This is my first book by Julia Harlow so I didn't know what to expect, but I'm glad I gave this author a chance.
Met with unfortunate circumstances, IThis is my first book by Julia Harlow so I didn't know what to expect, but I'm glad I gave this author a chance.
Met with unfortunate circumstances, Isabel and Ty do not meet under the normal situations. There aren't any first encounters at the bar, at the club, or at the supermarket. Nope, Ty and Isabel meet while Isabel is selling her belongings before she moves in with her step-sister. Ty wants something of Isabel's and he's willing to pay for it.
Not that you dirty girls. Geez. Okay, it's not unreasonable to think that given the books I read and eventually he does want that. Who doesn't want a strong, sassy woman? Ty Griffin does and he doesn't stop pursuing her when things get tough. Because we all know things get tough.
Exes, co-workers, siblings, the past, the present, the future. What do you do when they all collide? What do you do when you are living in fear?
Will these two make it through the tough times? Will Isabel give in to the tycoon that is Tyberius Griffin? You're gonna have to read it because I'm not doing a spoilery review. Just know that this book is goood. I will be reading future works by this author....more
I received an arc of this in exchange for an honest review
As my first H.Q. Frost book, I wasn't sure what I was getting. Conveniently enough, I neverI received an arc of this in exchange for an honest review
As my first H.Q. Frost book, I wasn't sure what I was getting. Conveniently enough, I never knew what I was getting. The whole book kept me guessing and had me afraid for Dom and Nyla. Apparently I was afraid for very good reasons as Frost gave me the ultimate mindfuck at the end. Thanks, Frost, thanks. That cussing I refused to do earlier, well here it is. Fuck this. Seriously. I knew something was going to happen. I knew Boney was bad news, but then again most of Dom's friends were bad news. But fuuuuuuck. That ending. Ugh. Why?!
Okay, let's back up. Nyla meets Dom under unusual circumstances. Instead of running--which is what most normal people would do--she finds herself intrigued by the guy she saw leaving her neighbor's house. So intrigued, that when he stopped by later, she invited him inside. Their story begins on that front porch and continues from there.
There are plenty of questions and scenarios that I never thought to ask or expect. There was a lot of death, yet none of it was surprising. Frost tackles serious issues in this book, including: rape, incest, physical/mental/emotional abuse, murder, drugs....I think that is all. I know, quite the plethora of topics, but it works, trust me.
These situations all feel real. We all hear the stories or live these lives. The lives where violence breeds violence and poverty breeds poverty. It's almost impossible to get out of your situation. Dom wants more out of his life. He works two jobs, he tries to do better than his friends, and he does what he can to make the new girl in his life, Nyla, his priority. He knows she's important to his story and he doesn't want to lose her.
"You can be a good book though, Dom. Your pages aren't written. You have your whole life."
I kept waiting for that shoe to drop. Things would be good, but Nyla seemed a bit immature for her age. I could never decide if she was just more immature than others or if it was because she had a more privileged upbringing than the others in this story. Either way, the relationship between Nyla and Dom works. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Which is why the surprise ending in this book left me yelling, "What the actual fuck!?!" No joke. I was pissed. And shocked. Good job, Frost, you got me.
"I won't hurt you."
I call bullshit, Frost. Bull. Shit. You did hurt me.
If you make it to the end and you haven't googled Frost's home address so you can send her hate mail, then you will be ready to hop in your car when you see the preview for book 2.
"Falling in love is easy. Letting go is the hardest thing to do."
When I heard that Helena was coming out with more of Randy and Lily I totally fangirled all over the place. There may have been actual squealing. WhatWhen I heard that Helena was coming out with more of Randy and Lily I totally fangirled all over the place. There may have been actual squealing. Whatever. All I know is that I got more Randy and that makes me a very happy girl.
Clearly these two are amazing and I can never say enough about them. In many ways, I feel as if I can relate to Lily so maybe that is why these characters are my favorite. Then again, Randy.
This is a nice little adventure into the world of Randy and Lily once they've officially entered boyfriend/girlfriend status. It is hilarious, hot, and upsetting all at once. Randy's dad makes an appearance and it's completely unwelcome. Randy has no issue letting that be known to him. After some struggles and misunderstandings, Lily gives him a choice. Wanna see how that one works out? Read the book!
So, here are some cute snippets that I enjoyed (I know this because I've highlighted them) and I hope you enjoy them too!
"Hey, I'm Randy." "Hey, hi. Finlay." He takes my offered palm. "I'm Lily's boyfriend. She lives with me. In my house." Lily makes a sound like she's choking, or coughing, or both. I glance at her. I don't think that was the right thing to say.
Miller makes Sunny sit in the backseat because he thinks it's safer. Then he settles into the SUV and proceeds to text her every five minutes for the first half hour of the trip to make sure she's okay. We can see the truck right next to us on the highway.
"I think it's a game, like cat and mouse. I just can't figure out who's the cat and who's the mouse."
I loved everything in this book. I know it's because I love Randy though. So, if you love Randy too, you should totally read this. If you want to see where Vi and Alex are, read this. Wanna know more about Sunny and Miller, read this. Want to know what the deal is with Charlene and Darren? No. I don't blame you there. Just kidding! I want to know too!...more
What do I think? Why Goodreads, I'm so glad you asked!
Area 51 is all the stuff you didn't know was missing. It's all the stuff you didn't realize youWhat do I think? Why Goodreads, I'm so glad you asked!
Area 51 is all the stuff you didn't know was missing. It's all the stuff you didn't realize you needed until you picked it up and read it. It's ALL THE THINGS!!
Okay, maybe I'm a bit partial because there isn't anything Helena Hunting puts out there that I don't absolutely love. Or maybe I'm partial because this was my first Helena series and I can't get enough of those Pucked boys. Either way, this is gold. And even better, it's FREE. Seriously. Who does that?
This lovely collection offers up deleted scenes from Pucked, Pucked Up, and Pucked Over. Here are some of my favorite things from the Pucked and Forever Pucked sections:
"Me too. I especially like eating you on it. Maybe tomorrow I'll have you for breakfast."
"I love you. But all your sweet-talking still isn't going to get the Super MC Area 51 access."
The deleted scene from Pucked Up? Just the whole motherpucking thing. Seriously, Buck can never catch a break and this entire bathroom/airplane/phone scene is the funniest thing I've read in ages. You should read it too.
And on to Randy, my absolute favoritest book boyfriend ever in the history of book boyfriends. *Sigh* Now, I like Randy for all the normal reasons: gorgeous, tattooed, bearded, hot, hockey-player status, but the real reasons I like Randy come from his tender moments. The moments when he is excited to see Lily and when he can't wait to touch her, hold her, smell her. It's those moments that I love. And when we see these things from Randy's POV---because that's what we're getting here--it makes me love him that much harder. So, here are the clips I enjoyed the most: From the laundry room scene
I barely let her in the door before I pick her up and crush her against me. I know, without a doubt, that I'm way more invested than I should be in this girl, but I can't seem to give a fuck right now.
Her entire body goes still for a fraction of a second, and then she shakes hard, like she's trying to control it. But she can't, just like I can't control this thing happening with her. And if I don't get to be in control, neither does she.
And the way she's looking at me, like I'm the only one who exists in her world, is the reason I want to keep her.
Because Helena is amazing and gave everyone what they wanted--or maybe Randy is just super persistent and she had to let him tell his side--she wrote the BJ scene from Randy's POV. We get the scene leading up to the phone call from Violet and then we get the BJ and a little background info from Randy. It's amazing. It's also hard for me to believe that when people ask me what my favorite scene from Pucked Over is, I tell them the BJ scene. Give it to me from Randy's POV and I'm even more in love. ...more
If I thought this book was amazing the first time, it doesn't hold a candle to how I feel about it this time around. How did I not realize that listenIf I thought this book was amazing the first time, it doesn't hold a candle to how I feel about it this time around. How did I not realize that listening to Alex and Vi would be better than reading about Alex and Vi? How?! And that accent on Alex? Yum. I have no clue what it is or why I feel like he sounds a bit Irish, but I'll let it go because I'm junk with accents and I find this one dreamy. And Vi! This chick is great! Seriously. I can't get enough of her. I laughed out loud throughout the majority of this book. I looked like a lunatic laughing while driving down the road. I don't even care. And when Charlene says "bless you" and hands Vi a tissue the first time she hears the word Guelph, I died. All. The. Deads. Because I couldn't stop laughing.
Oh! Oh, oh, oh. How in the hell can one even describe the locker room scene properly? That scene is HAWT. I mean, I enjoyed it the first time, but hearing it come out of a man's mouth? Pardon me while I go change into something a little less...constricting.
I had a good time with this. So happy I revisited Alex and Vi. Next up is Buck and Sunny. And then my absolute favorite, Randy. Oh, and Lily. She's there too. ...more
Trucker is Jamie Schlosser’s first novel. Let me just say that I don’t think you’ll notice this while reading. Jamie blew me away with her charactersTrucker is Jamie Schlosser’s first novel. Let me just say that I don’t think you’ll notice this while reading. Jamie blew me away with her characters and story. Angel is a teenage runaway who is trying to make the best of a horrible situation. Equipped with a bit of cash, a backpack, and an old post card from her long-lost mother Angel decided traveling--alone--to California from Maine is a great idea. She quickly learns this is not a good plan.
Travis is a small town guy who happens to be a trucker. He likes the travel aspect and loves that he works with his best friend, Colton, and Colton’s dad, Hank at Hank and Sons Trucking.
Call it fate or kismet or whatever you want, but these two were destined to meet. Both experiencing loss and heartache, the two didn’t have the typical introduction. Angel, on the run, was reduced to showering in public restrooms and living off of convenience store foods. Travis saw her while at a small truck stop. He was mesmerized by her beauty and wanted to get to know her. Little did he know they would come face to face very soon.
Given few option, Angel decides hitchhiking her way to California is the best way to save money and time. Travis, already seeing her in the store, recognizes her immediately and decides to stop.
Does he offer her a ride? Yes. Is this technically dangerous? Yes. Does she care? No. Does he? No.
So, let the sweet, slow descent begin. These two are instantly attracted to one another. Travis has this desire to keep her safe. Angel is determined to get to California. Instead of hitchhiking the rest of the way, Travis offers her a ride--in three weeks. Where should she stay in the meantime? With him, obviously!
What did I love about this book? Everything! I loved the innocence of Travis and Angel, I loved the friendship between Travis and Colton, and I loved the tiny town of Tolson and almost all of her residents. There were a few that were awful--Kendra, anyone? But most were fun and sweet and so in love with the fact that Travis seemed taken with a girl. No one cared about their story, they just saw what Travis and Angel were too blind to see: love.
Who was my absolute favoritest character ever? Beverly. Why, you ask? She’s fucking awesome! ‘Nuff said. Seriously, even if you aren’t a huge fan of virgin love stories--which this is--then you should read it for Ernie and Bev.
I wanted her to be my first, my forever, and everything in between. ...more
3.5 Fangirl Stars You Think You Know by Melinda Harris is the third installment in The Fangirl Series. This story focuses on Nix and Rose. Rose is a sm3.5 Fangirl Stars You Think You Know by Melinda Harris is the third installment in The Fangirl Series. This story focuses on Nix and Rose. Rose is a small town girl who has experienced her fair share of heartache. Cheating father? Check. Ex-husband? Check. Ex-BFF turned BF turned stranger? Check. So, when Rose runs into Nix--literally--the instant attraction catches her off guard. She isn’t ready for the feelings that swirl inside her when this beautiful man helps her after a collision that embarrassing stories are made of.
This is just the beginning for these two. Fortunately, Nix is visiting his godfather which just so happens to be Rose’s employer.
This is a slow building love. The connection may be instant, but Nix is closed off and very conflicted. Rose is a lovable, touchy-feely character, but Nix is the exact opposite. So, when Rose wants to touch him, he pulls away. This leaves Rose conflicted and Nix feeling like a jerk.
Until it all changes. “It has to be all or nothing with you, Rose.” And this is where the story takes a sharp turn into sexy fun! The burn had been slow until this point, but as soon as Nix decides Rose is worth it, he totally lets go of all his reservations. He’s flirty, fun, cocky, and so damn likable.
"I’m pretty good." "Of that I have no doubt, but you’re not as good as me."
I want one, but preferably the fun, flirty Nix. The brooding Nix is hot, but not as hot as fun Nix. Anyway, once things shift between these two, fireworks practically explode on every page.
“I’ve waited so long to have you like this, to kiss you, to touch you. Now I can’t stop, Rose. God, I can’t fucking stop.”
See, explosive. These two have the kind of friendship turned lovers relationship that other people envy. I want more, more, more of Nix. I want more of the fun, sexy guy that was hiding behind Mr. Broodypants. I want more of Rose and Nix. And I’m pretty sure they want more of each other. “I feel like I’ve been waiting for you forever.”...more
You know when you find that one book that you didn't expect and it becomes everything you want in a story? No. Well, Maybe Someday was that book for mYou know when you find that one book that you didn't expect and it becomes everything you want in a story? No. Well, Maybe Someday was that book for me. I stumbled upon it last year right before I went on vacation. I read the book for the i>very first time while sitting in the kitchen at my boyfriend's parents' house. Why do I share this with you? What does this have to do with this audio listen? Well, everything. It has everything to do with it because as I sat in that kitchen, I fell in love. I fell in love in the same way you learn to bake; slowly, carefully, and passionately. I fell for Ridge and Sydney. I fell for the way they moved (in that dress), the way they resisted, and the way they waited.
As this is technically my third re-read of this book, I have to say that I was no less in love with these characters. In fact, I found myself loving them a little bit more than the first time. I'm not sure if this is because I know where the story leads or if it's because I feel like I know the characters a bit better, but I know that I am still in love with these two. This is the couple that firmly planted me in CoHo's corner for life. This is the couple that I always return to. When asked for a top book boyfriend, Ridge makes that list every single time.
Listening to Ridge and Sydney fall in love is a whole new experience. It's one thing to read and devour with my own eyes, but it's an entirely different feeling to hear them fall in love. The narrators bring something I never expected to their love and it isn't something I'll ever forget.
Why do I always come back to Syd and Ridge? Easy. Their love wasn't easy. They struggled, they pushed, they pulled. In the end, it was all worth it. It was worth every bit of pain, every flaw listed, every hurt, and every smile. Their love was beautiful.
This year, with this reread (okay, this listen), I fell in love while sitting in my car on a 16-hour car ride home from that very kitchen I sat in last year. I drove for 12 hours. For almost 10 of those hours, I spent my time with Ridge and Sydney, Warren and Bridgette, Maggie, Brennan, and Sounds of Cedar. Immersing myself in this world will be something I do from now until I can no longer see or hear.