Chance Encounters

Chance EncountersChance Encounters by J. Sterling
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

I am really torn as to how to rate this book. 4 stars for the idea, I think this story had a lot of potential. I liked the idea of a girl who thinks she has everything she wants until she meets a stranger who she just can’t get out of her mind. However I really have to say the execution of the story was more 2 stars. So I will give it 2.5!

I am a huge fan of J. Sterling’s bookThe Perfect Game, I absolutely loved it. So I was anxious to read more of her works. Unfortunately Chance Encounters did not impress me as much as I had hoped. Other than a few memorable lines and quotes from the MC’s best friend Bailey I really didn’t like the writing.

I am a huge fan of love triangles but this one did nothing for me. It was a bit predictable and not totally believable. I wish I could have liked the characters more but I just could not connect to them.

Having said all that I am glad I read The Perfect Game first or I am afraid I would never have picked it up after reading this one. I think this author is extremely talented I just don’t think this is her best work.


Scarlett MacGregor has lived a very sheltered life courtesy of her over-the-top controlling parents. Having never been to a co-ed party, much less on a date, Scarlett has relied on her books, her music, and living vicariously through her best friend Evie to keep her sanity as she’s patiently awaited her freedom from their rule.

When Scarlett and Evie go away to college, Scarlett quickly meets Ashton, Dylan, and later, Mason, and is thrown into a crash course of like, love, and lust. With Evie’s help, she must figure out the difference in the three and which one she wants before she ends up without any of them.

Metamorphosis is the story of Scarlett’s transformation from a young, naive girl to a strong, mature young woman and her search for self-discovery and true love.

MetamorphosisMetamorphosis by Erin Noelle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can’t decide between 3 and 3.5 Stars. While there were many parts of this book that I liked there were just as many that I didn’t. I actually found myself skimming some of the pages in hopes to getting to something more gripping.

I have to say the second have of the book was definitely better than the first and by the last quarter I was completely hooked. That last 25% is what made the whole book worth it for me. I loved the ending even though I would have been just as happy without the Epilogue at the end.

Elizabeth Reyes – One Of My Favorite YA/New Adult Authors!

5th Street Series

Noah (5th Street, #1)Noah (5th Street #1) by Elizabeth Reyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Veronica Cruz has been through hell and back. After disconnecting with the world two years ago to be at the side of her dying mother, she’s left alone, unemployed, overweight, and feeling a decade older than her twenty-eight years. When her best friend coaxes her into joining the local gym to ditch her depression and rejuvenate her life, she meets Noah. Assigned to help Veronica lose weight, Noah is everything she expected a young trainer to be—perfectly chiseled, supportive and motivating. Add to that, he’s incredibly sexy. He’s everything she’s ever looked for in a man. What she least expected was for him to fall for her, but he has. There’s just one glaring problem: Noah is eight years younger.

Noah Quintanilla has his eye on a boxing title—someday. Down for a few months with an injury, his maintenance-boy pay at 5th Street Gym won’t cut it. He’s finally given the opportunity to train. The catch? His trainee is an out-of-shape woman with a free week pass. Taking on the challenge, Noah stumbles into one of the closest friendships he’s ever known, and before he knows it, he’s in love. But Veronica’s not having it—the age difference is too much. Their platonic relationship means having to watch her date other men—something that would make him crazy. Believing he’s the man for her, Noah sets out to prove that age is but an illusion, and there’s more to him than just a number.

I am a big fan of Elizabeth Reyes and I have to admit I put off reading this book for a while thinking it wouldn’t be as good as her Moreno Brothers series. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. Although I didn’t completely fall in love with the characters the way I did with Angel, Alex, Sal and the rest of the gang, I definitely think this was a great beginning of a new series that I will be sure to read.

Gio (5th Street, #2)Gio (5th Street #2) by Elizabeth Reyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When tragedy strikes in the ring, Giovanni Bravo falls into a deep depression, walking away from his dream of boxing to train instead. He agrees to a two month get-away, helping train Felix Sanchez, his high school best friend and now welterweight champ of the world. Once at Felix’s lavish boxing complex, he’s reunited with Bianca Rubio, someone he remembers only as the girl with the innocent doe eyes back in high school. Her refreshing, cheerful demeanor not only takes Gio’s mind off his troubled conscience, he finds himself falling for her fast and hard. The problem—Bianca is Felix’s girlfriend.

Having a sexy, famous boyfriend has its perks, but they come with a price. Bianca not only has to deal with the ongoing tabloid rumors about her boyfriend hooking with other women, but also his constant absence when he is on the road. So now that Felix will be in town for two whole months to train for his next big bout, Bianca is thrilled. He’s even asked her to move into his cabin while he’s there. But when he leaves for days at a time to promote his fight, Bianca spends time getting to know Felix’s gorgeous new trainer and good friend, Gio. Increasingly drawn to his sweet smile and smoldering green eyes, she finds herself saying and doing things she normally wouldn’t.

As it becomes more and more difficult for each to resist the other, Gio crosses the line between them. He hopes that one kiss will alleviate the overwhelming temptation and clear both their systems, but it does just the opposite. Their temptation suddenly becomes an obsession–an obsession that quickly forces Gio to realize this is more than just lust. He’s fallen hard and to his delight so has she. Now he’s forced to make the hardest decision of his life. Risk losing his long time friend or walk away from the only girl he’s ever loved.

So yes I think that some might find this one a little harder to read because of the love triangle aspect and the fact that cheating can be a major turn off. I have to say I am a fan of love triangles so I thought it was s great story. I personally liked this book better than the first and it just cemented the fact that I want to continue to read this series.

Fate Series (A Moreno Brothers Spinoff)

Fate (Fate #1)Fate by Elizabeth Reyes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“You own me body and soul, Vincent. There will never be anyone else for me, ever.”

“You own me, Rosie, body and soul, now and forever.”

When Rose tagged along with her big sister to a baby shower the last thing she expected was to meet a guy. But this wasn’t just any guy. This was the exciting, sexy as sin, way out of her league black sheep of his family–Vincent Moreno. Even more surprising, this heart-stopping bad boy seemed interested in her.

Fate always had a way of interfering in Vince’s best-laid plans. His forced attendance to his annoyingly perfect cousin’s baby shower was no different. He was sure to be bored out of his skull, but instead, he met sweet little Rosie Zendejas.

What begins as a unlikely friendship between two very different teens turns into one of the most intense and passionate relationships that neither ever saw coming. But just like it had so many times in Vince’s troubled past, Fate steps in once again, threatening to take away the one thing he can’t seem to even breathe without now—Rose.

So I have to say that this was my least favorite of all the books by Elizabeth Reyes. I am not exactly sure why but I just couldn’t connect with this story like her others. I found myself skimming through parts of the story in hopes to get to more action.

I also found even though I had liked Grace from her story with Sal I really didn’t care for her in this one (which is odd since a lot of this story takes place at the same time as Making You Mine).

I did like Vince and for the most part liked Rose. I will definitely continue to read the series. I am a huge fan of Reyes and I love the Moreno’s.

Every Which Way!

Every Which Way (Sloan Brothers, #1)Every Which Way by Calia Read
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everything in life came down to choices. It was always a general thought that the larger decisions held greater consequences, but if you really thought about it, so did the small ones.

Severine Blake has seen far too many friends taken down in the crossfires of dating. She devises a precise course of action to protect her heart. The plan is working very well…until she meets Thayer and Macsen.
When the Sloan brothers come into her life, nothing is the same.

Thayer is self-possessed, arrogant and used to getting what he wants. Being near him leaves Severine unsteady and shaken. He makes her question everything.
Macsen contradicts his brother in every way. His calm personality captivates her. Severine is drawn to him instantly.
But Severine quickly discovers that when you want something, that want can turn wicked. Giving in is not always easy, especially when your heart refuses to give up the fight.

What little illusion of love Severine has is soon destroyed. Every option is broken, and the protection she has built around her heart instantly crumbles.

There’s just no right way with the Sloan brothers.

Wow so how do I feel about this book? Damn, I could not put it down. I was supposed to be preparing for in-laws coming for Thanksgiving and instead I huddled on a chair in my kitchen trying desperately to finish this book before I could even begin to think about something as dreadful as cleaning.

I am not sure if I can possibly wait until the next book comes out. I need it now!
I don’t think I have ever been this anxious to read a sequel in my life. I am already feeling like I might stalk Calia’s blog until she posts something about the next book other than that fantastic cover.

Okay so my thoughts are this: I friggin’ loved this book! It’s hilarious yet there is a seriousness to the story as well. It’s a love triangle (which I love as always) but I pretty much knew who I wanted her to be with at the beginning and then completely changed my mind towards the half way point.

Severine is funny, sarcastic, overly confident and a bit cocky. She has absolutely no idea what love is really about. She has commitment and trust issues and at times is a very complicated character, I found myself loving her and not liking her. She confused me sometimes with her way of thinking but at other times I got where she was coming from.

Thayer: There is more to him than Severine believes at first.

“Not bad? The hot Calvin Klein models we taped in our lockers in high school were not bad.” Lily inclined her head in Thayer’s direction. “That’s look-at-the-sky-and-scream, ‘Thank you God,’ as loud as you can!” – Lily

They are way too much alike and both are too stubborn for their own good.

“The ego on the two of you is enough to make the windows shatter. So you’re in Severine-land, and he’s chilling in all his hot dude glory. You are like two magnets repelling each other. The magnetic field is too much.” – Lily

Macsen: Severine is drawn to him. He has the ability to make her feel calm and she believes that he is what she needs.

Since yesterday, her mind kept replaying her encounter with the Sloan brothers. She wasn’t going to encourage a conversation with Thayer Sloan. She knew his game and had no interest in playing it. But Macsen Sloan, he might be a different story.

The Sloan Brothers take sibling rivalry to whole new level. They can not stand each other and Severine is torn between the two. Unfortunately the discord in their relationship is a secret Severine tries on numerous occasions to discover but can never get to the bottom of until after she finds herself feeling as if she is ripping them further apart.

To me this was not just a story about Sverine making a choice between two brothers and the consequences but it is also a story of self discovery. Severine has to figure out a lot about herself when she is dealing with these two guys. She has to rethink the way she views relationships and love and learn that you never really can know someone by looking at them and going with preconceived notions. People are complicated and just because they appear one way to the outside world does not mean that’s who they truly are.

Severine also realizes that sometimes you have to just trust, you may get your heat broken in the process but you can’t let that break you and give up.

Wow! I Can Not Wait!

Cover of the next Sloan Brothers book!

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Accidentally on PurposeAccidentally on Purpose by L.D. Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! That’s pretty much all I can say right now. This story is so many things; funny, sweet at times, heartbreaking at others. There of course is the love triangle which is one of my favorite plots. There is a bit of suspense involving Kyle and there is also a great love story in there as well.

Emmy is a complicated woman. She is smart, beautiful, resourceful and a spitfire. She can be snarky yet sweet. Sometimes she shows how much she cares about people and at others she can be selfish. She is strong and yet has so many weaknesses. Her relationship with her mother is on one hand comic relief throughout most of the book and at the same time sad. In other words Emmy is very real and I both loved and hated her.

Kyle is the most complicated of the characters to me because my opinion of him changed so much throughout the story. At one point I loved him and then I have to be honest I hated him. I am truly not sure if he ever redeems himself in my eyes for the bad things he does.

I fell in love with Luke and wanted nothing more than for him and Emmy to fall madly in love and live happily ever after! There were times in the beginning where I was a bit suspicious of him and then at times his coldness made me sad but all in all I loved him.

This book goes from humorous to serious and heartbreaking to dark and then back again. It gives us a look at both love and lust, obsession and addiction as well as self destruction and healing. And although this is a story of a woman torn between the love of two men, what it really shows us is the importance of loving yourself.