Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review from the publisher via NetGalley.

What can I say…I’m a Colleen Hoover fan. She’s an extremely talented writer and she knows when to push but also when it’s too much. She’s also very talented at writing from both female and male perspective.

Dean Holder is a pretty deep character and reading Losing Hope showed how intense he really was. Even though it was the same story it was definitely still different.  I loved reading from Holder’s perspective of how he felt about Hope’s tragic past and then how he dealt with the loss of his twin sister.

I completely and totally recommend it and can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

 

Sometimes in life, in order to move forward you must face the past…#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover held readers spellbound with her novel Hopeless, the story of what happened when a troubled girl named Sky encountered a long-lost childhood friend, Dean Holder. With Holder’s help, Sky uncovered shocking family secrets and came to terms with memories and emotions that had left deep scars.

Hopeless was Sky’s story. Now, in Losing Hope, we finally learn the truth about Dean Holder.

Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

In Losing Hope, Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.

He Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo

Theresa Rizzo

I was given an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story was a bit heartbreaking for me.  Catherine shows a lot of determination when she has to fight for her young son. I was really puzzled why anyone would give up their child to go to school so far away.  As a mother of 4 I can’t imagine how someone could move so far away from their child – heartbroken over the loss of his twin or not.  The author does a great job of explaining most of my lingering questions as the book progresses.  We all know how I love twist and turn stories so this was good for me.

A decent book I’d recommend.

From Amazon.com

Catherine Boyd will do anything to regain custody of her young son . . . Even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son’s twin. Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son, Drew. But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they’d raised. Wrongly accused of a horrible crime, Thomas Boyd has buried himself in his career, determined to forget his painful past and the family he lost. But now, five years later, Catherine is back, requesting his help to regain custody of their son – custody he thought she had. Though older and wiser, when courtroom battles reveal lies and secrets and generations of pain, will Thomas and Catherine find more tragedy and loss, or will old wounds finally heal?

Cover Reveal of A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers

Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother.In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for better part of the last few years…and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to Confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt…and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy on the eyes deacon…only eight months away from becoming a priest. As Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

 

—”More than a ridiculously sexy, HOT read, Desrochers takes you on a wild ride of self-discovery and bittersweet romance.” —Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn), New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You  

I trace a finger along the lines of the tattoo over his heart—the kanji symbol for knowledge—as he grasps my thighs and rolls his hips underneath me.

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Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?

Written by Thompson Square and Travis Thrasher.  Inspired by the hit song, Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I first saw this title on NetGalley before I saw who wrote it I was thinking, aw someone ripped off the title of Thompson Square’s song, lol.  Then I realized they wrote the book and I had to read it.  I have loved the song since I first heard it.

If you’ve never heard of Thompson Square before – check them out!  I’m a huge fan of music and love books written about singers and songwriters so this book really appealed to me.

The book was about two young people that met in high school and after many missed chances finds the love in each other that had been right in front of the all along.  Sometimes you’ve got to make all the wrong choices before you make the right one and that’s what I think this book was about. The idea behind the book was good but for most of the story the characters both seemed stuck.

This was one of those books that jump from current to high school and back so you have to pay attention.  This isn’t my favorite format but it was clearly marked so you knew what time frame you were in.  There were a few things that stood out in the timelines that didn’t quite add up and it seemed to switch from third person to first person which was rather frustrating.

I liked the book and read it in a few hours.  The cover was really nicely done.  The book is available for pre-order on Amazon and is available June 4, 2013.

From Amazon.com

Daniel and Casey were an unlikely couple back in high school when they came together to write music for a school event. Struggling against their differences, they dated during college, but their relationship never seemed quite right. Yet despite their personal conflict, as songwriters they had undeniable chemistry—and several hit songs. Eventually they went their own ways, both trying to make it in the music world and find true love.

Years later, both Daniel and Casey are at rock bottom, still trying to find success. But when they connect again as old friends, they realize that what they needed was right in front of them all along: each other.

From Thompson Square, a married twosome who knows a little something about what it’s like to overcome years of struggle in the music business and find love, Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? is a charming and humorous love story about coming of age, knowing where you belong, and finding the perfect person to share life with.

WWW Wednesday ~ May 8

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller – I’m at 69% and it’s awesome!

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I just finished Restore Me by J.L. Mac

Next on my list is  Down London Road by Samantha Young

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One More Kiss by Mary Blayney

Between now and my last breath, I hope I can become the kind of person you could love, that I can someday earn the same respect from you that you have for your father, the same friendship you feel for Roger Tremaine, and for the same love for me that I have for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review at NetGalley.

This was a fun book.  Forty-one chapters it was a decent sized book.  It took me about 2 days to finish. I know historical romances aren’t normally fun but this one was pretty fun.  I’ve read a lot of historical romances and this one was really different from any that I’ve read before.  So that rated it definite points right there.

This title will be available April 30, 2013.  If you like historical romances you won’t be disappointed with this one.

Like his eyes, she thought, and could not decide whether to abandon her new perfume or bathe in it.

From Amazon.com

Mary Blayney, the acclaimed author of Courtesan’s Kiss, returns to the Pennistan family with this new historical romance—the delectable story of a free-spirited beauty with no interest in marriage who gets more than she bargained for when a seductive kiss leads to the possibility of love.

Dispatched by their ambitious father to snag a titled husband, Beatrice Brent and her twin sister, Cecilia, attend a house party with an array of eligible gentlemen. Defiantly ignoring her father’s wishes, Beatrice flirts shamelessly with Lord Jessup Pennistan, a gamer with scandal in his past—and the one man her father has warned her against. But when flirting goes too far, Beatrice suddenly finds herself engaged and, worse, estranged from her family. Though convinced that her fiancé’s wicked ways will bring nothing but heartache, Beatrice is powerless against Jess’s masterful seduction and the anticipated delights of the marriage bed.

A gambling man who has lost more than his family is willing to forgive him for, Jess quickly realizes that compromising Beatrice was the best mistake he ever made. But to keep her he must right the wrongs of the past, reclaim his lost fortunes, and place the boldest wager of his life. For now he has everything to win . . . and everything to lose.

Sins & Needles by Karina Halle

Sigh.  Finally a book about a bad girl instead of a bad boy.  Don’t get me wrong bad boys are my favorites but this was another nice change of pace.

Ellie, Eden, whatever in the hell her name was was a con artist, scammer, and bad, bad, girl.  After a scam gone wrong she finds herself back home.  Well at least what was her home for a while in high school.  Camden McQueen was such a geek in high school but he was her only friend for most of it – and double damn look at him now all geekyness is gone.  Ride along with Ellie and Camden as they deal with one hair raising experience after another.

I obviously enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.  A few holy shit moments in there – it was great.  So fun in fact that I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in the series which comes out in May 2013.  There is a prequel out now.

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From Amazon.com

Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents’ latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

**WARNING** This book contains graphic language, sex and violence. Readers who are sensitive to sexual scenes, violence and a lot of cursing should refrain from reading this book.This is not YA or NA. 18 and above.
Look for On Every Street – Ellie and Javier’s story, out March 12th 2013

Look for Shooting Scars (TAT #2) coming May 2013.