I enjoyed this novel considerably less than its predecessor, likely because it read merely as a love story opposed to a tale belonging to the New Adul...moreI enjoyed this novel considerably less than its predecessor, likely because it read merely as a love story opposed to a tale belonging to the New Adult genre. Moreover, I found the conflict--while certainly important--to emerge too late in the story line. We spend more than 75% of the novel believing our characters are working through certain issues only to uncover an entire back story much later. Yet, that being said, As Long As You Love Me is certainly a worthwhile read. Much like its predecessor, it still fails to break new ground in the New Adult genre but its strong female friendships, gentle romance, and tight-knit family bonds make it a tale to enjoy, if not quite remember. (less)
Eh. I love these types of antagonistic love stories but I found the protagonist, Brynn, to be far too selfish and stubborn to truly enjoy this. We met...moreEh. I love these types of antagonistic love stories but I found the protagonist, Brynn, to be far too selfish and stubborn to truly enjoy this. We met both Will and Brynn in the previous novel in this series but only briefly--enough to know that Will loved Brynn and Brynn simply saw him as a one-night stand. Now, three years later, Will is back in Brynn's life after unexpectedly moving to Boston and, this time, he has plans to win Brynn over once and for all. Brynn, however, refuses to change her opinion of Will despite the efforts he takes to present his true self to her, not the antagonistic rudeness they've grown comfortable with. Unfortunately, I felt as if Brynn takes advantage of Will a bit too much and wasn't a fan of her character the same way I was of her younger sister, Sophie. Not a bad read, just not Layne's best. :/
Cute. I'm finding that New Adult, as a genre, seems to be heading down a path of mindless fun. I enjoy it. In fact, I'm downright ecstatic that many o...moreCute. I'm finding that New Adult, as a genre, seems to be heading down a path of mindless fun. I enjoy it. In fact, I'm downright ecstatic that many of the latest volumes to hit New Adult shelves lack misogyny, love triangles, insta-love, slut-shaming, and a variety of other problematic tropes. While these newer installments are, by no means, the thought-provoking and realistic accounts that novels like Charmed Thirds or Holier Than Thou manage to be, I am by no means complaining about the pleasant turn New Adult has taken. Perhaps, with time, we'll finally breach the divide between "romantic" and "thoughtful" to hammer out true classics.
All Lined Up is the first Carmack novel I've finished--I steered clear of Losing It after a sample of the novel put me waaay off--but I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'll go back to give the rest of her debut series a try or, for now, just stick to this one. It seems promising, to say the least.(less)
I've had this series flash on and off my radar constantly this entire summer. With different authors writing each new installment, it immediately drew...moreI've had this series flash on and off my radar constantly this entire summer. With different authors writing each new installment, it immediately drew my attention--as did the name Laura Kaye. I read and loved Kaye's Hearts in Darkness, an elevator love story, a couple of years ago but, for some reason, haven't picked up a single novel (or novella) of hers since. Thus, Dare to Resist seemed to be the perfect choice, both immersing me back into the world of Kaye's novels while satiating my curiosity for the series which had been making steady rounds across the adult blogospere.
Ultimately, while I didn't love Dare to Resist I also didn't hate it either. It's short, which makes it worthwhile entertainment, but I'm not sure it quite succeeds in reeling in readers for the rest of the series. (less)
I seriously loved this one but the whole magic/curse plot line got a little too out of hand for me at points and the ending at Vegas...moreRating: 3.5 Stars
I seriously loved this one but the whole magic/curse plot line got a little too out of hand for me at points and the ending at Vegas was a bit too...everything. But, I absolutely loved the rest of the novel and Beckett absolutely knows how to bring on the steam. Abso-freaking-lutely.(less)
I've recently become an ardent fan of Cary Grant. Of course, it began with his beautiful face but my appreciation for his skill has gone beyond the sc...moreI've recently become an ardent fan of Cary Grant. Of course, it began with his beautiful face but my appreciation for his skill has gone beyond the screen and to the difficulties he overcame throughout his life as well. Perhaps it is all too common to romanticize celebrities, particularly someone as charming and debonair as Cary Grant. Yet, there is no refuting the fact that biographies often paint a deeply tortured image of the man. While his leading actresses will admit that his charisma and grace existed both on and off the screen, critics will write that the unexpected abandonment by his mother at a young age forever scarred the ambitious actor, propelling him to marry five times and select crowd-pleasing films (a decision which likely kept him from winning an Oscar).
In a refreshing turn of events, Dear Cary offers a different side to the coin that is Cary Grant. Admittedly, many fans will dislike this nonfiction work as it presents darker aspects to the comedic actor but Cannon writes this biography with distinct flair. Not only does she admit to the romantic courtship that swept her off her feet, but she further admits that the difficulties in her marriage where caused by both herself and Cary. Cannon could not separate the image of Cary Grant the Actor from Cary Grant the Flesh-and-Blood Human. In one scene she confesses to her parents that she would die without Cary in her life; he had become her God. No man, not even the charming and sensational Cary Grant, is flawless and, above all, I read this as a piece of truth, but also as a piece of forgiveness.
Moreover, I gravitate towards the effortlessly realistic tales. While I may, certainly, like to maintain the perfect image of Cary Grant I possess in my mind, I rather like these gems of truth seeping in to paint him in a more human light. Dear Cary isn't out to turn fans against Cary Grant; it's simply there to bring him down from his pedestal and, shockingly, even dearer to our hearts than before. I've seen a couple of documentaries on Grant's life as well and it's reassuring to know that just as Cannon, years after her messy divorce with Grant, found peace and serenity in her life and love, Grant too found that in both his daughter Jennifer and his fifth and final wife. For fans of Grant who yearn to peel back the layers of charm and sophistication to the flawed individual beneath, Dear Cary is ideal. For others, who wish to believe that Grant is just as perfect in real life as he is on the screen, skip this. I don't blame you at all.(less)