This is a POV change (Jared's) for Bully. Much of the book I had figured out from reading Bully - but it was worth the read for the last chapter aloneThis is a POV change (Jared's) for Bully. Much of the book I had figured out from reading Bully - but it was worth the read for the last chapter alone!...more
"I was convinced we had lived twenty thousand lives, and in each one, we had found each other, like two tiny magnets in a drawer the size of the unive"I was convinced we had lived twenty thousand lives, and in each one, we had found each other, like two tiny magnets in a drawer the size of the universe. She and I fit and moved together with such ease, I couldn't imagine ever being with anyone else. "
Will and Mia are incredibly happy. They have their apartment, a new puppy, and a wedding to plan. Except things don't always go according to plan.... but in the end they turn out even better. This was a cute follow-up to Sweet Thing told through Will's POV. It's the answer to all of your happily ever after questions. Both Will and Mia have matured considerably since Sweet Thing. They are confident in themselves, each other, and their relationship. What a joy it was to read about them loving life together. I also liked revisiting the old crowd. Sweet Little Thing was sweet, romantic, sexy, and fun. It's a short novella so I don't want to write too much and spoil all the fun - check it out for yourself! 4 Stars!
"We can find our people, love, respect them, and then hang on for dear life because it's not where you go on this journey but who you're with that matters the most."...more
Then There Was You is a sequel to So Much it Hurts by Melanie Dawn. You must read So Much it Hurts first.
Then There Was You follows Chris King. We goThen There Was You is a sequel to So Much it Hurts by Melanie Dawn. You must read So Much it Hurts first.
Then There Was You follows Chris King. We go back to his time in Juvenile Detention to when he meets Salem (his counselor). At the time Chris is devastated over having to leave Kaitlyn behind. Salem has just returned to counseling in the detention center from being on maternity leave. Both characters are having a hard time adjusting to the changes in their lives.
I was thoroughly impressed with the author's ability to write about postpartum depression. Salem's feelings were very realistic and brought me back to a time when I was home with a newborn and desperate for sleep. Chris was very hurt and angry and Salem's techniques for helping the kids were innovative.
Fast forward in time.... Salem is newly divorced and raising her 14 year old daughter. Meanwhile, Chris is a rockstar sensation reeling over his recent interaction with Kaitlyn. Yet, again they both have major changes in their lives and need someone to lean on. Only this time they are both have romantic feelings for each other.
One thing I did have a hard time with was the age difference. I'm used to reading plenty of "taboo" relationships but for some reason I had a hard time with this one. I think because as a counselor she was almost a mother figure to Chris. However, their relationship didn't start until they were both much older so for the most part I tried to overlook that.
I could've used a little less time spent on the juvenile detention aspect and a little more on their relationship buliding in the present... but I can see that she was trying to build their foundation as well. Overall I thought it was a nice follow-up to So Much It Hurts. It was great to see Chris get his happily ever after. He really deserved a happy ending after everything he went through. Chris really was a loving guy who deserved a happy family!
Again, Melanie Dawn gives us a unique story. I love that her books don't follow the normal outline for romances these days. All I can ask for in a book is a well written, original book. Melanie Dawn delivers! 4 Stars for Then There Was You!...more
Girl in Love is the final book in the Kylie Ryans trilogy. It is recommended that you read Girl with Guitar and Girl on Tour before Girl in Love.
GirlGirl in Love is the final book in the Kylie Ryans trilogy. It is recommended that you read Girl with Guitar and Girl on Tour before Girl in Love.
Girl in Love picks up about 9 months after Girl on Tour. Both Kylie and Trace are still hurting from their tortuous breakup. Kylie looks for comfort with fellow musician Steven, while Trace gets emotional support from fellow singer Gretchen. Usually I have a hard time reading about relationships that aren't the main couple, but in this book it didn't bother me to read about Kylie and Steven. Kylie and Steven both realize that they want people they can't have: Kylie wants Trace while Steven wants Mia. They were just friends who comforted each other in their time of need.
"Change me. Make the pain go away. Kiss his memory right out of my damn head."
When the time comes for Kylie and Trace to make a decision about going on tour together again in order to save their careers they are each worried about the inevitable emotions rise to the surface yet again.
"No. I came because..." Because I love you. I miss you. I need you and I can't stand having to be on the same planet as you if I can't have you."
"I still love you, Trace. And it's exhausting pretending that I don't. I thought you should know."
I have to give props to Caisey Quinn... I thought this final installment was practically perfect! It felt real and honest. I was so happy that they didn't jump in and out of a relationship. They took their time to get to know each other again and also to heal from past mistakes. You could really feel their pain and the journey they took to get to their final happy place. I really felt like the experiences they overcame made for a very strong relationship.
"I love you, too, Trace." She whispered against his mouth. "I thought you broke my heart. But you didn't. You are my heart," she said with a tremor in her voice.
4.5 stars for Girl in Love by Caisey Quinn!...more
Toxic is the story of Greg (Kiersten's friend from Ruin). Gabe is tortured from an event in his past. He has secrets no one knows about. It was intereToxic is the story of Greg (Kiersten's friend from Ruin). Gabe is tortured from an event in his past. He has secrets no one knows about. It was interesting discovering so much about him that we had no knowledge or hint of in Ruin. He really is an honorable character who was dealt a bad card in life and now lives with his guilt every day.
The opening was a little slow for me - living in Gabe's head with his sad and depressing thoughts took its toll... yet, it makes his happily ever after even more sweet in the end. Once we meet Saylor and Gabe meets Saylor the book heats up exponentially. Saylor is a wallflower but boy does she bloom around Gabe! I loved their witty and sexy interactions together. Their mutual musical affinities were engaging to read.
Revisiting all of the characters from Ruin was a treat. They featured prominently in the story and immediately invited Saylor into the group. Saylor fit perfectly into the circle of friends and was perfect for Gabe.
I was a little bit torn towards the last part of the book when Gabe's history gets resolved, but I understand that it is a hard topic to venture in to (I can't say more without spoiling major parts of the book). Overall I enjoyed this sequel. 4 stars for Toxic! ...more