The Shameless Hour

The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: April 12, 2015

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Synopsis:

As Harkness men’s hockey team manager, it’s Bella’s job to take care of the hockey players. She knows she does her job well–maybe a little too well in some people’s eyes. It’s no secret she has spent time out of practice with some of the players. Bella’s not embarrassed, though. Sex is something she likes. She’s good at it and she has no desire to complicate things with a relationship. So, why does a one night stand with her hot neighbor, Rafe, make her second guess herself?

Rafe always thought he would lose his virginity to someone he loved. His teen mother and strict Catholic upbringing had him waiting for the right time and person. Rafe never thought he’d lose his virginity in a drunken hook-up with his sexy neighbor. He can’t help but feel guilty about their one-night stand.

Then, Rafe comes to Bella’s aid when she needs it the most. Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help but she has no choice but accept it — and maybe him as well.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m a big fan of Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years series. Ms. Bowen has a way of taking issues or problems facing today’s young adults and weaving amazing stories around them. I always end a book in this series feeling like I’ve either learned something new or gained a different insight than I had before.

The Shameless Hour had the same effect on me. It was way more than just another New Adult romance. It dealt with a very relevant issue in today’s American society: slut shaming. I felt Ms. Bowen did an amazing job tackling this particular issue. Through Bella, Ms. Bowen put slut shaming in terms readers could identify with.

I also liked how Rafe’s thoughts and feelings around his virginity were addressed. It’s very rare in book to have a male virgin in their late teens or early twenties. It was a refreshing point of view.

Not only did I like the messages and information The Shameless Hour was delivering, but I loved the romance and chemistry between Bella and Rafe. There was a sweetness between them that was adorable.

I would highly recommend the entire The Ivy Years series, including The Shameless Hour. Sarina Bowen’s writing is excellent, the stories are full of fun and sweet moments, and I always end up learning something new.

Other books in this series:

  

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Tempt Me Like This

Tempt Me Like This (The Morrisons #2) by Bella Andre

Publication Date: August 19, 2015

Publisher: Oak Press, LLC

Synopsis:

College student Ashley Emmit is going on tour with her secret rock star crush. Too bad it’s just for a college research project. If she’s lucky the project will get her into the most prestigious business school in the country. There’s no way she’s going to mess up her chance by Drew see her crushing on him.

Drew Morrison might have made a promise he can’t keep. When Ashley’s professor father asked him to take his daughter on tour, he also asked Drew to make sure Ashley made it home pure and unharmed by the crazy rock star world. While he knows he can keep her safe, he’s not so sure he can keep his hands off her. Drew could have anyone in the world, but all he wants is sweet, innocent Ashley.

Will their attraction for each other be too much to keep their promises to a man they both respect, Ashley’s father?

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Tempt Me Like This was just the book I needed for my book hangover. It was a light NA contemporary romance filled with sweet moments. Drew was the cool but down to earth rock star we all like to imagine. Ashley was the not-so-nerdy beautiful smart girl we all want to be. Their attraction was instant and their chemistry hot.

I probably would have given Tempt Me Like This 5 stars if I hadn’t read Bella Andre’s other contemporary rock star romance, From This Moment On (The Sullivan’s #2)From This Moment On is my favorite Bella Andre novel and one of my favorite rock star romances. Tempt Me Like This was really good, but it just wasn’t From This Moment On amazing.

I would recommend Tempt Me Like This to NA readers who like a sweet rock star romance without a lot of drama. It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

Other books in this series”

Before the Blog #10: The Ghosts of Heaven

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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 The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Publication Date: October 2, 2014

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Synopsis:

I’m not sure I can do the description justice, so here is what Goodreads says:

A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time. Merging Sedgwick’s gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book?

I chose it for a couple of different reasons. First, because the only place I’ve ever seen it publicized was in a copy of BookPage I picked up at the library. I think it deserves to be out in the spotlight more.

Second, as soon as I finished The Ghosts of Heaven, I felt like I needed to call all of my friends and tell them to read it. Well, first I yelled a really loud expletive and my husband stared at me like I was crazy, but then I wanted to call a friend to tell them to read it. I wanted someone to talk to about The Ghosts of Heaven. It completely blew my mind.

I really enjoyed each one of the four stories. I can’t really pick a favorite after reading the entire book. I read them in the order they were printed and I would probably suggest doing that, even though the author says you can read them in any order. What an amazing novel!

When did you read this book?

I read it in one day in January 2015.

Who would you recommend this book to?

It’s a Historical Young Adult novel, so just about anyone could read it. It may seem slow at the start, but it’s very worth reading.

Going Long

 Going Long (Waiting #2) by Ginger Scott

Publication Date: September 25, 2013

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

High school sweethearts Reed and Nolan have been through many ups and downs in their relationship. College is no different — especially when they’re at schools two hours apart. Can Reed and Nolan make their love last? Or will football, school or misunderstandings ruin any chance they have of happily ever after?

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I had to jump right into Going Long the minute I finished Waiting on the Sidelines. I couldn’t help myself. I was curious to see where Reed and Nolan’s relationship was going next. They had been through so many ups and downs.

From the start, Going Long had me on pins and needles. Even though things started out happy enough, I was worried for Reed and Nolan. I knew it was only so long before something drove a wedge between them.

I was totally right, too. Going Long was filled was just as much drama as Waiting on the Sidelines. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. That probably sounds impossible, but it’s the only way I can think of to describe it.

It sucked watching Nolan’s insecurities get the best of her. I understood, but her strength in Waiting on the Sidelines was something I really admired. I was sad things were harder for her this time around. Reed, though — Reed made me love him. I wasn’t so sure I liked him after the first book, but he definitely redeemed himself in my eyes in this one.

Going Long was an outstanding coming of age romance. I would highly suggest this series and any of Ginger Scott’s books. She’s quickly becoming one of my go-to authors.

Other books in this series:

The Emoji Book Tag

There have been a ton of fun book tags going around lately. I love participating in them because it’s another great way to recommend books. Today, I’m doing the Emoji Book Tag. In this tag, you pair your five most used or recently used emojis to books.

Before I begin the tag, I have to thank Joey for tagging me. If you haven’t checked out Joey’s blog Thoughts and After Thoughts, you should! It’s awesome. I love his take on books and whatnot.


 The Surprised Face

A book that definitely brought out my surprised face was Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn. There were so many surprises and questions in this book! It left me shocked and I couldn’t wait to read its sequel, Out of Time.

From Goodreads:

On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.


The Heart Eyes 

The heart eyes or heart face emoji stands for “I love you” or “I love this”. I have a ton of books that could fit in this category of emoji, but I’m going to pick Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. There’s just something about Colleen Hoover’s books that make me swoon.

From Goodreads

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Somedaywill immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.


The Winky Face 

The Winky Face emoji is used to imply humor or flirtation. I’m using it this case to imply humor. A book that made me laugh a lot was Kristan Higgin’s Waiting on You. It’s the third book in the Blue Heron series, but can be read as a standalone. The heroine in the book, Colleen, is hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud so many times reading it. Ms. Higgins knows how to create really witty characters.

From Goodreads

Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love… just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart… an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.


 The Ugly Cry 

No book has made me ugly cry more than Bright Side by Kim Holden. I swear I cried the last 3/4 of the book. My husband actually got up from the couch and came over to pat me on my shoulder. He kept asking why I would keep reading it if it was making me cry so much. All I could say was, “It’s so good, but it’s so sad!”

From Goodreads

Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.


 The Blushing Face

Hmm…What book has embarrassed me? I’m trying to think of a good one. I think I’ll go with Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s not that I’m embarrassed I read it. I’m more embarrassed that people know what I was reading in it! Nothing like your mom knowing you’re reading S&M, right? Lol.

From Goodreads

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.


So, now it’s your turn! I tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Maria @ Marwhal
Skylee @ The Night Girl

and anyone else who wants to join in!

Top Ten Tuesday: FREEBIE! My Choice: Top Ten Books I’m So Happy Were Recommended to Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is FREEBIE – your choice! I looked back through the themes for this year that I missed. I decided to pick Top Ten Books I’m So Happy Were Recommended to MeI’m excited about this theme because it reminds me of books that I loved.


1. Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

My old boss and I used to recommend books to each other. She recommended Plain Truth to me. I absolutely loved it when I read it. I went on to read many more of Jodi Picoult novels after that.

2. Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

So, I have to admit Kaleidoscope Hearts wasn’t recommended to me personally. Colleen Hoover recommended it all of her Facebook followers. Since I love CoHo’s books, I decided to try this one. I’m glad I did. I’ve read many of Claire Contreras’ books now and I love them.

3. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Speaking of Colleen Hoover…Thank you Amazon for recommending Colleen Hoover to me after I read Jessica Park. I appreciate the love affair you started.

4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Normally, I’m the one recommending books to my sister and mom, but they both read this one before me. They told me to read it and I did. It was full of laughs.

5. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale wasn’t exactly recommended to me. I was in a book group and the lady that started it had been in one prior. She didn’t want to re-read any of the books she’d already read in her last group, so she gave us a list of books we couldn’t pick. This was on that list and I decided to read it. So, in a way, she recommended it to me.

6. The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

A few years ago, a mom at my daughter’s preschool recommended The Scent of Rain and Lightning to me. I just happened to see it at the library right after that and picked it up. I really liked it.

7. Bright Side by Kim Holden

I feel like a broken record. This book is on almost all of my lists. It profoundly influenced me. I have my favorite Goodreads buddy readers to thank for introducing me to Bright Side. They’ve also introduced me to the next to books/authors as well.

8. Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Nine Minutes and it’s sequel Out of Time have messed with my mind in ways not many books have. Don’t let the plain cover fool you. This book is packed full of stuff. Like I said, I have my Goodreads buddies to thank for this one.

9. How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

I would have never known about Ginger Scott had I not decided to buddy read this book on Goodreads. It would have been a shame. I’ve only read one other of her books, but I have a third waiting on my Kindle. It’s going to take some time, but I plan on reading all of her books.

10. The Villa by Nora Roberts

I don’t exactly remember my first Nora Roberts book. All I know is that it was given to me by my mom. The Villa is the first one I remember loving. After reading it, I went on to read a ton of Nora Roberts books. I would say her books are what started me down the path to being the reader I am today. But honestly, I have my mom to thank for my love of reading.


That’s my list. What are some of the best books people have recommended to you? Tell me in the comments.

I went on a bender and now I’ve got a hangover.

Maybe I should clarify that a little…

I went on a book bender and now I’ve got a book hangover.

(I wouldn’t want you all to think I’ve been drinking myself silly over here. Although, I think that hangover would be faster to cure than this type of hangover.)

A book hangover. It’s something we readers are constantly dealing with. How do we get over books that we love so much, leave us emotionally spent or reeling from surprise?There’s no magic potion, no concoction made by our friends to ease the pain.

My book hangover began when I read More Than This by Jay McLean for a Goodreads buddy read. I loved that book, but it got me all worked up emotionally. It also ended in a cliffhanger I couldn’t ignore. I had to read the next book. I downloaded More Than Her and read it immediately. It wasn’t as amazing as the first book, but it was good and it ended in yet another cliffhanger. So, what do I do? I go and download the next two books in the series. I read the entire series in a weekend.

After four very emotional books, I wasn’t quite sure what to read. Nothing really sounded good. I was too emotionally burnt out from the More Than series. Then, the same Goodreads group started to read a Ginger Scott series. I thought it would be a good way to move on from the funk I was in after the More Than series. I mean, I love Ginger Scott’s books. I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I was heading into emotional book territory again. All of Ginger Scott’s stories draw me in because of the emotions she is able to give to her characters. It’s part of the reason I love her writing. So, I read Waiting on the Sidelines and its sequel Going Long. I loved them and would highly suggest them, but I was still hung over! It was almost as if I was pulled deeper into the end of book funk.

So what am I doing now to get over the hangover? I’ve decided to go back to my trusty Kindle and try reading some books I already have on it. I’ve been focusing on books that sounds a little lighter or funny. I hope it will help me out of my book hangover and get me ready to read some really good emotional stuff. So far, it seems to be working. 😉

How do you get over a book hangover? Do you have a great idea I should try? Let me know in the comments!

Waiting on the Sidelines

Waiting on the Sidelines (Waiting #1) by Ginger Scott

Publications Date: November 13, 2103

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

Nolan Lennox’s boyish name fits her. She’s a tomboy at heart, her clothing choices filled with boys’ soccer shorts, sports logo tees and knee socks. Nolan was happy being who she was until her freshman year of high school. Then, a couple of devastating comments changes it all. Now, Nolan’s changing her style and trying to catch the eye of the most popular boy at Coolridge High without losing too much of herself.

Reed Johnson is following in his father and older brother’s footsteps. He’s quarterback of the Coolridge High School football team with college scouts watching from the sidelines. He’s got a hot, older girlfriend and his dad’s rich. There’s not much else Reed could ask for. He’s got it all.

Then, Reed meets Lennox. She’s nothing like the girls he’s dated before. He doesn’t understand why he’s drawn to her, but he can’t help but be. Reed wants to be the best person he can for Lennox. He’s just not sure he can avoid breaking her heart.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I stayed up until 1:00 am reading this book. I got up in the morning and continued reading this book. I have not put this down except to sleep. I couldn’t.

The story consumed me. There was so much going on! I can’t believe how many different issues Ginger Scott was able to work into one book! Waiting on the Sidelines was a rollercoaster of emotions and events from the beginning to end.

Through it all, Nolan Lennox shined. She started out a self-conscious tomboy but quickly matured into a girl who knew herself and what was worth fighting for. The way she treated herself and others was special. Ginger Scott made her true to herself from beginning to end. Sometimes, I think that’s missing in YA books.

I have to admit I didn’t always like Reed. I’m still not even sure if I like him after finishing the book. I’m not sure if his sweet moments with Nolan were enough. But his actions and reactions to life felt real. In some ways, he reminded me of boys I dated in high school or college.

Oh, and I just have to say that I loved the Arizona setting. I went to ASU and it felt like taking a trip back in time. I remember those desert bonfire parties and the heat. It made me smile a lot while reading this book.

Waiting on the Sidelines was spectacular. It is going on my list of favorite books. Once again, Ginger Scott has emotionally levelled me. I feel a huge book hangover coming on. Luckily, I have the next Waiting book ready to read.

Other books in this series:

More Than Forever

 More Than Forever (More Than #4) by Jay McLean

Publication Date: July 11, 2014

Synopsis:

Lucy and Cameron have been it for each other since they were fourteen. Their love  has never wavered. It’s always been about forever for them. But, sometimes, forever isn’t enough.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

More Than Forever started out as a cute coming of age romance. It was more along the lines of a sweet YA contemporary romance. Cameron was the perfect friend and boyfriend that would do anything for Lucy. I loved the interactions between the young lovebirds and their parents. They were so funny and adorable.

Then, slowly, Lucy and Cameron’s relationship matured along with them and More Than Forever  became a beautiful New Adult romance. While it was still sweet and incredibly funny, there was now the angst and a sexual relationship as well.

Lucy and Cam’s sexual relationship was one of my favorite parts of the story. In the beginning, it felt honest and true to real life. As time went by, it was sexy and funny — just like it was reading about them in previous books.

As for the angst, at times I wanted to yell at Cam for being so blind and at Lucy for not truly seeing Cam. I ached for them as they dealt with the problems they faced. I wanted them to make it. The love they shared was so special.

Obviously, I loved More Than Forever. I thought More Than This was my favorite in the series, but More Than Forever stole its place in my heart. It was sweet, funny, steamy and most of all emotionally loaded.

I would highly suggest reading More Than Forever and the entire More Than series. I loved the way all of the books tied together and that I got to see not just the romances bloom but the friendships as well. I can’t wait for the next book More Than Enough to come out. I hope it’s Heidi and Dylan’s story!

Other books in this series:

The Inside Out Book Tag

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I saw this tag on My Tiny Obsessions and thought it looked fun. I haven’t seen Inside Out yet, but I want to. I’m sure my daughter and I will watch it on DVD when we get the chance.


A BOOK THAT BRINGS YOU JOY

I loved this coming of age story. It was just so dang cute! It made me smile so many times. You can read my thoughts here.

A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU ANGRY

 

Scarred is the first book that came to my mind. It started out really strong and then tanked at the spoiler. It was just so messed up and ruined the entire book for me.

A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU SAD

I can’t have a list without Bright Side on it. Honestly, though; it was was the last book that made me cry. It was epic.

A BOOK THAT DISGUST YOU

I almost didn’t answer this one. I hate berating anything someone has taken the time and effort to write. I can’t write, so why should I put down someone else’s work? But I decided to be honest. This is the sequel to the book that made me angry. (I know, why did I continue reading the series? I’m not even sure.) The main character, Lexi, might have been “healed” in this book, but the entire story disturbed and disgusted me.

A BOOK THAT BRINGS YOU FEAR

I have to admit I haven’t read The Circle yet. My best friend did and she told me all about it. It gave me the creeps. I want to read it, but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to talk myself into it. It’s much easier to stay in the happy world of romance.


Those are my answers, so let me hear yours! I tag:

Brittany @ Brittany Marie Reads

Erika & Miedjel @ Partners in Books

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Pooja @ Dreamy Romance Book Blog

And anyone else that wants to play along! I’ll be looking forward to reading your post!