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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner

 

 

On the Way to You

  

 On the Way to You
Kandi Steiner
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

I cried

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

 

 

 

 

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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

His Heart by Claire Kingsley

 

 

His Heart

  

 His Heart
 Claire Kingsley
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 …..

 

 

 

 

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Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne
4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

Title : Blurred Lines
Author : Lauren Layne
Series : N/A
Rating : 4 Stars
 
Blurb : In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”? When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him. The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.
 
Review : When you read Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne you will find that the storyline is very “cliché” orientated. Friends to lovers or friends with benefits with the option of going back – only to find out it’s not possible.
But still the author manages to makes it interesting. Her writing is good and you are captured in the story. The leads are interesting and their development is sufficient enough for the reader to feel with them.
I can promise the story will draw you in from the first page – enjoy
 
> > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

REVIEW : Nine Letters by Blake Austin

Title :

Nine Letters

Author :

Blake Austin

Series :

N/A

Release date : February 24th 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

Luke Cawley is a broken man. After his wife’s tragic death, he lost everything that mattered in the world. Now, his life is filled with hard days, harder nights, and a steady stream of alcohol and the wrong kind of women. Nothing helps.Until the letters arrive on Luke’s doorstep.Nine envelopes. Nine messages. Nine chances to find his way back.Rae Goode is looking for the real thing. After fighting her way out of a string of bad relationships, she’s ready for something different–something true.She meets Luke while piecing her life together, and right away she can tell that he’s different. Drawn together by fate and the desire to heal, Rae and Luke discover new ways to mend their broken hearts–one letter at a time. Discover Blake Austin’s debut novel of loss, redemption, and ever-enduring love

Review :

I am not sure what I really expected when I picked up Nine Letters by Blake Austin. It is a well written and well developed debut novel.

And I am pretty sure I will pick up the next book by this author too.
But something in the focus of this novel is not well balanced. If it is meant as a story of healing than it will work, as it is very focused on that subject if you ask my opinion.
It is not a love story by all means. The focus is on Luke and his loss which is fine for a story about healing.
Rae is not an equal partner in this story this is not a romance – it feels more like Rae is a supporting act in Luke’s healing.
I noticed quite early that the focus was off, when I thought that my favorite female in the book was Luke’s dead wife – go figure. She was so strong throughout the whole book that there was really no air left for any romance with Rae.
Therefore – my vote would be 3 healing stars for this NOT Romance and the knowledge that there is a new interesting author out there …
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3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Orion: A Constellations Novel #1 (Constellations #1) by Raeah Wilding

 

Orion: A Constellations Novel #1 (Constellations, #1)

  

 
Orion: A Constellations Novel
Constellations #1
Raeah Wilding
NOV. 7, 2017

 

When U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Orion MacKinnon loses both his legs in the bloody sands of Afghanistan, he forsakes his soul along with them. After retiring to a remote location in the snowy mountains of Alaska with his Special Forces canine companion—a German Shepherd named Zeus—he becomes a recluse and vows never to wear the prosthetic legs he keeps buried out of sight…
until a lone hiker becomes trapped beneath an avalanche on his mountain.The woman Orion calls Hope can’t recall a shred of her former life. As he tends to her wounds she slowly begins to unravel the tight seclusion he has wrapped around himself.

She can’t remember her past. He only wants to forget his.

However, the two have more in common with the forces that brought them together than they realize, including the sinister presence that will threaten their very lives.

When their pasts collide, will they survive the future?

 

 

 

 

When I read the plot of Orion: A Constellations Novel #1 (Constellations #1)

by Raeah Wilding I was absolutely sure that I was going to love the story. It was so up my alley so it felt like a love at first sight with the Blurb.

 

But this being the first book of this author what I did not expect was that I had a really hard time to get into the writing style of the author. At times it felt like so opulent as if it came from the feather of an author that could write the next “gone with the wind” novel, which was weird in my world of contemporary romances.

 

I read a lot of books on the subjects that are in the focus of this book and while many are used in a away I would have expected them some are even better then I thought and more to the point. But on the other hand several things feel off to me. From those subjects that feel wrong there is a certain percentage that rubs me the wrong way and I can not even say way with some of them.

 

Its hard to express my thoughts without spoilering half of the story which is a no go. But they are tiny things sometimes like …. Melting snow for drinking water OK but then having a water supply for showering ? where is that coming from and don’t tell me it’s a rainwater tank on the roof. And this is just one tiny innocent for the story thing.

 

You see this is ME it’s the way that I am wired I can not turn of my mind and not think about the back information that is dropped on me while I am reading a story. When information is dropped my mind processes it, it gets evaluated and if I read a contemporary romance I expect, that everything around the characters is acting real or at least possible. Even in a paranormal novel I expect all subject that relate to a real world also to act and feel real.

 

And besides writing opulent this author is also generous on surrounding information. The reader gets tons of it. Where a short novel is missing on background the reader here almost drowns in it – do not get me wrong it is a good thing – basically. BUT … the more of this information you get the more you analyze it in relation to the complete story and here I felt like would be getting a massive hangover drinking all that info. Especially when some of these details feel odd.

 

There is a lot of good stuff in this story and much more than meets the eye on the first view. But for me it was the writing style that was not compatible with my reading expectations so I can not with good conscience give more than 3 stars. But another reader might feel totally different about it as it is not a bad story or anything.

 

 

 

 

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Breaking Her Rules by Jennifer Snow
4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Breaking Her Rules by Jennifer Snow

Title : Breaking Her Rules
Author :Jennifer Snow
Series :Beyond the Cage, #1
Rating : 4 Stars
 
Blurb : MMA fighters go the distance in this all-new series from Jennifer Snow, author of the Brookhollow novels.Walker Adams was supposed to follow in his lawyer father’s footsteps, but instead he’s training to be an MMA fighter. And while he works for his chance to make it in the UFC, he’s bunking on his baby sister’s best friend’s couch. Gracie Andrews is all grown up—in all the right places. But she’s engaged to the fight match-maker who holds Walker’s career in his hands…Gracie had almost convinced herself that she’d put her silly childhood crush on Walker to rest. But the sight of him sleeping in only a pair of boxer briefs makes it clear that some things never change. And as old sparks turn to flames, Gracie is forced to decide between the future she thought she wanted or the man she’s never stopped loving…
 
Review : In Breaking Her Rules (Beyond the Cage #1) by Jennifer Snow the reader will find a slowly developing story that continuously builds up at the same pace as the main characters are supposed to be developing their relationship. The writing is flawless, fluent and the reader will find it easy to connect to the characters. At first, I was afraid that I might find a love triangle in this book but… (Investigating that thought would go too far into the “spoiler” area). While I had a little problem with Walkers sudden instant-friend-to-lover-attraction after knowing Grace almost all her life without developing feelings for her, I still felt that the author managed this as well as my maybe conflicted feelings about the “love triangle”. Breaking Her Rules is a wonderful book about second chances and I can only recommend it to my fellow readers.
 
> > > I have received this book as an ARC from the publisher. < < < > > > In exchange, I promised an honest review. < < <
Code of Honor by Missy Johnson
3 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Code of Honor by Missy Johnson

Title : Code of Honor
Author : Missy Johnson
Series : Spontagio Family, #1
Rating : 3 Stars
 
Blurb : In a series debut for fans of Tracy Wolff and Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author Missy Johnson asks a burning question: What happens when love is undeniable—and taboo? Pietro Gustovi is loyal, polished, and hard as stone, the kind of guy women want and men respect. At twenty-three, he’s survived tragedies that would break men twice his age. And he owes it all to his father’s closest friend, Giovanni Spontagio, who took him in as an orphaned teenager. Pietro would give his life for Giovanni . . . but his heart belongs to Giovanni’s daughter. Raised in Chicago under the spotlight of power and privilege, Lucy Spontiago feels most alive on stage. Determined to become a prima ballerina, she escapes her father’s protective gaze long enough to audition for the ballet in New York City. Soon, however, Lucy realizes that she is not alone. Pietro is watching her back. And though he’s like a brother to her, Lucy cannot deny the thrill she feels knowing his eyes are on her. Pietro could never betray his mentor by sleeping with his only child. But Lucy follows her passions, no matter how forbidden. Soon their nights are consumed by explosive, red-hot temptation—a dance that will expose shocking secrets and burn everything else to the ground.
 
Review : I thought that Code of Honor by Missy Johnson might be an interesting read for me when I received this ARC, but even if the writing was good I totally could not connect with the characters and the story.
The pace is rather slow and its only in the second half of the book that “stuff” is really starting to happen. I could not feel the Mafia part so much that was supposed to be there and well … about the sex … no I am not going to spoiler, let’s just say that there were some things I could not relate to.
But still the basic concept was OK therefore my rating remains on the rather positive side of the scale.
 
> > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND

A Steel Heart by Amie Knight

 

 

A Steel Heart

  

 A Steel Heart
 Amie Knight
November 9th 2017

 

Five seconds.
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

 


 

 

 

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Blink by Caroline Easton
5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Blink by Caroline Easton

Title :

Blink by

Author : Caroline Easton
Series : N/A
Rating :

4,5 Stars

Blurb : Flynn Sullivan hasn’t had the easiest of lives, with his father absent and following the death of his mother, he is desperate to give his younger brother the life he deserves. Flynn finds himself on the wrong side of the law and he knows he could lose everything in the blink of an eye, as he stands before the court awaiting his fate. Harper Lawrence was a major contender in the IndyCar circuit from the very first day she got behind the wheel of a car. Her life is turned on its axis after a tragic accident, leaving her locked inside her own body, all but switched off to the outside world. When Flynn and Harper’s world’s collide the sparks begin to fly, but each one holds a secret they don’t want to share. Flynn knows he needs to save the girl who’s stolen his heart, the problem is, Harper doesn’t believe she deserves to be saved. She doesn’t believe she’s been punished enough.
Review : I received a copy of “Blink” from Caroline Easton in exchange for an honest review.
Flynn and Harper could not be more separated from each other by their upbringing and their life so far. But Destiny had its own idea for both of them, when it threw this pair together by chance. I really liked how the author entwined the paths of these two great characters.
Although I have to admit that it was hard to sit and read/watch as a reader how Harper was suffering and I found myself asking … WHY? Why did she continue to let it happen for this long, but I think this is a problem that all people will have if the never experienced such violence. As far as I can relate and understand, it is the feeling of being responsible that lets people drown in a circle of repeated violence and abuse.
Flynn on the other side always felt insufficient and did many wrong things for all the right reasons – but does that make him now the bad guy? Or is it just the world we are living in … it really gets you to think (at least me – maybe it’s because I have some knowledge on how authorities work and this book kind of reminds me why I quite working there) …
I really liked the story and writing style of this author – and I will make sure to check other books from her if their storylines attract me. My emotions were all over the place during reading it. However, I felt for all the build-up between Flynn and Harper the story would have deserved a bigger “bang” for a final. It’s not that the story does not feel complete, all the needed parts are in there but I think the way it was told was a little too soft.
As I refuse to spoiler so I cannot elaborate this, but I do encourage everybody to read this book and discuss it with your friends.
What would you have done if you were in Harpers place ?
Or in Flynn’s ?
> > > I have received this book as an ARC from the publisher. < < < > > > In exchange, I promised an honest review. < < <
Cliffhanger :(KLICK to find out) !!!
HEA? : (KLICK to find out) !!!
Caught by Clare James
4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Caught by Clare James

Title : Caught
Author : Clare James
Series : N/A
Rating : 4 Stars
 
Blurb : Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake’s job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity’s image. Except that her newest client isn’t quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen “performance” is already compromising Viv’s cool professionalism.
While Jarod hasn’t exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do…
 
Review : With Caught, you get a steamy, emotinal and very refreshing book which lets you feel like sitting in a racing car yourself. I loved the pace of this story as there was never a moment during which I was bored.
The combination of different topics including the racing, the really hot alpha and the relationship which to be honest wouldn’t exist if Miss Charming wouldn’t be so heated as he definetly is , is something which works out pretty well. Moreover the writing style is very good as it entertains the reader from time to time but still isn’t overfilled with senseless or unuseful information. In my opinion, the most important part of the story is the way both protagonists Jared and Viv interact. Directly after turning the first page of this book you can not only feel how much the author put into the background of the whole story- it’s also awesome to see how much both of the characters seem to have developed a very interesting life which can’t be described with other words than fiery. Jarod is my favourite as there is something about him which directly attracts me. He feels real and raw ,but at the same time there is also some vulnerability about him of which you can get a glimpse in so many different scenes. In contrast, the personality of Vivian felt totally different. Of course this is the way she is. But at some points I just wished that there would be a little bit more about her which for sure can be find deep down. This is the reason I rated this book wih 4 instead of 5 Stars as in my opinion the protagonists are the most important part of a novel as they are the ones which make us feel the story. I can say for sure that this is a book I am going to recommend!
 
> > > I have received this book as an ARC from the publisher. < < < > > > In exchange, I promised an honest review. < < <
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