Sunday, January 31, 2016

Following Me by K.A. Linde

Following Me
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Synopsis:

“I knew you were running the first time I saw you…"

Devon didn’t have a game plan when she decided to leave St. Louis on a Chicago-bound train for the summer. Just a reason. 

One she couldn’t share with anyone. Not Hadley, her best friend from college, who lets her stay in the guest bedroom; no questions asked. Or Brennan, the bartender at the local restaurant they frequent, who she actively tries to avoid. Or Garrett, Hadley’s boyfriend, who befriends her when she has no one else to turn to.

"I just didn’t know what you were running from...."

Desperate to hide at all costs, Devon plunges into her new life in the city. Everyone around her starts to reveal sides of themselves Devon never expected. And just when she starts to get comfortable, her world flips upside down…

"...but I think all along you were running toward me."

Review:

Following Me was an odd read for me. I kept waiting for it to turn into a really preachy Christian book which was odd. Then the main character did not make much sense to me. She didn't seem realistic, and that just made the whole book not so good.

Devon runs away from St Louis for the summer. Something happened, but she can't talk about it with anyone. She tells her family she is staying in St Louis with her boyfriend, and told her boyfriend she was in Paris with her family. Instead she runs to Chicago to her best friend from college and yeah. It might have helped some if whatever happened was revealed earlier in the story. At least then I would be able to see why she might not want to go back, why she might want to keep it secret, whatever. Instead we see this perfect sounding boyfriend, these friends who are fine, and Devon who always compares herself to others and finds herself lacking. She was annoying to read. Like she finds out some secrets her friend Hadley has, and once she does she realizes Hadley is not as perfect as she thought she thinks what does that say about me? And I just was like nothing? It says nothing about you...she was odd. When we first meet Hadley she says that Hadley graduates, got a good job and moved to Chicago, something Devon would never have considered doing. Um what? You never considered getting a job after college? Or potentially moving if said job is somewhere else? What did you think would happen? You would be homeless on the streets of St Louis? Hadley didn't do anything crazy....

I think one of the biggest issues I had with Devon is that she seemed like a super sheltered, no real life experience, country bumpkin. Like someone who grew up on a farm in a tiny town and never went anywhere else. Instead she grew up in Nashville, goes to college in St Louis, and her parents are famous in the country music industry. It even mentions taking trips to New York City and stuff when she was growing up. I mean she told her boyfriend she was going to Paris for the summer and that was totally believable to him. There is no way she is this naive, unworldly, never experienced anything, never been in a big city girl. It just didn't make sense!

Really a lot of things didn't make sense, or the author would use things in not the correct context. Like Devon can't tell Hadley what happened, what the horrible thing is that she ran away from, because Hadley would "have a field day" and she didn't want to deal with Hadley freaking out and getting so angry. That is not having a field day...

She also would say her views on things in odd ways that made me scratch my head. Like how the music industry is the worst, it will suck you in even if you are on the outskirts. I mean she even smoked pot in high school! Shock horror! Okay I know some people are really against pot smoking, but I don't really know why. I have known plenty of people who did and still do on occasion smoke pot and they are fine upstanding citizens. They have good jobs and families and are just normal people. It is not like a hardcore drug that destroys you. Like those photos of people who have been using Meth and stuff. So it got all drugs are bad! Don't do drugs! psa there for a while. Then she goes on about sex/masturbation, how she can't do anything herself as it is wrong and stuff. This came quickly after the drugs are bad so I was waiting for it to turn into Jesus is the best! Praise Jesus. Or maybe how gay people are "wrong" or something. It just...it read strangely to me.

Through the whole book Devon has this poor me attitude. She is attracted to Brennan, but tries to stay away as she still has a boyfriend. She loves Hadley's boyfriend Garrett as he is oh so perfect, and makes some poor decisions there. For some reason she finds it okay to spend lots of alone time with him and almost sleep with him on multiple occasions. It is obvious he is liking her, but she doesn't see anything wrong with maybe sleeping with her bff's boyfriend (until *spoiler alert* he did finally make a move and kiss her and she pushes him away after a few minutes). Yey her! All while she is crushing on Brennan the whole time, but won't do anything about that. Yeah. She just keeps saying how perfect Garrett is, how he is the one person she can talk to, yada yada yada. I didn't understand.

*spoiler alert*

So then everything goes downhill when Devon's boyfriend comes back. The boyfriend that Garrett told Devon she had broken up with when she left for the summer. How that makes sense I have no idea. Just another head scratcher moment. She left with the boyfriend thinking she is coming back. That is not breaking up. I could see maybe if she snuck off in the middle of the night without him knowing then sure. So Garrett tells her she broke up with her boyfriend because she left him for the summer, when that makes no sense, so then she tells Brennan that she broke up with her boyfriend. So then they get together when in reality she didn't break up with her boyfriend and is just cheating on him. Wonderful. I know the boyfriend is not good, but come on! It was odd. Really this whole book is odd. The ending didn't make a lot of sense, what people did was so not cool, and I just was over it pretty early on. I just didn't care for Devon much and the writing didn't help that. I kept being confused why someone would say or so something in the way they did. Not the book for me.

Rating: ★★

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Things I Never Said (Damage Control #1.5) by Jo Raven


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Synopsis:

Evangeline loves Micah, Micah loves Evangeline, and it seems like a perfect Summer – so why is he acting off? Withdrawn, distant, not talking about whatever it is that’s bothering him. He won’t tell – and she won’t give up, not until she sees him smile again.

*Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young readers.* 

Review:

After reading Micah I was looking for more books in the series and found this one. The Things I Never Said is a short novella, just a short glimpse into what happened after Micah. What happens with Micah and Ev. It was cute and sweet, super short, but fun.

Ev and Micah are in love. Things are going great until Micah starts acting strange. He won't talk to Ev about what is bother him so she doesn't know what to think. Is he over her? Does he want to break up? Or is there something on his mind and can she get him to talk? Like I said a quick read, but I loved the extra time spent with these characters. If you read Micah and enjoyed it you should pick up this story. It is free right now so why not?

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sempre (Sempre #1) by J.M. Darhower


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Synopsis:


THIS IS A STORY ABOUT SACRIFICE... DEATH... LOVE... FREEDOM. THIS IS A STORY ABOUT FOREVER.

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco grew up under vastly different circumstances. Haven, a second-generation slave, was isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege and excess. Now, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think. In a world full of chaos, where money and power rule, Haven and Carmine yearn to break free, but a string of events that began before either of them were born threatens to destroy them instead.


Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price-especially not freedom. But how much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free?

Review:

Sempre was a strangely good read for me. I read it over about a week which is not how I normally read books. I usually finish a book in a day, two tops. I had a friend visiting so I only had an hour or so to read every day so I had to just keep picking it back up and re-immersing myself into the story. That is where the strangely good came in. I was loving the story, loving getting to know both Carmine and Haven, loving everything, but every time I picked the book back up and started reading I would think "wait a minute. Why am I loving this so much? The writing is just so so and not really my thing..." but I would continue reading and quickly was back in the story and had forgot about the writing. Odd. I don't think I would have even noticed anything had I read it straight through like I normally do. So even though I kept thinking the writing is only so so when starting to read, by a couple paragraphs in I was back in the story and back to loving it. I can't wait to read the next book now and see the next chapter of their lives! 

Sempre is the story of Haven and Carmine. Haven has not had a good life when this story opens. Really she has one of the worst situations I have read for a book character. Her father is incredibly abusive, somehow related to a mob family, her mother is abused as well so she can't help, she fears for her life daily and is basically a slave. For as long as she can remember she has been told that is what she is and she is not like everyone else. She is not good enough to be out in the world. She is not supposed to know how to read or write, she didn't really have any education except about house chores, she has a miserable existence. And yet she is such a kind sole. 

Haven is this amazing person and it is not until Carmine's father saves her that she can really let herself become who she is. It doesn't happen overnight, and it is not easy to undo all the harm she suffered growing up, but she is starting to find a place that she can feel safe. True she doesn't completely trust Carmine's father, especially after a few bad incidents, but it is much better than where she was. At the beginning she still can't go outside, she is trapped in the house, but at least no one is beating her or threatening her life daily. If she makes a mistake here she is not punished. Oh I loved reading her story. I loved seeing her come out of her shell and be who she really is. She was great.

Carmine hasn't really been good since his mom died. He was there when it happened and he hold so much guilt and anger in that he is not in a good way. He sleeps around, has never had a girlfriend, just drinks and does drugs and generally messes up on a daily basis. He can't keep his anger in check, but getting to know Haven changes him. She makes him want to be a better person. She makes him want to be good enough for her. I loved him. He was hurting so much, but he is this amazing person who is there for Haven whenever she needs him. He is a fighter and he will definitely fight for her. It was like when they were thrown together there wasn't any other option. They were it for each other.

Not that it is easy. It takes them a while to even be comfortable in the same room together. Haven especially is skittish since she is just a slave. She is not good enough for someone like Carmine. She never will be...and Carmine is terrified of letting someone else get close. Everything he has ever loved has been taken from him and he doesn't want it to happen again. Oh it was heartbreaking at times, but these two are so sweet together.

The story is a longer one, not that I am complaining. You get to see a lot of Carmine and Haven. You get to see them fall in love and deal with some of the complications that entails. See them deal with some new information, see them try and work with the mob family aspect, see them just create this very solid foundation. Through all the ups and downs they are there for each other. While this book doesn't end on a cliffhanger it does end on a bit of an open ending so I am eager to read the next chapter of their story.

Rating: ★★★★1/2

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friends (Sempre #0.5) by J.M. Darhower


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Synopsis:

Friends: 
One moment. 
One wrong choice. 
That was all it took to destroy a friendship. 

*takes place before Sempre* 

Review:

Friends was my first introduction to this author. I picked up the two novella book when it was free figuring if I enjoyed Friends then I would get Sempre to read, while if I didn't then it was a quick easy way to check out a new author. I enjoyed this super short story and am looking forward to reading more! 

Friends is the short backstory of Carmine and Nicholas and how one night changed everything. They used to be friends, but they are young and stupid and just messed everything up. I can't wait to read Sempre now and see what happens with Carmine! I know I still have the Forever novella that is bundled with this to read, but I am going to wait until I have read the other books first since it comes after. Really short, but drew me in and now I want more!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Come Away With Me (With Me in Seattle #1) by Kristen Proby


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Synopsis:

Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he's intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.

Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding? 

Review:

Come Away With Me was not a very good read for me. At first I was entertained by the writing, found much of it quite humorous when it wasn't supposed to be. Really I found it humorous because I didn't think it was very good. But that was fine as at least it was entertaining me. Then I quickly lost interest as it was just sexy time every two seconds, and not good sexy time. Plus some character issues and it was just not the best read. 

This is the story of Natalie and Luke. Natalie who is rich from money her deceased parents left her. She takes photos for a living and loves living on Alki beach.  And Luke, the famous guy who falls for her. Luke who Natalie doesn't recognize when he first approached her on the beach angry since he thinks she is taking photos of him. That whole first scene was so ridiculous and Natalie is a bit dense. She cannot figure out that Luke might be famous or something, might  be rich or famous or something so that people would recognize him while out and about. I mean why would he always be trying to disguise himself if he was not a public figure of some sort? Plus she forgives Luke right away for being a jerk about the camera because he is oh so hot! Easy as that. Then they start hanging out and it just was not realistic. The way they talked throughout the book did not read like normal people speak. It was too...too something. Too stiff and it just didn't read right for me. 

Then they start having sexy times and at first that really entertained me. The descriptions of the sexy time made me laugh. I read a few scenes out loud to my husband and he enjoyed it. I know, not what you usually want in those kind of scenes. They were just described in a way that was just ridiculous for me. It was like while reading it I had this monotone voiced guy reading it for some reason. Strange, but then the book turned into pretty much just sexy time and I grew bored of it. It was every two seconds they were having sex or talking about having sex. Dinner with the parents is not even a deterrent! On the way home Luke says how he wanted to have sexy time with her right there at the dinner table, he didn't care who was there. Is that supposed to be hot or swoony or something? Cause it just creeped me out. No sexy time in front of the family! Yuck! Thank goodness it didn't really happen...

Anyways, I skimmed the last half of the book as I said above it was pretty much just sexy time with small breaks. If you don't mind the writing then it might be a good read for you. Oh one other thing that bothered me? Luke's anger. It was never really addressed, but he would get super angry for no reason way too often. Like when they are first hanging out Natalie's guy friend texts her asking if she has plans and Natalie is instantly like oh no! Luke saw this! He will be pissed! And he was...it just read as Natalie has to be careful what she does/who she speaks to so Luke doesn't get angry. Another example? The Brad situation. She has to change the way she works, who she can work for and such, because Luke gets super angry? I'm sorry but no. That would have been screw you and your irrational jealous anger. That is not cool. And sometimes I didn't even understand why he was angry, he just would be. Not cool man. Not cool. But it was never brought up as a problem which bugged me. Apparently being easy to anger and having to placate him are just normal things you have to deal with in a relationship. It didn't happen all the time, but enough that it raised red flags for me. Like it could go somewhere bad in the future. It definitely didn't make me happy for the happily ever after...Oh well. Not the book for me. 

Rating: ★1/2

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Once Upon A Time (A Broken Fairy Tale #1) by S.K. Hartley


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Synopsis:


I don't believe in fairy tales. 
I don't believe in glass slippers. 
I don't believe in Prince-Freaking-Charming. 

Cinderella can kiss my ass. 

I kiss frogs, sometimes even toads. 
I've given up on meeting Mr. Right, instead it seems all I meet is Mr. Wrong, Mr. Very-Wrong and even, Mr. Lets-Not-Even-Go-There. 

Fairy tales are for morons. 

Well, that's what I thought until Gabriel Black barged through my life, turning everything upside down. 
He's hot, sexy and little rough around the edges. 
But, he's hiding something, something deep. I can feel it, taste it and smell it. 

Now I'm left wondering if he's my Prince Charming or my fairy tale villain. 
Will I ride away safely into the night, dreaming of happily ever afters? 
Or, will I stumble and fall in ridiculously high heels only meant for women with a death wish? 

Once Upon A Time... 


I met Gabriel Black. 

Review:

Oh Once Upon A Time was so much fun to read! I feel like I have been reading a bunch of not so good book recently so this was such a breath of fresh air. Oh how I loved it! Payton was hilarious! Go read this book right now! I was a bit iffy on it based on the synopsis and such, it could have gone a way that made me annoyed, but the author is amazing and made me just love everyone and everything in the story. Amazing. 

Payton is a girl who has a lot of hang ups about love. And money. And fairy tales. Which normally I think would annoy me, but she was awesome. She grew up poor, she doesn't like people who are rich as that means they will be unhappy, she doesn't want to fall in love again after she did once and got her heart broken, she just wants to work. She puts her job above everything, even her family. She lives in New York with her bff and just does whatever she has to to keep her job and that is it really. Sure they go out drinking sometimes, but Payton is all about work. She will not jeopardize her job for anything. 

The story drew me in right away and I couldn't put it down. I mean it starts with Payton waking up to find herself in bed with a random guy who she does not even remember. 


"Mr. Not-So-Charming [who] lived up to his name. Literally. He couldn't even charm the pants off me." 


Oh it was fun. The way she thinks, the way she talks to herself, just the way she is was a hoot! And her friends? Oh I loved them! Hilarious. 

Then we have Gabriel. Phew was he hot! It started off with this intense scene in his office that oh my goodness! He was....I just loved him. He knows what he wants and he goes after it. That whole first meeting scene between them? Oh, so so good. Payton is still a goof, she still is hilarious, but it is also incredibly scorching hot and oh I loved it. There is just this insane attraction between the two of them and as much as Payton wants to dismiss it Gabriel won't let her. It was fun. Payton can't risk being with him even if she was able to put aside her love issues because it could cause her her job. And as I said above that is just a no go. Oh, but Gabriel is amazing. He pushes her, but not too much. Not too far, just enough to get to know her more and for them to fall for each other. He pursued her, but at the same time tried to make it seem like she had some control over the situation.  He was really sweet as well and wasn't always just the dominant alpha male type. I loved seeing all his many sides and the two of them together.

Try as she might right from the beginning Payton is in a losing battle with Gabriel. When there is that much of a connection between two people you can't help but fall. Oh I loved it. I loved the tension between them, I loved how amazing they are for each other, I loved how fun Payton was, I just loved this story. Highly highly recommended.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: Bend Me, Break Me by Chelsea M. Cameron

 

Today is the reveal for the cover for Bend Me, Break Me by Chelsea M. Cameron. This book is a New Adult Romantic Suspense title. Release date will be announced soon.


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Synopsis:

One girl.
Lonely.
Broken.
Lost.

One boy.
Determined.
Guilty.
Lost.

Two hearts.
One terrible secret.
It will either bring them together or tear them apart.


Teaser:

“I get it,” she said. “I finally get it.” She wouldn’t look up at me, instead concentrating on her hands. There were a few freckles on the backs of them. I wanted to take one of her purple pens and connect them to make constellations on her skin.

“Get what?” I asked. Her eyes came up to my face. 

“Why you’re so obsessed with me.” I raised both eyebrows, but inside, I was panicked. What if she figured me out? That would be disastrous. It would be the end. 

“And why is that?” I said, trying to be playful. 

“I’m mysterious,” she said, she wiggled her fingers in front of my face and the right side of her mouth drew up. Was that a smirk? Did Ingrid just smirk at me? 

“Oh, is that what you think it is?” After so many intense moments, this moment of levity was like a cool drink for a parched throat. 

“Definitely. What else could it be?” I wasn’t going to answer that. 

“You got me,” I said, putting my hands up as if I surrendered. “I’m a sucker for a mystery.” 

She nodded and I thought I spotted another smile, but it was gone quickly, stuffed away behind rigid lips. 

“Thank you,” she said, so quietly that I almost didn’t catch it.

 “You’re very welcome, Ingrid. Anytime.” I got up and brought her some pizza and another glass of water. I had the feeling she hadn’t been eating much recently. 

She carefully ate two slices and had two water refills. It made the color in her cheeks come back. 

“You must think I’m crazy,” she said. 

“No. I don’t think that at all.” I wouldn’t think that about anyone, least of all her.

“Liar.” 

“I’m not lying. Look at me.” I would never get used to the way her eyes seared into me.

 “I don’t think you’re crazy, Ingrid. Not even a little bit.” Her eyes narrowed and I could tell she was assessing if I was telling the truth or not. 

“Okay,” she finally said. “I believe you.”

“Good.”

About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car, tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman) and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Love's Suicide (Love's Suicide #1) by Jennifer Foor


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Synopsis:

My heart belonged to Branch and Brooks Valentine since we were children, when we were all too na├»ve to know what that even meant. We didn’t understand that when we became adults, love would change us. I had to make a choice and when I did, it ripped our bond apart. Brooks left town, and he took half of my heart with him. It was difficult, but I coped and planned my future with Branch. I thought I’d made the right decision. I loved him and I always had.

Brooks showed up to be our best man the night before our nuptials. After drinks and too much reminiscing, I ended up in bed with the wrong brother. To avoid the humiliation and the fact that I’d ruined all of our lives, I left Branch and the only family I’d ever known.

That’s where my story should have ended.

Two years, one beautiful little girl and an abusive marriage later, I was standing there staring at the man that would always hold my heart.

The only question was…

Would I give it to him

I’m Katy Michaels and this is my story.

Review:

*spoiler alert - there will be spoilers ahead. Don't read if you don't want to know what happens*

Love's Suicide was a very frustrating book for me to read. I was stuck on a train for a few hours with this book and man. Not good. I HATED Katy. Seriously hated her. She is one of the stupidest, most frustrating, most cowardly ladies I have ever read. Really her cowardice made her much worse than the normal stupidity. Plus she just jumped to conclusions all the freaking time that were not true and made even more drama than there needed to be and oh I didn't like her. She just kept keeping herself from not being happy for no good reason, then would be all poor me about it. Ugh. 

So right from the beginning you can see that Katy and Brooks have something. Even when they are young there is something there between them. But Branch wants Katy also so he tells the other two they don't like each other so Katy says okay...I will still be all sad that I don't have Brooks and he is sleeping with other girls and such, but I will be with Branch cause I love him, just not like that. I can see as a teenager not being able to tell the difference, but man as they get older and are in college why would she stay with Branch? Katy starts finding out all the incredibly jerkish ways Branch kept her and Brooks apart. All the awful things he did and does she say anything? Nope. Just goes along with it. I mean even leading up to their wedding she is angry with him, but won't tell him. Yeah that was going to be a happy marriage if that would have happened...You even find out more of what happened between Branch and Katy in flashbacks later on and I have no idea why she would ever been with Branch. Sure he told her Brooks didn't like her like that, but does that mean she has to be with a guy who treats her like crap? Really? Ugh. 

So as the synopsis says Brooks comes back the night before the wedding and Katy and he sleep together. And then Katy runs as oh noes! Everyone will hate her! The boys parents are like her parents, they raised her after her parents were killed, but still she cuts everyone off and just disappears. Even when she would call her one friend at times to check in and the friend would say how much everyone misses her she is just like nope. They hate me. I can never speak to them again! They are my family, but family holds super duper grudges and hates people willy nilly! ARGH! 

So Katy ran away and found a small town and friends, a job and a place to live instantly. Yey her. Then she finds out she is pregnant with Brooks' child. Does she tell Brooks? Or his family? Hell no. Why would she do something like that. True he is overseas in the military, but he deserves to know he will be a freakin dad. I HATE when ladies do that. Hate it so much. Sure you give birth to the kid, but the guy plays a part as well and he deserves to know his offspring is out there. He deserves to know the child, not have you hide it from him because you are too scared and cowardly to do the right thing ever. Instead you would rather be all poor me, maybe I should kill myself because everyone hates me, when they don't hate you! I don't really know why she was like she was. Maybe that was one of the big issues - why was she so determined to make everything worse at all times? Why was she so determined to be so unhappy and not give people a chance to react before just assuming that it will be horrible? Why be so frustrating? Why??? 

So she has her baby without telling Brooks or his family. And lives in her small town and marries this guy who loves her but knows she doesn't love him to get on his health insurance. Stupid. I am not sure why she did that. She would have only had to wait a little bit, just a few more months, before she would have come into plenty of money to pay off her medical bills so...not sure why she married him. But she did, and he loved her child like it was his own and everything was okay until he starts to hit her. He hits her two or three times and she says that's it and leaves him. He then goes to anger management and such and changes and wants her back so of course she goes back. 

Then she starts writing to Brooks because she still loves him and they have this letter exchange love affair while she is married to the other guy and keeping Brooks' kid a secret from him. I am not sure what she expected to come from that, how she thought it would work out, especially with the way the rest of the book played out. What was the point? So then she stops getting letters from Brooks and thinks the worst - he is dead. She calls her friend and the friend is all are you calling about Brooks? And Katy takes that to mean he really is dead!! So she falls apart, then starts to try and make a real marriage with her husband. Everything is fine, they are even trying to have their own baby together. 

Then Brooks comes back. He is alive?!? Oh yeah, maybe you shouldn't have just hung up instantly when the friend didn't actually say anything, destroyed your phone and changed your number immediately after not getting any news. So that makes it this big mess, with Brooks now wanting to spend time with his child and Katy's husband not happy that he is back in the picture. Though I will say I didn't get the husband or Katy. He was going to leave as he could see that she would go back to Brooks now that he is there, but Katy was adamant that she wouldn't leave him for Brooks. Why? Cause he helped her through some hard times so even though she doesn't love him and she is totally in love with Brooks she doesn't want to hurt her husband. Yeah she was a winner. And of course then the husband goes crazy suddenly, gets super violent, and just loses it. So then Brooks is there for Katy and they are just this happy little family. She just needs to get a restraining order for her husband and divorce him and everything will be fine. Not sure how she thought still living in the small town where no one, not even her "friends", believed that her husband hit her was a smart thing to do. I mean he really went crazy...how would you feel safe living so close to him? I don't know. 

Anyways Brooks takes her up to see his family who *shock* *surprise* don't hate her!?! Man she is so frustrating. Even when people tell her his family wants to see her she is still no, they hate me. I am the worst! I must stay away! Everyone hates me!! Oh poor her. Poor her for being so cowardly. Then the husband tracks her down and makes her get in his truck, though really she could  have screamed or something and her family would have been there for her. I don't know why she didn't think super big, strong, Brooks couldn't take her husband, or that her entire family working as one couldn't get him to leave, but oh well. She goes with him and then he is all abusive towards her in the car and going super crazy, saying how she cannot leave him and whatnot, so she hits him over the head with a bottle while he is driving down the highway!?! Seriously? Seriously. Why would you think it was a good idea to potentially kill the guy speeding down the road? And why aren't you wearing a seat belt? And with the car flipping over and being super crushed how were you not injured more? Oh it was lame. And the husband doesn't make it so the last part of the book is Katy once again pushing Brooks away cause she is just a horrible person and she killed her husband! Everyone hates her now again cause....Man I just wanted her to stop. I wish she would have grown or something, changed in some way, instead of just being incredibly stupid throughout the entire story. Every decision she made was cowardly and not based in fact and she just ran all the time. She was the only person standing in her way to happiness, but she could never freaking move out of her own way. Instead it was just all poor me! Argh! She just constantly ran from everyone good in her life for no reason. But she would stay with the husband cause...he helped her some. Cause Brooks and his family ware never there for her...oh wait. They always were. Brooks was her protector and they all loved her...yeah she didn't make any sense. 

Then the worst part for me, yeah I didn't know reading it that it could get worse, was the end where Brook's mom shares her big secret and why Katy should forgive herself and be with Brooks. My eyes rolled so hard. It was just like really? Did you really need to add another little bit of useless drama to this thing? Really? Okay. At least it is over now. I have no idea why Brooks didn't give up on Katy sooner. I have no idea why he wasn't actually really angry with her for a lot of things. I have no idea how this would ever work out with them as she never changed. Will she run at he first sign of trouble? Probably. Will Brooks chase after her? Who knows. Maybe he will eventually get tired of it. Sure we are lead to believe they live happily ever after, I just don't buy it. Really not a good book. 

Besides all that plot stuff, besides hating Katy so much I hated the story, I also didn't like the way it was written. It was pretty much all tell no show which may be why I had such issues with Katy. OH! And I almost forgot! Something about Brooks. When she was with Branch, when they were teenagers, there were two times when Brooks snuck into Katy's room to comfort her and ended up sleeping with her. When she thought he was Branch. And when she finds out shortly before he leaves for the military is she angry? Not really. It makes her feel closer to Brooks. Um what? That is soooo not cool with me. Like no. Like I couldn't even get into their love story because I kept thinking about that and no. Just no. So yeah, not a good read. I don't know that I will be reading the next book, this same story from Brook's point of view. It might be better, I might not hate him as much, but Katy...oh she annoyed me. Not doing it again. 

Rating:

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Infinite (Harmony #3.5) by Angela Graham


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Synopsis:

A wedding companion to the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Harmony Series. 

Some dreams are forever just that: a longing void never filled, the desire for something always out of reach. It’s only when fate steps in that your world can be forever changed. 
Lovers enter your life in many different forms—a young crush, or an unavoidable collision. Some are hopeless encounters, others sculpting experiences. 
But when your soul finds its mate, the bond is…Infinite. 

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Review:

If you are like me you have read and loved the Harmony series. I fell for Cassandra and Logan right from the beginning, as well as Oliver as he is just too cute, and loved reading their story. When I found out we would get an extra novella for their wedding I was so so excited! I mean I would read any little extra bits about them, either together or separate (like Logan's prequel novella). They are just characters I love, some of my favorite books, and who wouldn't want just a little bit more? 

Infinite is the story of Cassandra and Logan on the way to the alter. You should have read the other books in the series before this one or you will be lost. You won't know the characters or why they are in the situations they are in. That being said I loved this extra time with them. Hilary and Caleb are so cute, Cassandra and Logan I just love, and Oliver steals the show once again. Really love these characters and loved seeing them get married off to their happily ever afters. A quick read, but I loved every minute of it. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Friday, January 22, 2016

Excerpt Reveal: Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes #3) by Aly Martinez



I am so excited to read Fighting Solitude!! Oh Quarry. I can't wait to read your story. Not long now!! Read on for an excerpt from Fighting Solitude and eek! It is so good! Then pre-order your copy so you are ready to go on release day!


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Synopsis: 

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I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain. 

Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect. 

Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too. 

Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine. 

That was going to change. 

I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate. 

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. 

Fighting to be the man she deserves. 

Fighting the solitude of our pasts. 

Fighting for her.




Excerpt: 

“Jesus Christ, Quarry! Calm down. You’re making it worse.” Till pointed toward the building where the woman I loved lay dead in a coffin. 

Oh, God.

My eyes, tunneled by rage, flashed around the mob of reporters before landing on the front steps of the funeral home, where an even bigger crowd of Mia’s friends and family were watching me violently break down—again. 

“I need to get out of here,” I mumbled, straightening my shirt.

“Good idea,” he replied, shoving me toward my car. “I’ll drive.” 

“No. I want to be alone.” 

“You can’t drive right now, Q.” 

“Watch me.” 

“You cannot be behind the wheel…” He carried on with some explanation, but I was more than done listening. The silence had never sounded so good.

Looking up at the sky, I sucked in a breath so deep that it caused my lungs to ache. I refused to release it though. 

Don’t exhale. 

Ignoring Till’s protests, I dug my keys from my pocket and folded into my car. Barely managing to squeeze around the relentless reporters, I started toward the exit. 

This is not happening.

Don’t breathe.

My lungs were on fire, but it felt a hell of a lot better than what was going on in my heart, so I bit my lip and let it blaze—praying that it would eventually engulf me.

Glancing in my review mirror, I saw the cops rolling into the parking lot, but that wasn’t what made me stop. My breath left me on a rush as I slammed on the brakes the moment she came into view. 

Liv was standing in the middle of the road, staring at my taillights. 

Her big, brown eyes were as empty as I felt, and her face was painted with absolute anguish. Without out a single second of hesitation, I leaned over and pushed the passenger’s side door open in invitation. In a pair of heels and a short, black dress, she sprinted forward, not slowing until her ass hit my leather seat. Her door hadn’t even shut before I was off again. 

After turning her cell phone off, she tossed it in the glove box. Mine quickly followed. She didn’t ask any questions as I pulled onto the highway in the exact opposite direction of both of our apartments. She didn’t want to go home any more than I did. 

Our destination was unknown, and that alone made it infinitely better than the one we’d just left.  

I drove. 

And drove.

Then, when I was sick and tired of aimlessly driving, I drove some more. 

With the exception of Liv flipping the radio on when the sun went down, we sat in absolute silence for over four hours. 

Alone, yet still together. 

Finally, around ten p.m., with an empty tank of gas and sleepy eyes, I slipped into a parking space in front of the apartment Liv and Mia shared. Liv didn’t delay in pushing the door open, but that’s the only effort she put into getting out. 

Dropping her head against the headrest, she whispered at the windshield, “Her parents told me she left letters for us. We can pick them up whenever we’re ready.”

“I don’t want a fucking letter. She lied. She’s sorry. I got it. Nothing left to say.” 

“Maybe it will explain stuff though. It might help.”

My angry gaze jumped to her, but she was still staring out the window. 

“Will it bring her back?” I asked. “No? Then I don’t need a goddamn letter. Fuck that. Fuck her parents too. I don’t want shit from them.” 

“They didn’t kill her, Quarry.”

“How can you say that?” 

Her eyes finally met mine. “It was what Mia wanted. She signed the Do Not Resuscitate order, not them.” 

“What the fuck are you doing here? Please, God, tell me you are not actually siding with them? Because, if I recall correctly, we both begged them not to give up on her. They didn’t give a shit about anyone. Liv, they didn’t even get a second opinion.”

“I’m not siding with anyone but Mia. She made a choice. We have to respect it.” Her expression was emotionless, even though her voice trembled. 

“Respect it? Fuck her shitty choice. She should have respected me enough to let me have a say.”

She laughed without humor. “You never would have let her go, Q.”

I slammed the heel of my palm against the steering wheel. “You’re goddamn right I wouldn’t have!” 

“She had brain cancer. It was going to happen one way or another. She knew it. And she made a decision. We don’t get to be mad about that.” 

“Get the fuck out of my car.” 

“No. Listen to me—”

“I’ll start listening the moment you stop spouting the bullshit her parents shoved down your throat tonight.”

She raised her voice for the first time all day. “It’s the truth!”

“It’s bullshit! All of it. How am I supposed to respect the fact that she lied to me for six months? Six fucking months that I could have used to prepare for this.”

“Oh my God, Quarry!” she yelled, exasperated. “Do you seriously think six months could have ever prepared you for this? I could have known since the day I met her and I still wouldn’t have been ready to lose her.” 

“I could have tried! I could have spent that time devoted to being with her instead of traveling to fights. Jesus Christ, Liv, last weekend, I went out with the guys from the gym to play pool. The last fucking Saturday night of her life on this Earth and I was shooting pool with a bunch of assholes I can barely stand. Six months she kept the fact that she was dying a secret. Six. Fucking. Months. You’re right. I wouldn’t have been ready to let her go, but at least I could have figured out how to say goodbye. Instead, all I got was to squeeze her hand, say, ‘I love you,’ and then be escorted out of the hospital by security. Fuck!”

“That’s because you were acting like a fool and threatening her family! That was your choice!” 

“Get the fuck out of my car. Now!” 

“And it’s also the reason you got thrown out of the visitation tonight. Get your shit together or you won’t be allowed at the funeral tomorrow.” 

“I don’t want to go to the funeral!” I shouted at the top of my lungs, making her flinch. “I don’t want there to be a funeral at all. Now, I’m serious. Get. The fuck. Out. Of my car.” 

Through gritted teeth, she seethed, “You know what I’ll never understand? How you claim to be so in love with her, but in this entire conversation, I haven’t heard you say a single word that wasn’t about you. How this affects you. How this hurt you. Last time I checked, you aren’t the one being buried tomorrow.”

“I wish I were!” 

“Fuck you! The world doesn’t revolve around Quarry Page!” With that, she jumped out and slammed the door. 

I didn’t even wait for her to make it to the sidewalk before I was peeling out of the parking lot. 




Prior books in the series (can be read as stand alone books):

Fighting Silence 
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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Release Blitz: Happily Ever Ninja (Knitting in the City #5) by Penny Reid



Now available!! Happily Ever Ninja! If you have read Ninja at First Sight then you already know how Fiona and Greg met. I know I have been eagerly anticipating this book and it is finally here!! Go grab your copy now!


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Synopsis:

From the USA Today Best Selling Author of ‘Truth or Beard’

There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?

This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5

About the Author:


SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing). By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Hurricane (Hurricane #1) by R.J. Prescott


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Synopsis:

Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree. 

Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the mis-fire. He’s never been knocked out before, but when he meet Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he’s ever met, she doesn’t want anything from him, but just being around her makes him want to be a better person. 

They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.

Review:

The Hurricane was a fun read. I feel like I have been reading a lot of not so good books recently, but this was a fun, quick, enjoyable read. 

Emily has been living in fear of her step-father finding her. She ran away when she was old enough and scared enough of what would happen to her if she stayed. When she realized her mom wouldn't look out for her and would just let him do whatever he wanted. She is afraid to get close to people, afraid to make connections as the more people who know her, even with her new last name, the more chances there are for him to find her. She has been working at a diner and became sort of friendly with the grump older man who comes in every day. He doesn't really push her, but he comes to care for her. 

O'Connell is a boxer. He is huge and tough and intimidating. But from the moment he sees Emily in the diner he knows she is something special. He knows that he wants to get to know her, but she seems so scared all the time. How can he make himself not as intimidating so she will give him a chance? Oh he was cute. I really liked him. Sure he is this big tough guy, sure he threatens the other guys at the boxing gym if they look at Emily wrong, she is his, but oh he was sweet. He tries to not push Emily past her boundaries. He tries to take what she gives and has faith that everything will work out eventually.

When Emily gets a job offer from the cranky old man, to do the books for his boxing gym where O'Connell practices, she jumps at the opportunity. Only she didn't know it was a boxing gym when she signed up to work there. And she didn't know O'Connell would be there all the time. She slowly starts to let him in, but she doesn't want a boyfriend. He walks her home and they kiss sometimes and such, sometimes he sleeps at her place, but they are not dating. Or so she says. It was really adorable. She is just hiding from the inevitable. She is drawn to O'Connell and eventually she must admit that they are in fact an item.

I really liked both of them. Emily is so sweet, so kind, so caring. As is O'Connell. He is determined to keep her safe, to not let anything harm her again. When I did find out everything that the step-dad did I was a bit...like she isn't really acting like it did. Or I expected her to be worse than she is, have more hang ups about things, but I just went with it. Of course there are some problems at the end, but everything works out in the end. I saw that there is a second book, a continuation of their story, which I am excited to read. They were so cute together and this does read as a standalone, but I look forward to seeing what is next for the two of them.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wanderlust by Kitty French


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Synopsis:

Ruby has been in love with Ford since their university days, but she hasn't seen her former best friend in years--not since the one unforgettable kiss they shared right before he went off globe-trotting and she stayed behind. When he returns to town unexpectedly for their friends' New Year's Eve wedding, the sparks between them ignite, but can her wanderer ever settle down? Ford has never forgotten Ruby, or the kiss that changed everything between them, despite the many women he has tried to erase her with. His return to England for the wedding means a second chance with Ruby--but will one passion-filled evening with her be enough, or has he finally found his home?

Review:

Wanderlust is a short novella, which normally I am just so so on, but this one was really cute. Ruby and Ford had been friends forever, they went to university together and were both in love with the other, but nothing ever happened. Until the night before Ford left when everything changed. Only Ford has been gone for years and Ruby has never really moved on. She can't leave her town, and Ford can't stay so nothing could ever come of the two of them. He didn't even write her on his travels. 

Ford loves Ruby, but he didn't want to tie her down. He knows he can't stay in the same town as her, and he just wants what is best for her. So he tries to let her go. Only he can never find anyone who fits him like she does. 

When Ford comes home for a mutual friends wedding things heat up between the two of them. But can they make things work? It was so cute, and hot, and fun. A really great, short, quick read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Circle by Dave Eggers


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Synopsis:

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America--even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. 

Review:

The Circle was a bit of an up and down read for me. I really enjoyed the first half, well maybe enjoyed is the wrong word to use, but the second half was kind of boring and a let down. I just wanted it to end, but then the end was perfect. So it was a bit of an up and down read. 

The first half of The Circle is Mae starting her job at the Circle. Man was it intense to read. It was soooo stressful. Like I had to put the book aside as I felt like I was going to have a panic attack or something. I have never read a book that has stressed me out so much so props to the author for that. It is insane. Mae starts working and things keep getting piled on her and more screens for different things to keep track of and do. Like she has to reply to so many posts by other employees and send out so many of her own and go to all these events and oh my goodness it was overwhelming to read. It is very apparent what the author is trying to say, he was a bit heavy handed with everything, but it is not that far fetched. The Circle seems like it is now but taken to an extreme that I do wonder if it would get that far someday. I don't know what it is like growing up with ipads and the internet and smart phones and being able to be in contact with anyone and anytime almost. We didn't have all that when I was a kid, but this seems like it could happen with the next generation. Kind of scary. 

The Circle is not something I would ever want. They just take over your life completely. It is like a cult and you get indoctrinated into it. They have everything you could ever need, even places to stay, so why would you ever leave? At first Mae missed a party or two to go visit her parents, but that was a big no no. The whole way it was written, reading the conversations she had with her managers and such about why she felt the need to leave the campus to go visit her parents, what was missing on campus? Why was she seeking something that they were not providing? Oh my goodness, even writing this up right now and thinking about it is making me panic a bit. It is really stressing me out. The first half of the book was so crazy stressful that I enjoyed it. I have never had a book get me to these same emotions before. It was a book club read and everyone else felt the same way reading that first half. Crazy. 

The whole first half is leading to the second half - total transparency. That is the goal of the company, to have total transparency. They think we should know what everyone is thinking and doing at all times. Nothing should be hidden from anyone. I mean if you are not doing anything wrong why would you be opposed to someone knowing every little thing you do? So *spoiler alert* Mae goes transparent. She was a bit of a strange character. She has some strange love interests in the story and they were kind of creepy. In the second half she just gets totally brainwashed by the Circle and completing the circle and all of their ways. She always wears a camera that is filming her every move and anyone can log on and interact with her. I was actually excited to see how it would play out, but after the intense first half it was just kind of boring. Plus it bugged me to no end that it wasn't actually total transparency. The audio would get turned off for a few minutes when she was in the bathroom and she could turn everything off at night. So there were a few hours there where no one would know what she was doing. A few hours where she could relax and just be and no be on. I know she was partially just like a persona during the day because she was one of the few people who were transparent all the time, but I would have liked to have seen what it would be like if everyone was always broadcasting their every move for anyone to watch. To me that would have been a bit more interesting. What the future would be like if anyone can tune into your video feed at any time. Instead I just wanted the book to end already as I wasn't enjoying watching Mae wander around. 

The end though...I kept waiting to see how this would all get wrapped up and those last paragraphs were perfect. I was just like yes! I love this! So an okay book overall. Really intense first half, really slow second half, but a perfect ending.

Rating: ★ ★ ★