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
Zodiac begins on what appears to be a normal day in space high school. Rhoma, or Rho for sRead this review on my blog! --> Zodiac By Romina Russell
Zodiac begins on what appears to be a normal day in space high school. Rhoma, or Rho for short, seems like a pretty cool chick from the start. She’s a drummer and she’s in a band with her best friend, who happens to be a Sagittarian (good choice, Rho! *says the fellow Sagittarian*). Then, BOOM! Their lives explode and they’re thrust into things they probably never imagined they’d be taking part in, especially Rho.
There’s a lot of things going on in this book, from the start. After the incident, Rho is made Guardian of House Cancer because it’s written in the stars, she begins to train with her childhood crush, and she discovers what and who it is that is wrecking havoc on the galaxy. Sometimes I just wished she’d slow down, but I understood that they were in a dire situation the whole book. And poor kid. She struggles with not being taken seriously by her advisors and the other Guardians most of the time. All she really wants to do is help. I thought Romina Russell did a good job demonstrating just how young and not ready to lead Rho was at times. I mean, Rho is only 16 years old and was about to graduate from the Academy. While her actions and thoughts felt young to me, they also felt true.
The concept was one of the things that really made me want to read this book. I don’t really know what I was expecting it to be like, but I like the world Romina has created and what I saw of it. Each planet is distinctly unique and specific to their zodiac sign. We don’t get to explore each one thoroughly but Rho talks a lot about them. Maybe we’ll see more in future books in the series.
So there’s a love triangle in this book. I know many of you are probably going to be like WHYYYYY! And I can’t tell you why, but I can tell you that it wasn’t badly done. I liked both love interests, but I wasn’t in love with either. Mathias is older (22) and protective of Rho. They disagree a lot, but it’s coming from a good place. Hysan is closer to her age, charming, and nice. They’re both cute, duh. And they both want what’s best for Rho. I thought she connected with both in different ways, but I can’t say whether one is better than the other, so, sorry I’m no help there. I like that no matter how crazy the world is at any moment in this story, there’s also time for luuuuuuurve. There’s kissing and maybe more! hehe
I thought the story was done really well. There’s a lot of it! But it didn’t make my head spin, which is good. And the last few chapters are SAD, y’all! There’s this moment near the end that I was not expecting and really hope is not really what it appears to be.
Zodiac brings lots of action, suspense, space-jet-setting (yeah, I just made that up), and romance, of course. I think it’s a good start to a very promising series....more
Here at Gone with the Words, we claim TEAM BELOW! Oh, yes. They said the Above is hot and IRead this review on my blog! --> Atlantia by Ally Condie
Here at Gone with the Words, we claim TEAM BELOW! Oh, yes. They said the Above is hot and I was all noooooooo, sir. I live in Texas now and I know hot and do. not. want. more. So I signed myself up for the Below.
It’s true. I’ve always wanted to live under the sea, like Ariel, and I was at one point fascinated with underwater cities/ruins. So of course I’d choose the Below! Once I started reading and learning all about it, I knew I’d made the right choice.
There were so many neat things down there! Now, the people running the show? Maybe not what they seem. The story is always building up, always moving. With Atlantia being a standalone book, Ally Condie did a great job with the pacing.
Rio was an interesting character because she’s taught to pretty much make herself invisible for certain reasons, but her personality is not that at all. She’s brave and confidant. There’s a little bit of love story, but it’s definitely not the focus of the book.
Rio’s mission to follow her sister and make it to the Above drives this story, and the secrets Atlantia and the people ruling it are keeping are a bit of a mystery. Not every is as it seems, so it definitely kept me reading to find out the truth of it all....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
Audiobook reread complete! Still a great story, though narrator tended to get shouty at times. Like, chill out, dude. Shouting does not equal vehemencAudiobook reread complete! Still a great story, though narrator tended to get shouty at times. Like, chill out, dude. Shouting does not equal vehemence....more
You guys!! Open Road Summer was everything! Just, ALL THE THINGS I LOVE. And it was the perfect way to start September and say BUH-BYE to Summer! Yeah, I know we “officially” have Summer until September 23rd, but not in my mind! Anyway, all this to say, perfect book at the perfect time is perfect. Thank you, Ginger and Bloomsbury for sending it to me!
The thing I loved most about it was the strong female friendship. Dee and Reagan have a strong, uplifting, super fun friendship. They get each other, they’re there for one another through good and bad times, they’re like sisters really.
Next, let me tell you about this Matt Finch fellow. He’s basically the most adorable human being on Earth. I loved the chemistry he has with Reagan. Their moments together were just a joy to read. And he’s SUCH a good guy! The things he’s so considerate about with these girls just stole my heart.
Getting a behind the scenes look at what being on tour with a superstar would be like was so exciting! I will not lie to you… I did picture Dee as Taylor Swift, and Reagan as her best friend whose name I don’t remember, aaaaand Matt as Joe or Nick Jonas…at first! It only lasted for a minute and then I could see them as their own person, which was a lot better. I also loved that they all had good family relationships, even Reagan, whose family may have not been perfect but they love her plenty.
Emery Lord’s writing was spot on! No words were ever wasted in this story. Everything fit perfectly and moved along seamlessly. I also found it very easy to relate to. It made me feel like I was in the story and part of this group of people. It was just fantastic. I can now add her to my list of favorite contemporary authors. Do not miss this book, you guys!...more
Jeaniene Frost writes one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, Night Huntress, so when I found out she was writing a Paranormal New Adult series, I was SO on board with it.
This book does not ease you into anything. It starts off in full speed, which I thought was awesome. Ivy is a character whose feathers aren’t easily ruffled. She’s been seeing crazy things all her life, but until now she’s thought it was a mental illness. Enter Adrian, who is described to be looking like Thor, and tells her differently. Seriously, about Adrian, the book says he’s built like Thor, and well, his other features seem Thor like, minus the eyes and length of hair. But there you go. Just picture Thor. Man, that was a lot of Adrian/Thor talk! Back to business…
Ivy and Adrian are the same, but different. Their history runs deep…well, not THEIR history specifically, but their descendants’ history. This is probably the most interesting concept of the story for me. Their entangled fates/destinies/whatever you want to call it. The world building was also another great aspect. A lot of the book takes place in these imaginative and sometimes disturbing demon realms. I felt the characters were all great on their own, but I didn’t quite believe the emotional relationship between Ivy and Adrian. I did believe in their attraction/lust for each other however. For being New Adult, I was surprised this book didn’t have any actual sex in it, because lets face it, most do. It does contain one very sexy, handsy, steamy make-out sesh in Adrian’s car. I just wanted more….depth or something.
Overall it was a quick, enjoyable read. Jeaniene Frost’s writing is great and relatable. I’ll definitely be reading the next installment to hopefully fall in love with Ivy and Adrian as couple this time around. Despite that small issue, I really do recommend this book to Paranormal readers....more