Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Chaos by Jamie Shaw is the third book in the Mayhem series. I have been waiting for this book since Riot came out, and I am disappointed that there is only one band member left to go after this. But, as always, this book had me up all night reading as I laughed and cried along with the characters.
Chaos tells the story of the newest member of Last Ones to Know, Kit. She has a past with Shawn that he can't seem to remember, and she can't seem to forget. Going on tour together is full of tension, and we watch the two come together and fall apart.
I loved this story! Kit is a great character, exactly who I wanted to be during my emo days (I still love the music, but no longer dress the part). She's funny, smart, and so strong. Joel, from Riot, is still my favorite, but getting to know Shawn better was awesome. He's made some mistakes in the past, but he's trying to make up for them now.
Words hardly seem enough to say how much I love this book and series. I am so ready for Mike's story, and not at all ready to part with this band. Jamie Shaw's books capture your attention from the very beginning, and I didn't want to stop until I knew how everything would end.
If you enjoy new adult books, you should read this series, and get ready to fall in love!
Monday, July 20, 2015
Sweet by Tammara Webber is the third book in the Contours of the Heart series (but can be read as a standalone). Tammara Webber is the first New Adult author I ever read, so I was excited to see a new book out from her. I held off reading it because the book description did not look that appealing to me, but I knew I couldn't hold out forever. And it turned out to be much better than than I expected.
Sweet tells the story of Boyce and Pearl. They have known each other since they were children, but their lives took different paths. Both have liked each other always, but neither thought anything could ever happen.
This story was a slow build up with lots of flashbacks. I think those flashbacks add a lot to the story and slow down the pacing, which was perfect. I loved the characters, their story, and the way they come together slow and apprehensive. The story takes place in Texas (debatable for some on whether it is part of the south, most of us southerners consider Texas its own entity), and the slow pace of the story give it a real southern feel. And, as always, I love a happily ever after.
Have you read any Tammara Webber? What did you think?
Monday, July 13, 2015
For Now by Chelsea M. Cameron is the second book in the Rules of Love series. I read the first book in this series over a year ago, and was happy to see that there was a new one. Chelsea M. Cameron can be hit or miss for me, but I definitely enjoyed this story.
I read this book in one day. It was a quick, short read. For Now tells the story of Hazel and Javier. Both of them are players; they sleep around, have no intentions of settling down, and they both have pretty crappy families. But something pulls them to each other, and neither is doing a great job at resisting the temptation.
I enjoyed this story for the most part. I thought Hazel was a very strong, independent woman, and I love seeing that in characters who can also be vulnerable. And Javier was a sweetheart even when he was being a jackass.
The only issue I had was that there were many times when a character's reaction was on the same line as another character's dialogue. This made it very confusing when there was no indicator of who said what, especially since the story was in first person. It really distracted me from what was happening since I would have to go back and figure out who said what. If it weren't for that this story was definitely 4.5 stars!
If you haven't read Chelsea M. Cameron before, then you should start with My Favorite Mistake. That is the best book she has written (in my opinion).
Anyone else read any books by Chelsea M. Cameron? What did you think?
Monday, July 6, 2015
Tryst by Alex Rosa is the first book I've read by this author. The book came up as a recommendation from Goodreads, and I decided to give it a try.
Tryst tells the story of Skyler, who is moving in with her big brother. He has one rule: don't get involved with Blake, his roommate/best friend/model. Neither one of them seems to know how to follow that rule.
This was a very well written story, but reading it, I didn't feel anything. Watching the relationship between Blake and Skyler blossom was nice, but things heated up quickly, and a big brother doesn't seem like the stakes are high enough. The story also seemed more like a bunch of sex scenes with a little bit of story in between. I would have liked to know more about Skyler's friends and her crazy ex who seemed to always loom in the background, but didn't really pop back up.There needed to be more story here, more background information, more Skyler outside of her interactions with Blake, more Skyler with her friends, pretty much everything except sex.
I would definitely read another book by this author, but maybe "forbidden" love isn't really my thing.
What do you think?