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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in book reviews

 

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Wanted (B&S Volume 2) By Kimberly Knight

English: Picture of San Francisco at Sunset. F...

English: Picture of San Francisco at Sunset. Français : San Francisco au coucher du soleil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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From the moment she first saw him running on the treadmill next to her, Spencer Marshall had fallen head over heels in love with Brandon Montgomery. After Spencer has a near-death experience she would rather forget, they do their best to move on with their lives, leaving their past behind them. Thankful for a fresh start and eager to move on with her life, Spencer focuses on helping her best friend Ryan Kennedy plan her wedding. Everything seems to be going as planned when someone from Brandon’s past reappears. Can Spencer and Brandon survive the coming days as they struggle to deal with ghosts from the past?

Sandy’s review:

This is the second book after Where I need to be.  It was still just O.K.  There was some drama with Brandon’s ex and people from his past but as soon as it started it ended.  This book was just like the last, I really was not attached to the characters and skimmed through the book.

Buy book here: Wanted (B&S) (Volume 2)

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Where I Need to be by Kimberly Knight

English: Vector image of the Las Vegas sign. P...

English: Vector image of the Las Vegas sign. Português: Imagems vectorial da placa de Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Spencer Marshall was done moping. After catching her boyfriend cheating with his secretary, she decides to have a girl’s weekend in Vegas with her best friend Ryan. Lady Luck must be looking out for Spencer, because that weekend will change her life forever. Despite what people say, not everything stays in Vegas.

Sandy’s review:

This book was O.K. but it felt more like a soap opera then a novel.  Spencer’s boyfriend of 2 years is caught cheating with his secretary, she morns, starts to recoup, see’s a hot guy and falls for him.  There are hot scenes in the book but the rest of the story doesn’t seem to hook me, I tended to just skim through the daily stuff that did not seem to add to the story.

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Stealing Harper by Molly McAdams

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Colton Haynes for Chase

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Chase Grayson has never been interested in having a relationship that lasts longer than it takes for him and his date to get dressed again. But then he stumbles into a gray-eyed girl whose innocence pours off her, and everything changes. From the minute Harper opens her mouth to let him know just how much he disgusts her, he’s hooked.

But a princess deserves a Prince Charming who can make her dreams come true. Not a guy who can turn her life into a nightmare.

All good intentions go out the window when Harper starts to fall for the guy Chase has come to view as a brother. He wanted to protect her by keeping her away, but he can’t stand to see her with anyone else, and he’ll do anything to make her his. But when it comes down to Harper choosing between the two, will Chase have the strength to step back from the girl who has become his whole world if it means she’ll be happy?

Lines will be crossed. Friendships will be put to the test. And hearts will be shattered.

Sandy’s Review:

I read this book knowing how it would end but I had to hear Chase’s side of the story and boy was it enlightening.  I really wanted to hate him at times while I was reading Taking Chances but couldn’t.  Now I know why, he was trying to be the better man by letting Harper go so she could be with some he thought she deserved, Brandon. After reading the last page I am heartbroken, I cried cause even though I knew what would happen it still hurt like hell.  I just hope Molly McAdams doesn’t pull this shit again cause her and I will no longer be friends.

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

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I Bet You

I Bet You (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“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 :))

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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 ChanningTatumUnwrapped.com. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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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From Ashes By Molly McAdams

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English: The Phoenix Firebird Deutsch: Der Phoenix Feuervogel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Cassidy Jameson’s best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she’s only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there’s something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can’t explain, only problem? He’s always telling Tyler that he doesn’t want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he’d called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn’t care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty’s Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage’s arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?

Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

Sandy’s Review:

I LOVE this book, If I had enough cash I would gift this book to every female I know.  Gage Carson brings to life that good old southern boy who listens to his mama, has respect for women, and will kick ass when necessary.  Cassidy Jameson is a survivor of extreme child abuse and wants to start over.  She decides to move to Texas with her best friend Tyler who of course has ulterior motives. She has relied on Tyler since she was a child so she cannot see what is obvious to everyone else. This book teaches you to communicate face to face with honesty or else things get totally screwed up.  Tyler takes advantage of everyone’s trust to manipulate situations but of course his true colors eventually shine through.  I don’t want to say anymore so everyone can experience this heart melting book for themselves.

~ Happy *sigh* reading

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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in book reviews

 

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