The chemistry between Slater and Emmie was absolutely off the charts. I loved this storyline and o5 stars.
Damn. This book. I'm pretty much speechless.
The chemistry between Slater and Emmie was absolutely off the charts. I loved this storyline and oh. my. god. Slater! He was everything in life. Beautiful, flailworthy, and totally all man.
This is so much more than just another typical hot romance. There's so much story here, and I loved every second of it. If you love rockstar romances, or you're looking for your next book boyfriend, then trust. You've found everything you want and more in You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly.
4-1/2 stars. But I'm rounding up because tropical island and Boone Stryker are the perfect combination.
I love stories that feature rock stars--they're4-1/2 stars. But I'm rounding up because tropical island and Boone Stryker are the perfect combination.
I love stories that feature rock stars--they're some of my faves. And one recurring theme in them is when total playboy rockers fall head over heels for the girls that won't give them the time of day. I"m about that. And this time, it totally makes sense because Trish is a Hollywood starlet.
I've been meaning to read Foster's books before, and I'm so glad I started out with this one. I loved these characters and this storyline. The pacing was great, the chemistry was explosive, and their relationship made sense. I loved getting to know these two--I'm so glad that this story was told in dual POV! Their connection is deep and undeniable. Also, though this story is compelling and had me enthralled from beginning to end, one of my favorite things is that there isn't a bunch of unnecessary drama. They're adults, both with pasts, both with hurdles to overcome, falling in love.
Definitely one of my favorite reads, Chased by Love has it all--fun characters with a steamy connection and a great plot without contrived angst or drama. You absolutely will not be disappointed when you pick this one up. Dew eet.
OMG I loved this book! After Cohen's long-term girlfriend unexpectedly breaks up with him, citing that he's boring and predictable, he goe4-1/2 stars.
OMG I loved this book! After Cohen's long-term girlfriend unexpectedly breaks up with him, citing that he's boring and predictable, he goes on a string of dates that end in epic disaster. Trouble is, there is one girl who's been on his mind--Maren, the mysterious problem-solver who works for his family's business. They've never met face-to-face, but they've talked on the phone for months about orders, shipping, and sales, and sometimes things got a little personal. Cohen's put her up on a pedestal as his dream girl, but does it have to stay that way? When they meet in real life, sparks fly, but Maren isn't ready for any kind of relationship, though. She's been taking care of her alcoholic father for years and can't pull anyone as awesome as Cohen into her mess of a life. What will it take for Cohen to make Maren see that they're perfect for each other?
A lot of people don't know that about me, but my husband and I met through work. We talked on the phone for months about orders and counts before we ever met in real life. Of course, I thought he had a totally sexy voice ;) and it wasn't long before we met IRL. Six months later, we got married, and the rest is (ongoing) history. ♥ So, even though neither of us had anything going on like Cohen and Maren do, I can relate to falling in like with someone over the phone.
I don't believe in love at first sight. ...But love at first phone call, I'd buy.
I loved the way this story was told, in both Cohen and Maren's points of view, and I really loved both of them. Cohen was such a great guy, and he was so sexy!
"I love freckles."
I loved their families and their chemistry and pretty much everything about this. There were some things that drove me crazy, of course, like Maren's wishy-washy-ness and her complete inability to see what was going on with her dad at first. I was so happy that everything wasn't all wrapped up in a bow at the end, though it was happy. And Cohen's bromance with his best friend, Deo, was awesome, and I am so excited to read the next book in the series.
Remember when I said that I thought I might love Grayson a little more than Josh (and Jagger)? Well, I take it back. I love them all, damnit!5 stars.
Remember when I said that I thought I might love Grayson a little more than Josh (and Jagger)? Well, I take it back. I love them all, damnit! but I just...I want to cry just typing out this review. I love this book so much. I love Josh so much. I love this whole series so much. I didn't know that we were going to get another book about Josh and Ember, even though I started this series after all four books were out. And thank rob for that because as much as they slayed me, and I mean I feel it down to the marrow of my bones, I don't know what I would have done if I would have had to wait between each one. They're all standalone, even this one, but you should read them all, right now.
So. Hallowed Ground takes place a couple of years after Full Measures. Josh is getting deployed and if you remember from Full Measures, Ember lost her father in a war and wasn't a fan that Josh was a soldier. That's putting it mildly. You know, I really loved Ember in this book. She wasn't whiny or defeated like I thought she might be here. She was strong and she refused to give up. I loved Josh, too, but he drove me crazy in some parts. I loved that we got to be with Jagger and Paisley and Grayson (♥) and Sam here, too.
This book is dripping with angst and is definitely an emotional roller coaster. But it's also sweet and realistic and close to my heart. It's a must-read, and I'm anxious to see what's next for Yarros.
I didn't want to love this book as much as I did. I wanted to keep my heart firmly in place with Josh, with a little time for Jagger. But4-1/2 stars.
I didn't want to love this book as much as I did. I wanted to keep my heart firmly in place with Josh, with a little time for Jagger. But OHMYGOD Grayson!
I don't even know what to say after reading this book. It's so amazing and swoony and sexy and I love this guy and this couple and just...read it, okay?
If that's not enough for you, I guess I can try to string together a few more words. How about some of Grayson's?
“This is not a temporary thing between us. There is no deadline. I. Am. Always. Yours. ... So go ahead and fall. I’ve gotten really good at catching you.”
This book was emotional and sexy, heartbreaking and redeeming. There's some unnecessary drama, but that was overshadowed by the love I felt for these characters and their stories. The Flight & Glory series is a must-read series for New Adult fans.
I loved the first book in this series, Full Measures, and could not wait to dive into this one. Though I didn't like it as much--will I ever love anyoI loved the first book in this series, Full Measures, and could not wait to dive into this one. Though I didn't like it as much--will I ever love anyone as much as Josh? Jagger gives him a run for his money--I did like it!
The summary for this is pretty spot-on, so I'll just tell you what I loved. Jagger. Godddddd he's so hot and so swoony and just gah. I liked Paisley, too. The pacing of this story is perfect and though there's some drama and angst, it's sweet and swoony and I loved it. Yarros knocked it out of the park again, and I can't wait to get my ::grabbyhands:: on the next book!
Like, I don't even know what to do with myself anymore. This book is just so ...everything.
I'm going to tryAll of the stars.
This book 100% slayed me.
Like, I don't even know what to do with myself anymore. This book is just so ...everything.
I'm going to try to keep this spoiler-free. Lily Bloom (yes, that's her name) has delivered an unforgettable eulogy at her father's funeral when she meets a mysterious neurosurgeon, Ryle Kincaid. He makes his physical attraction to her known right away, but lets her know in no uncertain terms that he can only offer up one night. Lily's not that kind of girl, so they part ways. Imagine her surprise when, six months later, she finds her new employee's brother is none other than Ryle. The spark is definitely still there and Ryle and Lily find themselves in a whirlwind romance that takes them both by surprise. As they fall in love, we find out about Lily's past through her journals that she kept in high school, including the fact that her father abused her mother and that once upon a time, Lily fell in love with a boy named Atlas.
I feel like the synopsis for this book is slightly misleading as it seems that there will be a love triangle with Lily, Ryle, and Atlas, and that's not entirely true. It's more Lily's history with Atlas and kind of the idea of what might have been. Lily and Ryle are blissfully happy--until something happens that makes Lily question everything in her life.
"There is no such thing as bad people. We're all just people who sometimes do bad things."
There was so much that I loved about this book. From the very first words, I was enraptured and couldn't put it down. I love that we get her past through her journals. I love Alyssa and her true, genuine friendship with Lily. And the fact that everything's better in Boston. And the book inscription. And Ellen.
I loved Ryle from the moment we met him and I loved the way Lily and Ryle's relationship developed.
"Do you have any idea how many doors I've knocked on to find you?"
I loved their naked truths and how sweet and swoony they were together.
"I requested an Uber so you wouldn't have to go out of your way to take me home. We have approximately..." He looks down at his phone. "One and a half minutes to make out."
And I loved Atlas.
"In the future...if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again...fall in love with me."
I understood him and was so proud of him.
There is one thing that I didn't like about this book, and that's the second half of the epilogue. It was swoonworthy and I was so happy, but I wish it hadn't happened like that. But honestly, that just makes me lower my rating from one-million-and-one-stars to just one-million stars. I can't even articulate how much I loved this book.
I'm not usually one to read author notes. But I feel like the author's notes at the end of this just make me love Colleen Hoover all the more. I just want to hug her and thank her for sharing this story--and hers. This book isn't like anything I've ever read. I've never experienced the actual manifestation of so many shades of gray. I always thought my feelings on this subject would be so black and white but they're not. (view spoiler)[And I found myself wanting her to give Ryle another chance, which I can hardly believe I'm admitting. But I fistpumped when she realized why she wasn't. I loved Ryle, until I didn't. And even then, I still loved him. I just wanted him to not have done what he did. And I was so surprised that Colleen Hoover said she wanted to delete what he had done. (hide spoiler)]
This book is so emotional and amazing and so much more than I ever expected it to be. There were parts that made me gasp out loud. And laugh. And tear-up. And when it was all finished, I put down my kindle and full-on sobbed. It's been a long time since I've read a book that affected me this much, if I ever have. It changed me and my perception of the world and reinforced my love for my kids and humanity. The entire story, and maybe the last three lines especially, will stay with me forever. Raw and emotional, It Ends with Us is filled with swoon and love and courage and understanding the value of one's worth. It's amazing and is the most-consuming book I've read in ages. Highly, highly recommended.
5 stars. Or 4-1/2 but I'm rounding up because Reese King.
This book was amazing.
I don't know if it's when I read it or if I was just in the mood or wha5 stars. Or 4-1/2 but I'm rounding up because Reese King.
This book was amazing.
I don't know if it's when I read it or if I was just in the mood or what. But I am literally shocked by how much I loved this book!
After a terrible mishap while working as a production assistant, Paisley's name means trouble in the entertainment industry. Her best friend/roommate, Jonathan, pulls every string he can and gets her a job as personal assistant to the most notorious diva, Bellini, who is starring on her own reality show. To say that working for Bellini is the worst job ever would be an understatement. The only perk is looking at Bellini's boyfriend, Olympic swimming superstar, Reese King. He's total mancandy--Paisley had posters of him on her dorm walls. He's also strictly forbidden--as the significant other of Bellini and as her boss.
Reese is taking his last shot at Olympic Gold--he's been labeled the Silver Stroke by the media since he chokes up at the last moment, always coming in second place. Since he's retiring after this, his publicist thinks it's important to get as many endorsements and sponsorships as possible, even if the cost of which is entering a fake relationship with reality star Bellini. Though Bellini grates on every nerve of his, he is determined to put up with doing the promos and making appearances with her for the short length of the contract, until he sets sight on Paisley. She's the most beautiful girl he's ever seen and she's sassy. He can't stay away. Paisley has to fight the growing attraction between them or risk losing her life's passion, but how long can she hold out when Reese King won't let her?
"Finding your soulmate is never easy, Paisley. The luckiest people have to work at it, because once you find that true match, hyou will be that much more grateful for the journey you took to find them."
Like I said, I was shocked by how great this book was. I loved it so much, I decided to make a Top Ten reasons you should read Stroked right now. I mean, right now.
Reese King. I mean, did you think I was going to start with anything else? I loved him. He was sweet and swoony and sexy. I love that he respected Paisley and loved how good she was at her job. He was a dirty talker and just totally take charge. But he had a vulnerability that Quinn captured perfectly. He didn't want to be the Silver Stroke. He wanted Gold. He also wanted other things in life, and I just loved him. #favorite
Pope Francis. He needs no explanation. Paisley. It's not very often that I love the heroine in the book, but this time, she blew me away. She was sassy but had a genuine desire to prove herself. I liked that she was willing to do whatever it took to get her life back on track, and when she was faced with an ultimatum, she accepted responsibility for what she had done. She was a lot of fun, and I loved the progress her character made throughout this book. Chemistry and the Hotness Factor. The chemistry in this book was so off the hook, it needed to be mentioned separately. I believe in love at first sight, and I could literally feel it with this couple.
"We would be so fucking right."
And this book was hottttt. For real.
"What are you doing?" I hiss, hoping no one saw him take me in here.
He presses his hands agains the door, bracketing my head and bringing his lips inches from mine. "I'm showing you who I belong to."
Olympics It's hard for me to describe what I mean here, but Reese has been working for this moment his whole life. Quinn really captured his feelings during the events, and that was one of my favorite parts. I was actually anxious while I was reading the races!
"I want to impress you so fucking bad."
Also, the ambiance of the Olympics was just amazing. Walking the flag with Reese and feeling like I was right there with him was amazing. I loved the camaraderie and the historic feeling. Paisley was in the crowd, soaking all of that up, and it was just so...magical.
Authenticity. I appreciated how authentic this book was, and I'm sure Quinn had to do a lot of research. From Reese's diet to the way Olympic trials work to the film industry. It was amazing.
Jonathan. He might have done some things that made me want to punch him in the throat, but he was a good friend. And he was so funny!
Nicknames. Bellini was ridiculous, no doubt about it, but the names she made up for people were hilarious.
Reality TV. I ♥ Reality TV (Well, I ♥ The Bachelor), and I thought this aspect of the book was done really well.
Last but certainly not least, Truth or Dare. I don't usually like don't like Truth or Dare in adult books, but damnnnnn this one was hot. It's the most original version I've ever read, and it was a great idea!
"I dare you to howl like a wolf."
And an Honorable Mention goes to the set up for the other books in the series. I can't wait to read them!!
There were two things that I didn't like. First, Bellini. I mean, really? I wonder if there are people who are actually like that. Then I see this and know that there are. Just watch the first part, about the earring.
Though Bellini provided comedic relief, I could have done without her point of view. I also didn't care for a twist that happens with Jonathan. I felt like it was out of left field and it really wasn't addressed with Paisley. Other than that, I loved this book. Can you tell? :) If you're looking for a hot athletic romance book with a fresh storyline and characters who will make you laugh out loud and fall in love with them at the same time, you have to read Stroked by Meghan Quinn. It's awesome.
This is the way I feel every time I'm trying to write the review for this book. It has me all jumbled up5 stars.
↑ ↑ ↑ This is the way I feel every time I'm trying to write the review for this book. It has me all jumbled up inside. I kind of don't understand how I can love a book so much.
I've been waiting for Austin's story since the beginning of this series. He's Sebastian's little brother and we knew that whatever his past held, it would be intense. I wasn't prepared for this, though. And that's one of the things that I love the most about it. I didn't think I could feel as much emotion as I did with Baz and Shae, but God. Edie and Austin slayed me. I don't even know what I can tell you about the book without giving everything away because when I think about what to say here, I just clutch my chest. It's that emotional.
Edie is Ash's little sister (and this reminds me, please please say we get a book about Ash, too,because I'm dying for his story!). She and Austin were best friends and fell in love. Four years ago, all of that shattered when Austin accidentally told a secret that he promised to keep, and they haven't seen each other since then. Now they're back in each other's lives, broken and needing each other.
"How do you both break my heart and heal it at the same time?"
Wait is swoonworthy and intense and raw and real. It's so emotional and beautiful. The way Jackson strings words together astounds me. Though this is the fourth book in the series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone. But I recommend that you read them all because they're amazing. No matter which couple you start with, you'll definitely be changed after reading the Bleeding Stars series.
Swoony British guy, a girl who wasn't a doormat, and enough chemistry to set off the entire city of Chicago--I loved this book!
PR Princess and commitment-phobe Holly Chandler's up for the promotion of her life and there's just one thing standing between her and total career fulfillment--an international account's show going off without a hitch. Enter enigmatic Will Evans, the British charmer who's in the States for six months to launch his client's foray into the US fashion world. Will has to finish this job before taking a year off to focus on his adorable six-year-old daughter, Sophie. Holly's married to her job and has a strict rule to enjoy someone's, ahem company with no strings attached for six months before cutting him loose. Six months is all Will's got in America and after flirting and almost-crossing the line too many times, they come to an agreement. Six months. No strings. Just sex. Time and distance are both working against them when they both realize they want more.
"I might devour you, body and soul."
I seriously loved everything about this book. Holly was a no-nonsense girl who thought she had it all figured it out. It was absolutely refreshing to have a girl take this role in a book, and I loved that even when she realized that maybe she wanted more, she was reluctant because of the rules she created herself. All too often, women say "one night is enough" but then whine and call the dude a bastard because he doesn't want more. /rant I love that Holly gets thrown for a loop when she realizes just one more kiss can't be enough for her.
And Will? *sigh*
He's hot and sexy and smart and has a British accent. And he's a dad who's looking for redemption. He's the best, and I love him. I loved the banter that he shared with Holly and the growth his character made. He's totally swoonworthy.
Of course, there's some predictability here and things are wrapped up maybe a little too neatly. But I'm not complaining about that. Besides, they had pizza from Lou Malnati's. I just wanted more of them.
"If life and love were so bloody easy, how would we ever know what was worth fighting for if there was nothing worthy of a fight?"
I had forgotten how much I love A.J. Pine, but Six Month Rule reminds me how much I relate to her characters and love the way their relationships progress. Give me more in the Kingston Ale House series because I can't wait!...more
This story is basically all hotness. You might think you're tired of the good girl falling for the bad boy, but this genre is popular for a reason. And Hold Me Until Midnight is the perfect example done right.
Scarlett hires Jackson to be her date and bodyguard at her father's wedding. Despite the strict no hooking up with clients rule, Jackson can't resist the draw he feels toward Scarlett. He proposes they give in to one night of passion. Of course, you know what happens--one night isn't enough.
There was a little drama and definitely some meat to this story, but the shining star here was the smut. Yes, I liked Jackson and I didn't hate Scarlett and I wanted them to work it out and I was so happy that Phillips put so much history and chemistry and just bam! into these characters. When they got together, seriously. It was hot.
If you're looking for a fast, sexy read with a forbidden romance and characters you'll love, definitely give Hold Me Until Midnight a try. ...more
You can't go wrong with Jill Shalvis, and I for one am so excited to see this brand new series from her. Did you see the cover? *swoon*
Pru's got a secret. And that secret is enough to destroy everything when she finds herself falling for the enigmatic pub owner Finn O'Reilly. She went to this town, hoping to right a wrong and ended up falling in love. I was hooked from the very beginning.
He pointed at her.
"Me?" she asked, even though he couldn't possibly hear her from across the place.
With a barely there smile, he gave her a finger crook.
Surprisingly, I loved Pru. It's not often that I love the girl in the story, but come to think of it, I don't think that's necessarily true in Jill Shalvis's books. I loved the girls in the Lucky Harbor series. Anyway, Pru is such a great, multi-dimensional character. She's sweet and has a heart of gold and is willing to give up her own happiness for others. And her dog is named Thor.
Finn. Oh, Finn. He's so hot! And he's sweet. And he's just...gah. He is definitely definitely one of my favorite Shalvis guys ever. I mean, the things he does for her. And to her.
One of my favorite things about diving into a new series by Jill Shalvis is getting to meet all of the new characters and dreaming about who's going to hook up with who. There are so many awesome characters in Heartbreaker Bay. I loved all of Finn's friends (and his brother) and can't wait to see more of them.
I loved the chapter titles and the dedication. I loved Pru and Finn's chemistry and banter.
"Feel free to kiss it better."
I loved how the story played out and the way they both were healed through Pru's actions. There's just the right amount of angst and the perfect amount of sexy in this book. And the epilogue? *le sigh*
In case you can't tell, I loved this book. I loved this town, these characters, their chemistry...just everything. If you love hot bartenders who will make you swoon and small town romances--or any romances at all--you're going to want to grab this book the minute it hits shelves....more
I knew this book was going to be about Chris. But NGL, I can't wait to read more about Scotty!!!! I can't wait for this!
This book is stI knew this book was going to be about Chris. But NGL, I can't wait to read more about Scotty!!!! I can't wait for this!
This book is standalone, but you really should read Dare to Run first. Not only because it is an amazing book (and one of my favorites last year), but because you won't really understand everything going on here--and their significance--if you don't read it first. Careful for spoilers below if you haven't read Dare to Run but plan to.
When I saw that this book was going to be about Chris, I have to admit that I was shocked. I mean, really? But like every other book by Jen McLaughlin, I was immediately sucked into the story as soon as I started it. And...I think I kind of love Chris.
I know, right? For sure, after reading this, I definitely understand him more. No, I absolutely do not like what he did, and I don't really understand that, but I get what led him to it. And he is obviously trying to make up for it now.
I might be too late to make it up to Lucas, to let him know how sorry I was for what I did, but I could save Scotty. Because I owed it to Lucas.
So without trying to give away too much of what happened in the first book, Chris made a horrible mistake--one that he should have paid for with his life (and made me hate him). Because Lucas truly loved him like a brother, he didn't kill him. And now Chris has made it his mission in life to protect Lucas's brother, Scotty, even if it's to his own detriment. His only reason for living at this point is protecting Scotty and his secret--and he isn't afraid to go out, guns blazing.
"Never fuck with someone who's got nothing to lose."
After being wounded in a fight, he breaks into a drugstore for medicine and supplies and happens upon her childhood dream girl and former neighbor, Molly, who basically insists that he come home with her to convalesce. Of course, you know what happens. No matter how many times Chris drew the line that separated them, you can't fight fate. But how to you fight for love when you're life is a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at a moment's notice?
This book. *clutches chest* Like I said, I didn't think I was going to like it because I hated Chris at the end of Dare to Run. But...damn. He's got the soul of an artist, is protective, and though he made horrible mistakes, he's not a horrible person. I really loved him. I loved his relationship with Molly and the fact that he had loved her his whole life. I loved that he called her Princess. :) I liked Molly, too. She was surprisingly strong for someone so seemingly delicate. I loved them together.
She was the prettiest thing I'd ever seen. And she'd never stop making me want to be a better man.
My one issue with the book was the constant appearance of a mysterious black sedan. I don't understand why he didn't tell Scotty!!!
I loved this book, and know for sure that this series is one of my all-time favorites. Action-packed, emotionally-charged, raw and thrilling, Dare to Stay is a must read for all romance lovers. You won't regret it. And oh.my.rob! I cannot wait--I mean--am desperate to read Scotty's story. Ahhhh!
Careful for spoilers if you didn't read Love and Other Unknown Variables. You can read this one on its own (but I highly highly recommend LaOUV), buCareful for spoilers if you didn't read Love and Other Unknown Variables. You can read this one on its own (but I highly highly recommend LaOUV), but you will find out the outcome of that book if you read this one first. I guess that's already a spoiler right there, huh?
When I found out that Shannon Lee Alexander was writing this book, I was torn. Torn because I loved the first book and didn't think she could possibly come close to the depth of emotion of that book. And because I was worried that she was revisiting a story that should be left alone. Not because I didn't want more. I did, always. But because I was scared she'd screw it up. I know, I'm crazy. I'm happy to report that Alexander not only didn't mess up the characters I've come to love (and want to protect), but she made me love them even more.
Six months after losing her BFF, Becca is not sure where she fits in. She fills her days in the pages of books, where it's safe. In an unexpected twist, Becca finds herself cast as Juliet in the school play. She meets and falls for Max, who has more in common with her than she ever would have dreamed.
Just like with Alexander's first book, I loved everything about this, too. The Harry Potter references, the way the story is told, the pacing, the angst over a first kiss, the dedication, the end. Just all of it.
Becca was relatable and realistic in a way that I find truly refreshing. Her insecurities and ways of dealing with grief are so spot on. The walls she puts up totally make sense, and I'm so proud of her for the progress and growth she made, standing up when she really didn't know if she wanted to.
Now onto Max. How do I even begin to explain how much I loved this boy? He was swoony and sweet and just delightful. "That wasn't a first kiss," he says, "and I can prove it to you."
My fingers, even the numb one, are suddenly electric. "How?"
"When you kissed him, did your heart race?"
"It was racing before I kissed him, but mostly because Darby was looking kind of pissed and there were twenty sets of eyes watching me humiliate myself."
Max nods. "Okay, but when you kissed him, did your stomach feel swoopy? Were you consumed by it, by the kiss?"
I shake my head. I didn't do any of that. I thought of Max.
"Then that wasn't a real first kiss." *sigh* He is so swoony. He uses words like swoopy and wears Fahrenheit 451 shirts and uses HP references. I ♥ him. I also want to point out that I love how involved the parents are. They don't just leave their kids to deal with their grief on their own. Kudos to Alexander for that!
Life After Juliet will tug at your heartstrings for sure, but it will also remind you what it's like to fall in love and will redeem your faith in girlpower and redemption.
Even though this book didn't hit shelves until February 2016, it was one of my favorites of 2015 since that's when I read it. I loved this boo5 stars.
Even though this book didn't hit shelves until February 2016, it was one of my favorites of 2015 since that's when I read it. I loved this book!
When Lucas Donahue gets out of prison, all he wants is a peaceful life away from the Sons of Steel Row gang he's been a pivotal member of for practically his whole life. Trouble is, membership in the Sons of Steel Row is for life, and he doesn't really have a choice in leaving. When he steps in and helps Heidi, the bartender across the street, when she's being brutally attacked by the Sons' sworn enemies, he sets a domino affect into motion. Now he's got to stake claim on her to protect her, meaning he stays with the Sons.
Heidi isn't looking for a bodyguard, especially one as dominant and overbearing as Lucas. When things get real and they realize both of their lives are in danger, will she give in and let him protect her? How long will it take for them to give in to the blazing hot chemistry between them?
Not long, Pretties.
Like I said, this was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I'm sure the next one will be a favorite, too. More on that in a sec. I loved these characters, I loved this storyline, and I loved every minute of this book. The setting is great--even though you're in the underworld of the Boston crime scene, I think McLaughlin captured the ambiance perfectly. As far as the gang procedures go, the raw intensity of the storyline and anxiousness was spot-on.
Now let's talk about my favorite part: Lucas.
He's hot. He's alpha. He's risking his own life to protect someone he barely knows. And not in the devil-may-care-I-don't-give-a-shit-about-my-life-way. He does it because it's the right thing to do. Falling for her was just a bonus. ;) I love how protective he is of his brother, too. I want to say stuff here about that, but I can't.
There are twists and turns in the storyline that you will never see coming. I am so surprised by how original this story is! If you love gritty, intense guys and sassy heroines with fresh storylines and secondary characters that will keep you guessing, do yourself a favor and don't miss out on Dare to Run by Jen McLaughlin. And go ahead and pre-order the next book in the series. You already know you want to read it.
Re-read this with the kids for school. Regardless of the terrible choices these characters make, it's definitely a classic and pretty much the ship thRe-read this with the kids for school. Regardless of the terrible choices these characters make, it's definitely a classic and pretty much the ship that launched a thousand ships. I guess they're the original OTP. #loveforever...more
This book was even better than the first one, and I loved that book so much. So I guess I give this one one thousand stars because holy god. I5 stars.
This book was even better than the first one, and I loved that book so much. So I guess I give this one one thousand stars because holy god. I'm tongue tied after reading this.
So the band is finally getting somewhere, and Derek has a bad boy reputation--totally deserved, by the way. The label hires Violet to look after the band, and you know what's going to happen next. It's totally forbidden, for more reasons than just the whole non-fraternizing with the guy you're supposed to be keeping out of trouble thing. They're total opposites, and Violet has sworn off rock stars. It doesn't take too long for Derek to wear her down.
This book is crazy hot and sometimes a little too angsty for this little wussperv's heart. But it was all totally worth it. I loved these characters and the way they fell for each other. I loved the whole story, even with all of the drama. If you love rockstar romances where the characters actually change for the better, you really should check out I Want You to Want Me. It's a thrilling ride for sure.
Renée Carlino is the queen at expertly weaving the past and the present and continues to do so in fresh new ways. Swear on This Life is no exception aRenée Carlino is the queen at expertly weaving the past and the present and continues to do so in fresh new ways. Swear on This Life is no exception as she shines the light on the characters' journeys, viewed through a bestselling novel that's sweeping the literary world.
Emiline is simply existing--an adjunct professor in a comfortable but passionless relationship, she doesn't really focus on her life's ambition, which is writing. Her BFF gives her a book that everyone is talking about from a debut author that no one knows. Emiline is stunned when she finds out that the book is about her and her life with former best friend and soul mate, Jace. As Emiline navigates through reading the best-selling novel, All the Roads Between, we get flashbacks of their past--how they met, how they fell in love, and how it all fell apart. We also see Emiline's reactions to everything and the creative liberties Jace took with their past. Emiline decides she has to see Jace face to face, so she goes to a signing of his and is surprised by his reaction.
"Em, you had to have known I was gonna write this book someday."
"No." I shook my head. "I didn't."
"I told you I would find you, didn't I?"
As Emiline takes a look at her past--and present--through the words of this book, she has to come to terms with where she's been and what she wants out of life. Will Jace play a part in her future?
Renée Carlino is one of my favorite authors and certainly one of the most underappreciated in my opinion. She consistently brings all of the feels, and I was beyond excited when I got an advanced copy of this book.
I absolutely love the way this story was told, the present in Emiline's point of view and reading the novel giving us the past. I loved the early sparks (and heartaches) between her and Jace.
"It's really hard to pay attention in class when you're always playing with your hair in front of me." He squeezed my hand and smiled. Something about the way he was touching me felt different from all the other times.
"You don't seem to have a problem getting all the answers right."
"I'm just saying. I wanted to lick the back of your neck today."
All throughout the story, we are wondering what could have happened to make these two ever go their separate ways.
"Sometimes people who love us make us do hard things because it's what's right."
I can't say enough about how emotional and touching this story is. I was enamored from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. I was so proud of Em and the journey her character takes.
We can't always control our circumstances, who our parents are, where we live, or how much money we make, but in those rare moments when we can shape our fate, when we do have the power to make our own happiness, we can't be too scared to do it.
There was one thing in particular that I didn't like, and that's Trevor, or more specifically, Em's relationship with him. I understand that Em had been with him for seven years, and I also get that in some ways you never really get over your first love. I can't even imagine going through what they went through together. But as far as Trevor goes, I didn't like how it was wrapped up in a neat little bow. (view spoiler)[I didn't like that there was an out for Em where he was concerned. The pills, the assholery. The telling him to see about the spark. I wanted her to outright choose Jace. (hide spoiler)] I loved everything else. The emotions. The characters. The way the story was told. I loved the unrelenting connection between Em and Jace.
I was still afraid that if Jase and I finally gave in to the force driving us together, we would crash into each other so hard that we'd break apart into a million pieces, impossible to put back together.
I know I haven't gone on and on about him here, but I seriously loved Jace. And when I got to the end of All the Roads Between, I had legit tears. I'm tearing up just thinking about it now, weeks after reading it. It's beautiful.
Sparks flying, deeply emotional and riveting, Swear on This Life is just another reason to cement my undying love for Renée Carlino and everything she writes. This book will make you laugh, cry, and swoon. It's definitely one of my favorites. -- For more reviews and bookish talk, visit our blog at Pretty Sassy Cool ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
If you haven't read the other books in the Thunder Road series, you can still read this one--but you should read them first because 1) they're both amazing and 2) you'll get way more out of this story if you know some history. I'll try not to be too spoilery here.
Violet and Chevy have been best friends for their whole lives, and they fell in love when they were young, too. They're pretty much inseparable, until something happens that makes her break up with him and cut him out of her life as much as possible. That happened before the first book in the series, and we've always wondered exactly what happened to make them break up.
I'm angry at her for making us this way. Angry at myself for not figuring out how to fix us.
Their fathers were both members of the Terror, a Motorcycle Club, and Chevy is planning to join as soon as he's 18. Violet is determined to break ties with the club, despite the fact that her mother and younger brother don't feel the same way. There's been a war brewing between the Terror and a rival club (that we found out about in Nowhere But Here), and Violet and Chevy find themselves smack dab in the middle of a battle neither of them are prepared for. What happens when their loyalties and everything they thought they knew about themselves and everyone else they love comes into question?
I am trying to be coherent here because I loved this book so much it's hard to even explain myself.
Okay so what I loved. Pretty much everything. I love Chevy and Violet, individually. They're both so strong, for each other and for their friends and family. They go through and face choices that no teenagers should face.
...all I've craved is to be a part of it. To be more than Cyrus's grandson, Eli's nephew, James's ghost in living flesh. More than just being a blood destiny. I've wanted to belong because of who I am, because I'm wanted...
Most of all, I love Chevy and Violet together.
"We're like fireworks, Violet. Beautiful separate but phenomenal when put together. Of course, you can't have all of that without a few explosions."
It's swoony, ya'll. I love the history that Violet and Chevy share. I love the history that they all share. And Eli was a surprise here to me.
Eli leans toward me and smacks a hand to his chest. "I'm between you and them now."
I love that Eli's problems with Emily and the relationship that they have had in the past doesn't magically disappear.
I love that they are stronger as a group and Oz and Razor do not disappoint. They all recognize that they're stronger together. Their friendship, and the relationship between Cyrus and Chevy (and everyone else, for that matter) shows true love. It's so real, and I know that every real friend and definitely parents who read this book will totally get that.
I love that Violet recognizes that she needs help. And I love that she fights with Pigpen over the best piece of lasagna. I love that Isaiah is here. My rob! Isaiah is here!
I've really got no complaints, except that we have to wait any amount of time for another book from Katie McGarry. Action-packed and fast-paced, filled with history and love and swoons galore, Long Way Home is the perfect read for anyone who is a fan of true love or the power of belonging to a family. A must read and a favorite for sure.
Karina Halle is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. After reading The Pact, I was crazy excited to check out Where Sea Meets Sky, and I think I loved it even more. From the very first line, I was hooked.
I get an erection the moment I first lay eyes on her.
Aspiring artist Joshua Miles is thrown for a loop when he sets eyes Gemma at a Halloween party.
"Who are you?" I ask her, happy that my voice is hard and deep. I hope it makes her think of sex.
Gemma is visiting from New Zealand and is town for only one more night. The chemistry between them is off the charts from the first moment on.
The truth is, I'm torn between wanting to tear her clothes off and fuck her senseless or wanting to sit somewhere quiet and talk to her the whole night. It's a curious war I'm fighting, but I'd be happy with either victory.
Sparks fly and the pair spend an unforgettable night together. So unforgettable, in fact, that Josh can't stop thinking about her and realizes that he needs to do something with his life. He has a few months before school starts back in January, so he decides to head to New Zealand to have an adventure--and hopefully to find Gemma.
I want to know her. I want to get to know everything about her. I want to touch her. Kiss her. Fuck her. Be with her. Just to see if it was everything I remembered. Just to see if it's the same girl in my drawings, or if I conjured her up from thin air.
Meanwhile, Gemma falls back into her old life as soon as she steps off the plane, including back into bed with her ex. She's shocked when Josh finds her and is even more surprised that she invites him to go on a road trip with her, her cousin, and her sort-of boyfriend. And that's where the real adventure begins. Halle takes us through the countryside of New Zealand in an experience so authentic, I feel almost as if I've been there. Lots of things happen, both on the trip and between Josh and Gemma. Though she's with someone, they can't seem to keep their minds off one another. All along, they become closer and learn about themselves as well as each other. What happens when the trip is over and it's time for Josh to head back to Canada?
My fears are of losing this world, of losing her. There's much left to explore--here, in her. I feel like I'll be leaving when things are only getting started.
There were so many things that I loved about this book, so I'll start with the setting. I fell in love with everywhere Josh described and truly hope to visit there myself. Halle perfectly captured the feeling of being a traveler.
"I mean...I don't even know you guys."
"Sure you do," Tibald says. "That's the beauty of traveling. Haven't you caught on yet? There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet."
I loved Josh. I mean, he dressed up as Khal Drogo for Halloween! Any guy who could even hope to pull off embodying that man is aces in my book.
He's a good guy. He's swoony. His tongue is pierced. And he's a fuckhot dirty talker.
"Just tell me. I want in deep. Do you want me deeper?"
I loved all of the people that they met, and I loved Mr. Orange.
So what didn't I like? Mostly, Gemma. Though I feel like I have to like her because Josh dug her so much. She was rude, (view spoiler)[even fucking Nick when Josh was around, (hide spoiler)], and there was a part that I actually put, "Are you kidding me?!?" in my notes because she was being that ridiculous. Also, (view spoiler)[I didn't understand why she couldn't be with Josh just because of Nick. She made it clear that she and Nick weren't in a committed relationship. (hide spoiler)] I do have to give her props for liking Anne of Green Gables, and I think her character's journey was authentic but honestly, I think Josh could do a lot better.
Even with Gemma fail, I loved this book, and I'll be reading everything that Karina Halle has ever written. The authenticity of her characters is just unparalleled. With (mostly) likable characters, a realistic storyline, and the adventure of a lifetime, Where Sea Meets Sky is a must read for everyone who loves New Adult. And everyone else, too.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I loved this book wih the fire of a thousand suns. Like, seriously loved it.
When Kit walked in like a total badass and joined Mayhem, lead singer and guitarist Shawn knew there was something about her. He didn't realize that they had hooked up a million years ago. Of course, Kit knew exactly who he was and the history that they shared. She's determined to keep him at arm's length since he broke her heart, but you know how that goes. They're drawn together by something bigger than lust--music. They're totally soulmates in every way.
This couple. *gah* They're just perfect for each other. Shawn was one of the most fascinating characters I've ever read. He's such a good person and he's hot as hell. One of the things I loved the most about Kit was how authentic she was. She owned the stage when she was up there playing, but when the show was over, she was vulnerable and hurt by Shawn's dismissal of her all those years ago. I also loved seeing all of the characters from the other books in the series. We know some of what happened with Kit and Shawn in Riot, but you can totally read this as a standalone.
I just loved this story--it's one of my favorites, ever. It was hot and swoony and filled with flail-worthy moments. If you love rockstar romances or just stories with swoony guys, you really have to read Chaos....more