Holy hell this was good! Not what I was expecting and full of surprises; it's a love story and a tragedy. Its little girl lost and I wish it had been...moreHoly hell this was good! Not what I was expecting and full of surprises; it's a love story and a tragedy. Its little girl lost and I wish it had been longer.
Amber Sheppard has been sober for two years. Not that you’d believe it if you read anything on social media or picked up a gossip magazine these days. The Paparazzi still always managed to catch her at her worst, and make a front page story out of it. This former It Girl has been trying to get her life back on track, trying to land a decent role but casting agents won’t touch her anymore and today she’s been coerced into being the face of some crappy new perfume called “Fabulous.” Amber is anything but fabulous these days. But it pays the bills and her career is at a standstill.
So for the past twelve hours she’s been running through an abandoned warehouse trying to look scared or devastated or pretentious or psychotic or whatever the hell vision the director had in mind for the ad campaign. During all those hours she’s been trying not to answer her phone, it’s buzzing with yet another message from him. Of course it’s him. It’s always him.
They haven’t spoken for six months and she’s never returned any of his texts but that doesn’t matter. Today is different, today he’s been using their secret language and all his texts say the same thing “meet me baby.” All twelve of them.
Conner Parks, movie star bad boy and the love of her life. Her first crush, first kiss, her reason to breathe. Her family, her everything. Her toxic ruin, her downfall. How can she resist?
“No one said no to Conner when he asked for something. He was like kryptonite to reason.”
The tabloids will of course call this the reunion of the decade if they see her getting on his private jet or anywhere near the airport.
“You’re here.” He says “I’m here.” “I knew you’d come.” I drop my bag on the floor and follow him. Like I always do. Like I’ve been doing my whole life."
“He takes a step towards me. He smells like chemicals and Crystal and the worst idea I’ve had in a long time.”
As a huge fan of OMG I loved this. Not what I was expecting based on Spin but just fantastic in its own right, focusing on celebrity train wreck Amber Sheppard who we first met in rehab back in Spin. This is her story 2 years later as she tries to put the mess of her life back together. Spun is (unfortunately) only a novella but jeez what a story Catherine Mackenzie weaves in the pages provided. The tone of this is very different from the original, missing some of the snark and humour that made that book such a fun read, but this is also a very different story.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers (and Wow in that respect) but I think New Adult fans will love this. Peppered with social media references Amber reads a bit like Lindsey Lohan; a tough, confused, girl who’s made some bad decisions but you can’t look away from her either. Her love affair with Conner is …epic and the final chapter “three minutes past the hour” just killed me, in an ugly cry sort of way, the chapter by chapter playlist included at the end didn’t help either. Read this. Cheers(less)
This was my very first read from Kayla Cross, even though I’ve been hearing about how awesome she is for years. I’m not sure what I was waiting for bu...moreThis was my very first read from Kayla Cross, even though I’ve been hearing about how awesome she is for years. I’m not sure what I was waiting for but it was worth it; living up to all the hype with a fantastic, smart and sexy romantic suspense. I will definitely be picking up her entire back catalogue. I should also mention that while this is book #5 and the last from her Titanium Security series I read it as a standalone and did just fine. (Followers of the series will appreciate a wedding at the end including cameos from all past heroes/couples.)
I have to mention first off how much I loved reading about a more mature couple, I’m just a couple years younger than the heroine Grace and I’m not dead either so this was a welcome change. And Alex, jeez what can I say? A fit and fine (like wine) 51. Bring it on.
I think one of my favourite things about this story was Alex’s unwavering love for Grace. From beginning to end he just loved her and was willing to do anything even if that involved just waiting (for 4 years). He unapologetically admits to not having slept with anyone else in that time as they just couldn’t compare, sigh. Grace doesn’t give in easily, I mean there’s a lot of hurt for her to work thorough but come on, how could she resist? Together their sexual tension is palpable and then there’s that little indiscretion in the hotel car park. Nice.
Four years ago Dr Grace Fallon lost everything in a terrorist attack. Left alone with a bullet wound to her belly, she lost her future and the man she thought she knew as Jack. Turns out he was just using her as part of his latest mission; their love affair was a farce.
NSA agent Alex Rycroft had no choice but to leave Grace in the hospital and he’s kept a quiet distance ever since not wanting to inflict any more pain in her life. But when his nemesis Malik Hassani escapes custody and locks his sights on Grace and the chemical weapons she’s involved with eradicating nothing can keep him away from her. He’s willing to sacrifice everything to save her including his life and she’s forced to except his protection.
Rekindled is an edge of your seat, action packed, emotional read. It’s a sweet and sexy second chance at romance between a mature couple with intelligent writing, steamy sex scenes, a great bad guy and a nice virtual vacation via the exotic location in Pakistan. Not much more you could ask for really.(less)
I absolutely loved this book, another winner from JoJo Moyes who bases this moving story on real events (and her own grandmother) Taking the reader ba...moreI absolutely loved this book, another winner from JoJo Moyes who bases this moving story on real events (and her own grandmother) Taking the reader back to 1946 in the aftermath of the Second World War as thousands of young war brides are transported from Australia to England to meet up with their GI husbands who they’d married during the conflict. For many woman it was a time of huge uncertainty, leaving their families and everything they’d ever known behind and preying they didn’t receive the dreaded “Not wanted, don’t come telegram” once aboard.
Ship Of Brides follows four of these woman (out of the 650 on board) all from very different backgrounds and covers their experience from a boarding house in Sydney throughout their 6 week journey at sea aboard an aircraft carrier (which also still carries over a thousand naval officers so rules of honor, duty and separation must be enforced.
The story begins in India in 2002 (which initially threw me a bit) as an elderly grandmother on vacation stumbles across the broken hull of a once great British warship, now in the process of being dismantled for scrap on an oily, debris littered beach. She has come upon a ship graveyard and can just make out the name on one of the rusted hulls “Victoria” and at once is overwhelmed by memories…
I was surprised by how involved I got in this story but Moyes not only takes the reader back to 1946 but manages to keep a huge element of suspense going throughout the journey (Frances, a former nurse is kept frustratingly mysterious until the very last pages – and I kinda loved her.) We also enter the POV of the injured and grieving Captain, a Marine who has received a Dear John letter, a woman widowed before she reaches her destination, another who discovers her husband is already married and follow stowaway dogs, boiler room brawls, disastrous fires, miscarriages, lovely leg contests, ashore days in India and Gibraltar, excitement, fear, heartache and joy.
Because this has been based on an actual sailing taken by the HMS Victorious, Moyes was able to include extracts from journals, newspaper clippings, and diary entries from the actual men and women aboard which added an element of real emotion to the voyage.
The writing is fantastic and by the end I felt like I really knew these women and wondered how their lives had turned out, in fact I didn’t want to let them go. 401jb5(less)
Opening Line:“Before she became the Girl From Nowhere --the One Who Walked in, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years—she was just a...moreOpening Line:“Before she became the Girl From Nowhere --the One Who Walked in, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years—she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy."
I wanted to give this 5 stars because it is pretty damn fantastic; the complex story, the imaginative and often beautiful writing, the suspense, the hopelessness but oh my god it’s long. At around 900 pages it took me over a month to read and towards the end became more of a goal to finish than anything else. I was so ready to move onto something else but didn’t want to miss a thing either.
The Passage also reads like two totally different books with the first part taking place pre-apocalypse, as the virus/cure is discovered, developed, tested on several subjects and followed through it’s epidemic. It then jumps several hundred years into the future and several generations of survivors later as we follow them in their new scary world.
There is a huge cast of characters to follow in both ‘parts’ (very Stephen Kingish that way) and I enjoyed them equally. Along those lines I would categorize this as an apocalyptic masterpiece reminiscent of Stephen Kings The Stand, or Robert McCammon's Swan Song including suggestions from 'Salem's Lot, Cormac McCarthy's The Road and a bit of The Walking Dead thrown in for good measure.
It’s definitely worth reading but you’re going to have to make a commitment.
This was okay, not great but it had its moments (a great cover) and I was intrigued by the prospect of...moreOpening Line: “Yo, It’s the fuckin’ ballerina.”
This was okay, not great but it had its moments (a great cover) and I was intrigued by the prospect of a sexy MMA hero and a ballerina getting together, opposites attract and all that. I also didn’t know enough about either profession to be able to pick them apart for realisms sake so I was able to just go with it.
Logan Rettino had been prima ballerina in her former life. When her ex-boyfriend drops her during a lift on live TV, she’s left injured and without a career. To make ends meet and with the dreams of opening her own dance studio Logan’s now been reduced to circling the eight sided octagon as a ring card girl, working the crowds into frenzy in sexy little outfits before the bouts begin. Hey a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.
Keane O’Shea is a former marine and absolutely unstoppable in the ring. Filled with a silent, persistent rage, some serious PTSD and an F.U attitude about life in general he’s inexplicitly drawn to the alluring ex-ballerina.
Both of these characters are intriguing to me and I usually love me a good tortured hero but there was just something off here. I guess it started with the names; Keane and Logan. Both sound male to me so I was often confused as to whose head I was meant to be in. Logan(h) while fun to begin with, got annoying fast with her “leaping leotards” and silly quips -enough already. And Keane(H), well I just never warmed up to him; he started out as your typical grumpy, alpha jerk with issues but didn’t ever really seem to redeem himself enough to warrant “getting the girl”. I guess ultimately I never felt the love.
I also had issues with the premise, it was just silly –again I just had to go with it. Logan makes a deal with her boss and the only way she can keep her job is if she gets Keane to keep fighting and winning. If he loses she’s out. It didn’t really make any sense especially since he was done with fighting. I never understood his motivation for coming back into the octagon? And then they’re training together…seriously.
I did enjoy the MMA quotes rules/regulations/meanings at the beginning of each chapter. What a “cornerman” does what a “stalemate” is, “fight camp” etc. Very informative and helped put me better into the world.
**Thanks to NetGalley and Carina Press, who provided a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. **(less)