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
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
Wow, what a surprise. Absolutely True Lies isn't what I expected in the least. I thought I would be getting some light, fluffy chic-lit read, and whilWow, what a surprise. Absolutely True Lies isn't what I expected in the least. I thought I would be getting some light, fluffy chic-lit read, and while yes it was a bit like that, it was also full of wit and glamour. I feel like we've gotten a front row seat behind the scenes of what Hollywood truly is; it's messy and not at all as glamorous as they want us to believe. So why should you read this book? Well because it's about Hollywood for one! Plus no character is what they seem. For me as the reader, I couldn't tell who I was to trust and who not to trust. One moment you'd be like okay I can see myself liking this particular character and then bam! They do something to clout your judgment. It was like that throughout the novel. Just a fair warning.
The story follows Holly, a writer down on her luck when the magazine she writes for shuts down. With barely any money to her name, Holly finally finds a lucky break when her uncle gives her name to the agent of Americas sweetheart, Daisy Mae Dixson. Daisy Mae is the girl every girl wants to be, who every boy wants, and has her own hit TV show on Nickelodeon. She has the reputation of saving herself until marriage...she has the purity ring to prove it! Her family life is great, the girl has the world in the palm of her hand. Yes, her life is seemingly perfect. Except for one minor thing: IT'S NOT PERFECT ALL. Holly is about to find out first hand that nothing and no one is what they seem. Oh yeah, Holly is supposed to write Daisy's autobiography!
When I first started reading this, I thought okay, here's another Hollywood centered book. One that will probably be about a nobody girl who just so happens to "fall" into fame. There she'll meet the big wigs and possibly fall in love with an actor. Maybe her new best friend will be like the Taylor Swift of the novel. I could go on and on. I love Hollywood books, okay so I may be obsessed with them. But one thing I absolutely love, is that they're predictable. Absolutely True Lies isn't predictable at all! I'm so glad that I was able to see Hollywood in what I believe is pretty realistic. I'm sure as somebody famous, you can't trust anyone. You can't go anywhere with the paparazzi following your every move. It would be so tiring! I can't say I have dreamed about being rich and famous but at the end of the day, I like my anonymity.
Holly thinks she doesn't like anonymity until the world finally sits up and takes notice. Of course the only reason they follow her is because they want something from her. Plus, she part of Daisy's entourage, so it would only make sense that they want the dirt! And believe me, Holly has a bunch! Juicy details that would ruin little miss perfect's career. I'm getting off track here, the book isn't really about getting information and selling it to the highest bidder. Holly is trying to tell the life story of Daisy, but Daisy and her camp have made it very difficult indeed.
My anxiety was up a lot throughout the book. Especially anytime Holly and money came into the picture. Holly isn't exactly the richest person and she depends on the money she's making from writing the book. But there are dishonest and greedy people out there, so there are times that I have no idea how Holly is going to make it. The girl is tough though, and I immensely enjoyed reading her story.
Overall, if you're up for some fun, I suggest this book. While there is romance, it was more on the back burner. I still think anyone will appreciate it though! I definitely look forward to more books from the author. And on a side note, the main character was a little too judgy for my liking but she makes up for it in the end which I liked. It's always nice to see character growth and in this case, it was an A plus.
*Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a review copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ...more
A Million Miles Away... I have a million thoughts running through my head after finishing that. Some of them good and some bad. At first I couldn't unA Million Miles Away... I have a million thoughts running through my head after finishing that. Some of them good and some bad. At first I couldn't understand why Kelsey would do what she did. To me it seemed selfish...why wouldn't you just tell the truth? By now you've read the synopsis and seen what the book is all about. Kelsey and her family are struck by tragedy when her twin dies from a car accident. The day Michelle died, she had dropped her boyfriend, Peter, off at the airport so he could travel to war in Afghanistan. But Kelsey didn't have the guts to tell him that Michelle passed away, so instead she pretends to be her.
As I stated above, I couldn't understand her thinking. Then it hit me and I realized why she did what she did. I won't lie when I say it broke my heart in two. I can't imagine losing a sibling, let alone a twin. It's only natural that she would want to keep Michelle as close as she can; whether or not it was rational. I get it. I do. I might not completely agree with the dishonesty after feelings start becoming something more but again, I can see why it happened.
Kelsey is much different than her twin sister. For one, she isn't as into school as Michelle was and she wasn't an artist like her either. Kelsey was a dancer though and she showed how special she was throughout the book. I could feel her guilt of keeping such a cruel secret from a boy that isn't hers. The timing was just never right. I know that I would never be able to keep something like that from someone. The fallout and consequences are not worth it. Maybe that's why I found myself so annoyed with Kelsey so much. I liked her friends and of course Peter.
Peter really made me love this novel. He's so kind, he's a soldier, and the guy seriously knows how to make a girl feel special. I think we can be adding a new man to our book boyfriend list, ladies! Sometimes the bad boy gets a little old. It's always nice seeing one that you don't have to jump through hoops just to get his attention.
I loved the tone of the story. It had a romantic feel to it yet at the same time it was melancholy. You might think that it's a horrible combination but it isn't. Just look at Nicholas Sparks. I only wish the ending was a bit longer. I liked the way it ended just wanted it to be a little more longer than it was. There were times that I felt the book moved too fast. Guess I just like my books longer.
Overall, I think this is a wonderful YA contemporary romance to add to your shelf. It's deeply emotional and it makes you feel. You'll be rooting for Kelsey, and at times you may want to smack her. I know I did! I know one things for sure, I've found a new author to read and love.
*Thank you to the publishers 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
Omg. That was emotionally wonderful. Need to gather my thoughts in order to write a coherent review!
My heart still hurts after reading The FivOmg. That was emotionally wonderful. Need to gather my thoughts in order to write a coherent review!
My heart still hurts after reading The Five Stages of Falling in Love! The prologue doesn't waste any time in making us weep like babies. It's true. It sucked me in and didn't let me go until the very end. As the blurb stated, this isn't a story about falling in love - even if the title might suggest that it is. This is a story about grief; it's about the aftermath of being left behind when the love of your life can no longer fight the horrible battle called cancer. I feel all weepy again just thinking about it.
Liz has been made into a single mother of four young children when her husbands dues of cancer. Life for Liz is no life without Grady by her side but she's been managing. Barely. She's need deep in five stages of grief, taking care of children - all while trying to just make it out of the bed everyday. It's hard. No one ever imagines losing their loved one to such a horrible disease and with Liz, well how in the world is she to continue caring for her children when she doesn't even care for herself.
She does it though. I think Liz is a strong character despite the fact that she feels everything in her life is falling apart. Her kids are always late to school, she had meetings with the counselor, and then a super cute man moves in next door to her house. She meets him when her daughter decides to go for a dip in his pool before school. While Liz is swimming around trying to get her daughter out, Ben walks up and offers a pop-tart to the little dear. It's the start of a very unlikely relationship. Hearts will be broken, love may or may not be in the air, and Liz will do whatever it takes to push Ben away.
Ben is wonderful. He's patient and kind; just the type of man any girl would be lucky to have. But Liz isn't having any of it. She'd rather he date her younger sister. The heart wants what the heart wants though. The more time Ben and Liz spend together, the more she pushes him away. She can't give him more because wouldn't that be cheating on Grady? It's been six months but how soon is too soon?
Liz struggles with finding a balance and the inner turmoil of feeling as if she's doing her dead husband a disgrace by having a male friend. Kid she has four children to think about as well. We are taken through such a heartbreaking yet incredible journey of love, loss, and acceptance. If there's one book you should read this year, this one is it. ...more
Crossing the Ice is a wonderful story about skating, romance, and what it means to go after what you want. This is one of my first books by Jennifer aCrossing the Ice is a wonderful story about skating, romance, and what it means to go after what you want. This is one of my first books by Jennifer and it certainly won't be my last. It's also my first time doing a review (& listening to) an audio book! Yes, that's right. This was my first ever audio book. It's set off my buying four more books because I love it so much. I didn't think I would honestly because I like being able to read. But when I take my kid to school in the mornings, I listen to a book. Even better? My kid wants me to start buying him stories to listen to! Anyways, back to the story.
Overall- 4 stars for being such a great storyline that was able to keep me engaged. Performance- 3.5 stars Narrated by Emily Stokes. I can help but say that even though I think she did a great job, there were times when things were supposed to sound romantic, they sounded cheesy instead. Such as when she would do the 'voice' for the mail lead, Josh. For the most part, I think she did well with bringing the characters to life. Story- 4 stars Sweet and romantic. I liked reading about all the skating and how hard it is just to become an Olympian.
Courtney has only ever had one dream; to be an Olympic ice skater. She and her partner, Mark, have one last chance to make it work. But things get in the way when they're competitors switch coaches and the coaches just so happen to be Court's and Mark's. Life can be so cruel! The more time Courtney spends with Josh though, the more she realizes how kind and genuine he is. Unlike his sister, Stephanie, who I might add is a grade-A biotch.
I think the romance was pretty sweet. Slow and steady always wins the race, right? There aren't any love triangles or insta-love. It's all slowly built up, which seriously makes it so much better. Since the hero is not the asshole type, I find that there wasn't any angst. This is a romance novel through and through. I love how the story centers around skating. During the Winter Olympics, this is one of my favorite programs to watch. The skaters always make it look so easy but I know it's so much hard work and dedication to make it look like that!
I can't wait to dive into the second book and find out where Josh and Court end up. If you're looking for a light-hearted romance that involves an ice rink, then this book is for you!
The writing is superb as usual, so much so that it doesn't even feel as if I'm reading. The words just fork such beautiful images in my mind. The storThe writing is superb as usual, so much so that it doesn't even feel as if I'm reading. The words just fork such beautiful images in my mind. The story was engaging throughout and I definitely can't wait until the The Raven! The Prince is a character I know I'm going to like, despite the fact that he's kind of evil. Professor Emerson and Julieanne make some seriously sexy appearances. Love them both!!
Make sure you pick this baby up on release day. You don't want to miss out on being in such an enchanting world. ...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