After Reading Me Before You, and absolutely loving it, I thought: “Why not?” And went right out and started One Plus One.
ThoughWhat a lovely book.
After Reading Me Before You, and absolutely loving it, I thought: “Why not?” And went right out and started One Plus One.
Though it did take me more time than I thought it would initially (for reasons not related to the book at all) it was quite amazing.
It’s about this woman named Jess. Jess is a single mom living with her daughter Tanzie and her stepson Nicky, working as a cleaner, and struggling to make ends meet.
So when Tanzie is offered the chance to participate in a Maths Olympiad, which’s winner prize is enough money to help Jess put her through a private school and brighten a little her future, she does everything she can to get them there.
With the help of Ed Nicholls, a geeky guy whose house Jess cleans twice a week (and who has plenty of problems of his own), they set off on a trip to Scotland, which will be filled with more problems and heartbreaks than originally anticipated, but also with unexpected surprises.
Now, let me just say that this family goes through some serious crap. Like a lot of it; to the point that you want to get into the book and lend them a hand or something.
It tugs at your heartstrings seeing Jess trying to keep an optimistic view of things when everything is crumbling down around her; to see Tanzie doing what she loves and then realizing maybe if she tried be like everyone else bad things wouldn’t happen ; and to see Nicky who is constantly bullied and who feels he doesn’t fit in anywhere. And that goes without mentioning Ed’s problems, who despite doing his best to try not to care or get involved ends up falling for this family as bad as the readers surely will (me included).
I have to admit that Jojo Moyes is on a fast track onto my favorite authors list, given I’ve already read two of her books in a row, something that doesn’t happen often.
Her writing has a way of pulling you in, and you just don’t want to stop until you know for sure the fate that awaits these characters, until you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they will be okay now.
I am definitely recommending this book, actually not only this books, but the author. You don’t want to miss this, I promise. (;
"I want to see what we can add up to, Jessica Rae Thomas. All of us. What do you say?"
This book was not at all when I was expecting. When I first read the summary for this book I knew it was a book I wanted to read, a book I had to readThis book was not at all when I was expecting. When I first read the summary for this book I knew it was a book I wanted to read, a book I had to read. But it brings us a rather intense topic, so I put it off, until a few days ago when I started reading and couldn't stop anymore.
I had a feeling it would be one of those books. The kind that once you start and don't want to stop, even though it's five in the morning and you are supposed to wake up an hour later to go to work (the responsible side of my brain didn't let me go that far though, thank god).
Not everything is perfect with Me Before You, it had it's up and downs. What bothered me the most was the way some characters acted and reacted, including our main girl Lu, she could get on your nerves sometimes. But not even wanting to shake the main characters (yes, both of them sometimes) can you think this book isn't amazing. Because it is so much more beyond that.
I don't want to say too much, as I tend to do when a book is as darn good as this one, so I'll say this: read it. It's definitely a must-read, that even though you will probably cry quite a lot (if you are like me) and end up with a rather bittersweet feeling, it is most definitely worth it.
“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
I think I'm in shock. Even though I've seen the movie more than once already, and even though I have already seen the second. I was not prepared for tI think I'm in shock. Even though I've seen the movie more than once already, and even though I have already seen the second. I was not prepared for this book.
Holy cow! That's about all I have to say. Stunned into silence. Doesn't happen often, either.
Cannot wait to start Catching Fire, good thing I have it already! :D ...more
No! I feel like screaming NO! at the top of my lungs. No. It couldn't have ended like that.
I have been carring this book around in my bag --all five hNo! I feel like screaming NO! at the top of my lungs. No. It couldn't have ended like that.
I have been carring this book around in my bag --all five hundred pages of it-- for the past three weeks, so I could read even if it was a page whenever I had the time. But no time in the world would have prepared me for that ending. In a way I think I saw it coming, I just didn't want to believe it could happen, but it did, and I am utterly heartbroken right now.
I will work on a better review when I have the time, and am not so devastated by it..but before I go, and not to leave you with a bad impression, let me just say: this book was amazing. It just broke my heart, but it was amazing.
If there is one thing I will do when my finals are over is read the novella and then Never Fade. ...more
When I started reading this book I was, at first pretty confused, and then I was like WTH? Because I thought it was contemporary, and judging from somWhen I started reading this book I was, at first pretty confused, and then I was like WTH? Because I thought it was contemporary, and judging from some reviews I read right after this WTH moment, I was not alone. But as it turns out it was my own fault for not checking the genres list on the side. *facepalm*
And while I an really not a fan of historical books —this being my second book in the genre in my 22 years if life (let’s not count school books)— this book was special. I started reading, confused myself silly and then it all started clicking together.
So while the blurb and the cover might be misleading, do not fret. Read this book all the way through because you will not regret it, I promise.
Now to the book…sort of.
I don’t usually take this long to read a book I really like (too long being three days), and this was definitely a book I was loving. But the way it was written slowed me down a bit. I am not saying it didn’t work for the book because, gah if it did! But I am not used to it, so it took some time to get along with it.
To be honest, All the Truth that’s in Me has a little bit of everything. There is mystery and suspense and heartbreak and romance and all you can possibly think of. It’s quite a dark book, and it can be overwhelming at times, but keep on, because it is worth it.
“The people you save won't celebrate you. They'll gather the wood and cheer while you burn.”
Needless to say I was tearing up more than once. Sometimes it was because the story is so disturbing there is nothing left for you to do; other times it was because of the love story within, and some other times it was because I was so angry I wanted to murder everyone. Seriously, you will witness some serious injustices and it will tear you apart, but it’s just part of the experience.
And since I am trying to keep this short, and you can read my updates and see my reactions (all over the place) I must end saying: read this book right now! ;)
“To tell the truth will make me loathsome in your eyes. Even more than I already am. I pledge to give you all the truth that's in me. And you want me to tell you this.”
Collateral Damage is the companion novel to Cross My Heart. It’s the story told from Parker’s point of view.
If you haven’t read Cross My Heart yet, tCollateral Damage is the companion novel to Cross My Heart. It’s the story told from Parker’s point of view.
If you haven’t read Cross My Heart yet, then I strongly advice you go for that one first as there are a lot of things that might be confusing had you not read that one first. You can check my review for Cross My Hearthere.
And maybe you shouldn’t keep reading this review if you haven’t read it yet, I’m afraid there are some unavoidable spoilers coming.
You’ve been warned…
It was fairly interesting to know the story from Parker’s point of view…
Nah, who am I kidding, it was pretty freaking awesome.
There’s so much we don’t know about Parker’s feelings in Cross My Heart that we learn in Collateral Damage. There’s so much about Parker’s real life we didn’t know that we learn here. And it was fascinating, and worrisome.
It was obvious Parker had a life besides his undercover job, I just didn’t know what kind of life it was and who was in it until I read Collateral Damage and to be honest I was a little disappointed in Parker for the way he acted sometimes. But to his credit there was a whole lot of guilt going on, for telling lies to Jaden when it was clear all he wanted to do was tell her the whole truth; for also lying to everyone else in his life; for having feelings for Jade when he knew he couldn’t, not until his undercover assignment was over, not until his other ties were severed.
“If I met Jaden at some other time, in some other universe... I would've asked her out. I would've asked her out in a second, and I wouldn't have taken no for an answer.”
In Collateral Damage Parker’s feelings are all open, he can’t hide them from himself anymore than he can fight them off. His confliction and pain are so on the surface you can feel them yourself. I already knew how things ended, yes, still it felt like I didn’t. I felt his pain as badly as I felt Jaden’s, maybe even more so. I felt his need to make things right by her whatever the cost and it killed me all over again.
“I don't know this person – this me I've become. I don't know who I am anymore – only that I like who I am when I'm with her, and I like who she is when she's with me.”
Collateral Damage is –dare I say –even sweeter, even cuter than Cross My Heart, if only because we’re seeing everything through Parker’s eyes. Just get ready to go over all the emotions you when through while reading Cross My Heart, don’t even think for a second that you’ll be spared. And let’s not forget the little scenes that we get a deeper gimps on, like the motorcycle ride, swoon anyone? ;)
“And when she smiled I know it's worth the risk. I know that, whatever happens, I can't miss the opportunity. I won't look back on my life and regret letting this girl slip away from me.”
PS. I loved the epilogue. It made me laugh! :D ...more
This book was every bit as perfect as I thought it would be when I first read the summay and more.
Talk about warm-your-heart-cute. I absolutely lovedThis book was every bit as perfect as I thought it would be when I first read the summay and more.
Talk about warm-your-heart-cute. I absolutely loved this book. It was adorable. It has humor, cute moments that will ensure your cheeks hurt from ginning, and a little heartbreak. It is, for sure, one of those books that leave you in a happy cloud after you are done.
Right now I am rendered completely speechless. I'm not even going to try to write a review because besides that fact, it's 4 am and I've been readingRight now I am rendered completely speechless. I'm not even going to try to write a review because besides that fact, it's 4 am and I've been reading since the second my eyes focused on the first page. I'm only stoping now, so let's just say my brain is fried! LOL
One last thing: omgomgomgomg. Yup. I can go now. ;)...more
Can we stop a moment to appreciate the perfection that is this book?
Five minutes of swooning and grinning later…
Okay, now we can begin this review.
YoCan we stop a moment to appreciate the perfection that is this book?
Five minutes of swooning and grinning later…
Okay, now we can begin this review.
You know the quote: “curiosity often leads to trouble”? It seems as if Poppy Wyatt didn’t, and you’re about to find out why.
Poppy Wyatt just lost her engagement ring, a priceless engagement, a family heirloom nonetheless. And she’s freaking out.
Can’t really blame her, can we? But freaking out turns into an understatement when her phone gets stolen. Her life is over. Over!
“I've never felt so bereft and panicky. What do I do without my phone? How do I function? My hand keeps automatically reaching for my phone in its usual place in my pocket. Every instinct in me wants to text someone, 'OMG, I've lost my phone!' but how can do that without a bloody phone?”
In the chaos after a hotel fire drill Poppy is left searching for her ring in the most ridiculous places. Now not only ring-less, but also phone-less Poppy needs a solution and she needs it fast. Her future in-laws are on their way from Chicago and she doesn’t have the ring, and now without a phone how can anyone contact her if they find it?!
At least one of her problems gets solved when she finds a phone in a bin, it was thrown away, there’s no harm in taking it, is there? Whatever the cost, Poppy is not letting go of that phone, never!
So when the owner of the phone, Sam Roxton, wants it back Poppy plays every card under her sleeve to keep it, if one for a few days. Until they find her ring. Because they are going to find it! For sure, there’s no chance they won’t… right?
And then an unusual relationship is formed.
I’ve Got Your Number was hilarious. I adored Poppy to bits, all with her crazy neurotic freak-outs, with her endless internal rants and her footnotes.
“Hi." "Hi." I shrug, as though to say "Whatever." In my peripheral vision I can see Magnus exhale. He looks a teeny bit nervous. "So." "So." I can play this game too. "Poppy." "Poppy. I mean, Magnus." I scowl. He caught me out.
I adored Sam too, with his all-business attitude, with his secrets and his killer smile. With his thoughtful comments and sweet moments.
There’s so much more I want to say, but I won’t, I won’t because I don’t want to spoil it to anybody. This book is most definitely worth the read. It might be slow at the beginning, as a matter of fact I wasn’t entirely happy with it, but boy does it get better, and if nothing else Poppy’s humor and optimism in the most ridiculous of circumstances keeps you going.
There was also her curiosity as I said at the beginning. Boy this girl cannot mind her own business to save her life! And it got her in a ton of trouble, which led to a lot of funny and embarrassing moments.
“I'm blushing. I'm blushing at my own stupid, nonsensical, meaningless thought process, which, by the way, nobody knows about except me. So I can relax. I can stop this now and drop the ridiculous idea that Sam can read my mind and knows I fancy him– No. Stop. Stop. That's ridiculous. This is just– Erase the word fancy. I do not. I do not. I need to backtrack. I need to reboot. Do not save changes.”
I’ve Got Your Number has a little of everything. It’s funny and will have you laughing out loud in no time. It’s has its own little crisis and not so little crisis. It’s a little heartbreaking here and there. It’s romantic and so sweet! *swoonsamswoon* It has its own shocking moments and infuriating moments. And it has an amazing ending. Amazing! I’m still grinning after reading it.
It’s a definite must-read, it is as of this moment a favorite of mine. So go check it out, if anything you’ll have a laugh or two with Poppy. ...more
It reminded me a little of Beautiful Disaster at time, but it’s so much better. And this is said considering that I did lOh my god, I loved this book!
It reminded me a little of Beautiful Disaster at time, but it’s so much better. And this is said considering that I did like Beautiful Disaster quite some.
Charade is about this girl and this boy getting together in an attempt to hide themselves. Cheyenne needs to show her cheating ex-boyfriend that she’s better off. And Colt needs money to overcome his mother’s medical expenses. But neither are being truthful, with each other or themselves.
Colt is a bad boy. And he’s hurting. His mother is dying of cancer and there’s nothing he can do, it’s driving him crazy. So he does anything he can to forget. To live, if only for a few hours, in a world where his mother is not withering away and he can’t help her. He can hide in girls and parties all he wants, but that doesn’t take away how much he cares and hurts for his mother.
Cheyenne has plenty of demons herself. No one knows her real self, maybe not even she does. She hides away in pretenses and sarcastic comments. She pretends to be the perfect girl that no one would leave, she pretends to live in a world where her panic attacks aren’t as severe as she lets on, in a world where her mother didn’t left her just because. But with all that she has to deal with, she’s strong. Admirably so.
And despite all their problems they find solace in each other. Physical at first, but there’s no stopping the sparks flying everywhere. And when circumstances bring them closer still, there’s no resisting falling for each other.
I’m so in love with this book. It made me cry like a baby, both happy and sad tears, but the fact that the author was able to transmit all those emotions to me just made me love it more. This is my second book by Nyrae Dawn and I loved the first one so much it’s actually one of my favorite. Nyrae has a way of making her characters so real it’s hard to let go. She’s fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
I’m so completely recommending Charade. Read it. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful and sweet and heartbreaking and just the best kind of emotional rollercoasters.
By the way, I cannot wait to read the second book in this series! :D...more
Get ready, because with Hollywood Holiday you’re in for a ride!
Jen Fleming is a Hollywood actress; she’s a party girl, a trouble makRating: 4.5 stars.
Get ready, because with Hollywood Holiday you’re in for a ride!
Jen Fleming is a Hollywood actress; she’s a party girl, a trouble maker. Paparazzi follow her every move and after one too many bad decisions she only wants to be her old self again. She just wants to be Jenny again; the woman, the actress. Without the baggage and problems trailing right behind.
Things start looking up when on the flight home she sits next to a gorgeous, sweet, and completely swoon-worthy ex-marine. If only he didn’t recognize Jennifer Fleming in her, then we’d be all good.
It appears Jenny is on a lucky day, because cute-dimples-Gunner is not a movie guy. Now there’s only one thing missing for Jenny to be completely at ease. Get over her irrational fear that the plain is going down.
The beginning of Hollywood Holiday was completely hilarious. Jen had some serious problem with her brain filter, not that I blame her with Gunner siting right next to her. She also had some funny monologues. It was hard not to giggle.
"He grinned and I stared. Good looking didn't cut it. He was seriously hot. And he had a dimple. A really adorable dimple."
Really, if she could just stop talking about his dimples! That was on the second page, and I was in love with Gunner already. Damn his dimples!
Ah! Hard as it might be to believe Gunner was much more than a hot body and a couple of dimples. He was so incredibly sweet, I melted. Not everyone is going to let you squeeze his hand until it hurts, or hold you when the plain is going over a rough patch, or let you sleep on his chest when you’re having a complete freak-out. Especially not if you’re a stranger to him.
Ugh, he was funny too! Such perfection is not fair. And yes, you can totally picture me pouting right now, because I am. Where’s my Gunner, damnit! *wink*He was a bit cocky sometimes, but in a funny way. It never failed to make me giggle. Yet… oh yes, because we need to make him more perfect, there was vulnerability and tenderness behind all that muscle.
[For the record. This is so not me complaining, alright?]
Jenny was not far behind. She was going through a hard time both in her personal life and her career, so it’s understandable that she would feel a little down and needy. But she had a way of seeing herself that made me sad. Sure, she made mistakes, don’t we all? Yet she always made it seem like she didn’t deserve a second chance, and it made me sad.
"Bottom line: he was a good guy. And good guys didn't end up with girls like me. No matter how much I might wish things were different."
Try as she might though, she didn’t stand a chance against Gunner. He was sweet and caring and thoughtful and hot. Did I mention hot? Right.
The closer she got to him, the harder it was to stay away. The harder it was not to fall for him. And the harder it was to keep her identity as an actress a secret, because the second Gunner knew who she was he was out the door, and she knew it.
While Hollywood Holiday might fall into the category of predictable books –meaning we know where the story is going –you’ll be surprised with the twists and turns the story takes. I admit I was actually gasping once (don’t worry it wasn’t anything bad). And that just made me love it more.
Hollywood Holiday has it all. A swoon-worthy hero, a funny –yet sometimes needy –heroine, a cute dog, annoying and loving family, butt kicking, and some steamy scenes. What else can we ask for?
Not much left, huh? Now I’ll just make sure to pick the first book in this series to read as soon as I can, there’s no way I’m missing Sasha Summers’s amazing storytelling skills. And you better don’t!
If you’re looking for something funny, something sweet, heartbreaking and steamy, Hollywood Holiday might just be it.
One Night With a Hero was, damn, so good! Sexy, sweet, heartbreaking, endearing and all kinds of amazing.
Brady Scott is part of the Army Special ForceOne Night With a Hero was, damn, so good! Sexy, sweet, heartbreaking, endearing and all kinds of amazing.
Brady Scott is part of the Army Special Forces, sent stateside to get his emotions under control. You see, he has some serious anger management issues. And until he can get over his past and all the rage swimming inside him he cannot return to his missions.
With a dark and painful past, it’s hard for Brady to let go of the anger he has towards his father. In fact, it just might be the only thing that keeps him together, his anger. Having spent the last years of his teenage life taking care of his sister and protecting both her and himself from the abuses of his drunken father, Brady is brooding, and broken. He doesn’t believe in love or any lasting emotions, and keeps his guard up at all times.
So you can imagine his surprise (and my delight) when he finds a woman that might just be enough to keep his mind from dark places.
Jocelyn –Joss –Daniels is all colors and rebellion… on the outside. She has multiple tattoos across her body, a tongue piercing and pink highlights on her hair. But on the inside lays a very insecure, vulnerable woman wary of anything that might hurt her already broken heart.
When they meet sparks fly. Brady is both captivated and intrigued by this woman’s obvious wit and vulnerability, and especially by the strong attraction he feels towards her. Yet his past has never let him have more than one night to forget, one night to let go. But Joss might just prove to be too addicting for only one night.
Joss doesn’t usually indulge herself in one-night-stands, but why shouldn’t she? She’s a grown woman, who feels utterly attracted to a very hot, and sweet man. Albeit a stranger, but still.
A very hot, damn sexy, purportedly non-serial-killer stranger.
Can I excuse myself for a second (or a few) to swoon in peace? My god! It’s hard not to swoon when Brady is involved. I mean, how can you resist his hotness and obvious sweetness and protectiveness towards Joss? I sure couldn’t. I wouldn’t. Isn’t it just that much better when they just can’t figure out why they feel such things? Ah!
One Night With a Hero had me in a rollercoaster of emotions. First I was fanning myself. Let me just tell you, those first few pages were hot! Then I was totally swooning, and maybe pouting a little too. I could feel the heartbreak in the air. And it was going to be a major one. I may or may not have cried a little. And wanted to slap Brady so hard it hurt. Jeez!
Okay, yes I was majorly angry with Brady. Read it, you’ll know why. It could be summed up to: stupid mistakes followed by stupid words. Damn him! I was angry, but I forgave him, all in my true fashion, of course.
In a way I also understood him, it was hard. But there is no excuse to treat the woman you love the way he did. So I was taking Joss’ side and I thoroughly enjoyed her torturing him… Even though it might not have been torturing, only I took it like that?
Anyway. I got carried away, as per usual. As I was saying… first I was fanning myself, then I was swooning and getting angry and all that stuff, and then I was grinning so hard my cheeks hurt.
I loved the last thirty percent of this book to death. It was beyond perfect. It made me smile a lot. It wasn’t a rushed happy ending like some books tend to have, it was slow and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
And then he kissed her long and hard, marveling at how the rest of his life had started with just one night.
One Night With a Hero was a great read. Steamy, sweet and heartwarming, a romance story you don’t want to miss. Plus, there’s the addition of seeing Alyssa and Marco again (from Her Forbidden Hero).
To say I was hesitant to read this book is pretty much an understatement. I bought it on a book fair here in my city, it was the only book cover thatTo say I was hesitant to read this book is pretty much an understatement. I bought it on a book fair here in my city, it was the only book cover that I recognized, but I didn't remember what it was about, and the back cover summary wasn't giving much away, so I took a chance and bought it.
When I later read Goodread's description I was freaking out a little. It was way far from my usual reads. In fact, I'm not a fan of history. At all. So yes, I was scared of reading it and hating it, even more when I heard a few people saying they were disappointed with it.
As it turns out it wasn't so bad after all, and if I'm being completely honest, it was way more than just "not bad." It was amazing and beautiful.
I was scared it would be more of a history lesson, and I wouldn't understand much since my knowledge in this topic is pretty limited. I'm bad in history, I have a bad memory so it's hard to remember things that don't really call my attention. History in school was hell for me.
Between Shades of Gray was a moving and beautiful book. And also, a book I find very difficult to review. Maybe it's because I read it in Spanish and now I have to translate every word in my head to write this review, and maybe it is because I'm still in that high after reading such a good book.
Between Shades of Gray made me cry, and cry, and scream some, and cry some more. It was incredibly touching and emotive. It was beautifully written too (keep in mind that I read the Spanish translation, and if you remember me saying that I hate reading translated books, to say that I liked this one, is saying a lot).
It follows the story of Lina, a fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl deported along with her mother and little brother by the NKVD under Stalin's orders, around 1941.
The horrors and atrocities these people went through on a daily basis is unimaginable. It hurts just to think it could be possible, and the thing is: it was. It happened.
"Sure, we were safe. Safe in the arms in hell."
They starve, they get sick, they die. People work to their bones for a little bit of food. 300 grams of bread, actually. They are humiliated, tortured, killed.
The novel does nothing to hide the horrors they went through, as it shouldn't. I think the pain and anger Lina felt was amazingly portrayed in this novel. I was angry along with her, I was livid! I wanted to get into the book and punch everyone in the face. And maybe hug Lina and Andrius, and her brother. And yeah.
“I planted a seed of hatred in my heart. I swore it would grow to be a massive tree whose roots would strangle them all.”
But not all is pain and hurt. There's love, too. I think this is what made be fall in love with this book. That no matter how much pain and suffering you're going through there's always that ray of sun shinning through that will keep you going, as cheesy as it may sound. Lina's little say of sunshine was her family, her mother and her brother, and her need to find her father. And eventually, Andrius too.
I'm too much of a romantic addict not to notice the little romance in the novel and grab onto it to help me keep going. It kept hoping for more, wishing it would turn out okay. I'm too much of a romantic addict not to swoon and cry over the little we get to glimpse of Lina and Andrius' love and relationship.
Between Shades of Gray might start off slowly, painfully, but it will claw its way into your heart and not let you go. When I was done reading it, I told everyone that would hear about it. I needed to share all the pain and love that was this book. I needed to let it out and maybe get someone else to read it so I could have someone to gush about it with.
I got my wish.
Between Shades of Gray was inevitably dark, but moving, and beautiful, and despite not being my usual genre I loved it just as any other book in my usual genres. I will always keep it close to me, especially since I have it in paperback and can hug it any time I want. Don't laugh at me, I'm silly like that sometimes. So what?
“That's when I saw it. A tiny silver of gold appeared between shades of gray on the horizon. I stared at the amber band of sunlight, smiling. The sun had returned.”
It's recommended! Even if it's not on your comfort zone, give it a try, it might surprise you.
I don’t really know how to start. I’m actually surprised at how much I loved this book. Angel Baby was sweet and tender and sexy and downright amazingI don’t really know how to start. I’m actually surprised at how much I loved this book. Angel Baby was sweet and tender and sexy and downright amazing.
I was drawn in by the cover (the Amazon one, not the Goodreads one, which I didn’t like very much), it was cute. And after reading the summary I thought: why not? So I just dove right in, and I loved every second of it. Every single one. So much I actually stayed up until 3am reading, and only went to bed then because I had to get up early the next morning. If this doesn’t deserve a 5 star rating, I don’t know what does.
Claudia Warren is a recent widow, still grieving the loss of her husband and best friend, she finds solace in her soon-to-be-born daughter. Daughter that was supposed to be born in a couple of weeks, and not on her evening visit to the graveyard. Alone and pretty far away from the nearest hospital Claudia tries to hold her panic –and pray the pain away –as contractions hit her more frequently than she had noticed until that moment.
Chase Paxton is hoping to avoid all human interaction by going to visit his mom’s grave at the latest hour possible. When arriving he sees a car parked on the lot, so he decides to wait until the person leaves, but after a few moments, and considering patience is not one of Chase’s many qualities, he goes out to investigate. He sure as hell didn’t expect to find a very pregnant woman, about to go into labor, hunched over in pain.
I think I fell in love with this book when we come face to face with Chase’s tenderness and utter protectiveness over a stranger in need. He didn’t know her, yet he did everything he could to help her, even holding her hand and wishing her pain away as her first baby was born. I was already hooked by then, swooning over Chase and admiring Claudia’s strength.
The story behind Angel Baby was lovely.
Having had a difficult childhood at best, Chase grew up to be a rock. Never show emotions, don’t trust anybody, and never believe in love for it will only bring heartache. He never expected to be so shaken by this woman who gave birth in his house, and disappeared from his life the next day, as if nothing had ever happened.
Claudia was his opposite in so many fronts. She didn’t have a very happy childhood herself, but with the love of her friends she grew up to be a loving, honest woman. Unlike Chase she trusted openly, and she believed in love… to an extent.
So who better than her to teach him all he thought wasn’t worth the time?
"Why?" He looked at her in confusion for a moment. She continued, "Why do you act so hard? I know the real you. I've seen you when you don't have your guard up. So, why the pretense?"
When Claudia is thrust back into his life after so many months without knowing a think about her, or her newborn daughter, Chase is surprised. Surprised to see her at all again, surprised to feel such a powerful attraction, and surprised to know she feels it too.
As the story progresses, so does their relationship and my love for this book. Claudia’s baby girl, Sarah, is utterly cute. I can never resist babies in books, or at all for that matter. Another thing I cannot resist is Chase being all cute with her. I was gushing every time he did something for the child, his love for her was so clear I was swooning.
And his love for the mother of said child too. Though their pasts made it hard for them to accept what they had together, and what they could have, it was beautiful nonetheless.
Chase found the most unbelievable moments to choose to be all sweet and tender to both Claudia and Sarah, and I was grinning all through it. But he could also be a bit stubborn and try to resist and fight against his feelings, which obviously had me scolding at him. I’ll tell you a secret though, he’s forgiven.
Angel Baby was such a lovely read. I think it’s the first “adult” book that’s going straight to my favorites. It was sweet, and emotive and steamy too. Yes, it’s an adult book after all, but what I loved about it was that there was no overdoing it, like some books tend to do. Even on its most steamy moments it was still, somehow… tender.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go read it again. Because writing this review made want to do so. Why yes, I meant it when I said I loved it!
“Chase smiled at her, a genuine, sweet smile, and Claudia felt the world shift. Something moved. Somewhere, her reality, her perception of herself and her life, altered with this one smile, and the echoes of his words in her ears.”