Review: ‘All Your Perfects’ by Colleen Hoover – a masterpiece that shows your that even soulmates may not be meant to be together

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Format read: arc via Netgalley

Series: stand alone

Rating: 18+ for sexual content, language

Genre: New Adult

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This book needs a disclaimer. Like a big one! Because this is a very painful book to read and I mean that as the biggest compliment to the writing. It’s painful because you can feel how hard it is for Graham and Quinn. This book shows just how hard it is to make a marriage work regardless of how perfect your personalities fit.

This story really shows how circumstances can change the course for this couple. So besides the painful struggle for the couple to make it in their marriage, they have to deal with infertility issues. The story made me see how painful and how much it breaks down someone’s confidence not only in themselves but in the relationship.

The story does go back and forth between the present and the past. So Hoover shows us how the couple gets together and let me tell you it’s not in the most conventional way. These parts make up a great love story but when it’s coupled with the ‘Now’ parts of the story it only enhances just how hard it is for them. You know that the couple loves each other but this story really proves that love sometimes is just not enough.

I love Colleen Hoover’s books because she is always able to grab you and have you so enthralled with the story that you literally feel every emotion that the characters are feeling. This story is no different. Every pain, every tear, every struggle. You feel it. Down to your core so much that it may even cause you to go into a depression. Yet another reason to have a disclaimer.

Rating: A

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Noah and Gracie try to solve a big mystery in ‘Keep Her Safe’ by KA Tucker

KEEP HER SAFE

 

K.A. TUCKER

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Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that’s been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family’s life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn’t born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it’s all she knows anymore. At least here people don’t care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive…until a man who clearly doesn’t belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department’s dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker’s reputation as one of today’s most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

 

KEEP HER SAFE

by K.A. Tucker

Atria Books Paperback | On-sale: January 23, 2018 | 448 pages | ISBN: 9781501133404, $16.00

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The police are meant to protect us from the evils in the world. But is there an area where sometimes you have to do a bad thing for the right reasons? What do you do if you don’t want to toe that line but live on the straight and narrow? You think that it’s an easy choice to make but it’s not and when you are stuck in the middle you don’t know what to do because your conscious us telling you one thing while your mind is telling you another.

Abraham Wilkes was accused and found guilty (in the eyes of the general public) of being a dirty cop. That is what everyone believed for 14 years. But its not until his partner, Jackie, is found dead does that investigation come to light and people wonder if he was really guilty. Wanting to find out the truth, not only for the woman who raised him, but also for the man who was like a father for him. He embarks on this dangerous journey with Abe’s daughter, Gracie as they try and uncover the truth.

There are so many twists and turns in this story that I had no idea where Tucker was going to take us next. What I love most about her writing is the way that she is able to bring her characters to life and give them raw and deep emotions. Gracie just wants to forget about her past but curiosity is a nasty little bugger that makes her want to know the truth.

That ending though. OMG, I did not see that one coming. I was expecting something completely different and was I loved the fact that Tucker was able to surprise me. There is a justice in the way that the story ends as we find out the truth about what happened that night that Abe died including some fun little twist at the end as well. The way that this story is written I hope that Tucker continues down this road because I love the way that this story played out.

 

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Prepared to be ‘Wrecked’ in JB Salsbury latest book

Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc from Netgalley
Series: stand-alone
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contempory Romance
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Oh boy, I don’t know how she does it, but JB Salsbury is able to hook you from page one and not let you go until the end of the book. Her characters have broken pieces but not so far broken that they can’t be healed by a little bit of love.

It’s going to be hard to have this review remain spoiler-less so if you don’t want any inkling, then I might hold off on reading the rest.


Most books really have one place for conflict, but this one has so many it’s close to emotional overload. There is this family thing that Sawyer needs to come to terms with, then Aden’s got his stuff with his PTSD (this is not so much a spoiler as it’s hinted at in the blurb), while the big twist wraps it all up. You know that things are going to end badly. I mean you can’t have this much going on without something bad happening. But while there is a lot of sadness, the story does have a HEA. So keep that in mind.

While there are many books that make me sad, there aren’t many that have actually made me cry (outside of the ones I’ve read during a certain time of the month). This is one of those stories. I ugly cried about at the 90% mark and it didn’t really end until the end of the book. The story touches on the fact that no matter how dark things in life can get (and they get pretty darn dark for Sawyer), there is always light to be found if you are willing to look for it.

Aden’s got some bits and pieces going on. He’s swallowed up in the guilt of a mistake that haunts him every day since he’s left the war. PTSD is something that we as people can’t really understand unless you’ve lived through it yourself. JB Salsbury’s writing is so realistic that you get a taste of what it’s like for these people who suffer and it makes you really appreciate how hard life is for these soldiers when they return back from war. For him, he is trying so hard to move past what happened and the way he is with Sawyer is so adorably romantic, you just feel bad for him when he can’t move past the demons. He always puts Sawyer first and does what he can to help her live life to the fullest. 

 

Sawyer is too afraid to live life, thinking that the worst will happen every time that she does (considering some of the stuff that’s happened, it’s easy to see why she thinks that). I related to her on so many levels because my OCD is legit and I need to plan every single detail out from start to finish. It’s like that with Sawyer and it’s stopped her from living life. That is until she takes a step in someone else’s shoes and let’s Aden in. But that struggle of wanting to live and going against our nature is ever present.

This story is grade A top notch. While I know it is a stand-alone a part of me would be ok if there is a sequel because I would love to see more of Sawyer and Aden. They complete each other and give the other what they need. I love these stories that Salsbury has written and I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.

Review: A


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‘Until It Fades’ by KA Tucker will have Catherine trying to find love despite her horrid past

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Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania (population three thousand outside of tourist season).

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. There’s an immediate connection, and it’s more electric than the bond of two people who endured a traumatic event. It’s something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something she is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

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Catherine has had a rough go at life. Rebelled against her strict mother led to a relationship with a teacher that led her to be shunned by the town. She meets Brett in under distress and begins a whirlwind of a relationship with him but will his status be too much for her to take?

 

My favorite thing about KA Tucker’s books is the characters that she writes. She writes them in a way that makes them feel like you know them personal and the emotions that writes for them are so vivid and real that it makes you feel the same emotions as the characters. We attach ourselves to Catherine’s story and understand how and why she did the things that she did. It’s an everyday struggle for her to provide for her daughter and we see the sacrifices she makes for her. 

 

Brett we don’t dive too much into. Yes there are stories and moments when we see the man he is, but for the most part he is the embodiment of a perfect man. And for me that was just too much. I like my flawed men that change for the love of a good woman. But not him he is pretty perfect already. 

 

With that said, it brings me to the only part of the story that I had a time accepting. I have read every one of her books and I always loved the realistic nature (i.e. Timeframe used) for each of the relationships she wrote about. In this book, though, that time frame didn’t seem to exist. Brett and Catherine went from strangers to being in love after only one meeting. Yes how they met certainly can accelerate feelings, but for me, I would have thought each side would have wanted to know each other more, especially Catherine considering she had a daughter. 

 

I am not sure how I feel about the end. There wasn’t really a conflict and in turn resolution. A part of me likes that because it gives a final HEA for the characters but at the same time, it felt unfinished.

Rating: B


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Review – ‘Roman’ by Sawyer Bennett – the bad boy turns good for love

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc from Netgalley
Series: book 7 in The Cold Fury series
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30646352-roman?from_search=true

In  today’s world we are always looking for a good value. More bang for your dollar so to speak. That is what we get in this book. Roman is not only a story about the bad boy changing his ways for the love of a good woman, but also of a man who had given up on love until he meets the person that changes everything.

What I love about this series is the way that Bennett makes the characters feel like a family. It’s inevitable that when you spend so much time with people you will eventually feel that familiarity that comes with being in a family. Yes there are times when they butt heads (like in this one with Gray and Roman) but when it comes down to it, they are there for one another through thick and thin.

Much like the Hawke, the book is a little anticlimactic. There was this bit build up of something going to happen and when it didn’t it was a bit of a let down. Granted it didn’t take from the overall story, I was just disappointed that the ending didn’t have that ‘OMG’ moment that will have you cursing at the author. It was basically ‘your too good for me’ ‘oh I’m not, ok’. I wish there was more of an event then just a moment.

Sawyer Bennett can whip out of these books like no ones business and I am impressed with the high quality that makes you coming back for more. I have been hooked on her books since the first one. I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.

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Review: ‘Split’ by JB Salsbury – will have you guessing until the end

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc from Netgalley
Series: stand-alone
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language, dark themes
Genre: Dark Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29336456-split?from_search=true

Ok, this review is going to start off with a spoiler alert. I hate putting spoilers in a review because I want everyone to enjoy the story and figure things out on their own, but to do this book a justice I must say a small spoiler. You will probably figure it out based on the title of the book and the blurb. If you didn’t, then you may want to skip this review.

Ok here we go.

The story surrounds a down on her luck woman named Shyann who moves back to Payson Arizona, a small town outside of Phoenix. She thinks it’s a temporary solution to the problem of being jobless but things get interesting when she meets Lucas and can’t stop the pull that she has towards him. Only problem is it’s not just Lucas she has to watch out for. It’s his split personality, Gage.

As someone who has studied psychology, I have always found split personality as a fascinating subject. Some people think that it’s a made-up disorder. Something that people like to use to excuse the bad things that they do. Perhaps that’s true for some people, but it is a real thing. Especially for someone like Lucas who literally lived in Hell growing up. You get snippets of what happened to him but what you imagine is nothing to horrid things that happened.

This is the first book that JB Salsbury has done outside of her USA Today’s best-selling series and she did not disappoint. The book is addicting, dark, and beautiful all at the time same time. Gage and Lucas are two halves of the perfect man. He can be nice and sweet but he can be nasty if you want him to (wink wink). Shyann accepts both Gage and Lucas for who they are and doesn’t go running for the hills when things get scary. It doesn’t help that there is a serial killer lurking in the area.

As the book comes to an end, Shyann has to make a decision on if she is strong enough to handle both of them because she knows the only way that he can finally face his past and what happened when he was a kid. It is disappointing that this is a stand-alone only because I love these characters and I would love to see more of them. Can’t wait to see what JB Salsbury has in store for us in the future.

Rating: A

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JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

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Review: ‘The Aftermath’ by RJ Prescott – O’Connell has to fight between what he wants to do and what Emily needs

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Format read: e-book arc copy from NetGalley
Series: book 2 of The Hurricane
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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In the second book of the series we pick up where we left off in The Hurricane but we are in the point of view of O’Connell. He is trying to come to terms with what happened with Emily in the first book. Of course for someone like him, it’s not an easy pill to swallow, but with Emily’s positive outlook, he is able to, but not without some problem.

We dive into the mind of O’Connell as we get to see what makes him tick. I really enjoyed reading the relationship from his point of view because we got to see how his upbringing with his mother caused him to have such deep insecurities. I mean, he is married to Emily and she is promised to love only him, but he still thinks that she is going to run off with someone else.

Frank continues to be that jerk that we met in the first book as the book takes a turn towards an episode of Law and Order SVU or the Sunday Lifetime movie. As we see through the trial of Frank, I began to wonder who is more cuckoo, him or her mother. They each compete each other for who is the crazier one and at the end of the book, it could go to either one of them.

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Like with the first book, there is some things that go unanswered, but it was with the minor characters so it wasn’t THAT big of a deal. But I would like to reconnect and see what happens to the guys after this book. Maybe Prescott will be doing a spin-off series with them? I for one would be a-ok with that.

As with the first book, I did love the characters and getting to see that family is not only about blood, but where your loyalty lies. The fact that there was so much that I didn’t get to see (like with the other guys in the group) it kind of had me a little disappointed, now if there are other books coming out that would change everything.

Rating: C+

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