If there is more mismatch couple than Stephanie Kendrick and Ethan Price.
Stephanie Kendrick would never go home – even if it means staying at her cheating ex-boyfriend’s apartment and put up with the agonizing sounds coming from his bedroom with the girl he cheated on her – it’s not paradise, but at least she has a place to sleep. Instead of coming home, she took a summer class on screenwriting with Hollywood’s best, but never expected to be paired with a preppy, spoiled, rich frat boy.
Goth girls were never Ethan Price’s type, but there’s something about Stephanie that draws him to her. Never mind the dark-make ups, combat boots, piercings and cargo pants. He wanted to spend time anywhere but interning at his father’s office. Infidelity was overwhelming him. Catching people close to him doing stuffs they shouldn’t do is just devastating for him. He thought he had the perfect family and the perfect relationship – oh boy, he was so wrong.
Not to mention, his mother is working overtime for a reunion between him and his cheating ex-girlfriend. So he did what a desperate rich guy would not normally do – ask the Goth-girl to be his girlfriend, offer a house to stay, pay for a make-over, buy new clothes, and an instant screenplay. What he doesn’t know is that she used to be one of those over-achiever normal girls, but things from the past (things she wouldn’t talk about) had made her an angry, isolated and sad person.
You will grow to love both characters as the story goes. They have been through a lot of pains and betrayals and have adapted differently to the circumstances. I understand why Stephanie didn’t want to come home – and where her hurt was coming from. It may have taken a broken heart for her to go home, but her homecoming was one of my favorite scenes in this book.
The more he knew her, the closer they get, the more kissed they shared – the more he like her. Sometimes their pretend game felt real rather than a charade. Kissing was no longer for the benefit of an audience, but a call of passion. Conflicts arise as reality sets in. Doubt begins to swarm: DID ETHAN FALL IN LOVE WITH THE GOTH OR THE BARBIE? Will she ever fit into his world? Will their attraction be enough?
I had fun reading this! A classic plot with a twist, interesting characters, witty banters, unforeseen turns, and great ending! I laughed, swooned, fell in love and well, broke my heart for both characters.
★★★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★★★...more
Brooke Stewart works in a real estate company. that seemed to have overlook her capacity as an agent. But she sReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Brooke Stewart works in a real estate company. that seemed to have overlook her capacity as an agent. But she still strives to be the best, and maybe someday she'll have enough experience to finally quit the company and get a job in a larger firm. Only that the company beat her to it, she was fired and was asked to report in a larger firm.
Everything is just wonderful since it has been in her dreams - only that Brooke felt like she had slept her way up the corporate ladder - because her boss is no other than Jett Mayfield - the guy she woke up with in her bed naked one drunken night she was out with Sylvia.
In a daze, she had found herself on a plane to Italy, on her first day of work where they were about to spend two weeks alone!!! Oh yes, it was all about work - but two weeks with no mediator in between them, their sexual tension is about to explode! Jett offered her a Consensual Sexual Acts and Confidentiality Agreement (CSACA) - yes, I have to Google it too. Two months of pure, unadulterated, mind-blowing sex with no strings attach. Could she possibly handle it??
Brooke has always been sensible and has a good head on her shoulder compared to Sylvie. But the good head fell off when she met Jett. She was not the type of person to do relationships due to her past that she preferred to keep to herself.
I don't do relationships because I don't want to love and lose myself.
He was dazzlingly gorgeous. Forget gorgeous. He was beautiful. Utterly, totally, mind-blowingly stunning. On a scale from one to ten, he was a hundred.
The words says it all. He's sinfully beautiful and rich. I do love his humor and innuendos often thrown at Brooke. He's the perfect prince charming, however, this Greek God has his own secrets and agenda.
Everything was just about sex until they fell in love. But will deception and secrets surpass their newfound feeling for each other?
The Cover. The Novel. Everything has to do with those amazing boots! The cover is sexy - so I expected something sexy and alluring which I wasn't disappointed. It exceeded my expectations. - UNTIL I reach the end page - then I was like...
To End J.C. Reed did a good job - she got me hooked. I spent the wee hours of the morning reading. I was eager to finish the novel in one sitting, which I did.
What I love: ♥♥♥ 1) The steamy scenes: the teases, the foreplay, the club scene, and sex in the office: totally hot, hot, hot.
2) The twist - I sooooo didn't see it coming!!!! It surprised me, it made me grasp my kindle way too tight: it's like: Oh my gahhd! What's going to happen now type of reaction.
And I felt my heart plummet after reading the last page. It was like I was climbing up the hill expecting a perfect view only to realize that it was blocked. Yes, it ended with a cliffhanger - the kind of cliff hanger that will leave you insane because you thought you are just about to read the resolution of the story. The excitement suddenly tripled as I anticipate for the next book which is set to be released June 1, 2013 - eons away!! ...more
The 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
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
This is my favorite book among the 3 currently published Marriage to a Billionaire series.
I love Michael, not just because he's hot, but also becauseThis is my favorite book among the 3 currently published Marriage to a Billionaire series.
I love Michael, not just because he's hot, but also because of his sense of responsibility which he took seriously since his father died. He gave up his dream of becoming a racer, and focused on both his family and the family business. He wanted his family to be happy and have everything that they want, so when his sister called crying, telling him she could not get married according to their mother because he should be the one walking to the altar first - he device a plan to deceive his mother: he brought a woman home and introduced her as his fiance. Only that, the plan backfired on him, and he didn't realize his mother has her own plans too.
Maggie wants to be in control of everything. She once lost control and it ended up badly. She swore it won't happen again. So why did she agree with Michael's proposal after he rejected her once? Growing up with a dysfunctional family (except for her brother, Nick), she'd do anything to save what Nick has with Alexa. It includes sacrificing herself to be Michael's faux fiance. But then she didn't expect to be welcome in his family and to belong to them.
How will this charade end, when emotions (not just theirs) are already involve?
Once again Ms Probst gave us another amazing contemporary romance - just enough sweetness, coupled with steamy scenes and moderate family drama that will keep you glued to this book until the last page.
Jennifer Probst: You're name is on my list of favorite contemporary authors. Can't wait for more of your books!...more
“I’m suggesting that you let someone inside that empty room you call a heart. Whether you make her your wife or your mistress, a man’s bed is decided“I’m suggesting that you let someone inside that empty room you call a heart. Whether you make her your wife or your mistress, a man’s bed is decidedly warmer if there’s a fire burning in something other than his cock.”
I really loved the Hellions of Halstead Hall Series by Sabrina Jeffries, and for those who haven't read it yet, no worries. 'Twas the Night After Christmas works well as stand alone. But of course, reading the whole series can be worthwhile.
Why do I love this book?
1. Pierce. I wanted to give him a soft, tight hug. He deserves one or a hundred more after what he had been through as a little boy.
The little boy who felt no body wanted him at all. His asthma made him a little weak and his father hated weak. Saying that he has a poor relationship with his father would be an understatement. But his mother, at first I didn't know what went wrong with the relationship because I can feel that his mother loved him to a fault. She was the buffer that he needed with all the shenanigans that his father threw him at an early age. The moment he was sent off to school, he never saw his parents again. He was forced to spend his vacation with the cousins he barely knew. And when he reached his age of majority- he went back to his parents and finally confront them, only to be sent away.
I couldn't blame him if he hated both his mother and father. I couldn't blame him if he wanted the truth out- something his mother wanted to forget. I think he deserved to know the truth from the moment he reached his majority...
When the truth came out, oh well, it wasn't as dramatic as I hope it could be. But at least the story ended every cards placed on the table. The little boy finally had his needed truth and happy ending.
2. Camilla had worked for the countess for a while and saw the great love for her son and her son's subtle rejection for it. Since the old lady has been kind to her and her little boy, she decided to repay the kindness by meddling with her affairs. She sent a missive to the earl that his mother was at death's door. When the earl finally knew that he was tricked, he refuses to stay unless Camilla agreed to a compromise.
I love the dedication Camilla has given her work and to the countess. Even though she learned the truth, and could not fathom how the countess could have done it, she never left her. But most of all, I really adore her because she was a great mother. That no matter what her feelings are, or how those feelings run deep for Pierce, she would still chose her son.
Sabrina Jeffries once again made a beautiful story, not just a love story shared between the opposite sex. But it's a wonderful story of forgiveness, moving on and the extent of a mother's love for her children. 'Twas a Night After Christmas is a perfect season read for all the regency book lovers out there.
If I haven't read a novel with a similar plot and the same twist at the end - I would have given this a 4.5. The surprise at the last part of the storIf I haven't read a novel with a similar plot and the same twist at the end - I would have given this a 4.5. The surprise at the last part of the story would have left me speechless. But I have, and it somehow disappointed me.
I didn't like Cami - I think she was very naive for a supposedly-intelligent girl. How can you not know your best friend is changing right before your very eyes? Now, I'm not sure if seeing the "good side" of a person is a disability or a gift.
As for Hunter ... if you'll be anymore hotter, you'll go up in flames. He's new in town, with a few secrets in tow. Secrets he can never share with anyone, even with Cami. Everything is not what it seems to be.
“Sometimes people fall in love with those who do not return the same strength of feelings. It is as it is,” he said with a quiet intensity. “What I g“Sometimes people fall in love with those who do not return the same strength of feelings. It is as it is,” he said with a quiet intensity. “What I give, I give freely. You owe me nothing, not love, not friendship, not even obligation.”
Sherry Thomas is one of my favorite romance author and this is the story I've been dying to read since I started the series - and my expectations were met. Ms. Thomas made an amazing love story of a man who can't say the right words to the woman he wanted for a long time, and a woman who is deeply in love with another and is willing to risk everything.
I don't know whether I'd fall in love with David or not. He can be annoying at times and lovable the next. His tactics are so high school - trying to get the attention of the girl he likes through teasing and not-so-amusing bantering. I wish he can just be honest with Helena and tell her what he really feels for her. On the other hand, he is an amazing father to his illegitimate daughter. He's very patient, kind and just. He didn't want to shun his daughter away like any noble man would do to children who were born outside the blanket. Instead, he took her in his roof, and be the best father that a special child needs.
Helena - the perfect epitome of the woman who is blinded by love. She was in love with Andrew for a long time, and when an opportunity knocked, she took it - without looking at the consequences of her actions. Good thing David was there to save her reputation.
The clean slot David wanted came when Helena lost her memory, and despite that - he tried to come clean. But what happens when Helena regains her memory and remember that she loved another?
Despite the familiar plot that I'm not really fond of (amnesia), I fell in love with this book and its characters and would gladly recommend it to friends. Especially for those people who look too far for love, not noticing what is in front of them....more
"He's sick, this whole situation is sick and illegal."
Whew! Finally, I am so done with this novel.
I am torn between hating it and loving i"He's sick, this whole situation is sick and illegal."
Whew! Finally, I am so done with this novel.
I am torn between hating it and loving it - but I guess, it's more of the former. Almost 2/3 of the novel had me:
I didn't like Chloe. I absolutely hated her as the story progresses. I guess she tried to shift her feelings and see other people - but she still failed and opted to follow her feelings even though its not right. I'm not saying that love should be logical all the time - but geez, the man is willing to wait for her! She knew the consequences of her actions - they were near detrimental, and still she followed her... hormones? Feelings? I'm not really sure anymore. It's exasperating.
And Will - OMG! I could have fall in love with you - and yet... tsk. tsk. tsk. He was the one with discernment, I think he should know better than to give in to his emotions. On the other hand, in fairness to him, he tried his best in ending the relationship, when he couldn't take it anymore, he was willing to wait for her. But then love...
What I couldn't understand: seriously - they don't know each other's age? They have been going out for quite a while.
Nonetheless - the support cast just wowed me. They are probably the best thing about this novel. If I hated the main characters that bad, I fell in love with the rest of the characters.
I clearly love Nick - the ex boyfriend who became a very dear friend. He loves her, maybe not in the romantic way anymore. But he really cares and you can see that he's always there for her. If I have a guy best friend, I wanted him to be like Nick.
Sam - is the life of this story. He brings all the fun, at the same time trouble - yet he saves them all from it. I like his character because he's just not a clown, but he has a good head on his shoulders as well. I wish Will had the same head.
As the old adage tells: there is a right time for everything - and it doesn't exclude love....more
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.
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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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Mandy's love life is non-existent thanks to her six overbearing brothers. Yes, they're exasperating, but I love the brothers anyway. Locke, the eldestMandy's love life is non-existent thanks to her six overbearing brothers. Yes, they're exasperating, but I love the brothers anyway. Locke, the eldest of the six became the head of the family when they were orphaned and still decides for them even if they were already too old to decide for themselves. He was the one who orchestrated the plan to have Cole, their long-time friend, to marry Mandy.
Although Amanda was in love with Cole since then, she didn't like being manipulated and it hurt that he was only paying attention to her because her brothers order him to do so - thus the game of wills began.
Only that he meant well - and I love to hear his story after seeing a glimpse of 'what-could-be-Locke's-happy-ending' ...more
Everything started with a bracelet Sophie wanted to have back into her possession. It was stolen by a boy while she was strolling. Out of desperation,Everything started with a bracelet Sophie wanted to have back into her possession. It was stolen by a boy while she was strolling. Out of desperation, she went into a place where no respectable ladies should be found in.
Here comes Simon, an old friend, the one that she has been in love forever, saving her from any trouble that she gets herself into. Although he asked her to marry him, Sophie knew there was more to the proposal than he was letting on - and she needed to know what it was.
Sophie is a social burden to Simon. I was not sure whether to like her - because she has a nagging conscience that she acts upon or to hate her because she can be VERY reckless up to a point that she had endangered not only her life, but the life of her servant in doing what she thinks is best at that time. So, you must understand this ambivalence - because I'm sure most readers felt the same way. It was quite exasperating.
Simon wants to marry his friend because he wanted her lands - lands that're filled with coal and he couldn't tell her because? He might hurt her feelings - cliche much? And when she found out about it? When do these people realize that truth will come out no matter what?
I don't know why these two end up lying to each other, especially with something important. Trust becomes an issue, Sophie loses her trust with Simon because of what he did, yet, he gains it almost immediately. She's very much in love with him that she can turn blind into his machinations and manipulations. But anyway, it all ended nicely, after a heart-wrenching pain and in the heat of the scandal - Sophie's family still supported her and of course, Simon made a moved to atone for his sins, confessing his love for Sophie. But this time, for real. ...more
Am I crazy for thinking I could have a chance with her?
One look at the cover, and I'd guess it was more of a paranormal genre rather than young ad Am I crazy for thinking I could have a chance with her?
One look at the cover, and I'd guess it was more of a paranormal genre rather than young adult. I was guessing it has something to do with the sea - but I was wrong. Again, never judge the book by its cover because this pretty book doesn't have any paranormal 'blood' in it - something I'm quite thankful for.
Jessie, a new face in school seems to be out of place parking his battered jeep beside cars that are more expensive than the place that he lives in. He knew he didn't belong here - but he didn't care. He needed to be here, he needed to be in the football team and he needed the scholarship. He plays really well, he can throw a ball with both arms (yep, ambidextrous, quite impressive). He's also smart - but he's does not brag about it. Honestly, I am ambivalent about what to feel about Jessie. I like him because he cares a lot for his family (his two brothers) and he cares a lot for Claire enough to let her go. However, I could not understand why he is selling himself short for the person who somehow really cares for him AND why in the world is he staying with his grandmother who obviously doesn't give a damn about him? It would clearly bring him into trouble - with all the things that his grandmother is making him do.
Claire is the running valedictorian, she's a cheerleader and the girlfriend of the quarterback and she's rich. Its a BIG cliche` - but I love her. She's sweet and she doesn't give up on what she wants. At first, she did things that had my brows met, but she completely had me when the tables were turned. She finally had the courage to fight for what she wants and try to weave her happy ending.
Claire's parents. Claire's mother - It will always be a mother's instinct to hope and want what is best for their children. This is why I understand why Claire's mother is not really into Jessie. But I was glad that she was also into Claire's happiness and made decisions that have saved a couple of lives. On the other hand, Claire's father is the best. He didn't judge, he offers reminders and advice to Claire but that was it. They are a perfect pair for a parent that a growing teenager needs.
There's Dane who was honest and a real friend to both Jessie and Claire. He didn't mind that Jessie was out of their league and wasn't afraid to point out his friend's flaws when the situation calls for it. He helped both Jessie and Claire when he was needed most.
This is my first Georgia Cates' book and it went well. Not super great that had me at my wits - just plain okay. There were some questions needed answers, and there were characters who just vanished out of the scene. I needed to know what happened to the other characters: Earl, the grandmother, the ex boyfriend and the best friend. The ending was a bit abrupt (in my point of view) and suddenly, I was already reading the epilogue sometime in the future.
Nevertheless, Going Under deals with topics that are common nowadays: teenage sex, drugs, cliques, social classes, family and of course, romance. It is filled with witty quotes and banters that would keep you entertained. Going Under proves that people change. It also reminds us to see the good in people- no matter what their past is and the length of their rap sheet. Last but not the least, it teaches its reader that there's hope in the bleakest of times and that love knows no boundaries and recognizes no social classes....more
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.
Easy is my first Tammara Webber novel and I didn’t regret picking it for a second. “Easy” started with a blast that will blow your mind in the first cEasy is my first Tammara Webber novel and I didn’t regret picking it for a second. “Easy” started with a blast that will blow your mind in the first chapters. The author surprised the readers of a no-hold bar scene that will make their heart race.
Jacqueline is starting a new chapter in her life after her 3-year relationship with Kennedy ended. I think she handled the post-Kennedy era of her life pretty well. She came out a strong woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to go for it.
Now, two amazing and completely opposite guys entered her life. There’s Landon, the class tutor that her professor recommended to her when she was about to fail her econ class. He is intelligent and clever. I love their email exchanges – it reminded me of EL Jame’s Fifty Shades Series (only in a more wholesome environment). It’s a witty banter thrown between two people who looked like their close friends but in reality Jacqueline have not yet set her eyes on Landon. Then there’s Lucas, a sex on stick (as described by Erin), who sat at the back of her Econ class who took more interest in sketching on his pad rather than listening to their professor.
The relationship between friends felt sincere and close to reality without any overbearing theatrics. I love Erin – and her strong personality. The book is oozing with girl power. Especially with the mention of the sorority and how they dealt with heavy issues such as rape. Brotherhood in fraternities was also perfectly portrayed. The fact still exists that they will do anything to protect one of their own. But there is a limitation to every brotherhood, when brothers can no longer tolerate or realize the extent of mistake a ‘brother’ did.
There were ‘strategically’ placed foul words without overwhelming the reader. The whole book will remind you of your usual college experience, nothing out of the ordinary, well, almost.
Easy is a story of girl power, believing in yourself, friendship and love. This novel doesn’t need a sequel because, just like how it started, it also ended with a bang. I must admit that the main plot of the book is a little heavy – as well as most of the subplots. But Tammara Webber wrote it amazingly well that it didn’t burden the reader so much. You’ll end up surprise turning the page for more rather than pausing and taking a breath.
Definitely, I will read more of her novels and recommend Easy to friends who enjoy a mature YA read. ...more