I never thought I could really enjoy a Shakespeare play until this year! First King Lear and now this. Initially I was interested in this play becauseI never thought I could really enjoy a Shakespeare play until this year! First King Lear and now this. Initially I was interested in this play because it reminded me of the movie "She's the Man", of course I then realized that the movie was loosely based off the play and I just HAD to read it. It was so funny and I always love the Fool's character in Shakespeare's plays and this was no exception....more
When I first tried reading this book back in July I hated it and in an effort to not DNF my first Kristen Ashley book, I put it down and fig3.5 stars!
When I first tried reading this book back in July I hated it and in an effort to not DNF my first Kristen Ashley book, I put it down and figured I'd pick it up again when I was in the mood. Now, after months I was craving some classic KA and surprisingly when I picked this book back up, I was loving it. For me, this book was great. It was everything I'd expect from a KA book. But maybe that's the problem.
No matter that the second time around I ended up liking the book more, Carissa still annoyed the crap out of me. I think I rolled my eyes every time she "clapped her hands softly and whispered yay" when her son came back, or whatever other goofy crap she did. I know this is something KA frequently does with her heroine and usually i love it because I can relate to being a goofball, but with Carissa it just annoyed me. She's annoying, and that didn't go away for me unfortunately.
I loved Caron but I can't really name something that distinguishes him from the rest of her heroes. He was awesome but he didn't stand out the way Ty or Knight did for me in their books. Also, the book was just way too long and (of course) filled with a bunch of unnecessary details that I just didn't needed. By 80% I started skipping the three paragraph details on a shirt because if I didn't I feared I'd never finish the book. Again, these are all things I know and usually love about KA's books so I don't know why it just didn't work for me in this one.
It had it's moments where I was completely engaged in the story but besides the development of their relationship, nothing else really happened. And honestly once we got to like 40% their relationship was solid so the next 60% was just them being them and not much else happening. Overall, I'd say this was still a great read but definitely not my favorite of the series or from KA in general. ...more
Growing up, The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite movies ever. Reading the story makes me realize that (of course) some things were change3.5 stars!
Growing up, The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite movies ever. Reading the story makes me realize that (of course) some things were changed in the movie but it doesn't hinder my feelings towards the movie at all. The book was good and I liked it but like the movie, I grew tired of it. Still, I'm glad to have finally read it. The scarecrow ended up being one of my favorite characters in this book :)...more
Having to read these stories for my college class has been so much fun. I never got to read any of the fairytales or children's stories when I was youHaving to read these stories for my college class has been so much fun. I never got to read any of the fairytales or children's stories when I was younger and I kind of feel like I've been missing out.
Pooh and the gang are so adorable and I love everything about this book. I now have the urge to watch the show (which I've never seen before). Are there movies too? After 21 years, I'm finally a fan of Winnie the Pooh (lol)! ...more
This book was just as good as the others but for the first time in the series, I was left kind of needing more when it came to the romance.
Sadie is a recovering addict and a woman with a very messed up past. Sherlock has always compartmentalized his life and never really let anyone in but after a series of events he realizes realizes he wants to start a family and be needed and loved by someone. He wants to take care of someone, and be everything they need. And then Sadie and Sherlock met. It was completely by chance and it changed their life.
**It's going to be hard for me to explain my feelings about the couple unless you've read it and I apologize in advance if my review makes no sense.
I loved almost everything about Sadie and Sherlock both individually and as a couple but I did have a few problems that ultimately disrupted my perfect bliss in their book. And the main one being: I didn't feel secure in my feelings about Sadie and Sherlock together as a couple. To me, there were too many instances where I felt Sherlock was doing more harm than good and I wanted to see Sadie stand up on her own rather than needing him, even though that's exactly what Sherlock wanted. I also didn't like the train of events that lead up to a VERY big step in their relationship and I don't like how Sherlock always just brushes off his past relationship as if it was nothing when it was a big part of the actions he makes in this book. There were just too many things that weren't closed off in this book and I felt I needed more of them, as a couple. I needed to see them grow more, I needed to see Sadie go against her addiction and win. I felt unsure about them being together. I love them together but do I feel that Sherlock is the healthy choice for Sadie? Not 100% and it kills me to say that. I do love them together but if the author perhaps wanted to write a little novella for them I would totally be down for that.
As for the club business part of the book, well things are definitely changing and I'm extremely nervous and scared to read the final book. There's no way I'm going into that book blind, that's for sure. I'm scared for the group but there were a few nice parts involved with them, including the nice little tie-in with the previous MC series and a few of my favorites making an appearance.
Overall, I wouldn't say this was my favorite in the series but nonetheless it was still a great read. I know I'll be thinking and pondering about this book and the characters for quite a long time. ...more
Hallelujah I am finally done with this book! I feel like it took me so freaking long to read this book! I love the writing and I love the ch3.5 stars!
Hallelujah I am finally done with this book! I feel like it took me so freaking long to read this book! I love the writing and I love the characters (for the most part) but for me, the pacing was just too slow. I felt like nothing was happening and I would completely lose any excitement of reading it. That being said, the last 20% was really good and got me back into the groove of things and dying to know what's next.
Okay the spoiler tag is for people who have read the book just so I can fangirl and rant about a few things that may be kind of spoilery :p
(view spoiler)[OMG so I finally understand the whole Ronan/Adam/Kavinsky thing!! Wow! I don't even know what to say about all that. Kavinsky is just plain psycho and to me he wanted Ronan all to himself. Kazinsky was constantly making comments about Ronan's sexuality but I KNOW that Kavinsky was gay as well and was into Ronan. There were just too many moments where it was obvious. For a moment I thought maybe Ronan was into him too but in the end, it became clear (kind of) what his feelings were for Kavinsky. He can't be with someone like Kavinsky because he's not that kind of guy anymore. He's better than the darkness that Kavinsky surrounds himself with. Now Adam has changed a lot since the first book. In a way, he reminds me of Ronan a bit. Adam has certainly matured and he's standing up for himself a lot more now. I think that's why Ronan might be kind of into him. Gah, I'm actually really excited to see where that goes because Adam never once showed interest in Ronan and until 3/4 of this book, he was into Blue so I would kind of feel bad if Ronan had feelings for a straight guy lol.
Also, the Blue and Gansey moment? Kill. Me! I need them to kiss even though I know it'll mean death for Gansey. But still, it kills me how slow developing their relationship is and how I got like one moment of them in a 480 page book. I NEED MORE!!
Oh and the whole Maura and Mr.Gray thing was a nice touch. Kind of random when he got his own POV and I was like "um who are you and why are you interrupting my Gansey/Blue time" but then he grew on me haha. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Meh, not my favorite at all. Certainly not my favorite from the author. This is one of those times where the Goodreads rating is on point; I didn't haMeh, not my favorite at all. Certainly not my favorite from the author. This is one of those times where the Goodreads rating is on point; I didn't hate it, I didn't love it, but I liked it. Therefore, three stars.
There are so many things that could've been better but oh well. I guess I'm invested enough to read the second. On the other hand I feel like I could completely forget about this book and these characters and be ok with that too.
A very promising start to a new series! I really loved the writing and was engaged in the story from start to finish even though there was almost zeroA very promising start to a new series! I really loved the writing and was engaged in the story from start to finish even though there was almost zero romance in it. I'm hoping that will develop more in the next book. Also, the last sentence in the book: what the heck was that about?! This book left me feeling very confused at times but I'm assuming that was on purpose. I wish the ebooks weren't as expense as an actual hardback copy because I'm dying to read the next one but thankfully my library has her books in stock.
I don't think this is the kind of book everyone would love. It is slow-paced and has a lot of hidden meanings between words that you won't even realize held a message until it's spelled out for you later. But if you like the kind of books that make you uncover more of the story with each reread then you'll surely love this one. ...more
Wow this is for sure my favorite so far in the series! I don't usually like books when kids are involved but I actually really fell in lov4.5 stars!!
Wow this is for sure my favorite so far in the series! I don't usually like books when kids are involved but I actually really fell in love with Julianna's daughter, Luce. I loved everything about this story and I loved Juliana and Trick's relationship together. The characters are well developed and are so relatable and go through real life struggles.
There were a few things that left me wondering and some things that I felt didn't added up but overall, I'm so invested in this series and these characters. I'm now officially caught up with this series and anxious to read the next!...more
WOW!! That was crazy good! I'm so happy I didn't skip it though I had zero plans to do that to begin with. Bibi and Hoosier have the kind of love thatWOW!! That was crazy good! I'm so happy I didn't skip it though I had zero plans to do that to begin with. Bibi and Hoosier have the kind of love that can and will last through anything. I was in awe of just how deep their love for each other goes. This book was not easy to read and at times I felt like I was physically in pain reading trough their lives but at the end of the day, they make me believe in true love more than any other couple in the series so far.
I honestly don't even know what to say about this book right now. It's the fastest I've read a book in a really long time. It's just that I4.5 stars!!
I honestly don't even know what to say about this book right now. It's the fastest I've read a book in a really long time. It's just that I literally could not put this down. I swore to myself I was just going to read the first chapter and then I wouldn't read until I finished my work but somehow I looked up and 3 hours had passed by and I hadn't moved once from my spot. And I took a moment to process that...and then I went right back in.
This book isn't easy. These characters are not easy to read at times. Pilar is tough as nails and the way she went after what she wanted, including men, kind of surprised me a bit in the beginning. But I loved her character and I loved how sure of herself she was. It also didn't hurt that she was hispanic. It's always nice to me to see some diversity in books and I love how perfectly Susan Fanetti brought it in without making it look like she tried too hard or didn't know what she was talking about.
Now Connor on the other hand, I had a bit of a love/hate with him. I didn't like the way he fucked around and how he could push her away at times. They both did it to each other but when she tried to let him in, he was always pushing her away and that pissed me off. He said one thing but did another. And we all know that actions speak louder than words so when I would read about him doing things that made me want to fling my iPad across the room, well you can understand why it wouldn't be as easy for me to forgive as Pilar did. Don't get me wrong though, she was no doormat and never let him get away with his crap. But by the end, I knew that he really loved her and as he said once he's in, he's all in. I loved committed Connor and I loved seeing his soft side when he would think about his future with Pilar.
Things have progressed significantly in this book when it comes to club business and I'm as nervous as always. Honestly I just keep praying that none of them die. By the end of each book I just think about how perfect and happy each couple is and then instantly my next thought it "OMG she's going to kill him isn't she?!" I don't think I'll ever be able to read her books without thinking that but I'm hoping and praying that this series will be different. Her muse Lola needs to back the heck off and leave this family alone (please).
I have a feeling I won't be getting much work done until I finish catching up with this series which will mean some serious damage to my sleep but I find I don't mind much (LOL). On to the next book!!...more
Lucky is a very short story that is sort of a prequel of the author’s upcoming romantic suspense novel, Twenty to Life. I wasn’
Lucky by J.M. Darhower.
Lucky is a very short story that is sort of a prequel of the author’s upcoming romantic suspense novel, Twenty to Life. I wasn’t sure what to expect but when I saw Darhower’s name attached to it, I knew it would be gold. And I was right.
Honestly there’ nothing I can really say without basically reiterating the summary. It’s mega short but yet left me feeling anxious and excited for more. I’m dying to find out what’s going to happen with those two and especially learn more about her new husband.
To me, Darhower is the queen of mafia books and even though this was probably no more than 30-40 pages, it was still better than half the books out there that are 200+ pages. Yeah, I went there.
If you are a fan of mafia/romantic suspense, and if you’ve read books from this author before then I can promise you that you’ll fall in love with this short story. This is one not to be missed!
**While this entire collection has 18 short stories, my rating and review is based solely off of the story from Darhower. Also, thank you J.M. Darhower for the copy in exchange for an honest review!!! <3...more
I can't believe this series is over! Toni Aleo will always be the queen of sports romances no matter what, and she did such a great job with this addi
I can't believe this series is over! Toni Aleo will always be the queen of sports romances no matter what, and she did such a great job with this addition to the series. I didn't like the insta-love and how fast their relationship progressed in the book but in the end, she had me believing in their love and fangirling super hard.
I love that the book talks on such serious matters like depression and anxiety, two things I feel don't get mentioned nearly enough and I think she did such a fantastic job giving it the attention and detail it needed. ...more
Hmm...not really sure what to say about this one. I liked it but it wasn't nearly as good as I thought it'd be. It's sweet and I like the ov3.5 stars!
Hmm...not really sure what to say about this one. I liked it but it wasn't nearly as good as I thought it'd be. It's sweet and I like the overall message but Levee kind of annoyed me at times and I sometimes felt there was a lack of connection (or rather, I wasn't feeling the connection) and things just seemed to progress so quickly.
Overall, I still think it's a good book and I one many romances readers should check out....more
Wow, what a ride it's been! 10 books, over 1 million words and in the end I've got such beautiful characters and stories to cherish until the end of t
Wow, what a ride it's been! 10 books, over 1 million words and in the end I've got such beautiful characters and stories to cherish until the end of time.
I tried to read slowly (and for me, taking 3 days when reading nonstop, hours at a time, is slowly) but somehow I ended up finishing this too soon. It was EVERYTHING a fan of the series, a fan of reading, could hope for. This is, once again, the book I didn't even realize I was looking for. My god, Krista and Becca are simply writing goddesses! Every time they release a new book I think: "ok, there's no way this can be as amazing as their past books" and yet, every time they continue to prove me wrong.
Seeing each of the characters and couples grow has been one of the best experiences. Seeing how they deal with family, work, friendship, struggles all while staying true to themselves and their beliefs was just the icing on the cake.
Many people feel like this is the end but I don't see it like that at all. This is merely the beginning. I'm so happy to have read this book and been able to see characters I've grown to love grow up and become parents.
It's tugs at my heart so much to see these characters (who we met when they were in their early 20s and Daisy when she was only 15!) age into their late 30s and become everything I hoped they could become. When they talked about moments from the earlier books, I swear I started tearing up because it felt like a different time, a memory that you look upon with great happiness. Though to be honest, I pretty much had tears in my eyes throughout the whole book.
While I was excited to read the Like Us series before, after reading this book, I am simply dying to get my hands on that book. The children, oh the children! I want ALL of their stories. Yes, all of them. They are so beautiful and their personalities shined so bright in each chapter. And while I know the first book is about the first three children, I can only hope the other siblings and cousins will be getting screen time too because they have all won my heart over.
I don't think I'll ever be able to let this series go (I'm already planning my reread so I can hold them close) but it's honestly made the last two years some of the best in my life. I know Krista and Becca are always thanking the readers but I really feel like we should be thanking them. You can tell they give every part of themselves into this series, put so much effort, so many hours into giving us the best story possible and I want them to know it doesn't go unnoticed, and certainly not unappreciated. They have changed my life in ways no other book has and I know that no matter how many more books I read, they will never touch my heart the way these books have.
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened" -Dr. Seuss...more