Review Tour: CHOICES by Michelle Lynn

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Choices (New Beginnings #1)
by Michelle Lynn

coffeesynopsisdEveryone makes lots of little decisions from the moment they wake up until they sink back into sleep at night. Decisions that have no consequences or expectations. But, what about the rare choices that could change everything? How do you know what is right for you?

Happiness is something you have to choose again and again, each day.

Michaela Matthews wants that more than anything. Standing in her way is a family pushing her down a specific path and the man she loves preventing her from choosing anything different. When she moves to the city for the next step in her parent’s plan, she starts to figure out what she wants – or more importantly, what she doesn’t want. She thinks she has to leave her old life behind to discover a new one. This throws every choice she has made into question. It isn’t until tragedy strikes that she learns that sometimes there is no choice at all. Sometimes you can have it all.

Jason Marks has had the kind of life where things have seemed to just happen to him, no choice involved at all. It’s a struggle for him to keep the past at bay while he tries to move forward. He is no longer the unwanted foster kid. He is a business owner, surrounded by people that love him. But, he isn’t in love. He’s not even sure he believes in it. Not anymore. At least, not until a heartbroken girl falls apart in his arms. It’s enough to make him a believer. Make him a dreamer. Enough to force him to answer that question. Do you give all of yourself to someone who might not choose you in return?

Yes. Yes, you do.

coffeethoughtsChoices, A New Beginning, proved to be quite the perfect choice for me to read one rainy afternoon. Michaela’s, Jason’s and Chris’s respective stories cut like a knife and got me twisted, thus making the story fully appealing to me.

The story revolves around siblings Michaela and Chris, who didn’t want anything to do with the birthday party that their socialite parents were throwing to their guests. Sure, it was Michaela’s birthday but the party was all about her mom and dad’s business associates. Things took a turn when Mic’s ass of a boyfriend proposed to her in front of the visitors, and Mic refused. Man, that gotta hurt, but damn, it thrilled me. Whew!

Chris got issues with his ‘rents too, as they didn’t really accept the truth about their son. Chris was gay and Mic’s proud of him, but their mom and dad were bigots, more like chauvinist pigs. All the more reason why Chris drunk his way to forgetting them.

Mic and Chris went away and took some time out from their family. Mic took drastic measures by refusing to go to law school and opted to work as a legal secretary in her brother’s firm. I say, that was brave of her.

And then there’s Jason. Chris’s bestfriend and a bar owner. He was a dear friend, caring and supportive, and got a lot of baggage after years of being a foster kid and hurt by someone he truly loved. I liked how Jason didn’t force himself into Mic’s life. He was there when they needed him, even though he didn’t like Michaela’s choices, especially when the latter decided to get involved with her ex again. That really sucked, man.

I gotta admit, I had confused Choices with another hockey sports romance I’ve read a week ago. There were a lot of hockey-related topics and players in the book, and the characters’ enthusiasm were off the charts, I couldn’t help but get engaged with the sports, too.

Soon I realized, Choices may be even better than that other book I’ve read. First, the pacing here is faster and more controlled. Second, there’s an LGBT topic that really interested me, with one of the character’s struggling to let his feelings out and having a disastrous time dealing with people who couldn’t accept his identity. And third, there’s this guy who still believed in finding The One, didn’t do casual drunk sex or one night stands. I actually thought he could have been my own The One (if I wasn’t already married, of course).

There were some surprising twists as the story progressed (which I had anticipated), and I liked how I was able to easily relate with the characters. Although, there’s that issue about Michaela’s constant crying and brash decisions when it came to Ethan (her ex), plus there was Chris’ over-the-top beer addiction.  Also, I thought their parents’ indifference with Chris was still unresolved and I would have loved to know more about Katie.

This is Michelle Lynn’s first foray into new adult romance, a far cry from the dystopian novels I’ve read before and let me just say, it was good. If you’re into sports romance and LGBT themed stories, then this story is for you.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Lynn is a pretty simple person. A good book and a comfy chair is all she needs to be content. She reads … a lot and is also a big TV and hockey buff. But it is writing that means so much to her. Most of her life has been spent ill and that has not changed. Soon after college she found herself unable to pursue a career with her business degree and on disability. Then she started to write and it changed everything for her.
 
In the years since, she has published a YA dystopian trilogy, Dawn of Rebellion, as well as three books in her New Beginnings romance series. 

Review: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

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The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1)
by Sarina Bowen

coffeesynopsisdThe sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

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Oh well.. I kinda liked this book, I did. I thought Corey, the wheelchair-bound heroine was a dear girl. Despite being handicapped, she didn’t whine or complain about her situation. She breathed hockey, she loved the sport, unfortunately though, she could no longer enjoy and play it because of her paralysis.

I’ve got some issues with the male lead. Hartley (Adam’s the name but he’s been called Hartley throughout the book, so let’s stick to it).

Now Hartley was the boy next door who also played hockey, but due to some stupid stunts, he injured his leg. So he had to sit out one season of hockey games. Adam Hartley, gorgeous, funny, affectionate.. and loyal to his girlfriend. I get it. He was the whole package. A perfect friend who never took advantage of his freedom. I thought he was kinda cool. Until I found myself already frowning and raising my eyebrows, getting disappointed at him as the pages rolled by. What’s wrong with you man? Can’t you see were being played on? I got no qualms with your being loyal, but dude, your girl wasn’t definitely worth it. (And I thought Corey was the martyr one. Ugh!)

Damn guy sure took him soooo long to see what’s best and right for him. Dude, the whole universe already conspired to make you see that your blonde absentee girlfriend was good for nothing, but you were just too blind. (Double Ugh). 

In the end, Hartley redeemed himself, but my feelings were already exhausted. In the end, I realized, if this is how it was gonna be, so be it. At least I got the ending that I wanted. And Hartley said things I really wanted him to say. Thank goodness.

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“Hartley? I…I can’t just be a hookup. Maybe some girls can pull that off, but…”
He put two fingers over my lips. “You have me, Callahan.” His hand slid to cup my cheek, and I leaned into its warmth. “You’re the first person I want to talk to in the morning, and the last thing I want to see at night.”

This is my first book by Sarina Bowen. I love her writing and her ideas. I’ve read great things about her other books, so despite my apprehensions with The Year We Fell Down, this wouldn’t dampen my spirit. I would still love to read her other works. That, I am sure of.

 

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Zara James never expected to fall in love, leaving the hopeless romantic lifestyle to her friends. She also never imagined she’d be expecting a baby and married to the one guy she fought so hard to keep at arm’s length. Faced with life’s challenges of insecurities, pregnancy hormones, and the pressures of being a new wife in the burbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Zara tries to master them one cupcake at a time. Well, that is until her world is turned upside down by one accident that could change everything.

Hatcher James knew his smart-mouthed wife was the only woman for him years ago. He just had to figure out the correct formula to make her fall in love with him. Putting together the perfect mixture of intimacy, spice, and frosting might just do the trick, and bring joy to both of their lives.

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Review: Bossman by Vi Keeland


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Bossman
by Vi Keeland

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The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

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To say that I had fun reading this book is an understatement. No, no. I devoured Bossman, I was delighted, I was entranced, I screamed at the top of my lungs. In other words, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. With a guy who looked exactly like this playing the main attraction, with those piercing, smoldering eyes and kissable lips? Who wouldn’t?
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Ok, let’s proceed with my review before I get carried away again.

The story starts with soon-to-be jodless Reese Annesley calling her BFF on the phone, asking her to save her with a fake emergency phone call whike she was on a boring datd with a guy named Martin.  And then… One gorgeous guy overheard her convo and thrown flak on her phone trick.  Not a good impression considering that guy was oozing with sex appeal.

Surprise,  surprise.  Said gorgeous guy sat on her table with a blonde in tow,  and soon, Reese’s boring twosome became one heck of a double date. And soon,  the delicious man named Chase Parker and his insanely awesome made-up stories became legendary.  Totally insane,  I tell you!

It won’t be long until he encountered Mr.  Parker again,  this time in a gym while she was going out with Bryant,  and her “middle school friend ” became her long lost cousin,  twice removed.  Chase and his impossibly believable stories surely had me laughing like a baboon howling at the moon.

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Remember Reese’s almost out of job status?  Well,  well,  well.. Not for long..  Luck was on her side as she found her way to Parker Industries,  a company specializing at products for women’s intimate needs.  And guess who was gonna be her boss?  Yep,  none other than Chase Parker himself,  and man,  what a tingling,  titillating and tantalizing (trouble), er.. work she was gonna be in.

What happened next,  was a big cat-and-mouse chase,  with libidos running high,  sexual tension getting frustrated by the minute and extremely agitating self-control on Reese’s part.  Gosh,  I couldn’t help but admire this girl’s guts,  dodging Chase Parker like that in favor of Bryant.  Oh I love her for not succumbing to temptation while she was still dating another man.  See,  there’s no cheating involved in their love triangle right? Way to go Reese! You are one fiery, sexy and smart lady and I love you already!

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But we all know the inevitable was imminent,  one way or another.  Soon Reese would act upon her desire (secret, secret!)  and all hell would break loose with Chase Parker and this totally charismatic reader (yours truly,  ahem) became totally bonkers. Woah!

I can’t fully divulge the whole story..  But one thing’s for sure.  Bossman was a terrific and devastatingly delectable read.  Never had I encountered a male lead who was not only ruggedly handsome,  intelligent boss,  but also impressively patient,  caring and unexpectedly broken man.  His past with Peyton caught up with him,  turning this hot and sexy read into an impossibly heartbreaking story in the end. A story that made me say,  “Chase,  oh Chase…  Come to mama and let me hug you babe”.

Yep,  I went totally bonkers,  I tell you. This is my very first Vi Keeland book, and I want to punch myself for not discovering her soon. I knew I remember Colleen Hoover highly recommending Keeland’s Cocky Bastard, I was just too darn stubborn to read it at that time. Now I have to read all of Keeland’s books from now on! She had me laughing and rolling on the floor and crying like a baby in a short span of time. Lady, that’s one heck of an accomplishment to me. Thank you!

Suffice it to say that Bossman deserves 5 steamy coffee cups and 5 bright sexy stars. A highly recommended read especially after a series of sobfest reads. My friends from #NALitLoversPH book club share my joy and tears, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with this book. Check out their reviews!

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Cheers!

 

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Book Sale Blitz: Harvest Saga by Casey L. Bond

Title: The Harvest Saga Box Set
Author: Casey L Bond
Genre: YA Dystopian
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Reap (Book 1): The remnants of the United States of America have been divided.
From five enormous, technologically-advanced cities, the Greaters rule over the Lessers. In the Lesser village of Orchard, things are not as perfect as Abby Kelley thinks they are. When the apple harvest draws near and the Greater’s engineered fruits become too much for one village to handle alone, reinforcements from neighboring villages are called upon.
Having to choose between her best friend, whom she has no romantic feelings for, and mysterious newcomer Crew, Abby finds herself in the middle of a harvest that she had no intention of becoming a part of. She becomes involved in a situation that threatens the strict rule of the Greaters, and just might give the Lessers hope for a better tomorrow. But, can she help the Lessers without losing Crew? And if she chooses Crew, will she lose her best friend?
Resist (Book 2): Abby Kelley returns home from the Greater city of Olympus to find that things in Orchard Village are bad, very bad. The Olympian Guard has taken over village affairs. The Lessers are being worked to the bone in the coldest winter Orchard has seen. Villagers are being dragged away for the slightest indication of what they call “resistance.” She needs to keep her head down and her mouth shut. But, it’s so hard to do when everything within you screams rebellion.
Kyan is coming on strong, trying to convince her to take a chance on him. Shocking news of Crew’s activities in Olympus sweeps through the Villages. When Abby is taken away by the Olympian guard, Kyan sends word to Vesuvius for help. But, no one could have predicted their idea of help or what they might expect in return.
Who will be left to pick up the pieces of Abby’s heart?
Reclaim (Book 3): The Greaters have ruled over the Lessers since The Fall. They’ve taken Abby’s family. They’ve taken her friends. They’ve taken her hostage and threatened the villages.
Enough is enough. Freedom is worth fighting for. Love is worth dying for.
And the Lessers are done taking orders from the Greaters.
Reclaim…the epic conclusion of the award-winning Harvest Saga.
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

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A SLAM JOLTED ME OUT of my slumber. Another bang echoed in the front of the cabin, and footsteps hurried to my door. I didn’t know how long I’d slept, or if it was still daylight, but I was still tired and wanted to retreat back into the sweet abyss again. My door opened, and I turned my head to see my aunt standing in the doorway.
“What happened, Abby?” She rushed over.
I tried to push myself up, but my back was so stiff. The skin even felt stiff. How was that possible? I winced.
“Stay down. Let me see.” She gingerly lifted the back of Ky’s shirt and peeked underneath. The fabric slowly peeled away from my skin where the bandages Evelyn had applied didn’t quite reach, or had shifted, and it felt like part of the wounds tore open again. A hiss escaped from between my teeth at the same time a curse flew from her lips. 
“Evelyn sent more salve. She said that your body would absorb part of it and that more would have to be packed in.” Lulu helped me sit up and, one by one, I unbuttoned the shirt and again pried it away from my back. The only portion not torn to shreds from the fifteen lashes was the part my bra had covered; although, by the last lash, it only hung on by a thread.
“Evelyn came to the depot. She said you’d been injured and gave me the medicine and salve. I had no idea. Did Norris do this?”
All I could do was nod.
Lulu took my shirt as I laid back down on my stomach and tried to remain as still as possible while she packed my wounds. Having left the room, I could hear her banging around in the kitchen before she returned with a steaming mug containing more of the special tea. I gulped it down, hoping it would help numb the pain like it had before. When my head hit the pillow, I fell asleep almost immediately.
Something was touching my face, caressing my cheek. The skin that brushed mine was rough, hardened by the work we all shared. Am I dreaming? I waited, trying to see if it was real or part of a dream. Whichever it was, it was nice, comforting.
Rough fingertips moved over the parts of my back that weren’t split open and packed with gunk. I sucked in a breath and held it. It was real. I moved my head and saw his silhouette against the candlelight flickering in from the kitchen and living room. “Ky?” My voice was raspy and barely sounded like my own. Sleep and exhaustion filled every chord.
“Shh. I’m here.” Suddenly, I was very aware I was lying shirtless on my bed. Even though I was on my stomach, that didn’t help me feel any less naked in front of my best friend—who happened to be a member of the male species—a very fine specimen according to my girlfriends.
I knew he was handsome. I wasn’t blind. But I didn’t see him like that. He’d dated many of my friends and was getting ready to marry Paige Winters after the harvest was complete and the orchards picked bare. His fingertips traced the intact skin between my shoulder blades, and I tensed under his touch.
He’d kissed my head and temple and hugged me more times than I could count, but that was different; it was more intimate. His touch was delicate, gentle compared to his normal strength, and anything but playful. “Ky?”
He didn’t answer. His fingers explored my back, careful not to stray too close to the wounds streaking across my skin. “Kyan?”
“Shut up, Abby. Just let me… Just shut up.” He’d never talked to me like that. His voice was raspy, and he’d never, ever told me to shut up before. So I did. I wasn’t sure why. He shouldn’t have been touching my skin. Shouldn’t have been caressing the good parts left; but, sitting with me in the dark, he was doing exactly that, and I was allowing it.

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Excerpt Reveal : The Debt by Karina Halle

 

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The Debt AMAZON

Her life changed in an instant.

And he’s the only one who could have prevented it.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Pact and The Lie comes a new standalone contemporary romance about those McGregor men.

Jessica Charles shouldn’t have even been in London when the unthinkable happened.

She should have been back at home in Edinburgh, perhaps hanging with her boyfriend, having drinks with her sister or doing yoga with her group of friends. She should have been going on in her normal, dependable life as always.

But on that fateful day in August, when a mentally-ill ex-soldier opened fire in public, Jessica’s world changed forever.

Now single and crippled from the gunshot wounds, Jessica finds herself scared and alone, losing faith in herself and humanity with each agonizing moment that passes.

That is until a stranger enters her life. A stranger who makes her live again.

Keir McGregor has always been the strong, silent type. Throw in tall, dark, and handsome and you’ve got pretty much the perfect Scotsman.

Except Keir is anything but perfect. He’s got a past he’s running away from and a guilty conscience he can’t seem to shed. But the more time he spends with Jessica, the more he falls in love with her.

And the more his secret threatens to tear them apart.

He may have been a stranger to her.

But she’s never been a stranger to him.

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“You’re not going anywhere,” he says. “Sit. I’ll get you another drink.”

“It’s getting late,” I say feebly but I sit down anyway, my leg giving a protest of pain.

“You need something for that?” he says, noticing my wince.

“The scotch will do fine,” I tell him quickly, not wanting him to make a fuss. “But really, I should go.”

“Why?” he asks from the kitchen. I hear the top pop off the bottle, the slosh of liquid in the glass. “Where do you have to be?”

I have to think about that for a moment. He comes over and holds out the glass. “I won’t keep you here if you don’t want to be here. But if you do want to be here, you don’t need to make any excuses.”

I take the glass from him, holding it delicately in my fingers. He stands over me, a massive wall, waiting for some kind of response.

“I just…” I begin. “I…” I take a sip for bravery. Swallow. “I’m not very good at this.”

“Good at what?”

“At…this. Being with a man.”

When he doesn’t say anything to that, I look up at him. He’s got a peculiar smile on his face, his brows raised. “You call this being with a man?”

I clear my throat, feeling my cheeks grow hot. “I mean. I’ve told you before –”

“Yes, how you don’t do relationships, how you don’t do sex.”

“I never said I don’t do sex,” I remind him quickly.

His eyes never stop searching my face. “Then what is it? What are you afraid to say?”

I have the sudden urge to flee and I know it must show because he suddenly points at me and says, “Don’t you dare say you have to go again. I want you to go back to what you said, that you’re not good at this. What is this? Us? You and me? There’s nothing mystifying about you and me, Jessica. You know quite well how I feel.”

I stare at him in shock. I do? “How?”

He looks off with an air of impatience. “I invited you to dinner, you turned me down.”

“But then you said just as friends.”

“And I meant it. But there are different types of friends. It’s up to you to decide what kind we are.”

I put my drink down with a clunk. “Holy pressure.” And now it’s not just my face going hot but my entire body, flushed from head to toe.

“You’re on fire, little red,” he says, his gaze skirting over my limbs in such a hungry way I can almost feel them on my skin. “I have to say, I like this look on you. Hot and bothered.”

“Back with the innuendos again,” I comment but my voice is weak.

“No, no innuendos this time. You came looking for me tonight not because you wanted to confess but because you want something from me. What is it? What do you want from me? What do you think I can give you?”

Jesus. This is so utterly unnerving. His words slice right through me, his eyes still peeling under the layers, trying to get at something I’m not even sure of myself.

If I lie, he’ll know. I can only be honest with him.

“I want…” I take in a deep breath, my eyes breaking away. “I want…company.”

“Company?” He sounds surprised.

I nod. “That’s the truth. I’m lonely. And I’m afraid. And I’m tired of being both those things. I want to be with someone who makes me forget who I am. You make me feel fearless in a way I didn’t think possible.”

There. That’s the truth. Most of it. It hangs in the air, thickening the tension like flour to stock.

He sits down next to me, has a mouthful of Scotch. “Wow,” he says, running his hand over the beard on his jaw. “And here I was thinking you wanted my cock.”

I burst out laughing. So does he, a big wonderful bellow. The tension in the room eases up a notch.

“Sorry,” I tell him when I catch my breath. “I guess they can both mean the same thing.”

He sucks in his lip briefly, his eyes taking a lustful turn. “If you want it to.” We stare at each other for a few heavy beats. Then his focus trails back to my gaze and he says, “Why don’t you stay over?”

And there I have it. The chance to know what those full lips would feel like on mine, what his skin would taste like. I swallow hard.

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Halle HeadshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Review: One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters

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One Day Soon (One Day Soon #1)
by A. Meredith Walters

officialsynopHe found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

He ran away.
I tried to move on.

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

officialreviewNever cried so hard like this… Not since Butterfly Dreams. And incidentally, only A. Meredith Walter could do that to me.

Is this going to be a happy-ending kind of story?

Believe me… I wish I could tell. But the sobs and tears and rolls of tissues I consumed seem to tell otherwise.

Even until now, I still can’t stop crying..

Oh. God.

But I know all this sobfest must come to an end, although not quite as I expected it to be. The characters, Yossarian Frazier and Imogen Conner are two people who tugged at my heartstrings. Two broken people, each needed the feeling to be safe and needed and wanted. Each wanted to give something to the other. Each had their own reasons to live in this dying world.

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Imogen or Imi ran away from home, fed up of feeling unwanted and unloved by her own mother. Who didn’t really care at all whether Imi left and never returned. At first, I wanted to smack this girl because I thought she was.. I don’t know… needy.. weepy.. full of angst.. sought attention. But as her story progressed, I finally understood where she was coming from and had felt sad for her.

Yoss saved Imi physically and emotionally. He became her protector, her savior, her everything. In my eyes, Yoss is one of a kind. The Gandhi of street kids. The man who bore infinite green eyes and a selfless heart. He and his secrets made him steel, heal and real. I have never encountered a man like Yoss, and I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about him. I want to snuggle up to him, comfort him, nurture him, soothe him.

Fifteen agonizing years separated them, and when they finally reunited, it was bittersweet and surreal. Imi was surprised to see him, bloodied and almost left for dead. She could never forget this man who made the biggest impact in her life. This man who promised everything..but failed to keep that promise. Despite all of it, Imi knew Yoss needed her, now, more than anything. Damnit, just as I thought all’s gonna turn out fine, then the bomb about Yoss situation dropped.. Damn, this two could never have their happy ending at this rate they’re going, I told myself. And damnit, why did it has to happen to them?

As you can see, I am getting quite emotional again. So I have to stop. A. Meredith Walters had impressed me with her Butterfly Dreams last year and I could never forget it. Now, One Day Soon has come and though it evidently  crushed my heart, this was one of the exceptional novels I’ve read this year. A.M.W writes with her heart and mind and soul. She’s a winner in my book!

P.S.
I buddyread this with my #NALitLoversPH group for our #NewAdultAndBeyondPH readalong.. My first time to join a group and it was an awesome experience. Check out my book BFF’s lovely reviews, too!

Bea of Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Jam of Heartscent Reads

Rechellyn of Infinite TBR List

Kat of The Booklander

Allie of Whispers of Reverie

Pearl of Pearl’s Book Journey

My Rating: 

5cups

Review: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

fallencresthighTitle: Fallen Crest High
Series: (Fallen Crest High #1)
Author: Tijan

officialsynopMason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

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Full of drama… liked you’re reading a telenovela where the man is involved with another woman who was previously married to this another character that everyone hated and in the end, their lives get tangled and untangled and tangled again. Ugh.

Fallen Crest High is about Sam, who discovered that her bestfriend had been sleeping with her boyfriend behind her back. Then her mother dropped the bomb about her parents’ divorce and had to move in to her stepbrother’s house, The Kade Mansion. Heart-broken and betrayed, Sam soon found solace and protection from two unlikely allies, the Kade brothers – Logan & Mason. These two guys are party animals, all the ladies in Fall Crest want them, all the men want to be like them. But only Sam seem to get the best of both worlds.

If there’s one thing I really liked about the Kade Brothers, it is that these are the guys that you love to hate and you hate to love. Storywise though, it got me brain-dead. Samantha just standing there while her two new-found “brothers-friends” slugged some beer down her mom’s throat to make her pay was just ridiculous. Ugh. The parking lot scene? Hot and heavy and a bit awkward for me. Hmm.

So do I like this or not? Take a guess..

My Rating: 3cups

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Review: Till I Kissed You by Laura Trentham

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Till I Kissed You (Cottonbloom #3)
by Laura Trentham

officialsynopRegan Lovell grew up on the wealthy Mississippi side of Cottonbloom—and now, as mayor, she’s determined to save it from the fate of so many small towns. Part of her plan to help the local economy is the Labor Day tomato festival. If only she wasn’t being undermined by Sawyer Fournette, who’s planning a crayfish-themed celebration on the Louisiana side of the river on the very same weekend. The pranks and sabotage are getting out of hand, and she’s had it with him—no matter how much she enjoyed those stolen hours in his truck bed, so many years ago…

Sawyer knows that Regan’s never forgiven him for breaking her heart—but despite his reputation as a low-class swamp rat, he’d never hurt the woman who still secretly drives him crazy with desire. Someone in Cottonbloom has it out for her, though, and Sawyer intends to watch her back…and the rest of her too, if she can ever let go of her distrust. But will a common enemy be enough to unite them—and finally fulfill the promises they made one passionate night under the stars?

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Mayor Regan Lovell was doing everything she could to help her people as they strove to make things successful for an upcoming Labor Day festival. They were on the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom and they knew they gotta beat the other side of the river to win.

But when things started getting out of hand, like threatening letters, fire in the gazebo or trashed tomato gardens, Regan thought there was only one person who would likely do that. Sawyer Fournette. The man she had loved eleven years ago. The man who broke her heart. The man who still made her knees weak after all those years.

Sawyer still couldn’t forget the woman who held his heart. He and Regan had a sour past and he wanted it to end. But how could he start something new with her when she believed he was responsible for all the sabotage that was happening in her turf. Would he ever gain her trust again?

I can’t believe this has been the end of a series. And man, it ended with a bang! I felt sad for Sawyer and his pains, I pitied Regan and her mommy issues, I devoured them both when they struggled to be together and I cried when their hopes started to fall apart.

The flow of the story was beautiful and engaging and hot. I loved all the strange feelings I felt while reading the book. The characters stepped up their games making this summer story of second chances a really great read. Till I Kissed You was able to deliver one heck of a punch to my heart and sent me flying over the river. I didn’t think it would end like this. I was thoroughly surprised by the turn of events and I loved it. Had me teary eyed, even. Laura Trentham has clearly outdone herself with this last book. Yay!

My Rating:

5cups

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Review: Descent by Sloane Murphy

 

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Descent, The Immortal Chronicles #1
by Sloane Murphy

officialsynopSix hundred years after The Outbreak, the human population stand side by side with the Fae & the Vampyrs to stop the Demon King from starting a second Dark War.
Seventeen year old Adelaide Tate is in her last year of the Academy, with her eyes set on becoming part of the Red Guard.
Who cares that no female has ever joined?
When a dark force develops an unhealthy liking for her, Adelaide needs to fight for her life and figure out what makes her so different from the others.
Betrayal. Fear. Anger.
She must overcome it all in order to turn her world the right way around again.
Adelaide has one choice. Accept the help offered to her by Xander Bane and his Elite, or face the Demon Hoard alone.
One thing is for sure. The descent will be bloody.

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officialreviewImagine the Faes, Angel’s , Vampires, and Demons all came together in this twistedly surprising paranormal story by Sloane Murphy. Humans and other paranormals struggled  to live together in a world that was likely to get shattered and fall apart.

The heroine/female protagonist Addie or Adelaide was a badass. From the start, I knew she was head strong and got a little mischief in her hands when she decided to join the Red Guard, something that no other female had ever done before. Considering she had a lot in her hands and friends who turned out to be something else, I somehow felt drawn to her other personality that showed her solicitousness. As the story progressed, I kind of anticipated the turn of events with the other characters, but Addie’s own self-discovery in the end was a beautiful surprise.

On the other hand, Xander Bane wasn’t the man I expected him to be. When I didn’t realize at first his true nature, I thought he was too old for darling Adelaide and couldn’t understand his fascination. When the truth dawned upon me, that’s when I started liking him. In the end, I thought he and Addie deserved something more than they bargained.

The other characters were a bit edgy and high-strung. Livvie or Olivia surprised me the most and I thought she deserved another break.

Overall, the story was good and entertaining. I was just a little bothered with the typos. But other than that, Descent was a great start of a series. The cliffhanger was awesome, by the way.

My Rating:

3.5cups

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