Best Man For Hire is the third book in the Front and Center series, but**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Best Man For Hire is the third book in the Front and Center series, but each book is a complete standalone. I still haven't read the first book, Marine for Hire yet, but I have read the second book, Fiancee for Hire. I loved Mac's story and I was really glad to see him pop up again throughout the book. I am obsessed with the Patton brothers. I really love that each of the brothers are named after US generals. Even the sister! My history nerd side geeked out a bit over that.
And then there is Grant himself. Is he for real?? I mean, seriously, how could he ever possibly be hard on himself? He is so unbelievably good to the core. He is a boyscout personified. It was so easy for me to see that he is a way better person than he gives himself credit for. Both Grant and Anna think that if you have made any mistakes at all in your life, then you are not a good person. It was crazy. But watching them together was so much fun. It was nice to see them kind of open the other's eyes to how great they were. Because Grant could easily see how awesome Anna was and vice versa. They just needed to convince themselves to believe it.
Anna's job as a "nontraditional wedding planner" was super cool. She did a paintball wedding a red riding hood wedding and a fairy wedding. I can only imagine the kinds of offbeat things people can come up with, especially with her as a wedding planner helping them out. It seems like such a fun job. Nothing is ever the same as something else you have put together. That makes it exciting for her. I totally get that.
I am such a fan of Tawna Fenske's writing for the Front and Center Series. She knows how to infuse really sweet and steamy romance with humor and so much personality. All of the books in the Lovestruck imprint from Entangled are great because you know you are going to get an easy to read and quick romance that is satisfying. And the Front and Center series is a great one for you to try. If you liked Mac, get ready to fall even more in love with Grant. He is so awesome. Best Man For Hire comes out at the end of December and it is one that you should keep an eye on. Start with this book, start with the first one, it doesn't matter. This series will put a smile on your face.
Love me to Death is the first book in the Adult Paranormal Romance Underveil Series. I loved Love Me To Death. It has everything that I want in a paraLove me to Death is the first book in the Adult Paranormal Romance Underveil Series. I loved Love Me To Death. It has everything that I want in a paranormal…tons of different creatures living in a well developed and planned out world, with magic thrown in and a kicking romance to boot. What more could a girl want. Plus if the romance has a forbidden aspect to it, that is a total bonus! I became kind of obsessed with this book. It felt like it was a little on the longer end, which is not a bad thing….at all. But I didn’t read it in one sitting. So every time I would have to put it down to tend to real life things, I would watch myself gazing longingly at my kindle, or my thoughts would drift back towards the book while I was at work. Love me To Death was not good for my everyday life concentration, but as a book and as a reader, I love that it made me so absorbed in its’ pages.
The basic setup of the world is that there are these enforcers, called Slayers that are meant to protect the Underveil as well as the human world from evil creatures. Vampires are one such evil creature. So when Nikolai is sent to take out a human that will soon embrace her evil side, he feels a strange sense of confliction that only gets worse the longer he is around her. I loved the progression that Nikolai and Elena went through. Everything felt so natural. Nothing was rushed or felt out of place with them. They each battled their own emotions and I thought that even with something that has the potential for insta-love- like a soul bond that formed pretty early on in the book, there was no insta-love. I think I was the most impressed with how Marissa Clarke handled the romance.
There is a so much going on in Love Me To Death. Nikolai and Elena find themselves in the center of a quickly brewing war of the worlds. I was impressed with how much Marissa Clarke fit into this first installment in the Underveil series. I did, however, feel like there was a bit too much going on at the end of the book. It was like a huge cluster of action everywhere you turned. I wish that part was just slowed down a tiny bit and spread out more. But that is my only complaint of the whole story. I am completely obsessed with Nikolai and Elena. I can’t get enough of the two of them. I want the second book right now! Readers of adult paranormal romances and fans of books that feature lots of different creatures, then this is the book for you. You need to read the Underveil series, if you haven’t already. It is one of the good ones!...more
The Undead: Playing for Keeps is the story of a girl that can raise the**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Undead: Playing for Keeps is the story of a girl that can raise the dead with a touch. And as an added twist, her family is the owner of the town funeral home. I thought that was a hilarious twist to the story. Because the daughter has no idea that she is the one bringing the dead to life, and the funeral home is getting into all sorts of trouble because the corpses keep going missing! And in a small town word gets around pretty fast.
Lyla was an easy girl to like. I have no idea why she was such a social outcast. She really only had one friend and the other kids at school either avoided her or made fun of her. I thought it was BS. She is a sweetheart, but I guess high school kids don't need a reason to be mean. I felt bad for her, and I totally understood why she was so skittish about everything,. It took her a long time to warm up to Eric, and I really admired that about her.
Eric is a reaper that shows up in town to find out who is raising the dead. What he doesn't expect is Lyla because people are turned into Samaritan (which is what she is) but they aren't already them. She is a special case. (which you will find out about in the story) Lyla is the main character of the story, but it is told in dual narrative between her and Eric, and as an added bonus we got to learn a lot more about his background. I wasn't expecting that at the start of the story and it took a while to dig into his past, but we do get to see glimpses.
I'm not sure if there is going to be another book or not, but it would be kind of cool if there was. The end of the book got really crazy and I would love for someone to kind of rehash all of that in the next book, if there is one. I think there is still a lot the author, Elsie Elmore, can do in this world of reapers and Samaritans. The Undead: Playing for Keeps is an interesting paranormal young adult read. If you are a fan of reaper books, this is a fun take on them that I think you will enjoy.
Books, Blogs and Reality follows four romance book bloggers. It was an**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Books, Blogs and Reality follows four romance book bloggers. It was an interesting setup for a book. It was like reading a high school diary or watching a reality show about my contemporaries. Being a book blogger myself, a lot of the stuff were things and situations that I could directly relate with, but there were also parts of the book that made me want that kind of friendship with fellow bloggers. The four ladies became friends through their similar reading tastes. They commented on the same reviews and started up discussions, which led to a group chat. And they get online and talk to each other every night, about everything. I want that. I have always been a little jealous of the bloggers that make insta friends with other bloggers and become so close and talk all the time. So while I was reading Books, Blogs and Reality, it was really easy to imagine that these were a group of four real bloggers just chatting about books and their lives. It felt more scandalous for me that way. I liked it. :)
What struck me the most was how much these girls lied to each other at first. It shouldn't have surprised me. People do it all the time on facebook and instagram. They only post super happy pictures, and fabulous events and all the great things going on in their lives to make things seem better than they might be. But these four girls were supposed to be really good friends, so I thought they would be more honest with each other. So that kind of bummed me out a bit at first, but the cool part about the book was because it jumps back and forth between each of the girls "real lives" and then their conversations online, you could watch them start to open up more and more with each other as the story went on. That made me happier with their friendships.
I liked the flow of Books, Blogs and Reality. It alternated between each of the four girls, and in between each girls section, there was a nightly group chat between all of the women. It made the book a very quick and easy read and kept you engaged the whole time. I liked some of the girls more than others. Brooke and Lizzie were my favorites and it is very easy for me to say that Rachel was my least favorite. I thought she was a freakin' idiot. And I don't hate on characters too much, but I couldn't stand her. If you have read the book, please let me know because I would love to have a good rant session about her, but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone.
If you are a book blogger, you will get a kick out of this book. The romances are all cute and each have their own issues. They are a little predictable, but when thrown together with the friendship of the bloggers and all of the blog terminology it is a fun read. It felt like I was watching a book blogger reality romance show.
Tess in Boots is a clean new adult contemporary romance. It is a starti**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Tess in Boots is a clean new adult contemporary romance. It is a starting over story, where the main character needs to get away from her current life. Tess lost her job right before she was supposed to get a big promotion and her boyfriend was being all "dud-like". Not wanting to move forward or do much of anything after being together seven years. So when her brother calls her up out of the blue and tells her he needs her help with a vineyard in North Carolina, she figures it will be a bit of a much needed vacation for her. What it ended up being was a fresh start. I love these kinds of books. Where the main character does something completely different with their life. Those are the books that are completely about them finding themselves, or reinventing themselves into the versions they wanted to be in the first place.
Tess in Boots was a really cute read. It has a nice romance in it, even if you don't always know which way it was going to go. I couldn't get enough of Thatcher. His feelings for Tess seemed a little abrupt but he is the kind of sweet genuine guy that can pull that off. I loved all of Tess' marketing ideas for the vineyard. Plus the whole small town vibe feel of the book with all the overly nosey townspeople, were perfect for the book. I love small town settings.
There were times while reading Tess in Boots that I genuinely had no idea which direction the story was going to take. It could have gone any number of ways, and that was part of the appeal. Now when we got down to the end of the book, I did know what I wanted to happen and I still wasn't even sure if it was going to or not. I think I would have been disappointed if it didn't turn out the way I wanted to. I'm not going to say what way that was, or if it happened. But you might be surprised because there is no "good guy" and "bad guy" in Tess in Boots. Logan was a pleasant surprise to me. And Thatcher had so much more going on than I initially thought. Tess is one lucky lady, that is all I will say.
The most satisfying part of the book was not the romance. It was the growth that Tess discovered within herself. I loved the new direction she took her life in. And I would love another book or novella to check in with her and see what she does with it . If you are looking for a really heartwarming and sweet clean new adult/adult romance, check out Tess in Boots.
Icarus was a darker book that I have read in a while. Which is good bec**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Icarus was a darker book that I have read in a while. Which is good because I like to mix it up and raw books dealing with some of the tougher issues always bring out strong emotions in me. I just like to put that out there so that people can be aware of it up front. Because I know, sometimes I need to be ready for a very emotional book, especially one that deals with abuse. Danika Stone uses very descriptive, sometimes bordering on flowery language.
The way that Icarus starts is interesting. The book starts you off with Tess in real time starting at a new school for her first day. And then it goes into a time lapse through her first few months at the school. It was a really effective technique that Danika Stone used because it allowed the reader to get to know Tess quickly. We picked up on facts about her, her life and her background because each of the "time lapses" stops and focuses on a different aspect of Tess or her life. Once she meets Drew and is partnered up with him in her science class, the book goes back to real time storytelling. The rest of the book is told alternating between real time and flashbacks of when Drew and Tess are children. It was interesting because you can put together kind of quickly that they knew each other as kids and they just each went by different names, but what I didn't get was why neither of them remembered the other. I know Tess has blue hair now but Drew couldn't have changed too much. And even if he did, Drew didn't really remember anything about that time, and I have no idea why. It wasn't really ever explained.
I loved the incorporation of the Greek myths into the story through Tess' English class journal. Seeing her thoughts in her journal entries was really emotional for me. Because it was pretty much the only outlet for her emotions and feelings that she used. She is such a closed off and guarded person. You could really tell that through her relationships with Kyle, her best friend, and Drew. Some of the things with Tess' father were hard to read. You wanted to reach out and help her so badly, but it was all part of the raw-ness and power in Icarus. This is a powerful story. I appreciated that about Danika's writing. She conveyed the power through her words. Icarus definitely affected me as a reader and I can see a lot of people really connecting with this story. It is not your run of the mill young adult story and that is so great about it. I wasn't crazy about the ending and I still have no idea why Drew didn't remember parts of his past, but overall the book as a whole resonated with me.
Taken by Storm is a standalone new adult book by Tamara Mataya. I have**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Taken by Storm is a standalone new adult book by Tamara Mataya. I have read another two of Tamara's books, The Best Laid Plans and Just Breathe and I loved both of them. They were hot and steamy and really well developed and everything that I look for in my romance books. I liked Taken by Storm as well, but I didn't love it as much as I loved the other books. It didn't feel as full as they did. That may sound weird, but once I was done, I sat back and thought about what it was that made me feel like this one left me wanting a bit more compared to her other two books. The romance was great. I really liked the characters and the natural disaster element was one that I have not encountered in a lot of books. I came away with the realization that I just wanted more book. It wasn't long enough for me.
Now it may be possible that I am holding this book to a little bit of a high standard because I enjoyed Just Breathe so much, but that is what I have come to expect from Tamara. And Taken by Storm had all the makings of a truly wonderful story, and I really enjoyed reading it. I just wanted like 75-100 more pages. Taken by Storm clocked in at 156 pages, which may really appeal to readers who are looking for a quick romance. I wanted to savor Ryan and Leilani.
But now let's talk about everything that I loved about Taken by Storm. And there was a lot that I loved. I really liked the history between Ryan and Leilani. They knew each other in high school and throughout the story we get little glimpses into their past, which was pretty cool and let me see how much they each changed in that time. And obviously their chemistry together was great. Tamara Mataya knows how to write fantastic romances. She really does.
Another thing I really liked about Taken by Storm, was the actual storm. It was terrifying to watch all of the damage that the flood did. When everyone was in the restaurant and the wall of water came rushing at them, I was genuinely scared. I felt like I was there with them. The writing felt very real, which made the book hard to put down. It also could be why I breezed through this book and wanted more. Because I read it in one sitting.
Taken by Storm is told in dual narrative, which worked really well with the flow of the story. Especially since Ryan is a fireman and so much of the story deals with him dealing with and handling the disaster. It was really nice that this book was a standalone as well. It was good to break up all the series I have been reading lately with a "one and done" book.
Life in the No Dating Zone was like a comedy of errors. It was a matchm**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Life in the No Dating Zone was like a comedy of errors. It was a matchmaking mishap game, a little like the play that they describe in the book- cyrano de bergerac. I thought it was a really cute take on the you start out liking one person and end up with someone else. (i'm sure there is a name for that romance trope, but I don't know what it is.) I really liked the main guy Gray. The main character, Claire, grated on my nerves a bit, but we eventually worked things out. Life in the No Dating Zone is told in dual narrative between Claire and Gray.
Gray really liked Claire's popular friend Lindsey since forever, and he turns to Claire for help. Which Claire is more than happy to do because she doesn't date (because of a pact) and she feels left out by her friends that each have boyfriends. She wants to break Lindsey and her current beau up. This was my problem with Claire. She acted really childish sometimes. Her immaturity and self centered attitude really bugged me for a large part of the first half of the book. And my real problem was that she would have these moments of such nice-ness that I wanted her to be that nice girl more. I wanted that to be who the real Claire was, but I wasn't sure if she was more nice, or more immature. She eventually won me over, but I wouldn't say that I loved her. I liked her.
Gray on the other hand, I adored. He is just the sweetest shy guy ever. I loved how quiet and pensive he was. But the more he was around Claire and her friends the more he came out of his shell. And I also liked reading his point of view chapters because you could see him growing more and more fond of Claire, and it was so funny to try and see when he would finally open his eyes and realize he liked her.
Claire's no dating pact took a while to fully develop the reasoning behind it. I had no idea why she made the pact for most of the book. She gives a surface reason for not dating, but we don't get to the real meat of the issue until later on. I think that was my favorite part of Claire's character- watching her grow and come to terms with her pact and the reason behind it. Life in the No Dating Zone was a cute read. It was fun to watch the slow burn romance blossom between these friends. Claire might get on your nerves a time or two, but she will make up for it in the end.
Adrian Lesson's was a new adult book that felt fresh and different. I t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Adrian Lesson's was a new adult book that felt fresh and different. I thought it was going to be a girl and popular playing guy dancing around each, leading to an inevitable romance. But there was a whole other element that took me completely by surprise. I loved the added depth from Adrian where Cleo was concerned. It made the story feel fresh and so endearing. But don't worry there is still the URST (unresolved sexual tension) and romance build up that I love in my new adult contemporaries.
Adrian is his college's "sex King". He has a column in the newspaper and he earns his reputation. Cleo is a quiet girl that just so happens to writer her newly signed roommate/author's sex scenes in her books. I think that would be a really fun collaboration by the way. But Cleo is out of inspiration, and in a writing funk. I loved not only Cleo and Adrian, but her roommate is a hoot and a half. I want her to get her own book! I loved how meddling she was with Cleo, and how she pushed Adrian to help her act out some of her scenes- kind of. She didn't make them so the dirty or anything like that, but she did get them pretty close to each other. It was pretty hot and a whole lot of fun. I thought it was a great method of driving the story forward.
But this was not just a fluff read. You really got to know Cleo and Adrian so well. Especially Adrian. The deeper he went in revealing his past, the more I liked him. It is hard not to like him. He seems so genuine and nice, and I thought Cleo gave him way too hard of a time. Even when she realized that he wasn't the shallow guy she thought he was, she sill didn't really let up on him. But Adrian was a gem through it all. They don't make a ton of guys like him. I really enjoyed Adrian Lessons. The writing is sexy, fun and the pacing of the story is great. It felt like a well thought out read, but I easily read it in one setting. I just didn't want to put the book down. I really enjoyed L.A. Rose's characters and romance so I am excited to read her other books. I have James Games sitting in my to be read pile right now, in fact. I think Adrian Lessons is a standalone read, but I am kind of hoping that Cleo's roommate gets her own companion book. If you like fun and steamy college romances, Adrian Lessons is a great book for you to check out.
The Duality Principle is a quick, fun and sexy romance that I enjoyed i**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Duality Principle is a quick, fun and sexy romance that I enjoyed immensely. The story centers around Gabby and Conner, who are both in their mid 20s. I think that is the perfect age for new adult books. Gabby is a graduate student writing her thesis, and I loved the way Rebecca Grace Allen actually worked Gabby's thesis into the story. It sounds like a great idea for a thesis first of all (too bad I am not math inclined in the slightest, unless it comes to taxes and estate planning.) , but the even cooler part what how her thesis related to her relationship and journey with Conner. It was my favorite part of the book. Along with the romance, of course.
Gabby and Conner are such an interesting mix. I love the nerdy side along with the more daring. They pull out the good and the bad in the other one. It turned out to be a perfect balance and was a lot of fun to read about. The book is told in dual narrative between Gabby and Conner, which worked out well. We got to see each of their likes and holdups about the relationship. And hearing about their own fantasies in their point of view chapters was also a lot of fun in the story.
The Duality Principle was a very quick read. The length was a little strange. I wasn't sure whether it was just a short quick full length novel, or a longer novella? I tend to wish that it was a bit longer. The characters were fleshed out well and the story flowed nicely, but it was a very quick read. I would have liked some more to the story at points. I never really felt like the story was lacking in any department, it was just over very quickly. Nevertheless, if you like fun and sexy new adult romances, The Duality Principle is one that I think you should check out.
Yes! I have been hitting Urban Fantasy Jackpot gold lately. I loved Kar**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Yes! I have been hitting Urban Fantasy Jackpot gold lately. I loved Karma! I thought that the world Donna Augustine created was intriguing and addictive. I loved how mysterious and creative her working idea of the universe was. Even though I still have lots of questions, as does Camilla, I can't wait for the second book to try and figure some of them out. Just to give you a quick setup of this world, basically there are people assigned for each one of the forces of the universe. There is Murphy, as in Murphy's law, the cat lady responsible for sending the black cats, Karma, fate, cupid, santa. Everything and anything you have imagined. And they all take care to assure that their aspect of the world is balanced. Most of the people are like immortals and they have been doing their jobs forever, but every so often they get a transfer, which is a human that dies and takes on one of their roles. And that is where Camilla comes in and where our story takes off.
Camilla was an attorney in her lifetime. She was a public defender and I really admired what a spitfire she was. She is a stubborn little thing, but she never backs down. It was gutsy of her, and it could be annoying, but she somehow managed to even make her stubborn-ness seem charming. I guess that is because I feel like I would have been the same way in her situation. These people are not very big on the "why" or "how" when it comes to instructions. "Don't do this"- but they never say why. "do you job"- but they never say what that is or how to do it. It would drive me a little crazy.
Some of the story is focused on Camilla getting set up and used to everything in her new job, but most of the story is focused on finding who and what her murderer was. We found out the who, but we are still not exactly sure about the what. Like I said, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. But instead of annoying me, like that sometimes would, I am itching like crazy to get my hands on the next book. The unanswered questions did not stem from the author just leaving something by the wayside. This is a very complex organization and we learned a great many things about it and the people working there, but there are still many, many secrets to uncover. I have no idea when it will be out and that is killing me! This series has the potential to be a favorite of mine.
There is not a ton of romance in this book, but there are lots of heated exchanges between Karma and Fate. I wish we could have gotten some glimpses inside his head because he was a really hard one to read. But the book is told entirely from Karma's point of view. I am hoping to see a lot more of Fate and Karma in the next book. I just love them together. At least I think I would. I love the idea of them. They banter and bicker with the best of them.
I was super impressed with Karma, and I can't wait to read the next book. I really hope it is out soon. Fans of Urban Fantasy that love a good mystery to solve and don't mind a few unanswered questions will love this book.
The Last Changeling is the first book in the young adult series, the Fa**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Last Changeling is the first book in the young adult series, the Faerie Revolutions. I am a huge fan of faerie books, and what I especially loved about The Last Changeling is not only is it a great representation of Faerie lore, but it is also heavy on the romance. I really loved reading about the strong emotional connection between Elora and Taylor. That boy crushed hard on her and I ate it all up! Fans of faerie books will love this new series. It was so well done, and in addition to the heavy romance and paranormal elements, there was also some social issues mixed into the high school scene in the story. I only had one minor issue with that aspect of the story, but everything else was great.
The book is told in dual perspective between Taylor and Elora, or Lora as Taylor knows her. I loved this narration style for this book. I thought allowed us to get to know both main characters really well. I don't even know who I liked more. Those are my favorite kinds of books, where I connect with each of the main characters for different reasons. Taylor is dealing with some dark demons of his past. And I can't quite put my finger on it, but I always kind of felt this mysterious air surrounding him. I thought there might be a connection of him to the faerie world. I can't wait to see whether there is or not and see how that all unfolds in the next book.
Elora is trapped in the middle of a war, both a prisoner and an active participant. She is an enigma, and I loved watching her grow as a faerie and person, and watching her wage war within herself. Being around Taylor and his friends was a great aid to her personal growth. The Last Changeling is a pleasure to read. I don't know how else to say it. The pacing of this book is great and the words just seem to flow from the pages. There are many things competing within the story for the main theme of the story, but Chelsea Pitcher somehow makes all of the elements meld together flawlessly. The faerie lore mixes in perfectly with the strong romance. And at the same time there are very prominent secondary characters which bring a slew of teenage social issues into the story. There was bullying and gay/straight tensions, along with drug use. I really admired the way Chelsea Pitcher worked in such serious issues facing teens today, but I had a small issue with there being so many "issues" in play in the story. It almost felt like too much and I thought it took away from the main message about the bullying people for being different. I almost feel like if the drugging and drinking didn't come into play the bullying and identity message would have been stronger. That being said, I loved everything else about the story. I thought it was really well done a great setup for the series.
Game On is the third book in the New Adult sports romance series,**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Game On is the third book in the New Adult sports romance series, Night Games. The series each focuses on a different player on the baseball team, the New York Kings. I was already half in love with Jilly before I started Game On. I really liked him in Game Changer, and I was super excited that he was going to be getting his own book. And once I found out a bit more of his story, that he always seems to be the ones women are leaving- for who knows what reason, seriously, why??- I felt for him even more. He is such a sweetheart. He might not be the most expressive guy in the world, but he doesn't play any games. He doesn't hold any punches with the people that he cares about.
It is so clear to see that Jilly is crazy about Hailey. She is the one that got away from high school. And while she drove me kind of batty at times, I liked how happy she made Jilly. I have no idea why she self sabotaged everything with her and Jilly, and if she were my friend I would have shook some sense into within the first couple of chapters, but she eventually has her "light bulb moment" about her behavior, and she tried to change. So I was pleased with her growth. Because of my holdups with Hailey, I didn't love this book as much as I loved Sasha and Brooks story, but I really really love Jilly so it was a close call.
Something that I really loved about Game On was that Hailey was writing a series of books about the players under a pen name. I liked to imagine that the books she was writing were in fact the night games series that I was reading right now. It made it all really fun. Like looking in a window and seeing yourself looking in a window within the story. I still have to read the first book in the series, and getting to see a little more of Chase and Grey makes me even more excited to finally get around to reading their story. You won't be lost if you read this series out of order, but if you have the choice, I would pick reading them in order. Fans of sports romances and contemporary romances will love the night games series. And wait until you meet Jilly. You will love him too. I wanted to be the one to nurse him back to health with his injury. (Chase knew what he was talking about when he mentioned women wanting to do that. )
Bittersweet is a standalone New Adult contemporary Romance from Sunday**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Bittersweet is a standalone New Adult contemporary Romance from Sunday James. It was an interesting read. At times I felt like there was too much going on for me to really start loving the story, but I did end up liking the overall flow of the storyline. It was a quick read that worked well as a standalone. I loved the small town setting. The writing was very atmospheric and rich with detail. The setting and the quaint feelings that the descriptions of the town of dogwood evoked were my favorite part of Bittersweet.
Cathy was great. I liked how wonderful she was to her dad and brother, and I loved that she loved her town so much. Sure, she had plans to get out and go away to college, but her father's health kept her in town and kept her helping out the family business. I liked Greg well enough, but Cathy was the real star of the book for me. I don't know if I just related to her more, or if it was because the book was told entirely by her point of view. I also really liked Cathy's best friend and roommate, Max. That girl is a true friend. And feisty as heck! She needs her own story.
Greg was a nice guy. He actually had these moments of such sweetness. I loved the start of the story, when he kept seeing all these things Cathy and him had in common, and he was almost in disbelief. He would say things to that effect and get so embarrassed. It was super cute. But my problem with Greg was that he held his cards so close to his chest all the time. I could never tell where his head was at. He was hot and then cold. And when he was cold or angry he was very angry. And that extreme anger never really got addressed the way I wanted it to. We did learn some things about him and his past, I just felt like we 90% of the way with him and didn't get a chance to connect that last little 10%.
I liked the tv filming aspect of the story too. It was cool to see the way filming was done on a location, and the whole Bethany aspect added intrigue to the story. Bittersweet will appeal to fans of standalone contemporary romances. It is an interesting story that you can knock out in one afternoon, and while I had a few issues with it, I did enjoy Bittersweet. Fans of small town atmospheres will love Dogwood.
#Nerd is the first book in the #hastag Series, which is a n**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
#Nerd is the first book in the #hastag Series, which is a new adult series that mostly focuses on the same couple! Do you even know how exciting that is? I don't have to say goodbye to Rimmel and Romeo just yet. They have at least two more books about them. I love that. The books are told in dual narrative between Rimmel and Romeo. I love the name Rimmel, by the way. Romeo is the star football player, and Rimmel is a scholarship girl who seems to only study and volunteer at the animal shelter. She is forced to tutor him and he is forced to go to tutoring three days a week. Throw in a secret fraternity initiation challenge for Romeo where he has to use Rimmel in some way, and it looks like you have a typical new adult "bet" story. But I would implore you to look past that, because I normally find those books enjoyable, but very predictable. #Nerd was not like that. It handles the situation in a very different way, and I really liked that.
The hashtag series idea is so great, and I am honestly surprised this is the first time we are seeing it. (or at least the first time I am) There is a campus wide app that every student seems to have to get school updates and info called Alpha Buzz. But there is one person called the Buzz Boss that seemed like gossip girl. They were always texting the latest gossip and the hastags they used were so funny. There are little #AlphaBuzz texts at the start of each chapter. It was a great addition to the story. If anything, the texts showed me just how popular Romeo was to this school. Everyone seemed to know everything about him, and most of the buzz boss' texts seem to center around him. I wish we found out who the buzz boss was.
Rimmel is a great girl. I felt so bad for her that she really didn't have anyone. She moved from out of state, so she didn't have her father, and between studying, and her animal shelter work she didn't make any time to make any friends. Her roommate actually ended up pleasantly surprising me. Rimmel is shy, and you know she is haunted by something in her past, but we don't find out just what for a while. It was nice to see her finally get close to someone and slowly let her guard down. Romeo really took the time and effort to get to know her. And to me, it never really was about the initiation. I'm not telling you more than that, you just have to read and experience it for yourself.
Romeo was a breath of fresh air for me. He has this gooey marshmellow center that I love so much when it came to Rimmel. I loved that she brought out his tender side without either of them really even noticing. It was effortless between the two of them, and I am so excited that this is only the start of their story. I really liked Heven and Hell series by Cambria Hebert and now that I have gotten a taste of what her new adult contemporary is like, I really, really want to read her take it off series. If you like new adult, you will really enjoy the hashtag series. #IKnowIt #ReadItLoveIt
HOLY SMOKES! What a moving, powerful book. How did this one elude my gr**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
HOLY SMOKES! What a moving, powerful book. How did this one elude my grasp for so long?? The Sea of Tranquility has been classified both as Young Adult and New Adult. I could see it going either way, but I think it is closer to upper Young Adult. Especially since both of the main characters are in high school. Even though they are each wise beyond their years. I really don't know how to write a review that does this book justice. I have read a lot of really fantastic books, but the Sea of Tranquility will always stick out in my mind because of how much it moved me. This is a powerful book. It reminded me of the raw emotional power like in the books Lost and Found by Nadia Simonenko. And anyone that knows me, or has read my reviews of those new adult books, know just how high of praise that is.
The Sea of Tranquility starts off feeling very mysterious. It took me a couple of chapters to get my bearings because I didn't know what had happened to Nastya. Could she not talk? Or did she chose not to? I really didn't know for a good part of the start of the story. Plus, why did everyone give Josh such a wide berth. It takes a little while for you to get the answers, but once you do, you fall into an easy pattern in the book. I loved the day to day that Nastya and Josh fell into. It was weird, sure, but it was beautiful. Each of them is so deeply wounded. But watching them with each other was equal parts fascinating and heart wrenching. I fell in love with them a million times over. When Nastya left cookies for Josh I fell in love. When Josh made a chair for Nastya, I fell in love. The characters were not without faults, but their faults are what made them interesting. I wanted Nastya to open up to Josh. It seemed like she was never going to. And at first I thought Josh would be the one that was more closed off, but it ended up being her that wouldn't take a leap of faith.
I can't imagine going through what either of them has gone through. And they each had their own coping mechanisms. I am not in a position to judge how either of them dealt with it. There was one point in the story where I almost started crying because of what Nastya chose to do, and how it affected her and Josh. I was shocked. Sure, events and deaths in books have made me cry before, but I have never teared up just by reading about a choice that a character made. That was when I knew this book had really gotten to me. I have recommended this book to so many people already. There are plenty of books that I read and think, "this book would be great for fans of contemporary romance" or "for fans of new adult" or "fans of horror", etc, but no. The Sea of Tranquility is something that I think EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ. It is the most moving book that I have read all year. Hands down.
Love's Last Call is the first in a new adult series called the Lad**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Love's Last Call is the first in a new adult series called the Ladies of jezebel's. Jezebel's is a bar that both of the main characters work at. I had no idea when I started reading the story that this would be a series about some of the various secondary characters, but now that I know that I am super excited. I can't wait for Ronnie's story. We didn't get to really know any of the other shot girls, but I can't wait to get to know them too. Love's Last Call was a classic New Adult story. Told in Dual Narrative between Norm and Lucy. It was a secret romance, because shot girls and bouncers are NOT allowed to date. It is pretty much the only rule the bar has.
Norm and Lucy each have to keep their job for various reasons and because of that, they didn't rush into a relationship. I really liked that because it gave me, as the reader, a chance to watch them interact a bunch and get to know each other before they acted on their attraction for one another. Even so, Norm was more invested than Lucy. I felt for him. It was always her pushing to keep them a secret. You could tell that she genuinely cared for him, but I don't think she got how much she was hurting him. I just wanted to hug him.
But what I loved about Love's Last Call was how their inner geek-dom brought the two of them together. They love comic books and science fiction, and everytime Lucy brought up something else "nerdy" that she liked, Norm swooned a bit. I 100% approve bonding with other people over your nerdy loves. It makes me swoon a little too. Beth Matthews did a great job with the writing in Love's Last Call. I do wish the chapters were labeled with whose point of view they were, but it was easy enough to follow along. I loved Norman and I really liked Lucy, even though she was the thickheaded one most of the time. But when she came to that realization after meeting Norm's father, I started to love her. It is always great when a character has a breakthrough about themselves.
Love's Last Call was great. It wasn't incredibly different than many new adults out there, but it was a good quality book. If a book is well done and it is a formula that I like, I don't mind it when a book is a little predictable. And this one had all the elements that I love. And like I was saying earlier, I am very excited to read Ronnie's story. I know Lucy said her and Ronnie had a love hate relationship and that Ronnie liked to cause trouble and sit back and watch, but when it came to Lucy's friendship, I didn't see the hate. Only love. Ronnie was great towards Lucy. I can't wait to see her get her happy ending, hopefully in the next book.
Audrey Bell sold me on The Fall of January Cooper. I read her fir**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Audrey Bell sold me on The Fall of January Cooper. I read her first novel, Love Show, and I can't even say how much I loved it. I would recommend it to fans of new adult everywhere. So I knew that I couldn't pass up The Fall of January Cooper. And when Audrey had me tearing up within the first two chapters of the book, I knew I was dealing with a powerful story. The romance aspect was a little tame compared to a lot of new adult, but the emotional slow burn reluctant romance between January and Christian was fantastic.
January starts the story out as a rich harvard student. Everyone painted her out to being this huge B**ch, but that wasn't exactly what I saw. I saw someone who was stuck up, yes, but not really a complete mean girl. I know that is what her friends described her as, but to be honest that only made me believe it less, because her friends were all beyond awful. I would hate to be associated with their group. Even if you disagree with me, and you do think she is a raging B, you will feel for this girl. There is no way that you can't. Her world crumbles around her overnight. Her and Christian have that in common. Everything in their lives took an awful turn in a split second.
Christian and his brother were both college hockey players. They got into a fatal car crash as they were arguing about Sam feeling inadequate to Christian, who is the star player. Sam died and Christian had a career ending injury. (and no I didn't spoil anything, this all happens within the first two chapters) It was so heartbreaking. I hate that his brother died while they were fighting, and it was such a guilt inducing fight too. The story moves forward by having January and Christian meet at and working at the bar in town. I loved watching the two of them interact with each other. It was different from each of their perspectives. For Christian, January got under his skin and was really the only new person in his life that could get him outside of his head. He didn't really interact with anyone, and the few that he did were very surface. I loved watching January edge her way under his skin. Even if they were bickering for most of the time. It was cute.
And January was ostracized when news of her father got out. I would say I wanted to punch her father, but what he did, didn't even shock me. I know that is kind of awful and jaded, but I have seen it happen more frequently than I would care to. (Think Joe Guidice from real housewives of new jersey.) These two are put through the ringer. The story is told in dual narrative between January and Christian, and each of them is really battling their own demons. I really didn't have much to complain about with this book, other than the fact that I wanted more story. I just wanted the story to keep going. I thought for about 60% of the book, the story was pretty evenly split between January and Christian's issued and I loved that about the story. But from there on, the main focus was on January and Christian helping her, which I loved, but I kept wanting to go back to Christian's family and see more of him and their issues dealt with.
I also wanted a little bit more of a steamy romance with them. I felt like we were tiptoeing around that for a lot of the book, and the slow burn romance was great. I loved the story, but when we finally did get to the romance, there was so little of the story left. I want another book about them. Maybe focusing on Christian's injury. Please Audrey! Give me more January and Christian. I love them!
If you guys remember my review of A Week in New York from not too long ago, you will remember that I loved the sexy fun feel of the book. Well, Autumn in London was no different. There is still all the fun that I loved about Ethan and Anna, but they are past the getting to know you stage so their relationship felt deeper and more real to me. This time, the book takes place, as the title suggests, in London. Ethan's New York law firm is merging with Anna's London law firm, and neither of them had any idea. It was an interesting story development.
Ethan and Anna have insane chemistry, so I loved watching the two of them around each other. Even during their time away from one another, they still left their marks. I thought it was so cute to watch them pine at the start of the story. But the adorableness of them pining was nothing compared to the force of nature they are when they are in the same room. There is nothing like them. I do wish they would be more open about what they want. They both need to work on their communication, big time. It was painful watching neither of them say what they wanted, when you know that they each wanted the same thing. So much heartache and stress could have been avoided with a conversation up front. But they were each scared. I get that. I am anxious to see what is going to happen with them in the third part of the trilogy. I think it will be back in New York again, or maybe split between the two cities.
As you may know, novellas and serial length series are a hit or miss for me. Because of their shorter length, they are open to so many story development problems. And when that happens, I am almost always left wanting more from these shorter stories. BUT if they are well done, novella length series can be some of my favorites, because you can pick them up and read them in one sitting and fall in love quickly. Like instant gratification. The Empire State Trilogy is one of the not only good ones, but GREAT ones. I am so in love with Ethan and Anna. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and now I am equally excited and scared for the final installment. I want to keep reading RIGHT NOW, but I also don't want to say goodbye to the characters yet. I am not ready for their story to end.
Just Desserts is a really sweet story about finding love in the afterma**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Just Desserts is a really sweet story about finding love in the aftermath of a loss. Quinn comes into Sadie, and her fathers' lives at the perfect time. They are sturggling to tread water both emotionally and financially. Sadie's mom passed away and left her husband and daughter her popular healthy diner. And they are both trying so hard to make it live up to her name in her mother's honor. She seemed like such an amazing woman and it was clear to see that she meant so much to both of them. But Sadie's dad wants to sell the diner because he knows that it is downhill for them. Quinn does fabulous restoration work and he promises to keep the integrity of the diner. I know that I just gave you a lot of back ground type information but one of the things that I loved the most about this story was the setup the author did. I thought this adorably sweet romance had a great plot to jump off of.
Quinn didn't want to step of Sadie's toes, and at the start of the story they were a bit too much ping ponging between extremes for the two of them, especially on Sadie's end. They were cold, they were hot and they were back to cold again so fast you could hardly keep up. But I cut her some slack because her emotions were all over the place with everything she had on her plate. (ha, another thing I loved was how they used food references at innuendo. I thought that was too funny.) After a while, they fell into a better routine around each other and that was when I really felt their connection and romance started to build.
I really liked how protective Quinn was over Sadie. He really looked out for her. Sadie had more demons to overcome in the story, so she had more character growth an Quinn, I felt like. She blamed her mother for leaving her and she just had so many negative emotions rolling around inside of her. Just Desserts is a great book for people looking for quick cute reads, and for people who like love after loss books. Just Desserts is a quick read that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sweet Unrest is a standalone read that will appeal to fans of reads**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Sweet Unrest is a standalone read that will appeal to fans of reads that feel eerie, and have a healthy mixture of ghost story and voodoo magic. I loved the plantation setting that author Lisa Maxwell chose for Sweet Unrest. It was the perfect place for this tale to take place. I'm going to do my best to not give anything away because that is half the fun of this mystery. There are so many different layers and unknowns that come to light throughout the story, and I loved watching everything unfold bit by bit for the main character, Lucy.
The cast of characters were as rich and complex as was the scenery and landscape of New Orleans. I loved Mama Legba, Chloe, Piers and Alex. Lucy's family kind of faded into the background for me, but I didn't dislike them. They just weren't really the focus of this story. The focus came through Lucy's dreams and her trying to piece together the puzzle they presented.
Past and Present swirl together in Sweet Unrest. Sometimes it came in predictable ways and sometimes things were totally unpredictable. I loved it because it was always just enough to keep me on my toes. There were a couple of little snafus that I still don't understand, or wish were explained a little better and that was all that was holding me back from a higher rating. (like with a certain character that shows up at the end to help and suddenly knows everything that has been going on. If you have read the book, let me know and we can talk.)
The romance was sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time. It just was never the focal point for me as a reader. I was way more wrapped up in the mystery. I liked the romance and I think the ending was very fitting, but Sweet Unrest was a lot more for me than just a simple romance. (even though there really was nothing simple about Lucy and Alex.) Sweet Unrest is all about the story. I really appreciated the research that the author did on Voodoo. I thought it really added a level of authority to her writing. I want to meet Mama Legba and have her read me. Voodoo + a chilling New Orleans setting that grows in the creep factor as the story goes on + a fresh and interesting mystery = a complex book that is sure to delight ya readers.
As Long As You Love me is the second book in the New Adult 2B Trilogy.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
As Long As You Love me is the second book in the New Adult 2B Trilogy. It follows the original roommates of Apartment 2B. As Long As you Love Me is Lauren's story. When the first book, I want it that way, left off Lauren had moved back home after college not working out. I felt for Lauren. For most of the first book, she was completely withdrawn and I had no idea what was going on with her until her breakdown at the end of the story. I was interested to get to know her better in this book.
Lauren gets back home and moves in with her mom. Her hometown is a small town so she runs into people from her past. It had to be strange for her to be back, but she was like a completely different person in As Long As You Love Me from basically the first page. I could feel her relief. It was like she was finally able to breathe, and the longer she hung around Rob, it was easy to see she was becoming more and more comfortable.
Even though As Long As You Love Me was told entirely from Lauren's point of view, we got to know Rob, Nadia's brother extremely well. I wish that we got to see his point of view a little better. I felt for Rob so much. I can't believe that everyone in his life belittled him so much. I can't even imagine everyone I know discounting me as dumb and just a pretty face. No one gave him any credit. It almost amounted to emotional abuse. My heart just broke for him. And it wasn't any one person, it really was everyone around him. He turned down a college football scholarship because he genuinely believed, because everyone told him over and over again, that he wouldn't be smart enough to make it in college. How awful is that??! So when Lauren ran into Rob and they started hanging out again, the thing that I loved the most about the two of them was how she was constantly reassuring him how great he was. It was a bit of a role reversal from most books, in the fact that the guy was the one with major insecurity issues. But Rob has a heart of gold, and I wanted so badly for him to believe more in himself.
I loved the Flipping/renovating houses theme running throughout As Long As You Love Me. I am a bit of a HGTV freak, so the YouTube Channel and TV show idea was the coolest thing ever. I would love to see some inspiration pictures of the house he was working on. My only gripe with As Long As You Love Me was what Lauren did when the idea of the TV show came up. I have a pet peeve when characters act this way, and while I "get" why they do it, it always makes me mad because I simply think there are better ways for them to handle things. It seems like an easy out. And I wanted to punch Lauren in the face. And hug Rob. But other than that bump in the road, As Long As You Love Me is a fantastic read. It is sweet and romantic, and the journey that Rob and Lauren go on. They spoke each others language. I actually laughed out loud when Rob mentioned "Lauren Bait". It was so cute. He knows her so well. This book felt really different than I Want it That Way, and I think I liked that best of all. Nadia and Lauren are very different people, so it was fitting that their stories felt completely different. The 2B trilogy is a wonderful example of New Adult Fiction. I am super excited for Max's story, but we need to take the word trilogy off, and write more books! I want Avery's story now that I have gotten to know her.
Hidden Sins might have been my favorite Karice Bolton book yet! It is t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Hidden Sins might have been my favorite Karice Bolton book yet! It is the first in the new adult suspense series, about Luke Fletcher. I have only read paranormal books by Karice Bolton before, which I have enjoyed but this romantic suspense kept me on the edge of my seat! I love that this series is about Luke. It is told in dual point of view between Luke and Hannah, but it seems like Luke is going to be the main character of the series. It is about time a guy gets his own series.
Hannah is on the run from her community. For a lot of the book we just know that she knows some secrets about her hometown, but we don't know what they are. Just that they are bad enough to make her want to pack up and leave everyone and everything she has ever known. Luke runs into Hannah in a starbucks in LA. Right away, I knew he was going to be a sweetheart. I loved how nice he was to Hannah without even really knowing her. Luke runs a private security firm, and I loved the detail that Karice Bolton went into about his job. I found it all fascinating.
The romance between Luke and Hannah was slow and built up over much of the book. Nothing was rushed and the romance was so well balanced with the mystery and action in the book. Neither one took center stage over the other. As far as the action goes, there is never a dull moment in Hidden Sins. There were many attempts on Hannah's life. I would have been downright terrified in her situation. I probably would have put my trust in Luke a little sooner than she did, but I do understand her hesitance. It has to be scary being in a new place, not knowing who you could trust.
On a side note, I have no idea if the kind of house that Hannah stayed in when she first got to LA actually exists or not, but it is an interesting concept. I think it is great how it gives people a chance to start over. Regardless of how things turned out for Hannah with it, the house idea had me thinking long after I finished the book. I am extremely interested in continuing this series. I am not quite sure where the next book, Buried Sins, is going to go, but I can't wait to find out. I know that it will feature Luke again, but I am really hoping that Hannah and Luke are the focus again. I really like the two of them together. I am also hoping that romance continues to be one of the focuses of the story just like the suspense. The combination worked really well for me.
Midnight Runes is the first in the young adult paranormal series, The B**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Midnight Runes is the first in the young adult paranormal series, The Bestowed Ones. I ended up liking Midnight Runes and the characters have intrigued me enough to want to read the next book. I feel like I really want to know what is going to happen with Landon and Brynn, and even Trevor. But it really took me a while to get there. For over the first half of the book we didn't have any hint of any idea of what was going on, or what the paranormal element of the story was going to be. And because of that, I was becoming a little frustrated as a reader. Beause Brynn was in the same boat as me and because I was interested in what might possibly be going on with Trevor and with Landon, I kept reading to get some aswers. And I am glad that I did. Around 65% into the book Landon slowly, very slowly starts sharing a few bits and pieces with Brynn and it was around that time that I really started gaining some interest in their world. I still have many more unanswered questions that I hope are addressed in the next book, but at least now I have some bearings on to what is going on. It was also around this point where I started to like Landon.
There is and there isn't really a love triangle in this book. Romance is not the main feature of the story, so while Trevor starts out as Brynn's boyfriend and promptly breaks up with her early in the book and then the new guy Landon shows up. I didn't really feel like it was a love triangle in the traditional sense. She doesn't date Landon, and while you can tell there are some feelings there at the end of the story, it was more about answers for Brynn. There may be a love triangle in the next book though. And I feel bad but I will have to root for Landon. We didn't really get a chance to get to know Trevor. I couldn't figure out what his deal was and all of the secrecy made him look like kin of a jerk. I don't think he is but I don't really have anything else to go on about him at this point. We got to know Landon a lot better because he was simply around in the story more.
Midnight Runes is a really interesting premise and I think Celeste Buie did a great job imagining this paranormal world. I am certainly interested in getting to know the ins and outs of the bestowed ones better in the next book. But I do think she kept her readers in total darkness for too long. It became frustrating to know nothing about what was going on. I am all for a mysterious atmosphere, but you have to throw a couple of little breadcrumb sized clues along the way to keep us intrigued and guessing. I had nothing, not a single thing to go off of for over half of the book. And it wasn't for lack of trying on Brynn's part. She was asking questions and trying to figure stuff out, but still zip. This eventually changed, and that was what made me like the book. Because once I started to get answers I started wanting more and more and more. The set up of everything is so interesting, I just wish it didn't take so long for us to get there. I am hoping that in the next book since we have already pried out little bits of answers (and because of what happened at the end of Midnight Runes) that we won't be left so much in the dark in the next book. I am hoping that we can jump right into the action of the story and go from there. If you are a fan of Young Adult paranormal and you like mysterious atmospheres and are patient with getting some answers, the Bestowed Ones would be a good series for you to check out.
I am so excited that Eden and Grey got another book. I loved Kissing Eden. Grey is my favorite of T.A. Foster's male characters, and I just can't get enough of him. Not to mention, it is hard enough to find a sequel in new adult contemporary romances that follows the same characters. I loved that we got to go back and visit with Grey and Eden some more. The Story starts out with Eden packing up and moving across the country to move in with Grey. I was super excited to get to see the two of them back at the palm for some fun times, but things are not such smooth sailing for them. Living with a boyfriend for the first time is tough enough, but throw in an injury that makes it hard to work and a lawsuit from a long lost family member on top of that, and things can get ugly really fast.
Loving Eden was a quick read that drew me in from the first page. It helped that I already knew and loved the characters, so I was rooting for them to get through all of this BS so they could get back to their happy ending. I will admit that I was super interested in the law suit, and I do wish that had been described a little more. (not for the stories sake, it was gone into enough detail for that, but rather for my sick amusement. Wills and Will contests are kind of my thing.) Never fear though, I thought the way everything resolved itself was perfect as it was.
I was more than a little wary of Mason when he showed up. I am super biased though. I would be on Team Grey even if he started spitting in babies faces. Probably. So I knew I wasn't going to like anything Mason had to offer. I also knew that while I liked Eden a ton, if she so much as wasn't on team Grey for a split second, I would have turned on her. In Loving Eden we got to visit again with all of the colorful locals, including seeing Marin and Pike get married! The wedding was something fun and nice to break up the more serious things going on in the book. And so was Eden's friend Taylor coming to visit. Taylor got on my nerves a few times. I was ok with her by the end of the book, but I just didn't think she was being a great friend all the time to Eden.
Fans of Kissing Eden will really enjoy Loving Eden as well. Grey is so perfect. I want more, more, more of him. I want a ring tone of him saying Darlin' to me. For real. I will fully admit that I have it bad for him. I love Eden and Grey, and I want more from them. I think the end of this book set up a good situation for a third book. Wink wink! BUT I am always Team Grey. So I will cut anyone that comes between Grey and what he wants. (just a friendly, albeit confusing note to T.A. Foster asking for no love triangles. haha) If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Grey yet, read Kissing Eden. You can thank me after. :)
The Edge of You is a clean new adult contemporary romance. There i**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Edge of You is a clean new adult contemporary romance. There is some new adult content but it is mostly just alluded to, and I think would be appropriate for upper young adult readers. It is also a standalone book, which is refreshing. The Edge of You is a story that is equally about two people finding each other as it is a story about each of their journeys and dealing with loss/sickness. Maya and Jake are each dealing with a ton of stuff. Holy cow, you really feel for these two young adults. Their issues are at the same time very different, yet the same.
Jake is dealing with a sick mother and paying her hospital and medication bills, while trying to go to school. Maya is dealing with the death of her sister and her mother's alcoholism. They seem like very different situations on their face, right? But when you look a little closer at the two of them you see that they are both dealing with this pressure all alone. They each have the weight of their respective worlds on their shoulders and they both feel very lonely. The Edge of You had this undertone of despair throughout so much of it. It made the book feel dark, but the ray of light shining through was Jake and Maya relationship. You could so easily see them light up around each other. They were each others' hope. It was so beautiful to witness.
Maya was complicated for me. At times I thought she acted selfishly and a little immature when it came to Jake dealing with his mom, and then at other times she was so patient and understanding and very mature. It was like a struggle within herself. She knew the right thing to do, but she didn't always express it.
My favorite part of the book was Maya's paintings. I loved the descriptions of the light and her sister in her art. I thought it was really beautiful. I would love to see some inspiration pieces for her work. Theresa DaLayne did an excellent job with her description. Her writing was very emotional. The Edge of You is a story that will make you you feel both happiness and despair at the same time. It was an interesting combination for me. The Edge of You is a great read for people that like their romance realistic with a healthy dose of turmoil thrown in. At times, I simply did not know if this book was going to get a happily ever after for the characters. Life threw a lot at these two. And the journey this book took me on was worth it.
Unrequited is a vampire book. It is marked as a new adult novel, but it**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Unrequited is a vampire book. It is marked as a new adult novel, but it felt more as a young adult. It does span the college years of Ashton, so I think that is where the New Adult element comes into play. But it is completely clean so it would work for readers of young adult as well. These are a different twist on the conventional vampire. I enjoyed Emily Shaffer's view on them. It was strange how few of them there were in a world where vampires existed though. I really felt for Will. He felt completely alone. He honestly felt like there was a good chance that he was the only vampire out there. He is teaching at a local high school, and then he meets Ashton. And the story begins.
We get to know Ashton first basically through the story of her attack and change. It was really traumatic and I couldn't help but feel for her. I completely got her desire to be as normal as possible right now because now is the time that the least amount of questions will be asked. Right now she basically is a high school student. So it made complete sense to me what she wanted. What I didn't understand was why she had to be so rude to Will. I have such a soft spot in my heart for Will. He is the nicest guy. I didn't always understand why he picked Ashton. At times I felt like it was because she was the only female he knew like him. He honestly seemed too good for her. But his intentions seemed to come from the best place so I still rooted for the two of them for his stake.
When Griffin came into the picture it obviously complicated things. My initial impression of him wasn't correct. I will be the first to admit that I got it wrong when it comes to him. The book felt a bit rushed and choppy at parts. I would have liked for the story to have been stretched out a bit more, with some more detail added in, but the story still sucked me in. I couldn't stop reading because I honestly didn't know what was going to happen. Some things were predictable but not everything. Not the main things. It has been a while since I have read a story about just vampires. I liked it but like I said, these vampires seemed to be very different. They didn't need to drink blood to survive and the sun only made them tired if they were out in it for a long time. So they seemed more just like immortals to me. The book ended at a pretty bad spot in the story, with one heck of a cliff hanger. I have no idea what is going to happen next and that alone is enough to make me want to continue the series. Fans of vampires should check out Unrequited.
I love Eliza Gordon. Her romances are quirky and full of humor. They ar**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I love Eliza Gordon. Her romances are quirky and full of humor. They are great reads to put a smile on my face. Must Love Otters was one of my surprise favorites of 2013, so I was super excited to read Neurotica. And while the story was completely different, there was still that same brand of charm and humor that I have come to love about Eliza's writing. Neurotica is the story of a Jayne. The story starts out with Jayne in her therapists' office, where we got a pretty good idea of some of her Neuroses. Jayne is afraid of intimacy. I really respected her for seeing a therapist, and I loved that her therapist suggested that Jayne write some erotica help her with her visualization and to get her more comfortable with the idea of S-E-X. Now, I feel like I should say that even though a main part of this book centers around the idea that Jayne is afraid of sex and the fact that she writes and later publishes her erotica novels, that Neurotica is actually a clean book. It is adult, but there are no graphic scenes, and it would actually work as new adult because the main characters are 26 or so.
Neurotica has a great cast of characters. I really enjoyed them all. There was Luke, the owner of the Piewalkers food truck. I have a love of foodtrucks and of witty names, so this one was right up my alley. I would track this truck down across the nation if it was real. Just sayin'. Then you have the best friend Gretchen, who was always there for Jayne, sometimes in a tough love kind of not so gentle pushing way, but that was just Gretchen. She really cared for Jayne and wanted the best for her. I actually really liked their dynamic. And then there is Holden. While I really did like Luke, I also really liked Holden. I thought he was beyond adorable. No more information on that. Read the book people!
Jayne really wants to be a writer. She wrote the obits and sale notices at her job (while she was working there) and she was forever trying to pitch them on all kinds of articles. I admired her tenacity at work. They totally didn't deserve her there. In her spare time she wrote science fiction and fantasy books, and throughout Neurotica we got to see chapters of her books written under her pen name. I really would have preferred to see some erotica chapters as the story went on and Jayne made some character growth progress on that front, but we only saw her fantasy book. I was so wrapped up in the story of Jayne that stopping that to read the excerpts from the book were sometimes a bit of a drag for me. I caught myself starting to skim some of them.
Neurotica is so much fun to read. I loved all the dorkdom and star wars references. Eliza Gordon is great with her word choice and one liners to advance the humor of the book. She not only has the overly funny in your face humor aspect down, but also the subtle wit form of humor in spades. Reading her books is like reading a finely tuned work of art. I really love her writing. The ending did leave me wanting more though. Add another chapter or two Mr. Gordon. Please! Neurotica was a great read.
Tempting Sydney is a great read. Plain and simple. It is a satisfying r**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Tempting Sydney is a great read. Plain and simple. It is a satisfying romance that was extremely well executed. It is a new adult romance. I thought it was a standalone, but it is actually the first book in the Tempting series. If I had to guess, each book would be act as a standalone and be about a different group of characters. If the rest of the series is anything like Tempting Sydney, the rest of the books are going to be fantastic as well. Told in dual narrative between Sydney and Jax, this book is all about character development. You know that is right up my alley.
Sydney and Jax are not initially what you would think would work as a couple, but the closer you look at the two of them, the more you get it. Both of them are completely scared of relationships for very different reasons. In some ways they very different- Sydney is so by the book and structured and Jax is more spontaneous and in the moment, but in others they are so similar- they are both super stubborn to a fault.
There are so many things that I loved about Tempting Sydney. I loved the chemistry and connection that so clearly existed between Sydney and Jax, and I loved their back and forth flirting. These two just made you smile and your pulse pick up a few beats. Jax is the king of the innuendo, and I liked it....a lot. But past that, he is surprisingly caring. The way he looked out for Sydney was so touching.
The secondary characters were good too, but for me it was all about Jax and Sydney. I couldn't put this book down, and when Sydney was on a date with another guy, I was mad at her! That normally doesn't happen for me. I really liked Sydney, but I liked her and Jax together more than I liked them individually. Initially, I thought that Sydney was going to have more of the issues to work through, but Jax's past was dark and debilitating to him. Angela Corbett does a fantastic job of delving into each characters backstory and making the reader completely understand and empathize with why they are acting the way they are acting. I loved watching these two grow individually and seeing how it led them together.
If you like new adult contemporary romance, Tempting Sydney is a book that you don't want to miss. You will love the chemistry and banter between Sydney and Jax. You won't be able to put this one down. I know I couldn't. It is the kind of book that makes you smile and makes you want to go pick up every other romance that the author has written so you can fall in love with some of her other characters.