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Review: Wicked Heart (Starcrossed #3) by Leisa Rayven

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Liam Quinn is talented, gorgeous, and one of the biggest movie stars in the world.

He’s also the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred, and one moment of weakness will lead to a scandal that echoes around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic will tell you, love doesn’t always follow the script.


My Review

“How long does it take to fall in love? A second? A week? A year? It’s like asking how long it takes to fall asleep. Some people are gone as soon as their head hits the pillow. Others lie awake for hours, and it’s only when their brain stops churning for a while that sleep sneaks in and drags them under. That’s how I visualize falling in love. Some people fall so easily, they seem reckless. They love freely and unashamed.”

“Ask me to give up a limb and I swear, I’ll find a way to do it. But don’t ask me to live without you anymore. I can’t. I’m so goddamn in love with you, it hurts.”

“But the one thing you’re absolutely not allowed to give up on is true love. When you find it, you should grab it with both hands and never let go, because although it might not always be easy or convenient, it’s worth it. I can tell you that much for sure.”

Wow! Just wow!! Wicked Heart, you have definitely taken my heart and ran away with it. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book. I mean, Leisa Rayven set the bar pretty high with Cassie and Ethan’s story. I didn’t know if I could love a couple more than those two. And then I read the first page and was like Ethan and Cassie who???!! From the moment I picked up this book, I was sucked in. I was utterly captivated by Elissa and Liam’s story. You see Liam is the only man that Elissa has ever loved, but their relationship ended almost faster than it began. It will be six long years before these two are reunited. And when they are finally reunited….Watch out!! Elissa tries and I mean tries her hardest to keep things professional, but the more Liam and Elissa are around each other, the harder it is to fight the intense connection these two share. However the road to HEA for these two won’t be an easy one. There are truths that need to be told and obstacles to overcome. If they two of them can move on from the past, they may just end up with the life they’ve always wanted……

Wicked Heart has totally blown me away. Told from dual points of view, this story gave me everything I could ask for and more. Alpha male: Check. Intense Connection: Check. Heartbreak and Misunderstandings: Check. Angst: Check Check. As you can tell, it checked off all my little boxes. Liam and Elissa’s story gave me so many feels. The angst and heartbreak between the two of them was so palpable, it took my emotions for one heck of a ride. My heart ached so much for these two. I wanted to reach through my kindle and shake the two of them. I wanted to yell at them that they belonged together. But, in reality, all I could do is just sit back, read and enjoy the ride. And boy, what a ride it was.

I devoured Wicked Heart in just one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. Liam and Elissa’s story demanded to be told and I couldn’t read the pages fast enough. I loved everything about this story. The story is well-written, fun and entertaining. The characters; you just couldn’t help fall in love with them. The side characters were amazing as well. I loved the romance, and the angst and the drama. I just couldn’t get enough of it. Wicked Heart was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and boy did it deliver.

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

Release Day Blitz and Review: The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey

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Title: The Allure of Julian Lefray
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: June 29, 2015
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From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com

To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com

Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…

XO,

Jo 


My Review

The Allure of Julian Lefray was such a fun read! It follows the story of Jo and Julian. Jo is a small town fashion blogger who has moved to New York to follow her dreams. I loved that R.S Grey included Jo’s blog into the story. Not only did it showcase Jo’s personality, but it also made her feel very real. I found Jo to be very easy to relate to because I too grew up in a small town and could not wait until I was old enough to move away. I admired Jo’s bravery and independence. She didn’t let her circumstances get her down. She made the best out of any situation she found herself in.

Then we meet Julian. Julian is a wealthy businessman who lives in Boston. He’s currently in New York helping with his sister’s business and is in need of an assistant. At first I wasn’t too sure about Julian. He had this whole playboy persona, but he turned out to be anything but. Once you got to know him, you got to see that he was a fun, flirty guy. He enjoys hanging out with his friends and is loyal to his sister.

I loved the chemistry between Julian and Jo. These two are complete opposites, but they worked so well together.I loved the banter and flirting between the two of them. I couldn’t wait to see what they’d say next. I knew there was no way the two of them would be able to keep things strictly business. It was fun watching them push the envelope and seeing their relationship develop. The push and pull. The not wanting to ruin their friendship or working relationship.

The Allure of Julian Lefray was a quick and easy read. I really enjoyed the story-line and thought the story was paced perfectly. The characters were down to earth and entertaining. It was easy to get lost in their stories. There is one particular scene where Jo invites Julian to her landlords party…and lets just say I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh or be mortified. It was such a funny moment! If you are looking for a read that will make you laugh, smile, swoon and has very little drama, then look no further. This was a really enjoyable read for me. The stage is now set for the next characters story and I can’t wait to see what will happen next!

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


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I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

 

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*

Book Review – Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

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WOW! wow wow wow. Bad Romeo put me through the emotional wringer from start to finish and I absolutely LOVED it. It was a true romance in every sense of the word, both heartbreaking and swoon-worthy in equal parts. But beware – it is pretty angsty. I am an angst lover so this suited me down to the ground. 

“My body is against his, and my hands are in his hair, and every single reason I should stay away melts as our mouths open to each other. It’s rough and desperate and full of passion I don’t want to feel. But this…this is where all the best memories of him live.”

The story switches back and forth between the past and the present day. The past tells us the story of how Cassie and Ethan met and came to be, and the present day revolves around their reconciliation after a period of around three years. I LOVED following their journey from the beginning and getting to experience those first precious moments of when they met, as well as all of their trials and tribulations along the way. 

Cassie and Ethan first meet in acting school, where they are cast as the star-crossed lovers in Romeo and Juliet. Sparks fly and tensions rise between them until they finally beak through the barriers they have set in place and fall into a passionate relationship. Cassie is a sweet girl with a positive outlook on life, and Ethan is a typical bad boy with a huge chip on his shoulder. Bit by bit they fall madly and deeply in love, until Ethans issues come to the surface and tear them apart leaving Cassie a devastated and heart-broken shell of herself.

Three years later they are once again on-stage playing young lovers, however, this time it is Cassie with the issues and Ethan is the one determined to make up for his past mistakes and win back Cassies love. It may be too little too late for Cassie though who struggles daily to cope with the gaping hole Ethan left in her heart.

“I want things to be different. If you want me to apologize, I’ll do it until I lose my fucking voice. I just want things to be right between us. Talk to me. Help me fix this.

“You can’t.”

I absolutely LOVED how well the author has captured the tension, heartbreak and passion between Casssie and Ethan. I could feel every moment and was completely absorbed in their story. Angsty? Yes, but it is also such a beautiful and believable story of young love and loss, and how to cope when the person who crushed you beyond repair suddenly reappears in your life. 

Bad Romeo is Part One of a two part book series and it DOES end on a cliffhanger (I know, I know), but trust me; you want to read this story. Lovers of romance everywhere will be a puddle of emotion on the ground by the end of it. Book two, Broken Juliet, is out in April 2015, so not long to wait. And I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of Cassie and Ethan’s story. 

*ARC received via Netgalley

 

Book Review – The Single Girl’s To-Do List by Lindsey Kelk

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Single Girl’s To-Do List

By Lindsey Kelk

British chick-lit is my absolute favourite type of chick-lit. I don’t know why, but it may have something to do with the Brits humour. I love it. Anyone who is familiar with Lindsey Kelks chick-lit, knows that it’s pretty good stuff. She has a knack for writing cute, quirky heroines and fabulous best friends. As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book. I had been reading a few dark and emotional reads lately so I was keen to mix things up. 

Rachel Summers loves a to-do list:

• Boyfriend
• Flat
• Great job

NOT on the list:

• Being dumped

Best friends Emelie and Matthew ride to her rescue with an entirely new kind of list – The Single Girl’s To-Do List. Rachel doesn’t know it, but it will take her on all kinds of wild adventures – and get her in some romantic pickles too. And then it won’t be a case of what but who she decides to tick off…

• Mr. bendy yoga instructor
• Mr. teenage sweetheart
• Mr. persistent ex
• Mr. deeply unsuitable

The Single Girl’s To-Do List gives Rachel the perfect heartbreak cure – and proves love is out there if you’re willing to take a chance.

Firstly – Rachel, Emelie and Matthew were an amazing trio of friends. They were hilarious together and I absolutely loved them. All three of their personalities just seemed to complement each other’s and it made this book so much fun! There was none of the crazy friend angst like there is in the I Heart, (#1-5) series, which I really liked. Who needs it? Not I! Not after meeting these guys. They were awesome!

Rachel – “I didn’t like heights. I didn’t like confined spaces. I didn’t like teenagers in charge of machinery that could kill me. Really, it was like my three biggest phobias had come together.”

Matthew – “Rule twenty-four in the straight/gay handbook, your monthly visitor is not up for discussion.”

Em –“I’m going to destroy him. Hold him down, punch him in the face and then rip off each limb before beating his face in with the soggy ends.”

Rachel was a great heroine. The book was more about her learning to enjoy life as it comes, rather than finding the love of her life. It was a time for her and her friends to discover who they are and what they needed from life and love. What an amazing adventure! That list was perfection. I need a list like that! (the married girls version though). It. Was. Everything!

In saying that I would have liked a little more time spent on Rachel’s love interest, Dan. In the end I felt like we still really had no idea who Dan was. They had years of history together but we didn’t hear about any of it really. Just the odd mention here and there. It made me feel a tiny bit disconnected from that part of the story. 

Lindsey Kelk has outdone herself yet again, and while I’m done with the I Heart, (#1-5) series and its characters, I can’t wait to read more of her stand-alones. This book was exactly what I was looking for! I can’t believe I haven’t come across it sooner. I LOVED it!

I know it was your list and everything but I feel like we’ve all been on some bullshit caring-and-sharing learning adventure.”

 

 

 

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