Domestic Violence happens to all walks of life. Even money could not protect you from it.
Lisa Kleypas never failed me. That’s what I love most a Domestic Violence happens to all walks of life. Even money could not protect you from it.
Lisa Kleypas never failed me. That’s what I love most about her – whether it’s contemporary or another one of her regency. I couldn’t stop myself from turning from one page to another until I’m done. No boring or dull moments EVER! Reading Lisa Kleypas is pure unadulterated bliss..
I’m a big regency fan and I rarely grab a contemporary romance novel unless it’s YA. But a friend made me read this series and promised me it is so worth my time – and boy, she’s not wrong.
This book starred a character I was quite ambivalent with when the first book ended: Hardy . At the beginning of Sugar Daddy I really wanted Liberty and him to be together but he disappeared and by the time he was back, Liberty had already fallen in love with Gage. Plus, what he did to Gage at the end of the first book was just LOW!
Anyway, in Blue-Eyed Devil we met Haven - she wants nothing from her father. She hated the fact that they were so ridiculously rich and there are other people who are starving elsewhere. Against her father’s advice, she got married. All she wished for was a happy ending but fate has different plans . I am just so, so gland that she has finally found the courage to walk away and start a new life.
Hardy now I understand why he wasn’t meant for Liberty. He & Haven met at the wedding he crashed but then she got married and they lost touch. When Haven came back, she was different, he was persistent in a good way, that is . He can push her but you can’t really feel that he’s pressuring her to do something she wasn’t ready to do. I love his patience and perseverance.
Gage If you fell in love with him in Sugar Daddy – wait till you read Blue Eyed Devil . I love him! He was an amazing brother to Haven – offered her a safe place when she needed one and never questioned her until she was ready. He pulled some strings which he doesn’t normally do to save her from the nasty quick sand she was stuck in and became the friend she needed badly.
Unlike some Domestic-Violence themed novels, the perpetrator was dissected and uncovered. I like the Psyche part which allows the reader to understand why some awful things are happening and why some people turned out to be what you do not expect and why some people fall as victims.
All in all Blue Eyed Devil tells us that happy endings can come after a tragic tale. Lisa Kleypas has lessened the heaviness of the theme that will not burden readers, no matter how serious her plot may be.
How can you start living your life again when everything fell apart and you couldn't remember anything at all?
When Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.
How can you start living your life again when everything fell apart and you couldn't remember anything at all?
When she was in her freshman year, Jess Jordan attended a senior party and she was almost raped. It turned her world in complete rotation and everything was not what they used to be again. She knew she wasn’t rape – but the whole thing was blurred and she could only remember bits and pieces from that awful night.
She was having nightmares she couldn't decipher, she didn't have any friends, she didn't go out with anyone. She didn't have a normal teenage life. Her younger sister was frantic - giving her lists on how to act like a normal teenager. Her parents were deeply concern, and were adamant in letting her leave for college when she was obviously not ready to be part from them. She needs to become normal.
Thus - operation LIVE A NORMAL LIFE began.
While filling out her college application, she applied for a summer internship and met the former hockey jock Gray Porter . They strike a deal: they both get the internship, only one gets paid. He gets the $8000 and she gets a fake boyfriend, including his friends and social life. A total win-win situation.
Only that, she didn’t expect the consequences. How can she not fall in love with someone as amazing and as nice and as hot as Gray Porter? He’s sweet and kept on holding her hand all the time. It was almost having a real relationship!
But some secrets aren’t meant to be kept forever
Gray is keeping his own dark secrets he is not willing to share yet. He threw promises to people back then, and now, he is in dilemma. Is he willing to risk a budding relationship with Jess when these secrets are revealed? Can he handle the consequences of probably losing Jess?
Reading Almost reminded me of my undergrad thesis about PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder . This disorder is often suffered by people who have been experienced a very difficult and stressful situation in their lives and is characterized by recurring nightmares. It is difficult to try to live a normal life when you are afraid to sleep at night because you know bad dreams will visit you.
I feel sad for Jess, all she wants to be is to become normal. But the over-protectiveness of her parents made it almost impossible. So, she got herself a boyfriend, a couple of friends and the charade begins. I couldn’t blame her for wanting her freedom. I admire her determination and her courage in trying to face her devils. BUT just as when she was having a grand time, the nightmare intensifies and all the puzzle came into pieces.
Gray, Gray, Gray. I love his name and I love his character more. At first, I was not sure whether he’s the hero or the assailant. Everything was vague at first, and when the real story unfolded somewhere at the middle and near end of the story, I fell in love with him. I couldn’t put as much as I want to without giving you spoilers, so I will leave it at that.
I’m not sure with the people surrounding her – were they protecting her or were they in denial of what happened with Jess? I’m torn between hating and understanding them. In fairness to them, on the other hand, what they did what they thought could help Jess move on.
This is my first Anne Eliot novel – and I love it. I like how the story unfolded – how the puzzles came together and rock my world a bit. It wasn’t that heavy, my heart wasn’t pounding very hard when Jess was having nightmares but the story touched me. The battle that Jess had with PTSD at a young age and her determination in trying to live a normal life is amazing. They way the story unfold, and how Jess finally realized what happened that night and how everyone revealed what happened in the aftermath awed me as well. The pacing was good, with some surprising twist that will make you love and hate some of the characters.
Rape – whether the crime has been consummated or not is NEVER the victim’s fault. Their rights have been violated, and they need all the help they can get. They should get to chose whether they wanted to pursue the assailant or just leave it at that. I think the first thing about moving on is accepting that the awful crime happened to them and it is not their fault.
If I haven't read her previous novel, I would have super love this book -- but since I had - especially the Just Sexiest Man Alive, the book fell shorIf I haven't read her previous novel, I would have super love this book -- but since I had - especially the Just Sexiest Man Alive, the book fell short.
Nevertheless, coming from Julie James, it is still worth the your time: humor and romance coupled with a light thriller - what can possibly go wrong?...more
If you have read the Fifty Shades Trilogy prior to reading Saving You, Saving Me - you are in for a BIG HUGE (or whatever superlative you can attach to this) disappointment.
This is my first Kailin Gow novel and it is sad that I didn't like it. I love the Fifty Shades Trilogy - and this book was a poor imitation of it. I don't need to hide the spoilers for those who have read EL Jame's novel. But for those who don't okay I will...
Anna & Christian = Fifty Shades Trilogy Sam & Collin = Saving You, Saving Me
Here are some of the similarities you can find in both books: 1. Collin is much older than Sam - not really cradle snatching. Sam is 18, Collin is 24. Just like Christian and Anna! 2. Collin is VERY rich at a very young age. He owns his own record company. Christian was filthy rich too, right? Well, he owns a lot of company and not just one. 3. THE CONTRACT Okay, their contract was a lot shorter than that of the Fifty Shades, and of course there was some weird clause in the SYSM (Saving You, Saving Me) contract but it won't surpass what EL James wrote for Fifty Shades Trilogy (FST). 4. I hated Anna because she annoys me, but I hated Sam more because she was overly dramatic. Really, how many times would you waste your tears for something petty? argh! 5. Collin is troubled - didn't have a very nice childhood not to mention he has problems with his mother. Sounds very familiar, right? Didn't Christian had a not-so-nice childhood as well? This has caused his unusual sexual preferences. 6. Sam's licking her lips which affected Collin a lot 7. Sam described Collin as multi-layered!
Differences 1. Anna's family were very supportive of her, Sam's wasn't. She has troubles with her family as well. Her mom was an alcoholic and her dad was a pastor. So, connect the dots! 2. It was Collin who broke up with Sam. Anna was the one who broke up with Christian on the end of the first book.
The rest of the bat pack and their own happy endings!! I totally love Kate Angell and her Richmond Rogues. It was a total accident I got across this bThe rest of the bat pack and their own happy endings!! I totally love Kate Angell and her Richmond Rogues. It was a total accident I got across this book - somewhere in the middle of my boring read. This one was a breather. ...more
Something Like Normal is one of the novels I had been waiting for – and thank God it had finally arrived. I Maybe it’s time to find a new normal.
Something Like Normal is one of the novels I had been waiting for – and thank God it had finally arrived. I have to set aside some of my reads to make way for this one. Have I been disappointed? BIG FAT NO! My first Trish Doller novel and I had a grand time reading it. If I was not that tired and desperate for sleep, I would have finished this in one sitting. It is a short novel but I think everything has been taken care of that the ending didn’t felt that it was cut short or there were conflicts left open.
I fell in love with Harper. Her character is so refreshing. A regular girl with a pretty courageous, and straightforward attitude. She says what is on her mind and can swing a punch like a pro. She’s pretty hot, intelligent, an environmentalist, and forgiving. She didn’t push when she thinks it was not the right time and what I love most about her is that she is drama queen. All-in-all, she is an awesome girl and any guy would be lucky to have her.
Travis, well, I didn’t like him much at first. He may be a macho marine but he started as a douchebag. I seriously didn’t like what he did to Harper back in middle school. I think it was low, but he was a teenager with his brains probably on his balls. But he started to grow on me as the novel unfolds. Like some soldiers who were sent off to war and had their shares of violence, he went home a different person – more mature, a little less a****le, and scarred. His grief over the death of his close friend was understandable as well as his constant nightmares. It was hard for him to find help at first, but I was glad a little push from some special people in his life made him finally seek for help.
Travis’ mom goes overboard in the first chapter. Although I must admit, I like the effort she puts in showing Travis her support. This is what I love best about her. She puts a lot of time in making sure her some gets some care packages often, she sends in some school supplies for the children of Afghanistan when he asked for them, even engaging the help of others for her project. I appreciate the way she reached out to her son – even though Travis was a cranky and tough to handle when he came back home, she never gave up. I like the change that her character has throughout the story. From a doormat, she learned how to fight for what she wants and stood against anyone who don’t respect her.
I also love Charlie’s mom. I think it was her who helped Travis see reality and finally stopped his denial. She’s calm, wise and weird (but in a nice way).
The rest of his family? Didn’t like them a bit. I hated his dad, who never got over the fact that he was not a pro player anymore. I hated the way he pushed Travis to do the things that he didn’t really enjoy. When Travis finally gave up the sport – he became non-existent to his father. His brother was also an ass. He stole his girlfriend and his car – and he thinks Travis is still the bad guy! Who else do I hate? Paige. I guess you’ll hate her too. She sent a short and concise Dear John letter to Travis and expects him to win her back from Ryan? Yeah Right.
The ending? I CRIED! I so love the ending. It shows a lot of heart and I think it was a perfect way to end a fantastic story.
Trish Doller gave us a vivid peek of what is going on inside a soldier’s mind before, during and after his deployment – what happens to the family that they left behind, what deaths do to you, how violence affect your life and what is it like to feel normal after living in a foreign land away from everyone who is close to you. It takes brave guy to enlist oneself and serve your country but it takes more than a tough guy to survive the ordeals afterwards.
The same tune, different lyrics. This is how I define Angie Stanton’s latest offering Snap Shot.
If you have read Angie Stanton’s Rock and a Hard PlacThe same tune, different lyrics. This is how I define Angie Stanton’s latest offering Snap Shot.
If you have read Angie Stanton’s Rock and a Hard Place, you’ll know what I mean. The whole plot is familiar but was given a different setting and set of characters: Teen-age Rock demigod meets a damsel in distress.
and the credit rolls …
The Damsel in Distress: Marti I love her name – it’s pretty unique and ear-catching. She’s ALSO abused – neglected by both her parents who were busy doing their own thing rather than taking care of their daughter.
How can she be that unlucky?
Her father was a great rock & roll legend of all time and I don’t know why I picture Steven Tyler every time I read Steven Hunter’s name . Anyway, when he wasn’t on booze or drugs – her was a great dad. But when he’s under the influence: he’s totally another person. For instance, Marti drove a car when she was 10 while her father was inebriated on the passenger seat – does social services not exist during these times in American history? On the other hand, I like her father’s lucid moments. I can feel that he also care for his daughter but he’s not a perfect dad & Adam’s mother was right when she said that he can’t manage to be a caregiver. He can give her all the material necessities but not the nurturing that a teen-ager needs.
Her mom was always high on drugs and very unstable. She would go in & out of rehab – that’s why Marti was given to her dad.
Her grandmother who took her from her father when she felt that there was a need to do so. I adore her so much and I think that she’s the best thing that ever happened to Marti – besides Adam. She provided all the love that Marti craved for growing up – Love that her parents were supposed to give her.
Her Hang-up Since she came from a very dysfunctional family and was traumatized with her dad: she doesn’t like rock stars. After living with her father and experiencing all the crazy stuffs that comes with all the glitz and glamour – she decided not to fall in love with one OR go back to her father – anything actually for her not to experience her past again.
The big BUT She met Adam – she was mad that he lied about his identity. She hated him for being a rock star but Adam showed that some rock stars – no matter how widely famous they are – can be different.
The Teen-Age Rock Demigod: Adam Jamieson
this band so reminds me of the Jamieson brothers
Here’s one question that has been bugging my mind: Does the Jamieson troupe have a white-knight complex? As you can remember Peter was adamant in saving Liberty from her addicted aunt and now – Adam wants to save Marti.
Anyway, Adam wanted freedom from stardom. Just like Peter whom we’ve met from Rock & a Hard Place he isn’t your typical teen-age rock star with loose chains who alternate girls, booze and drugs. All three of them were still under their parent’s care and still their normal selves after the final curtain drops on stage.
He wanted to experience normalcy for a few weeks that’s why he cut his hair and enrolled himself at a photography camp under a pseudoname.
I love his conviction to standby Marti and he pulled off a one big gesture just to see her – despite to their prior commitment in one important show. I have one problem with him though – like any other NORMAL teenage boy in the brink of puberty – he allows his balls to prevail more than his brain.
Their Camp Friends : breathers I love their friends at camp – they were fun and fiercely loyal. They got star struck when the truth went out but what normal person wouldn’t be? Nevertheless, they kept their promise and never revealed Adam’s existence to anyone outside their group.
The Issues: A lot! Angie Stanton once again touched the issue on abuse, this time, neglect. Adding some common teen-age issues that I’m sure a lot of her young adult readers can relate such as teen-age pregnancy, drugs, booze & rock and roll.
Lastly I’d love to hear Garret’s story, and I hope fervently that Angie Stanton will set out a different formula this time.
Everyone deserves their happy ending, although I never really like Garret and all his controlling tendencies, I hope he will have his very own HEA.
Am I crazy for thinking I could have a chance with her?
One look at the cover, and I'd guess it was more of a paranormal genre rather than young ad Am I crazy for thinking I could have a chance with her?
One look at the cover, and I'd guess it was more of a paranormal genre rather than young adult. I was guessing it has something to do with the sea - but I was wrong. Again, never judge the book by its cover because this pretty book doesn't have any paranormal 'blood' in it - something I'm quite thankful for.
Jessie, a new face in school seems to be out of place parking his battered jeep beside cars that are more expensive than the place that he lives in. He knew he didn't belong here - but he didn't care. He needed to be here, he needed to be in the football team and he needed the scholarship. He plays really well, he can throw a ball with both arms (yep, ambidextrous, quite impressive). He's also smart - but he's does not brag about it. Honestly, I am ambivalent about what to feel about Jessie. I like him because he cares a lot for his family (his two brothers) and he cares a lot for Claire enough to let her go. However, I could not understand why he is selling himself short for the person who somehow really cares for him AND why in the world is he staying with his grandmother who obviously doesn't give a damn about him? It would clearly bring him into trouble - with all the things that his grandmother is making him do.
Claire is the running valedictorian, she's a cheerleader and the girlfriend of the quarterback and she's rich. Its a BIG cliche` - but I love her. She's sweet and she doesn't give up on what she wants. At first, she did things that had my brows met, but she completely had me when the tables were turned. She finally had the courage to fight for what she wants and try to weave her happy ending.
Claire's parents. Claire's mother - It will always be a mother's instinct to hope and want what is best for their children. This is why I understand why Claire's mother is not really into Jessie. But I was glad that she was also into Claire's happiness and made decisions that have saved a couple of lives. On the other hand, Claire's father is the best. He didn't judge, he offers reminders and advice to Claire but that was it. They are a perfect pair for a parent that a growing teenager needs.
There's Dane who was honest and a real friend to both Jessie and Claire. He didn't mind that Jessie was out of their league and wasn't afraid to point out his friend's flaws when the situation calls for it. He helped both Jessie and Claire when he was needed most.
This is my first Georgia Cates' book and it went well. Not super great that had me at my wits - just plain okay. There were some questions needed answers, and there were characters who just vanished out of the scene. I needed to know what happened to the other characters: Earl, the grandmother, the ex boyfriend and the best friend. The ending was a bit abrupt (in my point of view) and suddenly, I was already reading the epilogue sometime in the future.
Nevertheless, Going Under deals with topics that are common nowadays: teenage sex, drugs, cliques, social classes, family and of course, romance. It is filled with witty quotes and banters that would keep you entertained. Going Under proves that people change. It also reminds us to see the good in people- no matter what their past is and the length of their rap sheet. Last but not the least, it teaches its reader that there's hope in the bleakest of times and that love knows no boundaries and recognizes no social classes....more
This is a breather while I wait for the new book from the Sinners Series, it didn't disappoint, but I'm rooting for Sinners more.
I like Sole Regret iThis is a breather while I wait for the new book from the Sinners Series, it didn't disappoint, but I'm rooting for Sinners more.
I like Sole Regret in a way that every member has also have different personality. I adore Gabe - he's a band geek and just like Mel, I love guys with brains.
While Melanie - here's the thing - she allowed her friend to be dependent on her. The guilt-trip that Nikki does as well as the emotional blackmails and those puppy dog eyes ate her until she couldn't say no to anything. Nevertheless, Nikki's going-gaga attitude over the Sole Regret allowed Mel and Gabe to meet. Her character is unconventional - I'm glad she's not a groupie type. She could be nice, as well as naughty which caught Gabe's interest.
I like how the story unfolds - and the ending. I think it was perfect, it made the whole thing not-so-whirlwind and almost real.
Looking forward for the next one (Sinners or Sole Regret). Cheers to you, Ms. Olivia!
“You can’t be friends with the person you were meant to spent your life with”
I can summarize Crash in these three short wordsL Crazy. Passionate. In“You can’t be friends with the person you were meant to spent your life with”
I can summarize Crash in these three short wordsL Crazy. Passionate. Intense.
At first I was like: How did this amazing girl who tries to save the world end up with this guy? Love works in mysterious ways, that's for sure. Because Luce - a normal teen age with a bright future fell in love with Jude - a not-so-normal teenager with a bleak future.
Lucy wanted to save the world - after she failed to save someone important to her. She loves to dance and wished to go to Julliard. Her family was never the same again after the incident, her dad shut the world, and only came to life in his chef uniform and she can no longer talk to her mom without starting an argument. Everything was just the way it is until she met Jude - then her life went topsy-turvy. Nothing was the same again. Her reputation was always questioned in school and she was even labeled as a slut. It didn't help that a juvie was her boyfriend. BUT: I love that she gives everyone a benefit of a doubt and that she gave her trust to Jude - until insecurities ate it all up. Lucy is a strong person and fiercely loyal - she stood up for someone she greatly cared for despite of what everyone around her tells her. I love the fact she believed in him when he didn't.
But can the ultimate bad boy stick to one girl? Can he ever change? The million dollar question is: Can he stay out of trouble?
Yes, Jude's rap sheet is indeed long and is continuously growing. It didn't help that he grew up in a boy's home and was abandoned by his father who was put to jail. The first time he saw Lucy, he already warned her off: but to no avail. Soon, he found himself attracted to her as well. And when a bad boy who had his shares of woman finally found THE ONE there's no stopping him. Or he thought so, until the both of them uncovered something that can change both their lives.
The road to happiness for these two seemed to be a long way, because just as the time Lucy and Jude become happy: something will turn out to be wrong. Jude wanted what is best for Lucy and he didn't think its him. The latter however, tries to make him realize that he is enough for her.
My favorite scene: the father-daughter scene in the near end. Because this is where I finally see some emotion from her father: that her father actually care for her and somehow he explained all his actions in the past. It sounded like both like an apology and an assurance that everything will turn out right in the end. I guess a father knows when he's needed and knew the right (or rather perfect) words to say.
The ending: *sigh* I think the ending was subtle compare to the rest of the book which makes it more perfect - because my heart could no longer take another jolt from these two love birds. The whole scene will make you think: it was really meant to be .
"Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love."
I fell in love with two scarred teenagers who at a young age, has already a lot on their plates."Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love."
I fell in love with two scarred teenagers who at a young age, has already a lot on their plates.
Echo, her name is unique, which I really like. It makes her different from the rest of the heroines I have encountered in the YA-world. She's an artist, and gets good grades. She used to be Ms Popularity, dated the hottest boy in school but she disappeared for a month. She returned a different person - recluse and a loner. She is scarred - literally and figuratively. After losing her brother in the war, everything changed. Her family fell apart - she could no longer see her mom, her father was busy with his new wife who was her former babysitter and she was just lost. Especially when she couldn't remember something important. She had a memory lapse, and she wanted to regain that memory no matter how painful it is.
Noah lost both his parents at a young age, and was passed from one foster home to the other. He lost hope in the system, and only wants one thing: his brothers. He'd do anything for the both of them. I love that about him, the importance he gave to his family, but sometimes too much love can blind a person. It's a good thing that he saw the light before he made a bad decision he'd regret for life.
Mrs Collins she had my heart. My sister is a social worker and I am amaze how these people can change and touch lives. Both of her 'wards' are strong-willed and really hard-headed. But she still stayed with the both of them and tried her best in dealing with their issues. She didn't give up and saw some results that paid off her hard work. Social work and helping these kids were more than just a work that pays off her bills for her - Mrs. Collins really cared. You can feel her sincerity at the same time her concern for both Noah and Echo. If people in the social welfare office are like her, then kids inside the foster homes and those who needs a lot of help because of trauma/abuse are in good hands.
Pushing the limits has its share of protagonist and antagonist that will have you confused as you go along - but I like that every character has its own roles to play. Everyone is important and their own time to shine in one point in the novel.
Katie McGarry had me hooked, I can't stop reading this book for the whole day. Yep, I finished Pushing the Limits in one sitting. I was so into it because it's more than just an ordinary love story - it revolves around sensitive topic that was delivered with tact. It was discussed carefully, yet extensively. Hot topics such as family dynamics, abuse, foster homes, drugs, sex, social welfare, and mental health. A lot to digest, right? But everything went flawlessly. No doors were left unopened and putting down the book didn't made me crave for more of the characters, instead I was looking forward for more Katie McGarry books. ...more
I think an intelligent person knows the old adage, Curiosity kills the cat . But I didn't think she had heard of it despite being a school teacher witI think an intelligent person knows the old adage, Curiosity kills the cat . But I didn't think she had heard of it despite being a school teacher with an masters in Art.
BDSM-themed book has been the hype in the literary world when the Fifty Shades Trilogy made it to the top of the best seller's list. Even in countries like in the Philippines in which Sex is still considered a taboo, it became the most sought-after book (whether it's an ebook or the tangible one). Now, the main point is that: should I expect another to-die for Christian Grey in this novel? Or an annoying Anna Steele?
Well - yes. There's a rich as Croesus artist Chris who wanted a simple, art-major, school teacher Sara. It's a classic FSoG-like character. BUT what I love about this novel is that the mystery does not only surround the characters, most especially Chris. There's Rebecca and her journal - where is she and what happened to her? The male characters who are also a wonder to most readers, the gallery owner, Mark and the artist Ricardo. Who are they? What are their connections to Rebecca? Some things to look forward besides the steamy scenes.
I am left with a major cliffhanger in the end that left me breathless (and not really panting for more). I'm looking forward for the next book and hopeful that the suspense conclusion is worth the wait :)...more
Exactly what the series is all about - Whirlwind. The story was short enough that the wind completely had me thrown over. It was cute, a breather fromExactly what the series is all about - Whirlwind. The story was short enough that the wind completely had me thrown over. It was cute, a breather from my usual reads. Among the three - this was my favorite :)...more