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Review: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

Posted November 9, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: The Goal by Elle KennedyReviewer: Rowena
The Goal by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off Campus #4
Also in this series: The Deal, The Score, The Score (Off-Campus, #3)

Publication Date: September 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 350
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She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

I feel like we’ve been waiting so long to finally get Tucker’s book. He’s been so absent from the other books and I’ve always wondered where the heck he spends his time away from the house. Well, we finally find out and the answer is…everywhere. He’s in his truck, hooking up with girls, crashing at Fitzy’s house and lately? Chasing one specific girl around.

He’s graduating soon and should be focusing on making some plans for after college, making arrangements to move back home to be closer to his Mom but he can’t seem to stay away from Sabrina James. Even after she rejects him soundly, he can’t stand away. Lucky for him, she can’t seem to stay away either.

Sabrina James is one smart cookie and she’s got plans for her future. She grew up knowing exactly what she wanted (a good paying job to get her out of the squalor that she grew up living in) and what she didn’t want (getting stuck in the squalor that she grew up living in). She’s so close to making those plans come to life so the very last thing she needs is a distraction and that’s exactly what Tucker is.

It took me a long time to read this book but honestly, that had more to do with my mood than the writing of this book because when I went back to it, I finished it up pretty quickly. I enjoyed the story, I adored Tucker and I came around where Sabrina was concerned so all in all, it was an enjoyable book but it’s not my favorite of the series.

John Tucker. This guy had me right from the jump. I love characters who know what they want and don’t waffle back and forth, giving me whiplash and Tuck was one of those characters. He was strong and charismatic and honest. He said what he meant and he meant what he said. There was no game playing where he was concerned. He knew that one of his friends had history with the girl he wanted so he made sure to go and talk to his friend about his intentions and I just about swooned over that whole thing. I loved his attitude toward Dean’s issues with his girl. His whole, “Deal with it” attitude. He made me swoon at every turn and I just absolutely loved the hell out of him.

Sabrina was a lot harder to take. It wasn’t her drive to succeed or her smart brain that turned me off but her attitude toward certain things that got on my nerves. Her hot and cold attitude toward Tuck in the beginning, her inability to take the help that is offered by those that care and love her and also her me against them attitude. Sure, she works hard at everything but the bitterness she shows toward those that had it better or easier than her (Dean, all the athletes, etc…) made it hard for me to like her. I wish she had been above all of that stuff, that she’d take pride in her accomplishments without the short cuts instead of spending so much time pissed off about shit that in the long run, didn’t matter. When she finally lets go of all that animonisity toward Dean, Tucker and everyone else, I liked her better. I thought she grew a lot throughout the book and I was glad for it.

I really enjoyed how much of a team these two were once they made the decision to be together. I loved that Kennedy didn’t let a set back change Sabrina’s course and I really loved how Tucker took to being a father.

Overall, this was a great effort by Elle Kennedy and another solid story for this series. I always love seeing the other characters and seeing them in this one wasn’t any different. I loved seeing Graham and Logan compete to be the baby’s Godfather. I also really liked seeing the girls welcome Sabrina into the fold. Dean coming out and fixing things with Sabrina made me smile and when the book ended, I was one happy camper.

I’m mighty curious to see if Elle Kennedy announces a spin off to this series featuring the next round of boys that moved into the house. I don’t want to leave this world so I’m hoping that happens.


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4 out of 5


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Release Day Blitz: Rulebreaker by Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion

Posted November 7, 2016 by Holly in Promotions | 0 Comments

Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

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“A beautifully written novel, that left me philosophical and touched my heart…that resonated with me deeply. My FAVORITE novel by the Bastions so far.”
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Racial Tensions Flare as Hot as the Passion in RULE BREAKER,
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Leilani Kealoha wants to be set free. Of family expectations. Of generations of prejudice.

Chafing at rules made by the proud Hawaiian men in her family, she yearns to discover herself and hungers to explore the world. Her adventuresome heart? Longs for something even greater, deeper.

The last thing she expects is an East Coast haole surfer to hold the key to everything.

Mason Price is done walking his parents’ path. Done with social acceptance—with cold politics.

On a surfing quest to reinvent himself, Mase finds an exotic beauty standing on his towel. But it’s her feisty bargaining that catches him off guard. When he challenges her with a “Truth or Shots” drinking game, she unwittingly reveals more than she’d intended about herself…and him.

The raw truth stuns him: She’s suffered like he has, is lost like he is—keeps secrets like he does.

But will young love and shared situations be enough to conquer racial and cultural divides?

Lines in the sand…were meant to be crossed.

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Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

Posted November 2, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Keepsake by Sarina BowenReviewer: Rowena
Keepsake by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #3
Also in this series: Bittersweet, Steadfast, Steadfast, Bittersweet

Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 326
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four-stars

There's a first time for everything. Lark Wainright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he's good for much more than farm labor.

Keepsake was one of the books that I was most looking forward to releasing in October so that I can get my grubby hands on it. I quit everything that I was doing, reading and watching so that I can read this book. Sarina Bowen is one of my favorites and this series has really shaped up nicely for me.

I’ve been wanting to read Zach’s book for what feels like forever. There was a lot of time between books to develop theories on who Zach would end up with and it really could have been anyone. We thought that maybe he was Zara’s baby daddy because that would have been a good one, virgin boy fathers baby after losing virginity to town bartender. Then there was May. He could have fallen in love with his boss’ sister and the complication there would have been the younger sister in love with him and was heartbroken on top of Zach not wanting to go there with any of the sisters for fear of losing his job and his home if things didn’t work out. Well, we didn’t get either of those stories because Zach fell in love with May’s best friend, Lark. Lark who went to work in Guatemala and was kidnapped then held hostage for ransom.

Lark is having a really hard time sleeping at night because she has night terrors. She keeps getting sucked back to memories of her time in Guatemala and she thinks that being out in the open air and staying busy on an apple orchard would be good for her. For the most part, being out in the sunshine and spending her days hard at work is good for her but not even that can keep the night terrors at bay for good. When those night terrors get the best of her, she’s not just waking herself up but she’s waking up everyone sleeping in the bunk house. One of those guys is Zach, a quiet guy who has been living on the Shipley farm for some time now.

Zach and Lark become friends and when Lark needs him, Zach is there for her. There isn’t much that he won’t do for the pretty girl with the haunted eyes that is such close friends with a girl he considers a sister. The more time that they spend together, the harder Zach falls for Lark and Lark for Zach. Lark knows that Zach is one of the good ones and she wants to be there for him just as much as he’s been there for her and she introduces him to the world of living…if you know what I mean. 🙂

Sarina Bowen really packs the angst with this one and my heart hurt for both Zach and Lark. They have both been scarred from events in their past and they’re both leaning on each other to just get through it all and I really enjoyed seeing them come together. I loved both Griff and Jude but I think Zach edged them both out for my favorite hero in this series. There was just so much to love about him. His sensitive nature, the protective instincts he’s got for everyone in his life and how hard he works to make sure that he will always have a place at the Shipley farm. I couldn’t help but hurt for how hard he worked to make sure that he proved to Griff and Mrs. Shipley that they still needed him around. To live like that, in fear that the people who opened their home to you would change their mind and kick you out hit me hard because what a way to live. Poor thing worked himself hard each and every day to make sure the Shipleys didn’t regret giving him a chance.

The romance between Zach and Lark was good. I liked seeing Zach really come into his own while seeing Lark. Seeing Zach fall in love hit me in my feels at every turn because I wanted this for him and I loved seeing him when things got rough. Seeing him struggle with what to do and where to go from here while Lark did what she needed to do made for their reunion that much more special for me. They were a great couple and when I closed the book, I was completely satisfied with the outcome. This was a great book and I would probably be re-reading this book from time to time. All for Zach. If you enjoyed the other books in this series than I know you will enjoy this one. Everyone should know Zach, he’s that awesome!


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4 out of 5

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Guest Review: Frosh: Second Chances by Monica B. Wagner

Posted October 24, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Frosh: Second Chances by Monica B. WagnerReviewer: Tracy
Frosh: Second Chances by Mónica B. Wagner
Series: Frosh Series #2
Also in this series: Frosh: First Blush

Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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three-stars

In FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie spent their welcome week falling head over heels for each other—before totally falling apart. Now, in FROSH: SECOND CHANCES, they’ll have to pick up the pieces.

After ruining Grant’s football career (and her own reputation), Ellie has been trying to lie low—which means not making more enemies. But some students still want her to pay for what she did, and now, Ellie’s determined to fight back—and fight for Grant.

Grant is adjusting to his new reality: no more football means no more free passes in class, and definitely no more distractions; especially from Ellie, whom he misses even after she destroyed his world. Can he find a way to move on without her—and without football?

Devon finally has it all: her brother's sober and her boyfriend is an adorkable genius. But when her parents threaten to tear her and Charlie apart because he doesn't 'fit' into their high society, she will go to dangerous lengths to prove that nothing—nothing—can defeat Devon Connors.

Charlie’s never questioned who he is: pre-med science geek, and now, Devon Connors’ boyfriend. But when he discovers a secret about his past, Charlie isn’t sure of anything—especially whether he can trust Devon with the truth.

This is the second book and the series.  After the first ended in a cliffhanger I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read book 2 until book 3 came out.  I really don’t like being left in the dark.  Unfortunately I have no patience so went ahead and read this one. 🙂

The story starts a few weeks after book one ends and its Ellie, Grant, Devon and Charlie trying to get their lives back on track.  Without giving spoilers from book 1 let’s just say that the shit majorly hit the fan and Grant and Ellie’s budding relationship couldn’t stand the fallout.  He wanted time away from her because he life was in flux but he still cared about her and wanted to be with her.  Ellie is trying to survive being the cause of so many bad things happening when it really wasn’t her fault.  A secret society starts trying to bully her to try to get her to leave the school – it’s a mess.  Unfortunately Grant and Ellie’s feelings for each other are all over the place and sadly they mostly spend the book apart rather than together.  The story ends on a high note for the two so I’m hoping in book 3 they can settle everything between them.

Devon and Charlie…was there ever a more unlikely pair?  He’s earnest and such a nerd and she’s a spoiled rich girl who truly cares about him but does the wrong things for the right reasons.  Of course that never really works out for people and it didn’t in this case.  While Devon was trying to save her relationship with Charlie from her mother’s scheming she was imploding it at the same time by being secretive and always running off.  Charlie gets some big news and hates that he can’t even tell Devon.  The way the story ended for these two makes me think that they’ll have others in their lives before long but I honestly can’t tell how that relationship will turn out.

I liked the story and getting a bit more info on the couples was nice but frankly the story didn’t go anywhere, imho.  It was more like things were happening but we really got no conclusions at all except maybe one with Charlie.  To me the book felt more like a place holder and some slices of life than a complete book – but that’s my opinion, of course.  I truly am ready for book 3 but since book 1 & 2 were almost a year apart in publication I think I’ll have to wait a while. 🙁

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Review: Bedmates by Nichole Chase

Posted October 5, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Bedmates by Nichole ChaseReviewer: Rowena
Bedmates by Nichole Chase
Series: American Royalty #1

Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 384
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From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

Bedmates is the first book in the American Royalty series by Nichole Chase and it’s also the first book by this author that I’ve read. I didn’t really know what to expect when going in and while I enjoyed the book as a whole, I didn’t absolutely love it.

Maddie McGuire is a do gooder, who just got thrown in jail because she broke into a testing facility to set some puppies free and if she was like her friend Phoebe, she would have gotten into some trouble and it would have blown over and her parents would have gotten over it but she’s not Phoebe. No. She’s the daughter of the President of the United States and shit like this won’t ever get swept under the rug. It’ll be splattered all over magazines and newspapers. The whole story will be blown out of proportion and Maddie will be painted like a horrible villain in those superhero movies. So Maddie’s Dad decides she needs to use her time wisely and helping the VP’s son with a good cause is a good place to start.

Jake Simmon has returned from the war in Afghanistan, injured and has taken up a cause that near and dear to his heart. He’s doing a Habitat for Humanity type of deal for military veterans who don’t have a place to call home after coming home to overwhelming medical bills and everything else. He’s doing his part to help his fellow brothers out and it’s a great thing to be a part of. Maddie McGuire is someone he’s never gotten along with and having to deal with her every day is something he has absolutely no time for but he’ll accept the help she’s offering because they need it. He can avoid her since the job site is big enough for the two of them right?

Ha!

Jake and Maddie get a lot closer than either of them were expecting. They start off not liking each other but realize that they’re both different people now and they both like the change in the other. I really enjoyed their romance, the build up to getting together. I liked seeing them get to know each other all over again but when things got rough, they frustrated the heck out of me. Maddie and the stuff she refused to talk about with Jake regarding his own freaking Mom. Jake and the way that he handled the stuff that happened with Cyrus. I was even low key annoyed with Jake in the beginning when he hooked up with Ronnie because…eww. I got over it but I was disappointed.

Overall, the book was good. I enjoyed seeing both Jake and Maddie grow individually and then together but it wasn’t all smooth going for me. That could have been interesting but mostly they frustrated me. In the end, I was glad for both of them and I was intrigued about where this series is going to go. Will Jake’s sister get her story told next? I feel like Arizona and Bran are too young for their stories so it has to be the middle sister, right? I’m definitely interested in reading whoever comes next.

Grade: 3 out of 5


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