When I Fall (J. Daniels)

For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible.

Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.

Not my dick. My dick is good.

The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me — sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming.

My heart is about to get f**ked. My dick can sit this one out.

I’m loving this series! The characters and stories just keep getting better and better, and they’re all just so different… I love it. See my reviews of Where I Belong and All I Want.

I’ve been curious about Reed since book 1, because he was  always described as a manwhore, but I knew something had happened to him in the past, so I was curious to see how that had affected his actions. I loved Reed! I loved how unapologetic he was about who he was, but he also didn’t deny his feelings, and never lied to Beth. He was all in since the beginning, even if he wasn’t aware of it.

And Beth was just such a great and amazing person. I was a bit scared about the darkness that had been in her life for so long, but she was a survivor, and she still kept a positive view of the world, so it was impossible not to love her. Also, I just loved that this girl didn’t care what she looked like and what she wore.

The romance was also great, and I loved these 2 together. They had amazing chemistry and it was so clear how they felt for each other.

I only had a couple of things that weren’t that great. For one, the romance starts very much as instalove, and while I did like the way it played out, I still wish they had gotten to know each other a little bit more, before the big feelings came into play.

Another small issue I had was with Beth’s family life. I wanted more details on what had happened between her and Rocco, I wanted to see even more of her bonding with her uncle and aunt, because I felt like they accepted her very easily without almost any questions, and I just needed a bit more, you know? Then there’s the matter of her missing parent, and how she’s so willing to accept it… even though I understood her reasons, I wanted her to be a bit more skeptical, but hey, she was a positive view of everything kind of girl, so I cannot really blame her.

Overall, I really really enjoyed this one, and I’m excited for the next couple of books. I love the group dynamics, and I just adore that Reed considers Mia and Tessa his BFFs, eheh. Can’t wait to read the next one…

Something I Need (Lena Lowe)

Jonte Williamson has a dream: become Nashville’s next big star. Finding herself unexpectedly homeless hot off the plane wasn’t part of her grand plan.

Cash Bellini is a simple man: he loves his twin sister, Dolly, hates country music, and stays far away from anything more complicated than that.

When Jonte stumbles into Cash’s bar, helping out the homeless country music wannabe is the last thing on his agenda. Pity someone forgot to send the memo to his too-big heart and meddling twin. Throw in a pair of baby blue cowboy boots, a pool table and a splash of tequila, and these two are set to ignite in a hot sexy mess! Will either of their hearts survive the tug-o-war between what they want and what they need?

This was yet another book from Netgalley that I’ve had for ages, and the time has arrived 😀 !

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in the beginning, but I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would initially. The writing wasn’t totally my cup of tea, as the book is told in the third person, and even though it is told through dual POV, I wasn’t always sure which POV I was actually reading at some points.

I liked Jonte and Cash as characters, there was depth to both of them, and they did have chemistry. There’s also some great character growth and some great friendships within this book.

My main issues were the plot and the pacing. I liked the romance in the book, and the musical element of the plot. But the main conflict happens a bit early, and it takes a long time to get through it. More than anything, I really hated those last 15% of the book is Cash trying and failing to solve the problem, especially because his attempts were so dumb! That really threw me off, because these characters were not having a conversation about what plagued them, and that’s what they truly needed.

The book also dragged a lot in the beginning and then again at the last portion, so the pace was weird, unfortunately.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and it still made me want to pick up the following book, to see where these characters are 🙂 .

Betting the Bad Boy (Stefanie London)

Self-confessed perfectionist Paige Thomas isn’t used to failing. But when a critical error in romantic judgment sends all her big city career dreams crashing down, she scrambles to find a job — any job — to make ends meet.

Noah Reid may as well have “trust issues” tattooed on his forehead. Being raised in the foster system didn’t give him a positive outlook on relationships, but now he’s looking after his best friend’s bar for one month, and he can’t do it alone.

Things get steamy when Noah hires Paige, but she’s determined not to repeat her mistakes and she bets Noah that she can keep her hands to herself while they’re working together. Too bad for her, Noah is an expert at breaking the rules…

Hi guys. I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog tomorrow to check out her take on this book.

I wasn’t expecting to actually like this book as much as did, mostly because I knew nothing about this series or the author. But I did enjoy it a lot, and this book is different from most of my reads in one thing: the SETTING! Betting the Bad Boy is set in Melbourne, Australia 😀 .

The writing was pretty good on this one, even though it is told in dual POV in the third person, the characters’ inner thoughts were different enough that I was able to always know who was “talking” at a certain point. I do think this would have been even better if it was told in 1st person, but I always thing 1st person would be better in romances…

I loved Paige and Noah. Paige was an independent girl, who was fighting for the future she wanted, and wasn’t afraid to do whatever she had to to follow her dreams. While Noah had been burned so much in his past, that he thought he didn’t want to set roots, depending only on himself and afraid to be hurt by the people he loved. While Paige wanted commitment and a set plan, Noah wanted none of that. It was interesting to see how such different personalities meshed. Noah helped Paige be more open to possibilities, and Paige showed Noah how it was ok to want more from his life.

I really liked the romance, because the chemistry was very much there from the very beginning, and these two were so cute and right together. My only issue about it happened by the end of the book, and I really wish that the author had found some other way to “solve” their issues. But overall, I really really enjoyed Betting the Bad Boy, and I highly recommend this book. I now want to get my hands on book 1 and 2 of this series, because  want to know more about the characters.

European Tour (L.V. Lewis)


Broken. Guilt-ridden. Ready to start over.

Brody Kent walked away from the pinnacle of rock superstardom and never looked back. Financially, he never has to work again, but takes jobs as a personal assistant to keep his mind — and other things — busy. The women he works for always want something, and he’s more than willing to help. But when he’s sent to work for a pop princess, Brody will do anything to make her happy — even if it means admitting the ugly truth about his past.

Smothered. Talented. Ready to start her life.

Successful pop star, Skylar Samuelson is about to embark upon the turning point of her career — a summer tour in Europe. Her manager mother has promised to pull back and allow her full reign of the overseas tour. When Brody Kent becomes her new assistant, Skylar can’t deny the attraction. He’s perfect. Everything she’s ever wanted. But Brody’s hiding something and the truth may break her. If someone else doesn’t break her first…

Lies. Betrayal. And the truth that could ruin them all.

I’ve finally managed to get to this book, that has been in my to read Netgalley list for a little while. I have to say that I saw a lot of potential, but unfortunately it ended up not working for me.

The writing was standard for most parts and the book is told in dual POV, first person. My main issues here actually the intimate scenes. I found the writing in these scenes particularly poor and cringy, and the language used didn’t flow well at all.

The characters also had some potential, and I thought their backgrounds were well crafted, however their voices weren’t that strong, and even though there is some character development, it’s choppy and I didn’t feel it was that believable.

But to be honest, my main problem was the plot. I didn’t like the initial premise of this book, or the fact that when Sky hires  Brody as a PA, she’s already expecting “extra services” from him. I hated this. It made me not believe in the romance at all. Everything also develops extremely fast, which I think I could have overlooked, if it wasn’t for the small thing I mention previously. The conflict was also very “meh“, but I was at least happy that there was trust between the 2 of them, and it wasn’t blown out of proportions.

In the end, this was a super fast read, but it had potential, it needed more development, more editing, and more relationship between the main characters, that didn’t involve exclusively sex, at least before they started dropping the L-bombs.

Making Faces (Amy Harmon)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | BOok About Friendship

Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have . . . until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Oh wow… talk about emotional ride! I started reading this book at work, but I’m glad I decided it to finish it at night, alone, completely alone. Because the kind of crying that was going on there, was the kind that’s not remotely cute. Ugly cry!

Also, while this book is a romance, I wanted to explain why I chose to use it for the “Book About Friendship” category on the #NAReads2017 bookish bingo. While Making Faces primarily focus on Fern and Ambrose and their romance, what shaped said romance and their lives, for that matter, are the friendships they each have throughout their lives. So I thought this category fit perfectly with this book.

First of all, I need to talk about the writing of this book. This was definitly a very unique book in the way it’s written and formatted. Amy Harmon wrote this book in the third person, but there are no specific points of view, instead she gives access to the feelings and thoughts of several of the people involved in a certain scene, which is so different, and it gave me the ability to connect and get to know all the characters so very well, even the secondary ones who didn’t appear that much. But because I knew what they were thinking and how something was affecting them, I was able to connect much better to all of them. And if there’s one thing wonderful about this book besides the writing, it is the wonderful characters.

Then the story is told throughout several years, but there are a few time periods more important than others. The first significant one is when Fern, Ambrose, Rita and Bailey are 10, and we get glimpses of a lot of important things that happened back then. The second important time period is their senior year of high school, 2001/02, and the events that followed. The third, and most relevant portion of the story takes place after Ambrose returns from the war. We get to see these characters grow through several years, trials and tribulations. I loved the way this story was told. Be warned though, that the story is not told in completely linear form, but it totally worked for me.

This is a very character driven story, and the characters are amazing. Fern is a selfless girl, genuinely good, who lives to make other people happy. But even though she’s shy and very self conscious, she faces her fears. I was in awe with this girl, from the very start of the book. She looks at the world in such a beautiful way, that it warmed my heart. Yes, she has been in love with Ambrose all her life, but it was never about how beautiful he was on the outside, but what he had inside, the way he treated people and carried himself. The way he loved his father and his friends and his coach. The way he loved Shakespeare and valued people. She goes through such an amazing transformation through the years, but she’s always very true to herself and the people she loves.

Ambrose was also amazing, he was fierce and protective. He changed so much though… When he was in school he was seen as a hero, everyone admired him and put their hopes and dreams on him, and he felt pressured and unsure. Wrestling stopped being about him and the sport and about everyone’s expectations and he was lonely. So he decided to enlist, to fight for his country, and he convinced his 4 best friends to join him, a decision that brought him so much grief and guilt… It impossible not to love and understand Ambrose throughout this book, especially when he feels he lost everything that made HIM.

Bailey was such an expected character who totally stole the “show” for me. Bailey has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and from a very young life had a perfect understanding of his condition and his limitations. But he refused to let himself be defined by it. He was such a strong young man, who spoke his mind, and made everyone around him think and rethink things. He defied expectations and misconceptions. He loved wholeheartedly. And he’s my favorite.

The way the lives of the characters intertwine is amazing. Bailey and Fern help Ambrose see that he still has a beautiful and full life to live. Fern and Ambrose help Bailey live his life to the fullest. And both boys protect and take care of Fern, until she see herself as they do. Beautiful.

The messages of this book are beautiful, but the most important one is that beauty has more to do with what’s inside, than on the outside. And this is something all 3 main characters struggle with, especially Fern and Ambrose.

The writing is gorgeous, the characters are beautiful, and so is the story. I honestly don’t understand how is it possible that not everyone has read this book yet, because it is simply amazing, and I want everyone to pick it up and READ IT! NOW. You won’t be sorry! Just make sure to have tissues with you at all times, ok?

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny (Cindi Madsen)


Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I’m just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.

Confession #2: Ryder “Ox” Maddox’s deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I’m powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.

Confession #3: I can’t stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it’d be to cross lines with him.

Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.

Confession #5: If I’m not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I’ll be totally pucked.

Once again, read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, though this time I finished it before she did, eheh, so check out her blog in the next few days to read her take on this book.

A while back I read the third book of this series, Crazy Pucking Love, and while I liked it, it didn’t blow me away or anything. I mainly had issues with the character’s back stories and the fact that I thought something was missing. I had no such issues with this one.

I thought the writing was way better on this one, and the dual POV worked way way better. Lindsey and Ryder had super distinct voices, so I loved the dual POV on this one. Also, Lindsey’s confessions throughout the book just made it all better.

I really liked both main characters. I loved Lindsey and I thought she was such a strong girl. I understood her fears and doubts, but I also loved that Ryder saw right through her and fought for his girl. Ryder was a pretty great character all on his own. I loved the connection and the chemistry between the two of them. The romance was sweet and strong, as it was based on a mutual understanding and thorough knowledge of each other.

The main conflict was predictable, but again, I felt it was understandable. And I was afraid for a little bit that Lindsey would try to put her dreams on hold, like Megan tried to on the previous book, but I’m glad that it didn’t came to that, and they found a perfect solution for both of them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this sweet NA hockey romance, and it made me want to pick up book 1 and 2 of this series. Give it a chance.

Touch of Fondness (Joy Penny)

Four friends. Four college grads. Four people figuring out that life doesn’t always turn out the way you expected.

Brielle Reyes may not have post-college life planned out like some of her friends do, but she figures she’ll work for her mother’s home cleaning service while job hunting for something that makes use of her history and philosophy degrees. It’ll work out as long as she doesn’t fall in love. Her last relationship was a disaster and she has no idea where she’ll be in a few weeks, let alone the rest of her life. Since the only guy in her age range she sees now on a regular basis is cantankerous if handsome client Archer Ward, she probably won’t have a hard time sticking to that vow. Probably.

Archer Ward likes very few things: illustrating as a somewhat-celebrated comic artist and his privacy. When his meddling mother hires him a cleaning service on an almost daily basis because she doesn’t fully trust her son to live on his own with his disability, he’s at first annoyed — even if his house cleaner is the most beautiful woman he’s ever spent more than a few minutes with. When he realizes her dreams may take her far outside of his restricted orbit, he has to decide whether to stifle his interest in her or risk messing up her plans to explore if there’s something more between them.

Neither can deny they’re growing a little fond of each other, even if falling in love just now makes no sense whatsoever. But how often does love ever make perfect sense?

Hey. Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go check out her blog in the next few days. But just so you know, she’ll be ranting a lot too, because she also didn’t like this book.

So… this was another huge miss for me. I was excited about the blurb, because I really want to see more diversity in NA books, and I’ve read some fantastic books with characters with disabilities, so I was expecting a good thing here. What I got? A badly written, badly plotted and slightly (to majorly) offensive book.

I’m warning now that I might drop some SPOILERS during this review, but there are some thing I feel I need to mention, so I can explain to you why I disliked this book so much, ok?

I have to start by saying that the writing was not good. The book is told in dual POV, through Brielle and Archer’s point of views, but it is told in the third person. The voices weren’t different enough to distinguish them, and a lot of their inner thoughts were too focused on other people or minor things that didn’t actually allow me to get to know the person behind such thoughts that well.

Which leads me to the characters. It was honestly impossible to actually like any of the characters in this book.

Brielle just finished college and she has no idea what she wants to do with her life. I’m ok with that, I think it’s not a big deal to not have your life figured out right out of college. But it sort of bothered me that she had no ambition whatsoever. It also really really bothered me that she was so willing to accept any scrapes that anyone would throw at her. Look, I’m not saying that she should be all proud and not accept help, what I’m saying is that I truly felt like she couldn’t care less about trying. She had been job hunting while finishing college, but after she finished, she admitted that she hadn’t done much of it, but she was still saying how rejections sucked and all of that. Yeah, they do, but I honestly felt like she wasn’t even trying.

Ok, second issue with Brielle… I felt she was too judgmental. She spent most of her time thinking about her friend’s issues, but she had some major issues herself. And that it’s even more clear when she meets Archer, because during the whole book, she never sees him beyond his disability. She’s always self chastising for even thinking certain things, but she keeps doing it throughout the whole book, and she’s never able to think of it beyond how it’s different and how it impacts HER life.

“Wow. Suffer from self-confidence issues much? Brielle felt bad for thinking that. He was disabled, after all.”

“Brielle felt stupid for wondering why there wasn’t a desk chair in front of the desk at first.”

“Despite his top half being rather buff — his arms especially — his legs were awfully thin. So skinny, he looked sickly. Brielle immediately felt dumb for even thinking that.”

“She’d spent the evening Googling how to interact with disabled people and felt stupid doing so.”

Then we have Archer, who I’m going to be honest here, is kind of a douchebag at first. He treats Brielle with disdain and is super rude to her. He’s also one of those guys who thinks girls have no business liking comics, and are fakes, you know?! That on its own was a huge letdown to me.

“He felt a stab of guilt for ever even thinking she might be one of “those”girls with just a passing interest in comics thanks to hunks in superhero movies. That didn’t seem to be the case — and even if it were, who cared?”

“Why the hell would she want to go with you to a comic shop? Not exactly the most welcoming place for a woman — particularly a woman this hot.”

Now, if you’ve read the blurb, you know Archer lives with a disability. Which one? Good question, I have no clue. He uses a wheelchair and is also able to use braces and canes on occasion, and the author says this:

“I never outright mention his condition in the text, but I used Becker muscular dystrophy as the reference. I live with a disabled person and used a lot of what the person goes through for reference.”

I have to say that I feel conflicted about the not mention of the cause. On one hand, I think the person is what matters and not his disability, but on the other hand, most muscular dystrophies have other consequences than just the weakening of the legs and pelvis muscles, and those might be important for the story and the character. For instance, at some points Archer is out of breath when he tries to stand up, is that because of just the effort he’s doing, or because his lungs are affected (like they might be in some of these disabilities). You know what I mean? It felt to me that the only thing mentioned about his condition was how he needed to use a wheelchair, and not much more. I wanted to know more about him, and I wanted to see how he dealt with it, and to be honest, I didn’t feel like he had come to terms with his condition.

I had issues with all the other characters in this book too. Archer’s mother babies him to an extreme, thinking that he isn’t capable of living on his own, or take control of his own life. Sad thing? His own “friends” think the exact same thing. Her friends are all judgmental and self absorbed.

“But with me, you decide it’s necessary to call in the bomb squad?”
“You, you’re…”
He nodded at him and looked him once over, as if taking in his form in the chair for the first time.
“I have a disability; I’m not dying.”

Then we have the plot, and it is all over the place. The rough plot is she’s kind of lost, they meet, they fall in “love”, she’s afraid to get all in because she doesn’t know how her life is going to be, they fight, she finds her way, they make up.

But my biggest issue with all of this was the romance and falling in love part. They meet, and within a week he’s totally smitten and she’s using him. Yep, I said it, I felt like she used him. She thought he was hot, he told her he had never kissed anyone, she decided she was going to be the first. After that she came on to him – hard – and they had sex. Look, I’m all for a strong and independent woman, but she had no consideration or gave a second thought to his feelings and how the experience would impact him. Later on she says she hadn’t realized he was a virgin, but come on… he had said the day before that he had never kissed anyone!!! Then her only concern is if he’s going to get clingy, like so many people get to their first lover.  Am I the only one that has an issue with this?

“Because she knew from experience that former virgins tended to get a little too attached to their cherry-poppers.”

The romance was way too fast and way too little substance. And let’s not forget the the way the intimate moments were written were weird as hell, given that Brielle was actually thinking about her lack of job, her friend’s issues and her ex-boyfriend during it. I mean, I’m going to believe she WASN’T thinking about those things, but if that’s what the author mentions while describing a sex scene, it is weird, right?

In the end, all their issues are resolved when a job and a house fall into her lap, without her having to work for it at all. I… I didn’t like it at all.

Within Brielle’s circle of friends, there are a few storylines trying to emerge. And I have to say, I’m not ok with them at all. Her gay best friend ends up in a relationship with a guy that was supposed to be hooking up with his roommate. Her other friend was almost sexually assaulted by her boss. The third friend ends up dating Brielle’s douche ex-boyfriend, shuts her friends out, and later announces she might be ace. The author messed up royally on the disability representation in this book, so I’m scared as to what might come out of the next three books.

I hope I explained myself well enough as to why this book didn’t work at all for me.

So, to you guys. Have you read this one? Are you curious at all? Do you have any doubts about my review of it? Let’s talk about this one…