that. So out of a possible 5 stars I am giving Truth Stained Lies a 5. Mrs. Blackstock, thank you so much for that engaging tale. Happy Reading to all....more
I ended up snagging this title against my better judgment, it didn't fit within my word count parameters but I have to tell you that it is some of theI ended up snagging this title against my better judgment, it didn't fit within my word count parameters but I have to tell you that it is some of the most fun I have had while reading in awhile. The characters keep you laughing and that Declan is something to think about if nothing more. The story begins when Shannon Jacoby a mystery shopper has 9 shops fall into her lap around 4:00a in the morning. She ends up having to cover for another shopper herself. As she is going through the survey that comes on any shop she ends up crossing paths with Declan McCormick. Declan is all male and self assured, where Shannon is insecure with not less than a few hang ups of her own. Their chemistry is electric and leads to a number of hilarious interactions with each other that are peppered by Shannon's mom, sisters, friends and co-workers. The exchanges are hilarious, the only reason this doesn't get all five stars is due to the fact that the story is broken up over approximately 5-6 installments. Since I am clearly OCD with my reading that doesn't mesh with my ritual. Otherwise as a reader you will fall instantly in love with the richness of the characters and their crazy antics. I actually found myself snickering and very happy that I wasn't on the bus or train while reading it since I became so engrossed. Has anyone ever found themselves in transit and so into the story that they actually reacted (laugh/cry) and then look up only to realize that your fellow passengers are staring at you like the crazy lady with way too many cats? I of course cut myself off at only two. I am not permitted to bring anymore into the house but thats a general rule for me. I am a cat lover. The chairman and Emily approved this review btw. If you have ever found yourself in a similar predicament how did you play it off? If you have had a moment to read this title drop me a line, I would love to hear what you thought about the book. Happy Reading! ...more
While trolling through the Amazon site for something to read I came across this book. The description and word count were ultimately what sealed the dWhile trolling through the Amazon site for something to read I came across this book. The description and word count were ultimately what sealed the deal for me. As is a part of my usual ritual, I shook off any form of anticipation and came away pleasantly surprised. The book focuses on Christina at a pivotal turn in her belief system. She is a junior in college and she has a talent for art. At the opening she is already realizing that her real flaw is that she has allowed the wrong kind of people to be her support system. There is Jackson her fiancé with his ability to turn everything around and make it all about him, then there is her mom, who only worries about herself and uses guilt to manipulate Christina into doing what she wants her to do. She grapples with these issues right from the start realizing that she wants something more out of life but not exactly clear on how she can achieve that without bringing more conflict into the situation. A chance encounter in front of a gas station changes the tide a bit for her. Readers are going to love the flaws that she has because they will be able to identify with her mental musings. When Christina final ends up meeting a good person she isn't sure of herself and her actions show that she is badly in need of bringing things into perspective. Enter Andres he is a flawed man with secrets of his own, but he has the qualities that she is looking for without even truly realizing it. Their journey together is filled with pain and revelations that they each have to come to grips with. I think that the story is engaging for the reader and has its highs and its lows. I did feel that her mother seemed to have more depth than even Christina at some points, however, these are elements that can be overlooked. Eventually even Andres becomes more real, closer toward the end of the story. It is a melancholy tale filled with deep issues that one cannot help but wonder how they would fare under the circumstances. Out of a possible 5 stars I am giving "Say When" 3, because while I did want to put it down, I was forced to finish due to the characters and the need to know what happened next. If you have read this title let me know, what did you think about it? Happy reading ! ...more
I began 'Always You' by Kirsty Moseley yesterday evening. I took a stab at it after finding it on the Amazon Best Seller list (Free). I figured it wouI began 'Always You' by Kirsty Moseley yesterday evening. I took a stab at it after finding it on the Amazon Best Seller list (Free). I figured it would focus on themes like young love and the angst that goes along with that, but it touched on so much more. The story begins with the unlikely friendship of the High School Jock and all around ladies man Clay Preston, with his neighbor and closeted beauty who happens to be a smart girl Riley Tanner. Riley has just been away for a month on vacation with her family. Their time apart was long for both of them. For Riley the time was filled with a lack of touch with the internet and phone service. For Clay the time was filled with a deeper longing that he had yet to fulfill. As they come back from the break Riley finds that she is beginning to have stronger feelings for Clay than she originally had and she has a hard time reconciling those feelings with where they pick up in the friendship upon her return. As the story unfolds the characters become richer somehow gaining tremendous insight into themselves as they learn each other. Clay has no doubt about his feelings, and the knowledge becomes almost too painful to bare. Riley is very insecure in herself and her own attractions and this leads to some heavy miscommunications that at times are almost comical in the draw out. Things begin to take a turn and they find themselves in over their heads. The prevailing challenges at some points seem too much for either of them to bare. I fell in love with both of them, for their courage and conviction given the impossible odds against them. Their story is one for the ages when you consider it against a modern back drop. In the end you will not be disappointed by their story or what you get a chance to take away from it. Out of 5 starts I am giving Always You 4. If you have had a chance to take a look at this title let me know what you think. If not take a moment, it is good read. Happy reading. ...more