Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn


Rating: 5 stars

Title: Nine Minutes

Author: Beth Flynn

Publisher: Beth Flynn

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Mystery

Length: 326 pages

Summary:

On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity. 

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.


Review:

Beth Flynn is a genius. 

Holy smokes what did I just read? This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. When you get to the end you're like what did I just read? I usually can tell you how a book is going to be throughout the book, but not with this book. Wow, just wow. There are twists and turns in this book I did not see coming. I'm still kind of dumbfounded.

I can see how she fell in love with Grizz. Grizz  does love her, he spoils her, she gets whatever she wants but isn't a princess. Unfortunately she see's some things regarding the club that she doesn't like at all so she stays out of club business as much as possible.  She's pretty much a loaner with a few exceptions. 

I don't know if I should feel stupid for not seeing how this book was going to end or just say the author is a genius. As you can see from the first sentence of this review, I'm going with Beth Flynn is a genius!

I cannot wait for the sequel to this book. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wings Over Poppies by J.A. DeRouen




Rating: 4.5 Star

Title: Wings Over Poppies

Author: J.A. DeRouen

Publisher: J.A. DeRouen

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Length: 230 pages

Summary:

Perfection. One word. Three syllables. Every reason why I’ll never have the one thing I truly want. I stand dutifully on the pedestal he’s built, waiting for the day he truly sees me.

Then one amazing night, he lets down his walls, only to leave me the next day. 

Years have passed, and I’ve tried to move on with my life. But I still dream of him. I still miss him everyday. The memories haunt me. How can I look to the future when my past remains a mystery? The time has come to find the boy who stole my heart and ran away without a word.

But not everyone who is lost wants to be found.


My name is Alexandra Fontaine, and this is my story of unfinished love. 

Wings Over Poppies is book #2 in the Over series and can be read as a standalone novel. 



Review:

This is the first time that I have read this author and she is amazing! This book is the second part in the series Over and I did not read the first book and I didn't feel lost by not reading it. Will I go back and read the first book, Hope Over Fear, yes, I will because I absolutely loved this book.

This book will not only break your heart but it will put it back together again stronger than before. I don't read a lot of second chance romance, so I'm really glad that I read this one. Seriously, the author pulls you in with the blurb alone. AND here's a plus, the book lived up to the blurb. Have you read a blurb and go "Wow, that sounds like a great book! I need to read it!"? Then you read that book and you're like "what just happened? That blurb lied!" That's not what happens in this book.

You get to meet Alex and West, see their friendship develop from 6 years ago, laugh with them, cry with them. Then you get to see them now, see what they've become, see who they've become as adults. You'll want to smack West a few times and tell Alex don't give up!  This book had me laughing on one page and then ready to cry 2 pages later. 

I adored this book and I hope you will too!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Never Never by Collen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher



Rating: 5 Stars

Title: Never Never (Book 1 of a series) This is a serial.
 
Author:  Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
 
Publisher: Hoover Ink
 
Genre:  Young Adult/Suspense/Romance

Length: 140 Pages   

Summary :  


Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.


He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget. 



Review
  
First, I want to address something I've been seeing around Facebook and on various review sites. Please note the part above where I mention that this is a serial. This is noted on the Amazon page. The authors announced this ahead of the release and it has been fairly well known within the book/reading community. As part one of a serial, this book ends in a major cliffhanger. I've seen lots and lots of people complaining about this. The authors have announced that the second book will be out in mid-May. I have no idea if there is a part three or when it will be out if there is. So now you have been warned. If you choose to purchase this book, do it with the full knowledge that there is a cliffhanger and it's a serial.

Wow. Just wow. This book pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the end of the ride. Even then, you'll be thinking about it for days. Strap in and put the safety bar down, because you're gonna need it with this one! There are so many twists and turns in this book that you're not going to know which way is up when the ride is over.

I love Silas. He's a total sweetheart (so far) and seems to genuinely care about people. Especially Charlie. Even without knowing the full story, he knows that she's important to him, and that's all that matters. Charlie is a little harder. She's a little more abrasive and a little harder to like but she grows on you. She's independent and determined. She also redeems herself by how she treats her little sister and the fact that she's not liking who she used to be.

Overall, I loved this book. I loved the fact that I couldn't stop thinking about it for days afterwards. I love that I am completely clueless as to where this may or may not be headed when I'm usually really good at figuring things out. And I absolutely cannot wait for May!

Purchase Never Never (Volume 1) on Amazon. (Just click the title)

'Til Death Volume 2 by Bella Jewel


Rating: 5 stars

Title: 'Til Death Volume 2

Author: Bella Jewel

Publisher: Bella Jewel

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dark

Pages: 152 pages

Summary:

You know how it went for me.
You know what he did.
You know the fire he left inside my soul when he crushed me into a thousand tiny pieces.
Since Marcus, my life has been a blur of emptiness.
Since Marcus there has been nothing.
I’m alone, my Mom is dwindling and I feel nothing but emptiness. I work long, I work hard, but why? There’s no longer anything to fight for.
I know I have to face him. I know I have to go back. To fix my life, I have to break my ties to him.
Seeing Marcus again will destroy me, but it’s time to finish this.
I don’t expect the bitter, twisted emotions I’ll feel when I see him again, and when I lose everything once more, because of him, the only thing on my mind is revenge.
But how do you hurt someone you still love so deeply?
How can I still care for a monster? How can he still make me feel?
Our story is the most complicated of them all, it’s far from beautiful, it’s far from perfect, it’s just a twisted mess of emotion that neither of us knows how to fix.
But we will fix it. You’ll see.
 




Review:

Wow! I literally had tears and my nose was burning from trying not to cry. This book has it all. The story that will break your heart, you'll get to see the strength that it takes to come back from the deepest part of despair and hatred. You get to see what it takes for a strong man to fall to his knees and then fight for what he wants, what he needs. You get to see what lengths a man in love will do for the woman he loves. 

He becomes the man that he should have been if his family wouldn't have been the way that they were. The family that molded him to what he had become. He was a good man underneath all of that and it took love, despair to bring that out in him. This book will break your heart a few times but it will put it back together again. 

I do not recommend reading this conclusion in public. I'm serious, I literally had to look away from my tablet, sniff, look at the ceiling so that the tears wouldn't roll down my face. I'm not a pretty crier. I loved this book. I read fast, so that I read both of these books fairly quickly. So if you're looking for something quick, steamy, something that will make you feel, put a tear in your eye then I definitely recommend Til Death Vol 1 & 2.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

'Til Death Volume 1 by Bella Jewel


Rating: 4 stars

Title:' Til Death Volume 1

Author: Bella Jewel

Publisher: Bella Jewel Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dark

Pages: 196 pages

Summary:

They say there's a fine line between love and hate.
There is.
I married a douchebag.
I didn't know it at the time.
He came in like a handsome stranger and blew me off my feet.
I fell madly in love, like the naive girl I am.
Then he left me high and dry.
Turns out, I was nothing more than a business plan for billionaire playboy, Marcus Tandem.
He needed to be married in order to obtain his grandfathers business, and I was the poor victim in his path.
I believed in what we had, until the truth reared its ugly head.
I never meant anything to Marcus. Not a damned thing.
With my world spinning on its axis, the girl I once was has long since died.
Instead he left me as this empty, emotionless shell.
I may have made a vow before God to love and cherish him ‘Til Death do we part, but it’s time for me to give back to Marcus, exactly what he gave me.
He has to pay.



Review:

Oh my goodness, what to say about this book. This book is smoking hot! I do mean smoking!

You have Katia, who works hard for what she has in life. She goes to work everyday for a jerk, works long hours for little pay, takes care of her mother who is partially invalid. Then you have, Marcus, a man with money, has his own business, used to getting his own way. He sees Katia just when he needs a wife and decides she'll do.  He does everything that he can to make her fall in love with him and she does. He pulls all the stops out and they get married.

He doesn't know how to love and doesn't want to. Why would he - his life is great just the way it is. She wants more than he is giving, she wants him to love her. He wants things to stay the same. Then one day it all comes crashing down on her. When she confronts Marcus is he going to lie or is he going to tell her the truth, no matter what the cost?

This book is Part 1 of a 2 part series.

Knockout by Tracey Ward


Rating: 4.5

Title: Knockdown

Author: Tracey Ward

Publisher: Tracey Ward (Guess)

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Sports

Pages: 377 pages

Summary:

Kellen Coulter has a way with women. A boxer from the wrong side of town, he worked his way through the wealthy daughters at Weston High with a brilliant smile, sweet words and vacant eyes. No one gets close. No one gets through. No one knows the secrets hiding inside.

No one but me. I'm the only girl he's ever let in. The only one who has ever truly seen him. When we met I was just a kid, an old soul with an open ear and a full understanding of what it was to be misunderstood by everyone around you. But even I didn't know the demons sleeping inside him. Not until now.

Not until it might be too late.

This is not a cookie cutter romance.
It is a knockdown, heartbreaking journey through friendship, love, and loss - all to find the one person who can see you clear as day, even when you've lost all sight of yourself.


Review:

At 50% of this book my heart had been broken like 3 times.

Kellen had nothing growing up except for this brain and his boxing. He's a very smart kid and great in the ring. He gets into trouble and his lawyer knows he's not a bad kid. The lawyer actually brings him to the house and lets him hang. Kellen grows closer to the family and makes friends with youngest daughter, Jenna, but starts dating the oldest daughter, Laney.

Laney, the oldest, is a spoiled little princess that you just want to throat punch. I just wanted to tell her "grow up". Then you have Laney's mom and she has her moments (you'll find where Laney gets her attitude from), I know my mouth dropped a few times on how she thinks and talks.

Kellen goes to college but stays in their lives. He dates Laney off and on and stays friends with Jenna throughout it all. Kellen and Jenna had so much to work through but they never gave up. They stayed friends through it all. Kellen also helps Jenna realize her dreams too. He keeps pushing her to get what she wants.

When it's their turn at love, do they take the chance, do they risk it all, do they jeopardize their friendship? Does Jenna risk the hate of her sister for getting together with Kellen? Heck yeah, they do, otherwise what would be the point?

The only thing I didn't like about this book is that Kellen dated Laney throughout so much of this book. Jenna was private to too much about their relationship and it was breaking her heart. I understand why the author did it but I didn't personally care for it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins




Rating: 3.5 Stars

Title: On Solid Ground

Author: Melissa Collins

Publisher: M Collins Author LLC

Genre: MM Romance

Length: 253 pages

Summary:

When Jacob "Dax" Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle - the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax's journey begins winding down an unexpected path.

Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax's broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.



Review:

This book actually covers a few hard subjects that people don't like to talk about or people just want to ignore these subjects like it really isn't a problem in our society. 

Does anyone ever fall in love at the right time? Beckett and Dax have so much going on in their personal lives before they meet each other. Do they have to make the decision if now is going to be a good time for a relationship?

I felt for both of these men, they both had their issues. They were both struggling but for different reasons. You were drawn in to their stories and wanted to push them in the direction they needed to go. You felt their struggles and it brought tears to my eyes in a few places. This book also had some of the funniest conversations too. Some of the things that are said and the way that they are said will have you laughing out loud. 

I did feel that it was rushed in places, but that's just my personal opinion don't take it to heart. You may not feel like that at all.