I started this book and thought it was a great idea. But the characters were so annoying, the pacing was annoying, and I really abhor stories where caI started this book and thought it was a great idea. But the characters were so annoying, the pacing was annoying, and I really abhor stories where captives fall in love with their captors. I just didn't want to keep going. So I didn't.
I just realized that I haven't read anything else by Tera Lyn Childs. My kid likes her mermaid series, though. Anyway, I have been a sucker for these Entangled Crush titles, and though most of them have been misses for me, I couldn't help picking this one up. I mean, look at that cover!
Sloane has to move to Texas just before her senior year basically as punishment. She's trying to be allowed to go back home, so that means being good. That all basically crashes around her when next door neighbor Tru shows up, enticing her and being all swoony. Will she be able to keep on the straight and narrow?
I really loved Sloane and Tru and the way their relationship progressed. They were so adorable and believable. The ending was rushed, and I wanted more there. Like, for real. Though there were some definite swoony moments, I wanted more chemistry. I get it, this is an Entangled Crush title, but dang, I wanted more kissing and making out! Also, I felt like there was so much going on. There's seriously a lot. This is the major problem to me--we don't know what the incident was that got Sloane sent to Texas in the first place for a long time. Since it's her POV, I would think that wouldn't be a secret to herself. It wasn't, it was just weird that we didn't know about it sooner.
I liked the idea for Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru, but the rushed ending and lack of explanations kept me from loving it....more
After I started reading this book and realized how juvenile and totally angsty it was, I decided it just wasn't for me. I looked at some other reviewsAfter I started reading this book and realized how juvenile and totally angsty it was, I decided it just wasn't for me. I looked at some other reviews and realized my friends felt the same way, and then I realized I didn't really like the other book by her that I tried (Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?). So I officially flounce this one.
Paige gets Ben, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, to tutor her when her dreams of going to Stanford are at risk. Ben is more than willing to tutor her--for a price. He wants a shot with her best friend. You know what happens--they fall for each other! You might think this has a cliché plot, and you'd be right, but I don't care. It was so cute and swoony and just ...gah!
I really enjoyed this storyline--it was fluffy but still had substance. There was some drama, but it wasn't ridiculous. I loved the characters and the way they fell in love.
“So…do you know how I feel about you now? Because I’ll say it a thousand different ways if I have to.”
Ben is the absolute sweetest. He's just all around a great guy. He's nerdy and swoonworthy and I love him so much!
If you're looking for a fast read with sweet characters and storyline you'll keep falling for, Finding Perfect is just what you need!...more
BFFs to more is one of my favorite storylines, but this story was just too unbelievable. First of all, no teenagers use facebook. I guess if these kids were 12, the book would be more realistic.
Aside from that, the characters were okay, but I didn't really care about them or if they got together. The idea for this story was fantastic, but you'd think two best friends wouldn't have such communication issues. I'm a YA lover, but this was just too much drama for me.
With an unrealistic storyline and characters that I didn't care about, this is one Girlfriend Request you can skip....more
I really love this storyline--falling for the best friend's sibling is one of my favorites. So, I thought I would love this for sure. I think I'm just a sucker for these covers, and I keep expecting them to be hotter because they're Entangled. I guess this Crush line is more like the Bliss line's younger, less experienced sister.
Felix is Hazel's best friend's brother, so when his sister cheats with Hazel's boyfriend, he comes up with a plan for Hazel to get back at them. That plan involves him and Hazel getting closer and of course they realize they've been right in front of each other all along.
I liked both of their personalities--though I really don't understand how Hazel was ever friends with Felix's sister. There just wasn't a whole lot to this story. Felix was swoony and their relationship made sense. There was some humor and the story was overall pretty fluffy, but it was all just kind of meh.
If you're looking for a young YA read, Not Okay Cupid might be a good choice for you. You might like it more than I did....more
Abby is the opening act for Seconds to Juliet. When she shares a sweet, swoony moment with Nathan Strong from S2J, she's on cloud 9. Their budding romance is totally forbidden--Nathan's got to remain single to keep up the band's dwindling appeal. Will they be able to resist each other when everyone else wants to keep them apart?
This was the swooniest story of the entire Backstage Pass series.
“I chose you. And I’ll continue to choose you if you let me.”
I loved Nathan and Abby--together and separately. Nathan is so authentic and Abby is so sweet. The way their relationship evolved seemed very realistic. This book brought us back to the music, and I loved that aspect of it.
“Baby…I’m a pop star. You don’t think I can make music?”
This was a fast read and so fun. I'm sorry that this series had to end, but I really loved this book and think Abby and the Cute One was the perfect ending....more
So. This one was hard to rate for me. I loved the story, and I loved the characters. In a lot of ways, it's my favorite of the series. But, it's just so unbelievable. The whole idea for this story is so preposterous, I couldn't really get into it.
Basically, Seconds to Juliet band member Will Fray is in rehab, so his identical twin, Matt, takes over for him because no one can know. Anya is homeless and, after writing an article that got her noticed, is on assignment to get the dirt on Will. Of course, you know they're going to fall for each other.
The story is sweet. Matt is seriously the sweetest. I loved him loved him loved him. But...it's just too unbelievable! How could the entire world not know that Will has a twin? Everyone knows what Harry Styles had for breakfast this morning--there's no way it wouldn't be common knowledge that Will had a distant cousin, let alone a twin. Also, how could his band mates not know? And how could they let Anya get close to them?
If you can suspend belief and enjoy the sweet romance and fantastic setting, you'll really like Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner....more
Okay, so every one who knows me knows my favorite fic of all time has to do with a bet. So of course, when I found out that Daisy and the Front Man was going to be about a bet and have characters who have a history, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
Lead singer Trevin Jacobs makes a bet with his bandmates that he'll get their bodyguard's daughter, Daisy, to fall in love with him. She won't give him the time of day because he stood her up for homecoming, humiliating her in the process. There were circumstances we don't know about at first that caused that, but whatever. I liked this storyline and I liked these characters. I loved the interaction they had with the other members of the band. Daisy and Trevin had some chemistry, and even though it was told in third person, it was hard to tell when things were real because they were both playing games. I will say that I felt that both of them experienced more growth as characters than the previous two books, but this one wasn't my favorite. I guess no one else can be Scotchward (or Ginsper, for that matter), so I need to not make the comparison because really there was none.
A sweet story featuring one of my favorite bands (*grin*), YA lovers should definitely check out this series....more
You know that I really liked the first book in the series, Aimee and the Heartthrob, so I couldn't wait to grab Mia and the Bad Boy. Who doesn't love a good girl/bad boy story? And you know how I feel about fake relationships to more stories.
The bad boy of the band, Ryder Brooks, needs a tutor to get his GED. It's a secret that he never graduated, so Mia has to pose as his girlfriend so no one will know about the tutoring. Of course, more than just studying starts happening between them.
Even though Ryder started out being an asshole, he ended up being really sweet and felt very authentic. I think his situation is probably more authentic that not. He wants to spread his wings and write music that means something to him instead of being stuck in boy band hell. I loved the chemistry in this story. There are some seriously swoonworthy moments.
“After all that, you haven’t even taken a drink.” Mia smiled.
He’d forgotten the bottle was still in his hand. He dropped it, and it rolled along the floor. “In the desert of my life,” Ryder said, “kissing you is my water.”
I also loved the interactions with the other members of Sounds of Juliet, particularly Miles, who you know I loved. Again, I would have liked this to be told in first person POV and I think some of it was a tad on the immature side, but all in all, this was a fast, cute read with characters I loved and a great story....more
This book sounds like it was written for me. Boy band? Foreign accent? Falling for best friends little sister? And it's written by an author I already love? Yasssss.
This book checks so many of my most-loved boxes, I could barely wait to dive in. For some crazy reason, I didn't read it until months and months after it was out. I wish I hadn't wasted so much time because I really liked it!
Aimee's going on tour with Miles Carlisle's band, Seconds to Juliet, for two weeks. She's known him since before he was famous and always had a crush on him. She's Nick's (Miles's best friend) little sister, so she's forbidden, but will they be able to resist the pull between them now that she's all grown up and they'll be on tour together?
This story was so cute, and you know how I feel about musicians. (I ♥ them). There's some angst and teenage drama, but mostly it's just fun with a swoony guy and the girl who's been crushing on him for reasons other than his celebrity status. I loved Miles--yes at first, he was kind of a jerk, but you know that's always the guy I love the most.
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you for the past five days. When I’m in a band meeting…” He kissed her eyebrow. “When I’m onstage.” He kissed the bridge of her nose. “When I’m trying to bloody fall asleep at night, that’s the worst. And the best.”
I did think these characters seemed kind of young for their age, and I'm not sure if that's because most of the YA I read is on the mature side or if they actually were more like middle schoolers. I definitely think Miles was immature, considering he's a huge superstar. I also wish this book had been told in first person.
If you love music-centric stories with fun characters and a great storyline and teenage drama, Aimee and the Heartthrob is the story for you....more
If you know me, you know I'm slightly totally obsessed with Hockey Romances. Some of my favorite New Adult and Contemporary Romance series feature hot hockey players, so I couldn't wait to read Center Ice by Cate Cameron.
After her mother's death, Karen moves to small-town Corrigan Falls to live with her father, who she doesn't really know. There's a lot of drama with her family that I won't detail but it's pretty terrible. She meets Tyler--the town player (on and off the ice) and sparks immediately fly between them. With all of the pressure Tyler's under with his NHL-aspirations and all of the pressure Karen's feeling to fit in with her new family, will falling in love be enough?
This story was cute and pretty typical of what you'd expect. I liked it alright, but it didn't really stand out to me. I really liked Tyler and thought he was pretty swoony. But Karen? Ugh. I couldn't stand her. I get that she was going through a lot but geez. Though I liked Tyler, it didn't make up for the lack of something else I needed to happen in this story.
If you're looking for a sweet hockey-related high school story that doesn't really go anywhere, maybe check out Center Ice by Cate Cameron....more
I like Audra North, and I like FWB to more stories, so I was glad to pick up Healing Her Heart. Both Greg and Carrie have difficult jobs--he's a cardiac surgeon, she runs an assisted living facility. They've always felt a little spark when they've seen each other, but they've never been able to explore anything when their jobs have been so difficult (and time-consuming). Greg comes up with a plan--basically a week of hooking up. Of course, you know what happens. At some point hooking up grows some strings--how will they deal with it?
This story was a fast, steamy read, and I enjoyed it. The thing I liked best about this story was the believable chemistry and circumstances. There was no angst and just a fun time. If you're looking for a sexy, fast read, I definitely recommend Healing Her Heart by Audra North....more
I liked this one even more than Healing Her Heart. This is a super quick read, too, with characters you'll be rooting for. Adam has been all about his career. When he goes to take dance lessons, he runs into his old student, Julie. He thought she was hot when he was her TA and he couldn't do anything about it. He can do something now...
This was a fast, sexy read. There's a little more story here than in the previous novellas in this series, and I loved it even more for that. If you're looking for a sweet read with characters you'll like and fun, sexy times, grab A Lesson in Temptation....more
Second chance at love, a hot military guy, and a holiday romance all rolled into one? Sign me up! Well, that's how I felt when I picked up Second Chance Christmas by Ellen Butler. Unfortunately, it was pretty meh for me.
When Emma picks up Colton from the hospital, he's determined to make her see how much he regrets their break-up. Emma says Colton should spend the holidays with her to convalesce, and you know what happens then.
This was a quick read, but I didn't really connect with the characters. Also, I hate the cover for this book and wish I had never seen it. Overall, I'd say you can skip this one, even with the fun Christmas theme and (seemingly) fresh spin on some of my favorite tropes....more
Love Unleashed is a super fun, fast read that hit the right spot. I haven't read any other books by Jackie Braun, but I'm definitely going to check out more of her work!
This had a kind of twist on the reason the couple broke up in the past--he wanted more and she didn't. That was the first thing that made me take notice of this little novella--it's different! They're brought together by the most adorable dog, Charlie, and realize they still have feelings for each other. I liked both Gideon and Mia, and at under 60 pages, this is a quick read that is sweet and has characters you'll be rooting for. ...more
Entangled Indulgence titles can be just as steamy as Brazen books, and I had forgotten about that until I read In Bed with the Competition.
The summary of this book is pretty spot on. I liked the different spin Coi put on the friends to more genre, twisting it to enemies to lovers. Both Elizabeth and Ben were fun characters and they were sizzling hot together. Ben was relentless, and I loved him. I didn't love some things that happened, including some unnecessary drama, but overall this one was a lot of fun.
The setting was amazing, the steamy scenes were satisfying, and the storyline was a fresh take on a couple of my favorite genres in In Bed with the Competition....more
I love when celebrities fall for "normal" people, and the way Jessie and Blake meet seems like it could actually happen. The steamy scenes were good, and I didn't hate any of the characters. I liked Blake a lot, come to think of it, but I needed more of him. At just over 100 pages, this story was a little rushed, but that doesn't surprise me since it's a novella. I wanted more from them--individually and together, but I'm happy with what we got, too.
This was a hot Christmas novella, perfect for getting into the holiday spirit. ;) ...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
This book was really cute. I wasn't crazy about the fact that Yasmin's #5 was a fling with a tall, dark man instead of specifically with Lane. Still Lane and Yasmin had chemistry in spades and I loved the way her family dynamics worked, including with Lane. I really liked him and loved how this was a fun twist, with the girl being more flirty and trying to get the guy to be a little bad. I really loved that there was dual POV here, and I wanted them to be together.
A word of caution--Bliss titles pretty much fade to black, and this one is a "Red Hot" Bliss title. But that doesn't mean you get a whole lot more than a regular Bliss book. It ain't Brazen, for sure.
The Bouquet List had lots of things I love--sizzling hot chemistry, a fun storyline with little angst, and a great cast of supporting characters. Fans of My Big Fat Greek Wedding will love this one....more
Kind of like Romeo & Juliet, but with a Brewery in the mix, I was surprised by how much I liked Enemies on Tap.
I liked the history and the chemistry between Logan and Miranda right away. There were fun moments and great banter and just...yeah. I was surprised by how good it was. With that being said, it was totally cliché, and they didn't really stand out as an epic couple. They do have steamy times, just not enough of them. A fast read with great chemistry and a forbidden romance, Enemies on Tap might be a good choice for you if you love enemies to lovers stories....more
The whole forbidden love thing here works, but I didn't care for these characters and didn't think their relationship was believable. The pacing of the story was fine and I liked their backstory, but *shrugs* This one just wasn't for me....more
I've read something else by Cathryn Fox before (Hold Me Down Hard) and didn't like it, but I decided to give this quick novella a try. No doubt about it, this story is hot. The past relationship (or really acquaintance) that Jag and Alix share only adds a bit to the story. I didn't really care about them or if everything/anything worked out with them. The idea for this story--this series, really--is very interesting and I'm glad I read this book. No surprises here, I didn't like Alix, but Jag was super hot and their sexy times were steamy.
If you want a fast, steamy read with little else in the departments of character or story development, Sweet Ride might just be exactly what you're looking for....more
I love rockstar romances, and this was a somewhat fresh spin on one of my favorite genres.
I loved the musician aspect of this book, and I loved Julian. He suffers from synesthesia and has hung up his touring guitar for quiet days in the studio, helping other bands break out. Cleo comes to work for him, and it's all sparks all the time. There's a lot of drama and of course miscommunication issues. I didn't like Cleo and felt like Julian could do better. Also, everytime I read her name, I kept thinking about Miss Cleo.
The ending was sweet, though. If you're looking for a fun rockstar romance that isn't like any others that you've read, give Color Me Crazy a try....more
I've read one other book by Carmen Falcone (A Night of Misbehaving), and I didn't love that, so why did I pick this one up? I ♥ the Indulgence line, so I thought if given more time, I'd like this book better.
I did, by a lot.
The synopsis for this story tells it like it is. I liked these characters and felt their chemistry right away. They were fun and I wanted them to work it out. The setting was perfect, too. The end was fab. A fast-paced story with steamy hot characters in a picturesque setting, Kidnapping the Brazilian Tycoon is a surprisingly good read....more
Something must be wrong with me. I'm all about one-time hookups that turn into more. Add to that, the dude is a DILF, and I feel like I should have loved this. I didn't. They had steamy times, but I guess I needed more. The whole story was rushed--at 77 pages, I suppose it had to be. With characters I didn't care about and a too-short storyline, A Night of Misbehaving wasn't what I was expecting. ...more
You know me and second chance romances--I love them, so I was excited to pick up Tycoon Reunion. Jake broke up with Annabelle right after graduation, leaving her crushed. They've both moved on and now he's a billionaire, of course. He needs her to fake them being together for some clients, and she agrees. Of course old feelings die hard and it isn't long before these two are back together, rushing toward their HEA.
This was a fast read and though they shared a past, I feel like we needed more from them. The story was quick and so was their relationship. I liked Jake and was glad he came to his senses. All in all though, I was rooting for them to be together, and I liked this story okay....more
I really like Second Chance romance stories and was excited to check out One Night in Vegas by new-to-me author C.M. Stone. The summary for this book is pretty spot-on, so I'll just get to how I felt.
This story was fast-paced and great for anyone looking for a New Year's Eve read. I liked the characters and thought it was so sweet that Eliza's brother played matchmaker. Both Eliza and Chris have pasts to get over, and I was surprised by how much story Stone could fit into this little novella. Less than a hundred pages for me to fall for both of them. There is a crazy thing that is said regarding birth control that I have never heard before, but whatever. It's definitely original. I'm glad I read this and will definitely be checking out more of Stone's books in the future. ...more