Alright, so I was first introduced to Andrew Beckwith in the book Slip of The Tongue. That book completely ripped my heart out but Andrew played a verAlright, so I was first introduced to Andrew Beckwith in the book Slip of The Tongue. That book completely ripped my heart out but Andrew played a very small role in the story. I was so insanely excited when Jessica Hawkins announced that she was giving him his own book. Even with such a small role in the previous novel, he was easy to fall for. I mean, what's better than a badass, sexy man that happens to be great in the bedroom and is an awesome father to top it all off? Yeah, he was easy to fall for
In this story, we also get to learn a little more about another character that made an appearance in Slip of The Tongue, Amelia, who is the boss of Andrew's sister, Sadie. I admit that I wasn't crazy about her before reading this book but it was so great to learn more about her character and begin to understand exactly why she has the personality that she does. She was a much more likeable character than I had originally given her credit for and it didn't take me long to fall in love with her as well.
The First Taste was an amazing book. It was a beautiful story of two people with nothing in common but their broken hearts and how they manage to find love and happiness in the most unlikely of places. I absolutely loved this book and I couldn't get enough of Andrew and Amelia.
I was so insanely excited to continue on with this series! I enjoyed the first two immensely and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happenI was so insanely excited to continue on with this series! I enjoyed the first two immensely and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next! There's so much action and adventure in these books and I can't get enough. I've said it before and I'll say it again; if you're a fan of Percy Jackson or The Secret Circle, then you definitely need to check out the Elementals!
So we left off from the last book with the teens satisfied with their progress on closing the portal to Kerberos but deeply affected by the fact that they lost a new friend. In The Head of Medusa, we're brought back into the story not long after the last one left off. Relationships are deepening and friendships are growing stronger but there are also problems that Nicole must face and deal with on her own. Why doesn't her father want to see her? Can she ever forgive herself for letting Rachel die? Did she really let Rachel die or was the situation entirely unavoidable? And what's really up with Ethan?
It's interesting to see how the group figures out ways to defeat their foes and how they deal with their growing powers. The Head of Medusa was a great addition to the series and I loved reading it. I was sucked in from the first page and read almost half the book in one sitting. If you haven't given the Elementals a try, then I suggest you do so!
Oh, Cambria. She does it to me every time. I don't think I have ever read a book written by her that I didn't enjoy. And this one definitely doesn't dOh, Cambria. She does it to me every time. I don't think I have ever read a book written by her that I didn't enjoy. And this one definitely doesn't disappoint.
I won't lie, I was a little worried when I found out that #Rev was going to be the last GearShark book to focus soley on Trent and Drew. I loved my boys and I didn't want to let them go. I was even more worried when I found out that the third book in the series was going to be about Lorhaven, my least favorite character from the series so far. It's obvious to me now that I completely pictured Lorhaven wrong. I imagined his character to look almost the exact opposite of what he actually looks like and I have no idea why I got that impression. So I was nervous when I found out that the next book was going to be entirely about him.
And then I saw the cover. And oh em gee, I think I fell for Lorhaven right then and there. I hadn't even read the book yet but I knew that this cover was perfect. I knew it fit perfectly with the characters and with the story and, even though I love my Trent and Drew, this is my favorite cover in the entire series so far. It's absolutely beautiful.
#Swag took me some time to read. Not because it wasn't good but simply because I started reading it around the time that I would be travelling alone with my two year old from Texas to Kentucky. So we had a lot of packing and stress and three cancelled flights and a whole lot of craziness. But I finally got to finish it and it was absolutely amazing.
I'm so happy that Cambria gave Joey and Lorhaven their own book and that she let them come together the way that she did. I think that these two characters had so much to offer each other and were able to help each other in so many ways.
It was interesting to learn more about Lorhaven and what his life was like outside of his rivalry with Trent and Drew. We went from thinking about Lorhaven as a douche bag, to seeing him as an actual human being with real emotions and legitimate issues.
I'm also glad that we got to learn more about Joey. I was curious about her from the very beginning and she brought a lot to the story. Reading everything that she had to go through is, sadly, very realistic in today's world and I can only imagine what a woman would have to go through in a man's sport, like Joey did. But she was a strong character with a lot of determination and a knack for self preservation. She was a dainty little princess (not that there's anything wrong with that) and she knew how to take care of herself. Joey is a very admirable character.
I loved, even more than anything, the further glimpse into the life of Arrow. Other than Trent and Drew, Arrow has been the character to catch my attention and hold my curiosity the most in the GearShark series. It's hinted in the second book that Arrow has had to deal with some shit and it's sad to learn what this kid has had to go through (don't tell him I called him a kid!) and the things he's had to deal with. It makes me so sad that he, just like Joey, is a fictional character representing a very real problem in our world today. I can't wait to read #Blur. I know I'm going to fall in love with Arrow and, to be perfectly honest, I have a little crush on him. ;) I'm excited to see where his story takes him.
Overall, this book was absolutely amazing. A beautiful, heartbreakingly real story with amazing characters that deal with real issues.
I haven't been accepting review requests or taking on review copies for tours and stuff unless they're written by authors that I know and love, simplyI haven't been accepting review requests or taking on review copies for tours and stuff unless they're written by authors that I know and love, simply because I already have a huge TBR pile of review books and ARCs that I need to get through. Seriously, it's bad. But when I saw the cover of this book come through my email from Kismet and read the synopsis, I knew I had to give it a try. I love LGBTQIA books but I don't read many. It's just my opinion, but quite often the ones that do come through are poorly written and the characters jump straight to bed, do the dirty, maybe one conflict and they're done. I'm not really a fan of that. When I read books with couples of the same sex (or any type of characters, really) I want the delicious bedrooms scenes to be hightened by the build up. I want to feel something other than just turned on.
I'm happy to say that Come What May did not disappoint. I admit that I did think the story, relation-ship wise, went a little fast. At times it felt like Jonas moved a little too quickly into the lifestyle he'd apparently always fought against. At the beginning of the story, we really got no hint that Jonas was gay and I assumed that he was unaware of it at well. The way he internalized with himself as well as the way he interacted with Tate. Very quickly however, he was admitting to Tate that he had always known, to some degree, that he was gay and that he had pretty much spent his life repressing it. I do feel like that was a little odd at times. He kind of went from end of the spectrum to the other in a super short amount of time.
I also love that this story dealt with some serious issues. I know quite a few people that either question their sexuality or identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc. and I fucking HATE that a teenager, child, or even adult has to fear being thrown away by the people that she love them and support them the most because of who they are. I hate it so much. That is a kind of pain and suffering that someone is not able to understand fully unless they experience for themselves. Some of us end up never letting the people closest to us know who we fully are because we're afraid. And that sucks. No one should have to feel this way. I love that the Jonas and Tates story tackled that fully, from the shelter that Tate runs for homeless teens to the battle Jonas has to fight with his own father and mother. It was real and definitely important to the story.
Overall, I think this was a beautiful love story. The character were absolutely amazing and I fell in love with them. I'm curious as to what the author has in store for them in the rest of the All Saints series.
I was super excited when I learned that Cambria would be writing another book in the Take It Off series. The book that introduced me to the world of CI was super excited when I learned that Cambria would be writing another book in the Take It Off series. The book that introduced me to the world of Cambria Hebert was Torch, book one in the Take It Off series. I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and dealing with extreme pregnancy-induced insomnia. I was searching for a new book to read and I ended up managing to receive and ARC of the book. I fell in love. I continued to read as the rest of the series was released and Cambria instantly became and auto-buy author for me. Now, with the release of Taxi, I have an almost three year old (seriously, next month. When did that happen!?!?!) sitting next to me and I somehow managed to get another advanced reader copy. I couldn't be happier.
Taxi, I admit, had me curious. When she first annouced the title/cover, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. An entire book centered a Taxi? What? I didn't know what the book was going to be like but, if there was one thing I was sure of, it was that, if anyone could write a damn good book about a Taxi, it would be Cambria.
And a damn good book she did write. Taxi ended up being so much more than just... well, a taxi. :) I should have known to never doubt anything that she does. The book was full of suspense and romance and intrigue. I admit that it was pretty easy, for me at least, to figure the story out but I honestly think that some stories don't need to be insanely mysterious and hard to figure out. I loved that, even though I knew what was happening, the story still kept me glued to my Kindle and I couldn't stop reading.
Rose was such a relate able character (especially because we're both redheads hehe) and I loved her so much. I have no idea why, but I honestly think she's one of my top female characters that Cambria has written. I liked that Rose was strong and didn't take crap from anyone, even when she was facing death. Even when she was broken and at her weakest, she was strong and resilient.
Derek was delicious. Plain and simple. I wouldn't mind him being my surgeon. ;) I love how strong he was as a character. He fought when he was kidnapped and did everything he could to remain in control. His sole intention was getting him and Rose out of the situation they were in, even when it meant he had to make some difficult choices. I liked that his morals were so important and that he put the life of others before himself and his needs. But I guess that makes for a good doctor, right?
This book was amazing. From criminals, kidnappings, bullet wounds, coffee, betrayal, and steamy shower scenes, I couldn't get enough. Taxi was everything you could want in a Take It Off novel and it continued the series well.
Wow. I'm not even sure where to begin with this review. I guess I'll start from the beginning.
At the moment, I'm not accepting book review requests.Wow. I'm not even sure where to begin with this review. I guess I'll start from the beginning.
At the moment, I'm not accepting book review requests. I haven't been for quite a while. I have quite a lot of books on my TBR list and I'm trying to pummel through them. I have so many books that I haven't read, yet I continue to buy more. I'm sure every book blogger has this issue. :) Anyways, so I've put a halt on accepting requests, but when I received the email from Cole McCade and read the synopsis for The Lost, I knew that I had to read it.
The Lost is one of the darkest books I've ever read, sexually and emotionally. It takes you on such an emotional rollercoaster that, at times, you're not sure how to feel. But, damn, it's a good one. Leigh's story is so raw and so broken that you can't turn away. I was sucked in as soon as I began reading and I couldn't stop. Her character is so broken and so insanely real that, even if you haven't experienced the same sorts of things that she has, you can still feel like you relate to her on some level. It's amazing to see her transformation from broken, sexually addicted, promiscuous girl to a woman that is discovering the person she was always supposed to be. The Leigh she should have been before everyone around her turned her into Clarissa an decided to dictate exactly how her life was supposed to go.
Sex for her is like a drug, she's pretty much addicted to it and she definitely enjoys the pain. As a person that likes a bit of pain myself, it was delicious to read her encounters. She likes it a bit more than I do and she liked it, obviously, for different reasons but the sexually explicit scenes were quite nice to read.
I'm not sure if I could read this book again, simply because it is so dark and serious. It draws a lot out of the reader but it's a great read. If you can handle all of the topics that are touched on in a book like this, then I definitely recommend that you pick it up and give it a shot. Leigh has an amazing story to tell.