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Review: Dream With Me (With Me #4) by Elyssa Patrick

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There are a few things I, Evie Hart, thought I knew for sure:

1. That I hated Griff Sinclair ever since that night. You know, the night where he totally pulled a Mr. Darcy on me at the dance.

2. That Griff Sinclair hated me. I mean, seriously, would it kill him to smile at me. Just once.

3. That my life plan for post-graduation was golden.

4. That I knew exactly what I wanted.

5. And none of that included Griff.

But everything I thought I knew is thrown out the window by the biggest surprise of my life. All it takes is one touch, one kiss, one night . . . that leads to so much more.

I need to know what Griff means to me, what I mean to him, and what really happened all those years ago. If we even have a future together. And I need to figure it out before we graduate in seven days. Before I move out of Vermont, hundreds of miles away from Griff. I’ve taken risks, but this might be the biggest gamble of my life.


My Review

“It’s never too late to dream.”

Dream With Me is the fourth book in the With Me series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone. Dream With Me was a quick and easy read for me and is going to be one of those books that you’re either going to love or you’re going to hate. For me, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I thought it was just ok.

Dream With Me follows the story of Griff and Evie. Their story begins at the start of their freshman year in college. They see one another at a party and sparks fly. Griff can’t take his eyes off of Evie. Evie feels the same way about Griff…..that is until she overhears Griff tell his friend that Evie is hot, but not enough to tempt him. Hearing this only serves to piss Evie off because Griff doesn’t even know her. And so begins their strange relationship. Evie doesn’t understand why Griff always looks like he hates her, but doesn’t let that get her down. Now, they are just a week away from graduation and everything Evie knows is about to change. This one night will take both Evie and Griff by surprise. All it takes is one touch and it’s game over. Everything has changed and now Evie has to know what Griff wants. She leaves in 7 days and is afraid of getting her heart hurt. Will Evie finally find out the truth about Griff? Will Evie and Griff get the HEA they’ve always wanted?

Overall, I thought this book was ok. Dream With Me is fast paced and entertaining. The characters are fun and easy to relate to. I really liked how determined Evie was and how she wasn’t afraid to take chances and go after her dreams. Griff was not at all what I was expecting. I expected him to be a total jerk; especially after how he behaved towards Evie the last few years. But, he really took me by surprise. He was sweet and swoon-worthy, even if he did make some dumb mistakes. I thought Evie and Griff were cute together and had some great chemistry.

However, I did have a few issues with the story. There was a still a little confusion to me as to why Evie and Griff spent so long hating each other. Yes, it does get explained about the incident freshman year, but that doesn’t really explain why Griff spent the next four years looking at Evie like he couldn’t stand her or even being around her. My other issue was the pacing. The fast track of Evie and Griff’s relationship didn’t really work for me; it didn’t feel realistic. I would have liked to have seen Evie and Griff spend a little more time getting to know one another and really build a foundation. My final issue was the epilogue. Here’s why: I enjoyed seeing things wrap up with Evie and Griff, but I wasn’t too keen on seeing the other characters stories wrap up. Now, that might just be because I haven’t read the other books, so I don’t know enough about the other characters, but I just wasn’t feeling it. If you know me, then you know I have a habit of reading books out of order. I do it all the time. And usually when it’s part of a series, the previous characters have enough presence to where I want to know how things worked out for them. But, sadly that just wasn’t the case for me. Maybe I will change my mind if I go back and read the others or maybe I won’t. That is just my opinion.

Even though Dream With Me wasn’t a home run for me, I’m still glad that I checked it out. Yes, I had some issues with the story, but there was some things that I liked and I can definitely appreciate the sweetness of the story. This is my first book by this author and even though it wasn’t exactly a hit for me, I would still be open to checking out more of her books in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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theconsequencesoflovingcoltonMy name is Milo Caro and I have a confession to make.

I’ve been in love with Colton Mathews since I was five. He should have known that sharing a cookie with a sugar obsessed little monster would do the trick–it sealed his fate. So really, the fact that he’s sporting a black eye, a limp, almost got ran over by a car, and was nearly responsible for another person’s death? Right. His fault. Not mine.

I made a pact with myself–this weekend would be different. I’d come home for my brothers wedding, smile, and Colton would naturally melt into my arms, we’d get married have five kids, live in a house by the river, and get a dog named scratch (clearly I’ve thought this through).

What really happened? I punched my brother in the face, Colton kissed me and apologized, I lied about having a boyfriend, oh and everyone wants to meet the mystery man.

They say laughter always comes before insanity–ha, ha. All I wanted was my brother’s best friend…instead I’m sitting in prison.

Let this be a lesson to you all…life rarely happens the way you want it to.

Damn cookie.


My Review

I’d rather fight with you, bicker with you, every damn day of my life than having nothing at all. I’m selfish enough to want any piece of you – even if it’s the bad, the ugly, the ridiculous. So even if you hated me, I’d still die a happy man – because I’d still be on your mind.”

The Consequence of Loving Colton follows the story of Colton and Milo. Milo has been in love with Colton for as long as she can remember. The problem you ask, well besides being her brother’s best friend, he’s only ever seen Milo as a little sister. Never for the woman that she is. Now, Milo is all grown up and has come home for her brother’s wedding. She has made a pact with herself that she will get through this weekend and not let Colton effect her….yeah, right, like that’s going to happen. The minute she sees him, everything comes rushing back. Little does Milo know that Colton does have feelings for her. He was just to scared to act on them or admit that he has them. No one could be prepared for how this weekend would play out: secrets, pretend boyfriend, kisses, declarations of love, people getting punched, and what would a wedding be without an over the top, in need of sex, Grandma. What could possibly go wrong??

Oh my gosh! I loved this book. I loved every single thing about it. My face hurts from laughing so much! I haven’t had a book make me laugh like this in such a long time, especially with lines like this: “I wasn’t one of those girls who got tiny hunger pangs when it was time to eat, then took a few sips of water, burped, wiped my mouth, and announced I was full. Hell, no. Carbs. Give. Me. Carbs. Give me protein. Give me chocolate and I’ll be your best friend.”  I knew from the very first page that I was going to love this book and I did. I was a goner. I was hooked. I could not put this book down.

The Consequence of Loving Colton is one read that is not to be missed. It was a great romantic comedy. I laughed so much, it brought tears to my eyes. Not only was this book funny, but it also had just the right amount of steam and angst. The characters were so entertaining. I couldn’t get enough of them. You just never knew what was going to come out of their mouths next. And I have to say that Max and Grandma were hilarious.

This was such a great book! Definitely one of the funniest that I’ve read so far this year. It is a great friends to lovers romantic comedy. The writing is fantastic and captivating. The story will keep you hooked until the very end and trust me, with this story, there is never a dull moment. This book will make you laugh, smile, swoon, shake your head and ultimately fall in love.

*I received an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven

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How do you fix a love that’s been broken beyond repair?

For years, Cassie Taylor tried to forget about Ethan Holt. He was the one great love of her life, and when he failed to return her love, a part of her died forever. Or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Claiming to be a changed man, he’s finally able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago, but can she believe him? What makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

Ethan knows he can’t change their tumultuous past, but if he’s going to have any chance of being with the woman he loves, he’ll need to convince Cassie that her future belongs with him.

Don’t miss this stunning conclusion to the unforgettable love story that captivated over two million fans online.


My Review

“Time is a fickle whore. Whenever you want it to pass slowly, it speeds up, and whenever you’re full of nervous impatience, it crawls like a sloth on sedatives”

Broken Juliet picks up right where Bad Romeo left off. After the way Bad Romeo ended, I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book. I had to know how things would play out for Ethan and Cassie. The road to happily ever after for Ethan and Cassie was not an easy one. They both had so much to overcome and trust had to be rebuilt. Ethan claims that he’s a changed man, but we’ve heard that before. Ethan has hurt Cassie so many times in the past. Will Ethan finally have the chance to make up for all his past mistakes and prove that he is the man Cassie deserves or has too much damage been done?

Broken Juliet took me on an incredible angst filled journey. My emotions were all over the place. One minute I loved Ethan and the next, I wanted to knock some sense into him. I hated the way things went down with Cassie and Ethan, but as I read on, I realized there was no other way. The story had to happen this way. These events had to take place or the two of them would continue to be toxic for one another.

Ethan has come so far since we first met him in Bad Romeo. He’s finally seen the light and gotten the help that he needed to battle the demons that were destroying him. I was so impressed with the growth of his character and his determination to not mess things up with Cassie this time around. He was so patient and understanding with Cassie. He understood just how much damage he had done to her, how badly he hurt and broke her, and that a simple I’m sorry wouldn’t fix things. It was time to step up and fight.

 “What I want from you isn’t easy. It’s messy and complicated, and it’s filled with so much fucking passion, I don’t have a clue how to cope with it all. But I find a way, because I love you. And love is hard, but it’s worth it. You’re worth it. And I hope one day you’ll realize I’m worth it, too”

Cassie…now she is the one who is broken and un-trusting. She’s heard this song and dance from Ethan before and just doesn’t know if she has the strength to try again. Mending a broken heart and forgiving the one who broke it, is no easy task. But, the more time she spends with Ethan, the more that she sees he’s made changes. He’s not the same Ethan that she knew before. And I loved that Ethan gave her his journals as a way to prove to her that he’s changed and is going to be more open. It really helped to see what was going on through his head all those years ago. Why he was the way that he was.

Overall, I really liked Broken Juliet. It was a great second chance romance. I loved watching Ethan fight for Cassie as he should have done all along. I did find myself frustrated at times, when the book would flash to the past. I hated Ethan’s behavior and the way that he treated Cassie. That being said, the two of them did have some great push and pull. You can not deny the passion the two of them had for one another. Other than that, this book was great. I loved the angst/drama, and romance. I loved seeing Ethan finally fighting for Cassie. And I was really pleased with the way everything came together in the end.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The Hazards of Sleeping With A Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.

When Kyle’s life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.


My Review

The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend follows the story of Kyle and Jade. Jade has always had a crush on Kyle, but never planned on acting on it. One night, a friendly conversation gave way to an unlikely proposition, one that Jade never planned on accepting. As fate would have it, things are about to get more interesting for Kyle and Jade.Thanks to Kyle’s brothers meddling, Kyle is now forced to vacation with his family and bring his girlfriend along. The only problem, he doesn’t have one. He’s always had more than friendly feelings for Jade, so she is the perfect person to ask to be his fake girlfriend. However, pretending to be in a relationship when real feelings are involved is a lot harder than it seems. Will Kyle and Jade give into their feelings and take a chance on building something real? And when tragedy strikes, will Kyle lean on Jade or push her away? Will they open themselves up to the love that is right in front of them or will they be over quicker than they started??

The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend was such a great read. The idea of a pretend relationship was so fun. This story was well written and you could feel the chemistry between Kyle and Jade from the beginning. It was so fun watching the two of them interact. I loved their banter. They connected so easily together. I just couldn’t wait to see where their relationship would go. You knew it would only be a matter of time before they both realized that they were destined to be more than just friends and it was so great watching them fall.

Jade was not an easy sell for pursuing a relationship. She had been hurt deeply in the past and poor Kyle had to work hard to make her see that he was worth taking a chance on and that he would protect her feelings. Kyle was a great guy. He was funny, and charming. You could tell that he cared deeply for his family, even if they drove him nuts. And Jade brought out a side of Kyle that no one really had seen. He just radiated happiness when she was around.

The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend was a quick and enjoyable read for me.The characters were fun and easy to connect with. I just adored Kyle’s mom. She was so sweet and so accepting. This book made me laugh, smile, swoon and there were a couple of moments that just broke my heart. This book had the perfect balance of humor, romance and angst. An overall, really great read.

* I was provided with an ARC copy of this book via the author, in exchange for an honest review*

Blog Tour and Book Review: Between Everything and Us by Rebecca Paula

Title: Between Everything And Us

Author: Rebecca Paula

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: January 20, 2015

Cover Design: Maggie Hall

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23257933-between-everything-and-us


Synopsis

Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.

After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.

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My Review

Between Everything and Us follows the story of Matisse and Beau. Matisse is trying to get her life back on track after failing out of art school. As if that’s not enough, she’s struggling to make ends meet and to please her parents. The last thing she needed in her life, was for Beau to be apart of it. Beau is her new roommate. Everything about him spells trouble: from his tattoos, to him being a college drop out. She is totally unprepared for how he’s going to turn her life upside down.

Beau has a secret that he hides behind. His reasons for dropping out of school are not what people think. He has a medical condition that has turned his world upside down. Despite all of that, he finds himself falling for Matisse. Will Beau take a chance on having a real future? What will happen when Matisse finds out what he’s been hiding?

Overall, I liked the idea of this story. I thought that it had some great push and pull and I enjoyed the chemistry between Beau and Matisse.  It was fun watching them try to deny what they were feeling and just waiting for them to fall.  My issue with the story was that I felt like sometimes there was something missing. It’s hard for me to really pinpoint exactly what was off. This book had some really amazing scenes but I don’t know, the flow just wasn’t working for me. 

Even though I did have some issues with this story, I still found this to be an ok read. Between Everything and Us is a great coming of age story. The characters are real and flawed. It did have some great swoon worthy moments and I did enjoy the angst. Even though this book was not a home run for me, I think that this author has a ton of potential and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

*I was provided with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*


Excerpt

She grabs my hands and pins them together. I don’t fight off her touch. I let Mati gather them and raise them above my head. “I think it’s so easy to fall into the world when you’re not ready,” she says seriously. Her free hand brushes over my brows, then sweeps down my nose. “It’s such a big place and we’re all very tiny in the scheme of things.”

“What are you trying to say?”

“It sucks being an outlier, Beau. I get it. But in spite of everything, we’re always going to feel a bit lost. It’s the part of growing up that no one ever tells you about.”

“You’re very wise today, Miss Mati.”

“I’m lots things, mister. I’m…” Her voice drops off and she nervously glances down at my chest. “I think I’m a little bit in love with you actually.”

At least I’m sitting. That doesn’t help the way my stomach drops though.

I snake my hands out of her grip and brace them around her face. There’s a reason why outliers exist on the outside—they can’t find their way in.

Mati is no outlier to me.

We kiss for what seems like hours. I don’t care if it’s for days. But we kiss until my mouth wipes away the nervousness in that confession of hers, while I still cowardly hide behind mine.

In the wild, in the sun, Mati and I are…well, we’re something I never thought I’d have or find. And that’s everything


About The Author

Rebecca writes smart and gritty New Adult romances, as well as historical romances, featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Gray tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.

Website: https://rebecca-paula-esmo.squarespace.com/

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8442728.Rebecca_Paula


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