June 28, 2016
Title : Beautifully Decadent
Author : L.A. Fiore
Series : Beautifully Damaged #3
Release date : June 28th 2016
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Avery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend, Rafe McKenzie—a man that makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he’s involved with someone, his father is being released after 25 years in prison and Avery is just his tenant. Exploring the attraction that sizzles whenever they’re together would be the icing on the cake, but Avery knows all too well that you can’t have everything. Of course, what’s cake without icing?Rafe McKenzie’s world shattered at nine when his father Liam—the only parent he knew—was arrested and convicted for armed robbery. Growing up in the system, Rafe managed to survive his childhood and now has a job he enjoys, a house he’s restoring and a tight circle of friends. He’s even working on reconciling with his dad, both eager to put the past in the past. Happy for the income a tenant would bring, Rafe agrees to rent his carriage house to Clover’s new pastry chef. When Avery Collins pulls up his drive, she’s not at all what he’s expecting. Funny, sexy and as sweet as her desserts, it doesn’t take long for things between them to heat up. Just when it seems as if they’ll have their cake and eat it too, the past comes back with deadly intent leaving Rafe to figure out who’s pulling the strings before his world shatters again.
Review : Is it possible to gain weight through reading a book ? I bet you are saying “NO” – impossible !! – but that is just your answer because you have not read Beautifully Decadent (Beautifully Damaged #3) by L.A. Fiore – already looking at the cover made me hungry … and the title is just so fitting to the content that it almost hurts.
It is no secret that I love the books by this author … So I got totally impatient waiting on the next book from her to be released … Yeah – it is on in the series of “beautiful damaged” – which I was sure would guarantee me total reading pleasure – I just had no idea at that time that this kind of pleasure also went right through my stomach too.
Oh – the books are basically standalone novels in that series but as the characters of the first two books make an appearance I would suggest to read them in the right order. It is not absolute necessary to enjoy this book but more to guarantee that you will not spoiler yourself into the endings of the other books.
Avery and Rafe were just wonderfully developed – there is nothing more that I could say. Ms. Fiore really worked her magic to create another set of interesting characters. I am already hoping for a forth book so I will be able to meet them all again.
But this author not only develops her characters to the dot – not also the setting in which they are placed. During reading I was envisioning Rafe’s house and also the carriage house that Avery was renting.
BUT what was even worse … I felt myself craving baked goods… without conscious thought I was digging into cupcakes during reading jus to get the real feeling and I found myself googling recipes for cakes and cookies while I read about them.
SO yes believe me it is possible to gain weight during reading this romance novel … but you can also believe me when I tell you – you will love every second of it and not regret any calorie.
|The Redemption of Callie & Kayden|
|The Coincidence #2|
|July 30th 2013|
|From the New York Times bestselling author of The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden comes an emotional new story about two troubled souls sharing one all-encompassing love . . .
The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is finally out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way to clear his name is for Callie to speak up-something he’ll never ask her to do. Instead, he’ll do whatever he must to protect her . . . even if it means letting go of the only girl he’s ever loved.
Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But that means facing her greatest fear and admitting her own painful secrets aloud. The thought of breaking her silence terrifies her-but not as much as the thought of losing Kayden forever.
Deep in her heart, Callie knows the time has come for her and Kayden to forget the pain of the past. With the help of her friends Seth and Luke she makes a plan to show Kayden the life they could have. But can she convince him they can make a fresh start together-or is she already too late?
|The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden|
|The Coincidence #1|
|December 13th 2012|
|From the bestselling author of The Secret of Ella and Micha comes a mesmerizing novel of fate, friendship, and the healing power of love . . .
THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE& KAYDEN
For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck — and his life — might finally end… until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.
Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.
When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved…
|September 13th 2018|
|The people we love are thieves.
They steal our hearts. They steal our breath.
They steal our sanity.
And we let them.
Over and over and over again.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
They say you never forget your first time.
He was my first love. And fourteen years later, I still can’t get him out of my head.
He broke all my rules.
I watched him climb to stardom, cheering him on from afar.
Like a tornado, he spiraled, leaving a path of destruction in his wake.
But love conquers all, right? It has to. Because here I stand, ravaged and ruined, needing it to be true.
You can’t go back, but I want to. Back to the bridge. Back to when he sang only for me. Before he was famous. Before he shattered my heart.
I thought I knew everything about him.
He promised me every tomorrow. And here I am, waiting.
|✔✖ My Review Check List ✖✔
AKA significant signs for a good book
Here ? No Tomorrow by Carian Cole
✔ – there is a def yes on that in this book. Every break almost physically hurt – I was reading while walking- in my lunchbreak (I am even now significantly thinking about my lunchbreak because of this book). I read in the night leaving me only 4 hours of sleep – just the bare minimum and I was cursing myself for not starting to read that book on a Friday night. I would have been tempted to cancel my date the upcoming Friday – I guess this will teach me to be more careful – but honestly, I would have never expected that.
✔- I would have never guessed the how this book would make me act. I started rambling while reading with people around me- lucky they knew me and the way I get when reading.
✔ – yeah there is that …. I was sitting in my lunchbreak with colleagues around me and my eyes started to well up …. There is not much laughing in this book – no mam – but my throat closed and I felt like choking on more than one occasion – God this hurt ….I even have to blink several times now while writing this
✔ – OH yes I wanted to punch someone here specifically the universe …. And If I could meet these characters I would hug them to death and tell them I am so sorry. I am not even sure why I am sorry I simply feel like that
✔- you can be sure – absolutely sure that this book will not leave me for the unforeseen future –
My Essence ?
Have you ever read a book and felt scared? Its that moment right in the middle of the book when it can go in any or no direction with the best or worst outcome and you feel like it would be better to not know what is going to happen rather than knowing the outcome is bad? Well this book is one of those books. So far every book I read from this author and there were several has been a deeply emotional 5 star ride and I think by now it is safe to say she is a def. a 1-click-read once you liked one of her books. I am pretty sure if you liked Storm, Talon , Tied or any of her other books you will love this one. It will hurt – oh yes it will – but her writing is beautiful it is like a train wreck – like the movie Titanic – you know that ship is sinking but you still cannot bring yourself to change the channel … THAT kind of hurt.
Dear Author thank you for sharing these wonderful characters with us – please continue to choose plots like this and never change how you write. Even if this book came so much later then expected it was worth the wait.
|September 7th 2018|
Heir to a media empire.
…And my new boss.
I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.
I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory—namely, his wallet.
Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.
But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.
Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.
When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.
He knows it.
So do I.
Every day in the newsroom is a battle.
Every night in his bed, war.
But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.
I know I am repeating myself but still – here is my list of significant signs for a good book (not necessarily complete)
Having that in Mind – let’s check “DIRTY HEADLINES” by L.J. Shen…
My Essence ?
Pure and simple a great book with hilarious characters. In real life you probably would stay a mile away from a male lead like that but having insight into his mind like you have in this book makes it easy to like him. Dear Author if you keep up writing like that you will have an eternal fan here….
November 8, 2014
Title : Maybe Someday
Author : Colleen Hoover
Series : Maybe #1
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.
Review : Still wiping away the tears ….
|The Good Samaritan|
|September 18th 2018|
|The biggest story of her life is the one he wants to hide.
I’m homeless by choice.
|✔✖ My Review Check List ✖✔
AKA significant signs for a good book
Here ? The Good Samaritan by R.C. Boldt
✔I might not have pulled an all-nighter with this one but still I had problems in putting it down – I wanted to get to the bottom of things. There was suspense that was pulling me back time and time again into the story
✔There wasn’t much reason to talk with this book it was more a loud thinking on the plot – the characters were more silent then others I read lately. But somehow that was the strength of this book.
✔Not much reason to laugh here if I am being honest. It is more on the thoughtful side of things but in this special case that really made no difference in the complete impression that book left with me
✔There is a def. YES on the hugging part in this book. And there were lots of characters here that deserved one. And at least one I would have loved to punch – and not in the “punch some sense” way.
✔There is far too much “REAL” about this book to not remember it. It was my first book by this author and I directly checked on her older books. While most of them do not spark anything with me plot wise – there is one that I placed on my list and that is “Out of the Ashes (Out of #2)” – I will be reading that in near future and I will be sure to keep an eye on the next releases.
My Essence ?
This book holds a mirror to our faces – at least it did to me. In the way I look at people or even think about them. It is not easy to digest if you read it with that mirror in front of you but it’s a story that deserves to be told. The author wrapped it in a packing with suspense and well developed characters that simple make this book a great read.
November 20, 2014
Title : Dangerous to Know & Love
Author : Jane Harvey-Berrick
Series : N/A
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Silence is only skin deep. Nineteen year old Daniel Colton is the guy all the girls want to date, and the man all the guys want to be. Moody, with an explosive temper, closed off and sullen, he’s also beautiful, tatted in delicious ways, with a pierced eyebrow and spiky black hair. It’s rumoured he has piercings in other places, too. Is he really mad, bad and dangerous to know? Daniel lives with his older brother, Zef, and their home is party central. You want drugs, a good time, liquor, no questions asked? Colton’s is the place to go. When Daniel and good girl Lisanne Maclaine have to work together on an assignment, Lisanne finds there’s a lot more to the college’s bad boy than his reputation. He’s intelligent and funny and good company. And then she discovers his secret, why he’s so closed off to everyone, and determined to keep people at arms’ length. But being his secret-keeper is harder than she ever dreamed.
Recommended for readers 18+ due to sexual references and sex scenes, some coarse language, drug references and drug use.
Review : Wonderful read !
Eventhough it is totally different in content – I was kind of remindet of Colleen Hoovers – Maybe Someday – And I do not only mean that in reference to Daniel.
I was captured by the writing style and it pulled me deeper and deeper into the story.
Also I wonder what it is about “these” storys – I don’t like to spoiler about the “thing” they have in common – but lets say I found them on the same “listopia-list” (which by the way is something far more people need to use and place books and vote on them – it is such a useful tool)
Anyway – as I said I found them all in the same place and I once commented before that
– I thought that “Archers Voice” by Mia Sheridan had the “best first Kiss” that I ever read about so far in a novel…
– That would be followed by my opinion with “Maybe Someday” by Colleen Hoover – with the best “make out” ( I hope thats the right english expression 😀 ) – AND that wasn’t even supposed to BE a make out … (#gritting my teeth – its hard to explain without leaving spoilers
– Which brings me to a final the best “First SEX” described in a book so far for me and THIS I found here ….
The emotion of the moment was captured and brought to paper. I could feel my own heart beating during the reading of those moments and I belived what i read – and this is what it is all about ! isn’t it ?
I could say so much more but it all would give away to much of the story – I always find it soo hard to review books without telling to much.
A review sounds always so distant and without emotion if you do not spoiler :-(…
Anyway – every Person reading and liking one of the above three books I can only recommend to read the other two also – as each one of them has it’s own beauty.
And I just remembered I need to check if there are other books of that auther 😀
November 24, 2014
Title : The Sea of Tranquility
Author : Katja Millay
Series : N/A
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk. Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to. The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.
I am still under the shock of reading the last line …
O M G….
This is one of the most intense books I have ever read
My feelings are all over the place…
The last time I felt even remotly similar – eventhough due to a totally different reason – was when I read “JoJo Moyes” – “Me before you”
And this last line – I wish I could say truthfully
“HA – I knew it” – and looking back I SHOULD have known it – but honestly …
with all that was going on – that one totally got lost on the way –
until the moment it came back … WITH ALL FORCE and a DIRECT HIT ….
Did I say
O M G??