Posted in Tessa Bailey

ARC: Baiting the Maid of Honor (#2)- Tessa Bailey

18744922Synopsis

He’ll own her from the very first touch.

Julie Piper and Reed Lawson have nothing in common. She’s a people-pleasing sorority girl hiding behind her perfect mask. He’s a take-no-prisoners SWAT commander who isolates himself from the world. But when they’re forced together at their friends’ posh destination wedding, one thing is clear—Reed wants Julie more than he wants his next breath. Which is why he’s not about to stand by when she’s dared to seduce another man.

Julie wants neat, tidy sex, so she could get back to what she does best—making everybody else happy. She never expected to slip into a dark bedroom and have her mind blown by rough, demanding hands, and a sinfully filthy mouth—neither of which belong to the best man.

One night should have been all Reed needed to get the blond temptress out of his system, but when one taste is nowhere near enough, he’ll be forced confront the effects of his hellish past. One that may push Julie away forever…just when he realizes he can’t live without her.

Grab the rest of the Wedding Dare series! 

Dare to Resist by New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye
Falling for the Groomsman by New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin, w/a Diane Alberts
Seducing the Bridesmaid by New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert
Best Man with Benefits by USA TODAY bestselling author Samanthe Beck

5 out of 5 stars

2a6d2-image

 

 

————————————————————————————-

My Review

Since that day I stumbled upon Tessa’s books, I have been hooked. I’ve demolished everything she has written and every time I see an email from her in my inbox, I do a little dance because it means I get to fall in love with new characters and add them to my book boyfriend and girlfriend list. And no joke, but all of her characters are on that list, and pretty damn high up too! So when I realised she was a part of The Wedding Dare continuity, I one-clicked all the books and then she asked me if I wanted an ARC and how the hell could I turn it down? I couldnt, thats the answer.

Tessa always outshines herself with each book. She sets the scene, she develops the characters and you can distinguish their voices perfectly. It helps that she writes freaking sexy-as alpha males who can turn you to goo and strong females who arent afriad to stand up for themselves. This is what I love about her books. That and the fact she knows how to get you hot and bothered as each sex scene is entirely different and gets under your collar. Grab a fan people, seriously.

Baiting The Maid of Honor is the second book in the continuity but really, you can read it as a standalone. It follows Reed, the best man’s childhood friend and Julie, the bride’s Maid of Honor (of course).

Julie and Reed are different on so many ways. Reed is the strong, silent type, keeping to himself and Julie is out-going, she is a people-pleaser and wants to make everyone happy, even if deep-down she isn’t. One dare to get with the best man has her walking to the wrong room. And she knows it.

One night, one mistaken identity in a dark room changes the whole dynamic of Julie and Reed. Reed wants one night to get her out of his system, but is one night enough? Julie wanted ‘boring’ sex but when her sexuality is unleashed, Reed figures out she is not so nice in the bedroom, really, she’s rather naughty. But when things go down, when things get mixed up, can Reed walk away from Julie? Or does he realise she is what he needed all along?

Oh Julie. My heart went out to her. She’s a people-pleaser, wanting everything to run smoothly, needing everything to go to plan. She’s fiery, shes witty and she seems to know what she wants. But underneath her façade is a vulnerable young woman. Someone who is trying to hard to please people that she is losing herself. Losing who she really is because of her past. She can’t see it, but others can.

She really is witty and sarcastic and will bite at Reed but you see another side of her, a side she wants to keep hidden and you do really feel for her when you see little snippets of doubt and her self-confidence slipping. She hides behind a mask and she hates it to slip off. Everything she does, she tries to be her late sister and its taking a toll on her, day by day. You can see it and everyone else can, especially Reed, but she cant. I just wanted to shake her and tell her to cool it down, let everyone else worry for once, but Julie is determined in what she does, which in a way is kind of endearing.

But when around Reed her fire burns, shes feisty but he brings out something in her, something that has been dormant. He brings out this naughty side, a side she wouldnt have ever seen if it was no for him. Shes sexy and experimental and holy shit the things she does, shes like a temptress, no joke. There was one scene that im sure when you read it you will understand by the river 😉 SAY WHAT! I was impressed by her boldness and im sure I fell in love with her like Reed did. I’ll be taking some notes from Julie.

My heart ached for her when she told Reed about her past, about not feeling worthy enough, about why she works herelf silly and when the day of her past came around, I wanted to cry for her. She was doing it all alone but then Reed came along, willing to help her through it and you knew, just knew that one night would never be enough for these two, that they were made for more than one night. Forever. I liked seeing a lighter Julie, one who calmed down, who owned her sexuality and one her loved Reed like no one else. The differences are what brought them together and their story was perfect.

Reed. Hello sexy tattooed dirty talker SWAT commander. That mouth should be made illegal or washed out with soap! Holy crap, he could turn your knickers dripping wet by just a look and you wouldn’t care as long as he did something about it. As mentioned, he is the strong, silent type. He observes and he can call you out on your bullshit. He also has his sights set on southern belle Julie, who really isnt his type but for some reason he wants her – really bad.

He’s a cocky son-of-a-bitch, he runs his mouth and he knows exactly the right things to say – both to rile up Julie and to get her hot and bothered. Hes smarmy but loveable in his own way. And he wants to know Julie, wants in her knickers but he sees past her hard-working front and wants her to let loose, with him.

The more he gets to know her, the more he wants her more than once. This never happens and it has himself second guessing his feelings. He’s never had love in his life, his past isnt the greatest so its all foreign to him. But Julie awakens something inside him and he is certain she will end up in his bed one way or another…you could say he was determined and stalked him prey 😉

Julie was never far from his thoughts, and he was conflicted about his feelings. He didnt have the best childhood and thank god Colton and Brock ‘adopted’ him or who knows what would have happened. I think thats why he’s so closed in, so demanding, controlling, he needs all that due to his past, which is fair enough and the reason he doesnt last longer than a night with a woman. He doesnt want to commit, but there is something about Julie that has him stuck.

I really enjoyed their interactions. They had a push and pull, a ‘I hate you but I want to be near you’ sort of relationship. They bounced off one another and their chemistry was instant. Reed brought out so many emotions from Julie, and he always brought out her sexuality. Let her know that is was fine to be totally naughty and kinky in the bedroom, hell its the best form of sex in my eyes. The sex can most definitely happen to me in real life, and Tessa, as i’ve mentioned in past reviews, knows just how to make you feel hot and bothered, god she makes you want to jump inside the book and be the MC who is getting a right seeing too. The scenes only made their relationship intensify and along with the more emotional, heart tugging scenes, you can see that Julie and Reed are going to last, especially with that epilogue.

You all know my love for Tessa by now, and anything she writes I am there reading it, falling in love with her and her characters. She knows how to write freaking hot alpha males, strong females and a damn great story in between. In my eyes, she can do no wrong with her books and she will be an author who I will follow every single book. Now if only I can get all her books in paperback…..;) one day soon I hope! I need them signed and on my bookshelf!

Posted in Cherrie Lynn, Erotica

Take Me On (Ross Siblings #4) – Cherrie Lynn

17882692Synopsis

The consequences of a moment can last a lifetime.

Gabriella Ross suffered every bride’s worst nightmare: a no-show groom. Now summer stretches before her with nowhere to go but home, at least until it’s time to go back to medical school.

Determined to prove she might be down but definitely not out, she chucks all her old plans in favor of having a good time—starting with giving herself a pair of wings. Tattooed wings, that is, in the form of a phoenix on her back.

When everyone else at Dermamania chickens out at the prospect of putting the gorgeous, perfect skin of the boss’s big sister under the needle, Ian Rhodes finds himself stepping up. Then unexpectedly connecting with her through tears that have nothing to do with the pain of getting inked.

Attraction flares into one hot night that was supposed to stay that way—single, and secret. But best laid plans have a way of getting blown out of the water. Now two perfect strangers must plan for a very different future…beginning with whether there’s enough common ground to spend it together.

Warning: Contains explicit sex, graphic language, Ross family drama, reuniting with beloved old friends…and a hot tattooed, Harley-riding hero who doesn’t mind being robbed from the cradle.

4 out of 5 stars!

My review of Unleashed #1
My review of Rock Me #2
My review of Breathe Me In #2.5
My review of Leave Me Breathless #3

add-to-goodreads-button3

——————————————————————-

My Review

I adore this series so much and have been waiting (im)patiently for Gabriella’s book to be out so i can get to know her and learn all about her. Since Evan’s book, i have been hooked on all of these characters, wanting to know about them, about their lives, watching them fall in love, deal with shit, and find their happy endings….doesnt hurt that the sex is smooooooking hot either.

Take Me On is about the eldest Ross sibling, Gabriella. She is a nurse but she is studying at Med school to become a Doctor. She lives three hours away from Brian and her parents, but after being left at the alter by her arsehole fiancé, she is back living at her parents for the summer whilst she sorts everything out for the next school year.

Fed up of being in a funk, and with everyone thinking she is spiralling, she decides on getting a tattoo. After both Brian and Ghost chicken out of tattooing her, the new guy, Ian steps up to the plate. What starts off as just a tattoo, becomes so much more for both of them and now they have to figure out what they are going to do, if they can have a future together.

This review will be short and sweet. What happens in the story is a massive spoiler so there is no way I can do that to you guys at all. I would totally recommend reading the other four books too, just to get a gist of who the other characters are because they do make appearances and have a small storyline on the sides too.

As I’ve mentioned, Gabby has her whole life planned out in front of her. She’s going to marry Mark, have children before she is 40, become a Doctor but all that turns to pot when Mark doesnt turn up at the church. Devastated and completely humiliated she returns to live at her parents for the summer. Gabby is someone who likes to be in control – of everything. She likes to know exactly what is going to happen and when this happens, she is most definitely not in control. So she decides to get a tattoo, of a Phoenix on her back. It represents strength and moving on and that is what Gabby wants. What starts off as a tattoo, ends up with her in bed with Ian…and that night changes everything.

I took a while to warm up to Gabby, mainly because I adore Candace, Macy and Kelsey, but I learned to understand Gabby more in her book. We see her tough side, she is blunt, takes what she wants yet she has a vulnerable side too. One that makes her more human I suppose. But even with her vulnerable side, we see her take charge of her life, even if she has to take it day by day and that was admirable when she never does that.

I did like her banter with Brian. You always have that with a sibling and calling each other ‘Little Shit’ and ‘Big shit’ was hilarious. I did grow to like Gabby. Her choices at times were a little bit of a headbang, especially near the end and I was so annoyed at her but I got it, I got how alone she was feeling, how she didn’t know what to do and she just wanted someone, so really you can and cant blame her for what she did and was thinking.

Ian is the new guy, and volunteers to tattoo Gabby after the others chicken out. He’s heard about The Wedding That Wasn’t and heard about her from Brian. He gets the impression she is uptight but holy hell, he thinks she is gorgeous and after a little moment in the tattoo room, they get on great, so great they end up in bed together after a bet at the bar that night.

Ian is funny, he’s artistic, he has a dirty mouth, dirty bedroom moves, drives a motorbike but underneath his carefree vibes is someone who is hiding a bad childhood. He moved from Dallas to make a fresh start and to forget about the pain back home. One look at Gabby and he knows he’d like to get to know her, but she’s off limits as she is the boss’ sister but after that night he is now in it for the long run, there is no getting rid of him.

I adored Gabby and Ian together. They definitely had the connection, the banter, and sexual connection too. Despite the circumstances, you could really see how much they wanted each other, but would they get together if it didn’t happen? Both their lives are changing, alone and together and they have a lot to think about, to mull over…but as Ian said ‘take it day by day’ and that is what they did.

Now, we should all know by now that Cherrie definitely knows how to write a sex scene and HOLY SHIT Take Me On’s sex scenes are no different. They are steamy and sexy and frigging hot. You can see how compatible Ian and Gabby are in the bedroom and they certainly know how to turn it up a notch. Being 8 years younger than Gabby, Ian knows how to pleasure a woman and Gabby knows a thing or two too. I loved reading about these two and how they learnt what they other liked, how to please one another. Age meant nothing to them at all and I loved that!

Cherrie sucks you in in this series. From book 1 to book 4, I have avidly been waiting and reading from the start. You all need to get the Ross Siblings in your life. Watch them all grow with the series, delve into their life’s, watch them overcome drama and watch they fall in love. I love this series and would love another book but if not, I am more than content to re-read again and again and keep these characters in my heart.

Posted in New Adult

A Beautiful Wedding (novella) – Jamie McGuire

18528454Synopsis

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.

3 out of 5 stars

add-to-goodreads-button3

 

—————————————————

My Review

When I found out that Jamie was writing the wedding of Abby and Travis, I was  excited. We don’t really know the ins and outs behind them jetting off to Las Vegas, nor how they got married etc… so to find all this out, I was wishing for the 10th December to arrive so I could get my grabby little hands on the e-book and get to reading about their wedding and what came after it.

So I read it late one night; it was small enough to know I could finish it before I had to go to bed. I was flicking through the pages, my emotions were pretty high throughout the first few chapters and when I got to the end I just felt ‘meh’. I felt ‘meh’ about the whole novella and knowing the reason why Abby wanted to quickly get to Las Vegas and marry Travis….well it really got me angry she would do that and throughout the whole novella, I just couldn’t get past her reasoning. It pissed me right out and actually made me dislike Abby a lot.

Travis is still the guy we all know and love and as a dual POV novella, we got to delve into his head and see all different emotions pour from him – from his guilt about the fire and deaths of college people and friends, to his undying love for Abby, how afraid he was that would leave him, how much excitement and joy he was feeling from marrying Abby and how she was most definitely the one. I feel bad saying this but I actually felt that Travis deserved better than Abby because her reasoning sucked ass big time.

I did think the letter was so cute though, and I did tear up when I read it. To keep it for 17 years, close to Travis’ heart and to give it to Abby, we all know she is his one and he will do whatever to keep her forever. One line that hit me in the chest and I suppose Abby too was – “and when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever.” CRIES!! Because that was utterly true. Everything in that letter was true.

In a way, I think not knowing why they got married would have been the best way forward, but I know that many people probably wanted to know. For me it went either way. I was happy with how Walking Disaster finished and how their live together ended up, and although I did want to read this novella, I just feel a bit disappointed in it.

I will say that the wedding was super sweet though, it was everything they never had the first time and I did tear up throughout that too. Especially when America’s dad says something when giving Abby away…holy crap, he is amazing and that was a great part.

I know many people who loved this novella though, so if you are uhming and ahhing about it, take a chance, you may love it…but for me, I just didn’t. I think I will stick to just reading Beautiful/Walking Disaster to get my Travis fix. (And of course, The Maddox novels that will be coming out 😀 )

Posted in Guest Reviews

GUEST POST by Emma Louise

So today, Emma is guest reviewing again on The Book Lovers.

She will be taking about her book, The Mistake and answering a few questions.

———————————————————————–

41vysW3rtrL._AA160_The Mistake is about a love triangle between Daniel, Nina and Thomas. The narrative is shown on the present day of a wedding and then it continues onto the party. Every now and then, there are flashbacks to help the readers figure out what will happen next. The idea came about when I was in my second year at University during a Fiction class and we were given a five minute warm up to get our brains thinking. My lecturer says “write about flowers.” Instantly, I thought of a wedding and a beautiful bouquet of flowers but the person holding the bouquet has a dark secret. I decided to self-publish because I came impatient; I wanted people to know about my novel this year rather than hanging around waiting for an agent to agree to my terms and to find a book deal. I wouldn’t say that self publishing is difficult, but I wouldn’t say it’s easy either. Self-publishing gives you complete control and that’s what I want. The difficult part is the promoting because you ask for help, and some people are more than happy to help and others only care about themselves and their own novel. In my opinion, the best thing about writing is definitely the characters. I love creating the characters and getting to know them. It’s fantastic to be in complete control of the people who you’re writing about.

Q. Who is your favourite author?

A. I have three – is that cheating? So, the main one is JK Rowling. I was heavily bullied whilst at High School and it seemed that the one way I could keep myself happy was to read one of the Harry Potter novels. I fell in love with Daniel Radcliffe when he hit the big screen and I’ve been a diehard fan ever since. My other two favourite authors are Nicholas Sparks and Paige Toon. Nicholas Sparks is my favourite American author of all time – nobody will ever beat him to the top spot. He has a way of writing descriptively that is so beautiful and captivating. Each time I read one of his novels, I learn something new. He knows how to take a simple love story and make it beautiful and new. Paige Toon is my favourite romance author here in the UK. I’ve met Paige at a book signing and honestly, that woman is one of my idols. I have so much respect for her. Her books are beyond incredible. She’s a real inspiration to me and I felt a connection with her when I first picked up one of her books.

Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your blog?

A. Of course. My blog can be found at http://www.emmaiswriting.wordpress.com and it’s where I do interviews with authors, post book reviews which tend to be posted straight after I’ve read them and then there are updates of my writing. I also have Twitter @EmmaIsWriting if anyone has any questions

Q. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

A. In ten years, I’ll be 32. Wow. That’s old! I see myself working as an editor in a publication house. Hopefully in Manchester as it’s a beautiful city. I’m not worried about marriage or children, because for me, my books are my life and right now, I’m focusing on my career.

Q. Do you have a writing degree?

A. Yes, I have two. I have a Bachelor Honours in Creative Writing and Film Studies, and I also have a Masters in Creative Writing. Degrees will allow you to be taken serious in the publishing industry.

You can find Emma’s debut novel, The Mistake, on Amazon. Follow the link below: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistake-What-happens-terribly-wrong/dp/1490412840/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374502388&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mistake+emma+louise+dagnall

Emma’s Links:

Twitter: @EmmaisWriting

Website: www.emmaiswriting.wordpress

Posted in Guest Reviews, Romance

GUEST REVIEW: Devil’s Bride – Stephanie Laurens (Cynster #1)

363499Synopsis

When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire ton by offering his hand in marriage. No one had dreamed this scandalous rake would so tamely take a bride. As society’s mamas swooned at the loss of England’s most eligible bachelor, Devil’s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date.

But Honoria wasn’t about to bend to society’s demands and marry a man just because they’d been found together unchaperoned. No. She craved adventure. Solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, but once the crime was solved, Honoria was set on seeing the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?

image003
———————————————————————

Review by Anna Crosswell of  Martini Times Romance Book Reviews

This book is superbly written and beautifully descriptive without being overdone. Instead each word paints the picture of ducal times where the mighty Cynster family reign supreme with warrior like noble men that personify Alpha males to the extreme in a way that leaves you titillated.  
 
Sylvester Sebastian “Devil” Cynster, head of the family barrels down the lane on his demon horse and happens upon Honoria Prudence Wetherby…and a dying man. 
 
From the beginning I was engaged and loved every moment Honoria and Devil traded quips and all the tender moments they encountered. 
 
I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary books lately, but historical romances are my first love and this was a perfect story to get caught up in. 
 
I read this in one sitting and did not want to put it down. Devil is so sensuously hot. He is my perfect man- Tall, dark, extremely handsome you can’t tear your eyes away, and dominating and commands respect from everyone but allows his woman to be the exception. Because in the Cynster family, when a man finds his wife, she rules over his heart completely.
 
I love a good story where it’s the man who knows what he wants and tries to convince his woman that it’s the best course of action. 
 
“I am not marrying you just so I can go to bed with you. I mean-” She caught herself up and breathlessly amended, “So that you can go to bed with me.” 
 
…Grimly, he nodded. “Fine.” Tightening his grip on her hand, he tuned and stalked on… “You,” he stated, as they rounded the corner of the house, “can marry me for a host of sensible, socially acceptable reasons. I’ll marry you to get you into my bed.” 
 
The love scenes are smoldering and tangible. Ms. Laurens writes them as they’re meant to me, breathtaking and beautiful with so much heart and palatable love.  I encourage every fan of a good romping romance with a mystery to solve to give this book a try. I loved every minute of it and believe you will too. 
 
The characters are people of their own and leap off the page and into your heart. image006image057
Posted in Romance

Heaven Can Wait – Cally Taylor

6437740Synopsis

‘What would I do without you, Lucy Brown?’ he said, and kissed me softly. I held his face in my hands and kissed him back. I felt that life just couldn’t get any more perfect. And I was right, it wouldn’t. By the end of the next day, I’d be dead.

Lucy is about to marry the man of her dreams – kind, handsome, funny Dan – when she breaks her neck the night before their wedding. Unable to accept a lifetime’s separation from her soulmate, Lucy decides to become a ghost rather than go to heaven and be parted from Dan.

But it turns out things aren’t quite as easy as that. When Lucy discovers that Limbo is a grotty student-style house in North London she’s less than thrilled. Especially after meeting her new flatmates: grumpy, cider-swilling EMO-kid Claire; and Brian, a train-spotter with a Thomas the Tank Engine duvet and a big BO problem.

But Lucy has a more major problem on her hands – if she wants to become a ghost and be with Dan she has to complete an almost impossible task. How the hell does a girl like Lucy find a girlfriend for the dorkiest man in England? IT geek Archie’s only passions are multi-player computer games and his Grandma.

But Lucy only has twenty-one days to find him love. And when she discovers that her so-called friend Anna is determined to make a move on the heart-broken, vulnerable Dan, the pressure is really on..

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

My Review

It’s the night before Lucy and Dan’s wedding, and with Dan leaving Lucy alone, she decides to climb up to the attic to retrieve her gift for Dan. Only problem is, she falls and breaks her neck.

Lucy Brown is now declared dead.

After waking up in Limbo, Lucy is given an ultimatum – She can go to Heaven for eternity and be with her parents, or return as a Ghost/living dead on Earth, and therefore be around Dan once more.

As she misses Dan a hell of a lot, she decides to return to Earth, but the thing is, she has to complete a mission before she can become a ghost and be around Dan forever. She only has 21 days to complete this mission – And the mission is to find computer geek Archibald Humphries-Symth his soulmate. Will Lucy manage to find his soulmate in such a short time and become a ghost or will she fail and end up in Heaven, in a life without Dan until he joins her?

I’m so very glad that I found this book. I love reading about soulmates and with the added ‘Death’ involved in this one, as well as everlasting love, I knew I had to download it and give it a read. I was not disappointed at all in it!

Throughout the 21 days, Lucy occurs friendships with her two ‘ghost’ housemates, which were so special to read. Although they started off roughly -especially with Emo girl Claire – in the end, before both Claire and Brian completed their 21 days, they all grew closer together and looked out for one another when things didn’t go completely their way, helping out when they could. You always got to know both their stories for ending up in Limbo, and why they were doing the mission as to who or what they wanted to stick around if they completed their task.

Lucy’s friendship with Archie – I loved it so much. Albeit, it was for a mission, but it seemed so real to me. She really wanted to help him find someone – it was her mission after all – but the things she does to facilitate her mission touched my heart. I actually thought Lucy and Archie would end up falling in love with one another, but I was sourly mistaken. It was really sad when they met up on her last day. You could tell she was really going to miss him and he was her too, although she had been a complete idiot the night before.

The thing with this book is that when I think something will happen, it takes a turn and surprises me when it doesn’t go that way. That’s what I loved about this book.

Throughout the book, you got to see snippets of Dan and Lucy’s life, and their love for each other was something you really want for yourself. They both had banter together, they both couldn’t live without the other and I really couldn’t see Dan getting with anyone after Lucy’s death, no matter how hard a certain someone tried. Ghost Lucy’s grief and despair really showed throughout the book and I felt so sad that all she wanted was to be with Dan again. Cally really engaged me and I felt all the emotions from all the characters in the book through all the different situations.

On her last day, when Bob from Limbo calls her, she makes a really tough decision about what to do. I really felt for her, because after everything she had done in the 21 days and the things she had seen, it would have been torture to choose what she did, BUT oh my gosh, that ending! I was not expecting that at all. That was one major plot twist. As I type this, tears are still falling down my cheeks but in a really good way. I loved how Cally kept me on my toes over what was going to happen in the end. It really could have gone either way, but I’m so very happy it ended how it did. Hence the tears!

If you want to read a book about loss, forever love and friendships, this book has to be on you book list. It made me laugh, cry, gasp and want a ‘happy’ – as you can be when you’re dead – ending and this book did not fail.

Posted in Romance

Love Unfinished – Darian Wilk

Synopsis

Soul mates from the past leave their love unfinished when a tragic accident ends their lives on their wedding day. Yet they are destined to meet again to fulfill that love in new incarnations, leading vastly different lives.

Emma thought she chose the right path in life, but too late does she realize her mistake when her husband reveals the monster behind the smile. Their happily ever after – is a lie. Trapped in a broken marriage to a powerful, abusive man, Emma knows this is not the life she was meant to live. As her hope for real love withers, she meets James, her love from a lifetime ago.

Emma cannot deny the connection pulling them together, but her courage to abandon her marriage wavers, and unknowingly puts her life on the line. Are Emma and James fated to fulfill their love, or will they once again, leave love unfinished?

—————————————————————————————————————————————————–

My Review

“Everyone should be so lucky to marry their soul mate”

Love Unfinished starts with Carol and Ted, who later become Emma and James. It starts with the year 1946, when the two had just met, and then skips to 1954, 8 years later to their wedding, which is where everything goes wrong and they are fatally killed on the way to their wedding reception.

Carol and Ted are both sent to different ‘waiting rooms’, separated, awaiting to fulfill their soul’s destiny, where is how they both end up as Emma and James, put back on earth to find each other and finish their lives together.

Fast forward to 1992, and Emma has been married for 8 years to a guy called Craig. You can tell she’s not happy – her marriage is more like a business partnership and Emma just wants marriage filled of love, not one where they act like strangers. Craig is a manipulative, emotionally and physically abusive bully and I actually really disliked him from the start. All he’s worried about is his reputation, and uses Emma to get him where he wants to be making her a puppet of everything she doesn’t want to be.

The first time Emma meets James, she feels this attraction to him and its like she’s met him before then the second time they meet, they dance and it’s like love at first sight but when she mentions who she is, he walk away and she hasn’t seen him since – she feels her marriage is a burden because she feels something with James and she has just lost him before getting to know him.

I loved the friendship with her rich friend Olivia. Olivia looked out for Emma, wanting and waiting patiently for ‘spunky’ Emma to return and leave Craig. She hates him and does everything she can to damage his reputation. It was brilliant to read her plans regarding Craig.

Prudence, the maid, was amazing to Emma. Helping her out when Craig went mental, helping her with her plan and just generally being there for her. She loves Emma telling her about her visits to James and she’s basically a best friend for Emma. She says about James: “You think this guy was something special right? If life gives you a chance at something, you just gotta take it you know.”

James. What can I say about James? Well, he’s swoon worthy, totally in love with Emma, even though they don’t know each other and it just feels natural to be together, but he has no idea why. His and Emma’s relationship pulled at my heart strings. You really saw the love he had for Emma, although they hardly knew each other and you just wanted Emma to leave her husband and be with him, where she would be loved and safe and that’s exactly what she is when she’s with him.

So much happens during this book and you really feel for Emma. She wants to leave her abusive husband to go to James, but it takes some doing and help from Olivia and Edward (the butler) who have sabotaged Craig’s life and reputation, which was so great to finally read as he had it coming all throughout the book.

I have to admit, I cried reading the part in the waiting room at the start of the book. Carol was so frantic and when told by her Grandma she had to find Ted again, it broke my heart because she just wanted to be with him now and was so afraid that he wouldn’t remember her and I also cried at the end too, especially at the kids names and the waiting room area again.

The only problem I would say is that at the end, I was confused over the time span, as it kept jumping but other than that, I freaking loved this book. Seriously, if books make me cry, they are good in my eyes and I would love for it to be made into a movie or something. I would definitely go see it numerous times!

Posted in Paige Toon, Romance

One Perfect Christmas – Paige Toon

Synopsis

One Perfect Christmas picks up with Alice and Joe one year on… He’s a bigger star than ever, and Alice has managed to maintain her anonymity. But how long can that last? Will this be their first – and last – perfect Christmas? And where is Lukas?

——————————————————————————————————————————————————–

My Review

Okay, so the sequel is around 100 pages long, which is a shame as i would have loved it be longer, this is why i have read it in such a short space of time.

You start off a year later with Jessie and Emily – who are Alice’s friends and ex-housemates from One Perfect Summer – who are getting married. Alice is a bridesmaid for Emily and it was lush to read that after 10 years, they were still friends with Alice and Jessie still messing around together like they were still in uni and work. Jessie calls Alice ‘China’ and Alice calls Jessie ‘Weasley’ after Rupert Grint as he has red hair. You really do find the best of friends at university.

At the wedding, you FINALLY get to see who Alice ends up with and i totally squealed when it was revealed. I become far too involved with the characters when i read books. Obviously from the synopsis you know its Joe, but still.

Alice hasn’t seen Joe for three months, due to his busy filming schedule, so when he surprises her at the wedding, she’s ecstatic and Jessie and Emily are just about on the same par as Alice as they have yet to meet him. Alice and Joe’s relationship is still under wraps and Alice still has her anonymity although she has to endure her colleague talking about Joe all the time, which of course, would annoy you if your friend was going on about your boyfriend, even though no one knew you were together. Joe is the one who wants to go public, hating being away from Alice, whereas Alice is a bit more reluctant, as it would mean her whole life and career would be turned upside down.

You finally get to know what happened between Lukas and Alice too, as it rewinds 7 months back. As much as i hated Lukas in One Perfect Summer, we find out he quit his job in Germany, moved back to the UK and is still in love with Alice, forgiving her and wanting her back but as soon as you feel sorry for him, he goes back to the arsehole he was in the first book, which is great because Alice wants him to hate her so he will divorce her.

You can see the love and passion steaming off Alice and Joe, and i totally got drawn in when Alice takes Joe to their house for the first time. although they have been together for a year, it was like they were never apart and that pulled at my heart strings that they still felt the same way after 9 years apart.

There was a lot of jealousy on Alice’s part, which i can understand. Her boyfriend is a big movie star, hes away for months on end and there are so many rumours spreading around about him but then Joe is jealous of Alice when it comes down to her ex-husband and Jessie – who she has a platonic relationship with. They both seem to have issues but when you’re away for months on end, its hard and puts a strain on the relationship but they do talk about it and you can see that whatever issue they have, they can get through it.

Although short and sweet, i really wanted it to be longer. It seemed that although it was meant to tie up some issues from the first book, it just left me wanting more. Like going public, how Alice would cope being thrown into the public eye, the crazy fans etc but I suppose, stopping where it did, even though it was mean, just let the reader ponder over what happened in the future for the both of them.

I’d like to hope that everything ended perfectly between them.

Posted in Romance, YA

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith

Synopsis

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————-

My Review

Love at first sight has always intrigued me. Can people actually fall in love with a glance to each other or is that just classified as lust?

Hadley is off to London for her dad’s second marriage to a woman who she has never met and will also be seeing her father for the first time in a year – minus telephone calls. She’s not exactly ecstatic to be going and would rather stay home than fly across the pond to be a bridesmaid.

4 minutes late for her flight and Hadley is stuck in JFK for another 3 hours, to wait for the next flight to London. As a claustrophobic, this is her idea of hell, being around people and in cramp spaces, but then she meets Oliver, a British boy studying in America and they begin to talk. More excitingly, he’s sat in her row on the plane.

After a long night on the plane, all different topics of conversation floating between the two, moments of sleeping on each other’s shoulder, fleeting looks, and Oliver keeping Hadley’s mind off being confined in a tiny space, the time has passed and it’s time to land and part ways after a perfect flight of being together.

As Hadley and Oliver are forced to go separate ways through customs, reaching the other side with the chaos of people everywhere, she waits for Oliver but she loses him and she has no more time to wait as she’s already going to be late for her Dad’s wedding. Will they ever meet again?

It’s set over a period of 24 hours, but my god, it seems so much longer, probably because so much is happening in this book and so many emotions are conveyed by all the characters. It really is a story with ups and downs, with a few tears included on some parts – from me of course.

It’s about family’s coming together again, a simple meeting turning into someone more for both Oliver and Hadley and both joy and sadness wrapped in both their stories.

It was such a nice little love story to read and especially as over the course of the book, Oliver hadn’t told Hadley what he was studying and researchng and he kept giving her false answers, but when you find out, you can’t help but laugh as its completely adapted into the story.

A totally fluffy love story that you wish would happen to you someday.