I really wanted to give this more of a three and a half stars, it was a good story, but not exactly what I was expecting. This story doesn't follow thI really wanted to give this more of a three and a half stars, it was a good story, but not exactly what I was expecting. This story doesn't follow the typical time line of a romances where it occurs over consecutive days, weeks or month, this story follows the characters over the course of five years, checking in on their lives as they approach their birthdays, from Stephanie at 25 when they make the pact to get married at 30 if they're not involved to the year they both turn 30 where the real drama begins. It's a twisted tale of love, family, friendship and finding the person you're meant to be. Featuring dual first person point of views it sort of meanders through all the drama of life in your late 20s in a lifestyle that I really have no experience with so I don't know if it seems accurate or not. I've never spent a lot of time in the singles scene and only recently moved to the city so I can't really say if this is what life is like for someone in their late 20s, single and in the city. I can say that the book was interesting, but definitely not fast paced, like I said it kind of meanders through the tale. You definitely get to know the characters a little better with the amount of time you spend with them, and this book is rampant with emotional angst, but I tend to like faster reads which is why it's not quite a four for me. It is however a good book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys really dramatic emotional contemporary romance....more
I'm kind of glad I read this series in the wrong order or I wouldn't have read The Friend Zone. This book starts out with a tone that appealed to me iI'm kind of glad I read this series in the wrong order or I wouldn't have read The Friend Zone. This book starts out with a tone that appealed to me in a contemporary romance read but then it travels down some really dark emotional paths that I wasn't really looking for when I picked up a title called The Hook Up. It's not that it's a bad book or anything like that, it just wasn't what I was looking for....more
Isn't it wonderful when a story manages to surprise you? I picked this up because I was looking for a simple, mindless read, and no offense to contempIsn't it wonderful when a story manages to surprise you? I picked this up because I was looking for a simple, mindless read, and no offense to contemporary romance writers, but when I'm looking for a book like that it's my go to genre because there isn't anything extra to figure out really, no worlds and mythologies to learn, no random criminals to figure out the identity of, no worry about if there will be an HEA at the end of the journey. It's nice to read a book that's not really about thinking, but about feeling when you just want to veg for a while. And when you're really looking for a veg book, of the age categories available in contemporary romance, new adult really is the best choice, because while parents and friends exist in NA, they don't have the sort of control or influence they do in YA where your mom really can decide if someone is allowed to with you through the restrictions she puts on you, and your friends can get in the middle of your relationships because it's a time in your life when no matter how much we claim it doesn't or shouldn't, fitting in matters. While you shouldn't live your life based on what other people think, high school is the only time in your life where your peers who don't like you have the power to make your life a living hell. It's the only time they're ever going to have that power really unless they later become your boss and lets hope you're smart enough not to take a job where your boss is your high school bully. Those elements are big outside factors that really get in the way of the not having to think and worry part of the story. With adult contemporary romance you get a whole other set of outside factors, there's kids or people pressuring you to get married and have kids, there's bills and financial crap, and unavoidable baggage that every character carries because they wouldn't be believable if they didn't. You can't reach adulthood without accumulating your share of baggage. New adult the characters haven't had time to accumulate the major baggage of adulthood, but they're escaped the overwhelming influence of outside characters present in young adult. When I'm looking for this type of read I'm not really looking for much, just a book that makes me smile that I'll probably never read again. I picked Kristen Callihan because I really like her Darkest London Series (which I really need to catch up on) so I thought lets see what she has to offer here.
I was surprised to not only get compelling, interesting and unique characters but also a good story. Yes the plot is more of a drama than anything else, but that's fitting for the genre of the book. My point through this long rambling explanation as to why I picked up this book was that I would have been happy to find a book that made me smile as a quick one time read, I was surprised because I was presented with a contemporary romance that not only made me smile and gave me an enjoyable story, but a story that I'd actually read again because it's that perfect blend of all those things mentioned above. Within the world of college football, Callihan manages to force her character to tackle issues new adults often face before they're ready to do so while keeping that amped up feeling everything more strongly than is logical element of being a teen or a recent teen. I really don't know what else to say about the book other than I'd definitely recommend it....more
**spoiler alert** Okay this one was probably the worst in the series. It didn't contain the normal Clue like ending the other books in the series did,**spoiler alert** Okay this one was probably the worst in the series. It didn't contain the normal Clue like ending the other books in the series did, but that's fine. However basically they have sex once, almost twice, he decides she's the one and takes her home to meet his mom, the end. It never explains how Hemlock owned cursed hellhounds but didn't realize it, or why they didn't tell her or who they actually were and what happened to them. It doesn't really give the reader the chance to get to know the characters or create a believable relationship for them. It doesn't even really adequately solve the conflict. Falcon is accidentally given Dred's curse because he owns Dred's old black book. The curse is meant to keep him a cat only human to fulfill the sexual whims of a woman until he loves a woman more than himself. INSTEAD of playing that out so that a believable relationship is formed between the two characters, DeWylde uses a loophole that the curse can be broken by someone in Dred's bloodline, calls an uncle and viola the end. It's super frustrating! I loved the set up she's got here, but it's like okay create this cool scenario and it's almost as if the writer got bored with writing this story so skipped to the end without really writing it. It's the scenario created rather than the actual story that has me even giving this three stars. I'm really frustrated by this book....more
I'm still not sure what to think of this series. The Clue like endings always throw me for a loop and I finish the books thinking, yeah, okay, that haI'm still not sure what to think of this series. The Clue like endings always throw me for a loop and I finish the books thinking, yeah, okay, that happened.
This book picked up pretty much where the previous one left off, or within days of it, during Middy's wedding. I'm still confused on the World Mythology on this series, possibly because things change so often from book to book. And I still feel that the series could benefit by slowing down the pace a little bit to really explain the world DeWylde is trying to create here.
Overall it's a decent book that I enjoyed reading, I just wish I didn't always end these books feeling a little bit like I've got reading whiplash and I'm confused....more
So I find it interesting that this was set concurrently with Accidental TV Star, BUT there's was no hint of that in Accidental TV Star. Yes a few scenSo I find it interesting that this was set concurrently with Accidental TV Star, BUT there's was no hint of that in Accidental TV Star. Yes a few scene from the previous book were shown from a different point of view however Marissa pretty observant or at least she was portrayed as such in the previous novel, she would have picked up on a lot of this. Also he loves her but has never officially called her his girlfriend? Am I the only one that thinks that's a little backwards? It's like the book started the build to a decent relationship story then decided to skip to the end after the relationship happened. I'm more than happy to suspend disbelieve on the actor hero, you pretty much have to be if you're willing to pick up a book that has an actor or actress as a hero or heroine, but while the others delivered more on character relationship interactions and a secondary plot this one didn't so much do so. It was missing the relationship building elements that the other books in the series offered which is disappointing because I liked the characters and I was looking forward to seeing how a relationship between the two would go.
As always it's a quick, fast paced read with a lighthearted feel to it, but this book is more okay and nice to read as a part of the series than it was actually good....more
First of all I'll admit that I preferred Ashley's story to Marissa's and I maintain that the actor hero being this yummy is unrealistic, but I enjoyedFirst of all I'll admit that I preferred Ashley's story to Marissa's and I maintain that the actor hero being this yummy is unrealistic, but I enjoyed it all the same.
Marissa is a great character, she comes from a different background than Ashley and of course from the actors. This is a character who's used to being poor and working her ass off for every small thing she has while expecting it all to fall apart and be taken from her if she ever makes the smallest mistake. She's both driven and caring which I really liked about her.
Despite loving the fast paced way Evans writes, this one moves just a little too fast and it feels like some where along the way I skipped parts except I know that I didn't. There's way more going on in this one with outside characters than there was in Ashley's as well and I think that why I feel it either needed a slower pace or a longer length to fit it all in. However overall it's still a great lighthearted read I'd recommend if you're looking for a clean teen romance with a happily ever after....more
This is my second time reading this book and I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did the first time. I'd give it a five stars but as much as I loThis is my second time reading this book and I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did the first time. I'd give it a five stars but as much as I love books with movie star heroes there's very little believability in a movie star character who measures up with a book hero. We'd all like to day dream that it could happen and that stars are just like their onscreen characters, but the logical side of us knows that year it's never going to happen.
That said I still loved this book, it's a fun read from beginning to end with humorous well developed characters and a lighthearted and engaging plot. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for I guess a fluff read, something quick that will put a smile on your face. ...more
I really liked Cross's Steampunk Chronicles (even though I still have one to read) so she's an author whose books I like to keep track of what she hasI really liked Cross's Steampunk Chronicles (even though I still have one to read) so she's an author whose books I like to keep track of what she has coming out. And the blurb on this book just screams must read right?
Cross doesn't disappoint in this haunting page turner with nonstop action from beginning to end. While the book has undercurrents of romance like most ya novels, the romantic relationships are definitely not the focus of this story. The focus in the relationship between the twins Lark and Wren and their relationships with the people around them as they try to protect a group of teens who are under attack from a powerful evil spirit they encountered in an abandoned asylum.
Told in dual first person point of views alternating between Lark and Wren, the book is both emotionally gripping and completely engrossing and we're introduced to the world of a spirit and her living sister who can see and communicate with ghosts. A bonus of this plot as well is while there were definitely a few lose ends that I hope mean future novels to come, the main plot is wrapped up by the end of the book giving readers a feeling of completion, I guess. They may not know everything about the world and what will happen with these girls but it's not the sort of ending that has you wanting to break things when you learn you have to wait a year or more to find out what happens next.
Spoiler: On a more opinionated note I kind of saw Lark with Mace more than I did with Ben so I'm wondering if that will change in the future....more
So the set up of this book is similar to the last one Welcome to Hell Meets Clue Meets Wallbanger but this novel has a lot more witchy worked in. MaybSo the set up of this book is similar to the last one Welcome to Hell Meets Clue Meets Wallbanger but this novel has a lot more witchy worked in. Maybe similar to like an adult version of Hex Hall. (Really, Really Adult)
There were some definite improvements between this book and the last such as a little more delving into the witch kind mythology and only one focus relationship. I mean I guess the last one technically only had one focus relationship but there were so many background relationships that that focus relationship didn't get much of a focus. However I'd still like a guide book for the mythology of the world DeWylde has built because it's still not explained well enough in my personal opinion. Also in the previous novel it kind of seemed like witches and human lived pretty much together though some human knew they existed not all did. This novel kind of made it seemed like they have their own whole separate society that includes magic training at an academy that was not mentioned when Grace was the main witch. It also seemed as though pretty much all witches and warlock know who else is one even if they don't know them personally while reading this book and if that was the case why wouldn't they know who Grace was because I mean she's the Baba Yaga's granddaughter and hasn't been a demon all that long. Finally I've got some definite confusion about the separation between living and dead. Part of the books make it sound like they have to be summoned or it's a random godly appearance etc, other parts make it seem like there's really not much of a difference between being alive or being dead except the dead people get wings. The mythology on this series leaves a lot of questions about how it all works and since this is a fully imagined urban fantasy taking the time to spell it out of the reader would be super helpful.
Again this was a seriously fast paced novel with one main plot and more mystery surrounding the villain than the last, though I guessed most of the bad guys shortly after meeting them, it was a guess, not a villain is revealed in the first page deal like it was with the prior novel. DeWylde didn't make it entirely obvious about who the bad guy was even when she offered scenes from his point of view. Character relationship development was definitely better in this book than the previous one but I still think it could be better. However while it moved incredibly quickly it didn't have a much of a whip lash feel as the previous book in the series.
One thing I do like about this series is the amount of pop culture woven through it, such as Midnight purchasing something from The Bell, Book and Candle (as in the store Cassie Nightingale owns in The Good Witch) among other references that are subtle enough that they'd make a current reader smile, but not so obvious that they'll detract from a future reader understanding the story. Overall it's a good read that I'd recommend, but I still think DeWylde is capable of better. ...more
I'm kind of at a loss for words on this one. I liked it, but I also felt like something was missing and the ending sort of gave me a whiplash kind ofI'm kind of at a loss for words on this one. I liked it, but I also felt like something was missing and the ending sort of gave me a whiplash kind of feel. The book reminded me a bit of the Welcome to Hell Series by Eve Langlais with the way DeWylde personifies both the Devil and the demonic characters presented in the story. Honestly if you like that series you'll probably really enjoy this book. Oddly though the ending was straight out of Clue the movie. Not as in a word for word copy or anything like that, but if you've seen the movie you'll remember that sort of huh? ending that makes it memorable. This book features the same type of ending which is a lot of the why I'm trying to compose thoughts on what to say about it.
The main reasons that I'm not giving it a higher rating was that it felt rushed and so much was happening that you never get the chance to slow down and take in what's really going on. There's this plethora of mythology woven in here that isn't fully explained or explored in my opinion. There's multiple romantic relationship with none of them getting the necessary "screen time" to fully develop and feel real. Also there's so many sex scene that it's not really clear when it stopped being sex and started being emotional. I honestly believe if you'd taken this book and made it into a trilogy with just this story line taking the time to better develop the character relationships and world mythology it would have been a trio of five star stories. The bones of a great series are clearly there the problem is that it's too much too fast to be well developed in the way it needs to be for me to consider it a five star story. Don't get me wrong I love a fast paced book, but not at the expense of character relationships or necessary back story and I consider mythologies surrounding an urban fantasy world to be necessary back story.
That said DeWylde has a serious talent for writing humorous scenes. I haven't laughed so hard at a romance since Wallbanger and it's like she took that raunchy sort of humor that make Wallbanger great and upped the ante especially in the raunchy aspect.
While I think the book could have been better I would recommend it and I do intend to read further titles. I think the best way to describe this story would be like a mesh of Welcome to Hell, Clue The Movie and Wallbanger and if you think that combination couldn't possibly work, trust me if you read this, it does....more
I don't give a lot of five stars because there's almost always something about a book that gets to me and I tend to be a glass half empty kind of persI don't give a lot of five stars because there's almost always something about a book that gets to me and I tend to be a glass half empty kind of person. That said I LOVED this book. Lila was this hardened, flawed, cocky and secretly emotional heroine you couldn't help but love. The best part of Lila is the way she's capable of lying even to herself because no matter how much she claims to care about no one except herself she cares more than most people ever will about everyone she meets. The story is fast paced, filled with action and a plethora of well developed and interesting characters that have so many delicious layers to them. I look forward to reading more of this series and getting to know all of the characters even more. I look forward to reading the book when Lila finally sees the truth that's so obvious to anyone reading this story and actually consciously opens herself up to the people around her because that scene, that scene is going to be amazing.
Anyway I'd highly recommend this book especially to fans of urban fantasy. ...more
This one took me a little longer to get into because of the initial hung up on Hannah thing Logan had going on, but once I did get into it I couldn'tThis one took me a little longer to get into because of the initial hung up on Hannah thing Logan had going on, but once I did get into it I couldn't put it down. Excellent contemporary read....more