While I LOOOOOVED the first book in this series, this one wasn't quite the same for me. I didn't like the up/down back and forth and constant push and While I LOOOOOVED the first book in this series, this one wasn't quite the same for me. I didn't like the up/down back and forth and constant push and pull between the two MC's. I did love Ben, because PROFESSORS IN TWEED JACKETS, okay? And because of his dirty delicious freaking mouth. Everything else was just okay. I found myself a little bored in some areas. So yeah, gimme Russell now to see which boy wins the top spot. So far it's still Louis....more
Rachel Goodman's debut novel, From Scratch, is as good as...honestly I've been trying to think of a clever food pun to go here, but I'm not as good atRachel Goodman's debut novel, From Scratch, is as good as...honestly I've been trying to think of a clever food pun to go here, but I'm not as good at them as she is. It's sweet, and a little sour. It's heartfelt and real. Once I got into it, I could not put it down. Lovers reuniting is one of my favorite things to read, and Lillie and Nick's story was so good, I wanted to dive into the pages, visit Dallas and make friends with them and all the people surrounding them. Because it wasn't just the love story that grabbed me and held me here, it was everything. It was amazing characters like Lillie's father, Jack, and her friends, Wes and Anabelle. It was the sudden need I felt to call my own father and tell him I loved him. It was the reminder that no matter how far you go, and for how long, you can always come home again and there will be people there waiting for you with open arms.
That's exactly what Lillie finds when she comes home from her new life in Chicago, with her big fancy job and her perfect fiancé, Drew. She's suddenly surrounded by old friends, old enemies and her daddy. She's also faced with the diner she grew up in, and all the things that go with it. She's reminded of the passion for food, for life, she abandoned after receiving some devastating news five years ago.
While Lillie thinks she can easily get in and get out, she's sadly mistaken. Her dad has other plans. Not only is Jack insisting she take her rightful place running their diner, Greasy Spoons, but Her father and his cohort, Sullivan Grace, have backed her into a corner and insist on her competing in a local amateur baking competition. Lillie's less than thrilled, but the more time she spends around her old friends and in the place where she grew up, the more she starts to remember who she really is.
And of course, in the middle of it all is Nick. The boy next door. The one she lost everything to, including her heart. The reason she left Dallas and hasn't been back for five years. He's changed, but he still reminds Lillie of how she once felt. He reminds her that she still feels that way, and between trivia nights, a meddling father, some pranks, a country band and some good ol' peach cobbler from scratch, these two return to each other in a powerful and wonderful way. AND IT'S SO GOOD.
For real, it's been a while since I've picked up a romance that wasn't driven by sex, that I didn't find myself skimming to get to the "good parts" aka the smut. This book is all good parts and there was no skimming, and if you don't put this on your TBR, you'll be missing out on something better than...yeah, still haven't come up with that food pun yet, but trust me, you're going to love this as much as I did and thank me later. ;)...more
This series was okay. The first two books kept me entertained (even though the smut was way way over descriptive). This one, however, I just didn't feThis series was okay. The first two books kept me entertained (even though the smut was way way over descriptive). This one, however, I just didn't feel the connection. And Mason's way of handling their sexy times by being so blunt it was uncomfortable just wasn't my cup of tea in this kind of romance....more
What an amazingly refreshing read this was!! Elle Kennedy's work has impressed me in the past, and I couldn't be more thrilled to see her dancing over What an amazingly refreshing read this was!! Elle Kennedy's work has impressed me in the past, and I couldn't be more thrilled to see her dancing over into the New Adult genre. She was able to take some well-used characterizations and back stories and make them fresh. She was able to turn two victims into survivors and to push a story along without unnecessary drama.
Great banter. Great characters (and secondary characters). A fresh story. Swoons. UST. And the smut. Gah that first scene? When he makes that suggestion and then they ahem ahem in front of each other? Jaysus, I nearly died. Just go read it. Stop reading this and go buy the book and read it because you won't be disappointed. I swear....more
I'm honestly not really sure how I felt about this book. I gave it three stars, but I'm not sure if that's enough or too much or just right. When I sa I'm honestly not really sure how I felt about this book. I gave it three stars, but I'm not sure if that's enough or too much or just right. When I saw it on offer, I was excited to read it because I'll shamelessly admit to loving Willing Victim by Cara McKenna, and never reading anything else like it ever before or after. However, this book and McKenna's work are worlds apart. This story isn't what I imagined at all. These characters, their pasts...it 's violent and frightening and I warn anyone with triggers to steer very clear of Vivienne and Jonah's story. For those of you who don't have those problems, though, this was a powerful tale of what rape can do to people. How it can shape their lives and make them feel things in a different way. Need things that nobody else can understand.
But when you do find that one person who understands everything, the bond you form, well, that's unforgettable. A bond like that takes ultimate trust though, and when you enter into an agreement with someone without being fully honest about what you need, and why...things can get dangerous.
And hearts that were never part of the original plan can even get broken.
This book gave me major feels. There were points when I was uncomfortable. Points where I was unsure how to feel. Points where I felt sadness... I also felt curiosity, and wonder and then frustration and even a little indignation. In the end the strongest thing I felt was hope. Hope for Vivienne. For Jonah. For them as one, or separate. For them to find peace with their pasts and perhaps even their future. This is one that will stay with me for a bit. There were so many things that happened, and I need to know more. I will be impatiently waiting for the second book in this series to see how this wraps up, because I'm pulling for these two. No matter how life has shaped you, everyone deserves their happily ever after, in whichever form it suits them. I'd love to see both Vivienne and Jonah happy....more