The Way Back to Us (Jamie Howard)

Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he’s had plenty of opportunities for casual, no-strings fun, which is just the way he likes it.

Dani Winters has had more names than birthdays. On the run with her father for nearly as long as she can remember, she’s lived her life by three rules — always plan for the worst, maintain a low profile at all costs, and never let anyone get too close. Except she broke that last rule once and her heart has never forgiven her.

One chance encounter changes everything. Seeing Dani resurrects feelings in Gavin he thought were long buried, and this time he’s not letting her disappear without getting some answers. But Dani’s life is the definition of complicated and she’s playing with fire by letting Gavin back in. When the time comes to run again, Dani needs to decide if a life without love is worth living, or if it’s time to stop running and fight.


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

I’ve loved all the books of this series so far, and this was another great installment. The writing was great once again, and I really liked that it was told in dual POV, because the story is so clouded with mystery.

About the characters, I’ll admit that I liked Gavin way way more than I did Dani. But again, this was because her character is not very transparent. Yeah, she kicks ass, but I wanted just more from her. While Gavin was always in, and I loved his openness regarding his feelings and his intentions. I also cannot get enough of the relationships within that group. I love them.

I really liked the connection between Dani and Gavin, but I felt like I was missing something. They met and fell in love in the past, and while the chemistry was very much there, I still didn’t know HOW it happened, and it bugged me a bit. Because I felt like Dani kept so much of her under lock and key, and I wondered how her first relationship with Gavin worked, if there was always so much of her that was hidden from him.

That’s what I wish I gotten more of, the development of the romance and the feelings, because I felt like I was coming in in the middle of their story without much context.

I did like the overall plot, though I thought it was a bit expected. But it was well done, and I really enjoyed the resolution.

I really recommend this book, and this series as a whole. So, if youhaven’t started Love Unplugged yet, please do!

ALL THE WAYS YOU SAVED ME | THE FEELING OF FOREVER

The Feeling of Forever (Jamie Howard)

thefeelingofforever

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Diverse Novel

Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood’s spotlight. While being America’s favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn’t one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can’t help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.

Felix Donovan had it all — stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that’s sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year’s Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he’s not ready to face the world while he’s still struggling to accept his new reality.

Except this year’s Sexiest Woman — Juliet St. Clair — never looks at him with pity, only desire. But falling for Juliet means a permanent spot in the tabloids, a decision Felix isn’t sure he’s ready to make. And when Juliet’s stalker re-emerges from her past, Felix’s secret isn’t the only thing at stake, it could cost Juliet her life.


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

This is my third book by Jamie Howard, and I have to say that I just love her writing. This book is told in the first person, dual POV, and the writing is awesome. While it is not necessary to read the first book of this series, All the Ways You Saved Me, I would still think it gives you a better understanding of the band dynamics and the supporting characters.

And this is a big part of why I’m loving this series so much, the band, the friendships, the dynamics they have. It’s great 😀 .

Both main characters are amazing, and very well constructed. Juliet was thrown into acting when she was super young, but she never lost sight of who she was, and she was just such a good person. Even when dealing with impossibly hard situations, she was always humble and kept her sweet nature. She won me over the first time she saw Felix!

Felix was a delight to read. I’m glad that the book focused a bit on his journey to acceptance of his new reality, because it wasn’t easy for him to deal with it, and he was still not ready for a lot of things, and I’m glad that the story focused on that. There was no pressure from the people who loved him, but there was always a ton of support and that was awesome to read.

The relationship starts up fast, but it develops over time, and unlike some other novels of the genre, we actually see these two extremely busy people in a relationship together. Which, again, soper great. I loved their connection and their romance, how they opened up to one another and really got close.

I found the plot kind of predictable in some points to be honest, but it might have been just me. I still really liked it. There’s a bit of suspense on this romance, so if you like that, definitly read this one.

Overall I really really loved this book, and I can’t wait for the next one in the series, because I’m so curious about the last 2 pairings.

February TBR

febtbr

This month will be crazy! I went a little overboard with my netgalley requests, and ended up getting way too many ARCs for this month, most of them YA from Entangled Crush. Check out my enormous TBR for February.

februarytbr

  1. There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz
  2. The Feeling of Forever (Love Unplugged #2) by Jamie Howard
  3. Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts, #6; Willa and Finn, #2) by Emily McKay
  4. Any Boy But You (North Pole, Minnesota, #1) by Julie Hammerle
  5. A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
  6. Making Faces by Amy Harmon
  7. Off the Ice (Juniper Falls, #1) by Julie Cross
  8. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
  9. Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken
  10. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
  11. Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
  12. Daisy and the Front Man (Backstage Pass #3) by Rebekah L. Purdy
  13. A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott
  14. Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray
  15. The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by L.H. Cosway Penny Reid
  16. A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray
  17. Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3) by Linda Kage
  18. Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

I doubt that I’ll be able to read all 18 books, and follow this huge TBR, but most of these are ARCs, so I need to read at least those. Wish me luck…

All The Ways You Saved Me (Jamie Howard)

allthewaysyousavedme

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.


Hey guys! Yet again, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, go here for her review of this book.

A little while back I read Until it’s Right from Jamie Howard and I loved it. Since then I’ve been keeping my eyes open for any more books from her, and when I saw this one, I had to have it. Luckily Netgalley was good to me.

I love Jamie’s writing style, it’s first person, and kind of lyrical in a way, and I loved it. It did the story justice. A particularity of this book was how the dual POV was used. Have you read Ugly Love? It’s kind of similar. While we get Bianca’s POV in the present, we get Ian’s journey from 8 years before, to the moment he’s in.

I really liked both characters and how much they grow with the turn of each page. Bianca  was never her own person until the moment her best friend dies, and she decides that she owes it to Renée to find herself. She’s strong and while she craves her parents approval, she does just fine on her own. I really liked seeing her complete the items on the list, whether by herself, with Ian or with Harper. I loved Harper, and I was so glad that Bianca found such a great friend – because she most definitly needed it.

Present-day Ian is a mystery for most of the book, but past Ian is AMAZING. Well, I wasn’t very happy that he was the kind of person that blew out his friends because of his new girlfriend, but I do think he found a balance there. I did love all of his friends, especially Rachel, but Maggie… I don’t know… she was awesome, but maybe she was too perfect?! Once all is said and done though, I understood present-day Ian, and it hurt like hell. Poor guy. 😦

The relationship between Ian and Bianca felt real, in the way that it was never perfect, it evolved very slow and tentative, and it wasn’t all consuming. I felt their chemistry though, even throughout some cringeworthy moments.

The story story core was predictable to a certain degree, but it took things a bit further than I was expecting, and I appreciated that. It’s a beautiful journey about finding oneself and learning that it’s ok to move on. I appreciated that the things took their time, it made a lot of sense.

I’m honestly a fan of Jamie Howard, and I will continue to read all of her books, though i hope the next one is about the rest of the gang here… Ben and Rachel maybe? Maybe Felix? I know I want to read about him soon :D. Either way, I’ll be happy!

October TBR

october_tbr

These last months haven’t been the best for reading, but I’m finally home, which means I have some more time to do my reading, so I’m going to point for 15 books this month, mostly ARCs, because I need to get to them soon – and I mean SOON!

outuber_tbr

  1. The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy
  2. The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
  3. Just One Moment (Black Alcove #4) by Jami Wagner
  4. Watch me Rise by Tara R.
  5. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  6. All Laced Up (Breakaway #1) by Erin Fletcher
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard
  9. Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3) by A.J. Pine
  10. Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield
  11. Top Shelf (Aces Hockey #3) by Kelly Jamieson
  12. The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  13. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  14. Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey #4) by Sophia Henry
  15. The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

September Book Haul

septemberbookhaul

My book haul this month was tiny, but here it is. 🙂


ebook_september


earc_september