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25517283The Heir and the Spare
by Emily Albright
Release Date: January 18, 2016
Publisher: Merit Press
Source: Library
Rating: starstarblank_starblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.

In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.

Evie can’t resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie’s heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom’s former life, she realizes her mom’s past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.– Goodreads

Review:

The Heir and the Spare of the making of everything that I loved in a story. Hell, it sounded like The Prince and Me, a movie which I adored. Yet, unfortunately The Heir and the Spare generally fell flat for me.I spent a good portion of this book just blah with it. I wanted from the characters. Evie and Edmund were just flat and blah, which shouldn’t have been possible. With Evie having a mysterious background and Edmund being in line for the throne this book should have been thrilling and had me engrossed with a romantic love story.

I’m not saying that the story is bad. It’s not! I was just fairly bored. The lead character, Evie, was 19 turning 20, but I felt more like she was 19 turning 15. She hurled insults and was a general asshole to anyone who flirted with Edmund (even when they weren’t dating). I think we were supposed to see Evie as clever, but I never once found her clever, or relatable. And yes, I understand that not all characters need to be relatable, but I like there to be something that has me going with the story. Unfortunately in The Heir and the Spare that particular something was lacking; even a British Prince wasn’t doing the pull for me. (And yes, I can’t believe I just wrote that — with a straight face no less).

There was a constant roller coaster of emotions being thrown around in The Heir and the Spare: an attempted rape, shame of flirtatious girls, girl hate and and poor characterization.



20525621All Broke Down (Rusk University #2)
by Cora Carmack
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Audio from library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star (3.5)
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

In life, you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . .sometimes you have to fight for what you love

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, education—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and not at all her type, she can’t help being fascinated with him.

Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team.

Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all. . – Goodreads

Review:

Silas didn’t have an easy life. He hasn’t seen his mother in 8 years and when he did see his mother it was always questionable if there would be a bed for him to sleep on. This is why when he sees his mother, he goes to a bar itching for a fight. In the first book in the Rusk University series, we learn that Silas is a bit of an asshole. If he wasn’t a bit of an asshole, he would have never met Dylan.

Dylan is a do-gooder with a heart of gold that just wants to be seen. What the two have in common is they want a steady safe place in the world. To feel loved for being themselves. The thing is Carmack wrote All Broke Down and used very little to no tropes and it was glorious. Silas was an asshole in All Lined Up he could have easily been one here, but instead he was humanized and I enjoyed that evolution.

Silas always feels like a fuck up. His past. His present. His future. And Dylan makes him feel like a fuck up. The problem is Dylan didn’t mean to, Dylan’s brain just doesn’t stop thinking. Silas’ brain does the same thing, but in a completely different way. He’s hidden his past from everyone and he fears what this means for his future. He fears being a fuck up but while fearing that, he fucks up. A lot. Silas has not much going for him, all he has is the team and he’s on the verge of fucking that up too.

Dylan doesn’t want to be a fuck up either. As an adopted child, she fears that they will regret adopting her and she worries about that. This was the first Carmack book that I’ve read that I really got into and the one I really had problems putting down or stopping (since I was listening to it as an audiobook). I was also intrigued how Carmack ended the book because she showed she doesn’t hide away from important issues.


19501672Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Audio from library
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom. – Goodreads

Review:

Is there anything worse than a book slump? I don’t think so. After two weeks of not being to get into any book I finally decided to get into my library audiobooks, because they’ll be due soon. I am not sure that Stay With Me was the right choice. This book had so many problems for me, that while yes, it was nice to be reading again, I wished I would have read something…better.

Stay With Me could have worked, this could have turned into an awesome story about growth. But instead Calla was a huge pushover who annoyed me throughout the novel. I get that confidence does not come easy and takes awhile to come into, but even by the end there was no confidence. Ultimately, I expected more from this novel and was disappointed. I was disappointed that Calla kept calling her group of friends The Hot Guy Brigade, and she is just their friend. But I don’t think she’s really their friend, she doesn’t tell them anything. She’s told them her mother died. She doesn’t tell them anything about her past and that’s not friendship. Friendship is opening up and telling the hard things even when it sucks. The thing is, The Hot Guy Brigade, and their girlfriends want to know more about Calla. They want to be part of her family and they want to know more about her.

Following the same fashion as the previous two books in this series, it is full of the drama. But that drama is also what makes this book relatable. There were parts to Calla that I understood. I have next to nothing in common with Calla, I come from a fairly happy family, I’m not burned, I have no interest in being a nurse and yet I understood her longing to belong. I understood her wanting to be loved and to be part of her own family. The problem with this book and the rest of the series is so much of it ultimately blends together for me and makes it hard for me to enjoy or remember if I’m being honest.


18505845All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Audio from library
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel. – Goodreads

Review:

Dallas wants to move on from high school but that’s hard when your life in college is much of the same from high school. She lives in the same state, and her father is still coaching the football team. Life hasn’t changed for her no matter how much she tries.

Carson has almost the opposite problem. He is the second string quarterback on a team where the first string, Levi, is a king from high school and is still working with his former coach, who happened to date Dallas, who also happened to be an asshole. They had sex to save their relationship and of course, that didn’t work and Dallas still loathes him.

Dallas and Carson shouldn’t work. But they do. They start out as friends, who also call each other on their bullshit. Which, if I’m being honest, is my favorite type of friendship! One thing I enjoy about Carmack is that she doesn’t hide from the tough issues that people face, including money issues in college. Carson went to community college and knows that if he doesn’t get a scholarship he can only be at Rusk for three semesters. Dallas just wants out of Rusk purely because her father is still there. What’s interesting though is that Carson does not know that Dallas is Coach’s daughter, who everyone wants. There is a pivotal moment in the middle of the novel where my heart went out to both characters because they were both hurt and said things that they both clearly did not mean but knew no other way to get their point across.

I also found the dynamic between Dallas and her father interesting because they both try to love the other as well as they could, but it’s hard because they don’t know how to show it. So they fumble it a lot. They both also admit to making faults, but it takes them quite sometime to get there. But of course, the most interesting dynamic throughout the book was between Dallas and Carson, they really are just friends. Carson doesn’t want to date anyone because he is dedicated to the team and getting a scholarship. Dallas learned her lesson from Levi and doesn’t want to date another football guy. Even though Carson is perfect for her, the fact he’s a football player drives her crazy and makes her throw her arms at him.

There was nothing particluarly horrible about this novel, I just am not interested in ever re-reading it. Basically how I feel about most New Adult novels.

 


17558817Be with Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Audio from Library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star (3.5)
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not… – Goodreads

Review:

Teresa’s life has never been the same since she kissed Jase. The problem is that Jase is her brother’s BFF and she knows better than to fuck up that friendship. But her she had an injury that fucked up her dance career and Teresa doesn’t know what her life is anymore. But what she is able to do is call Jase on his bullshit, particularly when he says that he was drunk for the event. I love that Teresa calls him on his bullshit.

I also enjoy that Lynn does not shy away from hard issues that so many New Adult novels try to touch on, but often fail. In Be With Me we have relationship abuse. Not only from a previous experience with Teresa, but also with one of Teresa’ friends. There is also Jase’s secret which is huge but doesn’t change Teresa’s opinion on Jase..at all. Which isn’t at all what he was expecting.

It was also nice and sweet to be reunited with the characters from the previous book in the series. What I didn’t expect was them to steal the show, which doesn’t bode well for Teresa and Jase. But when Teresa and Jase where in their own little world? Oh my heart.

This wasn’t an easy book to read. There was a lot  that happened in Be With Me from Teresa’s personal backstory, to her roommate’s story. This is what New Adult novels should be. This could have been a super predictable novel which bored me. But it was more than that. It worked, it tugged at your heart strings, it was one of the few realistic NA novels that I have read. I can’t actually wait to read more in this series.


24600366Trade Me (Cyclone #1) by Courtney Milan
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Publisher: Selfpublished
Source: Netgalley
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Technology. But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.

To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.

But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart…but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life. – Goodreads

Review:

Tina Chen just wants to survive. She wants more than $10 to her name, and wants her parents to not worry about money. What she doesn’t have any time for is the guy in her intro class who has so much money he barely knows how much he goes through each day. He doesn’t even see Tina which is highlighted when he hits a puddle and covers Tina.

Of course there is more to the uber rich and sexy Blake Reynolds. He does see Tina, he’s always seen Tina and always had a thing for her. But knows he never would have a chance with Tina. Which is true, and Tina states this when he tries to talk to her. She doesn’t have time for him. She barely has time to sleep. But slowly Blake and Tina talk and realize the other has what the other one has, and why don’t they trade lives. What’s the worse that could happen?

What the two don’t expect is how well it does work and how they slowly become friends. They start to trust each other with their backgrounds and even their future. They start to fall for each other even though that is honestly the last thing either one of them wants. Tina is still just trying to tread water and survive and Blake doesn’t want to have a nervous breakdown before he takes over his family’s company.

What I found most fascinating was not only the romantic relationship that Milan is known for writing, but the family relationships that she is capable of writing. Both family relationships could be seen as not normal. Tina is constantly assisting her parents, even though they don’t need her help. Blake and his father yell “asshole” to each other and other various swear words to each other to show love. The two of them come from such differing backgrounds that it’s easy to see why Tina never thought they stood a chance.

I fully believe if anyone but Milan wrote this novel it would not have worked. Milan made this story work and made me wanting more.


20958246Wild (The Ivy Chronicles #3)  by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: November 18, 2014.
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Library
Rating: starstarblank_starblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.– Goodreads

Review:

*sigh* I know that I stated I had problems with the first two books in the series, but I was fine completing the trilogy. I was happy to! And while I enjoyed Wild more then the previous first two books in the series, however, I still found aspects of it problematic. For example, 18 year old Hunter enjoys going to a sex club and is extremely popular in said sex club. I have no problem with sex clubs, I have no problems with people finding themselves, I have problems with Hunter almost being the head of the sex club and full of said confidence. I understand that Hunter had to grow up quickly; however, if Jordan would have aged him to be 20 or 21 it would have been more believeable.

Jordan still knows how to write sexy confident sex scenes, but, there was none of that confidence in other parts of this book. Georgia is extremely wishy-washy with how she treats Hunter, and there are a lot of loose ends throughout Wild that never got picked up again. From Georgia’s internship and the love of the guitar, to how she tried to convince everyone she was fine when she was anything but fine. My problem with this whole series has been the fact that while Jordan writes extremely amazing and sexy scenes, the quality of that writing doesn’t seem to carry through the novel.

I never felt that the characters were real, they felt extremely cardboard to me, and reminded me why I should not read NA books.