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What an amazing, emotional, heartfelt read that somehow managed to leave me feeling optimistic even throughout all of the heartache.
At first I was a little weary because loss is a touchy subject for me, but I felt the author handled it respectfully without delving in too deeply; and thankfully, I was able to get through the story without becoming a blubbering mess.
IMO, the epilogue wrapped the story up too perfectly, for two such damaged people, which was made all the more unrealistic because it was done way too quickly. I would have loved to of seen it more developed. Regardless, it was a fantastic read.
Overall, it was an average, mildly entertaining read about a young, broken, nearly indestructible assassin who was cleaning up the wreckage of his past in order to build a future with his equally damaged girlfriend.
This was an extremely slow moving book in which the heroine, Camryn, seemed to be faced with one ordeal or loss after the other. The reader was able to witness the transformation these events had on her and her life. At times, it seemed painfully realistic while during others it seemed farfetched.
It was a second chance, tragic romance that was unlike any I had previously read. Despite this, I struggled on numerous occasions not to DNF it. In the end, I’m glad that I stuck it out, only to know how it ended. I would only recommend this to an extremely patient fan of coming of age stories.
*Copy was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Sadly, I think the story had a lot of potential, but the execution was severely lacking. It read as a failed attempt at a dark, twisted adult contemporary. And I walked away feeling like the author was trying to delve too deeply into the psyches of the characters, and there were a lot, but most notably Sean, which really wouldn't have been bad if the reader was able to see more of these behaviors rather than being told about them in tremendous detail, over and over.
There were a lot of info dumps throughout the book as well. For example, we were given the ins and outs of the Essex rave scene back in the 1990's, which added absolutely nothing to the story. Then for some reason, the author found it necessary to offer her version of definitions:
“…negotiator. This is someone who focuses their talents in arbitrating
arrangements between two or more parties. Most negotiators
act for a particular party involved in the deal.”
I should have dnf’ed it, but I kept hoping it would redeem itself, especially after reading all of the great reviews. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.
I don't even know what to say. Was it bad? No. Was it on the same level as The Opportunist? Hell, NO!
Don't get me wrong, it was still a good book, but it just didn't have the same effect... You know the one I'm talking about, that agonizingly sweet wretched torture that left you with an excruciating book hangover. I'm surprisingly able to walk away from Thief without feeling like I've been sucked into some sort of warped relationship mind-fuckery.
I think most people will be pleased with the book, especially the ending. ;)
Falling for a Bentley, had a lot of promise; unfortunately, it didn’t quite realize its potential - not even close. There were numerous typos; and it simply, had sloppy editing. I found at times that the author was truly able to portray the subject matter in a raw and realistic way, but for the most part, it was as if I was stuck in either a Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous meeting while being subjected to the same old regurgitated rhetoric.
I could definitely be wrong, but I got the impression that the author hadn’t personally struggled with addiction, but may have had a loved one who had. After reading the epilogue, I felt it was necessary to say that there is absolutely no room for cockiness when it comes to recovery and those who let their guard down with such arrogant beliefs as they’ve ”beat addiction” will soon be out there looking for their next fix. There is no beating it. There is no cure. It doesn’t matter how much time one has under their belt, they are just as susceptible to relapse as any newbie.
The religious aspects in this book seriously grated on my nerves, but what I found even worse were the couple instances of blatant gay bashing. The one I found most offensive was during one of Colton Bentley’s inner-dialogues at the beginning of the book.
”I sit forward, wringing my clasped hands, swallowing as hard as a fagot.”
Seriously, was that necessary, or was it meant to offer the reader a glimpse into how much of an ass Colton truly was? I really hope it was the latter, because that thought was the only reason I didn’t DNF this book right then and there.
Now, I’m going to be completely honest, even at the risk of leaving myself susceptible to a lot of backlash, in order to explain why I had such a strong response to this quote. In my experience, I’ve found that many people with extreme religious beliefs – mind you, NOT ALL – also tend to be against gay rights and are sometimes even homophobic. The reason this is pertinent, is to explain why I found this quote so offensive within this particular book, whereas I probably wouldn’t have had such a strong response if it were in another book that didn’t contain such strong religious context. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for religious freedoms and such, but what I don’t like is when someone tries to force any personal belief, of any kind, on another, OR what’s even worse, is when someone feels it is okay to talk negatively about or use derogatory comments at the expense of another person or group.
Obviously, this book hit a lot of nerves for me. Even though it might not have been my cup of tea, that doesn’t mean others won’t love it, so give it a try.
I do want to say, the cover is amazing and it caught my attention every time I stumbled upon it, so bravo to the cover designer, especially for finding such a fine specimen to grace the cover.
A Moment by Marie Hall was an emotional read that had so much potential, but unfortunately it just didn’t quite realize it. It had a great storyline, as well as wonderful characters; yet, there were also random subplots thrown in that were never mentioned again or simply didn’t add anything to the story. Ultimately, there were just too many loose ends and questions left unresolved, leaving me feeling unsatisfied and at the end of the book, my first thought was …WHY!?! It could have been so freaking good! Who am I kidding, that’s all I’m still thinking!
Our hero, Ryan was a beautifully tragic soul who couldn’t escape the demons of his past. Upon turning eighteen, he tried to flee by joining the Marines—hoping the distance would set him free. However, once again, the darkness took over and Ryan found himself living back in Austin with his cousin Alex—who btw, I absolutely adored! Each day was a struggle, but Ryan soldiered on. Though, every year on the same date, Ryan would completely surrender to his personal hell while drowning himself in alcohol. It was on this date that he met our beautiful heroine, Liliana who just happened to be harboring secrets of her own. There was an instant attraction between the two, but neither acted on them, well at least not right away… As the story progressed, both Ryan and Lili found it more and more difficult to stay away from one another; and despite the initial delay, their relationship developed rather quickly.
This was a story about the challenges of facing ones demons and the risks that must be taken in order to move forward. It was heart wrenching, but at the same time heartwarming and left you yearning to see these two to get their HEA.
It really was a wonderful story that I’d recommend to anyone. It just had the potential to be so much more…
*Copy was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I still don’t know how I feel about that ending, or really the lack thereof. I mean, there is an ending, it just left SO MUCH to be revealed in the sequel Undertow. To be honest, I don’t even know how I feel about one of Anna’s love interests, or who I’m actually rooting for. I kind of loved them both, but then again… In the end, we’re led to believe who Anna will end up with, but at this point, I believe that’s as solid as the tide. What I do know, is that I need more! I need to know the secrets of this small coastal town and how they’re going to affect not only Anna’s future, but that of all the wonderfully complex, secondary characters we got to know in Dragonfly. If you couldn’t tell already, this book is filled with twists and I love that!
Okay, here’s the scoop. A few years ago, Anna’s family moved from the mid-west down south to her mom’s hometown on the Gulf Coast. Just days before starting her senior year, Anna found herself withdrawn and alone (since her best friend Gabi moved away), sitting on the beach when she met the incredibly hot Jack Kyser and his vivacious twin Lucy. Little did she know, her life from that day forward would never be the same.
On her first day back, Anna learned that Jack and Lucy had transferred to her school. She also found herself receiving A LOT MORE attention than she was used to. She had the two hottest guys in her class vying for her attention—Jack Kyser and Julian LaSalle. At first, Anna thought, Julian was just being a playful flirt. That was, until he made his intentions perfectly clear. And yeah, while he might have been a bit of a player, he truly was a SWEET, LOYAL and PATIENT guy. The attentive Jack was more direct; and therefore, captured Anna’s attention from the get go. However, after a family trip to New Orleans, the mysterious Jack withdrew and pushed Anna away. Yet, Jack couldn’t stay away, well not entirely anyway…
Unbeknownst to most, this small town held A LOT of secrets that were sure to affect several unsuspecting lives. Surprisingly, the most unlikely person handed Anna the answers in the form of journals kept by three old friends. I can’t wait to find out what they reveal in Undertow!
This sweet, yet tragically real YA romance shows how a ripple, caused by the decisions of a few, can rock the boats of so many. How many and to what extent? Only time will tell...
*Free copy was kindly provided by All Night Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really liked this book! Our two main characters were amazing—which let’s be honest, doesn’t happen all that often—the secondary characters were great, the story was relatively drama free, and the writing was well done. In short, this was an enjoyable read.
Our hero, Marine Noah Jackson, was an honest to goodness, good guy. He was unwavering, persistent, and knew exactly what he wanted and wouldn’t stop until he achieved his goal(s). His main objective? To win back the heart of Grace Sullivan.
During her freshman year in high school, our heroine, Grace Sullivan was given the assignment of writing to a Marine who was stationed in Afghanistan. They wrote for 4-years! Their friendship, eventually developed into so much more…
These two truly got to know one another while sharing their hopes, dreams, and fears through their letters. Both Noah and Grace had troubled pasts. Both had lost one parent. Both remaining parents were addicted to a substance - his father a drunk and her mother an addict. While Grace came from money, Noah did not. Both characters had insecurities. As the story progressed, we were able to see how Noah and Grace dealt with their past demons, let go of their fears, and embraced their futures.
Undeclared was a wonderful story that offered a fresh take on NA, while highlighting common struggles and fears that many young adults face. It also introduced an interesting cast of secondary characters that I can’t wait to get to know better. Book 2, Unspoken, is Bo, Noah’s best friend's story and should definitely be an interesting read!
I highly recommend this series to any NA fan!
*Free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. Chase is a character driven romance with great dialogue, an alpha H, a likable h, and wonderful secondary characters. No exaggerated plot devices were used because they really weren’t needed. That’s how well developed these characters were.
To start, our heroine Layla Crawford was essentially fleeing her family home in order to gain some independence and much needed distance from her overbearing mother. Just a week before classes were to begin, she found herself desperately searching for a place to live. Down to the last ad in the paper, she was stressed, to say the least, until she pulled up in front of a gorgeous house that was surprisingly tidy, despite the fact that her three would-be roommates were all males. Considering it was her last option and she was completely disarmed by the charming James, Layla immediately moved in. She soon found out that not only were her three roommates extremely hot, but also brothers.
Layla was sweet, smart, witty, beautiful, independent, and rolled with the punches - taking life as it came. Yet, she never gave up on her dreams. She was, to put it simply, genuine.
Our hero, Chase Jackson was a sexy as all hell, womanizing alpha who had a dubious past that was filled with one-night stands and open relationships. To be blunt, he was the player that put all other players to shame. But, Layla was the one woman who could change Chase’s ways. She was THE WOMAN.
Kade and James Steele. There’s just so much, I could say about these two… I absolutely loved them!
James was a complete mystery and I really hope he gets his own book. Perhaps with Sasha? A girl can hope! I’m dying to know where he disappears to and what ’shit’ needed to be done that was consistently hidden from Layla. What exactly did he do for work anyway? Hmmm…
Kade. I can’t wait for his book! He’s the epitome of sweet, protective, and hot! Oh yes, and we can’t forget that he’s well...endowed! Nikki is one lucky lady! The banter between Layla and Kade was hilarious. Yet, there were some really sweet moments as well. He was extremely protective and immediately took Layla under his wing and looked after her, as if she were his little sister.
There were so many other great characters, most notably the feisty Nikki and the fiercely overprotective Ryder. Both were great and I can’t wait to see more of them throughout the series.
Okay, so here’s where I talk about the issues I had with this book. I’m not sure what happened to be honest. Maybe it was written quickly? I don’t know. But there were numerous inconsistencies and please don’t get me started on the typos. The thing is, I don’t normally mention this type of thing, but I thought it was necessary in the case of this book. That’s how abundant they were.
Overall, I found the inconsistencies and typos distracting, but I muddled through because I truly loved these characters! I can’t wait for Kade and the rest of the series, so I can see what happens to these lovable characters.