I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.
“She makes me forget to breathe. She makes me forget everything.”
Broken is a beautiful story of love and redemption for a woman with secrets and a man with physical and emotional scars. Olivia Middleton is leaving her Park Avenue life behind to help an injured veteran in Maine. This happens to be Paul Langdon. He is no longer the star quarterback he once was. The war has left his soul in pieces. He has had countless of caretakers and he continues to chase them away. The moment Paul meets Olivia he wants to chase her away too. But, for different reasons. Little does Olivia know that by agreeing to attend to Paul, she is also risking her heart.
“But she responded. She responded like she was made for me.”
There was not one moment where I wanted to put this book down. Not one. You meet Olivia, the privileged girl who decides to drop out of college to help a veteran. She thinks this will be some sort of penance for her past sins. Until she meets Paul and sees what she’s up against. He’s angry, rude, disrespectful. She second guesses this job for a brief moment and then quickly commits to being there for Paul despite the backlash. As the story progresses, they slowly begin to get to know each other. Paul is hesitant on letting Olivia in, but his heart knows better.
If you think this is a fluffy story, you’re wrong. If you think this is the usual broken people healed by love, you’re wrong again. You are immediately drawn to Paul despite his reluctance to living life. He embeds himself in your heart and you want nothing more than to understand what broke him and what (or whom) can put those pieces back together. The author takes two shattered individuals in a situation where love or the idea of it seems impossible.Her writing style is flawless in the way she conveys this beautiful and emotional story. You do more than watch them fall for each other. You feel it.
“You made me whole. You took a wretched, broken soul and showed him how to take his life back.”
Broken definitely brings a refreshing twist to the NA genre. The characters and the storyline are genuine and will keep you immersed in the story the entire time. This story truly gives truth to finding love even in the darkest of places. You will feel the moment Paul’s dark soul comes alive the moment he sees the light in Olivia’s. Their love is unlike any I’ve read. It faces a darkness and sorrow not experienced in other books. Broken and it’s characters absolutely captured my heart and I highly recommend it to any fan of the romance genre.
*Thanks to Karina Halle for providing me with an ARC of Love, in Spanish!
After reading Love, in English I was left with the need of reading Mateo's point of view. Love, in English was definitely one of the best books I have read this year, but I NEEDED to get inside Mateo's head! I may have done a happy dance when my dear Karina Halle announce that she was writing a second book and it was going to be all in Mateo's point of view.
Love, in Spanish is NOT a retelling of the first book. Yes, we do get a sense of what Mateo was thinking in key scenes from the first book, but it is done in a way where it did not drag and it felt like fresh information. This book was a whole new story with the characters we grew to love in the beginning of this year. **IF YOU HAVE NOT READ LOVE, IN ENGLISH, DO SO BEFORE READING THIS REVIEW (AND BECAUSE IT IS FANTABULOUS!!!)
Mateo and Vera got their happily after and are now living in a small apartment in Spain, but not everything is as perfect as we all hoped it would be at this point. New obstacles in the form of the Vera's job, paparazzi, and Mateo's ex get in the way disturbing the peace that they had worked so hard for. But no worries! Their love is stronger than all of that combined and they will fight to stay together despite all the things that get in their way.
I fell in LOVE with Mateo even more in this book. Having a first-hand view of what he is thinking at all times was the blueberry (I hate cherries) of an already delicious ice cream sundae. His love and passion for Vera is physically felt page after emotional page. Seeing him through Vera's eyes was one thing, but actually feeling every happy, sad, and sexy thought, was indescribable.
Overall, I really enjoyed Love, in Spanish. It was full of the raw emotion Karina always gives us and incredibly relatable characters. I cannot wait to read what she has releasing next!!!!
Dirty Rowdy Thing is the second book in the Wild Seasons series and it’s one you don’t want to miss. I love reading about this group of friends and in DRT you will fall for Finn and want Harlow to be your BFF, yes it was that good!
Finn and Harlow got married in Vegas along with the rest of their drunken group. Unlike Ansel and Mia, Finn and Harlow annulled their marriage and that was the end of their relationship. Kinda. Sorta. Aside from one random visit to Vancouver Island for some mind-blowing sex, the couple haven’t seen each other since. Until their friend’s comic book store opening brings them back together. In town for a couple of weeks, Finn finds Harlow a welcome distraction and Harlow reconnects with Finn at a time when she needs to forget everything going on in her life. Of course, a casual hook up never stays casual for long and it was during this time I fell for both Finn and Harlow as a couple but also individually.
I loved Harlow as a character. She was a fixer and tried to help those she loved whenever she could, sometimes without thinking it through. But she always meant well. She had some of the funniest lines in this book, simply because she said what was on her mind and she had me laughing out loud. I loved the way she was with Finn; she didn’t pretend to know what she was doing, this was all new to her and she straight up told him how things were. She was my kinda girl.
“I’m rinsing it off because it’s time, not because you told me to. If I didn’t feel like it was breaking my face I would leave it on for the extent of your short visit just to piss you off, you enormous fuckwit.”
Then there was Finn. And this boy was hot like WHOA! Finn likes dirty rowdy sex, Finn likes ropes and Finn likes to bite and spank. Hence, I liked Finn. Also, I loved the fact he was a fisherman. The world could use a lot more rugged, sexy fishermen book boyfriends. Just sayin'.
I loved the dynamic between them including the ten-year age gap. I loved Finn being older and taking lead with Harlow, it worked well, very well indeed.
“I reach forward, wiping a tiny smear of frosting from her lower lip. She stares as I stick my thumb in my mouth, sucking the frosting off, and I blink away, working to get my shit together. This isn’t how we keep our clothes on and stay friends-only. This is how she ends up ass-up on the couch, getting spanked and fucked until dinnertime.”
Dirty Rowdy Thing returned to the dual pov format and I have to say it’s my favourite. I loved being in both their heads. They each had a lot to work through individually with regards to the different issues they had going on but when they came together it was fantastic, I loved the chemistry between them.
As per usual I loved Christina and Lauren’s writing. There is very little I can say that I haven’t done so already. Their writing can never disappoint you, I felt the chemistry, I felt the relationship become more, I laughed, I worried and I smiled from ear to ear. Another job well done.
When I first started the book, I thought the storyline was going to focus more on Harlow’s issue and it would be quite angsty and emotional. It surprised me that it didn’t but as I was reading, I recognised that it was actually done perfectly. This book was very much about Finn and Harlow as characters and I fell in love with them first and foremost; it had just the right amount of angst that I could handle.
The icing on the cake for me would have been an epilogue, I understand there is one with the audiobook, so I will have to wait (not so) patiently until it's added to the ebook, I've heard the snippet and I need it!!
If you haven’t started the Wild Season’s series you really need to! All the gang make and appearance, it’s like the modern day Friends and I really can’t wait for Oliver and Lola’s story.
Buy this book. Read it. Love it. Crave the next.
“You carry silky rope around in the bed of your pickup? Should I Google you, Finn?”
“Why did you come up my way anyway? I never got around to asking you that because you were sitting on my face most of the time.”
“He’s not a whiny La Jolla mama’s boy, he’s a man who was raised to get shit done, and not cry over hangnails. Finn could break your vagina and be just handy enough to put it back together.”
She laughs. “Nope. You just blew your wad inside me in under two minutes, about an hour ago. I think I have you locked up pretty tight.”
“Gross. I fucking love you.”
Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.
Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.
You can follow their shenanigans at: their website or @lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!
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I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Album is unlike any other book that I have read. It is an emotional journey that takes place over seventeen years. This story centers around a group of friends and family where you become immersed in their lives. You live their experience of falling in and out of love, life itself, and even loss. The story itself is told from the point of views of all 5 main characters. The pact between the two cousins Chole and Natalie to move to New York City becomes a catalyst for the story of all the main characters and how their lives turn out much different than they ever would have imagined.
I found the writing style to be seamless even when switching point of views. The story flowed and was easy to follow. The characters within the story are so well written it adds to the depth of the story. You become emotionally invested in the lives of the characters as they are so well written. The characters are relatable, genuine. You can see yourself in all of them. You may even reminisce of the time when you were figuring out life and your path during your early years
The Album doesn't seem to follow the “rules” of writing and I really liked that about the writing and the story itself. I love when authors do this as it makes reading so much more fun. It reminds me of why I read in the first place. I am vague on the plot of the story as the reader needs to truly experience the journey of the characters. You will laugh, love, cry, and most of all you will live. This is my first time reading this author’s work and it’s definitely not my last.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Like I have said before, I absolutely love Starla Huchton. So, of course, when I saw that she was doing a flipped fairytale I could not wait to read it!!
Shadows on Snow was one of the most enchanting books I have ever read. This is a spin of Snow White, but not really a retelling per-se. I won't say much about the plot itself but know it is so much different from what you all know about Snow White. You will be hooked from the very beginning. The hero in this story is supposed to be the Snow White of Snow White. He's the handsome hero in distress and it is up to the heroine to save him. Rae was an admirable heroine. Her sisters and her have gone through so much, but that doesn't stop her at all. She's fierce and knows a thing or two about dangerous weapons.
Like I have said before, this may be a spin-off of Snow White, but I was surprised page after page. This book is darker and full of some kick-ass action with magic woven in throughout it. I am really looking forward to whatever Starla will write next (and YES I'm hoping she writes another one! Maybe Cinderella next?) Fans of fairytales grab this one because will really enjoy it!