I really like this series! Elizabeth Briggs is great at establishing, very quickly, characters who feel real. I also love the reality TV aspect to thiI really like this series! Elizabeth Briggs is great at establishing, very quickly, characters who feel real. I also love the reality TV aspect to this book. Much like in the first book the author is so successful at making it feel like you're really experiencing behind the scenes (or seams in this case).
When I wrote my initial review notes I out down "Julie/Gavin = yes please", which kind of sums it up. These two make such a perfect couple. I have to admit that I was frustrated with Julie for sticking to her excuse for so long that what she had with Gavin was just sexual... but I could understand it at the same time. It can be hard to change and let people in, and Elizabeth Briggs is such a smart writer that these actions fit with Julie's character. It may have been frustrating, but it made sense for Julie to keep her heart reserved for so long before she went all in.
Beyond just the romance this is a great book about being true to yourself. It's about being brave and making the right choice for yourself even if you might disappoint others, or even if -- maybe especially if -- the choice is difficult. More Than Fashion is a really great book, a truly lovely read....more
This would have been an easy 4 stars if it were a complete story, but it's a complete cliffhanger. And maybe I would have been okay with this, exceptThis would have been an easy 4 stars if it were a complete story, but it's a complete cliffhanger. And maybe I would have been okay with this, except I don't think there was any indication of this, and it wasn't until there was about 10 pages left I was like "...umm, there's no way this is going to get resolved, what's going on?"
So I still really, really enjoyed this one, but I was really disappointed that it just randomly ended and I'll have to wait until Book 2 (or further?) for a conclusion.
I was really drawn in to For the Win from the beginning. I liked the concept and I liked the main character, April. I could really identify with AprilI was really drawn in to For the Win from the beginning. I liked the concept and I liked the main character, April. I could really identify with April and I felt for her as she never thought she was good enough. I did have a bit of a hard time liking April's love interest, Jordan, at times. He could be a verbally abusive boss and the way he lashed out at April at times was maddening. Thankfully he had enough good in him and enough vulnerabilities that I was able to overlook it. (In real life, not so much. In a book, yes.)
What I loved the most about For the Win is how smart it is. This book has everything you might expect from a good New Adult (or adult) romance -- there's great chemistry, hot sex scenes, and the plot is well fleshed out with 3D secondary characters (am I the only one curious about April's roommate??). But what this book also has is an author who truly understands the romance genre and her readers. For the Win is a smart, intelligent book about power dynamics in the workplace, about gender treatment in the workplace, about slut shaming, about consequences, about feminism -- I could go on and on. This book is about all these things and I love how Brenna brings them up in a perfectly organic way. These issues are integral to the book, so it's the plot that brings about these issues, not the other way around (i.e. it didn't feel like an agenda was being pushed).
Overall, I found For the Win to be a very fun read. I enjoyed it a lot, and it reminded how much I loved the first book in the series, which can only be a good thing. If you want a full view of the secondary characters, go ahead and read the first three books, but this book can truly stand on its own....more
I really can't get over how GOOD these books are!! I had highhhh expectations for this book after loving The Deal so much, but it lived up to every onI really can't get over how GOOD these books are!! I had highhhh expectations for this book after loving The Deal so much, but it lived up to every one of them. If you loved The Deal like I did, no doubt you'll adore The Mistake as well. It was smart, sexy, swoony, and FUNNY (not enough New Adult books are funny!). It was a sports story, a family story, a friendship story, and an amazing love story. The Mistake has all those great elements that I loved from the first book, but it also stands on its own with two awesome characters.
On that point, can we talk about how great Elle Kennedy's characters are? Her love interests are great, but I love her heroines about as much, or maybe even more. I appreciate reading about all kinds of characters, because that's an awesome way to experience different ways of thinking. But you know how some characters just feel a lot like you? That was me with Grace. I completely identified with her not liking being the centre of attention, being the nice girl who has a saucy side once you know her, etc. As for the love interest, Logan is the sweetest. I like how he was everything you'd expect from the first book and even more. I loved reading from his perspective and seeing how loyal and giving he is, almost to a fault.
These books make me grin like an idiot. They make my heart melt with the swoons. They make me literally laugh out loud because they are truly hilarious in some parts. The Mistake is a total feel good read. It definitely has some heartache to it, but I love how the humour and romantic moments balance things out and keep the book from going into overly angsty territory. If you are at all a fan of New Adult and/or romance, I highly recommend this book. I can't wait for the next addition to the Off-Campus series....more
Losing the Ice is an exceptional novella. Seriously, it’s just so, so good: exactly what I’ve grown to expect from Jennifer Comeaux. Courtney and JoshLosing the Ice is an exceptional novella. Seriously, it’s just so, so good: exactly what I’ve grown to expect from Jennifer Comeaux. Courtney and Josh are interesting, layered characters, and their story is told through clear, engaging writing. Jennifer is perfect at writing both sweet moments for the characters and total crises. She’s a pro at making her readers feel the emotions of her characters. Whenever I pick up a book from her I completely identify with the characters and feel like I’m on the journey along with them, feeling their anguish and their love.
Another thing Jennifer is great at is writing moments on and off the ice that have to do with skating, training, etc. You can tell that the author is a super fan of skating, because all the descriptions of Courtney and Josh’s work feel real. Admittedly I’m not into watching skating, but I love books about any type of sport, and Jennifer’s works always draw me in to the competition and artistry of skating.
This book is a sequel to Crossing the Ice, which is definitely something you should read to get the full picture of the characters and their situation. Here we have Courtney and Josh partnering in skating for the first time, but it's not at all smooth sailing for them. Beyond skating issues and emotional issues which I won’t get into (because reading about them yourself will be so much more fulfilling), Jennifer has done the most amazing job at creating a character you'll positively loathe. All of Josh’s family is pretty terrible, but no one can beat his mom. I already knew that Jennifer was a pro at writing characters you absolutely despise (see: Elena, for most of Edge of the Past), but Josh’s mom takes the cake, because I can’t find anything redeeming in her. She’s not exactly warm and welcoming to Josh, but she is beyond evil in her dealings with Courtney. As hard as these scenes are to read, I love how they show Josh’s loyalty and how much he’s grown as a character. He stands up for Courtney and he’s strong in his convictions, no longer willing to sit back and let life happen to him.
If you hadn’t already gathered, I absolutely loved this novella, probably even more than the first book in the series. Its short length just made me want more of the characters, so I’m glad that there will be a third book featuring Josh and Courtney. I love these books, just as I loved Jennifer Comeaux’s Edge series. If you haven’t read her amazing novels, I highly recommend you start with Life on the Edge and go from there....more
This one was all over the place -- I know it was an ARC I read, but it felt like a first draft with all kinds of elements thrown together. Th2.5 stars
This one was all over the place -- I know it was an ARC I read, but it felt like a first draft with all kinds of elements thrown together. The romance was just FLAT and I couldn't get into it at all....more
I definitely enjoyed this book, but I have to admit that my first thought upon finishing it was that the book is a little bit long for the story thatI definitely enjoyed this book, but I have to admit that my first thought upon finishing it was that the book is a little bit long for the story that it tells. It definitely could have been condensed a bit. That being said, there are tons of great scenes and great characters, and if you’ve been following the series you’ve probably been waiting and waiting for a Ten/Caroline book, and A Perfect Ten was a lot of fun in that regard.
I liked that we get to see behind Ten's mask here. He’s still the Ten you know from previous books (more than a bit crude, tons of swearing, etc), but he’s also a sweet guy, a very loyal guy. We’ve seen glimpses of this before, but it really comes out when he’s around Caroline. You can tell how much he cares about her. Caroline is a character we’ve seen around the periphery of the series, her being Noel Gamble’s little sister. Caroline is super outgoing and a bit crazy, which makes her the perfect match for Ten (or Oren as only she can call him).
I liked this book a lot, but it wasn’t without its issues. There’s the length issue that I mentioned above (okay I really feel like Ten would interrupt here and say “that’s what she said”), but I also felt like the reason for Ten and Caroline staying a secret was a bit overdone (or maybe it just went on for too long?). I think this is because I also found it hard to identify with Noel's reaction to them as a couple, as if Ten wasn't a totally loyal friend to him. It felt a bit out of character for Noel to be such an asshat. On the other hand, I liked seeing a different side to a hero from a previous book.
While I didn’t like this book as much as some of the others in the Forbidden Men series, I still loved the dynamics of it enough to rate it 4 stars. Linda does such an amazing job of writing group scenes and adding in mentions of previous couples. I especially loved following up on Quinn and Zoey (or Zwinn as they become to be known) from With Every Heartbeat. While this wasn't a perfect read, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a very decent New Adult book. I highly recommend the series in general, and I know if you start reading these books you’ll be dying to read this addition to the series....more
I really loved Bella from the last Ivy Years book, The Understatement of the Year, so I was very excited going into her story. Bella is such a fabulouI really loved Bella from the last Ivy Years book, The Understatement of the Year, so I was very excited going into her story. Bella is such a fabulous character. She owns who she is and she’s so strong and capable. Even when she goes through the worst time in this book, even when she has moments of shame, Bella rises up so strong.
Rafe is Bella’s love interest and I liked this character too, right from the beginning. Rafe is kind and caring and good, and I love that a million times more than the typical alpha jackass character. I also really enjoyed the gender stereotype switch with Rafe being the virgin who only wants to have sex as part of a serious relationship.
The Shameless Hour is a very tough book to read at times, with the slut shaming and what happens to Bella, but Sarina does an amazing job of telling this story. The book isn’t just about what happens to Bella. It's not an Issue Book or a story full of angst. It's painful and horrible and sad at times, but it's also an empowering book about Bella and her growth and her strength. It's about being more than a stereotype, about owning yourself.
As usual, Sarina Bowen offers up an amazing New Adult novel that’s romantic and powerful. I can’t wait for the next book in this series....more