Even the Moon Has Scars →

eventhemoonRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Two strangers.
Two broken hearts.
One night to set each other free.

Almost dying from an undiagnosed heart condition means every second of your life is a precious gift to be guarded.
Lena Pettitt was born a miracle.
And her parents never let her forget it.
Even if that daily reminder kept her from experiencing the one thing they were trying to protect most–her life.

Gabriel Martinez’s heart has been ripped out.
His pride has been stomped on.
Oh, and he now has an arrest record that’s caused an even bigger rift between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn’t really true.

Now he’s exiled to his grandmother’s, working on his late grandpa’s old Corvair, when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house. Gabe knows he could help this girl get back inside her house–but that may mean missing the next train to Boston to pick up the part he’s spent eight weeks tracking down. She can wait for him at his grandmother’s or…

A few hours, an aluminum valve cover, and some strong coffee later, neither Gabe nor Lena can feign disappointment when they race to the station and arrive just as the last train home from Boston is pulling out.

As jaded as he is, Gabe can’t deny the fact that he’s excited to spend the night exploring a city he knows nearly every corner of, with a girl who sees magic in the simplest things.

Lena has been waiting for her tiny world to crack open her entire life. Now that it’s finally happened, she finds the only thing she can focus on is the unexpected tour guide who opens her eyes to possibilities she never imagined.

All they have is this one night, together, under the bright moon in a city full of hidden beauty.
It’s one night that will change how they see the world and the paths their hearts will take forever.

Natasha’s Experience:
GAH! Even the Moon Has Scars just warms me up from the inside out. I can’t even describe how beautiful, how absolutely stunning, this YA contemporary novel is.

I read this book a couple of months ago and it still has not left me. It’s left such a mark on me, changed the way I see the world, that I can’t imagine ever forgetting this story.

Lena Pettitt and Gabe Martinez form an unconventional friendship after Lena gets locked out of her house. Gabe, being the most adorable gentleman, offers to help Lena get back into her warm sanctuary, but he has to run into the city to grab a car part before the shop closes. Gabe decides to take Lena with him and together they experience one hell of an adventure. (I need to book my ticket to Boston, ASAP)

“But now I think Lena was the thing I wasn’t looking for. The thing I wasn’t expecting. Maybe even the thing that can save me.”

I love that feeling of understanding that comes with this book. Even though I don’t necessarily face the same problems as Lena and Gabe do, I completely get them. They are such genuine characters with realistic teenage problems.

I will never underestimate the power of a good YA novel. The pages are usually filled with incredible life lessons and emotional truths. Steph Campbell writes a compelling love story that begins at the end of a person’s comfort zone.

“Sometimes, risking everything is the only option.”

Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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The Hook Up →

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Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

Natasha’s Experience:
*An ARC was provided for an honest review*

Well, shit.

I have managed to fall –yet again—for another fictional character. An imperfectly perfect football player who has my heart and soul.

THE HOOK UP was utterly amazing.

Anna is me. I am Anna. Or at least I can only hope to one day be as fantastic as she is. She loves to read, doesn’t take shit from anyone and is scared as hell about her future. She’s insecure, but down to earth and loves her best friends fiercely. Her honesty was refreshing and I love how she could admit when things were getting crazy and out of control for her.

“I thought I had lost myself in Drew. But the truth was that I’d found myself in him.”

I love Anna and Drew more than anything. Their chemistry was burning hot and so intense. (Pretty sure my kindle was on fire during some parts of the story.) What they had is what everyone strives to have one day: purely addictive and almost magical love that set them on fire.

I can’t even start on how incredible Drew Baylor is.
Baylor is everything. He is sarcastic, but charming, plays guitar, is incredibly athletic, has a body gifted to him by the gods, and cuddles like it’s his job. He is as genuine as they come and absolutely loves his team and his best friend, Gray.

I spent the entire time embarrassingly swooning over Drew.
Exhibit A:

“Keep talking to me,” he whispers.
I pause. “Doesn’t noise hurt your head?”
Thick lashes cast shadows at the tops of his cheeks. “Your voice isn’t noise. It’s a song I want to hear over and over.”

Kristen Callihan sure knows how to make me fall in love with her characters and story line. I was so engrossed in the book, wholeheartedly believing I was a part of the story. Ugh, one can only wish, ya know?

I will most likely spend the next few days reading everything that’s she’s ever written. (Right after I reread this book, because I already miss Drew something fierce.) She’s definitely now one of my newest favorite authors.

If you haven’t already, add THE HOOK UP to your TBR list on Goodreads now. You won’t want to miss this downright addictive love story.

GET IT NOW HERE! 

P.S. I’m already impatiently waiting to read the second book in the Game On series about Gray’s story 😉 xoxo

 

 

Infinity + One →

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Rating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee (nearly kept me up all night!)

Goodreads’ Book Description:

When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.

Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.

One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?

With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.

Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.

 Natasha’s Experience:

Wow.

All I can say is that I now need to catch up on my sleep because I was up WAY too late (or early?) reading this book.

Amy Harmon took me on one of the most fun and thrilling fictional road trips I’ve ever been on. “Infinity + One” was a ride I’ll never forget!

“Infinity + One” was everything I wanted in a summer read. It was sad (without leaving me in a puddle of tears), romantic in a way that left me giddy and smiling like a teenager, hilarious, inspiring, and educational (honestly, I learned SO much about the 1930’s Bonnie & Clyde story, which I now adore).

All I can say without giving you an entire rundown of my experience with Bonnie Rae and Finn Clyde (because I can really just sit here and gush over them for hours) : do yourself a favor and one-click “Infinity + One” right now!

This was the first book I’ve read by Amy Harmon and I can easily say I will definitely be reading the rest of her work.  But, if it’s 10 p.m. for you right now you might want to wait until the morning, unless you don’t mind staying up all night reading 😉