Series Review (PART 2): Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan

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This review is a continuation of the Calendar Girls series I began yesterday. You can find the review for books 1 – 6 here.

Series Title: Calendar Girl

Books: JulyAugustSeptemberOctober, November and December

Author: Audrey Carlan

Publication Dates: January 15, 2015 – December 29, 2015

Publisher: Waterhouse Press

Genre: Erotic Romance (PLEASE NOTE: Unsuitable for audiences under age 18 due to foul language, graphic sex and some violence.)


 

I decided to review the Calendar Girl series in two posts instead of each separate installment because  it seemed an easier way to put my thoughts together. I flew through each book and it didn’t make sense to stop and review in between when there was more of the story to read. I would have done one post, but it would have been SUPER long! This is the second part of the review.

The Calendar Girl series is about Mia, a young woman who has become an escort (not a call girl!) in order to pay off debts her comatose father has incurred. Each book is titled by month and detail Mia’s monthly assignments. It’s important to read them in order, as each book has a little surprise of its own that would be ruined if you read them out-of-order.

Here we go again…


 

25791683 July 

5 Stars

Hip-hop, Miami heat, and the Latin Lov-ah.

The second half to this year-long journey has taken me to Magic City…Miami. I’ve been hired by the nation’s top hip-hop artist, Anton Santiago. His name is as sexy as he is, and it rolls off the tongue the same way his muscled form rolls to his music. He goes by the name Latin Lov-ah, and boy does he work that title from his rock-hard body, Latin hip-hop fusion dance moves, to the way he beds his women.

He’s raw, dirty, and one hundred percent player…and I want to wrap my naked body all over him and forget about everything.

Every word that comes out of his mouth is a siren’s song.

Every thrust of his hips draws me closer.

Every breath against my neck sends me into a tailspin of need and desire.

After what happened in June, I need to rip the bandage off. Move on. Anton could be just the thing I need to get my groove back.

I was hired to play the part of a seductress in Anton’s new music video, but, in the end, I’m the one being seduced.

***
In the seventh book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Miami, Florida. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be in a hot new music video where her unique look and recent popularity will prove invaluable.

My review:

After the ending of June, I was wondering where the story would go. I actually really liked how it moved on and showed how Mia dealt with everything that happened in June. I was also happy to see Will show up again and how he and Anton helped Mia through a tough time.


 

26007992 August

5 Stars

Pretending. I’ve always been good at pretending.
Being someone else is easy, and that ability has served me well these last seven months.

This time, I’ve been hired to be the long lost sister of oil tycoon, and down to earth cowboy, Maxwell Cunningham. Recently, Maxwell’s father passed away and in his last Will and Testament he dropped a bomb no one saw coming.

One of the richest men in the world, left forty-nine percent of his company to a sister my client never knew he had. A woman named Mia Saunders.

Maxwell has a year to find this sister or he loses almost half of his empire to a greedy board of investors. Somehow, he found me and here I am.

Sharing in family dinners, pretending to be someone I’m not and fooling bigwigs left and right. Only I’m finding myself falling in love with a family I can never have. One that will hurt to leave.

Stetsons, soul-searching, and sisterly duty all come into a sharp tangle with twists and turns I never saw coming.

***

In the eight book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Dallas, Texas. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be the long lost sister of Maxwell Cunningham, one of the newly richest men in America.

My review:

Ooo! I really like where the story is headed now! Maxwell and his family were so sweet!


 

26523227 September

4 Stars

Vegas, Viscous Exes, and Ventilators.

My life felt like a fast ride on a too short highway. Coming home should be roses and rainbows, but nothing that comes out of the desert blooms free. I was most certainly not free. I’d missed my payment to Blaine, owed the last client a hundred grand I didn’t have, and my father was on his deathbed. To make matters worse, Wes was missing in action. As in, no one had seen or heard from him in three weeks. Devastation didn’t begin to explain where my mental state was at.

Like anything life had thrown my way, I pulled on my big girl panties, not the sexy lacy ones I enjoyed teasing my guy with, but the kind that said, “This ass means business.”

I had no choice but to make the decision I made.

My ex, the man that ruined the concept of love for me, put my father in the hospital, was about to get everything he ever wanted…at least that’s what I led him to believe.
***
In the ninth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia rushes back home to Las Vegas, Nevada. Things have taken a turn for her father, putting her into debt up to her eyeballs.

My review:

The story takes a turn in September that I didn’t see coming. It was an emotional book for both Mia and the reader. It was good, but was more family oriented.


 

26523230 October

5 Stars

Silicone, surgery, and Hollywood starlets.

The land of the stars was beckoning and I answered its call. Now that I was free, well, as free as anyone could be, I decided to pursue something for me. To grab life by the horns and ride that sucker until I found my place within it. That decision brought me back home to Malibu, California, where I awaited the beginning of this next phase in my journey.

The job? Create a segment surrounding Living Beautiful for celebrity doctor and daytime television guru, Dr. Hoffman. The man was known for his cunning wit, good looks, and no nonsense lifestyle. In a city that was filled with plastic Barbie dolls, and nothing you touched was real, I set out to find beauty. And in doing so, I found a lot more that, for me, for the man I loved, and for the rest of the nation.

***
In the tenth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is settled in her new home in Malibu, California. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.

My review:

Mia’s popularity is finally catching up to her and she’s got a new job. She’s also got a lot on her plate to deal with when it comes to Wes. It was a little bit heartbreaking and made me worry a bit about them.


 

26523232 November

4.5 Stars

Life, Love, Laughter.

Three things I never expected to experience in the month of giving thanks, but that is just what I received. Wes had survived Hell on Earth, and was back where he was meant to be…in my arms and my bed. For good. There would be no breaking us apart after the trauma we experienced up to this point.

My new job with Century Production sent me to the big apple to interview celebrities for a special segment on being thankful. What is a girl to do when she has an entire host of celebrity friends from her past year of travels? You better believe I called up my friends Mason Murphy, all-star pitcher for the Red Sox, and Anton Santiago, the Latin Lov-ah, to participate. They were all too happy to oblige, only my guy’s feathers were a bit ruffled by the ease with which they came running.

Add in my new family and you’ve got a fairytale Thanksgiving. Except for one tiny detail…the single seat at the table, left open by the hole in my heart that only one person could fill.
***
In the eleventh book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to New York City to film a segment for her new job. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.

My review:

Getting to see a whole lot more of Wes and Mia together in this installment is a huge plus! Wes is working through his issues, but his new found jealousy is a huge problem. I’m nervous to find out what’s really causing it. I’m still really loving where the story is headed. I’m going to miss it when it’s over.


 

26879258 December 

5 Stars

Mountains, miracles, and marriage.

I had no idea what to expect when the producers of Dr. Hoffman sent me to the pristine white mountains of Aspen, Colorado. As the town of Aspen is known for being a winter haven for uber-rich Americans, I knew this desert cactus was going to be way out of her element. The ace up my sleeve however, was a high-class movie-making surfer whose family owned a cabin in those snowy hills. With him by my side, I’d make the most out of the experience.

The job was assigned under unusual circumstances. An anonymous mountain man paid a hefty fee to persuade the producers of my show to send me out for a segment on local artisans. Suited up in my parka and Ugg boots, I put the warmth of the California sun in the rearview mirror and headed to a winter wonderland.
With my newfound family in tow, I was prepared to celebrate the best month the year had to offer…until the one woman who drastically changed my life all those years ago appeared like a shadow out of pure frosted air, shattering my soul all over again.

In the twelfth and final book in the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to Aspen, Colorado to film a segment on local artists. Prepare to be wowed as Mia’s journey merges into the ending everyone has been waiting for.

My review:

December was a great end to an amazing series. It brought Mia’s year full circle in an interesting way. I especially loved the extra epilogue, a “Where are they now?” type of chapter.


My final thoughts on the Calendar Girl series…

4.75 Stars!!!

This series is freakin’ addicting. It’s over 1300 pages long and I’m pretty sure I read it in 4 or 5 days. I couldn’t put it down. Mia’s journey throughout Calendar Girl was so much fun to read. It was humorous, sexy, intense, romantic, erotic, heartbreaking, heartwarming and entertaining. I enjoyed the story so much and I’m sad it’s over. I would highly recommend this series to romance readers. I’m definitely going to be checking out Audrey Carlan’s other books in the future.

 

 

 

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Series Review (PART 1): Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan

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Series Title: Calendar Girl

Books: JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril, May and June

Author: Audrey Carlan

Publication Dates: January 15, 2015 – December 29, 2015

Publisher: Waterhouse Press

Genre: Erotic Romance (PLEASE NOTE: Unsuitable for audiences under age 18 due to foul language, graphic sex and some violence.)


 

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Ashley told me I needed to read the Calendar Girl series. She had seen ads for it on Facebook and had heard it was “the next Fifty Shades of Grey“. Ashley had just started the series and was immediately hooked. We usually have the same taste in books, so was nice enough to loan me her Kindle copies of each book as she finished them.

I decided to review the Calendar Girl series in two posts instead of each separate installment because  it seemed an easier way to put my thoughts together. We flew through each book and it didn’t make sense to stop and review in between when there was more of the story to read. I would have done one post, but it would have been SUPER long!

The Calendar Girl series is about Mia, a young woman who has become an escort (not a call girl!) in order to pay off debts her comatose father has incurred. Each book is titled by month and detail Mia’s monthly assignments. It’s important to read them in order, as each book has a little surprise of its own that would be ruined if you read them out-of-order.

So, here we go…


24283477January 

5 Stars

It’s really simple. I needed money. A lot of money. One million dollars to be exact. The amount didn’t matter. All that mattered is that at the end of that price tag held my father’s life.

No money. No life.

The time limit was one year. On January 1st I had to pay up or my Father was going to be killed.

When you’re faced with an ultimatum like this, you do whatever you have to do.

And that’s exactly what I did.

The job…Exquisite Escorts. My role, serve as high priced arm candy to anyone that can afford the $100,000 price tag for a month of my company. Sex is optional (for me) and a 20% increase on the price.

***
Mia Saunders just barely escaped a paltry life back home in Las Vegas until she gets the call that her Father has been beaten to within an inch of his life for not paying his gambling debt. Problem is, the lone shark is her lousy, ruthless ex-boyfriend. Another guy in a long line of men she’d fallen head over heels for. Not anymore.

Mia’s mission is simple. Serve as a high-priced escort for her Aunt’s company and pay monthly against her Father’s bad debt. A month with a rich man who she doesn’t have to sleep with if she doesn’t want to? Easy money. At least that’s the way it was supposed to go.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia, told from her perspective as she continues her journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

There’s not much info on January in this description besides the debt and becoming an escort. In January, Mia also goes out on her first month long assignment. She’s to be the “girlfriend” of a popular movie writer, Wes. Mia can’t help but be attracted to the sexy writer and quickly decides there will be some “extracurricular activities” on this assignment. What Mia doesn’t count on is completely falling for her first assignment. It makes leaving at the end of the month that much harder.

My review:

I loved, loved, loved the start to this series! Mia was hilarious and I couldn’t help fall in love with Wes myself. I was sad when she had to move on to her next assignment. I wasn’t sure the rest of the series could be as good or top January.


24514594 February

5 Stars

A muse. Me. The motorcycle riding, ass-kicking, concert t-shirt wearing chick from Las Vegas, is a world-renowned French artist’s muse. For a month.

I had no idea when I took the escort job with Exquisite Escorts I would be standing naked in front of a blank canvas in a Seattle warehouse.

“Love on Canvas” he calls his exhibit, a combination of photographic stills and paint entwined to create the most awe-inspiring pieces the world will ever see. Except every last one of them features me and a moment in time where I was vulnerable.

Alec Dubois played on those vulnerabilities, teaching me lessons about love and life that would stay with me through the rest of my days.

***
Mia Saunders continues her mission to bail out her comatose father whose life is on the line to a dangerous loan-shark who happens to be Mia’s ex-boyfriend. For this journey, she serves as a high-priced escort to French artist named Alec Dubois in Seattle, Washington.

My review:

I shouldn’t have been afraid of what was to come next for Mia! Her assignment in Seattle (I love my home state settings!) was just as good as her assignment in January. While I thought it might bug me that Mia was jumping in bed with another man than Wes, it didn’t because of her connection with Alec. He taught her so much about herself through his art. I liked the way Mia grew in this one. Although, I wasn’t sad to see it end because I couldn’t wait to see what was in store next for Mia!


 

24980433 March

4.5 Stars

A fiancée. I’m going to Chicago to pretend to be some Italian Stallion’s future wife. Why a massive hunk, boxer, and rich restaurateur needs a fake bride is beyond me. Then again, I’m not paid to know why. I’m paid $100,000 to be his escort, or in this case, the woman he’s supposedly “going” to marry.

The moment I met Antony “Tony” Fasano, I thought I might have lost my ability to breathe. In my twenty four years of life, I’d not seen anything like him. Clad only in a small towel precariously dangling from his hips–water droplets streaming down every inch of his muscular frame–I knew right then and there, I’d finally seen male perfection in all its raw glory.

What happened next blew me away. It was now abundantly clear why he needed me…a fake fiancée.

***
Mia Saunders continues her mission to save her comatose father from her dangerous, loan-shark ex-boyfriend. This month, she serves as a high-priced escort to a restaurateur named Anthony Fasano in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

My review:

I’m not going to say too much about March because I don’t want to give the surprise away (even though I guess it right off the bat). It was a fun read, but not as exciting as the rest of the series so far. I did love the new role Mia seems to be taking on as the series progresses, though.


 

25157544 April

5 Stars

Baseball, beer, and a hot boy. Nothing can beat that. Until I meet Mason “Mace” Murphy the next “it” pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and my client. He’s immature, arrogant, sexy as sin, and the last man that’s going to get into my panties. He’s not used to hearing the word no from women, so I’m going to spell it out for him.

N = Not going to happen.

O = Out of your league buddy.

I was hired to cuddle up to the annoying, beautiful athlete, and give prospective advertisers and fans a different view of this hot-shot professional baller.

Only he’s everything I detest in a man all wrapped into a dream package. Baseball player, talented, athletic body, sculpted face, and ass you can bounce quarters off of. Unfortunately, he also believes he’s God’s gift to women, a man-whore, throws money around like it grows on trees, and conceited. The challenge for him, to break down my defenses and get in there. My challenge, avoid hopping in the sack with him at all costs.

***
Mia Saunders continues her mission to save her comatose father from her dangerous, loan-shark ex-boyfriend. This month, she serves as a high-priced escort to a professional baseball player named Mace Murphy in Boston, MA.

My review:

I loved April simply because I loved Mason. The cocky baseball player was so crude and cocky. I found myself laughing at his stupid comments constantly. As for Mia, I like her more and more with each book. Her growth as a person continued in this one and I really felt for her.


 

25409003 May 

5 Stars

Swimsuits, sun, surfing, and a sexy Samoan. I headed to the island of Oahu, Hawaii to meet with cutting-edge swimsuit fashion designer, Angel D’Amico, to serve as head model for the “Beauty Comes in All Sizes” swimsuit campaign. The designer wants to show the world that beauty is not just a size two. My curves got me into this gig, and, the moment I laid eyes on my modeling “partner,” I’d never been happier with my buxom form.

Tai Niko had everything the average man lacked. Height, broad shoulders, a nipped in waist, square pecs, tree trunk thighs, and a look that rivaled “The Rock.” The part that made me drool and weakened my knees, was the thick, intricate tribal tattoos running down the entire left side of his muscled frame from shoulder to ankle. The design was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and I couldn’t wait to trace the tips of my fingers over every inch.

***

In the fifth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Oahu, HI. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the model life to prove beauty really does come in all sizes.

My review:

May might just be my favorite book of the series besides January. I loved the tropical setting of Hawaii and Tai. His dominance in life and the bedroom made me smile. I also liked getting to know Mia’s sister a little more in this one.


 

25610306 June

4 Stars

Politics, phallic statues, and pretty women.

Literally everywhere you look, you see an old man and a gold-digging cling-on wrapped around their wrinkly arms.

Luck had not gone my way when Warren Shipley, one of the nation’s wealthiest men hired me to play arm-candy in order to save face with the other one percenters he did business with. At least that’s what I thought when I arrived in Washington, DC, until I was met by old man Shipley’s debonair and insanely handsome son. Aaron Shipley was notably the youngest senator in the history of politics voted Senator of California at the tender age of thirty-five. Single, beyond rich, and the face of every political magazine around the US. Women everywhere wanted a taste of that power.

Me, I’d always thought politics were boring…boy was I wrong. Democracy had never been more exciting.

***
In the sixth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the life of a gold-digging whore to allow her client to get close to other very powerful men.

My review:

I hate to say it, but June might be my least favorite book in the series so far. It was fun to see Mia give Warren a lessen or two on how to treat someone you love, but his son was a little too creepy for me.


The Calendar Girl series so far…

If I had to rate the entire series so far, I would give it 4.75 Stars. I’m absolutely addicted to the series and I love Mia’s journey so far. She’s learned so much about herself and had a bunch of sexy fun along the way. At this point, I’m still hoping her journey takes her back to Wes in the end. My only big complaint about the series would be skeezy Aaron Shipley. His character made for an interesting story, but he creeped me out a little too much! 

Check out Part 2 of the Calendar Girls series review tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th.

 

 

 

Review: Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway

22324683Title: Six of Hearts 

Series: Hearts, Book #1

Author: L.H. Cosway

Publication Date: July 26, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.

I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.

I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.

Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.

But most of all, I put on a good show.

The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.

Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.

She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.

So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.

You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.

I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.

So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.


3.5 / 5 Stars


Six of Hearts is one of those hard books to review. There were many great things about it, but there were also some things kept it from being amazing in my opinion.

I’m going to start out with what I didn’t love: how long it took me to get sucked into the story. It wasn’t until Chapter 8 that I was truly engaged in it. Prior to that, I debated not finishing the book. Part of that was being annoyed at Matilda’s lack of confidence until then. I understood it, but it made her character seem younger than she was supposed to be. I also couldn’t decide if Jay was a decent human being underneath his cockiness until then. Once they started to connect and their romance started to bloom, I started to enjoy the novel more.

Matilda and Jay’s romance was super sweet. They took it at slower pace than what you normally see in this genre and it was refreshing. It fit Matilda’s shy personality well and brought out Jay’s good qualities.

Another thing Six of Hearts had going for it was it’s uniqueness. It was unlike New Adult romance I’ve ever read. While it features two broken characters falling in love like many novels in the genre, it’s unique because the main character’s love interest is an illusionist. I can honestly say it’s the first time I’ve come across that. It added a new spin to the romance and I loved that. It was fun to read about the illusions Jay created.

I also really enjoyed the mystery of Six of Hearts. Some of the revelations I could see coming, others were a complete surprise. The surprises made it so much fun to read.

So, while the beginning was super slow for me, I did end up enjoying Six of Hearts.

 

 

Review: Living with Regret by Lisa De Jong

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Author: Lisa De Jong

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Publisher: Lisa De Jong

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

I had my whole life mapped out. Perfect guy. Perfect friends. Everything was exactly the way I wanted it.

That was until that night–the one I can’t remember. It’s all my fault, and now the memories are all I have left of him. Of us.

My guilt drowns me until Sam Shea steps back into my life and helps me to the surface. He slowly opens my heart and crawls deep inside before I even realize what’s happening. I know I don’t deserve him.

While I’m trying to get used to my new life, pieces of that night slowly start to come back to me. Lies and secrets shatter everything I thought I knew.

Maybe I’m not the only one living with regret.


5 / 5 Stars


Living with Regret is the third book in the Rains series. It can be read as a standalone novel, but there are some cute nods to the first two books in the series. It’s Rachel’s story.

In Living with Regret, Rachel is doing just that. In one night, her perfect future was shattered. She’s lost her boyfriend and her closest friends. Rachel can’t remember how it all happened, but she knows her life will never be the same.

While she’s trying to come to terms with the heartache life has dealt her, one person shows up to help her through the pain. Sam. He was her neighbor, the childhood friend she could always count on when she needed to escape. She hasn’t spoken to him much since she was fifteen and started dating Cory, but knowing he’s here to support her is what’s getting her through the day.

As Rachel begins to get stronger, memories begin to surface. The more she remembers, the more she realizes she might not be the only one responsible for what happened the night her life changed forever.

After meeting Rachel in After the Rain, I wasn’t sure what I thought of her. She seemed like the beautiful girl that let her boyfriend walk all over her. I wondered who she really was. In Living with Regret, I saw the strength that she had.

Rachel was dealing with so much in this book. She was completely devastated and I felt so bad for her. She had no clue how her life had taken such a drastic turn and blamed herself. I loved how Sam helped her through it all and was her support system. The “bad boy” wasn’t bad at all. He was so sweet.

I loved the way Rachel was in the dark almost the entire time — even if I could guess most of what happened. I liked finding out bits and pieces as I went along. I also loved the little gems Lisa De Jong sprinkled in from When it Rains.

The best part of the book was the message, though. Living with Regret was about accepting responsibility and learning to forgive yourself and others. Those are two very important things to learn while you’re growing up and maturing.

Review: When it Rains by Lisa De Jong

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Author: Lisa De Jong

Publication Date: September 25, 2013

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

*This book contains mature subject matter and is not intended for those under the age of 17.*

One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

Again.

 


4.5 / 5 Stars


I’ve tried to write this review several times now. I keep hitting delete. I feel like no matter what I write, I can’t do When it Rains justice. I guess I’m just going to have to do my best.

When it Rains is a beautifully sad tale of young woman who is coping with a horrible event that changed her. It’s been two years, but Kate still feels like a shell of her former self. She’s pushed everyone but her mom and her best friend, Beau, away. I couldn’t help but feel for Kate. She felt so alone and couldn’t ask for help.

To make matter worse, Beau is leaving for college. Kate doesn’t know what she’ll do without him. She can’t imagine not seeing him every day. He makes things even harder by professing his love to her before he goes. Kate knows she can’t be the girl he needs, so she lets him go. It’s painful to read Beau’s reaction, to feel his heart breaking. I think mine broke a little, too. I couldn’t help but hope Kate would see her error and go to him.

She doesn’t, though. Kate’s trying to move on and continue life as she knows it when Asher Hunt walks into the diner she waitresses at. There’s something about Asher that makes Kate excited about life again. They quickly become friends and then something more.

For the first time in over two years, Kate feels hope. She feels happiness. Asher knows the right things to do and say to make her feel safe. I couldn’t help but feel torn about it. On one hand, I wanted Kate to be happy. On the other, I wanted it to be with Beau because Asher has some secrets I’m worried about. Secrets I can feel are going to hurt Kate.

I’m not going to say more about the story from here because I don’t want to give any of the surprises away. What I will say is the rest of the story gutted me. I haven’t ugly cried as much as I did reading this book since I read Bright Side by Kim Holden.

My only complaint about When it Rains is that I didn’t like the Beau-Kate-Asher love triangle. While I get it now, it frustrated me while reading the book. All that angst!

When it Rains is a book I would recommend to New Adult readers who enjoy a good ugly cry. There are situations in this book that would not be suitable for younger, immature readers.

Note: After finishing When it Rains, I downloaded the novella that comes after it in the series. After the Rain is a continuation of Kate’s story. I felt like it was actually a better end to her story than the ending in When it Rains. The added story was what I needed to for the story to be amazing. If the two had been combined, I would have given When it Rains the complete 5 stars. If you’re planning on reading When it Rains, plan on reading After the Rain when you’re done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aftermath Blog Tour: Feature & Review

Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
THE AFTERMATH Summary:

When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. But what happens when you have everything you ever wanted? You fight to keep it.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell’s star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation, his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O’Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife. In her final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work.

Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them and O’Connell realizes that justice might not be a part of his happy ever after.

He couldn’t protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.


5 / 5 Stars


And the drama continues…

Beginning where The Hurricane left off (my review), Emily and O’Connell are trying to enjoy their new married life and forget their rough pasts. Their love for each other is fierce and O’Connell would do anything to keep Em safe and happy. It’s a tough job when Em’s past is still out there haunting them and O’Connell needs to train for a big fight. But O’Connell will do everything in his power to make sure Em’s demons are kept at bay.

I don’t think R.J. Prescott could have wrapped up Emily and O’Connell’s story in any other way. It was perfect.

I loved reading The Aftermath through O’Connell’s point of view. His feelings were so raw, loving and protective. With everything they went through, he had her back and she had his. It was also fun to get to be in his head when other guys just looked at Em.

We didn’t get to hear Em’s thoughts in this one, but I loved reading about her through O’Connell’s thoughts. She continued to gain strength and confidence through his love. I hurt for her past and was happy with the resolution she received.

I can’t wait to see what comes next for the Hurricane family. There’s so many great characters and I can’t wait to read their stories!

About the Author:

RJ Prescott
R.J. Prescott Bio:
I was born in Cardiff, South Wales although I left to study law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation I fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later I convinced my crazy, wonderful fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff with me where we live with our two equally crazy sons.
Juggling work, writing and family doesn’t leave a lot of time, but curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for family movie night is definitely the best part of my week. “The Hurricane” is my debut USA Today Best Selling New Adult Novel.

 

Buy Now on Amazon:

The Hurricane – The Hurricane Book 1

The Aftermath – The Hurricane Book 2

Review: Sugar Skulls by Lisa Mantchev & Glenn Dallas

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Authors: Lisa Mantchev, Glenn Dallas

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Publisher: Skyscape

Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.

Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.

Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together.


My rating: 5 / 5 Stars


I wouldn’t call myself a science fiction or fantasy reader. Every once in a while I will deviate from my normal romance reads to pick up a book from another genre that has great reviews, sounds interesting or someone has recommended to me. In the case of Sugar Skulls, I was fortunate to have won a copy from Goodreads courtesy of Amazon Publishing.

I’m so grateful I did! I truly loved Sugar Skulls. The book was well written and very interesting. It captured my attention from the beginning and kept it throughout. Sugar Skulls wasn’t like any other dystopian novel I’ve read. While it focused on the characters’ actions to survive the world of Cyrene, there was so much more than just that. There were twists and turns and connections I didn’t see coming.

I loved all of the Sugar Skulls characters. The authors did an amazing job creating solid relationships between the characters.Vee was so bad-ass and fun to read. Even when her character was going through tough times, she made it work for her. Vee wasn’t going to let anyone walk all over her. And her attachment to Little Dead Thing made me smile.

From the beginning, I rooted for Micah. He was such a great underdog. I wanted him to come out on top and get the girl. I didn’t realize his background was going to play so much into the story, but I loved that it did.

I’m really glad the authors decided to write Sugar Skulls in dual points of view. It added so much to the story to get to see what both Vee and Micah were thinking. I also like the way it was written in first person present tense. Sometimes that doesn’t work for me, but in this book it did. I felt like I was seeing the situation through Micah and Vee’s eyes.

As for the rest of the characters, I couldn’t help hate Damon and the people Micah dealt with. They were great villains and made the story even more fun to read.

One thing I would point out about this novel is that I’ve seen it categorized as Young Adult. It’s filled with sex, drugs and crime. I, myself, would categorize it as a New Adult Science Fiction novel. I wouldn’t recommend it those under 17, but maybe I’m erring on the safe side.

If you’re looking for an entertaining and fast-paced dystopian love story, I would suggest picking Sugar Skulls up.

**Thank you to Goodreads and Amazon Publishing for sending me a copy of Sugar Skulls in exchange for an honest review.