Concealed is the second books in the Hidden From Love series, though I read it as a stand-alone novel. I was given the novel in PDF format by the authConcealed is the second books in the Hidden From Love series, though I read it as a stand-alone novel. I was given the novel in PDF format by the author!
Alexis and Gabe spent a few passionate and raw months together in Afghanistan but now Alexis is doing her best to forget their time together and return to reality; leaving the fantasies of Gabe as far behind her as she can manage.
Gabe, however, can't forget Alexis, the time they spent together, and the promise she made to him. And when she doesn't meet him as she had said she would, he finds her.
This story is great, even as a series book, it truly does stand alone. You're caught up enough on the backstory so as not to be confused or feel as if you've missed something. I didn't even realize it was a series at first! For that fact alone, in my book, this novel gets mad props! ;)
The writing is also effortless, witty, and real. I enjoy the dialogue between characters and the alternate points of view. It really does give the reader a great 360 perspective on everything going on.
The love story is both sweet and sexy. Though not for a lack of complications! This couple has survived far worse together than trying to navigate the ins and outs of a relationship, yet it seems they may both be more comfortable with fighting for their lives than their love at times. And who could blame them?! They face many obstacles in pursuit of their happily ever after.
Gabe is a bit rough around the edges but he's certainly no less desirable for it. He knows what he wants and he's not afraid to go after it. Alexis, on the other hand, is afraid to admit what she really wants. Only when Gabe is transplanted inconveniently into her well planned life, is she able to throw caution to the wind once more and let her heart lead the way.
Second to No One is the sequel to Natalie Palmer's Second Kiss. It's been a few years since I read Second Kiss so I needed a bit of time to catch up aSecond to No One is the sequel to Natalie Palmer's Second Kiss. It's been a few years since I read Second Kiss so I needed a bit of time to catch up as I read where everyone stood in this story and who was who. But once I became reacquainted, the story flowed easily.
The story felt very real and relatable, which if you read many of my reviews you'll know is a deal breaker for me. While a lot of choices Gemma and Jess make re infuriating at times, at the very least frustrating, I can see how this dangerous slope of misreading and miscommunication can lead them both to very confused places.
There are also quite a few subplots and every character has their own story, their own life that gets explored and explained along the way. Instead of a shallow plot based on only two main characters, the "cast" is very intricately introduced without taking away from the main story or becoming too much to digest.
As a main character, Gemma can be less-than-likeable at times for her selfish behavior but we were all sixteen once, some of us still are, and let's face it...it's a selfish time in all of our lives. And why not? That's when we really truly begin to figured out who we are. We start to see our parents for who they really are. Other than "mom" and "dad" they're people too. Gemma is dealing with all of that in addition to facing heartbreak. As a result, she doesn't always make "the right" choices. And sometimes she comes off as selfish or naïve but in the end that only makes her more real.
To sum things up, I enjoyed this story a lot and I think that it sends nothing but true and valuable messages to its readers....more
I always love Bella Street's novels and I had no doubt this one would be right up there with the others.
Street has a natural skill for story-telling.I always love Bella Street's novels and I had no doubt this one would be right up there with the others.
Street has a natural skill for story-telling. She can transport you, steel your heart, and educate you all before you even know what hit you. Her stories have such depth and tangibility-they're downright genius. Seriously.
Kiss Me, I'm Yours is a developing love story between two lost souls. Some more lost than others...no, really. Sophie finds herself in the wrong century and Gabriel finds himself at the end of his rope. Only in each other can they manage to make sense of all of it, and just in the nick of time.
I loved the characters and the gradual build up of these characters' stories and struggles. I was fully engrossed and completely swept up in a relationship that was forged out of convenience but grew to be much more.
Street has a story telling ability and flavor all her own. I wouldn't even know what book to compare it to. All I can do is to highly recommend it!...more
This was definitely my favorite book of the series and I knew from the start that it would be. The number one reason for this fact...and let's face itThis was definitely my favorite book of the series and I knew from the start that it would be. The number one reason for this fact...and let's face it numbers 2-5 five as well. Ryder Montgomery. He's the most abrasive of his brothers and the hardest to love...but not for lack of yumminess. He's just very shut off and reserved in most aspects of his life. He's still a loving brother and son and respectful to women, though he doesn't make a habit of committing. So I was interested in seeing how he came to be settled. As much as a man like Ryder can settle that is.
The plot of finding out about our friendly ghost's story as well was very sweet and while some of the story was predictable, other parts were pleasantly surprising. In a way not only do you get to experience the love stories of the three brothers and their girls but of the past as well. And it's all tied together so seamlessly.
I haven't read all that many Nora Roberts books, though I do have a handful on my shelves waiting to be read, but after completing this series I definitely plan to read more! Her stories are about so much more than just romance. They're about the people in them. Each and every character has their story told....more
I have to say before reviewing this book that the couple I'm most interested to read about is Ryder and Hope. So while I did enjoy Owen and Avery's stI have to say before reviewing this book that the couple I'm most interested to read about is Ryder and Hope. So while I did enjoy Owen and Avery's story--in equal measure as Claire and Beckett's--it's the final book of the series that has me really excited.
One thing I really liked about this story is that you don't just get Owen and Avery's story as a separate piece to a puzzle that fits based on their shared location and relations. You get a continuation of Claire and Becket's love story as well, though only just enough to keep you satisfied with the direction they'd gone at their end of book one. You even get a taste for Ryder and Hope's romance. Though only just barely. Enough so that their relationship doesn't seem to stem from nowhere by the time you get to book three.
As for the romance between Avery and Owen, groundwork has been set between them in the form of a past--though juvenile--relationship. And through their differences, struggles, and misunderstandings they fall in love with one another. What starts off as a comfortable and practical step up in their intimacy from friendship to something more blossoms into a full-blown relationship that leaves Owen rattled out of his ability to plan everything and forces Avery to face her biggest fears about relationships.
I enjoyed this story a lot. On top of the romance you also get much deeper into the ghost story which really picks up, even packing a very interesting twist. And you also get to watch as the B Boys rebuild this small town through renovations and rebuilds. I mean, I'd seriously live in Boonsboro, happily.
Needless to say, I'm already into book three! I just HAVE to know how Hope manages to soften Ryder up. ;)...more
This book and this series, from what I can tell thus far, is a really sweet collection of your average every day love stories, that are tied togetherThis book and this series, from what I can tell thus far, is a really sweet collection of your average every day love stories, that are tied together by the three Montgomery brothers.
First off, I have to say that Clare's backstory really broke my heart. She married her high school sweetheart who joined the Army and died in his third deployment while she was pregnant with their third son. When she ended up telling her whole story, the painful details, I balled. I cried my eyes out. Personal connection is so key for me when it comes to connecting to a book and it really has the ability to lock down a book in my mind, and more importantly, my heart. My husband is currently deployed for the second time. Our son was 3 months old when he left, he's already 7 months old. Add to that the fact that I married my high school sweetheart who I met when I was only 15 and you can imagine just how close to home this all came to me. In fact, he asked why in the world I was even reading this book while he's away if it made me so sad. I had to explain that the book only touches upon that portion of Claire's story but enough so that it really rocked me for a day or so.
But this novel is really about Clare's second love, her "Next Always". And that story is just as sweet. Beckett Montgomery has had a crush on Clare since high school and now, years after she returned following her husband's death with three young boys in toe, they finally have the chance to see where their friendship can lead.
The pace is pretty slow and steady but I remained intrigued and were I the type to read a book in one sitting, it's definitely something I see being possible. The story is just so fluid. You get to know and love the characters and the plot and relationships build up at a good rate. As I said, believable and real.
This story isn't steamy by any means but it's sexy and sweet and enjoyable to read. I moved right on to the next book in the series and am already excited to see how it unfolds, though I won't lie. I'm definitely most intrigued by the third and final book based on how the characters all work together....more
This was a short and sweet read about two friends who reconnect, exploring their oldest and fondest memories together. I imagine that any set of frienThis was a short and sweet read about two friends who reconnect, exploring their oldest and fondest memories together. I imagine that any set of friends can relate to how important those short moments in time that created the foundation for everlasting friendship are.
The story jumps right in and you find yourself exploring both present and past experiences right away, intertwined by similarities and points of reminiscing. It reminds me of how easy it easy to trip your way down memory lane and find yourself in a daze when you come back down from your journey in time....more
I read this book for my first ever book club reading experience! I must say, it was interesting to read something I would likely have never picked upI read this book for my first ever book club reading experience! I must say, it was interesting to read something I would likely have never picked up otherwise. I might not even have finished it, to be honest, had I not been reading with those in the book club. Allow me to explain why.
This book is told in such a way that at first you feel a bit lost. At times it felt more like a homework assignment to get through another chapter than it felt like a read I was actually enjoying. But once I got further into the book and the story really began to unfold, I found it quite interesting. Slowly but surely it pulled me in.
I'm still a bit perplexed as to why the timeline was so all over the place but I was eventually able to find a rhythm to it. Not in a way that I fully understood it, mind you. But close enough so that I could fully enjoy what I was reading.
Not your typical love story, this book talks largely about the circus and how it connects everyone to it, at times quite lethally in fact. The love story, which from my viewpoint is secondary, is built up over time and is done quite beautifully. It's tragic and sweet. The outcome is unclear but you know what you want to happen despite the fact that you can't possibly understand what that all might mean in regards to the bigger picture.
On another note, the circus is so mystical and magical, it's quite an experience to read about the different tents and attractions. Morgenstern allows you to experience the circus first-hand as well as through the characters and by the time you've finished reading you feel as if you've actually been there. Tasted the yummy treats and witnessed the unique performances in person. Her words are brushstrokes of a painting, creating a masterpiece you as the reader are able to step into and as the story wraps up and you take in the ideals of what story telling truly is about, you can't help but agree because everyone will take away a different story. And as with every book we read, it will alter us in some way, shaping our futures and perspectives in ways we can't even fully understand ourselves....more
I'm not gonna lie, this book was a struggle for me to get through. For some reason I had something completely different in mind when I picked it out.I'm not gonna lie, this book was a struggle for me to get through. For some reason I had something completely different in mind when I picked it out.
First let me just say that as one of the books I've chosen to read to my son (4 months old) it was definitely a test on my ability to read aloud. That being said, I'd say I've gotten much better at reading aloud because of this book. How the author chooses to write certain sentences mixed with pirate lingo and what I'd say is best described as "old English" dialogue definitely tested my ability to keep up. Not only with tripping over my words but with keeping up with what was going on in the story. I often found myself finishing a sentence, paragraph, or page and wondering how much of it I really understood.
Then there's the fact that this story, dare I say it, involves a distinct lack of adventure. At least not the kind I'd expected. It's mostly a story about a boy being sneaky. Long John Silver hardly holds the same menacing reputation as I'd assumed he'd earned in literature. And "Treasure Island" is kind of ho-hum. I'm not sure what I expected but the wind was most certainly taken out of this "classic's" sails by the time I finished reading.
Also, might I just add that I'd always pictured this as a "children's book" and I kept finding myself confused as to how a child could ever read and understand any of it. I read a small passage to my husband after he'd made fun of me for struggling with understanding a child's book. He just laughed because he understood just about as much as I did!
If you ask me, some classics are timeless. This one, however, is lost on me. ...more