This is the 6th book in the Lucky Harbor series. I am falling more in love with this series with every new instalment that I read. I looked forward alThis is the 6th book in the Lucky Harbor series. I am falling more in love with this series with every new instalment that I read. I looked forward all day to getting home from work so that I could pick this up and catch up with all the Lucky Harbor ladies and their handsome guys.
Grace and Dr Josh in this one weren't even my favourite couple (although don't get me wrong, I still really liked them) but what I did love about this book so much was the circumstances that were set up to bring the two of them together. Josh's five year old son Toby is so cute (little kids always melt my heart), as is his new dog Tank. I loved seeing Grace become more and more like a mother to him, without her even really realising it. She has a very open heart and a lot of love to share, not only with Josh but his family too.
Grace and Josh both have to deal with the responsibilities placed on them and in Grace's case, the fear of not living up to the expectations of her perfect parents. It was nice to see them both learning to do some things for themselves, rather than always trying to please the people around them. The similarities and differences they share make them the perfect couple.
Fans of the series will love 'Forever and a Day' and if you haven't yet discovered any of these books yet, then you could still pick this one up and read it as a stand-alone. A heart-warming, romantic and brilliantly written story to pull at all your emotions. Romance fans out there, this one is for you! ...more
'Lucky in Love' is the fourth book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. I am really enjoying this series and it's perfect for when I want to in'Lucky in Love' is the fourth book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. I am really enjoying this series and it's perfect for when I want to indulge the side of me that loves a good romance novel.
Local girl Mallory Quinn is the one that always looks after everyone else. Her family and her patients at the hospital consume all of her time, until a mysterious hot new guy arrives in town and makes her go weak at the knees. The mysterious hot new guy aka Ty Garrison, is just stopping through as he recovers from his own mental and physical demons. That is until Mallory comes into his life and makes Lucky Harbor look like the perfect stopping place.
Sparks flew off the page whenever Mallory and Ty got together. Jill Shalvis can certainly write hot and sexy but I also like the way that she portrays genuine warmth, love and mutual respect between her characters. I always believe that her couples will stand the test of time. By the end of her stories you know that they are in it for the long haul.
I really enjoyed seeing Mallory grow in confidence throughout the book. She has always tried to please everyone else and do what they think she should do, so it was nice to see her finally taking control of her own life. Although I had to adjust to a whole new set of characters at the beginning of the book, I quite quickly became absorbed in their lives and was rooting for them to overcome their own personal obstacles.
I'm so looking forward to reading Mallory's friends stories next in 'At Last' and 'Forever and a Day'. Both Amy and Grace are introduced at the start and appear throughout as fellow cake and chocolate lovers. There is definitely something going on between Amy and local park ranger Matt so I can't wait to see if this blossoms into love! ...more
Described as "The Hunger Games meets The Princess Diaries" if ever a tagline is going to make me want to read a book, that is it! And what an unusualDescribed as "The Hunger Games meets The Princess Diaries" if ever a tagline is going to make me want to read a book, that is it! And what an unusual book, 'The Potion Diaries' by Amy Alward turned out to be. Unusual in a good way but not at all what I was expecting. It leant much more heavily towards the fantasy genre but was unlike anything else I've read before.
The book combines a modern setting with one where magic is still prevalent. This took a bit of getting used to because it's not every day that you experience magic being talked about in such a matter of fact way. The main character Samantha Kemi has the ability to mix potions. Her talent as an alchemist is second to none and is needed when her family are summoned to take part in an ancient quest to save the Princess from a potion gone awry. Fantasy, magical adventures and drama aplenty enthuse, as Sam joins the hunt to find all the ingredients for an anti-dote.
I have to admit that I wasn't immediately hooked by the story, although I loved the premise. I didn't really get engrossed in it properly until at least six or seven chapters in, so stick with it if it is the same for you because it's definitely worth it. The hunt itself was intriguing and trust me, you wouldn't even begin to be able to predict what was going to happen. It's best to just strap in and enjoy the ride.
I loved the character of Sam. She is brave, resourceful and talented but also incredibly modest. She wants to win the quest so that she can help provide for her family but along the way she learns a lot about her own abilities and talents. Handsome Zain is one of her rival competitors. Dark black hair and blue eyes is always a killer combination, so I was drawn to Zain even though I didn't know if he could be trusted. There are romantic sparks between the two of them, although the romance angle takes more of a backseat to the quest itself, so more romance and kissing next time please!
The book's recipe is to take a dash of humour and a sprinkle of romance. Stir it up with adventure, excitement and danger and you have 'The Potion Diaries'. ...more
This is the first book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis and the first one by this author that I've read. Her writing reminded me of Lisa KleThis is the first book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis and the first one by this author that I've read. Her writing reminded me of Lisa Kleypass and I will definitely be seeking out more of her back catalogue of titles.
'Simply Irresistible' is about three sisters that are left a small beach side inn by their late mother in the town of Lucky Harbor. The story centres around the middle sister, Maddie, who after losing her job and ditching her boyfriend, desperately wants to make the inn her new home. When she meets gorgeous local guy Jax, she has another very good reason to want to stay.
Maddie is a great character. She has let herself be walked over in her life but she is determined to become more assertive and stand up for herself. She is incredible likeable and I loved her slightly up and down sibling relationship with her half-sisters Tara and Chloe. They all have extremely different personalities but their strengths and weaknesses complement each other. As they begin to bond, you have no doubt that they would do anything to support one another.
Sexy Jax is enough to turn anyone's head! He and Maddie together make a great couple. I loved the way he had to work to win over her trust and her heart. Particularly knowing the way she had been hurt in the past. There are some steamy moments between them but on the whole it is more about the wooing and the romance.
Lucky Harbor is like my dream coastal town. It is exactly the sort of place that I would like to live in. By the sea, simple and uncomplicated and where everyone in the small community looks out for each other.
A sweet, sexy and romantic read, this is the perfect book to settle down with on a warm summer's night. I'm going to be picking up the second in the series 'The Sweetest Thing' about the oldest sister Tara immediately and then I will be searching out all of Jill Shalvis's other books too. A delightful read! ...more
This is the book that I think all Rosemary Beach fans were waiting for. The story of Bethy and the elusive and mysterious Tripp. I certainly couldn’tThis is the book that I think all Rosemary Beach fans were waiting for. The story of Bethy and the elusive and mysterious Tripp. I certainly couldn’t wait to pick it up. Although I was incredibly upset about what happened to Jace earlier in the series, I can finally see now why Abbi Glines made the choice she did concerning his character.
I loved all the flashbacks to eight years ago when Tripp and Bethy first fell in love. I had an idea about what had happened between them but it was great to have my suspicions confirmed and to actually see play out the chain of events that led up to the two of them ending up apart.
Bethy has never been my favourite character in the series. She’s had a lot of ups and downs and she has on occasion been flighty and a bit wild. However, she has also matured a lot and finally starts to get her head and her heart together. By the end, she had won me over.
I adore relationships that can endure, even when a substantial amount of time has passed. It always reminds me of 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen which is one of my favourite classic novels. Tripp and Bethy have certainly gone through a lot and it makes their journey towards a happy ever after even more special.
I loved seeing the rest of the gang and Della and Woods getting married at last. They’ve all settled down and have partners and babies which is so sweet to see. It definitely makes you believe in true love! An emotional and heart-wrenching read, it was also joyous and uplifting and will be a sure winner with Abbi Glines' legions of fans. ...more
This is the third book in the Beautifully Broken series by Courtney Cole. I've enjoyed both of the previous two titles in the series but I wasn't sureThis is the third book in the Beautifully Broken series by Courtney Cole. I've enjoyed both of the previous two titles in the series but I wasn't sure about this one because it focuses on Gabe's sister Jacey who I wasn't a big fan of previously. However she really did win me over. I came to see that yes, she had made a lot of mistakes in the past but she was strong enough to realise that and to make a conscious decision to try and put her life back on track and build a better future. She learnt to respect herself and to not take any crap from anyone else.
As Jacey is trying to turn her life around, handsome actor Dominic Kinkaide is still haunted by a traumatic event in his past. Although he may be broken inside, Jacey could be just the one to put him back together again. I love Courtney Cole's characters. They are not perfect but that makes them much more real and human. They slip up a lot and sometimes I didn't like the decisions they made, but they always keep on going and that is an admirable quality to have.
Sexy Dominic wasn't necessarily my kind of guy in the beginning but he opens up a lot as the story progresses and I came to see quite a different side to him. Some of his lifestyle choices are questionable but when you begin to find out more about him, I began to see why he had closed parts of himself off.
'Before We Fall' turned out to be another great instalment in what is a thoroughly enjoyable series about men and women finding love against the odds. Although it wasn't my favourite, I still found it a great read and I loved hearing titbits about Gabe and co.
I would love to read a book about Gabe and Jacey's friend Brandt in the future. He is definitely boyfriend material! ...more
Dewayne Falco has been a permanent fixture in Sea Breeze since the start of this brilliant series. Always in the background and usually drunk, with aDewayne Falco has been a permanent fixture in Sea Breeze since the start of this brilliant series. Always in the background and usually drunk, with a different woman on his arm every night, he's been somewhat of an elusive figure. Part of Preston, Cage and Marcus's group of friends, not much has been revealed about his own past...until now.
I love the way that Abbi Glines can take a character who you think you've made up your mind about and then get you to completely change your opinion of them within a couple of pages. That's exactly what happened with Dewayne, who I thought I wasn't going to like, judging from what I'd seen of him in previous books, but whom I absolutely ended up loving. If you think he's just a shallow, egotistical ladies man then think again. There's much more to Dewayne Falco than first meets the eye.
As well as hot, swoonworthy men, Abbi Glines also writes wonderful female characters and Sienna was no exception. The love she has for her son shines out from every page and it's evident from the start that she will do anything to try and give him the happiness he deserves. She puts aside her own feelings to welcome the Falco family back into their lives and she is totally selfless when it comes to Micah. He, of course, is an absolute cutie and impossible to resist.
It's obvious from the beginning that Sienna and Dewayne should be together but seeing them work out the mistakes and misunderstandings of their past is what makes this such an enjoyable read. They have to get past the ghost of Dewayne's brother Dustin first but I loved seeing them rediscover each other again.
In my opinion, Abbi Glines never puts a foot wrong and I adore each and every one of her books. She is on my auto-buy list and I know I'm in safe hands when I read one of her stories. She never disappoints! ...more
This book made me instantly think of what it might have been like behind the scenes on the Twilight films, as we get to see how the relationships andThis book made me instantly think of what it might have been like behind the scenes on the Twilight films, as we get to see how the relationships and romances play out between the three leads on a remote Hawaiin film set.
Paige Townsen is plucked from obscurity to be the lead in the latest YA book to movie adaptation. On the set she's caught between the gorgeous Rainer and the inexplicable attraction she feels for the enigmatic Jordan. If you love Young Hollywood then you will enjoy 'Famous in Love' which explores this world in depth, showcasing the real day to day life of the actors away from the glitz and glamour of magazine shoots and red carpet premieres.
I was a bit fed-up of the fact that yet again this book features another love triangle but it was written really well, even if I found it quite easy to make my mind up about the two boys from the very start. I couldn't quite understand how Paige found herself quite so torn between the two of them. The story isn't only about romance however. It's also about Paige being on her own for the first time away from her family and how she adjusts to her new-found independence. Her relationship with her friends is also shifting and changing and she's having to find her feet in a world which is alien to her.
I enjoyed Rebecca Serle's writing style and I like the way that she really gets inside her characters' heads. The only thing that spoilt this book slightly for me was the ending. It wasn't how I wanted the book to finish and even though I think I understand what the outcome was, I'm actually not entirely sure (if anyone else has read it and wants to chat about it, let me know!).
If you're intrigued about the book which is being made into a film as part of the storyline of 'Famous in Love' then good news, you can read an e-novella of 'Locked'. I'm intrigued enough about it that I think I will be taking a look. ...more
This is the concluding part of Harlow and Grant's story which began in 'Take a Chance'. I found it one of the most emotionally moving books that I'veThis is the concluding part of Harlow and Grant's story which began in 'Take a Chance'. I found it one of the most emotionally moving books that I've read so far in the series. It was hard to see the words on the page at times because I was crying so much.
The point of view alternates between Harlow and Grant as we get to see them on the next stage of their journey together. The narrative intersperses various letters as well which really added such a poignancy to the book. It goes without saying that I loved Grant but actually I adored Harlow too. She is such a pure-hearted and good person, both inside and out, that you cannot help but wish that you had someone like her in your life.
The book was a quick read but only really because I couldn't put it down! I always have to read Abbi's books in one sitting because they are so wonderfully good and totally addictive.
I love the Rosemary Beach crowd and it was great getting to see some of the other characters again. I was taken aback by the unexpected act carried out by one of them and thrilled to see them all taking such a big part in each others' lives. I'm over the moon as well that we will finally get to read about Tripp and Bethy who are the subject of the next book. I think that this is the one that we've all been waiting for!
Pitched absolutely perfectly, Abbi Glines will break your heart with this story of a love so strong and true that it can conquer any adversity. A perfect fairy tale finish for one of my favourite couples. ...more
This is a cross between an Adult and New Adult book but whichever category you put it in, it is a really moving and quite emotional read. This is theThis is a cross between an Adult and New Adult book but whichever category you put it in, it is a really moving and quite emotional read. This is the second book in the series but I don’t think that it matters too much if you read them out of order because they are more like standalone stories anyway. Some characters do appear in this one from the first book but I personally don't feel like it spoils anything.
Maddison or Maddy as she’s known to her friends and family is searching for something although she doesn’t quite know what. Gabriel (which happens to be one of my favourite guy names ever!) is running from something which haunts him. The two together are a combustible combination if they can first help each other deal with the ghosts of their past.
I wasn’t too sure about Maddy to begin with. She displays some behaviour which I wasn’t particularly a fan of. However, as I got to know her and learn more about what she had sacrificed, I came to really admire her and her self-sacrifices. She is incredibly tough and very protective of her younger sister which is another quality I loved about her. It was great getting to see her character grow over the course of the story and come out a stronger person on the other side.
Gabe on the other hand I liked instantly. He is dealing with a lot of issues but his determination to overcome these made me like him even more. I loved the way in which he eventually became someone on whom Maddy could lean on, rather than her always having to look after herself.
Courtney Cole does a great job of showing the emotional and mental impact that serving in the military has on the brave men and women that go out there to protect us and this was an element of the story which really resonated with me.
‘If You Leave’ was a fantastic book which I devoured in one sitting. I will definitely be picking up book three which is about Gabe's sister and is called 'Before We Fall'. ...more
'Bad For You' is the seventh book in the Sea Breeze series and one of my favourites so far! I literally fell in love with this one and I can't wait to'Bad For You' is the seventh book in the Sea Breeze series and one of my favourites so far! I literally fell in love with this one and I can't wait to pick it up and read it all over again. In the meantime, I may just go back and re-read some of my favourite Krit and Blythe moments.
I wasn't too sure about Krit from the glimpses I'd had of him in the previous book 'Misbehaving'. Although he'd shown me some attractive qualities, he also came across as a real womaniser who found it impossible to be faithful to just one woman. What I love about Abbi Glines however, is that she really gets under the skin of a character and allows you to see their true personality. I ended up completely changing my original perception of Krit and by the end I had fallen for him and fallen hard. Blythe is one lucky girl! Krit's addictive personality means that he quite quickly becomes infatuated with Blythe - even when he is still trying to deny his feelings for her to himself. Although he is extremely experienced, she is not and I thought it was touching that he was so tender and caring where she was concerned, never making her take the next step until she was ready.
In comparison, I loved Blythe from the very beginning. We share some similar character traits and she is the kind of person who I would have liked to have had as a best friend. Although she is shy and hates to be the centre of attention, she never fails to speak up for Krit and sees the real him, underneath the tattoos and piercings and his rock star persona. I enjoyed seeing how she interacted with the other people in Krit's life too, especially his sister Trisha, who has always been the one to defend and protect him in the past. Even though she has had a really tough upbringing and has never been shown an ounce of love, she is still willing to open herself up to others and lay herself bare. I admired so many things about her that I think she may even be my favourite female character of the whole series.
I never want to leave Sea Breeze - I adore the characters and their stories and I could go on reading about them forever! Abbi Glines never disappoints me with her truly fantastic books and 'Bad For You' has shot right to the top of my best reads of 2014. ...more
I absolutely adore the new look to the Sea Breeze series. I think the covers are much more fitting to the stories than the previous black ones and looI absolutely adore the new look to the Sea Breeze series. I think the covers are much more fitting to the stories than the previous black ones and look so, so pretty on my shelves!
'Misbehaving' is the latest book in the series and for the first time in an Abbi Glines story, features a bad girl main character. Jess is a small town girl who lives with her stripper mother. She is far from an innocent virgin and knows how to use her obvious charms to get her own way. Although I don't often like bad girls and it took me much longer to warm to Jess than previous characters such as Willow and Amanda Hardy, I'm still glad that Abbi took a chance and went for it. She managed to give Jess lots of interesting layers and showed that beneath her tough exterior she is as hopeful for love as everyone else.
Jess is knocked off her feet when handsome Jason Stone, brother of Jax, appears in her life. It just goes to show that even bad girls sometimes need a white knight and Jason is it for her. He has to work hard to prove himself to her but as she begins to open up to him, he finds that she is vulnerable and insecure, as well as loving and selfless. The latter qualities are particularly shown through her relationship with her mother. The two are best friends as well as mother and daughter and it is obvious that they would support each other through thick and thin.
It was great getting to see Jax Stone's little brother get his own story at last! Who knew that Jason would grow up to be quite so gorgeous and chivalrous. I also loved seeing glimpses of all the other characters that make up the Sea Breeze community and it made me smile that they all seem to be growing up and settling down with their own children now.
In my opinion, Abbi Glines never puts a foot wrong and 'Misbehaving' is yet another fabulous instalment in one of my all-time favourite series. ...more
If you are looking for a gutsy, heart-wrenching read which packs a real emotional punch then look no further than Colleen Hoover's new novel 'Ugly LovIf you are looking for a gutsy, heart-wrenching read which packs a real emotional punch then look no further than Colleen Hoover's new novel 'Ugly Love'. Be prepared to have your emotions tossed all over the place as you chart the course of Tate and Miles's turbulent relationship. If anyone knows how to get my insides all knotted up then it's Colleen Hoover. I'm always prepared with a box of tissues to hand because I usually know that I'm going to be crying by the end of the book and 'Ugly Love' was no exception.
The story follows Tate Collins and Miles Archer who first meet when Tate finds Miles slumped outside of her apartment door. The book splits into two narratives which alternate throughout. The present day shows the two's burgeoning relationship and the past explores what happened six years ago when Miles was still living at home with his father. I thought this narrative device worked really well in helping to explain why Miles has become the way he is and I was glued to both storylines.
Miles and Tate's relationship is based purely on sex. Miles tells Tate that he doesn't want love or a relationship based on anything other than the physical. She thinks she can cope with this until she begins to fall for him and fall hard but can she discover what is stopping him from opening up to her and letting his heart feel again?
The whole way through I was half-afraid of discovering what Miles's secret heartbreak was because I just knew that it was going to be something truly terrible. At the same time, I was desperate to know although I did have my suspicions along the way about what it might be. Colleen Hoover definitely doesn't hold back from taking the reader right to the brink of despair only to show us some hope at the end of the road. I was in tatters by the end and completely blown away by the story and the depth of the characters' emotions.
'Ugly Love' is an incredible book by an amazing author which will take you on an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. ...more
This is the third book by UK YA author Liz Bankes. It features my favourite so far of her female characters - the perennial worrier Rosie, who is abouThis is the third book by UK YA author Liz Bankes. It features my favourite so far of her female characters - the perennial worrier Rosie, who is about to move in with her boyfriend Cal and start a brand new internship in Oxford. Rosie worries about everything (and with so many changes going on in her life, there are a little of things to occupy her mind) and feels socially awkward a lot of the time. She’s been with Cal for a year and the two of them seem quite secure in their relationship until Rosie freaks out about the fact that man-eater Cleo is moving into the house too.
Rosie undergoes a big transition throughout the book. She is at that crux point where she has to decide what she wants to do with her future and she has to finally stand up for herself and not bow to the pressure that her Mum is putting her under. This is something that everyone has to face at some point and it was interesting seeing Rosie begin to develop confidence in herself and find her own chosen path. She also learns a lot about relationships and trust as she and Cal have to weather the ups and downs of their romance.
‘Unstoppable’ features lots of familiar faces from Liz Bankes earlier books. There’s Mia and Gabi, as well as Jamie and Dan. It was great to catch up with them and see how all the friends were getting on and in which direction their lives were headed in next.
This was a sweet romance and a great summer read. I missed a little of the polish of some of the US YA books which I read but I still really enjoyed this one. It had a great mix of humour with drama and romance. I read it in one sitting and look forward to my next Liz Bankes story. ...more