Blog Tour - Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker ~ Ava and Bianca's Reviews and #Giveaway
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Burying Water was something fresh and exciting from K.A. Tucker. The synopsis about a young girl waking up with no memory was intriguing. It was up to Water to piece together the puzzle of her disappearance and it was written in a great way. The book held my attention throughout the story and I read it in almost one sitting.
The beginning of the story is all action and there is jumping back and forth, it doesn’t make sense immediately but by 10% in, I knew what happened and the role of each character and from then on, it was a case of sitting back and waiting for Water to catch up.
The story is told in alternating past and present chapters, I know this isn’t a favourite for some, but for me, it was something I enjoyed. Jesse played a big part in the story, he had a good heart and I liked him from the start. With the book being set out the way it was, we almost got two love stories for the price of one.
Jessie was a great support for Water, even though she was warned about talking to “that damn boy”, Water felt a connection and she sought him out, as she felt comfortable around him. Water awoke in hospital very badly scarred and beaten and Jesses went out of his way to prove, she was still beautiful to him. *Swoon.*
“He slides a finger around my ear, tucking my hair back, exposing my scar, before leaning in to kiss my temple. It’s like a silent communication, telling me that he knows it’s there, he sees it, and it won’t deter him.”
What I wasn’t expecting was the love for Ginny, the old grouchy lady that took Water in when she needed to start over. Ginny was one of a kind and she was set in her ways. Water reminded Ginny that they were more a like than she would have admitted, and this caused Ginny to open up more. Her story alone was heart breaking and the tears I shed over this book were for Ginny.
Burying Water was written really well, I take to K.A. Tucker’s writing like a duck to water. I can just sink into it and sometimes forget to come up for air. I would have liked the suspenseful element to be stronger, as the situation was laid out in the beginning, I never felt worried for the couple or scared they wouldn’t make it. I also thought if there was more drama surrounding Viktor at the end; it would have added an extra kick to the story. But with that being said Burying Water is the first book in a long while that has had me reading into the wee hours of the morning.
Jesse and Water's story is wrapped up in this book; book two is a mystery as to who the main characters will be. I did think perhaps Jesse's sister? I am intrigued and can't wait to find out.
I really enjoyed Burying Water and I know fans of K.A. Tucker will too. If you are looking for a fresh New Adult novel, then you really must check this one out.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Left for dead, a young woman wakes up in a hospital room with no memories of who she is. Or who she once was. She has no recollection of the tragic event that has left her body and life in shattered pieces. Not satisfied for being called ‘Jane Doe’. She decides on the name Water. Little does she know that she has chosen a name that has such a meaning beyond what she could have ever imagined. The heart of the story is to be experienced, not spoiled. To give too much of the story would be a complete disservice to the reader.
“...the truth is like that water; it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”
I found Burying Water to be heartbreaking. The book starts off with a gripping prologue. You are immediately captured in the story and for what’s to come. Your heart goes out to Water. And to the man who once loved her. And still does. For me personally, I felt like that gripping feeling tapered off as the story continued. I also found it to be a bit predictable, but still held my interest as I wanted to know what was going to happen. On the surface, the story itself is about a girl who wakes up with no memory of herself. Not even her own name. However, as you dig deeper, you watch two people fall irrevocably in love. Twice. Despite the circumstances, love came through and brought them to where they belong.
Oveall, I thought that Burying Water was a flawlessly written story. Almost lyrical. The words were beautiful. The dual point of views were seamless and I found it easy to transition from the past to the present. This is the type of story that unfolds. Every chapter brings a deeper meaning to the story. It truly represents the power of love. That love can find it’s way. Even in darkness.
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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The best things in life are worth the greatest risk. Sometimes, before we fall, we fly”
Until we Fly is book four in the Beautifully Broken series by Courtney Cole and Brand Killien’ story, and the one I have been waiting for since meeting this hunk of a man the second book in the series If You Leave, and then again in Before We Fall.
In my both my reviews I had to give him a special mention, and said he need his own story. I like to think that after reading my reviews, Courtney said! “Okay Derna just for you I will write Brand’ s story. LOL! Brand was one of those secondary characters that left their mark on me, there was just something about him, he really was a good friend, a good soldier, a good everything, and he was so worthy of his own book as I wanted to know more about him and his story.
In Until We Fly we learn Brand’s backstory, what makes him the way he is. We discover his pain, his secrets and demons from a harrowing childhood that he wants to forget that he has learnt to deal with, but they still that haunts him. I just love this man even more now so sexy, so loyal, so protected a true hero, and just a nice guy with the biggest heart.
Nora Greene is the girl from his past, who has always had a thing for on Brand. I didn’t know what to make of her at first, but as her story unfolded, and I discover her pain and her secrets, I understood her more, she may come across as confidence you could see she had her insecurities, there was a vulnerability about her. I love her brazen attitude she knew what she wanted, and she wanted Brand. Something you have to take the bull by the horn, and just go for what you want, and Nora did
Brand and Nora are two people who have issues, who have parents who were never going to win parents of the year award, who have demons to deal with, but work well together, have a connection, have great chemistry, and soon realize that they need each other in order to heal and move forward.
Once again in true Courtney style she as has written a book that comes from the heart. I love how she always manages to take me on an emotional roller coaster. I loved drama, pain, angst, and the twist and turns that I never saw coming that Brand and Nora go through, but also the steam, love, hope, passion forgiveness and romance that they share. I was hooked right till the end, and I love the sweet epilogue.
If you love books that pull at your heartstrings then this one, and the rest of the Beautiful Broken series is for you. Courtney Cole will not disappoint you.
Fluctuat Nec Mergitur ~ “tossed by the waves, she does not sink”
"I've been through the bloody hills of Afghanistan, but there's nothing scarier than opening yourself up to someone else, only to get shattered."
“Each day, I try not to trust the feeling that are growing, the attachment, the tenderness, the bond. Each I realize I’m failing”
“We’re like two prize fighter, circling around a ring, each waiting for the other one to pounce. We’ve both got secrets that we don’t want the other to know”
“Being brave doesn't mean not being afraid, Nora. It means being afraid and doing it anyway."
“He made me feel safe in a world that is dangerous and ugly, a world that has only hurt me.”
"You stand on a wall to protect what is yours”
“I need to see him it’s a need that I can't explain, a feeling that hearkens back to my youth-and hasn’t faded over time”
“Brand can take away the ugliness and make me feel good again, even if it's only an illusion...a temporary illusion”
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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
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Blog Tour: Better When He's Bad (Welcome To The Point #1) By Jay Crownover ~Ava & Kat's Review and Giveaway!
Do you want the truth about this book or do you want me to lie?
Because if you want me to lie, I would have to say this is the worst book I have ever read. I am not at all excited about the rest of them in the series. Or, I could tell you the truth and say, I LOVE THIS BOOK A LOT!
Now…my first Jay book was Rule (I now blame her for my giddiness whenever I come across a guy in any book that I read that has “metal in fun places”), and even as I made my way through her Marked Men series, Rule had always remained my #1. Until now that is. Bax and Better When He’s Bad has overruled and taken the throne!
“Dovie, you made me feel like I was the king in a land of second chances.”
Bax and Dovie’s story is about totally unexpected love, surrounded by action, suspense and a little adventure. The action and suspense definitely had my anxiety kicking in. The teeth gritting and oh-my-no-this-isn’t-happening, happened in this story. I was speed reading through this one particular scene, because even though in the back of my mind I knew things would be ok, Jay made me doubt that. She had me hanging on the edge of the pages eagerly waiting to see what happened next. And even though not everything was totally okay, sometimes that not okay-niss makes love a little stronger, and bonds people together even though some are sure they have no business of being together in the first place. And I am damn sure that if Dovie could overcome this, then Bax is the luckiest man alive.
“She did more to set me free than walking out of those prison gates ever had.”
Love and forgiveness is the greatest gift Bax could have ever received from Dovie. Cause my lord, bad things happened! I felt so bad for her and even thinking about it again kinda makes me cringe. Poor little Dovie.
Now you would think from the title of the book that Bax is bad all around. Well I will tell you that maybe as hard as Jay tried, she couldn’t possibly have made me hate him at any point. He, like all admirable book boyfriends, had his melt-my-heart moments. From the small things like big, bad, Bax grocery shopping to the big things like willing to die to protect his woman. And as much as we would never want that to happen, sometimes the heart makes irrational decisions in desperate situations that the mind cannot comprehend. (Don’t ever do something like that ever again, Bax!)
“I never considered you might end up being the one who hurts me before this is all said and done.”
“It’s just me, little Dove, no more and no less.”
I love the men Jay brings to life onto her pages. She makes them broken, but not so broken they can’t be loved. She makes them bad, but not so bad that we would turn our backs on them when the going gets tough. She fixes them just enough to still have that edgy bad boy quality that we all know and love. And that is what I love so much about Bax. Because even when it was all said and done and he got the woman of his unexpected dreams, he will never, ever, truly be a good guy. And this my fellow bad boy-loving-fangirls, is exactly why Bax is Better When He’s Bad!
“She was the epitome of everything good that came from bad people and a bad place.”
*I received a copy of this book after hunting Jay Crownover down in #RT14. True Story ;-)
I had heard so many amazing things about Bax, and my excitement was kicked up a notch when I met the lovely Jay Crownover in NOLA. Just hearing her enthusiasm and her description of how the book was a big departure from the Marked Men series had me giddy to read it. And I’m so pleased Bax did not disappoint!
I loved the note from Jay at the beginning highlighting that she hadn’t written about a bad boy before, sure Rule, Jet and co. had tatts and naughty piercings but that was simply who they were. Bax on the other hand was a bad boy in every sense of the word. He was no stranger to the law and violence sadly was second nature to him. This put into perspective Bax and his world before I began reading and I couldn’t help but note how true it was.
Bax was an interesting multi-faceted character and one that held my interest throughout the whole book. After being released from prison following a five-year stint, Bax was on the lookout for his best friend. Race hadn’t been seen or heard from and Bax worried the enemy had gotten to Race too.
In his search for Race, Bax was led to Dovie, someone close to Race. Bax wasn’t Mr. Nice Guy and he certainly didn’t have time to babysit Dovie but when her safety was threatened, Bax stepped in.
So I know Bax was a bad guy who did questionable things but I was like a moth to a flame and I fell for him hard. I loved the rawness of his character, he didn’t make excuses for who he was, he made mistakes but he didn’t set out to be perfect, he only wanted to survive.
“I couldn’t do this anymore without her. This life was always going to be brutal and dark, and she needed to be the one bright spot in it.”
Dovie was my kinda book heroine, she was street smart and stood up for herself. Bax tried his best to leave her behind and exclude her from the hunt for Race but Dovie dug her heels in and Bax discovered it was easier just to accept they were going to be seeing a lot of each other. Of course, the romantic in me was squeeing for joy as their relationship morphed from necessity to pleasure. Don’t get me wrong, it was in no way hearts and flowers, it was lust and carnal desire but I didn’t care, I was #TeamDax all the way ;-)
“I swore there would never in my life be anything hotter than Shane Baxter getting naked and ready to work me over.”
“He kissed me hard and I clutched at him to stay anchored to this bed in this place, otherwise I would fall away and I didn’t know that I could find my way back.”
The storyline itself was one packed full of intrigue, action and plenty of twists. I loved discovering the ways in which individual characters were linked and how the dynamics changed so quickly. Bax struggled with wanting to leave behind his old life and starting something new with Dovie, but he knew it was only a matter of time before something had to give. His friends and family were willing him to make the right choice.
“Do something with the garage. Do something with the girl. Do something with your life, Bax. This time, you can’t blame being the bad guy on not having any other options.”
Bax may have been the ultimate bad boy, but let’s face it, he did have a good heart. It’s was needed to allow us ladies to fall for him. His dealings may not have been kosher but he always acted with his friend’s and family’s best intentions at the forefront.
“I don’t know how love works, Dovie. I don’t know how to be anything other than this, but I know the only thing that gives me hope is the idea of you and me. I know I’m not the ideal, not the dream guy, but no one will ever fight for you the way I will. I promise you that you will always have the best parts of me I have to give.”
Dovie seen the two sides of Bax clearly. Bax was the tough, rule breaking guy, whereas Shane was the tender guy who cared for his family and cared for Dovie very much. I myself, loved when Shane let his true colours shine.
“I’m not going to pretend I don’t like it when you’re Shane better, but Bax has his place and I can deal with him, just not in bed.”
“I was in love with him, both sides of him, and I wasn’t going to let him go.”
Without a doubt, this is my favourite Jay Crownover book to date. I felt the freedom in her words, the world she created in The Point, although harrowing was very realistic and even before the book was finished I was desperate for Race’s story next.
For fans of the Marked Men series, you will love the newest offering from Jay. Bax will take you on a ride you will never forget!
“That was what undid me about him. He was unpredictable, he was a criminal he was hazardous to my sanity, but then he held me when I couldn’t sleep and he touched me like I would break. It was an intoxicating combination that I was having no luck in fighting.”
“And then you opened your mouth. All that love, all that loyalty, all the innocence, even though life had kicked you around time and time again, and all I wanted to do was let some of that sweetness and light touch me.”
“I’ve never had very clean hands, but the first time I touched you, that first gasp out of that perfect mouth, the first time I thrust into you, God, Dovie, you made me feel like I was the king in a land of second chances.”
“Five years without sex was no joke; three months without sex, when you had just figured out who the person you wanted to have sex with for the rest of your life was, was flat out torture.”
“You should let someone show you that being good isn’t all that bad, Bax.”
“I would do it all over again. Offer my life, give up my freedom for her. There was no other way to repay her for finally setting me free, free from everything, even if I spent the next twenty years behind bars.”
“Things have a way of working out Bax. You need a little faith.”
“I don’t need faith, Dovie. I have you.”
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, 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 that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.
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Title: Slowly We Trust
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Fall & Rise #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Audrey Valdez didn’t mean to fall for Will Anders. He isn’t her type. At all. But his goofy smile, Star Wars quotes and athletic body make it impossible. She's lived so long in the darkness and Will is like the sun. He makes her laugh more than she has in years and cares for her more than her own family.
But there are things about Audrey that Will doesn't know, things he can't know. She tries to push him away, but he just ends up getting closer to her, and to her secret. Is the risk of losing him forever worth the chance a being with the only person she's ever loved who has loved her back?
I can honestly say that the first two books in the Fall and Rise series were one of my favorite reads 2013. Which is why I was looking forward to this book so much. Unfortunately, Slowly We Trust did not invoke the same feelings in me as the first two did.
Audrey and Will are sort of, kind of together. Audrey has feelings for Will, but she's hiding a big secret. On New Year's Eve Will wants to tell Audrey how much he means to him and maybe even take their relationship to the next step. So when Will drops the 'I love you' bomb, he gets a reaction that he kind of expected from Audrey. From here on out, Audrey begins to push Will away.
I liked Will. He's Star Wars obsession was cute and his geekiness was something that I haven't seen much in books. But even though I did like him, I wanted him to either stand up to Audrey or just let her go like she wanted to. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with Audrey. I mean she was fiercely independent and her story was compelling, but there was just something about her that kept me back from really loving her character.
Overall, it was a good book. I was expecting more after reading the first two in the series. If you're a fan of the series and wish to know what happens with these characters, you should read it!
FASTER WE BURN
Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)
Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.
Title: Best Kind of Broken
Series: Finding Fate #1
Author: Chelsea Fine
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can't. And the damage is done. She's hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there's a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more--until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he's right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she'd long buried . . .
Levi can't believe he's living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple "sorry" won't suffice--not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie's better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she's so close, Pixie's heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear--he can't live without her.
Praise for Best Kind of Broken:
"By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Best Kind Of Broken has become one of my favorites!"
--- CORA CARMACK, New York Times bestselling author of Losing It.
"You'll fall for Pixie and Levi, just like I did!"
--- JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT (J. Lynn), #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait For You
"Tangled with friendship, history and heartbreak--not to mention a huge dose of
humor--Chelsea Fine's New Adult novel is not to be missed! Beyond an
incredibly HOT read, Pixie and Levi's longing for each other will have
you rooting for them till the very end."
--- JAY CROWNOVER, New York Times bestselling author of Rule
"This book destroyed me. Tore me into little tiny pieces. But somehow with
lots of laughs and some very steamy times, Chelsea put me back together
again! Chelsea Fine's style is witty, visceral and fresh. All I wanted
to do was crawl inside this book and live with the characters. And now
all I want is MORE."
--- CHELSEA M. CAMERON, New York Times bestselling author of My Favorite Mistake
"Sandwiched between laugh out loud moments and some serious heat, Best Kind of Broken is an unforgettable story of loss and forgiveness that will leave your heart aching."
--- LISA DESROCHERS, USA Today bestselling author of A Little Too Far
This book is a true coming of age NA phenomenon. From the very first chapter I was captured and enraptured in to the beauty of these beautifully broken people. Sarah “aka” Pixie is a young aspiring artist with stars in her eyes and an indefinite scar on her heart. Pixie has held the burden of her Mother’s inconsolable wrath for longer than any child should. I’m starting out strong and fierce with this one guys! This “mother” of sorts disgusted me to hell, and I just have to let my feelings fly about this woman now! Why you ask? Because this story is beautiful and sweet, and unbecoming. And I don’t want this MOM bitch to ruin my review! I love Pixie so hard, and this lady that I now call the “Womb Donor” can kiss my ass. Pixie runs my heart and I hate when people mess with my people!
Moving on… Levi decides to take a random job working for Pixie’s Aunt Ellen, and this is the thing. Levi is an athlete, and not your every day run of the mill athlete. He was the star Quarterback in High School, the prized possession of everything juvenile. He was the guy that screamed innocence and reckless abandoned. He was the guy that used to find his Transformers protecting Pixie’s Barbie dolls. He was the perfect hero, the best friend that never quit. He loved Pixie strong and hard, but there was only one thing that kept him from submitting to his desires. Guilt. I can’t spoil why or how this guilt is misplaced. But I can guarantee that it is.
When Pixie decides to work for her aunt Ellen, she comes face to face with the “Love of her something” Levi. They haven’t spoken in forever due to their pure stubbornness and disregard of self loathing towards one another. This, in turn makes for some humorous hate crimes based on showeriffic terms. Yep, I just made up a word! Levi finds it hilarious to sneak in the shower and steal every ounce of hot water. OH! did I forget to mention that Pixie and Levi share the "East Wing" of the Willow Inn? Yep! just those two, alone in the East Wing...I'm sure Ellen is the anti-christ at this point. Levi is clearly avoiding Pixie for fear of becoming what they once were, and Pixie is clearly avoiding Levi because she doesn’t want to assault his nipples. Either way, these two are done. DONE. Pixie wants a hot shower! Just one! Like for real, just ONE! Levi never complies, like ever. His game is his throne and he likes the fight, he needs the pain, and they both continue on with this silly kid game knowing it’s immature, but quite possibly healing both of them subconsciously.
Jenna! Probably the best bestie any girl could hope for!! And Daren—Dirty-trying-too hard Daren, and Mable, sweet as pie Mable, and Ellen. Ahhhh Ellen. ALL of these characters made me smile!! Yes, even Daren.
I can tell you something right now! Chelsea Fine is a magician! She can write a book with HOT sexy time’s scenes with never mentioning nasty words! Like AT ALL. She wrote some of the steamiest stuff without using ANY regular naughty words! And to be honest, it was way hotter (YES I said hotter, sue me) than the typical sexy time novel, no joke!
This story was just plain beautiful, and heart-wrenchingly charismatic. I went into this book thinking I was going to just “sorta like” it. That was so beyond true! This book grounded me, and made me see things from a different perspective. Not an entirely different perspective, but a nice change to the norm.
This story was so amazingly honest, and cutely gritty. And for those of you that need the skin, well holy crap you’re gonna get it in the form of one of the best shower-scenes ever! It’s not nasty or slimy. It’s just… what it is. Perfect. So totally perfect for my “Leaves & Pix”-- *sigh* my perfectly best kind of broken couple… I love them so so soooo, deep! And so will you.
"I mean, you can't just say you love someone and make it true, That's not how it works. Real love doesn't need to be declared or confessed. Real love just...is. You know?"
BEST KIND OF BROKEN Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18360175-best-kind-of-broken?ac=1
Blog Tour: Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend Quartet #4) by Monica Murphy~ Kat's Review & Giveaway
Title: Four Years Later
Author: Monica Murphy
Series: One Week Girlfriend Quartet #4
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Over. That about sums up everything in my life. Suspended from my college football team and forced to cut back my hours at The District bar because of my crappy grades, I can’t keep turning to my sister, Fable, and her pro-football playing husband, Drew, to bail me out. I just can’t seem to find my own way. Weed and sex are irresistible temptations—and it’s messed up that I secretly hand over money to our junkie mom. A tutor is the last thing I want right now—until I get a look at her.
Chelsea is not my type at all. She’s smart and totally shy. I’m pretty sure she’s even a virgin. But when she gives me the once over with those piercing blue eyes, I’m really over. But in a different way. I won’t deny her ass is killer, but it’s her brain and the way she seems to crave love—like no one’s ever given her any—that make me want her more than any girl I’ve ever met. But what would someone as seemingly together as her ever see in a screwed up guy like me?
The pros and cons of Owen McGuire:
1. His favourite word is F. He says it A LOT!
2. He is that football jock. Parties hard and studies way too little.
3. He is going to be majorly screwed for the future if he doesn’t get his S together, like NOW!
1. He’s determined to be independent and not rely solely on the riches of his NFL playing brother-in-law, Drew.
2. He got a kind heart and is afraid to let people down, even if those people are toxic for him.
3. He loves his sister with everything he’s got.
It’s understandable as to why Owen feels so much pressure and is always looking for a way to escape reality, if only for a little while. He idolizes Drew, grew up wanting to be just like him. Perhaps he’s putting a little too much pressure on himself to do that instead of being who he really wants to be. He feels like he needs to love his mother, even though she a horrible person and he knows it. I wouldn’t exactly say getting stoned with your mother is quality bonding time. How any parent expect or want to even do that with their own child is beyond me. It really didn’t come as a big surprise though, she was a terrible mother as we had witnessed previously in Fables story. I wholly support the fate that Monica gave her. It was either that or the other thing (and I can’t say exactly what without spoilers), but I really don’t think she was strong enough for that.
As for Chelsea, of course she had a story of her own, one she was embarrassed by. The how and the why of her father ending up the way he did and the dislike she felt towards her mother for continuing to support him had left her feeling angry and confused the hell out of her. It gave her the mentality of never wanting to have a boyfriend, because men are trouble and will only let you down. So she focused her attention elsewhere. She was the perfect student, smart beyond her years. She was pretty much the stereotypical nerdy, socially awkward teenager as you could imagine. She was like that timid little Chihuahua sitting in the corner watching the other dogs play and have fun, but never really knew how to join in.
Owen knew Chelsea was going to be a tough nut to crack. Once he did and she realised just how much she needed him, she had no choice but to give him an ultimatum. Would he choose love and reality or his continue on with his self-destructive ways? These two really are perfect for each other once they got by all their individual issues. They opened each other up to a world that was unfamiliar to them. They grew beautifully together into a love that will last them forever.
This really was a great story for Owen. And even though the romantic aspect and the swooniness I had for Drew (sorry to compare) wasn’t quite there for me, Monica’s writing and storytelling is always a rapid page turner. I love this series, and I’m sad it has come to an end. Unless y’all know something I don’t, I will miss them all.
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BlogTour - Every Second With You (No Regrets #2) by Lauren Blakely ~ Ava's Review and Double Giveaway!
Title: Every Second With You
Author: Lauren Blakely
Series: No Regrets #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Every Second With You = Sex. Love. Addiction. Heartache. Pain. And Hope.
In the sequel to the bestselling new adult romance THE THRILL OF IT, Harley and Trey face new challenges that will make battling blackmail, sex addiction, and a virgin call girl past look easy…
I used to think love was a lie. Now I know it’s real, powerful, and I don’t want to lose it…But my future scares me, and there’s no way this can be happening, especially since I’ve finally broken free from all the people who wanted pieces of me. I don’t even know how to start over, but I have to find a way. So when I discover what my mother’s been keeping from me, it doesn’t make me hate her. It gives me hope for a new life, outside of New York. But the ties that bind me to this city are so strong, sometimes they are chains. If only I could leave with…
I will do anything for her. She owns me, heart, mind and body. But when Harley tells me this, I am rocked to the core, and terrified of what happens next. Especially when now it’s not her past that chases me, it’s someone from my own. And that someone is messing with my head when I’m trying to be strong for Harley. But all I really want is to escape with the girl I love…For the rest of our lives.
How can you move forward when the past keeps chasing you?
"We all have to cope in different ways. Trey and I have learned to cope in our own ways growing up. Then we learned to heal, both alone and together, in our time. Our bodies, our hearts, our minds."
I was nervous going into this one, as I worried what lay ahead for Trey and Harley. Luckily, for my fragile heart, it had less angst than I thought there would be and in its place was raw emotion, drama and revelations. This was the perfect conclusion to Trey and Harley's story. Answers were found, pasts were confronted, fears were abolished and most of all sweet, all encompassing love won out.
"I bet she's thinking of the night we met, when she walked into my tattoo shop, and straight into my heart. If she'd gone to any other shop in the city she might not be mine. But then, I bet fate always had her picked for me, and me for her."
There were a few times when my heart fell to the floor, Every Second With You picked up immediately after book one and Harley served Trey a curveball, his immediate reaction was to go back to that dark place of addiction, to shut down and be numb. I was gripping my kindle hard when he went to his old stomping ground and I was praying he didn't let himself or Harley down, he remained strong in one sense, only to come home and use Harley as his choice of drug. I was spitting mad at him, but at the same time that's all he knew, it was the only coping mechanism he had. What I loved most in that situation was Harley's strength, she could see right through him and she called him on it, he wasn't to use her like that. Thankfully Trey seen sense and got his head screwed back on.
"Harley is my whole fucking heart, and then some."
The drama was far from over and both Harley and Trey had to confront their families and their pasts. This was possible as they drew strength from each other. Harley accepted that her mother was never going to change and be the parent she needed and Trey confronted his parents and made them realise that life was still happening all around them and that hope could emerge from the darkness and eradicate the fear. I was glad Miranda-the blackmailer-got her comeuppance and it was great to see Harley reconnect with the family she missed growing up. Just as I thought things were balancing out, a face from Trey's past returned and I began to pout as I thought this could throw a spanner in the works but I was happily surprised and proven wrong once again.
"I trust him completely. I trust him with my whole entire heart."
The main event that was about to change Trey and Harley’s relationship could have been glossed over, they could have got a sickly sweet HEA but Ms. Blakely did the subject justice and injected realism into the story line. Trey and Harley struggled, they feared the unknown and they fell out but that’s what happens. It was due to their character growth that they were able to deal with the tough things and instead of hiding from each other; they exposed their fears and asked for help. I really thought Lauren did a great job with this.
"This isn't what I would have chosen for us. Now now at least. But it's our reality, and we have to deal with it."
Of course Trey remained as sexy as ever, that man was unbelievably hot and so sentimental, who knew?! The plane journey home has to be one of my favourite scenes to date. And as a side note, I think the cover models are the perfect vision for Trey and Harley. There was plenty of smexy scenes thrown in but for me they took a back seat, this story isn’t smut with dialogue thrown in, it was by far the opposite. Trey and Harley’s physical relationship complimented and personified their connection. Every Second With You was first and foremost about struggle, addiction and Trey and Harley finding their way through the dark. It was unbelievably good.
"She is my everything, and she will always be the love of my life, the love of my death, the love of my soul. I have loved her with no regrets, and I will continue to for the rest of my life, and even then some.
Even then some."
The last 15% of the story was so emotionally charged and my tears spilled easily, especially during Trey's point of view when he spoke about Harley and all that she meant to him. There was a split second where I thought Ms. Blakely might do the unthinkable and tear my heart out, thankfully she didn't. I couldn't have survived if Trey and Harley had come this far only to miss out on their future. This part of the storyline stirred up old fears for Trey that were never too far from his mind and my heart was aching for him. It was very well done and delicately written.
The No Regrets series is by far my favourite. Trey and Harley are two equally strong, yet equally vulnerable characters. Their journey was full of pain, fear, and sorrow but in the end, they had the one thing that pulled them through: Hope.
Once again, Lauren Blakely delivered a well-written, engrossing story. Before I started, I worried if the characters would suffer unnecessary angst but I should really learn to trust one of my favourite authors as rightfully so, their story was far from over and Every Second With You needed to be told and I loved, well every second of it really ;-)
"As the water lapped the shore, then rolled back out to sea, we were finally where we wanted to be: with family, by the ocean, under the sun, on our terms, loving fierce and true."
Check out my review of The Start of Us HERE and The Thrill of It. HERE
Read Kat's review of The Thrill of It HERE
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Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.
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Series: Caroline & West #1
Author: Robin York
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
In this New Adult debut by Robin York, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.
West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.
They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.
When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.
Advance Praise for Deeper:
“The perfect new adult story . . . West will make you swoon!”--New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy
“Beautifully written and full of swoony tender moments, toe-curling chemistry, and delicious, twisty angst . . . Stop whatever you’re doing and read this book.”—Christina Lauren, author of the Beautiful Bastard
I back up.
He’s supposed to stop stepping toward me when I back up, but he doesn’t. He keeps coming. He moves right into my zone of personal space, and I get pinned up against the stacks, my butt pressing against a low shelf, West’s hands braced on either side of my head.
“I’m working,” he says. As though I’m a book, and he’s shelving me.
I try to say, I’ll come back later, but instead I make this sort of clicking, gargling noise that makes me sound like a bullfrog. I can feel my throat flushing—always a dead giveaway that I’m embarrassed. I clear it and manage to say, “That’s fine. I can . . . come back. Or I’ll c-call you.”
I don’t have his phone number. Or any intention of calling him.
I don’t know why I’m imagining I can feel the heat off his skin, because that’s impossible. He isn’t that close, surely. I cast my eyes up, trying to visually measure the number of inches between our faces.
It’s not very many inches at all.
West doesn’t touch me, but he is much closer than he needs to be, and the way he’s looking down at me, his chest rising and falling rapidly, color high in his cheeks—I can’t help but think about his fist connecting with Nate’s mouth. The way Nate fell to the floor, heavy and limp.
He did that for you, I think.
I came here to ask him, but I already know.
He did it for me, and this is how he looked afterward. Dilated everywhere, his skin warm and his breathing rapid and shallow.
This is how he would look in bed.
I close my eyes, because I need to get my bearings. I had imagined a businesslike talk with West. Please don’t do that again, I would say . Okay, if that’s the way you feel about it, he’d reply. Yes, that’s the way I feel, I would tell him. Then maybe I’d give him a lecture about the importance of settling conflict without violence, followed by a brisk handshake.
I didn’t imagine the ruddy skin of his neck right by the collar of his shirt. The stubble on his jaw where it curves into his ear. I didn’t anticipate his smell, like spearmint and library books, detergent and warm skin.
God, he smells fantastic, but he’s also kind of scary, and I have no idea what the rules are right now. No idea at all.
I need rules to get through this kind of stuff. I’m a rules kind of girl.
“West,” I whisper.
It’s supposed to sound calm and businesslike, but instead it sounds like I’m begging him for something, and I guess he takes that as a cue. He drops his head toward my shoulder. His lips . . . I can’t be sure, but I think his lips are really close to my skin. I feel his breath near my ear, and my nipples harden.
“West, what the hell?”
“Why’d you come here, huh?” he murmurs.
And then—this is the worst-best part, by far—he turns his head and kisses my jaw, openmouthed.
It’s like satin. Like lightning.
I don’t know what it’s like.
I do know that it’s not what’s supposed to be happening at all.
Except that the atmosphere West is creating makes me feel like this is what’s supposed to be happening. Exactly this. The West menace is, like, sex in aerosol form. He’s making it with his body, and then he’s putting it all over me.
My body is into it, too. My body is on board .
My body is such a traitor.
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7279470.Robin_York
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Robin-York/e/B00G194QRC/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
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