I've got my arts & crafts websites up and running! I will also be doing my very first vendor show this weekend in Temple at their Holiday Craft Bazaar!!! COME AND VISIT ME!

I'd really love it if you took a minute to check out my newest website @ LeannaTaylorDesigns.weebly.com --> love it even more if you share it with friends and family :D

Also... I've got my Etsy site established @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeannaTaylorDesigns 

Here are some of my items for sale but I can make anything custom - just private message me the details! Thanks!!!
 
 
I can't believe it's really been 7 months since I last updated on my page. Wow! I guess life just gets in the way sometimes. I've been wanting to write lately but just haven't decided what I am going to do yet. I've had so many rewrites of Falling that I don't know if I even want to publish it right now. I'm thinking of just starting fresh with a new book and new ideas. I've got several things floating around in my head so who knows what might come spilling out. I've also started up with my arts & crafts website again. so you should go check it out it at leannataylordesigns.weebly.com!

leanna taylor you might ask... well thats another thing about nl dufour books that might be getting a revamp. I think I might got with a "fake" name instead of initials. so be on the lookout for that as well.

Casey and I will be relocating soon (April 2014) to a new area of the US. Location unknown... fun, right?!?! Hopefully they will let us know soon so we can start planning. Anyways, once the move takes place I am hoping that my craft business will generate enough income that I won't need to work. If that happens that I can actually have time to write! YAY! BTW I'm super excited about that :D So cross your fingers and go buy something lol.

My goal is to be able to write full-time and work in craft orders along the way. I just want to be doing something that I enjoy for once in my life. I feel like a lost sole wondering around trying everything out and hoping it fits. I wish money wasn't an issue so I could just stay and home and do everything I enjoy, but we all know the world just doen't work like that. How people work, have kids and enjoy hobbies is beyond me! I have time in my day to sleep, eat, work and be lazy. *really, for everyone's own safety I need lazy-nikki time*

Let's just hope and wish that I get to do this full time and can finally be "happy" with the job I have to do everyday. And thank you Casey for being so loving and supporting with everything! I was extremely nervous to shell out money to build a stock of items to start selling online and at local craft fairs. I don't want to sink a bunch of money into something and it be a total flop. But i asked my husband and his response was, "nikki... spend the money." Gotta love a man who is trained that good! He really knows how to make me feel like a lucky girl. So thats what I will be doing tomorrow (shopping!) and this weekend (craf
 
 
what i'm reading now...

the host
stephenie meyer

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Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.


what i'm reading next...

walking disaster
jamie mcguire

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Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.


i'v met this author, Jamie McGuire, back in January. another really amazing person that makes you feel comfortable around within seconds of meeting. she is just as sweet as your would think she is! after waiting a year since reading beautiful disaster... i can't wait for april 2nd to hurry up and get here! i have it in me to finish up the host so that i can start this one as soon as my kindle gets its pre-ordered copy! ohhh how i missed you mr. maddox!

Dead until dark
charlaine harris

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Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out.... Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.


i've been addicted to True Blood lately... almost finished with season 4!!! i figured its time to invest the time and money into the book series. i've met the author, Charlaine Harris, and she is amazing! so funny! so quick-witted! so personable! can't wait to start the series but i'm not good a reading series that are as long as this one is. i tend to get bored easily. we shall see how many i get through before i'm ready for something new and excited. i hear that they are nothing like the show after the first season or so which intrigues me. i want to know what happens in the author's world for sookie!

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the opportunist
tarryn fisher

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Olivia Kaspen is a sharp tongued manipulator used to always getting what she wants. With just one exception-Caleb Drake, the one she foolishly let slip away. After a chance encounter brings Caleb back into her life, Olivia finds herself wanting a second chance with her first love, and asking herself how far she is willing to go to get him back.  Her only problem is a red head named Leah, Caleb's new love. Olivia must fight for what was once hers, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

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wait for you
J. Lynn

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Some things are worth waiting for...

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago--an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe--please God--make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn't need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she's building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing...

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that's just so... so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet...

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she's has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for...


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RULE
Jay Crownover

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I loved Rule Archer since the first moment I ever laid eyes on him. He was everything I shouldn't want and the only person I went out of my way to not try and please. He only saw me as a brat, as an entitled, stuck up princess but worse than that all he saw when he looked at me was his deceased twin brother's girl. It broke my heart because as much as I had loved Remy Archer there was never anything romantic between us and no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that loving Rule was a terrible idea, my poor heart just wouldn't listen. We tolerated each other, barely. We forged an uneasy alliance until one night I had too much to drink and changed the way we were forever. Suddenly life long secrets were no longer hidden and the one thing I always wanted for myself seemed obtainable as long as I was willing to go through hell to hold onto it.

Shaw Landon was a class act and I had no idea what to do with her. She was tied to my family, tied to the person that was my other half so I tolerated her and her haughty attitude because I didn't have any other choice. What I didn't know was that a short skirt and too many cocktails on her birthday was going to change my outlook on her for the rest of my life. Some people thought I hid behind all my tattoos and piercings, that I tried to distance myself from my dead twin, Shaw saw through it all and wasn't scared of what was underneath.
We weren't supposed to be together, weren't supposed to be anything except uncomfortable acquaintances but that all changed in the blink of an eye. Now I had to figure out just how a girl like her and a guy like me were supposed to be in love without destroying each other. Add in her custom made ex and two disapproving sets of parents and the whole situation sounded to me like it was more trouble then it was worth.

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the truth about faking
leigh talbert moore

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The Truth About Faking:
Jason just wants a date with Harley.
Harley just wants a date with Trent. 
Trent's still getting over Stephanie.

When Harley and Jason decide to fake date, they uncover a school of deceptions. Trent's got a secret, but so does Jason. And the more time Harley spends secretly kissing her fake boyfriend, the further she gets from her dreams with Trent.

Worst of all, Harley's mom is getting cozy with her hot massage therapy student, and even Harley's Reverend Dad can't fake not being bothered by it. But when the masks finally come off, can everyone handle the real truth?

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beauty from pain
georgia cates

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They agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries.

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth makes him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he's ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.

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never too far
abbi glines

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Rush withheld a secret that had destroyed her world.

Her entire life had all been a lie.

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.

Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.

What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.

 
 

Editing

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Thus far I have semi-completed four chapters. Now that doesn't go without saying that I deleted about ten chapters throughout that process. My editor is whipping me into shape! She has some seriously great ideas on how to make my book better. It's just hard to keep deleting and cutting out entire sections of my book. Overall I know it's the best thing, but it still doesn't make it any easier. Sometimes I feel like I am never going to get this book finished. It's like the song that goes on and on, the book version. There are times that I just want to give up but it's people like you reading this blog now that keep me motivated. Thank you for helping me see the light at the end of the tunnel. Without your constant support I don't think I would have the courage to finish my book. Knowing that there are people out there who are waiting for my book to be released keeps me trucking along.

As crazy as this sounds, I already have ideas spinning in my head for my second book. I am hoping that all the knowledge gained from writing and editing this book will make my next one go by way faster. After working on 'Falling' for so long I tend to get a little burnt out. I feel like I've been going around in a hamster wheel with Rosalee and Harlan. Their story has been in my head for a year and then I've been rewriting it over and over again. Soon, I promise, it will be completed and ready for the world to enjoy. I can't wait to share with everyone else all the things I have been building upon in the book. I only hope that you all love it as much as I do. Well, let's be honest, there will be tons of people who hate it just as much as I do on some days. But that's okay. It won't be for everyone just like it's sometimes a torn in my side.

Now seriously, I am going to change out some laundry and knock out another chapter tonight. I have been slacking with my blog and I know it... sorry! Lately I haven't had the time to write, read, and review along with everything else going on in my life. Someone please tell my husband to let me stay at home so that I can devote more time to my hobbies :D Have a great night and thanks for checking in on the blog!

 
 

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From Ashes
Molly McAdams

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When Cassidy Jameson's best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she's only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there's something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can't explain, only problem? He's always telling Tyler that he doesn't want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he'd called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn't care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty's Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?


I liked this book! So much more than I did 'Taking Chances'. The author did ramble on a little towards the end like in that book, but not nearly as much. Sometimes I just want her to end the book earlier on but to each their own. I don't always have to know the characters' entire life story in one book. The last few chapters always seem to go on and on and on. I get that they are living happily ever... just wrap it up already.

First, let's start off with Gage Carson! Wow! Yum! Delish! Who doesn't love a Texas cowboy that just happens to be a gorgeous, sweet talking hunk of a fictional character? I know I sure do! Perfection! I loved his character from the first page till the last page.

Secondly, let's talk about Cassidy. She's a pretty cool character for the most part. Dumb, yeah. But not nearly as sheltered and stupid as the girl from 'Taking Chances'. You could actually relate to Cassidy even when she was doing things that made you want to punch her in the face.

Thirdly, let's talk about Tyler. Seriously a giant douche! Even when he was having his "good" moments throughout the book, I still hated him. Which was good because then I knew that Cassidy wasn't going to end up with him instead of Gage. She might be retarded at times but she wasn't a horrible person who would pick a retard like Tyler over a hottie like Gage.

In 'Taking Chances', Harper only ended up with Brandon out of default when Chase died. I was seriously worried that the author was going to pull the same stunt in this book, but she didn't! Thank goodness! I wanted to be able to rate this one 5 Little Bookworms but I just couldn't with the prolong ending. Still, this book gave me a better understanding of Molly McAdam's writing choices. I'm just happy that this book didn't upset me as much as her last book did. So, go out and read this book because it was really good!


 
 

From Ashes
by: Molly McAdams

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When Cassidy Jameson's best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she's only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there's something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can't explain, only problem? He's always telling Tyler that he doesn't want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he'd called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn't care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty's Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?


I am a little over half way through this book and so far I love it! Wow... Gage! OMG - I love you! Tyler - I really don't like you at all. Cassi - You aren't too bad, but let's face it, you aren't Gage!

Molly McAdam's book's are a little long-winded but usually worth it. This is the same author that wrote, 'Taking Chances'. I feel like I read, read and read some more and can't even make a dent in this book. I'm just ready for it to all go down. Gage and Cassi are too happy for it to last much longer. The description tells you that much, but I'm still not ready for Cassi to break Gage's heart and run back to that asshole Tyler.

I am excited to see how it ends and hopefully I can get it done tomorrow night. I've actually been busy at work, shhh don't tell any one, they might try and make it a regular occurrence. I will be sure to post a new blog letting you know what I think of the completed book so hold tight!

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Ten Tiny Breaths
By: K.A. Tucker

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Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Okay... so this book was pretty amazing. But once again, I would really like to take out that little part of my brain that thinks too much. I had this book figured out before she even started foreshadowing it. Why can't I use this crazy, wicked brain power for something good instead of evil? I'd really like to enjoy the shock of a book for once.

Regardless, this book was pretty kick ass! Kacey is so funny! If you don't laugh reading this then there is probably something seriously wrong with you. This author is amazing! I have already went on amazon and got a different series of hers to start on.

You will enjoy this book because it's deep without being too deep. It touches on some pretty intense topics but isn't written around those 100%. It's hard to explain but you will totally understand if you decide to read it. I'd highly recommend this book and I promise you won't be let down.


Every single character will steal your heart after meeting them. Only a talented writer like this can mix a run-a-way PTSD survivor, a teenager way past her years, a not so dumb blonde haired, big boobed stripper, an adorable little kid, a police officer, and a hot neighbor all into one book and get away with it. It is super funny from the first few pages until the end. You will love to hate the Kacey and Trent at times but are so happy when they finally get their shit together.

The next 3 books are all rated 3 Little Bookworms.

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Bad Rep
By: A. Meredith Walters

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"Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes."

Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.

She thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual.

It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.

But attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others dictate her life and her heart?

I really wanted to like this book more but I just couldn't. It started out so good then just went downhill from there. I loved Maysie at first then she turned into a little drama queen! And I don't do drama queens! I will however say differently for Jordon. He is the one thing that stayed good throughout this book. Oh and her roommate too! I really liked that girl!

I felt myself skipping parts just to get to the end and that's never a good sign. It had such potential but somewhere it just want all wonky. The writing was good, the plot was good, the characters were even believable. I don't know why but I just couldn't love this book.

I wouldn't say don't read it because it was entertaining, it just wasn't as good as I thought it could be. I felt let down to be honest. Maysie went from total kickass to complete whinny bitch overnight. Her character is probably the main reason I couldn't fully enjoy this book.

Let's just call it a draw on this one. It wasn't good, it wasn't bad, it wasn't much of anything except a decent read. If you've read it and feel differently let me know because I would love to be proven wrong on this one.

Shattered
by: Elizabeth Lee

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Alyssa Boyd had big plans. Big plans that included getting the hell out of the little town she’d grown up in with her two best friends. When she decided it was time to let one of them know her true feelings for him; a change of plans resulted in a tragic turn of events. Now, Alyssa is left alone to find her way out of the darkness that an untimely death has left in its wake.

Jesse Vaughn was never good at letting people in. He’d learned a long time ago that it’s easier that way because people leave, or, unfortunately, die. The one person he wanted to let in doesn’t want him anymore. The only problem is he can’t stop thinking about her. Jesse returns to the childhood home he left behind with one goal in mind… to convince her that they should be together.

When Jesse finds Alyssa she’s not the same girl he left behind. She’s wild, reckless and hell-bent on not giving Jesse a second chance. Lucky for Jesse, his stubborn streak has always been a mile-wide and he’s not about to give up on her.

When your life has been shattered can you really pick up all the pieces and move on?

Mature YA/New Adult Recommended for readers 17+

Here is another one that I wanted to love but just couldn't. It's pretty depressing from start to finish. I mean, the entire book does revolve around two friend's best friend dying, so yeah, it's pretty sad. Jesse & Alyssa are great characters but they are kind of annoying at the same time. They are both too stubborn for their own good.

My favorite character is the one who is dead actually. Their best friend died and is brought back via flashback memories so you get a good sense of who he is. You almost read it wishing that he didn't die in that car accident because the book could have been so much better with him in it more.

I guess my biggest issue is with Alyssa because she is just pathetic from the get-go. I've never lost anyone that close to me so I can't say how I'd cope with a loss that great but you really want to punch Alyssa sometimes. She just keeps dragging her feet pretending like it will all just go away magically.

Another book with so much potential that I personally feel just fell flat. It's not a horrible book and I'd totally tell someone to read it but it just wasn't the book for me. I need my female characters to have a little more spunk than this one does. I also need for the characters to take chance more. It's really frustrating when you read a book and just want to reach into the pages and shake the sense into the characters. That's how I felt most of this book. I just wanted to grab a hold of them and force something interesting to happen already.

If you are interested in it and want to know more details just ask me. It really is a well written book that might be wonderful for someone, just not for me. I would read another book by the author in a heartbeat. I just don't think this subject matter was the right one for me to invest in.

Accidentally on Purpose
by: L..D. Davis

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Emmy thinks her boss Kyle Sterling of Sterling Corporations is a dick.
So, she sleeps with him.

Emmy tries to put the mistake behind her, but then finds herself snowed in with Kyle. As the snow builds, so does the heat in the house between the two. The problem is that Kyle has a steady girlfriend that he is unwilling to break up with. Emmy cuts Kyle off and starts dating Luke. Even as their relationship takes off, Emmy is finding Kyle hard to shake. He is blatant in his feelings and desires for Emmy, putting her in an awkward situation. She tries hard to resist Kyle, but deep down inside Emmy's motives are shady. When Emmy succumbs to her hidden feelings for Kyle without setting Luke free, devastating consequences ensue.

In addition to her two men, Emmy daydreams about doing violent things to her loud mouthed, opinionated mother.

With drama, romance, some humor, and plenty of alcohol, follow Emmy as she deals with the consequences of "accidentally on purpose" falling for two men at once.

And once again, as if I'm a broken record, this one just wasn't as good as it could have been. Because it started off amazing! Better than amazing... it started off incredible. It was probably one of the funnest books I'd read in a while. It keep me entertained until about 75% through the book. At that point, it just kind of flopped.

Gotta admit though, my quick thinking little brain didn't see it coming as too why her boss was acting the way he was. It almost felt forced when that was revealed. Totally out of left field on that little piece of information. It was almost as if it was an after thought to help validate some crazy ass behavior.

Then the poor "other guy" was entirely too good for Emmy from the get-go. Why he even kept her around for as long as he did I will not understand. Then towards the end when things get interesting it's like a second person swooped it to write the ending. I just remember reading a chapter thinking WTF just happened. Then it just got stranger. Then after all of that it started to swing back around to normal-town. A little too late I might add. By that time I just wanted the book to be over with because I was sad about it's drastic plummet towards crappy-town book USA.

Another book that was just frustrating! You completely fall in love with Emmy from the first page and feel horribly let down towards the middle-end of the book. I still don't understand what happened to be honest with you. Like I said, someone else started writing parts into the book and just took over at the worst possible times. I wanted to pull my own hair out reading the end. It just kept going and going and taking me no where!

I was probably the most disappointed in this book because it started out so freaking good! I laughed so hard reading it at first. You will see, it just makes you giggle because it's so blunt and frank. Then out of nowhere it just changes into something else. I truly believe this book was abducted by aliens and probed within an inch of its life before crashing back down to Earth. Then you are left with a book that rambles on and on about aliens kidnapping it and how they are really out there and they are coming back for it. Seriously, it was that for fetched at times.

Okay, maybe that's just me being dramatic. I just wanted this book to be so much different than it was. I can deal with annoying little slutty brats who cheat and are torn between Mr. Right and Mr. Wrong. I just can't deal with a book that makes you want to slam the characters head into the ground in order to try and wake her back up.

Please if you read this and thought the same thing, please let me know, because I don't like feeling this crazy. And once again, it was a great book just not for me. So please don't let these reviews turn you off from taking a chance on them because they are all very talented authors and works of art. 

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hopeless
by: colleen hoover

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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies...

That's what Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she's never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he's nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn't at all who he's been claiming to be. When the secrets he's been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky's life will change forever.


Add this one to the to-read list as well. I just finished and I gotta say my eyes are killing. Not because of any crying, which surprisingly I didn't do with this book, but because it's really long and I read it in one sitting. Yeah, I know, I should probably get a life but what's the fun in that? Reading is way cooler because I can go anywhere, be anyone, and do anything with just a flip of a page.    In case you don't know this is also the author of another fave book of mine called 'Slammed'. She is amazing and really writes books with depth. Everything means something in them and they are so touching. No the most realistic of the contemporary fiction young adult novels out there but it's still a good read. And like before I had this book mapped out way before the author gave any foreshadowing or hints. Sometimes it would be nice if my brain would turn off so I could just be shocked and surprised by an outcome. Nonetheless it's an awesome book and you should totally go check it out when you get some free time. But like I said, it seemed really long because it took me all day to knock out. Side Note: reading is like a diet because I haven't touched anything since breakfast (10am in my world) and it's already 10pm. So yeah, not only are books way cool and take me on adventures but they make me skinner! Gotta love that, right? But seriously, now that my brain is fried and I am no longer distracted I am going to binge! Commence raiding the fridge... 




Why do i do this to myself?

Why do I do this to myself? Both of these authors crawl under my skin! Don't get me wrong, their books are great, but OMG they piss me off to no end! After telling myself over and over again I would not read the second book in the 'Avoiding' series here I am posting a blog about buying it. It just kept staring back at me on amazon just taunting me... ahhh! I'm pretty sure I am going to pull my hair out reading that one because I was nearly bald after the last book. Her characters just make me want to reach into the pages and shake their stupid asses. The the author who wrote, 'Taking Chances' has a new one out that I kept trying to avoid but somehow got sucked into it's tempting little grasp. Both series are a love-hate relationship with me. But, I buy the books, I read the books, I review the books & I blog about the books so that has to mean something right? Both of these books that I am going to link below are the kind that you want to hate but you just secretly love the torment they put you through. Well, wish me luck because I'm biting the bullet and reading them.

From Ashes
by: Molly mcadams


When Cassidy Jameson's best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she's only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there's something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can't explain, only problem? He's always telling Tyler that he doesn't want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he'd called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn't care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty's Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?

avoiding responsibility
by: K.A. Linde

Lexi has finally given up her once destructive relationships and moved onto bigger and better things with a sexy new man in town. Just when she is starting to figure it out with him, her world is tilted once again with a phone call from none other than Ramsey Bridges. A year after his entrance into her life, Ramsey is trying to make amends and does the one thing she never expects—invites her to Jack's wedding.

The wedding she had evaded at all costs. But no matter what she does, Lexi can't seem to escape her past with Jack. But does she really want to?

Despite the explosive chemistry between Lexi and Ramsey, she is skeptical about trusting him after everything that has happened. When things are amiss with him, she starts questioning his motives. Can Ramsey be the one to remove Jack from Lexi's life permanently or should she move on with her blossoming new life?
 
 
Finally I have found some amazing books that are beyond good reads! I can't wait to get this posted because you are seriously missing out if you haven't read these books yet. Wow! If you, like me, are tired of the same teenage love triangle, then these are the books for you. They are for mature young adults and do contain some fun things that aren't for the younger readers. So whatever you are doing, put it down and pick up the box of Kleenex because you are going to need it!

all of the books below are 5 little bookworm rated

The coincidence of callie & kayden
by: jessica sorensen

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There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

(New Adult Contemporary) **Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

OMG! I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this book is. I've read her Ella & Micha book and didn't think it was all that amazing. As for her other novels, I haven't read them so I wouldn't really know. But this one I did read and this one I will recommend because it blew my mind! Now I will be the first to admit that I tend to figure out things before most do. So nothing shocked me in this book because I did see it before the author made it obvious, but that didn't take away from the book at all. The story of these two characters is beyond heartbreaking. This book will fustrate you, make you fall in love over and over, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry your eyes out. If you don't hit every emotional available then you are broken. Sorry, but it's true. This book just hit a spot in my heart that needed to be reached. Sometimes you just come across those books that make you see life in a total different way and that is how I felt after finishing this book.

You will fall in love with Kayden from the very first time he makes an appearance in the book. Even though Callie is a little odd, she is very reachable when it comes to a character. You might not have been through what she has but you understand her because of it. When her and Kayden begin their relationship it is completely buy-able because they don't just swoon over one another for no apparent reason. They take their time finding each other and growing together. They get scared and they back away and then they run back to each other. It's very "real" and "touching". I think that is why I fell in love with this book so much. They are both the underdogs hiding unexplainable hurt inside but slapping on a brave face for everyone around them. They are really an amazing couple and fantastic characters. I highly suggest you grab this book and read it before starting anything else. It is just, wow!


fallen too far
by: Abbi Glines

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To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.



Abbi Glines has done it again... like always! She just keeps getting better with every book she releases. This is another book that I picked up and read cover to cover in one sitting. It's just that good of a story that you don't want to put it down. I've read all of her other series (for the most part anyways) and this is her newest to be released. It's always fun being introduced to new characters with a completely different comfort zone that you are use to by an author. This is not like any of Abbi Gines other books and I suggest you run and grab it as well and start reading!

Blaire is a sweet-hearted girl just trying her best to overcome the crappy life that she has been dealt. While you will want to hate Rush with a passion, you just simply aren't able to. For some unknown reason the boy will just tug at your heartstrings. Trust me, you will want to knee him in the balls at times! Other times you just want to tell Blaire to kiss him already! It's a very love-hate type of relationship. Again, there is no love triangle or teenage drama attached to this book. While those things are fun, sometimes they can become boring and predictable. This is certainly not a book that is going to put you to sleep while reading it. Once again all of the characters are relatable and the plot is believable. By the end of this book you will be blurry-eyed and begging for more when it leaves you with a giant question mark. The second book can't come out soon enough for my liking. Now, go enjoy!

these next books are all
4-4.5 little bookworm rated

losing it
by: cora cormack

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Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible—a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.


I had been putting this book off for a while now because I was just being to cheap to shell out the few bucks for it. I know, I am cheap! My husband's tightass ways are rubbing off on me. Except when it comes to shoes but lets get back to the book review before I self-incriminate anymore. I am glad that I finally went and got it and pushed it to the top of my to-read list because it was adorable. Again, no teenage love triangle crap and mature young adult content.

It's one of those books that you have to rush out and grab but I would say that it should be something that you read when you get the time. It was funny and heartfelt. I enjoyed the book and who doesn't love a hot british guy? Seriously now, he totally made the book for me. Even though I couldn't do a fake british accent to save my life, I did however find myself reading his parts in one. Somehow, even in it's horrible sounding way, it made Garrick ten times hotter! Garrick, yes Bliss is so right when he names even sounds hot. Oh yeah, and Bliss the girl you will love too. She is just adorable. She's cute and quirky and lovable. There journey together is fun and entertaining. I think it's a great book and would read this author again in a heartbeat.

wallbanger
by: Alice Clayton

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Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.



Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and--was that a meow?--punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.



Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick...


Come on now, the title of this book will make you ponder buying and the description will seal the deal. Funny! OMG! It has been a while since I read a book and actually laughed out loud at parts. I got a few strange looks and wild comments but totally worth it. From the first paragraph you will be cracking up all the way to the end. Seriously though, the end will make you nearly pee you pants from laughing so hard.

Caroline & Simon will drive you mad with their sexual tension and frustration that builds the whole book. Even Caroline's girlfriend are lovable and quick-witted. This author is totally someone I would love to be friends with. She reminds me so much of myself and some of my closest friends when we get together. Some of the stuff this girl comes up with makes me envious. Like, why couldn't I be that clever?

I haven't read her Readhead Series yet but I do have the first book downloaded. I'm not one to read a series in a row or an author one after another because I do get burnt out and bored easily regardless of the material. So, I am taking some time to finish up my own book and read a few others before I start her other series. But I promise I will keep you updated on that as well because if it is half as funny as this book is then it's still worth blogging about. I am just happy to finally have another set of good books in a row to rate. I really hate reading a book and then not enjoying it and then blogging about it. But, I can't just tell you all the good without warning you of some of the bad. That just wouldn't be fair; plus not everyone has the same taste as me, so I think it's important to shed the light on all that I read.

 
 

FALLing

I am about to start writing some more in my book but first I wanted to share a little with my readers. Authors are always posting pictures of how they envision their characters so I figured why not? Since I'm feeling so spunky tonight I thought sharing a little cowboy Harlan and redhead Rosalee wouldn't hurt any. Let me know what you think!!! I know you haven't gotten to meet Harlan from my preview posts but lets just say he is ideal because of course he is fiction and all. Tall, oh so tall... tan, that sun-kissed farmers tan that a man gets from working outside all day long... dark hair that you want to run your fingers through and mess up just cause it makes him that much sexier... then there are the eyes (wont lie: the characters eyes were inspired by my hubby) are the most amazing shade of green - hazel you have every seen. They change colors and when you stare deep into them you get lost looking at all the swirls of gold laced through the browns and greens. Heaven-set, I promise! Oh, and to top it all off add some dusty old boots, wranglers, and a cowboy hat!!! Totally swoon-worthy and if you aren't drooling after that image just wait until you scroll down!

When i think of harlan... i think of...

since his sexy little face is hidden, i think this picture sums it up but still leaves plenty left for the imagination to fill in the blanks
stole this one from a blogger friend of mine - sorry rin but you gotta share when you have something as tasty as he is!

http://zanypnraddict.com/

sprinkle in a little of that
ruggedly raw hotness
(especially that chiseled jaw line)

just a dash of day old stubble that you just want to reach out and rub

A smidgen of abs like those; they used wash boards back in the day, didn't they? yeah, i'd so be into doing laundry if that were still the case :D

the cowboy way - pepper!!!

add in a good dollop of pepper's fun-loving, goofy personality

"if it's got hair, i can ride it. if it's got a beat, i can dance to it"

"it's your call, stubby"

Waiter: "how would you like your steak cooked?"
Pepper: "oh, just knock it's horns off, wipe it's nasty ass
and chunk it right here on this plate"

and it ain't cowboy if you don't throw a dash or two of george in the pot! *that is so Harlan's smile*

At first she's gonna come on strong
Like She'll love you all night long
Like it's going out of style
Then she'll leave you with a smile

Well you can't help but wonder
Why you can't help but love her
But you can't help love her
And all that hurtin' was more than worth it
It's written all over your face

One day you'll pass her on the street
With that guy you used to be
She'll say hello and walk on by
Then she'll leave you with a smile

I knew the stakes were high right from the start.
When she dealt the cards, I bet my heart.
Now I just found a game that I can't play,
And this is where the cowboy rides away.

[Chorus:]
And my heart is sinking like the setting sun,
Setting on the things I wish I'd done.
It's time to say goodbye to yesterday.
This is where the cowboy rides away.

We've been in and out of love and in-between.
And now we play the final showdown scene.
As the credits roll a sad song starts to play,
And this is where the cowboy rides away.

[Chorus:]
And my heart is sinking like a setting sun,
Setting on the things I wish I'd done.
Oh the last goodbye's the hardest one to say,
And this is where the cowboy rides away.

Oh the last goodbye's the hardest one to say.
This is where the cowboy rides away.

I'm not the hero who will always save the day.
Don't always wear the white hat, don't always know the way.
I may not even be the dream you wanted to come true,
But I'll always be the man in love with you.

I'm not the key that opens every door.

I don't have the power to give you all you want and more,
But when you're needin' somethin' special you can hold on to,
I'll always be the man in love with you.

I never could work miracles.

There may be others who can do what I can't do,
But no one else can be as good as me at lovin' you.

So when the world won't turn the way you wish it would,

And the dreams you have don't come alive as often as they should,
Remember that there's someone there whose heart is always true.
I'll always be the man in love with you.

Remember that there's someone there whose heart is always true,

Someone there to help you make it through.
I'll always be the man in love with you.

hello there mr. LeDoux... i do believe that is all harlan's voice i hear when you sing to me... lets throw a good handful of that twangy southern drawl in the batch as well

Well, I never was the kind to wear my feelings on my sleeve
But since I've met you, girl, there's been a world of change in me
Well, I've got to say I love you, hope you like the sound of that
'Cause I can't keep it under this old hat

Under this old hat is the head you turned around
And the heart you stole away, the day we met
Under this old hat's two arms that long to hold you tight
And the boots I'd walk the soles off of to be here by your side
And every night in my prayers, there's just one thing I ask
That the man you love will always be under this old hat

Well, you've got me feeling things that I've never felt before
And it's so good to know when I come a knocking at your door
That of all the men who'd love to waltz across your welcome mat
The one you want is under this old hat

Under this old hat is the head you turned around
And the heart you stole away, the day we met
Under this old hat's two arms that long to hold you tight
And the boots I'd walk the soles off of to be here by your side
And every night in my prayers, there's just one thing I ask
That the man you love will always be under this old hat
That the man you love will always be under this old hat

Just look at you, girl
Standin' here beside me
Starlight on your hair
Lookin' like a dream I dreamed somewhere
And look at me, girl
You got me actin' just like a lover
In an old time picture show
And how I got the part -- I just don't know
But it's written all across your face
Plain as it can be
You're the one that I was lookin' for
Now you're all that I can see

CHORUS:

You mean everything to me
And I'd do anything to have you stay forever
I'm an ordinary man
But I feel like I could do anything in the world
When I look at you, girl

Verse:

Just look at you, girl
Walkin' here beside me
Misty morning light
I see my own reflection in your eyes
And just smile at me, girl
With eyes that tell a story
That words can never say tellin' me your love is gonna stay
And we're standin' right together now
In everything we do
And if my world should come apart
I'll still be lovin' you

now toss in some fiery,
sizzling bad-ass attitude and the smoking-hot, quick draw mouth of Doc holiday to even out the recipe

I'm your huckleberry...

It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself.

Why Ed does this mean we're not friends anymore? You know Ed, if I thought you weren't my friend... I just don't think I could bear it!

Oh, make no mistake. It's not revenge he's after. It's a reckoning.

It's true, you are a good woman. Then again, you may be the antichrist.

Why Kate, you're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.

Yes, but there's just something about him. Something around the eyes, I don't know, reminds me of... me. No. I'm sure of it, I hate him.

Maybe poker's just not your game, Ike. I know: let's have a spelling contest.


rosalee

Since my drug of choice is cowboy, you won't be getting the same elaborate detail as you did with Harlan. Sorry!
now in the book she has a different hair cut and skin tone but you get the idea
(a sexy little red-head with that girl next-door vibe but still girly and feminine)

zoey


ayden

 
 
let's start off on a high note and go down hill from there... hope this helps you decide on your next book.

'edge of never' by J.A. redmerski

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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she's ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she'd do. He shows her what it's really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew's dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?(Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ - Adult Contemporary Women's - New Adult Fiction)

5 little bookworms!!!!!

Let's start of by saying that I saw this book on, of course, the top 100 free kindle best sellers list. I got it a while back when it started jumping up on the list. Looked okay from the description, nothing to die for, or so I thought. The main reason I did get this book was because of it's high rating. I don't know what it is know, but at the time it had a bunch of reviews and it was 5 stars. That's like unheard of to have that many reviews and them all be 5 stars. So, I took a chance yesterday when I saw that it moved over to the top 100 kindle best sellers list (paid version) and decided I needed to find out what was so amazing about this book. Thank goodness that I did because wow! just wow! it was that good. It was beyond good! I still can't get over how good it was to be honest with you.

I have been on another one of those long, endless strings of bad books and felt like giving up for a while. Thankfully, I joined the bandwagon and got to reading this one. I has jump started my back into 'I must read ever waking moment' trend and I love it for that. Sometimes you just get a bad batch of books, I'll get to those next, but it only takes one to change it all around.

Reason #1  - this book is mature young adult (thank you sex scenes!)
Reason #2 - a strong female lead (granted she is down but she certainly isn't out or whinny!)
Reason #3 - ANDREW PARRISH! *swoon worthy*
Reason #4 - No Drama! No Love Triangle! No annoyingly unrealistic fantasy boys fighting over an over the top little spoiled princess who doesnt deserve two amazing hotties fighting over her. Fiction or not, I need realistic!
Reason #5 - The last few chapters you will cry. You will cry so hard that you can't even see the sentences any longer because your tears are getting in the way. You will cry so much that you have to stop and wipe them away because they are falling at a pace that is dramatic for being too emotional invested in a book and their characters. You will check the page number/percentage of how much is left at least 30 times in the last few chapters because you are so sad that you can't possible have the book end by ripping your heart out like this. You will curse the author for daring to bring you down this emotional road and scare you to death thinking the ending is going to kill you because there isn't possibly enough book left to fix this tear-jerking ending.


NOW GO GET IT AND READ IT AND TELL ME IF YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY!!! I PROMISE YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

'the dark secrets series' by a.m. hudson

4 little bookworms

Vampires do not care about the myths people believe. They feed on humans, walk in the daylight, and no, they certainly do not sparkle. The only problem is, they don't usually fall in love with their food, either. But David Knight is about to discover that love knows nothing of morals or laws.

When Ara-Rose learns the truth about her boyfriend, David, she will be forced into a world of death and secrecy. Living each day on a path lit by predictability, Ara had never imagined such nightmares could exist. Now, her fate is measured by a choice between eternal love and a normal life, a decision she only has until the end of the summer to make.


*There will be 5-6 books in this series.

* The book is delivered in Australian English

3 little bookworms

Book II in the Dark Secrets series.

"Deeply integrated series. You need to read Tears of the Broken before reading this one."

Love was only the beginning of her nightmares.

When Ara discovered the existence of vampires, she was given the choice between a life as one of them, or a life without her true love.

But fate has a funny way of making choices for you.

After breaking the heart of the boy she loves with a truth he cannot bear, Ara will find herself in the arms of a predator who will steal her innocence and force the hand of fate.

Will David Knight become her rescuer once again, or will he be too late?

couldn't finish

Death never leaves us. Once it's touched our souls, it hungers for our return--waiting for us to fall. And if it finds Ara again, she will have no way to escape.

Moving on from David was hard, forgetting the abduction and torture was almost impossible, but nothing as devastating as the thought that now, because of her, David might face the horrific punishments of the Set.

No one knows where David went after he lost Ara, but she can only hope he's the one leaving subtle clues for her to discover, and it makes her desperate to find him--desperate enough that she would risk her life, hanging out with an informant who means to kill her. What truths she is told about David's dark past, though, will threaten to change her heart and destroy the way Ara perceives everything. She must ask herself if it's right to love one monster, then hate the one who tried to destroy her.

In all her searching, the promise of immortality will finally be renewed, but sold at a price Ara's not sure she's willing to pay.

Is love enough to make her submit to this new role, or will it fail her once again and leave her reaching back for the grasp of death?
Let's start with book #1 then move to #2 & #3...

Book #1 - The Australian writing style was different. If you read it you will understand what I am talking about. Just certain things they say are so different from how we would say it. Sometimes it cute then other times it's really annoying. It's one thing to have an Aussie say something Australian but it's another to have the American say something Aussie.

Okay... so this first book really got me hooked! I love me some vampires and really, who doesn't love the love triangle thing? Granted, it can be annoying at times but you know you go crazy wondering who they will end up with. Keeps ya on your toes :D So this book did just that. The girl is rather irritating but she has her reasons so I let it slide.

Book #2 - Bought it because book #1 left me dying to know who she was going to pick and what she was going to do. Hmmm... that's all I will say for those of you that do intend to read this on. Let's just say that at some point you need to pick one and stick with it. Because really, what guy is going to put up with your annoying crap, not get sex in return, and have to fight for you. Seriously? Only in a book could that ever happen. By the end of this one I was sick and tired of her 'poor poor pitiful little me' routine. I can only take so much of that crap before I want to slap the character myself.

Book #3 - I didn't get far. I couldn't make myself because I was basically rereading books 1 & 2 over and over again. Nothing new happens. Nothing exciting happens. It's still the same annoying little brat crying over everything that's so horrible in her life while stringing along two guys who are obviously brain dead. Needless to say, I put this book down and moved on to bigger and better things. My life is boring, dull, and I like whine over my own overly dramatic little not-so-exciting life. I can't deal with your crap along with it. I read to escape the my normal life and you are just making me depressed more. Time to just cut my losses and remember you for the first book and try to forget the rest.


'Endlessly' by c.v. hunt

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When Ashley walks into a shop run by the vampire, Verloren, they both get the surprise of their lives. Ash is about to learn that she’s not just another pretty young woman, while Verloren is astonished to find himself falling in love. But how can a vampire love a human? And what if the human isn’t as human as she seems? When Ash’s true nature reveals itself, the entire power structure of the world’s outsiders teeters on the brink of destruction. Verloren and Ash become more and more terrified as they grope their way toward the ultimate truth: that they hold the key to something much larger than their own survival.

no little bookworm rating bc i just couldn't finish it

This has been on my kindle forever and I finally decided to give it a whirl. Well, I didn't get very far before getting really board. I wanted to like it but it was not the book for me.

Reason #1 - Vampires! I love vampires and I selfishly love them a certain way. I do not like my vampires to be some gothic freak with pale skin (albino) that sports green & black hair. If you aren't a hot vampire (by my ridiculously high standards) then I just can't be invested in your story.

Reason #2 - When you are a girl living in the middle of no where and you discover someone lurking around in your backyard, you do not invite them in (especially if they look like said vampire ^^) after only meeting them earlier that day/week or whatever. This is when I want to stop the book and rewrite the scene to make her run up the stairs wearing a see-through & no bra (classic, i know right?) top bouncing like a giddy little school girl when the guy with the axe is slowly tailing you with every intent on slicing you into pieces. Why you might ask??? One: I'm just morbid like that :D Two: You are seriously a dumb bitch that needs to be killed before you can reproduce more idiot offspring like yourself. Hence why I stopped reading the book and decided to move on because it wasn't going to get any better.

'jenny pox' by jl bryan

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Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.

Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

no little bookworm rating bc i couldn't finish this one either

Here we go again... I did get like 80% through this one before I gave up. It started out good. It got weird. Then it got really, really weird. Then it just took a crazy ass left turn straight to crazyville! And I happen to enjoy the random little visits to crazyville but this one like the bad part of town crazyville that you don't venture into alone, in the dark without being a drug dealer, hooker, or just in general being a complete freak with a death wish. There I said it... this book was ten times crazy the level of weird that I am into.

Reason #1 - The girl needs to eat! The book makes her sound like a half-starved little bag of bones!
Reason #2 - Popular guys who are jerks don't randomly turn into swoon-worthy lovers over night especially if you are a sack of bones.
Reason #3 - The extensive pot use early on in the book should have hinted towards something that I just wasn't even prepared for but stumbled into and feel like a complete idiot for not seeing all the warning signs leading up to it.
Reason #4 - Any book that has extensive drug use, random and creepy sex scenes, and holy-rollers should be listed with a warning label for gullible people like me.
Reason #5 - Teenagers with the insight to take over the world because this town has obviously been drinking contaminated water and every time I turn a page someone new has a super power. Hmm... did I mention creepy teens trying to use religion and sex to overtake the population?

If theses few reasons don't scare you then please, by all means, read this book and tell me that I was wrong. I can't be the best judge since I didn't finish it but I read enough to know that I wasted too much of my time on it. Creepy!

'my secret life: the complete series' by tanya korval

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This is all four parts of the 'My Secret Life' series. They are also available separately, but you save one third off the price by buying them together. It's cheaper to buy this collected edition even if you've already bought part one.
85,000 words.
On the outside, Erica has it all: looks, a steady income, a high-powered job that sends her around the world. But on the inside, a life spent in hotels, meetings and executive airport lounges is slowly leaving her numb, isolated from everyone around her. On a business trip to New York, she finds herself rapidly spinning out of control, seeking not romance but something raw and forbidden. When an innocent mistake gives her the chance to be a prostitute for the night, she jumps at the chance: and nothing will ever be the same again.

Erica enters into a world of limos, mansions and private jets, partying in LA and shopping for designer clothes. But as her adventures continue, can she find a way to balance her adventures with work, life... even love? Or are her two lives destined to collide... with disastrous consequences.

Here's an extract from part one (remember you're getting all four parts). The extract and the stories themselves are for adults only.

The water shut off in the bathroom. The swish of a towel as he dried himself. He was in a hurry: he wanted me.

The bathroom door opened and he emerged, hair damp, a towel around his waist. I was right about the body: his chest was still nicely defined, his stomach firm. A three times a week in the gym man. As he walked towards me, I noticed there was a full-length mirror behind him. I watched myself as I stepped forwards to meet him, looking into my own eyes. I'm 5'6 without the heels, most of that in my legs. Many years ago, I used to dance, thighs flexing and stretching as I moved through arabesques and pirouettes. I was never suited to it: my hips too full, my breasts too big. But I got to keep those long, elegant legs.

'Did you wear them?' the smile as much in his voice as on his face.
I lowered my eyes demurely and place one foot slightly in front of the other, one hand flat against each hip. Then I slowly slid the green dress up, over black silk stocking that glistened over every curve of the smooth, pale flesh beneath. The thick black glossy band of the stocking top rose into view, the metal suspender clips shining and glinting. The dark elastic of the straps sliced down each creamy-white thigh, emphasising their paleness. I stopped there. His eyes were locked on my legs. I had him. When he finally glanced upwards, I gathered my hair in one hand, exposing my neck.

'Could you...?' I asked, with a hint of shyness, and then turned my back to him so that he could see the offered zip. He stepped forward: close enough that I could feel the heat coming off his body. The zip inched down, the rasp of it the only sound in the room. The dress loosened, the zip finishing at the small of my back. A sharp intake of breath, and I knew he'd just glanced down at the backs of my legs and seen the seam running vertically up each leg. Men are nothing if not predictable.

I released my hair and gently stepped away, the hair sweeping down my back as the dress slid from my body. I stepped out of it and stood with my back to him for a second, relishing the moment. He could see the strap of my bra, the back of my suspender belt. My naked bum: he knew I wasn't wearing any knickers. The stockings and heels stayed on, and would do for the evening unless he asked me to remove them. He wouldn't.

There was a black leather armchair in front of me. Very slowly, I turned around, the low light of the room making the naked skin above the stockings gleam, milky-white smoothness against glossy black silk. And between my thighs, framed by the black of the suspender belt, was a neatly-trimmed strip of bright auburn hair. The proof, if you will, that I'm a genuine redhead.

once again... couldn't finish it

I think I got the first novella free on amazon. It was enjoyable so I was suckered into buying the complete set. It said it would save me money so of course I wasted like $8 on this crap only to find out that I got screwed out of $8 that could have bought me a coffee at Starbucks. The girl is just a freak! Plain and simple! But she isn't the type of freak I want to read 85,000 words about. Maybe the short little novella, but after that it was just wasteful. I know I sound harsh, but I am just being honest with you. Please feel free to check this one out and prove me wrong. Strange. Let's just leave it at that... strange!