Monday, March 23, 2015

Plain Jayne by Lauren Drewry ♡♡♡

Plain Jayne (Friends First, #1)Plain Jayne by Lauren Drewry is the first book I have read by this author. I picked it up when it was on sale through BookBub.

The story is Jayne moves back to her hometown to take over grandmother's bookstore after her grandmother's death. Her best friend Nick still lives in town, and they are picking up right where they left off. But the bookstore isn't in good condition and the apartment above in uninhabitable. So Jayne stays with Nick while they get the place fixed up. Each has feelings for the other, and neither is sure if they want to explore those feelings. We watch their story unfold.

I really don't have much to say about this story. It was well written, and it had no grammatical errors that I could see, but something was missing. I didn't really connect with the characters. Also, I'm pretty sure BookBub marketed this book as a new adult (although I can't be sure since I purchased the book some time ago), and it was definitely contemporary romance. The characters were in their thirties, possibly part of the reason I had trouble connecting with them.

But it had all the makings of a good story and a great premise. Have you read this book? What did you think?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#Nerd by Cambria Herbert ♡♡♡.5

#Nerd (Hashtag, #1)#Nerd by Cambria Herbert is the first book I've read by this author. I enjoyed the story for the most part.

#Nerd is the story of Rimmel, a sophomore in college who is being forced by the Dean to tutor the star quarterback. Romeo is the ultimate playboy, with no desire to have a tutor.

But Romeo has no choice, and when the fraternity he's rushing tells him to sleep with Rimmel as past of initiation, he's not too excited about it. Neither Rimmel or Romeo want to have feeling for each other, but there's no stopping the sparks that fly.

I enjoyed the story and fell in love with the characters. Some of the writing felt a little stiff since we were in the minds of such young characters. There was also some overlap in the story because of the point of view change. I would have liked if there was less of that. I also wish there were less of the title used in the story. It felt forced.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, and I am looking forward to reading the next book #Hater.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Make It Right by Megan Erickson ♡♡♡

Make it Right (Bowler University, #2)Make It Right by Megan Erickson is the second book in the Bowler University series. Read the first book in the series so you will know who all the characters are, the story will feel very off if you don't know what happened before.

Make It Right tells the story of Lea and Max. Leas doesn't know how to trust anyone as the result of a difficult past. Max wants Lea, but he finds it difficult to be honest with himself and others. He's learned it's easier to be the person everyone else wants him to be.

Neither wants to admit their feelings for the other, but they fall hard and fast. Max shows Lea how to trust people and herself. Lea shows Max how to be the person he wants to be.

I enjoyed reading this story. I liked the Max and Lea, and I really liked how fully developed the secondary characters were. I did have some difficulty connecting with the characters. I think the story could have benefited from being in first person, from each character's point of view. Something about the third person really threw me off. There were also quite a few places with missing words or the wrong word, which pulled me out of the story (and makes me a bit peeved at the editor and copy editor, did they even read it?).

But overall, the story was good, and I will be reading the next book, Make It Last, when I get through some of my other TBR books. Have you read any of Megan Erickson's books? If not, you should. They are great, quick fun reads. Enjoy!

Make It Right on Goodreads

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Riot by Jamie Shaw ♡♡♡♡♡

Riot (Mayhem, #2)Riot by Jamie Shaw is the second book in the Mayhem series. If you haven’t read Mayhem, then you need to as soon as possible, because these books are amazing. Thank you Jay Crownover for suggesting them.

We met Joel and Dee in Mayhem, and now we are getting their full story in Riot. Joel and Dee are all about hooking up with who they want when they want. When they start hooking up with each other, they seem to be with only each other. They like each other, but neither wants to take the next step, until one of them does.

I can hardly put into words how much I enjoyed Riot. The story was amazing. I loved the premise. And now I want a Joel of my own. I laughed and cried right along with the characters. The sign of the best books is when you can literally feel what the characters are feeling. That’s what I look for in books, and Jamie Shaw knows how to deliver.

You should read the Mayhem series as soon as you can. You are going to fall in love with these guys. And you are going to wish the girls were your best friends.

Who else has read these books? What did you think?