I loved this story!!! I've been a fan of Caisey Quinn for years, when she first gave me Landen. And I absolutely LOVE the way she writes male pov!! JuI loved this story!!! I've been a fan of Caisey Quinn for years, when she first gave me Landen. And I absolutely LOVE the way she writes male pov!! Justin "Jubby" Cohen was so swoon-worthy!! The story was just wonderful. I was grinning like a fool when I read the last word. I have all of her books but haven't read them all yet. I need to fix that. Anyway, this was a nice light read that gave me enough feels to keep me glued to my phone. I read it in a matter of hours. Thanks for another great story, Caisey!!...more
I swear every book written by A Meredith Walters, gets better and better. I cant wait for this release next week. Just like How to Save a Life , thisI swear every book written by A Meredith Walters, gets better and better. I cant wait for this release next week. Just like How to Save a Life , this book is on my most favorite reads of 2016 and epic books of all time. This book is ugly. This book is beautiful. This book is real. And this book will make you believe that love conquers all, even faced with the most impossible of circumstances. There is hope, there is light and there are a million reasons why I love reading books like this. The ones that have you gripping your kindle for dear life while shedding so many tears your vision is blurred, cursing at the gods for the cruelty of their fictional lives. The ones where your heart is pounding in anticipation for what's to come. The books that make you forget about your real life, if only for a little while, to go on a journey with two incredible people who face the odds, but still somehow overcome and thrive. I love being on the edge of my seat. I love screaming curses at the characters to get their shit together and admit their feelings. I just love being in the center of their lives to see how it plays out. I fucking. Love. It. Because just like all of Walters' other books, specifically Find You in the Dark , you'll go through an array of emotions. You'll go through so many ups and downs, twists and turns, you'll feel physically sick at the bottom. But even after suffering major whiplash and devastation, you'll climb upward, out of the pit of darkness. And I just loved watching this story unfold.
The book is written in past and present, from Imogen Conner's pov, we get to watch two young teens navigate through a life of unfair cruelty. Both characters are so real, you experience every single emotion they experience. Their life was so difficult to journey through. I had to stop reading a few times. It became way too much, way too tragic. One thing I love is that Walters doesn't shy away from such difficult circumstances. She literally throws her characters into a tornado and lets them find their way back out. Even when their stories are so hard to bear because you feel like you're literally transformed into their lives, watching everything from the sideline. All you can do is watch. It's sometimes unbearable and frightening. But that's exactly like life, sometimes. It's real honest-to-God life.
I'm gonna be vague about this book because I think it needs to be experienced blindly. If you loved FYitD, I guarantee you'll love this one just as much. If not more, like I did. I put Yoss and Imi up on a pedestal, alongside Clay and Maggie. Because they were just as real to me when I read this story. Now I'll say, it's gonna be a painful experience. You're gonna feel like death has come knocking on your door because you can't breathe...you'll feel like you're drowning in a sea of tears for these characters, which you will be, but to get to the beautiful, you have to face the ugly.
Make sure you pre-order this book or buy it on the 18th. It's one you don't want to miss. Thanks to the author for sending me an ARC of this gem. I'll forever treasure Yoss and Imi's story. Always.
"It feels like I'm falling, Imi." he breathed. "I'll catch you," I promised. Lies so many of them. They became our truth. They would be our end.
"We'll walk on the beach, Imi, and we'll dance in the sand. Because one day soon, I promise all this ugly will become something beautiful"
"We had felt like a force of nature. Unstoppable. Destined. We thrived on the passion and confidence of youth that left no room for doubt. We loved each other. And in the ugly world we inhabited, it was a light we had clung to."
“A happy story doesn’t always have a happy ending.”
So, once I finished, How to Save a Life, I was desperate for more of Emma Scott's writing. There was just somet5 'I'll always come back to you' stars!
So, once I finished, How to Save a Life, I was desperate for more of Emma Scott's writing. There was just something so unique in the way she writes her stories, creates her characters in such a way, they become part of your life. You root for them and love them and only want them to have everything they deserve; which is each other. I had this one on my kindle already, having bought it months ago, and decided to dive right in. I knew I was in for a treat. I fully trust her and her ability to keep me hooked from page one. And she didn't disappoint. Of course, I may have read some reviews first just for the hell of it, but then dismissed the thought of getting spoiled and just went for it. Holy hell am I glad I took a chance on Noah and Charlotte. This was my second book by this author and she astounds me.
Noah was a man who had it all. He was popular, talented, well-loved, ambitious, and mostly...he was daring. Maybe that's not the right word. He was...fearless, bold, and of course reckless. But that was him. He lived for the rush where death was just at his feet, so tempting and yet terrifying. He played with death...and lost. Or in a way that made him feel like he lost, because ultimately, it left him blind. Not dead, but sightless. To him, however, was death. In other words, Noah was a journalist/photographer for a magazine called, Planet X. And he was good at everything he did, real good. Until one day, he lost his sight from cliff diving in Mexico while on assignment, which put him in a coma for 12 days. No one thought he'd ever wake up..until he did.
At least he was still alive, right?
That's what everyone else kept telling him. But to Noah, being blind was just as bad as death or possibly worse. He had a hard time coping with his new reality. Never able to see again. Never able to clive dive or rock-climb, or base-jump...he couldn't do any of that anymore. He was bitter, angry, hurtful to all the people who loved him and tried to help him adjust, pushing them away until he was left alone to stew in his rage. He moved to his parents' townhouse in New York City, and there he did nothing but scream at the unfairness of his new existence. Lucien, Noah's parent's finance executor is the only one who sticks around to make sure Noah doesn't kill himself. On accident, that is. He's hired assistant after assistant to help Noah find his way. But after a dozen who quit after getting fed up with Noah's constant bitterness and anger directed at them, Lucien is getting wary to ever find the right person to lure Noah out of his self-pitying shell.
Enter Charlotte Conroy.
She was a talented violinist with a great boyfriend, loving parents and a big brother she always wanted to make proud. This talented violinist was a virtuoso, a prodigy. She was attending Julliard and had been playing violin since she was a child. There was an endless possibility laid before her...until tragedy in her family struck her world, leaving her lost in her grief and taking away her love of music. She moved to an apartment she could barely afford, living with 3 other roommates. She worked two jobs. She never got a moment's peace with all the loudness of the city and her roommates. She was surrounded by people but never felt more alone. She was drowning.
Until a chance meeting with Lucien Caron changed her life in more ways than she imagined...
This was where it got interesting. Once Noah and Charlotte met, there was no going back and I found myself hurled in the middle of a story that both enchanted and consumed me. I didn't know what to expect when I started, but I sure as hell enjoyed every minute of this incredible tale of hope, healing and falling in love when you least expect it. Emma captivated me, or maybe that was Noah. God, Noah. My heart ached for him...
Let's talk a sec about that. I think I read one other book about a character who suffered from blindness. It was good, that I remember, but this one blew my mind. The way Emma described what Noah was going through as he navigated without his sight was so damn fucking heartwrenching. I felt the pain of loss from his old life. He wanted so badly to have that back. He wanted so badly to be able to see Charlotte, for just one second, and I felt that immense pain, like it was my own. I cried for him. The way he described the confusion and fear of no knowing where he was when he was outside, not being able to see the sunlight...all he saw was...nothing. It was so dark and black in his sight, that no wonder he was bitter and hateful. I tried putting myself in his shoes and it made me cry. I couldn't imagine it. Those were simple things we took for granted.
But Charlotte, oh that sweet Charlotte. She was an amazing heroine. Perfect for him. She never thought the scars on his back he had from several surgeries was disgusting and never made him feel any less of a person than he was. She helped him in ways no one else did. Their scenes together were...HOT but also tender and touching. Where he lacked, she made up for. Tenfold. I never felt their relationship was awkward or forced or weird. It was perfection. Like Evan and Jo. And that was what I needed because I was still mourning the loss of them in my life. Noah, though, was just a sexy and wonderful guy, albeit at times a douche, but only because of circumstances. And once he warmed up to Char, he became such a softie. Oh, I loved him! I did, I loved him as much as Evan. The stories were vastly different, but the amount of heart and soul poured onto the pages of my kindle never wavered.
And that is what I call epic. Both stories brought me characters I'll never forget. Stories I'm grateful for experiencing. I'll even re-read them and experience their epic love journeys all over again. And again. I applaud Mrs. Emma Scott for another hit for me. I definitely recommend it to all my book buds, because it must be read. I'm not even sure 5 stars is enough.
One thing I have to add, before I wrap this up, was how awesome the music was. I loved watching Charlotte gain back her spirit and her love of art. I could hear her playing as I was reading it, it was so vivid in my mind. So thank you for not glossing that aspect of the story over. It was a huge part of Charlotte's journey and her growth as a person. She was wickedly talented and Noah made sure she knew how much her music meant to him. Pure awesomeness.
Okay, the moral of this nonsensical review is: read, read, read this book. You won't regret it. And you'll have another book boyfriend to add to your already long list of heroes.
She made no distinction between scarred flesh and whole. It was just me that she wanted, as I was, and who is ever lucky enough to feel that in this world?
"You can't see me but I'm rolling my eyes at you behind my sunglasses. That I wear inside. Because I'm cool like Bono."
"You're the light in my darkness, Charlotte. You are..."
My endless black was never going to go away. That was certainty. But kissing Charlotte had been a burst of light streaking across it, like a comet.
An ache clenched my heart so hard I nearly gasped. Companionship. Someone in my space, touching me, talking to me, just sitting next to me and sharing a meal, as if I were whole.
"You're more than beautiful." He caressed my cheek. "You're the dawn, Charlotte, and no woman can hold a candle to you."
The only shadow over my happiness was Noah's absence.
...his blindness is only one small part of the man I love.
Love, real love, wasn't empty, grasping hands, or lies that felt like truths. And it wasn't perfect or neat or always easy. It was a rising sun on a new day.
"I love you, Noah. With my heart and my soul and this body. With every part of me. I love you so much you don't have to see it. You can feel it.
"You steal my breath away, Noah, and what you're feeling is me, trying to catch it back, but I never can. Not when you're this close to me.
Well shit, my heart is so full right now. So overjoyed. So happy. Another huge hit for me. I'm so emotionally overloaded....more
First thing's first...Let's take a moment to admire that cover. I mean, wow. Not only is it beautiful, but it fits the story perfectly. So perfectly.First thing's first...Let's take a moment to admire that cover. I mean, wow. Not only is it beautiful, but it fits the story perfectly. So perfectly. Gah, I have chills just looking at it. Second thing, the title. Am I the only one who thinks of the song when looking at it? I kid you not, every time I glance at the title, the song pops into my head and I start singing it out loud. Every. Single. Time. It's always been my favorite song by The Fray!! And again, the title fits the story, perfectly. Just love it. So the title and the cover, we've established, are two of many reasons to read this book. Now add the blurb and you've got the makings of an epic love story. And since I've read it, I can say it's actually epic. In my personal opinion, that is.
So when I first saw this lovely cover show up on my kindle to preorder one day, I preordered it instantly. I just knew, knew it was going to be something special. I'd been needing a book to get me out of my loooooooong funk and this one did it. It really pulled me out of that pit I was stuck in for far too long for my liking. So I was eagerly anticipating the release for weeks. Meanwhile, still in my funk.
Moving on...as soon as midnight rolled around, I started reading it. Of course I didn't get too far since it was a work week and I desperately needed sleep. But I had to force myself to put down my kindle and shut my eyes. This book took me 3 days to read, only because I was prolonging the end. Once I got back to it, I was hooked and couldn't stop. I took this book everywhere with me, read it every chance I got. It was just so good.
Jo and Evan are both so broken, their pasts are keeping them prisoner, but when they get to know each other, I can feel the spark, the electricity between them. Evan's brothers are complete assholes and I wanted to strangle them both. Everyone at school treats him like a disease and stay far away from him and yet they still torture him every chance they get. The whole school. It was sickening to watch. Until Jo decides to treat him like everyone else. She's so kind and has a really amazing spirit, at least around him, despite what she's been through. Evan brings out a different side of her. Once they meet that one night...everything changes for them.
“I didn’t save you. You weren’t drowning.” True. But you didn’t know that."
That scene broke my heart and every other time at the pool. Evan was drowning in his grief; his past pulled him under until he couldn't breathe...but with Jo, she pulled him up. She showed him there was a reason to live and that he could get a happy ending in spite of his ugly past. And at the same time, he helped her heal and let go of her own demons. Slowly. Their relationship developed beautifully, to the point I was anticipating their first kiss. Also as much as Jo was. When that time came, it did not disappoint. My heart pounded and my chest fluttered, as if I was there watching it.
But then there were forces and people who wanted to keep them apart. To see them suffer more than they already had, because they were evil bastards. I had saw some things coming a mile away and then I was clutching my heart in pain, like I was in pain. I was in pain...for them. I felt every single emotion they felt the whole time. It was brutal and it was unfair. My hope at one point dwindled and I wondered if they were gonna get their HEA in the end. I almost cheated and read the end...but I didn't. I stopped myself from thinking of it.
I don't want to spoil anything because the blurb is enough to keep you intrigued and once you start you simply cannot stop. I only did because I got so emotional about 65% of the way through and wanted to savor the last bit I had with these two incredible characters. They'd become so real to me that their pain was unbearable, but their moments of happiness were bliss. And once I finished, I was an emotional mess from the events that occurred. A mixture of so many I couldn't distinguish what I was feeling. One thing that was more prominent than the others was bittersweet. I didn't want to let them go. I wasn't ready to finish their story because then I was done and I couldn't accept that. I was so glad Evan and Jo got me out of my funk. I still miss them. Sure I can reread, but it'll never be the same as experiencing it for the first time again.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. (Says a wise friend)
Emma Scott was a new-to-me author but that certainly has changed, considering I just read another one of her books in a day. I'll be reading anything and everything she writes in the future because I know I won't be disappointed. I'm so happy I read and experienced this story, this journey. I hope you all do too. And if you don't...hey, to each their own. That's the beauty of reading, we all have our preferences. I know what works for me won't always work for another reader and that's okay. However, I feel most of my book friends will love this story too. Happy reading!!
“They say all who wander are not lost. But some of us are. We’re really fucking lost, wandering until our feet bleed, and it feels like we’ll never find our way home again.”
“You believed me. Or maybe you didn’t, but you accepted me. And that had never happened to me before.”
“It doesn’t happen to guys like me, either. Believe me. No one touches me.”
“I love you. I’ll love your forever and I’ll never stop.”
“I’m here…I’m home. Waiting for you. Come back to me.”
Not even a day has passed and I miss Jo and Evan so bad. I hate that we can't go back in time, so I can read this book for the first time.
*still trying to gather thoughts for review*
Before I can even attempt to write a review for this book, I need to gather my thoughts and let my emotions settle. Otherwise I'll sound like a complete mental case. Plus I can't see through my tears very well. *review to come*...more
I'd been done with this book awhile and really enjoyed it. My reading days have been scarce as well as my time on GR, sadly. However, this story was aI'd been done with this book awhile and really enjoyed it. My reading days have been scarce as well as my time on GR, sadly. However, this story was a wonderful read filled with angst and heartbreak- my two favorite things in books. And of course, romance. It wasn't all sad though, there was humor and sweet moments. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Nina reminded me of myself in the fact that she's such a klutz. I, too, am a klutz, though I've never gone some of the funny and embarrassing shit she went through...poor thing. Sam. He was amazing. A wonderful hero for Nina. He never made her feel stupid. He accepted her...in fact, he encouraged her to embrace her crazy . It was sweet and I loved that. He had a sad story of his own. I was glad Nina accepted him too, because I would've kicked her ass. Great story with a good cast of characters....more
Loved this story so much. Ryan and Haylee were incredible characters. Their story was touching and gripping. I couldn't get enough of them a4.5 stars!
Loved this story so much. Ryan and Haylee were incredible characters. Their story was touching and gripping. I couldn't get enough of them and their perfectness together. Who doesn't love a military hottie?? Those are definitely the best ones. And I was glad I took a chance on their story. Though there was heartbreak, I finished with a happy sigh and joyful tears....more
After reading Until Alex , I jumped straightaway into this book. I needed more stories like that one. I needed more characters like Hayden and Al4.25
After reading Until Alex , I jumped straightaway into this book. I needed more stories like that one. I needed more characters like Hayden and Alex. And of course, J Nathan didn't disappoint. But the only reason I couldn't give this one full 5 stars was because I needed Drew's pov. Like we got Hayden's and it was perfect.
This story needed his thoughts and feelings during the turn events. And omg, my theories...I had so many and a couple came to fruition, which was just insane. This story was so different from Alex and Hayden's, yet I felt just as attached. And I think that was why I wanted Drew's side of it. I wanted to feel his pain and sorrow and love, etc. However, it was still such a good read that sucked me right in. I started this last night and finished at work. I loved Andi. I felt everything she felt and was going through. She was such a strong heroine. Her determination to fight for her dreams, no matter the obstacles was noble and inspiring. She never whined or complained, she just dealt with everything so maturely. I loved her. And I could see why she fell for Drew. I did...tenfold. He was just amazing, filled with guilt and regrets, but he also was determined to go after what he wanted.
I just love the writing style J Nathan uses. Her words flow effortlessly from the pages, clutching at your heartstrings and never letting go. Both books were read in 2 days. That. Is. A record. I can't wait for the next book...Avery and Logan need their HEA now!!!...more
Gah!!! What a story!! From beginning to end, I was sucked into Kyle and Addison's beautiful love story. It was not an easy road b5-I Choose You stars-
Gah!!! What a story!! From beginning to end, I was sucked into Kyle and Addison's beautiful love story. It was not an easy road but it was worth all the angst and heartbreak to get to the last page. Tears will be shed, though I can't decide if they're more happy or bittersweet tears. Probably both. I didn't want it to end. Kyle's voice was so perfect and strong and I loved being in his head the whole way through. I'm so glad I read it and got to experience their young love and then when they're adults, after everything happened. Their love story is one not to be missed. I also loved just about every character; especially Kevin and Ashley. What a great group of friends and family. They all brought something to the story. However, my favorite was Kyle. He was definitely an amazing hero. I loved everything about him and put him in my new book boyfriend list, because he was sexy and sweet and wasn't afraid to go after what he wanted. He was also thoughtful and romantic. I couldn't help but fall for him. You will too. I highly recommend this book to all my romance junkies!!!
Here's to Falling. In love with one of the best books ever.
Holy freaking shit. I'm such a mess. This book...this book is not for the faint of the heartHere's to Falling. In love with one of the best books ever.
Holy freaking shit. I'm such a mess. This book...this book is not for the faint of the heart. It deals with so much tragedy and loss and heartbreak and lots of other shit that had me gasping, sobbing, praying for resolution and most of all, falling in love with these incredible characters. Jase, Charlie and Joey will reside in my heart for a very long time. I can barely see what I'm typing so I hope to God it makes sense. If not, well...oh fucking well. I'm in physical pain from this journey but it was well worth the ride. Definitely recommend this book if you like crying your eyes out. Or stories that make you feel .
I'll write a better review when I can get my bearings....more
My first Ginger Scott book, even though I have most of them on my kindle. This one didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed this story and the characters.My first Ginger Scott book, even though I have most of them on my kindle. This one didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed this story and the characters. It was a quick read with an engaging plot and never did I get bored. Can't wait to read more from her....more