Monday, May 25, 2015
Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen was the first book I have read by this author. I bought the book quite a bit ago and it has been sitting on my Nook ever since.
Getting Lucky Number Seven tells the story of Lyla and Beck. Lyla is a studious slightly reserved person and Beck is a hockey playing lady's man, and they became best friends after a semester of being lab partners. But when Lyla decides she needs to get some of the usual college experiences, she makes a list of things to do and number seven is to have mind blowing sex.
As Lyla starts to blossom, Beck is determined to help Lyla with number seven, but it has to be no strings attached so they can maintain their friendship. And of course, it doesn't exactly go according to plan.
This was a great story, and I loved pretty much everything except the big gesture at the end of the book. It was a little too much of a romance movie cliche.
Reading this book right after All Played Out may not have been a great idea. The premise to both books were very similar, and the main characters shared many things in common. I never got the two stories confused, but I found myself comparing them often.
Overall, a good book that I would recommend.
What do you think? Do you like a story about a nerd turned beauty with a list of things to accomplish? What would be on your list?
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
All Played Out by Cora Carmack was another great book in the Rusk University series. This is book three is the series, and if you liked the others, then you will enjoy this one too
All Played Out is the story of Nell and Mateo. We have met both before in previous books, and I was especially excited for this story because I had love Mateo. And getting to know Nell was great.
Nell is extremely focused on school, so much so that she is graduating college a year and a half early. In an effort to make up for all the normal college experiences she missed out on while studying, she makes a list of all the normal college things she wants to do in her last semester. Mateo is drawn to to her, and when he finds out about the list, he wants nothing more than to help her check everything off it.
The two come together with a bang, but they are both dealing with hang up a from their pasts. We get to see how they handle their insecurities which may just tear them apart.
If you've read the other books in this series, you should definitely check this one out. I think it has been my favorite so far! It was also really great to have a new adult book with a diverse main character (Mateo). There were not issues concerning his being Mexican, but I think that can be important.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Asa by Jay Crownover is the end of an era. The end of the Marked Men series. So if you're one of those people who want a whole series available to you before you start reading, get ready for a great adventure.
Jay Crownover was the second new adult author I ever read, and she has become one of my favorites. I waited to start Asa as long as I could, because I didn't want the stories of these amazing people to end.
Asa was a great story and the perfect ending to the series. I don't want to say much since I think so many things could ruin the story. Just know that it's a fast paced thrill ride of a story. Full of ups and downs as Jay's stories are. Asa and Royal are perfect. I live how they are both strong and vulnerable in different ways.
I am sad to series go, but I am excited for more of The Point and the upcoming series The Saints of Denver. I know she has many more great stories to share with us, and I'm sure I will love them as much as The Marked Men.
Thanks, Jay Crownover for a great series! I can't wait to see what comes next.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
There You Stand by Christina Lee is the 5th book in the Between Breaths series, and in this story we get to know tattoo artist Cory better, and we meet the mysterious Jude. This is a M/M book, so if you're not ready to read that then this book is not for you.
We met Cory in previous books since he works at RawInk, but Jude is new to us, and he's a mystery to Cory. Cory doesn't think Jude could ever be interested in him, and he's had his heart broken before. But it turns out Jude likes Cory, but Jude has to keep so much of himself hidden, that Cory's not sure if Jude is worth all the work he has to put in.
We watch Jude open up to Cory, and we see Cory deal with the horrible details of Jude's past.
I really enjoyed getting to know these two characters. But I didn't feel much of a connection to either one of them. I'm not sure why, but there was something missing for me. More tension, maybe?
But the story was beautifully written, and I love a good story whether I feel the connection or not. I can't wait to read more of the series.