November 9 (Colleen Hoover)

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Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.


If you guys are anything like me, Colleen Hoover is an automatic buy. I buy all of her ebooks and I buy all of her paperbacks. I have very few authors that I enjoy supporting like that. I know that hype can kill a book and we all know that hype surrounding CoHo’s books are out of this world. We see her books being raved about for MONTHS before they even release. Most of the time with hype like that, the book could either not meet those readers expectations or they could blow all of that hype out of the water and be so much more than the words and teasers that were made for it.

I read this book in one sitting. Granted, all of CoHo’s books have been read in one sitting by me. I wasn’t about to sleep until I was able to learn Ben and Fallon’s fate. Fallon was a character that irrevocably drowned me with compassion and sympathy.It takes some killer writing or a very talented author to sell me on that. Ben was a breath of fresh air and incredibly smart. Something that most books these days lack in male leads.

November 9 had me hooked from beginning to end. I completed the title in one seating, desperate to learn the fates of Fallon and Ben. Readers who have loved Colleen Hoovers titles in the past will enjoy the unique duo in November 9. I can say that honestly, this book put me through the ringer. Ben and Fallon’s story is irresistible. I couldn’t help but fall in love with them from the very beginning. Their chemistry leaps of the page with humor, passion and an endearing realness.

“NOVEMBER 9TH OR NOTHING”

Marley (Lesley Jones)

26036052Want to know what really happened in that hotel room in Paris?
Want to know if the rumours of Marley, Sean and their sexploits were true?
We got to watch Georgia fall apart but what was Sean going through in those four years they were separated?
Marley will give you the answers but he might just break your heart along the way.
“‘So, they want me to write a book? They want to know about my band, my life, my loves and my losses. But they have no idea what they’re asking for. If I give them what they want, they’ll get so much more than the sex and drugs and the rock and roll they’re expecting. They’ll get the secrets that I’ve kept for so long, they’ll get an insight into the person I really am, or at least was. They think they know my story, they know nothing.
If I do this, if I write honestly and give them the ugly truth, people will get hurt. People that I love, people that have already suffered in the worst possible ways.
Do I do this, or do I walk away? Taking my secrets to the grave.”
Marley is an adult contemporary romance. It contains content suitable only for grownups with an open mind. There are scenes of group sex which include m/f/m a little bit of f/m/m and even some f/f/f/m/m/f/f/f. There is drinking and drug taking involved. A lot of swearing, some Essex slang and some very high emotion. Please don’t complain after reading this book that you weren’t warned.
And yes, of course you’ll need tissues.


I don’t know where to start with this post. I am very torn on books being redone in a different person’s perspective. Sometimes its not necessary. Its redundant and boring and I find no interest in that character enough to have that insight. But Marley, yes. I needed that with Marley. I needed that with Carnage. In Carnage there was so much stuff going on that we have no idea how the pieces of the puzzles were ever going to come together. The hotel room, we had no idea what REALLY happened. The studio at Georgia’s parents when Maca walks in with that girl, we NEEDED to know what was going on there. And with this book and Marley’s perspective we needed those answers and those insights. So when Lesley Jones announced she’d be giving us another book in the “Carnage” series, I’ll admit I was a little hesitant. I mean a companion novel…did I really want to put myself through all of this again? It took me WEEKS to move on from the first book alone.

The answer? Yes. Yes I did. I NEEDED that hurt again. I needed that closure. I knew that there was some stuff going on the four years that Maca and Georgia were apart but nothing like what I just read. This book was filled to the brim with grief, guilt and remorse. There were some nasty details and some gruesome events that were so hard for me to stomach. If you’ve read the first two you are probably thinking “how am I supposed to go through all of this again?” It’s hard. And it hurts. But what a beautiful story.

I felt like Lesley did an excellent job executing this story. I am a huge fan of those stories that rip me apart. They don’t have to heal me. But this book did. Reliving moments in their lives through Marley’s eyes definitely put a whole new perspective on the whole of the Carnage series, helping us to understand in more depth and detail the choices that were made and the consequences of those choices. Helping us understand what is was like for Marley all those years, his battles, his hurt, his pain and his love.

This book was not a complete rehash of Carnage. In fact, there was a lot of new details and a lot of new story lines. This book was about rebellion and being reckless. It’s about sex and drugs and rock and roll. It’s about heartache and gut wrenching pain. Consequences. Guilt. Most importantly it’s about finding love and being sorry. It’s about secrets that will never be shared. I am applauding you Lesley. Applauding you for ripping my heart out a third time like it was no big deal.

Time Stands Still (Lori Otto)

Emi Hennigan could never have predicted her life would be like this. After wasting more than ten years being “just a friend” to her true love, Nate Wilson, Emi feels more than a little regret. Her future was set, though. Nate loved her as much as she loved him, and they were moving forward with a romance that took them both by surprise. They already knew their bad habits, quirks and the subtle nuances of expressions, but the love was all-encompassing and new to them both. 

No man could compete, Emi thought, until one night – one evening, one party, one journey, one second alters her course completely. 
That night, her brother’s confident best friend, Jack Holland, comes back into her life with a mission: to spend more time with Emi to prove he is the right man for her. A romance with him is the furthest thing from Emi’s mind, though, staying loyal and steadfast to a trusted man that she will always love. 
In a year’s time, though, Emi must learn to make changes she’d never before considered after being impacted by unexpected events. While her fragile spirit takes time to heal, Jack slowly finds a comfortable place in her life. Only time will tell if it’s right for Emi – and enough for him.


So, after not completely loving Lost and Found, I was very curious as to what would happen in Time Stands Still. The ending of the first book is enough to push me in the direction of the second book. However, I wish I could have gotten my answers with having to read the whole book though. Oh, it was sad alright. The first part of the book I felt like I needed a whole bottle of Xanax. But you can only pity and be sad for a character for so long. I stopped at Chapter 5.

“Thirteen years. One night. Nine months. One small baby will deliver true love. I can’t wait to see you.”

In this book, Emi struggles with being alone. Again. She tries to figure out how to adjust to everything that she has recently been through. I think I found Emi more annoying in this book. The long, drawn out indecisions were a huge battle with me. Do I keep reading? Do I DNF? Why are we focusing on dwelling and certain points for TOO LONG? I really started enjoying the book towards the end though. I swear I will forever be Team Nate but Jack grows on you. I am more curious on what his story is now.

Maybe I lost more interest when Nate died in the first book. In my opinion, no Jack can replace him or what Emi had with him. I know that he is written to make you believe that there are second chances and Lori does well with making you feel some sort of feelings for Jack. Besides the fact that this book dragged on also and there are a lot of lulls and over-exaggerated details, it was still a great read. Maybe I am just cynical and should try to sympathize for Emi a little bitter. Regardless of why I didn’t care for it, Lori has exceptional writing that keeps my attention 85% of the time.

Lost and Found (Lori Otto)

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“There was true depth to the story and the characters that moved me and emotionally gutted me. I was so taken by Nate and Emi’s love for each other. It’s the kind of love that few have and many desire but never get to experience.” – Megan, Reading Books Like a Boss

Independent and sensitive, idealistic and hopeful, Emi Hennigan lives her life with optimism and an open mind. Between sharing a tiny Manhattan apartment with her fun-loving roommate and spending most of her free time with her heart-breaker friend, Emi’s seen enough failed relationships to know what to avoid in her quest to find her true love. Not only that, but a single moment from her past lingers in her mind, setting high expectations for every man she dates.

Emi’s best friend, artist and hopeless romantic Nate Wilson, has been her closest companion all of their adult lives. After swearing off love with Emi in a silly high school pact, Nate has been seeing other women in hopes of finding one that evokes stronger feelings than the ones he’s been harboring for Emi since he was a teen. Over the span of a year, boundaries are crossed, feelings are confessed, and their unique friendship begins to blossom into something more.

Through Nate’s eyes, an atypical romance unfolds, disrupting the comfortable safe haven their friendship has provided. With a promising future ahead of them both, fate intervenes to bring two soul mates together.


I loved the prequel novella to this series and I read it first and jumped straight into this hoping to love it too. I struggled, bad. I was so intrigued by Nate and Emi in the prequel but then this book threw me upside down. The book felt so long to me. Maybe it was long, maybe I read slow. A lot of things dragged and a lot of details were dragged.

Emi was a very hard person for to attach myself to. I didn’t understand a lot of what she did and she got on my nerves so bad. It’s hard to enjoy a story when you aren’t invested in the main characters, but the writing was good and the story held so much potential that I found myself pushing through it.

I feel like people always think 3 stars is a terrible rating but it’s not. I enjoyed the depth of the characters and the secondary characters were great. I did not enjoy the back and forth. The wishy washy. Emi rubbed me the wrong way from the get go so I’m afraid that shattered all hopes of the book for me.
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The ending was SOLID. So solid I’m currently reading the second one. I feel like I’m being so nosey because I really just want to know what’s going to happen.

Letters Written In White (Kathryn Perez)

24384089What’s worse, living when you want to die or dying while you’re fighting to live?

I’m dead.

I’m cold and alone and I’m dead. There’s no air in my lungs. My chest is as cold and hollow as a cave on a snowcapped mountain side. My heart no longer beats there.

Frigid winds whistle through my ribs and the sadness inside me weeps like my favorite tree.

Days ago, I met with death face to face.
The mirror, our meeting place. My two darkened green eyes stared deeply into hers.
I tilted my head to the side. She did too.
“It’s time,” I whispered. “It’s time,” she whispered.

And with that I turned away from her, the woman in the mirror who knew all of my secrets and all of my pain. I walked away from her and yet we’d never been closer than we were in that moment.
The inner struggle was over.
No more arguing with the woman in the mirror.
No more arguing with myself.
The choice was made.
She was the victor. Or was I?

That was the day Riah Winter died.


Here’s the thing with Kathryn. As she publishes each book her writing progresses and grows as a writer. Sex Unlimited and Foreplay were great reads. Therapy was exceptional and life changing for me but this book, this book you can see the growth tremendously. Whatever pieces of your soul were ripped apart in Therapy will be shattered in Letters Written in White.

Kathryn wrote a book. She wrote a book that is heart grippingly and painfully wonderful. She wrote a book about Riah. And you won’t be disappointed. LWIW is raw, grueling, emotional, and heart wrenching. It’s that light at the end of the tunnel. It’s the silver lining that you need in your life. It’s healing. Riah is living deep inside of all of us. She’s with us as we try and make it through our repetitive days of family, work, and constant inner battles. She’s in us when we feel lost and afraid.

It’s refreshing to read that story that isn’t all happy things, all perfect things. Perfect heroine, perfect husband, perfect life. This is what real life is all about. This book is what all of us are afraid to admit to feeling. This book is the book that will help you see yourself for what you are worth.
So if you read anything out of your comfort zone this year or if you like the stories that make you feel things, please pick this book up. Kathryn’s writing is exceptional. Her metaphors and her descriptions are out of this world. If this book is this good and she progresses with every book, I can’t wait to see where her future will take her.

Lovely Trigger (RK Lilley)

THE IMPACT 

Tristan hit rock bottom, and no one felt the impact harder than Danika. She was forced to see, in the most brutal of ways, that love does not conquer all. Bruised, bloody, and broken she had to walk away. 

THE AFTERMATH 

Picking up the pieces of your life after a tragedy is a daunting prospect, and that’s considering you still own all of the pieces. But what if you don’t? What if someone else owns those pieces, and those pieces are a part of your soul? 

You dig deep and work with what you’ve got. 

That’s what Danika told herself and believed, every single day, for years. 

Tristan and Danika’s love had failed every test that life had thrown at them. She couldn’t forget that, not for one second. And if those tests had been overly harsh, well, she wasn’t one to wallow in self-pity. The failure was the thing she had to focus on. The failure was the lesson. She had no intention of working so hard to make it out of hell without learning that lesson well. 

THE REUNION 

Over six years after the night that changed everything, Danika finds herself forced to spend the weekend constantly in Tristan’s company, as they attend the wedding of two of their dearest friends. It’s been long enough that she feels they can be friendly again without it destroying her peace of mind, but just a small amount of time in his presence has her remembering something she had forced herself to forget: There’d been a reason she’d gone through hell with this man, for this man, some true good to precede the bad. 

She shocks herself by quickly giving in to a hunger that she never imagined could still consume her. 

Even the best intentioned denial has a breaking point. 

THE HARSH REALITY 

After everything that’s happened, the rise and the fall, the pain and the aftermath, can these two navigate the waters of acute regret, survive the trials of coming face to face with all that they have lost, and find the strength to try again?


I’ve had mixed feelings about these books from the start but one thing is for certain: these books are unforgettable. There’s been love, lust, anger, angst, hot sex, and heartbreak. This last book was certainly no different. It may quite possibly have been my favorite.

After all that had happened with Tristan and Danika to get me to the third book of the series, I guess it ultimately meant that I was invested in seeing a second chance that would hopefully blow my freaking mind. I won’t lie, they might have been bad for each other but I wanted them together always. By the time I got to the last page I can openly admit that I wiped away a tear or twenty. I don’t know, who’s counting anyways?

Danika and Tristan have taken up residence in that part of my heart that is only reserved for characters like Ian and Sparrow, Olivia and Caleb, Nova and Quinton, and so on and so on. I’m not a big fan of series but this one will drive you to insanity, make you fall in and out of love repetitively, break your heart, mend it and take you on a journey that is simply unforgettable.

“Love is messy. Love takes a fucking piece of you before its done.”

Lux (Courtney Cole)

 


LET THERE BE LIGHT. 

My name is Calla Price and I’m broken.
My pieces are all around me, floating on the wind, even as I desperately try to grasp them.
Who is dead? Alive? Insane?
What is the truth?
I don’t know.
I do know this: The darkness is strangling me. With every breath, I choke on another lie.
My mind has protected me, but that shield will soon be lowered.
All will be revealed.
Every answer to every question. 

It’s all been leading to this.
Don’t be afraid.
Be terrified.


I am not surprised any more by what Courtney and this series makes me feel. I have learned to embrace the events and embrace the crazy. Calla is crazy, Finn is crazy, Dare is Crazy, WE’RE ALL CRAZY, HEY! Receiving an ARC made me jump for joy but I lost sleep, I had scattered pieces of paper everywhere, and I refused to stop reading until I finished.

 
“Because silence hides an abundance of sins.”

“You should stay away from Dare, though,” she tells me. “Someday, he’ll be your downfall.

Once you open Lux you get to question everything you have read in Nocte and Verum and even Intium. HAVE FUN! You won’t know what is up from what is down. And you’ll want to throw a full blown tantrum until you finally get what you want, much like my 5 year old does.

“I never know never know never know when I’m crazy.”


“May you always have the courage to live free, and the strength to do what is right.”

Questions. Questions. Questions. But guess what; Answers. Answers. Answers!! In Lux we are still following Calla and her confused mind and we are still just as confused as she is. We follow her adjusting to new environments and new altercations. What is the connection between Calla and Finn and Dare? What is even real? I have my theories just like you have yours. Some of these theories I keep locked up with me because they are what makes me happy. They make me balanced and less crazy. Some theories were true and I didn’t want them to be but the outcomes and the answers outweighed all of that.

Courtney writes with beautiful prose. She pulls at your mind and won’t let you go until you are questioning every single persons motives and sanity. Even your own. I wish I could give her the praise that she so much deserves on these books. I can’t imagine the thoughts, the work, and even the brain power she had to use to create us such an intense story and emotional characters.

Rock Bottom (RK Lilley) 


Their love had the power of a runaway freight train, and the potential to be just as destructive.
The tempestuous sequel to Bad Things picks up where the first book left off. Reeling from a profound loss, Tristan and Danika struggle to pick up the pieces and build a life together, but the hard habits of a lifetime are not so easy to escape. 

Rock Bottom takes us on a dual point of view journey through addiction and desire, through love and agony, and answers the question we’ve been asking since these characters were introduced in Grounded: “What happened between Tristan and Danika?” 


First off I want to send a quick throat punch out to all the girls who made me read this stupid series. Okay, it’s not stupid but my feelings are! I didn’t know up from down in this one. I had more bad feelings in this book alone then I have in any other book. This book is EMOTIONAL. You have got to be prepared for that. It was like Jessica Sorensen’s Quinton and Nova books jacked up on crack.

“It was my firm belief that to properly mourn the loss of a person, you had to deal with the silence in your head and accept what it turned into when life didn’t keep you too busy to think.”

Danika notices changes in Tristan. Drastic changes and with these changes Danika has to learn to cope with them the best that she can. Tristan has a hard time adjusting to Jerad’s death and I feel like him and Danika use sex as their coping mechanism (which by the way is scorching hot might I add). I love T & D’s intensity. I cannot get over how intense they are. How obsessed they are with each other. I’m so obsessed with it. I’m so obsessed with them.

There is something about the way Lilley writes (that I have picked up on). She creates this raw, destructive, gritty story line that you just can’t look away from. I want all of the feelings and hurt deep in my stomach. I. Want. Them. ALL!

In all fairness there were some annoying moments. Tristan was totally out of control and Danika’s actions to some things were a little off for me but it amped the story up for good reason. There were NO obvious moments to me. Literally, I had NO CLUE what was going to happen next and the dread I felt was unreal.

“There was an anchor, tied around both of his ankles, and it was taking him deep, into black fathomless depths, drowning him slowly but surely. I didn’t tell him that he was dragging me down with him.”

I feel gutted. Impaled. Empty. Sad. Isn’t that awesome? Yes. Yes it is. How can you find someone’s misery and struggle so enjoyable? I have no idea but Lilley executed the fact that I loved the crap that they were dealt with. I thoroughly enjoyed this. In the end there was nothing left but two hearts scattered among the debris of what their love had created.

Bad Things (RK Lilley) 

Danika hasn’t had an easy life. Being insanely attracted to bad boys has never helped make it easier.
One look at Tristan, and every brain cell she possessed went up in smoke. This man was trouble with a capital T. It was a given.
She knew better. Bad boys were bad. Especially for her. Considering her history, it was crazy to think otherwise. So why did crazy have to feel so damn fine?

For as long as she could remember, Danika had been focused on the future with single-minded purpose. Tristan came along and taught her everything there was to know about letting go, and living in the present. She fell, hard and deep. Of course, that only made her impact with the ground that much more devastating.


Train wreck of a love story is correct. So bad I couldn’t look away. I couldn’t put the book down. If you know me, you know I love angst and I’m a huge sucker for it. Sassy heroine, witty dialogue, dysfunctional couple, it was like my book soulmate!

Danika’s life has been anything but easy and now that she has stability and is comfortable with her life she is determined to keep it that way. And then, Tristan comes conveniently barreling into her life and she learns how to let go and live in the moment.

Danika was great and a very realistic character. I love how witty and tough she was and her no bullshit personality was refreshingly great. She was strong when she needed to be but also very vulnerable at times. Tristan was broody and mean and that was annoying but his soft and sincere moments melted my heart. You could see the differences between how he was with Danika and how he was with someone else.

I swooned, got hot and bothered (a lot), laughed, and wanted to throat punch every character at least once but then I would just get choked up. Bad Things is my kind of book. The writing is good. The emotions are tumultuous. The storyline is addictive. The secondary characters are great. It was just great. I’m rushing to get the second one now.

Meant to Be (Esther M Soto) 

Can one simple decision alter the rest of your life?
When Christina Reyes agrees to attend a local bar on Valentine’s Day, she doesn’t expect to bump into her old college roommate, Ileana Harper. Funny how things happen. One minute you’re stopping to greet an old friend, and the next you’re literally running into the most perfect male specimen you’ve ever laid eyes on. 

Special agent Brad Nelson’s life is full of engagements, appointments, and obligations—and that’s just during his personal time. Getting a drink with his fellow agents on some made-up holiday isn’t on his agenda. Neither is the gorgeous little brunette that plowed into him. Yet every fiber of his being wants to make room for her. 

Some believe events are just coincidence. 
Some believe we can control our future by the choices we make. 

But, what if they’re wrong? What if there is such thing as fate?

What if some things are just Meant to Be?


I’m sure you all have grabbed Hold My Heart while it’s been on sale so this little novella will be a great read for you while you wait for the second book in the series to come out.

This read was quick and well wrote. We get the story about how Brad and Chris meet and it was such an enjoyable story. Lots of smiles in my face while I was reading it.

I’m always in awe when an author can make such a short story such as a novella just work so well and Esther does just that. I actually wish she would have done a full length novel on these two characters.

I don’t want to give too much away just in case you haven’t read Hold My Heart (shame on you!) but I’m beginning to think that now brad is up there with Tommy and Will.