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.

Devoured by Emily Snow & A Giveaway

An almost one-night stand between Sienna and Lucas doesn’t leave Sienna with a warm and fuzzy feeling for Lucas.  Several years later they have an explosive reunion when she see’s that he is the buyer of her grandmother’s foreclosed on home.  Sienna learns she can save her grandmother’s house….for a price.  It’s on when she accepts Lucas’ proposal that she spend 10 days with him in exchange for the deed to grandma’s house.

I have read several books by Emily Snow and I’ve never been disappointed.  I enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.

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From Amazon.com

Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can’t get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.

*This novel contains adult situations and content*

Before Sienna was devoured, before Lucas was consumed, they were all over each other . . .

Lucas Wolfe is used to getting what he wants—from everyone but one person, that is—so when he meets the wardrobe assistant hired to work his band’s newest video, he’s got to have her. From the moment Sienna first obediently whispers “Yes, Mr. Wolfe”, he knows she’s perfect for him.

Three days.

And he’ll have her stripped down and bound to his bed.

Set two years before the events of DEVOURED, ALL OVER YOU is the story of Sienna and Lucas’s first encounter.

10 Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for a review at NetGalley.  That being said it was on my list to read and I would’ve purchased it on my own.

What can I say about this book?  It was great, it was awful.  Not awful in the sense that I dreaded reading another page and it took me forever to get through it.  More like awful that it didn’t go on forever.  This book was another of those that stripped you down and then slapped you in the face.  I. LOVE. THIS.  I love the moment when you suddenly get it.  When you know exactly where the turning point is and wait with anticipation for when the heroine of the story notices the other shoe dropping.  I know I never tell you what’s going to happen.  Where’s the fun in that?  You will most likely fall in love right along with Kasey and Tucker.  When the slap comes it’s going to sting, it might even leave a mark.  But take it for what it is and let the emotions run over you and embrace it.  Really it’s that good.

This book deals with loss and in a very excruciating way.  Multiple loved ones all at the same time and the trauma and survivors guilt that comes from that big of a loss.  The message of hurt and loss that comes from drunk driving comes out very clearly.  When reading the acknowledgements by K.A. Tucker I actually shed a few tears at the authors talk of the aftermath of a drunk driving accident and her fear for her children – I’m right there with her and that’s what always makes the story real.  A real person with a real fear that writes a story that reaches out and grabs you.

Obviously, I really liked the book and I definitely recommend it.  It does contain loss and PTSD but nothing that is too graphic in detail.

I started and finished 3/17/13.

From Amazon.com

Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and he perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.

Ruining Series by Nicole Reed

Life can be scary at times.  Sometimes you just don’t know how to deal with the scary that life has handed you – so it’s best to turn everyone away.  “Jay” does this after her world is turned upside down during her sophomore year of high school.  She quits talking to her friends and family and breaks up with her long-time boyfriend.  She meets Kane and her world sort of turns back up right.  Only to have it break completely off it’s axis.

This story has a lot of twists and turns in it.  Some you can see coming a mile away.  A few that take you by surprise.  I never like to give too much detail in my reviews because I’m telling you how much I like the book but I never want to give the story away and ruin it for you.  There is death, drug abuse, and depression in this book – obviously if you cannot handle reading about these topics these books are not for you.  Might I suggest Debbie MacComber, Susan Mallery, or Fern Michaels to you instead? 🙂  They’re really are worth the read.  I got them for $0.99 each on Amazon.com.

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From Amazon.com

Eighteen year old Jay Stevenson is living a horrible nightmare.

Two years ago, she had the world in the palm of her hand, but in one moment, it was ruined. Secrets, lies, and the worst imaginable betrayal haunt her new reality. Burying her problems under a cold façade seems to be the only way to cope until it all catches up with her. Soon, she loses control of the lonely world she built around her, and the past, present, and future collide.

Three guys are there when it all comes crashing down: JT, the perfect boyfriend she never wanted to give up; Rhye, the local bad boy “rock star” who made her forget the past; and Kane, the funny and sweet tattooed bartender who wants her future.

Secrets must be kept. Choices must be made. Is it possible to move forward while still chained to the wicked vices of the past?

Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations, violence, and language.

From Amazon.com

For a girl who dared to tempt death, living is the only promise that matters now.

Jay’s life almost came to a forced end when her darkest secrets were revealed and the one who she chose to give her future to was ripped away. Now, everything she kept hidden is the topic of everyone’s conversation, and not all are sympathetic. Someone wants her horrific past to dictate her future, and another is determined to help her choose a different path.

In conclusion to Ruining Me, Kane and Rhye know that Jay is worth the fight, but waiting for her to find herself may ruin them all.

White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

A great quick read by a great author.  I read the Honor Series by Teresa Mummert a few month’s ago and I’m patiently waiting for another book for that series.  So when I saw this book on a Goodreads.com book list I decided if this author wrote it, I would most likely enjoy it.  I was not wrong.  It was nice to read a book about a girl that doesn’t come from a home with a white picket fence.  Real world people with real world problems – you can probably figure out by reading my reviews that these are the books I like the best.  I don’t want a canned love story.  I want the characters to work for it.  Real life isn’t easy and I don’t want my books to make it less than it is.

Cass’s character was really well written.  I rooted for her all throughout the book.  Tucker’s character was good also.  I’d like to know more about how he grew up.  There is a few parts where it alludes to the fact he didn’t come from much but I’d like some back story on him.  I’d also love to see some more story for the Twisted Twins.  Maybe a 3rd book? I’d definitely recommend the book.  I downloaded it after dinner and as usual was finished before I went to bed.

I’m really sad that the 2nd book in the series, White Trash Damaged,  isn’t coming out until January 2014.

Started & Finished: March 11

I purchased it from Amazon.com

From Amazon.com

First in a stunning new trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Teresa Mummert.

“I’m not naive. I know I don’t get the happily ever after. My knight in shining armor took the highway detour around this god forsaken shit hole. I’ve made peace with that. That doesn’t mean I’m going to lay down like a doormat and let every cocky prick in the trailer park have his way with me.”

Cass lives a depressing life in a small trailer park in Eddington, Georgia, with her mother and abusive boyfriend Jackson. She works hard to barely make ends meet. But everything changes when Tucker White, the lead singer in the band Damaged, walks into her diner. He tries to show her that there is more to life than the hand she has been dealt, but Cass soon learns that being with Tucker will come at a high price.

Collide by Gail McHugh

I liked this book.  I am not happy that the 2nd book is not available yet.  *Pouting with her lower lip hanging out*  You know I liked a book when I immediately go look to see if the next is available to start immediately.  I did that with this book.

Emily is fresh out of college and moves to NYC with her best friend because that’s where her boyfriend lives and it’s where she wants to be.  Too soon to move in with him she takes a job as a waitress.  On her first day she fills in for the delivery boy and meets “Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Fuckable” Gavin Blake – he who is most definitely not her boyfriend but wow.  He’s written like sex-on-a-stick.  Follow Emily on her path to discovering that what she thinks she needs isn’t always necessarily what she wants.

Pulse, which is the second part of the story comes out sometime in 2013 – which means hopefully soon.  I hate it when a story ends abruptly.  I was seriously like, “What the hell!#&$??  It just freaking ended.  Awww no fair.  I’m telling.”  No I didn’t really say that outloud but I was definitely thinking it in my head.  So I’m patiently waiting for Pulse to release so I can find out what happens next.

From Amazon.com

(Collide is book one of a two part series)

A missed first encounter…

Colliding with a second chance…

On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother’s death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.

While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can’t live without her by his side, he’s sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.

Until she meets Gavin Blake—a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.

This unexpected encounter compels Emily to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life.

Rule by Jay Crownover

Shaw’s got a set underneath her preppy exterior. She has to to put up with the crap Rule throws her way.  Not many chicks would put up with half of what Rule throws her way, but yet she does it.  He’s a self-destructive pain in the ass that just might be worth the trouble she puts up with.   After years of wanting him she finally goes for what she wants.  But will his brother’s secret that she’s held onto for years be their undoing??

What’s not to like about this book.  Ready to read it yet?  Yeah, go ahead it was a good book.  There is random sex, drinking, and a bit of violence but nothing that’s too extreme.

It was a quick & easy read, I started & finished on 2/19/13.  The $1.99 purchase price was great also.

From Amazon.com

I loved Rule Archer since the first moment I ever laid eyes on him. He was everything I shouldn’t want and the only person I went out of my way to not try and please. He only saw me as a brat, as an entitled, stuck up princess but worse than that all he saw when he looked at me was his deceased twin brother’s girl. It broke my heart because as much as I had loved Remy Archer there was never anything romantic between us and no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that loving Rule was a terrible idea, my poor heart just wouldn’t listen. We tolerated each other, barely. We forged an uneasy alliance until one night I had too much to drink and changed the way we were forever. Suddenly life long secrets were no longer hidden and the one thing I always wanted for myself seemed obtainable as long as I was willing to go through hell to hold onto it.

Shaw Landon was a class act and I had no idea what to do with her. She was tied to my family, tied to the person that was my other half so I tolerated her and her haughty attitude because I didn’t have any other choice. What I didn’t know was that a short skirt and too many cocktails on her birthday was going to change my outlook on her for the rest of my life. Some people thought I hid behind all my tattoos and piercings, that I tried to distance myself from my dead twin, Shaw saw through it all and wasn’t scared of what was underneath.

We weren’t supposed to be together, weren’t supposed to be anything except uncomfortable acquaintances but that all changed in the blink of an eye. Now I had to figure out just how a girl like her and a guy like me were supposed to be in love without destroying each other. Add in her custom made ex and two disapproving sets of parents and the whole situation sounded to me like it was more trouble then it was worth.

Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content, language and drinking