Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher

Pieces of You and Me

Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher

Synopsis: 

Five years. 

That’s how long I’ve been gone. Since I left my best friend—the girl I loved—behind.

Five seconds.

That's how long it takes to realize I am completely, utterly, screwed. Because now that I’m back, my childhood crush has turned into so much more.

Rylee has changed. We both have. And now I’m drawn to her in a completely different way. To her smile. Her touch. To reliving old memories and making new ones. To the happiness she’s always given me that I haven’t felt since I left.

But her friends are hell-bent on keeping us apart. My dad is one drink away from destroying both of our lives, and maybe I am, too. It’s only a matter of time before I have to leave again, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I never get a choice.

The one choice I can make? Stay away from Rylee. Because if I don’t, I’ll break her heart—and mine—all over again.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, addiction, and just the right amount of angst. You’ll want to save this tortured hero, while at the same time, not want to change a single thing about him!

My Review: 

Pieces of You an Me has a childhood best friends to couple storyline that I always find endearing. Chase and Rylee have good chemistry together. I like the glimpses into their most cherished childhood memories together and thought that the notebooks they did together were so darn cute. There were things that I did not like though. Rylee's friends were very annoying and seemed super judgemental and closed minded. Rylee also never stuck up for Chase or told them to get over themselves. There was also a scene involving them and Chase's father that I found their comments and Rylee's reaction appalling. Also it is mentioned that Rylee gave up all the things she once loved to fit in with these people. I thought maybe once she started finding herself again with Chase that this might be resolved but nope the story never involves her revealing the things that she truly enjoys to them. To me I thought that seemed like a more likely reason she didn't want to have Chase around them. Not only because she wouldn't stand up for him to them but because with him around they would see into the true Rylee that Chase seems to bring out. So for me there were definite ups and downs to this story. I think maybe others who don't let the friends get under their skin may enjoy this one a bit more than I did. Overall the storyline and the couple aspect were good enough that I give it 3 maybe 3.5 stars.

** Thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest review **


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Available now!!! - Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner





From the New York Times bestselling author of such “sizzling Stark novels” (RT Book Reviews) asRelease Me and Say My Name comes a Stark International Novel featuring provocative bad boy Dallas Sykes—the first in a new trilogy in the S.I.N. series.

It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.

The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me. 

Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have. 

Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.

We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.

Dirtiest Secret is intended for mature audiences.


From the Trade Paperback edition.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: Drive (Hot Rides #1) by Sidney Bristol




Get your heart racing… 

Blazing Miami sun. Cool classic cars. Dangerous undercover assignment. In Sidney Bristol’s scorching new Hot Rides series, the cars are fast and the romance is furious…

Aiden DeHart has a history—and secrets. His classic car garage is a front for an FBI operation. His current mission: get some evidence from a drug dealer’s ex-wife, then get out. Madison Haughton sending his engine into overdrive isn’t part of the plan, though, especially considering she might not be as innocent as Aiden thought…

Since her divorce from her sleazeball ex, Madison has sworn off bad boys, gotten some sweet tattoos, and become a star of Miami’s roller derby scene. But however fast she skates, her ex is always on her tail. When the sexy guy in the muscle car offers to help, he could be her ticket to safety—or a detour down a deadly road…
 


My Review: 



Drive is one hot ride of a read! Aiden Dehart is one bad man but also a good guy and he just so happens to be helping the FBI. Okay so that rhymed, sorry about that, anyways... 
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really loved this book. I don't really know much about cars and have never really been interested in the details other than they get me to point b from point a. There is some car talk in Drive but it's not overly done and mostly it just gives me the notion that yes this is one bad car, it looks amazing, and can drive like a dream. I mean I do like the Fast & Furious movies and this definitely had that vibe going so I guess I shouldn't have been as surprised as I was that I enjoyed even the car aspects of the book. But as cool as all that was my main attraction to Drive was Aiden ( I so loved his character ), Madison, and their chemistry together. Aiden was exactly the type of male character to make me swoon... tough, passionate, and yet has a caring heart. Madison was fun too as she had this innocence about her despite being one heck of a roller derby player and a mouth that can definitely get her into trouble. I guess I like characters with multiple layers and that's exactly what I got from this novel. The others on the "team" were pretty cool too and I am looking forward to reading more about them in the following books of the series. So If you like hot guys with hot cars and romance with some suspense then Drive might just be the book for you. 



** I received this book from the publisher for review purposes ** 



Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: Out Of Play



My Review: Out of Play 

There are so many things to love about Out of Play. For one it has a really cool main character named Penny who is a totally kick-butt hockey player. She is one tough girl and proud of it and shows the boys no mercy. She can be a bit snarky at times which I love of course and really I could go on and on about how much I love Pen. Then insert troubled Bishop, drummer for Burn, and total hottie. He won me over despite his problems and I am really happy that we got the dual point of views in this novel so that I could get to know his inner thoughts. When he starts hanging out with Gramps I totally fell in love with him. Gramps is so awesome ( I love Gramps ). Another of my favorite things is that this isn't just a romance. It's also about family, friends, and finding out who you are, while it also deals with some tougher stuff like addiction, death, and dementia. I will admit that I cried more than once on this one. Overall though it wasn't really a sad story ( except for one part ) as strange as that sounds with it being about addiction. Because more than addiction Out of Play was about finding yourself, making yourself happy, and forgiving yourself and others. 

** Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Teen Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for review **

P.S. This is on sale for $0.99 right now on Amazon at the link below! 4/11/2016 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

review & giveaway French Kiss For Hire episode 5





French Kiss For Hire
Episode 5
By Lizzy Ford, Amanda Lance, Nikki Jefford, Amanda Aksel, Nana Malone, & Morgan Wylie


Luc Du'Mont's exploits as French Kiss for Hire continue as his visa's expiration looms and Serena remains out of reach...


Sensitive and sexy Frenchman, Luc Du’mont, is living the American dream. He’s spent the last four years at university on an acting scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him he’s ready to make his big Hollywood splash.


A debut that has to happen before his student visa expires in two months. Otherwise, he’ll be shipped home to France and all of his acting opportunities will sail with him.
But most importantly, he’ll lose any chance at winning blonde-bombshell Serena Dawson’s heart. As the sister of his roommate she is strictly off limits. But when Serena approaches Luc for kissing advice, what can Luc say other than pucker up?


The kiss leads to much more than Luc ever imagined. When word gets out about Luc’s lip-locking skills and his unemployment leaves him desperate, Luc finds himself with a new career path: French Kiss for Hire.

Except the only client he wants is the one girl he can’t have.




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My Review: 

I have enjoyed these short episodes of French Kiss For Hire and have had fun trying to guess which author has written which episode. This being the fifth episode there has been quite the build up for Serena and Luc to finally get together. The other books have been pretty innocent in just a bit of kissing here or there but this one has definitely spiced things up a little. My enjoyment of their relationship finally escalating didn't get to last long with a big emotional throw down at the end which has me wondering how things are going to play out for poor Luc in the final book. I sure hope that he gets that happy ending he has been hoping for.

** I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for honest review **


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

review: Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley




Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, what a powerful novel! This is my first time reading a YA contemporary sports novel and man was I blown away by how invested I became in this story. I've never been super into sports or ever really a part of something so competitive, but I think that Genna is still totally relatable. I think anyone who has ever had a plan for their life and how they think things would be and then have their plans completely shattered can totally sympathize with Genna. It was heartbreaking watching her struggles and I was definitely rooting for her to pull through this.

Although I knew going in that this book was going to be emotional with Genna's struggles from having her basketball dreams taken away from her I did not expect there to be a drug related problem. Being someone who has at one time in her life had to watch a love one struggle with addiction to prescription pain meds this really touched me deeply. I thought that it was very accurate with the character's denial of the addiction, although it was already becoming apparent to others. I also thought that the final realization of how far she would go and what she would be willing to give up for just another pill was rather heartbreaking. I was happy to have some wit, romance, and comradery included to give us some silver-lining through Genna's hard journey to recovery.

Overall a very enthralling YA novel about love, injury, addiction, and recovery, that really tugs at the heartstrings.


** I received a digital copy of this novel via Netgalley for review purposes **

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review: French Kiss For Hire episode 4



French Kiss for Hire episode 4
By Lizzy Ford, Nana Malone, Amanda Aksel, Morgan Wylie, Amanda Lance, & Nikki Jefford
Luc's relationship and money woes continue in episode 4 of French Kiss for Hire... 

Sensitive and sexy Frenchman, Luc Du’mont, is living the American dream. He’s spent the last four years at university on an acting scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him he’s ready to make his big Hollywood splash. 

A debut that has to happen before his student visa expires in two months. Otherwise, he’ll be shipped home to France and all of his acting opportunities will sail with him. 
But most importantly, he’ll lose any chance at winning blond-bombshell Serena Dawson’s heart. As the sister of his roommate she is strictly off limits. But when Serena approaches Luc for kissing advice, what can Luc say other than pucker up? 

The kiss leads to much more than Luc ever imagined. When word gets out about Luc’s lip-locking skills and his unemployment leaves him desperate, Luc finds himself with a new career path: French Kiss for Hire. 

Except the only client he wants is the one girl he can’t have. 

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My review:

These episodes are fun and quick, and they seem to flow so well that I forget that each has been written by a different author. In episode four I feel like the story is finally moving forward and now Luc is facing a huge obstacle. He desperately needs his visa and time is running out. I can't wait to see if he actually gets married to stay in the country! I still feel like I haven't learned much about Serena and the only reason I have to root for her and Luc to be together is because he is such a sweetheart and seems to believe that is what would make him happy. I really hope to have more light shined on what it is that dear Luc sees in her and hopefully give me a reason to care for her too. I look forward to reading the next episode and hope that things start to look better for Luc. Poor guy has had a tough go of it so far.





                   ** I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for honest review **