Defying Gravity (Kendra C. Highley)

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Disclaimer: This book contains enough sexual tension to melt snow, the hottest near-kiss in the history of near-kisses, and a sexy snowboarder determined to win the heart of the girl he loves.

Zoey Miller lives for her holidays in Aspen. Her time up on the mountain with the Madison brothers, Parker and Luke, is everything. But for the first time, it’s not enough. This time, she’s determined to win one of the brothers’ hearts.

But the brother she has in mind is a renowned player, with hordes of snow-bunnies following him around Snowmass resort. And the other…well, he’s her best friend and knows she deserves better. Namely him. And he’s going to win her heart.


Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog in the next few days to get her take on it.

This was my second book by Kendra C. Highley, as I read the first book of this series, Finding Perfect, last year and really enjoyed it – you can check out my review of it here. And once again, I really liked this one:).

The book is told in dual POV, from Zoey and Parker’s points of view, and told in the third person. Though this is not my favorite type of writing, I still enjoyed it a lot, and the 2 voices were clearly distinct. Also, damn, they were funny.

I had liked Zoey by the end of book 1, because she was an awesome friend to Paige, and I liked her even more here. Zoey is always put together while at school, and mostly hides her true self most of the time, except when she’s in Aspen, with her best friend. I really liked that although she was the typical Queen-Bee at school, she was not really like that, and she grows a lot during this book and learns that while she’s hiding stuff, she won’t ever be truly happy.

Parker was dreamy dreamy. He has always lived in the shadow of his older brother, not really having an opportunity to shine himself, but he won’t let Luke get the one thing he loves most of all, his BFF and the girl he loves. I thought it was amazing how each brother had their strongest fields, and that they could both be AMAZING at slightly different things. And it was amazing to see Parker finally get his time to shine.

I loved Zoey’s relationship with Parker. They have been best friends since forever, and they’re always themselves around each other, with no pretense or bullshit (or makeup). The progression from friendship to more had been a long time coming, and they were truly two halves of the same whole – according to their moms… Yeah… their moms were their biggest shippers. It bothered me a bit that Zoey was so adamant to pursuit Luke, though I understood her fear: Luke was just easier, because if it didn’t work out, she wouldn’t lose her best friend. But I still could have done with a little less indecision from her front. I’m still not sure how I feel about Luke, because while I do think he’s not a bad guy, I really didn’t like some of his actions during this book.

The inclusion of Paige and Ben, from book 1, in the story was perfect, and it was so great to see where they stood.

The plot was fun and lighthearted, but with a good message: you have to be yourself to be complete. The dialogues and interactions between the main characters were awesome, and charged. It was a really enjoyable read, and I have to recommend this YA series… it’s so much fun.

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (9): Day 2

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Hello! I was tagged, for the 9th time to to the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. Thanks to Percy @PERCY READS for tagging me.

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (consider yourself tagged!)

Yesterday I posted a quote from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, today I’m doing one from Like Candy by Debra Doxer and you can check out my review of this book here.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (9): Day 1

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Hello! I was tagged, for the 9th time to to the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. Thanks to Percy @PERCY READS for tagging me.

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (consider yourself tagged!)

Today I’m posting a quote from Me Before You from Jojo Moyes, and you can check out my review of this book here.

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A Fine Mess (Kelly Siskind)

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Some guys should come with a warning label . . . 

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn’t do relationships or promises or feelings. He’s never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She’s sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn’t easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart . . .

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I’M SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS BOOK! Eheh. This is my third Kelly Siskind’s book. I’ve read Chasing Crazy, which I loved, and then I read My Perfect Mistake, which is the first book if the Over the Top series, and I also loved it, so I was expecting great things for this one, and let me tell you: it did not disappoint.

Once again the writing was just perfection, the right mix of funny and emotional. I loved the dual POV and the clear difference between Sawyer and Lily’s voices – because they’re like night and day.

I already loved these two characters, but I was surprised by how much we didn’t really know them until this book, and by how much more depth they both had. Lily was definitly unique and I wasn’t expecting that little twist, and I thought it was genius. Kudos to Siskind for including such a frowned upon disorder and giving us a peek into the real issues behind it. I loved Lily all the more because of it. And Sawyer, oh boy… Sawyer was beyond amazing! I loved Kolton from book 1, but kid or no kid, I think Sawyer is now my favorite. He was just wonderful!

I feel like I’m repeating myself way too much, but I loved loved loved their romance – I had been waiting for it since Aspen. In a way it was crazy fast, but at the same time it really wasn’t, given that they had known each other, and had feelings for each other for months. Their chemistry was off the charts, and I really liked how they didn’t judge each other and were so supportive.

The fallout was heartbreaking, but I think it was needed, especially for Lily to realize how awesome she is all by herself, and doing what she needed to do (and for her to know that she could do it!). But Sawyer’s state… it broke my heart! But then the ending was perfect, just perfect! I loved how he put himself in her hands… PERFECT!!!!

The side characters were amazing as usual, and I loved to have a glimpse at Shay and Kolton – and to know that public places are very much still their thing, and Raven and Nico… I’m dying to know their story😀 (especially after that last chapter!!!!).

Guys, if you haven’t yet read any book of this series, what are you waiting for? These books are perfect!!!! Go read them, NOW!

Impossible Love (Kimberly Readnour)

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A surprise vacation that offers more than relaxation… 

College Senior Kayla Cannon has a plan: obtain her R.N. license and begin the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Focused on studies, Kayla has zero time for romance. And everything falls into place until she goes on vacation to Kauai, and tour guide, Kai Hale, keeps showing up with his swoon-worthy abs. Kayla’s perspective changes once she gets to know Kai better. But one thing holds firm; her V-card won’t be handed over so easily. Or will it? 

Infatuation or first love? Either way, are they strong enough to survive the impossible…

Kai Hale is living the life — tour guide by day, playboy by night. At the age of twenty-four, he has no aspirations for settling down. That is until a sexy brunette shows up on his tour. He can’t get the pesky mainlander out of his head. And running into her everywhere isn’t helping. When fate lands them together, he decides to take a chance — even if that chance risks breaking his heart in the end.


First of all, I want to tell you that I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as buddy read, you can check out her review here. Then, WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS MONTH?!o_O

I didn’t like this one… I’m so sorry, because I really thought that a romance in Hawaii would be amazing, but it just didn’t work for me.

The writing was OK-ish, nothing stood out in either a good or bad way, though there were some repeated sentences that just didn’t make much sense to me at some points. Also, I need to say a word about the names… Kai and Kayla are way too similar =/.

My biggest problem here were the characters, I just couldn’t connect with either of them. I found Kayla very inconsistent and in the end, I still think she wasn’t totally fleshed out. Kai is portrayed as a player from the start, but he falls faster than anyone else I ever saw. The instalove in this book is ridiculous! I’m ok with instalust, but this was much more. These 2 were saying how deep their feelings were after a few days of being together and not knowing each other well at all.

The relationship between them is fast and intense, but not in a good way. Most of their thoughts about each other revolve around how hot the other one is, and not about the deeper and more important stuff that actually makes a person. This is particularly bad in Kayla’s case, a girl that in the first chapters were saying how she needed to have deep feelings for someone to give herself over… well… it only just took a look at Kai’s abs and she was ready! (-_-)’

I was not a fan of this.

The story and plot have 2 major points besides the romance, and I think that one of them was not done properly at all. At some point, this very huge thing, takes a backstage to “Kai Kai Kai“, and it really shouldn’t have. The second plot point could have been handled better too, and I was kind of hoping for it to go a little deeper, but unfortunately that was not the case.

There there’s some very unnecessary drama, and I’m still not sure what happened at some points in this book, because those actions made no sense to me.

I did like the descriptions of the island of Kauai, and I wouldn’t mind going there at all!:)

All in all, this was another disappointing read, and I can’t really recommend it to anyone. So, proceed at your own risk😉.

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book With Music

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Everyone loves music. Choose a book where music is a big part of the story“. After perusing my read shelf on Goodreads, I realized that I read a lot of books with music… that only have one cover. Eheh! So, I’m using Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover.


Original COver:

I love the original US cover. It’s very “CoHo”.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

This book is not out in Portugal yet, but it is in Spain. I’m not my favorite cover, but it’s not the worse either.

Favorite COVER(s):

                                               

I really like the German cover – I’m blaming the pinks and purples. The I love love love the original US cover.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                 

I really don’t like these covers. The Dutch one reminds me of a few others NA books, the Indonesian seems so dark and the Polish… yeah… i don’t like it.

Blog Tour: Stroked (Meghan Quinn)

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We’re celebrating the release of STROKED by Meghan Quinn! 

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STROKED by Meghan Quinn

Scheduled to release: July 20, 2016

NA Romantic Comedy

Cover designer: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae

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Review:

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Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god. 

His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water. 

On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal. 

I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him. 

There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers. 

What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.


When I read the blurb, I got the idea that this book would have some kind of triangle or cheating, something along those lines, but that’s not the case at all. Just to put your mind at ease😉 .

This was my second book by Meghan Quinn, and once again I really enjoyed the writing. The book is told in 3 different POVs, two main ones, Paisley and Reese, and then Bellini has the occasional POV (that I found to be more for comic relief than anything else).

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I really liked Paisley and Reese, both were complex characters, who complemented each other quite well. I really liked their connection and their chemistry, either as co-workers and as a couple. But I loaded Bellini… yeah, I know that was the whole point, but I really hated her, even though her chapters were hilarious.

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I found great the importance that Paisley gave her job and her goals, and I really liked that there was no actual mixing business with pleasure here. I absolutely loved the Olympic theme throughout the book, and I found Reese kind of inspirational.

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About the side characters, I thought Reese’s friends were amazing, and I can’t wait for the next two books to read a whole lot more about them. Now, about Paisley’s BFF Jonathan… I was slightly disappointed in him and in the direction of his storyline.

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I found the plot a bit predictable, but still very entertaining and well achieved. I will definitly recommend this book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next two. Olympic swimmers and divers?! Gimme gimme!

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About the Author:

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. 

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Giveaway:

Signed STROKED paperback

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Blog Tour:

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