Review: Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ fantasy
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Blurb:
Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

My Review:
Brave is the third and final (I think) installment in Jennifer’s Wicked Saga and it was a very fitting ending. I loved the first book in the series, but was a tad disappointed in Torn so I was a little apprehensive starting Brave, but I needn’t have worried. Jennifer isn’t one of my all-time fave authors for nothing.

Ivy isn’t in a great place when we catch up to her, not surprising after the ordeal she suffered at Prince Drake’s hand in the last book. Ren is amazingly patient with her, even if I wanted him to push her a little more to open up. When she finally let him in, it was great to see them gel again as a couple and they presented a united front from that point on, and I loved it! They are so perfect together and the romance was gorgeous and spot on.

Tink is fantabulous again, and his interactions with Prince Fabian were so funny! Don’t even get me started on the trunk full of trolls; I laughed so hard at that scene.

Brave had plenty of the action which I felt was missing from Torn and it was a seamless blend of action-adventure, romance, mystery, and fae politics.

Is it just me or was it left quite open-ended? Don’t get me wrong, we have closure for Ivy and Ren and a potential happy future, but the story of the evil Queen, the crystal, and the portals between realms isn’t resolved indefinitely. I wonder if Jennifer plans to write a spin-off at some point?

Anyway, while this series isn’t at the top of my list of favorite JLA series, it’s still an entertaining read, with great characters, witty banter, swoony romance, and decent world building.

Overall, Brave is a solid conclusion to the Wicked Saga. Fans of this series, and this author, won’t be disapponted.

I received an ARC from the author (thank you so much, Jennifer) and I am voluntarily reviewing same.

Cover Reveal The Lost Savior and The Secret Heir!

I am so excited to share the awesome covers for The Lost Savior and The Secret Heir with you today. These are book 1 and 2 in my upcoming reverse harem paranormal romance series titled Alinthia. You can sign-up here to be notified when The Lost Savior goes on pre-order! You will also receive an email when it’s released in January.

The Lost SaviorThe Lost Savior (Alinthia #1)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Paranormal romance/ Reverse harem
Age category: upper Young Adult / New Adult
Release Date: 31st January 2018

Blurb:
They came from another world to protect her. Now it’s her destiny to save them …

Tori King is a normal senior in high school. Head over heels in love with her childhood sweetheart, she is busy making plans for college when a chance encounter with an alien bounty hunter turns her world upside down. Now, she’s experiencing terrifying changes and developing supernatural abilities that leave her questioning her entire existence.

Then the arrival of four hot new guys at school has everyone talking—especially when they become fixated on Tori, following her wherever she goes. She can’t shake them off, and as they grow closer, she finds herself drawn to all four of them in ways she cannot explain.

When they finally reveal their true identity, and why they’re here for her, she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie.

Because there is nothing normal about Tori King.

And she’s about to discover exactly how underrated normal is.

This mind-bending paranormal alien reverse harem series is only suitable for readers aged seventeen and older due to language and mature content.

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Review: Wicked Beginnings (Wicked Bay #1) by L.A. Cotton

Wicked BeginningsTitle: Wicked Beginnings
Author: L.A. Cotton
Series: Wicked Bay #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The first book in a brand new YA/NA crossover series from l. a. cotton

When seventeen-year-old Eloise Stone finds herself half way across the world, moving into her Uncle’s pool house, she expects things to be … awkward. She doesn’t expect to come face-to-face with the boy from last summer. The boy that made her feel things she’d never felt before. But a year is a long time, and Lo isn’t the same girl she was then. Besides, they’re family now.

It’s weird.

Maverick Prince acts as if he doesn’t remember her, treating Lo like nothing more than an annoying younger sister, and not in a ‘he cares’ way, just in a ‘he’s an arsehole’ way. One thing‘s for sure, he isn’t just dangerous for her sanity—he’s hazardous for her heart.

Lo thought moving to Wicked Bay was the worst of her problems, but as life begins to unravel around her, she’s going to find out it’s only the beginning…

My Review:
Wicked Beginnings is the first book I’ve read by L.A. Cotton, but it most definitely won’t be the last. This book was an addictive read from the very first page and I devoured it in record time. It contains everything I love in a novel – a plucky heroine we can root for, hot, rich bad boys in abundance, swoon-worthy, angsty romance, witty dialogue, and high-school drama in spades.

Maverick, oh Maverick (furiously fanning face in a feeble attempt to cool down) how my heart beats wildly for you! He is the quintessential misunderstood bad boy constantly denying his feelings, and we’re left wondering why. The push-and pull nature of Lo and Maverick’s relationship was delicious, and the sexual chemistry sizzled across the pages of my Kindle.

The side characters were great too, and I especially liked Kyle and the youngest sister. Character development was great, the pacing was consistent and it flowed smoothly, and the writing was superb. While we are still left with many questions at the end, I don’t consider it a cliffhanger ending. That said, I’m dying for the next installment because I’m in bad need of another Maverick Prince fix.

Highly recommended if you are a fan of angsty, dramatic YA/NA crossover romance.

Release Day The Kyler Collection


I am happy to announce that today is the release day for The Kyler Collection! The Kyler Collection combines the first three books in the Kennedy Boys series in one collectors box set. And the best part? It’s only 99c for a very limited time! I know a lot of my readers borrow the books in this series from Kindle Unlimited, so I wanted to give you an opportunity to buy some of the books so you have access to them permanently. You can purchase your copy exclusively from Amazon!

Keeping KylerThe Kyler Collection(The Kennedy Boys #1-3)
by Siobhan Davis

This box set includes the first three books in the highly-addictive Kennedy Boys series from USA Today bestselling author, Siobhán Davis, and is over 1,000 pages of heart-stopping drama, intriguing twists and turns, and angsty romance. Complete trilogy that ends with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…

Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.

Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.

Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.

He’s off limits.

And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.

Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.

Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.

But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.
But when you play with fire, you risk getting burned.

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Review: Logan (Preston Brothers #2) by Jay McLean

Title: Logan
Author: Jay McLean
Series: Preston Brothers #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
As a kid, Logan Preston was a brat.
Through his teens, he became the bad boy.
Now, at nineteen, no one knows what the hell to expect.

High school dropout, Logan Preston is a
good-for-nothing stoner.
A black sheep.
A disappointment.
The worst Preston Punk of the lot.
At least that’s how everyone in his small town
makes him feel.
But Logan Preston has secrets.
Secrets so dark and so deep below the surface that the only way he can fight them is to stay high, high, high.
He wears cockiness as a mask.
Arrogance as his armor.
Until one girl, one night, asks one life-changing question:
What’s beneath the bravado, Logan Preston?

My Review:
Wow, what an incredibly moving, incredibly powerful story and one that is virtually impossible to put down. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning the last two nights reading this book and it was so hard to put down. I felt the full gamut of emotions with Logan, and I laughed, cried, felt heartbroken, disappointed, and was thoroughly destroyed when the full extent of what had happened to him became obvious. And poor Aubrey – her heartache was mine too, and I was right there on the kitchen floor with her, devastated and ruined.

Every time I pick up one of Jay’s books I think “this is her best yet” and this book is no exception. This is raw, gritty, and very real and I think the writing, pacing, character and plot development are exquisite. The scenes toward the end were Logan totally loses it were so hard to read but so gripping – my heart was in my mouth and I was equally sad and horrified and screaming at him to just stop.

It’s been a long while since I’ve wanted to reread a book again the minute I finished it, but that’s what I’m feeling with this one, because I want to go back and savor the sublime execution of the story.

It’s not all heavy though and it’s peppered with Jay’s signature witty style and the banter between our couple is very funny, especially Aubrey’s take on dirty talk, lol. The romance and sexy times are also incredible and I love the bond and the chemistry between our pair and I believed in them as a couple, and was completely rooting for them.

I have the worst book hangover now and I know I’ll definitely have to reread it straight away because I’m not ready to let go yet.

I adored the More Than series, and loved Lucas, but this book tops them all, and now these Preston Punks are up there with my favorites. I’m hoping the next book is about Leo and Melissa and that we don’t have to wait too long because I need another Preston fix pronto!

Thanks for another incredible read, Jay.

Cover Reveal: Making it Complicated by Clarisse David

Today is the cover reveal for Making it Complicated by Clarisse David. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover designer is Daniel Tinagan.

Making it ComplicatedMaking it Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2)
By Clarisse David
Genre: Romance
Age category: Young Adult, New Adult
Release Date: October 16, 2017

Blurb:
No promises. No expectations. Just one night on a paradise island that could mean everything.

Nineteen-year-old Cam has a metric ton of emotional baggage and is in no mood to unload them on anyone. After her parents’ marriage imploded, stress-free is the only way she wants her life to be. And what could be more freeing than spending the summer on Boracay? Absolutely nothing… until she bumps heads with Hunter, the hot drummer who screams incoming heartbreak from a mile away.

Hunter has grand plans, none of which include angry-at-the-world Cam, best friend to the girl he always thought he’d end up with. He likes his life steady, thank you very much. But steady has now become synonymous with boring. His grand plans don’t seem so grand anymore. So when Cam comes home to Iloilo City and reaches out to him, he surprises himself when the one answer he can think of is… yes. Definitely yes.

Sometimes, complications are the only things that make sense.

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Clarisse DavidAbout the Author:
Clarisse David is a Young Adult and New Adult author from the land of epic heat waves a.k.a. the Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and cannot survive without red lipstick and books. When not hanging out on Twitter, she can be found working on her latest writing project.

You can find her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also send her an email at clarissedavidwrites[@]yahoo[.]com.

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Book Blitz: Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 27 September till 3 October. See the tour schedule here.

Ugly Beautiful GirlUgly Beautiful Girl
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Coming of Age/ Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2017

Blurb:
Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That’s me. And I don’t want it to be anymore.

Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn’t make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

But we can’t be together because it isn’t real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren’t meant to fit together.

Even if I fall apart without him.

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Excerpt:
“Five more minutes, okay, Mom?” I roll to the side. My knee hits the floor first, my hip slams into the ground, and my shoulder crashes onto the floor. I rub my shoulder. That hurt, but thankfully I don’t think I broke anything. What the hell is happening?
“I’m not your mommy, and you’re in my bed.”
I open my eyes and adjust my sight. Standing before me is a tall girl, her blonde curls in a perfect symmetry around her head, falling well beneath her shoulders. She has on more makeup than I probably even own. I have one lipstick and an eyeliner. This girl is an entire makeup aisle.
“I’m sorry. I’m Violet,” I say as I realize who this woman is. “You must be my roommate.” I stand and wipe my dark hair out of my face. Some of it sticks to my cheeks, and I realize I’ve been drooling.
“Well, Violet, my name is Olivia, and the right side of the room is mine, so I suggest you move your stuff before I move it for you. If I end up doing it, chances are it’ll all end up on the grass outside.”
Great. When I imagined my college roommate, I hoped for someone I could become friends with, we’d stay up late together, go to the best parties (once I convinced myself to attend one), and maybe we’d even have some of the same classes.
So much for that.
“Okay… When I got here the room was empty. No one had moved in yet.”
“Yeah, well, I’m here now. And the right side of the room is mine. So move it or lose it.”
I stand there, trying to process what is happening as she goes into the hallway and returns with a bag and two men behind her. “This girl is Lily, or Hydrangea, or Daisy. Whatever. She’s named after a flower. It’s not important. This area is mine so shove her stuff to the other side and put mine down.”
“Sure thing, Liv.” The dark-haired boy slams a clearly over packed suitcase onto the ground.
“Hey! Be careful with that, Alex.”
“Sorry.” The boy named Alex leaves the room for a moment and comes back in pulling a cart full of boxes.
“Hey, my name is Jesse.” The other boy, with blonde hair meeting his shoulders, a jawline stronger than steel, and eyes as green as the lushest grass, reaches his hand out for me. “The devil over here is my sister. I didn’t catch your actual name.”
Olivia glares at her brother, her face turning a hundred shades of red. She ignores him, and I step in.
“My name is Violet. Don’t call your sister the devil.”
“He can call me whatever he wants. He knows he’s an asshole.” Shock catches in my throat as I witness this banter between siblings. I’ll never experience this, not until much later in life, but I certainly hope Rose and I don’t call each other names like this, even in fun.
Based on Olivia’s face, I’m not so sure this is all in fun.
“Olivia can believe what she wants. Let me give you some advice, Violet. My sister will act like she’s the boss, but you put her in her place. She’s harmless, despite what she may have you think. Right, Alex?”
Alex stops mid-box drop and glances up at Jesse. He raises his eyebrows and practically takes a chunk out of his lip. “Um…”
“Alex! You’re supposed to be my boyfriend. Defend me. Tell my brother off!” She slaps Alex on the arm, and the box drops on his foot.
“Ow!”
“Oh, please. That box has purses in it. It’s not like it’s full of books.” She rolls her eyes and smiles.
“That’s right, Alex. We both know Olivia doesn’t read books.”
“Okay, get out.” She points to the door, her face so red now I can almost feel the heat radiating off her. “Now! I’ll take care of this myself.”
Jesse smirks, nodding his head as he walks toward the door. He stops for a moment before looking back at me. “Remember what I said. Don’t let her get away with anything.”
Olivia picks her pillow up and throws it at Jesse, who ducks, sending the pillow catapulting into the hallway. “Out!” The two walk toward the door and she stops Alex. “Call me later.” She kisses him before slamming the door in their faces.
Sigh. This should be fun.

Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

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Cover Reveal: Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Today is is the cover reveal for the third book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s series A Wicked sage: Brave! I can’t wait to read this book. Let me know what you think of this cover or the first two books if you read them!

There’s also a giveaway that you can enter and information about a virtual signing!

Title: Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #3
Genres: Paranormal
Release Date: December 11th, 2017
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Blurb:
Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.
If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE! And best of all — This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! More details about the virtual signing can be found here.

About the Author:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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Review: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Happy release day to If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Scroll down to read my review for this book, see some teasers, enter the giveaway and check out the trailer!

Title: If There’s No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

My Review:
A beautifully written coming-of-age story that packs a powerful punch. Emotional, insightful, and ultimately uplifting in the end, this book captured my attention from the instant I picked it up and I barely put it down until I finished it.

I am a massive JLA fan and I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think her YA paranormal series is her best work, but after reading TPWF and ITNT, I have to say that her YA contemporary romances are now vying for that prime position.

Even though this is a complete standalone and it’s in no way connected with TPWF, it stirs the same emotions, the same intensity, and the same addictiveness. At least, it did for me.

I read this book in less than twenty-four hours but that is nothing new for me with a JLA book.

Lena was a fantastic MC – a genuinely nice, sweet girl who made a bad decision and was slowly allowing it to chip away at her self-esteem and her self-worth. Her whole world tilted on its axis overnight and she was drowning in a sea of guilt and self-loathing. Sebastien, her BFF and longtime secret crush, was her rock, and he tried everything to get her to open up, but she was terrified of telling him the truth.

Sebastien was a swoony leading man and I loved the delicious push and pull nature of their relationship as they both held back from making the first move. Their connection was beautiful and it jumped off the pages of my Kindle. All the little touches and gestures and actions were gorgeous and I was totally rooting for them.

When the big event occurred it came out of nowhere and took me by complete surprise. Gosh, my heart was in my mouth and I was devastated at the fallout. I couldn’t believe it and I read on with a definite tightness in my chest. Jennifer perfectly demonstrated the whole gamut of emotions one would feel in such a situation and it was expertly written. She didn’t shy away from tackling the complex aspects of the tragedy, and it was real, raw, vulnerable, and so gritty and powerful. It made me stop and think about choices and consequences and responsibility. The message was very well delivered.

In the end, we get our HEA and I was so happy. It’s taken me a few days to write this review because I’m still processing it all. For me, that is always the sign of a great book.

If you enjoy emotional romances with a powerful message and books that really make you delve deep and think, then this is the perfect read for you.

Another showstopper, Ms. Armentrout. Thank you so much for another fantastic read, and for the advance complimentary copy which I’m always very grateful to receive.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/About the Author:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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Review Blog Tour: Hate to Love You by Tijan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Hate to Love You by Tijan. In case you didn’t read my review on release day here’s another look at it :). Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book!

Title: Hate to Love You
Author: Tijan
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.5 stars
Release date: August 28th
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Rule #1: No hot guys.
It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.
No one would know me at college.

Rule #2: No drama.
I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.

Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.
Right?
Wrong.
And all because of Shay Coleman.

Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .

. . . and he was about to break all my rules.

My Review:
Standalone new adult college romance.

Kennedy Clarke paid the price for her brother’s popularity in high school, so when she starts college she’s determined to blend into the shadows and avoid the glare of her brother’s spotlight. Except that’s easier said than done.

Kennedy unwittingly draws the attention of the star quarterback and all-round Mr. Popular, Shay Coleman. Determined to avoid him, despite an obvious attraction, she tries her best to deflect his flirting, but these two have electric chemistry, and it isn’t long before they are tangling between the sheets and all of Kennedy’s good intentions are flying out the window.

Then stuff starts happening on campus, and when Kennedy steps in to defend another girl she draws even more unwanted attention to herself.

The drama and angst are upped as Kennedy battles to stay true to herself and stick to her goals. But her heart is ruling her head, and Shay isn’t anything like she expected. Soon, she finds herself falling head over heels for the type of guy she swore to avoid.

I felt Kennedy’s pain and her desire to keep her focus, but no one could resist Shay’s allure. Without a shadow of a doubt, Shay is the shining star of this show. While he was presented as this cocky, player-type, the reality is quite different. He was such a nice guy, and so supportive and loyal to Kennedy, and I was in love with him from the very start. Kennedy’s inner monologue grated on my nerves at times, even if I could understand where it was coming from.

This was a very good read, but predictable and lacking a little. Maybe, it’s because I’m greedy and I wanted more – more angst, more drama, more tension, just more. I was expecting an enemies-to-lovers story but Kennedy and Shay only hated each other for about five seconds, and that was a tad disappointing for me. Perhaps, I didn’t enjoy this as much because I’ve just re-read the Jaded series and, man, was it an even better angst-filled-emotional-heartjerker the second time around.

If you are a die-hard Tijan fan you are going to love this. If you are new to this author, I suggest starting with the Fallen Crest, Broken and Screwed, and Jaded, series’ first. All are absolutely superb and the very best this author has to offer, in my opinion.

Actual rating 3.5 stars. Massive thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for providing an ARC which I am voluntarily reviewing.


About the Author:
I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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About the Author:
I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

Links: