Take a chance Abbi Glines (Rosemery beach#7)

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When Harlow Manning’s rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan’s room in nothing but his boxer briefs.

Grant made a huge mistake getting involved with a girl with venom in her veins. He’d known about Nan’s reputation, but still he couldn’t resist her. Nothing makes him regret the fling more than meeting Harlow, who sends his pulse racing. Yet Harlow wants nothing to do with a guy who could fall for her wicked half-sister even if there are no strings between Grant and Nan. Grant is desperate to redeem himself in Harlow’s eyes, but did he ruin his chances before he even met her


Before I get into the review, I just want to say that I strongly recommend reading all the other books in the series before reading this one. Grant’s story is tied in quite strongly with both Rush and Woods’ (and with everyone else in Rosemary Beach) and I really feel like they should all be read in order. There are a lot of characters too so it would be good to go in with a bit of a refresher on them first.

Emotionally, this was a bit of a complicated book because there were a lot of factors at play. Grant was an interesting character. I’d always liked him but I hated his choice to be with Nan in any capacity so, going into this book, I was looking forward to seeing him grow a lot and learn to appreciate a relationship with his heart rather than just his… other parts 😉

I’ll be perfectly honest here… I hate Nan. Absolute hate her. And as such, even though I liked Grant, I wasn’t so sure how strongly I’d be able to connect to someone who clearly had had such a tolerance for her. I loved Grant, but I did not understand the way he was with Nan. But what this book did was it really helped me see her through his eyes and get to at least see why he had been with her.

“Mine had been the arms she’d run into, and like a fool I had opened them up for her. Now, all I had was a lot of damn drama and a slightly damaged heart. She hadn’t claimed it. Not completely. But she had touched a place no one else had. She had needed me. No one had ever needed me…. As sick as it was, I had wanted to be her hero.”

Harlow’s initial reaction to him though was (understandably) kind of that she didn’t want much to do with a guy who could be involved with someone as horrid as Nan. And I have to say, I totally saw where she was coming from which sucked for him because, despite how hard he kept trying to fight it, he was falling for her.

I kinda went back and forth on my feelings though because I could both understand Grant’s fears and see what was preventing him from putting his heart out on the line even as I simultaneously just wanted to slap him upside the head and tell him to get his shit in order before he lost his chance with Harlow for good.

What I loved about Harlow was that while she may have been a little shy and generally preferred to keep to herself, she was not a pushover. She saw right through Grant from the first time she met him and was not going to be on the receiving end of any of his issues. She also had no problem calling Nan out on her shit either. And I just kinda loved her for it.

We also get to see a whole lot of Mace in this book (he was Kiro’s son and Nan and Harlow’s brother) and I absolutely loved him. I really hope we get a whole book on Mace in the future because he really stole my heart. He had that whole protective big brother vibe working for him when it came to standing up for Harlow and I can only imagine how he’d get when he fell for someone. And I have to say… even though I know I’m supposed to be rooting for Grant as the hero of this story, for a good while I totally agreed with the advice Mace was giving Harlow….

“My advice is to stay the fuck away from [Grant]. Guys that weak aren’t the ones worth sticking around for. When a guy gets the attention of someone like you, he’s supposed to understand his luck. Not toss it away. He doesn’t get it. Find a man that understands your worth.”

He wasn’t wrong. See, the first half of the book was kind of interesting because… it’s rare to read a book where you actually don’t even think the hero is worthy of the girl yet. And truly I didn’t think Grant deserved Harlow. Not at first. He had a lot of growing up to do and a lot of things to come to terms with before he could give his heart over. And the thing was that I understood and respected that. Not everyone just takes a running leap and jumps into a relationship with their eyes closed. He had valid fears but they were ones that he needed to get over before I could respect him as someone worthy of Harlow.

But I will say that while Grant did mess up (a lot), I have to give that guy credit because he knew how to give a great apology. I mean, gosh — it was hard not to forgive him. It really was. I kinda just had to.

“I may have pushed her too far away,” …

“Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe you never stood a chance to begin with. But is she worth trying?”

I nodded. “Yeah, she’s worth begging.”

A big part of the story was actually Grant facing his fear of loving someone and opening himself up to the potential pain of losing them. Having seen first hand how devastating the loss of a life could be, he was determined to do anything and everything to prevent himself from ever experiencing that loss.

“…all I could think was what if I loved someone that much and I lost them? How could I live? … I decided I never wanted to be that vulnerable. I never wanted to love someone that much. I never wanted to face losing the one person that owns me.”

I felt that of all the lines that described Grant best, it was this one…

“You’ll find out you can trust me. I’m not a bad guy. Deep down you know that. I just made a very bad decision.”

Now, the second half of the book had some really cool revelations and twists to it that I loved – specifically regarding the beautiful backstory development with Kiro which showed me a whole new side of him. I’m not going to lie, I teared up more than once and thought it was a wonderful addition to the story.

The ending is a cliffhanger. Grant and Harlow’s story is still unfinished. I literally turned the page and then realized… there was no next page. *sniff* But, if you’ve read this series so far (which you really should before reading this book), it’s nothing outrageous — I mean, it’s the same type of cliffhanger you’re already used to from this series so if you’ve handled them ok so far, you’ll be fine with this too.

I have to say that all of Abbi Glines’ book have this insanely addictive quality to them. They kind of just compel you to inhale them in one sitting — which was what I did with this one. I read it start to finish without stopping and am now looking forward to the next one!

4/5 stars

Unhidden Dina M Given

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It’s not always easy to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys, especially when your heroine is a trained killer and she may be falling in love with her evil hunter…

Emma Hayes, a former military Special Forces Operative turned mercenary-for-hire, finds her tightly controlled world turned upside down when she is attacked by horrible monsters.

Emma must use every skill in her arsenal to stay alive as she tries to solve the mystery of why she has been targeted. Her list of enemies keeps growing – from Zane Shayde, an evil Mage, to a secret branch of the US government – and she doesn’t know if there is anyone left she can trust.

To complicate matters further, Emma is inexplicably drawn to Zane in a way she doesn’t quite understand, even knowing her life is forfeit if captured. Who is he and why does he have this affect on her? How can she fight a being that calls to her, body and soul?

Emma is left haunted by questions, doubts and fears as to why she has been targeted, when they will come for her next, and how she will possibly be able to survive against an enemy she doesn’t understand.  

Sent by net galley and the publisher for an honest review 

This book is a nonstop adventure with page turning danger and mystery. There is a lot of mystery behind who Emma is, what her purpose is and why she was “hidden.” Her character is very strong, a worrior through and through. She’s a protector, looking out for her closet friends which aren’t many because she doesn’t trust easily. she is constantly fighting the darkness she feels inside her and tries to protect the world from forces unkown to her until her world turns upside down. she’s been told one thing for most of her life to find that everything was a lie.

Characters are introduced to Emma. Alex who has sworn to protect her though he would rather kill her for things she cant remember doing. Zane who has been sent out to take her or kill her, whatever he has to do, though her battles his insane mind in doing so. beneath the insanity, something else lives. it’s so sad and tragic. There are people from her past those she knows who try to protect her and those she doesn’t know who all want something from her. Then there is the mysterious Nathan who offers his help but to what gain? Who is he and what does he want in return?. I’m really intrigued with his character.

Given’s introduces a world full of all monsters and creatures of the imagination. you don’t know what is going to be thrown at Emma next and you don’t know which direction she’s going to turn or be turned towards. The chapters end in such a way that you couldn’t stop there you had to start the next chapter to see what happens next. it was overall thrilling

5/5

Simple perfection Abbi Glines (Rosemery beach #6)

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Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.

Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?


Simple Perfection starts off right where Twisted Perfection leaves off. Woods Kerrington is now solely responsible for his family’s country club. He is dealing with his grieving mother, his crazy ex, and the stress is getting to him. Thankfully he has Della. The inly thing keeping him together, keeping him sane.

Della is happy with Woods. For the first time in her life, she feels normal, special, loved. But she also feels that she’s undeserving of someone like Woods. Due to her family’s history, she thinks he deserves better than her. Someone who doesn’t have issues and who doesn’t have the possibility of becoming crazy like her mother. She can’t stay with him and hold him back.

How could we make this work? This couldn’t be forever. I wanted this forever but Woods deserved so much more.

No matter what the couple goes through, and they go through a lot, Woods knows Della is it for him. He never sees Della as damaged or a hindrance. To him, she is perfect. She’s the only thing he wants or needs and he will do whatever he has to do to protect her.

“She’s my perfection. She holds my heart in her hands. When she hurts it brings me to my knees. There is no way to explain to you the way I feel about her. Just understand that I will not allow anyone to hurt her again. I won’t forgive that. I lose a piece of my soul when I see her in pain.”

Woods is one of my favorite of Abbi’s guys, and my definite favorite of the Rosemary beach series. Not only is he sexy as hell, alpha with a bit of a dirty mouth

“Gonna come. Your hot little mouth wants it, doesn’t it? My naughty baby wants it down her throat. Fuck yeah. That’s my mouth to fuck.”   

but he is kind, compassionate, patient and loving. Pretty much the perfect guy! He loves Della fiercely.

Della is lost throughout this book. She needed to get away to find herself and figure things out. It was nice to get more of Della’s background and see her move on from her past and get over some of her fears. Being away from Woods made her realize how much she loves him, needs him, and wants to be with him. Once Della realizes she won’t only bring Woods down, that he is the anchor that grounds her, she is able to face him again

“I want to be the strong one sometimes. I don’t always want to be the weak one.”
“I just want you. In whatever way I can have you.”


Just as things are starting to get back to normal for the couple, something big happens that shakes everyone on Rosemary beach. Tore my heart right from my chest. I understand that this happened to set up Tripp’s book…. but seriously WHY WHY WHY!!?!??!?!?   I was still devastated. For all the times Woods has comforted and taken care of Della, she has to be the strong one for him now.

She was my glue right now. Being able to touch her was keeping me together.


Della is there for Woods when she needs him. She will do anything she can for him, be everything he needs her to be.

Even though I was heart broken for a while,I was still very happy with the ending. The gas station. Woods makes me swoon like no other. Even though we don’t get an epilogue, it’s okay. I know we will catch up with these two in Grant’s and Tripp’s book down the road!

I adore Woods, and Della’s journey was wonderful to read about. I wanted a bit more closure with the whole Angelina/Wood’s mother thing. That bugged me a little. Maybe in another book, who knows? Although I didn’t love this book quite as much as the first, it was still a great read. Looking forward (even if I am a bit nervous) about Grant’s book!

4/5 STARS

Love Rosie Cecelia Ahern

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Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they’re suddenly separated when Alexx and his family move from Dublin to America.

Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles?

Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time … ?  

 

 


This is a very sweet romantic “When are they finally going to do it” story. Alex and Rosie have been best friends since the age of five and their story here spans a period of 50 years. They adore each other and would do anything for each other and sometimes it seems as if they are the only people in the world who haven’t cottoned on to the fact that they belong together. or if they have realised it then they don’t seem to get the message at the same time and fate always seems to be throwing a spanner in the works to spoil the moment anyway.

The story is told entitely by written communications, starting with the notes that they used to pass to each other at school, text messages, letters, emails and instant messages. We also see the story unfolding through the eyes of their friends and families in the same way. It is not my favourite method of storytelling but in this case it did work. It kept me intrested and wanting to know more, although I did sometimes think that the instant messages were a little too long- instant messaging in my experience has always been short and snappy and some conversations that unfolded by instant message here would have been better by email or letter.

Now, they do start using electronic communications at an early stage and therefore the story must unfold at some point in the future although there are no real cultural references to date it definitively. For that reason it did feel as if the story had date already. The emphasis is very much on instant messaging which really is “Old hat” now. Where is Instagtram, Snapchat, Facebook and Skype in the story?

On the whole though this is a really good read one that you can get lost in and really feel as if you get to know the characters

4/5

Twisted Perfection Abbi Glines (Rosemery beach#5)

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Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…  


“I’ll be whatever she needs me to be. I can’t walk away from her, I tried. I’m hooked.”

Each book from Abbi Glines is more addictive than the last!

I read Twisted Perfection in one sitting and was glued to the page, unable to put it down. It was hot, steamy and sometimes a little dirty *winks*, with a fast-paced plot and lovable characters. It’s a little darker than the Too Far books, but I’d still actually consider it a relatively light read.

Having lived her whole life with a mentally ill mother who, out of her personal fears, kept her inside all the time, Della finds her life unexpectedly changed when her mother dies. Three years later, she is still struggling to find herself and decides a road trip is the best answer. So she throws all caution and inhibitions to the wind and heads out. At her first rest stop, she meets Woods.. And ohhhh my do they have chemistry. She isn’t looking to stick around, but she can’t help but take up his offer of dinner… and more.

Woods has enough going on in his life. Too much. He’s being pressured from his family to marry a woman he dislikes for the ‘good of the family business’. It’s either that, or he loses his part of the business and everything he’s worked towards his whole life. The thought makes him miserable but, he wants the job desperately and so is just trying to delay the inevitable marriage.

So when he sees Della at the gas station, he sees perfection. She is exactly what he needs right now. A fun time that would drive away afterwards – no strings.

What neither of them counted on was their hearts getting attached and despite the fact that they both drive off after their night together, fate soon crosses their paths again and this time, they’re not leaving each other.

“My future was about to be thrown off track because Della Sloane was under my skin and I had to have her.”

Woods. Was. Delicious. Purely delicious!! And yummy. Very yummy. Ohhh and a bit of a dirty talker but he still called her sweetheart right from the start which was super sweet. He was protective and I loved that being around Della brought out his hothead caveman side. It was seriously swoony!

I really liked Della. She was broken in many ways but at the same time was really quite free. She may not have been experienced at relationships but she certainly wasn’t shy at going after what she wanted with Woods and I have to say it was refreshing to read her kind of character who on the one hand was like that while at the same time, really messed up inside. It was a cool mix. She had issues, but they didn’t take over every part of her life.

I don’t know a better way to describe Abbi’s books than by saying that reading them feels like watching a very well-written, addictive TV show. The scenes, they way their cut together, everything about them just makes me feel like I’m watching it happen right in front of me.

This book certainly brings on the angst in certain scenes!! Serious, serious angst. BUT! And here’s what I loved about it: the main angst (at least to me) is resolved in the first half of the book, leaving the second half to be focused quite a bit on Woods and Della sorting their relationship out, which I really enjoyed. That isn’t to say there isn’t angst in the second half, ‘cuz there is, but it’s a different kind (less nerve wracking, more focused on sorting issues out) and I appreciated the switch up.

“You are mine. Do you hear me? You are mine, Della Sloane. I will take care of you. Nothing is taking you away from me. Nothing.”

There is a bit of a love “square” going on for part of the book, but it was clear that Woods was never in love with the girl he was supposed to marry, it was more a question of him falling in love for the first time in his life and being put in position of having to choose “head or heart”? And while Della also connected with another guy she met on her road trip, her heart really always belonged to Woods.

That being said, their road to getting together was a fair bit bumpy, but, honestly, it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun if the ride had been smooth, lol.

Della goes through some pretty hard issues in the book and I loved how supportive Woods was of everything. They were just a wonderful couple together.

And speaking them as a couple, this book was full of panty-ripping hotness. For real. As I mentioned, Woods has a bit of a dirty mouth and Della just loses it around so they’re a pretty explosive together. Hot, hot, HOT! Lol, sometimes, I’ll admit, it was borderline awkward in places to me, but most just plain freaking hot!

And I really have to give a bit of a shout-out to some of the awesome supporting men in this book. First to Tripp, who had better be getting his own damn book cuz that man has SWOON. I want more of him! And then also to Kent, who made my heart melt even though he was only in like two small scenes. Holy heart warming protectiveness!

For those of you wondering about cameos, Blaire does have a brief cameo but neither she nor Rush play a central part in the book. As much as I love their characters though, I didn’t miss them here. I was happy to see the book focused on Woods and Della.

The ending had me flipping pages like crazy. I knew it would all work out but that didn’t stop me from being worried, lol. You know how it is

To soothe your hearts, you should know that there is no relationship cliffhanger! The book ends in a good place relationship-wise. However, this is NOT a stand alone and there will be a sequel out in the fall, so there is a bit of a plot-related cliffy in that something happened at the end to make me want more of the story, but at the same time, it left them in a place where my heart could be happy to wait till the fall. At the end of the book, they are very much together as a couple. So, you will not want to throw your kindle at the wall. It’s all safe!! ♥

See?

“Is she forever for you then? She’s worth throwing it all away?”…

“She’s it. No one else. She’s all I’m ever gonna want.”

I loved the book and totally enjoyed spending my evening wrapped up in this world.

Definitely recommended if you are looking for something quick, hot, swoony, slightly angsty, fast-paced and addictive 🙂

4.5 stars/5

Me Before You Jojo Moyes

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What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.


 

I just want to start by saying this book deserves so many more than 5* in my opinon. it’s a truly beautifully tragic love story one that will stay with me forever.

Have you ever had a friend tell you to read a book? you tell them “No that you can’t deal with that kind emotional roller coaster? but they keep telling you to read it insisting that you’ll fall madly in love with the characters and even though you’ll feel pain it will be the most beautiful kind of pain? that the tears that fall will heal you, one by one? well this is what happened to me.

I’m the first to admit, i’m an emotional person therefore I’m an emotional reader. I love nothing more than to find myself fully invested in a story from the first page. I want to fee like i’m living the character’s life that I can feel their pain and share in their love. When I’m so invested in a story nothing else matters. for me it’s a rare thing to find a story that makes real life and everything that goes will it cease to exist, cease to matter to me.

This story did.

I loved Lou right from the very first page she was so normal so relatable. I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes or tutting. I found myself laughing and thinking to myself. “She’s like me!” I think any female reading this book will be able to relate to Lou she’s insecure, she’s not always sure of what she should be doing. But she’s insecure. she’s not always sure of what she should be doing. But she’s courages and brave and so incredibly strong. Faced with what she is I know I wouldn’t be able to be the person she stepped up to be. I’m in awe of her and I think she is my favourite heroine of all time. I cannot fully express how much I adore her.

I fell in love with Will from that very first meeting. something about him reaches inside of you and holds on tight. And it doesn’t let go I can tell you that. I’ve never met a character like Will someone who is so completely sure of what he wants and is brave enough to stand by it. To day I have a choice and I’m making it. I loved watching how he changes, how Lou changes him. or makes him more of his old self I think is a better explanation He was a rare and phenomenal character and one I will love forever.

It takes courage to stay true to your characters to write the story as it should be and not how you know the readers are going to want it to be. I admire Jojo for keeping the story Will’s story especially as it was meant to be staying true to him and his choices no matter how much heartbreak, how much sadness it may bring. It takes a lot of guts to do that.

Honestly hand on my heart one of the best books I’ve ever read, Possibly the best book because it’s not a series, Jojo made you fall in love with two characters so completely and she did so in one book. She made you feel things it usually takes a series to feel a whole series to build up, it usually takes a lot of invested time in order for me to feel that but this is one book and when I finished I was left asking myself one question: What author can make me feel like this with one book ! I Cant wait to read the campinon novel after you

5/5 STARS

 

Rush Too Far Abbi Glines (Rosemery beach #4)

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Fallen Too Far was Blaire’s story. Now it’s time for Rush to share his side.

Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story…

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.


My problem with books that I’ve already read from the ‘other’ pov- I feel like I know exactly whats going to happen (because, well, I do) so occasionally I don’t read them. I couldn’t skip this book. I love Rush too much and wanted his pov. Rush Too Far was essentially a re-telling of Fallen Too Far from Rush’s pov. Hearing the story from Rush’s side was much different than Blaire’s. I loved getting inside his head and seeing what he was really thinking…

Note to readers- if you haven’t read Fallen Too Far, there may be some storyline spoilers.

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