Review: Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole

Hearts at Seaside
(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)
by Addison Cole

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident–except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter–and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux–the most alpha male she’s ever seen–or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

Wow, this is really good.

Cheers to another heart warming story about the girls of Seaside, with Jenna Ward marveling at Pete’s awesomeness but can’t seem to talk whenever he’s around. I love their cat-and-mouse relationship, where one can’t stop thinking about the other while also trying to stay away from that other person.

And as usual, Jenna’s loyal friends are there to cheer her up and support her decisions, even when she always makes a fool of herself by getting involved with the construction guy instead of pursuing the one who makes her knees weak and gives her the zing in between kisses. The slow progression of Jenna and Pete’s smoldering relationship is just the right amount of romance I’m looking for. Plus the issues about their broken mom and dad was just too heartfelt. I wanted to console Neil, Pete’s father during his alcohol-laden episodes, I can’t help but cry with him over his loss. That ending though.. It was perfect, like everything I’ve ever imagined for Jenna and Pete.

Love love love this Hearts at Seaside!

I’m excited to read the next book! Addison Cole rocks!

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Review: Fallen Heir (Royals 4) by Erin Watt

Fallen Heir
(The Royals #4)
by Erin Watt

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

I can’t remember who recommended Paper Princess to me a year ago. Honestly, I thought it was just one of those YA reads that I would soon forget when I get to finish it. But when I finally met the Royals and Ella Harper, I was surprisingly drawn to them and never wanted to let go. For the next two sequels, I became engrossed in their world, entangled in the controversies and scandals of the Royal family and became involved with the students of Astor Park.

I devoured each and every page of Paper Princess, Broken Prince and Twisted Palace. And now, it’s Easton Royal’s turn in the Fallen Heir. And boy, what a rollercoaster ride this had been.

The day I got the ARC for Fallen Heir, it was 5:30 am and I literally fell from my bed when I saw it on my Kindle. I couldn’t stop myself from reading it even though I’ve got tons of paper work and deadlines to attack. When a Royal fell into my lap, I made sure he becomes a priority. And so Easton did.

I finally got inside Easton’s head, the seemingly happy-go-lucky son of Callum Royal, the easy-going brother of Reed and Ella’s super adorable male bestfriend. He had ladies waiting at his beck and call, even teachers couldn’t resist him. But there was one girl who didn’t bat her eyelashes at him. She intrigued him. She wasn’t as gorgeous as his sister Ella, but she definitely got something going on with her. Her name is Hartley Wright, mysterious, studios, upright and uptight; and she might just be the right one Easton had been looking for.

Or so he thought.

The wonder twins were also back, Lauren milking them or getting her fill with the twin Royals. I really hate Lauren here, I wanna throw her outside the mansion. And Felicity Worthington (gosh, I remember her name is similar to Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series) I really really hate that girl. She’s nothing but a tyrant wanting power above all else. And yes, I don’t like my namesake, Claire, too. Ugh.. This girls were even more annoying than Steve and Dinah combined in book 3!

But overall, let me say that This. Is. The Bomb!

I don’t know how to vocalize or express how I feel about this book. It feels like I’m at a losing end of my insanity. But it was really fun reading Easton’s POV, I got to know him better and deeper everytime he opened his mouth. Sure, he was kind of obnoxious and conceited and egotistical, but deep within him was a heart that knew how to care and love.

That ending though! Super unexpected. My mouth was literally hanging open when that explosive cliffhanger careened towards me and crashed!! Nooooooo!!!!!

As much as I want to scream and comfort Easton Royal, I can’t. My emotions are all out of place. I think I’m gonna cry. Erin Watt, why do you do this to me, to us? To Easton? WHY!!! Can’t wait for 2018! I need the freaking next book now!

Review: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry

The Air He Breathes (Elements #1)
by Brittainy C. Cherry

I was warned about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him, because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty. We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays. Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.

Tristan Cole lost everything in a blink of an eye. And he wasn’t even there when it happened. After saying goodbye, he struggled to live, but he never did survive the memories and pain that plagued his heart. Death stole his loved ones. Death stole his life. Death stole his breath.

“the dark days only stayed dark until the sun came up.” 

Elizabeth Bailey and her daughter were barely breathing. A year after her husband died, Elizabeth went back to Meadow’s Creek to start over, but she didn’t really want to move on. Everywhere she looked, she wished Steven was there, to hold her hand, to sleep beside her, to take her into his arms again.

“Her soul was scarred, and mine was burned.” 

An angry Tristan met the lonely Elizabeth in the most awkward moments. A trip to the vet, a lawnmower screaming like banshee, grass clippings, magical library, lumberjack beard and feathers – it was all too much to these two scarred souls. He was the town asshole and she was the topic of gossipers all over the town. People talk behind their backs, but they didn’t have a single clue about the miseries they’d been going through.

He was thunder, I was lightning, and we were seconds away from creating the perfect storm. 

Together they screamed and conquered their demons. Together they worked to live and relive their dead ones’ memories. Together they strive to move on but couldn’t move forward. Together they fell in love, but divided they fell out.

Brittainy Cherry made me cry again. I’ve read some of her previous books and I can’t count the number of times I sobbed and wailed like a child. Now, I cried an ocean for Tristan and Elizabeth and I cried another ocean for darling little Emma. My heart is full of emotions and I don’t know how to sort them out.

You know the feeling when you can’t let go of a book because it captivated you right from the start. The kind of book you can’t seem to put down because you’re afraid to let go of the characters and the emotions running through your heart. The kind of book that makes you forget about your household chores because you can’t pass up the opportunity to smile and wallow with the characters and anticipate what happens next. The kind of book that makes your heart beat faster, eyes sting and water, chest constrict with anguish, despair and hope.

The hardest part about losing someone you love is the fact that you also lose yourself.

This is that kind of book. The Air He Breathes is absolutely beautiful. It has everything I want, all the good, the bad and the ugly. I could spend the next two hours crying all over again but I won’t regret it. Because this was simply, absolutely beautiful. Crazy, heartwarmingly beautiful, scars and all.

“As long as air moves in and out of my lungs … as long as I breathe, I will fight for you. I will fight for us.” 

“You’re beautiful. You’re a beautiful, broken kind of monster.” 

Review: Dreaming At Seaside by Addison Cole

Dreaming at Seaside
(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)
by Addison Cole

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for–or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son–even Bella?

 

Bella had been burned by love. Instead of moping around Connecticut, she decided to quit her teaching job to get away from the man who lied to her, and moved on with her life among friends and to start a new life at the Cape. And that included window eavesdropping, toilet decorating and skinny dipping.. Fun times! Until she got busted by the new cop on the block, Officer Caden Grant.

A single dad who moved to the Cape to build a new life with his teenage son after his partner was killed in the line of duty; Caden didn’t have time for dates or women or life outside their house and police station. But the moment he caught a sultry blonde red-handed outside someone else’s window, he could never get her off his mind.

I think I like this better than the first book, and pardon me for sulking a bit because I thought Kurt was the perfect book boyfriend…. Until Officer Caden Grant came along, and I think I wouldn’t mind getting arrested and handcuffed with this cop. Whew!

Dreaming at Seaside is fast paced and so easy to read. Bella and Caden’s road to forever wasn’t without bumps and humps. But the troubles and consequences that came along their way played a part in their journey towards romance and happiness. The events unfolding on every scene seem to happen in real life and I can’t help but feel compassionate with the gals and beauties at the Cape. It would surely be fun to have friends like Bella Leanna, Jenna and Amy. Although I am still uncomfortable with their half-naked sleeping outfits, I am game with their pranks and solid support to each other.

Addison Cole aka the sweeter version of Melissa Foster continues to astound me with fascinating love stories and floating on cloud-nine romances. I can’t wait to delve into Jenna’s and Pete’s story next!

 

Review: Steel Lily by Megan Curd

Title: Steel Lily (The Periodic series)
Author: Megan Curd
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coffeesynopsisdAVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Three: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Three. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued.

But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.

…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, it may make her wonder if she was better off being a government tool than searching for freedom.

Some secrets are better left concealed, but humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.

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It’s been a while since I last read a steampunk-dystopian novel. This one had me intrigued because it featured a girl with the power to manipulate water into steam and operate on a dome – a world that became a remnant of the World War III, where you need to wear a mask in order to breathe.

Avery Pike is one of the Elementalists among others who work to make sure that this new world can shelter people and be able to breathe clean air all throughout their lives. Tough job I should say, but somebody had to do it, and Avery is, unfortunately a slave to this world.

When a rogue man get a hold of her and her friend Alice, she was taken to another Dome (Dome Seven) where everything she was taught about the world was totally different and unreal. Avery met Jaxon Pierce, an alchemist, and soon she discovered everything about Dome Four were lies. There were cameras everywhere and forbidden gadgets like holograms covering the ugly truth.

The not-so-distant future is upon us, and in this steampunk novel, everything is amazingly wicked. Never have I ever seen or read a book so enticing and descriptive of a possible war-laden future and a character that’s undeniably strong and powerful. You can tell a lot about Avery Pike with her demeanor and attitude with her work, friends and foes. This has been such a thrill to read. I need to read more about this world and explore Megan Curd’s wonderful writings.

#ThrowbackThursday: PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with my favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations this week 🙂

Okay, here I am again with Jenny Han’s books, this time with PS I Still Love You.

P.S. I Still Love You
(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)
by Jenny Han

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

I totally liked how this story veered through some changes after the first book in the series. I liked how the story progressed. I thought John Ambrose McLaren was really a cool and devastatingly handsome guy (imagine a younger Robert Redford, oh my!) but I felt that he was lacking something, I just couldn’t pinpoint what. Peter Kavinsky, well he hasn’t changed since in grade school but there was something about him that endeared to me. I can’t explain how I felt about him. But Lara Jean’s decision in the end made my heart go pitter-patter like rain – the emotions flowed right through me and I couldn’t contain it.

The Lara Jean I met in the first book, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, was a little awkward and goody-goody until the bath tub scene. For this second story, I liked that she became stronger and more opinionated. As usual, her family was really loving and lovable at the same time. I am excited for Daddy Song’s possible lovelife, yay!!

When I first read this story about a year ago, I didn’t know about Jenny Han’s decision to write another book. What I thought was a beautiful duology already became a trilogy and now I have re-read this book to prepare myself for the third installment, Always and Forever Lara Jean. Yes, I am definitely going to dive in to the third story as soon as possible, I wouldn’t want to be left out!

Review: Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland


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Cocky Bastard
by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

A flat-tired car and a broken down motorcycle led to a convenience store selling Obama bobbleheads and a road trip that Aubrey Bloom would never forget. Meeting a gorgeous cocky bastard named Chance Bateman was the icing to the cake. And boy what a ride they’d been in..

Okay, so this is another collab work by two of my favorites, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward and I enjoyed the road trip I’ve just been into. Who wouldn’t fall for a man named Chance with the Aussie accent and darn good looks and kickass motorcyle? Hmmm.

I love love love Aubrey and Chance’s characters respectively. The road trip they were on opened up little hidden desires and loosened up some tight knots within themselves. Both characters’ charismatic factor was adorable and the sexual tension sparked and bursted and exploded like fireworks on the 4th of July. Getting to know each other through Obama’s bobblehead, casual talks in different diners, helping (and adopting!)  a fainted goat and sleeping in a tent, shouting at the top of the Grand Canyon plus a date with a couples massage on the side, what more could I ask for in a road trip? Hmmm… A Las Vegas marriage maybe?

But a detour two years too late opened up the floodgates and brought forth the heartaches of two doomed lovers.

I dunno about you, but I definitely had the time of my life with Aubrey and Chance. Reading their own respective voices made me understand their personalities, but let me tell you, I love being in Chance head better. He was just so impossibly swoon-worthy that I wish he were real and alive in front of me.

If there’s one thing I can always count on Keeland and Ward, that’s their 100% engagingly hot tandem factor. They always lift up my mood after a heavy and tiring day, making my night stress free and exciting and special.

So far, I’ve enjoyed great five days and a couple of years in one sitting. Vi and Penelope never fail to amaze me!