If You Stay by Courtney Cole

This was a really good book.  As always if you can’t handle reading about drug usage, overdoses, and death – please cover your eyes and back away.  The book deals with some really heavy issues.  I think that Courtney Cole did an excellent job with each subject, but it’s not sugar coated.  She really puts it out there in all of it’s detail and then slaps you in the face with it again to be sure you’re really paying attention.

Pax and Mila are an unlikely couple.  He’s on the verge of being an addict.  Their first encounter was a bit traumatic for her and almost cost him his life.  But he’s drawn to the good in her and she sees the best in him.  Only time will tell if it will work out for them.

This book has spent some time on the Kindle best sellers list and there’s a reason for it.  It’s a good book.  I’d definitely recommend it.

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller….

24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole.

Seriously.

He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.
But he’s got his reasons.

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect façade.
So he slipped far, far from it.

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right?
Wrong.

And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila.

Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’d better figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.

He knows that. And he’s working on it.

But is that enough to make her stay?

**Please note: If You Stay contains mature subject matter such as drug use and sexual situations. It is intended for mature audiences.**

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Wait for You by Jennifer Armentrout

Currently on the top of the Kindle charts.  This book is about a girl that is trying to overcome a personal tragedy.

A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling book. 

Some things are worth waiting for…
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago–an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe–please God–make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.
Some things are worth experiencing…
Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.
Some things should never be kept quiet…
But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?
And some things are worth fighting for…

Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens

Ah…where to start.  I started this series a few months ago and just finished the final book on March 5.  I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and was happy that my pre-ordered book was delivered, ready and waiting for me.

First off, I cannot listen to the song Ho Hey by the Lumineers without thinking of the book Thoughtless.  There is something about it that makes me think of Kellen singing that to Kiera.  I don’t want to give a lot away about the books because I don’t want to ruin one minute of these for you.  I will say there is cheating in the book so if you can’t stand that in a book, walk away.

Otherwise, just know that this series is freaking awesome.  I loved each book  equally.  Of course, there are many times I want to slap Kiera in the face and tell her to wake the fuck up.  Seriously.  It’s so obvious to the reader who she wants to be with so just be with him already.  It’s like when the creepy music starts to play and you start yelling at the dumb girl with big boobs to not.go.in.to. the. basement.  It’s pretty obvious to you she’s gonna die – but she didn’t ask you did she?  She’ll just have to figure it out on her own.  Thankfully, Kiera figures it out eventually.  Kellen, man, how the author describes him – holy freakin hell – yum.

The books kind of leave you hanging but thankfully if you haven’t read them yet – there’s not a lot of suspense and wait time because lucky you you can read the whole series without a 2 month wait for the final book.

Go. Get. This. Series. Right. NOW.  Really you won’t regret it.

From Amazon.com

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together—Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university—everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes . . . and none of them will ever be the same.

From Amazon.com

After being caught in the middle of a love triangle which led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she’d made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive? Love is easy . . . trust is hard.

From Amazon.com

Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

More Than Meets The Ink by Elle Aycart

The main girl Tate assumes that James is a “bad-boy” because he’s got tattoos and she automatically writes him off as off-limits.  But one thing leads to another and before you know it they’re an item.  A crazy stalker that she tries to forget about thrown into the mix along with a restaurant that could be better and you’ve got More Than Meets the Ink.  Many references later to his “bad-boy” persona and Tate finally realizes he’s more her type than she originally thought.

This book was a quick read and it was okay.  There were some parts that I found myself rolling my eyes at but overall it was a decent story.  I know I normally have a lot more to say but this book was just okay for me.

From Amazon.com

Wickedly sexy James Bowen is a bad boy of the highest order — tattoos and attitude included — which unfortunately ranks way up on Tate’s not-a-chance-in-hell list, right there along with skydiving naked over Teheran and juggling Ebola vials just for kicks. But what the heck, she’s on holiday, the guy is absolutely irresistible, and she needs to unplug from her life. With her dad and brother gone, Tate is left to deal with the family restaurant, which is fast going down the drain. Her employees are acting out, her boyfriend has bailed out, and her very own private stalker is emailing her to death with lovely threats of doom, fire, and dismemberment. So yeah, maybe a little holiday fling is in order. Strictly sex though, and no follow-up whatsoever once.

She hadn’t counted on her take-charge holiday fling having an opinion of his own and stubbornly sticking around, before and after the sex, making himself at home in her life. There is definitely more to James than meets her prejudiced eye, and even if she’s not ready to look deeper, James isn’t prepared to permit her not to.