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‘Wallbanger’ by Alice Clayton 4/5

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Synopsis

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…

Review

Caroline: witty, strong, single and missing her ‘O’, has just moved into a new apartment for a fresh start. She then discovers that her neighbour’s bedroom is a thin wall away from hers. As she has never met this neighbour, but knows him so well from his nightly activities with different women, Caroline nicknames him ‘Wallbanger’, and guessing by the title of the book you know that he will soon be involved in this story.

As Caroline’s sleepless nights go on, I found myself wanting to know more about ‘Wallbanger’. Especially what he looks like, and so does Caroline. Soon Caroline is fed up of her sleepless nights and her missing ‘O’. The only way she can stop her jealousy of woman achieving theirs every night with her mysterious neigbour is to go tell him to be quiet and this is how we meet Simon. At first the two don’t get along very well at first but soon decide to call a truce and become friends.

With their witty banter and lots of baking, they soon become almost inseparable and desperate to see one another after Simon has been away on business but they are still just friends. Although we all know they like one another from the tension that is felt whenever they are together. It soon becomes a game of will they, won’t they. Allow written well, I still feel like it dragged on a little longer than I would liked.

In the end they finally get together. Not leaving enough for us to see them as a couple, but I’m happy to know that their will be a sequel out in June of this year that will focus on their new relationship.

Buy this for Kindle at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wallbanger-Alice-Clayton-ebook/dp/B00BEH3B0Y/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

‘When It Rains’ by Lisa De Jong 5/5

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Synopsis

One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

Again.

Review

I genuinely believe that my heart broke while I was reading this book. ‘When It Rains@ is so beautifully written, that you can feel every emotion that Kate, the main character, feels. I feel like this book is about finding hope again, when you thought it was gone forever, and how one person can change your life. Two people in this case. One who destroys it and the other who rebuilds it.

After a terrible incident that happens to Kate, a happy, outgoing, high school girl, we are skipped on two years. This isn’t the same Kate anymore. She has pushed everyone out of her life. She doesn’t like to leave her house unless it’s for work or with her only friend Beau.

Beau and Kate have been neighbors since they were five and because of this they know everything about each other, except Kate hasn’t told him, or anyone, what happened to her two years ago and because of this it causes Kate to turn Beau down when he confesses his love for her just before he leaves for college. When he leaves Kate is left by herself with only her job, at a diner, to give her something to do…until Asher walks in. Asher is what Kate needs so that she can have hope again.

I kind of felt annoyed when Kate started to fall for Asher. Only because I wanted her to be with Beau. I think it was because the whole idea of next-door neighbor sweethearts. However, as the love between Kate and Asher grows I fall too.

Then we are hit with a twist I don’t think anyone could see coming. I will not spoil it for anyone as I think you will only capture the raw emotions I felt reading first hand.

‘When It Rains’ is now in my top 5 favorite books. I cannot honestly think of anything I disliked about this read. It’s one of those books that stays with you after you’ve turned the last page.

 

Buy on Amazon (Kindle) here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-It-Rains-Lisa-Jong-ebook/dp/B00FG9CI0K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384119342&sr=8-1&keywords=when+it+rains+lisa+de+jong

“Wait For You” by J. Lynn 5/5

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Synopsis

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

 

Review

I like when books dive straight in within the first chapter or so. Saves time looking for that hook to pull you in and this book kicks off right at the start when Avery runs into Cam. Literally.

Avery has a dark past that holds her back from what/who she really wants. Friendships/relationships and even just socializing by going to parties, Avery’s past is always in her way.

Cam is a cocky guy, but in a good way. He  is confident but not in a flashy way. I’d say he was comfortable being himself. I like this trait in a guy. He isn’t afraid to put himself out there. Which he does for Avery.

Cam starts to fall for Avery immediately, and after being assigned her partner in astronomy class, he decides to ask her out. And she says no. That doesn’t stop Cam from asking her again at least twice a week for three months.

The only problem is, Avery can’t see past…well…her past. Having been through a traumatic incident five years ago and having parents that, as the reader, you want to slap in the face, you can’t blame Avery from being a little scared.

However, Cam is ready to take her hand and guide her through everything that is in her way to move on from the incident holding her back on becoming the person she wants to be.

Of course this book contains the ups and downs of all the usual crap relationships have, but ‘Wait For You’ just feels different. It pulls you in to a point where you are living the experience with the characters. You’re wanting them to make it and you’re wanting them to trust one another about their pasts that you’re shouting at the book.

If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend ‘Wait For You’. It’s one of those books that when you finish, you let out a breath and feel satisfied that you took the time to read it.

Man Candy Monday

Will Cooper

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Will Cooper

My Man Candy this week has to be Will Cooper from the ‘Slammed’ series by Colleen Hoover.

Over the past couple days I have been addicted to this series. I honestly cannot get enough.

Will Cooper is the main guy in this series and everything you would want in one. He is tall, dark haired Michigan man. He comes into the story when Layken (the main character whose eyes we see the story through) moves across the street. He has a love of writing poetry which to me is something that makes me weak at the knees. Through his poetry we also see that he isn’t afraid to share his emotions, which is kind of a helpful trait in guys. I think with him being so open hearted throughout the series really makes me fall for him.

I’m currently reading the third book in the series called ‘This Girl’ and by the way I have been absorbed into these books it will probably be finished by tonight. I think that to create a great book series like Hoover has, there needs to be a character that you don’t want to be separated from. In this book there is two. Layken and Will but mostly Will.

 

Read the first book in the series ‘Slammed’ – ebook here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Slammed-ebook/dp/B008VDJFFY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376919165&sr=1-1&keywords=slammed

‘Slammed’ By Colleen Hoover 5/5

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Synopsis

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Review

I have no idea why it took me so long to read this book. Friends of mine have been getting on at me to read this, saying ‘You will not be disappointed.’ However, I think that’s why I put it off for so long. What if I didn’t like it? And now I’m sat here, after reading what can now be described as one of my favorite books, wondering why I even bother to listen to myself.

When Layken (beautiful character name) arrives in her new town, in Michigan from Texas, she meets her neighbor Will. Of course there is chemistry, you just know that this is the guy she will fall for, and she does. Then her first day as a Senior, at her new school, she finds Will or ‘Mr Cooper’ is her teacher.

The book revolves around Slam Poetry (also known as performance poetry). It made this book really stand out for me. While reading the book and the poetry that is being performed in some scenes, I started to read the whole book as a poem. I don’t know if this is what Hoover intended (not all of it is written in the style of poetry). I think I just found the story so beautiful and the way Hoover exposes the characters reminds me of the art of poetry.

While through the struggles of this love story, with Will being Layken’s teacher, we also see her family struggles. How she copes and does not cope with certain aspects of life that fall into her path. Will not only becomes someone Layken is falling for, that she can’t have, but also her rock.  I think having him there to help her intensifies my love for them to become a couple and wishing that it could work out, if it wasn’t for him needing his job and her finishing her Senior year.

I can’t wait to read ‘Point Of Retreat’, the next book in this series, to see where their relationship leads.

Buy ‘Slammed’ for ebook here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Slammed-ebook/dp/B008VDJFFY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376857353&sr=1-1&keywords=slammed

This entry was posted on August 18, 2013. 1 Comment

‘The Secret of Ella and Micha’ by Jessica Sorensen 3/5

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Synopsis

 

Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

 

 

Review

 

Ella comes home after 8 months away. She comes back to a world she left behind. I felt that her return home could have been more dramatic than it was seeing as no one knew where she had been. I felt that the whole ordeal was brushed off within five minutes of her return.

 

The main aspect of the book was about best friends, Ella and Micha, falling in love. The should they, shouldn’t they. I felt that this went on for too long during the story and I wish to have seen them more together in a romantic relationship.

 

I felt like some scenes didn’t really do anything for the storyline. For example, the drag races. I didn’t see where they connected. Yes it does say that before Ella left she loved cars and working on them with Micha. It then says that Micha hopes this will bring her back to him but she doesn’t really do anything with the cars. She watches as Micha fixes his car with his friend Ethan and then watches him race. She does sit in the car with Micha during one race but it doesn’t really give anything towards the story.

 

I couldn’t really connect with the individual characters as their pasts where highlighted but didn’t go into much depths, with Ella’s mother being bipolar and committing suicide, and Micha’s father leaving him at a young age.

 

I did however like the relationship between Ella and Micha when they were finally together. I was happy and excited to see where it would go but the book ended before it went anywhere. Hopefully I will see more of this in the next book in the series ‘The Forever Of Ella and Micha.’ Even though I didn’t fall in love with this book I will give the second book a shot in a few weeks time.

‘The Mistake’ by Emma Lousie Dagnall 4/5

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Synopsis

A romance novel set in West Didsbury, Manchester where a bride and a groom celebrate their love on their wedding day. However, cracks begin to show. Will their happy day turn out the way they expected it? It just goes to show that brides should never keep secrets…

Review

I really love the way this book has been written. The storyline happens throughout one day, Nina and Thomas’ Wedding Day, but it also flashes back over the past 10 months, where Nina has been having an affair with Thomas’ brother Daniel.

With that kind of relationship there is a lot of drama the can unfold if found out. There is also family issues that happen which gives the book a little more than just focusing on a girl/boys relationship.

In the scene where Nina is in the hospital (you will find out why when you read this book) I felt that Dagnall did some really good research into what would go on in the type of situation that occurs. Some authors, if they write hospital scenes, skip over the medical treatment aspect. Whereas in this book I felt that I was with Nina through this time.

The book is shorter than most some but it is paced well. At the end of the novel there is such a shocking cliff hanger which leaves you wanting more.

 

buy this book : http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DDPC1UQ