Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kick Push (Kick Push #1) by Jay McLean

Kick Push
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Synopsis:

There’s a single defining moment within every skater. 
It lasts only a second. Two if you're good. 
Three if you’re really good. 
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere 
beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you. 
It’s the feeling of being airborne. 

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the 
greatest feeling in the world. 
Then at seventeen, I had my son. 
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us. 

Seventeen. Single. Dad. 
That’s what my life became. 
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being 
airborne. 
Or at least I convinced myself I did. 
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me. 
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds. 

You know what sucks about being in the air? 
Coming down from the high. 
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick. 
Then kick, push, and coast away. 
Other times you fall. 
You fall hard. 
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again. 
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug... 

And you become her poison.

Review:

Kick Push was a great read. Really I got to the end and immediately jumped online to get the second book. It doesn't end on a huge cliffhanger or anything, but you know Josh and Becca have more story to tell. Oh it was fun. 

Josh is a single dad. His girlfriend got pregnant when he was seventeen and left shortly after giving birth so he has been raising his son Tommy alone. He loves his son so much. He would do anything for him. There was never a question of if he should give him up or anything. He is trying to give Tommy everything he needs and wants, but it is hard. He doesn't have anyone to really help, no family who will stand by him and help him out. He is struggling for sure, but he only cares because he wants Tommy to have everything. Oh he was amazing. To see how much love he has and how amazing of a father he is especially with how rough he has it was wonderful. You can't really help but love Josh when you see everything he does for Tommy. 

Luckily when Josh was really down on his luck, when he was trying not to break, an older lady steps in and helps him out. She has her reasons, but really she gives them a place to stay and a bit of support when he needed it most. And after that things started to get just a little bit easier. He found more support, more people to help him out and be there when he needed someone. He has a job and is doing well, skateboarding in what little free time he has. It is still his passion, but he can't focus on it as much as he once did. 

Josh is getting along fine and is fairly happy when Becca comes into his life. Or really her grandmothers life, the lady who took in him and Tommy. She is broken, so broken, but Josh is drawn to her. She doesn't talk, she doesn't like to be touched, she doesn't seem to like to be around people, but Josh wants to help. He is so freaking sweet with her I couldn't stand it. I loved him so so so much. 

Becca hasn't had it easy. She has a lot of demons that she needs to work on, but somehow Josh makes her feel safe. He is always there and she can't help but fall for him. Really I don't know how anyone could resist. And even though I was glad for the two of them to be together and try and work things out I have to be honest here. I never really felt like Becca was in love with Josh. He was just there and safe, but I didn't see that she cared for him as much as he cared for her. It was alright, but I didn't love her like I did him. I was just happy as long as he was happy. 

Now these two both have their issues. They both keep a lot of things bottled up and there are some rough moments. My heart would break for the two of them, especially once you learn everything Becca has been through. I can't wait to read the second book and see what is next in store for these two. I really hope Josh gets everything he has ever wanted. I hope he gets to be as happy as he deserves. And if that is with Becca like he says then I hope the two of them just have fun, happy adventures together. Really a great read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trouble by Samantha Towle

Trouble
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Synopsis:

Mia Monroe is running. Running from a person she doesn’t ever want to find her. Running from a past she doesn’t ever want anyone to know. Desperate to find a future, that yesterday, she could only dream of having. 

Jordan Matthews likes easy. Easy women. Easy life. 

Then he meets Mia. 

She’s damaged, troubled and has more baggage than any person can carry. But the more Jordan gets to know Mia-for the first time in his life-he finds himself wanting to try hard for something … for someone … for her.

And then life isn’t so easy anymore. 

Jordan is everything Mia shouldn’t want. A whole bunch of dirty hotness, tattooed, cocky bad boy, who made his money at poker tables and picked his women up in bars. Yet, Mia finds herself falling for him. Then the past Mia was running from, quickly starts to catch up with her. Because that’s the problem with running … you have to stop sometime. 

And when you stop, you get caught.

Review:

Trouble a better read than I expected. The author took this character that most would have written in a way that annoyed me, but made me love. Mia could have been not so good, but instead I just wanted all the best for her. A sweet read that I really loved.

Mia has not had the best life. Her father is horrible and when the book opens she thinks she is finally free. Finally she does not have to live the nightmare that she has been, only almost instantly she finds herself in a similar situation. She was a hard one to fit into a box. She knows she shouldn't stay where she is, but she doesn't really know anything different. She thinks it will just happen again and again so kind of like what is the point? When something finally happens that pushes her too far she runs. She runs to try and figure everything out, what to do with her life, and ends up trying to find her mom who left her as a child.

When Mia shows up in a town halfway across the country she gets directed to a small hotel up in the mountains where Jordan works. Right off the bat she is attracted to Jordan, but also weary of him. He is a big, tough, strong, tattooed guy who obviously could hurt her if she lets him. She wants to trust, but is scared to.

For his part Jordan was amazing with Mia. He has his issues, he doesn't do relationships and just hooks up with girls and stuff, but he is such a sweetheart underneath all that. He likes Mia, but something is going on with her and he wants to figure out what. He was so wonderful, just there for her when she needs someone. He tries not to push her, to make sure she isn't afraid of him, and to let her know he would never hurt her. Not like whoever did in her past. He was wonderful.

Through the story Mia tries to keep everything together and figure out where her mom is. Jordan is right there for her ever step of the way. Sometimes it is a bit overwhelming, but he is by her side no matter what in whatever way she will let him. For the first time in his life he wants to try. He wants to be perfect for someone else. He will do whatever he can to protect Mia. Only outside circumstances enter and things get a bit dicey. Oh, I hurt for both of these characters. It was so heartbreaking and I just wanted all the best for the both of them. Mia has some other issues she has to deal with as well so when everything blows up around her it is not very good. Thankfully these two just have that connection that they can't really break. They just need time to figure everything out and be in a place where they can see where this will all go. Such a great read. I love seeing broken people find what they need and learn that they are stronger than they ever thought. I love that Mia has a bunch of issues to overcome, some that I rarely see in books I read. It was a really great story and I can't wait to read more by this author.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, August 22, 2016

All of it by Kim Holden

All of It
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Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old VERONICA SMITH has it all: a loving family, a funky car named Jezebel, and a plan to go to college after graduation. On the first day of senior year, she meets DIMITRI GLENN--a mysterious transfer student with gray eyes and a mischievous smile who seems determined to win her heart. But there's something odd about Dimitri, leading Veronica to wonder if there's more to him than meets the eye. Before long, she finds herself in a whirlwind romance that seems too good to be true--until a series of devastating events leaves her questioning everything. It's not until she chooses to think with her heart instead of her mind that she can rise from the ashes to learn the truth of their connection.

Review :

All of It was very disappointing. After reading, loving, crying through Bright Side I expected another amazing read. I know this was the authors first book, but still I wanted more. Maybe if I had read it before Bright Side I wouldn't have disliked it as much, or maybe I would have and then not read her other books. Or maybe I have just read to many other great books with similar themes that I enjoyed so much more.

So I guess I won't talk a lot about what is really going on in this story (even though I found it obvious from the beginning and a bit frustrating that it is not revealed until the end) as I don't want to spoil it for anyone. This is the story of Roni and Dimitri. Dimitri who right from the first moments is taken with Roni. Roni who sees herself as nothing special and is not really sure why he is so taken with her. Not that that stops her from letting him in and seeing where this will go.

Dimitri is the new kid at school, though he doesn't seem to care about anyone but Roni. He is so sweet with her, so kind and caring, so loving, just so great. He is an amazing boyfriend, but Roni was really frustrating to read. I didn't understand her or why she did the things she did. I was told she had a hard time asking for help, that she had to be the one everyone counted on and wanted to be there for her friends and family. That it was stressing her out if she wasn't, but I didn't really see it. I didn't see that she couldn't ask for help. I didn't see that she had this great need to be there for everyone. I just didn't see a lot of what I was told about her. It felt like there was a lot of telling not showing with a lot of the story so it wasn't as emotional as it should have been. I mean there were some big emotional stuff that happens, but I didn't really care that much because I wasn't invested. Sad as Bright Side is the only book to ever make me cry big tears while reading. I was hoping for a similarly emotional journey with this story, but it was not to be.

So I guess that is all I will really say on about this story. Dimitri was amazing, Roni was annoying, I didn't understand her, and there were a lot of ups and downs. As I said I knew what was going on from the start so it was also a little annoying that it did not come up at all until the very very end when it was revealed in this big data dump. Such a let down as for most of the book I kept waiting for it to come up, or be slowly revealed, or something. As it was I thought the story would just end without bringing it up at all. Oh well, this wasn't my favorite read. I will still read more from this author as Bright Side and Gus were amazing, but this one just didn't work for me.

Rating: ★ ★

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Unexpected Fate (Hope Town #1) by Harper Sloan

Unexpected Fate
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Synopsis:

Have you ever felt like you were living your life for a future that was predetermined? Like there was some bigger picture you just prayed you would someday see clearly? That picture has been crystal clear to me since I was old enough to recognize it for just what it was.

Or I should say recognize him for who he was.

I’ve loved Cohen Cage since I was a small child. He’s been my everything for the last twenty-two years. I’ve loved him through every girlfriend he’s ever brought home. Through his college years and then mine. I’ve loved him through two deployments. And ever since the day I told him how I felt, he’s acted like I’m a stranger.

My name is Danielle Reid, and it’s time for me to get my man. 

Our future is an unexpected fate, and no matter what our parents, siblings, and friends say…it’s going to be worth every second of the fight to make it happen. 

Review:

Since I finished reading Uncaged I have been looking forward to reading Cohen's story. That kid was adorable and I knew that he would love fiercely. I couldn't wait to get to know him as an adult and see who he falls in love with. I knew it would be amazing. 

Unexpected Fate is the story of Cohen and Dani, whose parents you know from the Corps Security series if you have read that. I loved seeing the characters I knew from that series as parents of adult kids. Axel, Dani's dad, is way overprotective of her. He smothers her a bit with his need to keep her sweet and innocent. He was cute, if a bit much for her at times. There is just something amazing about seeing these big alpha males trying to deal with protecting their children, watching them date and fall in love and all of that. I think I enjoyed this book even more than the original series. Fun times. 

Dani has been in love with Cohen forever. She knows it, she thinks she hides it, that no one knows, but everyone does. She has been waiting forever to be old enough and for Cohen to finally see her the way she sees him. For his part Cohen has always liked Dani as well, but has tried to keep it just friendly with her. He has nothing to offer her yet, he is in the special services and gets deployed for months or years with no contact. He doesn't want to start something with her then leave. He doesn't think that is fair to her and he is waiting until he is out before he even thinks about seeing what there really is between them.

Cohen doesn't realize that his hot and cold act is really hurting Dani. She loves him so much, she is all in and knows this could be amazing, but he is afraid. Afraid to start something and have it not work out and imploding their families dynamics. Their parents are so close, all of them are so close, he doesn't want to mess anything up. But when things start happening, when he finally lets himself get a taste of what it would be like to have a life with her, he can't hold himself back anymore. I loved this story so much! The first part of this story is just the two of them trying to work this all out. Dani trying to get Cohen to finally think of her as more than a friend, only she doesn't realize that he already does. That he has been thinking about more than friends with her for a really long time. It was so sweet and hot and amazing. Only Cohen still had to go as he is being deployed and Dani has to try and just be fine until he comes back to her. I loved this story so much!

While Cohen is gone Dani starts to have some not so good things happen. She is in danger and in some scary situations, but good thing she has Axel and all the Corps Security guys to help her. She also has some unexpected surprises and I loved every minute of it. I just kept waiting for Cohen to come back, to figure out who was behind all of the things that were happening, and to see these two in their happily ever after. I loved it. Cohen is amazing, Dani is amazing, and I loved seeing their parents deal with their kids falling in love. It was sweet, and cute, and hot, and fun and just amazing. Definitely my favorite story from this author this far. So much fun.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

midnight lily
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Synopsis:


Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all . . . or more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he's out of a job, out of the public's good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different? 

Midnight Lily is the haunting love story of two lost souls reaching for each other in the dark. A tale of healing, acceptance, and the worlds we create to protect our own hearts. It is a story of being lost, of being found, and of being in the place between. 

This is a stand-alone Sign of Love novel, inspired by Virgo Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Review:

I am not really sure how to review Midnight Lily. I really enjoyed the story, it was not what I was expecting going in, but I feel like if I talk about it at all it will just spoil it for others. Which I don't want to do. This is a hard one. I don't know that I have read any other books where I struggled so much to come up with what to write in a review. It was an unique read for sure and you should probably just go read it for yourself. It was a fun adventure. 

The story opens with Holden being dropped off at his friends remote cabin to detox and get his act together. He is spiraling down and is going to lose everything if he doesn't straighten up. Not that he seems to care that much, but still. He doesn't expect to see anyone else while he is up there, he should just be focusing on himself, but then he sees her. The girl in the woods. The girl who is a mystery. Who is she? Where does she live? What is she doing in the woods? 

Oh this was an interesting read. I really enjoyed it and when I got to the end I had to jump online and see if I could find other people to talk about this story with. Normally I write my friend while reading a book when something crazy or fun or heartbreaking or whatever happens, and with this story I did, but they were so vague. Just Eek! Stuff is going on with characters! You must read this book so we can discuss!! Since I can't really say anything more than what is in the synopsis I will leave it at this - go read this book. This story is not something I have read before and I'm still thinking about everything that happens. Oh it was great. Go. Read it. Then you will be in the know. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Empty Promises (Promises #3) by Elle Brooks

Empty Promises
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Synopsis:
Emily ~

What would you do if you knew when you were going to die? Would you will death to come and claim you quickly? Or would you pray for more time? 
It wasn’t until I knew that I was about to die, that I decided to really live. And it wasn’t until I gave up on love, that I finally found it. Just not in any of the places that I’d been searching. 
Sometimes you don’t get the fairytale happily ever after, but if you’re lucky, you get so much more. You get a perfect beginning that you can keep hold of until the end.

Review:

After reading the first two books in this series I was excited to read Emily's story. What happened those last months before she died. I knew she found someone else, and I was interested to see even though I knew how it would end. 

Unfortunately Empty Promises was not as good as I had hoped. It was an okay read, but it was too short and hard to really get into. I wanted to really get to know Emily and Lucas, see what her last days were like, watch them fall in love, all of it. I wanted to feel. Instead it was too quick. They were suddenly in love, suddenly everything, and I didn't see it. If it was a bit longer, a bit more developed, then it probably would have been great. Instead I felt like I just got small glimpses into their lives. Just small segments that kept me from really connecting with the characters. I enjoyed the story, but I didn't love it. 

Rating: ★ ★1/2

Monday, August 15, 2016

Rath's Rebellion (Janus Group #5) by Piers Platt

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Synopsis:

After he's found guilty of murder, Rath is saved from a death sentence by a mysterious new ally. His newfound friends have a daring plan to rekindle an old revolution, and they want his help. If it all works, Rath could clear his conscience at last, and pay his debt to society. But starting a rebellion will put him squarely in the sights of Beauceron and Paisen as they rush to prevent the looming war. And even Rath's best-laid plans can go astray ...

Review:

Rath's Rebellion is the newest book in the Janus Group series. You should definitely read the prior 4 books before starting this one. This is a continuation of the same story, though the second book in a new trilogy with the same characters from the first. A what happens after the events of the first three books. 

Rath's Rebellion was so much fun. I really love these books. I love the characters, I love how the trilogy starts out with everyone in a different place doing their own thing, then somehow they all get drawn together into the same events. It doesn't feel coerced or anything, it just naturally works out that way. It is awesome!

So in this chapter we have Rath finding out who the people are who saved him and what they want. It was interesting because they were famous a long time ago for some not so good things, but like Rath the leader feels some remorse over his actions and the results. It was nice getting the addition of these new characters even if they had an idealistic view of what would happen in the end. 

We also have Paisen trying to figure out what happened to her people and what is really going on, and Beauceron and his partner looking into recent events. I also really enjoy Dasi in this series and can't wait to see where she ends up. These books have so much going on, so many different people who end up interconnected, and I need the next book to see what happens! Rath always seems to get himself into a bind, but somehow bumbles himself out of it. I love it. I love all these characters and the whole world this author created. If you haven't read these books yet do yourself a favor and go get them. They are fun, exciting, entertaining reads. I never thought I was a big sci-fi fan, but these books have made me seek out more to read. They are simply great stories. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★