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Lips Close To Mine by Robin Bielman–Review and New Release

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Lips Close To Mine is the second book in Robin Bielman’s ‘Wherever You Go’ series. This can be considered a standalone with Mateo and Teague making an appearance from Talk British To Me (reading this first isn’t necessary to this story.) LCTM revolves around Levi and Harper. Robin writes an exquisitely beautiful story full of angst, romance, humor and, of course, sexiness. The banter between the them is hilarious!

Levi is another book boyfriend for 2017. He is a sweet soul with manners, wears his heart truly on his sleeve, despite being afraid of being hurt again.
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Harper is a well-loved former swimmer who does things to protect herself. She is close to her family and friends, but is leery of a relationship. She is a feisty person who is good at concealing her emotions.

“Levi Pierce is impossible to forget. He’s also maddening, infuriating, irritating and the reason my body hums even when he’s not near.”

Both Levi and Harper have experienced severe emotional trauma with lingering heartbreak. They both handle these issues in different ways. Harper is very closed off to anything emotional regarding love. She will not allow herself to get close to anyone of the male persuasion. Levi, on the other hand, has big trust issues, however, he has always felt something for Harper, but just doesn’t understand why she pushes him away. Can these two get it together and make it work? Will Levi’s past stay in his past? Will Harper learn how to let go and love again?

“Your heart is your friend, not your enemy”.


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Crowned By Hate by Amo Jones–Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok, so I don’t know where to start right now. I just finished reading this about 30 minutes ago and I’m shook. I literally don’t know how I feel, because I have SO MANY thoughts and feelings whirring around in my head, I don’t know where to start.

I’m in agony, confused and in SO MUCH DANG SHOCK! I’m peeved that it ended where it did, because I so need book 2 to figure out…WTH just happened? Who did what? Where did this epic shock and awe ending come from? What’s real? What isn’t? How could they? When did this take place? Where can it possibly go from here? I’m just questioning everything right now.

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Now I should admit, when I first started, I thought, ‘Wow, this is a little bit tame for Amo? Why does it feel like it’s moving a little fast?’ Well, girls (& guys) let me tell you. Once you get to the ending it all makes sense in a crazy non-sensical way. The ending is just FLIPPING phenomenal! It has thrown me onto a total mindf*ck. I, seriously, am questioning everything I just read and feel the need to re-read CBH just to see if I can get something out of it that I might have missed.

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Bryant and Isa were a joy to read, despite their mutual hate for each other. Bryant is an alpha male of epic proportions. He’s twenty-seven years old and truly feels like his sh*t don’t stink. He’s domineering, a flat-out a**hole and yet he’s a family man in his own grumpy way. Isa is the rebellious child of the POTUS. She’s twenty, loudly voices her opinion, doesn’t take crap from anyone and is a Sex addict. Yet, when these two get together it’s the biggest power struggle ever. This, of course, makes for some incredibly hot, sexy and steamy scenes.

One thing I have learned after reading CBH, is that don’t go in with any preconceived notions. If you do, you will only end up hurt, lost, confused, wrecked and destroyed. I read the blurb and I thought I had a semi-storyline in place. WRONG ANSWER! Amo is the ‘queen’ of unpredictability and mind f*ckery so be prepared for one heck of a good book!

The only thing that was missing, is the link for book 2, because this girls gotta find out what’s going to happen next in that beautifully twisted mind of Amo’s. In all seriousness, read this book as soon as you can. However, make sure you have a bottle of wine, some beer or even hard liquor, cuz girl you’re going to need it!

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Corrode by Elle Fields–Review

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This book encompasses a love story that’s being told over a decade in the making.

Felix and Maggie are first introduced when they are eighteen years ago. This is the quintessential story of ‘good girl’ and ‘bad boy from her wrong side of the tracks’.

Despite being eighteen, Maggie is kept on a very short leash. Her father is very demanding and controlling. One night she goes to a party with her best friend and ends up meeting Felix. They click from the start. Her father of course is extremely unhappy about this and continues to urge her on her path to NYC (which is where she has a full scholarship). An ultimatum is given and she must decide what to do.

Felix along with his brother, Jared, live on the wrong side of town and live with their foster dad on a permanent basis. Felix works for his foster father, Darren, in his garage with no plans of going to college.

Felix and Maggie have an incredibly rough road ahead of them. They go through some incredible shockers in their young lives and must navigate through as a couple. Sometimes successful and other times not.

Corrode is an incredibly realistic book with themes and situations that can happen to a person throughout their lives. Ella Fields did a fantastic job of bringing realistic characters to life. She was able to evoke much emotion through their high and lows that one could feel as they were reading. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author.

 

‘Because life doesn’t always need to be easy. It just needs to be lived’.

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Move the Stars (Something in the way, book 3) by Jessica Hawkins–Review

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Rating: 5.0 stars

To be honest, I don’t know how I feel about this book, which I don’t believe is necessarily a bad thing. My first reaction after getting done reading it, was that I hated it. Just plain hated it. But after some downtime and soul searching I realized why. It was because, that was how Ms. Hawkins wrote it. It was intended to be frustratingly emotional, angsty and heart wrenching. In order to write these characters with so much grit there needed passion to be involved. Passion for the characters, passion for the words the author wrote and a passionate response from the reader themselves.

I love the idea/concept of Lake and Manning together. They just seem to fit. I just couldn’t wait for these two to get their act together.  I really did dislike Tiffany and her obnoxious behavior (carryover from Something in the Way, book 1). However, she wasn’t the only one. Manning needed to up his game and seemed to fall short. It was difficult to read about these two, because just when you thought it was finally time for them to get together, something else would happen. To say they had many factors against them is an understatement.

When I think about why it hit me so hard, it’s because of the many things these guys went through. It is so easy as the reader (an outsider) to see what they’re doing and what could be done to correct it, yet can’t seem to get it right. In that aspect, Ms. Hawkins did a fabulous job to not give us a cookie cutter romance. I would love to see more of their future together as well as updates on Tiffany, mom and dad, etc. This series tore me apart and ripped me open, but I was finally able to piece myself together at the end.

With all that being said, I am SO going to miss Lake and Manning. They had a quintessential angsty love story that hits you hard. Kudos Ms. Hawkins for writing a stellar ending to this series. Despite everything I have said, I, truly, LOVED this book (series) and am sad to see Lake and Manning go.

5 stars

Review- The Silver Swan by Amo Jones

WOW, where do I start? This is a first time for me reading anything by Amo Jones and let me tell she quickly became a favorite author for me. The Silver Swan was incredible. It was dark, twisty & full of surprises that had you guessing where the story might lead (note to others, just let the story take you & try not to guess where it’s going)!

This book is a cross between Fallen Crest, the movie The Skulls (with Joshua Jackson, 2000) & a slightly twisted mafia/crime boss scenario. Honestly, at first reading (yes I read it twice, because I couldn’t get it out of my head), I was slightly frustrated with our heroine, Madison Montgomery. She definitely had a pair of lady balls, but as the book progressed, I felt that she lost some of her spunk. Those lady balls had turned more into a pair of baby balls. Did this turn me off to the book? Heck no, because I read it twice! Ultimate Mind F@ck and I LOVED IT!!

The hero/heroes in this book are just as mysterious and a total mind f@ck. There are a pack of 10 bad boys, but Bishop Vincent Hayes is the ‘leader of the pack’. There are so many secrets between family, individual characters & characters as a group.

After my second reading, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book. I had the biggest book hangover for almost a week & then Ms. Jones revealed the outrageously beautiful cover to the second book, ‘The Broken Puppet’. By the way, my hangover has returned in full force. I am so addicted to this series.

Here is a brief synopsis of The Silver Swan:
After some upsetting family drama, Madison’s father has finally decided to relocate themselves to a more permanent location. She ends up at Riverside Prep and instantly feels something is different in this new school. She goes through some instant family issues that make her feel somewhat unbalanced. She catches the eye of Bishop and the rest of The Elite Kings on her first day and isn’t sure what to make of it. She doesn’t understand why people tell her that they run the school and she should stay away. Along her journey she becomes entranced with The Kings and can’t stay away. The question is, ‘Will she get burned being to close to the Kings’?

If you’re looking for a good book that is dark, twisted and makes you longing for more, give The Silver Swan a read!