First let’s begin with clarifying that In Some Other World, Maybe is not a YA novel. I’m not sure why it’s listed like that on some Goodreads lists, but I guess it’s because the book begins with the characters being high school students, but that’s only the first chapter. It’s very much about adults growing up, making mistakes along the way, and finding themselves.
I found it completely engrossing. Part of it had to do with seeing how these characters’ lives would cross each other’s in the two decades we get to know them and part was that I came to care about them. The writing was incredible. I loved that the story is mostly told in third person, then out of nowhere we get one of the character’s point of view in second. I would think this would throw me off but it was just really interesting and didn’t interrupt the flow at all.
The characters all have their flaws in this book and they all do some shitty things at some point along the way, but those only added to their authenticity. A lot of the time I was really sad for them. I kept wanting something good to happen and maybe that’s another reason it was such a page-turner for me. For some, the growth comes sooner than others, but they all do eventually find some contentment in their lives.
My friend Asheley of Into the Hall of Books has been recommending Shannon Richard’s Country Road series to me for some time now and I’m happy to report she’s doing it with GOOD reason.
Unforgettable is sexy and emotional and fun! Shannon Richard has given an emotional story of first love with characters you will instantly love and feel empathy for. I, myself, was teary eyed by the end of the prologue. The trend continued throughout the book, let me tell you, but I also laughed quite a bit and REALLY enjoyed the sexytimes between Hannah and Shep.
I love stories like Hannah and Shep’s. First loves, losing each other then reconnecting after years apart.. SIGH. I loved Shep’s determination to NOT let her go this time around and Hannah’s mostly accurate reservations to even come near him. I loved their connection and how they picked up their friendship liked she’d just been gone a few months and not 13 years. At first it seemed Hannah was a delicate type of character and that she was going to be an emotional drag, but I was so far off base. It did not take her long to get her bearings and showed me the exact opposite. Hannah is strong and confident and really funny. Both her and Shep are good honest people who have gone through so much the last 13 years apart and are now ready for fate and each other.
Those two weren’t the only thing I loved about this story. Since this is the fourth book in the series, we get to see lots of characters that have been in previous books. None of that affected how much I enjoyed the story but it really made me want to pick up all the previous books, like, yesterday. Seriously, it reads perfectly as a standalone. The group of girls in this book is one I can relate to. They reminded me so much of my friends and our little group. They’re funny, caring, and honest. Then there were the guys!! Ohhhh, my. *fans self* I’ve seriously been missing out. There was also great family dynamics. You got to see them struggle and be there for each other, as it should be.
Unforgettable worked really well for me because I cared about Hannah and Shep’s story very much, but I loved the entirety of it: setting, characters, writing. I plan to read the other books in this series VERY soon and I suggest you do the same.
Her Holiday Man was such a sweet novella, you guys! The characters were all good people who were thoughtful and kind. I’ve never felt better about twoHer Holiday Man was such a sweet novella, you guys! The characters were all good people who were thoughtful and kind. I’ve never felt better about two people getting together. Also, I love when there are kids in stories because they add that extra emotional level for me. The setting is great and it was a true Christmas novella as they have the dinners and the morning with the gifts and all. Another hit from Shannon Stacey!...more
I’ve been a fan of JR Ward’s BDB series for some years now, and was so excited to find out she was writing a new, completely different series. I wouldI’ve been a fan of JR Ward’s BDB series for some years now, and was so excited to find out she was writing a new, completely different series. I would definitely say The Bourbon Kings is a “setup” book. So much information and people are thrown at you. Lets see if I can break it down a little...
Montana Actually was a really fun read! Big city doctor with a chip on his shoulder just can’t imagine ever loving this small Montana town. He especially doesn’t imagine himself lusting over his feisty landlord, Katrina, let alone becoming friends with her… Because this is all temporary, right?
I love the chemistry between Josh and Katrina. They could really get on each other’s nerves, yet have really fun moments together. It didn’t take long for these two to fall into bed with each other. They were both instantly attracted to one another, which made the moments when they were fighting totally fun. Their reasons for wanting to keep it easy, light, and secret between them were realistic and I got it. But we all know this doesn’t always end up being the case. Feelings happen!! Josh was clueless in this area, but when it came to being there for Katrina he did very good. Katrina in turn provided Josh with support he never knew he needed from another person. These two really complemented each other so well.
Bear Paw is a REALLY small town where everybody knows each other. The families are true ranchers with real cowboys. In fact, there’s one cowboy who also gets his happily ever after in this book. I was surprised that there’d be two romantic arcs in one book, but it happened. Normally the author will set it up, but not completely finish it, so I was pleasantly surprised by it. AND! That story was a lot more emotional than Josh and Katrina’s.
I really enjoyed Montana Actually actually. :) I think it’s a great setup for future books set in Bear Paw. I enjoyed all the characters and look forward to reading more of their happily ever afters.
So, for me, what really saved You Really Got Me was that I really liked the first half. I liked the sexual tension between Emmie and Slater. I also really liked the music and band aspect of the story, as well as the other characters in the story. And I loved that it took place in Austin, TX.
As far as the Emmie and Slater go, sometimes Emmie’s issues come across as silly, so it was hard to take her seriously at times. And it wasn’t much different when it came to Slater. But they were fun together!
The second half was where it lost me a little bit. Once the two hit the sack, it was like that’s all they were doing. I mean, I’m not one to complain about sexytimes, but not when it takes over the story. Then there was all the drama that came. I don’t want to give anything away about the circumstances causing and/or surrounding this drama, but there’s lots of it.
The ending WAS kind of sweet, so I was happy to end it on a happy note, but overall You Really Got Me turned out to be just an ok read for me....more
I loved the way these three authors intertwined three fun love stories into one. I thought it was a cool way to showcase these two weeks. It gave it a three dimensional feel. We get to see how the other characters viewed the others, or viewed different situations, or even noticed things you didn’t think about. Each of the three stories starts on the first day they step onto the scene. I will admit that by the third story, Mary Catherine’s, I was rushing through a lot of the details because I felt like I knew what was going on by then. I just wanted to get to the good stuff! And by good stuff I mean the cowboys. haha
In “Love Me, Cowboy” by Terri Osburn, Claire was a character who was sweet but really needed to stand up for herself at times. And Ty… Oh, Ty. He was fun and sweet and really hot! These two could’ve been together for YEARS if they’d just found the courage to talk honestly to each other.
Georgia in “Kiss Me, Cowboy” by Liz Talley had a few hang-ups regarding her past and Holly Hills, the town these stories take place. She’s one of those hard candies with a gooey center, that girl. I liked her, but she could be stubborn. Reed was just the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet. But get that guy alone and DAMN! Let’s just say he knows what he’s doing when it comes to women. And he’s not even a ladies man! I’m glad these two found each other and fell instantly for one another. They’re perfect. :)
It really felt like this book really revolved around Mary Catherine from “Marry Me, Cowboy” by Kim Law. All of the stories begin with them getting together for MC’s wedding. And a lot of the times Claire and Georgia worried about what was going on with her. MC had the most intriguing of the stories. She was getting married in two weeks and she was having a little trouble keeping her feelings for Jax, the guy who broke her heart at 18, buried. And he is having trouble staying away from her. They’re an emotional mess over each other because years can’t really come between what they have. But what about the fiance, you ask? Well, lets just say that while he’s nice, he’s no Jax. This story keeps you on the edge of your seat right until the end.
Cowboys for Christmas was a fun, different kind of love story. Each author puts their own personal touches and make each woman unique. They all have a distinct voice but still manage to make it mesh really well. If you’re a fan of friends, Texas, cowboys, romance, and crazy small town folks, then add this to your TBR. :)...more
First thing I want to mention about Only with You by Lauren Layne is the amount of laRead this review on my blog! --> Only with You by Lauren Layne
First thing I want to mention about Only with You by Lauren Layne is the amount of laughter it brought into my life. I swear I giggled through most of it but I straight up busted out laughing out loud at other times. It was just a delight!
As if getting mistaken for a prostitute (and turned down!) isn’t bad enough, having that same man show up at your parents house for family dinner as your sister’s date might completely kill you. Sophie was sweet, if a bit lost in life. She rolls with the punches and tries to make the best out of situations. Of course, her new boss, and said man who confused her for a prostitute, makes it a little tougher for her. Gray certainly doesn’t get Sophie, sometimes he seems to straight up hate her, but he sure is attracted to her!
Their little back and forth digs at each other made for a really entertaining read. They had great chemistry and tension together. And once Gray lets his guard down and opens up he’s just lovely. *happy sigh* Also!! Sophie has the best guy friend who is a bit of a player and is totally hilarious. I don’t think Lauren Layne was trying to hide where that story line was going, but it must be said that I called it pretty early on. But it was only the beginning and I CANNOT wait to see how everything unfolds in the next book.
After Sophie and Gray stop fighting one another’s attractions things get pretty hot and heavy fast. I thought the end was emotional and the epilogue ended this story on a fun and sweet note. Overall a great fun read!...more
I was so glad that Avenge Me didn’t turn out to be one of those eroticas where the guy isRead this review on my blog! --> Avenge Me by Maisey Yates
I was so glad that Avenge Me didn’t turn out to be one of those eroticas where the guy is so controlling, it makes me want to hurl the book across the room. Those type of guys are gross. It’s one thing to be domineering in the bedroom and a whole other thing to carry that trend into their everyday lives, especially with their significant others. I can’t stand it.
BUT!! Avenge Me didn’t have that icky factor. Austin is complex in his desires, but a well-rounded human being, if a bit tortured at the moment. He did a few things in the beginning of the book in assuring Katy would have to stay with him that left me kind of questioning if he would turn into one of those dudes I hate, but luckily he brought it around made it better. Kind of, haha. Katy for her part didn’t take any of his crap lightly whatsoever. She gave him a whole lot of shit for it.
Austin and Katy are after the same thing inside and outside of the bedroom, but they don’t know that at first. It isn’t until after their first hot encounter IN the bedroom that they learn who they really are and what they’re both planning, and that’s to ruin the same man.
Ultimately this trilogy is about bringing down the one man Austin and Katy are after, because they all want revenge for Sarah Michaels. So in Avenge Me we see the start of his take down. It appears it’s going to be a nasty fight, so be ready!...more
This quickie read was just what I needed during my slight reading slump. Not only was the setting really cool: Ireland (I want to read more books set in Ireland, people!), but right off the bat I liked the main character for braving this trip alone. I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to ever do that, sad to say.
The other thing I loved was the instant chemistry between our two love interests. I love that they set this up for themselves as a two fling where they would enjoy each other to the max. And, oh man, their sexy times were really hot. I felt their connection was really strong by the end of their two weeks and I wished they’d somehow make it to where they could be together for good, but of course, there are obstacles and things that can’t be easily changed.
But do not despair!! I did get my happy ending and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I couldn’t have asked for more from this short, sexy read. I highly recommend it!...more
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky is one of the most quirky, wonderful books I’ve read. The magical realism story mixes beautiful writing with fun loving characters who you’ll definitely root for. Also, science! Never thought I’d find science that interesting, but Lydia Netzer makes it so.
Imagine being planned, created, then bred for another person. George and Irene were created for one another, but their story goes a little awry along the way and you’ll just be hoping and wishing they work out. The scene where George sees Irene for “the first time” made me smile and giggle SO HARD! Those two had that effect on me a lot in this book.
Their mothers were a different story though. They caused my heart several twinges of pain throughout the story. It was heartbreaking, but I loved being able to see how this plan was hatched. The glimpses into their past gave the story a solid foundation and even made me wonder if a lot of the things they did could be real.
Also!! This book made me feel like I was watching a Woody Allen movie in my head. It reminded me of Mighty Aphrodite, with all the Greek gods appearing everywhere. :)
I can already tell this book will make an appearance on my End of Year post, and I can guarantee I’ll be recommending it A LOT! I think people who like Sarah Addison Allen’s books should definitely try Lydia Netzer. I can’t wait for you guys to experience this little gem!...more
At the beginning of The Headmaster’s Wife, I was instantly hooked by the engrossing writing and the situation we find Arthur, the Headmaster, in. He then begins recanting the story of how exactly he ended up where he is. At least, we’re led to believed that’s the story.
The story is broken up into three parts of which the first is all narrated by the Headmaster. I will warn you now that it might put you off, but I promise it will all be clear in the end. The twists this story takes are all so well done. The writing continues being engrossing throughout the whole book. This story about love, loss, death, and grief was so compelling. Once I sat down to read it, I did not put it down and finished it in one day.
Fans of adult literature with some mystery should definitely give this book a chance. It would also make a great book club read. I look forward to reading more of Thomas Christopher Greene’s books if they’re all written this well.
After Hours was a really different kind of romance read. I don’t mean because it’s erotRead this review on my blog! --> After Hours by Cara McKenna
After Hours was a really different kind of romance read. I don’t mean because it’s erotica, but because the characters are so not the norm in romance novels I’ve previously read. They were regular people with regular people problems in an unconventional setting. They were not rich and fancy and they came from crappy households. Definitely different for me.
The book did start a little slow for me. It gave so much detail about Erin’s job that it made me lose interest in that aspect of the story. I skimmed a lot of it, sad to say. But I couldn’t skim too much of it because the love interest worked there too. Another thing that bugged me was Erin’s sister. It hit too close to home I guess.
Aside from that, I liked how well matched these two characters were in personality. They gave as good as they got, these two. And let me tell you, when it came to sexy times, it was intense!! Definitely not for delicate readers. Kelly Robak was domineering but he met his match in Erin, something that surprised her and me. I was glad for this too because I do not like it when the woman just takes it. No balance is no fun. I also really appreciated the dirty talk, even if at times some of the things said were not my cup of tea. This being the second book I read my Cara, I see that she likes writing dirty talk and I’m totally for that. Looking forward to reading more soon!...more
Moth and Spark was a different kind of read for me. I don’t read as much fantasy as I should. Especially since I enjoy it lots and lots. Moth and Spark is adult fantasy and I’ve yet to venture into that much but I’m totally game now!
I loved that the love story was so central to this fantasy story because it’s definitely what kept me glued to the end. I loved the main characters, Prince Corin and Tam, and immensely enjoyed their fast and intense courtship. They were so well matched and I found it refreshing that, even though he was a prince and she a commoner, things didn’t go badly for them. I expected lots of heartbreak for those two but was happy it didn’t turn out that way in the end.
There are dragons in this book, but maybe not so much as some may anticipate or want. They play a central role in the plot, but since it’s also about Corin, we see them mostly in the beginning and end. The war is also a big part of the story, but it’s not in the forefront of the story. I was ok with both of these things because I was so invested in seeing Corin and Tam being together and fighting to be together.
Don’t expect a fast pace book in Moth and Spark. It took me longer to finish than most books this length, but it was because I wanted to absorb all the details and imagery. The world-building was also really intricate and interesting. After a while it became pretty unputdownable for me though, and then we were moving right along. I really enjoyed Anne Leonard’s writing and I hope I can read more soon....more
Who knew? Who knew Jack Holland would turn out to be this sexy, ravishing, hunk of a man?! All along I knew he was handsome, but man, was Kristan Higgins holding out on us! And Emmaline?! She was totally under wraps too! I was so completely and pleasantly surprised by this pairing. I didn’t know what, if any, connection these two had that would bring them together, but it totally worked.
Jack and Emmaline probably never would’ve gotten together if their lives had remained uneventful and uncomplicated. But sometimes life steps in and it brings you those people. That’s really what happened between them and it’s also what I think makes In Your Dreams work.
I was also really surprised by the amount of “baggage” Jack and Emmaline have. Both kept trying to sweep it under the rug and we all know what happens when characters do that. It ended up blowing up in their face at certain points in the story. Sometimes I wish I could’ve kicked Jack in the ass. He dragged so many things along that he could’ve resolved more easily if he hadn’t been such a man about it. And at times I wished Emmaline wouldn’t take it so easy on him. Whoa. When did I become all about the tough love? *shrugs* Nonetheless, these two people are perfect for each other. They had great chemistry, in and out of the bedroom.
We get to see a lot of Levi in this one which is always amazing, because LEVI. <3 And there may be a new arrival in the form of a baby! Eeeep! We also get to see the rest of the Hollands and O’Rourkes. I’m dying to see who Connor ends up with, y’all! Any guesses?? Well, hopefully we get to find out sooner rather than later. Not sure when his book is coming out, but I need it, like, yesterday. :)...more
Blood Bound, the second book in the Mercy Thompson series, did not disappoint. I was really happy with this book. There was instant action and continuous anticipation. I think it was even more of a page-turner than the first one, Moon Called! I love when a series can carry its momentum into the next book, and Blood Bound did just that.
One of the things I really enjoyed was the cast of characters. Stefan, Mercy’s vampire client and I guess you can say friend, is one of the main characters in this story. There’s a crazy vampire on the loose, causing tons of havoc, and Mercy somehow gets dragged into it. Then of course ends up being the one having to save the day. I loved learning so many vampire nuances. It’s so fascinating when authors can write vampire lore well and not come off as unoriginal or cheesy. Patricia Briggs knows what’s up.
While Moon Called may have had a glimpse of a possible love triangle, in Blood Bound there’s definitely the beginnings of one. Adam and Samuel both have their good qualities but I’m MOST DEF an Adam fan. He’s just such an Alpha! Literally! He’s the Alpha! And while he has Alpha male qualities, he’s not possessive or controlling which I am most thankful for. Mercy can’t seem to stop her attraction for both, but I think Adam definitely wins in this book. He needs to win in all the books now. :D
I can’t wait to continue this series. I’m definitely binge reading it, so hopefully you guys won’t get tired of me talking about it. Now on to the next one! ...more
Uhmmm, well damn! Silver Borne made me cry a few times!
By now you guys know I’ve been binge reading this series and OMG have I fallen in love with it. I think part of the reason this book made me cry is because I’ve come to care so much for these characters over the last few weeks.
Everyone is pretty much in some kind of danger or hurt in this book. Silver Borne is book five in this series, and having read them back to back so far, I feel like DAMN! They’ve gone through SO much in less than a year, which is the time span of these last five books. I guess if you only read one a year it doesn’t really become as noticeable, but I noticed. lol
I could not believe Samuel. And I could not believe what happened to Adam. And, GAH! Mary Jo! Really?! And Gabriel! Lordy… SO MUCH! If you haven’t read these, you’re probably questioning my sanity and ability to put my thoughts down, but it makes some kind of sense if you happen to HAVE read it.
I had to forcefully stop myself from reading River Marked because there’s a couple of books ahead of it, but man! I want to! NOW! I’m almost caught up! I did like how this one ended though. It was a happy ending! I’m happy with where things are at the moment, though I know it won’t last. :)
Bone Crossed was just as great as the rest of the series so far. It did feel like it was more of a wrap-it-up book though. It had its own conflict with a new vampire threat from Spokane, but it also continued two story lines from previous books.
Mercy went through such an awful thing in Iron Kissed that I was not surprised to find she was not completely healed from it yet in Bone Crossed, considering only a week’s time has passed from that book to this one. I love how Adam handles Mercy. At the end of Iron Kissed, Mercy and Adam are in her bedroom and she finally agrees to be his mate, and it looks like they’re about to get it on...so when Bone Crossed starts, it begins at that scene. And Adam, being the amazing guy that he is, handles it really great. Later on in the book we get what we’ve been waiting for from these two and YES! It was awesome. :)
Stefan. Oh, man. Stefan in this one is pretty much ace. I liked him before but I love him now. He’s gone through so much to help Mercy and if I didn’t love her and Adam together, I’d definitely want her with Stefan. Since the vampires find out what really happened with Andre, Mercy is once again in danger. That continued storyline was wrapped up in a surprising way. I did not think the reason for everything was part of a bigger plan, but there you have it.
And so the main, separate threat in Bone Crossed is actually that new characters from Spokane. I thought that, compared to other stuff she’s been put through, this one was pretty tame. I mean, the Monster was pretty awful, but I thought they got out of that without as much fuss as other times she’s been in danger.
Each time I finish a Mercy book I’m surprised at how much I’m still enjoying the series. It’s been a long time since I’ve binge read one like this and it makes me super happy to continue. :)...more
So I hadn’t realized how much I’d come to admire and care about Mercy Thompson until this book. Let me tell you a little about it, hopefully without spoiling anything.
Iron Kissed picks up a little while after Blood Bound. This time her help is required by the fae. Zee, the iron kissed fae mechanic whose shop Mercy bought and who taught her everything, needs her nose. It seems like it’ll be easy enough, that is until someone turns up dead and Zee is arrested for it. If you mess with someone Mercy cares about, she will not sit around and do nothing. She will get to the bottom of it, even at the protests of those in danger. That’s one of the things I admire about Mercy.
Another thing that was building up over the course of the first two books was this sort of love triangle between Mercy, Adam, and Samuel. In Iron Kissed, they have come to the part where she MUST choose, because it’s affecting Adam, the Alpha, in ways she never knew. But she can’t easily set Samuel aside because of their history. I was happy to see this triangle end. And I was happy with who she chose. But even in all the indecisiveness, which never crossed any sexual lines, she was always respectful of both men, and both men respected her. They never pushed, they gave her space, and they let HER make the choice. There’s another reason I admire her and care about who she ends up with.
Mercy was the same smart-mouthed woman I’ve come to love. She’s still giving it to Adam and can still hold her own. Sometimes she pushes the limits of the supernatural creatures, but she doesn’t let fear stop her from doing what’s right. And that, I think, is why what happens to her in this book completely broke my heart.
It was painful reading this amazing woman being stripped of all her strengths and convictions against her will. It was painful to see her so ridden with guilt afterward. I was incredibly surprised that the person who’d understand her most in that moment would be Ben. I was in awe of him in those moments where he was giving it to Adam. Someone had to make him see, and I never imagined it’d be Ben. However, I was NOT surprised to see Mercy fight for her self. I was cheering her on, hoping she wouldn't let that monster win. And she didn’t. She is not 100% by the end of this book, but she’s better.
The final scene in this book had me smiling from ear to ear because FINALLY. I’m definitely hoping we get more of that as the series continues. I can’ wait to read more.
I think what I enjoyed most about River Marked is ALL THE MERCY AND ADAM GOODNESS!! We had yet to have a book in this series where they were featured as a couple so predominately.
It was so fun seeing their wedding happen and them taking off on their honeymoon, which OF COURSE would be interrupted by something crazy. Still, it was nice seeing them spend so much time together, alone.
This book also really told us a lot about Mercy’s heritage and supernatural power, which we didn’t have a lot of detail on before. And it wouldn’t be a Mercy Thompson installment without her getting put through the wringer. SIGH! Poor Mercy. She’s really banged up at the end of this one!
I can’t believe how I’m almost caught up with this series. I’m currently still reading Frost Burned because I got stuck in a reading slump this past month, but I think it’s time to kick things back up. :) Onward!!...more
While I’ll admit I love all Kristan Higgins books, I do have my favorites. Waiting On You is now one of those favorites. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much with a Higgins book before. And at the same time, my heartstrings have never been pulled so taut before either. In other words, ALL THE DAMN FEELS!
I think the beauty in the relationship between Colleen and Lucas is that these two knew they were meant to be from the moment they laid eyes on one another, back in high school. Their love was everything first love is: overwhelming, intense, beautifully pure. But life has a funny way of throwing things for a loop sometimes, taking your life plans and shredding them so completely. Our Colleen and Lucas were subjected to such a fate, and so the whole book I’m just waiting for life to work out for them.
There are tons of emotional ups and downs in this book, plenty moments to shed tears for, but there are also some hilariously awesome moments. I think the hilarious moments were necessary to balance out the emotional aspect and Higgins did a great job of it.
Other characters we’ve met before make appearances and we get to see where they are now, which is always nice. We also get to know Connor, Colleen’s twin brother, a little better. In fact, he completely intrigued me in this book and I hope we get a Connor book soon!
Even though Waiting On You is technically part of a series, you could completely read this one as a stand-alone, and I strongly urge you to check it out. I have no doubt you’ll love it too. :)...more