I fell in love with the cover first, I think this is one of the best I have ever laid eyes on. It’s sexy, it’s elegant and it’s subtle. Something thatI fell in love with the cover first, I think this is one of the best I have ever laid eyes on. It’s sexy, it’s elegant and it’s subtle. Something that you couldn’t wait to get your hands on, and read.
And it did not disappoint, because Wrapped in Lace is indeed a great read. It tells the story of Drew and Piper, an ordinary plot of childhood friends-turned lovers, wrapped in a beautiful package. It was touching, but not heavy, it has some drama, mainly about family stuffs and personal issues, but nothing heavy, but will keep your interest from the first page down to the very last.
Not to mention, it is set during our favorite time of the year, Christmas. Drew was coming home. His first homecoming after a couple of years. He didn’t want to, but somehow needed to comeback this time. He didn’t want the pressure of facing his cheating brother and ex-girlfriend. He was planning of making the trip quick, and as painless as possible. What he didn’t expect was crossing paths with his childhood best friend, Piper.
I really didn’t expect they had that kind of history the moment they met in the bar. Drew found her awfully familiar, but couldn’t place her. But the moment their past were revealed, there were so many sweet moments between these two. They parted when they were 13, and things started to fade after it. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop the rush of emotions the moment they reconnected.
Their love story bloomed though the holidays: it was fast, sweet and steamy. Yep, can leave you panting for more. Drew didn’t expect his quick trip home turned out to be more. Falling in love once again, and facing his painful past. Will their newfound love make it through past the holidays?
The characters are easily relatable, and the situations are not out of this world. Oh yes, these are happening. And the ending? I was glad for a whole lot of things, most especially the ‘realness’ of it. Indeed, Christmastime is the season of love and forgiveness, but some things needed more time to heal.
Just like any other Preston Lane read, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Love and Christmas is indeed in the air!
How can something so sad, so broken can be so beautiful? If you ask me one word to describe The Space In BetweeReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
How can something so sad, so broken can be so beautiful? If you ask me one word to describe The Space In Between – it’s definitely BEAUTIFUL.
Andrea Evans was supposed to get married in three days, but instead of wearing her white dress, she entered the church in a wheelchair dressed in black mourning for the loss of her fiancé. Tired from being pitied upon and the subject of the gossips, she went to New York to pursue her dance. But living in the Big Apple wasn’t that easy. She ended up in a strip club with her best friend.
Cooper Davidson wished he misheard his wife when she told him she was pregnant. That is not possible. His wife just cheated on him, he is chased down by paparazzi, and finally found himself locked in a mental clinic, meeting Jesus Christ. Could life get nastier than this?
Andrea loves to run away from problems, but for someone who’s engaged to her long-time sweetheart and suddenly found herself fiancé-less, it’s understandable why she needs to protect herself from getting hurt again. She’s passionate, a great friend and a broken soul. Cooper, my new book boyfriend, he’s a bit crazy, but he’s pretty sweet. He will do everything to protect Andrea from harm. He once let her go, but now, he’s willing to risk it all to have her. If it’s only that simple.
I also love the secondary characters, especially Andrea’s best friend, Ladasha is a treasure. Anyone would be lucky to have her – she’s caring, thoughtful, fiercely loyal and a really tough girl. She gave advice but doesn’t push. She doesn’t take sh*t from anyone. She came from a not-so-nice background, but it motivated her to become a better person. The strength of her character is what exactly Andrea needed to survive the fast-paced, crazy life in New York.
I’m your best friend. I can talk to you however the hell I want. Wake up, Andrea. And don’t try to push me away because I’m like cockroaches in the ghetto. I’ll keep popping up unwelcome.
They met in the least likely place Cooper expected to Andrea, in a strip club. They are both broken and in dire need of any form of escape. Thus began their arrangement. They were not friends, so I can’t call it friends-with-benefits. They have sex without emotional connection, no talking about personal stuffs, no reminiscing the past, no looking forward in the future – the moment one finds order, the other must walk away.
Indeed sex was the perfect escape for the both of them. Andrea no longer dwells so much on her ex-fiancé and Cooper forgets about his blackmailing wife. Everything was just fine until Andrea was forced to go home, and Cooper was feeling something else. How will two broken people find love in each other? Will they give in or just walk away? Secrets are about to be revealed, hearts are about to get broken, someone is out to take revenge, new loves are about to be found and a lot more twists that will leave you glued to your seats.
I love the plot, the pacing, the characters, the twists, the steamy scenes and everything in between. I didn’t have the heart to put it down. I couldn’t wait to get to the ending. Once I was there – there’s a sense of peace, order – something that both characters truly deserved. The Space In Between is a story about moving on, letting go, and second chances. Sometimes, we need to let go of the hurt to give space for love, let go of the past to give space for the present and the future.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review....more
What is greater than seeing the only guy who could make your heart skip a beat finally standing right in frontReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
What is greater than seeing the only guy who could make your heart skip a beat finally standing right in front of you, all grown up? Probably nothing, other than finally realizing you are falling in love with your best friend and finally having the second chance to be with him even for just a week. But will it ever be enough?
We’re going to have the best time ever!
Her best friend could have been a fortune teller for predicting that she and Dylan would have the best time ever! Catching a break before getting into the busy world of med school, Dylan decided to go with her best friend Maddie into a winter get-away. She would try to have fun, relinquish control (if she can) and really, make the best out of it.
Dylan Silver had done everything her parents wanted her to do. She left her camera, the only possession she hold dear, to gather dust while she finished her pre-med with flying colors. She got into a relationship with someone her parents approved of and is about to go to med school. She is crazy over things that she can control – because her whole life, it has been in the hands of her parents.
Then Sawyer Carter reappeared into her life – her past, her best friend, the only one she truly cared about. Six years ago, Dylan said goodbye to him, how he’s here, in the flesh. He takes her into the ride of her life, coaxing her to do things she wouldn’t normally do – letting go, give up control and have fun. He wanted her to be happy and be the person that she wanted to be.
This is their second chance – a new beginning for both of them. But will Dylan be able to take risk and overcome her fears and finally give a chance on the life that she truly wants before its too late for the both of them?
I adore Sawyer – he’s not just good in snowboarding, but also with his mouth. He could say the words that would make your heart race a bit, and have you swoon in delight, or the words that could instantly bring you to orgasms. Oh he has that kind of talent. His love for Dylan is just astonishing – and just when I thought he would give up on it again, his actions caught me by surprise. Dylan is one lucky girl, and I prayed that she would see that before someone else does.
Maddie is Dylan’s exact opposite – she’s a free spirit who wanted Dylan to live her life. She was exactly what Dylan needed – someone who would cajole her into doing the unimaginable.
Silver Heart was incredibly sweet, heart-melting, and touching story about love, fate, and following your dreams. Silver Heart can melt your senses with its steamy scenes, intense dialogue and amazing characters. Achieving your dream doesn’t mean you just have to work hard for it. You also need to fight for it to get what you really want out of life. You will never be truly happy unless you give it a shot – and if doesn’t work out in the end, at least you took the risk and give it a try. But once you finally have it in your hands – the battle, every scar and every bruises will just vanish and it will give you a sense of peace and contentment.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review. ...more
MacKenzie had been in love with Hunter her whole life. But the problem is that hunter is her brothers' best friReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
MacKenzie had been in love with Hunter her whole life. But the problem is that hunter is her brothers' best friend and he wasn't willing to risk her and their friendship having a relationship with her. So she moved on with Dominic.
Dominic. I loved him - then hated him and then loved him again. So basically, me and Dominic had a love-hate relationship all throughout the novel. He has his faults and it was sad that he succumb to temptation and hurt Kenzie along the way. But he redeemed himself in the latter part of the novel. His actions were novle and it shows that no matter how grave his mistakes were, he still cared so much for Kenzie.
The Brothers. I can feel Kenzie's frustrations, having brothers like hers. They were over protective of her because she was the youngest and the only girl in the family - but up to what extent? and until when?
Hunter. At first, I was not really sure if I'm going to love Hunter. I want a man who is willing to fight and stand up for me. Someone who's not afraid and doesn't have second thoughts to be with me. Hunter is not that. He needed a bad wake up call for him to come to his senses. Granting that there are long-standing relationships involved- but then when you love someone, really love them, you must be willing to take some risks.
Kenzie. Her character was awesome. I love how it developed and how her character matured despite the fact that she was considered to be the baby of the family. Although she tried to move on from Hunter and was trying so hard not to love him - they still became good friends and the rejection didn't really affect that relationship that much. I can't blame her for trying to move on. He won't fight for her, he wouldn't even consider a relationship. I also loved her more with the decisions she made and how she accepted the consequences of her actions in the latter part of the novel.
Jay & Hailey. They are amazing, amazing friends who loved and supported her. Anyone would be lucky to have both these girls in their lives. I'd love to read their own stories with their respective partners as well, especially Hailey's :)
How can you not love it? Despite the cliffhanger- which I didn't expect because I wanted Hunter & Kenzie's HEA, since it's almost, almost within their reach. I wanted to move on to the next sibling - Mason or Cooper and read their stories!!! Nevertheless, the ending had my blood rushing in excitement for the sequel! I need it!
Trying Not To Love You is a story about a love worth fighting for. A journey of two people who, despite how the world is trying to drive them apart, still found the way back to each other. I do hope they'll have their happy ending because they truly, truly deserve it.
If the cover made you want to read the novel (just like me), I assure you it's worth your time.
Danger! For those who doesn't like cliffhangers, then I'd suggest you better wait....more
A debut novel from Ms. Ashlyn Macnamara: a story of two sisters finding love in the most unusual circumstances.Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak
A debut novel from Ms. Ashlyn Macnamara: a story of two sisters finding love in the most unusual circumstances.
The Girls Julia St.Claire She's the youngest among the two sisters. She was also the practical and sensible one. Her reputation is pristine. Unlike girls her age, she haven't really dreamed of falling in love. After knowing what love can do to a person, she had lost fate in love. That's why Ludlowe had chosen her to be his bride. I liked her character because she loved her sister, and she didn't want her to get hurt. Julia tried to dissuade Ludlowe as much as possible. But her parents got other ideas. To escape her fate, she offered her dearest friend, Benedict, a scandalous proposal he couldn't refuse.
Sophia St. Claire The oldest among the St. Claire siblings. She nurses a tendre for Ludlowe for more than five years. Although she's a stunning beauty compared to her sisters, she had refused several offers and had patiently waited for the man she had set her eyes on. Yet, she remained non-existent to him - every time they met, it feels like her heart is breaking inch by inch. Little did she realize that her heart is about to get crushed when Ludlowe asked for her sister's, Julia, hand in marriage. I hated her. As the older sister, she should be the one with more sense. How can she remain blind to Ludlowe's shortcomings when she had witnessed one right before her eyes?
The Boys Rufus, The Earl of Highgate Love the name. It's very - ancient. Anyway, he's our tortured brokenhearted hero who had suffered so much not only from the ton's idle gossip but as well as from his previous wife's indiscretions. He preferred the solitude of the country side. But due to his sister's insistence - he came to town in search of a wife. Another looming scandal is hanging over his head when he and Sophia were discovered alone.
Benedict Julia's childhood friend. He's your typical prince charming-slash-older brother. Someone who was always there to listen and be with Julia during the times that she needed him the most. Their lands are adjacent to each other in the countryside and they spent a lot of time playing together as children. But all grown up - Benedict never really have feelings for Julia, if ever he has, he hasn't acknowledge it until that night at a certain ball where they danced a waltz. Suddenly, he saw Julia no longer as a friend, but a lady to be desired.
Upperton I fell in love with him - his humor, wit and plain old happy-go-lucky charm. No page is left dull if he's on it. He's Benedict's trusted and loyal friend. Upperton is the one who encouraged Benedict not only in pursuing Julia but in other aspects as well. If the next book is about him - I'd gladly grab a copy.
Ludlowe, The Earl of Clivesden Since gaining the earldom (or even before it), he wanted to find a suitable bride to be his countess - and among all women in the ton, one caught his attention: Julia. But is it her who really caught his attention, or is there something more to his choice of bride? He may look like he's a gift from God - with his looks, charms and soon-to-have-riches, but what lies beneath is soon to surface when all his dark secrets will finally unveil.
Cliche Plot: What could be more sweeter than two childhood friends finally realizing that they are meant for each other?
A Debut Novel: I have been a fan of regency romance since my mother allowed me to touch her Lindsey collection. I was really excited to receive a copy from Netgalley, especially from a first-time author. With two love tales in one book - there were literally a band of characters to get to know. Nevertheless, she made sure that two couple are given the same attention and no one was left behind. But for a first novel, A Most Scandalous Proposal went well (so yes, you can easily breath now Ms. Ashlyn): nice plot, great group of characters and sizzling romance. I enjoyed reading this book and will look forward for your future writings!
Fans of regency romances will surely let her into their hearts as well as into their shelves. Great work!...more
And this was his chance to fight for her. A chance to make this right what he'd gotten so wrong.
They have a past.
After over a decade of being apart, he decided he want her back - but she doesn't.
The Hockey Star
He was an ass, career was his priority rather than Maddy. But Maddy was his life and he loved her since they were kids. So when she finally left him, he didn't really know what to do. He came back to his family. But then, his family was almost non existent: his mother is helpless until she died, his dad beats them up and his sisters - they just gave up on life and lost their ways.
He's bitter, alone, lost and rather than spending time playing hockey on ice, he spends it on the penalty box. One crazy fight after the game finally got to his bosses nerves - his coach and his agent finally decided he needed change. So when the make-over stint on the morning show came, they all grab it wholeheartedly. The Old Billy would not agree to this, but the new Billy - the one who wanted Maddy back gave in. He did the make-over stint not because he wanted to publicly humiliate himself but to be close to his Maddy. He would do anything to get her back.
The Talk Show Host
Maddy is unpredictable, doormat wife. She drinks beer, nags and not afraid to speak her mind. She married him straight out of high school and early into the draft. How could she not, when she was in love with him since she was young? She loved him so much that her whole world revolved around him. She put off all her dreams, including studying journalism, until she could no longer recognize herself.
PRESENT Maddy She's controlled, cold, successful, predictable. She no longer goes with the name Maddy, instead she prefers to be called Madeline. She didn't want to associate herself with Billy anymore. Once she signed the divorce papers, she tried to forget everything about her fast, and she even changed her name.
Truth to be told, the present Maddy annoyed me through the whole book. I agree that people should forgive but never forget. But Maddy's attitude towards Billy was just irritating (and considering Billy was supposedly to be the nuisance in the story!).
They were children, young when they got married. Immature. They both came from a poor family and Billy was just starting his career on the ice. Tempers, hormones, immaturity and marries doesnt really equate to forever. . Just like any other young marriages, theirs crumbled. The happily ever after they both envisioned ended with their signatures on the divorce paper.
But forgetting the past and moving on with the present is not as simple as it sounds. Especially when so many things had changed and everything else is complicated.
Billy was hopeful that the show would bring them back together. Until something happened during the show. He didn't expect Maddy to have the heart to do it. Seeing the surprise he was not prepared for - his hope, his life, his career crumbled in front of live TV.
Now Billy is hounded by the press, is about to lose his job, he's already lost Maddy and he has a lot on his hands - including two kids who sprout out of nowhere - how can he possibly handle it?
I didn't expect to like Crazy Thing Called Love , but I did. I even cried at some point. But no, it wasn't the heartbreaking-walking-away-speeches that made my heart broke. It was the lost thirteen year old Becky, who just wanted to belong and to be loved. And since Molly O'Keefe mentioned her so much in this book that she can almost have a quarter of it to herself - I do expect to hear her story!.
Crazy Thing Called Love is a story about two old lovers who found their way back into each other after several years. A lot changed: their looks, views in life, but one thing did not: their love for each other. True to the saying first love never dies, readers are taken on a ride with Billy and Maddy into coming back together: the rough ride, the unexpected surprises, all the twist and turns. Sometimes getting back together is not that simple - because love is not just enough.
Molly O'Keefe wrote an amazing story that will leave you glued to the pages, with some tears on your eyes. Second chances & make overs doesn't get any better than this.
Thank you Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell for providing me a copy for review through Netgalley ...more
“Sometimes a man can be a lot like a farm. He lets his heart lay fallow for a while, and instead of his feelings dying out, they just go dormant, his“Sometimes a man can be a lot like a farm. He lets his heart lay fallow for a while, and instead of his feelings dying out, they just go dormant, his emotions growing deeper and stronger as time passes. A person only needs to clear away the weeds on the surface to uncover them.”
Usually, I don't really care if a man had his heart broken. BUT - when someone as good, sweet, honest-to-goodness man like Cooper gets his heart broken, my heart gets broken too.
AND I WOULD LOVE TO HATE THE GIRL - but how can I, when Jo Ellen is almost as nice as him?
Oh yes, I'M TORN!
This is a story of a poor sinfully hot farm boy, Cooper falling in love with one of the daughter of the richest man in Tommy Creek, Jo Ellen.
If Cooper was any more kinder, he'd be a saint. I don't know what kind of man can love that unconditionally, and what kind of man can just look his love from afar and not doing anything with his feelings? Oh well, meet Cooper. It's exasperating. Because if I were Jo Ellen, I'd choose him over millions of Travis in this world. He had proven his loyalty and his love when he was there for her at her lowest point. Cooper was willing to sacrifice his life, the future ahead of him for the people he loves. Even after ten years, when his dad got six, he had his business in hiatus and went to work in his father's farm.
HOW CAN JO ELLEN BE SO BLIND?
How can someone so intelligent be so blind with this kind of love? I just want to shake her and tell her: WAKE UP! Wake up before everything will just disappear. Jo Ellen is one of Grady's twin sister. I believe I love Emma Leigh's character more than I liked Jo Ellen. While Emma Leigh was very sociable, friendly and just cool. Jo Ellen was reserved, proper, and a well-mannered lady. These are the main reason why Cooper fell in love with her instead of the other twin. She values commitment, and even though she really didn't like her boyfriend's ways, she stuck to him. Until he left her hanging during the time she needed him most. She was devastated, and it broke her. She decided to go out of town and spend the rest of her senior year in Dallas. She left town, and Cooper broken hearted.
Ten years later - the twins were back in Tommy Creek for a reunion. The moment Cooper and Jo Ellen saw each other for the first time after all those years, chemistry still sizzles between the both of them. But the past keeps chasing the both of them. Can they finally take a risk and find their own happy ending?
Or would they just...
It's nice to be back in Tommy Creek, only years back before The Trouble with Tomboys took place. It was nice to see them young, especially Grady and BJ. I wasn't really sure if it was nice to see Amy alive as well, it was just weird. For those who haven't read the Trouble with Tomboys yet, I suggest you read A Fallow Heart first, although the two can still function as stand alone novels on their own.
Linda Kage you just made my year. I could not have a better last book to read for 2012 than this one. It made me swoon, laugh, cry - drove me crazy. Thank You!
Because you! Yes you, Colleen Hoover deserves a whole sky of it for writing this sw5 stars???
Are you freakin' kidding me?
I NEED MORE STARS!!!!
Because you! Yes you, Colleen Hoover deserves a whole sky of it for writing this sweet, gut-wrenching, tear-jearker, touching, super amazing, 'unputdownable' book.
Now, how do I start telling everyone that among my holiday reads - this one just beat every single wonderful novel I have downloaded on my Kindle?
I stayed up all night finishing it because I don't want to miss anything! Some things just can't wait - and some books would want you to stay up at night in frantic anticipation. Will they or will they not have a happy ending???
Meet Sky - she's one of those rare human species who doesn't exist online. No Facebook, Twitter or Myspace account. She's adopted by a woman who lives a very healthy life and seems to have a phobia with technology. Homeschooled since she was young, Sky was finally allowed to enroll in a public school for her senior year. Problem is that, her super best friend in the whole world, Six is half way across the globe and she's now alone facing all the people who seemed to have an idea who she is without even knowing her first. Thank God she met a new best friend, Breckin - a gay Mormon who is just as wonderful as Six. One thing I love about her: She's one lucky, and brave girl.
Then there's Holder. Rumor has it that he's just spent a year in juvi for beating a gay. BUT!!!!
Holder... oh Holder.... He's.... *speechless*
Let me borrow Sky's thought - because I could already feel myself swooning.
1. His amazingly perfect white teeth hidden behind that seductively crooked grin. 2) The dimples that form in the crevices between the corner of his lips and cheeks when he smiles 3) I'm pretty sure I'm having a hot flash or I have butterflies or maybe I'm coming down with a stomach virus.
I can already tell he isn't the kind of guy a girl gets a simple crush on. He's the kind of guy you fall hard for, and the thought of that terrifies me.
He's a boyfriend that a girl could want. Oh hell, I want him for myself!!! How could I not, when he's a whole lot of package roll into one? He's the bad boy who turned to a most whipped boyfriend by love. He's sweet, and I'm glad that he found her after a life-long search.
“F#%k all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”
But there are just some things between them - dreams that Sky could not understand and secrets Holder could not divulge. This could end things between them, and their lives would change forever. But no secrets can be kept for long.
I could no longer continue without spoiling the book. So let me end this review right now by saying:
It's one of the book that I will constantly remember for a very, very long time and I will gladly recommend to ALL my friends without any doubt. And Colleen, just like what your character said in the book - let me just rephrase it.
“I swear I will spend every last breath thanking you for writing this book .”
I don't think I can ever love anyone more than I love Tyler. I've loved him almost my entire life.
I have enjoyed Against the Wall and I was lookingI don't think I can ever love anyone more than I love Tyler. I've loved him almost my entire life.
I have enjoyed Against the Wall and I was looking forward in reading Between the Sheets. (I just love the titles. Found it quite interesting.)
One thing I like about these two ladies is the friendship that they have shared. They are intensely loyal to each other and they love one another a lot. Since Shel has already her very own happy ending - I think Melissa deserved one too.
If only Ty would consider coming back home.
Ty, Shelly's brother, was the love of her life ever since she was a kid. But unlike any other girls - she made her move. Just some move - less words - which causes all the problems in this book. He's swoon-worthy handsome, teaches art a 9-hours away from home and volunteers in a shelter. He loved his work so much that he couldn't stay long, even for Melly Belly.
Now here comes Melissa or Melly Belly to both Shelly and Ty. She's just wonderful and loves wine rather than beer. She couldn't leave her work behind for Ty, this was her home - her whole family and Shel is here. The unexpected happened and Mel found herself in a big ball of confusion.
Who's ready to compromise? The two of them are perfect for each other and have obviously loved each other since way back when. But with no one giving up jobs or homes, both may loose what is more important to the both of them. If only the two of them would sit down in an open-honest conversation, it would have save a lot of time in dealing with their problems.
More than just the hot steamy scenes that would make any girl swoon with envy, Between the Sheets is a story of love, compromise and an open communication to make a relationship - whether long distance or not - to last....more
I need you to promise me, promise me you’ll survive this. I need to hear you say it and then I can stop worrying because you’ve never broken a promisI need you to promise me, promise me you’ll survive this. I need to hear you say it and then I can stop worrying because you’ve never broken a promise to me before, so I have a lot of faith in your word
Who doesn't love this kind of relationship?
For starters - if it weren't THAT long, I would have given it a five. But their story had drag on forever, and I was wondering how it was going to end. BUT of course, when it ended, I had some unshed tears in my eyes, and a little relief that FINALLY - these two love birds have their happy ending.
Clay, if someone would love me as much as he loved Riley then I'd be the luckiest girl in the world. Now, if only he can tell her that... He's a total player, and he doesn't do girlfriends because Riley is the only girl for him. An old nemesis comes into the picture and threatens their relationship. Would he come clean and tell Riley how he feels? Or would he let this man come between them and let him have Riley?
Riley, why do you cry so much? I have encountered a lot of crying ladies from several YA novels, and Riley is on that list as well. She cries for simple stuffs, she's afraid to take risk and lose her best friend - but not afraid to flirt and go out with someone she doesn't really know. Sometimes I wish to shake her and say: Wake Up, Riley! BUT - among all the characters in this novel, Riley's character growth was pretty amazing. From a cry-baby - she grew up and fought a hard battle for Clay in the end. She showed how much she knew the person she was fighting for and was ready to do anything for him.
Some steamy scenes, coupled with some sweet scenes isn't a bad combination after all. The novel was nice and was centered on the development of the relationship between Clay and Riley who started as friends. Readers join the ride in the journey of their friendship - and see how it all ends up. It was one hell of a ride, with all the possible bumps and surprises you somehow didn't see coming. (I mean- they were intelligent people, but I guess alcohol, hormones and emotions doesn't mix well together.)
Would Recommend it to: 1) Older teens 2) loves the best-friend love story plot 3) tear-jearker novels 4) have the patience for long (a little bit draggy) novels - it was worth in the end though :)
Autumn Doughton - you have a knack for describing a heartbreak.
Note: This isn't paranormal. I just like the pic :)
Inside of me is Of course It's a 5!
Autumn Doughton - you have a knack for describing a heartbreak.
Note: This isn't paranormal. I just like the pic :)
Inside of me is all whirl and spin. A cockroach is doing pirouettes on my chest. A cockroach in a tutu. I would breathe but a giant has his grubby hands wrapped around my lungs and he’s squeezing. Tighter.
And these are just the first paragraphs of the book - wait till you get a hold of the whole book...
Thank you Jas for recommending this book - I admit I already had this one on my Kindle, but it wasn't on my priority list. But hey, it was short and I decided to forgo my list for a while, and insert this one. I wasn't disappointed. Autumn Doughton proved to be an exceptional author who writes the perfect words (in metaphor or not) in depicting emotions (whether it is good or bad).
“You dump trash. You dump yard waste and old ripped couches that smell like body odor and forgetfulness. You dump cigarette butts and banana peels and hazardous waste. But people?”
Yeah, Willow was recently dumped by her boyfriend of two years. And the hardest thing was that- she didn't saw it coming. They were not having any problems at all (well, nothing she knew of) and suddenly, here was her boyfriend ex trying to break up with her in a steak house over fries.
Now she starts from scratch: no more cool boyfriends, her used to be friends were non-existent and she got the biggest surprise of her life when she finally realized why Dustin broke up with her.
Good thing she has old friends who easily forgives and forgets. Laney, the friend she forgot when she became Dustin's girl came to the rescue along with others. They were her savior after the whole school has been treating her like she has leprosy. I also adore her mother, who tried ALL the time to reach out to her, trying to be there when she needed the most. It took a while for them to fix their relationship because of some previous issue. She went back to her previous passion: Art. Something she gave up as well when she was going out with Dustin.
And Alex, oh Alex. You were exasperating at times, lovable most of the time, and just frustrating at the near end. An old flame she wanted to forget - now here he comes back into her life: in a the most 'broken' time of her life. Why?
I love this book! I'm an avid YA reader and let me tell you - this book is one of those YA-novels that rocks! I'll Be Here tells a story of how a young girl with a broken heart picks up the pieces, found and loved herself, and finally moved on with life and love. It's a short read (that's why I love it more), but even though it's short, I didn't find it lacking. I was contented with the ending and was not disappointed at all.
I'd recommend it to readers who likes (1) heartbreak, (2) moving on (3) family issues that aren't so heavy and totally dramatic (4) sweet but not to the point of mushy (5) Short but complete read.
Shawn Underhill is a master storyteller. I love the way he wrote the whole novel - the descriptions are vivid a"Your heart aches because it's good."
Shawn Underhill is a master storyteller. I love the way he wrote the whole novel - the descriptions are vivid and you can just put yourself in the pages - feeling all those emotions and being in the places inside the book. The pacing is just enough to allow readers to sit back and watch not just the development of each characters, but watching relationship flourish as well.
Jake is a likable character. A typical boy who didn't want girls around - especially when he had been living alone with his father for a couple of years. He's responsible, and has a good head on his shoulders. If there is one word that best describe him, it would be: pragmatic. I like how is character matured through the pages, although I wasn't sure when was the time that he really fell in love with Sara. It's almost like being a couple is already given since they were already friends. I think a little bit of sweet words, romantic gestures wouldn't hurt.
Sara has some heavy baggage to carry, but I love her resilience. The sudden change in her moods is understandable after what she's been through, but despite of it - she decides to live life and find something to be happy about. She found a home with Jake and his father. At a young age, she gave them a home which I greatly admire. I find her very sweet, and thoughtful. She's very persuasive and watching her make Jake putty in her hands is also entertaining.
Jake's Dad is the best father in the world! Just like an ordinary father, he is not vocal with his feelings, but he shows that he cares not only to Jake but to Sara and her mother as well. He's very helpful and generous to people who needs him the most. He is also hardworking, but he always makes sure he has time for Jake.
Finally, after a while - I had the time to read this book on my Kindle. It took me long but it was totally worth it. The whole story is in crescendo and ended in a beautiful finale that left me teary-eyed and satisfied. It may not end the way I wanted it to be, but it is just amazing as it is.
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"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"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. ...more
Because sometimes all we need is somebody to sit in silence with.
Can you possibly let go of someone you love for a very long time? Would it make y Because sometimes all we need is somebody to sit in silence with.
Can you possibly let go of someone you love for a very long time? Would it make you a bad person for wanting to let go when he needs you the most? Are the bruises and hurts worth it?
I like this book, and it took me a while to finish it because a lot of books came up in between, but I'm glad I did. Jolene Perry made a very beautiful novel. A very sensitive topic was threaded carefully. She did not overdo it that you might want to close the book and not read it again, instead she presented it really well, with situations that are serious, but can be really happening in the real world to some people who can barely recognize abuse all because they are in love.
But, how much are you willing to give for love? How much are you going to sacrifice for it?
Ronnie has been in love with Shawn since she was young, and after being separated for a couple of years, he was back in town, and they continued their relationship. But things weren't the same anymore. Shawn was different - he was easily angered and could hardly control his actions.
Balancing the school play Romeo and Juliet, her problematic boyfriend and a weird feeling she has for one of her closest friend - left Ronnie confused. She didn't want anyone to know what's happening to her and Shawn, not even to her father, Luke or even her best friend. She tried to understand him and hope that the boy she fell in love with back then will come back the moment his problems go away. But it did not, and bruises starts to show - both her best friend and Luke tries to tell her to talk to someone.
Abuse starts small. For Ronnie, it started with commenting on the way she dress, or ordering her which shoes to wear. It revolved into grabbing her wrist and into something unthinkable (sorry no spoilers!:)). If someone loves you, they would love you for who you are - no questions asked. They would never hurt you, emotionally and most especially physically. People should not stay in relationships because of the years they are together. They should stay because they both love each other, they respect each other, and each feels a sense of security. If you don't feel these things anymore, and if the person you're with is hurting you - the most logical (albeit, the hardest) thing to do is to let go.
Just like the five star in GoodReads stands for: It was amazing, despite the fact that it ended with me wanti Seven for a secret never to be told.
Just like the five star in GoodReads stands for: It was amazing, despite the fact that it ended with me wanting for more. Perhaps a chapter or two to satisfy my eager curiosity and my compulsion to give everyone their happy ending.
Let me tell you a secret: This is more than just an extraordinary love story.
This is a story of faith, trust, friendship, family, sacrifices and keeping secrets. Corrine Jackson wove a wonderful tale that made my heart ache from start to finish. There were unexpected twist that I never saw coming, surprising me in both good and bad ways.
What I love most about this book is not really the 'love' part in it - instead, I was drawn to the friendship that Quinn shared with a veteran named George - who taught her most of the things she knew about photography; and her relationship with her father - their relationship was strained from the moment her mom walked out on them.
I have never known a person in my life who can hold secrets as much as Quinn did. I applaud Quinn for keeping secrets - to the point that I am almost exasperated, wanting her to reveal it than suffer all the bullying that she encountered. Two heavy secrets that had cost her almost everything: her senior year, her friends, and most especially her relationship with her father. Yet, she stuck to her word, and suffer all the torments. Being branded a cheater to the town hero made her a pariah. But a bad experience in spilling secrets that had caused her something dear made her hold on.
Two guys and I love them both. Loyalty divides and subtracts me from both of them.
I was pinning for a happy ending, and I ended up with something less than wonderful, but nevertheless heartwarming. It was a nice touch to end this story, but an epilogue or to add some chapter for some characters to have their well-deserved happy ending would have been totally great. (Well, a second book would be nice too.)
Corrine Jackson writes almost poetically and in a manner that make your jaw drop at every end of the chapter. She knows the right places where to drop the most powerful bombs. And yes, I would recommend this book, and most especially this author to my friends.
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This might be my breaking point. If anyone but Carey had asked me to keep this secret, I would tell. Right now. Because I want Blake like I’ve never wanted anything. But there’s more at stake than my feelings.
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Who needed facts when fiction was so much more titillating?
It was the characters, rather than the plot, that made me like this novel. The plot is prWho needed facts when fiction was so much more titillating?
It was the characters, rather than the plot, that made me like this novel. The plot is pretty familiar, and I could have predict how the story would run through its course. However, its the characters in this story that baffled me. I fell in love with some, and I hated some.
I was surprised that Raul didn't really fight the fact that he had a kid with Penelope, he was mildly surprised, but that was it. He welcomed Chloe with open arms and hoped that the mother wanted to start a family with him.
Penelope, on the other hand, changed. She was not the girl he used to know back then. Perhaps it was the single parenthood that drove her to be almostbut not totally like her pragmatic mother. She had survived med school with an infant and continued to be a single mother until a DNA test proved that her daughter was indeed Raul's.
Chloe - how can you not fall in love with her? From the first chapter, up to the last part of the novel - she's a darling. Chloe is witty, amazing, a little bit crazy, and wonderful kind of girl. I would also like to add that if her age wasn't mentioned, I would have guessed that she was older because of the way she handled things (much better than her older folks)- it was more mature, simpler and less complicated. She's the character that brought life to this novel and surely you'd like her too.
I hate Raul's mother, I don't think what she did was fair to both Raul and Penelope, most especially to Chloe. In addition, the reason for her actions are completely outrageous, and I feel sad for the rest of Raul's family for allowing their mother to act/feel that way for a long time. Maybe, if someone has already talked to her in the first place and made her realize things then Raul wouldn't a lot of Chloe's life.
Nevertheless, despite the usual plot, I enjoyed reading Burn for Me. It tackles not only about steamy make-up sex but as well as family dynamics, social stigma on single parenthood, racism, effects of trauma and second chances....more
Mandy's love life is non-existent thanks to her six overbearing brothers. Yes, they're exasperating, but I love the brothers anyway. Locke, the eldestMandy's love life is non-existent thanks to her six overbearing brothers. Yes, they're exasperating, but I love the brothers anyway. Locke, the eldest of the six became the head of the family when they were orphaned and still decides for them even if they were already too old to decide for themselves. He was the one who orchestrated the plan to have Cole, their long-time friend, to marry Mandy.
Although Amanda was in love with Cole since then, she didn't like being manipulated and it hurt that he was only paying attention to her because her brothers order him to do so - thus the game of wills began.
Only that he meant well - and I love to hear his story after seeing a glimpse of 'what-could-be-Locke's-happy-ending' ...more
Everything started with a bracelet Sophie wanted to have back into her possession. It was stolen by a boy while she was strolling. Out of desperation,Everything started with a bracelet Sophie wanted to have back into her possession. It was stolen by a boy while she was strolling. Out of desperation, she went into a place where no respectable ladies should be found in.
Here comes Simon, an old friend, the one that she has been in love forever, saving her from any trouble that she gets herself into. Although he asked her to marry him, Sophie knew there was more to the proposal than he was letting on - and she needed to know what it was.
Sophie is a social burden to Simon. I was not sure whether to like her - because she has a nagging conscience that she acts upon or to hate her because she can be VERY reckless up to a point that she had endangered not only her life, but the life of her servant in doing what she thinks is best at that time. So, you must understand this ambivalence - because I'm sure most readers felt the same way. It was quite exasperating.
Simon wants to marry his friend because he wanted her lands - lands that're filled with coal and he couldn't tell her because? He might hurt her feelings - cliche much? And when she found out about it? When do these people realize that truth will come out no matter what?
I don't know why these two end up lying to each other, especially with something important. Trust becomes an issue, Sophie loses her trust with Simon because of what he did, yet, he gains it almost immediately. She's very much in love with him that she can turn blind into his machinations and manipulations. But anyway, it all ended nicely, after a heart-wrenching pain and in the heat of the scandal - Sophie's family still supported her and of course, Simon made a moved to atone for his sins, confessing his love for Sophie. But this time, for real. ...more
Something Like Normal is one of the novels I had been waiting for – and thank God it had finally arrived. I Maybe it’s time to find a new normal.
Something Like Normal is one of the novels I had been waiting for – and thank God it had finally arrived. I have to set aside some of my reads to make way for this one. Have I been disappointed? BIG FAT NO! My first Trish Doller novel and I had a grand time reading it. If I was not that tired and desperate for sleep, I would have finished this in one sitting. It is a short novel but I think everything has been taken care of that the ending didn’t felt that it was cut short or there were conflicts left open.
I fell in love with Harper. Her character is so refreshing. A regular girl with a pretty courageous, and straightforward attitude. She says what is on her mind and can swing a punch like a pro. She’s pretty hot, intelligent, an environmentalist, and forgiving. She didn’t push when she thinks it was not the right time and what I love most about her is that she is drama queen. All-in-all, she is an awesome girl and any guy would be lucky to have her.
Travis, well, I didn’t like him much at first. He may be a macho marine but he started as a douchebag. I seriously didn’t like what he did to Harper back in middle school. I think it was low, but he was a teenager with his brains probably on his balls. But he started to grow on me as the novel unfolds. Like some soldiers who were sent off to war and had their shares of violence, he went home a different person – more mature, a little less a****le, and scarred. His grief over the death of his close friend was understandable as well as his constant nightmares. It was hard for him to find help at first, but I was glad a little push from some special people in his life made him finally seek for help.
Travis’ mom goes overboard in the first chapter. Although I must admit, I like the effort she puts in showing Travis her support. This is what I love best about her. She puts a lot of time in making sure her some gets some care packages often, she sends in some school supplies for the children of Afghanistan when he asked for them, even engaging the help of others for her project. I appreciate the way she reached out to her son – even though Travis was a cranky and tough to handle when he came back home, she never gave up. I like the change that her character has throughout the story. From a doormat, she learned how to fight for what she wants and stood against anyone who don’t respect her.
I also love Charlie’s mom. I think it was her who helped Travis see reality and finally stopped his denial. She’s calm, wise and weird (but in a nice way).
The rest of his family? Didn’t like them a bit. I hated his dad, who never got over the fact that he was not a pro player anymore. I hated the way he pushed Travis to do the things that he didn’t really enjoy. When Travis finally gave up the sport – he became non-existent to his father. His brother was also an ass. He stole his girlfriend and his car – and he thinks Travis is still the bad guy! Who else do I hate? Paige. I guess you’ll hate her too. She sent a short and concise Dear John letter to Travis and expects him to win her back from Ryan? Yeah Right.
The ending? I CRIED! I so love the ending. It shows a lot of heart and I think it was a perfect way to end a fantastic story.
Trish Doller gave us a vivid peek of what is going on inside a soldier’s mind before, during and after his deployment – what happens to the family that they left behind, what deaths do to you, how violence affect your life and what is it like to feel normal after living in a foreign land away from everyone who is close to you. It takes brave guy to enlist oneself and serve your country but it takes more than a tough guy to survive the ordeals afterwards.
The rest of the bat pack and their own happy endings!! I totally love Kate Angell and her Richmond Rogues. It was a total accident I got across this bThe rest of the bat pack and their own happy endings!! I totally love Kate Angell and her Richmond Rogues. It was a total accident I got across this book - somewhere in the middle of my boring read. This one was a breather. ...more
Second Chance Summer is just the right book to end my summer book read. It was like saying goodbye to the usual summer and looking forward to a new anSecond Chance Summer is just the right book to end my summer book read. It was like saying goodbye to the usual summer and looking forward to a new and somehow different one.
Taylor and the rest of her family spent one last summer together back in their beach house when her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her father wanted them to spend this summer together like they used to do when they were younger. Only to realize that, the time Taylor spent her last summer here, things didn’t went well with her best friend and boyfriend.
Taylor tries to deal with both her family’s dilemma as well as the past problem she left at the beach back when she was 12. She is known to simply run away from anything that she doesn’t feel comfortable with. She uses escape to protect her from hurt and pain. I was glad that change happened to her character in this novel. She learned to face reality rather than running away.
I love the characters. I adore Warren and his nerdy dialogues – he’s like a walking Wiki. And when he fell in love with Wendy, it was the most hilarious part of the novel. Catching her attention was really epic. The strong façade her mother shown was admirable. She didn’t break down in front of her children. It is hard to show a strong front for the one you love especially when your heart is breaking every day.
The plot surrounding the characters of Henry and Lucy were also pretty amazing – because it allowed the book to be a little lighter and somewhat easier to read.
But what touched me most in Second Chance Summer was Taylor’s relationship with her father. Among her siblings, she was a mediocre. Warren is intelligent and winning every competition he enters and Gesley excels in dancing. But the bonding that she and her father shared was priceless and incomparable. You can say that she was special and her father made sure that she knew it. In the last pages where Taylor said I love you to her dad made me cry, especially his letter. It was really touching and heartbreaking at the same time.
I have enjoyed reading Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer. It is a poignant tale of saying goodbye and second chances with the right amount of drama that will surely make your summer more memorable. Hurray for Morgan Matson – will surely grab another one of her books soon. ...more
I love the fact that the story revolved not only in Chastity's love life but as well as with her family life.I wish I could get inside Trevor's brain.
I love the fact that the story revolved not only in Chastity's love life but as well as with her family life. The problems that they encounter, the weird 'relationship' their parents had after divorce, her brothers' marriage - packed into one amazing novel. It had me in tears. I so love Kristan Higgins!...more
This was not on my reading list - just came across this book when a friend mention the author. For my first Kristan Higgins read - this particular booThis was not on my reading list - just came across this book when a friend mention the author. For my first Kristan Higgins read - this particular book had me in tears half-way!!!
I'm a sucker for bad boys who're in need of redemption. Liam was the epitome of the perfect bad boy then - just got out of juvie, owned a motorcycle and was sleeping around. But then he fell in love and he just lost it. The only problem is that, he didn't fell in love with Posey back then, he fell in love with another girl. Someone a bad boy usually fell in love with, a good, sweet girl namely Emma. When Emma moved from home to go to college, he followed shortly.
Years later, he came back with his teen-age daughter. I love his fatherly figure. Since I'm not the one he's fussing over with, I find it cute. The possessiveness and uber-protectiveness had Nicole (the daughter) exasperated, but she didn't love him less. This is what I love about Nicole - although she may act like a normal teenager and may have disagreements with her dad, she always reassure her father that she loves him.
Now, Posey. I envy the fact that she couldn't gain weight even she eat loads of ice cream. Although this pose to be a problem for her since she looked like a kid even at her 30s. She's still single and in search of a meaningful relationship to end in a happily ever after. She had her shares of mishap, some bad dates and hook-ups, until Liam came back to town again.
I like her humor and exuberance mixed with innocence and sweetness. I also adore the family and friends that surround her. Jon, was simply an amazing friend, not to mention was the root of humor throughout the book. I love the relationship he had with Posey's brother Henry. And Henry - if he's not gay, I would have been in love with him as well, being Posey's knight in shining armor and despite the fact that he rarely shows emotion, he just knew when her sister needs him the most and was always ready to help. The rest of the cast, from Kate, one of her closest friends was great was well. Her overprotective family, her obnoxious cousin Gretchen, everyone was completely adorable at some point.
The plot was great, and involves a lot of fun and an equal mix of drama on the side. The past issues were brought up - and was given a closure, this includes the prom incident and of course, Posey's adoption. The scene with her mother at the near-end of the book had me in tears.
This book is sweet and really, really nice. I will gladly recommend it to friends who loves a sweet, nicely-paced contemporary romance that will leave them in tears and sweep them off their feet.
After reading Until There Was You, I believe Kristan Higgins added another fan to her list. I will surely check some of her books as well! ...more