Forever, Interrupted (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

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Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.

I am forever a Taylor Jenkins Reid fan. It’s officially inevitable for me.

My favorite thing about TJR is her ability to hit you right when you don’t expect it. I’m not a “feeler”. I don’t feel a lot of things. But her books are so impactful. They hit me deep forever leaving prints on my feelers.

Not only is Forever, Interrupted emotional and deep I found it to be very uplifting and powerful at the same time. Elsie’s soul redemption was so meaningful that it was overwhelming for me. Being there with her while she found her way was an unexplainable feeling for me.

This one may not be for every one. I can already see how it might not be. But for me it was full of warmth and forgiveness and second chances and for some reason my soul needed that right now.

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“The heart isn’t like the liver. It doesn’t regenerate, no matter how much time passes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. I’d left mine with Sebastian when I walked away that day, and I hadn’t seen it in the seven years since.” — Lux Kincaid

At eighteen, Lux is forced to make a choice. One that nearly destroys her.

She breaks a boy’s heart.

She breaks her own, too.

Seven years later, Lux never expects to see Sebastian again — especially not when her career as a journalist is hanging by a thread and she’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. As she chases down leads and explores the dark underbelly of Manhattan, Lux will put her life on the line. But after crossing paths with a still-unforgiving Sebastian, it’s her heart she’s most worried about.

Amidst the blame and the betrayal, the hurt and the heartbreak… can two lost lovers ever find their way back to one another?

Lines will be blurred. The past will be unearthed. And Lux will find out that some secrets aren’t meant to be kept…

I must say, I’m very impressed with this book. It was strangely satisfying for me. It had mystery, romance, a nice amount of angst, a great story line, past and present POV’s and the right amount of drama. It was just all wrapped up very nicely for me. Completely blown away!

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“Regret was an emotional cancer, destroying you from the inside out. Eating at your most vital parts until there was nothing left but scar tissue and sorrow. It chipped away at you in small increments, shattering your defenses and tiring you out.”

Julie’s writing really worked for me and displayed a killer picture in my head for me to play out while I read the book. I could see the people, the places, all of the events taking place. Everything came to life very vividly for me. The dialogue between the characters made me smile a lot. I like that. The simplicity and ease of the interactions made me grin from ear to ear.

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I always like being surprised by books. I truly do. And that is what this one was. A complete surprise and I absolutely love that. It makes it that much more enjoyable for me. I went out a limb with this book, new to me author, cool cover. And it didn’t fail me. The emotion was real and the feelings stuck with me. Definitely a must read in my opinion.

“Because when you walk away from your soul mate –when you take real, true love and throw it in the fire and watch as it burns down to ashes –you know you’ll never be the same again. The heart isn’t like the liver; it doesn’t regenerate, no matter how much time passes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.”

The Contradiction of Solitude (A. Meredith Walters)

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You may notice me, but you will never know me.
I prefer it that way.
I am the daughter of a monster.
Born from blood and lies.
Dead before I have truly lived.
But Elian tells me that I’m different.
He tells me that I’m beautiful.
That I’m an enigma wrapped in irresistibly complicated skin.
Elian says that he loves me.
These words terrify me.
I can’t trust love.
Or hope.
Or truth.
Because I fear the beast inside.
It threatens to drown Elian and his sweet, unconditional love.
It’s a beast that will destroy everything.


This is my fourth A. Meredith Walters book and I am just as blown away with this was as I was with my first one.

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The Contradiction of Solitude was lyrical and poetic. It was bone chilling and eerie. It was satisfying and dark. By the end I couldn’t believe what I had just read.

“I wondered about the scars. I wondered about his false smiles. I wondered about Elian Beyer and his many, many secrets.”

Every time I pick up one of A. Meredith Walters books I get excited and giddy because her writing is  THAT good. I say that with complete confidence. It’s just that good. From the first page to the last page.

Layna was my favorite. Her unreliable-ness was suffocating but suffocating in a way that trapped me what a FUN and different character she was. The alternating POV’s were ingenius to the fact that we NEEDED to have Elian’s POV just as much as we needed to have Layna’s and the author didn’t disappoint. She gave you just what you needed at just the right time.

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The title isn’t ironic. Because just as it says the word “contradiction” that is what your feelings during this book will feel like. You will feel full of contradictions in the best way possible. You’ll feel remorse and sadness and overwhelming urges of angst and belonging.

Basically, I liked this book because of the tone of the book. The darkness and the haunting. I felt that same haunting long after I put the book down. You feel it in your bones for having such compassion for Layna or longing for Elian. Because once you hit that end you’re just so…whole. It’s one big circle and it all comes together.

Addicted (Krys Fenner)

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Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as ‘the scar-faced man.’ With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was proves more difficult than she imagined.

To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.

As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?










I initially grabbed this book because duh, look at that cover. It’s beautiful. But as I read the book, I wasn’t as engrossed in the story as I hoped I would be, like when I seen the cover. I don’t think that the story ever grabbed my attention.

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The thing that got me with Addicted was the way the story was given to us. I stayed confused a lot and got my timelines and occurrences very mixed together. The story was all over the place. It was near impossible to stick with what was happening and when. There was also a lot of people involved that we didn’t get enough information on so I struggled with who was who as well. Every other chapter we were having more and more names thrown at us. Maybe I processed it wrong.

I will say that for a young adult book, I’m very impressed with the psychological suspense that the author pulled off. But I wasn’t impressed with how long it took me to get into the actual story. I think once I hit 30% the story picked up and something finally happened. Thankfully, I didn’t put it down before then. I would have really missed a lot if I had.

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Story pacing and plot placement could have really helped this book. And maybe even keeping the POV on one person for more than just two paragraphs. There was so much jumping around and around that I got dizzy.

I keep reading reviews where the scattered POV’s really helped the story but I have to disagree with them. Instead of being in love with the story I was too busy back tracking trying to figure out who or what I was reading about and when it was happening. And how this character was involved and why they were involved and also who they were.

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The Sounds of Secrets (Whitney Barbetti)

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I’ve been in love with him forever.

But to him, I’ve always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.

Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally opened his eyes and saw me.

By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles away, in a country I didn’t know, surrounded by people who only made me miss him more.

I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.

How was I to know it was the secrets we didn’t share, the words we didn’t dare utter, that would tear us apart?


Another year, another Whitney Barbetti book that I completely devoured and admired. And LOVED! The Sounds of Secrets was just absolutely stunning. Poignant, heartfelt, and beautiful. I kept wanting more and more of Lotte and Samson, even after I was done. I still find myself thinking about them. That is the kind of book you want to read. One that you cannot forget.

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“I didn’t know I’d been so starved for oxygen until I could finally breathe again, because of her.”

The characters, man. THE. CHARACTERS. They’re so beautifully flawed in a way that has me literally drooling for more. The Sounds of Secrets is not just about a flawed woman, it also includes a flawed man and together they’re just…beautiful. Beautiful humans. That is the only way I know how to put it without giving away the details that make them beautifully flawed. Every time I think about Lotte and Samson, I get a huge grin on my face and I cannot wipe it off.

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In The Sounds of Secrets you get a dose of redemption, forgiveness, second chances, love, angst, hurt, and longing all in one sitting (well, if you’re like me and can’t put the book down that is). And to me, it takes a certain author to evoke such emotions from me when I’m reading and Whitney did the job. My heart was hers for the taking.

So, by saying that, I do want to touch on Whitney’s writing for a second. Okay, maybe a minute. I could write about it all day but I only take a few minutes with this review. When you read a book of hers, you are immediately engrossed into a wonderful time. Poetically, Whitney makes sure you feel the lines that she writes. They wrap around you each time and leave such a huge impression on you. It is one that you definitely do not forget. She makes you feel what each of the characters are feeling (not just one of them) and she does all of that with her WRITING. How incredibly talented is that?

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“In the last few days, I’d learned that secrets could be loud, yelled in anger. They could be soft, whispered along someone’s skin as they slept. But the secrets that stayed silent, that were far too fragile to ever pass my lips: those secrets weren’t disposable.”

Whitney-freaking-Barbetti. I’m a fan for life. Keep on keepin’ on, my girl.

Whore (Willow Aster)

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“I need a reason to exist.”

Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy—Lilith Fontenot seems by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.

A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…

Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.

But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.

WHORE is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.


Honestly though, did Willow Aster REALLY write this? Sweet, sweet Willow? Did she? Wow! I am so very impressed with her. As I always am. Whore had the twists and the turns and the angst and the yearning. I did not see that coming with this book. Not at all.

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“In another life, he looks exactly like someone I’d want to know.”

Whore was pretty cool because it shows just how versatile Willow can be as an author. She can write angsty love, she can write heartache and longing, and she can write mystery and twists and thankfully for us, Whore provides all of that! Full of great characters and a great story line that you definitely don’t read every day, my reading tastes were satisfied to the fullest.

If the book title alone doesn’t entice you to know more, you should know that Soti is the best person I have met in a book. Okay, maybe not THE best, but he was an incredible character who deserved everything and more. My only quirk was, we needed more of him. He was such an important part of this story that I wanted more from HIM instead of Lilith. More of his past and what his story entailed. I think I’m just very selfish with him. He was such a fantastic character. I can’t say that enough.

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“Her eyes hold a thousand secrets, threatening to spill over; I want to unlock each and every one.”

Truth be told, I felt very iffy about Whore. The title was different and the cover was awesome. I don’t read blurbs so I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. But I’m glad that I took the chance and read it. Willow has truly grown as an author and Whore proves that. Her creativeness and enchanting writing signified that.

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I feel as if Whore is the combination of ALL of Willow’s book mixed together. Yes! That is it! So, if you want the angst that is in True Love Story, the mystery that is in Fade to Red, the yearning that is in In the Fields, and the spunk that is in Maybe Maby then you DEFINITELY need to read this book!

 

Behind the Bars (Brittainy Cherry)

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.


This review will not be long. That is strange for a five-star read, I understand that. But here is why:

I feel like my Brittainy Cherry reviews are always the same. They are, aren’t they? Yes. Because you know why? Because this girl doesn’t write a bad book. I don’t she has it in her. She is the only author I know that I have consistently loved all of the things she has wrote. I say that with 100% of my confidence.

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So, here I am at the end of the book and I don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said about B Cherry already. The girl can WRITE. She was born to write. She was born to do what she does and she executes it all so damn well. The characters, the secondary characters, the struggles and growth, the story line, all of it. She truly knocks my socks off.

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So, if you are in the mood for emotional turmoil and grappling redemption and faith and hope and all of the good things in the world, not only is Behind the Bars for you but so is like, ALL of Brittainy Cherry’s books. Seriously, take your pick. You won’t be wrong.

Dancing on Broken Glass (KA Hancock)

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An unvarnished portrait of a marriage that is both ordinary and extraordinary, Dancing on Broken Glass takes readers on an unforgettable journey of the heart.

Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler probably shouldn’t have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. They’re both plagued with faulty genes—he has bipolar disorder; she, a ravaging family history of breast cancer. But when their paths cross on the night of Lucy’s twenty-first birthday, sparks fly, and there’s no denying their chemistry.

Cautious every step of the way, they are determined to make their relationship work—and they put their commitment in writing. Mickey will take his medication. Lucy won’t blame him for what is beyond his control. He promises honesty. She promises patience. Like any marriage, there are good days and bad days—and some very bad days. In dealing with their unique challenges, they make the heartbreaking decision not to have children. But when Lucy shows up for a routine physical just shy of their eleventh anniversary, she gets an impossible surprise that changes everything. Everything. Suddenly, all their rules are thrown out the window, and the two of them must redefine what love really is.


My heart. My tiny, baby grinch heart. WOW. Let me just say, my eye leaked. (Not both of them) But my right one leaked a weird substance for about 3 seconds. It was really strange and it made me question why I like to punish myself with such emotional and turmoil filled books.

Oh yeah. Because I’m a glutton. How could I forget?

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The way the entire story unfolds, with alternating POV’s between Lucy and Mickey’s journal entries was so fascinating to me. I was in love with it. Mickey’s POV’s weren’t long, but they packed the punch. They were straight to the point and hit you right in the gut. You were there, in his head. The raw and realistic portrayal of the things these characters go through is truly heartbreaking and earth shaking. It is one of the greatest things about Dancing on Broken Glass.

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“Lucy, every marriage is a dance; complicated at times, lovely at times, most the time very uneventful. But with Mickey, there will be times when your dance will be on broken glass. There will be pain. And you will either flee that pain or hold tighter and dance through it to the next smooth place”

The tightness of this family and the community they lived in was so overwhelming. In the best way possible. The help they provided and the care and love they provided to not just Lucy and Mickey but every one else around them was spectacular and truly inspiring. Not to mention, the development of the characters and the emotions they felt just captivated me from the get go. Mickey for the win!

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“Michael Chandler was always my hero. And now you must let him be hers.”

DEBUT. NOVEL. That is what this book is. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it because the author’s writing was completely out of this world.

I will end with this: Dancing on Broken Glass is not a love story. It is a life story. It’s a story about hope and love and the what if’s. It’s about mental illness and the struggle that it provokes from the person itself and their surrounding peers. The struggle and the hurt. And all of the things in between.

American King (Sierra Simone)

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They say that every tragic hero has a fatal flaw, a secret sin, a tiny stitch sewn into his future since birth. And here I am. My sins are no longer secret. My flaws have never been more fatal. And I’ve never been closer to tragedy than I am now.

I am a man who loves, a man whose love demands much in return. I am a king, a king who was foolish enough to build a kingdom on the bones of the past. I am a husband and a lover and a soldier and a father and a president.
And I will survive this.

Long live the king.


It happened. With this book, it happened. I think…I got tired of so much sex. I truly did. That is what happened to me with American King. It was SO MUCH, you guys!

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It wasn’t a bad book! I just skimmed. A lot. And I am being 100% honest when I say, it’s because it has so much sex in it. So, maybe when I skimmed, I missed some important things but I just felt like the book was way too over populated with it. It was used as a coping mechanism for all characters and I have a lot of issues on that as well (that we don’t have to touch on). Put your clothes on and communicate, y’all!

I’m still so angry about Greer also. She was such an important person in the first book but why is she not so important anymore? Each book it’s gets worse and worse too. She matters! Why did we forget about her?

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The writing in this trilogy was glorious and the King Arthur references and story line were genius but I’m not a smut read and ultimately, I think I got hooked in early enough that I still wanted to finish the series even though as each book progresses, more sex scenes filtrate the story line.

Another thing that irked me was the same scenes that occurred in American Queen and American Prince, were told in American King too. So everything was very repetitive and all over the place. It all runs together once you read them all back to back. You start saying “uh, yeah…I know what happens here already. Why are we revisiting?”

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I also lost count on how many times Ash felt “destroyed” or had just an absolute awesome revelation. In American King, I still didn’t like him. That could also be another reason why this last book didn’t work for me.

So, although the series was NOT what I expected, I’m happy that I committed to it. I finished it. I can tell the tale of it. I survived the New Camelot.

American Prince (Sierra Simone)

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I’ve been many things.

I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President.

But only with Him am I a prince. His little prince.

Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.

My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.

This is the story of an American Prince.


Spoilers. I don’t like them. I actually LOATHE them. So, I am going to have to figure out a way to write this review and explain why I gave American Prince 3 stars without giving anything away. Which is going to be very hard. I’m so jumbled right now and conflicted with feelings.

So many things about American Prince frustrated me. Actions. Comments. The way things weren’t expressed. The way things happened when they definitely SHOULDN’T have happened. People not using their brains. I also struggle really hard with books that have characters DELIBERATELY hurting a close person without finding a way to avoid all of that. Just…doing it. WHY?

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Let me just cut to the point: Did Embry and Ash forget who they were? Who they loved? What about Greer here? Wasn’t this what they all signed up for? They better show some damn good redemption in the last book. Something besides the humiliation they showed her in the entirety of the second book.

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What I did love most about this book was the past. We get to find out how Embry and Ash fell in love and all of the events that led up to the first book, which was so nice to have. Their history was just as important as their histories with Greer, in my opinion. Just as American Queen was done, the writing was great. The writing still flowed and told a great story.

Lastly, I’m trying so very hard to like Ash in this book but I can’t find it in me. I was iffy about him in the first place and then American Prince showed me sides of him I just didn’t like. With that being said, I’m very nervous about going into the last book. Which is told in Ash’s POV.

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I’m very anxious to see how this series can be wrapped up. Where can it go from here? I hope it only goes up. I hope these people make me happier than what I am now.