Thursday, May 30, 2013

Playing Catch Up....

Sorry for being a total review writing slacker lately, guys!  I have been a reading machine the last few weeks and have basically only put my nook down to eat, sleep, and go to work. 
(I might have a problem)

Since I obviously haven't been able to stop reading long enough to actually write anything... I am going to do another quick rundown on all of the books I have been neglecting y'all with rather than write a whole bunch of individual reviews.
 So here we go....

First up....

I really enjoyed this book, but let me start out by saying that it is very dark. The story is centered around the rape and suicide of the main character's (Brooke) best friend, and Brooke's drive to earn forgiveness and redeem herself for the horrible betrayal that she feels ultimately lead to her BFF's suicide. Again, this is not in any way a light read, but as controversial as the topics in this story are, there are also moments of humor and love. I literally could not put this book down because I was so captivated by Brooke's story. I definitely recommend it. 

So I am not exactly sure where to begin with this one... Did I enjoy it? Sure. Was I wowed by it? Uhhh no. I thought the battle of wills between the main character and her boss were cute, but there was entirely too much steam and not enough story development for me. If I were to rate it, I would probably give it 3 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a mindless, lighthearted, steamy read you should check it out, but it is not a must-read in my eyes.
 I just kind of felt... meh about it.

Ok this is a super sweet (and mildly drawn out) love story that I enjoyed reading. Buuuuuuut, I will say that the epilogue made me cry like a freaking baby. I am talking ugly, sobbing and snotting all over the place cry. 
I pretty much sat in bed looking like this for a solid hour...

Buuuut like I said, it is a really sweet love story and is absolutely worth reading, just get the tissues ready. Laura Miller is releasing Will's POV soon. So if you read Butterfly Weeds and like it, check out Will's story in My Butterfly

 This was a decent read. The plot was interesting, the characters had chemistry, and it had plenty of steam, but all in all it didn't blow me away. There were a few inconsistencies that kind of annoyed me and while the story line was interesting, it wasn't as deep or dark as I wanted.  I will definitely give Kendall Ryan another chance though because her writing has great potential...
 this one just didn't quite do it for me.

This is the final installment in Nicole Williams' Crash series and let me start out by saying that I freaking love Jude Ryder and I really liked this entire series, buuuuuut if I am being perfectly honest, the plot throughout all 3 books is pretty ridiculous. The dialogue is super cheesy and completely unrealistic, but for some reason Lucy and Jude's story just sticks with you and makes you root for them. Despite the cheesiness, I still recommend this series because well....
you just really shouldn't miss out on Jude. ;-)

Ok, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this book after I read the synopsis, but I surprisingly really liked it. The writing was great, the plot was interesting, intense, and really unique, and the characters were extremely likable. I highly recommend it if you are looking for something different because honestly, it is a pretty awesome book. 
Here is the Goodreads link, so go check it out for yourself. 

This was another super sweet love story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the witty banter and humor, and there are some really swoon worthy moments. It is a cute and lighthearted read and while it isn't the best book I have ever read, it gave my wounded heart a nice break from all the cliffhangers I have been torturing myself with. Again, if you are looking for a quick and easy heartwarming read, 
give this book a whirl.

If you haven't read Taking Chances by Molly McAdams yet... 
and then come back and read this review. Let me warn you that it is an addicting story that will suck you in and then completely shatter your heart and crush your soul, but it is suuuuuch a good book! Even if it kind of ruins your world.....

Stealing Harper is Chase's POV and McAdams did a great job of telling his side of the story. I love that we finally get some insight into what the heck was going on with him throughout TC. I'm not going to lie, I was a nervous wreck as I neared the end because I knew the heartbreak that was coming. In fact, I may have read this book slower than any book I have ever read because I was scared of the emotional breakdown that was surely to follow upon finishing, but surprisingly enough, while I teared up a little and wanted to go lay and cry in fetal position for a couple of hours... 
I was shockingly able to keep it together. High five for me!

 I almost decided not to read this book because I don't like the cover, but boy am I glad that I decided not to judge a book by its kind of lame looking cover because I reeeeally liked this story! I don't know what it is about Rule...
(the tats, the sexy piercings, the bad boy attitude!?!?!), 
but his character just really drew me in. 
Of course the Rule that I envisioned looked more like this.... 

*fans face*
 but I digress... The story itself is full of angst, love, heartbreak, and steam and I was captivated from start to finish. The female lead, Shaw is smart, caring, and equally as likable as Rule. Without a doubt, I would give this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars. You should seriously read it. It is Jay Crownover's debut novel and I can't wait to read the rest of the Marked Men series because the gal can write a bad boy like none other. Book number 2 in this series is entitled Jet  and is already out on Kindle, but us Nook owners have to wait a little longer. 
Total bummer. 

This is the companion novel for Deeper We Fall
(which I love and did a review on earlier this year... definitely a must read). 
While, I didn't like this book as much, I still enjoyed it. I adore Chelsea Cameron's writing and the connection between Katie and Stryker was really sweet. It's totally worth the read.

 Holy moly! Remington Tate is a sexy, sexy beast!! 
Just looking at the cover makes me feel all funny inside.
 *wipes drool*
Soooo anyways...
 He is an underground fighter with a serious case of dark and mysterious and the chemistry between him and Brooke is freaking intense and STEAMY. It is absolutely your typical Contemporary Romance book and was a tad predictable at times, but I still really enjoyed it and am totally reading the rest of the books in the series. 
Book 2 is supposed to be told from Remy's (girly sigh) POV, but not sure about book 3. 

As I am sure you know, I am a HUGE Abbi Glines fangirl. I have loved every single one of her books and Twisted Perfection was no exception. 
When I started the story I was a little shocked to find out how dirty Woods is 
because he seemed a little stiff in Never and Forever Too Far
but boy, oh boy, did I like it! ;-)
I loved the connection between him and Della and am super excited that Glines is continuing their story in another installment. If you haven't read anything by Abbi Glines... get busy because the woman can write a Contemporary Romance like it is nobody's business.
 Like seriously, all you Abbi Glines virigins out there...
Stop what you are doing,
 download ALL of her books, grab a couple bottles of wine, and get to reading.
 Warning: all of her male characters might cause the following reaction....

I am a huge fan of Jessica Sorensen and enjoyed the of The Secret of Ella and Micha, so I was super excited when this book came out. So excited that I literally read it in one day. Sorensen's writing makes it easy for you to get lost in the story and feel the emotions of her characters. Both the Secret and the Forever of Ella and Micha are really enjoyable reads, and while I am a bigger fan of Callie and Kayden's story, I love me some Ella and Micha as well. 

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