Reviews

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15731779ABOUT:

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

ALEXANDRIA’A REVIEW:

I LOVED this book. To be honest, when I first picked it up and started reading, I was nervous it would be another book with sex on every other page. It had a lot of it but somehow, Sylvia Day has me more connected with the characters. I felt more in depth with them and able to read it and feel for them.

The ending felt a bit rushed to me. Like, the author wanted to throw that last part in for the heck of it. BUT the drama that came out in the end had my flying through the last few pages. I needed to know what happened and of course, Sylvia is going to make us wait for book #4 :) Which is fine, makes FINALLY reading it worth it!

I highly recommend this series. I didn’t like Fifty Shades of Grey  for many reasons and this is a wonderful substitute. More realistic.

VERDICT:

Give it a shot.

RATING:

4stars

 

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Entwined-You-Crossfire-Book-3/dp/0425263924

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/entwined-with-you-sylvia-day/1112174406?ean=9780425263921

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17237958ABOUT:

Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…

Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decided to rush a fraternity, to get back the swagger he had in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the brothers to invite him to the real rush–where the beer is flowing and one particular girl has set her eyes on Joe.

Over the course of one wild night, both Amy and Joe will have to decide if their futures belong with two new people, or whether the next forever will have their first loves in it.

ALEXANDRIA’S REVIEW:

I so wanted to love this book. It was getting some pretty good reviews and when I was trying to figure out what to read next, something about it grabbed me. But oh my gosh this was awful. These characters are supposed to be in college but they act like they are in high school. The whole book takes place over one night. That’s it. A frat party. I was reading the book on my kindle and I realized how long the party was going on (really dragging on) so I looked at the percentage I was at and realized I was at 67%. I think my mouth dropped and I was instantly annoyed. I kept thinking, so this is the story? A frat party and an insecure girl’s thoughts? Nothing really even happened with the characters. They’re boring and the title makes no sense to the book. I am not trying to rag on the author, at all. The writing was okay and clearly other people have liked it. But the book at the end of the day…not worth my money. I was impressed, though, with the inner dialogue, which carried the book. I don’t know. Decide for yourself, I guess.

VERDICT:

Wait for it to go on sale for under a dollar. It won’t be worth your dollar.

RATING:

1star

Buying Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Next-Forever-Entangled-After-ebook/dp/B00BCFZLME/ref=cm_rdp_product Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-next-forever-lisa-burstein/1114140323?ean=9781622660032

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaBursteinAuthor?fref=ts Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17237958-the-next-forever Website: http://www.lisaburstein.com/

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Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney  – @WordyMary

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Beside Your Heart is about high schooler  Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British tabloids. Now back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful. involved with  a  an aristocratic family background. Mow havinga career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life. There’d been a  time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together or the year of her sister’s death being that they are one in the same. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through coming of age. But what happens next…

MARILYN’S REVIEW:

I had the opportunity to read “Beside Your Heart” as an ARC. I started reading this book Friday and finished it the same day. With major issues going on in my state with fires, Mary’s book being so very emotional, I was able to read and get so into the story and even release some tears which was very cathartic to what was going on in real life as well as in “Beside Your Heart.” Nicki and Adam are the main characters and their story is perfectly precious. It has a heart aching backstory, with the death of one of there family members. Mary writes past and present perfectly. With a prologue in present tense, leading to the ending with the what could be, the balancing was remarkable and most definitely makes you want more and there surely could be as well as sub-storylines for potentially more books. She left us hanging just right that she could continue but doesn’t have to. But I can say, I want More and SOON. LOL. The story is perfectly what High School love is; with young lover, ignorance to true feelings, anguish and heartache, all things you remember from your own time there. Loss of life is a huge impact of this story and dealing with death and even guilt of living. Nicki is a young Texas girl that has had an enormous loss of her younger sister in a car accident that she managed to survive. Adam is a student from England for the year.

Mary encompasses everything, current girls, friendship, how you really feel, why you feel so strong, how we have only so much time, first sexual experience; it’s just rounded perfectly.

I read this in one day and just adored it. Well done Mary I so look forward to more of your stories.

RATING:

5stars

Breach (Breach #1) by K.I. Lynn – @KI_Lynn_

17839607ABOUT: Delilah Palmer has always maintained control of her life and outward personality, blocking the truth that’s just below the surface. Using a façade meant to be normal and hide the scars of her childhood, she’s made a good life for herself. Becoming a successful lawyer, she is finally free from the tortured past that haunts her daily. Until he comes along and breaks open the cracks.

Nathan Thorne has a haunted past of his own. On the surface, he is personable, extroverted, and loved by everyone; everything Delilah isn’t. However, hidden beneath his charming smile is a dark and tormented man that only Delilah has the power to unveil.

Forced into a small office together, they begin to see through each other’s masks, and the magnetic attraction ignites an explosive relationship. Their firm, Holloway and Holloway Law, has a strict non-fraternization policy, forcing them to conceal their breach. But despite their efforts, separation becomes impossible, deceptions escalate, and Nathan begins to teeter on the edge of being overtaken by his past demons.

What dark secrets does Nathan harbor that stop him from giving in, and what is it that keeps him from healing and moving forward? And more importantly, where does Delilah fit into his turmoil? Will they be able to accept love and deal with all the trials that develop as their secrets are exposed, or will they fall through the cracks of their pasts and be consumed by all that haunts them?

ALEXANDRIA’S REVIEW: The sex scenes were all over the place. I needed more story between them. Some things were unrealistic. The one that sticks out the most was when Caroline found the stuff online and all he has to say was to not repeat it? If that big of a deal, wouldn’t he gave flipped out a little more? It explained to Caroline at least more about keeping quiet? The book seemed so dark and I never understood all of the negativity Lila had with herself. I know she had a troubled past but she had had a serious relationship before and now Nathan. Obviously there’s not THAT much off with her…I don’t know. It was good but needed more realism.

VERDICT: I think a lot of people will enjoy this book. It’s steamy and very, very intense. They are both broken and I kind of enjoyed a story where you need the characters to fix one another. Check it out!

RATING:

3halfstars

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – @JamieMcGuire_

beautiful_disaster_jamie_mcguire_a_pABOUT: The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Marilyn’s Review: I have had this on my kindle for awhile and it was time… But as quickly as I read it, and from all that I heard about it, I found myself thinking almost too hard to describe my feelings about this book.  This story is exactly like those high school relationships in High School. The ones where you couldn’t imagine not being with that other person. Travis can’t imagine a life without Abby once he connects how much he loves her, but it’s almost obsessive  even boarder line controlling. Though I loved this love story itself, it doesn’t come from a good place. There’s anger and almost danger. with their relationship. There’s underground fighting, lots of drinking and gambling. Abby is a mess. Overall, I see and understand her need to get away from her youth, but she is so wishy washy in her own choices.  Early into the book the feelings she has for Travis are very clear, yet she ponders and puts herself truly through hell. I can’t say I hated this book, but it is was most definitely not in the category of some of the others out there on the top/best sellers. With that all said it was written great and compelling. I just can’t decide if it was a good story overall.

RATING:

3stars

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren – @SeeCwrite – @Lolashoes

BeautifulBastard2013CoverABOUT: Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate–and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative–completely infuriating–creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules–or outright smash them–if it means he can have her. All over the office. As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

MARILYN’S REVIEW: BB was beyond fantastic! It was breathtaking and I couldn’t put the book down,.The story was gripping and I kept trying to figure out what would happen next.  Where was the next sex spot going to be? Is Bennett going to change and does he realize he’s changing and developing actual feelings for Chloe? Is he even open to a real relationship? Chloe is also the same as him; she can’t stay away and she has the physical lust attraction that is just overwhelming. They must be physically be connected. The panties part is just hilarous, conquest trophies so to speak, but a Need for Bennet, he has a momento of every luscious moment with Chloe. I think this story is so much better then FSOG, you can see it’s not written based on another story (Twilight) with just sex added. It’s in its own league and truly just better because of that I want more…

RATING:

5stars

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – @ColleenHoover

231173_166895813453080_1975645118_nABOUT: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

ALEXANDRIA’S REVIEW: One of the best books I have read in a very long time. It had everything. Sky and Holder are perfect together and their relationship is one that has many pieces to its puzzle that seem to be scattered throughout the book in a beautiful way. I read this in a few hours…unable to put it down. I laughed…I cried and I felt. Which is amazing. Can’t wait to read more! Beautiful.

VERDICT: Buy it, now :)

RATING:

5stars

The Purple Heart by Christie AC  – @ChristieAGucker

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ABOUT: When does hiding the truth become an outright lie? As an Army psychologist, Sydney Porter has heard her share of horror stories. The battle-scarred, down-trodden, and guilt-ridden have come to her office, seeking her help. When a highly decorated soldier is referred to her, she feels confident she can help heal his wounds. The chemistry between herself and Sergeant Aiden Thane is instantaneous. Sparks ignite and against her friend’s advice, she opens both her home and her heart. Torn between a voice of reason and her undeniable feelings, Sydney begins to question just what is hiding behind her lover’s decorated uniform. What secrets are hidden behind his Purple Heart? And does she really want to know?

Marilyn’s Review: The Purple Heart has a military theme and having worked at The Air Force Academy in Colorado, I am an everyday person that was, with great pride, given the opportunity to observe the military world. ‘The Purple Heart was an honor to read and connect with. It’s a truly amazingly heartfelt story and makes you see that fate happens; destiny and love at first sight is possible. It’s emotionally gripping. I couldn’t put it down, I had to finish and know the end. I can say I’ve almost never cried with a book but The Purple Heart was a definite tearjerker. I feel it’s a story that needs to be told because I believe that this truly happens in real life. With military and everyday people, weird things JUST happen sometimes. I could NEVER recommended this book enough. This story MUST, MUST be a movie.

This happens in real life. If you believe in fate, read it. If you believe all things happen for a reason, read it. If you have any connection with the military, read it. If you believe in true one of a kind love, read It. You will be so glad that you did. The Purple Heart will leave a mark on your heart, I have no doubt!

RATING:

5stars

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski – @JRedmerski

the-edge-of-never-ja-redmerskiABOUT: Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she’s ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?

ALEXANDRIA’S REVIEW: I kept reading about this book and it was actually the first download on my Kindle. The cover (with me being an author, it’s things like the cover sells for me–I know the importance of it) was beautiful and so intriguing. Okay, back to the book. It was a little slow in the beginning but I was so enthralled with the description that I had to keep going. These characters together are perfection. They are witty, funny and you can tell that they are two halves to a whole. I could see everything in my head as I was reading and to me that is beautiful writing.

The end ripped my heart out and I think I held my breath until I read the epilogue. It’s an end you don’t see coming! At times, I felt as though the back and forth was not needed but it added to it and I enjoyed getting inside Andrew’s head. I’ll be recommending this to everyone who asks and I just found that there is a sequel coming out (YAY) and cannot wait to see where it picks up!

VERDICT: READ THIS BOOK! : )

4stars

Butterfly Weeds by Laura Miller

15789177ABOUT: Julia Lang expected a nice night away from the office–free of thoughts about the case, her failed engagement, her past. But she should have known better. Her past haunted her every chance it got these days, and tonight it came in the form of lyrics she never expected to hear again–not after a decade, not in the arms of another man and definitely not in the form of a confession. Now, Julia must discover for herself if the song–and more importantly, the man behind it–is enough to leave her new life for her small-town, Missouri roots and a second chance at love.

ALEXANDRIA’S REVIEW: Wow, this book was amazing. It was, honestly, hard to get into. I wanted to skip away from the re-story telling of the past and get to the present. As a writer, I understand why it is important to tell the backstory. However, it did go on quite awhile.

Other than that, this love story hurt so bad but I loved it. I loved the tie in with the title and something that meant the world to the couple. It is beautiful and just when you are triumphant with the characters, the epilogue tears your heart out. Which, is good, because it is believable and you are connected to these characters on an emotional level. Well done.

VERDICT: Keep reading :) It’s beautiful.

RATING:

4halfstars

Trust in Advertising by Victoria Michaels

Trust in Advertising picABOUT: Lexi White finds herself at a crossroads. After putting everything on hold to care for her ailing father, it’s finally time for her to start living her life again. An exciting new job holds the promise of a fresh start, until she comes face to face with someone from her past who has always stopped her dead in her tracks, and who evidently still has the power to make her forget her own name. This time around, Lexi’s a grown woman who refuses to back away from her dreams, even if it requires working with her old high school crush. Side by side. Every day. Will he end up being her downfall or exactly what she needs?

Vincent doesn’t even remember Lexi from high school, but he begins to take notice when the fiery young woman is hired as his new assistant. Quickly, Lexi turns his world upside down and becomes an invaluable addition not only to his team, but to his life. Having learned a few hard lessons about trust in the past, Vincent is reluctant to let down his guard, especially when it appears that someone is out to sabotage his family’s advertising agency. Professionally, they are dynamite together, but when sparks fly between them personally, will Vincent let lies and jealousy ruin everything between them, or will he finally learn not only how to love, but ultimately trust…in advertising?

ALEXANDRIA’S REVIEW: I was so bummed out about this book. I thought that it was a great idea and after reading Boycotts and Barflies, I knew this author could write. I felt the book was too technical…too in depth about unimportant details. I found myself skimming and then what I would try to read and catch up on, I had to skip as well. Maybe if I were in advertising I would feel differently. And this is going to sound weird…but it bothers me that the phone on the cover is an iphone and the phone the main character gets at her new job is a blackberry. Anyway, love the author…just not this book

VERDICT: Unless you are an advertising major or have an interest in it, this book will make you yawn.

RATING:

2stars

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