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.

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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.

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

“A Toast! To douche bags! And to girls that break your heart.  And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.

I was so freaking excited last week when I got the email from Atria Books that I could download and begin reading my ARC of Walking Disaster.  SCORE!!!!!  I did a little dance.  Seriously.  Ask my co-worker from across the hall.  I actually danced to her office then danced back to mine.  Seriously, though I could.not.wait to read this book.  Beautiful Disaster was one of the first books I read this year and one of them that inspired me to start my blog.

When reading Beautiful Disaster, which I absolutely loved by the way, there were times when I would ponder the question, “What in the hell was Travis Maddox thinking?”  This book answers those questions for me.  It’s not new, there’s nothing more to the story, it is what it says it is, the exact same story but it’s from Travis’ point of view.  I loved how he arrived at asking her about the bet, what he was thinking when she showed up at his apartment for the first time looking like she did, and what he was thinking right before their first time.  It really was a chance to see the story from all angles.  Just getting inside his head to see what made Travis – Travis was great.  There were times when I was a bit shocked to know what he was thinking.

I was happy there was an epilogue. Nothing annoys me more than when the story ends and it just ends.  No more story just THE END.  Thank you Jamie McGuire for providing an epilogue and a decent one at that.  Looking forward to other books to come from this author.

“You know why I want you?  I didn’t know I was lost until you found me.  I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed.  You’re the one thing I’ve got right.  You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”

From Amazon.com

Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster.

Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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

Wow – this one was a page turner.  I thought I had it figured out about midway through but I didn’t get confirmation until the final sentence.  How’s that for working for it 🙂  What an awesome story!  One of the best I’ve read this year actually.  Two young adults with so much history in their young lives.  It’s hard to remember reading this that they’re seniors in high school.

Nastya is a very unique character.  Not like any other character I’ve ever read about before – very refreshing.  She’s been through a terrible tragedy and she’s developed some quirks as she works through it the best she can.  Josh tries to keep everyone out and away – it’s no small wonder considering everything he’s been through already at 17.  When they strike up an unlikely friendship everything starts to fall into place.

The fact that this is Katja Millay’s first book is amazing.  I can’t wait to see what her next books will be like.  I’m a definite fan.  This is another of those get thee to Amazon or wherever you purchase books for your e-reader and download it right now kind of books.

From Amazon.com

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

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

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

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.

The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

I was excited when the publisher ok’d my request to read this book.  I was not disappointed.  I started the book around 6 and finished by 11:30.  It was a great read.  The story is real.  Everything in life is not all peaches and roses as some books are written.  This book is about a girl that comes from a bad home life and her best friend boy neighbor whose home life isn’t much better.  Although she tries to re-invent herself, there’s still a pull from where she came from and the person she used to be.

All of the characters were believable and just real.  I would definitely recommend this book.

Written By: Jessica Sorensen

How I Got It: Complimentary of the publisher via NetGalley

Started:  2/13/13

Finished: 2/13/13

From Amazon.com

A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she’s worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.

Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella’s skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn’t realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha’s heart with her. Now he’s determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.

Between The Lines Series by Tammara Webber

So after reading Easy by Tammara Webber I was curious what other books she might have written.  I came across the Between the Lines books and was immediately drawn into the high profile world of some Hollywood up and comings.  When you first meet Emma Pierce she is so down-to-Earth and you can’t quite help feeling sorry for her…almost – I mean she is an up and coming Hollywood actress how much pity does she really need.  Then there’s Graham Douglas – easy going, sexy, almost nurturing – of course I wanted him to get the girl.  Brooke Cameron was about as much trouble as you would expect from a spoiled-brat diva.  When she has her mind set on trouble…look out.  Reid Alexander is a sexy, bad-boy, with a troubled home life.  I couldn’t stand him and everything he did made me nuts.

This series has 3 published books with the 4th and final coming out around August 2013.  I liked book 1 but I didn’t totally fall in love with it.  I continued on with the series because I liked it enough to wonder what happens next with the characters.  I fell in love with book 2.  What can I say I’m a sucker for a happily ever after.  But most surprising was book 3.  It was my favorite and believe it or not I finally fell for Reid, whom I thought was a giant, whiny pain in the ass in the first books.  When I finally figured him out I was so happy that I decided to keep going with the series.  I can’t wait for book 4 so that I can find out what happens with Reid and Dori.

Between the Lines – Started 2/6/13 – Finished 2/6/13

From Amazon.com

When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location, his intentions are simple: film another blockbuster hit while enjoying his celebrity status to the fullest. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he has blazing hot chemistry, and the universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants – until he’s confronted with a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film should send her into raptures. But Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels–opposite the very hot Reid Alexander–isn’t going to advance that aspiration.

Indie actor Graham Douglas isn’t overly picky when it comes to film roles. If it pays, he’ll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid’s costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.


Where You Are – Started 2/7/13 – Finished 2/7/13

From Amazon.com

Graham Douglas doesn’t do romantic relationships, but he was knocked for a loop when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film. As they grew closer, he did everything in his power to keep from falling for a girl being pursued by superstar Reid Alexander. Now home in New York, his life is once again under control, until Emma appears and shows him how not over her he is.

Emma Pierce is forsaking an up-and-coming Hollywood career to embark on a life she’s only dreamed of–the life of a regular girl. After spending months burying her feelings for the two night-and-day guys who vied for her heart while filming her last movie, a twist of fate puts her in a coffee shop in the middle of Manhattan with the one she still misses.

Brooke Cameron was a fresh-faced Texas girl when she arrived in LA. Now she’s a beach sitcom star turned conceited heiress on the big screen. Having just survived three months on location with her ex–Hollywood’s reigning golden boy–she’s older and wiser and has set her sights on her close friend Graham. The only thing standing in her way is the girl he can’t forget.

Reid Alexander can sum up his life in one word: boring. Between film projects, there’s little going on outside of interviews, photo shoots, and the premiere of the film he finished last fall.
The next-to-last thing he expects is to get a second chance with Emma, the girl who rejected him. The last thing he expects is for his still-bitter-ex to be the one to offer it to him on a platter.


Good For You – Started 2/7/13 – Finished 2/8/13

From Amazon.com

Reid Alexander’s life is an open book. His Hollywood celebrity means that everything he does plays out in the public eye. Every relationship, every error in judgment is analyzed by strangers. His latest mistake totaled his car, destroyed a house and landed him in the hospital. Now his PR team is working overtime to salvage his image. One thing is clear–this is one predicament he won’t escape without paying for it.

Dori Cantrell is a genuine humanitarian–the outward opposite of everything Reid is about. When his DUI plea bargain lands him under her community service supervision, she proves unimpressed with his status and indifferent to his proximity, and he soon wants nothing more than to knock her off of her pedestal and prove she’s human.

Counting the days until his month of service is over, Dori struggles to ignore his wicked magnetic pull while shocking him with her ability to see past his celebrity and challenging him to see his own wasted potential. But Dori has secrets of her own, safely locked away until one night turns her entire world upside down. Suddenly their only hope for connection and redemption hinges on one choice: whether or not to have faith in each other.


Written By: Tammera Webber

How I Got Them: Purchased from Amazon.com

I’d recommend the series.