Favorites

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redemski

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Book description via Amazon:

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

(Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction)

J.A. Redmerski… you’re an a**hole and I hate you… but I love you so much! Waahhh! How could you f*ck with my emotions like that?! HOW COULD YOU?! WHYYEEE?

*AHEM* Okay so this book was absolutely NOTHING I expected and went in a totally different direction than what I forethought and it f*cked with my emotions up to the very end. I cried… CRIED! A flippin tear came out of my eye and I swear to you, though there have been a few books that have made me tear up, it’s not too often that a tear or two actually escape onto my cheek. I can think of one other book that has done that to me and this is the second… and I hate that I love it so much because I’m done with it and now I have NOTHING left… NOTHING!

No really, with all dramatics aside, this book seriously raped my mind. Every single page was just… UGH. I can’t believe it’s a standalone.  I enjoyed every page, even when they were trying to build up their friendship at first. I completely fell in love with Andrew and Camryn. They’re both bad ass and don’t take shit from anyone, including each other. Individually, they had no problem holding their own, but together they were a force to be reckoned with. Though they met under abnormal circumstances and their relationship bloomed in a short period of time, their connection and chemistry were undeniable in every page. I had no choice but to fall in love with them and root for them through and through. I laughed, I fell in love with this couple, and when shit hit the fan, I cried like a b*tch.

J.A. Redmerski took my emotions and made them her b*tch. She seriously personified my heart, punched it in the throat, and brought it to its knees. You are an amazing author and I can’t wait to read more of your stuff!

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Book description via Amazon:

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

I totally fell in love with this book! I LOVED IT! In fact, saying that I loved it would be an understatement; words just can’t justify how much I loved this book. I couldn’t even begin to write  a review for it that would explain its amazingness! If the minds of R.L. Mathewson and Tara Sivec had a love child it would most definitely be Alice Clayton. I swear… I bet you all get together and discuss world domination…

Anyway! This was HILARIOUS and definitely on my favorites list! The author did such an amazing job with all of the characters, especially Caroline and Simon. I loved them! The sexy banter between them made me LOL throughout the book and their chemistry was oozing out of my kindle. I don’t want to say too much because I really don’t want to give a single thing away but let me tell you… prepare yourself! This will bring out your emotions in the best, most enjoyable way! Throughout the story, I laughed, I was sexually frustrated right along with Caroline, I was blown away by the super steamy scenes when they finally stopped living in denial, I even got a little teary-eyed when sh*t hit the fan.

I love Alice Clayton! She is an amazing author and I will no doubt be reading this over and over because I will never get enough Simon and Caroline! Definitely putting her Redhead series (The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed on my TBR list like now!

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

Avoiding Responsibility (Avoiding series #2) by K.A. Linde

Avoiding Responsibility (Avoiding series; Book 2) by KA Linde

Book description via Amazon:

Lexi has finally given up her once destructive relationships and moved onto bigger and better things with a sexy new man in town. Just when she is starting to figure it out with him, her world is tilted once again with a phone call from none other than Ramsey Bridges. A year after his entrance into her life, Ramsey is trying to make amends and does the one thing she never expects—invites her to Jack’s wedding.

The wedding she had evaded at all costs. But no matter what she does, Lexi can’t seem to escape her past with Jack. But does she really want to?

Despite the explosive chemistry between Lexi and Ramsey, she is skeptical about trusting him after everything that has happened. When things are amiss with him, she starts questioning his motives. Can Ramsey be the one to remove Jack from Lexi’s life permanently or should she move on with her blossoming new life?

F***ING WOW. It comes as no surprise that I loved this sequel since I absolutely loved the first book (I’ve read it three times). K.A. Linde does not disappoint! Forewarning to those who haven’t read the first book, you may not want to read this review… In fact, what the hell is your life? READ THE FIRST! GO! NOW! Come back after you’ve read it and then proceed…

Linde uses the same writing style as the first book and alternates the chapters between past and present. The chapters of the present pick up about a year after the first book ended; we find out early on that Lexi and Ramsey had tried to work things out but something happened between them that caused them to separate for a month. Ramsey contacts her again, wanting to fix things, but of course, that means having to cross paths with Jack and Ramsey’s venomous sister, Bekah. The chapters of the past pick up not too long after first book left off; Lexi goes back to New York but due to unforeseen events she reconnects with Ramsey again. These chapters highlight her blossoming relationship with Ramsey and work up to unveiling the reason why she and Ramsey separated in the first place.

Okay, so that totally sounds really confusing but I really don’t want to give anything away. Basically, this book focuses on Lexi trying to have a fresh start with someone else other than Jack, but given their tumultuous past, she never knew it was possible and she still isn’t 100% sure she can do it. She wants a chance at an honest relationship with Ramsey but there’s just so much sh*t to lay out on the table. And is she really over Jack?

In my review for Avoiding Commitment I mentioned that I was torn between the two hotties BUT if you’ve been following me on twitter, I may have mentioned a time or two who’s team I was on. I won’t mention it now but I totally loved the direction this story went in. Like the first, this was a very emotional read. Lexi is a very stubborn person, but I am definitely TEAM LEXI all the way! I love her so much! She has definitely grown a lot throughout these two books. Linde did an amazing job with her character. She also threw in a few shockers that I didn’t even see coming (Touche, Linde, touche!). I will more than likely be reading this series again and again.

I love K.A. Linde’s writing style and her ability to capture the attention and emotions of her readers. She is one of my favorite authors and I will definitely be picking up her future books!

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites | Tags: , , , , | 6 Comments

Accidentally On Purpose by L.D. Davis

Description via Amazon:

Emmy thinks her boss Kyle Sterling of Sterling Corporations is a dick.
So, she sleeps with him.

Emmy tries to put the mistake behind her, but then finds herself snowed in with Kyle. As the snow builds, so does the heat in the house between the two. The problem is that Kyle has a steady girlfriend that he is unwilling to break up with. Emmy cuts Kyle off and starts dating Luke. Even as their relationship takes off, Emmy is finding Kyle hard to shake. He is blatant in his feelings and desires for Emmy, putting her in an awkward situation. She tries hard to resist Kyle, but deep down inside Emmy’s motives are shady. When Emmy succumbs to her hidden feelings for Kyle without setting Luke free, devastating consequences ensue.

In addition to her two men, Emmy daydreams about doing violent things to her loud mouthed, opinionated mother.

With some humor and sarcasm, and of course some tequila, Emmy’s world will flip upside down as she deals with the results of “accidentally on purpose” falling for two men at once.

DO NOT let the description of this book fool you. What I thought would be sweet story with a little love triangle action, turned out to be nothing I expected yet everything I love to read about. This story is so full of emotion, I seriously can’t believe that the author only has two books under her belt.

I don’t want to give a single thing away because this really is one of those books that you just have to read to understand it’s amazingness. I was pulled in from the start and wasn’t even sure which guy to root for. I was just as confused and stuck between the two as Emmy was. She made a lot of stupid decisions but somehow I connected with her so I understood that it was essential for her to experience the repercussions of those decisions to build her character. But damn, up to the very end, I seriously wasn’t sure who the hell I was rooting for. I was so conflicted, even when every truth was laid out on the table, I was still not sure! Can she just have both? Um… CAN I just have both?! No? Fine, just kidding then…

Aside from the angst, there were lots of LOL moments and a few that made my heart ache. There was a lot of drama but it was just enough where it didn’t turn into a soap opera. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being made into a movie one day. This was seriously an amazing story. I can’t believe how much happened in only a few hundred pages… and I can’t believe that I still want more! I kind of, sort of want to know more about the guy she didn’t choose… but MAN, it’s going to be hard to accept that he’s not with Emmy. Definitely adding this to my list of favorites 🙂 Can’t wait to read more from L.D. Davis!

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Book description via Amazon:

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk. 

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone and everyone allows it, because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Content Warning: This book contains mature themes and subject matter including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

I am completely blown away by this book. This has definitely made it to my favorites list and I think it has the top spot. It was so beautifully and emotionally written, I could feel the pain, the anger, the sadness–just everything. It conjured up emotions I didn’t know I could feel.

Nastya (NAH-stee-ya) has a heavily damaged soul due to a tragic past and she doesn’t want anyone in this new town to know anything about her or her past. She doesn’t speak, she hides who she used to be behind revealing clothes and dark make-up. She comes off as badass; girls don’t like her, guys just want to do her, and the majority of everyone is afraid of her. Josh is pretty damn badass himself. He has an equally damaged soul and everyone stays away from him as if he’s surrounded by a force field. But somehow Nastya breaks through that force field. The more time they spend together, the deeper things get, but how long can any kind of relationship, whether friends or lovers, withstand secrets?

The alternating POV’s between Nastya and Josh contributed a great deal to the rawness of the story. We get more than just a glimpse into the mind of two damaged souls. It’s not a happy read full of sunshine and lollipops. There are no hot, throw-me-around type of sex scenes. There are no proposals or pregnancies, or even pregnancy scares. This book is the farthest from your typical romance novel, yet it’s not all angst and sadness. The only word I can think of that would best describe this story? REAL. It was real. What I mean by that is though the story line is just that–a story–it feels real. Somehow I felt like I was inside of their heads. The author commands real, raw emotions from her readers, and that is definitely what she got from me.

I haven’t done much research on Katja Millay but I am hoping that there is a sequel. I can’t stand not ever reading more about Nastya and Josh. I need to know what the future holds for them because I have to know how the universe will make up for the shittiness that is their pasts.

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments

Back To You by Priscilla Glenn

Book description via Goodreads:

When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

It starts out as any other ‘good girl meets bad boy’ plot. Michael is the damaged bad boy with a heartbreaking past and Lauren is the good girl who goes against the waves and decides to befriend Michael. The chapters alternate between the past and the present, which works out really well for this story. Two parts of the story of their relationship unfold at the same time; the chapters of the past tell about Michael’s sad childhood and why he is the way he is as he grows up, and how Lauren and Michael met and became best friends.. From the start, we know that these chapters are building up to something that happened between them that caused them to not see or speak to each other for 8 years. The chapters of the present tell about their chance encounter with each other and how their attempt at rekindling the friendship they used to have. But is that possible given the circumstances that ripped them apart years before?

I loved Lauren and Michael! Lauren is the girl-next-door who sticks up for herself and those that she cares about. Michael is the bad boy who doesn’t really know how to control his anger, which makes him a target for other boys to egg on. Lauren stands by as his best friend, as Michael gets involved with all the wrong type of girls. Meanwhile, Michael tries to protect her from getting hurt by all the wrong guys. Their relationship as best friends totally tugged at my heart strings, so when the climax was finally revealed, I was heart broken! It wasn’t super overly dramatic but fairly realistic and relate-able  I wanted to reach into my kindle and punch people but hug them at the same time. And I’m not going to lie… I may have shed a tear or two… Okay, more like got really watery-eyed.

In the present, they have both moved on from their past and have forgotten about each other… Or have they?? I loved seeing them try to build back up to the friendship they had before. At first it’s awkward but they eventually get more comfortable with each other and their banter is still the same as it was when they were younger.

Like I mentioned before, the drama wasn’t over the top. There aren’t really any sex scenes, but the chemistry is definitely there. This is a beautifully told love story, filled with the perfect amount of angst and romance. I loved this book and will more than likely be reading it again.

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Sempre (Forever) by J.M. Darhower

Book description via Amazon:

This is a story about sacrifice… death… love… freedom. This is a story about forever. Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco had vastly different childhoods. Haven, a second-generation slave, grew up isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege, never having to answer for anything he did. 

Both now seventeen, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide, making them question everything they ever believed. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think.

In a world full of chaos, where money and power rule, Haven and Carmine yearn to break free, but a string of events that started before either were born threatens to destroy them instead. Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price– especially not freedom. How much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free? Not everything is as it seems, and no one can possibly come out unscathed, but maybe, just maybe, it’ll be worth it in the end.

Wow. This was the most sweetest yet heartbreaking and gut-wrenching story I have ever read. It was hard not to love it. I wish I didn’t wait so long to read it. It’s almost like the author took bits and pieces from some of my favorite books and brought it all together.

Haven is taken from her life of being a slave and is forced into the DeMarco household by Dr. DeMarco himself. She meets his two sons, Dominic and Carmine, and begins her transition from being a slave to being normal. But what is normal when all you’ve ever known has always been far from it? The longer she stays there, the deeper her connection gets with Carmine and the more she learns about the tragedy that the DeMarcos have suffered from, which may involve her more than anyone let on. Carmine and Haven are from two very different worlds, almost opposite ends of the spectrum, yet they are more similar on the inside than they realize.

First, I think you should know that this is a very VERY long book. I only have the ebook but I imagine its hardback to be the similar in size to the last Harry Potter hardback. I don’t like stories that drag on so I promise you that this does NOT drag on. In fact, I never wanted to finish it. It could have easily been split into 2, maybe even 3 books but THANK YOU J.M. DARHOWER FOR NOT DOING THAT!

The first part of the book covers Haven’s transitioning into the DeMarco household. We meet the family and get a glimpse into Dr. Vincent DeMarco’s life in the mafia (I don’t think they like it to be called that but it’s the only word I can think of that describes that lifestyle) and how much he wants his sons to stay away from that type of life. We get a feel for hot badboy Carmine, Vincent’s youngest son, of course he’s a trouble-making manwhore with a potty mouth, just the way I like it! And we get into Haven’s head as she adjusts to their world. The second part of the book is pretty much Carmine’s and Haven’s story of coming together and trying to work things out, despite the circumstances. They try to just be together without having their pasts or backgrounds get in the way. It’s one of the sweetest love stories and also the most heartbreaking because we see what broke their souls in their pasts and how they still struggle with that pain. We also see Haven’s growth and progress in Carmine’s world, as she meets his friends and learns how to do small things she never dreamed she would like grocery shopping and driving. The last part of the book is full of action and suspense as Haven’s and Carmine’s backgrounds crash into each other; sh*t hits the fan. Their worlds collide and the consequences end in blood shed.

Is it a happy ending? Is it a tragic one? READ IT TO FIND OUT! There is a lot more to this story than what is in its book description. I had this on my wishlist for a while because I wasn’t sure I would like it but now after reading it, I want to punch myself in the face for waiting for so long. J.M. Darhower’s blog mentions that a sequel is in the works. Yes f*cking please! I will be the first to pre-order that sucker. I will take whatever you got, Darhower! Sequel, short story, excerpt, follow-up, spin-off about Dominic? JUST GIVE ME MORE!

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Checkmate by R.L. Mathewson

Book description via Amazon:

There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.

As long as she has plenty of hot cocoa, a pair of pliers on hand and is able to resist Connor O’Neil’s bad boy charm then Rory James should be able to make it through this project with her sanity intact. If not….. She’d probably face a few more nights in jail, have a few more restraining orders slapped against her and lose her heart to the man that ruined her life.

This is the third book in the Neighbor From Hell series and is by far my favorite one! This series gets funnier and hotter with each book. I love each couple from the other books but Rory and Connor definitely take the cake.

Connor and Rory have been tormenting each other since childhood. Years later, they own rival construction companies and are forced to work together on a high-priority project. Connor approaches Rory with a deal that could possibly make her dreams come true, all she has to do is to pretend to date Connor for 5 months. Unbenknownst to Rory, Connor has his own agenda, which is to take over her construction company and win over her brothers so that they work for him. But as the story unfolds, the plan doesn’t go exactly that way. Things start changing between the two of them and everything starts going in a totally different direction.

I loved Connor and Rory. Their banter and longtime rivalry is hilarious! Rory is a sexy tomboy who was practically raised by her dad and five brothers. She’s as stubborn as most males and I loved her for it! She is definitely one of my favorite female characters. Connor has been her tormentor for most of her life but he has also been her knight in shining armor on the sly. He loves torturing and annoying her to no ends, but he also holds a soft spot for her. I loved him and at the same time I loved to hate him. He was the biggest jerk and sweetest guy at the same time!

Though this isn’t based on any of the Bradford brothers like the first two books, they do make an appearance because they are Rory’s cousins. The other couples, Haley and Jason, and Zoe and Trevor, also make an appearance. And of course when all the Bradfords are present, hilarity ensues. I’m crossing my fingers that the series doesn’t end here, I would definitely love to read something based on any one of Rory’s brothers!

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Just For Now by Abbi Glines

Book description via Goodreads:

The day Preston Drake figured out that wealthy women paid well for a set of tight abs and a pretty face his life turned around.

The run down rat-infested trailer he had shared with his alcoholic mother and three younger siblings was now only a place he visited to pay the bills and stock the pantry with food. 

He no longer worried about his family starving or living without electricity. The money he made entertaining rich older women more than covered his family’s needs and his own. He had it all figured out. Except…

There was this girl.

She was as innocent as he was tainted.

Amanda Hardy wished her knees didn’t get weak when Preston walked into a room. She hated the fact her heart raced when he flashed his smile in her direction. He had a different girl in his bed every night. He was the kind of boy a smart girl ran from. So, why was she coming up with ways to get close to him? Even when it was obvious he wanted to keep her at a distance.

Maybe her heart knew something the world didn’t. Maybe Preston Drake was more than just a pretty face.

This has to be my favorite of all the books I’ve read from Abbi Glines! I swear it just keeps getting better and HOTTER! In Because of Low and While It LastsI always thought of Preston as the pervy, player friend, but in this book. Wow, I loved him!

Preston is pretty much a gigolo because his mom sucks and he has to take care of his four younger siblings. Everyone expects the worst of him so he kind of plays into the role. Until he starts falling for his best friend’s little sister, Amanda. She has no clue about his lifestyle and at first she does anything and everything to get his attention but after he pulls her in and pushes her away for the umpteenth time, she gives up and tries to walk away from him. He knows that she deserves much more than he can give and that he is not good enough for her but he wants to be good enough for her. When they finally give in to the heat and attraction, their love story is sweet and scorching HOT.

I loved getting to know Amanda and I especially loved getting to know Preston. It was nice to be in his thoughts and get into his head. He is by far my favorite Sea Breeze guy (waahh, sorry Cage… but I will always love you!). He has the most interesting and heart breaking background and he isn’t as superficial as he seems in the other books. I would definitely have fallen for him like Amanda… or paid for him like those wealthy old hags *AHEM* what? Anyway, my favorite thing about this book is the guest appearance of my favorite couple, Cage and Eva! Though small and not too significant, I will take what I can get!

I feel like I keep repeating this but dammit Abbi Glines, you’re an amazing author! I can’t wait for the next book. I’m sure it will go beyond all of my expectations!

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Charade by Nyrae Dawn

Book description via Amazon:

Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection.

Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom’s dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it’s what he wants too.

Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.

Both Cheyenne and Colt know life is never easy, but neither of them expect the tragedy that threatens to end their charade and rip them apart forever.

Mature content: language, drug references and sexual situations.

I loved this book! I could not put it down. I think I practically read it in one sitting from beginning to end. It starts off with a bang, with Cheyenne finding her boyfriend in bed with another girl. Cheyenne prides herself in always being put together, she never loses control, she never falls apart. To prove to her ex that she is fine and that she’s moved on, she pays Colt to be her fake boyfriend. Colt is hesitant at first but due to issues of his own, he accepts the challenge. And *GASP* they end up actually liking each other.

It does sound like the typical story line of two people falling for each other based on a lie BUT everything that happens from typical point A to typical point B is far from typical. Cheyenne doesn’t take shit from anyone. She grew up with nothing so she tries hard to put on this facade of being put together and perfect. Her mom left her when she was young and she has never shared her pain with anyone. It’s something she tries to deal with on her own but is starting to catch up to her. Colt has to be one of my favorite book boys now. I love him! He’s bad ass, doesn’t take shit, and has a potty mouth. He doesn’t even take shit from Cheyenne at first, but gives in because he needs to take care of his mom. Who can resist a bad boy with a soft spot for his MOM?? *SWOON* Anyway, they irritate the sh*t out of each other at first, their banter and snarky exchanges were hilarious. But when they finally do give in to the chemistry. WOW. It’s HOT; sparks fly.

It’s such a sweet but sad story when they finally show each other the real side of them. Their lives slowly unravel and their damaged souls are exposed to one another. There were lots of angsty moments and tons of sad parts that almost made me cry. Nyrae Dawn does an amazing job with the alternating POVs and getting us to connect with the characters and their thoughts. I will definitely be reading this again. And I can’t wait to read the next book that focuses on Colt’s best friend, Adrian! I hope I like him just as much as Colt.

Categories: Book Reviews, Favorites | Tags: , , | Leave a comment