Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker ♥♥♥

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker is one of those books I picked up because readers and authors seem to love it. Unfortunately, I didn’t love the book. I thought it was pretty good, but missing a crucial element.

Ten Tiny Breaths is Kacey’s story. After a horrific car accident where Kacey witnessed her parents, best friend, and boyfriend die, Kacey has built a thick casing of armor around herself. But when the uncle she’s living with drunkenly attempts to get in bed with her younger sister, Livie, Kacey moves them from Michigan to Miami to start over.

In Miami, Kacey starts to live her life again. She starts making friends and forms a sexually frustrating relationship with her neighbor Trent. But she still refuses to talk to people about her accident, refuses to get help, refuses to forgive. Everything comes crashing down around her when Kacey finds out Trent has a dark past of his own. And she’s not sure she can reconcile his past with the person she thought he was.

I really enjoyed reading this story. I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. And I especially enjoyed the side characters. They were so heartwarming and real. But those things didn’t really make up for the lack of a relationship development between Kacey and Trent. We don’t learn much about Trent so Kacey’s attraction to him appears to be mostly physical. And because of that it was difficult to feel much of anything toward the main characters. It’s hard to feel their joy and pain with them when you don’t feel like you really know who they are. Which was disappointing because the other characters were so well written. Also, if you’re looking for a steamy read, this is not the book for you. The story demanded more in that area, although the lack of it didn’t distract from my enjoyment.

So many people really enjoyed the story that I would give the book a shot. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola ♥♥♥♥

Just a Little Crush (Crush, #1)Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola is a book I came across while browsing Netgalley for new books to read. I’m so glad this book was on there, because it was amazing.

Brinely and Ryder went to high school together, and due to one humiliating moment, Brinely hates Ryder. She’s successfully avoided him for the first semester of college, but now their lives are colliding once again. Maybe Brinely doesn’t hate Ryder as much as she thought, but can she trust him not to hurt her again?

I really fell hard for this book, and maybe a bit for Ryder too! I didn’t want to put the book down; I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Would things work out? And everything came together so perfectly.

The few things I disliked weren’t huge. I do wish the story had been in present tense. For some reason the past tense for this book felt stilted. I also thought there were a few things that were predictable, and I enjoy surprises.

If you’re looking for a sexy good time with a pinch of heartbreak, then this is the book for you. It was difficult to watch these characters struggle through all their issues, but it made the end so much more gratifying. Give it a read and let me know what you think.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Down to You by M. Leighton ♥

Down to You (The Bad Boys, #1)Down to You by M.Leighton turned out to be something entirely different from what I was expecting. M. Leighton has written many books (this is the first I’ve read), and Down to You in particular has four stars on Goodreads. So I was expecting a pretty good book. Let me tell you what I got instead.

Down to You tells Olivia’s story. She meets bad boy Cash one night at a bachelorette party, and his twin brother Nash the next morning. Nash also happens to be her cousin/roommate’s boyfriend. Long story short, Olivia gets a job at Cash’s bar and falls for both brothers. I really enjoyed the idea of this story, its implications, and all the ways it could play out.

I thought all that potential was wasted on the big secret and reveal and too many sensual scenes. The twins’ secret wasn’t as surprising as it was made out to be. And there was hardly any time where Olivia wasn’t with one of the twins, thinking about one of the twins, or on the phone with one of the twins. Where was Olivia’s alone time? Where was her life outside of those two guys? We don’t really get any of that which made Olivia a bit of a boring main character. And the sex scenes? They were a bit too much for me.

I was all around disappointed. I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the series. Have you read any other books by M. Leighton, or even this one? Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sideswiped by Lia Riley ♥♥♥♥.5

Sideswiped (Off the Map, #2)Sideswiped by Lia Riley is the second book in the Off the Map series. And like Upside Down, Sideswiped was a great book. Spoilers are ahead for those who haven’t read Upside Down. You have been warned…

Sideswiped picks up a bit from where we left of, with Talia preparing to head back to Australia to be with Bran. Things start off going pretty well for the couple. But Talia’s not exactly satisfied living the life Bran has planned for them. She’s afraid he’s settling out of fear. And Bran doesn’t want to change. Can they find a way to compromise and make things work? Read the book to find out.

For a middle of the series book, this story has so many things going on. We get to explore Australia, meet new characters, and of course, there’s new heartache. I enjoyed continuing Bran and Talia’s relationship. Things are still a bit rocky between the two of them, and they are both working through different issues.

Sideswiped was still a heartache of a story, so prepare yourself. But there were happy moments too. Give it a read after you read Upside Down and prepare yourself for Inside Out. Let me know what you think!

And Check below for all sorts of fun info!

Title: Sideswiped
Author: Lia Riley
Series: Off the Map #2
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: October 7th, 2014

It was only meant to last the summer . . .

Talia Stolfi has seen more than her share of loss in her twenty-one years. But then fate brought her Bran Lockhart, and her dark world was suddenly and spectacularly illuminated. So if being with Bran means leaving her colorless NorCal life for rugged and wild Australia, then that’s what she’ll do. But as much as Talia longs to give herself over completely to a new beginning, the fears of her past are still lurking in the shadows.

Bran Lockhart knows that living without the beautiful girl who stole his heart will be torment, so he’ll take whatever time with her he can. But even though she has packed up her life in California and is back in his arms for the time being, she can’t stay forever. And the remaining time they have together is ticking by way too fast. Though fate seems determined to tear them apart, they won’t give up without a fight—because while time may have limits, their love is infinite . . .


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About Lia

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult Romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live in Northern California.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

He’s Come Undone by Theresa Weir ♥♥♥.5

He's Come UndoneHe’s Come Undone is the first book I’ve read by Theresa Weir (who also writes as Anne Frasier). This is another book that came my way through BookBub. I picked it up because it has a John Tucker Must Die premise to it, but on a more serious level.

Ellie is a broke, former child actress who is hired by a group of girls to exact revenge on playboy Julian. He broke their hearts, so now those girls he hurt will turn Ellie into Julian’s ideal girl so she can break his heart. Problem number one: Ellie falls for Julian, just like those girls. Problem number two: Julian’s world isn’t as perfect as it seems. Add it all up and there’s mass chaos.

For the most part, I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that had a ton of action packed in those pages. But the ending was a bit unsatisfactory. I was happy with the way things turned out for the characters, but the ending felt pretty rushed. Everything wrapped up nice and neat, and as a reader, we missed out on seeing how some things would have played out. It was a bit cinematic in that way.

But it’s one of those books that I would still recommend. It was quick and the story was really enjoyable Let me know what you think.

He’s Come Undone on Goodreads