I have heard and read lots of recommendation for S. Walden's previous novels and I don't know why Love Lines - the newest from her - is the one that hI have heard and read lots of recommendation for S. Walden's previous novels and I don't know why Love Lines - the newest from her - is the one that has gotten my attention. Maybe it was the unique premise of the story or the unique description of the lead character - but whatever it might be, one thing I did realize as I finished reading this is that - I should be reading more from this author!
First things first, I don’t want to sound overly confident but I know from reading the first five chapters of this book that this was a definite 5 star. I was easily driven into the world that S. Walden created and its not every time that such thing happen especially on the genre that this book belonged too.
"And I don't want to do it, but the idea of not counting, not arranging, not tic-ing sends my heart reeling with anxiety."
Bailey suffers from OCD. Yes, you might think OCD is one of those light mental disability like "OMG, I, like, have to eat all the yellow M&Ms first out of the bag. I'm so OCD." its not like that. Bailey suffers a very difficult and unbearable illness that never gave her the chance to leer from her routines from simply lining up her pens in certain order, walking into her office room at a specific time and even walking certain number of steps going to her office table.
From the beginning, we saw how she suffer from this but we also see aside of her from the first hand her willingness to conquer it. I totally loved her. She was flawed and she knows it and owned it. She was a really well rounded character that is so much easy to like and relate too.
I love her relationship with her father, it such a shame that she’s not that close to her mother and sister but I come to realized that since her father suffer the same illness as hers, they find solace with one another. They understood each other's struggles.
Thirty-one rocks. Thirty-one disastrous relationships. Thirty-one years lonely.
Her disorder also affected her dating life. Finding someone that can understand what she's going through can be a tough job until she met Reece - not Reese the chocolate. (lol kidding)
Reece totally made my heart flutter. He's understanding, sweet, giving and totally adorbs!
"Bailey, if you think I want to fix you, you’re dead wrong. I don’t even want to help you manage this thing you’ve got going on. I'm only doing it because I know it’s the right thing to do, but I'd rather you go tic-ing all over my heart and brain."
Sweety right? Reece is more than just an office guy that wanted to save a struggling girl. He has his own story. He wanted someone to "adopt him", to accept him and love him for who he is after the not so good years of being transferred from home to home - the perks of being a foster kid. Reece doesn’t want Bailey to be fixed or changed; he simply wanted to help her conquer something to at least help her control over her own life. He's a very good dose of medicine or therapy for Bailey.
Bailey and Reece together are just too cute! I know cute as supposed to be used to describe couples mostly from the young adult genre but hey despite these two being not so teeny anymore their first encounter and every conversation they have was just too cute and it just get more cuter and hotter as the story progress. They are endearing and sweet and just beautiful together. They are both so vulnerable and seeing them open up to one another is scary at the same time exciting.
S. Walden's writing was effortless. As I have mentioned, I easily delved into the world and surroundings of Bailey and Reece. Finding myself truly invested to the whole story didn’t even surprise me.
Love Lines was a freaking good must read book! It may not have the angst and tension and mystery and most readers crave and it may come off as another ordinary contemporary romance for others but one thing is for sure, just like what happened to me, you will be left feeling utterly satisfied from all the laughter, swooning & ugly cites that this book will give you.
It was an awesome introduction to me for S. Walden's writing. I'm excited to read the next books to this series as well as the other works from her....more
Side Effects May Vary has been the one to break my way long reading slump. I have read several books before I picked this one up and unfortunately mosSide Effects May Vary has been the one to break my way long reading slump. I have read several books before I picked this one up and unfortunately most of them didn’t evoke certain 'feels' to me and finally picking this one up didn’t only give me those certain 'feels'that I'm craving for but offers a lot more.
"Your life changes sometime and it only takes a few words to bridge the gap between now and then."
Alice has Leukemia. She's been battling for over a year and she gets weaker all the time. She's sure that her time was coming thus the reveal of her Bucket Revenge List - a list of people who have wronged her and the appropriate revenge for them; of course with the help of her oldest friend Harvey.
But news came. She’s in remission. She should be happy. But the fall out of the actions of her Bucket Revenge List now needs to be dealt.
I can't say that I totally liked Alice’s character but she isn’t like most of the characters that you get to read. She's sick and angry and mean and bitter but still a very honest character. She has a lot going on in her life aside from her sickness - parent’s drama, friendship and relationship problems. Her sickness and undergoing remission didn’t change her immediately - fate took time to teach her lessons I guess.
There are a lot of times that I wanted to just hold her still and let her think about her actions for they didn’t actually makes sense and hurts a lot of people. Bucket Revenge List also feels a bit childish and shallow for me. This is the part where I get why people didn’t like Alice because lets admit it her reasons for her so called revenge are too petty. But for someone who is dying, this could be her ’last hurrah’ right?
Despite her questionable actions, all the things that she does are very fitting for her character. It feels so real. She's someone who experienced how life can simply turn someone’s life upside down and she simply wanted a revenge on her own. I didn’t approve of how she dealt with her problems but she came through it all - consequences and whatnot.
"I decided to latch on to everything in my world that had always been permanent, and for me, Harvey was so permanent he was concrete."
At times, I can't also help but hate Alice. I hate how he used Harvey. Yes, it terrified her to have a committed relationship with him but couldn’t she tell him sooner? Yes, Harvey is like a willing sacrifice for her but it’s still not good for her to hang him up especially knowing how he felt for her.
"But when the girl you loved was dying, it was hard not to let yourself go with her."
Harvey is Alice's oldest friend and her partner in completing her Bucket Revenge List. Harvey is not the type of character that you would immediately fall for or even like. He's shy, kind of weird, introverted and plain. I was expecting his character to be the type that is too uhm "scripted" but Harvey is Harvey. He's his own character with his own feelings and words and those are the thing I love about him the most.
"I knew I would never travel through space or fly a plane, but sitting there with the girl I loved - there was no question about me loving her - and two of my oldest friends, the whole universe spinning around me, reminded mw how big this world was and how small we were. In a hundred years, no now would know us, but this moment for us would last as long as we did. This. Right now, with traces of Alice coloring my view of the sky, would never be in a history book or a movie but for as long as I could push air in and out of my chest, I would remember this moment that could never be measured."
"Everything with Alice was earned. But her scowls were more easily earned than anything else. I'd learned the language of her expressions."
Alice has treated him with this regard at times - or most of the time - but he didn’t even fret. He loved Alice. He loved her. Her flaws, strengths and vulnerabilities. He's the only one who truly knows her. And it's pretty sweet to think that someone has felt like this for another person but there are limits Harvey and this is where I felt utterly sad for him. I hate this part of Harvey, this "doormat-what's-your-next-move-Alice-so-I-can-follow" part. Majority of the time, I have sympathized with him but I wanted him to stand up for himself, do something that could at least awaken Alice's senses that she might lose him and he will be a big loss. That said he did find the guts to do so and grow and change thru the course of the story.
I liked Alice and Harvey. I loved their sweet moments but I came to the realization that their relationship maybe unhealthy for the both of them. It would be better off if they both stayed as friends. Plus I didn’t really connect with any of them. I liked Alice and I liked Harvey and his flowery words but I didn’t really connect or invested with them over the course of the story.
The story wrapped up nicely. It was not your typical Happily Ever After type where the girl kisses the boy and such but it was satisfying and fitting. I'm actually happy with it.
Side Effects may vary is a very compelling story about surviving, being hurt - several times and living. Julie Murphy did an amazing job in giving us a cancer story from a very different view. She puts her characters in twists and turns but the way she handled it all was awesome-sauce. It didn’t only wake me up from my long reading slump but did entice me to read the stories to come from this author. :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I totally dig the setting of the story. I was just surprised that the ending is not really an ending because I thought this was a stand alone read. HoI totally dig the setting of the story. I was just surprised that the ending is not really an ending because I thought this was a stand alone read. Hopefully, we'll get a preview for the continuation of the story.
*ARC kindly provided by Bird Street Books thru Netgalley.*...more
Let me laugh and cry over the scattered feels that this book gave me. Good. Bad and everything nice and not so nice.
95% annoyed/irritated, 3% feeling bLet me laugh and cry over the scattered feels that this book gave me. Good. Bad and everything nice and not so nice.
95% annoyed/irritated, 3% feeling bad and 2% I don’t even care.
As much as I loved J.A Redmerski's The Edge Never Series and Killing Sarai, I'm actually having expectations over this new stand alone novel of hers but unfortunately no matter how unfortunate the two protagonists on this story was, I didn't connect with them or the whole story because I feel so underwhelmed and the things that happened between them was just insane and exhausting.
Brayelle Bates and Elias Kline are best friends since childhood and we could see through the progress of the book how they make mistakes, how their friendship went downhill and came back again. The beginning was actually promising since it gave me the feel of uncertainty and dread. It feels like with every turn of the page something shocking would happen which excites me.
But that was just the beginning because as the story progress more-after being reunited again after four long years and just when they thought things will be okay for them- a series of clusterfuck came on their way. I don’t want to spoil and individually mention those but lets just say there was a death, lots of partying, alcohol and drugs.
Bray was okay. For some reason or whatsoever I feel like she's a ticking bomb throughout the story just waiting for something or someone to set her off to explode. I did sympathize with things that happened to her but I didn’t find any qualities of her that I find that redeeming. Bray was scared of losing Elias that she chose to settle things on her own and leave him. I'm trying to understand her but each and every time she did things that makes me unlike her more.
Elias on the other hand was much better than Bray. He's sweet and attentive however he did his own share of dumb decisions.
"Despite all her flaws, all of her crazy antics and sometimes over-the-top personality. I loved her more than anything in this world.
Toxic maybe the best word that I could think of that could describe the love of this two people. Their love was wonderful and once in a lifetime but if we look deeper into the fog we could see that it was fragile and will crumble at any moment leaving you at the edge of your seats.
I get insane and intoxicated while reading this book. It was full of impulsive and destructive actions, foolishness and other emotional darkness. It just gets too exhausting and too much, you know? The end was still quite a surprise for me but I find it fitting. After all the running, the ending feels realistic. I find myself seeing both the characters grow and change and it did take them some time to reach that growth and change.
I know it feels like I have just ranted all throughout this review but I do find some redeeming quality on this novel. First, I do like the whole childhood world of Bray and Elias. I love every bit of it and I wish the story stayed there where they were both clueless and just happy lounging by the creek and chasing fireflies.
Another thing is Camryn and Andrew's cameo from the Edge of Never series. I actually find myself re-reading their book and looking for the same scene. It was nice seeing it from another point of view neat and smart.
In all, The Song of The Fireflies was a passionate yet intense story. If you’re looking for the typical J.A Redmerski feel, this is not it. Maybe I'm just used to her other type of writing or maybe it was the lifestyle that these two have as they ran for whatever reason but it feels too unrealistic and just really not for me. I guess, it was just not the type of dark story that suits my reading, but this would not stop me from reading future works from the author.
*Copy kindly provided by Forever Grand Central Publishing thru Netgalley*...more
Cherished is the latest installment to Kelly Elliott's Wanted Series. I know, I have ranted over and over this series but I still keep on reading eachCherished is the latest installment to Kelly Elliott's Wanted Series. I know, I have ranted over and over this series but I still keep on reading each new one because I just can't help it, the whole gang was fixated on me and for closure purposes, I do need to read this book.
I have loved Gunner and Ellie's story, a bit of Jeff and Ari and moved up a higher notch for Amanda and Josh. I was pretty excited for Jessie and Scott's story especially with that another mighty ending from Faithful, but I guess their story fall shortly off than the others.
Jessie was okay but I didn't completely like her. Her dramas makes me roll my eyes several times and her running away jist practically running to the arms of another man just frustrates me. I should say its so sudden and so stupid. I feel bad for Scott, he was left wondering where she is and ugh!
The too much sweetness (I Love You's, making love and other stuffs) is not a bad thing but sometimes it just gets too much. Yes, they love each other but we don't really need it to be explained for more than a page.
Another thing is that I already get too confused with the too many point of views. Almost each character has their own point of view losing the focus on the main characters of the story. Yes, it was okay to have a rehash and update from the characters of the previous characters from the series but I just hope that it don't get to lose its focus on whose story it really is.
The only bright side that I saw on this story was how they are all having kids and they are all so adorable! It's head achingly confusing to think that all the guys here are so romantic and sweet and heart melting and I know its soooo unrealistic but their marriage status are all so admirable they are all full of love. Plus their kids are so fun to see! (Especially Alex and Luke!)
I'm feeling a new and hopefully fresh story generation about to come from Kelly Elliott. I'm excited for Azurdee and Lark and also for Will and Alex. Who are these characters? Well, that's up for you to find out, all I can say is that I'm pretty much excited. *wink*...more
Finding My Forever gave me a mixture of both feelings I felt as I read the first two books from this series (Forever My Girl & My Unexpected ForevFinding My Forever gave me a mixture of both feelings I felt as I read the first two books from this series (Forever My Girl & My Unexpected Forever). It has a sweet feel of second chance at romance with jam-packed emotions overload add up to this is the sense of danger and mystery and of course the happily ever after. *wink*
On the last installment of this series, I actually didn’t quite have my radar on with Jimmy and Jenna so I ended up blank on which this third book will be about and (again) I find myself doing a recap of the previous book to get to know them.
Jenna is scared and lonely. I felt sorry for everything she went through, but seeing her with her friends in Beaumont being determined to keep her life on track was really endearing to see. The secret from her past is what keeps her always on the look-out despite being safe in Beaumont for a couple of years now and honestly; I'm worried about her all throughout the story. I wanted her to already have that someone that will take care of her because she deserved happiness. I understand Jenna’s uncertainties with Jimmy and for a woman who’s been going through a lot she still manages to think straight and clear. Her decisions are surprising but all understandable.
This is totally a different Jimmy than the one I encountered with the first two books. A guy who acts like him always has reasons behind him and he's no different. We get to know more about him here and one thing I know for sure is that he's multi-layered. He has a lot of layers you need to peel off before you came face to face with the real him. I was surprised that I ended up liking Jimmy here more. His romantic side is just heart-melting and don't even get me started on his British side (accent and words included).
Of course, the whole gang is also present up in here. Liam, Josie, Katelyn and Harrison all played vital roles to Jimmy and Jenna's story and they added the much needed color and stability to their story. I love the camaraderie of their group and how they treat each other closely as family.
Finding my Forever left me crying, laughing, smiling and satisfied; in such a short time, a lot really happened here and not one bit feels a bit rushed for me. It wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies; it was a mixture of suspense, thrill, heartbreaks, laughter and surprises (Ahem Chapter 12!). I like how this series is going, it’s not tiresome to see this group expanding, I’m now more excited to see what more the author is in store for us to the upcoming installments from this series. ...more
I could say that I didn’t suffer the sophomore slump with Jen McLaughlin’s continuation of her Out of Line Series. Out of Time was much better and morI could say that I didn’t suffer the sophomore slump with Jen McLaughlin’s continuation of her Out of Line Series. Out of Time was much better and more gripping that the first book.
Just when Carrie is slowly coming to terms that the guy she has fallen in love was hired by her father to be her secret bodyguard and they both have time to work things out with their relationship, a new trial paved their way...
He's leaving. She will be left. They're both out of time.
I liked Carrie more here. It seems that I see her truer side here especially during the times she was with Finn. She's just so pure and very much accepting to the people around her. She is one of those "What you see is what you get" kinds of character and she knows what she wants and she will go after it no matter what happen.
Finn’s sweetness steps up a notch here. The little things he does for Carrie were just sweet. His love for her was intense and real. Despite his insecurities from time to time, it is pretty evident how much he loves her and to what extent he is willing to protect her.
The chemistry between this two is undeniable. I enjoy every moment they are together and seeing them going all out with their feelings with one another as like a huge breathe for me since I was definitely rooting for the both of them. We see their relationship mature enough; they bring out the best in each other.
The title aptly fits the story. As the story progress and with the thought of Finn leaving, I find myself enjoying every limited time Finn and Carrie has together never knowing when the times together would end. You might think that things are happening too fast but no, I guess it was the author's way of writing giving us a true feel that something intense would happen and we're all Out of Time and it was pretty effective, I should say.
In all, Out of Time is a great sequel. I'm looking forward on what will be the outcome of Finn and Carrie. Will definitely one of those waiting for the next installment.
I'm a huge buyer of the whole 'friends to lovers' kind of jig which made me request this as soon as I've seen it on Netgalley. Beforehand, I'm tellingI'm a huge buyer of the whole 'friends to lovers' kind of jig which made me request this as soon as I've seen it on Netgalley. Beforehand, I'm telling you guys that the blurb doesn't even comes close to what really transpires within the story. I was surprised to find out that twist - What the Bride Didn't Know is more than just the romance part because there is the mystery and some action.
Lena and Trig were okay. The Istanbul backdrop of the story was gorgeous. The description feels real - especially on the Turkish Baths!
However, I feel that the whole Special Intelligence Service part, it felt too forced. At first, yes its a great addition to the story but by the middle half of it, the whole Special Intelligence Service thing was not really touched until the very end and I didn't find the closure that I'm looking in Jared's character.
Overall, it was an okay read. Some parts are good other felt too forced but overall it was okay.
*Copy kindly provided by Harlequin KISS thru Netgalley.*...more
I would try to make this review as short and simple as possible because it felt too cheesy and predictable for me and you guys know too cheesy and preI would try to make this review as short and simple as possible because it felt too cheesy and predictable for me and you guys know too cheesy and predictable didn’t work well with me. I know I'm on the minority side of this coz a lot of my friends on GR loved this but yea I didn’t enjoy it as much as they did.
Nico's back-story is what I liked best about Worth The Fight. A fighter who killed his opponent during a fight. Intriguing much right? I do commend the author for the originality of that background story coz with the influx of fighter stories these days you can't honestly compare and see the difference between them and offering a new storyline was a breath of fresh air. Nico's back story was enough to keep me interested on continuing on reading this but that's it.
The whole story was too cheesy and predictable; and as much as I enjoy Nico and Elle's chemistry the whole concept of Insta-love and Insta-attraction feels too forced for the characters. I'm craving for some build-up or deep development from them.
This is my first novel by the author but I guess I won’t let this hinder into venturing her other works. Well, if you're into "fighter" stories this will surely fit the bill. Don’t let my little ranting block you into reading this one maybe it would definitely suit your own interest. ...more
Confession Time: Upon receiving an ARC copy of this book, I plan on reading this alone even though I know that it was a companion novel to Taste The HConfession Time: Upon receiving an ARC copy of this book, I plan on reading this alone even though I know that it was a companion novel to Taste The Heat, but you know those curious bones in my body lingered and that plan fall down instead I read the first book first before this which I think is very helpful at the same time if you don’t have to read the first, Seven Day Fiancé can be read as a stand alone.
I have read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris and definitely enjoyed it so venturing into her contemporary world excites me. Seven Day Fiancé is a quick and very light read. It has the great elements of a good contemporary novel that will definitely get your attention.
Angelle Prejean is in a situation and unfortunately using Cane Robicheaux's name is the only solution she have.
This is definitely not the first "pretend" story that I've read. I always like to find that certain difference in a book especially if the plot line or the concept was already used a couple of times. The thing that stands out on this story is the whole Cajun Culture presented. It’s fun learning and knowing different Cajun stuffs.
Cane and Angelle is both likeable protagonist on the story. Angelle is the sweet and unexpectedly innocent new girl in town while Cane was the hottie and ladies man of the town. I love how they bring out a side to each other that they’ve both never seen before. They are your stereotype of characters that surely stars novels like this but they’re both likeable and that's enough for me
This may not give me the most original set of story and character but the overall story appeals to me and I still enjoyed reading it.
Fighting Fate is one of the most twisted NA stories I have ever read. It is far too complicated! I can't even explain how complicated this whole storyFighting Fate is one of the most twisted NA stories I have ever read. It is far too complicated! I can't even explain how complicated this whole story is at the very same time it is wonderfully executed and so heart-wrenching.
A quick question, there is what we call Stockholm Syndrome but Is there such syndrome when you fall in love with the guy who killed your very own brother?
Paige Zukowski is trying to live up his dead brother's life. She enrolled on his dream school and planning to major on what he also wanted. Saying Paige has been through a lot was an understatement because after his brother's death, her mother suicide and her father pretty much become non-existent and depends on alcohol. Her best friend Kayla is the only one left on her side. The odds seem to be pretty much against her but I admire this girl’s strength.
Logan Xander's life changed after (accidentally) killing Trace Zukowski. From the guy who feels like he owned the world he became a loner but still hardworking, protective, strong-willed but still feel tortured and tormented. My heart breaks for this guy.
Each chance encounter between these two is electrifying. Electrifying in a sense that it is evident there is some unfinished business between them at the same time gloominess and sadness radiates between them. I honestly felt a bit pissed with how Paige treated Logan during their first meet ups but putting myself in her own shoes makes me realize that’s exactly the same way how I would’ve acted.
The beginning was honestly slow. You ever get the feels that you just feel lazy because the story you’re reading is too slow? Yes, that very same thing happened to me here but fortunately once the story unfolded and the treasures are revealed, I got into the hype of it all. The story was beautiful at the same time lonely.
The author did a great job in making me understand both sides of the story - Logan's and Paige's and the cause of their torments and angst. Forgiveness is the most beautiful thing about this book and I honestly can’t believe how touching it is to read when someone gave another person the gift of forgiveness.
Fighting Fate somehow reminds me of Simone Elkeles' Return to Paradise series but with much more conflicting emotions and angst. I have read several works by Linda Kage but by far this is the most heart wrenching and touching. Fight Fate is definitely a unique story....more
I'm fast becoming a fan of Belle Aurora!! Hooray! It's been awhile since I've read her Friend-zoned Series which I did like and enjoy and now with herI'm fast becoming a fan of Belle Aurora!! Hooray! It's been awhile since I've read her Friend-zoned Series which I did like and enjoy and now with her new novel I expect nothing less and fortunately I did get more.
The last kidnapping/kidnapper story I have read left me a bit depressed and sad so venturing into reading another story with the same plot was a very hesitant step for me. But I was so surprised to know that Willing Captive is not the traditional kidnapping/kidnapper story that I'm used to coz this one left we with a whole different kind of Stockholm Syndrome - its the type that left me not so conflicted at the same time feeling humorous about the whole thing.
She was kidnapped somehow by three mysterious yet likable kidnappers.
Willing Captive's cover and description made us think that the whole story will be somehow dark, mysterious and suspenseful. It is those three but the difference is that it was mostly laced with hilariousness and humor. It's so much different from what I expected. It was more of a Romantic-Comedy with mixed of Action and Suspense.The whole concept and the style of the author was great.
To say Lily's father (and mother) was protective is an understatement. She is a 22 year old homebody. I actually like Lily. She's smart, a bit naive yet bold, honest and loyal. I relate with Lily's relationship with reading. It's my escape. I love that she's an easy go girl who continue to live her life despite its craziness.
Heath Ledger's smile a la '10 Things I Hate About You' reminds Lily of Nox's smile.
Nox - the main man in-charge and all alpha-male. He never get involved. He distance himself as much as possible to maintain his mind clear.
"Dear God, please give me strength to make sure that I don't become the threat against the girl I'm trying to protect."
But as the story progress, its potent seeing his change of demanor. Seeing his wall breaks. His relationship with Lily developed in a well-timed paced. I wouldn't consider it as insta-love but I know it was pretty sweet.
I love Boo and Rock! Is it too much to ask for their own story? I love these two. Their support for Nox and Lily plus their witty banters. They have a very unconventional relationship that itches me to know more about them.
As much as a lot of things about reading this there is a certain thing that keeps me from giving it a perfect five stars rating. I don't think the whole dark and mysterious kidnapping thing is necessary. Lily's parents could just simply explain the whole scenario to her and I think things will be settled easily, it was a bit uhm unbelievable and loopy.
The unpredictability level of this book was really high. The twist on the plot and the rough things that happened made up for the loopy beginning. The epilogue was bittersweet but it ended well.
Willing Captive is a non-stop exhilarating and hilarious story. Honestly, the whole "kidnap" thing was pretty hilarious yet I think the story will hold even without that. The whole plot was well developed and it was pretty original. I laugh, wonder and cried (those sad parts are really sad!) through Lily and Nox's adventures. Awesome story!...more
Flat-out around 2.5 stars rating. The writing was good because the story flowed in an orderly manner but there were bits and pieces here and there thatFlat-out around 2.5 stars rating. The writing was good because the story flowed in an orderly manner but there were bits and pieces here and there that didn’t really make me satisfied.
Something was definitely missing with it because I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I find myself wanting to know more about Melissa's relationship with her husband and also Derek's past. It feels like everything happened so fast and major details for me are skipped.
I'm surprised to find that this story was short, quite short as to other romance story that I'm used to. It goes along the lines of 'Boy meets girl. They got involved in a resort. Only to know that both of them are keeping huge things. The plot was generically used, but with stories like this I always hope to see something new or something fireworks inducing about it but unfortunately it didn’t came here plus the ending was too cut-out and I was honestly hoping for more.
It was an okay read for me. It kept my interest but little details will surely be good. ...more
A matchmaker and a divorce lawyer. That's got success written all over it.
Jennifer Probst's stories just keep getting romantic and more magical. JustA matchmaker and a divorce lawyer. That's got success written all over it.
Jennifer Probst's stories just keep getting romantic and more magical. Just when I thought the 'Love Spell Book' has taken its toll on the last Marriage To Billionaire book, I was surprised to find a very suiting spin-off to that fancy romance series. Since I'm a fair believer of connections, magic, vibes and love spells I totally dig the whole concept of this story especially Kinnections!
Kate has a gift of sensing strong energy between two people meant to be together. This girl and her gift were pretty unique! Slade on the other hand is a high profile divorce attorney who doesn’t believe in love.
Kate and Slade together were okay. They both developed individually coming into terms of their own fear and expectations about their selves and the people they love. And here comes the but, because unfortunately, connecting with them has been a failure for me. I like them as individual characters and I'm just there sitting, reading and waiting for them to go on with their story. I don't know but my attention was diverted to Kate’s friends’ stories. Another thing is that I feel that there is something off with them being together because I didn’t feel the sparks fly and all that stuffs. I really don’t have any problems with them it’s just that they didn’t work well and didn’t pair well.
But I honestly don’t have any problem with the story except that I was expecting more. The story flowed evenly. Though its still a bit slower for my taste, the good thing is that it didn’t jumped right off into the story, it gave us a time to know the characters.
I just can't stop gushing about the whole concept of Kate's shop Kinnections!! Though it was fairly unbelievable, the whole quirk and love spell spin to the story add up a huge amount of adorableness and fun to the story. I love Kinnections and its whole team! Their business is serious even though the owners have this certain special affinity of connections and vibes the whole shop isn’t based on that.
The epilogue is such a sweet cake! I love Robert. And I agree that disabled doesn’t mean disposable. Everyone should be given a second or a third chance and no one should ever give up. The whole epilogue written on his perspective was pretty cute.
Searching For Somebody is a good start for a new series from Jennifer Probst. The set up for the upcoming books was promising. It was a pretty light read with no conflicting complications or whatsoever. It's your simple contemporary romance read full of love romance and great friendships. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for more magical and love spell-y stories to come!
*ARC kindly provided by Simon and Schuster thru Edelweiss *...more
Who would’ve thought that New Adult Contemporary could be well mixed with Fantasy?
The Forgotten Ones, started with a complete contemporary feel to itWho would’ve thought that New Adult Contemporary could be well mixed with Fantasy?
The Forgotten Ones, started with a complete contemporary feel to it introducing us to our main character Allison with a schizophrenic mother, living with her grandparents, have a load of friends and a huge but hidden likeness to one of her guy friends - a definite contemporary feel right? Up until a new guy came and a whole lot of other mysterious things happen and the fantasy part starts.
This is a story about faeries. I may have read a book or two about faeries but I honestly cant remember any of it (I'll do a quick recap of the books I've read at some time and see), but I could say that I like the world building of this book. I love the mystery, the magical world full of mystique and wonder and danger. I love how the magical people were made - they’re all beautiful yet dangerous and powerful. It was easy to go through the D'naan world; the gloomy feel to it was super fit to the whole plot.
This story does not have a huge group of characters at first - before the fantasy part begins and the fairies start being introduced we also got to know Allison's friends and family; giving us the feel of the normal world before we were warped into another one.
As a daughter who has to take care of her schizophrenic mother, Allison is extremely mature and felt like a real person. She is very dedicated not only to her friends and family but also on her work and studies. The very good thing I like about her is the fact that even though she has a love interest in the form of Ethan, her world does not revolve around him. Even though we get to see her balance her family, work, studies and personal life it just all prove that she is one strong of character. Ethan was also great. He's cocky and sassy but also sweet and very much understanding of Allison’s problems.
Individually, Ethan and Allison were good but together? I just don’t know. Well, the chemistry was definitely there but sometimes their connection is just not there – it feels non-existent most of the times. Yes, they have their sweet and joking moments but everything left me with nothing to hold on to.
The other struggle I have in reading this was the Gaelic names of the fairy characters. I really like the Irish descent and it was fun and unique but honestly, I had a hard time remembering and pronouncing the names!
In all, The Forgotten Ones is a good read - fantasy and romance mixed into one. I'm pretty much interested on what would happen next with the story and its characters. Will definitely look forward to the next book!
A Graceful Mess has a great story line however some things or issues left me a bit baffled. I think that the root of the whole story and the reason beA Graceful Mess has a great story line however some things or issues left me a bit baffled. I think that the root of the whole story and the reason behind Parker and Grace's meeting was left at the backstage because the underlying issue with Grace's former sweetheart took up the center stage of the story. I just thought that the issue with Grace's real father should have been given more exposure since its the real reason os I should say the start of the whole story.
Plus I need more convincing with Grace and Parker's relationship.
Well, it was okay. As I'm typing this, I'm doing my best to think of words that could best describe me while reading this - well first, I was excitedWell, it was okay. As I'm typing this, I'm doing my best to think of words that could best describe me while reading this - well first, I was excited then curios, irritated, irritated, a down swooned moment then flat line until the end.
It started good for me. I was honestly excited for this one since Monica Murphy is one of my most awaited and favorite author so grabbing this next new series' of hers was a definite excitement for me. Another thing that gets me excited about it is the plot that revolved around 'my-best friend's-sister' kind of drift. Next to 'friends turn into lovers' and I have a weird a thing for stories that goes along the line of that, so you really cant blame me if I get all excited right? So that feeling went on until I came to the point where it feels like I’ve read the same entire thing or banter on the other contemporary books with the same storyline, but I was still hanging on that maybe something new would still come out – but no nada. It was too predictable for my taste and I can’t help but feel like the story was a complete flat land with no bumps - high or low. Simply a flat deserted place.
Ivy and Archer are okay characters but unfortunately I can't find this connection with them. Their stubbornness and epic miscommunications that goes back and forth was tiring and just too much. But one thing I know for sure is that these two have an undeniable chemistry – chemistry that you would really feel sizzling as a reader.
Crave has this spark that most readers look for and their is definitely fire what with the characters sizzling chemistry but it lacks the fireworks that I was expecting when the end came – also like I was left midair without a parachute flopping down the land face front. Well, at least the ending was happy(which is already given from the start). The chemistry got me but the characters' individual personalities and the whole story didn't quite make it up to me....more
She's the one with the ideal life ahead; the girl who always knows what her next step would be; While He was trapped in aDuring their younger years,
She's the one with the ideal life ahead; the girl who always knows what her next step would be; While He was trapped in a world of unpredictability and hurdles.
At the present time,
He was the one who made it - achieved his dreams and so sure of his next and every move while She was left to do the things that her parents want her to do.
Ahhh. Winter setting! I love the snow, the hoodies, snowboarding, lodge, and extreme activities. Silver Hearts definitely hits one of my favorite settings! Plus the whole atmosphere of the story was so fitting for it.
The characters on this book are all okay except for the fact that I can't help but feel oh so frustrated with Dylan! Well, I really can't blame her for always doing what her parents wanted her to do but even for a single time why can't she stick up for herself? Sigh. But I do commend her for taking the path thru her self discovery, independence, strength and her love for Sawyer. She was not perfect but you could clearly see the effort that she’s making to get thru it. (Take that Dylan’s parents!)
Sawyer, on the other hand, despite all the rocks that life has thrown on his way, he made it. He achieved his dreams and is now not hesitant with life for he has his control over it now. He’s sweet, good, flirty, funny and one of those famous people who are never arrogant.
I love every waking moment that these two are together - their connection is really there. Plus the whole 'Silver Medal' thing that Sawyer uses for Dylan was too sweet. Their relationship has acceptance, support and understanding even after years of not seeing each other. I like how the author lets us see glimpses of their past and how their relationship/friendship works then.
Another thing is that the whole story doesn’t stand on too much drama and angst so it was a refreshing thing for me since I think I've already read too much of those to last me a lifetime! There are some miscommunications and misunderstandings here and there but things are not so heavy.
A little side not though, I wanted to see how all the confrontation between Dylan and her parents happened. It seems like the story only toched a small bit of it but seeing the confrontation throughout as to how her parents would truly react would’ve been nice.
It was an easy and simple contemporary/NA read. Definitely suits my mood since I've read during one of those rainy nights here in Manila. It was a poignant and hot and the lack of too much angst and drama is so refreshing....more