Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Addicted to You (Addicted #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie


Addicted to You (Addicted Series)

Synopsis:

She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.


Their real vice may be each other.

Review:

I started reading Addicted to You without remembering what it was about. The first few chapters were a bit over the top for me, but interesting so I kept reading. Lily is a sex addict and the entire book is written from her point of view. She lives with Lo, her bff and fake boyfriend who is an alcoholic. They both enable the other and help hid their addictions from their family. They don't have other friends, though they do have some made up friends!

The book started off and Lily just seemed like a bit much. I don't know much about sex addiction, don't know anyone who has had it or anything, but Lily just seemed a bit absurd at times. Again maybe she isn't, but as a reader who doesn't know anything about it she does not seem real in her addiction. At first it was interesting regardless, but after awhile she just started grating on my nerves.

When the book starts Lo and Lily are just friends, but they quickly turn into more than friends. Most of the book is just their struggle to be addicts and keep that secret from everyone. It was...it just got to be too much for me listening to Lily whine. She would worry that Lo would be worried if she was around another guy, even though he trusted her to not sleep with anyone else. She would worry about everything, but didn't actually want to do anything about it. It was just constant talk about how she is addicted to sex and I just wanted it to end.

Throughout the story they do find some new friends who want to help Lo with his alcoholism (they don't know about her addictions), and while she is worried about him and wants him to stop drinking all the time she can't bring that up to him. I mean after all if he gives up alcohol will she have to give up sex? A life without sex is just a life not worth living! The way she went on about it was just ridiculous to me. Written a different way it could have been alright, but it just made me not really like her. Her constant moaning about not wanting to be addicted, but yet not wanting to do anything about it just bugged me. After a while I just wanted to be like do something about it or stop complaining. I think if we could have had some chapters from Lo's point of view it would have helped to break up the poor me Lily and make it easier to read.

This book ends without everything being resolved as there are more books in the series, but I don't really care to find out more. It seems like Lo and Lily should walk away from each other and learn to be without the other and move on, but I don't think that will happen. They just don't seem good for each other since they are both enablers, but I guess that could change. A frustrating read.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Forever Us (Someday #3) by Melanie Shawn


Forever Us (The Someday Series Book 3)

Synopsis:

They say nothing is worth having if you don’t have the courage to fight for it… 

After years of living in darkness and despair, Jace Butler found true love with his brown-eyed beauty Cat Nichols in Someday Girl. The former Marine made it clear to those who lived to make her feel insignificant that he would always be there to defend and protect her during their journey through One Day His. But when Cat’s mother Angelica James, the heartless, famous actress, exposes an impactful truth that changes everything, Jace will soon realize that someone else will need his love and protection… 

Will this new discovery, meant to breakup Cat and Jace, end their love or actually bring them closer together? Find out in the conclusion of this incredible love story….Forever Us. 


This is book 3 in the Someday Series.

Review:

Forever Us is the third and final book in the Someday series. You should have already read the first two books, Someday Girl and One Day His. This is not a standalone book.

Forever Us picks up right where One Day His left off with Natalya showing up to Thanksgiving dinner with Jace's surprise son Gavin. Of course this is Cat's mom trying to throw a wrench in everything and break Jace and Cat up. Unfortunately for her it doesn't work. Really they have an unbreakable bond and I knew Jace's son he didn't know he had wouldn't change that. They would just have to learn to adjust and deal with this new situation.

Man I didn't like Natalya in the first book, but she is cray cray. For some reason she thinks that now that they have a son Jace will be with her and they will be a little happy family. I am glad Jace just instantly stepped up and took care of Gavin. He was so great with him. Really by the end Natalya is just kind of sad.

Unfortunately Cat's mom just cannot leave her alone to be happy with Jace and Gavin. Man I will say Cat is a much better person than I am. She handles everything in such a classy way and she is just incredible. I would not be so nice to the horrible woman who is my mom. I am much more vengeful and would want to destroy her, but Cat is happy to just find a way to get her to leave her in peace. Really this was a quick read and a great end to a great series.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

One Day His (Someday #2) by Melanie Shawn


One Day His (The Someday Series Book 2)

Synopsis:

After finding each other and falling in love in Someday Girl, Cat and Jace’s incredible love story continues in One Day His. 

When the beautiful and sheltered Cat Nichols left her life in Malibu for a fresh start at college, she had no idea she would meet and fall in love with sexy former Marine Jace Butler. After confronting his difficult past together, the loving couple had hoped that the worst was behind them. But when a family emergency calls Cat back home, they will both soon realize that their newfound love is once again going to be put to the test. 

This time, Cat will come to face to face with the one person who, instead of loving her unconditionally, lives to darken her world, just to make their own shine brighter. Will Cat and Jace have the strength and courage to face their deepest, darkest fears when they are challenged in ways neither of them could have imagined? Or will outside forces tear them apart once and for all? 

You can’t choose the one you love, but you can fight like hell to protect them. 

Review:

One Day His is the second book in the Someday series. You should have read the first book, Someday Girl, already or you might be a bit lost. This book picks up right where the last book left off with Cat's mom in an accident and Cat and Jace going to check on her.

Cat is not very excited to be going back to her mom's house. She does not have a lot of good memories there and it just stresses her out. It was so nice to see Jace there with her lending her some of his strength. He is there for her and nothing is going to tear them apart. Luckily Cat does have two people who work for her mom who are amazing and look out for her as best they can.

When Cat arrives home she expects her mom to be in the hospital and such, but unfortunately that is not the case. Her mom is not really injured, but Cat has to stay to do publicity and act like they have a loving relationship. Really for the life of me I couldn't figure out why Cat went along with everything. Sure if she goes along with it then she gets some money to pay for school and such, but it doesn't seem worth it. Her mom is a nightmare and so evil! I don't know how Cat escaped growing up there without way more issues! It is crazy. Man I cannot imagine.

Throughout all of Cat's mom's verbal abuse Jace always wants to stand up for Cat. It was so hard watching him having to try and just sit there and take it since Cat asks him to. It is obvious her mom doesn't like him, but man the things she does. It was hard to read about someone so evil and really everyone involved with Cat's mom is no better. That poor girl.

There are a few surprises thrown in and you get to see more of Jace's past which just makes it even more apparent how great Cat and Jace are together. No matter what anyone tries to throw at them they are there for each other. Really a great read, though the surprise at the end?!? I need to read the next book now and see what happens!!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Someday Girl (Someday #1) by Melanie Shawn


Someday Girl (The Someday Series Book 1)


Synopsis:

Someday…

For Cat Nichols, someday was finally here. Going away to college meant a fresh and new start for the girl who lived locked away in a prison of insecurities. She was ready to experience new things and meet new people. But she wasn’t ready for him…

Jace Butler had experienced things that no person should have to. Trying to come to terms with his past and live in the present was a constant struggle for the man whose demons lie dormant beneath the skin of his rippling body and sexy smile. But when she walked into his life, the chance for a better life came with her…

After finding each other, Cat and Jace also find that both past and present issues are trying to ruin their chance for a better future. Issues that will have to be dealt with for once and for all…together or apart.

Review:

Someday Girl started off and I was a little confused as to why Cat was like she was. The first few pages I just thought I don't know if this will be the book for me. Then you quickly find out more about her and everything comes together. Then I loved it. I loved Cat and Jace and they are like perfect for each other. 

Cat does not have many real life experiences. In fact I am surprised she was even aloud to go off to college by herself. From everything you learn about her past, about her mom, it just doesn't seem like she would have consented to that. Sure she is an adult, but her mom is pretty messed up. You can't help but feel for Cat, but at the same time you are just so happy for her starting her life. She doesn't really seem to have a lot of issues which surprised me. She has a good head on her shoulders and is just so sweet! I loved her. 

Jace doesn't have a very good past either and he tries to stay away from Cat. He doesn't want to drag her into his darkness, but then again he can't stay away. From the moment they saw each other both of them were drawn to the other. It was so much fun to watch! Jace is a great guy, super protective of Cat and really just what she needs. And she is just what he needs to help him deal with some issues. It was great. 

In this book we have Jace learning to face some of his past and moving on from it. He does make some mistakes, but you can just see how much he cares and Cat is not someone to hold a grudge and be cruel just because. I started getting to the end of the book and just thought no! I am not ready for this to be over yet! I don't want to say goodbye to these characters yet. Thankfully I have two more books to read! The next one we will probably see Cat try and overcome her past and then happily ever after eventually. I cannot wait!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Friday, March 27, 2015

When To Let Go by J.M. Sevilla


When To Let Go

Synopsis:

Three stories. One book. Six lives intertwined. 


This is a story that starts at childhood and ends with adulthood. It's about the first time your lips meet and the last time they part. It's the free falling of love and the pain of crashing. It's broken promises and stolen kisses. It's reaching for the sky and letting dreams slip away. It's the past controlling the present and the present defining the future. It's learning when to stay and when to go. It's the story of the Baxter Triplets and the ones they fell in love with.

Review:

When To Let Go is the story of the Baxter triplets and the people they fall in love with. The Baxter triplets you will know from the end of the Marked series if you have read that (the Marked series is their parents story). Man did this book do a number on me. I was already in a sad reminiscing mood because of the day it was (the anniversary of a loved ones death) and for some reason I thought this would be a fun, light read. I was expecting it to be more like the authors other works, but it wasn't in a good way. This was such a downer for me in a really great way. Sometimes I like reading something that will rip my heart out, smash it into a billion pieces, then put it all back together again.

The story opens with Parker and Ava, brother and sister who have a terrible mother who has even worse boyfriends. Parker is ten and trying to keep his kid sister safe. He tries to keep all the bad things that happened to him from happening to her. He is her protector and he would do anything for her. Quickly bad things happen and they end up in foster care where Parker meets Ryder, another kid with issues. Ryder quickly becomes like a brother to Parker and Ava and they are each others family now. Only Parker and Ava get adopted and loose track of Ryder.

Once they are adopted that is where the Baxter triplets come in. Their adoptive moms are bff with the Baxter triplets mom. Up until this point I wasn't really invested in the story that much. The writing felt kind of detached, but it was still interesting. Once the Baxter's get involved then I really started to love this heartbreaking read. As I said I was reading this on the anniversary of the death of a loved one so I might have been a bit more susceptible to the sadness of the events that happened, and it was a kind of depressing read for me until the end, but I loved it. I loved most of the characters and how everyone came together and how this wasn't just an easy love story. It had a lot of depth that I don't see in a lot of books. Even when there are struggles in other books it didn't feel like this one. In this story there are so many points when you are just like how are they ever going to get together? How will they ever work it out? Really a great read.

So let's talk about the characters. My favorites were Ava and Wes. Ava had something happen to her when she was younger, but the really bad stuff didn't leave scars like they did for Parker. She still is not confident and lacks self esteem, never sure people actually like her or that she is attractive or anything like that. She broke my heart the most as she is so innocent and susceptible to terrible people. Her "friend" was so heartbreaking. You hate her right from the beginning, but Ava doesn't realize how terrible she is. It doesn't help that the so called friend plants these ideas in her head, ideas that are similar to what Ava thinks so they end up making things worse. Wes is amazing with her. I loved that at eight years old he knew Ava was the one for him. I love that he never wavered from that for a moment. I loved him. Even though he obviously loved her so much, Ava has a hard time always seeing that and understanding that he does not and will never want someone else. It doesn't help that Ava has a learning disability so she doesn't think she is smart and beautiful and everything like Wes really deserves. At least she doesn't always think that way. Thanks "friend"! Their story is so heartbreaking to me I just can not get them out of my head. What happens is probably good in the long run as it helps with some issues, they probably needed what happened to happen, but man did it crush me when I was reading it. I was so attached to the characters I almost cried for them. Loved it.

At first sight Violet did not like Parker. He has major issues and you cannot help but feel bad for him. He doesn't always know how to deal with his feelings in a constructive way so he acts out. Noah is a godsend for him as he knows what it is like to have that anger inside and not know what to do with it. He still has a lot of issues, but Violet and he form a bond. They were really heartbreaking as well as you can see how much he cares, but because of things he hasn't dealt with he keeps messing up until it seems to be too late. Parker is one of those kids that you just want to magically fix and make everything better for. It was a really rough ride for the two of them.

Then we have the last two, Ryder and Maggie. I loved Ryder. He is such a sweet, kind, caring person. He has issues just like Parker, he doesn't like to be touched, he doesn't talk much, he cannot be in an enclosed space, etc, but he is still the sweetest boy ever. I was so happy when he came back into Parker and Ava's life. I was glad to see him again and watch him grow. Seeing Ryder at the end was just amazing to see how far he had come. I loved him. Maggie on the other hand....I didn't care for her for most of the book. Her insane need to be the best no matter the cost...I really did not like that. I would get so angry with her that if she were a real person I wouldn't not speak to her. It is one thing to risk your own life when you are being stupid, but to do it with other people in the car and all so that you can win race? That is unacceptable. My loved one died in a car accident so I had no compassion for her and her recklessness in that regards. I just don't understand her. I don't think I ever will understand that mindset. And her whole I like X, but I need to be the best first and then maybe I will get together with him thing just really doesn't make any sense. She says at one point that she worries she will be on top, but he won't be waiting for her anymore. Really it is like why would he? In the second half of the book some things happened with her that made me truly hate her for a while. I wanted her to suffer more, for people to be angrier with her, to have her really own up to her mistakes. I don't know that she really did enough for me, but by the end she was alright again. She helps Ryder and since I love him I can't help but forgive her as well.

This book definitely has a lot of ups and downs. It had moments that broke my heart into a million pieces. Moments that had me in tears, moments that ripped me apart. Moments that I was so angry, and moments that I was so happy. I had to stop reading at one point to eat dinner at a particularly sad part and my husband asked me about what I was reading. I couldn't even talk about it or I would have started crying. It just affected me a lot and after dinner I had to tell him to let me be for a bit because I needed to finish the story or I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it. The ending almost made me cry because I was so happy for the characters. It was an emotional read for me for sure.

There is however one thing that I must mention that I did not like about the book. This story follows these kids from a young age into adulthood, only the writing didn't feel like that was the case. Especially when they are really young. I didn't really see a change from when Ava was eight and when she was eighteen. I felt like it was the same character, almost the same age from start to finish. So at the beginning it was hard to keep track of how old everyone was supposed to be as everyone felt older than they were. I loved this story, but the characters didn't actually grow up completely for me. Still an amazing read that I would highly recommend. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cover Reveal: All for You by Laura Florand

If you follow me you know how much I love love love Laura Florand. She is one of my favorite authors. I cannot get enough of her works. That is why I am so excited for her new series! And the best part? The first book is about Célie, chef chocolatier for Dom from The Chocolate Touch! That means I might get a glimpse of Dom in this book! I will get to know some more amazing people, plus I might get to see a tiny bit of those I already love. Win win win for me. I really cannot wait to read this book as I am sure it is just as amazing as all of her other books. Coming May 5!! I am so excited! Now without further ado the cover


PARIS HEARTS: A new series from Laura Florand 

Three young women trying to make their way in the most romantic city on Earth must learn how to open their hearts to love.

Synopsis:

Some crushes aren’t meant to be

When her older brother’s best friend left to join the Foreign Legion, eighteen-year-old Célie moved on to make a life for herself as a Paris chocolatier. Now, five years later, the last thing she needs is another man to mess up her happiness.

Let alone the same man.

But five years in the Foreign Legion is a long time for a man to grow up, and a long time to be away from the woman he loves.

Especially when he did it all for her.

Half strangers, more than friends, and maybe, if Joss Castel has his way, a second chance…

About the Author:


Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with her award-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Her international bestselling books have appeared in ten languages, been named among the Best Books of the Year by Romantic Times and Barnes & Noble, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura now teaches Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, this means she primarily teaches French language and culture and does a great deal of research on French gastronomy, particularly chocolate. For more information, please see her website: www.lauraflorand.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Her Sudden Groom (Groom #1) by Rose Gordon


Her Sudden Groom (Groom Series Book 1)

Synopsis:

The overly scientific, always respectable, and socially awkward Alexander Banks has just been informed his name resides on a betrothal agreement right above the name of the worst chit in all of England. With a loophole that allows him to marry another without consequence before the thirtieth anniversary of his birth, he has only four weeks to find another woman and make her his wife. Being the logical scientist he is, Alex decides to take his friend's advice and treat his quest for a bride just like a science experiment...


Caroline Sinclair is still trying to scrape her jaw off the floor after hearing her cousin, Lady Olivia's, latest announcement when the object of their conversation, Alex Banks, Olivia's intended, arrives for what Caroline assumes is a bout of drawing room chitchat with his betrothed. But when an experiment is mentioned, Caroline, who cannot resist a science experiment any more than she can deny her lungs air, volunteers to help before she even knows what his latest experiment is!

Review:

After reading all of these amazing Courtney Milan books I thought I would give some more old timey romances a try. I do this every so often, but I am usually disappointed which is why I don't read more of them. I am particular about them, and most of the time new books written in that style/time period don't work for me. Her Sudden Groom reminded me of one of Milan's so I thought I would give it a try. Super scientific Alex must marry someone before the month is up or he will be forced to marry this horrid lady, Lady Olivia. Lady Olivia doesn't want anything to do with Alex either really, but she does want the title and to do whatever she wishes. She is just a dreadful kind of person, and Caroline's cousin.

Caroline is drawn to Alex as she herself is interested in the same scientific things he is. They get along well enough and Olivia's brother, who is in charge of the household now, helps push the two of them together. Caroline doesn't know about the addendum to the contract that stated that Alex and Olivia will marry unless he marries another before he turns thirty. The first half of the book, Alex trying to woo Caroline and get her to agree to marry him before his birthday, was not my favorite. It was too...I am not sure. Too over the top for me in this context.

The second half of the book is Alex and Caroline learning to live together. Or course all of the secrets must come out and it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I expected more drama, maybe from Olivia or something, but it was just them both trying to get the other to fall in love with them. They were both in love, but neither of them realized that the either was in love with them so it was fun. It was nice to see the two of them come together and really be there for each other.

Overall this was an alright read. I didn't particularly care for the first half, but really enjoyed the second so it ended on a high for me.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Unraveled (Turner #3) by Courtney Milan


Unraveled (A Turner Series Book 3)


Synopsis:

Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past—secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom…

Miranda Darling isn’t in trouble…yet. But she’s close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction. And yet no matter how forbidding the man seems on the outside, she can’t bring herself to leave. Instead, when he tries to push her away, she pushes right back—straight through his famous self-control, and into the heart of the passion that he has long hidden away…

Review:

I really enjoyed Unraveled. Really I have loved all of the Turner brothers books, but the first and last, Unveiled and this one, are my favorites. Smite and Ash are just so...I just love them both so much. They both break my heart in different ways and I just loved reading them.

Smite is a loner. He is perfectly happy by himself living his normal life. He has enough money that he could live in a huge house with lots of servants and such, but he doesn't. He just has a small place. He had a hard time growing up with their mother and all, but the worst is that he cannot forget anything. He remembers everything that has ever happened to him. So I think it is particularly hard for him to try and move on since he remembers all. Since he has been working as magistrate he has been trying to make sure no one else falls through the cracks like he and his brothers did. He doesn't want others to suffer and he his harsh, but fair with his rulings. Really his fellow magistrates don't seem to care as much so he tries to do all he can for people.

When Miranda comes into his courtroom dressed in a disguise Smite recognizes her from another case. He tries to talk to her afterwards, but she escapes so he follows her. Miranda has not had the easiest of times. She lives in a bad part of town with a teenage boy she is taking care of. She has protection from the ruling force in the bad part of town, the Patron, but she doesn't want to be under his thumb anymore.

When Smite and Miranda meet they are both intrigued by the other. Smite knows he should stay away, but he can't. He thinks he can just have a month with Miranda and then have everything go back to normal. He does not expect to fall for her or care for her so much. It was really heartbreaking reading him and how he thinks he needs to be alone and hold onto his past to be effective at his job. I just wanted to make everything better for him. Miranda is so perfect for him. Even though they seem to be from two different worlds, they really have a lot of experiences in common. Smite thinks at one point how he never thought he would find anyone since he needs someone who knows what it is like to have hardships, like living on the streets, and also be intelligent.

Miranda is just so sweet with Smite. She is so fun and outgoing and just really pushes him to loosen up a bit. She likes a little bit of danger and one of my favorite scenes is when he tries to give her that, even though it is not what he would like. It just melted my heart how much he cared for her. She has been looking out for herself for so long and trying to get out from under the Patron, but she doesn't seem to be able to. I like that Miranda didn't try to just solve all of her problems herself. I liked that she included Smite in what is going on with her, especially once she grows closer to him. It is not the easiest for them to keep everyone they care about safe, but they do what they can. They are a great team and she really helps mend some of Smite's relationships and just is amazing. They both were amazing and I loved this book!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Monday, March 23, 2015

ARC Elements of Chemistry: Heat by Penny Reid


Coming April 30
Pre-order now on Amazon or add to your to-read list on Goodreads

Synopsis:

Elements of Chemistry: HEAT is the second part in a three part series; it is 60k words; and it ends with a cliffhanger.

Review:

Wow alright. So if you saw my review last week of Attraction you know I didn't enjoy the first part of this story as much as I had hoped. It was good, but not amazing for me. But Heat? Well Heat is the amazingness that I had wanted right from the start. I loved this section so much more and when I got to the end there was definitely a NO!! I need to know what happens!! moment. So yeah, I enjoyed this part a lot. It helped me understand Kaitlyn and why she is the way she is and such which I needed. I needed to see why she was so rigid and afraid of like everything. I needed to know her better. I finally had the oh, okay, this is why she is doing x, y and z. Now it all makes sense and is not as annoying as before. Really I think if I went back and re-read the first part now, after reading this part, I would enjoy it more.

Heat picks up where the first part left off. Martin is looking for Kaitlyn at the party and she is hidden away reading. I loved how Martin pushes Kaitlyn in this part. How he calls her out on all of her stupid things she does. How he tries to get her to be passionate about something, anything. It really made Kaitlyn start questioning her beliefs and how she thinks things are. I really don't like a lot of Kaitlyn's thoughts on how she shouldn't be desirable and stuff, but Martin challenges those thoughts. It is like she goes a step too far for me and he helps even her out some. There is definitely a give and take. Seeing why she does what she does and where she gets the ideas from helped me like her more. This section definitely does have more heat, but to me it was all about getting to know the characters more and challenging them to be more, to think and challenge their beliefs. I loved that.

You also get to meet some of Martin's family in this section and man are they terrible. No wonder he doesn't trust people or is angry with people a lot of the time. I would be too if I had to deal with them. You just feel bad for him and everything he must have gone through when he was younger. It ends in a cliffhanger and I just cannot wait to read the next section! I need more!! Also I hope we get to know why Sam is being odd. We shall see. Part 3, Capture, cannot come soon enough!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stoner by John Williams


Stoner

Synopsis:

William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. 

And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.

John Williams's luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world.

Review:

Stoner was my book club read for this month. I am glad it was as based on the synopsis I never would have pick this book up to read. It just didn't strike me as something that I would enjoy as much as I did. Really I was hooked from the first pages. The style of writing reminded me of Theodore Dreiser whom I loved when I was in high school. This makes me think I should go back and re-read his books now.

A lot of the people in my book club saw Stoner as a depressing book. I didn't really see it that way. Sure for me Stoner's life would be terrible, but he never really seemed to mind. He was happy with the way things were and just went along with whatever came along. Really from the beginning he was just this guy who coasted and did what people told him. He grew up on a farm and planned on working there until his parents told him to go to school. So off he went. Once there he took some literature classes because he had to at first and then because he enjoyed it. Once Sloane, his advisor, told him he needed to fill out a form to change his major as he was going to be a teacher that is what he did. He just kind of goes along with things as they happen and then he sticks with it until someone tells him to do something different. I think his first real decision was when he had to decide if he would go off to war or not. His friends told him he would go with them to enlist, but Sloane won't tell him if he should or not (and really gives some reasons why he might not and their consequences). That was the first time he really had to make up his own mind about something.

He ends up getting married to this horrid woman, but he doesn't seem to care too much. He is a teacher and eventually a good teacher and things are going fine for him. There is some drama with his teaching in the middle with a student who is an impostor and that students advisor who then has it out for Stoner, but fortunately he cannot do that much to him. Through it all Stoner just goes with everything that happens and never really fights that hard for anything, except for the student to be kicked out of the literature program. Really he tried and tries to give the student the benefit of the doubt, but he just wouldn't help himself and eventually made Stoner too angry. That was pretty much the only time Stoner is passionate about anything besides teaching.

There are a lot of downs in this book and not that many ups. Stoners wife has some mental issues and she gets really bad by the end. There are a lot of really sad moments, but Stoner just goes with it. He is just happy being a teacher and doesn't care that much about anything else.I just really enjoyed this story. The author tells you on the first pages this guy is nothing special. Some people vaguely remember him now that he is dead, but he is not anybody that people will talk about for years to come. He is a nobody and this is his life. Really a great read. I loved how it was written and Stoner was happy enough with his life so it worked.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Night Fury: Second Act by Belle Aurora


Night Fury: Second Act

Synopsis:

My name is Catarina. 
Or, that’s who I was christened to be, anyways. 
I live in a convent. I am a nun in training. A postulant. 
I am eighteen years old. 

I am a predator. 
No one is safe from me. 

I am protected. 
No one can get to me. 

By day one way, by night another. They call on me. 

My name is Catarina. 
Codename: Night Fury. 

No one is safe from me. 


I will come for you.

Review:

I remember reading Night Fury: First Act and finding it interesting, but I recently realized I had forgotten to read Night Fury:Second Act. The first book ends with Catarina finding something of Marco's that changes everything! That is where this part picks up and well...I couldn't get into the story. Everything just happened so fast and it just didn't work for me.

Right at the beginning you find out Marco's secret that Catarina found. He is then quickly out of the picture and it was just like oh well. Then Catarina moves on to new guy! Yey! It just didn't work. Especially since at first she really didn't like the new guy, but then she gave him a chance and instantly liked him. It just wasn't really developed well and it felt like the author was just switching out guys just because. Like maybe the next part will have a different guy and Catarina can start liking him instead. It was just like it didn't really matter who the characters were as they are interchangeable. Also there wasn't a lot more story besides new guy and his brother coming into Catarina and everyones life. Of course it ends with a shocker and you will have to wait for the next part to see what happens. I don't know if I will read it as this one just wasn't that good.

Rating: ★ ★

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Unclaimed (Turner #2) by Courtney Milan


Unclaimed (A Turner Series Book 2)

Synopsis:

Her only hope for survival...

Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London and he's known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check...until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he's waited for all his life.

Is to ruin the man she loves...


But Jessica is a courtesan, not the genteel lady Sir Mark believes. Desperate to be free of a life she despises, she seizes her chance when Mark's enemies make her an offer she can't refuse--seduce Mark and tarnish his good name, and a princely sum will be hers. Yet as she comes to know the man she's sworn to destroy, Jessica will be forced to choose between the future she needs and the love she knows is impossible.

Review:

Unclaimed was another great read from Courtney Milan. While I didn't enjoy it as much as Unveiled, it was still amazing.

Sir Mark is famous for his book on chastity. He is held to a high moral standard and he gets mobbed wherever he goes. He always seems to be fine in the lime light, but really he just wants people to leave him alone. He is not a hero. He just wants people to act morally for the sake of being moral. He doesn't like everyone thinking he is some super amazing person. He is just a guy who is trying to do the right thing and get other to as well. He leaves London to spend the summer in his childhood home. From the first book in the series you know his mom was kind of crazy and he still has some issues left over from that. He just wants some peace and quite and to be himself for a bit. Unfortunately that doesn't happen as a branch of the Male Chastity Brigade in town and so everyone still knows who he is.

I really liked Mark. He is really a great guy, even though he gets tired of everyone always thinking he is perfect. He has wants and needs just like everyone else, but he just doesn't act on them. It was fun and heartbreaking watching him try and do the right thing all the time. He would speak out against some of the outrageous thoughts and ideas some of the MCB had, but even when he would lose his temper and tell at them off they still applauded him in the end. It was like he couldn't really get through to people. He couldn't make the guys see that they don't need a club to keep them in line. They should embrace chastity because it is the right thing to do, not because of this club. Also the club has some ideas that are not at all in line with his beliefs. Like they have a hand signal to warn you away from dangerous women, which to Mark is just ridiculous. If a woman is caught in a compromising position the woman is the one who is disgraced, but nothing happens to the man. Mark really believes there are not dangerous woman, but dangerous men. I loved how he tries to get men to see how they should be responsible for the downfall of some women. I loved it.

Jessica has not had the easiest of lives. She was cast aside by her parents at a young age when she made a mistake. A mistake which the man did not suffer for, only she did. Her only hope was to become a courtesan and for a while she was okay with that. Then something dreadful happened with a guy who is trying to ruin Mark's reputation and she does not feel anything anymore. When that guy offers a reward to the lady who seduces Mark Jessica volunteers to do just that. She needs to money so she can go away to a small town somewhere where no one knows her and, as she says, try to feel the sun again.

When she first gets to Mark's home town the town is not very kind to her. Everyone tries to keep her away from Mark, but from the first moment he sees her he is intrigued. Only she then starts acting not like herself when she is around him and that just makes him angry. It was fun watching the two of them try to work everything out. Jessica wasn't supposed to fall in love, she didn't want to ruin Mark, but what other choice does she have? She keeps trying to tell him he shouldn't trust her, but he just won't listen. It was fun watching Mark struggle to stick to his beliefs. He also makes the townspeople realize how mean they are to Jessica for no good reason. He gets them to start including her in things. Not everyone, but even one person being nice to her is enough to make a difference. He was such a great person.

Of curse everything comes out in the end and it takes a bit to work everything out, but Mark and Jessica are just so great together. I loved their story and how amazing they both were. Another great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Blog Tour: Only for Her (Only #2) by Cristin Harber - Review & Giveaway


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Synopsis:

The second installment in the Only series. Must read book one first!!

First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he’ll make it right with his girl.

All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it’s all blank.

Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life’s been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.

It’s him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can’t figure out if I’ve been destroyed or set free. The him that… is… dead.

He’s back with one objective–Emma Kingsley–and she never sees it coming.

Only for Her, Only #2 The novella series will release in its entirety this spring. 


Review:

Only for Her is the second book in this novella series and it was a good read. Really I enjoyed it, but I am not entirely sure why. Everything moves very quickly and it is not really that realistic that everything would be solved so easily, but it was fun none the less. You should have read book one already! Some spoilers for that book are ahead!

Emma has always been in love with Greyson and in the last story they finally got together. Only Greyson leaves Emma at the end. This books picks up where that one left off, with Emma believing Greyson died in the military and now she is all alone with their daughter. Only he didn't die and he is now committed to doing anything necessary to win Emma back and make her fall in love with him again.

As I said things move quickly. It is not a long read so it is just bam bam bam everything works out. It was fun even if I don't actually think it would have happened like it did. As it is Emma has been working herself ragged trying to provide for her daughter and herself. She won't accept help from anyone, but now with Greyson back maybe things will change. I can't wait for the next chapter of their story!

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


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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, March 18, 2015

Keep You From Harm by Debra Doxer


Keep You from Harm (Remedy Book 1)

Synopsis:

Secrets… 

They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart. 

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built. 

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.

Review:

Keep You From Harm was such a great read. The writing just drew me in right from the start. This didn't feel like the normal boy meets girl story. The authors style of writing just immerses you in the story and you just really care about the character.  It was just fun and different and I can't wait to read the next book to see what happens!

Raielle grew up thinking she didn't have any family except her mother. When her mother is murdered she suddenly finds that she has a brother she never knew about. He comes to take her home and Raielle doesn't really know what to think. I mean suddenly she has family and she keeps finding out more things with means her mom lied to her. Why? Why wouldn't her mom be honest with her? Why would she never mention she had a brother? There is just a lot of questions.

Besides that Raielle has some secrets of her own. I wasn't expecting this to be a paranormal read so when things started happen that were odd it was interesting. It is not really out there or anything, but it was an interesting addition to the story.

Raielle sees Lucas the moment she gets to her brothers house, only she doesn't know it is him. She is instantly drawn to him in a weird way. She has never really had that happen before, and she doesn't really know what to think about it. After all once she gets to school she realizes Lucas is a player. He is the hot guy all the girls want.

Lucas has some secrets of his own and he has never really let anyone in. He is drawn to Raielle, but he runs hot and cold. One minute he is nice to her, the next he is in a mood and not friendly at all. The back and forth between them was great, even if at times a bit confusing. He definitely has some issues, but it was fun watching the two of them come together.

Raielle is a really amazing character. She is so kind and selfless. I loved reading about her, though I need to start the next book to see what happens! Lucas and Raielle took some time, but they eventually learn to rust each other with their secrets and fall in love. I cannot wait to see them together again in book 2!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Release Day: Only for Her (Only #2) by Cristin Harber


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Synopsis:

The second installment in the Only series. Must read book one first!!

First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he’ll make it right with his girl.

All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it’s all blank.

Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life’s been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.

It’s him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can’t figure out if I’ve been destroyed or set free. The him that… is… dead.

He’s back with one objective–Emma Kingsley–and she never sees it coming.

Only for Her, Only #2 The novella series will release in its entirety this spring. 



Book 1, Only for Him available on 

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.

Unveiled (Turner #1) by Courtney Milan


Unveiled (A Turner Series Book 1)

Synopsis:

Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family - and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….


Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who's stolen her fortune and her father's legacy - the man she's been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties - and the tantalizing promise of passion….

Review:

Unveiled oh how I did loved you. This is such a great read, but much different from the other books I have read from this author. The other books were fun and funny, just left me smiling so big while reading them. This one was more serious and kind of sad at times which really worked. My heart would break for the characters and I loved pretty much everything about this book.

Ash Turner. Oh how wonderful he was. He is one of those people who is just a great person. Someone who everyone seems to love. Someone who can fit in anywhere. He can have dinner with servants or Duke's and he seems at ease with either. His whole life he has been trying to take care of his brothers at the sacrifice of not having a real relationship with them. He so wants what is best for them and to be a part of their world, but he can't seem to get that close relationship with them that he wants. No matter what he does he can't seem to make up for his past mistakes with them. He recently brought to light that the current Duke's offspring are illegitimate and he is vying to take over the position once the sickly current Duke passes (with no legitimate offspring the title would revert to him). He wants this so much for his brothers as well as for revenge against the current Duke. After all the current Duke has caused hardship for him and his brothers so Ash is not too fond of him.

Besides the duke not being so kind in the past, the dukes sons made his brothers life not so pleasant in school. Really most everyone in that family seems like they are not the nicest people. Except Margaret. Margaret is a sweetheart, though she needs to learn to accept what is happening and not let it define her. She has stayed back at the manor to spy on Ash for her brothers when he comes to visit. She is posing as a servant and is hoping Ash will be this terrible person so she can help her brothers get their title back. She needs this as what will become of her if Ash succeeds in his quest? Unfortunately Ash is an amazing person. From the first moment he saw Margaret he knew she was special and she was for him. He would do whatever he could to be with her.

At first Margaret is not so nice to Ash, but he never seems to mind. He is the first person since she lost everything to really see her. He encourages her to be who she wants to be and not let her lot in life dictate who she is. He doesn't care if she was born a servant or a queen she can do whatever she wants. He wants her to paint her own canvas and not let anyone else tell her what to paint, or even let them paint it for her.

Ash is amazing in this book. He gives Margaret whatever she needs. When she pleads with him to stop talking to her he stops talking to her. She was always so sure that he would just take what he wanted, especially since he told her that first day he wanted to kiss her, but he never does. He wants her to come to him. He doesn't want to force anything on her. He wants it to be her decision. There are many times throughout the story where Margaret wants Ash to just do what he wants so she doesn't have to make the hard decisions, but he won't. He is so great for her!

Then she is sure once he find out who she is he will want nothing to do with her. She is conflicted the whole time as to whose side to be on, Ash or her brothers. She can't imagine pushing her brothers aside, but she also doesn't want to be without Ash. The whole time you are waiting to see what happens when he finds out she is the duke's daughter. He keeps telling her that he doesn't care what her full name is, who her family is, what she was born into. He knows her and wants her no matter who she is. **spoiler alert** When Ash finds out who she is it doesn't matter to him. If anything he feels terrible for saying some mean things about her to her when he didn't know it was she he was talking about. He is the one apologizing to her and it is incredible. He really is such a great person.

Throughout the story you get to see a lot of Ash and what makes him him. He has some secrets, some things not even his brothers know which he feels keeps him from having that strong relationship with them. It is heartbreaking watching him try and form those bonds with his brothers only to have them not understand everything it is taking for him to do simple things they take for granted. Really there were a lot of heartbreaking parts, but it was so great. Even once everything is on the table it takes a while for Ash and Margaret to work everything out. Even though they love each other it is not as simple as just being together since her brothers are fighting for their title. You keep reading and it is just like how are they ever going to figure this out to the point where they can get their happily ever after? It happens and boy was I glad when it did. Those brothers of Margaret are so selfish. And the epilogue! Oh Ash is simply amazing. You can just see how much he loves Margaret. Such a great read. Not the fun lightheartedness of the other books, but amazing none the less.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Monday, March 16, 2015

ARC Elements of Chemistry: Attraction by Penny Reid


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Synopsis:

Elements of Chemistry, part 1

One week.

Private beach.

Invisible girl.

Jerk-faced bully.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.

Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family's billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.

When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?

Review:

I was excited to start reading Elements of Chemistry. I remember reading the short story that is the first few chapters and that was hot so I expected this book to just be amazing. Unfortunately it wasn't absolutely amazing like I had hoped. I am a huge Penny Reid fan, have read all of her works, but this one just wasn't up to the same level as the other ones were. At least for me. I am not sure what exactly it was, but it was just okay. Really this ends in a cliffhanger and I got to the last page and was just like okay, cool. Not OMG I need the next book now to see what happens!! Just okay, well whenever the next one comes out is fine. I figured what was actually happening at the end and am just hoping it is not too much drama lama in the beginning of the next section.

I think my biggest issue with this story is Kaitlyn. She is this quiet, keep to herself girl. She is the beautiful girl who wears baggy clothes and doesn't think she is beautiful. Whenever anyone tells her she is good looking she scoffs at them. Really she always brushes off compliments as that is what she does. I realized while reading this she is a lot like Annie from The Hooker and the Hermit, which if you read my review the other day you know I did not enjoy her. Kaitlyn is not as big a hermit as Annie, but she is similar. She keeps to herself, hides in the closet at times, just is not good around a lot of people and just bugged me. I don't know what exactly it is about the two of them that I dislike so much. Maybe just how insecure they are or something. I can't put my finger on what it is, but something about them I don't like that much.

Martin is the hot guy on campus. He is rich and suddenly seems to take an interest in Kaitlyn, at least in Kaitlyn's mind. The problem? Kaitlyn doesn't really want to pursue this as she knows he is a jerk face and will make her cry. She saw him be mean like twice so she has extrapolated that as well as stories about him to mean that he is a jerk face to everyone. Only when he kisses her she responds. When he kisses her and asks her to go away for spring break with him and his friends she promises to. Then when she returns to her senses she is not as excited about that idea. I mean she would be happy to just sit in her room and read. She is a loner, not a group kind of person. And Martin will end up making her cry. He just will because she knows he is a jerk face.

Kaitlyn does get dragged along on spring break with her friend and roommate in tow. Things are alright once they get there and this is just the first part of the story. Martin tries to win Kaitlyn over, but she is not that easy. He keeps asking her to give this a try, and she says she is but she never really does. While I didn't hate her, Kaitlyn's constant this is not going to work out or not wanting to really be with Martin did annoy me a bit. He obviously wants this so either give it a go or actually say no to him and stop all this. We shall see what happens in the next part of the story. It wasn't a terrible read, it just wasn't as good as Penny's other books. In my opinion at least. I am hoping the next parts will be better and it will turn into an amazing story all together.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Step-Lover by Bella Jewel


Step-Lover: A Stepbrother Romance

Synopsis:

You’ll only ever have one forbidden love. 

Care to know why?

Because when you find it, forbidden love that is, you’ll forget everything else. You’ll forget your first kiss. You’ll forget the first boy who made you smile. You’ll forget all the bad, and remember all the good. You’ll forget that it’s wrong. You’ll forget that it hurts. You’ll forget everything that came before him. 

Forbidden love, it has a way of changing you. The secrets. The lies. The guilt. You want something so much you no longer care about the world around you. The passion takes away the pain. I’ve felt it. I’ve lived it. I didn’t need it, but it chose me. 

I met him before I knew. I loved him before I knew. 

I didn’t know that he was my stepbrother. I knew I had stepbrothers, but I didn’t know he was one of them. Now I know, I have to walk away. My mom, she deserves this happiness so much more than I do. If she ever knew…it would destroy her. 

You have to understand why.

I saw my father die right in front of my tiny, eight year old eyes. He took my sister with him. All that’s left is my mother and I. She’s found her happy place, the only place she’s had since our worlds were destroyed. 

So you see, I can’t have him. 

I can’t want him. 

But there’s this problem with passion, and love, and destiny. 


It doesn’t give you a damned choice.

Review:

I must admit Step-Lover was a bit of a miss for me. I know step sibling romances are big right now for some reason, and it is usually not my thing, but I was hopeful that I would enjoy this one. I liked some of the authors other books so I thought this one might be good as well. It wasn't the worst book ever, but it just didn't work overall for me.

This book starts off with Aria meeting her step-brothers for the first time. A year ago she met and fell in love with a guy one weekend, but she didn't even know his name. Now he is back, only now he is her step-brother! Woah. So Blade and Aria are both like we can't do anything, we are step-siblings now, this would be wrong. At the beginning it was way too much we are brother/sister!! for me. It was mentioned every two seconds and I just felt like I get it. I get that even though you met before your parents met now you are weirded out by it, but get over it! Just stop with the mentioning how you are related by marriage every two seconds. I will be the first to admit that I get squeaked out by sibling love stories, even if they are step siblings, but at first this would have been fine with me. They never lived together, they were not like family, and they knew each other before they were even related by marriage. Go for it I say.

Only they don't really. There is just a back and forth between them the whole book. Aria acts like a two year old at first and is just I can't do this my mom would hate me cause this would ruin everything!! Which I didn't completely get. I know your dad and sister died 11 years ago and you are still not close to really moving on from that, but your mom would understand if you just talked to her. Why wouldn't she? On the dad/sister note the whole time I just kept thinking Aria really should get some help. It has been a long time and she still cannot even talk about her dad/sister. I know it was horrible what happened, but to still be so affected by it after so much time just doesn't seem healthy. I know you will never forget, but you should be able to at least think of them once and a while.

So Aria and Blade are kind of angry with each other and mean to each other to try and stay away, but there is such an attraction they can't. He left her a year ago without a word, and then *spoiler alert* he does it again! Alright so to me then this would be over. I mean how many times are you going to let him walk all over you and treat you like crap before you move on? Seriously.

So skip to a year later. Aria is in the family, she loves her step-brothers and step-dad and everything is wonderful. Until Blade shows up again with another girl on his arm (the same girl he tried to be with when they met a year ago, but couldn't. Apparently he could after all). Blade is determined to be with this other girl even though he obviously is still attracted to Aria. And Aria is just fine with letting him back into her life the minute he wants her again. Really I had started enjoying the story before Blade left, and even afterwards, but then once he came back I just really didn't like him. Also it has been a year and Aria is really family with his family now so now it just weirds me out a bit. Like it had been too much time, too much settling into their family dynamic for it to work for me. Then when they finally get together (which was not really under ideal circumstances) and their families find out most of the reactions are not really realistic. It has been too long to just be like oh cool, you knew each other before so this is fine. For me this would be upsetting after all this time. Although I will admit the reasons Aria are skeptical of it, why she thinks it is odd to try and continue this relatonship, are my exact feelings! They are things I always wonder about in this kind of situation. It would just be too strange for me.

So this book started off not too good, got better, then went back downhill again for me. Overall just an okay read. I had hoped for more since I have enjoyed the authors books in the past, but unfortunately you don't always like them all.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

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