Jude Deveraux once again proved her readers why she's a master of her craft and why her novels stays on top ofReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Jude Deveraux once again proved her readers why she's a master of her craft and why her novels stays on top of the best seller's list.
Here's a book with a truly, truly awesome set of characters that spanned through generations.
It's not just him, but all first born child named Jared can see the ghost of their grandfather. But they will never admit it.
Besides, it emasculates a man for it to be known that he spends every evenings with a dead man. It's better to let the women worry that you're having a flirtation.
He's a young, brilliant architect who had already proven himself professionally. He's considered as a god, a legend in the world of architecture. But no one knew what he was like as a teenager - and it was far from the man he was today. He was lost, with no directions, who loves to drink, party and get wasted. Until someone slapped him off from his self-induced destruction and made him realize that he has a talent he could utilize to make it.
He was orphaned at a young age and became an angry boy - but a man equally angry at the world set him straight. This man took him under his wing and made him his apprentice - and the woman paid for all the fees needed for his schooling.
To say that he was a good student was an understatement - he was indeed a genius because he does his work just three hours before the deadline and it will still awe his professors. And for his final work, he did it with his hands. Impressive, huh?
So, it was understandable why he didn't want an architecture student invading his privacy. He didn't want any students hovering around him, asking him for words of wisdom.
Brains, beauty and talent. Seems like she's a complete package.
The story started with our Alix being brokenhearted because Eric (the leech ex boyfriend) decided to end their relationship. Eric, whom according to Izzy (the best friend), was just using Alix to do his homework. To mend her broken heart and spend a year doing R&R, she decided to accept her mother's suffestion to spend a year in Nantucket.
I love her. She's humble despite the fact that both her parents are extremely popular and successful in their respective fields. I love the fact that she was so unassuming and she exactly knows where she stands.
She had her father's love of building and her mother's belief that the top was the only place to be.
She has the talent to make it as an architect, but it would be a plus point if she can get some tips and can work with the great Jared Montgomery. BUT! Their first meeting wasn't exactly a blast because Jared introduced himself as a mere builder. And Alix hated being lied at.
Yet, it wasn't the only secret everyone is keeping from her, there is a whole lot more.
The Parents Alix has the most - weird set of parents. Being popular and successful in their own fields, Ken and Victoria make it to a point that they spent equal quality time with Alix as she grows up. While Ken taught her everything about designs and buildings, Victoria offers her daughter all the glamour that is brought about by her field. And despite their shortcomings, their daughter grew up well.
Things to LOVE about (besides the awesome characters): SETTING
The beautiful Nantucket is where it all happens, and like the story, its just breathtaking. With all those six-digit old houses with intriguing stories behind each closed doors, the bay area and not to mention the beach. The whole place is truly a great place to find true love.
PLOT Soul mates. Reincarnations. Ghosts. Jude Deveraux mixed all these ingredients to produce a really fell-good, page-turner that will easily capture your heart. Some novels don't need to be heart-wrenching and emotionally draining to be great. It's fun. light read and utterly romantic.
True Love will tickle your romantic senses without giving you a heavy feeling. It's a feel-good book that will allow you to fall in love with one character over the other.
it will surely be worth the wait.
Thank you Netgalley and Ballantine for providing me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review....more
Brooke Stewart works in a real estate company. that seemed to have overlook her capacity as an agent. But she sReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Brooke Stewart works in a real estate company. that seemed to have overlook her capacity as an agent. But she still strives to be the best, and maybe someday she'll have enough experience to finally quit the company and get a job in a larger firm. Only that the company beat her to it, she was fired and was asked to report in a larger firm.
Everything is just wonderful since it has been in her dreams - only that Brooke felt like she had slept her way up the corporate ladder - because her boss is no other than Jett Mayfield - the guy she woke up with in her bed naked one drunken night she was out with Sylvia.
In a daze, she had found herself on a plane to Italy, on her first day of work where they were about to spend two weeks alone!!! Oh yes, it was all about work - but two weeks with no mediator in between them, their sexual tension is about to explode! Jett offered her a Consensual Sexual Acts and Confidentiality Agreement (CSACA) - yes, I have to Google it too. Two months of pure, unadulterated, mind-blowing sex with no strings attach. Could she possibly handle it??
Brooke has always been sensible and has a good head on her shoulder compared to Sylvie. But the good head fell off when she met Jett. She was not the type of person to do relationships due to her past that she preferred to keep to herself.
I don't do relationships because I don't want to love and lose myself.
He was dazzlingly gorgeous. Forget gorgeous. He was beautiful. Utterly, totally, mind-blowingly stunning. On a scale from one to ten, he was a hundred.
The words says it all. He's sinfully beautiful and rich. I do love his humor and innuendos often thrown at Brooke. He's the perfect prince charming, however, this Greek God has his own secrets and agenda.
Everything was just about sex until they fell in love. But will deception and secrets surpass their newfound feeling for each other?
The Cover. The Novel. Everything has to do with those amazing boots! The cover is sexy - so I expected something sexy and alluring which I wasn't disappointed. It exceeded my expectations. - UNTIL I reach the end page - then I was like...
To End J.C. Reed did a good job - she got me hooked. I spent the wee hours of the morning reading. I was eager to finish the novel in one sitting, which I did.
What I love: ♥♥♥ 1) The steamy scenes: the teases, the foreplay, the club scene, and sex in the office: totally hot, hot, hot.
2) The twist - I sooooo didn't see it coming!!!! It surprised me, it made me grasp my kindle way too tight: it's like: Oh my gahhd! What's going to happen now type of reaction.
And I felt my heart plummet after reading the last page. It was like I was climbing up the hill expecting a perfect view only to realize that it was blocked. Yes, it ended with a cliffhanger - the kind of cliff hanger that will leave you insane because you thought you are just about to read the resolution of the story. The excitement suddenly tripled as I anticipate for the next book which is set to be released June 1, 2013 - eons away!! ...more
The Characters Anna. I find her cool when she was not pregnant. Especially when she threw the snow globe - it waReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
The Characters Anna. I find her cool when she was not pregnant. Especially when she threw the snow globe - it was childish but she pulled it off. She thought that one night she had with Ben meant something to him, but she was dead wrong. When she heard he agreed to the risky stem cell therapy - she left. He wanted to die, and she wasn't going to watch him do it.
Growing up in a few foster homes, all Anna wanted was a home of her own. She's saving her money to finally buy a dream house.
She's pregnant with Ben's child and she wanted him to be a part of it. But she refused his marriage offer - after all, he just wanted to marry her because: 1) she's pregnant with his child 2) his chemo left him sterile.
Ben. He didn't like being defeated, especially with a disease that could leave him for dead. He gave up his chemotherapy and proceed to the stem cell therapy -a risky procedure but with a high chance of cure. Ben knew he was risking his life, but he wasn't the kind of person who would let anyone or anything break him. That night, thanks to the yoga pants - he broke his personal rule: never to get involve with his employees.
12 weeks later, he was well and Anna, just when he had expected an apology from her for leaving him at the time that he needed her the most - dropped the bomb.
She was pregnant with his child. A child he could never have after the rounds of chemotherapy left him sterile. If only he can convince the mother of his unborn child to marry him.
Mark. He's Ben's rival during his CIA era. I like how his brain works. He may consider Ben an adversary but he respects his former chief and cares for Anna.
He has his secrets on why he suddenly quit his job and moved to Philadelphia - he wanted to be with his prodigy child - but his daughter didn't want his absentee father in her life.
How can he convince her that he's back in her life for good and he's willing to be a father now?
I find their relationship exasperating. She wanted him to love her but when he wanted her in his life - well, at first mostly because of the child, but when he started to show he cared - she ran afraid. Their fights which mostly she instigated because of her fear (or probably hormones) is quite annoying - good thing Ben is patient and doesn't give up on her. He would take his time, plan his strategies well and reach for his goal before their child is born. Yes, his will power and patience is admirable. He doesn't get provoked easily to matter how Anna poked him. Can he finally convince her to include him in their child's and most importantly, in her life?
I would have loved this novel more if not for the 'provocations' that Anna would start because the emotions got her scared. It felt so weird after all the efforts shown by Ben in trying to win her. Somewhere along the novel - it was obvious that he wanted her as much as he wanted the baby in his life - now why can't a level headed woman see that?...more
"The love of your life won't be the man you end up with, and you'll always compare the two."
Gossip Column TheReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
"The love of your life won't be the man you end up with, and you'll always compare the two."
Gossip Column The story started with a juicy article from the small town's gossip column: how the town's supposedly perfect wedding of a supposedly-perfect couple came to a halt when the bride was jilted at the altar because the groom decided to come out of the closet.
The Princess With a Defective Gaydar Faith Holland was the youngest among the Holland siblings. She was the baby of the family, and what made her more special is that she was suffering from epilepsy. A condition that said to have caused the accident that cost them their mother's lives. She was also popular at school, being rich and friendly to everyone. She has a bright and sunny disposition despite everything that happened to her and her family. Only no one knew that she's keeping a secret. A secret that could make her loving family hate her.
It was an epileptic attack that had brought Faith and Jeremy together. They were high school sweethearts, and upon finishing school, they decided to get hitched. Jeremy was Faith's first and only love. She could not imagine anyone else growing old with and having children with. Only that, Jeremy wasn't totally honest with her or with himself. He waited until their wedding day to come out and tell her he couldn't marry her because he was gay.
Faith's world shattered, she didn't see it coming. Instead of spending her honeymoon with Jeremy, she decided to go to San Francisco and stayed their for over three years. Hoping to heal her broken heart and find someone who's not gay. But finding the perfect man wasn't that easy.
Now she was back in their little town, because of an emergency call from her sister saying that her father has been dating a woman that could rob him blind. Between finding her father the perfect woman, facing her ex love, looking at the people's pitiful glances at her, and of course being annoyed by the Chief of police, can the princess find her prince?
The Perfect Man Wasn't So Perfect After All Jeremy was new to the town - the star quarterback, a great academic student and rich. He was everything a girl could ever wanted, but Faith caught his attention. Bringing her to the nurse's office after (or during) an epileptic attack (which is not really recommended, anyway) started their love story. But he also has secrets he couldn't accept. Secrets he had been denying, secrets he was willing to carry on until their wedding day.
He May Not Be Perfect, But He Was The Best For Her Chief Levi Cooper knew that he was gay - from day 1. But it was not in his position to say anything, especially when the man was his best friend. But on his wedding day - he could not just stand in their and not say anything. This has gone too far. Oh yes, he was the one who 'technically' put a stop to their wedding.
Living on trailer parks, his life wasn't really a piece of cake. They were poor, his father ran out of them when he was young. His mother would work herself to death to provide for them, but they were okay. In High School, he played football but he knew he wasn't good enough to get a scholarship. It was Jeremy who had helped him to get noticed, but still, he needed some money to go to college. He decided to ask his father, but was turned away. Without any college options, he decided to enlist.
Coming back and becoming the Chief of Police was not an easy task - yes even in their small towns. His days are filled with mundane calls from the locals and 'I-wanna-come-home' calls and texts from his younger sister, Sara who is now in college. But his days suddenly went a 180 when Faith came back to town. Oh yes, he has secrets too, secrets he and Faith shared and secrets he didn't want Faith to know.
He didn't want a relationship after a disastrous marriage. He didn't want Faith - who will leave after she finished her projects. Faith, who was his best friend's former fiancee.
Things I ♥ About This Book It's Kristan Higgins I have been in love with her since reading Until There Was You- and she never disappoints her readers. There were a lot of funny moments especially from both daughter and father's disastrous dates.
The characters are totally awesome- not just the three main characters, but especially the family & friends that surrounds them. I love their family - not just because they are tightly knitted, but because they love and support each other whatever they are going through. I would love to read Sara and Ned's story in the near future.
To End Indeed, the best man may not be the perfect man you have been dreaming of - but the perfect one to complement your imperfections. Sometimes, you need not look far to find your match, because he can be the one sitting right next to you, waiting for you to acknowledge him or her. Love, indeed, moves in mysterious ways.
Kristan Higgins made another amazing novel filled with unforgettable characters that will find their way through the reader's heart. A perfect combination of romance, comedy and a touch of drama - readers will find them selves hooked (as I have been) and would surely demand for more! ...more
This is a cheat book for me. It's not on my reading list but once I saw the blurb on goodreaReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
"Love never fails."
This is a cheat book for me. It's not on my reading list but once I saw the blurb on goodreads & it's suddenly available - I just have the urge to have this one on top of my reading list. ASAP!
Meet Pax, The Asshole He’s gorgeous, and flawed and sexy. And I have no idea what I’m getting into.
He didn't wait until I reach the second page to be an ass.
He's 24 years old and still acted like a boy. Pax is a trust fund baby who had inherited his mother's share in his grandfather's company. He really didn't need to work. So all he does, is numb himself on booze or drugs and enjoy his privacy in his beach sanctuary. He's not a drug addict - or so he says. He only used drugs occasionally and does not crave for it. He only wants numbness - to be oblivious to any emotion or dreams that he might have. His mother died when he was just seven and Pax had constant nightmares, about her, it was something that have haunted him for a very long time. The dream doesn't really end, to his dismay. It was the same dream coming to him over and over again, as if his mother was asking for help.
Then he met Mila, she was his light to his darkness. He was motivated to change, to cut all his vices and even asked for help. But when he did, and found out the truth - he wasn't really sure if he could handle it.
Meet Mila, The Nice Artist She’s like a ray of sunshine in this bleak hospital room and I soak her up. She’s got good, healthy energy and I like the way it feels to talk with her.
She loves the night, and she loves to paint. It was her passion. It was not only Pax that was having issues regarding dreams - Mila also has recurring nightmares about both her parents who died together in a car crash. The accident broke her, and left her heart shattered.
Now here comes Pax whom she met in a very unexpected circumstances - let me just put it this way: it was not his shiniest moment. She knew he was bad for her, and it would be a big risk to go into a relationship with him. But still, she dove right in.
I love her character: she was nice but very direct and doesn't hesitate to ask. Her courage and steadfastness to stay beside Pax in his darkest moment is admirable. Only a few people can do it - considering what Pax has been doing to himself. She didn't believe that she can change him, but at least he'd be motivated to do it. After all, love can, if not change, can motivate a person to change.
And The Little Red Riding Hood Fell In Love With The Big Bad Wolf She was his breathe of fresh hair - she was different and he found himself thinking about her all the time. Pax tried to change his ways - just to be worthy of someone like her. But he found out that change wasn't that simple as it seems.
Mila was already warned by her sister not to get involved with someone like Pax. He is bad news, he is trouble, she says. Her complete opposite- nevertheless, she found herself attracted to him. Against logic and advice, she took the risk. Being in love with a broken person who have issues more troubling than hers wasn't a walk in the beach after all.
To End.♥ If You Stay wasn't as long as I expected it to be - but as my cheat book - it was totally worth it! I love authors who gives spice to old plots such as this good girls-fall-for-bad boys & Courtney Cole just did it so well I didn't see the twist coming. I love the character development. Everyone involved had change in one way or the other. It shows that hope is present in the bleakest of time. It proves that love, in whatever circumstances, never fails.
There were worse things than death, as she'd discovered. Sometimes living took far more courage. Facing anotheReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
There were worse things than death, as she'd discovered. Sometimes living took far more courage. Facing another day. Enduring. Those things took strength. Far more than dying.
Bullying, The Highlander Way
Genevieve McInnis came from one of the powerful clans from the lowlands, but when Ian McHugh abducted her while on the way to her betrothed, her nightmare was just getting started. For one year, she had suffered things that a young lady who had been sheltered by her parents her whole life. It was not just Ian who made unthinkable things to her, but including the whole clan. Ian allowed it, encouraged it. No one championed her. She suffered enough abuse- but it didn't break her. She remained steadfast: and this is what I admire most about her. For a lady who had been pampered, to experience this kind of suffering would probably give up. But Genevieve did not - she carried on and when finally the Montgomerys and Armstrongs came to them, she was filled with hope. She wished to go to an abbey, live a peaceful life in there rather than coming back to her family and bringing them shame once they learned that Ian made her into his whore.
Bowen Montomery was surprised in seeing that it was a lady under the hood who had helped them in finding Evaline when she was once held captive.
She presented such an image of loveliness and tragedy that his breath caught in his throat.
He likes her spirit, her beauty regardless of the scar and her courage in facing the demons in her midst. He promised her protection, the moment he knew what she has been through, but can he still do the same once her secret is revealed? It was done out of sheer desperation. But actions have consequences and she was about to be facing hers.
Yet, he was found himself drawn to her. How can he show her that she was worth it? That she can be worthy of anything good, especially love coming from him? It wasn't an easy task ahead of him, earning her trust, risking his family's reactions regarding her, but nothing good is ever easy, or worth it.
To End ♥ Genevieve did what she thought could save her from Ian's clutches, she did things she was not proud of to mitigate her actions. There are times that we do things we don't know we care capable of because we are desperate. Despite all of it, I still love and admire her spirit. Only the strongest spirit could survive what she has been through. It is hope that ignites the spirit and once it is present, one could survive the bleakest of times....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
“It’s always been you even when I didn’t want it to be, even when it broke my heart over and over again. It’s just alOriginally Posted at: Book Freak
“It’s always been you even when I didn’t want it to be, even when it broke my heart over and over again. It’s just always been you.”
What happens when the resident bad boy finally falls for the uber good girl?
True enough and opposites don’t just attract they freaking catch fire and burn the entire city down.
And burn they did.
If you think this is one of those usual good girl falls in love with a bad boy - you'll be in for a big surprise.
Jay Crownover, you wrote a book that made me:
never want to put it down
makes me want to cry
because with Rule, you'll...
carefully fall in love with him as you turn every page- and he was not really EASY to love
Tattooed + Pierced + Mohawk = Rule
He's bad and he knew it. After he finished his high school, he moved out of home and apprenticed in his friend's uncle tattoo parlor. As much as possible, he didn't want to go home during Sunday brunches not unless Shaw drags him out of his hole. Why does he have to go home - when every time he does, his mother would look at him and place the blame why his twin brother, Remy, died.
And Shaw - he didn't know what to do with her. She was constant in their family gathering. An honorary sister since Remy brought her home years back. He never really paid attention to her until the night he saw her working at this bar.
Of course I had eyes in my head so I knew logically she was a beautiful girl, but she always seemed so cold and so untouchable that I never really thought of her as attractive more like an impressive work of art that was meant for viewing in a museum rather than every day enjoyment.
She was his dead's twin brother's girl, she was off-limits. But on her birthday - something to do with the short skirts and some booze - something happened. Something he couldn't just throw away like what he was used to. His action surprised me when he actually came to Shaw and told her they will try and figure out what they have and if they could work it out. Wow. I didn't see it coming from him. I thought he'd bail out, he'd be afraid. But no, he went head on with it. Only problem is: this monogamy thing, it's new to him. He didn't know how to handle relationship first hand.
Med Student + I-can't-say-no girl + blond + unattainable + good girl = Shaw
Rule was a constant reminder that money didn’t get you everything you wanted and that no matter how perfect I tried to be, how hard I worked at being everything to everyone that it still wasn’t enough.
She has everything - money, looks, brains, a crazy ex boyfriend who can't seem to understand the word no. Everything but Rule. It was Remy who saved her from all those loneliness and became her real friend but it was Rule who stole her heart since she was 13. They all thought she was Remy's girlfriend, but no, he was just her best friend and she was tasked to keep a secret her friend couldn't divulge even for his twin. (Although I did see the secret coming). She has a crappy family who cared more about appearances than her - which cost her a lot of trouble more than she could ever imagine. How does a great girl like her deserve a family like that??
On her birthday, with all the courage she has (thanks to the booze), she finally, finally, finally had Rule. She didn't expect anything, much more for him to come to her and told her they were going to try going out and getting to know each other. And because she was in love, and she was waiting for this moment to happen her entire life - she said yes.
She went into it with her eyes wide open. She knew it wouldn't be easy because Rule was never easy. Shaw just never expected that there was just more surprises than what was she prepared for.
How do I end this?
I love Rule, the whole book, had it done in like eight hours. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know how this ends for the both of them. I love Rule, the character, because he tried. Out of character, he wanted to take the risk and be with Shaw. It wasn't an easy ride, especially with Gabe hovering over them, and all his other issues. And Shaw, her loyalty was just overwhelming, she was soooo good and her love for Rule - despite the fact that it was unrequited for a long time - that he didn't give a damn about her - was just there and it grew. She didn't give up on him like his family did.
Can they have their happy ending when everyone else doesn't think they deserve each other?
Rule: its a perfect combination of all these elements: love, sacrifices, loyalty & family....more
Lauren Blakely had me on the first sentence of her novel.
He was my first favorite mistake.
Bryan was Kat's firOriginal review posted at: Book Freak
Lauren Blakely had me on the first sentence of her novel.
He was my first favorite mistake.
Bryan was Kat's first favorite mistake Kat met Bryan when she was fresh out of high school. He was her brother's best friend, and he brought him home to help out with the store. Boy meets girl - they fell in love. She knew it was mutual. She believed it was the real thing, until he broke her heart.
Five Years Later... Kat was all grown up. She was through with college, currently having ger own business My Favorite Mistake, and currently taking up her masters. She moved on - or at least she thought so until she once again bumped into him in the most unexpected circumstances. Bryan was assigned to be her mentor on a class she needed badly for her to graduate. Oh she tried so hard to fight off the feeling. But as the old saying says: First love never dies.
It's them against the world. Kat didn't want to risk her heart again. But being close to Bryan & not being able to touch him was just pure torture. So throwing all caution to the wind, she dove right in to passion. At first, there was some hesitation. She even ran off, but when he pursued her, she finally gave in. Kat thought they were finally going to have their happy ending - but no, the stars won't allow it. With an ethic-related case and a conservative board hanging over Brian's head like an ax ready to strike anytime, not to mention he's Kat's mentor and her need to finish her masters degree is a necessity - can they really have their happy ending? or is happy ending an impossibility for the both of them?
Was she in for another heartbreak? Kat is finally with Bryan but they don't go out, they don't meet in public, they don't do what a normal couple do. Although she knew the reason behind this, Kat can't help but ask herself if she was in for another heartbreak with Bryan?
When Bryan revealed why he left her, she was surprised... and hurt. THAT WAS IT? She suffered five years because of it?!
Caught up in us - a favorite, but not a mistake It's my cheat book! - those book that's not on the list of to-read for the week. I inserted it in between my reads and I didn't stop reading it until I was through. It was okay. It didn't make me cry or swoon over the top. But again, I am a true s*cker for second chances, I love old couples coming back together for the second time. The ending and fairy god mothers are nice twists as well. I didn't make any mistake in picking it up. It's short, sweet, funny and a light read.
I was just glad I finished the book. I didn't think I can - with all those swearing.
I don't think there's a page without any swearing in it. It justI was just glad I finished the book. I didn't think I can - with all those swearing.
I don't think there's a page without any swearing in it. It just overwhelmed me. Call me sensitive - but I have never read a story with more offensive language than this one.
But I truly love the cover - and of course the blurb. The cover was to die for with two young couples kissing in what seem to be a barn. (#cute). I would have given it a 3.5 or 4, if not for the...
Gunner & Ellie
Ellie is a cry baby. She's pretty, smart and a virgin. Her mother was verbally abusing her to a point that she thinks she wasn't enough for anyone. Her boyfriends kept on cheating on her because she wouldn't give in.
She just graduated from high school and was ready to move to college. Then she met Gunner her over protective brother's best friend. I would love to love her - but I just can't. I hated too much drama, and this character is just filled it it. I couldn't sympathize - sorry.
Gunner He's Jeff's best friend and the only his friend allows near his baby sister. But the moment he saw he - he knew he was a goner. Love at first sight? Probably. Or it could be a knight-in-shining armor syndrome. Nevertheless, I like his character. He didn't pushed, he waited until she was ready. Although it did came to a point that he had enough of some of her ummmm... "craps".
Then there's Jeff & Ari I love this two characters. There was some point where I would like to bump both of their heads together to have them realize what they really feel for each other. Both of them are very stubborn.
Now if only they have their happy ending too.
I did love the plot of the story besides the cover. But the phasing, the words, some of the characters - it just frustrates me. I'm just glad I finished the book. ...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 .”
Charles Sheehan-Miles had me already captivated when I read Just Remember To Breathe late last year. Now, I amReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Charles Sheehan-Miles had me already captivated when I read Just Remember To Breathe late last year. Now, I am once again charmed reading another book from the Thompson Sisters Series.
Crank was about six feet tall, with angular features. Several tattoos crept down the length of his well-muscled arms, but they weren’t like any tattoos I’d ever seen. On the right side, what appeared to be a scroll engraved with musical notes rolled down the muscles to his elbow. His left arm, however, was tattooed with what appeared to be barbed wire, and had a nasty scar, three inches long, on his bicep.
His real name? I would have loved to call him by that just to taunt him. But after getting out of the house he grew up in and joining the band, he threw his real name out of the window and had it change to Crank. I knew I'm going to love him when I was reading Just Remember To Breathe. He already became famous there. But here, his band was still struggling.
His family life was not easy either. He didn't see eye to eye with his father since he was a kid. His mother left all of a sudden without saying goodbye and giving them any explanations. And there's Sean - the only person in the world that matters to him. Not just because he's his brother, but because Sean needs him. Sean have Asperger's Syndrome. And it is not an easy job balancing his band practice/performances and taking care of Sean when the need arises.
He was jumping from one bed to another, having all the groupies that he would like when he met Julia in an anti-war Protest Rally in the fall of 2002. It wasn't really love at first sight - but something told him that she's different from every girl he's ever been with. After that night, he thought they wouldn't cross path again. But he saw her - in a bar - while he was singing the song he made for her. #swoon!
Fact: As a rule, an often stated and confirmed rule, I don’t chase girls. They chase me. Fact: I don’t get involved. You want a quick lay, well, I’m your guy. But only for the night. Fact: I’ve got a brother to watch out for, a band to drive forward to success, a job flipping burgers, and I don’t have time to get emotionally tied up in some girl. Fact: Six nights running, I’d dreamed about Julia, and that hot retro dress she wore Saturday night for her date.
It wasn’t that he was hot. I mean—I’ve been around hot guys. They’re nice to look at, but they don’t make me feel like this. It was his smile, his charm, his sense of humor. Inside that hard-ass exterior, he was compassionate. Insanely protective of his brother. I wanted to laugh at his smart aleck comments, and I wanted to touch the dimple in the corner of his mouth. I wanted to hug him and heal the hurt that had damaged him.
Crank knew she was the one for him. But can she give him a chance? Can she get pass her past and let him love her the way she deserved?
I didn’t know how to be in a relationship. Especially with someone who didn’t believe in love or relationships. It’s crazy. - Crank
Julia- The Eldest of the Thompson Sisters I knew her mother could be overbearing and - unfeeling. But until I have read Julia's story, I didn't know what transpired between the two - why their relationship is strained.
This was the longest Julia has ever stayed in a place studying at Harvard. All through her life, they have been moving from one place to another because of her father's job in the government. When they were assigned in Beijing, something happened that made Julia grow up and realize she has to do it alone. No sisters to be there for her since they were so young to understand and her mother didn't really ask what happened, all she cared about was the scandal that occurred and its consequences on her father's career.
Since then, Julia tried to be invisible. She had a terrible senior year in high school - being bullied just because someone she trusted most spread an awful lie about her and backed it with an evidence she didn't know existed. So trust was not her cup of tea. She had trusted several people, only to be betrayed and left.
She followed everything her parents wanted. Got herself into Harvard, and would soon enter the foreign service. She would have done that. Until Crank.
I couldn’t say no. I just couldn’t. I couldn’t say no, because for the first few seconds, I couldn’t even breathe. - Julia
Meeting Crank scared her. For a long time, she had held control over her life and had never let anyone took over it. It made her felt safe. But with Crank, he made her feel things she was afraid of. He was someone her parents wouldn't approve of. He didn't come from a well-off family, and he was a punk who didn't finish high school. What can he offer a girl who had grown up with a body guard?
What I learned was this: letting myself be at the mercy of hormones and brain chemicals and emotions can be deadly. - Julia
“What are you afraid of?” he asked.“Losing control,” I replied.“Sometimes losing control can be wicked awesome,” he said.
When finally, a chance for his band arises, she was asked by Serena to manage them. Suddenly, she was in control in one aspect of her life. Her parents did not want her to accept this, she was sure. But she was willing to try, even if it means saying goodbye to the pre-planned graduate school and foreign services.
Love Worth Taking Risk I love both of them - although Julia was exasperating at the end of the novel. What kind of girl would decline Crank when he was ready to give his whole heart to her, when he's ready to let her go even though he had professed his undying devotion? Crank who can have any woman at his bed, and on his life. He wanted her: scarred and all. Now he was letting her go - can she find the courage to accept his love before it was too late for either of them?
“I love you, and I want you to be happy, I want you to have the life you deserve. And if that means … if that means I have to stand here and watch you walk away, then I’ll do it. I won’t be happy about it. It’ll break my heart. But … if that’s what you really need, then we’re done.”
Second Chances A Song For Julia, a stunning story of second chances on life, love and family. It shows how people who have been a lot through life can finally escape his/her demons and move on. How love means letting go of a person no matter how much you need him/her in your life. How love means taking risks when it means being with the person whom you know would do anything for you. How important support system sis, especially the role of parents in guiding their children, and being their for them at all time, especially when they are needed most.
It's romance, it's drama with a touch of humor: a perfect mix handed to us by Charles Sheehan-Miles that would have you hooked not only to Julia & Crank but to the rest of the Thompson Sisters.
Carrie, I want to read your story next!!!! ...more
This book is pretty awesome: it's fun, sweet and sexy.
Did I had fun reading this???!!!
It's basically about t Alice Clayton You had me at the title!!!
This book is pretty awesome: it's fun, sweet and sexy.
Did I had fun reading this???!!!
It's basically about two strangers, who met in a very weird circumstances - yeah, the thump, thump, thump sound from the wall allowed the meeting of Caroline and Simon.
Caroline has been having problem in trying to find her big O. And of course, as the blurb would suggest - it didn't mean Oprah. So after series of dates and frustrations - she decided to let go of the dating arena for the mean time.
Here comes Simon - who seemed to have a harem at his disposal making her sleepless at night with all those sounds being made against her wall. Oh how can he be so ruthless? Here she was: her sex life was in drought and her big O was missing and Simon was just giving it away to all those girls.
When Caroline had it with all the thump-thump sound against the wall - she knocked on his door on her pink nighties and told him to stop what he was doing because she wasn't getting any sleep. What a first meeting, right? I think so too.
But despite the fact that their first meeting was a little bit weird - the two of them called a truce and became friends. Amidst the over flowing sexual tension, and attraction between the two: they set it aside and really became great friends.
This is what I love about this story because it was not rushed. It is very well-phased and love took its time. Oh there were a lot of laughter inside this novel - especially coming from Clive The wonderful, wonderful CAT and their pair of friends with mismatched partners.
I like Simon - and he was an amazing person. Not just because he allowed the friendship to grow rather than had her on his bed immediately. But he was sweet, understanding and very generous as well. He took her to places where she wanted to go and gave her the time of her life. It's a good thing that there are men would think with using the right head.
Would love to recommend this book to readers to: 1) wants a good laugh 2) loves romcom 3) loves Sarra Manning's book (because this book reminded me so much of hers, but in a way still different) 4) wants to fall in love all over again 5) adores cats because Clive - he's sooooooo Clive & second to these two - he's the star of the book
“I fell in love with you when you crashed into my fence post and chased after my chickens and fell down in the mud with the pigs. I fell in love with“I fell in love with you when you crashed into my fence post and chased after my chickens and fell down in the mud with the pigs. I fell in love with you when you taught everyone in town to line dance. I fell in love with you when you put Mo’s feelings before your own and stayed with her for as long as she needed you.” One fat tear slid down her cheek as he said, “And, most of all, I fell in love with you when you showed me that it was safe to love again. I keep falling in love with you again and again. Just like I’m falling right this second.”
The last Sullivan sibling is finally having her happy ending!! Lori Sullivan AKA Naughty - the other half of the Sullivan twins just ran out of her Chicago show and went back to San Francisco. Only this time, she didn't want to return home to her family. Knowing them, they would likely ask questions she wasn't prepared to answer. So instead of coming home, she made her way to a strange place, meeting a strange man in the process.
Grayson loved his solitude. He prefers the comfort of his farm - so when a beautiful woman dressed in sequins suddenly drove into his fence and applied as his farmhand - he was caught off guard. She was everything he didn't expect.
I can't believe Lori can pull being a farmhand! Knowing the work demands compare to her previous job - it was amazing that she can do almost anything!!
Lori has a big heart that is ready to give out love - whether its for a person or for the animals in his farm. Grayson may be cranky most of the time - yet, he couldn't help to admire the girl who doesn't seem to mind his grumpiness and was still trying to help him with his farm, and heal his heart.
If not for the fact that Lori just came out of a relationship - and in less than two weeks she found herself once again in love: I would have given it a 5. This type of situation could only amount into two things: (1) she COULD be on a rebound or (2) love does really move in mysterious ways.
I think I would have given them more time to fall in love with each other rather than falling in such a rush just to be sure nobody is on a rebound and Grayson is completely freed from his baggage.
I had fun reading this final book of the Sullivan Series. It was entertaining reading the scenes where the both of them are in each other's throats and not to mention Lori's scene with the pigs. Simply Adorable.
And the steamy scenes? Fiery & Hot! Lori is indeed a connoisseur of sex - but partner her up with Grayson makes the sex more explosive. Yay!
This is Bella Andre we are talking about here!!!
Ms. Bella Andre, thank you for a great epilogue. It was touchy and heartwarming. It's sad that readers need to say goodbye to the Sullivan Siblings. But Ms. Andre is not finished with the Sullivans yet - she is about to introduce another bunch of Sullivan from the other side of the family tree! Watch out for Rafe's Sullivan Story - The Way You Look Tonight, set to be published Summer 2013.
Not to mention: Mary & Jack Sullivan's love story to come out on the Fall of 2013.
“I’ve always wondered why love has to be so full of conflict and strife. Why can’t love be simple? Why can’t it just be as pure as two people who rea“I’ve always wondered why love has to be so full of conflict and strife. Why can’t love be simple? Why can’t it just be as pure as two people who realize that they can’t live as well, or as happily, apart as they can together?”
This is exactly what the book will do to you once you come a little bit closer to it:
Yay! The long wait is over, finally! Smith's story is here, and of course - when did Bella Andre disappoint me? Never! I so love Smith - the uber popular Sullivan sibling. Although I love the whole family, Smith owns a special place in my heart. He loves and dotes on his siblings, and even though he's busy, he finds a way to be with his family. Who wouldn't want someone like that? Now he's getting old and he wants to have what his siblings have right now: True Love . He didn't want flings anymore. He's ready to settle down. He wanted someone special and would want him for the man that he is and not the actor.
Then here comes Valentina who seems to be immune with his charms and has already place all possible defenses around her against him. He wanted her. But does she want him as well?
Valentina. I admire her as a person, because at a young age, she already took the responsibility of being her sister's guardian-slash-manager. She makes sure her sister stays safe in Hollywood - away from the booze, drugs, sex, and rock&roll - How did she ever manage it? But that's why I like her. It was a big task, and Tatiana grew up well - professional, and despite her status, both her feet were still touching the ground. Their relationship stayed stronger and they have never been this close.
But the problem is Smith - how can she be able to resist him? She was afraid of his status, of the vulnerability of the relationship when being exposed in the press and she didn't like that. She wanted to have a man who didn't work in front of the camera, or anywhere near it. But then Smith is Smith - He's a Sullivan and he can charm his way to her heart...
What if she let falling in love with him be as natural as gravity?
I love it! Yes, the scenes were sexy and steamy - the exchanges were fiery. But the storyline - it was beyond my expectations. It was more than just a story of a famous and rich man wanting real love - but it's a story of a girl who didn't think she was good enough for someone famous, and rich - but ended up to be his perfect pair.
This is my favorite book among the 3 currently published Marriage to a Billionaire series.
I love Michael, not just because he's hot, but also becauseThis is my favorite book among the 3 currently published Marriage to a Billionaire series.
I love Michael, not just because he's hot, but also because of his sense of responsibility which he took seriously since his father died. He gave up his dream of becoming a racer, and focused on both his family and the family business. He wanted his family to be happy and have everything that they want, so when his sister called crying, telling him she could not get married according to their mother because he should be the one walking to the altar first - he device a plan to deceive his mother: he brought a woman home and introduced her as his fiance. Only that, the plan backfired on him, and he didn't realize his mother has her own plans too.
Maggie wants to be in control of everything. She once lost control and it ended up badly. She swore it won't happen again. So why did she agree with Michael's proposal after he rejected her once? Growing up with a dysfunctional family (except for her brother, Nick), she'd do anything to save what Nick has with Alexa. It includes sacrificing herself to be Michael's faux fiance. But then she didn't expect to be welcome in his family and to belong to them.
How will this charade end, when emotions (not just theirs) are already involve?
Once again Ms Probst gave us another amazing contemporary romance - just enough sweetness, coupled with steamy scenes and moderate family drama that will keep you glued to this book until the last page.
Jennifer Probst: You're name is on my list of favorite contemporary authors. Can't wait for more of your books!...more
“Sometimes letting go is the only way to find out who you're meant to hold on to.”
Do I love this book? Hell Yes!!!
I enjoyed reading this book - the“Sometimes letting go is the only way to find out who you're meant to hold on to.”
Do I love this book? Hell Yes!!!
I enjoyed reading this book - the constant bantering shared between two people who have issues to resolve and finally took a leap in love. It wasn't a smooth jump - they encountered rocks along the way, but they still landed well - with both their feet on the ground: alive and breathing.
I fell in love with Carter in the beginning. Who can resist a bad-boy-turned-pussy-whipped-boyfriend and can play baseball even with eyes closed? I did love how he tried his best in changing his ways and proving that he's a different man. That he can stick and be content with just one woman.
But, something happened along the way that made me think twice. I could not tolerate a guy with a poor judgment and someone who's gullible enough to make a decision without even going deeper or examining things clearly.
Nevertheless, he was redeemed. He'd never be the prince charming if he continued his ways, right? What he did in the near ending, it was just awesome! I like the way he exercise patience and wanting to put things in order before he can start a clean slate. The surprise he gave Cassie - it was a little cheesy, but I guess...
Somehow, I'd fill several bottles of quarters to touch you.
Her rules with boys and relationship: 1. Don't lie 2. Don't cheat 3. Don't make promises you can't keep 4. Don't say things you don't mean
... and guess how many Carter broke?
Oh yes, Cassie loved to roll her eyes and didn't want to do anything with him first. She hated his guts, but she could not deny the fact that Carter is HOT! If only she's strong enough not to fall for his clutches. However, like gravity, Cassie fell, HARD. And when everything went Topsy-turvy with their relationship, she was broken. I think she made the right choices, after the biggest mistake she made during the early part of the relationship. I find her brave. Trying her best in stopping Carter making the biggest mistake of his life. Moving away and following her dreams instead of staying behind. It was a little painful seeing her grow- but it made her grow up and become a better person.
The Perfect Game is just perfect a perfect read. It shows flaws in relationship that most couples go through - famous or not. This book just proved that with love, anything is possible. A relationship can still exist even with broken trust. Because with enough love, trust can be restored and the two people who are meant to be together will have their happily ever after.
J. Sterling, you kept me awake all night reading this amazing novel and I didn't regret every minute of it...more