Wallbanger (Alice Clayton)

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The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…


Well, after reading Nocte and Verum I felt like I needed something lighter, funnier, and less mind boggling. I’ve had this paper back for a while so I figured oh what the hell! And OMG, LMFAO literally. Seriously, I laughed for hours upon hours and was literally LOLing.

Caroline and Simon have an electrifying chemistry from the get go, even though they first start out “hating” each other after a late night encounter where Caroline “cockblocks” Simon, telling him to lay off of his wallbanging all while she is wear a pink nightie. Their relationship takes a twist as their friends start to hook up with each other and then they realize that them being neighbors they can’t exactly avoid each other. Inevitably, they are around each other. So they call a truce and gradually become friends. I loved their friendship! They had so much fun and wit together.

Caroline gets her dream apartment only to come to terms with the fact that her new neighbor is quite loud with his personal life. So loud and physical that his bed (which is actually on the other side of Caroline’s wall) bangs on her wall so hard and keeps her up all hours of the night. Apparently he is quite the ladies man also.

“The girl next door was meowing. What in the world was my neighbor packing to make that happen?”

Caroline then figures out that each girl has a different vocalization of just how much they appreciate Simon.

“I fell asleep that night after swearing I would bang back if I heard one more peep. Or groan. Or spank. Welcome to the neighborhood.”

After many nights, Caroline does have enough. So she bangs on his door in her pink nightie and interrupts him. And thus begins the hotness and the fun!

“His eyes were piercing blue, and cheekbones just as strong as the jaw. Completing the package? Kiss swollen lips, and what looks like about three days of scruff. Jesus there was scruff. How had I missed that this morning.”

Simon, Simon, Simon. I am coming for you! He better watch out because if he was a real person and I was no married I would probably fight Hell and high water to get him. He is just one of those one hundred percent ALL MALE heroes who’s quirkiness and wit made me love him more and more every time he opened his mouth. You know what I mean, those kind of “guy-things” that probably over time become more annoying but with the right guy they just never do. Simon. Perfect with all of his imperfections and leaving me totes jelly of Caroline.

What I loved most about the book was that while yes, it was tremendously funny it wasnt JUST that. The characters were likeable (all of them) and they had depth and they were all so well rounded. There was the perfect amount of angst and tension in there. And the romance was intense and hot. This is just another book that I felt was “real”. The people and the places seemed so real to me.

All in all this was a very warm, sweet and playful story about a friendship and all sorts of fun! I very much enjoyed it.

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Verum (Courtney Cole)

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The truth shall set you free.

My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.


“The end is the beginning,” Finn yells. The end is the beginning. Don’t you understand?”

Well I will be damned. If I thought I lost my sanity in Nocte it damn sure got annihilated in Verum. My mind and my heart were glass and Courtney picked up a hammer and smashed it into smitherins like it was no big thing. If there is one thing I know for sure about this book it’s that I know absolutely nothing. Like, at all. I am still literally running in circles chasing a tail I’ll never catch. I feel like my brain is really letting me down with this book. This book turned me into a certified crazy. If I wasn’t screaming obscenities I was flinging my Kindle across the room.  These books may a quick read, but there’s nothing easy about them. Bottom line.

The way Courtney wrote in this book painted a vivid picture for my brain and I felt I was going crazy right beside Calla. Nocte answered a couple of questions for me but Verum left me with about 7027 MORE questions. There’s too many details for me to pick apart and dissect. With this book I had to read for thirty minutes and then stop and stare into space to try and let my brain catch back up. She created this perfectly executed mind game to keep every single one of us glued to our books/Kindles/iPads, breathless, exhausted, confused, frustrated, intrigued, and just completely emerged in a story like no other book that I have ever read. A kind of story that stays with us, plays out in our heads over and over again, trying to untangle itself, only to leave us even more confused, with a headache, and 5 hours of sleep GONE. (I might know this from experience)

I felt like I belonged in a corner or a padded room with a straight jacket. I felt like my mind just wasn’t following me and I was getting so angry at myself. KEEP THE HELL UP, clueless brain!! I have my theories, just like you will develop your own theories. I wish I could share them because I feel like if I just let it all go and breathe than I will feel so much better but, you know, spoilers and all. Boo. I don’t even know what’s real anymore. I couldn’t think straight for two days.

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“I’m floating in an ocean of insanity. It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.”

“I feel like a lamb, and he’s a wolf. But at the same time, I feel like he doesn’t want to be. He’s caged, when he should be wild, and I don’t think he knows what to do about it.” 

“Dare kisses me and his lips are sunlight. He touches me and his fingers are the moon. It’s night somewhere, and by night we are free.” 

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This is exactly what I looked AND felt like when I finished Verum. Sooooo, you guys have fun!! If you want to be boring wait until the third one is out in August/September but if you are a little dare devil go ahead and start now!!

Nocte (Courtney Cole)

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My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half—my twin brother, my Finn—is crazy. I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me. I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline. Dare DuBray. He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me. Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt. Why? Because of a secret. A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. You won’t either.


Well this is a big WTF! BUT in the best way possible. A few girls from my book group on FB recommended this to me and I was desperate for a change from romance and this was phenomenal. Nothing will make you feel crazy quite like this book will. I had goosebumps the entire time. Non stop. Not even kidding. People kept telling me about a twist and how much like Never Never it was but more intense and amped up. I was afraid it might be a paranormal or a romance or a thriller but I don’t think it fits into any of those genres. It’s definitely different than anything I have read.

Okay so here is what I want you to know about this book….

Seriously. Because even the smallest of details can be the BIGGEST freaking spoilers. DO NOT research the book. DO NOT go looking for spoilers. Just get it and read it. The book is that intense and that cleverly woven together and twisted and brain = mush. The story had a creepy and eerie dialog to it. The setting was creepy as hell even the weather was creepy AF but everything was executed perfectly. I think the author has done a great job of completing a very nice and terrific idea.

“By night, I am free. No one hears my monster but me. My freedom is fragile, though,
Because every morning
The night is broken
by the sun
It’s a good way to die.”

There’s also an amazing dynamic between Calla, her twin brother, Finn and the guy she’s obsessed with, Dare which keeps you on your toes and flipping the pages as you try to piece the entire puzzle together once and for all.

It’s not a standalone. Hence the trilogy that is mentioned so there is a cliffhanger. And when I say cliff hanger, I mean a big fat freaking lose your mind cliffhanger. At the end of the book MOSTLY everything clicks for me. I freaking get it! The blurb for this book is absolutely brilliant and her letter to readers was incredible. It got me in the right kind of mind set for this read. And the cover? To die for. I want the paper back on my shelf. Very complex story. Very well written. Very pleased with how wonderful and different it was.

“There is nothing quite so terrifying as the descension of the human mind into insanity” – Calla Price 

“It’s like my mind was a rope, splintering and unraveling until it was hanging by a thread.” – Calla

^ yeah. What she said.

“Secrets. Everybody’s got ’em.” – Dare DuBray

HAPPY RELEASE DAY, TALI ALEXANDER!

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You guys know that I would never push a book onto you unless it it to die for and today just so happens to be the day that Tali lets LIES IN REWIND go live! (If you click the banner above, it will take you to the amazon site for purchase). I have included an excerpt from the book and a teaser pic. I feel as if if you adored Sara in LOVE IN REWIND you will just go crazy for her in LIES IN REWIND. I’ve had a blast being apart of release and I hope you guys enjoyed the books as much as I did! I have included an excerpt and all of the buy links as well as the Goodreads link also. I am so excited for Tali!!

-BLURB-

“Karma never disappoints. Karma always delivers…”

New York City attorney Sara Klein has created a perfect world for herself with her beautiful lies. A world in which she is the object of every man’s fantasies and the envy of every woman. Only one man knows the truth about the dark secret Sara is hiding, the only man she’s ever loved and can never have. 


But Sara’s world of lies starts to unravel the day sexy British heir William “Liam” Knight storms into her life. He’s seeking revenge and answers for past betrayals, and will use anyone he can to get them.


An unlikely friendship between two lonely hearts seeking solace turns into love that will shatter a lifetime of lies, span two continents, and leave Sara facing the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help her God.

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New York

(Sara) 

I’m at my usual table eating my usual Nutella-filled chocolate croissant and sipping English breakfast tea with milk and two sugars. I look down at my favorite navy Prada suit paired with my nude colored Jimmy Choos. I smooth over my hair that, thanks to my useless alarm clock, I didn’t have time to deal with this morning; therefore, it’s pulled back. But I made it, I’m here and I wait. I wait almost every single day. I’ve only missed seeing them while I moved to London for a few years, but other than that—rain, snow, or shine—I’m always here.The staff at Joanna’s restaurant are incredible; I have been coming here almost every day for seven years and they just leave me to my business. They don’t ask me what I want, they already know, they just nod their hello and bring me my usual. I sit in my customary tiny table by the window as I wait to see him leave his house. I have the perfect view of his brownstone from this angle. He sometimes looks up toward the corner restaurant before getting into his car, almost as if he senses me watching him.I look down at my watch; it’s almost half past seven and he still hasn’t left his house. I finish my flaky brioche and wonder for the millionth time how they fucking get all that velvety smooth chocolate inside without marring the pastry, must be a syringe, I conclude as I devour the last bite and look out the window just in time to see his black car pull up. A minute later, he finally emerges, clean-shaven and hair still slightly damp. I inhale as if I’m standing right next to him. The three of them get into the back of his chauffeured SUV and drive off. Time’s up! I think sadly to myself and whisper “See you tomorrow, JJ,” to no one in particular

      

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Lies in Rewind (Tali Alexander)

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“Karma never disappoints. Karma always delivers…”

New York City attorney Sara Klein has created a perfect world for herself with her beautiful lies. A world in which she is the object of every man’s fantasies and the envy of every woman. Only one man knows the truth about the dark secret Sara is hiding, the only man she’s ever loved and can never have.

But Sara’s world of lies starts to unravel the day sexy British heir William “Liam” Knight storms into her life. He’s seeking revenge and answers for past betrayals, and will use anyone he can to get them.

An unlikely friendship between two lonely hearts seeking solace turns into love that will shatter a lifetime of lies, span two continents, and leave Sara facing the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help her God.


ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review. Full review to follow when book is live. 

I don’t even know where to start. In the first book I was so curious about Sara. What made her tick? What made her the way she is? WILL SHE, FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING, FINALLY FIND HER HAPPINESS? I was just completely drawn to her. The fact that I got to go inside her crazy head was phenomenal. And let me just say that she was everything I had hope for and more. One minute I am laughing at her filthy, non-filtered mouth and then the next I want to curl up in a ball beside her and coddle her just so she wouldn’t hurt anymore.

I felt Sara’s love and intensity and her hurt just from sitting on the other side of my Kindle. Just like Louis and Emily ripped me apart in LOVE IN REWIND. Her fierceness and her vibes were just, everything. Her love for Emily was outstanding and you can’t forget about the 80’s music because I was so thrilled that Tali picked up with that in this book also.

Tali’s writing style is so exceptional that I didn’t even realize it was 4:30 in the morning and I had just read her whole book in ONE day. I felt like I was there and a part of her story. You know, like that creepy person in the background that just kind of stands there and observes everything and soaks it all in? Yeah, that’s what I felt like. One different thing about LIES IN REWIND was how different it was from the first one. I found myself literally sitting on the edge of my seat. I thought it was thrilling and more compelling than LOVE IN REWIND. I felt like I was more intrigued in this book. LOVE IN REWIND made me fall in love with love but LIES IN REWIND stripped me down, shoved all the feels in my face, and then left me hungover and wanting more.

Love in Rewind (Tali Alexander)

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Emily has the life every woman dreams of.

At 29, she has two beautiful kids, a live-in nanny, housekeeper, cook, and every imaginable luxury in the posh Upper East Side townhouse she shares with her drop-dead gorgeous husband, Louis Bruel. His company, Bruel Industries, owns a big chunk of New York City’s most sought-after real estate, and together Emily and Louis embody the perfect hot fairy tale couple for ten happy years of marriage.

But when Louis mysteriously starts pushing Emily away, becoming distant and secretive, she is forced to search for the truth among the lies, scandal and heartbreak of his past that threaten to shatter her world. What she finds out will test the strength of her love and her vows to the man of her dreams.

Can Emily and Louis rewind far enough back to a time when life was simpler and love was all they needed? Follow their story with the help of some of their favorite songs from the 80’s to discover just how deep and how far love will go.


FREAKING YES. Everything about this book was on point. First I have to say that I always have a much bigger attraction towards books that include music into their story line. I always say I am a big fan of Jessica Sorensen mainly for that reason. I love having that music to give me more of an idea on what the characters are like and what their moods are. If it sticks out to me enough, every time I hear that song I will think of that specific time and character and Tali Alexander executes that perfectly. Even better, IT’S 80’S FREAKING MUSIC. I love that they were actually linked into the book to YouTube.

“Sara and I had this thing since we were twelve, where we expressed our feelings through 80’s song titles.”

“But then again, how could you tell your body you can’t have air when you need to breathe?”

As a married person myself, I always worry “what if my husband wakes up one morning and doesn’t love me anymore?” or “what if I am no longer good enough for my husband?” I think this book was tremendous in the sense of every wife has those insecurities. So we start off by learning that Louis and Emily have been drifting apart for the last three months and it’s been that long since they have last made love. Every day goes on and they grow further and further apart. I couldn’t help but hurt for them because this happens to married couples every day. REWIND. When Emily finished High School she made the decision to enjoy her summer with her best friend and possibly help her sister with her event planning company. Cue Louis. In her mind he was just a fantasy but with one look Louis Bruel was the man to change her forever.

“I should’ve known the end would be closing in on my fairy tale eventually. Fairy tales aren’t meant to last outside the pages of a book.” 

Love in Rewind lets us go see the time when Louis and Emily met and how they fell desperately in love. In this time frame we get to how passionate Louis and Emily were for each other and how they consumed themselves with their love. I felt like Tali did a superb job giving us all of the details needed to fall in love with these two people and even their friends and surrounding.  It’s an insta-love type book but I feel as though the intensity was there so the intensity was much needed.

“Where was the man who promised to move heaven and earth to make sure I was his and no one else’s” 

Louis was clearly a man whore who did whoever whenever but met Emily and changed and found a way to maker her happy. I feel like Emily was a young naive/pure girl that had no problem what so ever shying away from the feelings that Louis dug out of her. I had to tell myself a couple of times to just try and remember that she WAS young. She was experiencing all of these things for the first time.

“Emily Bruel, I hope you enjoyed the ride…time’s up. Please exit on your right and don’t let the door hit you on your ass. You stupid girl!” 

I feel like Tali included the perfect mixture of humor and seriousness into this novel. I laughed but probably not as much as I cried. This really is a fantastic read. The sex was scorching hot, passionate, and VERY descriptive. I tried to put the book down numerous times and I just couldn’t. I very much enjoyed Tali Alexander’s writing style and absolutely can’t wait to read Sara’s story.

Love Surfaced (Michelle Lynn)

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The equations are simple.

Piper Ashby + Brad Ashby = Twin Siblings
Brad Ashby + Tanner McCain = Best Friends
Piper Ashby + Tanner McCain = Off limits

Tanner and I abided by the rules. We stayed on our designated sides of the relationship circle.

Ignoring swarming butterflies.
Brushing off skipped heartbeats.
Settling on lingering stares.

Here’s the secret … a hand extended over that invisible line once, exponentially changing the equation. I was convinced we could make our relationship work until Tanner broke the trust he embedded in me from the age of seven.

One deceit of mega proportions and the relationship we built for that short month vanished. I swore never to speak to him again and it’s worked. Until now—two years later, when my brother’s wedding places me face-to-face with the best man—Tanner McCain.

Leaving one equation to be solved. Can love surface twice


Freaking. A. I have a tendency to one click a crap ton of books so they usually build up on my kindle and I completely forget all about them. I caught this cover skimming through, deciding what to read next and wtf, WHY did I wait so long to read this book? If you know me, you know I loved that angst. I love the anxiety and stress I develop from another person. I love the push and pull of my heart strings and being so eager to flip to the next page. So let me introduce…

Piper knows that she has been in love with Tanner for as long as she can remember. He is her twin brothers best friend and he has always manage to filtrate her life and be there for her completely. At some point in time their relationship shifts and something changes in the both of them. They start this secret fling and just as quick as it started, it all falls apart and shit! my heart was torn into smithereens. I wasn’t bored once with this story. It didn’t take me a week to read this one. I freaking tore through this story and the story flowed through me like smooth butter. The words and feelings were just so THERE.

“What are we doing? Playing with fire–that’s what.” 

“My nerves flutter feverisly like a million little butteflies struggling to release from a jar. I’m free.”

Here are some things I loved:

The writing.
The humor
Piper
Tanner
The tension
The angst
The story line

“He’s so caring, as though he’s placed me down on a bed of nails. I forget that this man, who has kidnapped every sense I currently behold, used to be the one who tormented me the most. 

I didn’t find the story predictable at all. I felt as though everything flowed well together. There is an event that arises and creates distance between Piper and Tanner and I was so pissed and tortured because we don’t ever really know exactly what happened between them to push them apart (until later, that is) A situation that creates a distance between Tanner and Piper. There are missed opportunities and misunderstandings and lack of communication and you are just being the reader, not being able to communicate with the people in the book. Or shake them. Or scream at them. UGH. See what I mean, angsty.

The Song of David (Amy Harmon)

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I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.

For me, heaven was the octagon.

Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win


First I need to just lay it out there. Had I known Amy was going to include Moses in this story I would have dropped any and every thing to jump on this book before any other. The Law of Moses changed me heart and soul. I think to truly understand the importance of The Song of David one should first read The Law of Moses. When Amy Harmon writes a book she will make sure that she grabs you and makes you fall in love with every word that she writes. It’s magical, actually. She creates this world where it hurts to exist but the people in that world make you FEEL okay. She creates so much that I feel like these characters are embedded in my soul. I open her books and take a deep breath in and hold on for one crazy ride. My heart pounds and I can feel that heavy feeling in my throat and the tears welling up in my eyes. I would be lying if I said this book didn’t change me either. Amy played me like I was her own person fiddle.

“Some people are worth suffering for. I’m strong. I’ve been training for this, you know. Instead of feeling bad that I’ve had my trials, be grateful that I’m strong. I’ve got this. I’ve got you. Don’t take that away from me, David.”

I have not ever read a book like this. The characters were so different. So unique. I thought it would be a love story between two people but it’s not. It’s between Henry, Millie, and Tag. The story is told through audio tapes and takes place right after The Law of Moses (but both can be read as a standalone). Tag is a MMA fighter and owns his own bar and that’s where he meets Millie. He has always used fighting as an outlet for his inner battles and for his pent up anger. I think that all diminishes when he meets Millie, however. Millie was so beautiful. She was so grounded and so positive. I think Millie is the poster child for women everywhere. I loved her stamina and her wit.

“The most intimate thing we can do is to allow the people we love most to see us at our worst. At our lowers. At our weakest. True intimacy happened when nothing is perfect. And I don’t think you’re ready to be intimate with me, David.”

I feel like the characters had just enough problems/hardships to keep me intrigued through out the whole book. I loved their fight within each other so damn much. Henry created this whole new dynamic and feeling that I haven’t felt before. And as usual, Amy’s writing style is flawless. That’s the reason we all read right? To open our mind and our heart? For the author to pour themselves into our souls? I think it is. I also think that Amy accomplished that with this book. Please don’t forget your tissues with this book. I did. I regretted that instantly.

“You don’t ever disappear. You just change. You leave. You move on. But you never disappear. Even when you want to.” 

Five Stages of Falling in Love (Rachel Higginson)

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Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.

Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?

Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.

When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again.

As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.


I tried. Really I tried. I have heard so much about this book, even people that I knew loved this book. I just couldn’t get with it. I didn’t even finish it. At about 55% I stopped. And I didn’t even regret it. I had five stages of this book also but they weren’t the same as Liz’s. My 5th stage was “DONE. I. CANT. EVEN. FINISH.” 3 star book for me and I didn’t even have to finish it to see how it ends.

The writing wasn’t terrible and Liz’s situation and feelings felt real to me but I just wasn’t drawn in enough. There was nothing there that I connected with. I just ended up upset because I would catch myself thinking “OMG what if my husband died?” How sad, right? You can’t enjoy a book when you are reading stuff like that, ugh. The characters didn’t project much feels to me and I didn’t shed a tear. At all. In the first 50% of the book I felt like she went back and forth with Ben way too much. I understand that she was grieving, but even a year later she was still going back and forth with Ben. I felt like both men (Grady and Ben) were portrayed as “too perfect”. I like flawed characters. I like the hardships and the baggage that characters come with. Oh well, live and learn. Moving on to the next one…

Jezebel (K. Larsen)

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30 years of affection.
10 years of soul shattering love.
8 years of happy employment.
2 months of turmoil.
1 week of truth.
A lifetime of betrayal.

Would you have seen it coming?

Annabelle Fortin landed herself in a bit of trouble. Mandated to community service at an assisted living facility for early onset dementia she meets Jezebel, one of the residents. This is the story that unfolds over the course of Annabelle’s court ordered six month sentence. Nothing is what it seems


I am dubbing this book my top fave of 2015 thus far. I opened this book wanting to see what all of the hype was about and I get it now. I get it. I freaking get it. I didn’t guess a single thing coming in this book. Not. A. Single. One. I said “WTF” and “OH SHIT” at least 1500 times and I kicked myself in the ass at the end of the book for liking some of the characters. What a freaking idiot I was. And then called myself names for not seeing that STUPID ENDING COMING! I mean, where was my head at? I was too busy “ooohing and awwwing” at Annabelle and Jezebel. Fuck.

For starters, I highlighted absolutely everything. Thats what pisses me off, Jezebel was wise and smart and kind and her words touched my heart so sincerely as I know they touched Annabelle’s. Typically when I read a book where it is too good to be true (which this one was, trust me), I cautiously and slowly read and just wait for the ball to drop…and DID IT EVER. Please don’t get this confused with how much I loved this book, I guess I should focus on that now.

Annabelle is a troubled teen who falls into some trouble. She is sensitive and has no attention from her parents. Her consequences for her trouble require her to do volunteer work at a retirement home once a week, 4 hours a day, for 6 months.  *cue Annabelle meeting Jezebel* Annabelle soon finds the time she spends with Jezebel intriguing and inspiring, as well as Jezebel’s words. Annabelle finds herself enjoying the romantic story of Jezebel’s friend, Celeste and the love she shared with Gabriel. Through Jezebel recounting of their story, we learn how Gabriel and Celeste met and how they fell in deeply in love. The romance between them was captivating, mesmerizing and we, along with Annabelle were held spellbound by every word Jezebel spoke of this loving couple.

“Oh but my dear, every great love story has a twist. If there’s no twist, how does one ever know if their love can endure?”

I was completely engulfed in her story. I wanted to skip present time to go straight to Celeste and Gabriel. I tried not to get TOO comfortable because I kept holding onto this overwhelming feeling that the rug was about to be pulled right out from underneath me. I turned every page with my eye balls popping out of my head because….BECAUSE!!!!!!! The author pulls and lulls us in to a false hope and admiration and then BAM! I loved it. It was beautiful.

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“Love is powerful. It can heal, it can lift – it can also drag you down into the depths of hell and burn you until you’re no longer recognizable – so you must be careful with your heart.”