I thought I have seen it all, I thought I have fallen in love with the most broken, lost, and sexiest movie star the literary world have introduced me too – but I guess I was wrong. Because I haven’t had the chance to meet this guy yet, and when I finally did – I was SPEECHLESS.
One single moment- it was all it take for Dominic Kinkaide’s world to go dark, and for him to get lost. During the night of his graduation – he lost something that haunted him since then. It was a moment that changed him, and had mold him for who he is now – hard, and cold-hearted. He likes kinky stuffs, some pain to go with it, and a girl who knows where she stands. He doesn’t care about anything in this world – except for his work.
Jacey Vincent didn’t have luck when it comes to her parents or her relationship with the opposite sex. I like her character – she might have been distraught from an ex who almost wrecked not just her life, but her family as well. Nevertheless, after a couple of therapies, she made it through. She might still be fragile at times, but she’s stronger. Until she meets Dominic – who can have every girl in his bidding.
They were unexpectedly thrown together in the weirdest circumstance – with his dark secret and her unsolved issues both of them would only crash and burn if they come together. But the attraction was intense, the tension was off the chart and I was wondering who would first act on it. Nevertheless, when they finally did – wow. It was SOOOOO HOT and Dominic was really worth the wait, now if only he finished what he started, it would have been amazing.
Dominic’s secret had me on the edge – because how can this beautiful guy, be that broken? What happened that made him so bitter in life that he wanted feel pain? It was pure torture to watch him walk away, turn his back on Jacey – on something good that had finally come into his life.
Their relationship was one wild rollercoaster ride. It’s HOT, then it’s COLD. It’s amazing, then it’s HEARTBREAKING. I was wondering what would it take for Dominic to open up? To listen to reason? To give himself a chance for happiness? Six years is long enough for him to suffer. It was time for him to be happy – but first, he needed to face his demons, his past, and the truth. He needed to open up to Jacey, let her in and allow her to love him.
These are two people who clearly are broken, deserve so much more than what life offers them, and is finally getting a chance of having their HEA together – now if they can only settle their baggage, and get over their past before they break each other. Just like the first one, Courtney Cole, had me hooked from the first page, until I finally reach the end. This book is a must read.
The twist in the end had my hairs in my arms rising. I didn’t see it coming, it was a bit creepy, but I admit, it was perfect. Fate sometimes works mysteriously.
★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★ (less)
It took one failed marriage, a broken heart and a heart-breaking album for indie singer Jane Black to make it and earn the Grammy. After her post win-euphoria, gaining a large number of fans and story-hungry press, she can already feel the pressure for her to make a next big-hit album. It may took only a few days to finish the last hit album inspired by her ex-husband’s abandonment, what will it take for her to make the next one? Her love life has been on hold, she hasn’t dated – no thanks to the self-esteem blow given by Aidan after he left. But when the British (I can totally hear his accent!) music journalist, Matthew Harrigan asks her for an interview, she agreed, provided her private life would be off limits.
Who doesn’t want to hear the sexy accent coming from an English man? I totally understand Jane why she felt attracted to him. He’s sexy, handsome, smart – but one problem lies: he’s a journalist. What makes her so sure that he wasn’t using her to get a story?
She wasn’t prepared for heartbreak, so no matter how tempting Matthew might be, she must tread carefully. But as they spend more time together, the chemistry is about to blow out of proportion and the attraction could no longer be denied. Did I mention she’s suffering from a writer’s block??? Just as when her love life is about to soar high, her career is about to plummet if she can’t make a song before the deadline hits.
Heartbreak is one of the most painful emotions people experience in life. One way to survive it (besides eating tons of ice cream) would be music. Jane Black had put all her emotions, frustrations, and anger in one album that instantly made wonders in the music industry. But what others don’t know, it is not just her heart that was broken – it was her self-esteem as well. For someone who is intelligent, she didn’t see that one coming. She felt embarrassed for being stupid, for not realizing things about Aidan earlier in their relationship. I understand her frustrations and her being careful in dealing with Matthew – he may be hot, but he’s a journalist, and it’s their work to dig up anything interesting about their subjects. Subject like her ex-husband is definitely interesting, but it was something she wouldn’t want to discuss with anyone. Trust is hard to give, most especially when the person you have trusted the most has already broken it. It took Matthew a lot of effort before she opened up, there were a lot of bumps and dramas in their relationship, a lot of misunderstanding because of the trust issues, but in the end, they both got what they wanted. I so love the changes that Matthew had done to her self-esteem - it wasn't an easy feat. But he had done it with flying colors. Indeed, love, whether it made or broke you, can make things possible.
I am powerful. I am sexy. I am beautiful. To a man. To the man I want.
Let me start with the cover - the red bra says it all!!! Sexy and captivating. The plot was great, the chemistry was overwhelming I think my Kindle would have combusted anytime, the steamy scenes were HOT and of course, the characters were likable, but wished I had Matthew’s POV too! (It would have been grand!!).
I enjoyed reading the journey of a striving artist reaching the pinnacle of her career, and once again striving to maintain her momentum while balancing motherhood, a new-found love life and an ex-husband who’s trying to be a friend. It was an amazing story about trust, love, forgiveness and moving on.
★★★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★★★(less)
If this book will get even hotter – my Kindle will most likely burn. Hold on to your seats, because Katie Ashley will take you in for a ride in her third installment of the Runaway Train series.
The cover took my interest – how can you not drool over that hot-god over there?!
Mia Martinelli had no luck in men and relationships. After her cheating ex-fiancé ran out of her with one of her friends, she swore off relationships for a while concentrating on her cardiac patients in the hospital rather than risking her heart for another doomed relationship. But the moment AJ Resendiz steps in the unit, everything has changed. She plunged into a steamy and no-holds barred sex weekend with the lead drummer of the band. She tried to protect her heart, made it to a point that all of these come with no strings. But how can you stop yourself from liking someone who’s sensitive, thoughtful, and makes you laugh? Mia Martinelli had met her match. Will she let her insecurities and past relationship dictates what she has now? Or will she take the risk?
AJ was horrified when the best sex experience of his life lands him in the shower – naked, alone, shivering and to top it all, handcuffed. He needed his band mates to rescue him. He tries to forget about Mia and her insecurities, but it was hard for him to do so. It might have been a short while, but he knew she already ruined him to all women. Months later, he sought her, ready to ask for an apology and begged for a second chance. What he wasn’t ready for was the surprise she was keeping from him. Will he convince her to give him another chance?
When I’m in a relationship, I’m in it for the long haul. I have never cheated once on any of my girlfriends. Ever. I was a freakin’ altar boy back in the day, and that makes me take fidelity pretty damn serious.
AJ is the complete package any girl would die to have!! He’s famous, sexy, handsome, plays music, reads book (he totally got me with this one!!!), good in bed (and this one too!), funny, thoughtful, had long-term relationships in his history and sensitive. He tries to assure Mia about his intentions, most especially he assures Mia about herself. This is what I like most about him, he knew how to make a woman feel good, and he knows how to do it sincerely. I don’t know why Mia is so afraid to be with him. He might have hoards of girls in the past, and perhaps a lot of girls will be chasing him in the future – but he would only have eyes for her. AS FOR MIA, her past relationships caused the absence of her self-confidence and insecurities. But I wished she would see all the effort AJ is making just for her.
I love the secondary characters in this novel as well. New friendships were formed and old ones were strengthened. Every girl needs a gay best friend, and as for Mia, she’s lucky to have Dee who stood by her side through the good and bad. I love that Mia was welcomed both in the band and in his family, and didn’t hate her even if she left him locked up in the shower (*evil grin*). They had supported the relationship, and was kind enough to knock some senses into their friends when it was badly needed.
Great Romance, sizzling mind-blowing scenes (in and out of bed), awesome hot and feisty characters and amazing plot – wrap in a single package. Katie Ashley made sure you’ll be satisfied and will scream for more of the Runaway Train by the time you reach the end part of the novel. This is one of the reasons why Katie Ashley is one of my favorite authors. :)
★★★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★★★(less)
Did it just get hot in here? Or is it just Cillian?
Cillian is sexy as hell, a front man to the Irish rock band...moreReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Did it just get hot in here? Or is it just Cillian?
Cillian is sexy as hell, a front man to the Irish rock band, Over The Edge, he's sinfully handsome, a god and an asshole. Totally!!! His fame made him an easy target for women. Not to mention, he can be very determined to get what he want. He wanted Renner since the first time he laid eyes on her years ago, and now that she's back and all grown up, he's determined to finish what they started.
Renner is a control freak.
She arrives to work early, pays her bills five days before they are due, and she never, ever would get involved with a musician. That is way too risky, far too wild, and didn't fit in with her ideals as to what made up the perfect relationship.
She had an ideal relationship, a well-paid job and everything was perfect in her world. Until the unthinkable happened. Shame-filled Renner goes back to Dublin to get her head straight, heal and hide. She was doing her usual routine, when she once again bumped into Cillian. It was unexpected since she was hoping he was still on tour. One night, some years ago, she had experienced a toe-curling, orgasmic kiss that had melt her insides. She thought he felt the same way too, only to see that he was kissing another girl when he left her. She thought he forgot her and what happened those nights, but some things aren't meant to be forgotten.
She tried to resist temptation, and shove him away. She wasn't ready for a relationship, well, he wasn't asking for one. He just wanted to fuck her senseless - and he wasn't afraid to tell her that! But will that ever be enough for her? Now someone is standing between them, lying, manipulating, and trying to get them apart. Will Cillian finally come to his senses before it becomes too late? Or will lose her forever?
And because he did the stupidest thing any man would do, a simple apology won't suffice. He needed a grand gesture. Indeed, the gesture was grand, but was it enough for Renner to forgive him after all the pain he have caused her?
Off Course - is more than sex and rock n'roll - oh I so definitely agree. But I don't mind the rock n'roll, most especially the sex. I laughed, swooned, fell in love, got angry, and finally felt relieved. It was a whole range of emotions that kept me hanging up to the wee hours of the morning just to finish this book, and yes, I was totally, totally hooked, and I wonder, how did it take me this long to read Off Course or any of her books?! (ARGH! I'm missing so much!!) Nevertheless, its never too late. I enjoyed reading this book and would gladly recommend it to friends!
That is exactly how you made me feel Ms. Bennett - you devastate my senses. And because you did, I'm giving Off Course, 5-Stars :).
“I’m so fucking in love with you, it physically hurts that we’re not together. I only want to exist with you. I think the only way I can exist is with you."
First Kiss is not exactly what I expected, there was a time where I think the characters are way too young, or...moreReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
First Kiss is not exactly what I expected, there was a time where I think the characters are way too young, or the story dragged. But the ending was pretty unexpected.
Nevertheless, I love these kids! Yes! They were young, especially Alyssa. Jake and she grew up together and have been friends and neighbors since they were young. Their lives drifted apart somewhere along the way, Jake was busy with forming a band and becoming famous, while Alyssa was focused on her friends and her sports, volleyball. Their paths once again crossed when Summer began, and unexpectedly – chemistry sparked.
Since she was young, and they both knew Alyssa’s parents would most likely not allow their daughter to get involve with him, they kept their relationship a secret. Most often, she would sneak up to his room and spend some time there. It was weird and I totally understand Alyssa’s older sister why she was opposed to the two – her sister was very young, naïve and doesn’t have any experience with boys, while Jake who’s 18 has been with girls, have done drugs and booze. How can they carry on a relationship? Will Alyssa get out of it unscathed when Jake no longer wanted her?
The dual-POV was a blessing. I always loved getting into the brains of the characters, and not second-guessing them. I liked Jake – he was a gentleman, and did not force Alyssa to do anything that she wasn’t ready for. You may wonder why of all people, he fell for someone way younger. There were a lot of girls, but why Alyssa? Well, she’s the only remaining NORMAL in his life. She makes him feel loved and everything about the two of them just feels real. BUT of course, I would have preferred if he waited for her to grow up a little more.
I never expected the novel to be that long. It was more than what I expected. Nevertheless, it was amazing how the author was able to manage to compress almost ALL teenage issues into one book. And what I love more about this novel are the songs!!! It wasn’t just the tunes or the melody, but the lyrics were pretty great as well!
Now, all we have to do is be patient, sit back and wait for the sequel.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I don't know why the first scenes reminded me of Silver Linings. Maybe it's because Jax was running on the firs...moreReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
I don't know why the first scenes reminded me of Silver Linings. Maybe it's because Jax was running on the first scene, and he was trying to get himself a new life. You can feel his struggle, and that somehow, he made it through the days alive. At a young age of 25, he had lost his brother, his career and was living under his grandma's roof. It was the death of his brother that had brought him to the brink. When he finally checked into rehab, and months later was discharged under the care of his grandmother - things started to change. He's now trying to be normal, remain normal in the real world.
Lacey, on the other hand, was forced to grew up early. Her mother was suffering from bipolar disorder, not to mention, she's constantly high and paraded a lot of boyfriends in front of her, Lacey was forced to be the grown up in their household. Her not-so-nice childhood became her inspiration to make her life better, especially when she inherited her grandmother's bakery. Everything was in place, but something else was lacking.
Their first meeting? Totally EPIC! (And I'm really sorry I laughed, kinda rude, but it was pretty funny!)
He was already warned that being involved with someone when he's still 'healing' is not wise. But the pull between them is just too potent to ignore. It was refreshing to be with someone who doesn't know him, who wants him for him. Lacey is that. She wanted Jack, and not Jax. She could make him laugh, feel these totally foreign emotions that was new to him and oh, before I forget, she made him hot for him. She didn't even have to do anything! But what if Lacey found out about his secret? Would she still stay with him?
Jax may have lost everything in this world when his career spiraled down, but he has his grandmother. And she was really, really amazing! His relationship with her is probably the only thing that kept him sane before he met Lacey. She helped him stay grounded and gave him all those 'wise advice' before his date with Lacey:
"Be yourself, don't use too much spit when you stick your tongue in her mouth, and always use a condom."
Don't you just love her???!!! :) She's my favorite among all characters!!! So when he lost her, its no wonder his life went down the drain, and not even Lacey could keep him up. Suddenly their love was not enough, he wanted to be alone, wallow himself in grief and pity. Lacey wanted to be there for him, but he kept pushing her away. She didn't mind at first, until he said some things that struck Lacey - it was hurtful, insulting, and at this point in the book I totally hated him. How can he do that to her? I thought he loved her?
When the grief finally subsides, or when he decides to straighten up his life, can he make it up to her? Or would he allow himself to be swallowed whole by grief and once again be drowned in drugs and booze?
Wow. I have not expected that the novel would turn out that way. I was surprised, mesmerized, and heartbroken by the turn of events. Who would have thought that this novel can be so emotional? I cried, laugh, touched, fell in love, got my heart broken to the point that I never thought they two would have their HEA. Just like their first meeting, Everybody falls is an EPIC read! My first JA Hornbuckle novel and I'm totally blown!
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Just like any book coming from this series, one night is never enough when it comes to Sole Regret. How can it...moreReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Just like any book coming from this series, one night is never enough when it comes to Sole Regret. How can it be possible??
Owen, among all the member of Sole Regret, I adore him the most because he seemed to be the lesser evil. Her loved his family and appreciate the crew who makes up their tour. He's also a loyal friends especially to Kellan. But for a guy who receives his own share of the females in the world, he has some self confidence issues.
I thought you were hot before, but now I'd have to say that you're on fire. Molten. Nuclear.
Here comes Caitlyn. The ink on her divorce papers wasn't dried up yet but she decided to go to a sex club. She was seeking 'revenge sex' for her ex-husband's infidelity. He had been cheating on her with someone so much younger. Totally a blow to her ego. At the invitation of her friend, she decided to come and at first, want to just have sex with everyone (if she get's THAT lucky). But one look at Owen and she knew that he will suffice.
But unlike Caitlyn, Owen has more issues to solve which involves his friend, Kellan who seemed to be more recluse and an inactive sex life since the latter's girlfriend past away.
When two unlikely people who doesn't seem to believe in themselves meet in the most unexpected places and suddenly compliment each other - it's fate.
TOUCH ME... It's hot, steamy, sexy and just wow.
I love it especially the twist in the ending. I was taken aback, almost sorry that I haven't read Share Me prior to reading this one. But nevertheless, just like the rest of Olivia Cunning's book, I thoroughly enjoyed, savored and drooled after reading this and wished I had more nights with this Sole Regret. (less)
She has the most intriguing titles and not to mention always has nice book covers: depicts something sweet, light-read and something really good that as though it promises a reader that you will have a grand time reading this novel. And it does not really stops at the cover - because once you start reading it, you will truly get hooked (like I did).
Sunrises over the harbor. Ice cream on a hot day. The sound of the waves down the street. The way my dog curls up next to me on the couch. Evening strolls. Great movies. Thunderstorms. A good cheeseburger. Fridays. Saturdays. Wednesdays, even. Sticking your toes in the water. Pajama pants. Flip-flops. Swimming. Poetry. The absence of smiley faces in an e-mail. What does it look like to you?
This book is what happy looks like because I smiled a lot reading it. And even though I had work today, I can't seem to put it down because I wanted to know what happened next to our young characters.
Meet Graham Larkin. He's one of the rising stars of his generations, and just like some of them, he didn't really appreciate stardom especially when he can't do anything normal. He's hounded by reporters, always found himself on pages of the magazines. He's alone at home with his pet pig named Wilbur and to top it all up his parents acted strange around him, it was as if he was no longer their child but a stranger who visits them. But the nice thing is that - he's not your typical Hollywood bad boy who loves to party, drink booze and is attached to a lot of women. No - this guy is one of those rare specie in Hollywood where he prefers to stay at home and play his video games with ardor rather than going to parties.
Ellie. Ellie has lived in a small town in Maine almost all her life. She was a simple girl who lives with her single mom and helps her run the shop, works in an ice cream parlor and loves poetry. She just got accepted in a summer poetry program in Harvard. Ellie may look like an ordinary town girl with a red hair, but she has her secrets to keep. Secrets that has been very important in maintaining their uncomplicated, quiet and simple life. But lo and behold, Graham Larkin comes to town with all those cameras in tow - and suddenly, everything that they had been keeping may resurface and can ruin the life her mother had tried to built for them.
It all started with an email to a wrong address... The friendship started when Graham typed the wrong address. The exchange of emails has began, nothing vital, name has not been a topic of the conversation just mundane conversations about anything at all, but Graham has been hooked and curious who the girl is. Out of his character, he 'demanded' that they should film a part of his next film in Maine. Yes, he wanted to know who this girl.
After some misunderstanding, some surprise visits and secret dates - things were started to be great. But just as Graham thought they were having a great time, Ellie starts to back off.
Why I love this book: It's almost realistic, although Graham, if walking among Hollywood teen stars nowadays, is really a rare commodity. I love how Ms Smith handled Ellie and her father, I held my breath, waiting for that moment. And when the moment came, although it was not what I expected - it felt just right. The ending was just right too - it held a lot of promises, not just you're usual HEA but an ending filled with possibilities. These two people know what they are getting into, I was glad that there was no pretenses, no unnecessary drama and no so-much expectations. They allowed themselves to fall, with both their eyes open. The risks was great, but the rewards were definitely worth.
It's not just the cover and the title that hooked me, but the whole package. It left my senses and appetite for a good book satiated. From the first page down to the last, it was all worth the read. It wasn't just a love story (sort-of-fairy-tale) of a young actor-falling-in-love-with-an-ordinary-girl-from-a-small-town, it's something more: the consequences of our choices, value of friendship and most especially family.
If you love The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, then I suggest you read this one as well. You will not be disappointed.
Now the question is: What does happy looks like to you?(less)
Charles Sheehan-Miles had me already captivated when I read Just Remember To Breathe late last year. Now, I am...moreReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Charles Sheehan-Miles had me already captivated when I read Just Remember To Breathe late last year. Now, I am once again charmed reading another book from the Thompson Sisters Series.
Crank was about six feet tall, with angular features. Several tattoos crept down the length of his well-muscled arms, but they weren’t like any tattoos I’d ever seen. On the right side, what appeared to be a scroll engraved with musical notes rolled down the muscles to his elbow. His left arm, however, was tattooed with what appeared to be barbed wire, and had a nasty scar, three inches long, on his bicep.
His real name? I would have loved to call him by that just to taunt him. But after getting out of the house he grew up in and joining the band, he threw his real name out of the window and had it change to Crank. I knew I'm going to love him when I was reading Just Remember To Breathe. He already became famous there. But here, his band was still struggling.
His family life was not easy either. He didn't see eye to eye with his father since he was a kid. His mother left all of a sudden without saying goodbye and giving them any explanations. And there's Sean - the only person in the world that matters to him. Not just because he's his brother, but because Sean needs him. Sean have Asperger's Syndrome. And it is not an easy job balancing his band practice/performances and taking care of Sean when the need arises.
He was jumping from one bed to another, having all the groupies that he would like when he met Julia in an anti-war Protest Rally in the fall of 2002. It wasn't really love at first sight - but something told him that she's different from every girl he's ever been with. After that night, he thought they wouldn't cross path again. But he saw her - in a bar - while he was singing the song he made for her. #swoon!
Fact: As a rule, an often stated and confirmed rule, I don’t chase girls. They chase me. Fact: I don’t get involved. You want a quick lay, well, I’m your guy. But only for the night. Fact: I’ve got a brother to watch out for, a band to drive forward to success, a job flipping burgers, and I don’t have time to get emotionally tied up in some girl. Fact: Six nights running, I’d dreamed about Julia, and that hot retro dress she wore Saturday night for her date.
It wasn’t that he was hot. I mean—I’ve been around hot guys. They’re nice to look at, but they don’t make me feel like this. It was his smile, his charm, his sense of humor. Inside that hard-ass exterior, he was compassionate. Insanely protective of his brother. I wanted to laugh at his smart aleck comments, and I wanted to touch the dimple in the corner of his mouth. I wanted to hug him and heal the hurt that had damaged him.
Crank knew she was the one for him. But can she give him a chance? Can she get pass her past and let him love her the way she deserved?
I didn’t know how to be in a relationship. Especially with someone who didn’t believe in love or relationships. It’s crazy. - Crank
Julia- The Eldest of the Thompson Sisters I knew her mother could be overbearing and - unfeeling. But until I have read Julia's story, I didn't know what transpired between the two - why their relationship is strained.
This was the longest Julia has ever stayed in a place studying at Harvard. All through her life, they have been moving from one place to another because of her father's job in the government. When they were assigned in Beijing, something happened that made Julia grow up and realize she has to do it alone. No sisters to be there for her since they were so young to understand and her mother didn't really ask what happened, all she cared about was the scandal that occurred and its consequences on her father's career.
Since then, Julia tried to be invisible. She had a terrible senior year in high school - being bullied just because someone she trusted most spread an awful lie about her and backed it with an evidence she didn't know existed. So trust was not her cup of tea. She had trusted several people, only to be betrayed and left.
She followed everything her parents wanted. Got herself into Harvard, and would soon enter the foreign service. She would have done that. Until Crank.
I couldn’t say no. I just couldn’t. I couldn’t say no, because for the first few seconds, I couldn’t even breathe. - Julia
Meeting Crank scared her. For a long time, she had held control over her life and had never let anyone took over it. It made her felt safe. But with Crank, he made her feel things she was afraid of. He was someone her parents wouldn't approve of. He didn't come from a well-off family, and he was a punk who didn't finish high school. What can he offer a girl who had grown up with a body guard?
What I learned was this: letting myself be at the mercy of hormones and brain chemicals and emotions can be deadly. - Julia
“What are you afraid of?” he asked.“Losing control,” I replied.“Sometimes losing control can be wicked awesome,” he said.
When finally, a chance for his band arises, she was asked by Serena to manage them. Suddenly, she was in control in one aspect of her life. Her parents did not want her to accept this, she was sure. But she was willing to try, even if it means saying goodbye to the pre-planned graduate school and foreign services.
Love Worth Taking Risk I love both of them - although Julia was exasperating at the end of the novel. What kind of girl would decline Crank when he was ready to give his whole heart to her, when he's ready to let her go even though he had professed his undying devotion? Crank who can have any woman at his bed, and on his life. He wanted her: scarred and all. Now he was letting her go - can she find the courage to accept his love before it was too late for either of them?
“I love you, and I want you to be happy, I want you to have the life you deserve. And if that means … if that means I have to stand here and watch you walk away, then I’ll do it. I won’t be happy about it. It’ll break my heart. But … if that’s what you really need, then we’re done.”
Second Chances A Song For Julia, a stunning story of second chances on life, love and family. It shows how people who have been a lot through life can finally escape his/her demons and move on. How love means letting go of a person no matter how much you need him/her in your life. How love means taking risks when it means being with the person whom you know would do anything for you. How important support system sis, especially the role of parents in guiding their children, and being their for them at all time, especially when they are needed most.
It's romance, it's drama with a touch of humor: a perfect mix handed to us by Charles Sheehan-Miles that would have you hooked not only to Julia & Crank but to the rest of the Thompson Sisters.
“I’ve always wondered why love has to be so full of conflict and strife. Why can’t love be simple? Why can’t it just be as pure as two people who rea...more“I’ve always wondered why love has to be so full of conflict and strife. Why can’t love be simple? Why can’t it just be as pure as two people who realize that they can’t live as well, or as happily, apart as they can together?”
This is exactly what the book will do to you once you come a little bit closer to it:
Yay! The long wait is over, finally! Smith's story is here, and of course - when did Bella Andre disappoint me? Never! I so love Smith - the uber popular Sullivan sibling. Although I love the whole family, Smith owns a special place in my heart. He loves and dotes on his siblings, and even though he's busy, he finds a way to be with his family. Who wouldn't want someone like that? Now he's getting old and he wants to have what his siblings have right now: True Love . He didn't want flings anymore. He's ready to settle down. He wanted someone special and would want him for the man that he is and not the actor.
Then here comes Valentina who seems to be immune with his charms and has already place all possible defenses around her against him. He wanted her. But does she want him as well?
Valentina. I admire her as a person, because at a young age, she already took the responsibility of being her sister's guardian-slash-manager. She makes sure her sister stays safe in Hollywood - away from the booze, drugs, sex, and rock&roll - How did she ever manage it? But that's why I like her. It was a big task, and Tatiana grew up well - professional, and despite her status, both her feet were still touching the ground. Their relationship stayed stronger and they have never been this close.
But the problem is Smith - how can she be able to resist him? She was afraid of his status, of the vulnerability of the relationship when being exposed in the press and she didn't like that. She wanted to have a man who didn't work in front of the camera, or anywhere near it. But then Smith is Smith - He's a Sullivan and he can charm his way to her heart...
What if she let falling in love with him be as natural as gravity?
I love it! Yes, the scenes were sexy and steamy - the exchanges were fiery. But the storyline - it was beyond my expectations. It was more than just a story of a famous and rich man wanting real love - but it's a story of a girl who didn't think she was good enough for someone famous, and rich - but ended up to be his perfect pair.
I don't know why the first chapters of the book reminds me so much of:
I still like Ryan and hate Taryn, I did hope that it was Ryan's turn to narrate,...moreI don't know why the first chapters of the book reminds me so much of:
I still like Ryan and hate Taryn, I did hope that it was Ryan's turn to narrate, but I'm still stuck with her, and I can't wait to get out of her thoughts. I think she knew what to expect when she got engage to a big Hollywood star, but still ends up being disturbed about the lack of privacy and chasing paparazzi.
What I like about this novel is its twists, I like how Tina Reber can still caught me off guard. Although I'm endlessly annoyed with Taryn, Reber made quite a novel on how love can surpass anything, that despite all the shenanigans that stardom throws, it still exists.
"And still, even when he’d told her how he felt about her, and that he wanted their fake relationship to be real, she’d held herself back out of fear...more"And still, even when he’d told her how he felt about her, and that he wanted their fake relationship to be real, she’d held herself back out of fear that their friends-to-lovers story was too good to be anything but fiction."
One of the hardest bridge to cross is the one that connects love and friendship. Finally! I get to read Ryan's story - and I was glad it was worth all those book that I skipped to read this one. As expected, it was hot on the edges as two friends try to deny what they feel for each other. The tension, the sexual chemistry and the inner conflict of crossing boundaries had me hooked and excited that I have finished this book in a day!
Ryan, truly a swoon-worthy knight-in-shining-armor is a guy any girl would want to have as her best friend. He's kind, generous, thoughtful, and always there when you need him. As a teenager with raging hormones, he tried to control every urges he has in respect to Vicki and their friendship. But as a grown man, (at last) he found some courage to finally pursue what he wanted for a long time: his best friend
Vicki worked hard to gain recognition in the art world, to prove to everyone that she can be famous because of what she can do and not who she knows. I admire her dedication to her craft and her struggle to do what she really loves. There were several problems she encountered along the way, and one of these problem is the reason why she called Ryan. Pretending to be his girlfriend is not that hard when it was almost close to reality. But doubts and fear of losing her best friend gave her some pause and a lot of thinking.
Their friendship had been through rough times, especially when they separated and Vicki wanted to pursue art for college. Even when she got married - their communication stayed and their friendship stayed alive.
Bella Andre makes a perfect love story for an ordinary plot of two best friends falling in love with each other. (less)
I would have given it a 4 if it was longer and I was satisfied with the ending. Nevertheless, Olivia Cunning made me crave for a promise at the end of...moreI would have given it a 4 if it was longer and I was satisfied with the ending. Nevertheless, Olivia Cunning made me crave for a promise at the end of the book: another novella for this two love birds and gabe's as well. I guess I have to wait and continue to long for those two...
I think an intelligent person knows the old adage, Curiosity kills the cat . But I didn't think she had heard of it despite being a school teacher wit...moreI think an intelligent person knows the old adage, Curiosity kills the cat . But I didn't think she had heard of it despite being a school teacher with an masters in Art.
BDSM-themed book has been the hype in the literary world when the Fifty Shades Trilogy made it to the top of the best seller's list. Even in countries like in the Philippines in which Sex is still considered a taboo, it became the most sought-after book (whether it's an ebook or the tangible one). Now, the main point is that: should I expect another to-die for Christian Grey in this novel? Or an annoying Anna Steele?
Well - yes. There's a rich as Croesus artist Chris who wanted a simple, art-major, school teacher Sara. It's a classic FSoG-like character. BUT what I love about this novel is that the mystery does not only surround the characters, most especially Chris. There's Rebecca and her journal - where is she and what happened to her? The male characters who are also a wonder to most readers, the gallery owner, Mark and the artist Ricardo. Who are they? What are their connections to Rebecca? Some things to look forward besides the steamy scenes.
I am left with a major cliffhanger in the end that left me breathless (and not really panting for more). I'm looking forward for the next book and hopeful that the suspense conclusion is worth the wait :)(less)
This is a breather while I wait for the new book from the Sinners Series, it didn't disappoint, but I'm rooting for Sinners more.
I like Sole Regret i...moreThis is a breather while I wait for the new book from the Sinners Series, it didn't disappoint, but I'm rooting for Sinners more.
I like Sole Regret in a way that every member has also have different personality. I adore Gabe - he's a band geek and just like Mel, I love guys with brains.
While Melanie - here's the thing - she allowed her friend to be dependent on her. The guilt-trip that Nikki does as well as the emotional blackmails and those puppy dog eyes ate her until she couldn't say no to anything. Nevertheless, Nikki's going-gaga attitude over the Sole Regret allowed Mel and Gabe to meet. Her character is unconventional - I'm glad she's not a groupie type. She could be nice, as well as naughty which caught Gabe's interest.
I like how the story unfolds - and the ending. I think it was perfect, it made the whole thing not-so-whirlwind and almost real.
Looking forward for the next one (Sinners or Sole Regret). Cheers to you, Ms. Olivia!
The same tune, different lyrics. This is how I define Angie Stanton’s latest offering Snap Shot.
If you have read Angie Stanton’s Rock and a Hard Plac...moreThe same tune, different lyrics. This is how I define Angie Stanton’s latest offering Snap Shot.
If you have read Angie Stanton’s Rock and a Hard Place, you’ll know what I mean. The whole plot is familiar but was given a different setting and set of characters: Teen-age Rock demigod meets a damsel in distress.
and the credit rolls …
The Damsel in Distress: Marti I love her name – it’s pretty unique and ear-catching. She’s ALSO abused – neglected by both her parents who were busy doing their own thing rather than taking care of their daughter.
How can she be that unlucky?
Her father was a great rock & roll legend of all time and I don’t know why I picture Steven Tyler every time I read Steven Hunter’s name . Anyway, when he wasn’t on booze or drugs – her was a great dad. But when he’s under the influence: he’s totally another person. For instance, Marti drove a car when she was 10 while her father was inebriated on the passenger seat – does social services not exist during these times in American history? On the other hand, I like her father’s lucid moments. I can feel that he also care for his daughter but he’s not a perfect dad & Adam’s mother was right when she said that he can’t manage to be a caregiver. He can give her all the material necessities but not the nurturing that a teen-ager needs.
Her mom was always high on drugs and very unstable. She would go in & out of rehab – that’s why Marti was given to her dad.
Her grandmother who took her from her father when she felt that there was a need to do so. I adore her so much and I think that she’s the best thing that ever happened to Marti – besides Adam. She provided all the love that Marti craved for growing up – Love that her parents were supposed to give her.
Her Hang-up Since she came from a very dysfunctional family and was traumatized with her dad: she doesn’t like rock stars. After living with her father and experiencing all the crazy stuffs that comes with all the glitz and glamour – she decided not to fall in love with one OR go back to her father – anything actually for her not to experience her past again.
The big BUT She met Adam – she was mad that he lied about his identity. She hated him for being a rock star but Adam showed that some rock stars – no matter how widely famous they are – can be different.
The Teen-Age Rock Demigod: Adam Jamieson
this band so reminds me of the Jamieson brothers
Here’s one question that has been bugging my mind: Does the Jamieson troupe have a white-knight complex? As you can remember Peter was adamant in saving Liberty from her addicted aunt and now – Adam wants to save Marti.
Anyway, Adam wanted freedom from stardom. Just like Peter whom we’ve met from Rock & a Hard Place he isn’t your typical teen-age rock star with loose chains who alternate girls, booze and drugs. All three of them were still under their parent’s care and still their normal selves after the final curtain drops on stage.
He wanted to experience normalcy for a few weeks that’s why he cut his hair and enrolled himself at a photography camp under a pseudoname.
I love his conviction to standby Marti and he pulled off a one big gesture just to see her – despite to their prior commitment in one important show. I have one problem with him though – like any other NORMAL teenage boy in the brink of puberty – he allows his balls to prevail more than his brain.
Their Camp Friends : breathers I love their friends at camp – they were fun and fiercely loyal. They got star struck when the truth went out but what normal person wouldn’t be? Nevertheless, they kept their promise and never revealed Adam’s existence to anyone outside their group.
The Issues: A lot! Angie Stanton once again touched the issue on abuse, this time, neglect. Adding some common teen-age issues that I’m sure a lot of her young adult readers can relate such as teen-age pregnancy, drugs, booze & rock and roll.
Lastly I’d love to hear Garret’s story, and I hope fervently that Angie Stanton will set out a different formula this time.
Everyone deserves their happy ending, although I never really like Garret and all his controlling tendencies, I hope he will have his very own HEA.