Edited 3/31 I picked up Her Best Laid Plans on a whim the other day. I’m a hit or miss fan of Cara McKenna’s stu...moreFull review to come ... But OMG Connor!
Edited 3/31 I picked up Her Best Laid Plans on a whim the other day. I’m a hit or miss fan of Cara McKenna’s stuff, some of it I absolutely love (AFTER HOURS) while some of it just isn’t right for me. This novella… was perfect for me. It was exactly what I was looking for that day. The perfect story, the perfect length… the perfect boy… lol Okay so maybe not perfect, but he was definitely swoony and sexy.
Jamie Webb is in Ireland all by herself … recently dumped by her ex. Nursing a broken heart isn’t the ideal way to spend her time in Ireland. So her first day there finds her in a local bar a short distance from the house she’s staying at. She certainly wasn’t expecting Connor Kelleher to walk through the door and tempt her or her plans.
Jamie is finally on track to do all the things she put on hold for her ex and she’s not going to give those plans up for anyone. A fling is exactly what she needs and Connor is game.
As always, McKenna delivers on all fronts… Incredibly sexy scenes mixed with emotional depth and characters that I could absolutely relate to and situations that were fun. It was a bit of a departure for her writing as Cara McKenna, but something I would definitely expect of her writing as Meg Maguire.
My only complaint would be a bit more on Connor’s history…I realize this wasn’t necessarily his story, but I think I would have liked to see the characters delve a bit deeper in their whirlwind romance.
If you’re looking for a quick read that will make you fall for a rugged, sexy Irishman definitely pick up Her Best Laid Plans. (less)
I love this book... but not as much love for the narrator on this. The voice was just not working for me. BUT YOU MUST READ THE BOOK!! :) BECAUSE JAX!...moreI love this book... but not as much love for the narrator on this. The voice was just not working for me. BUT YOU MUST READ THE BOOK!! :) BECAUSE JAX!!!(less)
If you’re looking for an intense, emotional read, then Tease might just fit the bill.
Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy and she’s...moreIf you’re looking for an intense, emotional read, then Tease might just fit the bill.
Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy and she’s always the one calling the shots and the guys are always left begging for more because she just doesn’t do relationships. But a disastrous night at a biker bar has her depending on someone she doesn’t know to get her out of a bit of trouble.
Shaw doesn’t need the trouble that he’s sure would come along with getting to know Emerson, but he’s intrigued by her and he isn’t going to let her get away with trying to control him or their relationship. If he’s going to be in it, he expects her to be in it 100% too and that means she has to stop pushing him away and getting her to face up to some major issues in her past that she had buried.
“I want you,” he said starkly, the barest quiver in his hoarse voice. “Me and you. Together.” He drew in a deep breath, his broad chest lifting. “But I can’t chase you forever.”
My first Sophie Jordan book was Foreplay, book 1 in this series, and when I had the opportunity to read Tease, I grabbed it. Tease isn’t horribly different than many of the other New Adult books out there and while I enjoyed it, I think Foreplay was slightly better in my opinion. At times there was way more drama than was necessary and quite often it was easy to even forget that these characters were in college other than the major partying that our main character does and her occasionally stopping in at her dorm.
What I do love about these books is that Jordan writes in an almost effortless style that’s easy to read and enjoy. Her characters are always intriguing and I found that I wanted to know more about both Emerson and Shaw. And on top of all that, Jordan can also write some wonderful bedroom scenes and Tease definitely lived up to Foreplay in that regard.
“What do you want me to do? Say it.”
“Take me… fuck me.” I moistened my lips, something else running through my mind.
And like he knew that, like he could read my mind, his hand cupped my face. His mouth brushed my ear. “I’m going to do that, baby, but what else?” Goose bumps broke out across my skin at the hot fan of his breath against the whorls of my ear. “Say what else I’m going to do to you. You know.” I knew what he wanted to hear. I remembered what he had promised to do to me.
“Make love to me.” Was that my voice? I didn’t even recognize the low purr. “I want you to make love to me…”
He pulled back to smile, slow and wicked, at me, and a shiver rushed through me. “All right then.”
If you’re looking for a steamy new adult series to devour, then definitely pick up the Ivy Chronicles. Foreplay is already out and Tease will be shortly. I’m definitely looking forward to Wild coming later this year. (less)
I really enjoyed this one. I wasn't too sure I would because it took a bit for the second Will Grayson and his story/voice to grow on me, but by midwa...moreI really enjoyed this one. I wasn't too sure I would because it took a bit for the second Will Grayson and his story/voice to grow on me, but by midway through I was loving both of these characters.
Definitely a must read/listen for fans of these authors. (less)
The Break Up Artist seemed to be the perfect read for Valentine’s Day… I mean, why not! Becca Williamson has a part-time job… It’s not your typical jo...moreThe Break Up Artist seemed to be the perfect read for Valentine’s Day… I mean, why not! Becca Williamson has a part-time job… It’s not your typical job, babysitting or working at a fast food joint, it’s breaking up couples at her high school. What started as a joke message on a wall in the girls bathroom has turned into something a bit more. And she’s good at it.
It helps that she has a somewhat negative outlook on love and that all seems to have started with her sister and her situation. Watching her sister get left by her fiancé on the day of her wedding and then the inevitable spiral into depression and pushing everyone but family away sparked a hatred for that dreaded “L” word.
We all like to think that there’s one person out there who will rescue us from the tower, slide the glass slipper onto our foot, brush away our one falling tear and tell us if there’s six more weeks of winter. Or something like that. But that’s not how the real world works. Just ask the cheating boyfriends and girlfriends I have to deal with on a far-too-regular basis.
I have to say that I really liked Becca… mostly. I liked her snark and sarcasm and wit and I thought she had a wonderful voice. But she wasn’t perfect… which you’ll realize when you read. She absolutely makes some bad choices and decisions throughout the story, a big one that I struggled to believe that she would make all things considered, but it added some additional drama to a fun, somewhat lighthearted story. I know you’re saying to yourself ‘is she crazy? A book about breaking up people is lighthearted and fun?’ But it really was.
There is another added layer of drama because when Becca is suddenly hired by someone she doesn’t know and who doesn’t attend their school to break up class sweethearts and golden couple Huxley and Steve… she suddenly has to struggle with her conscience rearing its ugly head because these are two people who genuinely are happy. But she isn’t about to say no and besides… she owes Huxley a bit of heartache.
My one major issue with this book, and the main reason I marked it 4 stars instead of 5, despite really enjoying it, is because of the way the author has represented these teenage girls. And maybe it is because I wasn’t this way and I didn’t really know girls who acted or thought this way in high school but these girls are shown as only being interested in who their next boyfriend is going to be, and making those who don’t have boyfriends or never had boyfriends seem as somehow less was just a bit ridiculous. High school just isn’t like that and I really ended up hating just about all the girls to be honest. Even Val, Becca’s supposed best friend. I get being a bit boy crazy, but I believe that this just went a bit to the extreme with the shaming of the kids who aren’t dating someone.
Overall, this was a fun read… with light and witty dialogue and characters that were interesting and layered this is definitely something you’ll want to pick up when it releases… and it was the perfect read for me on Valentine’s Day!
I'll definitely be reading anything Siegel writes in the future!
Thank you to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts! (less)