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ARC Review of “How To Love” by Katie Cotugno – a lesson on real life love

How to Love

Book: “How to Love”

Author” Katie Cotugno

Publish Date: October 1, 2013

How I Got the Book: From a Blog tour Site – Around the World ARC Tours

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Summary:

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

What I thought:

For starters I got the book and realized it was very long, but after the first chapter – it had me at Chapter one.. I liked the way the author went back and forth between before and now – so you could build the story in your head in a full way – without making full judgement of any character before you gave them a chance. I think had all the before scences come first it would have been WAY harder for me to like Sawyer at all – but the way she built the story and the narration was great. Maybe I read too many books now, but I really take notice of these type of things and I appreciate when someone does something different. I do wish we had heard more from Sawyer’s side, but in the end it was Rena’s story that needed to be heard – well her and Hannah’s story.

I started out thinking this would be another cute/love story in the contemporary YA world, but I was amazingly proved wrong. It was deep, real, and emotional. I felt the heart break Reena felt and the loss when Sawyer left – and the heartache and loss when she learned she was pregnant – and then the pure joy of her beautiful little girl. The book had it all. If you are looking forward to anything in October, i hope this is one of the top picks. The story covered series emotional situations – teen pregnancy, teen parenting, addiction, abandonment – troubled family relationships, and just plain fear. It’s certainly not a fairy tale teen pregnancy story, it’s real and gritty and heart breaking.

The theme I got over and over again was about love, the fact that real love is not easy by any means  – that it takes work but when you work for it, it’s one of the best parts of this world. I have gone through some difficult times in my own life, and my own love has been tested to the very limits during some of these times, and I thought this book really did justice to the real life love it takes to survive in this world. It showed a “true” love can overcome any obstacle – it really reminded me of “the Notebook” and the end where Noah and Ally believe their love can do anything – nothing worth having is ever easy – that is my two cents anyway… for what it’s worth.

Now On To The Characters:

Reena is a strong young woman. When she realizes she’s pregnant and goes to see Sawyer and walks home to face the music alone, her bravery and character astound me – for her age it’s hard to imagine having to go through that and what a tough girl. Tosss in some huge loss in her life and she is really tested beyond belief yet she keeps moving forward – making the best of what she has. She has regrets sure, but who doesn’t. Even with Sawyer, when he appears again – she is so afraid to love him and for good reason – but she doesn’t give up. Yes, she fights it, but I think after everything that went down she deerved to be fought for to some extent.

Sawyer – well from the first pages he was hot, laid back – the cool guy everyone thought they wanted to date in highschool. I like that it showed all of his sides, not just his good side – and it showed that no one is perfect. I wanted to like him, but it took me even a good part of the book to see what his purpose was when he was back in town and to allow myself to give him a chance – I have to say I was rooting for him by the end…

Shelby – Loved her. I loved her real friendship with Reena which is just what she needed. Despite her being in college and away from home she was still there for Reena and supported her no matter what – which is just what she needed. She also added fun and laughter to somme of the most difficult parts of the story.

The parents – The relationship I felt the most for was for Reena and her Dad – in the end I had tears as they had their last conversation, how much she taught him and how far they came – I don’t want to ruin any plots here, but it’s worth the read  juswt to see this touching scene…

So Enough Blabbing on – What’s My Take Away Here?

5/5 Stars for sure!

The book had true emotion. My heart broke, mended, and grew all in one story. I loved the characters and disliked them strongly at different times. Combine that with the beautiful writing and it’s a classic for sure. The way Katie wrote the story really made all the difference, to me she let you see what you needed to and when – and not before or it may have changed your opinion of the characters – I think it let you get to know the characters in an unbyassed way as possible. This book is just so hard to review because it reallly exceeded everything I thought I would get from it. I thought this would be another YA teen pregnancy story – but boy was I wrong. I learned things about living and taking life as it comes from this strong young character – and seeing real love in action warmed my heart. It’s so easy to love when everything is perfect, so easy to feel like that anyway – but it’s not easy to realize that you have to work for what you want. All that happened here, Sawyer had to work for his family, and seeing someone seeing someone his age to that – made my heart warm.  It was just a wonerfully redeeming story.

In the end it was real, not what you expected. It had hard moments, moments that brought tears to my eyes for the shear heart break – but it also had moments that made me so happy I shed tears then too. It really had it all. In the end, I was left feeling whole – like the world was left as it shouold be and I hope you will feel this same way when you are done.  It’s one of the best “real life” love stories I’ve read in some time.  The characters had a love that won out against everything life threw at them – and that even taught them how to love again and feel what had been there all along.

In closing, I hope you get this book, it’s an absolute worthwhile read — so remember October 1st or better  yet pre-order now. Then tell me what you think! If you’ve had a chance to read and review, love your comments here too —

I will admit I’m missing my famous quote section here this time and I hate that because this book had some great ones, but when it’s “offiially” released i am already planning to go back and get some to amend this slight to all of you guys, so keep posted!

Happy early Friday Everyone and Happy reading!

Kelley

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ARC Review of “Foreplay” by Sophie Jordan

Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, #1)

Book: “Foreplay”

Author: Sophie Jordan

Release Date: 11/5/2013

How I got a copy of the book: I was granted access through an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Summary From GoodReads:

Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs.

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

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What Did I Think?

What did I think about this book? I actually read it amoung a week long spree of adult fiction (usually I try to alternate between YA and Adult when I read for reviews) – but this week in particular I had a spree of GREAT books – this being one of them.  I can admit when I first started reading it, I thought the idea Pepper had this crazy crush and that she was trying to use someone else to gain experience was a little….insane… But at the same time being a girl, I could in some way fathom how someone may think this is a good idea – and then we meet Reece. Reece is dark and haunted, and beautiful from Sophie Jordan’s awesome portrayl with words. Pepper just didn’t know what to do with a guy like this. The heat betweeen them even in the begining crackled off the page – always leaving me wanting more. I can hoenstly say the first time he took her to his room, I almost fainted just reading the hotness of it all. I know the story is similar, bad boy with bad reputation – good girl who doesn’t know better but wants a little taste of the bad boy world – but I still thought it took on it’s own twist. I like that Pepper really saw Reece even from the start, even though it scared her pants off. Then we throw Hunter into the story. I really wanted to like Hunter, but from the moment Reece came into the picture, in my heart that was the person for Pepper (no matter what Pepper wanted) – guess that would have made me a pretty crappy friend right?

Anyway, so here is the good girl with the bad boy – who commences to teach her all she needs to know to make the guy of her dreams want her – which is really kind of messed up, but again the moments are so HOT. All I can say about this is that Reece is smarter than he lets on throught out the entire book – he takes what she offers but I know he knew more from even the begining and being that he was willing to take her crappy offer – made my heart stutter even more.  I started to really worry about Recce’s feelings – especially after that scene in the pizza place. But woudln’t you know it, what guy doesn’t want what he can’t have (age old story here too, right?) and all of a sudden Peppper has everything she “wants” – and this is where the torture kind of started for me, I was utterlly decided that it was Reece not Hunter who deserved her – and I rooted ruthlessly for him, so you can mark me Team Reece here… and the rest is history since you will have to read the book – will Pepper choose the safe choice with Hunter or will she take the big leap and give Reece and happiness a chance?

The Characters

Starting with Pepper I’ll admit right out that she had it rough growing up and this really makes me understand her hesitancy with the opposite sex – in many ways. It also really explains her lure to the “safeness” of Hunter and his perfect family. It’s the only normal she ever knew. So when Reece comes screeching into her life full force and full of his own problems, of course she will run for the hills. While Pepper thinks she isn’t strong and her survival is only built on her taking the safe route, which she has built in her head with Hunter, I actually saw a lot of strength in her – I thought she was incredibly brave to continue with her life, although carefully, and not crumble from all she had been through. After reading her story you will understand more, but for me – the fact she was even walking and going through life (albeit a little unlively) showed how brave she really was. The fact that Reece understood where she was coming from and saw her braveness too just gave him another point in my book. Hunter, while he did care about her deeply, you could tell he never really  understood what was beneath the surface from her life before she knew him… I enjoyed seeing Pepper grow and learn to live in this book, not just exist.

Reece, oh Reece — what can I say?  Reece absoultely came from a rough situation – and one run in with his father showed exactly why. When he poured his heart and his story to Pepper, my heart hurt for him… This guy had been through so much and yet, just like Pepper – he kept going. He even went as far as to deny himself something that would make him happy because he felt he didn’t deserve it – now I know in any psychological sense this makes him…not so well – but for the story I think it showed how good of a person he was. Him letting Pepper in was amazing to watch – seeing him grow in this novel and accept that he deserved better made me root for him even more. He just like Pepper was so much stronger than he gave himself credit for.

Hunter, Mr. Perfect. I don’t dislike Hunter and he actually seemed like a totally stand up guy. I’m not completely sure why he had no interest in Pepper until he saw her with Reece since they knew each other for a long time, but who knows.. I do know from what I saw he was a gentleman and a good person – Unfortunately during his part of the book, we really only saw what Pepper ws thinking.. I am glad she got her chance to be with him, no matter what happens that I may or may not agree with – but this was part of her journey. In the end, the last scene or one of the last to be exact – he won my heart over too – he really is a stand up guy. I liked that Jordan didn’t write scummy guys in this book – what’s better than having 2 amazing but different guys in love with you?

The other characters –

Reece’s brother and Pepper’s best friend both played pretty significant roles in the book, and because this is the first in a series – I feel like we will see more of all of them as it continues, and I am personally super excited about that – hearing the other stories. I “think” the next story may be about Pepper’s room mate and I think that will be something interesting to read and it’s absolutely on my watch list –

Post Book Re-Cap

Overall I give this book a 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed the characters, the writing and the storyline. It’s the first in the series and I can honestly say that I will want to read the other parts of the series as they come out. I have not read anything by Sophie Jordan before but I will be checking more stuff out that she writes for sure.  The one thing I can say here is that I wish I could see things from Reece’s mind – i’m so spoiled seeing things from both sides in so many books, that now I miss out when I can’t understand what a guy or whomever is thinking that’s the other part of the story. In some points, the same goes for Hunter. I think this book for me is a re-read because I was so entranced with the story round number one I could have missed some of the better points, and I certianly wouldn’t mind going back over some of the steamier moments (HOT!). I really think I’m starting to enjoy this new new adult genre. So in the end, it’s an amazing story of growth for Reece and Pepper – and also about Hunter realizing what he wanted all along was right under his nose. Like I said before, what is better than having 2 amazing guys in totally different ways in love with you – well the only thing I can think of is that you have to choose – so what will Pepper do?

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I hope you enjoyed my review and will get the book – I’ll post the pre-order link above and don’t forget it hits shelves on 11/5 (not too far away). I want to thank Sophie Jordan for allowing me to review this early – it was my pelasure! And I hope to hear some of your comments too, espeically when you can read it for yourselves —

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

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ARC Review for “Unspoken” by Jen Frederick (AKA my new favorite love story!)

Unspoken (Woodlands, #2)

Title: “Unspoken”

Author: Jen Frederick

Series: #2 in The Woodlands Series

Publish Date: September 3, 2013 in Paperback (Kindle 9/16/13)

How I got my copy: I was given this copy as an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Link to buy paperback on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unspoken-Woodlands-Volume-Jen-Frederick/dp/0989247953/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1378927787&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=unspoken+jen+frederick

Summary From GoodReads:

I’ve been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away.  To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?

He’s everything I shouldn’t want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren’t the danger to me, though, it’s his charm. He’s sliding his way into my heart and I’m afraid that he’s going to be the one to break me.

Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.

I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I’ll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I’ve got fighting and I’ve got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her. 

She’s everything I didn’t realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she’s been hurt too much in the past and I don’t want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can’t…

What I thought….

W-O-W. I have been reading A TON lately, so characters are all over my brain right now, but I have to tell you in the past 24 hours the only thing on my mind has been Bo and AM. It was such a refreshing NA story – even from the description and cover I knew I wanted to read this! Bo and AM’s chemistry was palpable from the first page, that first class together – I could feel the electricity I swear! Bo had me from the first few pages, I can tell you that – I was head over heels for him. Same for AM – her courage and her determination even with everything else going on – amazed me. This book in general had my attention up front and center. I do work for a living (not that I woudln’t love to blog for a living – but it has yet to pay my bills – however it does support my book habit so that has to count for something right?) and I have not been able to even concentrate today while I was thinking about this book and what would happen next. I LOVED having the dual voices. Seeing a story from both sides and being inside both of the main character’s brains to see how they think has become my new favorite way to read a story – I feel like for me that makes both the characters much more real and I can understand where they are coming from. This might mean that sometimes the bone head things a guy does won’t seem all that horrible because I see why he thought that was ok (not that I’m excusing it at all) but without seeing inside Bo’s head here I may have thought he was a little more than a jerk in some places…

The POV was great, and I really enjoyed the story too. If you read a lot of romance (which I do obviously) then you will understand how some writers bring you to the point of madness waiting on the edge to see what’s going to happen, or bring you through the trenches and wrench your guts before you see things may even work out – but not Jen Frederick. I loved how she gave just the right amount of mystery, romance, angst, and also the great factor of amazing girlfriends and girls standing up for each other. I really liked that this is something I could see happening to someone, especially what happened to AM. I like that she made it real, and that AM was amazing while not being perfect – she was real. Bo’s story was also real – something too many people have to go through even today. I loved Bo and AM’s relationship too, the way they bantered and had fun, not just hot sexing all the time, they had it all and I think that made me love them as as couple more too – to see all of their moments. Some of the banter in the book made up my favorite parts – they were just so stinking cute together!! So overall, you can see I highly enjoyed this book and would absolutely reccommend it!

The Characters:

I’ll start with AM – girl’s first right? AM is a tough cookie. She had the unthinkable happen to her and despite her past and her fear, she did the best she could and she did NOT run away – the fact that she stayed spoke volumes to me. Her love of her friends and her family and her core loyalty all spoke to me. I also like that she didn’t make it easy for Bo – even though she wanted to be with him, she stuck to her guns and made him wait it out, work for it – and even when they got together it wasn’t a defined and easy thing – there is no forgone conclusion here.. In the end, I love the confidence she gained – she is a strong, independent woman and she showed that and I always enjoy a good female character.

No for Bo – oh BO… HOT.. Muscled…Smart..Marine.. SO many words come to mind, but when I think of Bo while at first that centered my mind from descriptions but once I got into his head, I thought..decent guy…good guy…loyal guy.. I knew he had some issues, I mean come on – all the fighting was for some reason – but once I saw what that was it made everything click together. I loved that he saw AM and wanted to be with her not for a challenge but because he wanted to just “be” with her – and wanted it to be for the right reason so he didn’t hurt her, even from the begining. I love that in the begining of the book he noticed her the semester before when he sat in front of her all semester – just showing that she was more noticable then than even she tought. Bo is a loyal friend, a good guy, and a great man – that’s all there really is to say. Oh – and his impression of Lloyd Dobber’s move in “Say Anything” will be one of my favorite book moments for all time I feel sure – *Swoon*

The Take-Away Thoughts:

1. Read the book – maybe now if you can make that happen. If you want a paperback, go for it – if you want it for Kindle  unfortunately looks like 9/16 is the day – but I can tell you now it’s worth the wait.

2. Love the book – how can you not? And tell me about it once you’ve read it – asap! Let’s compare swooning moments!

3. 5/5 Stars for this one – hands down – it’s an absolute re-reader – so invest the $ and buy it. I woudln’t even mind owning this in paperback.

Now my final thoughts:

I just loved this story, Bo and AM. I liked the characters built into their world and the story itself. It was real and I know I say this a lot but that matters to me, I don’t like especially romance books that just seem so fake and cheesy – like this could never happen to you type of stuff. I like the real, butterflies in my stomach books that make me realize love is still out there – true love and true love stories still happen! I’m a total romantic at heart if you cannot tell. The writing was amazing and the characters – were also great. I like in this story that AM didn’t make it easy, even though she could have – she worked for it and made Bo do the work too – so will they work out? That’s my last thought – and I want you to find out.. They want it, they want to let the past go and move forward– but will it work out? That’s for you to find out, and I hope you do and share with me! I was not dissappointed even one little bit – I was right when I knew this book was for me and I hope you will feel the same way.

My very last thought is this: How did I not know that there was a first book in this series – until I checked the author’s website I had no idea about “Undeclared” and now my whole day has been made. You know I’ve already been online to Amazon and it’s waiting patiently on my Kindle for me to get off tonight and devour! I cannot wait! And the one thing I thought through this whole book is that they did bring Noah and Grace up – but what ws their story, I was hoping to hear it next and now to know it’s already there for me – Amazing! Plus – a bonus – other stories are on the way too – Finn and Mal and I’m hoping Grey (that name is just HOT!). All right, I’m putting my antics to bed now, you all know I loved it, want you to read it, am begging you to read it, and to read “Undeclared” too – if you are waiting for a Kindle version now is the perfect time to read “Undeclared” and then you can start “Unspoken” next – see perfect timing, right?? Now check out some amazing quotes from the story and then go BUY it!

The Quotes:

Number 1-

“Am I feeling sorry for myself?” Bo asked, a rueful smile playing around the edges of his mouth. “Yes, and if you act like this any more, I’m going to start calling you Edward.” “Wow, is that the insult we’re using instead of pussy?” “It’s the male version.”

Number 2-

“You know what she’s planning?” Noah whispered. “Nope. I’m just here to catch her.” And hold her, comfort her, and beat the shit out of anyone who made her cry.”

Number 3-

“Now whenever you feel alone, know that I’ve got your back. No matter who’s against you, know that a thousand others wait to avenge you.” “But I’m not a Marine,” I whispered back, my voice catching on the tears threatening to spill out. “You’re a fighter, Sunshine. Plus, you belong to this Marine.”

Well that’s all. I really hope you will all check it out. I can’t even do it justice, even with everything written above – it’s something you need to read for yourself. If you are into romance, hot guys, military hot guys, love, NA novels, or all of the above – it’s for you!

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

 

 

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ARC Review of “Deeper” By Blue Ashcroft

Deeper

Title: “Deeper”

Author: Blue Ashcroft

Publish Date: 8/3/2013

How I Got a Copy: From NetGalley in exhcange for an honest review

Link To Purchase On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deeper-ebook/dp/B00EA1YDLM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1378386971&sr=1-1&keywords=deeper

Summary From GoodReads:

Rain Wilson isn’t ever going to love again.

It’s a promise she made the day her boyfriend died in a water park accident, one she still blames herself for.  Now she’s a senior lifeguard in a new town with a new pool and she’s just going to keep her head down and everyone safe.

Until a mysterious guy follows her into the waves at the pre-season bonfire and kisses her senseless.  It’s just one mistake, and Rain is determined to put it behind her, until the dark haired, blue eyed hottie turns out to be her new co-supervisor Knight Mcallister. 

Knight is hot, tatted, and carrying baggage of his own.  He’s not happy about having Rain for a co-supervisor, and he’s even less happy about his attraction to her.  

But between lifeguard drama, hot underwater kisses, and a growing attraction between them that can’t be stopped, Knight and Rain are being pulled deeper into their pasts, and realizing that sometimes too much broken can make a relationship impossible.

Then again sometimes it’s the broken parts of us that fit together best.

My Overall Thoughts:

First Of all I have to say that Rain and Knight are awesome character names and had me interested from page one. The way the author started the story really was..hot..and catching – it 100% had me wanting to read more of that – and so I kept reading….

I absolutely have never wanted to be a life guard more in my life, it made it a HOT profession for sure. But I really liked how honest the story was and how real it was about what can happen – that all life guards do deal with serious things, not just looking hot and swimming around in the pool. Blue and Knight both had really tragic things happen to them and it left them both so hesitant to be vulnerable with other people.

So to the story. When I first started reading it, to be honest, the first chapter was catching, but in reality who does that? It was a pretty intimate moment to have with someone you don’t know at a work party who may work under you when the season starts – maybe even a little in appropriate. But all that being said, it kept me turning the pages. When they did discover who they were in relation to the job, I caught myself already silently cheering for them to continue despite the fact they shouldn’t because of their job titles. The interesting thing I think is the fact they they were both so scarred and didn’t want to trust anyone allowed them to have the intimacy with a stranger that night in the water, but it’s also that same tragedy that kept them from wanting anything more when they fully realized who the other person was. The story from there on out was sort of like a yo-yo and I will admit frustrating at some points. I think that some of the back and forth could have been eliminated, but overall I kept rooting for Knight and Rain! I really wanted them to work out, to both get over their demons. The author did a great job throwing in some plot action, while still making it believeable based on the storyline and the context of the story. So, overall I thought it was a fresh and different storyline – it had points that were frustrating but overall I thought all the moments of the book added up to a great overall story.

As far as the life guard portion of the book, I thought it was done really well. The descriptions of events that could happen, of how to save someone, and of actual job duties seemed pretty realistic to me. It’s also a great summer read – being that  it’s based in a summer setting with a water background and with YA working their summer job, so it screams summer beach read to me. It also has a “coined” summer romance.

The Romance – I really enjoyed the romance in this book. It’s hard to find a story that i haven’t seen before in some form or fashion and I haven’t seen one in awhile where both the boy and girl were fighting demons in their own ways. I rooted for them both to overcome those demons in a serious way – and I”ll get more into the characters next but I thought they were written very well. Knight – what a HOT name and Rain is refreshing – like rain.. It definetly says something about the story and not using the cliche story or names. I found that the back story for both characters was real and although intense as to what they experienced, gave the story some meat. Knight is so swoon worthy, he was absolutely my book boyfriend for the time I was reading this – and the understanding he had for Rain and her situation was beyond amazing. I also thought it pointed out that the coping was not healthy and I liked that they both ended up in therapy which is what needed to happen after what they experienced.

The Characters:

Knight —

Knight is just like his name sake, a knight in shining armor – or a shining bathing suit in this case. He was real and wasn’t afraid to admit his fears. I like that the novel was narrated by both characters so you could see what was going on in both of their minds, I think that was really key here to understanding the back story and how it affects them both now. That being said, what Knight experienced was horrific to say the least and while it was different than what Rain experienced, they both had issues being trustworhty or putting their feelings out there for someone else for fear of being hurt. The one thing I did not like about Knight was the way he acted during their small “interval” where they were not together. The whole scene with the two girls in the hot tub seemed kind of… unrealisitic, I mean really? You are single for one day and two girls maul you in a hot tub and offer to basically go all the way – that is not reality. But other than that, I have to say I thought he had layers, was honest, was genuine, and fought for what he wanted – even though it may have taken awhile to realize it. There are some serious swoon worthy quotes from Knight but we will get to those later…

Rain—

I liked Rain’s character. I thought in the begining being inside of her head that she may be a little crazy for not allowing herself to have fun, but that’s really just before i knew why she was not allowing herself that pleasure. Once I knew the whole story, my heart literally broke for her and what she had endured. I mean, seriously — that is one of the worst things I have read happening to a character in a good and long time – and the description – I mean WOW..it gave her serious issues and a real reason to have them. I was frustrated with her at the back and forth with Knight and how she kept denying what she wanted even though he was fighting so hard for her — but in the end I love the way it played out. I love that she realized what she wanted and I really love that they both did what they needed to do to get healthy.

The Other Characters—

While there were other back story characters and some played a role in the story that was important, the two most important characters I think were the exes who you never even really got to meet, but I think these are crucial characters because they made the lead characters who they are today – seeing Knight’s girlfriend’s pain over what happened and hearing how adored Rain was by her crush made me feel something for these characters, even though they were not directly in the storyline. I think the author did a great job with all the characters and blending them to make a real story.

My Take-Away:

Read it. I give this story 4/5 stars. It was one I requested, and then was not sure about, but I’m super glad I did pick it up and read it. It was different, and real – and although dark at some points, it was a great read. Again, even though it’s dark I think it’s a great beach read.

Romance and love obviously are the overall themes and what girl does not love that! I also loved how the story was narrated by both main characters so you got to see into both of their brains, as they were thinking and worrying over what was happening. Seeing this insight made a huge difference for me, and really helped me to understand both characters. The storyline and back story was realistic and believeable. I wouldn’t say this is a re-reader, but I would say check it out for sure! Right now it’s only $2.99 on Kindle – so check my link above and get it today – great story for a great price! Get it today while it’s still warm, and enjoy what may be your last summer read for this year — Or wait until the winter and enjoy while it’s freezing outside thinking of next summer already! Most importantly enjoy it – the characters and story and characters will lure you in so be prepared to do some reading, I read it cover to cover in 3 days so be ready for a true page turner here!

The Quotes:

“I’m a lifeguard.  A head lifeguard, and if he thinks I’m going to fall for the superhero act he probably lays out for most women he’s wrong.  I know the water like I know air.  I can’t be hurt here, and I can’t be saved here either.” ~ Rain

“I want to make her burn forever.  I want to stay here with her until the sun sets over us, painting the world in dramatic, beautiful colors.  I want everything, and I want it from a girl who has already told me her limits.” ~Knight

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I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll end there, but I can tell you there are more swoon worthy quotes from Knight and from Rain for that matter – so check it out!

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

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Monday Musing – August 5th

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then

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Today I’m going to muse about a few books I’m desperate to read, but haven’t gotten approval for the ARC from Netgalley or Edelweiss —

1. Panic by Lauren Oliver

2. Just One Year – Gayle Foreman

3. The new Katie McGarry book out in November I think…

The new Katie McGarry is not on the sites yet, but the other two are on Edelweiss and I have the hardest time getting things approved there… Lately, I’m not having great luck on Netgalley either – I would love any tips from anyone?

I’m hoping to catch an ARC tour for these and get to read early, but sometimes the best books or the ones I want the most are the most difficult to get… so frustrating!

Bottome line – if you have some advice how i can improve my profile for Netgalley or Edelweiss and get better books approved or more books approved – or even better how I can get paperback books from the Publisher – HELP! I would love to know how you get started on getting books directly from the publisher..

Happy Monday!

Kelley

 

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Monday Musing – July 22nd

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

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I have been sitting here wondering what I should “rant” about today — I was going to rant about how busy I am and how crazy I’ve been trying to get everything done but that’s boring — So instead I’m going to absolutely YELL about how EXCITED I am that “Panic” by Lauren Oliver is officially available for review copy on Edelweiss. I sent the request for my copy yesterday and I am crossing my fingers I get to read it — Now that I know it’s out there I will just go insane if I have to wait until March 2014 – I mean SERIOUSLY!! I need it now, like five minutes ago…

Anyway – I’m done yelling and screeching now..I guess i can go back to my normally scheduled work day. Tell me what you think – what you’re reading or what you want to rant about – love to hear from you all!

Hope Everyone has a happy Monday!

Kelley

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“Tangled” by Emma Chase – A Sexy, Hot, and Hilarious MUST Read!

Tangled (Tangled, #1)

“Tangled” by Emma Chase

Published by: Omnific Publishing

Published:  May 20, 2013

How I got the book: purchased from Amazon

Summary From GoodReads:

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious.  She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all.  Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel.  It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows.  As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

My Thoughts:

This book is a MUST read for anyone who loves adult romances. It’s a great, and fun read! I have no idea the last time I enjoyed a book so much in this way and laughed so much while I was reading it.  From the first page, the first paragraph I was laughing and I was totally commited to the book by the end of that page. I love that Emma Chase told the entire book from the male POV. Lately, there has been a trend of coming out with a male POV after the female version does well, so I loved this one came right from the male and unfiltered too! I also really enjoyed that it felt like he was talking to the reader, telling you the story – it sucks  you right in.  The only way I can describe it is…awesome! I started this book while I was flying for business with my husband and I was laughing so much he asked me what I was reading – I even had him rolling when I read small parts to him. He confirmed this unfiltered guy thought is pretty right on! We women always wonder what goes on inside of those heads – well this is an uncensored view into a guy’s head.. Chase’s writing was amazing. It is a hot romance, laugh-out-loud funny, witty dialogue, and cheesy romantic at moments..it’s basically an Epic book!

The Characters:

Let’s start with Drew since he is the main POV. I already gushed about this enough – so you know I loved having him as the main and only POV in this story. It made the story fresh and fun, set apart from every other romance book coming out now. Drew is hilarious. He is sexy hot, romantic (even though he wouldn’t admit this at first), smart, kind, confident (to the point of cockiness sometimes) and honest. He’s the perfect man with a dirty mouth. He also has the “only child” syndrome (despite not being an only child oddly enough) and to some extent is very immature in the relationship arena.. The way he tells the story is raw and honest, you could see or read him fighting with himself about falling for Kate – and I absolutely loved seeing inside of the male’s head during this process in a man’s life.. He is losing his control – well really losing his mind and we get to see it all unravel. In the begining i was reading to see his train wreck, the witty banter – but towards the end I was reading it with a big “Pick Drew” sign in my hands – he had even gotten me under his spell..haha.. He is a great character.

Now on to Kate – she is tough as nails, smart, funny and witty, and per the descritpion or in Drew’s opinion knock out gorgeous. She doesn’t give in to Drew at first and stands her ground, determined not to be intimated. One of my favorite scenes is when they are doing research – he takes one article and won’t give it back, so she takes the entire library..haha.. She was witty and able to keep up with him no doubt about that. Their chemistry was also amazing. While Drew had never had a girlfriend, Kate had only had one, so I think they were both learning as they go to some extent. It made for a wonderful story.

Overall Take-Away:

This book is an absolute must read. I will include some quotes below – and if you don’t laugh..well I don’t know how none of these would make you laugh – but I suggest stopping whatever you are doing, heading tot he bookstore or Amazon and getting this book. Clear your calender and read it! You will not regret it.. If you’re in a slump of those ooh too serious books, this is the perfect read. If you’re on a beach just relaxing – perfect read. And if you need some great laughter and humor with some hot romance, perfect book! The story line is fresh and real. It’s being told from the male POV and seeing inside of his head makes the story that much better.  I also think the way it’s told as if you’re being told a story makes you feel part of the book, like he is talking to you – loved that! Drew is unfiltered, honest to a fault sometimes, raw, and real.  Kate is his perfect match. I just read a book called “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins and in the end she references that no one is perfect, but everyone is a perfect match for somoene else – and I love that and think it’s true here. Drew truly didn’t believe in love until he found Kate.. and his level of worship for her is swoon worthy! Drew was a character that took you in by the first page and while you love to hate him in the begining, you’ll be rooting him on in the end. Now – where is book #2?? I cannot wait — I need a second book now! This book gets 5/5 sunshines for it’s funny, romantic, and well told story. Check out the quotes below and then click on the link and buy the book from Amazon – you know you want to!! Get it! Today! Then tell me what you think!! So – check out the quotes and if you are not convinced already – then buy the book and read it, right away!

Quotes from the story:

“You know on TV when there’s one of those awkward, shocking moments and all you hear are the crickets in the background?

Well chirp fucking chirp…this is one of those moments.”

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“It’s simple guy logic: If a woman is angry? It means she cares. If you’re in a relationship and a chick can’t even be bothered to yell at you? You’re screwed. Indifference is a woman’s kiss of death. It’s the equivalent of a man not interested in sex. In either case—it’s over. You’re done.”

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“Newsflash, ladies: We can’t read your thoughts. And frankly, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to. The female mind is a scary place to be.” 

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“Edward Cullen can take his stupid heroine and OD on it. Kate is my own personal brand of Viagra.”

*Had to add the above, since I’m a Twilight fan and all–haha

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“I’m going to fight to prove to you that this is real.  That I’m not going anywhere and that what I feel for you isn’t going to change.  And then someday – maybe not any time soon, but one day – I’m going to tell you that you, Kate Brooks, are the love of my life, and you won’t have any doubt that it’s true.”

 

Now – where to buy: Amazon – and it’s ONLY $4.99 – so get it today!! Don’t Delay – you have to hear this story!!

http://www.amazon.com/Tangled-The-Series-ebook/dp/B00CW665VI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372635720&sr=1-1&keywords=tangled+by+emma+chase

Happy Reading Everyone!

Kelley

 

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