The hairs in my arms rise, my heart throbbing painfully, I can feel the chills inside my gut, my adrenaline is pumping, I couldn’t breathe. – TONI ALEO, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?!
First thing I have asked myself after reading a couple of paragraphs in the sentence – IS THIS THING REAL? Because believe me when I tell you, reading this is like watching what is happening first hand. You standing in the corner of the room watching at someone beating up a helpless woman and your hands are bound – you can’t do anything to stop him.
If you ask me if I enjoyed the novel, I couldn’t have given you a direct answer. But if you ask me if I find it beautiful – I would say YES. This one had hit me in the core, and I didn’t see it coming. It’s not pretty to read at because it’s REALITY. This is what is happening.
I wanted to hate Violet Moore – how can she possibly live with her husband? For three years she had endured being with Rob. She no longer had friends, she followed Rob to his hometown away from her family, she has no control over her money and everyday of her life is a struggle. She was beautiful, confident, strong – how did it come down to this? It is easy for us to judge, right? She could have run away, get on a plane back to her mother, and leave him. But no, SHE STAYED. Frustrating, right?!! Toni Aleo brings us inside the minds of an abused wife/woman – why most of them found it very hard to leave their abusers. It is really frustrating, you will want to knock some senses into them – but at the same time you will understand why they allow themselves to be beaten. The constant fear, the helplessness – it’s heartbreaking.
Just please, let it be me. Pick Me. Love Me.
She’s selfish – that is true. BUT Tucker is her hope. Her salvation. For a long time, she had nothing. Now this man wanted to be there for her and help her escape her. Could you blame her? Tucker would have been better off without her, but she won’t be better off without Tucker. What I love most about this man? He gave her time to heal. He didn’t impose his emotions, he didn’t push a relationship. He didn’t allow her to be dependent on him. (SIGH – can I have this guy?!) Instead, he waited in the sidelines, allowing her to heal the wounds her husband have cost, and allowing her to love herself fully.
I couldn’t put it down because I was afraid the next time I read, I wouldn’t see Violet or Tucker. So I continued to read, until the wee hours of the morning, wanting to know what happened. Will Violet finally leave Rob? Will they have their happily ever after? Will Rob catch them both? Will they survive?
As the novel goes, and as you see changes in Violet’s character – you will be proud of her. It wasn’t a drastic change, instead it was gradual. A courage had grown inside her heart, caused by pent up fear, frustration, and wanting to be happy. When she made a decision and she finally walk out of the door, I wanted to stand up and applaud for her. It takes more than courage to finally do that. But would Rob let her get away that easily? Uh-oh.
This was one heck of a journey. It was a long road for the both of them, but in the end, the struggle, the bruises and wounds were all worth it. The end chapter and the epilogue were perfect – but not before Toni Aleo would have given you a coronary first. I haven’t read a more emotional, more real, and more moving novel about Domestic Abuse than LET IT BE ME.
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And how long are you going to be someone who defines her life by someone else's death?
The author is so rightReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
And how long are you going to be someone who defines her life by someone else's death?
The author is so right - After Alex Died is a short story with a whole lot of heart. Unexpectedly, the story had touched me - it made me sad, angry, hopeful, and inspired. This was not your ordinary love story, ladies and gentleman - before you know it, Dakota Madison will creep her way into your hearts, because this story will make you FEEL.
How can something short affect you like that?!
Dee Dee DeMarco wears nothing else but black.
"Black pants, black skirt, black shirts. Do you have anything that's not black?" "My underwear." Sofia glared at me. "That's the thing that should be black."
Two years ago, her beloved 15 year-old brother, Alex made news on national TV when he decided to kill himself. He was gay, constantly tormented by bullies at school. When he can no longer take it - he decided to end his suffering by taking his life. Dee Dee found him lifeless, after that night, her life was no longer the same again. She became recluse, withdrawn and depressed. She lost her boyfriend, her friends and her life. The only difference between her and Alex is that she was breathing.
The death of Alex also drove her family apart, finding herself homeless and dorm-less for the summer she decided to sign up for a job working with a college-prep program for disadvantaged high school students. She thought it was a stroke of luck until she found out whom she is working with - the high school star basketball player, Cameron Connelly, one of the boys who bullied her brother to death. Can she possibly work with him, much more stay in the same room with him for the whole summer knowing that he was the reason his brother died?
But Cameron was no longer the same c*cky, confident jock that he was in high school. Instead, he was almost the same as her - recluse, alone and guilt is eating him alive. His life was no longer the same after the incident. He had lost a lot, including his life, scholarship and his family. Meeting Dee Dee again had sprout hope in his heart - perhaps she can forgive him for all the pain that he had caused her, and then he can finally forgive himself.
Them, together was a lot of hard work. Fighting off her attraction to Cameron takes a lot of effort than guarding the soon-to-be-in-college kids. There was no way she's crushing on and much more falling in love with someone who is responsible for Alex's death. But as the days goes on, as they spend more and more time together, - Dee Dee gets to know him a little better each day. Dee Dee found herself healing, her heart opening to possibilities. Can she do it? Can she give Cameron her heart?
Grief has a way of affecting people. But indeed, how long will you allow someone's death to affect your life? I feel sad for Dee Dee for everything that she has been through. Being very close to Alex and losing him in a painful, unimaginable way can be very hard. Bullying is a growing concern in the school system everywhere in the world, it had drove a lot of kids not just out of school, but into ending their lives as well. Yes, Cameron might be an a**h**e, he might have stood there and even participated with his friends in tormenting Alex, but people change. It might have cost him a lot, and he was no longer the same person as he is before. He has regretted his actions and is ready to make amends. If it's only THAT easy.
This is a story about overcoming grief, second chances, and learning to forgive others as well as yourself. After Alex Died is a short, meaningful read that will touch your hearts, make you cry, fall in love.
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Life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.
All Olivia Owens wanted to do is to live and be free – something her preacher father forbids her to do. So the moment she steps out of the house and went to college, she made herself a list.
Things I want to do: 1. Get Drunk 2. Fly in a hot air balloon 3. Go to the carnival 4. Go to a concert (even if it’s someone I’ve never heard of) 5. Go to a party 6. Lose my virginity 7. Dance in the rain 8. Go roller skating 9. See the ocean 10. Learn to paint 11. Get a dog… or a cat… or a rabbit. Any pet will do. 12. Sing in front of real people. Avery doesn’t count 13. Make more friends 14. Shoot a gun 15. Smoke 16. Get a tattoo 17. Learn to pole dance 18. Go skinny dipping 19. Pierce my belly button 20. Fall in love
Can you imagine what her childhood might be like not to experience some of these ‘basic’ stuffs? I feel kinda sad for her. She had crossed off only FOUR from the list, being shy, it’s hard for her to do something spontaneous and out of this world. Even with her best friend Avery who seemed to be living life to the fullest.
Here comes Trace Wentworth– the gorgeous mechanic who helped her changed her tires and her life. He was someone she didn’t expect to enter her life, an unexpected blessing who motivated her to do more and live life to the fullest. But there is more to this handsome mechanic than what he lets on.
There’s Avery, who is the complete opposite of Olivia. If Olivia is chronically shy, her best friend do and says whatever she wants. I find her adorable, and exactly what Olivia needed. She can be blunt at times, and says the most honest, embarrassing things but when Olivia needs her; she’s a ready shoulder to cry on and would do anything for her friend.
Reading Finding Olivia is an adventure. This story is about an amazing friendship, to die-for mechanic, unexpected love affairs, surprising secrets, unseen twist, gruesome turns, and finally a happy ending for someone who had been through a lot and truly deserved it. I was hooked as I go with Olivia & Trace in crossing off the things in the list one sweet moment at a time.
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Madison Lukas lives at home with her mom who barely notices her, she has a best friend who can completely turn into a worse enemy if the situation permits, a guy whom she likes and would love to hook up with her but not acknowledge her publicly, another guy who belongs to the Mormons and is openly admitting his `liking for her', and then another guy who has been voluntarily mute for years is starting to pay her attention. Too much? Oh there's more - all of a sudden, a man knocks on her doorstep claiming that he's her brother. Information overload, I know. But for a girl who claims to have a boring life, and pretty much the only social life she has is being the DD to her best friend - I can say that her life is pretty much hectic at this point.
I felt bad for Madison, clearly she needs someone to boost her self-confidence. Even though she appears to be pretty, she thinks she isn't. No matter how many times John would tell her, she doesn't believe him. She thinks she's fat and pasty. No thanks to her mom who constantly ignores her, or if she has time to spare, bullies her. But it's not only her mom who does that - there's her best friend, some school friends and her pseudoboyfriend as well. She couldn't stand up and fight for herself. From the start, I wanted to shake some senses into her to make her see that Kalie is not really a good friend. She's a b*tch who only thinks of herself. And JP - he might be cute and smart but he's an ass. If you like someone, really like them, you wouldn't be a booty call. EVER!!!! I wish she put up a fight earlier in the book because I hate to see her being trashed like that and not do anything to save herself. It took some agonizing pages before Madison got into her feet and stood up for herself (thank goodness!) - but when she did, she was spectacular.
Abuse and bullying comes in different forms, and E.M. Tippets enumerated that one by one this book. She threaded mental illness with tact. Some people might be cringing when they hear about it - ignore or ridicule people who have it. But E.M. Tippets placed it in a different kind of light which will give readers a different perspective about deviations mental health. Yes, they may have problems with it, but there are still people, and they have more needs than an ordinary person have. It is always easy to ignore, to laugh at them than to understand them. Maybe that's why people chose to act the former.
Alex - he's an amazing character with a big heart. He loves his mother so much, not caring about what other people may think about her. For a young age, he's burden to take care of her mother, and although it burns me to watch him watching his mother being taken away - I think it was for the best. His mother needs the help he could not provide.
E.M. Tippets also made sure that LDS wasn't forced or advertise into her readers, she chose to introduce it, put in facts (even though some are not nice) and allow readers to know more about the religion.
Castles on the Sand is a great read. It's enlightening, heartwarming and the characters will truly creep into your hearts. I'm looking forward for the next book - Love in Darkness and know about Alex more!
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It was the men themselves, men with backbone and strength who could live through hell and still make it out alive. Men who survived and triumphed.
Reed Walker's life is almost perfect, he's got a job, a nice apartment shared with his best friend and he's about to ask the girl of his dreams of a date - until he received a call that his sister, Danni has been sexually assaulted. Just when every thing else in his life is starting to fall apart, Sophia, the girl he has been wanting for ages, strolled in to his life.
Sophia didn't want to add another Troubled Man to the list of her dating partners. She has enough of them. All he wanted to find was someone normal - no emotional issues, no hidden past or scarred soul, just an average guy. But then there was Reed Walker - he has more baggage than anyone. Only if he could tell her what is bothering him - perhaps they could work things out, and she could just kiss it all better.
The secondary characters are pretty amazing as well. Most especially Nic - he's an awesome, awesome friend. He may hook up with a lot of girls and bring them home (despite the fact that Danni is staying with them), but he doesn't judge, he listens and most especially he wanted to help.
I NEVER EXPECTED. I thought all the while... I was so surprised, had my jaws drop in the revelation. I didn't see it coming. Sexual abuse or any types of abuse can happen to anyone, at any place, at any given time. Denial doesn't help. So as keeping it a secret. Victims of abuse are not of fault here. They should know that - we should make them realize it.
Linda Kage never fails to amaze me with the twist and turns of her stories. I love this book turned out to be, my expectations were exceeded. This wasn't just a book with a pretty cover, nor it deals with a love story between two couples. Linda Kage ventured into one of the most delicate topics of the society - she had done successfully with tact and sensitivity.
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When tragedy struck Sophia’s life, she didn’t only lose her mother but she lost her best friends as well. She and Adam had become best of friends sincWhen tragedy struck Sophia’s life, she didn’t only lose her mother but she lost her best friends as well. She and Adam had become best of friends since they were young, and almost fell in love. But when Sophia needed him the most, he was not there.
After four years, Sophia has a new life. She was still best friends with Erin, she has a sweet and good looking boyfriend named Kyle, and was trying to get on with her life. Her past was still haunting her, but with the help of a therapist, she manages well. Adam came into the picture once again, enrolling himself in the same university Sophia is. And just like in the past – the chemistry, the butterflies in her stomach and the instant connection was still there. But she’s with Kyle right now – and she has a fear that Adam would leave her again when she needed him most.
Sophia is a smart girl – but when it comes to love and relationship, she could flunk. Kyle was an epitome of a perfect boyfriend and then he changed when she could not give him what he wants. He became someone else, and no matter how painful their relationship might be for Sophia, she manages to be with him still. How can she possibly stay in a relationship that no longer makes her feel safe and happy? And when she finally got out of the situation - I could not understand why she still wanted to see him or why she insist on doing things that aren't safe! Okay, granting that she has a good heart, but it was not safe. And she should think about the efforts people put through to protect her.
Adam - he was an amazing guy (except for the fact that he left her when he was needed most), but perhaps age made him mature. He loves Sophia a lot and is willing to do anything for her - including keeping her safe from anything or anyone that will bring her harm. He's willing to wait for her to be ready.
Reaching Out For You touches a sensitive topic that most of us failed to address. Perhaps, we don't like to feel involve or we grew tired of reminding our friends who are experiencing these types of situation - but these people needed our help, not only to survive their ordeal but to finally stop the denial and get out of the situation. S. Moose had made a book, not only to entertain readers with a nice love story, but as well as an eye-opener, threading carefully to some topics that can be sensitive to a lot of us.
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Another one of those books which I really didn't expect to like - but surprisingly I was shocked, on the edge oReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Another one of those books which I really didn't expect to like - but surprisingly I was shocked, on the edge of my seat, my eyes were totally wide in unexpected turn of events, fell in love, and somewhat relieved. This book had me turning pages rapidly - hoping, praying, wishing that Megan will get what she deserves - a happy ending.
Megan is tough - or this could be an understatement because if an ordinary girl would go through what she had experienced, I don't think a weakling could survive it. But SHE DID! WOW! She's nearly broken - but she withstood, still had a grasp of herself. Not allowing anyone at all to totally defeat her. But the hell she had been through was her personal secret. It was something she could not just share with anyone.
Nick - he's a total angel. A man after my own heart - he could cook the best meals and serve gourmet in a fast food joint. He was sweet and sexy but Megan didn't want anything with Nick - she wanted to be invisible. But with him, her defenses fades. Can she allow herself to fall for him?
Danger lurks around the corner, waiting for her to make a single mistake - Megan had the urge to run before everything that she had survived surfaces and engulfs her once again.
The story dwells with a sensitive topic that happens in real life. The author threaded carefully, bravely and honestly to inform us, her readers and warn us that yes - this could happen to anyone. And that yes, there are other people who needed help badly. I couldn't help but admire her courage in writing it all down in one beautiful piece. Reading it was hard, but the whole journey with Megan was totally worth it. Life is not a piece of cake most of the times. Some people goes through the hardest stuff thrown by fate. But when the people around him/her supports and never gives up - everything will turn out (not perfect), but just fine.
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It started in a strong note. So strong that its heartbreaking. The first part was high emotional aReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
It started in a strong note. So strong that its heartbreaking. The first part was high emotional and definitely not for the weak of heart.
Then there is me, Darcie Claiborne, once known as Margaret Darcia Claiborne-Stein. I’m a seventeen-year-old orphan, thinly built, green-eyed bitch.
Darcie had been too much at a young age. She had been through more than hell and no one, even Hades wants to go in there. But thank God, she was saved by her knight and shining armor. Now, at 16 - she can't control her temper. I wanted to hate her, really - but she doesn't know what's at stake when she gets into trouble. All she knows the moment that her temper flares that she was never going back to her past - helpless and afraid.
There's Reggie - the knight in shining armor.
He's the oldest among the bunch and I admire him so much for ALL and EVERY sacrifices he made to keep his family together. You knew there was something between them. You could feel the heat and tension simmering. Reggie, nine years her senior, tried to stop his lust and hunger for his young ward. He was her savior and there was nothing he would not do for her. I love Reggie (not only because of the sacrifices) but because he tried his best not to act on his emotions. He wanted to wait for her until she's ready or the moment she turned 18 (whichever comes first).
The rest of them.
Her family is amazing, especially when they included Presley. They may come from different backgrounds but they have each other's backs once help is needed. They can act like children and throw out punches - but at the end of the day, they are still family and they stick together!
Something I’ve learned over the past few years is family isn’t necessarily who you’re legally tied to, it’s the people you want to surround yourself with. The people you know—with every fiber of your being—will do anything for you. That’s what family is and that’s who we are.
There's Jeremy - the silent type and the best drag racer in town until an accident happen. Jake - who's foul mouth parallel's Darcie. He's the troublemaker among them. Drake - the womanizer who fell in love with Presley. And of course, there's our Presley - the girl she saved from the mean girls - what Darcie didn't know is that Presley is more than just an ordinary girl, and their connection might be something more than friends.
I hated Robert with all of me. I hated Grady second. He's worthless and he deserves what happened to him - maybe even more.
First few pages and I'm truly, truly heartbroken. Wow. This novel started out strong - I wonder if Ms. Brannon would be able to keep the tone? Oh yes, she did. Surprisingly, the intensity of the novel didn't falter until we reach the final page - emotions were overflowing. I wonder if any of the siblings would be getting their own HEAs too. :)
Scarred Love is about survival, family and love. It will have your heart aching for the little girl trying to get out of the hell she has been through and the strong young girl who is ready to face everything that life will throw at her.
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I like books that deals with social issues, especially when it's as sensitive and is not given that much attention as domestic violence.
I'd admit thaI like books that deals with social issues, especially when it's as sensitive and is not given that much attention as domestic violence.
I'd admit that I had a hard time reading through the pages at first with elaborate descriptions and narrations. I struggled a bit and finally adjusted with the pacing of the book. Good thing, I kept on going and opted to give it a chance, because I really want to know what will happen to Emma. The struggle was worth it.
I couldn't say I like Emma at first. But coming out from any bad and abusive relationship can make anyone insecure, emotional and a little bit paranoid. Trust is hard to come by especially when it has been previously shattered by someone you never expected. Nevertheless, readers will see how her character evolves as the story goes, how she gave love and life a second chance and learned to trust her heart to someone again.
Nate, on the other hand, is her Mr. Wonderful and her knight and shining armor. At first I thought, it was a bit fast since she just came out from a bad relationship. But Nate is a type of guy you can easily fall in love with. There are times in the book when I couldn't help but wonder if Emma will be going through the same thing again since Nate has his 'cranky moments'. But then, most of the time, he shows the he loves Emma and is willing to do anything and everything to make her happy.
And Kevin, I love this guy! He reminds me of my brother who is ready to lend an hand (with no questions asked) when we need it the most. Despite being a bachelor (and he must've need his privacy), he made a room for her, and allowed her to stay with him until she was back on her feet. Emma is lucky to have him.
Despite the pacing, I can't believe that all these things happened in the span of one year. It's almost a lot to take in with all of these things happening between Emma and Nate, as well as their own families. It was definitely one heck of a journey.
Wrapping it all up, A Lucky Second Chance is a story of a woman who is given a second chance to start in life after the hell she has been through. The plot was great, but the pacing and the elaborate narratives may need a little work. Still, it was still worth the read, just be patient :). ...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.
There were worse things than death, as she'd discovered. Sometimes living took far more courage. Facing anotheReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
There were worse things than death, as she'd discovered. Sometimes living took far more courage. Facing another day. Enduring. Those things took strength. Far more than dying.
Bullying, The Highlander Way
Genevieve McInnis came from one of the powerful clans from the lowlands, but when Ian McHugh abducted her while on the way to her betrothed, her nightmare was just getting started. For one year, she had suffered things that a young lady who had been sheltered by her parents her whole life. It was not just Ian who made unthinkable things to her, but including the whole clan. Ian allowed it, encouraged it. No one championed her. She suffered enough abuse- but it didn't break her. She remained steadfast: and this is what I admire most about her. For a lady who had been pampered, to experience this kind of suffering would probably give up. But Genevieve did not - she carried on and when finally the Montgomerys and Armstrongs came to them, she was filled with hope. She wished to go to an abbey, live a peaceful life in there rather than coming back to her family and bringing them shame once they learned that Ian made her into his whore.
Bowen Montomery was surprised in seeing that it was a lady under the hood who had helped them in finding Evaline when she was once held captive.
She presented such an image of loveliness and tragedy that his breath caught in his throat.
He likes her spirit, her beauty regardless of the scar and her courage in facing the demons in her midst. He promised her protection, the moment he knew what she has been through, but can he still do the same once her secret is revealed? It was done out of sheer desperation. But actions have consequences and she was about to be facing hers.
Yet, he was found himself drawn to her. How can he show her that she was worth it? That she can be worthy of anything good, especially love coming from him? It wasn't an easy task ahead of him, earning her trust, risking his family's reactions regarding her, but nothing good is ever easy, or worth it.
To End ♥ Genevieve did what she thought could save her from Ian's clutches, she did things she was not proud of to mitigate her actions. There are times that we do things we don't know we care capable of because we are desperate. Despite all of it, I still love and admire her spirit. Only the strongest spirit could survive what she has been through. It is hope that ignites the spirit and once it is present, one could survive the bleakest of times....more
Hate is easy, but sometimes love is easy, too. When you find it.
When will you shut up and mind your own business?
Meet Chelsea Knot. She's the school biggest gossip. She has her way in knowing every single juicy news before it hit the news rack the nest day. She's friend with the ever popular Kristen, and together they remind me so much of:
It all started with a secret that was supposed to be kept that way until the infamous Chelsea Knot ran into them, and just couldn't kept her mouth shut.
And just when her friend, Kristen wanted her to keep her mouth just, she just couldn't. She tried, but a life was involve and she felt responsible. So against the wishes of her best friend, she spilled - and now her life was changing big time.
The Consequences All actions has corresponding consequences and Chelsea didn't expect the consequences of her actions - drunk or sober. Her big mouth just landed one person in the hospital, two people in jail, rendered her friendless, isolated and the target of bullying. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The Vow of Silence
Chelsea Knot: Me + Talking = Bad News!
I could not manage a vow of silence - even for a day. Communication is a very important part of our daily lives - and talking covers 3/4 of it. After all, you can talk your ideas faster than you writing it. But Chelsea did it anyway. When she realized her big mouth cost her everything - she decides to zip it and took a vow of silence.
Seriously! She doesn't speak at all!
New Life. New Friends. New Chelsea
Her new vow of silence had changed her. It made her see things she was blinded to see when she was popular. She lost her so-called friends- but she gained new ones. People she didn't expect to befriend her. Asha, an Indian who taught her Geometry until she got herself a decent grade, as well as knitting, she even brought her to Rosie's - her workplace. Sam he gave her a chance and taught her to make amazing tuna melts (although she can't master it still) & he even taught her how to skate. There's Andy - he's much more complicated to win him over. Nevertheless, she earned great friends - not popular but REAL.
She found a new love, someone who stood by her and helped her throughout this ordeal. He even helped including her family. He made Chelsea happy despite the circumstances that surrounds her. And I'll never thought I'll say this - but after all she has been through - She deserves it!
Chelsea changed. It wasn't an instant 180 turn - but the progress made it even more realistic. Starting reading the book, I didn't think I'd like her. I hated the mean girls at school. I hated the bullies and anyone who gets away with anything grave. But she proved to be different. She's brave. Brave enough to loose her friends, and status (that I think is a VERY BIG DEAL in high school). Her attitude: yes, the b*tchiness, made her survive all those stones that were thrown at her. She kept her vow of silence and though was tempted to speak out at times, she made it through until it was the right time to finally speak.
Speechless Hannah Harrington, I'm Speechless.
Speechless is about the consequences of what we thought would be an innocent action. It's about doing the right thing even though it means losing some things that are important to you. It's sticking & ratting out friends who deserves it. Being brave enough to acknowledge you have done something wrong - and being brave enough to be sorry about it.
Speechless is about friendship. It's about love. It's about choices and consequences.
Thank you Harlequin (UK) Limited for providing me a copy for review through Netgalley...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
The message the author was trying to get across her audience was noble. Bullying, after all, is a big problem in the sI want to love it. I really do.
The message the author was trying to get across her audience was noble. Bullying, after all, is a big problem in the schools not just these days but as well in the past, and will be in the future if no one is going to stand up for it. But somehow it lacked the emotions I was expecting. Reading all those books with bullying issues in it had me crying, gripping my kindle feeling all those strong, compelling emotions against the bully and the victim. And this novel failed to entice me somehow.
After I have read the novel, I asked myself: that was it?...more
Because you! Yes you, Colleen Hoover deserves a whole sky of it for writing this sw5 stars???
Are you freakin' kidding me?
I NEED MORE STARS!!!!
Because you! Yes you, Colleen Hoover deserves a whole sky of it for writing this sweet, gut-wrenching, tear-jearker, touching, super amazing, 'unputdownable' book.
Now, how do I start telling everyone that among my holiday reads - this one just beat every single wonderful novel I have downloaded on my Kindle?
I stayed up all night finishing it because I don't want to miss anything! Some things just can't wait - and some books would want you to stay up at night in frantic anticipation. Will they or will they not have a happy ending???
Meet Sky - she's one of those rare human species who doesn't exist online. No Facebook, Twitter or Myspace account. She's adopted by a woman who lives a very healthy life and seems to have a phobia with technology. Homeschooled since she was young, Sky was finally allowed to enroll in a public school for her senior year. Problem is that, her super best friend in the whole world, Six is half way across the globe and she's now alone facing all the people who seemed to have an idea who she is without even knowing her first. Thank God she met a new best friend, Breckin - a gay Mormon who is just as wonderful as Six. One thing I love about her: She's one lucky, and brave girl.
Then there's Holder. Rumor has it that he's just spent a year in juvi for beating a gay. BUT!!!!
Holder... oh Holder.... He's.... *speechless*
Let me borrow Sky's thought - because I could already feel myself swooning.
1. His amazingly perfect white teeth hidden behind that seductively crooked grin. 2) The dimples that form in the crevices between the corner of his lips and cheeks when he smiles 3) I'm pretty sure I'm having a hot flash or I have butterflies or maybe I'm coming down with a stomach virus.
I can already tell he isn't the kind of guy a girl gets a simple crush on. He's the kind of guy you fall hard for, and the thought of that terrifies me.
He's a boyfriend that a girl could want. Oh hell, I want him for myself!!! How could I not, when he's a whole lot of package roll into one? He's the bad boy who turned to a most whipped boyfriend by love. He's sweet, and I'm glad that he found her after a life-long search.
“F#%k all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”
But there are just some things between them - dreams that Sky could not understand and secrets Holder could not divulge. This could end things between them, and their lives would change forever. But no secrets can be kept for long.
I could no longer continue without spoiling the book. So let me end this review right now by saying:
It's one of the book that I will constantly remember for a very, very long time and I will gladly recommend to ALL my friends without any doubt. And Colleen, just like what your character said in the book - let me just rephrase it.
“I swear I will spend every last breath thanking you for writing this book .”
Charles Sheehan-Miles had me already captivated when I read Just Remember To Breathe late last year. Now, I amReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Charles Sheehan-Miles had me already captivated when I read Just Remember To Breathe late last year. Now, I am once again charmed reading another book from the Thompson Sisters Series.
Crank was about six feet tall, with angular features. Several tattoos crept down the length of his well-muscled arms, but they weren’t like any tattoos I’d ever seen. On the right side, what appeared to be a scroll engraved with musical notes rolled down the muscles to his elbow. His left arm, however, was tattooed with what appeared to be barbed wire, and had a nasty scar, three inches long, on his bicep.
His real name? I would have loved to call him by that just to taunt him. But after getting out of the house he grew up in and joining the band, he threw his real name out of the window and had it change to Crank. I knew I'm going to love him when I was reading Just Remember To Breathe. He already became famous there. But here, his band was still struggling.
His family life was not easy either. He didn't see eye to eye with his father since he was a kid. His mother left all of a sudden without saying goodbye and giving them any explanations. And there's Sean - the only person in the world that matters to him. Not just because he's his brother, but because Sean needs him. Sean have Asperger's Syndrome. And it is not an easy job balancing his band practice/performances and taking care of Sean when the need arises.
He was jumping from one bed to another, having all the groupies that he would like when he met Julia in an anti-war Protest Rally in the fall of 2002. It wasn't really love at first sight - but something told him that she's different from every girl he's ever been with. After that night, he thought they wouldn't cross path again. But he saw her - in a bar - while he was singing the song he made for her. #swoon!
Fact: As a rule, an often stated and confirmed rule, I don’t chase girls. They chase me. Fact: I don’t get involved. You want a quick lay, well, I’m your guy. But only for the night. Fact: I’ve got a brother to watch out for, a band to drive forward to success, a job flipping burgers, and I don’t have time to get emotionally tied up in some girl. Fact: Six nights running, I’d dreamed about Julia, and that hot retro dress she wore Saturday night for her date.
It wasn’t that he was hot. I mean—I’ve been around hot guys. They’re nice to look at, but they don’t make me feel like this. It was his smile, his charm, his sense of humor. Inside that hard-ass exterior, he was compassionate. Insanely protective of his brother. I wanted to laugh at his smart aleck comments, and I wanted to touch the dimple in the corner of his mouth. I wanted to hug him and heal the hurt that had damaged him.
Crank knew she was the one for him. But can she give him a chance? Can she get pass her past and let him love her the way she deserved?
I didn’t know how to be in a relationship. Especially with someone who didn’t believe in love or relationships. It’s crazy. - Crank
Julia- The Eldest of the Thompson Sisters I knew her mother could be overbearing and - unfeeling. But until I have read Julia's story, I didn't know what transpired between the two - why their relationship is strained.
This was the longest Julia has ever stayed in a place studying at Harvard. All through her life, they have been moving from one place to another because of her father's job in the government. When they were assigned in Beijing, something happened that made Julia grow up and realize she has to do it alone. No sisters to be there for her since they were so young to understand and her mother didn't really ask what happened, all she cared about was the scandal that occurred and its consequences on her father's career.
Since then, Julia tried to be invisible. She had a terrible senior year in high school - being bullied just because someone she trusted most spread an awful lie about her and backed it with an evidence she didn't know existed. So trust was not her cup of tea. She had trusted several people, only to be betrayed and left.
She followed everything her parents wanted. Got herself into Harvard, and would soon enter the foreign service. She would have done that. Until Crank.
I couldn’t say no. I just couldn’t. I couldn’t say no, because for the first few seconds, I couldn’t even breathe. - Julia
Meeting Crank scared her. For a long time, she had held control over her life and had never let anyone took over it. It made her felt safe. But with Crank, he made her feel things she was afraid of. He was someone her parents wouldn't approve of. He didn't come from a well-off family, and he was a punk who didn't finish high school. What can he offer a girl who had grown up with a body guard?
What I learned was this: letting myself be at the mercy of hormones and brain chemicals and emotions can be deadly. - Julia
“What are you afraid of?” he asked.“Losing control,” I replied.“Sometimes losing control can be wicked awesome,” he said.
When finally, a chance for his band arises, she was asked by Serena to manage them. Suddenly, she was in control in one aspect of her life. Her parents did not want her to accept this, she was sure. But she was willing to try, even if it means saying goodbye to the pre-planned graduate school and foreign services.
Love Worth Taking Risk I love both of them - although Julia was exasperating at the end of the novel. What kind of girl would decline Crank when he was ready to give his whole heart to her, when he's ready to let her go even though he had professed his undying devotion? Crank who can have any woman at his bed, and on his life. He wanted her: scarred and all. Now he was letting her go - can she find the courage to accept his love before it was too late for either of them?
“I love you, and I want you to be happy, I want you to have the life you deserve. And if that means … if that means I have to stand here and watch you walk away, then I’ll do it. I won’t be happy about it. It’ll break my heart. But … if that’s what you really need, then we’re done.”
Second Chances A Song For Julia, a stunning story of second chances on life, love and family. It shows how people who have been a lot through life can finally escape his/her demons and move on. How love means letting go of a person no matter how much you need him/her in your life. How love means taking risks when it means being with the person whom you know would do anything for you. How important support system sis, especially the role of parents in guiding their children, and being their for them at all time, especially when they are needed most.
It's romance, it's drama with a touch of humor: a perfect mix handed to us by Charles Sheehan-Miles that would have you hooked not only to Julia & Crank but to the rest of the Thompson Sisters.
Carrie, I want to read your story next!!!! ...more
In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.
Callie and Kayden have dIn the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.
Callie and Kayden have dark secrets.
Callie and Kayden kept their own scars to the world.
Until that single night which brought the both of them together - she saved his life, and finally he knew her existence.
The novel left me speechless, it had me wanting for more when I got into the last page. It is seldom that I can come across reading a more intense and emotional novel - and this is one of those.
The cover had me, so did the blurb. I was excited to know Callie and Kayden, and when I did - my heart break.
There is something about someone trusting you enough with their secrets that it makes it easier to trust them. It's like they're opening their heart and in return yours should open up to them, too.
Kayden is the star quarterback at school. Their family seemed perfect, but only to the outside. Once the door closes - their home becomes his hell rather than his sanctuary. He suffers in silence, never fights back, never tells anyone. He survived this long - but one night he could almost feel his life was hanging on the edge when finally fate saved him and gave him some luck when Callie coincidentally arrives right on time and saves his life without her realizing it.
If Kayden got lucky, Callie wasn't lucky on the day of her 12th birthday when something unimaginable happened. After that, she changed. She cut her hair, wore baggy clothes and kept everything to herself. Her mother was too happy to notice something terrible happened to her, and she didn't want to disrupt her happiness by telling her. She didn't tell anyone what happened, all she wanted to do was just to get out of town for college and start a new.
I already knew what happened to Kayden, but to Callie, I was half guessing until finally I found some clues. I spend more than half of the novel asking who, who, who? Who can possibly do it?
Once in college, she didn't expect to see him again. She got herself busy with school work and crossing off things from her list that she and her new found friend, Seth made. The List were her road to change, and she's taking baby steps.
As for Kayden, he couldn't stop thinking about the girl who spent her high school being a stranger to everyone and suddenly saved his life. When he found out that Callie goes to the same school, he tried his best to get to know her. But how can he do it - when every time he comes close, Callie seemed to close herself more and more?
And when you think it's only Callie and Kayden keeping secrets - then you are so wrong! Because their friends: Seth and Luke are also keeping their own. But I love them still, they had the back of their friends when they needed them most.
I couldn't help falling in love for each character and wanting them to have their happy endings. I wanted those people who have broken them punished as they should have deserved. But I guess I have to wait for the next novel which is expected to come out next year ----- that long???!!!! with a story as good as this, it should come out earlier!!
I love these two characters who have suffered so much and found the courage to stand up to their oppressors, conquer their fears and fall in love...
"It figured that the one man that treated her like a woman was the one that made her wish she was a man so that she could kick his ass."
Two decades"It figured that the one man that treated her like a woman was the one that made her wish she was a man so that she could kick his ass."
Two decades ago...
Who would have thought they'd end up...
I have never read a book with two main characters who makes a passion of pissing each other off than these two. They have been banned from several establishments across town, forcibly separated from any activity, camps and most especially classes, but still ends up in trouble anyway. Nevertheless, I fell in love with both of their characters.
Rory, being related to the Bradfords, I would expect her to be addicted with anything that could be eaten. But she's not, instead, she's addicted to:
It's her lifesaver elixir! I like her character because she's a tough girl. Surrounded by five older brothers who treated her as one of the boys, she learned how to stand on her two feet and fight her way through life. She didn't need saving from her brothers. Rory can deal with Connor perfectly. But this tough girl needs a whole lot of loving. Yes, she can take care of herself pretty much well. However, what kind of woman doesn't dream of being pampered and taken care of by someone? Suddenly, Connor gives her a deal she couldn't (or wouldn't?) refuse.
Connor YOU ARE MY MAN! Why can't I meet guys like this on the streets?. Of course, I didn't like him that much when he was out torturing Rory. What kind of boys do that to girls??? But no matter how much teasing or torturing Connor did to her, he never hurt her. He never intended too. On her 18th birthday, he was going to give her his biggest surprise yet. But something happened that night that sent the both of them to jail, and for Rory to lose her scholarship. Now, if he can only tell her what happened...
This time, they were forced to work under a project that they'd be dying to get their hands on to. Can they do it without killing each other first?
There is a fine line between love and hate. That sometimes, some things aren't really what they are. That tough people can also need help. And of course, that EATING TOO MUCH can cause a lot of trouble. RL Mathewson once again gave us a splendidly crafted novel to add up to the Neighbor from Hell Series. It's sweet, funny, and heartwarming tale of two old enemies coming together and falling in love....more
Shawn Underhill is a master storyteller. I love the way he wrote the whole novel - the descriptions are vivid a"Your heart aches because it's good."
Shawn Underhill is a master storyteller. I love the way he wrote the whole novel - the descriptions are vivid and you can just put yourself in the pages - feeling all those emotions and being in the places inside the book. The pacing is just enough to allow readers to sit back and watch not just the development of each characters, but watching relationship flourish as well.
Jake is a likable character. A typical boy who didn't want girls around - especially when he had been living alone with his father for a couple of years. He's responsible, and has a good head on his shoulders. If there is one word that best describe him, it would be: pragmatic. I like how is character matured through the pages, although I wasn't sure when was the time that he really fell in love with Sara. It's almost like being a couple is already given since they were already friends. I think a little bit of sweet words, romantic gestures wouldn't hurt.
Sara has some heavy baggage to carry, but I love her resilience. The sudden change in her moods is understandable after what she's been through, but despite of it - she decides to live life and find something to be happy about. She found a home with Jake and his father. At a young age, she gave them a home which I greatly admire. I find her very sweet, and thoughtful. She's very persuasive and watching her make Jake putty in her hands is also entertaining.
Jake's Dad is the best father in the world! Just like an ordinary father, he is not vocal with his feelings, but he shows that he cares not only to Jake but to Sara and her mother as well. He's very helpful and generous to people who needs him the most. He is also hardworking, but he always makes sure he has time for Jake.
Finally, after a while - I had the time to read this book on my Kindle. It took me long but it was totally worth it. The whole story is in crescendo and ended in a beautiful finale that left me teary-eyed and satisfied. It may not end the way I wanted it to be, but it is just amazing as it is.
Disclaimer: Book reviewed was sent to me by the author and I have received no compensation of any kind for the review whether it is positive....more
Because sometimes all we need is somebody to sit in silence with.
Can you possibly let go of someone you love for a very long time? Would it make y Because sometimes all we need is somebody to sit in silence with.
Can you possibly let go of someone you love for a very long time? Would it make you a bad person for wanting to let go when he needs you the most? Are the bruises and hurts worth it?
I like this book, and it took me a while to finish it because a lot of books came up in between, but I'm glad I did. Jolene Perry made a very beautiful novel. A very sensitive topic was threaded carefully. She did not overdo it that you might want to close the book and not read it again, instead she presented it really well, with situations that are serious, but can be really happening in the real world to some people who can barely recognize abuse all because they are in love.
But, how much are you willing to give for love? How much are you going to sacrifice for it?
Ronnie has been in love with Shawn since she was young, and after being separated for a couple of years, he was back in town, and they continued their relationship. But things weren't the same anymore. Shawn was different - he was easily angered and could hardly control his actions.
Balancing the school play Romeo and Juliet, her problematic boyfriend and a weird feeling she has for one of her closest friend - left Ronnie confused. She didn't want anyone to know what's happening to her and Shawn, not even to her father, Luke or even her best friend. She tried to understand him and hope that the boy she fell in love with back then will come back the moment his problems go away. But it did not, and bruises starts to show - both her best friend and Luke tries to tell her to talk to someone.
Abuse starts small. For Ronnie, it started with commenting on the way she dress, or ordering her which shoes to wear. It revolved into grabbing her wrist and into something unthinkable (sorry no spoilers!:)). If someone loves you, they would love you for who you are - no questions asked. They would never hurt you, emotionally and most especially physically. People should not stay in relationships because of the years they are together. They should stay because they both love each other, they respect each other, and each feels a sense of security. If you don't feel these things anymore, and if the person you're with is hurting you - the most logical (albeit, the hardest) thing to do is to let go.
Just like the five star in GoodReads stands for: It was amazing, despite the fact that it ended with me wanti Seven for a secret never to be told.
Just like the five star in GoodReads stands for: It was amazing, despite the fact that it ended with me wanting for more. Perhaps a chapter or two to satisfy my eager curiosity and my compulsion to give everyone their happy ending.
Let me tell you a secret: This is more than just an extraordinary love story.
This is a story of faith, trust, friendship, family, sacrifices and keeping secrets. Corrine Jackson wove a wonderful tale that made my heart ache from start to finish. There were unexpected twist that I never saw coming, surprising me in both good and bad ways.
What I love most about this book is not really the 'love' part in it - instead, I was drawn to the friendship that Quinn shared with a veteran named George - who taught her most of the things she knew about photography; and her relationship with her father - their relationship was strained from the moment her mom walked out on them.
I have never known a person in my life who can hold secrets as much as Quinn did. I applaud Quinn for keeping secrets - to the point that I am almost exasperated, wanting her to reveal it than suffer all the bullying that she encountered. Two heavy secrets that had cost her almost everything: her senior year, her friends, and most especially her relationship with her father. Yet, she stuck to her word, and suffer all the torments. Being branded a cheater to the town hero made her a pariah. But a bad experience in spilling secrets that had caused her something dear made her hold on.
Two guys and I love them both. Loyalty divides and subtracts me from both of them.
I was pinning for a happy ending, and I ended up with something less than wonderful, but nevertheless heartwarming. It was a nice touch to end this story, but an epilogue or to add some chapter for some characters to have their well-deserved happy ending would have been totally great. (Well, a second book would be nice too.)
Corrine Jackson writes almost poetically and in a manner that make your jaw drop at every end of the chapter. She knows the right places where to drop the most powerful bombs. And yes, I would recommend this book, and most especially this author to my friends.
And here are some of my favorite quotes I couldn't add to my list because of its spoiler tendencies: (view spoiler)[
This might be my breaking point. If anyone but Carey had asked me to keep this secret, I would tell. Right now. Because I want Blake like I’ve never wanted anything. But there’s more at stake than my feelings.
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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
"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 remembered what Mr. Hall had told me when I first asked him for a lesson: the kids who watch planes are destined to be pilots.”
Jennifer Echols n“I remembered what Mr. Hall had told me when I first asked him for a lesson: the kids who watch planes are destined to be pilots.”
Jennifer Echols never fails to give me such a rush.
I love this book because of...
1. The Cover - Who wouldn't fall in love with the girl with her straight hair being blown by the wind in a nice cute white dress? Only that we were all deceived by it - Leah doesn't have a straight hair unless it was run over by an iron. She possesses curly hair that Grayson adores.
2. The Characters At first, I was ambivalent on my feelings with Leah . I wanted to hate her, at the same time love her for everything that she is. She can be annoying at times, then adorable the next - it confuses me. She's very pragmatic and acts like she doesn't care about anything at all or what anyone says about her. She's a complex character whose perseverance and determination to become a pilot - and to change her life in general I greatly admire. She quit smoking at 15 in lieu of flying lessons. I was glad that she was persuaded to quit an unhealthy vice in exchange of a brighter future. Her fears, insecurities are palpably real and I can easily spot one in the crowd (although I doubt if the one I will spot has planes in her mind).
Molly and Leah's friendship is very unconventional. It started when Leah 'stole' Molly's boyfriend. Then I stop and thought: Is this another case of make your friends close and your enemies closer? . Leah always thought that she was Molly's charity case - they were the exact opposite. Molly was rich and lives in a mansion - while Leah was poor and lives in a trailer. The former was popular and the latter was hated. Yet, they formed a close, tight bond where apology doesn't have a room. In the near end, their unusual friendship is once again tested - can it survive?
Mr. Hall . I love him! And I think he's one of the most amazing character in this novel for believing in Leah and giving her a chance ( although he has his doubts ) to fulfill her dreams and changing the course of her life. He was a like a father she never had.
Alec and Grayson Just like Leah, both brothers received their license at 18. These two brothers are way to different - nevertheless, I LOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE how their character develop all throughout the story - how they grow up at a certain point in their life when they were needed to, how they try to remain steadfast against the odds. Alec, I like his character. His obviously calmer than his brother and worries less. I liked how he handled the situation, although he didn't like the consequences that affected him and his happiness as well. Grayson I love bad boys! Among the twins, he was the adrenaline junkie. But this one needs professional help! At 18, he can already blackmail and manipulate. Sheeesh! He blackmailed Leah with a secret she had kept for a long time, in exchange for doing him a favor which was really outrageous or she can kiss her dreams goodbye. Of course, Leah had no choice but to agree. Yet, I fell in love with this adrenaline junkie when he grew up and faced responsibility head on. I may not like his ways, but I'm glad everything went well in the end.
3. The Plot . The girl in the trailer park who wanted to change her life by flying and would do anything to achieve it. I love Such a Rush in every freaking way. I have always loved Jennifer Echols' novel - she writes in a fashion that can inspire and tickle your brain cells. Her characters are excellent and almost real. I am just so sure that you can't put this novel down because I haven't - I wanted to finish this as soon as I started it. I wanted to know what will happen to the characters - and how the whole charade will end. Well, it ended with a big CRASH and an amazing prom night that was sweet but not cheesy.
Would I recommend this one? OF COURSE! It will give you such a rush that you will not have the time to put this book down.
I sure couldn't wait for the next Jennifer Echols book. ...more
“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 .
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.