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THIRTY DAYS

That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.

Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he’ll sign her divorce papers and give her complete ownership of their company.

THIRTY DAYS

That’s how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with her five years ago.

THIRTY DAYS

She wants the business they built badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.

She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.

She’s wrong

[ARC] The Difference Between Us (Opposites Attract, #2) By Rachel Higginson

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Synopsis:

I’m cursed.

At least when it comes to finding Mr. Right.

I’m tired of men that only want one night stands or blind dates that are nothing but awkward and uncomfortable. I’m tired of avoiding inappropriate text messages and the constant disappointment of always meeting Mr. Wrong.

After all these years of dates that lead nowhere, I can admit that it’s me. I’m the problem. I’m shy and picky and cursed. Definitely cursed.

So I’ve decided two things.

The first? I’m giving up dating and relationships and men in general. Maybe, possibly, forever.

The second? I’m going to have to try harder to avoid Ezra Baptiste.

If I couldn’t hack it in the kiddy pool of dating, I certainly can’t swim in his deep end. He’s too successful. Too intense. He’s all man when I’m used to nothing but boys pretending to be grownups. He’s everything I’m afraid to want and so far out of my league we might as well be different species entirely.

So he’ll need to find a different artist to paint his mural. And a different graphic designer to help him with his website. He’ll need to find someone else to glare at and flirt with and kiss.

It can’t be me.

We’re too different.

Review:

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5stars

❝ Ezra Baptiste was one of the most intolerable men I had ever met. Arrogant, condescending, offensively good looking, he had all the qualities of a human I tried to avoid. ❞ 

This book was EVERYTHING! I absolutely loved it. This is one of those books you will not want to put down and at the same time you don’t want it to end.

After plenty of unfortunate dates and men, Molly Maverick has finally decided to to give up on dating. Now she’s focusing on her best friend getting married, her new projects and avoiding Ezra Baptiste. The man with angry, brown eyes. The man who had attacked her professional taste. Molly and Ezra are forced to interact because of their mutual friends.


Ezra Baptiste is a wealthy, handsome man. He owns three restaurants and is very successful. Now he wants Molly’s help with his website and he wants her to paint a mural in his restaurant. And he always gets what he wants.

❝ I don’t want to date myself. You make me smile when I’ve had the worst day. And you make me see the world in brighter colours and unique angles. You’ve opened my mind to my business, but also to my friends. I would be so boring without you. We are different, but in the best possible way. ❞ 

I loved their bickering, and there was a lot of it. What I loved most is how different they were and how that made them such a great couple.

Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) by Erin Watt

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Synopsis:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Review:

5stars

“Look, I like you. Didn’t think I would but I do, and because I like you, I feel the need to warn you that we Royals are pretty fucked up. We’re good in bed, but out of it? We’re like a stage four hurricane.” 

Wow! It’s true. These Royals will fucking ruin you…


Ella is a seventeen year old, now orphan, struggling with school and holding a job, stripping for money. But now a strange man has shown up. Callum Royal, who is Ella’s father’s friend, and he wants to take Ella with him. To live with him and his five sons.

“You want me to say it?” he whispers. “Fine, I’ll say it. I want you. I fucking want you.” 

Reed Royal is all kind of messed up. He’s rich, powerful and absolutely gorgeous. And he is not happy about his father bringing home Ella to live with them. So he makes it hard for her. And his brothers help. Only things don’t go as he thought and soon, he’s seeing Ella in a different way, with stronger feelings.

“No one wants to be ruined. We all want to be saved.” 

I did not expect to get as sucked in as I did. I had my doubts about this one but OH LORD was it good. I loved Ella’s strength and how she was her own person. There were times, plenty of times, I wanted to slap Reed, he could get too much sometimes but when his romantic and soft side came out I was swooning!

This is a must read and I recommend it a 100%.

“Reed Royal has broken me. I’ve fallen from the sky and I’m not sure I can get up. Not this time.”

 

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise, #1) by Aly Martinez

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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

 

Review:

5stars

❝ Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me… ❞ 

I knew the moment I read the synopsis I’ll love this book. This heart wrenching story consumed me. It had me tearing up and screaming from the first chapter.

Charlotte Mills is drowning in her own darkness. She’s lost her baby boy and is completely lost. Drowning herself in her work, she isolates herself. She doesn’t feel, she doesn’t let herself love. It’s been ten years since her boy disappeared and she’s living with the guilt of leaving him unattended until this day. She can’t stand to see children without Lucas popping into her head.


Porter Reese is dealing with his own darkness. Having a son who’s very sick, juggling life and trying to get Travis the treatment he needs, he tries to get in contact with the best doctor in town. Dr. Mills. But Dr. Mills doesn’t treat children. But he will do anything for his son to be able to live like a normal eleven year old. Only when he meets Dr. Mill, she’s completely different from anyone.

❝ But as I clung to him, trying to perform the impossible task of collecting myself, it hit me that the darkness was all we’d ever have. ❞ 

He sees her pain. It’s like his own.
He sees her emptiness. Her numbness. Just like his own.
They both are the lights in each others darkness.

I read this one in one sitting, on the edge of my seat needing answers when I was done. I absolutely loved Charlotte and Porter, they were so strong and real. I felt everything alongside them. Their pain. The small glimpse of happiness. It was absolutely amazing. I loved every minute of it and I can’t wait for the second book.

June Favourites

June 2017 favourites

Monthly Favourites

Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan

Libby

I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

Killian

As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

 

The Opposite of You (Opposites Attract #1) by Rachel Higginson 

I’ve sworn off men.

All men.

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it.

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions.

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd.

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me.

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him.

I want the opposite.

 

Shattered King (Lawless Kings, #1) by Sherilee Gray 

What if the man you love hated you more with every breath he took?

SHATTERED KING is an intense, ultra-sexy standalone novel set in the world of the Lawless Kings. Sherilee Gray’s raw, hard, beautiful, deeply-emotional voice will leave readers breathless.

“Shattered King is a sexy, beautiful second chance love story… a truly enjoyable read.” – Sawyer Bennett, New York Timesbestselling author

He’s out to get revenge for a crime he didn’t commit…

Hunter King just got out of prison. Incarcerated for three years though an innocent man, his rage against the people who put him there knows no bounds. First up on his list for vengeance: the woman who betrayed him years ago. The woman he loved fiercely, the one bright light in his otherwise hard, ruthless life. She has information he needs. And he’s going to kidnap her, hold her hostage, in order to get it. But one look into Lulu’s eyes unleashes the true beast within. Hunter’s never hated anyone this deeply, or wanted any woman this badly.

Lulu had no choice: Either help send Hunter to prison, or see him destroyed. She couldn’t do that to the man she loved. Couldn’t do it to the father of her child. But Hunter was locked away before he had a chance to learn about his son—and a hard layer of despair has formed around his heart that she’s desperate to crack. And if Hunter is to give himself and Lulu a second chance at love, he needs to find a way past his darkest demons.

 

My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn

When I found an eviction notice taped on my apartment door, I had two options: find a comfortable cardboard box to call home, or move in with Tucker Jameson.

Seeing that cardboard makes me feel itchy, I chose the latter. Which shouldn’t be that big of a deal Tucker is one of my good friends. And because he’s still pining after his ex-girlfriend and I’m trying to finish my nursing degree, there is nothing to worry about in the romance department, making my last semester an easy one to conquer.

Boy, was I wrong.

Rules are set, dinners are made, conversations are had, and a shirtless, swoony roommate walks around in nothing but a pair of black briefs, ruining me for every other man.

Before I know it, I turn into a panting, lust-filled woman begging for Tucker to kiss me, touch me, and show me exactly what is hiding under those briefs.

But with great orgasms, comes great consequences.

Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language.

 

Deklan by Shay Savage 

My father owes a debt.

I am his currency.

I’m supposed to marry the recently crowned mafia king of the Foley family as repayment for my father’s transgressions. I don’t understand why the Foleys would want me, but I’ve grown up in a crime family, and I know the ugly consequences of not doing what you’re told.

But as the wedding date approaches, the deal changes, and I’m about to be wed to a man I know nothing about. In fact, I don’t even know his last name.
Instead of becoming a mafia princess, I’m marrying the henchman.

Deklan.

After one look at him, I’m not sure I’ll survive the wedding night.

Archer (Leaves of a Maple #1) By Haley Jenner

Synopsis:

Archer Dean taught me how it feels to be loved. Really loved. The happily ever after, fairy tale type love. But he also taught me what real heartbreak was. He ripped away my happiness, took it from me without a backward glance. He left me alone and broken with no idea how to rebuild. No fight left in me to want to.

Annabelle Edwards was a light in my world of darkness. She changed the way my heart beat, she let me believe in love. But the thing about darkness is that it’s suffocating and without warning, the light that you rely so heavily on, can be extinguished by the power of your own shadows.

Our story is about pain. About fighting through feelings that can sometimes be greater than love.

Fear.
Anger.
Hurt.
Sadness.

Our story is aching. It’s passionate. It’s consuming.

We’ve felt loss. Felt abandoned by one another. We’ve felt betrayed. Lost. But we fought. Against our love. For our love. Together. Apart. We’ve done it all. We’ve fought for our love to exist. For it to survive.

It’s been a broken road. Hopeless at times. Full and seamless at others.

We’ve been through hell and we have to trust that our love is strong enough to overcome anything

Review:

4 stars

I’m torn. Broken. Ripped raw open.
I don’t know why I do this to myself. I always know stories like these will destroy me, still I jump in and later I scold myself for it.

I resent her. I despise her. I need her. I hate her. But fuck me, I love her. 

Cold, ruthless heroes has always kind of done it for me. Archer was a whole new level of asshole tough. I mean, at one point I wished I could just reach in and give his brain a little shake to put some fucking sense into him.


Annabelle Edwards lost both parents at a young age. Since then she’s been raised by her gran. More than often, she babysits Jake who is little brother of Archer Dean. She’s very close to their mother, Janie, and Jake and she loves them like family. She despises Archer for his attitude, and how he doesn’t put his family first makes. But after years, when Archer returns home, he’s different and kind towards her. She’s always found him attractive but he’s always seen her as his kid neighbour. Not anymore.

“What do you think will hurt less? Could you do it? Break your own heart? Or would you make me do it?” 

Archer Dean is damaged. He’s angry and mean. After a tragic loss, he leaves his family and home and joins the army. He returns to Carnation five years later, a little happier, a little lighter. That’s when he sees Annabelle again. Older and beautiful Annabelle who lightens his world with her sass and jokes.
When their relationship has grown from hate to love, it’s time for Archer to leave again. Only when he comes back he’s more damaged than ever. He’s drinking and starting fights, sleeping in a jail cell, hating on Annabelle.

I applaud Annabelle for her commitment to stand by Archer and for trying to help him. She was strong. Having to face the love of her life treat her like shit for years. This is a love story you will hate and love. At times I wanted to hit Archer with a chair just because of how he hurt Annabelle and his family.


Archer treats me no better than a doormat, hoping he’s break through whatever he’s dealing with. Wishing with everything, that even the smallest snippets of my Archer would return. 


This story was full of pain. So much pain it suffocated me. I got sucked in from the first page and I knew I was in for a angsty ride. I cried while reading their story. It was angry, beautiful, passionate and confusing but it was so real. I loved the minor characters and absolutely adored Jake and Annabelle’s friendship.

“I refuse to give up on what we have, Archer. I love you,” She finishes on a whisper. 

If you love your heroes distant and cold, this is certainly a story you will love. WARNING: Have tissues close ’cause you gonna need ’em, honey.

(ARC) Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) By Kate Meader

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Synopsis:

Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?
He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

Review:

5stars


SEXY HOCKEY PLAYER? CHECK.
POSSESIVE ALPHA? CHECK.
STRONG HEROINE? CHECK.
CUTE, BUTTERFLIES IN THE STOMACH, NICKNAMES? CHECK.
SIZZLING CHEMISTRY? CHECK. CHECK. CHECK.

Those blue pools still wavered between her eyes and mouth. “I’m gonna kiss you now, minou.”
She might have nodded. She might have blinked. One for yes, two for hell yeah.
 

I’ve read some of the books in the Hot in Chicago series but I can definitely say I loved this book more and can’t wait for Isobel and Vadim’s story. This one took me with surprise if I should be honest. I wasn’t expecting to get sucked in from the first page until the end. It was SO GOOD. I loved every second of it and I didn’t want it to end. But it did. And now I have to wait sooo loooong for the next book. WHY KATE MEADER?


After losing her father, Harper Chase and her two estranged sisters inherits the Chicago Rebels. A hockey team with weak, troubled members. Harper has always loved hockey, not playing the sport but she has always wanted to work with hockey players. Her father had never really thought Harper could handle it, now is her chance to prove them wrong.
To fix the team, Remy DuPre or Jinx, has been traded out of Boston and to the Chicago Rebels. And he is not happy about it. His goal is to win the Stanley Cup and he knows that won’t happen playing for the Rebels. Remy wants to make a deal with Harper, a deal that will mostly benefit himself but also do some good for the team, he will help the team but she’ll have to trade him. She agrees in desperation for her team and her career.


Harper is different from the usual girls Remy goes for but she also the one woman who makes him feel things he does not wish to feel. But she’s still his boss and whatever attraction they feel for each other cannot develop into something more. But after one ‘accidental’ kiss, things start to heat up between Remy and Harper, and they both have to fight whatever is happening between them for the sake of their careers. For Harper, it is everything to own the Chicago Rebels and for Remy, the cup is his dream and goal. So will they give in and risk it all and just do it on the ice? Or will they keep fighting it for the sake of their careers?

Harper and Remy’s relationship was absolutely awesome! I adored them. They made me laugh out loud and had me buzzing in my seat. Not only did I love the main characters, but I loved Harpers sisters, Isobel and Violet, and Remy’s teammates and cannot wait for the coming books in this series.
If you love hockey romances this one is for you!

Staring into Harper’s dancing green eyes, he spoke from the depths of the heart that belonged to this incredible woman. “But mostly, I skate for her.” 

Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) By Kate Meader is expected to be published August 14th 2017.

 

 

June 2017

Some of June 2017 new releases:

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1. Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams

Phoenix can’t imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years–do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?
On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum–the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he’s impossible to figure out–and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he’s promising Phoenix a summer she’ll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?

2. Tycoon by Katy Evans

He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.
Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.
That man is gone.
In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.
He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.
The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.
It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.
I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.
And he doesn’t.
Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.
Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.
He’s assessing every piece of me, to the point I’ve never felt so bare.
I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.
Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.
Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.

3. Salvaged (Saints of Denver) by Jay Crownover

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

4. Stay  (WAG’s, #2) by Sarina Bowen

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch—an anonymous virtual assistant service—is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting… until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth—that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

 

5. Deklan by Shay Savage

My father owes a debt.

I am his currency.

I’m supposed to marry the recently crowned mafia king of the Foley family as repayment for my father’s transgressions. I don’t understand why the Foleys would want me, but I’ve grown up in a crime family, and I know the ugly consequences of not doing what you’re told.

But as the wedding date approaches, the deal changes, and I’m about to be wed to a man I know nothing about. In fact, I don’t even know his last name.
Instead of becoming a mafia princess, I’m marrying the henchman.

Deklan.

After one look at him, I’m not sure I’ll survive the wedding night.

How To Save a Life (Dreamcatcher #1) by Emma Scott

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Synopsis:

Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.

Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.

Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.

Review:

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WOW. I had to take a few days, read some books before I could come back to write this review. Only where do I start? First of all, LOOK AT THAT COVER! BEAUTIFUL.
Secondly, this book broke me. Utterly. I’ve never read anything like this before. I had to put it down so many times only to catch my breath.


Josephine Clark has been through so much. After finding out Jo has been molested by her uncle, Josephine’s mother commits suicide. Now Jo is living with her mother’s cousin, Gerry, who is a trucker. They never stay at one place for more than six months. So now Jo is in a new town and starting a new high school. She has always been the freak with a scar that runs down her cheek, but when she starts Wilson high school in, she finds out that title belongs to Evan Salinger.

“Hey,” I said.
“Hi, Jo.”
What was it about my name in his voice? He was always saying my name. Even in my dreams. ”
 

Evan Salinger is the freak of Planerville. A loner and a mental case. He was sent to a mental institution after he had an episode in the middle of math’s class. Being a foster kid, he gets bullied by his two stepbrothers, Shane and Merle.
Almost every night, Evan goes to the local pool where he jumps in the water and holds his breath and to try to break the world record. One night when he’s under water, Jo sees him and jumps in, thinking he is trying to kill himself. When Evan explains what he’s doing, Jo offers to time him. And this is how their story begins.

“Tell me, Jo,” Evan cried over the roar of the water. “If you love me, tell me you believe. Tell me, please,” he pleaded. “Please.” 

This story was completely different from what I usually read. It was dark and had some shades of paranormal which only made it so much more interesting.

The reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 is because I wished more for Evan. If I go into it more, I will end up spoiling details which I don’t want to do. So if you haven’t read this gem yet, get on it.

“I never told you
I would take your pain if I could
I would drink it down
And take my comfort
In making you ache a little less
For a little while
Did I?
I’ll never know because I never told you that I loved you”

Idol (VIP #1) By Kristen Callihan

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Synopsis:

Libby
I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.
He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

Killian
As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.
Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.
The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything

 

Review:

5stars

“You’re pretty.”
He says it so matter of fact. I snort. “You sound surprised.”
Killian Leans in just a little bit. “Truth? I am. You’ve been scowling at me so much… Ah, there it is again. Glaring hate-fire at me.” The calloused tip of his finger traces the top of my cheek, and my lower belly clenches in shock. Hi voice grown thoughtful. “But when you smile? You kind of glow.”
 

The moment Kristen Callihan publishes a book, I’m on it. Oh, I’m so on it like a cat in heat! Only I was not with Idol. I did get it the moment it was released but it has been sitting on my Kindle until today. And I’m regretting not reading it immediately. I love rock star romances but sometimes they get too much for me and so that was what I was expecting. PLEASE SLAP ME WITH A FISH. Kristen Callihan never disappoints, ever. 

“Babe, if I’ve learned anything about opportunity, it’s that you make it happen. Fear will only hold you back. You can have the world. Just reach for it.”
“I don’t need the world,” she whispers.
“What do you need?” I ask just as softly.
Her hands slide up to my neck, her lips nuzzling my jaw. “You.”
 


Liberty Bell- Yes, that is her name – a young women who lives alone in her grandmother’s house in North Carolina. After the death of her parents, she moved back to her grams house. Liberty is kind of a hermit, she keeps to herself and rarely speaks to anyone. When one night, she finds a bum on her lawn, laying in his vomit, passed out, she decides to go out there and put the hose to good use. And the bumon her lawn ends up being Killian James. 


Killian James is the lead singer and guitarist of the famous rock band Kill John. After the members of Kill Johndecides to take a break, Killian ends up in North Carolina, where he rents a house. He has lost all will to make new music. One night, he ends up drinking and driving, crashing into someone’s lawn and passing out. After being attacked by Liberty, who he names Elly May in his drunken state, she ends up taking care of him for the night. Only come morning, they find out they’re neighbours. 


For Killian it’s refreshing that Liberty doesn’t know who he is. To her he is just her nosy, handsome, annoying neighbour. As they spend time together, their friendship starts to develop into something stronger. But Liberty knows that the day will come when Killian has to return to his old life. And here lies the question, what will happen to Libby and Killian? Will he leave her all alone or will he take her with him?

A smile pulls at my lips. “You want me to stay, Lib?” 
God please let me stay. I’m so damn cold. And my bed is empty.
“Yeah,” she whispers. 

This book was so addictive, I finished it in one sitting. I always fall in love with Kristen’s characters and her way of writing and the only regret I have is starting it so late. 

“Oh, God, you have such a cute little pussy.”
Her head wrenches up, and she glares at me down the length of her body. “Do not call it cute.”
“But it is,” I croon, placing a soft kiss on her pink bud, loving the way it jumps under my touch. I hum in satisfaction. “So fucking cute.”