Friday, April 21, 2017

Rush (City Lights #3) by Emma Scott

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Synopsis:

To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. --John Milton

Charlotte Conroy, Juilliard-trained violinist, was on the cusp of greatness when tragedy swooped down on dark wings, crushing her hopes and breaking her heart. The music that used to sing in her soul has grown quiet, and she feels on the verge of setting down her violin for good. To pay the bills, she accepts a job as a personal assistant to a bitter, angry young man who’s been disabled by a horrific accident …

Noah Lake was an extreme sport athlete, journalist and photographer. He roamed the world in search of his next adrenaline high, until a cliff-dive left him in a coma. He awakes to find his career gone, his dreams shattered to pieces, his world an endless blackness that will never lift.

Charlotte begins to see that beneath Noah’s angry, brittle exterior is a young man in a pain. She is determined to show him that his life isn’t over, that he has so much to live for, never dreaming that she would become the only light in his darkness, or that he would help her find the music in hers.

The life he knew is over. The life she wants is just out of reach.
Together, they must face their fears and rediscover what it means to really live.

RUSH is Book III in the City Lights Series, and each can be read as a standalone.

Review:

Rush was a great read. I loved these characters, I loved their story, I really enjoyed this one. 

Noah was an adrenaline junkie. He was working for an extreme sports magazine writing articles and chasing the next thrill. He has it all. Until an accident that almost kills him, which sometimes he thinks would have been better. Instead he is left blind, but he is not happy about that. He clings to his old life even though there is no way for him to have that life again. He refuses to accept that and it makes him really angry and unhappy and not a nice person to be around. He is holed up in his parents place in the city and he barely leaves his room. 

Charlotte is a violin prodigy. She was going to Juilliard, had a boyfriend she loved, everything was on track for greatness with her. Only tragedy struck and she lost everything. She can't feel the music anymore. She can still play, but it is not the same. It hurts too much. She can't find music like she used to and it is really hard on her. She doesn't know if that will ever come back, if she will ever be able to really play again, so she is taking some time off. Working two jobs to just barely make the rent at her tiny shared apartment where she gets no privacy. When she gets offered a job as Noah's assistant she accepts. She knows he is angry, unkind, and it will not be easy, but hopefully she can make things just a little bit better for him. At the very least she will be there if he ever needs someone. 

Right from the start Noah is a bit intrigued by Charlotte. She plays for him and he realizes how amazing she is. She should be playing for people, not hiding away in his place helping him. Slowly but surely she manages to work her way into his life, beneath his hurt and anger, and he starts to care for her. It was really sweet. I loved how the two of them were both broken, but they both started to try and work through some of their issues together. I will say one slight thing I didn't like so much was that Noah was always trying to be better, to not be so angry and such, for Charlotte. For them. Which is good and all, but really he should eventually want to for himself. But that was just a small thing. 

So of course there is a lot to work through before these two can have a happily ever after. The pain and anger are not just going to go away for Noah. It is not some magical cure where suddenly everything is okay. I liked him much more than I thought I would. Really I have read a few books where the main character is recently blind or going blind and I haven't really enjoyed them. The way those characters talked about it made me angry. Like blind people can do nothing. Whereas I understood Noah. He understands he could do things if he learned to, he could get outside his four walls if he wanted, but he is just too angry, to determined to hold onto the past to do so. His struggles I understood. Both of them really. This was a really great read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry



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Synopsis:

Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.


Review:

The Gravity of Us was a wonderful read. This book messed me up in the best of ways. There were a few times where I teared up and once where I almost seriously cried, which for me is a big deal. I don't usually actually cry at books so...this book got to me. It was like the perfect storm for me reading this story. I was super happy at the end, I almost cried because it was so perfect and sweet and wonderful, but it really made me think about loved ones I have lost and I was so caught up in my head I couldn't move on. It was great even if it was a downer at times.

This is the story of Lucy and Graham. Lucy who feels everything and Graham who tries his hardest to feel nothing. These two...they shouldn't have worked. They shouldn't have had a connection, shouldn't have felt anything towards the other, there are some significant reasons why they shouldn't be together, but one very good reason why they should. One reason that wipes away those reasons why not. When you find your other half you have to figure out how to keep them in the face of everything else.

When Graham and Lucy first meet he couldn't have known what the future would hold. She is just a fan that is also trapped outside after they went out a door they didn't realize would lock. She is just a girl who is hippie-dippie and not at all who he would want to be around. I mean she feels everything so strongly and he has no idea what to do with this. His past made him close down emotions and try to not have any. Try to not feel anything so nothing can hurt him like it did. Oh, Graham. I loved him. I loved watching him open up when he is faced with a situation he never thought he would find himself in. I loved watching Lucy show him how to be a bit freer. I loved how awkward he was with conversation, but he was trying. He was trying to be nice to Lucy he just didn't always know how. It was really sweet and I loved him. He was wonderful even if he is not the best with words. If he doesn't always know what to say even though he is an amazing author. He can write, but he can't always speak well. I loved him. He really was a sweetheart underneath his cold exterior.

And Lucy was so incredibly sweet. She is one of the kindest people ever. She will forgive you almost anything if you apologize. She will come back time and time again when you mess up or say something stupid or whatever. If she cares about you that is a wonderful gift. She was amazing. So giving and wonderful and full of life.

It definitely wasn't an instant love connection between these two, but slowly they start to fall for each other. Graham doesn't really know what he is doing as he has never cared like that about someone before, but oh he broke my heart at times. He tries so hard and by the end he is the best. He still has flaws, he knows he does, but he is trying to be better for Lucy. To be what she deserves. To be a bit more like her. I loved this story. It was a rough one for me to read especially with some of the things that happened and the timing for me, but it was great. A wonderful end to this amazing series.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


Excerpt:

Lucy

We didn’t know how to act with one another after our first kiss. Our situation wasn’t the norm when it came to building a relationship. We did everything backward. I fell in love with a boy before our first kiss, and he fell for a girl who he wasn’t allowed to have. Our connection, our heartbeats, matched one another in our fairytale world, but in reality, society deemed us as an awful accident.

Maybe we were an accident—a mistake.

Maybe we were never supposed to cross each other’s paths.

Maybe he was only meant to be a lesson in life and not a permanent mark.

But still, the way he kissed me…

Our kiss was as if heaven and hell collided together, and each choice was right and wrong at the same exact time. We kissed as if we were making a mistake and the best decision all at once. His lips made me float higher, yet somehow descend. His breaths somehow made my heart beat faster as it came to a complete halt.

Our love was everything good and bad wrapped in one kiss.

A part of me knew I should’ve regretted it, but the way his lips warmed up the cold shadows of my soul…the way he left his mark on me…

I’d never regret finding him, holding him, even if we only had those few seconds as one.

He’d always be worth those tiny seconds we shared.

He’d always be worth that soul-connecting feeling we created when our lips touched.

He’d always be the one I spent my nights dreaming of being near.

He’d always be worth it to me.

Sometimes when your heart wanted a full-length novel, the world only gave you a novella, and sometimes when you wanted forever you only had those few seconds of now.

And all I could do, all anyone could ever do, was make each moment count.

After we went home that night, we didn’t talk about it at all. Not the following week, either. I focused on Talon. Graham worked on his novel. I believed both of us were waiting for the right time to come up for us to speak about it, but that was the tricky thing about timing: it was never right.

Sometimes you just had to leap and hope you didn’t fall.


Prior Books in the Series (click on the title to go to my review):

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The Silent Waters (Now ONLY 99¢!)
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About the Author:

Hi! I'm Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I'm learning, things I'm re-learning, things I'm forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Kiss Like This (Kiss & Make Up #3) by Sara Ney

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Synopsis:

This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You're welcome.

ABIGAIL DARLINGTON IS AWKWARD…

She will never be “that” girl. You know the one: that girl on campus, confident in her own skin. Always saying the right things. Putting herself out there. Knows how to talk to a guy without stammering.

Nope. Shy but clever, and easily embarrassed, Abby is fine being the wallflower in her circle of outgoing, beautiful friends; she would rather read about a sexy book boyfriend than actually have a live, breathing one.

…BUT CALEB LOCKHART IS WORSE.

Star goaltender for the University’s hockey team, Caleb is quiet and broody, preferring the solitude of his orderly, regimented life. He doesn’t like, or need people—and plans to keep it that way. One more year left of hockey and he’ll be long gone.

AWKWARD NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD. Both their lives change the day that Abigail falls for Caleb. Well, falls directly on top of him, to be accurate. Because sometimes we don’t settle into love.

We fall there.

WARNING: This book contains cursing, and LOTS of it. It also has sex, uncomfortable and often awkward situations. Not to mention, the secondary characters say some really inappropriate s**t. Not intended for readers under 17


Review:

Oh my goodness  gracious I thought I loved Cece and MAtthew's story, but they have nothing on the love I had for Abby and Caleb. Oh these two....I loved them so freakin much. This story was definitely my favorite of the series (even though I loved them all). Man Abby + Caleb = Swoon!

Abby is shy and awkward and doesn't have much experience with guys. She is a good girl, she is smart and fun and would rather stay home in her pajamas than go out to the bar. She was so sweet.

Caleb is the goaltender for the college hockey team. He is quiet and brooding and just as awkward as Abby. He has only had a girlfriend once for a few days back in middle school. It is just not for him. Or at least he has never found anyone worth doing the whole relationship thing with. He keeps to himself, is grumbly, and oh I love him. I love the big grumbly teddy bears! They are one of my favorites! Caleb does not sleep around. He prefers to keep to himself and make sure his roommates/teammates don't destroy their house. He is the responsible one and he always just takes them making fun of his introvert ways.

When Abby and Caleb meet it was so freakin cute! Right from the start I loved the two of them together. They were both so awkward and didn't know what they were doing. Oh Caleb was the best! His "moves" were amazing. The slowly trying to figure this all out was so sweet and I wanted it to go on forever. These two I loved so much. I love that neither of them has much experience, that they both fumble around and make every situation more awkward that it needs to be. They were amazing. Do yourself a favor and go read this book. It is awesome!!

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, April 17, 2017

Paper Fools (Hearts and Arrows #1) by Staci Hart


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Synopsis:

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.

Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.

Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.

It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.

Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.

The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.

If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.

*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*


Review:

Paper Fools was a fun read. I really loved the idea of the gods competing with each other for favors to keep them from fighting all the time. That it is Aphrodite's turn to compete which means she will take on the other gods and try to make a love match while they try and stop it. I was fun.

Aphrodite knows how to get people to fall in love, but her own life is a bit of a mess. It was fun watching all of the gods just hang out and act like normal people, even though they all have these great powers. It was really interesting and even though I am not up on my Greek gods it was fine. She has a bit of a mess and first up in the competition is Apollo. Apollo who needs to win to get his love back. To get the favor from Dita so she will help him. There is no other way, which means he has to be on his game this time. Dita never loses so it will be tough, but he can't stand waiting longer to get his love back.

When Apollo choose his player, Dean, who sleeps with any girl who throws herself at him, Dita is right there with Lex who she knows will be perfect for each other. There is something about Dean that make girls fall all over him and he is not complaining. But his bandmates are as he keeps sleeping with their drummers girlfriends when they ask and then the drummer leaves. Like what just happened just before they were to start recording an album. Luckily his best friend, the only person he really cares about, is able to find a drummer, maybe even a better drummer than they have, so now he really has so stay away from the new drummers girlfriend. Who happens to be Lex. Who isn't sure that her boyfriend who she lives with is right for her. Who feels the connection with Dean right away, but how could she do anything about it?

These two definitely have a connection, but neither really want to mess up the band of hurt anyone. I did like them, but Lex was a bit...at times I didn't like her decisions. It was okay because everything worked out in the end, but she wasn't my favorite at times.

While all of this is going on on earth, Dita and Apollo are fighting each other to see if they can make or break the connection between Lex and Dean. Apollo has a few tricks up his sleeve and along the way you get to know then both a little better. Their past and what brought them to where they are at now. I enjoyed those bits as it was fun.

Now my one issue with the story was that the Lex/Dean storyline felt like a secondary story that was trying to be a main storyline. I wanted either a bit more or a bit less detail on it. Like let me really get to know these characters more, really root for them, or have the gods storyline be the main one with bits and pieces of Lex and Dean. It didn't stop me from enjoying the story overall, but I wanted a bit more of less.

Overall this was a fun read and I can't wait to read book two to see what happens next.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


About the Author:



Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

Friday, April 14, 2017

He Kissed Me First (Kiss & Make Up #2) by Sara Ney

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Synopsis:

This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You're welcome.

HE SAID...

“Trust me – If there’s one thing I’m not attracted to, it’s the shrieking, overly-dramatic shrew that’s taken over my sister’s apartment. And what is up with her hair? I know what I want; an easy, uncomplicated lay – and Cecelia Carter sure as shit isn’t one. But I never could resist a challenge, and vow to wipe that condescending grin off her pretty face. Aw, shit. Did I just call her pretty..?” – Matthew Wakefield

SHE SAID...

"Trust me - If there's one thing I'm not attracted to, it's an arrogant, selfish and foul-mouth hockey player. I know what I want; someone who’s good for my body and soul and makes me laugh - and Matthew Wakefield isn't any of those things. I cannot stand the sight of him; I mean, what a jackass. If I refuse to give him anything but sass and sarcasm, it's only because he deserves it…” - Cecelia Carter

This book is intended for those 17 and older. If you're offended by cursing (particularly "F" bombs), sarcasm, sexual situations and Alpha Male jackasses - this book is not for you...


Review:

I loved this story! I started it late one night thinking I would just read a little bit before bed and read more the next day. I enjoyed the first book in the series, but it wasn't a keep me up all night because I can't put it down kind of book. It was great, so I thought this book would be similar. Plus it was the story of Matthew whom we met in that first book and I really didn't like him in that so I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy his story. Well I started it and then before I knew it my husband was telling me it was time for bed, so I tried to sleep, couldn't, and got up and finished the book. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I love Matthew! And Cece! Oh this story was fun.

Matthew is a jerk. He knows it, but he doesn't really care. He is also a hockey player and loves playing. When he first meets Cece, his sisters roommate, she comes across as a bit crazy. It was fun. And he antagonizes her to no end. I loved it! Cece didn't like him at first either. I mean he is such a jerk!

When Molly, Matthew's sister and Cece's roommate, asks Cece to write her brother for her since she lost her phone and doesn't have a way to get ahold of him she reluctantly does. And that starts the story of Matthew and Cece. These two went back and forth getting each other riled up, but loving it at the same time. Neither wants to admit they like the other so it was a lot of fun to watch.

Now Matthew knows he is a jerk, and he doesn't really change, but I felt for him. He is so clueless at times I just wanted to give him a hug. Oh this guy. From going into the book thinking I would hate him to loving him by the end it was awesome. And Cece was just as great. I loved this story. I loved these characters. It was so. Much. Fun!

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry



The Gravity of Us, an all-new gripping and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is LIVE! I am so sad this series is ending, but so glad I got to meet all of these amazing characters. You don't want to miss this one. Grab your copy today!

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Synopsis:

Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.




Prior Books in the Series (click on the title to go to my review):

Available on


The Silent Waters (Now ONLY 99¢!)
Now available on
About the Author:

Hi! I'm Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I'm learning, things I'm re-learning, things I'm forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kiss and Make Up Series by Sara Ney - New Cover Reveals & Review of Kissing in Cars


Sara Ney's Kiss and Make Up series is re-launching today! Check out the new covers below, plus my review for books on, Kissing in Cars with the others coming soon! Plus all three books are now on Kindle Unlimited so pick up your copy today. 

 
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Synopsis:

This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You're welcome.

WILL SHE, OR WON'T SHE...

Studious and (mostly) sensible, the only thing Molly Wakefield wants to do is get through Senior Year and graduate. Well, that and hit the beach in her spare time. Okay, fine - and go shopping every once in a while for a new dress... (and who could blame her?)

And things are going according to plan - until the day she spies Weston McGrath, handsome star athlete and scholar, spying on her in study hall.

A tad creepy? Maybe.

Thrilling? Absolutely.

You see, Weston McGrath happens to be one guy no one can get close to.

Despite her best efforts to avoid it (because let's face it - the guy isn't exactly "boyfriend material") Molly and Weston form a friendship.

And more....

Sort of.

But it's a friendship that comes with a price - because Weston just cannot seem to stop screwing things up. Or saying all the wrong things. Possibly in that order...

And who has time for an 18 year old "fixer-upper" that should know better?

Not Molly.

Or does she?

Note: This YA book is intended for 17+ due to the vulgar language used by its male characters (and occasionally the females as well, even though they're too lady like to do it throughout the entire book). Some adult sexual situations that steam up a few car windows. This title is approx. 63,000 words.


Review:

Kissing in Cars was a fun read. It is definitely young adult as the characters really feel like they are in high school which was great.

Molly is a good girl. She studies, she has a great bff, and she just needs to get through this last year before she graduates and goes off to college. No problem.

Weston is a star hockey player in their town and all the girls throw themselves at him. Not that he has time for them. He is focused on hockey and making it to the big leagues. He can't let himself be distracted by things like girlfriends.

When Molly see Weston staring at her one day in study hall things start to change. She never thought she would go for the bad boy, but there is just something about Weston that draws Molly in. He never wanted a girlfriend, but Molly is starting to change that. How has he not noticed her before? How have they not talked prior to now?

This story was really cute. Weston doesn't know how to date as he never has before and Molly doesn't have the most experience either as most of the guys in her school are jerks. But together can they figure this out and make it work? There are a lot of missteps along the way, but these two were so cute together! This was a really fun read. I can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens with Molly's jerk older brother!

Rating: ★★★★

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Synopsis:

This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You're welcome.

HE SAID...

“Trust me – If there’s one thing I’m not attracted to, it’s the shrieking, overly-dramatic shrew that’s taken over my sister’s apartment. And what is up with her hair? I know what I want; an easy, uncomplicated lay – and Cecelia Carter sure as shit isn’t one. But I never could resist a challenge, and vow to wipe that condescending grin off her pretty face. Aw, shit. Did I just call her pretty..?” – Matthew Wakefield

SHE SAID...

"Trust me - If there's one thing I'm not attracted to, it's an arrogant, selfish and foul-mouth hockey player. I know what I want; someone who’s good for my body and soul and makes me laugh - and Matthew Wakefield isn't any of those things. I cannot stand the sight of him; I mean, what a jackass. If I refuse to give him anything but sass and sarcasm, it's only because he deserves it…” - Cecelia Carter

This book is intended for those 17 and older. If you're offended by cursing (particularly "F" bombs), sarcasm, sexual situations and Alpha Male jackasses - this book is not for you...


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Synopsis:

This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You're welcome.

ABIGAIL DARLINGTON IS AWKWARD…

She will never be “that” girl. You know the one: that girl on campus, confident in her own skin. Always saying the right things. Putting herself out there. Knows how to talk to a guy without stammering.

Nope. Shy but clever, and easily embarrassed, Abby is fine being the wallflower in her circle of outgoing, beautiful friends; she would rather read about a sexy book boyfriend than actually have a live, breathing one.

…BUT CALEB LOCKHART IS WORSE.

Star goaltender for the University’s hockey team, Caleb is quiet and broody, preferring the solitude of his orderly, regimented life. He doesn’t like, or need people—and plans to keep it that way. One more year left of hockey and he’ll be long gone.

AWKWARD NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD. Both their lives change the day that Abigail falls for Caleb. Well, falls directly on top of him, to be accurate. Because sometimes we don’t settle into love.

We fall there.

WARNING: This book contains cursing, and LOTS of it. It also has sex, uncomfortable and often awkward situations. Not to mention, the secondary characters say some really inappropriate s**t. Not intended for readers under 17



About the Author:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Seaside Kisses (Seaside Hunters #4) by Stacy Claflin

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Synopsis:

People change, but some feelings last forever.

Rafael Hunter never thought he’d return to Kittle Falls, but life gave him no other choice. Los Angeles chewed him up, spit him out, and sent him back to square one.

Amara Fowler has lived in the small beach town her entire life. She’s overcome her shyness to grow into the woman she always knew she could be, but she never forgot her secret crush. When the alluring Rafael returns, he can’t help but stir in her a whirlwind of old feelings.

They’ve both changed so much. Has life kept them incompatible or has it molded them into a matching set?

Seaside Kisses is the fourth standalone in the Seaside Hunters collection, a series of sweet contemporary romance novels. If you like falling head over heels for characters as they fall for each other, then you'll love the latest entry in this light, romantic series with just a hint of mystery.

Review:

Seaside Kisses was not for me. The story was too simple and all tell no show and moved way too quickly. That and it seemed like all feelings were based on the physical aspects and it wasn't very good. *Some spoilers ahead*

Amara has always had a crush on Rafael, but she was the nerdy fat kid in school. Everyone always picked on her so she doesn't think much of herself. Even if she has changed, she got contacts, lost weight, she still thinks of herself as that fat kid. When she sees Rafael is back in town she thinks nothing will ever happen with him. I mean look at her and look at him! He wouldn't go for someone like her. 

Rafael is back in town after his business partner left him with a failing business and started shacking up with his girlfriend. He is a bit heartbroken, but when Amara is there to help him when he needs it he starts talking to her a few times. He can't get over how much she has changed and wishes he would have talked to her back in school since she is such a nice person. 

When someone starts messing with Rafael, breaking his property and such, he tries to get to the bottom of it. Only they are too smart for him and things get a bit carried away. Now as for who was giving him a hard time? That didn't make much sense to me. I have no idea why the people who did it would do stuff like this. It was never really satisfactorily explained and left me scratching my head. That and when things get out of hand Amara goes to the cops and they were hilarious in how terrible they were. The whole thing was kind of a mess for me. 

So Rafael, after only talking to Amara a few times, gets into a bad situation and then realizes that Amara is not repulsed by him even though his face is messed up at the moment. Like she didn't go running screaming and this is the second time she has seen him not at his best. So he should marry her. Because she didn't run screaming. And she is so nice. It was...I didn't understand. There was no I love her so much I need to be with her I should marry her. It came off more she likes the way I look, I like the way she looks, we should get married. I mean he did tell her he loved her before he proposed, but still. It never felt like the two even knew each other let alone were in love. It wasn't good. 

The whole story was tell not show. I was told a lot of things, how some people were or what they felt, but I never saw it. That and Amara's self confidence issues due to high school kept me from enjoying this story. It was a bit too much for me. 

Rating:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

24 Roses by Elena M. Reyes

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Synopsis:

24 roses.
24 days filled with declarations of love.
24 moments where life will mark her as mine.

I’ve loved Anahi Pratt since she moved in next door at the age of twelve. With her knobby knees and a mouthful of braces she made my heart thump harshly inside my pre-pubescent chest. One look into the greenest eyes I’d ever seen and I was hooked for life. Owned.

However, I was tongue-tied and confused. Did the only thing I could and offered my friendship.

After years, those feelings never changed. Instead they grew—morphed into something deep and profound. But never once did she see me as more than a friend. Never did she see the man that worshiped the ground she walked on. The man that desired to be what she wanted. Needed.

I stayed on the sidelines until that day:

A crash.

Her life on the line and my world came to a screeching halt.

Life is short and changes in the blink of an eye, a lesson I suddenly understood. There wasn’t a second to wait. No more hiding behind the guise of friendship.

She was mine and it was time I claimed her.


Review:

24 Roses was a good read. I enjoyed watching Anahi and Bryson figure out the more than friends thing. Bryson has always been in love with Anahi. Since the first moment he saw her when she moved in across the street she was it for him. Only she hasn't figured out that they would be amazing together yet. She hasn't seen him as more than friends, and Bryson was willing to wait until she finally did. When she gets in a car accident and he thinks how his life could have ended, how she could have died and he would be without her, he wasn't willing to wait any longer. He was going to do whatever he could to win her over and get her to see that there is something more than friends there.

Bryson was sweet in his wooing of Anahi. He was very up front and told her exactly how he felt and what was going to happen. It was fun. She doesn't know what to think or how to move on to this next step because she is afraid. Afraid that if she does and things don't work out she will lose her best friend. And I understand that totally. But I didn't always understand Ani. She....the way she was written sometimes had me scratching my head. Most of the book is from Bryson's point of view, but then you will have sections from Anahi as well and some of the things she did didn't make sense to me. Like Bryson is wooing her and her good friend is all is this happening finally? And Ani makes up all these lame lies for no reason. Like why does it matter if your friend knows what is going on in your life? If you are confused about what you should do or what you want wouldn't you talk to your friend? To me it didn't make sense as if it were me I would talk to someone. Plus there was no real reason to lie...it was just little things that popped up now and again that were a bit off for me.

That and Bryson's alpha ways at times were a bit...creepy? I normally love alpha males, but the way he was written, the way he thought and talked at times I did not like. It didn't keep me from enjoying the story, it wasn't very often, but sometimes it was there niggling at me. Otherwise the two of them were cute together. Bryson trying to break down Ani's walls and Ani trying to figure things out. It was fun.

Oh one other last thing that bugged me a bit - everything happened really quickly in the end. Too quickly. Probably because I didn't know these characters before the accident, didn't see them so close, was only told that they have been bff forever, so it felt a bit rushed to fit everything in suddenly. If we would have gotten some of that backstory, some of them as friends, it would have helped to have everything work out the way it did. Oh well. I did enjoy this read even if I have a few things that bothered me. It was fun, hot at times, and over a good read.


*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★★★

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trust Me (Paris Nights #3) by Laura Florand

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Synopsis:

She's nobody's damsel in distress...
Top Parisian pastry chef Lina Farah is used to fighting for her success. But when a violent attack shatters her security, she needs a new tactic to battle her dragons. What better way to banish the monsters under her bed than by inviting a sexy SEAL to tangle the sheets?

He's a professional dragon slayer...
Elite operative Jake Adams has never stayed in one place long enough to form a lasting relationship. Lina’s fire and beauty tempt him to give her the hot affair she craves. But her spirit and courage make him long for more. Can he convince a woman seeking forgetfulness to dream of ever after...with him?


Review:

I love how Laura Florand writes a story. How her characters think and see the world. It is so very different from me in the best of ways. I always finish and wish I saw things the way they do. That everything was so beautiful and I just love the way she writes. Trust Me was no exception. Another great read from one of my favorite authors. If you have read the prior books in this series you have already seen bits of these characters and what has happened.

Trust Me is the story of Lina and Jake. Lina who is a tough, strong, fought her way to the top doesn't need any men lady. She, like the other women in this series, have clawed their way to the top of a male-dominated world. Lina is a top pastry chef and she is not going to let anything stop her. Until her world gets turned upside down, her cousin ruined her safe space, and now she is trying to fight her way back to a future. Figure out how to move on and live again after everything that has happened. She puts on a brave face every day and tries not to let everything affect her, but inside she is scared. Scared of not having a tomorrow. Scared of what will happen.

Jake is a special ops guy who is in Paris with the other guys on his team. The one guy, Chase, was involved in the situation that tore Lina's world apart. If you read the last book in the series you already know about Chase and Vi. But if not you can still jump right into this book. Jake has never seen himself with a happily ever after. With a future involving a wife and kids. With what he does for work and how often he is gone he doesn't think it is for him. He wants it, especially now that he is tired of one-night stands and women only wanting him for sex. He wants a relationship, he just doesn't think he can have it.

When Jake first sees Lina he is intrigued by her. She is so strong and keeping everything together when so many people wouldn't. She is a hero to him and he wants to get closer, but knows this is a bad time.  After all she is trying to deal with some heavy stuff. These two. They both like the other, but it is so...I love the way they think about things. I love how obsessed Lina is with Jake's freckles. How the sun couldn't keep away from him. How Jake sees Lina still as this strong woman who doesn't need anyone else. They were so wonderful together.

These two have a bit of a rough ride, some misunderstandings and assumptions made that make it a rocky start for them. But oh they were wonderful. I loved this story. Two people who don't believe in a future trying to figure out a way to believe together. It was wonderful. That and I love how food is so powerful, says so much when made like Lina makes it. How she can pour her heart and soul into something and how that can be intimidating to someone like Jake who doesn't always know what to do with all that feeling.

Overall this is a wonderful read. I love these characters, I love the world the author creates, I loved everything about it.


*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★★★★1/2

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Release Boost: 24 Roses by Elena M. Reyes


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Synopsis:

24 roses.

24 days filled with declarations of love.

24 moments where life will mark her as mine.

I’ve loved Anahi Pratt since she moved in next door at the age of twelve. With her knobby knees and a mouthful of braces, she made my heart thump harshly inside my prepubescent chest. One look into the greenest eyes I’d ever seen, and I was hooked for life. Owned.

However, I was tongue-tied and confused and did the only thing I could: offer my friendship.

Over the years, those feelings never changed. Instead, they grew—morphed into something deep and profound. But never once did she see me as more than a friend. Never did she see the man that worshipped the ground she walked on. The man that needed to be what she wanted. Needed.

I stayed on the sidelines until that day:


A crash.


Her life on the line and my world came to a screeching halt.

Life is short and changes in the blink of an eye, a lesson I suddenly understood. There wasn’t a second to wait. No more hiding behind the guise of friendship.

She was mine, and it was time I claimed her.


Excerpt:

“How can you say that with this hideous scar on my thigh?” Fuck, she could be as stubborn as a mule.

“That scar…” I hissed out, my eyes searching the floor around her feet for the broken glass I’d heard fall through the door. It was nothing big. A small figurine broken in two pieces. Taking the remaining steps between us, I paused in front of her. “This is proof that what could have been tragic…wasn’t.” Taking her face in my hands, I tipped it up and lowered my forehead to hers. “It means that you are okay and here with me. That a drunken asshole crying over his divorce didn’t take the most important thing in my life away.”

“Stop.” Prying my hands from her face, she brought them between us and squeezed. “It isn’t your job to fix this. I was the one that left the jerk I’d agreed to have dinner with mid-meal and drove off in a rush. I was the one that didn’t notice the car not stopping as his light turned red. I was the one that put herself in this position time and time again.”

“Fuck are you talking about, Anahi?” Every muscle within me tensed as I waited for her to explain herself.

“That I should’ve listened to you when it came to the men I dated.”

Staring into her sad green eyes, my heart clenched. Her pain was mine. “Shit happens, and it was not your fault.”

“Had I been paying attention and not thinking about the ‘what ifs I…” Anahi’s face bloomed with a sudden rush of embarrassment.

“Tell me.” She shook her head. “Please.”

“You want to know? Because trust me, I remember everything about that night.” Letting out a bitter chuckle, she stepped back and released my hands. I missed her warmth immediately. “Fuck!” Ani yelled out while turning around. Placing her hands on the top of her dresser, she hung her head. A sob was caught in her throat, and I rushed forward to wrap her in my arms.

The pain medication she’d been on tended to make her emotions fluctuate a bit.

“Talk to me, babe.” With my arms secured around her waist, I pulled her in closer. Ignored what the feel of her warm skin against my own created. “Let me in.”

“I’m sorry.” Wiping at her eyes, Anahi took in a deep breath and let it out slowly. “Didn’t mean to pull the crazy chick card on you.” This was said with a laugh, but there was real hurt behind the action. “There’s too much going on upstairs, and I don’t know how to handle it. Between nightmares and anger, it’s a constant roller coaster.”

“Start from the beginning,” I hummed against the top of her head. “You’ve never wanted to give me details about that night. Always vague and avoiding—something about what happened is hurting you. Let me in, dollface.”

“Why do you always call me pet names?” Diversion tactic if I ever heard one; that, and she needed her ego stroked. Not that I minded in the least. For some unknown reason, Ani felt as if the small scar over her sculpted brow was this heinous thing that offended the world.

“Because I can.”

A huff, and then a smack to my arm. “That’s not an answer.”

“And neither is yours. Tell me what’s eating you up inside, Ani.”

“Every time I close my eyes, I see those high-beam lights coming at me followed close by the sound of screeching tires.” A shiver so hard ran through her that it rocked me to my core. All I could do was hold her tighter, with my presence show her that I was here for her. “Next came the sound of metal bending—caving in on itself—as a searing pain shot up the side of my body. It burned. The intense jolt caused me to almost black out, but even as everything intensified around me, I had only one thought in my head.”

“Say it,” I whispered low into the crown on her head.

Running her fingers over my hand, she shook her head. “Doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, Bryson, but it’s those what ifs that eat me alive. I’ve lost time I don’t know if I could ever get back.”

“You want to know what tortures me about that night?” Turning her around so my blue eyes could meet her green ones, I placed my hands at her hips and squeezed them lightly before holding her in place. No more hiding. Anahi wasn’t running away from the damn truth that was currently smacking us in the face.

Bringing a shaking hand up, she cupped my jaw. “What?”

“The fact that I almost lost you when I’d just realized that I’ve always owned you.”

About the Author:

Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.

As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.

Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn't until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.