“In eight years not a day has gone by when she hasn’t thought of him. She misses him and she wants him back. I want my best friend back, she thinks, “In eight years not a day has gone by when she hasn’t thought of him. She misses him and she wants him back. I want my best friend back, she thinks, because without him nothing is good and nothing is right.”
BESTFRIENDS. Eversince their graduation from Edinburgh University, this is what Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew has become aside from hooking up from time to time.. After that day, they end up talking about their life and the future. This book contains the life of these two in the span of 20 years which is narrated every 15th day of July which is also the day these two have been together. (The 15th Day of July is known as the St. Swithin's day which is celebrated in England, it is a belief that the weather on this day would depict the weather for the next 40 days! How Awesome!)
Each chapter lets us take a glimpse on what is happening between their seperate lives or whenever they are together. The depth and foundation of Emma and Dexter's friendship makes it different from the other friends-fall-with-one-another type of story. Yes, they have their ups and downs but that's part of life and friendship. They are shaped by these ups and downs and thats what makes them stronger and deeper. I believe that what they have is real and thats what makes me love them.
The story of Emma and Dexter is not unique but what they have or feel with each other is the one that is unique and rare because not every person is lucky enough to find a kind of friendship like this that ends up just like they are. The story makes me appreciate life more and that we should seize the every day of our life. CARPE DIEM! . It also tells us that in life, nothing stays the same, its constantly changing. Things change. People change. But we should not let these changes affect who we really are and to the people around us.
I hate Goodbyes. I really loathe them especially the one when you don't even get to say it. It just breaks my heart. This is such a sad story that i already started crying over the half of it and cry buckets more at the end of it. It is also a good read for anyone who wanted someone they couldnt have. RIGHT HAND RAISED! HAHA.
In the end, i realize i would not want to end this story differently. If it was ended differently then it would not have this effect on me. Though i'm a sucker for happy ending, i like the way this books ends. Though sad and very heartbreaking. It just suits it. Someday, i wanted to have a friendship like what Emma and Dexter have who wouldn't want that?. They are just simply who they are when they are together. Simple. Happy. No More No Less. BEST FRIENDS.
“This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today.” ...more
I read this book for 5 hours STRAIGHT! because I just can't seem to put it down. A dear friend of mine suggests for me to read this book so i decideI read this book for 5 hours STRAIGHT! because I just can't seem to put it down. A dear friend of mine suggests for me to read this book so i decided to read it and yes i'm not disappointed at all for it was one of those books that really captures me so as I've said i never had the guts to put it down so i read it for 5 hours straight.
It was a one of a kind book for it contains a mystery and romance at the same time. The story encompasses the mystery residing on the Waverly Clan and the apple trees on their Garden. As the only Waverly left on Bascom, North Carolina, Claire Waverly manage to build a business of her own and keep things on hand while staying their. So that's where the story truly revolves, around Claire. Addition to this is the homecoming of his Runaway sister Sydney (now with a daughter), a new neighbor who falls to Claire and of course the old but very magical Evanelle who has a gift of giving stuffs to people thinking they might need it and voila! They truly used it at times of need.
It was really a one of a kind book and now because of this book i'm looking forward in reading more books of Sarah Addison Allen. :) ...more
"When i was seventeen, my life changed forever..."
Not many of us are lucky enough to find love at a very young age, but this story tells us that desp "When i was seventeen, my life changed forever..."
Not many of us are lucky enough to find love at a very young age, but this story tells us that despite different circumstances love will surely find a way if it is really meant for you. This is simply a sweet story of young and everlasting love between Jamie Sullivan and Landon Carter. I remember watching the movie adaptation of this when i was younger and yes, i cried and fell in love with it but after reading this it makes me fall in love and cry again. The good thing about this one is that the story and the characters seem to be so real. The story makes us want to believe that love is there, it is pure and the goodness will always win at the end. It is bittersweet, tragic and yet spiritual in some ways for it says that of you believe, miracles can do happen. It is a very moving book, though Landon told the readers that there will be joy and sadness, eventually the tears will still come. And tears do come. For Me.
A typical Nicholas Sparks Novel, which would make you smile and feel in love but yet the tragedy is still there. The movie might end up in a tragic way, but on my own understanding after reading it, it ends on a good note for Landon states that:
"I smile slightly, looking toward the sky, knowing there's one thing I still haven't told you: I now believe, by the way, that miracles can happen." ...more
I'm absolutely, unconditionally and irrevocably in love with this book. GAAA. I can't cointain it. Its just so. GAAAAA! THIS BOOK IS AWESOMELY SWEET!
I'm absolutely, unconditionally and irrevocably in love with this book. GAAA. I can't cointain it. Its just so... I can't even come to terms what i would say about it. This just left me speechless.
It was awesomely sweet! Just sweet. So sweet. It makes me feel the girl shivers you feel whenever you see someone you like. Not that i could trully relate to the story but its just that i'm a girl! i feel those shivers within me while reading this. Weird Huh?
Anyways, at first you might just think that this book is your average ‘good girls falls for the bad boy’ but that's only at the beggining, not long it will come to you that there would me something MORE to this book. The completely unpredictable twist to the plot was great, it was completely unpredictable! The characters are well developed and well described. I really like the part of Jaden's brothers. They are so protective of her and i trully envied her relationship with them for me myself i want an older brother of my own.:) Then of course there is the bad boy who turned putty in the hands of Jaden, namely Parker Wayne . At the first sight of his character i already swoon over him and by the end of the book i already worshipped him. HAHA. I just like his rough image and the gentleness inside him. He and Jaden’s relationship is really something every girl dreams of one day having.
I've read this in one sitting for it was really impossible to put down. The closer i get to the ending the more i wanted it to last longer. This is one of the books that i could not stop thinking about. GAAA! Super Hang-overed over this one I am extremely happy to read this. Its an absolute MUST READ! :) ...more
"I'm Etienne. I stay upfloors" French name. English Accent. American School. Anna is confused.
I COMPLETELY, PERFECTLY & ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS"I'm Etienne. I stay upfloors" French name. English Accent. American School. Anna is confused.
I COMPLETELY, PERFECTLY & ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK!! COULD I DATE AND MARRY THIS BOOK?!
This is one of those books that would forever live within me. I simply loved it and I will never get tired of reading it again and again and again. It was a simply stated book but very straight from the heart. It is one of those that would easily captures the heart of its readers which is what really happened to me. I read it all night long up until the sun rises.
The characters of this book is very much exceptional. I really liked Anna. She is sweet, witty and very real. Though she really had a hard time coping up with her new environment in Paris, she still manage to be herself and make friends with new people. She has a very well defined character and multi-dimensional at the same time, most of the times, I really feel what she feels on a certain situation.
Etienne St.Clair, is one hot guy! With his good looks and impeccble intelligence and that gorgeous English Accent, people think that he could have everything he wanted but not really. He is struggling inside him and though he seems to be very vulnerable at times, he still manage to oversome his life issues and simply let things happen.
These two characters are both not perfect in physical ways and I liked it. Anna has a gap between her teeth and Etienne has a crooked bottom teeth. It was hilarious but yea, it makes me smile.
The friendhip of thse two really captures my heart. They have that friendship foundation which has its pros and cons. The pros of this is that they have eachjother everytime someone needs the one, they have someone they could lean on and be with them in times of need when you feel that nobody else is there but the con to this is that when they grow into something more there might be a tendency that this friendship they have will vanish at a certain time if they don't really end up with each other. This is a typical dillema between two people who are friends who have a certain attraction with each other. I think this is one of the hardest issue to resolve between them. In Anna and Etienne's case, they didn't have a straight road towards happy ending. There are a lot of bumps and stops, but guess what? They handled it well and learned things along the process.
Paris. The City of Lights. This is also one of the things I liked about this book. I for one love travelling and this story gives me a great idea on how living in Paris looks like it also gives me a bird's etyeview to its famous places such as the Kilometer Zero wherein you could make a wish and the Notre Dame Cathedral. GAAA! Very insighful.
Anna and the French Kiss really captures the feeling of being in love. This book seems to be everything my heart is longing for in a book and I really do want to continue living in Anna and Etinne's world even for a little while. ♥ ...more
This is my 10th Nicholas Sparks book and i decided to read it because i heard that a movie adaptation will be shown next tear and i just had a habit oThis is my 10th Nicholas Sparks book and i decided to read it because i heard that a movie adaptation will be shown next tear and i just had a habit of reading stuffs before it went to the big screen. :)
When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph—his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
I like this one because it seems to be a very interesting story because i was really curious about the picture thing and looking for the girl in the image stuff. The characters are well developed and it seems to be easy to go with their stories. I don't really like reading the part of Clayton (other guy character on the story), he was very creepy and acted like a pervert at times. ugh. He's just creepy. I also like the end part which really left me at awe. In the last two chapters its truly where the climax is for me. I would not really state what happened, but lets just say that things happened and at the end of that chapter Elizabeth and her Son cried. And on the last chapter there are words like "accident", "funeral", "cemetery", "flowers" and i'm thinking out like OH MY! THERE'S SOMEONE WHO DIED AGAIN! NOT AGAIN NICHOLAS SPARKS! but my thinking was wrong there is really someone who died, but its still a happy ending. :)
In all, a typical Nicholas Sparks read and it seems to be a "gender-reversal" of "The Message in a Bottle" . The story was beautifully written and the end is very unpredictable. Let me end this by saying it has a HAPPY ENDING. It not usual for a Nicholas Sparks novel to have a happy ending, but this definitely has one and it makes me happy knowing at times, Nicholas Sparks still believed in Happy Endings. :)
P.S I'm kinda excited for the movie adaptation of this since Zac Efron will be playing Logan Thibault. K. :) ...more
I saw this book a couple of times lurking on the bookstore and i simply pass them by, but one day i never know what comes to me, i suddenly picked itI saw this book a couple of times lurking on the bookstore and i simply pass them by, but one day i never know what comes to me, i suddenly picked it up and decided i wanted to read it but basically after reading it and researching about it i realized i quite made a mistake(not about getting this though) but i never thought this seems to be a second book to something with the title Anna And The French Kiss . Well anyways i continued reading it and therefore decided to read Anna and The French Kiss the next time.
The story is basically about a budding designer Lola Nolan who doesn't believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
This is the first Stephanie Perkins book I've read and it kinda satisfies me. I loved reading about Lola's crazy and unique outfits, the way she seems to act as natural as possible. Her character is very relatable for the teens of this generation facing the same dilemma as hers. The involvement of Lola's two dads adds to the quirkiness of the story. As for the guy named Cricket Graham Bell, well, i imagined him to be a cute and tall guy who fail to tell his true feelings for someone he truly loves. I loved His character because it seems to be full of mystery but at the same time full of sweetness and charm (in an understated way) that would surely make the readers swoon over him.
I liked how both of them struggle with their feelings for each other, though Lola already has a boy of his own, somehow she still doubted that love she felt when Cricket came back to her life. I guess, thats the exact moment when i suddenly know that here feelings for Cricket is still there. As the story goes, the Chemistry between Lola and Cricket just seems to get more and more obvious and at times they we're together i just wanted it to end and let them be together just like that! Though the plot is quite predictable, it still gives me the cliffhanger thing thinking how they could be together since the other part already has another person in her life.
There are just some things i don't like about it. I don't like Lola's attitude that she often acted without thinking of others, she just do what she wanted. Her thoughtlessness of things at times irritates me. hehe. ugh.Whatever.
So, that's it. A good read and satisfying. :)...more
I simply loved this book. Period. No More No less. :)
Contrast to its title Epic Fail , this one is an Epic Win! for me. It's a great modern rend I simply loved this book. Period. No More No less. :)
Contrast to its title Epic Fail , this one is an Epic Win! for me. It's a great modern rendition of Pride and Prejudice that has kept its own identity separate from the old classic. Its a great re-imagined version or counterpart to the classic love story of the headstrong and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet and the intimidating, aloof,and handsome Mr. Darcy which was retold in a modern day setting of outrageous teens with the characters Elise Benton and Derek Edwards.
Though its just a retold story it seems to be a different one. A typical person who doesn't have a clue about the story of Pride and Prejudice would never think this is a retold story to that one. The author seems to bring out something new through the structure of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy's life and that what makes me love it more.
Its a typical lovey-dovey kind of read, Yes, but i really do enjoyed it. It was funny and sweet. The characters are well flourised. It consists of all the classic argues present to a typical high school relationships. It was a beautifully written novel and I can't really deny the fact that i do really love the story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, its a simple one yet full of love, happiness and trials and as i've said often time i'm a sucker for happy endings and stuffs :) So, yea. ♥...more
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
Sarah Addison Allen is starting to be one of my favorite authors! I'm starting to read all of her books like whaaaaaatt! Yes, but anyways, lets talk aSarah Addison Allen is starting to be one of my favorite authors! I'm starting to read all of her books like whaaaaaatt! Yes, but anyways, lets talk about The Girl Who Chased The Moon
So, the story mainly flows to a girl named Emily Benedict who returned to the home place of her mother in Mullaby, North Carolina where she would live with her grandfather. And since her arrival, riddles surrounding the place begins to haunt her curiosity such as "Why her mother left that place?" and "What are the Mullaby Lights?". Then, She met Julia Winterson, a neighbor and the owner of the famous restaurant on the city which in her own have some issues behind her past and hopes to resolve and bring back an old love with the magic of her cakes and through her cakes and motherly presence, it gives Emily hope to find out what really lures behind her mother's past.
What I Like About This book:
♥ It has a very light story and the people seems to be secretly related to each other and seemed to be at eased easily with one another. ♥ The presence of the Mood Wallpapers on Emily's room which is pretty cool for me. ♥ The blend of supernatural-mystery / romance / Life thing is mixed accordingly.
What I KINDA NOT Like About This book:
♥ The Mystery behind the Mullaby lights just frustrates me. I mean, there could've been a better mystery behind it other than the one revealed in this book. ♥ It does not end with a great period. Not Literally, but what i mean is the story is left hanged. It would've been better is Maddie also played a part on the story so that she could have her own happy ending not when everyone has their own happy ending that 's where she would make her grand entrance. -__- Just an idea.
But all, its a good read. Nothing Too Bad, But noting too extravagant. :)
PS. This reminds me of the bookTrue Believer by Nicholas Sparks because the the mysterious lights that lures around the place. :)...more
Let me start by saying that I'm really looking forward in reading this book. Why? Yea, because i cant help but get really curious on what other twistsLet me start by saying that I'm really looking forward in reading this book. Why? Yea, because i cant help but get really curious on what other twists will Sarah Addison Allen would put on her other books. So i'm pretty looking forward in reading this. haha.
In a place called The Walls of Water in North Carolina where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town's famous waterfalls, Willa Jackson has mixed feelings about the restoration of her family home - which they lost years ago due to financial constraints - by Paxton Osgood, scion of a prominent local family. On one hand, Willa has tried to move past her family’s scandals and establish her independence. But on the other, she can’t help but sneak up to the house and witness the transformation occurring before her eyes. When she unexpectedly meets Colin, Paxton’s brother, up at the site, it sets in motion a chain of events that will reveal the mysteries in Willa’s and Paxton’s pasts.
Same as other Addison books, its an easy read. The mood is very light and you would never have the urge to put it down for it held you attention and curiosity and you would want to finish it all the way. The storyline is so finesse. A simple story with a little twist of history and mystery it would make you think of what secret really lies beneath that place. I like the little encounters of Willa and Paxton to their grandmothers who may have the key to the secret that lies within the place. The presence of the romantic partners of Paxton and Willa. First on Paxton, she is with a man in the name of Sebastian but not sure about him because of the things she saw on the past about him. But as the story goes, they face each others difficulties and at least end up happy with one another. :) As for Willa, she is connected with a man named Colin which is Paxton's twin brother and with him on the view, Willa's outlook on things changes.
In all, The Peach Keeper is a simple, easy and fun read. It has an interesting story and the characters are endearing and fun. YEY! :)
After meeting the author Nicholas Sparks last October 28th here in Manila and get him to sign my book, i started reading his latest novel which is obvAfter meeting the author Nicholas Sparks last October 28th here in Manila and get him to sign my book, i started reading his latest novel which is obviously entitled "The Best Of Me". I tried so hard to refrain myself in reading this though it was really hard for me because i'm really curious about it. So here it goes, the book is definitely good! As the same as his other novels it is filled with flashbacks and old memories that in due time came back to the protagonists of the story. It was one of the most touching story I've ever read and it is also one of those who makes me cry the whole time. I finished reading it the other night at around 11pm and guess what?? my eyes are scorching red from tears after reading it. It makes me feel sad as well as happy because even in a small span of time while reading it i was able to fit myself in Amanda and Dawson's shoes. I felt how they felt during the hard times and feel the happiness and love they feel whenever they are together. I guess this story just moves me a little for i'm a big sucker for romantic things and love. Silly me for crying at this but my tears just started pouring especially when Amanda (protagonist) says this line:
"Please don't ask me to go with you, because if you do, I'll go. Please don't ask me to tell Frank about us, because i'll do that, too. Please don't ask me to give up my responsibilities or break up my family; I love you, and if you love me, too, then you just can't ask me to do these things. Because I don't trust myself enough to say no."
In all, Nicholas Sparks still never really fail to show the main aspects of his novels. There's still the flashbacks, the memories, the tragedy and the everlasting love. This story would surely move you and touch those little heart strings of yours. YEY! :)
I'm really a sucker for friends-turn-into-lovers type of stories. And Gosh, I really love this book. I utterly love it. I don’t know were to start butI'm really a sucker for friends-turn-into-lovers type of stories. And Gosh, I really love this book. I utterly love it. I don’t know were to start but it’s just so good and it was just... good. After reading it, I lay and ponder what's with this book and why do I liked it so much? It's the first book by S.L Scoot that I've read and I guess this won’t be my last.
The story is told from the alternating point of views of Charlotte Barrows and Charles Adams who both coincidentally share the same nicknames that is Charlie. Charlie [g] is depressed and really not in a good place now what with her ex-fiancé being dead. She's very fragile since his death and can' seem to go on with her life. Charlie [b] was a successful writer. He's famous and all but he tries to live a very simple life even though he belongs to one wealthy family. These two first met on the subway but then met again in a bar. And it seems that fate is really playing with them they once again met as each of them was on their own on two separate funerals. Charlie [g] was on her way to her ex-fiancé’s funeral while Charlie [b] was about to go to his beloved great-aunts funeral. They both agreed to go to each others funeral thinking that each of them needs support and comfort and from then on a beautiful friendship and romance started to bloom.
This story greatly reminds me of One Day by David Nicholls because of the great friendship these two characters have. They’re easily comfortable with one another and they have this certain friendship that is really hard to spell out to the people. The story also takes us on the journey of the relationship between these two. It comes with the ups and downs, the learning experience and the breaking up and reconciliation.
Charlie [g] was one smart and witty girl. She’s suffering a lot but it is really pleasing to see her give Charlie [b] a chance to be her friend or maybe more.
Charlie [b] was a romantic at heart. Though bruised and hurt by his family and a certain girl he loved before he never did lose his ability to give love to people who he thinks deserve it. The story he did throughout the story was pretty sweet and it really makes me cry with happiness. He’s born a romantic and loving at heart. I liked how after a certain storm come to his relationship with Charlie [g] he gave her time and space so that she could realize things on her own.
These two characters are just great! Their dialogues and banter and little snide remarks with one another makes me smile and laugh and even cry. I find their story a very refreshing and heartwarming one.
I really love it. Naturally, Charlie was well one natural read. It was pretty, sweet and endearing. Nothing seems to be forced and everything bloom because of time and the romance was pretty believable and very much fulfilling to read. It was once, touching story that would surely capture its reader’s hearts. :)
Thanks to NetGalley and The Writer's Coffee Shop for providing a copy for review....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
Devon Zemaitis is all fame, money and status until she died. All of her belongings from her signatured shoes and bags up to every important material tDevon Zemaitis is all fame, money and status until she died. All of her belongings from her signatured shoes and bags up to every important material things on her life was left. She also left a couple of people who are kinda imporatant to her life like her parents, husband and baby girl. Why did she died? Well, her car was hit by a Garbage Truck, how funny and lonesome for it to say that she died because of a dump truck. Anyway, upon dying she finds herself caught up in-between heaven and earth i think and she can't go directly to heaven cause she has done something bad or worse while living that broke another persons' belief and heart...
Adele Harris already have enough. She has been suffering from lousy dates for 3 years that she is sure that she is cursed cause why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he's lost his mind and begins to act like a jerk which Adele feels bad about? Taking a break from the dating world, she decided to go back to her hometown and give her sister a shoulder to cry on because her sister's marriage was on the rocks, she is pregnant and her husband decided to elope with his secretary named Stormy Winter(pretty name i should say though kinda sounded like a pornstar name.haha.) Her stay on her hometown is planned out to be good until she run into Zach Zemaitis, the one who got away from her life and heart.
Zach Zemaitis was a famous football player eversince his college days, now he was a coach on a High-school where his daughter was studying. Yes, he is Devon's husband and Adele's secret man in college.
I could say that this is one of those stories that would grip with you till the end. The pacing of the story was pretty fast that you would not notice that you're already half-way through it. It would really be hard to put down for there are many revelations and twists. The character's profile is pretty good! It's a good thing that the chracters already know each other but they are all just separated by time. It was a delightfully wacky and hilarious story and the scenes that would make your eyes well with tears..just oh!.
Holy Frigging Matrimony is a short, fun, quickie read. Despite its shortness, I find myself enjoying it especiallyDrew and Kate are just irresistible!
Holy Frigging Matrimony is a short, fun, quickie read. Despite its shortness, I find myself enjoying it especially with Drew's point-of-view.
Drew Evans is too much to handle. He’s harsh, blatant, has dirty mouth, he says his unfiltered opinions without thinking that often lead him to trouble but I personally loved him. I guess his sweetness, total adorableness and quirkiness cover-up those not so good side of him (nobody’s perfect right?). His dialogues and unfiltered opinions make the reading experience more fun. It is also evident here how he truly love Kate, what more can I ask for?
The author was brilliant in making this short story because it was a good fill-up while waiting for Drew and Kate’s full length story. I love how the whole story played out and it makes me more excited for more of Drew and Kate. I have loved Tangled and if you also loved it, you will definitely not want to miss this. Must read to all fans of this series. ...more
I was hesitant to read this book. For one, I'm never really into stories with characters having an amount of age gap, it feels so dramatic and maybe tI was hesitant to read this book. For one, I'm never really into stories with characters having an amount of age gap, it feels so dramatic and maybe the high ratings would not live up to what I was expecting. Well, guess what, I'm happy to say that my hesitations turned as definite pros into reading Jane's Melody.
Who would have guessed that a silver dollar minted in 1973 could intertwine the lives of people?
Love, alcoholism, loss and moving on - Jane's Melody gives us a definite gut-wrenching and deep and touching story. The premise was all original and I never really know where the story would take me which is really awesome, I think!
A mother losses her daughter. Meeting a guy whom she felt like the last link to the daughter she had lost long before she died seems to be her new hope. He gives her a new reason to continue living, helped her move on and lives again. For once.
Jane lost too much - she's broken and drowning in emotional pain. From the get go, we all get to see the darkest of the darkest of her. I honestly felt the pain and grief. Yes, she made stupid decisions through the middle of the story but overall she’s a very likeable character with no qualms about anything - she's as simple as you can get. By the end of all, it was really good to see her transform into this new person who is stronger and more alive. As much as it’s painful to say, it seems like she had to lose a lot of things before she really find her own self.
Caleb is the slow-paced type of character. His character offers a great mysterious effect to the story linking him with Jane's dead daughter. I was hesitant with him at first, well with Jane’s vulnerability and too much kindness I fear that he would take advantage of her and simply leave her but he proved me so wrongly about it. What started as rubbing me off as a not so good impression of him, he slowly crept up to me until he reached that comfortable feel with me. He proved that he's as genuine and great as he is from the start. His sweetness and ability to know the right thing to say or do at the right time is a great addition too.
The depths of the pain of the characters are pretty evident throughout the story. I find myself flinching to every thing that happened and revealed. It was really bitter-sweet story.
My hesitation in reading this because of the age-gap definitely leaves my mind as I read it coz honestly most of the time I forgot that Jane and Caleb are not on the same age team. Jane wasn’t the type of girl who was trying to act up younger to fit in with Caleb and Caleb on the other hand, I think was just a great fit for her with all the maturity he carried with him. Both of them we're aware of the age gap but me I forgot it most of the time. Their relationship was greatly built that the age thing could be easily forgotten.
The setting for the story is also very suitable. I love the exclusivity of the island where Jane lives. Maybe I'll visit that too. (Now, I have a long list of places to visit when I landed myself in the United States soon. ;) )
Oh and before I forgot, If I never did saw that picture of the author on the page of the book I never would’ve thought this was written by a guy. Honestly, I never know it was written buy a guy until I reached the last page and saw his picture. But honestly, he did a great job in conveying a grieving woman’s perspective, his ideas were awesome and he definitely wowed. I will be looking forward to his next works.
Jane's Melody flowed smoothly. I enjoyed every bitter sweet page of it. It made me laugh, smile feel loved and cry a tiny bit. Yes, there is drama but it all worked great for me and it really did reached what I was expecting! ...more
I have read The Proposal by Katie Ashley and that certain series definitely brings out the romantic flair of the auThis is what creativity looks like!
I have read The Proposal by Katie Ashley and that certain series definitely brings out the romantic flair of the author but after some recommendations from GR Friends and continuously seeing this new piece of her – Search Me – I finally dived into a world where I was oh so happy to say that is definitely another hit from her. So what makes it a hit? Well, the frontline for this review is the main reason for that – the story is full of creativity in it. Creativity in a sense that the author doesn’t focus on the same plot line that she uses for her other stories instead she dived into a bit unknown where the readers where left on the edge of their seats.
Second-shot at romance with the undeniable tension between Lane and Maddox. Old Cherokee treasure map. Villains that will do anything and everything just to get their hands on gold.
Isn’t that creative and intriguing enough for you? The story was well crafted and put together and everything flows smoothly. There are a lot of twists and turns, action, danger, running and some life threatening scenes but every bump and turn is pretty much unpredictable and that is an epic pro for me.
It’s easy to like Lane – even tough she thinks she‘s a privileged spoiled only child she’s far from that. She’s down to earth and pretty much easy going. Her snarky, feisty and sarcastic sides are the best. Reading this story on her perspective is really great coz she do have a lot of insights about things.
Maddox, Oh! Maddox! You guys know I have a huge thing for soldiers/army/navy/military guys (whatever their difference might me) so its really no surprise that Maddox would definitely be up on my list. He’s a scarred guy who’s lost after years of being transferred from foster home to foster home. But his interactions with Lane as a child and even at the present time – I adore him. He’s a genuine guy that doesn’t want anything other than the best for the girl he definitely loves.
"If you had told me forty-eight hours ago, that I, Lane Montgomery--college student, part-time ballerina, sheltered and spoiled only child--would be running for my life from deranged treasure seekers with the very guy who broke my heart...I would have laughed in your face."
Sine their younger years until their young adulthood, Lane and Maddox has the love and hate kind of relationship and it wasn’t ruined until a night happened and changed everything between them. These two has the type of relationship that I look forward to – the type where the couple has a history and doesn’t base their relationship in instant attraction or such. They have a certain rapport that is witty, sarcastic yet laced with undeniable and great tension.
However, the story doesn’t solely focus on the budding relationship between our two characters because the greater part of the story was spent on the action/suspenseful parts. It was exhilarating to read characters under this kind of adventure. I like the anticipation that this brought to me - the anticipation as to what makes Lane hate Maddox so much; anticipation if the treasure and myth that they’re following is true or if they will resolve everything and things will get settled. It definitely leaves me on the edge of my seat. I was tensed, anticipating and surprised as to where this is all are going.
This is a great addition to the authors treasure novels. I enjoyed every bit of it!...more