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Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover

Book: Confess

tl;dr recommendation: Just grab your tissues and get ready. This emotional journey will have you begging to confess your soul.

Book Summary:

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…

Longer Review:

Colleen Hoover has an impressive ability to write an emotional story that’s fresh and new. I never want her stories to end and that’s definitely true of Confess.

Auburn and Owen just have that thing. When they’re together it’s like the completion of an electrical current. Everything just works with them together, even when the rest of the world doesn’t want them to be together. What is Auburn going to do to fix her life? A life that is out of control, not because of what she’s done, but because of what she can’t do. Owen’s life is equally in an uproar. He’s struggling to handle his past and his present and to stand firm on his beliefs. They meet each other at the most imperfect time – or is it the perfect time?

I love the artwork that’s shown in this novel. It’s beautiful and abstract and gave me, as a reader, a different level of commitment. You see one where Owen has depicted Auburn, which is incredibly awesome because while you may have a picture in your head of the characters, it’s the coolest thing to have the author sort of tell you what SHE thinks Auburn looks like (through Owen’s eyes). Loved that!

Confess is outstanding. The writing pulls you in and the story makes you want to confess every secret you’ve ever bottled up. Combining confessions with art is a marriage of perfection. What a freaking great idea, CoHo!

Colleen Hoovers’ books allow me to open myself up and be vulnerable in ways that I don’t do for anyone – but that’s the point of reading, right? To let the characters entwine their feeling with your own so you’re not quite sure where you end and they begin.

Confess reminded me why I love reading so goddamned much. Because books have a way of changing your mood and great books can change your outlook on life. Just in case you weren’t sure – Confess is a great book. It’s an exhilarating emotional journey about what happens when fate gets involved to move you from your past to your future. It’s also about Owen-Cat. Which is the coolest freaking cat name in the history of the world.

This is a Must Read and a Re-Read and an Always Read.

Reading Confess causes warmth to run through your veins and saltwater to leak from your eyes. You’ve been warned.

Review: Idle Bloom by Jewel E. Ann

Author: Jewel E. Ann

Book: Idle Bloom

tl;dr recommendation: I was quickly obsessed and consumed. #MUSTREAD

Book Summary:

“What lies beneath my veiled perfection is the ugly truth—my truth, my reality, my destiny.”

Vivian Graham has an acceptance letter into Harvard, a badass tattoo, loyal friends, ties to marijuana, a penchant for Dunkin’ Donuts, and her pesky V-card.

Everyday she takes the Red Line to her job at The Green Pot in Boston while her friends enter the coveted, black iron gates to higher learning. The ramifications from a tragic accident have put her life on hold while time marches on for everyone around her.

After graduating from Harvard Law, Boston native, Oliver Konrad, moves to Portland to start his career and his life. Three years later, after a horrific discovery, he returns home to trade in his three-piece suit for leather work boots and his suburban home for a condo in Cambridge.

All he brought back to the East Coast was an aversion to pillows and secrets he keeps hidden behind a mysterious locked door. Oliver’s days are predictable and his nights are lonely until he meets Vivian on the subway. Her long raven hair, green eyes, and mile-long legs are achingly sexy, but the way she “innocently” fingers and licks her Boston Kreme doughnut can only be described in two words—complete torture.

When their paths cross at every turn, laughter is abundant, friendship is easy, and love is unintentional. However, their future seems improbable.

Longer Review:

I am in love with this book, it’s as simple as that. The love between Oliver & Vivian is organic, fresh and inspiring. This one consumed me.

I know you’re thinking, ohhhh, it’s another book about a virgin. But really, it’s not. While that might be part of who Viv is, it most definitely does not define her. I’d say her more defining characteristics are her impeccable sass, her penchant for eating donuts in a way that will make a man hard in 2 seconds flat, her geeky intellectual ways, and her ability to show her endless love for Oli. She is seriously awesome. The only time she has a holy-fuck-let’s-break-everything-in-sight freakout, it’s majorly called for. Basically, you’ll love her.

Oli. OHMYOLI. You know something has happened when he was in Portland since you know, he’s no longer practicing law (MY FUCKING HERO), he hasn’t had sex in three years, and he’s working with his brother’s landscaping business. However, you have no idea what that is. It will grate on you. It will consume you. But I promise, you find out and your heart will fracture.

For two people who are both not planning on dating, they each fail to stick to their plans. There’s something about them together that works so perfectly. Both of them are damaged in ways that they can’t change, but they also accept each other without any reservations. No matter what. No take backs. It’s unsurprising that after Viv drops her V card she turns into a horny teenager. I mean, Oli is fucking hot. The two of them…oh god. These are some of the most arousing scenes I have ever EVER fucking read. I mean, which do we pick? The intellectual glasses-and-dress-shirt scene? Or the boots-only fantasy? or the thanksgiving day phone sex? or the office-bad-client-afternoon-quickie? I need to stop typing, I’m getting a little warm.

Nevertheless, when Oli is forced to face his problems head on, both he and Viv attempt to keep themselves together for the short-term so that they can be together for the long-term. I could feel the connection between them in my bones. Every time they tell each other how they feel they cut straight through the bullshit. This book has everything I look for in a romance novel and more. In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a little bit in love with Jewel E. Ann. *buys all of her books*

Blog Tour: Only for Her by Cristin Harber

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The second installment in the Only series. Must read book one first!!

First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he’ll make it right with his girl.

All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it’s all blank.

Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life’s been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.

It’s him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can’t figure out if I’ve been destroyed or set free. The him that… is… dead.

He’s back with one objective–Emma Kingsley–and she never sees it coming.

Only for Her, Only #2
The novella series will release in its entirety this spring.

FIND MY REVIEW HERE [spoiler alert: I love this story]

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Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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Review: Only For Her by Cristin Harber

Author: Cristin Harber

Book: Only For Her (#2) – releasing on 3/17/15! YOU NEED THIS.

Other Books in Series:

Only For Him (#1) – read my review here
Only For Us (#3) – the conclusion to come soon!

tl;dr recommendation: The sweet kisses, fumbling fingers and rasping voices are perfection. I need Book 3 like yesterday.

Book Summary:

First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he’ll make it right with his girl.

*All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it’s all blank.*

Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life’s been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.

*It’s him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can’t figure out if I’ve been destroyed or set free. The him that… is… dead.*

He’s back with one objective—Emma Kingsley—and she never sees it coming.

Longer Review:

I may have stopped everything to read this because this novella series is explosively addicting. Remember when I told you after Only For Him that I found your next new serial novella addiction? Well, it was true then and it is true now.

I devoured this book like a starving puppy.

Grayson’s alive. We know that, but no one else does. We watch while Emma grieves the only man she’s ever loved and the father of her child while she simultaneously goes to school, takes care of their child and works THREE JOBS. Holy shit, Emma is superwoman. Not kidding. She’s working her ass off to make a better life for her daughter and I could not commend her more. When Grayson reappears in her life, things get complicated, but they’re also so simple. He loves her, she loves him. They can do this, right?

The years may not have been good to Grayson, but they’ve stripped him of all pretenses. He’s all honesty, all the time and I was eating it up. His determination to fix all that is wrong with him and Emma is adorable and incredibly endearing. I mean, the text he sent Emma SLAYED ME. I love them together even more than after reading Only for Him – *swoon*

This story is perfection. Cristin pulls you in, makes you love the characters as deeply as they love each other and leaves you off with a cliffhanger that makes you grasp the air for more. I love love love this story and Cristin’s writing. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. #MorePlease

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

Review: The Empire State Series by Louise Bay

Author: Louise Bay

Books: 

A Week in New York
Autumn in London
New Year in Manhattan

Series: The Empire State <— buy the bundle here

tl;dr recommendation: no bullshit romance? I was a goner from the first pages.

Book Summaries:

Anna Kirby is sick of dating. She’s tired of heartbreak. Despite being smart, sexy, and funny, she’s a magnet for men who don’t deserve her.

A week’s vacation in New York is the ultimate distraction from her most recent break-up, as well as a great place to meet a stranger and have some summer fun. But to protect her still-bruised heart, fun comes with rules. There will be no sharing stories, no swapping numbers, and no real names. Just one night of uncomplicated fun.

Super-successful serial seducer Ethan Scott has some rules of his own. He doesn’t date, he doesn’t stay the night, and he doesn’t make any promises.

It should be a match made in heaven. But rules are made to be broken.

The Empire State Series comprises the novellas A Week in New York, Autumn in London and New Year in Manhattan.

Longer Review:

This serial series is fan-fucking-tastic. No bullshit.

Anna and Ethan are two lawyers who negotiate their way into your heart. Funny thing is that while they do it, neither of them know what the other does for a living. And that’s a good thing, because I promise you that reading about lawyering would be boring as fuck – and reading about these two is anything BUT boring. Anna and Ethan heat up the pages until they burst into flames.

I’m not being biased because it’s about lawyers, I swear (although I am curious how they stay awake all day after the nightly romps. I NEED THE SECRET) but this series is really great. Anna does her fair share of work on Ethan’s briefs, and the way she works it, she’ll soon make partner. (god, MY PUNS WON’T QUIT). Basically, there’s a hella lot of sex in this book – and these scenes are written well! Get it, girl.

It was just supposed to be a one night stand. Anna was looking for an escape from her loser (and crazy) ex boyfriend who she left in London and, well, Ethan only ever does one night stands. Anna creates rules – no real names, no personal information…only sex. Ethan’s more than agreeable as those are usually HIS lines. And that works, until it doesn’t.

Quickly Ethan is the one who breaks his rules. He starts to blur those lines and then straight out crosses them. The journey between these two may span an ocean and two continents, but it’s so much bigger than that. You could feel their love, desire and (at times) disappointment sweep through you. The straightforward dialogue was incredibly refreshing….and so were the texts & phone calls. YES YES YES.

This story needs to be shared, read, and worshipped. Ethan’s a dirty talker AND sweet talker. Both Anna and I both ate it right up. They both start their relationship on shaky ground – Anna because she’s never felt like this before and is afraid to get attached….and Ethan because not only has he never felt this way before but he’s also never had a relationship before. And they each try to find their footing. They try to live in the moment as much as they can and worry about the future later…which is great, until the future stares them in the face.

As Anna & Ethan navigate these uncharted waters and the distance that grows between them, can they learn to open up & begin to really live….together? You want to know, trust me – you do.

This story is the perfect mix of dirty, sweet and sexy. Must read series!!

RELEASE DAY: Only for Him by Cristin Harber!

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ONLY FOR HIM by Cristin Harber is available today! You do not want to miss volume 1 of Grayson and Emma’s epic love story!

CHECK OUT MY REVIEW HERE

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About ONLY FOR HIM

Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey–close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He’s the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She’s artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland’s “I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford” support group.

I can’t say no. The girl’s had my heart since before I knew it went missing.


He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother’s gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn’t know her power over him. She’s the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell–though he won’t.

I’m stronger, bigger, more of a man than he’ll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I’ve taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.


Until she discovers Gray’s embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it’s just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.

My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at… But, given that I didn’t see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.

Only for Him. Only series, Volume One.
All novellas will release Spring 2015.

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Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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BLOG TOUR, Review & Giveaway: Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat by Daisy Prescott


I’m so excited to host the release day launch for Daisy Prescott’s Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat!! Daisy is sharing an excerpt with us, and a fantastic giveaway, so be sure to read all the way down to check out all the release day excitement!! TC teaser protective

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tl;dr recommendation: Hilarious, sexy & endearing – five stars!

Book Summary:

I, Thomas Clifford Donnely, am a manwhore.

I’ve been told I’m irresistible to women. Like catnip for a different type of pussy-cat. I guess you could call me a Tom Cat.

This is the story about how I lost my wingman, broke all my own rules, and found myself falling in love.

Tom Donnelly isn’t the marrying kind, or the dating kind. Even after losing his #1 wingman to love, he doesn’t see the point in relationships. When his sister’s best friend returns to Whidbey Island and propositions Donnelly for a one-night stand, he breaks one of his biggest rules—no fooling around with his sisters’ friends. It’s just sex, nothing more. That’s what Tom does and does well.

What happens when “just sex” isn’t enough?

Hailey King is more than a match for Tom’s flirtations. She’s known him most of her life and has heard the rumors about his “skills” for years. When her perfectly planned future falls apart, will the last man she should ever fall for turn out to be more than a one-night stand?

Longer Review:

This book made me laugh out loud! With his wit, charm & dimples, I immediately fell in love with Tom (like every other woman out there). Simply put, Tom is a player. He’s not looking for a long commitment and he makes that fact very clear to every woman he sleeps with. He’s a one night stand kind of guy, or a few times more if you can handle a no strings attached kind of fuck. He lives on a fairly small island and I’m a little surprised that he hasn’t slept his way completely through it yet…

But then he meets Hailey – or shall I say, he re-meets Hailey, his sister’s best friend who just moved back home. Not only is Hailey off limits because he’s his sister’s best friend, but she’s also engaged, and that’s one line that Tom won’t cross. But when Hailey breaks off the engagement and literally throws herself at Tom, he’s not a man to deny a woman in need….The sex between then is so explosive that it starts to break open the walls that Tom has built around his heart. Even though he’s trying to keep things casual, his heart has other plans.

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Hailey’s not a pushover by any stretch of the imagination. She can handle the boys – and Tom. She’s strong, independent and sarcastic. Basically, she’s awesome. She doesn’t fall apart when things get hard and you quickly realize that if any woman is going to tame Tom, it’s Hailey. While Tom keeps feelings out of the equation with his relationships, he certainly isn’t cold. His love for his family is undeniable and I loved seeing his softer side as he deals with family drama.

I absolutely loved this book. The writing is great and I was easily swept away in this story. I mean, Tom named his boat The Master Baiter, WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE?! If you need a fun, funny, endearing read, then you must pick this one up immediately!

[I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review]

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Before writing bestselling contemporary adult romances, I dreamed of being an author while doing a lot of other things. Antiques dealer, baker, blue ribbon pie-maker, fangirl, freelance writer, gardener, pet mom and wife are a few of the other titles I’ve acquired over the years.

Born and raised in San Diego, I currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with my husband, our dog Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat.

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Review: The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons

Author: L.B. Simmons

Book: The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller

tl;dr recommendation:  Wow. Uplifting and heartbreaking, this is a phenomenal contemporary romance that you must read.

Book Summary:

Death.

For some, it’s simply one of life’s certainties, nothing more. For others, it’s merely a fleeting thought, one often overshadowed by the reckless delusion that they have been blessed with the gift of immortality.

For Aubrey Miller, death is the definition of her very existence. Overcome with the guilt resulting from the loss of her beloved family, she alters her appearance from the once beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed little girl to that of one shrouded in complete darkness, enveloping herself in her own unbreakable fortress of solitude as a form of protection for others.

As she enters her first year of college, her goal is simple: Earn a degree with the least amount of social interaction as possible. What she never anticipates is the formation of very unlikely relationships with two people who will change her life in ways she never believed possible: Quinn Matthews, the boisterous former pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend from her past who never really let her go.

Over the years, as their connections intertwine and grow, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three…

But when death painfully reemerges, Aubrey is lost once again, burying herself deeper than ever before inside the familiar fortification of her fears.

Will the refuge of friendship, the solidarity of life-long bonds, and the power of unconditional love be enough to do the impossible?

Will they be enough to finally bring about…

The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller?

Longer Review:

Aubrey Miller – or Raven as she likes to be called – has dealt with death one too many times for her taste. So much so that she believes that she’s basically the harbinger of death. If anyone gets too close, they’re at risk. So she shuts herself off from everyone and everything. She filters her world through her cat-eye contacts and only lets in what she thinks can’t hurt her or anyone else. That all changes though when she steps onto the campus of Titan University. Her freshman year of college starts to chip away at years of self-protection and all is going well until shit starts to hit the fan. And by shit, i mean LIFE.

This book is amazing. I really wasn’t expecting to be so affected by it, but I am. I absolutely loved watching as Aubrey began to shed Raven and come into herself and when she began to revert back to her old ways I loudly protested. I think I could easily relate to this story because it addresses so many issues that people experience (or know others who experience) throughout their lives. Eating disorders, fucked up childhoods, and distorted self-perception are just a few of the serious issues that L.B. Simmons forces you to face. And I loved it – absolutely loved it.

Let’s not forget to talk about Kaeleb. He’s basically the most wonderful man in the universe. The wooing didn’t even have to begin with him – he had me immediately. The relationship between Kaeleb and Aubrey is deep and well developed. I felt that I knew them both and I was definitely cheering for them to TOTALLY GET MARRIED a la Quinn.

This book has so many feels in it I lost count. It’s such an unbelievable moving story of loss, love and acceptance. It’s about how to LIVE and be okay with living. These words didn’t just leap off the pages, they seeped into my bones and flipped the light on in my soul. IT’S SO SO GOOD.

If you’re looking for something to warm you up inside, grab this one. It’s like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. #MustRead kids. go get it now.

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

Author Bio:

L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science.  She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years.  She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.

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#DrunkReading, The Hangover Review: Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens

Author:  S.C. Stephens

Book: Thoughtful – coming soon on February 24, 2015! PRE ORDER NOW.

Series: Thoughtless

Other Books in Series:

Thoughtless – CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR $.99!!! HOLY SHIT.
Effortless
Reckless

I reviewed those here. Go ahead, get caught up. I’ll wait….

What did I drink?: a bottle of Chardonnay. It was from Australia. IT WAS FATE.

How do I feel?: fine. apparently that’s what happens when you drink the whole bottle before 8pm & then stop drinking.

Book Summary:

In Thoughtless, Kiera told her story. Now it’s time to hear from the sexy rock star who captivated us all . . .

The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything . . .
Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting-smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction . . . until Kiera’s own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing-he won’t let Kiera go without a fight.

Review:

Seeing this story through Kellan’s eyes was so much more difficult than I had imagined. S.C. Stephens packs this book with layers of emotion that get peeled back with each page. I had no idea of the depth of Kellan’s feelings…when they began…and how they took shape. This book gives you all of those answers and I understood Kellan from a place that I hadn’t before.

Thoughtful is everything you were hoping it to be and *double bonus* we get the story without being in Kiera’s head! Sorry, I had to. Kellan’s head is so much sexier anyway. The storyline follows Thoughtless pretty closely, which was fantastic, although I was a little concerned with where SC Stephens was going to leave us. Don’t worry, you get an ending you’re ok with! *deep breaths*

I loved learning how Kellan felt in each pivotal scene: i.e. the Expresso Stand Scene (HOLY SHIT), the car scene, the club scene, & the parking lot scene to name a few. And each one gutted me a little bit more. The emotional connection that I already felt with Kellan deepened substantially with each page. I was hurting for him. I was rooting for him. I was hating Kiera (ok, that part’s not new). It was really lucky I had that bottle of wine nearby. Perhaps they should package a bottle of wine with each book. Because, necessary. I AM NOT EXAGGERATING.

I was trying to update and share my feelings while reading, but I couldn’t give anything that didn’t sound like I was going through a gut-wrenching emotional breakdown. Which, is understandable, because that’s what this book reduced me to. However, it’s not a bad thing. Thoughtful is supposed to be intense and make you a little bit uncomfortable. Seeing these events reflected through different eyes challenged my views on the whole situation. Even though Kellan has been with countless woman, he has a new innocence when it comes to Kiera. It’s adorably sweet….

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Thoughtful is the perfect addition to the Thoughtless series. It’s an insightful and emotional journey through Kellan Kyle’s eyes that you absolutely must jump on. Kellan’s vulnerability, strength, and inner struggle are worth the day or so you’ll lose when you read this book – PROMISE. So so good, S.C. Stephens hit this one out of the park.

{I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. THANK YOU.}

Review: Only For Him by Cristin Harber

Author: Cristin Harber

Book: Only For Him – PRE ORDER NOW – Releasing February 24, 2015

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tl;dr recommendation: Hi, let me introduce you to your newest serial novella addiction. You’ll thank me.

Book Summary:

Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey–close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He’s the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She’s artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland’s I Dream of  Dating Grayson Ford support group.

I can’t say no. The girl’s had my heart since before I knew it went missing.

He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother’s gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn’t know her power over him. She’s the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell–though he won’t.

I’m stronger, bigger, more of a man than he’ll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I’ve taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.

Until she discovers Gray’s embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him, for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it’s just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.

My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at… But, given that I didn’t see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.

EXCERPT

“What are we doing?”
His side touches my side. “I’m memorizing what takes me away. What saves me.”
“You’ve—” My whispering voice cracks, but I don’t care how I sound. I’m toeing the cusp of all I ever wanted.
“We’re done ignoring us.” His hand cups my face, fingers stroking my cheeks down to my chin. When my lips part, his eyes drop to my mouth, focusing on my lips.
I’ve been kissed. Dates. Dares. However they’ve happened, I’ve had a few solid moments of PG-rated hookups. *Nothing* I have *ever* experienced has *anything* on this moment, and Gray’s lips haven’t even touched mine.

REVIEW

This novella is fantastic but it definitely leaves you with a MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER. I’m dying to know what’s next. I’m screaming at Emma not to do what I think she’s going to do, I’m holding out hope that the truth will come out about Grayson. I love these two so much & we’ve only just been introduced. Oh, I’m definitely addicted.

Emma and Grayson’s love story starts out so innocently. Best friends for their entire life, they each secretly harbored feelings for the other, until the day that Grayson decides that he just can’t keep pretending. He fantasizes about Emma in such a pure way that my heart was literally squeezing as he talks about her. He holds her up to such a high standard that he believes himself to be unworthy. Whereas Emma can’t believe that Grayson would ever be interested in her – the best friend. The artsy, outdoorsy, non-cheerleadery, friend. Emma has a little fire in her and is definitely stronger than she appears.

As they come together, you will not be able to stop the feels. This story is explosive, real, heartwarming and pretty freaking hot. I’m already itching for the next in the series & when it arrives I’ll be parking my tissue box next to me…

(I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

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