This is my second book by Colleen Hoover and she really doesn't disappoint. Very refreshing. It goes above and beyond my expectations. It doesn't stick...moreThis is my second book by Colleen Hoover and she really doesn't disappoint. Very refreshing. It goes above and beyond my expectations. It doesn't stick with the typical YA/NA cliche which was just amazing.
Also... It made me cry.. Like a baby!!
Love it. Review to follow soon! Will have to catch up on my reviewing. LOL. (less)
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“Being this close to him...touching him exhilarated me, while at the same time, I became immersed...moreREVIEW COPY PROVIDED BY AUTHOR FOR AN HONEST REVIEW
“Being this close to him...touching him exhilarated me, while at the same time, I became immersed in a feeling of tranquility.”
See now this is the reason why I love new authors.
It was actually very good for a debut novel! There were lots of good and funny parts but then there was also the part where it will almost make you want to cry. Of course there were also times when I wanted to throw it to the wall because of upsetting situations (mostly involving Liv's decision!!!) but I guess its normal.
Liv doesn't do relationships. She doesn't believe that anything good will come out of it especially since she's been disappointed a lot of times by the people she loves.
Logan could get any girl she wants but he felt that Liv was different. He wanted to be closer but everytime he gets close enough, she pushes him away. No matter how hard Logan tries, Liv always finds a way to screw everything up for them both.
Will Liv's hesitation and hesitation cause Logan to leave her forever?
MEET THE CHARACTERS
Meet Olivia "Liv" Evans.
Okay I am going to be brutally honest here. I hated her. I hated her for what she did to Logan. Alright. Alright. That was a bit too much hatred there. I know there's a reason why she is what she is but still.. Hurting someone who is only meaning to love her? That is so not cool.
She's been hurt a lot before and I get that she's hesitant to give her heart away and then it being end up broken and shattered. We all have our own fair share of heartbreaks and its okay to be scared. I've been in her position so I know. The thing I didn't like about her is that she pushes Logan away but then again not really. She wants him. She clearly wants him and that's why he comes back again and again because he sees right through that facade. Bu the way she hurts him everything????
I just love Logan! I want me some more Logan!
Okay I made sure I won't forget to mention this.. He's a street driver! He's fast and furious baby!!!
With all that aside.. This guy seriously fallen too deep for Liv. He deserved someone better. Someone who would be able to appreciate all the things he does.... Like me?? :D He was a real sweetheart. He would rather have Live as a friend than not have her at all. Isn't that just extremely charming? :)
LOGAN + LIV = HEARTBREAKINGLY DRAMATIC (SOMETIMES)
I liked how these two started. They were friend which was a plus factor for me because I hate stupid insta-love novels. I liked them but I still think their relationship has too much drama for their own good. Logan was very easy to love but Liv not too much. I think her character is overly annoying and selfish. I think I liked their relationship more when they were friends. They had good chemistry back then. When they started being attracted to each other that's when thing started to go down the drain.
This book was well written and is throughly thought of. I guess it's just the story itself that was not really for me. I liked drama but not too much. I liked my damaged characters but Liv was a little too much. She sort of passed the fine line of being tolerable and annoying.
Logan, however, was another story. I loved Logan. He's amazing. I feel that he is exactly the type of male lead every reader would like. Of course, he wasn't perfect. He made mistakes too but he made up for it which was good. His character matured which is not the same case as Liv's unfortunately.
It took me awhile to review this book because of personal reasons. This book was really a good debut. Like I said earlier, I found that it has been written very well. The dialogue was good. The characterization was impressive (hence, the reason why I didn't like Liv. LOL).
All in all it was a good book! But I couldn't give it a 5 because of the too much drama and.. guess who? Liv. LOL.
PS: The ending was great! I find it is a great ending for this book! (less)
"How so?" She lifted her voice slightly so it could be heard above the tapping of her stilettos.
"You're supposed to be shy. You're supposed to be the seduced, not the seducer."
Oh god! It's freakin' over!
But I don't ever want it to end.
I'll miss Gabriel. I'll miss Julia. Their love. The sex. Their passion. Their story. Their trials. Their struggles. Their family. The evil people who threaten their love. I'll miss all of those.
Oh God! I can't help but cry thinking that this is the end of such a wonderful series. I've always been saying that I am such a bad reader of series. The only series that I am proud to say that I am currently following is the Lux series but then this series came a long and I KNEW that I just HAVE to finish it. I started with Inferno, then I finished Rapture just in time before Redemption came out. I am extremely happy!
The life of a newly married couple are not always blissful. There are some things that needs to be done. Some routines that needs to be changed. Decisions needed to be made. Disagreements are happening because of difference in opinions. It is like starting life again but this time, starting it with someone. Gabriel and Julia were no exception.
Gabriel wanted to start a family. He wanted to start it now that he have his Beatrice but Julia was not entirely sure about it.
"I want to plant my child here."
As his words echoed in the clearing, Julia froze.
"I'd like to have a child with you."
She caught her breath. "So soon?"
Being a professor has always been Julia's passion. She worked hard to get to where she is now and she wasn't going to let anything stop her from achieving that dream. But every time she sees how Gabriel was so eager to have a baby, she feels bad that she couldn't give him what he wants.
Julia worried about her ability to say no to his deepest longing. She'd be overwhelmed with desire to please him, to make him happy, and in so doing would sacrifice her own happiness.
But starting a family wasn't their only problem. Past ghosts were coming up to haunt them both. People were trying to ruin them for their own selfish reasons.
The turn of events lead Gabriel and Julia to revist their past. They needed to face a few things they didn't really want to face. They needed to learn to accept what was in their past so that they could completely move on to the future.
So right now, Julia and Gabriel are my top favorite fictional couple. I really really loved these two. Their relationship really grew on the span of the three books. You get to witness their rocky start, their struggling relationship and their wonderful happily ever after. This book was just beautiful!
Gabriel's Redemption was the perfect ending to a perfect series. I just love how everything wrapped itself together. I liked how real everything feels. The characters, the setting, the conflict, the situation.. Everything feels 3 dimensional! There was never a time I felt that I was just reading something. It all felt so real. I'm not exaggerating. As I was reading this, I felt like I was the writer and I was reading the story that I made of two lovely people that I know and love. The story felt personal. Reading this book or rather the entire series made me feel really close to the characters.
What was also amazing about this series is that the story doesn't really focus on the story of the MCs. Reynard also gives spotlight to the secondary characters. He let them have their moment and to me that is also beautiful.
I am so proud of Gabriel. He really grew from the man that he was before. This only proves that people still change even if they are older. Everyone has the capability to change for the better.
"When I bring up the subject of family, I swear I'm not trying to pressure you. I'm simply bringing up a topic that makes me happy, hoping that it will make you happy too. We can talk about the future and make plans without changing our timeline. Starting a family is a momentous decision, especially given our backgrounds. I know that you've given the matter some thought. I'm simply asking that we talk about it. But we certainly don't need to talk about it now. I'm sorry for bringing it up on the heels of your lecture. Just promise me we'll talk about it someday, even if its's the most general of terms."
Oh Gabriel!! How can anyone not love this guy?
I love Gabriel. I really do but Julia once again disappointed me. I feel that she doesn't love Gabriel as much as she said she does. She's selfish. I understand that being a professor is important to her but she should also understand that Gabriel won't do anything (on purpose) to hurt her career. He loves her too much for that but she... seem to not believe that especially at that point when the unexpected happen...
Not a thumbs up for me. What happened to the Julia I know and loved from the first book??
I would have to commend yet again, Reynard's beautifully crafted novel that doesn't fail to move me to tears!! The writing is impeccable! I really really really love the lyrical writing. I am amazing by how simple words could affect me greatly in so many ways! I think I have already expressed my love and affection for this book from the previous books and I probably sound like a broken record player by repeating and repeating what I say but.. I seriously just love it! And I will not be ashamed to say that I am a huge EMERSONaholic or GABRIELaddict!! :)
I will end this review with one of my favorite lines from the book.
"Charity is a great virtue, and so is faith. But hope means the most to me. This is hope."
"I want to be your first and your last. I love you, Julianne. I offer you my heart and my life. Marry me. Be my wife, my friend, my lover, and my guide. Be my blessed Beatrice and my adored Julianne. Say you'll be mine. Forever."
I am smittened all over again!! I am totally in love with Professor Gabriel Emerson! I am now officially an Emerson addict!
I know I have tons of favorite books but this one.. Oh dear Lord!! It just sweeps me off my feet every fucking time! Everything about this book/series is just awesome.
The writing. Gabriel Emerson. The revelations. Gabriel Emerson. The characters. Gabriel Emerson. The fluidity of the story. Gabriel Emerson. The pace. And last but not the least... Gabriel Emerson!!!!
Oh did I just fail to mention that I am absolutely in love with Gabriel Emerson??!
Excuse my addictive rambling. Let me give you a gist of the what Gabriel's Rapture is about.
They thought the hard part of their relationship was over. They thought that now that they found each other again, everything was going to be perfect..
But they were wrong... Things weren't as perfect as they think it was.
Gabriel and Julia spent their holiday in Italy where they were starting to discover the wonders of making love.
How every touch. How every kiss.
How every movement affect both of them in wonderous ways. And how every day, they found more reason for them to love each other.
But what was waiting for them back in the US was something they both weren't expecting. Their past is slowly catching up to them. Secrets are coming up in the open and there is nothing either of them could do about it. Miscommunications. Mistrust.
Will this trial make their relationship stronger or will it tear them apart forever?
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE CHARACTERS
I'd have to say that I am so proud of Gabriel. He really showed how much in love he was with Julia and how much he was willing to change. *swoon* His actions and his words gripped me so many times. *swoon*
He moved me to tears. I remember the last time I cried this much was when I was reading the Fault in Our Stars and that is saying something.
Oh dear Gabriel! Take care of me instead!
Julia however disappointed me. At first she was okay, she seem to be the same girl I loved and adored on the first book but come the second half of the book, she was becoming a little bit annoying. She lacked trust.
"You promised you'd never fuck me. But what about last night? No words, no I lovee you, not even a note or a text this morning. Is that all it was to you? A goodbye fuck?."
She said she loved Gabriel but I guess it wasn't enough for her to trust her. It's hard for a relationship to work if there is just love and no trust. That is a recipe for disaster and I guess which was exactly the case on this book. She didn't trust him to much and that hurt not only Gabriel but also herself.
I was disappointed with Julia but still I was happy with their relationship. I've had tons of favorite book couple but right now Julia and Gabriel are on the top of my list.
They were sensual in a very beautiful way. It was never too much nor too little. And when they make love, they really make love and not just sex. When there were sex scenes, you'll never once feel that it was just that for them. They were full of passion, love and complete surrender. As you read, you'll feel Gabriel's love exploding through the pages. You'll feel how much he worships and adores Julia which gets me really envious loads of times!!! What I wouldn't give to have my own Professor Emerson!!
Gabriel was a real revelation. There was a complete 360 degreespin to his character. Okay that was a bit of an exagerration. Lets say 300 degree spin. He still has those slight imperfections that are very handy at times especially when Julia's in trouble with people who couldn't seem to let her be happy. *not spoiling this one* Gabriel in this part would really blow you away and leave you breathless at least that's what he did for me. He was perfection.
I just love him. Absolutely love him! I bet you can tell by my last name. :)
What are my final thoughts on this?
This was just as amazing as the first one if not more. I couldn't still grasp on how beautiful it was written. In this book, there was just too many lines to quote, too many heartwarming scenes to memorize and note down. I really really loved it.
One of the things that I loved about this book were the antagonists. They are just devious. Especially Crista! If there was one person I would very much enjoy killing, it would be her. I even hated her than Natalie or Simon. At least Simon learned his lesson. Now he knows better than to mess with Gabriel's girl!! *swoon*
The thing I noticed about Mr. Reynard's books are the pacing. He hasten some parts and then slow down on some. It works for me really. I'm kind of having a heartattack a lot of the time when I feel that something should be happening but there's none. I was panicking. I was wondering what was going on with Gabriel and why did he do those things he did. Like Julia, I doubted for a little bit but I knew.. I knew there was an explanation.. And boy was I happy!! I was really really happy!
The story dealt about Gabriel and Julia sure but he made sure that the secondary characters have their share of the spotlight too. Like Natalie, Simon, Crista, Rachelle, Paul and Richard. All of them has their backstories told. Even though they weren't the main characters you'll see some scenes more focused on them that the 2 MCs.
So what else? Oh yeah did I ever tell you guys that I am absolutely smitted by Gabriel.
Oh did I say that already? Cool! I LOVE HIM!!! LOL. Yeah fine I'll shut up now.
For those of you who haven't read this yet.. PLEASE DO!! I'm begging you! I want to share with you guys this amazingly addicting and hypnotizing book. It's just amazing. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.(less)
"You and your irresistible body will be the death of me and my door deep-v-diver."
I liked it. I loved it!!!
Slide was a totally good read. The writing and the progression of the story was very smooth. And the characters were pretty awesome!
Let me love you!
Evangeline has everything that she could ever ask for.. except for a complete family.
" My family came from money, a great deal of it, but that didn't mean we all lived a blissfully perfect life. We had our own heartache and tragedy to bear. It was constantly being in the media eye that taught me to shut myself away. They all wanted to talk about that fateful night many years ago but I refused to speak anyone, other than my therapist - who was still trying hard to mend the pieces together."
She lost her mother and older brother on a tragic car accident and things were never the same after that. She felt lost. Alone. Unloved. That is before she met Ryan Fox.
Ryan was everything Evangeline shouldn't be hanging around with.
" Ryan Fox was a big time player. He had girls worshiping at his feet and he clearly enjoyed every minute of it. He was loved by many fans and was constantly in the public eye - not to mention on giant billboards."
Evie didn't want that. She didn't want people digging up her past. She didn't want people noticing how broken she was. She didn't want anyone's pity.
But was she the only one keeping secrets? Or is Ryan keeping a few secrets of his own.
MEET THE CHARACTERS
I liked Evangeline at some point but there were a couple of times that I found her annoying too.
She was pretty but a little aloof. She didn't want the limelight because she didn't want her past to be talked about in public. She didn't want people looking at her and feeling pity. Her family was very rich. They were very well known in the fashion industry so if something tragic happened to their lives, people will talk about it.
I loved how she was understanding. I loved how she accepted Ryan and everything about him including his family but... I hated that she was untrusting. How can you possibly say you love someone but don't trust them?
Also, she has been so quick to pass judgement on Ryan and it wasn't really funny at all. She would believe someone else's word against the man who she said she loved. Isn't that a bit weird.
Anyways, I liked how she was not head over heels immediately towards Ryan. I liked how she answered back to Ryan on the first few scenes. I liked how she didn't immediately give in to Ryan... Well she did but there were a lot of other things at play which is why she did but.. You got to read it.. I won't be saying anymore. LOL.
Oh gosh! I can't believe I fell for another Ryan who's also a baseball player!!
But honestly, this Ryan is far more sexual. LOL. The other Ryan (from Dare You To) was more of the innocent sweet type. This handsome devil however was just smoking with sex and appeal.
How can I even start with this guy? Oh well. He was arrogant at first yes but I guess that's what fame does to you. If you're a really good player and everyone loves you, I think you really just get used to the attention. I didn't cringe one bit during this exchange.
"Do you realize what you've done? You let the one girl willing to sleep with you go and now she hates you."
He snorted, clearly amused by my statement. "I can assure you that there are plenty more waiting, and she'll come back. They always try."
I love my guys full of confidence and Ryan indeed has one!
Ryan's hot and everything but that's not really the thing I loved most about him. I loved his love for his family. The secret that he's been keeping is actually related to his family and I honestly believe what he did was right. I do not judge him whatsoever for this. It was the right decision! It was an accident but he had no other choice. He had to protect his family and that made me cry a little bit.
Also.. I loved that he was persistent. I loved that he wanted to let Evangeline feel and know that he loves him and would do anything for him. I loved that he went out of his way to prove that even though it was risking his future as well.
So selfless.. I am so in love!
ROMANCE Evangeline + Ryan = Perfect Combination
Oh seriously, this couple is just so perfect for each other. They were compatible in every way.
Both Ryan and Evangeline had a past they must overcome. It wasn't easy for them to tell each other this as it is hard. Traumatic experiences are never easy to talk about but when they did, they were able to support each other. They were able to love each other better.
"Somehow a messed-up girl like me managed to find the perfect messed-up boy. We both shared dark and terriying pasts that were always going to be there, but now instead of trying to battle against the darkness on our own, we had the love and support of each other to help us through it."
Also, there wasn't the cliche of the male being super rich and the girl not really. This time, they were both equal and I liked that. They were both technically celebrities. And that was a good change.
All in all I loved it. But I did notice somethings that could be improved and it would have made this book way more better. I have some more points that I also need to point out obviously. LOL.
1 I thought it ended beautifully but the way towards the ending was a bit of a struggle for me. Did I make sense? What I was trying to say was, towards the end another "should-be" important character was introduced and wasn't given that much closure towards the end. I liked Hawke. I feel that there should have been a love triangle not that I was a fan of that but why would you introduce another male character that the male MC is going to get jealous of without him being given too much exposure. That bothered me a little. He should have been introduced maybe on the middle part of the book and not around 75% towards the end. That didn't work for me.
2 That bitch who threatened Ryan and Evangeline's relationship needs serious help. Arrrgg.. I hate her guts! I hope she burns in hell.
3 The ending was just so good! I loved how everything wrapped up and ended. But like I said, the road to the ending was a bit bumpy and rough for my taste but hey it all worked out in the end.
4 I just wish this was written in both Evangeline and Ryan's POV. I think it would have worked better that way as some scenes on this book would have been more clearer if it was in Ryan's POV.
5 And Ms. Congdon, if you are reading this... Please... Please... Please... Make a book for Hawke. I liked him and he was a good guy so please.. Give him his happily ever after too!!!! :)
This was such a refreshing read and I would recommend it to anyone who would want a sweet and sexy book to read. (less)
"There's an unsavory term for that- a guy forcing a girl to do sexual things. But what is it they say? You can't...more3 Sexy but sometimes Annoying Hearts!
"There's an unsavory term for that- a guy forcing a girl to do sexual things. But what is it they say? You can't rape the willing. And I'd be willing. Oh, how I'd be willing."
REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK
I had mixed reaction towards this book.
It was definitely drool-worthy! Those Daveport twins are just S.M.O.K.I.N! :)
annoying at times well because of Olivia!!
Olivia thinks of herself as a plain and normal college girl. She thinks that no hot guy will find her attractive but that's where she's wrong. Two hot guys are literally throwing themselves at her feet.
Yeah both of them are hot and I can't tell who looks better or who is hotter because they look alike. You got it right fellas!!
They're twins! Cash and Nash Davenport.
Olivia met Cash when her friend had a bridal shower at a club. What do girls do in bachellorette parties? Of course they hire strippers!! Hot, sexy ones! Cash came in. They immediately assumed he was a stripper. Oliva took on a dare and almost did it until... The real stripper came knocking on their door.
*yeah it was embarassing* turns out Cash was the owner of the bar. *double embarassing!*
Olivia thought that was the end of it. She will never see the hot guy who made her insides squirm with desire. But again, she was soooo wrong! Turns out Mr.Stripper-Wannabe/Bar-owner is her cousin Marissa's boyfriend. She freaked out. And He *the boyfriend* had no clue who she was. Turns out this was not Cash but the twin, Nash.
Now.. Olivia can't help herself but be attacted to both of them. She knew she should stay away from the likes of Cash as he is dangerously a playboy and she got hurt before by one. She likes Nash, because he was safe and nice and seem to be a good guy but obviously, she should steer clear from him too.. because he's attached and to no other than her cousin.
As the story unfolds, more things are revealed. The secret that the Davenport twins have should make her run and hide but she didn't. She was way to attached to leave now.
MEET THE CHARACTERS
I didn't like her that much. She was annoying. She felt so inferior. She wasn't confident even though she was insanely pretty. She's pretty much the cliche-ish type of female character. The pretty-girl-who-doesn't-know kind of character and that's annoying as fuck. To add to that, I hated that she couldn't seem to choose between and Cash and Nash.. *Not that she needs to really.. LOL*
"I want both Cash and Nash. They both came with their own brand of trouble. Maybe not knowing which one I'm giving in to will be a good thing.
This was actually during that time when someone was feeling her up and she wasn't sure if it was Cash or Nash. And she like decided she didn't really care. *Not that I would blame her anyways. LOL*
Okay I think I'm a bit too hard on Olivia. She's not the worst MC out there. I'd have to just say that. There are more extremely annoying ones out there. I think the reason why I didn't like her was because there was nothing really special about her. There wasn't any "omph" factor or something or whatever its called. She was right. She was plain and ordinary. But she was pretty.
Oh and she was partly stupid too. How can she not know??????!!!!
Oh Holy Sexiness! Cash and Nash are as different as night and day. Cash was the bar owner who was more of the outgoing one. You'll immediately know he was the guy who just likes to play and not get attached.
Nash, on the other hand, was the more dependable one *or so it seems*. He had the sense of responsibility. He seems like the type would would treat you right and would make sure you get home safely without scratches on any part of your body. He was the type you'd want to bring home to meet Mommy and Daddy.
Anyhowww... I liked them. Both of them.. Eventhough... It turns out that... Well.. If I say anything about them.. It will really reveal the twist and I don't really want to do that.
I'm just curious though on what.. Oh my gosh.. What did you see in Olivia??? O.o I mean.. Yeah she was pretty. Well I guess that's really how you get attacted to someone right. You don't see their personality first, you see their physical features first before you know who they are.. Anyways.. *i'm just being bitter.. LOL*
ROMANCE: Olivia + Cash/Nash = Oh Hell That was HOT!!
Yeah the scenes were insanely hot! I had no clude it was going to be that freakin intense. Definitely not for younger audiences!
When they're not fucking, I kind of like the banter between Cash and Olivia. They look so cute together and Cash makes the cutest comments sometimes.
Spoilers may be up ahead
The story itself was pretty good. It wasn't common at all except for the MC Olivia. She was so ordinary. There was nothing much about her to like except maybe that she was pretty but that's about it. I actually like her friend Ginger more because she has more character than she has.
The twist.. Well it actually was a little bit unbelievable. Or maybe he was just an insomniac but still. It would be hard for anyone to do that especially if you are talking to the same person wearing a different face or character, you are bound to drop of a hint... unless the other party isn't that observant like with Olivia's case. LOL. She was so clueless it was so funny.
I can't say I saw that twist coming. It was unexpected yes but a little bit not fit for the story. Plus it broke my heart knowing that there really any twins. That annoyed me. Yeah. Don't get mad at me for being annoyed all the time. I just felt that I was sort of deceived. It sort of felt good to have a love triangle with twins involved but it turns out there wasn't really a love triangle in the first place.
Down To You was a short wet-your-panties kind of story. It was good. Just not good enough for me to give it more stars. But I tell you.. If you're just looking for a steamy read.. This is definitely for you. (less)