Friday, September 19, 2014

Stay with Me by J. Lynn Review

Expected Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks 
Format: ARC
Page Count: 438 pages
Source: Author
Series: Wait for You #3


Synopsis:

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.


Review:

I know I'm a hardcore Wait for You fan but this is a close second. I loved Calla and Jax's story. 

This was definitely much more intense and had more action than any other book in the series. Reason for this is that this deals with drugs and intense subjects. The main character Calla, introduced in Be With Me, hasn't done that many things with her life. When she finds out her mother, Mona cleaned stolen her college funds and applied multiple credit cards with her name on it, she is forced to go back to her small town. Problem is, when she tries to confront her, she is skipped town, leaving Calla in debt. At her mom's bar, she meets a hot bartender named Jackson (Jax). 

Because of her relation with Mona, the people her mom owes and acquainted with is now targeting her. From the moment Calla and Jax first met he tries and help Calla find her mom and protects her while at it too. 

I love the relationship with Calla and Jax. Jax is a former Marine and with that, he is fiercely protective. He doesn't care what the consequences are, he WILL protect Calla and wants her safe. Not only he's protective but he's very trustworthy. All the things he tell Calla are the truth but she has doubted him a few times. One of the things I loved about him is how he would always make sure Calla is on the same page as him and throughout the book he tells her how much he wants her and complements her. 

I understand that Calla can be a little insecure around people and sometimes even around Jax because of the long scar she has. But thank god Jax is a patient man. He's really different from the other leading male characters in the series. To be honest here, Cam and Jase has some big competition here because Jax is one hot piece of meat and his personality is such a turn on and it has me thinking, why can't most guys be like him?

This book is pretty big compared with the other books but it goes by so fast because I could not stop reading it. Jennifer L. Armentrout gets better and better with every book she writes. I really recommend people to read this book and series. I wonder who's story is next.

ARC provided by the author

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*Side note: While reading this, I could not stop singing 'Stay with Me' by Sam Smith

Monday, September 15, 2014

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Expected Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: ARC
Page Count: 446 pages
Source: Author
Series: The Dark Elements #2


Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…


Review:

Jennifer L. Armentrout did it again and made an AMAZING sequel with just about everything that makes it perfect and a page turner!

I mentioned this before for sure but I will say this again, I have a love-hate relationship with Jennifer. I love how she creates these beautiful complex characters that everyone falls in love with but then she HAS to have something ruin my happiness. It's just WHY CAN'T I JUST BE HAPPY FOR A MOMENT! Now we all have to wait for another year for the last and final book. Ugh, Jennifer DX!!

Layla is still trying to figure out where she belongs with all the chaotic things happening around her. Her adoptive gargoyle family doesn't trust her because of the whole half demon, half gargoyle thing still and the only person who accepted for what she was is gone... or so might she thought.

There is so much I want to say about this book, but can't. I can't give anything away because of obvious reasons but I will say, lots of things happened in this man! Lots of it and drama. Then there's Jennifer who will throw you up mentally and emotionally. This especially happened with the whole Zayne vs Roth ordeal. I mean, now I can see how people are torn between the two of them but I'm still a hardcore fan for one and ONLY ONE of them.

To be honest, whoever she chooses, either way, there will be tears and heartbreak. I actually cried -a lot, maybe half the book. Now that Layla's love life is in our hands I REALLY hope she ends up with my choice. Again, either way, whoever she chooses, either one is a good choice for Layla. So it's basically 50/50.

Remember my last review on the first book where I said, "This ending ran me over, reversed, and crushed me..."? Yeah well this ending punched my face and knocked me out. It's just... THAT. ENDING. THOUGH. I know, it doesn't help or give any hints at what may happen. I guess you all have to go read it for yourselves.

ARC provided by the author

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Untouchable by Dewayne Haslett Review

Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Lulu
Format: ARC
Page Count: 220 pages
Source: Author
Series: Invincible #2


Synopsis:

After everything he’s been through—realizing he is an alien, being thrown into the middle of an intergalactic war, and finding true love—you’d think Troy Connor would at least be happy with his new life. But as it turns out, nothing is going well for him. As new obstacles begin to arise, Troy must decide whether to hold on to his responsibilities as the heroic Lion-Man, or to throw it all away for a normal life.

Review:

Like the last book, it's still very fast paced.

So now Troy is finally sixteen and his adventures continue after the big revelation from Invincible. He is still living with Brad aka his Dad now, and friends with Jack. But what's missing? Taylor. Taylor and Troy are no longer together but maybe that'll change throughout the story, maybe it won't.

What I noticed while reading this, the plot and how it flows is actually pretty simple. Like the structure of it goes in orderly with added details and boom, you have the book. This might probably be the reason why it's such a fast paced book and a quick read -well for me. 

This series gives me a sort of comic book / super hero vibe. Technicality it should give me an intergalactic feel to it due to the fact of what Troy really is but nope. The first thing that would come into my head about this is super heroes.

The ending for this does give you a resolved feeling but there's still some stuff that still lingers and will continue in book three.

Overall I'm happy how this turned out but maybe the characters in the beginning got on my nerves but still. I recommend it!

ARC provided by the author

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