**spoiler alert** Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and author Rebekah L. Purdy for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!**spoiler alert** Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and author Rebekah L. Purdy for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!
The Romeo Club by Rebekah Purdy is a really cute and easy read, full of endearing friendships, humor and romance.
The premise of The Romeo Club is really quite simple; pretty, popular sixteen year old Delyla Denson has it all; awesome friends, hot-as boyfriend and is quite happy with her life....until she gives her geeky older brother a makeover to help him catch the girl of his dreams and then quickly gets roped into making over his friends as well. Welcome to "The Romeo Club" where Delyla teaches the guys how to act, talk, and be cool around girls. What entails is a lot of fun, laughs and disaster as this teen girl who harbors a secret "nerdy" side finds herself falling for her brothers best friend Trey, a guy who is also currently using his new found self to win over the beautiful girl of his dreams.
The idea may be simple, but there's no denying The Romeo Club is extremely catchy! The writing is basic but fitting and as a closet nerd, Delyla is a real nice heroine to read about; easy to like and follow. I may not have always appreciated her methods--hello sabotage--but I certainly appreciated Delyla's desire to admit her feelings and then fight for the guy she loves. I like the idea that the popular girl fell for the geek.
The guys in this book are just so sweet and geeky that you can't help but love them--from Delyla's sweet older brother Drake to nerds Kevin, C.C and of course Trey; all will make you smile with their "geekiness" and just want to give them a hug. The romance between Delyla and Trey is lovely and sweet, and I did feel their chemistry with their friendship a solid foundation that Purdy perfectly builds on.
Overall The Romeo Club is just a good wholesome read. The book isn't necessary long and once you start you be hard pressed to stop before you reach the end; quickly racing through this really fun and cute tale. ...more
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!
While We Run is the sequel to Karen Healy’s When We Wake and is a fast paced and action packed follow up that sees Healy continue to evolve the storyline and push the series forward.
The first book in this series, When We Wake was a really enjoyable read for me. Set in a futuristic and almost apocalyptic Australia, this series follows Tegan Oglietti, a teenage girl who died, was cryogenically frozen and then brought back to life in 2027, as well as Abdi Taalib, a Djibouti citizen on scholarship to Australia whose world is turned upside when he meets Tegan. Together these two uncover a shocking government conspiracy that sees them on the run and fighting for their very lives.
While We Run was a very fast paced follow up to When We Wake. Healy introduces the next stage in her storyline, with While We Run a very different tale than its predecessor. Whilst When We Wake introduced us to the characters and their circumstances and this futuristic Australian world, centering around Tegan’s adjustment to this new world she finds herself in, When While Run instead focuses heavily on the political events and the impact secrets kept by the government have had on their people.
Unlike the first book which was told through Tegan’s eyes, While We Run is detailed from Abi’s POV and sees Hearly explore a very intriguing concept within While We Run. Featuring an Australia that has closed off its borders to refugees; Healy explores this contemporary topic with a subject matter that is very much a focal point in our world today. Healy makes you think; about morality and mortality with the government in this series exploring different options including cryogenics and immigration to distant planets in an effort to solve the overpopulation and lack of resources problems they seem to be incurring.
Our characters lives have changed drastically in While We Run, and as the reader being inside Abdi is a big change of pace from the first book. While Tegan was brash and led with her emotions, Abdi is practical and thinks with this head rather than his heart. Careful and calculated, Abdi has been shaped and moulded by his mother to be the perfect little future political candidate of his home land of Djibouti. Although he is known as a “thirdie” Abdi is actually quite cultured and pampered, and his intelligence and charm have gone a long way to help him during his time in Australia. Until he and Tegan found themselves in the clutches of the Australia government, paraded around and forced to sell The Ark Project as everyone’s best solution that is.
Thanks to the extreme torture at the hands of his handler Diane, both physically and mentally, Abdi is now a very different person and truly struggles at times. It was refreshing being inside Abdi’s head but it also really made me think as his “selfish” desire to just get home to his family warred with those around him who really just wanted to continue fighting as part of the Save Tegan Program. Just what is selfish? Right and wrong seem to blur as lives are put on the line and the lives of some appear more important than the lives of the others.
Healy does a good job in keeping this book moving forward. A lot happens and the action was very detailed, gritty and at times even gory. All the characters we’ve come to love from the first book are back with Tegan and Abdi joined by Bethani, Joph, Sergent Washington and Dr Carmen on their dangerous journey to bring government conspiracies to light with as many casualties as possible.
Karen Healy ends this chapter of the series well, and based on what we’ve seen so far, though I have no idea where the story will go next, I just know it will be as explosive as the first two books. Action packed with startling revelations and just the perfect touch of romance, When We Wake is a great read!
Deviation is the second instalment in Heather Hildenbrand’s alluring Clone Chronicles series and continues where the first novel left off; once more taking readers into the heart of Rowgen Tower and seeing our heroine Ven continue to fight for her freedom and that of the Imitations.
I will be honest here; I’m a Heather Hildenbrand fan. Every single one of her books have managed to capture my attention and entertain me from the get go, and this series is no exception. Imitation blew me away, and I enjoyed Deviation almost just as much. As a sequel, Deviation continued to develop the overall storyline, but also entailed plenty of action, romance and high-stakes. Hildenbrand has written the story well and continues making small revelations and developments that shape the story.
Personally, I loved the characters as much in this book as I did the last. Our main character Ven continues to be a fantastic voice to follow and continues to grow in this book. As an imitation, a clone whose purpose is to serve their authentic, Ven started out having very little self worth, something she only began to find during the events of Imitation. In Deviation, as Ven acknowledges her own feelings and importance we see a young woman who is supposedly a clone of another develop her own personality, drives and desires. Ven is experiencing so many things for the first time and learning her capacity to love.
Hildenbrand continues to have me all squishy inside with Ven and the relationships she shares with the other characters. The relationship between Ven and Linc is a favourite, for obvious reasons, but I also think the friendship between Ven and Obadiah is great inclusion to the story. He and Ven have a very cute dynamic that is enjoyable to read.
Continuing on where the first book left off, Deviation sees Ven and her friends struggling to protect and hide the imitations they managed to help escape in the first book, and expectedly features a lot of tension and desperation. No one, especially Ven, knows what Titus Rowen is going to do next and there’s a lot of danger lingering within the pages of this novel, but also a lot of friendship and romance two.
Heather Hildenbrand has written a very beautiful romance between Ven and Linc in this series and I absolutely adore any scene where these two feature together. They have a great chemistry and Deviation sees the two of them as strong together as ever before. I love the way they fit so well and the ferice dedication Linc has to Ven. He started out as a guard in Rowen Tower but since meeting and falling for Ven, he has become very dedicated to protecting her, and always puts her first. These two are a fantastic pairing and I can only hope things continue to run smoothly with their relationship.
Overall Deviation is a great follow up to its predecessor and I’m very much looking forward to the next book. With some interesting twists revealed in this book and another layer of mystery surrounding the goings on around Ven, I can’t wait until the release of the next instalment! ...more
Reaper’s Touch is an unexpectedly addictive and fresh story by Eleri Stone that weaves the old west together with zombies in this fun and deliciously told romance.
Personally, I found Reaper’s Touch to a fresh, exciting and enjoyable read. Launching into an intriguing story straight off the bat, Eleri Stone has thought outside the box with her western tale that mixes cowboys and zombies, or more specifically "Reaper’s" and "Ranger’s" together with danger and romance. I really liked the world Stone has thought out in this book. It’s different from anything I’ve read before, mixing an old western setting together with an alluring zombie tale.
Reaper’s Touch is well written, with likable characters and an engaging story. Told in dual POV, Reaper’s Touch depicts an old western style world where zombie-like individuals known as Reapers; unfortunate individuals who have been bitter and infected by a parasite that takes over than body and force them to crave and consume human flesh. Highly contagous to men and deadly to women, Reapers are a harsh danger and it’s up to the Rangers hunt them and society.
Following Ranger Abby and Reaper Jake—two people who are unlikely to be allies but who form an unexpected connection, Reaper’s Touch has a great character dynamic. Stone’s heroine Abby is feisty and willing, featuring unforseen vulnerabilities, and is genuinely easy to follow. Her voice is likable and the girl is able; making it near impossible not to like her.
Abby’s counterpart Jake is very much the tortured hero; tormented by what he is and the urges he experiences. Struggling to maintain control over his "rider", the parasite that dictates a lot of Jakes notions and urges, Jake is at times distant and moody, but is actually a good guy. Despite his Reaper status, Jake has managed to get a decent grip on the rider within him, thanks to decades of practice.
Honestly, I loved both Jake and Abby. I don’t have a bad word to say about them. As individuals they were great, and together they were even better. Even though this book is an adult book, I really liked the fact it wasn’t overly sexual. There are plenty of sexual undertones where Jake and Abby are concerned in Reaper’s Touch, but Eleri Stone does a good job of building upon the sexual tension and attraction that simmers between the two. The majority of physicality that happens between the two happens right at the end of the book, but the smaller moments of passion are more than enough to keep one entertained.
Abby and Jake have more than their fair share of obstacles to overcome. Even though Abby is insanely attracted to Jake she does struggle with the fact he is a Reaper throughout the story; someone I actually liked. This seemed realistic. Seeing Abby truly question her beliefs and idealisms where Reapers are concerned thanks to what she discovers in Jake was very fitting. Nothing she felt
seemed rushed or forced, and I really enjoyed seeing the two of them get to know one another and rely on one another as they fought to protect Abby’s people from Reapers.
My only issue was that the ending was a little too rushed for my liking. We spent the whole book building up to something; both Jake and Abby’s relationship and the possibility of a cure, and then it seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. Eleri Stone needed to detail this last chapter a bit better in my opinion; things were glossed over, that should have been explored in length.
Fast paced, exciting and deliciously romantic, Reaper’s Touch is a great read. Hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, it’s battle time! ...more
Resist is both the sequel and the conclusion to Sarah Crossan’s thrilling and at times shocking, Breathe duology and is an electrifying end to this dystopian read that will leave you breathless!
I must admit it’s taken me a little while to actually read this series, and now having finished it, I can’t for the life of my figure out why it took me so long! Breathe has been a thoroughly enjoyable series to read. With only two installments in the series, it’s gone fast, but both books have been well written, well thought out and deeply intriguing. I can’t think of a moment where the characters, the story and the pace haven’t been to my liking and not enough to keep me entertained.
Resist picks up exactly where Breathe left off, with The Grove destroyed by Ministry forces and Quinn and Bea on the run for their lives in the pod. The Resistance has been almost eradicated and those who’ve survived have been displaced, with nowhere to go. Resist sees Alina, Silas, Maude, Bruce and other Resistance members heading off in search of sanctuary from another group of rebels, discovering along the way that not everyone supports their way of thinking and may have even more dangerous plans in motion for those who live in the pod.
In the meantime, Bea and Quinn are attempting to find them and instead find others from the pod who surprisingly share their feelings on the assisting the remaining Resistance members. New friends and surprising allies arise, with the mayor's son Ronan taking on a leading role in Resist, and Quinn’s dad making different decisions from the previous book.
Now told through the POV’s of Alina, Bea, Quinn AND Ronan, Resist is very fast paced. This whole book is about our characters fight for survival and a better life, and sees the characters struggle to survive not only from the elements (i.e lack of oxygen) but those who want to shut down everything they’ve worked for (the Ministry). There were tonnes of twists and turns to keep me entertained and some startling shocks including the unexpected loss of one of our main characters at the very end of the book that blew me away. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but it’s a massive loss.
The inclusion of Ronan was interesting to the character dynamic and was a great addition to the story. I worried about a potential love triangle between him, Bea and Quinn, but Crossan handles this all well. Bea, Quinn and Alina are all the fantastic characters they were from the first book, even if the stakes are dire and see them do things they wouldn’t otherwise do. Minor characters, such as Maude Blue add that special something to the book to give it life, and just manage to make me smile time and time again.
Huge stakes and surprising developments keep Resist moving forward. The ending is explosive and hopeful, if not bittersweet, and leaves me feeling mostly satisfied, even if I wasn’t ready for the series to end. Featuring a fast paced storyline and likable characters, Breathe is a series you’ll not want to miss! ...more
Whisper the Dead is the second book in Alyxandra Harvey's phenomenal Lovegrove Legacy series and is a wonderful follow up to the first book; rich in tantalizing magic, romance and riveting danger. Blending together historical elements with love and friendship, this series just keeps getting better and better with the turn of every page!
After finding myself blown away by the first book in this series, I was once more swept up into high society and magic in Whisper the Dead; which is as good as, if not better, than it's predecessor. Continuing to follow cousins Emma, Gretchen and Penelope, Whisper the Dead is told through the varying POV's of the three main characters, as well as a few others whose roles within the story are important to the developing storyline.
Unlike A Breath of Frost where Emma's voice was most prominent, Whisper the Dead see's Gretchen's the most focal character, with this sassy, daring and fighting girl front and center in this installment. Of the cousins, Gretchen is the one who chaffs the most at the confines her sex and status bring in her society. Not one to enjoy the glitz and glamour of balls and parties, Gretchen is a debutante not looking to catch a husband despite her mothers ire, and would rather fight and do magic than sew and look pretty.
Gretchen is one sassy lady and boy does she have courage and bravery in spades. I mean, how can you not love Gretchen? She's argumentative and rash, and she does things and says things no well bred lady of her time should do or say, but boy does she make for a great character to follow! Gretchen wants to take action and doesn't want to rely on the Order to protect her--she's more than willing to play her part and take things on herself.
In Whisper the Dead Gretchen is still learning to use her abilities as a Whisperer and witch having just learnt the truth about her heritage in A Breath of Frost. As she and her cousins move on from the events of the last book, Gretchen finds her patience tested by Tobias Lawless, a duty bound Keeper whose calm and proper manner, mingled with his desire to follow rules and icy nature manage to infuriate and irk her at every turn. And yet there's something lurking beneath Tobias's cold exterior, something Gretchen is determined to uncover.
Honestly, Gretchen and Tobias are so very entertaining to behold. He's calm and collected, determined to cage and control the animal within him, whilst Gretchen is rash and rebellious, something that is completely at odds with Tobias's proper manner. And yet, as the two bicker and disagree there's a wonderful spark between them that slowly builds into a full blown fire. Stolen kisses and honest discussions make for a very powerful romance that simmers within the story and compliments the action and magic beautifully.
Alyxandra Harvey continues to win me over with the fantastic characters in this series and the developing storyline. Old enemies return and new ones appear as Emma, Gretchen and Penelope continue to embrace the witching world. Harvey explores the romance between Gretchen and Tobias, while also allowing readers to continue to follow Emma and Cormac. Other characters are beginning to play intriguing roles within the story including Moira, Godric and of course Penelope who I'm hoping will be paired with Cedric.
Racing towards an incredibly climactic ending, Whisper the Dead blends all the brilliance of Alyxandra Harvey's steady writing with scandalous high society and thrilling action. With the final chapter of the book already having me begging for more, I for one cannot wait for the next book in the series when I can dive into the lives of these brilliant characters once more! ...more
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick is a thrilling and suspenseful novel set in the Idiho wilderness and is a tale of danger, survival and murder amongst the ice and snow that will leave you guessing until the very end!
Told through the eyes of Britt Pfeiffer, Black Ice sees Britt in the fight of her life when a hiking trip with her best friend Korbie turns deadly. Whilst heading into the mountains, an unexpected storm leaves the girls stranded and at the mercy of the two strangers from whom they seek refuge. Taken hostage by the two young men with secrets, Britt knows the only way she and Korbie will survive is to play a deadly game of cat and mouse with their captors. And yet, as one of the boys, Mason, displays a lot of contradictory behaviour who may be more ally than enemy, a series or disappearances and murders on the mountain haunt Britt and soon it becomes clear that no one is as they seem, nothing is as it appears and survival may mean relying on the last person you expected and facing the truth about someone you trust.....
Having previously read Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush series, Black Ice was a very different novel of hers to read. While her writing is still as detailed and solid as ever, Fitzpatrick explores a very different story within Black Ice. And I have to say....I loved it! From the very beginning of Black Ice I found myself caught in Britt's tale of survival. I was quickly trying to put the pieces together and discover whether they would make it off the mountain or not.
Fitzpatrick manages to pack a lot of emotion, thrill and excitement into the story and I thought Fitzpatrick did a fantastic job with her character development and storyline of this stand alone novel. Adrenaline pumping and fast paced, Black Ice proves that no one is what they seem as our heroine Britt quickly learns that in order to survive she'll need to reply on the one person she's not used to relying on; herself.
As the main character, I very much liked Britt. She's a normal teenager with plans to spend her summer hiking in the mountains, but who must learn to survive when everything comes crashing down. Having always relied on the men in her life to take care of her, Britt has no choice but to take care of herself in this novel. Though she is young and in a lot of ways sheltered, she displays a lot of strength to make the choices and decisions she does in Black Ice. Britt is quick thinking and fast acting; something that very much keeps her alive as the story progresses. The growth Britt undertakes and the discoveries she makes are very intriguing to read about and witness.
Throughout the story there's an immense tone of danger and mystery within it's pages. With the murders and disappearances of young women having taken place on the mountain it's clear someone within the story is to blame, but you're never quite sure who. Admittedly I did put some pieces together, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable to see the truth come out.
There's also an undertone of romance within the story with Britt seeing a very different side to her captor Mason. You'll get no spoilers from me, but I must admit I was happy with how Fitzpatrick explored this aspect within the novel and how the relationship between Britt and Mason developed into one of teamwork, companionship and tentative trust and yet Britt continuously managed to question and, mostly, keep a level head where Mason was concerned.
Dark, intense and dangerous, Black Ice is fast paced and harrowing from beginning to end. Featuring a tale of survival with the perfect splash of romance and character development, Black Ice will take you on a thrilling journey, all the way to the final page. ...more
Iron Pendulum is the exciting sequel to Megan Curd’s amazing steampunk adventure The Steel Lily and is another edge of your seat thrill ride that weaves dazzling romance with thrilling discovers and extreme danger as lives are on the line in the second book in The Periodic Series!
Megan Curd series does know how to write a brilliant steampunk tale. Iron Pendulum is a perfect mix of steampunk and dystopian that features a great cast of characters who share a fantastic dynamic and who continuously enhance a brilliant storyline. I’m very impressed how well written and well plotted this series is. Its obvious Curd has put a lot of thought into the development within her series. Certain revelations and developments go a long way to creating a solid developing story with plenty of history and back story.
Iron Pendulum continues to follow sixteen year old elementalist Avery Pike upon her return to Dome Four. After the shocking discoveries made by Avery and her friends in the first book, Avery and the resistance find themselves on a race against time to help the people of Dome Four who appear to be dying from lack of oxygen while also going up against a powerful enemy who wants complete control over the dome for himself.
As with the previous book I found Avery a thrilling heroine to follow. This fiery redhead with the multi colored eyes is a brave and passionate fighter who is willing to give everything and help people even when they don’t necessarily give her the respect and appreciation she deserves. Avery is one of those kick-ass characters who, while she doesn’t necessarily know when to censor her words or actions, is generally forward moving, quick thinking and daring. Avery loves her friends greatly and will do anything to protect those she cares about. Basically Avery rocks!
Megan Curd has penned a great heroine in Avery, but also manages to create a great cast of characters to compliment her. Jaxon, Sari and Alice return as well as Legs and Dana, with Dana having a more focal role in the story. Jaxon continues to be Avery’s solid love interest. Even the inclusion of a strapping her male character to the series does not interfere in Avery’s devotion and adoration for Jaxon as Megan Curd chooses to stay away from the stereotypical love triangle!
Incredibly shocking connections are discovered in this book with family connections popping up and a shocking betrayal just around the corner. Avery will face the shocking loss of someone she loves deeply and with every chapter of the book, the story just gets better and better!
Megan Curd has some incredible twists up her sleeves and as Iron Pendulum races towards an extremely climactic ending, readers will be left reeling and eagerly anticipating the next installment as Curd ends the story on a bit of a cliff-hanger! ...more
In Kelly’s Corner is a slick and suspenseful read by Roxie Rivera that is expertly paced and features an intriguing bunch of layered characters within a intriguing and mysterious storyline.
This is actually my first book by Roxie Rivera, and heading into it, I really had no idea it was a spin-off series of Rivera’s Her Russian Protector. As someone who hasn’t read her Her Russian Protector series (yet) I admit I was a bit confused by the vast array of characters we briefly meet, or whom are mentioned that I’ve since learned are the heroes of the Her Russian books. This was overwhelming at first, but I honestly believe In Kelly’s Corner could be read as a stand alone and can easily stand on its own merits as a story.
Introducing us to tech wiz and entrepreneur Beatrice "Bee" Langston and her late brother’s best friend and the man she has secretly loved for years, ex-Marine turned security guard Kelly Connolly, In Kelly’s Corner offers up plenty of chemistry and intrigue as Bee sees herself relying on Kelly as a stalker wrecks dangerous havoc on her life.
Roxie Rivera paints a very entertaining book with In Kelly’s Corner. I very much enjoyed the who-done-it element that encompasses the novel and liked being able to put the clues together. I admit I did figure out who Bee’s stalker is before they were revealed, but in the beginning they weren’t that evident so I liked Rivera’s ability to keep me on my toes.
I liked both Bee and Kelly as individuals and as a couple. Bee was very independent and self sufficient and I loved the idea of a tech savvy young woman with a company and a business. Kelly was quite likable as the ex-Marine struggling with his feelings for his best friends little sister and a man with a difficult past.
I really liked how Roxie Rivera explored Bee and Kelly’s relationship. Rivera managed to give them a solid foundation and did a great job building upon this as she slowly took them to next level. The sex scenes between them were sexy and sensual and I liked that I had the opportunity to get to know the two of them before the physical aspect of their relationship became such a focal point.
There are plenty of sub-plots brewing in this series that weave together within In Kelly’s Corner. Rivera introduces us to a number of minor characters whom I already look forward to learning more of including Kelly’s brothers Jack and Finn, both of whom will have their own stories.
Sexual tension and attraction weave together with underground fighting and high-side security, in this sexy read that features just the perfect hint of the Russian mob, the Albanian mob and a whole lot of naughty fun! Absolutely worth a read!
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