Book Review: Sing by Vivi Greene

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

America’s most famous pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine—only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible choice at the end of the summer: her new guy, or her music.

Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):

1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)

But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months until her fall tour starts-three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.

That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.

My Thoughts

This book was super cute! It’s lighthearted and fun; the perfect pool/beach read. I was able to read this book in one sitting because it reads really well. I was originally drawn in by the cover and was sold once I read the synopsis. I love books about superstars falling in love with normal people although maybe that stems from me wanting that to be reality (heyyy Dwayne Johnson).

Lily is just a regular girl, who happens to be a pop icon, looking for love. Just when she thinks that she’s found the one he breaks up with her out of the blue leaving her devastated. After a suggestion from her best friend she decides to take a break and takes the summer off. There’s only two things she needs to focus on while she’s gone: 1. write a new album (the old one was all her, now failed, relationship) and 2. NO BOYS. However for Lily these things are easier said than done.

I think that every girl is going to be able to relate to not only Lily’s heartbreak but her recovery (for lack of a better word). Lily always keeps it real and even though she makes mistakes along the way she always owns up to them. Her life is a mess and she is getting pressure from all sides to write a new album and stay away from boys but she somehow navigates her way through it, all while learning some valuable lessons along the way.

After their mother runs away Noel makes the ultimate sacrifice and comes back from college in order look after his little sister and help his dad with his fishing company. Noel is just a simple country boy that is startles when he discovers Americas favorite pop star in his hometown. After their initial spark Noel is captivated by Lily. Although she’s super famous she also happens to be down to Earth and fun to be around. He takes her fishing and on picnics and it’s easy to forget who she is to the rest of the world. That is until word gets out of where she’s at and the paparazzi start swarming. On top of the paparazzi mayhem her impending tour is a constant thundercloud over them.  When a family secret is exposed a relationship with Lily, and constantly being in her limelight, seems impossible.

Noel is just a simple small town guy; super laid back but hardworking and dedicated to his family. When his simple life is disrupted by the hurricane that is Lily’s fame he starts questioning things and with Lily going on tour soon is he willing to leave his family and his life behind? Noel’s character is pretty stable throughout the book. He doesn’t transform into someone else, even with all of the craziness surrounding Lily (and by association, him) he remains the same. In a way Lily frees him of his mundane life that seems to be going nowhere.

Overall, this is probably my top beach read for this year! My tastes in books tend to go a bit darker but every once in a while I want something light and fun and this was the perfect book for that.


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About The Author

Vivi Greene is a pop-culture addict and lives year-round on an island off the coast of New England. (This is weirdly the only info available on her)

Book Review: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase… he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.

Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my world broke apart.

My Thoughts

Moonshot was definitely more than I expected. Since I went into it blind I initially thought that this was just a regular sports romance but it’s about a lot more than baseball. There’s tons of drama and suspense that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat the entire book. This book is the definition of a page-turner.

Ty is the daughter of a baseball legend and when her mom dies she begins to travel with her dad and his team. In typical tomboy fashion she is now a ballboy(girl) and is seen as one of the boys. The team has become her family but there’s one player she has her eye on… When Chase is transferred to the team she knows that she needs to keep her distance but the more she resists the bigger the allure is until it becomes to much. There’s just something different about him that keeps drawing her in.

I love Ty because she’s ballsy (pun intended). She can hold her own against gruff guys twice her age and not even flinch. Growing up on the road surrounded by guys has taught her not to take any crap from anyone and how to stand up for herself. When any of the guys give her crap she can dish it right back. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants and that includes Chase Stern.

“He couldn’t. Never again, not with anyone else. Nothing would ever, after that moment, compare. Not with her cry, not with her reaction, not with her kiss. A woman shouldn’t be created in such heartbreakingly beautiful combinations. A woman shouldn’t, in fifteen minutes, have the ability to ruin him for life.”

Chase is your typical bad boy/jock. He always seems to be in the middle of a scandal and doesn’t seem to care about the consequences. That is until his latest scandal forces his team to put him up for trade. Fortunately for him he gets traded to the greatest team in the business (their words not mine) the New York Yankees and before he even realizes who Ty is he is hitting on her. When he finally finds out who she is he tries to keep his distance but their connection is unlike anything he’s ever experienced before.

At heart Chase is a good guy but he’s battling some serious demons that make having a relationship with him difficult. Those demons eventually put everything he has in jeopardy and he has to shape-up or lose everything. I love his character development the most in the book because even though we love a bad boy I love a bad boy with a heart of gold even better. He’s not perfect by any means but I grow to love him all the same.

The murder/suspense aspect of the book doesn’t start until halfway through but it works. It gives readers a chance to connect with the characters before all of the craziness starts. This is one of the super rare stories in which I don’t mind the…… SPOILER ALERT: affair. Yeah normally I hate books that feature affairs of any kind (the book Thoughtless comes to mind) but when an author can create such an authentic and powerful connection between characters I don’t seem to mind it that much. In addition to that Ty didn’t make up a million reasons as to why she was justified in having the affair and didn’t go around feeling super guilty either. Of course she loves her husband and feels bad but she knows that Chase is the love of her life and takes all the necessary steps to start the process of leaving her husband. I can’t stand it when they have an affair and the whole time they’re just trying to justify it by vilifying the person their spouse. If you’re going to have a (fictional) affair just own it and that’s what Ty does.

Overall, it was a great read. I truly felt connected to the characters and was hooked from the very first page. When the serial killer is revealed I had no clue it would be that person which is super refreshing! I Love what Alessandra has done with this book: bringing together sports romance and suspense. A must read regardless of what your favorite genre is.


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About The AuthorAlessandra Torres

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

My Thoughts

These types of reviews are always the hardest for me; the ones where it seems as though the rest of the world loves it and I’m in the super small minority that didn’t. I believe that for me the insane about of anticipation and promotion leading up to the release of this book tainted my reading experience. There was months and months of build up making it nearly impossible not to hear something about this book. I have never seen so many ARCS given out to promote a book meaning that before it was even officially published there were dozens of reviews available. All over social media people were posting pictures of their tear stained faces and raving about how this book is the absolute best book that they’ve ever read and how it has changed their life, so no pressure right?

Colleen kept stressing that she thought that when starting this book you should go in blind and I think that for the most part I did. I questioned reading this book so soon after its release because I knew that with the amount of build up going in to it it would be hard for it to live up to the hype. The synopsis is wholly misguiding because it makes it sound like a love triangle is involved when that is not the case.

Lily, in the beginning, seems a bit lost. A couple chapters in she seems to have hit her stride: opening her own business, having her mom close by, made some friends. We learn more about her past, and her past relationship, when she starts to read an old journal of hers and this is where we meet Atlas, which is a great name don’t you think? While this is happening she seems to fall in to a sort of easy relationship with Ryle, someone that she run-in with months prior and now seems endlessly tangled with her life. Her life seems to be coming together perfectly until a chance encounter with Atlas. As her relationship with Ryle develops she starts to question some of his actions. I think overall Lily was a very strong character doing the best she could in an impossible situation. My only problem is that I had trouble connecting with her. While I had no problems with her decisions there was just something about her that made it impossible to connect; that allowed me to see her situation as though I was in her shoes.

I don’t want to say much about Ryle and Atlas because I don’t want to give it all away. That being said Ryle is quite the complex character. I like that he, in time, is able to admit his faults and prove that at the end of the day he really does have Lily’s interest at heart. He doesn’t always make the best decisions but as he says:

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

Atlas knows what it is like to need a hand which is why as an adult he is fiercely protective. Even though we learn a lot about him through Lily’s journal Atlas the adult is a whole different animal. After being homeless Atlas is now an award winning chef with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. His love for Lily has never gone away and his infinite patience with her allows her to blossom, even if they are not together. I like the layers that make up Atlas: his soft side, his defensive side, his protective side. All put together they make one hell of a package.

I know when I have read a good book when I’m so moved by it that I’m simply unable to move on and unfortunately I didn’t have that problem here. It was a nice story but didn’t quite hit the mark for me.


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About the Author5430144

Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the #1 bestseller, Hopeless. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a book subscription service which donates 100% of its proceeds to charity. She also owns The Bookworm Box, a specialty bookstore located in Sulphur Springs, Tx.

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Book Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

My Thoughts

So happy to be back in the world of the Royals! I really enjoyed the first book, which ended with a cliff hanger, so I was anxious to start this book. So much so in fact that although I ordered the print copy I also bought the ebook so that I didn’t have to wait even a second to read it. I read this book so fast though that I had already finished the ebook by the time the print book arrived.

This book is told more from Reed’s perspective so we get to learn more about him and why he is the way he is. Since his mothers death him and his brothers have been on a steady downward spiral and they have finally reached rock bottom (or so they think). Reed is a good person at heart but has the weight of the world on his shoulders and is just angry at the world. I like that we see him grow so much as a person throughout the book. We can clearly see him tackling his demons and trying to get his life back on track. His love for Ella is what makes him strive to be a better person which I love and kinda hate. While I love that he wants to become a better person I wish that he would become a better person for himself and not to impress Ella.

Ella is going through her own version of hell in the beginning. Feeling like she doesn’t belong and fighting her feelings for Reed, Ella is feeling out of her element. The bullying at school has ramped up since her sudden disappearance on top of questions about her relationship with Reed and the rest of the Royals. In Paper Princess we see Ella give the bullies a taste of their own medicine but here she really starts to have her own voice and becomes a force to be reckoned with. The Royals may run the school but there’s a new Queen in town. God that was cheesy.

The duo that makes up Erin Watt seems to love cliff hangers because this book also has one. I’m not too upset about it though because it was a really good one and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book (scheduled to come out in October).

Overall, I think that Paper Princess blew me away because I wasn’t expecting it but this one just fell just a little short of the mark.


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About the Author

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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Book Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

 

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Rating: 5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

My Thoughts

First and foremost I think that the title of this book is a bit misleading. I think for a long time I didn’t even consider reading this because I assumed it was fantasy (obviously I didn’t read the synopsis). I really thought this book was about an honest to God princess (spoiler alert: it’s not). So the other day I went crazy one-clicking books on Amazon (my tbr pile is insane right now) and on a whim decided to get this book and boy am I happy I did!

It’s totally not what I expected when I picked up this book and that’s one of the reasons that I love it. I love going into book blind (not reading any reviews or the synopsis) so for the most part I base my book choices on the title/cover or if it’s getting lot’s of attention from the blogging community, so yes I judge a book by its cover lol.

I love Ella because she doesn’t stand for anyone’s crap. She stands up for herself and calls people out when they are wrong. If you’ve read any of my past reviews you might have noticed by now that there’s nothing I love more than strong female leads and this book has it in spades. Growing up the way she has she has had to built walls around her heart and learn how to fend for herself so she has a very difficult time adjusting when she’s all of the sudden thrust into the lap of luxury.

Reed has had a rough last couple of years and is taking his frustration out on everyone around him. After losing their mom all of the Royal boys are lost and still very much in mourning and with the eldest away at college Reed is in charge of this rowdy brood. None of the Royals are happy with Ella’s sudden appearance in their lives but Reed goes out of his way to let her know that she is unwelcome. Fighting some serious demons Reed needs to learn how to trust again.

We all know that bad boys are hot but Reed takes it to a whole new level. Complex and multi-layered you never know what you’re going to get with him. When his poor choices catch up to him he really has to start reevaluating his life. In Broken Prince we learn a bit more about what makes him tick but for know he remains a bit of an enigma…


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About the Author

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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Book Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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Rating: 3 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

My Thoughts

This book has been on my tbr list for ages and I finally got around to reading it. I primarily wanted to read this book because it’s is such a taboo subject and I love it when authors aren’t afraid to push the envelope and cross the line and break all the rules and this book has all of that.

Maya isn’t afraid to go after what she wants no matter what people think. When she realizes that she is in love with her brother she just goes for it with very little thought about the consequences. Her and Lochan act as surrogate parents to their three younger siblings since their mom is an alcoholic that wants nothing to do with them. Since they’re so close in age (13 month difference) they’ve always felt more like friends than siblings. They work together as a team to run the household, splitting chores and parental duties. With all of the chaos in their lives falling in love seems to be the least of their worries.

Lochan is wayyy more cautious about this whole thing. He’s well aware of how they will be received if it ever got out that he was with his sister. He over thinks every move and repeatedly tries to stop the relationship from progressing, the consequences of what would happen if they were ever caught heavy on his mind. His indecisiveness drove me a bit crazy at times and while I can understand his concerns it was still a bit frustrating.

Overall, aside from the taboo subject, this book was underwhelming. I found myself yearning for the book to end and found myself skimming the book instead of actually reading it. There was just too much back and forth with the characters yet they didn’t actually do anything. There’s so many scenes that you can skip and not miss anything in regards to the plot. The book felt stagnant which is unfortunate because I had high hopes for this one.


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Tabitha Suzuma was born in London, the eldest of five children. She attended a French school in the UK and grew up bilingual. However, she hated school and would sit at the back of the class and write stories, which she got away with because her teachers thought she was taking notes. Aged fourteen, Tabitha left school against her parents’ wishes. She continued her education through distance learning and went on to study French Literature at King’s College London.

After graduating, Tabitha trained as a primary school teacher and whilst teaching full-time, wrote her first novel.

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

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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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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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Review: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

My Thoughts:

So initially I was totally into this book but somewhere along the way I started losing interest until I was reading just to finish. I think it just became too predictable which I think a lot of books have that problem these days but with this book I felt like I had already read it. Character development was just okay at best and stagnant at its worst. I wanted so badly to love this book because I love Jennifer L. Armentrout but I just couldn’t. As soon as I finished it I picked up another book which is very telling to me because I typically experience book hangovers after reading a good book and I just wasn’t feeling this one.

We see Mallory go from barely able to speak to anyone to eventually giving a speech in front of her speech class. Throughout the book she finds her voice and even though she’s not 100% by the end of the book she still progressed quite a bit. Overall she’s not a very strong character and I think the nickname “Mouse” fits her perfectly.

Rider has a bit more depth to him at least. While Mallory is well aware of her issues thanks to therapists and caring adoptive parents, Rider lives in denial. Although he has escaped the terrible conditions of his and Mallory’s foster home he continues to believe that he’ll amount to nothing. Midway through the book Mallory and Rider switch roles; Mallory goes from being meek to becoming more self-assured and Rider goes from being cocky and confident to unsure of himself and feeling unworthy of love. His journey to finding his self worth kept me going to the end of course I’m a sucker for HEAs.


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Jennifer L Armentrout# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All
the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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