Review: See Me by Nicholas Sparks

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Published by Vision on May 30, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Pages: 576
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought at Walmart… I think!
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My Rating: ★★★★ 4/5


 

// SYNOPSIS //

See me just as I see you . . .

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

IMG_2221Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.

As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria’s life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they’ve begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.


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Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

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Published by Penguin Books on December 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: Sent to me for review by Penguin Books
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My Rating: ★★★★ 4/5


 

// SYNOPSIS //

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.


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Review | Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

9780143124542Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Published by Penguin Books on November 7, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Domestic Life, Family Life
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Sent to me for review by Penguin Books
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My Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5


// SYNOPSIS //

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.


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Top Ten Books I Loved

 

Top Ten Quotes I Loved 
So I saw this on a friends book blog (www.aimees23.wordpress.com) and thought it would be fun to do on mine as well. These are my top ten favorite quotes from books I’ve read in the past year or two!
I am lost and yet somehow found. I am afraid and yet somehow comforted. I am drifting and yet… somehow home.” – Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green 
 
“The world is not a wish granting factory.” – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.” – If I Stay by Gayle Forman 
“May the odds be ever in your favor.” – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
“Fear doesn’t shut you down, it wakes you up.” – Divergent by Veronica Roth
“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been too and people I’ve never met.”  – Paper Towns by John Green
“Maybe all the strings inside him broke.” – Paper Towns by John Green
“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes the choices make you.” – If I Stay by Gayle Forman
“If I Stay. If I leave. It’s up to me.” -If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review | Surviving Ice (Burying Water Series Book 4) by K.A. Tucker

61BgE29wfzL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on October 27, 2015
Genres: New Adult & College, Romantic Suspense, Fiction
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought off Amazon
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My Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5


// SYNOPSIS //

Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again.

When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner who resorted to blackmail and got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for.

Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control.

That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.


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Review | Paper Towns by John Green

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Published by Speak on September 22, 2009
Genres: Mysteries & Thrillers, Runaway’s, Romantic, Detective, Fiction
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought off Amazon
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My Rating: ★★★★ 4/5


// SYNOPSIS//

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.


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Review | Chasing River ( Burying Water Series Book 3) by K.A. Tucker

51Yu79SHFNL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Chasing River by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on July 7, 2015
Genres: New Adult & College, Romantic Suspense, Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought off Amazon
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My Rating: ★★★★ 4/5


// SYNOPSIS //

Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also can’t be identified at the scene—so, he fled. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Pushing her away would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.
And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.


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Review | Becoming Rain (Burying Water Series Book 2) by K.A. Tucker

61BgE29wfzL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on March 3, 2015
Genres: New Adult & College, Romantic Suspense, Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought off Amazon
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My Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5


// SYNOPSIS //

Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it—the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington, DC, major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the West coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year-old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.


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Review |Burying Water ( Burying Water Series Book 1) by K.A. Tucker

51utL4WLGpL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on October 7, 2014
Genres: New Adult & College, Romantic Suspense, Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift from a friend
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My Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5

My New FAVORITE Author!


// SYNOPSIS //

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.


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Review | Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

51yBom7vVtL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on August 5, 2014
Genres: New Adult & College, Romantic Suspense, Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: Ebook
Source: Bought off my Nook
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My Rating: ★★★ 3/5


// SYNOPSIS //

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


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