Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst is an electrifying romance that features sizzling chemistry, sexual tension and outstanding characters! Fun, fresh and addictive, this book is perfect for those who love Alice Clayton or a good rom-com!
Searching for Someday introduces readers to Kate Seymour and Slade Montgomery, two people who have very different views on love, but whose lives are about to collide with sizzling results. Kate Seymour runs a successful matchmaking company called Kinnections alongside her two best friends. Featuring a magic touch passed down through her family, Kate has the ability to know when two people are made for each other and with the help of different techniques and services Kinnections has to offer, has managed to bring love to the lives of many of her customers. Too bad the only person she can't find love for is herself......
Enter Slade Montgomery, a confidant, hot-tempered divorce lawyer and someone whose view on love is pretty much non-existent. Slade's beloved younger sister is Kate's latest client and he's determined to prove that Kinnections is the fraud he thinks it is. Yet what happens when the two meet and sparks erupt, pretty much literally between them? Can the matchmaker and the divorce lawyer prove they are the most surprising couple out there? Or will their fears see them lose out on the chance at love......
Boy, was Searching for Someday a brilliant read! Unexpectedly so. I jumped in headfirst with no expectations and Jennifer Probst caught me hook, line and sinker from the very beginning. Wonderfully told through both Kate and Slade's POV's, Searching for Someday was a highly addictive, electric read that smoldered with chemistry, sexual tension and had all the humor, romance and flair to make it gold!
Both main leads in this novel won me over from the moment I met them. They're both intelligent, successful people in their own rights and the chemistry that sizzled between them was fabulous. Sharp dialogue and banter litters Searching for Someday, and Jennifer Probst supports her story with a great cast of minor characters I'm already dying to learn about.
It was very easy to quickly come to care about both Kate and Slade and I have to give Probst props for including a tiny bit of magic in the story with Kate's ability, but not making it too overpowering. I much preferred focusing on Kate and Slade and their relationship together rather than anything else.
As such a powerful man, Slade practically oozed sexual appeal, and I have to say, I certainly wasn't immune. There's something so sexy about seeing a well put together, calm, calculated and restrained individual loose control and become a slave to their emotions and feelings. Kate was capable and smart and more than willing to hold her own against Slade. Jennifer Probst has created a dynamic pairing with these two and there was nothing I didn't love about them as they sorted out their issues and became better people for it, both individually and as a couple.
Expertly written and sooooo, so good Searching for Someday is a brilliant read and I'm already eager to continue on with the series and discover just what Jennifer Probst has planned for Kennedy, Arilyn and Gen! Fantastic read--definitely recommend! ...more
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is a sweet, endearing and emotional story about second chances, the power of family and the hope that comes from making things right in the midst of the hardest of circumstances.
Seventeen year old Taylor Edwards has a history of running. Whenever things get hard, her flight response kicks in. Five years ago this saw her run away from her very first love, but when her father receives some devastating news, her parents decide it’s time to spend one last summer at the lake house they used to frequent all those years before. As Taylor spends the next few months getting to know her family like never before, she not only has the chance to re-connect and make amends with old friends, but has a second chance with the boy who stole her heart all those summers ago…..
Having adored Morgan Matson’s Amy & Rogers Epic Detour, I’m not so sure what led me to leave this book on my shelf for so long. I really enjoy Morgan Matson’s style of writing and her storytelling abilities. Second Chance Summer is a heart-warming and emotional story that is nicely explored and features love, romance, family and friendship---all kind of goodness I really love. It does have its sad and bittersweet moments, especially when it reaches its inevitable end, but Matson supports this with some really sweet and heart-warming moments too.
Though it’s taken me until now to read this book, I’m actually glad I waited until this point in my life. I experienced the loss of my grandfather this year and my experience was very similar to that of the main character in Second Chance Summer. I have to commend Morgan Matson for her realistic portrayal of Taylor’s father and what he went through. It’s an experience all too real, and made this book all the more beautiful to read.
Matson writes a worthy main lead with Taylor in this book, who really is just a normal teenager who makes mistakes and bad choices. Taylor is at a point in her life where she’s learning who she is, and I think Matson reflects this well. Taylor can be forgiven for her fears and for making mistakes—everyone does at some point, especially when she redeems herself as the novel progresses.
Supporting Taylor is a lovely cast of characters that give the story life and feeling. Taylor’s family, including her brother Warren and younger sister Gelsey get to know each other throughout the course of the book, and Matson throws some wonderful personalities into the mix during this story. Taylor’s first love Henry returns, as does her former best friend Lucy, Taylor and her family adopt a dog who provides comfort to her father, and the community around the lake house all bring colour to the story with different moments.
Featuring a heart-warming storyline and emotional moments, Second Chance Summer is a fun and fresh summer read and will appeal to fans of Simone Elkeles, Katie McGarry and those who love well told and meaningful contemporary romance!
The Potion Diaries is a unique debut novel by Amy Alward that weaves adventure and magic together with a hint of romance in a fairy-tale like manner that mingles with modern technology to create a tale perfect for fans of The Princess Diaries and fantasy lovers alike.
Introducing readers to the fictional kingdom of Nova, The Potion Diaries follows Samantha Kemi, a member of a once renowned family of alchemists who has the opportunity to redeem her family’s good name and fortune when Nova’s princess Evelyn accidently ingests a love potion she made that was not intended for her. In order to save their beloved princess, the King and Queen of Nova call a Wilde Hunt, a dangerous quest where alchemists from all over the kingdom set out to gather ingredients to recreate and cure the princess of the love potion that ails her. With Evelyn getting worse with every passing moment, Sam’s talent for mixing potions sees her journey all over the world to collect the ingredients needed for the cure. Danger, deception and possibly even love await her if she has the courage to do what others can’t.
I want to be honest here, while I genuinely liked The Potion Diaries, it didn’t blow me away like I had thought it might heading into the story. I still found Amy Alward’s debut a fun, enjoyable and easy read. It had all the elements I enjoy within a YA fantasy and I do look forward to reading more of the series as the stories are released.
Amy Always has created a very interesting world within The Potion Diaries. It’s a delightful blend of the everyday modern world, magic and fairy tale elements. Aspects of technology, social media and science blend together with traditional medicine, potion mixing and magic during the story to help create an almost fairy tale aura surrounding the story. Different creatures, abilities and settings create a beguiling world where I honestly didn’t know what would happen next.
My issue with The Potion Diaries was that I felt it was missing something; something I just couldn’t name and still can’t put my finger on. That extra something that makes you sit back and really take stock of a story. I loved the concept, thought the execution was pretty good and enjoyed the characters, but I just wasn’t completely won over at the same time. I’m looking forward to reading more and seeing what happens next, but I still felt The Potion Diaries was missing that something extra that could have taken it from being a nice read to the next level.
Our main character was someone I did like and I think she fit the story well. She had a nice blend of fire and vulnerabilities and came across as a really normal teenager amidst this magical world. The vision she had for her family was lovely and I liked that she wanted to improve their lives. The fact that she cared deeply about them resonated with me.
Sam is joined by a nice supporting cast of characters. Amy Alward writes Sam’s family and friends with just enough personality and depth to get the story that added extra life. Admittedly I wasn’t won over by Zain and his romance with Sam. I think they have potential and were sweet, but I don’t feel them as a couple yet. I’m hoping Alward plans to explore them more in future novels though as I am hoping that will change.
On the whole, The Potion Diaries was a good debut novel and definitely worth a read if you want something different than a lot of typical fantasy out there. Amy Alward sets up an intriguing world that houses a lot of possibilities and with a sequel promised, I’m interested to see what Amy Alward has in store next.
The Age of Miracles is Karen Thompson Walker’s debut novel and is an intriguing look at what happens when the world finds itself on the verge of collapse. A harrowing look at humanity, The Age of Miracles is a sweet coming of age story and explores human complexity through the eyes of an everyday young girl whose whole world is forever changed when an environmental change effects the Earth’s rotation with tragic results.
The Age of Miracles is a really difficult book to categorise. Despite its tagline The Age of Miracles isn’t a romance and it isn’t your everyday dystopian/apocalyptic tale that seem to litter the YA genre. Instead it’s an interesting look at humanities ability to persevere in the hardest of times when an “invisible catastrophe” effects the Earth.
In a sense The Age of Miracles is an apocalyptic tale. And yet it isn’t. The Age of Miracles introduces readers to Julia, an eleven year old girl who wakes up one morning to discover, along with the rest of people on Earth, that the world’s rotation has begun to slow. Days begin to get longer, with day and night no longer certain and soon the effects begin to show. At an age when so much is uncertain naturally and you’re only just beginning to discover yourself, Julia and those around her must learn to adapt to the new changes within their world, even as this catastrophe changes everything they’ve ever known.
For me, The Age of Miracles was a book that really made me think. I’ve read so many dystopian novels where war or an unknown virus is the catalyst for the end of the world that The Age of Miracles was a refreshing change. The concept Karen Thompson Walker explores in The Age of Miracles is something that could potentially be very true in today’s society. Now, I don’t want to give too much away, but the slowing of the Earth’s rotation has a really interesting effect on the environment our main character live in. It’s really amazing how subtle changes to the world can have such an impact; drastically changing our ability to survive the planet we inhabit. Over time these small changes develop and grow and it soon becomes clear in The Age of Miracles how effected the characters are going to be.
The Age of Miracles sees our main character exist in a world that is slowly becoming in-inhabitable. It’s really quite interesting seeing the characters and those around the world attempt to go on with their everyday lives in the midst of such a catastrophe. Life as we know it becomes pretty much impossible over time as the small changes people need to make to adapt become even larger and life threatening.
Personally I liked our main character and thought Julia’s voice was an easy one to follow. At times I found her childish, but considering Julia is eleven when we first meet her, that is understandable. In a lot of ways she’s wiser than most people her age, but Walker’s ability to explore natural adolescence developments in the middle of this dying world is interesting to read about.
As far as The Age of Miracles is concerned, if you’re looking for a novel with a big happy ending then this probably isn’t it. The Age of Miracles is instead an authentic look at what would happen during a catastrophe and the effect it would have on our lives. Honest, real and sometimes extremely saddening, The Age of Miracles is a lovely debut by Karen Thompson Walker that explores teenage development and what it means to be human in a very thoughtful and thought-provoking manner….. ...more
The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the thrilling sequel to Michelle Hodkin’s smash hit The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and is a worthy follow up that sees readers discover more mystery and even more uncertainty as our heroine Mara sets out to discover why she can do what she can do, even while she is continually haunted by ghosts of her past that aren’t quite dead.
Hodkin’s debut absolutely blew me away with its mystery, suspense and attention to detail and although it’s taken me some time to continue on with the series I was pleasantly captivated once more with this thoughtful novel that is full of intrigue and unanswered questions.
During the first novel, we as the reader spent the majority of the story questioning our heroine Mara’s sanity right alongside her as she navigated the strange goings on of her life. The unexplained and unexplainable occurrences warred with what was impossible and improbable to open our eyes to what Mara can do, even if we’re yet to know why.
In The Evolution of Mara Dyer, Mara is back…. with her boyfriend Noah Shaw alongside her yet again as the two set out to discover more about their mysterious abilities; something hindered by Mara’s old boyfriend Jude who is back from the dead and determined to make Mara’s life a living nightmare. Through a number of creepy events and occurrences Jude makes it clear he will stop at nothing to destroy Mara, even going so far as to help make Mara’s family question her sanity and mental stability. With Mara’s life spinning out of control, she finds herself placed in a mental health program that is tasked with helping those with mental illnesses get better, only New Horizons isn’t what it appears and as the novel progresses it becomes more and more clear that something sinister is going on…..
My mind is honestly still all over the place with this novel….even though I’ve finished it. Though I definitely loved it, I found myself with even more unanswered questions at the end than I had when heading into the story. Michelle Hodkin is masterfully weaving this story together; twisting certain elements together and hinting at a bigger picture to explain what is going on. Mara and Noah are being put through the wringer time and time again, and I’m right there alongside them as Hodkin tells their mysterious story.
I honestly have no idea where Michelle Hodkin is going with this story, but I’m certainly enjoying what I’m reading. Mara is a genuinely likable heroine, despite all of her issues. Or perhaps even because of them; I like that she’s fighting where she can, and her small acts of defiance impress me as we see her story unfold.
I’m quite happy with the romance within the story. It is not over powering and instead compliments the mystique and mystery of the story. Mara and Noah have a great chemistry and I love the way they react to each other; it’s impossible not to be swept up into their relationship when they are front and center. They seem to bring out the best of each other and I love the dedication Noah has towards Mara.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer continues to develop the storyline within this series. More questions are raised and Hodkin twists details together to create an even bigger picture of what is going on. The Evolution of Mara Dyer concludes on a shocking cliffhanger and left me as the reader ready to dive into the next novel as soon as I can! ...more
Dangerous Lies is the latest release from best-selling author Becca Fitzpatrick and is a surprisingly warm read that features a lovely coming of age story and wonderful character growth.
Everything about Stella Gordon is a lie. Her name, her life, her entire history. Everything about her is a carefully crafted lie orcastrated by the United States government after Stella witnessed a violent crime and was put into witness protection following the arrest of the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer. Ripped away from her home, her boyfriend, and her life in Philadelphia, Stella is sent to small town Thunder Basin, Nebraska to hide out. Stella just wants her life to return to normal and despises the thought of being stuck in Thunder Basin....but with the help of some super friendly locals, her tough-as-nails "foster mother" Carmina and her sexy next-door neighbour Chet, Stella soon begins to find unexpected happiness. But what happens when the secrets Stella keeps come back to haunt her? Will she and those she cares about pay for her past mistakes?
Having now finished this book, I'm finding it really hard to categories Dangerous Lies. Despite its premise, it’s not really a mystery or a thriller per say, despite our heroine’s connection to a violent crime. It actually comes across more as a coming of age story at times and merges with a nice romance set in a small country town in Nebraska.
Dangerous Lies is a steadily paced novel and isn’t overly fast. Some readers may find the beginning slow, but those who persevere will be rewarded with a warm and enjoyable read, tinged with mystery and the possibility of danger. Becca Fitzpatrick always satisfies and Dangerous Lies is no exception; if you’re anything like myself, you’ll be sucked into the characters world within Thunder Basin after a few chapters and be hopeful things work out for Stella.
Yet in saying that, in the beginning I very much loathed Stella. I mean, loathed her. She came across as spoilt and selfish and infinitely ungrateful. And yet, as the story went on, we began to understand the life she’d led and what forced her to become so guarded and jaded. We learnt about what went on behind closed doors of her high society life, and as Stella took steps forward and began to grow, I ended up liking her much more. By the end of Dangerous Lies, she was almost a completely different character who had grown so much—and I liked this.
The romance within Dangerous Lies as also something I did enjoy. Fitzpatrick starts Stella and Chet out as friends who despite their obvious attraction, slowly develop their relationship. Stella is very conflicted as technically she had a boyfriend prior to her move to Thunder Basin, so her reluctance to "cheat" on him is the main conflict behind her and Chet’s relationship.
I enjoyed the vast array of characters who called Thunder Basin home; most notably Carmina, Chet and Inny. Personally I would love to explore them some more if the chance ever arose. Becca Fitzpatrick manages to make the small country town of Thunder Basin a place I would love to visit (if it existed in real life that is!) with its swimming holes, carhops and carnival fun!
Overall a good read, Dangerous Lies admittedly starts slow, but then picks up to be an enjoyable tale. Worth a read! ...more
You Were Mine is the 9th installment in Abbi Glines sensational Rosemary Beach series and is the heartbreaking and emotional tale between Bethy and Tripp that readers have been waiting for. Sexy and sensual, but extremely emotional, You Were Mine will hold you from the beginning as you feel an endless amount of emotion.
As a die heard Abbi Glines fan, I pretty much devour anything she writes with You Were Mine no exception, but boy was this book hard to read! Told through the dual POV's of Bethy Lowry and Tripp Newark, You Were Mine sees Bethy and Tripp face their past in order to be together once more. I'll be honest here; I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel. Readers such as myself have always known Bethy as the fun loving best friend of Blaire who had her world shattered when her boyfriend Jace was killed saving her life. In You Were Mine, Bethy is still broken and trying to find her feet, but it's Tripp, Jace's cousin and Bethy's first love who sets out to protect and have her again.
When Tripp first came into the series, Abbi Glines made it abundantly clear that he and Bethy had a history. Until his return, Bethy appeared to be deliriously in love with Jace, but when Jace died, it soon became evident she had once shared something with his cousin that was still haunting her despite her recent loss.
You Were Mine takes course over a manner of months and is actually a very hard book to read emotionally at times. Bethy is dealing with so much guilt over Jace's death and her part in it, as well as the secrets she kept from him for so many years. Including the fact she was one desperately in love with his cousin. And really still is. I think the hardest part with this novel is reconciling Bethy's love for Jace with her soul deep love for Tripp that has never really left her. At it's base, You Were Mine is a story of redemption, finding love once more and moving on.
It's so hard seeing someone fall in love again after they've suffered a great loss and in this case Bethy has always been the one for Tripp, so you know how desperately he loves her despite their past and the fact that until recently she was with his cousin Jace, someone he also loved. Tripp and Bethy have so much history, something Glines explores and allows readers to see through a series of flashbacks. Tripp was Bethy's first. Her first love, her first lover and in You Were Mine she slowly manages to come back to herself with the help of Tripp and her wonderful set of friends.
It really was beautiful seeing Bethy find happiness again, even though she faced some tough moments and had to let go of her guilt. Abbi Glines manages to explore something deep and beautiful with Tripp and Bethy in You Were Mine and I loved how she gave their romance such a solid foundation and history. Moving on from Jace would have been one thing to witness, but seeing how Bethy did still love Tripp; how he was her "one big love" was a beautiful thing and certainly managed to bring out a whole tirade of emotions in me---something Abbi Glines is very good at!
Wonderfully written, painful but beautiful, You Were Mine is another sensational tale by Abbi Glines that will no doubt reach into very deep parts of you as she pens a whirlwind tale of love, forgiveness and the beauty of moving on. You Were Mine is riveting and oh, so emotional, and ends with that trademark hopeful ending Glines is so good at.
**spoiler alert** Thank you to both Simon & Schuster Australia and Pantera Press who send me copies of this book to read in exchange for an honest**spoiler alert** Thank you to both Simon & Schuster Australia and Pantera Press who send me copies of this book to read in exchange for an honest review!
Akarnae is Harry Potter meets the Chronicles of Narnia in the first novel of Australian author Lynette Noni's debut series The Medoran Chronicles! A whimsical fantasy tale full of adventure and friendship, Akarnae is vividly descriptive, exciting and will leave you raring for more!
Akarnae follow's sixteen year old Alexandra Jennings whose life takes a interesting turn when she walks through a doorway on the first day at her new boarding school and finds herself literally in another world. Landing in the world of Medora, Alex discovers that there are more wonders and possibilities out there than she could ever have imagined, and the one person who could possibly help get her home is missing. Forced to wait until his return, Alex begins attending Akarnae Academy, a boarding school for Medorian's with amazing gifts; a school that will push and challenge her more mentally, physically and emotionally than ever before.
As she begins to embrace Akarnae Academy and find a home within the strange new world she could never have imagined existed, Alex makes begins to make powerful friendships and starts to discover just what she is capable of. And yet as Alex finds her place within Akarnae Academy, a mysterious individual finds her repeatedly along the way, and Alex can't help but realize something sinister is lurking behind his pretty face and beautiful eyes.....he has a plan to destroy Medora and he'll use Alex to do so, whether she wants him to or not.....
Akarnae was a very impressive debut! As the first novel in a new series, this story has been perfectly written, explored and planned. Author Lynette Noni has already established such a strong and well rounded world within the pages of this book. There's so much texture and layers to the story that I can't even imagine what Noni will do next, even though it's evidently clear that Alex's journey is only just beginning.
Alex's world literally changes when she walks through a doorway to Medora. She's stranded far from her world and her parents and everything she's ever know, and her only hope of getting back is a man who no one can seem to find. It'd be understandable if Alex gave into her fears and worry about being in Medora but instead she chooses to embrace her new life her and manages to pass the weeks and months by attending classes and honing her skills. Alex is quite down to earth and normal, but in true fantasy style, she's the kind of heroine who steps up when she needs to, even if she is Medora's only hope. Personally I really enjoyed following Alex and throught she was a worthy main character.
To be perfectly honest, the thing that manages to make Akarnae so great is that Noni weaves together so many different elements to make a fantastic story. Her writing is solid, and in the tradition of worlds like Harry Potter, Medora is vivid and fun and endlessly surprising. Akarnae Academy features different classes on the most different of subjects, all tasked with testing it's students, and Alex and her friends manage to get up to tones of trouble during the school year, managing to have more than one unexpected adventure.
I was thrilled with the friendship's and relationships Alex builds during this first book. Akarnae students Jordan and Bear are two of the first people Alex meets upon her arrival in Medora and they welcome her into their fold with open arms. Both boys are cheeky and entertaining and come to care deeply about Alex as a friend; making for some endearing moments between the three as their friendship becomes as solid as humanly possible.
Alex does struggle to connect with many of her other classmates at first but towards the end of the novel makes some serious strides with her roommate D.C. and her Combat classmates; particularly Declan, a big burly guy and Kaiden, a charming young man who unexpectedly makes Alex's heart race. Alex also manages to interact wonderfully with her professors and Akarnae staff, including Fletcher, the head of the Med Ward and the person Alex sees when she is injured. Sporting more than her fair share of injuries over the course of her stay in Medora, Fletcher is more than good to his most frequent patient. Honestly I could go on and go.....
From mysterious new friends, to talking suits of armor, and even a Library that's quite literally alive, Akarnae has it all. Lynette Noni sets up her fantasy world perfectly and will without a doubt sweep you up into the world of Medora. Leaving you begging to join Alex on her next advendure in Medora, Akarnae is sure to be a hit with fantasy and adventure lovers alike!
Mai Tai’d Up is the fourth installment in Alice Clayton’s extensively addictive Cocktail series and is yet another luscious blend of romance, passion and sensual situations. Clayton’s storytelling ability is difficult to rival as she locks readers into another romantic journey full of laughs, smiles and sexy situations!
Told through the eyes of Chloe Patterson, the cousin of one Mr. Clark Barrow whom we met briefly during Screwdrivered, Mai Tai’s Up sees the sweet but confidant former beauty queen leave her fiancé the day before their wedding when Chloe comes to the conclusion that she doesn’t really love him. Striking out for the first time on her own, Chloe travels to the seaside town of Monterey where her family own a summer home on a small but usable acreage.
With the help of a few locals and connections, Chloe begins turning it into a sanctuary and rescue center for mistreated and abused pit bulls. One of Chloe’s helpers is the sexy redheaded vet Lucas Campbell who may be exactly what the doctor ordered to help Chloe get over her past. However when it becomes clear she and Lucas may have more in common than first thought, Chloe must decide whether hiding her secret past is more important than being honest with Lucas. Even if telling him the truth means Chloe may risk losing him forever…..
My goodness do I ever love this series! I mean, honestly…..Alice Clayton is a champion! Every one of her novels I’ve read almost instantly sweep me up and don’t let go, with Mai Tai’s Up no exception. Although admittedly Mai Tai’d Up was not as good as the first three books in my opinion, it was still another excellent installment in the series and absolutely worth a read.
As the main character I did quite like Chloe. She was very down to earth and likable and I liked the character growth she undertook. She made choices and decisions that weren’t easy but needed to be made and I was happy with the self-assurance and dedication she developed for herself and the dogs she rescued.
Personally I don’t think Chloe and Lucas had as much power together as the other couples in the series so far, although I still thought they were great together and wonderful to follow. While Caroline and Simon and Vivian and Clark made me giddy with possibility over their attractions and desires, Chloe and Lucas were rather a steadily progress who had chemistry and who went well together.
As far as these kinds of novels go, the Cocktail series is right up there as being one of best. Alice Clayton’s storytelling is fun, flirty and incredibly entertaining—managing to once again prove to this reader why she’s quickly becoming one of the go-to names in NA/Chick-lit. Funny, sexy and downright fun, Clayton’s stories won’t disappoint! ...more
Last Call is the perfect ending to the Cocktail series by Alice Clayton and concludes Caroline and Simon's story as only Clayton can; with plenty of fun, sass and sensational entertainment as fans see their favorite couple take the plunge into the next stage of their lives together!
I've become such a fan of this series and admit I'm so sorry to see it come to an end, although Alice Clayton did not disappoint, with Last Call encompassing everything that makes this series so great! Each and every book managed to win me over just a little bit more; Simon & Caroline won me over in their first book and their second, and even Vivian and Clark managed to given them a run for their money as my favorite couple in the series. Last Call made me all giddy again over the perfection of their relationship.
Taking place after Mai Tai'd Up, Last Call kicks off with Mimi and Ryan tying the knot in an adorable wedding that is so very Mimi and Ryan. Sophia and Neil are engaged and expecting, a baby born half way through the novel in one of the cutest and funniest moments I've seen for a while and Caroline and Simon stronger than ever but debating the next step in their relationship. An accident during a photography shoot sees Simon injured and Caroline re-evaluating her stance on wedded bliss.....seeing Caroline and Simon diving into the inevitable sweet ceremony.
Perfectly written to reflect all the sass, humor and intelligence that encompasses the modern woman, Last Call is a swoon inducing, smile producing read filled with sensuality, playfulness and witty dialogue. Alice Clayton is a genius and I'll definitely read whatever she releases next!
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
Until Friday Night is the latest release by bestselling author Abbi Glines and is easily her best work yet! Kicking off her new YA series, Until Friday Night is heart-felt, deeply written and emotional!
West Ashby is one of the stars of his high school football team. He’s good-looking, popular and never lacking in female companionship, but West is also hiding a secret. His father is dying of cancer….and its killing West. No one seems to understand his pain, until a moment of weakness sees West spilling his secret to Maggie Carleton; his best friend’s cousin, and the only person who even comes close to understanding what West is going through. Two years ago Maggie’s world was torn apart by a senseless death, and she hasn’t spoken a words since. Moving in with her aunt, uncle and cousin is harder than she expects, but it’s not until West confides in her that Maggie finally begins opening up. Connecting in a way neither expects, West and Maggie soon find themselves slowly beginning to fall for the other, and as they both battle their own pain, and demons, it’s only with the help of the other that they finally begin to really feel…..
It’s no secret that I’m an Abbi Glines fan. I love her storytelling abilities and the way in which she manages to create complex, likeable and beguiling characters, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Until Friday Night is her best book to date! I suppose after reading so many stories that tend to appear similar by an author, so it’s sometimes refreshing to have them take a step back, and in a new direction, and begin a brand new series.
That’s what Glines does with Until Friday Night, the first book in her The Field Party series, set to take us back to Texas football games, sweet new romances and sensual connections. Introducing us to not only to two incredible main characters, but a new bunch of boys I’m sure we’ll all see get a story, Until Friday Night does a great job telling it’s individual tale but also beginning to set up the world Glines plans to explore and all the possibilities that come along with it.
Until Friday Night was a highly addictive read. It’s one of those books you pick up intending to read a few chapters, but then find yourself unable to put it down. Abbi Glines really hit a note in me with this highly emotional but beautiful book. Every aspect of it seemed perfect, from the setting, to the characters, the dialogue and of course of authenticity and realness that seemed to come from it.
Both West and Maggie really won me over with their depth and loyalty to each other. Glines gave them real issues and allowed them to have a common connection that developed beautifully over time. Maggie was a really honest, sweet kind of girl and I really enjoyed her quiet maturity. She complimented West, who was a womanizer, but also just a troubled young man at the end of the day who had a good heart at his base.
Unlike some of Glines previous books, the romance in Until Friday Night develops slowly over time, but is in no way no less powerful than if the characters had have dived straight into it. In fact, seeing them bond and share so much with each other, whilst their strong friendship develops into a beautiful romance was perfect. I can’t fault them as a couple, or as individual characters who I really came to care for and adore.
Emotional, endearing and beautifully told, Until Friday Night is a great release from Abbi Glines that leaves me extremely excited about all the possibilities this new series holds. Highly recommend! ...more
Screwdrivered is the saucy third installment in Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series and is another sassy story that, while featuring an new main character in the form of Vivian, Simon’s high school buddy we previously met in Rusty Nailed, features all the wit, sass and laughs typical of an Alice Clayton novel!
Told through the eyes of Vivian "Viv" Franklin, Screwdrivered sees the tattooed, pierced and just down right cheeky app designer’s life take an unexpected turn when a distant aunt dies and Vivian discovers herself the sole beneficiary to her will; inheriting a house, a car, a bunch of animals and a whole new world of trouble. Taking a step away from her own life, Vivian travels to the small country town her aunt called home to find a rundown house, a bunch of new friends and a librarian determined to put a halt to all of her plans, managing to find along the way everything she ever wanted, even if it wasn’t in exactly the package she expected…..
I honestly really loved this book. While I adore Caroline and Simon, it was also really refreshing to delve into the mind of a brand new character and a whole different life. We briefly met Viv in Rusty Nailed and when I learned Screwdrivered would be her story, I was very excited. Alice Clayton certainly doesn’t disappoint either in this heartwarming tale where opposites attract and finding a home is sometimes in the last place you expected or planned.
Vivian was a great main character to follow in this story. She’s bold, funny and independent. She can take care of herself, does what she wants and is not ashamed of who she is. In Screwdrivered, Viv’s life takes a drastic change, but it was so wonderful seeing her adapt and embrace things. The house she inherits literally changes her life and the small town it’s nestled in welcomes Viv with open arms as she finds such a wonder new chapter to her life there.
Alice Clayton includes two very different romance options for Viv in the forms of Hank, a rough and tumble cowboy and Clark, the stuffy and stoic librarian and head of the historical society who needs his feathers ruffled. It’s quite clear to readers from the very beginning where the story is heading in relation to Vivian’s love life and although I would normally not go into too much detail for fear of giving away spoilers, I just need to gush here about Clark. How cute it Clark?!?
It’s a story of opposites attracting with Vivian and Clark, with polite and proper Clark completely the opposite of rough around the edges Vivian, and yet the two work so well. They are so very adorable. There’s fire between them from the moment Clark takes it upon himself to stick his nose into Vivian’s renovation plans and although Clark is the last thing Viv thought she wanted in a man, the too slowly develop a very easy friendship that sees Vivian tease Clark and get him riled up; bringing out a different side to him that makes for some very entertaining reading. Their romance is sweet and develops slowly in a way that leaves you very satisfied as the reader when they eventually get together.
Another brilliant Alice Clayton novel, Screwdrivered will thrill readers with its witty dialogue and character dynamic. Great chemistry makes for some spectacularly entertaining scenes and will in no way disappoint! ...more
MacRieve is the 13th instalment in Kresley Cole’s widely popular and extremely entertaining Immortals After Dark series. Exploring the rich world of the Lore, each book follows a different couple and sees all manner of supernatural beings blend together in fast paced, romantic and exciting stories. MacRieve is no exception as Cole pens another exhilarating and sensual tale!
As a definite fan of this series, I’ve adored each and every book and MacRieve is no exception to this rule. Told through the eyes of Lykae Uilleam "Will" MacRieve, a tormented werewolf with a painful past and the woman we discover is his mate Chloe Todd who will bring to life the memories of his past, MacRieve is a riveting and sensual romance that explores another of the MacRieve clan.
We were briefly introduced to Will and his twin brother Munro, affectionately dubbed Hot and Hotter in Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, Bowen and Mariketa’s book. Despite being referenced to during that novel, Will’s history has been something not spoken of much and it’s not until this novel that you discover just how traumatic his childhood was and the painful way he was taken advantage of.
I must say I really liked Will in this novel. Prior to beginning MacRieve he had just been a character who had faded into the background, but seeing him front and centre in MacRieve managed to open my eyes to a new side of him and I definitely think he manages to stand on his own as a character. MacRieve really is a haunted and angry person. His recent imprisonment in the Order's prison and the torture he endured opened up old wounds and in MacRieve Will struggles to overcome some mighty fears and is very set in his ways and beliefs; something he needs to overcome if he hopes to keep his newly found mate in his life.
Chloe Todd is an athlete; tough as nails and a fighter through and through, but the last thing Chloe expects to have to fight for is her life when she’s kidnapped by creatures of myth and put up for sale at a slave auction. Despite being the daughter of Order leader Dustin Webb, the most hated man in all of the Lore, Chloe has been in the dark her whole life about her father’s dealings and her own magical heritage. When hardened and mysterious Will MacRieve saves her from the auction block and claims her as his mate, Chloe’s life is turned upside down, even as she slowly begins to transition into a supernatural creature herself----a creature MacRieve hates above all others!
Personally I found Chloe and MacRieve’s relationship to be really intriguing to watch unfold. Chloe is a delightful combination of seasoned athlete and uncertain virgin and MacRieve is a hardened werewolf who longs to claim his mate but who hates what she is turning into. With MacRieve’s history it’s understandable why he has his issues when it comes to Chloe and what she is becoming and the two of them have a lot of obstacles to face; the least of which is his hatred for her kind. Chloe has a lot to prove to Will and it’s only when he slowly lets down his walls does she begin to convince him that she’s nothing like the woman who victimized him as a child.
MacRieve is an exciting and sensual story that Kresley Cole manages to ensure entertains from beginning to end. Cole sets up the beginning of MacRieve’s brothers Munro’s story and I find myself looking forward to that one in the future. With yet another solid instalment in a great series, I find myself eager to begin Thronos and Lanthe’s tale next!
When I’m Gone is the 11th instalment in Abbi Glines’s ongoing Rosemary Beach series and is yet another sexy, entertaining and highly enjoyable read that this time follows Mase, Harlow’s brother and sees him finally fall in love.
Even though he is the son of famous rocker and celebrity Kiro Manning, Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred to live a quiet life on his family’s Texas ranch and has always gone out of his way to avoid associations with his father and his half-sister Nannette. Staying at Nan’s place in Rosemary Beach while she’s out of town takes an unexpected turn for Mase when he meets Nan’s housekeeper, twenty-two year old Reese and finds himself extremely interested in the dark haired beauty.
Reese Ellis has known so much unmentionable pain and abuse throughout her life and though she is finally away from her abusers, still struggles with the demons that haunt her. Trusting doesn’t come easy either, but when she meets Mase, Reese finds herself attracted to someone for the first time in a long time and as the sexy cowboy begins to look out for her, Reese can’t deny that Mase is possibly the nicest man she has ever known, and guarding her heart from him might be an absolutely impossibility…..
Though admittedly, When I’m Gone isn’t my favourite Abbi Glines novel, I still enjoyed it immensely. Abbi Glines seems to write a lot of similar tales that follow a similar script, but that doesn’t stop them from being sexy, sweet and very addictive. When I’m Gone was just a downright fun read. I enjoyed the chance to see the characters I’ve previously come to know and love and of course meet new individuals and get to know them too.
Mase and Reese were lovely to follow. Mase was a really down to earth, genuine guy and I have to say I appreciated the earthy, natural feel to this rancher/cowboy. Reese was a delightful blend of innocence and strength. She’d had the worst done to her, and this had taken its toll, but I loved how she’d fought to make a new life for herself.
Together, Mase and Reese made a really sweet couple. Mase’s protective and caring response to Reese was endearing to read about and I loved seeing him be so careful and understanding with her. Reese has a lot of scars and I liked how Glines wrote Mase’s advances to help her overcome her issues; both sexually as well as her learning disabilities. Mase and Reese’s romance built on a great friendship and I enjoyed see this foundation develop.
Light and fun, When I’m Gone details the first of two stories featuring Mase and Reese and leaves me, as always, looking forward to more from Abbi Glines!
Until the End is the final book in Abbi Glines sensational Sea Breeze series and finally tells the story of Rock and Trisha; heading back to the beginning before any of the other novels took place to show how this steadfast duo came to be together, before allowing us to revisit all the previous couples from the series once more and wrapping up a brilliant series in sensational form!
Although I'm really quite heartbroken to see this series come to an end and know I'll never again have the pleasure of starting a new Sea Breeze novel, I'm really quite thrilled with how this series concludes. Rock and Trisha have always been such a strong, cemented couple, from the moment the series began and it was wonderful to go back in time and discover how they actually came to be with one another.
In a lot of ways this novel is kind of in two parts; the first being Rock and Trisha's story and the second featuring epilogues of all the other couple's we've followed throughout the series. Told through both Rock and Trisha's POV's and then in that of all the other characters, Until the End couldn't be a better conclusion to the series if you ask me.
Abbi Glines took me on an emotional roller-coaster with Rock and Trisha and watching them fall in love and find each other was beautiful to behold. I think I appreciate them so much more after reading their prequel tale and as well as knowing what they've been through in their desire to have a family in the later Sea Breeze books. No one deserves happiness like they do, and now seeing all they've been though and how they managed to find happiness and strength in each other only makes me happier they managed to find a family in Preston's siblings, Daisy May, Brent and Jimmy. They're wonderful parents; breaking the cycle from the lives they had as children and teenagers, and Glines doesn't disappoint, weaving together an emotional, sexy and incredibly heartwarming story with their romance!
If it wasn’t enough to see Trisha and Rock falling in love in Until the End, Abbi Glines thrills us with the opportunity to follow all the previous couples in the series once more. Each has a short epilogue and allows readers to see what happened after their respective novels concluded. Each was sexy, sweet and highly entertaining, with the stories featuring Jason and Jess, Blythe and Krit and Dewayne and Sienna standouts for me! I found certain developments adorable, sweet and oh, so satisfying.
Glines ties the series up perfectly, and in the Abbi Glines fashion we have come to know and love. There’s no doubt in my mind that every moment of this series has been wonderful and worthwhile and I give Abbi Glines props for ending it so sensationally and giving her series the spectacular sendoff it deserves---brilliant, simply brilliant!