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BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack

BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora CarmackRage (Stormheart #2)
by Cora Carmack
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Synopsis:

Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If Aurora knows anything, it's that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.

In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.

This feels like more than rage.

It feels like war.

Review

Initial thoughts after finishing: OHHHH SHOOTTTTT, lolllll. Famous last words, amiright?😈 

I always appreciate when books start out just about where the previous one in the series left off and that’s exactly what this one did. The group of hunters had made it back to Pavan only to find out that Aurora’s kingdom is now in complete disarray. It’s easy to tell that something just isn’t right and Aurora knows she needs to do whatever necessary to get into that castle.

This book, to me, felt quite a bit different than the first. The writing itself was just as amazing, if not more, but the story was split off into four different directions this time. While I get that they were all necessary because all were coming from very different people doing very different things, it kind of broke things up for me a little bit. I still obviously very much enjoyed myself, though. 

I loved getting to see Aurora getting more courageous and strong while still making mistakes and making questionable decisions (and actually owning up to them). It was refreshing to see. I also loved that she told Kiran to stuff it more, lol. He was still pretty overprotective but she just kind of was like well, I know you don’t want me to do this but here I am doing it anyway so you can just DEAL, BUDDY. Yassss Queen. 

We were introduced to some new, and very interesting characters that I can’t wait to see more of and obviously we got to spend more time with our old favorites too. (BTW I KNEW IT!!!!!) <–You all will understand that when you read the part I’m talking about. I am dying to know more about that particular part/person. Also I’m still super confused about the Stormlord. Like who TF is he. I’m guessing he’s related to someone we know but I honestly have no theories whatsoever.

Also….that ending……very very VERY VERY interested to see where *that* will take us muahahahah. That’s all I’m giving you for now.  If you liked the first one, you’re definitely going to want to pick this one out as soon as it’s out!

Huge thanks to Netgalley and Tor Teen for allowing me to read an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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About the Author
Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult Romance and YA fantasy.  Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora lives in Austin, TX, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss and her dog Sherlock. But she can always be found on Twitter and Instagram (@coracarmack), Facebook (www.facebook.com/coracarmackbooks), and her website (www.coracarmack.com).

 

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The following is an exclusive excerpt from Rage!

Excerpt 1

Two nights later it was time to make their move. They had left the
Rock hidden deep in the woods, hoping that would be enough to
keep it safe. Aurora had cried as they released their horses to the
wilds. Honey had tried to follow her to the remnant camp, but
listened when Aurora ordered her to stay. For so long, that horse
had been her only company, her only solace. She hated leaving
her behind. But it was impossible to take her with them.
The night died a thousand deaths as they waited for the perfect
moment. Again and again, the dark sky lit up like the world itself
was splitting at the seams. Perhaps it was.
Aurora wore a thick cloak, but when the night was dark be- tween
bolts of skyfire, she could still see the faint glow of her own heart
beneath the fabric. It flickered faster, reminding her with every
frenzied heartbeat that she was about to go home. She was about
to get all the answers she had been desiring and dreading. She
was not the same girl she had been last time she stood this close
to her home. She’d left powerless with nothing more than hope in
her hands, and she’d come back with a storm wrapped around her
heart.
The skyfire storm approached from the southwest, and while it was
not directly upon the city yet, she could already hear the voices of
the remnants carrying on the wind, begging at the city gate for
admittance. She ached to go back to them, to do something, but as
soon as she turned her head in their direction, Kiran was there. His
voice was a low whisper as he said, “There’s no time. We must go
now, while there’s a distraction.”
She understood that, understood that Kiran and the rest of the
hunters were doing this all for her, and she hadn’t even gathered
the courage to tell them why. But she had not realized that once
she came home with magic, she could still feel as utterly powerless
as before.

She opened her mouth to argue, but it was Duke who stopped her
this time. “We can’t fight the storm either, Roar. This is Storm- ling
territory. We would put everyone in greater danger if we tried to
interfere.”
For the thousandth time, she wanted to throw back the hood that
covered her hair and declare to the world that she was Stormling,
that she was home. That she wanted to make things better.
But just as she had been shaped into something new by the
wildlands, Pavan too had changed.
Aurora had done what she could to help in her time among the
remnants. Kiran kept scolding her for giving food and supplies
away for free rather than trying to barter, arguing it made them
stand out too much. But after that display by Casimir, she knew
these people had nothing to trade, and even if they did she would
not take it from them. Each hour had heaped more guilt upon her
shoulders, until she wondered how she could still walk upright.
Once they were inside the city, she would tell Kiran the truth. She
would tell them all the truth. Even if it meant they all left her behind.
Tonight, she had led them all through what remained of Pavan’s
famed wheat fields. They were largely scorched or otherwise
destroyed by storms, and in the few untouched areas, they clearly
had not been tended to in weeks. The land was overgrown with
weeds and other plants.
She could no longer hear the remnants over the rumbling storm by
the time they stopped at their destination, a point on the city wall
far out of sight from the gate where the soldiers’ attention was now
focused. She had been sad to observe in recent days that when a
storm hit, the men on duty seemed more concerned with keeping
remnants out than being on alert should the storm slip through the
city’s Stormling defenses, which meant the only other worry they
had were the soldiers stationed in each of the high towers facing
the cardinal directions. So they had chosen a spot equidistant from
the two nearest towers, and thus their best chance at scaling the
wall unseen.

It was a gamble. But no one expected them to have an earth witch
on their side.
Jinx knelt in the dirt, and reached into the breast pocket of her
leather jacket, pulling out a single seed. She pushed that
insignificant seed into the soil, planting each finger around it like
the roots of a tree.
It took only a few breaths before a tiny green leaf broke through to
open air, unfurling as though taking its first breath. The leaves
grew and multiplied, followed by reaching vines that moved quickly
over the earth until they found the stone wall that surrounded the
city of Pavan. Faster, the vines began to uncurl, reaching higher
and higher, winding about each other to reach the top. Roar
recognized the plant as Rezna’s rest, the same plant she’d relied
on for weeks in the wild to knock her out when she lost her
emotions to a storm. The plant seemed to whisper as it climbed,
gasping and growing in a way that reminded her too much of the
people who were even now grasping the front gates in fear,
begging for mercy, hoping just for a reprieve from the onslaught of
this dangerous world.
When the vines had grown thick and sturdy, Jinx sat back, her
normally tawny face dotted with sweat, and her skin several
shades paler than usual. “That should work,” she said in a whisper.
Ransom was there a moment later to pull her to her feet. Jinx
brushed him off with a cavalier smile and turned to look at the
others.
“Who wants to try first? It’s completely safe. Probably.” “Probably?”
Bait asked, his eyebrows raised in exaggeration. Roar stepped
forward, her voice quiet but firm as she said, “I
will.” She saw Kiran about to object out of the corner of her eye,
and she held up a hand. “I’m doing this.” After all, they were all
only here because of her, because she asked, and because they
now counted her part of their team. Her stomach clenched, and
she re- fused to let herself think about how they might feel
differently soon.

Before anyone else could object, she marched up to the thick vine
and grabbed hold. She lifted her foot, finding a sturdy notch in the
vines, and then pulled herself up a little with her arms. She wanted
to take it slow, to step cautiously, but she knew there was too much
at risk to be anything but quick and efficient. When she reached
the top, she was relieved to find that Jinx had grown the vine not
only up the wall, but down the other side. For one brief second, she
allowed herself to look out over the city of Pavan. There were
hardly any lights to be seen, and the streets were de- serted. She
knew all the people were likely hiding in shelters, but it didn’t stop
the unease she felt at seeing her city so lifeless. If she dared to
lower her shields, she could probably feel the souls of the people
below, maybe even pick up a bit of their emotions, but it was too
dangerous to risk her walls being breached.
She felt the rustle of the vine as someone else began their as-
cent, and quickly threw her legs over to continue her climb down.
When she was a few feet off the ground, she jumped, the sound of
her landing swallowed by a boom of thunder that seemed to shake
the skies.
Kiran was there by the time she found steady footing, having
dropped from the top without bothering to climb down at all. “And
you call me reckless,” she whispered. “You could have bro- ken
your leg.”
He didn’t answer, simply closed the distance between them, curled
his hand around the nape of her neck, and pulled her for- ward into
the softest kiss he had ever given her. It lasted only a moment, but
they stayed close, heads bent together, lips a whisper away. And
slowly, the frenetic beat of her heart eased, the tension in her
fingers loosened, and she felt all her fear slide somewhere farther
back in her mind, pushed away by the intensity that always rose up
between them.
She could do this. They could do this.
This man had taken down hurricanes and lived through fire-
storms, and he loved her. She would tell him the truth, and he

would understand. He had to, because she wasn’t sure how she
could get through the next few days without him. If she searched
for her mother, only to find out the worst . . . she did not know what
she would do then.
Kiran whispered, “I can feel you tensing up again.”
A thump signaled another hunter’s arrival on this side of the wall.
Roar gave Kiran the best smile she could manage and prom- ised,
“Later.”
She had been promising later for days, but this time she meant it.
She pulled him down for another hard kiss, and when they pulled
apart, he looked more worried, not less.
“I promise I will tell you everything—”
He cut her off. “But first, we have to find your mother. I under-
stand, princess.”
She winced, and hoped he did not see it in the dark. “I also need to
find out about what has happened since I left.”
“We all do. We need to know what kind of trouble we are in here.”
Trouble she had dragged them into. Goddess, she was selfish. If
she had any honor, she would tell them right here, right now and
let them leave before they got involved any further. But the greedy
part of her was not going to make it any easier for Kiran to leave
her. If she could just prepare him, and say the right words at the
right time, maybe she did not have to lose everything she had
gained in the last few months.
Kiran laid his palm over her heart, and she felt the zing of sky- fire
rise up to meet his touch. She didn’t think he could feel it, but it
always made her feel as if her heart were too full, as if it might
burst under his attention.
“What are you two up to over there?” Bait asked. Roar hadn’t even
heard him descend. He continued, “Am I going to see some- thing
inappropriate the next time the sky lights up? Because some of us

have virgin eyes. Not from lack of effort, mind you.”
Kiran rolled his eyes, and blew out a steady breath before pull- ing
away. “Nothing to see. Your purity will remain intact.”
“Too bad.” It was dark, but somehow Roar could feel Kiran’s glare
fix on the novice hunter, and by the way the redheaded teen threw
up his hands, he could feel it too. “What? I’m only saying you could
both stand to loosen up. You act like we’re breaking into a hostile
city in the middle of a violent storm during the dead of night and
could be caught and jailed at any moment.”
No one replied for a long moment. By skyfire’s streaking light, they
saw Jinx step down gracefully from the vine and head toward
them.
“What? No laughs for that one?” Bait frowned. “I thought it was
clever.”
“Now’s not the time to be clever,” Jinx said.
 “It’s always a good
time to be clever.”
“No, it isn’t,” Duke said from halfway up the
vine.
The old man took longer than all the rest, and Roar watched
him as best she could in the fractured darkness. She would tell him
second, after Kiran. She was fairly certain he already suspected
her secret, but she would need him on her side if she were going to
convince the crew to stay and help her put things right here. If that
could even be done—the unknowns were unraveling con- stantly in
her mind, threatening to pull her into a panic.
Of course, Duke was not the only one among their group who
suspected Roar had been untruthful about aspects of her past. Sly,
who had somehow appeared on this side of the wall without Roar
ever glimpsing her on the vine, stood leaning against the wall. With
her arms crossed over her chest, and her eyes as sharp as ever,
Sly scanned the abandoned city around them. Roar was relieved
not to have those keen eyes on her for a change.
Ransom was the last to come down the vine, his large body
moving with surprising agility. Roar supposed she shouldn’t be

shocked—he was a hunter, after all.
Once everyone had cleared the wall, Jinx crossed back to the vine.
With a brush of her fingers and a few whispered words of peace,
the vine grew dry and brittle, and broke apart in the wind. After a
few gusts from the storm, there was no evidence of their break-in
to be found.

BOOK REVIEW: Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

BOOK REVIEW: Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora CarmackRoar (Stormheart #1)
by Cora Carmack
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Synopsis:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

7/9/19 Finished the #StormlingReadAlong early and wowwowwow and I SO READY for Rage.  Below is my review from when I first read the book and honestly, my thoughts on it did not change at all!


This was an amazing start to a series that I am already really excited about!! Full, honest review given below. Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Teen for giving me a chance to read this eARC! ♥

Okay, on to the goods. When I saw that Cora Carmack had written a YA Fantasy novel I was PUMPED. I’ve read–more like devoured–her Rusk University novels already and was dying for more. The fact that the “more” was a genre that I am especially obsessed with had me rushing to request an ARC from NetGalley and turing into a fangirly mess once I actually got it.

Honestly, this book was really damn good. The only thing that bothered me was that there were a lot of abrupt changes in POV but that could just be the editing of my ARC and it could be taken care of once the book is actually in print. Other than that, this was such a fresh newpremise!!!! This book is set in a fantasy world where storms of any kind are magical and violent and there are only a select few people called Stormlings that are born with the power to reign them in and protect their kingdoms. Aurora, the main character and heir to the Pavan throne, was born without powers and has had to keep it a secret her entire life. Of course, her mother, the queen, decides that it’ll be a great idea to marry her off to another Stormling prince so that her throne remains secure and her people stay protected. Of course things don’t always go as planned…When Rora feels betrayed by her groom-to-be she sets out with a band of storm hunters to take control of her future and learn how to tame the horrible storms herself.

First of all, we are introduced to an interesting and easily likable/hateable group of characters. It seems at first like there could be a possible love triangle but fear not!! That isn’t a thing in this first book. Rora, or Roar as she eventually becomes known as, was an extremely likeable female lead for me. She falls a little too easily for her male counterparts but given her sheltered life, I guess I can see how she quickly made a connection with two of the first two people who *really* paid her attention. Other than that though, she’s a fighter. She’s stubborn and pig-headed and I’m really excited to see how her future pans out. Locke, the love interest, is VERY swoon worthy (but I can agree that he CAN be a little overprotective at times). Oh my lawd. You guys will see. I’m a big fan…I am curious to see more about Cassius though.  Something tells me that he and Roar will have a hell of a time with a reunion in the next book…

Overall the story is a memorable one. The ending isn’t a huge cliffhanger but does set up for book two perfectly which I will 100% be pining for. I highly recommend!!

BOOK REVIEW: Roar by Cora Carmack

BOOK REVIEW: Roar by Cora CarmackRoar (Stormheart #1)
by Cora Carmack
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Synopsis:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Okay, so there was A LOT of really cool elements and honestly the sequel is set up to be even better than the first, so I’m not looking forward to a year of waiting. On the same note, definitely some corny elements, which is to be expected. All in all though, it was definitely fun!

I’ll start with Aurora, or ‘Roar’. I actually really liked her. She’s a weak heroine, and to be honest, she DOES grow but her character development is far from finished, so by the end of the book, she still had her weak elements. I think some will get annoyed at her for it, but I appreciated it. Not every heroine has to be 100% badass 100% of the time.

At the beginning, she’s a princess who is held in isolation inside her castle by her mother in order to prevent people from finding out she doesn’t have storm magic, which is a hereditary thing in the royal family. So yeah, kinda a big deal that she doesn’t have it. She’s being forced to marry Cassius (more on this lovely chunk of words later) as quickly as possible so she can keep her kingdom before others find out. But as you can tell by the synopsis, Roar runs away, and I won’t say much more than that. I love the direction the author took her in because book two should be GREAT as I said above. Anyway, she has a cute little temper but a good heart and wasn’t overly spoiled by the whole palace life thing.

Now for Cassius, our resident dark and very questionable prince… YES. I am so here for him. He needed MUCH more screen time and I’m hoping he gets it in book two because asldkfja;lsdkjf. The beginning was SO STRONG when he first met Aurora. Like what even, can we please talk about chemistry? But then Roar overhears him and realizes he only plans to use her to get the crown. Whatever guys, I know that is *kinda true* but there’s also a lot more about him that we don’t understand, and he DEFINITELY has a good side too. I’m labeling him as an antihero and you can’t stop me. I have such high hopes for him. He’s kinda like… a baby Darkling?? Yes? Anyone?? (Dearest Cora… please please more Cassius…and Cassius and Roar…)

I kina have a feeling the author was hinting at something between Cassius an Nova but nooooooo aldskfja;ldkfj I need Cassius and Roar.

I’m also super interested in Casimir an the rest of Cassius’s family.

Once Roar runs away, she ends up with a new gang of storm hunters (which are super cool). Actually, let me stop there for a moment. The whole storm fighting and storm hearts thing was really neat and took this from being a typical fantasy book to a super unique magic system and storyline. As I mentioned above, there are definitely some cliches and cheesy parts that you find in most fantasies (especially in the romance egh) but the A+ world building kept me invested even during those times.

That bring me to Locke (resident head storm hunter broody guy). I liked him, but I didn’t fall head over heels with him. I think it was because he was the sole focus for Roar in, and by the end of the book, he kinda felt like a typical overprotective boyfriend who gets angry at anyone who even looks at his girl wrong. I don’t know. I mean, he and Roar did have some chemistry and I didn’t mind him, and I did feel for him and his story, but Cassius is just so much more interesting and I liked his dynamic with Roar more. I CAN’T HELP IT.

To summarize…

The Good:
-really cool world
-freaking cool magic system
-um the storms have personalities? SO COOL
-CASSIUS
-likeable yet weak heroine
-excellent villain development
-A+ set up for the sequel

The ‘eh’:
-romance got cheesy later on
-cheesy writing in the whole ‘love declaration’ blah blah stuff
-Cassius didn’t get enough book time
-not much resolution for things I wanted to see before the sequel (more below)

Before I get into spoilers below, I’ll just say definitely give this book a go if you’re in for a unique fantasy/world and don’t mind romance being the main focus (because it is) – but even if you aren’t huge on that part of it, there’s for sure hope for the sequel.

******SPOILERS BELOW******

Anyway, about 70% of the book is Roar traveling with Locke and his crew, and I did enjoy it and the pacing was pretty good, but at the end, I expected a cliffhanger, but I felt like there was way too much left open. I mean, Cassius never even gets close to her or gets any clues, and I was super disappointed because I was totally on board for a cat and mouse thing (I’m so lame) and Locke never finds out who she is… so we literally had no resolution in this book aside from Locke and Roar getting feelsy. We get a glimpse at Roar’s ‘ability’ which is cool, but not much else. Berlghhg I just need the second book please and thank you.

OKAY OKAY AND WHAAAT CASSIUS IS THE FIRST BORN OGMARGHER YESS I AM HERE FOR THIS.
(Are you guys tired of me talking about Cassius? Sorry.)

All the while Locke and Roar and their gang are doing their thing, there’s another villain being set up in the background so I’m super interested in that. Especially with the last paragraph of the book.

Anyway, is it too early to beg for an ARC of book two? Yes? Poo.

BOOK REVIEW: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack

BOOK REVIEW: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora CarmackAll Broke Down (Rusk University #2)
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Synopsis:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can't only fight for what you believe in... sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

 

I drop my head against the steering wheel and groan. So much for keeping things simple. “You are in so much trouble, Dylan Brenner.”

And trouble’s name is Silas Moore.

Oh em gee…This is a literal OMG. I started another book that made my eyes burn on the SECOND PAGE and thought shit, what will I read now?? So, on Friday at 10 pm (what…I have a life-I DO!), when my book didn’t work, I went to another that my lovely lovely Jennfier had bought me…and from page one on…I WAS A GONER.

“Are you hurt?” I ask.
A flash of a smile has a field of goose bumps sprouting along my arms. “You worried about me, Pickle?”
I throw my head back and groan.
“I’m going to kill him.”

One word, Y’all…one word: SILAS. I just…I can’t even. This book just popped out at me one day and I couldn’t help but mark it as TBR. I mean…football. But I never thought I’d actually read it, ya know?? I thought it was a filler that would sit there for years and eventually I would delete it on one of my epic TBR sweeps (just did one recently, Hallelujah!). But no, for some reason, on a late Friday night when I needed a pick me up, fate led me to this hidden gem…and I couldn’t be a happier little Silas fangirl. XD

And…fuck.
Just fuck.
I could probably live the rest of my life only using that word and it would sum things up fine.

So, here’s the deal, I’m guna level with you all-I have written a LOT of fangirl reviews lately. A LOT. A LOT A LOT. And I am tired, lol. I HATE when this happens right when I read a wonderful book that was not only well-written and sexy, but surprisingly heartfelt and addicting without being trashy. I had so much to say while I was reading-I mean, from the first chapter I was out of breath from all the butterflies attempting to escape through my throat. There is just something so sweet about a boy that has always had it rough, who is fighting for something he thinks is so out of his reach, and finding the girl of his dreams while trying to achieve greatness. And, better yet, thinking he doesn’t deserve the girl who lights up his whole life.

His lips are still at my ear, and he lowers his volume so that Matt won’t hear. “I promise not to get you dirty. Unless you ask real nice.”
I don’t even…I can’t…Oh my God.


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Oh! And a little tidbit for those who hate this kind of thing (It personally has never bothered me): No slut shaming. Well….I didn’t think there was. Maybe I’m wrong? Anyway-My point in all this-I’ve written a lot of reviews for a lot of books in the last three weeks (the majority of them 5’s), and I am officially worn out on writing them lol. So, if this review falls short, in the end, it is not for a lack of perfection in this novel. No, the reason for shorting my poor, tortured Silas is because this bitch be tired. I am just…ugh. So tired.

His eyes really are far too pretty for a guy like him. Dudes who look dangerous should just be dangerous. Period. The end. They should not be dangerous and beautiful all at the same time. It leaves the universe out of balance, and it makes me do stupid things like stare.

I think the most charming thing about this story…is it’s writing. I mean, I don’t judge that harshly on books, really, but I certainly can appreciate a well-written and humorous story. The reason this is so wonderful, to me, is that the book didn’t merely rely on sex and witty banter and a smoldering hot male who only has eyes for our girl (He is a former manwhore-a plot I know most people might be tired of, but that I NEVER grow tired of, tee-hee). There was a lot of that-the sexy looks, the ‘I’m falling for you but I’ll take what I can get’, the broken and torturedness-but it wasn’t the only thing. And that, in NA, is amazing.

I will never be able to turn this girl down. Whatever she wants from me, it’s hers. No matter what she asks for, I’ll find a way to give it to her. She may not be mine, but somewhere along the way, I ended up hers.

The heart and soul of this story, though, is how much Silas wanted to make something of himself, to break the barrier of being just a brat who grew up in non-homes and trailers. He met Dylan in the oddest of circumstances…one might say they were immediately ‘handcuffed’ together


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(LMAO I AM SO NOT CLEVER BUT BAHAHA). And from that moment on, he was intrigued by her. Tied to her. Into her. And, most importantly, protective of her.

His tongue peeks out to worry at his swollen, busted lip, and I feel a wave of heat curl up my spine.
Totally inappropriate. Totally psychotic because he is way out of my league. Or I’m way out of his league, I don’t know. Either way, someone is out of someone’s league.

GAWD his protectiveness just got me. I ADORED HIM. He could get violent, an offense that almost loses his place on the team, but he never got where I think people reading this would get a bad vibe from him. He thinks with his fists first, especially when it comes to his girl, but never in a, hmm, psycho way. And, despite what I implied…no insta-love. Just no. Stop it. Stop thinking that. STOP IT! But boy oh boy…I was pleased with their first….encounter.

I want to make her come so hard that for the rest of her life, she remembers me anytime someone touches her. I’m going to leave my mark on her perfect body, beneath the skin where she’ll never get me out.
I want to ruin her for anyone else.
And I’m pretty damn good at ruining things.


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Dylan was also a character I really enjoyed. She knew what she wanted. She was goal oriented and into helping others who cannot help or speak for themselves. She never blew Silas off because he didn’t grow up like her, and she never felt above him…but this was also a part of the story in ways they need to overcome-Just to be clear. I can’t say she was as good as Silas, but *Scoffs* who is, am I right? However, she was a great heroine and she didn’t make me cringe, roll my eyes, or anger me in a way that endangered my enjoyment of the story. I loved her in a lot of ways, and she was always there for my beautiful broken football player.

Except I’m starting to think that the idea of “belonging” anywhere is false. We go through our whole lives thinking that we belong in one place and not in another. We think certain ideas and actions have to be relegated to the tiny little boxes we place them in. What if we just react instead? What if we take whatever the world gives us and instead of focusing on what it isn’t, we enjoy what it is?

So, you know, my fingers are ITCHING to type more about Silas and his jealousy and his fierce protectiveness and possessive tendencies and his loyalty and his loving nature and his longing to be good enough for her and…oopsy poopsy. My bad….


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But I think this said enough. And hell, if I need to add more tomorrow, I will. I mean, I get to add my quotes next and EEEEPSSSS that is my favorite part. Who wants to be too tired to enjoy re-reading my favorite Silas moments?? Not I. But, I digress-I just recently went on a deleting massacre of my TBR, and Cora’s other popular series, Losing it, was deleted because I knew I’d never read it and it had been on there since, like, 2012. But, you know…I think I might be re-evaluating that decision. Hmmm….is that a pig in the sky?? Because that has NEVER happened before. What? I can admit when I’m wrong.

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I will never be able to turn this girl down. Whatever she wants from me, it’s hers. No matter what she asks for, I’ll find a way to give it to her. She may not be mine, but somewhere along the way, I ended up hers.

Ahhh!!! I am beyond excited I decided to give this one a try. Started another book, didn’t get any feels, picked this one up….and ALLL THE FEELSSSSS!!! Silas stole my heart from page one-SO unexpected!


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