Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Forever Right Now by Emma Scott








There are books you read and then there is Forever Right Now. It's not just a story, it's an experience. The words explode off of the page making all of the events unfolding in front of you, part of you. It's hard to explain, but the simplest of gestures written by Emma Scott, hold more emotion, more truth, just so much more.

"This woman…she showed me life. Not the rules and the laws, but everything in between.”
I found myself crying...tears of joy, revelations, second chances, family, friendships, forgiveness, for the lives of these characters bled off the pages and intertwined with my emotions. The purity of Darlene's heart, the fear that held Sawyer back from being complete, together they finally realized they could be whole. The absolute realizations that happened to everyone involved in this story were solid, life changing, betterment's that held true to each character. Family matters. Love conquers. Being true to who you are and believe you can be prevails. Truth wins.

"A compliment that didn’t sound like a compliment but it was, because it was made only for me."
Read this story, hell be smarter than me and read them in order..(even though they are stand-alones) I will think of this heartfelt, beautifully written tale long after I close my kindle. It's one of the books that reminds me why I love to read. My first book from this author, but certainly not my last (one-clicking spree already went down).








Monday, November 6, 2017

Defiant Queen by Meghan March







Even Better Than The First...for me

I was taken in by Lachlan and Keira in the first book, and although I enjoyed it, right when I was really connecting..BAM The end...this installment gave me the "more" I had been craving, and it was delivered perfectly. Where we got the who these people were in book one, this one I felt more of the why they are who you see now. I connected stronger, felt more,  I was completely drawn in and connected on a deeper level. Addicted.

Meghan March definitely brought her A game in writing this trilogy.  Perfectly paced to keep you not only wanting more but absolutely needing more. A story that holds you captive, keeps you guessing but more than that has you caring for the well being of a strong woman and revered man. Weakness is considered a vulnerability that neither can afford to show. So they arm themselves and continue to fall harder for the "real" person they both try so hard to hide. I totally enjoyed this one and can't wait to find out how this all plays out.



Friday, November 3, 2017

Fumbled Hearts by Meagan Brandy





#GIRLCRUSH

I have not been instructed to read a book by Tara for awhile. But when I got the message to read this one, I heard the giddy love-fest in her voice..Her voice people. You might not know this but giddy + Tara aren't usually something you use in the same sentence. But alas, giddy it was. I have never been one to not read a book that is highly recommended by my girl so I clicked and dove in.



This book to me was the best that high school romance has to deliver. It is along the lines of a Tijan story, mixed with the snark of Jillian Dodd's Keaton Chronicles and the exclusive element of Erin Watt's Paper Princess. The absolute addicting quality of young love with everything you love to hate and hate to love. By the first page I was all in. And to my surprise (although I LOVED Nate) I fell the hardest for Kalani. Her strength, nick names, independence, honesty, and realness drew me to her quickly. I wanted her to see the real that was penetrating her steel structured walls and fall as hard as everyone in town had fallen for her. Wanting for fictional characters is not a new feeling for me, but what did surprise me was a debut author brought this out...Meagan Brandy caught me off guard with the connections I felt to every character she introduced. Making me crave more. I want every person's story. NOW.


Nate was all the things I love in a young, hot blooded male lead. Possessive, eager, driven, smoking hot and athletic. But some things that he had yet to show until Kalani brought out his intuitive, caring, loving, romantic and completely smitten side. As always there has to be the class bea-otch and this one was a dooooozy. Angst, heart, and all things Hero. I am so ready for MORE. So glad this new story was brought to my attention.






Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey









I am always down to read an R.S. Grey book. Since her very first one, I have been a super fan. Her words just work for me. The connections made quickly, the humor that finds it's way into the readers heart quickly and steadily. But not overshadowing the heart and soul of the story. An honest and refreshing take on characters, their lives, struggles, appealing and otherwise. The faults not skimmed over but addressed, while still holding the absolute want for them all to get their happily ever after.

Brooke drove me nuts at times..you have perfection at your fingertips and you keep messing it up..lol But the way it played out worked my angst factor to a T..will they, won't they? Can they figure it all out? I know I would do it all in my power to make sure James Ashwood was MINE, forever and ever Amen.. I can't wait to read the next morsel of literary greatness that Ms. Grey dishes out.



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tempting Sophia by Jessica Prince










There is something about a Jessica Prince book that just speaks to me. I have yet to not like one. I typically LOVE them. And Sophia and Dominic were no different. They had huge hurdles to overcome in order for them to even consider being able to settle into a HEA. Can it be done? Does "WE WERE ON A BREAK!" work in any case? I know Ross didn't get his for a LONG time..seriously I could read a book that took that long if Ms. Prince wrote it. For reals.

If you read Seducing Lola you know a little bit about Sophia and Dominic's story. If you haven't read SL you need to..like now!"Safe" readers might have their "issues" with this story and for that I say, "you're missing out". These two ooze tension, love, friendship and a past that is worthy of a second chance. I don't know if I can fully articulate on the why or how that Ms. Prince's words always work for me, they just do. Her books are my happy place.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Cuffed by K. Bromberg









K. Bromberg surprised me with this one. I don't think I was expecting so many emotions..I mean I saw the deliciousness of the cover and thought, yes please. What I got was an all encompassing story that delved beyond the easiness of a second chance romance. Tough issues, friendships that were thrown away but found unexpectedly and the unwavering staying power of first love. I was surprised at my reaction to all of it.

Grant and Emmy were two souls that connected from the very beginning, when the ugliness of the real world interrupted the safety of childhood, lives were changed. Telling the truth is always the right thing to do, but even in right things, wrongs can occur. My favorite connection was Grant's mom and Emmy. They had this unspoken bond that just never went away. It clicked as if the years did not separate them.

Fighting for what you know is right. Loving who you know you should. Protecting your family against the evils this world can show. All of this was showcased in this first book in Ms. Bromberg's newest series. I am excited to read more.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Drive by Kate Stewart




Kate Stewart is an absolute MUST READ author for me...it's hard to put into words what her books do to me. But because I am a blogger/reviewer I have to figure this shit out and try...

Here we go:

1) She grabs me from the prologue to make me not only want more but NEED more. A burning desire to figure out what will happen and follow the journey to get there with rapt love and pure attention to detail. Hoping upon all else that I don't miss one word of the epicness that will be coming my way.

2) Having twists along the way that make you second guess even what you thought you may have wanted. Falling in love with more than one person, wanting the best for everyone and secretly holding hope that it follows the way you as a reader want it go. But also trusting that Ms. Stewart knows what she is doing and will bring all the characters to their destiny.

3) Being so damn addicted that you risk tears IN PUBLIC to continue reading as you wait in line to renew your vehicle registration. She has also had me cry while sneak reading in line at the bank. The BANK people. I mean I do tear up there when I see my balance every once in awhile, but that's a different story..

4) Heart palpation's, the fluttering of first love butterflies, the knot that builds in your stomach and can literally choke you as you hope and feel for fictional characters, the absolute connection of reality to fiction in where you find yourself lost in someone's else's world and can't even apologize for ignoring everyone and everything else.

5) And finally the music. My two absolute addictions are reading words and listening to words. Music and reading. She blends them perfectly, reminding us that everyone's life is a soundtrack and sometimes hearing those songs brings you back so quickly you are truly transported. Sounds of life, harmonies of the soul. Perfectly done.

This book was EPIC. Although it started a tad slow, the build ends up being part of connecting unconditionally with everyone involved and taking stock in how the entire thing will play out. I LOVED this book.


Maverick by Karina Halle





Karina Halle uses these characters to highlight the fact that you can be fearless and intimated all at once. You can scale down an ice mountain to rescue others but can't risk falling for someone and allowing yourself to be vulnerable..to allow someone into your heart is a danger that may not be worth the fallout.

I fell hard for both Maverick and Riley. They were both strong, resilient people that loved their friends with all they have. Following danger to ensure the lives of others isn't something that selfish people often do. They mirrored each other in giving more than just the surface of who they are. Having lost important people in your life can definitely harden even the most loyal hearts.


Being privy to these two not only allowing the other into their lives, but falling hard enough to lose it all. I felt the heartache, friendship and totally appreciated the use of climbing rope and body parts. HOLY HOT.  Smoking hot chemistry between these two burned brightly off my kindle pages. The kind of smoldering build of sexual tension that has you so wrapped up, you are literally in the office cheering them on. Can't wait for Fox's story.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

On A Tuesday by Whitney G.




Whitney G. writes a book. I read a book. Certain things just are. This is a written fact due to what this author delivers, every time. I am guaranteed a story I connect with, characters I fall for, and a love story I devour. On A Tuesday delivered all of it and more.

A second chance romance, enemies to lovers, bad boy college athlete tamed by an unlikely girl, ALL of these things are my "must haves" when reading a story. Every single one worked, you felt the separation, desperation, connection, pain, happy, you experienced all of the feelings that were being painstakingly hurled at you through the pages so deeply you can't help but fall in love. Grayson and Charlotte were victims of circumstances from beginning to end. How they became unlikely friends, to more, to nothing...but on a Tuesday that can all change.

I felt this story while reading it. Whether it was a laugh, a stomach knot, a heart beat skipped or the butterflies that engage while reading about falling in love. This story had it all. I loved it. Highly recommend it.

 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ruthless King by Meghan March





"Property of Lachlan Mount"


Having been introduced to Mount already I was SO ready to see what kind of beautiful destruction he could bestow upon me as a reader. His quiet, strong, intimidating stance illuminated from the shadows. Being present but not easily found. Feared but revered. His reputation preceded him and had me willing and waiting for the pounce. And pounce he did.


Keira is a strong, independent, no holds barred business owner that packs a punch. But every strong woman has an Achilles heel in their life, someone that uses their strength against them and they shine a little less brightly in their presence. Her late husband was that person in her life. After he died, his unsavory behaviors started to really come to life. How he behaved reflected on her and she ends up paying the ultimate price for his douchiness. Enter Lachlan Mount.

"No ones property" is Keira's mantra. "Mine" is Mounts. Which brings tension. Sexual back and forth. And a man that may have met his match in every way. Meghan March did an incredible job of introducing us to the dark underworld of New Orleans. Intriguing, hot AF, and palpable hate to love that you want to see implode first hand. Great start to this trilogy. So excited to read more.

From This Moment by Melanie Harlow




I always know I am going to get something emotional, addicting and all consuming when I start a Melanie Harlow book, but this one took the cake. It was a romance of unspoken nature...but what I did learn or think on hard was judging things I know nothing about. It was a lesson in realizing that not everything placed in front of you can be deemed right or wrong. I have always known if you don't walk in their shoes don't judge them. This was that case. 


From the outside looking in this was a romance that would be judged harshly, but when you get to the real story, the fact that Drew always stole the show while Wes allowed him to. When you learn who loved whom first, you start hoping. Hoping that Wes can get the happily ever after he has let everyone else have. That he can put himself and his happiness first. But the one thing he wants has so many strings attached. The relationship that Hannah has with her mother in law was SO familiar, lol. She was all things I understand. After 23 years with my husband and giving 4 grandbabies, I still struggle to be enough. This book was so personal, raw in a way that had you invested in what was going to happen. Forbidden, but right.


In Pieces by Danielle Pearl















I was so taken in my first read In Ruins by this author. She captivated me with an angsty college romance, filled with a sexual tension I didn't think could be matched. Wrong. Bea and David took that notion and upped the game by adding unrequited sexual tension that you could feel oozing out of the kindle pages. I am addicted to this series and this author's words.

David is Bea's older brother's best friend. Not only that but a life time family friend as well. So the fact that what he feels for her goes way deeper than he feels it should, presents obstacles. Beth has had it hard. She has felt pain and unfortunately that pain has left her at times feeling overwhelmed. She made choices that ensured people watch her a little closer and held her a little tighter. One of my favorite things about this story, was watching her take control of not only her life but her feelings. Speaking up to those that had totally done her wrong. It was empowering to slowly build on the fact that what she was feeling needed to be articulated to those who deserved it.

The tension, back and forth and mystery that surrounded these two was really well done. As a reader it kept me trapped in the story, it also has me impatiently waiting for the next book from this author. Really enjoyed it.


Dirty Little Promise by Kendall Ryan



I am going to start with this review by saying I totally enjoyed book one and love this author. But..this one just didn't hit the mark for me. It didn't have the allure and back and forth that book one grabbed me with. Will I continue reading this series? ABSOLUTELY! I can't wait to get to the rest of the brothers. This one just dragged a little...and didn't hold me captive like I wanted it to. Thank you so much for the early copy!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Racer by Katy Evans


Like father, like son. So many similarities within these two men, but differences that make Racer's story his own. A beautiful, blue eyed man, with demons he struggles to keep at bay daily. A love he is struck by out of nowhere, that he has to fight against himself in order to find his fairy tale ending.

Speed, recklessness, adrenaline and an assertiveness that has you checking your temperature throughout this story. A Tate that knows what he wants and won't take no for an answer. Check please.

Katy Evans is a master at writing a possessive love story, that makes you want for the characters without taking away who each is. This story was more about loving someone for all of them, finding your person and family. Catching up with everyone was a complete bonus track for me. Racer was so reminiscent of Remy it had me ready for a re-read.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How To Date A Douchebag: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney





This review will be quick and spoiler free. The pressure to do so has kept this cursor blinking on an empty document for far too long. What we have here is a book that I loved and wanted to strangle all at once. The writing was on point. As always. The back ground characters were super douches, hence the name. My issue was (staying as vague as possible) was the lack of something important for me as a reader. What was this? An air about the character that was missing to the point of frustration. Did I end up falling for said character, yes. Did it take me longer than usual? Yes. About 50% ish in to this one, I started to really connect to everyone involved.

As with all Sara Ney stories you are served up laughter, a touch of angst, and an addicting story to the end. One of my most anticipated reads of the year.

Hoping to revisit this review later to fill in the blanks after all the spoiler reviewers have ruined it for others. LOL


Monday, September 25, 2017

Scandalous by L.J. Shen










"He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen."

These words can sometime deter me from connecting with not only the characters but their overall relationship. This book blew that theory right out of the GD water. Edie is everything I love in a female. Resilient, compassionate, loyal, real, strong and has more love in her than she even knows what to do with. She finds the broken in people and fights to be the reason they want to be whole again. Loving them despite of it and because of it. Her fight and determination to make a bleak situation shine had me cheering her on. Her love was impenetrable. So her being 18 quickly fell to the wayside, she had seen more injustice in those years than most see in a lifetime.
*Photo purchased on Depositphoto*

Now on to Trent, "The Mute", the single dad, the fighter, the poor kid, of a different race, so many different "tags" to attach to one man. One that isn't mentioned is friend, fighter, and overall amazing man that has all this love to give and isn't sure how what to do with it. Wanting for his daughter, but completely clueless on how to make it all happen. He is willing to do anything for happiness. Maybe even his own.

I have loved every single book LJ Shen has written. She has a powerful way with words. Making you love to hate and hate to love, taking you outside of a comfort zone that you thought was a great place to stay. She evokes every emotion in this story. You seethe with hatred for injustices and people, you cheer with happiness when a simple smile is directed at the right person at the right time, she made age seem impervious, and she did it all with words. This book slays. It repairs. It's amazing. 

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