Star Struck is the second book in the Lights, Camera Series. The first book, Take Two was about Movie star Micah Preston. This book is about his co-st...moreStar Struck is the second book in the Lights, Camera Series. The first book, Take Two was about Movie star Micah Preston. This book is about his co-star from the movie they were filming the in the first book, Heather. I was really happy that this was Heather's story, because other than knowing she was a big time movie actress that had a tendency towards being stuck up, we really didn't get to know her at all. In Star Struck we really got to break past all of her walls and defenses and we got to know her really well. That is my favorite kind of character development lately. When you can actively see the growth; slow and constant. Laurelin Paige did an excellent job telling Heather and Seth's story.
Heather is complicated. She certainly has a diva flair to her, but it is not for the reasons that you might be thinking. She doesn't only think that she is too good for other people. She fears fans, and anyone really, getting to close to her because she is nervous that they will discover her secret and consequently think that she isn't worthy anymore. It was sad really. Her parents really did a number on her. It was crazy, and sad, to see such a successful and confident woman doubt her self-worth. The thing that I loved the most about Seth was that he always made it known that he thought she was worthwhile, even when they were fighting like cats and dogs.
I understood Seth's secret a little bit better. It made the book a little bit predictable, but the story was still oh so much fun. I loved watching them go from fighting to more. It wasn't fast or rushed. They each tried to deny what they felt for the other. But even more than their awesome chemistry, they were great because they each pushed the other to face their fears. It was whole other layer to Star Struck that I really enjoyed. I might have even liked it more than the first book! Laurelin Paige knows how to write an awesome Contemporary Romance. I am loving her Lights, Camera Series. (less)
On the Rocks is the second book in the Mixology series, but it can be read as a standalone. The first book in the series was the story of Maddy and Co...moreOn the Rocks is the second book in the Mixology series, but it can be read as a standalone. The first book in the series was the story of Maddy and Colin, and this book is the story of Collin's sister Carly, and Maddy's roommate and lifelong friend Macon. Carly was one of my favorite characters from the first book, so had a feeling that I would enjoy this book more than the first one, which I liked. And I did! This book was so much fun. Carly is a trip and Macon is seriously yummy.
Carly is outspoken, and seemingly fearless. I know she isn't, but she works hard to come off that way. She doesn't get along with her parents because of an "issue" with her sister. Oh I wanted to shake her sister and punch her husband in the face. Regardless, it forced Carly to build a tough outer skin. Carly is a great match for Macon. She is strong enough to not put up with his games, which is what I think Macon really wanted.
We got to see a lot of Maddy and Collin in this book as well, and since they were all settled in their relationship, I actually enjoyed the two of them together a lot more than a I did for a good amount of the first book. I felt like I could finally see why they work together. But they didn't steal the show from Carly and Macon. They were hilarious and hot and they brought out the best in each other.
I love the way Alyssa Rose Ivy wraps these books up. Just like in book 1, the ending of On the Rocks exceeded all my expectations. I expected a nice happy ending for Macon and Carly, but what I got was so cool. I loved what happened, and it has made me really excited for the third book. That and the fact, that I am pretty sure the third book is going to be about Brody, the last male roommate, and my favorite guy out of all of them. He is just so sweet! I can't wait to read his story.
Carnelian is a solid start to what seems like is going to be a really interesting series. It has romance, magic and time travel, which I Thought was a...moreCarnelian is a solid start to what seems like is going to be a really interesting series. It has romance, magic and time travel, which I Thought was an interesting combination. I was easily drawn into the world that B. Kristin McMichael created. It was an interesting read and has me hooked enough that I want to continue on. There were some crazy twists and turns at the end of the story that I didn't see coming. They seemed a bit unbelievable, but they were a cool twist to the story.
I liked how self assured Mari was. She is not one to let someone push her around, but when she makes up her mind about someone, she is loyal and determined to stick by them. I liked that about her. She was skeptical about Seth, and rightly so. But eventually he wore her down, and from that point on she was committed. She didn't waver anymore. The romance was cute. There was a bit of insta-pull but it was more of the prophesy/destiny variety. I thought the tingles that they each got when they were near the other were adorable too.
I liked Seth and his brothers. They were interesting. I thought the author's take on time traveling. You lose some of your memories from the different times and there are some interesting side effects on healing when you are in another time. I thought the way the author worked those details in was a nice touch.
The ending of the story left open some really interesting possibilities for the next book in the series. I liked this story and I am interested in seeing what the author is going to bring us next. I can't wait to see what is going to happen in the past as well as where we stand with the romance.
I expected this book to be a fun cute read. And it was, but it was also more than that. This...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
I expected this book to be a fun cute read. And it was, but it was also more than that. This really was a coming of age story for Holly. She is a true numbers girl as Dax called her. She is outwardly emotionless- analytical, logical and a "fixer". The Chapel Wars is about Holly finding out what she wants, who she is and about finding her emotions really. She is only 17 but she takes on so much responsibility that it is really easy to overlook her young age.
I enjoyed Holly immensely. I adored her analogies and see how she explained things. Lindsey Leavitt did such a great job with the writing of this book. It felt very conversational and welcoming. Holly seemed like a friend of mine, and her story felt like we were catching up over coffee. Just like her grandfather said, you can't help but like Holly. She is like a breath of fresh air, swooping into every room. She has so much energy, she is always working. I was so impressed with how she handled everything with the chapel. Overlooking the minor fact that it would be hard for her to get the chapel outright when she was a minor, everything else felt very authentic. I liked exploring the Las Vegas Strip with Holly and Dax.
I loved Dax. I loved his accent. I loved how emotional he was. It was so much the opposite of Holly. It was adorable seeing him try and gauge her reaction and see what she was thinking of the two of them. It was nice to see the guy at a loss about that. Normally it is the girl that is always trying to "define the relationship."
The Chapel Wars was exactly what I was expecting in some aspects, and completely different in others. I didn't expect the outcome, and there were more than a few decisions and turning points in the book that surprised me. It kept me on my toes. This was my first experience with a Lindsey Leavitt book, and I am excited to read more of her works because her writing made me feel like I was best friends with the main character. (less)
This book just makes me happy. I loved the characters, I loved the romance, I loved the fence chats, and I loved the self discovery that was all packe...moreThis book just makes me happy. I loved the characters, I loved the romance, I loved the fence chats, and I loved the self discovery that was all packed into this little sunny looking book. This is a great fluffy read- perfect for summer. But don't let that fool you, this book is more to it than cute boys and romance. Oh, it has that too and it that part is wonderful, but this book also has some great discovery in it for the main character, Charlie.
Charlie grew up with all brothers. She is such a tomboy, and I loved every inch of her tall athletic self. She can play practically any sport, and she is not afraid to get in there and school the guys. On the Fence takes place the summer before her senior year in high school, and for the first part of the book Charlie spends all of her days playing sports with her brothers and their friends, including her neighbor Braden.
Charlie, her 4 brothers, and Braden all grew up together, and even though it was easy to pick out Braden as the eventual love interest, it didn't take anything away from the book. I loved Braden right off the bat, and then I loved him more at the fence chats at night, and I loved him even more when he told charlie not to change for a guy. Charlie got in trouble with her dad when she got a speeding ticket. Her punishment- getting a job at the mall. The job brought Charlie out of her comfort zone, but it also brought new friends and new experiences into her life.
On the Fence is everything you are hoping to find in a summer ya contemporary romance. There is a great guy, a spunky and fun main character, fabulous plot development and oh so many smiles. The fence chats were beyond adorable, and I found myself awaiting night time as much as Charlie, hoping her and Braden would end up by the fence and play their "who knows the other better" fact game. It was super cute. This book is not one dimensional though. Kasie West does a wonderful job making Charlie face her past. I really felt for Charlie. Overall, On the Fence is a top pick for ya summer reads. I dare you not to enjoy it!(less)
Wow! A lot happened in this short story. It was totally not what I was first expecting. It was so much better! It sets up the background for Lacrimosa...moreWow! A lot happened in this short story. It was totally not what I was first expecting. It was so much better! It sets up the background for Lacrimosa perfectly. This is going to be an intense, dark, and super awesome series. I just know it.
This is just a short 0.5 type of story to give the readers some extra insight and information on the characters. I was so sad to see the one of the characters die. And I will admit that I wanted ...to be continued(less)