It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Book Review

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Book Review
The newest, highly anticipated novel from beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Hoover.Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
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There is so much hype about this release. It’s everywhere I look. I’m not sure if I am let down because so many people say it was amazing and deserves all the stars that when I read it I expect it to be the best book she has ever written. I’m in the minority here by giving the book 3 stars. I love Colleen Hoover. I have read every single book she has written and I know her books are amazing.

I went into this book completely blind. I do this with most of my books that I read, but it should also be noted that Colleen didn’t want people to know much about the plot either. This is the part that I’m really confused about. I don’t understand why the plot is such a big secret. There isn’t a huge shock/twist element that I have come to know and love about Colleen’s writing. The concept for the book was revealed within the first few chapters.

Why do I feel just meh about the book? I feel like it was slow. Colleen’s books are usually fast paced and suspenseful. They have you turning that page as fast as you can, but this book I found myself setting it down to do other things instead of telling everyone to leave me alone so I can finish the book as fast as I possibly can.

I do think that this book will bring a lot of information to readers and help them empathize with situations that they may not have previously understood. My favorite thing about Colleen is how generous she is. She constantly gives back to people and expects absolutely nothing in return. I believe she was a social worker before she started writing full-time. What a great job fit, or maybe not. She is extremely caring, so she wants to help people, but I’m sure it hurt her heart seeing people who need so much help and only being able to do so much about it. While I was reading the book I kept thinking about her in this job and maybe the story had something to do with it. The way that she tells the story and explains the logic through the character’s voice tell of someone who has been in those shoes. It told of experience.

What do I like best and least about the book? I really think the biggest reason for the average rating is that it was too slow for me. The one thing I do like is that it will help people understand and empathize with people in those situations and help them realize not to judge someone so quickly.

I do have some examples of specific things that I don’t like about the book, but they would be considered spoilers. I think that my biggest issue with the book is the pace, and that alone is enough to justify my 3 stars without giving away specific plot lines to someone who still wants to read the book for themselves. If you want to know specifics, feel free to contact me and I will calmly discuss the specific things I didn’t care for in the book.

Everyone connects, or doesn’t, to a book differently. Yes, I didn’t connect with this one, but it will not keep me from reading another book by Colleen. I enjoy her books. She is an author that I automatically buy her books and even pre-order them without knowing anything about them. That is how much I enjoy her books. It just happens that I didn’t connect with, “It Ends With Us,” and that’s okay. You don’t have to love every book.

three-stars

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven novels and one novella. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult categories. Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012.

Charged by Jay Crownover Book Review

Charged by Jay Crownover Book Review
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation...or her ruin.Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.
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Thanks for joining me on my stop for the Charged by Jay Crownover tour. This is a great tour with tons of great blogs, and a nice little giveaway on offer. Let’s get down to business and get this book reviewed, shall we?

Review

Charged is a book that you will recognize immediately as a book that was written by Jay Crownover. It has her signature storytelling voice and the book aligns with her other series, Marked Men. Charged is the third book in the Saints of Denver series. Check out my review for Leveled, which is the first book in the series here.

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We have seen Avett pop-up a time or two in Jay’s Marked Men series, but if you haven’t read any of them, there are a couple of things to know. One, the bar that Avett’s dad owns is a location that reappears often. Second, some of the men that are in this series protecting Avett are men from Jay’s previous Marked Men books that she has written and told their stories. Reading Charged without reading the Marked Men series will not be a problem. You can read this as a stand-alone and be on your merry way not caring to read the other series if you want to or not. (I do suggest that you do become those boys have really great stories.)

We meet a defense attorney, Quaid, that for all tense and purposes, Avett doesn’t really deserve, and she knows it. Talking about Quaid as a professional lawyer, at the beginning of the story he really cared about his career. He had all the “things” that a lawyer has to present himself as professional. Once he gets with Avett, it’s like all of a sudden he doesn’t give a shit. It gave me whiplash.

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My overall review of the book is that is was very meh. I found myself putting it down several times, never consumed with the need to keep reading, keep reading, keep reading. There was an element of suspense, which isn’t something we see very often from Jay. That part of the story really drew me in.

I felt that Avett and Quaid’s romance didn’t make a lot of sense. He really would never give a girl like Avett the time of day, but even he said in the holding room of the jail that there was something about her that just pulled him in. I found myself asking why suddenly Quaid was interested in Avett and the solution never came to me. Was it because of who hired him to bail her out of her predicament? Did he find her someone to consider since his friend was willing to put his neck on the line for her?

The two of them together was very hot and cold. There wasn’t much sexual tension at all in the book, or even very heated scenes. It was very missionary. Meh. Now, I don’t need sex in a book, but, if you are writing a romance that is about a badass chick that hangs out with other badass people, I expect some badass sex, and will be happy with sweet and loving sex. Like I said, the sex was just very missionary in feeling.

I guess I’m not selling Charged to you very well, but I am giving you a honest review, which is the whole purpose of writing this blog, right? If you love Jay, which I do, you will recognize and feel that she wrote this book. You will enjoy all the nostalgia of characters from her other books. I sure enjoyed linking them all together. That was somewhat what Jay was trying to do with this book.  I always recommend everyone to go and download the free sample that is something like 20% of a book to get a feel for it and see if it is for you. I love Jay and I will continue to read all her books. If you haven’t read her Marked Men series, you really need to get on that. The family is so complex and each have such soulful stories to tell. Jay does it amazingly well.

Excerpt from Charged:

Quaid

I tapped the edge of my thumb on the black-and-white mug shot photo and couldn’t stop the grin from tugging at my mouth.

She tried to fire me.

She was five-foot-nothing, a lifetime younger than me, had multicolored hair that had seen better days, wild eyes that couldn’t decide if they wanted to be green, gold, or brown, while dressed in convict orange and obviously scared out of her ever loving mind, yet she still tried to fire me. If it had been any of my other clients—the cop accused of sexual battery, the frat boy accused of manslaughter over a bet on a football game gone wrong, the middle school teacher accused of pedophilia and having an inappropriate relationship with several of her students, or the pro football player accused of domestic abuse—I would have tipped my proverbial hat, wished them luck while I cut my losses, and walked away without a backward glance. People always committed crimes. People always needed a good defense, so it wasn’t like I was hurting for clients, but there was something about the girl. Something about the defiant tilt of her chin and the raw desperation in her tone when she begged me not to call her father.

I don’t want your help. I don’t want anything from you.” She sounded like she meant it when she said it, but I figured she was too young and too scared to know exactly what she wanted or needed. Regardless, it was still refreshing to hear.

Everyone always wanted something from me and my help was usually the least of it.

I tapped the picture again, wondering why I found it so easy to believe that she really hadn’t been a part of the boyfriend’s plan to rob the bar. She wasn’t anyone’s idea of a model citizen and she had the shady track record to prove it. She was too young, and frankly too adorable, to have a file this thick. From what I could see, she had a set of parents always willing to ride to the rescue when she got herself into trouble. She looked like some kind of colorful woodland fairy from a Disney movie with her odd hair and delicate features. None of it added up, but the sincerity in her tone when she said she would never have gone with the boyfriend if she knew his intent and the fear in her eyes when I mentioned her father seemed genuine.

I learned long ago to treat everyone like they were guilty of whatever it was I was paid to defend them against. I didn’t want to know the truth. I didn’t want to know the circumstances. I wanted my clients to listen to me and let me do my job as I tried to convince the rest of the world they were innocent, regardless if they were or not. But this girl with her faded, rose colored hair and turbulent eyes oozed innocence through the cracks of a very guilty façade.

Because I was intrigued and actually believed the girl might be innocent, I wasn’t going to let her fire me. I was going to call her father and hope that he would help me keep her out of the slammer while I figured out how to plea bargain her charges down or get them dismissed altogether. Again, because a cop was involved in the robbery and because the boyfriend, junkie or not, was offering up a pretty plausible explanation for Avett’s involvement in the crime, nothing was a slam dunk, yet. I was going to help her whether she wanted me to or not.

 

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Saints of Denver:

Read my review for Leveled the first book in the Saints of Denver series here

 

three-stars

About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas | Book Review

Book Blurb:
Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?

Review:
When I first started reading This Man, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading this book. I was so hooked that I found myself wanting to read it at work. Yep, one of those books. We also knew Jesse had a secret, and as the book went on, I figured out what is was WAY before Ava. 
About a third of the way into the book, I got so bored with all the sex happening that I skimmed. Yep, I said it. I skimmed. If it was a sex scene, I just went on to the next dialogue scene. The sex was boring to me. I personally do much care for books that insta-sex, then sex all the frackin’ time. Yes, in real life people hook up. Yes, in real life people have a lot of sex, but come on. He could get hard again at a moments notice. Let’s give women out there a little bit of reality in the book. It isn’t bad enough that she can cum on command? 
Then, there is Jesse who is supper controlling. Ava is right to be scared. Ava is right to run away. That is not normal. That is not healthy. No matter how many times the author puts the disclaimer: “only with you Ava in there,” I’m having a really hard time getting past it. There is one thing to be an alpha male and another thing to be controlling…..and Jesse IS controlling. 
So, did I like the book? Sure. Is it different from what’s already out there? No. Will I read the second book (there’s 3)? Not sure. 
I would say this book is similar to The Crossfire Series and the Stark Trilogy, but even those Alpha men were less controlling.

3 stars.

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Seven Day Fiance | Review

Rachel Harris’ SEVEN DAY FIANCE is finally here! 

You can get it in your hands (well, on your ereader) right now! You don’t want to miss this fantastic Contemporary Romance from Rachel Harris. Book 2 in the Love and Game Series, SEVEN DAY FIANCE can be read as a standalone. Check out all of the information regarding this fantastic novel and Rachel Harris below! Then, see what we have in store for you on this blog tour stop and enter to win an awesome SEVEN DAY FIANCE Swag Basket!

Isn’t that cover pretty?? Read on and find out everything you need to know below! 

SEVEN DAY FIANCE Synopsis:

Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.


Book Review:
If you are looking for an easy to read romance without being erotica, Seven Day Fiance is right for you. There isn’t really any angst or tension in the book. There isn’t any drama just for the sake of drama. It is about 1 person who needs a favor, and 1 person doing the favor for them.
In the midst of the being Angelle’s (awesome french name by-the-way) 7 day fiance, some feelings may have developed. It is no secret that Cane has wanted to do naughty things with Angelle, but she was worried about her heart being blown to smithereens. He’s a playboy. Why wouldn’t he hit it and quit it, right?
Rachel Harris traditionally writes YA and books, and I have been deep in the erotica/NA world of down and dirty, dark reads. It was refreshing to have a fun, light hearted read after some of the soul-shattering ones I have finished lately. 3 stars.

Rachel Harris Bio:

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her atwww.RachelHarrisWrites.com.

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Resplendent Review | Giveaway


Savannah Martinez and Andres Rivera have been friends since high school.
She knew him better than anyone else, and he was the only one she ever confided in.
Their friendship was the one brilliant thing they each cherished that wasn’t tarnished by outside forces that wanted them apart. 

But fate wasn’t on their side. When she gave him the chance to turn their relationship into something more, he let her go.
Heartbroken and alone, she kept her distance in more ways than one. Now, years later, Savannah is back in town for good and Andres realizes just how empty his life has been without her.

When a secret comes to light, forcing a deeper wedge between them, Andres finds himself fighting for the only woman he has ever loved. Determined to fix the past and make things right, he will go to any length to prove to Savannah that they were meant to be together. 

Will fate give them a second chance? Or will those secrets and betrayals ruin the one last chance Andres has of being with the woman of his dreams?


Review:
Resplendent starts out in present but quickly moves to the past telling the story of Andre and Savannah. The story tells how they became friends during high school, but were lovers that couldn’t be together because of girl code.
As their life progresses, and Andres wants Savannah, circumstances become great, shocking if I do say so. Can they be together and make a future for themselves? 


About the Author:

MJ Abraham lives in bipolar weather Florida with a husband that makes her laugh and a superhero son that calls her his Princess. She has a degree in Business Administration from Nova University but finds the people in her head to be much more interesting. She is a lover of clever words, reading way past her bedtime, and zombies. She may or may not be as random as her bio.

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The Love Game | Book Review

3 stars
Description:

His challenge? Make her fall in love with him.
Her challenge? Play the player.
Until life changes the rules of the game.

Maddie Stevens hated Braden Carter on sight. Arrogant, egotistical, and the playboy of the University of California, Berkeley, he’s everything her brother Pearce has taught her to despise. So why, when the girls challenge her to play the player, doesn’t she say no? She doesn’t know either.

Braden wanted fiery little Maddie the second he laid eyes on her – and he’d do anything to have her, hence why he’s agreed to make her fall in love with him. After all, it’s the only way he’ll get what he wants. Sex.

But, as Braden discovers, there’s more to the girl from Brooklyn than he ever imagined – and he can’t help but care about the broken girl behind those pretty green eyes.

Maddie finds Braden isn’t just a walking erection – he actually has feelings. He can be sweet, funny and his good looks don’t exactly hurt. That means trouble – but when her brother Pearce turns up in Berkeley begging for her help, she realises Braden and Pearce aren’t so alike anymore.

And maybe, just maybe, they’re exactly what each other needs.
My takeaway:
I really felt like I knew where this book was going and that is exactly where it went. There weren’t any surprises or unexpected plot twists, just exactly where I thought the book would go. 
If you are looking for a light, easy, beach read, The Love Game is for you. As of the posting of this review, The Love Game is .99 on Amazon.

Damaged | Book Review

Damaged
Damaged by H.M. Ward

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Damaged is a nice, easy read. I read it in one day and I’m definitely not the fastest reader. It took a little over 4 hours.
This book doesn’t take any thought, and that it why I gave it 3 stars. I feel a bit cheater that we didn’t learn, or should I say, feel much of Sidney’s past. We had a small glimpse of it and that was all. I don’t feel like she grew as a person. She was still the guarded person she was at the beginning of the book
Now let’s talk about Peter a little bit. Ah, Peter, Peter, Peter. You sound hot, like really hot, but I feel like the author makes you out to be a little weak. At that scene at the end of the book, you didn’t step up to the plate.
I also didn’t find out anything about your story! Okay, so we found out 1/4 of the story. What happened to the girl? We know what happened to you, but what else happened on that dreaded night?
There is a book two, but am I interested enough to buy the 2nd one? Eh…..we’ll see. It was a nice, light read.

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