Thrive is awesome! Getting behind the scenes of Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower and in between. I totally didn't see mOriginal review at Gabic Reads.
Thrive is awesome! Getting behind the scenes of Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower and in between. I totally didn't see multiple things coming!!! I am so excited for Addicted After All. Seeing more of the Calloways and their men is always something to look forward to.
Lily and Lo are recovering well. Their journey has been a long and hard one, but they are working their damn hardest to stay healthy. Even when they regress, they pull through for each other. That's what I love about them. The world going be throwing shit at them every way they turn, but they manage to find shelter in each other. It's sweet and amazing.
In Thrive, you get to see a little more of Poppy than in the last books. It was nice a little more of her because you don't know her nearly was well as the other Calloway girls.
Thrive is the perfect set up for Addicted After All. You definately need to read it before Addicted After All, with or without reading Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower. The Ritchie girls have turned out another amazing novel in their amazing series....more
I love the Woodlands series. All the men are hunky and the girls are sweet and the stories amazing. I love reading about soldiers and delving into the minds of these men who have served and the girls they fell for. I think Unraveled is my favorite one in the series. I love Sam, and seeing her come out of shell and start to love and live again was awesome. I also loved watching Gray overcome his trust issues.
Unraveled has it all: intense scenes, humorous scenes, sweet scenes, fun scenes. I can't put into words how much I loved the book. Sam and Gray are my favorite couple of the year so far. They understand each other amazingly well. Gray is right, Sam is the perfect military wife. She also broke my heart several times when talking about Will. I love that Gray understood that she would always love Will, but that she was packing up those feelings and making room for Gray. And the scene towards the end in the yarn shop with the old ladies had me dying of laughter.
Unraveled is an amazing book for romance lovers and people who love reading about soldiers. It has everything you could want from a book. Undeclared and Unspoken are equally as awesome.
[Check out the original post to see Jen's dream cast for Sam and Gray]...more
Original review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from author via Xpresso Tours in exchange for an honest review -- Thank you.
Summary according toOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from author via Xpresso Tours in exchange for an honest review -- Thank you.
Summary according to Gabi: Micah loves Nadine and would do anything to keep her safe and in his life. In this novella, his limits are pushed and we learn just how much he loves her.
Since this was a short novella, I'll just share a quick review. It was nice to get away from Nadine, who tends to wallow in self pity, and get into Micah's head. I'm definitely Team Micah. This book showed just how much he cared for Nadine and lengths he's willing to go for her. The only thing I disliked about the book, is that it seemed to end abruptly. But hopefully, Micah's adventure will continue in the third book. I;m looking forward to it. (Also, what do you think of my attempt at summarizing the novella? ;) the Goodreads description doesn't tell you anything so I thought I'd write my own. lol.)...more
Brooklyn does a stellar job with Fragile Line. Mental illness is one of the hardest topics to write about, especially from the point of view of the victim and Brooklyn does it stunningly. Her writing left me on the edge of my seat. I felt connected to every character: Ellie, Gwen, Shane, and Griffin. I understood each of their actions, sympathized with all of them, even when the sympathy for two characters seemed to conflict.
Ellie has always had blackouts, but they're getting worse. Her friends and family are starting to notice. But though she confides in Shane, her boyfriend, he seems skeptical of the whole thing. He thinks she's just making excuses. Then she meets this guy who knows her but she's never seen before. He knows stuff about her that nobody else knows. But he calls her Gwen. That name seems to haunt her. Ellie just wants to know who Gwen is and why her blackouts are occurring.
Hauntingly beautiful, Fragile Line is story of a girl searching for answers while everybody turns their back on her. I recommend this book to everyone. I hope to see more novels like this in the future from Brooklyn. I also want to see other authors capture the haunting reality of life with a mental illness....more
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I'm glad I waited until I read Unbreak Me to write this review. I love Will so mOriginal review at Gabic Reads. ARC received from author -- Thank you.
I'm glad I waited until I read Unbreak Me to write this review. I love Will so much more now, and I loved him a lot before. Reading the first book, though both could be stand-alones, brought more meaning to this second book. Will totally deserves love. Cally actually loves him. She'll do anything to protect him from her past.
Cally is just in town to settle her sisters in with her dad, then she's going back to Las Vegas to resume her job as a massage therapist. But when she runs into Will, she wants to remember how innocence and love feel. So she agrees to go out with him, though it's a bad idea. She and Will struggle against rumors in town. Cally struggles with assumptions made about her business. Finally, Cally's past catches up with her, and it just make break her and Will.
Cally is a strong young woman. She has done some things she's not proud of to keep her family off the streets. But at the same time, she raises her sisters right and protects them from her choices. She teaches them not to let a man rule their life, to never doubt their worth. She's strong, but broken. Almost defeated by her decisions. Will doesn't see that at first, he just wants to see the girl he fell in love with seven years ago. Eventually, he comes to realizes she's different, but he loves her for her changes.
Personally (although, I suppose all reviews are personal opinions), I think the New Hope series is a good illustration of small town life. Everybody knows everybody, rumors abound, and if you're an outsider or go against the status quo, people are nasty to you....more
Mercy has upped the ante with Char. Her other books are more young adult, but Char is defOriginal review at Gabic Reads as part of the Char Blog Tour.
Mercy has upped the ante with Char. Her other books are more young adult, but Char is definitively new adult. Mercy's other books all have a main character that portrays innocence; Char does not. But I loved it. It had an edge that I fell in love with instantly. It's much more raw, much more intense than her previous books.
At the beginning of the book, I was definitely Team Aaron. But then he turned into this huge jerk and I wanted nothing to do with him. It was obvious from the start that he was in love with Char. He is sweet and funny. I'm really hoping for a spin-off about him.
Tristan and Char's relationship was cute, but it moved way too fast. She immediately unloads all her baggage on him. And they pretty much instantly fall in love, even though Char tries to avoid saying it. Same goes for Chloe and Phillip's relationship. They fall in love, have sex, get pregnant, and become engaged in less than two months.
Some of the stuff was anti-climatic. Like all the stuff that happened with Char's mom. And then it's just like "Okaaaaaaaaay..........."
I really wish we could see more of these characters. Candice, Aaron, Layla, and Christian should each have spin-offs!!!! I also love Mercy's writing style and the way she does her chapters. Anxiously awaiting more from her! ...more
At first, my feelings about Reckless were meh. But as the story went on, I came to apOriginal review at Gabic Reads as part of the Reckless Blog Tour.
At first, my feelings about Reckless were meh. But as the story went on, I came to appreciate Milly's struggle. Her brother was dead and she felt like her parents despised her for being the twin that was still alive. She didn't a have a place she belonged. She only had a manipulative best friend, a jerk of a "boyfriend," a sister who reminded Milly of her brother, and parents she thought hated her. Seems like a crappy life, right?
Milly didn't like to confront her problems. All she did was run away or ignore them. That really bothered me about her character. She also never admitted that anything was her fault. It was always someone else's fault. I liked the character of Jerome. He was sweet and you could tell he was hurting from what had happened.He just wanted to heal, both himself and Milly.
Reckless is an emotional read and definitely worth the time. It deals with a lot of hard issues that most authors don't like to write about. Check it out :)...more
Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Teaching Roman Blog Tour.
Gennifer's writing is short and succinct. I love it! Jessica's story was told pOriginal review at Gabic Reads as part of the Teaching Roman Blog Tour.
Gennifer's writing is short and succinct. I love it! Jessica's story was told perfectly. No flowery descriptions, which is perfect for her personality. Jessica and Roman are perfect for each other. Roman brings out Jessica's wild, impulsive, fun side.
Jessica is a control freak. She's constantly making lists in her head. Everything has to be orderly. And above all, nothing can get in the way of med school. She's constantly studying, even between semesters to prepare for it. Roman is more laid back and relaxed. Together, they're perfect for each other.
Teaching Roman is great for anybody looking for an awesome, sweet, quick-read romance. I can't wait to see more of Jessica, Jillian, and Cassie. And i just discovered Unwrapping Liam about Jills and Liam from Catching Liam. So, I'm going to read that right now. I was curious because there were hints dropped in Teaching Roman that something happened between them during Christmas. I can't wait to read it!!...more
Without You is an amazing continuation of Stripped from Torrin's POV. Even though it's been awhile since I've read Stripped, I didn't feel out of place over the course of the book and was excited when it gave me little reminders of what had happened in the previous novel.
Brooklyn did a good job of not making Quinn a case of insta-heal. She still gets depressed about her sister and important events that should have occurred, but now she has Torrin to help her deal. Torrin's anxieties kept me guessing as to what they were until the unveiling. In fact, there were a lot of things that were unexpected and kept me on my toes.
I recommend reading Stripped before reading Without You. Both are amazing books!...more
Original review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from author -- Thank you!
AM is an outcast at Central College. The only reason she goes on campusOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from author -- Thank you!
AM is an outcast at Central College. The only reason she goes on campus is for classes. So when she's paired with Bo, the hunky Marine she's been crushing on for awhile, she doesn't know how she'll make it through the semester.
I liked this book because it wasn't insta-love. Bo and AM try to deny and ignore their attraction for awhile. I also love how AM blooms over the course of the story. She goes from this anti-social college girl to a confident young woman in love.
I adore books about soldiers. Especially ones like the Woodlands books. I can't wait to see what's in store for the other Woodlands boys. And Grace's cousin. :)...more
The Ritchie twins have written yet another amazing book. This is my favorite so far. Of course, I say that after each bOriginal review at Gabic Readst
The Ritchie twins have written yet another amazing book. This is my favorite so far. Of course, I say that after each book of their's I've read. Daisy and Ryke are so cute together and I've been waiting to see how things worked out since they first met.
Daisy is a wild child, high-fashion model who can't say no to her mother. She lets her mom control her life and dictate the way she sees herself. She feels the need to watch everything she eats lest a designer think she's too fat to model her clothes despite being a normal-sized girl. Daisy uses adrenaline to take the edge off the pressure she feels from her mother. She's also keeping a secret from her sisters. She's always been the baby of the family and she just wants Lily and Rose to view her as an equal, not as their baby sister.
Ryke is protective of the people he loves and the people close to the people he loves. When Daisy comes to him asking for help, he'll do anything to help her. Whether it's helping her find an adrenaline rush or holding through her nightmares, he's always there for her. I saw a completely different side of the rude abrasive Ryke that is in the other books. I always knew he was protective and fiercely loyal, but his sweet side didn't really come out until this book. And that sweet side in unbelievably sweet. My absolute favorite part in the novel is when Ryke runs, literally runs, several miles to the nearest hospital with Daisy in his arms. My heart just melted.
Hothouse Flower is funny and intense featuring a sweet guy who can cuss up a storm. I can't wait for the next book featuring Daisy and Ryke, Long Way Down....more
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As much as I love Lily and Lo, I love Connor and Rose more.Original review at Gabic Reads. ARC received from authors in exchange for an honest review.
As much as I love Lily and Lo, I love Connor and Rose more. In the first three books, I kind of just overlooked the couple, because Connor annoyed me most of the time. But getting into his and Rose's heads was awesome! It made me realize how amazing they are for each other and well they understand one another.
Rose is an independent, intelligent, young woman determined to run her own business with the help of no man. In fact, she won't allow any man to get close enough to her. No man, except Connor Cobalt. She's been drawn to him since high school. He's the only guy who has come close to breaking down her walls. I loved how over the course of the book, she became more and more willing to let Connor into her life.
Connor never lets anybody see the real Connor Cobalt. He wants to impress everybody, have connections everywhere to improve his company. Lo is the first person he considers a real friend. But while Lo knows the real Connor Cobalt, he hasn't seen the whole Connor Cobalt. The only person who has is Rose. It was so unbelievably sweet how Connor took care of Rose, especially since it was so out of character. for him.
The conversations Rose and Connor (or Richard as Rose calls him) were intelligent and fantastic. And the French was so sexy. Sigh. I want to see them old and with kids. Rose and Connor with little ones would be a sight to see. But they'll make amazing parents, after learning from their parent's mistakes.
I really want another Rose and Connor story, but I can make do with a book about Ryke and Daisy (Hothouse Flower). I also just read a scene from Addicted For Now in Ryke's POV, that makes me so psyched for his novel!!...more
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Christina dumps her fiance within five pages and witOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from author in exchange for an honest review.
Christina dumps her fiance within five pages and within 20 more pages she's checking out a guy and going to his house to sleep with him. She just got out of a long term relationship wth a guy who treated her like crap, and the first thing she does is have sex with a guy? Okay, I could see that. But the minute she sees him she likes him and wants to date him. You'd think after all the crap men she'd had in her life she would have trust issues with them, but nope. I'm still just trying to wrap my head around the fact that she wants to immediately jump into a relationship with a guy she doesn't know. She just thinks he's hot and nice enough to help two girls when their car breaks down. I don't understand the logic.
Christina's mom is a jerk. She's an elitist, who live's off her dead rapist husband's savings. She wants Christina to marry a rich guy so she can provide for her mother's way of life.
The interesting people were the ones pushed into the background that you don't know much about. Tyler (Christina's friend's kid), Tyler's grandmother, and Andres's best friend's wife and kids (whose names I can't remember because they were mentioned twice [I could go look up their names, but I'm trying to prove a point]) were all pushed to the side. Most of the book was spent with Andres and Christina obsessing over each, when they were going to see each other again and when they were going to have sex.
I hope you enjoy Say When more than I did because it wasn't an enjoyable ride for me....more
Original review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from author.
From the moment I picked up Catching Liam, I was anxious to discover Jillian's secretOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from author.
From the moment I picked up Catching Liam, I was anxious to discover Jillian's secret. And as one aspiring to be a nurse, her obvious (or became so over the course of the book) medical problem was what held my attention captive. Gennifer did an amazing job of drawing out the suspense, but not so much that you lose attention.
I love Jillian and Liam, but the character I was most fond of was Jillian's mother. Well, not at first. From Jillian's standpoint, her mother is a controlling woman who can't let her daughter live her life. But as we get to know, it becomes known that Mrs. Nichols loves her daughter dearly and is only trying to protect her.
Catching Liam is a heartwarming (and sexy) New Adult novel with a certain medical appeal. I'm looking forward to not only reading about Jillian's roommates, but at the same time getting snippets of Liam and Jillian together....more
A Perfect Mess had an excellent plot line with some hidden meanings that actually made me think. The story begins with Aubree's recurring chicken dream. It is never stated what the interpretation of the dream was, but I was thinking about it the whole book and I just loved being able to do that and put my own meaning in the dream. The plot was also suspenseful, leaving e wondering what had happened on Wild Magnolia Road.
What I did not like about the novel was the characters. I felt like Aubree and Booker were always crying. I could kinda deal with that if it was just Aubree, but I felt like Booker was crying more than Aubree was. He would tear up at stupid things. I was just disappointed when I was reading his POV.
The setting is fairly vivid and Dawson's use of colloquials in her writing was good. I could almost hear them talking based on the way the words were written!
I am looking forward to reading about the rest of the unholy trinity (as Booker and his two brothers [their triplets] are called) and the imperfect trinity (as I have taken to thinking about Aubree and her two best friends) in the two upcoming sequels!...more
Trisha Wolfe has created a masterpiece in The Darkest Part.It was very sad in a sweet way (and we all know how much I love books like that). Everyone had secrets, and Trisha did an amazing job of drawing out the reveal while also keeping me interested to find out what that secret was. I was rooting for Holden the whole time.
Trisha did an amazing job of capturing Sam's descent into madness. It was very realistic. And she captured Holden's quilt perfectly. Tyler's character was written well. He went from this perfect guy in Sam's eyes to this person that she didn't even know, and it broke her heart that he didn't trust her with these things while he was alive. I kinda want a story from Tyler's POV now to know exactly what he was thinking.
I can't wait to see what Trisha has in store for us next with this series!!!...more