Thursday, September 29, 2016

Taking Time to Reread: SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover


 

SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover
Publicaion Date: January 5, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 317

Synopsis

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

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I first read SLAMMED in May of 2013. It is the second book that I read by Colleen Hoover. I wanted to read POINT OF RETREAT and started it a few times, but there were parts of SLAMMED that I forgot that I needed to remember so I planned to reread it, but didn't get a around to it for a couple of years. It wasn't until I was hit with a wicked case of insomnia that I finally picked it up again. In just a few nights, I was falling in love with Will and Lake all over again.

But I can't believe:
I forgot about basagna.
I forgot about "Butterfly You". 
I forgot about the secondary characters - Eddie and Gavin. I love them! They desperately need their own book. I want to know their story before Lake met them. 

Favorite Moment that brought on the tears:
"Lake, he didn't move on. He didn't choose this new job over you . . . he chose us over you. He wanted you to have more time with me."

^^^^This is why I love Colleen's books so much. The heartstring tug. It's real.

And how can I ever thank Colleen for including the lyrics from The Avett Brothers songs in this book? I'd never heard of them before reading SLAMMED and I had to seek out the band. I instantly became a fan and my husband is too. We saw them in concert in 2014 and 2015 and we will see them again next month. 

Rereading SLAMMED didn't cure my insomnia, but it was a great way to spend those middle of the night hours AND it set me up to read POINT OF RETREAT which I've already read and NOW the stars have meaning! If you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about. 

Do you reread books? Or do your ever growing TBR piles keep you from picking up some of your favorite books? I'd love to know your thoughts, so leave a comment.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Now Available: THE GOOD OL' BOYS by M. Robinson - Box Set Release and Giveaway


THE GOOD OL’ BOYS BOOK SET
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. ROBINSON

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 27TH

ALL 4 BOOKS IN ONE

Only $.99  REG. PRICE $8.99!

COMPLICATE ME (link to my review) FORBID ME UNDO ME (link to my review) CRAVE ME (link to my review)

AMAZON / NOOK / KOBO / I-TUNES



It was complicated, it was also just the beginning. 
A decision. 
A simple choice. 
There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road. 
A different life. 
It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy. 
Pretending was better than knowing the truth... 
I. Ruined. Us. 
I had her. 
I lost her. 
I love her. 
All I did was complicate us. 




It was only a matter of time until the truth came out. 
I never thought it would come to this… 
I tried, God knows I tried to stay away from her but eventually I crossed that line and broke that trust. I could no longer go back and I sure as fuck didn’t regret a single moment of it. I knew there would be hell to pay, I knew the wrath I’d be facing but I would willingly take the burns and scars just to have the love of my best friend's sister. 
If there is one person I’d willingly go to hell and back for it was… 

Lillian Ryder 



I met her when I was sixteen. 
I fell in love with her when I was seventeen. 
She brought me to my knees when I was twenty. 
I loved her against reason.  
I loved her against hope.  
I loved her against all odds. 
Now she's back, a constant reminder of what I lost, what could have been.  
I hate her.  
I resent her.  
I still love her.  
Can I forgive her... 

Will she be my end once again or my beginning? 




They say in order to find yourself you have to go home. 
What if home was what you were running from? 
Where did that leave you? 
Always on the other side of the fence. 
Always looking in. 
Always wishing you were someone you couldn't be. 
Until one day you meet her. 
The one. 
She was my high, but she was also... 





COVER BY THE FINAL WRAP 


AMAZON / NOOK / KOBO / I-TUNES


THE GOOD OL’ BOYS SPIN-OFF USA TODAY BESTSELLER EL DIABLO IS LIVE AND FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED! 






USA Today Bestselling Author of The Good Ol' Boys Standalone Series, The VIP Trilogy, Tempting Bad, and Two Sides.

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stine. 
She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left. 
She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat. 



*GIVEAWAY*
KINDLE FIRE & SIGNED SET OF THE GOOD OL BOYS (INDIVIDUAL BOOKS)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


WORDS IN DEEP BLUE
by Cath Crowley
Publication June 6, 2017
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf


Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. 

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. 

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

Why I'm Waiting
  • I love Cath Crowley's contemporary stories
  • Bookstores and love letters and second chances
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cover Reveal and Pre-order Sale + a Giveaway: THE GOOD OL' BOYS Series by M. Robinson



THE GOOD OL’ BOYS BOOK SET
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. ROBINSON

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 27TH

ALL 4 BOOKS IN ONE

$.99 PRE-ORDER. REG. PRICE $8.99!



COMPLICATE ME (link to my review) FORBID ME UNDO ME (link to my review) CRAVE ME (link to my review)

AMAZON / NOOK / KOBO / I-TUNES



It was complicated, it was also just the beginning. 
A decision. 
A simple choice. 
There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road. 
A different life. 
It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy. 
Pretending was better than knowing the truth... 
I. Ruined. Us. 
I had her. 
I lost her. 
I love her. 
All I did was complicate us. 




It was only a matter of time until the truth came out. 
I never thought it would come to this… 
I tried, God knows I tried to stay away from her but eventually I crossed that line and broke that trust. I could no longer go back and I sure as fuck didn’t regret a single moment of it. I knew there would be hell to pay, I knew the wrath I’d be facing but I would willingly take the burns and scars just to have the love of my best friend's sister. 
If there is one person I’d willingly go to hell and back for it was… 

Lillian Ryder 



I met her when I was sixteen. 
I fell in love with her when I was seventeen. 
She brought me to my knees when I was twenty. 
I loved her against reason.  
I loved her against hope.  
I loved her against all odds. 
Now she's back, a constant reminder of what I lost, what could have been.  
I hate her.  
I resent her.  
I still love her.  
Can I forgive her... 

Will she be my end once again or my beginning? 




They say in order to find yourself you have to go home. 
What if home was what you were running from? 
Where did that leave you? 
Always on the other side of the fence. 
Always looking in. 
Always wishing you were someone you couldn't be. 
Until one day you meet her. 
The one. 
She was my high, but she was also... 

My demise.



COVER BY THE FINAL WRAP 




THE GOOD OL’ BOYS SPIN-OFF USA TODAY BESTSELLER EL DIABLO IS LIVE AND FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED! 






USA Today Bestselling Author of The Good Ol' Boys Standalone Series, The VIP Trilogy, Tempting Bad, and Two Sides.

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stine. 
She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left. 
She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat. 




*GIVEAWAY*
KINDLE FIRE & SIGNED SET OF THE GOOD OL BOYS (INDIVIDUAL BOOKS)


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: JUST FRIENDS by Monica Murphy







JUST FRIENDS
by Monica Murphy
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Published by Everafter Romance
Pages: 330
Source: Social Butterfly PR
Purchase Amazon | iBooks | B&N | Kobo








Synopsis

It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.

But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times—and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.

So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he’s so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.

Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.


My Thoughts


Is is ever really possible to be "Just Friends"?

Books like JUST FRIENDS are some of the reasons I continue to read YA as an adult. It is full of all of the juicy drama - a lot of the time over the top but this really happens drama - that I'm thankful that I don't have to deal with in my adult life. I tore through the pages from the beginning until the very end because this book was like candy - I couldn't get enough.

I loved reading about the friendships even when they were were falling apart and the romance or fauxmance and hot and heavy times. But most of all, I loved all of the "What are they thinking" moments. I'll say it again, I love the drama! There were so many times when I would say to the main character Liv, "Oh girl, you have to know better. Please know better."

One thing that I could completely relate to (from my own teenage experience) was the friendship betrayal and how Liv found it so difficult to not be friends with Em after everything that happened when they were completely ingrained in each others lives. I really felt for their friendship and wanted to know the circumstances that led up to the betrayal. 

But JUST FRIENDS is about more than friendships and betrayals and heartache and hook-ups. We get glimpses into Liv's family life and I think that there is a bigger story just waiting to be told.

Favorite Quote:
"Adults think we're not paying attention, but we so are. They also believe we don't understand what's going on, but that's a lie they tell themselves to feel better about their decision." - Liv's thought about her parents divorce when she was eleven.

There is a lot going on that remains open ended, unexplored, and left me asking questions. Even though the story will continue with another book in the series, I think that more details could have been provided. I don't mind a cliffhanger ending (and there certainly is one), but some questions could have been answered.


JUST FRIENDS is the first book by Monica Murphy that I've read and even though I wanted more from it, it kept me entertained throughout. I can't wait to read more about Liv, Em, Ryan, Dustin, and Amanda. I loved that girl! Readers who like their books full of drama and angst will love this book.



Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. Quotes were taken from the e-ARC and may differ from the final published version. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: EL DIABLO by M. Robinson


EL DIABLO by M. Robinson was released on August 30th and immediately shot to the Kindle Top 100! I originally shared my review on the book's release day and I'm sharing it again as part of the MASSIVE blog tour. 

"Let me tell you now, dear readers, just go ahead and give your tears to this author, because she's going to take them and when you've shed them all, she will demand even more. M. Robinson puts her characters and her readers through the wringer. And we love her for it. It's why I continue to read her stories and want more." 
(my complete spoiler-free review is below)




EL DIABLO
by M. Robinson
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Pages: 417
Source: Author for review
Purchase Amazon

I was ruthless.
I was feared.
I had sacrificed. Myself. Her. Everything...
Living in a world where I was worth more dead than alive was a choice. I was a bad man, never claimed to be anything else. I’ve done things I’m not proud of. Seen things that can’t be unseen. I’ve caused pain that I can’t undo.
It was all my choice.
Every decision.
Every order.
Right and wrong never mattered.
Until her.
She was under my protection, until she became my obsession.
But who was going to save her...
From. Me. The devil himself.

Fate brought us together. Destiny destroyed us.


My Thoughts

"Don't knock in the devil's door, sweetheart, and expect him not to answer."

I can't say that I wasn't warned.

I was nervous about discovering who Alejandro Martinez really was. El Diablo. I met this character in CRAVE ME, M. Robinson's fourth book of the Good Ol' Boys series. It was difficult to read him in that story because he was so mean and unforgivable. Could I read an entire book about him? Could he be redeemed? It didn't matter - he doesn't need redemption from me, he is who he is.

AND YES, I could read about the devil and devour it all!

There were so many wait . . . what? But how? moments that kept me craving for more. I couldn't stop reading (except when I had to for, you know, real life), and I had this nervous anxiety while reading it. I wanted to know what would happen, but at the same time I didn't because it was torture - the ups and downs and love and hate and heartbreak. I'm a glutton for punishment.

I loved how the stories were intertwined and even with so much happening, and the intricate details, it all made sense.

I loved Lexi so hard. From the moment she entered the story, she was a spitfire. I wanted to give her the biggest hug and a piece of my heart. I loved her sassy mouth and her refusal to give up on love.

Let me tell you now, dear readers, just go ahead and give your tears to this author, because she's going to take them and when you've shed them all, she will demand even more. M. Robinson puts her characters and her readers through the wringer. And we love her for it. It's why I continue to read her stories and want more.

After finishing this book, you'll want you're friends to read it, so they can feel your pain and the torture of El Diablo too. They may hate you for it, but they can't say that you didn't warn them.


Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from author in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. I've also purchased a final copy of this title for my personal library. Thoughts and opinions are my own.




Cover Model @DusanSusnjar
Cover Designed by THE FINAL WRAP


Go stretch again, cariƱo,” I ordered in a dominant tone. Nodding to the barre.
“I’m fine,” she stubbornly replied. Shaking her legs and arms out. Getting back into position, looking at me through the mirror. I cocked my head to the side, arching an eyebrow. She narrowed her eyes at me, but begrudgingly listened. I pressed play, allowing the melody to once again take over. She placed her leg on the lowest barre, making her ass stick out in my direction.
Tempting me.
She closed her eyes, needing to get lost in the music, wanting to push away all the negative thoughts, already feeling discouraged. I stood, taking off my suit jacket. Rolling up the sleeves of my collared shirt as I stepped onto the hardwood floor. I slowly came up behind her, catching her off guard.
She froze, turning around, opening her eyes. Peering up at me through her lashes. “What are you doing?”
I leaned forward against her ear, grinning. “I’m helping you stretch.” Getting down on my knees in front of her.
Her eyes dilated. The feeling of disappointment replaced with nothing but lust. She placed her arms out to the side, resting up against the barre, supporting her weight. I grabbed her ankle, lifting it up in the air, rubbing along her leg as it was fully stretched, before setting it on the lowest barre. Running my other hand up her side, easing her over toward the extended leg. She understood what I was doing, reaching for her ankle, stretching. Standing back up, bringing her arms above her head, I caressed along her leg again, casually turning her torso so her leg was still placed on the barre behind her.


Her breathing hitched as I touched her all over her lower body. My lips softly kissing the inside of her thigh to where she wanted my mouth the most.



AND MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THESE BOOKS BY M. Robinson



THE GOOD OL’ BOYS STANDALONE SERIES
FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED





USA Today Bestselling Author of The Good Ol' Boys Standalone Series, The VIP Trilogy, Tempting Bad, and Two Sides.

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein. 
She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left. 
She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat. 







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