Review: Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry

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Loving Mr. Daniels
by Brittainy C. Cherry

coffeesynopsisdTo Whom it May Concern,

It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.

It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.

It was ours.

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels.

-Ashlyn Jennings

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LovingDanielsMeet Ashlyn Jennings.
Her mother didn’t love her. Her father left her when she was a child. Her sister was the only one got. But then she died when cancer took over. She’s got no one else now.

Meet Daniel Daniels.
His brother was involved with gangs and drugs. His mother died in the arms of those thugs. His father succumbed to death next. Then his girlfriend died after a car accident. He’s got no one else now.

Then she saw him. Standing from a distance. Inside a train. He had the most beautiful blue eyes she had ever seen. And in those deep blue eyes, she drowned with his voice, his music, his passion, his life.

His eyes were so blue and filled with interest. For a second, I thought they were a passageway to a different world.
Beautiful.
Breathtaking.
Brilliant.
Blue eyes.
I sighed. Maybe there were a passageway to a better world.

He couldn’t forget her. He found her reading a Shakespeare book inside a train. Her gorgeous green eyes captivated him. And in those soulful green eyes, he fell into the deep abyss of her life, her books, her intelligence, her life.

“I was lost, but so were they.
There were no maps to be found.
At least I wasn’t walking alone.”

Little did they knew that they were bound to see each other again. In school. He was the teacher. She was the student. They both had miserable lives. They both lost the ones they love. They were both hurting and trying to move on. When they met, their worlds collide. The world couldn’t have been more unfair. The world couldn’t have come at a swell time.

I don’t know why, but everytime I read a book that involves musicians and family drama, I am easily reminded of Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday. And when I encounter a book fulfilling bucket lists, A Walk to Remember immediately comes to my mind. These books happened to be my Top 2 Favorite Books of all time. But now, after Loving Mr. Daniels, I think I can safely declare that this is going to be the best book I’ve read in 2015 and one that I would never forget in a long time. Maybe this would be my Top 3!

“You know what I like about you so far?”
“What’s that?”
“Everything.”

Yes, absolutely everything. I loved everything in this book. From the characters, to the tragedies, to the bucket list, to the Shakespearean quotes, to the music and lyrics, to the gut-wrenching emotions, to the forbidden love affair, to the oh-so-sweet moments to the break-ups, to the real-life family drama.

“I don’t want to be your friend. I want to be yours, I want you to be mine, and I hate that we can’t be us. Because I think we were meant to be us.”

I think Brittainy Cherry is meant to write this book. I applaud her for effortlessly making me cry. I love a good book that always make me cry. As in a really ugly cry. The kind of cry that would need a lot of hankies or rolls of tissues. The kind of cry that will leave you sobbing, breathless, sniffing and crying all over again. I immediately got lost in Ms. Cherry’s world, and I had a hard time finding the way out. Loving Mr. Daniels is totally worth pouring one’s heart out.

Now, I’m going to read Art & Soul, Ms. Cherry’s other blockbuster novel, in the next few days. I can’t wait!

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Review: Till I Kissed You by Laura Trentham

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Till I Kissed You (Cottonbloom #3)
by Laura Trentham

officialsynopRegan Lovell grew up on the wealthy Mississippi side of Cottonbloom—and now, as mayor, she’s determined to save it from the fate of so many small towns. Part of her plan to help the local economy is the Labor Day tomato festival. If only she wasn’t being undermined by Sawyer Fournette, who’s planning a crayfish-themed celebration on the Louisiana side of the river on the very same weekend. The pranks and sabotage are getting out of hand, and she’s had it with him—no matter how much she enjoyed those stolen hours in his truck bed, so many years ago…

Sawyer knows that Regan’s never forgiven him for breaking her heart—but despite his reputation as a low-class swamp rat, he’d never hurt the woman who still secretly drives him crazy with desire. Someone in Cottonbloom has it out for her, though, and Sawyer intends to watch her back…and the rest of her too, if she can ever let go of her distrust. But will a common enemy be enough to unite them—and finally fulfill the promises they made one passionate night under the stars?

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Mayor Regan Lovell was doing everything she could to help her people as they strove to make things successful for an upcoming Labor Day festival. They were on the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom and they knew they gotta beat the other side of the river to win.

But when things started getting out of hand, like threatening letters, fire in the gazebo or trashed tomato gardens, Regan thought there was only one person who would likely do that. Sawyer Fournette. The man she had loved eleven years ago. The man who broke her heart. The man who still made her knees weak after all those years.

Sawyer still couldn’t forget the woman who held his heart. He and Regan had a sour past and he wanted it to end. But how could he start something new with her when she believed he was responsible for all the sabotage that was happening in her turf. Would he ever gain her trust again?

I can’t believe this has been the end of a series. And man, it ended with a bang! I felt sad for Sawyer and his pains, I pitied Regan and her mommy issues, I devoured them both when they struggled to be together and I cried when their hopes started to fall apart.

The flow of the story was beautiful and engaging and hot. I loved all the strange feelings I felt while reading the book. The characters stepped up their games making this summer story of second chances a really great read. Till I Kissed You was able to deliver one heck of a punch to my heart and sent me flying over the river. I didn’t think it would end like this. I was thoroughly surprised by the turn of events and I loved it. Had me teary eyed, even. Laura Trentham has clearly outdone herself with this last book. Yay!

My Rating:

5cups

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Review: Imperfect Love by Isabella White

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Imperfect Love (4ever #1)
by Isabella White
Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published July 27th 2015 by Fire Quill Publishing

officialsynopAt 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. Everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sinclair, just a week before Holly is set to walk down the aisle.

Attempting to recover from his betrayal, Holly swears off the affections of men in order to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life. Unfortunately, meeting Jake ‘Hooligan’ Peters is not part of her plan. The tall, dark-haired and handsome as hell med student, sweeps Holly away from the pain of her past and reveals to her the bright future that lays ahead. That is, until she falls pregnant just as Jake begins his internship at P&E; his family’s hospital.

Will this love at first sight lead her to the fairytale she has always craved? Or, will she fall victim to a betrayal of the heart yet again?

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A week before their wedding, Holly discovered that her fiance Brandon Morgan had and still have a clandestine affair with Donna Sinclair. Holly’s formidable enemy. Fed up of his promises and lies, she broke up with him and abandoned their wedding. And because Brandon was an a-hole, he actually pushed through with the nuptials, but with the slutty Donna as his bride. Idiot!

Holly swore off guys from then on. A blind date gone wrong sealed her decision to forget about men and dating and marriage. But she didn’t expect Jake Peters to come along. Punching and probably breaking another idiot’s nose one night in camp brought Holly to Jake’s care and before she knew it, she already fell for him and broke her rule to never fall in love again. Bummer!

Life’s a peach with Jake, Holly soon discovered. But of course, it wasn’t always red roses and dining feasts, especially after she met Jake’s mother. Dr. Mara Peters was so overprotective of her son even though Jake was already of age and was already a practicing neurologist. His mom didn’t want anything nor anyone to interfere with her son’s success. Holy cow!

A whirlwind yet definitely romantic love affair, complete with surprise dinner dates and flowers cemented Holly’s love for Jake. Until she soon found herself clinging for dear life when they discovered she was carrying his child. Mommy Mara was none too pleased. Tsk. Tsk.

As much I want to continue with the story, I have to stop. Divulging more of their tragic will only result to cussing, profanities and probably mental torture, which I couldn’t bear to tell anymore. Damnit!

I swear I went to the moon and back just to hide the tears falling from my eyes. Holy cow, this book kept surprising me until the last chapter, and it wasn’t the end yet. There’s more! I wonder how much more tears I could take. I want to gut Jake’s head and fry his brains just so he could have a taste of what he’s done to Holly. Oh gosh, I can’t believe I’m getting carried away. FuckU Jake, scums like you deserve to have brain damage. Ugh.

Sorry about that. I swear I;m not that emotional when it comes to book boyfriends. As a matter of fact, Jake isn’t part of my list of book boyfriends, but damn, he’s so damn close! I really can’t forgive him for what she’s done to poor Holly, but I bet a million pesos that his uncaring mother was behind all these ruckus. As a matter of fact, his mom should be the one whose brains deserved to be fed to the wolves. Another Ugh.

Okay, I know I’ve been giving some bad vibes here. Here’s just what I have to say. Imperfect Love is highly an imperfect book, but darn it, the characters, the setting, the story-line, the feels – they all felt perfect to me. Perfectly emotional, empowering, aggravating, gripping. Just perfect. Isabella White needs to release the second book the 4ever series because I can’t wait to get my hands on Jake’s brains. Seriously.

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This book is beautiful, I have no more words. I love everything in it. Thanks to Netgalley & FireQuill Publishing for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 5cups

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Review: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

casquetteThe Casquette Girls
(The Casquette Girls #1)
by Alys Arden

officialsynopSeven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.

officialreviewAdele Le Moyne returned to New Orleans after The Storm had wrecked havoc in their place. Everything seemed eerily strange the moment she and her father got back to their house. A crow bit her arm, a dead body found inside a car, window shutters and moving stakes, what the heck was happening in French Quarter?

That was just the beginning. The rest of the book – it was pure magic, pure awesomeness, pure horror and suspense. A new breed of vampires caught my attention this time, and these vamps weren’t anything like those that sparkled under the sun. That was sheer stupidity, if you ask me. In Casquette Girls, vampires are cunning, terrifying, unrealistically real.

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The rest of the story was utterly perfect and captivating. It opened a lot of doors filled with questions and mysteries. I don’t want to spill everything about this book, but trust me, you will find yourself clamoring for more. It’s fabulously written with characters I love. The mysteries deprive you of your sleep and you would end up frustrated because you won’t be able to rightly guess the mystery behind all these.

Alys Arden sure is one hell of a writer, she’s too good to be true! I love a book that let’s me escape from all my daily realities and jump into a completely different realm. I love a book that makes me forget about other books, and  Miss Arden definitely delivers. I tell you, she’s the next big thing!

**Note: I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

My Rating: 

5cups

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Review: A Story of Like by Courtney Clark

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by Courtney Clark

officialsynopHe’s every woman’s idea of the perfect man: a middle income job, a receding hair line that only Mr. Clean would envy, and a body fit for the beer Olympics.

Who could resist?

Meet Addison Anderson. Although Addy is happy with her life—she has a job she loves, family and friends who support her, and her very own sidekicks in her neurotic Superdog named Lola and a nefarious looking cat named Moustachio—she’s missing the one thing that every girl wants, a plus one to couple’s game night. Enter Charlie. Not exactly the man of her romantic fantasies, Addy is quick to put him in the friend zone, but as he rapidly becomes an invaluable part of her life, Addy must make a big decision: which is more important, that elusive spark or someone to share her life with? Join Addy on her comic voyage as she discovers that not every story is a story of love, sometimes it’s a story of like.

officialreviewAddie seemed to have it all – a nice-paying job, close friends and supportive (and really quirky) family members, cute cuddly pets like Super Lola and Moustachio.. All she needed now is someone to share it with. And she needed to do it fast. And so the idea of joining speed dating seduced her mind. She had to spend at least two minutes sharp with the male specie and she had to decide which ones she liked best. Prospects like a Ryan Gosling look-alike almost made Addie believe in a possible future with him, but then again, she wasn’t one that really gushed and swooned like most girls.

Yep, I guess I could say, she didn’t really have any romantic bones in her body because she didn’t believe she was capable of falling in love. She thought, when you want to find the right one for you, all you need is spark, right? Even after finally choosing and meeting Charlie, Addie wasn’t buying those romantic gestures and stuffs. Little did she know that Charlie was slowly winning her heart.

A Story of Like had me laughing out loud from beginning till the end. I’ve decided, this isn’t unromantic – this is pure bliss! I can’t count the times I rolled on my bed laughing and giggling and snorting and wiping my tears because of Addie’s funny and quirky personality. I would love to have her as a friend because for sure, I won’t be having any seriously boring moment when I’m with her. She’s hilarious!

And her love story, whether she likes it or now, it simply adorable! I fell in love with Addie and yes, Charlie and felt that this book was meant for me. A super exciting read! Congrats Courtney Clark for another 5-star rating! You deserve this!

My Rating: 

5cups

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Review: Promises in Stone by Amy K. McClung

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by Amy K. McClung
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published January 18th 2015

officialsynopProm night is said to be a magical night in the life of a high school student. For some it is a night of dreams that come true, while others would rather forget the night exists. For Bryce and Maycee it was the night that would change their lives forever.

Maycee had never wanted to go to prom because of the night her older sister Rylynn attended her own prom. It was a night they’d all like to forget. Maycee was only seven that year, but the memory was a strong one.

On Rylynn’s prom night, there was a terrible accident that changed their lives forever. Now Rylynn is institutionalized, Ryker and Rylynn’s parents are at odds, and Maycee is stuck in the middle between the family feud and her hope that she will get her sister back one day. This is already too much for a teenage girl to cope with each day, add in the problem of forbidden love and it’s a story that rivals a Shakespearean play.

officialreviewProm Night. A night that’s supposedly a beautiful night to remember for lovers. But for little girl Maycee, this was a night she wanted to forget. For this was the night when her older sister Rylynn went mad and her boyfriend Ryker died. This was the night when her parents and Ryker’s blamed each other’s child misfortunes. This was the night when their families became enemies. Like the Montagues and the Capulets. Like Romeo and Juliet.

Prom Night 10 years after. Maycee didn’t want to go to the dance even though she’d had lots of invites from a couple of guys. But she soon changed her mind and attended prom night. And that’s when she met her Romeo. And she, was his Juliet.

They were destined to meet and fall in love. But just like the famous Shakespeare characters, they were bound to break up because of their families. Will they also meet the same fate as the lovestruck lovers?

Oh how I wish William Shakespeare possessed my body right now, so I could poetically declare how much I was enamored and captivated by Bryce and Maycee. Promises in Stone is marshmallowsly sweet and dandelionly moving.

A beautiful love story wherein you can’t help but feel like you’re part of their world.

A beautiful love story where two people learned to forgive, forget, wait, pursue, accept and move on.

A beautiful love story full of promises carved in stone. Amy K. McClung might as well be a descendant of Shakespeare because she was able to magnificently recreate one of the greatest love stories of all time. I couldn’t help but fall in love all over again. A highly recommended read!

My Rating: 

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Review: Freedom Forever by Lexy Timms

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(Southern Romance #3)
by Lexy Timms

officialsynopWith Jasper and Cecelia returned, and Solomon cleared of treason for his actions during the war, life at Dalton Farm has almost returned to normal. Of course, there’s the small matter of Cecelia’s pregnancy, and her engagement to Abraham Thompson, the reverend’s son. In Solomon’s eyes, all is as it should be, and the pair will be married quickly to avoid any gossip. But Clara, who has endured her own unhappy engagement, sees sadness in Cecelia’s eyes…

On the night of her wedding to Jasper, seeing Cecelia and Abraham bicker, Clara begs for the truth. She promises her sister that no matter what comes, she will protect her sister—and she speaks, as only she can, of the importance of being true to one’s heart.

But Cecelia is hiding more than Clara knows. Should she break the engagement and tell the truth, the reputation of the entire family is at stake, and no matter the cost to herself, Cecelia is determined to protect her family.

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Sometimes, you only see what the others want you to see. But look deep within, and you’ll know what lies beneath..

Cecelia had long lurked and stood by in her sister’s shadows, never getting the attention she so fervently hoped for. But all was well with her, she wasn’t envious or jealous at all. When finally somebody expressed his desire for her, Cecelia was quite hopeful, she thought, finally she was loved because of who she was, and not because of her affiliation with her siblings.

Alexander Thompson liked a woman who was hard to get. He wanted to do the chasing, and with Cecelia, he believed she was a fruit ripe for the picking. He declared his love for her, even asked for her hand in marriage, but there was this other man Cecelia had her sights on. There was Isaiah Rourke, a stable boy but with the pureness of heart. Both men wanted her, but only one had her heart.

Rumors of deceits on Mr. Thompson and threats on Cecelia’s had resulted to a haste decision and a big mistake. Just when Cecelia had finally learned who she really wanted, she ended agreeing to marry the man she so despised in the end.

This third book in the Civil War/Southern Romances is probably my favorite. Freedom Forever is about Cecelia and her quest for true love after her brothers and sisters had found their own. I wouldn’t say she was envious, but I know how she felt being left alone and unwanted.

They say, when you’re hurt and angry, do not make sudden decisions, because you will regret the outcome sooner or letter and will get you devastating results. Never make a deal with the devil, never succumb to threats and slander. Those are just some of the things I’ve learned from this book. It was such an engaging and romantic read (and yes, very sexy and erotic, too). Plus, there’s a bonus! A spy within thir midst and a lady enforcer wearing breeches. That’s what made this story really entertaining from start to finish. Thumbs up for Lexy Timms for another successful book in the series! Couldn’t wait to see what happens next!

**NOTE: I received this book for free from Hurricane Readers in exchange for an honest review.**

Other Books in the series: Little Love Affair | Siege of the Heart 

My Rating: 

5cups

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