I'm a little late in reviewing and reading this book - but by far, this is one of the best books I have read thisPurchase Link: http://amzn.to/2hrSGeP
I'm a little late in reviewing and reading this book - but by far, this is one of the best books I have read this year!
I love everything Michelle Lynn writes, she's one of my favorites - but with Detoured by Love she have outdone herself. I was looking forward for another great read, the one that will have my heart beating hard, and my knees weaken but I didn't expect for this book to make me cry. Argh. My heart ached so hard, and I couldn't breathe. The pain, the suffering was palpable, and I do wish that the characters won't be so hard on themselves and choose their HEA despite all the circumstances that were thrown at them. Yes, this isn't your ordinary love story - it might have started out that way: hot-sports super star meets an ordinary beautiful girl and they fell in love.
There is more to it. The story opened my eyes that all of us should choose happiness rather than wallow in our suffering. We should embrace everything good that is happening and present in our lives and choose to live rather than push people and moments away.
There's romance, there's enough steam, and enough drama to put this one on TOP of your reading list, plus an author's note that equally breaks my heart and made me understand how this story means so much to the author.
“But I can promise you that I’m going to keep loving you. That even when you feel like you’re downing in all of this craziness, that I’ll be there to“But I can promise you that I’m going to keep loving you. That even when you feel like you’re downing in all of this craziness, that I’ll be there to save you. Forever. For Always.”
This is definitely worth the read. I love the complexity and development of both characters along the way. You can’t simply help but cheer for the both of them as they reach the finish line. It wasn’t an easy race, they have so many things to conquer along the way, and yet it the end all the hardships were worth it.
I wanted to know what happened. I wanted to know who’s responsible for everything. I wanted to see if the characters are goingI.COULDN’T.STOP.READING!
I wanted to know what happened. I wanted to know who’s responsible for everything. I wanted to see if the characters are going to get their happy endings. Somehow, the plot sounds a little familiar, but this book still has the power to pique my interest, my curiosity and a whole lot variety of emotions.
Lexi Ryan writes like you wouldn’t dare put it down – that you’d missed something if you so much blink. The book’s mystery was easily captivating, and it will entrapped you – leaving you no choice but to see how everything will end.
My heart goes out to Mia and Arrow – both of them are victims of a tragedy that changed their lives in more ways than one could imagine. Guilt and grief is a potent combination that had them in a crazy limbo for some time. It’s a good thing that their paths have crossed again, it doesn’t matter that they started out wrong, or there were painful words that was said because of the hurt. In the end, everyone got what they deserve.
I loved and swooned over the romance, panted over those crazy steamy scenes, got teary eyed with the dash of drama in between, and gasped over the surprising twists and turns. But nothing prepared me for THAT revelation. Indeed, in this book, you will meet a couple of parents – totally imperfect and sometimes you’d got to hate what they do to their children, but in the end, you’d realize that parents would move heaven and earth for their kids.
This book is about second chances and forgiveness. What a way to start a new series!
Colton Wade had made it to the top. He was now one of the big shot FMX rider, but he always comes back home – to the person who always had his back: TColton Wade had made it to the top. He was now one of the big shot FMX rider, but he always comes back home – to the person who always had his back: Taylor, his best friend for a long time. She had been his entire support system, the person who motivates him, supports him and loves him. He’d do anything to protect her, including from himself.
As for Taylor, her life is in shambles. She wanted to do something for herself, to achieve her dreams, to finally get out of town, but moral obligation seems to be stopping her. The only good thing that has been happening to her lately is Colton.
They have been dancing around their feelings for a couple of years, and no one was brave enough to cross the line between being friends and lovers. Until they finally took the leap. And here I was, thinking everything would be amazing after they got together, but I was so wrong!
I was glad our girl was finally brave enough not to settle for anything less. She wanted the whole thing – every single inch of him. When he couldn’t do it due to reasons I couldn’t fathom, she let him go and get on with her life, only to get a shocking surprise that might change her life around.
I have always loved friends-turned-lovers plot, it might be cliché, it might be old – but the magic still works. Just like FLY, I loved it: it’s emotional, a rollercoaster ride and it ends with a jaw-dropping cliff hanger. Oh yes, you heard me right, cliff hanger. Nevertheless, it had me panting for the next one. Hope I don’t have to wait that long.
Brody is smart, funny and the best in the field. He’s a player too – but there’s some secret in his past he’d like to keep private. He has his way wit
Brody is smart, funny and the best in the field. He’s a player too – but there’s some secret in his past he’d like to keep private. He has his way with words that can make you cringe, laugh and turn on at the same time. He has a big and compassionate heart, and that side of him would make you fall even harder.
Delilah is going to prove herself that she can be good in her work. But her first interview caught her off guard when the mighty Brody Easton gave her a glimpse of him after dropping the tower. It was an epic first meeting, and I’m glad she easily recovered. Our girl is fierce, but the heartbreak she suffered from the past made her careful and emotionally unavailable for anyone. That is until Brody came along. She did try not to fall for his charms. She tried hard enough, but her control was no match for him. He can easily break down her barriers.
Their banters kept me hooked, and thoroughly amused, had me reading till the wee hours of the morning, and let us not talk about the oozing sexual tension between the two characters. It was a very long foreplay, and both were really stubborn – but when it finally happened it was definitely worth the wait.
I love Brody’s honesty, his ability to chase after what he wants without inhibitions and his ability to fight hard for it. He knew when he would stand back and wait. He’s a perfect gentleman even though it brings him trouble at times.
I love everything Vi Keeland writes – and I mean everything. But this one (The Baller), tops my list. I had so much fun and laughed a whole lot but at the same time there was an ample amount of drama to bring tears to my eyes and crush my heart a little bit. I love the twists and turns and all those surprises that caught me off guard. This is something that you should not miss!
If you think Jayden and Jude were awesome dudes – wait until you get to know Jace more in Hooked by Love. Toni Aleo saved the best for last. I think hIf you think Jayden and Jude were awesome dudes – wait until you get to know Jace more in Hooked by Love. Toni Aleo saved the best for last. I think he’s my favorite Sinclair brother ever!
I loved Jace and his relationship with his family. They’re pretty tight and loyal. He’s an adorable mama’s boy – he just loves and adores his mom so much. He might have some stupid decisions, and you might question his loyalty – but give the kid a break. He’s trying to live his life to the fullest and enjoy every minute of it. His character is imperfect, but lovable – he’s much too charming for you to hate. You can’t possibly hate him. His ego is humongous (but not irritating) and his humor is epic. He makes me laugh, he’s too funny. Who doesn’t fall in love with someone who makes you laugh – a lot?
Avery just arrived in Nashville to start fresh. She wants to escape her dark, and painful past, start new and follow her dreams of singing and writing songs. Falling in love was not on her to-do list, or so she thought until she met Jace Sinclair. He was everything she didn’t expect and despite the fact that the walls around her heart are mighty sturdy, Jace was able to get through it and she found herself (like me) falling.
But what if Jace learns about her secrets? What if he discovered her past? Would he stay or would be run the opposite direction as fast as he can and never look back?
The characters were well-developed and pretty much complex. I loved watching the both of them grow, fell in love and mature through the pages, and somehow just like Autumn (Jace’s mom) & the rest of the family – I felt so proud of them. Some of their decisions weren’t easy, but they stood by each other. They were each other’s strength. Toni Aleo made me believe that love is enough after all.
The surprises and revelations came in successions that I almost have a whiplash. My emotions were all over the pages – I was laughing, crying and (almost or silently) screaming my heart out at one in the morning from so much feels. It was one heck of a rollercoaster ride – a ride that have accelerated my heart, taken my breath away and placed some butterflies in my stomach. Don’t even start with the steamy scenes – they were icing on a very delicious cake.
Just as when you thought she can’t surprise you – she still has that something up on her sleeves that will simply amaze you. She started my year with a bang reading #HookedbyLove the final Sinclair boy, as much as it breaks my heart saying goodbye to them, Toni had outdone herself again. It's another epic read that will play with your emotions mighty hard. I loved it right from the start and down to the very last. I can't wait to read more from this incredible author!
♥ MY REVIEW: After what Tracy had been through with her husband, she really deserved a second chance in love and life – it was just timely that Connor♥ MY REVIEW: After what Tracy had been through with her husband, she really deserved a second chance in love and life – it was just timely that Connor Jackson gets traded to the New Jersey Sonics a year before he retires. He wasn’t just looking forward in winning the World Series, but he was looking forward into reconnecting with his old college sweetheart that he couldn’t forget – Tracy.
But Tracy has a whole gang on her plate, not to mention late alimonies, and piled up bills – dating was definitely not on her to-do list, until he came along. How can she tell him that she was a package deal? She can’t be with him, if he couldn’t accept her kids. Yeah, it’s not just one – but four of them!
Connor – it took him some days before he finally realize the fact that he wanted the package deal. He was willing to try, and give it his best when it comes to Tracy and her children. He was sure of his decision, and there was no going back. He wanted her and the rest of the gang.
Nevertheless, you’d like Tracy. She’s an amazing mother, and would put first the welfare of her children rather than her own. That’s why their relationship is on the rocks at most point – because she was unsure, because she would think what’s the best for her children. She might really want him, and he might be a god in bed – but her children would always be her priority. She’s also independent and trying so hard to provide for her family. I love that she has a great support system when it comes to friends and family as well.
I was looking forward for more interactions or longer moments with Connor and Tracy’s kids. I think their time together was quite short and shallow to build any relationship. I was also waiting that the issue with Mason would be discussed more. What happened to him? Why the sudden change?
Although I was looking forward for more depth in the relationship between some characters, I like this book. There were a lot of heartwarming and sweet moments. It’s a nice read about love and second chances.
I said goodbye to sleep the moment I got a copy of this book from Netgalley (Thank yPurchase Link: Amazon
Second Chance Romance + Hot Hockey Player = ♥
I said goodbye to sleep the moment I got a copy of this book from Netgalley (Thank you @readloveswept!) I think my heart went through the roof and you made a girl really, really happy.
Vale and Hawke shared a past – a young love so real, so intense, all so consuming and deep – Hawke didn’t know what went wrong that Vale had to break it off with him. He’d go to the ends of the world for her and jump if she’d ask him too – but it all went to drain. Soon, Hawke found himself single, concentrating and working hard on his game and became one of the best hockey player in the field.
His life was awesome – he had a booming career, he was at the top of his game. He’s enjoying the perks of fame – party, booze and women. Until he found himself face to face with his past. Vale was now working for the Cold Fury: fate must be playing with him!
That night was the turning point in Vale’s life, and even though it was breaking her heart – she knew she had to let him and the unhealthy lifestyle go. Years later, she got her life straightened out, and her father got her a job with the Cold Fury so they can be close to Duke. But things got a little complicated with Hawke around. She has a lot on her plate and on her head right now, and she doesn’t need complicated.
But they had an unfinished business in the past, and the chemistry was still burning between them no matter how they try to deny it. Will the past always stand between the two of them? Vale was ready to move on and just look ahead, but can Hawke forget the pain of his heartbreaking caused by Vale?
Hawke may not be the perfect guy – but he was an awesome boyfriend. But they have been young and impulsive. Things were fast between the two of them and they were heading to destructionville. It was heartbreaking, but at that moment, Vale thinks it was the right decision for the both of them. Nevertheless, I was just glad Vale moved on and went to school. She became someone she and her father could be proud of. She might not be the perfect girlfriend when she broke his heart: but she was an amazing daughter! She’d do everything for her father. Which makes her one of my favorite heroine for this series!
True love waits, until the hearts, the soul and the mind is ready. No matter where life takes you, or even if you have met someone else – when you are destined to be together, fate will move mountains to make it happen. We all make stupid decisions that can cause hurt, what matters most is that we were able to rectify it, and not do it again. Second Chance Romance has always been my favorite, I love seeing love rekindles, lovers learning from mistakes and moving forward.
So fall in love with another uber hot and sexy hockey player and his girl in another installment of the Cold Fury Series which you can read as a stand-alone. Just like any other Sawyer Bennett books, this was beautifully written, and you’d get hooked just as easily.
"But love isnt' controllable Baylor! It's hard, it hurts, and fucking hell, it's not predictable! It isn't a hockey game, it isn't like controlling a"But love isnt' controllable Baylor! It's hard, it hurts, and fucking hell, it's not predictable! It isn't a hockey game, it isn't like controlling a puck with a stick. It's real ad it can knock you on your ass."
I love the Sinclair brothers!!! I have read the first book – who starred in Jude, and I was eagerly waiting for this one.
Baylor is one of the most determined, strong, and ambitious heroine I have ever encountered. She can be too much, her attitude could rival some men, her temper needs to be in check at times, but hey – this girl could prove to be the first one to be drafted in the NHL. Because she plays really, really well. Enough to topple all the men in college hockey. She had been trained that way. She has been in skates even before she can walk. She was trained to be the best, and determined to be the best there is. Now if she can only tweak the attitude a little, live life rather than competing in every turn – this girl could have been perfect.
If Baylor is a worry wart and control freak, Jayden worries, but he was set off to live his life (as pushed by Jude, the other hot Sinclair brother we met at Boarded by Love). It saddens him that he didn’t get to be in the draft when Jude did, but his agent insisted he needed to have one more year in college to hone his skills. What came unexpectedly was meeting a girl when he went into a vacation with his brothers.
It was the most trying time in their lives: Jude being away, their father leaving them and their mom struggling. He worries for everyone, I was glad Jude talked to him. He still worries, but he gets to enjoy life too. He had never met his match, until Baylor. Not only he challenges him on ice (or street-hockey), but off-ice as well. It would have been perfect, but he got all gentlemanly (didn’t handle things real smooth!) instead, he broke her heart. He thought he was never going to see her again – much to his surprise.
Because Baylor was now in Nashville. Playing for his team. With her father as coach. Trying to get the captainship of the team. Well, not if he can’t help it.
What I love about this Sinclair brother is it didn’t bother him that a girl could be as good as him. He wasn’t a chauvinist who thought girls couldn’t play college hockey as roughly as them. Jayden knew he was good, and he knew Baylor was great as well. But being on the same team, fighting over a championship after what happened could indeed get rough.
The passion these two has for the sports is overwhelming. It makes the competition a little bit fiercer, but nonetheless healthy. I love how Jayden is protective of Baylor, and how he tries to get into her skin. But what I love the most is the change in Baylor. From enjoying (or living) in solitude, she was taught not only by Jayden, but by Jace, and sweet Markus that having friends (besides her two crazy female friends who are twins) can be great as well. So day by day, she tries to put down those walls, be a member of a team and finally realize that they were more than just a group of men (and woman) who play hockey. They were a family.
Their chemistry was off the charts, they tried to fight it at first (or Baylor) did, but if she was determined, Jayden was persistent. He wore her off, she agreed if only to keep it a secret. She didn’t want anything to change. She wanted to protect him from her father. But I was right when I thought keeping it a secret was a disaster waiting to happen.
Jayden was a swoon-worthy boyfriend. He cares about her, he wants to show her off to the world. If she will only let him. He respects her decisions, and he wouldn’t push her off her comfort zones. So, despite the fact the emotions he was feeling was a bit overwhelming that it shakes his chest fiercely, he bottled it up, until he thought she was ready to let him all in. Problem is, this girl is a control freak. And love is a very uncontrollable emotion. Would they ever make it?
I enjoyed Clipped by Love as much as I enjoyed the first book. It made me laughed at times, fall in love in most pages, and had my adrenaline pumped up during those games I felt I was watching while reading it. More than that passionate romance friendship and love for sports, this story taught me that you make things happen if you are determined, and stubborn. But sometimes you cannot do it alone, you need another people to boost you up and support you for you to reach your maximum potential.
"I want to deserve you. I want to be everything you need and everything you don't have. I want to be someone you never have to question. Someone you"I want to deserve you. I want to be everything you need and everything you don't have. I want to be someone you never have to question. Someone you trust. Someone you want to love for the rest of your life."
SHORT REVIEW: Unforgettable, fun and one amazing read that is filled with surprises and great moments. It was the twist that had my jaws dropped on the floor – I had some idea on what it could have been, but just as I thought I had it figured out, another one hits me and caught me off guard.
"How do I make it so you don't forget me?"
LONGER: Olympic Track Team was her goal. It was the only one on her list. She was good at it. She was sure she’s going to make it, until an accident left her hospitalized with injuries that shattered her dreams. She was alone with her parents on the other side of the world, and her best friend busy with the incoming finals.
Drew has it all – great life, promising future, women, charms, and great looks. But he has secrets of his own. Secrets that have weighed a lot on his personal baggage, and threaten the happiness of everyone around him.
Fate had their paths crossed in the most unimaginable way. It was fun to watch him trying to get her out of her comfort zone, and tries to push her buttons. Just when she felt she was falling for him, she discovered something so shocking. At first, she almost didn’t believe it, until reality woke her up and it was up to her to decide if it was worth the risk.
"Tell me how to do this, Andi. Tell me how to make this better. Tell me what I need to do to be with you."
Until Drew is a story of life, love, second chance, determination and forgiveness. It’s a story of defying the odds, and looking past beyond the mistake. I loved it, left my heart in every page of it and it’s something I’d love to recommend to friends.
Okkkay. So much for my excuse with his anger. He did have anger problems and it was ruining whatever perfect little thing they have.
Three years later after their HEA, Layla and Landen are living in Spain. He is playing professional soccer and she is finishing her college degree. I thought everything was going perfectly between the two of them, but I guess perfection only happens in fairytales.
Then all of a sudden, her Aunt Kate called her and gave her a news that could change her future, she knew she has to tell her secret: she’s pregnant… and she would not do anything to jeopardize her child’s life, even if it means it would be the death of her.
But Landen wanted her alive, he wanted the love of his life. And there was one thing he never wanted to be his entire life – he didn’t want to be a father.
Layla is a forgiving soul and often offering excuses for his behavior and his lashing out, but he had never hurt her physically. He would hit walls, throw furniture, but never directed at her.
Now his anger brought not just his relationship but his career on the line. He was given an ultimatum – get help of he would lose it all. It may have took a lot of convincing, and a whole lot of begging, but in the end, he did it.
The letter at the end of the story seeped through my very soul – it wasn’t a letter of a person who has anger issues, it was a letter of a desperate man. A man who would beg, swallow his pride, not afraid to grovel to save the person who had given him everything in the world and asked nothing in return. But what surprised me most is that this letter is a silent plea from a father who would risk anything, give up everything for a child that he didn’t want primarily. I was in tears. I was heartbroken. In this letter, all my hatred for him vanished, this amazing guy, no matter how f*cked up he is, no matter how screwed things out big time is a good man, and there is no doubt that he will be a good husband and a good father someday.
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Kian Kavanagh thought he’s lucky enough to have all he had been dreaming of – he’s finally witReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Kian Kavanagh thought he’s lucky enough to have all he had been dreaming of – he’s finally with Taylor and he’s the newest sensation in the NHL. It’s been a hard time not being with Taylor and always on the road.
She had it all figured out, her education and her relationship with Kian. I thought Taylor’s nightmares were all over when she was finally got through her past, but no.
What happened her, had been really painful to read. My heart was aching terribly, I want to close my eyes and wished it would be over soon – wished that someone would come, would save this girl. But NO. It really happened, and it broke my heart. She had been through a lot and didn’t need another burden. Now she thinks she isn’t worthy of Kian anymore.
It was hard to watch the both of them suffer for something that was not their fault. But Kian was persistent, you can actually feel his determination to once again get through her walls and show her how much he loves her. He wowed her (and me) with his grand gesture – and yes, this tough NHL player can be a softie too when it comes to his princess. But will his love be enough for the both of them to get through?
Just how much tragedy can one endure in a lifetime? I applaud Taylor’s courage to get through the blows of life. It wasn’t easy, she did struggle, it may have taken her sometime. But with some support from her family, friends and an ultra-loving boyfriend – she made it through.
You will see a different side of Kian and Taylor in The Playmaker. They have become stronger, and more mature. This novel have captivated me – it made my heart stopped, broke, and trashed, but there are great moments when it made me smile and swoon. I’m glad how it ended. Both deserves their happy ending after everything that they have been through.
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He’s on fire when he’s on his element – the ICE and she’s afraid to take risk and broke her heart again.
Kian Kavanagh, the hottest new player to be recruited for the Firestorm, has his own shares of girls – but the moment he set his eyes on Taylor on the bar, studying (IKR?!), he knew that she’d be the ONE. No more puck bunnies for him, his only problem now is to prove to Taylor that he’s worth the risk she’ll be taking.
But Taylor’s heart has been shattered to a thousand pieces by her high school sweetheart – a popular jock who plays hockey as well. She trusted him, and he ends up humiliating her in the worst way possible. For three years, she allowed that wall to stand around and protect her. She doesn’t date anymore. The moment she met the sexy Kian – she knew then that it would just be a matter of time before her walls would start to fall bricks by bricks.
Kian and Taylor are totally opposite of each other – while Taylor was rich, Kian came from the wrong side of the tracks. But I don’t love him less. His ambition and his drive to become better than his folks and to become successful are admirable. He’s sexy, sweet, and he cares about her a lot. But what I don’t understand though is why, all of a sudden, Kian was so unsure and insecure of himself? He’s a self-made man, he’s hot, he’s nice – he still thinks he’s not good enough for her. I wished he saw himself the way Taylor did.
After what Taylor had been through, I totally understand why it was hard for her to trust the opposite sex. What she had undergone through was pretty traumatic. Good thing Kian was pretty determined to break her barriers. It didn’t take that long for her to finally give in and see that Kian is the best thing that ever happened to her.
I like the secondary characters, most especially Runt and her one-of-a-kind, totally-opposite sister, Zelda. She’s a breath of fresh air in this novel, but both are the source of all my laughter. Their friendship with both characters are pretty much amazing, both are loyal and would do everything for Taylor and Kian.
Truthfully, I wasn’t really hot for the cover. But, as the old saying goes: don’t judge the book by its cover. Fire on Ice is a nice love story about a girl who swore off love and men, and a guy who is determined enough to make her take the risk again. Throw in a crazy sister, a pervy friend, and a weird stalker – it’s a good, fun, light read.
The ending would want to make you grab for the next book in the series.
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And here I thought he’s just another pretty face in the magazine covers…
Never judge the book bReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Rating: 4.5 Stars
And here I thought he’s just another pretty face in the magazine covers…
Never judge the book by its cover – because star running back Bruiser Mackay is more than just the face of the latest endorsements, or his team. Unknown to others, even to his close friends and family, he does this to fund his secret charity. More than just a hot commodity, this jock had a great, and compassionate heart and a load of emotional baggage. A tragedy took the life of his twin brother and for years, he blamed himself for it.
He thought she was pretty and hot just the way she were…
Friend to all, one of the boys MacKenzie Hernandez spent the last three years of her life chasing clues with her father with regards to the disappearance of her brother. She personal and professional life went on hold for some time for her to provide closure to her family. But this time, she’s going to grab every opportunity that comes into her – Lumberjacks management hands out scholarship that can help her life get back on track. She will have a chance to get the job that she wants and the financial security she longs for. With the help of unexpected new girlfriends, and Bruiser’s family – the team’s tomboy groundskeeper was transformed into a sexy bombshell that rendered Bruiser stunned. He already liked the old Mac – she was real to him, but he can’t deny that this new Mac attracts him as well.
I can’t fathom how can this two form a healthy relationship with all the emotional, and psychological baggage they carry from their past. It was great that they started out as friends, then they turned into lovers – had mind-blowing sex every time they got together, but when emotions were starting to get involve, both of them were scared. Bruiser can’t tell her about his past, and Mac can’t let go either. BUT ALL IT TOOK IS one scarred child to finally got them around – hopefully let go of their past and embrace the future.
The plot was great – I have some ideas about their past, but when it all came to light, some information still caught me by surprise. The characters are indeed strong enough to have survived everything that they have been through. Some of the twist and conflicts would had still surprised me, and I was wondering if they can solve it all - but hey, they did. Jami Davenport had closed all windows she opened.
Backfield in Motion is a one long rollercoaster ride about two amazing scarred individuals who were held back by the pains of their past, finally finding love, comfort and healing from each other. It may have took a long time, a whole lot of hurts, broken hearts and tears – but in the end, it was all worth it. See, love does the impossible things, it can heal wounds and even wipe scars.
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When Garrett Donovan landed a contract with the New York Empire baseball team - it was not just a dreReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
When Garrett Donovan landed a contract with the New York Empire baseball team - it was not just a dream come true but it’s a means of security for the future of the family he left in Mississippi. Being the only male left in the family, their future is his burden to bear. He didn’t have time to date, get drunk, and have sex. He focused himself on practices and playing on the field – until the beautiful Jessa Montgomery decided to grace their Spring Training. She’s sexy, hot, love the game and fun to be with – totally lethal combination for him. He knew he should not get involve with her. He was just going to get himself into trouble.
Being the only child and daughter of the Empire’s owner was not a piece of cake for Jessa Montgomery. At a young age, instead of having parties and dating boys, she spent it with her father on the stadium learning about baseball. Although she spent her days with a lot of men, her father had warned her to never get involved with his players. So when he requested her to babysit his new star player, she was surprised. It was a waste of her time for her to guard another spoiled, egotistical ball player when she has a lot on her plate. But Garrett proved to be different: he’s a responsible guy who’s sexy as hell, cares about his family and is great in bed. Jessa knew being with her would cause him trouble, she wants nothing but protect his career for the people he loved the most. Garret, on the other hand, wants Jessa – whatever it takes, even if it would cost him his career.
Their relationship was a whirlwind, roller-coaster affair that is set to crash once her father or anyone knew what they were doing. BUT!!! I adore the two characters – Garrett for being a responsible son and someone who was willing to fight and take the risk for love and Jessa for trying to do what she thought was best for Garrett. I just knew what her father was up to – it wasn’t nice; nevertheless, they found each other.
Spring Training is a short read. Although their relationship had my head aches because of the constant on-off status (they couldn’t seem to decide if what they were doing is right or not), I finished it in one sitting and I was craving for more baseball hottie! If you want to read something light, short, sweet and steamy, with hot baseball players and forbidden romance – Spring Training might be the right one for you!
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I fell in love with the waves, the cover and Kellan - in no particular order.
Maverick was something I looked forward in reading once I was done with two others (If I Fall & It Was You). I love the way she writes - not to mention the length of her novels: not too short, not too long and she never intends to drag her readers.
Kellan knew what loss it - but he never did learn how to cope unless he's suited and riding the waves. In the water - he's focused, more in his element and somehow just enjoying himself. Out of the water - he's a lost boy, broken, unsure of himself, haunted, swallowed by guilt over the death of his best friend. He still knew how to surf, still one of the best, but becoming a professional surfer like he always wanted would warrant you to be good not only when you're at the waves, but when you're out of it as well. And Kellan is failing at the latter. Tour officials tries to damage control the situation that he was recently involved in, they called in public relations to have his image cleaned.
Here comes Gina, the PR person who was assigned to him. She was pretty, smart, and is keeping secrets of her own. The prologue had me curious on what was going on with her. Why was demons from the past haunting her? What happened? Gina didn't want to work with Kellan, she reminds him too much of her past, but she had no choice when her boss demanded her to work with the bad boy surfer. So despite everything he reminds her of - all the painful memories long buried that began to resurface, she made sure that Kellan would do everything she tells him too. Kellan drives a hard bargain when he suddenly ask for something in return - he will do anything she ask, if she answers his questions.
I like Kellan - he could be an a-hole sometimes, especially when he's not on the water. But on it - he was FOCUSED, some people may find it hard to do anything after grief runs through them. In the water, however, Kellan is able to be himself and not think of anything else but the waves. Anna Cruise did a great job in writing Kellan's character. The grief he was experiencing was radiating off the pages - sometimes its hard to imagine for guys to experience such emotions since they're pretty good in keeping it bottled up inside them. Kellan is also good in hiding his emotions, he does not share it with anyone and resorts to drowning himself in booze and sleeping around.
Gina, on the other hand, is good at her work. Especially how she handled the 'crisis' - it was really smooth of her. The lost she had was also something one could not really get over for a while, since it involved two person who is close to her. She tries, but its not that simple - so I understand why forgiveness was still a long way for her. It makes Grace more human and this novel more real. Because who can really forgive and forget that easily? AT LEAST, she's open to the possibility :)
Maverick is a beautiful story of loss, second chances and moving on. It's a story on how two broken people found and unconsciously helped each other to bury and let go the past that is haunting the both of them. I love how the two characters finally found peace within themselves. It was a relief because they have been castigating themselves over events that they don't have any control of. Kellan's change was just great, he did things he didn't know he was capable of: teaching kids, speaking to crowds and avoiding being 'hit-on' by a girl.
Reading Maverick is like riding the waves. Exhilarating. Frustrating at times. Total adrenaline rush. But in the end - you get to ride the perfect wave, it is so worth it!
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Emily just started with pairs skating, but she and her partner, Chris wanted to be the first American Team to wReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Emily just started with pairs skating, but she and her partner, Chris wanted to be the first American Team to win Gold in the Olympics. They have Sergei, their young Russian coach is ready to propel them into the right direction. He guided them, trained them and believed in them. Sergei had a bright future in skating, but decided to quit and ended his career early for unknown reasons.
Emily and Chris are on their way to the gold, winning competitions and making their mark. Emily and Sergei fell in love with each other unintentionally. They tried to put a stop into it, knowing that it was forbidden and it could hurt both their careers. But love always finds a way and makes it through. When their relationship has been discovered, trust has been broken, arguments flew in and an unexpected enemy threatens everything that they have been working for all their lives. Will their love be enough to surpass this?
What had me hooked on this book is not really the love story - but its the journey of two people who worked very hard to achieve their dreams. Especially Emily, from someone who was less confident of her moves, her character evolved slowly into someone who is confident with every twist and turn she has on ice. I like her relationship with Chris, how platonic it is, how they team up and work together to achieve what they wanted most. Theirs is not only a relationship of being team-mates, but they became close friends who would be their for each other when they're needed.
Their journey wasn't a piece of cake: they had bruises, missed jumps, arguments and tons of pressure in their midst. But in the end - they have reached (well, almost technically) their dream.
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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.
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Mack the Truck or Mackenzie had her life spiraling down the moment her dad and her mom decided to get a divorceReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Mack the Truck or Mackenzie had her life spiraling down the moment her dad and her mom decided to get a divorce. The thought of not being able to control anything in her life anymore scared the crap out of her. So, she took control of one thing she knew she could - FOOD.
I may not be able to control who loves me and who likes me. Who stays and who goes but one thing is for certain. I can control this.
Mack is suffering from both bulimia and anorexia.She tries to cover it up, hide it from the rest of the world and remain invisible as much as possible. Her mother did try to help her, but I don't think it was enough. Control is what she needs in her life, and the disorder is just all about control!
Instead of thinking that this has to be the end, I'm going to hold out. I believe she could very well be the one. And when you find the one that you feel in your bones you're meant to be with,you hold on to that feelings like your life depends on it.
Tyler is the ultimate knight in shining armor. Need help? He'll come running. Who won't fall in love with him? He's a school jock, sits with the popular kids, hot and has brains too. But he too has his own suffering he had been keeping inside. His sister died of heart failure because of the same eating disorder, and one look at Mack, he knew, deep down in his gut that this girl is going through the same phase. One thing I love about this guy (besides all those near-perfect qualities) is his determination. He won't stop until he gets what he wants. This time, he wants Mack.
But now I need to help someone else. Mackenzie Deeks may not what friends but I'm determined to be hers, whether she likes it or not. I want her and her baggage.
Stand up to a bully and earn yourself a friend - this was what happened when Mack bumped in with Levi. She stood up to the bullies in school. Instantly, she gained herself a friend, a supporter and a cheerleader. After Tyler, Levi was the next best thing that has happened to her. He was honest enough to slap some sense into her.
"I feel like you're my destiny, you're my everything and I think I have to thank her for that. Don't ever leave me, okay? 'Cause if you do, I think you might just take a bit of my soul with you."
I like how the story progressed. I may find Mack selfish at times, thinking about herself, and not the people who love her, and who wanted nothing but the best for her. Yet, with Tyler ever present and not giving up, everything is just perfect. When I reached the second part - the letters, I think it was a smart move on Ms. Pratt because part didn't allow the story to drag. They may be just letters, but it allowed readers to witness how Mack and Tyler's love blossom, mature even from a distance. It also offer a glimpse on how their characters have develop and changed through time.
The moment the cover was revealed and I read the blurb - I told myself: I HAVE TO READ THAT BOOK!
When I finally did - it had me speechless. I loved it to the core. From the first page, down to the very last. Sanctuary of Mine is not just a book with a beautiful cover nor a love story that will bring extra beats to your heart, but it is an inspiration, something to give hope to people (most especially teen girls) who are fighting the disorder and those who are silently crying for help. She has truly a ways with words that will touch not just your heart, but your soul as well. This book was my first from S. Pratt, and certainly won't be the last!
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Truly, never judge a book by its cover. The girl in a sexy pink jersey and a hockey stick didn’t really catch mReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Truly, never judge a book by its cover. The girl in a sexy pink jersey and a hockey stick didn’t really catch my attention. I never expected to be hooked – totally hooked! Coming from the night duty, I latched on to my Kindle and finished it right before I fell asleep.
Wylie Snow made a sweet, sexy and funny tale of two people who came from different parts of the world finding love in the most unexpected circumstances.
Meet Clara Bean (of Bean and Biscuit). She is one of Europe’s highly acclaimed restaurant critics. She’s a complete mess – and it’s not just because she lost her beloved dog. She thought she was going to get fired when she reached America, but was surprised to be offered with a promotional tour with a former hockey player and sports icon, the dashing Luc. Will she be able to do her job without him knowing her secrets? Clara, Clara, Clara – I didn’t know what to do with her. She has reasons to be insecure, and to have trust issues. After all, a lot is at stake once her secret is revealed and it’s not only her who’s going to be affected. I wished she asked for help – because I know Luc is willing to help her, whatever it takes. But no, she insisted on doing things herself.
Luc Bisquet was the star of the ice before he was forced into retirement because of an injury. Now working as a sports analyst – no one would think that he too has some secrets. Then Clara came along, one look at her, and sparks flew. He can’t help but ogled that petite brunette. He knew he’s gotta have her. He’s willing to play the game, and make sure he wins – because there is no place he’d rather be with her than his bed – or the elevator? I so love Luc – he’s charming, witty and sweet. Yes, he has some minor weaknesses that some ladies may find unattractive. But it didn’t bother me - because nothing is more attractive than a man with brains and body.
I so love the elevator scene – it reminds me so much of one of my favorite movies…
Although it was hotter, sexier and steamier compared to the movie …
Theirs is a sorta-complicated love story. Everything seems complicated when you lie and do not come clean with your partners. Nobody can deny the chemistry – everything was sizzling since they first laid eyes on each other. But will chemistry be ever be enough? When careers are on the line? When secrets long kept are about to be revealed?
What kept me reading on are mostly the witty banters thrown in by the characters. I always love good conversations and dialogues. You can seldom find a man who’s good in talking about a lot of stuffs (besides himself) and with a wicked, wicked sense of humor. I like Sutter and Lydia and I wished they too would have their HEA (is it possible?) I’m sure like me – you will fall in love with every character in this novel – well, except for that bitch namely Valentina. You’ll understand once you’ll meet her.
Nevertheless, you have to read GAME ON! Testosterone-filled sports, gustatory cravings and sex has never been this irresistible and satisfying.
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Hana couldn't believe her luck after she ran away from her mother and stumbled across her father's motocross track at Nixon. She got two riders wantinHana couldn't believe her luck after she ran away from her mother and stumbled across her father's motocross track at Nixon. She got two riders wanting her attention. Whose side are you on? Are you on Team Ash or Team Ryan?
#TeamASH!!! I'm not a fan of men with dreadlocks. But who can not love Ash? He got me the moment he graciously accepted Hana's rejection - it's what gentlemen do, right?
I love how humble he is although he's one of the fastest in Nixon, how he adores and cares for his family, his passion for his sport is also admirable. He believed in his abilities and himself, without conceit. I like his confidence in winning the nationals- it wasn't eve showing off. Here is a man who knows his limitations and who knows what he is capable of.
Ash is a total gentleman - truly. And there are only a few men who do not rush love and relationship. Now if Hana could not appreciate his "lack of actions" - totally her loss.
#TeamRyan I just knew it! I have this eerie feeling about Ryan the first time he appeared on the pages.
"It means the girl will always choose the winner – not some guy like Seth or Kevin – but me."
Ryan is the type of guy every girl has been lusting for. He's the motocross champ, he's hot and he knew what he is capable of and he's not afraid to flaunt it. He's aggressive and would not settle for anything less. He's willing to do anything to win.
"You're wasting your time." Ryan's sneer is obvious in his voice but he removes his helmet just to make sure we catch it. "She's going home with the winner, you know." Ash flings and arm around me, more confident than I have ever seen him, and says, "Guess I'll see her at my house tonight."
Have you ever felt you wanted to bump a friend's head because she's blinded by someone's look that they couldn't see through the faults?
Oookaaaay - she's a teenager and is having a major crush on the rider with the smoothest move. It could be excusable. But Ryan - despite the hotness - is also arrogant and over confident. His passion for winning is not driven by his love for sport anymore. Instead, it's motivated by anger and unhealthy competition.
Ash is not making any moves at all. Hana wonders if he really likes her or was it just her imagination? Ryan, on the other hand is making his - and it seems fast that kinda overwhelms her senses. she's torn between two motocross gods. Can she chose wisely and give her heart to someone who's worth and won't break it?
Hana's relationship with her mom wasn't perfect and when she left home and surprised her dad, she didn't realized she'd grown to love the tracks as well as her step mom. I love Molly - she's not your cliche evil-step-mother. Instead, here's a woman who knows how to take care of her man and family, who has a big and generous heart and has a sunny disposition. Hana didn't know how to deal with her at first, but because Molly tries, and she's almost perfect - Molly found a way to Hana's heart. (Yep, more than just those mouth-watering burritos)
I also love the fund raising they did when someone close to the family needed help. The event showed how the motocross as a community and as a family. Everyone came together, and supported the activity - regardless on which team, which tracks are they on.
The anticipation of the 'kiss' will kill you and you'll be wondering if its ever going to happen or all these will come to nothing.
I love Motocross Me because of the characters - I may not like some of them, but they're real. yes, these type of people really exists. I love the secondary characters such as Teig, Shelby, Shawn and even Hana's mom (which I like surprisingly at the near-end of the story).
One of my favorite scenes was the National's. I rarely witness a motocross competition even in TV, but reading that scene puts you in the tracks with Hana. Anticipating. The description were to vivid that you can almost hear the sounds of bikes and cheers coming out of the pages.
Motocross, hot riders, awesome plot, great characters, highly anticipated make-out session - yes, I enjoyed reading Motocross Me and I'm sure you will too! :)
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I love a goodnight sleep and it would take a very good novel to keep me up reading at night when all I wanted tReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
I love a goodnight sleep and it would take a very good novel to keep me up reading at night when all I wanted to do is go to dreamland. In This Moment had me up until the wee hours, and I couldn't get enough of Cole!
Among all of my Autumn Doughton reads, I must say, In This Moment will stand as my favorite. I enjoyed reading it in one sitting, trying not to laugh out loud to wake up my neighbors, and trying harder not to cry my heart out.
Aimee Spencer knew firsthand how what loss is, how hard it is, and how life can change in one wrong turn. She lost someone very close to her, and life had never been the same again. She used to swim, belonged to the popular crowd, date – do whatever a normal teenager would do. But now, all she does is run. Numbness was a welcome reprieve. To forget her past, and every painful memory that has been haunting her, she changed to someone unrecognizable. Lifeless, focused, emotionless. Until she literally fell into the lap of Cole Everly.
Handsome isn’t the right word. It sounds too bland and average and this guy is anything but average.
15% of the book and I fell in love with the dashing and cocky Cole Everly. Yes, I have been a fallen victim to a brain fog induced by Cole’s quasi-magical green eyes. (Aimee’s words) I like my men with wit and humor – and Cole is the perfect epitome of HIM. (He’s totally my new book boyfriend!) He’s quite arrogant, but it’s cute (not the annoying type), determined, persuasive and cool. When he met Aimee, he knew she was different. She wasn’t the type of girl he would normally go for: broken, difficult, closed-off. She was someone he should stay away from, but the building attraction, the pull of gravity is hard to resist – something he could hardly explain himself. Because if he follow his own logic – he’d run away FAST.
Aimee’s words are careful, decided. “I don’t date.” I brush a few loose hairs away from her face and bend to her ear. She really does smell amazing. Absolutely amazing. “I don’t date either, so I won’t tell if you don’t.” I whisper.
It’s not only Aimee who has a past to deal with. Cole has his own shares of misfortunes. That’s why he didn’t allow himself to fall in love. Love makes you lose your mind, focus, and life. It breaks not just your heart, but everything in between. So, he shags them, and leaves them. No cuddling, no staying over, no strings – no complication. Until Aimee came along, he found himself doing what he's been avoiding.
“Okay. Scrabble, donuts, flowers, corndogs, pre-pubescent British wizards and indie music. Am I missing anything important?”
She’s still blushing and it’s like the heat in her face is trapping all the words inside of her. “What is it?” I ask, an involuntary grin tugging on my mouth. I love it when she blushes like this.
Amy sighs, looks up toward the chandelier, “You, Cole. I like you.”
For the first time, it didn’t felt wrong. He wanted to see her smile, to make her happy – he does things he doesn’t normally do for girls. Oh, he can be sweet when he wanted to. But when his past came into the picture, he was lost once again. He closed himself to Aimee, ran away and is about to make the stupidest thing he’s done. It cost him one important thing he has in his life right now – Aimee.
Their parents weren’t perfect (which is pretty much an understatement), but they have the support of their siblings and friends. I totally loved Jodi, she was the exact opposite of Aimee, and exactly what she needed. Just like Cole, she was determined to be Aimee’s friend – whether she likes it or not. Aimee didn’t really have a choice.
You don’t get my permission to break my f*cking heart.
From the cover, the blurb, the characters – everything about In This Moment is fantastic. It was hard to see Aimee moving on because every day is a task for her. Putting a mask on is harder than putting make up, but when the most eligible bachelor in the campus starts giving her attention, her world changed. Oh, she tried to lock herself – but Cole is determined to find the key, and get to her.
I totally love the story, the progression and most especially the character development. The transition that Aimee and Cole had were gradual, you can see and feel the growth of their characters. I swooned at times, laugh for most, and cried a little. When I reached the end of the page, it was pretty hard to say goodbye to Cole.
In This Moment is a story about loss, love, second chances and forgiveness. It's something you would not put down until you reach the very end page. I assure you, you will fall in love with the characters, especially with Cole. Now I know what a book hang-over feels like.
If your work gets beautiful every time you release a book - I totally can't wait what you have installed for us on your next work!!
And because you totally rocked my night (and well, morning), and I had Cole in my dreams I'm giving In This Moment...
I already came across Piper Shelly’s Play with Me early this year. I already loved it because amidst all tPosted atBook Freak as part of the Blog Tour
I already came across Piper Shelly’s Play with Me early this year. I already loved it because amidst all the emotionally gripping novels saved in my e-Readers, here comes a novel that would just make you smile, swoon a little bit and reminded you of those times when you had your first crush or first love in your teens. I enjoyed reading Liza’s POV in Play with Me. But reading Ryan Hunter with his own POV – definitely SWOON!!! Who doesn’t love going inside a boy’s brain and knowing what’s running inside it? I know I would!
Wait, whine, beg on my knees- Liza could have all of that from me. She only had to snap her fingers.
Ryan Hunter had been in love with Liza for a while now – and when I say a while – meaning a long time. But Liza had already set her eyes on her best friend Tony. However, Tony has set his sights on another girl. He asked Ryan’s help to distract Liza – a change he’ll be too dumb to pass.
So, while Tony is busy with another girl, Ryan Hunter is slowly making his way to Liza’s senses and heart. Everything was perfect and going smoothly until Tony changed his mind.
For a minute there, I thought I stood a chance. But I guess in the end, Mitchell will still be the lucky one.
Beneath the “cool dude” exterior, Ryan Hunter is a sweet boy who loves his family, a great friend and has a passion for soccer. He also plays it safe when it comes to the matters of the heart. He didn’t take a risk with Liza for the longest time he was in love with her until Tony gave him the ‘go-signal’ (or sort of). And when he finally made his move - I really understood Liza when she finally questioned her feelings for Tony. I just wished Ryan was more forward for his feelings and fought for Liza more rather than feeling sorry for himself. But, it didn’t make me love him less. Because despite his imperfections, I’d chose Ryan Hunter over Anthony Mitchell anytime.
Some says it’s inevitable to fall in love with your best friend. Especially when you spend your whole life with him or her and you couldn’t imagine spending it with someone else. Why find someone else when you have already the best at your side? Now the question is – does the best friend felt the same? What if the emotion is unrequited? On the other hand, for the person who goes in between these two friends, competing for the attention, the time and the life-long friendship can be a lot of hard work. But when you want to be with that person, you can get through it no matter what the circumstances are.
Ryan Hunter is the second installment in Piper Shelly’s Grover Beach Team Series and just like the first one, I’m sure you will enjoy reading it. It’s amazing without really breaking your heart, it’s wonderful without needing a Kleenex beside you. Some books can indeed be wonderful without making a mess of your make up. It’s a short sweet read, and easy on the heart. I’d recommend it to friends who wants to read something light, or for those people who simply wants to fall in love.
Wrapping up: If you’re asking me what do I love best? I love both books - they share different POVS, and I get to see the different side of the story. :) These two - they show a writer can wow a reader without making him/her cry. I heart you Ryan Hunter! :)...more
"I felt like my life was a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode."
It's like reading Beautiful Disaster all over again where a good girl fell in love with an alpha possessive male and they went into an intense, & wild roller coaster ride that will have readers glued to their books.
There are times in this novel where I would like to:
But the last one wasn't really an option since I'm dying to know how this ride ends. :D
Maggie Young, The Good Hello, my name is Maggie Young. Seventeen year old self-confessed choc-o-holic and over all fabulous human being.
Maggie Young's life is just predictable, & boring, until she met Clay. They literally ran into each other, and although Clay was less enthusiastic than her in that first meeting - it didn't deter her in stalking him. She couldn't take him off her mind. And no matter how her friends are adamant in their relationship, she went on with it. She thought that she can help him and everything will be fine, too bad the meds prescribed to him is called Lithium and not Maggie.
By the time she realized that he needed help more than what she can offer - it might be too late.
I liked her at first, I like how she is with her friends, being a mediator in the pending Rachel & Dan drama. She has great parents and a star athlete and she was willing to throw it all for Clay because he needs her. I felt sad for her, at the same time I wanted to throttle her. Somethings, especially love, should feel wonderful instead of painful.
She has a great circle of friends, Rachel & Dan (which are featured in a novella, Cloud Walking). I love them both, including their drama. I couldn't wait until I can read it.
Clayton Reed, The Bad Clayton Reed, though you can call me Clay. Seventeen year old senior and unabashed misanthrope. He was a social misfit, a pariah and apparently had no desire to interact with the world in general.
He was new. And when new people enters school on their senior year without talking to anyone at all, some tongues wag. Who is he? Where did he came from? Why did he transfer? He's a mystery. Especially with his mood swings. One moment his happy, next moment his cranky. There are secrets he didn't want anyone to know, secrets he wasn't ready to share even with Maggie - the only one eager to be his friend. He wasn't sure if she can handle all of him.
But despite the fact that he has it, Maggie still fell in love with him. But how can he make her stay when all he does is hurt her? When all he says is sorry? There are times when sorry is not enough anymore.
He doesn't want any help, all he needs is Maggie.
Their Relationship, The Ugly Their relationship is all consuming that it almost bordered to obsession. It was, as Maggie said, a ticking time bomb waiting to explode, and she is in the middle of it. Everything went out of proportion and it was heart-wrenching watching her wasting her life into saving something she was not suitable to save. I understood that she loved him, and she wanted to be with him, to be there for him when nobody else will. However, their relationship wasn't healthy anymore and clearly he needed help more than what she can give.
To say that their relationship is unhealthy would be an understatement. Issues are slapping them right in the face and both of them tends to ignore it. Instead of helping, Maggie becomes a co-dependent, & Clay wasn't changing one bit. He continued his ways until finally, tragedy happens.
Florence Nightingale Concept “I have learned that sometimes "sorry" is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.”
How many girls have tried to save bad boys only to get their hearts broken?
Don't we all love bad boys? We have this notion that we can change them and make them better men. Who loves best than a reform bad boy? Then the big BUT comes - some changes are not permanent and some can't change ASAP. You can't help everybody who needs help. There is always a borderline that you need to draw on what you can or you can't do. Although love is not always a fairy tale, nor a nightmare. It's not a time bomb or a landmine.
Love should indeed feel wonderful, and safe. Safe is the keyword. It shouldn't make you feel isolated - being in this crazy mini-world with the only people residing are you and your girlfriend/boyfriend can be very dangerous. Relationship needs support as well. Never block out your friends, especially your family because they will be the ones to catch you when you fall.
The Sequel I wanted to hear Clay's voice in the first novel. I wanted to know what he's thinking inside his brain. And yet, all hear is Maggie's. But we all can access his thoughts on the second one. ♥♥♥ So pleeeeassseeeee, can I have it??!!
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
New beginnings, Fred. Greet them with your eyes wide open. Don't forget that.
If you think Jordan is the only one who belongs in an all-boys team - then you haven't met Fredricka Oday.
New beginnings. Fred plays golf like she was born to do it. She wants to go to college and have a brilliant future - and she knew playing golf is her golden ticket. So when Coach Lannon offered a spot for her in a boy's golf team - she took the offer. Finally, she can see a bright future ahead of her. But, she just knew being the new girl, being a Native Indian in school filled with white people is not paradise. She's not wrong. Fred fought her way in earning a spot in the boy's team and it wasn't a walk in a park either when her new team mates expects her to fail.
Her parents weren't well off, she didn't even have any golf lessons. She learned with watching and practicing (for free), every chance she gets. All she has to do was to prove to them that she can play golf.
Whose family is perfect anyway? Yes, her family wasn't perfect. Her mother was a waitress in an upscale restaurant, and she's expecting Fred to follow her footsteps once she's finished high school. She wasn't exactly the motherly material who would come home and take carer of her kinds. Instead she whines while holding a bottle of alcohol. Her father on the other hand is a sweetheart. I do love the relationship she has with her dad - his support, love and motivation made Fred held on to her dreams. So when she almost lost him - it was just heartbreaking to watch.
So not in her plans. She knew Ryan way back then - he was in one of her classes but he's the kind of person who wouldn't give her the time of the day. He's with the cool kids. When the opportunity knocked in being on the same team with him, being partners, she tried to be cool with it but deep inside her heart was about to break because it was beating so, so fast. And when he suddenly invited her out, she just couldn't believe it.
My best friend lost his spot on the team because of her. Ryan, He's one of the most good-looking, popular guys at school. He's good at playing golf as well. At first I hated him. I hated that he couldn't stand up against his best friend. I hated that he was a push over. I hated that he couldn't stand up for what he felt for Fred. His best friend was an ass - and he knew it. He was there when Set does stuffs that a normal sane person wouldn't do - but he stood, watch him and never said a word. Too much for a prince charming.
Some people change, some people don't And change, Ryan did. Well, not all at once of course. He did things that are remarkable and made me say - at last, you grew some balls. It's never, ever too late. Good thing he redeemed himself. He's not so bad after all:)
As for Seth, to what extent would you hold grudge and take revenge on a girl who had no idea she got your spot on the team? Why don't you grow up and accept the fact? She needs it more than you do, heck, she deserves more than you do. I hate everything that he did and I didn't even feel any sympathy at the end of the novel. argh! No Seth, we are so not cool
Friendships It's okay to be a friend when you knew your friends need you. But to condone things that aren't nice is so not cool. Friends don't let friends do stupid things - and get the fall.
On the other hand, I'm glad Fred found friends in school. Sam and the rest of the girls from the Reservation are just the people she needs when everything starts to fall apart. Those are the real friends: people who's ready to catch you when you dive down the hill - accident or not, and ready to kick ass*s when someone hurts you.
Torn between a 3.5 and a 4 A 3.5 because... It didn't catch up till the near middle chapters of the book. The phasing was slow until then. But when it caught up - I found the book nice. The character development was slow progress that I almost gave up that change would happened in some of the characters.
A 4 because... Her passion for golf was really admirable. The Indian customs stated in the book is a fantastic addition. It's nice to know that Fred and her father still honors the tradition despite the modern age. After all, it won't hurt when one follows tradition, right? I like the end chapters. It finally make sense why Fred fell for Ryan instead of Sam.
Sam & Riley for the next book installment
Thank you Harlequin Teen for providing me a copy for review through Netgalley ...more
My heart ached for her in Pushing The Limits & my heart just broke for her in reading Dare You To . Beth is a very strong girl who was forced to grow up at a young age to take care of herself and her mother when her father left. The person whom she trust and depend on - the one who promised to come back for her, never did. So, she never trusted anyone's word. She relied on herself and some on Noah and Isiah - the only people who mattered to her.
But in just one night, everything changed. She was forced to leave her past behind or she was to suffer the consequences. Something that she could not afford to. She was stuck in living with her uncle and his wife who clearly doesn't like her - now she has set of rules to follow and she needs to go to school and get good grades. She came across Ryan once again. She did her best to get him off her back. But he was relentless. She didn't want to fall in love with him because she was afraid she'd get hurt - after all, why would someone as popular and as good looking as Ryan would fall in love with her?
She has secrets - so dark and grave she was not willing to share with anyone. All these years, she kept it to herself. The last time she told it to someone - all hell broke loose and she doesn't want to see hell again. She just want to keep her mother safe. She wants to get away.
No matter how strong seemed Beth is outside - she's lost and scared inside. Her insecurities and trust issues are eating her up. If she wants her own happy ending - she'd dare to take the risks. Would she?
Ryan ♥ Beth
It all started with a dare. That's when the jock and the skater girl first met.
BRAIN + BODY = SWOON!!!!
For him: DEFEAT is a nasty word. He hated losing and the word wasn't in his vocabulary.
I'm not interested in second place. Never been. Never will be.
So when he lost a bet he made with his friends in getting the skater's girl number - he had a hard time accepting it. Good thing the world is such a small place and he found a way to revise the bet. This time he will make sure he wins.
Ryan: he doesn't do drugs, don't drink (much) and doesn't smoke. Is he a normal high school teen-ager? Yes, he still is. He doesn't get his adrenalin rush from all those unhealthy stuff. Instead, he gets with with all those dares . A dare which started it all. I do admire his drive and motivation to win each dare that was thrown at him.
His life is baseball. He's good in pitching the ball - but he also good in writing. He loves both. Something his father doesn't really agree with. Being an obedient son - Ryan is torn between his father's 'wants' and the confusion of his heart's desires.
All he knows is that his family is fake. A facade. Everyone in town thinks they're perfect, but they're really not. After the revelation is brother announced over dinner - everything was not the same anymore. His brother packed and left the house - never looked back.
Now there's this girl - she's different. It all started as a dare. But something changed. It was not supposed to end this way. He was not suppose to fall in love with the skater girl who keeps on running away from him and has a trust issues.
“I won't let you go." I blink. As if he could stop me. "You won't let me go." "No, I won't let you go. You're mine and I don't lose.”
If he were a lesser man, and didn't have enough balls - he would leave her and stay away. But falling in love is losing your mind over something strange, scary at the same time wonderful. The Jock dared to fall in love with the Skater girl
“Screw what Mom and Dad think. Screw the rest of the town. Screw perfection. This girl is mine.”
♥.♥.♥ Isaiah ♥ Beth
And I THOUGHT after reading Pushing The Limits the two of them were already given. But I guess I was wrong. Although I'd love for Katie McGarry to make them their own happy ending - I was expecting they'd have their own happy ending together. Without any jocks lurking behind Beth to sabotage what they already have. Surprise. Surprise.
For those who have read the first book, we all knew that besides Noah, Isiah was Beth's best friend. He was her constant, her usual. Isiah was her safe. When she needed help, he was always there for her. And I did love Isiah for her despite all those tattoo running on his arms and his occasional drug use. Something happened between the two of them. Something was said that they couldn't just forget or retract. Something was said when they were both sober and it changed everything.
The million dollar question is: Who does Beth really loves?
If you were to chose: Between a stoner and a jock? Between your best friend who always takes care of you and someone that makes your heart skips a bit? Between Ryan and Isiah?
It was a tough decision to make. But by the few final chapters, I made my choice and so did Beth.
♥.♥.♥ To End...
I fell in love with every word, smile, laugh, tears, heart breaking dialogues - Katie McGarry writes very well that it makes me FEEL.
It is not only the primary characters that are important in this novel, but the author made sure (*again*) that her secondary characters have their shining moments in the book. Perhaps - this is what I love most about Katie McGarry - because she placed importance not just on the major characters but as well as to those people that surrounds them. Lacey, Scott, Logan, Chris, Allison and even Gwen - they all played an important role (no matter how small) in this novel,
I think Trust is the major concept of this novel. When trust is restored, or when it finally exists in a relationship - all will just progress. But when someone whom you love, whom you have trusted all your life suddenly betrays you - your world comes to a halt, and that aching feeling at the pit of your stomach appears and exacerbates.
To say that this book is about love would be an understatement. Because it's not just about love - it's fighting for it really hard, pushing yourself to the limits , knowing that it's all worth it in the end.
Katie McGarry - my 2013 just kept on getting better and better because of you. Can't wait for your third installment!