I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I am still trying to figure out my feelings as I write this review for Spark. It was thought provoking, moving, and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. It was my first Erin Noelle novel and definitely not my last.
“You’re the only thing that can save me from me right now.”
Crew faces the unthinkable. His brother is ill. And is getting worse. The only option is an alternative and somewhat controversial method of treatment. In this journey to treatment for his brother, he meets Hudson Shavell and her family. They are a very unique bunch. They differ from the family norm and Crew and his family are immediately drawn to them. More so, he’s drawn to Hudson. Her spirit is unlike any other girl he’s met. Her love and appreciation of people and life captivates his heart in more ways than he is willing to admit.
“...because my life didn’t start until you entered it.”
The attraction between Crew and Hudson is consuming, overwhelming. Its magic. They fall slowly. And their love is powerful. It’s heartbreak. It’s beautiful. Their love is simple. But life happens. Life gets hard. It becomes painful. But their love remains. It heals. But how do you find your way back?
“Every minute of every hour of every day. All I want is you. It fucking consumes me.”
So much happens in this story. It is so different than anything you will ever read. The author carefully crafts all of her characters as every single one of them stands out. While the story did start out a bit slow for me, it quickly picked up and I found myself turning the pages until it was over. And even then I was still tapping my kindle hoping there was more. I loved Crew and Hudson and was immersed into their story. No one is perfect. Especially these two. Words hurt. But actions? They hurt too. I would have liked to see Crew grovel a bit more, but I understand. Hudson has such a big heart. Her missing piece was Crew. You can’t live with half of your heart missing.
“In pieces without you. I can’t be whole without you.”
Spark made me question destiny and all it entails. How much it means when it comes to love. How your soul can recognize it’s light in another. That was Hudson and Crew. That one spark lit the moment they met. While it might have dimmed through circumstances, trial and tribulation, their spark always remained. I’d like to commend the author in truly demonstrating the power in love. Especially for your family and what lengths you’d go through to make everything better. This book truly showcased the resiliency of the human spirit and the human heart.
Have you ever reached that moment in a book where the hero stakes his claim and you feel like cheering and clapping, all filled with excitement and anticipation at all the greatness that is ahead? I even wrote down at which percent it happened – 21%, “you belong to me”. The writing and build up to that point made those 4 little words so powerful. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with Crew and Hudson. But sometimes, love doesn’t always last…
This story was all sorts of heartbreaking. Crew’s younger brother, Caleb, suffers from epilepsy and has horrific seizures everyday. I loved how he was a resilient kid. Armed with a killer personality and smart mouth, I knew I was going be in trouble with that one. Caleb and his mother move to Colorado to find alternative treatments to Caleb.
Hudson’s family rents out cabins and runs a mar grow-op for a legal dispensary in town, which I believe is owed by her uncle. Hudson creates and grows her own strains depending on the needs and wants of the customer. Which means she has to test them herself. Which brings me to really my only issue with her, she smokes too much of it. I’m only concerned because she even does it on break at school in her car! Oh, and when she wakes up rolls over and lights one up. So it’s not solely based on her business needs. Other than that, she’s pretty freaking cool, and her family is originally different and refreshing.
Everything seemed to being going so well. People were falling in love and learning to live. People were adjusting and starting to benefit from the new lifestyles they found themselves living in. Then one night…Well I can’t say that’s for you to find out, and of course everything changes.
Crew’s horrible words to Hudson I could have easily forgiven because it was clear where they were coming from. It his actions that followed those harsh words that made everything hurt so bad. That was going to take a far longer time to forget. Hudson if far more forgiving than she ought to be. I was determined to not forgive Crew, until I did. His heartfelt apology was enough to draw tears from my eyes. It was sincere and held a lot of meaning. All was good in the world, love was in the air again. That was, until Hudson opened her mouth and ruined it by mentioning Tasha. RIGHT AFTER HIS APOLOGY! You couldn’t just leave it alone could you, Erin? Why did you have her bring it up again? It ruined anything and everything his apology held. Me, as a reader, needs to leave the story with good things in my head. But you wiped out any merit his apology had on my HEA vision with one word, TASHA. I really am mad at that. As well as you writing the disgusting thing he did in the first place. His awful words could have been enough, you know. ANYTHING else you could have had him do to look like an ass, and you had him do THAT! Not cool! You didn’t have to take it so far. Wow, that felt good to get out.
I started out the story in love, and it ended with the mind set of, I’ll tolerate these characters together and just write out that one part I hated, pretend it didn’t happen and I’ll be back in love with Crew and Hudson. I liked the story enough, along with good writing and story telling abilities, to want to continue with book two. I’m looking forward to more of Hudson’s quirky family.
Unwound picks up a few weeks after Amery throws her little hissy fit about Ronin trying to help her business out. It's not like he was making his families business give her a design contract, he was just giving out her damn name. He was trying to be nice, he wasn’t giving her a handout, she was going to have to earn it. I disliked her at the ending of book one for that, and sadly, the trend continued throughout this book as well.
When you end up disliking the heroine at the end of a first book, it’s difficult to get into the story again. She never really did get back into my good graces throughout this story. She was moody, immature and annoyed me to no end.
A good chunk at the beginning of the story included Amery nursing Ronin back to health after he decided to offer his body up for physical punishment after the breakup. He was seriously injured, which provided the two a good amount of time to actually communicate instead of focusing on the physical elements of their relationship. Only problem is, Amery asks to have a serious discussion only to make snide remarks about how much money his family has, when he was trying to be sincere. Who’s the one not being serious now, Amery?
Nothing really spectacular happened in the book. They got back together. They fought. They had lots of sex, too much of it if you ask me, I ended up skipping most of those parts. I wanted to fast forward to see if the story was actually going somewhere. Ronin hired an “associates” bimbo daughter to work at the dojo, didn’t add anything to the story. He also took on another “associates” son to train him to be a professional MMA fighter. Again, that information added nothing to the story. His ex, Naomi, came back into the picture, which included the revenge pictures and videos, all so very not exciting.
Perhaps I should have read this book as soon as it came out instead of waiting so long. The whole subject of marital arts and rope art no longer interested me at this point. I did take a huge liking to Ronin’s sister, Shiori, though. Maybe when I get back into another martial arts phase I’ll pick up her book. Her personality seems a little more my speed.
Ryan Kelly and Woodie Wodyzewski always fight for every inch.
Whether on the baseball diamond, the basketball court, or even the dance floor, these two friends are true competitors.
When Ryan beats Woodie in a bike race because Woodie has the misfortune to be hit by a car, he seems to have won. But the beautiful girl who crashes into their lives is worth far more than any trophy.
Molly De Leon knows all about winning, and nothing will keep her from her goals.
Ryan and Woodie have been vying for Molly since the day they met. How can she possibly choose between them?
Woodie has a complicated family situation and she desperately wants to help him through his misery and confusion. A little on edge with a temper, he’s the bad boy in her life who reminds Molly a lot of her mother, a powerful politician she’s grown up watching bend men and women to her will with a simple smile.
Ryan, on the other hand, is very close to his parents, grounded, and has a good sense of humor. He’s not your typical jock; he’s a safe, reliable pick, and a constant in Molly’s life—that is, until his injuries lead him down a destructive path.
Molly realizes it’s time to make a decision…
But how can she risk losing either one of them when they both own a piece of her heart?
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
The blurb of this book drew me in immediately. And the cover? Sold! I have never read this author before, but something told me to read this book. And I am so glad I did.
Ryan. Woodie. Molly. There was a lot of love, friendship, and competition between these three. This story is told over a span of years. Best friends Ryan and Woodie have always been in competition. But they’re boys. That is to be expected. But what happens as they get older and life throws an extra wrench into their competitive ways. The moment they meet Molly, life changes. Their relationship changes. While Ryan becomes absolutely enamored with Molly, it seems that she may have eyes for Woodie.
Like any good triangle, there is a lot of push and pull. Even some mind games. While told from Ryan’s POV, I still feel that the author allowed us to get to know Molly and Woodie as well. If you like baseball or even sports in general mixed in with a story, you will enjoy A Life Of Inches. These three are unlike any characters I’ve ever met. I did enjoy that the story was told over time as it allows the reader to truly understand the characters and watch them progress as individuals. If you think you know what happens at the end, think again. I think it’s the journey of these three characters that really mattered the most.
I felt that the author gave his own fresh twist on the usual new adult love triangle formula. This was definitely written differently, and kept me flipping the pages. I would’ve personally liked to see some more romance thrown in, but I understand why the author wrote it this way. And I respect him for sticking to his own rather than conforming to what others are doing. Overall, it was a well written and solid story. It was also so much more than the love triangle. It was a story of resilience and overcoming obstacles that you may or may not see coming. I enjoyed the story and look forward to what the author has coming in the future.
It was at a very early age when I, Douglas Esper, (your friendly neighborhood author) realized I had a passion for the written word. As a youngster, I couldn't get enough books to satisfy my desire to read and to this day, I still own many books my parents got for me. In school I gravitated toward reading and writing to the point teachers grew impatient with me for writing stories in class.
The passion and drive to read and write continues to this day and my goal of feeling comfortable in my own writing skin seems within reach. I've self-published 2 picture books for kids, Sammy's Birthday Surprise and The Mystery of the Flying Tomatoes, a few short stories, and my debut novel, A Life of Inches, will be released by @LimitlessPublishing spring of 2015.
I live in North Ridgeville, Ohio, just west of Cleveland, with my wife, our kids, and that meddlesome dog.
I'm currently falling in love with David Fulmer books, and also enjoying the latest Les Roberts mystery novel. If I'm not reading or writing you can find me watching the Cleveland Browns losing on Sunday, writing music with my band, or observing my kids doing cute, and usually messy, stuff.
Hope this helps you learn a bit about me, but now it's your turn...introduce yourself!
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Title: The Fragile Fall (Undone #1)
Author: Kristy Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 6, 2014
I’ve destroyed everything in my life and now I’m left with nothing.
Alone and scared.
Broken and shattered.
But I’ve found a way to deal with it.
Instead of all the pain being on the inside, I make the outside ache too. Anything to make it easier to breathe.
Until one beautiful morning when I look outside and see her.
She tries to help me…
But I’m lost.
And I’m not sure I can ever be found.
* * *
His gentle eyes watch me from behind the window, the boy shrouded in mystery. I wasn't expecting what happened when our worlds collided.
His storm to my calm.
His dark to my light.
I try to hold everything together. To put his life, and mine, back together.
But everything falls apart. My family. Him. Me.
And I'm trying to pick up the pieces.
I will start this off by saying that I started this series backwards. Its because I loved book two so much, I needed to go back to book one to Ryanne and Will’s story. If I thought I knew their story, I was wrong. I am so glad I decided to read it. It wasn’t until now that I truly understood the depth of their love and all it overcame.
“I ran from all the reminders that showed me everything I couldn’t have because of how broken I was.”
One decision shatter’s the life of seventeen year old Will. Everything he knows and loves is no more. Will grew up with overbearing parents that protected him from everything. Until one night they could not. Tragedy causes Will to leave his home and live with his Aunt. Will is broken by guilt and cannot forgive himself. His heart and soul is dark. Shattered into pieces. Until Ryanne comes in with her light. She threatens his darkness. She gives him hope of the possibility of happiness, life, and even love.
“His eyes were like a gentle touch that stayed on my skin even after he looked away. I could feel him when he was in the same room, even if I wasn’t looking at him.”
The moment Will sees Ryanne, his breath stops. And I felt it. The author puts you in that moment. The moment when Will’s soul awakens from the darkness. However, he is hesitant. Not sure how to make friends as guilt makes him believes he's not worthy of living again.. But Ryanne’s spirit draws him in and he wants nothing more than to be around her. Everyday Will comes out of his shell with the new found friendship in Ryanne and her brother Jax. They soon become inseparable. There is a bond between the three of them. There is also an underlying attraction between Will and Ryanne that they both try to avoid. Will believes he’s too broken. While Ryanne does not want to shatter his already broken pieces. Little do they know that life becomes more bearable when they are together.
“...but it wasn’t something that blossomed with time. It was swift and all-encompassing. And irreversible.”
When the pain becomes too much to deal with. When it hurts to breathe. Will no longer can hold on. He tumbles back into the darkness. The pain and the guilt overwhelms him. The author did an exceptional job on this sensitive and relevant subject. My heart went out to Will and his pain. And anyone that has to go through what he went through. But I was also in awe of his strength. It reminds us that the fall is not what matters, it’s what happens when you get up. And Will? He got up.
“You aren’t broken, Will. You are a survivor.”
This was not an easy story in the sense that pain, guilt, and even lies plague these characters lives. But what makes it worth it is their journey. The lives of Will and Ryanne are shattered because of their circumstances. But their love never faltered in these times. If anything their love and admiration for each other grew stronger though the darkness. These two have to trudge through some obstacles. Their love is tested and their foundation is shaken to its core. But their love always remained.
“Thank you for saving me, Ry. Thank you for loving me even when I was too broken to love you back.”
Can we talk about the that Prologue?! Hello Prologue! What a powerful way to start a book. And the rest of the story? This author’s words gave me LIFE. Every one of her words? I felt. Her words speak to your heart. The flashbacks, the writing style, and the development of the story and it’s characters was absolutely brilliant in it’s execution. This author has effortlessly written a story on loss, forgiveness, acceptance, and love. Ryanne and Will are two broken and beautiful human beings. It hurt to live until they met each other. Their souls became tethered the moment they meet. That’s the depth of their love.
“You aren’t numb. You feel everything when you’re with me. That’s why you’re running. You’re afraid to feel how good this is, how right.”
I think if you get put all the words of the most beautiful love songs together they would only describe a fraction of the love between Ryanne and Will. An entire week later my heart swells over the emotions of this story. I still get chills just thinking about it. I was emotionally overwhelmed in the best way possible. My heart and mind were consumed from the moment I started to the very last page. The characters stole my heart. I lived their story. The Fragile Fall is a powerful, poignant, and thought provoking story that will simply stay with me for a long time to come. Words cannot express how excited I am for the rest of this series and what is to come from this author.
From the time she was old enough to form words into sentences, Kristy Love has been writing stories. She attended La Roche College and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Writing. When she's not writing, Kristy can be found with her nose stuck in a book or spending time with her family and friends.
She lives with her husband and two girls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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“Theirs was a love beyond words, beyond reason, beyond even the two of them. It was indescribable, inexplicable, but unbreakable and unyielding.”
When I discovered A Pound of Flesh was a romance between an inmate and a prison tutor I was all in! I loved the forbidden romance element and I got more than I bargained for with beautiful characters and great writing.
As I was reading APOF, it felt fresh and exciting. I hadn’t read a book with this set of circumstances before and my intrigue wouldn’t allow me to set this book down. I needed to know what was going to happen to Carter and Kat!
Kat feels she owes a debt to society after her father’s death. She wants to give back to the world and in order to do that she becomes a tutor in Arthur Kill prison. When Kat meets Wes Carter, their attraction is instant, and it’s not before long, Kat discovers they are linked beyond the walls that enclose them.
I liked Kat’s character; she was headstrong and determined to do her father’s legacy proud. Kat had the ability to see beyond a person’s labels and I liked that about her. I could empathise with Kat and really wanted her to find the happiness she deserved.
Wes Carter is no stranger to Arthur Kill; he’s been in and out of the place so many times he has come to accept it as a way of life. That is until he meets Kat, his Peaches, and maybe, just maybe, Kat can help him find the strength to leave his life of Arthur Kill behind.
At the beginning of the book, Carter started out as a real bad boy and I can’t lie, this appealed to me. He had served so much time inside, I did wonder how the author was going to redeem him, what qualities would he posses that allowed me as the reader to justify my falling for him. I soon learned Carter’s back-story and although he wasn’t as bad as he was first made out, I was already hooked and loved him regardless. The hotel scene near the end was Carter laid bare and it was my favourite of the whole story. He was vulnerable and honest and I loved it!
The story built great momentum throughout, I was rooting for Kat and Carter to be together all the while, my stomach was churning as the vultures began to close in. So it was a little unexpected that a certain thread of the storyline didn’t come to fruition. I thought that would be the main cause of angst towards the end. Don’t get me wrong, the anxious reader that I am appreciated the smoother road, I just felt the book was geared in one direction only to swiftly take another.
Overall, I really enjoyed A Pound of Flesh. I loved the way in which Sophie incorporated literature and poetry into the story as well as her smooth storytelling and interesting characters. There was definitely more to Kat and Carter than met the eye.
This is a story not to be missed.
Sophie is an English teacher from Chorley in North West England. As a child she read and wrote furiously, and continued to scratch that creative itch as an adult when, in 2008, she began contributing to the web’s leading fan fiction site after reading the Twilight series. Sophie wrote and posted a number of stories, chapter by chapter, and built up an impressive following. Now, after 4.5 million reads online, A Pound of Flesh is available in print for the first time.
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