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It has been a really long time since a story grabbed me from the her first page. Life's Perfect Plan had my attention the minute I started it. I immediately connected to the characters. I didn't know that it would shatter my heart into teeny, tiny pieces. However, at the end, my heart was put back together, piece by piece and more.
Elizabeth and Grant are college sweethearts that have been trying to have a baby for a long time. After awhile it consumes their marriage. Grant wants their marriage to return to the way it was before trying to have baby. They agree to one more try, then resume to life as normal without the extra help of getting pregnant. However, life has a completely different plan. When Beth suffers a devastating loss, she finds out that there is something else in store for her.
What if your life was turned completely upside down? What if you have love ripped out from under you without notice? I do not want to get into to much detail. Giving away the story will be a disservice as this writer allows you to LIVE and experience the book.
The loss experienced in the book tore my heart out. I think I screamed at my kindle, and messaged the author. I was devastated. How is she going to make this right? How am I going to go on? As I continue to read, Sarah Goodman more than delivered. My heart did little flip flops as I read. I cried. I laughed. I swooned (ALOT). I cried some more. This is so much more than your average love story. SO much more. Not sure if I can properly put into words how affected I was by this book. This highly emotional, all consuming story left me on a book high. You go through pain and sorrow. You feel every emotion that Beth goes through in what life throws at her so suddenly. I loved Beth and how strong she was. She took what life handed her and ran with it.
The writing style was seamless. It flowed nicely and was kept at an enjoyable pace the entire time. Life's Perfect Plan makes you believe in life and hope. In fate. That love conquers all. Love endures all. When life does not go as planned, it is because something bigger that is beyond you is planned. This beautiful story captivated me from beginning to end. I recommend this story to anyone that wants to experience a highly emotional, thought provoking, well written, romance story.
Sarah is a native to Central Florida where she lives with her husband and three sons. Besides being a wife and mom, she is also a teacher. During her spare time she loves to read, write, spend her time at the ball fields cheering on her boys and relaxing at the beach.
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This story was one of the most beautiful broken stories I've read in a long time. The author took the most ruined and damaged characters and turned it into something beautiful. This story moved me beyond words. I felt immediately connected to the story and found it hard to put down. What an emotional, heartfelt debut.
"...that I knew her the minute I saw her eyes, the minute I saw her soul, mine recognized hers"
Izobel (Izzy) Jerome has gone through so much turmoil as a child and now as a young adult. She continues to live emotionally trapped as she deals with a family tragedy that occurred 18 months ago. She finally finds some solace as she attends college. This is her ticket to some freedom. While on campus, she meets Aiden and is immediately drawn to him. Then she meets Declan, their connection is immediate and strong. She quickly becomes friends with Aiden, and also runs into Declan several times. When life at home doesn't seem to get any better, Aiden offers her a room to rent a long with this two other guy roommates. When one of the roommates ends up to be the same guy her heart beats fast for every time she gets near, her life is never the same.
“Please don’t let me run,” I whisper in fear. “I always do the running…and you…please don’t you run anywhere either, please stay. Please make me stay.”
I absolutely adored this book. While painful to read at times, the author tackles this story in a way that captivates you from beginning to end. You FEEL everything. Every word. Every single one. Declan carries a past with a lot of baggage. He hides behind women. His whole outlook on life and love change the moment he meets Izzy. He recognizes the same sad pain in her eyes. It's what he sees everyday in the mirror. Declan tries to fight his attraction to Izzy, but finds it hard to stay away from her. He feels as if she is his missing piece. Broken Fairtytale was the perfect title for this story in that while Declan was Izzy's prince charming and Izzy gave Declan a whole new outlook on life, it took two similar but different broken roads for them to find each other.
"I'm going to kiss that smile, okay?"
My heart went pitter patter for Declan. He loves so hard. He loves with conviction. With a past like his, he gave in to the idea that not only was he capable of love, but he is also capable and worthy of being loved. As much as he supported Izzy, she was also his light. Their love is deep-rooted and will leave you speechless. Words cannot describe the connection. Their souls sought out for each other.
"You have my heart, you own it; it's yours"
This tragic romance will probably stay with me for a long time. While this story is no rainbows and butterflies, it is definitely one of my favorite new adult novels. Too many books have the same formula, Broken Fairtyale is not one of them. It is real and genuine. It is raw. The author doesn't tell the story. You experience it. The characters are completely bare to us. We see their highs and lows. Their joys and sorrow. This book gives you hope. That love can shine through the darkness. I highly recommend this moving story if you are looking for a well written new adult that goes above and beyond. This author went to a place many attempt, but are not successful in it's execution. Nikola Jensen nailed it.
Nikola Jensen has always enjoyed reading and creating stories in her head. She finally decided to take the plunge and put her first story down on paper and is independently publishing Broken Fairytale which is book #1 in a series of stand-alone's.
Nikola is an avid music lover and when not reading or talking to the characters in her head, she can be found dancing around her lounge room to her favourite band, with iPod in hand.
Nikola would love to hear from readers and can be contacted through her Facebook page or email. You can also find her on Goodreads.
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"I want every piece of you. Even the stuff I missed without even knowing I was missing it..."
I finally got a chance to read Until Fountain Bridge after having it sit on my kindle for so long. And it was perfect for Ellie and Adam, we had pretty much read about their relationship during On Dublin Street so I think a full book on their own may have been too much and they would have had to endure some unnecessary angst therefore, a novella with flashbacks to some of their key moments was ideal.
I liked the way in which the story was structured; Ellie and Adam were packing up and came across some of Ellie's old diaries, it was through them the trip to memory lane began. It was clear Ellie always had feelings for Adam, even when she was an awkward teen and Adam was a cool uni student. Adam's feelings were a little harder to decipher and the age gap was worse on his end, pair that with Ellie being the sister of Adam's best friend and it made a recipe for disaster.
I loved the build up of their relationship and the intimate moments they shared, only for Adam to push Ellie away again. I was frustrated at times so I can only imagine how poor Ellie felt. The game of cat and mouse came to a head when Ellie was rushed to hospital (this was covered in ODS) I teared up in this book just as much as I did when I read it through Joss' POV. But it was the catalyst Adam needed to man up and be by Ellie's side.
This was a great addition to the series, I was always fond of Ellie but I think this novella made me fall a little bit more for Adam too. As always, Samantha Young's writing is great. There is so much detail in a small amount of pages. And also the story was kept very real, Ellie and Adam and their reactions were real, it wasn't all hearts and flowers just like real life too.
Until Fountain Bridge is best read after On Dublin Street but can be read after any of the others in the series too as it is a great companion story to make us love Ellie and Adam that little bit more.
"I smiled. "Always fighting my battles for me."
"With you, baby. With you, not for you."
"And even after everything, the only person I wanted fighting by my side was Adam Gerard Sutherland. We had a history, and I wanted to keep adding years to that history."
“She’s my fiancée, my future wife, the future mother of my children. Fable is the woman who will always stand by my side. Forever.”
Who can resist another peek into the life of two fabulous characters such as Drew and Fable? I certainly couldn’t and as soon as this book released I dove into reading it. Drew + Fable Forever is pretty much that. It’s about the couple living out their HEA, admittedly with a few bumps along the road but they do get there. Drew and Fable come out stronger on the other side, seriously loved up and happier than ever.
“I need to focus on this girl, this woman who’s about to become my wife. My fucking wife. People say we’re too young, but I don’t care. When it’s right, you know. And I definitely know.”
“It’s a moment I’ll never forget. Etched into my memory for all time. The sunset, the beach, the look in my husband’s eyes, the way he said he loved me.”
I won’t say much about the plot, it’s a continuation of their lives, Drew has to acclimatise to being a football star and with that Fable has to learn how to become the wife of a football star with paparazzi and all. There were a few time jumps and I missed how long that put Drew and Fable together, I understand the jumps were to move the story along and align up with Owen’s story that is coming out next.
I loved the beginning of the story; it was definitely in the mushy romance territory but with this couple having been through so much, they deserved it. The ending of course was great. Drew and Fable came into their own then and of course, Drew got womb clenchingly sexier. The middle slowed the story for me, as I just wanted to get to the main events, although it did depict their real life and genuine struggles so other may not mind this.
“Because we made a deal. Whenever we see or hear that word, the other comes running. I’ll always be the one to rescue you, Fable. You never have to worry about that.”
The famous Marshmallow word popped up along with a few other poems and this added more sweetness to the story. I’m so glad we get to see more of Drew and Fable in Owen’s book as I truly love reading about them. I know there will be heartache to come where Owen is concerned but Drew and Fable are solid and I know together they can handle it.
“He still takes the time to write me a sweet little poem that lets me know exactly how he feels. He’s still in need of the occasional rescue. And I’m the only one who can really save him.”
If you love Drew and Fable then this quick treat will give you everything you could ask for in a sweet, sexy little package.
“Deep down, she’s still the sweet, fiercely protective girl I fell in love with. She’s still my Fable. My story. My life.”
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
The Road to Price was a quick read and it was almost Cinderellaesque- a rags to riches tale. Mia is a hard working girl holding down three jobs until she finally catches a break and gets offered a full time housekeeping position although it comes with some rather ‘interesting’ benefits in the form of her new boss, Sebastian Price.
Mia left her former job and former successful life after a heartbreaking event that tore her apart. So working for Sebastian is a welcomed relief although she doesn’t expect to fall for him and she never planned to let him into her heart.
I connected to Mia’s back-story and found it emotional at times when she would reminisce. I could understand her need for a fresh start and her reluctance to share her past with anyone as that was her business. There was instant attraction there with Sebastian and that led to some hot times.
Overall, this was a good story, I seen the potential in it and I feel if it was longer we could have got more character depth and really fell for Sebastian and Mia together. I could understand Mia’s hesitancy at the end. She was still so young and that was the only way she could process the upcoming changes, I just wish she didn’t run but then they always do.
I liked Sebastian’s POV at the end and thought it would be even better if it was throughout the story. He was hard to get a handle on and I didn’t initially like him as he was a young Hugh Hefner type character that slept with his staff. His change was a bit too sudden to be convincing but I did like Mia so it was easy to go along with it.
I liked the author’s writing; I started this story late at night and immediately wanted to read on. The pace felt a little uneven at times and I felt it was a bit rushed toward the end but it still made for a good read.
If you like the rich CEO storylines then this book is definitely for you. It’s quick, enjoyable and leaves you wanting more.
Justine Elvira is an independent author who loves reading and chocolate.
Her first novel was published in April 2013. The Road To Price follows Mia Dechino during a turning point in her life. It is a love story at heart.
When Justine is not writing, she is spending quality time with her children.
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"If love is supposed to feel like anything at all, it feels like dancing cheek-to-cheek with Roman Montgomery."
*I received an original ARC in exchange for an honest review so some changes may have occurred.*
The Sound of Us was a surprising, light funny New Adult read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. It wasn’t your typical plain Jane meets bad boy rocker, this story had more depth and two very likeable MCs.
Junie Baltimore is still struggling to come to terms with her father’s death. Her mum swiftly moved on and that’s only left things awkward and difficult. Junie also has the added worry of the foreclosure of the family bar, the only lasting link to her father. A family holiday away is the last thing she needs but it might turn out better than she expected.
Junie’s crazy best friend Maggie is obsessed with the band Roman Holiday, although they went on an abrupt hiatus due to the death of a band member. The gossip columns are rife with rumours, not that Junie cares, as she can’t stand the band. So imagine her shock when she bumps into the lead singer Roman in the supermarket during her holiday. After a rather embarrassing first and second encounter, Junie agrees to go for some ice cream with Roman and she soon learns there is more to Roman than his public persona.
"Roman Montgomery, probably the sexiest, strangest man at the beach, called me beautitful. And he doesn't tell me to keep it a secret."
I really liked the storyline, there was depth to Roman’s character as he hid his feelings and the truth of what really went on with his band and Holly’s death. I also liked the premise was original to New Adult stories out there at the moment. Junie was a likeable character; she was just a young, kooky girl with her bright pink hair and love for music. The theme of music was well placed throughout the book, mixing Junie’s love for it as well as Roman’s career.
Then if the book wasn’t funny enough, Maggie and Roman’s band mate Boaz added to the comic relief. Maggie didn’t hold back on telling anyone the truth and Boaz was just plain crazy. I would love to read their story as that would make for some interesting reading.
Of course, Junie’s time with the hot superstar was soon exposed and the paparazzi were on their tail. Things became difficult for the couple and Junie had tough decisions to make.
My favourite scene had to be the moment Junie and Roman shared at Holly’s memorial it was a heartfelt scene and one where Junie proved to Roman that she could be trusted then it was followed up by the funniest scene, I laughed so hard when Junie and Maggie reverted to ‘Plan B’.
I really enjoyed the author's writing, I found myself reading this story quickly, the pace was well done and even though it took place over a short period of time, I felt there was a lot in the story without being rushed or skipped over. Even the side story of Junie's 'boyfriend' and his fiasco back home added depth and humour to Junie's journey. I also enjoyed reading the progression of Junie and Roman's relationship even though it was never properly defined and there were some lovely passages.
"Love is not planned. It doesn't have a set time or place. It is something you can't define because it's bigger than any of us alone."
The Sound of Us was a funny, sweet romance that left things very much up in the air at the end. I can’t wait to read what is in store for the characters next.
Ashley Poston is the author of THE SOUND OF US, a YA/NA Contemporary from Bloomsbury Spark. Graduating from the University of South Carolina, she interned at Random House Publishers with Kodansha USA, where she (helped) edit the Sailor Moon manga and that was really, really, really cool. She wrote a play that won some award, and can quote every Motion City Soundtrack lyric by heart.
She currently lives in South Carolina with her cat (aka her soulmate) and a plethora of books. When she’s not writing, she’s going to the movies (her second favorite past time) or taking extravagant road trips (her third favorite past time). Oh, and she’s naturally redheaded, and she’s already stolen your soul so don’t ask.
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*I received an ARC from Avon Publishing via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
Now it is no secret that I love Monica Murphy, so when I heard of the Billionaire series I only had one thought: “gimme” Yes I wanted my grubby paws on Archer but then doesn’t every woman?
Crave is a sexy little book weighing in around 250 pages but what you get is one hot Alpha, one feisty Vixen and an electrifying connection.
To quote my lovely friend Emma at Book Angel Booktopia “It’s like a steamy fairytale” and she is exactly right. Crave had glamour and decadence in the story as Archer and his friends came from wealthy backgrounds but Archer wasn’t the spoiled rich kid, no he turned a dilapidated old ruin into a prestigious resort and proved everyone-specifically his father-wrong. But Archer had the playboy Lothario title down to a T. He didn’t do relationships, and love was definitely out of the question. No woman held Archer’s interest long enough, well no woman he could have that is. His best friend’s little sister, Ivy, was definitely off limits. Archer’s head knew that now if only his heart would get the message too.
I loved Ivy immediately. Ivy was a strong independent chick, who was tired of always having to settle for safe. After being let down by yet another cheating douche, Ivy just wanted to let her hair down and do something crazy like make out with a stranger at the dull wedding she was forced to attend. Ivy got her wish although to her surprise her brother’s best friend couldn’t exactly be classed as a stranger, not that Ivy was complaining. As hot and steamy as their tryst was it left both Archer and Ivy questioning what it meant and what would happen next.
Archer was determined that it wasn’t going to be a drunken fumble. Now that he had Ivy in his arms he wanted to see if they could explore their connection. But the road wouldn’t be smooth and they had Ivy’s brother Gage to consider and their mixed feelings of friendship to lovers also complicated matters.
I loved the story, I liked that Archer was the one pursuing Ivy and he was willing to risk his friendship with Gage to date his little sister. We didn’t really get to see Archer’s playboy side as he admitted he was pretty smitten with Ivy from the start and I loved that he had cared for her since they were in their teens therefore their relationship already had a history.
What Archer wants Archer gets and to spend more time with Ivy he hired her to work on his newest venture. The two weeks Archer and Ivy spent together was probably my favourite part of the story, they were so sweet together and it was then I knew they were both in it for the long haul, even if neither was ready to admit it yet. There was enough drama and angst to keep my on my toes and I think I got annoyed at both Ivy and Archer at one point as they each came close to ruining my HEA (yes it was mine, I’m a needy reader ;))
Now I can’t review a Monica Murphy book without mentioning the smexy times! Oh I do love that woman’s writing. I was so enraptured with Ivy and Archer I felt their connection and sizzling chemistry. I was definitely rooting for them!
Crave is different from The Drew and Fable series in the sense that I found One Week Girlfriend more ‘gritty’ but with Crave you get drama and angst wrapped up in the sweetest of stories. I melted at Archer’s background and the need he felt to prove himself to others and I virtually high fived Ivy when she stood up to Archer and made it clear she wouldn’t settle for less than she deserved. Those are the kind of characters I fall hard for.
The ending left me all gooey with the warm and fuzzies and I really can’t wait for the rest of this series.
Monica Murphy rocks. That. Is. All.
“God, he smells amazing. Why have I never noticed this before? Not that we’re ever standing this close together, but I’m tempted to rub against him like a cat.”
“I wanted to tell her how much I wanted to do it again. Clutch her close and cuddle for Christ’s sake. I don’t fucking cuddle.”
“This is … bad. If I can barely handle her touching me on the leg for a brief second, then I need to get her out of my life pronto. Or pull her so deeply into my life there’s no way she’d ever want to leave my side again.”
“He seems almost… nervous, and I’ve never seen Archer nervous. Of Course, I’d never seen Archer naked either, but I sure remedied that last night now, didn’t I?”
“As I watch the car speed away, I feel like I’m watching my heart leave with it, forever in Ivy’s possession. Fucking crazy, but true.”
*I received an ARC from Avon Publishing via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
I loved book one, Crave so I was eager for the next instalment of this series and couldn’t wait to get up close and personal with Gage. Gage seen the way his best friend Archer went all goo goo over Gage’s sister Ivy and he was determined that would not be him, Gage would be an eternal bachelor but little did he know Marina Knight would have him questioning his own beliefs.
Marina had Gage’s cards marked from day one, she knew who he was and he had his sights set on buying up every last bit of property Marina’s family was struggling to hold on to. To say Marina and Gage got off on the wrong foot is an understatement, the sparks flew between them with both Gage and Marina fighting to keep the upper hand. I think the banter between Gage and Marina was to create undeniable sexual tension between the two, this fell a little short for me, I didn’t always get the vibe that they wanted each other, many times when they argued I just got the feeling of plain dislike.
With that being said, Gage was a smooth talker, yes his feelings changed for Marina very quickly and with this being a shorter book, their relationship did move at such a fast pace. Marina was a strong girl with a good business head on her. The story focused on her family bakery and Gage’s takeover plans. I don’t know if it was because the story didn’t have the background of Crave and the alluring club that Archer had, or perhaps because Gage wasn’t as smooth as Archer, I’m not sure I just know know it lacked that fun, sexy appeal that I loved in book one.
I did love Archer and Ivy’s presence and the fact we got to see their story progress too. I really can’t wait to read Matt’s book next!
As always I love Monica Murphy and her books, Torn was different than what I had expected but there were still plenty of sexy times, a little drama and a sweet ending. I would recommend you check this one out today!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Dirty Tricks was a fun novella with humour and romance. For just under sixty pages, this was a sweet story about Cat who set out to avenge her Grandmother’s heritage and Jay, who was the unsuspecting victim.
Cat tried to halt the progress of the renovations to her Grandmother’s old house and she came up with some funny sabotage plans. Jay had been left the property by his father but he just wanted rid of it, as he knew his dad used dirty tricks to get the house for a bargain. Although Jay’s workers may have been running scared due the ghostly ‘appearances’, it didn’t take Jay long to work out who was behind it.
I liked both Cat and Jay’s characters. Cat was a down to earth girl I could relate to. She just wanted to save her grandmother’s history, whilst trying not to be distracted by the hot neighbour who was doing his best to complete the renovation on time. Jay was also very likeable and all he wanted was to be judged for the person he was rather than who his father was.
I enjoyed Xandra’s writing; it was witty and pleasurable to read. A lot happened in this short novella but the storyline was something different and I loved the enemies turned lovers aspect. Things moved at a fast pace at the end but I didn’t mind as I really liked the characters. This is definitely a pleasant way to pass an hour or two of your time, I would recommend you check it out.
Multi-published author Xandra James has always wanted to write romance books. Even when she was sneaking peaks at the hot bits, too young to fully appreciate them, she dreamed of writing her own.
Now, older and wiser, she’s got the opportunity to project her slightly dark and wacky, British sense of humour onto others, whilst still writing the hot bits – bonus!
When not writing, Xandra is thinking of excuses as to why she shouldn’t be doing the housework, looking after a husband and cats that refuse to pick up after themselves and climbing the mountain in her house that’s affectionately called her tbr pile.
She currently holds the crown for Queen Procrastinator – something she’s very proud of – so you can usually find her online, somewhere, when she really should be writing.
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*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.*
I was interested in reading this book when I saw that it was all about a college girl who found out she was pregnant. Add to that the fact that Ava really loved this book, and I knew I had to take a chance and read it. I’m glad that I did, because I liked it overall.
As a main character, Laurel was interesting. I got annoyed with how she didn’t tell everyone that she was pregnant until she had to, and sometimes she treated people a bit poorly. However, she was a sympathetic character, and definitely relatable. I liked how Laurel was smart, and that she tried to do the best she could do for her daughter after accepting the fact that she was going to have a baby.
There weren’t all that many side characters in this novel that the reader got to know. I liked Mike, because he seemed like a great guy, and a wonderful friend to have. I started to like Audrey as well, and I’m thinking that the friendship between Laurel and Audrey will strengthen if there is a sequel. Laurel’s dad turned out differently than I thought, and I found that I ended up changing my view of him by the time the story ended.
The plot of this story was really interesting. It’s definitely a good book for the New Adult genre, because it’s about a girl trying to cope with being in college and pregnant. I really appreciated how realistic the story was, with all the doctor’s appointments and consequences. I found that I couldn’t stop reading, and that I had to know what happened next.
Overall, I really liked this book. It had a sympathetic and relatable main character, even if she did some pretty questionable things at times. There were real issues and themes in this story, and I appreciated the lack of romance. I found that this book was very refreshing, as far as the New Adult genre goes. My only real complaint about the story is the abruptness of the ending, but it didn’t detract from the enjoyment I had of the story. I definitely recommend this to any reader of New Adult looking for something a bit different.
Christine Duval is an author and freelance writer who lives in New Jersey with her guitar-playing husband and two children. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, New Jersey's Women Who Write, and the Authors Guild. When not creating fictional characters, she writes for an upscale real estate company and has overseen online content and social media for several well-known magazines.