Audiobook reread complete! Still a great story, though narrator tended to get shouty at times. Like, chill out, dude. Shouting does not equal vehemenc...moreAudiobook reread complete! Still a great story, though narrator tended to get shouty at times. Like, chill out, dude. Shouting does not equal vehemence.(less)
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!(less)
Earthquake totally brought its A-game! This book was suspenseful and action-packed, and at times, very swoony too! Aprilynne Pike did a great job at making this big story easy to follow. It could have easily become a big mess but she makes all the magical and scientific aspects easy to follow.
I still didn’t feel any connection to Logan/Quinn, which I was hoping to get more of in this book if he’s supposed to be the love of Tavia’s life. I won’t say what happens, but things get complicated when a certain someone returns. Meanwhile the virus is still spreading among humans and Tavia and Logan end up in the hands of the Reduciata first, then Curatoria. There she’s able to work on finding a cure and in all kinds of things are revealed. BIG SECRETS! Though ones I’d suspected.
Action, suspense, and swoony moments made this follow-up a win! (less)
Overall, Earthbound was a good book! I must say that the beginning wasn’t as strong for me though. I thought it was a little all over the place. I didn’t understand what was happening or where the book was going. I thought it was about her seeing ghosts at first, then she starts having powers where she makes things appear and disappear (that chapstick scene was a huge WTF is going on moment for me), she starts having STRONG LOVE feelings for the strange guy she’s only seen twice and spoken to once, people are trying to kill her… WHAT THE WHAT?!
So I thought the beginning was so confusing to me. Luckily it starts to smooth out ⅔ into it. Things sort of slow down, even when she’s on the run, enough to have explanations put out there. And what I found was a really interesting story about gods and goddesses with the powers to create and destroy things. It’s not about ghosts at all, but they are immortal in a really cool, different way. I actually loved the concept. There’s a sort of love triangle. Sort of. The other guy is not really in the picture right now though. It has to do with the immortal thing. If I explain it, I’ll give too much away. Just know that the guy that IS in the picture right now is really cute and witty. And I like their relationship! Though I knew right away he was hiding something BIG because he was really skittish at times. Ugh. WHY?!
So even though the beginning was ROUGH for me, I ended up really enjoying this story overall. I’m looking forward to learning more about this world! (less)
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!(less)
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!(less)
For me, the thing about historical fiction that always grabs me is just how much I invest in the characters. Especially when it’s derived from actual history. I’ve always loved history and always loved losing myself in imagining what peoples’ lives were like then. I first fell in love with the Tudor era after watching The Tudors series on Showtime. If a character intrigued me enough I would spend time googling them and reading their Wiki page (because we all know that’s the most accurate internet source for history!). I’m by no means a fanatic, but I enjoy it in the moment I’m being consumed by it.
I never thought to look into King Henry’s son because in the tv series, he dies as a young boy, so imagine my surprise to have him be the love interest in Brazen. And I didn’t recall Mary Howard at all from the show. I know! I really shouldn’t be using the show as a point of reference but not having studied this in school or anything, it’s the only thing I can go from, okay?? Okay.
There’s so much at stake in Brazen and it makes for quite the page-turner. Mary and Fitz’s marriage is arranged, so they don’t really know each other, but there’s an instant pull between the two that only grows stronger as time goes on. They’re hardly ever together, even after being married, but they get to know one another and fall in love inspite of the separation. It was one of the most sweetest, strongest relationships I’ve read. I completely believed in their love for each other and I wanted them to have their happily ever after, even knowing that was unlikely because, hello! It’s The Tudors!
Another amazing part of Brazen was the friendship between Mary, Madge, and Margaret. Those girls went through so much together and their relationships were tested often. There were a lot of positives and even some sad disappointments in the end. You’re also going to read about people you know something about: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and so on. You actually get to see Anne Boleyn’s execution in Brazen through the eyes of Mary, who in this book is friends with her. I loved that aspect of this story.
Brazen completely stole my heart. The characters set up shop in my heart from page one and stayed there until the last page. The writing was so enthralling and moving. This was my first Katherine Longshore read, but it won’t be the last.(less)
Ok, so Frost Burned was a bit more on the intense side. Someone kidnapped the whole pack and Mercy is the only one who can figure out how to help them because she’s escaped these crazies. I love how Patricia Briggs doesn’t take it easy on Mercy, like, ever. She’s knows Mercy can take and overcome anything thrown at her, but in Frost Burned we see what this does to the people who love her. There’s a quote near the end of the book that I just LOVED...
“All That Is Required For Evil To Prevail Is For Good Men To Do Nothing.”
That quote, said by Mercy, completely explains her and her beliefs. Those words are so honest and true. <3
The cast of characters, enemies especially, is pretty large in Frost Burned. The threat in this one was interesting because it’s different adversaries coming at all of them from everywhere...OR IS IT?! You’ll have to see yourself. But there’s a battle in the end that was kind of crazy.
As far as the good guys go, Kyle gets a lot of time on the page and it was totally awesome. There’s also a new, mysterious wolf that I’m very intrigued by. I also cannot end this without mentioning my love, Adam. I feel like we learned so much about him in this book because we get a few chapters from his point of view! That was such a great addition. Adam, I love you even more now.
So the next book, Night Broken, is the latest installment in this series! And I’m so looking forward to it!(less)
Whisper to Me is one sexy book! Rachel and Kai have this longing for each other that really burned up the pages it’s sexual tension. Now, should you be expecting something different than other New Adult books out there? Probably not. They both have their angsty pasts and current issues, but it wasn’t overly dramatic, which I appreciate. Rachel shed her high school self when she started college because of the big moment that changed her life and ultimately broke her heart.
Kai, on the other hand, has never found his place in this world and his family doesn’t take him seriously. Oh, also? He’s been in love with Rachel since high school, which really messes with his head. Now it’s Summer and these two are spending it at the same house. The tension and sparks pretty much fly from the get-go. They have this sort of secret relationship which only adds to the deliciousness of it all. Their road to happiness is certainly not easy, and it’s even a little emotional, but it completely works.
I very much enjoyed Christina Lee’s third book in this Between Breaths series, and that was surprising to me because Rachel has been my least favorite character the last two books. She just has a potty mouth I can’t seem to appreciate, but it’s really toned down in Whisper to Me. It probably has to do with her pretending to be a person she isn’t, and we get to see the real Rachel in this book. I definitely recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for something to take to the beach with you this Summer. :)(less)
Wish You Were Italian was the type of book that when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. What would Pippa do next? Would she see Darren? Would they finally kiss? Would she (please!) forget about Bruno??? Where would she visit next??
While I could’ve devoured this book in one weekend, I stretched it out a little longer because I wanted to savor it. And yes, it not only made me want to desperately visit and explore Italy, it totally made me a gelato fan (Favorite? Southern Buttered Pecan by Talenti).
I loved how Pippa was young in so many ways, but mature and determined enough to explore Italy on her own, without her parents knowing. Was it risky and dangerous? Of course! Did I totally forget about those two things until her dad brings it up at the end? You betcha! And I really shouldn’t have so easily done so, considering I’m a mom and I have a daughter, lol. Oops. I mean, Pippa’s best friend and Gram knew where she was and she kept in contact with everyone by email mostly, so it wasn’t completely reckless. But anyway…I loved Pippa. She was sweet and funny and I was totally rooting for her to have the time of her life.
Pippa has two very different guys in the picture, but to her it’s clear who the real contender for her heart is. That doesn’t mean she gives in easily, but it does make for some fun tension between the two. No, there isn’t really a love triangle, so don’t worry. It’s not really like that.
I very much was a fan of Darren. I thought he was adorable and sweet and perfect for Pippa. Their relationship builds from friendship to something more at a good pace I think, but I was ready for them to just make out already. Ha! I did appreciate how Kristin Rae wrote Bruno to be a redeemable “bad” guy. He makes mistakes but he also makes things right. I also loved Pippa’s girlfriends, both back home and in Italy. Yay for positive girlfriend relationships!
Overall Wish You Were Italian was the perfect cute Summer read. If you’re in need for something that will make you smile this is the book you want in your hands.(less)
How to Misbehave was the perfect quick sexy romp I needed. I enjoyed the contradictions the main character, Amber, exhibited. She appears innocent on the outside, but she’s completely secure and confident on the inside. Maybe it takes her getting angry to show her bolder side, but that defiance was cool in my opinion. Tony was also a bit of a contradiction himself. He wants to be the guy who loves them and leaves them, but he’s deeper and more sensitive than that inside. He wants to have the happily ever after, but for reasons we later find out, he doesn’t feel he’s worth that.
I appreciate the emotional depthness of this novella. And the sexy times are sexy yet intimate. Basically the perfect balance. I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the Clarks and getting to know them. I also hope we get a Patrick, Tony’s brother, story one day!
Ruthie Knox always delivers on these novellas and you guys should definitely pick them up if you haven’t already. Go on! Do it! :)(less)
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!(less)
Tease by Amanda Maciel was such an interesting perspective, inside the head of the bully. It...moreRead this review on my blog! --> Tease by Amanda Maciel
Tease by Amanda Maciel was such an interesting perspective, inside the head of the bully. It was a thought-provoking, uncomfortable, and challenging read for sure! It was also unputdownable for me, in the way you can’t make yourself look away from something awful about to happen. It was good read!
Amanda Maciel writes a character so challenging in Sara because her actions against Emma are just awful, but then you see her at home with her two little brothers and how caring she is with them and you forget for a moment how awful she acted. Sara is also kind of a whiny brat, she’s childish, and for a long time she refuses to accept any responsibility when it comes to Emma. All these things didn’t make me dislike her as much as I just felt sorry for her. She just seemed so lost and unhappy. Her boyfriend treated her badly too. Those times they were together just broke my heart. And her best friend was THE WORST. Just THE WORST.
There were a lot of things that made me reflect about my time in high school. I think I saw a lot of myself in Sara. Not the bullying parts, but the difficulty in being myself no matter what, and having the bad boyfriends, having those friends that brought me down instead of lifting me up. And I saw myself in Emma too. Her wanting to be friends with the in-crowd but only being able to find an in through the boys in the group. Being called awful names because of boys even though we were just friends. Jealousy in high school can cause so much pain. I definitely felt it, both the jealousy and pain. Thankfully things never escalated beyond the name calling, which was always behind my back anyway.
Basically, if you’re a girl, you’re most likely to relate to SOMETHING in this book. And if you’re a boy, it will hopefully make you realize how damaging your actions and non-actions can be. This makes it a great read because it can reach many, no matter what side you’re on.
But back to the story…
I thought the ending showed everyone’s true colors. It showed that people can change for the better in the face of tragedy, some more than others, but it certainly makes an impact.
Amanda says in her author’s note that one of the reasons she wrote this book was because she’d like to believe that girls like Sara aren’t vicious enough to bully a peer in hopes they kill themselves. I’d like to believe this too.
I wish bullying would go away altogether. It breaks my heart! And it breaks my heart for my daughter, who already has to deal with mean girls in the 6th grade. Lets just love and encourage and embrace. And lets teach our kids to love and encourage and embrace.(less)
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!(less)
You guys! This book was so gooooood!! I was completely hooked from the start!
I See London takes us on a wild ride through London’s night clubs, holidays across Europe, and Samir. Oh, Samir. And yes, it even gives us a look at what it’s like to attend university in London. Man, how I wish I’d gone to university in London. It sounds awesome! I loved the diversity of the characters. You have all kinds of nationalities and it all just worked. Really cool. :)
I loved the friendships Maggie forms while there. They weren't all easy, but definitely worth it in the end. I didn’t want to read about bitchy roommates being bitchy just because and I’m so happy it didn’t turn out that way. Maggie’s group of friends knew how to have fun, and they liked to party a lot, but they also knew when to get serious about school and they let Maggie back off of partying without giving her a guilt trip. Real friends!
But the best part… Oh, yes, I’m going there! The best part was Samir and the make-out sessions to end all make-out sessions! Sometimes I forget how much fun making out like that was. When it doesn't have to go further, but the wanting to is so intense. Chanel Cleeton writes great make-out scenes, you guys.
Maggie and Samir were very similar personality wise. The difference was that Maggie was trying to repress that side of her. She wanted to be the good girl and Samir could see right through her, which of course scared her to pieces. I felt for Maggie’s parental situation. Her mom left when she was little and her dad is in the military, which means she hardly ever saw him. It sounded like her grandparents were good to her but of course it’s not the same. I hope we get a resolution to that in the next book because it did feel like it was left hanging.
Like the synopsis mentions, Maggie meets Hugh and tries not to think about Samir much. Hugh is older than her and a lot more experienced in life. He’s a wealthy club owner who likes to date around. He’s a really nice guy and really patient with Maggie because he knows she’s a virgin. I was glad to see he was a good guy about that because most guys like wouldn't have stuck around in that situation. But Samir was who she needed to end up with!! Yeah, sure, he’s a player and he’s hiding something huge regarding his future, but he’s irresistible!
I definitely can’t wait to see how it all plays out in London Falling, the sequel to I See London. Great job, Ms. Chanel Cleeton!! I don’t much enjoy New Adult books but this one was just the right amount of fun, and college, and not too much angst. I definitely recommend you guys check it out. :)(less)
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. :)(less)