I was fortunate to read these books almost back to back since I hadn't read Forgiven previously. I have to say that I was impressed with the writing i...moreI was fortunate to read these books almost back to back since I hadn't read Forgiven previously. I have to say that I was impressed with the writing in both books. Both books had unique aspects that made these books stand apart from the rest.
I was anxious to read Josh's story since we knew a little about his background but not really the details of the life he lived. Both Josh and Lauren have equally crappy pasts and terrible relationships with their fathers. This helps them form a bond, its the understanding what it is to grow up with a less then stellar family life.
From the moment Josh and Lauren meet you can feel the chemistry. Having literally never crossed paths before the only thing standing in their way was their overbearing and meddlesome friends... Lauren happens to be friends Angie, Josh's best friends and roommates fiance... She's also friends with another mutual friend Emily, and none of them are happy that Josh has taken an interest in Lauren... She isn't the type of girl for him, the king of the one night stand, and they do everything in their power to keep them away from each other.
But to their dismay the inevitable can't be stopped and the story that unfolds will have your heart breaking and mending all within the pages of this book. Lauren and Josh face some true challenges from forces outside of their control... Her father, her ex-boyfriend, Josh's demons and self deprecation... Josh and Lauren both face redemption in this story.
There were just a few things that I truly thought were unfinished in this one. I don't want to give anything away but I was hoping for some tied up plots at the end, but we didn't quite get them. Overall it's still a great read and kept me flipping the pages to see how things would end up for them. I give this one 4 stars. The writing is beautiful as well as the story, I think you will truly enjoy Josh and Lauren's journey... (less)
This was my first J.L. Berg read and I have to say I'm an insta fan! I absolutely LOVED this story... I'm a sucker for Hollywood stars and even though...more This was my first J.L. Berg read and I have to say I'm an insta fan! I absolutely LOVED this story... I'm a sucker for Hollywood stars and even though Declan doesn't have the typical attitude he's still a pretty playboy!
After a meet and greet by there two best friends Declan and Leah spend a HOT night together. Leah knows she'll never see him again and Declan never sleeps with the same woman twice, so why can't either of them forget that night...
Delcan is soooooo sweet... Even though he tries to play off that he isn't, he is... He doesn't like the fame that being in the spotlight brings, he'd rather be behind the camera. But he has to pay his dues to reach his goal... When he returns to Richmond, VA where Leah is, his priorities begin to change...
Leah has so much pride and she's so strong, she's been through the wringer and back with her family life and you'd never really know it from the outside. She's giving, caring and completely selfless... She touched my heart from the beginning of the book to the very end. The great thing was that you could relate to Leah's issues they were never too far fetched to be believable...
J.L. Berg managed to shock me!!! Typically I can figure out the plot twist in the story very early on, even when it's hidden. I must say I didn't see this one coming and what a twist it was. I was so glad that the author didn't do the typical break up/make up when things got rough between the characters. They stayed strong and worked their way through the issues. That alone made this book stand out. But the writing and the story development were spot on. Never did I feel like I was bored or that the story was becoming stagnant. I loved every minute of this one. I will be reading many more J.L. Berg books in the future! I give this one 5 stars it deserves all of that and then some...(less)
Can William get any better??? I mean really... I adored him before but seeing what he was willing to do for Cally from the very beginning simply melte...moreCan William get any better??? I mean really... I adored him before but seeing what he was willing to do for Cally from the very beginning simply melted my heart.
We knew that William and Cally had something special in the past during high school, before she so abruptly disappeared from Will's life. It was so much easier to understand that when their worlds collided again fighting what they had in the past would have been futile.
Will is so darn sweet and even as a teenager he had a heart of gold, which isn't easy to find... Let's face it most high school boys have one thing on their mind... But Will had been through so much in his young life. And for him, popularity and money meant nothing without the love of his family he so desperately missed...
If you have read Wish I May you will want to read this beginning to experience the begging of Will and Cally's epic love story... Lexi's storytelling only gets better with each book that she writes. The emotions in this book just roll off the pages and create those feelings of anxiety, desperation, hope, love and heartbreak.
This book totally blew me away!!!! You must add to your TBR today! It's Jenn's best book to date!!! I'm in love with Brooks!!!! Full review to come du...moreThis book totally blew me away!!!! You must add to your TBR today! It's Jenn's best book to date!!! I'm in love with Brooks!!!! Full review to come during tour...(less)
I have read every one of the books in this series. I love that the characters are all connected but you can still read them all as a stand alone. We m...moreI have read every one of the books in this series. I love that the characters are all connected but you can still read them all as a stand alone. We meet Austin all the way back in the first book A Beautiful Lie and if you haven't read it I HIGHLY recommend it. He's a Navy Seal and best friends with Gwen's brother Brady who is one of his seal team members. When the Seal brothers ask for help you can never just say NO. So this is where their story beings. The actual introduction took place in Brady's book Because of You, which was another fantastic 5 star read in this series.
The minute Austin walks through the doors of the PI office that Gewn and Brady run I knew that this book would be full of fireworks! Coming from a tough life Austin was a take no prisoners type of guy and Gwen was full of piss and vinegar!
She has had a terrible marriage and will never fully trust men, but when her life and that of her daughter is put in danger she has no choice but to throw caution to the wind and put her trust in Austin.
This book had me on the edge of my seat. Things at times weren't lining up and it definitely had me guessing... T.E. Sivec has a fantastic way of twisting things around so that all my theories went right out the freaking window! It kept me guessing the whole time and I have to say that is very rare for me. I often figure out a book and what the twist will be early on, but she has a way of creating an illusion so that you think you know and then BAM you find out you weren't even close!
There is always a steam factor in her books and I loved that side of Gwen and Austin they were really two broken souls trying to find solace and peace in their lives. And they truly did find their match in all things in each other. Their witty banter and Gwen's quick come backs often left me laughing. One of my favorite scenes is at the gun shop where they discuss this color of the gun that Gwen wants... I was howling during this scene... But with the funny always comes the serious side and it's always laced with danger! This book was no exception to that. It was the perfect blend of sweet and sassy, and dark and dangerous.
This series is AMAZING! I have loved every installment and I can't wait for the next! I highly recommend each and ever one for their unique story lines. Each book has captivated me beginning to end and Worn Me Down captured my heart. Austin made me swoon with his devotion to Gewn and her little girl, and some of the touching moments he had brought me to tears... Get Worn Me Down and read this one. You won't be sorry you did! If you haven't read the others in the series I highly recommend them as well. I have no issue giving my highest rating to this book T.E. Sivec has written another beautiful book that will keep you on edge with a racing hart. 5 Stars for Worn Me Down!(less)
I am so glad that I have had several days to sit and think about this book. This was my first read by Lynetta and I can tell you it will not be my la...more I am so glad that I have had several days to sit and think about this book. This was my first read by Lynetta and I can tell you it will not be my last. I had one of her other books and I ran and bought the one I didn't have immediately! Her writing style is fantastic, it sucks you in and keeps your attention from beginning to end. The only time I put this book down was when I had no other choice, and let me tell you it didn't make me happy!
I don't even know where to being or what to say that won't give away too much information. There were some serious surprises in this book. I didn't expect to encounter the rodeo in this book, that synopsis sure doesn't give that away but the minute I saw what these kids did I was giddy... 8 Seconds happens to be one of my all-time favorite movies and I'm a sucker for a guy in a hat on a horse... yum! But in all seriousness I loved this book so much, the characters are all so very well developed though it takes a little while for you to really understand where Denver is coming from with her self-loathing you get there eventually. This is a love triangle like no other. On one hand we have the sexy sweet Greer that has been there for Denver all her life, but she pushes him away as best she can because she isn't good enough for him. His mom hates her and her mother, but why can't Greer see it. On the other hand we have the devilishly handsome Ransom! OMG! This one is going to make me crazy with his lusty innuendoes and his sexy bull riding hot body... Yes I said bull riding! He does everything with flair, but I always sensed he was hiding things a bit. He hides under that playboy persona but never do we see him actually with a girl well except that once and I'm choosing to block that encounter out of my head...
I typically pick a side very quickly in a love triangle. I have always leaned a bit toward the bad boys... But there is a moment, a moment so profound, that will make your head spin, your gut clench (not in a good way) and make you red faced angry... I'm still so beyond angry I can't discuss it rationally... yep that's what this book does to you. I don't think that this act is forgivable and I don't know how Lynetta could ever make me see past this... EVER! But the ending, the ending though a little abrupt had a twist I never really saw coming… and I can only say that things in Denver’s world are about to get very, very interesting… I have no idea what Lynetta has in store for us in the second and third books, but I can assure that I will be waiting most likely impatiently until they release… I need more now…
This book might not be for everyone but for me I couldn’t have asked for a better angst filled, sweet, sassy and sexy read. Lynetta adds all the elements of emotions that will keep you reading furiously and begging for more… 5 stars truly doesn’t seem like enough for a book that I am still thinking about over 2 weeks later… can you say book hangover!!!!
Ok so I will start by being completely honest.... This was my first Cassia Leo read... I know, I know your thinking how could I not have read her book...more Ok so I will start by being completely honest.... This was my first Cassia Leo read... I know, I know your thinking how could I not have read her books before and honestly I was thinking the very same thing. I have the other series but as a blogger sometimes it's really hard to read every book... But I will say this I'm a fan for life now!
This isn't your typical romance story. In fact this story is dark and desperation pours from the pages as two broken and completely shattered souls meet again in life. Their chance encounter leads them on a journey unlike any I've seen before. And I don't mean like traveling the world, most of their time is spent in the confines of a room. The story that unfolds is just simply incredible! I don't even know how to explain it cause most of it would give away the plot and the story... You must know that Black Box isn't what I thought it was. At one point I was literally in tears ready to throw my reader thinking that it was all just pointless or maybe even all a dream.
This will be a book that will haunt you for days and even weeks after you finish. Life is not all hearts and flowers and this story will show you that. But the journey is so worth every single minute! I know that's not much to go on, but this one is a must read. The characters are weak and strong all at the same time. There were just one or two times I was a little frustrated thinking that it's a bit reaching, but who's to say that this couldn't really happen and that it doesn't happen. We hear stories all the time that make us think, Yeah Right! Only to find out that it's entirely true making you believe that impossible things can happen and that even the most tragic of stories can have a happy ending...
Mikki and Crush are unlike any book couple I have ever met, and I've read a lot of books. If you haven't already read this one pick it up today and get lost in this tragic and beautiful story that will keep you guessing. I give Black Box 4 stars. (less)
WOW! This was a fantastic book by a first time author! I watched the video that Amy had made for this book and I immediately told her to send me the A...moreWOW! This was a fantastic book by a first time author! I watched the video that Amy had made for this book and I immediately told her to send me the ARC I had to read it. Boy am I glad I did.
I'm not even sure how to write a review without adding spoilers...
This book was written very well, the characters were well developed. Embry or Bree for short is a great character she is strong. Typically we see the heroine in these types of situations who are whiny and back and forth. She did a little flip flop at times and tried to run, but once she was set on her decision it was full boat until it all blew up in her face. The last chapter will literally have you on the edge waiting to see what is going to happen. And the Epilogue just about crushed my heart! WOW was so NOT expecting any of that to go down...
Luke is just so sweet and such a great lead character he's "southern sexy". He cooks which to me is super hot! A man that can cook is just sexy to me... And I don't mean like make a hamburger he literally cooks her a gourmet meal on their first date. He's so sweet and considerate. Their instant attraction was leaping off the pages. Their sizzle factor is off the charts and the sexual tension in the beginning is frustrating. He has that southern charm and sexy way about him that makes you melt.
These two have so many barriers and things working against them it's hard to keep your head on straight. I found myself saying "Do it" then "don't do it" I couldn't decided if I thought they should or shouldn't be together at times. It made me wage an emotional battle in my head.
Secrets always have a way of biting you in the end and boy was this like the a venomous rattlesnake bite. The last lines of the last page in the Epi will frustrate you to no end and leaving you asking when do I get book #2! This is definitely a cliffy so you are warned... I'm left confused to a point because part of me wants answers and part of me says let it go and cut your losses...
I don't know where this story will lead us next but one thing is for sure I need it yesterday!!!! I highly recommend this read I think that it's one that everyone will truly enjoy and it did in fact keep me guessing and totally surprise me in the end. R.E. Hunter is sure to have a fan base after this break out novel, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.... (less)
You know I have been reading Kristen's books since the first book released and she has never failed me in creating characters that I not only want to...more You know I have been reading Kristen's books since the first book released and she has never failed me in creating characters that I not only want to know but want to be... Seriously she has a flair for making you want to live the story for yourself. This new series is no different! Loving Cara was a fantastic read I was smitten with Josh from the first words of the book...
The setting for this book was probably my favorite thing about it. I have always had a love of horses, as a young girl I used to go to summer camp and horseback ride for two weeks and it was some of the happiest times of my childhood. I connected right away with all the characters. I wanted to punch one of them in the face she is literally a disgrace to mothers everywhere but I won't dwell on her... Cara was just what Seth needed, and even more just what Josh needed. When Cara showed up on the ranch to teach Seth for the summer she had no idea what she would be in for. Seth was going to challenger her at every turn and keeping things professional with a HOT man like Josh around was going to be really hard. At times you could cut the tension between these two with a knife.
This book had a sizzle factor that didn't disappoint but it also had a sweet and romantic side that I adored. When Cara needed Josh, he was always there, but he wasn't perfect and I loved that about him. He made mistakes along the way which made him seem more human. Sometimes characters are written to be so perfect you can't connect because they are almost too perfect and unrealistic. Everything about this book feels so real... Kirsten writes it so well you feel like your watching a movie play out in your mind while you read, and you want to be the leading role. In this case I wouldn't have minded one minute to walk in Cara's shoes... Josh is so worth it!
What I always love about Kristen's series is as much as your in the moment with the main characters in the current book, she makes you care just as much about the secondary characters. I fell completely in love with Josh's brother. That's been happening to me a lot lately in books, but I found myself really wanting to know this man so much deeper. I'm tearing up just thinking about one of the moments that played out in this book, which happened to be the moment that made me want to beg for his story next...
If your looking for a book filled with happiness and tender moments, as well as a few heartbreaking tears, this is the book for you. Kristen always pulls out just about every emotion we have as humans and finds a way to weave a tale that you can't put down and never want to end... Loving Cara gets my 5 star seal of approval and this new Love Under the Big Sky series has quickly become one of my favorites! I can't wait for the next one...(less)