I thought I have seen it all, I thought I have fallen in love with the most broken, lost, and sexiest movie star the literary world have introduced me too – but I guess I was wrong. Because I haven’t had the chance to meet this guy yet, and when I finally did – I was SPEECHLESS.
One single moment- it was all it take for Dominic Kinkaide’s world to go dark, and for him to get lost. During the night of his graduation – he lost something that haunted him since then. It was a moment that changed him, and had mold him for who he is now – hard, and cold-hearted. He likes kinky stuffs, some pain to go with it, and a girl who knows where she stands. He doesn’t care about anything in this world – except for his work.
Jacey Vincent didn’t have luck when it comes to her parents or her relationship with the opposite sex. I like her character – she might have been distraught from an ex who almost wrecked not just her life, but her family as well. Nevertheless, after a couple of therapies, she made it through. She might still be fragile at times, but she’s stronger. Until she meets Dominic – who can have every girl in his bidding.
They were unexpectedly thrown together in the weirdest circumstance – with his dark secret and her unsolved issues both of them would only crash and burn if they come together. But the attraction was intense, the tension was off the chart and I was wondering who would first act on it. Nevertheless, when they finally did – wow. It was SOOOOO HOT and Dominic was really worth the wait, now if only he finished what he started, it would have been amazing.
Dominic’s secret had me on the edge – because how can this beautiful guy, be that broken? What happened that made him so bitter in life that he wanted feel pain? It was pure torture to watch him walk away, turn his back on Jacey – on something good that had finally come into his life.
Their relationship was one wild rollercoaster ride. It’s HOT, then it’s COLD. It’s amazing, then it’s HEARTBREAKING. I was wondering what would it take for Dominic to open up? To listen to reason? To give himself a chance for happiness? Six years is long enough for him to suffer. It was time for him to be happy – but first, he needed to face his demons, his past, and the truth. He needed to open up to Jacey, let her in and allow her to love him.
These are two people who clearly are broken, deserve so much more than what life offers them, and is finally getting a chance of having their HEA together – now if they can only settle their baggage, and get over their past before they break each other. Just like the first one, Courtney Cole, had me hooked from the first page, until I finally reach the end. This book is a must read.
The twist in the end had my hairs in my arms rising. I didn’t see it coming, it was a bit creepy, but I admit, it was perfect. Fate sometimes works mysteriously.
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They met in the most unfavorable circumstances. It was heart thumping, not knowing what would Dex do next, but it was so hot at the same time. Even then, the tension, the chemistry was overflowing between the two of them.
Jo was living a new life. She was done with everything she did in the past and was starting from scratch. She got a nice job as a waitress, and had a roof over her head. Finally, she had control over her life. Until one night when an old obsession crawled back to her, she met Dex Hartley.
To say that Dex is rich would be an understatement. But he lives a simple life, the only evidence of wealth he has is his expensive car. He dressed, spends his time and acts like a normal person. I like how grounded he is and doesn't seem to mind that he has a lot of money.
I like Jo because she was not overly dramatic. She's tough and grew up taking care of herself. Losing her mom at a young age was hard for her, especially because it was sudden. She learned to do things that aren't great - but it was the only means she could have control over her life.
She can't help but be drawn to Dex, he was simple, totally hot and amazingly sweet. He kisses like you are the only girl in the world for him. Everything seems perfect, until secrets about Jo's past emerges. She started to dig and what she found out troubled her. Turns out she had been living a lie and it turns out that it is not only her mother who has been lying to her.
Jo's search for her identity and the truth of her past may make or break her. People she trusted had been lying to her, all she wants to find out is the truth about her mother, and her father as well. But what if it triggers danger? Will the truth be worth it? Breaking Josephine is a novel about deceit, trust, family and love. The steamy scenes were sizzling but what I definitely liked about Breaking Josephine is the twist and turns of events that will keep you glued to the pages. Like Josephine, you will not stop until you uncover all the secrets there is.
One thing I learn in this novel - never do anything when you're angry.
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Kihanna wasn't poor, but they weren't rich either. So imagine her surprise when she was sent of to her father who was very, very rich. Suddenly, she was a member of the elite class - something she wasn't sure she wanted. It was pretty overwhelming to have everything at her disposal and to look at those chandeliers that can feed a town in Africa for a month. She gets to know her absentee father, the stepmother who seemed to dictate what she should wear or do and of course the perv step brother, Toby.
She had met a lot of boys - two of which are best friends, Ty and Gabe. I wasn't sure about the two of them. Well, I'm not sure among all the boys in the novel. Although they are effing rich and hotness is their middle names- they seemed to have their issues and not-so-nice vices of their own. So yes, all of them are so confusing, I had a love-hate relationship with the characters, most especially the guys. But one thing is for sure - Toby might be a perv, yet I ended up loving him in the end.
While Kihanna tried her best not to drown herself in her new world. She kept in touch with her mother, stood up for her decisions and was not really swayed with peer pressure. Everyone wanted to know who she is, but not everyone wanted to be her friend.
Mercy Amare introduced us into the world of the rich and famous. Reading The Fab Life will make you feel that you are walking, mingling with them behind all the glitz and glamour. Her writing allows us to see reality: not everything that glitters are true, and there is more to the rich than wealth. Money could not buy happiness, security and safety.
There were so many questions left unanswered, and doors left opened when I reached the end part of the book. I guess I have to wait for the next installment to know the answers to my questions. I can't wait for the next part of the saga and more of Kihanna, Toby, Gabe and the rest of the gang.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review....more
Search Me is an adventure you don't want to miss: a couple with a history, some mean-looking goons, a treasureReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Search Me is an adventure you don't want to miss: a couple with a history, some mean-looking goons, a treasure hunt and some heart racing chase.
I adore these two characters - Lane and Maddox grew up together. He constantly tease her when they were kids. Then all changed when they reached their teens, no longer being a pain in the ass - Maddox paid attention to her. She fell in love with him at 16.
Lane thought he felt the same way, after all they spent a whole lot of time together, and he seem to enjoy her presence. Then something happened that night before Maddox entered the army: he took her virginity under the stars. What Lane didn't expect was that after their 'romantic interlude', Maddox will ran away from her, and broke her heart in the process. OUCH!
Despite of their past issues, they were once again thrown together for an adventure of a lifetime. If only their lives and the lives of their love ones weren't at risk. They haven't seen each other since Maddox came home from the army. Lane is set on not being affected with the old chemistry between them. She just need to get out from all the trouble and the running, alive. Maddox is set on protecting her, no matter what the cost. He was an ass back then, he has his reasons (but how I wish, he didn't leave her vulnerable under the stars - it was very ungentlemanly). Reasons Lane doesn't want to hear from him. No matter what happened in the past, the chemistry is still there. One touch and sparks flew! Now, if only Lane can get over the past and Maddox can admit his feelings before the mean-looking goons get to them.
Running for their lives is a weird way for them to get back together again - perhaps its the abundance of adrenaline in their system, but Ms. Ashley had arranged the whole scheme perfectly that these is given another chance at love.
Katie Ashley has given me an adventure while lying down on my bed- it was a short read (at least for me), I didn't have the heart to put it down. So, if you want to fall in love, read some heart-thumping action-pack adventure: YOU NEED TO PICK UP or ONE-CLICK SEARCH ME!!!
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In A Heartbeat is our first glimpse in Hilary Storm's Rebel Walking Series, and let me say - what a way to start it. Here we are introduced to the banIn A Heartbeat is our first glimpse in Hilary Storm's Rebel Walking Series, and let me say - what a way to start it. Here we are introduced to the band and get to know better Talon and Eaven.
Meet TALON, the HOT DRUMMER
What makes a good girl drawn to a bad boy?
Perhaps its the tattoo painted on his skin? The hard abs? The piercing eyes that can melt you with a single stare? Or is it those powerful arms that can hit those drums right?
Talon is the drummer of the Rebel Walking, he got my attention first because he ooze this mysterious, silent-type aura that would have piqued any girl's curiosity. Unlike his twin brother who can't keep his organ in his pants,Talon is way different (from his brother and any other rock star). After a traumatic failed relationship in the past, he decided to be uber careful. But one look at Eaven, he knew that his heart is no longer in a safe place. Just one look, one glance, and he knew, she saw right through him.
I liked Eaven, especially the name - it's unique. Talon is right when he said that she's a contradiction. She can be shy, and then feisty; prude then wild - but she's a brave and definitely has a good head on her shoulders and a heart that loves deeply. Her friendship with Ivy is probably the next best thing after Talon. Ivy is her total opposite, she complements her. Ivy may be a little wild, a little liberated but when Eaven needs her, she'd drop any man she's with, get out from the bed and help her friend.
The first time they met - it was epic. It's not just the instant chemistry upon first sight - but the band performance and most especially the one-helluva-of-a-body shot that followed. To end the night and top it all off, a sense-melting kiss. I love the chemistry that burst within Talon and Eaven the first time they met, you can actually see fireworks all over the place. One look, and they saw through each other. What I love most about is two is that they tried to start it off as friends, and work their way to lovers-lane. Both came from bad relationships and trying to get over from past hurt and betrayals. Their relationship wasn't perfect, especially when the past caught up with them. They both deserve their HEA after what they have been through it in past. It wasn't an easy task though - will all the obstacles and the drama that surrounds them. Relationship takes a lot of work - good thing they never gave up.
What makes this story more interesting are the secondary characters. They're the ones that added color and charm. I love them all, from Taron's whoring moves to Ivy's foul mouth - all of them just fit right in.
In A Heartbeat is a good book to start off the series because it'll make you want to read the rest. This book is filled with romance, some steamy scenes, enough drama, and total hotness. I love the endless bantering and teasing between Taron (yes, the twin brother) & Ivy (the best friend). Good thing they're next in the series and I couldn't wait to get my hands on these two! I hope they have their HEA as well! :)
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak as part of the In A Heartbeat Book Tour *ARC copy given in exchange for an honest review...more
Oh wow. I can't believe I'd be the first to post a review here.
How much are you willing to pay for a kiss?
And how much exactly does a mind-blowingOh wow. I can't believe I'd be the first to post a review here.
How much are you willing to pay for a kiss?
And how much exactly does a mind-blowing-toe-curling-out-of-this-world-kiss would cost?
Price of a Kiss is Funny. Heartwarming. Sweet. Different.
Reese fled her hometown and even went into the hassle of changing her name to get away from her psycho-stalker ex boyfriend who almost killed her. Good thing she escaped alive.
Only to find herself drooling over a piece of an expensive man-candy namely Mason (I’m so drooling/swooning with her.)
I swear, angels sprouted up around him and began to sing in harmonious worship of that glorious face. Straight nose, prominent brow, über-defined square jaw, dimpled chin. He had every alpha male feature a guy could possibly possess. Even his eyebrows were thick and rugged. There was simply a hallowed kind of masculine perfection about him.
But rumor has it that this man is a gigolo. (uh-oh)
I always believe that people do something because of a reason and at the beginning of the story, we are treated by Ms. Kage with Mason’s POV – the real reason why he had employed himself in the oldest profession known to mankind. It was heartbreaking knowing that he was supposed to save his first time (awwww), but because of desperate circumstances and limited choices, he decided to give in.
Yet, despite THAT fact, I truly, truly like Mason. He’s a good kid, a loving and protective brother and an amazing friend, especially to Reese. He even tried to stay away from her knowing that he’ll never be good enough for someone as nice as Reese.
“Eva was right. I could never deserve you. You’re too good for me. You’re out of my reach. You’re…you’re Reese Randall.” “You’re wrong. I’m not.” I wasn’t really Reese Randall, and I certainly wasn’t out of his reach. “All you have to do is stretch out your hand, Mason.” Pressing my palm against my chest, I whispered, “I’m right here.”
I also like the banters between the two, the innuendoes thrown between ‘innocent’ talks. I find it endearing and sweet.
“So, you don’t give out freebies? Like ever?” That just sounded so bizarre to me. I would’ve thought a gigolo would be a complete man-whore, even off the clock. But when his jaw went dead still as he stopped chewing and he said, “Are you…asking for one?”
And Reese? She did try to reason with logic, but the attraction won. She didn’t stand a chance against Mason, even at first sight. Especially now, when she and Mason became friends and she’s allowed to get to know him for free. The more she gets to know him, the more she wants him. With a psycho-stalker who can seem to get away with anything and women wanting Mason for themselves - can a relationship with him be possible? Will she be able to handle it?
Reese is a wonderful girl who is brave, and is not afraid to fight for her choices. She may not have been the most fortunate girl when it comes to relationship and has learned her lesson the hard way – but this girl has a big, compassionate heart that sees the good and beautiful in everything and everyone.
I read this in one sitting, up until in the wee hours of the morning because I couldn’t get enough of Mason and Reese. I want to know what happen between the two of them. Will they have their happy ending or will his circumstances hinder it? Will the psycho-stalker find her? When I finally reached the last page – I knew that my lack of sleep in the morning will be totally worth it. Because I knew I’d be dreaming of Mason.
Price of a Kiss is an amazing read that will have you realize that falling in love with the least likely person you should fall in love with is indeed possible. Change is the only permanent thing in the world, love can make you do crazy (either good crazy or bad crazy) things you never imagine you can do, and love can make everything worth it. Linda Kage has done it again! I can’t wait for her next novel!
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“The thing about shadows is that they're not all darkness. You need to have light to have shadows. So just look for it.”
I have a confession to make
“The thing about shadows is that they're not all darkness. You need to have light to have shadows. So just look for it.”
I have a confession to make: I'm torn. Did you ever feel so ambivalent about decisions that you spent so many times trying to weigh which will suit you best and will make you happy most? Reading Light in the Shadows made me contemplate a whole lot longer than deciding whether I should buy this pair of shoes or not.
If I were Maggie: I wouldn't go out with Clay Reed because: 1. He broke my heart 2. He sent me a Dear John letter without any real explanation after all that we have been through. 3. He's mental (My thoughts: am I too being harsh about this??? being in the healthcare industry, I am not judgmental about people with bipolar disorders especially those people who are brave enough to ask for help and underwent treatment - but Clayton needed that uber bad wake up call to finally admit himself in a mental institution) 4. I has been in a depressive state since he left me. My whole world has been shattered. I wasn't the same again after he broke my heart 5. My whole world had revolved around him when we were dating, I forgot her friends, lied to everyone including my parents and even forgets my track practices 6. Can I handle the what-ifs of this relationship? Can I trust him not to slip into darkness and have me all broken once again?
But in fairness to Clay... 1. He's trying his best to set things right. He should be commended for his effort. It was admirable 2. He got out of the institution not because he wanted to escape but he wanted to help his aunt in what she was going through. 3. He follows almost religiously what his therapist indicates and tries to avoid old habits 4. He's more social now and interacts with people rather than avoiding them.
But I wonder - How far his change will go?
I love seeing Danny and Rachel going stronger. They still double-team to protect Maggie from Clay or anything that could hurt her. They were there when Maggie needed them the most. I like these types of couple who were very much in love with one another but weren't sucked into their own little world.
“Do I need to remind you of the fact I will take you out at the kneecaps if you fuck with her, man? Seriously.”
Yet, why the sudden change of heart when it came to Clay? I thought they were pretty sure in their stand about the Maggie-Clay drama? Where did they began changing their minds?
Maggie's relationship with her parents were almost back to normal. Clay wasn't around and there was no reason for any concerns. Maggie was busy doing work and school and she has not given them any reason to worry. Not until Clay returned.
Clay's relationship with his parents on the other hand did not have any significant changes, although I wished there were. I guess, some people could never change.
The Ending: As I said, I was ambivalent all throughout the book. I was torn between wanting Clay and not wanting him back Maggie's life. But I love the fact that there were changes, not your typical happy every after where there is just perfection. A. Meredith Walters knew her craft and did her research well. She had written an ending that was happy coupled with a sting of reality. (which I greatly appreciate)
Life with Clayton Reed would never be sunshine and roses. It would be lots of shadows with intermittent light. And I was beginning to figure out ways to appreciate the light when I saw it. Because that darkness was still there. It most likely would always be there.
The efforts Clay had shown and his eager desire to change and be healed made all the difference in the world. Clay's final decision astounded me. I seriously didn't see it coming. But it did, and everything just fell into places. Love indeed can change everything. :)
“I want you. I want this. So much. But we can’t. Not while things are still so unstable. Please, just give me some time. I want everything to be perfect for you. I want to be the guy you deserve. Just understand, that when we’re together again, it will be amazing and wonderful and my head will be in a place where I know I can give you everything you ever wanted.”
I just want to share this picture I have came across in the web. I do love this tattoo the artist made on the wrist. It's a reminder for someone to stop, read, and contemplate before allowing the blade or any sharp object to come across his/her skin. Fighting bipolar disorder, depression or any psychological disorder is a fierce battle, but one can win it - with support, right kind of help and determination.
Reality Bites: I don't think I can be like Maggie who can overlook Clay's imperfections - or perhaps, I haven't just experienced the kind of emotion that she has for him. But if I were Maggie, I'd have to think a million times before I go back to Clay.
I don't think I can handle someone like him - so volatile. In truth, he scares me. After the stunt that he put Maggie through in Find You In The Dark, I have kept guessing what else can he do in case he tries again to stop taking his meds or forgets to take them. I seriously don't want to be in a relationship where I don't feel safe and secure.
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
If there's one word for it - it would be SWOON!!!!
From the blurb - down to the last page- I was totally hooked.Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak
If there's one word for it - it would be SWOON!!!!
From the blurb - down to the last page- I was totally hooked. And although this was not on my reading list, I knew I have to read it. When I did it was totally worth it. J.Lynn...
T/C: Agoraphobia VS OCD
Avery Morgansten She's an enigma. She flew all the way from Texas to a school where nobody knew her. Avery Morgansten - wanted to remain invisible, her life predictable and earn some good friends. But how can she be invisible when she caught the attention of the school's hottest guy, Cam?
Something happened that Halloween five years ago, then everything changed. She had two lives the before Halloween and after Halloween. And no girl in her right mind would prefer her after life. She used to dance and wanted to be a professional dancer in New York. But the after events made her changed her mind. Now she just wanted to be a librarian or a curator in some quiet place. Avery thought she was doing okay in her new life, but she was kept haunted by her old life when emails and texts starts to pour on her laptop and mobile phone.
Her parents? What parents? They were cold and ruthless. I have never thought I would meet parents such as them in real lives. How can they possibly to this to their only child - I do not know. All I know is a child's life is way more important than reputation.
Oh, he's HOT
Cameron Hilton: HOT|MANWHORE|POPULAR|BAKER
Who, exactly, in her right mind wouldn't want this kind of guy?
He throws the best parties and certainly one of the most popular girls in school, that's why Avery was surprised why he took interest in her? He doesn't understand the word no, kept coming back during Sundays for eggs, a whole lot of fun and cooking her breakfast and he's always, always there. I so loved that he waited, and he never pushed Avery to do things she wasn't ready. There is no other guy like Cam - he's totally the boyfriend material. Someone you can bring home to mommy and be proud of. He knows how to take care of his girl. He was perfect for her. He was a breathe of fresh air in her life.
Now, if she can just be honest with him about her past...
But like Avery, he also has a past he wasn't really proud of.
Friends. We are your friends. It is the law of friendship that you tell us things you don’t want to tell us.
Brit & Jacob where amazing friends to Avery. I love their characters as much as I love the two.They were very supportive, persuasive but not pushy and loyal. They care a lot for Avery and they wanted her to be happy. I wonder if Ms. J.Lynn can have Brit's story too...
Their ♥ story: a catastrophe waiting to happen? Can their love surpass their past?
There were so many things that surrounded them - most are sensitive issues one cannot just share out loud. Honesty and trust was something so big, it wasn't readily handed down. And since these two are vital ingredients in the recipe of a relationship - theirs is a catastrophe waiting to happen.
I truly would like to understand Avery why she wouldn't like to share her past to her friends and to Cam - it wasn't something she wanted to relive. But Cam as well as her friends already proved that they care for her - a lot. And Cam was finally brave enough to spill his secrets to her, why couldn't she return the favor?
Anything Can Happen to Anyone I feel sad for what happened with Avery - especially the circumstances that surrounds her suffering. She was a victim - but she had allowed herself to remain as one for a very long time. As the book says: there is a difference between surviving and being a survivor.
What happened to her shows that anything can happen to anyone whatever social status they belong to. They can also be helpless, a victim and they need all the help that they can get. Money could not save you from anything.
What I love most? What don't I love?
I already love it, but I would have loved it much, much more if I had Cam's POV - wouldn't that be grand? :) I love the sexual innuendos and funny banters between the two characters. It was certainly entertaining.
To End Some people are not left much of a choice - what they chose may not always be the best, but it all goes down to one thing - they will always live for the consequences of their choices.
J.Lynn wrote a novel that will make you laugh, cry, fall in love and ache. Wait For Me is a story about love, second chances and moving on....more
The Wilde cousins are back! After their successful matchmaking scheme in Princess Charming, Kathe and Skye areReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
The Wilde cousins are back! After their successful matchmaking scheme in Princess Charming, Kathe and Skye are back. This time, Jack is the center of their project and he's about to portray Romeo in his love tale.
Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
Their family has been locked in a 3-generation blood feud when a member of the Wilde household dueled with one of the Fortins which resulted in a blood shed that made Sophie's father, Oliver lost the barony.
Jack Wilde A.K.A Romeo He's a lovechild of a noblewoman and a prince of a foreign land. His mother died early and at very young age and he was left to fend for himself. His father, the prince has already fled the country. His childhood, after the death of his mother was inconceivable until he was saved by his uncles and brought him to London and adopted them as their own.
He's a rake of the first order, and he eats like his stomach is an empty pit. (Yes, orally fixated as a result of his childhood days). He has fears he wasn't really proud of. He also has secrets, secrets that he haven't shared with anyone not even his family.
After Kaye & Skye's successful matchmaking with Ash & Maura, they were relentless in finding him a suitable bride. To stop his female relations from hounding him - he finally decided to meet Sophie Fortin for himself. What he didn't expect is to find someone who could knock the air out of his lungs.
He still wasn't convinced he was his match, yet he's willing to give it a try.
But Sophie isn't hearing any of his pleas until he bares his soul to her. The thing is, Jack is a close book and like to keep his personal feelings to himself.
If this one kiss would determine his fate, he intended to make it unforgettable.
Sophie Fortin A.K.A. Juliet But I am supposed to turn my back on my family simply because you have a whim to test a fantastical theory about legendary lovers?
Sophie is about to get a proposal from the Duke of Dunmore, and she was going to accept it, for her parent's sake. They weren't nobility, and they were just relying on the generosity of Mrs. Pennant, Sophie's Aunt. Sophie felt she owed this to her parents, especially that her father was denied with the barony. Marrying the duke would make her a duchess, thus elevating their social standing in the society.
And here comes Jack - who was willing to marry her - to the extent of accepting the offer of being the sole heir of his father. But Sophie wanted more. She didn't like being his damsel in distress to his knight-in-shining armor syndrome. If she is likely to go into a loveless marriage, she'd wed Dunmore.
Mrs Pennant, The Accomplice She's the character besides the Wilde cousins that had caught my attention in this novel. She's Sophie's loving aunt and I loved her too. Yep, she's the cool aunt - the one that wants what's the best for you and would gladly give it to you even if your parents wouldn't like it.
She wanted Sophie's happiness, and she believed Jack can give it to her. So, she gladly helped Jack with his plans.
Legendary Lovers? I spent half of the novel thinking: why in the world would these people forced the "legendary lovers" to be the theme of their love stories? And oh, it's Romeo and Juliet - maybe they forgot that this tale ended in a tragedy?
At first, I didn't like the idea that Jack was relentlessly wooing her because of the legendary lovers thing. When an idea is pushed towards your direction and is often reiterated to you - you seem to think that this could be a good idea and you will act upon it on your own. It's a good thing that there was an attraction between the two when they met - or else it would be just weird.
Finally, I was relieved when the Romeo-Juliet thing was nowhere to be found in the chapters that followed. Rather, Nicole Jordan worked her magic on romance as two star-crossed lovers found their way into each other's hearts. Jack wins her heart by finally making amends with his past and moving on, being honest about his emotions and finally opening up to her. Good thing our Juliet isn't willing to quit that easy, even if Romeo tried to drive her away....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.
"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??!!
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Tali Meets Lannie: The Bad Boy & The Shy Girl.
She's dead shy. He oozes confidence.
She knew of him - he's bad news. It was the first time he saw her - she looked so innocent.
It was his Gram's scheme - him meeting her.
But they were like Night & Day. They're so different....
Yet somehow the same.
The Bad Boy: Lachlan/Lannie
Lachlan has this strange mixture of mysterious bad boy with southern gentlemen with rockstar charm. #swoon
He's been to juvie and currently on probation. He did things he wasn't proud of and there were still things he's doing that he wished he has the power to stop. Tattoos graced his skin, no one knew but his grams, his mother and father what was underneath it and how did it came. He's cocky, sweet, but he's also close and tight knit - preferred to keep his deepest darkest secret to himself.
The Shy Girl: Talia Shy is an understatement. This girl is a walking panic attack and nothing really caused her attach in the first place: no trauma or abusive parents. But her attacks are worse: it's Iatrogenic. She already stopped her medications. It was only her grandmother who can soothe her and bring her out from her attacks - until Lannie came along. He was just in time: her boyfriend cheated on her - and she just lost her best friend.
The Grandmamas: Grams & Nan They're the most scheming, amazing and loving grandmothers ever! I love them both more than the two main characters. They are the heart of the novel - both of them are Lannie and Talia's savior and strength during their the darkest and weakest moments of their lives. They never judged, condemn or abandon any of them. This is what love should be - being their not only during the good times but also in the worst time in someone's life. It was Georgina (Grams) who introduced the both of them. But bad things comes to those who are good. When tragedy hits both - can Lannie and Talia take it?
Their relationship is unconventional. I thought two people with tons of baggage and hang-ups in life is bound for disaster - but they just complimented each other. They are what each other needed to face their own demons: her panic attacks and his past. To summarize their relationship: roller coaster, complicated, confusing yet SWEET.
They have their moments and it would just make you smile and swoon.
Lachlan can be bad, but he can be the sweetest, most adoring boyfriend ever. Who doesn't want a reformed bad boy at her disposal?
To End. I loved the book. The ending was as realistic as the author could have put it. After all, not all people can have their happy ending. Allie Brennan made a tightly knitted story about love, friendship, surviving its idiosyncrasies and getting out of it alive. It's about forgiveness, acceptance and second chances....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
Fate is bullshit people force-feed themselves when they're too lazy to carve out a destiny of their own.
Ms. Cynical meets Mr. Cynical.
Addison MooreFate is bullshit people force-feed themselves when they're too lazy to carve out a destiny of their own.
Ms. Cynical meets Mr. Cynical.
Addison Moore had me at the cover. It was sexy, and sweet and I wanted to read it the first moment I saw it. I was not disappointed. Not a chance. My first0 Addison Moore book and I had a blast reading it.
Let me describe it in a few words: Witty, Funny, Sexy, Steamy, and a little bit heartbreaking.
Kendall/Kenny after several divorce her mom went through – love was totally nonexistent. She didn’t believe in love, or if ever it existed, it wouldn’t last that long and would always end in a heart break. That’s why she held on to her V-card for a while. She hasn’t met the man to give it to. Until she met Cruise on her first night at Garison. She was left homeless because her future ‘husband’ forgot to enlist her in one of the dormitories. Good thing she found herself a home and a yummy knight in shining armor to save her. She wasn't looking for a one night stand, but he was.
Cruise Elton Cruise “F*cking” Elton. I like bad boys. But I LOVE bad boys who have the brains and the body to go along with it. Ultimate swoon! He’s done is fair share of manwhoring after someone broke his heart. And that someone was back in town ready to win him back.
Someone to Love is a whole lot of things rolled into one without actually overwhelming the readers. I love how the story goes, and the phasing of each chapter. Some characters would indeed surprise you of what they can do. But what I love most in this novel is the meeting of two people, who didn’t believe in love, whose view of love has been tarnished found a way into each other’s arms and realize that LOVE, despite its idiosyncrasies and flaws still exists. ...more
One thing is for sure: this short novella is a breather.
After all those gut-wrenching, emotionally-wreaking novels - it's good to read something lightOne thing is for sure: this short novella is a breather.
After all those gut-wrenching, emotionally-wreaking novels - it's good to read something light, short and just awfully sweet novel.
Found Play With Me at Goodreads just in time that I needed something light to read.
The story is narrated by Liza, a girl who has been forever in love with her best friend, Tony. She's been waiting for him to come back from summer camp whole summer, and then maybe, just maybe, they can move on from being just friends to something more. After all, they have known each other for more than a life time.
But things seem to change. Tony changed and she wasn't happy. Especially when Barbie started hanging around him. It didn't even help when Ryan Hunter, the soccer team captain starts to notice her. He just invited her to be at his party - a party that every one wants to be in!
He also didn't end with just the party, he even offered to train her for soccer. Despite the fact that she was grounded, Hunter found ways to get her up from bed and start her training. Which made Liza confuse - how can she feel something weird with Hunter, especially being close to him and not with Tony? She has been in love with her best friend, right? Why can't she have those butterflies fluttering all over her stomach with Tony?
And then Tony confessed something he had been keeping from her...
I would stop at that because any more words coming from my keyboard would be a spoiler. I'm just glad I came across this book, and even happier when I came across the epilogue found in the author's site. It's an additional icing on the cake- really sweet.
Funny how we think we were so in love with a certain person - only to find out that we were meant to be with another one.:) ...more
What happens when a girl who spent her life inside an exclusive boarding school suddenly found herself in aMy 2013 keeps on getting better and better.
What happens when a girl who spent her life inside an exclusive boarding school suddenly found herself in a public school where bullies reign and good guys are scarce commodity? What happens when one of these bullies, or at least a part of this group was someone you fell in love with over the summer?
Was all of it a HOAX ?
Corrine found herself out of the exclusive school she's been attending for as long as she can remember. They moved out from their house and transferred into a smaller one. She was given a brief explanation for it, and she didn't ask what was happening. She simply went with the flow. Her parents wanted her to house-sit for a family who was going on vacation. It was where she met, Abel. How can she possibly deal with this gorgeous hunk who is in charge with painting the house and mowing the lawn without any experience in dealing with the opposite sex?
Abel I was almost, almost in love with you! And then bam! I wasn't in love with you any longer, and then you did something that was completely amazing and I fell in love with you all over again!!! (roller coaster, right?) That's exactly how I felt knowing in Abel as the story goes. He was friends with people he considered assholes and I always wonder why. He didn't do relationship and wish to keep what he has with Corrine between the two of them. He didn't want to ruin it, and he didn't want to lose her. But as the school starts, he's afraid that their summer romance wasn't strong enough to face reality.
Sean I like his character. He was kind to Corrine, and a friend to Abel despite the fact that his friends weren't kind to him. He's very responsible, not just to his family but as well as for the both of them. Despite the fact that he has a lot of tasks at home, and his family depended on him a lot, he still finds time to help the both of them when he's needed.
Abel and Corrine are just perfect for each other. Exactly what the other one needed. Both of them are alone, being ignore and put aside by both their parents, they found home in each other's arms. But secrets and revelations could tear what they built over the summer. Can they get past through it? Can Abel turn back on his friends and stop the cycle? Can Corrine, after a very long time of being independent, accept help?
HOAX, more than just a summer romance. It's a love story between two people who found exactly what they needed from each other. It's a story that withstood trials thrown by fate. It's more than just a story of bullying - it's a story when someone finally stood up and stop the cycle from happening all over again. It's about not being afraid of asking someone for help and being ready to accept it when needed.
My first Lila Felix book and she didn't disappoint. Thank you Jas for recommending this book to me. Indeed, it was good and I had a great time reading it....more
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
“When I'm ninety, I want you to tell me that it's my turn to ask you a question, and if that miracle happens, then my question is going to be, 'Do yo“When I'm ninety, I want you to tell me that it's my turn to ask you a question, and if that miracle happens, then my question is going to be, 'Do you still love me?' and I hope that answer will still be yes.”
This is a brilliant book that had me awake till the wee hours of the morning during my day off because I couldn't wait to see how it ends.
Thank you Milka for the recommendation - the read and the lack of sleep was totally worth it.
I will begin this review with the question that haunted me in the first chapters of the novel: WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM? Because here I see two people, still crazy in love with each other - but at some point have to let go of each other. Not to mention their separation was not pretty either. So again, what happened to them? What went wrong? Was it the long distance relationship?
Alex Thompson: she's rich, pretty, intelligent and a pre-law student at Columbia University. She has a secret she's not willing to share, and currently nursing her broken heart, trying to move past a break up that shattered her. The last thing she wanted to see was the boy who tore her heart apart.
Dylan Paris: an ex-soldier who just came home of Afghanistan nursing physical and emotional wounds from the war. He was not the same boy before he got deployed. And seeing the girl who made him feel alive and in love just makes thing difficult. The last thing he wanted to do was to involve this girl with his issues. But no matter how hard he tried - he just couldn't stop himself. Because Alex...
“I’d say you’re worth falling in love with twice.”
Alex needs him to tell her everything, or at least anything for her to trust him with her heart once again. Can Dylan tell her without scaring her and have her running away from him? On the other hand, can Alex spill her secret as well? Secrets she had kept from her family and most of the world?
To simply state that I love reading Just Remember to Breathe is an understatement , because at some point of this book - you'll come to a point that you will forget to breathe in anticipation. Will they or will they not make it?
Indeed - the whole book was a blast. It was a fast read, easy on the heart, and so just worth the time and effNyrae Dawn + Jolene Perry =
Indeed - the whole book was a blast. It was a fast read, easy on the heart, and so just worth the time and effort you spent on reading. No reason to be dizzy because Ms. Dawn and Ms. Perry combined their writing talent to produce this amazing, amazing book.
Dylan (one of the Gibson Boys) was given the shock of his life when his brother suddenly announced that he was getting married. They promised each other that no girls would come between them both after their mother left them and never returned. Now, he was marrying the sister of the hot girl who crashed his party. I think he was dizzy what problem to prioritize: his brother's impending nuptials or the girl he couldn't get off his mind. Everything should be okay if he wasn't cynical with commitment and relationship.
Ziah - don't you just love her name? She's very driven and motivated to go to med school. Everything was in order in her life until she crashes a party and met this rich boy who annoys her for no reason, her boyfriend whom she think was safe just cheated on her with one person she trusted most and of course, her sister is going to get married just before she finishes college. With her heart (or ego) broken, her sister being busy with pre-wedding bliss, she's thrown with Dylan to help plan the wedding. What she didn't expect is that there's more to him than just the regular party boy. But can she make him fall in love with her when he's too oppose to the idea and notion of love? I so admire her ability to forgive and move on.
It is not just the both of them that makes this novel fantastic but the surrounding characters as well. Dylan's best friend Paul is simply the best. They both believe and adhere to their friendship's mantra bros before hoes . It was just nice to see boys being there for each other when one of them needed the other. It was sweet but not to the point that it was girly. You can still feel the testosterone in the air despite the scene.
Two heads are indeed better than one (but both can deliver really good novels individually anyway) Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this book and I'd recommend this to friends who'd like a sweet, short read about falling in love unexpectedly, letting go of the past and moving forward and friendship & forgiveness.
“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