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BOOK REVIEW: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

BOOK REVIEW: It Ends With Us by Colleen HooverIt Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
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Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

I. Am. DONE.

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I do NOT like books that manipulate me. I do NOT like authors who think it teaches life lessons by making everything literally the WORST scenario possible. I do NOT like books that I endorse, tell 100 people to read (when I’m at 47%) because it was so amazing-wonderful-addicting-beautiful, and then have to eat crow because a million dreadful things have to happen to get to the fucking point.

And for those who ADORED this book, do NOT come at me and tell me I am wrong, didn’t understand the message, whatever. I do NOT like being manipulated (SEE ABOVE) when I was already okay with how things would eventually turn out. I didn’t need five more fucking stabs in the stomach to get the fucking message.

For those who keep talking about all their feelings and how they are having trouble writing a review because of all their feeeeeelings…that’s manipulation you’re feeling, people. And I am so mad I don’t care who I’m offending. I loved the idea behind this book. I did. And even though I felt so much love in one way, I was okay with the devastation everyone spoke of. But then-All. That.

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SHIT.

I will never forgive Hoover for this. Ever. I think I am FINALLY done this time. I am ALWAYS the black sheep on her books…and I have no fucking clue why I keep coming back for more. Probably because I loved Miles (THE ONLY BOOK I’VE EVER LOVED BY HER, making me the opposite of everyone, yet again) so much and want another win…but there’s only so much bullshit I can ingest per author and she might have just met her quota.

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And it’s this author’s twisted sense of life lessons we need to learn. Oh, and PS, I LOVED BOTH GUYS SO MUCH IT HURTS-so don’t even try that one on me.

Sorry, guys. I slept on it, and I was even madder today. And I assume my attitude concerning this novel will only get worse, so it’s best I post today and let it be.

 

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BOOK REVIEW – Addicted to You (Addicted #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

BOOK REVIEW – Addicted to You (Addicted #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca RitchieAddicted to You (Addicted #1)
by Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
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Synopsis:

She's addicted to sex. He's addicted to booze...the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway's biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale's best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they've pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They've mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

Review:
Our selfishness wedges between us. Neither of us is willing to give up what we love for each other. Not yet. And I’m not sure what it’s going to take to let go of our addictions. – Lily

The premise of this book sounded utterly fascinating.  A sex addict (Lily Calloway) and alcoholic (Loren Hale) who have been best friends since childhood and pretend to be in a relationship to keep their addictions a secret from their families?  Intrigued!  Add in fact that the characters opulence is floated throughout the pages and I was sold!  In the beginning,  I was enamored with their lifestyle, decisions and struggles.  It honestly felt as though I was devouring a book that would be a perfect fit as a reality show on TV.   Wealth, addiction, lies, sex, alcohol, family.  Flawless, right?  But while all of these features initially drew me in, they started to drain me.  I felt as though I was drowning in their ill choices and hardships.  And in the end, it took too large of a toll on me.

Why can’t I have an addiction that people understand? It’s a vile thought—to wish for an addiction many die with. I’d rather have none at all, but for some reason, I never allow myself that option. – Lily

This stories portrayal of their addictions felt real.  And while I’ve read stories with addictions before, none have ever felt as though the addiction is as huge as the main character.  Where it is a constant state that never stops breathing.  Watching Lo (Loren) be a functioning alcoholic and start drinking from the moment he woke up from passing out hurt.  It pained me to watch someone struggle with such a strong addiction.  Maybe I’m more sensitive since I watched one of my good friends father’s be a functioning alcoholic.  Happy and present, until it killed him.  With pages upon pages of Lo constantly having a drink in his hand, of saying and doing hurtful things because of his drunkenness, my god it devastated me.  Every second of his day pained me except for the moments where he would say something beautiful and sweet to Lily.  They did truly love each other, but it never felt as though it was enough to outweigh their addictions.  Now Lily’s sex addiction?  It was depressing also.  Instead of being hot (not sure why I thought it would be that way because hellllllllo, it’s an addiction!), I wanted to cry for this girl who couldn’t control her sex addiction.  Who ended up in potentially hazardous situations all to get her next fix.  Can I go in the corner and sob now please?

I can’t do this again. “I’ll stop, not the sex, but the motels, the unknown texts, Craigslist—”
“Craigslist?!” he yells. “What the fuck, Lily? You know who solicits for sex on those things? Child molesters and perverts, not to mention it’s fucking illegal.”
“I didn’t use it!” I shout back, my cheeks flaming. “I was just looking.” – Lily

Even though I could feel their pain radiating off of the pages, I couldn’t make myself connect to either Lo or Lily.  Ironically, the one I did connect with showed up a little later in the story and his name was Connor.  He was rude, presumptuous, and hilarious.  I loved the moments that he was around Lily and Lo because it helped add humor and scenes that didn’t have me wanting to curl into the fetal position and just cry.  So unfortunately, Addicted to You was too depressing for me.  I knew going into the book that it dealt with addictions, but I didn’t expect to be drowning in their sorrows and hearth-aches on what felt like every page.  I wasn’t ale to find many slivers of hope, besides Connor.  So no, I won’t be continuing on with this series.

BOOK REVIEW – Asa (Marked Men #6) by Jay Crownover

BOOK REVIEW – Asa (Marked Men #6) by Jay CrownoverAsa (Marked Men #6)
by Jay Crownover
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Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

Review:

That was the perfect ending to such a pleasurable series.  Not only did we get to watch Asa’s incredible story unfold, but we also got snippets of all of the other characters that we love.  As if that wasn’t enough, we were left with an amazing epilogue!  Happy tears were falling down my face, and I honestly could not be more satisfied with the way this series ended!

To say that Asa had lived a hard life would be an understatement.  Asa went to jail, played people, and did beyond horrific things that earned him that spot in the hospital bed back in Jet’s book.  It took him almost dying and his sister giving him a second chance for him to see the light.  He finally wanted to at least try and live his life on the law abiding side.  Asa and Royal are in the same circle of friends, and there’s no denying their underlying current of chemistry.  But Royal is a cop who has arrested Asa in the past.  After a horrifying event went wrong on a call, Royal wants Asa.  She doesn’t want to fight her feelings anymore, and Asa should be a sure thing right?  But it’s not so simple, and the fun has just begun!

I was ecstatic to read our southern charmer’s story, because Asa had already won me over in the previous books!  And honestly, he made me grin constantly.  I didn’t care that he was a criminal.  I didn’t care that he automatically wanted to do what was “wrong” and had to fight those daily urges.  He was alluring, dark, charming, hot and I had already fallen right into his trap.  And when the good sides of him peeked out, oh my goodness he was amazing!  But at the same time, he made me want to fix him.  He had a tainted view of himself from his past actions, and did not see himself as redeemable or that he deserved anything good in his life.  Even if that good made him exceedingly happy.  I think that’s one of the reasons he started to test Royal.  And while it hurt my heart to watch it all unfold, I loved how Royal reacted!

Just like Asa, I loved Royal when we met her in some of the previous books.  She was smart, straight forward, made me laugh, and I could not wait to see what she was going to say or do next. It warmed my heart that she pushed Asa to try and see himself differently.  And I was rooting for her from page one, even while she struggled immensely with an action she watched unfold.  While they were both wonderful separately, when Asa and Royal were together they were electric!  Their level of sexual tension was through the roof hot!  And when it finally proceeded down that avenue, I didn’t know if fanning myself was enough since you could literally feel their heat radiating off of the pages.  Their chemistry of course led to one of my favorite scenes being about a shower and a cracked door.  WOW, I’ve never read anything like that before! *claps out loud*

I am sad to say goodbye to these characters that I adore and love.  But with the Saints of Denver coming next year, it looks like we might get a peak here and there of our beloved crew.  But till then, it warmed my heart to see how much everyone has grown over time.  That each one of our Marked Men got their own version of a happily ever after!  It’s been a great journey, and I am so happy that I got to discover their world!

P.S. I love that Royal loved pop music and Britney Spears!  I always get a song or two stuck in my head that reminds me of the storyline while reading a book.  For Asa and Royal’s story it was Criminal and Toxic.  And I literally screamed out loud when Jay Crownover had Toxic on Asa and Royal’s Playlist haha!  Of course their playlist was my favorite of this series!

*ARC kindly provided by HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

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Rule by Jay Crownover
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Rome #3
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Nash #4
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Rowdy by Jay Crownover
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BOOK REVIEW: Keep Me (Grayson Sibling #1) by Faith Andrews

BOOK REVIEW: Keep Me (Grayson Sibling #1) by Faith AndrewsKeep Me (Grayson Sibling #1)
by Faith Andrews
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Synopsis:

Sexy, tatted up, underwear model Marcus Grayson is every girl’s dream—or more likely worst nightmare. He’s a player, a self-proclaimed bachelor for life, and he’s got no problem living up to his man-whore status. But when his older sister’s friend comes back from the past, he may just have the chance to turn some of his adolescent fantasies into reality.

Tessa Bradley is a self-sufficient, take-no-bull, single mother—well, now she is. Finally rid of her abusive, alcoholic ex, she’s making a new life for herself and catching up with old friends; the ones she was forced to break ties with because of her controlling husband. When she runs into Marcus, her friend Riley’s once-adorable turned smoking-hot little brother, she has no idea how he’s about to rock her world.

Review:

Keep Me was a sweet, feel-good read that kept a smile on my face and made my heart race. Although it did delve into issues that were deeper than I had expected, those scenes added an extra layer of depth and intensity. At the end of the book, I closed my kindle feeling happy that I got to stumble into Marcus and Tessa’s world.

I tangled my hands in her now-messy hair, and whispered in her ear, “You. Are. Addicting.” – Marcus

Marcus Grayson is a man-whore. He knows it and revels in the fact that he can have anyone he wants. It doesn’t help that he is a tatted underwear model and constantly has women throwing themselves at him. His path is about to cross with Tessa Bradley, a blast from the past. Tessa was his older sister’s best friend. He thought she was gorgeous and did everything in his power to obtain her attention, even if only momentarily. But that was years ago, and Tessa’s world has just crumbled to the ground. Her husband isn’t around anymore and she is being forced to get a job and leave her sweet baby boy, Luca, in daycare. When Tessa and Marcus run into each other, the sparks fly. From here it takes a sexy turn, but how can Tessa deal with any type of interaction with Marcus when she’s still struggling from her past? And better yet, can a play-boy actually change his ways?

Holding my son close to my chest I silently sobbed, wishing my life could have been different – good, like right now. Instead, I was all screwed up, jaded and broken, with no foreseeable way to fix it. – Tessa

Our journey begins with alternating chapters between Marcus and Tessa’s voice. I preferred Tessa to Marcus in the beginning, because I wanted to understand her plight and her struggles. But as the story progressed, Marcus started to get under my skin. I didn’t want to fall for a player, but his kindness and gentle heart kept sneaking out. He won me over with how he interacted with his sister, the sweet act he does in memory of his mom, and how he treats Tessa and Luca. He’s a good guy underneath that tattooed, cocky exterior and I ended up loving to hear his side of the story too.

Everything I’d worked for in the last six months was slowly vanishing. My dignity, my independence, my morals. And the worst part was…it felt good. – Tessa

Tessa is devastated with how parts of her life have progressed. She is shattered, she is damaged and she has walls built up. While letting in an old friend, Marcus’ sister, is one thing, allowing a man to enter her heart is another. I had a lot of fun watching Marcus try and wiggle his way into her bed and heart. They have this physical connection that is steamy and off the charts hot. I had to fan my face quite a few times because sometimes the verbiage went outside my comfort zone. And that is because Marcus brings out her dirty, wild side. Who knew she could be like that? Wow. But Tessa better watch out because not only is Marcus sexy and fun, but he could be a danger to her walls.

He stared down at me, his hand caressing my cheek. How he could be so tender while being so…hot, I didn’t understand. “I can give you what you need. And you…you’re everything I never knew I wanted.” – Tessa

Keep Me is a quick, easy read that you’ll want to grab when you need to find hope, happiness and a heart-warming story. I can’t wait to continue the series to see what happens to Riley, Marcus’ sister.

PS I LOVE that at the end of the book, Faith Andrews has a playlist which includes the song Laid by James. Some of the lyrics are perfect and I’ve always loved that song!

***ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

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Keep Me by Faith Andrews
Keep Me #1
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Keep Her #2
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BOOK REVIEW – The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #1) by Jessica Sorenson

BOOK REVIEW – The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #1) by Jessica SorensonThe Coincidence of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #1)
by Jessica Sorensen
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Wow, an absolute page turner…I only started this novel because I was bored and then I just couldn’t put it down-Isn’t that always how it happens? I finished it in less than a day.

A story that can be explained as both tragic and happy, where two people truly “meet” under the worst of cirumstances. They are forever imprinted into each other’s lives, never to forget not only that one circumstance that fatefully pulls them together, but all the events that lead up to it. They both have dark secrets and scars (both physical and mental) to show for those secrets, and no one who has truly cared to know what’s beneath Kayden’s scars or Callie’s sudden baggy clothing meant to shield herself from the rest of the world.

They both have crutches that help them to get through their dark times, and it truly horrified me that they felt they needed to do these things to feel alive again. It saddens me to think of all the people in plain sight that feel they have no one to turn to for emotional support or help, that they feel they need to do these things..it’s heartbreaking. And that’s the way I felt the whole novel, just when one of them would experience something happy, they would go to a dark place, much like how their lives were at certain points of time.

The whole novel keeps leading up to a dramatic ending we know is coming, but it doesn’t effect the shock factor of what comes to be, despite us knowing that we are being lead somewhere we don’t want to go. The final words give me the chills, finalizing what happens with a bang.

So until the release of the second novel, I’ll be waiting and hoping for the best in the second book, because I don’t think I could survive another brutal cliffhanger like this one.

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