Thursday, July 31, 2014

Erased by Margaret Chatwin


Erased

Synopsis:

There’s that moment – you know the moment – when you emerge from sub-consciousness and enter full awareness. Now imagine reaching that moment with a pounding head, throbbing body, hospital ID band around your wrist, and no memory. No idea why you hurt the way you do, or how you got where you are. No clue what your own name is, or who the people next to you are.


I’m seventeen-year-old Ryan Farnsworth, and that’s what happened to me. Now I have to walk a mile in my own, unfamiliar shoes; view myself through the eyes of a perfect stranger; live the life a former me chose. I also need to figure out why that former me tried to kill me.

Review:

Erased was such a surprisingly good read. I thought the idea sounded interesting and right from the first page I was hooked. I loved that it was written from a guys point of view. It was just a really great book about Ryan becoming the guy he has always wanted to be and reconciling/fixing who he used to be. The main thing he needs to fix is his relationship with Luc and it really is a story of Ryan and Luc becoming brothers again. It is just a feel good book. By the end you are just happy and just...you just feel good about life. That might sound a bit lame, it sounds kind of like I am talking about a Lifetime movie or something, but it is not like that. It is not cheesy and lame, it was a great read and really hopeful. Even though I figured out what happened the night he tried to kill himself way before you actually do, it was still a great read.

The story starts with Ryan finally coming home from the hospital after he tried to kill himself by driving his car off the road. He broke a lot of bones in his body, cannot walk very well for long, or use stairs, or do many things he used to. He also cannot remember anything about his life before his accident/suicide attempt. It is pretty obvious early on what the last straw was that pushed him to try and end his life, not that that was how he should have dealt with everything. Once you see how his dad is it kind of makes even more sense.

Ryan doesn't remember anyone in his life. He doesn't recognize his friends or family members and he has a hard time trying to figure out who he is. People, especially his dad, keep telling him what he loves and such, but they don't always make sense to him. He was a great football player, but now he has no interest in the game. He likes art and finds peace creating art, but his dad is not very happy about that. He doesn't like art, he is going to work had and be back on the football field soon. Sure. It was just really interesting watching how everyone is around Ryan and how he deals with every situation.

One day his mom throws a party for him, something he definitely doesn't want. He escapes and gets lost and ends up in Paige's front yard. From then on they become closer and she is the one person who he can talk to, who stands by him and tries to help him. She is so great for him and he is able to be such good friends with her partially because she just moved to town. She is the only person who didn't know him from before the accident. She is sweet and kind and really great for Ryan.

Ryan quickly starts to find that he was not a very good person before. He treated people terribly, especially his brother. His "friends" he can't stand. He is especially upset when he sees how horrible they are to Luc. Ryan really was terrible to him, and that is not all. He quickly sees how his parents have always treated Luc as second best, not as important as Ryan. It is pretty heartbreaking watching how he used to be and how hurt Luc has been this entire time, how starved for his parents attention Luc is. Gradually Ryan is able to fix some of his past mistakes and since his accident he has tried really hard to just be a good person. Not everyone is happy about this change. His "friends" don't seem to like the new Ryan since he isn't a jerk like them. The worst part? Ryan gets feelings sometimes about how he really did care for these people that he can't stand anymore. How he really did love them and reconciling that feeling with what he knows is hard at times. He also starts standing up to his family, to his dad, and not taking the nonsense he keeps trying to feed Ryan. Man his home life is really no walk in the park. In many ways Ryan's suicide attempt and subsequent amnesia was the best thing that happened to him. He was able to get the life he always wanted, be the person he always wanted to be, and save his relationship with his brother Luc before it was too late. Really a great read and the ending just leaves you all warm and fuzzy inside.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Her Best Friends Brother by T.J. Dell


Her Best Friend's Brother

Synopsis:

Libby has been in love with Tony Marchetti since she was seven years old. The problem? Tony is her best friend's older brother. Lately Tony has started looking at her in a new way and he emails her all the time. Could it be possible that he is starting to see her as more than his kid sister's best friend? 

Tony knows Libby McKay is off limits. She's his sister's best friend for crying out loud! But she is also smart, funny, and seriously hot. Plus she's not afraid to get a little sweaty-- on the track that is. Tony can't seem to help himself, besides what's a few emails? The occasional phone call? He can keep things light and friendly-- Can't he?

Review:

Phew, Her Best Friends Brother was a frustrating read. If Tony and Libby could have just talked there wouldn't be a story. If Tony wouldn't be so stupid there wouldn't be a story. It was just a bit much at times and you just are like oh come on! Just say something already! What is wrong with you two?!?!?!

Libby has been in love with Tony since she was seven. Tony is her best friends brother and she doesn't think there is a chance there. Tony has always liked Libby, but at first it is all she is too young (he is a few years older than her). Then once she is of age he is all now she needs some life experience before I make my move. Yeah...then it is she is going away to school for a year so he is all okay...then something else and something else and many misunderstandings and both of them being idiots until finally they figure it out and end up together. It was just so frustrating. The whole book is just the two of them not actually talking, though they keep saying how it is so easy for them to talk about everything! Ahh! I just wanted Tony to step up and actually say something! Then Libby does make a move Tony is so stupid and pushes her away! Then it is forever he doesn't like me, she doesn't like me, I like him, I like her, they don't like me, angst, drama, lame, lame, lame. It just got to be a bit much for me.

This book spans a number of years, which if the story would have been a bot different wouldn't have been too bad. If Libby actually had other relationships with guys instead of just obsessing over Tony, who she is sure doesn't like her. If Tony wouldn't have been so idiotic and finding reason after reason not to say anything to Libby. If they would have lives their lives, but still had each other there I could have dealt with it. As it was the constant will they, won't they got tiresome. By the time they actually did get together I didn't really care that much. It was more a finally, now I don't have to continue reading this annoying story.

Rating:

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Stranger Beside You by William Casey Moreton


The Stranger Beside You (A Thriller)

Synopsis:

How well do you really know the person in bed beside you?

Brynn Nelson is living the American dream. She has a nice home in the suburbs, a husband working on Wall Street, and two fabulous kids. But when the FBI rings the doorbell at midnight, storming her home and arresting her husband Tom for murder, her peaceful world is shattered.

When Tom is killed under mysterious circumstances within hours of his arrest,


Brynn finds herself following a trail of cryptic clues planted by Tom himself. Soon it's clear that her husband was leading a secret life, and now those same secrets threaten to kill her next.

Review:

The Stranger Beside You started off really good, but once you started to find out what was happening and why it was just a bit much for me. It didn't really seem like something someone would do, especially not the characters I saw in the book. It was just a bit unrealistic for me and it made the book not as good as it was before you learned all the details.

The book opens with the FBI coming to arrest Brynn's husband Tom in the middle of the night. Brynn is certain he didn't kill someone like they said, that it is all a big misunderstanding, but things just keep going from bad to worse. Tom is killed, the last time she saw him he told her some odd passage from something that just sounded like nonsense to her. That is the start of the big mystery, the start of the trail of breadcrumbs Tom left for her to follow to figure out what is happening to him.

Brynn, after finding out Tom was killed, is obviously upset. She is angry with the FBI for letting this happen, and she wants answers. Unfortunately the answers she gets from them lead to more heartache for her. She doesn't know what to do or what to think of the man she has lived with for years. How can he be someone she doesn't even know? What did he get himself into? Why didn't he ever say anything to her if he was in trouble?

Brynn's two kids are staying with friends while Brynn tries to figure out what to do. When she finds out people are following her, watching her, and might have been watching for a while now she gets really tough and tries to keep moving forward and not dwell on what has happened. She needs to figure out what is going on and keep her kids safe. Up until she starts getting answers it was a lot of fun. I was eager to keep reading, to try and figure out what was happening. Then once you start finding out I just felt myself being like oh, that is what is going on. Okay. So yeah...somehow this guy is super duper smart and can outsmart the bad guys who have been doing this for many years. That and I didn't really understand why Tom got involved in the first place. It seems like a bit much, especially since the people he was helping end up being not very good friends to him anyways. It was just...it was a bit much.

One thing I did like about the story was the way it was written. You get a few different points of view and I liked reading them. From the bad guys, to Brynn, to the old lady tied up in her own basement, they all came together to show what was going on. I liked the different points of view, especially the addition of the old lady. Overall though this is not going to be a re-read for me since I was just disappointed in the end. It had such promise, I just didn't like what was actually happening. I wanted something more, something bigger for all of these secrets. A good book, but not great.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

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Monday, July 28, 2014

White Noise by Don DeLillo


White Noise

Synopsis:

A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology,White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud, unleashed by an industrial accident, floats over their lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneys—the radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread.

Review:

I originally read White Noise in college for an english class I took. I remembered enjoying it so when it was the pick for book club this month I was excited to re-read it. I didn't remember the story (it has been about 13 years since I last read it) so it was pretty much like reading it for the first time. Thankfully I still loved it all these years later.

White Noise is absolutely ridiculous, but not all at the same time. I was reading it with this stupid smile on my face as it was just so funny to me. It is just so fun, but at the same time not really that crazy. Maybe back when it was written it was, and if it would have been written now I can just imagine how much crazier it would have been with all the advancements in technology.

Jack is a teacher of Hitler studies. He made up the course at the college he works at and he doesn't even speak German! It is just ridiculous! He has always been afraid of death and dying, but not in an out of control way. After he is exposed to the toxic airborne event he now has a timeline on his life. He now knows he is going to die, though the toxins will live in him for thirty years (so until he is eighty), but he has a time limit. It is just so well written that you see how crazy it is. I mean sure he now knows he will die at some point, but so will everyone. The whole second half of the book is this fear of death and how you can stop it or change it or try and do something about it.

Babette, Jack's wife, also has an extreme fear of death. She has been taking drugs which are supposed to help with her fear, but they haven't been working. It really was just really well done. Yes, most people are afraid of death, but as the one character says you either suppress that or you turn to religion. The ending, how crazy Jack gets and how everything kind of turns around for him, was just hilarious. The whole book is easy to read, easy to pick up and put down if you only have a few moments, but just so well written. I loved the style, the voice, the way everything was. The conversations with the kids and their normal daily lives that make up the first half of the book were just perfect. I loved reading this. So funny yet critical and just a really great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey


Scoring Wilder

Synopsis:

What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score. 

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He's a professional soccer player, America's favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

• A face that makes girls weep – check. 
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check. 
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley's already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.


Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

Review:

Scoring Wilder was not the book for me. I can see why others really enjoyed it, but it is just not my sense of humor. It is kind of like The Hangover or something like that. Many people love that movie and find it hilarious, my friends included, but it is just okay to me. I don't find it as funny as most others seem to. Same with this book. It just was not my humor so it wasn't as amazing as most other people seem to think. So yeah that was my main issue with this book.

So what about the story itself? Well that is hard. I could see where it is supposed to be light and fun and funny, but it just seemed like it was trying too hard for me. Liam is this super sexy, famous soccer player and Kinsley is the bright up and comer who is starting her first year at college. She is the all ready to be the next big name in women's soccer. Why did Liam and Kinsley like each other? Well I don't really know. They don't know each other, but Kinsley does think he is super duper hot so that takes away any self preservation or reasoning skills she has. I mean how can she resist his sexy body? See, it is supposed to be silly and fun, but I didn't like it. I didn't really see why either would sacrifice everything to be with the other. And then when it does come out...well nothing really happens. So it was a non-issue again.

The whole second half of the book is seeing what it is like to have a public relationship. What it is like to be in the press and have them spin stories about you. The whole issue with the ex-captain was just ridiculous to me. I just rolled my eyes and moved on. It was just not for me. It was supposed to be this forbidden, dangerous relationship, but it ended up being no big deal. They moved quickly and everything just happened pretty instantly once they decided to risk it and be together. I mean it was an alright book, but it just didn't work for me. I didn't really care about any of the characters or what happened to them, and the ridiculousness didn't work for me. Oh well. I knew that pretty much right away, but decided to finish the book just to see if it got better.

Rating: ★ ★

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson


Valkyrie Rising

Synopsis:

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there. 

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.


Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

Review:

I was so excited to read Valkyrie Rising. I don't know much about Norse mythology so I was excited to read this and learn a bit about it. Unfortunately instead of the amazing book with Ellie being awesome I got this story of Ellie being a stupid, whiny, weak girl who annoyed me to no end, then suddenly was super powerful instantly! It just did not work for me.

Ellie and Graham are spending the summer with their grandmother in a tiny town in Norway. Nothing ever happens in town, but Ellie is still looking forward to it. She has a bit of time by herself in town before her super over protective brother shows up with his best friend Tuck in tow. Even before she left odd things started happening with her. Her brother had a party and some guy tried to get her to stay and talk to him and when she yelled at him to stop his eyes got all white and cloudy and he almost fell down, like passed out. But no biggie, let's not dwell on odd things happening.

Then, when Ellie arrives in Norway, more strange things start happening. The townspeople who she remembers as being super friendly are suddenly very hostile toward her. She meets a boy, Kjell, and goes out one night with him only to have some strange, super hot girls almost abduct him. Ellie wants answers, but unfortunately Kjell doesn't have them. When she asks her grandmother she knows her grandmother does know what is going on, but she won't tell Ellie. Kjell starts like stalking Ellie, and Ellie is always creeped out by him, but yet still agrees to hang out with  him. Makes sense Ellie! I mean I would always keep agreeing to go on dates, especially just the two of us, when he super creeps me out every time I am around him. Makes sense! And just one of the ways Ellie is incredibly stupid.

So she wants answers to what is happening, what is going on, and knows her grandmother has them. When her grandmother sits her down to talk about what is happening Ellie is just like la la la, no I don't want to talk about this with you! It was just like what?? You just went on and on about how you are trying to figure this out! Here are the answers and you just immediately jump up and run away? Okay...cause that makes sense. That and she knows her brother is in danger, but why tell him that? Why warn him that boys his age are getting abducted? Why bother. She can surely keep him safe by doing nothing and letting him go out by himself...yep. Makes sense to me!

So things keep moving forward and eventually Ellie does find out what she is and what is happening. The resistance comes to get her grandmother, and possibly her as well, but instantly Ellie knows what to do to fight them and get away. Instantly she is this super strong bad ass Valkyrie! But not really. She is still kind of stupid. She keeps trying to fight the one Valkyrie even though she is way stronger, faster, and smarter than Ellie. It was just a bit much for me.

Then *spoiler alert* near the end you find out Tuck lied to her! His family's kind of her enemy! He knew a few things that he could have told  her, but didn't. He didn't know what they all meant, and he didn't really betray her or anything, but she acts like it is the end of the world. She is so hurt and can't trust him and drama lama he must be horrible just like his family! Only she is doing the exact same thing she hated the townspeople for doing! She is assuming because he is something he is one way, just like they think she is like the bad Valkyries and abducting boys when she is trying to stop them. He tries to talk to her, tell her how he doesn't really know anything but she is stubborn and he must be bad now...well at least for a bit until she decides that no, she knows him he is fine. Too much stupid drama!

So overall if you couldn't tell already I did not really like this book. I had high hopes, but Ellie was way too weak and whiny and stupid for me to enjoy it. She didn't make sense most of them time, and I didn't like how she suddenly just has superpowers and knows how to do everything. It was just...not good.

Rating:

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Kissing Kendall: A Maritime City Novel by Jennifer Shirk


Kissing Kendall: A Maritime City Novel (Entangled Bliss)

Synopsis:

Kendall Grisbaum is finally taking charge of her life—pouring her heart into opening a new bakery business and even allowing her best friend Georgie to play matchmaker for her. Trouble is, the one guy she secretly wants is Georgie’s older brother, Brad, who is decidedly off limits.

Brad can’t seem to get his little sister’s best friend out of his mind. He and Kendall used to be close friends, too, and as a local policeman, Brad can’t help but play protector, looking out for Kendall. When he offers to help her renovate her new bakery space on the side, their friendship—and their attraction—flares back to life.

Amid the temptation of doughnut muffins and blueberry cobbler, a new temptation draws them both closer. Can they take a chance on love when it means risking their friendship, even when not doing so risks everything?

Review:

Can I just start by saying thank you to the author for writing a book where the husband dies and the widow doesn't immediately move on to someone else? That is how this story usually goes, the wife doesn't even have time to mourn before she is in love with the best friend/brother/who ever that she has always kind of liked. It drives me crazy as it is just...I don't like it. It doesn't seem realistic. Thankfully this book starts two years after Kendall's husband died, two years she has had to mourn his loss. She is just now at the point where she is going to start trying to move on and figure out what she wants to do with her life.

Brad has always had a crush on Kendall. They were best friends and just when he was getting up the courage to ask her out his friend swoops in and beats him to it. Since Brad had feelings for her, and he doesn't want to cause issues between her and his best friend, he starts seeing less and less of them. He just can't deal with seeing them together. He used to think how he wondered what it would be like if the husband were not in the picture. When the husband ends up dying Brad blames himself. He had an argument with him the day before and he just feels guilty for wanting Kendall. He is a police officer and keeps an eye out for her, but still stays away. He doesn't want to get involved, get attached again when she is trying to heal.

When Kendall and Brad meet up again they both feel the attraction, though they both think the other is not affected. Kendall thinks it is ridiculous and she shouldn't be feeling this way. She doesn't want to lose her friendship with Brad, especially now that she has him back in her life.

I really liked Brad and Kendall together. I like that Brad knew it would be hard to get Kendall to come around to letting herself care for him. He knew it wouldn't be a piece of cake, but he just kept being there for her and pushing it a little. He knew what he wanted, and what she wanted but was too afraid to go after. I liked how he pushed her to be better, braver, to move on and fully live. I just really enjoyed them together. The end, however, seemed to be a bit rushed. Kendall changed too much too quickly for me. If it would have been fleshed out a bit more, a bit slower for her to suddenly not be afraid of living and loving someone with a dangerous profession, I would have really loved this book. It was still a great read, the end just felt rushed to me.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cruiser (Cruiser & Lex #1) by Dee J. Stone


Cruiser (Cruiser & Lex, Book 1)

Synopsis:

Lex is the girl of Cruiser’s dreams. But his twin brother got to her first. 

I’ve got a million voices telling me why I shouldn’t kiss her. She’s Rey’s girl and off limits. He’s been good to her. I know he will continue to be good to her. Look out for her, protect her. Lex’s been good to him, too. Only a jerk would try to break them up, and I’m no jerk. 


But dammit, I want her.

Review:

Cruiser was a bit frustrating at times. Lex was annoying at times, but she is also a teenager so...I don't know. it was a bit too much drama for me and too much wishy washy emotions.

Cruiser, Rey, and Lex have always been best friends. Lex has always been closer to Cruiser, but then there was an accident involving Lex's sister that leaves the sister in a wheelchair and Lex blames Cruiser. Since Lex shut him out, and he is the "bad" son, he goes away for a bit. When he comes back Lex and Rey are an item, and Cruiser tries not to do anything to break them up. Cruiser has always been the one to take the blame for everything, helping his twin, Rey, not get in trouble. Rey is the perfect son, the one who does everything right. Cruiser thinks Rey and Lex are in love, so he tries to stay out of it even though it kills him to see them together.

Lex is ridiculous when it comes to Cruiser. When you find out what really happened the night of the accident it is just like wait what? Lex blames Cruiser so I just assumed he was driving the car that hit Rosie, Lex's sister. Nope. It was just....Lex cannot handle that she is to blame as well so she just lashes out at Cruiser for no reason. When she sees Cruiser in her house talking with Rosie she loses it! She is so nasty to him, so hurtful, so ridiculous I didn't get it. She just....at the same time she still has feelings for him. It was just not written in a way that I enjoyed, it just made me annoyed with Lex.

Lex also doesn't seem to be really happy with Rey. Sure she loves him, he was there for her after the accident and after Cruiser left, but there is not the passion and desire like there is for Cruiser. Once Cruiser comes back Lex realizes that things with Rey really aren't working. Does she do something about this? Well not really, other than blame herself for him not wanting to hang out, or make out, or spend time with her. She should be more supportive of all of his activities and things he does instead of spending time with her. I just...obviously she wasn't in love with him, and he wasn't in love with her. They didn't work like that, and Rey didn't really make an effort to be there for Lex so it was just like when is this going to be over already? Obviously she likes Cruiser, obviously Rey knows this, but he wants to keep her because Cruiser wants her. It was just...

I didn't like Rey much in this book either. He is supposed to be the perfect son, but he just lets Cruiser take the blame for things he does. He is so weak and cowardly it was just a put off. Cruiser on the other hand I really enjoyed. I wanted him to be happy and get what he wanted. I wanted him to have everything, especially since he had a terrible home life. His parents were never there for him, he had Lex but then she blames him for something that isn't his fault and pulls away, so the only one he has left is Rey, who just is not that great of a brother to him. Cruiser seemed like a great guy. Sure, everything didn't come as easily to him as it did to Rey, but he wasn't stupid. He had different desires and needs and his parents just wanted him to be a second Rey, which doesn't work. Without liking Cruiser as much as I did I would not have enjoyed this book. I am glad he figures out a way to make everything work. I am glad he finally calls Lex out on her ridiculous anger toward him and the way she treats him. I am glad he got his happy ending.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Forecast (Shakespeare Sisters #1) by Jane Tara


Forecast: Shakespeare Sisters

Synopsis:

The Shakespeare women were what the locals of Greenwich Village called “gifted.”

Sure, Rowie’s predictions were helpful for forecasting the weather or finding someone’s lost grandkid. But when it came to love, her abilities were more like a curse. Why bother dating a guy if you knew at the first kiss he was destined for some blonde from New Jersey? Nope, Rowie was much happier bringing together the people she knew were a perfect match. Until the day she kissed the man whose future she couldn’t foresee.

Review:

Forecast was a cute read. I enjoyed the main characters and it was just fun.

Rowie is psychic just like the rest of the women in her family. She helps her grandmother run their store, though she wants more from her life. She doesn't want to be stuck there forever, something her grandmother doesn't understand. Her mother has always had her head in the clouds a bit and never got over her father (who her mother had only spent one night with and never saw again). Rowie's talents are different from her mother and grandmother. She can predict the weather and has been doing so for 3 years now outside their place. She has never been wrong. She can also see a guys future when she kisses them, which might not be a big deal only it never includes her. She's tried in the past to just ignore it, but that just ends in heartache when the guy finds the girl she saw when she first kissed him. She is waiting to find the guy who makes her see nothing when they kiss. The guy who blocks her powers, the guy for her.

Drew is the popular weather guy everyone loves. He is a bit of a ladies man, but he is not a bad guy. He did sleep with the lady in charge at work though and that has been a bit of a disaster. He thought she was okay with no strings, until she got really clingy and he tried to end it amicably. Since then Jess, the girl in charge, has been holding a grudge. She wants Drew back and so she ends up being an issue.

At the beginning of the book Drew hurts his leg while covering the hurricane in Florida so they need a temporary replacement - Rowie. Jess had just seen her weather thing that morning and they could use a gimmick to get people to tune in. Drew has veto power and has to approve his replacement and when Rowie and Drew meet they are both drawn to the other. Drew tries to be annoyed with her when he finds out she is a gimmick. He is all science and loves his job. He doesn't want anyone making a mockery of it.. Then he talks to her again and it just is perfect. They are so perfect for each other and he can't stay mad at her.

When he can finally come back to New York, when his leg heals enough, things quickly heat up. Jess is around trying to cause trouble as she wants Drew for herself. She really is quite mean and selfish and just not a very nice person. It was still nice to see Drew and Rowie together as they were really cute. Of course it can't be all sunshine and roses and there are some issues, but they work it out in the end.

There were a few small things that did bug me about the book. A few times there were some conversations about like the environment and stuff and they way it was written was just like the author wanted to add a psa into the story, not like just have the characters discuss it. It didn't feel natural and while I agreed with what was said I still didn't like it in my story. It needs to flow and just be what it is.

The other thing that bugged me? Everyone Rowie knows finds love at the same time. I really don't like when that happens. It is just a bit too...too much for me. It is not realistic that everyone you know will find their true loves all within like a week of each other. It is just something that bugs me in books. Overall though I did enjoy the story, it was really cute, and I would read more by this author.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend Quartet Book 4) by Monica Murphy


Four Years Later: A Novel (One Week Girlfriend Quartet Book 4)

Synopsis:

New Adult bestselling author Monica Murphy winds up her sensational series with this sexy story of two college kids with nothing in common but a bunch of baggage and a burning attraction.

Over. That about sums up everything in my life. Suspended from my college football team and forced to cut back my hours at The District bar because of my crappy grades, I can’t keep turning to my sister, Fable, and her pro-football playing husband, Drew, to bail me out. I just can’t seem to find my own way. Weed and sex are irresistible temptations—and it’s messed up that I secretly hand over money to our junkie mom. A tutor is the last thing I want right now—until I get a look at her.


Chelsea is not my type at all. She’s smart and totally shy. I’m pretty sure she’s even a virgin. But when she gives me the once over with those piercing blue eyes, I’m really over. But in a different way. I won’t deny her ass is killer, but it’s her brain and the way she seems to crave love—like no one’s ever given her any—that make me want her more than any girl I’ve ever met. But what would someone as seemingly together as her ever see in a screwed up guy like me?

Review:

Four Years Later was a great read. I loved it and the ending worked, unlike Three Broken Promises (the last book I read by this author). A great read and a great end to the series.

Owen messes up a lot. He doesn't mean to, but he just does. He has not had the best home life, his mom is a mess and always has been. She manipulates Owen into doing things he normally wouldn't because he feels bad. He smokes pot with her, something that used to be fun and cool, but lately is kind of annoying. She always shows up wanting to smoke and drink and get money from him. Even though he knows he shouldn't give her anything, he always does. His sister would be very upset if she found out he was still in contact with their mom. His sister had cut her out years ago and is fine with that. Owen just can't seem to cut his mom out of his life.

He also smokes when things get too difficult for him. He has been working a ton, going to school, not studying or completing his homework, and playing football. He really is a smart kid, he just doesn't have enough time for everything. He needs to work so much to help his mom out and then everything just starts to fall apart. He is finally at the point where he can't play anymore until he gets his grades up. He meets with everyone and they give him a tutor to help with his school work. He is none to happy with this since he just doesn't have the time!

Chelsea is very similar to Owen in a lot of ways. Her dad has been in and out of her life, always telling her mom how much he loves her and will be there for her, then cheating on her and stealing money. He is currently in jail for embezzling money and Chelsea wants nothing to do with him. She learned from a young age, and her mom is always saying, boys are nothing but trouble. She is very inexperienced when it comes to guy as it just doesn't work for her. She sees what can happen if you let them in. So she is just coasting through life without many real friends or connections. She studies a lot and tutors and works a second job trying to make money to help her mom.

When Owen and Chelsea first meet they are both drawn to the other. They both think the other is too good for them, nothing like them, and no way would the other be interested in them. It was great. I loved reading both points of view, how both think the same thing. Owen does step up and ask her out and from there that is that. Yes there are issues and struggles to deal with, Owen messes up a time or two, but he is so sweet with her. He just...I loved them together. She needs someone who is caring and kind and Owen is that guy. Yes they have to work on telling each other their secrets, but they just work. I loved them together and loved reading their story.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Just for Fun (Escape to New Zealand #4) by Rosalind James


Just for Fun (Escape to New Zealand Book 4)


Synopsis:

What if the person who broke your heart turned out to be the only one who could mend it? 

Nic Wilkinson is a responsible, organized, disciplined rugby player at the top of his game. Emma Martens is a sometimes-scattered, often-emotional, and always-broke would-be designer with a big chip on her shoulder where Nic's concerned. 

They have no history together, except one perfect week. Nothing in common anymore, except the most important thing of all. Getting together again would be messy. Complicated. Scary. And, just maybe, worth every risk.

Review:

Just For Fun was a great read. I enjoyed it a lot more than the previous book, Just For Now. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the dialogue, I loved the book. It was just a lot of fun!

Nic and Emma shared one amazing week together 7 years ago, and they haven't seen or spoken to each other since. Nic promised to call, but never did. His rugby career was just getting started and he was young and wanted to party. Emma, on the other hand, did try to contact him a few time once she found out she was pregnant. This is one of those books where he doesn't know about the kid until now, but the author handled that really well. It felt believable and was just a good way of writing this story. Almost by accident Nic finds out about his son and from that moment he wanted to be in his life. He pretty much would do anything to get to know his son now that he knows he exists.

Nic is engaged when he finds out about his son. His fiancee is not very happy about this development. Nic talks to her about starting maintenance payments (child support) and visiting with his son and whatnot, but the fiancee is really not supportive. She doesn't want him to give Emma money, even though Emma is barely getting by. The fiance doesn't want to get to know the kid or really have anything to do with that situation. I don't understand how she could be so distant from it, how she could be so selfish. She ultimately makes Nic choose, her or the kid, and Nic chooses correctly.

When Nic first sees Emma he is reminded of their time together in Fiji. Even though there is still an attraction there, he is faithful to his fiancee. He never even thinks of straying and the whole situation was handled really well. It could have easily taken a wrong turn, or turned into this dramatic mess, but it didn't. Everyone was an adult about what they wanted and handled themselves so nicely it was refreshing to read.

Emma is still attracted to Nic, but she doesn't trust him after he never called or came through for her son before now. She wants to hold off on telling her son that Nic is his dad until he proves that he is not going to just leave again. When his fiancee breaks up with him they slowly start to come together again. Emma is more cautious than she was when she first met him, but then again she has a son to worry about. Nic and Emma were so great together, and everything was handled so well I just loved the story. I loved that in the end there was some drama, but not the normal guy does something stupid or walks away, girl is hurt and crying, then guy realizes his mistake and gets girl back. Once they reconnected in that way they were in it together. Things happened they had to deal with, but they did it together. It was a great read. Loved the story, loved the Kiwi lingo, loved the book. Can't wait to read the next one.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Just for Now (Escape to New Zealand #3) by Rosalind James


Just For Now (Escape to New Zealand Book 3)


Synopsis:

There's no place like home . . .

For teacher Jenna McKnight, nothing spells "heartbreak" like finding her husband with somebody else--in her bed. It's clearly time to reinvent herself. A new body, a new city, and a new job later, she's done just that. The beautiful Auckland villa isn't really her home, though. Finn Douglas and his kids aren't really her family, however much she wishes they were. And playing house can be a dangerous game.

Rugby star Finn Douglas is just looking for a temporary nanny and housekeeper. Not a girlfriend, and definitely not a wife. He can't resist Jenna's cooking, it's true. Who knew he'd have so much trouble resisting her? He wants to do what's right for his kids. But waiting is so hard . . .

Review:

Just For Now is the third book on the Escape to New Zealand series. I remember enjoying the first two more than I thought I would so I picked this one up to read. It was alright, I did enjoy the story, but it wasn't as good as I remember the others being.

Jenna moved to New Zealand following her husband. She has lived her a while, but the marriage just didn't work out. She found her husband in bed with someone else so that ended that. She's been floating for a bit and is not really sure what she wants to do with her life now. She is thinking of going back to teaching in the new school year so she is looking for something temporary until then, but something that interests her.

Finn is a rugby player on the famous All Blacks. His wife died a few years ago and so he is left raising his two kids. Because of his rugby commitments and schedule he needs a nanny to care for his kids while he is away. His current nanny has some family issues she needs to deal with so he is looking for a temporary replacement.

When Jenna sees Finn's ad for a nanny she thinks it sounds perfect. She didn't know he was a famous rugby player as she never followed the sport. Finn has been having a hard time finding someone who actually will look after the kids and is not after him for this job so when the two meet it is a rocky start. Jenna had actually met the kids before when out and about with their other nanny, so they end up convincing him to give her a chance. This was definitely not an insta-love story. They start to care for each other gradually and overall I really liked them together. Jenna is very conscious that she is the nanny and doesn't really want to start anything while she is still employed by Finn. I mean how cliche is that, the nanny and the employer. It was fun and I really liked both of them, and the kids. Yes, there is some drama at the end as books apparently seem to need that, and it wasn't really as believable as I would have liked. Or maybe it was just another example of how weak Jenna is, how she just runs from confrontations and never tries to stick things out or believe in herself. Maybe if she would have grown some, become more confident in herself, then you wouldn't have the ending drama that you did. I think I would have liked that more.

The one main issue I had with the book was some of the writing style, especially the conversations. I loved that it is written with the New Zealand speak, the words and phrases that are popular there. I love things like that as they are just different and I love things like that. The issue I had was that at times the conversations were too much like a lecture and not like a conversation. For example there were many times when Jenna was talking to Finn about children and how she is so good with them and how some people don't know how to relate to them and such. Instead of flowing like a normal conversation, like something someone would actually say, it was like a psa, just get out all the info in a fake dialogue setting. Not the best, and didn't happen all the time, but enough that I noticed and it took away from the story for me. It wasn't terrible, I did enjoy the story, but it is not something I will put on my re-read list. We shall see how the next book is.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bet the House (Magnolia Bay Book 1) by Erika Marks


Bet the House (Magnolia Bay Book 1)

Synopsis:

Willamena Dunn is having a lousy week. Not only is her baby sister about to marry into the family of Dunn-Right Preservation’s biggest professional rival, but the historic bungalow of her dreams has just been bought by the most infuriating (not to mention exceedingly handsome and notoriously wicked) man to ever hammer a nail in Magnolia Bay, Knox Loveless.
 
But when Knox offers her a wager she can’t refuse, a bet with the coveted bungalow as its prize, Willa is sure her bad luck might finally be turning around—until Knox surprises her with a passionate kiss, and suddenly all bets are off. 

Could this be just another one of Knox Loveless’ games, or will two rivals finally surrender to a long-simmering attraction and declare a truce once and for all?

Review:

Bet the House was an annoying read for me. I really didn't like Willa and found her to be incredibly self centered and selfish and she just was kind of terrible. I think it was supposed to be whimsical, but I hated her. Pretty much the entire book I was just like what is wrong with this girl? Is she seriously going to be this horrible to everyone the entire book?

Willa works for her parents preservation company. She is really serious about preserving historic landmarks in town and absolutely hates the Loveless' and their construction company. I mean her parents have battled in business before so of course she has to hate all of them. Unfortunately for Willa her sister Peaches is marrying into the Loveless family. How could she?!? Willa is not at all supportive of her sister and her marriage. She really is pretty horrible to her sister and is a nightmare to be around. I don't know how her sisters put up with it.

Knox is a Loveless, and he just purchased the little historic bungalow that Willa has always wanted. Knox and Willa go way back and they have always had this competitive relationship. They are always daring each other to do things and Willa is pretty sure she hates him (even if he is super attractive). They hate each other right? So when Knox makes a bet with her, winner gets the house, she readily agrees. So what she has to keep trying to shove some guy her sister doesn't even like at her. So what she is using her sister for a piece of property. The bet was Knox and Willa each pick out a date for the sister to the wedding and whoever picks the person she goes with wins. It is obvious the sister really liked the guy Knox picked, but Willa is determined to win and keeps trying to shove some other guy on her. Why not ruin a good thing when she could potentially win a house she wants? Who cares about the sister? I know it is probably supposed to be humorous, but it annoyed me.

Willa just annoyed me. Knox seemed like a good enough guy, but Willa is still stuck being a 2 year old. Yes Knox bets her and riles her up all the time, but he also seems like he is an adult having fun. Willa, on the other hand, comes off like a small child throwing hissy fits if she doesn't get her way. I didn't like her at all and don't know why anyone could stand to be around her. She is so high and mighty and whatever she wants is right, whatever anyone else wants is wrong. It was just too much for me. Yes everything worked out in the end, but I couldn't get over how terrible Willa was the entire rest of the book. Definitely not the book for me, though I would read another of the authors books to see how I enjoy it.

Rating: ★1/2

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2) by Abbi Glines


Because of Low (Sea Breeze Book 2)

Synopsis:

It’s steamy in the Gulf town of Sea Breeze. Physical attraction is the only way to beat the heat in this start to a series from bestselling, previously self-published author Abbi Glines.

Playboy Cage owns the apartment, and he hosts a revolving door of people, in and out, at all times. Most of them are long-legged hot girls who are never there more than a night or two. When Cage’s new roommate, Marcus, enters the picture, he’s just looking to nurse a broken heart. But there’s one particular semi-frequent regular who catches his eye.

Willow—“Low”—is the one Cage wants to marry. But the two of them are night and day, and Marcus can’t see how Low puts up with all of Cage’s womanizing. What she really needs is a real man....like good-looking and sensible Marcus. But that’s going to get real complicated and real messy—real fast.

Review:

I saw Because of Low on my Kindle and decided to re-read it as it has been a while. I didn't really remember what happened in it so it was like reading it again for the first time. I really enjoyed it. I liked Marcus in Breathe so I wanted to read his story again. So sweet. I am glad he found someone after crushing on Sadie so hard in Breathe.

Marcus was away at college, but had to return home to help deal with some family drama. His dad has been cheating on his mom with his secretary and his mom and sister are not handling it very well. He needs to be there for them and help them through this. He rents a room with Cage, his friend, and is trying to take some classes online.

Low and Cage have always been close. He is who Low goes to when she has a problem. Cage is always there for her no matter what. Whatever he is doing he drops when she calls. She can always count on him. When she shows up at Cage's place one night, while Cage is out, Marcus is instantly intrigued by Low. Low has family issues, has always had family issues and she has had to learn to deal with them long ago. Her sister is a nightmare and she has to watch her niece all the time (not that she minds, but she does have class and work to consider). Her sister doesn't really seem to care about her daughter too much which is just sad.

Cage warns Marcus not to mess with Low. Low is his, he is going to marry her one day. Well...Marcus just can't sit by and watch Cage sleep is way through girls while expecting Low to wait for him. He grows closer to her and they hang out more and more and he falls for her and she him. She never expected to marry Cage. She just isn't that way with him.

Of course we can't just have them ride off into the sunset, there has to be some drama. Marcus and Low were so sweet together that it was so sad when they were having issues. Low doesn't trust easily and everyone is always leaving her. She trusted Marcus, so when they have issues she doesn't deal with it very well. I am glad this is a stand alone for his story so I didn't have to wait to see the happily ever after. I loved Low and Marcus, loved them together, and loved this story. I am glad I read it again as it was really a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Until We Touch (Fool's Gold #15) by Susan Mallery


Until We Touch (Fool's Gold Book 15)

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery comes the story of secret desires finally fulfilled… 

After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm's length—a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool's Gold, California. 

Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart wishes, Jack's her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa's big secret is revealed…by her mother! 


When Jack discovers the truth about Larissa's feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he's not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love—will Jack go for the ultimate play?

Review:

Until We Touch was another great Fool's Gold read. It was hot and fun and I really enjoyed it. The issues at the end seemed a lot darker than normal though. It was kind of devastating to watch, but of course everything works out eventually.

Jack is one of the new ex-football players in town with the PR firm. He has worked with Larissa for a while now and they work well together. Larissa is always trying to save everyone and everything and Jack always lets her do it, helping when he can. He keeps animals at his house for her and such until they find permanent homes. She is such a sweet girl and I love how she tries to save all the animals.

When Larissa's mom comes to visit, she stops by Jack's office to tell him to fire her so she can move back to LA and find a guy to fall in love with. She needs to do this since she will never find one in Fool's Gold since she is in live with Jack. That is all it takes. After that Jack starts to notice Larissa as a women. She is a masseuse and her touch is now something he wants. Larissa is adamant that she doesn't love Jack, but everyone can see that they both care for each other.

Jack keeps kissing Larissa, and once she realizes she does love Jack she thinks if they start dating she will see his flaws and fall out of love with him. Yeah it made no sense to anyone else in the book either, but there it is. They were so sweet together I just loved it. Oh and there is a teen boy who Larissa saved from living on the streets that is now living with Jack as well. They are one big happy family, until they are not.

Jack has issues with getting attached. Every time he does he loses what he wants. He lost his parents when he was a teen, and things never work out with the women he has tried to date. When he gets pressured to do to much, to give to much of himself and actually form bonds with people, he breaks down. It was so sad and devastating watching him self destruct. You just can't help but feel for him, but at the same time he is doing it to himself. I knew it was coming, but man this was a hard one to read. All of the book have the guy freak out at the end, the girl in tears trying to move on, and then the guys realize they need the girls and they live happily ever after. At first with this book I thought it would be nice to have something different, but this ending really worked for me. I liked it because it was darker than normal. It seemed more realistic with the characters. I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait for more from Fool's Gold!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Falling for Her Fiance (Accidentally In Love Book 1) by Cindi Madsen


Falling For Her Fiance (Accidentally In Love Book 1)

Synopsis:

Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. Adrenaline-junkie Wes can prove to both his ex and his family that he’s well and truly moved on, and serious-minded Dani can prove to her boss that she’s worthy of the promotion he seems to only want to give to a family-oriented employee.

But amid the fake swoons, fake kisses, and forced proximity, neither expects the very real feelings that develop. There’s nothing more dangerous than falling for your best friend…but what if the landing is worth the fall?

Review:

Falling for Her Fiance was a very frustrating book, but not in a bad way. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the story since I thought it would just be a cheesy summer romance.

Dani and West have been friends since college. Wes did have a crush on Dani, especially when they first met, but one night when Dani was really drunk she kissed him and almost ruined their relationship. Since then they have just been friends, best friends.

Dani moved away following a guy. It didn't work out with the guy, but she has a job she doesn't really like, but she is determined to get a promotion. She has worked hard there and wants to get ahead. The bosses really stress family, so with the big company retreat coming up she jokingly asks Wes to come as her fake fiance. This will help her get the promotion and she would get to spend some time with her best friend. Wes agrees, but only if she comes to his sisters wedding, to show his family and his ex that he has moved on.

Right from the start, when Dani goes to visit Wes for the wedding, they both are feeling more than friend feelings. They don't say anything though since they don't want to mess up the friendship. It was so frustrating as if one of them would have just said something they could have been together right away! But, I understood completely why they didn't so it wasn't a bad thing. It just added to the story. Man the fake kissing and being a couple made them both feel like a real couple, made them both want to be a real couple. Dani thinks Wes is still in love with his ex, and so she also thinks she needs to help them get back together before she leaves. So frustrating, but also fun to read.

Then when Wes comes to visit Dani...well things get interesting. It was still frustrating, but it all works out in the end. I really enjoyed this book. Much more than I had originally expected. I thought it would just be a cheesy read, but it was quite good. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles


Wild Cards

Synopsis:

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Review:

Note: On Amazon this book is listed as Better Than Perfect (previously titled Wild Cards), but other sites still list it as Wild Cards so that is what I used.

I was excited to read Wild Cards since I had enjoyed other books by Simone Elkeles. While I did enjoy the story, at times it was a bit too coincidental. Because of that you could see what would happen way before it happened so no surprises. Still it wasn't a bad read. I suppose some spoilers ahead, even though it is pretty obvious when reading it.

Derek is not really a bad guy, but he keeps getting in bad situations. Really he hasn't done much, but he gets caught in situations that look bad. He gets kicked out of his school so he has to move in with his stepmom while his dad is deployed. His stepmom is moving back home with her dad in Chicago so now he has to go with her.

Ashtyn is a football player. She started playing after her mom left trying to find some way to connect with her dad. She thinks if she is just good enough he will pay attention. She has been stuck with her dad by herself for a while now. Her big sister left her there with him. Her sister is Derek's stepmom.

When Ashtyn first meets Derek she thinks he is from their rival school. She has just been selected team captain to the disappointment of her oh so wonderful boyfriend. Of course since the boyfriend is a nightmare that leads to the oh so easy opening for Derek. I really had a problem getting over the fact that Ashtyn is Derek's aunt (step aunt but still) and her sister is pregnant so her new baby would be Derek's half-brother or sister and Ashtyn's niece or nephew. That would be such a crazy family structure if everything worked out and they got married and stuff. I know there is no blood relation between them, but it still wigs me out. I don't know why. They didn't even know each other before now so...I still don't like it that much. Oh well, I just tried not to think about it.

So Ashtyn is determined to be mean and not like Derek right from the start. Of course it is all a big front as she really does like him. They grow closer and she gets rid of the boyfriend, but of course there has to be some problems to work through. Ashtyn's ex was the star quarterback for their football team and without him they have no chance of wining state! I know, such problems. Well wouldn't you know Derek used to play football. He was a star football player! What? I know. You don't find this out until late in the book, and that causes issues with Ashtyn, but it was obvious from the start he would swoop in at the end and save the football team with his mad skills. It was just....everything in the book was really coincidental. Ashtyn needed a ride to Texas for football camp and none of her friends can give her a ride. Well wouldn't you know Derek needs to go to Texas so he can give her a ride. Ashtyn needs a quarterback, Derek is a star quarterback, etc. It was just a bit much at times cause you could see it coming from a mile away. I like my stories to not be so perfect all the time. It is more realistic if they have to work for it, if everything doesn't just magically fall into place all the time. At least with my life that is not what happens. Not a bad read, but I wish it would have been a little less perfect.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Monday, July 14, 2014

First Ink (Wicked Ink Chronicles Book 1) by Laura Wright


First Ink (Wicked Ink Chronicles Book 1)

Synopsis:

Rush

Women in his bed, celebs and rockers in his chair and a killer bank account at his disposal, life is pretty freaking swell. Then she walks back into it again. With her mismatched eyes, perfect pink mouth and a laugh that still haunts him, she gave him nothing but marvelous misery. Now she wants his hands on her again. Not for pleasure, but for pain. For Ink. A bleeding heart to match the one she left him with five years ago.

Addison

She can’t forget him. No matter how hard she’s tried. The pain she caused him in the past eats at her daily, and she can’t move on with her life. But she has a plan, a hope for redemption – a way for him to take his revenge out on her flesh. But it’ll only work if he lets her inside his exclusive world, under his famous artist’s needle and into his bed—and heart-once again.

Review:

I didn't realize First Ink was a novella when I started reading it. If you follow my reviews you know I rarely like novellas. I feel like the author usually tries to fit a full length story into a few pages and it just doesn't work. First Ink actually worked though. I felt like it really was just a short story. You don't get a lot of details on what happened in the past, but you get what happened now with resolution and everything. Well done.  The author knew how to write a novella.

First Ink is the story of Rush and Addison reconnecting. Addison did something 5 years ago that broke Rush's heart, but neither have really moved on from it. When Addison sees Rush is going to be at a tattoo convention she goes to try and talk to him and things progress from there.

Rush has been avoiding Addison since that fateful day. When you find out what happened it is understandable. I mean really Addison? But they both are still so aware of each other and there are some pretty steamy scenes. Rush can't really stay away and neither can Addison. It was short and sweet and worked for me. I love my tattooed boys, and while I would have loved more time with Rush this was enough to keep me happy. Well done.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Assumption (Underground Kings #1) By Aurora Rose Reynolds!!

If you have been following my reviews recently you know that I read the Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds and love love loved it! Assumption, her next book and first in a new series, comes out September 5th! This will be Kenton's story who we did meet in the Until series. So so so excited!! September 5th can't come soon enough! And without further adieu the cover!



Synopsis:

as·sump·tion:
a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof

They say when you assume that you make an ass out of you and me. Kenton Mayson learned this lesson firsthand when he made assumptions about Autumn Freeman and the kind of woman she is based on what little information he had. What he finds out is she’s not only beautiful, but also smart, funny, a fighter, and exactly the kind of woman he wants to share his life with. Autumn made assumptions of her own about Kenton, and now he needs to prove her wrong in order to protect her and their future.



Prologue
              I see you judging me. I know what you’re thinking. She has to be a slut; she works at a strip club and takes off her clothes for money. Yes! I work at a strip club, and you may think I’m a whore for showing off my body, but this is a talent that has been forced down my throat since I was a young child. Look pretty and smile. I put on a show for those who choose to watch. However long I’m on stage, I’m not even me. It’s what I imagine an out of body experience would be like—a performance, nothing more, nothing less. The people watching make assumptions about who they think I am, or cook up a story in their heads of whom they want me to be. I’m just another beautiful face.

              Beautiful. I hate that fucking word. Who gives a crap if someone is attractive on the outside if they are dying inside? My whole life has been about what I look like. I swear, the only reason my mother kept me was to have a real-life, living, breathing doll she could dress up and control, which is the exact reason why as soon as I became eighteen, I got as far away from her special brand of crazy as I could. That’s also why I don’t date. The first thing guys do is look at me and see a pretty face, a nice body, and an empty space where my brain’s supposed to be. They have no interest in getting to know the person I am on the inside. They don’t care I volunteer my spare time, and they couldn’t care less I’m going to school to be an RN. They don’t ask about my hopes, my dreams, or about where I see my life in twenty years. They don’t care about me at all.

                 They just want someone pretty to follow them around and tell them how handsome they are, how special they are, while agreeing with everything they say. Fuck that! I did that for too many years. That’s why I live inside books. At least there I can choose where I want to be—from the highlands of Scotland, to a king’s bed in a faraway land—and even if it’s pretend, sometimes that’s a lot better than reality.

About the Author:

 Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.
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Books in the Until Series (click the title for my reviews):

Until November (Until #1) availabe on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Goodreads  
Until Trevor (Until #2) available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Goodreads  
Until Lilly (Until #3)  available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Goodreads  
Until Nico (Until #4) available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Goodreads