Wow, this book really put me on an emotional roller coaster! Mia Sheridan is an auto-buy author for me and the moment I heard this book was live I one-clicked so fast my hand was a blur. Kyland was such a great book, even though at times I wanted to pull my hair out in frustration. But it in the end, Mia reminded me why I love her books so much and why I should never doubt her.
Right in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains there is a town. And in this town are people who have lost all hope. Life is at a standstill, poverty is everywhere and food and clean clothes are a luxury. If this book wanted to make me feel guilty for ever complaining about my life, it succeeded. The life that these people live is so heart-wrenching and makes me want to hug them. Kyland and Tenleigh have never hand easy lives, but it's all they know so it's nothing new. But instead of just accepting the life set out for them, they both fight for more. There is a scholarship that pays for your college for four years but only one person can win. Both are determined to win and nothing will stand in their way...until love strikes and makes them question everything.
This book has two parts (or at least that's how I like to look at it): Ten and Ky as teenagers and Ten and Ky as adults. I'm not going to lie, the teenage years drove me insane and gave me emotional whiplash but the adult years more than made up for every little thing that annoyed me. First love can be overwhelming and this book really made me feel every thing they felt: hope, joy, frustration, anxiety, insecure, free. Kyland is closed off as a teenager and honestly, it took me a really long time to fall for his character. I found him to be a bit of an a-hole as a teenager even though I did understand where he was coming from. While both have had hard lives, Kyland has lived a far worse life than Tenleigh. My god, the things that poor kid went through, I just want to console him every time I think of it. Tenleigh was so strong and was everything Kyland needed in a lover. She shows us the hope young teenagers have and despite how much she's been through, she still was naive when it came to love.
"I couldn't hate Kyland. He wasn't a bad person. He'd just been bad to me. He wasn't incapable of love. He just had been incapable of loving me."
I felt so many conflicting feelings while reading the beginning of their love story. I felt so much angst over young Ten and Kyland I didn't know if I wanted to cry or scream at them in anger. Kyland pissed me off so much but then with one word he'd have me back in his hold, unable to stop wanting to give him more chances. Brain against heart. My brain said to wait things out, that there was an explanation for everything but my heart was done. It wanted answers NOW or it was finished with giving Kyland chances. It was a battle between the two for me but I'm so glad that my brain won over and I kept reading. Because there was a reason for everything and when I got the answers I so desperately needed, it made me love Kyland more than I ever thought was possible.
While the teenage Ky and Ten drove me crazy at times, the adult versions of them really won me over. This is where I went from enjoying the book to falling deep in love with it and every scene I read. It's hard to really talk about this part without giving spoilers but it was everything I needed and everything I didn't even know I was looking for. The writing throughout this whole book is just spectacular and I found myself wanting to highlight practically every other sentence I read. I definitely need to get my hands on a paperback so I can reread and mark all my favorite quotes. I love that with every Mia Sheridan book you're guaranteed to get not only a beautiful love story that will stay with you forever, but a realistic one too. I've been a fan of hers since her first book Leo and came out and I'll be a fan until the very end.
"I'm going to make all your dreams come true. All my life."
I cannot recommend this book enough. While it may not be my absolute favorite (Archer will always be number one in my heart) Kyland is just as amazing and beautiful. I can't wait to see what's next from this author!
On a side note, I need to thank my favorite person ever, my Sosi, Nicole!! Thank you so much for reading this with me and listening to my emotional rants over Kyland. And more importantly thank you for taking me down from the metaphorical ledge when it came to this book. You are a gem, my friend and I look forward to being friends with you for a long time to come!! <3...more
“I’m gonna make love to you, Lilah. I’m gonna take you as mine, posses you. ‘Cause there ain’t no one out there…no one else who could do this to me, but you.”
Honestly I don't think I can write a long review for this book. Nothing will do it justice. It's still really raw. This book touched me so fucking much. Like crying in a ball, I can't believe there are people like this, I want to hide from the world, bad. Every time I think about everything Lilah has been through...I just can't. I didn't think I would enjoy this book so much but it literally tore me apart. I still love Styx and Mae's story the most but this story is held on a whole different level of love.
Tillie Cole knows how to write a story that touches every part of your soul. I don't think I'll ever be the same after that book.
**I would like to say that while there were a few things that I would normally not like, I couldn't take too much points off for it simply because the story was just too good. (view spoiler)[The fact that these women have been raped repeatedly with no condom throughout the years and yet never got pregnant, I just don't understand that. Is there something wrong with them or were they given birth control without their knowledge? It just bothered me because it seemed unrealistic. Also the horrific scene at the end with Lila...I can't believe that she would just bounce back from that and sleep with Ky after what she went through.I got that she believed herself to be free but being with a man should have been a horrifying and scary experience at first even if it was with Ky. I just feel like they need therapy or something. They need time. (hide spoiler)] Normally these things really bother me and a part of me wanted to lower the rating but when I think about the story overall, I can't do it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
What a cute little story! Reading this just brought me back to the first few books and my love for those characters. Shea and Elli have way too many kWhat a cute little story! Reading this just brought me back to the first few books and my love for those characters. Shea and Elli have way too many kids but I loved seeing them so happy <3 ...more
Before I begin I must warn, this book has instalove, insta-everything with a seriously possessive, overbearing Alpha Male that made even me question t
Before I begin I must warn, this book has instalove, insta-everything with a seriously possessive, overbearing Alpha Male that made even me question this guys sanity. This book will not be for everyone and if you’re even thinking about reading this novella, you need to leave judgment and all sense of reality at the door. This is the kind of book where it’s completely crazy and just not realistic but if you’re in the right mindset, you could enjoy.
For some reason I thought this was a full length novel but it’s not, it’s a short novella. To be honest, I wish this book was a full length novel. It was way too short and there was just too much packed into a mere 80 pages. We don’t even really get to see how they meet, the book starts with them already together. I felt like I picked up a random book and started reading at the halfway mark. I need more. I needed more details, more character development, more everything really. I don’t mind reading novellas but usually they’re serials about the same character not one whole story in a short book. I feel every scene was cut short and just barely talked on, and I was being told what had happened rather then seeing for myself.
Despite all that, I actually liked this book. I'll be the first to say that I hate insta love/insta anything but when it comes to Aurora Rose Reynolds, for some reason, it works for me. I've read her "Until" series and I loved them and her crazy alpha males. If this were a full length novel, I have no doubt I would have enjoyed this book 1000x's more.
From what I got from the ending the next book will be about…someone’s granddaughter? Honestly I’m confused because I’m not sure if Nolan is the boss at Alfha Law Firm (a place hardly mentioned) or just a lawyer there. I’m guessing the granddaughter is some other guys family and not Nolan because then the story would have to be YEARS in the future. I’m kind of curious for the next book but I’ll probably wait to know more about it before I decide if I’ll read it or not. ...more
Well, this is my first Pepper Winters book and I'll definitely be reading more from her! I picked this book up on a whim even though I already knew I had a bunch of other books I should be reading. But one glance at the cover and the next thing I know, I'm hooked into the book.
Strong. Caring. Haunted. Three things things that make Hazel who she is. But they're also her faults. Hazel cares too much about other peoples wellbeing, weather it be a stranger or a friend. It's both a blessing and a curse and while her need to help people has always worked out in the end, this time it's what turns her whole life upside down. She is so strong, straight down to her core and people can feel it the moment she walks into a room. She's the kind of woman who catches a persons eye, that makes you want to tell her all your secrets because you know she can carry all your troubles and make you feel good again. It's something Hazel takes willingly, and you'd never know how scarred she is unless you looked deep in her hopeless eyes.
He is indestructible. He is a killer. He is dying inside and no one can save him. No one but Her.
Roan has never lived a normal life. Never felt a loving touch. He's never been touched and can never touch another. The only kind of touch he knows is the touch of evil, malice. Roan is dead inside, living life of solitude, violence surrounding him at all times. His past haunts him in his every waking hour and he fears he'll never be cured...until Hazel walks into the room and changes his whole life with one glance.
When Hazel meets Roan for the first time, lets just say that things don't go over well. The song U & Ur Hand was blasting in my mind throughout that whole first meeting. And I was loving every minute of it. Hazel is such a strong character. Her life has never been easy and she doesn't let anyone ever try and take advantage of her. Roan, is a bit unhinged and frankly went about their first meeting ALL WRONG but I couldn't expect anything less from him.
"Resurrection, Impentrable, Invisible."
I really don't want to say anything else because it might be considered a spoiler but lets just say that after the initial first meeting, things move along very quickly. I wanted to judge these characters for their faults and actions but I just couldn't. If I were in Hazel spot, what's to say I wouldn't make the same choice? Honestly, I don't know if I would but I commend her all the same. At times I wanted to shake her but in the next minute I wanted to hug her. Roan is less than perfect and he's made some really messed up mistakes. And yet, I never once hated him. I just couldn't. His past is so sad, so disturbing I found myself making up excuses for him at every turn. I know that what he's done is unforgivable but I wanted him to find redemption anyway.
So why not 5 stars? Well there was one or two things that bothered me...
My main issue with a lot of books, is pacing. How much time goes by in a book, when they start admitting feelings, falling in love, etc. This book was a little bit over 400 pages and we get a lot of details and time with these characters but in all reality the whole book spans maybe around 2 months (not including the epilogue). Maybe it's just me and my pessimistic views on life but I just couldn't believe that 2 messed up individuals like Hazel and Roan, especially Roan could be healed and falling in love in such a short time. From the moment they meet, they felt a connection. And I was all for it. I could tell there was something there, something they needed to explore but because of Roan's issues, a lot of the book was spent in a push/pull showdown. They'd take 1 step forward and 5 steps backwards.
Roan has issues that I can't even begin to get into but they stop him from getting close to people and Hazel wasn't any different. Except for the first time in years, he wanted to try. But there are so many failures and so much time spent not together or hating each other that I couldn't really believe it when the characters would talk about having such strong feelings for each other. When it comes down to it, they hardly even know each other. Something both characters even admit to at the end of the book! I know people say how you’re whole life can change in the blink of an eye and how you can fall in love in a day but I just have a hard time believing into stuff like that. It’s my own little issue that my cold little heart won’t let me believe. They don’t fall in love in a day but despite the fact that it felt like so much had happened, when I thought back I realize hardly any time had gone by. For the amount of messed up feelings and torture these characters have gone through, I couldn’t believe how Pepper Winters wanted to say they could be healed. Again, this is my pessimistic views and just stubborn ways.
I wouldn’t consider this book very dark, more gray like the author mentions in the synopsis. It has some dark topics and some of the stuff I read hurt my head but it’s in no way unbearable. I know a lot of people said they cried and felt so many emotions but I was honestly pretty ok throughout the whole book. I think I have issues or something because I didn't even really care about Clara and what happened...I didn't shed not one tear. I found her role in the book a bit OTT and I'm sorry to say I kind of rolled my eyes at her lines.
Anywho, lets pretend I didn't just say that.
The first half of the book was definitely my favorite part of the book. I did find a few grammatical mistakes throughout the book but nothing too dire or consistent to take away from the reading experience. Besides my personal feelings about the pacing and the ending, I can totally understand why so many people loved this book so hardcore. It definitely has all the pieces to be a top fave of the year.
I look forward to reading more books by this author and moving onto her more darker reads! :)
**I'd like to thank Eda for recommending this book to me! I'm so glad I took your advice :D...more
I've been wanting to read this book for such a long time but the price has always stopped me. But when I saw that this book was FREE for a limited tim
I've been wanting to read this book for such a long time but the price has always stopped me. But when I saw that this book was FREE for a limited time, I one-clicked so fast my hand was a blur.
This book was very addictive. I can't believe how quickly I finished it and how entertaining it was. I really like the writing and the fact that this is a smart romance. I loved that I learned a lot of new words and different facts. At times, I could have done without so many facts but they were still very interesting.
Janie is prone to bad luck. Or at least that's what it feel like when life keeps throwing her curveball after curveball and ultimately leaves her homeless, boyfriendless and jobless. Add on the fact that she has to be escorted out of the building by the super cute security guy she's been daydreaming about for the last 2 weeks and her day really couldn't get any worse. She's very different from many other women, spouting random facts and statistics almost 24/7 and can't seem to have a normal conversation without embarrassing herself. I found Janie’s quirkiness, both cute and mildly annoying. I love her, I do but sometimes I just want to die of embarrassment for her. She’s supposed to be a woman in her mid 20s but at times I felt like I was reading a book about a 15 year old teenage virgin. I’m sorry but no amount of trivial information or textbook smart words can hide the fact that this girl acts a bit like a teenager. #justsayin.
It took me a while to figure out my thoughts on Quinn. At first, while I thought he sounded very attractive and Alpha-like, I felt suspicious of some of the things he said or did. Maybe I’m just watching too much Criminal Minds (my sister certainly thinks so) but sometimes I found myself attempting to profile and psychoanalyze him into something he’s not. Even though we eventually get to know more about him, he still feels like mystery to me and I don’t really feel like I know him. And yet he won me over anyway.
This is the first book I’ve read in a really long time with fade-to-black sex scenes. Wow, I kind of forgot what that was like haha. I didn’t mind it much because the writing was so awesome but I’ve got to admit I forgot what it’s like to wonder what goes on. And yeah, I wish the scenes were more detailed. Call me a book whore but all this build up and all Quinn’s double entendre talk had me wondering and now I feel like I’ll never know. I’ll guess I'll just have to take Janie’s word for it that he’s amazing. #smutgirlproblems
I’m definitely interested in reading the rest of the books in this series but $6 for an ebook? Really? Yeah, sorry but I’m going to have to put off this series for a while till because I refuse to pay $6 for something I can’t physically hold in my hand. That’s just a weird quirk of mine but I’m contemplating just buying the paperback…we’ll see...
Overall, I'd recommend checking this book out, especially since it's still on sale! ...more
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I get where the author was trying to go with this book but for me, it fell a bit short.
The synopsis aI'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I get where the author was trying to go with this book but for me, it fell a bit short.
The synopsis and cover blew me away. The moment I saw it, I fell in love and just knew I had to read this book. Maybe I was expecting something it wasn't but I wasn't expecting how this book turned out to be. For starters, no where in that synopsis do they mention there being a love triangle. I loathe love triangles; they're annoying, unnecessary and just piss me off. And it was the same feeling in this book. Who am I supposed to be cheering for? Who does she want more? Honestly I have no idea; I don't even think Larkin knows what the hell she wants since she's so damn whisy washy the whole time. One minute she loves Landon the next she's falling for some other guy. Though I will admit, I find myself liking the other guy more (who's name I won't say) but at the same time I'm trying to detach myself because I don't want to fall for him and she ends up going back Landon (who I think is a total prick).
I think one of the main problems for me with this book was I had a hard time connecting with not only the characters but the story itself. I didn’t really know what was going on half the time (and not in a good way) and it felt more like a angtsy romance then a adult romantic suspense which is what I thought it was.
This story was supposed to be a romantic suspense and at times it did have me at the edge of my seat, but mostly I was just thinking, "is it really that serious?"
I liked Larkin but at times she kind of annoyed me. She says one thing and then does another. Says no but means yes. June, her best friend was a character I really enjoyed and I really hope to see more of her and Austin in the future.But besides that, most of the time I kind of felt like this was an “average” read.
Will I read the second book? I’m not sure. A part of me is curious to see who she’ll pick but another part of me kind of doesn’t care. Is it bad that I already forgot the ending and what the whole mystery was? I feel terrible that I didn't enjoy this book but perhaps you might. I say give it a chance because it might work for you.
*Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you....more
**I think this song is perfect for this couple. I especially feel like the introduction perfectly shows the feelings Olivia goes through throughout th**I think this song is perfect for this couple. I especially feel like the introduction perfectly shows the feelings Olivia goes through throughout the series: Here
I think I'm just going to have to accept that this series isn't for me. The first book left me feeling a ton of mixed feelings but by the end I felt interested enough to want to know what would happen in the upcoming book. But I can honestly say that while we do find out a lot of information and secrets in this book, I think I'm done.
For the first half of the book I was actually pretty hooked. I was enjoying where things were going and I wasn't angry with the characters. Unfortunately that didn't last. The second half of this book annoyed me to much and I was back to despising Miller and annoyed with Olivia.
Olivia doesn't want to hear anything negative about Miller. She thinks she's knows him and everyone else is wrong and blah, blah, blah and it pissed me off so much. They're right to be concerned for her, especially since she has changed so much since she first met Miller and not for the best. She is willing to end all relationships with anyone who doesn't agree with her, even her best friend who she's known for 8 years and has always been there for her. I found the change in Olivia very concerning and further proved my point that I don't want her with him. I was actually very happy during their time apart. I loved the first half purely because Olivia was strong, and resolute on not being with him and was finally seeing the light.
We find out so much about Miller, who he is and why he is the way he is. I know it was supposed to make me understand him more and feel sympathy for him and it did to an extent but I still disliked him. He just bothered me too much. The way he is, his problems, I honestly feel like he ruined Olivia.
I love JEM and I will continue to read her future books but this is the last for me when it comes for this series. A lot of people love this series so I say give it a chance because it might just be me.
*Received a copy from publishers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much!!!*...more