I haven't been this affected and yet, not...upset and irritated by a book guy in such a long time. I was SO thankful andCole. Cole. Cole.
My, my, my.
I haven't been this affected and yet, not...upset and irritated by a book guy in such a long time. I was SO thankful and grateful and HAPPY with how Michelle pulled Cole off. I was worried, naturally, from the first page, when he comes off with the attitude and off-kilter sexiness that you know is going to drive her wild and be this un-contained beast throughout the book. BUT instead of making him the complete jerk that he could have been, and that I see SO much in books lately and I'm getting pretty tired of it actually, she used his pain and made him something we see in each of ourselves, something so real and tangible it lifted right off the page.
Eden and Emmy were real and adorable and heart-wrenching. What happened to them was awful and should never happen to anyone. Mixing their story's heartbreak with Cole's was just like two flames mixing together, the blue and the red, the hot and the hotter, but they somehow stabilized and make it work.
I've read other books on the subject of physical/sexual abuse and for me they all tried to take it all too far or make the story seem like it was all focused on that. Michelle makes the story focus on what came AFTER. And that's exactly what she told me while we were texting about the book - I wanted the story to focus on the fallout, the recovery, the "getting better", not the abuse. That's not what the story should be about.
And the book was different. Completely. It doesn't follow the normal formula, #hallelujah, it doesn't follow the normal quirks, #hallelujah, and it doesn't follow the normal pitfalls, #HALLELUJAH!
When these two get together? Yikes, the sparks burned my fingers. When he looks and says things to her daughter? Your heart will melt right out of your chest. When he finally "gets it"? The big FINAL it?? *sigh* Your entire body might explode from happiness, so watch out nearby family.
Okay... Now, this is going to be one of those things that I know is going to be an amazing series once I finish. But it was also an amazing stand-alone. How is that possible? Because Michelle lets your choose your ending. You can either pick the one that lets you end it as a stand-alone, or you can pick the one that lets you continue on with the story and get so much more mystery out of it.
I, of course, can't let a mystery go. I read both endings. And WOW. I was happy with the stand-alone ending, but when I read the continue-to-next-book ending, I wanted to call Michelle up on my cell, because I had been texting her all day as I read this ARC, and say "How could you do this!!" LOL
One word?? Phenomenal.
I will not deter you from reading the stand-alone ending. I was so content with it. Completely. But if you read the other ending, TRUST ME, you will not be able to unsee it, unread it, unthink it. It's in there, in your brain. You're screwed. Other ending, obliterated.
You. Have. Been. Warned.
A big 5 out of 5 stars from me.
This book will take all the rules that you think you know of the way a book boyfriend is supposed to act and obliterate them. It haunts, it hurts in your guts, it makes you feel it in your toes, it reaches in your lungs and it makes you breathe again....more
You've got to stop writing so many daggum good books because I've got to write my OWN books and if you keep sending me ARCs, I won'tOkay, Jamie, girl.
You've got to stop writing so many daggum good books because I've got to write my OWN books and if you keep sending me ARCs, I won't ever finish my stories. This girl knows how to write in any genre. She can write the sweet, the angst, the gooey, the lovey, the angry, the romance, the contemp, the paranormal, all of it.
I'm currently sitting on the ARC for Episode 2 and it's killing me. I'm making myself get to a certain point in my own work before I'll allow myself to read it, which I guess I should thank her for because it makes me get going. If you're looking for something different, not like other stuff out there, then you can pretty much pick up any book by Jamie Magee and you'll get just that.
It's not just sexy, not just MC, not just paranormal. It's way more than that.
SO looking forward to what this series has to offer. ...more
Gavin and Clem were just...amazing. Gavin was my favorite kind of book boy. If you know the kind of guysMy FAVORITE NA book of the year, hands down.
Gavin and Clem were just...amazing. Gavin was my favorite kind of book boy. If you know the kind of guys I write, then you know what I'm talking about. I LOVED him. I've already re-read the ending. I hated when it ended because I wanted it to go on and that rarely happens for me anymore.
Yes, there was drama, which I hate, especially with exes, but it was all justifiable. There was a few times when I was almost disappointed because cheating is unforgivable, but Miss Lex Martin pulled through, thankfully.
it never dragged, it flowed, the supporting cast was awesome and funny. I'm already working my way through book two.
6 out of 5, I'll be putting this on my signed shelf pronto stars from me! ...more
This was Jamie's first adult book and she nailed it.
Wyatt and Harley as teenagers was like reliving my own crushes when I was a teen. Oh, my gosh. ItThis was Jamie's first adult book and she nailed it.
Wyatt and Harley as teenagers was like reliving my own crushes when I was a teen. Oh, my gosh. It was exactly on point. I remember the sneaking, all of it. I enjoyed that more than anything else in the book. It was my absolute favorite thing. So swoon-worthy, so sweet and innocent but not innocent. Loved it.
When they were ripped apart...I hurt more than I thought I was going to. It killed me. Especially with all the bits right after that.
Wyatt is definitely a sweet, southern gentlemen. He was awesome to read. He fought for her, he was jealous and wasn't afraid to show it because that's what southern boys are. You don't mess with their woman. He was sweet and vulnerable. He would put Harley in her place and let her know when she was being really wrong about something. That's what a woman needs, and vice-versa. That's what makes a great couple.
They were a great couple that balanced each other out once they got passed all the past crap that they had to wade through.
Awesome story, Mrs. Magee!! I enjoyed it like mad!
6 of our 5 swoony, hot, fireman-and-his-hot-cowboy friends stars from me....more
I got an ARC of this from Lila and loved this book. Ever since she told me about this book last year, I've been waiting for it. Theo is an awesome booI got an ARC of this from Lila and loved this book. Ever since she told me about this book last year, I've been waiting for it. Theo is an awesome book boy. I'm so intrigued with the paranormal aspects of the story. Can't wait for book two....more
If you know me, you know how I adore my Amy Bartol. A lot. It could be classified as an obsession. She's all-around amazing.
But we're not going to talIf you know me, you know how I adore my Amy Bartol. A lot. It could be classified as an obsession. She's all-around amazing.
But we're not going to talk about Bartol, we're going to talk about her amazing book. And this review is completely unbiased! I don't have a lot of reading time so I'm very stingy and picky with the books I read. So when I was given (begged for) this ARC of UDS, Amy said no pressure. Now, the book's been out for weeks and I'm finally able to get to it and I'm KICKING myself for not making myself lose a night of sleep sooner! (4am)
Holy Hot Alien Trey, Batman! He was fighting it so hard in the beginning, poor guy. Trying to do the right thing. And then kept on trying to do the right thing, but Kricket kept right on inching her way into his world and his heart until she was there to stay. He was an aggressive, strong, alpha, tattooed, military leader, good guy, rake you with his eyes kind of guy that was blind-sided by this girl who turned out to be nothing like they imagined she would when they went to find her. He gets so frustrated with her, but it's because he wants what he cant have, he wants to protect her, he knows that things are about to go bad real fast when they get 'home', and he'd being pulled in several directions. I felt for him. Even when he was mad at her and being an idiot, I could still understand the struggle. But he would always come back around and make you forget it in not time. He was so alpha and I love that. Her protection was the most important thing above all else and when she was in danger all his walls fell down, and you'd see his true feelings, even though sometimes Kricket couldn't even see them. And his little cute jealous ticks with their friends and the other 'suitors'. Adorable. When he decides something, look out, cause that boy is determined. He is my favorite book boy of the year.
The app on my phone almost short circuited because of the heat between these two. I'll name a few instances. The pool, when Trey "saves her". I love when Jax tries to take her and Trey is not having any of it. Two, shower scene that was so, so hot but nothing actually happened at all. It broke my and Kricket's heart at the same time. Like...whoa. Instance number three, the first time he calls her Kitten...and anytime following that. Four, the fountain. Five, when he tells her what he did the night after the fountain in regards to a certain female and the whole 'missed birthday' conversation. Six, "Undergarments? Is that what you call those polar little monsters?" You get the gist of that one. So hot and swoony and adorable.
"You can trust me with your heart."
And Kricket, oh Kricket. Poor girl. Been to hell and back again and no one even bothered to buy her a t-shirt for her troubles. I loved her, too. She was spunky without being stupid. She never did these outrageous'y idiotic things to get into trouble where she had to be rescued or anything. She didn't let them walk all over her, but she cried and had moments where it was all too much. She was 'human' and though this was a fantasy book, it was real. I wanted to take her for coffee and get some names of people to kick butts of. She was awesome. She tried so hard to be brave and strong, to do what was the right thing, not just whatever her little heart desired. She wasn't selfish. She understood that there was a big picture to this whole thing. She understood sacrifice.
And I LOVED the supporting cast. I mean LOVED them. That hardly ever happens for me. Like ever. Jax and Wayra were my absolute favorite. We didn't see Trey's brother Victus very much, but I know he'll be back. And I'm sure they'll be drama there, because it was hinted at. Maybe the family will want him to commit to Kricket and he may even have a crush on her himself, who knows. Trey's first intended, Charisma, we never saw (hallelujah!) but I'm pretty sure that won't last. She'll probably come back in book 2 as well, maybe even with a vengeance, but I'm happy with how things went. I was so, so, so happy that Trey didn't pull some parading-Charisma-around-in-front-of-Kricket stunt to hurt her and try to get her to move on. I waited for it and just knew it was coming but was so happy that Amy didn't follow the predictable route. I can't stand when couples try to use that stuff on each other when they love each other, even if they 'think' it's for a good reason. I hate it. So, bravo, Amy for not falling prey to typical YA cliches.
This book was about a dystopian society. It was fascinating to read all about the things, words, food, animals, tons of things that Amy created for it. If you love to sink into a completely new world, then this is for you. Lots of romance and laughs. I literally could not put it down. You need to read this.
Two of my fav authors worked together to make an awesome book.
Rachel was the female voice and Lila was the male, which she'Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
Two of my fav authors worked together to make an awesome book.
Rachel was the female voice and Lila was the male, which she's incredibly good at. It flowed great, the romance was awesome and swoony, the fighting was realistic and heartbreaking, the tears I cried were real and I felt for these characters so much. Their family was awesome, too. It was all my favorite things and I even found myself going back and re-reading the part where they caved for each other all over again. It was that good. I'm still thinking about it.
It hopped right up there in my Top 10 for the whole year. I love a book where the guy is a little bit gruff but then turnHoly wow, I loved this book.
It hopped right up there in my Top 10 for the whole year. I love a book where the guy is a little bit gruff but then turns into a pile of mush over a girl. This book has all my favorite things.
Beckett, Beckett, Beckett Nash... There was a couple things that had me cringing over him, but boy when he decided to turn over his leaf and be with Star, he was all in. At the 'catalyst', I wondered how Mrs. Garza was going to turn that around. She shocked me with how that played out. I was expecting it to be very dramaful. (New word) and I dreaded it to be honest, but she completely saved my heart and it all played out perfectly.
I love sweet books. So much. I wish more authors wrote them for they are hard to find.
Rachel is AMAZING at writing YA love stories. That's what this book is. Amazing.
It's full of sweetness, with a side of cocky, snarky, and realness. ThRachel is AMAZING at writing YA love stories. That's what this book is. Amazing.
It's full of sweetness, with a side of cocky, snarky, and realness. This book could absolutely happen in the real world. I LOVED Ellie. She was sweet and MORAL and normal. The only time I wanted to slap her was near the end, but of course that was the point. We were watching this play out, as the reader knowing that she wasn't right, but just knew that all would be well in short time. And the 'come back together' scene? So original and different. I expected the big blow-up, the angry yelling, the bumping into each other months and months later and doing the awkward dance. Those have been done so many times, and yes, I expected it here. But it wasn't like that. I was so pleasantly surprised that when the time came for that scene, it was done so differently. Just like this couple. They aren't a normal couple and don't operate like one, but they love each other like one. Very original. And she wasn't some annoying girl who did all these stupid things and she wasn't torn between two guys. When Colton kept popping up, I wondered if she'd start to have mixed feelings, but the girl was fantastically smitten with Fin.
And Fin. Wow. I thought he was going to be a jerk half the book and he was to a certain degree, a small degree, but for the most part, he was swoony in all sorts of sweet ways. And once he decided he wanted Ellie, forget about it. He was relentlessly smitten himself. I loved watching it all unfold between these two. He was sexy, cocky and one of the most amazing book boys ever. You'll find out why he was so amazing near the end of the book. Family men are the sexiest men that I read about. The way he wanted Ellie and still wanted to do what he needed to do made him that much more awesome.
The other great thing about this book was the family and friends. Her brothers were awesome. I loved them. Her whole family was awesome and it was nice to watch her really realize that throughout the book.
And it's totally setting up a sequel for her friend, Britte's story and one of the brothers. Can't wait for that one!
Now, Rachel is an amazing and super sweet chick, and I'm gonna be a pit bull for a minute on her behalf. I read some reviews that took off stars because Ellie was a virgin in college. YOU SHOULD CONGRATULATE HER!! Not put her down because of it. Being a virgin isn't this awful thing that some people make it out to be. If that's the case, then I wouldn't recommend any of my books either. There's a time and place for everything. If Ellie wasn't a virgin, this great dynamic of the story, that Ellie had never felt real love (other than family love) and didn't even like to kiss because she had never been kissed properly, wouldn't have been so potent and plausible. So open your minds and don't be so harsh on things without thinking it through. We should read books for the amazing story, not whether the book has sex in it or not, and not because you think a virgin in college isn't possible. My favorite stories of all time are YA books that the romance is sweet and amazing. There wasn't a lick of sex. It wasn't needed to get the point across. So look back to when you first started reading and remember what it was like to just sink into a story that made you never want to stop reading it and has a point and a mission to make you see something important within the story. Don't be so consumed with what's not in the story. :)
Nixon, Nixon, Nixon. Awesome name, awesome dad, awesome book boy.
This sequel to Lila's series Love and Skate was just as amazing, if not more so, thanNixon, Nixon, Nixon. Awesome name, awesome dad, awesome book boy.
This sequel to Lila's series Love and Skate was just as amazing, if not more so, than the rest of the series. Each book is another brother\cousin's story. All the men are family centered and know how to treat a girl. Nixon was no exception.
Nixon isn't cocky, but he knows that he's a good looking guy. He went through a bout of jerkfaceness (New word!) that isn't described in the book in real time, but talked about. He had been in love with one girl his entire life and when that wasn't reciprocated and his mom died, he falls down an emotional spiral. It's understandable. But one night, one mistake in his life brings him the best thing that's ever happened to him. Scout, his daughter. Now a single dad, his reluctance to things was so understandable and it made him daddy of the year for it. But once he decided on Journey, that was it. That Black family dynamic and legacy is one of my favorite things about this series. He's so sexy, probably sexier than the rest of the series, and I love the phase where they just can't keep their hands of each other. He was so in love with her and did'n't need to catch up when they got back together after all those years. He never stopped loving her and wasn't afraid to show it. *swoon*
Scout, a little girl that had me laughing and aweing the entire book. His interactions with her were not only sweet, but funny and completely beautiful. Honestly, I have two boys. I don't know what I'd ever do with a girl since my entire life is centered around all my boys, but this book actually made me want to have a girl just so I could see how she would wrap my husband up in protective, sweet little knots.
Journey was a completely different girl than the previous books. She was so awed at how hard she fell for his little girl, Scout. But she didn't need to fall for him because she loved him all the while. She had known how he felt about her before, but needed to get herself straightened out before she could see what was right in front of her. She even kept his old shirts and boxers, which was really sweet and showed her feelings for him.
We again get to see his family. It alternates between POVs with him and Journey and also a couple more. I love that family. They're are amazingly supportive.
This book didn't have the cliche "I'm leaving you because I'm not good enough" or "We had a fight or misunderstanding and I'm out of here" stuff. What happened near the end made me fall SO much in love with Journey. And Nixon's protectiveness of both of his girls made for some of the sweetest reading ever.
Loved this story, this whole series! Go get started on them!
6 sweet, swoontastic, sexy buy clean, stories that make your heart pound like a teenager in love, stars from me. ...more
Emerge is still my favorite Lila Felix book, but Anguish is a seriously close second.
Ash and Breaker were both so broken and sweet. EverythingLoved.
Emerge is still my favorite Lila Felix book, but Anguish is a seriously close second.
Ash and Breaker were both so broken and sweet. Everything was tied nicely together and the ending was good and finished, but everything wasn't as honky-dory and peaches and cream as some endings. There were still things going on that needed to be worked on and it was a nice change of pace to have a happy ending that still showed that things were real and weren't going to be perfect.
Lila's writing gets better with every book and this one was no exception.
Breaker was a great character. When he decided to pursue her it was all bets off. It was nice to be in his head. He was sweet and determined. I do wish he'd given her one of those whiplash make-out kisses when they 'reunited' but it was still sweet :)
The book was fantastic. And it didn't need to have a sex scene every five minutes to do it! There wasn't really a love triangle eitheYessss! Loved it!
The book was fantastic. And it didn't need to have a sex scene every five minutes to do it! There wasn't really a love triangle either. It sounds like it, but really there's no contest. I won't say who, but I'm sure you can see once you sink into the book. And you need to sink into it. It's got all my favorite things in a book! A swoony guy, a heroine who's NOT a ditsy idiot and someone that I could be friends with, a great family dynamic, a crazy grandma, and it's all about the romance.
I was never bored or uninterested. In fact, I neglected my whole family for a whole day for this book. It was great. I hated the villain, I loved the hero and completely felt for them all.
Travis...holy swoon...holy hotness...yum...want one for Christmas.
Jake...come closer for a swift kick.
So, if Rachel is wondering who her next stalker will be, it's gonna be me. Must pick up her other books pronto!
This is the 4th book I've read from this author. I thought, "It'll be good. Her books are always good." But honestly, I loved Emerge soWow. Just WOW.
This is the 4th book I've read from this author. I thought, "It'll be good. Her books are always good." But honestly, I loved Emerge so much that I thought it was just going to be that. Good.
Lila, you continue to raise the bar and make me proud to know you, as an author and as a great lady.
Not only was the book AMAZING with an amazing message, but the girl can write a freaking book. Her wording is beautiful. Her characters are flawed in the best way, because they long to be better and go to great lengths to make it so. Her men are not just swoon-worthy (Though they are extremely swoon-worthy) they are maxed out with sweetness and good hearts.
The girls in her books, honestly, drive me crazy! :) They are usually the ones who push the guys away, but they have a good reason because Lila's girls have been through the worst kinds of hell. She has a knack for making me want to seriously jump in a book and slap people. Lila's parents... ugh...
The book's flow was good. It's a shorter read, but it was packed with constant angst and sweetness. It has enough going on that I never felt bored, but I never felt rushed either. When they met, the attraction was instant, but there was no insta-love. They progressed slowly and believably. But when they did get together...it was pretty hot.
Abel, Abel, Abel. We met him with him painting a house. Sweating and being hot and sweet. *Sigh* And though he had his flaws, like I said, when everything was brought to light, he accepted his involvement and blame, never tried to pawn off blame to anyone else, was wracked with guilt and did everything he could to make it right.
It was like she fused a YA book and an Adult one. The transitions from past to present were fluid and not confusing at all,Massive love for this book!
It was like she fused a YA book and an Adult one. The transitions from past to present were fluid and not confusing at all, but she still made it seem like you were reading two completely different books. It was pretty amazing how she did that.
Loved both Del and Lauren. They were normal, and though mistakes were made, they were just human mistakes. It wasn't because they were stupid or being jerks, sometimes crappy things just happen and we work with what we're given.
There were parts that literally broke my heart in the book, but the flip flopping back to the present helped make it where it wasn't so hard to handle for me.
They have depth, soul, meaning, characters who are real and believable, NO love triangles, and swoonThis, along with Lila's other books, are amazing.
They have depth, soul, meaning, characters who are real and believable, NO love triangles, and swoon. Lots of swoon!
Owen was amazing!!! And the skating parts, though small, was really interesting and funny. I like how the conflict didn't drag on for chapters after chapter after chapter. Lila has a point and she gets there in perfect timing.
So, I finally got to read an Alyssa Rose Ivy book! :)
I 'met' Alyssa online ages ago and she's so sweet and genuine. I have several of her books, but ySo, I finally got to read an Alyssa Rose Ivy book! :)
I 'met' Alyssa online ages ago and she's so sweet and genuine. I have several of her books, but you know how it is when you're writing and busy and you just don't feel like you can really be a reader anymore. Well, I finally just picked one on my Kindle and went at it one night.
When I got started with it, I was a little scared. Oh, no. It's gonna be gut-wrenching and she's going to resist the whole book and there won't be any love!! But the first time she caved to Ben, I know that wasn't the case. Those two were sweet and sour, hot and spicy chicken! He wasn't angry at her like she thought, and I was relieved right along with her. Their banter was hilarious, and sweet. She tried to be a tough cookie, but she was just cookie dough in his manly, boatman, guitar playing hands. lol The show where he sang that song he wrote about her breaking his heart...good Lord. And then the promise he made her about that song was the sweetest thing.
I love how she didn't lead Gavin on. I was worried about that, too. Love triangles, bleh. But she laid it out there and he understood from the get-go there was no chance.
I had read some reviews where they compared Ben to Travis from Beautiful Disaster. That he was borderline abusive and way over the top with his protectiveness. Um...what book were you reading!? :) Number one, I've read Beautiful Disaster and yes, Ben is an alpha and he's protective and jealous, but he was nowhere near Travis-level. He knew she was on the fence and vulnerable about everything, so yes, he was protective and didn't want her to be swayed by some guy trying (in his mind) to swoop in and take advantage of her when he'd just gotten her back. That's my fav kind of guy.
I was a little disappointed in her when they jumped into bed so quickly. But I'm more of a lovey-dovey type with the sex a really serious moment. These two tried to make it 'casual', but we knew it wasn't. I just wished she had made Ben prove himself a little bit before she gave him the goods again. lol He hadn't been the best guy when she dated him and I loved how he didn't blame her for leaving.
The ending was great. The story flowed well. I never flipped pages out of boredom. The characters were well thought out. The fiance' was the guy you wanted to hate but had a hard time with it. What a jerk, but...poor guy, ya know? I understood all her reasoning for being reluctant and was so happy that the book was spent more on focusing how to get over those things instead of fighting it tooth and nail. The friends weren't man-hating, ditzy, drunken vixens as they sometimes (a lot) are in NA books (Which drives me INSANE).
And I heard Jake, Ben's brother, has a book. Looking forward to that one for sure.
5 wonderful, I want a guy to sing to me while staring me down on stage and then take me on his boat, stars from me.
Ok. This is one of those books that stays with you. In fact, I immediately went back to reread a couple parts as soon as I was done last night, at likOk. This is one of those books that stays with you. In fact, I immediately went back to reread a couple parts as soon as I was done last night, at like 3 am, and then again this morning.
The main character's name is Bliss. For one, I'm so jealous that I didn't think to name a character that. I LOVE it. She reacted to things the way I would have. I love the theater\acting stuff that was talked about. The plot twist with the play and her best friend Cade was genius. I want to go to college with this girl and be her friend.
And then Garrick... he was so normal!! He was seriously sweet, he was British, he got mad, he apologized and then got mad again when she kicked his ego a little bit, he was a typical male who was very interested in certain parts of her anatomy. I like that he was so normal and had to do a little "I'm Sorry" in the end. And these two, when they got together to kiss or other things, holy moly. Like really, the air in my living room started to crackle. Those parts were SOO well written that I lost touch with reality for a minute. I loved how she was so open about her virginity in the end and they kind of embraced it. Garrick was such a gentleman.
And the ending\epilogue was so good.
This is a New Adult\Adult book for sure, but even though the sex was descriptive, it wasn't crude.
5 must-have-on-my-shelf-pronto, swoon swoon swoon, bff MC material, will re-read more than once, way to write a book, stars from me....more