Disclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read Bi...moreDisclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, she has been one of my favorite authors. I loved that novel so much and was looking forward to reading another novel by her. So when I saw that I had the chance to read this novel and share my opinions about it, I jumped at the chance.
This novel was incredible and was even better than I could have imagined. Ockler created another masterpiece with this one. I absolutely loved the characters Jude and Emilio. Their chemistry was undeniable. Both of these characters had their struggles and had a lot to overcome, but they were good people. I've been reading a lot of novels centered around the bad boy and the good girl combo. Emilio wasn't naughty, but he wasn't boring or ultra-nice either. He was just the perfect combo of nice and naughty.
Jude's dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and left Jude struggling to care for him. She thought that restoring his old bike would make things better. But if but her in a situation where she couldn't win. She vowed never to get near any of the Vargas' boys. The older two broke both of her sisters's hearts and they made her swear never to get involved with one. But helping her dad is worth it. I loved watching Jude grow up and become the person I knew she could be.
Jude had several older sisters who were always more than happy to help guide her and to tell her what to do, but Jude had never really taken the time to do what she wanted to. She figured that out in this novel.
The writing was poignant and masterfully written. Ockler is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Definitely recommend this one. (less)
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel for review from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not ob...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel for review from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
An Overview of the Novel: Madeline's husband just died and she's devastated, but her friends and family are right, she needs move on. She just can't.
That's where Jake Hart enters the scene. Something about Madeline draws him. She's made it clear that she's not ready to date again, but Jake isn't about to take now for an answer. But then Madeline gets mixed up in the middle of a crime investigation and suddenly it might not be such a good idea for Jake to be around her.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Jaime Carrie has a way of creating characters that catch your attention. I loved the characters in this novel from the first page to the very last page. Jake and Madeline had excellent chemistry.
The writing was cute, a little cheesy, but cute. I loved how Jamie developed her novel. She's always been a skilled writer and certainly knows how to craft her story.
This novel had elements of suspense but I wouldn't classify it as suspense. And while, the events that happened in this novel might have been unrealistic and a little bit unbelievable at times, I still really liked the novel.
It was a cute read and one that had me laughing and smiling the entire time I was reading it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to fans of this genre.
So why 3.5 stars? It was a cute, funny, enjoyable read that left me entertained and amused. Jaime's writing was incredible and I loved the story.
In Summary: Jamie has done it again. She's written another novel that I loved reading. If you're looking for a cute, fun read, then look no further than Rush to the Altar.
Warnings/Side-notes: Nothing comes to mind.
The Wrap-up: Like I've said, this was a cute book that I enjoyed reading. I've loved every single book I've read by Jamie and plan on keeping close tabs on her and her future writing.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic ARC of this novel as part of the tour in exchange for my honest review. I was not...moreMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic ARC of this novel as part of the tour in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review nor have I been compensated in any way for writing this review.
An Overview of the Novel: Autumn Raine is an icon pop diva and is used to be a complete jerk in order to get attention. But then she starts getting the wrong kind of attention—attention from terrorists.
Her mother assigns her a bodyguard to keep her safe. Autumn is furious. Her relationship with her mother is strained and she hates the idea that because of her mother she's being pulled into this mess. She also finds her bodyguard Nathan infuriating. He's so bossy and doesn't tell her anything.
Nathan thinks Autumn is a spoiled brat and hates that he got pushed into taking this job. Autumn is beyond frustrating and is a complete jerk in his mind. He's resigned himself to absolutely taking this job.
But then things stop adding up. Who really is behind Autumn's kidnapping and what's the motive? Nathan's job is to keep her safe and he's determined to do it. But day by day, the facade of Autumn Raine starts coming down and Nathan starts becoming more attracted to her with each passing day.
But with pasts as dark as theirs do they have any chance for pursuing a relationship and even if they do will they live long enough to make it last.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Romantic suspense is my favorite genre, so to say I had high expectations for this one would be an understatement. I was preparing myself to be disappointed when I started reading this novel. Instead, I found myself becoming more and more intrigued by the story and the characters.
Autumn was a complete brat for two-thirds of the novel and frustrated me to no end and yet I knew there had to be something more to her. I wanted to like her. As I kept reading the novel, I found myself liking her more and more.
Then there was Nathan. Nathan was also a complete idiot and yet I really liked him from the very beginning. He was a complete jerk to Autumn which sounds awful, but honestly Autumn probably needed some honesty, maybe a little more tactfully but still. Nathan's character was intriguing and I loved slowly piecing his character together.
The writing was solid and thoroughly entertaining. While some aspects of the suspense/terrorists elements might have seemed a little bit forced/unrealistic, on the whole it was a beautifully crafted novel that I really loved.
The pacing of the novel was masterfully crafted and the conclusion was perfect. As far as romantic suspense goes, this was one of the more entertaining ones I've read recently.
So why 4.5 out of 5 stars? I really really liked this novel. The characters, the plot, the suspense, the romance, everything was just so masterfully crafted. It is not my favorite romantic suspense novel, but it was a really good read that I enjoyed reading.
In Summary: Mandy's novel Security offers the perfect mix of romance and suspense. Her writing is beautiful; her characters are masterfully crafted, and her plot was absolutely gripping. Fans of romantic suspense will eat this novel up.
Warnings/Side-notes: Adult novel. Some instances of strong language. Sexual references. None are too explicit, but they are not suitable for children.
The Wrap-up: One of my favorite romantic suspense novels of the year. This is the first novel I've read by Mandy, but it certainly won't be the last. Her writing is beautiful and I loved that her characters weren't ones I liked from the get-go. In fact, I kind of hated them when I first met them, but by the end I loved them both. That is the mark of a great writer in my book. I can't wait to see more of Baggot's writing. Definitely recommend this one. (less)
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review. I didn't receive any...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review. I didn't receive any compensation for writing this review, nor was I obligated to write a good review.
An Overview of the Novel: Faith Holland is finally returning to her home because her father needs her. It's not easy. She left after being jilted at the altar and hasn't come back since. That day still haunts her as does several other other memories.
Her fiancee was gay and he chose the minute before their wedding to tell her that. Ever since then, Faith has seemed like a magnet for gay guys or guys who are already married. All she wants is a decent relationship.
Enter Levi Cooper. Levi is everything she doesn't need and everything she doesn't want. He is the one who ruined her wedding all those years ago and he's arrogant and definitely not the guy for her. And yet she keeps feeling more and more drawn to him. But will she be able to let the past go and forgive Levi and let him in? Or will Levi just be the next guy to break her heart?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't know if I'd like this novel going into it or not, but it looked like a really cute read and I loved the cover. I know you shouldn't judge a book by a cover, but come on we all do at least to some level.
Anyway, it took me a few thirty pages or so to really get into the story, but after that I was completely hooked. I loved Kristan's writing style. Adult contemporary romance is a genre I usually don't read, but this one was actually quite good.
It was definitely an adult novel, but not so adult as to lean to the erotic side or to make me feel uncomfortable. The characters were interesting and well-developed.
In fact, every single one of the characters in this novel seemed so real. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and recommend it to fans of this novel.
So Why 3.5 out of 5 stars? It was slow at parts and I felt like the pacing could have picked up. It also lacked the depth of my favorite novels. However, it was a cute, thought-provoking read.
Warnings/Side-notes: Adult book. Not one I'd recommend to young teens, but it's actually pretty clean for an adult book.
The Wrap-up: Kristan's writing was actually really intriguing and I loved this story. It was one I'm really glad I read. Definitely a cute book with hilarious characters and an intriguing plot. If you like adult romance, then check it out.
An Overview of the Novel: Clary was determined not to get involved with the Shadowhunters, but that plan doesn't really...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Clary was determined not to get involved with the Shadowhunters, but that plan doesn't really plan out. When people discover Jace is Valentine's son, they stop approving of him and declare him a traitor.
It's up to Clary to make sure Jace doesn't do anything rash. But that proves to be a little more than difficult. After all Jace is her brother, she can't love him. And yet she can't not love him.
Clary is determined to help her mother too. Her mother is still in a coma and shows no sign of waking up. Plus, Valentine is out there wrecking havoc. But where do Jace's loyalties really lie? To the Shadowhunters or to their father?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I kept hearing that I needed to read this series from so many people that I finally decided to read the series. I read the first one in the series awhile ago and just barely got to this one.
I will admit to being pleasantly surprised. I actually really enjoyed this one. It did feel like a little bit of a bridge novel; however, it successfully avoided the sophomore slump.
I still really like Jace, but the idea of Clary and him still liking each other kind of creeped me out. That's partly why I didn't read this book, but I decided to read it anyway.
I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the novel and am pleasantly surprised by the Jace and Clary angle.
I liked Simon a lot, but I just don't see him with Clary. I hope he does get a girl though.
Basically, I did enjoy this one and am curious to read the next in the series. I have all sorts of guesses as to what happens next.
So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? It was enjoyable, but it just lacked that extra something to really stand out in my mind. I did like it, however, and am excited to read the next one.
In Summary: An original, compelling tale that has me intrigued to find out what will happen next. Definitely recommend to fans of paranormal fantasy (but then again, you have probably all already read this).
The Wrap-up: Like I said, I can't wait to read the next one. I'm curious to see where this series goes. I really hope my suspicions are right and that I don't end up hating the series. :)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have such mixed feelings about this book and this series as a whole. I really wanted to...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have such mixed feelings about this book and this series as a whole. I really wanted to like this novel and yet going into this novel I really thought I might hate it. I hadn't really read anybody's reviews about it, but I just had really mixed feelings. That could partly because I love retellings about Persephone and this is one of the more drastically different than the original story.
I really wanted to like Cole and yet he kept being an idiot and doing things that made me want to hate him. And then there was Nikki. I really disliked her as a character and yet she intrigued me.
The story was well-written, the characters were well-developed, and the story was paced well. It kept me guessing and then there was that ending. The ending left me so frustrated. I'm excited to read the next one in the series and can't wait to see how Brodi finishes the series off. I will admit to feeling really anxious about how she will end the series, but I'm still excited.
That's why rating this novel is so hard. It just rubs me the wrong way. There's no reason I shouldn't like it. The novel is incredible it just bugs me. However, I'll look past that and give it 4 stars.
I always feel bad when I read a book I don't like. I can't even really express why I didn't like it.
I just never liked Steve and Sophie together for...moreI always feel bad when I read a book I don't like. I can't even really express why I didn't like it.
I just never liked Steve and Sophie together for one thing and after that it was just really hard to get into the book.
I know so many people who really liked this one. I did read the series out of order, so maybe if I hadn't I would have liked this one better. Some other readers have said that it would be hard to review this one without reading the first book in the series.
However, I actually felt like Nicky did a great job at filling in readers without info dumping. I never felt lost and I quickly caught the gist of Dan and Sophie's past relationship. So honestly, I'm not sure if I would have liked it better if I had read the first one or not.
The writing was actually quite good most of the time, but I just couldn't get drawn into the story.
However, like I said several other people really liked the novel. So maybe I'm just weird, but personally I wouldn't recommend it to most people. If you like romantic novels, then you might still enjoy this one. And who knows if you read it in order maybe you'll understand and like it better. (less)
Disclaimers: I received this as part of the original book tour, but somehow it got lost in the mail, so I did receive a...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this as part of the original book tour, but somehow it got lost in the mail, so I did receive a copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
An Overview of the Novel: Addie has wanted to work at the library for years and thinks that she's finally going to be named Assistant Librarian only to be passed up for the arrogant Blake, who hasn't even worked at a library before. Addie is furious and automatically dislikes Blake.
But then she finds out the library is going to be knocked down and then rebuilt. Addie now knows why she was passed up for Blake, but that doesn't make her any less furious.
She's determined to save the library and walk away with her heart intact because there's no way she could actually be attracted to Blake is there.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I hadn't actually really read the summary before going into this book. So I went in without realizing it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. :) However, the fact that it was a retelling was quickly apparent. There were some notable differences in Tristi's re-imagining though, and it stood up on its own merits, which many P&P retellings do not.
What if Elizabeth's dad had actually been out of the picture and Elizabeth had actually liked her mom? What if Elizabeth hadn't been related to Lydia. Add a million more what ifs and you have the intriguing Turning Pages.
To say I'm always skeptical of retellings of Pride and Prejudice is an understatement, but I've also read several that I have loved.
I will admit for the first third of the novel I was thinking I might not love the novel. It was good, but it hadn't completely gripped me yet. But as I kept reading, I became more and more intrigued and I loved the ending.
I really liked Blake from the get-go so that was different than P&P because in that novel I was furious with Darcy in the beginning. Blake was actually just a charming young man who I liked from the beginning. On one hand it was nice, on the other hand I did like to hate Darcy. :)
As for Addie, I actually liked her character. There were several parts where I could find myself connecting with her. If you love reading and libraries, I definitely think she is a character you will enjoy reading about.
Tristi's writing is always fantastic. I've read books by her before (books on finance before for goodness sake and been riveted). Tristi is just a fabulous writer.
So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? I loved the book. I liked the characters and the way Tristi re-imagined the classic tale of P&P and I thought the setting she chose was fascinating. How many books take place at libraries? In my opinion, not enough. So why a 3.5 out of 5 stars? I just can't look past the first part of the novel that didn't quite grip me.
This novel was closer to a 4 though and there were so many parts that I absolutely love. I'd still recommend it to people who like retellings of P&P or those who are looking for a cute fun read that will elicit a few laughs.
In Summary: Tristi presents a cute retelling of the classic we all love. Her characters are gripping, her plot compelling, and her writing is masterful.
Warnings/Side-notes: Nothing this novel is perfectly clean.
The Wrap-up: I love Tristi's voice. Her writing is beautiful and I definitely enjoyed this one. If you like cute novels with deeper underlying themes check out this one.
An Overview of the Novel: Cassie was instantly attracted to Jack Carter when she saw him and then he opened his mouth. She...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Cassie was instantly attracted to Jack Carter when she saw him and then he opened his mouth. She quickly realized he was a cocky jerk who was used to getting what he wanted. And she wasn't going to be the next girl he used and then dumped within a day. So when he makes his interest in her known she is quick to let him know that she is not interested.
Jack is intrigued by Cassie. He's not used to girls rebuffing him and he sets out to win Cassie. But when he does, he just might be in danger of falling for her.
But Cassie is guarded. Her father made a lot of promises he couldn't keep and Cassie isn't about to trust a guy who cheats or lies. Jack's about to find out if he can break down Cassie's barriers without breaking her rules. Because if he breaks Cassie's rules, he knows he's out the door.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had read a book by J. Sterling before and loved it. It was nothing like this book though. I enjoyed both styles of her writing.
I was actually drawn into the story rather quickly. It took a few pages but after that I was hooked. I found Cassie and Jack's characters to be really intriguing and the chemistry between them was undeniable. I kept wondering what would happen between these two characters.
To be honest, I was actually surprised I ended up liking Jack because he definitely had a lot of qualities I didn't like. I enjoyed how we were able to see the characters interact and I loved that I got to read from both character's perspectives.
J. Sterling is a great author and I will definitely be interested in reading more from her.
So Why 4 out of 5 stars? I really enjoyed the novel; however, it wasn't my favorite in this genre. However, it was very good and I would still recommend it to fans of this genre.
In Summary: J. Sterling's The Perfect Game is the perfect mix of romance and sports to catch my interest. She creates compelling characters and places them in an intriguing plot to make this novel an enjoyable read.
Warnings/Side-notes: It's new adult. It's tamer than several of the new adult books I've read; however, this one is still meant for mature teenagers/adults.
The Wrap-up: A book that I really enjoyed and one that I'm glad I read. I will definitely be curious to see what happens in the sequel. I feel like this one easily could have been a stand-alone novel, so I'm curious to see what she does with the sequel.
An Overview of the Novel: Elli has suffered from severe self-esteem issues for awhile and just doesn't feel good enough....moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Elli has suffered from severe self-esteem issues for awhile and just doesn't feel good enough. And she's definitely not good enough for her crush Shea Adler. Shea is the captain of the hockey team Assassins and he would never like somebody like her. But she's happy enough. She's living her dream of being a photographer and that's good enough right.
Shea is happy with his life. His hockey career is going great. It's just his life outside of the rink is getting old. Then he meets Elli. He's never met anybody like her and to say he's attracted to her is an understatement.
But Elli is scarred and scared of loving Shea. She knows that there is no way she can make him happy. She's too overweight and too loud to attract him. Shea is determined to make Elli realize he loves her, but in the end her fears and the secrets she's keeping from him might just be enough to keep them apart.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I received the third book in the series for review and enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back and read the first one in series. I'm glad I did.
I remembered loving how Toni set up a hockey teams as the backdrop of her series and remembered loving the series. All of that was confirmed when I read the first installment of the series.
I loved how Toni developed her characters and how she set up her world. Her writing drew me in from the beginning and the characters fascinated me. Elli and Shea's relationship was one that I could relate to, oddly enough.
It was definitely a little bit of insta-love, but Toni did a great job at developing the relationship between them.
There were a few moments where the novel seemed to drag and moments that I felt could have been cut out, but on the whole, it was a really enjoyable book.
So Why 3.5 out of 5 stars? I really enjoyed the novel, but it dragged in some places. Elli's self-esteem and medical issues gave it more depth than a lot of the novels I read, but I still felt like the novel could have had more depth. Basically it lacked that extra something to be a 4 star book, but it was still a good read.
In Summary: Toni Aleo creates a fascinating world set against the backdrop of a hockey team where romance blossoms. The characters in Taking Shots were compelling and the plot was intriguing. Fans of romantic novels will definitely enjoy this one.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book is aimed for adults and contains language and sexual references/scenes that are not suitable for younger teens. It's not explicit, but it's definitely adult.
The Wrap-up: If you don't really like romances or insta-love novels, then this one might not be for you. However, if you like romance novels, then definitely give this one a shot. It's an intriguing series and one that is well-written.