Describing Unrest in a few words? Rollercoaster of feels. I seriously went through so many stages of emotionOriginal post on Julalicious Book Paradise
Describing Unrest in a few words? Rollercoaster of feels. I seriously went through so many stages of emotions during my reading of it. I probably looked like a lunatic as I got mad, sad or extremely happy. Seriously, be warned that you will probably experience various emotions.
Unrest continues when Unknown stopped. The group is grieving their loss and trying to reach a place they hope will bring them some safe haven. Throughout this book, you experience it mostly through Amber's eyes, but you can see how everyone is grieving differently; how they don't voice their reaction the same way and it's so realistic that it will come and get you.
I love how the author just gave us information little by little even if you sort of know what is going on, you don't know everything all at once and I liked that I could make up some theories in my mind and see some of them being thrown away as she gaves us snippet of what's going on.
And I won't lie... Amber and Rylen... God, the nature of their relationship is going to give you so much feels. I think I went through a bunch of them as the book progress, but no matter what, she writes to make sure you stick around and see where it will lead. Both of them have a lot to go through; we can tell that there's a spark between them but both of them are stop by guilt mostly.
Tater and Remy's grieving journey will touch you a lot more. As they both react differently, they will just come and get you. You'll want to be there for them so much and maybe sometimes slap Tater, but that's only for like a second really.
What else can I say... The four friends and their companions will be meeting new people. Some of them are more hard to like, but they have something that made me want to like them because I felt like they were important to this story.
Towards the end of the book, you can to have multiple point of views which I really enjoyed and I hope it will be like this for the third book because it gave us so much more insight for some of these characters.
This book will make you want the third book in your hand right now. You will need to know what's in store for our favourite characters.
Overall, what are you waiting for? Start this series if you haven’t started it yet. It's worth every seconds spent with this book and you will only be asking for more and more and more with each new chapters.
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If you have been on my blog for a while now, you know that Jay Crownover is one of my favourite authors. There isn't a book of hers that I don't love or a series that didn't catch my eye. When I received this ARC for Riveted, I was jumping up and down seriously because I was really excited to read it and I wasn't disappointed at all.
I'm trying to find where to start my review without is being too spoilerish and it's hard. So, let’s just type and see where it will take us, shall we?
Let's start with the characters...
Dixie is simply a good person; too good if you ask me. She has a golden heart and she will always be there for everyone she cares about whether its family, friends or the man she’s madly in love with. She has a zest for life that not a lot of people possess. But that doesn’t mean she had or has an easy life. Not everything was or is always beautiful in her life, but she prefers to not let those things bring her down. It's actually her need to help others that is the reason she agrees to follow Church back home and pretend to be his girlfriend for a few days. She knows it wasn’t a good idea, but she can’t seem to refuse him. I believe that this journey didn’t only teach Church a lot about himself, I think it taught Dixie to think about herself more; that she can be put first instead.
Church is a complex character that you just want to dig deep and see what happened to him to become the man he is now. He is not a bad person at all, but he doesn’t let others become close to him; he always keeps a distant between them and him. When he and Dixie leave on this trip to his hometown, you embark on a journey you didn’t expect. I won’t lie, I had imagine a past a lot more different than the one you discover as his past is unraveled. You can see the little boy he used to be, the one who lost so much so fast and how it affected him and others around him. Church grows a lot in this book and even if he still has a lot to make peace with, he is still willing to make things better for him and the people he cares about.
Dixie and Church have something together. It's just not an easy road for them to get there. Church has a lot of fear inside of him when it comes to letting people close and though Dixie would do anything for him, she isn't completely ready to be destroy by the man she loves. Both of them have a rocky road, but their story is so worth following. I'm not writing much because I might really let out spoilers, but believe me, you will follow their journey and want to see where it will all lead and what it will mean to the both of them.
Drama comes and go....
But romance is not only the main subject of this story, oh no, you will have some drama happening in this book. Some will come from Church's family and some will... well not hahaha Stopping this here again because spoilers might revealed if I continue.
So yes, this another book of Jay that I recommend you read like YESTERDAY. It was an amazing read and once again Jay created interesting characters and you will have your share of feels throughout this book.
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So this novella is from Oceanus's point of view and is set in the time period of the book Pieces, the first book of the series. If you haven't read Pieces, stop this now. I feel like reading this novella without reading the first book would be "spoilerish" to some level.
I was happy that we got to have this novella. When you read in Pieces that the girl he loves is marrying another, you only get to see what Rebekah feels, what she believes her brother is feeling and we could only witness his behavior to what he wanted her to see, but here, you actually go behind the scene and you get swoop in a whirl of emotions.
He is really family oriented and there's nothing he wouldn't do for his family, but he's also in love with a werewolf and because of his father's laws, he can never be married to her. He inspires to finally become King of the Patchwork and change the rules so anyone could marry for love instead of being coerced into loveless marriages.
Of course, nothing is easy and he learns that quite quickly when Teagan is promised to another werewolf and his father is making a point that he ought to forget her and move on.
But their love is quite strong and you can tell that they are both torn between wanting to be together and to do what is expected from their families. Throughout this novella, you can see Oceanus inner fight between what he wants and what he has to do. He is struggling to do the right thing, but the right thing for who? That is the question.
I still don't like the father. I know he feels like he's doing what's right for his children and I don't doubt he loves them, but seriously, he sounds more like a dictator than a father; forcing them to do things they don't want to do. But I will admit the ending sort of mixed up the feelings that I have for this character and I don't know yet what I feel about that.
In the end? I really enjoyed this novella and I'm hoping the author might do some for the other brothers. I'd like to go behind the surface we only see from the other people's point of view. I feel like they could be quite interesting to learn more about.
And this also got me even more excited about the next book in the series. I'm looking forward to see where it goes.
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Pucked Off is a quick read (it only took me longer because of work and personal issues), but you won't wanOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
Pucked Off is a quick read (it only took me longer because of work and personal issues), but you won't want to put it down.
Lance Romero has quite a reputation like many of his teammates had or have. Some of it is true, some of it isn't. Lance is a guy who has a lot of issues due to his past and it's probably why he can't let go of the one person he ought to. She is toxic and he knows it, but he can't seem to be able to refuse her. He tries as we can see in the book, but he always ends up back where he shouldn't. He doesn't believe he deserves anything good until he meets Poppy. From there, he works to become the kind of man she deserves. It's not perfect because he can't let go of the notion that he doesn't deserve her or happiness. He is broken and mending isn't an easy process.
Poppy's character is such a good person. She's a good heart and she doesn't mind going out of her way to help out someone. When Lance ends up on her massage table, she doesn't know how to react. He's the boy she crushed on in school, who broke her heart a year before and now he doesn't seem to remember her at all. As Lance pursue her, she tries a lot to remain unaffected by his presence and his attentions, but she realizes that it's a loss cause. I think it's even more harder for her to let go as he finally remembers her.
Lance and Poppy's relationship is slow coming. He's obviously trying his hardest to give her what she deserves, but she still has some reluctance; she doesn't want to get hurts. He opens up a lot more to her than he did to other people and yet, she feels he is still hiding so much from her and she doesn't know what to do with all of this. Throughout the whole book, Poppy tries to help Lance as much as he allows her to, but she's also aware that he needs to do his part to come to terms with his past.
Of course, we see characters from the previous books and you get to see where they are now. Lance's friendship with the guys will be tested during the book, especially with Miller. You can tell that the gap that occured as his friends are all starting to settle down and he continues to party. He still hangs out with them, but he can tell that something is different.
Overall, Helena Hunting's writing is as always entertaining, funny and sexy. You won't want to miss this new book in the Pucked series.
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NOTE NOTE NOTE Besides Dream of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I haven't gotten around to read any otherOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
NOTE NOTE NOTE Besides Dream of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I haven't gotten around to read any other book in the series so maybe some of these will have spoilers from other books but I'll try my best to keep those reviews spoiler free.
DREAM OF YOU BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
Since I am a huge huge fan of JLA's writing, I read this novella like a year ago and already have a review posted on my blog, so you can check it out here.
STRIPPED DOWN BY LORELEI JAMES
This novella happens after the sixth book of the Blacktop Cowboys series. Reading this novella really got me interested in the series and hopefully, sooner than later, I will get to them.
But back to the novella, I really liked the way the two characters interacted between each other. Their banter entertained me a lot though I wasn't a fan of their nicknames, but it doesn't change anything really hahaha Wynton and Melissa are both thinking alike when it comes to sex and it was bound to be hot when these two were going to get down to it and I was right.
But more than that, I just enjoyed the evolution of their relationship. As the secret comes out, their relationship takes a whole new turn. Sure, it was predictable, but it was still nice to read about it.
The author's writing is funny and entertaining and if all the characters are as entertaining as these two were, then I know I'm going to get hooked on this series.
RAGE/KILLIAN BY ALEXANDRA IVY & LAURA WRIGHT
I didn't know this series existed before reading these two novellas and perhaps it would have been a bad idea to read these before the rest, but since these stories at least turned more around the couples than the actually plotline of the series, I don't feel like I was spoiled or missed much.
Lucie's help is needed and Rage was ordered to find her and get her to help them out and he is not happy to have been appointed that mission especially since Lucie isn't easy to find and when he does find her, she isn't that cooperative. But she is calling to his cat and they have to deal with that without losing focus of their mission. Rage and Lucie were quite entertaining characters. The banter between the two of them, the obvious chemistry, the misunderstandings, etc, everything just made this story entertaining.
Killian and Rosalie were another kind of story. Rosalie was hurt when she lost her mate because of humans and she is very much on a destructive path whenever they are concerned. When Killian comes to their lair for help, it takes a lot of her to not surrender to kill him. She is attracted to him, but she can't stand that he represents everything that she hates. Together, they are both learning about one another. It's not an easy road for either them as they each deal with their issues. I really enjoyed this one and wouldn't minded to have a few more chapters about it.
DRAGON KING BY DONNA GRANT
There are a few books before this novella and I might have missed some important facts that occur in those previous books, but if I just look at the evolution between Grace and Arian, they weren't needed, but I felt like this big battle might need even more clarification so I might just have to start on those books lol
Grace is a write in need of inspiration and while searching for her place to write, she finds a cave that calls to her unaware that Arian, a Dragon King, to whom it belong just woke up from centuries of sleep. While danger is lurking around his cave, Arian keeps Grace with him to find out if she is an enemy or if she is truly an innoncent. While the attraction between them grows, Arian must find out first if he can trust her because a war is going on and every lapse of judgement could be dangerous.
Overall, it was a good story, but like I said before, I feel like I might need to read the previous books just to make sure I understand everything about the war and the background story to all of this.
IGNITE BY REBECCA YARROS
I am so happy that her story was in this bundle because it was probably my favourite from all the authors I discovered in there. Best friends falling for one another are always a big winner for me, but this one really got to me quickly.
From the moment he starts talking about her, I want them together. I want her to be in love with him as well. He shows such a tenderness towards her and he is very patient. Plus, he is just the sweetest towards her kid sister that he just screams PERFECT for me.
A lot is happening in their lives, not making it easy on them, but I liked that he never really gave up on her no matter how slow she was to finally stand up for herself.
I'm looking forward to read more stories in this series because I feel like I'm going to discover a lot of new couples I will fall for.
FATED IDENTITY BY KENNEDY LAYNE
I liked that novella, but at some point, I felt like I was missing a lot in it. Perhaps reading the previous novels in the series might have been more useful for this one, but I still enjoyed it.
Both characters are strong minded and know exactly what they want, even if they can't seem to be able to tell that to one another.
While trying to save her life and finding out who betrayed them, Grady and Brienne are forced to come clean to one another in hope to save what is left of their relationship.
So for this one, it might be a good idea to read the previous novels of the series, but I liked the writing and will probably pursue to read more from this author.
OVERALL BUNDLE REVIEW
I enjoyed discovering all these authors (at the exception of Jennifer L. Armentrout who is already one of my favourite authors) and I'm looking forward to start new series by them.
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Maybe I ought to have read the first three books of the Rules series and maybe I ought to have read the otOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
Maybe I ought to have read the first three books of the Rules series and maybe I ought to have read the other series One Week Girlfriend before I read this one but I didn't feel like I missed much to follow this book.
I really liked Sydney Walker. Even if she described herself before as a spoiled girl who just got everything she ever wanted before her dad cut her off, it's hard to see that when you read this book. She is trying to prove herself throughout the book while taking on a job that she has no qualification for. Being a nanny might not have been what she dreamed of, but she made the best of it and. She is determined to make it everything right and prove to her parents she can actually do something right.
Wade Knox is a nice guy. End of the story. I loved him from the beginning. He doesn't go for drama, he doesn't act like a manwhore and he is just really dedicated to his football career. It was a nice change to read about a guy like him. He loves his mother more than anything and everything he does, he does for her even if they don't see each other often, you can tell how much she means to him.
I liked that their relationship wasn’t suddenly spontaneous. Yes, there were chemistry between them, but they didn’t dive in right away; I felt like they took their time; got to know each other. With the fake relationship created by Fable to try to take some heat off of the rumoured affair, the two of them spent a few days together and spent most of it just getting to know one another. If neither of them is looking for a relationship as they both deal with other priorities, neither can deny there is something between them.
Overall, this was a quick read that I enjoyed very much. I’m looking forward to read the beginning of both series and get to know more in depth the story of the other characters.
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Okay, this was my first Katy Evans' book and I can now understand why people love her so much. I fell head first into this book. I know I might have gotten some spoilers from the rest of the books in the beginning of the series, but really, I'm just more excited to read them and see where it all started.
I really loved the characters. Olivia is a strong and independent woman. She has a lot of ambitions and a plan she wants to follow and she is focus on following its path no matter what. If sometimes, I felt like she was a bit narrow-minded, I feel like she has learned through the book that nothing is always black and white. But she was an interesting character to read about. She could be sassy and she had no filter which just made this book even more fun to read. I liked how honest she was even if sometimes, she could sound a bit naive to the outside world.
Callan... Wow... I want a Callan please. I wouldn't know how he's actually portrayed in the rest of the series before this book besides that he is a womanizer, so I can only really judge from this book, but I loved him so much in this book. Even if he didn't want to commit to anything other than his job really, he is really a good guy.
When these two meets, there's obvious chemistry; they interact with no really awkwardness that sometimes happens. She opens up to him easily and he seems just to be able to be himself whenever he's around her. And I don't think I need to mention that the sex between them was hot. Do I? Well, then I'm telling you that it was hot and I enjoyed reading about it a lot hahaha These two's chemistry could have gotten the building on fire.
The other characters in the books I know were mostly from the previous books in the series and I liked them a lot too even if sometimes I felt like they were all very protective of Olivia and sometimes, I felt like they were acting like they knew better than her what was good for her. But I know it came from a good place so I didn't hold it against them because they obviously cared about her.
Even if the events of the book happen in the course of a few months, I liked that it didn't feel rushed at all. It felt like the course of these event was following a normal one and I never felt once that it was going too fast.
I really enjoyed Katy Evans' writing and I can't wait to read the rest of the series and see where it all began and check out the rest of her books because I feel like I might just have added a new author to my list of favourite authors.
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When I started this book, I was sick and yet, it was hard to put it down to actually take care of my cold because I was hooked from the first chapter.
In Fake Fiancée you meet Sunny and Max. They are from two worlds apart, but at the same time, they have so much more in common than what people actually see.
When they first meet, there is attraction between them. It's obvious to them and it's obvious to us the readers. When both of them need to face ex-lovers they aren't really ready to face, a fake relationship seems harmless. A kiss, holding hands, nothing too complicated for a few hours. But that one moment becomes much more complex as they get tangled into this and Max brings it offers a deal to Sunny to keep the charade going on a much longer basis.
Max is a guy you will like instantly. Yes, he has to learn to think about someone else than himself for a change. But it’s not because he's totally self-centered and selfish since you witness a lot of his kindness throughout the book, but when his football career is on the line, he doesn't think much about what his actions can cause to others.
Sunny is somewhat not your typical girl. She doesn’t care much about what other people think about her. She is described mostly as a hardworking girl who loves her grandma very much and prefers to be hanging out with her best friend rather than partying. But there are other layers you get to see of Sunny has she and Max develop a friendship and when the line between friendship and love blurs, you see even more of how insecure she can be; how scare she is to be hurt again.
Trying to keep this short and without spoiler is getting harder as I want to say so much, but overall, this book was a quick and entertaining read. The interaction between Max and Sunny will give you a lot of feels. If you love drama, you will be served. And you can't be surprised by the hotness of this book with Ilsa Madden-Mills writing it.
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So I was super excited to read Amanda and Tuttle's story. I was jumping up and down when I finally got myOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
So I was super excited to read Amanda and Tuttle's story. I was jumping up and down when I finally got my hands on it and read it. It took me two days to finish it and when I was done, I was asking for more especially with how Monica Murphy left us hanging a little (she's really a meanie lol).
But I loved how she got deeper into these characters. Amanda is still my favourite female character of the series even if sometimes, she annoyed me, but it was mostly due to her doubts which I won't lie, I would totally and probably feel the same if I had been in her shoes, but she's a character who's quite open and she doesn't hide behind a fake persona. She will tell things as they are and that's it.
Before I go to Tuttle, let's go back to some of the characters from the first book...
Her friendship with Olivia is quite entertaining and I loved that she didn't try to hide it when Olivia ended up annoying her. She was a real friend who told her the truth to her face whether Olivia liked it or not. And even if it wasn't explored more in this book, I think that it sort of helped Olivia to have a honest friend like Amanda.
And Amanda also started a sort of friendship with the Emily I didn't really like in the first book and in this book, I hated her a little bit less. Monica Murphy created a character who is the perfect patsy to be annoyed with in the first book, but in the second one, she's trying to give her a more humane face. I'd like to know whether or not it's going to stick or she'll revert to the Emily from the first book.
Dustin and Ryan aren't as present in this book as the first one and it's probably why they didn't annoy me as much, but I will admit that Ryan is sort of growing on me and I could tell there was another side to him other than the wild party animal who wants to jump on any girl. Dustin wasn't even less in the book than Ryan though he was mentionned a few times especially whenever Olivia saw him and his new girlfriend. Olivia wasn't actually thrilled about that part, but she eventually seemed to get over it which was good. I'm hoping their friendship can be salvaged somehow.
Okay, enough about the others... Let's talk about Jordan aka Tuttle and seriously, just one of my favourite guys in this series even if he tends to do a lot of stupid things. I like the way he interacted with Amanda; these two really have something going on with them, but he definitely has a lot of issues to work on and in this book, we go in dept about his family and where his commitment issues come from. Sometimes, I wanted to hug him and tell him everything was going to be fine and some other times, well, he would have deserved a kick in the butt.
But Amanda and Jordan are adorable together when they took away the fear and doubts that could come cloud their happily ever after. They care so much for one another and to think that it keeps being set back because she has doubt or he's scared, it broke my heart each time.
I was left feeling unhappy because their story didn't have an end, but I was also excited about another book so I'm looking quite forward to see where the author is going with this. I want them to have a happy ending, with or without each other (I'm more leaning on the together part, but who knows what Monica Murphy is thinking lol)
So yes, I'm looking forward to the next book and I can't wait to see where she will take us next.
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So this review should have been done a while ago and I apologize for the lateness of it. I really tried to get it done befoJulalicious Book Paradise
So this review should have been done a while ago and I apologize for the lateness of it. I really tried to get it done before now, but I had trouble getting my reviews done lately, but here it is now.
So where do I start this review because I must say that I got hooked on it from the first lines. Kenna is a character that went through a lot in the Marines and while trying to share her experiences with other people through speeches, she has yet to deal with her own emotions and turmoils these events caused her.
Kenna's character was in way so relatable in a non-conventional way if I may say. She went through a great deal of pain and she is suffering from it, trying to move on with her life, but she has barely taken two steps forwards that she takes two back. This happens to a lot of people and those who try to deal with these traumas will often turn to something that once helped them or try something new. She went back to a time that helped her in hopes it would bring her some peace; which in this case was the BDSM club where she got her heart broken by her Dom.
Griffin hates that he lost the woman he loves many years ago because he wasn't able to realize quickly what she meant for him. Seeing her again is the second chance he never thought he would have, but he realizes that she isn't the same woman as she used to be. Helping her is only the first he is willing to take to win back her trust and her heart.
Griffin is a male character like I loved them; he is a good man. From the beginning, you can tell that he cares about the people around him. When Kenna asked for his help, he made sure that's what she wanted, he didn't push her to tell him anything she wasn't ready to tell him and he gave her what she needed.
Together, you can tell that he was made to help her piece back together the parts of her she had lost since the war. Whenever they were together, yes, it was hot and steamy, but more than that, I felt like it was really part of her healing process.
Overall, I really really enjoyed this book and I'm really looking forward to the next book of the series.
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Getting to read this book made me so happy, you have no idea. I was really looking forward to read more about Struan Mackenzie since we met him in All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue. He was this character that you didn’t know what to think about. Not many seemed to like him, but I don’t know, I was intrigued by him. Reading about his backstory, you really get a good feel about what kind of man he is and what kind of man he doesn’t want to be.
Poppy Fairchurch is the kind of character that reminded me a little bit of a lioness; she was caring and sweet, but don’t you dare harm those she cares about or else, she attacks. She is sassy yet she looks innocent and I think that's why Struan is firstly intrigued by her. She isn't described as the most beautiful girl in the world, but I liked that the author seemed to describe her beauty like a subtle one; one you discover as you get to know her.
And from the moment these two meet, they bicker for every little thing. It was quite entertaining to read about these moments because he always seemed surprised when she wouldn’t back down from confrontation. There’s obvious attraction between the two of them, but she is supposed to be engaged and she doesn’t want to be attracted to him while he is interested to find what the Duke could have found interesting about that girl while trying to justify is interest in her.
Poppy’s sister is a character who I wasn’t sure how to like, but she was a teenager forced to stay inside for her own security so I could understand some of her frustration. She was also quite aware of just how beautiful she is and sometimes, that could cause some headache to Poppy. Sometimes, I liked her and sometimes, she annoyed me and I wanted to send her to her room hahaha
And the Duke’s family… God, I loved them. I loved the way his stepmother is so welcoming and his sisters just as much. I’m looking forward to read more about them (hint to Sophie ;)).
So overall, I fell once again in love with one of Sophie’s books and she is the reason I might start to expand my collection of historical romances and search for new authors.
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In the sequel of The Prince & The Player, we find Zelda again running away from those who want to hurtOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
In the sequel of The Prince & The Player, we find Zelda again running away from those who want to hurt her. While trying to outrun the danger, Zelda finds herself in her old habits with Seth though it doesn't feel the same when your life is constantly in danger.
But Zee is still the same outspoken and intelligent girl we first met if only a little more aware of her surroundings and a little bit more paranoid.
You have to love her determination to stay alive and protect the ones she loves. From book one, you can tell that she is a protector especially around her sister and leaving her behind might have been hard, but she did it knowing she was more protected this way. Zee is probably one of my favourite characters in this duology; she has attitude and she isn't afraid to do anything if she knows it's the right thing to do.
I was happy to find her again with Cal too. As the story is more focus on the two of them, we got to see a lot more of them arguing, making up, arguing again and making up. He wants to protect her and she doesn't want him to or more likely, she doesn't want to do what he wants her to do. The two of them try to save her from the criminals wanting her dead, but it's anything but easy to do with people always one step ahead of them and who have allies just about everywhere.
I loved Cal in this book though I already loved him in the first book too. He is like Zee on so many levels that its probably why sometimes, their encounters could be quite passionate. They are both strong headed people and both want things to be done their way.
While Zee and Cal are reunited again, nothing is easy. Forgiveness is hard for him though he loves her so much. He is angry at her, but he wants her so much at the same time. He wants to strangle her while protecting her from every harm. Both of them are are struggling with the situation though neither can't deny the love between them. They may be wrong for each other, but love doesn't really care.
Overall, this was an awesome ending to this duology. It's a quick and entertaining reading all wrapped in with love, lust and drama. These two books will keep you on your
I'm still hoping to get a story about Logan (want to know who he is? Read the book :P) because he deserves something which is why I'm really hoping that Tia will grant me my wish.
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This was the first book I ever read of Nichole Chase. I had bought one of her books at this year's Apollycon, but never got around to read it. I didn't know whether or not I would like her writing style or the story, but it called to me, so I was happy I got to read it. And even more happy when I fell head over heels with her writing and story.
Maddie is a character who could be your average young adult if not for being the President's daughter, but still, you can easily relate to her. She has beliefs and she isn't afraid to do whatever she has to do to make her point across, but she's also very impulsive and doesn't think through everything which ends up with consequences. People easily love her because she is natural; she won't hide her true self.
I liked her relationship with her father. I liked that he wasn't portrayed like a distant man, but like a man who sees the qualities and flaws in his children and instead of stopping them, simply shows them other ways to accomplish them. I liked that kind of President.
Jake's character is intense. I can't find a better way to describe him. He has seen so much in war and the aftermath isn't easy to deal with. He has a hard time opening up to this part of his life with Maddie who just wants to help him. He has a good heart though and he's the kind of guy ready to do anything for those he loves or those he believes need his help which is why I believe him and Maddie are perfect for each other.
His relationship with his mother isn't easy. She is the Vice-President, running to be President and she is more into politics than her own family. She isn't an easy woman and I had a lot of difficulties with her.
Maddie and Jake together were adorable. I liked how their relationship developped. It was the perfect balance between easy and hard. It didn't happen over night, but little time to little time as they spent more time together. They were what they needed to one another. Where she is impulsive, he's more cautious, but in their relationship, its just the perfect match.
A lot happens in this book and I don't want to spoil anyone, so I'll just say that you will go through a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the book.
Overall, this was an amazing and quick read. The author's writing and the story will have you hooked from chapter one. I'm really looking forward for the next book in the series.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO NICHOLE CHASE, INKSLINGER PR and HARPERCOLLINS for giving me the opportunity to read and give an honest review this book....more
I won't lie, this book is addicting. I kept reading chapter after chapter wanting to know where it would eOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
I won't lie, this book is addicting. I kept reading chapter after chapter wanting to know where it would end. I wanted to know what more could happen to the characters. I needed to know who would end up crying, mad or happy.
But... The characters all annoyed me. Olivia, Emily, Ryan and Dustin got on my nerves so much that it was quite irratating. I was hoping that by the end of the book, I would at least love one of them, but no.
I tried not to judge because they are teenagers, but at last, I couldn't stop it. They act like babies whenever it doesn't work like this. They turn mean whenever they don't get what they want. And it's a constant battle about who will get with who.
Olivia annoyed me mostly because she can't seem to really make up her mind about what or more accurately, who she wants. Sometimes, I had hope she would actually mature, but in the next chapter, she came back to her old ways.
Emily is obviously in need of attention throughout the whole book. I was really hoping to see that perhaps, she had something to add to why she does, but nothing.
Dustin didn't annoy me as much as the girls, but I really found him annoying. In the end, I will admit that even if I didn't love him, I liked him just a little more when he finally made a mature move.
Ryan was the boy that probably started the whole drama between the three best friends. He is cocky and he knows he's handsome and every girl wants him. I don't know whether he really likes Olivia or he just wants to get into her pants, but honestly, I don't care much about it. His character didn't call to me so whether he ends up with Olivia or anyone else, at this point of the series, I don't really care about him.
Though these four got on my nerves, I fell in love with Amanda and Tuttle aka Jordan. I really liked them even if Tuttle is mostly seen as a womanizer, but whenever he's around Amanda, I can see the good guy behind and Amanda is just a refreshing character among the others, that you can't help but love her.
And I can't forget about Fitch, Olivia's mom's new boyfriend. He gives me the creep. I don't know what to think of him really.
But this book is addictive and I wouldn't be surprised that it compares to the Gossip Girl series at all. It's the first book that got me captivated while its characters annoy me and that just shows you what an amazing writer Monica Murphy is.
So yes, I will continue to the read the next book in this series especially for more Amanda and Tuttle time, but also because I need to know how it will go. I'd like to see Olivia take more control of her life. I'd like to see more inside of Emily's head in hopes that I could understand her. And also, I want to know what the hell Fitch has in mind.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO MONICA MURPHY & SOCIAL BUTTERFLY PR for giving me the opportunity to read and give an honest review of this book....more
I will admit that when I started reading this book, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it or not. It took me aOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
I will admit that when I started reading this book, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it or not. It took me a few more chapters before really getting into the story. But once I was hooked in, it was hard to stop reading it.
Rebecca's life is anything but ordinary even for her world. She is forced to stay inside the mansion for her own protection and she has really overprotective relatives and bodyguard. Even if she does complain about this, you have to give her credits to be able to deal with all of this. She might sound immature from time to time (okay often), but you understand where its coming from. Anyone in her position would go nuts. Maybe that's why it didn't annoy me as much as I thought it would.
I didn't like her father much. I feel like he does love his daughter, but his need for power and his desire to get the right formula for her seems really excessive. And Rebecca isn't the only to suffer from this though if only for different matters. Her brothers also get the short-end of the stick whenever it comes to their father's rules. Most of the time, I found their dad to be selfish.
Rebecca's only reprive from all of this is when she works at the family's bar. She works alongside Alena who I just adored. I wish we had seen more of this vampire. Things are going okay if not great, but then enters Killian, an attractive vampire, who is hired to tend the bar along with her and Alena. Rebecca can't help but being fascinated by him and even if she is asked to stay away from him, she doesn't want to and doesn't even try to listen to the rules. He is a mystery she only wants to unravel the more time she spends with him. She knows he's hiding something and she wants to find out what it is. The chemistry is there between them also, but she doesn't understands it though she doesn't want to fight it either.
Threats are made against Rebecca and everyone is on high alert and even more overprotective with her. Trying to protect her is all that matters to her father and she tries to show him she can protect herself but sometimes, that's easier said than done when even the people you know are acting suspicious and she doesn't know where to turn to.
Trying to keep this review spoiler free, I will only add that quite a few things happen in this book alongside of what we already know bringing more news for Rebecca to digest and deal with.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I'm looking forward to the next installment and see what else is reserved for Rebecca. I feel that her problems are far from being over.
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When you start a book, you never know whether or not the characters will call to you. No mattOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
When you start a book, you never know whether or not the characters will call to you. No matter how interesting the story can be, some characters can leave you with no desire to find out more about them and I can guarantee you that for me, this wasn't the case. I wanted to know more about Reid's past or Grace's life. I wanted to see behind whatever they were trying to project to the rest of the world and Sophie gives you just what you need.
Grace Reeves is a quite a relatable character. Sure, she is the first daughter and her life isn't ordinary per say but other then that, her feelings and actions could easily be expressed through anyone's life. The way I related to her though was the way she often let herself be brought down by people surrounding her. She let her father dictate her every move and life decisions and I believe that it was the sole reason to her akwardness to the public eye; she couldn't be herself. To me, Grace was a strong woman who had never gotten the chance to show it to the world and as I read the book, I really liked that her confidence was starting to show more and brought her a new insight for her future.
Reid had planned his revenge. Escaping prison was only one step towards making someone pay for what caused his falldown. Finding his way towards it was simple if not easy, but the kidnapping of Grace Reeves complicates things even more. Trying to seek revenge is one thing, trying to seek revenge while trying to make sure she doesn't get caught in the crossfire is another.
Reid's character is complicated. While he's not evil, he is not totally good either. He has darkness inside of him, fulled by revenge. Getting a bit more about his past, about how he ended up in prison was really interesting and I swear I wouldn't mind to hear even more. Reid's background will show you reasons why he came to be the man we know and maybe understand him more.
As for the two of them together, talk about hotness there. The chemistry building between them is obviously hard to handle for them; she wants to be free and he wants his revenge. I seriously wanted them to do it like bunnies so fast (yes, I do remember saying the same about the first book lol), but like always, the wait is always worth it. The relationship building between them isn't easy, but each of them learn from the other. He opens her eyes about the fact that she's capable of anything and to open up to her own desires of what she wants for her own life and she is bringing calm to the storm inside of him (which isn't an easy job, believe me).
Sophie's writing style will keep making you want to read more. She has a way to write scenes that will keep your eyes glued to the page until you know how it will all end. Grace and Reid's story is one I have enjoyed the most and is a must read.
Overall, this book was entertaining, steamy and got us wanting a excon for ourselves hahaha I can't wait for North's book.
I was giving an advance copy of this book by Edelweiss and Avon in exchange of an honest review....more
What can I say about this book without giving too much away? Well, one that it was a quick and awesome reading. I got hooked from the start and I needWhat can I say about this book without giving too much away? Well, one that it was a quick and awesome reading. I got hooked from the start and I needed to get to the end to see how it would all wrap up.
Sasha Keeton is a survivor. She was the only one who escaped The Groom. Coming back to her old hometown wasn’t an easy decision, but she does it for her mother. Finding herself back home should have brought some sense of peace that everything was over, but unfortunately for our main character, the past just won’t let go of her. Her return doesn’t go as smoothly as she hoped since many incidents happen from her car being vandalized to finding a dead animal in her mom’s car. Throughout the book, you will want to know who, why and most importantly, will they find out before it’s too late?
Sasha’s character spoke volume to me because she went through a lot and she is still standing, even if it’s on shaky legs. She has been more like going through the motion for the past ten years, but coming home was what she needed to start living again even if everything seems to tell her to leave town and never look back. She will make you go through a lot of emotions as the story develops and things start becoming more and more complicated.
Of course, you can't have a book from Jennifer L. Armentrout without a little bit of romance. So if you were feeling hesitant as if you should or shouldn't get into this book because you fear the lack of romance, take this idea out of your head. Cole Landis will give you what you crave for.
Believe me when I say you will all want a Cole Landis. From the moment he reappeared in her life, Cole has been nothing but patient with Sasha even when she was trying to do everything to push him away. He is there for her whenever she needs it and he shows her that she can trust him; can count on him. He has obvious guilt for what happened to her, but there is more than just guilt; he has never been able to forget her. He wants to do right by her and he is genuinely just a good guy.
As I am trying to keep this review spoiler free, I will add that you will love some of the other characters, you will hate others and some of them will leave you confused. All of these characters will bring something to the story and I won’t lie, I wouldn’t mind having some novellas about some of them, either from their past or future events because they made that kind of impact on me for wanting more from them.
So yes, I do recommend you plunge head first into this story. You will be asking for more as you finish chapter after chapter. Jennifer L. Armentrout gave us another awesome book with interesting characters and a story that will keep you on your toes.
I was giving an advanced copy of this book in exchange of an honest review....more
I started this book thinking that I would get into the story fast as I enjoyed the Hush Hush series so much, but that didn't happen. It wasn't a total bad read, but from the beginning, I realized that Britt wasn't going to be one of my favourite main characters.
I will give her that; she did grow some "balls" throughout the book, but the whole time, she kept talking about Calvin this and Calvin that and I really wanted to snap her out of it because her ex-boyfriend is really an asshole. From the beginning, I hope she wiould get over him. I didn't care about what he apparently went through with his dad, he was still a jerk and she deserved better, but how she could only think about him.
So like I said, Britt might not be my #1 heroine, but whenever she didn't talk about Calvin, you could tell that she was smart even if she seemed to forget that too. She tried her best to postpone her death and Korbie's by pretending having more knowledge about the mountain than she really has. She used whatever she could to survive. So I give her credit for that; she still annoyed me a little bit, but she at least developped in the book making me like her a little more.
Then there's her best friend Korbie, Calvin's sister, who annoyed me so much that I wished she would just die seriously. She was so selfish and self-centered. Her attitude whenever she was there just made me want to punch her. Maybe that was her role in this, but I felt like she could have used some growing up like Britt did.
We are introduced to Mason in the beginning of the book when Britt confronts Calvin and pretends to have a boyfriend and Mason saves the day. He plays his role and leaves right after. When she sees him again, she is happy if only to see a somewhat familiar face but it changes quickly when Korbie and her are made hostage by him and his friend Shaun.
I won't deny that a lot happens in those mountains and it could have kept me captivated if I cared more about the characters which I didn't really.
Mason and Britt play cat and mouse most of the books. He's a fugitive but seems to want to help her, but she wants to hate him, but she is confused by the attraction she feels for him. She doesn't know what's real and what isn't. And that pretty much resume how she felt throughout the whole. She didn't seem to know who was right and wrong, who was evil and who wasn't.
So many secrets filled this book and that at some point, you just want to know for sure. I mean, some secrets are pretty easy to discover, but I will admit that I was hoping to be more surprised. I was hoping that some of these secrets would actually shock me, but it didn't.
When everything is out in the open, I felt like I missed something. I don't know what, but I just felt like some parts were rushed while others dragged on and were not necessary to the story.
Like I said, I wasn't in love with this book, but I didn't hate it either. I was just expecting something more captivating and I was let down.
Does this book make me want not to read more books by Becca Fitzpatrick? Not at all, this one was just not for me. I'm looking forward to see what else she has in store for us....more
I was hooked from the first chapters. The characters, the story, the sexual tension, I loved it all and wanted more each time I finished a chapter. It took me one day to finish this book and that's only because I had a few things to do because I feel like I could have read it in a few hours.
I loved all the characters in this book, Remi to Dax, to Lulu to Spider, to Elizabeth to Declan and of course we can't forget Malcolm. All of them together made this story so interesting and I couldn't put down my book.
Of course, the main focus is around Remi and Dax. I don't know how to explain my feelings about these two. I loved the sexual tension between them of course, but I think it was the way they interacted with one another that was so entertaining that captivated me from the beginning.
We can forget that there are some issues and trying to work around those with the heat they both get whenever they are close isn't easy and so much has been left unsaid between them that it can't be solved quickly (which is really good for us readers).
And add a few more obstacles and you got yourself a rollercoaster of feels throughout this book. I wish I could say more but I really want to keep this spoiler free and therefore, I'm keeping this really general.
But I believe you will fall for Remi and Dax's story. You have everything in this book to keep you hooked until the end. Whether they might annoy you will depend on you. I would have slapped them from time to time but only because I adore them and want them to wake up and be happy hahaha
I will also add that I loved reading from both of their point of views because you get both side of the story; making it more complete.
Bottom line, I need more of these British boys. I'm hoping for a new book in this series (though each book can be read as a standalone). I do have someone in mind for the next book and I really hope Ilsa will hear our prayers.
This book can be read as a standalone or you can go and read Dirty English before to read about the other hot British, Declan ;)
I was giving an advanced copy of this book by the author in exchange of an honest review....more
I don't think you know just how excited I was for this book. I was trying to get an ARC to beOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
I don't think you know just how excited I was for this book. I was trying to get an ARC to be able to review it but it never seemed to work and Sophie being the amazing person that she is gave me a copy when I met her at Apollycon and I totally devoured this book on my way back from Savannah.
If you know me at all, you know I just love Sophie's writing and she's one of my favourite authors hence the reason I wanted this baby so bad. Plus, for the second time this year, she actually made me want to read again with two of her books so thank you Sophie :)
This review will be general; not because I didn't love it, but since it won't be out before the end of March, I don't want to give too much about the story.
Now, let's finally start this review of this bad boy. When Sophie first introduced us to this story, I was already hooked on the idea of it. I was intrigued how she was going to unravel the story between the two main characters.
Briar is the kind of girl that you notice or you don't. Physically, she seemed like the kind of girl guys would notice, but she seemed so introverted due to a lot about what happened in her past, that it's also easy to just dismiss her. I really enjoyed reading about her and learning more and more about her as I got further and further into the book. I liked that she knew what she wanted even if she sometimes lacked the confidence to go for it, but she changed throughout this book and I really hope we do get some glimpse of her in the future books.
And now Knox (I only kept him after because I know that’s all you want to know about lol)... Oh my... What can I say about the man that I wouldn't mind having for myself? He is really the typical guy you would judge before even getting to know him. I won't say that he's innocent or anything like that, but he is worth getting to know. Things we learn about him throughout the book just made it hard for me to hate him when he was doing something stupid but I had no problems saying that he was in fact stupid for doing those things hahaha Knox had a lot to learn about himself and how to deal with the consequences of his actions. But he also had to accept a lot of things that he couldn’t control and I think that it was probably the one thing he had a lot of trouble adjusting himself to.
And Briar and Knox together... Wow... Their interaction from the start screamed chemistry and a whole lot of sexual tensions. I was ready for them to get down to business since the first moment they saw one another. There was something about the two of them that just clicked. They needed one another without even knowing why they did. But even if I wanted them to do it like bunnies, I’m still happy that’s not how Sophie decided to develop their story. She gave us just enough to keep us entertaining and intrigued and needy. You can only continue to flip each page of this book to see where it will all end.
In this book, a series of events will keep making them run into one another, making it impossible for them to get over the other. Through the good and the bad, they both learned more about one another and sometimes, it set them back, sometimes forward. Their story wasn't an easy one, but in my opinion, it was worth all their efforts.
I still need to talk about the other characters and I will admit that I really want Briar's neighbour to have her story in this series. I don't care if it's a novella or a full book where she also wants some sexy time with some sexy inmate lol She deserves it. I really enjoyed her character so much.
Briar's sister was something else. She's really snob and judgemental. She might have improved by the end of the book, but I still feel some harsh feelings towards her.
North, Knox’s Brother, and Reid, the leader of their gang in prison, aren’t there as much, but Sophie wrote them making me want to read more about their and I’m looking forward to read about them. Knox cares so much about his little brother. He feels responsible for him and I think that this alone dictates a lot of his actions in this book. As for Reid, you can tell that Knox respects him and trusts him as much as he is able to trust other people.
If I was honest, I was really hoping the next book would be about North, but after reading this book, but I’m really happy we get Reid’s story next. He’s quite an interesting character and I feel like we are in for a lot of surprises from him. I'm really hooked on this series and I hope she writes tons of books in it.
I was giving an advance copy of this book by the author in exchange of an honest review....more