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Outcast by Jamie Schlosser–Review

Oh my God. Wow. Day-um. As usual, when it comes to Jamie, I am in awe of what I’ve read/what she wrote. Outcast is just EVERYTHING!

This is Ezra’s book, who happens to be Jimmy’s little brother from Dropout. Outcast starts out with Ezra in high school. He is a freshman who is picked on by other kids in the school for a disability that makes him walk with a limp, therefore making him slow in the hallways, ‘being a little soft around his middle’ for his lack of physical activities and a big case of low self-esteem. On one of his bad days, he has a brief moment of sunshine in the form of a new girl in school, Kayla. That moment is squashed when one of the football players indicates that she can sit next to him. So, Ezra is back to drawing and longing from afar. Fast forward to senior year (almost graduation) when Ezra and Kayla take off.

Ezra is off to an intense Physical Therapy boot camp while Kayla is stuck at home. They are relegated to snail mail and the occasional call. They are both attending the same college and this is what gets them through. Before sending Ezra off to college, his parents present him with a German Shephard service dog, Pierre. (Side note: Pierre is everything, he is so cute and lovable. Yes, I’m writing about a fictional dog, but Ms. Schlosser has written him so well, it’s like he was there with me). Back to college, Ezra has changed physically (more fit and able to walk without a limp most times) and he has gone through a mini makeover to update how he feels inside. His self-esteem is higher and generally feels better about himself.

Ezra and Kayla are the epitome of sweet, saccharine sweet young love. They are ‘it’ together and it was refreshing to read a book that explores young, college, virginal love that is true and built to last. Do they have their ups and downs? Of course, what couple doesn’t, but they mature and grow together as a couple while exploring themselves individually. I love them as a couple, but I LOVE EZRA! He was your ‘non’-hero hero and it was fantastic.

Something else that was executed flawlessly and at an incredibly poignant time in the real world were some of the topics that these two go through. Two main themes are bullying and hazing. Even though these are fictional characters, it is very hard to read these topics and not think of our youth (no matter what age they are) experiencing this on a daily basis. Whether this is through school, activates or just anywhere in the outside world. It was touching and sad at the same time. SO PERFECTLY WELL WRITTEN!!

Outcast is a very sweet, emotional read without ‘external’ drama. It is about a boy, a girl and of course, my sweet Pierre. Through the course of their ride from high school to college to the real world, they meet some great secondary characters. For those of you that have read, ‘Dropout’, Jimmy and Mackenna do make an appearance, so it was great to get a little follow up from them.

This book is everything! It encompasses so many great topics, emotions, sweet love to a HEA! I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it! It was beautiful and exquisitely written. There is one area I must address. There appears to be a little war on my boyfriend through social media (Book Snob Sue😉), but I will concede on the terms that I get Pierre and get dibs on Jamie Schlosser’s next hero!! In all seriousness, don’t even sample this book and just one-click! If I could, I’d give it more than 5 stars, but I can’t, so I will say here and now that I give it 5+ stars!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“—But I can promise you one thing. You are, and will always be, my favorite thing about life.”

 

Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen–Review: Run, don’t walk, One-click, don’t sample this book. OUTSTANDING!!

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HOLY FREAKING PHENOMENAL can Leigh write!!!! Where to start on this one, there are a million positive thoughts that are flying through my mind right now. How about on a side note. Look at this freaking book cover. Is it not beautiful?! Not only can she write, but she has great book covers.

‘Alex Winslow was beautiful in a way storms were—only from afar. Just like them, he had the power to sweep and ruin you, two things I was too busy surviving to entertain.’

I am in LOVE with Alex Winslow. He is a rock star, who is beautifully broken and flawed, yet is a sweetheart when you get down to his core (which you need to dig very far to get too). He has many demons that are screaming down his neck to which he is fighting and trying to outrun. Due to this, he has done some things that he’s not proud of. One happens to be becoming an addict. His addictions have really hurt him, as a person and an artist. He has been to rehab already and is trying to remain sober, despite all the temptations around him. He is rude, a jerk and a nasty self-centered a-hole! Despite all this, I flipping LOVED him! Gosh, there’s just something about a misunderstood asshole! 😍

‘Soooo. Spill it, girl. What’s he like?’…’Disgusting, Gorgeous, Rude, Sexy, Screwed-up. Witty. Broody, Unbearable. Trouble. Trouble. Trouble. Alex Winslow was all those things and more.’

He is about to embark on a world tour and has been assigned a babysitter. This babysitter is tasked to keep him clean and sober. She is to report back to his management team if she notices anything amiss with him. Sounds extreme, but this almost thirty-year-old has a lot riding on remaining sober. First and foremost, his good name, reputation and his own soul. Secondly, if he remains sober and has a killer tour, his second album can be and will be more to his liking and not so ‘manufactured’.

‘Welcome to my mess, New Girl. It’s a bumpy ride from here on out.’

Insert, Indigo ‘Stardust’ Bellamy, aka…Indie. She is as unique and breathtaking as her name and blue hair. She is sweet, pure, puts people first and loving. They are two souls that shouldn’t make sense together, yet somehow do. She is an incredible heroine in this book. She is strong and doesn’t take crap from anyone (especially Alex), yet is completely unselfish and loving. Her one and only fault is her loyalty and need to take care of those that are closest to her and her heart. I, honestly, don’t know if I would have put up with her brother as much as she did. Because of her loyalty, she needed this job.

‘I needed this job like Mark Wahlberg needed to show his real junk in Boogie Nights.’

This book is everything!! Asshole male…. check; sweet yet strong female…check; Rockstar romance…duh, check; a story that has so many intertwining layers, the book should be called ‘The Midnight Blue Onion’…check; hot romance…double check; drama and angst…check; emotions that are so strong you find your heart in your throat…triple check. The only thing I wish I had…. MORE ALEX and INDIE!!😢

Leigh did everything right in Midnight Blue from plot, storyline and pacing, to writing remarkable characters that spring to life and include you on that roller coaster of emotions. She made me love Alex and his Rockstar romance!!

“When I look at you, I see something broken that isn’t worth fixing. And you look at me like I’m a cheap thing to replace the expensive one that’s been stolen from you. See, we’re all vases. And you’re the one scattered on the floor, shattered beyond repair. So I’ll let someone else pick you up. It’s really that simple. Have fun with your temporary glue.”

 

Bad Dad by Sloane Howell–Review

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I have gotten to know Sloane Howell through his online presence. He is a comedian with multiple stories to tell. Now we get to Bad Dad and I wasn’t sure I knew what to expect.  I assumed it would be like his other books; the sports romance, suspense and erotica. What I read was SO MUCH BETTER!!

Is this a sports romance? Well, yes. Is this book suspenseful? Well, yes. Is it erotic? Well, no, but there are episodes of multiple schmexy times!🔥🔥🔥 Simply put, Bad Dad, can be boiled down to this. It is a rom-com that meets Rambo/Chuck Norris/Terminator that meets the ‘surprise twist’. The twist was something I couldn’t have even guessed, but Bad Dad would not have been as good without it. EXCELLENT!!

This band of characters consist of: Landon (be still my beating heart❤), Joe (Hulk meets Groot. Loved him), Cora (a local elementary teacher that has returned to her hometown), Gus, Janet and Logan (aww, man, I love that kid).

Landon is an uber sexy alpha male, who is extremely strong (almost Terminator-like), fiercely loyal and yet, so easy to love. (I totally call dibs on him🙋🏻‍)! He has not exactly had the ‘traditional’ upbringing and childhood as others. However, he is now a grown man with a child of his own, Logan. He is trying to raise his child right with family values, morals, a sense of home and teaching him what it takes to be a ‘real man’. Logan is growing up to be the ‘man of the house’ and is willing to protect his family, just like his father is willing to do.

‘I’m a warrior for my family’

Cora is a teacher at the local elementary school. Her first interaction with Landon is after an altercation between Logan and the bully of the school (as well as the child’s bully of a father). Unfortunately, this first meeting doesn’t go so well and Landon decides to pull Logan from school. Cora is undeterred from this and ends up at their house to convince him to let Logan return to school. Through these early interactions, Landon and Cora develop a relationship. A very intense, emotional, hot and sexy relationship!

I don’t know how I feel about Cora individually. There were times when she displayed some of the same characteristics as Landon. She was kind and caring, could appear fearless, yet at times appeared to be lacking a backbone. This mousy persona made her come across as ‘wishy-washy’, however, I do think that she was the yin to his yang.

As much as I LOVE Landon and Logan, there is another man that has stolen my heart. Joe. He and his lack of social skills, is flipping hilarious. He truly did remind me of a hybrid of ‘Hulk-smash’ and ‘I am Groot’ with a little Terminator thrown into the mix. He is rough and tough, lacks most common day social skills which allows him not to communicate well.

 It’s showtime.’ He delivered the line like Jim Carrey from The Mask. Great. I was hiding the Tarantino movies from him when we got back.’

Joe is full of these movie-related quotes that are his attempt at integrating with those around him. These “Joe Moments” are the perfect comedic interlude. It completely reminded me of Bumblebee in Transformers where he spoke through radio songs. Only here, Joe speaks through movie quotes.

Sloane Howell’s book is packed full of extremely emotional, full of roller coaster moments, yet heartwarming and enduring when it comes to those you love and those that you call family. There are some definite jaw dropping moments, that I would have never seen coming. The plot and storylines are so well executed that you feel as if you are part of the story itself. I TRULY wish I could give more than five stars, but I can’t, so all I can do is to tell you to say five stars ten times fast and that is what I would give it.

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‘I didn’t like being broken in front of my family. I was supposed to be the one taking care of them.’ Landon

Dear Landon, Logan and Joe,