Fear of Falling →

fear of falling

Rating: 4.3 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:

I can’t remember the last time I felt completely safe. Security seemed more like a luxury to me, reserved for those who were fortunate enough to have picture perfect childhoods. For those who didn’t bear the ugly scars that keep me bound in constant, debilitating fear. I’ve run from that fear my entire life. But when I met him, for once, I couldn’t run anymore.

He scared the hell out of me in a way that excited every fiber of my being. It wasn’t the tattoos or the piercings. It wasn’t the warmth that seemed to radiate from his frame and blanket me whenever he was near. It was just…him. The scary beautiful man that threatened to alter 23 years of routine and rituals, and make me face my crippling fear.

My name is Kami and I am constantly afraid. And the thing that scares me the most is the very thing I want.

“Don’t worry,” he smiled, pulling me into the hard warmth of his chest. “I’ve got you. I’ll always catch you when you fall.”

And just like that, Blaine had staked his claim on the untouched part of me that no living soul had ever moved. He had captured every fear, every reservation, and crushed them in the palm of his inked hand.

Author Disclaimer: Abuse is real- verbal, emotional, physical and sexual. It takes place all around us; it doesn’t discriminate against race or gender, wealth or poverty. It affects us all- those of us who’ve had to live through it, or watch it happen, even those of us who’ve only heard about it. We are all affected. We are all forever changed.

This is not a story for the faint of heart; this is the story of one woman’s very real struggle through a world against her, the people who hurt her, her real life demons and the people who showed her that every gray sky, no matter how dark, has a sun waiting to break through.

***Inspired by true events***

Gabrielle’s Experience:

Holy Macaroni and cheese!!!!!!

My fellow book lovers, if you have a fear of falling in love with a new book character that will shatter your heart and bring you tears of joy, DO NOT PICK UP THIS BOOK.

I fell.

Fell hard.

Like, flat on my face.

Kamilla Duvall is a product of her past. Fear controls her every move & every emotion. At least until Blaine Jacobs walks into her life.

Correction: that is until Kami walks into Blaine’s bar, causing their lives to change.

Blaine Daniel Jacobs is a fixer. Damaged girls are a product of his past. That’s until he meets a damaged girl that turns his fixing into loving.

In Fear of Falling, Blaine was the only man Kami could show both her inside and outside scars to. When she was with him, all her insecurities didn’t exist. He made her feel whole. He made her feel loved. His voice gave her butterflies. Actually, it turned her into a butterfly, letting her fly away from her fears. Blaine Daniel Jacobs is just a whole lot of beautiful.

Ladies –my single and ready to mingle reader friends—, let’s all say a little prayer tonight for a man like that to walk into our lives and never let us go. The way Blaine never let Kami go.

How can Kami trust again?

How can Blaine save Kami without getting hurt again?

I know the answer to these questions. You’ll have to one-click and read Fear of Falling to find out 😉

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Boomerang →

boomerang

Rating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

Natasha’s Experience:

Before I begin this review/experience, I’d like to say that I had seen this book before on other blogs and thought, “Wow, what a cute cover!” Covers really do play a part in my entire reading experience, regardless of the whole “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

So first and foremost, I really loved the cover and decided to put this book on my TBR list, but it kind of slipped my mind over these last few weeks.

Yesterday, I spent my night in Barnes & Noble— as I do on most good nights—, and happened to spot this book on a shelf and decided to pick it up and start reading it while I sipped my mocha cookie crumble frappe. I didn’t expect to stay until closing, devouring this book because I didn’t want to leave Mia and Ethan alone for longer than a second.

I ended up coming home and buying it on my kindle for only $2.99. It’s SO worth it. I may have stayed up until 4 a.m. reading, too.

I love love love Ethan and Mia. Everything about their relationship/friendship and the way they interacted made me want to literally be a part of their world. The story line was genuinely fun and the dialogue had me actually laughing out loud for most of the book.  It was so well-written and had me hanging on until the very end.

I also loved how the chapters began with a question that you might find on a dating site. Some were hilarious and others were pretty insightful.

Here’s my favorite one:

“Does the truth set you free, or does it set you on fire?”

If you’re looking for a feel-good, summer read (with its occasional sad and sappy moments), definitely invest in Boomerang.

Finding Dandelion →

findingdandelion

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:

When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if it means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart.

Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

FINDING DANDELION, the second book in the Dearest series, is a stand-alone novel. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. 

Natasha’s Experience:

I. Love. Spinoff. Stories. I really do. Especially when the characters happen to be Dani Hart and Jackson Avery.

That being said, I was so excited to start this book after having devoured Dearest Clementine in one afternoon. The only problem was that I started reading too late at night and suddenly sleep was the last thing on my mind. By the time I managed to pry myself away from this book, I was already so far gone I couldn’t concentrate on falling asleep. I think I actually forgot how to fall asleep. Is that even possible? I hope so, because I’m starting to sound crazy and veering off topic.

This book.

This book sucked me into its world so quickly, I felt like I was home. Because Dearest Clementine was home for an entire day and I was happy to be back there.

I loved Dani’s entire persona. If she were real (ugh, this whole fictional thing hurts), I’d want her to be my best friend. She was spunky and didn’t take shit from anyone. She was fierce when she needed to be and did things completely out of her comfort zone just to prove to herself that she could.

JAX. He really knew how to push my buttons. I didn’t know whether I should hate him or love him throughout the entire story. Being the kind, loving, forgiving person that I am, I stuck with the latter. There were times that he did everything right and times where I couldn’t deal with him. At the end of the day, I fell in love –again—and now I’m stuck here waiting for the next story that Lex Martin writes because I am all in. Consider me a goner.

One-click FINDING DANDELION today. Don’t wait any longer to fall in love with this story, okay?

Don’t forget to check out our review for DEAREST CLEMENTINE here!

Dearest Clementine →

dearestclem

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

Natasha’s Experience:
I should start off by saying that Lex Martin is now one of my one-click authors. Seriously, I loved her writing, probably because it was so relatable and realistic.

I got this book for free when it was on sale for about two days last week and thought, “Okay, I love me some free books but I have SO much to read so I’ll hold off on it for a bit.” I’m SO happy I didn’t take my own advice and decided to read the entire book in one sitting. If it was physically possible to inhale a book, that’s probably what I did to Dearest Clementine.

I loved everything about Clementine’s character, from her being moody and sassy to her freaking out about taking a romance writing course in college. I especially liked her relationship/friendship with Gavin Murphy. Ugh, Gavin is going to ruin me for everyone else. How am I supposed to find a perfect college boy who is respectful, funny as hell, and an extremely talented musician?

As far as secondary characters go, I really enjoyed reading about her roommates and her twin brother because they added so much to the story and were such likeable characters to get to know.

This book had me on a rollercoaster the entire time. I don’t think I’m normally a huge fan of suspense, but I was on edge for a while with this book and I didn’t mind at all. It gave me something to look forward to and obviously had me avoiding contact with everyone outside of the book.

Ultimately, if you want to fall in love and sit on the edge of your bed/seat/favorite reading couch, then go and get this book, ASAP. 

P.S. it’s on sale now for only $1.99 so now is the perfect time to grab it!

Making Faces →

making facesRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Natasha’s Experience:

This book…

How can I explain how amazing I found this book to be?

If I could narrow it down to just one word, this book would be beautiful.

Amy Harmon is now one of my favorite writers because the way she arranged her words so eloquently to create this masterpiece is completely beyond me. I spent an entire day avoiding family, holed up in my room reading. When it was over, I spent too much time having my own “reflection” period, where I pretty much reevaluated my life and my standards.

It’s hard to say when I really fell into this book. All I know is that Bailey will forever be engraved in my heart as one of the most inspiring and hilarious characters I have ever read. I loved Fern so much, especially because she was an avid reader and never skirted around her feelings. Ambrose Young has my HEART. I can’t even explain how amazing I found his character to be, complete with all his flaws and words.

“But I’m just telling you right now. The lucky ones are the ones that don’t come back.”

I’m a sucker for books that leave me feeling high (and low), but also give me something to take from the reading experience. Making Faces taught me so much about love, loyalty, grief, life’s real priorities, and luck.

Please do yourself a favor and one-click this book.  Love and cherish it, but more importantly, let it swallow you whole.

P.S. if you haven’t read Infinity + One by Amy Harmon, go ahead and buy both of these books now. Don’t deprive yourself any longer, okay?