Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Five Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.

This is kind of a hard post for me. I had to think about it for a while. Most of the time I read romances. Since I’m already married, I think I have the falling in love thing down. Or at least I hope I do! 😉


102838721. Visit the South (North & South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana)

I love books set in the Southern U.S. The way authors such as Karen White describe the historic settings make me curious to what they look like in real life. I mean, I’ve seen pictures, but certain historic places make you feel sometimes. Does that make sense at all? (I’m also a sucker for a southern accent!)

 

2. Talk to my daughter about consent.

This may seem like a weird want to do, but after having read so many books about date rape or date rape drugs I feel like I want her to have an understanding of what consent means. I hope talking to her (in the future because she’s 8) about it will enable her to come to me in the future if she needs to.

 

3. Cut sugar out of my diet.

I read this book because I was interested in author Jasinda Wilder’s approach to well being and weightloss. Having a degree in Food and Nutrition Management, I’m always interested in “diets” and I loved that this wasn’t supposed to be one. She has a lot of great insights, although I’m still not sure how I feel about the use of Stevia as a replacement. I do love her positive message, though!

4. Change my daily routines.

So, I haven’t read this book yet. I have read the parts about forming and changing habits, though. I would really love to apply this to my life. I know I have some unhealthy habits to break and this book could be the push I need.

 

226698325. “Do epic” every day.

Life flies by. Seriously. One day you’re 18, the next you’re 38. Don’t wait for special occasions. I want to make each day memorable. If not for myself, then for someone around me. It’s the little moments and memories that count.

 


I know, nothing super exciting on this list, but I’m not very adventurous. 😉

Review: Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

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Author:
Cookie O’Gorman
Publication Date: March 31, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

 

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

 

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

 

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal–even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.

 

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life–and he’s completely clueless.

 

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:

 

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?


I honestly can’t believe Adorkable is Cookie O’Gorman’s début novel. Seriously? The writing was brilliant. It didn’t feel like a début at all! It may have bordered on slighty corny at times, but it was so much fun I didn’t care. Plus, it had my most favorite relationship trope ever: best friends to lovers (or best friends to dating because there’s no lovers in this YA novel).

I absolutely adored the story and the main characters. Sally was this geeky girl who didn’t mind not being the most beautiful or popular girl in the room. She kept her eye on the future and what she wanted. Her only little insecurity was the crush she had on her best friend, Becks. She didn’t think he would ever like her as more than a friend, so he seemed like the safest choice as her fake boyfriend. Sally just didn’t think the “pretending” would be so hard or make her want him even more.

Becks was the most popular and gorgeous guy in school. He could (and maybe did) have any girl of his choice, but he was totally willing to help Sally out. Becks had his own reasoning for being Sally’s fake boyfriend, but he truly would have done anything for her. He wasn’t just some popular athlete, he was a good guy and an amazing friend.

As for the other characters in the story…There was one I have to talk about. I couldn’t stand Sally’s other best friend, Hooker. I had major problems with her. She wasn’t a good friend at all. She obviously didn’t respect Sally’s thoughts or believe in her enough to allow Sally to find a boyfriend on her own — if she wanted one. I get that Hooker wanted Sally to be happy, but she had a really poor way of showing it. She made me so mad! But without her, the story wouldn’t have been quite as funny. Some of those dates…

Adorkable was everything I love in a YA Contemporary Romance. It was an upbeat, funny and fast-paced read. I read it in one evening — it was that good! It kept me smiling from beginning to end. If you enjoy YA contemporary romances, you should definitely check out this book. Cookie O’Gorman will be going on my YA must read list with Kasie West, Miranda Kenneally, Sarah Dessen and Ali Novak. I’m going to be keeping my eye out for her next release. I don’t want to miss it!

Cover Reveal: Eternal Temptations by Janine Infante Bosco

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Eternal Temptations

by Janine Infante Bosco
Tempted #6
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, MC, Mafia, Romance

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Synopsis: You’ve seen them through their most illicit temptations.

Guided them through their forbidden temptations.

Stuck with them through their uncontrollable temptations.

Owned their reckless temptations.

And survived their lethal temptations.

Five couples.

One threat.

Who will survive the eternal temptation?

Just when the men of the Pastore crime family and the brothers of the Satan’s Knights MC, think they can rest easy—a danger no one saw coming threatens to destroy everyone’s perfect life.

The men of the mob are resurrected and the boys in leather are back.

It’s time for one final ride.

And for you to ask yourself one last time…

Are you tempted?

NOTE: This is the final book in the Tempted series. Eternal Temptations can be read as a stand alone novel.

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Back Cover Photo: Debra Infante & Joseph Infante
Photo Credit: Their daughter who stole the photo from their mantel.

goodreads-badge-add-38pxEXCERPT:

Blackie & Lacey

“Open the door, Lace,” I demanded, bracing my arms over the frame. “C’mon girl,” I coaxed.

            She was quiet for a moment before she replied.

            “It’s unlocked.”

            I dropped my hand to the door knob, turning it before glancing over my shoulder— fuck it. I pushed my way inside, closing the door and twisting the lock before I turned around and got a view of the sexiest woman I ever laid eyes on.

            Legs for days.

            She wore a white lace thong paired with garter belts clipped to sheer thigh-high stockings with matching lace trim. The bra she wore lifted her already perky tits and pushed them over the sheer material so they appeared to be spilling from the cups.

            “Girl,” I hissed, my eyes meeting hers in the mirror.

            “So, you think it’s time I trade in your t-shirts and start parading around the house in these kind of get-ups?” She laughed, obviously nervous as she bit her lip.

            I didn’t answer her with words.

            Gave her my eyes and let them answer for me.

            Yes.

            Fuck yes.

            “Turn around,” I ordered, taking a step closer, swallowing up the space between us.

            “Blackie,” she whispered, turning around and locking her eyes with mine.

            “Wanted me on my knees, girl,” I growled, dropping down on one knee, pressing my palms against her thighs, forcing them apart before dropping my other knee down on the floor. “Got me right where you wanted, right where I belong.”

            I brushed my hair away from my face before palming her pussy over the lace and inching my index finger beneath the material.

            “What if she comes back?”

            “Then she’ll know she did her job properly,” I told her, shoving the lace away from her pussy and reaching behind her with my free hand. I squeezed her ass and brought her sweet cunt to my mouth, my tongue taking a lap down her center.

            “My Lace, so fucking good, so fucking pretty,” I muttered in between strokes of my tongue. She grabbed onto my shoulders, fisting the leather in her hands as I peeled back her lace and took my fix.

            Leather and Lace.

            A temptation so sweet— a man drops to his knees just to survive

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EXCERPT: Blackie & Lacey

“Open the door, Lace,” I demanded, bracing my arms over the frame. “C’mon girl,” I coaxed.

She was quiet for a moment before she replied.

“It’s unlocked.”

I dropped my hand to the door knob, turning it before glancing over my shoulder— fuck it. I pushed my way inside, closing the door and twisting the lock before I turned around and got a view of the sexiest woman I ever laid eyes on.

Legs for days.

She wore a white lace thong paired with garter belts clipped to sheer thigh-high stockings with matching lace trim. The bra she wore lifted her already perky tits and pushed them over the sheer material so they appeared to be spilling from the cups.

“Girl,” I hissed, my eyes meeting hers in the mirror.

“So, you think it’s time I trade in your t-shirts and start parading around the house in these kind of get-ups?” She laughed, obviously nervous as she bit her lip.

I didn’t answer her with words.

Gave her my eyes and let them answer for me.

Yes.

Fuck yes.

“Turn around,” I ordered, taking a step closer, swallowing up the space between us.

“Blackie,” she whispered, turning around and locking her eyes with mine.

“Wanted me on my knees, girl,” I growled, dropping down on one knee, pressing my palms against her thighs, forcing them apart before dropping my other knee down on the floor. “Got me right where you wanted, right where I belong.”

I brushed my hair away from my face before palming her pussy over the lace and inching my index finger beneath the material.

“What if she comes back?”

“Then she’ll know she did her job properly,” I told her, shoving the lace away from her pussy and reaching behind her with my free hand. I squeezed her ass and brought her sweet cunt to my mouth, my tongue taking a lap down her center.

“My Lace, so fucking good, so fucking pretty,” I muttered in between strokes of my tongue. She grabbed onto my shoulders, fisting the leather in her hands as I peeled back her lace and took my fix.

Leather and Lace.

A temptation so sweet— a man drops to his knees just to survive.

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ABOUT JANINE INFANTE BOSCO

Janine Infante Bosco

Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.

She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

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 Welcome to THE HARD COUNT review tour with Ginger Scott, hosted by Wordsmith Publicity. Be sure to check out all the great blogs,
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 THE HARD COUNT

Mature YA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone

Release Date: July 15, 2016

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SYNOPSIS
Nico Medina’s world is
eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are
open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it
becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars
that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.
West End is the kind of
place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another.
And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.
I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect
family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one.
Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in
the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in
whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched
it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.
In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.
When two ugly worlds
collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West
End.

EXCERPT

“You’re mad at me,” he says, his fingers sliding to mine, his thumb covering the top of my knuckles while the rest of his hands hold my palms.

“I’m not mad at you, Nico. I was busy. I have things that don’t have anything to do with you,” I say, still fighting.

He chuckles.

“You’re still mad at me,” he says, and I glance up just enough to see his smile, all lopsided and perfect, the dimple that he gets when he’s right in its place. I hate him so much.

“Why would I be made at you,” I sigh, acting as best as I can while my mind races through all of the reasons I am mad at Nico Medina—not a single one of them really his fault.

I meet his challenge, staring back at him, forcing the stern expression to remain on my face, while he looks back at me with perfect lips curved up a hint on one side and unfair eyes that act as target sights. I’m caught in them, and they will not let go.

“You’re mad because of some homecoming dance,” he says, and I laugh once because…fuck!

“Admit it,” he smirks.

“Nico,” I begin, finding it hard to even say his name. “I could care less who you want to go to some stupid school dance with.”

Couldn’t care less,” he says quickly. I tilt my head and pinch my brow. “You said you could care less, but really…you mean you couldn’t.”

I jerk my hands away and huff.

“Could you?” he says, his hands back in his pockets, his head tilted, angled so I can’t ignore it.

I push my tongue in my cheek and shake my head, glancing away, but always coming back to his gaze. His stupid, perfect, eyes and face that I want to put my hand on. The damned lock of his hair that falls forward when his head leans forward, his tongue caught in his teeth. His kissable lips that I felt in a dream and watched speak in class. His arrogance. His confidence.

“Gah!” I exhale, shaking my head and focusing on the bricked wall behind him. He stands there with one foot against the wall, his back leaning into it, so comfortable seeing me so uncomfortable.

“You make me so mad!” My eyes slide to his, and his lip ticks higher.

“I knew you were mad at me,” he nods.

I stretch my arms out wide, my eyes wider, and I stare up to the ceiling with another shake of my head.

“Fine!” I shout. “Yes, you got me. I’m mad at you! Can I go do class now, please?”

Nico snickers, and I cross my arms over my chest. He pushes forward from the wall, taking a few steps toward me. On instinct, I take one back, but not far enough from his reach. He reaches for my hand again, and I hug myself tighter, tucking my fingers under each arm for protection. I’m throwing a fit now, but I’m this far in, there really isn’t any way to undo it.

Nico holds my elbows when he’s unable to get to my hands, and realizing how ridiculous I would look spinning out of his hold, I give in and let him. His touch is gentle and warm, and I wish I could just get over myself and take his hands back in mine. But I’m scared. My bottom lip shakes with nerves. Nico’s eyes glance at it, so I pull it into my teeth. I want to hide every weakness from him, but eventually I’ll have to curl up inside myself. I have too many.

“Why are you mad at me, Reagan?”

He says my name, and the word falls from his lips soft and sweet. No judgment, no challenge. My lip falls loose from the hold of my teeth and my eyes flutter shut for a long blink. I open again to find him waiting, still looking at me.

“I don’t know,” I say, with a small shake of my head.

“But you are,” he says, and I nod with the same slight movement, sucking in my bottom lip and breathing through my nose.

“Yeah,” I say, my lip falling away and my eyes only able to look at his cheek.

I’m holding myself tighter than I ever have, my fingers actually digging into my sides, my nails rough against my skin through the fabric of my gray Cornwall sweatshirt. Nico doesn’t flinch once. His eyes stay on mine when I give in, and his expression doesn’t shift from the gentle, sweet one he’s held.

His right hand lets go of my elbow, moving to the few strands of hair resting against my forehead, falling over one eye. Nico takes them with his thumbs, moving them behind my ears, his eyes watching his movement then settling back on mine.

“You’ve worn your hair down ever since I said I liked it,” he says.

I breathe in long and deep, letting myself feel this moment—all of it. I have worn my hair down. I did it hoping he would touch it, but never once actually thinking he would.

“That’s how I knew,” he says, and my forehead crinkles. He smiles on one side, repeating the gesture and moving the long wave of blonde hair from my face again. “That’s how I knew I was more than just some guy you wanted on your dad’s football team.”

  
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The Hard Count, in Five Words by Ginger Scott

Prejudice: I mention this in my acknowledgements, that this book…it’s about more than football. This word was the driving force for me behind this story, and above all, The Hard Count is about confronting those things we assume about others based on where they live, the color of their skin, their religion, background, and families. I wanted to write a book that wasn’t shy about portraying the everyday prejudice, hate and racism that exists. And then I wanted to prove it all wrong because love…it wins.

Family: This word applies to The Hard Count in many aspects, the most obvious in the closeness of each main character to his/her family. Family comes in many forms, and it tries us, and pushes our limits. The love from family though is one of the most powerful gifts, and in this book, even when things are grim, when hope feels lost—family is always there, no matter what side of the bridge you live on. And that sense carries out onto the field. There’s a saying the Cornwall Tiger Tradition have: Honor. Brotherhood. Tradition. This team is built on a sense of family, and when they forget that, their strength is lost.

Adversity: Adversity is at the heart of many of my stories. I love the human spirit and our ability to overcome. I like to think we have real life superheroes on earth. While I’ve written about people overcoming mental and physical barriers, Nico is different—for him, that barrier is something less tangible. It’s wrapped up in assumptions, in racism and class, and the limitations that come with being born on the poor street, in the neighborhood where drugs are sold and bullets pierce the walls of your home. Nico may just be my favorite hero yet.

Trust: This word is a subtle player in The Hard Count. Trust is broken and tested by several people, and in many ways each character, not just our main hero and heroine, need to find their faith again. Brothers test, teammates fail, fathers lose—but The Hard Count is about those people still left standing in your corner when it all goes wrong.

Will. I was going to say ego for my final word, but ego is really the villain in this story, and frankly, I didn’t want to give him that much power 😉 His arch nemesis is will—sheer will. That’s what makes Nico good at anything he does, his own determined will to succeed, to overcome and to push himself harder. Will is what makes Cornwall so good, and will is what readers will see out there on that field.

About Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is an
Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young
and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless and In Your Dreams.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for
newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Inside Out Book Tag, #3

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I was tagged by Beth @ Reading Every Night for the Inside Out Book Tag. (Thanks, Beth!) I’ve done this tag before, but it’s been a while so I thought I would go ahead and do it again. 🙂 I still haven’t seen this movie — although my daughter has, so she told me all about it.


A Book that Brings you Joy

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Kelly Siskind is one of my new favorite authors. Her writing style is fun and witty. I love her characters and banter. My Perfect Mistake was so much fun to read. It brought me so much joy.


A Book that Brings you Sadness

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Bright Side definitely brought me sadness. I’ve said it before, but this book made me cry more than any other book. And that includes Me Before You, so you know that’s saying something.


A Book that Brings you Fear

This might seem like an odd choice for a book that brings me fear, but it does. The whole mosquito pandemic is believable and frightening. Heck, look at the Zika virus.


A Book that Brings you Anger

I’m pretty sure So Much More has cemented its place in any post dealing with anger. You know what I mean, if you read this book. Miranda’s character made me feel anger like I’ve never felt before while reading. Props to Kim Holden for character development and the ability to make me feel. She did it with Bright Side, Gus and now with So Much More.


A Book that Brings you Disgust

I can’t tell you why Say Something disgusted me without giving away a major spoiler, but I can honestly say I won’t be reading the second book in the series because of it. Just ewww.


I tag:

I’ve done this one a couple of times, so I am going to leave the tagging open to anyone who hasn’t gotten the chance to do this tag yet. Go for it! 🙂

Mid Year Freak Out Tag (2016)

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I was tagged by Jesse @ Books at Dawn, Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts, and Monique @ The Wild Soul for the Mid Year Freak Out Tag. Thanks, guys! I appreciate the tag love! 🙂


1. Best book read in 2016 so far?

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This is a really hard question for me because of the number of books I’ve read so far this year that I’ve loved. So, so many good books this year. Most recently, my favorite is The Hard Count by Ginger Scott. This book has a little of everything in it and an amazing message.

2. Best sequel read in 2016 so far?

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Yikes! Another hard one! I can’t choose between A Gift of Time, Steadfast and Us. I loved all three so much!

3. New releases you haven’t read, but want to:

I’m a big Karen White fan. She’s an amazing storyteller. I own Flight Patterns, but haven’t had the chance to read it yet.

4. Most anticipated releases for second half of the year?

Honestly, there are so, so many books I’m waiting for this second half of 2016. One of the ones I’ll drop everything to read is Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us.

5. Biggest disappointment?

Say Something by T.A. Roth is probably my biggest disappointment so far this year. There were some good things about it, but there were a bunch of things that bothered me.

6. Biggest surprise?

Out of Focus (Chosen Paths, #2) was probably my biggest surprise. I wasn’t in love with Under the Influence, but I was intrigued by Cassie enough in it to try this book. I was shocked at how much I loved it.

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?

So many! K.A. Tucker, Erin Watt, Rachel Van Dyken, Robyn Schneider, Emery Lord, Alice Clayton…I could go on and on.

8. Newest fictional crush?

Blake Crawford from SmutI totally would have picked Nico from The Hard Count, but I just can’t crush on an 18-year-old who just graduated high school. It would be wrong.

9. Newest favorite character?

Jude from Steadfast. I really respect the guy and his determination to fix himself.

10. Book that made you cry?

The last book that made me cry was When it Rains and it made me bawl.

11. Book that made you happy? 

Adorkable was just fun and made me smile a lot.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought (or received) so far this year?

To be honest, most of my books are e-books. So, if I’m going by hard copies then I would pick Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan. I love the colors.

13. Books you need to read by the end of the year?

In the words of the wise Joey, All of them.

12. Favorite book community member (blogger, booktuber, bookstagrammer)?

I hate this question because everyone is so wonderful. I haven’t met a blogger I haven’t liked. I will take this opportunity to do a shout out to my first blogger friend ever, Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings. We share a blogiversary. 🙂


I Tag:

Ashley @ What’s She Reading
Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog
Calliope the Book Goddess
Claire @ Art and Soul
Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Paige @ Page by Paige
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

And anyone else who wants to do it!

 

Review: Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

Where the Road Takes Me
Author:
Jay McLean
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

 

Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless façade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

 

One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.


Sadly, I’ve had Where the Road Takes Me sitting on my Kindle for over a year now. I’m not sure why I hadn’t read it yet. I read Kick Push and Coast, which technically come after Where the Road Takes Me. I love Jay McLean’s writing so it just doesn’t make sense. Luckily, my favorite Goodreads group decided to buddy read it. I’m angry I put off reading it for so long, but happy I’ve finally read it!

Where the Road Takes Me is a book about valuing yourself, what you want out of life and making the tough decisions that will get you there. It’s filled with impressive writing and characters who feel like real people.

Chloe is a foster child who’s purposefully kept herself guarded. She’s avoided making friends because she knows she won’t be around for long. Her personal story was sad, but made even sadder by the choices she made. I loved C-Lo, but was so irritated with her most of the time! She had a major avoidance issue. I wanted to shake her!

Everyone assumed Blake was living the dream. He was a talented basketball player who ruled the school. He lived in a nice house. But Blake’s life wasn’t what it seemed. He was going to have to choose a path after graduation: the one he wanted or the one that was expected of him. The pressure was slowly killing him. I loved Blake — most of the time. His decisions concerning Hannah drove me batty.

One of my favorite things about Where the Road Takes Me was finally getting to know Blake and Chloe’s story. I knew bits and pieces about their past from Kick Push, but this book was so much more!  I had no clue what their story really was.

I absolutely loved Blake and Chloe together. This is when they shined. They truly brought out the best in each other. There were so many sweet and swoonworthy moments between them. It was cool how their relationship with each other brought them closer to their families.

My other favorite part of this book was Josh. He made me laugh so much! The nicknames he came up with were hilarious! Plus, he was such a good friend to Blake. I also loved getting a glimpse back to his life before Kick Push and Coast. Now wish I had read this book before Kick Push. I can see why Jay McLean went on to write two books about Josh.

I would highly recommend Where the Road Takes You and any of Jay McLean’s other books. She writes beautiful, touching stories that are so much fun to read.