Wild Reckless

Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Publication Date: March 17, 2015

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

Thanks to Kensington Worth’s parents, her senior year of high school is going to suck. Instead of completing high school at her Chicago private school with her best friends, she’s stuck at a public school in the middle of nowhere. She should be practicing piano with her favorite instructor. Now, she’s practicing solo in her new dining room. It just isn’t fair. To top it all off, her new neighbor has it out for her. He’s doing everything to ruin what little she has left.

All the rumors are true. Owen Harper is trouble. Everyone knows it. He’s wild and he’s reckless. Since he’s trying to ruin Kensi’s life, she should be running in the opposite direction. But after one horrible night, she can’t stay away from him. Kensi sees things in him no one else does. She knows those rumors cover up something more, something good.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book! Oh, man. I loved this book. It was soooo good. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. It dealt with so many issues and brought out so many feelings. I want to say more about it, but I’m at a loss for words. It’s that good. It makes me want to dump my TBR list and read the rest of Ginger Scott’s books immediately.

Wild Reckless is a contemporary romance that YA, NA and adult readers will enjoy. I think readers that love Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber and Jessica Park will especially enjoy this Ginger Scott novel.

How We Deal with Gravity

How We Deal with GravityHow We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

Publication Date: June 11, 2014

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

Nothing in Avery Abbot’s life has gone as planned. She dropped out of college to get married and have a baby. Then, her husband left her without a backward glance when their one-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed with autism.

Now, Avery plans her days around Max’s needs. What she wouldn’t give for someone to share her joys and pains with. But Avery knows her chance at love has passed. Or at least she thinks it has until Mason Street saunters back into town.

Mason’s spent the last five years on the road with his band, living his dream–until it all came crashing down. With a dropped record contract and nowhere else to go, he ends up back where his love for music began: the Abbot house.

While Mason’s rediscovering his love for music, he’s also learning about the kind of person he is. He thought he and Avery were friends, but her reception of him is less than friendly. Can he prove to her that he’s changed?

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

How We Deal with Gravity is the first book I’ve ever read by Ginger Scott. A friend on Goodreads suggested it for a buddy read and since I always like the books the people in the group suggest, I decided to join in. I’m so happy I did!

How We Deal with Gravity sucked me in from the Prologue. It had me close to tears. I do not have a child with autism, but I do have a nephew with it. I could totally picture my sister-in-law as Avery. The selflessness Ginger Scott gives Avery is the same selflessness I see in my sister-in-law.  It made me love Avery’s character even more.

And Mason. Oh, Mason. What a special guy. He may just be my new favorite book boyfriend. Mason starts out as kind of a jerk, but I loved the way he tackled learning that he wasn’t all that. The way treats not just Avery but the entire Abbot family warmed my heart.

The writing and storyline were spectacular. Mason and Avery’s chemistry was hot! There were even a couple of things I didn’t see coming in the story. I honestly don’t have even one complaint about it.

How We Deal with Gravity has cemented Ginger Scott’s place as one of my favorite go-to authors.  I can’t wait to read another one of her novels.

Again

Again (Fate #4) by Elizabeth Reyes

Publication Date: August 3, 2015

Synopsis:

Twenty-nine-year-old Sydney Maricopa knows what it’s like to fall in love with his best friend. He knows how much it sucks when said best friend is in love with someone else. He’s been there, done that. He’s not going through that again.

So when Sydney meets adorably hot nineteen-year-old Emi in his apartment building, he’s determined to keep things strictly platonic. One, she’s too young for him and two, their lives are too interconnected.

It doesn’t take long for Sydney to realize he’s in way over his head. He’s in love with the girl he said he wouldn’t fall for. Once again, she has a boyfriend. But this time, Sydney’s not backing down. He’s going to tell her how he feels.

Sydney’s plan to woo Emi is on track until something he never expects happens. Now, Sydney’s stuck making a decision that could ruin their friendship and possible relationship forever.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

When I saw that Elizabeth Reyes was going to be releasing Again, I was super excited for a couple of reasons. One, I love Elizabeth Reyes’ books . Two, I’ve always wondered what happened to Sidney after Forever Mine (The Moreno Brother’s #1).

I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Reyes’ novels because I absolutely love the characters she creates–especially the guys. She knows how to make the best alpha males. They’re all gorgeous, sexy, sweet, strong, smart, determined and jealous. Yes, I said jealous. It feels weird to be complimenting jealousy, but the jealousy these guys exhibit is pretty hot.

Sydney was all of those things. He may not have been as “rough” as some of the other guys from The Moreno Brothers or Fate series, but Sydney was all man. It was fun to get to know him in a way other than Sarah’s friend.

The women Reyes writes are great, too. They’re all strong, independent, beautiful and they know how to put those jealous guys in their place! Emi was all of those things, but what I liked best about her was she was just so darn adorable. Well, until her jealous side came out and then she was as crazy as any other nineteen-year-old.

My favorite thing about Again was the story of how Sydney and Emi went from friend zone to romance. I loved the way the book started out and then how I was able to see the progression of their relationship. They had such great chemistry and were so adorable. It was such a fun friends to lovers story.

I wanted to give Again 5 stars really, really bad. There were just one tiny thing that bothered me a bit. I wasn’t big on Sydney’s storyline and choice near the end. It was foreshadowed, but it felt really abrupt. I guess I was thinking it was going to go in a different direction than it did. But other than that, I loved this story!

Again is a great friends to lovers story. It’s definitely for a more mature audience. I would also recommend reading Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers #1) prior to reading Again to be familiar with Sydney’s previous storyline. (It’s FREE to download right now on Amazon!) You wouldn’t need to read the entire series before reading Again, but there are references to friends and family from both The Moreno Brothers and Fate series.

Other books in the Fate series:

Fate (Fate, #1)  Breaking Brandon (Fate, #2)  Suspicious Minds (Fate, #3)

Books in the related The Moreno Brothers series:

Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #1) Forever Yours (The Moreno Brothers, #1.5) When You Were Mine (The Moreno Brothers #1.6)  Always Been Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #2) Sweet Sofie (The Moreno Brothers, #3) Romero (The Moreno Brothers, #4) Making You Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #5)  Tangled (The Moreno Brothers #5.5)

Five Flavors of Dumb

Five Flavors of DumbFive Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Publication Date: November 11, 2010

Publisher: Speak

Synopsis:

North Seattle High School senior Piper is known for being smart. What she isn’t known for being is popular. So when she’s presented with the challenge to get her high schools popular band a paying gig, she accepts. There’s only one problem: Piper’s deaf. Can she manage a band without actually being able to hear them? No one but Piper seems to think so. She’ll just have to prove them wrong.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I’ve read a few books with deaf characters and Five Flavors of Dumb is definitely one of my favorites. I loved how the author portrayed Piper. She felt real to me. She was strong and witty, but definitely had her teenage issues.

Piper’s family dynamic was amazing. The problems she was having with her parents were so tough and I couldn’t help but empathize with both sides. I loved her relationship with her brother, Finn. He was one of my favorite characters in the book.

The band characters were a lot of fun. I liked how each of them had their own issues and that I got to really get to know them. I especially loved Ed.

Being from the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, the musical journey through Seattle’s famous musicians was extremely cool. I loved how The Showbox and a daily talk show (think New Day) were incorporated into the story.

Five Flavors of Dumb is a book I would highly recommend to readers looking for a great YA rock star novel with a lot of heart. There’s no sex, drugs or violence. There is school skipping, forgery and going against parents’ wishes.

Saving Toby

perf6.000x9.000.inddSaving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link

Publication Date: August 26, 2013

Synopsis:

Everyone in town knows the Faye boys are bad news, but Claudia can only remember Toby Faye as a nice kid. So when Claudia receives a job offer that will have her working with Toby and his mother, Julia, she accepts it.

Claudia never thought working near Toby would be such a measure in self-control. Toby’s made it obvious he wants her. Claudia can’t deny that she wants him, too. Just as they’re beginning to fall for each other, Toby is linked to a brutal hate crime. Claudia knows Toby couldn’t be involved, but her policeman father isn’t so sure.

As the police investigate, Claudia is be forced to choose sides and try to hold together a relationship that may have been doomed from the start.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved Saving Toby. It was fun, romantic, intense and fast-paced. The chemistry between Toby and Claudia was amazing.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Toby’s cocky personality. The way he antagonized Claudia made me smile. It was just what her uptight personality needed. 

Despite her age, Claudia was very mature. I was surprised at how mature she was through the second half of the story. I don’t think many young adult women could handle things the way she did.

The hate crime part of the book was so intense! I could see what was going to happen and I was so worried for Toby! (I admit I may have had to take a little break from reading because it was stressing me out — but in a good way!)

Overall, Saving Toby was an amazing New Adult read. The writing was excellent and I was completely drawn into the story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Keeping Claudia. I would highly recommend Saving Toby to fans of authors Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, and Jessica Park.

Thank you to Suzanne McKenna Link for the opportunity to read and honestly review Saving Toby.

ARC Review: Unshakable

Unshakable (Wayward Fighters, #4)Unshakableby J.C. Valentine 

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher:  Malachite Publishing LLC

*Unshakable is included in the Red Hot Candy Boxed Set and it’s out today!

Synopsis:

Don Freyer lost both his wife and his fighting career to cancer. He was a bitter old man until Jami came into his life. Jami’s the son Don never had. Don knows Jami’s life was rough growing up and he wants to ensure Jami and his wife can provide stability for the baby they are about to have. Don’s about to make that happen for them when life throws another hurdle his way.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Unshakable is the epilogue to the Wayward Fighters series. It’s a short story told in Don and Jami’s POV’s. In order to understand the characters, it’s best to have read the previous novels.

I love that J.C. Valentine gave us one last glimpse into the lives of the Wayward Fighters family. It was short and sweet and really wrapped up the entire series in a great way. Fans of the series will love it.

Thank you to J.C. Valentine for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Unshakable. 

Other books in this series:

Knockout (Wayward Fighters, #1)  Tapout (Wayward Fighters, #2)  unDefeated (Wayward Fighters, #3)

Coming In From The Cold

Coming In From the Cold (Gravity Book 1)Coming In From The Cold (Gravity #1) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: March 13, 2015

Publisher: Rennie Roads Book

Synopsis:

Dane “Danger” Hollister is an Olympic ski racer trying to outrun an illness that cursed both his mother and brother. He lives each day as it was his last. It’s what makes him such a good racer. It’s also what makes him avoid relationships that last longer than a night.

Willow Reade has the worst luck ever. Thanks to her ex, she’s stuck in the Vermont countryside taking care of an old house and a bunch of chickens.

When a blizzard blows in and drives them both off the road, Dane and Willow spend and unforgettable night together. Both are rocked by the passion and the consequences their time together will have.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Coming In From The Cold was a really cute sports related love story. I liked that it was centered around a winter sport (skiing). Dane was the typical jock that doesn’t do relationships — except his reason isn’t the one you normally find in romance novels. Willow’s sweet and strong. Their chemistry was hot. It was a really fun read for my latest camping trip.

Contemporary romance readers that like a romance with hot athletes will enjoy Coming In From The Cold.

Kiss Me

Kiss Me (Fool's Gold, #17) Kiss Me (Fool’s Gold #17) by Susan Mallery

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

Publisher: HQN Books

Synopsis:

Phoebe Kitzke is a fixer. She fixes things for people. Clients, friends, boyfriends. They’ve all benefited from Phoebe’s kindness.

Phoebe’s latest gift of kindness is costing her big. Not only is she suspended from her real estate job, but she’s in jeopardy of losing it all together. So, Phoebe’s come to the decision that she’s not going to be a doormat anymore. No more favors. Well, except for one last one. She’s going to join her best friend, Maya, at her family ranch in Fool’s Gold. She’s been promised there will be plenty of hunky scenery.

Zane Nicholson is not happy that he’s stuck leading a cattle drive for some tourists, but he’s determined to teach his half-brother a lesson. The last thing stubborn Zane expects to happen on the cattle drive is to fall for sweet Phoebe. He knows he should fight his longings for her, but it’s pretty hard when just seeing her makes his day brighter.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Fool’s Gold novels are always fun to read. You can read them in order or as standalone novels. There are some overlapping characters in each book, but not enough to bother you if you haven’t read one of the previous novels. I actually started the series in the middle and then caught up with the beginning books later. There are so many and they have been written for years, so it’s easy to get them from the library. My library even had the majority of them in a digital format.

So, having read all of the previous seventeen Fool’s Gold novels and all its novellas, I was a little nervous about reading Kiss Me. It pains me to admit it, but Hold Me (Fool’s Gold #16) wasn’t one of my favorite Fool’s Gold novels. It just didn’t have enough of a love story for me. The background stories of the characters were amazing; I just wanted more of the love birds together. I was worried maybe the series was going to start to fizzle for me.

I was happy to find that was not the case. Kiss Me was a fun cowboy romance. I say cowboy because the majority of it is set on the cattle drive in Fool’s Gold. Phoebe was a hoot. I loved her relationship with the animals. She was a little too sweet for me at times, but grumpy Zane definitely rounded her out. The sexual tension between them was hot.

I also enjoyed all of the supporting characters’ stories. They were unique and added a lot to the entire cattle drive experience. I do wish there would have been more of the town of Fool’s Gold in it. It always makes for cool and interesting storylines.

I’m very happy Kiss Me brought back my love for the Fool’s Gold series. It’s a series I’d highly recommend to contemporary romance readers that like a series with an interesting setting and characters.

Other books and novellas in this series (in order):

Chasing Perfect (Fool's Gold, #1) Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold, #2) Sister of the Bride (Fool's Gold, #2.5)  Finding Perfect (Fool's Gold, #3)  Only Mine (Fool's Gold #4)  Only Yours (Fool's Gold, #5)  Only His (Fool's Gold, #6)  Only Us (Fool's Gold, #6.1) Almost Summer: A Fool's Gold Novella (Fool's Gold, #6.2)   Summer Days (Fool's Gold, #7)  Summer Nights (Fool's Gold, #8)  All Summer Long (Fool's Gold, #9)  A Fool's Gold Christmas (Fool's Gold, #9.5)  Halfway There (Fool's Gold, #9.75)  Just One Kiss (Fool's Gold, #10)  Two of a Kind (Fool's Gold, #11)  Three Little Words (Fool's Gold, #12)  Christmas on 4th Street: Yours for Christmas  When We Met (Fool's Gold, #13)  Before We Kiss (Fool's Gold, #14)  Until We Touch (Fool's Gold, #15)  Yours for Christmas (Fool's Gold, #15.5)  Hold Me (Fool's Gold, #16)

Ever After

Ever After by Jude DeverauxEver After (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #3) by Jude Deveraux

Publication Date: June 23, 2015

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Synopsis:

Growing up, Hallie Hartley was forced to give up everything for her Victoria Secret model look-a-like step-sister, Shelly. Not only did she “give up” her boyfriends to Shelly, she gave up her dream college. Now Shelly is pressuring Hallie to sell her beloved childhood home and give her half the proceeds. All pampered Shelly does is take, take, take. She always gets what she wants.

Well, at least until Hallie comes home early one day to find Shelly impersonating her. Hallie learns that she has unexpectedly inherited a house on the island of Nantucket. Shelly pretended to be her in order to steal the house out from under Hallie. That’s not the worst of it, either. Shelly had planned to pretend she was a physical therapist just like Hallie is. Shelly was going to rehabilitate a ski injury for rich man staying in the house. Hallie is mortified and makes a split decision. She hops on a private jet to Nantucket to care for the injured man herself.

Halllie’s first impression of Jamie Taggert isn’t great. He’s exactly what she expected: a rich, gorgeous, pampered man. But as she works with him, her impression changes.  Maybe this rich guy isn’t just a spoiled brat after all. Maybe there’s more to his story than Hallie realizes.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Ever After is the first novel I’ve read by Jude Deveraux. I’m kind of wishing it wasn’t right now. I wish I would have read another of her novels prior to reading Ever After so I had something to compare it to. She’s obviously a very well respected and popular author. I can see why. So, then why the 2.5 star review? Well, let me explain.

The first 30% of this book killed me. Killed me. I honestly couldn’t believe what I was reading. I hated Hallie. First, she had no big reaction to Shelly’s betrayal. I know she was shocked and was generally a doormat, but Shelly was trying steal a house from her! A house!

 Second, when Jamie meets Hallie he looks her up and down and likes what he sees. Hallie immediately jumps on him and tells him off. I know she was tired of guys using her to get to Shelly, but it still seemed out of character for her. Especially with how fast she changed her impression of Jamie. The next thing I know, she’s telling him she’ll stop putting her breasts in his face when she’s treating him if he doesn’t do something.

My biggest reason for hating the first 30% of the book, though, was Hallie’s night visits to Jamie. When Hallie hears Jamie having nightmares, she goes to his room. She sees he’s taken sleep medication and that she won’t be able to wake him up. Hallie tries to sooth him…by kissing him. (Kissing him? I thought she couldn’t stand him?) Then, when he pulls her into bed with him, she sleeps next to him. This continues nightly and she never tells him. It comes to a point where she almost has sex with him while he’s sleeping.

This was so wrong in so many ways. It made me want to put the book down and DNF. I get that she was just trying to sooth him, but it became more when she didn’t tell him and didn’t stop her actions. She was taking advantage of him while he was under the influence of drugs, whether she meant it that way or not. I just kept thinking that if the roles had been reversed and Jamie was doing that to Hallie, it wouldn’t fly. It would be equated to a guy trying to sleep with a drunk girl. I know it was probably meant to be cute or something, but all it did was anger me.

Obviously, I kept reading. Ever After did get better. The second 2/3 of the book was really good. It was almost like the first 1/3 of the book never happened. If the book had started at 2/3 I would have rated it 4 stars. I was pulled into the story. Jamie and Hallie falling for each other was cute. I loved what the ghost story added to their romance. I also absolutely adored Jamie and his entire family. There were some really good twists, too.

Would I recommend it? Well, I’ve seen a lot of 5 star reviews out there, so it’s obvious other people love the story. I’m sure Jude Deveraux fans will love it. I did really enjoy it after the creeper parts were over.

I would like to thank Ballantine Books for the opportunity read and honestly review an ARC of Ever After.

Other books in the Nantucket Brides Series:

True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy, #1)  For All Time (Nantucket Brides Trilogy, #2)

What a Girl Wants

What a Girl Wants (Fillmore & Greenwich, #1)What a Girl Wants (Fillmore & Greenwich) by Kate Perry

Publication Date : June 15, 2015

Publisher: Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc. 

Synopsis:

Ariana Warren has always felt like she didn’t quite fit in her family. Her father, mother and sister all found their talents early and quickly. Ariana has spent years searching for hers, but she’s finally found it in her natural skin care line. She loves her small business. If only that was good enough for her businessman father. But it’s not and now he’s sicking his business associate on her.

Sebastian Tate has returned to the U.S. from his extended visit to London to fulfil a debt to an old business partner. Edward Warren wants Sebastian to help his daughter, Ariana, expand her skin care line. Once he sees the skin care line, Sebastian knows he can accomplish this goal — if only Ariana was willing to accept his help…and his love.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Kate Perry never fails at delivering books that make me smile. Her stories always make me happy. They’re filled with fun, interesting and sometimes odd characters. I love how they’re always finding their happily ever after, while also finding themselves at the same time. I also really enjoy how Perry always works in a secondary love story into her novels.

As for What a Girl Wants, it was fun getting to know Sebastian from the Summerhill Series a little better. He always seemed like he might be hiding something in that series and it was finally nice to find out what that was. I liked how his business minded personality melded with Ariana’s free spirit approach to life. I would have liked to read even more of his life in the novel. The storyline mainly revolved around Ariana.

Ariana was definitely my favorite character in What a Girl Wants. I liked the storyline involving her family as much as I liked seeing her falling in love with Sebastian. It was really cool to see how her family viewed her compared to how Ariana viewed herself. I think there are a ton of people who can identify with the feelings Ariana had.

I also thought Esme the psychic was a cool addition to the story. I’m looking forward to seeing what she has in store for the characters in future Fillmore & Greenwich books. I can’t wait to read about George, the mechanic.

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a Kate Perry contemporary romance novel. They’re filled with great relationships, laughs and some fun, steamy scenes. Not to mention, they always end with a happily ever after. I like that even though they’re part of a series with related characters, you can easily read each novel as a standalone.

I would like to say thank you to Kate Perry for the opportunity to read and honestly review an ARC of What a Girl Wants.