Friday, October 31, 2014

Afraid by Jack Kilborn


Afraid - A Novel of Terror


Synopsis:

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? YOU WILL BE...

Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now...

A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven's only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom. And each will have this harrowing thought: Maybe death hasn't come to their town by accident...

Review:

I must say Jack Kilborn is a new favorite author of mine. I have been trying to read some good horror/thriller/suspense/whatever creepy books for Halloween. I love that kind of thing, but it is hard to find ones I actually enjoy. I keep trying ones from best of lists I have found and for the most part have been disappointed. Jack Kilborn, though, was one that I just downloaded a while ago and had sitting on my Kindle. I read Trapped a few days ago and now it is Afraid, his first book in this series. Man Kilborn is great at setting up really horrific scenarios. He doesn't seem to hold back. He makes these scenes that are so shiver inducing I cringe and look away, though then I have to keep reading since it is a book. I love it. Definitely a new favorite. 

Afraid, just like Trapped, starts off and just pretty instantly is terrible for the characters in the book. There is not a long time of setting up a story, or getting to know the characters before bad things happen. No, you start off right from when things start happening. In this case a helicopter crashes unleashing some really scary, well trained, huge guys who love to torture and kill people. Fun! While I didn't like this story as much as Trapped, I still really enjoyed it. The bad guys are so great and seemingly impossible to stop. The way they set everything up and just took out everyone that can was just perfect. I really just loved the story. 

What didn't I like about the story? Well the whole don't kill someone even though they are big scary killers who will most likely find a way to get back at you and torture you for days unless they are actively trying to kill you right at this second. There was the same thing inTrapped, the don't kill people who are trying to kill you because they are people thing. In general I would abide by that rule, but in situations like this nightmarish night where you just barely were able to escape from these huge men it just didn't make sense. Why not take them out when you have the chance? I would. Just look at how many people they have already killed and the horrific ways they have done so in some cases. Then look at what they have already done to you and you are just going to be like well...they are people so...nope. Just nope. They are deadly killers who won't think twice about coming after you again. I just...you need to take them out when you can, or at least make sure they are locked up securely or something so they can't come after you once they wake up again. Sure it is great that you don't want to kill people, but this is kill or be killed time. This is not the time to be nice. I understand not wanting to, but I would also want to live so...

Also Fran annoyed me at times. I know she wanted to keep her kid safe, and everyone really, but she would just not think. It was one of those if you go off half crazed and just don't have a plan you are just going to get yourself killed and put those you care about in more danger trying to save you. So just stop for a second and get it together! That and the whole end where she is just crazy and needs to know what is going on in detail and see it first hand! She needs to!!! It was just like calm it down lady. I don't understand why you are being so crazy. Maybe it is just all the stress, but dude. Chill for a minute. Get through this then worry about why the people were sent to kill everyone. She just made me a little crazy, but I still didn't mind that much. 

So overall loved the story. Not as much as Trapped, but it was still a great read. I am excited to see what Kilborn has in story for me next!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Release Day! The Morbid and Sultry Tales of Genevieve Clare by J.B. Hartnett


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Synopsis:

My name is Genevieve Clare, professional mourner, destined to spend my days donning a black suit and throwing myself on top of caskets for money. Sometimes I mixed it up and threw myself on top of a willing warm body instead. Finding the right warm body though, that was a different story.

"We’re all gonna die, Cookie. Death is the devil you know. The better you live, the more you piss him off, and he just hates that. Right now, you’re lettin’ him get his way.”


About the Author:
Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms...so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.




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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover


Rowdy: A Marked Men Novel

Synopsis:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

Review:

Oh Rowdy, how I loved you. I love Jay Corwnover and her marked men, but Rule has always held my heart. He has always been my favorite of them, but now he has to share that favorite spot with Rowdy. I was surprised by how much I loved him. I just...he is amazing, like all the others.

I started reading Rowdy on the train home from classes. It is a short ride so I only got through a few pages, but even still I was already in love with Salem. I knew I needed to clear my schedule for the rest of the day because I wouldn't be able to put this book down. And I wasn't, not until I finished it. I often times have problems connecting with the female leads in books. If you were to ask me to name some favorite female characters I would have a really hard time. I have like 2 that I can think of right now. Why? I am not sure. I just remember the guys more so than the girls. Really if the guys are amazing enough I can hate the girls and still love the book. Doesn't really works as well the other way for me. Well Salem, Salem I loved. I think she will stick with me for a while. I got her. While I didn't have a bad home life (my parents are amazing), I still know that not fitting in, have to get as far away from my hometown as possible. That wanderlust, the not being able to stay in one place for too long. I hated my hometown and since then I get antsy in one place for too long. So I understood her. I identified with her. I loved her.

Rowdy is so incredible. He has had a lot of loss in his life. Pretty much everyone he loved left him growing up and so he has cut himself off from having a serious relationship. His mom died when he was young, his only family he knew, so he went into the system. He was places in a home next door to Salem and they quickly became friends, Rowdy, Salem and Poppy, Salem's sister. Rowdy and Salem were really close, they were themselves with each other and always encouraged each other to do what they loved. Salem was the only person Rowdy had in his life that wanted him to do what made him happy, not necessarily what he was the best at. But then he loses her and it is really hard on him. When she shows back up in his life he tries to stay away. He can't deal with losing her again.

Salem did run away when she was eighteen, but she was young and needed out. She didn't mean to hurt Rowdy so much, but she was doing what she felt like she needed to do. She came back for him now, but she keeps saying how he is living in the past and she is living in the future and they need to get on the same page. While she is living in the future, she is also stuck on the past with him and Poppy. She can't get over somethings even though it doesn't matter anymore. It was years ago and obviously Rowdy is way into Salem once he lets her in. They have a lot of ups and downs because they share so much history together. They were so perfect together, but they both need to learn to let go and just be together. There is a lot of stuff that goes on in this story, lots of new characters you meet, and through it all Salem and Rowdy just try and figure everything out together. Rowdy was amazing, Salem was amazing, this story was amazing. I loved it. Loved them to pieces and it was just an amazing read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Release Day! All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

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It is here! The second book in The Rusk University series! I am so so so excited to read this one. I loved the first book, All Lined Up, so I cannot wait to read this. It is finally here!

  All Broke Down

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Synopsis:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love. Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one. Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause. Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help. Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.


Excerpt: 

I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her.

“We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?”

She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other.

“He said the wrong thing.”

“Which was?”

“Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is.

“I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.”

“This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.”

“But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?”

She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand.

“I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.”

“And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curl my other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer.

“I feel plenty of things.”

The teasing stops. She swallows.

“I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.”

With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time.

“Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.”

“Is that Stella girl an ex?”

I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself.

“Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.”

“Have you—”

“Do you ever run out of questions?”

“Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting.

I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.”

Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment.

“Okay then. Are you—”

I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.”

I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.



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HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.      

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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Missing by Sarah Langan


The Missing


Synopsis:

A remote and affluent Maine community, Corpus Christi was untouched by the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the neighboring blue-collar town of Bedford. But all that will change in a heartbeat . . .

The nightmare is awakened when third-grade schoolteacher Lois Larkin takes the children on a field trip to Bedford. There in the abandoned woods, a small, cruel boy unearths an ancient horror—a contagious plague that transforms its victims into something violent, hungry . . . and inhuman.

The long, dark night is just beginning. And all hope must die as the contagion feeds—for the malevolence will not rest until it has devoured every living soul in Corpus Christi . . . and beyond.

Review:

The Missing was a good read. It was interesting because I didn't really like any of the characters. I didn't care if any of them lived or died. They all had such strange thought processes and just were not really great people. This was the first book by this author I have read and I didn't realize it was the second in a series when I started. I don't think I needed to read the first book to read this one, but it would have added to the background knowledge for sure.

This book starts off with Lois who is just such so sad. She is with this guy who she doesn't really seem to like or think that much of and her bff is terrible to her. Her mom is a nightmare and she has chances to get out, to do something great for herself and she just doesn't. She is just...I didn't really understand her. I didn't much care for her and her poor me seeming ways. She takes her kids to the woods outside of the town next to theirs where there was a huge fire and chemical contamination not too long ago (the story of the first book apparently). Why? Not sure. She just does. When she gets there things are worse than she thought they would be. Everything seems to be dead. Plants, animals, not much to see and do. She still keeps up her field trip though and when one of the boys gets left behind he unearths the evil that infects the town.

Through the story you meet other characters and see what they go through when people start getting sick and things quickly deteriorate. As I said before I didn't really like any of them. Meg was just...I really didn't understand her and how she thought. It is just everyone in this town seems to be miserable, but they don't do anything about it. They are miserable and all I hate other people, but then they think no, I don't hate them. I love them. And back and forth. The way the evil spreads and how it works was kind of cool. Different, but like a combination of a few different monsters.

I did enjoy the story and I liked how it ended. Even though I didn't understand the people and found them strange it was still an enjoyable read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Trapped by Jack Kilborn


Trapped - A Novel of Terror


Synopsis:

TERRIFIED...

It was supposed to be a harmless camping trip. Six wayward teenagers who'd run into trouble with the law, and their court-appointed guardians, Sara and Martin Randhurst. Three nights on a small, deserted island off of Michigan's upper peninsula. A time to bond, to learn, to heal. Then Martin told a campfire story about the island's history. Of the old civil war prison hidden in there, and the starving confederate soldiers who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Everyone thought it was funny. They even laughed when Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods. But Martin didn't come back. And neither did Sara when she went in search of him. Then the laughter stopped.

...TO DEATH

The group soon began to realize that this deserted island wasn't so deserted after all. And perhaps Martin's ridiculous story had more truth to it than anyone thought. What's the most horrifying thing you can imagine? This is a hundred times worse...

Review:

Alright, Trapped. Where do I start with this book? First it definitely is not for everyone. I for one loved it. It was so intense and disgusting and horrifying and amazing. I watched a lot of horror movies growing up. They were my favorite. My favorite villain from a horror movie? Pinhead. He has always been my favorite. Why? He is all about the pain and suffering. You do not want to get in his way as it will be terrible for you. Sure Jason and Freddie and Michael Meyers and all of the others are bad, but Pinhead...Pinhead is just amazing. That is like this book. The way people are killed....boy when reading this book I just though Jack Kilborn was not holding back. But then I get to the end and read that this was a toned down version of the story! His editors didn't like all of the violence so he toned it down. This book that I just read was not as bad as it originally was? Mind blown. The unedited first draft of the original story is included with the ebook, and I will have to read that one day just to see how different it is. I cannot imagine it being crazier than this book, though from reading some of the other reviews it seems like some things work out better story wise in the original draft.

So Trapped. Amazing. Really terrifying the ways that people are tortured in this book. Imagine the worst things you can think of and somehow make them worse. At least that is what this was for me, and it just kept going with new and different ways to get these people. There was a lot of cringing and if it would have been a movie there would have been looking away until it is over. It is a book though so you just have to keep reading. This is the story of a couple, their baby boy (who btw is like the best baby ever and for most of the book never cries or anything), and 6 kids from their youth detention center camping on this island full of crazies. There is a mad doctor testing out procedures on people who come to the island trying to make someone completely evil. He has had a couple of successes, but mostly failures who the failures just live on the wild as feral people. They hunt, kill and eat people. If you are squeamish you probably don't want to read this book. If you don't like violence you don't want to read this book. If you are at all unsure if you want to read this book you probably don't want to. It is pretty quick to get with the action and once it starts it doesn't stop until the end. So if you do start it and it is too much but you think it might get better? It doesn't. The violence is there throughout. They are all hunted and tracked around the island by the feral's, some being captured and tortured by them or the doctor and his successes. Oh Lester, one of the successes. He was amazing in a horrible way. His pet, his teeth, just him in general. You don't want to get in his way. And subject 33...wow. Just wow. Really they make the characters wish they were dead, but apparently prior people were kept alive for up to weeks at a time being tortured the entire time. That is what you are getting into with this book. Absolutely amazing.

So you have all of these people who end up split into different groups or by themselves. Sara, the adult lady in charge, did get on my nerves at some points. She is so 'must save everyone even if they are raving psychopaths and trying to kill me I don't really want to kill them'. It was just like dude! Do you want to get out of this? It is literally kill or be killed. Your choice, but if you don't want to live you might want to kill yourself. It will be better for you. She wants to save all of "her kids" and it just was annoying. I was yelling at her a lot, like if you die because you are stupid you won't be able to save anyone!! She was bad especially in the end scenes when she is trying to save everyone. It is like dude, they are messed up now, leave them. Seriously you need to get over your everyone can be saved thing. Everyone can't. I don't even know how you expect to get someone who is evil and actively trying to kill you back to somewhere where you think you might be able to get them help. That just makes no sense. At all. She was annoying, but it just added to the story.

I was loving the book, then we get towards the end and it almost got to be too much, too far, but the author was able to hold on and make everything work out. I will admit I did read the ending to the original story since the note at the end said they were different. I did prefer that ending, the original one, but the one you got was fine as well. Really well done. You did not seem to hold back on the torture and pain inflicted on these people. I don't see that often and it was just once horrific scene after another. Great, great read if you like that kind of thing. Definitely a terrifying, gruesome story. This was the first story by this author that I have read, but it definitely won't be the last.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Under the Skin by Michel Faber


Under the Skin


Synopsis:

In this haunting, entrancing novel, Michel Faber introduces us to Isserley, a female driver who cruises the Scottish Highlands picking up hitchhikers. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory—our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion.

Review:

Under the Skin drew me in right away. The first 60% or so was amazing. I kept wondering what is really going on and Isserley was so strange. I loved reading about her, but then after the big reveal it just fell short. Afterwards I just thought oh, okay. It was just a bit disappointed in the rest of the book.

Isserley picks up hitchhikers every day. Only muscular male hitchhikers. She makes some small talk and makes sure no one is waiting for them and if not she abducts them. She doesn't look like much of a threat, just a tiny girl, so they never see it coming. The way she goes about it and how she is so weird I just loved. For a while it is just like what is happening? Why is she abducting these men? Why do they have to be muscular men? What happens to them once she drops them off at the farm? Why does Isserley wear her crazy glasses that hurt her eyes? Why does she have this strange self image problem? What has she been through to get to where she is now? It is all very mysterious and fun to read.

The problems start once it is revealed what is going on. At first it was just made me shudder. Then it just kind of fell flat for me. How it all ended and such was just not as good as the first parts. By the very end it was just like oh, okay. It just...I just wish it would have been better. I like the idea a lot, but the final execution was just not as good.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shiver: 13 Sexy Tales of Humor and Horror


SHIVER: 13 Sexy Tales of Humor and Horror

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Shiver is an anthology of novellas from 13 different authors available for a limited time. All proceeds go to a good cause so why not pick up a copy? I'm going to have a short review for each story with the associated rating for that story. If you know me you know I usually do not like novellas. Something about the longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel usually just doesn't work. I don't know that most authors can write a good story in so few pages. The ones in this anthology for the most part are alright, but again I am not a novella person in general. Without further ado here are my thoughts.

Better the Devil You Know by Belle Aurora
When you know, you know
★ ★ 1/2
I love Belle Aurora's books, and while this story was alright for me it ended too quickly (my usual complaint about novellas). It just seemed like everything worked out too fast, though it was alright. You know quickly what will happen with Bastian, the guy who the girl is like instantly in love with, but you also don't really get to know the characters that well. 


Lights Out by Jodie Beau
A single mom, a single dad, a common enemy. Will their feelings come to light on Halloween?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I think Lights Out is the best novella I have ever read. It is a complete story within the 50 or so pages. It was amazing. Super fun and funny, I really connected with the character and felt like the story was complete. No rushing through it, just well paced and thought out story. You have the backstory, you have what happened on just one day, Halloween, and you even get a little epilogue that rounds it off nicely. It worked. It was a stand alone story of a single mom and a single dad and how they get together. Really loved this one, loved that you get both points of view, loved that it was a bit silly, loved the kids, loved everything about it. A great read and my first from this author so I will definitely be checking out more of her work.


Spandex is for Superheroes by Ruth Clampett
Beware of the terror of your Halloween costume not fitting.
★1/2
This novella was not for me. I can see where others would be entertained by it and find it humorous, but it is not my humor. The story is mostly just this girl trying to fit her too big self into her too small costume via shapewear. Since she had to buy the shapewear I am not sure why she didn't just buy a bigger costume instead...


Macabre Magic by L.H. Cosway
Halloween, a bet, one spooky magic trick.
★ ★ ★ 1/2
Can I just start by saying I am not an L.H. Cosway fan? I really just am not. Something about the way she writes her male leads I do not like. They don't jive with me and it is not good. So then can I say how surprised I was when I got to the end of this story and realized I just read a Cosway story and enjoyed it? Apparently in short doses I like her. This story was fun and had the best scary scene out of all of them in the anthology. The girl is like me, hard to scare, so she makes a bet with her husband that he can't scare her on Halloween. Well he tries, and he does in a pretty creepy way. A surprisingly good read. 


Candy, Dentures, and Way Too Much Spandex by R.S. Grey
He stole my heart in between gyrating geriatrics.
★ ★ 1/2
I've only read one R.S. Grey book, but like the Ruth Clampett's short it is not my humor. This one was alright, a murder mystery party at the old folks home, with the one ladies hot grandson in tow. The story was just light and fluffy and just okay for me. I wish there would have been less lead up to the party and have the murder mystery drawn out more.  It just was too smooth and quick once it started.


Mystery, Matzo Balls and Moxie by Z.B. Heller
A mystery weekend gets steamy and stuffed... with food.
This story was definitely not my thing. I should have known right from the beginning that it wouldn't be my thing. "Renee loved that I could conjure up different names for the female genitalia." Yeah, I do not like that at all. I don't like crazy "fun" names for private parts. I just...it makes me cringe usually so this was just a no go for me. It was just way too graphic and crass for me. Maybe if I had known the characters already and grew to love them it could have been okay, but this was the first time reading this author.


A Halloween Hook-Up by Jennie Marts
A sexy physic and a private eye solve a ghostly murder.
★ ★ ★1/2
This was my first time reading Jennie Marts and I will have to check out one of her full length books. This was a cute, fun read and I would definitely read more about these two characters. Finn and Zia have worked next door to each other for a while, but never really interacted. When both of their businesses get ransacked they are forced to talk to each other. They pretty quickly realize they are both attracted to each other and it was just a fun read. I liked how she seems so not like someone he would be into, and he seems to grumpy for her, but they work it all out. 


Peckers by Liv Morris
A hot cop with handcuffs and a dimpled smile can be frighteningly sexy.
★ ★ ★
This short moved really quickly, but it was still fun to read. Really there was a bit of silliness that I liked and made me laugh. The whole forking thing was just silly and I enjoyed it. It was too easy for Trish and Thomas to get together, but it was an entertaining read. 


Bewitched by Daisy Prescott
A crush. A love spell. What could go wrong?
★ ★1/2
This story was alright. A girl doesn't believe in witchcraft and spells and such, but she lives in Salem. Her roommate does believe and takes her to a shop where she gets a love spell from the lady in charge. She likes the dark brooding guy and so she does her love spell, even though she doesn't really believe it will work, then worries the rest of the time that the guy will just like her because of the spell. It was an alright read. 


Red Run by Ashley Pullo
Trick o' treat, a girl to meet, blood sangria wicked sweet.
★ ★
This story was a bit confusing to me (some spoilers ahead). The main character was strange for me. He meets this lady and she invites him to this Halloween party, but she is so secretive about what it is. It didn't make sense as when you figure it out it is just like okay...she says something about how most people won't put up with her weird hobby, but it just seemed odd to me. Like why didn't she just tell him where they were going? So then the end you get two seconds of there is the girl! The one who will be mine! It just threw me. I was like wait a minute, I just read this story with this other lady and you are just sneaking in this other girl at the end? A strange read.


Double Dare by Penny Reid
Never play truth or dare with identical twins.
★ ★ ★ ★1/2
Phew Penny sure made one hot story with this one. It has that special Penny charm with the hilarious, smart jokes that I love. Loved seeing Duane and Jess, but man Duane...I can already tell he is going to be another favorite. Whoa he was yeah. This is the way I am with Penny's stories. I finish them then can't talk right. Like I can't find words for how much I love them. I got to the end of this short story and was just like no!!! I need more! I have to wait months for more...I will just have to reread some of her other books to tide me over. Loved this short from the amazing Penny Reid.


Nightmare in Night Court by N.M. Silber
When lusty lawyers meet creepy criminals.
★ ★ ★
This story is just the fun, crazy cases that Gabrielle and Braden try on Halloween night. You have lots of fun ones, everything the guy who is an alien from outer space and in the US illegally to a potential ghost! Really it was just silly and if you like the authors other works you will enjoy this one. 


One Little Bite by C.C. Wood
Even the big, bad wolf can fall in love.
★ ★ ★
I started this story and just thought eh, werewolves and vampires. I quickly started to love it though, but then suddenly it was over! I haven't read C.C. Wood before, but I think I will have to start now. Really I want to see how this story ends, read the continuation of the story, but I don't know if/when that will be...this story was hot and you get both characters points of view and it is just...the end is like no! Don't do this! What is going to happen?!? How are you going to resolve this?? but there is no more.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Collector by John Fowles


The Collector


Synopsis:

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

Review:

The Collector started off good, but eventually became rather tedious. I guessed how it would end rather early as there really was only one or two ways I thought it would. Before reading it I read some reviews that indicated there was a shocking twist at the end so even when I grew bored with the story I kept reading to see the twist. Well, it wasn't a twist. It wasn't a surprise. It was what I expected would happen. I don't why anyone would be shocked by the ending, but apparently some people were. I mean the ending is what I figured would happen from the very beginning.

Anyways, the story starts off from Federick's point of view. I was really enjoying the story at first, seeing how he thought about everything and how the kidnapping came about, but then it got a bit tedious. I was just like alright, I get it, you have Miranda and are happy to have her and will do anything for her (except let her go). She seems to be a terrible to you, always talking down to you and being mean and such, but you just keep going along with it. I just started to get tired of his voice and reading his thoughts on the whole thing.

Then I thought thank you, something different when I got to the second part. The second part is from Miranda's point of view, her journal that she wrote while being held captive. At first I was interested again, but I very quickly grew bored of her point of view. I didn't care about her going on about G.P. and her life before being kidnapped. I just wanted it to be over. It was way worse than the first part for me and by the end I was just glad to be done with it. I started skimming just so I could get through it and see what the twist at the end was. I didn't care about Miranda. If she lived or died I didn't care. She seemed kind of awful and not very smart so...I was doubly disappointed when there was no twist, when it was just how I figured the book would end.

Overall it started off interesting, but I quickly grew bored by the story and wanted it to be over.

Rating:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Honeymoon Trap by Kelly Hunter


The Honeymoon Trap


Synopsis:

They were on the honeymoon of a lifetime. Pity it wasn’t theirs. 

Eli Jackson has just married the woman of his dreams. Sure, it was part of an online role-playing game and not exactly real, but he totally dominated the wedding battle that followed and his lady wife was very impressed. 

Eli never imagined that his brothers would bestow on them a real-world honeymoon package at one of the Gold Coast’s premier hotels. He never figured on costume designer Zoey Daniels being such fun. Together they’re dynamite, but Eli’s not looking for a real relationship and Zoey lives only for the day. 

Besides, no one falls in love this fast. Do they?

Review:

Sometimes I download books that I don't actually think I will like that much. Books that seem like they will be cheesy or too much or just not that good, but for some reason they intrigue me at the same time. Like I need to see how they play the storyline out or something. Not something that will be super terrible, something that will at least be entertaining, but not something that will stick with me or make me go out and get more by the author. A pallet cleanser of sorts, something to just lightly entertain. The Honeymoon Trap was one of those books for me. I didn't think I would really like it. It sounded like a cheesy story, but an interesting idea so why not try it out? Boy was I wrong. This was a great read. I was so surprised by how much I loved it. It is a quick, easy read but so much fun right from the start. I definitely need to check out more from this author.

Eli and Zoey have been playing an online role-playing game together for the past two years. They play every Friday and they both look forward to that time every week. Eli had a girlfriend he loved, but she died 5 years ago in an accident. Since then Eli hasn't really moved on. It has only been in the past year that he has started to even notice other women. He definitely doesn't want to move on and isn't ready to start a new relationship yet. He is not ready to let his dead love go completely. In real life he comes across as the shy brother, always taking a back seat to his older brothers. He lets them fight it out for the lime light. He is fine in the shadows. He doesn't notice that he does have his own presence, that people do notice him.

Zoey is so full of life and just has this huge presence. When they first meet she is parting the sea of convention goers in her elaborate purple dress. You cannot miss her. She is a costume designer and lives life to the fullest. People definitely notice her and she so easily finds connections with everyone around her. She is so warm and caring and free.

When they meet they are both take a back by their instant connection. Eli tries to fight it, but Zoey doesn't make it easy on him. They find out a lot about each other in the few days they spend together and they both fall hard. Sometimes authors don't really pull off the love at first sight thing, but this time I believed it. Partly it was how long they have been playing their online role-playing game together. Yes, they didn't divulge personal information, but you still get to know the other person somewhat. I loved Zoey and how quick witted she was. She as almost larger than life. It went so well with Eli who is used to keeping to the shadows. The differences between them really made it work. I loved them together and loved reading this story. I definitely need to read more by this author.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Available on Amazon, Amazon.de, and Goodreads

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Release Day!! Rowdy by Jay Crownover

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It is here! Rowdy. Finally. I am so excited for this book. I love Jay Crownover's books, I love her hot tattooed guys and I can't wait to find out more about Rowdy. Rowdy is the fifth novel in her Marked Men Series published by William Morrow, and imprint of HarperCollins and you do NOT want to miss it!


  Rowdy

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EXCERPT:

WHEN I PUT THE key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark.

I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles.

Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out.

Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth.

“Hey.”


About  ROWDY:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances. After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned. Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister. Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.    


About the Author:

Jay Crownover
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.




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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Challenge: #BookBlogWriMo

I have always heard of NaNoWriMo and similar month long events where you participate by completing something in a month and been a little jealous. I am not a writer, so that is a no go (my husband used to bug me telling me I should write a book since I read so much. My reply? Reading and writing are two different things). My husband would participate in a make an album in a month challenge since he is a musician, but me? I don't really have anything. When I saw Book Bumblings is hosting a blogger challenge, BookBlogWriMo, I thought yes! Something I can participate in! It is like NaNoWriMo, but for book bloggers. I am excited since it will a) add posts other than reviews to the site and b) let my readers learn a little more about me. I will still have my normal reviews up every day so this will be in addition to that.

How does it work? Well starting November 1 there is a post prompt for every day indicating what I will be writing about. Some posts will be longer, some will be shorter, but all will hopefully be fun to read. Now I am excited for November!



Click here to join in the fun or find out more info.

Here are links to all of my posts for BookBlogWriMo in order:

Day 1: History of Your Blog
Day 2: How You Read
Day 3: Where You Read
Day 4: Why You Blog
Day 5: Where You Blog
Day 6: #TBT – Favorite Childhood Books
Day 7: #FlashbackFriday – Blog’s First Design

Santa's Little Helper by H.D. Gordon


Santa's Little Helper


Synopsis:

He shows up in a white box, with a bright red book under his arm... He wears a jolly grin and hat, a suit with gold bells and green yarn... He watches you for Santa, or so his red book claims... But though his grin is jolly, he's not here for fun and games...

The children have been chosen, such precious little souls they are... And may the Gods be with them, if they wish to make it very far... For Santa's Little Helper does not say, but knows important things... He knows when you've been bad or good, and what monsters stalk your dreams... He knows when you are sleeping... He knows when you're awake... He's picking out his presents... He's got some souls to take...

Review:

*Note I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released Oct 31 and is available for pre-order now*

When I saw H.D. Gordon had a new horror book coming out, Santa's Little Helper, I was so excited. I might have done a happy dance around the room. Okay who am I kidding, I did do a happy dance. I couldn't wait to read it as I just knew it would be amazing. I mean the fact that it is a creepy Christmas book alone is enough for me to do a little jump for joy. I love creepy Christmas things. They are the best! Second it is written by H.D. Gordon. After reading her Joe Knowe series and loving them, loving how intense they were, I knew this book would be just as good. While they are not horror they did show how the author can really write some scenes that keep me on the edge of my seat. Thankfully I was not disappointed.

If you like horror stories then this is the book for you. I love horror. Movies, books, anything creepy/scary/whatever I love. Unfortunately I usually find them disappointing, which is why I don't read a lot of them. I pretty much cannot find anything that I think is actually scary, like keep me up at night can't read in the dark kind of scary. I just want a great story that is not lame. I want it to be suspenseful and sinister and unnerving and just something that embodies that horror spirit that would terrify a child. That is what I want. It is hard to come by for me.

H.D. Gordon, however, does this very well. In this book she has such an amazing way of describing everything that it just left these very vivid pictures in my head. I kept having to put the book aside and try and get them down on paper as they were way too cool not to exist. If only I were a better artist. The whole time reading this book I was also imagining it was in a children's book format. You know one of those large hardback books for kids with the bright, cheerful covers. It would be amazing. The brightly colored red and green Christmas book with creepy as all get out pictures besides the wonderful text would...I could just see myself curled up in a chair by the fireplace reading it aloud with the stockings on the mantel and the tree in the corner. I know it would be problematic to actually do that as it is a full length book, but the image won't leave my head. The authors imagery is so awesome that I just can't help but visualize everything that went on in the story in great detail and I loved that.

This book really was so much fun. I know this might sound strange but I read this book with this huge smile on my face, just like yes! Give me more of this gross/shiver inducing/creepy scenes. Even now thinking about it I am just giddy. Super smiley, eeee, fan girl like. That is how I know I have found a good horror book. When I am just like this is so much fun! This is so creepy! This makes me shudder just a little bit thinking about it! That is this book.

Santa's Little Helper was just a great read. Creepy elf shows up at multiple kids houses to apparently watch them for Santa, though all is not as it seems. Everything that happens, how you get all of the kids and parents stories, how this evil little elf is just not the happy little dude the parents think it is, was just great. The tension, especially with the kids and how they had to deal with this evil thing, was just perfect. It really just has that something is not right what is going to happen how are they going to get out of this alive?!? vibe. That stressful, nervous vibe you get with good creepy things. Perfect. I had heard of the Elf on the Shelf before, but didn't actually know what it was. When I found out I thought oh, what a great idea for a horror book. If you like scary stories you should definitely check this book out. I loved it. It is a new holiday favorite for me!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Available for pre-order on Amazon, Amazon.de or add to your TBR on Goodreads  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Love Finds You (Helena Grove #1) by Ivy Alexander


Love Finds You: The Helena's Grove Series Book 1


Synopsis:

Jennifer Berkley is a straightforward, ambitious, soon-to-be lawyer in the fast, driven city of New York. She doesn’t have the patience or time to deal with people who can’t or won’t give her what she wants. When her father asks her to visit her aunt in Ohio as her last dying wish, Jen is immediately resistant, but reconsiders when her father makes her an offer she can’t refuse. 

Jen finds Ohio a much different pace than New York, and is beginning to enjoy country life when she meets Zack LaFaye, a good-looking, helpful man who is adored by her aunt. Each encounter with him leaves Jen flustered and annoyed. The question is glaring: does she have feelings for him, or does she hate him so much that she can’t decide? 

Amidst a country backdrop, Jen discovers feelings and experiences no city girl is prepared for. As the summer unfolds, she finds herself questioning everything. Using her skill and training as a lawyer, Jen uncovers a trail of deceit she didn’t see coming. With a vengeance, she is determined to find out the truth. Someone is lying to her, but who? 

Love Finds You is full of charming intrigue, with twists and turns that will leave you breathless as Jen must decipher her feelings, and the truth.

Review:

Love Finds You was an odd read. Jen has the strangest way of thinking about things. I was constantly confused and just like wait what? How did you reach that conclusion? Why does everyone else think that as well? This makes no sense...it was very strange. I still enjoyed it even though the thought processes of everyone didn't make any sense. Some spoilers ahead.

Jen's dad convinces her to go to Ohio for the summer to visit her dying aunt. An aunt that she hasn't seen since she was five. She shows up in Ohio, in the country, and immediately loves it and her aunt. They get along great, but man Jen is stupid sometimes. Everyone tells her to not wear her heels for what they have planned so what does she do? Wear her heels. I mean why not? Really she seemed like this exaggerated stereotyped city girl who seemed like she was much younger and more naive than someone in her mid twenties.

She starts hanging out with Zach a few times and she has a love hate relationship. He annoys her, but she is also attracted to him. He starts questioning why she is here one day since he has never seen her before. Her aunt is like family to him and he will go on and on about how amazing she is and how she has always been there for him and his sister. So obviously he cares about the aunt greatly. So since no one seems to know that the aunt is dying Jen starts to question what is going on. "Using her skill and training as a lawyer" she figures it out. I'm sorry, but that is just hilarious. She didn't do anything that anyone with half a brain couldn't have done. It made me laugh when I read that in the synopsis above. Anyways, she finds that her father sent her there under false pretenses and her aunt is loaded and her dad needs some of the money. Her first thought it to leave, but she loves it there and cares for her aunt and somehow Zach telling her he won't let anyone hurt her aunt equals he is trying to scam her aunt! He is trying to weasel his way into her aunt's good graces! Cause from everything Zach said that makes sense...

So then she gets over her crazy, they go on an actual date which is nice. Then suddenly they are in love. It didn't work for me. They didn't spend enough time together to get to that deep of feelings for each other, at least the way it was written. But whatever.  So Jen is so upset cause she cares about him and her aunt, but everyone will hate her when they find out what she did! How she is a liar and a horrible person. Why? Well that is more of her crazy thinking. I have no idea why everyone would be angry with her, or think her a liar. She wasn't. She didn't know her dad's plan, and when she did it wasn't like she was going to try and go through with it. So...how is she a horrible person? Well she breaks down and confesses her love to Zach after she tells him what happened and he is so angry. How could she come here and get close with her family? How dare she come to care about her aunt! How dare she come when she thinks the aunt is dying! The nerve of her...somehow this is like she is the most terrible person ever because her father lied to her. Somehow that makes her a liar and a cheat and just the worst. I didn't get it.

The end, where the aunt is like Zach you need to go get her. Yes, she did some bad things but she didn't have a momma to show her the right way was equally confusing. How was anything Jen did bad? How was she the horrible one? She was sweet and nice and protective of her new family. Yeah liar. Terrible person. We need to forgive her...It was so weird. I didn't get it. I was just like this does not make sense. She did nothing except come here and connect with her family. There is nothing for her to be sorry for except maybe that her father is a terrible person. Other than that...she did nothing wrong.

Anyways, that's the story. Entertaining even though it is confusing and the insta-love and quick ending didn't work. Still an enjoyable read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ubik by Philip K. Dick


Ubik


Synopsis:

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in “half-life,” a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter’s face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.

Review:

Ubik was my book club  book for this month and my first time reading Philip K. Dick. It was a fun read and I enjoyed it. Most people in book club thought that this was not his best work so I will have to check out more in the future.

I started reading Ubik late one night. I was tired and probably should have just went to bed, but I wasn't quite ready. I thought I will just read a chapter or two and then go to sleep. Well that lasted a few pages and I gave up. I told my husband I am either really tired or this is just nonsense. I think it was a little but of both. At first it was confusing what was even happening, but I quickly got with the program and started enjoying it. Well no, that is not completely true. The first part, before the big explosion, I was just kind of eh on. It was alright, but it was just alright.

After the explosion, when everything started to go backwards in time, then I really started enjoying the story. I loved how you could see everything reverting back to an older model and such. It was a lot of fun to read and really not like much else I have ever read. It also made you question a lot, what is really going on, are they dead or alive, how is this all going to work out. It was an interesting concept with the half-life and talking to the dead, but only for a set amount of time you could speak with them. Don't want to use up all your time at once. Not that I think I would really want to be in this half-life state, but an interesting idea none the less. It is all very entertaining, but also made me think. Watching all of the characters and what was happening and trying to figure it out was just a lot of fun.

The you get to the end and you are just like alright, perfect, this makes sense and you are happy. Till you read the last chapter and it just calls everything into question again. What is really going on? That is part of the fun I think. Not really knowing and trying to figure it out for yourself. How do you know if you are alive or dead? How does anyone? It was just an interesting read and I will have to give more of the authors works a try.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Friday, October 17, 2014

Unrequited (Chosen Series #3) by Alisa Mullen


Unrequited: Unrequited Book #3 The Chosen Series

Synopsis:

Nick Sawyer, a successful business man, has everything he has ever wanted. Grateful for the new additions to his life, he realizes he has the kind of love that he never knew existed. If it wasn't for Lizzie O'Malley, Nick would still be sucked up in his job during the day and bars at night. Lizzie changed his life just by stepping into it. 

Samantha Hughes, a childhood friend of Nick's, is back in Boston following her father's wishes. It is his intention that Sam catches the eye of Nick before he commits himself to Lizzie O'Malley. Their plan rapidly becomes reality, just not the reality Sam was expecting.

Unrequited is a twisted love triangle story that goes awry. Who will be the one that loses it all?

This is the third and final installment of The Chosen Series. This book is told by Nick and Samantha's POV.

Review:

Oh man. I knew Unrequited would have some drama since the whole premise is Sam trying to break up Nick and Lizzie, but phew. At first I was sad this wasn't from Lizzie's point of view like the other two books. I missed her voice and reading her crazy mess of a life. I say that in the fondest of ways. I really like Lizzie even if she has issues and running is her go to when things get rough. Slowly, though, I was happy to see Nick and Sam and what they were thinking about everything. Still missed Lizzie, but it did make more sense to have these other two points of view.

This story starts off shortly after the last one left off. If you have not read the other two books be warned there are spoilers for them. Nick and Lizzie are happy, though Lizzie is not 100% comfortable with Nick's money. She doesn't feel like she fits into his lifestyle, but she loves him. He is so sweet with her son and her and oh Nick was great. You can tell that he doesn't care about any of it. He would give up everything for her if he had to.

Sam comes back with the intention of breaking up Nick and Lizzie. I knew Lizzie was the weak point in all of this and was sure it wouldn't take that much for her to run. I loved reading Sam's part where she was a horrible horrible person. Yes she is working for her father, but she knows it is not right and just doesn't care. I never understood the mindset that if you break up two people who love each other then the person you like will love you instead. It doesn't really work that way so I am always confused when people seem to think you can so easily transfer feelings from one person to another. Silly silly people. Sam was so perfect in her evilness I loved it. I will say I felt like she switched and stopped listening to her father too easily. It was just like suddenly she is not going to be horrible anymore. I wish that would have been drawn out a little more, more of a gradual thing. Still she was great. The ending with her was somehow poetic. It fit her somehow. Her last point of view chapter was kind of beautiful.

Nick...oh Nick. He had a lot to deal with in this book. He thought waiting for Lizzie to admit her feelings was bad. That was nothing compared to trying to deal with Sam and her trying to break them up. You just want everything to work out for them and I kept thinking it just has to! This is the last book, it has to work out for them. She is having his baby so Lizzie can't stay away forever. There was a lot of emotional ups and downs for him, but he managed to get through it. I do wish the end with Sam's dad would have been a bit more planned on Nick's part. Oh well, he gets what he deserves.

I really love Nick and Lizzie together. They are so goofy and immature at times. They act like kids and bicker and tease each other and it was just really nice to see. They weren't just super lovey dovey. He calls her a brat all the time and knows all of her bad traits, but how they are also offset by her good traits. They are perfect together and they will live happily ever after. So much love for both of them. I am kind of sad that this series is over. No more new Nick and Lizzie stories to read. This series really hooked me from the start. I didn't think it would really be my thing, I didn't think I would love these books this much, but I am sad it is over. At least I have Unmarked, Sean's story, to look forward to!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★