This was definitely not the book for me. It sounded all cute and adorable until I started reading it and realized that it was neither of those things,This was definitely not the book for me. It sounded all cute and adorable until I started reading it and realized that it was neither of those things, and found that it was completely ridiculous and silly.
Caeleah’s character was at times just plain stupid – constantly doing dumb things and not listening to the people around her. Her reporter skills were pretty sad – she didn’t ask the right questions, and she acted flustered and inexperienced the entire time. I get that it was an opportunistic thing – she hopped on a plane to destinations unknown, but it felt like overkill. I’m sure she could have researched the town and the Sugar Sisters a little bit once she got to town. Instead, she tripped over herself and stumbled over finding information…let’s just say that it didn’t endear me to her.
The rest of the characters didn’t fare much better for me, either. The Sugar Sisters were downright rude and moody – friendly to Caeleah one minute and the second she asked something they didn’t want to hear, they’d shut her out and cast evil glares at her. Nathan was a pompous jerk, and his plan to ruin Christmas and the Sugar Sisters all at the same time was silly at best. I don’t know what Caeleah saw in him, since I found nothing to be redeeming about him *other* than the first part of when they first met (before he showed his true colors). Adam was an odd character, initially crushing on Caeleah and then on Cinnamon, and essentially doing Caeleah’s job for her, when for some bizarre reason, his paper wanted to hire her back.
Oh, and then their names. Cinnamon Sugar. Nutmeg Sugar. Ginger Sugar. Aunt Sugar. Really? REALLY?
It was very reminiscent of those Christmas movies where one character wants to ruin Christmas for a whole town and succeeds, and then finds a change in heart and fixes it all. None of the story made any sense, and I kept on hoping that it would eventually tie together and become a sweet story that I liked. It never did. It just ran around in circles. The conversations were ridiculous and clipped, and the whole thing just made me want to scream. I considered DNF’ing it, and almost wish I did.
The “secret” when it was finally discovered was childish and didn’t really make sense. And the characters kept intertwining in weird ways and popping in and out of the story unexpectedly. I also think one scene was put mistakenly put in too early, since I didn’t know where she got the book, and then later she steals the book.
The only redeeming part is that it was a quick read, I was able to breeze through it in no time at all....more
While In Too Deep broke my heart, this sequel patched it right back up. Mind you, the end of In Too Deep was already starting to get there, but this wWhile In Too Deep broke my heart, this sequel patched it right back up. Mind you, the end of In Too Deep was already starting to get there, but this was so much more.
On Solid Ground starts soon after In Too Deep ends, and this time around, the book is written from both of their points-of-view, which I loved because it gave me a little bit of insight into what was happening from both perspectives, instead of just having the story be one-sided. In Too Deep was Gracie's story, and On Solid Ground belongs to both of them, so it really sets the tone for the book.
I have to say that Jake and Gracie are H-O-T as a couple. They really make sparks fly, and I loved getting to know them individually as well as a couple. Jake is incredibly sweet and almost the perfect guy. He was romantic, while being supportive and patient with Gracie as she healed. It was truly mesmerizing to see Gracie blossom like she did throughout this book. She was so broken when the story began and by the end she had turned into a confident, happy woman and I was thrilled for her. I loved Gracie's new-found creative outlet, and how her new friends pushed her (gently) to come out of her shell.
It seemed in places to be a little less realistic, mostly because she managed to do this transformation in such a short amount of time. She had her moments when she would totally fall apart, but she was able to quickly pick herself back up, dust herself off and move on...where I would have seen those events as things that would be set-backs to her emotional healing. Also, while Gracie and Jake are on their break, all the talking about love and their souls and everything got to be a little bit much for me - I understand that it was a romance, but it was almost like it was being beaten into my head that love each other *that* much.
The few twists that there were in the story weren't really surprising - I could see them coming, but they added to the story and I always wondered how everything would work out once the plot got there. Mostly, it was a great follow-up to In Too Deep, and I think that they should be read one after the other to get the full impact of Gracie's growth. The story itself was heartwarming and beautiful overall, and I think if you enjoy the New Adult genre, then you should give both of these books a try - it doesn't start out pretty, but what it turns into will make you smile!...more
The idea behind this book was very unique and I was immediately drawn to it. For some reason, though, it ended up on the pile of books that got left bThe idea behind this book was very unique and I was immediately drawn to it. For some reason, though, it ended up on the pile of books that got left behind. Until recently. When I saw on Facebook that a woman was auctioning her virginity to the highest bidder, and I thought "wait a second, that sounds REALLY familiar". Sure enough, I rediscovered At Any Price, and it popped up to the top of my to-read list.
So, I wasn't entirely sure I was going to actually like the book. As I said, the premise was interesting and definitely one-of-a-kind, but I didn't fully agree with Mia's idea to auction off her virginity. But I wanted to know where this was going to take her, and I'm SO glad that I gave it an open-minded chance.
It's been a really long time since I've felt such a connection with characters. My inner nerd absolutely loved the geeky gamer nerd thing going on - it actually reminded me a little bit of my feelings for Ready Player One. Except that this was a romance.
I could gush and gush about this book for forever. It was quite graphic and erotic, and just so dang entertaining. I kept trying to figure out exactly what was the deal with Adam (since Mia's story is told pretty early on, if not hinted at throughout the book). Every single time I thought the story was going to go one way, it whipped around an unforseen corner and left me scrambling to catch up.
The romance between Mia and Adam was hot and heavy, and absolutely delightful. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, At Any Turn....more