I haven't been this captivated by a story in awhile...
Upon finishing, my initial reaction:
Impossible not to have love for this novel. <3
My Thoughts (full review):
I'm not even sure I'm going to be able to express in words how I feel about this book. But I'm gonna try. I've enjoyed reading the books from the Addicted series by Krista & Becca Ritchie, so the idea of reading a new book with brand new characters was exciting. The idea of it was so unique, and I couldn't wait to see what would be in store for Thora when she meets Nikolai.
When I first start it, there's this amazing feel of taking a leap, which for me is something I root HIGHLY for. Thora is taking a huge risk going to Las Vegas to try out for Amour, but it's something she has to do, so she goes. What I loved about this risk is that there were so many other things Thora had to face along the way, and not everything went as planned. Sure, some books are all about handing us rose-colored glasses and they want us to think everything will be perfect. This book showcases the balance of the good and the bad in life.
With Thora and Nikolai, it's one of those things you can see and feel, but you don't know how or when or where. There's so much at play for the two of them. The circus is their life, they can't be distracted. But they're distracted...by each other. And the level of steam is increased with the act and the practice. And Nikolai... SIGH... I don't even know how to explain how insanely wonderful he is. So sweet and charming and sexy and everything.
Amour Amour didn't just meet expectations, it went BEYOND that. It was so amazing, I want to read this book once a year every year. I've already picked it up again to read my favorite scenes. There's more to it than just the circus and potential love--there's also family and friendship and risk-taking and challenges and reality. It's a well-rounded story that has everything you want and need. Loved it, and I believe everyone needs to read it.
I might have loved this one more than the first book in the series...and I LOVED the first book. <3
After reading the first book in the Dare To Love series by Mira Lyn Kelly, I absolutely, without a doubt, had to read the next book. I knew it would be good, but I worried a teeny bit that it might not be as good as Truth or Dare. Oh boy was I WRONG. It was just as good, if not MORE.
Ava and Sam are best friends, only she's loved Sam forever. Of course, she'll never tell him and ruin their friendship. Then it just so happens Sam is the one that helps her out by pretending to be her boyfriend to keep a stalker-like guy from bugging her anymore. He decides to make it very clear to the stalker that she's taken...so he kisses her. Once... twice... three times... And it works, a little too good because they just went well past what their friendship was, and the temptation is too strong to turn back. Is it possible for Ava and Sam to keep things casual and go back to the way things were?
Touch & Go for all seriousness pulled me in and didn't let go. I couldn't get enough of Ava and Sam, and I fell more and more in love with them individually AND together. And those kisses... THOSE KISSES... Talk about melt you completely fantastic. If you love a good best friends to lovers story, this is absolutely the one you need to pick up. Also, pick up Truth or Dare, the first book. You won't regret reading them!
That. Was. Beautiful. I just... I can't even right now with this book. I'm consumed with emotion.
My Thoughts (full review):
I just so happened to come across a sweet little quote from this novel one day and it drew me in. After reading the synopsis, I had to buy this book. And oh my goodness...was it worth it. I was pulled into this story and it gripped me from beginning to end.
Told in both Aleena's and Jared's POV, you get all the emotion on both ends. There are also sections taking us back to when they were both younger, which shows the friendship of the past, but it's mostly in the present. Jared was always protective of Aleena growing up, and being back after six years doesn't change that. But there's also something more below the surface, something they both want but know shouldn't be, couldn't be...
Jared's haunted by the past, and there's a strong connection with Aleena, her brother, and their family that increases it tenfold. And yet, Aleena is bringing something out in him that isn't painful. Something he doesn't think he deserves, but she knows he does. They become close again, and despite Jared believing he shouldn't, he can't stop his attraction to her. And Aleena never could, even after he left. Yet, the past isn't going to just go away. Can Jared learn how to go forward instead of remaining there for the rest of his life?
Come To Me Quietly was one of the most intensely beautiful stories I've ever read in my life. As I turned each and every page, my heart was full of all sorts of emotions. When I neared the end, I found myself sobbing and my heart aching. A.L. Jackson has written something I could never ever in a million years forget. Jared and Aleena's story will stay with me for a long time. I highly (HIGHLY) recommend picking this one up.
This new imprint from Entangled has it all--great stories and characters and the perfect mix of romance. The second I started reading this one, I was hooked.
Dallas and Nikki were irresistible together. You've got to love those tropes where the girl's trying to make the ex jealous. Unfortunately for Nikki, using Dallas is the best and worst choice possible. The best because, well, SWOON; the worst because...well, SWOON. Dallas is obviously better for Nikki than her ex, but she's determined to get the ex back. Even though that's her main goal, there's nothing wrong with a little flirting and kissing with the sexy British neighbor, right? But the moments they share together are blossoming, and they don't have much time left before everything changes.
Love Thy Neighbor was the perfect love story. The best part to me--aside from the kissing--was how the story developed. It wasn't this whole insta-love or even insta-lust. Time went by, thought went into their actions. It was just a lovely mix of romance and finding ultimate happiness. I am really anxious to see what else Sophie Wintner has in store!
THIS BOOK. I mean... THIS BOOK. (That's better...) I'm not gonna joke around here. You know how there are certain books that are up there on your list of favorite books. Well, this one has become one of my latest and greatest must-get-my-hands-on books the day it's released because... well... let me tell you why.
The premise alone had me hooked, but it was the way the story was developed that drew me in. Stasia pulled me into her world instantly--the emotion behind the divorce had me clutching my heart for her. Evan's reaction and subsequent plan just pulled me in further. The two of them have this heartwarming spark between them. It's going to be temporary, but, hey, they're gonna make the most of it. And they do. And it's even better than they realized. So much so, that they're not sure what's next anymore, for themselves and each other.
Tempting Her Fake Fiancé was one of the sweetest and sexiest novels ever. I could read and reread it indefinitely. I loved how Julie Patricka brought everything together in such a short period of time, not only the romance, but outside factors as well. Like the sweet little scene with Evan and his little fan. Oh, swoon. You must must must pick this one up. Snag it up now. RIGHT NOW.
I can't even express the amount of awesome that is contained in this book. It is the best book I've read so far this year. Definitely in the top ten oI can't even express the amount of awesome that is contained in this book. It is the best book I've read so far this year. Definitely in the top ten of my life.
Holy whoa and a half! I was super duper stoked to get the opportunity to read this one early, and, guess what? I loved it so much I already pre-ordered, so when this is live on the blog, it will be on my Nook. And THANK GOODNESS, because I adored Josie and Mack.
The premise is promising enough for a thoroughly enjoyable story of two friends turned more. I love it when Mack gets upset with Josie over her determination to look elsewhere to fulfill her desires. His anger explodes into something neither of them expect, and it escalates to more and more. You can just feel the way they care flying off the pages. One of my favorite parts is when her best friend discovers the two of them... reaction of the year, let me tell ya.
No More Mr. Nice Guy is hot stuff rolled into a romantic story. Josie and Mack are perfect for each other, and I couldn't stop reading, or rereading my favorite scenes. Amy Andrews has earned a place in my "to watch for/read more by" list. I just loved every second of this.
You know those books where you pick it up and start reading and then you just can't stop reading it because of how addictingly good it is? (Yes, I'm making up words.) Well, this was it. I was reading it and found myself completely immersed in the romance. Molly and Ben had chemistry like you wouldn't believe. Ben's past is one you sympathize with, and you hope with all your heart that Molly can be the one to help him break free.
A Last Chance Christmas was a sweet, heartwarming story. The whole thing from beginning to end, the romance and the family love, was spectacular. I was swept up in all the wonderful emotions and the powerful feelings developing for Molly and Ben. I would definitely want to read more Vicky Lewis Thompson!
This story, you guys. It is one of my favorites of the year. It had a slow start, but it started to pick up and I ended up being so sucked into it, I couldn't stop. I wanted--no, I needed--to find out what happened next for Maggie and Tyler.
The two of them don't hit it off so well at first. But that's okay... because when Maggie has Tyler take her on a date to help complete her dare... SPARKS. FLY. You know the fan I am of first kisses... this one just about blew them all out of the water. I read it, and reread it. Oh, it was lovely. Of course, the sparks can only last so long when Tyler has his own agenda when it comes to his ex. He has good intentions, he really does, but it's so hard to see him wanting to turn down a chance at something wonderful with Maggie. But, sometimes life has other plans, and maybe--just maybe--they have a chance after all.
Truth or Dare was beautiful and wonderful and amazing. The whole story took me for a spin, one that I wanted to stay on for a long time. Everything built up naturally, and the romance was genuine and sexy. I could read this one so many times and never get tired of it. Ever. I'm so excited for more books by Mira Lyn Kelly!
I can't believe his is the last of the trio in The Ivy Chronicles. Well, I hope there will be more--more new adult at least. I mean, it would be disappointing if there weren't, but I'm gonna just sit here and hug all these books to my chest. They were everything they should and could ever be and I'm so glad to have read them all!
Even though Foreplay will always have a special spot in my heart, I have to say that Wild is my favorite. There was something about Georgia and her efforts to become more, well, wild, that I could totally relate to. I stick with a lot of the same old, same old, so the idea of stepping outside that intrigues me and I loved seeing her do just that. Of course, Logan doesn't like what she's doing. That is, until she kisses him. And you know me and first kisses... this one? It's a doozy! I can't wait to read it again when it downloads on my Nook. *paces around room*
Wild was a spectacular romantic tale. There was more to it than kisses and flirting--and when a story goes deeper, you love it even more. I adored Logan and Georgia together. If you haven't already, add Sophie Jordan to your new adult authors to read. Every single one of these stories was a must read for me and I couldn't be happier with a whole trilogy like this. Completely. Freaking. Loved it.
Have you ever picked up a book and thought, "Hmm...I think this one is going to be a very touching story...I must read it," and then you read it and you find yourself overwhelmed with feels? THIS BOOK, you guys. This book was that book. I sincerely hope it comes out in paperback because I want to hold it in my hands SO BAD.
I had a strong adoration for both Rowe and Nate--like immense adoration. Rowe has been through the ringer in life, and still is. I won't get super spoilery (even though it's not necessarily a spoiler), but there was a shooting that happened while she was in high school which has seriously impacted the way she lives her life now. Nate wants her to let him in, but she's reluctant because of the past. After a little bit of time, they open up to each other and it's a beautiful thing. So. Freaking. Beautiful. I just... I can't even begin to explain it. You just need to read for yourself.
This Is Falling made me fall in love. It is a shining example of how New Adult should be--honest and real and full of love and life and growing into who you are. I liked seeing Rowe learn to live again after so much pain in life. Ginger Scott had me addicted to the words on the page. The ending had me sobbing--and I rarely sob reading books. All I can say is NATE'S LETTER. *swoony sighs and tears* I want a Nate of my own. Amazing times infinity and HIGHLY recommended.
This is one of those lovely stories that catches you by surprise. I didn't expect to be so drawn into the story, so in love with the characters and their lives. I ended up reading it in just two sittings--started a few chapters one night before bed, then finished the rest the following morning without stopping. It was a wonderful feeling and I love these kinds of stories, because they're rare.
Lara's a hard shell to crack, extremely stubborn, but with good reason. Enter Dominic, and everything is thrown off course. He's supposed to be protecting her, but she wants none of it. However, it's kinda hard to not let him protect her when she is clearly in danger. The longer they're together, the closer they get. The one thing I loved the most about the two of them is their willingness to accept each other no matter what. Often, people try to change people, and that just leads to underlying bitterness for the part of you that someone tries to take away. Love should change you into a better person, not change your personality. I really liked how that dynamic was brought out with their relationship.
A SEAL's Fantasy was everything I could hope for in a novel, and more. Dominic and Lara are dynamite together, and I loved every minute of their time together, especially their deep conversations. And now I need to get my hands on all the other SEALs books by Tawny Weber because it's just that awesome.
I am in LOVE with Cosmo Red Hot Reads. They have the greatest story lines and the best pairings. Sarah Morgan's Burned was no exception either!
Rosie and Hunter have this amazing connection, not just in the past, but also in the present. I was glued to the page, wanting to know what's next. Rosie wasn't some weakling girl--she was strong as can be and could stand her ground like nobody's business. Not many men are able to take her on, but Hunter definitely can. He still calls her Ninja, which is quite appropriate, and adorable. There's no denying their chemistry, and how deep it goes.
Burned is hot hot hot stuff. I adored Rosie and Hunter together. There was more to them than the surface or their pasts. They found each other again and I couldn't get enough of it. Sarah Morgan is an author I'll want to check out again for sure!
That moment when you pick up a book because it's new and start to read "just a little bit" of it and end up finishing the whole book in one sitting... yeah, that's what happened. Couldn't stop reading.
Full review to come.
My Thoughts (full review):
I first heard of this one when I signed up for a blitz and it sounded adorable... I had to get my hands on it. And as soon as it downloaded, I started reading right away because sometimes I'm just too darn curious and need to see if I'm going to enjoy it. I COULDN'T... STOP... READING.
I can't imagine going through what Talie faces with her "loser husband" (hard to describe him other than he is in the synopsis). It isn't just the initial, ahem, discovery of it--it continues even after. When she goes off alone and comes into contact with Gavin, there are... mishaps... including a certain jellyfish sting that leads to The Kiss. Gavin isn't very talkative, but you can feel so much from him and you know there's is a lot more to him than meets the eye. By the time you're nearing the end, your heart is just so full because what's happening between them is so beautiful.
Tryst is one of the best love stories I've read. Not only could I not stop reading, I can't stop picking up my Nook here and there to reread my favorite scenes... and fall in love again and again. It's not your usual romantic journey, it's more realistic and deeper. Cambria Hebert has made her way into my 'must have all the books' list.
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Mini-just-finished-the-book-last-night-review: Holy amazing times infinity. This story pulled me in and didn't let go. I have to much love for this book and Benjamin and Charlie... So much love.
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My Thoughts (full review):
It's no secret that every time I read a book by Cindy C. Bennett, I fall in love with it. I honestly have no idea how I'm even going to write this review because there are just no words to explain how wonderful this story is. I can't remember where my eyes became so glued to the page, but once they did, I was up for hours after my bedtime wanting to know what happens, needing to know.
On the surface, Benjamin seems like a player, and everyone warns Charlie to be careful with him. But Benjamin can't keep away from her, so they become friends. Of course, as much as they try to deny it or pretend, they aren't just friends. The reality of where their friendship is leading is coming to the forefront... and the parts of their lives they've hoped to remain a secret might not stay hidden anymore. They fall for each other, slowly and beautifully.
The End Of Feeling is achingly beautiful. The relationship between Benjamin and Charlie from friends to possibly more than friends was full of emotion. Their lives are different than others, and I loved how Cindy developed them, and the story. The secrets surprised me, but the way Benjamin and Charlie handle it makes me want to hug them ten times over. I don't think it's possible to adore a story more. You must read and find out for yourself. Seriously.
My jaw just literally dropped when I realized it ended there...
Full review to come.
My Thoughts (full review):
When I dove into this one, I knew it would be a wild ride... I had no idea what I was in for though. I expected intense, but I got much more than that.
When you place two people who fell in love once back together again, you're bound to create something combustible. It's been years since Dayton and Aaron have known each other, and there have been plenty of changes. Dayton is cynical when it comes to love and she doesn't want anything Aaron tries to offer. But he's relentless in his efforts and it's becoming harder and harder for her to fight the feelings bubbling back to the surface. And the passion... oh the passion.
Just when you think everything has been sorted out and about to fall into place... well... something happens. And this something caused my jaw to literally drop when I saw it was the last page.
Late Call is one of those books that will have you hanging on to every word and reeling in the end. Dayton and Aaron have an unmistakable attraction, and despite everything that has happened, you can just feel it. And that ending... oh, that ending! It nearly killed me--even more so because of the fact that Final Call hadn't been released yet. Emma Hart has created a world full of feels and I, for one, can't wait to keep reading more.
Now, now, my dear. No drooling over that cover. (Sorry, not sorry, I can't refrain.) *coughs* Focus! This is a review. Now that I'm done complimenting the cover--let's get to the story. This is my first Jaci Burton novel, and let me tell you, it will not be the last. I shall not stop until I have read them all!
Okay, so the story. Carolina and Drew are insanely hard to resist falling for as a couple. You especially can't not love Drew. I mean, the guy is amazing and oh, so sexy. Seeing the two of them get to know each other after all these years, it's heartwarming. They've both grown up in a lot of ways, but the attraction has not dulled. The heat, you guys... THE HEAT. *passes out just thinking about it* One of my favorite parts is when they go back to see her family, and everything that ensues upon that visit.
Melting The Ice turned all the ice into water... it's now a puddle... and that's a good thing. I adored times infinity everything about this story. There's a lot of heart along with the heat. It's not just another one of those cheesy love stories. It's much more. And Jaci Burton can just keep writing them because I sure can't get enough of these steamy and touching stories!
After reading, and ADORING, three of Jennifer Haymore's books, I've decided that whenever I'm in the mood to splurge, I'm buying a new one of hers. This one is the first full-length novel of hers I've read (the other two being novellas), and even though it was longer, I still wanted MORE.
The premise of this one--the whole "Stockholm Syndrome" thing--is actually quite the opposite. Maybe it's a little bit there, but you can feel the realness of their attraction. Sam and Élise are a shining example of an amazing couple. Sam, despite being her captor, is so protective of her. And Élise? She's such a ball of fire... and her adoration of Sam is just heart melting. She calls him "My Sam" and I swear inside I think, Awwwwww ...... as I touch my hand to my heart.
The Scoundrel's Seduction is simply stunning. I could read it over and again. Jennifer Haymore keeps on giving me the perfect stories to read. I don't see how I could ever, EVER, stop reading her work. You need to check her out for yourself, either this one or another by her. I guarantee you won't be sorry.
Ever since I first laid eyes on this story, I can't help but think about it over and again. But could I expect any less from a Katee Robert novel? Nope. I have yet to pick one of hers up that I didn't enjoy.
I have a love for this trope--opposites who can't stop arguing that somehow can't keep their hands off each other. I think it's because of that thin line between love and hate. Ryan and Bri definitely had it, and when they kiss? *fans self* I mean, SERIOUSLY. It's almost like the anger fuels the passion and they just can't help themselves. And I just can't help finding the greatest amusement and joy during the moment when one turns into the other. Every. Single. Time.
When they have to really face the music, that's when things get real. They discover that they may not be as opposite as they thought... and that they may be able to actually get along. Of course, not everything's going to be perfect, but this is when they have to make a choice.
In Bed with Mr. Wrong was oh so right. I for absolute seriousness have picked up my Nook and read my favorite scenes in this book on several occasions. Most recently a couple days before writing this review. Why? Because there's just something about Ryan and Bri and the way that Katee Robert tells their story that makes you want to relive it. I'll always look forward to new Katee Robert books!
I was looking forward to this one for a long, long, long time after reading all three books in the His Wicked Games series. There was a little tease of Lou at the end of it, and I was curious, although a little irritated with her attitude. But, I had to know what was going on in her head.
The story starts with a bang, er, a very steamy kiss. Lou and Ward... now that's what I call instant chemistry! Sadly, though, Lou has a lot going on in her mind, and she appears pretty flighty in some of her choices. But she's learning how to move on in life--trying to, anyway--so you can't hold it against her. She and Ward draw closer as the days pass, and like two magnets, they attract. He doesn't know who she really is, though. What would happen when all the cards are on the table?
Her Wicked Heart is a brilliant continuation to the world created in His Wicked Games. You're pulled in immediately, and you're held there until the very end because you need to know what will happen to Lou with all her lies, and what's next for her and Ward. There's a lot of emotion, and a lot of heartbreak, but not in the way you think. Ember Casey just knows how to keep you hanging on and wanting more.
There was just SOMETHING about this book that drew me to it. And oh my goodness am I glad for it because I adored this book top to bottom, left to right, up and down. It's difficult to put into words exactly how I felt, but here goes nothing.
Lori is a smart girl, and a writer, so I connected with her. And Ander? He wasn't the kind of guy authors always write about--he was definitely different. Put the two of them in the same room and hello! They fit together perfectly, they do. There were moments where the emotion was a roller coaster, and then there were those moments, those flawless moments, where you just adored them. My favorite part of all? Their first kiss. Their first REAL kiss. It was epic beyond proportions and far exceeds any other first kiss.
"Just try it, Lori," Ander said, his voice a little thick. She could feel his breath on her skin. "Kiss me."
*fans self* Oh, Ander.
Escorted is now one of my absolute favorite books. Ever. Claire Kent sucked me into this world, into the slow build of Ander and Lori's romance, and I loved it. Loved every minute of it. As of the writing of this review, I'm currently reading Breaking (a novella that takes place after Escorted), and thoroughly enjoying it. I will be reading more and more of Claire Kent's books, I can definitely tell you that!
Okay... SERIOUSLY... This book. OMG. So, when I read the synopsis months ago, I was like, "I can't find the words... <3 Review to come!
Okay... SERIOUSLY... This book. OMG. So, when I read the synopsis months ago, I was like, "Must. Get. Hands. On. A. Copy. NOW." Then I saw the release date and freaked out. THEN. I found it on Edelweiss and somehow I managed to get approved. And then I danced. And started reading immediately. I got so sucked into the story that I finished it in nearly record timing.
The way the story begins somehow felt perfect. Once we get to the initial interactions between Reece and Pepper, it was all I could do not to start swooning. As their friendship--and more than friendship--progressed, it was just astounding. I absolutely adored Reece and his sweetness. Watching Pepper become more comfortable with showing affection, there was something just so real about it. How it is brought out and discovered, just... wow.
Of course, there's a complication. The whole point of her learning these things is so she can be with Hunter. They both know it, they both accept it. At least, that's what they keep saying. But can they really?
Foreplay was just one of the best books I've read in awhile. I couldn't stop reading. Just couldn't. And even though I still had the galley on my Nook, I went ahead and preordered so that I could immediately have it once the galley expires. This was my introduction to a Sophie Jordan novel and let me tell you, I am SOOO needing to read more of her books.
I snagged a copy of this one while it was on sale. It sounded very intriguing, like it had a lot of depth to it outside the romantic rendezvous. Let me tell you... it SOOO did. Very much. Much more than I ever dreamed possible.
Lily has a determination I can get behind. Of course, not everything goes as planned... especially when she's stranded there with Calder. Hot, sexy Calder... who owes the art center money. She can't let him get away with it. Then they begin the games, these little bets to get what they want. Of course, those start off innocent, and begin to quickly turn into something much steamier. MUCH steamier. *fans self* There's just something about the sexiness that which is Calder.
While these games go on (and on), there's much more going on outside of it. This story isn't all about the romance, like I said above. There's a lot happening for both Lily and Calder outside their games. And these things, well, let's just say none of it can be taken lightly. And, as usual, this little tryst may have more to it than either of them anticipated. Considering all things, who could resist from wanting more? I know I sure couldn't.
His Wicked Games was, quite simply, one of the sexiest books I've read. Lily and Calder were a great pairing, and their chemistry was undeniable. The story went deeper than most, which I loved. Ember Casey has definitely earned a place in my favorites. I couldn't stop reading, I had this whole book devoured so quickly, it pained me to find out the next book wasn't released yet (lucky for YOU, Truth Or Dare has been released since). I highly recommend this book (well, this whole series) to anyone and everyone!