|On the Way to You|
|November 16th 2017|
|What makes you happy?
That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.
And then, I got in his car.
It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.
We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers. One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.
Discovering his journal changed everything.
I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.
I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked — until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.
Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could.
|My Thoughts in three pictures ….
I read half the night – I just couldn’t bring myself to stop. On the Way to You
by Kandi Steiner is one of THOSE books… It is my first read from this author and I am 100 % sure it will not be my last. Her writing style left me speechless in the end. Yeah I intentionally write “in the end” because the book starts off so quietly and I was wondering why I choose to review this ARC …
To understand you have to know when a book is offered to me to read I check out the Blurb and then I agree or disagree. I place the book on my schedule with the due dates I get and after that there will be dozens of requests and weeks if not months until I get the book.
And then comes the tricky part. I could go back to reading the blurb to remind off the content but lately I developed the habit of intentionally NOT doing that. So when I opend the book I had literally no idea what I was about to read or what I saw in the Blurb the moment I choose it. The first pages floated over me as a gentle breeze until I read that one line “What makes you happy”. In that second I remembered … My Mind went back to a book I read long ago I can not even remember the title to be honest I am about to ask my cobloggers if they remember my ranting at that time. I have to be honest I must have read more than 1000 books since then but I still remember the answer to a similar asked question in that book that made such a big impression on me that I knew ….
I knew waiting to get an answer to that question in this book would be a road trip of its own.
Road trips are a tricky thing for me – as movies I hate them to be honest but as books they really depend on the travelers and this “lucky Penny” and her “Boy” were worth the journey that much is sure.
Especially when I realized that half of their route was one I had made myself 3 times already and will do so again next year.
I am at a loss what I should tell you about the book because I am afraid that anything might spoiler something and I am not willing to risk that. But I can tell you my feelings…
I was calm
That became interested
Turning in to curious
I smiled a lot only to
Shake my head because I could not comprehend
It made me sad
My heart got heavy while at the same time
My chest got even heavier with love
And I cried some more
I started hoping
Felt there was something looming in a distance
My heart broke
And then …….
YOU should find out for yourself what happened after that but please have some tissues ready
|November 8th 2017|
|Brooke Summerlin’s life is like a Cinderella story. Raised by an abusive, drug addicted mother, she desperately hides the truth about where she comes from. But Prince Charming arrives in the form of Liam, the most popular guy at school. He sweeps into her life and carries her away to what is supposed to be a happily ever after.Until it isn’t.Sebastian McKinney is the son of an Iowa state champion wrestler, and that’s what he’s going to be. Wrestling is his life. He’s focused. Determined. Nothing will stand in his way.
Except a silent illness that almost kills him.
Brooke’s greatest tragedy becomes Sebastian’s second chance at life. Four years later, he’s moving forward, his body healthy, while she is left to sink in grief that threatens to drown her. Haunted by a past she can’t escape.
But sometimes love transcends the boundaries of life and death—between what is known and what cannot be explained. The heart that loved Brooke continues to beat, and even now, it still beats for her.
|There are only two words I have as my thoughts on His Heart by Claire Kingsley. And those two words are “IT HURTS” …
When you read the Blurb you kind of know where the story will go at least for some part. So when you finally have the book in your hands and start the journey I was torn between wanting to read the book and dreading to read the book.
It has been a long time since I felt like this. The author really uses the whole arsenal she lets you meet the characters – and she lets you develop feelings for all of them ( OK I admit mostly for the guys) but she always at every turn raises her hand and you are reminded of the warning signs. Those signs say YOU WILL GET HURT IN THE PROCESS
So what happened was … I read a chapter and then two – then I had to stop … then I read the next chapter … I placed the book down … picked up a totally different book and read it completely then went back again to read a chapter. And so on … I think I read 5 other books while actually reading this book.
Usually you would take this as a sign that something is wrong with the book but in this case I beg to differ – absolutely NOTHING was wrong … it was all on me … dreading what would happen … I was scared and it felt like if I do not read it – it would not happen.
So if you are looking for emotions ? and I am talking “the fault in your stars” (not subject wise but HURTwise) you came to the right place… this book deserves its 5 hurtful stars
Read it … I dare you …..
|Kings of Rittenhouse #3|
|January 10th 2019|
|My dick never got me in half as much trouble as my heart…
We were high school sweethearts. I was head over heels for her and no one could tell me we weren’t going to last forever. College? Going pro? My family’s money? None of it mattered. She was all I needed.
Then she ripped my heart out. But I’m not going to let that happen again.
She’s back. Invading my life and acting like she was the wronged one. The pain is still there, but I can’t keep my eyes off her. I can’t stop thinking about her and how much was left unsaid between us. Being this close is making me question everything I thought I knew about her.
This time everything will be on my terms. Everything…
|Ruthless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #3) by Maya Hughes was the first book in that series that I read and I loved it – which proves that it is easy to read this story as a standalone. But once you read it you might not be able to enjoy the previous books afterwards to their fullest as parts of them might be spoilered.
When I came across the book I hesitated for a second because I thought it might not be for me as I had problems with second chance romances lately and also the blurbs first line made the male lead sound so full of himself.
Well it was a good thing that my heart overruled my head it in this special case and it did not steer me wrong. The plot is wicked with its twists and turns , still engaged readers might be able to guess at a certain point what will happen (well I did but it still did not rescue me from shedding a few tears so consider yourselves warned)
This is one of these books where your heart goes out to the leading characters for the time they lost. Due to circumstances that might have been avoidable, due to decisions that came from a good place but ultimately broke what was important the most – their heart. #sigh
I am not a fan of Now and Then storylines – as in a second chance novel the THEN is obvious because in the NOW they are not together – I call it the titanic factor – that ship is still at the bottom of the sea NOW no method of retelling will ever change that. But Ruthless King was somehow very satisfying for my heart. Righting the wrongs – even when Time is still lost felt good with these characters even if the journey towards this end hurts.
My reviews are rarely retelling the storyline as that is what the blurb is for – I am all about feelings when I read. And this book had enough of that to make me really love it. 5 Heartfelt Stars.
|A Steel Heart|
|November 9th 2017|
A deafening blast. Pain. Silence.
That was all it took for an IED to end my life as I knew it. The man I was shattered in a hard wave of sound and debris that rained down on me like death itself.
And six months later, after waking up to an inescapable hell, I found myself wishing that death had found me.Until her.
Miranda Jacobs swept into my life like a cool breeze on a smoldering day.
With her smart mouth and her ridiculous jokes, she brought me back to life one minute at a time.Turned out time wasn’t on our side.Five seconds.
Screams. Twisted metal. Silence.
And I’d lost it all again—only this time, I had no one to blame but myself.
|It has been a while again since I felt so connected to a book and lived with ups and downs of the characters. After I finished reading A Steel Heart by Amie Knight, I send a tweet to the author telling her that this book for sure will make my #top5 of #BestBooks2017.
When you start reading a book it usually only takes a few minutes until you know this book has the potential to be something special. Sure still something can go wrong during the duration of the story that might make you dislike it later – but mainly you can feel it. But there are those cases when there is this little something that hooks you and makes you wish you could read without sleeping or working (eating and drinking works perfectly while reading)
Everything about this book felt real even the parts that were far away from sounding real – they still FELT like it. The actions and thoughts of the characters connected me to them. I smiled at their banter, I even laughed a few times out loud and I felt tears gather in my eyes at their pain. And my heart went out to both of them as they battled their fights to get to each other.
The author wove a beautiful story around them where everything felt like it was just right. If it were up to me only books like this would exist in my reading world. #sigh
My first book by this author will most definitely not be my last
REVIEW : Beautifully Decadent (Beautifully Damaged #3) by L.A. Fiore
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.