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July 30, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen

steadfastShe’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

My Review: 

Steadfast is one of the most heart-ache inducing, high blood pressure raising, eye misting, bringer of all the feels kind of book that I’ve read in a really long time. I was addicted from the very first page and soared through the rest of the book. After finishing Steadfast, all I want in my like is some more Jude and Sophie. There was just not enough of them for my aching heart!

I fell in love with Jude in the first book of this series, Bittersweet. I just knew he had a huge, complicated story to tell that I wanted to know all about. If possible, I feel even more in love with Jude in Steadfast. Some of that might have been because of how real is story is. Recovering from drug addiction is a real world issue that made the story itself more interesting and more realistic. The only slightly weird thing for me was that I have no experience with drug addicts or drug addiction. Sometimes the storyline itself seemed so far off what I’m used to dealing with in every day life. However, I really enjoyed reading about Jude’s journey from start to present.

Funny enough, I would have sworn that the love interest would have been May. I had thought that Jude and May had a lot of chemistry in the first book, so I just assumed that’s where this book was going to go. I was a little bit surprised when it turned out to be Sophie. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Sophie! It just took me a little bit off guard. Jude and Sophie’s chemistry, though? Hot damn! They were sizzling! Definitely a power couple to read about!

One thing that I really loved about Steadfast was that it went back and forth from the past to the present. I would have liked to see some more moments from the past, as well as some scenes from Jude’s time in prison. I would have preferred more of a balance between the two simply because I really enjoyed the scenes from the past. I also would have enjoyed some more scenes of Sophie and Jude getting to know one another.

The only thing that I really disliked about Steadfast was that it was kind of long. It almost felt like a bunch of fillers were being added to keep the story going. The story itself, especially toward the ending, didn’t reach its full potential. I would have liked to see some more powerful, romantic scenes between Jude and Sophie. I also would have liked the investigation itself to be more lengthy and to see some more scenes between Sophie and her father. We were told from the very beginning that Sophie’s dad hated Jude, but he really only had like two or three scenes in the book. I would have like to see that confrontation. I felt that Sophie’s dad needed to play a bigger role than he actually did, and I was kind of let down that it didn’t play out that way. Another thing that disappointed me was the ending. Again, I just felt that it seemed really rushed and kind of just thrown together in some spots. The last half of this book had so much potential. I’m just a little disappointed that it didn’t reach the level it could have.

Even though I had a couple problems with the story, I can honestly say that Steadfast is one of my favorite reads of this year, so far. It was so powerful, real, romantic, and heart pounding. I would definitely recommend this read for all romance lovers!

Rating: : ★★★★☆

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July 26, 2016 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour and Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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P.S.-I-Like-You-CoverABOUT P.S. I LIKE YOU:

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.


LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository



I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.


LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

My Review:

Holy cuteness! YOU GUYS! Okay, first off, P.S. I Like You is the very first Kasie West book that I’ve read. Shocking, right? I know. Trust me, I get it! I’m behind the times. Is her other stuff just as good as this book? Better? Let me tell you, I’m definitely a new fan of Kasie’s! This book was SO GOOD. I’m so overwhelmed by all the cuteness going on right now that I don’t even know what to say.

PS I Like You started off strong from page one. There were no stumps or bumps, nothing to detract from this book at all. Kasie’s writing is beyond fabulous and powerful. I don’t even know the right words to praise her phenomenal writing. I sucked this one down like it was ecstasy laced crack. Too much? Not enough.

What I really loved about this book was the letter writing between the main character and the “guy.” I don’t want to give out any spoilers, so that’s all I’m going to say about them. The letter writing was unique, clever, witty, old school, and amazingly cute. LOVED!

Another thing that I really enjoyed was the side characters. From Lily’s entire family, down to her best friends, cleaaaaar down to the minor or unpleasant characters. I loved them all. Everyone was so unique and so full of personality. I loved them all.

Overall, I was a huge fan of this book. I can’t wait to read every single Kasie West book that currently exists or that will be existed in the future. Need I say more? GO READ THIS BOOK! And be sure to check out Pavan’s review of PS I love you tomorrow!

Rating: : ★★★★★

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Book Reviews
July 4, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: A Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige

a shot of recklessArt major, Roxy Thompson, is a ball of fun—but she’s also careful to keep her walls intact when it comes to men. She likes relationships just like her coffee: light and sweet. After having her heart shattered once before, she’s determined not to ever feel that broken again.

College senior, Lake Foster, is just tempting enough to make Roxy rethink her rules of engagement. Suddenly, high-dollar shots and a no-strings night out aren’t enough anymore. But Lake isn’t looking for long-term. His future is set, and in four months, he intends to graduate and leave Georgia—and everything in it—behind. Luckily, short-term fun is Roxy’s specialty, and Lake can’t resist what he promises will be a fleeting taste.

Will Roxy and Lake really walk away when their time is up? They only have one shot to find out.

My Review:

A Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige was a really cute NA contemporary read! I have to admit, I wasn’t totally sold on the cover of this book. However, I’ve been going through such a huge NA fix lately, that I overlooked it. I’m glad I did! Such a cute read! There were a few quirks and perks to the book. Overall, though, I believe that NA contemporary lovers will enjoy this one.

Being honest, it did take me awhile to warm up to A Shot of Reckless. Correction: It took my awhile to warm up to Roxy’s character. She was very abrupt and in your face; scandalous and, well, a little……..too adventurous for my personal taste. I wouldn’t say that I ever really fell in love with her, but I came to tolerate her.

The real star of the show was Lake. He made it possible to tolerate Roxy, because he was just too damn cute. However, I was a little confused by Lake’s personality. Sometimes, he exhibited this dominate, I’m in charge attitude toward Roxy. Those scenes were hot as hell. Other times, though, he bowed down and let her take charge. It was almost like he was second guessing his dominate demeanor. I didn’t like that, because it made his character come across as confusing and hard to identify. Was he supposed to be the dominate lover or was he supposed to be the sappy boyfriend? More clarification was needed. However, I really enjoyed Lake’s character throughout the entirety of this book!

The side characters and side plots had me a little bit on the fence. Trigger warning: emotional and physical abuse are mentioned in this book. I just didn’t really think those side plots necessarily worked within the theme of this  book. Had it been a different book with that specific main theme going on, then sure. Totally understand. However, I felt that there was just a little bit too much going on for one book. I also thought that several of the side characters sort of blended together and it was difficult to tell them apart at times.

One thing that I did really like about this book was the progression of Lake and Roxy’s relationship. Unlike most NA books, their relationship didn’t form over night. They weren’t instantly in looooooooove! I appreciated the fact that the author took the time for Roxy and Lake to get to know each other!

Another thing that I loved about this book were the sexy scenes. Holy. Sexy. Scenes. WOW. I like spice and heat to my books and this one had it all! Maddie Paige definitely knows how to spice it up in her novels! Yes, please!

Aside from the story itself, I had a minor complaint about the writing style. There tended to my a lot of short, simple sentences, making it seem like there were several pauses in thought. This wasn’t something that lasted throughout the entire book, but it lasted for quite awhile. However, this could just be a personal complaint!

Overall, I thought that this was a really cute NA book. Lovers of romantic comedies with plenty of laughs and drama will really enjoy this one!

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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June 20, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

don't get caught10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club

When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust…

Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students-who also received invites-are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security “catches” them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It’s time for Rule #7: Always get payback.

Let the prank war begin.


My Review:

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan is one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. I was laughing from the very first chapter clear up until the end. Some of the comments and metaphors in this book…..Oh, lord. I was DYING. I never laugh in books. EVER.  I really don’t have much of a funny bone. Let me tell you, though, this book was hilarious!

One thing that I really loved about Don’t Get Caught was that, while it did have one main character, it focused on four or five characters throughout the entire book. I loved that each character had their own unique personality and each of them really owned the book and helped make it be so successful. My only complaint with the main characters was that they really didn’t come off as high school students. I’m not positive, but I think that they were supposed to be Juniors in high school. They had to have at least been sophomores because some of them had cars and were able to drive. However, they kind of came off as like 8th and 9th graders. It could just be that I haven’t been in a high school setting in quite some time. That being said, they really did come off a bit younger than they were portrayed.

Another thing that I loved about Don’t Get Caught was the mystery and suspense that filled up almost every single page of this book. If I had to describe the plot line of this book, I would probably say Pretty Little Liars meets Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor. It was very action packed. Very in your face, pulse-pounding mystery. Those are the kinds of books that I really enjoy. I do wish that maybe there would have been some more suspenseful moments. However, I thought Dinan did an excellent job planning the hesists and pranks.

Even though I did really enjoy this book, I did have a few complaints. 1) I had a very difficult time relating to some of the family situations. As a teenager, especially as an older teenager, I would have not bowed down to my parents quite as much as the characters did. I wouldn’t have allowed myself to be punished or spoken to in some of the ways that Max was. I was the teenager who would get in your face and tell you a straight up “hell no, that’s not gonna happen.” I would have gotten into screaming matches and just ignored the ground rules. Obviously, I was a horrifying teenager. Also, my parents wouldn’t have acted disappointed in me over a C, and my mom would have ALWAYS been on my side before jumping to conclusions and siding with the school. Now, I know that there are some parents who are like the parents that were described in this book. However, I found it kind of weird that all of the parents were kind of like Max’s parents. I guess Wheeler’s parents were a little more laid back, but I thought it was a little odd that so many parents were so strict and not automatically on their kids side. 2) This is my education major side coming out, but some of the things that happened (regarding punishments and the way the school staff responded) would probably have never happened. The V.P. wouldn’t have been allowed to treat the students in the way that he did. If he did, parents would have FREAKED. OUT. Also, some of the punishments would have never happened because the school wouldn’t have legally been allowed to force the students to do those things. I can just imagine my mom’s reaction if I was told I had to do those things. So, again, this is probably just the education major part of me making an appearance, but those scenes did bug me. 3) I had a very big problem with the ending of the book. I wanted something more shocking and in your face to happen. I was pretty let down with the end results and kind of just expected a little bit more of an AH-HA! moment.

The ending of Don’t Get Caught really set it up nicely for a second book. It will be kind of disappointing if a second book isn’t made, because it almost felt like a cliff hanger. I’m definitely excited to read more from Max and about what comes next.

Overall, I really enjoyed Don’t Get Caught. I thought it was a hilarious book that had me laughing my head off. I haven’t had that much enjoyment over a book in a very long time. Kudos to the author. This was a great read!

Rating: : ★★★½☆


Book Reviews
May 16, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Tour & Review: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Days & Summer NightsMaybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.




Book Review:

Summer Days and Summer Nights was a good read….but not an excellent read. I try to say this as subjectively as possible, but it just wasn’t as good as the Christmas edition. Some of the stories were just flat and boring, one I skipped because I couldn’t stand that the characters were referred to my letters, and some of the stories were super cute and bubbly. Stephanie Perkins’ story, for example, was magical and beautiful. Just as good as the Anna and the French Kiss series. For real, that in itself could have been a whole book.

I loved that Summer Days and Summer Nights includes diverse and LGBTQ themes in the stories. Different cultures are also represented in several of the stories, including SP’s story. So, there’s basically a story for mostly everyone! Which I loved! I loved that it targeted several different audiences.

Overall, I thought it was a good read. I was a bit disappointed, though, that there were several stories in this collection that I just wasn’t very interested in. I wish that it would have been more consistent throughout the whole book. I did like it, though, and definitely recommend it as a good beach read.

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May 1, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey #4) by Sawyer Bennett

rykerThe rugged men of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are winning hearts once again in another scorching novel from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.

The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

My Review:

Can I just start out by saying that Sawyer Bennett is my new author crush? Seriously! Sometimes, it can be so difficult to find a new author that you absolutely adore; who writes flawlessly, beautifully, and magnetically addictive. Whenever I start one of her books, I devour it, hardly lifting my eyes for a break. That’s exactly how I was when reading Ryker. I mean, for real, I skipped most of this week’s NASCAR to finish it. If you know me, you know my love of sports. That’s a big freaking deal. DUDE I WAS EVEN READING THIS DURING THE DRAFT! (Okay, not the first round of the draft. BUT MOST OF 3-7!)

I love that I’m reading this series out of order because that it so typically me. I don’t care, though. Sure, I’m missing SOME THINGS…well, not missing, but reading details out of order. BUT I DON’T CARE! I’m reading this in whatever order I darn well please! And I’m not disappointed because OMG RYKER. Holy smoking hotness. RYKER! Need I say more.

And Let’s not just discuss Ryker, because Gray was equally amazing. Sometimes, I find myself having a difficult time with the female leads in NA books, because I can’t stand them. That wasn’t the case with Gray. I LOVED HER. She was such a badass. I only wish that I can grow some lady balls like Gray.

While this book features a huge insta-love theme, I didn’t care. That says a lot, because I normally can’t stand insta-love. I thought that Ryker and Gray were the PERFECT COUPLE.

Even though I loved this book, there were a few moments that I would have changed up a bit. 1) Even though there were a TON of sexy scenes (and I’m not complaining!) I would have liked to see a bit more “fun” in those scenes. I loved that sex didn’t foster their relationship, but I wanted to see some down and dirty scenes. And there WERE some. But I wanted a little bit more. 2) I would have liked to see more of a relationship between Gray and Ryker’s girls’. We only got to see her interact with them ONE time. That wasn’t good enough for me. 3) Finally, I felt that we were missing the final showdown with Ryker’s ex-wife. After the meeting with Gray, I felt that we should have heard from her one more time. It was really disappointing and confusing that we didn’t.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book. I 100% recommend it to every single reader out there. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I can’t wait to read every single one of Bennett’s books!


Pages: 269

Publication Date: September 8th, 2015

Publisher: Loveswept

Rating: : ★★★★½

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April 25, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Hawke (Cold Fury Hockey #5) by Sawyer Bennett

hawkeThe Carolina Cold Fury hockey team proves that love is a power play. As Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling series continues, the league’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.

Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.

My Review:

I have been DYING to read this book! So, me being me, read the series COMPLETELY out of order and started with book five! GO ME! It didn’t matter, though, because these books can be read out of order as standalones. The previous characters were mentioned throughout the book, but it was mostly just about Hawke and Vale.

OH. MY. LORD. This book was SMOKING HOT. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I even fanned myself down in some scenes! Holllllllly Smokes! This is a definite must read, especially for NA lovers and/or hockey/sports fans. YES, PLEASE!

I absolutely adored Hawke and Vale. There were a couple moments that each character sorta kinda got on my nerves, but it didn’t matter. LOVED THEM. They had so much chemistry together. I loved that they already had a past and had so much anger at each other 7 years later. I would have liked to see the two main characters prolong their relationship a little bit longer than they actually did. They jumped back into it a little sooner than expected. Didn’t really matter…but I thought that it would have added to the story.

Let me tell you, I NEVER cry in books. I can probably name all the books I’ve ever cried over on one hand. I just don’t have that emotion over books. While I didn’t exactly bawl over this book, I did cry. There were some super emotional scenes that just tugged at my heart strings. SO BEAUTIFUL.

I felt that the ending was a little bit rushed and cheesy. I would have liked to see it come together a little bit more than it actually did. Again, it wasn’t the biggest deal ever. Some books, especially in this genre, are just going to have some rushed, cheesy endings. I took it for what it was and still adored every moment.

I would 100% recommend this book to NA and adult lovers. I would also recommend this series as a great start for anyone who is wanting to venture into the NA genre. Sometimes really good NA books can be hard to find. This series is a great example of wonderful, hot, steamy, yummy NA writing. I NEED MORE!

Pages: 275

Publication Date: March 15th, 2016

Publisher: Loveswept

Rating: : ★★★★☆