Category: Romance


4.5 stars to Crush by Lacey Weatherford

Posted 9 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at arms length, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other. 

As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.

I was instantly hooked on this book. I loved how it was the bad-ass falling, man-candy, “I have sex with everyone” falling for the gorgeous nerd. It was sweet and lovely, which felt very typical. But, there were some deep, possibly dark secrets behind Hunter that just made you want to keep reading to find out what he was really hiding.

I’ll tell you, you could see there was an instant connection between Cami and Hunter. It was sweet. It nearly killed Hunter to not share his secrets, but he felt he couldn’t; it wasn’t the right time. I was just like “TELL HER. COME ON! She’s trustworthy.”

Cami, sweet and innocent, had a REALLY ANNOYING best friend Clay. He just drove me up the wall. It was as if he thought he OWNED Cami and she couldn’t date anyone. It really pissed me off. I wanted him to go fall off a cliff or something. Yet Cami, being as he was the BFF since they were 5, didn’t seem to get it.

Throughout the story, you see the relationship build; you see Clay getting weird, Cami demanding answers, a few small fights here and there, but it was over all pretty sweet. I hated not knowing the secrets and I truly felt for Cami. It drove me crazy!

You don’t find out the secrets until almost the end when the twist happens. You find out Hunter’s secret, Clay’s secret, and a few other secrets. It gets INTENSE. My jaw DROPPED. I was like, no… that can’t be… REALLY?! OMG I LOVE IT. It was great. I was shocked when I read the twist, I read it like two times to make sure I read it correctly. Then, I continued on and it just got more and more intense! I wanted to yell at my kindle; NO YOU CAN’T DO THIS!! NOOOO!!

The twist was killer. I thought it was going to end on that bad note. I was rather upset that it felt like it was ending and all that was left was… well…stuff! But, to all my happy ending fans, it does end lovely. Things come into perspective. You see why Hunter wouldn’t share his story. You understand all the sexual tension. You gain a grasp of who Hunter is and why you were right in falling in love with him, even as a bad boy 🙂

I would definitely say it’s worth reading. Didn’t take me long. Sweet, full of love, drama, and sexual tension. 🙂 Mark as another to-read my friends! The bad-asses are taking over; even if the bad-ass is a cover *wink* (yes, that’s supposed to be a SLIGHT spoiler to get you to go read the book!)

– Christy Lyn

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5 Stars to Finding Chase (Chasing Nikki #2) by Lacey Weatherford

Posted 8 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Life hasn’t been easy for Chase Walker. He’s experienced tragedy, and at times he’s not sure he wants to continue living. But he made a vow to go on with his life, and he intends to keep it.

After getting a college scholarship to play football, Chase heads off to school, hoping his time on the field will help to bury the intense emotions that still linger in his heart. Fate doesn’t work that way though, and he soon finds himself having to face all the things he’s carrying inside, or he may miss the one shot he has to learn how to love again.

 

Alright. Let me start off by saying I started this at around 8:30 in the morning and I finished it at noon that very same day. TODAY. Literally. I just kept going. There was no stopping me…


I was torn to pieces while I read this. It was so heartbreaking at the end of the last one, I just wanted happy things for this. I laughed, got sad, stayed happy for the long haul, and then DIED, then giggled from happiness. There were so many mixed emotions here!

I had to quickly start reading this story after I finished the first one last night. I HAD to know what happened next. I needed to understand where Chase went from there. So, I bought the book and started promptly! Happy to continue.

It was hard to read about him being so lost and sad… He deserved to be happy but he wouldn’t let himself. It was tragic, and I understand. But… Chase was such an amazing person that he needed someone that could change his life once again.

So, from just the first few chapters, I could see it building; I saw him changing and seeing change in himself. He started to allow himself to be happy again and it was beautiful. I just kept cheering him on as the story went. He finally found love once more.

It was another beautiful love story.

They had a connection that no one could understand. Yes, it was a beautiful love story, yes it was tragic how they were brought together, but somehow I felt it made their love deeper and more meaningful. I loved watching them grow and just become happy once again.

Then the author nearly killed me, AGAIN, with a slight twist in the story. I literally had to read it over a few times before I grasped what was happening. I couldn’t understand why it was happening or what made the author think it was okay to allow that to happen again! I wanted to start crying. I was like NO, you cannot open old wounds like that! I saw it coming during one of their cute dates… and I said to myself, if this happens I may die right now. I couldn’t handle what was about to happen. Then it happened, I cried, and made sure that what I was reading was true. I died a little, but I kept reading.

I’ll tell you I cheered with joy after that. It does have a beautiful ending, with such an AWWWWWW ending and epilogue. It seemed to happen so quickly, and I know some would judge this, but I see the beauty in it and I adored it for that. No spoilers! I’ll just tell you it’s lovely. The way it happened was truly romantic. Then the ending to the epilogue; AW!! So sweet. Beautiful!

Overall, I’d say I’m happy with the way this ended. I died a few times, cried a few times, but I would definitely say to add this to your to-read list. It’s a quick read, beautiful, emotional, and worth the emotional roller coaster 🙂

I’m so happy for Chase Walker <3

 

Christy Lyn

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3 stars to Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Posted 8 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance / 0 Comments

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

It took me a while to grasp what I’d just read long after I’d read it. I absolutely adored the first quarter to half of the book. I adored it. The way Abby and Travis just clicked, just like that. And the romance, the instant connection. I loved the sexual tension, and the fact Abby refused to be anything more than friends with Travis because of her past and also she thought he was bad for her in many ways, except friendship. Unfortunately for her, Travis was in love with her throughout her charade of being “only friends.”

Travis is a bad boy: tattoos covering many parts of his body, the shaved head (I don’t know why but that just screams “BAD NEWS!” to me), the clubbing, the one night stands with numerous amounts of girls. He’s just…not good for commitment. That is until Abby bumps into him at a fight match (yeah, if you needed another reason why Travis isn’t good, the fact that he fights and WINS should help your run away decision.)

And then they gave in to their feelings.

I must say though, the amount of times he called her by her nickname eventually drove me nuts.

Abby, well now, she was a complicated girl. And I have one thing that confused me: the back of the book says Abby doesn’t drink or swear.
Um.
She drinks like a trooper.
Although that is when she’s out in a club, but still. She certainly DOES drink. So the fact that the synopsis says she doesn’t,…. well, let’s just say that confused me a little.
I really liked Abby at first. I thought she held her own pretty well. Always putting Travis in his place whenever he went too far. But my only concern is the amount of times she left him. The way she went about it. But to be honest, I was more concerned about Travis’s mental health rather than Abby’s actions because MY GOD DID HE NEED HELP! Yes, Travis is a sweet guy with a hard edge and had his many good moments, but what I noticed in some OTHER moments was that he was crazy. I mean, bunny boiler – stalker – obsessive – crazy! I mean, the dude was supposed to be this hard lad but he turned into a proper pansy when  a certainly thing happened.

Now, most of the fights I could handle. That was what made up a good 60% of the book: the arguments.
But then all would be well.
At one point I swear I was getting whip lash from all their comings and goings. It was making me very dizzy and I just felt like shouting at the book “COME ON, ALREADY! JUST DECIDE AND GET ON WITH YOUR LIVES!”
Alas, no amount of shouting would fix this Beautiful Disaster.
I have to say, that title is positively accurate!

Something bad happens later on in the story and Abby practically gives up. I won’t say why. But let’s just say, she had reason to. He deserved EVERYTHING he got and still couldn’t see why it was happening. Which made it all the more sad to read.
Then I eventually got into the next few chapters. Until the ending. Okay so I will NOT say what happened, but it was pretty big and this pissed me off and made me want to slap them. Hard.

So the ending is pretty much why I rated this book 3 stars. I was loving it for most of the time and WHAM it just completely destroyed my respect for the characters. The writing was done really well, however. I really believed the characters feelings and their desperation. I actually felt their pain, like I was there.

My favourite characters had to be Finch and America. I also fell in love with Shepley because damn he sounds hot! Parker was nice at first, but some things happen that just make me feel sorry for him and he tried SO hard.
I adored Travis’s family and his brothers’ seem like a right hoot and a half. 🙂
But mostly this book was centred around Abby and Travis and their dramas. Which were amusing most of the time.

Over all this is a lovely book (and sometimes damn right scary) about love, the struggles of love and friendship and how emotions can sometimes turn ugly and make that love frightening to deal with. I must warn you that this book is VERY SEXY and wow… was it ever.

I would recommend this book to others. The reasons why I didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to, wasn’t because of anything major, it was just something that bugged me. But that shouldn’t deter from anyone elses choices. 🙂

– Kat

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5 stars to Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford

Posted 8 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Chase Walker used to be a good kid—charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn’t notice time slipping away until he’s arrested for underage drinking one night.

Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase’s mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won’t give football players like him the time of day.

Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she’s more than a pretty face—she’s a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki’s life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she’s taught him? Will it be enough

 

Alright. So… let’s just say that this book was 100% about love. Throughout.

In the beginning you learn about Chase’s dark side, the things in his past that have caused him to act out and be this wild… thanggg. Drinking, drugs, sex, and not a care in the world. He gave up football, and you can clearly see later on that he is amazing at football. But the darkness of his past doesn’t stick around too too long in this book. Once he meets Nikki, everything pretty much changes.

He is determined to get her to go out with him; he pretty much adores her. He is so sweet about it too! He let’s her do the first date and he goes along with everything. You find out Nikki has deep secrets as well. She is a SWEETHEART! I’ve never seen a girl so sweet. It was intoxicating.

Anywho. Their love was BEAUTIFUL. Nikki is a “good girl” and even though Chase was… well… Chase, he waited for her. He respected her every thought. Every want. He completely controlled himself, even though there were times she was like, YES LET’S GO! No, he wanted it to be special.

They were very sweet to read, and  the whole book was just freaking incredible. I had a smile on my face the whole time. They truly were in love and you could see he loved her as much as she loved him. They were made for each other; they completed each other. She came into his life at the perfect moment and it was just… beautiful to read.

Until the end…where I cried and cried and cried some more. I’m not the type to cry around people and then complain about it, but that’s what happened here. I finished the book in a car ride with my boyfriend and he watched me just cry about the end and when he asked about it, I just basically complained, cried some more, and was in absolute SHOCK.

I could not believe what I was reading. None of it seemed real. I was waiting for the book to say “HAHA just kidding.” But it never did. It was a tragic ending. I literally… I can’t put into words the emotions I felt. Tears. Heartbreak. I felt I needed to go hug Chase.

Then another twist that makes the tragic part a little better. I cried harder at this!! Happy, I will tell you that. Calmed the nerves a tad… It was beautiful. Another display of true love. Absolute true love. (this probably makes no sense, but I refuse to write a review and give spoilers!!)

So… overall… I was left heart broken and sad and emotional and confused and lost and dead pretty much. I loved this love story and even though that ending happened, I still love this love story.

When I read there was going to a second book, I looked at my kindle and said YES that is what I’m going to read tomorrow. I read this story in literally a day; took a few breaks, but a day was all it took. I never really just read a book in just one day; it takes a lot for me to be THAT sucked in. I also never read in the car and I did that with this book because I simply HAD to know what happened next 🙂

I highly recommend this book. It’s beautiful. It’s tragic. It’s emotional. I’m left speechless, shocked, and having to buy the next book immediately 🙂

 

Christy Lyn

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5 Stars to CRIMSON FROST (Mythos Academy #4) by Jennifer Estep

Posted 5 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes—the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki—the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will.

I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming.

I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison—and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself…

 

Mythos Academy series has always been one of my favorites. I love the characters, the world, the plot, the romance, the action. Pretty much everything, in other words. So I’ve been waiting to get my hands on the forth installment, CRIMSON FROST,  like a crazy person. I’m very happy to say that it was worth the waiting. It didn’t disappoint me one bit.

While the beginning of the book was very dynamic and full of action,  it continued a little bit slow for me. This had me worried. The other Mythos Academy books were nothing but slow. Something unexpected always happened. Yes, in a way stuff happened in CRIMSON FROST too but they were… kind of boring. Slow. CRIMSON FROST is more like a it’ll-blow-you-in-the-end kind of book. And I found it great actually even though I generally don’t like slow-paced books. The thing is though that only a fraction of the book was slow. The rest of it was kick-ass.

Gwen has always been one of my favorite heroines. She’s funny, badass and smart. She’s not a trained warrior like the other teenagers in the Academy but she still tries to protect everyone. Bad, Bad Things always happen to her but she carries on and has faith. And then, there’s Logan Quinn. Funny, hot, badass, protective, sweet, full of guilt over the past Logan Quinn. I love him! In this book, he supports Gwen completely even though it’s his father who’s leading her to prison. A lot happens in this book concerning Logan which totally had me screaming out loud but I’m not going to spoil anything whatsoever. The other characters are also great. This is something I really admire in this series. I love all the characters. I want to kick the villains’ asses, of course, but still.

To sum up, CRIMSON FROST is a great read full of action, mythology and romance. I enjoyed it very, very much and I’m glad Jennifer Estep never disappoints me. I’d recommend Mythos Academy series to all mythology fans and generally anyone who wants an action-packed book with awesome characters and a lot of romance.

-Elena

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5 stars to Shadows (Lux 0.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Posted 4 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

 

The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.


Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

What can I say about this book? It was FILLED with Aw-Moments. I loved every single page. It’s a very nice view of Dawson and Bethany and their love. They are what I picture as true love and it was strong, intense, romantic, and simply beautiful. I loved reading about them. It also gave you a good sense of why Daemon is the way he is in the other books. It all makes sense and clicks even better after reading this one. I loved it. Dawson is.. too wonderful for words. The things he would do for Bethany.. I just.. I smiled throughout the story! They were just.. the ideal image of what two people in love look like. He would die for her and as would she.

This review is probably just gawking over Dawson and Bethany, but that’s what it’s about. This short story shows you how they meet, what happened, and it’s their love story. If you love Daemon the way I do, you will love Dawson just as much; maybe even more! But that’s hard.. Dawson is the nice one, Daemon is the bad-ass!

Overall, I would say this is definitely worth reading if your a fan of the series. It stops about a year before the series picks up, which is nice as well. It all blends well, it gives you great insist of basically everything and it’s just a quick and sweet love story!

 

– A review by Christy Lyn 

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5 Stars to Keir by Pippa Jay

Posted 27 December, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi / 0 Comments

Outcast. Cursed. Dying. Is Keir beyond redemption? For Keirlan de Corizi–the legendary ‘Blue Demon’ of Adalucien–death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the stars with a wave of her hand. But Quin has secrets of her own. She’s spent eternity searching through space and time with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends’ counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius. When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin’s home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again?

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Another guest review post. This time, by my good friend Karen. -Kat

Loved this book! Keir was a fantastic read. The hero (Keir) and the heroine (Quin) had so much rich character development. Both of them were riddled with emotional–and physical–scarring; however, it was beautifully woven into the storyline to make them stronger people. Together they were able to overcome their insecurities.

Keir is packed with action, adventure, intrigue and spicy love scenes…but one of my favorite things was the role reversal. Keir was the inexperienced one, and I loved that Quin taught him–not just how to make love, because that was hot–but how to experience life and to open himself up to forgiveness. Keir suffered a great many things, but Quin was there to support, encourage and bring him back to life.

A few of my favorite lines from the book:

“I am not friendly. I am dangerous.”

He felt her presence in his mind still, like cool hands soothing his fevered thoughts. It both disturbed and comforted him. Was she an angel in human guise? Or some demon sent to torment him before delivering him to his final hell?

His words filled her with a sadness so sharp she had to fight down tears.

He screamed for help as they took him through shadowy streets to an unknown place, but no one came.

Why am I such a sucker for tortured souls?

“We weren’t meant to have these powers, Keir, but it’s how we use them that defines who and what we are.”

“Friends may easily become enemies. Prosperity attracts envy. We must always be wary of complacency and misplaced trust.”

Would learning the truth justify the risk?

For the first time in remembrance, he wanted to touch and be touched in return. To hold her and have her return his embrace freely, with more than a friend’s affection. To feel her white skin under his fingertips. To brush the hair from her face as the breeze did now, and run his fingers through it.

He leaned close to her, and the darkness of his eyes seemed to swallow her soul. “Your fears will come to pass.”

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I have more, but pretty soon I’ll be quoting the entire book! So go buy it! 🙂 Keir is a must read!

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