A Thousand Boy Kisses (Tillie Cole)

 
One kiss lasts a moment.

But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.

A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.

A bond that neither time nor distance can break.

A bond that will last forever.

Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come. 

Shun me! I’m a minority. Or a realist. Whichever you prefer.

This cover. It’s another one of those “OH! The cover sold me on the book!” I three starred this one, however. I don’t think it’s a bad thing in this case though. I had a lot of pros and cons. The cons just sadly outweighed the pros.

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This book is YA. I don’t care what anyone says. You follow these two people from the time they are 5 years old to the time they are 18. That’s young adult. The dialogue and the events were also very teenish. I’m not a huge fan of YA so I am afraid that tarnished my view point on this book.

Tillie’s writing. Damn. It was wonderful. It flowed. It was poignant. I found myself getting so lost in it. It was a huge pro for me. One of the biggest.

(I can’t say anymore because SPOILERS).

The alternate POV and the time frames were written out so diligently and smoothly. I think I had a couple of complaints on how the two main characters acted at times or how they REacted rather but I can’t explain why without spoilers. Other than that, not a complaint.

This book was almost TOO depressing. I should ate a whole bottle of Xanax throughout this whole book.

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Yes. That is a con. I wish I was kidding but I’m not. Not at all. From the get go it was sad. In the middle it was sad. The parts in between we’re sad. Sure there was some happy moments. But I definitely think the sad outweighed the good. And I mean come on, who wants to be sad during a whole book?

Also, this book strangely resembled another emotional book. Like, freakishly resembled. Even down to Poppy’s attitude and outlook. I was floored. The second part of this book was not original in some parts.

The ending. WHAT? I had major issues with the ending. Like, tell me answers or I’ll combust. I don’t even understand. What happened? Why? Why did Tillie do that? WHY TILLIE WHY?

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So to round it all out: this was a decent read for ME. But you know what? I cried at the end. I did. Are you happy? My eyes got all glossy and I couldn’t see. Because Tillie’s writing draws you into these characters and their lives. Sucks you in. I felt so enveloped and weaved into these people’s lives. I was just….sad.

If you want a nasty, ugly cry and some YA this book is for you. Most definitely.


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Roots and Wings (M. Mabie)

 
Welcome to Wynne, population 3,401.

No billionaires. No professional athletes. No celebrities.

In this small town, current events are pondered in mirrors at the local salon or around crowded tables at the diner, and there’s a new couple to gossip about. A rough and tumble woman who works in her dad’s garage, not yet ready to spread her wings, shows the new guy in town what it’s like to finally have roots.

It’s your run-of-the-mill, sexy, Astro van driving dentist meets smart-ass, bass fishing tomboy in a story of real-life romance.

Low on drama. High on love.

 Pull up a chair and stay a while. 


Before you even ask, NO…this book is nothing like her Wake Series books. But you know what? I think that is a good thing. One: because it would be hard to even come close to that angsty series and two: this one is in a realm of its own with its uniqueness.

With Roots and Wings we get a real nice slow-burn every day romance with a normal hero and heroine. Nothing over the top or over exaggerated. In regards to the romance aspect, I literally sat there thinking “OMG GIVE ME SOME ACTION!” that’s how slow burning this was. Which in my case is a great thing. Because insta-love is a big fat NOPE. The tension that develops is impalpable. I don’t even think I can come up with a word to describe it at this point. But when it hits you, damn does it hit you.

And let me tell you, I have never encountered a heroine like Mutt. I’ll be darned. She was everything I look for in a heroine and she is so headstrong I wanted to high five her at least 10 times. She was just so cool. Vaughn was definitely swoon worthy and a couple of the secondary characters snagged my attention as well. With this book we get alternate POV’s through Mutt and through Vaughn. Which I really enjoyed. Especially on certain parts 😉

The book was very easy get into and the dialogue and plot flowed very nicely. It’s a REAL love story. There is no forcing or staging anything. M. Mabie gives us Mutt and her inner dialogue and wraps it around us like a warm blanket and you just never want to emerge from it. I got so lost in Wynne with Mutt and Vaughn I didn’t even want to come back to the real world. Roots and Wings is a light and fun romance. I was hooked from the start and I laughed and I awed. No drama. Just a good time read that keeps you reeling and smiling.

 

Collared (Nicole Williams)

 
When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,

A community is shaken.

Parents turn desperate.

Friends hold vigils.

And the boy who loves her searches.
When a year goes by,

The community is recovering.

Parents feel hopeless.

Friends feel helpless.

And the boy who loves her continues his search.
When ten years go by,

The community has forgotten.

Parents cling to the past.

Friends move toward the future.

And the boy who loves her . . .

Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.
When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,

A community wants to know the story,

Parents want to forget the story,

Friends want to be a part of the story,

And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

The cover. That’s what sold me on this book. It did me in. It’s beautiful. Also, I have never heard of this author before so I went in blind. But please don’t mistake my three stars for a terrible review and rating. Let me explain:

First and foremost…Why was the ending so open ended? I mean, what? Why? What’s going on? I hate feeling like I missed something. Unless you plan on picking up where that left off I usually don’t care for those types of endings.

And can we talk about her way of going about everything? I mean, one day after and she is ready to take on the world and conquer it all. I appreciated how it backfired for her though. I feel like it taught her to slow down and take it all one day at a time. But, I’m also selfish. I want these things. TELL ME.

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Also, I feel like we needed MORE time in her captivity. More feelings. And definitely more of her POV in captivity. I needed more of the past. More validation. TEN years and I only know a handful oif things that happened in said ten years. I feel like she was so over dramatic at some points because I didn’t know what exactly was making her tick or triggering her.

I did enjoy the story line. I enjoyed the title and how fitting it was. I enjoyed the metaphors the author used. And I appreciated her take on the elephants. I am glad I got to see Jade transpire into what she needed.

DO NOT READ THE BLURB!!

Collared follows not only Jade and her struggles, but it also follows her self-discovery AND recovery. She is a survivor. Never a victim. This story was told in a quick moving tempo and it definitely kept me reading and interested. It moves at just the right speed. It isn’t rushed and it doesn’t drag. It’s definitely one of those books you don’t want to put down until you have reached the end.

But then the ending *side eyes*

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Breaking Her (RK Lilley)

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BLURB TO COME.


Typically I think I am blessed on a day to day basis. But when I received this ARC I just knew I did something right in my past life. Or maybe RK just got tired of me whining. Yeah, that’s probably it.

At the end of the first book, I didn’t know how my life would go on. WHAT? OMG! WHERE ARE MY ANSWERS? Don’t you worry, sweet child. Answers you shall get and some of them are whammy’s. Big ones. I went back and read my review on the first book and I can honestly say that all of my questions were answered. I feel as if RK did a superb job in her back tracking and making sure she covered everything and left no holes to be found.

My ONLY complaint you will hear from me about this book was how slow the first part (present time) was. It was very slow and dragging to me and I found myself wanting to be lost in the past time more than the present. I didn’t skim. I wanted to for a while but I didn’t. So that is all I will touch on the negative aspect of this book.

The relationship in this second book was still vicious and twisted and it was still mixed up with their explosive tempers. But Scarlett. I love her. I love her wit and I love her inner dialogue. I want to be just like her when I grow up. And can we talk about Dante’s redemption? I am just kidding, we can’t. Because spoilers. But let me just add this: it wasn’t just Dante who had a killer redemption. Nope. You will be surprised…

AND THAT ANGST. And the ENDING. OMG THAT ENDING. RK will rip you apart and give no sh*ts along the way. And I LOVE THAT.

What made this book (and series) so great was the fact that I still got my smut and my romance but at the same time I had to use my brain. I had to learn characters and memorize their actions and motives. It was just beautiful. And nothing screams beautiful quite like the forgiveness in this story. And RK’s creative writing. I dig it. I love it.

The Fire Between Hi & Lo (Brittainy Cherry)

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There once was a boy, and I loved him.

Logan Francis Silverstone was the complete opposite of me. I danced while he stood still. He was quiet, and I was always running my mouth. He struggled to find a smile while I refused to frown.

The night I saw the darkness that truly lived inside of him, I couldn’t look away.

We were broken together, yet somehow whole. We were wrong together, but always right. We were the stars that burned across the night sky, searching for a wish, praying for better tomorrows.

Until the day I lost him. I threw us away with one hasty decision—a decision that changed us forever.

There once was a boy, and I loved him.

And for a few breaths, a few whispers, a few moments, I think he loved me, too.

Brittainy writes truth. Every time. I don’t think it really even matters what she is writing about. Everything she writes will hit you right in the core. And with every book she releases, she just keeps getting better and better.

Please be aware, some of this book might be hard for you to read. Trust me, I cringed and gagged and hurt a lot. But all of the good and the highs were will be worth it. You might cry, but hey! You’ll smile too! You just have to get past the ugly and the scary.

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This was a slow burning friends to lover book (one of my faves). No instalove. Complete trust and love was evolved and broken for us as reader to see. And trust me when I say: you WILL feel the hurt. Don’t even act like you don’t. Don’t fight it. I think Brittainy wants to strip us bare and make us nice and vulnerable before she drops that BIG FAT WHAMMY and poof…your heart is dust.

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The secondary characters. I can’t. I think I loved them and their stories more than Alyssa and Logan’s. There was just SO MUCH more to this book than Alyssa and Logan. So many stories. Lessons. Healing. Each character had redeeming qualities but at the same time each character had an obstacle they has to over come at some point. There are highs and lo’s but the best parts are the in between moments. Their healing and clarity moments.

The plot was solid. I didn’t see a single hole or missing conclusion. All of your questions were answered and then some. I loved their internal dialogue as well as the alternating POV’s so that is always a plus.

By 10% I was already committed to giving my heart over to Brittainy…point blank. Take it and destroy it. She didn’t let me down. She did just that but at the same time she was able to heal me. I didn’t know anything was broken in me until this story. Until Logan. Until Alyssa.

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At this point, the element series has turned out to be some of Brittainy’s best work hands down. I can only hope that she will keep progressing. Who am I kidding? Every book she released is better than the last in some sort of way. She won’t ever let me down.

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Ginger’s Heart (Katy Regnery)

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Once upon a time there were two cousins:

one golden like the sun,

one dark like midnight,

one a protector,

one a predator,

one a Woodsman

and

one a Wolf…

both owning equal,

but different,

parts of a little girl’s heart.

In this modern retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” the woodsman and the wolf are cousins, and Little Red is the girl with whom they both fall in love.

Beautiful Ginger McHuid, daughter of Kentucky’s premiere horse breeder, grows up on her family farm, best friends with Cain Wolfram, the son of her father’s Stallion Manager, and Cain’s cousin, Josiah Woodman, son of a local banker. Throughout their happy childhood, the three are inseparable friends, but as they mature into adults, complicated feelings threaten to destroy their long history of friendship and love.



3 stars

I rated this one a solid three stars. I enjoyed this read but not completely and wholly. I adore Katy and her writing and plots. I do! But still yet, nothing of hers has hit me as hard as Never Let You Go. I am not sure why. I think with saying that, my expectations for her books have been extremely high. High for the hurt, and the feels and the angst.

Some things that I didn’t care for in this story were the repeating of scenarios in the first half of the book. It was actually rather exhausting and I skimmed a bunch if it. When something happened you got it through Ginger’s POV, then you got either Josiah’s or Cain’s. It was redundant and not necessary in my opinion. And nothing was different in the POV’s. It was unnecessary repeating.

I also did not care for the way the slang and their speech was written. Were they in the 21st century? Were they in the south in the 60’s? But then things like frozen pizza and cell phones and Wi-Fi would be brought up and I wouldn’t have a clue as to what timeframe I was in. It was very mind boggling to me. Plus, we don’t sound like that in the south.

I had a hard time with the way things happened in this book. Not all of them but some. I wish I could go into more detail but I can’t because I don’t like when people spoil stuff. Some of Ginger’s decisions I really struggled with. A lot. But I liked the story line. It wasn’t your typical story line and there was a lot of OMG moments that were extremely emotional and even well written. I even second guessed myself on a couple of things.

Katy, however, has some of the best writing I have come across still to this day. With this writing she makes you feel and hurt but her words also have the power to heal you. All in one book. How magical is that?

Elastic Hearts (Claire Contreras)

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Victor Reuben.

Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.

Nicole Alessi.
Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood’s biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss’s daughter. 

In such a high profile divorce, they can’t afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide. 
Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had… 

Once… 

Twice… 

Three times all those years ago. 

As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized. 

It won’t be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there’s smoke…


Tension. Sex. Forbidden romance. Second chances. Mix all of that up and what do you have? The recipe for a perfect book! Well, in my opinion. I hardly ever have a complaint about Claire’s writing or her story lines and I loved the other two books in this standalone series tremendously. But, I did end up rating this book only 3 stars…

Here’s why: I think these characters have been drawn out long enough. I respect the fact that Claire wanted to finish out the series with the last set of characters but this book was almost strenuous to me; forced. Like she had to just find things for Oliver and Jensen and Mia to do. Just sticking them here and there and then POOF! Gone. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, and I have seen it happen with other books as well. I just think it’s best to let it all rest. I was happy this would be the last book.

Also: grammatical errors. I highlighted a bunch. It was painful! But, I can deal. It wasn’t a make or break for me

This book was the LESS angstiest of the series but Claire’s sexual tension and NON insta-love type of romance was well worth the read to me. The way she built Victor and Nicole up was well worth the thrill and the ride. I would catch myself holding my breath, just waiting for a piece, and then loooong exhale. But then when you get what you are looking for, your heart smiles. And you have a cheesy grin on your face.

Once again I scored with the secondary characters. I loved them. From the driver to Quinn to Talon (that’s right). I can’t stress enough how enjoyable these type of characters are for me so I was beyond thankful for the time put into them.

There was no real conflict. I mean there was but it was more so just a forbidden thing. I wont delve into details (in fear of spoiling) but there was not a true climatic part. Maybe a couple of GASPS here and there and some AWWS thrown in but that is about it.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read. Victor was hot. I am talking SPICY hot. Nicole was tolerable. She didn’t drive me to the brink of insanity (that’s always a plus). The story line was superb. I didn’t skim. I am just glad it’s over with. I look forward to reading what Claire can whip out next and move on to.