When I first saw this book, I was drawn in by the cover and the title, My Life With The Walter Boys.....The Walter Boys......oh yeah, I thought, this...moreWhen I first saw this book, I was drawn in by the cover and the title, My Life With The Walter Boys.....The Walter Boys......oh yeah, I thought, this is something I want to check out. I have to say that I was absolutely delighted when I began to read it. Though the reason behind what brings Jackie from the "Heart of New York" to what seems to be the "Middle of Nowhere" Colorado is tragic, the story itself it a gem....or more accurately put, at least in my opinion, are the subjects of the story who are the actual Walter Boys themselves. I absolutely adored them. Eleven Boys and one girl who is a full- tomboy, and Jackie finds herself right in the middle of them. Not only has she arrived in hottie heaven, each of the boys has such a unique personality that makes them special and set apart from the group as a whole. You would think with so many characters it would be hard to keep up, but Ali Novak has done an excellent job in writing this character-driven story, enabling you to feel like you really know each of the boys, some better than others, but all nonetheless. While the story itself is fun and cute, and it does have its serious moments, the boys are totally what make it. I was so impressed by the way Novak portrayed not only each boy, but the banter between them was perfect - it totally sounded just like you would expect guys that age to sound like. The the way the guys talked, the things they did and said, the way they acted - it could not have been more well done.
Jackie herself underwent a whole lot of changes as she learned to be part of the family, and of course you have to have the romance, which was entertaining also - I mean a house full of hotties, what can you expect. You had more than one Walter Boy vying for her attention and I am happy to say that the one I was rooting for ultimately won out. The ending of the book is somewhat open, yet not in a cliffhanger way at all, just leaving things at a point where the story can continue, while bringing the current book to a good closing point. I am really looking forward to reading the next installment in the series and can't wait to see where Ali Novak takes the characters in the sequel. Overall, I found My Life With The Walter Boys to be like a ray of sunshine that was delightful, entertaining, lighthearted and just plain fun. It is something I really enjoyed and would most definitely recommend to YA fans both old and young. (less)
This was a very emotional story for me, one of those that is just heart-wrenching. The characters are both broken people brought together while dealin...moreThis was a very emotional story for me, one of those that is just heart-wrenching. The characters are both broken people brought together while dealing with painful, tragic situations. Heart Beat is a raw, gripping story of loss, hope, grief and the pain and joy that are experienced in the process. The romance was not the main focus of the book, but it added so much to it. While emotionally taxing, I am glad that I read it. It is definitely one of those books that stays with you long after you turn the last page. (less)
The cover of this novel originally caught my eye, then after reading the synopsis, I knew I wanted to check this book out. Undone is the first thing I...moreThe cover of this novel originally caught my eye, then after reading the synopsis, I knew I wanted to check this book out. Undone is the first thing I have read by Shannon Richard, but it definitely won't be the last.
I fell in love with Paige Morrison's character in the first few pages of the book. She was not only likable, but so funny also, which was one of the things that made the book so entertaining. After having everything going for her, things turned around and in the matter of a few months time, her world fell apart. She lost her job, lost her roommate and apartment, and moved in with her boyfriend who she thought was "the one," only to have him break up with her a few months later. Paige now finds herself broke, brokenhearted, and homeless, now living with her parents again in a little town in Florida. Unfortunately, Mirabelle is one of those towns where the residents don't take to strangers to easily, especially outspoken ones whose style of dressing is something that you would see more in a big city rather than a small town - hence another strike against Paige. After another botched interview, she finds herself on the side of the road after her car breaks down, in high heels, with no cell reception, and has to walk for far too long in said high heels before she finds a phone. Once she does find the phone, she also has quite an experience where she finds it.
Enter at this point the hottie wrecker driver Brendan King, who also owns the shop where Paige's car will be repaired. Not only his he a hottie, he is cocky, has his own bad boy humor going on, he's a little bit arrogant, and a whole lot of sexy. He immediately rubs Paige the wrong way, and the banter between the two is quite entertaining, while the chemistry is through the roof hot. Brendan surprises himself by the way he feels about Paige, because he doesn't do relationships. Try as they may to fight it, a romance ensues between the two and the events that follow provide a most entertaining and enjoyable story.
I loved the secondary characters in the story also, who all play an important role and enhance the story in an impressionable way. Though the book starts off lighthearted and humorous, as it progresses, there are some really difficult things that Paige and Brendan go through, things challenge their relationship, their commitment, and their love.
Though this wasn't one of those books I couldn't put down, it was one of those books that I looked forward to picking up and reading when time allowed throughout the day. I enjoyed the writing, the plot, and the romance had just the right mix of steam with a good story behind it. Overall, I found Undone to be a very likable and enjoyable contemporary romance and would recommend it to those who are fans of this genre. I'll definitely be reading the companion novels in this series.(less)
4.5 Stars I became a fan of Ginger Scott when I read her first two books, Waiting by the Sidelines and Going Long. I was thrilled to find out she had a...more4.5 Stars I became a fan of Ginger Scott when I read her first two books, Waiting by the Sidelines and Going Long. I was thrilled to find out she had another book coming out and couldn't wait to see what she had in store for her readers in Blindness. I have to say, I was wowed and wooed by the cover, I mean I would buy the book based on that along I am sure. That said, let's get to the story itself. Charlotte "Charlie" Hudson has had anything but a normal life, and what little bit of normal she had with her dad and her best friend was ripped away from her. When she runs away from it all to college and meets her boyfriend Trevor, he is every girls fairy tale prince, or so it seems. Charlie finds herself conformed into the image that Trevor expects of her, and she even thinks that is who she is and what she wants, that is until she meets Cody Carmichael. From that point forward, everything she thought she knew and everything she thought she wanted began to unravel before her eyes and for the first time, she questioned her feelings and what she really wanted, rather than accepting what was expected. Cody Carmichael has also known grief. In fact, he has experienced it intimately and become very well acquainted with it. He also has lost everything that was important to him. When these two finally connect, it is like they have found that part of themselves that was missing, but things are complicated, very complicated........but they both have to decide if they are willing to take a chance on love, and what they are willing to sacrifice in order to find it.
I really liked both Charlie and Cody, and I even liked Trevor. Cody has the whole bad boy vibe thing going for him, he is tattooed, and as hot as hot can get. I really liked Charlie also, she is far from perfect and has a lot of insecurities, but those things also made her very real. I will say there is a love Triangle involved, which I am usually not a fan of, but in this case, it was very well done and an intricate and necessary part of the story. I love the way the relationship between Cody and Charlie grew. The chemistry was there from the get go, but the relationship and trust built over time, and was very deep, heart-felt, and intimate. A lot happens throughout the course of the book, a lot of hurt, pain, loss, self-discovery, love, hope, and redemption, which makes for quite a dramatic read.
As for the secondary characters, they were great. I especially liked Gabe and Jesse, Cody's best friends, who also become good friends and support for Charlie. I even liked Trevor. He turned out to be a really great guy as the story progressed, just a little selfish and clueless, but definitely Prince Charming material for the right girl. The villian in the story is Trevor's Dad Jim, who is one of those characters that you love to hate.
I really enjoy Ginger Scott's writing style. She has the ability to such you into the pages of the books she writes, enabling you to connect with the characters in a deep way, experiencing their emotions right along with them. The book was fast-paced and kept me intrigued from beginning to end. There is also a great epilogue at the end of the book. Overall, Blindness is a really great new adult contemporary romance, and Ginger Scott does a wonderful job of creating a story and making it her own in the growing sea of contemporary new adult reads out there. I thoroughly enjoyed it and most definitely recommend it. (less)
I am a big fan of Sawyer Bennett and have loved her Off Series, so when I found out she was writing a new series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on...more I am a big fan of Sawyer Bennett and have loved her Off Series, so when I found out she was writing a new series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. On the Rocks is the story of Hunter Markham and Gabby Ward. Gabby and Hunter's sister Casey have grown up as best friends, spending time at each others homes, with Casey as much a part of the family as the actual siblings were. Hunter and his twin brother Brody are Casey's older brothers, 5 years older to be exact. Gabby has had a crush on Hunter ever since she can remember. On the night of her high school graduation one kiss changes the whole dynamic of their relationship, crushing Gabby's heart and dreams. After spending five years on the professional surfers circuit and earning himself a top position in the sport, Hunter is back in town, having bought a local bar and grill which is in need of some work, which Gabby ultimately is hired to do. The more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny their feelings, but as the past and the future begin to collide, will it be more than they can handle?
I really loved both Hunter and Gabby's characters. Gabby is a woman trying to make it in a man's world and handles herself very well. Hunter is just one of those hot surfer dream guys. As a former player, I was really impressed by his loyalty in this book. Gabby is the more reluctant of the two and I wanted to shake her a couple of times, but I understood where she was coming from. The chemistry between the two is so thick you could cut it with a knife, and the romance, well let's just say Sawyer Bennett delivers big time in that area. There are quite a few secondary characters, all of whom I liked with the exception of Sasha, and Bennett has laid the ground work for some really great companion novels in the future. The story itself kept my attention and kept me turning the pages, enjoying every minute. Sawyer Bennett has a great writing style, which she demonstrates yet again in On the Rocks. I cannot wait to read the second book in the series, which will be about Hunter's broody brother Brody. Overall, this is a great contemporary romance and the beginning of what looks to be another must read series by Sawyer Bennett, one I definitely recommend contemporary romance fans checking out. (less)
I've been wanting to read a book by Kristen Proby and when I saw this one, I thought it would be the perfect series to begin with. I just love a hot c...moreI've been wanting to read a book by Kristen Proby and when I saw this one, I thought it would be the perfect series to begin with. I just love a hot cowboy, and that is exactly what you get with Josh King.
Carolina (Cara) Donovan is a schoolteacher and a very good one She's looking for a summertime tutoring job, something that lands her at the home of Josh King. Josh's 12-year-old nephew Seth is living with them after his mom abandoned him. His dad, Josh's twin brother Zack, has been in Afghanistan. Seth's a smart kid with a bad attitude, but not too big a challenge for Cara. Josh on the other hand, makes her weak in the knees and the more time they spend together the closer they get, and they have a hot time in the process, as well as overcome a few road blocks along the way.
Loving Cara is told from both Josh's and Cara's point of view. I liked Cara's character. She is self-conscious about her body image, the reason being that when she was in high school she was a little on the chubby side with frizzy hair, and the brunt of jokes by a not-so-nice group of girls, some of which still haven't grown up. Today's Cara, however, is a knockout, a fact that doesn't go unnoticed by the horse-riding hottie Josh King. Despite his affections, she still struggles with her self-image at times. Josh is a very dominant guy and has a commanding presence. It's obvious he's used to being in charge, but he's really a nice guy, though he can loose his temper and behave like a jerk on occasion. He's crazy about Cara and determined to make her see that. The other characters were great to get to know also. I loved Seth, the 12-year-old nephew, and Kristen Proby has laid the foundation for some really good romance between some of the characters in future installments, which I'm really looking forward to.
The romance is hot, and there are some pretty intense sexual scenes, so this is definitely for the 18+ plus crowd. There is not an over abundance of drama, though the story is still good and I did really enjoy it. It is a light read that is relaxing, entertaining, and sexy. I have to say that I have enjoyed my first Kristen Proby read and I am definitely looking forward to more from this author. (less)
I am a fan of the Firefly series and that fact combined with the promise of science fiction, spaceships, and teenage mercenaries definitely had me wan...moreI am a fan of the Firefly series and that fact combined with the promise of science fiction, spaceships, and teenage mercenaries definitely had me wanting to find out more about Avalon. Jeth and his motley crew of teens, kind of like a grown up version of The Little Rascals with a badass side, work for a space crime lord of sorts. Jeth is a likable character, very protective of his sister, and he cares for his crew. There are several secondary characters that all play a role, with the love interest being Sierra. Sierra's character didn't wow me, but she was okay. The romance was there, but not in an overbearing way. The story has its slow moments and it action-packed ones. There is even a great villain. While somewhat predictable, the story did have its twists and turns in the plot that proved to be entertaining.
Overall, Avalon is a good science fiction story that will be enjoyed by those who love the genre, even more so by teenage fans. While I wasn't blown away by the story, I did enjoy it and will be reading the sequel to see where the author takes the story from here. (less)