I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Celebrity rock star, Lucas Masterson has it all. But is missing one thing. He finds that in Rebecca (Becca) Chase one day in a parking lot. He has car trouble and she does not hesitate to help. Lucas is drawn to Becca immediately. What he finds even more intriguing about her is that, she doesn't realize who he is, or perhaps she does and does not care.
Lucas and Becca end up on a date and sparks fly. This intense, passionate couple fall for each other rather quickly. While some may not like insta-love, including myself, I found this to be believable. Can we really put a time frame on feelings and love? Not where it concerns Lucas and Becca. They had a lot of chemistry and their lives made so much more sense as they were together. Being a rock star has its pros and cons, especially when trying to have a relationship. The past comes back to haunt both Lucas and Becca. It is insistent on keeping them apart. However, what Lucas and Becca have is real and undeniable, so they fight for each other. They fight for their love as they surrender to their feelings.
I found this to be an enjoyable story. I will definitely be reading the next, as I feel that Lucas and Becca's story is far from over. There is so much more to find out about the two of them. So much more love to be shared and explored. I look forward to the continuation. If you are looking for a steamy fast paced romance, then this is for you.
*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Rebecca Chase meets Lucas Materson in a parking lot of a liquor store, he is having car trouble, and he asks her if she can help jump-start his car. There is instant attraction between the two. Lucas feels that there is something different about Becca, and he persuades her to go on a date with him the next day. Becca not up with celebrity gossip doesn’t know whom Lucas is, Becca is shocked when she ends up at a concert that night with her best friend Jen and sees Lucas up on stage.
Becca is a quiet, independent normal girl. She is not into dating or relationships. All she wants is to get her college degree and leave home. I did find Rebecca frustrating at times as I felt she was a little naïve, a little too trusting. Lucas is a rock star who has it all; his dream job, fame and money. He has some trust issues, as he knows people may use him to get what they want because of who he is.
“To her, I wasn’t Lucas Materson the celebrity; I was just a guy in a parking lot trying to get a date with her. I can only hope that won’t change now that she knows who I am”
Rebecca and Lucas was a cute couple; they are feeling things that they have never felt before, the chemistry is intense thus resulting in plenty of steamy scenes. The way Lucas is with Becca and the way he doesn’t hold back in telling her his true feelings I thought was sweet. But that being said I did feel that their relationship was rushed and felt a bit forced at times. It was a bit too insta love for me.
The storyline was told from Becca and Lucas’s POVs about two people from very different worlds who fall in love. It not all smooth sailing as drama, insecurities, self-doubt, jealousy and secrets get in the way. I liked the storyline I just wish it had been longer as to me some parts were rushed, and had it been longer these parts could have been developed more. There were times that I felt I was being told rather than shown what was happening.
Surrender To Me was a sweet, romantic easy read. Secondary characters such as Jen added some humour to the story; she was a great friend, and support for Becca giving her some great and funny advice. The texts between the two made me laugh.
Overall, even though this book was fast paced I did like it. The ending you could say was sort of a happy one as there wasn't a cliffhanger, but it was one that also lets you know that Becca and Lucas’ story will be continued. I will certainly read the next book, as I’m curious to see what happens next.
“He’s going to be my undoing, the one person that can crack me open, and make me surrender all of myself to him.”
“I’m not usually a sucker for the shy girls, but this one has something…. different”
“I don’t know why this thing is so hard for me. I want Luke; every time he touches me it’s like my whole body is on fire.”
“After our first date, I knew she was the one to make me change my ways, and since then I haven’t been able to control myself around her; she fills the empty place in my soul that I’ve harboured for so long”
“If you really feel a connection with this girl, then go for it and screw anyone who has a problem with it” ~ Lucas’s dad
“I know you aren’t used to people taking care of you, but you’d better get used to it with me. I take care of what’s mine, and you Rebecca chase, are mine”
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Author: R.S. McCoy
Release Date: December 16 2013
"Everyone in the world has a spark, a light inside that guides them, keeps them alive.”
Myxini School for Children specializes in training young men and women who have powerful sparks. Strikers are taught to manipulate fire. Trackers learn to find animals in the most formidable terrains. Handlers are instructed in communication with large predators. But forty years have passed since the last time they had a Reader – a student with the ability to read minds.
When Lark Davies enrolls at Myxini, he knows there aren’t many like him, but he doesn’t realize just how rare his abilities really are. He thinks nothing of being asked to keep his spark a secret; after all, he can barely control it. Thoughts and emotions flood unbidden into his mind until he can scarcely walk or hold a conversation. But just when he needs it most, his ability fails him.
Larks meets Khea, a small frightened girl who mysteriously insights his protective nature. He has no explanation for the curious strength of their relationship, and it doesn’t help that she is one of the few people in the world whose thoughts can’t be read. As he struggles to get to the root of their unique bond, Lark begins to unravel more power than even his mentor expected, but in the process makes himself a target to political leaders eager to take control.
Lark has the Reader spark. Before he went to Myxini, he had no idea what a spark was and that there were more like him out there. I liked Lark. He's sweet, caring and really protective of Khea and of those closest to him. I loved seeing him grow up through the years and learn more and more about his spark, and how to use it. I liked Khea, but wish I had more time with her to get to know her and connect with her a little more. I loved seeing her go from this scared little girl to a strong young woman. I also liked Mathias as well as Avis, even though I didn't like him at first but he grew on me by the end.
The plot was interesting, but at times I found myself getting a little bored (mostly when the political stuff came into play). I liked learning about all the little islands in the world that R.S. McCoy created and about the people in them.
Overall, I liked this book. I liked learning about their world and the different sparks. I recommend it to anyone looking for a different kind of book.
She wore light blue, and held her blonde hair out of her face with a braid. She looked better than when I last saw her: she'd put on a few pounds which got rid of her starved look, her clothes fit properly, and she was clean. Girls at Myxini wore brown fitted pants, and her narrow knees were the only hint of what she'd been like before.
I ran over to her as soon as I saw her, but the blank expression she wore made it clear she wasn’t all that pleased to see me. It had been months, and I'd almost thought she'd gone home, or hadn't had a bright enough spark after all. I could have jumped and yelled from excitement to see her.
“Lark, have you met my mentor Mathias?” She turned to look at a middle aged man who stood behind her. I couldn’t get a read on either one, though it was hard to tell in the commotion of the training area. He wore the gray coverings that all mentors wore, and despite the age on his face, his golden hair matched the yellow pendant about his neck; which itself was inlaid with a black stone spider.
“Where have you been all this time?”
“Training, of course. Haven’t you?”
“Well, yes, but–. Why haven’t I seen you?”
“Mathias is responsible for all my lessons.” She was cold and dismissive, almost as if I bothered her. I couldn’t believe it. Why is she being so weird? I only wanted to make sure she was safe, that she was taken care of. What happened?
With a wave of dismissal she walked past me to challenge Parvani and I was sure my mouth dropped to the ground. Does she have any idea what she’s doing?
“Is she crazy?” Micha asked. He seemed more worried for her mental faculties than her general well-being, though I couldn’t disagree.
They stood and faced each other as Sinha commenced the fight. Khea was at least a full foot shorter than Parvani and looked like she could be her toy. I didn’t imagine Parvani was going to let her down easy.
In a moment of what must have been suicidal desire, Khea lunged, blocked a punch, and landed her fist square on Parvani’s cheek before the larger girl dropped onto her back on the ground. It was the most impressive display I had ever seen. Once she knew what she was up against, Parvani put in real effort to fight, and for a while, it seemed as if they were evenly matched. The final blow came when Khea grabbed Parvani's wrist, spun around her, and forced her to the ground. “Yield,” Parvani let out, defeated.
Without a word to me or Micha, Khea walked back to Mathias and he led her away. It was all I could think about the rest of the day, and into the next morning. What happened to Khea? Where has she been all this time and why is she so distant now? And since when was she some sort of combat master?
The next day Khea returned alone and challenged Shaz, a move that made me feel that Micha might have been right. Unlike Parvani, Shaz only lasted a measly few minutes before the pain in his leg prompted a yield. That time I was able to catch her before she left.
“Hey, Khea. What’s going on? Why won’t you talk to me?”
“I’m sorry, I’m not allowed to.”
“You’re not allowed to? Says who? That Mathias guy?” It seemed outlandish that anyone should be prevented from seeing me, particularly Khea.
She nodded before she replied, “I’m not supposed to talk to you. Please leave me alone.” Right then a boulder fell from the sky and crushed me. I just wanted to make sure she was alright. Why would someone prevent that? What made it worse was that she went along with it. She hadn’t fought against it or refused to follow his rules. My insides ached in a new kind of pain.
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Title: Wake For Me
Author: Isobel Irons
Series: Life or Death #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: December 15 2013
"Finding the man of your dreams can be hard... Especially if you're unconscious."
When Viola Bellerose breaks up with her “up and coming” Irish rock star boyfriend, the feisty winery heiress takes it in stride—by making out with a hot stranger and accidentally crashing her Mercedes into the East River. Whoops.
Somewhat unfairly, in her opinion, Viola now spends her days in a coma, trapped inside the prison of her own body. With each passing day, she finds herself becoming more lost in a world of vivid and terrifying dreams, in which a tall and tortured doctor often appears in a romantic role.
First year intern Sam Philips is barely surviving his complicated life, dealing with his older brother’s death, avoiding scary charge nurses and working endless hours--all while competing against his fellow interns. His solace is the time he spends with his favorite patient, the girl he’s nicknamed Sleeping Beauty. Convinced that her coma can’t last forever, Sam spends hours at her bedside, spilling his secrets to the unconscious girl.
But what the outwardly shy Sam could never guess, is that his Sleeping Beauty is actually aware. That she's secretly hanging on his every word, and falling head over heels in love with him. That even as Sam tries to save her, someone else might be trying to kill her.
How is a girl supposed to fall in love with her doctor (and vice versa) when they have never interacted since she's in a coma? That's the question that I asked myself after reading the synopsis for this book and I, of course, had to read it and see how the author was going to make that happen.
Viola is in a coma after a car accident. Most her time is spent in these frightening nightmares that she can't seem to escape and start getting mixed with reality. Sam stops by his favorite patient's room as much as he can to talk about what's going in his life and is one of the few people that believe that she will wake up. I liked Sam. He was sweet, protective and a little dorky (which I loved). Viola feels like her and Sam are a perfect match even though she has only heard his voice and doesn't even know anything about him other than what he tells her on his visits. She was feisty and had a take-charge attitude throughout the story.
I liked the whole doctor/patient in a coma plot. It kind of played in my head like a Grey's Anatomy episode as I was reading it. I also really liked that the book is written in dual pov so I was able to not only be in Viola's head, but I also got to see what was going on with Sam. There's a little mystery thrown in. Someone is plotting against her and she has no idea who could it be. I did find it boring at times and I felt like a couple of questions I had were left unanswered.
Overall, I liked this book. It had romance, a different kind of plot, and a little mystery and suspense. The characters were likeable and relatable. I recommended it to anyone who's looking for something a little different.
In real life, I am (among many things) an indie film director and TV producer with a deep–some might even say obsessive–appreciation for onscreen storytelling and a lifelong book habit that I just can’t seem to kick.
In film, there’s nothing I like better than a JJ Abrams “show, not tell” character reveal, or a Joss Whedon banter session. Or an Erik Kripke-level “bromance.” And of course, I’m a die-hard fan of the will they / won’t they trope, where the fans start shipping two characters agonizingly long before they share their first kiss. Or in Hart Hanson’s case, like three frigging years before. (That’s right, Hart. I’m talking to you, you incorrigible tease.)
In my novels, I use my visual storytelling skills to show the reader an entire menagerie of hidden worlds. When it comes to imagination, there is no production value and no budget. But if there was, I would spend it all and then some. To me, my characters are real people, who just happen to live in my mind. Before I write, I scout locations to set the scene, I hold exhaustive casting sessions to find the perfect quirks that will ignite the maximum amount of conflict. Then, I throw in some tricky, but believable situations that allow my characters to expose themselves–sometimes in a figurative, emotional sense, other times quite literally. Rawr.
Finally, I sit back and let the story unfold. If it sucks, I cut it. I tell my characters–sternly, but calmly–to reset and do it again, but this time give me MORE. Show me MORE. Make me laugh or cry or want to hit something MORE. And then, when I realize I’ve read through the entire thing in one sitting and–Holy shit, is it really that late, and Oh my God I am SO hungry! Have I even eaten today? That’s when I know it’s ready to be unleashed into the world.
Vivid characters. Vibrant settings. Relatable problems. Together, these elements combine to form the Ultimate Literary Crack. Or, as I like to call it, “Promoting Literacy through Shameless Addiction.”
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