This was a fun and sexy read that surprised me a few times. I'm really excited to read James and Carrigan's story, because wow! They seriously have soThis was a fun and sexy read that surprised me a few times. I'm really excited to read James and Carrigan's story, because wow! They seriously have some steaming chemistry and their relationship is going to be complicated.
Aww! This was such a sweet read. I loved how angst and drama free the romance was. Plus it's a book deeply immersed in family values which I more thanAww! This was such a sweet read. I loved how angst and drama free the romance was. Plus it's a book deeply immersed in family values which I more than appreciated. Review to come! ...more
Kristen Callihan's The Friend Zone is a book I've been excited about reading ever since I re-read The Hook Up and wound up really enjoying it. I had a Kristen Callihan's The Friend Zone is a book I've been excited about reading ever since I re-read The Hook Up and wound up really enjoying it. I had a feeling that The Friend Zone would appeal more to me because hello? Best friends to lovers romance! It's a trope that constantly has me salivating. In many ways, I think The Friend-Zone was a stronger book than The Hook Up and I'm so glad I decided to give this series a second chat.
The Friend Zone wouldn't have been an amazing book without the characters of Ivy and Gray. These two were so adorable together. I knew that they were meant to me from their first texting session and watching them banter and grow closer over the course of the story was such a delightful experience for me as a reader. Kristen Callihan shines at dialogue writing and the easy flow of conversation between these two characters was proof of that. The texts that Ivy and Gray shared was something I adored in this book and selfishly, I wanted MORE of them. I loved the comfort level surrounding them and I loved the amount of chemistry they had together. So often in NA books, I'm left feeling like the relationship was unrealistic. But not in this case. Ivy and Gray's relationship felt very real to me and it was like watching two friends of mine falling for each other. Also, can I just say how hot these two were together? That was some seriously steamy chemistry they had and when they finally became a couple, the sparks between them exploded. Let me tell you, this is how you do a slow burn relationship. While I was ready for Ivy and Gray to get it on, I was always so happy with their friendship too. Ivy and Gray were also individually great characters. I loved getting to know them through the dual POV. Ivy was at that point in life where she had to make a major career decision and I connected so well with her because of that. I loved that this girl was so sharp and witty. Gray was a manwhore before he met Ivy, and while that's not a personality trait that I enjoy in my heroes, I liked Gray because he was willing to look for a girl to spend the rest of his life with.
Besides the romance, I really liked the secondary characters in The Friend Zone. I loved the banter between Gray and his teammates, particularly with Drew. They are so raunchy, it's hilarious. However, my favorite character in this book was Fiona, Ivy's sister. She was a great character and I loved how tight bond with Ivy. I particularly loved how supportive she was of Ivy, often pushing her to chase after her own happiness. The girl was also completely outspoken and did not have a filter, so it made for some funny scenes. I'm crossing all my fingers that she finds her soul-mate in Dex because my OTP radar was seriously flaring when they were together. The Friend Zone was also unlike any other NA reads in that it was more about the characters and that there was never any overwhelming amount of drama or the generic dark pasts story line or angst. I really enjoyed that fact. While I wasn't as bothered as the major conflict in The Friend Zone, I know it might be frustrating for some readers, especially if it's a pet peeve and I reckon it will be for a few readers. Still though, The Friend Zone is totally a book you should check out because it was absolutely endearing.
The Friend Zone was such a fun book, guys. If you enjoy banter and slow burn romances, then this is the perfect book for you even though you may think you're over the NA genre! ...more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit but the length was a bit overwhelming at times and I wanted to get a better field of the secondary characters. The wor I enjoyed this book quite a bit but the length was a bit overwhelming at times and I wanted to get a better field of the secondary characters. The world building was stunning though!...more
I picked up Lion Heart straight after finishing Lady Thief because I was excited about all the great moments that were clearly coming my way. La 4.5/5
I picked up Lion Heart straight after finishing Lady Thief because I was excited about all the great moments that were clearly coming my way. Lady Thief revealed quite the intriguing information about our loveable protagonist, Scarlet, and I was looking forward to seeing how A.C Gaughen was going to wrap this trilogy up. Let me tell you, she did a phenomenal job at it and I could not have asked for more.
Basically, throughout this entire book, my main thought was "FEELS", because yes, Lion Heart brought to the surface a wide range of emotions from me. Scarlet, my goodness! This girl has grown tremendously over the course of this series and watching her blossom into this gorgeous character had my heart filled with pride. I love the brave young woman she has become and I could not be happier with the inner strength that she has finally achieved. Scarlet, was the kind of character, who I crave for in YA fantasy books. She was at the same time vulnerable and completely bad-ass. She is right up there in top YA heroines. Along with Scarlet being a great main character, Lion Heart and this series offered some secondary characters that settled in my heart. I love the gang so much and it makes me sad that I won't get to see them again. Rob, particularly, has stolen my heart. This boy was battling with his own demons and was slowly learning to overcome them. His devotion, loyalty and love for Scarlet and his people was one of my favorite things about him. His and Scarlet's relationship was the kind of relationship that made me go scream "OTP FOR LIFE", because these two were perfect for each other. Lion Heart was filled with tender moments between Rob and Scar and there is one particular scene that took my breath away because of how beautifully done it was. I also loved how much Much had grown throughout the series. He has always been one of my favorite secondary characters, but my love for him increased by 10 fold in Lion Heart. He has a become an even more wonderful man and I may have teared up at what he did for his friends. If I had one complaint about Lion Heart, it would have to be that Prince John did not get the punishment he deserved. At the same time however, I got what the author was attempting to do and it wound up not exactly bothering me as much. Speaking of the author, A.C Gaughen has an addicting writing style and I can't wait to devour more books by her. She is one talented lady and I'm totally ready to throw all my money at her and her books.
Lion Heart was the perfect conclusion to the Scarlet series. It's one that I can't recommend enough and it is one of my favorite series. This is the sort of series that I'll be reading over and over again. Thank you, A.C Gaughen, for introducing me to these characters who will forever have a special place in my heart. ...more
Nothing happened in this book. NOTHING. Everything that did happen turned out to be utterly useless. The ending was frustrating because there was basi Nothing happened in this book. NOTHING. Everything that did happen turned out to be utterly useless. The ending was frustrating because there was basically no closure. But the narrator was fantastic though and she made listening to this book a pleasant experience. I would have DNFed pretty early on if I had been reading this one. To sum up : a disappointing conclusion to a series that had the potential to be mind-blowing....more
From time to time, I like to pick up an Entangled Brazen book as a palette cleanser. They are short, sexy and a lot of fun to read. When I found out t From time to time, I like to pick up an Entangled Brazen book as a palette cleanser. They are short, sexy and a lot of fun to read. When I found out that Holt, the main character in this book, was a nerd, I was all over it. Sure enough, I got out of Taking What's His exactly what I wanted : a fun and steamy read.
Taking What's His had one of my favorite tropes in romance books ever: the older brother's best friend trope. There's just something about the forbidden element to this trope that makes books very exciting. Lydia was a great main character. She was a good girl who was looking for some excitement in her life after her boyfriend dumped her. I liked Lydia's character. I especially enjoyed the fact that she was willing to go after what she wanted simply because she was passionate about it. While looking for some excitement, she meets the nerdy, but sexy as heck, Holt. Can I just say how glad I am that we are getting some seriously sexy nerds in romance books lately? Seriously, there is nothing more attractive to me than an intelligent and intellectual man. Oh and did I mention Holt was also a military man? Talk about the complete package! Another bonus? He was a dirty talker. As soon as Holt and Lydia met, I could sense all the sparks between them. They had some hot, hot, hot chemistry together and phew, the sexy times had me blushing hard even though I was reading this book alone in my room. Because Holt was also battling with PTSD from his time in the military and because Lydia is also his best friend's sister, they did have a few obstacles. Most of them because Holt had a tendency to be quite bull-headed. Still, he could not resist the strong pull he felt towards Lydia and that led to many swoony scenes. Despite how much he tried to push her away, there was no denying that these love birds were meant to me. Diane Alberts' writing was a lot of fun and I'm definitely going to check out more books by her in the future.
All in all, Taking What's His was a fun and sexy read that I had a hard time putting down. If you're in the mood for a quick, but swoony read, I highly recommend this book. ...more
A Matter of Heart tells an interesting story of a young swimmer with Olympic aspirations who discovers that she has fatal heart conditions. This is th A Matter of Heart tells an interesting story of a young swimmer with Olympic aspirations who discovers that she has fatal heart conditions. This is the kind of book that could have the ability to punch readers in the heart with all kinds of emotions, but instead what I got out of it is a whole lot of frustration mainly because of the main character. Finding out that you have a deadly condition that destroys your career is never an easy thing. I mean I can't even imagine how devastating it can be. Abby, however, took the denial so far to the point of putting so much strain on her weak heart. I failed to understand why she didn't act like her age. Listen, I get that it's a difficult situation, but would you just dismiss what a world renowned cardiologist diagnosing you and assuming that it was all a mistake and go ahead and put yourself in a position that could literally kill you? I don't think that is logical in any way at all. Even after getting a second opinion, Abby continued to make these dumb and baffling choices that more than enraged me. And don't get me started on a father. Excuse my french, but what an asshole. I could not believe how he was willing to risk his daughter's life just so he could live vicariously through her success and bask in her glory because he missed his chance at the Olympics. When a person you look up to puts so much pressure on you, like Abby's dad did on her, it's hard to see reality clearly which is what happened with Abby. I did like some of the secondary characters in A Matter of Heart, particularly Alec and Abby's friend. However, I found the romance to be icky with the way it developed. A Matter of Heart wound up being one of the most disappointing reads of the year for me. It was a book with immense potential, but that lost its momentum because of the characters. ...more
I felt compelled to read this book not only because it was set in a coastal town but also because it explores the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Bonus, I felt compelled to read this book not only because it was set in a coastal town but also because it explores the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Bonus, it also had a sweet sounding romance, so I was all in. While the aftermath of the storm didn't play as big of a role as I expected, I still wound up really enjoying The Summer After You and Me.
The strength of The Summer After You and Me stems from the strong characterization. The author was able to capture their voices so authentically. Lucy was a character I almost immediately bonded with. She was a normal girl and I think that made her easy to connect with. Friendship, crushes and minor family problems were all part of her life and that made her seem so real to me. I also thought she was a complete sweetheart and was pretty brave with the way she faced all of her issues with her head held high. One of my favorite things about Lucy was her absolute passion for marine wildlife. In her spare time, she volunteered in helping restore oysters and she also wrote a thesis about the mating habits of marine animals and I just loved that she was this girl with interests other than boys. I also loved how devoted she was to her coastal town and you could tell just how much love she had for her hometown. It can get a little tiring with female heroines who hate where they live, so it was refreshing to have Lucy care so much about her town. Connor, Lucy's love interest, was a little hard to gauge at first. I was a bit wary because we're told that he is a manwhore and I'm honestly not a fan of those kinds of book boyfriends, but he surprised both Lucy and me throughout the book when he started to open up. By the end of the book, I was pretty much in love with him and his swoony kisses.
The Summer After You and Me is a book that's quite heavy on the relationship dynamics and if you guys know me at all, you know I love that in my YA books. The author explored the complexities of many different relationships, from family to friendship to love. Lucy's relationship with her twin brother was one that had me frustrated because I was annoyed by the way he treated her. He does eventually grow up, but it hurt to see Lucy trying her hardest to try to rekindle their sibling relationship and him just pushing her away. Lucy also didn't have the most supportive friends, but they too underwent some changes throughout the book. My favorite part of this book was definitely the romance though. I was unaware that Lucy already had a boyfriend in the book before I started reading it, but I wasn't too put off by it. It was exactly a love triangle because I knew exactly who she had feelings for and who she cared for like a brother. She and Connor had a sweet relationship and I loved those tender moments between them. They also had some pretty swoony scenes that had the romantic in me flailing. Of course, like every other teenage couple they were faced with some obstacles, but thankfully, the book never got too dramatic. If I had one complaint about The Summer After You and Me, that would be that I actually would have liked to see more of the emotional and physical damages that Hurricane Sandy had inflicted on Lucy's town, but I was still very entertained by the book.
The Summer After You and Me was a heartfelt summer romance with the gorgeous coastal setting and some lovely characters. Fans of YA contemporary will want to check this book out....more
Tracked initially appealed to me because of the racing element. It's a book that started out very strongly for me because I was intrigued by the racin Tracked initially appealed to me because of the racing element. It's a book that started out very strongly for me because I was intrigued by the racing element and the outer planet. Plus, the main character, Phoebe, was a smart, driven and kick-ass girl who thought about her choices before making any kind of decision. She wasn't the dim-witted heroine who is oblivious to everything around her which was refreshing. But somewhere along the way, Tracked morphed into a typical dystopian novel with the a tyrant corporation at the head of the world. It offered nothing that we have never seen in the genre and that was really disappointing. The world building also needed to be fleshed out a little bit more as I don't think I got a complete grasp of it. The romance in Tracked felt very much like a love triangle with Phoebe stuck in between her best friend, Bear, and Cash, her new teammate. I didn't think it was very appealing and there was just too much drama associated with it. Phoebe had more chemistry with Cash and Jenny Martin certainly knows how to write one heck of a swoony scene, but the love triangle part left a bad taste in my mouth. Regardless, Tracked was an action-packed novel and it was fun to read in certain parts. Plus, I really liked Jenny Martin's writing and I'm still going to pick up book 2....more
Reading the final book in any series is always nerve-wracking, but when you're reading one for one of your favorite series, the anxiety level skyrocke Reading the final book in any series is always nerve-wracking, but when you're reading one for one of your favorite series, the anxiety level skyrockets. Thankfully, I really had nothing to worry about because Susan Ee knew exactly what she was doing with End of Days.
Can I just say how incredibly I was to see Penryn and Raffe TOGETHER for most of the book? This made my heart so happy and made me want to hug Susan Ee. I thought World After was swoony, but woah! End of Days was a thousand times sexier and I definitely enjoyed the amped-up swoon levels. Perhaps the best part of End of Days was watching Penryn and Raffe working as a team towards a common goal. The characters continued to shine and I have come to love Penryn so much. As much as I adore Raffe, I have to say that Penryn really makes this series for me with her braveness and her unwillingness to bow down to obstacles. Raffe surprised me in this final installment. He did things that I didn't think he would do and I think I fell even harder in love with him than I did in the first two books, if that was even possible. Where End of Days really impressed me was the plot. It was non-stop action that had me gasping out loud and at the edge of my seat. It was brutal, violent and all kinds of dark. It certainly had that urban fantasy vibe to it which made it quite the unique book for a YA series. The final scenes were honestly breath taking and because of how vivid Susan Ee's writing was, I felt like I was physically in the book while the epic battle took place. The ending was just so perfect and I could not be happier with the way things turned out.
End of Days was a brilliant finale. I'm leaving this series with happiness in my heart and so much love and for these characters. If you haven't read the Penryn & the End of Days series, change that soon. It epitomizes everything that is amazing about YA. ...more