4 stars — I really enjoyed this one!! It was a bit rough, starting the book with our main characters being split up, but I enjoyed getting glimpses of the past and seeing them work through their problems. It’s funny, b/c in another situation I could see this not working for me, so I’m not sure why I was immediately connected to both Blake and Nate. I guess I could feel their connection, I could feel their loneliness and despair, I could feel their regret… I LOVED getting those tastes of how they went from friends to lovers in the past, because it helped me to want to root for them. And hoo boy did they have chemistry!! I was seriously tummy tingly all over for them!!
I was worried about how I would feel about Nate in this situation, because of what happened on New Year’s. But I could really feel how regretful he was… There’s a part of me that wishes for something more in that resolution, but I’m not sure what, you know? It’s kind of a strange story, b/c we don’t get to see that part play out…and we don’t get to see much of who Blake and Nate were for the majority of their relationship. We end up meeting them at a very inopportune moment. Seriously, I’m totally baffled for why that didn’t bug me, but instead sucked me in.
I think part of it is that both boys were easy to connect with. They both felt very real, and could be funny, and adorable, but were also very clearly flawed. They both made bad choices. But by the end of the story, they were both trying very hard.
I’m torn about the novella length. In some ways I felt like the pace was fantastic, and it worked very well. In other ways I would have liked a full novel about these two. I have a feeling there was a lot more I could have learned from them…and a lot more I could have understood about their past.
I appreciated that there was a light delving into depression…I think that’s another area that in a full novel could have been explored in greater detail. But we got to see Blake suffering under depression’s lies (being a burden, dealing with it on our own), and I appreciated how Nate supported him once he found out.
This story definitely made me want to read about Elliott and Carsen too…totally putting that on my wishlist. I’ve read an earlier work by this author, and found it only OK…so I can tell that her writing has improved, and I was excited by how much this story captured me. Yay!!! I love it when that happens!...more
4-stars — Huh, the book went in slightly different directions than I was expecting! I really didn’t expect the time travel-ish aspect to the story! No, that’s a lie. I knew there had to be something b/c of the hints at the end of the previous book. But I didn’t expect it to take up so much space in the narrative I guess. Or maybe I just didn’t expect the way everything would play out. I grew increasingly concerned as the book went on about how it was going to end. You guys have no idea how hard it was to resist skipping to the end to find out…SO HARD. I’m glad I didn’t though, b/c it added to the reading experience to feel that stress and concern. And all in all I was happy with the ending, though I wanted a bit more epilogue…it felt a bit fast and I needed more wrap up I think.
The book was still written in third person omniscient, but it didn’t bother me as much b/c I was anticipating it. I was able to settle into the style.
I still loved both Maggie and Johnny, though they go through some pretty crazy trials in this one…the universe really did try to mess with them. I felt for Maggie when faced with the suddenly alive Johnny. And I felt for Johnny’s utter confusion and devastation. I don’t want to get into it and give away spoilers, but as much as I was frustrated by their emotions/attitudes sometimes, I also truly understood them.
And I truly loved some of their great romance scenes. Both prom nights were swoony for me, I truly loved them.
I also really loved getting to meet some new secondary characters, especially Lizzie. She was hilarious. I enjoyed seeing some of the little side plots that spun out of their time machinations. I will admit that I was a bit bummed that we got basically no resolution with Shad, and only little bits with Gus.
As I said above, I wanted a better wrap up for the ending. Not just the happiness stuff, but I felt like the whole Rodger plot was left unresolved…particularly the shadow stuff. I NEED ANSWERS!!!
So yeah. This is a very sporadic and odd review for me. For some reason I had a harder time figuring out what I wanted to say, but I’ve decided not to stress it! I definitely enjoyed this conclusion to Maggie and Johnny’s story, I just wanted a bit more at the end....more
4.5 stars — I’m honestly still processing. I was so worried about this book, b/c Kjell was really hard to like in The Bird and the Sword…which is not to say I didn’t like him, but I almost liked him reluctantly if that makes sense. I knew this story was going to be a hard one, b/c Kjell had so much growing to do, and accepting the changes around him and the truth about himself. And he was still the gruff, grumpy, quick to anger guy that we knew. But of course Ms. Harmon managed to get him to dig inside my heart and make a place for himself there. I don’t even really know how…but despite his stubbornness and his rudeness, you could totally feel his vulnerability and just how LOST he was. Lost and damaged by his upbringing, and the betrayal of people he cared about. I found his story to be compelling, beautiful, and emotional. So despite Kjell not being the kind of hero I tend to gravitate towards, I still fell for him…even as I wanted to smack him.
This story is told almost entirely from Kjell’s POV, which is interesting in and of itself. What’s more interesting, is that while there was a part of me that wanted to see inside Sasha’s mind, it wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. Something about the way the story laid out from Kjell’s perspective was apparently enough to satisfy me. That rarely happens people. I am a hardcore dual POV lover. But I felt like the story we got was complete and left me satisfied. And I felt like I got to know Sasha and her motivations just from the way she interacted with Kjell and all the secondary characters. She was earnest, thoughtful, loyal, smart, and could be strong and stubborn when she needed to be, which made her a perfect match for Kjell. She was also amazingly compassionate, and I fell for that trait most of all. I loved the way she forced her way into the group, and didn’t allow anyone to stop her from doing what she thought was right. My heart broke for the experiences she had in the past, and how she had learned to cope with her gift and how people reacted to it.
I loved that Kjell and Sasha just fit so well together. Their strengths complemented one another, and made them so strong as a couple. She tempered Kjell and showed him love and patience, and in return he cherished her and showed her the compassion that she so freely gave others. His steadfast love for her truly made me swoon, even as my heart ached.
I was sucked into the story right from the start, and I loved that the plot completely threw me at parts. I was wondering what was going to happen, and then Ms. Harmon would throw a wrench into the situation. I was so excited to return to this magical world, and I loved learning different things about it. I loved all the little side plots, and even hearing Sasha’s storytelling.
I ADORED so many of the side characters. The King’s Guard, particularly Jerick and Isak, just made my heart happy. I loved the way Jerick interacted with Kjell, he needed that kind of friendship. I also loved seeing characters from the previous book, particularly seeing Tiras and Kjell together.
Yup. Definitely a success. Made me giggle, definitely made me cry and made my heart hurt. And truly made me wish for more stories in this universe....more
4.5 stars — Yup, it’s official. I am in love with both R.S. Grey as an author and Luci Christian as a narrator. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Joe Arden as a narrator is fantastic too. But there is just something about the way Ms. Christian makes Ms. Grey’s hilarious heroines come alive that just works for me. I laughed and laughed through this one, and even got verklemped at times. I didn’t want to put it down, even when I should have been reading other books.
Madeleine was the definition of a hot mess. I’m sure not everyone will appreciate her, but I felt for her struggle with “adulting” and having her life together. Normally I might be turned off by the “woe is me” attitude, but I have been known to suffer from that myself at times, and so I understand how you can get wrapped up in how things are not going right in your life. I loved how hard she tried…how every time she almost got sucked into the blues, she would give herself a pep talk and earnestly try again. I loved having a heroine that enjoyed her job, but whose job wasn’t everything she was…cause you know what? Not everyone has a dream job. And yet she still found fulfillment in life. I guess I just love an insecure woman who still shows up…I can vibe with that.
As with many other books by Ms. Grey, I found it harder to get a feel for Adam. I loved what I saw, but I still kind of wanted more — what were his feelings after his breakup with Olivia? What was he feeling about Madeleine? I don’t know. We’d find out in a roundabout way, but I guess I wouldn’t have minded a bit more time in his head learning about *him*. I was put off by him at first with his temper and his quick rush to judgement…but he was genuinely apologetic, and tried to stop this bad habit. Honestly, a lot of what I loved about him relates to his relationship with Madeleine, and his feelings for her.
The two of them together were hilarious and adorable. They had lots of ups and downs, fights and reconciliations. And I held on, because I wanted them to succeed. And I liked that any misunderstandings didn’t play out too long, and there wasn’t *too* much coyness about feelings.
And the secondary characters were fantastic. Adam’s meddling mom made me laugh with her evil shenanigans, and Madeleine’s friendship with Daisy was hilarious and perfect. Now I really want to read Daisy and Lucas’s book! I loved the little side plot with Mr. Bogs and how that all turned out. And of course the star was Mouse. That dog was hilarious, I could totally picture him.
So yeah, unsurprisingly, another hit from Ms. Grey. I can’t wait to read more, they’re just the kind of lightness I like to sprinkle in when I need a good laugh....more
5 stars — This is the first time I have listened to an audiobook where I haven’t read the book before, because I have the attention span of a fruit fly…wait, do fruit flies have low attention spans? Anyways, I was always concerned that I would get easily distracted and miss part of the book, and truthfully that did happen a bit. So prior to this book I’ve only listened to stories I already knew and loved so I could stress less. But in anticipation of meeting Ms. Grey at Book Bonanza, and trying my darnedest to get as many books in as possible before then, I decided to try listening to a new to me book and I COULDN’T have picked a better one. I listened to this one during my morning walks, so I was less likely to be distracted, and I found myself LAUGHING AND LAUGHING out loud so many times, I’m sure if people had been nearby they would have thought me crazy. I think I now understand the value a good narrator can bring to a story…because this story on its own was probably 4.5 stars rounded up. But the narrators made this one a full 5 stars for me. Especially Luci Christian — she made Lauren COME ALIVE. I couldn’t imagine a better narrator for our neurotic heroine.
I remember reading the blurb and cringing at the concept of their age gap in the past. But after reading a few of Ms. Grey’s stories, I decided I wanted to see what she would do. And I’m not sure if it will work for everyone, but I thought she did an excellent job of showing a connection, but not making it creepy. Sure, I suffered terrible bouts of secondhand embarrassment at the hands of teenaged Lauren and her massive crush…but she was just so freaking lovable, I couldn’t help but fall in love with her crazy self.
And that’s the thing that made this book full 5 stars — LAUREN. I have the biggest book girl crush on her imaginable. She was sweet, and sassy, and hilarious, and ridiculously neurotic. I want her to be real. I’m not saying she was perfect, but I just loved her and felt all for all her vulnerable moments. I felt like her teenaged self was authentic and real and relatable. And I loved that she didn’t lose that spark as an adult. She was a very young 27 year old, but it worked for her. I saw myself in her — how you’re an adult, but you don’t really feel that different and you still feel like you don’t know anything.
My only real complaint about the book is that I wish we’d gotten more chapters from Beau. I felt like I didn’t really know him as well, we didn’t get to dive into his head and really understand his hopes and dreams and what attracted him to Lauren. What I saw (heard) I loved. He was sort of closed off at times, but you could feel that underneath he was just reserved and cautious in his love. I just wanted more. Obviously, not enough to lower my star rating, but it was still a desire I had by the end of the book. It felt like this could have been a single POV book and I wouldn’t have lost too much.
I LOVED their interactions with one another though. They were delightful, and charming, and hilarious, and snarky, and just…heart melting at times. I LOVED them together. They were like book couple gold.
I also LOVED both of their mothers. I mean, a lot of the secondary cast was fantastic, but their mothers in particular stole the show. You could feel how much love they each had for their children and vice versa. And they kept it real…they made me laugh at their teasing.
So yeah. I actually ended this one with a few happy tears, and cheeks that ached from grinning. I absolutely LOVE when a book just works for you, you know? This one was tailor made for me, and Lauren is now on my top book girl list. Highly recommend listening to this one if you get the chance, it totally enhanced the experience for me....more
3.5 stars — I’ve enjoyed a few of these Kpop Romances by Ms. Bennett, and they are always a fun, light, quick read! This one was no exception. There were so many cute moments between Chansol and Talitha, moments that totally made me smile and gave me butterflies. Unfortunately, there were also some cringey moments for me, b/c I suffer from terrible secondhand embarrassment. This won’t happen for everyone, it’s just a personal thing.
I’m not a Kpop or Kdrama fan, and I can honestly say that I don’t understand this level of fangirling…and so despite suspending my disbelief, I still had a hard time connecting with Talitha in this one. She would have moments where I really loved her, those moments where we got to see her normal everyday self. And I enjoyed some of her fandom, it was kind of adorable. But there were moments where it just started making me feel uncomfortable. I totally understand that many people feel this way about all sorts of celebrities, it’s just funny that I happen to be a bit opposite. I tend to feel bad for celebrities, b/c they’re put on a pedestal, and seen as above the rest of us mere mortals. Talitha wasn’t always like that, but it would come out every now and then and every time I cringed. Honestly, she was a bit back and forth about this — some moments she would see Chansol as the guy he is behind the celebrity, and then in her thoughts she’d be back to calling him an idol. I will admit that bummed me out a bit. The celebrity stories I’m most attracted to are ones where the non-celeb sees the celebrity without all that artifice. I kept waiting for that aha moment, and I didn’t get it in this one. *shrugs*
And since we only had Talitha’s POV, I really didn’t get a chance to know Chansol that well. He seemed pretty adorable from what I could tell though. I was happy that at the end we got to understand why he was enchanted by her. I had my own theories, and they were close, but I loved the parts I didn’t guess.
Sam was an intriguing friend character. Sometimes she came across more cold or insensitive, and I was worried that her character would have a bad twist. But instead we got a good twist, and I’m happy with how her part played out.
So yeah. Still light, clean fun, with a good dose of adorableness. But if you’re like me and celebrity hero worship makes you a bit squeamish, this may not be the best one to start with by Ms. Bennett. Try Undercover Fan instead....more
5 stars — OMGOMGOMGOMG!!!! I’m not good at doing the serial thing (I have ZERO patience), so I waited until this one was complete to dive in, and then I gobbled it up in an evening. IT WAS BOTH TOO SHORT AND PERFECT!!!
I LOVED Pepe and Josephine!!! But especially Pepe!! What a sweet, romantic soul!! He really was like a man-puppy, just happiness and sunshine. And Josephine was exactly like the heroine’s I fall in love with — insecure, shy, introverted, but sassy and smart and sweet too! Watching them develop a relationship was just pure pleasure. I giggled and smiled so hard my cheeks hurt. It wasn’t without conflict, of course, but I just loved the way their whole romance played out, I was ridiculously satisfied.
Honestly, I don’t know what else to say, except it was everything I was hoping it was going to be and more. Go quick and see if you can’t get a hold of the chapters before they disappear! You won’t be disappointed! I know I’ll be waiting impatiently for it to come in some format that I can buy and save to my Kindle....more
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
4.5 stars — Isn’t it amazing how you can find an author that just works for you? Which is not to say that every book is going to be a mega hit for you, but that you can be guaranteed an enjoyable experience at minimum? It was so refreshing to read another Sarina Bowen book and experience some magic that had been missing in my last few reads. I can 100% say that the True North series is my favourite by this author as well. Each story is so unique, but it blends interesting and deep issues with humour and sass. I LOVE that. And Speakeasy was just another great addition.
I ADORED Alec and May. Both individually, but especially together. They both had their own vulnerabilities, and I felt like I truly got to see them work through them. Their love story was a strange one, both in the manner in which their relationship started, and how it progressed. But I believed it all along the way, even as they occasionally frustrated me. They had so much chemistry — both as friends and definitely in the steamy department — that I rooted for them every step of the way. I really loved that their bumps along the road were not typical of so many romance stories.
I truly felt for May and how wrapped up in her own “hot mess” she was… I worried that I wouldn’t connect with her as quickly based on who I saw in previous books, but even as she was the EXACT same girl, seeing inside her head helped. I loved how strong she was, even if she couldn’t see it herself. I loved how determined she was. And she truly cared about others, despite sometimes getting wrapped up in her own head. I really connected with her quickness to cry and vulnerability. I just truly loved her.
Alec was honestly a star for me. He was just so…vibrant and goofy and honest and FREAKING ADORABLE…and yet he hid behind this confident facade, and not many people saw the struggles he faced in how he saw his own worth. I truly loved him. I loved how while he couldn’t always articulate what made May different from other girls, he wasn’t afraid of his feelings…just confused. I loved how passionate he was about his bar and his trade. I loved that he went after that even while believing that he wasn’t smart enough. And I love love LOVED how once he knew about May’s alcoholism, he just jumped right on board trying to be there for her…but in different ways from her family.
As always, the secondary cast was fantastic. As a fan of the series, it was so great to revisit so many characters. But even if I hadn’t met them, I would still love them. And OMG, some of Grandpa’s one-liners totally stole the show. I even appreciated the brief glimpses of a few new secondary characters. Makes you wonder who will show up in future books.
As an aside, I will admit that having never seen In Living Color (or at least not that I can recall), I totally didn’t understand the three snaps reference, even as it amused me. I had to Google that shiznit, and now it comes full circle.
So yeah. After a string of trying out new authors, and not always succeeding, it made this reader’s heart happy to be able to go back to a tried and true favourite and have another success....more
3.5 stars — I’m having a hard time deciding on the final rating for this book, b/c it was simultaneously a lot of different ratings. I’m settling it at 3.5, but I kind of want to set it at 3 stars just because the ending dragged out a LOT and left me bored and wanting to skim, and so it left a bad taste in my mouth, you know? But I’m trying to keep the parts that gave me tummy butterflies in mind to balance it off. Needless to say, this is going to be a very mixed review.
Now, I realize that this is likely Ms. Zapata’s first published work, so I knew going in it was likely to be a bit rougher…and it was in parts. I felt like the characters were a bit more caricature-ish than normal, and so I had a hard time connecting with them at times. I both appreciated the dorkiness of Kat and Tristan, while at the same time cringing at them occasionally. It was the same with Kat’s relationship with her BFFs…I enjoyed that she had such strong relationships with them, but I also felt like they were seriously over the top at times. And here’s one of my doesn’t-fit-my-personal-taste things: I know that women calling each other sluts and whores and the like is a thing, and perhaps even a “take it back and own it” kind of thing…but I’m not *personally* a fan. I try not to judge people who do, but it does make me uncomfortable…and so it made it hard to connect with Kat, Nikki, Zoey and Josh sometimes. I also found that on occasion they felt like the kinds of people who would enjoy being on reality TV, and I’m not a fan of that either. *shrugs*
I did appreciate that this book felt very sex positive in most ways. I kind of get tired of the judginess that goes with the porn industry, and while I totally understand that there are a lot of bad things that can arise from it, I don’t believe it’s all black and white. So I appreciated that this showcased an interesting take on people in the industry themselves. And for the most part I think it succeeds. I appreciated that it tackled the hard question of how does a porn star have a serious relationship, because that is fraught with complications. On occasion I felt like Kat had a hard time letting some things go, and I was bummed by that…but all in all that part was a strange success.
I’m used to Ms. Zapata’s books being on the extreme end of slow burn, and I appreciated that this one was more of a normal slow burn. And I can 100% say that the chemistry between Tristan and Kat totally gave me butterflies and tummy tingles and I was super duper invested. Strangely, it was after the LA convention that I started to get bored with the story. Why strange? Because I had complained in another book by this author how I wanted more of an HEA. But with this one I felt like it kept going and going without much conflict and development. The pacing changed, and I kept waiting for something to happen, and then…not much did. Apparently I can’t be satisfied.
So yeah. I think if the book had been trimmed down, I would have enjoyed it much more. Even with some of the other things that bugged me, it was counterbalanced nicely with the things I enjoyed…but then the ending dragged out and that’s what sunk it for me. Ah well! I think I’m going to take a break from this author and try again later…when I’m not so rushed to get books read before Book Bonanza....more
4 stars — The humour in this book was ON POINT. These characters seriously just entertained the shit out of me. It wasn’t like raucous laughter, but just so much sassiness and just normal person funniness. I really appreciated that. I mean, there were also very absurd situations on occasion, but the moments that lit me up the most were just the internal thoughts of both Josephine and Julian.
And in case it wasn’t obvious, I loved both Jo and Julian!! I don’t know what expectations I had, but these two were not what I was expecting. They were earnest, and silly, and flawed. I know this is going to sound weird, but I loved the way they both acted when they each got drunk…and not in a good way. It was just so realistic, they both behaved kind of badly. It just felt very real you know? Alcohol really does not make us all smooth human beings, it usually makes us a bit more abrasive. But they didn’t do anything I couldn’t forgive them for, I just rolled my eyes and thought “yup, that sounds about right.”
I felt like Jo was seriously approachable…like someone I could be friends with, even though I don’t have a fashion bone in my body. She was just down to earth, hardworking, and as I said — SO SASSY. I loved her inner monologue. I will admit I was a bit bummed that she was yet another mysterious unicorn heroine that is so stunningly beautiful that every man turns to check her out, but yet she doesn’t know it and doesn’t really have much romantic experience…BUT I could sort of understand that growing up in such a small town, she probably didn’t meet a lot of guys she didn’t grow up with.
Julian was more down to earth than I was expecting as well. And I loved that you could see his insecurity about his feelings and relationship with Jo, since he didn’t really have any experience with that. It was kind of endearing in a weird way. He was just not the hero I was anticipating, but I loved who we got even more.
Strangely enough it was the romance/chemistry between the two that kind of underwhelmed me. I LOVED their friendship and friendship chemistry, but I didn’t really get as many butterflies as I was expecting from the “more” parts. Part of that is because there was a bit of back and forth as they would give in, and then Jo would put up boundaries again…though I got her reasons, it did get a bit tiring. Another part is that I didn’t expect the steamy scenes to have a fade to black aspect. It totally caught me off guard, especially because it wasn’t like the foreplay was super clean, so I felt kind of let down. Honest to goodness, that’s basically the only reason this isn’t a 4.5 star or more book.
I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well, even though we didn’t get a lot of them. Obviously both Dean and Lily captured my attention with their antics, and so now I want to read their book. And I enjoyed the little bits of extra we got to see with both Julian and Jo’s families.
This is my first book by Ms. Grey, but it definitely won’t be my last!...more
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
4.5 stars — OMG, this one is totally my favourite in the series!! I totally ship Lennon and Jade, they were so adorable together! I was hooked right from the prologue, and this one was just adorable and fun from start to finish. I felt all of the tummy butterflies, and it was just a nice way to wrap up what was a fun series.
As with the previous two books, this one takes place in about a 24 hour period, and I still really enjoy that concept. I loved that we got to see those crossover scenes from the previous two books, but from Lennon and Jade’s perspectives. You don’t have to read those books to enjoy this one, but I think it makes for a more fun experience in the end. The area where this one excelled a bit more than the previous two is that I didn’t feel like the middle was as drawn out or repetitive. I loved the experiences that Lennon and Jade had over the course of the night, and I thought their relationship progressed and didn’t have as much back and forth.
Jade was super adorable, and nerdy, and awkward, and passionate and I just adored her and her snort laugh. Probably b/c I also snort laugh. Probably b/c I was pretty good at math as well (though, not like she is). I thought her personal story was interesting as well, even though I occasionally wanted a bit more…I wouldn’t have minded seeing her talk to her Mom at the end. But I loved that through Jade the author tackled the issue of “just because you’re good at something, doesn’t mean that’s what you have to do for life.” As well as the fact that you can excel at more than one thing, but you should pursue the thing that makes you wake up excited about. I think that’s one of the things that I really appreciated about this series as a whole, that while the stories are romances, they also touch on some of the struggles young adults face when approaching the next stage in life.
Lennon…Lennon Lennon Lennon. I had no idea you were going to be the book boy I fell madly in love with. I’m not really a rock star kind of girl, but maybe that’s why Lennon made it through…b/c I loved him despite all that, just as Jade does. I loved how sweet and sensitive he could be. I adored seeing his huge crush on Jade, and being in his head and learning about all the ways she lit up his life. My heart ached for him thinking his Dad meant he wasn’t good enough, and feeling so conflicted about choosing a relationship while also wanting the touring life. I loved how passionate he was about music. I loved that he was a caring friend, and just seemed like a genuinely chill guy. He was also pretty hilarious at times.
And the two of them together were just gold. I got butterflies, and desperately wanted them to figure it out. Of course I also wanted to smack Lennon on occasion, but Liv took care of that for me. And I was so happy with the climax, and then how the rest played out for them.
This one didn’t have a super strong secondary cast either, but I enjoyed the bits we got to see of Lennon with his sister Liv, the very quick glimpses of the parentals, and even Blaise was kind of adorable.
All in all, a kickass end to the series. These two were just my kind of peeps, and I enjoyed seeing them navigate their obstacles to the HEA....more
3.5 stars — Phew! This one still had me wobbly on a few things, but the fact that I started reading it when I went to bed and stayed up until 4am to finish it speaks pretty strongly to it being compelling, donchathink? 😉 Seriously though, I could not put this one down. So despite the little niggles, I still feel like this one was another hit for me.
Brady was (mostly) redeemed!!! He was a bit more back to what I had expected from book one. But he still didn’t completely work for me, despite being relieved that I generally liked who he was inside. I loved how thoughtful he was, I loved how strong his conscience was and that he was unable to ignore it. I loved that when he understood what the right thing to do was, he couldn’t rest until he did it. The problem was that he was never completely convinced on some of the things that I feel he did wrong (particularly Ivy). I wasn’t always impressed with how he thought of himself as a good guy, and didn’t recognize that he wasn’t *always* a good guy. I don’t know if that makes sense. But true good people can see their own flaws as well, in my opinion. And on a similar Brady front, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about how he inevitably handled his family drama. I felt like it was real and honest and even flawed. But by the end of the book I was concerned that he never seemed to address his anger…he just kind of brushed over it. That seemed like a missed opportunity to me.
I definitely fell for Riley…she wasn’t without her own flaws, but I felt a lot for her. I empathized with what she went through, and how strong she was and what a positive outlook she had about life in general. She was a bit of a contradiction though, because she was still very jaded and I’m not sure how well she would have healed if she hadn’t gone on this journey with Brady. I loved how she loved Bryony though, and how she became her reason in the past as well as in the present — the changes she made, the reason she was convinced to try harder was Bryony. Sometimes I wanted her lessons learned to be more…obvious? I feel like she learned and grew, but sometimes I wanted it to be more prevalent, less subtle. Probably not making sense.
The two of them were pretty adorable together once their friendship started turning into more, I definitely got some butterflies.
Can I just say that in general I really loved Riley’s parents?? They were very supportive and encouraging. And I appreciated what we saw about how they all dealt with Grandmamma’s Alzheimer’s…I don’t have personal experience, but from my perspective it felt realistic and sensitive.
I was still a bit dismayed at the way many of the high school girls are represented, but I wasn’t expecting different after the first 2 books. And hey, at least we got to see Riley, Willa and Maggie finally have girl friends with each other.
So the one thing that I am…conflicted about is how Riley’s rape was dealt with/addressed. I 100% understand that everyone deals with these things in different ways, but I found the constant mention that Bryony made it all OK and that she would go through it again to get Bryony…odd. But that’s probably b/c I can’t relate to that. I think after the last book’s semi-preaching about “the evils of pot”, a small part of me was concerned that there was an underlying message about keeping babies after rape (ie pro life), but I think I’m paranoid and influenced by the last John Oliver I watched… 😛 I was also kind of let down with the apologies from people…and seriously, it’s a CRIME, I felt like it wasn’t treated seriously enough. And the Rhett stuff at the end??? WTF? I don’t know, I had a hard time accepting a lot of that.
Ohh!!! I lied. I have one more thing. Is it just me, or was the drinking and driving in this book treated really lightly? That is something I’m actually NOT okay with, and there are no lectures, no consequences, and I honestly don’t even think he thought he did anything wrong. WTF?
So yeah. This is an interesting series b/c it has so many things that bother me, but then it also really compels me and sucks me in. CONFLICTED!!!!! Ah well, at least my curiosity is satisfied now, and I can leave this series on a higher note. It remains to be seen whether I’ll chance more conflicted feelings to read Nash’s story this summer…can’t decide....more
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
3 stars — This one was more light on the romance, focused more heavily on the plot and mystery surrounding Alaina’s brother’s death. I was enjoying the mystery for the first half, but unfortunately I kept wondering about certain things, and I couldn’t get out of my own head. I was still fully entrenched in my slump when I read it.
Unlike many co-written novels, this is more of a co-written series. You can notice a stylistic difference in the writing. This author employs a lot of description, which can be nice to really get the reader entrenched in the setting. Unfortunately, my personal preference tends to lean away from too much description. I think she did it well, I just get bored with details, my bread and butter for liking books is more about characters.
And in the end I wasn’t completely sold on either character. I didn’t really get a super great sense of who they were…I got more of a sense of Alaina, but I really didn’t always understand her or empathize with her struggle. There were DEFINITELY moments where I was emotionally invested, so it wasn’t all the time. But I guess I just couldn’t get a good grasp on how she came to be who she was. That could be a me failing though, not sure.
Lucas was a bit of a mystery. I felt his sadness about being off the force, but we really didn’t delve into his psyche much, you know? And his friendship with Blaine was a bit different than what I had expected from book one, so that threw me off too.
I really enjoyed the first part of the mystery, and trying to figure out what happened to Noah. But somewhere along the way I lost patience in all the things they weren’t doing, in all the ways the characters were behaving that were antithetical to solving the mystery, and there was a certain point where it became super obvious when one character was involved, and it wasn’t noticed. Alaina not telling Lucas everything, keeping him at arms length was frustrating. And there were other things that happened that felt like plot devices, and that was it (namely Mariah Coates).
I don’t know. See? I’m just in a shitty mood, and so things are bugging more than they might otherwise. I mean, this probably wasn’t ever going to be a favourite, but I seem to get sucked into the things I disliked more than I should....more
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
3 stars — This one started off really strong. I loved the story behind it, hence why I requested it (even though I haven’t yet read a book by Ms. Daws). And it was so cute and funny, and I was enjoying the characters and laughing out loud at the start! At least a 4 star for sure. But as the book went on, it started losing my interest. I started not enjoying the characters quite as much, and there existed elements that are just not my *personal* faves, you know? And alas, by the end it just didn’t end up being a hit for me.
Kate started off really strong. She was quirky and adorable, and I loved how she was such a straight shooter at the beginning. She felt very authentic a lot of the time. But not all of the time unfortunately. This book suffered from lie-itis…you know, where for some reason one character decides to lie (or hide) some stuff from the other main character, and while you may have understood the initial reasons, after awhile you just stop understanding why they haven’t come clean. It’s not my favourite trope, and it took up a lot of time and space in this story…it was the basis for the main conflict. And it became hard to empathize with Kate as much as I did initially… I still did for some things, but I really didn’t understand other things she did.
I totally thought I was going to love Miles. The Miles we meet at the beginning is adorable and funny, and I loved how Kate sort of got under his skin. But his damage was way bigger than I expected, and I wasn’t a fan of his contradictory actions/thinking. It was the kind of thing where if it just happened initially, but then we saw him figure shiznit out, then I would have accepted it. But he continuously treated Kate like a girlfriend (complete with jealousy and possessiveness that I did *NOT* find attractive personally), while telling her he wanted casual. It just didn’t work for this reader. And as a side note with the jealousy/possessiveness, he had serious temper/anger management issues. Also not something I personally find attractive.
As for the two of them together, while they could be super cute and had some great conversations and flirting, I was put off by their first major steamy scene where Miles was more aggressive than I’d like (without first making sure Kate would be OK with it), and that rubbed me wrong and so I just wasn’t as involved with them together. That’s not going to make a lot of sense, but it’s just a personal preference that unfortunately tainted my experience.
I also found that the longer they talked about their awful exes and the horrible things they put up with, the more I started to wonder what it said about our main characters, you know? Basically I got my think on, and my brain wouldn’t stop.
Now, saying all that, the hilarious parts were seriously hilarious. I’m having a hard time writing this review though b/c my rating went down as the book went on. So I’m trying to add more positive, but my brain is stuck. But know that the book started off solid 4, it just ended more like a 2-2.5, and I averaged. *shrugs* Won’t stop me from trying another book by Ms. Daws, these just might not have been the characters for me....more
DNF @54% — I was actually really excited about this book, b/c I’d read a short story by Ms. Martinez in an anthology (F*cking Awkward), and it featured characters who were secondary characters from this series…and I LOVED that short story. It was hilarious and fun and witty. So I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this book popping my Aly Martinez cherry…even though I totally understood that this book was likely to have a different, more serious feel. But that might have been a mistake. Perhaps I should have started with one of her more well-known and recommended books. I can honestly say that I was intrigued at the beginning, but also heard some warning bells…but as the book went on, it got more and more “not for Lenore”-esque. And finally I just couldn’t handle the drama any longer.
I definitely saw some shades of what I had enjoyed from that short story — witty characters and sassy interactions. But there was a lot more that just wasn’t to my taste. I think Ms. Martinez’s writing style has likely improved over the years, because occasionally the dialogue and interactions didn’t feel authentic to me…but maybe that was just me. I was having a hard time with the lightning quick changes in emotions with our characters, particularly with Brett. It’s funny, b/c our heroine, Jesse, pointed this out, but it felt a bit like lampshading. Perhaps later we would find out what was behind his drastic mood changes, but it isn’t something I appreciate in characters.
There were also just a lot of teeny tiny little issues that I’m sensitive to. I’m really not making a judgement call on people who enjoy these things, I’m just trying to note where it failed for me. Over the years I’ve become a lot more sensitive to how men and women are portrayed, and so I’m super sensitive to certain issues. Like, I’m not sure if I’m not supposed to like Sarah from the beginning, but we start the book with him explaining how he first met her, and he talks about how she and her girlfriends were drunk and loudly rating guys and judging women’s outfits. That’s a turn off. But apparently it wasn’t for Brett. It’s not…slut shaming per say, but it’s just the kind of catty girl stuff that I don’t like. Later on Jesse talks about her roommate’s “whorish” clothing choices, and how the dress that Kara let her borrow makes her look like a slut. See? It’s not like outright slut shaming, and I know lots of women use these words in this manner all the time and it’s not necessarily judgey, but it leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. And speaking of Jesse, the whole not swearing thing felt kind of judgey…was it? I mean, unless I’m mixing it up with something else I read, didn’t she write something about how she was taught that people who swear were unintelligent?? I’d try to find it, but I’m lazy, so take that with a grain of salt…I might be misremembering. But regardless, I swear like a fucking sailor, and I consider myself quite intelligent, so it rubbed me the wrong way…perhaps inadvertently.
Then we get to Brett. Part of the problem is that this book is on the angsty side of things, and so the plot elements were meant to take you to the edge of issues… I didn’t appreciate the way the reader gets dragged along with only hints at the beginning about what is going on with Sarah. There is NOTHING wrong with this, it’s just something that this particular reader does not prefer. As such, and being that cheating is a button issue for me, I got tummy aches with what was going on in the present. And even before that whole situation got ramped up to crazy, I was a bit…unnerved by Brett’s mood swings. And then the drama got set to soap opera, and I was like WTF???? I stopped understanding anyone’s motivations, I started getting annoyed with everyone’s reactions, and I started to get concerned with the way Brett was with Jesse. I don’t have any experience with any kind of abuse, but am I the only one that was concerned with the way that relationship was playing out? It felt ridiculously unhealthy, and the way he accused her and Caleb of cheating felt…wrong. That kind of behavior screams toxic to me. But maybe I’m overthinking it. Regardless, there was far too much screaming and shouting by characters at one another, and the volatility finally told me I needed to get out.
So that’s a lot of babbling, but the TL;DR is that certain aspects of the story made me uncomfortable, I’m not an angsty book reader (it’s not something I enjoy), and so I figured I was better off not continuing. I’ll likely give Ms. Martinez another try, but probably not for a bit. I’m wondering if perhaps we’re just not a match....more
4 stars — So after writing this review (below), I totes went and read through some other reviews, and even a 1 star one because I was curious. And while I hate when people have to be mean in their reviews, if I ignored the extremely negative way it was written, the reviewer actually made a lot of good points that had me nodding and saying “yeah, ok, yeah.” But you know what? Even with all those shortcomings, the main takeaway for me was that I was invested in this book, the things that *got to me* really impacted me and made me think, and so I kind of glossed over the things that bugged me. That’s a personal reader thing, you know? So I’m not saying this book is perfect by any means, but for *me* the good outweighed the bad. But I did dock it an extra half star because I couldn’t help but agree with those points.
I feel so much. It’s been a long time since a book has just burrowed under my skin and stayed in my heart. There was something at once fascinating and heartbreaking about this story. I even found myself occasionally convinced that this was really written by Tanner, and…I don’t know, I had no other explanation for the author name. It just felt very authentic and real. I connected to the characters so thoroughly, and empathized with their struggles. What’s interesting is that I didn’t always like the choices that they made, or their mistakes, but I FELT their emotions and just so much. Just GAH!
I’m not Mormon, and despite having a few friends that are, I really don’t know much about the religion. I have NO IDEA how a Mormon reading this book would feel, but from my completely outsider perspective, I didn’t feel like the authors were demonizing the religion in general. I felt like very clearly we were seeing characters that had unique perspectives (Tanner, his Mom) and how those perspectives might shape how they saw them. In general I felt like the vibe was that these were good people who do good things, but like many fundamental Christian religions, their viewpoints about the LGBT community, and being queer, is just never going to look anything but bad to a friend of the community. Honestly, the only other viewpoint that bled through fairly blatantly was about the overwhelmingly male leaders…which, again, from an outsiders perspective is weird. But I really appreciated that this didn’t feel like making fun of a religion, you know? It was interesting to have most of the book from Tanner’s perspective in that way, so that we don’t get to see much other than an outsider’s perspective, and even an outsider’s viewpoint on Sebastian’s thoughts (until the end).
I ached for both boys. It’s funny, b/c we mostly see Tanner’s side of things, but my heart bled more for Sebastian. I don’t know the last time I spent so much time truly contemplating a book, even when I wasn’t reading it. It really made me think about how hard it must be for any queer kid who grows up in a church community where being queer is not OK. How odd must it be to love your church, to be so fulfilled by so much of what you do and believe, but then struggle with one aspect of yourself and how it doesn’t fit. To choose between being your true authentic self and the family and community you love and the faith you truly believe in. I CAN’T IMAGINE IT. I felt like Sebastian’s struggles were very real, well thought out, and shown in this book. Even at the end when (as someone outside the church) you started getting mad at his parents and their reactions, I still understood their struggle too. It’s just not easy.
Now, obviously I loved Tanner too. The poor boy couldn’t help but wear his heart on his sleeve. He could be a bit of a dumbass, but he was just so earnest, you know? I loved how he fell in love, how he developed the crush, and his own struggles with knowing that going down that path lay heartbreak, but being unable to stop it. I loved seeing how much of a struggle it was for him to go from being out and accepted to moving to a town where you couldn’t do that anymore…or, at least not without challenges.
It was an odd love story, b/c I felt it for sure…but in some ways it was a strange vehicle for change and growth in our characters…it was almost a side plot, even as it was the catalyst and central reason for the main plot. I don’t know if that makes sense.
The secondary characters were all quite intriguing. There were just so many imperfect people doing the best they could. It felt very real. I loved so much about Tanner’s parents and family, even as I struggled with them at times. Tanner’s friendship with Autumn was so strange for me, and I struggle with how they interacted, but it felt real still. I really enjoyed the tiny glimpses of Manny and Mr. Fujita, especially Mr. F at the end.
Sometimes I found myself struggling with following the narrative at its pace…my eyes would skip forward wanting answers, and then I would go back and read the details. I’m not sure if it was a style thing that didn’t work for me, or if I was just so invested that I became impatient.
All in all this is a book that I finished and just…couldn’t stop thinking about. It made a VERY STRONG impression. I kind of love that....more
4.5 stars — Oh wow, another audiobook win! I’m telling you, there is nothing like listening to a mild Scottish accent. Now, I will caveat that by saying I have no idea how authentic it was — I know Mr. Morgan does not normally have an accent. But for someone with no ear for authenticity, it was swoony. I absolutely ADORED the way Jacob Morgan performed Lance…he made all of the emotions come alive, and he made my heart pitter-patter. I was worried about Rose Dioro at first, b/c she was so…delicate sounding. But she totally grew on me and made Poppy come alive. I also loved the way she would voice other characters, and how she would voice Lance as well. Seriously, this is another case where I believe the narrators took a great book and made it even better. I didn’t want to stop listening, and honestly sat in my chair listening to “just one more chapter” way too much when I should have been doing other things. That’s what I call a success. Now on to the actual book!
I was a bit concerned with the way the book started with Lance. We get a fairly explicit scene of him with another woman (women) at the very start, and normally that would be a complete turnoff for me. But in the end I think it helped me to truly understand the fucked up nature of his toxic relationship with Tash. It gave us immediate insight into how he saw himself, how he felt about sex, and all of the other emotions roiling around in him. And wow…my heart broke for him. Truly it did. I can’t even imagine what he went through in his childhood, and then to have Tash come along and take advantage of that. I completely understood why his damage made him feel that he deserved that kind of treatment, even as I cried for him. There was so much to his character, and I fell in love with him immediately. Which is not to say that I didn’t want to smack him for some of his choices, but I also understood why he made some of those choices. And he was seriously adorable — I loved his addiction to sweets, it only added to his boyish charm. I felt like we got to see him grow throughout the book, and truly accept the things he couldn’t change, but also strive to heal what he could.
Poppy was freaking adorable as well. I was initially annoyed with her for keeping their past a secret, but in the end I was okay with how that all played out. It made sense for them. I loved how patient and kind she was, but that she also wasn’t willing to put up with all of Lance’s crap. I loved that while she was a quieter, shyer character, that didn’t mean she wasn’t strong. She stayed true to who she was, even if it made her stand out. I loved how dedicated she was to the people in her life, and to her job.
And the two of them together made my heart explode. They had so much chemistry in the steamy sense, but I also truly felt their connection on the emotional level. They both made me giddy with how much they liked each other, and I was rooting for them not to get caught up in drama. I appreciated that when the conflict came, I was okay with both of their reactions. I hurt for them both, but I thought they both reacted as well as they could. It made the resolution so sweet.
So yeah, total success for me. I’ve only read one other in this series, Pucked, and I wasn’t a big fan of Violet in that one (though I LOVED Alex). So I was leery of more books in this series, b/c the humour in that one was a bit overdone. I can honestly say that this book had a completely different feel, though it still worked well within the series. So if you were like me and got tired of the beaver jokes, I highly recommend giving this one a shot. And I highly recommend opting for the audio, b/c both narrators knocked it out of the park....more
4.5 stars — Fantastic follow up to Daring Fate! I just knew it was going to be Nash, but I had NO IDEA what the explanations were going to be. And while I am super duper impatient, and hated having to wait until a good chunk into the book to get my answers, it was kind of fun to continually come up with theories. And while I was never spot on, I got close, and I was definitely satisfied with the answers I got…you know, in a totally horrified way.
So, as was not surprising (to me at least), this was a heartbreaking storyline…even a bit more horrifying than I was expecting. I mean seriously, Nash got FUCKED in life. Over and over and over again. I inherently loved him b/c Bay loved him. But because we didn’t have answers at the beginning and we were entirely in Bay’s POV, it was hard to watch him constantly distance himself from Bay and the pack. But once we found out what happened to him, and even when we got into his head, I started to understand how his trauma had shaped him. I felt like his reactions were reasonable given the circumstances, and I felt like his growth and healing happened at a reasonable pace as well.
Bay was hiding depths, that’s for sure. I kind of figured though, you would get glimpses of this in Dare’s story. You could really see how his mourning over Nash, and the effects of what happened with Gage really through him off his game. It was interesting to see this happy go lucky guy that was hiding so much pain inside. It was hard to experience his utter confusion over what’s happening with him. I LOVED how persistent he was with Nash, how he wouldn’t let Nash keep his distance, and how once he found him again he wasn’t going to accept any excuses to separate them again. I honestly think he would have followed Nash to his death if it’d come to that.
The thing I loved about this story, as in the last one, was the crazy plot line running through it. I loved seeing the Silver Tip pack reaching out to the Whitethroat pack, and I loved the different dynamics that were introduced there (including some interesting new characters). The whole Blanks thing was crazy…like holy tense action batman. I was all in from start to finish, and I loved that we got a satisfying ending after all that Ms. Erickson put us through with our boys.
It was fantastic to catch up with old characters, and get even more glimpses into others. My fingers are crossed for a polyamorous relationship in the next book!! I can’t wait to see where this series is going to go....more
4.5 stars — Before I get started, be warned about potential triggers! Luckily this author was smart and actually noted it in her blurb — nicely done!! 🙂
This was a difficult read, but also a very different read. It had romance in it, but it wasn’t the main focus of the story in my opinion. It was really about Christopher’s journey from an angry man who was 100% an asshole, to someone with hope again. It made it hard to read at times, b/c Christopher was mean and angry right down to his inner thoughts. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect with him because of that. But the author did a good job of showing what he went through, and showing how he came to that point. I thought it was really interesting and refreshing, b/c not everyone is 100% likable, and they don’t always make the right choices. I could totally understand why he couldn’t see the light…it still made me sad that he went full on hate-the-world, but there was a part of me that got it. And while I’m not sure I fell in love with him necessarily, I did come to sympathize with him and his struggle, and root for him to come back to himself.
I had waffled about this book from the first moment I heard about it simply because of the difficult subject matter, but after reading some snippets on Book+Main Bites, I was just too curious and had to take a chance. I know some of the negative reviews question Christopher’s quick transformation, but I didn’t for some reason. I mean it was kind of quick, but he was also in a unique situation, where he was with these other oddball/misfits for 24 hours a day. So I can see how that would influence him more. He was confronted head-on with the struggles of the rest of the group, and he got a first-hand glimpse of how they were each coping with it, and…I don’t know. In the end, I was OK with his transformation.
And through Christopher’s eyes we got to see each member of the group go on a journey. I fell in love with Connor and Jillian, and my heart ached for Barb. It was interesting to see how differently they all handled their individual struggles. I feel like so many times in books we just see the same thing, but this felt more real somehow. And I felt like it showed how difficult it is to deal with depression. It didn’t pull punches.
But honestly, what really got me in this book was the connections that Christopher made. I really FELT the friendships he formed, particularly with Jillian and Connor…I felt like I formed those friendships myself. And they all made me laugh and cry. For a book told from a single POV, it was actually a great cast book.
There were the occasional little things that bothered me…one in particular was Christopher and his pain pills. In one flashback in particular it appeared he was abusing oxycontin, and I just always assumed that addiction would be hard to avoid. Yet that wasn’t part of his story. Perhaps if it was a different pain medication I wouldn’t have noticed it. Obviously not really a big deal, it was honestly just a passing reference. It just up sticking out to me, and was a factor in why I chose to round down instead of up.
All in all, while I was wary of reading this book, it really made an impact on me, and it had a nice balance of light and hope to counter the feels....more
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
4 stars — I beta read this baby, so I got to read the conclusion earlier than everyone else! Woop woop! I will admit that it came at a time when I was distracted while reading, so I couldn’t sit down and absorb it like I wanted to, which is a bummer and always affects my enjoyment.
As with everything this author writes, I just get sucked in by the characters. Sayer and Caro were so intriguing and multi-faceted, there was so much that made up who they were, and that fascinated me. I didn’t expect to learn so much MORE about them, b/c we already learned so much about them in the first book. But there WAS so much more! I especially loved that we got to see sprinkles from Sayer’s POV in the past, that made my heart SO HAPPY!!! Well, happy and sad, b/c my heart broke for young Sayer, and how profoundly screwed up he was because of the way he was raised. I could see how his young self wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between right and wrong, but just want that security that had been missing.
I will admit that at the same time this book was a bit harder for me in the character space, and I think that had a bit to do with it being a romantic suspense. I don’t read a lot from this genre, and so I’m not used to not always knowing the intentions of my heroes. Well, that’s not true, that happens in contemps too, but the back and forth mystery about Sayer’s intentions was a really big part of the story, it was kind of key, and I struggled with that. In that vein, I also struggled with the fact that Sayer and Caro are both not 100% good guys. I don’t think I’m good at liking bad guys, my tender heart just thinks too much about potential misdeeds. Which is not to say that Sayer and Caro weren’t the best of the bad mob lot, but still…it affected how much I let my heart feel for them, if that makes any sense. It ended up being a LOT of push and pull for me, and I think A LOT of readers are going to love that about this book, but it was a bit much for my poor heart.
And related to that, while the steamy scenes were very hot, the struggle between Sayer and Caro meant I had a hard time getting into the romance at times. That honestly could have just been me though, I think I was holding myself back from them. There were lots of declarations of love between them, but it sometimes felt more like obsession, and I didn’t get to see what they loved about each other. This was tempered with the inclusion of the past chapters though, where I felt more of their connection. I just wished I could have seen the renewal of their connection in the present…well, besides the steamy parts…those were spot on.
You know what I did love?? THE ACTION and SUSPENSE parts!! *snort* So maybe I do like romantic suspense. I was seriously sucked in whenever the action ramped up, and I LOVED how that aspect resolved. I especially loved the ending, it was just so freaking satisfying!!! And related to the action part, I LOVED seeing Caro working her cons and thievery!! I know that’s kind of weird, b/c I just said that I had a hard time with bad guys, but she was just so freaking good at it, and so I liked seeing how her brain worked and how she made those things work. I loved that we got another taste of it in this book.
As for the plot, my head wasn’t in a good space, so occasionally I got a bit lost following all the intricate webs… But at the same time, I loved the little twists and turns we learned, particularly about Sayer and what he was doing in the background right from when he was 13…that was seriously so cool, and brought some interesting side characters into the mix.
As for other side characters, the one that surprised me the most was Mason. I loved Caro’s odd relationship with him, and I felt like the way that developed over the story was very believable. As for the rest, I’m still mega intrigued by Frankie and Gus, and now even Cage. Will be interesting to see if we get to see more of them in their own books.
So as you can see, this was a book with a few ups and downs for me. I ended the book extremely satisfied though, and so I call that a win!...more
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
4 stars — I’m not a big reader of suspense, but when one of your favourite authors delves into the genre, you follow, you know? And I loved the suspense elements of this story, they hit it just right for me. And not just the suspense, the mystery was intriguing too. And even though I had figured out a few little points along the way, and had suspicions about others, I still enjoyed going on the ride and confirming those suspicions and finding out the surrounding details. It was a great set up for the rest of the series, b/c I can’t wait to find out more about the stories of the secondary characters, and if the mystery elements in this story will pervade in the rest of the series (I’m pretty sure it’s setting up in a certain way).
Now, as for the romance and characters in this story, I thought we got enough of those developments as well. I absolutely LOVED the flashbacks to the past between Blaine and Rosie. There weren’t a lot of them, but it really set up who they were and what they were to each other, and how those events might have shaped them (mostly Blaine).
Blaine was adorable. Like seriously adorable. I sometimes wondered how Blaine stayed as good as he was with everything he went through in the past. And I almost wished we’d learned a bit more about his past, particularly with his family…we got hints, but perhaps we’ll get more in Nate’s story?
I was worried about loving Rosie, b/c she makes some really bad choices (both in the past and the present). But she grew on me. I wish she’d learned to trust people more, so many things could have gone differently if she had. I sort of got why she didn’t, but there was always a part of me wanting to shake her. Ah well.
I will admit, the potential love triangle was a bit uncomfortable for me, and the almost cheating was anxiety inducing b/c it’s a button issue for me. But in general it was handled fairly well and resolved in a way that I was satisfied.
It’s actually been a bit since I read the story (this is what happens when I don’t write my reviews up right away), but all in all this was fun, entertaining, and I’m ready to see what happens for the rest of the characters we’ve been introduced to!...more
4 stars — Oh ho ho!!! I see what you did there Ms. Watt (or however I address a pen name that encompasses two people)! I actually had little suspicions about the FINAL FINAL cliffhanger twist when I was reading Paper Princess, but then I kind of forgot. This is fun!! I truly feel like I understand what all those Dynasty fans from the 80s were feeling, and how they got hooked!!!
I will admit that I was initially disappointed in the explanations for Reed’s behavior. It was OK, but my imaginary reasons were better. 😛 I did enjoy being in Reed’s head. He’s still not necessarily an awesome guy, but he does have a big heart, that’s just a bit confused. And I loved that we got to see some interactions between him and Easton from his POV. Those two are going to break my heart. What a damaged family.
I was also not super impressed with Ella’s re-entry into the Royal household…and her reaction to Reed. I TOTALLY got parts of her reaction, and they made perfect sense from her perspective and given her upbringing. But there were other parts where it just felt a bit over the top…but maybe that’s the point? How in the heat of the moment, when emotions are high, things seem way more end of the world than with time and perspective? I don’t know. I was conflicted on her. And the back and forth of her feelings went on a smidge too long for me. That could have been because some of it started to feel repetitive.
And honestly, that was my biggest gripe with this story, and where it lacked in comparison to the first book. It felt a bit repetitive at times, and the plot would stall occasionally. I don’t mind having breathers from all the craziness, but when it feels like the characters are going over and over old ground, my attention wavers. Waivers? Nope, wavers. I would be reading a part and thinking “didn’t they have this conversation a few chapters ago?”
I DID love some of the surprises (or surprises for me) that came in this one. Particularly with Callum. Apparently there’s more to him than I thought. And thank the baby jesus we finally got some Gideon explanation. No resolution, but at least we know some of the secret. Poor Gideon. I actually do feel sorry for him.
I occasionally wasn’t impressed with the amount of violence in this one (and in the first one too, but I noticed it more for some reason). Like, holy beat everyone up batman. I’m not really a violence kind of girl, so that’s a bit outside my comfort zone. BUT, I LOVED watching Avenger Ella. Even as I was uncomfortable with the violence, another blood thirsty side of me was standing up and yelling “FINALLY! You teach those snotty rich kids!” I was also not always OK with the way things are “handled” in the rich world. Does it really work like that in real life? I mean, I see it in fiction ALL THE TIME, but for realz? Everything has a price? It’s just weird to see so much vigilantism (and machinations within their rich community). BUT, this is all kind of to be expected in a book like this too, it’s just my own little delicate flower self.
So yeah. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next. I’m even living with all the lack of communication and secrets, and I hate those! But for some reason it fits with this kind of book, you know? ONWARD!!!...more
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3.5 stars — I love this author, but I had a hell of a time staying engaged in this book. I honestly can’t tell if it was my mood, or the book, or perhaps a mix of the two (the book exacerbated by my mood). I would find my mind wandering constantly, and I would have to reread and reread paragraphs and sentences. If it hadn’t been an ARC, I probably would have set it aside and tried again another time. Though quite honestly, I started a book right after I finished this one and had no such problems, so it was at least partially that the writing/plot wasn’t working for me.
I will say that I LOVED Memphis. He was the shining light in this book. He was such a sweet, almost adorkable hero. I felt for his childhood, and for how it shaped him. He was truly good and kind and dedicated, and I admired his drive. I loved how sort of shy and awkward he was with Liv, but he was also persistent. He made some missteps on occasion, but it didn’t take him long to course correct.
Liv was MUCH harder to love. I think that’s a bit on purpose though. It’s hard when she’s got this nasty streak that her Mom brings out in her. I guess I understood it with her family, but I was saddened when she would also use it against Memphis in the beginning. She was ungrateful, and rude to him at times. I get that she was protecting herself, I’m just saying that apparently I was less forgiving with her. But once she started letting him in, it got better. I think Ms. Scott likes making her heroines harder to love. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes the pay off is less big. This was less big for me.
The chemistry was pretty good between Memphis and Liv, but Ms. Scott has done better in other books…I just wasn’t feeling a whole lotta tummy butterflies, you know? What I did love was how solid I felt their relationship was at the end. I loved their friendship chemistry. I felt like they connected on a lot of levels that are often missing in the romances I’m reading, so this book excelled at that. I think I just wished I felt the steamy chemistry a bit more, in a strange twist (since I’ve accused other books of focusing more on the steam, and less on the rest of the connections).
I felt like some plot threads got dropped, or that I didn’t get as much information about them, and when that happens I wonder why they’re introduced at all. The Enoch stuff was odd…as was the court stuff. The miscarriage too, why was that not addressed? I feel like sometimes there are so many little other details that I start to get lost and confused and that can affect my enjoyment (mostly b/c I spend a lot of time waiting to find out more and not concentrating on what’s happening now). The plot twist was interesting, but honestly I got a bit lost there as well…
One area where Ms. Scott always excels is in her sports descriptions. No matter the sport, I always feel like she actually gives the sport and the athletes the respect and attention they deserve. She doesn’t use it as some gimmick to get a hot muscular hero, she actually shows the dedication of the athletes, and she shows the good and bad sides of training and of the sport itself. She makes the elements of the story where the sports are involved really engaging, and they’re often my favourite part. I LOVED the fight at the end in this one.
I also really loved Miles. He was a standout secondary character, and I loved his relationship with both Memphis, and then Olivia. I was delighted with how his character was peppered throughout right until the very end.
So yeah. A mixed bag for me unfortunately. Ah well, some fit, some don’t....more
4.5 stars — I can’t believe how much I felt for these characters in such a short period of time. The way Ms. Ryan conveys her character’s emotions is so very effective…it sucker punched me right in the feels. And what’s more interesting is that I would feel for Bristol, and then she would have a conversation with Grip and I was seeing other sides of the coin while still wanting to wallow in it with Bristol. I loved the nature of the conversations in this story. The author really didn’t pull any punches, but went right for the jugular…but did so in such a way as to make me really think without feeling too preachy.
I was worried about how I would feel about Grip. He’s a very stereotypical guy in parts of this novella…the things he would think or say. But I kind of loved how he conveyed a more authentic voice of a black man from LA, while at the same time showcasing how much more is going on…to not judge a book by its cover. I loved the way he challenged Bristol’s preconceived notions and pushed back against her unintentional judgements.
Bristol was a fantastic combination of sweet and sassy, broken and strong. And I appreciated that when Grip pushed back against her, she took the time to listen and learn, but also challenge him right back. My heart hurt for her broken relationship with her twin, and I couldn’t help but want Rhys to understand that he wasn’t the only one that was hurt. We got to see her understand better what happened to him when they were young, but I kind of wanted the reciprocation.
The chemistry between Bris and Grip was fantastic. I really did feel the ease of their relationship, and how they just “flowed” with one another. As they were enjoying the conversations with each other, I was enjoying reading them. I loved that we got to see the different types of attraction — they were instantly physically attracted, but we got to see them become attracted to all the other aspects of their personalities.
I really appreciated the secondary characters we got to meet — from Rhys (though he frustrated me) to Jimmi (who surprised the heck out of me). They added a little something, and I’m curious to see what their roles will be in the next 2 books.
I had a feeling that this novella wasn’t going to end with an HEA, so it wasn’t a surprise for me. I was okay with the way the book ended, b/c I know I’m going to get to see what happens in the future. Hopefully Ms. Ryan doesn’t break my heart too much along the way....more
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4.5 stars — A friend told me I was going to fall in love with Spencer, and boy was she ever right!! But it wasn’t just Spencer, I loved Abby too!! My absolute favourite books always have two great characters that I love.
I already loved Abby a bit from the previous two books, but I love her even more in this book. Here we get to see what makes her up, and she was this perfect combination of sweet and sassy!! I adored her confidence and how proficient she was at her job…I loved how we got to see how her skills of observation made her exceptional at finding the right home for her clients. I loved the way she overcame the sinkhole, and she was just really down to earth in general. I also really felt how insecure she was about how she would stack up against Spencer’s colleagues, and their specific kind of intelligence. The thing that surprised me the most, and what made me fall even more in love with her, was how she overcame the challenge with Nadine.
Spencer was so awkwardly adorkable, I could hardly stand it. Occasionally his miscues were hard to take, he would completely misinterpret some situations and say the wrong thing. He was so endearing though, and I loved that once he made up his mind to go after Abby, he could not be deterred. There was no wavering of his affections for her, they were consistent. He may have been insecure about why someone would want him, but that didn’t stop him from being firm in his relationship with Abby.
Their chemistry was so smooth and delicious. I was all tummy butterflies, and I ADORED how they finally came together (thanks Sam!) and OMG, that whole first major kiss was AMAZING!! I loved the way they interacted in other situations too, and how they worked out their problems and insecurities together eventually. It may have taken them awhile to get over themselves and get together, but once there they felt very strong together, and so sweet.
This story had a wonderful set of secondary characters as well. I loved seeing the whole Thompson clan again, and loved seeing developments with both Finley & Noah and Paige & Asher. It was very satisfying for fans of the series, but would not be offputting to those jumping in to this one as their first book. It’ll just make you want to read the rest. Abby’s BFF Sam was awesome too, it was nice to see Abby have such a strong female friendship given that she grew up in a family of brothers. Spencer’s coworker Duncan was BIZARRE…he made me laugh, but he really was over the top…in an endearing way.
Honestly, my one (and I think really only) complaint (and the reason I rounded down instead of up) is that I wasn’t always a fan of the time jumps when the new chapter started. I would get into a scene, and then the next chapter would start and it would be hours/days/weeks/months later. It was a bit unsatisfying. Basically I wanted Ms. Heywood to write an 800 page book with all the details of every interaction between Spencer and Abby. I mean, is that really too much to ask? 😛
I can’t wait to see who tames Gideon, and how Eli’s story plays out. I honestly have no idea how that’s going to go. But as a beta hero fan, this is probably going to end up my favourite of the series. Spencer and Abby’s love story was just so happiness making....more
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
4.5 stars — Oh Ian….Ian was totally the star of this book for me. Not saying I didn’t love Hallie too, but my heart was totally taken in by Ian. Taken in and broken by him…seriously my heart just ached for what he struggled with. And it’s not as though my heart wasn’t aching for him already right from Fighting Irish, but I just didn’t understand what was in his head, and hiding behind his cheeky sense of humour. He was so sensitive, and loving, and seeing him broken by a mistake, and then knowing how that mistake affected the next 10 years of his life was just…gah! All the feels. I have no experience with alcoholism, but I thought his addiction was treated respectfully and that we got to see a glimpse into what the meetings would be like. I will admit, I was surprised that we never really saw him struggle with cravings, or anything on that deeper level. We’re told it’s a struggle, but I felt like it was glossed over a bit. But what do I know, maybe it is that way for some addicts?
Like I said, I loved Hallie too, but it was harder. As a reader who has access to both points of view, I understood her feelings of betrayal, and her need to hold on to the hate, but because I was in love with Ian, it made me sad for him. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but sometimes I just wanted to shake her up and point out that holding on to hate is hurting *her* just as much as him. I loved the glimpses we got to see of Hallie from the past, when she was so innocent and sweet…I felt like we got to see more of her there, when she wasn’t enshrouded in pain.
The push and pull in Ian and Hallie’s relationship was bittersweet. I LOVED the sweetness and purity of their young love, and my heart ached for the aftermath. I could definitely feel the way they were drawn to one another, and the feelings that they possessed. They pulled quite a few tears from my eyes in their journey back to one another, but I was eminently relieved to see them get their HEA.
The surprise for me was how much I loved the relationship between Ian and Jenny (aka Ladybug). It was so sweet, and so believable, and my heart melted. And I’m not a kid person.
It was wonderful to see glimpses of the other 2 couples, and I’m curious to read about Tate and Fin now. It was so nice to have another little family to follow, I simply love these stories from Ms. Regnery. They are solid, fulfilling romances for me....more
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
3.5 stars — This one started off really strong, I was loving how Tierney and Burr met and how their relationship developed. But somewhere along the way, my mood changed and it became harder to concentrate on this book. I’m not convinced it was the book in this case, more like I was just too distracted. It had all the makings of another hit by Ms. Regnery for me, so I guess I’ll have to reread it later to see how I really feel.
I had a hard time turning off my brain and just getting into the flow of this one… I kept noticing tiny little continuity errors, or I kept wondering about the STUPIDEST stuff, like what clothes was Burr wearing while he stayed with Tierney? How did he pay for things? Where did he live while undercover? Why didn’t Tierney’s brothers freak out when her phone was broken? What happened with the Vet? See? Seriously stupid stuff. I feel like this always happens to me, where I start a book one day and everything is AWESOME, and then I go to bed, and I wake up as Mr. Hyde, and everything is different. NOTHING CHANGED! GAH! I HATE IT! And this has stopped being a review and more just a rant at my brain.
ANYWAYS. Tierney was a very interesting character. I really liked her, but I didn’t love her as I was expecting. She had all the makings of a heroine that I would completely fall for: quiet, introverted, a bit of a loner, but sassy. So I’m not sure what happened. I think sometimes her emotions caught me off guard or something…like something didn’t quite fit. But I can’t pinpoint it, so it could just be my mood. But OMG, I loved how sassy she was! Her little barbs here and there made me grin, I cheered during the spatula scene and with Burr’s Dad! I loved that she was this mix of withdrawn but when pushed, she was strong. I almost wanted a bit more with her brothers, b/c I really loved their interactions in the first book, but we did still get some.
Burr was a bit of a contradiction for me. I felt like he started off one way and kind of morphed into something else. But I don’t think that actually happened, I think he was just adjusting to being able to be himself again, you know? Not having to be on guard all the time. He ended up being pretty sensitive, and sweet, and I felt for what he was going through as his life went into an upheaval. It was actually kind of an interesting storyline, and I loved what Ms. Regnery did with it (although I seriously have so many questions).
I LOVED the sweet romance and connection between Tierney and Burr, and I really felt their feelings and butterflies. But for some reason I wasn’t all in on the steamy chemistry…don’t know why, it just didn’t hit me in the tummy as I was expecting. And I will admit that for some reason their boneheadedness at the end bothered me more than usual. I couldn’t believe how long it took them to figure shiznit out, and how someone else basically had to do it for them. It’s a typical romance storyline, but for some reason it irked me this time.
See? Now that looks negative. But it wasn’t! There were so many adorable interactions, and interesting plot elements… I just had a hard time personally, but the things I loved I really loved, you know? I will say I am super excited to read Ian’s story…I have some theories there, but not sure how those will play out....more
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4.5 stars — As a huge fan of Ms. Regnery’s Blueberry Lane series of series, and one of the readers saddened that that series was ending, this felt a bit like coming home. It’s not that this was a reiteration of that series, but it had the same feel and flow to it, the same style I guess. This was a book that was just so effortless to read and love. It’s the style of writing that I love most from Ms. Regnery: fairly straightforward romances, with just enough conflict to keep it interesting, but not too much to bog me down as a reader. Characters that are easy to love, with easily forgiveable flaws, who really work well together. A strong secondary cast to help give balance to our main characters (and intrigue me enough to want their stories), and a beautiful setting so that I end up loving the place as much as the people. Fighting Irish gave me ALL OF THAT.
Rory was everything I wanted in a hero. He was just so freaking good and upstanding. It wasn’t that he didn’t have resentments, and his own set of feelings to struggle with. But when it came down to it, he loved his family and would do anything for them. You could FEEL his love for his siblings. I loved the way they would banter and tease each other, but they were ultimately invested in each other’s lives. And he didn’t let his resentments taint his love for them. And beyond all that, he was just so adorable with Britt. I loved how much he cared for her, and wanted what was best for her, and wanted to prove that his love was true and not predicated on anything else.
And Britt was a bit of a surprise for me! I don’t know what I was expecting, but I just loved her. I almost would have expected her upbringing to have made a different mark on her, but she was sweet, down to earth, and just so freaking earnest. And hilarious! She could give as good as she got. My heart hurt for her with the Ben situation, even if it was a bit of a product of her own making…so I guess her upbringing did affect her, b/c she didn’t seem to know what a good relationship looked like. She had a lot of growing to do in that aspect, but I was willing to grow with her, I wanted her to succeed and find the better life she deserved.
And I loved the way their relationship progressed. From the blurb I was a bit concerned about any potential cheating aspects, but I had no problems with the way things moved along. I LOVED that it kind of allowed them to become friends first, which I’ve really been missing in some of my couples lately. I LOVE a good friendship bond. And their more-than-friends stuff gave me butterflies!! I was also happy that their conflicts could have gone in a stereotypical place, but they didn’t quite…and they weren’t drawn out unreasonably.
As I mentioned above, fabulous secondary cast. And it wasn’t just Rory’s siblings, though I’m so curious about them and can’t wait for their stories…Ian’s journey really surprised me in particular!! But Mrs. T was amazing as well! And even the little glimpses of a few other resort staff rounded it out nicely.
So yeah. Exactly what I was hoping for, and exactly what I was in the mood for. I LOVE it when that happens, especially b/c I was concerned I was hitting a slump. NOPE! Just needed me some Irish triplets to turn things around!...more
3.5 stars — Hmmm…I was a bit…bored? Bummer actually. I really enjoyed the guilty pleasure of this series, but I felt like things could have been tightened up in this book. I found myself wanting to skim and just get to parts where the plot was moving forward. I think part of that is because I saw the “villain” from a mile away, and then spent my time frustrated that everyone was so oblivious. And it’s OK that I guessed, I’m not sure it was supposed to be a well kept secret, but then it just made me want to know what the details were going to be, you know? And for the length of the book, I felt like there were so many threads left dangling at the end, so many things not explained. I get that they might go into it in the next two books, but I honestly doubt it. All in all, I was disappointed.
I think part of my problem is that while I enjoy Ella and Reed, I don’t really ship them that hard. I like them together, but they’re both ridiculously flawed people who don’t seem to be trying too hard to redeem themselves, and so I guess when 60% of the book is surrounding their relationship (and the losing of Ella’s virginity), I’m just not as excited. Honest to goodness, that is the main area where I got bored. It felt repetitious, and I just wasn’t seeing enough growth in their characters, especially knowing that this is the last book in *their* plot arc.
screech: SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BROKEN PRINCE, STOP READING NOW, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!
And then we got the introduction of Steve. I had an inkling from Paper Princess that he was not the awesome dude that Callum remembered, so I wasn’t shocked when he turned out to be a douche. But I guess I was shocked with the level of douchiness. And quite frankly, he was mentally/emotionally abusive to Ella. And no one seemed to care. I mean, I get that it happened when no one was around, but that’s NOT how a father is supposed to act, I hated that they all made her think that was normal. Maybe in their circles?? I don’t know.
There were just so many things that went wrong for me in this book, where I was uncomfortable with behaviors/conversations, where I couldn’t understand what the characters were thinking/feeling. They would feel sorry for characters, and I’d be like “WHAT?? Did you forget about ?” Which is not to say that I don’t appreciate having empathy, but make it more reasonable I guess.
OK, I’m going off in a weird direction, I don’t really need to get into all the little things. I *missed* East. I even missed glimpses of the twins. I LOVED the strange side story with Val and Wade, and I wish we’d gotten more. I loved Ella and Val together.
I will admit that when I finally got to the payoff (probably the last 10-15% of the book), it was a fun ride. But I think I needed more in the middle. And more wrap up of details.
So yeah. I’m still happy I dove into the series, I’m just bummed that it didn’t finish as strongly as it started. I’mma take a break and read something else before tackling East’s story. I don’t want these bummed feelings to taint it....more
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
4.5 stars — OK, that one ended with a freaking bang man. I was actually a little wary at the beginning, b/c while I was enjoying myself, I worried it might not be a complete winner for me personally purely based on the focus on Shane’s muscles…which, you’re going to say, are you nuts Lenore? Well yes, I suppose I am. You see, I belong to this strange small subsection of humans (I was going to say women, but I’m sure gay men might feel similarly) who isn’t that attracted to large muscles. Tone? OH YES. Muscles? Ummm… *shrugs* Don’t throw stones. When it comes to the physical appearance aspects of a hero, my draws tend to be in eyes and smiles and cute butts. And quite honestly, personality and attitude always trumps all of that. So when Brooklyn obsessed over his muscles and his arms and his shredded abs, well…I might have felt my attention wandering. *gasp* right? What can I say, I’m a unicorn.
So all that to say that I was worried that this would be a romance based mostly on the physical, which are cool, but don’t tend to be rockstar winners with me, you know? BUT THEN…OMG THEN… Then Ms. Madsen came out with the double whammy character clincher!! A hilarious kickass heroine, that I have basically zero in common with, but that made me laugh and feel for and root for; and a swoony hero, who despite his alpha tendancies, had a seriously kind heart and vulnerable chewy center, and did I mention he was also hilarious and a smartass? Yup, I was done for. Honestly, the two together had so many witty rejoinders, I was in “want to highlight it, but seriously Lenore why are you highlighting that?” heaven. I did rein myself in…a bit.
And I was so freaking worried about the boyfriend!! Cheating is a button issue for me, so I dance around it like I’m walking on coals, people. But Ms. Madsen balanced it nicely so that I didn’t end up hating Brooklyn, or Trey, or Shane. She amped up the sexual tension to the max, but didn’t cross that line. And all without making anyone a bad guy, not easy to do… Well, except Conrad, but he was supposed to be.
And the great thing about the way the plot was set up is that we got to see Brooklyn and Shane connect on a deeper level b/c they couldn’t initially give into their chemistry…which just made that moment when they finally good that much steamier. And damn, this one had good heart too. I totally got weepy a few times at the end. I loved the way it played out, even if I was worried for a bit.
I thought the elements of MMA (which I don’t follow, though have watched a bit with my bro) and training really added to the story… I really loved how Shane saw Brooklyn as strong, and not just for a girl. And I loved the elements of her paintings that were added in, and I really kind of wish they were real, b/c I can picture them in my mind.
I also really loved the way Brooklyn’s relationship with her Dad worked out. I don’t like easy magic turnarounds, and this was believable for me… And DUDE, Finn and Liam are da bomb!! I can’t wait for their books. I’m so curious about Liam and Chelsea, and I’m already halfway in love with Finn, so I want him to have a good love story too… Now for the painful waiting exercise…something I’m definitely not good at.
So yeah, despite the rocky start with all those muscles, this one ended up being a total hit for me....more