Review: Dancing on a Moonbeam Part 3 by Kate Perry

28953771Title: Dancing on a Moonbeam Part 3

Series: Bedford Falls, #3

Author: Kate Perry

Publication Date: March 9, 2016

Publisher: Firelight and Fairydust Unlimited

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Westwood and her neighbor Max have a deal to help each other—one they sealed with more than a kiss.

Which is a problem, because what was supposed to be a simple deal becomes so much more as Eleanor lets Max dance his way into her heart. It should be win-win, except Eleanor isn’t sure she can ever be triumphant in love…


5 / 5 Stars


Dancing on a Moonbeam Part 3 is the conclusion of Eleanor and Max’s story. (You can find reviews for Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) Eleanor is still trying to find herself. She thinks she wants to run a dance studio, but everyone else thinks she should be choreographing. Her relationship with her daughter Lily is still on the outs and she’s worried they’ll never reconnect. Eleanor’s also worried about giving her heart to Max, who she knows will be returning to L.A. soon.

Max’s dream to compose movies is about to come true. Only, he’s not sure if it’s what he wants anymore. He finds himself falling more deeply in love with Eleanor every day…and her daughter Lily, too. Will he be able to return to L.A. and leave them behind?

This mature second chance romance was sweet and inspiring. Max and Eleanor’s relationship felt real and was relatable. I loved the way Perry worked Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are into the story. It was perfect and suited her Max so well. Kate Perry couldn’t have wrapped up Dancing on a Moonbeam more perfectly.

**I received an electronic copy of Dancing on a Moonbeam Part 3 from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Review: More Happy Than Not

19542841Title: More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Publisher: SoHo Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBQT

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?


4.5 / 5 Stars


Adam Silver is a brilliant storyteller. I loved the way the story was set up and flowed in More Happy Than Not. It was creative and not what I was expecting at all. There were twists and turns I never saw coming. It was amazing how seamlessly many different issues were woven into the story.

Not only was the way the story unfolded different and interesting, but so were the characters. The main character, Aaron, could have been very annoying and frustrating to readers because of the way he complained about the hardships and unhappiness in his life. Instead, Aaron was easy to relate to. I could empathize with him and liked him. I wanted him to achieve his ultimate happy ending. I rooted for him the entire time.

The other characters were whipped cream on top of the Aaron sundae. Thomas had a maturity about him, even if he was lost in life. You couldn’t ask for a better girlfriend than Genevieve. She stood by Aaron through it all, no matter what happened. I have to admit my favorite character was Me-Crazy, even if he was a horrible person. The fact that he gave himself that nickname was perfect. He had me laughing most of the time.

 

The only thing missing for me in More Happy Than Not was more information about what came next for Aaron. I kind of felt like I was left hanging a bit. I needed an epilogue or something. I’m dying for more!

More Happy Than Not is a book I’ll be thinking about for a long time to come. It’s definitely a book I would recommend.

 

Review: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2 by Kate Perry

28953773Title: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1

Series: Bedford Falls, #1

Author: Kate Perry

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Firelight and Fairydust Unlimited

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Westwood strikes a deal with her neighbor: if Max withdraws the complaint that stopped renovation on her dance studio, she’ll help him with his movie score.

Being a muse shouldn’t be hard, right? For Eleanor there’s too much at stake to fail. She just never realized that rousing Max’s imagination means rousing his passion too—for the music, and for Eleanor herself.


5 / 5 Stars


In Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2, Kate Perry continues her sweet second chance romance. Eleanor and Max are both reeling from their kiss. Neither is looking for a relationship, but both of them wants more than just that kiss.

Eleanor and Max are also able to come up with a compromise so Eleanor can finish her studio. She volunteers to be his muse and finds herself finding her own groove with dancing. But nothing is ever that simple and Eleanor soon find another hiccup in the renovation of her dance studio.

The slow-burn romance of Dancing on a Moonbeam heats up in Part 2. It was just as sweet as Part 1, but with a lot more sizzle. I loved the way Eleanor and Max have figured out how to work together. It was also fun to see Eleanor figure out where she’s lacked in friendships in the past and how much she wants to reclaim those friends. My favorite parts of the story, though; are the conversations between Max and Eleanor’s daughter. His words to her got through to her in a way others couldn’t. I loved that.

I’m truly loving this second chance romance series. It’s different from the other novels I have read by Perry as the characters seem more mature, but it’s just as beautifully written. It tells a story many readers will be able to identify with. I can’t wait to find out how the story wraps up in Part 3!

I would caution readers that this is the second part of a three part novella series. I would not suggest skipping Part 1 before reading this. The story gradually builds throughout the three parts. Plus, Part 1 was so much fun to read! (You can find my review for it here.)

**I received an electronic copy of Dancing on a Moonbeam:Part 2 from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1 by Kate Perry

28796441Title: Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1

Series: Bedford Falls, #1

Author: Kate Perry

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Firelight and Fairydust Unlimited

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eleanor Westwood-Fehr gave up being a prima ballerina for dreams of love. Big mistake—one she won’t make again.

Determined, she won’t let anything stop her from opening a dance studio. Not her doubts. Not her teenage daughter. And certainly not her new mysterious neighbor, no matter how enticing he might be…


4.5 / 5 Stars


In Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1, Eleanor has just said goodbye to her unfaithful ex-husband with a stroke of her hand. She’s ready to start her life over and reclaim her dance shoes. Eleanor’s decided to start a dance studio in the shed that used to be her ex-husband’s “man cave“.

Just as Eleanor gets to work on her new dance space, a new neighbor moves in next door. Max may be handsome, but his need for silence quickly hampers Eleanor’s big plans. Eleanor is determined to make Max see the error in his ways and get her studio done.

Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 1 was a very sweet beginning to a second chance love story. It was filled with Kate Perry’s beautiful writing and storytelling. I loved the hostile attraction between Eleanor and Max. It was a really fun slow-burn romance.

I would caution readers that this is a novella and one of three. There isn’t a conclusion to this part of the story. It simply concludes with a fun cliffhanger-ish ending.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Dancing on a Moonbeam: Part 2.

Review: Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

25943219Title: Shine Not Burn

Series: Shine Not Burn, #1

Author: Elle Casey

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Andie Marks, known as “Party Girl” in her college days, is now a whip-smart lawyer on the fast track to success. Determined to move on from a bad break-up, she joins her girlfriends for a wild bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, promising to let her hair down just this once.

Vegas is a blur of cocktails and blackjack, and in the middle of it all she meets Mack, a real-life cowboy with a winning hand and an irresistible body. They get lucky in the casino and luckier back at the hotel, a hot night of passion that was definitely not part of Andie’s life plan.

By dawn Mack is gone and all she has to remember their one-night romance is a hangover and a pile of casino chips. Or so she thinks…


4 / 5 Stars


 

Shine Not Burn is a incredibly fun story about what happens when a bachelorette party trip to Vegas goes wrong — or maybe right.

Andie’s a straight-laced lawyer with a life plan. She knows what she wants and it’s not going to Vegas, but Andie can’t let her best friend down. Too bad it costs her Luke, her long-term boyfriend.

In order to get her mind of Luke, Andie sets out looking for a one-night stand. She finds that in a sexy cowboy named Mack. They spend a passionate night Andie won’t soon forget.

But the next morning, Andie does just that. Everything that happened in Vegas stays in Vegas until a little surprise pops up in the future.

Shine Not Burn was such a cute, fun, sexy, steamy read. It’s filled with Elle Casey’s great writing and amazing humor.I loved the characters, especially sexy cowboy Mack. It’s only downfall was that it was predictable, but that’s not surprising considering it’s a “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” type of story.

Shine Not Burn is a contemporary romance that will put a smile on your face.

 

Review: Nine Million Minutes by Leigh Ann Lane

27974959Title: Nine Million Minutes

Author: Leigh Ann Lane

Publication Date: November 11, 2015

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Twenty-six years is long enough to be a wallflower. Armed with a new auburn hair color and a lime green Jeep that screams “look at me,” Kricket Taylor steps outside her shy comfort zone.

Jay Hunter has a successful career as a speaker, capturing audiences by rolling up his sleeve and baring a jagged scar that signifies the biggest mistake of his life…making a promise he couldn’t keep.

With a coast-to-coast supply of willing and beautiful conference attendees, he has no desire for a relationship. But an encounter with a shy redhead triggers something deep. Now, the only way to make up for his long ago broken promise is to protect her from himself.

Nine Million Minutes, a contemporary romance novel, will resonate with anyone who has picked themselves up, brushed off the dirt, and awkwardly stumbled towards a new beginning.


3.5 / 5 Stars


Nine Million Minutes is a complex story about two people fighting their attraction to each other due to a combined pasts that still haunt them.

At sixteen, Jayson saw himself as the older brother and protector of his eight-year-old neighbor, Krissy. When the unspeakable happens, Krissy is torn away from Jay and their neighborhood. Jay feels it’s his fault because he didn’t do enough to protect her. Being so young, Krissy has no memory of that horrible night.

Flash forward seventeen years. Kricket (aka Krissy) returns to her Oklahoma hometown and meets gorgeous Jay(son) at Starbucks. Neither realize they know each other. When something brings their connection to light, they realize they can’t act on their attraction to each other — no matter how much they want each other.

Nine Million Minutes is a hard book for me to rate. It was fast-paced and kept my attention the entire time. I was invested in the story and loved the push-pull thing Jay and Kricket had going on. I enjoyed the slow-burn of their romance. It was a really great book on it’s way to a five star review– until it got to almost the end. That’s when things started to unravel for me.

Remember that slow-burn romance I just mentioned? Well, once they decided to act on their attraction, the slow-burn turned into steaming hot. It felt like the last couple chapters of the book were all sex. I have no problem with sex in books, but it felt out of place for the characters to get it on that much in one night. Or maybe it was just the way Jay bragged about it to his family. (Do his mom and dad really want hear about that?!?)

Then, there was the epilogue. Instead of wrapping things up nicely, it added unnecessarily to the story. I honestly didn’t see the point of it.

My biggest problem with Nine Million Minutes, thoughwas Jay’s secret. I couldn’t stand Tara’s part in it all. There had to be a better, less disgusting reason for Jay to keep them apart. Although, I do have to admit I loved the resolution to the issue.

Oh, and I almost forgot! I love the meaning behind the title of the book!

New Adult readers who enjoy complicated love stories filled with angst and secrets will enjoy Nine Million Minutes.

 

 

Review: The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

22449806Title: The Year We Fell Apart

Author: Emily Martin

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.


4.5 / 5 Stars


The Year We Fell Apart is a coming of age romance about a soon-to-be high school senior, Harper Sloan. Harper earned a bad reputation last year after an encounter in the school pool. Her actions got her kicked off the swim team. The past year has been tough and it looks like this summer will be no different. Her mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer and her best friend turned boyfriend turned ex-boyfriend, Declan, is back from boarding school.

Harper knows her relationship with Declan is over, but she can’t help the feelings she has when he’s around. She wants nothing more than to repair their relationship, but Declan obviously wants nothing to do with her. So Harper does what she’s done best this past year, she lets the rumors surrounding her define her.

The Year We Fell Apart broke my heart over and over again. It did it slowly, throughout the entire book. Each major revelation crushed me and made me see each character in a different light. They were constantly evolving, as were their relationships with each other.

Harper was a tough character to like. Honestly, I wanted to give her a good shake! The way she let her bad reputation define her and how she used it to cope with life was frustrating. I hated how she became what her harassers said about her. Her way of coping hurt her more than it helped her, and it was painful to read. I wanted her to dig herself out of the hole she was creating, but she had no desire to do so.

Harper’s relationship with Declan and it’s demise was sad and, at times, mysterious. She obviously blamed herself, but as the story unfolded I could see that Declan wasn’t as perfect as Harper made him out to be. The back and forth of their friendship/relationship during the summer made things harder for her. Like many teenage girls, she was basing her life and her self-confidence around a boy.

What really broke my heart, though, was the last fourth of the book. Even after she began to work through her problems with Declan, she continued to put herself in bad situations. And when she finally stood up for herself, it was kind of too late. Her actions exploded in her face. It was really sad because truly wasn’t a horrible person.

Here’s the thing about The Year We Fell Apart, though. No matter how frustrated with Harper I was, I couldn’t put the book down. I loved it. It was so beautifully written and filled with emotion. Even when I hated a character, I loved them. I wanted to see them overcome their problems and be happy.

I can’t believe this is Emily Martin’s debut novel. I’m incredibly excited to see what comes next. (I would love a follow up to The Year We Fell Apart or a second book about Chris.)