Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wrecked by Priscilla West ♥♥♥

Wrecked by Priscilla West has often been compared to Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster. I’m going to try really hard not to compare them. There are two reasons I don’t want to compare them. First, it’s not fair that just because both stories have hot fighters they get lumped together. Second, Hunter is no Travis Maddox. I will say that if you haven’t read Beautiful Disaster, or any of the rest of the series, you’re missing out. They are some of my favorite books. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about Wrecked.

This is the story of Lorrie and Hunter. Lorrie is returning to college after taking three semesters off due to the murder of her mother and suicide of her father. She’s trying to live her life as normally as possible, but she’s not sure she can do that after she meets MMA fighter Hunter. And we watch the friendship turned romance of two broken people.

I really enjoyed this story. For the most part, it had everything that makes a good New Adult novel. But I felt like it was missing something, although I’m not sure what. I hadn’t read this before, but for the first half of the book, I had the feeling I had. I just didn’t feel much like reading the book, and that was disappointing. I didn’t feel connected to the characters. The book also had some grammar issues, which was distracting.

The book was enjoyable in the end. I just couldn’t really get into it. I would say give it a try. Just because I didn’t feel anything doesn’t mean you won’t. Feelings make books hard, because while I can see and appreciate Wrecked was a good story, if I don’t feel anything then I can’t love the book. Maybe you will:)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Whisper to Me by Christina Lee ♥♥♥♥.5

Whisper to Me is the third book in Christina Lee’s Between Breaths series. I really enjoyed the other books in this series, and Rachel and Kai’s story was no exception.

Kai was with Rachel all through Rachel’s recovery after a motorcycle accident in high school. They were close until they went separate ways for college. But now they’re back in each others' lives, living at Kai’s sister’s apartment for the summer. And the two decide to hook up for the summer. But neither knows what the other really wants, and Rachel’s not even sure what she wants for herself.

The story is beautiful and heart wrenching. I never was really sure where the story was going to end up. I was never sure if Kai and Rachel would work out. The story really kept me guessing about the summer was going to end.

All in all I really enjoyed the story, just like I have the previous stories, and hopefully the way I will enjoy the stories to come. It was great to see some diversity too. Kai is Dutch and Native American, and I know we don’t see many multicultural characters in books. I was really happy to see that. And he was super hot.

So, start with the first if you haven’t read the series. But give it a go. The books are great.

*Note: Some of the intimate moments were a bit intense. You have been warned :)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack ♥♥♥♥

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack is the first book in her Rusk University series. And it was great. I’m not a fan of football, but I wouldn’t hold anything against those players, especially if they’re anything like Carson.

All Lined Up is Dallas and Carson’s story. Dallas is a dance major, her dad is the University’s football coach, and she’s sworn off the players. Carson is a second string QB working hard to move up so he can get a scholarship. He doesn’t want any distractions. But neither gets what they want as Dallas falls for a football player, and Carson gets his distraction.

I thought this was a great story about facing your fears and growing up. Carson is figuring out how to handle having something good in his life even with the pressure to succeed. Dallas has to deal with her dad and their issues, as well as learn how to fight for what she’s always wanted. I really enjoyed the POV change, which allowed us to get both sides of the story all at once. Losing It is still my favorite book by Cora Carmack, but this one was fun. I’m looking forward to seeing more books in this series. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

If Only by AJ Pine ♥♥♥.5

A few weeks before I read this book, quite a few authors on Twitter were talking about If Only by AJ Pine. I’m not sure if the book had just come out (although I expect it had). I needed something to read. And Twitter had the answers to my prayers.

If Only is the story of Jordan’s school year in Aberdeen. She meets two American boys on the train from London. She meets Griffin first, who flirts mercilessly. Then she meets Noah, with whom she meets in the train compartment to the bathroom, and they end up doing some serious kissing.  That kiss from Noah causes Jordan to fall hard, but she gets to Aberdeen to find out that Noah has a girlfriend. So, Jordan and Griffin decide to have a go at being together just for fun. But Noah obviously still has feelings for Jordan. And we watch the mess that are these relationships unfold.

I enjoyed reading this book. You could tell the author had really been to Aberdeen, and her writing made me feel like I was there too. It’s not often I see a New Adult book that has so much traveling, and I really enjoyed it.

The relationships also felt real. We not only see how Jordan interacts with Noah and Griffin, but also with her best friend, Sam, who is back home in the states. She also makes another friend in Aberdeen. So it’s not all boys.

The most disappointing part of the book was that Jordan picked two American boys. When I read about a girl meeting guys in another country, I hope she will have the good sense to meet some cute foreign boys with sexy accents. Preferably British accents. But I can’t hold it against the author too much.

Overall, I really did like this story. The writing was so beautiful. Perhaps AJ Pine spends her spare time with Gatsby. This was a great debut novel, and I’m looking forward to more. 

Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt ♥♥♥♥♥

Tell-Me-When-coverI couldn’t be happier that I read Tell Me When. This is another book I found through Twitter, and the author, Stina Lindenblatt, was quite nice (We tweeted back and forth for a bit about our love of New Adult even though we both used to read YA. I saw she wrote a book, it looked interesting, so I bought it). Tell Me When is the story of Amber and Marcus and their struggles to be together despite their struggles with difficult pasts. Only dealing with their pasts is much more of a problem than either of them imagined.

There are so many things I want to say about this book, but so much of it would cause spoilers. Instead, I’ll just say expect surprises around every corner. But there is so much emotion in this story, and the characters in this story, with all their issues, are some of the most genuine characters I’ve ever read.

If you’re going to read a book by a new author, then this is the one to choose! I will warn you that the book deals with some serious issues, and while we don’t really see anything, in depth, you may want to prepare yourself for the disturbing pasts Amber and Marcus have endured.

It was great to see characters that were so courageous. I haven’t read many books about people who live in the inner cities and the issues that can go along with that. Neither have I read books about girls going through the issues that Amber is going through in this story. But I have to say the scenarios seemed realistic as did the characters reactions to them. Getting through such difficult situations and coming out on the other side untainted by their situations was a great thing to read.

I hope we will have more books from Stina in the future!

Tell Me When on Goodreads