Blocked is another fabulous read from LP Dover. It centers around Callie and Dallas. Dallas is the goaltender for the Charlotte strikers. Callie is an OR/ER nurse whose brother happens to be on the same team as Dallas.
Justin and Maddox (brother and cousin to Callie) do not like Dallas and are furious when they find out they’re dating. Promises were made to never hurt Callie and a semi truce was made.
Through multiple misunderstandings Dallas appears to be the bad boy that he was prior to Callie, causing heartache and grief. Through meddling friends and family though things get resolved.
This book is much more than just a bad boy hockey player falling in love. It encompasses true heartache, incredible joy and complete sadness.
LP Dover knows how to write a fabulous hockey read that revolves around two strong characters with an incredibly funny supportive cast. One click this read for a great story.
Ideal Image is about Stacie Gustafson and Nick Flynn. Stacie is a single mother of a nine-year-old named Mak. She is a lawyer by trade, but is currently working from home, doing research for other lawyers. Nick Flynn is a corporate lawyer who lives in the small town that the Gustafson’s live in.
This is considered the second book in the ‘Snapshot novel’ series; however, there is a prequel and book number 1 that go along with Ideal Image. It is highly recommended that you read, Shutter Speed and Freeze Frame first, as each book builds on the previous. There is a different plotline in Ideal Image as they pertain to Nick and Stacie, however, Stacie is still suffering personal and emotional repercussions from the previous books.
This is a wonderfully emotional story that is full of heartwarming and heart wrenching moments. It is full of drama, suspense and mystery, along with romance and love. Freya and KT have written an exquisite book that is a huge paged turner.
Nick knows Stacie from back in college, however, Stacie doesn’t remember who he is. She is very self-conscious of some physical scarring that she had obtained in a previous accident. Through her sister-in-law, Isla, she becomes involved in a local children’s burn foundation. Isla has taken a multitude of portraits of Stacie to be auctioned off. Nick has always admired her from afar, but doesn’t think he has a chance at a beauty like Stacie. So, he continues to admire her from afar, by purchasing one of her portraits at the auction. Through these pictures, she encounters a ghost from her past. She learns that she must rely on those that love her, along with friends and people in her community for support. She doesn’t need to do things on her own.
It has romance, but also has elements of learning self-love and acceptance. Freya and KT have written an exquisite book that is more than a story, but an incredible telling of real life situations and scenarios. Their use of slightly ‘unorthodox’ heroes is great twist on usual take on usual romance books. In reading you realize that not all good things happen in your 20’s; there is a lot of living for other generations as well. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it!!
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.
Title: Southern Attraction Series: Southern Heart Series #3
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: New Adult Romance Release Date: October 24, 2017
I had everything I ever wanted, living the dream, at least
that’s what I always thought. The night we met, we had an instant attraction,
but she was with someone else. When we reunited a few months later, that pull
was still there, stronger than ever. So strong, that even though she was
hundreds of miles away, I pursued her. I told myself that I just wanted to get
to know her. Deep down I knew it was more.
I never understood the draw of living in the middle of nowhere. Born and raised
a city girl, I never had the desire to leave. Who would have thought a weekend
trip to the country would have me questioning myself? It was more than just the
country; it’s him. The way he looks at me, treats me, that smooth southern
Am I willing to give up my legacy for her?
Am I willing to give up my dream for him?
Can two souls come together by the force of Southern Attraction?
Kaylee Ryan is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling
author. When she’s not spinning tales of happily ever after, she’s
reading or spending time with family. Born and raised an Ohio girl,
Kaylee resides in Cincinnati with her husband and their son.
Oh, man, where do I start? I LOVED the whole Fallen Crest series. Tijan seems to have this magical ability to create a whole other world that sucks you in.
After seven books in the series, there is a lot of intensified pressure for a stellar final book. Well, there’s good news and bad news. Everybody HATES bad news so let’s start there. Firstly, Fallen Crest is done, over, kaput. Dang, where am I going to get my Tijan drama now. I hope she comes out with something quick! Secondly, speaking of drama, FCF seemed to have an excessive amount of it, that I’m not sure fit it (book/story-line) or needed to be there. There was Sam and Mason, Sam and some of her cross-country teammates, Sam and her mom as well as Mason’s mom. Needless to say, Sam had a ton of drama throughout this book. I was saddened that I wasn’t feeling the true Sam/Mason emotional connection as part of the ‘threesome fearsome’. Lastly, I wanted more wedding and more closure with Logan/Tate and Nate.
So, here’s the good news. It’s still Tijan, her writing is phenomenal and I devoured the book all at once. I suffered the biggest book hangover once I was done and it seemed to take me forever to come to some sort of peace, that this second family of mine is done. Tijan is just one of those ‘one click’ authors for me and I love her writing. Despite wanting more out of this book, I will still give it 5.0 stars, because it was that good. Who knows, maybe we’ll get a quick novella somewhere down the line as an extended epilogue. What do you think?