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Breaking Nova By Jessica Sorensen

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Book Description: (From Amazon)

Nova Reed used to have dreams of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she’s getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn’t want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he’s done, what he’s lost. He’s sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he’s too damaged to get close to her, yet she’s the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

Sandy’s Review:

Wow this book was a heavy read.  As a mother I felt heart broken for both of these kids.  At the start of their lives Nova and Quinton had to deal with great loss.  They both turned their feelings off by locking them away or numbing them with drugs or alcohol.  Nova’s mother seemed to just turn a blind eye to everything thinking that sooner or later her daughter would get better.  Quinton’s family blamed him and just turned their backs on him.  When they meet each other I can see why they gravitated towards one another, both sad, lost, and needing to feel something.  I was scared that Nova was going to latch onto Quinton because of the similarities to Landon and they would both go down in flames.  Nova does start to see the light and the need to fix herself before she tried to fix anyone else.  I was happy and sad with the ending; I wanted Nova to be strong enough to go on but I was afraid of Quinton alone with his demons.  If you like Jessica Sorensen’s stuff this will not disappoint.  I give this book 4 out of 5 starts because I did not like any of the other characters in the book, they were all wastes of space.

Buy the book here: Breaking Nova

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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in book reviews


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Hi All,

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. I started back to work in June and since I’ve been alil overwhelmed. I’ve kept up my reading but not my reviews. I’m going to make an effort on the weekend to put my reviews up. I have at least 20 books to review so they will be up ASAP. Thanks my faithful followers.

Happy Reading :0)

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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in book reviews


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Confessions of an Alli Cat by Courtney Cole

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Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Sexual Fantasies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Fifty Shades of Grey meets hilarious Contemporary Romance in this witty and sexy novel by Courtney Cole.

Caution! Only read this book if you want to laugh and are not offended by adult themes and language. This is not a Young Adult book.

“You know what they say…a happy vagina is a happy woman. Well, they might not say that, but they should.” -Alli

Thirty-five year-old Allison “Alli” Lancaster has it all–a fabulous job, a beautiful 15 year-old daughter, a hilarious BFF and a gorgeous house with a pool and Jacuzzi in an exclusive Las Vegas neighborhood. What she doesn’t have is a husband, because she kicked her lousy, cheating ex to the curb nine months ago. Since then, Alli has paid her dues with seemingly endless self-improvement and seemingly endless mourning. Now she’s ready to move on and try new things.

Alli’s idea of “trying new things” is nothing like that devil-of-a-best-friend of hers. Somehow, Sara, the devil of a best friend, talks Alli into trying out a sex toy, sleeping with a younger man and letting a stranger in a lab jacket put hot wax on a place that should never, ever, ever see wax. And that’s only the beginning.

Alli never saw her life going quite like this. She also never thought she’d meet someone else who had the very real potential to change her life forever.

But she did.

Enter the new guy. He’s gorgeous, refined and mature. He’s also marriage material. But that poses a problem for Alli, who renounced the institution of marriage when she renounced her ex. What’s a girl to do?

They say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But what the heck happens when you can’t leave Vegas? Well, you spin the wheel, of course. You play the game and let the chips fall where they may.

Alli just hopes she can find them all.

Sandy’s Review:

My sister gifted me this book because she was getting sick and tired of telling me to buy it.  The first two pages had me laughing my ass off.  Alli has so many crazy moments that I can’t say which on is my favorite: Her boss telling her she forgot to put on underwear on or her daughter walking in her room while she had tea bags on her freshly waxed crotch.  I’m not sure if I would have been able to handle the gigolo I slept with coaching my daughter or being the son of my new boss that I have a crush on.  I hope everyone woman was as batshit crazy well adjusted as her after a divorce.  This book has great embarrassing moments that will make you LOL.

~ Happy crazy reading 🙂

Purchase book here:Confessions of an Alli Cat (The Cougar Chronicles, #1)

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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in book reviews


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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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English: The Sea of Tranquility of the Moon. Infrared image in L band centred on 3.75 micrometres. Taken with the SIRCA camera by M. Gålfalk, G. Olofsson, and H.-G. Florén. Nordic Optical Telescope, Stockholm Observatory. More images can be found here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Book Description:

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Sandy’s Review:

Wow I have to say this is not what I expected.  Nastya and Josh are not your typical characters, they do not even act like they like each other for a good portion of the book, they just ‘get’ each other.  When I first started reading about Nastya I just wanted to know what the hell happened to this girl that she was so traumatized that she didn’t talk. Then I got pieces very slowly so it frustrated me at times, I can understand how the other characters in the book felt.

Josh was just dealt a shit hand in life.  He just wants to get through the last of his heartache and Nastya shows up.  When she just pushes her way into his life he just shrugs and lets her. She’s like him, neither of them give a damn, wants pity, or questions. He wants to remember, she wants to forget.

I have to say the romance is real because they gradually fall in love out of respect for each other and the realization that life is better together than apart.  Good YA read.

Purchase book here:The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in book reviews


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Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

"Ai," the traditional Chinese charac...

“Ai,” the traditional Chinese character for love (愛) consists of a heart (middle) inside of “accept,” “feel,” or “perceive,” which shows a graceful emotion. It can also be interpreted as a hand offering ones heart to another hand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle’s death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn’t get involved, but he can’t help himself. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.

Excerpt from Falling Into You:

It was just a single sob at first, a quick, hysterical inhalation. Then a second. And then I couldn’t stop it. Tears, a flood of them. I felt the sand grow cold and muddy under my face, felt my body shuddering uncontrollably. He didn’t tell me it was okay. He didn’t try to pull me against him or onto his lap. He kept his hand on my shoulder and sat silent next to me. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop. I’d let go, and now the river would flow un-dammed. No. No. I shook my head, clenched my teeth, lifted up and let myself fall down hard, sending a spear of pain spiderwebbing out from my arm. The pain was a drug, and I accepted it greedily. It was a dam, stemming the tide of tears….

Full length (80,000 word) New Adult Contemporary Romance: **Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language, and adult situations.

Sandy’s review:

This book describes how holding onto pain and guilt can really consume your whole world.  Nell and Colton have a loss in common Coltons younger brother Kyle.  Nell feels the guilt of Kyle saving her and then having to witness his death.  Colton feels the guilt of his shady life and not being there for his brother.  They both deal with their losses the same way, pain and alcohol.  I think everyone has felt such loss that they’ve wanted to cut it from their soul. These two are survivors in every sense of the word.

This is a lovely story about two lost souls that find and heal each other in every way possible.

On a side note, I love when authors add music to their stories it gives a better understanding of the characters and tone to the story.

Purchase it here: Falling Into You

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in book reviews


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The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken


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“I have a proposition for you…” Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all. Four days. She could do four days! But she wasn’t counting Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement. One thing is for certain. One brother is right for her. One wants a lifetime. And one is in league with the devil. She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood. * This is a New Adult novel. There is mild profanity and some sexual content.

Sandy’s Review:

My sister recommended this book to me and I have to say I laughed a lot.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was so happy with the ending.  Kacey is that girl that everyone has met in their life that is just more comfortable around the opposite sex and of course females are catty to her because of it. Jake and Travis Titus have been in her life since she was a child and events have brought her to the Titus house to do a favor for Jake.  Jake is now an arrogant billionaire playboy who wants to save face so he needs Kacey to play a part for him.  Travis on the other hand just wants to live the simple life and make up for all the years he’s tortured Kacey.  These three together have moments that will make you smile ear to ear because of the closeness they once shared and the “bet” that was made by two young boys.

~ Happy reading :))

Purchase here: The Bet

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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in book reviews


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Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

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English: Channing Tatum at the ‘Fighting’ press junket at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Taken by his official site (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father’s thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit; she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn’t expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.

She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate’s brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled…they’re exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she’s happy.

Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Sandy’s Review:

Molly McAdams has a thing for love triangles and boy was this one is a doozy. The two men in this book of course the good guy and the bad boy. Harper has lived a very structured life as a military brat so when she goes off to college she wants to experience everything. Of course she meets a gorgeous straight laced guy (Brandon) who sweeps her off her feet. Then there’s the bad boy (Chase) who she cannot resist. The drama from this situation is crazy at times and you feel relief once she chooses one but of course it is not that simple. Molly McAdams has to throw a curve ball in and I will never forgive her for it. This book was heartbreaking on every level, so make sure the Kleenex is not to far away.

Purchase book here:Taking Chances

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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in book reviews


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