Wow. There is so much going on in You Loved Me At My Darkest. I have to talk about the title first, which I never do. The title drew me. I read the bl...moreWow. There is so much going on in You Loved Me At My Darkest. I have to talk about the title first, which I never do. The title drew me. I read the blurb, I don’t even think I saw the cover (which is beautiful) when I decided I needed to read this book. After I was done with the book, I sat and thought about the title. It is one of the best titles that I have seen tie into the story of a book. It is absolutely perfect for what is going on in this book.
There is so much going on in this book and I have to be incredibly vague because this one is an easy one to give spoilers to if you don’t really watch how much you say about certain situations.
Lily and her sister leave Australia to go on the trip of a lifetime. When they get to NY they are forced into a world that no person should ever be forced to live in and one that is more common that we like to admit in our nice little lives that true darkness doesn’t touch.
Jack has been working his way towards a goal over the past few years and he is determined that nothing is going to stand in his way of reaching it.
Something about Lily pulls him to her, as much as he fights against it.
Lily is such an amazingly strong person. I think this situation would have me curled up in a corner wanting to die, though I hope that deep down, somewhere I would find the same reserves of strength that she has.
I had a feeling that it would kind of go the way it did, at least I was incredibly hopeful, that being said, it didn’t go exactly the way I was thinking it would. There was a nice twist in it that surprised me.
While this is a dark romance, it is not so dark that I had trouble reading it. Somebody who didn’t typically read the darker romances that I do might cringe a bit, but it didn’t have me wanting to put it down, so difficult to read that I couldn’t keep going.
All in all I absolutely loved this book. I was completely engrossed, read it in one sitting, and did not want to put it down until I reached the end and knew what happened. I think Evie Harper wrote this perfectly. It helps to shed light on this world without being so incredibly hard to read that the average reader can’t make it through it.
I don’t suppose anyone can tell what drew me to this book before I even read the blurb?
*ding ding ding*
The cover. :)
And we think men are bad. Give me...moreI don’t suppose anyone can tell what drew me to this book before I even read the blurb?
*ding ding ding*
The cover. :)
And we think men are bad. Give me a hot MMA cover and I am all over that book.
Haley has to find some contestants for her new MMA show, Next Great Hope. They search and they search and come up with some contestants, but she keeps looking a little more. That’s how she found Evan. Persistence is the key girls.
Evan had a promising career ahead of him that he stepped back from for a mysterious reason (I’m going with what the blurb said because I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone).
Easy to read, I read through this very quickly, and enjoyed it. I liked both Evan and Haley and most of the characters involved in the story.
The only thing I could have wished for was a resolution between Evan and his ex. I really would like to know what happened with that after his mom intervened besides Evan’s initial reaction. Maybe it’s going to be a series and we’ll find out about that later? The only other thing that bothered me was this sentence, “Dressed in a pair of black sweats and matching tank, she seemed underdressed as Evan wore only a pair of blue running shorts and sneakers.” I think it should be she seemed overdressed, seeing as Evan had on less clothes than she did? It has been nagging at my mind every since I read the book.
I loved Adagio from the moment I first laid eyes on the cover. How beautiful is that? There are some books that I am always drawn to because of my own...moreI loved Adagio from the moment I first laid eyes on the cover. How beautiful is that? There are some books that I am always drawn to because of my own history, that it includes anything with dance, especially pointe work.
I always wonder when there is technical points in a book, like the type of move the dancer is doing, or how it feels to pull down deep inside you to make yourself even taller while someone is berating your technique, if the writer was a dancer at some point in their life or if they just did really good research. I don’t know which is is for Delancey Stewart, but all of those little bits of information add so much to the book. One moment I can think of is how Anna’s toes were after spending 8 hours in her pointe shoes. I don’t know if people who don’t dance realize how brutal en pointe dance can be on a dancer’s body.
I think she did an awesome job of showing how life is behind the stage for dancers. It is cut throat and a lot of people will do anything that it takes to get that lead role.
I adored our main characters in this book. Anna and Cain just felt right for each other. I was pulled in from the very first page and just kept swiping until I got to the end. I don’t think I went to sleep until 3 AM the night I started this book.
I wanted so badly for everything to work out for Anna, not just with Cain, but with the company as well. She pulled at my heart strings so much.
I cannot wait to see whose story is coming up next in this series, Hal or Ian or Carla. I’m really hoping that it is Hal’s. There was a lot going on there as a side story in Adagio.
I am so glad I got a chance to read Adagio! Thank you so much for my copy!
I think Letting Go Of You is my favorite book in the Anchored Hearts series to date.
James and Cassidy are back as are Cal and Jane. Some of this lines...moreI think Letting Go Of You is my favorite book in the Anchored Hearts series to date.
James and Cassidy are back as are Cal and Jane. Some of this lines up with timelines in Cal and Jane’s book and then continues on so we get a peek at what was going in Cassidy and James’s mind for some of these situations.
We get to know Melissa a little more, and dare I say it, I managed to drum up a little teeny tiny bit of empathy for her. Not enough to want her and Cassidy to be BFFs, but enough to not want to plant her in the ocean with cement shoes on.
Paul enters the story and we get to know him as well.
There is so much tragedy, so much heartache, but still so much heat between these two in classic J.M. Witt style. The woman knows how to write a sex scene or three. Amazingly hot.
J.M. did such a good job bring Cassidy’s frustrations and heartache across the pages to us. She had me sympathizing with James and what he was going through while wanting to knock some sense in him.
She also had me internally bucking against something that feels like it could happen coming up when I want something else to happen. Way to be vague, eh? :)
Absolutely amazing book and a great addition to this series that I have come to love.
I cannot wait to read the next one, Fading Away, when it comes out. I am addicted to these people and their stories.
Thank you so much for my copy of Letting Go Of You!
When I started Hopeful and realized that it was going to go back and forth from past to present every other chapter, I wasn’t sure how I was going to...moreWhen I started Hopeful and realized that it was going to go back and forth from past to present every other chapter, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel. Then I realized what was wrong was that I was too impatient, or appreciation for delayed gratification. :) I wanted to know what had happened in the past so badly that I was getting frustrated having to wait.
I was completely absorbed in the book, going from what happened before to what was happening now to what happened before, but I just wanted to know NOW.
I think that’s the sign of a well written book, if you ask me. When you are so wrapped up in these characters you want to know what went wrong so you watch them fix it… if a fix is possible.
I completely get why Joel was hurt in the past. I was just as frustrated with young Ava for most of the book as Joel was.
Adult Ava however was someone I could like. After she finally decided what she wanted. I don’t want to go farther than that with that line of thought because I don’t want to spoil anything, other than to say her insecurities, while we all have them both as kids and as adults, drove me a little crazy.
To me, college Joel would have been a guy I proudly would have embraced and wanted to shout about to the world. Adult Joe was even better.
Excellent book! I am really glad I got a chance to read this.
In Vengeance Is Mine we have Alicia/Ella who has just lost her parents. They were murdered. Her father (a police officer) was in jai...moreHoly freaking cow.
In Vengeance Is Mine we have Alicia/Ella who has just lost her parents. They were murdered. Her father (a police officer) was in jail when it happened, her mother at home. She wants to know what happened. Why has no one paid for this yet. Then the clues start falling at her feet.
She is out to avenge her parents death.
Her plan made me stop and think about how far I would be willing to go to make sure someone paid the price for killing someone I loved. I’m pretty sure I could never go as far as she did. It was crazy.
I saw a person on Goodreads say that “this storyline felt very Quentin Tarantino-ish”. I think that is a perfect description for it. I could see him taking this book and adapting into a movie in his style. It would work.
As far out there as Vengeance Is Mine felt, it also completely worked. As I was sucked in, reading along, thinking this could probably really happen. In my mind while I was reading, it was completely realistic.
I loved the twist at the end that I kind of saw coming, but not in the way it actually played out. I just had an inkling that this character was going to be integral to the end.
I really liked it!
Thank you so much for my copy of Vengeance Is Mine! Can’t wait to see what comes next from Kasey Millstead.
How much to share of All For This that isn’t in the blurb? I hate spoilers. I don’t want to spoil the other two books if you haven’t read them but it...moreHow much to share of All For This that isn’t in the blurb? I hate spoilers. I don’t want to spoil the other two books if you haven’t read them but it is so hard to say anything about this book without saying if you haven’t read book 2 do not read my review. If you have already read it I won’t be spoiling anything for you because you already know the huge cliff hanger we were left with in the very last sentence of the book. At the end of Fall To You we know that Nate Crane is in fact not dead. Now what is Hanna going to do? I have been so hooked on this series since book 1. I’ll admit it, I’ve been team Nate this whole time. When it was brought up that there was a possibility that Hanna was pushed down the stairs, I honestly thought that Max had done it, then slithered his way back into Hanna’s heart. I’m not saying if my theory is correct or not, but I can say Max is growing on me. He truly seems like a great guy who would do anything for Hanna and his daughter Claire. He hangs the moon and stars by them. But I still love Nate. I still wanted her to choose Nate. There was just this huge chemistry between those two that I didn’t feel like was there for Max and her. I also always seem to root for the underdog which for quite a bit of this series, Nate is. We get to know more of the characters and why they are the way they are. Don’t you want to know what makes Meredith tick? I know, I didn’t think I wanted to either but I actually built up some empathy for her by the end of the book. I’m also not annoyed with Hanna anymore (see my review of Fall To You). I understand her better to, her need to be a people pleaser and to make people around her happy. I loved this book. I had some tears in my eyes during a couple of scenes, especially at the end when everything finally came together because a series that I have loved has come to close. Lexi Ryan you pulled my emotions all over the place, not just with this book, but with the entire series. It was an amazing journey and I cannot wait to read whatever is coming next from you! <3 Thank you so much for my copy of All For This. I read it all in a few hours because I couldn’t put it down and now I want to go back and reread this series and stay with the characters that I have come to love over time.
First off, I would like to tell my friend Laura that she needs to stop recommending books to me because she makes me cry. She told me about Kismet whe...moreFirst off, I would like to tell my friend Laura that she needs to stop recommending books to me because she makes me cry. She told me about Kismet when it first came out. She said we all had to read it. It was amazing. I swear, this is my review, not hers. :)
I finally made time when I saw the spotlight that was coming up for AE Woodward. I read it.
In one sitting (almost). I showed up to an appointment today a little over an hour early on accident and made it to 56% while waiting. I was all alone in a quiet office and I was completely absorbed, swiping page after page. I went to my appointment, came home, read the rest. I was supposed to stop at the store on the way home but I kind of forgot until I was done reading.
That’s what I have to say after reading Kismet.
Katie has lost everything. Her husband, her baby, gone in a car accident. She survived and is now trying to shut out the world, refusing to speak, wanting the drugs the nurses give her that lets her fade to black.
Eventually, after weeks go by, she goes back to her childhood home with her parents and her brother. (Loved those characters by the way.)
Her brother brings over his best friend Parker, trying to shock Katie into something.
Katie and Parker have a history that starts with her as a baby and him taking over the role of big brother protector along with her brother. Eventually he pushes her away, she goes to college and that’s where she meets her husband and started a family.
And so the story goes.
I think A.E. Woodward did an amazing job of portraying how Katie was stuck in her own head. The worries and fears her family and Parker had, the way her doctor was consistent in trying to get her to open up, how he kind of became a part of this family with helping Katie.
Parker was a memorable character all by himself. He was real. He had flaws. But he also loved Katie completely and totally.
It was a great book with an ending I wasn’t expecting that made me want to throw my iPad across the room. (I refrained, I still have more books I want to read on it.)
I can see why Laura said that all of us should read Kismet. Heart wrenching but with moments of hope, it kept me engrossed from beginning to end.