Posted in Notes

Miss stresshead is taking a break.

Hey guys!

I seem to be writing these more frequently recently, but this time i am going to stick by this.

2014 so far has been awesome. My NY resolution is “Put myself out there more” and “Make more of an effort” and for both, I have stuck my ground and done this – in many different ways. I’ve been ‘promoted’ in work too and that is one of the reasons, okay, THE reason I am writing this.

I feel like i actually have three full-time jobs – the upkeeping of The Book Lovers, being a publicist to Emma (which i love) and my actual full-time job. Now with my promotion, i am going to be taking on so much more work than i have been and my stress levels are flying through the roof so far. So much so, i dont want to go online when i get home from work, i dont want to read and all i want to do is sleep and drink wine and i need to focus on me and get myself out of this slump i am in. It’s happen before and i can most definitely get out of it sooner or later.

So i am going to take a few weeks off to just concentrate on my job. The work i am going to be doing is new to me and if i dont fully concentrate on it then the mistakes i make for clients is entirely down to me. Of course, i have two tours coming up, so i will have reviews for them, i have things for Emma Hart, Laura Beege and Anna Bloom planned so i will stick to them but other than that, i am taking time from blogging and probably wont be online as much as I’d like either – as you can already tell.

I’ll still be around if you want to tweet or facebook or even email me but i wont be on it 24/7 like i used to be.

Posted in Abbi Glines, New Adult

Fallen Too Far – Abbi Glines

16070903Synopsis

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

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My Review

Blaire has gone through some heartbreak throughout her 19 years. Losing her mother and sister and having her father walk out on them. When her mum dies, she’s forced to sell everything to pay the medical bills and now all that’s left is her truck, a twenty dollar note and her gun. The only living parent she has is her dad, whom she hasn’t seen in five years and now she has to go ask for him for help even though she’d rather not. But when she arrives at the address he’s given her, he’s not there and a full blown party is in its place.

Enter 24 year old Rush. He’s not happy she’s there and has given her a month to find a job and apartment and move out. As grateful as she is, this arrangement has now made her head spin and Rush has since changed his mind about this arrangement telling her she can now stay. But with Rush having a family secret, and his sister Nan, hating her for some apparent reason, Blaire wants to know what’s up, but when she does,  it changes everything!

Blaire was a great character to read. She hadn’t had much life experience since she looked after her sick mum for three years until her death and she has been through so much in her life, it was great to see her stay so strong and focus on what she wants to make something of herself in this lonely world without her mum and sister. She’s never really let anyone in, apart from her best friend Cain, but even then she had to let him go as he wanted more and she couldn’t give it to him. You do see her conflicted in her feelings for Rush. Since he was so harsh on her at times then so nice, it really did confuse her but her heart was still drawn to him, no matter how much she knew if something happened, it wouldn’t last as he is someone to just ‘fuck and dump.’ But she was so, so wrong…

I have to say…it did take me a while to warm up to Rush. The first time we meet him, I found him arrogant, egotistical and ignorant and of course, he was the son of a famous drummer so he had a lot of money to just throw around. That, of course, was down to what he knew about Blaire and her side of the family, so the only way he could act was being an absolute dickhead to her, but underneath his fucked-up ways, I did eventually warm up to him and find that deep down, he was such a lovely guy, but he was just being an asshole to Blaire because of Nan’s – his sister – secret, which no one thought to tell Blaire about until it was too late. I really felt for him at the end. It made my chest hurt when he was sobbing! YES sobbing to Blaire. For someone so closed off, his feelings were certainly brought to the service with Blaire, whom seemed to change is way of feeling. He wanted to be different with her, and he was, until the secret changed everything.

Grant. Oh what a lovely supporting character! I was drawn to him the instant he entered the scene with Blaire and he wanting to help her, unlike a certain brother of his at the start. He seemed like the type of guy who would be there for you, no matter what and would help you out. That’s something that I did like about him. He was willing to help Blaire out, no matter how weird it might have been within his family dynamic as there was a huge secret everyone was harbouring from Blaire.

The chemistry between Blaire and Rush was off the scale. The sexual tension between them sizzled at every turn and you could really see that they were so attracted to each other but Blaire was ‘innocent’ and Rush was a ‘fuck-up’ who thought she deserved more than him, but I was so glad that they both succumbed to their feelings, especially Rush, whose feelings you quickly saw rush to the service for Blaire. For someone who said he wasn’t a ‘kiss and cuddle’ person, he certainly felt that way with Blaire and it made the sex scenes that much more intense and emotional.

The story includes secrets, tragedies, jealousy, twists and heartbreaks. It truly is a book that needs to be read and that cliff-hanger at the end. Jesus! I cannot wait until March for the second book. I need to know what happens now.

Posted in Romance, YA

Such A Rush – Jennifer Echols

Synopsis

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

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My Review

Leah Jones has moved from town to town, trailer to trailer all her life due to her mother always moving them when her boyfriends tell her there is a job for her and now she is finally living in Heaven Beach, in a trailer park next to a small commercial airport.

Leah, at 14, gets picked on at school and her only escape is her job at the airstrip, working for Mr. Hall at his banner advertising business. She can only do office work but it’s her dream to fly an airplane, so when she has saved enough money from her wages, she forges her mums signature and hands it over to Mr Hall, in exchange for a flying lesson. And so it starts.

Fast forward three years and Leah is now flying planes for Mr Hall and she loves it. There’s nothing better than being free in the air, controlling her own destiny and not having to worry about life when shes in the air.

Mr Hall has three sons, Grayson and Alec, who are twins and Jake, who is older than the twins. Although Leah doesn’t know them, she sees them when they visit their father but they don’t associate with her as they think they are ‘above’ her and that shes having an affair with their dad – they cant be further than the truth as Leah thinks of Mr Hall as a surrogate dad.

When Mr Hall dies, from the stress of Jake dying in the war, Leah has no idea what she is going to do as she assumes the business will shut down and she will be out of a job. But instead, Grayson and Alec decide they are to keep the business and keep Leah as a pilot – although Grayson has other ideas and blackmails her in return for keeping her job.

This is where all the major drama appears. Being blackmailed into dating Alec, even though she has no idea why she has to date him as Grayson won’t tell her, you can see the torment in Leah as she needs to keep her job but then she doesn’t like Alec that way – its always been Grayson she has liked, but she really needs the job and so she agrees, reluctantly.

During the course of the book, you see the emotions of all the characters, especially Leah and Grayson. As much as he wants to stay away, he looks out for Leah when her mum isn’t there – which is most of the time – so when a storm is brewing, he takes her to safety, away from her metal trailer to the basement in the airstrip and that is when you know, that he is totally in to Leah, even though he doesn’t want to admit it. But throughout the book, parts where she has to pretend to like Alec, you can figure out his jealousy over the two of them, even though Leah only thinks of Alec as a brother.

Over due course, it was obvious that Grayson had feelings for Leah, and he knew she liked him but he wouldn’t do anything about it. It was about keeping Alec at the airstrip and putting him first before himself, which is actually really nice of him to do, but it hurt Leah to be blackmailed when all she wanted was for Grayson to see her. When he finally got his act together, i was smiling so badly! My poor, flawed, jealous Grayson, you finally got what you have wanted all along.

There is so much more that I would love to talk about, but I don’t want to write a massive spoiler before you are all read it. Let’s just say, there’s an accident which makes characters shift their butts into gear and i was so glad of the ending. It was super cute that all the characters got a happy ending and ended up with the person they wanted to be with.

This is the first book i have read from Jennifer Echols but it certainly wont be the last. I absolutely loved this book and it had me hooked. I read this when I had free time during my holiday to Paris and this story was all i could think about all day until we would come back to the holiday to relax before going back out. When a book gets to me like this, you know its a great read!

Read this book, if it’s the only one you do.