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September 5, 2016 posted by Nichole

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

27190530The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

My Review:

The first half of Rookie Move was really good. I was sweeping through the pages, devouring every word, and staying up way too late at night. As a sports fan, I really appreciated reading about hockey players. I’m not overly familiar with hockey but, let me tell you, I need to start watching it!

At the beginning of Rookie Move, I did have a slight problem with how cliché this book was. There’s already quite a few hockey new adult books out there, and this one read pretty similar to some of the other ones. While the storyline was completely different, it just felt like something that I’ve already read before. There wasn’t really anything that unique going on in this book.

The last 50% of this book was just a little boring and repetitive. I hate to say that. You know, I really love this author and I read everything she writes. I just kind of felt like the same things kept happening over and over and over again. Leo would worry about getting traded. Georgia would whine about her dad potentially finding out about his adult daughter dating her ex boyfriend. Georgia would fight her attraction for Leo and tell him that they couldn’t work out again. Leo would have something going on with his teammates. The same things just kept happening over and over and over again. Really, some of the scenes were so close to being identical. I ended up doing a lot of skimming during the last half of the book.

I have to point out that Rookie Move does have some trigger warnings in regards to rape. Nothing graphic is mentioned or described. However, the main female character is a victim of rape and is still in the recovery process of that trauma. I appreciated the fact that the author approached that difficult subject with sensitivity and caution. At no point did I feel unsafe or uncomfortable. However, it is a topic that is mentioned throughout the entire book.

One thing that I would have really liked to see more improvement on were the sexy scenes. They were just kind of bland and didn’t really interest me all that much. I would have liked to see some more wildness between Leo and Gigi. Self control going out the window and wild monkey you-know-what. I’m pretty big on my sexy scenes in NA and adult contemporary books, so I was a bit disappointed that those scenes didn’t reach their full potential.

Another thing that slightly bothered me was how dramatic this book was. I don’t tend to like a lot of drama in my books. The drama seemed to keep on coming with this one. It almost felt like watching a daytime soap at times. I would have appreciated if the drama had been toned down just a bit…

Let me be completely honest that other readers will probably like this book more than I did. Yes, I had my complaints. However, what it really came down to is that I’m not interested in guys like Leo. There was no attraction to him whatsoever. I would categorize Leo as more of a “good boy.” He was very attentive to Georgia’s needs (not a bad thing!), he cared a lot about his team, and he was a great boyfriend. All good things! All things that I love! However, he was just so bland. He didn’t have that spark in him. I tend to prefer slightly more bad boys in my books….boys who are spontaneous and unpredictable. Those two words just don’t describe Leo.

Overall, this wasn’t my favorite book, but I can see why other readers will really enjoy it. I’m not going to rate this one. Honestly, I just don’t find it very fair to rate it since I really skimmed 50% of it. If you really enjoy lower key NA books with a really good boy type, this one is for you. If you’re like me and tend to prefer more intense sexy moments and bad boy leads, this one maybe is not quite right for you. It’s just a matter of preference.

Book Reviews
August 26, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Step Brother Dearest by Penelope Ward

Stepbrother DearestYou’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

My Review:

I have such mixed feelings about this book. It chalks up to the fact that I really like the first half of the book, but I just didn’t really care for the second half of the book. It had soooooo much potential that the author just didn’t reach. I’m just left with this feeling of utter disappointment from a lack of what could have and what should have been.

The first half of the book is focused on when Elec and Greta were 17 and 18 years old. Both were immature, Elec was very angry at the world, and Greta was head over heel smitten with Elec’s bad boy personality. I really enjoyed that the author accurately captured the essence of their youth and appropriately included the drama that goes with the age. I thought that section was a really good build up of what was supposed to come and left the reader curious for more.

What left me super disappointed was that I was most looking forward to part 2 of the book, the part where they were a little bit older, more mature, and less in that boy/girl phase and more focused on a man/woman phase of their life. Unfortunately, the second half of this book felt very rushed, unplanned, and thrown together in several spots of the second half of the book.

There is a possibility that this book would have appealed to me more if I hadn’t hated Greta with an ungodly passion. I couldn’t STAND her. It made sense at the beginning. She was late 17/early 18, was totally smitten with Elec, and just didn’t have any realistic expectations of life. And that’s okay. She definitely wasn’t my favorite character during the first half of the book, but I got over it because her personality matched her age. That being said, there was absolutely no character development during the 7 year gap between the first half and the second half of the book. If possible, Greta was even more immature, beyond whiny, and had no shred of self respect or dignity. She would cry at the drop of a pin, she constantly embarrassed herself in front of Elec, and she, quite frankly, had a big mouth. Not to mention (and no offense is meant to anyone with this name, ) but what the heck was up with her name? I don’t want to read about a main character named Greta. That is so old school, it’s not even funny. Let’s get real here. I didn’t want to read about GRETA getting her freak on.

Speaking of, I thought that there could have been wayyyyy more sexy scenes in the book. All of them seemed very rushed and kind of forced. Also, where were those cute moments between Greta and Elec? I would have maybe preferred more of an actual relationship between Greta and Elec during the first half of the book so that we could have seen some more deep and meaningful moments between them during the second half of the book. Since they were never really IN a relationship, those scenes didn’t really exist. It was just really disappointing, because I could have loved this book so much. It had so much potential and the author just didn’t meet my standards. OH! And another thing. SOOOO much effort went in to talking about all of Elec’s tattoos (wink, wink) and piercings. If so much effort was put into those descriptions, then the author really needed to own those sexy scenes. I felt like I was basically teased for no reason.

Another thing that really bothered me was that the author took up approximately 10% of the book by showing Elec’s viewpoint for several past scenes in the book. I skimmed through several of those scenes, because they were almost word for word exactly the same in several areas. Like…..did she run out of things to write about? Did she get confused? Because that was super annoying and really made me skim all the rest of the way to the end. Super disappointed in that decision by the author.

Overall, I thought that this was a GOOD book with poor execution and decision making skills. Definitely not the worst book I’ve ever read, and I did really love the first half of the book, but it failed to meet the standards that I had laid out for it. This could have been one of the best NA books ever and now I’m just left not wanting to read anything else from this author. I guess we’ll see….

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

Book Reviews
August 19, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

A COURT OF MIST AND FURYFeyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Review:

HOLY CRAPOLA. OH MY GOSH. I don’t even know how to write this review. For real, I’m in such mourning right now. I honestly just picked up the book and reread the whole thing again right after finishing it. How the heck am I supposed to wait until 2017 to read the third book. How is that a possibility?! What was I thinking not waiting for all the books to be released for I started reading this series?! WHAT WAS I THINKING?! Seriously, I need some support right now. My heart is absolutely shattered that I’ve already finished this book.

Being totally honest, I hated like the first 70ish pages of this book. Let me try and explain without giving away any spoilers. Okay: I HATED what was done with some of the characters. While that opinion never changed throughout the book, it did finally reach a point where it kind of just moved on and I wasn’t stuck in that rut anymore. And once it gets through that part, it’s smooth sailing from there. Seriously, whenever I was reading this book, I was DEVOURING it. I couldn’t even function properly when I was away from it. I would be away from the house, and I would just turn to whomever and say “I miss my book so much right now.” For real, I’m a big gooey pile of a mess right now. My heart cannot take this one bit!

If you thought that A Court of Thorns and Roses was brilliant, then you haven’t even started to realize the true definition of brilliance. The detail, the action, the romance, the character. HOLY. MOLY. Everything was so spot on and well written. This was like Harry Potter on crack. I need like ten more of these books RIGHT NOW.

There are several new characters introduced in this second book, and I loved every. single. one. of. them. Usually, there’s a least one new character that you really can’t stand. Nope. I’ll take them all again. Everyone was so fantastic and spot on. I LOVED THEM ALL!

And Rhys. OMG. I’m 100% team Rhys. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. I can’t even. THOSE SCENES. Who else is team Rhys!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

And that ending?!!?!? OH MY LANTA! I can’t even. For real. I need to shut my mouth right now before I spoil anything for ya’ll.

OK. I’m stopping. All I have to say is that this book is like crack and EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO READ THIS SERIES RIGHT NOW SO THEY CAN SUFFER THE SAME HEARTBREAK THAT I CURRENTLY AM EXPERIENCING AND MOURN WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 250+ stars!

Book Reviews
August 12, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSESShe stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

 

My Review:

Breathtaking. Heart pounding. Tear Jerking. Gorgeous. Phenomenal. Outstanding. Blood Pressure Rising. All the Feels. These are key words to describe how I felt about A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. By far, one of the best books that I have read in 2016, if not in my whole life. This book…..there’s not enough words to describe how I feel about this book. I’m sure that I cannot accurately explain how much I loved this book. I’m already in mourning, just from finishing the first book, because I know that I only have one left. And, I sit here, writing this review, trying to figure out how I can accurately describe and explain my love for this book; how I can convince all of you readers to go out and buy this book. Buy, borrow, trade, beg. Whatever you have to do to get this book in your hands. Because this? This was a work of art.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling by Sarah J Maas. It features Feyre, a human girl whose family fell from riches to poor. Feyre’s family now lives in a run down cottage.  She lives with her crippled father, two selfish sisters, and Feyre is responsible for them all. Due to that responsibility, Feyre ends up owing a debt to the Fae and must now spend the rest of her life in their world. From there, Feyre experiences love, betrayal, pride, and what it really means to fight for what you believe in.

This book started out amazing, stayed consistent with that amazingness, and ended on an even more amazing note. There is not one negative thing to say about this book. It was absolute perfection. I don’t even know how someone can WRITE that well! This may be my most powerful statement ever, but it’s true: This book is on the Harry Potter level.

The whole Fae realm was realistic, imaginative, colorful, vivid, and beautiful. I was able to picture each scene, each character, and every feeling and emotion inside of my head. It was like watching a movie, the words blending into pictures inside of my head. Sarah J Maas’ writing is on a level of it’s own and she brought breath to those words.

Readers who enjoy a good romance will get a thrill out of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand were the real stars of the show and are currently fighting to own my heart. Don’t worry: I wouldn’t really say that this book has a love triangle going on! Although, that could possibly happen in the following books. It doesn’t even matter, though. Each one of these studs is so amazing. So breathtaking, hunky, arrogant, strong, powerful. There aren’t enough words to describe them. I don’t even know who to choose. I wonder if you will. The best part is that even though there is a powerful romantic theme throughout this book, it doesn’t dominate the entire book. It’s very well done!

I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses so much, but what I really want to talk to you about is the action scenes. OH. MY. LORD. Those scenes! I have to watch myself here, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but HOLY COW! THOSE SCENES! First of all, there is so much going on in this book. For real, you might think you know what’s going to happen, but you don’t. You really don’t. Trust me, this book is LONG, strong, and it’s got it going on. There is so much that happens. It is so flipping strong and action packed throughout the whole thing. And those scenes?! I pictured every single one of those sings in my head. I devoured every single word, sometimes rereading passages to relive the moment. PERFECTION!

Feyre. I haven’t bragged about Feyre, yet, have I? Feyre is such a strong and powerful female lead. She had a heart and she loves fiercely, but she’s also very proud and independent. She knows how to take care of herself and get things done. She knows how to fight for what she believes in. She is, by far, one of the best female leads that I have ever read about. I loved her so much. Every female needs to read Feyre’s story.

One thing that I will say is that Bloomsbury marketed this book incorrectly. For some reason, they are marketing this book as a Young Adult Book. This is DEFINITELY a New Adult book and could even be considered an adult high fantasy. There are some sexual scenes and encounters. Nothing overly graphic, but those scenes to exist. My mom read this book first and had absolutely no idea that this was marketed under the YA category and was super confused why this wouldn’t be in the adult fantasy section.

I feel like there’s so much more that I can say, but I don’t want to slip and mess anything up for anyone. I don’t want to take away this story from anyone. So, on my last note, I will tell readers once again that this book is amazing. It is a must read!

Rating: : ★★★★★

 

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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 28, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

the year we hid awayShe’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.

My Review:

Sarina Bowen has become my new obsession. Her writing is addictive and powerful; meaningful and full of love. I do have to admit that this series is not my favorite of hers. I’ve read three of the books in this series and each one is full of insta love and way too much drama. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s not something that I overly enjoy in my books. I feel that this series would have way more potential and a magnetic pull if they bordered more on the realistic side and included some more relaxed, fun scenes to read about.

Bridger has been one of my favorite characters since the beginning of the series. That being said, I expected a lot more from his book. In just the span of one book, Bridger lost his entire bad boy, sexy appeal that was showcased in the first book. Yes, he had his reasons. I totally understand that he had to take care of his little sister and that life was tough. Come on, though. He lost ALL OF IT? He didn’t even have his bad boy sexiness when he started things up with Scarlet! I was really disappointed.

Scarlet’s character was…..meh… Honestly, she just had too much drama going on in her life. Adding on Scarlet’s drama to Bridger’s drama, and it was like having a full bowl of popcorn on my lap while watching a daytime soap opera. Not for me. I would have enjoyed this book more had Bridger had his old personality and if he had more chemistry with Scarlet.

One of my biggest problems with this book was how unrealistic it was. I’m willing to let books get away with a lot of unrealistic stuff. However, I’m not willing to let it slide with contemporary books. Why? Well, contemporary books are supposed to lean more toward the realities of life. Did everything have to be perfect? Did everything have to happen exactly how they would have happened in real life? No, but I would have liked for the book to be somewhat realistic. Instead, there were several things that occurred in this book that would have never went down the way that they did in real life. Let’s get real here.

Toward the end of the book, when we hit Scarlet’s overload of drama, I felt that everything was really rushed and just sort of thrown together. Honestly, I wasn’t all that shocked because this tends to happen in all of Bowen’s books. It’s important to mention, though, because this is something that might bother other readers quite a bit. I don’t want to go into too much detail, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that Scarlet’s dramaline had a lot of writing potential that just didn’t reach its peak. I would have liked to see Bridger’s drama go completely away and steady the focus solely on Scarlet’s drama. It would have made for an amazing story with a really edgy plot.

Overall, I liked this book, but I wasn’t very wowed. While I love Sarina Bowen with all of my heart, I probably won’t be continuing this series.

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

 

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July 25, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

broken princeThese Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

My Review:

Broken Prince is the second book in the Royals series by Paper Princess and takes place immediately after where Paper Princess ends. I would definitely recommend that all readers start out with the first book and don’t just right into Broken Prince. These are not standalone NA books and need to be read in order. Otherwise, you’re going to miss a bunch of important stuff.

Unlike Paper Princess, Broken Prince starts out with Reed’s POV and alternates between Ella and Reed’s POVs throughout the entire book. Upside: we got to learn more about Reed. Downside: books with alternating POVs are never as good as they could be. It’s sort of awkward to be jostled around to several different POVs. The only way it’s going to work is if the authors pull a 50 shades of grey and rewrite the entire first book from Reed’s POV. I’m obviously not a very big fan of books that alternate POVs.

For the most part, Broken Prince was absolutely amazing. However, it wasn’t as good as Paper Princess. That slightly disappointed me because Paper Princess was SO GOOD that I expected the very same from Broken Princess. No. That’s not right. I expected more. I expected to be mind blown and to not be able to put the book down. While I did stay up until 1:30 am reading this book, I did take quite a few breaks. Unlike with Paper Princess where I read the book straight through with barely any bathroom breaks to help me survive.

Don’t get me wrong. I did LOVE this book. However, I thought it was slightly odd how Ella went from HATING Reed to LOVING Reed without really any breaks inbetween. I was waiting for a pivotal moment that never happened. A moment where Ella would open her door, see Reed, and then allow him in her room. A crucial moment between Ella and Reed that would tear the hearts out of readers. Instead, it just sort of….happened. No pivotal moment. No heart-wrenching scene. Nothing that crushed my heart into little pebbles. With all the build up of Ella absolutely despising Reed, I was super let down. I expected more.

Another thing that I wish I would have seen was more appearances from both the twins and Gideon. Let me say this: the authors either need to decide to 1) give each of them their own book or, 2) Give them a bunch of show time in the third book. There is so much going on with the side characters and, honestly, I like some of the better than Ella and Reed. Decisions need to be made. I’m going to be pissed if I get to the third book and their stories aren’t told or choppily done so. I was also a little peeved off that Easton didn’t get much show time. All of the side characters seemed to get a lot of page time in Paper Princess and crazy ignored in Broken Prince.

On a more positive note, I thought this book was FULL of action! From beginning to end, I was absolutely hooked on the storyline.  Do I think some areas needed to be more defined? Yes. Do I think this book rocked my socks off? Yes.

The ending of this book…….wow. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but I will say that it will leave readers DYING for the third book. Most readers are probably going to be extra shocked. I actually saw a lot of it coming. I wish that I would have been a littttttle more shocked than I was. However, it left off with a really strong ending that left the third book open for so many possibilities.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book. I know that I had a lot to grumble about but that’s mostly just because I love this series SO MUCH that I have SO MUCH to say! Don’t get me wrong, though, I 100% recommend this series for all readers! However, I might recommend that you wait until all three books are released….

Rating: : ★★★★☆mu