Book Review: Dear Heart, I Hate You by J. Sterling

Dear Heart I Hate You

Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

I didn’t plan on him.
Or for him.
Or anything that had to do with Cal Donovan from Boston.
Meeting him had been a complete and utter surprise, taking me one hundred percent off guard. I met new people every single day in my line of work and none of them affected me. Wasn’t that the way of things though? You could meet a thousand people and they’d all mean nothing to you. But then you’d meet that one and they suddenly meant everything.

My Thoughts

I was first drawn to this book because of the title and because I tend to be cynical about love. I’m definitely the type of reader that judges a book by its cover and I thought that this one was super pretty. The inside of the book didn’t disappoint either. I think that I really connected with the characters because I can relate with so much of what they’re going through. Jules and Cal are both married to their jobs and don’t have time for relationships not to mention that they live thousands of miles apart.

Jules is an up and coming realtor in California that is on a business trip in Boston when she meets Cal. She is fierce, independent, and sticks to what she believes in. Even in the face of temptation she doesn’t lose sight of who she is. What I like most about her though is that she is willing to sacrifice work/her career (to an extent) for love. For me that takes guts and I’m not entirely sure I would do the same.

Now Cal on the other hand reacted much more like I would which is deny deny deny any feelings and when that doesn’t work run away lol. As someone 100% committed to their career Cal finds it hard to find time for anything other than a short fling. When it’s clear that serious feelings are involved he makes what he thinks is the best decision for both of them. Cal definitely grows the most throughout the book as he tries to sort out what really matters in life.

I loved how I could easily relate to both characters and I feel like this will hold true for many people. The emotions were so real and their romance wasn’t a fairytale the entire time which is why I love it so much. I think many readers are going to fall head over heels with this love story.


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About The AuthorJ-Sterling

I got fired from my last job.
It’s true.
I know you’re sitting there thinking, “Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone like you?” And I’d love to give you a good reason, but the truth is that sometimes being all sorts of awesome isn’t fun for other people. They don’t always tend to like it. lol  🙂
So I picked my pride off the floor, bought a laptop and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing stories that meant something to me was a million times better than working my ass off for someone who didn’t really care about anything other than the bottom line.
My soul has never felt more satisfied.

My heart has never been more full.

I’ve never worked so hard in my life, but I love every second of it. I truly do.
It is SO worth it.

All of it.
Every moment.
The journey it took to get to this point- I wouldn’t change a thing.
So thank you for reading, loving and recommending the stories I write to other people. Your word of mouth is my very best friend…. that and your reviews.  🙂

I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you.

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Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

My Thoughts

I love a book that makes me feel and is written in a way that makes me feel as though I am experiencing everything that the characters are feeling and you definitely get that with Me Before You. Although a wee bit slow at first the amount of heart and selflessness in this book is inspirational. I had never read a book about a quadriplegic or even a person in a wheelchair so it was interesting learning what their day to day lives are like (at least in a fictional world).

Lou is self-sacrificing to the point where she’s willing to do just about anything to keep those she cares about happy and healthy without a second thought about her own needs. She was born and raised, and continues to live, in the same town in the same house with zero plans on leaving. She’s in a relationship that is going nowhere and is basically existing but not living. When she gets the job as Will’s caretaker she only does it because she desperately needs the money. In truth she feels awkward and Will doesn’t make it any easier for her.

It’s beautiful to see her progress from someone that has no aspirations to someone that dares to dream. The road certainly hasn’t been easy for her but she is starting to find her way thanks to Will.

Will went from being an adventurous daredevil with a work hard play harder mentality to being stuck in a wheelchair with virtually no use of his limbs in the blink of an eye. For someone with such a thirst for life it’s a hard pill to swallow knowing that the best years of his life are behind him. When he first meets Lou he’s determined to make her as miserable as he is and at first it works but when some secrets come to light everything changes.

Will and Lou truly bring out the best in each other and push each other to do things that they never though they could do. At times the emotion in this book is so real that it is hard to believe that it is fiction. The sequel After You is currently on my nightstand waiting for me to delve into it and I can’t wait! I waited too long to see it in the movies but as soon as it’s out on dvd it’s mine!

This book definitely lives up to the hype.


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About The Author

Jojo MoyesMoyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes’ novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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Review: Struck from the Record by K.A. Linde

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Clay Maxwell is a smart, quick witted, sex-driven, manwhore with the good looks to match. Plenty of women have shared his bed, but only one has ever been constant, Andrea.

Their rules were simple. When they’re together, it’s just the two of them. When they’re apart, anything is fair game. And it worked. For ten years.

But one of them has changed the game…

Clay must decide if his player ways are worth losing the one girl who has always been there

My Thoughts:

So I really love the Record Series (Off The Record, On The Record, For The Record) and I was really excited when I found out that K.A. Linda had written another one. Now the first three in the series is about Brady and Liz but this book is about Brady’s brother Clay and his longtime “girlfriend” Andrea, which is a bit disappointing. However, Clay has the typical Maxwell charm so it’s easy to fall in love with him. It also helps that Andrea is a complete badass and takes crap from no one.

Clay doesn’t plan on ever settling down but when Andreas feelings change Clay is left with a decision that can make or break them. Throughout the book Clay is confused about his feelings which in turn made me confused. Half the time I couldn’t even tell who he was interested in. One sentence I thought he liked Gigi, his coworker, and the next sentence he’s pining after Andrea. It was a bit frustrating trying to figure it out. It gets better about two-thirds of the way through when things start shaping up.

Clay tends to be a bit shallow with nothing to offer other than his charm and prowess in bed. If it wasn’t for Andrea forcing the issue I think that Clay would never have changed or realized what he had right in front of his face.

I love nothing more than a fierce, independent female character and that’s exactly what you get with Andrea. She refuses to put up with Clay’s indecisiveness and instead of dwelling on it she tries her best to move on. She shows that whether or not she’s with him she’s going to be her own person and make the most out of her life. I like that she stuck to her guns even when the going got tough. She’s definitely my kind of girl.

 


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About the Author

K.A. LindeK.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding series and the All That Glitters series as well as seven additional novels. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and even landing for a brief stint in Australia. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia and is the current head coach of the Duke University dance team.

An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. currently live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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