More Than This by Jay McLean

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When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.

Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook – This whole series is available on Kindle Unlimited

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Nope, this is the first one. But I heard enough from Adrianna @ For The Love Of Books!

Genre?
Contemporary Romance

Star Rating?
3 Stars

Rereadable?
Yeah, I could reread this.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I’m pretty sure I’m going to reread it. I would love to read more about Logan!

Is this a part of a challenge?
This is for the #OurLostLibrary Lost-A-Thon for Recently Added to my shelves 🙂

Who would you recommend this for?
This is a really good contemporary romance but handles some pretty heavy shit. If you like that stuff, this is for you.

Conclusion:

So Adrianna has been recommending this book to me for quite a while. So thank you for that! I really did enjoy this book. I really loved Mikayla and Jake, they were pretty fantastic characters. And I also loved how the author used some pretty hard hitting topics to tell their story.

The writing for me was a little hit or miss. It took a while to get used to the authors writing style and at some points it did seem quite a bit bouncy and kind of all over the place, but looking past that, it was alright. Everything about Mikayla’s family really hit me hard and I found myself fighting off tears while I was reading. It was really emotionally draining for me to read, but I’m really glad I finished it.

This is a contemporary romance, so a lot of the story was based around Mikayla and Jake. Honestly, it was a god damn roller coaster. As in most contemporary romances, most of the issues are caused by the two main characters not communicating. It drives me insane. FUCKING TALK TO EACH OTHER. And then maybe you wouldn’t be emotionally wrecked half way through the novel.

Seriously, people aren’t like this in real life right? If they are, no wonder the divorce rate is so high. Miscommunications happen, but if it’s happening every three seconds, you have to change the way you do things.

I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of these novels. Although this wasn’t my absolute favorite, I can definitely understand why people are fawning over these novels.

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

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Book Review|Darker by E.L. James

E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?

And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?


I will never be able to rate a Fifty Shades book higher than 3 stars.

There are always so many issues with this book. The relationship between Ana and Christian is 100% not something that should be celebrated. Even when he’s trying to be better, he’s still horrible to her.

The stalking, the possessiveness, how over jealous and sketchy he is towards Ana is too much. The only good thing that I can say is that their relationship is being closely monitored by a trained professional.

Being in Christian’s head is kind of creepy. I did, however, enjoy how the author really delved into his past and his issues.

Other than that, it’s clear that the author is milking this for all it’s worth. The writing really hasn’t changed much and is still definitely not my favorite in adult romance.

I’m pretty sure I’m done with this series. I can’t force myself through the writing anymore.

I may also be still salty that Charlie Hunnam didn’t end up playing Christian Grey. But that’s another angry rant.

3 Stars

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Series Review: Hearts of Anemoi (1+2) by Laura Kaye

You ever read a book and immediately adore everything about it and buy the next book before you even read the first?

Yep.

I just did that.

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SO, here’s a bulk review of the first two books in the Hearts of Anemoi series by Laura Kaye. Each book follows a God… and yeah.. just… I’ll post everything below.


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Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves…

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she’s recreated the very thing she’ll never have.

Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration—before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.

Okay..  seriously…

Why has this book been out for over five years and I’m only now learning of it’s existence?

Why didn’t someone throw this book at me?

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Why wasn’t this more popular?

Either way… I’m at least glad I read it now because Holy Hannah this book is my life.

Okay, so mythology √, romance √, hot guy √, grief/angst √ AND Christmas √
*Yes, I’m hugely aware that those are square root signs, but they look like check marks. Bear with me.

I am all over this like white on rice.

I absolutely adored Megan’s character. The way she grieved her husband was absolutely heart breaking. The author did such a good job making sure the reader understands that there’s still a part of Megan that would always love John. I’m pretty sure I nearly sobbed during a large portion of this book. Her explanations of grief hit me hard.

Oh Gods, and Owen. Owen was a top notch book boyfriend. Sweet, funny, caring, protective (but not douchy about it), he wanted to make sure that Megan was okay and I think that level of caring is much needed in romances.

If you don’t like insta-love don’t read this. This is insta-love, confessing undying love in six days. But for some reason, it totally worked for me.

Ugh. All the stars.

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5 Stars


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Betrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…

When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she’s gravely injured—and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce—Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting…everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want—a love that can be trusted.

Alright, so I didn’t love this one as much as the first book. I didn’t feel as connected to the main characters, Ella and Zephyros as I did to Megan and Owen.

But that didn’t mean I still didn’t enjoy the ever living hell out of it.

This one was definitely more dramatic than the first one, and I really loved the outside influence coming in to ruin everyone’s day. Sure there was still some misunderstandings causing issues, but not nearly as much as the first one.

You also got to see a lot more of the famed dramatics when it comes to any story or myth about Greek deities. It’s like the original soap opera, I swear.

Holy hell these stories are addicting.

4 Stars


I highly recommend checking out this series and I’m super excited to eventually finish reading them. I bought the third and fourth book and will be posting a review of them pretty soon!

Until next time,

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Blogmas Day 19: Book Review – Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

BraveIvy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…


So you have Fae, a secret organization, a bad-ass female main character that kicks ass and kills Fae, a hot tattooed bad-ass love interest who is probably my most favorite love interest ever and a hilarious, Harry Potter obsessed brownie named Tink.

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I am so here for this god-damned series.

Holy shit.

Like holy actual shit.

This, my good people is how you finish off a series. Seriously.

Adulting? What the fuck is that?

Eating? If it took me more than 5 minutes to throw a plate of food together, I was not eating. I’m pretty sure I ate half my weight in grapes in the last 3 days.

I did not want to put this down, but at the same time, I didn’t want it to end. Every second chapter was like “haha, you thought the last twist was the last one? JK, guess again.”

I’m pretty sure my heart stopped in multiple places while I was reading this. From both how freaking amazing it was and also how goddamn swoony Ren is. He is like the best part of all the great book boyfriends put together. How much he loved Ivy was so amazing. And UGH.. I can’t even.

Betrayal, battles, plot twists, evilness, sweetness, friendship, love, romance, this book has absolutely everything you’ll ever want in a series. This is very close to being my favorite JLA series.

And let’s just talk about the quality of the paperback for a second. I only have the first one in paperback, but the binding is sturdy, the paper is super thick and comfortable to turn the page and I’m pretty sure it’s heavy enough to hurt someone with. It’s perfect. Nothing worse than a flimsy bible page paperback. I need to get the other two in physical copy and really hope they’re the same way. And that cover. I love the under water theme. The covers are beautiful, definitely eye-candy.

If you’re looking for a book that’s bad-ass and will keep you turning the page, pick up this series. I’m serious, you won’t regret it.

Until next time,

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In the spirit of this wonderful holiday, I’m going to do a giveaway! All you need to do is comment on and like at least one post during the next 25 days and you’ll be entered to win a book($20.00 or less) of your choice from Book Depository.  Winner will be chosen and announced December 29th.

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Reading Wrap-up: September 2017

I always love going back and counting the books I read in a month. It’s so nice to reflect back on the wonderful (or not so wonderful) books. This month I read a total of 8 novels.

Since I tend to review almost every book I read, I’m not going to review them again. But what I will do is leave a cover photo, star rating and a link to my review.

September 5: Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward
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2 Stars

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September 6: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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5 Stars

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September 13: Autoboyography by Christna Lauren
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5 Stars

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September 15: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
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5 Stars

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*I will be doing a series review at a later date

 

 

 

September 17: Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz
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3 Stars

Review *To be posted in October

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September 17: Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck
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5 Stars

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*See Tiger’s Curse

 

 

September 18: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
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5 Stars

Review *To be posted in October

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September 21: Wrong by Jana Aston
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3 Stars

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September 26: Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen
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1 Star

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*Full disclosure: I dnf’ed this at 35%

 

 

September 27: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland
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5 Stars

Review *To be posted in October

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September 28th: Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland
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5 Stars

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September 29: The Ruler by Elin Peer
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5 Stars

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And that was my month! Had a few misses but I also found a couple favorites and revisited some old favorites.

I’m just easing back into book reviewing, and I guess I wrote a few more reviews than I could post with my current posting schedule. A couple of the reviews will be up in the first couple weeks of October but I definitely have to figure out something that’ll work a little better. Any suggestions?

What did you read this month? Anything that stuck out?

Hope you have a good October!

Happy reading!