Posted in New Adult

Bite & Release – Cory Cyr

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Ryan Chase left Fairbanks, Alaska, when she was 21 years old to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Somewhere along the way her dreams of stardom crashed and burned, along with her life.

Thirteen years later she is forced to return to Fairbanks because her unforgiving and emotionally-distant father has suddenly died. Ryan seizes the opportunity to not only escape her abusive husband but to be able to attend her best friend’s wedding. What could go wrong? It’s only Fairbanks, Alaska…
While wishing she was anywhere but her father’s funeral and wake, Ryan is struck senseless by a stunning, drop-dead gorgeous man. Her thoughts turn carnal and she desperately wants to know him in every way—and position—possible. There’s only one problem…

He’s the devil’s spawn.
He’s the one who marked her for life.
He’s the kid she used to baby-sit.
And he’s hotter than hell!

Shea Michaels has loved Ryan Chase for most of his life. After surviving an unspeakable childhood, he became a man of whom she could be proud of…if she ever came back.
Now that she’s returned, Shea pursues her with a vengeance, undaunted by the thirteen year age difference that Ryan uses as the shield between them.

Confusion, guilt and lust bombard Ryan as she battles the memories of the little boy she used to know while still being drawn to the heart-stopping man he has become.

***18+ due to explicit sexual situations, graphic language and intense adult themes

5 out of 5 STARS

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My Review

I found out about Bite and Release from a blog on Facebook and am i glad that i downloaded it straight away? HELL YES.  I was hooked from the start and with the twists throughout the book, i was on tenterhooks throughout, needing to know the outcome. I first picked this book up because i was intrigued with the synopsis (the photo certainly helped too). I’m pretty obsessed with friends-to-lover books but this was ex-babysitter/child-now-adult – to lovers (understand? haha). I knew there would be a big age gap and that normally bothers me – dont ask why – but i was happily pleased to find that the age didnt bother it. It was like there wasnt even a gap anyway.

Cory brings out all your emotions. I was laughing, frustrated – in both senses ;), I teared up – both happy and sad. I even shouted at my kindle a few times and i also felt panicky at certain scenes, rushing to read what was going to happen. Seriously, your emotions will be all over the place. AND I LOVED IT! Cory has a writing flare that just keeps you reading page after page until you are at the end and looking at the clock wondering where the time has gone. She makes you feel for the characters, for their stories and i urge everyone to get their hands on Bite and Release and gobble it up just like I did. You will not be disappointed.

Ryan is a hard character at first. She comes back to Alaska after her father dies and its the perfect opportunity to hide from her abusive husband, as well as attend her BFF’s wedding. You can see she has a backbone, that she doesn’t want to be back in Alaska, not after running away from her home town but she has no choice. She’s bitchy, sarcastic and swears like a trooper. Her life hasnt exactly panned out the way she had hoped especially with her acting and with a husband that abuses her but she needs to get away from him, she needs to divorce his ass and hide until everything is final.

Then from across the room at her father’s wake is a sexy, suited up man who has had his eye on her all day. She’s intrigued until she discovers its Shea, the little boy she used to babysit. You can see her conflicting thoughts over seeing him. He looks yummy, sexy, so damn good, but she remembers him as a little devil and he’s 13 years younger than her.

She wants him but she doesnt. You can understand her though, because this is the LITTLE BOY she babysat, the little boy who was a devil and now, well now hes a sexy machine. It’s hard to be annoyed or angry at her back and forth-ness because you could quite possible be thinking the same as her. She had self-esteem issue, she was low in confidence but you watch her grow throughout the book. She becomes stronger and knows exactly what she wants – Shea – even if one part made me gasp in horror and had my heart breaking for her and Shea.

But throughout it all, age is just a number, it doesnt matter and if two people find one another and love each other, no one else’s opinion should matter and that is one thing i adored about this book was that no one took a second glance at the 13 years between them because love is love at the end of the day, and it’s no ones business but your own.

Shea is pretty damn amazing. Even I fell in love with him throughout the book. Despite everything he went through as a kid, despite how tough it was, he got through it and he turned out incredible. Life through him a curveball and he dealt with the hard parts until he cleaned his act up. For a 21 year old, he sure is older and I suppose you would be too. He has loved Ryan since he was eight and she was twenty one and when he sees her again, for the first time in 13 years, his love is still as strong as it was when he was a kid. I adored him from the get go. With his dreamy blue eyes, his tattoos and just his manner. He can turn the charm on full blast but then he can be sweet and vulnerable too. And i think that is what drew me to him as well.

He is such a great character. He knows what he wants and goes for it. He’s a hard worker, wanting to make something of himself and wanting to make Ryan proud of him, to be someone who would want him. You know that he would do anything for Ryan, even if it means staying away from her, but with so many years gone by, he wants her. The things he would say – both steamy and sweet- had my heart and chest clamping together. Gone is the ‘devil’ child and in replacement is the most sweetest, genuine and sexiest guy imaginable. He still habours the pain of his childhood but with Ryan by his side, it become bearable to get over them, to embrace the past to get into the present, into the future.  And what a future they have!

You will most definitely understand where the title of this book comes from too. It’s only a few pages in and in a way, its actually such a sweet memory, even if it wasn’t to those two. But it bonds them together, always has, and always will.

There are a few twists and turns in the book which had me gasping and flicking through the pages so fast because i need to know answers, needed to know just how it was going to end. Cory certainly keep you on edge with this twists that i couldnt put the book down. Not for one second. I stayed in the same place for 3 hours whilst i read Bite and Release, not wanting to put it down for anything.

Bite & Release truly is an awesome book. It was such a relief to see an older woman and younger guy story but it didnt feel like they had an age gap at all – like i already said. There are smoking hot sex scenes, cocky and sweet statements and a whole lot of loving and drama wrapped around. The relationship wasn’t rushed at all, it built up slowly and it seemed genuine and real and it progressed over time – that is what you want in a book. The characters to really know one another, to let each other in and Ryan and Shea really did do that over the book (apart from that one problem that Ryan failed to admit 😉 )

I’m so glad i found out about this book because i truly and utterly enjoy every single minute of reading it!

Posted in Romance, YA

ARC: Hooked (Hooked #1) – Liz Fichera

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When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile…

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.

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My Review

All Fred Oday wants to do is play golf. It gets her away from her house and into a zone for a few hours. When she’s spotted by her high school coach for the golf team and he offers her a place, she accepts. Little does she know, someone is going to get kicked off for her to take his place and that someone is Seth, Ryan’s best friend.

Ryan Berenger isn’t happy at all that his friend got kicked off the team in favour for a girl, but the more he sees Fred play golf and the more time they spend together, it’s clear that she’s more than amazing at golf and there’s no denying that something is happening between them, something neither of them saw coming.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Writing about two characters from completely different sides of the woods yet they have many things in common from their dysfunctional families to their love of Golf. I never thought I’d ever read a YA about golf, especially a girl being consumed by the sport but I really loved reading about the sport, as I’m not a massive golf fan at all, but Liz made it seem so interesting that I couldn’t put the book down. The alternating POV’s truly made the story come alive as well, getting an insight into both Ryan and Fred’s thoughts and feelings about one another; their voices were prominent and I felt connected to both of the characters. I also loved the Indian culture in this book. In a way, this book reminded me of Shut Up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig with the Indian culture and it made me really interested in learning more about the culture.

Fredricka – or Fred as she’d rather be called is from the Rez, the Indian community where they are all a close knit family. She practices golf every day as it’s a way out from being at home where her mum drinks all the time. She’s never had any golfing lessons, she self-taught herself but anyone who watches her can see she is amazing, and that’s actually what Coach says about her. So much so, he offers her a place on the golf team – but little does she know that someone has to be kicked off in order for her to have a place. As much as being petrified that she’s the only girl on the team, all she wants to do is play golf, and that’s exactly what she does.

I found her to be a strong girl, especially when comments were being passed about her but she held her ground and tried not to let them get to her. She was also confused over liking Ryan but in a way, it seemed to be her destiny to be with him. That’s how I thought about it anyway. Being the only girl on the team especially with her being from a different culture to them, the boys just didn’t know how to act or what to say, but it seemed once they got used to her and began winning they began to see her as a teammate and not the ‘Indian girl’ on a boys golf team. I loved watching her overcome all the obstacles that were placed in her way until she finally found herself, her true self and it genuinely made me happy that everything was coming into place.

Ryan is the popular kid at school. He’s the top golfer on the team and goes to all the parties. When his friend Seth, is kicked off the golf team in favour of Fred, Seth isn’t happy at all, and plans his revenge to get her kicked off. You can instantly see that although Ryan isn’t happy that a girl is on team and replaced Seth, he isn’t happy about being involved in the revenge at all. Throughout the book you see Ryan grow up and become into himself. You can see he’s conflicted about Fred. He’s gone from never seeing her around to seeing her everywhere he goes and he’s confused over his feelings for her. Getting to know her, it’s obvious that he really likes her but people keep messing with his head and getting in the way of them being together properly.

I loved his chapters when Seth was being batshit crazy over Fred and Ryan was there to beat him down – it showed his true feelings for Fred and I just loved him for that. He’s not without his douchery, but he does condone himself and tries to fix everything he’s done wrong. It really does make him think about himself and how he doesn’t want to be like everyone else – at least that is what I got from his character. Whether you feel that too, well, you’ll have to read it and analyse him yourself.

Their journey is not without struggles but throughout their diversions – when they are apart – it seems that neither of them can catch a break. Revenge from Seth was delivered plenty of times, Gwyneth completely got on my nerves with her lying and jealousy and everything that should have been an easy road for Ryan and Fred was just blown up because of the drama caused by people who were happy at all about an ‘Indian chick’ changing everything. But I did like the ending, as I do with many books. Everything seemed to work out perfectly, even if everything wasn’t completely worked out – Seth – but they overcame everything thrown at them, and I was grateful that Liz let them catch a break.

This book is more than just a romance, sporty book – it’s about fighting for your dream, no matter how hard it may be and also overcoming your stereotype – changing people’s perceptions of you. As a Native American, Fred is used to all sorts of comments thrown her way but she tries to be strong and ignore them, never forgetting her roots and never being embarrassed about them. She is proud of where she’s from and who she is. It was great to see a character embracing her culture and never forgetting it. It shows how wrong it is to discriminate against other people when you don’t even know them.

This book is out on the 1st February and I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy of this book. I’m going to be super cheesy now but it definitely had me ‘Hooked’ right until the end. Make sure to grab your copy when it comes out. As I’ve said, I’m not a fan of golf but added with the drama and romance, the Indian blessings and prayers and you’ve got yourself a great book!

Posted in Romance, Tina Reber

Love Unrehearsed – Tina Reber (Book #2)

Synopsis

There is no rehearsal for true love.

When A-list film actor Ryan Christensen ducked into her pub to escape his screaming fans, never in a million years did Taryn Mitchell think her life was about to change forever. But now, eight months later, after a whirlwind romance, Taryn wakes up in Ryan’s Hollywood hotel room to find a diamond to die for on her left ring finger—and her face splashed across the cover of every gossip magazine.

Ryan’s very public proposal is catnip to the tabloids, his management team is worried, and Taryn must figure out how a small town girl like her fits into his glittering world. What does it take to make a relationship work amidst telephoto lenses, daily on-set temptations, and jealous fans who will stop at nothing to keep you from walking down the aisle with the man of your dreams?

With no script to follow and no chance for a dress rehearsal, Taryn and Ryan will be forced to take the plunge and risk everything to make their love last.

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My Review

The second book of Tina Rebers ‘Love’ books. Unrehearsed follows off from Love Unscripted with Ryan and Taryn engaged, which happened in her pub and now her face is splashed across tabloids, announcing their engagement, must to the annoyance of his Publicist and Manager, who seem to despise Taryn, and tell Ryan to that he cannot go public with his engagement as he has worked so hard to get to this point in his career – and guess what, he goes along with them. But he finally comes to his senses and lets the world know hes engaged and sacks his publicist.

Taryn follows Ryan around the world to premieres for his films, leaving her pub in the capable hands of her best friend but as she is traveling around the world, back home things arent quite so rosy for Marie, as she has split up from her husband and has been living in Taryn;s apartment above the pub, which kills Taryn as shes not with her best friend, but everything in Maries life finally comes to when she finds love with Ryan’s bodyguard and she too trains to be a bodyguard and ends up protecting Taryn when Ryan’s not around.

Throughout the book, Ryan and Taryn become secure in their relationship, not letting anyone get in between them and Ryan – a private person – is finding it hard to be in the spotlight as he gets anxiety attacks because of it and he desperately wants to live a normal life, away from all the paparazzi. Because of the invasion, jail comes a-knocking for both of them at different parts of the book.

From both books, its been a long journey to get their happily-ever-after and they do get it eventually. Throughout all the pressure of Ryan being in the public eye, Taryn having a celebrity boyfriend and every dramatic moment that happened during both books, they finally get their fairytale moment.

Posted in Romance, Tina Reber

Love Unscripted – Tina Reber (Book #1)

Synopsis

Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that accepting a role in an unknown film would toss his career into overdrive. His new fame has cost him dearly; anonymity is no longer an option. His fans stalk him, the paparazzi hound him, and Hollywood studios all want a piece of him. Despite all of that, Ryan Christensen craves the most basic of human needs – to have love in his heart and privacy in his life.

Taryn Mitchell, the story’s protagonist, is a realist. She’s been feigning contentment, running the family pub in Seaport, Rhode Island, while quietly nursing her own internal heartaches. Her feet are fairly glued to the ground and she doesn’t buy into all the hype that has descended on her tiny, coastal town. In her world, men are safe if they’re kept at a distance.

Fate has other plans for these two when their paths cross one sunny afternoon. A group of female fans has attacked him, leaving his shirt torn, his face cut, and Ryan in obvious distress. Bonds between them form from the most dramatic of circumstances while jealousy, insecurity, and the stress of his celebrity life try to tear them apart.

Through all the tabloid lies, secrecy, and pressure, can Taryn’s peace and Ryan’s high-profile insanity live together in harmony?

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My Review

As much as I really enjoyed reading this book, at times I felt like it dragged on and I just wanted to get it over with. 659 pages are a lot when some of the story could have been cut down but as a book worm, i soldiered on to finish it and find out what happens, even if i was wishing it would end, which has never happened to me with any book i have read.

I did love Ryan and Taryn together, especially the way they met and how her best friend was utterly infatuated with Ryan. They start out as friends, Taryn’s pub being a refuge for Ryan after a hard day of shooting for his film and a place for him to relax without his over-exited fans pawning over him. But as all friendships with celebrities who hide away for peace and quiet, the fans found out he was staying with Taryn and so her pub became a place for his fans to congregate, hoping to catch a glimpse of him.

Over the course of the book, Ryan and Taryn begin a relationship, much to the annoyance of his female co-star and much to the delight of her friends. Their relationship didnt come without drama, from death threats, stalkers and co-stars but other than that, it seemed everything was kind of perfect, apart from the massssssive drama that happened right before the end of the book. They did good to hold their grounds but I know if i was Taryn, i would have been a hell of a lot more jealous than she was, and i know most people would be too.

As a book worm, I cant just read a book over a few days, it has to be read right there and then, and this book can be either, but if you’re not like me, then I’d recommend taking your time as when i get excited over a book, that’s it.