“Old me, new me and everything that’s in between or yet to come, all of it is yours, Jet.”
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It was time for Rule's best friend Jet to take the spotlight. Jet is the sexy rock star with the way too skinny jeans. Jet and Ayden have remained friends, despite a drunken kiss from years before. Jet finds himself in need of somewhere to stay and he moves in with Cora and Ayden. The attraction between Ayden and Jet is obvious but their issues prevent them from acting on their feelings. Jet has a different girl leaving his room every morning and Cora and Ayden score the girls out of ten as they perform the walk of shame. Ayden has a past she would rather forget and has worked hard to carve out her new life. Even though she is wildly attracted to Jet, he isn't suitable for 'new Ayden' and sensible, sweater vest Adam is.
Ayden was fighting a battle with herself, she was determined to keep her old life separate and only show her friends and Jet, this new reformed Ayden but the closer she got to Jet, the harder it was to keep up the façade. Jet made it clear he just wanted the real Ayden and when she finally made peace with that, she was able to give herself over to him.
It was great to see all the characters again and in particular Ayden's girlfriends. She really needed them when things got tough and they were always on hand to give her advice.
“Then don’t do this Ayd. You’re making a terrible mistake. I don’t just think he’s everything you want; I think he’s everything you need.” ~ Shaw
I especially loved Cora; she was a straight shooter and told Ayden how it was. It got me excited for her story next!
“And FYI, nobody, and I mean nobody, looks good in a sweater vest, so you should just stop trying to sell that poor Adam guy as boyfriend material.”
Jet claimed he was after the typical no strings relationship; he had enough drama going on with his parents. Their toxic relationship was one he did not want to recreate but there was just something about Ayden that he knew would be more than a onetime thing.
“While I wasn’t opposed to being any pretty girl’s good time, something told me that when she walked away after having her fun, she would be taking with her more of me than I wanted to give.”
“It would be so easy to fall in love with her, secrets and all.”
Although I did enjoy the storyline and both of the characters individually, I felt Ayden and Jet didn't have a lot of time together. When they started their friends with benefits arrangement, it was skimmed over and I didn't get to read a lot of their interaction. Before I knew it, Jet was on the road and their 'relationship' was up in the air. I think that prevented me from really falling for them as a couple. Their individual story lines were great and I liked them both, I just wanted more focus on their relationship as well.
When Ayden's brother appeared her vulnerable side came out and I really felt for Ayden, she was scared and alone and when Jet finally stepped up, I was grinning from ear to ear. I was so glad they were done avoiding their connection to each other. They were in too deep now.
“He was my temptation, and had been for a long time now. Good Ayden or Bad Ayden, we both wanted him, only him.”
“I think I’ve been punishing myself for things I’ve done in the past. Jet would have been a reward, and I refused to take it, because I didn’t think I deserved him.”
“You promised me forever and I plan on holding you to it.”
Jet's time on the road made him realise what or rather who he was missing back home and when Ayden needed someone to lean on Jet dropped everything to be with her *swoon*
“I was her future and she was my entirety. Damn, I might be in the first metal band that sang love songs after all.”
“This girl was just the best part of my day, every day, and I would never take that for granted.”
I find Jay's books easy to read, I like the world she has created and it's great to read about all the characters we have met and are soon to meet. The dual point of view works well and I liked both Ayden and Jet as characters. Jet always had to hold things together, especially when it came to his family so I loved the fact that he was able to let Ayden in and for him to realise he didn't have to do it on his own.
“I wanted to turn around, wanted to put my arms around her, but letting her hold on to me, letting her put me back together was what I needed right now.”
Jet was an enjoyable read. If you are a fan of book one then you will no doubt love Jet and Ayden, I do look forward to Rome's book next as I can't wait to discover what is in store for him and Cora.
Oh my dear Jet, I waited a long time for you! My hot tattooed, body pierced bad boy rocker…
So the story gets started by Ayden asking Jet to come up to her place after drinking, I think you all know what that means. But Jet, the dumbass, turns her down. Ok, so he’s not exactly a dumbass, I do give him brownie points for this, for not wanting to ruin their friendship by telling her she’s too good for a one night stand with him. Of course Ayden gets upset by this, but for no reason really. She’s the one painting the picture of her being the perfect, smart little college girl, bound for financial success. She’s the one holding back secrets of her past life.
A year later, they find themselves as roommates along with Cora (who is awesome by the way, cannot wait for her book). Being the bad boy we all love, Jet has females of all kinds filtering in and out of his bedroom every weekend. Of course Ayden hates that he sleeps with all of these women, but that’s what happens when you’re in love with your hot roommate.
So Ayden has this boyfriend, Adam, or as Jet likes to call him, sweater vest. Love that nick name! Eventually she breaks up with him ’cause let’s face it, if you’ve been together for 4 months and have no interest in screwing the guy, it’s time to let him go.
Jet and Ayden finally get together under the pretense of no real relationship status, but rather one of, let’s just have sex all the time and see what happens, kind of thing.
“I want to have sex with you Ayd. Lots and lots of sex…with you and only you. Does it have to be more than that right now?” ~Jet
I was a little put off by that, it makes it harder to feel the connection between them. We all know they fall in love along the way, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Then came the inevitable break up.
“I’m so sorry Jet. Whatever this is or isn’t, I can’t do it. This…it just isn’t working for me anymore” ~Ayden
I kind of wanted to harm Ayden just a bit at this moment. Talk about insensitive, dumping the guy right when you’re dropping him off to check out the damage done by something that happened to the very core of his heart and love for his music. Nicely done Ayden!
Jet goes off on tour with his band. Ayden stays at home dealing with her issues. They come back together as Ayden faces a crisis with her brother. And they finally carve a path together.
The individual story lines of Ayden and her secret past and Jet and his family issues were good. I just felt maybe it was dragged out a bit and I would have liked a little more Jet and Ayden time to have them connect emotionally more, but not to worry I’ll get over it. ;-)
All in all the book was good, not as hot and intense as Rule in my opinion, but still very likeable.
Jay Crownover is the best-selling author of Rule. Like the characters in her Marked Men series, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.
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Never Doubt Me is the unforgettable follow up to book one, I Stand Before You. This intense and awe-inspiring book will move you. It's story and it's characters are completely captivating. Putting it down is simply just not an option.
"Life binds. Death shatters."
Chase's brother, Will ends up staying in Harmony Creek and that stirs up trouble for Chase and Kay. His decisions brings Chase's former life to light and everything that comes with it. As Chase tries to be a better man for Kay, his past is there taunting him, reminding him of the person he once was. He vows to be everything and more for Kay. Chase and Kay endure many ups and downs in this one. Their love is tested in ways unimaginable. But, when Chase makes a decision without Kay, their commitment to each other is threatened. Giving away the story and the events would be a complete disservice to the reader. The trials and tribulations they are faced with are not easy ones. Once you are wrapped into this story it will not let you go until the very end. And even after, you are still left reeling.
"But most important, he gives me life."
Chase and Kay have this connection that is beyond words. Their souls are forever interconnected. You FEEL their love for each other. Despite their past and the pain endured, Kay and Chase love with a love so intense. So genuine. So raw. So real. Their love knows no boundaries. Their love story continues with Never Doubt Me. There is SO much more to Chase and Kay we get to see and it is completely beautiful. Even as life continues to throw things in their way, their love and admiration for each other pushes through it all.
"The sincerity and pure emotion in Chase's eyes as he was gazing up at me touched my soul."
My heart still continues to beat over this series, the emotion, the intensity of it all. The passion of this story. It is completely breathtaking. The writing flawless. And the storytelling? Completely captivating. If you loved the first book in this series, this one will leave you reeling. Without giving the story away, this is not your typical read. It is SO much more than that. What Chase and Kay have to endure is not what most young couples experience as the continue to fall in love and their relationship grows. I love the realness factor of this story. The author holds nothing back. She goes where many stories don't go. Chase's past is not pretty, and it's not painted as such. Kay's guilt continues to way heavily on her. This is the kind of story that you EXPERIENCE and FEEL. Their love sees through pain and darkness. It endures.
"Never doubt me."
Chase's love for Kay never wanes. It never falters. He chooses love. Always. Even in his decision at the end. He still held Kay above everything. His love for her surpasses everything. Even himself. But Kay is so much stronger than Chase thinks. He must learn he can never doubt her. Never doubt her love for him. Never doubt that her heart beats for him. And him only. Her love is with him. At all times. He is her home. And with him she will always be. While this story doesn't end on a cliffhanger per se, Chase and Kay are not finished. This beautiful story of love, forgiveness, and redemption surpassed all my expectations. Once again, I didn't read this book. I LIVED it.
S.R. Grey is the bestselling author of Harbour Falls, Willow Point, and Wickingham Way, all novels in A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy/series. She is also the author of the New Adult novels I Stand Before You, the first book in the Judge Me Not series, and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Never Doubt Me release date is scheduled for May 2014.
Other novels slated for 2014 are Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3) and another New Adult novel, Inevitable Detour.
When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.
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Hold Me Tight is the amazing conclusion to Eric and Ivy's beautiful story of love, loss, and forgiveness.If you loved the first two books in this series, you will absolutely love this one and will not be able to put this one down. You will love, laugh, and swoon. You will cry.
"...because I'm even more determined to bring that light back to his eyes. And I know my love is strong enough to do it."
The story leaves off right where the last one left off. Eric gave Ivy a harsh ultimatum. One that she did not take lightly. She ends up where she and Eric least expected. But this time apart shows Eric and Ivy that being without each other is just not an option. You feel their yearning for each other. I felt like this was the most heartfelt part of this story. There is no question that Eric and Ivy belong together. Their time apart proves this. This final installment solidifies how much Eric and Ivy are truly meant for each other. Their love knows no boundaries. They love with a love so deeply.
"You are my heart now. Whatever happens to you happens to me."
Eric Young. You have totally captured my heart. He is real. He is genuine. And I can completely see why Ivy so easily fell for him. While Eric is by no means perfect, he is perfect for me-I mean Ivy. :) His past alone would give him reason alone to never give his love to another woman again. And his heartache doesn't end. So many secrets and lies are revealed and your heart breaks for Eric. But what does he do? He loved harder. He loves more. He completely surrenders his heart and soul to Ivy. And it's the most beautiful thing.
"I'd rather have weeks, days, hours with you happy and content than a lifetime filled with regret."
If you think you have any idea what is going to happen in this story. You have NO idea. There are so many twists and turns in this story I did not see coming. Hence the reason why you will be reading this in one sitting. Clear your schedule. It's just not possible to put this one down.
"When she loves, she loves with her whole heart, giving herself completely, holding nothing back."
I felt that the writing was a lot stronger in Hold Me Tight. Not that the other two in the series weren't strong, I just felt like the voices were stronger in this one. The characters spoke with more conviction. What I really enjoy about this series as a whole that Faith's characters are real. And with the third installment of this story, her strength in character development shows. Every single character is connected to the story. You feel for them as much as you feel for Eric and Ivy.
"But this woman makes me want to do things I didn't think I was capable of. Her love for me makes me feel like I have no limitations, that I can do anything I set my mind to do because she believes in me with her whole heart."
As Eric so eloquently describes, his love never wavers for Ivy. It never falters. Their love is the epitome of all consuming soul searching love. Even through pain, and sorrow, Eric's heart always reached out for Ivy. His soul craved hers. Love always prevails. What a beautiful conclusion to this story.
* I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
*Sigh* If you know me, you know I can't shut up about anything Karina-related (Just ask my co-bloggers...) It is a little scary when your favorite author releases a new book and you always wonder if it can reach the same level of awesomeness as their previous works. I'm glad to say, this book definitely lived up to my expectations!
Vera goes on a trip to Spain to help a whole bunch of business people brush up on their conversational English skills. Right there is where she meets the handsome, but oh so married Mateo. The chemistry between them is instantaneous and you will find yourself at the edge of your seat. You will feel all of the deep emotions they experience throughout the book. I really loved these two characters.....
I can honestly admit that I was a little hesitant about this book. The subject of adultery is one I'm not too fond of in books. Mostly because in the books I have read before it is all about two individuals acting on their mutual lusty feelings. Even with my slight hesitation about the cheating that the author had warned us in advance, I made up my mind and decided to read it anyways since it was by one of my favorite authors. I am glad I did.
This story is not about adultery, but about two individuals that who they were, where they came from, or how old they were--fell deeply and irrevocably in love. Throughout the story, these two evolve, and by the end of the book, find themselves.
I won't go into any details about the story and this review will never do it justice. This is one of those books that you need to fully experience it by going in blind. But just know this: Love, in English is one of the most beautiful love stories that Karina has written to-date. Vera and Mateo's love was so real that I couldn't help but root for them to end up together no matter what the consequences were going to be. Also, the cheating is not bad at all. These are not two people are just attracted to each other, their feelings for one another went further than that.
Overall, I loved this book and how realistic their situation felt. Definitely one of my favorites by Karina and one of the best books I've read this year. I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I never expected this book to affect me the way it did. As an avid reader, I've always come across books where they say love heals. Love heals. I didn't know how powerful those words are until I read The Story of You and Me. It was beautiful, heart wrenching, and completely unforgettable.
"I wouldn't mind catching you every time you fall"
Sophie is currently fighting a debilitating disease at only 19 years of age. She finds her self in California to be part of an experimental drug program in a USCLA Medical study. She is not only fighting this disease for herself, but also for someone she loves. As we all know, life doesn't always go to plan. Life happens in the version of drop dead gorgeous, six foot two, Alejandro Levine. Sophie ends up hiring Alejandro as her driver. But, her secrets are her own. No matter how much she is falling for him. Little does she know that he has secrets too. That he is not just your average college student. When the two collide it is magical, consuming. Watching them fall in love was breath taking. Watching them fall apart was heartbreaking. Eventually Sophie realizes that she was looking for healing in all the wrong places. Alejandro healed her soul. And more. And Sophie? She gave Alejandro a reason to live. Again.
"And that's when he finally kissed me. Sweetly. Slowly. Surely."
THIS BOOK. The synopsis does not do it justice. If you think you know what it is about. You have NO idea. There is so much to this story. If you are reading some other NA book, put it down and start this one right now. Giving away more of it will just be a complete injustice. You need to FEEL this book. LIVE it. EXPERIENCE it. I was captivated by this story the moment I read the first page. Alejandro is like no other character. He completely stole my heart. Besides being devastatingly handsome, he is kind and has the most beautiful soul you will ever encounter while reading a book. Sophie is the most brave heroine you will ever meet. Life hands her a fate that is unimaginable at her age. Yet, rather than save herself, she fights to save someone else.
"I thought of the funny ways our lives twist, turn, and collide. We think something's truly terrible-and it might be-but then something magic happens. You meet someone. You find healing. You fall in love."
Sophie and Alejandro share a bond that is beyond words. Their love knows no boundaries. Their souls are completely attracted to each other. And you FEEL it. It is raw, genuine, all consuming love that these two grow into. Their beautiful story and journey completely inspire you. To love and live hard with everything. This story? THIS is romance. THIS is LOVE. TRUE love. A love that surpasses all. So why four stars? I wanted more. Their story cannot be over. At least not for me.
"I knew that I'd always love him. He'd always hold an exceptional piece of my soul, my heart, my mind. He was my first love. He sheltered me."
This book stole my heart with every word. It was powerful, consumed my mind for an entire day and I am still thinking about it this very next day. When it's love. You know it. You feel it. Just like with Sophie and Alejandro. Both are broken. They think they cannot be fixed until they meet one another. The world makes more sense now that they have each other. Love conquers. Love never fails. Love heals. Always. While this book is a standalone and a completely story, I would just like to say that I truly feel that there is so much more to their story and would love to see more of them.
"And I don't care if you belong to the world. I still want you to belong to me."
"I'll always belong to you."
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Excuse me while I am still wiping the tears from my face over this book. It's over and I am still crying. Why? Because it was just that beautiful. It took my breath away. Piece by piece. And broke my heart. And put it back together.
"Am I allowed to love you?"
Abby and Beckham (Beck) embark on a road trip that would forever change their lives. To tell you why, would be an injustice. This is not the type of book you read, you experience it. You take in every single detail. What I can tell you is that the kind of love in this book is like no other. It is so deep, meaningful. Beautiful. Abby and Beck met in the most unconventional way ever-and I LOVED it. As the synopsis tells you, Abby faced death, but was given another chance at life. Meeting Beck was also another chance at life. A chance to believe in life and all it has to offer. To believe in humanity again. To believe in love. And it's beautiful existence.
"Staring at each other over that bonfire, it became clear that there were one million ways to view the world, but that Beck and I saw everything in the same wave length. Like life was one big private joke."
Why yes, the tears are still rolling. This deep and meaningful story moved me in ways I did not see coming. To be honest, it's off to a slow start and while I enjoyed the banter between Abby and Beck, I was not fully invested in their story. However, that did not last long at all. To truly feel this story, I totally understand why the author wrote the beginning as she did. Their connection built slowly and then you felt it. Abby and Beck connect on a level that most characters in stories cannot come close to. Their emotions and feelings, raw and genuine.
“I love you with this heart.”
With This Heart is one of the most beautiful, heartfelt, thought provoking stories I've read this year. You are taken on a journey with two adults that fall recklessly, irrevocably in love. Their road trip is just part of their story, there is so much more. This story is about love, live, loss and finding oneself. That no matter what life throws at you, you live and you love. HARD. Existing is easy, but to live, that is what life is about. But to love? To truly know love. That is what living is all about. With This Heart attests to that. This is a complete story with no cliffhanger, however I would absolutely love if Abby and Beck's story continued.
“I adore Rule. I think it’s genetically impossible not to be kind of in love with him when you come equipped with a vagina.”
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Well what is there to say about Rule? I had heard a lot about this tattooed bad boy therefore I was desperate to read about him. However sometimes I think you build up a picture in your head and your expectations are set..high.
Rule Archer was the typical misunderstood bad boy, his family life was fractured and the death of his identical twin left Rule devastated to say the least and Rule was trying to fill a shadow that didn’t fit. Rule’s family never dealt with the death of Remy, Rule’s mum blamed him for the death of his brother, his dad was trying to keep the peace and Rule’s older brother Rome enlisted in the army to trade one war zone for another.
The only one in Rule’s camp was Remy’s best friend Shaw, she was close to the Archer’s after Remy befriended her in high school, everyone assumed their close friendship was more than platonic but it had never been as Shaw was madly in love with Rule and it was plain to see for everyone except Rule himself.
So this was your typical good girl falls for bad boy story, although Rule wasn’t the one to corrupt Shaw and lure her in. Shaw knew very well what she was in for. She had seen Rule at his best and worst, Shaw even acted as a buffer to rid him of his many one night stands the morning after. Even though it hurt Shaw to the core she helped him regardless as she knew he was a great guy underneath and love him unconditionally.
Rule had never seen Shaw in any way other than his late brother’s girl and as the annoying pest that dragged him to uncomfortable family brunch every Sunday. That all change the night of Shaw’s 20th birthday when she got drunk and took what she wanted from Rule. Rule being a red blooded male wasn’t strong enough to resist and the next morning he was left confused but most of all surprised that he wanted more than one night with Shaw.
The plot was very typical and I think I was expecting more, sure I felt for Rule and his family, they had a lot of demons and instead of working through it they blamed each other and the family was at breaking point. Shaw had her own demons to face in the form of a persistent ex boyfriend and I loved when Rule when all Alpha male and protected her.
Sure I am one for a hot tattooed guy and Rule had piercings to match (in places you wouldn’t automatically think of ;)) but for me he didn’t capture my heart. I was expecting the steamy scenes to be hotter (especially with him being a bad boy) and for me the book felt long with some unnecessary drama. There was a lot going on with Rule’s family and Shaw’s ex so for more to be added on top of that for the couple, I felt was stretching it.
This was my first book by Jay Crownover, I must admit I wan’t engrossed in the story and could easily have sat it down and picked it up at a later date. However, I did like the supporting characters and was really interested in Rule’s work and his tattoo parlour. I really liked Rome and he has a story to tell so I am looking forward to getting inside his head.
If you live for tattooed bad boys and a good romance with angst thrown in then you will love Rule, so get it today :)
I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.
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Do you know what your breaking point is? Would it be the unexpected death of a parent? Would it be your true love who takes away life as you know it and shatters your heart beyond repair? Or would it be from a tragic accident that you leaves you filled with regret for the rest of your life? I am convinced we all have a breaking point, but thankfully most of us will likely never reach it. Because as you read in this story, it’s not always easy or even possible to find your way back.
Breaking Nova is the story of two young people that fight to deal with the heartache of the unfortunate incidences in their lives and the paths that they choose in dealing with them. When Nova meets Quinton, she sees something familiar in him. An artist, a boy filled with pain and the same emptiness in his eyes that she once saw in someone she loved. She thinks she can save him in a way that she couldn’t save the one before him. But in order to save him, she has to first be able to save herself.
When Quinton meets Nova, she stirs feelings in him that he hasn’t felt in a long time. He wants to get to know her, but his guilt about those feelings and the promises he made to another girl are holding him back. He doesn’t think he deserves to be happy and he is determined to suffer until the day he dies. Quinton was already on a downward spiral, filling his body with toxic drugs hoping the next time would be his last. Nova had her own drug free way of dealing with her issues. Until her friend Delilah starts dragging her to her boyfriend, Dylan’s trailer, where everyone smokes pot. Nova finally decides to give in and try it because she’s always been told that she’s too good for it, and she’s tired of being too good. Her tools for coping with her issues are now replaced with the numbness of what pot does to her jumbled thoughts about life in her head and she likes it.
Together Quinton and Nova start to develop a friendship, one that she feels safe in. They start to develop feeling, ones that he feels guilty for. With summer winding down, the friends decide to take a road trip to an outdoor concert festival. After a night of drinking and pot smoking, a certain chain of events brings on the courage Nova has been lacking for a very long time. She does something that has been haunting her, and this one little thing is the difference between her choosing to live and choosing to continue down the path of self-destruction she’s been on.
Nova cleans her herself up, determined to live and goes back to college. But once again summer break is upon her, and she realises in order to finish there, she needs something from Quinton. But is it too late? Is he already too far gone? Can she make it back in time to save him?
Once again Jessica has left me hanging. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, but I do wish I could scoop Quinton up and give him that loving family that he deserves. And even though the story of Nova and Quinton is fictional, it makes me think of what I would do for myself or any child in this situation. I wonder if it really is that easy to give up on someone, or to give up on yourself. I hope I am never given the chance to find out.
I’m really hoping for a HEA for Quinton, but one of these days I feel like it’ll be that book that doesn’t give it to me. I don’t even care if their HEA is with each other, I just want them to be safe and happy. Please, Jessica, hurry up and save them!!
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As a fan of Sarah Goodman's work, I have to say she has this talent of allowing you to completely fall in love with all her characters. Every single one. It's like one big family you wish you were apart of. Life's Next Chapter is no exception. While this can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend that after your read this one, you go back and read book one, Life's Perfect Plan.
"I want you...I want you to be mine. Since the moment I met you, I've wanted you to be mine. You're everything I want and need, and so much more."
Dr. Kate Caldwell is currently raising her twin girls after divorcing her cheating cop ex-husband. As a veterinarian of her own practice and a full time mom, her days are filled. She's pretty much just living. Until Luke. Luke Ashton works for a contractor company that is currently renovating Kate's clinic. The moment Kate said "Oh Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, my womb just started to spasm.". Gah. Luke. He's pretty much my dream man. Not only is he devastatingly good looking (HAVE YOU SEEN THE COVER?! HELLO GORGEOUS!), but he's one of the most genuine, sincere hero in a book I've ever met (or read...). There is an instant attraction between both Luke and Kate. But, they're both hesitant at first. Kate has a past and wants to concentrate on her girls, while Luke has baggage that many women can't even begin to deal with. Luke and Kate's journey to each other is such a beautiful one. Two people given difficult circumstances are allowed another chance at life. At love.
"You told me in your letter to fall, and you would catch me. Well now that you caught me, please don't ever let go."
As Kate and Luke get to know each other, their attraction grows stronger. Soon enough, it's inevitable that they fall for each other. There is no insta love here. What Luke and Kate have is real. Despite past heartache, they both have laid themselves bare. They look at their past as part of there journey to each other. There is an incident that occurs that I did not see coming. Their relationship and faith in each other is tested time and time again. In tragedy, they became each other's strength. Their love conquered it all.
"I want nothing more than to be permanently in your life. I've waited my whole adult life for you. You and those girls are everything, and more, to me. I would like to aim for infinity with you."
What I love most about Sarah's writing is the voices of her characters. It takes contemporary romance to another level. They are strong. Kate is a beautiful, intelligent woman. She is a wonderful mother. She knows what she wants in life and she goes for it. Luke is a hard working man. He is everything you want as a partner in life. His love for Kate knows no boundaries. Even when their relationship faced unthinkable obstacles, he was always there to pick up the pieces and make them whole again. The group of family and friends is also one of my favorite parts of this series. They make this story wholesome and funny. This series is the type where you easily become lost in for an entire day.
Life's Next Chapter is romantic, sexy, and highly emotional. It is a story that attests that we all get a second chance at loving and living. That true love trumps everything. That in all things, choose love. I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to get into the third book. If you want true romance that will make you FEEL, then the Life Series is for you.
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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*I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of Snow Kissed.*
I love Christmas stories. There is nothing better than cosy winter times and romance. With three short stories in one you are in for a festive treat.
Reindeer Games by Jessica Clare 3 Stars.
This was a fun, quirky story set around a reality TV show. Luna signed up with images of sunbathing and lazing on a desert island but instead she got frozen temperatures in Alaska. To make matters worse she started off on the wrong foot with fellow contestant Owen and he turned the rest of the team against her.
Luna was soon voted off and cooped up in the cosy Loser Lodge but she seen the plus side of being booted off, that was until her solitude was interrupted by Owen. They started out as mortal enemies but soon the ice began to thaw and the temperature rose, in the bedroom at least ;)
I liked the original storyline of the survivor show, I think it would have been great as a longer story to get more plot development and to get a better handle on the characters. They just got together and then the story ended with that being said Reindeer games is a sweet, winter read that will leave you warm and cosy.
Unwrapped by Jen Frederick 4.5 Stars.
I am a huge fan of the Woodlands series so I'm greedy for any extras I can get my hands on! Unwrapped is a little bonus about Noah and Grace from where Undeclared finished, even though we know their future via Unspoken and The Charlotte Chronicles if you have read them, it was great to get a little snippet of their lives and witness how a certain scene took place in their relationship.
Noah has always felt inadequate in relation to being Grace's partner. Grace's family comes from money and Noah has convinced himself he needs to provide Grace with more than he can. Of course Grace wants the exact opposite, having Noah's love is priceless to her.
This was a lovely story with a great message behind it. Noah was so wrapped up in himself and what he believed Grace wanted that he almost compromised the person he was in order to achieve his version of success. It took Grace's reassurance and love for Noah for him to realise what they had was more than money can buy.
For being a short story so much was packed into Unwrapped, we got a better insight into Noah and why he felt so insecure about his financial status, we got to meet Grace's family and I was intrigued with her cousin Lana and definitely want more from her in the future and there was just the right amount of sexy times. Noah and Gracie were hot together!
I am a fan of Jen Frederick and her writing and this was a really good short story. It even had the sweetest ending for lovers of The Charlotte Chronicles, I was left with teary eyes and a smile on my face. If you like the Woodlands series or if you just love sweet Christmas reads then Unwrapped is a good place to start.
Sound of Snow by D.S. Linney 3.5 Stars.
Sound of Snow was a fun take on the Sound of Music. From the offset I would say it's more adult romance than New Adult in my opinion, it has a grown up feel to it and both main characters are well established in life, it's just their love lives that are failing miserably. This was a very sweet, romantic tale. It could be viewed as a tad mushy and maybe clean cut and perfect but for the holiday season isn't that sometihng we love to read about? In this situation it worked.
Maria or 'Ria' as she is known, meets a handsome stranger called Gabriel one night at a hotel bar and with her straight talking she gets exactly what she wants: him. Of course the next morning, overwhelmed with her feelings Ria runs without as much as a good bye or a phone number. Gabriel can't get Ria out of his mind as she is the first woman he has felt anything for since his wife passed away.
Six months on and Gabriel gets the shock of his life when the new nanny arrives and it is none other than Ria. But of course there are hurt feelings and obstacles in their way but nothing being stranded because of a snow storm can't fix. Ria and Gabriel help each other heal. Ria helps Gabriel mend his strained relationship with his children and Gabriel proves to Ria that she is worthy of unconditional love.
This was my first book by D.S. Linney, I did like the characters she created. Ria was a sweet girl and Gabriel was hot, the smexy times would melt the ice for sure! And as I mentioned it is a real sickly sweet love story but perfect for this time of the year to curl up and read with a hot chocolate.
Snow Kissed would make the perfect Christmas gift for romance lovers or indeed for yourself as a quick holiday read!