“Marcus DeLuca had to be a dangerous man because I was caving in too soon; it was just too soon to feel this attachment, to feel and want him so despe“Marcus DeLuca had to be a dangerous man because I was caving in too soon; it was just too soon to feel this attachment, to feel and want him so desperately. When something seems too good to be true, it’s exactly that.”
Okay so E.L. Montes hooked me with angst from the prologue. To an angst junkie like myself Disastrous delivered my next fix, but unfortunately left me NEEDING to read Cautious soon.
Disastrous begins with Mia Sullivan a highly successful second year Harvard Law Student discovering that she has been recommended for an internship only offered to third year law students at a prestigious law firm by her professor. It looks like all her hard work is paying off, and to her surprise her best friend and roommate Jeremy a third year law student also having the opportunity to fill another internship spot. So what does your typical college student do when they are facing exciting news at the beginning if summer? Well they party at Club 21 the most high class club in Boston and only the best people get into this club. Not only are Jeremy and Mia allowed easy entrance to this club but they are VIP since Mr. McCullen (Jeremy’s father) an architect designed the club. I know that’s how I celebrated in college. I still do!
“The man standing before me was definitely God’s gift to women. He was tall, tanned, and had the most gorgeous big brown eyes I’d ever seen.”
From the instant Marcus DeLuca shows up on the scene it’s as if a magnet was drawing him and Mia together, and they were dragging me along with them. Not that I’m complaining.
“Here we go, it was either up or down from here. It would definitely be a rollercoaster, but I was willing to take the ride.”
This is where the “crazy, stupid love” affair these two have begins, and I couldn’t put the book down once it began, and when I wasn’t reading Disastrous I was thinking about Disastrous Marcus.
He was delicious, powerful, charismatic and everything I enjoy in a book boyfriend. Marcus is an ubber successful attorney in Boston, and not only is he gorgeous and powerful, he’s the true meaning of Alpha-male. If you’re attracted to jealous, POSSESSIVE, passionate, rich, alpha, mouth watering aggressive men then Marcus DeLuca will be high on your lust list. But don’t let all these wonderfully appealing characteristics about Marcus fool you, he’s a man with secrets, and all of those will slowly unravel before your eyes and its a “disaster” when it’s revealed. I gasped when I confirmed his secret lifestyle even though I had suspected it.
“It’s not like me to be a jealous man, Mia. F-*k, I’m never jealous. Though for some reason, when you walked into the conference room with Jeremy’s arm around your waist and when he slapped your a$$, it took every part of me to not stand up and knock him the F-*k out.”
Mia Sullivan is a strong woman that I adored. She doesn’t lay down and accept bad behavior from men, well maybe a little but she holds her ground. When things get rough and plenty of females would stay in a bad situation, she walks away and protects her sanity, but the problem is that as tumultuous as Marcus and and Mia’s relationship is these two can’t stay away. Nor can they get their acts together!
“That pissed me the hell off. I took in a deep breath and blurted out everything without thinking twice. “F-*k you! You want to know who I am, Marcus. Well here it goes! I am temperamental, over-sensitive, and outspoken. I’m honest! I cry at stupid love movies, and I’m a sucker for a romantic novel. I don’t allow people to walk all over me, I have trust issues, and I have insecurities. I’ve slept with four men in my entire life! And the one thing I don’t do is take shit from men who try to act like they’re better than me as if they don’t have any hidden skeletons! I’m not keeping shit hidden, how ‘bout you? You can fuck off. I’ll find my own way home. Have a nice f-*king life!”
At this moment I was cheering Mia for standing up for herself, but I’m such a weak psycho when it comes to Marcus that I felt my chest get heavy here, and the lump in my throat began to form and I willed these two to make up, and the way these two make up is with glorious sex.
"I was gonna f-*k her!” Sprawling his hands in the air, he nodded at my stunned expression. “Yeah that’s right, hard too! But the entire time I was going to think of you!’ Gawking at him, my heartbeat raised. “How f-*king romantic!”
Now I’m devastated once again for these two, and my heart is breaking for these two because sometimes its easier to hurt the one closer to you….:( I’m sick, and slowly dying inside……but keep reading because Mia and Marcus are an unforgettable couple full of passion for one another. Cue the make-up sex…YES please!
“He reached over, placing the palm of his hand on top of mine. “You see, Mia, for a long time I haven’t had anything like that: honesty, innocence, and pureness. After seeing it through your eyes, I never wanted or needed it more in my life.”
Okay I’m happy and giddy once again for these two. E.L. Montes has such a descriptive way of writing delicious sex scenes, passionate love scenes, chaos, disastrous tumultuous relationships that are leaving me DYING for the second book Cautious to further explore their relationship.
Oh my the angst is unbearable at times, but this is one train wreck I’m so delighted I didn’t miss. One moment I was laughing, the next I was having heart palpitations, and the next I was either angry or cheering for these two. When these two were good they were outstanding!!! When they were bad, they were a Disastrous hurricane!!! For angst lovers like myself that crave the turbulent relationships in Crash, Beautiful Disaster, Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared To You, The Mighty Storm and The Opportunist will feel you’ve died and gone to Heaven with this gem. Disastrous was book crack at its finest!!!!
Now I’m counting the days until Cautious the sequel to Disastrous is released on May 23, 2012.
“Thats what love is….It’s scary not knowing what’s expected, but I know It’ll be the best frightening love we’ve ever had.”
I now hate the word "lady" and the term "watch your mouth"........who CARES how old he is??! Dude this book is being compared to Crossfire & FSOG?I now hate the word "lady" and the term "watch your mouth"........who CARES how old he is??! Dude this book is being compared to Crossfire & FSOG? Whaaaaattt?! Did I read the same book as everyone else? Lol, but I'm a glutton for punishment and I'll admit the last 10% has me compelled to read the sequel! Oh and Ava is dreadful at times! Ughhhhh.
Okay so this book has been screwing with my mind all day today! I want revenge! This Dirty Red Bitch must pay!!!! I don't want to be in her head eitheOkay so this book has been screwing with my mind all day today! I want revenge! This Dirty Red Bitch must pay!!!! I don't want to be in her head either!!!! Team Amnesia!!! Team Olivia
OMG I missed Olivia so much, but being in Dirty Red's filthy mind was glorious! I'm dying. LOVED IT!!!!! 5++++ stars. Review coming soon....more
3-3.5 stars review soon. I liked it. I wish the plot was a bit better, but the sex was great and I couldn't put it down, it was addicting. I see a lot3-3.5 stars review soon. I liked it. I wish the plot was a bit better, but the sex was great and I couldn't put it down, it was addicting. I see a lot of potential in the next book though.:)
“I’ll never be good enough for you, I know that. But I’m no good without you, and if that makes me selfish bastard for wanting you as badly as I do th“I’ll never be good enough for you, I know that. But I’m no good without you, and if that makes me selfish bastard for wanting you as badly as I do then so be it because I can’t live a life that doesn’t have you in it.”
What is it about these angsty, passionate New Adult contemporary romances that causes me to throw my lace panties out the window along with my morals and root for the immoral characters to have a HEA while making up excuses for their infidelity? Lol
Oh wow another rockstar romance…To those if you like me have an achilles heel for an intoxicating bad boy, oozing sex appeal, billionaire boys club rockstars, well look no further because this is your cure.
“Jake Wethers, one of the biggest rock stars in the world, lead singer of the hugely successful rock band, The Mighty Storm. Who also once upon a time used to be my best friend.
Trudy Bennett is an established music columnist for a fashion magazine with the hopes of hitting it big one day, and never having to come face to face with the obscenely wealthy, turbulently out of control rocker Jake Wethers (the lead singer of ubber popular rock band The Mighty Storm) which also happens to be her childhood best friend and first crush. After reading about him in the tabloids after a twelve year estrangement she can no longer see the Jake she grew up with making mud pies and making her heart flutter. I mean seriously that boy is far from the ridiculously promiscuous playboy that had to enter rehab after he urinated while on stage during one of his concerts. I know what your thinking, this man doesn’t sound swoon worthy at all, but wait because there’s plenty more to this delicious rocker than meets the eye. I’m getting excited just thinking about how much I swooned over him.
“Because women never say no to me.” With a wink, he gets up and wanders off over to the food table. God he’s such a cocky, arrogant bastard at times. And I totally fancy him. No I don’t. Yes, I do. No. I. Don’t. Ah fuck.
She has kept her childhood friendship with Jake the rockstar with a ever rotating conveyor belt of women except for her boss and friend that won’t take no for an answer so she reluctantly accepts the appointment her employer set up for her to interview Jake. *Squeeeeee*
Trudy also referred to as Tru spends the entire time leading up to this entire wondering if Jake will remember her? Cast her aside? Pitty her? Basically every emotion I could imagine I would be feeling at the very moment she’s being lead to his hotel suite to conduct the interview she was feeling. Now if only she didn’t have what’s his name in the way of her childhood crush turning into a steamy love affair??? Oh yeah “Will” her boyfriend of two years! He’s her devoted, successful, reliable boyfriend of two years, and yes he’s very likable but I’m throwing my bra and panties on stage for Jake Wethers, the irresistible, unpredictable, seductive, sexy, beautiful, tattooed lead singer of The Mighty Storm rock band.
Okay, there I’ve said it. I want Jake. He’s beautiful and sexy, and flirty. And he’s a rock star. And he was my boy next-door. But of course nothing is ever going to happen. Because he’s Jake Wethers….and I’m just Trudy Bennett. And also I have a boyfriend, which I’d actually reason number one.”
This is where the roller coaster of love, lust, angst, turmoil, passion and excitement begins. Hold on tight, because there will be times you will want to get off and save yourself the emotional strain however I encourage you to sit back and enjoy it because The Mighty Storm is a MUST READ and FAVORITE of mine!
I truly see just to the level of power he has over people. Mostly, over me. I’m so totally mesmerized by him. And so totally in lust with him. And so totally screwed.
I can’t blame Tru for her indiscretions (and they are bad) because when I first met Jake, I fell in love with him instantly. From the very first page he showed up he oozed sex appeal, and raw vulnerability that I couldn’t resist. When he asks her to join his upcoming tour as the official biographer (knowing fully well she has no biographical experience) its obvious that he loves her! *swoon*
All I can do is watch Jake sing. Watching as he makes every single woman in this room feel like he’s singing to her, that tonight she is the one he is taking home. She’s the one he’s going to share his bed with tonight. And in this moment all I want, more than anything, is to be the one he chooses.
He’s such a rock god, but when he’s with Trudy, he’s such an AMAZING guy that I can’t even fathom a thought about Trudy’s wonderfully devoted boyfriend Will. I’m such a bad person that I was dying for these two to get together. He even saved the friendship bracelet she gave him when they were kids, and chooses to wear it regardless of his ability to afford any bracelet his heart desired. I just LOVE him.
I feel high. On him. His voice is like hands moving over my skin touching me. His hands. Touching me. I want that now. No I don’t. I mean its just a reflex reaction to the rock star lover in me. The dream of wanting to be the one to tame him. Of course it’s not real.
There’s a few scenes where my jaw drops and my chest starts to feel heavy, and I had to walk away from reading to gather my composure. It was devastating the angst in this book, but I’m such an angst junkie, I embraced it, and adored every minute of it. The angst makes me feel alive, and sends me over the edge of hysteria.
“And that’s why I prefer to dance in the bedroom,” Holy shit. He leans back and stares down at me, and then suddenly see it there in his eyes, unconcealed. The lust. The want. He wants me. He’s trying to seduce me. I’m so completely fucked.
I was on an emotional thrill ride the entire time reading, full of angst, romance, passion, lust, jealousy, and all around bad boy delicious Jake Wethers. (Calling all Kellan fans) The Mighty Storm made me laugh, cry, swoon, giggle, fan myself, walk away for a bit due to my emotionally tormented angst. Wow this book had me excited one moment and the next, my stomach was tied into knots dropping due to my inability to control my emotions. Seriously Samantha Towle is that incredible of a writer that the entire time I felt like I was Tru experiencing all the ups and downs of a rockstar romance. *Sigh* If only I were so lucky!
I feel a sudden lump in my throat and I realize, even though half an hour ago I felt like bolting, now, I don’t want to leave him. The thought of not seeing him again is constructing my heart in the weirdest kind of way. Crazy, I know.” That’s how I felt when I finished The Mighty Storm because I didn’t want it to end, that’s how much it consumed my thoughts.
These two characters aren’t spoiled with finding love and getting their HEA immediately. I mean if it were that easily the where would the angst and anguish we love so much in these addictive New Mature-Adult contemporary romances we I crave so very much? Let me tell you that Samantha Towle doesn’t hold back and she gives us everything we could want in The Mighty Storm. This book also stemmed very realistic as Samantha Towle eloquently touches on issues of drug abuse, infidelity, consequences and the negative effects of fame and an unforgettable passionate romance! Please do yourself a favor and download The Mighty Storm and prepare to be spellbound with an unforgettable couple and their enthralling love story IMMEDIATELY!!!
The sequel to The Mighty Storm entitled Wethering The Storm will be available to purchase December 21, 2012 and I’ll be counting the days until its release.
I won’t share you anymore.” He repeats, as he continues driving into me over and over again. “You belong to me.”
I hate my left hand. I hate to look at it. I hate it when it stutters and trembles and reminds me that my identity is gone. But I look at it anyway; bI hate my left hand. I hate to look at it. I hate it when it stutters and trembles and reminds me that my identity is gone. But I look at it anyway; because it also reminds me that I'm going to find the boy who took everything from me. I'm going to kill the boy who killed me, and when I kill him, I'm going to do it with my left hand.
Nastya Kashinkov is a beautifully damaged seventeen year old. She dreams of a life she once had at the naive age of fifteen when she was a gifted pianist also known as the Brighton Piano Girl, however one tragic event striped her from that reality. The pain and inner turmoil of losing her true gift leaves her wrecked and feeling like her soul was being ripped from her body. She died that day. Literally. And figuratively. The death was violent, and horrific and wretched. Ninety-six seconds later she is revived, and she's witnessed her "Sea of Tranquility." That day she was okay, and lucky to be alive because she is spared the memory of how she died until she remembers. How she died. How he did it. His face. She keeps her secret hidden behind her silent lips. Fated to keep her secret forever until she can kill him herself........
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.
Nastya (oh how I adored her) is on a mission to run from her past, and this decision leads her two hours away to her aunt Margot's home where she is enrolled in her last year of high school appearing as a goth princess. Her family also suffers her tragedy as well because her father, mother and brother have lost the fun loving and easy spirited piano prodigy in exchange for this deeply wounded, silent, and provocatively dressed goth girl. While keeping her tragic secrets and her past identity to herself at her new school she stumbles into Josh Bennett's garage one late night after jogging. These two begin a silent but powerful connection together as well as a friendship with his best friend Drew.
"Her face is insane, even with all that shit she covers it up with. If I can do that justice, I'll never need to draw another girl again." He's staring at the photograph like he's picturing how she looks without the make-up. I want to tell him he's right.
Josh Bennett becomes her Salvation. He has lived through too many tragic events losing each of his family members until the only one left is his grandfather also fighting a losing battle with cancer. Other than his best friend Josh is basically alone and lives a secretive and secluded lifestyle as an emancipated teen. His life consists of school, building and tinkering with wood designing in his garage nightly, daily visits to Home Depot, and spending Sunday family dinners at the Leightons house (his best friend Drew's family home). His world is turned upside down when the new undead looking and freakishly beautiful whorish looking girl from school shows up at the end of his drive away, lost and out of breath from running with no verbal skills to communicate with.
I talk until the water runs cold and my voice feels hoarse from overuse. I hope it's enough to help me keep my mouth shut. I haven't said a word to another living person in 452 days. I write my three and a half pages, tuck away my composition book and crawl into bed, knowing how close I came to not making it to 453.
This is where the spellbinding and breathtakingly magnificent story begins to unfold in such a precious and secretive way you won't want to put it down. It's as if Katja Millay has given her readers a magical gift that will be revealed slowly one incredibly charming page at a time. I was fascinated with the world Millay vividly described through the eyes of two seventeen year old far more older for their age (Josh, Nastya)
He's never pulled out the love card and pretended to have any sort of feelings for a girl to get her to sleep with him. He doesn't have to. They do it anyway without any emotional persuasion from him. They provide that all on their own.
Too many feelings coming off of those girls and I'm not good at deflecting them. They seem to roll right off of Drew. The tears and the name calling and the bitterness done even faze him.
Drew an outgoing unapologetic man whore is Josh's best friend and the closest thing to family he has. What I adored about Drew was his larger than life personality, with the ego and charm that easily paints the full picture of the most valuable player on campus. Every girl wants to screw him and every guy wants to be him. Luckily Josh has no desire to seek out relationships with others whether it be short term or long lasting with his unfortunate deaths that have surrounded him, so he and Drew are prefect opposites and extraordinary friends.
"Sorry," I apologize with an utter lack of conviction and keep walking. "I thought you were just asking me to clean up your mess. I didn't realize you were being a friend and giving me an unresponsive drunk girl to rape. Next time, be a little clearer for me so I don't miss such a golden opportunity." I can't hide the sarcasm in my tone and I don't try.
Despite Josh's iron man attitude at school that gives him plenty of space to be a loner he's actually a tender and thoughtful guy at heart to those that he's willing to let get close to him. He enjoys being a loner, he prefers to keep it that way, and has every intention of doing just that.....That is until Nastya Kashnikov shows up and demands more. She becomes friends with Josh and Drew and their friendship is amusing at times, and even throughout the silent times its radiant like a diamond just home much these three treasure each others friendship, clearly they're a family.
I reach to brush my hair back out of my eyes so I can look around and attempt to determine what the hell is going on. The only three things that I know for certain took place last night are that one-small elves climbed up my body and tied my hair into a mass of tiny knots, two-I must have slept with my mouth open because something crawled into it and died and three-I was sucked through a vortex into some animated world where an anvil was dropped on my head
A romance between Josh and Nastya begins to unfold but its not quickly, actually it's more realistic than I'm used to reading it was refreshing. Once Nastya shows up at the end of Josh's driveway that late night there's no turning back for either of these two. It feels like a slow moving spell has been cast on these two causing their chemistry to sizzle and no matter how hard these two try to resist out of fear of the unknown they're unable. Yes, it's exactly as if Millay cast a romantic spell on a destroyed young girl and a broken young boy and I'm pretty sure a spell was projected onto me as well because I couldn't sleep until I devoured the last page of this seductive tale of shattered dreams, broken past, and how two people can find one another and perhaps maybe become one another's salvation or resurrection.
I never realized that grief and self-pity weren't the same thing. I thought grieving was what I was doing all this time I had been feeling sorry for myself, but it wasn't. So for the first time in nearly three years, I let myself grieve.
While I was devouring The Sea of Tranquility I laughed "How come you call her honey and never use terms of endearment on me?" He fake whines. "I do," Mrs. Leighton says, patting him on the cheek as she walks by. "Just last week I called you the bane of my existence." ...."That's right," he says. "That was a good day." I cried, I can tell you it's a painting of a hand, my hand, turned up and opened to the world and that it reached into my body and rips out everything that's left. Because in the palm, right in the center, is the pearl button I never reached. and I cheered I never gave two shits about normal. I wanted to be extraordinary while reading because along the way Nastya, Josh, Drew, the Leightons, and the rest of the supporting characters I was bewitched with their personal lives.
Hate strengthened my body and shaped my resolve and what I resolved to do was to get revenge. Hate seemed pretty damn healthy to me.
I was fascinated with Katja Millay's ability to weave an immaculately executed story that oozes symbolism from beginning to end. The storyline was sad at times however I had hope the entire experience reading it. By the end of The Sea of Tranquility I was also believing in second chances. If you want a book without any paranormal aspects yet you feel magic unfolding while reading the story this is the book for you. If you want to discover what a life can be transformed into once you quit regretting decisions and move beyond tragedy and devastation then I recommend you read The Sea of Tranquility, but beware you'll be swept away in this heartfelt romantic, intoxicating, refreshing, magical and incredibly beautiful story about deciding to live after loss once you've picked up the pieces. This will forever be a favorite of mine, and I hope it becomes a favorite of yours as well!
"......But I would like to believe in the dream of second chances."
I'm 62% and I'm done. I hated it. She killed off my favorite character WTF!!!!! I would not recommend this book to anyone. Save yourself the heartacheI'm 62% and I'm done. I hated it. She killed off my favorite character WTF!!!!! I would not recommend this book to anyone. Save yourself the heartache and read Beautiful Disaater & Thoughtless!!:)...more
"I've had therapy; I've had three years to..... Get over him. Fester in my guilt."
Okay...What would you do if you had the opportunity to be with your on"I've had therapy; I've had three years to..... Get over him. Fester in my guilt."
Okay...What would you do if you had the opportunity to be with your one true love and fix the mistakes you've made in the past.....Would you take it, or would you let fear get in the way of true love? Many of you are probably thinking of course right. Well how many of you would lie, and manipulate the truth to get those results?
"I was a relationship retard. I kicked, shoved, and punched people out of my life, so they never had a chance to hurt me."
Meet Olivia Kaspen, she's my new favorite flawed character. She's witty, intelligent, beautiful,petty, calculating, ruthless, manipulative, self loathing, with a tortured soul and all around Badass but you may also refer to her as "The Opportunist." ;) I found her completely relatable and the sick side of me was salivating at the mouth at the opportunity that is thrown her way. I couldn't put it down, days later and I'm still playing the "what if" game with Olivia's life in my head.
"He was my crack. I could never get enough, and when I had him I was already thinking about when I could have him next."
Olivia's path is a classic example of how each decision no matter how small or large can have huge consequences in your life.
I wanted to be an attorney and put bad people in prison. Now, I was the bad person because I was plotting and scheming for a stupid boy. I hadn't even thought about my dreams lately. It was like Caleb had rooted out my ambition and replaced it with a lusty obsession. >Caleb Drake became her entire world, even prior to their dating.
These two Olivia(I adore and all her flaws) and >Caleb(I adore him with his flaws as well) once dated yet these two can't seem to get their act together. They're so frustrating. Ughhhh. They lie,manipulate, cheat,spy,plot, and basically have no boundaries at what they will do to achieve one thing; LOVE. It's actually very endearing and completely relatable that these two selfish people love one another so hard, and are so self destructive that they will stop at nothing and I mean absolutely NOTHING, to have that love. While reading The Opportunist Tarryn Fisher sent me on a ride in a tumultuous time machine as we go back and forth with flashbacks from the past and present day like another favorite book of mine
, so with that being said you won't be able to put it down, because as this soap opera of life called Hurricane Olivia unfolds you will be glued to this book like I was until the last page.
Caleb was like a hurricane that swept through my life, stirring up things inside of me that I never knew existed. He is a longing I will never cure.
So when the opportunity arises that Olivia can have a second chance with her one true love Caleb after a messy break-up she jumps at the opportunity. There's a catch, (isn't there always) well Caleb has had an accident and now suffers from Amnesia and has NO memories of Olivia. He has no idea they've even dated, so she does what any other calculating ex girlfriend would do...she befriends him LOL and manipulates her way back into his life once again, while in the back of her mind fearing his memory will come back and he will remember that he hates her. :( This was a heartbreaker. I don't blame her at all, and I cheered for her the entire time. Call me crazy, but I've done my fair share of scheming to get a man ;) and I can think of one man in particular that if he had amnesia I would do the same inappropriately scandalous thing she did.....Hey I'm not perfect. ;) lol.
"I don't know what it is with you and that asshole. Four years and a bad breakup later and you're still in a fucking chemical romance with basketball Ken."
I don't want to hear it. Not from Jim. Not from Cammie. In my wildest dreams I never imagined this twist to my story. A thousand girls could tell me that they would have done something different than what I did the day I pretended not to know Caleb, and I wouldn't care. This is my redo.
Only one thing stands in the way of Olivia's true happiness with Caleb, besides herself of course.
"Leah Smith. That was the little beast's name. She was rich as I was poor, as happy as I was miserable, as redheads as I was dark."
Olivia has been mourning the loss of the broken relationship she once had with her college sweetheart Caleb *sigh*. Now Caleb also comes with an abundance of flaws as well that we discover as the story unfolds, however I just love him to pieces. Regardless of how many mistakes and deceitful lies, and manipulation these two share amongst each other I can still can only see these two being made for one another. Oh wow just writing this review is really choking me up right now. Seriously this book has me thinking about it days later, in the shower, with friends, at the gym, driving in my car.....it's completely consuming my thoughts. I keep wondering "what if this happened?"
"Airport blue haunted me. It became a brand to me, a trademark of our broken relationship, and my failure to move on. Airport fucking blue." This quote devastated me. :(
If you're in the mood to have your mind blown with complete WTF-erry and heartache, angst, tears, torture, and depression all at the hands of the talented Tarryn Fisher, then you will LOVE and and HATE this book by the end.
I'm so desperate for book #2 Dirty Red to be released December 28, 2012. It's insane how much this book is occupying my thoughts. Dirty Red better give me some hope, but I don't want to like Leah, because I love hating her. My final thoughts are, this is fiction, not real life so Tarryn Fisher can easily fix this for me. I want revenge!!!I want that Dirty Red Bitch to pay!!!! I want the opposite of the epilogue in The Opportunist!!! Please make it happen. I AM TEAM AMNESIA!!!!
"You can only give your heart away once; after that, everything else will just chase your first love."
P.s. I'm petty and I marked 1/2 a star off and made it 4.5 stars because I hated the epilogue. It completely broke my heart into tiny pieces :( I wanted the opposite of it to happen......
"That, of course, isn't the worst part of the curse," Thea explained with a wry smile. "Every man would fall in love with their voice, their lovely ap"That, of course, isn't the worst part of the curse," Thea explained with a wry smile. "Every man would fall in love with their voice, their lovely appearance, but no man would ever get past that. They'd never really know the girls for who they actually were, never really love them. It would be impossible for any of the four girls to ever really fall in love and be genuinely loved in return.”
The story begins in the town of Capri with missing young boys, an almost eery, evil feel to it. Gemma and Harper are sisters with a remarkably close bond even though they are polar opposites. it's quite obvious who the younger more carefree sister is as well as which is the overprotective and practical older sister. While Harper (the older sister) is the responsible one, and Gemma (the younger one) is more daring yet their opposite dynamic comes across believable and enjoyable. Gemma and Harper have a responsible loving father as their guardian, yet he works long hours and desperately mourns the loss of the wife he once knew.
Wake is a mesmerizing and strong debut novel in a new series that combines Greek mythology and sea creatures with an unexpected twist. The story switches POV between Gemma and Harper. So you'll get the perspective of both younger and older sister.
I was immediately drawn into Gemma and Harpers life and was eager to get to know the secrets behind the dark mysteries and secrets held inside the pages of Wake. I was fascinated with Gemma's goal to become an Olympic swimmer, considering the Olympics are continuing while I read this novel. She's driven and determined to beat any obstacles that get in her way of accomplishing her life long goals.....that is until life gets in the way and throws her a huge curve ball. Three captivating and beautiful females enter the town of Capri, and never leave Gemma's life the same after.
"But what if I..." Gemma trailed off and lowered her eyes, thinking of Harper, her parents, Alex. She lifted her head, meeting Penn's eyes. "I don't want this." "Then you will die," Penn said. She shrugged, as if she couldn't care less, but her voice was hard and her eyes burned. "If that's what you wish, then so be it."
The beautiful females Thea, Lexi, and Penn are the ones that bring an evil feel with them wherever they go despite their charming good looks. The three of them are the quintessential meaning of the word "Siren". They've set their sights on Gemma and they wont relent until they get the missing piece of the puzzle that they're in dire need of as Sirens. This book ends on a minor cliffhanger and I'm anxious to see how Amanda Hocking brings the conclusion to the storyline she has set up between, Gemma, the Sirens and the savior role that Harper will need to portray.
Both Gemma and Harper have romantic love interests in the story, that I enjoyed getting to know but I found that to be not only a surprising twist but something to look forward to in the next book to come!
“I could win you a goldfish." "I don't think that's be fair to the goldfish," Gemma said. "I've had about a dozen of them, and they all seem to die within days of me getting them." "Oh, yeah." Alex smiled crookedly. "I remember you making your dad bury them out in the backyard." "They were my pets, and they deserved a proper burial." "I better be careful around you." Alex stepped back from her cautiously, giving her a wide berth. "You're a goldfish mass murderer. I don't know what you're capable of." "Stop!" Gemma laughed. "I didn't kill them on purpose! I was little. I think I overfed them. Out of love, though." "That's even scarier," he teased. "Do you plan to kill me with kindness?" "Maybe." She narrowed her eyes at him and tried to look menacing, making him laugh.”
To my surprise this book was dark, and gritty, just the way I prefer it to be, even though I wasn't expecting a mermaid book to be so dark, it was pleasant surprise though. I enjoyed the quick pace of the story as it unfolded and never did I feel bored or as if I wasn't part of the story. Amanda Hocking has the special talent of captivating her readers from the first page and holding their attention relentlessly until the very last page. I thoroughly enjoyed Wake, and although this is my first novel I've had the pleasure of reading by Amanda Hocking it most certainly will not be my last.
The story will be a favorite amongst mermaid fans with a flair for the darker, grittier reads intertwined with romance. At times I found the plot to be predictable, however I'm fully confident that had a younger reader have read Wake it would have been less predictable since its geared for YA readers. I recommend this book for mythology, mermaids, and darker romance lovers. I look forward to discovering all the mysteries that have yet to unfold in the next installment Lullaby releasing November 27, 2012, just a few short months away.
"He lied to me about Danielle. Then, he swore he would never lie to me again. And to this day, I don't think he has," Lexi said wistfully."But I thoug"He lied to me about Danielle. Then, he swore he would never lie to me again. And to this day, I don't think he has," Lexi said wistfully. "But I thought you said your relationship was full of lies." This time Lexi did look Bekah directly into her naively, innocent eyes to answer her, "It was. We just lied to everyone else."
When I read this quote above in Avoiding Commitment I said this is going to be angsty day. To those of you that are familiar with my taste in reading will know that Angsty book + me = My Addiction. This may not be my most angsty read yet, actually this one was pretty tame as to what I'm used to but it sucked me in like an angst junkie needing their latest fix. When I wasn't reading it, I was fully consumed with their tumultuous relationship, I had to know the story behind Lexi and Jack's dysfunctional relationship. Perhaps maybe because I saw similarities in myself and Lexi because unfortunately I have a Jack of my own, well almost......
"What? The fact that you have the capability of convincing women to hold out for you until you break their hearts?" she asked coldly.
The story begins in the present with Lexi receiving an early phone call from Jack Howard her "sorta non ex-boyfriend/best friend" whom she hasn't spoken to in two years asking her to leave her apartment in NYC while she's currently on school break to fly down to Savannah, GA to convince his girlfriend that's he's fully capable of committing to her, yet he has failed to do so any of the six years that Lexi has known him. *Insert sad face :(* What kind of man calls a woman he's had an explosive relationship with that ended tragically never speaking to her again, yet he calls for this petty, selfish reason? I loathe him already. This news hurt Lexi because she's been in love with him for the past six years and though this may break her heart, at the encouragement from her friend Chyna she has decided to do this favor for him to help ensure herself the closure so has been in dire need of for the past two years, or more accurately since the day she first laid her eyes upon him. Meanwhile we never become fully aware why they haven't spoken in the past year and a half until K.A. Linde decides to include us and that's what lead to my reading madness.
.....I can hope for love again. A love that will be more than anything however attempted to give to me. Because the love I am looking for will be reciprocated one hundred and ten percent. There will never be another someone to distract our affections, because you will not be in the picture.
You always want what you can't have, and what you can easily have you don't want anyways. Well that's my belief and Avoiding Commitment has successfully summed up my thoughts on this subject most accurately. Yet sometimes it difficult to make our hearts believe it. What essentially made Avoiding Commitment so addictive was the manner in which the story was told. One chapter K.A. Linde has me consumed in the present day of the story and just at the juicy part she began a new chapter taking place somewhere between six years ago and present day. It was fascinating to watch the full story unfold, it was as if I were slowly unraveling a mystery, and I reveled in it.
"This feels so familiar," she breathed leaning her head back against the arm of the loveseat. "Yeah, I suppose it does," he agreed amicably. "You have a girlfriend." "You don't have a boyfriend," he added. "I could have a boyfriend," Lexi said popping her head up to look at him eyebrows raised. He laughed lightly. "You don't have a boyfriend," he said as a matter-of-fact. "How do you know?" Her eyes narrowed. "Lex, I've known you for a long time.....years in fact. You don't have a boyfriend right now." "Fine. I don't have a boyfriend," she conceded, "but I could." "You could, sure. But you don't. Either way, we've been here before."
Lexi and Jack, let's be honest, they just can't quit each other, regardless of how co-dependent, self destructive, their relationship is that's based on love?, deceit?, respect?manipulation?, LUST, pure unadulterated animalistic lust! These two seem to be inseparable for the past six years, and even when they've had a significant amount of time away from each other, these two can easily pick up as if there was no time lost at all. I found it easy at times to want to pull for these two because seriously six years of love, lust, passion, heartbreak, happiness, friendship *these were the times I loved Jack* and well these two lovers deserve to finally have a HEA. My heart wrenched for these two adorably love able and charismatic lovebirds.....that is.....until I knew the full story, and I wanted to pull Lexi off the disastrous crazy love train immediately. I hated Jack once more. Lol
Jack had always been best at lying. Some people were good at sports. Some people were good at school. Some people were good at working. While some people were good at avoiding commitment, Jack was good at avoiding commitment.
Jack, oh that bastard I loved to hate. He's such a glorious villain that I have such a strong passion about his character....a passion for hating him more than words can easily express. He's a gorgeous, manipulative, selfish, charismatic, sick individual that turned my stomach inside out with his masochistic behavior. I always go for the bad boys but I find Jack to be lacking any redeemable qualities that by the end of the book, although I hated him, Lexi almost had me sympathizing with the douschebag myself. Like I said, he's a charmer, but he did not win my heart, he kept my destroying every bit of progress we made as their story progressed.
She was going to this party because of Jack. Strike one. She wanted to prove that Bekah was a phony. Strike two. And possibly humiliate her brother miserably. Strike three. Wow. She was in a low place.
Have you ever had your heart toyed with so many times that instead of doing the healthy thing and walking away, you decided a mission to destroy everyone in your path by unleashing their dirty secrets might make you feel better? I'm probably in the minority here but I actually adored Lexi, in spite of her flaws and dark secrets. She is most definitely not a saint, nor is she innocent, yet I found her at times funny, relatable, and bitchy, yet likable (besides her cheating) in many ways she was a victim in all of these manipulations and I felt pity for her. In the grand scheme of things she was oblivious to the truth behind all of Jack's manipulative behavior, I mean honestly if he hasn't made you "his" in six years or even chose you as a girlfriend over his past girlfriends after all this time, when is accurate to assume that perhaps maybe your just the "mistress" and not "his"? As sad as that revelation is Lexi fails to fully appreciate that, and believes she is the one Jack truly loves yet, he has a girlfriend that stands in the way of him fully declaring his affections for her after six years together.
In that moment, she knew. All that stuff about things being different had been bullshit. He wanted to kiss her. He wanted her.
Enter Ramsey the brother to Behak (Bitch of the South) Jack's girlfriend, and he had me swooning because there was just something so sweet and endearing about him, yet I sensed a bit of mystery under the surface that I'm eager to uncover in Avoiding Responsibility because I think he has a Billionaire bad boy side of him that I'm lusting desiring to know more about. *Sigh* Yet, what does he do for a living??? It's obvious he's a trust fund baby, but I just have a suspicion that he maintains a career in the adult entertainment industry, I just can't wrap my brain around this one, but I must know his secret. Regardless I'll take him and his outrageously sexy body, money and charm any day over Jack.
"I came here for your lousy fiancé. I came here," she paused slowly walking towards him, "to help her not make the same mistake that I did."
Bekah is so undesirable I can't imagine anyone interested in dating her or even deserving of someone so selfish, brutal, and conniving as Bekah......Oh wait, Jack is deserving of her. The entire time reading I kept asking myself; what girlfriend would want their boyfriends ex to come visit to convince him to commit to her?! I almost felt sorry for her because that just appeared to be something a very insecure and pitiful woman would do. If Jack were my boyfriend I wouldn't want him around Lexi or any other female for that matter without a tracking device because he's successful at sex and he gets what he wants, when he wants it, and nothing as trivial as a girlfriend is going to stand in the way of his sexual desires.....*what a dousche* Throughout the entire story I wanted to love Jack especially since I have a soft spot for bad boys, and I'm quite forgiving, however I struggled to find any redeeming qualities amongst Jack. He's a selfish bastard, that's wreckless with those he claims to love.
Chyna is such a breath of fresh air, she's Lexi ubber rich best friend and I loved how supportive she was towards Lexi in all aspects of life, and yet she dosed out tough love when it was needed and I admired that in a quality friend....just make sure you need the support of her friendship before she sinks her beautiful claws into her prey of the evening. If I could insert myself into this story, I'd like to be Chyna, and I chose Ramsey as my leading man. ;)
"So, as sad as this day is for me,as I am losing a part of myself with the loss of you,it is really just the beginning for me. It is like cutting off the spoiled part to get to the juicy center. So, I would appreciate it this time, if you did not try and contact me. Because, as I'm sure you know, I deserve better. I want everything this time around, and I deserve it."
Avoiding Commitment is one of those books that two days later I'm still in deep though about. It's an emotional roller coaster, and at times I had to put my iPad down and walk away because I just couldn't take the pain that Lexi's poor decisions caused her to endure in the name of "love". At times I was swept away in the sweet and delectable moments shared between these characters while reading, yet in the back of my mind I knew something horrific was going to be lurking around the corner causing my chest to get heavy and break my heart again. One page you'll be cheering and the next you'll be angry, and sad because your feeling devastation right along with Lexi. I recommend this for readers of angsty romance, tumultuous relationships with dysfunctional characters that suck you in deep because you can't put it down, yet you know it's going to be a hot mess to read!
"Will I hear from you?" "When I can hold my head up high."
Unfortunately Avoiding Responsibility is not available to purchase and I made the mistake of reading the first four chapters on Fiction Press, and I'm already wanting to slap some sense into Lexi, curse at Jack, hug Chyna, kiss Ramsey, and read it immediately! I want Avoiding Responsibility NOW! :)
"Look at me."mI met his dark brown eyes. His fingers skimmed the back of my hand. The sensation tickled like a spring breeze yet hit me like a wave ru"Look at me."mI met his dark brown eyes. His fingers skimmed the back of my hand. The sensation tickled like a spring breeze yet hit me like a wave rushing from the ocean. His gaze shifted to my covered arms."You didn't do that, did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked. My entire world collapsed around me as I answered, "yes."
Pushing The Limits is another example of another brilliant story situated in the new Mature- YA genre that I'm quickly becoming addicted to and can't get enough of. I loved every minute of it, one page I was laughing, the next I was crying and then I was cheering. My emotions were tied in a knot while reading and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, I read it in one setting. The POV switches back and forth between high school seniors and tortured souls Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins. This book was filled with incredible amounts of angst, tear jerker moments and the life of troubled teens and the pain and suffering that can be dealt if your stack of cards were not in your favor. Katie McGarry has created a world that I immediately read again just because I didn't want to leave it behind.
As if he heard me from across the room, his dark eyes met mine. His shaggy brown hair fell over them, but I could tell he was looking at me. The stumble on his face moved as he smiled. Noah had muscles, looks and trouble stalking him. Somehow, he made jeans and a T-shirt look dangerous.
Echo begins working with a new Clinical Social Worker, to help her work through and start to fill in the missing pieces of a night that she was brutally attacked and nearly died. Mrs. Collins is very easily adaptable to each caseload and I found her professionalism and method of working with her patients admirable and I was fascinated by her and her empathy. In walks Noah, also a new patient of Mrs. Collins and he comes in a beautifully damaged bad boy package full of heartbreak and grief. These two seem like an unlikely couple, however these two are an incredible couple that I fell in love with and thanks to the writing of such an outstanding debut author it felt like I was living the story right along with Echo and Noah.
"Noah Hutchins is defintely hot. I'd tutor him." Besides, from what I've heard heard, quite a few girls have ridden that train and loved every second of it."
Echo a bright, overachieving student needs money to restore her deceased brothers Corvette and and Noah is in dire need of a tutor. Mrs. Collins is the mastermind behind the plan that brings two damaged individuals together unbeknownst to them that they are going to heal each other. Echo is eager to earn her money from tutoring, while Noah is reluctant to allow her to get to close to him. Once these two meet sparks fly, yet neither one embraces these sparks and that's what makes their story so special.
Echo had a habit of making me feel like a dick in comparison to her and today would be no exception. She left me so I could have a family, making her---alone. How could I ever have let her walk away?
Gorgeous Noah was once a star athlete in school, and after a tragic accident in his home that left him lost and alone, he becomes the exact opposite of the high school student he once was. His horrific loss is one that left me feeling broken and devasted as it was unveiled so delicately in the story. He now spends his time getting stoned, visiting his brothers, failing classes, earning a reputation for hooking up with the females in need of a delicious bad boy, all the while hanging out with his two best friends Isaiah and Beth. Although appearances can be deceiving because inside he's troubled, heartbroken and vulnerable. Then we have Echo, beautiful, once the most popular girl in school after a monstrous event that turned her life upside down leaving her the reprobate of school becoming the object of stares, and the lead gossip story of her high school. While I was just broken over Noah's tragedy, he put on such a brave face while Echo put on an equally brave demeanor yet she was dying inside. The angst in Pushing The Limits had me in tears and yet I couldn't walk away, from the moment I opened the first page of their story I was invested and I wasn't giving up on these two until I knew they were on the road to a healing, recovery and hopefully love!
"Baby, no one would ever make the mistake of using the world ugly with you. Especially with me around." Everything about you is beautiful and sexy as hell."
Beth was so remarkable, and at first I wasn't sure of her but she may have a tough girl exterior with a bulldog attitude yet inside she's a teddy bear with her own inner emotional turmoil and I loved her to pieces. Isaiah is another awesome friend to both Noah, and Beth with his own burden he carries yet he embraces Echo as a friend knowing that Noah is falling for her....falling hard. Lila is my new BFF.
"I expect a report on his abs. Real details, not romance novel nonsense." She remains by Echo's side through the popularity and as the school pariah while she herself could have worried of her social status, but she has a feisty-ness to her that has me cheering for a Lila/Beth friendship in future installments because they're both outstanding friends through happiness and tragedy to both Echo and Noah.
"Meet your approval?" I asked sarcastically. He laughed. "Yes." I liked his deep laugh. It tickled my insides."You're high." Because no one in their right mind would find me attractive. Especially when that person had seen the infamous scars.
I love how Noah is Echo's strength when she needs it and he will protect her at all costs. Noah may have the reputation of being the love em and leave em bad boy, but deep inside he's such a kind, tender hearted person with so much love to give. He's such an alpha male, with a vulnerable side while Echo is equally vulnerable with an armored exterior as well. Surprisingly I found myself equally loving both these characters, and I'll be honest that usually I love the male much more than the female character, however in this case I adored them both equally. Although I couldn't relate to their tragedy I could easily relate to their pain and emotional distress, and I reveled in the fact that they gradually became a team and slowly began trusting one another and they weren't pouring their hearts out to each other at their first meeting. I was enchanted by these two from their tumultuous, yet hilarious first meeting as if Katie McGarry had cast a spell on me because even through my tears, I found I couldn't stop reading as I was eager to hear the outcome of their story.
My insides had melted when Noah produced his wicked grin and gazed at me like I was naked. Luke uses to give me butterflies. Noah spawned mutant pterodactyls.
I'm so sad that this series will not follow directly Echo and Noah but I'm excited to see that Beth will be featured in the next installment entitled Dared To You because I loved her, and we barely pealed back the first layer of her pain. Katie McGarrywill definitely be an auto buy author for me.
"I'll always save you." Because I would. I'd move heaven and earth.
I can't easily express how much I adored Pushing The Limits! I recommend this for lovers of Mature- YA contemporary romance filled with angst, pain, drama, heartbreak and love. This can easily fit on my list of what to read if you loved the contemporary romance Easy. 5 HUGE Stars! Pushing The Limits is one of my favorite reads this year! Do yourself a favor on release day and read Pushing The Limits immediately!
It had been so long since I'd let myself fall for anybody. I gazed into her beautiful green eyes and her fear melted. A shy smile tugged at her lips and at my heart. Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love.
ARC provided for review by Netgalley for Harlequin Teen