I have to admit that I haven't read the first two books in this series, but you better believe that I will be reading them asap. For those of you who have read the other books, the gang's all here (I think). Rome Archer is Rule's brother, and I think Rule and Shaw lovers are going to really love this. Rome's back home after spending years away deployed in the army and finds himself having difficulty reassembling into civilian life.
I hated feeling like a visitor in my own life, and no matter what I told myself when I woke up i the mroning each day, I couldn't shake feeling like everything I had come back to after my contract with the army was up was a life that belonged to someone else. My family didn't feel right. The new dynamic in my relationship with Rule didn't feel right. Trying to get used to Shaw being taken care of by my wayward and reckless little brother didn't feel righ. Crashing with Nash wile I tried to get my shit straight didn't feel right. Not having a job lined up or any clear direction of how to support myself doing something other than fighting a war quite possibly felt the most wrong out of all.
He tries to resist his attraction to Cora, the spunky spitfire who works at Rule's tattoo shop, before failing desperately.
"I don't know, Half-Pint, something tells me reining you in is probably a pretty good time.
But Cora's not interested in just any guy, no matter how hot he is. She was burned by her ex and is determined not to settle for anything other than the real deal.
I didn't do well as a leaf no longer attached to tree. I needed roots, a foundation to grab on to, and when my perfect guy came along he was going to be so solidly planted it would take a hurricane to move him.
Along the way, Cora realizes that the perfect guy for her doesn't have to be perfect on paper and Rome gets his shit together, thanks to Cora, Rule setting him straight, and in part to Brite, a soldier who helps him and gives him a job. Brite was definitely one of my favorite parts of the book, and I highlighted quite a few passages of his sage advice :) I loved the characterization of pretty much everyone in this. Even though I didn't read the other books in the series, I felt like I knew them. And not just the main characters--I could totally hang out with the entire cast.
I really loved Rome. He was a soldier dealing with some very real issues, and I really liked the way his character came around. I loved that he referred to Cora as "my girl," even before she technically was his. I liked that he looked beyond the surface and gave people a chance. Plus, he was hot and soooo sweet.
I couldn't imagine ever coming home to anyone that wasn't her.
There were some things I didn't like (like "wet, greedy channel") and the fact that Cora was so dead set on finding Mr. Perfect. If she were younger, I might have believed that she would actually think that, but at her age? Not so much. There are a couple of other things, but they're spoilery, so I won't mention them except to say that I didn't think the situation with her ex was handled realistically. The thing that drove me the absolute craziest was the character names. I get Rome and Rule (and Remy), but Rowdy? What do I know? I'd say it's all good if that's my biggest complaint.
With all that being said, I really liked this story a lot. With a legit hero who's hot and sensitive and a heroine that I wanted to see get her HEA, you can't go wrong with Rome by Jay Crownover. I can't wait to read the other books in the series!(less)
This is the first time that I've read anything by Erin McCarthy, and I loved this book! Sweet had everything I love about New Adult--snark...more4-1/2 stars.
This is the first time that I've read anything by Erin McCarthy, and I loved this book! Sweet had everything I love about New Adult--snarky girl, hot guy, and problems that are realistic for someone in their age group.
Jessica Sweet lies to her parents about working with a Christian missions group so she doesn't have to go home and live under their thumbs over the summer. Her dilemma? She has a week-long gap between when she has to move out of the dorms and into the apartment she sublet for the summer. When her friends don't have a place for her to stay, her best-friend's boyfriend, Tyler, offers to let her stay at his house. The only problem is that his older brother, Riley, will be the only one there--and he and Jessica don't exactly get along.
Everything about Riley annoyed me, from his sarcasm to his inability to ever be serious, to the fact that he was hot as hell and so clearly knew it. I didn't see him very often since he worked full-time in construction, which was perfectly fine with me. It was easier to breathe without his testosterone choking the room.
Riley agrees that Jessica can stay with him, even though the run-down house in the shady part of town is the total opposite of what she's used to. Over the course of the week she lives there, Jessica gets to know Riley and finds out that there's more to him than meets the eye. He's a relationship-type of guy and she's not interested in anything other than a hook-up.
"So what do you think? The princess and the prick...it could work. Or at least we could give it a shot."
They have a lot of ups and downs (and lots of fun), but ultimately, they get each other in a way that no one else ever has.
"I guess we're both fucked, huh?"
"Looks that way."
"Then I guess it's a damn good thing we found each other." It was.
I liked these characters. Jessica was bitchy and bratty most of the time, but I understood why she was that way. I loved that even though she came off as a snarky, confident girl, she faced the same vulnerabilities most of us do. She was relatable, and I love the way that the thing that makes her the most appealing to other guys isn't what Riley's after. He wants a relationship with her and isn't willing to settle for anything less.
"I want to explore you and your body, not use it."
"Oh." I wasn't sure what to say to that, it was so totally foreign to me. "But I want to have sex with you. Don't make me feel bad for that."
"I'm not trying to. I think it's awesome that you want to get naked with me." He raised his eyebrows up and down. "Trust me, I'm looking forward to it. But it's like cramming a whole ice-cream cone in my mouth and swallowing it whole. What good is that? It's over and done in a second. I want to really taste it, to lick it slowly. I want to savor the ice cream, you know what I'm saying?"
I liked Riley, too, with his tattoos and leather bracelets. I thought he wanted to take thing a little too slow, but I understood his reasoning. He's sweet and calls her princess and gets her to do things she never thought she'd do. And he's funny.
"In return for not smoking in the house, I'm asking you to keep your girl shit out of the bathroom."
Girl shit? "If I can't keep my shit in the bathroom, where else would it go?" I asked, amused.
"You know what I mean. I don't want to go brush my teeth and there isn't an inch of counter space to use because you have creams and equipment or whatever."
"Equipment?" I snorted. "I don't use power tools to get ready in the morning. But fine, I will put my blow-dryer away after each use. And I promise to never ask you to pick up a box of tampons for me on the way home from work.
The horror on his face made me laugh. "Don't tell me you have never bought tampons before?"
He shook his head. "I'm a dude. Why would I buy tampons?"
"For a girlfriend." It seemed obvious to me.
..."No. I probably would if she was, like, bleeding on my car seats, but otherwise, no."
Jessica's father is a preacher, and Jessica finds herself questioning some things about her faith. I really appreciated the fact that McCarthy didn't have her completely stop believing in God--just the judgmental way her father spun religion.
Of course, there were a few things that I didn't like. There were a few loose ends that I thought should have been tied up, like what is going to happen with Riley's house (it's in foreclosure) and what happened with Jessica's brother. I also really didn't love that Jessica felt her only option was to be ruled by her parents or drop out of school. No one mentioned financial aid, student loans, or work study to her at all. I felt like what happens toward the end seemed to come out of left field, but I'm not going yo spoil. Also, I really hated that she didn't give him a blow job. Trust, it has something to do with the story--I'm not just asking for more oral scenes.
With all that being said, I loved it all--the storyline, the characters, the snark, and the swoon. I can't wait to check out True, the first book in the series, and everything else that Erin McCarthy has written.
I love Jill Shalvis and the way she writes. This is my first book from the Animal Magnetism series, but I know I need to read them all.
Elementary Science teacher Kate Evans takes care of everyone around her. She's always had a crush on her brother's best friend, Griffin, who is a Special Ops soldier and has been away for most of the past few years. He returns for his little sister's (and Kate's BFF) wedding, and they can't deny their attraction.
"What are you doing?"
Possibly drooling on you..."If you don't know," she said, "then I'm way more out of practice than I thought."
I love this storyline and really enjoyed these characters and their history. Kate was super-smart and quirky, and Griffin Reid has got to be one of my favorite guys ever. Super hot military guy? Sign me up. You'll love him.
"You win," she said.
"Yes." He pointed to the bed. "There," he said. "You'll be my prize."
I loved a lot of things about this story. I loved the memories that we got from Griffin and Kate--both with each other growing up and their families. I love when he calls her "Katie" and his cocky attitude. I also love that she calls him out on things, and he does the same to her. The other characters in this story were fun, especially Kate's ex, Ryan, and I can't wait to read the other books in the series. There's humor and swoon with a bit of angst thrown in. Animal Magnetism readers will be happy to see little glimpses of Brady thrown in.
What didn't I like? Even though I loved Griffin, his I know what's best for everyone attitude wasn't for me. Kate thinking that she had to do every little thing for her family got old--they weren't totally incapable. There were some things that I didn't love regarding Kate's job: while on a field-trip, she lets the kids roam around (with an adult, but not a school-appointed chaperone) without being with them the whole time and her friend comes by with an "emergency" that takes Kate away from her class for several minutes. There are a couple of twists in the story toward the end that I don't think were necessary, and I definitely think Trevan Anders' reaction to his kid was totally unrealistic. Also, the ending was a little abrupt for me.
A lot of readers say that Jill Shalvis is a formulaic writer, but I say if it ain't broke don't fix it! I enjoy her stories and don't mind that we know what's going to happen in the end. It's definitely hot :)
If you want a fun story with a super-hot guy and a quirky girl, grab Rumor Has It when it hits shelves on November 5.(less)
I love reading anthologies and story collections because I get to taste a variety of authors that I might not otherwise have read. I love this particular anthology because it's from one of my favorite publishers and it's filled with stories from some of my favorite authors. So of course I wanted us to be a part of this tour as soon as I heard about it.
I'm going to tell you a little bit about each story, but really, you don't need me to go on and on about this--you just need to read it.
Seducing Mr. Right (Come Undone #3.5) by Katee Robert I love the idea of a powerful CEO mistaken for the mail guy. Danielle Kastien has plans to finally seduce the guy she's been crushing on at the office Halloween party. What she doesn't know is that sexy Grayson Harper is the CEO--not the mail guy. And that she's about to be the one who is being seduced.
He moved closer and ran a finger down her arm. “I think I like you in leather.”
She tried to cover up her shiver and went for bold. “Look at me. How could you not like me in leather?” ...
“I’d like you much better out of it.”
I really liked this story, even though I thought the ending was kind of abrupt and I question the authenticity of Danielle not knowing Grayson was the owner of the building she works in. The chemistry between these characters was combustible, and this was a hot, fun read. If you haven't checked out Robert's other books, you'll want to after reading Seducing Mr. Right.
Tempted by His Best Friend by Cari Quinn I think this is the first time I read anything by Cari Quinn, but it won't be the last. I absolutely adore the best friends to more storyline, and once I got over the initial shock of the way things go down *ahem* with them, I liked this one. Teacher Stephanie Price is determined to make her best friend Landon Grant realize they're perfect for each other.
“I could blow your mind,” she whispered, stunning him all over again. Between her fruity scent, full red lips, and bewitching blue eyes, she effortlessly drew him into the dark magic of her spell. She turned away, tossing the last words over her shoulder. “I could even make you beg.”
This story was hot, but I always seem to have a problem with stories where the characters hook up anonymously just because one or both of them is wearing a mask. A mask (and even a darkened room) wouldn't disguise the years of knowing the shape and voice of the other. I don't know--I'm pretty sure I could pick out my BFF in the dark, and we live thousands of miles away from each other. Getting beyond that, I did like the story and am really looking forward to more from Quinn, especially if she writes anything focused on Steff and Lan's other best friend, Craig.
Wicked Games (McCade Brothers #1.5) by Samanthe Beck Guise, buying this book is worth it just for this story alone, even though the others are great, too. It's no secret that I love Samanthe Beck and the fucking hot guys she writes. Tyler from Private Practice is one of my top ten favorite steamy guys ever. And Trevor McCade from Lover Undercover? Damn. So, it's really no surprise that I loved Wicked Games, too. If you've already read Lover Undercover (and if you haven't, you must), you'll remember Stacy is Kylie's sister and Ian is Trevor's partner. They had a "thing" but broke up. They get back together and sparks fly.
“Bite me.” She struggled to stand up.
“Don’t you worry. We’ll get to that, but, in the meantime…”
He leaned over her to keep her in position and sent his fingers on a slow, unerring journey down her thong and into the juncture between her thighs, where she was warm, and soft, and very wet.
“Oh yeah, I win the bet.”
She called him another rude name, but stopped struggling. A few more gentle passes over the slick silk had her widening her stance and arching her back to give him better access.
The urge to tear her panties off and bury himself inside her rushed through him. Somehow he resisted. “If I let go of you, will you stay put?”
A muffled, affirmative sound served as her reply. She’d turned her head back to the chair and he couldn’t see her face. He decided it wouldn’t do. “Say, ‘Yes, sir. I’ll stay put.’”
Her head popped up at that, and he caught the flash of hot blue eyes in the mirror. “You arrogant son of a—”
“Now, now. You’ll hurt my feelings.” He stopped stroking between her legs, and then removed his hand completely when she tried to grind against the base of his unmoving thumb.
Her frustrated groan had him choking back a laugh. “Yes, sir. I’ll stay put,” he prompted.
Stubborn Stacy held out another moment, but then finally surrendered. “Yes, sir. I’ll stay put,” she gritted between clenched teeth.
“Good girl.” He let go of her wrists and waited to see if she’d keep her word. She lowered her arms and held on to the seat of the chair. “Good girl,” he repeated. “Since tonight is Halloween, good girls get a treat.”
The lifting of the mask and the bending over the chair and the calling her "angel" and just...gah! I love Ian's personality, and I loved getting to see Trevor and Kylie still in love and happy. I would have liked more of him, though :) I loved how much substance and mystery Beck was able to tell in such a short story. I was surprised by the ending, but I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series, Falling for the Marine.
Protecting What’s Theirs (Line of Duty #1.5) by Tessa Bailey This is the only one that I really think you need to read the other stories in the series to really understand what's going on. I read (and really liked) Protecting What's His; Bailey definitely has the powerful male character down, and damn if you won't fall in love with Derek all over again.
“Would you like to hear what happens next?”
She inhaled in a rush. “Yes, please. The devil is in the details.”
“I guess that makes me the devil.” One big, callused hand dropped to the outside of her thigh, coasting up her flesh just close enough to raise goose bumps on every inch of her body. Slipping underneath her skirt without hesitation. When he reached her backside, Ginger wanted to beg shamelessly for him to palm her roughly, knead her there. Instead, he merely brushed his fingers down the center of her bottom, along the cherry-red material of her thong. The simple touch had a devastating effect, every nerve ending singing with terrible, glorious need.
“I’m going to take some much-needed time with your mouth right now. While I do, you’re going to continue stroking me until I’m so close to coming, I’ll be ready to die just to drill you against this wall. But I won’t. I’m going to stop you just before I bust. Then I’m going to lick the sweet pussy that’s been waiting so patiently for me.” He surged into her hand. “Come on, baby. Make me suffer.”
I don't want to spoil too much, but I'm pretty sure the title does enough of that on its own. Both Derek and Ginger have always insisted on total honesty since they officially became a couple in the first book, and that hasn't changed. But they're both hiding something from the other--he's heading into a huge raid at work that's very dangerous and she...well. No spoilers. They each feel the other is slipping away because they're covering something up, and it threatens their relationship. I loved the realistic way Ginger felt about what's going on in the story and was happy to get to see more about this couple. He was pretty swoony.
Four super hot stories from four amazing authors. Whether you're just getting to know these writers or they're already your favorites, you can't miss grabbing this collection.(less)
Right from the beginning, I was drawn into the story of Without You--and not just because the opening scene takes place in a locker room. College student Torrin Kingsley is dealing with so many things--he's captain of the rowing team and his coach is expecting 200% from him and he's just been granted the internship of a lifetime, following and studying under a world-renowned photographer. He's not sure what he wants to do with his life, but one thing he's sure of is how much he loves his girlfriend, Quinn.
Quinn stands, straightening her dress, and suddenly my body lets loose the tumor of tension it's been holding all day. Her presence does that, quiets the hurricane inside me with a wash of tranquility.
Even though the internship would open doors for him and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, he feels that he can't leave Quinn. When he tells her that, she's not having it.
"You're missing out on a great opportunity. And for what? me? I don't think so. I refuse to be the reason."
This was a really quick read, and I was surprised by the how much story Skye was able to tell here. I haven't read anything else she's written, including Stripped, the first book in this series. Even though I'm sure I missed out on a lot since I didn't read that (which I promise I'm going to read ASAP), I never felt lost or that I didn't understand what was going on.
I really liked this story, and I especially loved Torrin. I loved his thoughts and the methodical way he thought everything through. I loved the words he used to describe things. And I loved that he's so hot.
Maybe she's thinking about last night, too. Those nails scraping over my skin, her lips exploring every inch of my chest, the sound of my name as she begged me not to stop.
And he's sweet.
"You said yourself couples do this all the time. That we're stronger than them..."
"But do you believe that?"
Eyes fixed firmly to hers, I answer as truthfully as I can. "With every cell in my body."
There were a few things that I didn't like. One of those was Quinn's loyalty to her art teacher, which I'm guessing was explained in the first book. Torrin also does something totally stupid that doesn't seem to phase Quinn at all when he tells her about it. I won't spoil any more, but I had to mention them since my rating would have been higher if all of the loose ends were tied up.
I loved the way this story ended, and I hope that there is more planned for this couple. I'm also hoping for more about Torrin's friend, Andrew, as he was one of my favorite characters. Like I said, this was my first time reading Brooklyn Skye's work but it certainly won't be the last. Love.(less)
I really love Robin Bielman's characters and stories and was pretty excited to check out Her Accidental Boyfriend. Kagan Owens temporarily escaped her billionaire father's plans for her life when she fled from her high-society job and obligations in NYC to the small coastal town of Cascade. She works in relative anonymity as a waitress and spends her days living the small-town life, fueled in part by her fantasies of local bad-boy architect, Shane Sullivan.
Okay, he'd been the lead in all of [her fantasies], with his square jaw, dazzling blue-gray eyes, and dark, neat hair that she really wanted to mess with her fingers. Not to mention he had a rock hard body that put all other bodies to shame. But she had no plans to act on the urges he stirred. For one, he held the title of first-rate flirt and town Casanova, and every single girl in a twenty-mile radius had set her sights on him.
When Brett, the guy her father intended for her to marry, shows up and demands she return home with him, Kagan tells him that she can't go back...because she's met someone in Cascade, and it's serious.
Shane just happens to walk up at pretty much that exact moment and plays along. When Brett decides to stick around, Kagan and Shane realize they're going to have to convince everyone that they're together.
"This doesn't mean we need to be together twenty-four-seven or anything. I've got work, you've got work. But since Brett has no plans to leave we do have to make it look real, which means lying to everyone--your mom and dad, your sister. Friends. I'm sorry I've put you in that position."
He tucked a piece of hair that had escaped her updo behind her ear. "Quit apologizing, okay? I'm happy to help you out."
"You're positive?" Under the street lights it wasn't easy to read his expression, but she was pretty sure she saw reluctance mixed in with his acquiescence.
"Truthfully, being anyone's boyfriend is not on my radar, but I can fake it will Brett's here. You're going to owe me big time when we're through, though."
They start spending time together, and you know what happens--what started out as fake isn't so fake anymore.
She bit her bottom lip and then leaned in a little closer, played with the hair at the nape of his neck. "You and me." She stared into his eyes. He stared back. "How I'd like to--"
He cut her off by smashing his mouth against hers. Fierce. Passionate. Kissing her with the kind of wild abandon that led to tearing clothes off each other.
I really liked Shane. He was sweet and attentive and swoony. He was a fun guy to be around. I loved that he was always thinking of Kagan's feelings and wanting to be good for her, even when it was just a ruse. I also liked the other characters, especially Shane's sister and best friend and Kagan's best friend.
Kagan was okay. Some of the time I liked her, but some of the time I didn't. I had a real issue with her constantly thinking of Shane as just a "wham-bam-thank you-ma'am kind of guy." He obviously cared about his family and about her, to put his life on hold to help out with her charade. He even took a vacation to spend time with her, and since she didn't have any close friends who told her about how he "loved her and left her," I didn't really get why she was so adamant about him being a playboy. Most of the things I liked about her were the things that Shane liked about her. He made me appreciate her more.
There were a few other things that I didn't like, including Kagan's father and Shane's boss, but overall, I enjoyed reading this story and will definitely be back for more from author Robin Bielman. With an awesome guy that you'll definitely fall for, an almost idyllic setting, and a storyline that will never get old, Her Accidental Boyfriend is a great way to spend an afternoon.(less)
5 stars. If I could give this book 19 stars, I would. love love LOVE
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While I was excited to participate in the tour for Six Months Later because we love supporting debut authors, I thought this would be just another run-of-the-mill YA book. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This. Book. Is. Famazing.
Right from the beginning, you’ll find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat to know what’s going on.
I’m sitting next to the fire alarm, and my best friend is going down in flames.
A junior in high school, slacker Chloe Spinnaker knows she needs to study more and bring up her less-than-stellar GPA if she wants to get into college. She wants to do better, but doesn’t spend much time trying to do anything about it. So it’s no surprise when she nods off during study hall one day in May. What is surprising is that she wakes up to find that six months have passed and it’s now November.
She can’t remember how she got where she is when she wakes up, or why her hands are dirty, or why her best friend, Maggie, doesn’t answer the phone when she calls her. She doesn’t understand when bad-boy Adam Reed is the one who comes to rescue her and is even more confused by the way she seems to feel about him.
“We can’t keep doing this, Chloe,” he says softly.
The words sting and I don’t know why. I don’t even know what he means, but I desperately want to argue with him. I want to shake my head and grab his hands and–this is crazy.
Way beyond crazy.
Chloe gets another shock when she practically falls into the arms of longtime-crush Blake Tanner. He’s her boyfriend now and seems to be crazy about her.
Blake stands next to me in every last [picture], his arm around my shoulder and my head tipped toward him. It’s the kind of pose that leaves no question to our status. We’re together.
My memory decides to have some sort of massive file corruption and these are the months I missed? What about my years in braces? Or the summer my dog and grandmother died a month apart? No, I get to miss the six months that turned my life from train wreck into perfection.
Over the summer, Chloe apparently joined an elite study group and her grades and SAT scores skyrocketed. She’s in with the popular crowd and has a perfect boyfriend. She has everything she’s ever wanted, but there are only a few problems with her “new life”:
1. She can’t remember anything that happened over the last six months and knows there’s something going on. 2. Her best friend refuses to talk to her–at all. 3. She can’t stop thinking about Adam.
Chloe gets little flashes of her memory whenever Adam touches her, but there’s more to it than that. She has an overwhelming connection to him. While trying to understand her feelings for Adam (and anti-feelings for Blake), Chloe finds little clues that let her know that she’s not totally crazy and that she needs to get to the bottom of what happened to her. She has to follow her instincts to figure out who to trust, and she becomes even more determined when she finds out that one of her friends might need her help. The twists and turns in this fast-paced story will keep you on the edge of your seat.
What I liked: I loved pretty much everything about this book. Chloe was a character that I was rooting for the whole time. And Adam? OMG I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM. He’s sweet and beautiful and genius-smart and eats oranges and gives me all kinds of swoonyflails.
He smirks again, and I think I understand why girls go for the bad boy. Or at least, the guys who appear to be bad boys. “I think it’s all an act,” I say, licking Twinkie filling off my finger. “This bad boy thing. You do it to pick up girls.”
“Is it working?” he asks, leaning closer.
I cannot say enough about Adam, who definitely has a spot on my top ten list. I want to quote basically everything he said. I just love him.
I also loved that the plot was realistic and just…gah! Chloe was a bit of a dare-devil and loyal and just genuinely awesome. She has a lot to deal with, and I loved the way she handled it all. Her best friend, Maggie, was pretty awesome, too. Though Chloe hurt her and they don’t talk anymore, Maggie doesn’t abandon Chloe when she really needs her. This pair have a history since they were little girls, and I love that. I love that they love each other. I loved that even though Blake is the all-American prom-kind over-achieving guy that every parent wants their daughter to date, and Chloe's had a crush on him forever, she can’t shake the feeling that it’s just not right. I just want to tell you all the things, but I don’t want to spoil. Trust me, you need to read this one.
Six Months Later has it all: action-packed suspense, a believable main character who totally kicks ass, a sweet boy who’ll have you swooning and flailing, and a BFF that you'll want to hang out with. I can’t wait to find out what’s next for author Natalie Richards.(less)
4-1/2 stars. Or 4 stars. Or whatever. The bottom line is: I. Loved. This. Book.
Nursing student Avery Michaels is happy with her no-strings-attached li...more4-1/2 stars. Or 4 stars. Or whatever. The bottom line is: I. Loved. This. Book.
Nursing student Avery Michaels is happy with her no-strings-attached lifestyle hooking up with guys whenever it suits her when she runs into a new Hot Boy at a frat party.
My gaze locked on the guy entering the back door through the kitchen. A red baseball cap was slung low on his head and inky black curls escaped beneath it. His arms were muscular, and his charcoal T-shirt hugged his lean chest. He was Grade A Prime Meat and probably knew exactly how to put those full lips to good use.
He brushes off her advances, something that's rarely happened to her.
A couple of days later, she runs into him again outside her apartment building and finds Hot Boy (aka walking dreamboat art student Bennett Reynolds) even more intriguing.
"You're a tattoo artist?" Holy Mother of God, this man just got hotter. I looked at his arms but saw no telltale signs. "I'd think you'd have more tats on you."
My fingers slid over the back of my ear near the tattoo I'd gotten when I'd turned eighteen and finally escaped my mother's house. He'd probably think it was amateurish at best.
"Nah, just a couple of well-placed ones." His cheeks pinched into a grin and he looked down at his feet, almost shy about it. His teeth were perfectly white and straight and mesmerizing. "Sometimes less is more, you know."
The only problem is they both want totally opposite things. Avery refuses to allow herself to be vulnerable and enter into any kind of relationship and Bennett won't settle for less than love. In fact, he never has--Bennett's a virgin.
You know, some guys like to take things a bit slower."
Was this guy for real? Suddenly I felt like a bonafide man-eater. A Slutasaurus rex.
"Huh, guess I didn't take Nate as the relationship type of guy," I said. A deep shade of plum tinged his cheeks. We were speaking in code here, but we both knew the real deal. "And just by association, as Nate's friend, I figured you must be the same way."
"Not true. I'm a commitment kind of guy." His voice was low and smooth, like he was very sure of himself on that one point. "If the right girl comes along."
They dance around each other a bit, trying to deny their chemistry. After a mysterious almost break-in into Avery's apartment, Bennett insists that she sleep over at his place and two start out on a journey of friendship. And crazy sexual tension.
"I can't stop thinking about you." He placed his head in his hands. "You're the sexiest woman I've ever met."
They try to cool things off after reaching an impasse. Meanwhile, both of them are dealing with issues in their families and with their mothers that solidify their reasoning for not wanting to give in to each other. I liked the way that such similar situations with them caused each one of them to head toward opposite ends of the spectrum. Of course, there are ups and downs and there's even a part where Avery thinks Bennett might have given up on her and is moving on.
Would Rebecca try to move in on him? Would he let her today?
"No," he said, meeting my eyes. "Never."
Had I said that out loud?
Or was he just reading my mind?
"I know what you're thinking." He released his grip, and my muscle quivered from the contact.
I still couldn't get any damn words out. "I wasn't..."
"I wouldn't do that, Avery. Even if I'm still ticked and unsure about things. He jammed his hands in his pockets and then clenched his jaw. "Because all day, every day, you're still stuck in my head--in my every damn thought."
Avery's BFF, Ella, finally convinces her to let Bennett in and tell her the real reason she won't allow herself to have a relationship with a man. After Avery's tearful confession, they understand each other so much more and decide to see what happens if they both give in a little.
"I said I was a virgin, Avery. Not a saint."
I want to tell you more and quote all the things but I can't without giving everything away. I found myself swooning and flailing and grinning and just...I just loved it.
There were a couple of things that I didn't love. There were a few moments where Avery's focus shifted from I don't want a relationship so hear me roar! to I'm too fucked up for him to ever really love me. I pretty much hated that. Also, for all the fighting for her Bennett does, he seems to give up on her pretty easily, even if it doesn't last long. I felt like this was just a way to prolong the drama and it wasn't necessary.
In spite of those things, I loved so much more about this story. I actually really liked Avery and her kick-ass attitude. I also really liked Nate and Ella. You already know I flailed and swooned over Bennett (did I mention that he called her precious?), and I loved the way Lee writes. The words at times were visceral and I felt like I was in the moment with them. His hands on her in the tattoo shop--*dies* And I didn't even mention the five words game they play and the note on the flowers he sends *flails forever*.
If you're looking for an amazing New Adult novel with a great twist on an overplayed storyline, a girl you'll root for, and a hot, tatted artist boy that you'll fall in love with, then All of You by Christina Lee is the book for you. I can't wait to read more from this author.(less)
A modified version of this review, complete with more quotes and beautiful Dream Cast, also appears on Swoony Boys Podcast.
I want to start off by saying that I wanted to get my hands on this book since I heard about it, and it was close to the top of my list to grab at BEA. I'm so glad I read it. I loved this book!
Despite recently dealing with some life-altering changes, sixteen year old photog Pippa Greene desperately wants to win Vantage Point, a photography competition that comes with a $5K grand prize and an invitation to exclusive Tisch camp in NYC. She’s also got to log 120 volunteer hours for school and is pretty dismayed when she’s assigned to work as a candy striper at the hospital. Things start looking up when she runs into Dylan McCutter, the super swoony boy she’s had a crush on since she first laid eyes on him two years ago when he opened her stubborn locker at school. Add to that mix Ben Baxter, the hot new student who could steal her spot at Tisch and some drama with Pippa’s BFF, Dace, and you’ve got the perfect combination of fun and heartbreak wrapped up in a neat little must-read package.
There are lots of things I loved: the cover and the boys (most of the time) and Guertin’s super snarky writing. Mostly I loved Pippa. Well, obviously I mostly love Dylan (the boy ::le sigh::), but I love Pippa, too. She has got to be one of my favorite characters ever. She’s snarky and sweet and loyal and everything you could ever want in a friend. She’s strong and vulnerable at the same time. She’s smart, loves photography, watches The Breakfast Club, and is just real. Everything that happens with Pippa and her reactions are pretty spot-on, and I love that.
I loved Dylan. He full names Pippa, opens doors, plays guitar in a band, and is totally swoonworthy. He’s a genius (he got into Harvard) and so, so sweet.
“You’re blowing my mind, Philadephia Green.”
“It’s just a cookie.” My face is hot.
“But it isn’t. I’m starting to get you, I think. You don’t do things like anyone else.”
Though I loved pretty much everything about this book, there is one thing–and it’s pretty major–that I didn’t feel good about not knowing what happened. I can’t say much without giving it all away, but you’ll know what I mean when you read it :)
Also, the other boy, Ben Baxter. He’s definitely hot, he's a photographer and goes after what he wants (which I love, when it's Pippa, hate when it's something that hurts her). I liked a lot of things about Ben (and really, really hated some things), but make no mistake--I was #TeamDylan from the first strum of Dylan’s guitar.
The Rule of Thirds the snark, the sweet, the sadness, and the swoon. It's a stand-alone, but really–-I wouldn’t mind some more of this. I’d like to know what happens the next day, and in New York, and in the Fall, and when they get married… Definitely one of my favorite books of the year.(less)
I thought this book was going to be just another one in a stack of mediocre New Adult stories. I couldn't have been more wrong. Breaking the Reins has great characters, a believable storyline, and some nice swoon.
Following the death of her grandmother and her beloved horse, Hercules, college sophomore Hannah Taylor finds herself struggling:
Not long ago, I lived my perfect life as a Taylor heiress; just going to college, loving my boyfriend, and attending his games. Then it all changed when my grandma died, and I tried to figure out how to juggle college, the ranch, and learn about my father's business, as well as enjoy my boyfriend's success.
As if that wasn't enough, more trouble found me, and everything changed a second time. A broken horse had been thrown into my arms, and some guy came strutting into my life and messed with my feelings. It was too much of a coincidence meeting him on the road and having him move in next door.
When Hannah's long-time boyfriend, Eric, the world-renowned polo player, takes notice of Leo, the new guy in town, noticing her, his jealous streak gets a little brighter.
Each time the man smiled at me, Eric's fingers dug into my skin and I pressed my lips together, wiling the scream to stay in my throat.
Hannah feels herself inexplicably drawn to Leo. He's gorgeous and sweet. And he can get through to the rescued horse like no one else. Hannah and Leo try to deny their feelings for each other.
"I tried staying away from you, Hannah. I really did...but I can't. So I'm telling you, you have to stay away from me too."
The further away Hannah seems to drift from Eric, the tighter he holds on. It isn't long before he takes things to a new level.
"You brought that upon yourself," Eric said, serving wine to the flute set in front of me. "I don't want to hurt you, but each time you misbehave, each time you oppose what I tell you to do, I'll have to hurt you."
I'm not going to spoil what happens, but I really liked the way this story played out. Eric didn't start off as evil--it was little increments of shifts in power until he became a monster.
What didn't I like? I felt like Eric got to be too bad. I'm not sure if he remained realistic. I also thought that the reason that Hannah stayed with him was a bit contrived, but I will give her the benefit of the doubt because of her age. With that being said, I liked the characters, especially Leo. I thought that Hannah was a strong woman in a tough situation, and I wish that she had gone to someone for help. Horse lovers will love the descriptions and relationships that the characters have with the horses (as well as their personalities), but non-animal lovers will still enjoy this story.
Because of its sensitive subject matter, I won't say that it's for everyone, but if you're looking for a well-written, realistic New Adult novel with an interesting plot and characters that you'll fall for, Breaking the Reins is the story for you. (less)
I've been trying to figure out what I wanted to say about this book for a few days because nothing I say is going to be enough. So I guess I'll start at the beginning.
The past several books that I read before this one (with maybe one exception) were filled with flounceworthy, awful ridiculousness and to be honest, when I looked at the cover for this book, I didn't want to read it. It's ugly, right? I thought it was going to be just another poorly written, unedited book trying to grab onto the new adult wave with little regard to plausibility and good sense. I even seriously considered contacting the tour host and telling her that I changed my mind.
Thank Rob I didn't do that.
Because, Fictionees, this book is amazing.
High school senior Maise is beating back end-of-summer boredom and temporarily escaping her crummy life when she checks out the carnival that's in town. She doesn't mind when the super hot guy who's noticeably older than she is slides into the seat of the rollercoaster next to her. After some flirting, her lying to him about her age (she says she's 21), and a couple more rides at the fair, the pair head out to his car.
The Guy pushed himself up on his elbows, panting. "Wait."
Then I was me again, hair sticking to my face, flushed. "What?"
He closed his eyes. I could tell breathing was a conscious effort on his part. He lowered his face, grazed my cheek with his sandpapered one. "I want you," he whispered into my hair, and a million filaments of electricity raced across my scalp. "But I want to know you. I don't just want a hookup."
Guise, if you buy this book for nothing else, buy it for the lemon that happens in the front seat of Evan's car. It's worth the three bucks just for that. Even if there. is. so. much. more to this story.
And I'm not just talking about the lemons, though they were so,soooooo hot.
You know what happens, right? A few days later, Maise strolls into her class and discovers that The Guy (Evan) is none other than Mr. Wilke, her new film teacher. And that's how he finds out that she lied about her age. Evan tells her he'll quit, or that she can transfer out of his class, both of which are not options to her.
"You won't break me," I said, my voice low. "I'm not a doll. I'm not fragile. And you can't possibly screw up my life any more than it is."
That furrowed look, the mournful angel observing human tragedy. "It's not just about damage control. It should be more than that."
"Then give me more," I said.
Along the way, Maise befriends Wesley, another film-making aficionado, and finds out that life is more complicated than even she realized. This is a coming-of-age tale in its purest form, and there are twists and turns and mysteries and angst and happiness and heartbreak and just...all of the things.
One of the things that I loved the most about this book was the writing. Raeder has a unique writing style that brought even more dimension to this book. Maise thinks about life as if it were (or would be) a film and that experience comes through to the reader in cinematic perfection.
I'd done nothing but fuck him all day and wanted to do nothing else for the rest of this week. Month. Life. When he drove away I took a picture of the receding tail lights, and after his car was gone I stood there holding the photo up to the street, pretending. What is this feeling? I wondered. What is this hunger that grows worse the more I feed it?
They'd come up with a name for it a long time ago. But you already know what it's called, don't you?
Another thing that I love is the swoon.
"I keep pretending I'm okay, looking at you in class and playing Mr. Good Teacher, when all I want to do is take you in my arms. And I wanted you to know that even though we have to do this, the hiding and pretending, there's not a moment that goes by when I'm not thinking of you, wishing it was different."
The characters were real and though there were definitely twists and turns that I didn't see coming, they all fit within this story and this world perfectly. I love that Maise and Evan have this forbidden relationship and they recognize that it's not all puppies and rainbows to be in the situation that they're in. I loved Wesley, and even though he does some things that I don't love, I kind of love him even more for doing them. Also, the ending? Perfect ending is perfect. I can't believe this wasn't published by a major publisher, and I'm sure that it will be before long. Regardless of what happens, Leah Raeder is without a doubt an author that I will be stalking following closely. I know I keep flailing about this, but trust me, Fictionees, I'm barely skimming the surface of the awesomeness of this story. I know this isn't the type of story for everyone, but really. You don't want to miss this one.(less)
5 stars. And a (hug) for Ruthie Knox for being so amazing.
You can see this review (and lots of others) on Fictionators.
I have to admit that I haven't...more5 stars. And a (hug) for Ruthie Knox for being so amazing.
You can see this review (and lots of others) on Fictionators.
I have to admit that I haven't read any of the other books in the Camelot Series, but that is something that I am going to remedy right away. I asked the lovely Eleanor if I could read out of order, and she said I could but that I had to read the rest asap. Even though I absolutely love About Last Night (with one of my favorite swoony guys), Ride with Me, and Big Boy, I had almost forgotten how much I love Ruthie Knox.
Her words and stories and characters and situations are all just so real. I didn't know anything about Amber and Tony when I started reading this novella, but I immediately identified with and understood exactly where they were in life. I empathized with both of them and wanted to help. That's the power of Ruthie Knox. Don't dismiss her as just another author with hot bare-chested guys on her covers (not that I'm complaining lol). She's a genius, and definitely one of the most under-appreciated authors out there.
Ten years into marriage with three young boys, Tony and Amber are in Jamaica for his brother's wedding. The kids are all restless and Tony's aggravated when he notices Amber looks defeated. He makes a quick decision for her to stay in Jamaica for another few days.
"You can stay," he said. "If you want to."
"I want you to stay here a few more days. Take a break."
"Where is this coming from?"
...Tony took her by the shoulder and firmly steered her back around to face him.
"It was Jamila's idea, but she's right. This vacation sucked for you. I think--I think a lot of things must suck for you, and I can't usually do anything about it."
So, she stays, all alone on vacation at an all-inclusive resort in a luxury suite while her husband goes back home with the kids. He can't afford to miss anymore work, since he owns a construction company and times are hard. He loves his family, but he works eighty hour-weeks and barely has time to connect at all, let alone on any intimate level. At home, his mother-in-law gives him some advice.
"I can't go to Jamaica," he said. "I'll get fired off this job I'm doing in Dublin."
"So you lose the job. Isn't Amber more important?"
Realizing he can't lose his wife, he heads back to the resort, intent to reconnect and fix whatever their problems are. Typical man--sometimes things aren't an easy "fix". Tony and Amber have drifted apart because of life, not because anyone did any one thing wrong.
I loved this story, mostly because of how real it is. As a mom, I know it's hard not to let kids and crazy schedules and homework get in the way of what you want or who you are (besides being a mom). I could also identify with Tony, who felt like everything he was doing was for the betterment of his family. Marriage takes work, and it's easy to get off course. I love the intimacy of this story, and I love the sweetness, too.
"...Because you're my wife, and I love you, and I wouldn't have married you if you weren't also the smartest, most capable, most interesting, hottest chick I'd ever met."
Sometimes, you just need to hear that. I wish I could get my husband to read this. Is that TMI? I guess it's enough to know that I'm not alone in feeling the way I do most of thesome times. Thank you, Ruthie, for reminding us that it's okay to continue to hope and dream and feel lost and want more, even when you already have everything you could ever wish for.(less)
Louder Than Love is decidedly more mature than a lot of books I've been reading lately, whether they've been YA, NA, or adult. Despite the cover looking New Adult-ish, I would definitely put this in the grown up category.
Following the tragic death of her husband, Pete, in a freak train accident, Katrina Lewis packed up her one-year old daughter and moved back to her parents' house in small town Lauder Lake. Even though three years have passed, Katrina (known as Tree to her friends) hasn't even thought of dating again--she can't let go of the memories of her almost-idyllic life with Pete.
There was a time in the recent past when I could bury my nose into the sheets and still smell a vague lingering of my husband, his scent locked deep within the fibers of the mattress upholstery.
All of that changes when she meets the enigmatic former rock-star Adrian Graves at a benefit she organizes for the local public library and is instantly smitten. Things heat up quickly between the two of them.
He slowly knelt down in front of me, still clutching my hand. "No, I consider this very serious business. What are you thinking right now?"
"I'm thinking I want to kiss you again, but I'm scared to. Maybe I could kiss you on a safe spot, like your elbow." My giggle was a defense mechanism that sounded ridiculous and foreign to my ears.
"What are you thinking?"
"I'm thinking anywhere you kiss me could become an instant erogenous zone, Kat," he breathed, leaning over and kissing the hollow of my neck."
Even though they both have things in their pasts to overcome, they want each other.
"I usually find it tough to be...tender," he admitted. "But the moment I touch you..."
There are lots of things that I loved about this book, not the least of which was the writing itself. Topper has a way of weaving her words together that allow the reader to truly experience the moments with the characters. I loved the fact that even though Katrina was totally devastated by the loss of her husband, she refused to allow that to keep her from savoring life, especially with her daughter.
It probably goes without saying that I loved pretty much everything about Adrian, except when he seemed to give up on her without reason. He does say some swoony things:
I had asked him to set the alarm so I could get back home before school dismissed. "Ah, the bell tolls," he murmured apologetically as I groaned.
"No. I set it a half hour early. I like long good-byes," he breathed, crossing his legs over mine.
And my rob, I flailed when they were talking about his tattoos. And when he runs after her in the park. I also really loved the relationship that he had with Katrina's daughter, Abbey:
"I am...marveling..." The buzz filled the punctuated spaces. "Just thinking about all the money strewn about for years on Natalie in pursuit of her happiness, and here is a little girl ecstatic at the mere thought of sharing pancakes with me. Is it as simple as that?"
For all of the things that I loved about this book, there were some things that I didn't. I felt that Katrina jumped into the relationship with Adrian way too quickly and without regard to Abbey's feelings about it. It was definitely addressed, but not realistically in my opinion. For the record, I would never, ever let some guy I just met walk into my sleeping child's room alone--but maybe that's just me.
I already mentioned that I felt that Adrian gave up on her seemingly without reason. I guess I understood his stand on things, but I felt like he was a total chump the way he played it, and it definitely dropped him down a notch to me. I also didn't love the lack of emotion that I felt from Katrina with regard to her feelings about Pete vs. Adrian. I loved the words and feelings about Pete, but her reaction to the way her relationship with Adrian progressed seemed to fall flat.
With all of that being said, I loved this book and can't wait to read more from Topper.(less)
Ya'll know that I love Jason Landry with the fire of a thousand suns, but I might love his best friend more than that. Cane Robicheaux is all that. But don't let me get too ahead of myself.
Shy Magnolia Springs transplant Angelle Prejean volunteers at the fire department and gives riding lessons part-time. So it's a total shock when she outbids everyone for a night with local bad-boy restauranteur Cane Robicheaux in the annual bachelor auction. They've been flirting with each other for months, and relationship-phobe Cane is more than happy to get the chance to spend an evening with the girl he can't get out of his mind.
"You bid an obscene amount of money just to go out with me," Cane interrupted, his deep voice laced with humor. Her eyes shot to his and he winked. "You know, darlin', all you had to do was say the word. You could've had me for free anytime."
Turns out, Angelle needs more than just one night. She needs a week, complete with a fake fiancé. After turning down her boyfriend's proposal, Angelle ran from her small Cajun hometown where her father is the mayor and everyone is all up in everyone else's business. To keep her parents off her back about coming home (and back to the ex, Brady), she invented a relationship that led to an engagement. Now it's time for her to return with her fiancé for the holidays. It only takes a little convincing for Cane to agree to help her.
Along the way, the lines get blurry and both of them wonder what will happen when they realize their fake feelings aren't so fake after all.
His goal had shifted. No longer was this only about getting her out of his system, though that did have to happen, the sooner the better. But now, he didn't just want her comfortable enough to explore their explosive attraction. Cane realized he wanted to let Angelle in.
One of the things that I loved the most about Taste the Heat was the Louisiana setting. I felt that it captured the magic and romance of New Orleans to a tee. This was even better. Perfect descriptions, amazing food, local games and customs--Harris totally captured the ambiance and unique culture of Cajun country. I wonder how people who don't live here pronounce some of these words though. :)
I love this storyline--"fake" relationships that turn real, and this is one of my favorite stories ever. I loved the characters. Cane was just awesome. A restaurant owner, number-crunching nerd-at-heart, bartender, and amazing brother, he's very protective of all of the women in his life. He plays the guitar and rides a motorcycle and has tattoos and is just totally swoonworthy.
Cane was so authentic. One of my favorite moments was when his godchild, Emma, was talking about his upcoming "wedding" with Angelle.
"Tell Angelle my signature colors are green and blue," Emma declared, snapping Cane's attention back to the present. He lifted his head to see her listing the rainbow on her fingers. "But I guess I can work with yellow or purple, too. Oh, it could be like an LSU wedding!" She jusped up and clapped her hands happily, then grew serious just as quickly. "But no taffeta bows on the butt, please. That mess doesn't work on anyone."
She rolled her eyes and then with a mischievous giggle, spun on her heel and skipped away.
Cane blinked. "Taffeta?" What in the hell was that, some kind of snack?
Angelle is one of my favorite female characters ever, and it's so rare for me to like someone so much--she totally knocked me off my feet. She loves her family, but refuses to live her life on anyone's terms but her own. She doesn't want to live under the microscopic scrutiny of her town, but she loves her culture and loves to be home. She waited for the right guy to give her heart to and wouldn't settle for anything less. She's strong, even in the face of weakness.
The chemistry between these characters was off-the-charts.
"Just so we're clear"--he placed his hands on hers--"you can proposition me any time, angel."
Did I mention that I love when he calls her "angel"? ::le sigh::
I love pretty much everything about this book. The only thing I wanted more of (besides once again wishing this was a Brazen title instead of the Fade-to-Black Bliss Brand) was Colby and Jason. We saw them and know they're totally in love and happy, but I wanted more. I loved that the relationships were all still there though--Sherry is still the over-zealous little sister we all love and Jason and Cane are still BFFs (or whatever guys call it).
"You know I was just busting your chops. But damn, this girl's done a number on you, hasn't she?"
Cane huffed a breath. "Yeah, I guess she has."
"Do you have any idea how long I've waited for a woman to knock you on your ass?" When Cane didn't answer, Jason did it for him. "Years. More than a decade. But the day Angelle walked into that diner, I knew it was just a matter of time."
They hold each other up and encourage each other, even when it's not what the other one wants to hear, and that's true friendship.
If you're looking for a story with an amazing plot, a perfect setting, and characters that will have you swooning, Seven Day Fiancé is the book for you. (less)
I really liked this book and can't wait for more. That's the first thing I need to tell you. The second: It's only 99 cents!!! How is this...more3-1/2 stars.
I really liked this book and can't wait for more. That's the first thing I need to tell you. The second: It's only 99 cents!!! How is this possible? If you're reading this review after the price is 99 cents, buy it anyway because it's that good.
The story starts off right in the middle of the action. Lexi Hamilton is running, knowing the consequences of what will happen if she gets caught. Citizens accused of crimes are labeled Sinners and imprisoned without trial and without being able to defend themselves at all. Their prison, the Hole, is like a small city/slum, surrounded completely by 20-ft cement walls rife with crime and corruption and squalor. After being caught, Lexi is immediately transported to the Hole, where she is branded with a band of color around her neck according to her sin: Blue for Lust.
I don't even know what I can tell you about this story without giving anything away, so I will just say that it is unlike anything I've ever read. It was authentic and had what a good dystopian book should have--consequences that show why the society functions the way it does. Citizens are constantly reminded of what will happen to those who don't follow the rules, whether it's a public execution or beating or seeing them dragged off to the Hole.
One of the things that I liked the most about this book was the characters. I really liked Lexi and her spirit. There were times that I thought she was a little unrealistic in her expectations of what was going on around her, but it definitely made sense for her character. She was young and privileged before being imprisoned, so her occasional naivete totally was perfect for her character. I loved Cole, who was the guard assigned to her protection. He's strong and manly and was pretty swoony, too.
"Tell me this is real. Please tell me you really want me because..."
He brings me back down, unties my ponytail, and runs his hands through my hair, rolling me back over and pressing his pelvis into mine. I open my eyes and he's staring at me with so much passion. A tear runs down my face and he wipes it away with his thumb.
"Babe, let's take it slow. I don't want to move too fast... I don't just want to make love. I want to make our love last."
There were parts of it that were downright gross--maggots and blood and just ewww. There are also some really graphic issues, like attempted rape and child molestation and prostitution, so if those are sensitive topics for you, you might not want to read this story.
There were a few problems for me, like insta-relationships and how the characters didn't hold true throughout. I think a good editor would have caught these inconsistencies. With that being said, the entire storyline made sense and was exciting, and I can't wait to read more.
If you read my review of Addicted to You, you'll remember that while I liked a lot of things about that book (like Loren gah!), I had some problems with it, too (like Lily). There are still some things I didn't like, but I liked Ricochet a little more than Addicted to You, and I'm still flailing over Loren.
Ricochet picks up just a few days after Addicted to You ends, with Lo safely at rehab and Lily picking up the pieces with the prospect of no best-friend/boyfriend to take care of her. She moves into her sister, Rose's, apartment to get ready to go to Princeton. She's determined to spend more time with her family, especially her younger sister, Daisy.
I liked that Lily was realistic this time around, with her trying to get to the bottom of why she is actually addicted to sex and being determined to stay true to Loren.
I have many fears since Lo has left, but my greatest one is failing him. I want to wait for Lo, and if I'm not strong enough to squash these compulsions before he returns from rehab, then our relationship will really be over. No more Lily and Lo. No more us.
I loved that she recognized her role in Lo's addiction and wanted to help him. I liked the other characters in this book. Getting to know Lily's sisters was a treat, and gah! I loved Ryke. I also loved delving into Lily and Lo's pasts with the (sometimes) sweet flashbacks. There's definitely some steam in the form of Skype and phone calls.
He suddenly lets out a long groan. "God, I just want to kiss you."
I grin. "Welcome to my world. I think I've imagined making out with you about five billion times since you've been gone."
"And how many times have you imagined my cock in your mouth?"
No surprise, I loved Loren. He was sweet and steamy and vulnerable.
"I want to be there with you," he says. "I don't want Ryke to the the one to protect you. That's my job, and I plan to be a hell of a lot better at it than before..."
I still swoon when he calls her "love". Both Lily and Loren work through a lot of issues, and I really loved that their characters were so authentic, while staying true to themselves.
There were definitely some pretty funny moments, too.
Well how many fingers does Lo usually use?"
So what didn't I like? I wanted more Loren, obviously. I really loved getting to know Ryke and Daisy, but their relationship creeps me out a little. She just seems so young. I was a little confused by some of the therapy advice that Lily received, and there were some errors that hopefully will be fixed before publication. There's a cliffy at the end, but luckily we don't have to wait very long for Addicted for Now, which will be released on November 30th. We do get the first chapter here, but it's such a tease. Overall, I really enjoyed Ricochet and can't wait to read the next book. (less)
I'm pretty addicted to New Adult, so I jumped at the chance when author Krista Ritchie contacted me with an offer of an advanced copy of Addic...more3 stars.
I'm pretty addicted to New Adult, so I jumped at the chance when author Krista Ritchie contacted me with an offer of an advanced copy of Addicted to You. After finally finishing it, I...hardly know what to say.
The idea for this story is very interesting. Lily Calloway, heir to a billion dollar soda tycoon, is addicted to sex. She lost her virginity at a very young age (I think 14) and since then has has more one-night stands than she can count. She hires prostitutes, watches porn (even in class), and skips family functions to have sex. It's all she can think about.
Loren Hale, her BFF since prep school, is an alcoholic, and the pair come up with a plan that will help cover both of their addictions--they pretend to be together.
...we lied for each other and hid our infidelities, playing the role of doting boyfriend and girlfriend. The deeper we sink, the harder it is to crawl out. I fear the moment where neither of us can breathe again--when someone discovers our secrets. At any moment, everything can crumble beneath us.
Lily makes sure that Loren doesn't get behind the wheel, and Loren helps her cover up with her family and makes sure she doesn't get attacked. Making both of their rich, entitled families happy, their arrangement seems to be working well for them until Loren finally lets it be known that he's always wanted Lily to choose him instead of the many nameless guys who've traipsed through her life and into her bed.
"Have you ever thought about me inside you?"
I think this teaser poster that author Becca Ritchie posted pretty much sums it up:
The pair attempt a "real" relationship--one in which Lily is monogamous with Loren and Loren tries to cut back on the drinking. Along the way, they befriend a couple of guys: Connor, who is outright hilarious, and Ryke, who wants to help them overcome their addictions.
This story is a like a see-saw emotionally. Before they're really together, Lily can't stop thinking about Loren, and it's not just because she's addicted to sex.
The way he watches me with rapt attention sets my whole body aflame. I just want him on me. In me. Dear God.
The problem to me comes when they're finally together. Both of them act like their relationship is a chore. (view spoiler)[Loren complains about having sex so often, which I realize I'm stereotyping here, but I certainly don't think it's a typical reaction for a 21-year-old guy. It's not that he's not ever interested in having sex with her, but most of the time it seems that it's because he has to, either to keep Lily out of trouble, to keep her from cheating on him, or to turn the attention away from him, not because he wants her so much. (hide spoiler)] Lily is no better, and I have at least four comments in my notes about what a selfish bitch she is. I don't see the appeal of her character very much at all.
Admittedly, I don't know much about addiction, especially addiction to sex. And that might be what my issue is here--I just didn't understand it. Lily's addicted to sex, and I don't understand why having Loren at her disposal isn't enough for her. I get why she's unhappy when he refuses her, but I didn't feel like she was satisfied with him, ever, or with anyone really. Maybe that was the point.
There were a few other things that I didn't love. The story seemed to drag out and there were some errors. Like I said, I have an advanced copy, so those might be ironed out in the final copy. I also felt like Loren's portrayal was somewhat comical, the way he hoarded bottles and acted so childish at times. There was a fight at a Halloween party that I thought was completely ridiculous.
With that being said, I liked this story.
What did I like? I loved Loren. Ya'll know how I feel about the doucheward types (Can I even use that word on goodreads? LOL) He was hot and funny and cocky and pretty swoony at times.
"I'll always be yours. No distance or time apart will change that, Lily."
I also really loved Conner, who starts out being Lily's tutor and becomes a true friend to the couple.
I sigh. The exam was hard, and I have no idea whether I passed or tanked. "An A," I joke.
..."You'll make an A in econ when I piss glitter, but if you feel confident about it, that's what matters."
While I don't feel like I totally connected with the characters, I find myself thinking about them long after I finished reading. The ending was great, I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
4-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up for the lap dances.
You guise. You guise. Ya'll know how much I loved Samanthe Beck's debut Private Practice and how...more4-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up for the lap dances.
You guise. You guise. Ya'll know how much I loved Samanthe Beck's debut Private Practice and how I flailed all over the place for Tyler. He's one of my favorite guys, ever.
Guess what? I love Trevor, too! He's hot. Like meltyouintoapileofgoohot.
After pressing her forearms to the door, he kissed his way down her back, pausing to unhook her bra. She shivered as it sprang open. Kneeling behind her, he sent his hands around to her breasts again and got to work there while his tongue slide over the curve of her spine.
I had to stop there or I would have quoted a lot, and I want you to read this book!!!
Yoga instructor Kylie has to step in for her twin sister, Stacy, when she breaks her leg. Problem is, Stacy's a stripper, but they need the money to survive. Kylie meets sexy cop Trevor McCade her first night on the job, and sparks fly with their very first private dance. There's chemistry and mystery when Kylie discovers a dead body outside of the club. Of course, Detective McCade is on the job and is determined to figure out who's behind the murder, even if it means pushing aside his fledgling feelings for Kylie to find out what she's hiding.
I just want to throw in my two cents about how much I loved these characters. You know how you'll read something and the MC is all whiny about how "he can't really want me" and "I'm not good enough" and just ugh. That doesn't happen here.
Had they met at a different time, under different circumstances, who knows what they might have meant to each other? But they'd met over lies and murder. The combination doomed their chances for something else. Trevor upheld the lay. He wasn't the kind of man who would appreciate being deceived.
Sure, Kylie gets upset when she realizes that she could have real feelings for Trevor, but the girl he thinks he's falling for isn't her--she's the complete opposite of her sister. I loved that her reactions and the way she felt about everything was authentic. She was vulnerable for a reason, not because the author needed a plot device. Yay for that.
There were a couple of things that I didn't love, mainly the use of the word "moist" and some technical terms, but overall, I loved this book.
And can I just stop for a second and tell you how happy I am that we got a glimpse of the future at the end of this book? So often, the conflict is resolved and then bam! the end. Not here. Beck didn't go on and on, but she did give us enough of a glimpse to be *ahem* satisfied with their futures. Also--the ending? Perfect! I loved it so much! For the awesome characters, the fun storyline, and the steamy steaminess, I seriously cannot wait to read more from this author, and I'm so glad that we'll get to see more of these characters in the future.
The daughter of a famed baseball player, Liza Sutherland has grown up around the sport her whole life. When her mother enters a charity auction bid in Liza’s name for a date, she’s less than thrilled. Liza’s still reeling from the death of her fiancé and isn’t looking for love, even with her childhood crush, Cole Collins. Before he became the bad-boy baseball superstar he is today, he attended Liza’s dad’s baseball camp, and the two struck up a friendship. Being raised by a single mother (and then his grandmother), Cole’s been through a lot and has a reputation for being a party boy. In an effort to shed his image, Cole’s manager tells him it’s time to settle down (or at least make it appear that he’s settling down), and Liza’s the perfect candidate. She’s not interested in dating, but when Cole’s manager offers a generous donation to the charitable organization that she works for–exceeding her fundraising goals and securing her job–she agrees to go out with Cole. Neither of them count on their relationship becoming real, and neither of them wants the other to find out about the the initial arrangements that got them together in the first place. You guys all know this story–the bad boy player falls for the good girl and they live happily ever after, right?
Right. But here’s the thing about this story: even though the storyline is somewhat cliché, I still loved it. There are some definite twists and turns and a little mystery thrown in to the mix. It’s a fun, sweet story, with a sexy boy and a girl I found myself rooting for.
I loved the anticipation in this story. You should remember that the Entangled Bliss titles are Fade to Black, so there’s nothing explicit, but it’s still hot. The writing was great, the story was sweet, and I think you’ll like it. I loved the proposal(s), I loved Cole (and Liza), and I loved his tweets.
My main complaint about this book (besides the fact that I wouldn’t have minded not fading to black) is the ending. I wish there was a little bit more. I hate it when the conflict is resolved and then just… the end. Regardless, I still loved The Practice Proposal and think you will, too.(less)
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Private Practice is a hot, quick read that I think you'll really enjoy....moreThis review, with quotes and stuffs, can be found on Fictionators.
Private Practice is a hot, quick read that I think you'll really enjoy. Dr. Ellie Swann returns to her hometown to open a practice and help take care of her diabetic father. After learning that long-time crush Roger has called off his ten-year engagement, Ellie sets out to make him hers. In an effort to be the woman Roger needs, she decides to get "sex lessons" from resident bad boy Tyler Longfoot.
You know how it goes--nothing goes according to plan and soon Ellie and Tyler find themselves wanting more than the original five sessions they've planned. This book was fun--Ellie was smart and snarky, and though she could be naive, I really liked her. Tyler was sexy and the perfect amount of vulnerable. I liked both of their characters and after I was able to get past the kind of unbelievability of the story, I really found that I liked it. This is Samanthe Beck's debut, and I can't wait to read more from her! If you're looking for a quick, sexy read, this is the story for you.
ETA: I can't stop thinking about Tyler, so I'm bumping this one up to 4-1/2 stars :)(less)
4 stars for the story. 5 stars for the boy. 1 star because the editing made me want to throw my computer through a window. I think that averages out t...more4 stars for the story. 5 stars for the boy. 1 star because the editing made me want to throw my computer through a window. I think that averages out to 3 stars LOL.
I love Jennifer Armentrout. I love the worlds she builds and the boys she creates to make us swoon and flail. She's an amazing storyteller. Unfortunately, I have to start this review off on a bad note. The editing of this book was atrocious, so much so that if hadn't been written by Jennifer Armentrout (and I didn't already know that she wrote one of my favorite stories ever), I would have flounced pretty early on.
And that makes me sad, because I love this story. And I love Cam.
After being assaulted and shunned by nearly everyone in her community (including her parents), freshman Avery Morgansten moves thousands of miles away to attend college. There she meets and falls for gorgeous and sweet Cameron Hamilton, who shows her that she’s someone worth waiting for. As Avery lets down her guard little by little to allow Cam into her heart, she tries to move on from her past. When she starts receiving mysterious letters and phone calls, she has no choice but to tell Cam everything, even if it means losing him forever.
I loved lots of things about this book, but probably what I loved the most (besides Cam) is the development of Avery and Cam’s relationship. He was straightforward and amazing, and even though I wanted to shake Avery sometimes and ask her what the hale she was thinking by not falling into his arms immediately, it totally made sense for her character not to. I loved that there wasn’t insta-love here. It gave me the chance to fall in love with Cam, right along with Avery.
Cam is amazing and was my favorite part of this book. He might be my favorite NA guy. If not, he's definitely in the top 3. Cameron Hamilton is sweet and hot and patient and gorgeous. He's more than good looks, though. He's is smart, drinks orange juice, and bakes cookies. He’s willing to wait for Avery to come around. He’s so swoony. And he calls Avery "pretty". Did I mention that he has a pet turtle…named Raphael? ♥♥♥
“Fuck, Avery. You think I don’t want you?” His voice came out low, almost a growl. “There’s not a single part of you that I don’t want, you understand? I want to be on you and inside of you. I want you against the wall, on the couch, in your bed, in my bed, and every fucking place I can possibly think of, and trust me, I have a vast imagination when it comes to these kinds of things. Don’t ever doubt that I want you. That is not what this is about.”
I loved Cam and Avery's friends, too. I want more of Ollie for sure, and I'm super excited that there will be more in this series.
Like I said, the editing on this book was without a doubt the worst editing job I’ve ever read. You might think I'm exaggerating slightly, but…no. I don’t think so. This book is the book that inspired my post on why everyone needs an editor. I hate to call people out, but I'm not even kidding about this: if you're thinking about hiring Marie Romero, don't. It's too much of a risk, tbh. I bought this book from amazon the day it was released, and I've heard that it was updated and corrected, but even then it’s still in need of editing. I hope it’s much better because I want everyone to read this book.
I also didn’t love the “big reveal”. It was a let down and didn’t seem realistic. That’s all I can say about that, without giving away everything.
Despite its terrible editing, Wait for You has a great story with characters that I loved and one of the swooniest guys I’ve ever read. Read it!(less)
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You guise. This. book. is. hot.
I'm not sure if it's because I've been reading...moreThe full review, with quotes and stuff can be found on the Fictionators.
You guise. This. book. is. hot.
I'm not sure if it's because I've been reading mediocre smut lately or what, but I seriously loved this book.
Sterling Andrews meets bad boy Jack Vaughn when her friend drags her to a fundraiser benefiting a charity that his recently-passed-away mother started. Sparks between the two immediately ignite. There's a lot that I can say about gorgeous Jack Vaughn. He's beautiful. He's a chef. He has tatts. His tongue is pierced. He wears button fly jeans. *grin* He knows what he wants.
"Please, Sterling, let me have you."
Their night of debauchery is cut short when Sterling gets a phone call, alerting her to the fact that her parents have been running up her credit cards again. Jack is only planning to be in town for the next month, and in that time, he needs to pack up his mother's belongings. He hires Sterling for the job. And he has a proposition for her:
"I have four weeks until I need to take off again. For the next four Saturdays, you belong to me."
You know what happens. Counter sex. Beach sex. Public sex. Motorcycle sex. It's hot. And then the shit hits the fan, and when it does, it really does. It's all worth it in the end, though, and I loved it!
What didn't I like? There were some words that made me cringe (like "channel" ewwww). I also didn't love that he was so wishy-washy about their relationship. Not every woman in the world is after the same thing. I loved that she had a backbone, though, and stood up to him.
Recipe for Satisfaction is a story with two strong characters that I really liked and a storyline that was realistic. I loved the lemons and loved their relationship even more. I seriously can't wait to read more from this author.(less)
I had almost forgotten how much I love Cindi Madsen's style--great descriptions and dialogue with realistic storylines and couples that you actually want to succeed. She outdid herself this time, giving us a strong, swoon-worthy guy and a smart, snarky girl that I felt like I could actually be friends with, all wrapped up with some of my favorite Disney Princesses. ♥
After having a series of failed relationships, Interior designer Darby Quinn decides that Prince Charming isn't out there for her (or anyone) and is through with love when she captures the attention of gorgeous restauranteur Jake Knight. Their very first encounter is the stuff made of fairy tales:
I stepped forward, my thoughts on getting back to my table, when the heel of my stiletto caught. To keep from falling, I had to leave the shoe behind.
"Whoa," I muttered as I recovered from my almost-fall.
I turned around in search of my shoe and saw a guy bend down to retrieve it."
"I think you lost this..."
Sparks immediately fly between them, but Darby's got rules--lots of them, and she isn't looking for love. Lucky for Darby that fate has a way of working itself out. Darby and Jake run into each other everywhere. He owns her favorite restaurant and lives in her building. She keeps trying to resist her attraction to him, but he's persistent.
"Obviously you're beautiful. But there's something different about you that makes me not want to give up."
"You don't even know me," I said.
"And whose fault is that?"
Two creases formed between Jake's eyebrows. "Cinderella's?"
"Yeah, Cinderella screwed me over."
Darby's had her heart broken a few times and relates each one of her break-ups to Disney's leading guys--from Prince Charming to Aladdin to Flynn Rider. She's made case studies about her past relationships to learn some valuable life-lessons (which I loved) and avoid getting sucked back into bad situations. Darby's determined to not allow Jake to get close enough to eventually become another ex, but he's pretty irresistible.
Jake slowed his pace and studied me for a moment. "I guess I just haven't found the right person yet. I t doesn't mean I don't believe she's out there."
"You don't have to pretend you believe in"--I threw up my hands and made air quotes--"'the one'" and falling madly in love to impress me. I wasted too much time believing in all that, so now I'm realistic. the odds of you and me working aren't great."
"But what if we do work out? What if we end up being perfect for each other?"
Can I just say that I loved this guy? He's definitely one of my favorites and I will be adding him to my top-ten list. I love that he's sweet and holds her hand and is affectionate. But I mostly love that he calls her out for her crap, both when she doesn't want to take a chance on being with him and when she tries to turn the tables and compartmentalize his actions. I love that he's also no doormat.
"Maybe if you'd have looked for a reason to be with me instead of dump me, you would've found one."
He's sweet and sexy and protective and I just love him, especially when he says stuff like this:
"I'm so crazy about you that if you asked me to give up watching sports for the rest of my life, I would."
"Couch or bed?"
I really loved Darby, too. She's smart and isn't afraid to admit when she's feeling vulnerable. I really appreciated that she started to discover that her own rules were dumb and that she didn't actually have everything figured out.
Her friends and family were pretty great, too, especially her brothers. I love that they called her out for being stupid and not giving love a chance. I loved the descriptions Madsen used--she's truly talented, taking us effortlessly from a bustling city to small-town country life. I totally felt like I was there and could really feel familiarity with even the most minor characters.
So, I guess you can tell that I loved everything, right? I did. There were a few things that I didn't like, like her reaction to something in Jake's past. I did love Jake's reaction to that, though, so I guess I did love it after all lol. I also didn't like Darby's reaction to the reemergence of one of her exes, and I would have liked more at the end of the story. Of course, this book has a FTB and I really, really wanted it not to.
Even the dedication is perfect: I hope you learn that you don't need a prince charming to make all your dreams come true, but that you find one anyway. I'm making this as a painting and putting it up in my daughters room. And bonus points to Madsen for her use of "twitterpated". I love her even more, now.
Great storyline, amazing characters, and the perfect amount of romance, all tied up in a princess-worthy sparkly bow. Total win.(less)
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Liza has been in love with her BFF, Tony, for as long as she can reme...more3-1/2 stars.
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Liza has been in love with her BFF, Tony, for as long as she can remember. He watches movies with her. Misses her when they're apart. Even climbs up to her room at night. He's everything she thinks she wants in a boyfriend. He's definitely not oblivious to her feelings, and he's a good friend to her and seems to enjoy hanging out. Trouble is, Tony starts spending time with Cloey, a girl (who clearly doesn't like Liza or her relationship with Tony), and in an effort to show Tony that she can be everything he wants, Liza signs up to try out for the soccer team. It's surprising because she's not athletic, and even more shocking when the captain of the team, Ryan Hunter seems to notice her.
Dealing with her conflicting feelings for Ryan and finding out that Tony is officially dating Cloey causes Liza to realize that she needs to stop pining away for a boy that isn't going to see her as more than friends.
I really liked that Liza wasn't a doormat. She gave in to Tony too much, but she stood up for herself and didn't let him walk all over her. I also liked Tony and Ryan was pretty hot.
You know how it is with self-pubs: there were some errors and some inconsistencies, but overall I liked this fun, quick read packed with high school drama and a little bit of hotness. There's a scene that involves a drink and a lemon wedge that I really liked.
The ending was way too abrupt for me. The story wasn't without resolution, but I would have liked to have had a little more at the end. I must have an earlier version of the story, because Piper Shelly said (on goodreads) that she has posted the epilogue on her site for those that didn't get it with their version of the book. Even with that, though, I still wanted more.
This was a quick read, with likable characters and a fun storyline. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.(less)
You can read my full review, including quotes and dream cast (trust, you do not want to miss that), on Swoony Boys Podcast....more3-1/2 stars. Or three. idk.
You can read my full review, including quotes and dream cast (trust, you do not want to miss that), on Swoony Boys Podcast.
Following the death of her beloved mother, not-so-pretty-less-than-popular Becky Randle stumbles across a mysterious phone number. The call she makes leads her to Tom Kelly, a sort of fairy godfather/designer who magically fills her life with glitz, glamour, and celebrity as he transforms her into Rebecca, literally the most beautiful woman in the world. All things come with a price, though, and Rebecca has one year to fall in love and get married. Determined to use her amazing beauty for good, she sets her sights on marrying the handsome (and very funny) Prince Gregory, but she soon discovers that there’s more at stake than she ever imagined when real feelings get in the way.
I loved the whole idea for this story--it’s like a fairytale, complete with dwarves and a handsome prince. It was hard not to get swept up into the celebrity and overwhelmingness of it all. It’s really hard to describe this book. Parts of it are so overly descriptive that I had to go back and reread just to figure out wtf Rudnick was talking about. On the flip side of that, there were things that were completely left out that absolutely should have been there. After becoming Rebecca, Becky has one year to meet, fall in love with, and marry someone. She’s pretty much immediately smitten with Prince Gregory, who I loved. Their first meetings are told in great detail, but then there’s a huge six month jump in time, leaving out all the time that they “fell in love”. Also, there’s a lot of bad language in this book that seemed superfluous, and something happens with the movie director that we think was too gross and was kind of unnecessary.
I found the characters to be likable, especially Prince Gregory and Jate. Her BFF, Rocher, was a little over the top, but I can picture her clearly and loved her. I really appreciated that we got an epilogue so we know what happened later, even if it seemed unrealistic. Overall, I liked this book, but with a few changes, I could have loved it. (less)