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April 28th, 2017

Review: Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins

SYNOPSIS:
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
The cover was sweet and simple. The synopsis grabbed me by the arm and dragged me to get my credit card and order this. It just sounded like such an girly read with a forbidden romance.. totally up my ally.

Read and Reviewed:
I loved it. It had some flaws and sometimes I wanted to smack everyone but I really enjoyed the story and have been highly anticipating the sequel. Why? Because it leaves you with somewhat of a cliffhanger that you want to throw the book or iPad across the room because it’s not May and the sequel is not out yet and you want to know what will happen next. Holy mother of run-on sentences. haha.

The book is true to the synopsis. Lake (16) meets Manning (23), a young construction worker, and she develops a fast crush. The writer wrote her so well. I could read the story and feel like I was Lake and allow the nostalgia of youth and innocence make me see her way of things. She’s a good girl but she’s also naive to the way of the real world and the consequences that await our actions.

Manning is a gentlemen. I feel like that needs to be said because there is such an age difference between them. He’s not creepy or anything.

The sister is a riot. She could be mean, bitchy, kind and then back to being manipulative. But I liked her. As you read the story you can kind of understand why she is the way she is and why the two sisters are so different.

I’d say 1/4 of the book takes place at a summer camp and the nostalgia of 80s and 90s movies (as book one starts out in 1993) was fantastic and bumped this book from a 4.5 to a 5 hearts for me. I would definitely recommend it.

*MARKED: FAVORITE READ*

Quote Me:

“There are not enough stars in the sky for me to rate how much I adored this nostalgic and forbidden read.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“Some invisible tether existed between us. Nobody could see it, not even us, but I felt it. I was sure Manning did, too. As long as we both knew it, that was enough for me. For now, at least.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Age, Forbidden, Rivalry, Sisters, Secrets, Crush, Lies, Cliffhanger, Felony, Camp

Book Boyfriend Rating:
9/10

Wishful Thinking:
That the book did not end in a cliffhanger and make me want to throw my book across the room. It made me feel stabby.

BUY A COPY:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Good Reads Page

RATING:
5 Heart Rating

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

April 20th, 2017

Review: Duly Noted by H.M. Shander

SYNOPSIS:
PTSD sucks.
Just ask Aurora.
She’s dealt with it for the past two years. Effing car crash.

Resigned to live a mediocre life, she’s coped all on her own with only her friends Percocet and Xanax along for the ride. Broken and damaged, she doesn’t need anyone, thank you very much. Until she meets him.

Shy but smoking hot, Nate Johnson has a mouth as smart as hers, and can handle every ounce of sass she dishes out. Immediately, he’s hooked by Aurora’s sarcastic wit. A man on a mission, he wants to help her over her fear of cars. He needs to, if he’s ever going to have her as part of his world – a passion he’s kept hidden from her. As he succeeds with the impossible goal, he finds he’s curing more than just her PTSD, he’s healing her heart.

But when the unthinkable happens, it drives Aurora away.
From him.
From them.
From the best thing to ever happen to her.
Because sometimes love just isn’t enough.

However, Nate wants her back and he’s willing to give up everything he loves for her. Aurora refuses to have him sacrifice his passion because of her, and dreams up a risky plan to stop him. It’s dangerous. It’s foolish. And if it doesn’t kill her first, it could just save them both.

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
The cover was cute and appealing to the love story reader. It made me think the novel would be cutesy and lovey dovey.

Read and Reviewed:
Aurora has PTSD from a car crash and it consumes her life. She can’t go anywhere unless it’s in walking distance. She works at a library near her house and there she meets Nate who is working construction at the library. Once he discovers her PTSD to cars he comes up with his own “baby steps” method of trying to help her overcome her trauma. Does it work? You’ll have to read to find out.

The book was okay read. The synopsis of this book is what attracted me to this book. It didn’t exactly scream “best love story ever” but the overcoming her PTSD together sounded different. I think my expectations for a new kind of love story was a bit high. I went into the story rooting for Aurora and Nate. The problem was that I just didn’t really like Aurora. She was very much about herself and it turned me off the character. She constantly only thinks of herself throughout the book. Nate was persistent in helping her overcome her PTSD, sometimes more than he should have been. The story moves quickly which leaves little room for those breath-taking lovey dovey scenes. It’s almost like the love story borders on semi-instalove because of how fast they became a couple.

The book did have some good points. I did like the character of Nate and his family. The PTSD angle was different and interesting but I feel like it could have been better if the story around it had more depth and conflict. I don’t want to spoil on this so I will leave it at that.

Also the synopsis mentions how they have these smart mouths. I love witty banter and humor. There were maybe a handful of remarks that would be categorized as witty but there was nowhere near enough to categorize the book as such.

Quote Me:

“A different kind of love story..”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“They had taken a damaged bird and helped bring her back to life.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
PTSD, Cars, Trauma, Frustration, Drugs, Conflicted, Motivational, DIY, Secrets, Cheater

Book Boyfriend Rating:
6.8/10 – Sometimes he was too pushy although his intentions were good.

Wishful Thinking:
I wish there would have been more conflict in the story. Most of it was about her PTSD with cars and the ending was rather rushed. I would have liked to see more romantic scenes and really see Nate and Aurora’s relationship grow on a romantic level. I felt like they were just friends with crushes on one another for most of the book.

BUY A COPY:
Amazon| Barnes and Noble | Good Reads Page

RATING:
3 Heart Rating (for me personally it was more like a 2.8 but I’ll round up.)

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

MY RATING SYSTEM:
- I LOVED IT! I marked it as a favorite and will eventually reread it. I highly recommend this book!

- I felt this book was really good. I wouldn't call it a favorite but I would highly recommended.

- This book was a good read. I would recommend it.

- I felt this book was OK. Would suggest it casually if asked.

- I did not like this book and wouldn't recommend it to others.