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This book killed me. I actually tweeted author Amy Lane "I am slain" when I finished it (she, of course, found this particularly gratifying and practically cackled in virtual glee). I read Selfie nearly a month ago and am STILL thinking about it regularly. Dang it, woman, now I need more! I WANT WOLF'S LANDING TO BE A REAL SHOW!! Actually—since this was the first story I'd read in the Bluewater Bay series—"I need more" was exactly what I thought about the in-book TV series when I finished Selfie, so I went on a mini-binge of all the Wolf's Landing-related stories I could find—which, let me tell you, is no simple task given that not every book in the series features Wolf's Landing. And after reading them all, Selfie is still my clear favorite! Connor...it's all about Connor!
I freaking love Connor. He's this big-hearted, hunky, wounded, vulnerable movie star with the spirit of a kid and the energy of a certain just-keeps-going bunny. Connor is all at once loveable, hilarious, relatable, and pitiable. He's one of those guys who is so convinced he's not worthy that he can't see just how amazing he really is, and he steals nearly every scene he's in. And since the story is told from his perspective, that's pretty much all of them.
Enter Noah. Just a kid who drives Connor around and has a crush on the movie star...until the real Noah comes out to play, and he's pretty spectacular too. Noah is all focused energy and laser intensity: aimed right at Connor. Noah forces Connor to face his demons, encourages him to live for himself, and stands beside the broken-hearted actor through his journey out of the depths of grief.
Holy wow. Amy Lane just reaches right in through your bleeding heart and tugs a nice hey-how-are-ya on your freaking soul. Just when I thought this story couldn't possibly get MORE gut wrenching, it went and just DID.
I. LOVED. IT!
Selfie is a story about grief, life, and digging deep to find the real you under the face you show the world. It's about love and need and the scary emotions that make us human. Selfie is a love story, and not just between a man and his dead boyfriend (and that guy gets a surprising lot of page time, and I loved all of that too). This is a love story between a crumbling soul and the man who is his future, the actors of his on-set family, the loved ones he draws together in his search for self. This is a story for anyone who has lost someone special and wondered, "How will I go on? Was it every really real?" And I think, regardless of how sad our individual histories can be, Selfie carries a message that can bring a smile and a feeling of hope to any broken hearts out there. What a beautiful, charming story. Exceptionally memorable and enjoyable. Grab a box of tissues (or two) and go read it. Right now! ...more
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I don't know why I waited so long to startRead the full review on GraveTells, including memorable and tweetable quotes! (link live on July 2, 2016) TBA
I don't know why I waited so long to start this series, but I'm glad I finally did. By the Light of the Moon is a solid shifter romance with strong Southern notes and standout characters. Even in a genre where alpha males are a dime a dozen, Ms. Vaughn has crafted a male both strong enough to earn the tag "alpha" and sensitive enough to appeal to independent female readers. He's dark, intense, and wears an air of no-nonsense lethality like a second skin. Damon's past is haunted by personal demons, and the self-sacrificing way he holds himself inspires empathy and respect. This wolf is also not perfect—he'd be the first to tell you, and he's not shy about making mistakes on page. Damon is an intoxicating combination of leashed raw power and root-deep personal morals. And sexy. Let us not forget that important point!
Ava is my kind of gal. This chick is straight-forward and gutsy. A believable woman rather than some unlikely badass who can suddenly take out bad guys without breaking a sweat (a pet peeve of mine: grit and determination will only get you so far, people!). What she is, is smart and she puts that brain to good use. Ava is honest enough to embrace her personal vanity (which I find sexy in its own confident way), and she takes a firm stand against tougher personalities when she needs to. Ava knows when to back down and when to push for more, and she isn't shy about letting Damon know that he is exactly what she wants even as fate is trying to tear them apart.
Ms. Vaughn's Southern heritage shines through bright and clear and lights up every character she pens. Not a single named character is forgettable or boring, nor are any of them unnecessarily over the top. The book's story wraps up nicely while still leaving greater plot arcs to lead into the next installation of this series. There's a reason By the Light of the Moon boasts such a wealth of 5-star reviews on Amazon, and it is evident from the first page....more