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Review: Creed

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Creed by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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If someone asks me right now, which KA’s series is the best, I would be torn between Dream Man and Unfinished Hero. But then I remember the Colorado Mountain Series and I’m torn, and then I remember why I loved Rock Chick and can’t decide. Having said that, I am setting aside my feelings and sending Unfinished Hero to a different podium 🙂 so.. yes !! I can say it’s one of my favorites so far.

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. The pace and setting is amazing because you don’t get all the information at once, it is written going back and forth, past and present and you get to see Creed and Sylvie from the beginning until you are able to fully understand what went down in their lives. The book is hot, as in steamy hot, not your usual KA hotness, but more and it was awesome.!!!

I really like second chance romances and this one totally delivers. The heroine is da best so far! I absolutely loved her, she is broken, smart, fun, badass, kicks ass, loyal and aggressive…. did I mention badass.. YES! She is one of the KA’s badass guys, but girly, she even spoke like them and it was hilarious, she rocks! Loved her car BTW…. I know many have complained about how KA’s boys sound and speak, and all of that, but seriously.. that is how KA writes her men and I don’t give a flying f***k, I LOVE THEM ALL. You get me???? In fact, there is a line in the book I loved and it’s about this.. all of you who have read KA will so totally get it!!!

“Just so you know, I speak English. You don’t have to macho-speak with shit like ‘you with me’ after you macho-speak with a bunch of bossing me around. I get you. I’m with you. Or if not, I’ll tell you.”… Sylvie.

Supporting characters: As always they are great! And I loved how we get to see Knight! If I fell in love with him after reading his book, right now he won a place in my heart. We get to see the kind of man he really is, regardless of his career choices, flaws and everything… and he gives in on the Holiday thingy…

Hawk’s appearance.. awesome!! We got his dimples in the end :).

What can I say about Creed… not much, I can’t even begin to describe how I felt about his guy so.. please if anyone knows where I can find a man like this, just give me a ring! (oh yeah.. fiction, fiction… sometimes I forget it’s fiction *sighs*).

“Some people get to live life. Some people survive it. We’re survivors. We can carve out our pieces of happy, and, I swear to God, baby, right now, you got my vow, for you and for me, the rest of our lives, I’ll bust my ass to carve our piece of happy.” Creed

“Born to love you, baby… Die lovin’ you, my Sylvie.”

So thank you thank You Kristen for your amazing books… I love your mind!

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Review: Never Been Ready

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Never Been Ready
Never Been Ready by J.L. Berg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Swoon: to be overwhelmed by ecstatic joy, a state of ecstasy or rapture. Feel giddy, weak or lightheaded. You think I’m starting to abuse the word swoon or its synonyms? “I could use other words, like fascinating, stunning, breathtaking… beautiful.” I could probably come up with more or google some but they would all be along those lines and they would all describe how I feel about this book which about mirrors what Leah Morgan and Declan James felt about each other.

The general story line could be termed as cliché being that it’s about a handsome actor, who is also a bit of a man whore. He meets this feisty and stunning girl who he can’t stop thinking about and he breaks his evil player rules to be with her. They are so engrossed with each other that they agree to an exclusive no strings attached relationship, because they’re both afraid of investing their feelings and being hurt.

Declan had given me butterflies. Funny.
“What are you smiling about?” he asked.
“Run out of women in L.A., Hotshot?” I joked.
“No, I just got tired of trying to replace you.”

You can feel they’re attraction in the fog up your windows you can’t see outside sexy scenes. But the real story is the journey from the physical and skin deep pull to the soul searing almost DNA resequencing they went through. They are such a good fit in all areas of their lives that lines blurred and the relationship spilled over as easy breathing to friendship, support and companionship. And when feelings ran deep, that’s when all the swooning started melting my insides to a complete s’more goo.

This man – this arrogant, cocky man who I called Hotshot – was turning out to be more, and I didn’t know if my heart could handle that.

I highlighted so much of the book and made so many notes that I could probably post it in its entirety. But I don’t want to spoil you with ANY details. I’ll just say that besides all the swooning (I think I’ve about reached my swoon use quota) and scorching hot occurrences, J.L. injected humor that made me laugh out loud, familial love and friendship that made my cheeks hurt from smiling and heartbreaking achiness that made me hope and cheer for our protagonists to come the other side stronger for it.

This is not an insta-love kind of book, to the relief of some of my friends. It’s written from both points of view, which I love. It could be read as a stand-alone but I’m sure it is better enjoyed if read in order because there are recurring characters from the previous book that make the story so much richer and enjoyable if you know them. We also get to know more about Garrett, the hero in J.L.’s next book which I can’t wait to read.

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Review: Breakaway

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Breakaway by Catherine Gayle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Heard this one before? Girl has insecurity issues and asks trusted hot male friend to help her out and they fall in love the process.

You’ve probably read it or seen it before but this is not that story. This is a torturously sweet story about the journey of a woman who was left emotionally scared and broken, but with the patient and loving help of her brother’s best friend, is put back together and given a chance at a happy and fulfilling life.

My heart fluttered and my skin tingled anytime I was near hi. How I viewed him had changed. He wasn’t just Brenden’s best friend anymore, not in my head. Not in my heart.

It’s the journey of a man who thought would never be able to be with the woman he’s loved since before he was allowed to and is given a chance to not just help her but have her if only he can keep his life in check in order to not trigger her panic attacks and maintain the rest of his life in balance.

I could wait. I’d already waited seven years. My need had to come second to hers.

This story is surrounded by exciting hockey games and is told from both points of view, the cadence and rhythm is such that it will pull you right in and you’ll be moved along with them.

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Review: Seeking Her

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Seeking Her
Seeking Her by Cora Carmack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I didn’t know Kelsey Summers. But I wanted to.

In this soul searching novella, we get to know the flip side to Kelsey’s point of view from Finding It and how it all started for Jackson Hunt with what seemed to be an easy enough babysitting job.

Temptation. If this mission had a code name, that would be it.

For Hunt who’d been battling demons of his own for while, it was easy to know that he smiles were false and there was more under the rich girl façade. He recognized the same afflictions and patterns in Kelsey he once had and made her a puzzle he couldn’t resist to solve.

My fascination with figuring her about had began to mesh with my attraction to her, and now I couldn’t tell the difference between the two.

For the first half of this short there wasn’t much interaction between them, he was supposed to follow from afar after all. So all the bar crawls he witnessed and the retreats into herself made it a bit slow paced. But once he crossed that “from a distance” boundary I was reminded of their great banter and gotten the better picture of how and why they fit so well. I only wish it was the complete story or less tavern hopping and more benefits from all those lines blurring and crossing.

This novella if part of the Losing It series. It should at least be read after book #3 Finding it, which is the complete Kelsey and Hunt story or consider reading it afterwards otherwise you’ll have half the story without reaping the benefits of all those angsty and sleepless nights Jackson went through which are totally worth it.

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Review: Plain Jayne

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Plain Jayne
Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


An arc was provided by Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I can easily see this book turned into a PG-13 romantic comedy with Channing Tatum as Nick, Rachel McAdams as Jayne and very sexy and funny Ryan Reynolds as Carter. It’s comical, sweet, cute and refreshingly innocent. It will grab you with its sage and witty eighties’ movie quotes setting the stage for each chapter and keep you entertained with a great playlist sung by, probably off key, none other than Jayne, and its witty banter between well developed characters.

Growing up as a bastard daughter, unwanted granddaughter and constantly being reminded of it by her grandmother didn’t just give a new meaning to the phrase tough love it made Jayne feel unlovable and unworthy, especially of Nick. So she decided to have him however she could, even if it meant just being his best friend. I admired her strength and resolve, and loved her inner monologues.

Nick is hot, successful, reliable, a problem solver, hot and I like to prance around my house half dressed provoking my best friend, he doesn’t care what other people think and plays by his own rules, he’s quick with his smart remarks. He’s also incredibly slow on the take and dense regarding Jayne’s emotions towards him and vice versa. I could almost label him as Nick the prick at the beginning of the book when I found out his actions regarding Jayne the last time he’d seen her.
So even though they’ve been BFF’s since the tender age of five, and they both acknowledge that every single important moment in their lives includes the other, she’s afraid to show him her true feelings and lose him, and he’s just clueless.

The book shows us how well they know each other, how they pick up their friendship as though they were never separated by time, distance, a jealous dead wife or a well meaning mother with an ugly attitude.
With each passing page I longed to have them realize how they were meant to be together, especially Nick. Because from the start he knows he loves her, he just doesn’t realize it’s the kind of I want you forever in my life, you are the other part of my soul kind of love. And when he does at the end, it drags a bit due to misunderstandings and lack of communication and fear, but once they get “their shit together” it’s all wonderful. I only wish their happy ending would have lasted a bit longer.

I really enjoyed Laura’s writing style. She made the story richer with wonderful secondary characters which I would love to read more about (Hint: Carter). Even Star Wars made an appearance, but you’ll just have to read the book to know how! I will definitely put her in my list of authors to look out for regularly.

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Review: Find You in the Dark

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Find You in the Dark
Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars  Buy now

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Amazing read!
“Goodness is your virtue. Quiet beauty your weapon.”

I had this on my TBR for a while now and, I don’t really know why I hadn’t read it. It’s absolutely perfect in every way.

Why a book with no HEA… yet is perfect? Well because the story is gripping, heartwarming, heart wrenching, consuming, achingly beautiful and very well written.

On the one hand we have a teenager, soon to be an 18 year old woman. She is a normal girl, pretty, goes to school, has friends and regular, healthy family dynamics. Maggie!

On the other hand we have a teenager, soon to be an 18 year old man. He’s the new guy at school, handsome, mysterious, mercurial, a loner but very sweet. Clayton!

Make them literally crash into each other, throw a friendship into the mix, then the lightest of touches… a kiss and BOOM! These souls just merge and create and all-consuming first love that lets you remember what it was to fall in love as a teenager. Unfortunately it also makes you remember that at such young age, you don’t have the maturity level to make life changing decisions.

I loved Maggie, she was smart, sweet, funny and a very good girl, completely normal. Her POV was superbly written, I felt inside her head and most importantly it was the mind of a 17 year old. She was mature enough but she questioned herself, her decisions and the choices she makes are realistic. Did I mention she’s funny….

“Cue the violins and happy cartoon bunnies; I was in the middle of a Disney moment. Because this guy was gorgeous.”

“There went those stupid butterflies in my stomach again. I wish I could squash them”
Maggie and clay first become friends; she is inexplicably drawn to him and she pursues a friendship with him. I really liked the buildup and was relieved not to be in an insta-love story. Clay shows little of himself in the beginning but, layer by layer, bit by bit Maggie is able to remove the walls; she is the only one he opens to, she’s the only one who knows the real Clay, his soft, sweet happy side and also his scary darkness. She thinks her love will help him heal, that it will make the bad go away, but she is very wrong.

Clay is finally somewhere he feels safe, a place that gives him some peace. He finds solace and love in Maggie, he finds beauty, friendship, but he also finds jealousy and the dark emotions loving someone so fiercely arise in him. She becomes his anchor, she becomes the only thing that keeps him at bay. He believes love is enough, but he is also wrong.

This book addresses mental illness in a very realistic way. It makes you think and understand that there are people who suffer this on a daily basis and that LOVE and support, and medical care are the only things that will help your loved ones have a chance of a normal life. My heart ached for Clay constantly. I saw a boy struggling to love, to fit in, to feel normal; I also saw a boy struggling with mixed emotions, with the lack of love from his parents and the consequences of pure and utter neglect. I HATED his parents with passion, I really did.

“When you’re in a room, Maggie, all I see is you. You make everything better. Clearer. You stop the crazy noise in my head. I can think, hell, I can breathe when we´re together. What you make me feel is the most unbelievable and scary thing I´ve ever felt.”

“This is forever, Maggie. I would follow you into hell is I had to.” ….. “You are all I want for the rest of my life.”

But this relationship was roses & thorns. They had beautiful moments together, but then things would escalate, go bad; they started having problems due to Clay’s mood swings and the constant apologies Maggie has to accept. But Maggie was relentless, she refused to give up on him, she refused to turn her back just like everyone else, she loved him and cared for him and wanted to help him with such passion, that for a moment she couldn’t understand what he really needed aside from her love.

“I worried for a moment, as I fell asleep, that his love would eat me alive.

“I thought about Clay whispering how much he loved me and how he wanted to be with me forever. And I, in my naïve, young-adult mind, thought that it would happen. That, of course, Clay and I could overcome anything and we would follow each other into the sunset.”

I also need to mention the supporting characters. Rachel and Danny were amazing loyal friends and I loved them. Maggie’s parents were also amazing, the best ever: kind, fair, lovable; they gave Maggie a hard time but it was completely understandable and in the end they understood and supported their daughter in every way.

The book doesn’t end with a cliffhanger per se, it ends were it needs to end; the way it should end. And I can’t wait to start reading book 2. I hope these two get their HEA…. It would be soon, and they would be too young for a real HEA…. That’s my opinion, but I need the Disney ending.. period.. THEY freakin deserve it.

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Review: Becoming Noah Baxter

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Becoming Noah Baxter
Becoming Noah Baxter by J.M. Sevilla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Like I said on my review of book one, these are a 99-cent treasure and those are hard to find!

The story picks up right after the plethora of events at the end of book one. Jay stays in San Francisco in order to fulfill his long-time awaited vengeance and, Lily goes back home. They miss each other and you know their love is strong; therefore, the hope for them to overcome anything that’s thrown their way is obviously there.

The book is written in dual POV’s and I loved being inside Jay’s head. You can see how he struggles to find the balance between the positive emotions Lily has arisen in him: the hope, longing, love, self-worth, peace… and the dark emotions that brewed deep inside him for so many years: need for revenge, aggression, sadness, guilt and the killer instinct. Everything he’s ever known is changed abruptly by the power of love (yes, it sounds cheesy and clichéd but I don’t care). Jay is trying to fulfill his lifetime goal, so he can be with Lily peaceful.

Lily is back home, trying to live a normal life and she’s doing a fair job at it. Her friends, Naomi and Stevie have issues of their own and are suffering due to buried feelings. Jay calls, Lily beams with excitement until one day Naomi messes up and Jay stops calling her. Something else happens, Lily just goes berserk, hops on a plane, and off to SF she goes!

From there the story unravels, you get to see Lily and Jay build a relationship and push the steam up a notch, which was OH so rewarding!!! I loved dirty/sweet little Jay!!! He was tender and sexy and he didn’t hide his emotions from Lily. He needed her, he craved her, he loved her and Lily just gave herself freely and helped him heal throughout the book.

“I’m going to kiss you now, and then I’m going to fuck you because that’s all I’m capable of right now.”

“Be that man, Jay. Be the man who fights for us and will never let anything destroy what we have. Don’t doubt the love we share. Know that if there’s one thing true and real in your life it’s us, it’s our love. Please don’t let me go again. Fight for me, Jay. I need to know nothing can take you from me, that you would never allow it.”

I absolutely loved the epilogue, it was beautiful and now I want books for everyone…. I’m intrigued. Also… Vault.. OMG this man needs to have an HEA he’s interesting and sexy and mysterious… oh and the shy assistant and the beautiful A!…

I totally recommend this book if you like a romantic story with a touch of dark, crazy assassins, strong females and intriguing characters.

Well done Ms. Sevilla…. The only thing I want to say even if I understand the reason behind that is.. The typos I’ve highlighted a lot of them and I will be sharing those so they are corrected! Long live the amazon’s book updates!

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