Fiancee for Hire is the second book in the Front and Center series, but...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Fiancee for Hire is the second book in the Front and Center series, but each book is a complete standalone. I have not read the first book, Marine for Hire yet, but now that I caught a glimpse of the characters that it is about, I can't wait to read it! I am really loving series that have each book work as a standalone that focuses on a different set of characters. The overall series links together by the character connections. It is pretty cool. I normally never read a series out of order, but I have noticed that I have been doing it a couple of times lately with series that are structured like this, and each time has been a positive experience and left me wanting to read the other books. Fiancee for Hire is no different. I loved it and I can't wait to read Marine for Hire. Tawna Fenski writes a great romance.
Mac is a serious work work work guy. And his work is top secret and super high risk, so when he needs a Fiancee that is quiet and compliant for his next job to work, his sister thinks it will be hilarious to suggest her best friend, Kelli. Kelli has had a crush on Mac since they were teens, and she is anything but quiet and submissive. But she is just what Mac needs to shake up his life. As you can guess, this book is a lot of fun. Tawna Fenski has a knack for setting up funny scenes. I can see her working on movies or tv shows with ease. Fiancee For Hire would be great as a movie.
Neither Mac nor Kelli are the long term commitment type, which makes their story all the more interesting. You can see their tensions warring with their attraction towards each other. The more they get to know the other, the more nervous they get. I loved watching Kelli at the pet clinic. I thought it was great how much her job as a surgical vet was worked into the story. And I loved watching Mac watch her be badass in her own way. Mac is so used to be the big bad Marine, so I think he was both surprised and impressed when he watched Kelli save so many animals doing her thing.
Fiancee For Hire is a funny, sweet, yet sexy read. I really enjoyed it. I think entangled's Lovestruck line is one of my favorites yet. I have read two titles from the line so far and both of them are exactly as they were advertised. As great and satisfying romances. If you are a romantic junkie like me in the summer, or anytime really, you need to check out Fiancee For Hire and Entangled's whole Lovestruck line! I can't wait to see what books they have for us next, and I can't wait to read the next Front and Center book in the series.
Meeting his Match is a standalone title, as well as the first book in t...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Meeting his Match is a standalone title, as well as the first book in the Match Me series. It is from Entangled's Lovestruck line and I think I have found one of my new favorite imprints from Entangled. These books are perfect for when I am in a romantic kind of mood. Ok, let me set the stage for you. Reagan sends her successful professional Matchmaker of a best friend down to help out her brother in law find his soul mate. Caine is a complete workaholic, and hasn't really made time for anything else in so many years. I really liked the premise of the story, it was simple, but it worked oh so well.
Addison is a force of nature. She just sweeps into Caine's life and kind of starts mixing everything up. I loved it. It was exactly what he needed. She really was like a breath of fresh air in his life. I was immediately drawn to the fire that they each brought out in the other. Addison has her own sad past that has clouded her view of love. She saw her grandparents beautiful marriage and her grandmother also told her that everyone got their one true sole mate and once you found them, that was it. That was the only person you were meant to have. Addison found her soul mate in her high school sweetheart. She was married to him young and completely happy...until he died overseas. Now she thinks her chance for love is gone, so she sets other people up. She is a very thorough match maker. She even bought Caine a whole little group of fluff ball puppies to make Caine more approachable, and she named them after the ninja turtles. How can you not love that??
I loved Caine. He is a guy that knows what he wants and he is not afraid to put in the hard work for it. He is charming. And when he turned that charm on Addison, I have no idea how she held out as long as she did. Ummm hello...I just want to put in him a room with me and have him call me Darlin' all day. Yep, that would be great. At first him and Addison completely butt heads, but eventually he comes to like her. And then the real fun begins. Addison puts the breaks on big time, and Caine is so adorable in his attempts to convince her. I just really loved their dynamic. Their chemistry jumped off the page. The story is swoony and sweet and hot at the same time. It is a great story to make you feel good. I loved the dual point of views, and I loved how Addison affected Caine thinking. It was great to see how invested in her he was. Caine makes the list of my book boyfriends for sure.
Meeting His Match is a great premise for a series of standalone romances. I really want to see the story on Caine's brother. It would have to be a prequel story I guess, so I am not sure how that would work, but his relationship with Reagan is something I want to find more about. Then again, I want to see more of Addison and Caine (and all those cute little puppies!) so I am going to need a bunch more books. Yep, please get on that Katee.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Breathe Annie Breathe is the 5th book in the Hundred Oaks series, but i...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Breathe Annie Breathe is the 5th book in the Hundred Oaks series, but it can be read as a standalone. I am going to tell you guys a dirty dirty secret of mine...I haven't read the books in the Hundred Oaks series yet. Shh! Please don't throw tomatoes. I have the first two books sitting on my kindle, but review books just took over my life and they just haven't been read yet. BUT, the good news is, I can attest that Breathe Annie Breathe can completely be read as a standalone. And I loved it! I am completely kicking myself in the butt for putting off the rest of the series for so long. I will be reading the rest of the books as soon as possible.
Annie is a tough young lady. That is what struck me the most about her. She had this amazing sweet sweet boyfriend for most of highschool, and he died. And she is carrying around guilt for that. I just felt awful for her. Before he lost his life way too soon, he was training for a marathon. So in his honor, Annie decides that she is going to train and run the marathon in his honor. Just reading about it made me tear up. I loved that this is how she chose to honor him. And I loved how the whole town got behind her. That takes strength and dedication. She signed up for a training coach.
I loved how the book progressed through her weekly runs with her running group and coach. It was nice to be able to meet some of the other runners in her group and get to know them a little as well. Liza was a nice surprise. I'm glad that the love interest was not her training coach, but rather his younger brother- little adrenaline junkie that he is. Their friendship was interesting to say the least. I loved watching the two of them interact. Jere is so fantastic with Annie. Kind and patient, I was so impressed with him.
I completely see what all the hype is with Miranda's books. She is just a talented author. She writes characters that you just want to grab lunch with, be friends with and hug. I want to hug all of the characters. Annie comes such a long way from page one to the end of the book. Watching her life progress is such a treat. I also really appreciated the fact that we got to see her go from high school to college.
I can so see why this series is a must read for young adult. It is everything that I want my young adult books to be. Fun, moving, detailed and developed. The main characters shine just as must as the secondary characters. You will love Annie and Jere. If you are like me, and you are one of the few people left on this earth that have not discovered the magic of Hundred Oaks, don't wait any longer! Grab Breathe Annie Breathe and fall in love. She even made me want to run... and that is no easy feat. I am going back to read the rest of the books now!
Demons of Desire is the first book of Debra Dunbar that I have had the...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Demons of Desire is the first book of Debra Dunbar that I have had the pleasure of reading. I absolutely loved it! I am waiting on the edge of my seat for the next book to come out. This is my first journey into the world of Succubus. I have read one other series that featured an Incubus, but this was my first experience with the female version. And to make her even more interesting she is a half breed- half succubus and half elf. Throw in an awesome New Orleans setting, some vampires, some witches, and you have a whole lot of fun. Demons of Desire had two major storylines going on at the same time. On one hand there is the whole inner battle that Amber has accepting her demon side, and on the other hand there is this warring coven storyline. Someone. or multiple someones are trying to kill off the land around New Orleans. The who and the why are what we have to figure out. I ate it all up. The characters, the plot, the world were all awesome.
Amber hates that she is half succubus. She feeds off of sexual energy to survive, and she can get past that but she hates that once she is intimate with someone they are essentially tied to her for life. She is certainly a work in progress as the story goes on. Not only is she dealing with other big bad demons, she is warring with the "demon" inside of herself. It was also really cool seeing her embrace both her demon powers as well as her elf powers. She is so impressive, and powerful for someone so young. And so mature. I respected her for her maturity most of all.
I loved watching her grow and accept herself with the help of her Incubus tudor Irix. I LOVE IRIX. I am just going to put that out there right now. He is full of awesome. I loved seeing all the different sides. He is so complex and not at all what he seems on first glance. He is the nicest "demon" I have ever seen. I can't wait to see more of him and Amber. It was just so strangely endearing to see that everything he did was for her. Even when he went and slept with other people, it was to feed her energy. I think in the next book, I want to see even more of the two of them, and I think I want to see a little bit of a jealous Irix. I think Amber would eat that up. (and I would too!) I would also love if the next book was told in dual point of view between him and Amber. Can you tell that I can't get enough Irix?
People that like Urban Fantasy need to read this book. This series is going to kick ass! It has action, magic galore, tons of different creatures, and great character chemistry. Demons of Desire is the first book in the Half-Breed series, and I can already tell you that I love it. In fact, this is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, and it is only the first book. I need to read Debra Dunbar's Imp series as soon as possible.
Wow, I didn't even realize that this story was a re-telling of Beauty and The Beast until I was over half way into the story. Made me feel a little sl...moreWow, I didn't even realize that this story was a re-telling of Beauty and The Beast until I was over half way into the story. Made me feel a little slow. But in my defense, Jessa Russo did a fantastic job twisting and turning the beloved fairytale and completely flipping it on its' head. I loved her topsy turvy take on the story. Like any good fairy tale it all starts with a curse. Every 4 generations the cursed family's descendants have a daughter that will turn into a beast, and every 4th generation there is a son that can try and break the curse. Pretty cool, right?
It was such a fun ride. There are plenty of twists and turns. The insight into the characters was phenomenal. I loved the different points of views and the looks into each of the characters heads and thoughts. Holland is facing some serious inner turmoil and the author captured it perfectly. I could feel her tension jumping off the page. Holland has had a rough year at school. Her boyfriend dumped her and started dating her best friend, and that is really only the start of her problems. I enjoyed watching Holland's progression the most in the story. She is spunky and strong, but you can tell that she is scared and lonely too. She is such an interesting dichotomy for a character, and it fit the story theme perfectly.
And then there is Mick. Mick is desperate to save Holland. Oh, how I adored Mick. His loyalty and devotion to Holland, no matter how stubborn or foul tempered she was being was so nice. I was rooting for him as soon as I met him.
For the most part the book flowed along at a great brisk pace. There were a few instances where a chapter or two lagged, but my attention never waned for too long. There was plenty going on in the story at any given point to reel me back in. There is romance, magic, and lots of fun background information on the fairytale and curse. There are also bumps and twists along the way. Does Mick get to break the curse? Just who the heck is Donovan and where did he come from? What kind of beast does Holland turn into? (if any) My lips are sealed. Read Divide to find out! (less)
On the Floor is the first book in the new adult series, Second Story. I...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
On the Floor is the first book in the new adult series, Second Story. Initially I thought Secondary Story series referred to the 2nd floor of a college dorm, but it wasn't that at all. On the Floor takes place at a music and arts college, and the main guy and girl character are RA's of a freshman dorm. The guy is also in a band called Second Story, so I think the series will focus on each of the band members. The first book, On the Floor is about Rachel and Jake.
The story is told from Rachel's point of view. She is absolutely gorgeous, but kind of shy and more on the nerdy side, which made me like her so much more. One of my favorite aspects of the story was Rachel's friendship with Jenna. It was so nice to see such loyal and true friends. They didn't drop each other when guys came into their lives, they weren't petty or jealous of each other. It is the way friends should be. I don't think we see that enough in young adult or new adult books. I can't wait to see Jenna's story. I hope hers is what the next book is about.
The "just friends" thing Rachel and Jake went on for so long. There was insta attraction in On the Floor, but no insta love. It was refreshing watching the two of them dance around each other. Because they worked together, they didn't want to jump into anything. Rachel is clearly a relationship person and Jake...isn't. I appreciated that Jake was always up front about that with her, but so many times, I just wanted them to stop lying to themselves and just let the other person know that they liked each other. My only draw back with the story was that even though they were juniors and seniors in college, at times they seemed a little immature with each other. They didn't seem immature as individuals, just the games and situations Rachel and Jake found themselves in through their new relationship seemed a little juvenile, but they eventually got it together.
I loved that while the romance in this book was front and center, there were also great back stories on Jake and Rachel's families and the issues that they have faced in their pasts. I thought Jennifer LaCross did an excellent job building depth into the characters that way. Other than Jenna and Rachel's friendship, the family side stories were another favorite of mine in On the Floor. I can't wait to see more of Rachel and Jake in the next book in the Second Story series, but I am really excited to see how Jenna and Nate's story evolves. We got hints at some of Jenna's issues and insecurities and I can't wait to explore that some more. On the Floor is classic new adult college romance, and is looking like it is going to be a good series to follow.
The Best Laid Plans is one of those books where you start out liking it...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Best Laid Plans is one of those books where you start out liking it, and then you see something about one of the characters and you think "oh, I don't know about that..." and it makes you nervous about how it will affect your view of the book, but then you keep reading and the book just keeps getting better and better and you are super excited that you finished it. The Best Laid Plans was so good overall. I ended up loving Malcolm and Jayne, and their story was satisfying and their character growth was so impressive. But at more than one point, I saw myself thinking that it was all going to blow up in their faces and I just didn't know if I could watch it happen. Does that sound weird? Well, you are just going to have to read it to see what I mean.
Jayne and Malcolm are so similar in so many ways. Their high school stories shaped so much of the people that they became. It was interesting to get glimpses into their past scattered throughout the story, so we could piece together why they are the way that they are. Watching the two of them have to overcome and make peace with their pasts was one of my favorite parts of the stories. Oh, that and the fact that the two of them had some sizzling chemistry! Watching the two of them together was something else. It was hot. The Best Laid Plans is categorized as both new adult and adult on goodreads. I personally think it is more adult. The characters are 10 years out of high school and it had a more adult feel to it.
The Best Laid Plans is the perfect book to grab cold drink and hang out by the pool with, or to curl up with a blanket on a rainy day. Either way, you will get lost in the sexy romance. You may want to smack Malcolm a few times, I know I did, but you also probably won't be able to not fall under the spell that Tamara Mataya casts. The characters are so fully fleshed out. Their insecurities, their personalities, their thoughts and feelings all feel so vivid. It was truly a feat. I felt what they were feeling. That is always a sign of great writing to me.
Just like the cover and title suggest, This Summer is a fun and fabulous book for summer. It takes place mostly at a summer camp, and I loved the sett...moreJust like the cover and title suggest, This Summer is a fun and fabulous book for summer. It takes place mostly at a summer camp, and I loved the setting for this second chance romance. Hadley had a huge crush on her best friend and next door neighbor, Will. And she was starting to think that he liked her too when he just up and left town. That was 2 years ago, and This Summer he is back...
That is how the book starts out. Well, the book starts out with Hadley and her ex breaking up, and I was really happy that the ex was out of the picture before she even knew Will was coming back into town. Not because the ex was the biggest jerk in the world, but because I know that it would have colored my impression of Will if she just dropped someone else for him. But luckily, she was free and single from page one. Not that Will runs back to town and they picked up right where they left off. No the build up between them was slow and a total one step forward, two steps back kind of deal. There are major secrets on Will's part holding him back, and we don't find out what they are for a good chunk of the book.
The book is told in dual narrative between Hadley and Will and even though they don't rush right into each others arms, you can clearly see that each one likes the other. It made their romance all that much sweeter and more satisfying to see both of their thoughts and feelings. I loved seeing this classic new adult contemporary romance setup used in a young adult contemporary. I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Everyone in this book seemed both age appropriate and at the same time mature. Hadley's best friend Lily was adorably protective over Hadley, and her younger brother Ethan was great. I want to see Ethan get his own book!
This Summer is exactly what you would expect it to be. A fun summer romance. There are ups and downs for all of the characters, sure, but you will get what you want out of this book. It will make you happy, make you smile and make you awh over Hadley and Will. I really enjoyed This Summer, and I know you will too. The summer camp setting is perfect for this summer romance. So grab a cold drink (or a smore) and sit back by the pool (or campfire) and enjoy. (less)
The Blonde is Anna Godbersen's first adult novel. And boy oh boy did she start off with a bang! (ha ha) The Blonde is the fictionalized historical tel...moreThe Blonde is Anna Godbersen's first adult novel. And boy oh boy did she start off with a bang! (ha ha) The Blonde is the fictionalized historical telling of Marilyn Monroe. Going off the premise...what is Marilyn Monroe was a spy. Does that sound cool? Well it really was. There is tons of classic Marilyn woven into these pages. Lot's of sexy, flirty Marilyn, and under it all- a very lonely woman. The story starts with a flashback to her childhood and from then on it flashes forward to the height of her fame. The chapters are each labeled with the location, month and year. It was a nice progression for the story. Sometimes there were multiple chapters per month and sometimes only a few.
The actual story line was wonderfully imaginative and addictive. I had so much fun reading about the actual historical events wrapped up in Godbersen's intriguing re-telling of it all. And the most impressive part was that she captured the spirit of Marilyn so well. I felt like I was reading some of Marilyn's lost diaries. Anna Godbersen introduces us to a russian man called Alexie who was the one that jump started Marilyn's career, simply saying that he would be calling in a "favor" later with her. And so started her secret career as a spy.
The espionage and spy thirller aspect of the story was the coolest melding of history and fictions. I just ate it all up. Anna Godbersen's writing is magic. That is the only way I know how to describe it. She casts this spell with her words as she weaves them into a story that even though you know is fiction, seems both too fantastical and yet somehow plausible. It is crazy. I had so much fun living in this re imagined view of history. I loved picturing Marilyn as this reluctant bombshell spy. It was a cool twist on her relationship with the President. The Blonde is so unlike other stories. It was so well thought out and expertly created. I loved The Blonde and I think you will too.
Going Down in Flames is about Bryn- a girl who can shapeshift into a dragon. I loved it! I don't think I have ever read a young adult book where the m...moreGoing Down in Flames is about Bryn- a girl who can shapeshift into a dragon. I loved it! I don't think I have ever read a young adult book where the main characters are dragons. It was interesting because none of it felt overdone or standard. Every piece of information that the author gave us really added to my overall picture of the story. Bryn gets shipped off to basically the dragon boarding school, where you learn all about your newly manifested dragon powers and basically get prepped for your life within dragon society.
Bryn is a unique case because she is the product of crossbreading- something that the Directorate (think government full of Umbridges) told everyone wasn't possible. Her father is a red dragon and her mother is a blue dragon. Bryn became a little bit of each, which means that she has lots of really cool abilities. People from the clans pretty much hate Bryn on sight. Not all of them, but most of them. I felt bad for her. This is all so new to her. Most kids from dragons know what is going on and they know the rules and customs. It's true that everyone at the school gets their powers at 16, so she is not behind in that aspect but she still doesn't know anything about their world. So to be dumped into that overnight AND to find out you are pretty much the most hated kid at school is rough. I wouldn't have blamed her for moping around a bit- but no. Bryn is a feisty one. She is not going to feel sorry for herself, and she is not going to take anything from anyone. I loved Bryn. She is a little spitfire, even if that sometimes gets her in trouble.
My favorite part of Going Down in Flames was learning all about the dragon world. This book read beautifully. Chris Cannon did a fantastic job with the descriptions and background information. I never felt like I was left too in the dark, but I also never felt overwhelmed or like I was in an information dump. The characters are great as well. I really enjoyed the little gang that Bryn met at the school. They were a lot of fun. Not a ton of romance in this, but the little that was there really suited the story. I wasn't thrilled about the ending of the story. I wanted more and it just kind of stopped. I need another book. It doesn't say, but I have to believe that this is part of a series. Bring us book two Chris! Going Down in Flames is an easy and super interesting read that you will not want to put down.(less)
By Jove is a mythology romance that takes place in a Boston University. Theo is a graduate student studying Latin (and greek and roman get woven in th...moreBy Jove is a mythology romance that takes place in a Boston University. Theo is a graduate student studying Latin (and greek and roman get woven in through other members of the classics department.) It is a mythology and history nerds dream book. I loved the academic setting, and the mythology buff in my squeed over the idea of a whole classics department being taught by actual gods and goddesses. How cool would that be? I loved guessing who everyone was. Some were easy to figure out, and others were a little tougher, but it all made reading the book more fun. Marissa Doyle did a fantastic job with her attention to detail. Even the clothes and food and drink were added into the story properly. It was excellent. It is just how I would imagine Gods living in the modern world. I loved the opulence of their parties.
Theo is my kind of girl. Nerdy and not at all ashamed by how interested she is in learning. It was such a joy to watch her passion for Latin ooze out of her. Those were honestly the only thing I liked about Julian as well. Julian and Theo did have some interesting conversations about the Gods. I enjoyed watching them in that aspect, but I was a lot like Grant. I just never did trust Julian. But I can understand how easy it was for Theo get swept up in it all.
Grant is an interesting one. It was easy to see that he behaved differently than the rest of the staff and faculty. I thought it was simply because he was new at the university, but as the book went on, I figured out the real reason for his strangeness. It took me a while to figure out who he was, but there were enough clues for me to puzzle it together a ways before it was revealed. Grant is so easy to like. At times, I wished Theo was more patient with him. Their journey together had so many bumps and roadblocks.
I am not going to spoil this book for you at all. The twists and turns make reading this book so much fun. I loved every single page, and at times I genuinely had no idea how it was going to turn out. It has all of the makings of a classic mythology story. There is even a quest. How does the quest end? Who does Theo end up with? Does she end up with anyone? This book is not at all predictable- it is brilliant. By Jove is a must read for fans of new adult/adult mytholgy. I want more Marissa!! (less)
The Line That Binds is an interesting start to what looks to be a creepy and super cool paranormal curse series. The story starts off in the past tens...moreThe Line That Binds is an interesting start to what looks to be a creepy and super cool paranormal curse series. The story starts off in the past tense where we meet a man and a jilted woman, who casts a curse on the family and descendants of the man who wronged her. Then, we flash forward to the present where the current owner and family member of the house is losing her mind/memories and dying, supposedly from the curse. She gives the main house and most of the land to some of her estranged relatives. And she gives the other part of the land to the son of her longtime grounds keepers. Her niece, nephew and their father moved in and the story really begins.
The book is told in alternating point of view between the grandson of the grounds keeper- Ben and Aunt Genies Niece LJ. Ben's grandfather is really worried that LJ will be affected by the curse just like her aunt and he wants Ben to look out for her. And to keep her away from this well that somehow is connected to it all. I was super intrigued by the well, just like LJ. How could she not be. She moved into this huge old house and all over the place there are hand painted and number paintings of the same well. It would creep me out and intrigue me as well.
I loved the writing of the story and the concept of it. Even more, I loved Ben and LJ. The little dance that they did around each other, each holding back their feelings was beyond cute. Their flirting made my heart warm and put a smile on my face. What I wanted to see more of was the actual curse. It came up a lot in the beginning of the story, but then we kind of meandered along and we didn't find anything new about it until the end. We saw some effects that it was having on LJ, but other than that the curse plot line felt kind of slow. I want more on that creepy well! We only actually saw it in person once in the whole story! I hope there is more in the next book, because it has completely captured my attention.
The whole story is really well written and makes me long to read the next book to see what is going to happen. The characters will make an impact on you and their romance is very endearing. You will root for these two. The curse is teasing and will leave you wanting for more, but it is such a cool concept that it is just enough to whet your appetite. Bring on the second book! (less)
Blue is such a fun surfer lover's romance. Perfect for the summer and beach time, this book...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Blue is such a fun surfer lover's romance. Perfect for the summer and beach time, this book will make you want to lay out on the beach and dive right into the ocean. Blue even made me want to hop up on a surfboard and try to catch a wave. (but let's be honest, I'm not sure I would even be able to stand up. I would spend all my time wiping out.) The book mostly takes place on what is called one of the best surfing beaches in Europe.
Iris is refreshing. She is not the type of girl that would attract your average celebrity. Sure, she is pretty. But she is low key and relaxed. I loved that Zeke was so taken with her. It said so much about the type of guy that he is. Because Iris is a quality girl, and it is impressive that an 18 year old guy that is famous and on top of his game notices quality over all the other girls that are throwing themselves at him. I thought it was adorable to see Zeke around his brothers. It was so cute to see that he had been talking to all of them about Iris. They knew who she was. It was just cute to see them all kind of joke around with him and push his buttons to see him react and admit that he liked her. Iris and Zeke are just the kind of young couple that you will love reading about and rooting for.
The secondary characters are also a treat in Blue. All of Zeke's brothers, Iris' best friend, and her ex Daniel all were prominently featured in Blue. I enjoyed getting to know all of them, and seeing their story lines. I can't wait to see them again in the next book. Another pleasant surprise in Blue is how much you will learn about surfing. All of the lingo, and the description and detail about the sport was fantastic! For example, I learned that if I were to try and learn how to surf that the whitewater would be my friend for a very, very long time!
Lisa Glass did a wonderful job with Blue. The writing was fresh, fun and conversational. It was so easy to just let yourself get lost in this cute beachy story for a couple of hours. The characters were delightful and had a rich depth to them. People are not always what they seem and people often have more going on in their lives and in their past that shape them into the person they are today. You learn a lot of assumptions and changed perceptions of the characters throughout the story. If you are looking for a fun, and beyond cute summer surf romance, look no further than Blue!
I was super excited to read the second book in the Curse Keepers series. I loved the first b...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
I was super excited to read the second book in the Curse Keepers series. I loved the first book. I thought it was so unique. How many times do you get to read a book about ancient Algonquin spirits that are tied together with the reappearance with the lost colony of Roanoke. This is the second series that I have read about the Roanoke colony and it is still a unique subject to me because both series are so different. (Roanoke Vanishing by Auburn Seal is great as well.) I absolutely loved the Curse Keepers. I thought it was fast paced and fascinating. I really enjoyed the second book as well, but it was slower paced than the first one. I thought The Curse Breakers was great in terms of the supernatural mystery as well as the ties with the actual mystery with Meriano's men. But in terms of actual plot advancement it dragged a bit.
Ellie dealt with that awful betrayal and loss of her father in the end of the first book, so she is a little less trustful in this installment, and more than a little hurt. I really felt for her. She is still in the thick of this curse, and she is in constant danger at night. It has to be a lot to deal with all alone. Colin is in this book a lot less. I have a feeling that will change more in the next book, but because of certain events in the story he didn't have nearly as much page time. Ellie doesn't know who to turn to, but she needs to figure out a way to put Ahone's symbol on her so that she will be protected by him. So she seeks out a young professor who is an expert in Native American's. He became a much bigger character in the book than I was expecting after their first, rather rude, meeting.
I was really glad that David became so important in Ellie's quest, because he turned out to be such a sweetheart. And very helpful. I can't imagine having to go through this big bad scary all alone like Ellie, so it was nice to see someone there for her- helping her out. I'm still not sure where I fall in the whole Collin v. David situation, but that is something that I will defer my opinion on until the next book.
The Curse Keepers series is a really interesting series. One that I enjoy and will continue to read. The Curse Breakers was a good installment, but it did suffer a bit from second book syndrome in terms of pacing. It just dragged and felt a little boring in places. But the overall mystery answers and advancements were great. It was a good book in a great series, but it wasn't as good as the first one, which I completely loved. Still very much worth a read if you enjoy paranormal books and are interested in the Lost Colony of Roanoke. (less)
I loved Stupid Girl so much. This book made me feel all the feelings. I stayed up until 4 am reading Stupid Girl and I don't regret one second of it....moreI loved Stupid Girl so much. This book made me feel all the feelings. I stayed up until 4 am reading Stupid Girl and I don't regret one second of it. This book will make you smile, it will make you root for Olivia and Brax, it will make you want to hit Brax, it will make you cry. Stupid Girl is one of the best books that I have read in a while. It is told mainly from Olivia's point of views, with just a couple of chapters scattered in there from Brax. I liked this technique because it made it mainly Olivia's story, but I love Brax so much so I was longing from his point of view when his chapters were far and few in between. Mostly because he is just so mysterious, I had to know where he stood.
The story starts a year in the past, with a traumatic event in Olivia's life. Immediately after, we fast forward to present day, when Olivia is about to start college. That one event shapes so much of who Olivia is. When Brax runs into Olivia on the move in day, I was just as skeptical of his as she was. I mean, he certainly tried very, VERY hard to get her first name. But soon after that, it was clear as day to me that he was genuine when it concerned her. I loved everything about him. I loved his nickname for her, I loved their banter, I loved their texts, I loved how protective he was of her. And I loved how he was just as guarded as her. Watching the two of them become more comfortable and real around each other was simply beautiful.
The secondary characters were just as great as the main characters. I loved Olivia's family and roommate. Tessa is very different than Olivia, but even though at first glance they are complete opposites, Tessa is so genuine and nice with Olivia. I admired her so much as a roommate. She is just a cool girl. And Olivia's family is freakin' awesome. Her brothers and grandpa Jilly are just great.
Cindy Miles wrote such a compelling story. There was delicious conflict, the most complex and developed romantic connection. I don't think anyone will see Olivia and Brax and not feel and completely believe their feelings for each other. It was like getting a glimpse into an epic love story. What starts out as a fairly standard plot of a 90s romantic comedy movie, turned into oh so much more. I can't even tell you how much I loved Brax and Olivia. This is a book that I know I will revisit in the future. Heck a book that can have me smiling, laughing, swooning, and bawling like a baby this much is a hit with me. Stupid Girl just resonated with me. I can't say enough good things about Stupid Girl. I will recommend this book to everyone. Read it. Now!(less)
Shifting Fates: Uncaged is the second book in the serial urban fantasy shifter romance. I en...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Shifting Fates: Uncaged is the second book in the serial urban fantasy shifter romance. I enjoyed the second installment more than I did the first because the scene had already been set and the players were already laid out. So in this book, we just got to dive right into the good stuff. I really enjoyed this installment because so much of it focused on what I wanted more of in the first book- Bindi and Cage! Lots and lots of Bindi and Cage goodness.
Cage really comes to some realizations about himself and about his feelings for Bindi. I didn't expect him to realize what he felt so fast. After the last book, I thought that he would still be denying it to himself that he had some feelings for the girl. But luckily the next time they met up, he was so understanding and he didn't shy away from their connection. Neither of them did. It was great to see.
Bindi took some real chances in this book too. She stepped way out of her comfort zone for Cage. Some of it was out of her control, but some of it she made the choice to include him on. I was silently cheering her on the whole time.
I am super interested to see where the series is going to go from here. I love the creepy setting and backdrop that the story takes place in. The world building is so impressive for such short serials. That is a testament to the great writers. Everyone knows how much I love Nadia Simonenko, but I am also impressed with Aubrey Rose. I picked up the first book in one of her other series and I can't wait to give it a try. I still think that readers will benefit from grabbing a boxed set of this serial series when it is out and reading them all one right after another. It will feel more like a real length novel that way. That being said, I am super interested in this series now and I will probably continue on reading each installment as it is released just because I want to see what is going to happen. (less)
Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks is a quirky and really sweet love story. The story starts i...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks is a quirky and really sweet love story. The story starts in 1999 and spans many years, following the characters throughout childhood, high school and beyond. It was lots of fun, super sweet, and gives you a couple that you just want to root for against all odds. Ben and Carrie are next door neighbors, Ben falling into the geek category and Carrie falling more into the burnout category by default. But they are each so much more than their stereotypes. Karen Gordon does an excellent job at both poking fun at and exaggerating the stereotypes as she does with making her characters grow and break the mold.
Carrie has it rough at home. Her mother is basically unhinged and all she does it take it out on Carrie. Only Ben and MG know what her home life is really like. And because of her mothers verbal abuse, Carrie has a big issue with letting anyone see her cry. As weird as this sounds, tracking her progress with this fear throughout the novel was really sweet and endearing to me.
Ben is just the sweetest guy on the planet. Yes, one of his choices tore me up inside but he eventually makes up for it. Although, I will say that I doubted it for a while there. Things got pretty rough for some characters for a while. This book took me on a rollercoaster ride of all the emotions imaginable. I wanted to see a little bit more of what happened at the end of the story. The first 65% of the story was wonderfully detailed and the pacing was perfect and then things all started unraveling very fast and once they started to resolve themselves I wanted the pacing to slow down again so I could enjoy the end, but it was still at the same heightened pace. It wasn't bad, but I selfishly wanted more Ben and Carrie.
Karen Gordon did a fantastic job with the writing in Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks. I laughed, I teared up, I awhed. It was quirky fun, had plenty of swoons and if you don't fall in love with Ben I officially think something is wrong with you. (less)
Life in a Rut, Love Not Included was a cute, fluffy (mostly), and funny read. Sarah had ever...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Life in a Rut, Love Not Included was a cute, fluffy (mostly), and funny read. Sarah had everything she wanted in life. She had a great job, she had a great boyfriend, and she had a fun, rich roommate that foot the bill on lots of designer things. And then it all fell apart. After 7(!) years with said roommate and boyfriend, she caught them in bed together. So she moved out and quit her job and ended up back home with her parents at 31.
The title of the book is really fitting. This girl was in a rut. Big time. She is just so stuck in the past. She wasn't doing much of anything other than wallowing while she was living with her parents. It took their contractor coming into her life to shake things up for her, and get her moving again. I loved how she met him. She got into a fender bender with him and got into a fight with him in the middle of the road. In fact, they were at each others throats the first 3 or 4 times they interacted. But through another series of unfortunate events for Sarah, Jack learned more than he bargained about her and his attitude towards her started to soften. This was a big turning point for both of them actually.
I loved the way Jack was with Sarah. And I really liked the person that Sarah started to become after spending time with Jack. I felt awful for what she had to go through, but I will admit that I was getting slightly annoyed with her that she just kept going over and over the past. We heard about her boyfriend and the roommate a few too many times. She needed to snap herself out of her rut long before she met Jack. But, once she did start to get moving again it was great to see her passion for marketing and working. She was bright funny and really visionary. I loved this Sarah.
Life in a Rut, Love Not included was a really fun read. Perfect for a nice day outside by the pool. It is a cute love story, and story about how a woman picks up the pieces of her life, and picks herself up again. Jack and Sarah both have hot tempers so there are a few fiery scenes, but they mellow each other out. They work together. Fans of contemporary romance will enjoying watching Sarah get herself out of that rut, and they will LOVE Jack. (less)
Everything's Fine is a really powerful read. You know those books that...more**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Everything's Fine is a really powerful read. You know those books that reach through your chest and rattle you? They just shake up all your insides and make you feel. Not always pleasant feelings, but definitely powerful feelings. Everything's Fine is told both in the present as well as through a series of flashbacks. It it about the best friend of a girl that killed herself. You really get a full picture of how her decision affected a ton of people around her.
What I loved about Everything's Fine is that it was just as much about Kira as it was about her friend Haylee that killed herself. Kira throws around the "F" word a lot, trying to reassure herself, and everyone else, that things were in fact fine. I have no idea how anyone could possibly believe her though. My heart went out to Kira. To be left in the aftermath of what her friend did, with no answers had to be one of the hardest things for anyone to go through. Kira spends a lot of the book looking for Haylee's journal because she is scared about what Haylee wrote about her. I was so freakin' curious about what was written in this journal. And I was really surprised when I finally found out. Janci Patterson will make your jaw drop more than once. I kept finding myself saying, "holy cow!" I can't believe that just happened.
Everything's Fine is like getting a glimpse into the dirty laundry in people's lives, and you cannot stop reading. Haylee's family is full of secrets. But this book is not all gloom and doom, there is also a really sweet silver lining for Kira. In the form of Nick. I'm not going to say whether he is a romantic interest or just a friend, but he was Haylee's cousin and I loved how there he was for Kira. It was super sweet, and I found myself looking forward to their scenes together.
Everything's Fine is a powerful book about loss, about how to deal with the aftermath and about getting some answers. I loved it. I felt for Kira so much, so I was happy that so much of the book dealt with her, and her trying to actually be "fine". But there parts with Haylee were fascinating as well. I don't want to say that her parts were happy, but it was satisfying to find out some answers about her. She is such a sad, depressed girl, so the answers were not always cheery, but they did offer some kind of closure. This book broke my heart multiple times. It is so hauntingly beautiful. I am so thoroughly impressed with Janci Patterson and her writing and ability to tell such an emotional story. Must read more books by her now!
The Other Summer Girl is listed as a new adult contemporary romance. I would categorize it m...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
The Other Summer Girl is listed as a new adult contemporary romance. I would categorize it more as a Young Adult realistic fiction. There was romance, and it certainly took up a lot of the book, at least in the main characters eyes, but I think a much bigger focus of the book was watching Melanie adjust to college life during her freshman year. The Other Summer Girl is a difficult book for me to review, and I am going to attempt to explain why.
On one hand The Other Summer Girl is excellent. Sarah D. Towne's writing has this incredibly engaging and honest voice. I felt like I was sitting down talking to someone explain their freshman year of college. It felt so real. This book does an excellent job portraying the college experience for so many people. From dorm life to sororities to roommate issues, to parties. Everything was just like I remembered it. From a realistic fiction standpoint, The Other Summer Girl is fantastic. But... (yes, you knew that was coming)
The romance was just not what I was expecting. Melanie is so inexperienced when it comes to guys, and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it made her become all about Lleyton. It seemed like every moment of every day was Lleyton, Lleyton, Lleyton. Which would have been fine if I thought he was this amazing guy. But he just gave me an uneasy feeling every time I saw him. I wanted so badly to believe that he is this great guy, but all of these things kept happening that would make me just not trust him. I trusted that he liked Melanie, but I just didn't trust that she was the only one he "liked". And because Mel was just so young and fresh faced with everything, I just wanted to protect her from scummy guys.
But then again, I would remind myself that even though Lleyton might be a scumbag (or maybe not, but even if I thought he was.) that he was oh so very realistic. Not every book can be all sunshine and butterflies when it comes to romance. Not every guy is going to be into grand gestures, and sappy romance. Lleyton was like countless college guys. Some could even say that he didn't do a thing wrong. He was just "hanging out" with Melanie. He didn't put labels on anything, but you could tell that Melanie thought it was more than that.
Once I finished the book, I sat back and thought about it. Even though I disliked Lleyton most of the time, my realistic side won out. Sarah D. Towne wrote a great realistic fiction book. Not every romantic comedy ends with the love of your life HEA, especially during your freshman year in college. But if you look at the book from the perspective of Melanie's coming of age college experiences, this honestly can't be beaten. It is just so earnest, that you can't help me moved by it. Am I going to continue the series? Heck yes! I want to know exactly what is going on with Lleyton, and what it means for Melanie. Plus, I want Melanie to grow a bit of a backbone and I feel like we were just starting to see that side of her at the end of this book. If you are looking for something that reads like a peak into a girl's diaries, The Other Summer Girl is the book for you. (less)
In a sea of similar books, Dark Metropolis felt different. In a great way. Part dystopian, p...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
In a sea of similar books, Dark Metropolis felt different. In a great way. Part dystopian, part thriller, part magic, part zombie/vampire(?), Dark Metropolis really had it all. The world did have a glitzy 1930's esque feel like the summary said, but it also had a dark futuristic feel to it. I am not sure that I ever caught a date while reading, so I can't be quite sure when this book actually takes place. Told in multiple point of views, the story shifts between characters frequently.
I felt like Thea, Nan and Freddie were all main characters. Even though there were multiple main characters, the plot and story were very easy to follow. I didn't get confused and it never felt jarring shifting from person to person. Jaclyn Dolamore did an excellent job with her characters. I feel like I got to know Freddy and Nan very well. I want to see more on Thea and Sigi in the next book. At first, I thought Thea was going to be the main character, but somewhere along the line, her chapters became less frequent as Nan's part of the story took center stage.
I look forward to seeing more about Thea and Freddy in the next book. There is a hint at a possible romance between them, but then the "situation: in the city took over, and there wasn't much time for anything else except action. Lots and lots of action. I was surprised how fast paced Dark Metropolis was. So much happened in the story. So much in fact that when the book ended, I wasn't sure if it was a standalone or a series. It wrapped up nicely for the first book. There are still unanswered questions about Nan, about the revolutionaries, and we have no idea what is going to happen with the fallout. I can't wait to see. Jaclyn Dolamore has a real gem with Dark Metropolis. (less)
Elsker is the first book in the Norse mythology centric Elsker Saga. I love all things mytho...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Elsker is the first book in the Norse mythology centric Elsker Saga. I love all things mythology and Norse mythology is particularly fascinating to me because I don't know as much about it as I do greek and roman mythology. I knew a little bit before I read this book and I have read a Valkayrie book before, but I feel like I learned so much about Norse Mythology from Elsker. I really enjoyed how much it was woven into the story. The main character, Kristia is taking a mythology course while she is studying abroad in Wales and her class lessons were a perfect way for S.T. Bende to work in some details and background information on the Norse Gods. It all worked really well.
The book is told completely from Kristia's point of view, which was nice because it kept Ull mysterious, but I think I would have liked to have gotten some of his point of view as well. It would have been interesting to poke around in his head a bit at the beginning to see what his inner conflict was with Kristia. We eventually get to find out, but it comes much later in the story.
Ull is a big ole softie. I know he was described as being an intense warrior, and while we do get to see a hint of his fierce temper, he mostly seemed sweet, sensitive and like a super hot cuddly bear. I enjoyed watching Ull court Kristia. How could anyone say no to him? I certainly wouldn't. And I loved how Kristia continually challenged him and put him in his place. She has more than a little spunk in her.
Elsker's part in this book was a pleasant surprise in the plot line. I loved how it tied everything together. There is some solid foundation laying for what looks like it will be a very interesting and high energy series. There is a free novella available for #1.5 of the series. And after this, book #2 seems like it is going to be pretty action packed and intense. I can't wait to see what is going to happen with that. Fans of norse mythology will really enjoy this book. (and yes, Thor does make an appearance)(less)
I have read a lot of mythology books now, and I have to say that Persephone's Orchard is a different take than most of the others. I don't think I hav...moreI have read a lot of mythology books now, and I have to say that Persephone's Orchard is a different take than most of the others. I don't think I have read told quite the way this one was. Persephone's Orchard is the first book in the Chrysomelia Stories series. And it deals with the concept of immortal souls, rather than the traditional greek gods. There are all the usual players in the book, but they are reincarnated throughout the ages and they each live many different lives as various mortals, after their rein as gods. I thought that was an interesting play on the concept of greek mythology.I loved how unique Molly Ringle was with her interpretation of the gods.
Persephone's Orchard deals with Sophie, a college girl, trying to put together the pieces of who she was in a past life. And really try and get her bearings on this whole new world. The story takes place on earth as well as in the underworld and a lot of Sophie's "greek" memories are shown to her through dreams, so the story alternates between the present and the past in her dreams. It was an interesting technique that Molly Ringle employed. The effect was like a greek mythology story time. I liked it, but it also felt slow and dragged on in parts. The gods personalities were also a little shifted than how I am used to seeing them in classical mythology, but I attributed that to the fact that this was a modern version of their immortal souls, so they were bound to be a little different.
There is light romance hinted at in the story, and honestly most of the romantic interaction took place through the characters memories. I hope to see more present interaction and romance between Sophie and Adrian in the next book. Parts of the story, I found to be really interesting and other parts failed to hold my interest for more than a few pages. I am going to read the second book because I want to see where the author takes the story now that the ground work has been laid, but I am hoping that the next book doesn't have as many flashbacks and background information as this one. I did like the opposition storyline, I think they will be a formidable enemy. I will have to see how the next book goes before I decide if I will be continuing on with this series, but it is worth checking out if you are looking for a different twist on mythology. (less)
Love Potions is the first book in the Warlocks MacGregor series. It follows one of the MacGr...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Love Potions is the first book in the Warlocks MacGregor series. It follows one of the MacGregor sons, Erik. I think that each of the books will follow a different member of the MacGregor clan, which will be very exciting because it is easy to see from this story how tight knit their family is. It is also so much fun to watch them joke around with each other. The MacGregors are a bunch of pranksters. And throw magic into the mix, and well let's just say that some of their pranks get a little inventive.
Erik is used to getting everything and everyone that he wants. Girls have a tendency to throw them him, so when he meets his next door neighbor and she doesn't give into him right away, he seems to be a little off kilter. I liked that Lydia was so strong willed. She seemed to be the only one able to put him in his place. Not even his brothers were able to accomplish this. Lydia is just what Erik needs. But Erik and Lydia do not have an easy road. I honestly did not know if they were going to end up together or not. Lydia has a bit of a temper on her, and rightfully so! I mean, this family shows up out of no where and bring magic and spells into her life, not to mention evil spirits. Throw in a love spell and you have a hot mess. But it was hilarious fun!
I do wish I had paid a little better attention to the glossary of terms at the start of the book because I didn't know some of the things that Erik was saying. Some were explained, but others weren't. I also wasn't super clear on what an Inthrall was. I know that they can suck a warlock's powers from him, sometimes to the point of death. Which seems pretty serious to me, but the MacGregor's never really seemed concerned. I wish that was explained a bit better, but it eventually gets explained and worked out.
Love Potions has stubborn, yet charming warlocks, lots of magic, tons of chemistry and a plot that you are sure to enjoy. This book was a lot of fun, and the MacGregors are great. I love their family and I can't wait to read all of the brothers, sister, and cousin's stories. (less)
This story surprised me. I thought I had it figured out but the ending took me completely by surprise. The romance was rocky and bumpy, but it was one...moreThis story surprised me. I thought I had it figured out but the ending took me completely by surprise. The romance was rocky and bumpy, but it was one heck of a journey. These characters were flawed and oh so real. There were things that annoyed me about them and things that I loved about them. No Mary-sues here!
Maddy is super cute. When the book started, I honestly had no idea what direction it was going to take as far as the romance. Maddy ends up going out with a couple of different guys and I changed my opinions on all of them more than once. I loved how Maddy tried to read people by figuring out what their perfect drink was. It was a cute recurring theme throughout the story.
Neither Maddy nor Colin were perfect, and I had my ups and downs with both of them individually as well as a couple. But Colin won me over in the end. Maddy did as well. This book took me all over the place. It was cute. It was sexy. It was frustrating. It was surprising. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. Much like I was thrown in the dating trenches all over again. I had a blast reading it. One of my favorite characters from this book was Colin's sister, Carly. So I know I am going to really enjoy the next book, which is her story. This is a fun new adult series centered around an oceanfront town. (less)
The Sound blew me away. It is such a beautiful book. It deals with a serial killer (in part), so I know that may sound strange, but it is. Sarah Alder...moreThe Sound blew me away. It is such a beautiful book. It deals with a serial killer (in part), so I know that may sound strange, but it is. Sarah Alderson did a fantastic job telling the story of The Sound. I loved it so much. This book just kept growing and evolving into more and more. It exceeded all of my expectations.
Ren gets way more than she bargained for when she arrived in Nantucket to nanny for the summer. She was looking to get away from a bad breakup, just have some time to relax and to work on her music blog. I loved Ren. She is like a breath of fresh air. She is interesting and real. She hates labeling people and she has no problem befriending both the rich kids and the townies. I enjoyed how she was her own person.
The Sound is both a really sweet romance, as well as so much more than that. There are multiple side plots that all worked together in unexpected ways so well. There was the mystery of the nanny killer, the mystery of what happened between Jesse and the rich kids, as well as another storyline that I didn't even see coming at all. I called the romance in this book from a mile away, but the mystery part of the book had me guessing right until the very end. It was great!
I even enjoyed the relationship that Ren had with the kids she nannied- Brodie and Braiden. Brodie was so cute. (And I am not a kid person, so that is really saying something.) I read the sound in one sitting because I just couldn't put this book down. Sarah Alderson has a fan in me. She is a very talented writer. The Sound is a fantastic book- romantic and mysterious. It will leave you swooning and your heart pounding as you try and figure out who the killer is. (less)
Shifting Fates is a shifter Urban Fantasy written by Authors Aubrey Rose and Nadia Simonenko...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Shifting Fates is a shifter Urban Fantasy written by Authors Aubrey Rose and Nadia Simonenko. I am such a huge fan of Nadia that I knew I just had to read this new series. The first two books are already out, and I think the third book is coming out soon. It is a really interesting concept. The story takes place in the future in the city where New York used to be. There was a war and some kind of disease they came from a bomb explosion, and it turned some people into shifters. They shift into all kinds of animals. Some of them turn into monsters, and because of that they are killed on sight pretty much.
Bindi is a shifter and as such she has to live in hiding. She takes care of some orphaned kids and teenagers that were also turned into shifters. She steals extra rations from the city to get enough supplies and food for them to eat. I wasn't sure if they were just "nice" shifters, or if none of the shifters actually turned into monsters, but Bindi and the kids didn't at all like monsters. They seemed just like normal people that could shift. I want to see some "wild" shifters in the next book so I can compare how they act.
Bindi basically lives in isolation with these kids that she takes care of, so when she meets Ben, the soldier and sparks fly it takes both of them by surprise. The book was too short for too much of a romance to develop, but they did have two really interesting meetings. I really look forward to seeing more of their "connection" develop. I want to know why it is that they react so strongly to each other.
I really enjoyed Shifting Fates, but I wish it was longer. It seemed like it was over right after it was getting started. That is the only complaint I can think of. Everything else about this book is so good you will want to get lost within the pages of this book. The writing is wonderful and the detail is great. It is fast paced but not rushed. It's a novella series or a serial, but the books are released one at a time for the time being. After another book or two comes out, I would like to see them bundled so that they would equal a full length novel. I really love the concept, and the post war militarized control setting left in the destruction, but I want something more lengthy. I like this author duo. I can't wait to read book 2.
**Note: I just discovered that if you sign up for the authors mailing list they will notify you when the series is complete if you enjoy reading the books that.**
Blue Crush is the second book in the Blue Series, and it can be read as a standalone. I didn't read the first book in the series, but I kind of wish t...moreBlue Crush is the second book in the Blue Series, and it can be read as a standalone. I didn't read the first book in the series, but I kind of wish that I did. I was able to understand the story just fine by reading Blue Crush on it's own but, I can't help but think I was missing some subtlety, hints and context from the first book. Blue Crush is the story of Gen and Lewis. Gen was a character in the first book as well.
I liked Gen. She had spunk, and she sure is a hard worker. She enters into a mudders contest to kind of prove herself. I have to admit these contests seem intense, but fun! I want to enter one. One of the most satisfying things about Blue Crush was watching Gen come into herself and gain some confidence. After this incident with her jerk of a boss (Sidenote: ooh I want punch his lights out!) she lost a bit of herself it seemed. But she really grows a lot as the story progresses. Jules Barnard did a great job really fleshing out her character and giving her am impressive amount of character growth. Ok, now onto the hunk...I mean, Lewis.
Lewis is oh so swoon-worthy. I heart him. But he never let Gen have it easy. He was training her for the Mudder competition and he certainly did not ever let her off easy. I really liked that about him. Even though the book suffered a bit from insta-love, or at the very least insta-lust, he was still a great trainer for her. And he played a large role in her growing confidence and development. Even though he was a tough trainer, Lewis is such a good guy. You can tell by the way he treats Gen. Very respectable. Plus, it will be so easy for you to hate Mira and love Gen. I always find it fun to have a character to hate. (Is that weird?)
Blue Crush is full of twists and surprises that will keep you engaged. Plus some of the scenes are downright hot. There are some typical back and forth drama type issues between Gen and Lewis, but overall the romance is great. Blue Crush is a fun sexy/sweet new adult contemporary. (less)
Picture Perfect is the second book in the limelight series, but it can be read as a standalo...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
Picture Perfect is the second book in the limelight series, but it can be read as a standalone. The first book, Rumor Has It, is about Ellie and Mason and this book is about Ellie's best friend Skye. Ellie and Mason make an appearance in the book, but this is completely Skye's story. I really like the theme that Elisabeth Grace has worked into this series. Neither of the characters are celebrities in this one, but Skye is the daughter of a politician, and Landon owns a PR company, so the media plays a role in this book as well. If you remember my review of Rumor Has It, you know that I COMPLETELY FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. It was one of my favorite new adult romances ever! So Picture Perfect has some damn near impossible shoes to fill. Did I like it? Yes!! Did I love it as much as Ellie and Mason's story? No, but it was still a great read and a good edition to the Limelight series.
Skye is used to being the perfect daughter, and is calm cool and collected in almost situation. Until she meets Landon. She meets him in a nightclub after some drunk guy throws up on her. UMM, EWW!!! (Side note: Elisabeth Grace said this happened to a friend of hers. How crazy is that?!) He comes to her rescue and she acts very out of character for her and ends up in a heated lip lock with him. Fast forward to Monday, and she goes into her new job to meet her boss...Landon. Yep, right then and there I knew that I would enjoy this book as well. I did not envy Skye. I think I would have died of embarrassment, but she handled herself with class. Skye often acted with maturity beyond her age...not all the time, but most of the time, and I respected the heck out of her for that.
Landon was a treat. A yummy, yummy treat. He was a hot, young, successful professional with daddy issues. (I thought it was a happy coincidence that it was the girl with the great relationship with her father and the guy that had the strained relationship by the way.) So it should come as no surprise that he was used to girls throwing themselves at him. But what I liked about him was that he was able to recognize that Skye was different, and he didn't treat her or pursue her in the same way he would one of those one night stands. This is not a story where people start out as a one night stand and later want more. Landon and Skye were both attracted to each other, but because they worked together they didn't rush into anything. Their relationship was a gradual buildup and I loved every second of it. I also loved how protective he was of Skye. I love guys like him.
Picture Perfect was surprising, fun and oh so satisfying. It is so easy to root for Skye and Landon. So why didn't I love it as much as the first book. Well, the first book was just flippin' amazing. Ellie and Mason will continue to go down in my books as one of my favorite book couples. Their story felt longer and more detailed than Skye and Landon's. But the main reason is that Skye did something in Picture Perfect that is a book pet peeve of mine. Let me explain, Guy character tells Skye that she better do "X" or "bad thing Y" will happen. Oh, and she can't tell anyone. And what does Skye do? She doesn't go to her dad. She doesn't go to Landon. She just freaks out alone and tries to do what is she thinks is "best" for everyone and gives into guy character. And I am thinking, WHY!???! How would guy character know if she talked to her dad? He wouldn't. I just really don't like it when female characters fall so easily into this blackmail trap. This will probably not bother most readers, but it is a personal issue for me. I have seen it happen in many books and it just makes my eye go all twitchy. Thankfully, it was just a little part of the overall story, and like I said I can see many readers glossing right over it, and not giving it a second thought.
Picture Perfect is a great new adult contemporary romance. Told in dual narrative, the readers feel like they really get to know both Skye and Landon. Elisabeth Grace is a fantastic writer and she writes guys exactly how I like them. Super hot, slightly(or totally) alpha, slightly protective, and super sweet to their girl. I cannot wait to read the next book in the Limelight series. I am excited it is about another celebrity. If you have not read the Limelight series you need to. Even though these books can be read as standalones, start with Rumor Has It. You will love it.
You know when you just want to hug a book when you are done with it? Rumor Has It is that ki...more**See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**
You know when you just want to hug a book when you are done with it? Rumor Has It is that kind of book. I just want to hug it and snuggle with it in bed for a while. This book just made me happy. Elizabeth Grace blew me away. It goes up there as one of the New Adult MUST READS. It is set up in what I am calling the classic new adult contemporary romance narration style. The books in the series can each be read as stand-alones, but the characters pop up in each of the books so you can check in on them. The book itself is told in dual narrative, with each chapter alternating between Ellie and Mason's point of view. This is my favorite narrative style. I just love to peak around in guys heads during romance books.
Ellie and Mason do not disappoint. They are funny, sexy, caring, and best of all multi-faceted. I loved the depth that Elisabeth Grace woven into her writing and characters. Ellie is just adorable, and Mason has a tough exterior with an ooey gooey marshmallow center. Another favorite of mine. They are both so good, inside and out, but neither of them is perfect. Ellie is a stubborn little thing and Mason had a tendency to jump to conclusions and has trust issues. It was these imperfections that made you go from like to love with them. And they are just magic together.
Mason makes my list of book boyfriends. I just love how focused he was to Ellie. He would do anything for her. And it is so easy to see that he really is such a caring and giving soul. Yes, he has a cocky exterior, but after their initial meeting, it almost never came out to play again. Mason just seemed to real with Ellie.
Rumor Has It is a damn near perfect book, in my opinion. It has fantastic swoon-worthy characters that still manage to be extremely realistic. The writing is conversational and really makes you feel like the characters thoughts are your thoughts. I felt like I was inside the characters heads. It was fantastic. And the plot. Oh, the plot will make you not want to put the book down. At one point towards the end, I almost screamed out loud because of something that happened. This book has me completely invested in it. I can see myself revisiting Ellie and Mason time and time again. I can't wait to read the next Limelight novel. If it is half as good as Rumor Has It, it will be great. If you like new adult, if you like romance, if you like contemporary or if you have never tried new adult, you need to read Rumor Has It. Just read the book- you will be thanking me later. (less)