I read about half of this when it was being released as a serial in London Hale's weekly newsletter, so I knew I would love Luke and Hannah's story. II read about half of this when it was being released as a serial in London Hale's weekly newsletter, so I knew I would love Luke and Hannah's story. I wasn't wrong. I'm sad I didn't continue following it in the newsletter - I'm terrible at waiting between installments - but really happy I could devour their story this way.
Behind the Pitch was exactly what I needed after finishing Chasing Serenity and being a *wee* bit puFind this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads.
Behind the Pitch was exactly what I needed after finishing Chasing Serenity and being a *wee* bit put out by one of the things that happened. As I said in my review of Chasing Serenity, I needed Declan's POV to complete this story. That's what was missing for me.
This novella was a treat. I adored Declan so much — outside of that one little thing that bugged me — that I desperately wanted to spend time in his head. What was he thinking during some of those key scenes with Autumn in Chasing Serenity? Was he as good of a guy as he seemed? What was the deal with Heather? I know, I know, I'm fixated on Heather and I'm not even sorry. Her character just never sat well with me. She was the one thing I didn't LOVE about the first book. I can safely say that, after Behind the Pitch, I'm willing to let that all go. But, I digress. I'm here to talk about swoony fecking Declan.
Declan was every bit the guy I hoped he was. The time I spent in his mind was very well spent. I swooned over the sweet thoughts, fanned myself at the hot ones — dude has a pretty filthy mind at times, not gonna lie — and got emotional during certain scenes. Behind the Pitch was a short, quick read. If it had been longer, I'd have eaten up every single word. This novella was a perfect follow-up to Chasing Serenity and, as I said above, it provided what I feel was an essential perspective — Declan's. So good.
This girl made me think impossible things. Wish for something I never knew I wanted.
I've never wanted anything like I wanted Autumn McShane. Oh, I knew she wasn't a thing. She was much more than so many things. And when I said I wanted her, I didn't mean I wanted a quick shag, thank you, that's all and I'm done.
You simply didn't walk away from someone like Autumn. She gets in your system, eradicates your sense. The woman was a fecking witch. A hot, funny, curvy, soft-in-the-right-spots, witch....more
I ... don't even know where to start with my review for Chasing Serenity. That's part of the reasonFind this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads.
I ... don't even know where to start with my review for Chasing Serenity. That's part of the reason I've put it off for so long. This is likely to be less "organized, coherent thoughts" and more "mind ramble to get out all the feels". You've been warned.
I'd never heard of this book until my bookish bestie pitched it to me as her "favorite college romance". That's a strong statement. Who can pass that by? Certainly not me. So I ran off to Amazon, saw it was only 99¢, one-clicked it and decided it would be my next read. I jumped in as soon as I finished the book I was reading and found myself pretty much totally addicted right from the first few pages. I didn't look back after that. In fact, I basically mentally kicked and screamed anytime I had to put the book down.
Autumn and Declan were both wonderful, though I wasn't so sure about the latter in the beginning. Let's just say he didn't make the best first impression to either me or Autumn. (Spoiler alert: he grew on me relatively quickly and absolutely reached swoony book boy status.) It was easy to like and respect Autumn — for her strength, determination, wit and sass. She had been through a thing no person should ever have to endure and, while it did very clearly affect her, I admired her strength. I understood why she was closed off. Because I spent the entire book in her head, I just felt like I "got her".
Declan was also amazing... even if it took a little bit of time to see that. Some might even say he was "fecking" swoony. (I certainly would.) He was a complicated guy — I mean, it's not often you get a geeky, athletic guy in books. (Give me more, please.) If I'm being totally honest, I did want to smack him sometimes though. Those situations were generally resolved quickly though. I think the biggest reason I struggled at times is because I didn't *quite* trust him as much as I wanted to. What were his intentions? Why was he so into Autumn? Whyyyyyy was the obnoxious Heather hanging around if he was "all in" for Autumn? Honestly, I wish the book had been written in dual POV so I wasn't so uncertain.
Full disclosure: I was floating somewhere between 4 and 5 stars for this one because of ONE situation that occurred towards the end. It's a scene I might've taken far too seriously, in retrospect. After I read the follow-up novella, Behind the Pitch, I felt like I had new insight into Declan and that pushed my rating back up to the 5 I wanted to give it all along. Behind the Pitch is written solely from Declan's POV and that's why I say I think including his POV here would've made all the difference. For me, at least.
I'm not going to tell you anything else about the plot of this one. I feel like it's one of those books that's just best experienced, knowing as little as possible going in. What I will say is that Chasing Serenity was a gorgeous book. It was a lovely coming of age story with characters I just couldn't get enough of. However, it was NOT an easy read at times. The emotions are so raw and real. It was SERIOUSLY angsty — not that there's anything wrong with that. Who doesn't love a good angsty read? But, it was also light and funny at times. It was sweet and sexy. It was loaded with feels and there were more than a couple tears shed. In fact, I think I went through ALL THE EMOTIONS during this one. I do love drowning in feels sometimes... and I definitely did that here.
I'm so glad my bookish bestie told me about this book. It definitely did things to my heart. I've already read the follow-up novella AND the second book in the Seeking Serenity series and I'm totally in love. Now I just need to make time to read the rest of the series. Eden Butler is one of my new favorite new-to-me authors for 2017. I can't wait to tackle the rest of her backlist!
It doesn't make sense for me to embrace the love of the game more than my own safety, but rugby is in my blood, it breathes and thrives within and echoes who I am.
The climb ahead of me will be slow, stinging, but I've got my girls, I'm stubborn as hell and no amount of limping or drunken rugby assholes or returning ex-boyfriends is going to stop me.
Passion is not the same as love. Love shouldn't consume you, shouldn't breathe fire and rage and venom inside you.
"We spark. The pair of us, we bleeding spark, McShane."
"I'm not for you, Declan. I don't think I'm for anyone. I don't want to be in love with anyone, but I do like you. You're insufferable and an utter alpha male, but I do like you."
"The whole of life's questions, even those of the heart, can be resolved by the words and knowledge of Joss Whedon." ...more
If you read My Best Friend's Ex, you no doubt remember Racer and if you remember Racer, I probably dFind this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads.
If you read My Best Friend's Ex, you no doubt remember Racer and if you remember Racer, I probably don't need to explain how excited I was to learn Twisted Twosome was his book. He was one hell of a secondary character in My Best Friend's Ex, but there's no no doubt he's the star of the show here. What an amazing, swoony guy. *all the heart eyes*
I absolutely devoured Twisted Twosome. I could've done it in one sitting if it wasn't for that pesky thing called sleep. Meghan's books and characters are so darn addictive, it's nearly impossible to stop reading once you've started. This book has all the trope-tastic fun of hate-to-love with a side of fake it until you make it, and a sweet as hell slow burn. Read: perfection. It was also a beautiful thing to watch Georgie come into her own and really find herself in this book. She was so much MORE than the spoiled rich girl she acted like in the beginning.
I loved both Racer and Georgie. It was fun to watch their animosity for the other grow into respect, then friendship and finally more. Opposites really did attract — at least at the surface level. Beyond that, these two had far more in common than I (or they) would ever have guessed. It was a joy to watch them come to that realization, too. They were both strong, complex characters and I loved them separately AND together. Of course, since I was shipping them HARD, I preferred together.
I could go on forever about all the things I loved about this book, but I'm not going to. Why waste all that time reading my review when you could be reading the book? :) I will say aside from the romance and the comedy, my other favorite thing was the cast of characters. Racer and Georgie were obviously wonderful. *swoons* So were their friends. I hope Meghan keeps writing books about this crew. I love the friendships nearly as much as the relationships. Oh, and a bonus for fans of My Best Friend's Ex — you get a couple pretty special Emma and Tucker scenes in this one. Needless to say, that made my heart happy.
With each new release, Meghan lands herself higher and higher on my all time favorite autobuy author list. Not only does she make me literally laugh out loud... she makes me swoon and sigh. Her books are the perfect combination of funny, sweet, sexy and emotional. I just can't get enough of them and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Now I can go back to waiting on her next release with total grabby hands. It literally doesn't even matter what it is, I'm going to read it. (And love it.)
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
"Is it me, or does it make him that much hotter that he knows beautiful words?"
"Life is short, Georgie. You never know when your time is up, so spend every waking moment you have experiencing what life has to offer. Your clothes will dry, but your memory of this moment will live forever."
"Be flawsome, Racer, because honestly I wouldn't expect anything less from you."
"Make mistakes, tell the worst truth rather than the best lie, love hard, and be the better man."
"You can run all you want now, Princess, but just know this. You're. Mine. Tonight."
I want this to last forever. I want to capture this feeling and hold on to it. He's so robust, overwhelming, consuming. I'm lost. I'm lost in this man's touch, his words, his grunts, his cock buried so far inside me I'm confident I will never catch my breath....more