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Words cannot express my love for the first book in this series, Normal. So I literally counted down the days until the release of Okay. Not kidding. I really did. Sam and Rory’s story was so moving. And I knew I needed to continue their story. While worried, I had faith in their love and all it was capable of. Their love truly attests to not only the power in love, but in the resiliency of the human heart and spirit.
“I know, deep in my bones, that if there is such thing as soul mates, then Sam is that for me.”
Okay picks up where Normal left off. That letter shattered Sam’s heart. He is left confused as the one person who he loves more than anyone else continues to push him away. As he pushes harder with his love, Rory pushes against him because of her love for him. She allows her insecurities of her past to take over. She feels that she can only bring him pain, heartache, and trouble. But Rory doesn’t understand that Sam needs her to breathe. That without her, pain is constant. And she is the only healing for his broken heart.
“Love is scary. But not as scary as living without the one person who makes your life worth living.”
Life isn’t the same for Rory and Sam after what happened on their trip. My heart shattered for them both. You felt how much it hurt for them to be apart. You feel the huge sense of loss. Rory and Sam never knew how lost they truly were until they found each other. Rory, a girl so consumed by her past never thought she was going to be normal. But because of Sam she learned how to open her heart, her mind, her spirit. And because of Rory, Sam learned that even in darkness, light is possible. And his light for Rory would forever burn.
“Sam is my anchor.”
If you truly thought you understood the depths of their love, you truly have no idea of that until you’ve read this book. No. Idea. Their love was magical, powerful, spellbinding. Despite them being apart, their love never wavered. Never faltered. Their love was constant. If anything it felt stronger. So much happens as their journey continues, and I do not want to spoil it for any reader. Once again, the author takes you on their journey. And putting down the book will not be an option. Every character will touch you in many ways.
“I am lost to him. I never want to be found.”
The writing was seamless. This time around the author brilliantly added another level to her style of writing as she fully immersed us in Sam and Rory’s story and all they faced to overcome. There was a lot of growth in the characters in Okay compared to Normal. Rory lives a life of guilt. Over her past. Over her present. Over the future she should have with Sam. You feel her inner struggle to deal with it while loving Sam with her entire being. You will feel her desire for him. And that right there is when you understand her reasoning for everything. You are not reading her story, you are living her story as she is.
“And while her heart has a past, mine has known only her, will only ever know her.”
There are books that you read. And there are books that stay in your heart. Okay is THAT book. It’s touching, heartbreaking, yet moving. It is a story of love, loss, and hope. It reminds you that no matter what obstacle, life puts in your way, always believe in love. For love knows no boundaries, it shatters them. Rory is a character that will remain in my heart because of her bravery and her will not only to live again, but to love. And she loved loudly. And Sam? My love for him is forever. He loved a broken girl through shattered pieces. He loved her until she was whole again. And he just loved her more. I am forever grateful to this author for bringing such a story like this into my life. Love always. Love hard. Above all things, always choose love.
Danielle Pearl is a novelist focusing on the New Adult genre. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two delicious little boys, and has been writing since she could hold a pencil. Danielle is a book addict and spends every free moment consuming as many novels as humanly possible. She grew up on Long Island with her parents, twin brother, and younger brother and sister who are also twins. She is the eldest granddaughter of Zus Bielski, famous for leading the Bielski Partisans who saved over 1,200 Jewish men, women, & children in Nazi occupied Poland. Her grandparents and family were featured in the 2010 film Defiance, starring Liev Schreiber, who played Danielle's grandfather, Daniel Craig, and Jamie Bell, and was directed by Edward Zwick.
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I literally cried through the last 20% of Art & Soul. Not because of sadness. It’s not that kind of book. But I was SO overwhelmed with emotions. This book touched me on a level that I never anticipated. It did more than made me feel. It moved it’s way into my heart. It left me breathless.
“Was Levi Myers real? Did he really exist? Or did my sad, black heart create him because it longed for a little bit of color?”
Aria Watson is invisible to those around her. She simple coaxes through life unnoticed. Until a decision changes that. But even then, people don’t see her. But the new boy in town Levi Myers? He sees her. He sees through her. Ari isn’t used to this and pushes him away. Her world is black and white. She has no room for color. Until she finds that she does.
“You’re nothing but a dream. And I’m not the guy who gets to dream. I only get the nightmares.”
On the outside, Levi is put together. He smiles and girls want to be with him, while the guys want to be him. But on the inside, Levi is lost and broken. Life has thrown a lot his way and his spirit is shattered. He recognizes his broken self in Aria. He is drawn to her. You feel the moment his soul recognizes hers. And that maybe. Just maybe, her soul can heal his.
“You can be sad with me. You don’t have to hide it anymore.”
Art & Soul has so many layers. While I am being very vague in the plot, there is a reason. You must go into this story with an open heart as this book will fill your heart and spirit. The connection between Aria and Levi is undeniable. And you understand Levi’s need to get to know Aria. Despite her circumstances, she demonstrated such strength. He saw through the darkness. He sees HER. For everything she is. Through the brokenness. He sees HER.
“I see you, Levi Myers. And I’m lonely too.”
The friendship between Aria and Levi slowly develops into something more. You don’t watch these two fall in love. You FEEL them irrevocably fall for each other. Their love shattered every obstacle life put in their way. They both lived in brokenness, but their love made them whole. They loved through it all. Levi Myers? You have the most beautiful soul I’ve ever met in any male character ever. His soul is so pure. His heart? It’s so good. He will make you truly look into yourself as a person. He is compassionate and we need more people in this cruel world like him.
“But Aria? She made sense in a senseless world. She was the rainbow to my everlasting thunderstorms.”
Through the happy façade, Aria sees the real Levi. She also recognizes her own broken spirit within him. She sees him through his shattered heart. She wants nothing more than to slowly put him back together. But her life at the moment does not allow her to do so. For life isn’t fair. But even in an unfair life, love trumps all. We all make mistakes but we are worthy of love. We deserve to love and be loved. And Aria? She loves Levi deeply. Wholeheartedly. With her entire soul.
“But his heartbeats? I felt sure I would always feel those against my own.”
Let’s talk about the writing in Art & Soul. It’s mesmerizing, brilliant, and every single word was put in this story to give it depth and meaning. This story is deep. It will bring out emotions you never expected. The author breathes life into her characters. They are not one dimensional. Pardon my use of the word, but these characters have soul. Every character will touch you.
“But my heart...my heart believed in a quiet simple kind of love. A kind of love that was bigger than any limitations the word placed upon us. It was the type of love that had no age limits, no boundaries...”
Art & Soul truly gives a VOICE to every single person that ever thought they were insignificant. That they didn’t matter. It’s for any person that does not think their small existence makes a big difference. But it does. This story attests to that. Your existence matters. YOU matter. You are not alone in this big world. And this big world needs you.
“I love you so much. Let me be strong for us right now. Let me hold you while you fall apart.”
So it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t finish writing my review with tears in my eyes, just like I did finishing the book. Again, it’s not sadness. Not sure if it’s happiness either. But this book gave me LIFE. THIS BOOK. This is WHY I read. The human spirit is beautiful. So love hard. Love loudly.
“Love the struggles.”
“Love in the moment.”
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Wow. That was some ride. We meet Luke Evans and Tessa Kelly in the first book in this series. We get some of their relationship in the first book, but I was so excited to hear that they actually get their own story. The connection between these two is so much deeper than I could have ever thought. Their story was much more emotional, darker than the first book, but still very much enjoyable.
“I love you today. I wish you were here to ask me.”
Luke and Tessa’s story is not an easy one. They battle a lot of inner demons. Luke doesn’t do feelings. Or love. He doesn’t want to miss or yearn for someone. And Tessa? She eats men for breakfast. She is very vocal about sex, men, and what she wants. But with Luke, things changed. She just might want more with heartbreaker Luke Evans. But he may not. So when she breaks their arrangement off, Luke is left hurt. And this bothers him. He didn’t realize how deep he was in with Tessa. But he’s stubborn. His dark past is a burden for him and his heart and he will not share it with anyone, not even Tessa. Soon Luke learns that the heart doesn’t listen to the mind, for it does what it wants. The heart goes where it belongs. Where it is wanted.
“This is what it feels like to have your heart beating the way it’s supposed to.”
My heart ached for Luke and Tessa. Their back and forth was emotionally draining. The author truly masters the deep emotion and inner conflict that these two face. You feel their want to love, but understand their reluctance to give in and let go. Luke’s past is heartbreaking. And as Tessa digs deeper, Luke pushes her away. They eventually learn that to truly love, you must love without fear. Without caution. And these two love so deeply, slowly, and with conviction. They understand that love is about taking risks and that in love you are never alone.
“In any universe, any version of you I could get, I would find you, and I would love you.”
All I Want was a great continuation of this series. It was heart wrenching, yet I fully understood that their journey was necessary. I think for Luke and Tessa to trust what they had was more than sex, they had to fall apart to remember that they are not complete without the other. This made their story real. You are reminded that love is never easy, but it’s worth it. That love overcomes, even the deepest and darkest places. The author truly demonstrated the power in love and how love saves. Always. I am so excited to continue on with the rest of this series.
If you've read my review for Where I Belong, then you already know how much I loved the first book in theAlabama Summer series. If you haven't, you can read my review HERE. Well, I couldn't help myself, and I jumped right into All I Want as soon as I could. Now, I'll be completely honest here and say that I'm trying to get this review written out so that I can hurry up and get back to this series and REED! I have been dying to read his story since he was introduced in book one, and I cannot wait any longer. So here are my thoughts on Tessa and Luke's story...
First things first, J. Daniels warned my co-bloggers and I that this book was a lot different than book one in this series. And boy, was she right about that. While Mia and Ben's story was romantic and fun, heartwarming and fairly light, Tessa and Luke's story could be described as just about the opposite. While the big declarations of love and heartfelt confessions where still there, their journey to each other was filled with angst, drama, and so many frustrating moments that made me want to slap them both and throw my kindle at the nearest wall. There was a lot of back and forth in this story, which I'm not always a fan of-- especially when it could easily be avoided with a simple explanation or two from a stubborn character. This author really put my heart through the ringer this time around, and I was exhausted, to say the least, by the end of this book. But it remained a beautiful story, fast paced, and impossible to put down once I started.
We first meet Tessa and Luke in book one of this series. Tessa is Ben's sister and Mia's best friend. Luke is Ben's partner and best friend. After a two month fling and a pregnancy scare, Tessa was forced to reevaluate their relationship and realized that she wanted much more from Ben than he was willing to offer her. Leaving Ben completely blindsided, she dumped him and thus began their downward spiral. The beginning of book two gives us a great glimpse into what's been going on in Ben and Mia's life, as well as where Luke and Tessa find themselves now. Once the story really gets going, it's about a year later, and they're both pretty much miserable. Luke tries to distract himself with meaningless sex and random women, and Tessa is basking unhappily in the fact that she hasn't seen any "action" in twelve months. Luke has a lot of family drama in his life, which the author delves into in this story, and it was nice to finally get to know him a little better. However, he's still determined to keep Tessa as far away from his "dirty" past as he can. She puts forth her best effort to convince him to let her in, but he refuses.
Rinse and repeat.
Bring on the back and forth.
And then some more.
Despite how frustrating this was for me, as a reader, especially when this stuff drives me crazy, I still couldn't help but adore these characters. This author managed to make me love them despite all their ridiculous decisions. And, trust me, there were some doozies. My heart still went out for these two at every turn and I wanted so badly for them to find their happily ever after that they very much deserved. Especially Luke. He had been through so much in his life and he really needed what he tried so desperately to push away. The struggle within himself to try to do what he thought was best for Tessa was painful, and my heart broke for him. But not quite as much as it broke for Tessa every time she got her hopes up that things were changing with Luke, only to be completely crushed when things stayed the same. But she fought for him, and it was admirable. She would not give up on them no matter what, and I loved her even more for it. The strong, feisty woman we met in book one was alive and well, and she knew what she wanted.
There were several issues addressed in this novel that were much darker than those explored in the previous book. The whole book had a heavier feel, which made the ending that much sweeter. Be ready with lots of tissues when you read this one, you're going to need them. As usual, the supporting characters nearly stole the show, and we get tons of everyone in this book, which I loved. We even get to meet some new characters-- hello, Mason! If you loved book one as much as I did, then you have to pick up this next installment. Be prepared for a more emotional read, but one that is still as enjoyable as the last. As for me, I'm on to book three!
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After reading Where I Belong I was a big fan of Tessa Kelly, Mia’s best friend and Ben’s sister, she was a riot and sassy character, whose mouth seems to have no filter. I liked Luke Ben’s best friend; he had come across as laid-back, and carefree. We got a little insight into their relationship they seemed to have a good thing going until it all ended.
All I Want picks up a year later where we find Tessa and Luke brokenhearted and hostile to each other, but what the heart wants the heart wants. It’s clear that Tessa and Luke’s attraction and connection to each other is undeniable. You can just feel the sexual tension and the intense passion between them every time they were together.
“You can hate someone until you’re blue in the face, but that doesn’t take away the desire that brews in your gut at the mere sight of him or her”
“My hate for her consumes me, ripping me apart like everything else I’ve ever felt for her”
They were their own worst enemies at times. They just loved to wind each other up when what they clearly needed to communicate more. As much as I loved them, but they did frustrate at times, especially Luke he was so stubborn. He has a painful past that made him keeps him from opening up to Tessa. It torments him every day that he can't truly let her in, but he can't let her go.
‘I let her in as much as I can, and it has to be enough because that’s all I can give her.’
And while I understood his fears, I wanted to shout at him so many times and tell him to stop being an idiot and just open up to the woman who owns his heart. It was heartbreaking to watch at times and I felt for Tessa as she tried to get him to open up to her.
“I know I love him. I feel it every day, even when I don't want to. Even when he keeps me out. Even when he breaks my heart, it's there, and it scares me”
Tessa and Luke, Wow! What a pair. They say that there is a fine line between love and hate, and J Daniels has created two characters whose relationship is a great example of that. When Tessa and Luke are together or even apart these two strong emotions ignite their hearts and souls. They were two people who without a doubt wanted and needed each other.
“The hate I have for him doesn’t touch the part of me that loved him”
“It’s possible to hate someone, to look at them and wish you weren’t of their every move, and to want them more than you’ve ever wanted anything in your life”
Although this one was more angst-filled and at times serious than the first, it was still hot, steamy, romantic, cute and humor I adored the ending just left me grinning.
“Do you love me today?”
I do love J Daniels effortless writing style, the dual point of view, the back and forth banter between the characters. It was lovely catching up Mia, Ben, and Nolan that boy is just too cute!! All I can say is I love this series, If you loved the first book you will love this one. I’m looking forward to reading Reed’s book "When I Fall" next.
J. Daniels is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series and the Alabama Summer series. She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never read. J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.
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When I first heard about this story, I knew I wanted to read it. A statue that wanted to travel? Count me in! So I was very excited to receive an ARC, and I’m even happier to say that this story delivered.
The main characters were Yuki and Arai. Yuki was a college student who wanted to experience the world, but was afraid to do so since she was diabetic and had a highly important routine. Arai was the statue with wanderlust. The story was, once again, told from both the main characters’ point of view. And again, I found it pretty fascinating to read from a (supposedly) inanimate object’s perspective.
The plot was all about Yuki and Arai wanting to travel. Yuki had talked to Arai since she was a little kid, and kept the tradition of going to see her every week even when she grew up. Yuki admitted to Arai that she wanted to travel, but also wanted to be healthy enough to do so. Arai also wanted to travel, and did her best to get Yuki to take her on her adventures. I thought it was a fun little book, with just enough depth to really get me thinking. S.J. Pajonas always makes me want to learn more about the culture of Japan with these stories, and this one was no exception.
In the end, this was another delightful story in the Kami no Sekai series. Wanderlust is a relatable thing, because who hasn’t wanted to travel all over the world? Having Yuki have to contend with her health gave the story a real-life feel, even though she was interacting with a statue. I highly recommend this story, and this series if you haven’t checked it out. It’s fun, it’s quirky, and even thought-provoking.
Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical.
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Taken is book 2.5 in the Holton Woods series, Eli and Wade were very much present in books one and two but this time, they got a novella dedicated to them and I must say, it’s my favourite book of the series so far!
Wade and Eli’s relationship has always been on fragile ground. Eli struggles with putting a label on his sexuality and Wade struggles to trust Eli won’t up and leave in the middle of the night.
Like the other books in the series, the setting in Eli and Wade’s story took place in Jarrett’s club and even though there wasn’t much action or outside involvement, it was character centred and this was important in order for Wade and Eli to work out their differences.
I really like Eli and Wade as a couple and there were times I worried that their issues were too deep for them to work through but I always had hope and I loved reading about them.
“The words tore out of him, each one shaking the foundation he’d built over so many years. But for Wade, to keep him, Eli would rip away every bit of protection.”
Taken must be read in series order as Eli and Wade are integral characters in the Holton Woods story. I was pleased they got the chance to shine on their own and given the time needed to work out their relationship issues. I thought the writing flowed well and I was hooked from the beginning, as I really like both of these characters.
“I’m betting my life on you.” Eli lifted their joined hands to his mouth and whispered against Wade’s skin. “Don’t give up on me.”
The series continues with Gabe and Natalie’s story, and if the teaser at the end of Taken is anything to go by, theirs is set to be an explosive story!
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HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin Berkley, Samhain and Carina Press. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.
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Title: For The Love of Raindrops
Author: Beth Michele
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: April 6, 2015
This is a story about a boy who loves a girl...deeply, madly, passionately. But never in a million years did I think my story would end like this...
I fell in love with her when I was just a boy.
And then I never fell out of love. I just fell deeper.
But she has everything. She is everything. And I have nothing to offer her. Except my heart.
Sometimes the guy gets the girl, and they live happily ever after. I wanted to be that guy, you know? Especially since I can't imagine ever loving anyone else.
Right after I work up the courage to tell her, my world gets torn apart. My dream becomes my worst nightmare.
I wish I could go back in time. I wish I had told her sooner.
But most of all...I wish it would rain again.
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Do you hear that? That’s my heart still beating over this story. DAYS later. It made my heart beat. It made my heart flutter. I had ALL THE FEELS. ALL OF THEM.
“He wanted her in a way he’d never wanted anyone before, his heart only knowing how to beat when she was beside him.”
For The Love Of Raindrops is not your average friends to lover story. Most stories tell you how friends became lovers. However, in this story you live their journey from best friends to lovers and beyond. You see the good, the bad. The ups and downs within their lives. How much they rely on each other. Through everything. They are deeply connected through friendship, but their love is always constant. You do not read their story. You are simply placed within it.
“I’ll follow the stars, Dylan...as long as they lead me to you.”
Dylan has always loved Evie. And he never tells you his love, he allows you as the reader to feel it. Feel his desire and want for the girl who is supposed to be his best friend. The girl he loves more than life itself. His love for her is consuming, raw, and never falters. Evie loved Dylan beyond reason. But with a deep rooted friendship, these two are absolutely terrified to destroy what they have. For they both know what they have is special and something they can never possibly share with another person. But the heart doesn’t listen. The heart knows what it wants.
“I’m not sure I have ever touched anyone, then. Because touching someone has never made me feel this way before.”
When Dylan and Evie admit their true feelings, it’s magical, overwhelming, and breathtaking. Dylan? He absolutely stole my heart. He bares his heart and soul. He loves with conviction. With heart. Dylan’s love for Evie is powerful and his words will claim you . You feel his heartbeat when he’s around Evie. His love for her has no end and his soul is forever bound to hers. And when tragedy strikes? They love even harder. They realize that despite what life throws at them, their love can get them through anything. For their love overcomes. Their love conquers.
“I saw your soul that rainy Saturday...I was drawn to it as if by some invisible thread. And the heart that I thought was dying...came alive.”
I know I have mentioned that this goes beyond the average friends to lovers story. And I stand by that. This story is TRUE romance. The kind where you just FEEL. The words, the emotions. Everything. This story is brilliantly written. The author seamlessly crafts a story where you the reader are immersed in the lives of the characters and you will find that you may never want to leave.
“Close your eyes, because I’m about to kiss you, and I want to know what you feel when I do.”
The writing in this story is beautiful, moving. We are given the story in dual POV. The words in this story gave me life. My emotions were completely invested in the characters and their story. The declaration of love between Dylan and Evie encompasses everything a love story should and more. Your heart. It is always the first to know. And Dylan’s heart immediately recognized Evie’s the moment he was in her presence. His heart felt hers.
“You stretch my soul, Evie. You make me want to do better, reach higher. You’re the bravest person I know and I’m in awe of you.”
For The Love Of Raindrops is a story that will stay with me for a long time to come. The love felt in this story is unlike anything you will ever read about. Ever. Their love surpasses everything. Every obstacle. Every boundary that you could think of. Their love always wins. If you are a fan of friends to lovers story, there’s no question that you have to read this book. And if you aren’t? I guaranteed you will be as soon as you read this one. And then you will wonder why haven’t you ever read this kind of story. For it makes you believe in the power of love and all it is capable of. This story is beautiful and full of hope. This story absolutely moved me.
Beth Michele is the author of Love Love, Lovely, Scarred Beautiful, and Finding Autumn. She is a Connecticut native who loves spending time with her husband and two children. If you can’t find her, though, she’s probably hiding out with her laptop or her kindle somewhere quiet, preferably a spot overlooking the ocean. She has an affinity for Twizzlers, is a hopeless romantic, and a happily ever after fanatic.
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3.5 stars, because Holliday got on my nerves too often and needs to smarten the fuck up!
I don't know about you, but i've had my own fantasies about dating a hot movie star. And this book, will make you feel a taste of that life. Christy did a great job of bringing that to the pages.
Not only is Ronan a movie star he's also a philanthropist. Now tell me just who wouldn't like a guy who cares? He's definitely protective, and overly generous, not only with gifts, but in the bedroom too.
What I loved about Holliday, is that she had no qualms about telling Ronan her past. Or at least the part of her past she is currently working through. There was no "I'm broken. I'm damaged. I don't know if I can love because of this..." crap. She was more "This is me. This is what happened. Take it or leave it." I mean she did have another little bombshell she laid on Ronan during their little "whiskey truth " session. Which by the way I enjoyed how that written.
Perhaps there was a bit too much sex for my liking (what? No, I'm not ill). And Holliday did pull a couple careless moves that I just wanted to punch her for. She'll learn her lesson and smarten. And yes, this is more like an insta-love romance, which I do not have any issue with! It happens. Believe in it. It's a real thing!
There is a book 2, not sure when it comes out. But this book doesn't end in a cliffy, it's a to be continued. And I definitely want to continue with them to see what happens next. Because shit is looking to go down in book two!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest reivew.*
Winter and Finn have an attraction that shouldn’t be acted on. Finn is still reeling from his father’s death and Winter is the younger sister of his ex-girlfriend but one night and an impulsive decision later, both discover what they have been yearning for all this time.
I must admit, I was a bit icked out in the beginning, I was thinking Winter he’s slept with your sister?! Shouldn’t that bother you? But it wasn’t really a factor for Winter or Finn so I managed to let it go. I liked both Winter and Finn as characters. Finn was a gentleman and I loved his chivalrous traits.
I think you will either love Winter or struggle to understand her. Yes her sister, Ivy, was a manipulative character, but taking into consideration all they had been through, I understood why Winter put her sister first and bent to her will. But with that being said, it made the change in Winter’s character more impactful and I may have even said a hallelujah! I also liked the fact Winter was Chinese, although her heritage was just touched upon, it was great to read a romance with some diversity.
I’m a huge fan of this series and I enjoyed Winter and Finn’s story. It was character driven with just the right amount of angst and an abundance of hot, hot hot sex scenes!
It was great to see the other characters pop up that we know and love and it was funny to almost jump back in time as we know so much more of Grace and Noah’s future from other books.
Even though Unrequited is book four in the Woodlands series. I would say it can be read as a standalone but to really enjoy the interaction and history of the supporting characters, I would read in order.
Jen Frederick’s writing is easy to get lost in. Her books provide the perfect escape for a few hours and I would recommend them.
Jen lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Excuse me while I rock in a corner waiting until book 2 comes out. While I am usually the type to wait for sequels to come out before I read, I am glad I didn't wait this time. Broken By Lies is the type of story that keeps you on edge and you will enjoy every minute of it.
After the death of her mother, Emilia leaves Arizona to find her father in Illinois. She has no money. She has nothing. Nothing but hope that her father will help her. The reunion with daddy dearest does not go as planned. She finds herself at a cheap motel, broken, lost, with nowhere to go. Until a handsome man named Alex offers her a place to stay until she gets back on her feet. Sounds strange yes? A random stranger. However Alex is pretty irresistible. Emilia sees the good in his eyes, while Alex knows the darkness in his heart. There is an undeniable attraction between these two.
Told from dual POV, Broken by Lies is a suspenseful read. While you know there are lies and secrets involved, you truly have no idea what’s to come. As Emilia and Alex fall for each other, their union is dangerous. For them both. Alex shouldn’t love anyone and he shouldn’t be loved. But with Emilia the game has changed. He FEELS for her. And it’s deep. The chemistry between these two are off the charts. This is definitely more than the typical rich guy meets poor girl. The author puts her own spin on this kind of story as Alex and Emilia have a deep connection that as a reader you will appreciate.
This was my first book by this author, and definitely not my last. Her writing style keeps you engaged the entire time. I never felt that the book lagged or got boring. If anything, it kept drawing me in even until the every end. Oh. My. That ending! It was intense and I am seriously counting down until we get the next installment.
As the title suggests, Last Call, is exactly what this book is. A farewell. The last hooray. With cameo appearances from all the couples whom each had their own books in the series, we are given an insight to the lives they now lead. A catch up of sorts and I loved every minute of the looks inside all the new developments.
We are finally given Simon and Caroline's HEA! With plenty of awwws, romance and swoons to make your heart all warm inside along the way. It wasn't all smooth sailing to get there though. There was an incident... A very sad one, and even though we all knew it would turn out ok (or else Alice would have had a HUGE mob of angry ME after her), it was still sad and scary to read. And it well written I must must add! Alice can do humour and romance no problem, and now I know she can make my heart worry and ache with anticipation. So farewell to the Cocktail gang. I will always love you (and your creator of course)!
Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.
Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.
Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.
Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.
Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mr. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…
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