Adorable kids. Sexy hero. Sweet yet string heroine. A hot as hell slow burn love story. I adored Sustained with a passion. That's saying something conAdorable kids. Sexy hero. Sweet yet string heroine. A hot as hell slow burn love story. I adored Sustained with a passion. That's saying something considering I loathed the first book. I didn't give a lick about Stanton or Sofia. But this story on the other hand, I could get enough. Jake and Chelsea as individuals were awesome and together I think they were a force to be not to be reckoned with. Jake, the bad boy lawyer, and Chelsea, the sweet who who had to up and move when her brother and his wife died. Leaving her to be the sole protector of six children all ranging from babies to teenagers.
At first, I didn't know what to expect. When I was asked to review, I was hesitant seeing as the first book was such a major letdown. But it's Emma Chase, and why the hell wouldn't I give her second chance. I'm so glad I did too. I feel like I like this book just as much as her debut novel, Tangled, which I devoured in one sitting. The other books after were good but in my opinion, never quite reaching the Tangled category. Well, I'm glad to say Tangled was knocked off its pedestal. Sustained has taken to icing on the cake, the cherry on top. I want to crawl in the book and live there.
The book is filled with Chase's signature wit that make everyone fall in love with her simple and easy writing style. I, myself, laughed out loud more than a few times. I loved the exchanges and dialogue between Jake and the kids. It's amazing to see someone gain something he never knew he wanted. Plus the kids gained something that was lost; and while it will never quite fill that hole that was left when they lost their parents, maybe it will help with the healing process. Men who love and take care of children, is just so simply sexy. Mainly Jake. One, these aren't his kids. He doesn't OWE them anything - but he fell in love with them. Resulting in him being an amazing father figure in their lives.
Overall, if you're looking for a light-hearted yet deep read about what it means to have family, this is the book for you. Don't be turned off that it has kids in it, I promise you won't regret it. It's THAT good. It doesn't hurt that Jake is a hottie with tats and when he pulls the lawyer card on people, yeah so hot! I loved this so much and I hope you do too!
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own ...more
Hot nerd alert! Hot nerd alert! Fuck me <=I never say that vulgar word. But seriously, fuuuuccckkkk mmmeeeee! How is it even remotely possible to Hot nerd alert! Hot nerd alert! Fuck me <=I never say that vulgar word. But seriously, fuuuuccckkkk mmmeeeee! How is it even remotely possible to like this so much more than the other books, when I loved them so much? How? I'll give you one word: OLIVER. Sigh... What more do I even have to say to convince you to read this? Seriously, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
If you haven't read these books yet then I honestly think you're a wacko *gives you serious side-eye*. Finn and Harlow were my favorite and I didn't think anything would top that. That is until I fully got to be inside Lola and Oliver's head. It's like Christina Lauren reached into my mind and heart and put it all down in paper and into a book. Alas, I can't draw worth a crap, but I am nerdy.
Lola and Oliver are the only ones who didn't follow the flow and end up married like their friends. If you remember from the first book, three best girlfriends met some hot men and what do you know, they all get drunk and get married. Of course, Oliver and Lola got it annulled right away then on their merry way. When they meet back up in San Diego where Oliver owns a comic shop, the two become close. As in best friend territory.
As in friend zone. But Lola wants more. What she doesn't know or can't see is that Oliver wants her just as bad. Timing is everything though. Lola is hitting it big time with a movie deal for her graphic novel. Top that plus deadlines for another book, plus a whole lot of other crap, well let's just say, it can be pretty overwhelming. Oliver is Lola's rock; always there for her whether it be an ear to listen to, just hanging out, or bring an automatic plus one to events.
What happens when lines start to blur? Are the two willing to sacrifice a beautiful friendship for something that may not end up working out? Will Lola ever ever learn to open up? There was so much sexy, so much awesome, and so much beautiful angst that I couldn't help but get butterflies the whole time I was reading. Oliver has a dirty, dirty mouth on him. Sigh... He's my favorite and that's saying something. I feel so bad saying that considering I thought it couldn't get any better than Finn.
Overall, it's no secret that I love these authors. Not only are they the sweetest, their books and writing have grown so much since the very first book they published. I HIGHLY recommend all of their books.
*Thank you to the publisher for sending a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own....more
"You have always, and will always, matter most to me."
The Bourbon Kings was one hell of a ride. It's no surprise that the writing and storytelling wer"You have always, and will always, matter most to me."
The Bourbon Kings was one hell of a ride. It's no surprise that the writing and storytelling were phenomenal. As sad as this is going to sound—it's my first time reading J.R. Ward. I know, I know, cue the tomatoes that need to be thrown at me. But before you do, know that I do have all of her Blackdagger Brotherhood books. I've started the first one right as soon as I finished The Bourbon Kings. As I've said about the writing, it's absolutely addicting. It's like her words beg you to keep reading them. I was only too happy to oblige.
Even though I read the synopsis, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into or what to expect. The story started off too slow for my tastes but never enough for me to want to put the book down. It's addicting, remember? Once the ball got rolling, it was on! I didn't and most importantly couldn't stop reading. Tulane Bradford and Lizzie King have a past and will come face to face after two years apart. Lane was dating Lizzie in secret when Lizzie heard through an announcement that Lane was getting married. Hence not seeing each other talking for two years.
But he's back. He'll finally come face to face with the love of his life, Lizzie. After everything that's happened, there's no way in hell that she could ever forgive him. Shes just starting to forgive him when she hears that he's coming back to his family's estate. The place where Lizzie has worked as the head gardener for the past ten years. It would be best avoided him at all costs but like a moth to a flame...
Easier said then done.
We are introduced to many more complex characters that kept me reading until the wee hours of the night. We have the Bradford siblings; Edward, Maxwell, Tulane, and Virginia. Their family friend and lawyer, Samuel T, Sutton, heiress to the competition in the bourbon business, and Shelby. All these characters have stories to tell. Are there too many? In my opinion, no. I really felt like all the story lines were like an addicting soap opera. You get to a point where you have to know what happens next. A storyline I look forward to reading more about is Samuel and Gin's. They have a hate/love relationship. And when I mean love/hate... From the little we did get of them, let's just say that it's going to be damn good.
There are many gasp-out loud moments, dark secrets, and scandals galore. Overall, I felt like I was in the story and will eagerly await for the next book. It's like the show Dallas, but in book form. If your looking for a book that has more than just your typical romance, then pick this one up. I'll just be sitting here waiting for the day that I can read more Bradford and company drama.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own....more
I'm going to be honest here, I almost didn't finish this book. Scratch that, I almost didn't even make it past 10% of the bOkay yeah, I enjoyed this.
I'm going to be honest here, I almost didn't finish this book. Scratch that, I almost didn't even make it past 10% of the book. My thoughts during those times? I thought everyone was over dramatic and overreacted over everything. Oh yeah, Hardin was an asshole and not the endearing kind and Tessa was an obsessed little virgin. So I still kind of think those things but guess what? I kept on reading and I couldn't stop. And more importantly, I didn't want to. Sitting in bed was ALL I wanted to do but I have a life I have to live...and kids that are too young to feed themselves.
During the night when I would get my reading done, I would be talking to the characters, laughing at them, and cussing them out. Yes, I talk to my kindle. I would giggle like a school girl in the most inappropriate times. Is this really one direction fan fic?! To answer my own question, yes, yes it is. Thank god I didn't picture them while I was reading though. That's pretty much why I've put off reading it for so long.
You guys have all read the synopsis so I won't waste your time with summarizing the book. All I know is that it was full of angst and borderline dysfunctional people. Like for real...it's not borderline, it's full on dysfunction. They spend most of the book getting mad and yelling over stupid s***. It wasn't just one either, both of them were very irrational but weirdly, that's what made me like them. I hate books that have overdramatize characters but I if its written well, I can handle it.
It was very tough for me to put the book down. I'm glad I took the chance to read this. I'm already on book 2 and plan to get the rest. This is definitely my guilty pleasure read. If you're wondering if you should pick this up or not, I suggest you do. So what if one direction was behind the inspiration? Just picture your own characters and go into this with an open mind. ...more
In this day and age, it is so damn hard to love yourself. We get told everyday in movies, magazines, and life in general on how to look. Being a girlIn this day and age, it is so damn hard to love yourself. We get told everyday in movies, magazines, and life in general on how to look. Being a girl who has struggled with self esteem issues and depression...well let's just say the media never helped my thinking. Obviously if I wasn't a size zero than something must be wrong with me. Am I right? You know what I am talking about; the kind of perfection that society shoves down our throats. Well I've got news for you guys! Who the hell cares what they think!
Brittany has written a book about what it means to love yourself and all the flaws that make you, well you. Yes, ALL THE FLAWS. Let's face it everyone has them. Back in the summer before my seventh grade year, I went to church camp. It would be my first year ever going and I couldn't be more excited. I got to be away from my mom for three whole days! That's like forever when you're a kid. Anyways, everything was going just fine; we told scary ghost stories, played lots of fun games, talked about God, and one word - swimming. Yes, swimming was a huge highlight for me at girls came. See, it was in the pool that I broke my nose. How you might ask? I was just minding my own business swimming with my shark-like goggles when a girl jump into the pull right on top of me. The impact not only broke the goggles but my nose as well. I didn't even cry! I calmly got out of the pool and went to lay down in my bunk.
It wasn't until the end of the three days when my parents went to pick me up, that they noticed my nose looked crooked. I ended up going to a doctor who later did surgery to fix it. Needless to say, the surgery didn't work or whatever. My nose still looked crooked. And that my friends is the first time I have ever openly admitted my nose is less than perfect. Usually the only time I admit it, is if someone asks me outright. Why am I telling you this? Well if Brittany is brave enough to go and put herself out there by showing the world that plus size women are beautiful too. Then I can admit that my broken nose doesn't define me. It's just something part of me that makes me unique.
I'm not going to lie. Before I was contacted review this book, I had no idea who Brittany was. I wish I knew about her sooner because just reading her book has helped me in so many ways already. It's nice to see someone be real that's also an advocate for such a great cause. So many women out there need to know that they are beautiful, even me. It's hard though. Sometimes I feel alone and wonder if anyone out there has ever felt the way I have. Looking in the mirror is like a form of torture. I have in my head the way I want to and am supposed to look. Then I look in the mirror and bam! It's like why me! Why couldn't I have looked like one of those beautiful Victoria Secret models?
And see where I am going? This is how it is on a daily. I find a wonderful book such as Fat Girl Walking; I read it and know I'm not alone. Then that doubt starts creeping in. It's a never ending cycle. Okay, I need to stop. I don't want this to turn into some preachy blog post. My whole point out of all of this, is that I loved the book. I loved catching a glimpse into Brittany's life, her many struggles, and of course her beautiful success. The success of learning to love the skin she is in. Ever inch of it!
Women around the world. Let's start picking each other up instead of shaming. Sharing what we think is beautiful about ourselves instead of the negative. (Like me with my doubts about everything. But if we're being honest here it's probably the depression talking.) Please do yourself a favor and pick this beauty up. You won't regret it. This is for the ones who need a good laugh with an equally good cry. Love yourself! Even when you don't think you can.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ...more
"Sometimes you have to risk it all to make a dream come true. #BeBrave"
Here comes the bride... Just kidding! Ms. Olivia Bloom is only engaged to the ho"Sometimes you have to risk it all to make a dream come true. #BeBrave"
Here comes the bride... Just kidding! Ms. Olivia Bloom is only engaged to the hottest man on the planet. Heheh. Yup, I'm talking about Berkeley. The rock god with an insanely sweet side to him that you can't help but swooooooon. I've been waiting for this book for only about...oh, ever since I finished the first book, In Bloom. I remember the feels when I delved deep into the Hollywood life with Olivia. How lucky is it that she caught the eye of of a rock star? How many of us wish this could happen to us? There's a reason musician type books are my personal favorite. Blushing is a story of love, Hollywood, crazy mean bitches, and some insanely hot & steamy scenes from the newly engaged couple!
"I know it’s him, recognize his clean scent, the tugging in my core, the buzzing at the base of my spine. Finding my mouth, he coaxes my lips open."
Berkeley is up for a role in an up and coming movie adaption of the Keystone series. He's actually up for the lead and all the while he's been trying to get out of it... But here's the thing, he can't. There's a been a contract signed and his leading lady is none other than Christina (dang I truly dislike her...okay, I hate her!). His contract won't let him get out of playing in the movie without losing millions. And of course Christina doesn't want to negotiate with him. It's all or nothing. Olivia being the sweet person and not over dramatic or jealous, pushes Berkeley to do the movie or else he may regret it for the rest of his life.
"The kiss is slow and sweet and grateful. I squeeze his face in my hands, slowly becoming aware of everyone else on the movie set, watching us."
Well, he decides to take the movie and make Liv an assistant costume designer. Bad news though, she has to change her name and appearance, all in the name of love. And losing out on lots of money of the media were to find out that she and Berkeley are engaged. This is cause for sneaking around like teenagers. Will the two be able to handle the pressure? How much can one take until it's too much and you start questioning the others motivations?
There is some serious angst and drama in Blushing. Berkeley and Olivia will be tested beyond belief. It has you wondering if their love is truly meant to be. If it's any consolation I think I fell more in love with ex story and characters. I'm sure it's not easy being linked to a mega star and I think it takes a special kind of someone to put up with it. I know for a fact I probably wouldn't be one of those specials ones. Which is precisely why I'd rather read about it instead. Boys in books ARE better, right?
Olivia. Liv. Whatever you call her, she's an awesome female lead. I love her innocence & purity in a world full of greed & assholery. (Yes, I just made up a word!) you can see the light shining from within her; no wonder Berkeley has fallen head over heels in love with her!
"I mean, I would prefer to make out with Tux Nicholas, but even I am in love with you. And men will fall in love with you every day for the rest of your life.-Parker
Overall, I think that the book couldn't have been better and I fully recommend picking up anything & everything that involves the Brightside series. Liv, Berkeley, and gang feel like life long friends. I'll be sad when I have to say goodbye to them.
"Do you have any idea how much I love you?" "I think so. And you know it was always only you," he says, those familiar blue eyes boring into mine. I will always hold out only for you."...more
My heart is so broken. Those last few pages... Bravo to such an action packed book that kept me turning pages. Full review to come.
The hMy heart is so broken. Those last few pages... Bravo to such an action packed book that kept me turning pages. Full review to come.
The highly anticipated sequel to Fire & Flood was just as action packed as the first. Tella and the gang face more obstacles in Salt & Stone; near-death experiences, actual deaths, heartbreak, and romance. Yes, surviving in the Brimstone Bleed isn't their only challenge that they have to face. They aren't just fighting for their loved ones, they're trying to find a way to bring the games down. By doing so, they have to play by the rules even if it means doing something they don't like.
By they, I'm not just talking about Tella and Guy. I also mean Olivia, Jax, and Braun as well. I don't just like thinking about them being the other contenders; the competition. But sadly it is that way. It was great getting to see the characters I fell in love with. We also meet some new characters along the way; Willow and Cotton. Both of these contenders are...strange. I can't say that I liked or disliked them. They just...were.
I think the only thing that really annoyed me most was how much Tella went against Guy. Tella wants to be seen as independent and an equal. Instead, she came off as immature and whiny. I get that a girl wants to show proof that there's more to her than just a damsel in distress. But there are other ways of showing that. I'll admit, she's grown so much since the first book and I still like her as a character. Aside from the fact that she can act like a little kid, I think she's funny and I love how kind she is.
Now let me tell you... I actually did cry in this book. I did! My heart is still broken and I won't tell you why because hello, I would be giving away something major. But in that scene (for those who have read you know what I'm talking about) it was one of the most heartbreaking scenes I've read. I look forward to out favorite characters finding a way to bring down the races. Those people need to pay for all the pain they've caused.
I couldn't do this review without bringing up the beloved Pandoras! I love, love, love the relationship between contender and pandora. It makes me want to have my own exotic animal to tote around loving me the way those Pandoras love their companions.
Overall, I loved the story and can't wait to see where VS takes the next book. The ending is full of wonderful promises. I highly recommend picking this one up. ...more
I have to start off again by saying the ending was perfect and I totally didn't see that coming. It was like that throughout the bWow what an ending!
I have to start off again by saying the ending was perfect and I totally didn't see that coming. It was like that throughout the book; twists and turns that had me in shock. Things that I should have seen coming but still threw me for a loop once everything happened.There are betrayals, romance that could make you swoon, and mermaid friends that have each others backs until the end. What more can you want in a novel????
In Rogue Wave, we are left with Seraphina and Neela, the two protagonist of the story, both looking for the talisman that will help defeat Abbadon. The thing is, they don't know where to start. Let alone begin to look for these talisman without finding answers first. How will they get them before the bad guys get them first? After all, Sera and Neela have to be ten steps ahead of the game, not behind. In order to do everything the mermaids need to do, they all split up. I have to say that it took me awhile to get used to the writing style when I first read Deep Blue. But once I caught on to it, I was hooked. In this book it's no different and I loved being able to get the POVs from two mermaids instead of one.
The book was non stop action, I seriously had my eyes glued to the pages in anticipation of what would happen next. There is some romance but it takes a backseat to the storyline. I have to say though, what we did get, was absolutely romantic and beautiful. There are times that I wanted to throw my book against the wall for sure. Particularly during those last few chapters. I mean seriously, WTH! We are introduced to new characters who I thought were awesome.
One thing that I loved so much was being able to see Sera and Neela grow as characters. There's more to them than their fashion choices or the boys they love. Donnelly has truly outdone herself in making the girls well rounded and like-able. I don't possibly think I could wait for the next book seeing as how the storyline is getting better and better. Rogue Wave has a beautiful cover and even more beautiful set of characters in a magical underwater world. I look forward to seeing where the story takes us next.