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My Favorite Mistake

My Favorite Mistake  - Chelsea M. Cameron 3/5 stars

Taylor finds out that her new college roommate is a guy, Hunter. Hunter is a nice, outgoing guy who constantly flirts with Taylor. I did like Hunter for the most part - I'm not a fan of his sort of little violent outbursts.

However, I really didn't like Taylor. She's angry, abusive and seriously hits Hunter to pulp - which is just ridicilous and made me really not like her. I also found it stupid that he just took it and held her. I get she is traumatized, but that's never an excuse for violence... NEVER.
She's also kind of whiny and just got on my nerves sometimes. I also thought that her sister was really... unrealistic in the way she acted and spoke to Hunter.

Another thing I didn't really like is that once again, it's a new adult novel about two damaged people who heal each other. I understand that it's a popular theme, but I'm looking for something more original - or at least more original problems. I'm getting a little tired of the sexually abused virgin story. It seems that 99% of the new adult novels use this angle.

The things I did like were mostly Hunter and his jokes and their friends and when Taylor finally stopped being an idiot. Overall, I did enjoy reading this book, but wished it was a little more different from the rest of its kind.
Hold Us Close (A Keep Me Still Novella) - Caisey Quinn I can't rate this book any higher than 2/5 stars.

I enjoyed the story of Layla and Landen up until this book. It isn't badly written or in itself a horibble story and it wraps up the story for the most part.

However, I really hated the complete 180 in this book. I'd really come to like Landen in the previous books. Sure, the whole 'I came because your aunt payed me'-thing from the last book was already a little horrible, but it this book the author managed to completely change his character. He went from a sweet romantic guy to an abusive a-hole who I didn't even liked to read about and then he even ends up hitting his pregnant girlfriend, wants her to have an abortion, break pretty much everything that means something to layla and then even in the end, she has to fight for HIM. It's just ridicilous. Combine that with the fall of his dream in the end and I just kind of wish I'd followed other reviewers and hadn't bothered with this book. What a way to ruin a series that could've been really nice.
Let You Leave (Keep Me Still, #0.5) - Caisey Quinn This is a short novella that was included in the special edition that I bought of [b:Keep Me Still|18168007|Keep Me Still (Keep Me Still, #1)|Caisey Quinn|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1375339963s/18168007.jpg|25534685]. It tells the story of Layla and Landen and how they met.

It was a nice, decent read. It had a bit of insta-love going on and I found it a bit weird how Layla was instantly a puddle in his hands. This is a bit of a typical story: the bad boy falls for the virgin. But it's interesting with the history of Layla and the home situation of Landen. It's a short story that ends on a cliff hanger, but thankfully continues in the next book.

It moves a bit too fast in the beginning and I wasn't sure I was going to like it. But by the time the cliffhanger came and I really did want to know how to rest of the story continues.

This book is not about perfect characters, they are both kind of messed up (as seems to be the case in many new adult books) but it is interesting to read and I think you won't regret it (just don't throw you're book at the wall because of some of the things that happen and the end).

The Impact of You

The Impact of You - Kendall Ryan May contain minor spoilers, nothing major.

I rate this book 3/3.5 stars out of five


I enjoyed reading the book, but there were also a few things I didn't like.
Avery is a nice heroine, who grows into her own life more and more and Jase turns out to be an interesting hero. As usual in a new adult novel, they both have their issues. But for once they aren't really abuse-related. I like how Jase was always looking after his mom and that Avery was not yet another 'gorgeous but prude-heroine' (though still a bit prudish I guess).

The story reads quickly and keeps developping - which is exactly one of the things I don't like about this book. Some very interesting events and conversations - like the one where Jase tells Avery why he is always checking up on his mother - are completely left out. They are just jumped over entirely between chapters. I'm not sure why this is, but it made me feel left out of the story quite a few times and really got on my nerves in the end. The pacing in this book is just too fast for my taste. It caused me to not fully care about Avery and Jase.

This book also has a case of insta-love which I found to be a little annoying and certain phrases came back so often I ended up laughing about them.

But besides that it was a nice read, with enjoyable characters and a few steamy scenes. It's written in an alternating POV, which is well done.

The sad thing is that the synopsis and part of the story makes me think about [bc:Wait for You|17314430|Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)|J. Lynn|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1363819713s/17314430.jpg|23981243] (the heroine even have the same name) and that book is just a really good, well written - better written - book than this one. They ended up being a bit different in the end, but the synopsis is just so similar to this one.

Keep Me Still: Special Edition

Keep Me Still - Caisey Quinn This is the 'first book' in the series, but I read the novella first. The novella is the start of the story and this continues it.

Layla finally leaves her high school behind and goes to college to escape it all and finally start living her life. What she hadn't anticipated was to run her into her old friend/boyfriend Landen. At first I was happy to figure out how it would go when they found out that somehow they both ended up at the same college. But that idea was quickly ruined by a revelation of the real motives of Landen. A part of the story I really hated.

What follows is a bit of a back and forth story that somehow just didn't fully grab me, like I hoped it would.

It's a nice book, enjoyable read and includes certain very hot scenes, but what I mentioned before just kind of took the magic out of it for me. I kept wanting him to tell her and get frustrated when he didn't.. yet again. I felt bad for her. It has a nice ending, which will continue on in a next novella, that I just purchased voor 88 cents - so I can read how this story will end. Because I am curious how it will continue after reading a preview of the novella.

It's not the best NA book I've read so far, but enjoyable on it's own.

Damaged 2

Damaged 2 - H.M. Ward Stars: 3/5

I didn't like this book as much as the first one, and I wasn't blown away by the first one either.

This books starts with a 'shocking' confession from Pete, that kind of just ruined the first book for me. It's like nothing that happened in that book had any point and was just thrown out the window. It was very frustrating.

Sydney pushes Pete away after this and goes home alone with Millie. I like Millie, but she rushes out of the story as fast as she entered it and her place is taken bij Pete. You get to know him better and some parts were funny and I enjoyed reading them. But are just too many... weird things in this book.

The whole truth about Pete is just too ridicilous and kind of makes fun at the entire story. The unrealistic tone of this is what takes the enjoyment out of it a little.

The heat between them from the first book is really toned down. It isn't gone, but it didn't seem as 'impressive' as in the first book.

The story is short, has a decent ending and was enjoyable, so if you're looking for that, you should read it.

Damaged (Damaged, #1)

Damaged (Damaged, #1) - H.M. Ward Rating: 3.5/5

I'm having a hard time figuring out what to write in my review. I liked it, but there were also parts I didn't like.

I really liked the beginning of this book. Sydney has escaped her past to a far away college in the middle of nowhere. One night she is supposed to go on a blind double date and accidentally sits at the wrong table. This part of the book is quite funny. Across from her is a gorgeous man who gets her all hot and bothered. After leaving her actual blind date, she comes across him again - goes home with him and nearly sleeps with him. The next morning this guy - Peter - turns out to be her boss and teacher.

So far I liked the story, Sydney isn't my favorite heroine, but she's okay and I did like Peter as well. They grow closer together and share their troubled pasts. After this I started to like it a little less.

They seem to really want to be together, but when peter resigns, al of a sudden she doesn't want him anymore? It seemed kind of ridiculous. I also didn't like the scene where Dean and Sam came for her, it was very excessive and I can't imagine any brother being okay with what Dean did to her - while trying to take her home. So that seemed a bit unrealistic.

On a few points the story just didn't make any sense. And looking back, they annoy me a little. Also, the formatting of this ebook is off. It only cost me 99 cents, but the book disregards all the chapters and just divided the whole thing in 2 chapters of about 125 pages. Also, here and there I came across a few editing errors - like a sentence that wasn't finished. Minor issues, but still issues.

I enjoyed reading the book and I'd recommend it to anyone who can overlook the points mentioned above. It does end on a sort of cliff hanger, but I find myself not needing to read the next book right away. I think will though, just to finish up the story. But it's more expensive and I may borrow it instead of buying.

This Beautiful Thing (Young Love, #1)

This Beautiful Thing (Young Love, #1) - Amanda Heath Got this book as a free ebook from Kobo books.

Down and Dirty (Dare Me, #2)

Down and Dirty (Dare Me, #2) - Christine  Bell I wonder if we've all read the same book, but I can't rate it any higher then 2/5 stars

I don't know why, but this book just didn't get to me at all. I didn't like reading it and I skimmed through a lot of the pages. It isn't really the writing that put me of this book, but I can't remember a book I've read over the last time where I hated the heroine as much as I hated Cat.

I didn't hate her in the first book, but maybe that was because it wasn't really focussed on her. In this book however;

1. The story doesn't make any sense to begin with.
'I love him, I want him, but I'll keep pretending he doesn't do anything to me without any good reason to do so.'. It just gets old really fast.
2. Cat is so god-awful annoying that it's painful to read about.

I really loved the first book and really disliked this book, so I'm a bit disappointed by that. I think Lacey and Galen just make for better characters and were for to read about. They also had a lot more chemistry and I actually cared about what happened to them. But in this book, I really didn't care either way.

I do think that if you like Cat and don't mind the pointless storyline, you still might enjoy it. It just didn't do it for me.

I will be reading the small book about Lacey and Galen, since I did love their story.



Foreplay: The Ivy Chronicles

Foreplay  - Sophie Jordan This review may contain minor spoilers, but not much further than you'll already find in the synopsis

"You can’t even see it. I’m the safest thing you’ll ever find." - Reece


I really enjoyed reading this book. I give it 4/5 stars.

The book is about Pepper. I do kind of like Pepper, she is who she is and doesn't care that she's not a barfly but actually studies. But honestly, what kind of a name is Pepper? Somehow I found myself internally laughing everytime the name came up. At first I thought it was a nickname, but no her actual name is Pepper. And sometimes I kind of wanted to slap her silly for the choices she makes.

Pepper had always been in love with Hunter, her best friends brother. To Pepper, a life with Hunter equals a perfect life, with a perfect family and perfect trips do Disney Worls. There is however one problem, Pepper is still a virgin and has no idea how to seduce a 'man'. She decides that she needs to gain experience and to do so, she sets her eyes on 'the bartender' AKA Reece.

Reece is the typical: seems like a bad boy, but is actual a good guy- character. I liked Reece, I thought it was obvious what he thought of Pepper and he always seemed like a very decent guy.

As the two spend time together, Pepper starts be less sure of the fact that Hunter is THE guy for her. But that's all for the spoilers from me.

I liked Hunter, he actually seemed like a nice and good guy that would treat Pepper right. I also liked Peppers friends (Emerson and Georgia), who seemed to be really good friends to her.

The book is told from Pepper's POV alone and I found myself enjoying this book a lot. It wasn't an original masterpiece, but I did think it was a very good read and I'd recommend it to any NA lover.



The Gift

The Gift - Karli Perrin This was a very nice book, but also just absolutely too short.

I love this short story of Imogene and Blake. Both seem like amazing characters and I loved the way they meet each other and the date we got to follow them on.
It was sweet, romanctic, funny and a little hot.
It's a great short christmas story and I'm sure you'll like it.

I guess I'll just have to live with the fact that it's a short book, since personally I'd like to read a full length novel about these characters. But that's just saying how good this little story is!

Shine not burn: wonderful, absolutely breathtakingly wonderful

Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey

I can't say enough good things about this book. It was exactly what I wanted and needed to read right now. This review may contain tiny spoilers, but nothing more than the synopsis really.

Andie goed to Las Vegas for her friends bachelorette party. While wondering off to the casino, she sees the most gorgeous cowboy she's ever seen. What follows is a wonderful night of romance and -very steamy - passion. I really liked both Andie at this point and Mack (the cowboy) was absolutely wonderful. I also really liked both of her friends.

The morning after however, Andie doesn't remember a single thing and goes on with her life. We come back 2 years later to a boring, bitchy and deflated Andie. She's planning to get married and rinds out that she's already married to Mack and has to go find him to sign the divorce papers. This sounds very much like the movie: sweet home alabama. But I liked that movie (you should give it a try if you've never seen it!) so it didn't bother me and it was different enough for me to really enjoy this book.

I started to like Andie a little less during the book, because you kind of want to slap her silly for some of the things she does and things, but it never turned to hate or something and I liked Mack and his sweet family even more - so that didn't bother me in the slightest.

I won't give away how the rest of the story goes, but it's wonderful, steamy and very funny. I found myself laughing, honest to god laughing at many moments in this book. Which I don't find myself doing all that often, but this book was really hilarious at times.

I'd recommend this book to everyone who loves NA books and I'll be checking out other books by this author!

Shine Not Burn

Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey I can't say enough good things about this book. It was exactly what I wanted and needed to read right now. This review may contain tiny spoilers, but nothing more than the synopsis really.

Andie goed to Las Vegas for her friends bachelorette party. While wondering off to the casino, she sees the most gorgeous cowboy she's ever seen. What follows is a wonderful night of romance and -very steamy - passion. I really liked both Andie at this point and Mack (the cowboy) was absolutely wonderful. I also really liked both of her friends.

The morning after however, Andie doesn't remember a single thing and goes on with her life. We come back 2 years later to a boring, bitchy and deflated Andie. She's planning to get married and rinds out that she's already married to Mack and has to go find him to sign the divorce papers. This sounds very much like the movie: sweet home alabama. But I liked that movie (you should give it a try if you've never seen it!) so it didn't bother me and it was different enough for me to really enjoy this book.

I started to like Andie a little less during the book, because you kind of want to slap her silly for some of the things she does and things, but it never turned to hate or something and I liked Mack and his sweet family even more - so that didn't bother me in the slightest.

I won't give away how the rest of the story goes, but it's wonderful, steamy and very funny. I found myself laughing, honest to god laughing at many moments in this book. Which I don't find myself doing all that often, but this book was really hilarious at times.

I'd recommend this book to everyone who loves NA books and I'll be checking out other books by this author!

Down for the count: a wonderful fresh NA novel

Down for the Count - Christine Bell

This review may contain tiny spoilers, but nothing major


I really enjoyed reading this book and decided to give it  4.5/5 stars.

The story starts immediately and you'll be pulled in from the start. Lacey can't seem to find her shiny new husband until she stumbles on him in the closet with her childhood friend.'

 

“What it looks like is that you’re having sex with one of my oldest friends in the linen closet of our reception hall. Unless, of course, she’s lost something in her vagina and you were gallant enough to try and fish it out for her. With your penis. If that’s the case, I suggest using a larger lure.”

This sets the tone for the entire book. Lacey escapes the wedding on the back of the motorcycle from her childhood crush - her best friend Cat's brother. Enter Galen. He is a hot good guy, though he's not too good *wink*.

After they end up on Lacey honeymoon, both of them are in for the ride of their lifes.

The story alternates between Lacey and Galen's perspective, which is really well done. It's a short book that I finished very quickly and enjoyed very much. I found myself laughing at several sections and I really liked Lacey, Galen and Cat.

The story is different from most other NA books and had a few funny and fresh twists and turns. The story is a bit on the short side, which bummed me out a little because I wanted to read more about Lacey and Galen.

I'd recommend this book very much to any NA lover and I'll be checking out other books by this author. and I'll leave you with another quote from Lacey:

“Oh my God. I kneed him in the wiener. And oh my frigging God, it was like stone.”

Down for the Count (Dare Me, #1)

Down for the Count (Dare Me, #1) - Christine  Bell This review may contain tiny spoilers, but nothing major


I really enjoyed reading this book and decided to give it 4/5 stars.

The story starts immediately and you'll be pulled in from the start. Lacey can't seem to find her shiny new husband until she stumbles on him in the closet with her childhood friend.'

“What it looks like is that you’re having sex with one of my oldest friends in the linen closet of our reception hall. Unless, of course, she’s lost something in her vagina and you were gallant enough to try and fish it out for her. With your penis. If that’s the case, I suggest using a larger lure.”


This sets the tone for the entire book. Lacey escapes the wedding on the back of the motorcycle from her childhood crush - her best friend Cat's brother. Enter Galen. He is a hot good guy, though he's not too good *wink*.

After they end up on Lacey honeymoon, both of them are in for the ride of their lifes.

The story alternates between Lacey and Galen's perspective, which is really well done. It's a short book that I finished very quickly and enjoyed very much. I found myself laughing at several sections and I really liked Lacey, Galen and Cat.

The story is different from most other NA books and had a few funny and fresh twists and turns. The story is a bit on the short side, which bummed me out a little because I wanted to read more about Lacey and Galen.

I'd recommend this book very much to any NA lover and I'll be checking out other books by this author. and I'll leave you with another quote from Lacey:

“Oh my God. I kneed him in the wiener. And oh my
frigging God, it was like stone.”


Frigid: a sweet, but somehow not truly captivating NA novel

Frigid - J. Lynn

I'm debating a little how much stars to give this book. Is it a good read? Yes. Is it the best book I've read by this author? No. Is it a story without flaws? No.

I think I'll have to go with 3.5/5 stars.

Sydney has been in love with Kyler since she was a little girl, but Kyler has been to busy man-whoring around. I liked Sydney from the beginning. I however didn't really like Kyler that much and his man-whoring ways put me off a little.

It was a fun read and steamy with a bit of suspense added into it. I did however found it quite obvious from the get go who was hanging around their house and messing with them. So maybe it wasn't too suspenseful.

I'm not sure I can really put my finger on it why I didn't love this book that much. I guess something was just missing in this book for me.
I enjoyed reading it, but I never really got to the point where I LOVED reading it.

It is however a fun short read, so if you like the NA genre, this is surely a book to check out.