Favorites of 2012

Wow there is nothing harder than coming up with a Top Ten Favorites list for me, I have read way too many great books this year.  After looking hard at my list of favorites these are the ten I finally settled on.  I can not wait to see what great books 2013 brings out!


Upcoming 2013 YA/New Adult Books I am anxious to read!

Upcoming 2013 Next in Series Books

Upcoming 2013 M/M Romance Books!

Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea Moonstruck (Lucky Moon #3), anything by Amy Lane or Mary Calmes!

So with that said all there is left for now is:

Happy New Year!

 

Jessica Sorensen

The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars and only .99¢!

Jessica Sorensen is definitely a writer with the ability to completely draw her audience into a story. I was having a hard time reading this book the first time I picked it up, I couldn’t seem to get through the first chapter. Honestly now I have no idea why I was having such a problem because as I sat down today with my Kindle I found myself unable to pull away for Micha and Ella.

I’m definitely excited to read books 2 and 3.

Find out more about Jessica Sorensen here.


“He knows what I’m about to say—he always does. He is my best friend, my soul mate. In a perfect world, full of roses and sunshine we’d be together, but this world is full of broken homes, drunken fathers, and mothers who give up easily.” 

The Secret of Ella & Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. 

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.   (From Goodreads)


Beautiful and Emotional Read!

5 out of 5 Stars!

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson

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. (From Goodreads)


This one kept me up all night until 6 am because I could not put it down for anything.  Even as my husband begged me to just go to sleep I couldn’t do it.  I cried and I laughed, basically I loved this book.

Ms. Sorensen did a perfect job of making me connect with these characters and truth be told to fall in love with Kayden.  I truly loved his character and rooted for him from the first moment he spoke.

Another Emotional Ride

Miss Me Not by Tiffany King

Miss Me Not by Tiffany King

Miss Me Not by Tiffany King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

They had a pact. 
Leave the world behind much as they had lived it.
No one would miss them. No harm, no foul.
Their personal demons would be left behind once and for all. 
It was the only thing they could count on. 
It was all she had.

Madison Hanson has spent the last four years being a “shadow.” Her parents ignore her. The students at her school stopped talking to her years ago, and the majority of her teachers forget she’s even there. In her desperate yearning to leave her invisible life behind, Madison makes a pact with her only friend, James Garrison, to end their lives as inconspicuously as they live them. No fuss, no muss. No one would miss her and she would miss no one. Their plan is set, and it’s all she can count on. That is, until fellow student, Mitch Peterson, beats them to the punch. Everything Madison believed in is shaken to the core when she watches the aftermath of Mitch’s death unfold. By taking his own life, Mitch unwittingly saves hers. What a selfish prick. 

She is now left with the daunting task of living. Trying to bury her demons once and for all, and finally trusting someone with her fragile existence. 

Living is hell. Death would have been so much easier.   


“Mitch Johnson died last night. He killed himself. I wasn’t sad or heartbroken when I heard. I was pissed. Stark raving pissed. I didn’t know Mitch well. He was like me, a shadow that floated down the hallways, unnoticed and seemingly nonexistent among the crowd. I knew my attitude seemed callous, but I didn’t care. Mitch stole my thunder.

It should have been me.”

Suicide is such a prevalent issue among teenagers, especially these days as we are made aware all to often by the increasing media outlets.  Bullying has become such a hot topic as of late that it seems as if no matter where you turn you are hearing another story of a teen taking their own life.  It is so sad to realize that the way that we as adults look at the world is so far from the way that teens do that it is completely unfair of us to just tell kids to “suck it up, things will get better”.

I remember my time in high school and how it felt as if my problems were so big  and things would never change.  I had no idea that once I stepped out of those hallways and into my life as an adult my outlook would change significantly.  There were so many different possibilities out there for me and what once seemed unbearable would fade.  High school in retrospect was such a short period of time compared to the big picture.  Of course hindsight is 20/20 and these are not things that you can tell to a teen and have them truly understand.

Reading this book made me think about that, it made me think about how I wished I could step in and let them know that things would get better.  With that I knew that this was a great read because I found myself so immersed in it, emotional and desperate for an ending in which I would be able to stop the tears and smile.

This is not only a story of death, loss of innocence, abuse and sadness.

“Our friendship was formed on non-probing. He didn’t ask about my lack of parental involvement or my inability to touch other people, and I didn’t ask about his father or his bruises. We weren’t typical friends. We were silent comforters. I felt his pain and he felt mine.”

This is a story of how sometimes letting someone in against your better judgement can open you up to possibilities you never knew existed.

“Dean was my polar opposite. He was the sun, while I was the darkness.” 

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This is a story of a girl who not only finds the desire to live again but to embrace it.  This is a story of love and acceptance, forgiveness and self discovery.

“The amazing thing about love was that when you didn’t have it, the word seemed impossible to use, but when you were surrounded by it, it was as easy to say as breathing.”

There are so many things to say about this book, so many things that I would like to convey but when it all comes down to it all I can really say is this is a definite must read.  It’s funny at times and sad at others,thought provoking and emotional.  While I recommend this book I must say be warned, you will need a tissue.

Club Destiny Series by Nicole Edwards

Conviction (Club Destiny, #1)Conviction by Nicole Edwards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a funny thing, I read book two and really enjoyed it. It left me having no intention on reading this one since I basically knew what happened. I just didn’t see the point in it. However I got Conviction on Lendle and decided why not? I had wondered about the scene with Sam, Logan, Luke and Cole that had been brought up so many times in Temptation so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to actually read it and figure out what all the fuss was about. Holy Hell! I am so glad I did.

This book is hot! H.O.T! The scene with the four of them was great. In a lot of ways I think it may have been hotter than the 2nd one although I loved Temptation. I can’t wait to read the third one which I will probably start tonight, I really hope there are going to be more after that.

Pros:
Hot Alpha Males, Hot Sexy Menage Scenes and a Romantic First Date (That of course turns steamy).

Cons:
Not Enough Luke and Cole (of course that is rectified in book two)


Temptation  (Club Destiny, #2)Temptation by Nicole Edwards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was definitely hot!

Pros:
The Guys are hot!
The sex is hot!
Introductions of characters I would love to read about later on.
Great Alpha/Dominate males w/o getting into BDSM

Cons:
(Never thought I would say this but…) Too Much Angst!
Too much back and forth
Repeats things a little too much.


   Next In Series!

 

Club Destiny Series by Nicole Edwards

 

5 out of 5 Great Big Stars!

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

The first thing I saw was blue. Blue sweater, blue eyes. Blue. Beautifully blue. Then I saw red as I recognized who belonged to the blue.

“Fucking Wallbanger,” I hissed, frozen on the spot.

His grin slid off as well as he played place-the-face for a moment.

“Fucking Pink Nightie Girl,” he finally concluded. He grimaced.

We stared, seething as the air literally turned electric between us, snapping and crackling. The four behind us had fallen silent, listening to this little interchange. Then they caught up.

“That’s Wallbanger?” Sophia screeched.

“Wait a minute, that’s Pink Nightie Girl?” Neil laughed, and Mimi and Ryan snorted.

My face flamed bright red as I processed this information, and Simon’s sneer became that damnable smirk I’d seen that night in the hallway—when I’d banged on his door and made him quit giving it to the Giggler and yelled at him. When I’d been wearing…

“Pink Nightie Girl. Pink Nightie Girl!” I choked out, beyond pissed. Beyond angry. Well into Furious Town. I stared at him, pouring all of my tension into that one look. All of the sleepless nights and lost Os and cold showers and banana thrusting and merciless wet dreams went into that one look. I wanted to level him with my eyes, make him beg for mercy. But no…Not Simon, Director of the International House Of Orgasms.

He
Was
Still
Smirking.

“Asshole,” I mouthed to him.

“Cockblocker,” he mouthed back, the smirk returning in full force.

So this is going to go down as one of my favorites this year. Definitely in the top ten! I laughed so hard so many times I actually had to wipe away tears. I could not put it down.

From Goodreads:
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…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.


“I’m going in,” I said in a low, brave voice. With a deep breath I pushed the door open, and saw the Bedroom of Sin for the first time. Desk in the corner. Dresser on one wall, with top covered in loose change. More photographs on the wall, black and whites. And there it was: his bed.

Cue trumpets.

Pushed up against the wall, my wall, was a giant California king, complete with a padded, leather headboard. Padded. It would have to be, now wouldn’t it? It was immense. And he had the power to move that thing with his hips alone? Once again Lower Caroline sat up straight and took notice.

I centered, I focused, and I pried my eyes away from Orgasm Central. I scanned and acquired the target: there at the leather club chair in front of the window. Purina perched on the back of this chair, hands in her hair, moaning and wailing and crying. Her skirt was shredded, and there were tiny claw marks in her stockings. She attempted with every fiber of her being to shrink away from the cat on the floor in front of her.

And Clive?

Clive was strutting. Strutting back and forth in front of her, giving it his all. He turned like he was on a runway, pacing along a line on the floor and glancing at her nonchalantly.

If Clive could wear a blazer, hewould have taken it off, draped it casually over his kitty shoulder, and pointed at her. It was all I could do not to fall down laughing. I stepped toward him, and Purina shouted something at me in Russian. I ignored her and focused all my attention on my cat.

“Oooh, Sophia, I see a cowboy for you right over there—no, no, wait, he’s taken by another cowboy. Moving on.” Mimi sighed as she continued her search. -Mimi

To my left was an interesting couple: silver-haired gentleman with a woman younger than I was who had newly purchased tits. Good girl! You get yours. I mean, if I had to look at flabby, old-man buns I’d want bigger boobs too. -Caroline

“Yep, ready to go. Simon, this is James. James, Simon.” They leaned in to shake hands, and I could see that they both exerted a little extra force, neither seeming to want to be the one to let go first. I rolled my eyes. Yes, boys. You can both write your names in the snow. The question is, who would make bigger letters? -Caroline

He was wooing me. And I was letting him woo. I wanted the woo. I deserved the woo. I needed the wow that would surely follow the woo, but for now, the woo? It was whoa. -Caroline

Didn’t Follow Through

Sharing HaileySharing Hailey by Samantha Ann King
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Started off great but the last 25% just went downhill and I have to admit I did not care at all for the ending. I am a huge fan of menage stories so when I saw this one I thought it sounded great. I was really into it at first but soon I found myself skimming it close to the end I even skipped a few pages.

The story in theory was good, I liked the idea of three friends who have had feelings for each other forever finally coming together. Hailey has had feelings for Tony and Mark for as long as she can remember but has never pursued anything for fear that it will wreck their friendship and she will be forced to choose one over the other and that is impossible. Mark and Tony have waited for Hailey to come around and finally choose one of them but of course she hasn’t shown them that she has any intentions of that so they have decided to take matters into their own hands and will share her.

While on vacation in Hawaii the three finally explore their feelings for one another. But there are too many things going on that get in the way of what should be a great time for the three of them. First her brother finds out and is not happy, after-all this is his baby sister and Mark and Tony have been his best friends since they were kids. Second Hailey has just broken up with her abusive boyfriend and now he wants her back.


So here’s what I liked about it:

*The way the guys took care of Hailey. They really loved her and were very quick to show her any way they could.

*The fact that both of these guys were strong Alpha types without over doing it. I loved that there weren’t any BDSM scenes or elements (I am getting tired of every book having to be about that).

*All three were equals in the relationship.


What I hated about it:

*There was a scene in which the guys have an intimate moment, it’s brief and then nothing ever comes of it again nor do they ever have another. They were too close to have never had another moment or to have experimented in some way. It would have been better if they had, especially since Hailey mentioned quite a bit how much it turned her on. It felt as if the author was leading up to it but it never happened.

*The way Hailey handled the Daniel situation. If I had to read her go on and on about how domestic violence didn’t happen to women like her I was going to hurl. She is supposedly a smart, mature woman. She should know that domestic violence can and does happen to all types of women, there is not a type.

All in all I wanted more from this book. It was okay but really didn’t completely do it for me.

Flawed

FlawedFlawed by Kate Avelynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Recieved from NetGalley

Wow so this book has left me feeling so many things I don’t even know how to wrap my brain around it. One thing is for sure though as soon as I am done with this review I am reading a book with a great big HEA. I cried so hard at the end of this book that I now have a headache.

First I want to start by saying that I went back-and-forth with this book. There were things I really hated about it but at the same time I found myself unable to stop reading it.

Sarah who I felt I should have liked actually got on my nerves. I know that she had suffered both physical and emotional abuse for her entire life at the hands of her drunken father with only her brother to depend on but I couldn’t help but think she had so many opportunities to escape which she never took. I understand that this happens time and time again with abuse victims so I tried hard to not focus on that but for some reason in this story it truly bothered me.

I felt almost as if underneath it all Sarah actually did want more of an intimate relationship with her brother. It was supposed to be him but I found her inability to let him know he was crossing a line to be very troublesome. I also felt that there were too many times in which she actually lead him on. I didn’t get it at all. (How can you crave your brother’s touch and affection while holding you and then when he tries to kiss you think Oh no! This is too much?)

How could she not see that Jason’s over-protectiveness wasn’t normal but controlling and sick? A brother should not be comfortable being naked around you, looking at you as if he owns you, dictating what you wear, who you hang out with or if you can work or not.

As for Sam I think there were too many times in which he could have helped Sarah more than he did. If he truly loved her as much as he claimed he could have gotten her help. He let it go on for way too long.

Why couldn’t Sarah tell Sam she was afraid Jason would kill him? Why didn’t she tell him about the gun? None of that made sense to me at all. She knew Sam was in danger yet she never really stressed to him how much.

With all of that said one could argue that these types of things happen all the time. We here about this kind of stuff on the news every day and there are always instances in which we question whether the situation could have been handled differently. Knowing that I was able to force myself to read the book with an open mind.

Unfortunately although I feel sorry for Sarah’s character I didn’t care for her. I didn’t like any of the characters really other than Sam and even Alex who was the little bit of comic relief in this extremely serious story. I think the author had a great story but as far as the characters I would have liked more. Something to make me connect with Sarah and feel what she was going through. The only time I really felt emotional was the end which actually made me cry.