not sure I like all of Scarlett's friends because of the situation they put her in.
I was so invested in what was happening and I was so nervous the closer we got to the end of the book. I could see some of the solutions that were needed and understood the steps necessary for the characters to grow and change; I was super excited when those came through and understood why Katie made the decisions she did for the characters. I was fully invested in their development and the progress being made. In the end, I felt proud as if they were my friends because I was so happy to see the success and growth.
I love, love that nothing was glossed over and made perfect, Katie shared the reality of the situation and how it doesn't always go the way we plan or hope. I absolutely love the scenes where they are viewing the apartments because I had the same thoughts and was like Girl?!! I loved that Jesse knew not to say anything but let her learn the hard way the reality of the situation. One of my favorite things wasn't the adults who stood for them when they needed, it wasn't the amazing friendships they had, it wasn't even that Jesse and Scarlett had such an amazing bond. I loved that therapy was seen and shown in such a positive light. I loved that the adults who cared gave them room to come to them but also let them know without a doubt I would believe you. I loved their connection to the land as well, the fact that they felt the Earth breathing and could connect down to that?? Another of my favorite moments.
If you can't tell by now, I highly recommend this one. Be ready to be emotionally invested, to be angry and afraid to be nervous for the characters. To be excited as friendship becomes more, to be sad when reality crashes into the scenes and know fear.
Like all of Katie's books, this one also comes with a soundtrack and I think the songs she picked were perfect. I'll have that up this weekend along with a link to the Youtube playlist.
★★★★☆ RECOMMENDATIONS Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti My Review Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan...more
*sob* This feels like a final book in the series and I'm not ready to let them go. This has been a fantasOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
*sob* This feels like a final book in the series and I'm not ready to let them go. This has been a fantastic series showing off the O'Brien siblings and their friends It has highlighted that family isn't always blood, love comes in many guises and that healing takes time. I absolutely loved this story, it was a wonderful ending to a series, that has made me laugh, cry, rage at the injustice and still love the characters in all their complexities.
This is Seamus's story, he's the big brother who gave so much of himself to make sure his siblings didn't need to sacrifice as much. Stepping up after his father failed to be a better man Seamus left school to pursue a construction career that it turns out he's pretty darn good at. Creating customized homes for clients who ask for the unique Seamus and his brothers have gone from the poor kids to being pretty well set. As all his siblings fall in love and get married Seamus finds himself in desperate need of a date for all the family events and he can't bring any of his "normal" women. Allie's family is also celebrating a wedding and she can't wait to get out of it. However, her mother keeps insisting she makes an appearance and Allie is desperate to get away. When a chance encounter with a childhood crush leads to a misunderstanding that she now has to embrace to keep from being the only single woman at the wedding.
I totally fell in love with these characters. I absolutely loved that despite her family's input Allie has become a successful woman. Seamus is a fantastic character even though to everyone else he appears to be the one left behind in the family he's a man comfortable with where he is and who he is.
I laughed so much when it came to this story, from the meet-cute to the final scenes. I loved the wit between Seamus and Allie. I loved how they were doing their best not to be single people at their families weddings and yet they found themselves slowly sliding towards coupledom. Seamus's antics when dealing with Allie made me love him so much. His internal monologue gave us such an insight into him and just made this story funny sweet and sexy.
Even though they appeared to be the most well adjusted of their family members Allie and Seamus had their own scars that they dealt with as well. Seamus had a good reason why he was still single and how he dealt with it. Confronting it with Allie made him realize that he was holding himself back in a way that wasn't healthy. Allie's family??? My gawd they were definitely terrible. First of all, I can't even deal with her sister, her mother was trash and deserved everything she got at the end. I never understood parents that treated their kids like that then expected loyalty, like no. When I was reading Allie's interactions with them I wanted to jump in a defend her so badly. I loved that she shared this vulnerability with Seamus & that when it mattered she took his advice.
I laughed quite a bit with this novel because Seamus is hilarious. However, this novel still had its heart-stopping moments and even a few moments that brought tears to my eyes as we caught up with family members and got to see them as they headed towards their happy endings. His sister's wedding was a tearjerker moment for sure. I loved the talk about Catholic weddings and all the traditions that went into them as it definitely brought me back to my school days and reminded me of those moments with my family as well.
Although this novel didn't have as many of the sexy times moments as the others did, it was still sweetly passionate and I loved how they interacted with each other. Some of my favorite moments were when Allie brought Seamus food because they took such good care of each other in those moments. They shared their vulnerabilities in a way that was sweet and funny and Seamus never allowed the moment to become too bogged down so they felt comfortable. His lessons?? Absolutely hilarious. I loved the ending scenes because you just know that they are all going to be alright. Although I would have loved to have seen more from his other brother who was engaged the entire series, I loved the ending we did get. Maybe Cecy will revisit the family through their kids?? Who knows, even if she doesn't the ending we got was still wonderful.
Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover The Reed Brothers by Tammy Faulkner...more
I have to say I got this purely on the cover and the author's name. Went into this completely blind andOriginally reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
I have to say I got this purely on the cover and the author's name. Went into this completely blind and I'm so glad I did, Now having just caught up on the Breed series by Lora I was expecting some paranormal but nope no Breeds here this is a separate series that is a spin-off of the Elite Ops series which I do own and plan to read. Having no idea what I was in for I still fell in love with the characters and was invested in their story unfolding until the last secret was unveiled and the last orgasm had.
Lora knows how to write the heck out of an opening scene, this is the second book I've read by her this month with a memorable and wild beginning scene. She starts them off as if the world in the story was going on already and we just happen to tune in to see the rest of it. I was totally invested and immersed in the story that unfolded.
We first meet Amara when a mission went south and Riordan shows up to clean up the mess, having a history she tries to warn him that this was a lot bigger than he thought it was. From there the story just went even wilder as each part of the plot was revealed.
Fast forward a year post failed mission and we find Amara on the hunt for the man in her dreams, she knows that the people in her life are lying to her by omission and she's on a mission to find out what the secrets were. Because despite having lost her memory of the past year including the mission that almost claimed her life she's still in danger and she knows this mystery man will help her. For his part, Riordan was hurt in that mission and he's finally on the road to recovery, finding the woman who almost cost him so much on his doorstep is an unwelcome surprise, one he's going to take full advantage of.
I absolutely enjoyed the repartee between these two because my gawd they had chemistry. They were so tuned to each other and it was erotic and hot as hell. I loved them when they argued and pushed each other when they struggled not to give into the attraction between them, as they worked to figure out who was out to hurt Amara and why. Amara wasn't sure ho her enemies were supposed to be but her father had created more than enemies for them both with his criminal enterprise and Amara was struggling to believe the man she loved as her Father wasn't as horrible as the rest of the world kept saying.
The action was fast-paced, everything flowed quickly especially because the main characters weren't meeting for the first time. From the unfolding secrets, we learn more about both Amara and her father, his friends and what drove him to become the man he was. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well and can't wait to see which of them will be getting stories in this series. Riordian's family and several of the characters from the Elite Ops make an appearance and I'm sure if I had read that series first this would have made this even better to see them. I am extremely excited to see the next mission that this group will be involved in. I can't wait to see what happens to Amara's dad, and to her friends, cousins and Riordian's family. I absolutely loved his Grandfather, because that man was both a source of wisdom & kept Riordan on his toes.
I loved how as the story flowed and more secrets came out, it challenged the way each character viewed the situation especially Amara who is struggling to know who to trust. Unlike before Riordan refuses to be pushed into a simple box, he's here to claim what is his, not just his revenge for the danger Amara had been placed in but his rightful place by her side. I loved every second of it.I was sucked into the story and read it really quickly and felt the need to get back into it when I had to be away. It was awesome and I highly recommend.
Julie Garwood's FBI Series Heart of the Night by Gayle Wilson Krewe of Hunters Series by Heather Graham (does have some paranormal to it) Happy Reading my loves,
Wonderfully written I was completely hooked from the get-go. I wanted to know what would happen next, whoOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
Wonderfully written I was completely hooked from the get-go. I wanted to know what would happen next, who would betray whom, & how everything would pan out. I ignored everything else in my life so I could complete this book. I needed to read it and find out what happened. It's an adventure story, a journey to save a home, to reunite a people who are broken that becomes more about saving a country on the brink.
This book features two amazing characters, the first one is Jasminda born a half-breed & made to know exactly why their people are at war. She's been outcasted by her town and pushed into a corner by those who should be taking care of her. Jack was a spy who was undercover in enemy lines. He's running from a team that is bent on killing him before he makes it to his general to pass on the information that would help prevent a war. I loved that they had hidden depths and secrets as well. Jasminda knew very little about her parent's history as they wanted to forget what brought them here to this space and move on. As such she was unaware of just where she belonged. I started to guess Jack's secret as the story unfolded and we drew closer to certain destinations, but it was still a surprise for Jasminda and seeing her reaction made me like her even more.
I absolutely loved this book. The characters were well written Jasminda was my favorite character because despite having so much lost in her life she still gives her all. Reading Jasminda and how she kept trying to talk herself out of falling for Jack. I absolutely identified with her because she dealt with so much in her short life. Including so much that happens right now in our modern world was seen in this and I totally understood how she felt when the townspeople acted up. loved that the author didn't shy away from confronting racism, the ugliness of war and how our ideals of our country aren't always what is true in practice.
My favorite scenes are from the cityscape when she first got there and saw the whole thing. The description of the royal palace and I really enjoyed her favorite places within the castle. I loved that the city was a mix of steampunk, futurism, today's tech and of course old tech as well. It was amazing. I also loved the scenes from the library, when Jasminda & Jack confront what's going on between them. It's also where they slowly learn that they need to do more than what the original mission was.
The secondary characters were well written & dimensional. Some were well rounded & some were written as if we should have known more about them but we really didn't I enjoyed the POV as it switched between the two main characters and that made it more in-depth with their reasonings and ideas.
I felt so many different emotions while reading this book. I was angered when certain scenes where Jasminda had to deal with the townspeople and the city people. I absolutely loved Jack and her conversations, I loved their personal moments. I was intrigued, worried, nervous, and had a slightly unhealthy level of anxiety as things were unfolding. For me, the ending wasn't predictable at all. It's such a fantastic story, that seemed to grow, the mystery of where it was going unfolded at a great pace. There were so many different layers and betrayals And I was extremely excited to see that there are other books in the story. I also loved the little antidotes at the beginning of each chapter as I felt it added to the overall story as well.
Warlord Series by Elizabeth Vaughan Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
I absolutely loved it and have ordered myself a copy and highly recommend it to you as well. Happy Reading my loves, ...more
Y'all are used to me saying when it's a fave author I don't even read the synopsis, I one click and keepOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
Y'all are used to me saying when it's a fave author I don't even read the synopsis, I one click and keep it moving. and when I got approved I did a happy dance. This one isn't part of the Westmoreland Clan it's one of her other series the Madaris family saga and I'm just as in love with it. This one is a great romantic story filled with comedy, hints of suspense, meddling elders and children who think they can outsmart them at their game.
I really enjoyed this one because it felt like coming home and being enveloped in with family. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded, how much these two tried their best to beat their elders at their matchmaking plans and inadvertently ended up right where they were supposed to. I loved that they were both headstrong individuals who were successful in so many aspects of their lives but this one. I absolutely loved their Elders; they were determined to get these two together and they knew they couldn't just introduce them, they had to meddle as much as possible.
Ivy is super successful, she created her own company because she knew she wouldn't fit in with corporate deadlines & politics. She created a firm that was successful based on her love for computers and while it might not make her the most popular person it does fulfill her. She has her best friend and her Grandmother, who needs more?? Nolan for his part grew up a nerd surrounded by a loving and supportive family with his Great Grandmother as the Matriarch, she pushed all her kids to be successful, to find love and make their community better. When she sees that Nolan isn't getting past her last relationship she decides to step in. Nolan was the nerd that went from Urkel to Stephan, he embraced the success that came with that change and when he realizes his Great Gran as about to but in he launched a plan to make himself extremely unattractive to women he doesn't believe is right for him.
From sending them letters and notes from each other to rigging events to get them together these older women were not to be deterred. Having been in relationships that ended poorly Nolan & Ivy were determined to find their own happiness without their Grandmother's and Great Gran's intervention. Making a plan to beat the two older women at their matchmaking they tried at first to fight fire with fire then they simply made it appear that they were giving in. Within this dance of deception comes the past bring with it danger and trouble and without the friends that Ivy has made can her heart survive??
I do have one bone to pick with this story, and that is with Nolan's choice of women to aide him in his subterfuge. I know he states it was a good option but for me it makes me give him the side eye other than that I loved this story so much, I laughed and commiserated with Ivy & Nolan. I loved their exploration of their feelings, I loved how Ivy confronted Nolan when she was uncertain and how Nolan reacted when he realized the plan was working a little better than he expected. Their chemistry was off the wall and I loved all the moments of them exploring these moments as well.
I totally understood being cornered by those you love and feeling like you can't get out of it without hurting their feelings. I loved the glimpse of the expanse of the Madaris family and definitely need to catch up on this series. There were so many different family members introduced, with only small glimpses of their stories. I can't wait to see just where the series goes because she has introduced the next generation already and it should be interesting to see how they succeed. ★★★★☆
I went into this one totally based on the cover. I'm so glad I did. This is a part of series and yet itOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
I went into this one totally based on the cover. I'm so glad I did. This is a part of series and yet it isn't written that way, I didn't feel as if I was lost reading the story because each of the characters from the previous novel gave a brief synopsis of their stories without really spoiling anything. So I'm adding those onto the TBR Pile because why not??!! When I went to write this I discovered that Katie is the author of one of my favorite books ONe Two Punch, which is another amazing menage erotica, I knew I liked this one for a reason.
This was fun, funny, and a wild adventure. Hiding deep in the mountains Ari knows that his best friend needs help and decides to go out and get that help however he can. That help comes in the form of Daphne, Speech therapist, who is an expert in the field . She needs time away from the stresses of her own practice and a failed relationship that makes her doubt all she thought she knew about love and relationships
Let's be clear from the beginning this could have gone very wrong, however the way the author wrote it, giving screen time to the obvious issues with them having kidnapped her for her help makes the story a bit more believable and less Stockholm syndrome. From the very beginning Daphne tries to make the men see reason and when that doesn't work she tries to run. Daphne is cognizant of who she is, she voices her concerns without fear due to the presence of others who let her know they have her back when it comes to Ari. Daphne is relateable, fun, sarcastic and just down to earth & very well accomplished. The men who are working with what they know are pretty good guys who are trying to make the best of a bad situation made worse by Ari's decision to kidnap Daphne.
I enjoyed the story that unfolded, it's the culmination to the series so the mystery is sped up here and the unfolding pieces all start coming together and everything not just their case but Daphne's case as well begin to converge and spiral out of control.
We get an action packed adventure along with a steamy erotica featuring a menage that becomes polyandrous. I loved the way the separate relationships developed between each of the men and Daphne especially her non verbal communication with Benjy. The relationship the men had as friends was wonderful to read as well.
All in all a quick action packed adventure that had strong female lead who has an extremely erotic encounter with these men.
★★★★1/2☆ RECOMMENDATIONS Wolf by Kaitlin O'Connor One Two Punch by Katie Allen Happy Reading my loves,...more
This picked up so well from the first book and moved very quickly. We have a few who know but are keepingOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
This picked up so well from the first book and moved very quickly. We have a few who know but are keeping the secret, however now Eden & Tyler are far away from home, with no one who knows them here and this will allow them to explore who they are. Eden is done with her senior year and she's heading to NYC to spend the summer with Tyler and they are going to see where they go from here. Tyler is in the city because he's working on the Rehab tour and he's been working on coming clean and staying sober.
"You know what?? Fuck It. I don't want you, I need you" "Need " I echo. "Need" he confirms, nodding once, " I need you because you're one of the few people I trust. I need you because you saw me the way I used to be and you still stuck around. I need you because I'm in love with you Eden, & I have no idea how I'll get over you"
Such an angsty story. I absolutely loved it. I also loved Beth, Tyler's roommate because she was so understanding and non-judgemental. She was great practice for them on sharing their secret. This was so well written and again it's told from Eden's POV so we only know and see the things she knows and sees. Once again the city becomes apart of the story (and being a native New Yorker this made me love the story even more).
Eden's doing her best to go with the flow while exploring this relationship from a safe point and then after a while, she dives right in to see where it goes. Tyler is still working on his recovery and I thought for a while he had replaced his addiction with an unhealthy reliance on Eden. They are trying to find a way to be together despite what others would have to say about their relationship. I love the growth they both experience and the adult consequences when they try to take the cowards way out one too many times.
I loved that the author didn't make their HEA easy. We have to in real life work at it, and so did they. I love that there was a song that they both loved that kept repeating some great advice that they tried to take to heart and that at times Eden got it and at times she ignored the advice that was given to her. I mean we know we should do better but sometimes it's just easier to do what others are doing. There were so many awesome scenes but I truly loved the rooftop scene *once I got over the fear of her falling to her death*
Several times throughout the book I yelled at Eden to get it out; just come clean, but she was so cowardly she wanted her cake and to eat it too. She had plenty of time to stop the blowback but didn't and even kept her actions encouraging to the situation getting worse. You really are the worst Eden all because while trying not to be the "bad guy". So many times in the book my heart broke for them. I get where Eden was coming from but she made herself the bad guy because she didn't want to be the bad guy she kept putting off this important discussion even as she had several times to fix it. Just UGH. Of course, then there is the ole' biotch who flies halfway across the world just to start things. Girl y'all have graduated high school and almost no relationship survives the first year of college What is wrong with you??
As the story progressed and the climax came closer I knew there was going to be some serious devastation and fallout. Their parent's reactions especially Eden's dad my gawd!! He lost it so badly, I just know it couldn't have been me because I would have emotionally kicked his teeth in. His behavior was the absolute worst and just made me rage as I was reading. In the end, I was so devasteated at what unfolded I couldn't deal and at the same time, I understood. I would have gone about it differently but I understood and was glad Tyler recognized that Eden couldn't be his reason to be sober, he had to be his own reason.
Poor Eden is facing so much when all she wanted was the man she loved. I absolutely loved that it was not easy or perfect. I loved that there was fallout and that not everyone took it so easily but they are also right in their belief that it will look wrong from the outside; however knowing the full relationship it isn't wrong at all. Also, we can't live for the opinion of others, we have to live for ourselves. This was a lesson Eden struggled with throughout the book.
Once again I didn't read the premise of the story and I've managed to not be spoiled for this so I wasn't prepared for the wildness this book proposed as to what went down. I so didn't like the uninvited guest who showed up. I mean who pushes themselves in on a trip you weren't invited to?? Who does that?? Come on girl let go and move on...damn!! I enjoyed that the secondary characters were so well written that I hated the people I was supposed and liked/loved the right people.
Reading this I felt giddy, excited, nervous, and just all of the emotions especially anger. As I was reading I couldn't understand how Eden didn't realize that being cowardly was going to blow up in her face. Like girl what??!!!. I highly recommend this., I finished it in one sitting because I just couldn't believe all that was happening and couldn't stop reading because I needed to know how it was all resolved or not resolved. I can't wait to grab the third book.
Apparently this is the final book in this series. Oops. I read the last book first bwahahahaha. I must bOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
Apparently this is the final book in this series. Oops. I read the last book first bwahahahaha. I must be honest, I tried picking up catching Jordan years ago and I wasn't in the mood so I moved on to something else. These books however have always been on my radar and now I want to read the entire series in order so I can know just how truly awesome they are.
I really enjoyed the fact that the young woman was a serious athlete, she wasn't doing it because her family wanted her to, she wasn't doing it because of some guy, or because she was trying to change who she was, she as here because she has always wanted to be here. Having spent so much time in the pool or training or competing she really hasn't had the 'typical' high school experience, and when she goes away to a college trip she realizes it's possible to balance it all and have fun while being an athlete. Not sure who else to turn to she asks her best friend Levi to help her gain all the knowledge and experience she's missed out on, because who else would understand that's she's focused on becoming an Olympian but someone else who is also vying for that spot??
Throw in an competitor who seems to have it all together and who is doing better than she is even though she came to the sport later in life, and you have the makings of a great story. I really enjoyed this one. I loved how Maggie explored with someone she felt safe with, she was still strong and into her sport, she sought out help when trying to learn how to balance it all, which means we got to see several old characters from the other books. I loved the advice she was given and how she tries to take the advice while still remaining who she was. I really related to this as a former gymnast, especially the workout schedule and the eating and the focus on doing better by just seconds. While I'm not a swimmer this definitely made me feel like I understood them better and their training was something to truly respect.
I really loved how this wasn't about a love story, but really a story of firsts, a story of exploration and a story of understanding how to balance all your wants and needs while still being the best you can be in your field. Maggie has some great friends, and an even better family and it really made the story that her parents were still such a strong couple who totally supported their daughter.
Very well written, and for someone who hasn't read the entire series. it was a heart warming story and it made me want to read all the others as well, so guess what I did?? You guessed it, I got all the others to read in order then read this one again with the history of all the other couples and stories in my head. it's a journey I look forward to.
I recommend for those looking for a good story featuring a true athlete and an exploration of love and who we can be.
This story brings together a few of the other series that Carolyn writes, taking family members aOriginally Reviewed on the The Bewitching Bibliophile
This story brings together a few of the other series that Carolyn writes, taking family members and bringing them together for this story, while making the towns all a part of the same world. I loved this story, I think the kids made this story, they had such strong personalities that I can't wait to see if she writes them love stories as well.
I went into this not knowing the premise or anything really, it's how I love reading my books and I just fell in love with the town, the families, the children and eventually the couple. Given the opportunity to own a piece of land matters to both the parents for different reasons and they have over a month to figure out who is going to win this bet. I loved how they worked separately and had strong spirits of competition, neither was going to let the other get their ranch.
Separately they each brought their own expertise to the ranch and each of their children has their own reason for loving the ranch. This romance was so down to earth, the way the couple was so simple and normal. Sometimes in romance you can forget that it isn't about the glamour but the everyday journey towards being better than you were yesterday that really makes a romance. I love that Carolyn writes these stories, everyday families with good strong beliefs as their backbone working towards their common goals. They aren't dirt poor but they aren't the Gates either and that's ok, they still get it done, they still build, create, work and enjoy life.
Remy & Adele learning to work together even though they were competing was fun to read. Adele could easily fit into my family, a strong capable woman who is trying make sure her children don't pay for her mistakes. She's hell bent on making a home for her girls and making them strong women so they don't ever feel like they aren't everything to her, and yet she's trying to navigate getting past her one mistake of trying to change to fit someone else's idea of who she should have been.
Her choices aren't easy and yet she makes them with the respect to her girls wishes. I loved that she put her children first and that she loved them so fiercely. I loved her and Remy coming together, it was sweet romantic and all kinds of cute the way they floundered around trying to move from competitors to friends and to a couple.
Remy grew up fast when his life changed and he got the boys, still close with his family he knew he had to strike out on his own to help the boys adjust and I loved that he wanted a home for them as well. He came to the realization that he wanted more first and yet he followed Adele's lead and let her set the tone and I loved him for that.
A sweet romance that allowed us to revisit favorite characters, while setting up more for the future and I can't wait to see how the kids turn out in the future. The girls at least will be a spitfires.
★★★1/2 I hope you enjoy this cowboy romance my loves and as always Happy Reading ...more
This so wasn't what I was expecting. Looking at the cover and knowing that Monica writes these awesome neOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
This so wasn't what I was expecting. Looking at the cover and knowing that Monica writes these awesome new adult books I just dived right in. And this was more than I expected. This book is about second chances and I thought at first it was going to be a light romance, I was not prepared for the mystery that unfolded.
Nick is freshly out of jail, while he was in there his entire life has imploded. Nick is here to stack his money, keep himself hidden and find a way to get out of the this small town that has cost him so much, he doesn't want anything to mess with his plans. Life however kees throwing him curveballs. One of the few things he has is his new job and the view it offers. Then there is Reverie Hale daughter/Princess of the Hale family, sweeter than sugar, she is blind/naive sheltered and so clueless it makes your teeth hurt.
One of my favorite characters is Nick's friend Michael because he was one of the few people who was seeing things as they were. He was also the voice of reason, he tried to show Nick all the ropes and protect Nick, but you can only protect someone as much as they will allow. I really enjoyed how the story came together because the characters that we actually meet written pretty well. The story is told mostly through Nick's eyes, so we only know what he knows and all we have is his perspective of the characters. A few of the characters only grew as characters the more they interacted with Nick, otherwise they were kind of just names.
I loved that this was at the beach for summer and it was surrounded by woods that were so well described you felt like you were there at the lake having fun with them. This book focused on the second chances that Nick needed, how much he wished he was someone who deserved Rev. We also got the reason he ended up in prison and Rev learning to see beyond the smoke screen of her family. I liked the story of them getting to know each other.
Going in there was no clue about the mystery. There was no hint that there was going to be a scandal that would blow Rev and Nick apart. My favorite part of the book of course came close to the end, Because oh my gawd what the hell was that??? How can someone be that terrible and you never see it?? There are a few things that I couldn't stand. At times Nick's inner thoughts when it came to his ex. He would constantly say he didn't judge her for enjoying sex but then use terms that clearly judged and slut shamed her even if it was only in his head. I also had an issue with his insistence that Rev was 'innocent' and kept going over that description every time he thought about her.
**Bit of a Spoiler here**
Also then there is Rev, she is a Christian girl who is a part of a family that is well known in the Evangelical field. Her father has made a big deal about her remaining a virgin until marriage and she had a huge party celebrating her pact. *Now I personally have sooo many issues with this, but whatever do you* Yet when she breaks this pact she seems to only feel a small amount of remorse. I know women who waited until marriage and still had issues with it since they had been pushed to hold onto this thing for so long and I know women who totally dived into being sexual beings with no issues. I just wish that if she was written as such a strong Christian girl that she had more issues with it.
There are a few things that were left unexplained however there is a second book so I'm hoping they get solved there. I do have a bone to pick with the genre in particular, can we have mature adults that actually adult?? It seems like the new thing is for there to be no adults in these kids lives, they either die or they are just shyt as adults. My gawd all adults can't be this terrible.
If you enjoyed this book I highly recommend Monica's other books as well. And Chris Myers Blackout, Raine by JC Valentine is another good suggestion.
If you can't tell I have kind of taken a bit of a hiatus, it wasn't expected and it certainly wasn't plaOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
If you can't tell I have kind of taken a bit of a hiatus, it wasn't expected and it certainly wasn't planned, my life kinda needed a little more attention than the books did the last few weeks, and let me tell you I missed both the books and sharing with y'all all about the books. Then this popped up in my mailbox and I couldn't not read it. I snuck time at work, I read when I was supposed to be working on projects for my family, I snuck reading when I was supposed to be sleeping, heck I certainly gave up on sleep so I could finish this, and then I regretted finishing it, because well, there is no more Jay books until like March. Ugh Jay write faster!!!
Y'all know I'm a Crownover Fangirl already, I show her and all her boys so much love on the blog because she writes amazing characters that feel like people I know, people I like and people I want to get to know and I get so sucked into the story as it goes on that I'm most often not even aware that time is flying. This story is no different, we already knew the outcome was going to be Zeb & Sawyer getting together, but the journey is what I read the books for and man what a journey. It had great highlight and laughing moments, and moments that stopped your breath, I loved reading Zeb and Sawyer's journey reading as each learned to embrace the jagged edges of themselves, and learned how those pieces would fit together and make them a great couple.
Sawyer doesn't come from the most loving of backgrounds, although she is privileged in her upbringing compared to the rest of the crew, what they created as a family she lacked. Having taken her father's last will and testament and run with it, she's made the first moves to getting out from under his thumb what was meant to be his last "eff you" to her became her greatest triumphs because it gave her the family she has always wanted. Sawyer is a reserved woman because she doesn't know how to handle emotions and being a part of a family the way the others have learnt by being there for each other, but she is very much the kid with her face moshed against the glass looking out at the world and dying to be apart of it but scared she's not enough to really be included. She has these ideas about herself that she's been feed since she was a child, and yet she doesn't notice that she has already embraced change and the drastic differences between the woman she thought she was and the woman she actually is. I love that her home is a sanctuary not just for herself but also for Salem's sister, and it becomes a bit of a sanctuary later on for someone else as well and I loved those moments of her learning to stretch herself beyond what she thought she knew. One of my favorite lines is the discussion of her love for color, and how she hides it on her toes and yet in her home she has this rare red wall in her kitchen. I just love it.
Zeb is a man with a past, his temper put him a place that led to him serving time, and now that he's out, he's honest about his past and figures he'll let the chips fall how they want. Having become good friends with Rowdy, he's even more fascinated by his sister, & jumps at the chance to help her create her dream home by renovating her Victorian. Zeb's the total opposite of Sawyer and yet, she's the piece of the puzzle that adds the most to his picture. Coming from a loving family background, and not knowing all there is to know about Sawyer, Zeb does make some mistakes, but I absolutely loved that in this one he was the most sure about the relationship, about being the one who was determined to bring her out of her shell. I loved the Zeb saw Sawyer way better than she did and he understood her quirks a bit better than she did at times and he was totally willing to work with whatever she was willing to share.
There are so many great moments between them, especially as Sawyer begins to come out of her shell, but my favorites are when they are interacting later in the book, when Sawyer is trying to find her footing not just as a friend, or as a sister, but as a woman who Zeb is interested in. It's so much fun to watch her try to embrace all he's trying to give her while still trying to remain braced for the pain of failure. And when Zeb gets a powerhouse in his corner it's so much fun to watch her embrace that while running from Zeb. I loved their interactions, I loved the few times we get to see the Marked Men, especially when Rome goes all Daddy crazy over his daughter.
I absolutely loved reading this books and especially seeing the upcoming couple I can't wait to see how that unfolds. Jay has once again captured the journey of love in a way that makes it fun, and sweet, and not too heartbreaking. And now I want to go re-read it again.
Happy Reading my loves and just know that Zeb and Sawyer together are awesome, the journey to getting there?? Is so worth the read. ...more
This is a wonderful conclusion to this series, I loved it. Once again we areOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
****May Contain Spoilers****
This is a wonderful conclusion to this series, I loved it. Once again we are back in the world of Ruby and it has expanded a bit, Ruby has set out on a journey and as the only survivor in her town she's not taking being alone really well. After the events of book 1 (see review here), Ruby is back home and trying to come to terms with the changes in her life. The world has changed, things that were once oh so important aren't now and she's gotta focus on her survival. Ruby is struggling with a burden she has never had to deal with before; before the rains came she had none of the responsibility she has now and she's not sure how to handle it all.
I loved the realism of her breakdown from spoiled teenager to survivor. It was both heart wrenching and gratifying to see her work on the things that mattered, while trying to stay sane. We wonder all the time how long will the veneer of civility last and as we read Ruby's accounting we begin to understand that it might not last long at all.
This story goes beyond Ruby though and we begin to see what is happening to other survivors, see how others are coping. And man does the action keep coming, the scary moments keep piling up and you know that something is going to break.
My sister and I talked about the fact that in the Hunger Games how clear the PTSD was (not so much the movies but definitely in the books) I was glad to see some acknowledgement that these events change the ones who live and eventually sheer brutality will allow only the strong to survive. Even though Ruby is facing some scary times, she still tries to embrace being a teen, she tries to learn all she can that will help her survive and in the end she accidentally discovers something about herself and about a few others. I really felt for Ruby in the beginning when we realized how far down the rabbit hole she had traveled, seeing from someone else's eyes how bad it's gotten is what wakes many people up and that's totally what makes Ruby realize something has to change.
We see how the world is doing and dealing and how the governments and the military is reacting to the cataclysmic events (not well as you can imagine). As the story progresses and Ruby gets one of her greatest wishes and we are given a chance to see how those left behind are doing, we run back into the court of crazy kids from her journey into London last time and meet some new big bad. I loved that the story didn't really let up, that there was so much going on, but we only got to see what Ruby could see. And because Ruby isn't the smartest person in the room, we weren't' getting the full scope because as a teen, even now, Ruby tunes out on authority figures quite a bit.
As we watch the story unfold you can't help but shake your head at the share audacity of some and realize that sadly this is probably going to be the reaction of many. I enjoyed seeing all the characters from before, watching Ruby try not to forget that she was higher on the social hierarchy in school so she shouldn't' even be talking to the Spratt, but he totally still has her phone and she wants it back!! I loved seeing the new characters, and their interactions with Ruby.
And this book still pulled no punches Ruby gains and losses so much in this novel. She has some serious moments where I wanted to shake and scream at her, and man in the end when it all starts to go down I just wanted to hold her and rock with her. I felt Ruby's reactions were so genuine and I felt her heartbreak when she began to accept and understand some of the things her mother used to say, things that as a kid she never took seriously. Loss was her friend from the beginning as it was for so many and yet Ruby still fought on. I wanted to punch all the villains while at the same time as an adult looking at the circumstances I totally understand their need for answers, but certainly not the greed.
I loved this book and was happy with the conclusion because seriously that ending was too funny and sweet. It would be nice for a little novella telling us how humanity is doing, but I liked the way it was ended just fine.
I loved the quirkiness of the writing, the author's attempt at not using curse words but letting us know that in reality curse words would be flying right about now, was so much fun, I enjoyed trying to figure out which curse would go with the situation at hand. Ruby's voice was so much fun, and so right and so awesome. I really enjoyed seeing it all from her point of view, I might have made some better choices but as she says, she's just a 15 year old girl and she's doing the best she can.
★★★★☆ How do you think you would survive?? Share down in the comments and or course, Happy Reading
I'm not sure why it has that name because it has nothing to do with the story. I actually liked this oneOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
I'm not sure why it has that name because it has nothing to do with the story. I actually liked this one, it was funny and kinda charming as well. The character development was good, and I just loved the way in which the story flowed well, and of course the way the character interacted with each other, and how each had their own quircks, and of course the mini story that took place as well.
I loved that Michelle was an author in my favorite genre, she's a romance author who is angry that she has redo a story she has already written because her story and her editor rejected it. I loved how this story not only had many of the cliches that are in romance but also gently poking fun of them as well. I laughed so much at that, while enjoying them as well.
Michelle ends up having the most hilarious backstory and of course almost all the outlandish romantic cliches that could be fit in one tale just happened in here. First a bout of amnesia, a marriage of convenience, and then love, I really how everything just rolled from one to the other.
That ending scene was hilarious, and as her editor says if it was in any other romance I would totally call b.s. on it, but it worked so well with this one.
Way too many characters were lying for my own comfort but it added to the story, once again however it did help to point out the flaws in romance.
I highly recommend this for those looking for a great contemporary romantic and comedic story.
★★★☆☆ Happy Reading my loves and see you next week!! ...more
Let me preface this with a bit of background I studied anthropology, with an eye on doing archaeology latOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
Let me preface this with a bit of background I studied anthropology, with an eye on doing archaeology later after my first degree, with Native American Studies as my focus. I've said this before, I ended up leaving the program and moving on to something else (which is why I took longer to graduate than my classmates) even though academia wasn't going to be for me, I still and will always love both anthropology and archaeology. So when I say I have a high standard to which I hold books dealing with this topic?? Yeah my tolerance level for ignorance and cultural appropriation, and misrepresentation is hella low.
The plot started off so good then she got stupid and he's a chauvinistic pig and then yeah I no longer cared. I finished because the bigger mystery was originally going good. The back and forth of her emotions were exhausting. She wanted to be taken seriously for her art, then freaked out when he tried to give her instructions, she took everything to heart like he was judging her when he was simply assessing her skill level to do the job, Alex is there because of a mix up and she's acting like he personally asked her there then told her to leave. Then there is his childish move to prove she didn't get the drop on him and I just wanted to push them both over the edge into the river.
They both seemed to get worse as the story progressed instead of better, especially after they've been rescued. The second they make it, she goes back to being a dumbass and I really am not here for it. You can't have it both ways. You can't say he's nothing like your dad or your ex boyfriend then decide he's exactly like them because hes a man. Seriously?? Can't you think like any deeper than that?? That's a bullshyt copout. Then she kept demanding to be in charge, bitch I'm the boss, I'm the one paying you. I'M THE BOSS!!!!!! Errrggggg she was soooo stupid.
1) Who is stupid enough to take on drug dealers with machine guns with no back up. Bitch??!!! You have no military experience, you aren't into martial arts so what the heck did you expect would happen?? She has,way, too many too stupid to live moments but manages to live, no stupid I need you to die. Don't pass on your idiot genes just die already.
2) how are you going to get mad that the person with you call you an effing idiot for your "plan" that's just about a death wish?? Seriously your plan is to what??!! Shout at them that they are being criminals?? Chile... have some seats you're officially a moron. This is all so you can prove you're in charge and not under someone's thumb . Bish what??!!! Shut the hell up You big dummy (yes I used a Sanford and Sons quote because it so fits).
" It wasn't going to be easy, lusting with a feminist" location 607 at 13%
3) what the fudge does this quote mean?? What does he mean he can't lust after a feminist??? Are you serious?? Bruh?!! And this is a hero??
Then there is their time in the caves, Le Sigh, what happened to spiders, rodents, snakes, and all kinds of insects that make caves their home, Did they go on vacation this week?? Nah these caves are clean so let's roll around on the floor, and in water that we don't know the source of. Let's also drink this water that we don't know is uninfected with all kinds of germs or bacteria of which we have no way of killing off since we have no purifying tablets, but by all means let's take a bath and expose all of our orifices to these potentially deadly things just so we can get our rocks off.
Te story was going so great too. Then they just started doing the dumbest things. The part that change my like of the story was her complete about face once they make it. In the caves she changes started to grow to open up to see beyond the stupid stereotypes, they make it and BAM back to being a dummy. Le Sigh Really. Like the second they step outside she starts judging him like she hadn't seen any changes or growth not for herself or for him. I kinda wanted to push her off the cliff.
" once you let a man take control, your independence was gone, kaput"
You need to take your head out of your hindparts. He needed to do what needed to be done, Isn't that the point of y'all risking your lives?? Had it been me I would have left your to your fate and gone about my business but no he stayed to help you with your stupid idiotic "plan". Then when she gets checked at 74% and it's pointed out to her that's she's (irrationally and childish * nah I wish that had been said* ) being unreasonable since bitch I'm paying you!! I'm like DUUUHHHHH Are you sure you're an adult?? Because these reactions are that of a teenager, it's smacks of some serious immaturity issues. the as we read more and learnt more about her back ground you can see she gets her stupidity honestly, and that is why she needs to die.
In the end it was just ugh, not an experience I will repeat again personally. The main reason I kept reading was the over arcing mystery which is solved in like half a paragraph and I'm not satisfied with the way that was done.
To me the characters weren't fleshed out, they were two cardboard pieces shouting at each other from across a canyon. They couldn't hear each other and neither had enough depth to their personalities to warrant me caring. They were full of angst from the get go & both of them were so blinded by their own issues that it was impossible to really see the full story. Who brings their baggage to work with them?? You are right now about to climb some scary mountains and risk life and limb but still dragging around stuff than you distract your and literally get you killed.
There were so many inconsistencies within the archaeological aspects of the story that it almost lost me even more. Then each character would do something as dumb as the other. It felt like she was supposed to be a 'spicy Latina' persona and it didn't come off well. She was psychically connected to the ruins which we haven't proven are really what he thinks they are, but she's part Latina so she is connected. What?!! I just naaahhh bruh nope. All the nope that even been noped.
★★☆☆☆ Somethings ain't for everyone and this right here?? Is one of them. It clearly was not meant for me.
I'm actually surprised that this was so good. (no don't gimmie that look, you know you make snap judgemenOriginally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile
I'm actually surprised that this was so good. (no don't gimmie that look, you know you make snap judgements about books too). This is book 2 in a series but it totally could be read as a standalone (which is what I did).
I found the world pretty fascinating so I bought book 1, so I can learn more about it and why it's setup this way (even though this one shares a bit about that, I still want the first story for more background and the other characters seem pretty awesome). I the mystery wasn't deep or a really huge plot point but it gave enough tension and a motive to them moving the plot forward.
I felt like Briana's emotions were valid and real, having to adjust to being the stranger in a new land (see what I did there?? ohh literary witticism i love it) as well as learning to accept their customs without losing sight of your own is pretty hard. I liked that these were discussed and that the male protags didn't exert pressure for Briana to come to to their side of things; they allowed their feelings to grow naturally and gave each of themselves time to come to terms with her as their new mate.
There was tension within the triad, that stemmed from the culture clash, as well as the pride one has in their culture. I enjoyed watching these being resolved, while honoring each of the their needs. It was great to see the romance flow as well watching as Briana opened up beyond her expectations. I enjoyed how quickly the story flowed and was enjoying the tension and the palpable chemistry within the trio.
I liked the glimpse of the world given and I can't wait to go back into it and read book 1 and then book three.
I would recommend this for those seeking a quick thrilling futuristic romance whit a great M/F/M trio.
*****TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT*******
I took a while to go into this because I needed to shore up my emotions and my mental walls before I could read this. Once I was ok then I read this and I loved every second I flew through this. I really loved how Lilah dealt with the topic of the fantasy. The clear and concise element of consent and it;s place in each scene. I really loved how the story is from Vivienne POV and we only know how she truly feels. Even though Jonah's actions back his words.
I loved that the characters were written so strongly and well developed, despite being smart well rounded people they still had things that were controlling them from their past and they just hadn't learned to lean on anyone yet. I loved that Jonah heard her desire and made her feel like she was ok for wanting it, they set their rules and worked hard to make sure they were both getting what they wanted from it. It made me wonder about him though and of course I needed to know more, about him about her, about everything involving their families.
I really enjoyed the exploration of the human/survivor's psyche and what makes us need the things we do. It's so sad the amount of victims who must see their abusers each and every single days and how ti affects them. I had to know how the story continued so I purchased the next one right away. Price didn't matter and this point I needed to know.
I love that the author explored all the ways that Vivienne felt about the relationship that developed and about her wants and how it placed a strain on her. Personally didn't find the story triggering at all but the detail of her history mad me cringe and shed a tear.
I think it was done wonderfully and want to read more from her. She didn't try to normalize or demonize the things being done she just shared the reality and how it affects each person differently. The part that made me realize just how well this was written came several weeks later, when my office was moving and we had to shred the old files, I was checking one of them out and in the process found the patient's note to the Dr and in it the patient detailed her experience including her fantasies that developed and it was a little shocking to realize how similar they were to Vivienne's. Afterward I made it a point to ask one of the sex therapist on staff and she noted that it happens way more than people talk about.
I have read all of the series and can say I highly recommend it and if you are easily triggered this still is a good book because you can see how consent is discussed and note the way in which the characters go about exploring their fantasy.
★★★★★ Read with caution my loves, but know that it is truly worth the read. And I highly recommend this series....more