Totally worth the read! Real stories with real problems. Enjoy and let me know what you all think of it.
The first book in the Hart University Series is Rikki during the gang’s freshmen year. The second book is about Will and Claire during their sophomore year. There will be four books in the series.
Will is Hart Universities new starting QB. He sat on the bench all last year and this time around he actually gets to play. He wants to standout for one particular person, Claire. Claire is known for two things: first her desire to be a doctor and second her band. She is a musician and loves it. She writes songs all the time and performs at different parties around town. At the beginning of the school year her heart is crushed and takes a vow of celibacy from relationships. She overall goal is to work on herself. She is determined to be comfortable in her own skin and not rely on any man to make her feel better. Problem is when you are super attracted to the star QB, who is also one of the kindest, sweetest guys you have ever meet, it can make you question whether "the vow for no relationship" is truly worth it?
I love Claire and Will. They each have their own crap (personal struggles they are dealing with) but in the end they realize that the only way they can be together is if they take care of themselves first. I love that. You can’t give yourself fully to someone if you, yourself are broken.
Claire becomes broken in the beginning of the book and we feel for her; but, it isn’t the same remorse I feel for Will. The guy seemed like he had everything going for him, then POW it all ended. He was left with nothing and he thought he had no one to lean on. Claire and some other friends do an intervention on Will, and that is when the steam between him and her gets becomes smoky!
This story as dual POV’s. It has music, poetry, friendship, and sports. What I like is that, this book isn’t about a good girl turning a bad boy good. This is about two good, down-to-earth people that are just seeking to improve themselves, so they can be emotional and mentally healthier. It is so real and raw. I truly enjoyed it. ...more
The concept of a female that is scared and in a new place and a hot guy that takes her under his wing. Now obviously they both go their different directions, but I really liked Choosing You. So if you haven’t read This is Falling, and you liked Choosing You then you will enjoy this book; and vice-versa.
We are introduced to our protagonist female, Rowe, who is from Arizona and lived through a tragic experiences. She has suffered with Post-Traumatic-Stress for the past two years, causing her to be home-schooled. She was barely living, but with the help of her parents and therapist she went to college. She picked McCollen University in Oklahoma. There she meets Nate Preetre. He is gorgeous (in her eyes) and scares the crap out of her. She is not ready for anything romantic, but she is trying to make friends.
Nate Preetre is from Louisiana, born and raised southern boy. After an accident that left his brother in a wheel chair he felt it was his duty to carry on his brothers dreams of playing college baseball. Nate is a catcher, and a darn good one. He chose to go to school in Oklahoma so he can be with his brother. He meets Rowe and immediately is captivated by her. His exact phrase is “She is my type.”
These two have a world wind relationship through their first semester together. Through the semester her and Nate’s relationship blooms (with the help of all their roommates). They each overcome their own personal struggles and help each other grow emotionally, socially, and athletically.
I am already a big fan of Ginger Scott’s some of her books are on my top 10 Must Read List and some I like, but not as much. This one falls in between. “This is Falling” I truly enjoyed. I think this story covers so many emotional levels. This isn’t about first loves, but it is about not giving up on who you want to be. There are people in our lives that come into it to help us become who we are supposed to be. I think that for Nate and Rowe they were each the person that the other one needed to get through some tough stuff. You can tell that Ginger Scott loved writing this. There was so much love for these two characters in between the lines of the pages. Also, it is a baseball based book, which if you know this author, she is a HUGE baseball fan.
I loved Rowe. She is the girl you just want to give a big hug to. She wants so bad to move on with her life, but is struggling. She wants to live again, but doesn’t know really how or what to do. Nate, Ty, Paige, and Cass all play a part in Rowe’s road to recovery. I love college stories, because unlike high school ones, it is about starting a new chapter in one’s life all on their own.
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Received a copy from author for an honest review. Full Review and more available at http://wp.me/p7bgOg-3w One thing that has happened with this series is the fact that each book gets better and better. I Thought book 1 was okay, and book 2 was good, but book 3 Awesome! We had are love triangle go through up and downs in this book. We honestly at times were confused and stun by Penny, Jay, and Evan’s choices.
I believe in the concept ‘you never know how good you had it till it was gone.’ Well that is true to both men in this store. Each had Penny and lost her at some point. Each trying to win her back. Jay is stuck touring through the United States for 2 months till his contract is up. Penny refuses to follow him around and get stuck in the same situation she was in with Evan. Evan is determined to win penny back regardless of what is going on and who she is with. One of my favorite lines of Evan’s is,
“Do what you need to. Be with him if that’s what you need to do. But know this… I’m going to be here. Waiting. The day you [realize] I’m who you’re meant to be with, I will be here. Ready. And I promise you. I’ll never let you go. Ever. Again.”
“I know what I want Penny. I never thought I would have it in my life and its all I’ve ever wanted. I meant what I said. I’m not giving up. I ‘m going to fight for us. I can’t… (…)… I won’t.” Jay also had a falling apart with Penny and ends up saying this to her.
What I liked about this story was the internal struggle we get from Jay. Penny and him have problems while he is gone and it breaks him. Makes him become the man he never wanted to be. His sister and friends can’t help him. The only person that can do anything is Penny and she isn’t there. To make matters worse his ex-fiance shows up and has determined to win Jay back.
You think there is multiple outside forces trying to pull Jay away from Penny, but it isn’t. When we discover what is truly going on and who exactly is pulling all the strings it is crazy. It added a great twist to the story.
If Kathleen has only gotten better with each book she writes, I am excited what she has in-store for us next...more
I have read a decent chunk of books regarding different
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This book is a MUST READ!!!! LOVED IT!
I have read a decent chunk of books regarding different emotional, mental, and or physical issues. I am though in complete awe of this book. Not only does it speak the truth, it also can give those that are dealing with the difficulty some hope.
This story has everything you need. Alara has been struggling with depression for a few years. After a severe episode the previous year she has been cautious with her social outings. She has become a home body and doesn’t seek large crowds, nose or attention. Alara’s is standoffish to those she is unfamiliar with, and doesn’t want to burden any more people in her life with her disorder. It was heart wrenching to read about her struggles with her self-worth. Every day is a constant battle. Alara is striving to keep her head up even though everything inside her is shouting at her to shut down.
Then we have Gabe. He is running. Running from his family, running from death, running from everything he once thought he wanted. He came to realize that everything he thought he loved and needed was not making him happy. He left, at the displeasure of his father, and stayed away till he had to return to Arizona. Now he is back. Seek employment and a place to live. Finding it all in one lucky bar. Now he has been accepted into his roommates little group. It is allowing him to start over and find out what he really wants in life. By chance this same group has the beautiful, reserved Alara whom he can’t keep out of his mind.
Gabe and Alara are constantly fighting with their emotions and physical desires. Once they give in its an explosion of chemistry. Alara reveals her depression and is terrified that Gabe will leave her; but what would make it worse is if he expects it. Gabe doesn’t understand why Alara would be depressed. He wants to help her, but doesn’t know how. This story is just Wow! Alara’s fears are deep and justified. One thing that those with depression and anxiety suffer with is loss. Loss of who they are and not knowing who will stay with them through the tough times. Some people say, just think happy thoughts or you don’t have enough faith that you can be healed. I don’t believe any of these statements and many more. Just like cancer, ALS, or schizophrenia they all have treatments, but some work to help the disorder and some don’t.
I guess this story hits home for me, because I have been suffering with depression for a many years now. I had no idea I even had a problem. Once I found out so many things made since of why I was feeling one way and unable to change it. I loved this story because it is completely accurate of how those with depression see the world. I hope you all read this book. If you don’t suffer with depression you may know someone that does. It is beneficial to educate yourself on the topic so you may be better able to help that person....more
Time can heal all wounds. That is the stories main premise. Elizabeth faces her demons in regards to her father and is able to regain trust in Trent eventually. Trent’s self-esteem rises each day Elizabeth is with him. He feels that fate has given him a second chance and that is all he can ask for.
I enjoyed the story. I think Trent and Elizabeth’s personal baggage is real and relatable for readers, but their connection and recommitment towards each other just seemed off. I think I would need to go back to read the short story to understand this one....more
If you haven’t read this book,YOU MUST! This book gives the readers highs and lows. It has such strong themes of personal strength, sacrifice, over coming ones fears, and autism awareness. I am so grateful I finally read this book. It is something that was entertaining, heart pounding, inspiring and total swoon worthy. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
When I first read the synopsis about this book I knew it was something I wanted to read. I finally got the opportunity.
Avery’s struggles are real! Her ex-husband (the douchebag) left her. She was a single mom with a one-year-old that was given a diagnoses of something she had no clue about. She had her best friend and her father. There was no room for anyone or anything else to take up her time. She knew that the only person fighting for her son, would be her. So Mason showing up and reopening old wounds wasn't in Avery's plans. She had to many other things to deal with, then having to deal with her heart regarding the one boy who truly broke her heart in high school.The emotional, mental and physical effort it takes to go out in public and do ordinary things can be extremely difficult for any mom, but add having a child with special needs makes it excruciating. I give my heart to Avery when she was disturbing the fear and anxiety she was having when ever entering a new situation with Max or when he was having a melt down. The first chapter of the book I was crying. I mean like huge crocodile tears because of Avery struggling at the grocery store. I have seen those people and heard them. I used to be one, before I understood. Avery is such a strong women.
I loved how Max was into space. I love how Ginger Scott showed how easy it was for Max to pick up music. He has a photographic memory and his auditory skills carry over to that too. He was great. I have seen those people and heard them.
I am glad that Masons didn’t understand what Autism was and that he had to have it explained to him. There is SO much more to it, then what was described in the book. I loved that music was such a large part of this book; and, I mean not the pop stuff either. We had inspiration from Otis, Cash, and Stones. Got to love a book that knows good music. Avery’s father, Ray, was the old wise man in the story. Almost like a fairy-god-mother that was keeping everything in order with the other characters. I truly enjoyed his loving rough exterior ways.
This book gives the readers highs and lows. It has such strong themes of personal strength, sacrifice, over coming ones fears, and autism awareness.
I am so grateful I finally read this book. It is something that was entertaining, heart pounding, inspiring and total swoon worthy. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
If you haven’t read this book,YOU MUST!
"Max is always telling me about gravity, and how it pulls two masses together. Gravity. That's what I'm feeling right now."...more
Surprisingly I enjoyed this story. Liv, (short for Olivia) a 23 year old college student, is living in Houston attending Law School. She is living in a townhouse with her friend. We first meet Liv while she is engaged to a man named Kye. They have dated for a while, but she is having apprehensions regarding their relationship. She addresses them, and many problems come to the surface. From that point Liv dives herself more fully into her studies. She notices a young guy in the class. He is a lot younger than the rest of the students. She seeks him out and they become friends.
Nicholas likes to stay under the radar. Being the youngest in all of his classes for most of his life has been difficult. He finished his bachelors at the age of 16 and is now in Law school. Being 18 years old can make things difficult. To keep himself as the outcast, he feels he already is, he hides behind his long shaggy beard, unkempt curly brown hair and large black bottle cap glasses. Being smart has many advantages and disadvantages. When Liv, seeks him out, he becomes warry of her intentions. Trust is hard to come by for him and it takes a while for him to come around to trusting Liv.
Liv and Nicholas both have a truck load of issues. One being Trust. A major theme in the book is about bringing down one’s personal walls of comfort to allow another person in. Liv has trust issues when it comes to men. She likes control. Nicholas is more passive when it comes to his relationship with Liv. He just wants to keep her happy and in his life.
I think this book may be hard for some readers that are used to the man being the dominate figure in books. That is not the case with this story. Liv is the dominate person in the relationship for majority of the book. She dictates what, when, where, and why to Nicholas regarding the progress and title of their relationship. Once they each bring down their barriers and truly allow the other one to see them for who they are, is when they finally can be together....more
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I found Royal Chase on Netgalley and it caught my eye right away. I must te
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I found Royal Chase on Netgalley and it caught my eye right away. I must tell you I didn’t look at the author, just the description. Once I started reading it I realized that some of the characters and conversations that were being referred to seemed similar, so I looked it up. I realized I read the first one by a fluke last year through Kindle Unlimited, and I really liked it. Each book can be a standalone, but it also can be read as a series. So if you have read Royal Date, then this is the next book about Lemon and Dante. If you have no idea what I am talking about, that is okay, you can totally just jump in on this story and you will be completely fine. Lemon is the PR representative for Country of Monerta and has signed up the royal prince Dante for reality TV Show Marry Me. It is a show about one eligible bachelor finding love by being introduced to 25 women. Lemon is just helping organize the show and ends up having to take one of the contestants places. Now if this story sounds familiar that is because it is. The Selection by Keria Cass and Choose Us by Caylie Marcoe both have a different take, but still contain a similar plot and or concepts......more
BUT with that said and ranted about I must say this P&P retellings has moved to one of my top 10 favorites. First of all I loved how Elizabeth (a.k.a. Beth) is her classic prejudice self. She has it out for Darcy from moment she runs into him. I loved that we don’t have all 5 sisters, we only have Jane, Beth and Mary. Wickham and Bingley are still in it, but instead of Carolina we have just Anne Degatto. H.M Ward and L.G Castillo took out some of the extra characters and kept the prevalent ones that allowed the story to keep its authenticity.
My only complaint with this book was IT WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH! I am so sad when it ended. I wanted more. So I am pleading with H.M Ward to write another one! I would have been happy with an Epilogue. Maybe you can write one similar to Emma or Sense and Sensibility. I would game to read that. Anyone else behind me on this request to Ward and Castillo?
So to all my Austen lover’s and P&P Fans this is for you!...more
So the premises of this story intrigued me because of an experiences I had in college similar to it.
Garret is you’re a typical jock. He plays for a division I college Hockey team in Massachusetts. His father was a pro hockey player and expects his son to follow in the same footsteps. He is one of the hottest guys on campus and Mr. Popular with the ladies. Sleeps around, but not a big drinker during the season. He has one problem his Ethics class. It was originally supposed to be an easy A, but a new teacher has taken over and is now making it difficult for Garret and many other students to pass. Garret flunked his midterm, and has the chances to take it over. If he doesn’t pass the test he will not be allowed to play Hockey. He needs help and that is where Hannah comes in.
Hannah is music major. Singing is her solaces. It keeps her balance and dispels any of the bad memories she has from high school and her small town in Indiana. She is on scholarship and keeps to herself. Even though she struggles with being assertive with men, she has a major crush on Justin Khol, so he a receiver for the college football team. He doesn’t even notice her, and she isn’t helping her cause, by not speaking to him. She has no idea what to do; but Garret does. Hannah and Garret are in the Ethics class together, and he discovers she got an A on the midterm. He pursues her into tutoring him. Practically stalking her everywhere.
The only way Garret gets Hannah to agree to help him, is by improving her social status and going on a date with her, to get Justin to notice her. He says to Hannah...
“You know what intrigues guys even more than the chase? ...A woman who’s out of reach. People want what they can’t have.”
This book is great. It was fun to read, and the banter between Garret and Hannah is hilarious. They know exactly what buttons to push to get each other railed up. The history of Garret and his father is genuine. You can tell there is resentment and hidden turmoil between them, but you don’t know exactly why until over half away through the book. I enjoyed that it kept you on your toes. Hannah demons we are informed of at the begin of the book, she was raped in high school. We don’t find out all the particulars till she confides in Garret.
These two find trust with one another that is so important in any relationship. I think it is great how they become fast friends that give each other hell, and they evolve into more. I would love to see a book about their relationship after Garret enters the draft, and what happens to them.
It is actually interesting that for “men/boys” they want what they can’t have or that may be unattainable and is perceived that other “men/boys” have. I don’t get it. It is like reverse psychology or something...
This a great New Adult Book.
It is hits all the criteria for the genre. Emotional baggage. Personal self-discovery, first love, over coming personal demons & sexy/romantic....more
The writing is beautiful. The internal conflict that Rose and Virgil go through is portrayed in a very real. Physical self-injury, self-deprivation, are both powerful themes in this book. Rose is going through a severe depression, where her only relief is through cutting her wrist. We find this out at the very beginning. When she is around Virgil, it happens less frequently. One thing I liked that the author did was show the physiological issues from Rose’s prior break up. I think it is important that people realize how serious of an illness it is. It is just as serious as anorexia or bulimia. Just because one’s life may seem well on the exterior doesn’t mean the illness or compulsion are not there. They don’t just go away. They can be a constant throughout someone life. That is a very really situation. I give major props to Hope for demonstrating such a serious topic in an honest light.... ...more
Jake and Laney’s chemistry is intense. They can’t keep their hands off one another in private or public. It seemed that no matter where they were or who they were around they were having serious PDA. It was funny how many people had to clear their throats at the two, just to get their attention. That included parents, and grandparents.
My overall thoughts of the book. It was okay. There were a few things I wasn’t a huge fan of......more
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review available at https://wp.me/p7bgOg-3t This is book 2 in the Soul Serenade Series. Now I loved Empathic. It was raw and sweet. This book is a little different in vibe and situations.
One things that I was SUPER happy about was that no one died. I am not spoiling anything. I just mean in many of Kaylee Ryan’s books someone who is close to the protagonist dies. It was getting old and redundant. This book was not like that and we had a different traumatic event happen to our leading couple.
This story is about Stacy and Cole. Cole is the lead guitarist for the band Soul Serenade. He is a ladies man through and through, but when he meets Stacy he is not only stunned by her beauty, but also her sassiness. He has been trying to persuade her to sleep with me for months, but she turns him down every time.
Stacy gets an opportunity to work with the band on the tour for the next few months and Cole believes this is his chance to win her over.
Their story is constant game of cat and mouse which they both strongly love. It is their foreplay.
One things I wasn’t a huge fan of was Cole’s dirty mouth. I want to take some soap to it and wash it out, but Stacy enjoyed it.
Should you read it???? Yes. Do you like your man with a little wild side and shoulder length blonde hair? Then this is your next book-boy-friend. Enjoy my fellow readers....more
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You ever read one of those books, that you end up staying up all night reading, because you become so invested in their struggles. Yeah that was this kind of book for me. I am not sure how I find these military romance books, but I am glad I do. This one has so much in it. We have domestic abuse, PTSD, rape, stalking, all warped up with a sweet romance story...
I am a fan of Allie Everhart’s books. She wrote the Jade Series and I devoured those. This particular series can be either or. “The Wheeler Brothers Series” can be read as a in order; or, each book CAN be read as a standalone. So if you decided to start on book 3 (when it comes out) and move backwards, you probably will be fine.
This was the first one of the series and I must say I give it a solid 5 Hearts! It was great from start to finish. Our female protagonist Callie is dealing with the loss of her family. Her mother, step-father and brother died in a car crash leaving her alone. For a year she has lived life as a hermit. She doesn’t go out unless it is to work or the grocery store. Her home has been left exactly the same as the day of the accident. Not having moved one single item......more
This book has... Romance, Pain, Heart Break, Love, Suspense, and Murder all rolled into one package.
I was having a difficult time getting through the first part of the book. I felt that is was dragging, and that are main female character was whining a lot, but about half way it was very eye opening and enjoyable. This is why... ...more
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For as many negative I have for the book there were a few redeeming things about it. I liked that J
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For as many negative I have for the book there were a few redeeming things about it. I liked that Josie speaks football jargon. Even though she came from money, she didn’t flaunt it around and try to use it to win people over. She also, exercised and study a lot in the book. That is one thing that gets missed to much in New Adult books. People that are in college need to study and do their homework. How can they have these amazing social lives and not do that. This book was honest about the difficulties that college studying can bring. Side note: not all, but a chunk of the names in this book at just weird. Runner, Rebel, River. I mean I get there were all a family thing, but common......more
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I loved this story. I couldn’t put it down. I started it yesterday at work and finished it this evening. It was a world wind romance that was super painful and sweet. If you have read That Boy by Jillian Dodd, and enjoyed it, you will love this book.
If you are looking for an enjoyable new NA book to read that is about best friends falling in love and second chances, this is your go to...
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Have you read or seen the Nicholas Sparks story "The Best of Me? or everyone's favorite "The Notebook?" Well this is kind of like that.
We have our rich snobby girl with strict-controlling parents that are determined to dictate every part of her life. Then we have our screw-up that came from the trailer park and just got out of prison. They seem like oil and vinegar, but really they are more like Peanut butter and bananas. Go with me here on this analogy... ...more
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Kaylee Ryan writes with a certain type of theme in all of her books. Good men that have big hearts. If only there were more men out there like her books, I think all women would be able to living a happy and long married life. Alas, we live vicariously through her stories. Her newest novel Southern Pleasure does not disappoint. I have enjoyed majority of Kaylee Ryan’s novels. Some are on my top 10 favorite list of New Adult books. When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought that we were going to maybe have a bad cowboy stuck in a bad situation and the girl comes in and changes him, but no we didn’t. We have a man that takes responsibility for his actions and steps up to be an honest man and father. Some Back Story: We have neighbors that grew up with each other. McKinley’s older brother, Aaron, is Evan’s best friend. McKinley has always had a crush on her Aaron. Now being back from college she is starting her own business.Evan is about to become a father. The girl he has been dating doesn’t want the child, but he does. He convinces her to have the child and let him take the baby to raise it. The birth mother, Misty, agrees. McKinley becomes Evan’s support. She is there to help make the nursey. She is there in the hospital for him and the baby. She stays at his house and assist with nightly routines. She has become like a surrogate mother to the baby. Their care, admiration, and love for each other grows the more time Evan and McKinley spend with one another. Problems arise and the threat of the baby being taking away from Evan is brought forth. McKinley is there to help make sure that doesn’t happen, but what happens to their relationship once the threat is gone?
I can’t believe how fast I read this book. I literally read it in less the 24 hours. Still doing my other duties – cooking, clean, and taking care of my family – so I am quite impressed with how captivated I was by the story. I shouldn’t be that surprise, goodness sakes, it is a Kaylee Ryan novel. I think she is the only Indie author I have read every single one of her books. Massive fan! She knows how to satisfy your thirsty of a good romance and keep is sweet. She knows how to end the book with the reader satisfied, but still wanting some more. Overall I LOVE her books!
Evan. OMG… The description she writes about his man… Drool worthy!
Evan is standing there with his flannel shirt hanging open, sleeves ripped off and those abs, the ones I like to trace with my tongue are on full display. He really is a work of art.”
Now look at the cover after you read that. Come on that is just totally “swoon” worthy. I must say, I have become a massive fan of Evan. He is so selfless. He reminded me of Liam from Anywhere with You. They have similar personalities. Well I guess most of the guy Kaylee writes about do; but, those two seem like they could be brothers.McKinley is so selfless. She love Evan and his baby, but she still is willing to put her life on the wayside to help him. It was very admirable.
Now I do want to say, this book talk about Abortion (even though they don’t use that word). If you have a problem with abortion that is fine, you are entitled to your personal feelings, beliefs, whatever it may be. I have my views, but it doesn’t matter what I think. Kaylee show that there are alternative choices a women can have instead of ‘aborting the infant.’
One thing I really like about her books, besides that they all have that southern charm, is the fact that most of the characters have some type of standards they live by. Most of her female characters have their own goals, ambitions, and lives. They allow love to come to them. They don’t go out and just seek a good time.
I could go on and on about the book or any of Kaylee’s books, but I will say this.
Should you read it? YES! It has… Southern Charm, Hot cowboy/rancher, who is a single dad.
If that doesn’t pull at your heart-strings you better check if you have a pulse....more
I really liked this book. There is so much more story and angst between Emma and Andrew then there was between Kensi and Owen. As usual to Ginger Scott books, there is a sports theme. Andrew is a hockey player. Not professional, but good enough to be recognized. While Emma and Andrew are in high school they bond over ice skating. There first outing together was at a skating rink and he helped teach Emma how to skate. love that he says, Holding your hand on the ice is the one memory I turned to when my cloud got really dark and heavy and hopeless.” - Andrew Harper...more
Received an ARC from Author for honest review. This book is an emotional roller-coaster for our two main characters. We have Claudia who is still trying to find herself. She is in that awkward stage between adulthood and adolescence. Should she still rely on her father for everything and if so follow his laid out plan for her; or, does she blaze her own path? Then we have Toby. The poor guy was handed a crappy situation from the get-go. With his external negative influences, shaping who he believes he is, Toby goes through many emotional and physical obstacles.
One thing I liked about this book was how real and raw it was. The characters had many struggles and the author illustrates them with an honest interpretation. ...more
High School can be a cruel place. I think most people either loved high school or loathed it. I was in-different. Some things I liked and other stuff not so much. For Minka, high school was her walking hell. She was an extroverted person. With her dad as the town’s police chief and her mother deceased, she’s been raising herself for most of her life. Minka loves her solitude and reading. Her two best friends, Chloe and Kelsey drag her to a part one night, and many things change for her....more
We are introduced to Rikki when she is about to graduate 8th grade. She receives her 1st kiss, in the game of 7-minutes in heaven. Sam, the tall length guy that kisses her, unexpectedly makes her heart race and knees weak. When she tries to talk to him about it the next day at school his non-vocal answer makes it loud and clear enough for Rikki. From that moment on she decides she wants nothing to do with him ever again.
Rikki is a smart girl: valedictorian of her class, history major and a control freak. She tries to controls her: emotions, image, time, physical relationships, and her reaction towards men; well one certain man. She rather stand back and not let anyone near her, then let someone in. Rikki is terrified that she may end up with a broken heart and unable to fix herself....more
I received an ARC for an Honest Review. If you like dark romances where the characters that have many struggles; this is your kind of book. I am used to characters that come with a truck-load of baggage, but there was just a little too much for me. There is: death, drugs, alcohol, rape, lies, mobsters, murder, and sex. I give the book an overall rating of 3 stars. The characters were well developed....more
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review.
OMG! Totally was not expecting to fall in love with this book, but I did. It isn't your typical NA; where, the two people see each other and then jump into bed with one another to realize they got baggage they need to take care of. Nope... This one there is tones of baggage and the couple does not jump into the relationship without a few hesitation on both sides. Even after they been dating for a while they give each other an out, which neither wants to take. Ellie: Love the girl. My heart goes out to her with all her challenges. Her father is dying and she can't do anything about it, but just watch. She is alone. Mother is already gone and no siblings. Once he dies, she will have no one.Side Note: That is very hard for me to grasp for many reasons. There are cousins, or grandparents, uncles, aunts, great uncles and great aunts, 2nd cousins. I mean I get WHY she didn't have anyone to turn to, but this is a common plot point in many books. I can name 3 others that the girl was left with no one after one last relative died.
She is attending college to get a degree in Literature and minor in Graphic Design. So she lives for books. She goes every day to read to her dad at the hospital. Ellie also attends the local University’s book store often to purchase new books to bring to him. That is how she meets Trent. Even with Trent's currently life situation, she feels so comfortable with him. To her she says, “Thanks for listening. You’re easy to talk to …almost too easy.”
Trent: Mr. Hottie. He manages the college book store that Ellie, goes to often. He has a lot on his plate. He has been taking care of his 4-year-old sister, Allie, since she was born and He has complete legal custody of her. The struggles he deals with are: being a single parent and his real parents. His mother was or still is a drug addicted and his dad left them high and dry. I am just confused. There is such a large age gap between Allie and Trent. We don't know much of how Trent was raised. Was their mother clean before she had Allie? Has she always been using? Do they even have the same dad? I felt that these questions weren't really answered very well in the book. Maybe I missed something, which is totally plausible.
Ellie and Trent need each other. They need an emotional support that they didn’t realize was missing until they found one another. I love this conversation between the two of them. I believe this is where our title comes into play. "But you're not, El. And your dad needs you to live. I plan on keeping the promise I made him today.' 'What's that?' Trent tilted my chin up before he said, 'Being your cure.'" I love that. He is her cure to continue on living. One thing I really liked about this book was the fact the author showed the process of how to help someone overcome the loss of a love one. Ellie was falling apart before he dad finally passed. It took time and the comfort of Trent, Allie, and her friend Morgan to overcome her grief. Another thing I really liked about the end of the book is, it doesn’t leave you hanging. It is a standalone and leaves you with no questions on how Trent, Allie and Ellie are doing with their individual lives.
There is so many funny parts to this book that complement the really heavy emotional scenes. They joke about the book Fifty Shades of Grey a lot. Which is so funny. There is nothing super dirty in this book. Swearing and the implication of sex, but nothing detail or graphic. Which I respect for a NA. There are not many NA novels that take the cleaner approach. So bravo Cassandra, bravo to you.
WOW! That is how I must begin because it is bitter sweet. I am so sad the series is over, but I am very happy with the way it ended.
Pepper Jones. Bad Ass! That is what she has become. She is strong and determined not to take people's crap. We end Pep Talks with her and Jace no longer together. He broke her heart because of his own issues. When he apologized to her, she accepted the apology but wouldn't take him back. So now flash forward to junior year of cross country at UC. That is where our story begins......more
So here it is, Yes you should read this book. I will ALWAYS tell you to read a Kaylee Ryan novel, but there are ones that I will strongly encourage and others that are so so. This is worth the read....more