This kiss is something I can't resist Your lips are undeniable This kiss is something I can't risk Your heart is unreliable Something so sentimental You ma...moreThis kiss is something I can't resist Your lips are undeniable This kiss is something I can't risk Your heart is unreliable Something so sentimental You make so detrimental And I wish it didn't feel like this Cause I don't wanna miss this kiss I don't wanna miss this kiss
This one is super cute. And I kinda also prefer Ryan Hunter than Tony, haha. ;) This is what I miss on reading YA: just this nice, fun, cutesy romance...moreThis one is super cute. And I kinda also prefer Ryan Hunter than Tony, haha. ;) This is what I miss on reading YA: just this nice, fun, cutesy romance. I miss those. <3 I wish this one is longer. T.T(less)
When it comes to adult book I liked it best when it also offers humor and an actual plot aside from the expected sexy moments. On Dublin Streetby Sam...moreWhen it comes to adult book I liked it best when it also offers humor and an actual plot aside from the expected sexy moments. On Dublin Streetby Samantha Young shines best when it comes to that. I enjoyed the quirkiness of the female lead, Joss, despite her sarcastic comedic antics serve more as a defense mechanism rather a personality trait. Like the others I’ve read before, Joss has been scarred by tragic events in her life and she treated it by putting up walls, not allowing people to get close to her. Now enter Braden Carmichael, hot Scotsman who’s willing to put those walls down and getting some hot and heavy stuff with her in the process.
If you scan reviews you may notice the much hype and raves surround this one and I can definitely understand why they gave this book an impressive remark. ODS is a fun and sexy read. But it wasn’t really that addicting read to me. The intimate scenes are well written and scorching hot if I may so. There’s an actual plot instead pages after pages of sexual tension and well, the sex itself. But it didn’t grab me completely thus giving it an average rating. But don’t fret, I didn’t mean it was awful, on the contrary it is safe to say that Ms. Young’s adult novel is one of the better ones in this genre. And if you want your fictional guy dominant…in bed…and everything else who has an actual personality and has a not so completely tragic life you might end up adoring Braden. But for me, he came formulaic for me to love or just to enjoy his character. He’s just ok for me.
I noticed that most characters that have issues with their lives ended up bottling their problems but once the guy enter the picture, the guy only needs is to sweep them off their feet and it will miraculously healed them. Very unbelievable, right? So I liked that it takes Joss some time before she eventually open up with Braden. Attraction does not equate trust. It took a lot from her to open up and let people know her intimately in an emotional level. I even commend Joss for actually seeking professional help, meaning she’s actually aware that she has problems instead of ignoring the issue by pretending it didn’t exist. She already dealing the death of her family and her friend in that method acting as if it’s nothing wrong with her. So I’m glad she finds other ways to resolve her problem (the panic attacks that has connection to original one).
What left a bitter after taste for me was their first meeting. I don’t know with you good people but I’m very cautious of people around me. Not that I’m paranoid or something. I don’t talk casually with people I’ve just met. So if I ever met someone despite he’s a Greek god personified physically but he talk to me rudely that will scare the hell out of me (and I’ll walk…run away from that person). I probably won’t have the mind frame to ogle at him when he scares the wits out of me particularly if he talks to me with obvious sexual innuendo. This is how Braden and Joss met. It may be started with a little flirting but really? How about you? I really don't like how they met, despite the palpable tension.
What I thought was brief review turned out as a full one. Anyway, I did enjoy this book with several complaints but in totality the positive weighs down the negatives so I’m giving it a middle score. I thought the book was a standalone, when I decided to add it on GR that was then that I found out that it has a sequel (and novella in between book 1 and 2). The ending was clean; it’s an HEA to top it all so I was really surprised to see there’s another book in the works. I hope there’s really more story to tell than cashing in the popularity. Because that always ruin a good story, just look at Mortal Instrument.(less)
I think I've read this story before minus the complicated love triangle. It still has that but wasn't explored that much which I think is a good move...moreI think I've read this story before minus the complicated love triangle. It still has that but wasn't explored that much which I think is a good move by the author. It was too intense but not on the drama stuff but more on sexual side of the couple's relationship. I don't understand why they're into each other aside from they're attracted to each. Quick read. (less)
Gotta hand it to the story, it was different. Or at least it has something that made it different. Instead of the usual dominant CEO, Marcus is a well...moreGotta hand it to the story, it was different. Or at least it has something that made it different. Instead of the usual dominant CEO, Marcus is a well-known lawyer who has connection with the mafia. But that is the only unique thing I found in this book. Other than that it was the same love at first sight, obsession, too many angst, break up, then they’ll make up which always includes sex.
But it was entertaining, not remarkable but entertaining. So I guess I’m going to read sequel. (less)
Reading this book simultaneously with Hopeless left me so heavy and emotionally unbalanced. Another one of those Hot and Heavy stuff (see my review of...moreReading this book simultaneously with Hopeless left me so heavy and emotionally unbalanced. Another one of those Hot and Heavy stuff (see my review of Hopeless on what I meant by it). Since I wasn’t planning to write a full pledge review I will keep this short and sweet. Drama! Gosh, Callie and Kayden have—pardon my French—fucked up life and they have fucked up ways of treating it. But like in Hopeless I find being them as couple believable to save the other one. Both of them know how to treat the other one without tiptoeing on eggshells. But damn it, is that a cliffhanger?! You can be seriously end it that way. That’s inhumane. It’s torture, people. I need to know what has happened to Kayden!!!
And btw, probably this is just me but I like Luke more. I dunno why but I can relate to him more than Kayden.
Kinda cute. I know she will end up with Alec though. But despite the predictability i really enjoyed it. Not quite sure if I'm interested with Demetri...moreKinda cute. I know she will end up with Alec though. But despite the predictability i really enjoyed it. Not quite sure if I'm interested with Demetri's story. No wonder I was rooting Alec the whole time LOL! He's more intriguing than his younger bro. ;)(less)
This came as a surprise that I ended up totally digging this book. It was sweet and light story of forgiveness and second chance. Everyone deserves on...moreThis came as a surprise that I ended up totally digging this book. It was sweet and light story of forgiveness and second chance. Everyone deserves one because it is an inevitable part of our life that sometimes we make the wrong choice. That we assumed that our choices are the right ones especially if we include in the decision making the people we love and their welfare.
This is what happened with Liam and Josie. He made the wrong decision for the both of them and this broke them apart. But the death of his friend made him return to his hometown and what caught his eye is a boy who has a splitting image as his. And the mother of this boy—his one true love: Josie.
This is one sweet. I liked it. I have sweet spot with stories that involved a child and that child helping close the gap. I so wanted the kid to have his family whole. This is one is not that overly dramatic, it has moments of heavy emotions but the feeling didn’t weigh me down. I really enjoyed it to the last page. And well, I loved the kid. So there. (less)
This book is a playful combination of naughty and funny. And it was a perfect mix. I’m in an adult-contemporary high as of the moment (and the now eme...moreThis book is a playful combination of naughty and funny. And it was a perfect mix. I’m in an adult-contemporary high as of the moment (and the now emerging new category called ‘new adult’). These types of stories are perfect for me because I can breeze through it without problem (especially with my sched right now, ugh, RL!). Having enjoyed The Proposition which also funny and totally sexy read and I’m craving for something like it. My sister recommended this series to me. She has high regards to the male protagonist, Jason. And I can see why.
Jason is anything but a kind neighbor. Or so Haley thought. All her past experiences with her neighbor were pure agony. What she thought was a blissful residence ended up with late night parties, AND childish games, like paint-balls. And worst, her garden which she had put a lot of time perfecting it ended up in disaster. But not only she’s invading what she dream was a peaceful life in her new home but he also happened to be her colleague, working the same as school as her, teaching the same subject. It’s like she can’t escape her now Jason infested life.
Haley was a good female protagonist. I loved how she can keep up with Jason which is for me is like a box of 124 colors of Crayola. He’s a lot of colors. He’s funny. He can be scary. Oh yeah, he’s always hungry. I also wonder how he can maintain that six packs abs of his while eating anything his brain registered as food. The good thing though is that Haley is good cook. I liked how perfectly it meshed their very contradicting personalities without forcing the idea of ‘opposite attracts.’ It naturally ran in the story, I can see why they were attracted and eventually fell in love with each other.
I really liked the playful side of Jason; I love his serious part, too. And it was unusual that I find his over-protectiveness even though they’re not even together ok. How he scared of potentials dates/boyfriends. Even the side characters are shining here, they’re not just accessories to make the plot work, and they’re important part of the story. Important part of Haley and Jason’s life.
“He treats me like his girlfriend. He’s always touching me and cuddling up with me. We sleep in the same bed every night. We try sleeping positions like they were sexual positions!”
Well, when it is hot, it is hot. And at that same time it could be funny, too. But definitely it is most hot. And they’re still not in the game—yet.
I liked it but didn’t completely love it. There’s something I’m still looking for. The key ingredients I want in a book such as this are here, but my not so peculiar taste is telling me that something was missing hence me snatching the one star to the almost perfect read. I already have the second and third book but after I found that it wasn’t about them anymore. I decided put the series on hold but after reading a few reviews maybe Jason-less story is worth the try. Hmm, what to do…(less)
I think Clara’s line in Hallowed about love triangle perfectly defined what Bound Together is all about. I change the name for my own amusement.
...moreI think Clara’s line in Hallowed about love triangle perfectly defined what Bound Together is all about. I change the name for my own amusement.
“Before I moved here, I never got the whole love-triangle thing. You know, in movies or romance novels or whatnot, where there’s one chick that all the guys are drooling over, even though you can’t see anything particularly special about her. But oh, no, they both must have her. And she’s like, oh dear, however will I choose? WilliamOliver is so sensitive, he understands me, he swept me off my feet, oh misery, blubber, blubber, but how can I go on living without RafeJared and his devil-may-care ways and his dark and only-a-little-abusive love? Upchuck.”
(Funny how she perfectly described them. Spot on!)
This is Fifty Shades all over again. With love triangle. And with more juvenile characters and their equally juvenile actions. I don’t think it is humanely possible to topple Christiana and Ana on that category. But they did. All three of them. Totally annoyingly amazing. . Did I like it? No, not all but I was curious enough to know who she will choose. And guess what the ending is? vague. It could be Daniel. Hmm, should I read the next book? *ponders*
BTW this book is not young-adult. It’s not even a ‘new adult.’ It is an adult book (or erotica) with young adult characters. (less)
Still deciding on my rating. Hmm 2? 3? but definitely not 4. Still processing everything. The guy is pure evil. Girls, please stay away from guys like...moreStill deciding on my rating. Hmm 2? 3? but definitely not 4. Still processing everything. The guy is pure evil. Girls, please stay away from guys like Anthony.
Another love story of two people from different social circle. It was kinda predictable, nevertheless was still enjoyable. Not much to say about this...moreAnother love story of two people from different social circle. It was kinda predictable, nevertheless was still enjoyable. Not much to say about this one. It was quick, nice read. :D(less)
I’m a sucker for relationship development that started as a scheme, especially if this scheme involves babies (making babies *winks*). So when I saw t...moreI’m a sucker for relationship development that started as a scheme, especially if this scheme involves babies (making babies *winks*). So when I saw this book and read the blurb, reading it is the natural thing to do. This is my kind of book. This is definitely, a hundred percent ‘Mitchii’s’ book. But despite my enthusiasm, I wasn’t planning to read it immediately. I have a very limited time right now and it’s kinda hindering me from my hobby. But the intrigued person that I am, I peeked and was intensely pulled in. I stayed up so late and acted like a zombie the next morning with dark circles around my eyes. Even with sleepy eyes, I continue reading it during work desperate to finish it. I wanted to know! Will he? Will she? Will they? But all these questions still have no definite answers because I was profoundly surprised when it ended up in a cliffhanger.
Yes, good people, there is a sequel. And I have to wait months for it. *cries bucket of tears*
Emma had experienced sorrowful events in that last years. Losing both the guy she ever loved in an accident and her mother from illness. She’s in need of someone who will remind her of life—she wanted a baby.
She already got her gay friend as her baby’s possible father. But then he backed out, someone saw them arguing and like some knight in shining armor helped her. Not only is this man is drop dead gorgeous, he offered up something she can’t refused. This certified playboy is willing to donate his DNA but there’s a catch—they need to do the ‘process’ naturally.
While the story is far from original and some parts were tad predictable, I still didn’t find it less enjoyable. The flow of the story was seamless and very intact. That’s why when I started reading it I just couldn’t let it go. I needed to know what’s next. I know when you read the summary you’ll get the story from the get go. It’s not a complicated story with lots of twist and turns. But having said that there were still surprises in there that caught me off guard. But what came as a real surprise were the characters themselves. I loved that the author invested so much in her characters because it shows. In this kind of story where it has been done before, you need to incorporate something that will make it stand out. I’m happy to say that Aidan and Emma stood out. They were molded as real and unique as possible, adding details to their already interesting personalities. Avoiding from casting them into stereotypes.
Emma while sometimes acted like some innocent (only been with her late fiancée) woman, still got some sexy side without looking so desperate or contrived. I liked her motivations and the way she handled herself. She looked vulnerable but she’s not. I liked that the way she was put together was well defined.
Ever since Mr. Grey debuted in the world of literature, lots of books are trying the clone the guy. I was so pleased that someone like Aidan was created and broke those tiring charades. He’s not this brooding; too confident it’s so irritating (he’s confident alright but works well with his humor. This guy is funny.) like the others. He’s indeed a playboy extraordinaire, shunning relationship like the plague, and hook ups is the only thing he can offer to a woman but there’s more to him. He wasn’t perfect, he has scars of his own that affected the way he treated possible, real relationship. Hence, him offering up without the responsibility and the emotion attached.
Since this an adult book expect some hot—no, scorching scenes that will fire your eyes *fans herself* out. (Hot scenes, then serious and then some humor, gosh so many emotions at once).
Can’t wait for the sequel (ugh, so far away). Hopefully Aidan manned up and does what book two title entails—the proposal.(less)
If I were to define the status of their relationship I think Katy Perry’s song described it quite well:
“Cause you're hot then you're cold You're yes th
...moreIf I were to define the status of their relationship I think Katy Perry’s song described it quite well:
“Cause you're hot then you're cold You're yes then you're no You're in then you're out You're up then you're down You're wrong when it's right It's black and it's white We fight, we break up We kiss, we make up”
Yes, they fight, they break up (well, cool off) they kiss and then they make up.
I liked the first book better because there’s so much in there that brought emotions out of me. Some surprised—shocked me. It’s not all about their relationship, it also involved their families, and how they were interlaced in some unpleasant way. I liked how these two were developed. The events were fun, while some cringe-worthy but still had a serious tone to it. And the romance was tastefully done. And above all, the characters were almost real—relatable.
So I was so excited to read the sequel. I want to know how they are handling their—quite frankly—fragile relationship. With all the skeletons out of the closet still proved that knowing and accepting those truths were not enough to make their relationship stable. The two of them obviously have very strong personalities and sometimes (often) they clashed (clearly the title). But unlike the first book, what tested their relationship this time was themselves. As much as they loved each other they still have trust issues to deal. Love is not enough. I do find Jude’s irrational protectiveness over the top, but it was tolerable compare to how Lucy handled it. I hated how fickle minded she was, running away when she found something she can’t handle. She’s indecisive and weak this time; don’t know how to put herself together. She needed someone to point her the right direction. Not that it's wrong to need someone’s help, but on how long she thought of hide from him was how short she came back when someone told her to. That’s how fast she finally understood her situation. I was wondering where’s the Lucy I’ve read in book one. This is obviously not her. :(
I think Jude despite his old self still showing was the one who had actually matured. He walks the talk. When he said he’ll do it, he really will. He’s firmed and true. Most importantly, he knows himself this time. I got his overprotective it was somehow reasonable granted his personality is like that. Trust begets trust dear Lucy.
Regrettably Clash is like a repeat of book one only Jude and Lucy’s roles was switched. Instead of him frakking-up, it was her destroying not only herself but also their relationship. But then again what’s love without its ups and down. It’s typical roller-coaster ride of emotion. And just like Jude spectacular, public confession this time it was Lucy's time to the same deed. I hope I don’t see the same act in the next one…it’s starting to get old.
Of course they have their HEA. With the same confession for everyone to hear and one hot shared moment in the hospital. It’s clearly heading with her having a ring on her finger. Predictable
“Mom told me that love is like a seed. You’ve got to plant it to grow. But that’s not all. You need to water it. The sun needs to shine just enough, but not too much. The roots have to take hold,” he continued, narrowing his eyes in concentration. “And from there, if it pops its head above the surface, there are about a million things that could kill it, so it takes a whole lot of luck too.”
“You can’t plant a seed and hope it will grow on its own. It takes a lotta work to make anything grow.”
I just need to quote Danny. Yes Lucy, the kid was wise beyond his years.(less)
This book possesses what I love and hate in a book, and yet the stuff that will normally had me gritting my teeth or pulling my hair, I just easily by...moreThis book possesses what I love and hate in a book, and yet the stuff that will normally had me gritting my teeth or pulling my hair, I just easily bypassed it because the author made it worked. This book also shows that bad boys aren’t already a lost cause. Their types do not necessarily synonymous with douchebaggery. Sometimes they are just misunderstood.
I love, love the two main characters of this book. Let’s start with Lucy, there’s no hold bars when it comes to her. She speaks her mind and she done it with wit. I love her sarcasm, she always has a witty, sardonic comeback. She got balls, she has personality, not those bland, cookie cutter type but something all on her own. She is Lucy, period. No question mark, no added punctuation marks just to emphasize who she is. It also added to her wonderful crafted character that unlike other girls I’ve encountered she knows what she’s doing, she knows her flaws, she is aware of her imperfections. She’s not delusional, reality withdrawn when it comes to the guy she loves. She knows when to let go and knows when to fight. I love that part of their relationship. I love how she handles herself. She’s not perfect but it’s not cliché ones that I’ve read before. I know why she is like that. The book made me understood and that’s one of good thing I saw in her.
“I learned I’m not the piece of shit everyone likes to believe I am. The piece of shit I believed I was,”
— Jude Ryder
For the boy, oh man, I’m not swooning here but I love Jude. I’m not snatching him from Lucy. I want them together. I loved that finally an author steer away from the conventional ‘bad boy’ from the books I’ve read recently. Jude was a bad boy but he isn’t shallow. I felt that sincerity—authenticity of his character. He is what he is because of the circumstances that molded him (and were those twisted circumstances!). And just like Lucy this guy is nowhere perfect. Why am I not swooning? Because there were times that made me mad at him. But there were moments that I want to console him. My feelings for this guy are all over the place. But one thing’s for sure when he speaks from the heart it went directly to mine as well. He is just too real for me (he was a bad boy because that’s how he coped with what happened to him and not because he was plainly, insignificantly written as a bad boy).
I loved the twist and turns happened in the book. I honestly didn’t see it coming. How their past connected them in an ugly way and how it almost ripped them apart. But I’m glad there’s atonement happened in the story.
“Caring for someone is scary because you both know how it feels to lose someone in the span of a heartbeat. But you can’t let fear dictate your life or else you’ll end up like me. Don’t live life hiding behind your past, live for right now. When you find someone you want to spend forever with, you don’t let them go, whether forever turns out to be a day or a year or a hundred years.”
— Wyatt Larson
I really liked the heart-to-heart talk of Lucy and her father. There is so much in the conversation that stuck to me. Wise words that I could personally implement on myself. See, parents are not always a nuisance to your romantic escapades; they sometimes gave you insights of things you don’t see for yourself.
But the story isn’t all original but regardless of the banal things I saw, I didn’t see less of the story. I still have complaints, yes, but I felt giving a spotlight more to the things I loved the most in the book than complaining what didn’t work for me. Things that could make you consider reading this one, too.(less)
I’m was only interested with Julie Kagawa’s story though I wasn’t really happy that it didn’t heavily involve the main characters from original series...moreI’m was only interested with Julie Kagawa’s story though I wasn’t really happy that it didn’t heavily involve the main characters from original series. But I’m quite satisfied with the little background it provided.
I received an Advance Copy from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley. Thank you.(less)