Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Book Review: Turbulent Desires (Billionaire Aviators #2) by Melody Anne


ER nurse Lindsey Helm used to be strong. Then a late-night attack at the hospital nearly killed her and left two close colleagues dead. Now Lindsey has retreated from the world. She knows she needs to move on, but every hint of danger seems threatening—including a certain sexy fly boy who’s determined to show Lindsey what she’s missing. But falling for F-18 pilot Maverick Armstrong is a risk she can’t afford…

Maverick knows that fear can eat away at the soul, and he won’t leave Lindsey to that fate. She needs someone to reach her and to remind her of the exhilaration and unbelievable passion of being touched. He’ll help her heal, and then he’ll walk away. He has to walk away. Because Maverick swore he would never fall in love and never marry. But this is a rescue operation, and Maverick will stay the course—even if things get hazardous. Even if saving Lindsey means surrendering his heart in the process…











This is the second book in the Billionaire Aviators series by Melody Anne and it did not disappoint! It's also a standalone if you prefer to read them that way but I think that the book is even better if you've read the first book well, first. 

The link between the two books in this series is absolutely seamless. This one picks up very shortly after the first book ended and it felt like I was meeting up with some old friends. The characters were extremely consistent - that's a big thing! Some authors seem to lose where they were with the previous books and then you pick up the next in the series and all of the sudden, the characters just don't feel the same. Not a problem here!

I can't even explain how excited I was to see that Maverick was the man of the hour for this book. I adored his character when you first met him in Turbulent Intentions. I found him to be even more captivating than I had expected. He's protective and patient and he truly wants what is best for Lindsey. Man ... Lindsey. The beginning of this book throws you into the middle of this harrowing experience that Lindsey is going through and then you're able to see how she grows and changes within the protective arms of Maverick. Talk about swoony. Holy cannoli. It doesn't hurt that Maverick is this hotshot military pilot. Doesn't hurt at all. 

The story buzzes along at this great pace that leaves you wanting more. You're just surrounded by these great scheming old dudes and adorable brothers that like to poke fun at each other and an amazing sisterhood that makes you wonder if you can find a way to get adopted into this family. There wasn't even one sentence that was unnecessary - no skipping paragraphs!! I get bored easily because I find myself skipping paragraphs all too often. 

Anyway, great book. Amazing book. One of my new favorite series and I can't wait to see who the next one is about but I have no doubt that it will be just as good (if not better) than this one!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Book Review: A Rose By Any Other Name... by Helen Bell


When insecure sophomore Emma gets a part-time job, she’s thrilled. The job is a six-week long project where she’ll be coding a website for a martial arts studio. For Emma, a computer science major, it’s perfect—a great way to gain some real world experience. But her excitement quickly evaporates when she finds out that her boss is Ryan Damon, the mean, arrogant guy she has slammed into, twice.

Ryan Damon, the son of the famous, late movie star Bruce Damon, suffered a great tragedy at the age of seventeen. When he was vacationing in Europe, a schizophrenic man, who had been hearing voices in his head telling him to kill Bruce Damon, broke into the Damons’ residency in Manhattan, New York, and murdered Ryan’s father, his mother, and his ten-year-old sister. Now, with his heart cold as ice, Ryan doesn’t let anyone in. But when Emma enters his life, everything changes—for both of them.



 


Sometimes the book gods are smiling on me when I'm introduced to a new author. To think that this is the first book by Helen Bell is just ... astonishing. This is one of the best books I've read this year! 

I absolutely adored the main character, Emma. She's this shy and closed-off college girl that has a super sharp tongue and she will flay you with a simple sentence. Well, she would if she weren't terrified. You get to go on this journey of self-awareness and discovery with Emma as she learns to trust others and more importantly, herself. And her boss ... Ryan ... this dude is a tad bit infuriating with all of his crass comments and crude behavior but he just doesn't care what others think. He's going to do what he's going to do and if you don't like it, you can just go somewhere else. I didn't really like him at first until he started going caveman and saying "you're mine" and then I forgot that he irritated me and I just wanted her to be his. For some reason that possessiveness is sexy as hell. This isn't like boiling bunny kind of possessiveness ... it's the sexy kind that makes you wish YOU were part of the story. 

I could go on and on about Ryan and Emma but more important than the characters is the story. Going into a book by a new author, you just really don't know what to expect. This is going to sound horrible but I really didn't expect the story to have so many facets to it. I really thought that this was going to be a straight romance novel but it's so much more than that. The story takes you through the past of both Ryan and Emma and the horrors that are lurking in the distance. I didn't expect the small doses of suspense at all. That was a nice surprise! There were quite a few massive twists that came out of no where and really threw me for a loop. Because of that, I read this book in one day. I just couldn't put it down. I'm already ready to read it again. 

There was one extremely tiny issue I had with the book and the only reason I bring it up is because I took the time to jot a note down when I was reading and that means it bothered me to some extent. Emma is in college, she lives in a dorm and all of the girls that she knows have names that end in the sound 'ah' ... Kayla, Hannah, Jenna, Mia and then Emma and I think there were some more but anyway ... for some reason, that rubbed me the wrong way. Why? Who freaking knows. Maybe it was because they sounded the same or maybe it's because I have a screw loose ... there's no telling. It is what it is.

So. Great book, AMAZING new author and just an overall awesome reading experience. I can't wait to see what Bell has in store for her next novel ... there better be a next novel and I have no doubt that I'll be a big fan when it comes out. You just really need to read this one. 

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Book Review: Turbulent Intentions (Billionaire Aviators #1) by Melody Anne


The Armstrong brothers are wealthy, wild-at-heart bad boys—until their father’s will demands they prove themselves and marry in order to inherit their fortune.

Eldest brother Cooper channels his reckless spirit into becoming CEO of his own airline. The only thing better than the adrenaline rush of flying is his one-night stand with a stunning stranger. At first he doesn’t recognize the fiery barista he clashes with years later at an airport coffee shop. But when Stormy Halifax turns up as his new house sitter, Cooper knows she’s his Cinderella. And he doesn’t just want her in his mansion. He wants her back in his bed.

Stormy can’t believe she’s living under Cooper’s roof. Gorgeous and arrogant, he’s convinced she’ll surrender again—and he’s right. But just as Stormy is succumbing to a world of pleasure, her trust is shattered. And the biggest challenge Cooper has ever faced will be proving he wants Stormy, now and forever, for all the right reasons.



 




Melody Anne has been writing books for quite a while. Why I've never read one before now makes absolutely no sense. Apparently, I'm an idiot because I have really been missing out. And before you roll your eyes about this being a billionaire book, just stop it. I know how those millionaire books are and I know how much people hate on them. But this one was different. It wasn't snooty or standoffish or even something us peasants can't relate to. It was awesome. It was magical. It is a new favorite. 

Usually I have page after page of notes on the book that I'm reading. I have a horrible memory and jotting those sometimes snarky notes down is the only thing that helps me remember all of my issues and/or likes with a book. You know how many notes I had for this book? Zero. Zip. Nada. I had none! I think it was because I didn't have time to write anything down! I blew through this book at an embarrassing pace. Simply put: I just couldn't get enough. Of course, in hindsight, I wish that I had slowed down because now it's over and I'm a little ashamed of my reading binge but it was SOO good. 

Basically, I loved everything about this book. The characters were absolutely perfect, the plot was exciting and kept me interested and the ending/beginning/everything-in-between was exactly how it should be. I should really expound on that statement but I kinda don't want to. I know that in the excited verbal explosion that will come, I will give away some plot-twist or secret that you really need to experience first-hand. I will say this ... this is no ordinary billionaire book. Unlike most books in this little genre, it didn't put the money as the subject of the book. It was something that was there, lurking in the background but it didn't take priority over the important stuff on these pages. It gave me a new respect for books like it but I know that none will ever be able to measure up. 

There was one thing that I detested ... the ending. Hated it. There should have been at least 300 more pages to this story because I just didn't want it to end. The only light at the end of this tunnel is that I have the next book in the series on my Kindle. Right. Now. Yep. I just got it today and I CANNOT wait to dive into it because the Armstrong brothers ... sweet, baby Jesus. I want an Armstrong brother. Christmas is coming up if someone wants to get me a tall, dark and handsome gift. My husband won't mind. Fine, he would. But he would probably get over it. LOVE this book. ADORE this book. I really hope that the next book is just as good or I will lose my shit. There's a lot to live up to but I have a feeling that this author is going to deliver and maybe even top Turbulent Intentions. Just save me the time it will take to harass you to read this book and go get it. Immediately.

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Book Review: Frostbitten by Heather Beck


Great beauty hides dark secrets...

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?



 


I haven't read a paranormal book like this since my Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse bender years ago. That being said ... there were similarities that were a little difficult to ignore. 

Before I get to that, I do want to say that I enjoyed this book. I thought that while the characters didn't ring any bells for me, the plot was interesting and I enjoyed where the book went and how it got there. The story was fast moving and it mostly kept me entertained the entire time that I read it. 

That being said, I didn't connect with these characters at all. Our heroine in this one, Anastasia, is seventeen years old. Anastasia didn't behave like a seventeen year old. Not in the least. I want to tell you about a few examples because they just really rubbed me the wrong way and didn't seem true to the age group Anastasia is in. There was one time she was talking about this chick working in the office at school who "hadn't been well-trained, if at all". What? Come on. A 17 year old isn't going to think that. Comment on her hair? Sure. Her outfit? Absolutely. Maybe even the rude way in which this chick was talking. I'll even take that. But commenting on her training (or lack thereof) was just weird. There was this other situation with a teacher ... Anastasia was saying how this young teacher was more interested in a paycheck and disregarding safety in her class. Again, it felt weird. Then she was talking about how she doesn't "put a label on relationships". Ugh. She's seventeen. The last one I'll bring up is how she thought that other kids in her class were "dehumanizing" the male lead, Frost. Dehumanizing? I think that all of this would have been fine if there was a reason behind Anastasia acting older than her age or at least some kind of acknowledgement of this kind of behavior from a teenager. I didn't find any of that within these pages. I didn't see any reason why Anastasia would be acting like a grumpy 30-something all the time. 

And here we are at the Twilight reference I mentioned earlier. Let's just say that before I sat down to write this review, I actually checked what other people thought about this book. I never do that but I wanted to see if I was just completely off base with seeing similarities between these two and unfortunately, I wasn't alone and I wasn't off base. It wasn't a word for word type thing, obviously, but there were just scenes where it was VERY close to Twilight. I think that the most obvious scene was when Anastasia learned the truth about Frost. Anastasia put it together on her own by listing off the qualities that Frost has and then being a-okay with this and just scampering along behind him like she was riding a unicorn off into the sunset. She didn't have any qualms about being around him and it (again) didn't feel like a 17 year old or in any way how anyone would respond to this kind of thing. Not that this has ever happened but I'm pretty sure that 99% of the population would have at least paused for a moment to think about what being a werewolf meant. 

For me, the characters make or break the story. The story could be great but if the characters just aren't cutting it, it can really ruin the entire experience for me. It was an okay book. Like I said, it kept me entertained until the last page. I just wish that Anastasia had been more believable so that I could have connected with her in some way. 

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Book Review: Breaking His Rules by R.C. Matthews


When I landed the best bartending job in downtown Chicago, the rules were as clear as the Grey Goose martini I mixed for him. Don’t sleep with the patrons. I had no problem with that. Money didn’t impress me. But Damon Baxter’s eyes did. Midnight blue, just like the name of his nightclub. The way they undressed me made me consider risking the most sought after job in the service industry. Nailing the position had been hard. Obeying the rules? Even harder.

Good thing I like it hard. I was never one for following orders. For one night with him, I would have sold my soul to the devil. And that’s exactly what I did. Let me tell you, hell in the company of Damon Baxter was blissfully hot. I offered him a single night of pleasure, but when he demanded another in that deep and sexy whisper, what could I say? He was my boss, and I always aimed to please…when it pleased me.

He didn’t care that I broke his rules. But was I ready to break my own?



 


It's no secret that I don't read many novellas. There's really no massive reason other than I like a full book, you know? I don't want to just get a taste of something and then have to buy 76 other novellas so that I get the whole story. I guess maybe the issue is that I'm cheap, right? Well, whatever the reason, I don't read them very often. Actually, I didn't know that this was a novella when I picked it on NetGalley. 

All of that being said, this really didn't read like a novella. It was a super intricate and very much complete, story. Which kind of took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting that in the least. I was totally surprised when I started to write this review and I realized it was only 146 pages. That's a good thing! So much detail in so few pages. That's something to be proud of. 

I liked the main characters (Damon and Samantha) but I don't think that the first interaction that they had together in the book did them any justice. So Sam is a bartender and Damon owns the place she works and I'll just say that the first scene with them was bordering on raunchy. I don't know if I'm becoming a prude in my old age of 36 or what but damn. I totally worked at the wrong places when I was Sam's age. Anyway ... that whole scene just cheapened them. Maybe it's because then they both fell into the dreaded INSTA-LUST. Geez. I think that this is the kiss of death for some books. I just don't see it as being realistic and it's not that books need to be totally realistic all of the time but they need to be at least a tiny bit plausible especially when it's a romance novel. But that's just me. Personally, I'd rather read a book about a love story that is within the realm of possibility. 

The characters were just okay but the storyline was actually pretty interesting. I liked where it was going and even though it was overly dramatic at times, it was good. The drama stuff came back to the characters again ... they would blow stuff out of proportion, especially Samantha. That was a bit irritating and made me start to lose interest. 

So not a BAD book, it kept me entertained for a few hours but it's just not something that I'll be rereading, I don't think. Too bad because some of these scenes and situations in the book were pretty good.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Book Review: Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey


Edmund Rushwood is a single English lord in possession of a great fortune who is in desperate need of a rich wife.

In accordance with his father’s will, Edmund has until he turns twenty-six to find a wealthy bride or lose his vast inheritance. To retain his selfish lifestyle, he agrees to join an American dating game show to find the woman who can save him. He doesn’t bargain on meeting Abby Forester, an impoverished, spirited American woman who is content to live out her father’s dreams in his vintage record shop.

With covert intervention from an unlikely source, Abby lands on the dating game show as one of Edmund’s potential brides. As their worlds entangle and love begins to bloom, Abby discovers Edmund cannot marry her and retain his wealth at the same time. Will love keep them together, or will greed triumph and tear them apart?



 


Tammy L. Bailey contacted me early in the summer about giving her book a go and to say that I was excited to read this would be a gross understatement. Combining The Bachelor with an English dude who has a title? Yes, please! I really hyped this one up in my head and I think that may have been a bad thing. 

I'm not completely sure where to start because my one issue with the book kind of messed up everything for me ... here it is ... it just felt ... disjointed. I couldn't quite put my finger on exactly what it was but something was going on within these pages that kept the book from moving seamlessly. It was almost as if each situation within the book wasn't completely fleshed out. That's a massively horrible thing to say because that makes it seem like the author didn't know what she was doing. I don't think that was the case. Here ... you know when you are talking to someone and you think that they are on the same page as you are and you just go on and on and they have this confused look on their face and they have no freaking clue what the hell you were just talking about because you left out some vital piece of information that would connect all of the dots for them. That's this book for me. 

Then that disjointed feeling started bleeding over into the characters and it wasn't just the main plot. I liked the characters but it also felt like I didn't truly understand where they were coming from or what their motivations were - you know, a deeper picture. I wanted that. Desperately, I wanted that. 

I just wanted more all around. Just when things started to get good, the book would switch directions on you and I never felt fully satisfied. It seemed anticlimactic to me. The premise behind it is fabulous though. I did enjoy some of the stuff that happened, just not everything. 


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Friday, October 7, 2016

Book Review: Size Matters (Size Matters #1) by Alison Bliss


The rules of (fake) engagement . . .
Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough ├ęclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the fact that he just told her mother that they're engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah's date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay "just friends," and make Leah's family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah's decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren't going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he's for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.



 


It feels like eons ago that Ms. Alison Bliss sent me a message asking if I would be interested in reading her first book Rules of Protection. I wasn't disappointed then and I haven't been since. Bliss is just one of those authors that seems to just have "it". Her books are hilarious and romantic and steamy and completely realistic and down to earth. And after reading her latest book, I have a serious case of author love. 

First, this book had me ROLLING from the very first page. Talk about hilarious. Our 9yo son kept asking me what I was laughing about and it's not like I could say that I was laughing about testicles. Talk about awkward. So be ready with the, "Nothing" or "Just stuff" answers when you start this one. You've been warned. 

I really don't want to delve too much into the book because I'm not very good at keeping secrets and I don't want to give stuff away ... I will say this ... the main character, Leah, is pretty much every girl out there. Leah thinks that she's chunky and that no hot dude could possibly be into her. Basically, every girl I know has had this feeling. It was simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming to be invited into Leah's life while she is traversing the rocky road of being attracted to someone who you think couldn't possibly have feelings for you as well. I saw a bit of myself in Leah. I won't lie. I've had these doubts. Actually, I've had them in almost every single relationship that I've been in and even though Leah is a fictional character, it feels like she just "got" me. It's a special thing to connect with a character like that. It doesn't happen very often.

Okay ... onto lighter things ... Alison Bliss has a dirty mind. That's the only possible explanation for the sexy scenes because I don't get shy very often but this book made me blush! For the love of all things fluffy ... some of the scenes in this book were so hot that I felt embarrassed to read them. Not that that kept me from actually reading them. Hello! Ugh. They were gooood. 

And of course, I should say something about the plot and the characters and the flow of the book ... here's the deal: I wouldn't change one damn thing. The plot was perfect, just enough stuff going on to keep the book flowing at a great pace without feeling bogged down. The characters were nothing short of perfection and that's that.

Ooh! I almost forgot, Bliss teaches you some good stuff in this book! Like how a dude would give his right testicle to take an adorable toy poodle for a walk. This is the kind of shit you file away because you just KNOW it will come in handy some day. I have it on good authority that this will be a Jeopardy question some day. Not really. But that would be cool. OMG. Maybe Darrell Hammond could do his Sean Connery impression on SNL thing and use this little testicle/poodle tidbit! Swords for $500, Alex!

I CAN NOT wait until the second book comes out which probably won't be until 2019 because life isn't fair. I'll wait impatiently (like I always do) and then I'll read the book in one setting (like I always do) and then I won't fix the kids dinner and they'll get to have whatever they can come up with (which is what always happens when a Bliss book comes out). With Size Matters, they feasted on oatmeal, popcorn and spinach salads. Hey, they chose that weirdo combination. They enjoy Bliss book time as much as I do! I think I'm going to go reread this right now. Dude. Such a great book. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *



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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review: Billionaire Blackmail (Billionaire Blackmail #1) by Alison Aimes


After a childhood spent on the streets, ruthless billionaire Nik Valenti has had his share of dealing with crooks. He thought that was behind him. Until the woman he's been casually dating turns out to be the biggest con artist of them all. Now, with pride, money, and his company's survival at stake, he won't rest until she's experienced his own brand of justice.

Sara Turner knows she's no angel, but a few deliberate omissions...well, compared to the rest of her family, that's choir girl behavior. But now the one man whose heart she'd hoped to steal is accusing her of embezzling from his company. Worse, he wants answers. And he's come up with a foolproof way to ensure he gets them. One Sara must accept if she doesn't want to end up in jail.

Nik might be trying to save his company, but he has a tough time ignoring the way Sara makes him burn. The passion between them is all-consuming, and each time he peels away a layer, he discovers there’s more to her than first meets the eye, but he can’t give in to his need. Nik will put everything on the line to find the truth...except his heart.



 


I have to say, this was a pretty good start to a series! I've not read anything by Aimes before but after looking at the books under her belt, I'm a bit intrigued by her sci-fi romance series. 

Romantic suspense is kind of my go-to genre. They are what I  enjoy reading the most and let me tell you, not all authors can handle both the intrigue AND the romance. Usually one or the other is an author's niche and then that part comes out shining while the other is lagging behind like a sad dog on a leash. But Aimes did pretty well with both! I was pleasantly surprised. New (to me) authors are always a crap-shoot when you first pick up a book by them.

I loved the story line, it grabs you from the very first sentence of the book. There were quite a few things going on at first and it did feel a bit weighty but the further you got into the book, the more everything started to fit together nicely. It was still a lot going on though. 

Thankfully, since the storyline was pretty busy, the characters were stout enough to pull everything together. I walked away from this book really knowing and understanding why each character was the way that it was and what their part in the story was and why they needed to be included. I'm kind of excited to see who would be the focus in the next story ... I have my top picks but we'll have to see.

Now the bad dude. I like not being able to pick out the villain but sometimes, it happens. I actually knew who it was pretty quickly this time. And that's okay ... it was fun seeing if I was going to be right but who are we kidding, I'm a mom. So I'm always right. Right? More often than not, being able to pick out the bad guy can just ruin a book because you already figured everything out in your head and there's no fun in that. This time, I was still able to really enjoy the book because there were so many other twists and turns and the bad dude was a lot worse than I had first anticipated. 

So ... great book, great new (to me) author and an interesting series. I can't wait to see what happens next! This one is a fast moving page-turner, so be ready to lose some hours in your day!

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Book Review: Tainted Deception by Aleya Michelle


Ivy Maisen thinks she knows exactly what type of guy Chase Hudson is — billionaire, extremely good looking, cocky as hell, and a guy that women salivate over...

But looks can be deceiving...

Underneath the tuxedo, luxurious demeanor and smooth character is a bad boy covered in tattoos, piercings, the lead singer in a band, and he owns three of the clubs that Ivy frequents.
Oh and he rides a Harley...

Will Ivy finally open her eyes and allow herself to see the real Chase or will she reject his alter-ego and refuse his advances again and again?
When desire is tainted with deception and lies, does that person become less desirable?

Could love be the one thing powerful enough to push them past the deception and down to the real person underneath the facade?






Before I get into my review, I think that it needs to be said that I had massively high hopes for this book. I was super excited to read it but it was a bit of a disappointment. In a big way. 

I LOVE a good bad boy in a book. They are just so much fun to read. That is not what I got with this one. I think that I'm supposed to like Chase ... I'm pretty sure that was the author's intention but dude. This guy was a douche bag. Could not stand him. I found him scary-possessive and then he would grab Ivy and shit. Hey, some characters are supposed to be like that, right? Every book needs that one a-hole but it shouldn't be the hero of the story. Chase was disrespectful and incredibly self-absorbed. He was also fairly contradictory. This dude would say that he doesn't care about money but then every five seconds, he's talking about how much his clothes cost and about his stupid car. Every sentence just made me hate this dude more. Such a hypocritical jerk. This character completely ruined the book for me. He also made it so that Ivy wasn't even a blip on my radar! I was so irritated that THIS was the leading man in the story that everything else fell by the wayside. Nothing else mattered because this character was an epic failure in my mind. 

There were also these weird things with Ivy and Chase's best friends. Ivy and Chase basically hated their best friends. They would both go on and on about how they didn't like how their bestie was materialistic or a womanizer. If you don't like your best friend, that's freaking weird! Why be friends with someone if you don't like who they are?!? Then again, I'm sure Chase likes who he is and he's an asshole. Maybe it fits. But that doesn't mean it works for the story. 

Maybe it's because I didn't like the characters or something but the conversations these characters would have were stiff and stilted. They weren't realistic or plausible and basically just not something I was looking for in a book. I want the pages to come alive and not play dead.

This was definitely not the book for me. The whole premise of the storyline was intriguing and if the characters hadn't been such asshats, I think that I would have enjoyed the book. Then again, who the heck knows. Definitely not one for me.

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