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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Say You’ll Remember Me – Katie McGarry

January 25, 2018 Blog Tour, Book Review 1

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Say You’ll Remember Me – Katie McGarry

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Say You’ll Remember Me – Katie McGarrySay You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
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Published on: 30th January 2018
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story
 (summary from Goodreads)

“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

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~Ellison~

Sean points, and a woman in the back asks, “You never met Mr. Pierce before?”

I shake my head, and Sean gestures to the microphone. “No. I was playing a midway game earlier, and he ended up playing beside me, but then we went our separate ways. I left the game, and these guys started to harass me, and hen Hendrix asked if I needed help. I agreed, and he suggested we talk. He said that if the guys thought we were friends they would eventually lose interest, and they did. Hendrix played a game, and we talked until Andrew showed.”

“Andrew?” someone asks.

“Andrew Morton.” That causes enough of a stir that nervousness leaks into my bloodstream and makes my hands cold and clammy. Why is it that I feel that I said something terribly wrong?

“Are you and Andrew Morton friends?” someone else asks, and the question hits me in a sickening way. I name-dropped the grandson of the most powerful US Senator…the position my father is campaigning for. Sean is going to roast me alive.

“Yes. We’ve been friends for as long as I remember.” Friends, enemies, it’s all semantics at this point.

“Did you and Andrew Morton plan to attend the festival together?” Another reporter.

“Yes.”

“Were you on a date?” a woman asks.

My entire body recoils. “What?”

“Are you and Andrew Morton romantically involved?”

I become one of those bunnies who go still at the slightest sound. “I thought we were talking about Hendrix.”

“Did Mr. Pierce confront the men?”

Finally back on track. “No, he was adamant that there should be no violence.”
More questions and I put my hand in the air as I feel like I’m the one on trial. “Isn’t that the point? Hendrix went through my dad’s program, and one of the first chances he had to make a good decision, he made one. We’re strangers, and he helped me without violence. That, to me, is success.” A few people nod their head, and because I don’t want to be done yet… “Mr. O’Bryan—grown men shouldn’t be following seventeen-year-old girls. I’m curious why you didn’t step in when I was being harassed. If you saw Hendrix and me together, then you know what happened, and it’s horrifying you didn’t help. Hendrix made the right choice. You did not.”

A rumble of conversation, Sean places a hand on my arm and gently, but firmly pushes me to the side. The raging fire in his eyes says he’s mentally measuring out the room in the basement he’s going to let me rot in for the next ten years.

My father approaches the microphone with an ease I envy. “Any more questions for Ellison can be sent to my press secretary. As you can tell, it’s been a trying day for my daughter, but we are most grateful for Mr. Pierce’s actions. We promised a program that was going to help our state’s youth turn their lives around, and, thanks to Mr. Pierce’s admirable actions, we are proud of our first program’s success.”

He offers Drix his hand again, and Drix accepts.

Lots of pictures and applause, and Dad leans in and whispers something to him. I can’t tell what it is, but I do see the shadow that crosses over Drix’s face, his throat move as he swallow and then the slight nod of his head.

I don’t know what happened, but I don’t like it. The urge is to rush Drix, but Sean has a firm hold on my elbow, keeping me in place, silently berating me for causing problems.

Drix stands behind the podium and drops a bomb so huge the ground shakes beneath my feet. “Because Ellison had enough courage to explain what happened today, I’m going to tell you what I was convicted of…”

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My Thoughts

When I heard that Katie McGarry was releasing a new book I knew that I needed it. I hadn’t read a blurb, or seen a cover, I didn’t even know what is was about or who the characters were. But I needed it.
When it comes to YA romance Katie McGarry is one of the best. She consistently delivers real characters and emotional stories that I fall in love with every time I read them and this one was no different.

It’s an awful place to be, the person responsible for someone else’s happiness, because being human, we’re going to fail. And by being human, we’ll take the lashing when we never meet expectations.”

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Review: “Confess” – Colleen Hoover

April 7, 2017 Book Review 2

Review: “Confess” – Colleen HooverConfess by Colleen Hoover
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Published on: March 10th 2015
Published by: Atria Books
Pages: 320
Genre: NA Romance
Format: Paperback

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

 

My Thoughts

“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”

I can’t believe how long it has taken me to actually pick this book up and read it! It’s been sat on my bookshelf for over 2 years but it somehow never quite made the cut when it came to me choosing my next book. Thankfully, the book being made into a TV series kicked me into gear and I finally picked it up, and then couldn’t put it down until I had read the entire thing!

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Blog Tour: “Ravage” – Tillie Cole

August 16, 2016 Book Review 2

 Blog Tour: “Ravage” – Tillie ColeRavage by Tillie Cole
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Published on: August 16th 2016
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 336
Series: Scarred Souls #3
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Scarred Souls Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:

Raze (Scarred Souls #1)
Reap (Scarred Souls #2)
Ravage (Scarred Souls #3)
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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

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My Thoughts

Like with every Tillie Cole review I write, I really struggled with this one. It’s so hard to put into words just how amazing a book is, how much of an affect it had on you. Tillie’s books always reach the deepest places and make me feel emotions that I never knew it was possible to feel from a book.

Tillie Cole has always had a talent for writing non typical characters and making us feel the opposite of what we think we should feel for them. Only a few weeks ago she made me feel sympathy for a character that she had spent the 3 previous books making me hate for all the bad things he had done. In this book she gives us 194, a killer and a torturer and she shows us very clearly in black and white just how evil he can be. But at no point did I feel anything but understanding and sympathy for him. Does that make me crazy? No, it just makes Tillie extremely talented.

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Blog Tour: “Sweet Soul” – Tillie Cole

December 14, 2015 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

Blog Tour: “Sweet Soul” – Tillie ColeSweet Soul by Tillie Cole
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Published on: March 18th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 442
Series: Sweet Home #4, Carillo Boys #3
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Sweet Home/Carillo Boys Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:
Sweet Home (Sweet Home #1)
Sweet Rome (Sweet Home #1.5)
Sweet Fall (Sweet Home #2, Carillo Boys #1)
Sweet Hope (Sweet Home #3, Carillo Boys #2)
Sweet Soul (Sweet Home #4, Carillo Boys #3)
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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

One shy lost soul.
One silent lonely heart.
One love to save them both.

Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.

Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.

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My Thoughts
It’s been over 2 years since I read the first book in this series and it has managed to break my heart many times over. This book is no exception to that and it has taken me nearly a week to find the words good enough to tell you just how beautiful a story this is.

Levi Carrillo is nothing like his big brothers. His gentle and loving heart has suffered so much tragedy that he has become shy and shut off, hiding himself from the world rather than living his life. He has a good, beautiful heart and unlike most of his friends he isn’t interested in the normal things that twenty year olds are interested in. He refuses to live in the frat house, he doesn’t party, he avoids the guys on his team and he has never kissed a girl. He is such a broken and lonely character searching for even a shred of happiness that you can’t help but want to reach through the pages and give him a hug.

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Review “Never Never Part 2” – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

May 18, 2015 Book Review, Initial Reaction 2

Review “Never Never Part 2” – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn FisherNever Never Part 2 by Colleen Hoover
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Published on: May 17th 2015
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 111
Series: Never Never #2
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Never Never Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Never Never Part 1
Never Never Part 2
Never Never Part 3

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

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Review: Fuel the Fire – Becca & Krista Ritchie

April 24, 2015 Book Review 4

Review: Fuel the Fire – Becca & Krista RitchieFuel the Fire by Becca and Krista Ritchie
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Published on: April 3rd 2015
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 558
Series: Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books (in their reading order) below:
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Addicted #2.1, Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Addicted #2.2, Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Addicted #3.2, Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5)
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The Story
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Protect your family. At all costs.

It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.

Protect your family. At all costs.

At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.

Protect your family. At all costs.

And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?

Protect your family. At all costs.

Love will guide his choices.
For the first time in his life.
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***Authors’ Note***
Thrive bridges the gap between Addicted for Now and Addicted After All. Thrive must be read befre reading Addicted After All if you have not read the Calloway Sisters spin off series.

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My Thoughts

Finishing this book was one of those love and hate moments. Love because it was amazing, but hate because it is the last book we are going to get from Rose and Connor’s POV. The games, the french, the totally hot and sexy times…it’s all been brought to an end with their final book of the series. And wow was it a good one!

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Review: “Thrive” – Becca & Krista Ritchie

April 10, 2015 Book Review 0

Review: “Thrive” – Becca & Krista RitchieThrive by Becca and Krista Ritchie
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Published on: July 18th 2014
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 464
Series: Addicted #2.5
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books (in their reading order) below:
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Addicted #2.1, Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Addicted #2.2, Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Addicted #3.2, Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5)
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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Two years will change them forever.

When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?

Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.

And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.

** Author Note **
A full-length New Adult Romance that bridges the gap between the second and third books. Thrive must be read before Addicted After All if you have not read the Calloway Sisters spin-off series.

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My Thoughts

I lost count of how many times I have said this, but this series is incredible. The Ritchie sisters have given us these flawed but lovable characters whose lives and stories we can’t help but be completely addicted to. Thrive is no different and gives us a little insight into what was going on with Lily & Lo over the course of the previous two books in the series Kiss the Sky and Hot House Flower.

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Review: “Hothouse Flower” – Becca & Krista Ritchie

March 16, 2015 Book Review 0

Review: “Hothouse Flower” – Becca & Krista RitchieHothouse Flower by Becca and Krista Ritchie
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Published on: March 28th 2014
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 477
Series: Addicted #2.2,
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books (in their reading order) below:
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Addicted #2.1, Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Addicted #2.2, Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Addicted #3.2, Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5)
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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.

Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modelling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion Week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets.

As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favourite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.

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My Thoughts

Sexy, steamy and Oh So Hot, Hothouse Flower is possibly one of the hottest books of the whole series. Becca and Krista Ritchie have finally answered our desperate prayers and we finally got a Raisy book, and it is sooooo good!

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