Rusty Nailed is the electric follow up to Alice Clayton’s sensational rom-com Wallbanger, and is as easily as good as the first novel; drawing her readers back into the lives of Caroline, Simon and well….Clive. Rich in romance, sexual chemistry and laugh-out-loud moments, Rusty Nailed is a superb sequel that you just won’t want to miss!
After the amazing story that was Wallbanger, Alice Clayton certainly managed to captivate this reader’s attention once more; from the opening chapter of Rusty Nailed I was once more hooked! Caroline and Simon are as steamy, charismatic and adorable as ever and I certainly couldn’t get enough of them and their hilarious lives as the events of Rusty Nailed unfolded.
Now having been together for more than a year, Caroline and Simon are as strong, and as sexy, as ever, but a bunch of changes—including Jillian’s prolonged departure on her honeymoon, Simon’s extended time home and a duo of friends whose break-up are cause for a lot of awkward, albeit hilarious moments—to their lives see Caroline and Simon take big steps in their relationship. They’ll struggle, snuggle and prove just how amazing and perfect they are together in this new stage of their story…….
Honestly, Simon and Caroline are just so perfect for each other. Not only do I adore them as individuals, but Rusty Nailed only showcased how excellently they complement and strengthen each other. Caroline is a strong and independent woman and that hasn’t changed now that she is with Simon, and Simon is still his cheeky and smooth self, although a monogamous relationship with Caroline has actually seen him happier than he has been in many years.
Simon and Caroline have an incredible chemistry and ease with each other. They just fit so well. They understand and accept the other for exactly who they are and although they have the expected fights and issues you expect with all relationships, they manage to grow and flourish along the way—something both helped and hindered by their best friends Mimi and Ryan and Neil and Sophia, as well as their mentors/friends Jillian and Benjamin who finally tie the knot!
Clive is also back and slowly bonding with Simon in Rusty Nailed, something that certainly brought a smile to my face. The continued balance that is exhibited by Clayton through her delicious writing, cheeky moments, sensual romance and sex scenes between her characters make for some terrific reading. The friendships are as wonderful as ever between Caroline and her girls, and Simon and his boys and personally I can’t get enough of them all!
Sensual, sexy and just down right fun, Rusty Nailed is an incredible follow up to its predecessor that hits every nail on the head and then some! ...more
Five Ways To Fall is the delicious fourth installment in K.A. Tucker’s highly addictive Ten Tiny Breaths series and is another expertly written and sensual romance that finally sees self assured and cheeky stud Ben Morris meet his match in a purple haired stunner whose sharp mouth and wit rival his own!
There’s no doubt in my mind that K. A. Tucker is a very talented writer. Ever since I read the first book in this series, Ten Tiny Breaths I have been blown away by her ability to write complex and layered characters and weave them together in emotional and driven storylines that explore their lives and emotions. Each story has been unique and gripping in it’s own right, and Five Ways To Fall is no exception.
We first met the larger than life Ben Morris in Ten Tiny Breaths when he attempted to win the heart of then leading lady Kacey, and although he wasn’t successful in that pursuit, he has continued to be a feature in this series as one of the many minor characters to give it extra life and flair. Ben has always been someone I was looking forward to getting to know and its in Five Ways To Fall that he finally gets his chance!
Told through the dual POV’s of Ben and the woman who manages to keep him on his toes, Reese MacKay, Five Ways To Fall follows Ben and Reese as they meet on holiday in Cancun, only to reconnect months later when they discover that they will be working at the same law firm. Sparks fly from the very beginning between these two and soon they find the other may be just what they needed but what neither expected.
Honestly, Benjamin Morris is one of those characters with so much personality. He’s cheeky and cocky and very self assured. He’s a ladies man and he’s sex crazed, but he’s also a really good guy. Personally I’ve always loved Ben, ever since we met him in the first book and with all the small parts he’s had in every book since, I’ve come to love Ben more. And yet I almost wasn’t prepared for the side of Ben I would discover in Five Ways To Fall. The side of him that loves his Mama so deeply and goes out of this way to help those he cares about. Basically I just love Ben Morris—how can you not!
As Ben’s leading lady, Reese is very much a woman scorned; something that is understandably a driving factor behind a lot of her choices in Five Ways To Fall. Coming out of a failed marriage where the man she loved broke her heart, Reese starts out very guarded and against letting Ben into her life and heart. She’s attempting to find her feet after the painful end of her marriage and isn’t in a position where she’s very trusting of men. She very much hides behind her sharp tongue and has walls encased around herself.
Considering that Reese’s childhood wasn’t the easiest and her relationship with her mother is non existent, I really enjoyed seeing Reese let Ben in. It was baby steps with her, but I liked how Reese slowly developed a relationship with not only Ben but those in her life such as her stepfather Jack and stepbrother Mason.
The romance in Five Ways To Fall was sexy from the very beginning. Reese and Ben have great chemistry from the moment they meet and despite their differences, seem to fit each other well. They both have a similar sense of humor and manage to keep the other on their toes. I loved the way Tucker wrote their romance and allowed them to develop a friendship that brought out the best in each other and allowed them to slowly capitalize on the attraction shared and feelings that develop between them.
Rich in sexual tension and chemistry, Five Ways To Fall is another brilliant tale by K.A. Tucker. With it’s loveable characters and humor, Five Ways To Fall will leave you ready to read the next book as soon as it’s released! ...more
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker is a beautifully written and gorgeous story of life, love and loss. With magnetic characters and a strong storyline, this is a stunning debut about the power of forgiveness and the healing possibilities that moving on can bring.
As someone beginning to develop a real love for New Adult fiction, I'm always on the lookout for brilliant new NA tales to devour and while I was uncertain about what this story would bring, I have to say I was very much blown away by Ten Tiny Breaths! And in saying that, having now read this story, I can see why K.A. Tucker is making a name for herself in the NA genre. Her storytelling is wonderful; her writing strong but beautiful. Tucker took a very emotional situation and explored the effects it had on the life of her main character and those around her.
Following twenty year old Kacey Cleary, a young woman still haunted by the tragic loss of her parents, best friend and boyfriend at the hands of a drunk driver, Ten Tiny Breath explores the difficulty Kacey and her fifteen year old sister Livie still face four years later. Fleeing with her sister and escaping from a dangerous family situation to Miami, Kacey is still understandably haunted by the loss of those she loved in an accident she managed to survive herself but that left her tremendiously scarred, both physically and mentally.
Kacey is a very strong character to follow. She's very down to earth and normal, with a lot of sass and spunk, and is without a doubt wonderful to follow, but she's also very fractured. Something more evident with the turn of every page. Kacey has trust issues by the truckload and keeps a shield up around herself to keep from getting hurt. Though deep down Kacey cares strongly and loves deeply, she projects a tough girl exterior to the rest of the world and fights to keep people out. Kacey has a lot of hard truths to face in this book, especially when she slowly begins to come back to life thanks to the help of an egnigmatic young man and a surprising bunch of people who help to want her live again.
There wasn't a single character that I didn't fall in love with during this book! Obviously Kacey shines as our main character, as well as Trent as our male lead and love interest, but K.A. Tucker does a fantastic job giving her supporting characters real substance and life in Ten Tiny Breaths. Everyone from Kacey's sweet younger sister Livie, to their strong and surprising next-door neighbour Storm and her darling daughter Mia to adult club owner Cain and bouncers Ben and Nate managed to worm their way into my heart. Even minor, minor characters such a Officer Dan, landlord Tanner and Dr. Stayner impressed me; bringing so much life and colour to the book with their character dymanics and beautiful bonds.
Now, I refuse to give away spoilers, but the storyline Tucker explores with Kacey and Trent was the icing on the cake in this book, and so very well done. Honestly Trent is sexy as hell and he and Kacey have a wonderful chemistry. As a NA tale, you expect there to be a sexual aspect to the story and there is, but Tucker instead focus more on the romance and the connection between Kacey and Trent--something I found very refreshing. Obviously, these two are together physically within the story, but the way Tucker writes it allows us as the reader to explore the more connecting parts of their relationship than just the sex. Trent and Kacey were very sensual and they sizzle up the pages--the sexual tension is perfect, but the deeper connection they share and the way in which they help the other heal is what stole me.
Sexy, sensual and deeply moving Ten Tiny Breath is a brilliant read. Wit and sassy dialogue blend perfectly with beautiful characters you'll be sure to want more of. K.A Tucker has impressed me with her debut novel and has me ready to being the next book ASAP! ...more
Four Seconds to Lose is the stunning third instalment in K.A. Tucker's impressively emotional Ten Tiny Breaths series and is a beautifully told story of sensual romance and surprising depth.
Man, I’m seriously in love with this series! Every book is brilliantly written and depicts an addictive story that is impossible not to get lost in! K.A. Tucker is fast becoming one of my favourite NA authors thanks to the beautiful way she writes her stories and the enigmatic bunch of characters she has introduced us to in this series. I already have a list of characters whose stories I would love to see; I just know these individuals have their own tale’s to tell and I’m hoping Tucker capitalizes on this fact and makes us readers very happy.
Finally telling Cain’s story, the alluring and contradictory strip club owner who won our hearts back in book one, Four Seconds to Lose is the first book in the series so far that is told in dual POV—featuring the voices of both Cain and his lady love, Charlie. While I’ve loved how Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie were written, I honestly think this dual POV helps enhance the reading experience in Four Seconds to Lose. Personally, I’ve always preferred dual POV in this kinds of books and I think reading through both Cain’s and Charlie’s eyes makes it easy to understand how the character are feeling.
Cain has always been an enigma for me. He’s a delightful contradiction that I loved getting to uncover during Four Seconds to Lose. Ever since we were introduced to Cain back in Ten Tiny Breaths Cain has been a mystery I’ve wanted to solve. A strip club owner with honour and integrity, Cain has blown me away time and time again with his unexpected kindness and mercy. A man who looks after his girls and who wants nothing more than for them to escape the dark world of adult entertainment they find themselves in, Cain goes above and beyond to help them out; providing a safe place for them to live and work.
Honestly, Cain is just a beautiful person. He doesn’t take advantage of people and he’s honourable to a fault. This is the kind of man who wants to save everyone; going out of his way to help when he can. He’s tough as nails; he’d have to be in his industry, but he’s such a good person. Basically he’s just an amazing character and I’m so thrilled to see him find love in Four Seconds to Lose.
I have to say, when I pictured Cain falling in love, I’m not sure Charlie is what I had in mind for his match. And yet now seeing them together, I can’t imagine him with anyone else. Charlie is sweet and soft and very gentle but she’s also got guts. This is a girl is a surprising past and a difficult present and any woman who can pack up her life and take up a new identity the way Charlie does to escape a difficult situation is an incredibly strong person in my eyes. Charlie is younger she appears but she’s also very mature considering everything she’s been through and is involved in. I like that K.A. Tucker didn’t allow all of this to make Charlie jaded; she’s too much of a great character for that to happen to.
Despite their differences, or maybe because of them, Cain and Charlie compliment each other so well. From the very beginning the attraction between them is there and K.A. Tucker does a great job building on that until their relationship blossoms. The physical, and sexual, aspect of their relationship is perhaps a bit more graphic than the couples in the previous books, but this wasn’t something that bothered me as I felt Tucker still depicted things tastefully. Charlie makes Cain endlessly happy and Cain does the same for her—basically they’re a great couple and I’m thrilled they found each other.
Continuing to include the previous characters we’ve loved in the storyline, K.A Tucker does an expert job telling this story. Exploring hard issues like drug trafficking and adult entertainment, Tucker manages to humanize the people who are a part of it whom really don't have a lot of options; giving them voices and life. Four Seconds to Lose is a brilliant read that fans of the New Adult genre will not want to miss!
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover is a deeply emotional and arresting novel that will ingrain itself into your heart and soul with its intense longing and emotion that has already earned it a spot as one of my favourite books of this year!
In a time where there are so many books out there, it truly is an experience to read a book like Maybe Someday. I thought the previous novels I had read by Colleen Hoover were emotional, but neither compares to Maybe Someday. Personally, I found Maybe Someday to be one of the most emotionally taxing novels I have read in a long time where the feelings experienced by both main characters affected me so.
Maybe Someday is told through the eyes of twenty two year old Sydney Blake and twenty four year old Ridge Lawson, two neighbors who find themselves bonding over their shared love of music when Sydney learns that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her roommate and the only person she can turn to is Ridge. Living together and developing music together sees their friendship develop into something so incredibly deep soon neither can deny the attraction they share despite the fact that Ridge’s heart also belongs to another.
Maybe Someday was such an intense book for me to read. Ordinarily one of my biggest pet peeves in novels is when people are in love with more than one person and aren’t faithful, but the way Maybe Someday was written and the intensity of Sydney and Ridges feelings as they both fight so hard against what they both feel really shook me and made me rethink how I perceive someone loving two people.
Sydney and Ridge are both such great characters and the ability to read the story is completely enhanced by the varying POV’s of both characters. I think there’s so much brilliance to be found within this story, from the harsh and powerful feelings Hoover conveys to the male lead of Ridge--a contradictive deaf musician who is quite possibly one of the most incredible characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about! I love how Ridge doesn’t let the fact that he can’t hear limit him and instead he uses his limitations and thrives instead. Colleen Hoover has written such an inspiring character in Ridge with so much personality.
Colleen Hoover really touched and tore my heart in this novel. Ridge has two amazing women in his life; his girlfriend Maggie who he adores and is in love with and Sydney, the vibrant young woman who he connects with like no one before and who he can’t help but slowly begin to fall in love with even though the fights it so, so hard. I’ve never read a novel before where the main character loved two people so deeply and so truly that their heart was torn apart and owned by two different people.
Ridge knows what he wants in this novel; Maggie. And Sydney. There was so much powerful longing within this story between Sydney and Ridge. Having just been hurt, Sydney didn’t want to be "that girl" but she couldn’t help but fall for Ridge even though she fought it tooth and nail. The brilliance of this novel is that Hoover made me feel their guilt and their pain and their desire. I felt like I was being torn in two myself, especially when I was in Ridge’s mind. Maggie was such an amazing person and I could feel how much Ridge loved her. I felt like I was being unfaithful to Maggie when I would see him with Sydney and want him to be with her because I could feel the depths of his love for Maggie and I loved her in turn.
I very much appreciated the honesty Hoover features in this novel between Sydney and Ridge. They never actually hide from the fact they are developing feelings for each other. They’re both very addiment they don’t want to hurt Maggie and cause her pain and are upfront about what they feel. They try so hard to fight it and its actually really sad because they cause themselves so much pain by wanting to do the right thing.
The fact that Ridge has two amazing women in his life is a brilliant inclusion on Colleen Hoover’s part. When he’s with Maggie you think he should be with Maggie and when he’s with Sydney, you as the reader want him to be with Sydney. It’s not even a physical or sexual relationship between Sydney and Ridge that develops, but more a perfect harmony between two people who share so much. Ridge is in love with them both and would have stayed with Maggie without a doubt, but you have to wonder whether this really would have been out of a misguided notion of loyalty.
And yet, when the inevitable happens and there’s pain and heart ache experienced by all, it’s a bitter sweet beauty to see Colleen Hoover write the ending that seemed so logical and inevitable to the story. Weaving together such a powerful story with such a beautiful soundtrack, Hoover has cemented Maybe Someday as one of the best books I’ve read ever and leaves me still lost in it’s story even though I’ve turned the final page!
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover is a heart wrenching and riveting New Adult novel whose tantalizing romance, unexpected depth and soul shattering storyline will leave you entranced and captivated, even after you've turned the final page!
I have to say......this has to be one of the best NA novels I've ever read, plain and simple! And considering it's taken me so very long to actually dive into this book, that is really saying something. Colleen Hoover has penned something very special with Hopeless, and with it's intense romance and unexpected content, has me wondering why in the world I waited so long to finally read it. This book is a NA must read for fans of the genre, and considering Colleen Hoover's name in the industry, Hopeless is Hoover at her best!
Colleen Hoover's writing is perfect and fitting within Hopeless; flowing nicely with a perfect pace, and is descriptive where need be and vivid when suitable. Hoover weaves a lot of powerful emotion into the pages of Hopeless, and this is something that endlessly compliment's the storyline; enhancing the experience and making it impossible not to be completely blown away by the strength displayed by our main character Sky as she confronts some very painful revelations, and memories from her past.
Linden Sky Davis, known by those who know her as Sky, is a very normal, well adjusted teenager.....or is she? When we first begin Hopeless, Sky comes across as a typical teenage girl, abet one that struggles to feel connected where guys are concerned, but this isn't really cause for concern. It's not until the introduction of Dean Holder to her life does Sky realize just what kind of connection she has been missing and what that means for her.
Can I just say how much I LOVED Sky. I mean, how can you not? Sky is strong and sweet and kind and very likable. She seems like a normal teenager; someone who loves her best friend Six and her mother Karen and despite the cruel attitude of some peers, is strong enough to hold her head up against their vicious attacks on her character. Hopeless really broke my heart. Sky is such a great girl and when we come to learn about the atrocious things done to her at the hands of the one person who should have protected her, it's hard not to be affected. And yet, I just adore Sky all the more for not allowing it to break her. It may have been a difficult situation and a battle, but Sky is a survivor and that's a very powerful thing.
And a lot of Sky's strength wouldn't be possible without the help and love of Dean Holder. Holder is intense and mysterious and all kinds of sexy. He's brooding and has a real way with words. He really does walk into Sky's life and turn it upside down; causing a chain reaction that leads to a difficult, and heartbreaking journey...on both sides. I really loved Holder. I liked that he appeared to be a bad boy, but actually isn't anything like the rumors that surround him. His faith and devotion to Sky is nothing short of beautiful.
Sky and Holder have a really intense and riveting romance. Hoover couldn't have written their relationship better in my mind. There's an intense attraction between them from the very beginning, and the connection that develops, and that we learn previously existed, made for a very sweet, deep and electric romance. I thought the foundation Hoover gave them, though I don't want to give away spoilers, allowed their relationship to be so much stronger. Together these two were electric; the dialogue shared and the physical aspect of their relationship was sizzling, but I thought the fact they were friends first and foremost made it just them just that more perfect as a couple!
Colleen Hoover addresses some really strong issues in this book; exploring sexual abuse at the hands of a parent and the effect it can have on a person in such a painful and beautiful way. Featuring two great characters, a sensual romance and a powerful storyline, Hopeless has helped Hoover secure a fan in me and guarantees I'll be seeking out more of her stories! ...more
One Tiny Lie is the emotional and riveting sequel to K.A Tucker’s sensational Ten Tiny Breaths and is a sleek and sensual romance that is almost as good as its predecessor! This book with hook you from page one!
I have to say….I am thoroughly enjoying this series. I may have been late to start, but boy am I breezing through these fantastic reads! Ten Tiny Breaths set the bar high, but with its sequel One Tiny Lie, K.A. Tucker is proving to me she is definitely not a one trick pony—this woman can write! And write she does!
One Tiny Lie was a superbly written story of romance and a young woman’s journey to find herself. Featuring perfectly flowing writing, One Tiny Lie follows Livie Cleary, the sweet, kind and shy sister of Ten Tiny Breaths protagonist Kacey we met in the first book, only now at eighteen Livie is attending Princeton and getting her first taste of collage life. There’s an aura of emotion to Tuckers writing and she creates a great story for her characters. There’s romance, friendship and love all woven together, and Tucker compliments the characters and story well by not dwelling too much on the physical aspect of Livie and her love interests relationship.
Personally, I really liked Livie. I was so excited to follow her story having loved her in Ten Tiny Breaths. With her sweet, shy and naïve nature, in a way she reminds me of myself and I found her easy to relate to. Livie has always been the "good" girl; straight edged and focused, and she’s been happy that way, but there are so many aspects of life Livie has been missing. She’s smart and level headed and very focused on what she wants to be. It’s not until she finds herself at university that her eyes are opened and she begins to experience things like boys, drinking and partying. Livie has been very sheltered and never experienced what most girls have by her age and seeing her finally experience them is a great experience.
Livie finds trouble in the form of Ashton Healy; captain of the boys rowing team, player and sarcastic ass, and though he is the last one she expects to be attracted to, try as she might Livie can’t get Ashton off her mind. I do think Livie and Ashton were really great together. They had great chemistry and I loved seeing Ashton make Livie come alive. I always enjoy seeing characters connect, especially when they come from difficult pasts and help to heal the other and this was definitely the case with Livie and Ashton.
My only issue with this book, and the thing that kept me from rating it a perfect score, was the cheating. The cheating aspect didn’t sit well with me. Perhaps I’m being naïve to think that when you’re dating someone, even if you are supposedly taking things slow, you don’t cheat. There is no sneaking around with another person and getting lost to the passion and all that. Even if you’re insanely attracted to someone and actually feel something real and deep for them, end your current relationship first and then explore what you can’t deny.
The fact that Livie found herself in a relationship with Connor and yet still found herself acting on her feelings for his best friend at the same time didn’t sit a hundred percent well for me. Admittedly, I was able to get over this and did find it disappearing from my mind when I saw how deep the connection Livie had with Ashton, but I still keep coming back to the fact that had Livie should ended things first with Connor first before moving forward with Ashton.
Boldly written and choc-full of brilliant characters that will steal your heart with their temperaments and stories, One Tiny Lie has me ready to dive into book number three! ...more