Thursday, March 23, 2017

Release blitz + Review: "Wedlocked" by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank


Title: "Wedlocked"
Book 3 in series PresLocke
Main characters: Ace Locke and Dylan Prescott

Synopsis

Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them, 
Loved and encouraged them, 
Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine invite you to join

Ace Samuel Locke
And 
Dylan Prescott

Saturday the Twenty-Fourth of May
At Six-O’Clock in the Evening 
The Grand Floridian Hotel
4406 Palm Way
Orlando, Florida

For Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review ;) I was very eagerly awaiting for the conclusion to this absolutely amazing trilogy, because yes, it’s one of those situations when you really have to read all the books in order… ;) but let’s be honest, would you buy a book and start readng it from 70 %? no ;) and this whole trilogy revolves around the same couple, so I definitely recommend you, if you haven’t already, to read the first two books before diving into this one ;) it’s not like it will be a chore, because they are just as amazing as this one… ;) now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you guys a little bit more about this particular installment ;) and I will do my best to tell you some things about our main couple and the plot in general without spoilers if you are new to this series ;) plus some of my thoughts and feelings about everything ;)

So let me start with Ace and Dylan ;) *sighs dreamily* oh how I love those two… *sighs again because once is just not enough* ;) I will give you a little insight into how they met, because there’s not much about the actual plot of this installment that I can tell you without giving everything away ;) so Ace is a big movie star… he came out as gay about a year before the start of that first book… so he’s still struggling a bit, not really feeling absolutely comfortable with everything… but there is one person who caught his eye… yes, you guessed right, I’m talking about Dylan ;) or to be more precise, the huge poster of Dylan on one of the billboards ;) so imagine his surprise after few weeks of admiring him, when he actually meets him on the set of his newest movie… and by meets him I mean he almost runs him over with his car ;) #TrueStory ;) Dylan is definitely much more open and comfortable with his sexuality ;) I loved them both for different reasons, but the best scenes of those books were of them together… especially after some time, once they got to know each other better and opened up ;) Ace in particular ;) like I mentioned before, I don’t really want to say too much about all the events in these books, because first of all, it would be way too spoilerific and second of all, the less details you actually know, the better the surprises along the way will be ;) what I can share with you, is that their relationship is absolutely amazing ;) I adored how they started with this insanely hot attraction and from that it evolved into so much more… and the more I read about them, the more I wanted, so I’m definitely happy we got three books instead of just one about them… if were being totally honest, I could totally read a few more… ;)

When it comes to secondary characters in this book… well, now the situation gets a bit more complicated… but don’t worry and just let me explain ;) this trilogy is actually the first story written by any of these authors that I had the pleasure of reading… definitely not the last, because of reasons I will get to right now ;) what I mean is that since I wasn’t familiar with their individual work, the majority, if not all of the secondary characters from this book and the whole trilogy, were actually brand new to me… ;) but after doing a little bit of research… and by that I mean it was written at the end of this book ;) I quickly discoverd that basically every couple mentioned in these stories basically already got their own book ;) which on the one hand, was definitely a plus to all you people who knew them, because then those scenes meant that much more ;) but on the other hand, for people who knew no one… well, there were moments when I was a bit overwhelmed by all the details about all of them shared on a page or two… ;) don’t get me wrong, it definitely worked, in a way that I will absolutely read ALL those other stories, because those couples were awesome ;) but sometimes it was hard to remember all the details ;)

This third installment, just like the previous two, was written in 2 POVs, which means we got parts of the story from Ace’s perspective, and other parts from Dylan’s point of view… and it was done so amazingly well… not to mention that I still can’t believe that those stories are written by two separate authors… ;) these two do such a phenomenal work of blending together their styles that… *sighs happily* I inhaled all three of those books in record time, because I just couldn’t put them down… ;) and especially this third one is like a big epilogue ;) not to mention that there is an actual epilogue at the end of it, that totally made me cry… happy tears, don’t worry ;) I have only great things to say about this book, and this series in general ;) it’s sexy, and by that I mean *fans myself* do NOT read it in public, trust me… ;) it’s hilarious… I burst into laughter more than once, and it didn’t matter if I read it on my way to work and started laughing out loud on the subway, but I just couldn’t help myself ;) but it’s also very sweet and emotional when you least expect it… there are some vulnerable scenes that got straight to my heart… ;) so basically it gave me all the feels… all of them I tell ya ;) so if by any chance you haven’t read it yet, definitely remedy this situation right now, and go one-click the whole series… it will be worth it… ;) go on, do it now, you can thank me later… ;) I promise I won’t gloat about how right I was… ;)




And don't forget about the first two books in the series :)

#1 Aced

#2 Locked

About the author -> Ella Frank:

Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

About the author -> Brooke Blaine:

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her 'quiet time.' Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

Brooke enjoys writing sassy contemporary romance, whether in the form of comedy, suspense, or erotica. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you'd like to get in touch with her, she's easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that's dominated her cell phone for ten years.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

XOXO

A

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: "Goodbye paradise" by Sarina Bowen


Author: Sarina Bowen
Book 1 in series Hello goodbye
Main characters: Caleb Smith and Joshua "Josh" Royce

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) although technically it's not really an ARC... let me explain... this book was actually published before under a pseudonym and a different title, but the author herself told us all about it in her blog post that I'm gonna leave the link for right -> here <- :) so instead let me concentrate on telling you all about this story :) because, and that is a given when it comes to Sarina and her books, I absolutely loved it... was it perfect? not exactly, but I couldn't help inhaling it and absolutely loving every minute of it :) #NoRegrets :) are you guys ready for some more details? worry not, spoilers free as always :)

I have to start with our main couple... Caleb and Josh grew up in a cult... in the middle of nowhere... they were best friends for the longest time, but Josh definitely had other feelings for Caleb... so imagine his surprise when after Josh has been kicked out and dropped like a thing and not a person on the side of the road, which Caleb warned him might happen, he is joined by none other than the man of his dreams himself... apparently the run-away-together plan was always in the works... as friends of course... ;) so they decide to get to one place they know they'll get help, to Maggie's farm... who also run away a few years before them... I know that this explanation is all vague, but I don't want to get into too many details, especially since it's all described sooo much better in the book :) so instead let me tell you how much I adored both Caleb and Josh... since Caleb's family was more important in the cult, he is much more independent and knows more about the outside world... that makes him also more confident... Josh is definitely much more insecure, but after running away from that horrible place, his confidence slowly starts to grow... I adored both of them :) especially that there is a reason, which is pretty obvious for us readers, but it takes Josh a moment to realize, why Caleb was so determined to join Josh on the run... ;) they are absolutely wonderful together, and seeing them discover all those feelings between them... *sighs dreamily* Sarina did such an amazing job with it :) I sort of don't really want to tell you much more about what exactly happens with them and how they come to terms with everything that happened with them and around them, cause I think it will be a much better experience for you if you actually know less... ;) if that makes sense.. ;)

Another great thing I need to mention when it comes to a book written by the lovely Sarina is... secondary characters :) no matter how many of them there are in the story, they always add soooo much :) in case of this particular story I want to mention Maggie and her husband Daniel :) they welcome both of them into their home with open arms, helping them adjust to living in the outside world, and teaching them everything they need to know to become more independent... they have troubles of their own along the way, but are so supportive... :) there were actually quite a few more, but I want to leave them as a surprise for you... :) after all, it would be boring to know every important person to the story before actually reading it, now would it? ;)

Long story short, I absolutely loved this book... :) it was yet another easily given 5 stars rating... :) I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is just something about Sarina's writing style... her unique brand of mixing hilarious and sexy scenes with much more serious and emotional ones... her way of creating flawed characters that we cheer for from the very start... even if they make mistakes along the way that makes us want to smack them on their heads... ;) #TrueStory ;) this particular book is written in 2 POVs, which means that we get parts of the book from Caleb's perspective, and then other parts from Josh's point of view... and that is definitely my favourite writing style :) I inhaled this book very quickly, and can definitely highly recommend it to you guys :) it's was such a warm story, that made me wanted to curl under a blanket and hug both of the main characters... :) so absolutely go one-click this gem, so you can see for yourselves how lovely it is :)

XOXO

A

Review: "Altercation" by Mignon Mykel


Author: Mignon Mykel
Book 2 in series Prescott family
Main characters: Porter Prescott and Asher Spence

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review ;) this book… *sighs* this book gave me all the feels… I can honestly say that out of all the stories I read from her, this one is my favourite… without a doubt ;) and I say that without even knowing how it will end… ;) let me explain ;) this particular book is the first part of a duology ;) and said duology is actually part of a bigger series about members of one family… but those two books revolve around the same couple… and worry not, even if you haven’t read anything else written by her, you can definitely enjoy this story… although I would highly recommend you to read at least two novellas, each of them shining light on the pasts of our main couple: „Troublemaker” is about Porter and „Breakaway” is about Asher… you don’t have to read them, but I truly believe it will give you a much better insight into both of them from the very start… ok, now that this whole explanation is out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about the book itself… ;)

I am still trying my best to gather all my thoughts about this story… so how about I will tell you a bit more about our main couple first, maybe that will help ;) Porter is the youngest… I want to say sibling, because I’m sure he’s definitely the youngest brother, but I don’t think there’s anyone younger than him when it comes to his sisters as well ;) anyway… ;) he’s part of this huge family, and even though everything wasn’t perfect between them all the time, you can’t deny that they love and support each other when it really matters ;) Porter is definitely stubborn, confident, and he has been fighting for his independence from his early years, acting rebelious and such ;) but he is a good guy at heart… and he actually acts in a very mature way, especially if you take into consideration the fact, that at the beginning of this novel he’s only 19 ;) he’s a hockey player, which is no surprise, considering that basically his whole family is connected to that sport in one way or another ;) he meets Asher, when he’s about to move away to join a hockey team ;) now when it comes to Asher… *sighs heavily* oh how my heart broke for that girl… because I read her novella before, I knew exactly what kind of demons haunted her… but if you won’t, you will slowly figure out what happened to her… she’s 17 when we meet her, almost 18… and if you’re wondering why she’s on her own, all I can say without spoilers is that she was a foster kid and now she’s emancipated… she met Porter when someone from his family crashed their car into hers… ;) don’t worry, it’s nothing serious or life-threatening ;) but his whole family immediately gathered her under their wings when they learn that she’s on her own without an actual plan or anything… she’s very closed off and distant, not really knowing what to do with a hurricane that is the Prescott clan ;) we get to know her more along with Porter… I don’t really want to say anything else about either one of them, mainly because…

The book takes place over the span of about five years… yes, that’s right, you read that corectly… five years… and that’s not even the end of their story… ;) but it’s only logical, since theirs is definitely a slow burn romance… as in very slow… ;) there is definitely that little spark of interest when they initially meet, but it takes a few weeks for both of them to admit… although at the beginning only to themselves internally ;) that they keep thinking about each other… and it takes a few more months, and one very sneakily organized visit ;) for them to admit that to each other ;) I absolutely loved how patient he was with her… because once he realized that there is something special about her, and that he is so drawn to her, he prepared a plan… a long term plan ;) and to be honest I don’t really want to get into too many details about anything else… ;) what I can say, is that it was absolutely amazing to see how he and his patience helped her get out of her shell… how she opened up to him more and more with time… and since we have the opportunity to see them over the course of five years, we can truly see those changes… it was a beautifully written, honest relationship with its ups and downs… all sorts of hilarious, sexy moments, as well with truly heartbreaking and emotional ones as well… I have only praises to say about how Mignon portrayed them here… this is deifnitely one of those situations where the less you know about what’s gonna happen, the better your experience will be… because I did not know what to expect out of this story, and it absolutely blew my mind… ;)

The main couple is definitely not the only bright part of this book ;) there were lots of secondary characters that absolutely stole my heart… the biggest group of them all of course the whole Prescott family… I am NOT gonna name all of them, because we would be here all day, but I will say that I absolutely hope that at least some of them will have their own stories at some point in the future, because certain things are teased and mentioned here, and I would love to know more… ;) all the different interactions between them were definitely one of the best parts of this story ;) but I need to mention one more person, Nico ;) he’s Porter’s teammate and roommate throughout the bigger part of the story and I absolutely loved him ;) I definitely wouldn’t mind reading about his happily ever after ;) again, I don’t really want to say to you guys about any particular details and / or situations regarding those people, because that way I would definitely spoil you some surprises along the way ;)

Long story short… although I’m not sure I can say that looking at my review… ;) but either way, I absolutely loved this book… it has 2 POVs, which means we get parts from Porter as well as Asher perspectives throughout it, and that’s definitely my favourite writing style ;) not only that, but Mignon did such phenomenal job with their story… *sighs happily* I laughed, aaawww-ed and cried when I read it… or to be more precise, I sobbed… so I’m really glad that I read that particular part of it at home… this story gave me all the feels… and that ending… damn… just… damn… I can’t tell you anything about it, not even a hint, but let me just say, I am very glad that the conclusion to their story comes out next week… trust me, even that week will be too long to wait to see how all of this will end… I highly recommend you guys this book… if you know Mignon’s writing style, you can at least guess what to expect of it… compelling characters who are flawed in the most honest and human way and a story that will keep you glued to the pages… to all of you who are new to her… you guys, this is the best way to start your journey with this amazing author… ;) go one-click this gem right now :)

XOXO

A

Monday, March 20, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #56

Book haul
Biggest room-cleanse ever
And
Yet another book-buying-binge 

Welcome my awesome people :) I have so many fun things to share with you guys... well, definitely fun for me ;) hopefully you'll be able to join me in my enthusiasm and all... ;) and since I don't want to waste any time today, let us jump straight into those headlines :) and yes, today we will go with a proper order :) so let's start at that beginning :)

I have another book haul to share with you guys today :) it's the one from my march book budget :) and I am soooo happy with all the books I got, because more than half of them are the ones I haven't actually read yet, so I will have the pleasure of reading them for the first time the way I love doing it the most :) with an actual book in my hands instead of an e-book :) so let me start with the few I already am familiar with, and then I will end with another few I am very eager to read in the near future :)

The first book I want to show you is "Blaze of memory" by Nalini Singh :) it's another installment in her Psy-changeling series :) it's a paranormal / urban fantasy world too complicated for me to get into all the details right now :) this particular book is not one of my favourite ones in this series, but I got it now, cause it was on a fantastic sale :) and hey, since I want to have all of them at some point in the future, why not take advantage of the situation :)


The second story I want to share with you is "Romancing Mr Bridgerton" by Julia Quinn, part of her Bridgertons series of historical romances, where each book revolves around a different sibling from one hilarious family :) I don't love all her books, but this series is absolutely amazing :) and this one is my favourite book in it :) so naturally I had to have it on my shelf :)


The last book I already read, and don't worry, we have four others left in this book haul ;) is "Cloak and silence" by Sherrilyn Kenyon, a novella from her The league series :) it's my second favourite story in this paranormal series with some sci-fi vibes in it :) I love it, because all those books are filled with sarcastic humor, surprising twists, action and characters to die for :) I highly recommend for you guys to check them out :)


Now about those brand-new-yet-unread-by-me-books :) the first one of those is "Dark hearts" by Micalea Smeltzer, the newest addition to her Light in the dark series of contemporary romances :) they all can be read as standalones, but I highly recommend you to read them all, preferably in order ;) my lovely sister J already read it, and has nothing but praises to tell about it, so I am very much looking forward to inhale this amazing story... and then tell you all about it :)


The last three books I want to share with you guys are all part of one series :) and I am talking about the three available as of now stories in The Ravenels series by the amazing Lisa Kleypas :) it's her newest historical romance series, and I absolutely cannot wait to dive into it :) I love her writing style, especially in that genre, so why limit myself to just one book... I decided to get all of them... :) usually I wait for the entire series to come out before I start reading it, but I just couldn't wait any longer... especially after I heard who will be the hero of that third book :) I won't spoil it for anyone who might not be familiar with her other work, but people who read *that* story... you know... *sighs happily* you understand me :)


Now that my collection is getting bigger and bigger, I no longer can squeeze all my books on two shelves... so now I have three, with potential for future development... ;) *sighs dreamily* look at all the pretty books :)


That book-shelves change is actually connected to much bigger ones... :) let me explain... :) I spent... well, not just me, but me and my amazing sister J :) by the way, I owe her sooo much for that :) because we spent the majority of sunday on the biggest cleanse of my room ever... :) #NoJoke :) I got rid of about 10 garbage bags of stuff from my room... not to mention the few hundred books I have now piled in one place (and two boxes) and will be selling online in the upcoming weeks :) I told you it was the biggest room-cleanse ever :) and even though I'm so tired after all that, I also feel... truly amazing :) like there's this weight lifted off of me :) it's hard to explain :) I've been thinking about doing it for quite some time, and it finally was the right moment :) and I have a feeling that this is just one of the first changes around me... ;) to be continued... ;)

The last thing I want to share with you guys today is... well... it's a confession actually... :) I mentioned it a few times before, but if you don't remember, I will say it again :) I have a problem when it comes to buying books :) I love it, and that is the main reason why I have to have a strict monthly budget :) and I do my best to stick to it each month :) and usually I'm doing sooooo good... but recently I got a little bit more income in my account and we all know what that means... yes, I decided to spend all that extra money on books :) #NoShame #NoRegrets :) I bought another seven books :) *squeels with joy* I absolutely cannot wait till they get to me, so I can add them on my shelves... so yeah... expect yet another book haul in the upcoming few weeks... ;)

Ok, that is a wrap people :) I hope you enjoyed my #RandomRamblings this week :) as always, I absolutely love to interact with you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, cause I am there every day :) you can try me on Twitter or Instagram as well, but those two are constant #WorkInProgress ;)

XOXO

A

Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: "Managed" by Kristen Callihan


Title: "Managed"
Book 2 in series VIP
Main characters: Gabriel "Scottie" Scott and Sophie Darling

I honestly think that there is only one way for me to start this review... J, you were absolutely right :) now let me explain that ;) this book came out quite a few months ago, and J, my awesome sister, read it pretty quickly after that... as soon as she finished, she said that I should get to it ASAP, because I would love this story... as you can see by the date of this review, I did not listen to her... and I really should have... ;) because this book could not have been more perfect for me, unless they would write "for A" as a dedication inside... ;) I loved every aspect of it :) so now it's time to fall on my knees and beg for forgiveness to my oh so much smarter sister... J, you were sooo right... :) I'd say that in the future I would always listen to your recommendations, but I think we both know I can be pretty stubborn, so those types of situations will definitely happen again ;) but you can always look forward to me admitting you were right in my reviews, so there's that :) now that we have this part out of the way, let me just add, before going into all the awesomeness of this book, that even though it's the second story in a series, it works perfectly well as a standalone, so you don't need to catch up on the previous book to totally enjoy this one :) now let me tell you a bit more about our main couple... :)

We met Gabriel, because I can never again call him just "Scottie" after reading this story... *sighs dreamily* anyway... :) we did met Gabriel in that first book, but he appeared just in a few scenes, so even if you haven't read it, you haven't missed much :) Gabriel is the manager of Kill John, one of the hottest rock bands... they all went to school together, so they are also friends... I will go back to the members of the band a bit later :) Gabriel is the epitome of elegance... always in a suit, with his british accent, and that keep-your-distance attitude... he knows everything about everyone and takes care of everyone as well... his nickname could easily be mother hen ;) it all comes from certain events in his past that I can't share here, but after I read about them, I understood him so much better... Sophie on the other hand... oh, she was such a fun character :) I loved how honest she was :) she was also very talkative... as in you never know what's gonna come out next out of fer mouth :) and I abolutely loved that about her :) she meets Gabriel on a plane, on her way to a job interview and they have a very... interesting journey together :) I'm not gonna say aything else... you have to experience it for yourselves :) little does she know, she's gonna be working for him as a photographer and social media consultant for the band on their new tour :)

Theirs is definitely a slow burn romance... it all starts with Sophie being practically the only one who's not really afraid of him and who just sort of ignores his cold demeanor and all the walls he has around him that keep people at a distance... and even though he might not admit it out loud, he enjoys it... so they start off as a very unlikely friends... but the more time they actually spend together, the more all those feelings between them grow... and once those sparks start to fly... *fans herself* be prepared to burst into flames people ;) but what I think I love most about them, is how honest they are with each other... yes, sometimes it takes a while for them to open up about some very private and secret parts of their lives, but there are no games between them... they actually act like adults they are... you know, talking and communicating with each other using words and all that... :) it's not as common as I would like it to be in books :) so I'm very happy every time I see it :)

When it comes to secondary characters in this story, there were quite a few of them, but none as entertaining as the members of Kill John :) there's Killian, along with his significant other Liberty :) they were the main characters in that first book :) plus we have also Jax, Whip and Rye :) all of them with very distinctive personalities :) I honestly have to say that I really enjoyed that first book in this series, but this one is definitely much better, and I think a huge part in me feeling that way is connected to all the interactions with those guys... :) they were practically absent in that first story, which is connected to some stuff that happened, that I won't spoil you in case you haven't read it yet... but here, we have all of them in one place, on tour, spending time with each other and those scenes... those scenes when they are all together, making jokes and supporting each other... those were some of my favourite ones in the entire book :) I cannot wait to see which one of them will get the next story in this series :) although I want to read all of them, so it doesn't really matter :)

If you're still not sure about my feelings about this book, let me say it one more time :) it was absolutely amazing :) written in 2 POVs, which gave us an opportunity to get inside both Sophie's an Gabriel's heads, is definitely my favourite writing style :) not only that, but I am a huge fan of Kristen Callihan... she is such a phenomenal author... always able to create the perfect mix of hilarious, sexy and vulnerable... giving us stories and characters we immediately fall in love with and then read chapter after chapter with zero regard to the time passing by or our other obligations, because we simply need to know how it will all end :) so if you are looking for a contemporary romance that will sweep you off your feet and make you forget about anything else, look no further and pick this one up right now :) learn from my mistakes... :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: "Pull me close" by Sidney Halston


Book 1 in series Panic
Main characters: Nico "Nick" Moreno and Katherine Wilson

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) and I can't believe it took me this long to pick this one up... it's been sitting on my kindle for a few months and damn... now I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner :) because it was absolutely fantastic :) it was my very first book ever written by the lovely Sidney Halston, and trust me... it will definitely not be the last, because I fell in love with her writing style ... *sighs happily* :) so without wasting any more time, let me dive into everything that I loved about this book :)

First, I have to tell you a bit more about our main couple... *sighs dreamily* they were both oh so amazing... and don't mistakenly think that I meant by that, that they were perfect, far from it... but both being in their early thirties, they actually have some experiences behind them that shaped them into people they are today... Katherine for example suffers from severe anxiety and panic attacks... it's connected to certain events she was a part of years earlier, but I absolutely cannot get more into it in this spoiler-free review... she meets Nico when she has a panic attack in his night club and faints... you might wonder, what she was doing there with her anxiety... well, she did her best to be a part of her sister's bachelorette party... Nico, like I mentioned before is co-owner of "Panic", a famous night club with his brother Matt... more about him in a second ;) and when she meets Katherine for the first time, she just thinks she's another junkie that might ruin the reputation of his club... it's Matt whose much nicer to her from the start... it takes much more time for Nico to even start to believe that there is more to her story than what he originally thought... it's definitely connected to all the stuff that happened to him in the past, but again... since no-spoilers rule I won't say anything else :)

Theirs is definitely a slow burn romance... at least at first... :) because it takes time for him to really understand her situation and to give them a try.. and even after that, it's not easy... actually, the portrayal of Katherine's fears and anxieties is one of the best parts of the book... I don't have personal experiences with those types of things, but the way Sidney Halston wrote her, and all those scenes when she suffers from panic attacks or when her fears overwhelm her... it was heartbreaking... but at the same time she showed us that Katherine is still a sassy person, with courage, who wants to get better :) the journey she goes through in this book is absolutely amazing :) equally amazing as the relationship she starts with Nico :) I don't want to get into too many details about each of them, because I think the less you know going into this book, the better for your experience :) although I need to add that I found my second favourite term of endearment in this book... first being "luv" *sighs dreamily* I don't know if something will top that :) but now my second favourite one is the way Nico calls her "corazon" and I swear, every time I read it, my own heart melted... *sighs dreamily*

Not only our main couple was amazing, but the secondary characters were great as well :) but out of them all, my attention was only on Matt :) Nico's twin brother was such a fun person to be around :) he seems like this easy-going guy, but there is more to him than that :) especially since we got certain glimpses in this book about different sides of him and one or two teasers about what his book might be about and let me tell you... I need that book, like right now :) at least it's already confirmed that he will get the next story, and we just have to wait a few more months... *sighs* the wait is defintiely gonna be long, but at least it's coming :) so you have to read this book, so we can suffer together ;)

This was a book written in my favourite style, with 2 POVs, which means we got chapters from both main characters points of view... and I always adore when we get to see what's inside their heads... :) not to mention that the writing style in general was flawless... I mean... absolutely phenomenal... the way she wrote about Katherine and her struggles felt so honest, raw and real... it definitely helped me understand how those kind of problems feel... and Nico... *sighs dreamily* he was no boy, not even a guy... he was a man... :) in control, who knew what he wanted and worked towards reaching those goals... it was so refreshing to read about adults acting like adults and not hormonal teenagers :) no, they weren't perfect, but they were flawed in the most real way... I adored every part of that book and can highly recommend you to pick it up ASAP, because you all need this amazing story in your lives... and once you read it, you can help me spread the word and help others find it as well :)

XOXO

A

Monday, March 13, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #55

What-to-read-next dilemma
Sick again
And
My newest guilty pleasure

Hello my lovely people :) this week once again we will go and embrace that chaos ;) because I've been a little bit MIA lately, and it's very connected to the middle of those headlines, so how about I will start right there :)

I spent the bigger portion of last week sick... ugh... I hate when that happens... you're going on about your life, busy as always, and then your body says *not this week* :) no worries, it wasn't anything serious, just a nasty cold, but still... I had to stay home and fight with a stupid fever and other not so pleasant stuff... which turned me into a lazy sloth and my brain to mush... but all is much better now :) that is the reason why I wasn't as active here or on my social media this week... I just didn't have the energy for it... I hope you will forgive me for that... but when it comes to much better news, once I started feeling better, I got to work on catching up with all my reviews... because there were quite a few of them waiting for me to finish... or to be more precise, to actually write and then edit them :) but it's all good now, and you will definitely see some of them this week ;)

Now how about we circle back to the beginning of those headlines... the ever present what-to-read-next dilemma... *sighs* ;) I may joke around about it, and you may not really understand it, but there are times when that particular question can almost give me anxiety... #NoJoke... let me try to explain... I love to read... that's pretty much a given, because I wouldn't have a book blog if I didn't love it :) and trust me, I am NOT complaining that I am able to get ARCs of upcoming books from different sources and / or free books from authors... but what it does, is definitely make my decisions about what to read next that much harder... because on the one hand, I have all those ARCs and others, and some of them with a deadline... but on the other hand, there are so many books I just simply *want* to read... and the dilemma is very real... :) so I've decided to change my reading schedule a bit to accomodate all those feelings... :) I used to read many books at once, but that was a very long time ago... and very quickly I realized that I can't focus my attention properly on them when I read so many... so I changed it to one-book-at-a-time... and it worked wonderfully for me for the longest time... but now, I think I need to change it again... so I will compromise, and change it to two books at a time :) which will definitely be a very common occurence in the upcoming months :) that way, one of those books will always be an ARC and such, so I won't get stressed out thinking I'm failing as a book blogger :) but the second one will be one of my own paperbacks that I really want to get through or one of the e-books that have been on my #BookWishlist forever, but I always put them aside thinking I don't have the time... now I will just make time, because I refuse to keep putting them off for any longer... :) it might seem silly to you, but honestly, I'm feeling sooo much better after making that decision :) how are you guys deciding what to read next? do you have monthly to-be-read lists? because that doesn't work for me personally :) my reading mood changes so frequently that I absolutely cannot plan in advance what to read :) but I'm very curious about how you guys decide all that :) let me know :)

Last but not least, I need to tell you guys about my newest guilty pleasure.. I discovered this TV show by total accident, watched the trailer online, decided to give it a try and... well, it's my newest obsession :) I binge-watched all available episodes over the weekend and now I'm hooked :) jugde all you want, because I simply don't care :) I thought I was too old to enjoy this sort of drama show, but truth be told, it's totally addictive... :) #NoShame :) and the show I'm talking about is "Riverdale" :) I will have the trailer for it below :) and if after watching it, you will be as obsessed with the music from it as I was, I'll have that song below for you as well :)



Ok, that is a wrap people :) I hope you enjoyed my post today :) I promise to be more active this week, now that I'm almost one hundred percent healthy again :) after all, I have all sorts of great plans for this week... but I will tell you all about them next time ;) I love to interact with you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account cause I'm there every day :) you can try my Twitter and Instagram accounts as well, but that is constantly #WorkInProgress :)

XOXO

A

Monday, March 6, 2017

Blog tour + Giveaway + Review: "The cad and the co-ed" by Penny Reid and L. H. Cosway


Authors: Penny Reid and L. H. Cosway
Title: "The cad and the co-ed"
Book 3 in series Rugby
Main characters: Bryan Leech and Eilish Cassidy

Synopsis

THE CAD

Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED

Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN

Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review ;) initially I gave it 5 stars, but I think that was because I really, really, REALLY wanted to give it those stars... ;) but after thinking about it for a few days, I had to change it for 4,5 stars ;) so it's not a huge change, but... you know, now I feel better ;) I will try my best and explain to you guys all my feelings about this book, because make no mistakes, it was absolutely amazing :) and even though it was book #3 in this series, it works perfectly well as a standalone :) so how about I will get straight into all my thoughts about this particular story :)

Let me start with our main couple... :) Eilish and Bryan... *sighs* the same thing happened in this book as in the previous one... I did not expect to love the hero as much as I did... because as was with Sean earlier, Bryan very unexpectedly stole my heart... I have no idea how those two authors do it... I'm sure before going into the book that I will have problems with certain things, and then I read chapter after chapter and before I know what is happening, I'm in love... and it was not an easy thing to do this time, because Bryan was not a likeable character at the beginning... in the first chapter we saw him during his *party days* and the way he treated Eilish after their night together was bad... so imagine my surprise, when I saw him after the time jump... those five years totally changed him :) now he was actually acting like a grandpa, with his glasses and tea and complaining about the neighbours and their loud parties... ;) I kid you not ;) we see him again when he's been about 18 months sober and I loved this new version of him... :) Eilish on the other hand... *sighs* ok, so I think the first thing you need to know about my feelings toward her, is that I am not a fan of the whole secret baby thing... and if this book would have been written by anyone else, I would not read it... but I trusted these authors to make it good, and they delivered as good as I hoped it would be ;) it's still not my thing, but it didn't annoy me in this one ;) Eilish made the best decision she could in the circumstances she was in, and I don't judge her for that... when she comes back home and sees Bryan again, it takes her a while to tell him the truth... on the one hand, I tried to understand her fears about the whole situation and why it took her a while to get to it... although if we're being honest, it was sooner that I expected, although still it took her too long ;) once that huge information is out of the way, the rest of the book revolves around them working things out, which is much harder now that they both know about the son they have together :) I feel like I'm a little bit all over the place with this review, but that's only because I have sooo many thoughts running inside my head and they all want to come out at the same time ;) hopefully you'll be able to follow my train of thoughts ;) so the last thing I want to tell you about our main couple is, that I really enjoyed their story, although... and I can't quite put my finger on why... I had troubles connecting with Eilish... maybe because I wasn't a fan of some of the decisions and the way she reacted about certain things... especially that one situation towards the end I absolutely cannot share details about, because it was too spoilerific, but... I think that's why I had to take that 0,5 star from the rating :)

When it comes to secondary characters, this lovely duo of writers once again gave us a great balance of the ones we already know and new ones :) and I want to mention one person in each category ;) first of all, Sean... :) I am still amazed by how much I love Sean :) he was the hero of the previous book in this series, but like I mentioned before, you don't need to read it to enjoy this one :) but I absolutely adored to see a guy that could have a nickname Sean The Meddler ;) #TrueStory ;) he was protective of Eilish, but was not afraid to tell her the harsh truth when she needed to hear it :) when it comes to new people, and I am totally hoping he will get the next book in this series, I totally fell in love with William :) he was one of the rugby players in the team and Bryan's roommate :) 

All in all I really enjoyed this story... apart from the little things that bothered me, or things I still have troubles putting my finger on, it was a great book :) the writing style is always amazing with these two authors... I am a huge fan of them individually and when they co-wrote stories together :) I especially adored the hilarious Twitter exchanges at the beginnings of each chapter :) once again, we got a book written in 2 POVs, which means we got chapters from Eilish's and Bryan's perspectives, and it's definitely my favourite style :) I love to be able to get inside both main characters heads :) this story had lots of hilarious moments, but also a whole bunch of much more emotional and vulnerable ones as well... I still don't know how two people can work together so well and create a story that flows effortlessly and when you can't tell who wrote what part... :) you just keep turning page after page because you need to know what's gonna happen next :) and although I might not loved this particular story as much as I did their other work, both individually and as a team, but I can still wholeheartedly recommend you guys this book and this series in general :) because those authors are amazing and you all need to get to know their work :)



a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author -> Penny Reid


Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

About the author -> L. H. Cosway


L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

XOXO

A

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #54

Another book-ish addiction
March movie madness
And 
Songs of the moment 

Ok people... this post is not gonna be very long... or to be more precise, it will be filled with videos and trailers more than usual, which is a coincidence, but a very happy one, since I am not feeling very well at the moment... ugh... finally it's such a beautiful weather outside, spring and everything... and here I am, fighting with a cold and coughing my lungs out... *sighs* but enough complaining :) let's focus on more fun stuff... :) and this time I will go with the order of the headlines :)

So first of all... I have a confession to make... remember when at the beginning of the year I told you guys that one of my book-ish resolutions was to read all the books I got through NetGalley and from authors last year, before this year is over? :) and I was doing soooo good with it :) crossing them off my list and everything... I was doing so well in fact, that I decided to browse NetGalley a little bit, and request some books, thinking there's no way I would be accepted to all of them... yeah... I can count the books I was denied on the fingers of one hand... so long story short, I now have 50+ books from NetGalley ONLY from this year... you guys, I have a problem... so I decided to ban myself from requesting any new books until I dig myself out of that #BookMountain... :) my onle exceptions are new books from the authors I'm working with, when I'm part of their ARC teams :) and one publisher, that I absolutely adore that have such fantastic stories on NetGalley... but that's it... nothing else... I need to catch up on stuff before things go out of control even more :) hopefully now that I declared that publically, I will stick to it ;)

Now that march has started, it marks the beginning of my favourite season when it comes to movies... :) usually it's a little bit closer to april / may, but this year... oh, this year there are so many awesome things in march :) and what I'm talking about is that time of the year, when basically every week there is a movie in cinema, that I want to see... fantasy, action or mix of both... those are the movies I loooove seeing on the big screen :) so I wanted to share with you guys some of them, along with their trailers, that I'm planning to see this month :) fingers crossed I will get to watch all of them :) first is a movie I actually saw last week, "XXX return of Xander Cage" :) it wasn't bad, but it wasn't phenomenal either... but it was an entertaining evening, so I don't regret watching it :)


Next one is "Logan" and I'm actually not sure if I will be able to catch it on the big screen... I hope I will go this friday, but it all depends on if I will feel better... :) I'm definitely curious to see this particular chapter of Wolverine's story, so... fingers crossed :)


Movie #3, and I am definitely going to see that one is "Kong: skull island" :) originally I didn't have it on my wishlist, but the trailer really intrigued me and now I'm curious... :) we shall see how I will feel about it after I actually watch it :)


One before last in march is actually my most anticipated release of the year :) me and my sister J already have our pre-ordered tickets for the night it premieres here :) *squeels with joy* I'm talking of course about "Beauty and the beast" :) although the closer to the movie, the more I'm starting to think, that maybe I have way too high expectations for it, and I'm afraid I will be disappointed... hopefully not :)


The last one I'm hoping to catch in march, although I'm not sure if I will be able to, is "Power rangers" :) again, it's not really a movie I was anticipating, but then I saw the trailer, and now I'm kind of curious about it :) so if I will have the time, I will definitely go check it out :)


Before I will finish this post, I wanted to share with you guys not one, not two, but actually three songs that are stuck in my head lately :) I absolutely adore all of them for different reasons, and hopefully you'll enjoy them too ;)




Ok, that is a wrap people :) as always, I love connecting with you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, cause I check those every day :) you can try me on Twitter or Instagram, but those two are constant #WorkInProgress... ;) I don't have the time to keep up with all the social media accounts... ;)

XOXO

A

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Release blitz + Review: "All the frogs in Manhattan" by Carrie Aarons


Author: Carrie Aarons
Standalone
Main characters: Oliver Anders and Gemma Morgan

Synopsis

You know how Cinderella had the whole glass slipper, pumpkin carriage, fairy godmother thing?

Yeah…with foot-destroying stilettos, Uber, and a Twitter horoscope, my life is far from a happily ever after. 

In fact, instead of Prince Charming, I end up dating every slimy, scaly, brainless frog in the kingdom of Manhattan. And by frog, I mean all of the stereotypical bad guys that Mom and Lifetime movies warned you about.

The meathead player.
The mommy's boy.
The namedropper.
The cheapskate.

If they suck at relationships, I’ve probably kissed those cold, clammy lips in the hopes of finding love. Until one day, when one man with commitment issues offers to help me find the Romeo to my Juliet.

But what happens when the frog, who was never supposed to turn into a prince, kisses you at midnight? Ok fine, he propositioned me for some afternoon delight after brunch, but not everything can be straight out of a fairytale.

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) I was a bit apprehensive before reading this one... don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but the thing is... I wasn't the biggest fan of her previous story, but I AM a huge fan of her writing style, so I had some mixed feelings going into this book... but man oh man... I loved it soooo much :) this one definitely clicked for me :) it's a standalone contemporary romance set in New York, as you can probably guessed from the title ;) but it will definitely be hard to achieve that fragile balance of telling you just enough to make you curious and convince you to read this book, without giving away too much and avoiding all spoilers ;) because trust me, it's one of those storis when the less you know going into it, the better for your reading experiance... :) but I will do my best :)

So let me start with our main couple... oh how I adored them :) Gemma is a beauty editor in one of those chic fashion magazines :) she's in her twenties, looking for love... ;) and not finding it... ;) but she doesn't lose hope ;) she may sound like a romantic to you, but trust me... she has the most amazing sassy / sarcastic side that I adored soooo much :) she's actually full of contradictions, and I can really relate to her... I mean, who says that we have to be just one type of person... :) the more I read about her, the more I loved her... flaws and mistakes and all... :) Oliver on the other hand... he's the owner of a very successful tech company and a self made millionaire... he can be awkward but he's also confident and very honest... sometimes brutally so, but I take that over keeping secrets and being deceitful every day... ;) theirs is definitely NOT your usual romance... again, I don't want to tell you guys too much about it, because I truly believe that too many details would ruin your experience, so let's just say that they start as friends with benefits sort of thing... while she still tries to find love :) because he's not interested in a relationship at all... being too busy with work... but at least he's honest about it :) so they have an understanding... where does it go from there and how exactly things change... I won't tell you, but I absolutely loved it :)

This story was written in 2 POVs, which means we got chapters from Gemma's perspective, as well as Oliver's... and you may know by now that it's my favourite type of writing style... ;) but the biggest compliment I can give about this book is how honest it felt... the characters, the story... it was flawed... not in an annoying, but in a real way, that made you feel that much closer to the people you were reading about... *sighs happily* :) it was hilarious and sweet, but also vulnerable, awkward and sometimes brutally honest... and I can't remember the last time I connected so much with the characters I read about... Gemma in particular... and the more I think about it, the more I'm falling in love with her and her story all over again... to be honest... I think I may have my new favourite Carrie Aarons's book... so I definitely highly recommend you guys one-click this amazing story :) yes, it may be hard to read at times, because people don't always want to read such honest words... not all of us like to see ourselves on the pages of a book, but for me... the fact that I could connect sooo much to Gemma and her journey, made the experience of reading this book that much better :)







About the author:

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

XOXO

A

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review: "The harbinger" by Nelou Keramati


Book 1,1 in series The fray theory
Main character: Dylan Sterling

I got an ARC of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review :) and although you can technically read this story without reading the first book in this series, I highly recommend you to read them in order :) it's definitely better to have at least some background as to what is happening here :) and since this is another installment in an on-going series I won't spoil you anything in case you still haven't picked it up... in which case, go remedy that situation right away, because it's a fantastic series :) and it definitely doesn't hurt that the author is an absolute sweetheart :)

So let me start by saying a little bit more about our main character and this series :) we meet Dylan as a truly adorable little kid, hiding on the airport from everyone... little does he know, his world is about to change... because Dylan's been having dreams... nightmares, really... and when one of them comes true, his father will start looking at him very differently... the majority of the book takes place in the present... although all events in this novella are actually happening before the start of book #1... I know what you're thinking... if it takes place earlier why can't I read it first... :) but again, I highly recommend you starting with a full lenght book... even if you don't remember all the details, like me... :) hey, I read it quite a few months ago and there were a lot of books in between ;) even little knowledge will help you understand what is happening here much better :) there's not much more I can tell you guys without spoiling some big things, so I will only add that this novella shows us what exactly happened before Dylan disappeared without a word for a few years... *sighs*

What I can and will say repeatedly is how much I adore Nelou's writing style... *sighs dreamily* it's truly magical... not only does she mesmerizes you with how wonderfully she creates stories, she also effortlessly adds science into the mix :) it's all very thought out and you can see that she knows exactly where she's going with everything :) I know that I haven't really gave you that much details about the actual plot, but that's because I think it's soooo much better to go into the book with an open mind and to not know what's gonna happen next :) the same goes with this novella... I wasn't sure what to expect, and again I was blown away by how amazing this story was... I wasn't the biggest fan of Dylan before, but now that I know so much more about him, my opinion about him definitely changed... I loved seeing his friendship with Romer and his relationship with Neve before everything got complicated... now I am even more curious than I was before about another installment :) I highly recommend you guys this novella and this sereis in general :) if you are looking for a unique story with paranormal vibes and absolutely phenomenal writing style... look no further and check this out :)

XOXO

A

Pre-order blitz + Giveaway + Review: "Beauty of the beast" by Rachel L. Demeter


Book 1 in series Fairy tale retellings
Main characters: Adam Delacroix and Isabelle Rose

Synopsis

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera,Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

Content Warning: This is an edgy retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

             

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) and when it came to rating / reviewing this story I had sooo much trouble with it... :) why? oh I'll tell ya ;) I feel like the first thing you need to know about me when it comes to this particular book, is that I am a huge "Beauty and the beast" retelling fan :) but it's sort of a double-edged sword ;) because on the one hand, yes... all sorts of retellings of that particular story always catch my eye and I am more than curious to read them... but on the other hand, I usually have certain expectations when it comes to them as well... ;) and this one... oh, this one was hard for me :) because as much as I loved certain aspects of it, I definitely had some problems with other ones :) so I will try my best to tell you all about my thoughts and feelings about it, without actually spoiling you stuff ;)

So the first thing I feel like you should know about, is the basic premise of the story plus our main characters... soooo... the book takes place in the early 1800s in the fictional country of Demrov, which is situated on an island near France, and Adam is the... let's call him *the lost prince* because in the very prologue we learn that he lost his whole family during the night of the rebellion, and he himself was left hurt and scarred... not only physically but mentally as well... after that prologue we skip ahead 25 years to meet the heroine of the story, Isabelle... she lives in a village with her sick father and two stepsisters... she also caught attention of Rafael, the rich and handsome vicomte, who is not as beautiful on the inside as you might think just by looking at his features... I don't want to get into too many details, but after a very bad encounter with him, Isabelle decides to run with her dad to avoid even worse fate.. on their journey they stumble upon the old castle where Adam now lives and the rest... well, I can't really tell you any details about the rest ;) but I will tell you my thoughts and feelings about it ;)

When it comes to our main couple, I definitely had some troubles with them getting together... I enjoyed them separately, because they both went through some pretty hard stuff, and each of them had qualities I absolutely adore in characters... Adam hadn't lost all his vulnerability, even thoguh he was mostly living on his own, separated from people, and Isabelle had this internal strenght and courage that I admired... unfortunately when it came to them getting together... I had troubles getting behind that idea, mainly because it felt to me like a case of too-much-too-fast... I felt that it took too little time for them to develop that sort of strong feelings to one another, because not only they didn't spent much time together in the same place, even when they were in the same place, they weren't actually spending much time together... so I just couldn't really connect with that quick change to them being sooo in love... I'm not sure if it's a matter of my personal preferences as a reader, but I would really love to see more of the in-between stuff... more scenes showing us their interactions and how they change, so I could connect more to them as a couple...

Now that I told you about stuff I had problems with, let me get into things I loved about this story... and my absolutely favourite part was the writing style... *sighs dreamily* it was absolutely mesmerizing and wonderful... it's because of that magical writing style, it took me a very long time to actually realize that I have some issues with the book... ;) #NoJoke :) I read like more than half of the book before stopping to think about my feelings ;) it truly is the highest compliment I can give an author... when I am so enchanted by the way she creates her world, that I am pulled from the very first chapter into the story she created and forget about everything else... ;) we all have our own personal preferences when it comes to certain types of characters / stories we like to read about, but when the writing style is great I am always that much more interested in trying out something else by this author, even if that particular book wasn't my favourite ;) and trust me, this author... oh she caught me in the very first chapter... :) #NoRegrets ;) I definitely enjoyed her spin on one of my all time favourite stories and I definitely encourage you to give it a try :) read some other reviews, maybe take a look at an excerpt here or there and then make up your own decision ;)












a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author:


Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of fourteen years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.

Rachel endeavors to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

XOXO

A