This right here is the exact reason I read. For books that have everything, most of all heart. They've got to have heart and make me feeOh the feels!
This right here is the exact reason I read. For books that have everything, most of all heart. They've got to have heart and make me feel. And The Duet did that and more. I loved this so much that yes, I neglected my poor children just because I couldn't put the book down.
When I first read Night Owl, I couldn't believe I had waited so long to read it. The story was hot, original and fun. Many of you remember that epilogWhen I first read Night Owl, I couldn't believe I had waited so long to read it. The story was hot, original and fun. Many of you remember that epilogue though; that f**cked up ending that had us groaning in defeat because it would be awhile before we got the next book.
Well, wait no more! Matthew Sky is finally back and his story is far from over. In the beginning of Last Light, we've got Matt faking his own death due to him losing his much loved privacy. But trouble hits when the sensual story of Matt and Hannah's life hits the world via the Internet. It's then getting sold on all ebook platforms by some by the name of W.Pierce.
This makes life hard for Hannah. Not only does she have to deal with the aftermath of her most private details spread out for the universe to see, she also has to deal with lying to everyone around her. Something she is not comfortable doing. Hannah loves and will do anything for Matt, even it means she has to pretend for his sake.
The writing of this story is classic M.Pierce; stunning and provocative. I was enraptured in no time at all. The pacing was a tad bit slow for my taste and there were times that things would drag. But the book was still interesting enough that I was able to press on.
We are introduced to some new characters in Last Light. Most notably, Seth, Matt's brother. He's in a band, is totally hot, kind of a creeper, oh and he hits on Hannah constantly throughout the book. You would think the dude would get the hint the first time, but I guess some men like the challenge.
The angst and drama was delicious. Some scenes may not appeal to some readers, but I personally liked them. And the sex was just as hot as ever; Matt and his filthy mouth know no bounds. I love it!
Overall, I think readers everywhere will devour this wonderful book. I mean obviously hahah. It's sexy as hell. How could you not devour it? Now I just have to remind myself not to dwell too much on the fact that I have to wait for the next one!...more
Calling all historical fiction, paranormal romance, and steampunk fans! If you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? It has everyCalling all historical fiction, paranormal romance, and steampunk fans! If you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? It has everything from a great plot line, lovely characters, sexual tension to die for, and more sexual tension. It's one of the types of books where you're more than satisfied in the end. Hint, hint.
Evernight is the fifth book in the Darkest London series that follows an array of characters. Each book is a different couple and different storylines. But everything always adds up in the end.
Holly Evernight and Will Thorne are probably my favorite couple to have read about so far. Their story is a bit different and I liked how for a short time, Thorne seemed to hate Holly and of course he tried to kill her. I don't know about you, but that just makes all that yummy tension so much better.
I'm sure for those of you that have read all the books know that absolutely horrific circumstances that both Holly and Will had to endure. If you haven't, well you won't hear about what it was from me. Just that this book starts a year after the initial proceedings from the other book.
Holly is an elemental, along with being an inventor. In fact, she can control metal. Which just so happens to be where Mr.Thorne comes in. See, he has a clockwork heart and is basically a metal man. Hence, Holly being able to control him. And the sole reason for Will wanting to get revenge on her, since she played a part in making him the way he is. She's his only saving grace if you will, because when she touches him, all his pain and suffering go away. He's definitely put at her mercy.
Both Evernight and Thorne strike up a deal with each other. Holly will be Will's personal body relief, while Thorne will be Holly's personal protector from all the bad people who want her dead.
Hm, I wonder how this will all work out?
See, where this is going? How can you not want to read it? There's so much going on that had definitely kept me turning page after page. I believe each book gets better and better and I'll be counting down the days until the sixth book comes out. And I am even more excited about the next couple!!
Overall, I give Evernight four stars for originality and for being such a great book to take my mind off boring and trivial things. If you're looking for a new series to dive into, now would be the time to start the Darkest London series.
*Review copy provided by publishers in exchange for an honest review.
"Sometimes there's no reasonable explanation why shit happens. We can take all the precautions, go through our lives being terrified of everything, an"Sometimes there's no reasonable explanation why shit happens. We can take all the precautions, go through our lives being terrified of everything, and still there's a chance that we'll walk out the front door and get hit by a stray bullet meant for someone else."
This. This is exactly what I've been looking for. Have you ever picked up a book where you knew by the first page that you were going to love it? How about trying to read as slowly as possible to savor every last word only to realize that you're already on the last page?
From the moment I read the very first sentence of After the Rain, I knew that this book was "the one". And after the first page? I was a goner. This is my first Renee Carlino book, even though I do have her previous works on my kindle. I've only ever heard good things about her and now I'm beating myself up for waiting so damn long to read her books. Her latest book had destroyed me and I mean that in a good way!
The story follows both Avelina and Nathaniel as they go on a journey together to strive to find peace within themselves. Both have to endure different types of tragedy beyond what anyone should ever have to experience in a lifetime. The real test is finding the strength to do the hardest thing of all...move on and accept the fact that sometimes life isn't a pretty picture. It's dark and cruel and honestly that's what I believe is the true beauty of it. Without a little bit of rain, we would never fully appreciate the sun.
"When we're young, we want so badly to connect with others that we end up reflecting them, losing ourselves in the process."
Avelina gets married young to a cowboy named Jake; he's full of laughter and life. She's blissfully happy and one moment is all it takes for it to be taken away. Nate is well on his way to becoming a top notch heart surgeon. It's something he's dreamed about his whole life. He's living day to day as a workaholic when it all comes crashing down. Resulting in him taking a break on a ranch in Montana.
"I don't have to hide because no one's looking."
Ava, what Avelina likes to be called now, is struggling to make it through the day without thinking back to that horrible moment when everything changed. Life can be so cruel. When Nate shows up on the ranch she's been living on and working at, they form a friendship. But Nate wants more; something Ava just can't give him without bringing all her demons along.
Will Ava ever be ever to let go of all the pain from the past? What about Nate, will he be able to help lure Ava out of the wall she keeps herself behind?
After the Rain is a gut-wrenching, heart-squeezing, ugly-crying, and deeply satisfying read. One look into this book and you won't ever want to get out. The heartbreak yet heartfelt feelings you get while reading the book will have you flying through the pages as if they aren't even there. Although the book has many dark moments, it shines with light as we realize that sometimes when you least expect it, life can truly surprise you.
It's obvious Carlino has such a way with words that you can't help but feel like After the Rain has a life of its own. The characters are flawed and that's what makes them perfect. I highly recommend this novel. And if you're a newbie of the author like I was, just go ahead and do yourself a favor by buying her books. ...more
Everything I thought I knew... Well I know nothing haha. I'm at a loss for words right now and it may take me a few days to get my thoughts together fEverything I thought I knew... Well I know nothing haha. I'm at a loss for words right now and it may take me a few days to get my thoughts together for this review.
The book is live as we speak, I HIGHLY suggest you go on and get the book now!!...more
"Physically, he was my dream and in every other way, my nightmare."
Ever since I first saw a teaser of Penelope's newest book, I knew I had to get m4.5
"Physically, he was my dream and in every other way, my nightmare."
Ever since I first saw a teaser of Penelope's newest book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Forbidden romance can never get old with all of its sexual tension and the guilty pleasure of its forbidden-ness. Step-siblings? Um, check and mate. Please sign me up!
The book starts off with Greta as a seventeen year old girl who is getting to meet her step-brother Elec for the first time. When she first meets him she can't help but notice how beautiful he is. While he may be very attractive, Elec's a "huge dick". No, really he's an asshole! But dammit I can't help myself and think about how much I love him for it. That makes me sound horrible, but you'll see what I mean.
"Nothing says I'm sorry like a dick and a smile."
Like Greta though, I was able to look passed him being a douchebag because I was intrigued. Who was this beautiful, broody boy? And why do I feel like he'll set my loins on fire? Kidding, kidding. Well... Kind of. Anyways, he's an asshat to Greta, yet she never tells him where he can stick it. It's almost as if she can tell there's more to him than meets the eye.
One night changes everything and Greta will truly never be the same. The next seven years of her life will be spent a bit lifeless in some ways. She basically goes through the motions everyday.
"The "one that got away" was supposed to stay away, not come back and leave you all over again."
When tragedy strikes, Greta and Elec find themselves coming face to face after all these years. Tensions are high in more ways than one and Greta still hasn't ever let go of their past.
"You make me feel things, Greta. You always have."
Step-Brother Dearest was a book filled with so much angst and yummy goodness that's Elec. I could totally see the appeal of him and why Greta never stood a chance. My heart was a mix of emotions and at times I felt I would get emotional whiplash from it all.
The sex. Yes, there's sex and it's as hot as you imagined it. Sexual tension and sex in books can make or break it for me. Ward can definitely write a sex scene! I read one particular scene more than once or twice. Who's counting? Just make sure you are ready to take a shower if need be.
I liked that the book wasn't just about the sex. The writing flows well and is easy to read. Step-Brother Dearest can be seen as emotional and at times dramatic but other times I actually laughed. Books that can make you feel that way are keepers. Nothing ever was too over the top and ridiculous that it was unbelievable. The story was as real as the sun. In mind at least.
The characters were one of kind and you easily fall in love with them. The type of characters that can't possibly be fictional because they're just that bad ass!
Now let me fan girl for a tiny moment here. Eeeeep! I loved this book hard. I stayed up at night just to finish it and still, the next day...it won't leave me! If this isn't recommendation enough, I don't know what is. Okay, end fan girl moment.
Althea & Oliver is a poignant story about best friends who take a journey of finding themselves both with and without each other. I admit I wasn'tAlthea & Oliver is a poignant story about best friends who take a journey of finding themselves both with and without each other. I admit I wasn't expecting a story like this, I thought I would be getting a light read about two best friends who fall in love. What I got was something a little more meaningful and deep.
Oliver struggles with a sleep disorder that leaves him out for days, sometimes weeks at a time. One fateful night may make or break what Oliver and Althea have. Throughout the book we follow these two through angst ridden scenarios that at times can be a bit uncomfortable. But nevertheless, I think it fits the book perfectly.
As the story goes on, the more my heart aches and breaks for these two broken characters. It's a book that's gritty and real and most of all honest. Life isn't always rainbows and candy canes, in fact it can be ugly. And this beautiful book shows just that.
Readers should definitely keep in mind that the book is different but in a good way. It's not predictable or cliche but still leaves the reader with a new look at life.
*Thank you to Penguin for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Red Queen is one you need to put on your TBR asap, it's so...regal and cunning. I feel as if I myself have been beyonThat was just...wow. Mind=blown.
Red Queen is one you need to put on your TBR asap, it's so...regal and cunning. I feel as if I myself have been beyond betrayed and I love it! The twists and turns were ones you really don't see coming. While the romance was minimal, I didn't feel a huge loss to it. There's so much more to this book than that! Oh! I don't think I can wait for the next one. ...more
My newest guilty pleasure! If you saw my rating of the first book, well just forget about it because I absolutely LOVED Diamonds in the Rough!
So manyMy newest guilty pleasure! If you saw my rating of the first book, well just forget about it because I absolutely LOVED Diamonds in the Rough!
So many juicy secrets, betrayals, and some romance to tide you over. You'll definitely want to get your hands on this one.
The Diamond Sisters are back and better than ever-along with all their secrets that can make or break them. Hearts will be broken and nothing is ever as it seems. Can Peyton, Courtney, and Savannah handle what life grows at them?
You'll find out soon enough!
My full review is expected to be up veryyyyy soon. Closer to pub date to be exact.
*Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with a review copy for an honest review....more
"The cute and funny girl who's just friends with all the popular guys is gone."
What can I say about The Fine Art of Pretending? Oh, just that it's the"The cute and funny girl who's just friends with all the popular guys is gone."
What can I say about The Fine Art of Pretending? Oh, just that it's the single, most cutest story ever. To say I've been waiting to read this would be a HUGE understatement. I remember when I first realized the book wouldn't be coming out for months. MONTHS! I was crushed. Then I started stalking...no that word's too scary...um, I started following all of Rachel's pages just to see when the ARCs would be going out. I even emailed her publisher. That's how much I wanted it.
Alas, I finally got my greedy little hands on a copy and the rest is history. As soon as I dove into the book? Oh, I just knew I was going to love it. Aly is the type of character I love to read about. The only fault I would say I had a bit of a problem with, was her need to change herself so that boys could like her. That's basically the whole gist of the story.
"Basically, we sorted the girls in our class into two groups: the Casuals and the Commitments."
Can you take a wild guess which one Alyssa is?
She starts what's called "Operation Sex Appeal" and it definitely gets her noticed by all the people she wants to notice her. Particularly, Justin, one of the hottest guys at her school, not to mention a big playboy. She just knows that once she is able to get him to ask her to homecoming, she'll be seen as more than just the girl that wants more in a relationship.
"If I want to get out of the perpetual friend zone and experience how the other half lives, I'm going to need a total life overhaul."
Other than Aly's insecurities, I really enjoyed her character. After all, we were all teenagers once (or still one) and we tended to act dramatic in that way as well. At least I did. I believe in the end Aly learned her lesson about one's self worth. This goes for girl's of all ages too. You DO NOT need a man for approval. The only approval you need is the one buried deep inside yourself. Confidence is key and there is nothing more beautiful than a girl who sees herself as beautiful. Easier said than done right?
"If I want the male species to finally find me dateable, I have to do something drastic."
That's the message I took from reading TFAoP. Along with that message, I had loads of fun on this journey with both Brandon and Aly. I loved the tension between the two and I adore the fact that they're best friends. Best friend stories won't ever grow old in my book.
"I've spent years watching the two of you pretend you weren't hot for each other. So go for it already." -Gabi, a best friend of Aly.
Enter Brandon, the best friend.He's one of the guy's Aly confessed her love to once upon a time...only to be told that they're better off as friends. Ouch. But Aly was a team player and instead, both her and Brandon were able to remain close. Even if it wasn't the way she wanted it to be. He's also the candidate to be her boyfriend; all pretend of course! Can the two make it as pretend? And what exactly is the definition of pretend anyway? Are two friend of the opposite sex really able to remain friends without feelings getting in the way? Or more importantly, pretending to be more when deep down inside that's all you really want?
"Guys and girls can't be friends. The sex part always gets in the way."
The romance was adorable and I enjoyed being able to see two lovestruck teenagers fall in love without really realizing they were doing so. Then when they did realize it, they pretty much just put it on the back burner. Communication people! That's all it takes is for you to open your mouth. It would be so much more easier.
"I learned what love really does-it leads to misery. Friendships last. Relationships end."
Honorable mentions would pretty much be all the secondary characters. One in particular surprised me very much and I found myself rooting for him. I'm hoping he is the one who gets his own book!!
If you're looking for a light hearted story thats full of love and a great message, this is the book for you. It's romantic and has you falling in love all over the place!
I knew I would love Cam & Lucy's story the best. I fell in love with them the very moment we met them in the first book! I adored seeing them fromI knew I would love Cam & Lucy's story the best. I fell in love with them the very moment we met them in the first book! I adored seeing them from a different pov other than from their friends.
I think I cried through out the whole book. I'm not joking, I really did!!