“We're going to have our happy ending. It's just going to take us a little while to get there.”
(I buddyread this book with sis Bea. Chec4.5 Stars!
“We're going to have our happy ending. It's just going to take us a little while to get there.”
(I buddyread this book with sis Bea. Check her lovely review by clicking her name.)
Lily and Lo. Lo and Lily. This couple always gets the best of me. I haven't continued this series until now for some reasons. But rehashing Lily and Lo's story along with Connor, Ryke, and the Calloway sisters was such a happy indulgence. I miss this gang so much!
I could say that reading Thrive helped me reminisce some details that I hardly remember. I loved that it felt like a re-read to me. It brought back so many feels! What I loved most about this book was Lily and Lo's character development. I loved how their battle against their addiction felt so realistic to me.
It wasn't that easy for Lo to get rid of drinking temptations since it was his way of coping with problems while growing up. In this book, a lot of things got too tough especially when he also had to deal with Lily's inner battle against sex addition and during those times, he started to feel like regressing. I saw the way he fought hard not to go back to his old lifestyle and for me, that was such a brave thing to do.
Lily's growth was also apparent. It was slow but progressive. In the previous books it seemed as though her addiction would be impossible to manage but in this book I really felt her struggle towards beating it. I totally admired her because even though the addiction always stays with her, she still continued to make such a huge effort to conquer it-- all for the love for herself, Lo, and her family.
It was a great read as a whole. The romance was all around the corner and the humor definitely made it worthwhile. Krista and Becca Ritchie really know how to capture a romance reader's heart.
“We aren't connected by our addictions. But by our childhood. Souls fused together from the very, very start.”
“Once upon a time, a pitiful lad met a shy, lovely lass and together they became something more... something strong and beautiful and
5 Royal Stars!
“Once upon a time, a pitiful lad met a shy, lovely lass and together they became something more... something strong and beautiful and forever.”
I just found a new favorite book and I'm in love and I'm swooning like no one's business!
Oh God, Prince Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook and Lady Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum might as very well overdose me from their cuteness. Their story was a complete surprise.
If you're familiar with the reality TV dating show The Bachelor, then that's what this book is like. The difference is that this book is a lot more interesting and the highlight focuses only on the male lead and his romantic interest and not with the other girls who are involved. When Prince Henry Pembrook, heir to the throne of Wessco, was proposed by a television producer to put him in the spotlight as the star of the reality dating show Matched: The Royal Edition which will be held in his castle, he considered it. After all, he's about to become a king and delving into this reality show will give him as much fun as he could have before he dedicates himself to the kingdom. The idea excites him since he's about to meet women from different royal families who will be vying for his heart. That being said, you might think he fell in love with one of the girls... Nope, he was rather smitten with the shy, beautiful librarian named Sarah who happens to be there at the castle, not as a participant, but as a companion to her sister who joins the show.
“You are every dream I never let myself believe could come true.”
I loved how Emma Chase made me think the book is about one thing but it turns out to be about something quite different. Diving into this book, I expected the story to have some estrogen drama like The Bachelor (or like The Selection) but I was happy to find out that the women didn't make the competition much of a big deal... like they were just pretty chill about it. They weren't even desperate to steal Henry's attention (which would absolutely lead to drama) so imagine how I became so happy about this. On top of that, I didn't expect some of the girls to be downright hilarious and unbelievable!
Reading this book made me feel as though I'm reading a historical regency romance and it has something to do with the vibrant setting, the well-described royal characters, and the rich storyline. I couldn't stop swooning over this book especially when we talk about the romantic build-up between Henry and Sarah. These two... *takes a deep breath* have the best chemistry than any other characters ever. I loved the absence of insta-love and how they started off as friends, getting to know each other without feeling an ounce of awkwardness, and enjoying each others company while they're together. Plus, Sarah didn't freak out while Henry is all over her. Their relationship was something that I don't often encounter in a book. It developed gradually which allowed their feelings to deepen in a way that really makes me smile.
“I think this is how it is when you're in love. And nothing seems too big or too scary, because you know whatever happens, you won't be facing it alone.”
What also made me feel remarkably drawn to was the way Henry gently treated Sarah at all times. He took care of her like she's a fragile porcelain and ugh... my feels were in overdrive!
Sarah is one of the most likable heroines I've read about. I liked her character so much and it's not just because she's a bookworm and I can totally relate with her nerdiness but because she's such an adorable lady. She's kind and she's not pretentious. She's also not whiny and you can't expect her to be too dramatic even if she has a somewhat dark past which is the reason why she experiences a particular neurological disorder. She's simply the kind of character that is worth caring about.
“Because sometimes, life is very much like a book-- we don't get to write our own ending; we have to accept the one that's already on the page.”
Henry and Sarah's character development here was also amazing. I loved how both of them grew to be the kind of person that is worthy to be called a King and a Queen. Their characters have a lot of depth and I felt really proud of them-- especially at that epilogue.
“I want to be a better man for you and because I love you so much, I actually believe I can be.”
In true Emma Chase fashion, there were lots of funny scenes that cracked me up. I also enjoyed the sexy times because why not? Prince Henry absolutely knows how to get his way. Ha!
“My story hasn't been written yeat, but I know it begins with you.”
I am so happy to have read this book. I actually felt kind of regretful that I didn't read it as soon as it came out. But I'm still glad I did because until this very moment, the story still lingers in my mind. Royally Matched, as a whole, was yet another example of PERFECTION in a romance book. There should be more books like this, please!
“Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And no limits.”
I really needed a warm hug after finishing this book. The heartbreaking ye5 Stars!
“Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And no limits.”
I really needed a warm hug after finishing this book. The heartbreaking yet heart-warming journey was as good as can be expected.
All In was a perfect follow-up to Full Tilt. It's a powerful story of starting over and emotional healing. I don't want to give too much away by describing the plot but all I have to say is, the book effortlessly took my breath away, moved me in so many levels, and made me feel happy in a major way.
Emma Scott's writing managed to surprise me yet again. The book was perfectly executed. The characters' dialogues made me cry tears of sadness and joy. I loved how emotionally well-balanced this book was and how the story progressed in a beautiful way. There were parts when I found myself taking a break in the middle of some chapters because I just wanted the scenes and the words to linger on my mind for minutes.
The romance in this book was undeniably amazing, sincere, and life changing. I have to thank the author for giving Kacey the second chance for love that she deserves.
“Whenever I feel I'm coming apart, you always hold me together.”
Everyone who loves a good cry and fancies emotional books should never miss this book and this duology. I would recommend this over and over again because the emotional punch it gave me was truly worth it. It's now officially my new favorite!
“I know what I feel now. I know my heart. It's been forever altered, but it's not broken anymore.”
Eighteen: 18 is a teacher-student romance book that is laced with a dark theme. The story started off when Shannon3.5 Stars
Well, that was crazy hot.
Eighteen: 18 is a teacher-student romance book that is laced with a dark theme. The story started off when Shannon Drake turned eighteen. Life should be great now that she's celebrating her birthday. However, that's not the case for Shannon. Life started to suck big time when pressure from her studies got into full swing. Not to mention the fact that her sister just recently died and she was left with a baby niece and an abusive brother-in-law. Turning eighteen also means unexpectedly meeting a hot, tatted, and sexy 28-year-old Mateo Alesci who's about to become her Trig teacher.
It's my first time to read a book written by J.A. Huss. Her writing? Superb! The steamy scenes are probably the ones that got me here. They were intense they completely rendered me speechless. Sexy scenes aside, I loved the fast and the no-nonsense pacing of the book. I basically read it in two sittings because the story was also edgy and compelling.
As much as I loved Mateo's drool-worthy physicality (man, I really love the way he was described!), his stalkerish personality just didn't sit well with me. He was silently watching over Shannon a month before they met and whoa, how creepy is that?
I couldn't also deny the fact that the book was unrealistic in some ways, like how filthy rich Mateo was and despite the fact that he's so wealthy and gorgeous, he became obsessively attracted to Shannon who's only an ordinary girl and well, 18. I mean, with a guy like him, why Shannon? I want to know the reasons why Shannon knocks him off his feet. What's in her that got him?
All in all, it was on alright read for me. I enjoyed it. There were some good things thrown in places. If only Mateo was far from being a total creep, I guess I would have loved it even more.
“Life isn't all or nothing. It's something in between.”
“My life was a beautiful lie. And beneath the beautiful lie lurked an ugly truth.”
There was nothing to prepare me for the magnetism of thi4 Stars!
“My life was a beautiful lie. And beneath the beautiful lie lurked an ugly truth.”
There was nothing to prepare me for the magnetism of this book. I was simply blown away! This book is my first Cambria Hebert read and it certainly did not disappoint. The book was filled to the brim with drama and danger, the mystery spot-on and perfectly delivered.
In a small, sleepy lake town in Maine, an unconscious lady was floating in the water and was found by Edward "Eddie" Donovan. It only took one look at her to recognize a familiar face from his past. He immediately took her to the local hospital. After two months of being in a coma, the lady woke up without a memory. Questions were hovering over her head and strange men were just around the corner, waiting to attack her. Little did she know that the answers can only be found in the lake.
“Now my biggest fear wasn't what if I never remembered... It was what if I did.”
The book was unputdownable and it's because of the tight and engaging plot that continued to thicken chapter by chapter. The mystery was nicely executed and the suspenseful scenes grabbed me by the throat, so be prepared for this kind of effect when you read this book.
The fact that the story depicted abuse, the author didn't fail to capture the complicated emotions of the abused heroine Amnesia. I liked her character. She was brave and despite everything that she's been through, she always had the will to face her painful and terrifying past. When it comes to the romantic aspect, I loved it but not so much. Eddie and Amnesia's romance was heart-warming but it was hard for me to warm up to the insta-love and some cheesy dialogues which I considered the only drawback to this book.
One thing I should warn you about: The book ended up with a cliffhanger, so beware. I am excited to read the second book as so many questions are unanswered yet. As a whole, I highly recommend Amnesia. This is a perfect choice if you're a fan of romantic suspense and mystery.
“Cross my heart. Hope to die. You will forever be mine.”
(I buddyread this book with my lovely bookish friends Bea, Rachmi, and Felita. Click their names to view their lovely reviews/though4 Beautiful Stars!
(I buddyread this book with my lovely bookish friends Bea, Rachmi, and Felita. Click their names to view their lovely reviews/thoughts.)
There's more to Beautiful Mistake than meets the eye. Although it was light-hearted and there were scenes that made me laugh, it also had an adequate amount of drama that pulled my heart into so many directions. What I loved most about this book, of course, was the substance and Vi Keeland is really famous for that.
The book begins when Rachel Martin randomly met a hot stranger at the bar that she works for, mistaking him for the guy who had an affair with her co-worker and friend Ava. Knowing that the guy deceived her friend and pretended that he's single, she naturally lashed him out. But it's too late when Ava confirmed to her that the guy she verbally attacked was actually not the one she's supposed to approach. Embarrassed, Rachel forced herself to forget her encounter with the stranger and moved on. But on her first day of school at Brooklyn College as a teaching assistant, she saw the hot stranger again and found out that he's the music Professor Caine West and he's going to be her thesis advisor.
The great characterization, beautiful writing, and established plot progression made this book a standout. I loved that Rachel and Caine's first encounter was awkward and hilarious and that the later parts of the book moved in a series of hot and dramatic scenes.
Both characters are imperfect in so many ways and they have scars from their past. These things made me appreciate how real and raw they are. Their romantic development was slow and there was a little push and pull, but I did enjoy every bit of their journey.
There was a plot twist that happened in this book and I must say, it was very well thought out. But I hate to say that it was also predictable because I already foresaw the hidden twist to the mystery and there was no more surprise when it was revealed.
Story and plot wise, Beautiful Mistake is one of Vi Keeland's best books up to date. I enjoyed a lot of her books and this one is no exception. The chemistry between the characters, the drama, the hot and sizzling romance-- they're enough to overdose you from the swooning!
“You've always had my heart, and I don't ever want it back.”
Taming the Storm was such a sexy, smokin' hot, mischievous friends with benefits book. I enjoyed the delicious banters and the light angst and4 Stars!
Taming the Storm was such a sexy, smokin' hot, mischievous friends with benefits book. I enjoyed the delicious banters and the light angst and drama that accompanied this story.
We've met the panty-dropping, sexy as sin Tom Carter in the previous books of this series. The bassist of the famous rock band The Mighty Storm, he is definitely trouble. He's a manwhore at its finest and he doesn't believe in relationships. Then there's this lovely and talented vocalist Lyla Summers of the Vintage band who has been on numerous heartbreaks which led her to become a man-hater. Little does she know that she's about to break her rules when Tom becomes her band's tour manager. Since the sexual tension is palpable between them, their hook-up turned into sex. Lots and lots of pure, unadulterated lusty raw sex everywhere. Lol.
Now how can she continue to play her never-trust-a-man card when Tom is so irresistible and their connection is just too strong?
I can say that this book is lighter compared to The Mighty Storm and Wethering the Storm. The characters were fun and there was a rich cast of secondary characters. Despite Tom and Lyla's family dramas, the story didn't surprisingly go all that deep in terms of angst, and I loved it. What I just didn't quite like was Lyla's inconsistent attitude and decisions. She reminds me of Tru in so many ways. However, I loved Tom's character and how he developed all throughout the book. He's one of those characters that really make me swoon from cover to cover! Although this book can be read as standalone, I suggest you read the previous books of the series first. That is if you do not want to be spoiled with Jake and Tru's story of The Mighty Storm.
“Life is one-way, and there is no return trip. What are you waiting for?”
I don't think I would ever be disappointed in a Penelope Douglas book. To say she's an amazing writer is an understatement because so far, all her books tick the right boxes for me.
Corrupt was another book that stunned me. It was a bit dark and twisted and I must say, a badass version of Bully. The story centers around the characters Erika "Rika" Fane and Michael Crist. Both who came from rich families, these two grew up together but they seem to be totally apart because Rika is already destined to become the future wife of Michael's brother, Trevor. Rika has always been secretly in love with Michael but because Michael stays away from him, she just keeps herself from afar, hoping that he would spare a glance at her. Soon she finds herself getting involved with The Horsemen, a group where Michael is part of. One incident leads to another which results to The Horsemen plotting revenge on her after several years.
The story was told in alternate POVs and alternate past and present timelines. At first, I was a bit lost because the plot seemed hazy and I really didn't know what Michael and The Horsemen were up to. The first half also moved a bit slow. When I've reached 60% though, the story started to pick up its pace and became more interesting.
I especially loved Rika and Michael's push and pull relationship and the way Michael kept resisting Rika despite the fact that deep down inside, he also felt the same way for her. I found their slowly-developed love story odd yet enticing and I believed that the strange connection they've shared since their childhood was the one that kept me glued to the pages throughout.
“She thought she was nothing to me, insignificant and invisible. She wanted me to open my eyes and see her again so fucking badly, but she didn't realize that I already did.”
Penelope's flawless writing here was just another proof that she could do just about everything. The story was incorporated with lyrical lines that added a sense of drama and a little bit of heartbreak to the romance. Plus, you can't say no to the sensual scenes that bring out some feels.
It was definitely a too-good-to-refuse kind of book. If you are in for some dark love story, you don't want to miss being "corrupted". lol
If you are a die-hard fan of sports romance, you are bound to adore yet another great book from the Rusk University series. All Broke Down is4 Stars!
If you are a die-hard fan of sports romance, you are bound to adore yet another great book from the Rusk University series. All Broke Down is a sweet and angst-driven college romance book that heavily explores family drama, told by both main characters Silas Moore and Dylan Brenner.
Silas is the running back of Rusk University's football team. When his friend Levi was expelled from the school and the football team, he felt like everything is crumbling down and his horrible past seems to come back. One night he got involved in a bar fight with Levi which led him to jail. At the holding cell, he met the blonde rich girl Dylan who also happened to be arrested because of her involvement with a student activism that caused a conflict.
I didn't initially warm up to the story at first because of the insta-love (sort of insta-attraction) thing that happened but then as the story went on, I realized that Silas and Dylan's relationship was more than just instant. Their friends-with-benefits "deal" actually made me look forward to seeing them leveling their relationship up and be together as a couple.
The book had a good dash of sweet romance and oh my... there were loads of steamy scenes too which was something that I didn't expect (The first book All Lined Up wasn't this hot, you know). I found Silas and Dylan's chemistry really undeniable from start to finish.
I just had a little issue with Silas. He was really such a jerk at times. I wanted to see some effort on his part when it comes to making Dylan feel a little bit special but I thought Dylan was the only one who worked too hard here.
I loved the ending but I wasn't really that fully satisfied because of some unresolved conflicts. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story as a whole. All Broke Down kept me on my toes and had me all up my feels, enough for me to overlook my issues. I loved most of Dylan and Silas's interactions and Cora Carmack's beautiful writing once again sucked me in, so this was an overall winner for me.
Tillie Cole is a new-to-me author. I have heard a lot of great things about her books and A Thousand Boy Kisses is one of them. The cover is3.5 Stars
Tillie Cole is a new-to-me author. I have heard a lot of great things about her books and A Thousand Boy Kisses is one of them. The cover is so beautiful as well as the title. I must say though that I wasn't prepared for its intensity and heaviness. The moment I started it, I knew it would be a challenging book to read because of its melancholy tone. It sure was. The story was more poignant than I've expected.
"Maybe we're like a cherry blossom, Rune. Like shooting stars. Maybe we loved too much too young and burned so bright that we had to fade out."
Rune Erik Kristiansen and Poppy Litchfield have been best of friends since they were kids. Their friendship started when Rune and his family left their roots in Norway and started their lives in the U.S. He didn't want to live in the new country where it required him to speak English and adapt to the culture, but when he met the beautiful and bubbly child Poppy, his feelings changed. The two of them grew up and somehow developed a much deeper relationship as the year went by. Poppy, whose grandmother passed away, grew up with a goal in life to collect a thousand boy kisses. It's an idea left by her grandma to her. Each time she gets a kiss from her special boy, the details should be written in a pink heart and be placed in a jar. The boy kisses, of course, were given by Rune.
"It's okay to laugh. It's okay to smile. It's okay to feel happy. Or what's the point in life?"
This book is a real heartbreaker. It actually reminded me of those books I've read in the past that made me cry a river (I won't mention any title because it would be a spoiler). I was able to connect with the story. However, I failed to appreciate it even more because of its predictability. I knew exactly what's about to come even before the 'twist' in the early part of the book happened. I wasn't surprised when Poppy finally revealed why she went away and didn't communicate with Rune anymore.
Also, lots and lots of cheese were thrown everywhere. I couldn't even count the number of sappy dialogues and scenes. For me, they are a little bit exaggerated. Not to mention how their conversations slowly became repetitive each chapter.
Despite the flaws I've mentioned, the ending somehow moved me. I was blown away by the things that happened. Of course I knew at the back of my mind that their story would end that way, but still, I wasn't prepared for it. There was still a small part of me that longed for a different ending. A twist, perhaps. A Thousand Boy Kisses, as a whole, was a highly emotional YA love story. It's a book that touches the soul and makes you realize a lot of things in life. If you love heavy, angsty, and heartbreaking books, then this book is the one that you should devour. Just prepare lots and lots of tissues. You will really need them.
“No more living life halfway. We had to go full tilt, just like the card players did. I would hit instead of stay. Always.”
Full Tilt is one of the books that is so difficult and challenging to read but totally worth it. A disarmingly beautiful, heart-wrenching love story in its purest form.
The story centers around Jonah Fletcher and Rapid Confession guitarist Kacey Dawson. These two met under unexpected circumstances one night when Kacey and her bandmates were in Las Vegas for a concert tour. She was drunk and wasted when Jonah took her to his house after he was asked by the group's bodyguard to take her away from the crowded scene. Their story started right when Kacey woke up on Jonah's couch and slowly got to know him better and formed an indescribable connection with him that she eventually realized that she no longer wanted to live in fame and booze but instead, she wanted to start anew and stay in Vegas.
I chose to read Full Tilt for two reasons: 1. It was highly recommended to me by my friend Hulya (click her name to read her beautiful review) and 2. I loved the cover and the blurb. Best choice I've ever made. The emotional whiplash I've experienced all throughout this book was so epic that I found myself lost in the story and unable to handle some parts that are just difficult to take in. The book was heartbreaking in so many ways. So raw and poignant.
The story came in with truly profound depth and impeccable writing. It's my first Emma Scott read and wow, her spectacular words hooked me straight away. What's also truly remarkable here was Kacey's transition from someone who lives in booze as her way of coping to someone who's changing herself for the better. It was so nice to see her making something out of herself and proving that she can stand on her own.
“My life was stale and shuttered until you. Colorless and drab until you. I kept my broken heart to myself, until you came and took it in your gentle hands and breathed life into it. Into me.”
I especially loved how Kacey and Jonah's romantic development progressed in a deep way I don't see very often. I loved how they supported each other and leaned on to one another. Kacey knew what she was getting herself into when she fell in love with Jonah but the fact that she continued to love him touched me so deeply.
Despite the unexplained emotions this book inevitably brought to me, it also brought life lessons: faith in life and love, the ability of a person to change for the better, and to appreciate every single thing life has to offer. Full Tilt was truly an unforgettable book. It was predictable, yes, and some scenes may be too abrupt to be real. But it's certainly one of the best emotionally-driven books I've come across. When the characters and everything that happened lingered in your mind way after finishing the book, you know you've read a great one.
“Being loved by you, Jonah... it's the greatest honor of my life.”
My expectations were met when I thought I would love a Cora Carmack book. Her books have been on my radar since 2014, but because to4 Daredevil Stars!
My expectations were met when I thought I would love a Cora Carmack book. Her books have been on my radar since 2014, but because too many books too little time, it was only two days ago when I had my first taste of her work. And it certainly did not fail.
"Do you ever think that maybe that's all people do? Fix some things and break others? And we all just live in this giant cycle where we screw things up and hurt people we love, and then we turn around and try to atone for that by fixing other things. And maybe we're all just waiting on our turn for a broken heart and the person who will fix it."
All Lined Up's plot revolves around two characters Dallas Cole and Carson McClain. Both students of Rusk University in Texas, their attraction started when they met in very strange situation while they were at a college party. However, no matter how strong their connection is, their booming relationship is bound to doom since Carson is one of the football players of Rusk where Dallas's father is the coach. Since Carson has a goal of becoming a full scholar at the University, he vowed to never let Dallas become a distraction for his plans. But their chemistry is of course so strong that they find it hard to resist each other.
I am generally a sucker for college romance that has sports element so basically I expected this book to knock me off my feet. I ended up adoring it because Cora Carmack's writing matches my taste. There was absolutely something beautiful about the way she writes a sweet book with a bit of an angst and mild steam. At first I was afraid that I would end up disliking it since the storyline is already worn out. The book reminds me of Whatever Life Throws at You and Moonshot where the heroines' dads are heads of a certain sports team. But even if All Lined Up has a similarity to those books, it differs when it comes to the characterizations.
Dallas is one likeable character. I love that she knows what she wants to pursue in life which is dancing and how she's very determined to attain it. Her relationship with her dad is so genuine that at times I was teary-eyed. Even when she's growing up without a mom, she turned out such a strong girl. Carson, on the other hand, is also a character that's worthy of admiration. He is not a typical sports hero who gets all the attention of the girls on campus. He is so down to earth. Growing up in a family who lacks sufficient money to support him in his education made him become a responsible, goal-driven person and that makes him my favorite character.
"I can't walk away from you because I don't want to. There are a thousand things I want and need to do, but you trump all of them You drive me to distraction, and all I want to do is get lost in you. All I want to do is make you lose it, too."
The romantic development in this book is one of my most favorites. Dallas and Carson's relationship was not forced. It developed so naturally. I loved how they shared each moment even if they were just stolen. I also loved that they are both family-oriented and that they learn lessons from each other as their relationship progressed.
All in all, it was a sweet and cute college sports romance. I couldn't agree more with everyone who attest that Cora Carmack is a great story-teller. It's proven. I can't wait to read the next books in this series and the author's other works.
Rarely have I read a book as raw and amazing as this one. Punk 57 was quite possibly one of the best books that I have read this year. Such we5 Stars!
Rarely have I read a book as raw and amazing as this one. Punk 57 was quite possibly one of the best books that I have read this year. Such well-constructed storyline. Such real characters that are flawed yet redeemable. Such unique plot twist. It's packed full of everything. HATS OFF, PENELOPE DOUGLAS!
"Do you notice that, too? How all of us just want to get through life as quickly and easily as possible? And even though we know that without risk there's no reward, we're still so scared to chance it?"
The story is all about childhood pen pals Misha Lare and Ryen Trevarrow. They've been writing letters for each other since grade school and for about seven years, they've never seen each others' faces. They promised not to search each other's name on social media to keep their identity a mystery and to keep their meaningful friendship as it is. But one unexpected night at his band's party, Misha wasn't able to resist the temptation of looking at Ryen's Facebook account after he accidentally saw her picture online. That's when he knew that Ryen was actually there at the party's venue.
I'd be honest. This book was HOT. Like RATED PG HOT. And I'm warning you, Ryen and Misha's smoking chemistry and their steamy scenes will possibly burn your e-reader. lol. And since it's written by THE PENELOPE DOUGLAS, it'll be impossible to stop reading.
Steamy scenes aside, this book resonated a powerful message. I loved how it tackled a very important issue which is bullying that happens in every school. The anti-bullying theme here was quite different compared to Douglas's previous book Bully because in this book, the storyline was centered around the issue and most of the events happened at school. It presented a look at what kids go through every day. It was honest and terrifying and it served as an eye-opening view of what these kids' lives are like.
One of the things that I also loved about this book was Ryen's character which came as a huge surprise for me. She was not easy to like especially in the first few chapters, but I totally understood her. She's a famous student at her school. A beautiful and sexy cheerleader. But underneath it all, she's insecure. She's worried about losing her place and losing her friends. She's afraid to be alone. Afraid to be bullied. And that's what made me appreciate her character. For me, she was real.
Same goes for Misha. I loved that both of these characters shared the same passion for words, the same desire for attention and love. Not to mention the same rebellious trait which was quite entertaining. And as I've mentioned, these characters were redeemable ones.
"We're rebels with a reason."
And you know what especially blew me away? The PLOT TWIST. Yes, that twist was a shocker and totally unpredictable!
It will surely take me a lot of time to get over this book. It was simply amazing. A new favorite of mine. :)
"We're all ugly, Ryen. The only difference is, some hide it and some wear it."
I'm incredibly impressed. And I'm in shock that I have not read a Sawyer Bennett book. Clearly I was missing out because this bo5 Stars!!!
What a book!
I'm incredibly impressed. And I'm in shock that I have not read a Sawyer Bennett book. Clearly I was missing out because this book is written so well. It left me on the edge and kept me on my toes.
I wasn't expecting what I got when I started Sugar Daddy. I knew it was a dark read and yet I was stunned by all the surprising elements that I found here.
Sugar Daddy follows the main character Sela Halstead. She was 16 years old when she was drugged and gang-raped by the men she could not identify. All she could remember when it comes to the people responsible for the rape was a guy who has a phoenix tattoo on his body. All throughout the years after she recovered, she bowed to herself that she would take revenge and destroy that guy. One day she learned that the guy was Jonathon Townsend, the owner of the dating app sensation known as Sugar Bowl. Seeing a great opportunity for her plan, she took the risk of getting involved with his business by pretending to be a sugar baby. But there is a huge conflict and that is Beck North, Jonathon's co-founder of Sugar Bowl who happened to make his way through her heart.
What specifically made me feel drawn to the book was the pacing. Sugar Daddy is a quick and fast moving read and it was so hard for me to put it down. There was an intensity in its plot that made it all the more gripping and edgy.
And for someone like me who easily gets attached to the characters with enough depth, it wasn't that difficult for me to be enthralled by both the male and female leads. I loved Sela's character. I knew she lacked a little bit of development in her character and she has some flaws... like lying to Beck all the time in order to keep her secrets and plans hidden, but despite her imperfections, she felt real to me and I totally connected with her. She was't anything annoying and I loved her strength and how she was able to overcome her traumatic experience. Beck, on the other hand, quickly wormed his way under my skin. I loved that he always gives his everything to the woman he loves and even though he didn't say the three magic words to Sela, his actions tell everything a woman needs to know. To put it simply, he is a perfect male lead. Not to mention hot.
There were of course, a lot of steamy scenes thrown here and there and by steamy I mean really, really HOT. Those scenes were delivered so nicely that you can't help but swoon and root for the two characters to be together until the very end. Another thing that I loved most about this book was the conflict which had a great impact to me. It was so nerve-racking!
If you read the synopsis of this book, you will have an impression that it's dark and yes, it was truly dark but not to the extreme. I could say that the book very much focuses more on the romance rather than its dark theme.
All in all, it was a spectacular contemporary read. The romance was all-consuming and too good to be true and the author's writing style was a win. I'm happy to say that Sawyer Bennett made it successfully to my new favorite authors in this genre. I will surely read the sequels of this series as well as her previous and upcoming books!
Note: This book ends with a cliffy. Prepare the second book before you start this one if you don't want to freak yourself out. :)
I loved The Goal. Elle Kennedy has always been very good at this genre and once again she managed to delight me w3.5 Stars
Can I take John Tucker home?
I loved The Goal. Elle Kennedy has always been very good at this genre and once again she managed to delight me with her writing style. The book started off so good that I was like:
But when I hit 70% Sabrina the heroine did finally get on my nerves. She's honestly the main reason why this book didn't make it to my 4-5 Stars list. I always have a big issue with characters that annoy me, most especially heroines who can't seem to make up their minds and have the tendency to hurt the people who love them so much. Sabrina falls into this category.
We've known Sabrina in the previous books as Dean's bitchy enemy. In this book she's now the love interest of John Tucker a.k.a. Tucker, a Briar hockey star who lives with Garrett, Logan, and Dean. Sabrina and Tucker both have this opposing personalities. Tucker is a soft-hearted good boy with a Southern charm that could drop every girl's panties. One who grew up as a mama's boy, he also has this domestic side in him. Yes, ladies. He cleans the house and cooks delicious foods and does them without any complain. Now Sabrina. This female lead is an independent, strong-willed, hard-working law student who takes two jobs at a time while striving to achieve her dream of becoming a Harvard alumni. She basically grew up without parents and she lives together with her grandma and her perverted stepdad who makes me cringe every time.
Now when Sabrina and Tucker collided, I saw an immediate chemistry developing. I thought they might make an interesting couple. Even though I knew Sabrina is going to be a pain in the ass because of the attitude that she displayed since the previous books, I HAD HIGH HOPES that this girl can be redeemable. Did not happen. Well, at least not until the very last chapter. Which was so frustrating!
So while The Goal had a lot of good things that happened (like Tucker's interactions with his fellow Hockey stars, his sexy times with Sabrina, his baby, his road towards a different "goal"), the book was not at all perfect. Things became quite off in the 3/4 part of the book and I blame it on Sabrina who turns out to be a very insensitive person.
I guess what's really lacking here was the effective communication between our two characters. I kind of wished that things were a bit different and that the affection was not one-sided and Sabrina was honest enough to admit her feelings (if there was any) to Tucker.
Nevertheless, I still ended up enjoying this book because... TUCKER. He's the best thing here. Compared to some of the male leads, Tucker proves that not every male character with abs and muscles is a manwhore. Give me a John Tucker character anytime and I'll be satisfied for the rest of my life.
Through Sabrina and Tucker's story, Elle Kennedy gave the readers a glimpse of the real world. It's as if the book is saying, 'Hey, this is not just about sex and hook-ups. It's also about the result and consequences of sex and hook-ups.' Which happens in reality.
The series, as a whole, ended up so good. I loved that all the characters have their piece of happy endings and I loved that each of them learned a lot of lessons most especially from painful experiences. They all developed into a person who has a drive to move on and trek a different road towards maturity. Best of all, their friendship remained strong until the very end. Whoa, what a journey! This series is literally New Adult at its finest! Thank you, Elle Kennedy. :)
(P.S. Elle Kennedy just announced on Twitter and Facebook that THERE WILL BE AN OFF-CAMPUS SPIN-OFF which would star our boy Fitzy!)
"All humans make mistakes. What determines a person's character aren't the mistakes we make. It's how we take those mistakes and turn them into le
"All humans make mistakes. What determines a person's character aren't the mistakes we make. It's how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses."
More than 5 Stars!
(I buddyread this book together with my sissy Bea. Click her name to read her beautiful review!)
It Ends with Us proved to be a big surprise in the best sense possible. I'm telling you guys, this book is Colleen Hoover at her very best!
I have read Colleen Hoover books in the past and they really have such a huge impact to me, but nothing compares to this novel. It's a different take on sensitive issues. And somewhat personal. Colleen Hoover did an amazing job in giving us a glimpse of what it is to have a different outlook in life, family, and relationship. To live in constant struggle. To hate someone dear to your heart and to even feel an ounce of compassion to that person despite your remorse. It very much pucks an emotional punch.
"I fell like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we're all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding than others."
Lily's character amazed me the most here. What she's been through in her childhood... it was awful. But I can say that she grew up as a strong person despite it all. I was awed by her determination to live a life far away from her mom where there are so many painful memories that correspond. She didn't want to experience a life similar to her mom's so she kept reminding herself never to become like her in the future.
This book delivered such a deep and sensible message that particularly targets women. I thought this is a very important book and everyone should read it because it has a say on something so personal. I fell into the story so easily and at times, I found myself taking a break in the middle of some chapters to reflect and... sob. There were just so many different kinds of emotions emanating from the pages which is of course, typical Colleen Hoover's magic.
"You make me want to be a different person, but what if I don't know how to be what you need?"
And when I learned in Colleen Hoover's note that this story is inspired from her mom's experience, I fell harder and I wept. I haven't read as good and as personal as this book and this is really remarkable for me. It's something special.
"Not everyone is homeless because they chhoose to be. They're homeless because there isn't enough to help to go around."
Atlas's character was also unforgettable here. I loved him. Every time I think about him my heart squeezes up so bad I feel like crying. And Ryle... I thought he's also a character that felt real to me. I especially loved his naked truths. I also thought Lily's write-ups in her journal are one hell of an emotional ride.
"No one is exclusively bad, nor is anyone exclusively good. Some are just forced to work harder at suppressing the bad."
There are so many things that I wish to say in this review but I'm afraid they will serve as spoilers so to wrap it all up, I'm in love with this book. It's everything and then some. The plot was fairly unpredictable and there were so many lessons entwined that will shake you emotionally and ruin you and turn you into a mess. Another spectacular job, Colleen. Thank you for sharing to us this wonderful piece of journey!
"And when I whisper, 'I love you, too,' it's the most naked truth I've ever spoken to him."
Give It Back was a good psychological thriller book for me. It was ingeniously written and was constructed with a clever and mysterious plotl
Give It Back was a good psychological thriller book for me. It was ingeniously written and was constructed with a clever and mysterious plotline. However, there were some issues that made this book a less enjoyable read for me.
Give It Back's story centered on three women namely Lorraine, Lexy, and Ella. When Lexy and Lorraine's son went missing, Ella got to Seattle to help Lorraine solve the mystery behind. That time, Lorraine was also dying of brain cancer and everything was just so complicated and messed up. There were other characters that were involved in the case as Ella tried to dig deeper and uncover secrets alongside two detectives in the city.
In this book you can expect to find multiple POVS and numerous timelines that jump from past to present and then back again. I was okay with the multiple POVS. However, reading the back and forth timelines felt like a chore to me. At times it also made me feel confused and somewhat... lost.
The characters were interesting enough... especially Lexy. For me, she's the most intriguing heroine here. I found her so inscrutable-- like she's totally hiding all the secrets in every scheme. The plot was also unpredictable, though I admit when I got into the near-end parts I was already forming a clue. Still, it didn't fail to surprise me when the bomb dropped.
There were unnecessary scenes unfortunately, and they pushed everything into a slower pace which bored me. Nevertheless, the mystery factor was fairly good. It did strike me as particularly daring, so I liked it.
Despite my issues with the unnecessary scenes and slow pacing, the second half of the book was able to build up a decent finale. It was a hanging conclusion, but hey, this is psychological thriller. It's what we usually anticipate, right?
As a whole, Give It Back was a promising debut novel. Danielle Esplin is a storyteller that has so much potential. I hope she writes more books because this book was sure to be a good start!
(Thank you to the author Danielle Esplin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!)
My problem with The Year We Fell Down is, I couldn't connect with the romantic aspect. The characters are actually likeable and I have no p
My problem with The Year We Fell Down is, I couldn't connect with the romantic aspect. The characters are actually likeable and I have no problem with that, but the way the romance was delivered, it was kinda off. I love friends-to-lovers tropes, unfortunately this one didn't get me. Perhaps it's just me but I feel no chemistry between the two.
The story centers around Corey Callahan, a college girl who became handicapped after an ice hockey accident. She met the gorgeous ice hockey player Adam Hartley in a dorm room and instantly became friends with him since the guy also had a minor accident and at that time, had an injury. They shared a platonic relationship, even though deep down inside Corey slowly fell for him. But because Hartley already has a girlfriend, this attraction is clearly a complication.
What I loved about this book was Corey's character development and strength. I loved how she eventually accepted her condition and delved into a different sport when she realized that ice hockey is not for her. Despite her condition, she was able to live normally and I think that's really awe-inspiring.
There was also no insta-love involved so it was good. However, I wish it didn't took Hartley a while to realize that he's wasting his time on his bratty girlfriend.
I would still love to read the rest of the books of this series since a lot of reviews say that they're much, much better, so let's see. :)
"Love was so pale compared to his internal volcano of feelings, but until someone came up with a new word for what this was, he guessed love would j
"Love was so pale compared to his internal volcano of feelings, but until someone came up with a new word for what this was, he guessed love would just have to do."
4 Crying Stars!
Without a doubt, this is one of the best and well-delivered finales in a romantic duology. My tears were proof of that.
I Won't Break is the second and final book of A Broken Love Story series. The story picks up where My Lea left off. Just like the first book, there was a third person POV narration, but this time, it goes back and forth between past and present. I won't be giving anything away by describing the things that happened here since it will be a spoiler, but the storyline and the series of events were so emotional and heart-wrenching. There was enough angst to keep me glued to the pages all night.
Both Lea and Andrew were amazing in this sequel. There was certainly a remarkable character development. For one thing, I noticed that their chemistry was growing stronger scene by scene. I just wished that I could change one scene, though. The part where Andrew flew to Jakarta after that particular event that changed their lives. For me it was a cowardly move, but anyways, I think that scene was the one that brought out the beauty of this finale so I couldn't really complain. :)
"You're my monster and I love you."
There was this particular scene with Andrew's dad that also touched me and broke my heart. That conversation was a game-changer and I think it was one of the huge reasons why Andrew became man enough to face his monsters. E. Mellyberry, therefore, is a talented storyteller. She has a way with words that could provide her readers a good emotional experience. She can make you cry in one scene and make you swoon in the next. I believe she deserves much more recognition. As a whole, I Won't Break was a poignant and heartwarming sequel. It gave a kind of conclusion that I won’t soon forget.
"Because when you finally find the one against all odds, you give him your best and let the magic of the world carry the rest."
(A copy of this book was provided by the author E. Mellyberry in exchange for an honest review.)
Let's just say this one quickly made it to my new favorite reads this year. So absolutely freaking good! I'm telling you guys5 Royal Stars!
Let's just say this one quickly made it to my new favorite reads this year. So absolutely freaking good! I'm telling you guys, this is the kind of book that will stay glued to your hands as you race through the pages in one or two sittings. All the delightful elements, swoon factor, name it all, they're here.
The storyline of Paper Princess was a little cliché to me maybe because in my younger years I used to go gaga over Boys Over Flowers and F4 and this book's story is pretty much similar to this Asian telenovela. Ella Harper's life suddenly changed after her mother died and a billionaire showed up in her school and claimed as her new guardian. Having been used to poverty where she does everything to survive, even working part time as a stripper in a club to pay off her and her mom's needs, the sudden twist of event in her life was kind of crazy and overwhelming. And just when she thought it couldn't get any crazier, she found herself living together with the billionaire's aloof and brooding sons which are all... yum.
"These Royals will ruin you."
Meet the F5Royal brothers.
Gideon, Reed, Easton, Sawyer, and Sebastian.
If you think Ella was completely welcome to live in the Royal's mansion, you're wrong. These Royal brothers did everything in their power to send her back to where they thought she belongs. They were simply a-holes and they made her life a living hell despite all the luxurious things she was beginning to enjoy.
It didn't even stop there because stepping into her new school, Astor Park, meant stepping into a disaster because the spoilt little rich kids who think they live on the edge bullied her. And what's even worse, she found herself slowly falling in love with one of the Royals-- Reed.
"Reed Royal is the villain disguised as a pretty prince. Taking a bite out of him would be a huge mistake."
And soo I'm telling you all right now why this one was a WINNER for me:
The concept was typical swoon-worthy. Guilty-pleasure. Twisted in a way but still, you end up savoring it.
Beautifully written. I am such a huge fan of Elle Kennedy. When I heard that she's one of the authors of this book, I immediately added it to my tbr even without reading its synopsis. I haven't tried any Jen Frederick book but after reading this, I thought I'm going to grab her works one of these days. The writing of the authors was so engaging and it simply draw me quickly to the story.
Well-portrayed characters. All the characters were vibrant. There was just something so raw and real about them, especially Ella. I loved how kick-ass she was and how she was able to handle her situation which was not easy and how she handled the boys. I should've been nervous at some point because of all the craziness that surrounded her but I was so confident in her tough character that I did not worry for her.
"My skill, if I have one, isn't dancing. It's my ability to believe that tomorrow can be a better day."
Page-turner. The entertainment factor in this book was too much. You can't help yourself from devouring it until you're finished. No dull moments. Heck, every little detail was so exciting!
Sexy banters and romantic and steamy scenes. There was 100% chemistry between the characters and a lot of sexual tension and it helped built up those scenes. Plus, the banters were so fun and hilarious! The authors really know how to tastefully write scenes that can make you grin. And the emotions the characters presented... they're right down to the bones.
"Maybe another time, away from this place, you and me would have a different story."
The ending, however, was a huge CLIFFHANGER. But I don't consider it a drawback despite my freak-out fest after reading it. lol
If you are a guilty-pleasure reader, staaahp what you are doing and read this book already while I am here.... eagerly waiting. Waiting for the second book.
(I buddyread this book together with my lovely friend Rachmi)
You can never go wrong with J.A. Redmerski! This sequel was a tough one but she handled it perfectly well.
The series continues with so much ba5 Stars!
You can never go wrong with J.A. Redmerski! This sequel was a tough one but she handled it perfectly well.
The series continues with so much bad-assery. Sarai, or rather Izabel, is now pursuing a different path in life after realizing that a 'normal' life isn't for her. She wants justice and vengeance and to be able to attain those, she must join Victor in his dangerous missions. In this sequel we meet a new character-- Fredrik Gustavsson. Equally hot and dangerous and a new assassin to fangirl over!
As the series continues, the story gets even better! I enjoyed this sequel so much because of how the author delivered such a fast, exciting pacing and how she plotted those blood-curling action scenes. There were even morbid scenes that made me cringe... but that's how I like it.
Even the characters became more interesting and very well developed, especially Izabel. What a kick-ass woman! I loved her even better here because even if she made some reckless decisions, she was no longer helpless and vulnerable. She's deadlier!
"She is the perfect liar and manipulator. She can become someone else in two seconds flat and deceive an entire room of people who are not likely to be deceived by anyone. She can make a man believe anything she wants with very little effort. And she doesn't fear death."
The romance was especially hot and so much better than the first book and it's because we can see a different side of Victor here. His softer side.
"It's in Victor's eyes that I see so much more. An everlasting bond between us not created by this moment, but by the night we crossed paths in Mexico. Thrust into each other's lives by a twist of fate and held there by our rare similarities and our need to be together. We are one in the same."
All in all, Reviving Izabel was a great follow-up to Killing Sarai. So many thrilling, action-packed scenes that will leave you gasping. You can't just miss this sequel after reading Killing Sarai!
"You think to slide back, settle for something that made you run away because you think it's safe, because it's familiar, because you're scared of t
"You think to slide back, settle for something that made you run away because you think it's safe, because it's familiar, because you're scared of takin' a gamble on me, I'm warnin' you now, Duchess, I'm not gonna allow that."
4 Holden Maxwell Stars!
Be still my heart. This book was all kinds of sweet and adorable and wonderful!
The Gamble may be wordy but it was so worthy. 670+ pages and I regret nothing! Perhaps it has something to do with the way the author made me feel so ooey and gooey inside all throughout the book and how she provided such an atmospheric depiction of Colorado Mountain.
The story started when English heroine Nina Sheridan went to Colorado Mountain for a vacation-slash-timeout. She was confused with what's going on with her relationship with her fiancé and she needed a moment to think. In order to do that, she has to go somewhere far and cozy and Colorado Mountain was perfect for it. The moment she stepped into the beautiful mansion she's supposed to stay, she met the handsome (or should I say, perfect) owner named Max. While staying there they were able to get to know each other and well, eventually developed attraction and fell in love. Of course it wasn't that perfect and easy since Nina's already engaged and Max has a complicated past that she has to find out.
I found this book quite a guilty-pleasure. I'm a first-time Kristen Ashley reader and I couldn't help but admire her delicious writing. She has this way of engaging her readers through her entertaining characters and romantic, sexy innuendos. Max was literal Alpha-Male. He was a jealous and possessive caveman but I couldn't help but fall in love with his character. While Max was sometimes a jerk, Nina was the exact opposite. She was soft but she's a tough one. Not to mention she was cute and funny. The two of them totally made a great couple and yes, they're now my favorite sweethearts.
There were lots of conflicts in this book and while I found some of them quite unnecessary, such as Mindy's personal dilemmas, I think they added a little bit of spice to the story. There were also lots of misunderstandings between Max and Nina but they were resolved and I was happy with that.
One thing that made me appreciate this book was Nina and Max's relationship which felt real to me. They both have imperfections but they've willingly accept them. They also made some mistakes but they corrected them and didn't let them become a reason to let each other fall apart. The give and take relationship amazed me.
And now here's my favorite line from Max to Niles:
"Fucked her last night, man, and this morning. Five times. Five. It was like she hadn’t been touched in a decade. So fuckin’ sweet. Damn,” he taunted, his eyes locked on Niles. “You’ve had her, you gotta know, not enough money in the world’s worth that."
Yes. Be still my heart...
The Gamble, as a whole, was a beautiful start to the series. After reading it, I decided to read more books written by Kristen Ashley. She has so many novels that were recommended to me by my lovely friends. Do you fancy winter romance books? Then put this on your tbr. :)
"It seemed incredible that it was only a week since he'd come storming into her life with his reluctant heroism and inimitable strength. But who you
"It seemed incredible that it was only a week since he'd come storming into her life with his reluctant heroism and inimitable strength. But who you fell in love with wasn't something you could control. And she had fallen in love with him. Desperately and completely."
It's my second time to read a book written by Christy McKellen and I have to say that she doesn't fail to make me swoon with her sweet, light, and easy-to-read books.
One Week with the French Tycoon is an adult romance book about two strangers who met in Italy. Londoner Indigo Hughes went to Italy to unwind and to somehow recover from her failed relationship. She didn't expect to meet a gorgeous, brooding French tycoon at the hotel she was staying, though, and his name is Julien Moreaux. Like Indigo, Julien was also mending a broken heart or rather, a broken marriage. Fresh from a divorce, Julien didn't plan to get attracted to Indigo and worse, to even consider a relationship with her.
I loved the way this book made me feel as though I was vacationing in a beautiful country. And wow, Italy! The details about the place made me want to experience it myself. This book is a great summer read and a perfect companion if you're going out of town. There was just something in it that gave me a relaxing feel.
Plus, the beautifully rendered romance. The plot may sound a little cliché but hey, this is the kind of cliché that I will indulge willingly because the story gave good vibes and the characters felt real to me. I loved Indigo's character, in particular. I can actually see myself in her. She's the type of woman who doesn't want to depend on other people, even if these people were her family. In fact, she stood up on her own when she experienced financial troubles. Julien is also a great and likeable character. He's a real gentleman. I loved the way her cared for Indigo and offered help when she met dilemmas.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I had fun reading Indigo and Julien's adventure and their road to happiness. If you want some light reads with a clean romance, then this book is definitely the one you are looking for. :)
"I can't change the way I am, Julien."
"You don't have to."
(Thank you to the author Christy McKellen for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!)
Back To Us is a story about two broken characters who started as strangers and who eventually became friends until they realized that they fell4 Stars
Back To Us is a story about two broken characters who started as strangers and who eventually became friends until they realized that they fell in love with each other. Things were not that easy for Justin and Jessica though, because these characters have inner battles they're fighting and their issues were the main reason why getting into a relationship was difficult. Jessica's parents abandoned her and her brother when she was 14 and since then, she has been living independently. Justin's life, on the other hand, changed when he came back home with a broken soul after he experienced an accident in the military.
This book is not your typical love story with broken characters. It has something more than romance. It was emotionally-driven and it narrated true-to-life situations. I loved that it tackled family dilemmas and life after horrible accidents, too.
What made this book remarkable was the strength of the characters. Jessica awed me. She's very dependent and tough and despite everything that happened to her, she didn't lose hope.
"That's what happened when your parents decided to dump you before you even started high school. Sink or swim, and I was one of the best swimmers I knew."
And although Justin was vulnerable at the start (He constantly wallowed in self-pity), he developed in the later parts and decided to stand up on his own which made me teary-eyed.
It's also quite amazing how Back To Us reminded me of the book Me Before You. You know, stories with physically and emotionally scarred heroes. :'((
When it comes to the ending, it was emotional and beautiful. I just wished that things between Jessica and her parents were settled. It could have been better if there was a resolution with her family in the end. As a whole, it was a great and a heartfelt read and full of life lessons, too. I loved the author's writing which was simplistic and easy. I definitely recommend this book if you love emotional romance stories like Me Before You or Nicholas Sparks books. And oh, before you start wondering if it has a sad ending, nope. Your heart is safe. :)
(Thank you to the author Teresa Roman for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!)
"With you, I want it all. If I get a taste of what it could be, I won’t ever want to let it go. I fell in love with you when I was sixteen, and that
"With you, I want it all. If I get a taste of what it could be, I won’t ever want to let it go. I fell in love with you when I was sixteen, and that’s never changed. But trusting you with my heart again is different. With you, I need to know it’s forever."
4 Emotional and Angsty Stars!
Bethy Lowry has always been one of those side-characters in the previous books of Rosemary Beach series that instantly got me. She was so strong and very likeable. What happened to her in Simple Perfection ruined me, though. That's why when I knew that she was getting a story, I instantly felt hopeful for her happy ending.
This book gave that to me. I love Bethy and Tripp's happy ending. Their history was vague in the previous books but it became clear here. I loved how these characters reunited in Rosemary Beach and eventually confronted each other about what happened in the past. Their story was bittersweet and heartbreaking, but I'm glad Abbi Glines was able to pull this one off.
I particularly loved Woods and Della's beach wedding scene here and how everyone was present to celebrate their happiness. (view spoiler)[I am still very sad for Jace, though. And for me, I wished he was still alive. He was one of mt favorite characters and he shouldn't have died. :( (hide spoiler)] As a whole, it was an emotional yet very romantic and unforgettable book. And as usual, I loved the setting. I think Rosemary Beach will forever be my fictional comfort zone. :)
"Love was an anti-gravity force. Love was an art of falling and floating, but never crashing. Love shot her into the sky, then let her fall, absolute
"Love was an anti-gravity force. Love was an art of falling and floating, but never crashing. Love shot her into the sky, then let her fall, absolute falling, and she kept falling and falling. She was falling... defenseless and fast."
I'd give this book 4 Stars. It's my first time to read a book from E. Mellyberry and I was honestly impressed with her writing and the way she plotted the storyline of the book.
My Lea is a story about Indonesian main characters namely Andrew Jaya and Lea Amelia who met in the United States. Lea is the kind of girl you would easily like. Sweet, easy-going and kind, while Andrew is the exact opposite-- bad boy, womanizer, and at times, an a-hole-- the kind of guy your parents will warn you to stay away from. They have this instant connection after they met most especially because Andrew and Lea's brothers are best buddies. Attraction soon bloomed between them, but little did Lea know that Andrew hides a dark secret from his past-- one he wasn't able to easily escape even up to the present. Soon, his past became Lea's nightmare and it was the thing that completely shattered her.
I simply loved the storyline of this book and how it was carefully constructed. It's dark, complex, and deeply emotional. It was also unpredictable. All throughout the book, I made different guesses about Andrew's past but none of them were correct after all.
The characters, on the other hand, were vibrant, unique, and well-drawn, especially Andrew whose redeemable quality was remarkable. At first, he really pissed me off because he was a complete asshat. He was, in a way, so full of himself and has this anger management issues that he couldn't deal with. Gratefully he redeemed himself in the later chapters, although I admit it really took me a while to forgive him for what he did to Lea. It wasn't THAT easy. Nope.
Apart from Andrew's attitude, what also kept me from rating this book higher was the first half of the book which was dragging. At times, it failed to hold my attention. It was in the second half of the book when it finally earned my full attention and made me become invested in the story. All the scenes produced an emotional typhoon. I didn't expect myself to cry when Andrew finally let his guard down and totally bared himself to Lea.
"The weird thing about the human brain is that even when we try to shut it down, demand it to go off and change channels, it can't. It keeps working, feeding us ideas, hopes,fears, and demands us to notice them."
The romance here was good and it developed right at the last few chapters. It had a promising and non-cliffy ending, too. I'm at least glad in the end because of the characters' development and how they became stronger when they were together. Overall, this book emotionally floored me. It's angst-ridden with a slow-burn plotline. I recommend this book to anyone who loves heavy romance and drama. (P.S. It has an abuse theme which will not suit younger audiences).
"Not all fairy tales started with a ray of golden sunshine or a chorus of beautiful angels sing-- theirs was far from one-- but from the moment she'd showed up at his door last night, Andrew was determined to give their story the happiest, the most beautiful sunshine ending he could find."
(Thank you to the author E. Mellyberry for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. :) )
Reading this book was reminiscing everything in Sweet series and bringing back the feels! I am not really fond of reading a book that rehashes the entire series using the voice of the male mc but this one was an exception because, *sigh It's KAIDAN ROWE'S POV and why not?
I knew Kaidan was sexy in Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and Sweet Reckoning but I think he's way sexier here. Lots of naughty things were running inside his head and I can't help but blush. LOL. I think I even loved him better here because I was able to really see through his thoughts and his emotions and the way he regarded Anna. Right in the feels!
"Anna has ruined me with a craving for something far more substantial. She possesses the only thing that can fill the deep void within me, and nothing else comes close."
Anna and Kaidan have always been one of my favorite OTP's that's why it was kind of difficult for me to read this book without missing this couple so bad! But I'm really glad because I already forgot lots of scenes in the series and I'm happy to rewind all of those, especially those scenes I consider my favorites. All in all, it was a worthy somewhat-reread of the entire series. Kaidan Rowe is truly worth it all!
"I can't simply have a tiny slice of Anna. I'm no masochist. It has to be all or nothing."
"He'd shown me pools of starlight... He's saved my life like some kind of feral knight in a legend, and I'd gulped it down like faerie wine..."
"He'd shown me pools of starlight... He's saved my life like some kind of feral knight in a legend, and I'd gulped it down like faerie wine..."
I was completely blown away after finishing A Court of Thorns and Roses. I finally realized why this book has hit the shelves with a storm and became an all around hype in the entire book community. Apart from the fact that it's the work of a genius in a person of Sarah J. Maas, this book is a complete deal.
The plot. Everything was so perfect in terms of its plot. I loved how Sarah J. Maas based the fairy concept on such a popular tale as "Beauty and the Beast" that she plotted the majority of its storyline into ACOTAR's story and used Beauty and the Beast's main characters as the basis for this book's characters.
The pacing. There was no such thing as slow-paced here. Ever. I couldn't even remember if there was a single part of the book where I felt bored or sleepy. Every chapter, every paragraph, every single line, screamed intensity.
The world-building. Stunning. I am at a loss for words just thinking about how Sarah J. Maas built the amazing world of this book. How everything started as a myth when a lady was holding a Cauldron and the whole fairie continent was magically created. I also loved how the whole continent was divided into different courts: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Day, Night, Winter, and Dawn court and how they were all managed by High Lords. Speechless.
The characters.Feyre is one unique and well-developed character. Better than Celaena in my opinion. She's strong-willed and very responsible. I liked her character so much that I found myself teary-eyed at times because of the knowledge that she's the only one who feeds her family, thus her hunting at the woods. Even when she felt so terrified of the forest and the creatures lurking in it, she braved her soul because of her obligations. And with no whining on her part. Also, she's the kind of character that you will like because she's simply not annoying. She takes responsibility in her every decision. She's also cunning and wise despite the fact that she's illiterate. Yes. We're having an imperfect, no-Mary Sue character here, guys.
On the other hand, I loved Tamlin. A High Lord fae with an air of mystery and well, sexiness. Who doesn't want to sign up? He was described so beautifully and intricately here that I couldn't help but sigh at the sheer perfection of his characterization.
"I love you. Thorns and all."
The romance. I have been looking for books that balance both the fantasy and romantic aspects and never have I expected that this book was it. WHY??? WHY did I resist the temptation of reading it? This book basically has been sitting on my shelf for months! Now I see what I've totally missed all this time. The romance was all kinds of beautiful. There were swoony and even steamy scenes which kind of... surprised me. (Really, Sarah J. Maas? You could definitely write intimate scenes that are way beyond my imaginings in a fantasy book?) I didn't know this was sort of a New Adult book-- which was good, because it just made the romance all the more compelling.
"I don't want you to live somewhere else. I want you here, where I can look after you-- where I can come home and know you're here, painting and safe."
The later part of the book hinted a love triangle because... *sigh Rhysand.
Yes, we are meeting the other piece of the love triangle! And what a delicious piece, too. I don't normally root for two guys in a love triangle but here I am, shipping either Tamlin or Rhysand for Feyre!
"Each of us has a beast roaming beneath our skin, roaring to get out."
The ending. The final chapters of this book proved to be a big and epic surprise. WOW, I was so amazed by the things that took place... especially when Amarantha, the evil Queen, was introduced. That's when the whole lot of action took place and everything became too overwhelming for me to take. I ended up panting and my heart was beating loudly because I got so nervous.
Now that is how you start a series! Sarah J. Maas, you did it again. You truly are a queen. Rightfully so! A Court of Thorns and Roses is another one of those books one will shelve as a new favorite. It's beautiful in every single way and it's complete with all the elements you are looking for in a fantasy retelling. If you haven't read this book yet, do yourself a favor and start it now.
What an amazing slow burn romance. If there's one thing that's truly apparent in this book, it's the spot-on perfect wri4.5 The Wall of Asswipe Stars!
What an amazing slow burn romance. If there's one thing that's truly apparent in this book, it's the spot-on perfect writing style of Mariana Zapata. I loved every single one of her lines, her characters' snappy dialogues, and the humor that she incorporated. She has truly brought out all the very best elements of a sports romance to keep the readers engaged.
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is a hate-to-love story between the characters Vanessa Mazur and the NFO Defensive Player of the Year Aiden Graves. Vanessa has worked for Aiden as a personal assistant for about 2 years already and within those years, she didn't exactly have a good relationship with him. Aiden is the type of man who doesn't like to talk or even give a damn about her so after she quit her job, she was surprised when he came into her house, asking her to come back and even propose to her a marriage of convenience.
I'm an avid fan of sports romance so this wasn't difficult to love. For being such a long book, I enjoyed every bit of it because there wasn't a single chapter that bored me. Both characters are also easy to love. I admired their raw honesty with each other and how the romance simmered slowly while they carefully explored their bitter past and family issues. At no point their relationship felt forced. I also loved the fact that they both started as strangers and then eventually became best of friends. Stories like this are the type that you couldn't help but be drawn to.
“Life was all about choices, You chose what to make out of what you had.”
I couldn't also resist the fact that Aiden is such a great hero. His character development amazed me. And the way he cared for Vanessa-- ahhh I really bought his affection! Also, can I swoon over Zac? He's such a bae and his friendship with Vanessa is goals! All in all, this book was yet another enjoyable read. It was sweet and full of depth and surprises. Definitely a must read for fans of slow burn and sports-themed romances.
“When life gives you lemons, you get to choose what ou make of them; it doesn't always have to be lemonade!”
There are so many underrated but great romance books that everyone should pay attenti5 Kyle Manchester Stars!
"You can't plan love; it just happens."
There are so many underrated but great romance books that everyone should pay attention to. This book is one of them. I loved it so much that I found myself smiling, laughing, and totally swooning the entire time I was reading it.
The Do-Over is a friends-with-benefits and friends-to-lovers kind of romance book. It does sound cliché but for me, this is a good kind of cliché because it's not a shallow romance book to begin with.
The story started off when Kyle Machester, a womanizer journalist was asked by his best friend Brad to take his girlfriend's sister Lanie for a date. Lanie is a heroine that is all kinds of awkward when it comes to looks but is an exceedingly smart and confident lawyer. At their first date, Lanie told Kyle that she's in love with Brad, unfortunately Brad is her sister's lover so she can only hope that they'll be together someday, who knows. Lanie and Kyle soon came to a mutual agreement that they're going to pretend to be dating in order for Brad to notice Lanie's desirability. What started off as a platonic pretend-relationship soon became more than that.
What especially made me love this book was Lanie's character development. I loved that she was introduced as an ugly duckling but eventually she slowly bloomed into a very attractive swan. She's also a heroine that is so easy to like because of her inner beauty and brave and smart attitude. And of course, I forking love Kyle! Perfect doesn't even begin to describe this one hot, sweet, and caring book boyfriend. I loved how he took care of Lanie and how he made her feel so beautiful and special. I even loved the way he fought hard against Lanie's bitchy mom and sister. What a perfect man!
There were lots of hilarious scenes and dialogues here that made me LOL like crazy. Kyle's narration is frickin' funny and way too sexy! Apart from the funny side, this book also had a bit of an angst. There were deep and dark secrets that Lanie and Kyle kept from each other which they soon unraveled and that was something that I admired about this book. It's not just about sexual tension but there's depth in the story.
All in all, The Do-Over is another Adult / New Adult book that is now sitting on my favorites shelf. I am such a sucker for these kinds of books! Apparently so. :)