Sunday, May 15, 2016
I want to start this review with a plea...don't let your boundaries, your "safe" reading thoughts, your "I don't read m/m" views get in the way of reading this book. This book is more than just the anatomy of a person, it's about perception, friendship, how we view ourselves and others, the labels that can define us but can't even capture a glimpse of who we really are. This book is about LOVE. This book NEEDS to be read. Now that I got that out of the way...I wanna talk about the boys and how smoking hot the TUG scenes were. Bow chick a bow wow...
Labels are a part of life that Evan wants nothing to do with. Having fought hard against them and what he should and shouldn't be has molded the man he has turned into....but at what cost? He just ended things with his live in girlfriend...has a job...just hasn't found his person yet. Trying to escape a past that burned him deeply.
Henry...adored by many...loved by his closest friends, also known as his family. Finding himself in situations that can guarantee no long term relationship will happen. He is existing...not seeing himself as the beautiful person he is...until Evan.
I loved these two together from their first encounter. They clicked...it worked...it made you want more. The tension....want....and angst of what could be was brought to life on the pages of my kindle in such a flawless way that at one point I dropped the book...attacked my hubs, when he asked "good book?" I calmly replied "yeeeess, now shut up and call me Evan" TRUE STORY.
Ms. Martinez has an amazing gift of transporting you from your real life into the lives of her characters. You cry with them, laugh with them and want so badly for them to drop the facade of what they think they need and fight for what they must have. LOVED THIS STORY! READ IT!
Sunday, April 10, 2016
You know the books you read that are just easy. Easy to read, to get lost in, to lose time and forget that you have shit to do? That is what this book was for me. I enjoy Kendall Ryan's writing and stories so it was a no-brainer to grab this and dive in. It delivered the entertainment I search for while getting lost in the pages of my kindle.
Greyson works...and sleeps...then he works some more. When he needs a little R&R he heads to the strip club. Never in his wildest dreams did he expect to see the wife of his fallen friend to be the body he was drooling over..guilt and the promise to protect takes over and he knows he has his work cut out for him to earn his way into their lives.
Finley never imagined that she would be shaking her ass to put food on the table, a roof over her babies head and making ends meet. She had a husband, a home, and was expecting when her whole world was changed. That moment in her eyes was caused by the man that is now starting at her...while she is buck ass naked.
Not being one to take hand-outs Finley fights every kind gesture that Grey makes to help her and her daughter. But guilt fuels Greyson and not much can deter him from being the one to help this family change their lives for the better.
Really enjoyed watching this hard-working military man fall hard for a woman and her adorable daughter...and becoming the family they never thought they would have again.
I'll be honest...when I first met Troy I was not his biggest fan, the reason was his gift giving...whore of a mistress. But like all good stories I know there is more to it than what I am getting...so I read on. THANK FUCK. I fell hard for the southie that was torn by his past, his future and promises that he made to a man he loved and admired. What he didn't expect was to fall hard for the girl that was given to him so many years ago..to protect...to save...to marry.
Sparrow was easily liked from the beginning. Not a weak, damsel in distress...she rolls with the punches and doesn't cower when life dishes out more than she should have to deal with. She speaks her mind and fights for herself. Totally loved Sparrow...marrying the boy from the block that was always way above her social ranking wasn't what she signed up for, but she was determined to get what she could out of the deal.
The spark between these two was pretty hot from the start. The line between love and hate is tight and these two straddled it like a stripper on a pole. Once Troy figured out his side piece wasn't worth the hassle things began to fall into place and the story delved deeper and wove it's way into my soul..it was addicting, tense, heart-felt and had the asshole turn to the hero in a matter of chapters.
Thank you Tara..once again you win!
Friday, April 8, 2016
Kristen Proby writes books that as a reader I can connect with, they are comfortable, engaging and the characters have heart. Jake and Addie were so right for each other, but watching as a friendship and trust bloomed between them was more fun than the instant bang-fest.
Addison is a bad boy magnet...having been burned so many times she meets Jake just as she has banned rocker bad boys from her life/bed. Timing not so good for Jake but he is persistent and knows that if he puts in some time she will be worth it.
Jake has guilt...being the world's biggest star burned him and those closest to him so he has demons..don't all the good ones? Being able to trust not only himself but those around him is a journey that leads him to his future.
I am excited for more in this series. This group of women are funny, strong, independent and have an unwavering friendship that will endure whatever crap the suitors to come can dish out.
Friday, March 25, 2016
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
This series is one of my favorites. I have loved all of the couples, each one growing in likability because you most likely have caught glimpses of them in past stories. This one is no different. It's best to go into this one not knowing...going from chapter to chapter, switching who is telling the story, all the time wondering who, why, where and what is going to happen?
The thing I can tell you that absolutely happens is you fall in deep with people that you may have perceived one way and can actually be another...vague enough? I hope so, because part of the beauty of this love story is the anonymity of not knowing, and not placing the pre-conceived ideals of what you thought was their truth.
Another thing I can tell you is I love me a bad-ass, demanding, jealous, fierce man...I mean love love. Ms. March always delivers and has with BTL with another Must Read book!
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Monday, March 14, 2016
1000 "Special As Special Can Be" Stars
I just read...no not read...experienced a book. A book that I could have highlighted from prologue to epilogue. There were so many beautiful quotes, smiles, kisses, moments that I only captured one. Why? Because this book can't be explained, reviewed, even recommended it just has to be experienced. It is the most special, intimate glimpse into a love so strong that you can only hope that you or someone you hold special will be blessed to have.
Did I cry? Yes..like a baby. Did I smile? Yes, even though some of those smiles were through a haze of one of the thousands of tears shed. Would I change this? Absolutely not. Don't let the kleenex posts, the #uglycry comments or the "my heart hurts" replies stop you from buying and devouring this story of first love through the eyes of Rune and Poppy. It is worth every feeling you will have pass through you. The love, friendship, and soulmate that was found in the yard of a new neighbor at 5 years old, now proudly sits in my heart and favorite shelf forever.
Having read and enjoyed all of Ms. Cole's books I knew I had to read this, what I didn't know was that when I got to the words "the end" I would be changed. Because of how these two fictional characters loved, and lived I am determined to walk through my life in a better way. Be aware of time, my words, actions, and to make sure every single person I love feels it to their soul every day. So thank you Ms. Cole for sharing this tale it will live with me...Forever Always. My heart almost burst...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
I devoured this book. I opened and closed it in one sitting. I felt like I had ran a marathon with all the emotions I went through in this story. The friendship, hate, love, new beginnings, endings, what ifs, and even more that I can't define took place in my heart. I wanted something so badly that I just continued reading...praying and hoping that these two best friends could find their way through the fog of "hate" back to the love they both had for each other from the first one-eyed glance.
This book embodies the saying "thin line between love and hate" if you have enough energy to hate you care enough to have or still do love.. No matter what the world threw at these two at the end of the day their friendship endured and they held their battered hearts in each others hands. Every time I would think "ok it's their time" fate would throw something out there to change the course.
Destined to be...the emotions..gah! Ms. Ward can pull your emotional strings like a marionette, she is amazingly skilled in evoking feelings you didn't even know existed within the pages of her books. She is a word ninja, and because of that if a book is penned by her I will always beg for opportunity to read it. Always. You will fall in love with Justin...wanna strangle him...swoon and feel like you are right in the middle of every awkward or amazing moment they share.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
First love, love betrayed, love lost but never ever replaced or forgotten. Everyone has that "one" whether it was your first, last or current, but what if that one wasn't yours anymore, but still owns your heart? This story follows how that can change your life, your path, and everything in between. A bond so strong not even years and miles can lessen it.
A break gone wrong, a choice was made and a love neither thought could ever end was shattered. A tragedy, a visit, memories flood and feelings remembered. The one you are supposed to lean on is nowhere in sight and the one you could never forget rises to occasion. Safe is not a word I would use to describe this book, real, gritty, getting your hands dirty and the overwhelming guilt of trying to live two lives at the same time...totally. The only part I didn't totally agree with was why Peyton stayed in her life for so long..I needed that part of her life to be a farce.
I really enjoyed this book, the angst, the terrible choices, but overall the writing...the words used to make you fall for characters that aren't making the best decisions in a moment but you still root for them. That all falls on the author spinning a tale so beautifully that no matter your thoughts on certain variables in life you are invested. So wound up in the story you find yourself cringing, laughing, sobbing or screaming at these people..that is what Ms. Cole can do. Beautiful story of the strength of first love...true love that can stand the test of time..
I knew what I was getting into when I opened the pages of this book..knowing how it all ends didn't save me from the feels..it almost accentuated every word, every touch into a myriad of emotions. To stroll down a road knowing the detour that lies before you...brutal...beautiful...heartbreaking and yet you can't stop yourself from experiencing it.
Rose and Grant has an instant connection. They saw each other, breathed each other and had to have each other. A feeling neither had experienced before, caught them off-guard and completely lost to it. I loved reading their love story, so heartfelt and completely connecting to me as a reader. None of it felt fake, rushed or unrealistic. The only downfall for me is I wanted to change the outcome, I screamed at my kindle to make a different choice, one that would have lasting affects for their future. But alas that wasn't the path these two could take, and still I loved it. My only advice to you as a reader is read The Fall first..it all makes sense and plays out when you start with book one. Don't miss out on this story..it's a must read love story that will stay with you long after you read the words "the end". Ms. Stewart is a FEELS machine and knows how to pack an everlasting punch to the heart. And a jug of wine to deal with the after affects..