4.5 Stars - Slow Burn is the fifth title in author K. Brombergs Driven series. This book is a spin off from the previous installments and follows two4.5 Stars - Slow Burn is the fifth title in author K. Brombergs Driven series. This book is a spin off from the previous installments and follows two characters who we had a chance to meet and spend time with as secondary characters. Now, center with their own story readers have a chance to find out what makes these two characters tick.
So, Slow Burn is about Haddie, Rylee’s best friend and Beckett… Colton’s best friend. These two have had their fair share of time within Rylee and Coltons story so they are far from strangers for those of us who have read the four previous books. We have somewhat of an idea who they are, yet in this book they are center stage and their story wasn’t at all what I was expecting.
Haddie has reasons, deep rooted reasons to not want to let anyone else close to her. It’s these reasons that she wants a no string night with Beckett. And Beckett being that good guy that he is wants more. He wants the strings Haddie is so hell bent on keeping loose. So, when she wears him down and their night is beyond what either thought it’d be, it’s then that trouble finds these two and makes them question things they might not have.
The book is written mostly from Haddies point of view as she’s dealing with so much more than just the loss of her sister. She’s really struggling with how she lives her life yet knows she doesn’t want anyone to face what her sister’s husband did. She pushes people away yet Beckett makes her question all that.
These two have chemistry that could heat a small country! WOW! Bromberg has them burning (no pun intended) up the pages and with all the pushing and pulling they go through as they try to figure out each other and more what’s holding Haddie back.
There’s smaller things in the story that I loved. Like Becketts mom and pink flip-flops. And I loved having a chance to see how Rylee and Colton are doing. I also love that there are some pretty amazing one lines that I’ve come to love with this series and was happy to see they were included in this book too.
Also, without giving too much away, Haddie and Becketts story will without a doubt pull on your heartstrings because there’s such a bigger thing that’s going on… that if it doesn’t affect readers like it affected me, I’d be shocked.
I had tons of emotions hit me while reading and being scared for characters in the way that I was scared doesn’t happen often but I felt these feelings quite often throughout much of the book. It’s an emotional story with a strong undercurrent of love that you won’t miss because it’s there in huge ways.
In the end I was thrilled to hear we’d get a chance to spend more time in Brombergs “Driven” world and I look forward to the next book to have a chance to visit again. These characters have become a favorite of mine so news of another book was exciting to say the least. If you haven’t read the four previous books, it’s not really needed to pick this title up, however you’d be doing yourself a great injustice in missing out on some extremely memorable characters. Please note that this is an Adult title with adult themes that should be taken into thought for younger readers or readers who don’t care for sex, cursing and drinking in their stories. Otherwise, grab this one and dive right in. Hold on tight and have some tissues handy because it’s a tear jerker. Happy Reading!
I can't get enough of these boys!!! And I've been DYING to read Ten's story for a few books now and WOW! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Linda, you are amazing!!!I can't get enough of these boys!!! And I've been DYING to read Ten's story for a few books now and WOW! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Linda, you are amazing!!! <3
4.5 Stars - Pocketful of Sand is the latest title from author M. Leighton. This title isn’t the first I’ve read from this author and she has yet again4.5 Stars - Pocketful of Sand is the latest title from author M. Leighton. This title isn’t the first I’ve read from this author and she has yet again proved it won’t be my last. One thing I love is a great story with a broken character, make that two broken characters who are running from their pasts and you’ve one heck of a story!
Michelle is one of my “you write it, I’ll read it” authors. So, when I heard about this title I couldn’t help but do a little freak out that readers such as myself were getting something new to read from her. And the synopsis along with that cover… I couldn’t wait to have it available on my kindle!
So, when you start reading this book you get to see the story from both points of view. Cole and Eden’s stories –both present and back – unfold from the dual points of view. Both have experienced their fair share of tragedy. Some more shocking than others and you can’t help but have your heart ache time and time again until it breaks not once, not twice but at least for me, three times.
The writing of this one is quick, the story flies by, and sometimes I felt like I was missing something. Or there were a few times I felt the story went one way one minute and then I blinked and it then went the other. Yet I should mention I was reading an ARC copy, so being that this wasn’t a finished copy there’s always room for things to change. I’m not going to take too much away from my rating on this one because it really didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.
As for the characters they are extremely interesting. Michelle keeps readers glued to the pages of this one as she slowly shares who these two are with some pretty huge explosive moments that’ll have you wondering just how she was able to get through some of these scenes.
And then the ending… I don’t even know what to say because there’s something special about the ending you won’t find spoilers from me here! But that ending? Yeah… it’s…. I’ll just say this, Michelle – how? What? I’m still kind of freaking out and, and, and… that was just… my mind was blown! Didn’t see that coming from a million miles away. If you could see me now I’m bowing down to you for that one.
In the end, I love Michelle and her writing. I love her characters and the journeys each of them take me one. I love how easily I find myself immersed in your words as real life falls away and Pocketful of Sand did it all over again and then some.
I highly recommend you read anything from this talented author including this title. And really, there’s nothing more I can say, but go read the book... this one and everything else you can get your hands on from her and you can thank me later. Enjoy!
Holy other of all..... Okay, I've said it before and I'll say it again. I LOVE BRIGHTON WALSH!!! And now that I have that outta the way, here's my revHoly other of all..... Okay, I've said it before and I'll say it again. I LOVE BRIGHTON WALSH!!! And now that I have that outta the way, here's my review -
Captive, the first book in the exciting new series from author Brighton Walsh isn’t the first book I’ve read from this author and this just proves even more that it’ll be far, far from the last.
When you find an author you love, a relatively new-ish one you grasp on tight and have mini freak outs when you learn they have something being published. And with this being the third I’ve read from this talented author, I’m yet again thrilled to say that I loved this book.
The characters’ are so different from each other. You have quite, closed off and somewhat reclusive Madison Frost. She comes from a wealthy family yet has been alone for longer than not. Her parents are absent from her life and she wants nothing more than to be somewhere and someone else. And then we have Ghost who’s hardened from the life he’s been dealt and the path he’s chosen to go down. He’s dangerous, trouble and has enough secrets that Fort Knox might have trouble holding.
Their lives intersect in an extremely heightened and unconventional way and Madison must do what she needs to too survive including opening up to this strange mysterious man who more than frightens her.
As the story unfolds readers learn the story from both characters. It’s told more so in Madisons point of view, yet the chapters where we see things from Ghost’s side were eye opening to the situation and why he does what he does. Yet it’s not until the half way point you see just how much the two have similarities in what they feel and how they are changing due to the circumstances they’re in and so much more.
The twist, I did guess and somewhat saw coming. It’s the only reason why I didn’t give this book 5 stars, yet I didn’t feel I took a huge hit in figuring out what was happening before the characters came to the conclusion themselves. There’s enough within the story and these characters to love that it made up for it enough to only take away half a point in the rating.
I loved both the characters’ and how Brighton developed them from beginning to end. I loved watching them change as they learned more about their situation, each other and themselves. However I’m not sure I’d make some of the choices they’d made, yet I’m thankful I’ll never be in their shoes – if I can help it – so I can’t say what type of choices I’d make.
Also, there’s something about a big, bad, frightening, cold guy who gentle that is more than endearing and seriously, he’s one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
I felt anger, confusion and hurt for them both more than one time while reading and if an author can draw out some strong emotions from me, they have a fan out of me, without a doubt. And she’s an author to watch and people should take notice of.
With characters that will leave you both aching and cheering for them and stories that are unique, more readers should take watch for Brighton as a favorite. I highly recommend this author to fans of contemporary. Fans of New Adult and fans of great stories that’ll leave you wanting and ready for more. Enjoy!
PS – Brighton – bring on Exposed! I’m ready!...more
Stupid Boy is the second book in author Cindy Miles Stupid in Love series. It’s the companion novel to Stupid Girl and each book can be read as a stanStupid Boy is the second book in author Cindy Miles Stupid in Love series. It’s the companion novel to Stupid Girl and each book can be read as a standalone. However since I loved BOTH books I’d not suggest skipping either one.
This time around we have a chance to get to know two characters that are both broken in their own ways and hide their secrets down buried deep from everyone. Harper Belle is president of the Delta sorority and all around good girl. She doesn’t let anyone get too close, wears her perfection like a second skin. She questions everyone and everything and every move she makes is in fear.
Kane McCarthy is a bad boy through in through. He’s the quiet brooding type but has no problem speaking up and his mind when needed. He sees something in Harper, something that reminds him of himself and wants nothing more than to figure her out. See what makes her tick.
The issues these two are dealing with from their pasts have bled through into their present and both feel they have no way of escaping other than doing the best they can with the cards they were dealt. They are just hiding so much, not dealing with anything yet looking for something or someone to save them.
Author – Miles – has written some wonderfully damaged souls. And the issues they’re dealing with are far from easy. You have no choice but to root for them from the beginning all the while your heart breaks again and again while we read flash back scenes as these two characters remember the past while trying to work through the present.
My emotions ran high while reading. I had some strong emotions of hate and sadness for what these two have gone through and those that have hurt them. You want them to see the good in people. You want them to see the good in themselves. You want them to heal and find something to fight for in themselves and in each other.
Another thing about this author is her writing is easy to read. The stories flow and rarely is there any type of lull to remove readers from her characters and their lives. I enjoy a good story with impressive characters to tell it and Miles gives readers both of those things and then some.
A highlight for me to was seeing and having a chance to check in with Brax and Olivia from the first book. It’s always nice when a companion novel checks in with characters from previous books and Miles made sure these two were present in this new journey.
In the end I loved this book. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty great. It has so much to give readers and fans of contemporary stories with damaged characters. Not to mention it’s in one of my favorite categories’ – “New Adult”. I highly recommend this book and the first for readers looking for something that’ll bring out strong emotions from beginning to end and leave you wanting more. I know I’m looking forward to seeing what this author brings us next and I am without a doubt hoping it’ll be more within this series and group of characters. Happy Reading!
I was lucky enough to BETA read this for this amazing author I'm thrilled to also call a friend. It's epic, it's sexy and amazing how she's put the woI was lucky enough to BETA read this for this amazing author I'm thrilled to also call a friend. It's epic, it's sexy and amazing how she's put the words together to make Grace Coltons story. I can't wait for more!
Okay... I had mixed feelings about this one. Yet, I loved it because there's so much angst and an Alpha MMA fighter with a major temper.It was a goodOkay... I had mixed feelings about this one. Yet, I loved it because there's so much angst and an Alpha MMA fighter with a major temper.It was a good read with a bit of bumpy parts yet the good outweighed them and in the end I really enjoyed it. And when I hit that ending I about DIED! Now I have to wait?? And for how long???
Mandi Beck, you evil, EVIL woman! When ARC's are ready for the second book... OR even before ARC's are ready, I'm ready and waiting too. ...more
4.5 stars - This one started out a bit slower than the previous books... however there's a reason for it. Quinn is just a slower kind of guy and you g4.5 stars - This one started out a bit slower than the previous books... however there's a reason for it. Quinn is just a slower kind of guy and you get it why the whole book is slower is because of him. It's just who he is. And again, loved it! Linda has gold on her hands with these boys and I hope she has plans for many more books in this series to come.
However, either way I'll be reading this author until I can't read anymore.
4.5 Stars - Forever Found is the novella follow up to author Nazarea Andrews Peter Pan retelling, Girl Lost. The novella picks up after the end of Gir4.5 Stars - Forever Found is the novella follow up to author Nazarea Andrews Peter Pan retelling, Girl Lost. The novella picks up after the end of Girl Lost and is told from Peter’s point of view as he’s desperately trying to get through to Gwen before he loses everything he’s ever known.
Nazarea’s retelling of this classic is done extremely well. I fell in love with her characters and with what happens – in her version – should Peter, Tink and the Lost Boys ever leave the island. I loved and I mean LOVED Girl Lost and asked for more and was ecstatic when Nazarea told readers she had a bit more to Peter and Gwen’s story to tell.
I’m a huge fan of this author and knew her writing would be pretty much spot on and it was… yet you’re questioning why I’ve only given it 4.5 stars? Well, the short answer is that part of the book was a bit confusing and rushed. I’m not sure if this was due to the fact that I was reading an eARC , but it did cause me to be slightly removed from the story a couple of times over.
Where it felt rushed or confusing would have been a great jumping point to writing a novella a tad longer, however what’s here does without a doubt give readers more closure so the length isn’t actually a huge issue.
Speaking of the ending – Andrews took something that was already filled with magic and that ending made it even more so. I couldn’t stop smiling and was happy to have been on this journey with her characters.
These two books are pretty perfect for slightly older readers who enjoy retellings and twists that make the characters part of the classics we know and love mixed with pieces of new – making these characters fresh yet not too far away from their original voices.
If you haven’t read these two you have no idea what you’re missing. They do need to be read in order for readers to get the best understanding of the characters and their story, so be sure to start with Girl Lost. Enjoy!
I love Brighton Walsh! Seriously... LOVE! Every book I've read from her I've thoroughly enjoyed and am always looking for more! Full review to followI love Brighton Walsh! Seriously... LOVE! Every book I've read from her I've thoroughly enjoyed and am always looking for more! Full review to follow soon.
Great read! Great characters with a soon-able book boyfriend! I highly recommend this title. Full review to follow soon. For more info and reviews pleGreat read! Great characters with a soon-able book boyfriend! I highly recommend this title. Full review to follow soon. For more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books...more
LOVED IT!!! Then again I love everything and anything Michelle writes. She's a go-to author for me and this story didn't let me down! Had me wonderingLOVED IT!!! Then again I love everything and anything Michelle writes. She's a go-to author for me and this story didn't let me down! Had me wondering what the heck was going on one minute and shocked the next with a couple of the big twists I didn't even see coming.
Oh holy crap! What a rollercoaster ride of emotions I've had through this whole trilogy! The ups and downs and the questioning how much I was loving tOh holy crap! What a rollercoaster ride of emotions I've had through this whole trilogy! The ups and downs and the questioning how much I was loving this book because it's so wrong yet Gretchen writes it all oh so good.... And Max and Wilson, you just keep cheering for them even with all they are up against....
I've said it before and I'll say it again, and again... Gretchen is a TALENTED writer. She has a way with words and I can't wait to read more from her in the future.
If she writes it, I'll read it. So bring it author lady, bring it!...more
WOW! Okay so I'm still totally loving these books! I can't get enough of Wilson AND Max and their relationship! It's just so messy and crazy and... peWOW! Okay so I'm still totally loving these books! I can't get enough of Wilson AND Max and their relationship! It's just so messy and crazy and... perfect in it's wrongness because it's the whole teacher/student thing BUT you just can't stop reading or looking away. You keep hoping things will work out for them even with how wrong it is... UGH! I need to go read the third book....
Also, HOLY WRITING GRETCHEN! You have a huge talent woman! HUGE! EPIC! Seriously people, Gretchen's writing flows and while she's really detailed in everything it NEVER felt like I was overwhelmed in the slightest. I can't wait to read more from this talented author on into the future, that's for sure!...more