Review: 17 first kisses + Giveaway!

Review: 17 first kisses + Giveaway!

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No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.Until Claire meets Luke.But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.


This book did really surprise me. I mean it looks like a typical YA summer romance but it is so much more than that. The book talks about relationships and all its complexities. It deals with serious issues like depression, death, cheating, dealing with pain and whatnot. It is realistic and I like how Claire’s family dynamics are described. 

All the characters are very well developed even the secondary ones and they all have a purpose. What I really liked was that not all of them are particularly like able. They have flaws and that makes the book stand out among the others in this genre.

There is a bit of slut-shaming in the book and it may get some people annoyed but really I felt that it was realistic. Teenagers were behaving how teenagers behave. They are not pretentious or too good to be true. Thank God! I’m done with High School and all its drama.

Claire is a complex character. You feel her pain and sympathize with her situation. You feel proud of her for being such a wonderful sister and daughter but then she makes some stupid choices and it gets you annoyed. Though, her character shows growth in the end and that’s all I ever ask for. 

This book had me in dilemma. I was never this unsure about my feelings before. I still am not sure how I feel about Megan and her friendship with Claire. But even when I was shaking my head at things they were doing. I still enjoyed the book. Their friendship is NOT perfect, not even close but somehow they make sense. Let’s leave it at that. Its difficult writing flawed characters but the writer pulls it off effortlessly. Kudos to her! 

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Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA where she’s working furiously on her PhD in neuroscience. When she’s not doing science or writing YA, you can find her chasing after her toddler and her two sled dogs. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses…luckily she doesn’t kiss and tell.
Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…


I love Colleen Hoover. I love her writing and I’ve loved her previous books. I love how she makes music such an integral part of her stories. I love the lyrics and the songs. But love has its limits and this book just didn’t work for me. 

Sydney moves out of her apartment after she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend and flat-mate. Heart-broken and sad, jobless and pretty much broke, she has no idea where to go. Ridge, her neighbour and a musician who she has been texting with and who is going through a writer’s block offers her a place to stay in return of her writing lyrics for his band. Sydney moves in. Ridge has a girlfriend, Maggie and thus begins the dreaded love triangle, which always drives me crazyy. 
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I liked some aspects of the book. I liked how Ridge and Sydney became friends and I liked their interactions. Ridge is deaf and this is probably the first YA book, that I’ve read where the MC was differently-abled and the author should be appreciated for being sincere towards it and handling it wonderfully. 

I liked Ridge in the beginning but his character goes on a downward spiral. He should have asked Syd to move out when they kissed. If he is so loyal and faithful, he should have told Maggie about it. I agree that you may be in love with two people but you cannot be with two people. He needed to man up and choose. He led Sydney on and the way he treated her made me really want to punch him.

I liked Sydney mostly. But she cries too much. I also felt that she was always too eager to defend Ridge. I really don’t think he is as perfect as all the other characters make him out to be. She needed to shout at him for treating her like crap. She let it all go too easily. 

I don’t like books that try to rationalize or justify infidelity. I understand the concept of falling out of love. It happens, yes, but that’s not going to make cheating acceptable. Take a decision, break up and show some respect to your partner. Sorry, I’m rambling but this is an issue which gets me really annoyed. 

I thought the book had too much drama and too many tears. I really liked Warren and he gave me some laughs. The secondary characters needed to be more developed. Maggie’s illness in the near end was just convenient to the story and really was not needed. I like the writing and the ending wasn’t half bad. That’s the reason why the book is getting 3 stars.

Review: A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life

Review: A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life

Resonance –  We often use the term, “frequency matching” in our daily life to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page etc? When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within the same range) come together – output is not a simple sum of individual work, but exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at this stage is beyond any logical limit. Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become close friends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world. How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure? How do their character shape out, as they traverse from an educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the social-political world? Inspired by the real events across the globe from the last decade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story – struggle and triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current socio-eco-political era.

This book surprised me. I judge books by their cover and this one didn’t really appeal to me. The summary was interesting and quite different so I decided to give it a try. I was assuming it to be like Bhagat’s books and Boy, was I wrong or what?

It is definitely better and more relate-able. The conversations, characters are all very real. I could connect and sympathize with their dilemma’s and struggles. The problems they face are the kind that we all face or see our friends facing. 

I loved Rahul. He is such a nice guy. Mature, sensitive and intelligent. Richita is sweet and smart. She loves her parents and my heart goes out for her. She was trapped in such unfortunate circumstances, she never really had a choice.  Neerav was my favorite. He is such a good friend. I wanted more of him in the book. All three of them are like-able and real. I loved being a part of their journey. The book is more than a love-story. It is a story of three lives. It is a story of friendship and love. It is story of choices and their outcome. 

The writing is intelligent and has a depth to it. It makes you pause and think. It impressed me. The author knows what he is talking about. He gives us an insight into the life of an engineer and what we end up losing when we are busy running after money. The book raises some important questions. 

The problems are really with the editing which is generally an issue I have with most of Indian books. The narration transitioned from third person to first person and left me feeling confused. There were times when I had to read a few lines to understand who is talking. And that’s quite irritating. The book is 383 pages long. The second half of the book is stretched to the point of boredom. There are new characters and after a while it was hard to keep up.There is also a tendency to give too much information, which was just a waste because this book could have been a lot better. 
Overall, definitely a worth reading book. There are so many lines that I can quote from the book.

“Look at this site – it is beautiful and deep. When we come here, we get ourselves lost in its beauty and vastness. Years of sorrow and pain lies in the depth of this lake. You do not know what was here 40-50 years back. Probably, a ditch full of stagnant water and mud breeding mosquitoes. Now here we have beautiful lake surrounded by lush green bushes and beautiful flowers. The place is beautiful today, so we come and enjoy its company, its presence. We do not think about its past or we do not to know what will happen here years later. We enjoy the beauty of its present.”

P.S. Sorry for the delay in reviewing the book. I’ve been really busy with work. 

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Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West 
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

I have a love-hate relationship with contemporary romance. When it works, it makes my day and when it doesn’t it makes me want to commit redrum. Luckily, this one fell in the former category. I had smile on my face throughout. It’s a boy-meets-girl story, but there are certain things that set it apart. 
Caymen’s mother has warned her about these rich guys, like her father, who leave when things get too rough. So obviously she maintains a distance from the rich spoiled brats of the town but when Xander enters her little doll shop and she gets to know him. She realizes that her mother’s bias may not be fair and that Xander is different. They get to know each other through these “career days” and I have to say that I’m so impressed with Xander and all the effort and thought he put for Caymen. I mean that guy is pretty close to perfect. *swoons* 

Caymen is endearing. Her sarcasm and dry humor is exceptional and her timing is perfect. 

“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?”“I’ve missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”

“So Caymen…”
“So, Xander…”
“Like the islands.”
“Your name. Caymen. Like the Cayman Islands. Is that your mom’s favourite place to visit or something?”
“No, it’s her third favourite place. I have an older brother named Paris and an older sister named Sydney.”
“Wow.” He opens the bag, takes out a muffin, and hands it to me. The top glistens with sprinkled sugar. “Really?”
I gently unwrap it. “No.”

The romance progressed beautifully. I loved their conversations, how she made him laugh, how he gave her hot chocolate every morning, how she made fun of him. I loved them together. I’m so rooting for them. 

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The secondary characters were interesting. I wanted certain relationships to be explored more, mainly that of Xander and his father. I loved the writing. Kasie West is definitely a great writer because this is an average story, with nothing really “new” about it but she made it work so very well that I did not get bored for even a moment. I flew through the book. I didn’t want it to end. 

The book was sweet and it puts you in the good mood, where you want to giggle and sigh and just smile like I’m doing right now. 

Review: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend + Giveaway! (North America only)

Review: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend + Giveaway! (North America only)

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around…

…but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all…the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.


It’s weird. I’m disappointed when I look in the mirror but it’s not because I don’t like what I see. I mean, I don’t, but that’s not what bugs me. What bugs me is that what I see in the mirror doesn’t match what I see in my head. In my head, I’m prettier than I am in real life, so when I look in the mirror and see what I see, I feel let down. And also a little crazy.

Rose isn’t crazy about how she looks. She made the website for her father but it turns out that her mother doesn’t approve of it and wants her to shut it down, her brother who was supposed to be there for her, is in college doing drugs. What about her friends? Holly has transformed from a caterpillar to a butterfly over the summer and Tracy has started a fashion blog which has become popular overnight. But Rose is still the same. Still trying to find her place. And, Jamie you ask, well he like always, is mysterious and closed off. One moment he is telling her to stay away and the next he is kissing her. So yeah, there’s that. 

As you see, Rose is knee-deep into problems. I was scared for her, I was angry at people for  being too hard on her. I just wanted to protect her. She is still grieving over her dad’s death, over all the changes that happened in her life. All of it can make anyone go crazy.

Rose is not a perfect character, she has flaws, sometimes you will hate her because she tends to say the wrong things and is still dealing with her anger issues. She is also awkward and then there is High School drama. How thankful am I to be done with that? But the thing about Rose is, that she is self aware.

‘”His life sucks right now,” Jamie says.“Yeah, well, so does mine,” I answer.“No shit,” Jamie says, making it completely clear that he doesn’t understand my lack of compassion.I don’t either, to be honest.

She tries to be a better person and that’s not always easy. The right thing is not always that obvious. It can sometimes lead you into a bigger mess. She doesn’t like interfering in other people’s life but she ends up getting tangled in their problems and that’s because she has a good heart and wants to help.

Sometimes people help each other, and get messed up in each other’s business; sometimes we stay out of it and let people find the way themselves. It’s always right to offer help, but not all help is right.

Everybody around Rose is going through something, they are all fighting their own problems and nobody is really the bad guy. It’s just the situation which sucks. I was on Rose’s side all along but I could understand everyone else’s perspective too. 

I think the author has done a great job with the book. It’s better than the first one. It’s more emotional and there is more depth to the characters. I hated Regina in the first book but in this one all I saw her vulnerable side and it makes sense why she is the way she is.

The romance, it’s really sweet but with Jamie comes a lot of uncertainty because you just don’t know what’s going in that boy’s mind. He is great. He cares about people, is loyal and has his heart in the right place but he needs to not be so confusing. It’s great that he helps others out but if he loves Rose, he needs to show it.

In the end, it was Rose’s journey to find herself and accept who she is. I’m so happy and feel like a proud parent, you know, when she finally realizes that if Jamie isn’t going to give  her a chance, it’s his loss. 

Wonderful book and I definitely recommend the series. 

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Of Silver and Beasts: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Of Silver and Beasts: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Author: Trisha Wolfe 
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena. 

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older



Trisha Wolfe has a talent for storytelling and creating highly imaginative world. This time it’s mostly dark with magic, action, violence, blood, mercury, goddesses and so much more. I really like Trisha Wolfe’s writing. I’ve read two books by her and both have been equally amazing. I’m so glad that I signed up for the street team because how else were I to discover such a great author and get to read her books before everyone else.

The world building is great. It feels like you are reading some great mythology but it’s all original creation. The world is so vivid, detailed and intricate that I believed it to be real.  That’s what makes a great fantasy novel. The power to make you believe in it’s reality. Cavan is a queendom, a matriarchal society. I haven’t read any book which explored such a culture. So that’s definitely new and the feminist in me loved it. I seriously think that women make better leaders. 

Nactue Guard is a group of women who are to protect the Empress. Kaliope is made the leader of the group but shortly afterwards, the Empress makes her charge of Prince Caben’s safety who is the only living heir to their neighboring kingdom. He appears spoilt and proud at first testing Kaliope’s patience but when Cavan is attacked by the other-worlders and they are abducted and taken below to a realm to fight for survival they form an alliance and connection.

Kaliope is brave, strong and tough. She cares for her friends and family. She believes the mercury running in her veins is a curse and tries to hide it from everyone. She builds a wall around herself and focuses only on her duties. She is fiercely loyal to the Empress and goddess. Kaliope is bad-ass and I love this in a heroine.
Caben is perfect. He is loyal, strong, clever and so sweet. I loved his smile. It made me want to smile too. He wants to escape to protect his Kingdom but he also cares about the people he loves and will go to any lengths to protect them. 
The romance is slow, sweet and seductive. It’s steamy and swoon-worthy. Wolfe sure writes great romantic scenes. It’s so natural and right but it does not take over the entire plot. 

The pace of the book is great. It’s a read-in-one-sitting kinda book. So many unexpected things keep happening that you will keep turning pages. It will make you hold your breath and sometimes sigh in relief because seriously anything can happen. I hated the ending though in a way that I loved it. It’s brutal and made me so angry and I want the next book so bad. The book is dark, there is a dystopian feel to it. There is violence and death. I recommend it to older teens. Fans of fantasy will love it. MUST READ!

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Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY’S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE’S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013. She’s the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out her website for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter and like her Facebook page for updates.  

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: The Nightmare Affair

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: The Nightmare Affair

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

I enjoyed the book. The protagonist, Dusty, is a nightmare. Literally. Yes, that was enough to get my attention. Nightmares feed on dreams of others and one night while feeding on Eli’s dream (the really good looking boy from her previous school) she sees a murder. Things turn really weird when the dream turns out to be real. The killer has to be stopped and Dusty and Eli are the only people who can do anything to help. 

I really liked Dusty with her witty comebacks and sarcastic remarks. She is immensely likeable. Dusty is trying to move past her mother shadows. Her mother is known in the magic-kind community as a trouble-maker. Dusty doesn’t want to be her mother who left her when she was a child and only came back when Dusty started developing nightmarish(it sounds weird) tendencies. I loved their relationship and want it to be explored more in the next book. 

Aside from the nightmare concept, the book is not very original. A magical boarding school, murder, there are far too many similarities with Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone. Especially the ending. The plot had potential but somewhere it just got lost among other things. 

I still think the author has done a great job with using imagination. I was impressed with the world building. It managed to make me wish that I was in the book. There are also some really interesting characters and concepts. The whole “things becoming animated” (due to constant exposure to magic) idea was brilliant. I would love if my laptop developed a personality. Though the way I treat it sometimes I think it will probably hate me and will shut down at random times just to irritate me. But it will be fun! 

I liked the romance. Eli and Dusty are adorable together and they made me happy. Though they are not really a couple for the most part of the book. The love triangle was unnecessary and I never really liked Paul. His character needed development. I think the book was entertaining and fun. I enjoyed it for the most part and would love to read the sequel. 


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Blog Tour Review: Recalled by Cambria Hebert

Blog Tour Review: Recalled by Cambria Hebert

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Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?
And then you died.
And you were given another chance. A better chance.
This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry.
It never is.
And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice.
Love or Death?

I haven’t read any story about Death Escorts or Grim reaper before. The synopsis is really intriguing and made me pick up the book right away.

Dexter and Piper meet in a dark street. He saves her that night from an accident and dies in the process. He meets a dealer who gives him a choice between hell or a life of service to death. He chooses to be a “death escort” but the irony is that if wants this life he has to kill and his first target is Piper.

I could understand why Dex chose to be a death Escort. It was better than going to hell and he had a tough life. He lived on the street and fought to survive everyday. What I didn’t understand is why he had to go to hell. I mean he killed his mom’s abusive boyfriend and that to me is not something he should be punished for. It was self defense, right?  

I liked Dex. He was too hard on himself. I think he was a much better person that he gave himself credit for. He died to save a complete stranger What else can you ask of a guy?
Life and death both gave him crappy choices and I don’t blame him for anything. 

I didn’t understand Piper. She is like-able but I just couldn’t connect with her. If I saw a vision of my best friend dying I would probably want to stay by her side and would certainly not be going on a vacation with some guy, that I have just met. It made no sense to me.  The romance was not believable. It seemed forced and was done only because it was necessary for the plot.

I like the idea behind the novel. It’s a fun, fast read.  It’s entertaining and manages to keep you hooked. Nothing more, nothing less.

Blog Tour Review: Stitch by Samantha Durante

Blog Tour Review: Stitch by Samantha Durante

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Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.


I get so happy when a book manages to surprise me and forces me to keep reading it till the end. This is that kind of book that it will immerse you into its world and will have you turning pages quickly.

This is me while reading the book, 

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I was following Alyssa’s journey to understand why she was the only one seeing a ghost in her room and suddenly BAM! There is a twist and the whole story suddenly changes and goes from paranormal to dystopian.  I like when authors give me the unexpected. I know that I’m being vague but I don’t want to spoil the book for you. Read it fast so we can discuss it. It will blow your mind, take my word. 
Samantha is a great story-teller. She gives you what is required and keeps you guessing. This book is extremely entertaining. It has some sci-fi aspect to it too which I found really intriguing. I’m not much into it so that’s saying a lot. The beginning is a little slow but after the revelation everything just becomes so clear. It’s like a fog is lifted and I had this “Oh” moment where I understood certain things that didn’t make sense to me before. I like how the author tied up all the loose ends.

I think the concept is really original and interesting. The romance is sweet but I would have liked more scenes of Alessa and Issac together. More conversations, perhaps. But the plot is the main hero of the book. I liked what I saw of Jo and Janie was just amazing. There were moments when I didn’t understand Alessa’s reaction to certain things but she has been through a lot so I’m trying not be too hard on her. 

I’m excited about the next book. It will be hard task for the author to live up to this one and surprise me again. If you want to read something new and different. Give this book a try. 🙂
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Blog Tour Review: Derailed and Veer + Giveaway!

Blog Tour Review: Derailed and Veer + Giveaway!

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When you’re lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.
Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.

Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.


Derailed is easy to get into and like. It’s cute and romantic. Sometimes a little cheesy but hey, I’m not complaining. I just breezed through the book and before I knew it I was on the last page. I loved the country setting. I felt like I was watching Sweet Home Alabama. Now, that’s a cute movie!

Molly blames herself for the death of her fiancé So, to get away from his memories and start fresh, she leaves law school and goes back home to Clayton Falls. Molly is not looking for a relationship and especially not with Ben, she broke his heart once and doesn’t want to hurt him again but Ben has other plans. He never stopped loving Molly and this time he is not letting her go.

I loved the chemistry between Ben and Molly. They are super sweet together. Ben is sweet and totally swoon worthy though he gets a little overbearing at times. I couldn’t connect with Molly. She blamed herself too much and for things that are not at all her fault. But she grows up through the novel and starts making the right choices. 

Gavin irritated me. He was kinda creepy and wasn’t enough competition to Ben in order to create an interesting love triangle. He never had a chance with Molly and I just wanted him to get away from her. I liked Jake. Kelly was fun and a good friend to Molly. I liked that everyone was so protective of Molly and cared about her. Character development could have been better. 

All in all, it’s a fun, sweet, fluffy romance novel. If you love rekindled, high school romances, you will probably like it too.

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Only when you let go can you learn to live.

Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it’s been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.
Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.
When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.

If you’ve read my derailed review, you would know that I didn’t like Gavin much. So I was naturally a little wary of reading his story. But, yeah Gavin turned out to be quite a revelation to me. He is sweet and vulnerable at times. He is trying to protect himself from more heart ache. 

His last breakup was bad and he has issues with trust so he is rude to Becca and tries to stay away from her. And when I say rude I mean he is a complete ass/jerk to her. Their first meeting was a disaster and if I were Becca I wouldn’t have talked to such a guy again . His reasons for being rude to her were also not good enough. Sorry Gavin! 

I loved his family. They were so amazing and I’m glad that he finally decided to move on with life and follow his dream. It’s really never too late.

Becca has scars and past of her own. She is likeable and nice. She befriends Jake and their relationship was cute. I though Jake liked her as more than a friend but I’m not sure. Becca’s issues were justified and I felt bad that she had to go through so much. Her story was heart-wrenching. Gavin cares for Becca and she feels safe with him like she has never felt. They were perfect for each other. My only complaint with Becca is that she forgave Gavin quite easily. He treated her like shit. She should have made him sweat a little more.

Jake needs to stop drinking and grow up. I’m looking forward to his story. Molly and Ben make appearances and are just adorable.I think this was written better than the first one. It’s light, easy and a fast read. Read the first book, see if you like it and then pick this one up.

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