Posted in Romance, Suspense

The Rock Star Next Door – Lily Silver

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Sometimes love conquers time…

From the first moment he saw her, Lex recognizes Jessie. He knows they were lovers in a past life and their souls are destined for a reunion. Can he convince her they belong together?

Jessica Kelly has reached the pinnacle of success with her hot new rock band. She and her friends have rented a house in Malibu. Living next door is the notorious rock legend. When Lex takes a personal and passionate interest in Jessie, can she afford to lose her heart to The Rock Star Next Door?

Lex learns someone is stalking Jessie. She refuses to let him help her and hides the identity of her tormentor. Will their tragic past be repeated, separating them for another lifetime? Can Lex prevent Jessie from being taken from him again by a malicious and violent force reaching across time to destroy them?

My rating: 2.5/3 out of 5
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My Review

“Lex recognized her. He knew Jessica Kelly was his soul mate and their spirits were destined for a reunion.”

From the moment he saw her, Lex knew she was the one. The one he had been looking for. The one who got away. The lover of his past life. His soul mate. He had finally found her and she was living next door. He just had to try and convince her somehow that they were meant to be together.

Jessica Kelly had reached new heights with the success of their band Heartless. She and her band mates/friends rented a house in Malibu to finish up their third album and finding out that rock legend Lex is living next door and has taken an interest in Jessie? Well shes stunned. She’s followed and fancied him since forever but can she really take a chance on him and give him her heart?

When Jessie starts to be tormented by someone from her past, Lex will do whatever it takes to stop the stalker. But Jessie refuses his help and hides the true identity of the tormenter not wanting Lex to know the secrets of her past.

 But down the line, it seems that history is coming closer to repeating itself and Lex can’t lose Jessie again, he can’t be separated for another lifetime. Can Lex prevent history repeating itself when they are both confronted by a malicious and violent force willing to destroy them again?

I have to start by saying, The Rock star Next Door started off a little slow and then the main characters, Jessie and Lex, started to annoy the heck out of me until the end, where I finally applauded them for getting this shizz together. Took them long enough after all the drama that occurred throughout the book. Seriously, every page something was happening. As much as I wanted to put the book down, I wanted to find out if they really were past life lovers and what happened to them both.

It really is a book about mental illness and how it affects those around that person. It’s about finding your soul mate after years of searching. It’s also about the struggles to overcome being manipulated for so long and the journey to finally freeing yourself.

Jack and Jessie have had a bad childhood. Their mother, a sufferer of mental illness, would emotionally and sometimes physically abuse them and their father was hardly ever there, working as a truck driver five out of seven days a week. It came to a point where they just couldn’t cope anymore so when they were sixteen where they ran away from home and never looked back.

During the years they ran away, they did and tried everything to make some money and eventually their hard work paid off, as they were signed to a record label. Now their band Heartless are getting bigger day by day, they are happy with where their success is taking them, but there’s still a big matter in their life…their mother, who still haunts them even when she is 2000 miles away.

I could see why Jessie was so scared and petrified of life, why she was so uptight to make sure the band did everything correct, that her motherly instinct kicked in with the band and her brother because they had worked hard for the success they had and she was frightened it would be taken away. Also deep down she was also still harbouring her childhood fears of her mother’s manipulation, and although she didn’t want it remember that period of her life, it still affected not just her, but her brother, Jack, too. She panicked over her relationship with Lex, how fast they were moving, how much, in a way, he reminds her of mother, even though she knew he didn’t mean to come across that way.

You see throughout the book just how much her mother has destroyed her, made me fear. There were times when I wanted to shake her and tell her to listen to her brother, that he was right in what he was saying, but she just discarded it and went with what she wanted to do, which in turn, was making her stressed and ill and even more scared.

Jack was also scared from his childhood, and although he took drugs when it got him upset/angry/stressed, he seemed to know exactly what to do to deal with his mother’s phone calls and manipulation, even when they hadn’t spoken/seen her for eight years, she still affected them.

From the moment he saw Jessie, Lex knew she was the one who was cruelly taken from him in their past life. He believed in reincarnation and knew Jessie was his one many years ago. Now he had found her, he couldn’t let her go, but because of this, and his persistence in wanting to marry her asap, he was slowly pushing her away, scaring her due to everything in her life and past. I did feel for Lex, because he loved her but yes, he was too full on with everything surrounding Jessie so when he had pushed her too far, I didn’t scowled her, because I knew she couldn’t handle it anymore.

I knew he just wanted her forever now he had found her, but even when they weren’t together and he was giving her space, he was still there for her, even when he didn’t truly know what was causing her to freak out all the time. I really did love his love for her and his caring side. I just wished Jessie would see it too, but then I suppose she had other things on her mind, such as her brother and her mother.

Now, their past life stuff. Lex knew the moment he laid eyes on Jessie that they were past life lovers and that he had finally find the one he had been searching for, for over 900 years. I think that is why he was so happy to have found her that he wanted to marry her right there and then. That it took two dates for him to confess that she would be the women he would marry to the paps. I could kind of understand the need to the rush, he had found his past love in this lifetime and he didn’t want to waste any time without her. But the thing was, Jessie didn’t know or remember anything about a past life.

But at 57% things seemed to look up and become interesting. Jessie had this dream where she was a maid and Lex was a singer and they were to run away and get married in Paris. Was this her past life as Lex mentioned?

I think this was what kept me going…I wanted to know more about this past life and what happened to her, as Lex mentioned, something bad did. Throughout the second half, we were shown snippets of Jessie’s dreams, about the past life and what went on 900 years ago and how it all connected to her present life.

I did gasp at the part near the end where Lex was stunned and frightened as one scene was happening word for word and he knew what was going to happen next – hence history repeating. For thank the lord it did not repeat and everything ended up okay…as okay as it could be.

I did like the reincarnation concept of the book. Lovers in a past life who didn’t have a chance to be together, finding each other in their ‘new’ life and now having the chance to live the life they didn’t get to have. It was a nice touch. But I didn’t like all the drama that surrounded this book. There was too much and I don’t know how I managed to get through it because it wasn’t holding my attention. I was more interested in knowing more about the dreams and their past life.

Would I recommend this book? I’m not sure. Perhaps for the ‘reincarnation’ aspect, but not the drama.

Would I read it again? No, probably not.

Posted in Jade C. Jamison, New Adult

ARC: Bullet – Jade C. Jamison

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An Epic Rock Star Novel

What if you discover the man you want is toxic?

She tasted a little bit of heaven with him, and now they’ve gone through hell and back, but can their relationship take anymore?

Valerie Quinn is a naïve college freshman when she meets on-the-rise rock star Ethan Richards. He’s an idealistic, handsome, reckless young man, but he’s captured her heart. She doesn’t give up on him and eventually his walls crumble down. By the time Valerie has given herself to him completely, she discovers he’s damaged and may be beyond help. Can she save Ethan and their relationship before he implodes, or will he self-destruct and take her with him?

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My Review

Valerie Quinn is a college freshman. Shes had little experience with guys so when she meets on-the-rise rock star and fellow student Ethan Richards, he’s instantly captured her heart.

But there is something about Ethan. Something damaged him from his childhood that he’s held onto all these years and Valerie tries to help him, eventually breaking down his walls. But when Valerie gives herself completely to him, that’s when she discovers he may be beyond help.

She’s determined to try and help Ethan and rebuild their relationship but Ethan is toxic and is leading towards a road of self-destruct. Down a road where it may be hard for Valerie to save him and save herself in the long haul.

Bullet begins in the present. I’m not going to tell you who Valerie is with, but it sets you up with the beginning of Val’s story and how she got to this point in the first place. The chapters are divided into past and present –more past than present but no less important as the present makes you think back over the past ‘past’ chapters to really see how she became to person she is now, in the present.

We meet Valerie in the ‘present’ as I’ve mentioned and shes got some huge news to share. She seems grown-up, mature and in love. When Jade introduces us to Valerie in the ‘past’, shes a virgin, she’s naive to all things sexual, but that’s only because of her up-bringing but she’s far from shy. She finds it easy to make friends.

The first real friend we see her make is Ethan. He’s in one of her classes and she decides that next class shes going to talk to him. I loved how they both had a passion for metal music, thus starting the beginning of their friendship. Although she only really hung out during class and their walk back to their dorms, they became friends fast and I found it refreshing that Val had someone with a common interest, unlike her bitchy roommate Charlotte, who I instantly took a dislike to.

Throughout her journey in the first year of college, she becomes closer to Ethan and his roommate/band member Zane and also becomes friends with the other two members of his band, who live back at home, Brad and Nick. They all welcomed her to their ’group’ with open arms. They cared about her.

The more time they all spent together, the more Val knew she wanted to be in their group and not return to college. She didn’t know what she wanted to major in, so she really thought there would be no point staying. Their group dynamic changed and I loved that having a girl in the band who also wrote the lyrics to their songs made them become even more popular than they were. It worked because she put so much effort and passion into making them work.

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey we had with Val and the band members. You see Valerie as an inexperienced, naive young woman who is hung up on her best friend – Ethan, bypassing any other guy who looks her way. Although she kind of knows they look at her, all she wants is Ethan. Over the course of the book, she grows up a lot, she grows into her sexuality, knowing how to flaunt it and use it and she seems to enjoy the fact that she’s matured and can hold her own around guys and on stage too, with engaging the audience. I loved reading her grow, albeit going back to Ethan all the time annoyed the heck out of me, but in between with the romances with Clay/Jet who was in another band that they toured with let her experience even more with her sexuality.

Clay/Jet was a few years older than Val and the boys. What I loved about him was that he had two different personas. Clay was the sweet, caring guy, who would cuddle you and Jet was his persona on stage and in bed. He’d make sure you had a great time in bed. After everything he and Val went through, I think the outcome for both of them was the right path to choose. Even if she did go back to Ethan once again.

I really liked Ethan at the start when we first meet him. He seems like a cool kid, someone who really cares for Val but won’t admit it, in turn staying true to his womanizing ways, which seems to hurt Val. He seemed jealous when guys gave her attention but he never did anything to prove his feelings to her. It was like he didn’t know how to, or he didn’t want to destroy her ‘purity’. She was his muse and he didn’t want to change that.

Throughout the years they spend together, either together or just as a band, I despised him bit by bit over his hurtful and painful actions towards Val. He didn’t know a good thing if it hit him in the face and it was like he was bi-polar. I had no idea what he was going to do. Drugs and alcohol seemed to be his void over his past but he just always took it too far, causing pain not only to Val but to Brad as well. All the things he did to Val over the course of the book, well I just wanted to punch him. Val loved him with everything and he put her through so much that she just didn’t know if she could handle that pain again.

There were parts when I thought he would change, but he never did. He’d change for a while then retreat back to his asshole state. I thought Valerie was so stupid for taking him back all the time, it got me so frustrated that I was shouting at her through my Kindle. I wanted her to say ‘Fuck you’ and stand up for herself when he acted like a douchebag. Although there are times she did say ‘fuck you’ to him, I suppose she kept going back because she thought he truly would change and she was so deeply in love with him that she just brushed over everything he did when he showed her some affection. He really was toxic.

Now Brad. I LOVE HIM!! I’d love to have him for myself please. He was such a sweetheart. The first time we meet him it’s obvious he and Val share this connection. She knows it and so does he but she’s hung up on Ethan and she tries to forget about it. He tells her that he knows she likes Ethan so nothing will happen while that card is on the table. I loved him for that because he was respecting her.

He was a worrier and really cared about the band when no one else seemed to give a rats arse about it. He was literally their band manager, tour manager; driver and he wrote music/lyrics, had a job so they could afford to live and drove to their concerts. I loved his dedication for the band, wanting to make them noticed so they could get signed. Music was his life and all he wanted to do and I really admired him that he was so passionate about following his dreams.

He and Val had a close friendship, even though there was some sort of sexual chemistry between them but he swore that he wouldn’t go there (again). He worried about her relationship with Ethan because of the toxicity that is Ethan, who was damaging her poor heart over his actions. Brad was the guy that Val should be with not Ethan!

Ohhh the ending! It was just perfect and Valerie really did end up with the right guy. I was rooting for them throughout the book and I was so glad it was the person who I REALLY wanted her to be with. They were just so right for each other and albeit, their journey was a long one, but it just proves that in the end, those who are meant to be together, will find their way to one another and this was the perfect way to end such an amazing book as Bullet.

Jade has done it once again and drawn me into the story of Valerie, much like she has with her other books and she makes it so hard to put her books down and actually get some sleep! It is longer than her other books, but it’s no less important or drawn out for the sake of it, no! it’s captivating and you really become engrossed in the plot and with the characters.

I’d like to thank Jade for sending me an ARC copy of Bullet. She’s such a brilliant person and author, so if you haven’t read any of her books – boo at you! Please download them or read my reviews under Jade C. Jamison in the category box, because her books will leave you wanting more.

NOW, if you’re looking for smoking hot Rockstars, smoking hot sex, love triangles and a metal rock band then Bullet will be and is the book for you. It’s about growing up, finding love, dealing with damaged souls, succeeding and finding true happiness. PLEASE buy this e-book when it comes out because you will be obsessed with the characters and story right from the beginning.

Posted in New Adult, Romance

Torn (Torn #1) – K.A Robinson

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Chloe hasn’t had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?

Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.

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My Review

Chloe, along with her two best friends Amber and Logan are off to start another chapter of their life at West Virginia University. Chloe hasn’t had the best childhood, with a mother who was gone more than often, leaving her to fend by herself. Now, she’s off to start a new life and to hopefully leave the demons in the past.

On her first day, she meets a guy, Drake, who literally takes her breath away. She has never felt like this before, but there is something about this guy. He’s tattooed and pierced up and hes all she can think about, despite not wanting to.

Becoming friends with Drake and falling for him wasn’t her plan. She just wanted to finish college and start her life, but no matter the attraction, from both of them, things just don’t fall into place for either of them.

This book had to the substance to be a great book. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, because some parts I did, like the flirting and some of the cuter scenes, but most of the characters literally annoyed the hell out of me due to their ways.

Chloe is classed as the hot (but she doesn’t know it) rocker chick, with D sized boobs and long, blonde hair down to her waist. (That hair would literally piss me off and I would chop it off). She’s oblivious to all the male attention YET she dresses provocatively when going out clubbing/pub and she seems to get steaming drunk every time– just like her mother, who she hates.

She’s indecisive when it comes to Logan and Drake, and that annoyed me because HELLO! If you wanted Logan you would have liked him before jumping into bed with him and if you liked Drake, you wouldn’t have got with Logan. Oh woman! You do my head in, and I am one too and I know who I would have chosen. If she was my friend, I’d tell her to stay away from both of the guys, until she was certain of which one she had feelings for. It wasn’t fair on the guys to be messed around and hurt because she couldn’t make her mind up. She does cry a lot in the book, over her past and the things she has does, but she doesn’t try to make amends until right at the end when everything goes tits up.

I have to say, Logan just didn’t warm up to me at all. I found myself shouting at him and Chloe through my Kindle because their relationship/friendship was just too much. He was possessive and not in a good way. Yes, he loved Chloe but they weren’t even going out and he was like overpowering with his possessiveness and jealousy. If he was my best friend, I would tell him to take a leap and let me live my life as I’m not in a relationship with him, nor is it any of his business who I see/dance with/ kiss. As much as Chloe did tell him to back off, it annoyed me that he kept pushing himself to be the ‘protector.’ Now, I like possessive, just not the extent that Logan was dealing it out. As I said, I would tell him to back off and leave me alone. Saying that, when he wasn’t in caveman mood, he was sweet to the Chloe, especially when her mum calls her and Chloe is literally shaking in her boots. It was nice to see another side to Logan, a softer side.

Drake. Now he’s a one character that I felt drawn to. The whole bad boy (Who really wasn’t bad at all), tattoos, piercings everywhere – and I mean everywhere and the lead singer in a band. I think the only thing that makes him a ‘bad boy’ was his womanizing ways which you didn’t really read about, other than girls sitting on his lap. You never hear him bragging about sleeping with this or that girl. Other than that, he was a sweetheart and a flirty so and so to Chloe. I can see why she fell for him.

Their will-they-wont-they friendship annoyed me at times. Yes, he has slept with shit loads of girls and yes he told her he couldn’t be in a relationship with her and to go to Logan, but dear Chloe, you utter stupid girl, everyone was telling you Drake wanted you but no, you wouldn’t listen and did go to Logan. *Rolls eyes* Dear god, if it was that easy to go to Logan, then did you really have such strong feelings for Drake like you say you did? You would have fought for him and not taken no for an answer.

Chloe and Logan’s relationship was all wrong. I didn’t understand how Chloe could magically decide that she should give Logan a chance after never having romantic feelings about him and I think she got with him to spite Drake. He told her to get with him so that’s what she did. I think she knew being with Logan was the wrong thing to do, hence why she did what she did with Drake – Twice. Logan was a safe option. He wouldn’t hurt her, knew everything about her and loved her, but her feelings for Drake were much stronger than her feelings for Logan. Plus I would have dumped Logan’s ass if he had told me I couldn’t see Drake again. No one should EVER dictate who anyone can be friends with. I would have punched him.

Now, the scene I really liked reading was at the end of the book, near enough, where Chloe and Drake are at the ‘cheat lake’ and Drake takes his top off and he has the exact same tattoo as Chloe does – Never loved. I thought it was really cute and sweet that he got it to remind him of her, about their pasts and how that tattoo really has no meaning to them as they both love each other.

As much as I liked this book, I didn’t too. The characters need more development because I didn’t really feel much for any of them because I didn’t know them. I’m hoping in Twisted they are developed much more so I at least feel something. Saying that, I did enjoy the story; bad boy, good girl who can’t decide who she wants – love these kinds of books.

I will be reading Twisted, just because the end kind of left at a cliff-hanger and I need to know where the relationship is going, especially with how the ending finished and the person who entered their life. I want to know what they want and how they tracked Chloe down.

Posted in Romance

(Un)like a Virgin – Lucy-Anne Holmes

Synopsis

Is Gracie in love for the very first time? You know that bit in The X Factor, when the singer tells everyone about the rocky road they travelled to pursue their dream? Well, that’s Gracie Flowers’ story. Gracie is very focused for a woman of almost twenty-six. Her favourite book is ‘The 5-Year Plan: Making the Most of Your Life’. And her five-year plan is going very well. That is, until she is usurped from her big promotion by a handsome, posh idiot; she is dumped by her boyfriend; and discovers her loopy mother is facing bankruptcy. Hormones awry and ice cream over-ordered, a dream Gracie thought she’d buried ten years ago starts to resurface. A dream that reminds her of the girl she used to be and everything she wanted to become.

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My Review

As you can see from the synopsis, Gracie Flowers relies on her favourite book “The 5-year Plan: Making the Most of Your Life.” And so far everything on her list is going well.

Gracie Flowers is an energetic estate agent, she has a boyfriend and is about to be promoted – that is until everything starts going wrong. Danny, her boyfriend, dumps her and leaves for a job in Canada, her promotion is given to ‘posh’ guy John, who isn’t even from the same store and she discovers her mother is facing bankruptcy.

10 years ago, Gracie’s father died and she idolised him. He got her into music and took her to singing competitions – he was her biggest supporter, but when he died, her mother took her to one competition and she completely lost it on stage, screaming the place down.

So it’s safe to say, she’s given up her dreams of being a singer to become an estate agent instead.

She visits her Dad’s grave weekly, her mother having never been to it and feels safer saying locked in doors, hence her becoming bankrupt. At the grave, she befriends an old pair of siblings and they meet every week at the graves.

The graves become a big part of the story, which I don’t want to spoil, but I was totally on Gracie’s side when everything was happening.

The characters were written fantastically. I enjoyed the friendship between Gracie and the siblings – they were there for her and vice versa and you could see she really cared for the brother and sister, especially throughout the grave story, where her temper for her mother and the men involved flared and she had to stop whatever was happening, not just for her, but for the sibling. It was lovely to read about them.

The end of the book was a great way to end it. Does Gracie finally pursue her dream? Or does she panic under the pressure? You’ll have to read and see.