Loved! Loved! Loved! A bittersweet epilogue to a series that I came to call a favorite. There isn't one part of this story that I can complain about....more Loved! Loved! Loved! A bittersweet epilogue to a series that I came to call a favorite. There isn't one part of this story that I can complain about. I truthfully just loved it. Perfect.
p.s. Cole is delicious in this little story. No. Joke.
Undoubtedly one of the best books this year! Left Drowning completely captivated me from the beginning to end. It tore me open, slowly fleshing out every fiber and nerve ending from me. It was precise and juicy and done right. And just when I didn't think I could handle another word, I was filled with complete and utter amazement. The seams were sewn shut and I was left feeling riveted by this read. This is Jessica Park at her best. She outdid herself with Left Drowning!
Blythe has the weight of the world on her shoulders, far too much for any college student to handle. After her parents death four years ago, Blythe was left to pick up the pieces with her younger brother. She places the blame on herself and for her brothers accident; with each day that passes it becomes harder and more difficult on her. Blythe's manged to suppress certain parts of her past. She's closed off emotionally and is recluse. Just when she feels her world is closing in, Blythe is mystically drawn to someone who just may understand exactly what she's feeling, if not more.
No one can see through Chris's facade- including himself. None of his brothers or sisters know the depth of pain he goes through each day or the past that still haunts him that he'd love nothing more than to forget. He's slowly falling into a deep depression. But when he meets Blythe, she becomes his light, his world and his air. She makes me feel again. And that's exactly what he doesn't want, what he works at to not happen.
Chris and Blythe have undeniable attraction and chemistry that cannot be ignored. It's beautiful. They're both fighting their past and both going in opposite directions with it. Chris pulls Blythe from the water, allowing her to breathe again. It's a quizzical moment in time when all the same color puzzle pieces slide into their correct spots, showing her-and Chris-everything.
I'm still a bit speechless. There's something about Jessica Parks writing that is enchanting and unique that sets her apart from others. She has a peculiar sense of humor that cannot be found anywhere else. Gosh, how I loved this story so much! I would love to crawl inside her mind and watch how things play out. Each character left a lasting impression on me- and will on anyone who reads this. If they don't then you must not have any emotions. The characters and story development is flawless. Perfect.
Chris...oh damn. What he did to me. What he made me feel! I loved him and despised him at the same time. He nearly killed me. To be quite honest, I wanted to beat the shit out of him at one point. He's sitting on my Jerk of My Dreams shelf. LOOOVVEE.
Sabin, Chris's brother, is someone I have to mention. He is a vibrant person who appears out of the blue and makes a point to shows Blythe that there's more to live for in life. He is, without a doubt, one of the best secondary characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Every minute of he graced the pages was another minute of pure bliss. He is one of a kind character that could only be created by Jessica Park. I wish I could have a real friend like him.
The sex. Holy shit can Jessica Park write some sex! Steaming, smoking, heart pounding sex. Like where you'd need a cigarette afterward! In my case I could've used an ice bath since I don't smoke.
This book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review. (less)
This has to be one of the coolest books I have ever read! Truly! What a fun and exciting read it was. This is just like those books from childhood whe...more This has to be one of the coolest books I have ever read! Truly! What a fun and exciting read it was. This is just like those books from childhood where you have to pick your adventure and then skip to that page. Well, this is picking your pleasure. Dark and devious? Or Sexy and Sweet?
Everyone should read this book. It's adventurous and sexy and intriguing. I can tell you this- you won't know which pleasure to pick. I wanted to go back and try each one out!
Pick Your Pleasure was a quick and pleasurable read. I've bought many of Jayne's book over the years, but this was my first read by her. I need to get to reading her other books now. I really enjoyed this story and hope that she writes more books like this.(less)
Girl with Guitar had me hooked pretty early on. It's smooth writing and moving plot made the story flowing nicely up until the very end.
Kylie has dreams of making it in Nashville. After her father dies, she's left with her horrible step mother who couldn't care any less about her.
Keeping her promise to her father, she leaves to set out to make her dreams come true. She doesn't have anything to her name other than her guitar and a few bucks saved... but she's determined to make it and prove that she has what it takes.
The road to Nashville is a struggle. Kylie meets new people along the way, some want to help her, others out to do what's in their best interest and ones who get under her skin and make her hot, like Trace. He's hot enough to punch and kiss at the same time. Kylie needs to do what's in her best interest, but being so close to Trace is making things difficult on her. Her future is on the line, but so are her emotions. Trace needs a serious attitude adjustment, and his drinking doesn't help. But once she strips those flaws away, she see's him for who his is.
Seriously, I wanted to throat punch Trace a few times! He drove me crazy with his arrogant asshole attitude, yet I loved it. He jumped to conclusions and drank too much. Truthfully? Trace was a jerk- a smoking hot, douchebag jerk. But I couldn't help but like him. He's a loveable hero despite his actions at times. He truly cared about Kylie but didn't know how to show it.
Girl with Guitar is a quick, tension filled read- I really liked it a lot! Normally I can't stand heroines with backbones, but Kylie and Trace worked so well together that I found myself rooting for her.
I do have a few complaints with the story where it felt rushed and slightly unrealistic at times with how things happened. Overall, those little issues didn't bother me too much to take away from the story. I enjoyed it very much and would definitely recommend this to friends!
Darkness Before Dawn is an intricately woven tale of lies, suspense, and deceit. It's utterly intriguing, thought provoking with engaging characters a...more Darkness Before Dawn is an intricately woven tale of lies, suspense, and deceit. It's utterly intriguing, thought provoking with engaging characters and sizzling hot romance- I couldn't put it down!
I don't give 5 stars away that often. I have to really, I mean, really love the book to give 5 stars. It has to move me deeply, make me feel, get me all wound up, knock me down, pick me back up and keep me entertained.
Clearly, I did.
I'm not sure where to even begin with this review! If you haven't read There Is No Light In Darkness first, then you need to do so before reading this book or you'll be lost. Darkness Before Dawn is the final conclusion in the series, and the best of the two books by far. I can't even begin to say what a fantastic read this was! As much as I loved it, I hated to read it at the same time. I felt like I was saying goodbye to long time friends. No one likes to do that. Darkness Before Dawn was a bittersweet read for me. One that will stick with me long after I've read it.
After the kidnapping, Blake and Cole have steep mountains to climb. It's an emotional journey for them, one that they're struggling to overcome. There's no doubt in their mind that they're meant for each other, but the repercussions of Blake's kidnapping step in and cause problems between them. The tragic and mysterious past that they can't seem to escape is very present and with more secrets and lies then before. Just when you thought you have it figured out, think again.
I was blown away by this book for a few reasons. The writing is unbelievably different. Not that it was lacking in the first book, it was actually good, but much better in this story. Way better. Claire Contreras was able to latch on and dig deep into the characters emotions and psyche to the point where I could feel each and every word described. The characters are dealing with an abundant amount of stress in their lives and Claire did it so well to portray that on paper for the reader to feel. At one point I needed to pull back and remind myself that these are fictional characters in a fictional story. Yet that feeling I got from this book (as well as the first book) is what I live for in my reads.
The plot. Oh my lord, the plot! Holy shit! This story starts off right where the first book ends and it does not stop! I was truly gripping my kindle while my heart raced during this read. I swear, I was on the edge of my seat! I thought I had it all figured out and then BAM! and I was like, shiiiiit I didn't see that coming!
My only small issue would be that there are a lot of characters in this book, almost too many. At times I felt a little lost, yet in some strange way every character was needed. They all played an active part in the story, even making me fall for some of them. I have to give the author credit- My head was spinning in circles trying to remember the relations and connection with each person. I don't know how she did it! When I finally pieced it all together, I WAS IN SHOCK! My mouth was wide open and all I could think was what a mind trip this is for me!
It's what I like to call The Six Degrees of Blake Brennan.
For real though, I needed a drink to process it all. It tangled with my brain.
Cole...I can't write a review and not talk about the sexiest mofo around and the sweetest Jerk of My Dreams to ever exist! That guy knows how to WORK. IT! Gahhhh, I love him. Loved him since the first book.
The guy has mayja swag.
I know I'm not suppose to fall for him, but damn I also LOVED Dean and would like to see more of him now. LIKE NOW.
I feel like Claire Contreras is an author who doesn't receive the attention that she should. She definitely knows what readers want and knows how to deliver it. Both books flowed beautiful with a compelling storyline. The Darkness books is a series that should not be passed by. It should be read and devoured- with love.
This book was provided by the author in return for an honest review.
Holy sweet baby Jesus. That ending...I could hardly catch my breath.
Goddamn you, Javier! Why did I have to fall for you only to have my chest cracked...more Holy sweet baby Jesus. That ending...I could hardly catch my breath.
Goddamn you, Javier! Why did I have to fall for you only to have my chest cracked open by you, YOU SON OF A BITCH BASTARD!
I still love you. Hard.
On Every Street is the prequel to Sins & Needles. I did not read Sins & Needles first like most have, but you can bet your ass I'm reading it after I'm finished with this review! The way the story flowed until the end was one hell of a read!
I personally think reading On Every Street first puts you in this suspenseful and intense state of mind. You have no idea what is to come of these characters, only that you're learning who they are and why they came to be what they are now. I'm actually glad I didn't read Sins first!
On Every Street is the emotionally gripping beginning of a woman with a vengeance. Ellie's out to get those who took her life from her when she was younger, but in order to do so, she has to become who the one thing she never wanted to be- a con artist, just like her parents.
In order for her plan to succeeded, she needs to seduce a colleague of the person she wants revenge against. For Ellie White, the training, the scheming, that's easy...until heartfelt emotions get in the way. Ellie's heart and head want two different things, but once she's sucked in by Javier's charismatic charm, it's not easy to come up for air.
Javier is my new favorite jerk! I hate him, but I love him. He tore me up at the end of this story big time. I felt sick to my stomach and wanting to cry for Ellie. I can honestly say that my heart hurt, as if I was having open heart surgery and my chest was being cracked open. I wanted to die.
I have no idea what to expect next, but I can't wait for the ride I know it's going to take me on!
This book was provided by the author in return for an honest review. (less)
"I love you, but I can't. You have to let me go," he said, his voice strained.
KJFHSLKFHSDLKF SDJFHLKSJFHLK !!!!!! Yeah!! NO CLIFFHANGER!!!
That's what...more "I love you, but I can't. You have to let me go," he said, his voice strained.
KJFHSLKFHSDLKF SDJFHLKSJFHLK !!!!!! Yeah!! NO CLIFFHANGER!!!
That's what I felt like after I finished Plastic Hearts. I couldn't even form proper sentences! I was truly blown away by this book, like knocked over kind of blown away! I couldn't think of anything else for a few days except how much I enjoyed it- and that I wanted more.
Plastic Hearts is the first in a series with an excellent start I must say. I was hooked by the smooth flowing writing and realistic storyline with relatable characters. The romance is thick with tension that radiates off the pages. It was so good I wanted to fist pump at the end!!
"I learned something today. Redemption isn't something that comes fast and easy. You have to put all your effort and heart into it to make it work. It can't be forced or bought; it simply had to be earned. It requires honesty, commitment and trust. Dane and I have some things to work on, but as long as there is effort, there is hope."
Best of all for me? It has everything I look for in my reads- angst, angst and MORE angst.
Alex's life is similar to a puppets, whose strings are being manipulated by her parents. She's under strict orders to do as her parents say or face harsh consequences. Not one for ever going against the grain, Alex does as she's told even if it makes her absolutely miserable inside. She was raised in a wealthy family where appearances are everything and love and affection mean very little. To escape from the scrutiny she faces from her parents, Alex uses art as a way to let loose from all that she has to deal with. She loves to paint more than anything and finds a way to get an art class in while she's in college going for her pre-med degree.
Dane's childhood was no easy feat. He grew up struggling to care for his younger brother while his mother rather put her needs first. Dane did what he could until he couldn't take it anymore and split. After putting everyone ahead of him for so long, Dane decides it's his turn to put himself first. Art has always been an escapism for Dane, a way to free himself, so he enrolls in college and majors in Art.
"He was everything I didn't think I could have and somehow, he'd become everything I needed."
Alex and Dane are from the opposite sides of the track. They're not meant to be in Alex's parents eyes, but the chemistry between Dane and Alex is pretty thick from the start and one that can't be denied.
"We can't be friends, I meant that," he stepped closer to me, never breaking eye contact. "I want you to be my girl," he whispered.
What's so great about this story is that the relationship builds and builds slowly over time, which I just loved! I knew something was going to happen, I just wasn't sure what or when...then the parents-art show-the ending....EFFFFFFFFF! It gave me that panic induced angst state that I love being in!
I'm not going to sugar coat, (when do I ever?) but I was a bit skeptical at first. A popular blogger turned romance writer? After reading and reviewing for a while, does she have what it takes to produce a well written novel? And the answer is YES. SHE. DOES! I hope Lisa continues to write more stories, because I just devoured this one.
Plastic Hearts is Lisa De Jong's debut novel, and a strong one I must admit. This book hit me hard, and when I least expected it to. I found myself asking, when did I become so emotionally invested? The answer is simple really now that I look back on it- right from the beginning. I look forward to more books by this author in the future...hopefully very soon! I can honestly say that Plastic Hearts is by far one the best book I've read this year.
To the author who made me experience just about every emotion possible. Who made me feel rage, love, heartfelt sadness and then contentment...
"Who the hell did I go home with?" -Alex
I learned to let go of the things I can't change. Mistakes make us who we are. -Dane
I'd completed thirty-seven paintings over the last several months. If I placed them in order of when I painted them, they showed my rise, fall and eventual rebirth. -Alex(less)
I have never switched teams when it comes to my love of jerks. N.E.V.E.R.
I can't even deal...I feel like I betrayed my own self!
I know. TOTALLY SHOCKING.
To he who shall not be named. I was rooting for you, jerk! I love you, but I hate you...
Lila Rae and Nick are both con artists who met when they were young. They both grew up poor and wanted for everything. They connected on a level that most don't so young and stuck together ever since. Now they're both in college and Lila is ready to hang up the lifestyle that she and Nick have both grown accustomed to. She wants to live a normal life- with Nick that is.
Nick is Lila's weakness. Lila and Nick have intense chemistry that heats up the pages! One look, one touch is all it takes for Lila to succumb to Nicks wishes. It's not just a one way street either. Nick wants Lila too and makes a deal with her- one more big job and they can finally be together like they should've always been. But they're both professional lairs, so how do you know who's telling the truth? The job is simple, until emotions get in the way and walls are knocked down. They'll swindle and scheme until they get what they want...but at whose expense?
O.M.G. First of all, Nick and Tucker are de-lish-ious!BOTH of them. You won't even know which guy to root for. You'll fall in love with both...at first.
The first few pages and I was glued to my kindle! That's all it took! If I had to put it down, my mind was running through all the different paths this story couldn't gone down. I really just didn't know, or I was so caught up in the current place I was at to think any further. Either way, I was hooked.
Give Me Something is a book that I wasn't expecting to hit me as hard as it did. From reading the blurb I knew I'd like it, but I never expected to like it as much as I did. It took me by surprise, plain and simple. And doesn't that make you love the book even more? Just when I thought I had it figured out- BAM! I was caught off guard and sucked in even further! My heart stopped beating at that point. I was devastated by the actions of some of the characters, like wanted to cry and hit someone at the same time. I hadn't realized I invested so much into the story until that particular scene happened.
Eventually my heart started to beat again, but it wasn't by the one who I wanted to make it beat. No, he messed up big time...yet redeemed himself. I know! It makes my head spin too! But in the end, the story ended without any crazy cliffhangers and how it should have ended, but I can't help but want more. LIKE NOW.
This is my first read by Elizabeth Lee when it should've been my second. I've had her other book, Shattered, on my kindle forever. If this book is any indication of her writing, then I'm an asshole for not reading her other book first. I loved it- plain and simple.
Give Me Something is a book that is going down as a favorite read of 2013, for sure.
I was blown way by Entice! I'm not quite sure why I was since Exquisite was phenomenal.
So I've decided, when I grow up, I want to be just like Shelly! Seriously. That woman is fierce!
Dr. Shelly Monroe is the epitome of a sexy and brilliant woman. She is stunningly beautiful, sassy and intelligent to boot. She's got looks that could kill and knows how to work them when she needs too. Shelly's persistent and goes after what she wants- and she wants Josh.
There's a slight problem though. Shelly avoids emotional attachment at all costs. At the smallest touch of emotion she'll change the topic. Being in a relationship with more than just sex is not what she's wants... or so she likes to think so. Shelly makes an offer to Josh that she thinks is the perfect deal. She wants just sex, mind blowing sex and nothing more- or less.
Josh Daniels is a deliciously scrumptious man that is easy on the eyes but hard on the heart. He's been hurt in the past so he's cautious. Shelly is a Southern Belle and Man-Eater, by his definition...
Southern Belle, Georgia...
Man-Eater Dr. Shelly...
....so he knows how far he can go with her. It's not easy to fight her off when he wants her so bad. Making a deal with Shelly was simple, but the feelings and friendship that followed...not what he expected. Josh wasn't expecting to become friends and fall for Shelly. When he realized he wanted more from her and told her what he wanted her, well, I nearly died with what took place after...
...It broke my heart to see himself in pain as well as Shelly. I thought he was going to be the one to break Shelly from this loveless life she was living!
Shelly is the kind of heroine I don't like to read and yet I LOVED every minute of her presence. I found myself smiling and laughing at her witty humor and sharp tongue. She is confident and is ready to take the world by storm. All the things I hate in a heroine and yet I couldn't get enough. I know, it makes no sense! And Josh, well... just go read. If you don't like him then we can't be friends anymore. :)
The back story with Shelly's parents was one I wasn't expecting. Again, I was blindsided by this fabulous book! I enjoyed that story very much and the emotional journey Shelly had to go on to find peace with her parents. I personally still hate the father, but it helped make the story, so who am I to judge?
There wasn't a moment that I wished this book would end. In fact, I wished the opposite! I'm very curious to see what happens with a side character names Rachel. I'm hoping her story is next!
There wasn't a moment that I wished this book would end. In fact, I wished the opposite! My only issues is that I wish I would've read Ella sooner rather than later. I am a big fan of her's now, and will push her other books every chance I can. This series is a 'must read right now' kind of series!
Ella Frank's writing is sophisticated yet very sensual. She really knows how to work the right amount of sensuality into the story and keep it classy.
Go on with your bad self!
This book was provided by the author in return for an honest review.(less)
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***If I could give this more than 5 stars I would.***
"Be with me."
Those three simple words.....moreThis review is posted to My Secret Romance Book Reviews.
***If I could give this more than 5 stars I would.***
"Be with me."
Those three simple words...what they did to me is something that I can't even begin to explain.
Lost To You is the prequel to Take This Regret, one of my most favorite reads ever. Even though this is how Christian and Elizabeth came to be, I highly recommend reading Take This Regret first. You'll see why once you do.
With this story, we get two alternating point of views. At first I wasn't sure if I'd like that.
I ended up LOVING it. It made the story.
"I'd never had that in my life, someone I truly felt comfortable with. Someone who made me feel exposed, and somehow I was still okay with that fact. Someone to share my secrets and my desires and the goals I had in my life with me. The ones people saw weren't always mine, but ambitions creamed by my parents and the society they expected me to fit into."
Lost To You just solidifies the passion and connection that Christian and Elizabeth had for each other from the beginning. It was always there, but to see where it began made their story that much better. Their hearts are drawn to each other like a magnetic pull...it's really such a beautiful thing to read. Take This Regret really did a number on me, but to read this after, and to know what they went through shows that they were truly meant to be.
"He wanted a redo. I wanted one, too."
Their friendship, their love, the emotional and physical bond they share is a true test of their love for each other from the start that could never be broken.
I took my sweet time reading this novella as the story is so close to my heart. I'm not exaggerating when I say this, but nearly every word made me emotional; it made me feel. How does A.L. Jackson do it? I'm blown away by her writing. My chest felt like I was restricting the air from flowing the whole time! This was a bittersweet read for me and I hated to see it end.
"An unfound possessiveness rapid-fired from my nerves, spun and wove a web around my heart, and the jealousy I'd felt earlier beat a steady song within the confides of my chest."
A.L. Jackson is one of those very few authors who can do no wrong in my eyes. Her words have such a strong affect on me. *sigh* I love her work.
This book was provided by the author in return for an honest review. Truthfully, I loved this book. (less)
Sometimes all the wrong turns, all the heartbreak and disastrous events in life can will lead you to the one place you never expected to be...
Aside from being raised in a loveless, wealthy family, Chyna is stunningly beautiful. With a model body and looks that could kill, it's no wonder every man wants her and every woman wants to be her. She's a very determined, strong willed woman. When her mind is dead set on something it doesn't change.
So when Chyna is given an opportunity that could sky rocket a career, she jumps on it. The only problem? Her boyfriend doesn't want her to go to Italy to do it. He doesn't do long distance relationships, so Chyna is forced to make a decision that could ruin the best thing she has in her life. But the question is, does she even know how good she has it?
Avoiding Intimacy is the story of Chyna, Lexi's best friend. I am so beyond happy that K.A. Linde did a story for Chyna! She is a big part of this series, and Lexi's life so she deserves to have her story to be told. Since this is a novella, I won't go into much detail in my review.
Unfortunately, Avoiding Intimacy is one of those books that everyone is going to love, but me. I didn't love it, but I didn't like it...it was just okay for me. I couldn't connect to the story at all, which was pretty upsetting. It's just not how I pictured Chyna to be. I truly felt like some things really did not fit her or the series as a whole. I think adding BDSM elements is what threw me off aside from not connecting. It just doesn't fit and it's not consistent with the romance in the past books.
One thing that I did like was that we were not given a long timeline of Chyna's background. It's not a drawn out story of Chyna's life for the sake of making it a longer story. I feel like we already know so much of Chyna and to be told again of stuff we already knew wouldn't have been necessary. It would've been repetitious- and it's not one bit.
Avoiding Intimacy is a steamy and quick story of Chyna finally finding solace in her life. Finally being happy with who she is and her future, and that avoiding love is no life at all. (less)
The truth is never an easy thing to accept, or admit for that matter- It's the reality of your life or the situation you may be in. It can bring you so much joy, or so much pain. Deep down, no one likes the truth.
"Avoidance is human nature."
Pax Tate drowns his sorrows in drugs and alcohol. Being in oblivion is much better for him to cope with his past, or lack thereof. He has blanks in his memory, ones he's chosen to subconsciously suppress, and it affects his everyday life. Ever since his mother died when he was a young child, his father and grandfather cut him off emotionally. Dealing with the past, family and the horrible nightmares is enough to push him over the ledge. Why deal with it all when it's so much easier to black out and forget everything? One night turns to a near fatal experience, buut is it enough to wake him from this nonexistent life he's hates living?
"It isn't long before the blackness comes back. I welcome it with open arms. I sing to it, I croon to it. I cradle it in my arms. I do whatever the fuck I want to to it because it's a blackness of nights, and it doesn't care. If I am alone in the dark, nothing matters. I can't hurt anyone but myself, and I fucking deserve it.
I close my eyes and let the darkness cradle me. It can fuck me for all I care."
Mia Hill is a blessing in disguise. She too is dealing with the loss of her parents, but through painting. It's a way to free her emotions and the stress in her life. Painting is healing for her. If that's not enough, her and her sister Madison, are struggling to keep the restaurant their parents left them up and running. Finding Pax on the beach one night changes so much for her, both good and bad. She's finding herself drawn to him when she doesn't want to be. She's on guard when it comes to him though. She's been hurt emotionally and with so much going on in her life, is Pax worth the risk if the only outcome she can see is heartbreak?
I would've preferred Pax to be a bit more of an asshole, to be honest. He did have those jerk tendencies that I love to read about, but I could always use more. Hey, that's just me! He's bitter and hurt from the past, and when all is finally revealed, well, he never expected it- nor did Mia. It was definitely a surprise to me and I felt it down to my bones. My heart ached for him because I wasn't sure how he was going to handle the situation, if he was going to fall back into his old lifestyle or not. I was totally surprised by Mia's actions towards the end. I did not see her doing what she did and for so long. I wanted so bad for them both to wake up!
Mia was an angel Pax never saw coming. The chemistry between them is pretty hot from the beginning, but how can it now be? Pax is delicious!
"I think you set the bar too low," I tell him. "You need to aim higher." I paint the edge of his pec, then flow downward to his rib cage. "I have," he says seriously. "With you."
Pax hated his life, but meeting Mia made him want to be a better a person. She saw his weaknesses and how easily it was for him to fall back. She was there for him when he needed it the most. But when one is pushed away, oh lord, my heart could not handle it!
If You Stay hits a little close to home for me...It was very real and raw in certain aspects involving drug use. I was caught off guard by how much the author got her facts right. I found myself not wanting this book to end and when it did, there was a bittersweet feeling to it that left a smile on my face. This is one of those books that I can look back on and make me feel content, at ease...it obviously took up a place in my heart.
Courtney Cole is a new to me author who was able to evoke so many emotions from me quite early on. When an author can do that, I know they're a keeper. (less)
This is all you're getting for now...until I can think straight...
I am Team Camier Yes...I made that up because I just can't decide on which Team I wa...moreThis is all you're getting for now...until I can think straight...
I am Team Camier Yes...I made that up because I just can't decide on which Team I want to be on. I want BOTH.
But I lean towards Javier more.... My Javier...
Sins & Needles is one of the best books I have ever read, hands down. I can't remember the last time I've been this captivated while reading. I literally could not put my kindle down, even though I wanted to because I was having an anxiety attack reading this story!
Well...*sigh* this book was unbelievable.
Addictive, provocative and emotionally gripping, Karina Halle has raw natural talent. She knows how to lure a reader in with just a few pages with characters and a story that is so unbelievably realistic that you'll forget you're reading a fictional story.
That's me yelling at the end, because Javier FUCKED UP BIG TIME. Clearly, I'm TEAM JAVIER.
Throw a little of this in...oh yeah....
FUCK.SHIT.FUCK. Did that really just happen?
I need a pack carton of Newport cigarettes. Oh, that's right, I stopped smoking 10 years ago. Give me a Shooting Star!
It's over. I don't think there could ever be those two again.
I feel so lost. I don't know whose team to be on...
All I know is that Karina Halle is hot shit for writing this series. (less)
Absolutely amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE! This is one of those books that will stick with me forever. I loved every minute of it.
There have been a number of break out authors this year, and Amy is one of them. In my opinion, I feel that Amy Lichtenhan is the female version of Nicholas Sparks. Whenever I pick up a book by Sparks, I am immediately sucked into his world as if I'm really there living it; it's very realistic. And that's how I feel about Amy's book. I was instantly hooked from the beginning. I started this book at 10pm last night and didn't stop reading until I finished the entire book, which was at 2 in the morning, with blurry eyes no less. But I didn't care, I was determined to finish it. I was too involved in this story to put it down. Why is it that I love the tear-out-your-heart kind of novels the most? Maybe because I am able to feel so many emotions going through me while reading them? Maybe because it makes it feel so real...oh, I don't know. I felt love, hatred, joy, sadness, pain, betrayal, contentment and so many more. This is truly a great read and I am so glad my friend recommended it to me. I know this author also has another novel out called Pulled, and I can not wait to get my hands on it. I just know it's going to be amazing.
Take This Regret is about a young college couple madly in love. With plans in place to go to law school together, an unexpected surprise forces each of them to make a decision that could alter their plans. Since Elizabeth wants to be a child advocate, she already knows her answer and she expects the same from the man she is in love with. She expects him to be there and work things out...together. Well, they both were in for a rude awakening when Christian forces Elizabeth to chose, him or the baby. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine it would come to this. But oftentimes decisions are made with regrets soon to follow....
Having been a young mother myself, I instantly felt the connection with Elizabeth. I knew my decision instantly, just like Elizabeth did when she found out; I was going to have a baby and my life was going to change irrevocably. I was 18 when my first son was born, whereas Elizabeth was about 20 or 21. It's a struggle beyond what most can imagine: to support and love your child, while taking care of your youthful self. I lost a lot of friends along the way, but the most important ones stood by my side, just like Matthew did for Elizabeth. You make the sacrifices necessary in order to be there for your baby, even if it means a change of plans. Elizabeth was unable to go to law school, just like I wasn't able to go to college. The thought of having to put my baby in daycare was unacceptable, just like it was for Elizabeth. You will find ways to make it work. I was lucky enough to have my love stand by my side, whereas Elizabeth was without her love for five years. As you can tell, this story hit close to home.
I think this novel is somewhat personal for the author. She was able to evoke so many emotions out of me and I feel as though she had to have lived it to understand so much. Maybe I'm wrong...I don't know. Raising a child so young was the most difficult thing in all of my life, but I wouldn't change it if I could. Things work out the way they are supposed to, just like they did for Elizabeth and Christian....even though it took 5 years for them to realize it.
I just want to thank Katya for telling me about this author. I loved it so much and if you hadn't told me about it I may have never found it. xoxox (less)
There Is No Light In Darkness is an engaging story of secrets, truth and love. It was a roller coaster of events and emotions that had me hooked from the very beginning.
"I wish I didn't have this strong urge to uncover my past, because with this comes devastation and sorrow that I'm not sure I'm strong enough to relive."
Blake's need to unravel her past is nothing short of easy. Each day she uncovers new information about her upbringing and those close to her. Little by little her questions are being answered as much as they can, but with each piece of evidence opens up a new door of questions. Blake is determined to find out what happened that fateful night when her parents were shot and murdered in front of her eyes. But it's not just Blake who is looking for the truth, it's also her childhood friend Cole.
Cole is in the same predicament as Blake. Their past and how they ended up in the same foster home some how coincide with each other. They're trying to figure out the mysterious link that brought them together while at the same time Blake is doing everything in her power to keep Cole at bay.
Cole and Blake have a magnetic pull to one another that started since they were young, but Blake is realizing that anyone close to her is ripped viciously from her life. So in an effort to keep everyone safe from harm, Blake keeps her distance until she can no longer hold out and caves. Cole has been her rock from the start and being in his arms is like being home.
"I grab him by the back of the neck and pull his face to mine and kiss him deeply. I kiss him to make up for all the years that I've missed out on kissing him. I kiss him like it's the last time I will ever have his mouth on mine."
There is so much that happens in this story I don't know where to begin! So I'll do what I can and not give spoilers away.
Ahhh I love Cole! LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM! He is a new favorite of mine....a sweet jerk. I know, who knew I'd like that! Cole's love for Blake was so beautiful. Even though they were on and off for years, he never stopped loving her. There were times when he slipped and she would torment him with other guys, but in some weird way, they never lost sight of what they had. They both have had traumatic upbringing so they did the best they could with what they were dealt.
"I felt like a bag of hand me downs being tossed from one home to the next."
Just when things are looking up, a phone call changes so much for Blake, and for Cole. It was definitely a gut wrenching call that I felt. It's getting serious now. The phone calls and notes, the prickly feeling that someone is watching is no joke.
The road to truth is a winding and bumpy journey. Sometimes it's rainbows and butterflies and sometimes it's a blow to the heart. It was definitely all that for these two. Secrets, so many damn secrets come out! I couldn't believe my eyes! It's one thing after another for Blake and Cole and I loved that they had each other to lean on when times got rough, because it did- trust me. There were some twists and turns I never saw coming and the ending had me yelling, noooooooooo! All I could think of was how Cole would react to the news. My heart broke for him.
Claire Contreras is another new Independent author I've had the pleasure of reading. Her plot was thick and suspenseful. There was never a dull moment. I'm really looking forward to the second book in this series!
This book has been provided by the author in return for an honest review. I really did like this book.(less)
I read Public Display of Eroticism a few months ago and found that I really enjoyed considering I'm not a big novella reader. So when Cristal told me...moreI read Public Display of Eroticism a few months ago and found that I really enjoyed considering I'm not a big novella reader. So when Cristal told me she had another one coming out, I agreed to read it. The three spicy sports stories rolled into an anthology makes for fun and erotic reading session!
Cassandra Carr's tennis star, Cal, was forced to retire early from his career because of an injury. He's now teaching at a ritzy sports club giving lessons to snobby woman when a beautiful woman who isn't like the others walks in and catches him off guard. Adriana claims she needs lessons, but her swings are perfect and she nails the ball each time...so what issue is she having?
Cindy Carr's fencing guy, Sebastien, is training Rina, who wants to compete in the Olympics. She's tough and has what it takes. The only problem? She's got a knack for mouthing off which prevents her from getting a real workout in from her past trainers. Well, her new trainer knows exactly what she needs to tame that sassy mouth of hers- him.
Cristal Ryder's sexy golfer, Jay, not only can swing a stick, but he can tie a rope too. He's a cowboy, he's hot and he's taking golf lessons from Lexie, who can't keep her eyes off of him. Ready to end the day and get away from this strong male with a southern accent, a rain storm stops them in their midst and Lexie has no choice but to wait out the storm with Jay.
Who the hell knew fencing, tennis and golf could be so hot? Surely not I!
I was so surprised with this anthology! Two sports I'm not big on are golf and fencing, and after reading those two sports stories made me want to give it a try. The three ladies who are part of this antho had me quite entertained during my quick read. I found myself smiling and breathing heavy- both at the same time! Close Contact is flirtatious and sensual that will satisfy your craving for a quick and sexy read.
This book was provided by the author in return for an honest review. (less)
Say My Name reminds me of a treasure you find on the sand on the beach. It's hidden beneath the surface, it'...moreThis review is posted at My Secret Romance
Say My Name reminds me of a treasure you find on the sand on the beach. It's hidden beneath the surface, it's so unexpected, and it can bring an indescribable amount much joy...and sometimes pain.
That's how I felt about this book. It was recommended by a friend and as soon as I read the blurb I knew I had to read it. My only issue is that it ended too soon.
Say My Name only a little more than 30 pages, but it was enough to hook me in deep, making me read each word, in each sentence on each page- literally right from the beginning. There's a sorrowful tone in the voice, but the story she tells is just...achingly beautiful.
I pretty much knew what to expect, but the power in the authors words hit me hard, bringing me to my knees. Just thinking about it brings tears to my heart. This author is very talented. I didn't expect this feeling one bit and I am shocked at my response to this novella after finishing it. It just goes to show that you only need a few short pages to prove the kind of gift one has. It comes through and shines quickly, like this one did.
I would love to see if the author does more with this story. I think it could be done and it would hurt me to read, but I would drop everything to read it, just like I did with this.
A story of what could've been...of a love that never weathered away...and of a heart that will never, ever, beat the same way again. (less)
"A shadow like me. A shadow like James. The school didn't lose a student, they lost a nobody."
Miss Me Not is one of the most emotionally provoking books I have ever read. The kind of book that brought me to my knees. The kind of book that I knew what was going to happen from the start, but was never really prepared when it did. Miss Me Not is the kind of book that leaves footprints on the soul- it's a book I'll never forget.
This is the first time I've read Tiffany King, and it sure won't be my last. I want to buy every book she's written now! Miss Me Not evoked so many emotions out of me, something that hasn't happened in a long time while reading. Writing about suicide is a touching subject on so many levels. It's definitely not something that's easily written about. You have to get deep inside the mind and write it as true as you can. This is a dark yet light read with a relatively happy ending- we're talking about suicide here, it's as happy as you can get.
Madison's well thought out suicide plan is shot to hell when a fellow student beat her, and her friend James, to the finish line. Madison feels as though she is nothing but a dull color who brings misery to everyone in her life. She figures by ending her life that no one would notice or even care. Now her planned is ruined and she's stuck living a life she hates. A life clearly no one wants her in- not even her mother.
Her teacher, who I suspect had an intuition about Madison all along, put her in tutoring classes with Dean. As much as Madison likes to believe she is nothing but a shade, she isn't. She starts to develop feelings for Dean, something she's not accustomed to. Dean brings out different sides in her that she doesn't want to experience. She's seeing things in a new light now. Madison becomes so preoccupied with Dean, that she lost touch of how and why her new life had began- and with who.
"You don't have to kiss me, but I'm going to kiss you."- Dean
I had a feeling all along about James and what his journey in this story would bring. One thing that really hurt me, nearly devastated me, was Madison's lack of concern for James. I was shocked by her actions. Once Dean came into the picture, it was like James was suddenly forgotten. He became the shade she hated being. I hated that...because I knew, I just knew what was going to happen, and I didn't want to accept it. I thought, no, no way would she let that happen. Even though this is a fictional story, I felt as though I was dying inside at times reading it.
Denial is a tough pill to swallow.
Madison's mother...oh my goodness how I wanted to kill her! I hated her! She was nothing but a stuck up bitch who cared only about herself. I cried so many times for Madison and what she had to deal with. Her mother brought so much pain to her life when it should have been the opposite.
If your so-called life is 'hell' as you say, it's no fault but your own. You chose this life."
In the end, Miss Me Not is a book that is not to be missed. Tiffany King is another Independent author who I came across by chance, and I am so happy that I did. She hit it home with this book. I feel like she really dug deep and brought this fictional story to life...almost to real for me. Suicide is an unfortunate event that happens too often. It almost makes me wonder if the author has knowledge of this subject at close hand because of my reaction and the emotion she drew from me. Miss Me Not is a book that I feel everyone should read- all ages. It's an eye opener for sure. (less)
"Writing this book beat my fucking ass, raped me, threw me down a flight of stairs, dragged me out into traffic, let me get smacked around by a couple of semis, then left me naked and bleeding in a sewer full of garbage." -Madeline Sheehan
Yup! That about sums up how I feel! NO. FUCKING. JOKE.
Madeline Sheehan did me dirty.
And I loved it. Like love LOVED it.
Unbeautifully is one of the most angst ridden books I think have ever read. And damn, how it felt so good. So amazingly damn good. There must be something wrong with me if I like the way pain feels. This book pretty much sucked the life out of me. If I could give Unbeautifully book more than 5 stars I would- and I hardly ever say that. In fact, I want to lick Madeline's face when I get to meet her.
Don't judge. You will too. Markmywords.
I LOVED Undeniable, it's clearly evident in my review, but this one tops Undeniable for me. Unbeautifully more RAW, more GRITTY, and more EMOTIONAL than ever before. How is that even possible, you ask? Trust me, it is! There were times when I thought, Oh hell no! He did not just go there! but he did and I can't even complain. My only complaint is that I want more...like now!
I don't think I have ever read a book so fast in my entire life! There was no way that I was going to be able to put Unbeautifully down once I started. NO ONE will be able to.
I'll be back in a few to review this. I need to pour my usual drink which is a 7&7- but I'm leaving out the ginger ale tonight. Honestly? I feel like a crack head right now who needs its next fix!
I don't even know where to begin! My mind is running a thousand miles a minute, my stomach is doing back tucks and I have the shakes. There were times that I'd bust out laughing, and times I was sick to my stomach. Not a dull moment while reading this book.
Unbeautifully picks up right where Undeniable left off. AND. IT DOES. NOT STOP. It keeps going and going and going until the very end. Just when you think you've seen it all, BAM! the story takes a turn and you're like, W.T.F..
Madeline's style of writing is one I have never seen before. It's provocative and abrasive yet sexy. She doesn't hold back, and for me, it doesn't get much better than that. She says it like it is which is why I think I love her books- and I don't love books often.
What was so great about this book is that all the characters from the past are present. I love when that happens, and not just making a cameo either. They have full on parts. Deuce fans can relax! He has a huge part in this book. We get to see more of Deuce and Eva's story, which was extremely emotional to read. Talk about heart aching and gut wrenching! I wanted to cry for them.
Oh Cage... *sigh* How I cannot wait for your story and that little spitfire who I just know you're going to be paired with.
Kami and Cox?
They are a hot mess of epic proportions. The woman is always screaming at him. I was ready for her to punch him at some point! But watching Cox be so in love with her was something else. Crazy? Probably. I found myself busting out laughing quite a few times with them when they came onto the pages. Hysterical! They might be a hot mes together, but they work and that's what matters. Loved them! They counteract the pain and sorrow with humor which creates a nice balance throughout this story.
But don't worry! Even with so much going on with other characters, this is very much Danny's story...as well as Ripper's and ZZ's...? I can't say much, only that this needs to be read!
Ripper is a deeply scared man inside and out. He's imperfect and doesn't believe he deserves Danny, yet there is no denying what he feels for her. I love flawed heroes. It means they come with baggage and add drama to the story, which is what I love. He's fierce and loyal to those around him but when Danny comes into the picture he falls for her fast. They have this forbidden kind of romance going on which adds adrenaline to the story. Danny and Ripper are H.O.T. together, but when Ripper makes a hasty decision (which I wanted to kill him for), Danny is left to pick up the pieces. And oh god, did it hurt. It hurt so freaking bad. I hated some of the choices she made... They hurt! Uggghh!
Madeline really knows how to get under the skin and pinch and pull on every nerve in the body. And truthfully, isn't that what we all look for in our reads? That feeling, that emotion that takes hold and runs wild, unable to to know where it's leading us? It's raw and uncut, and honestly it doesn't get much better than that. There wasn't a minute that went by that I thought this book needed more or that the story was lacking in any way. It is filled to the top with a very moving plot that made me ache and rejoice at the same time. I was in near shock and then near crying thinking, Good God, Why! Why did that happen? Yet, in some strange Madeline way, it all works out perfectly. It's not so far fetched because in a biker world, this is how it goes down. Like I said, real and raw and just right.
"Look at me, Danielle."- Ripper
Each time Ripper uttered those words, I melted a little more.