Autumn and Summer are besties, and I want in on that. Autumn can do my hair and makeup, and Summer and I can drink whiskey t...moreI freaking love this book.
Autumn and Summer are besties, and I want in on that. Autumn can do my hair and makeup, and Summer and I can drink whiskey together. This needs to happen.
I saw a lot of myself in both girls, two strong, witty, and independent women. Autumn and I are a lot a like, the romantic book reader who's happy go lucky. But she's also smart about her love life, and tries to apply some level of foresight to her emotions. Her story actually had me the most excited to see what would come, who she would choose. There was a love triangle that didn't leave me feeling annoyed or frustrated. I totally understood where she was with both men. I should also note that I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. This was not done in an angsty, dramatic way. It was perfection.
Summer is a whiskey drinking hardass cynic. To watch her get owned is a serious delight. She's been hurt, and she wants to protect herself, but man, she never sees him coming, and he knocks her on her ass in the absolute best way. Everything she thought about love was wrong, and watching as she figures out what she wants in her life is a fantastic journey.
I laughed and smiled through the entire book. It's absolutely adorable with a healthy helping of steam. If you're looking for a fun, happy read, I absolutely recommend Autumn and Summer! (less)
I love fantasy, steampunk, history, and adventure, and this book delivered!
Lily is our antihero, an opium addict who's running from her past, racing a...moreI love fantasy, steampunk, history, and adventure, and this book delivered!
Lily is our antihero, an opium addict who's running from her past, racing airships with a lover in every port, where every opium den knows her name. When she's forced into a mysterious situation involving a relic of Aphrodite (FANGIRL FLAIL), she goes on a quest to find the relic and deliver it to safety. ADVENTURE, PEOPLE. Ancient temples, hidden texts, puzzles and just flat out cleverness abound. This is my Indiana Jones fantasy lol.
I really enjoyed this book so much, and read it in two sittings, which is something that as a writer and mom of three I rarely get a chance to do.
My only wish was that we were enveloped in the world more thoroughly. I didn't feel that I completely knew or was her, but I wanted to so badly. I didn't quite feel her love for Sal or Byron, or her shift of feelings. I'm super excited for the next book though, because as I understand it, these wants have been met in that book.
Great start to what looks to be a brilliant series! (less)
On a scale of one to five, this book is an eleven. I don't even know where to start.
*leaves to collect self* *blows nose super loud*
I don't even know where to start. From page one, Grey had me hooked with her quick wit and quirky perspective. I was immediately intrigued, wondering who Abby was, what happened to her in her life? WHAT goes in the urn? So many questions, but they were a gentle tug through the story, because once we met Beck, well...
Beck. Beck is my dream guy. He sees Abby and knows she needs someone to show her how to live. He's the perfect combination of charm and devotion, a beautiful, thoughtful, witty and loving guy, and the perfect match for Abby.
This is a story about Abby, though, about a girl who didn't think she would ever get a chance to live, and struggles to find a way to honor the life she's been given. I found the exploration of that so perfectly executed that I followed Abby through every step of her journey.
My absolute favorite thing about Grey's writing is the levity she brings to the page. Even when Abby is at one of her lowest points, she ends up in a gay bar called the Trancing Pranny, where Queen Bee is her surrogate fairy godmother/spirit guide and ends up dressing Abby up so she can judge a dance/stripoff.
Seriously, Grey makes this writing job look like this:
The last few chapters of this book just killed me. They were so good, so sweet, SO satisfying. The absolute last chapter, I cried like a small child, and had to read the last page twice because I couldn't see.
I cannot say enough about this book, other than I apologize in advance to all my friends because I'm a pusher, and I will not rest until everyone I know has read With This Heart.
Ceci has noooooo idea what she's doing to him. I love that she thinks she knows, think...moreWHEWWWWWW!
Snarky young con artist? CHECK.
Super hot alpha? CHECK.
Ceci has noooooo idea what she's doing to him. I love that she thinks she knows, thinks she has everything under control, pushes Bentley's buttons and just has literally no idea what kind of beast she's poking. Naivete at it's finest, something that, as a woman, I've been through. I thought I had all the answers at eighteen. LOLZ.
What a great story! Sylvie is a bit of an anti-hero, a girl who is unhappy in her skin, convinced that the world is against her. She's bitt...moreThis book!!
What a great story! Sylvie is a bit of an anti-hero, a girl who is unhappy in her skin, convinced that the world is against her. She's bitter and jealous, unable to find any joy in her life, but her journey is a fascinating one.
She spontaneously passes out due to stress, fear, anger, even happiness, and leaves her body, looks down on herself. When she realizes she's projecting and control it, everything changes for her. As her anger and jealousy reaches new heights, she makes some important decisions that changes her life.
I found Sylvie to be relatable, even though she's just such a downer. We all go through that period of teen years where we feel like the ugliest slob, the least desirable. Sylvie is also facing the fact that everyone at school thinks she's crazy because she faints and turns into jelly all the time. When her life shifts, and she comes to realize the truth about herself and who she is, I have to say I was cheering for her. There are moments that will make you cringe, make you laugh, break your heart. Such an enjoyable read.
I also have to compliment Katie Hayoz on her MAD skills and talent. She wrote this book in first person, present tense. I'll tell you right now that this is 99% of the time a deal breaker for me, and I'll put a book down on page one. Hayoz writes so flawlessly, so fluidly, that it took FIVE PAGES for me to even realize that I was reading first/present. This is serious, people.
Ready for some super sexy times? Because get ready.
I don't read a ton of erotica, and, frankly, it generally makes me laugh the entire time I'm readin...moreReady for some super sexy times? Because get ready.
I don't read a ton of erotica, and, frankly, it generally makes me laugh the entire time I'm reading it. But this book? The sex scenes were well done. They were super hot and sexy, not just a little steam. This is a book about BDSM. Put your expectations in that zone. I also wanted to note that every sex scene had purpose and didn't feel thrown in just because, which isn't usually the case, in my experience.
I LOVE EMMY. I love her. I was curious as to what happened in her life to drive her to the place she's in, but I'm so in love with how capable she is. She's driven and determined, sometimes to a fault, all things I can relate to. She makes things happen just by sheer will.
I've seen a few reviews of this book bashing it for the cliffhanger ending. Guess what? The second book is out, so let me give you a hint: BUY BOTH BOOKS AT ONCE. You will want to pick up the second right away, and this, my friends, is not a bad thing. Not by a long shot.(less)
First, I have to say that I was fortunate enough to be chosen beta read this book, and I am *so* excite...moreI don't even know how to start. Too many feels!
First, I have to say that I was fortunate enough to be chosen beta read this book, and I am *so* excited for it to hit the shelves, because you NEED this book in your life.
Secondly - Sports Romance is not a genre I seek out, mostly because I'm lazy and they make me feel like I should exercise or maybe stop eating Oreos and start eating carrots.
*dusts Oreo crumbs off shirt*
This book exceeded my expectations for sports romance, and now the bar has been set super high (sport pun intended), because I love this book.
Kinsley, the 19 year old star soccer player, is basically my alter ego if I was a super hot, super sexy, super brilliant athlete. I have to say that the situations and dialogue were SO smart, SO funny. I literally laughed out loud so hard and so much that my stomach muscles hurt.
What? I told you I was lazy.
I love Liam Wilder. He and Kinsley are so the perfect match, each of them with so much power, ambition, and personality that they fit together exactly. Kinsley not only has to deal with her feelings for him, with him being so far off limits as her coach, but with his lifestyle, the public eye. She's tossed into this world where everything she does is under a microscope, and being who she is, the whole thing is so much for her.
And all I have to say about Tara, the c*ckgobbler that is out for Kinsley, is:
I just loved the whole thing, start to finish. I have found a new favorite author in RS Grey, and believe me when I tell you that you will not be sorry you picked this book up.
Cue dream sequence of Liam running slowly on a beach carrying me in his arms. I love how he’s strong enough to carry me with one arm while using the other arm to feed the seagulls. He’s such an animal lover like that.
I gave her a pointed stare. "How do you show off a bikini wax, Becca? 'Hey everyone, check out my shiny vagina'?"
It seemed like she’d maxed out her asshole card, but apparently she needed another shot of evil to tide her over for a few more days.
And what guy doesn’t want to build a blanket fort with two chicks? Answer: They all do. It’s probably one of the top watched porns: sex in a haphazardly constructed blanket fort. Every guy’s wet dream.(less)
I really enjoyed Save Me, but Find me was even better. Follow Andi as she searches for herself and the man she loves, and get ready because this cliff...moreI really enjoyed Save Me, but Find me was even better. Follow Andi as she searches for herself and the man she loves, and get ready because this cliffhanger will sting in the best way!! It's too hard not to give spoilers, so I'll quit while I'm ahead! If you enjoyed Save Me, definitely check Find Me out!(less)
Great premise for this debut novel. Kass is an 'every girl,' just trying to get through high school, trying to...moreOh how I love Ian! Good lord, that boy.
Great premise for this debut novel. Kass is an 'every girl,' just trying to get through high school, trying to figure herself out. Until she is haunted, and then? Well, then she has bigger things to worry about than Homecoming.
The storyline is engaging and innovative, great YA debut!(less)
This little story is so hot, I had to take a "smoke break" about 3/4 in and try to cool down.
Who knew demons could be so sexy?
Interesting lore, sexy...moreThis little story is so hot, I had to take a "smoke break" about 3/4 in and try to cool down.
Who knew demons could be so sexy?
Interesting lore, sexy beasts, and love where it never should have been. What's not to enjoy?
My only critique is that I wanted more! More of Bas and Evie, more about how their social structure and powers work. I really want to learn more about the demon plane too, and it looks like the next story takes place there, so I'll definitely be reading. (less)