I love the way this books ends. It’s so hopeful and happy but that doesn’t mean I don’t’ want more! Haha Thank goodness for companion novels. At first...moreI love the way this books ends. It’s so hopeful and happy but that doesn’t mean I don’t’ want more! Haha Thank goodness for companion novels. At first Jillian’s hardness was difficult to take only because Liam was so good to her. But I knew there was a story behind the hard edge to her personality. I find it rare when you read about a genuinely nice guy with no skeletons in his closet. Well at least it seems that way to me with all the neanderthals, meaty, beefy, arrogant, cocky but sexy male leads in books. I do love me some alpha males but this was a nice change. Although Liam is a very fit, sculpted, 6 pack having hunky Scott he comes off as very genital and loving. But don’t mess with his woman or the cave man comes out. Or I should say the Scottsmen ;) Jillian is a snarky twenty one year old trying to live her life at best she knows how. Her and her two best friends are inseparable and experiencing college life at its wildest. But they are all hiding something. Jillian’s stand offish attitude and don’t care policy is all a cover up for something she doesn’t have any control over. At least that is how she feels. So when she meets Liam and he wants more than she is willing to give it’s very difficult for her to let the walls she has built up around her down especially when she us unsure. The thing she can’t deny is that Liam is a game changer (not at first). The best thing about this book it that is was so funny when I wasn’t nervous or worried about Jillian’s secret. It was a great journey and rare experience for me to read a story from a POV once I find out what Jillian is keeping hidden. I’m definitely picking up the next novels. I have to see what happens to the other characters as well as them. Since I’m sure we will see them in it. (less)
I'm drained and conflicted! This was a good book with very emotionally tormented characters. It was difficult to see these characters you grow to love...moreI'm drained and conflicted! This was a good book with very emotionally tormented characters. It was difficult to see these characters you grow to love fall so far from what they used to be.
Nova and Quinton have had very traumatic events happen to them. As a result they have resorted to using drugs, falling into a depression, questioning everything about life and wanting to numb the pain. Drugs are a very real and terrifying cooping method. One of the most frustrating things about watching someone you love "fall down the rabbit hole" is that the addiction can only be broken by the person who jump down the hole. That is what this story is about-- Finding your way out of a destructive path ,finding peace in a world you can't or most likely will never understand and maybe accepting that even though bad things happen there is always a reason why your here.
In the last chapter I was finally able to take a deep breath only to be sucked under at the last page of this book. I like the way it ends for Nova but the cliffhanger and sneak peak of the next book has frayed my nerves..gawd I can't stop picking up these kind of tormenting books. LOL!
I love reading Dina’s book! She always has heartfelt and witty but profound stories that I can really connect with. Finding Bliss is one woman’s journ...moreI love reading Dina’s book! She always has heartfelt and witty but profound stories that I can really connect with. Finding Bliss is one woman’s journey to finding her happiness through life’s ups and downs. The main character is Chloe Carlyle. She is a strong character with many admirable traits. She’s driven, smart, caring and devoted. Nothing will get in her way of her plans to become a successful lawyer and loving wife and mother. Those are her goals, her dreams for her life. And, it just so happens that she found who she wanted to include in her plan for a happy life and it was Tyler Reed. For a long time she’s had a crush on him from afar. Never really meeting him until Chloe’s senior year of college as she was caring for his younger siblings on winter break. Tyler Reed is a Notre Dame Football player and is a prospect to become a professional. He’s very attractive and comes from a wealthy family. Even though his family is well off they are dysfunctional. He is adored by his mother and younger siblings and his father provides for all of them well but it’s not a fairytale family by any means. This effects who he is as a person and how he handles major issues in his life. These two experience so much and fight so many battles with their own families and with each other but they find a way to make it work. You can see that they truly love each other and their life is good…until it’s not. I loved experiencing Chloe’s journey with her. All the ups and downs were great, wonderful, beautiful and sometimes devastating. Overall I loved this story and was happy with how it ended. As always, I’m looking forward to more of Dina’s stories. I never hesitate to pick up a book if her name is on it. You shouldn’t either. (less)
From the beginning I was overwhelmed by how much this couple loves each other. Throughout the whole book, even in the most devastating of times in the...moreFrom the beginning I was overwhelmed by how much this couple loves each other. Throughout the whole book, even in the most devastating of times in their relationship there was never any doubt they belonged together. Ranging from overly sweet to kill-me-know devastation this book will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Nolan is the most ideal man. Loving, caring, thoughtful, attentive, ambitions, smart and handsome. Seriously, he’s perfect..so it seems. I mean he is sincere in regards to all listed attributes when it comes to Alexa but no one is really ever “perfect”. Nolan has kept a dark past that he thinks may affect his relationship with Alexa. Alexa is sweet, kind and loving and is working on becoming a teacher. She is loving her life with her fiancé Nolan and is happy planning their wedding. There shouldn’t be a happier time then this but planning the wedding of your dreams is not as easy as it sounds at first. As the stress of putting together a grand wedding and Nolan’s new business venture things seem to get a little rocky. Then Nolan’s past finally catches up with them leaving Nolan very unsettled. These two go through so much in the couple of years they are together (really the most recent year) and it takes its toll on the strength of their relationship. This is a “love concurs all” story full of emotion and high hopes. This book is dripping with romance and lots of amazing sex scenes. It was a fun read but I felt the “I love you’s” may have been a bit overdone and there was some repetition. It didn’t hinder me from finishing the book in fact their story is addicting and I just had to know what happens to them. Either way I enjoyed the book and was happy with the ending. (less)
It’s a love-hate relationship from the very start between Caroline and Reed. As much as they try to deny and fight their powerful connection it can’t...moreIt’s a love-hate relationship from the very start between Caroline and Reed. As much as they try to deny and fight their powerful connection it can’t be swept under the rug as they both may like. The sexual tension between them is undeniable and so much fun to read. Caroline is smart, beautiful, talented and a fashion design major at Southern. She is known for always selecting a certain type of man. Not that she’s a gold digger but she always seems to pick a guy with deep pockets and a highly successful future. Seeing as how she grew up she’s not taking any chance to repeat her past. Reed is a mathematics major who is easy on the eyes but doesn’t seem to fit into Caroline’s criteria of a suitable boyfriend. Even so, since their very first meeting Caroline get under his skin and he always seems to say the wrong things to her. He knows he’s not her type but it’s too bad his heart doesn’t agree with his brain. Trying to stay as far away from each other as possible it’s a shock to both of them when he is put in charge of a design project in which Caroline is involved in. This situations bring out the worst in both of them and it so entertaining to see how things play out. In addition to their working/schooling situations Caroline has a past she doesn’t want to talk about and Reed has a secret past he’s not willing to speak of. As they can no longer deny their feeling for each other can Caroline really get past what the future may hold living with and loving a man with what seems like an unstable financial future? And is Reed willing to share a secret with her that may drive her away? (less)
I had so much fun reading this book! If I wasn’t laughing or giggling I was biting my nails with worry. This is a not a heavy read but does shine some...moreI had so much fun reading this book! If I wasn’t laughing or giggling I was biting my nails with worry. This is a not a heavy read but does shine some light on a very serious subject in regards to controlling and abusive relationships. Juliet Monroe is off to college in a couple of months. In order to prepare her for life at a university her older cousin leaves her a “To Do List” to be completed during the summer before she heads to school. The last and most important item on the list is to go skinny dipping. In the process of fulfilling that challenge it just so happens that her longtime friend and the boy she has been secretly in love with for years shows up unannounced. One thing leads to another and suddenly Juliet seems to be living her dream by hooking up with Dylan. There’s just one little problem and it was their first time so it can’t be that bad the every single time right?? Reed Bryce is tall, buff, handsome and somewhat of a mystery. From the first time Reed meets Juliet there is an instant connection. As they keep running into each other more often and spending time together he becomes someone she can depend on. He tries to keep his distance but because he sees a hauntingly resemblance between Juliet and Dylan’s and his sisters to her husband relationship keeping his distance get harder every single day. This book just shows you that most likely your fantasy boyfriend is just that and really is not so fantastic and that you never know how or when you will meet your perfect match. I think The Hazard of Skinny Dipping is different, fun, steamy and heartwarming. This was one of my most enjoyable reads this year! (less)
Carry Your Heart is devastatingly beautiful. This story is emotional and tragic. In some scenes I found it very difficult to breath and broke down in...moreCarry Your Heart is devastatingly beautiful. This story is emotional and tragic. In some scenes I found it very difficult to breath and broke down in other. Death is such a hard thing to deal with and for it to happen to someone so close to you is almost paralyzing. Philippa Baker “Pippa” was a 19 year old contender for the Olympic Ski Team. She has been through one of the most traumatic experience anyone can go through. Caught in an avalanche with her boyfriend Danny and his best friend Ryan has changed her life enormously. She is the only survivor and has no plan on ever going back to skiing after a whole year off but her coach never gives up his pursuit in bringing her back. In order to get him off her back she finally gives in not really expecting to win any medals but just hoping she can gets through this one competition. Not only was she NOT expecting to place with in the top 10 but she certainly didn’t plan on the ever falling for anyone other than Danny. Hunter Dawson is one sexy dare devil. Snowboarding is his game and having fun is his thing. He has mood swings that will but a PMSing woman to shame and people usually describe him as being a jerk or an asshole. But the thing is, no one really knows Hunter or about his dark past. Taking a small break from his life he ends up on the same flight and hotel as Pippa. One thing leads to another and he’s in unfamiliar territory with Pippa. This book has a lot going for it but I felt that I couldn’t give this book above a three heart rating only because of many little grammar errors. It slowed my pace and at times left me a bit confused as to what the author was trying to convey. But through all that I really fell in love the characters and felt compassionate about the story. If there is another book I will make sure to put it on my TBR list. This is a worthwhile read! (less)