Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Kiss for Midwinter (Brothers Sinister #1.5) by Courtney Milan


A Kiss for Midwinter (The Brothers Sinister)


Synopsis:

Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.

Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he's determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. It all starts with a wager and a kiss...

A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella (38,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series. It follows The Duchess War. Each book stands on its own, but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first.

Review:

A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella in the Brothers Sinister series. Since I read the first two, and the events of this novella were mentioned in the second book, I thought I would go back and read this just for fun. I'm glad I did as this was a good read.

Lydia has a secret. She made a mistake when she was younger and if anyone finds out she will be ruined. The only problem? Jonas knows her secret.

Jonas is the town doctor and he is in love with Lydia. When he comes back to town after school he find that Lydia is still living there and he is just drawn to her. He cannot help it. There is just something about her. Unfortunately Lydia is just really cruel to him. She wants nothing to do with him.

Jonas and Lydia were fun to read. Lydia is so angry with Jonas for no good reason and Jonas...well he doesn't always say the right thing. He tells the truth in no uncertain terms and Lydia always interprets it as him laughing at her or mocking her. She always thinks the worst of Jonas and it did get slightly annoying since after a while it is clear just how ridiculous she is being.

Jonas is very patient with her however. He feels like she doesn't really hate him. He just needs to figure out a way to get through to her, for her to see how great he actually is. He makes a bet with Lydia so that he can spend time with her and show her who he really is. He was amazing. I loved how he would talk about whatever, even things that would be considered improper, but he spoke of them in medical terms. He is just like what is the issue? This is the way things are so why not get the information out there and help people not have to go through what she did?

I really enjoyed reading Jonas. He is so patient and kind and straightforward and just amazing. By the end Lydia had won me over as well, but she is still not my favorite female character in this series. Still a good, quick read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Heiress Effect (The Brothers Sinister #2) by Courtney Milan


The Heiress Effect (The Brothers Sinister Book 2)

Synopsis:

Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When she’s in company, she always says the wrong thing—and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision.

And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe.


Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances—and he intends to give voice and power to the common people. If he makes one false step, he’ll never get the chance to accomplish anything. He doesn’t need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn’t need to fall in love with her. But there’s something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can’t resist…even though it could mean the ruin of them both.

Review:

Man The Heiress Effect is just as good or maybe even better than the first book in the series! I have to say Courtney Milan is quickly turning into a new favorite author. These books are just so much fun and I love them so much!

I loved The Heiress Effect. I loved Jane sooo much! She was so much fun to read! She would go on my list of favorite female leads, which really only has maybe 3 people. I usually don't connect that much or really remember the female leads in books. I associate much more with the male characters and have a long list of favorite for that category, but the females I just don't have that same connection with. I am not sure why, but that is the way it is. But Jane was different. I loved her so much I could have hated the guy and still loved the book. She is that amazing. Oh, she is great.

So Jane cannot get married. She needs to stay unmarried to continue living with her uncle and help her sister who needs her around. The uncle feels like Jane is a bad influence, but he feels like he has to let her live there until marriage. If she gets a legitimate marriage proposal she must accept it and that will take her away from her sister. So what does she do? She dresses in the most outrageously hideous dresses that kind of blind people and make her hard to look at. She talks out of turn and says things that are not quite appropriate, but she does so in a way in which it is like she doesn't know what she is saying so no one can get too angry with her. It is hilarious! I absolutely love it!

Oliver knows what it is like to not fit in with this crowd. He spent many years in school trying to learn how to be quiet and just bide his time. He has political aspirations and even though he is drawn to Jane he cannot be with her. I mean she is not what he needs to get ahead with the high society crowd. She is loud and outlandish and she would never be that docile little wife that he needs. He does however become her friend and oh it was great. He knows what she is doing and it is just nice to see her have someone on her side. Oliver, for all of his resistance, cares for Jane and tries to help her out however he can. He does have some struggles and it was kind of ridiculous reading him and what he should or might do in the situations he finds himself. It was like he had no control over himself and it just amused me greatly.

Through it all Oliver and Jane become closer and they help each other with their problems. It was such a great read. There were many bumps along the road and Jane really lets Oliver have it when she should and it was just great. Watching the two of them figure out how to be together was awesome. Jane is just such an amazing character. So strong and not willing to really change for anyone. She will do what she wants or what she feels she needs to, not what you want her to. Loved her so much. Loved this story.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Only for Him (Only #1) by Cristin Harber - Review & Giveaway

 

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Synopsis:


Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey--close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He's the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She's artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland's "I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford" support group.
I can't say no. The girl's had my heart since before I knew it went missing.

He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother's gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn't know her power over him. She's the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell--though he won't.
I'm stronger, bigger, more of a man than he'll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I've taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.

Until she discovers Gray's embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it's just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.
My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at... But, given that I didn't see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.

Only for Him. Only series, Volume One. All novellas will release Spring 2015.

Review:


Only for Him is a super quick, hot read. If you follow me you know I usually don't like novellas. Something about the short story most authors cannot pull off. This one was actually pretty good. Do I wish it were longer? Yes, because I was enjoying it so much! It also end in kind of a cliffhanger type situation where you just get something dropped on you and it is like wait what? Wait! I need to know more! So I will have to wait for the second part, Only for Her, to come out.

Only for Him is the story of Greyson and Emma. They have been friends forever and both secretly want more but don't know it. Greyson doesn't have the best life, and he has some secrets in his past that he tries to keep hidden from everyone. Emma is super sweet and is just smitten with Greyson, but resigned to being just his best friend.

The story is just told through little clips from different years in high school. You see how much Emma cares for him and you get just a few glimpses into Greyson's head. You don't get a lot, but it works. The little glimpse of their lives work in a way that surprised me. Would I have read more? Of course! I really enjoyed them and their story, but it was enough the way it was. Also it was pretty hot once things got going. Phew Greyson and Emma were amazing together. Really a great read even if it is a novella. I cannot wait for the next chapter of the story.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


About the author:


Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller. 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir


The Martian: A Novel

Synopsis:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Review:

For someone who doesn't like space, never wanted to be an astronaut, really doesn't want to ever have to think about leaving the earth, doesn't care about any of that I wasn't really sure if this would be my kind of book. I am just not a fan of space and space things, but The Martian was amazing! When I told my husband I was reading it he assumed I was reading it for book club. When I told him I was just reading it for fun he just looked at me like really? That is the kind of book you usually read. I said I know, but it is amazing. The author made something that I really have no interest in, something that I just shouldn't have enjoyed especially with how technical it was, and turned it into a story that I couldn't put down. The Martian was so much fun to read. Sure it got to be a bit ridiculous by the end, but the main character was so amusing to read. I loved it.

The Martian is about a guy, Watney, who gets left on Mars by himself. Everyone thought he was dead when they left, but he survived. So now he has to figure out how to stay alive until the next planned mission to Mars (plus how to get to that landing site since it is kind of far away). Plus he has no way of contacting anyone as his communications systems were destroyed or left with everyone else. For a book about a guy trying to survive on Mars it was quite humorous. Watney was so funny! The whole story was just littered with these hilarious parts. I loved it.

"[said by one of the guys on earth]  'He thinks he's totally alone and that we all gave up on him.'. . . 
[another guy on earth]  'I wonder what he's thinking right now.'

Log entry: SOL 61
[Watney]  How come Aquaman can control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense."

Loved it! Or when Watney takes a laptop out onto the surface of Mars.

"Maybe I'll post a consumer review. 'Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10'"

Watney was just so much fun. The situations he gets himself into and the things he does, how he goes about them, all amazing. He also make some simple mistakes, things I could see myself doing if I were in that situation which really made him likable to me (not that I would be or would have all his knowledge to even start surviving by myself). With a different personality, a different person left behind, I am sure I would not have enjoyed this story as much as I did. Most of the book is Watney's log entries and they get really technical. He plans out all of his calculations for everything he is doing with all the math and such he needs. Thinking about it it seems like that should have been tedious because he has a lot of planning he does, but it really was entertaining to read. I loved all of it and while I don't know much about space travel it seems like the author really did his research. Most of the plans and calculations seemed logical and like they would be correct. But as I said I am not an expert by any means, but it seemed realistic to me.

Then every once and a while Watney's log entries would get interrupted by a chapter from earth and what is going on there. They were so jarring to me, especially the first one. It took me a few minutes to get over the change in the story as I was so used to Watney's voice. Those were interesting as well and again kind of eye opening if they are accurate with how things work with NASA and space travel. I never realized how long it takes to get things ready to go to space before. Like a care package of food. It seems like that should be fairly easy to throw together, but in the story it takes so long! I am sure the author did his research and it seems like yeah okay, everything you are saying makes sense I just never thought of it before. Really an interesting read especially since I never had any interest in this before now.

So Watney on Mars. So much fun to read. He is one lucky guy. He really is. By the end of the story I was just like okay, this is getting a bit ridiculous, but it was so much fun I didn't really care. Really I think the story is kind of cheesy in parts, but realistic at the same time. It is an odd combination that I loved. The very end got to be a bit much for me, plus I didn't like where it ended. The last few pages, Watney's little speech thing just didn't work for me. It kind of ruined the ending for me a little bit. Overall though it was a really fun read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Imperfectly Perfect (Series of Imperfections #1) by A.E. Woodward


Imperfectly Perfect (A Series of Imperfections Book 1)

Synopsis:

Emma, Tyler and Shane have been best friends since they were kids. Along with their college addition, Rob, the four friends have an exciting life in NYC. In fact, Emma Sloan appears to have it all.

Despite being happy with her current situation, a big family announcement leaves Emma questioning whether she is truly content with her life. With her thirtieth birthday fast approaching she vows to find her 'perfect' man any way she can. But Emma will soon discover that the path of true love never runs smoothly and that sometimes, instead of chasing love, you have to wait for love to find you...

Review:

Imperfectly Perfect was an alright read. It wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. I did really like the ending and how this was not the normal romance in a lot of ways. I like that Emma did not have the "normal" happily ever after in a lot of way, but it works for her.

Emma, Tyler and Shane have been friends forever. In college they added Rob to the mix and the four of them live together in New York. They are happy with their arrangement and none of them can imagine doing anything different. Sure lots of people don't understand why some almost thirty somethings are still living together like college kids, but it works for them. At least it does until Emma realizes that she might actually wants parts of a normal life.

When Emma goes home for a visit she learns some things that make her realize even though she is happy with where she is and what she is doing, there are some other things that she does in fact want out of life. Some things she never really considered before. So when she gets back she starts to try and find the things she is missing.

While she was gone one of the boys realizes some things as well. And when Emma gets back he tries to talk to her. Unfortunately she doesn't want to talk and before long it is too late for him to tell her what he wants to. It was interesting enough to read I guess, but they way it was written didn't really drawn me in that much. It was like I was just observing people I didn't really care about. One thing that was a bit perplexing to me was apparently Emma only ever dated guys who cheated on her. Ever. She says something early on like after the seventh or eighth time it happened and I was just like what? Really? You are obviously terrible at picking guys cause that is just a bit crazy. Oh well, she seems fine regardless of all of that. There were no issues with her trusting guys or anything even though she has only been with people who cheated on her.

Things do work out in the end, and like I said above I liked that everything didn't change just because a few things did like I was expecting. An alright read, but nothing about it really pulled my into the story. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan


The Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister Book 1)

Synopsis:

Sometimes love is an accident.

This time, it’s a strategy.

Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly--so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

But that is precisely what she gets.

Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he's determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match...

Review:

The Duchess War was so much fun to read! It is a great old timey romance with a little bit of heat and a whole lot of amusement on my part. I have read a few in the past that just didn't have the same type of feel as a romance written a long time ago and I didn't enjoy them as much. This had a lot of elements of the true older romances with a more modern twist that still was within the realm of what I love so much about stories like this. I can't get over how much fun this book was. I was reading the whole thing, and even now writing this, with a huge smile on my face. Loved it!

Minnie has secrets. She hasn't been able to live her true life for a while now. She has been hiding and tries her hardest to not have people notice her. She is super smart and crafty, but she tries to be happy being this docile girl who will do whatever and just blend into the shadows. She needs a husband and if anyone ever finds out her secrets she will be ruined.

Robert is the Duke of Clermont, though he doesn't really act like it. When Minnie first meets him they are both hiding, and Robert is intrigued. He finds Minnie and how she tries to be so subdued when she really isn't very interesting. He loves seeing her riled up and he is just drawn to her. He was so cute. He fully acknowledges that when Minnie is around all the blood leaved his brain and he just cannot think straight. He is not the best with words and it was hilarious. His point of view was just...I loved it. So cute.

Minnie likes Robert as well, though she can't let herself hope for anything to happen with him. It is not realistic for her. I mean he is a Duke! She cannot dream to aim so high. When someone starts asking questions of her past, questions raised because of something Minnie believes Robert was responsible for, she tries to blackmail him. Only problem? He doesn't really care or play along like he should. Instead he tells her he will flirt with her and let people see he is interested while she tries to prove he is responsible for what she thinks he is. It is war, and Minnie is better at the tactical stuff than Robert, but man it is fun watching them along the way. Robert does not always know what to say, or say the right thing, in front of Minnie as she kind of drives him crazy and he really likes her. Minnie tries to fight her attraction to Robert and oh I just loved it. The back and forth, the strategy, everything. It was so much fun! Minnie vs Robert - who will win? Can they both get what they want and live happily ever after? Such a great read. I cannot wait to read more by this author!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Playing for Love (Summer Beach Vets #1) by H.Y. Hanna


Playing for Love (Summer Beach Vets 1)

Synopsis:

escape Down Under...and find love in Summer Beach, where cold noses touch warm hearts 

Sara needs to escape—and an idyllic seaside town on the other side of the world seems like the perfect place. She’d always wanted to visit Australia, but the first thing she meets on the gorgeous, white sand beach is not a kangaroo but a wounded, lost Beagle!

Veterinarian, Dr Craig Murray, can’t get the beautiful, curvy American out of his mind. They might come from different cultures—and even speak different “English” sometimes—but he knows they could have a future together. Can he convince Sara that this is more than just a vacation fling?

Then Sara discovers that Craig isn’t quite what he seems and the past that she was running away from comes back to haunt her. Now she needs to decide if she can risk it all again for another chance at love…

Review:

Playing for Love is just a super simple, cheesy romance. A good light summer read, but nothing too amazing.

Sara takes a vacation to Australia to visit a friend and escape from the tabloid mess she is in in the states. She is not really famous, but famous by association and she just cannot stand the negative attention she is getting anymore. She just needs an escape for a little bit to regroup and not have to think about things for a bit.

When Sara first gets to Australia she finds a beagle lost on the beach with a hurt paw. She takes him to the vet and that is where she first sees Craig. Craig who is super hot and Sara is super attracted to him. Craig of course is attracted to her as well and they quickly hit it off. Things go pretty good until Sara finds out more about Craig's life and there is a bit of drama. Can Sara really be with Craig? Can she trust him, especially since he reminds her of past things that have happened in her life? And what about when she goes back to the states? Of course everything works out in the end. This is a light, easy read that is a bit ridiculous at times, but it was alright.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Girl Most Likely by Donna Alward


The Girl Most Likely

Synopsis:

No one wants to take a risk on The Girl Most Likely To Have Fun...except the one person in the world she'd rather not ask. Katie Buick dreams of opening her own niche restaurant, but finding a financial backer for a reformed party girl is proving impossible. Until she makes a final desperate plea to Ric Emerson, former geek and high school friend turned successful businessman. Too bad they haven't spoken since she humiliated him before their prom. The last thing she expects is for him to say yes, or for him to have made such a complete transformation from old friend to heartthrob. But she learned the hard way that nothing good comes from mixing business with pleasure. Ric knows Katie's idea is brilliant, and with his business acumen and her work ethic, they're sure to be a success. Building the business brings Ric and Katie closer together. Chemistry still simmers between them, blurring the lines between personal and professional despite their best intentions. Ric trusts Katie to make their business a success, but can he trust her with his heart a second time?

Review:

Girl Most Likely was an alright read, bit it was a tad annoying at times for me. The whole stuck in high school, stuck in the past and having what happened back then be such a huge deal was just...I didn't like it. That and Katie is super insecure and not able to really take help from anyone. She must do things on her own because otherwise people might say she only helped! Her whole obsession with what other people thinks got a bit tiring at times.

Katie used to be a party girl. She was voted the girl most likely to have fun in high school and since then she has tried to change peoples view of her. She has an idea for a restaurant, but she cannot get financial backing for her project. So she turns to Ric. Ric who she used to be sorta friends with in high school. Well friends in the sense that their parents knew each other and they would hang out at gatherings together. Ric who used to be the school geek, but has since turned himself into quite the looker. Ric who she humiliated one day in high school and which she still feels bad about. She actually regrets it because she wanted to accept his offer, but instead humiliated him because her cool kid friends were around.

Ric has grown up since high school. He has always had a crush on Katie and her humiliation helped him become the man he is now. He worked hard to make himself worthy of someone like her. He still has some hang ups about that, still thinks he is not good enough when they start working together, but he still hopes they can be together one day. He really cares about her and this time he doesn't want to give up without really trying.

Katie likes Ric, likes him more than she ever thought she could, but because of some past mistakes she refuses to act on it. Whenever he tries to further their relationship besides business partners she pushes him away. She keeps telling him they can never be more, but he sees that she wants him as well. She is so focused on doing everything herself, she has to do it by herself with no help from anyone else, that she will just ruin the best thing to ever happen to her. She will push away the one person who really sees her for who she is and will always be there for her. She is so stupid and stubborn and yeah she annoyed me at times. The worst thing is *Slight spoiler alert* that she doesn't really change or learn by the end of the book. Well maybe in the last seconds, but even when Ric tells her he will do whatever to have her, even when he is willing to give up everything for her, when she should have that change of heart she doesn't in that moment. She is just like yes! I get everything and everyone will know it was all me and only me! Win. Then something happens and makes her realize that she can be with Ric and work with him on her dreams. My eyes rolled so much in that last chapter. Not the best read as it was annoying at times, but oh well.

Rating: ★ ★

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Friday, February 20, 2015

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon


The Law of Moses

Synopsis:

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.


And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.

Review:

The Law of Moses is an interesting read. Not quite what I expected going into it but I really enjoyed it. This was my first book from Amy Harmon and I will definitely be reading more. I was looking at some reviews and it seems like some people got caught up on what the genre of this book is and since it wasn't what they expected they had a hard time with the story. Not sure why as I just went with what the story was telling me like I do with all books so...maybe it is that I don't really classify books very much? Maybe it is that I don't read the synopsis right before I read the book usually so I don't really remember exactly what it is about? I don't know. It tripped some people up so if something happening that is unexpected will trip you up that this might not be the book for you. I found it easy to read and figure out what is going on and the slowly revealing what is happening was great.

Moses is a very different character. As Georgia says he is cracked. He was born to a crackhead mom and was left in a basket for someone to find. People started calling him Moses because of that and he was passed around from relative to relative his whole life. He gets in trouble and no one wants to deal with him and his issues. At first you don't really know what is going on with him, what he is doing that is so bad and whatnot, but you can't help but feel for him and like him on some level.

Georgia is intrigued by Moses. When he moves to town to stay with his grandma she tries to get to know him. She has this thing of trying to fix things. She is great at breaking horses so they are able to be ridden and stuff and Moses is kind of the same way. She tries to break him and have a relationship with him, but he is skittish just like the horses. I can see where he would be leery of her since it is like he is a charity case she is working on, but at the same time no matter how hard he tries to push her away she just won't stay away.

As the story progresses you find out more and more about Moses. Moses is so unique that I just loved his story. You feel for him and all that he has been through and it is just really sad. He does figure some things out that help him along the way, but he is just such a tragic figure for me. I just wanted him to have something that would make him happy. He is so kind and special I just want the best for him from the very beginning. From the first you can tell he is not a bad kid he is just in bad situations sometimes. I loved reading him.

Georgia seems really young when the book starts. Younger than she is maybe. The second half of the book she has grown up a lot, but she still is kind of naive. She knows what is going on with Moses and stuff, but she won't acknowledge it. She still just wants to sweep everything under the rug and not talk about it. She had and has a lot to deal with, but she still has some growing to do for everything to work out.

So I really enjoyed this story because it was so different. I loved the way it was written even though the writing didn't make me really connect with the characters as much as I normally would. It was odd as usually I would hate that in a story, but with this one it worked. Some of the things that happened could have been more emotional for me, but the writing didn't make me feel as strongly as I could have but I loved that about it. I don't know why it worked for me, but it did. Such a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Book 1)

Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.

Review:

I first read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children back when it first came out. I remembered enjoying it, but didn't remember the storyline at all. When it was chosen for my one book club book for this month I was excited to re-read it, especially since I had been meaning to read it for a while now so I can read the second book in the series.

This book is really a children's book. I had forgotten that. I think it is billed as young adults, but it is written like it is for children younger than that. I kept forgetting that the main character, Jacob, was sixteen. He seemed like he was maybe 10-12 based on the way he was written and the things he would say and do. He just didn't seem like a teenager. So that was my one issue with the book. Really I thought all of the kids were in the 12 and under range, but they weren't. When you saw a picture of Emma later in the story I was just like wait what? How old is she? It was strange. If the kids would have just been aged a little bit younger it would have worked much better for me.

The idea behind this book, how it came to be, was quite interesting. I don't think I have ever read something that was based on photos like this. The author apparently collects interesting old photos and based a story around a group of them that he had. Interesting idea and for the most part I felt like it worked. Occasionally it did seem like he was trying a bit too hard to make a story behind one of the photos and get that included in the overall storyline, but it was fun nonetheless. Really I rated this as a children's book so a lot of things were fine by that standard.

Jacob grew up with his grandfather telling him outlandish stories about monsters and children who had all kinds of powers (like the invisible boy and the girl who floated). He believed his grandfather until the kids at school make him question the stories. After that his grandfather leaves him alone about it, but it is always there. The story picks up when he is sixteen and his grandfather is getting old and everyone thinks he is going  a bit crazy. He goes out to help him one day and sees some things that are peculiar. His grandfather was killed, but everyone thinks it is just wild dogs or something. Jacob isn't convinced and everyone thinks he is going a bit crazy as well. Finally he realizes he needs to go find Miss Peregrine and her home for peculiar children on the small island in Wales where his grandfather grew up.

When Jacob and his dad arrive on the island things start to get strange. This is really a simple adventure story. Jacob finds out about Miss Peregrine and the world of the peculiar children and it is interesting. As an older reader you can see what will happen well before it does, who is involved and whatnot, but it was still fun to read. A fun adventure and I look forward to reading the next book and seeing what the next adventure has in store for everyone. Should be interesting.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Beautiful Innocence (Southern Comfort #2) by Kelly Mooney


Beautiful Innocence (Southern Comfort Book 2)

Synopsis:

Life hasn’t always been easy for nineteen-year old Ava Berry, but her and her mom have always gotten through things together. When her mom suddenly disappears, Ava knows she’s in trouble. Her mom would never leave her alone with the likes of her vile boyfriend and his evil son. Ava sees her one chance to break away and she makes a run for the one home she always desired, but never had.

Josh Woods, a twenty-eight year old self-proclaimed bachelor has no desire to settle down—ever. While working at Wood Securities, his brother’s private investigation firm, many files have landed on his desk. Nothing prepares him for the pair of blue eyes attached to his latest case and the sheer power they have to be his game changer.


Will Josh be able to keep Ava safe from her past or will the threat destroy his chance at happiness with the one girl who managed to open up his heart?

Review:

Beautiful Innocence is a really sweet story. I loved it even if it was a bit cheesy at times. It was just a really great read.

Ava hasn't had the easiest of lives. The book opens when she is escaping from something. She is pretty tight lipped about what happened and where she came from. If someone tries to talk to her about it she just says it is in her past. She goes to Charleston because her aunt, who she has never met, lives there. Her mom disappeared and Ava assumed she got out and will come looking for her there. That was their secret plan to go to Charleston.

When she gets there she gets a job at and room above her aunts bar. She runs into Josh pretty quick and sees for herself what a playboy he is. When Josh gets called in by her aunt to try and find the mom (unbeknownst to Ava) they get thrown together a bit. Josh is such a great guy even if he is hesitant to start something with Ava. He obviously likes her, but he is afraid of  his feelings for her. His first foray into love did not end well and since then he has never wanted to let himself be that vulnerable again. He just cannot help himself though when she is around and it quickly gets serious.

Ava is so sweet and kind and just a great person. At the beginning of the book she is kind of a scared girl, though she still has a bit of a backbone. By the end she is this not exactly fearless, but super strong girl who is amazing. She is still afraid of some things at the end, but she doesn't back down from them. It is great.

Through it all, from the very beginning, Josh is there for Ava. They quickly grow close and they were just so sweet. Josh is a great guy and even though there are a some bumps in the road he is great. He is just wonderful with her and I really liked them together. Sure you know most of what is going on and as the story unfolds it becomes more and more evident what Ava's running away from, but it was a great read. It was a bit cheesy at times even though the story deals with some very dark topics, but it is a light, fun read. I just loved Ava and Josh together.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chasing Rhodes (Rock Falls #1) by Anne Jolin


Chasing Rhodes (Rock Falls Series Book 1)

Synopsis:

***Can be read as a standalone or as part of the Rock Falls series

Hannah Rhodes has just gotten out of a long term relationship, and she isn't looking for a new man in her life. But after a night out with the girls and one too many tequila shots, her plans to stay man free are blown all to hell. She finds herself in bed with the smoldering stranger from a party six months back and immediately knows she's in trouble, big trouble. And the last thing Hannah needs is more trouble.

Her last relationship took her out like an emotional freight train, and she’s trying to piece back the stability her life once had.

Greyson Holt’s biggest fear in life is to end up like his father, like the man who left him as a child, and broke his mother’s heart. He vowed to never be responsible for that kind of carnage. Men could be cruel and that kind of brutality was in his blood. He never allows himself to get too close to anyone, until he meets Hannah. 

Something about her makes him want to try, but a man can’t change overnight. 


Will Holt be able to catch Rhodes every time he lets her go? Or will their chase end in heartbreak?

Review:

Chasing Rhodes is really not the book for me. It is a bunch of heavy drinking and partying and just not my thing. Besides that some of the choices the characters made didn't make sense to me, but oh well. The writing was just not good enough for me to really enjoy this story. Some slight spoilers ahead.

Hannah has just gotten out of her last relationship. Her ex is bio polar and she is just drained from dealing with his ups and downs and finally just called it quits with him. They ended on good terms, but that was hard on her. She pretty immediately starts dating Greyson whom she had seen briefly at a party a little while ago. She doesn't want anyone that will be emotionally draining for her so she is hesitant at first, but she just can't help herself. She wakes up one morning in his bed not remembering anything that happened the nigh prior, but when she tries to just blow it off as a one night stand Greyson won't let her.

Greyson is not really a relationship kind of guy, but something about Hannah draws him to her. Once he sees her he wants to be with her and when he gets the opportunity he takes it. He does have a lot of issues with his dad who left him when he was younger. He saw how much that hurt his mom and he doesn't want to ever do that to anyone. Seems easy enough. Just don't leave right? Well what does he do at the first bump in the road? Leaves. Yep, he is so worried that he will be his dad and do what his dad does so he does what his dad did. Um..that makes no sense. He is so worried he would leave he leaves so that he won't leave? See the problem? Yeah.

Of course he comes back and everything is fine and Hannah is basically living with him and all is wonderful. Well all is wonderful except Hannah who gets irrationally angry all the time. I didn't quite get that. She just gets mad at the littlest things and it is just like what is her deal? Also everything is great until Greyson's past comes calling and he is really upset and says some hurtful things while he is hurting. So then Hannah has to run away all he doesn't love me! When it is just like I am rolling my eyes so hard as obviously he just had some deep issues that you are aware of that he had to face and he is kind of in shock and lashing out. Yeah. So of course it all works out in the end but I didn't really enjoy the story very much.

One great thing about this book though, especially since there is so much drinking involved, is that Hannah and everyone are very against drink driving. One point early on when Hannah was drunk and going home with Greyson she goes on about how she won't get in the car if he has had anything to drink and such. She leaves her car all over when she goes out as she just won't do that. It was nice to see the anti-drunk driving message since it is a big deal and the characters did go out for drinks a lot. It was nice to see them being responsible when a lot of books don't seem to care about that.

Rating: ★1/2

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Can't Buy Me Love (Right Side of Wrong #1) by Rin Daniels


Can't Buy Me Love (Right Side of Wrong Book 1)

Synopsis:

A grifter looking to make good...

Kat Harris is good at three things: lying, running, and listening to her con artist parents. All three collided when she fell for a man that was supposed to be a mark, forcing the Harris family to flee Sulla Valley forever. Five years later, her dad’s in jail and she’s back in search of a fresh start—and a new opportunity to rekindle an old romance. Problem is, the only family she has left isn’t so keen on going legit, and a criminal past like hers isn’t that easy to outrun.

A billionaire tempted to break bad...

Adam has no time for any woman with dollar signs in her eyes—especially since the girl he’d fallen for turned out to be a gold-digging hustler. So when she walks back into his life, he’s prepared to kick her right back to the curb her felonious family came from. If only he could forget how good they were together.

Sometimes, two wrongs make a delicious right.

Falling back into her world could cost him his reputation. Dragging him into her troubles will cost her what’s left of her pride. But if they take the risk, a reformed con artist and the billionaire she wants most might find something even more valuable... a chance at real love.

Review:

I really enjoyed Can't Buy Me Love. I really enjoyed it because it was kind of ridiculous and not really how real people are and was just kind of amazing the way it was written. It is hard to explain. I just loved it even if was a bit off at times. It was not really, but kind of like a soap opera. I mean you watch your daytime soaps and that is not realistic you know? Like it is not really how people talk and behave and such right? They are kind of over the top in the way they are acted. While I don't really like soaps that is kind of what this book was like for me but in a different way. In a more fun way. I don't really know how to describe it, but I loved it. So it was a really enjoyable read for me. With a different author I could see me hating this story, but this one did a great job with it. I would recommended it if you are looking for something a little different in a great way. So much fun!

*some slight spoilers ahead from the first part of the book*

Kat is from a family of con artists. A few years ago they try to con Adam and even though that was the plan Kat fell for him. She hasn't seen him since, but she is now trying to be on the up and up. She moved back to his area so once she is settled and doing well she can try and win him back. She puts all of her money into opening her own salon and trying to get high class customers. I am not sure why, or why she doesn't work somewhere else and get established and such, but she doesn't. She keeps running into problems with construction and is constantly worried that she will not have enough to open if things keep popping up. It just read as strange to me. I'm not sure what it was about it, but something was off, but I still loved it. It was just like wait, you want to become super rich as a hairdresser? Alright, good luck with that.

When Adam shows up at one of these events she goes to where she is trying to find high class ladies for her salon she is not ready to see him. She wanted to be settled and making money legally before he saw her again. When he first sees Kat at the event he is intrigued by her, but doesn't remember her. Once she finds out, after some fooling around, that he doesn't remember her she is super pissed. Why I am not too sure since she didn't want him to see her before that. It was all very strange.

Adam quickly finds out who she really is and instead of being really angry or something he insists that they go out on a date. Again odd behavior. She tries to con you years ago and you just are like oh well I was angry but I moved on let's go out. Really? It is that easy? Alright. So they start dating and it is hot and yeah. It was odd, but hot and I loved reading it. It was just like who would just not even make a big deal about being lied to and whatnot? Whatever works for Adam I guess. I mean they worked as a couple and I loved them together so just have fun reading it.

While all of this is going on Kat is living with her mom who is a nightmare. She wants to keep up her extravagant lifestyle even though they don't have any money. She borrows money from some not so good people then runs to Kat for help when she can't pay up. Really by the end when you see everything she does it is just like dude, what is wrong with you? What is the strange part is the way it is written I have no idea why Kat enables her mom to continue spending money they don't have. Why does she let her mom get away with cutting her down and doing whatever she wants? Kat is not a weak person so it didn't make much sense how she just let her mom be crazy. Also the way the mom was written was kind of like a caricature of a crazy rich lady. So fun!

There are a lot of bumpy moments as you can imagine since Adam is not fully able to trust Kat and when things go bad, they go bad. Fortunately everything works out in the end and they live happily ever after. I really enjoyed this read. It is such a strange ride with lots of ridiculous things happening that made me just laugh and enjoy the book. It is amazing even though it is a but odd at times. So if you want something like that then this is the read for you.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Play of Light by Debra Doxer


Synopsis:

I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.

At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.

That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.


But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?

Review:

Play of Light was a good read. It is the story of Sarah. It is watching her go back and face what happened five years ago. It is the story of Sarah and Spencer and how even after all that time there is still this bond between them that cannot be broken. It was just a really good read.

Sarah has always had a crush on Spencer from the first moments she saw him. She didn't really spend all that much time with her, he kind of avoided her, but they did have their moments. She was the one he told his secrets to and he hasn't had the easiest time since moving to her town. Then something happens that changes everything. Sarah and her family have to move away and never look back. It was fun reading how it is slowly revealed what happened, why they moved. Their old town has a lot of secrets and as Sarah learns more and more she also becomes a stronger person. She is not that kid that was helpless when they were forced to move. She is here now and she is going to fight to right the wrongs of the past.

She also has to deal with Spencer. Spencer who she thought never really cared for her even though she always had a huge crush on her. It is obvious he still cares for her, but it takes her a while to open up and consider the possibility that he cares for her to. She does have a boyfriend, a fall back guy who she isn't in love with or anything but it is nice to have someone if she needs them. As I said above as Sarah finds out what happens and grows closer to Spencer she realizes she doesn't need her boyfriend anymore. She is strong enough to stand on her own, even though she also wants to see what happens with Spencer.

Spencer was a great guy. You can just see how much he cares for Sarah. You can see how he has had a lot of hardship in his past, and yet he would do anything to help Sarah. When she wants to go out everyones secrets he is hesitant, but he would do anything for her. They were really sweet together and since they both knew each other and in their own ways were involved with what happened five years ago that almost helps them grow closer. Really a great read and I enjoyed see Sarah grow as a person and get everything she wanted.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Falling Away (Fall Away #3) by Penelope Douglas


Falling Away: The Fall Away Series

Synopsis:

Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid.

K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away....

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As the bond between them grows, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

Review:

Happy Valentine's Day! I really love celebrating holidays and this one is no different. I keep it cheesy, but it is fun regardless. Today I have for you a great Valentine's day read - Falling Away. Really a great story and you can't help but fall a little bit in love with these characters.

Oh Jax. I had forgotten about you until I read Rival the other day and I couldn't wait to get my hands on your story. You always intrigued me and I wanted to know more about you. You didn't let me down. Falling Away was so great. I loved it!

Jax is Jared's younger brother, the younger brother that lived with their dad and had lots of terrible things happen to him. He kind of has this don't mess with me vibe going on, but he has lots of people he hangs out with and such. He is like the king of their small town. He seems like a great guy even if he does some not so legal things. I just really liked him.

K.C./Juliet has issues. I don't remember her much from the first book, but I remember not liking her that much. Boy, she didn't have things as terrible as Jax growing up, but she had her own nightmare to deal with. When you start to learn exactly what her life was like it is just like man you and Jax are perfect for each other!! When this story starts K.C. is still this weak girl who doesn't even know herself. She has always been drawn to Jax, but stayed away. She had a boyfriend who cheated on her in high school and she has stayed with him way too long because...well because she is a weak person. Even when she was with her boyfriend she was still drawn to Jax, but she stays with the jerk instead. She goes off to college and gets herself in some trouble when her relationship ends so now she is back home to do her community service and hoping to just lay low for a bit.

From the first moment Jax saw K.C. he was drawn to her. When she comes back to town he still is, but she is still so weak he can't really deal with it. He pushes her and pushes her and helps make her a better person in his way. Whenever they are around each other they get into these fights and he calls her gutless and things like that which just make her angry. They are true though, and that probably angers her the most. She really has to learn who she is and what she actually wants from life. She needs to learn to let go and do what she wants. She has never really done this and she really doesn't even know who she is at all. It was great. Watching the two of them help each other and come together...amazing.

There are some issues that Jax has to work through as well before they can be together. He still has the unworthy/dirty/not good thing that he used to be told when he was a boy. He doesn't think he is really worthy of anyone so he has things to figure out. They both are just perfect for each other and they both manage to in their own way help the other person and it was great. I loved Jax so much and Juliet was just perfect for him. It is a bumpy ride, but oh so worth it. Really a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas


Rival: A Fall Away Novel

Synopsis:

Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.

Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….

Review:

Rival was an interesting read. I really enjoy Penelope Douglas' work, and this was no exception. Going into it I wasn't sure how much I would like it as it seemed like it would be very similar to the Bully story, the whole I hate you but I love you thing, so I was worried it would just be the same. It was similar, but different and I enjoyed reading it.

Madoc and Fallon are step siblings. Two years ago Fallon left suddenly and they both are angry about it. They both seem to hate the other for things that happened, things they think happened. My one complaint with the story is I do wish we could have seen how they initially got together. You get little glimpses of how it was back then, but I wish we had that story as well. I don't really understand what happened between them, how they got together, as they seemed to hate each other back then as well.

So Fallon is back seeking vengeance. She has been angry with those who hurt her and she wants them to pay. Madoc is also seeking some vengeance of his own. He wants to ruin Fallon like she ruined him. They both want to hurt the other, but neither of them know the whole story. Neither of them know what really happened two years ago and there are just a lot of secrets going around. When everything finally comes out in the open can they make everything work out?

Most of the story is Fallon trying to hurt those who hurt her. She can't help falling for Madoc again, especially once she learns everything that happened. They were kind of great together, but really volatile. Madoc was actually a really good person which surprised me. I didn't like him much from the first two books, but learning why he was the way he was helped. He really grew on me and I loved how fun he was with Fallon once they started to figure things out. Really from the moment he learns what happened he just changes into this happy guy who wants to be with Fallon. He was so cute. It was really a great read watching the two of them come together again. It was nice seeing them work everything out even with some terrible people trying to ruin everything for them. A really great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Blog Tour: Obligation (Underground Kings #2) by Aurora Rose Reynolds - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway




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Synopsis:

[ob-li-gey-shuh n]

An obligation is a course of action that someone is required to take, whether legal or moral. 

At six years old, Myla was sent to a family her father and mother had chosen for her when they knew their time on earth was almost up. What they were unaware of was what they thought would be her safe haven would become her living hell. 

Kai has been watching Myla from afar since he took over the family business from his father and inherited the responsibility of keeping her safe. When word gets back to Kai that Myla is not only in danger, but that his assets are being compromised, he immediately jumps into action and does the only thing that can be done at the time by marrying her. 

Neither Myla nor Kai would have thought that something that started off as a farce would become the most important thing either of them could've ever done.

Review:

I love Aurora Rose Reynolds and her alpha males. Obligation is another great read of hers and oh Kai you are so great. I loved that it is set in Hawaii with some of that culture inserted into the story. Such a fun read.

Obligation is the unusual love story of Myla and Kai. Myla is the main narrator and I have to say I wish we got a little more of Kai's perspective just because I loved him so much! I wanted to spend more time with him! The two of them are just thrown together and it is just organic growth between the two of them that was really interesting to watch. Myla has had some rough times growing up and some of the worst is not really shared until the end, but it is pretty obvious what happened. She still has issues and things she needs to deal with to be a better person and be able to be in a relationship with Kai and have things work out for them. At times she was a little annoying since she would just get angry at everything without listening to what Kai had to say or letting him explain. She also had expectations for him that she herself was not even doing, but they work everything out by the end which was nice.

Kai is just an incredible guy. He not a completely good guy in the sense of always being on the right side of the law, he can come across as kind of scary if he doesn't like you or if you are a threat to those he loves, but he is great with those he cares. He was so sweet with Myla and you can really see how much he cares about her through all the little things he does. He will do anything from the first moments they met to protect her and make sure she is okay. It is always about her. When the book opens they had just had to get married and even though he wants her and wants to keep her safe he still is very cautious and doesn't push her at all. Really she does not know him at all and he wants her to feel safe with him and not like there are expectations or anything. He just always will do whatever to make sure she is good. Like if he has to go out of town for a few days he checks in with her to make sure she will be okay with him gone. One time she asks him something like if I said I needed you would you just not go? His immediate reply? Of course I would stay here if you needed me. There wasn't even a moments hesitation ever with him no matter how important the other things he had to do were. If Myla needs him he will be there for her, or protect her however he can. I loved it. The story was filled with just these little moments that show much he cares that just melt my heart. That doesn't mean that there are not some bumpy parts, some times when Myla is hurt and upset, but he was amazing to read. I loved him and how loving he was with her.

So if I loved Kai and Myla's story so much, which I did, why isn't my rating higher? Well there were a few small issues with the background story I had. At times, especially at the beginning, I felt like I was missing something. Like there was a book before this one that I should have read that would have explained things for me, like Myla's families history and such. You do get to know some of it by the end, but I still had questions as to why things happened and what exactly the issues were and such. There was such a bog world that was in the background I just wanted to know more about it. Also there were things that happened just kind of popped up and then disappeared never to be seen again. Like having to meet someone, then them not ending up meeting that person, then they never were referenced again. It was like wait if it was so important to meet up with them that it was mentioned why was this not rescheduled or something? Did it actually happen and it was just not included in the story or was it something that was not needed to begin with? Or there were a few times when things seemed like they would be a big deal, but then nothing ever came of them. I don't really want to give anything away so I don't want to use examples, and they weren't huge deals, it is just things like that that were just not followed through with as well as I would have liked. They were just little things and didn't ruin the story of anything like that, but it was enough to drop my rating down some.

Do I recommend reading this book? Yes, yes I do especially if you know and love the author. Really I would have read this book just for Kai (and I did read it more than once already because I loved him)! There were some issues with background things I had, or small details, but it was still a great read and I really enjoyed it. Definitely check it out.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


Excerpt:

“Everyone is looking for you.”

I turn my head, pulling my hair out of my face as I watch a boy I’ve never seen before climb up the stairs and into my tree house. 

“Who are you?” I ask him as he sits across from me.

“Kai,” he smiles, looking around. He looks a lot different than the other kids I know. His hair is long, and his skin is a lot darker than mine. “Why are you hiding?”

I shrug and look away from him. Daddy was yelling earlier; he was so mad that he was turning red. Then Mommy started crying, and Daddy started yelling louder. I heard Mommy telling Daddy that he had to send me away. I don’t want to go away. I try to be good, but sometimes, I forget to listen.

“Why are you crying?”

I look up at him and wipe my face. “I’m scared,” I whisper, wiping my nose.

“Come on. I’ll protect you,” he says, holding his hand out to me.

Then my mommy calls my name again. I look at his hand, move Mr. Bear under my arm, and put my hand in his.

“Myla!” Mommy yells, running towards me.

I can tell she has been crying again.

“Where did you go?” Her hands grab my shoulders and she shakes me hard.

“It’s my fault. I asked her to show me the tree house,” Kai tells her.

She stops shaking me then looks at him. “You shouldn’t have done that. You knew we were looking for her,” she says angrily her head.

“I’m sorry. I wasn’t thinking,” Kai says softly, putting his hands in his pockets and looking at the ground.

I look back at Mommy, and she shakes her head before grabbing my hand and pulling me with her. When I look over my shoulder at Kai, he smiles, making me smile back.



Prior books in the Underground Kings Series:



Also by this author: The Until Series (click the title for my reviews):
Until November (Until #1) available on AmazonAmazon.deBarnes & Noble, & Goodreads  
Until Trevor (Until #2) available on AmazonAmazon.deBarnes & Noble, & Goodreads  
Until Lilly (Until #3)  available on AmazonAmazon.deBarnes & Noble, & Goodreads  
Until Nico (Until #4) available on AmazonAmazon.deBarnes & Noble, & Goodreads  


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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