Sunday, September 25, 2016

{Book Review} Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover



Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Published: March 18, 2014 by Atria Books
Series: Standalone
Source: Own
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 385
{Goodreads}

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble - she's a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…. Maybe someday… Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

{Review}
This was my first Colleen Hoover book and it did not disappoint!  This was one of those books that stayed with me for days after I finished reading it and it was all I could think about when I was reading it.  I am so glad that this was my first Colleen Hoover book, but I am a little scared that nothing will be able to live up to it.

I thought the writing was very beautiful and addictive.  I went into this book not knowing very much about the plot, which I think made me love it even more!  I was so intrigued with where the plot was going and what was going to happen next!  The pacing was great.  My heart would nearly leap out of my chest with all of the angst and drama that was in this book. 

I thought that the characters were amazing!  Sydney was a great protagonist and I loved seeing this story through her eyes.  She was strong willed and I am glad that she didn’t take her ex-boyfriends crap.  I was absolutely in love with Ridge.  There was something about him that I did not expect, but thought was so original and unique in a book.  I also loved all of the side characters, but I don’t want to give too much away.

I think that this book did fall into some NA troupes, but an original spin was put on it that did make it seem fresh.  I know that there are two tropes in this book that some readers have a problem with, but I didn’t really have any issues.  I do have to say that the spin that was put on them made me feel torn for the characters and the decisions they had to make.

I found the ending satisfying, but it did wrap up a little too nicely.  I think that would be my only complaint about this book.  Everything else was perfect and wonderful!

I would recommend this book to both readers who are new and experienced in NA books.  I will defiantly be picking up some more of Colleen Hoover books!  If her other books are like this one, she will become one of my auto-buy authors. ( I have read more of her books since I wrote this review...and yes, they are just as good!)


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

{Series Review} Soul Series by Kennedy Ryan



Soul series

Titles: My Soul to Keep, Down to My Soul and Refrain
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Published by Kennedy Ryan

First off, I want to say that I LOVED this series!  This series has defiantly made it onto my favorite NA romance series, heck, even my favorite series of all time.  I loved the writing, characters and romance. 
This story revolves around the relationship between Kai and Rhyson.  Kai moves to LA after her mother’s death to try to break into the music industry.  While at a music class, she runs into Rhyson who is a music prodigy.  Rhyson keeps himself closed off from the world, but when he lays eyes on Kai, they instantly share a connection.  Although Kai only wants to be friends and focus on her career, Rhyson wants more.  Throughout their journey, readers get to experience family conflict, debilitating loss, loyal friendships and epic love.

I would have to say that Kennedy’s writing is some of the best.  I found it beautiful and lyrical.  I constantly was highlighting large sections of the book so I could reference it later.  The writing was also very addicting.  I found myself having a hard time putting these books down.  The pacing was fantastic, keeping me highly entertained.  I did feel like the last book was a little rushed.  I wish that it would have been flushed out more than it was, but it was supposed to be a novella so I am just glad that Kennedy decided to write a full third book.

The characters in this series are really great.  I thought the character development of Kai and Rhyson was great.  They both grew as individuals and as a couple.  Kai grew stronger and more self-assured, while Rhyson learned to forgive and to lower down his walls.  I also really enjoyed the supporting characters.  However, sometimes it felt like they were not integrated into the story as much as I wanted.  The last book, Refrain, did delve deeper into developing the secondary characters, but I wish that it would have happened from book one.  But, I am very excited for the spin off book focusing on Grip.

I think the main driving force of this series is love.  I felt like the relationship between Kai and Rhyson consumed my life during the period that I was reading these books.  It was beautiful, epic and genuine.  I loved seeing how far they had come on the last page of book three from where they were on the first page of book one.  If you like contemporary romance, you need to read this series!

With this being a NA contemporary series, there is a more mature relationship.  I think that this series would be great for someone new to NA or someone who is experienced with this genera.  I felt like the books gradually grew more sexual the farther in the series, with the third book most defiantly being the steamiest.  These scenes were written very tastefully and helped to deepen the love within the relationship.

Overall, I would absolutely 100% recommend this series!  I really would recommend this book to readers who enjoyed Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.  Travis and Rhyson have similar personalities, both being protective and alpha males.  I am so glad that I picked this series up on a whim.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

{Book Review} Black Sheep by Tabatha Vargo



Black Sheep by Tabatha Vargo
Published: September 20th, 2016
Series: Standalone
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Contemporary, Romance,  Dark
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Ever since the day I was dropped at her family’s door
HUNGRY, DIRTY, and TORN,
I’ve wanted her.
But to taint her perfect skin with my black touch would be a SIN.
So I made a pact with myself—
NEVER TOUCH NICOLE PALMER.
However, when she returns home from college, she’s different, and I’m not sure I can trust myself to keep my pact. I can’t submit to her TEMPTATION no matter how sweetly she begs because she’s the GOLDEN CHILD and I’m the BLACK SHEEP.

{Review}
This was my first book by Tabatha Vargo and it won’t be my last.  I enjoyed every minute of this story!  It was dark, gritty, emotional and heart-breaking.  The first thing that really drew me to this book was that amazing cover…it is gorgeous!  Then the synopsis sucked me in and I knew that I had to get my hands on this book.  I am extremely happy that I read this book, it was defiantly one of my most enjoyable reads this year.

I fell in love with Vargo’s writing style.  It was descriptive enough that I could picture the story playing out in my mind, but it was overly wordy where it made it hard to get through.  I was addicted to reading this story!  I wanted to read this book all the time, and if it wasn’t for my 3 year old, I would have devoured it in one sitting.  I enjoyed the duel perspective between the two main characters, Tyson and Nicole.  I don’t think it would have worked any other way because it allowed readers to understand the character’s emotions and motivations. 

I think one of the strongest points of this book is the amazing character development.  Tyson was such a complex and dark character.  His dark history broke my heart, but I also enjoyed seeing him able to conquer his fears and past.  I think that Tyson is one of my favorite characters from a dark romance.  He was a brooding, protective alpha male that was easy to fall in love with.  I also really enjoyed Nicole’s character.  I did feel like her development was not as dynamic as Tyson’s, but it did not hinder how much I liked her.  The side characters were also not as developed, but I really enjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Palmer.  It is nice to read a story were the parents are truly genuine, compassionate and loving. 

I loved the romance in this story!  It was angsty, beautiful and slow-burning.  I would almost say that this was one of the angsty-est books that I have ever read…and it was great.  I felt like the mature scenes were done very tastefully and helped add to the connection between the characters.  I am glad that Nicole and Tyson already had history with one another so that Vargo was able to focus on character development and the romance.  It made their feelings for each other feel very genuine, rather than insta-lovey.

I think the pacing in this book was perfect and the ending really shocked me!  I think that my mouth was probably hanging open because I was not expecting it.  However, I am also very glad that there was a happy ending.  I don’t know if I could have taken it if there was no happy ending after having to delve into Tyson’s dark past. 

I would recommend this book to every reader who enjoys contemporary romance books.  I think this would be a great book for readers who are new to dark romance because, although it is dark, it still has sweet aspects to it too.  I am defiantly going to be picking up some of Vargo’s other books because this one was a winner.

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“All of me?” he asked.
I nodded, tugging at his shoulders to bring him close again.
            “Even the darkness?”
            His question caught me off guard, but I answered without having to think about it.
            “Especially the darkness.”

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