By Your Side – Kasie West

BY YOUR SIDE.jpgIn this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release: January 2017

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I loved this story so much! After reading so much fantasy a nice fluffy contemporary is what I needed. It is also what I got! On enjoyment scale this was amazing I love it, but sadly I am learning not to just take that into consideration and starting to work on my reviews more equally and this book had some problems! But I bloody loved it and it would be even better if these things would be fixed.

So one of the main problems I found in this book was with the main character Autumn having anxiety, it didn’t feel like that mental health problem was represented correctly, it felt like it was just a plot point rather than making it a prominent thing in the novel. Also, the fact that none of her friends could tell she had anxiety and yet, Dax, someone who she met in the library, could tell immediately that she had. I just don’t buy how they couldn’t have known about your friend having anxiety, even if they don’t tell you, there was loads of hints that she did have some kind of problem, it’s mentioned more than once how at times Autumn runs off in some social situations. Like I find it really hard to believe her friends wouldn’t know this. Even after her bag being found in Jeff’s car with her medication and they still didn’t know?! Like crappy friends. Real crappy friends. I also didn’t like the point where Dallin blamed Autumn for Jeff’s accident, it wasn’t her fault and I really didn’t like how at no point that was not addressed in this book, because nobody should be told it was their fault when it is an accident she could not control. So I really didn’t like that it didn’t address that.

Dax and Autumn really do not have much background to them they felt very 2D not having much personality or background. They try to bring in some of Dax’s past by introducing the conflict of his mother but that felt like a catalyst so Autumn and Dax could have an argument. It didn’t feel like they were going to go much further into his past and they didn’t. The same fo Autumn we don’t really know much about her which is very problematic because I like to know my characters and neither of them felt like they had a personality.

Though despite these problems I did actually in love with this book, the dream of being trapped in a library, hell yes?! So although it had problems it was what I needed after finishing so much Sarah J Maas and I really did love this book. It was simple and cute.

I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 on Goodreads! (With my new rating system) 

 

Coral and Bone – Tiffany Daune *Release Day*

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CORAL AND BONEHalen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

 

 

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Devil You Know – L.A Fiore

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Damian Tate. One look into his sad green eyes and I was hooked. I wanted to be the one to make him laugh, to make him smile. I hadn’t expected him to be the one to make me blush, to make me hot…to make me fall in love. He was my first kiss, my first love, my first everything. I wanted forever with him, but life got in the way.

He enlisted, I went to college, and for years we were never in the same place long enough to pick up where we left off.

Thirteen years after he left, tragedy brings him home. The stoic boy I fell in love with grew into a quiet, dangerous and wildly sexy man. He still tugs on all the right strings for me, but he seems determined to keep me at arm’s-length.

However, when trouble comes knocking at my door, he is the one to put himself between that trouble and me.

Spending time with him might drive me insane, or it might be our second chance at first love.

Released: 10th March 2017

Genre: Contemporary

Buy Link: Book Depository

I would like to thank L.A Fiore and The Next Step PR for sending me an ARC to this book, I am very happy to have received one! And I absolutely love this book! L.A Fiore never fails to bring me loads of emotions in her books and she did just that in this book! It was beautiful and I cried twice. (That’s not normal but it is with her books).

Ah to start with I loved everything, this book was amazing, I fell in love with it and I love L.A. Fiore’s writing and it just flows beautifully and makes me feel things! Oh, the feels! I really loved Thea just her whole attitude made me smile, and how she loved food, I think her reaction to food is one of my favourite things in this it makes me laugh how she tries and tries to cook and bake and it just doesn’t happen when she’s younger and it finally does when she is older. It was so cute and adorable. I loved her sarcasm and how she would make up stories and jokes and her relationships with the other characters in the book I loved and how they all cared for each other and they fitted in like a family. I really loved all the scenes and how they blended with each other. Beautiful.

Damian, it was so refreshing to see a male character, who although had a bad childhood did NOT use it as an excuse to be a doosh bag. Instead, he was like the opposite and he was amazing, we see him through various points of his life, and we see him at 17 as well as later on in life. It was so interesting watching him change and at 17 how restraint he was with Thea when he loved her, and yet it was exactly the same when it came to the present but that was for a whole different reason. I loved how it showed how much he cared for Thea and her family. It was lovely and amazing, one of my favourite parts of the book is seeing him interact with Thea, Cam and Rosaline and how he just fits in so well with them as a family.

Their relationship was quite funny although they both knew they wanted to be together at times Damian would push her away because he didn’t want to lose focus and some harm may come to her, which was so sweet and yet irritating when he would become silence because of this. But I love how they eventually open up to each other and how they both worked together. I am a sucker for romance like this and I would read it over and over and over. It was just perfectly amazing.

I feel like Cam needs a mention he is Thea’s sister and friends with Damian, and although the story had brother’s best friend thing, it wasn’t brought up. It never felt like that, it was very open and it was the fact they were all friends rather than just one-sided. So I did love that too. Cam is so sweet to his sister and Damian there’s a scene near the end that is absolutely one of my favourite scenes and it involves protective big brother mode. I loved his attitude and how much he cares about everything.

I do have to mention I LOVED the mention of the men from the Beautifully series 😉 I loved it, it was nice seeing and hearing their names again.

I loved the plot I don’t really want to go into it because I don’t want to spoil it but it was amazing, like not just the romance but the other thing. I liked how they both interlinked with each other and it worked how the events. As I say I loved this book so much and I honestly just want to read it again and again and again it was just perfect.

I rated this 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Devil You Know – L.A. Fiore *Release Blitz*

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He enlisted, I went to college, and for years we were never in the same place long enough to pick up where we left off.

Thirteen years after he left, tragedy brings him home. The stoic boy I fell in love with grew into a quiet, dangerous and wildly sexy man. He still tugs on all the right strings for me, but he seems determined to keep me at arm’s-length.

However, when trouble comes knocking at my door, he is the one to put himself between that trouble and me.

Spending time with him might drive me insane, or it might be our second chance at first love.

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The Bet *Release day Blitz* – D.K. Combs

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Title: The Bet
Series: Carnal Bets #1
Author: D.K. Combs
Genre: erotic contemporary romance
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Make her orgasm, right there in the theater. This was the bet that started the end, the bet that changed his life.

Catfished and stuck with a sleezeball for a date, Bristol is miserable and angry. Screw Tinder and swiping right, she just wanted a quick one night stand. With a fake as her date, she doesn’t expect the night to end on a good note…until she sees him. When her eyes land on the dark, sinfully handsome man at the concession stand of the movie theater, she’s unprepared when he sits right next to her.

Every bet has a price; it’s just a matter of how far you’re willing to go.

Noah never would have guessed that the haughty, condescending woman he saw at the concession line would turn out to be a fireball of lust and desperation. Getting her to climax in the middle of a movie? No problem. Getting her out of his head afterward? Definitely a problem.

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“I was supposed to be a gentleman tonight.” He dropped his forehead to her thigh, gently nipping the skin there. He could pull back, but something…told him not to.

“You are,” she murmured, her voice nothing but a breath of excited air. “But I’m a lady in distress.”

Meaning, /take her/.

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D.K. Combs is an author of erotica, historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. She’s surrounded by the Great Lakes with her supportive husband, son, and of course, her German Shepherd. Combs began writing long before the exposition of her most famous title to date, The Highlander’s Touch. Writing has always been her passion and creating creatures with no true name and the women that fall for them is what she considers a great way to live. When not writing, Combs is reading. Her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing and well… maybe a good cup of Joe.

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The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Released: November 2016

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

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I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an arc for this book I really appreciate it! I really really wanted to love this book but after Everything Everything this really didn’t live up to it, or Everything Everything wasn’t that good maybe my rose tinted glasses have gone. Who knows why I didn’t like this one much but I really didn’t which was very sad. I don’t know whether YA Contemporary is just no longer for me and that I’ve outgrown it or whether I just didn’t like it.

Some of the things that happened in this book I just didn’t like the story was nice and I could even ignore the insta-love it was a nice cute story I just didn’t really like it. It didn’t wow me like Everything Everything did. I felt sometimes some of the issues that were raised was very childish and kind of I don’t know whether pathetic is the right word but that. In the face of being deported, you would sort of expecting different reactions but that wasn’t the case and the book didn’t really give any solutions for Natasha not to be deported it was just all her options were gone and she’s going. I wish we could have seen her going through that process and the story be spread over one time rather than a day. I felt like the story could have been a million times better than it was.

I really liked how this book was so diverse and both the main characters being diverse that was really nice. I didn’t really have an opinion on these characters and I think this is where my main meh comes from with this book and is that I didn’t care about these characters. The story did nothing to make me care about them so I really didn’t care what happened to them or whether they got together or whether she stayed in America or whether he didn’t get into the 2nd best college. I just I didn’t care.

Now I know that sounds bad, just because I didn’t care doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. It was good, it was just nice. Which isn’t a bad thing but I just not for me I don’t think which is sad. The book was nice and I wasn’t really wowed or anything by it. This would have been longer but I don’t really have anything else to say about this book.

I rated this 2.5/5 stars on Goodreads.

The Murder Game – Julie Apple

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For fans of The Secret History and How to Get Away With Murder comes an exciting new voice in suspense fiction.

Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension.

Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan’s defending Julian, and Lily’s loyalties aren’t clear. And when Julian invokes a rare—and risky—defense, Meredith is forced to confront their past.

Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?

Released: November 2016

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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Oh my god this book it sent me on a rollercoaster whirlwind honestly I have so many mixed feelings for this book but it was amazing that is for sure! I have never read anything like this the story took me in so many different directions and I for sure did not guess the ending. I didn’t even see it coming, it slapped me in the face. I was guessing until the very last page and even then I still didn’t guess it right.

The author’s writing is so easy to read this book was not an easy read your brain has to be switched on and you have to actively read a story like this. But the writing of this it was easy to read I didn’t struggle. I liked how the novel was set out in 3 parts and even then it was going back and forth from when the characters were in law school to the present when the case was in court. I could totally tell that the author had done her research there was nothing in this that made me believe it was so far fetched and I loved how it was researched it just made this story even that more enjoyable.

Now I look at it I really should have guessed what was going to happen by the name of this book like it’s kind of obvious now I think about it but I didn’t. As I say this book you are thrown from direction to direction and it was truly amazing how it was done. Once you thought for definite the story was going in one direction it would turn and go in a different direction it was honestly done so well that even when there was a no twist or turn it wasn’t annoying. It wasn’t like “oh my not another” it just worked. The way information is delivered in this story too is nice there is no information dumping and we learn things when we need to know them not a moment before or a moment after.

I only had one problem with this book and that was I didn’t feel like we had gotten the full story out of Jonathon and Meredith’s relationship we learned bits and pieces but we never learn the full story. At least I didn’t manage to get the full story from them which was really sort of frustrating because I wanted to know more about these character dynamics and I didn’t get that from this.

What was good was how complex each of these characters were Meredith, Lily, Jonathon and Julian there was so much more to them than what we saw and I really liked the characters, it’s been a while since I have read characters as good as these and I am glad that I did read this book because it was interesting how we learned about each of these characters.

It was a fantastic book and I rated it 5/5 stars on Goodreads.