I liked this book. It had a good premise, and I found it difficult to put down.
Rebecca had a terrible childhood with some very traumatic happenings....moreI liked this book. It had a good premise, and I found it difficult to put down.
Rebecca had a terrible childhood with some very traumatic happenings. I'll admit I've been a little desensitized by characters and their sad childhoods due to repetition, but I can honestly say that I have never read a romance with a past so horrendous. At times it bordered on unbelievable. My heart went out to Rebecca.
Rebecca's only saving grace in life had been her best friend, Dan. Rebecca was a pretty weak character and relied on Dan for everything. Dan was almost too perfect in his devotion to Rebecca, but I couldn't help but want a Dan for myself. For the most part, I liked their relationship and thought they were great together, but I did want Rebecca to spread her wings, and some of Dan's overprotectiveness needed to be toned down. I forward to seeing some growth in the next book.
There were only a few negatives for me. There were some editing issues, but the story was so intriguing they didn't distract me too much. My biggest problem was the abundance of characters. I found myself lost and confused several times when hoards of insignificant characters were introduced. It was difficult to remember everyone's name and backstory.
This book also ends in a cliffhanger. Many of you may or may not throw your kindle against the wall. I personally didn't mind the ending because I thought it needed to happen. My only problem was I think it could have happened earlier in the book, and been resolved by the end making a really strong story.
Overall, the story had a lot of originality to it, and I'm curious to see what happens next.(less)
This is a quirky, grin worthy, young adult read laced with heartache.
Celeste hasn't had an easy life and although acceptance to college hasn't been th...moreThis is a quirky, grin worthy, young adult read laced with heartache.
Celeste hasn't had an easy life and although acceptance to college hasn't been the slightest issue, being accepted by her peers has been. Celeste has no friends and finds social interaction awkward, but lies to her family about a fantasy life she leads that flourishes with love and admiration from others.
When Celeste realizes that social life will continue to be important once she enters college, she embarks on a journey to change herself to fit in and make friends. Some of the things Celeste tries are laugh-out loud funny.
Celeste unexpectedly finds a friend in Justin, a liaison for Barton College. Although, the ivy colleges have their eyes set on Celeste, Justin takes a chance to woo Celeste to attend Barton, a small college on the West Coast. Through countless e-mails, texts, and a few encounters, the two develop an unexpected and unconventional romance. I absolutely loved the e-mails and conversations between these two. They were so sweet and funny. This is one of those stories that makes your heart overflow with giddiness.
I loved that Jessica Park steps outside of the box with her characters. Celeste and Justin are both so quirky and adorable. These two souls that don't fit in with what society deems normal find each other, accept one another for who they are, and make you fall in love along the way. Overall, I adored this book! Celeste is introduced to us in Flat-Out Love, but Flat-Out Celeste is written as a standalone. I personally would suggest that you read Flat-Out Love first. Not only, do I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun, quirky, and completely original read, but I feel that one might not fully appreciate and understand Celeste if they don't read her back story first.
P.S. To the fans of Flat-Out Love, there are some SHOCKING occurrences that happen with Matt and Julie, so you won't want to miss out on this! (less)
Charles Sheehan-Miles does it again with another brilliant book! I think it's impossible for him to disappoint me. This book is just as explo...more4.5 stars
Charles Sheehan-Miles does it again with another brilliant book! I think it's impossible for him to disappoint me. This book is just as explosive and action-packed as Girl of Lies if not MORE! This book was fast paced and impossible to put down. It picks up where Girl of Lies ends. I'm usually pretty forgetful about books in a series and need a re-read, but chose not to with this and found it easy to immerse myself in this story as little details and snippets mentioned were enough to bring everything back to me without being too descriptive or repetitive.
I honestly didn't even know I liked political fiction until this series came along, but I absolutely love all the mystery, suspense, and unexpected connections as the story unfolds. We get a few answers from book 1, but no worries the evil Charles Sheehan-Miles replaces those with many more questions to fill your brain. ;) One of my complaints with the first book was the difficulty trying to keep up with all the characters. This one was definitely an easier read now that I'm familiar with everyone.. although some of their roles are still a mystery.
This book is told in multiple POVs which I really enjoyed. It adds so much to the story and I found myself completely getting caught up in the lives of all the new/side characters. We still get plenty of the Thompson has they struggle to survive and uncover the secrets surrounding their family.. and there is still a little romance in this book although it's not the focus.
Overall, I think this is a series that anyone can enjoy. The writing and storytelling is impressive, and this book is definitely one I could see on the big screen. You definitely must read Girl of Lies in before reading this book. The Thompson Sister books are optional, but they are fantastic and I would recommend them. Reading the Thompson Sister books will also increase the emotional connection to the characters. (less)
"There was a point, a place in time, where all roads but one are blind. And there is only one way you can go, one direction. For me, for Bonn...more4.5 stars
"There was a point, a place in time, where all roads but one are blind. And there is only one way you can go, one direction. For me, for Bonnie Rae Shelby, Finn Clyde was that road, and I wouldn't give him up. Not 'til I died."
So, what does one do the night before they leave for vacation and have yet to pack? Stay up all night and read Infinity + One, of course! I adored this book and couldn't put it down! This is one of those stories that just leaves you smiling and staring off into space thinking about the characters long after you finish the book.
"You're scaring me. Grinning like that, at nothing." Bonnie mumbled It wasn't nothing. It was something. "
I loved the originality of this story and the characters. I'm a fan of unlikely heroes. Finn's an ex-con and they don't get much more unlikely than that. His path leads to a country star who is tired of her life and feeling like she's living in a cage. The characters imperfections bring a "realness" to the story. They are both so full of endearing quirks that I just couldn't help, but like them. Finn has a thing with numbers, which I completely get, and Bonnie is just kind of out there and so vulnerable that you feel a protectiveness for her.
The romance in this book is fairly clean which is fine with me, because I get tired of repetitive smut. It focuses on the story and the build up. Amy Harmon writes love so quietly that it sneaks up on you, but it's also so strong that it takes hold of your heart and doesn't let go. I loved all the little details and the "divine intervention" feel of their relationship.
And lastly, as with all of Amy Harmon's book... I always learn something and feel smarter when I finish them! Not many authors integrate so much knowledge in their books. Every time I read a book by this woman I find myself thinking, "She is so brilliant and insightful!" I just love how her mind works and that will make her one of my auto-click authors for infinity... + one.
This is read that I would definitely recommend. I feel that if you have read one Amy Harmon book, you will want to read them all. (less)
I love second chance romances and I especially love non-traditional romances, so this book was a hit for me! The story had many twist and turns and ke...moreI love second chance romances and I especially love non-traditional romances, so this book was a hit for me! The story had many twist and turns and kept me on my toes. It also had a cute little story about the book's title "Room 212." I didn't want to put it down. I read it pretty much everywhere for a day.
This is a real love story full of the ups and downs of a relationship and the heartache that sometimes comes with it. It's not the typical unicorns and rainbows with an easily repairable hiccup down the road. This story had grit, angst, and drama, as this slightly dysfunctional couple has to put in the work to make their relationship work ( which obviously doesn't work out too well for them the first time around.. hence the second chance romance part).
We are introduced to Laura. She comes from a prominent family, but has chosen to walk away from that life and make her own path in life. She parties a lot, makes many bad and careless decisions, and is a little lost until she meets Seth. He's full of ambition and works 3 jobs to put himself through school. There is immediate chemistry between these two as they embark on the love of a lifetime. They were entertaining and I loved their banter with one another. I also liked that they acted their age... they were ridiculous at times, impulsive, irresponsible, and reckless. It really added to the realness of the story.
My only problems with this story was Seth .. I loved him and hated him. I swooned, but I also spent an equal amount of time angry with him. He could be a real jerk and he didn't always redeem himself... but I guess that's true to life too. Laura was the redeeming character in this book for me. I felt she was honest with herself and others and although I wanted her to have a little more drive at times, she was "doing her" for the time being. Despite my frustrations, she had a lot of growth and I really loved the person she became.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this. It's an enjoyable and unique read that takes a step out of the box to create a memorable and heartbreaking story. (less)
This was really a sweet and enjoyable story. It wasn't quite what I expected, but not disappointing either. With a student/teacher romance I...more3.5 stars
This was really a sweet and enjoyable story. It wasn't quite what I expected, but not disappointing either. With a student/teacher romance I expected a lot of angst and drama. This book had little angst. I'll admit the synopsis had me worked up for some action, so I did miss that. This story is more of a light and fluffy romance with some depressing undertones and serious issues. Although it is a student/teacher romance, it's definitely a unique take on the situation. The forbidden aspect of the relationship falls in the background as their relationship and growth as a couple takes center stage.
I immediately liked the characters. As you can read from the synopsis, Dalton is a new teacher and Wrenn is a senior and the niece of the headmaster who has moved to live with her aunt after the death of her parents. Things get complicated as the two develop a fast connection to one another. The age difference between the two is narrow and they knew each other as children lessening the impact of their relationship as far as morality is concerned. The early parts of their relationship felt a little rushed, but eventually I felt connected to the couple and enjoyed their journey.
Overall, the story followed a predictable path, but was not without a few surprises. I especially liked the ending of this book. It was not a cookie-cutter ending and felt very real.
I liked this book and look forward to future releases from the author. I would recommend this book if you are in the mood for a light-hearted, sexy read! (less)