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Hard Wired - Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

I loved this book so much.

 

This series has been perfection so far. I fell in love with this writing duo with book one and by book three, I know I want them to co-write books forever. I'll take anything they give us and beg for more if I have to.

 

There were times I was a little frustrated and times I was pissed as hell (I'm looking at one character when I say that) and those emotions just made this more enjoyable.

 

Jesse and Ian were cute together and sweet and made me feel all mushy inside. It was nice to see them get it together with their relationship. But I also liked that it took effort and compromise and love. It wasn't all fixed after they had sex and love didn't fix anyone. But there was growth and development.

 

And Ian. Ian was... I related to him in so many ways and I felt his struggles. It was so nice to read a character I could see a bit of myself in and is one of the reasons I love this book as much as I did.

 

Now I'm going to wait impatiently patiently for the next book. 

The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal - K.J. Charles

It has taken me forever, but I finally read The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal. It's been a long time coming. I wanted to read this so bad since it came out, yet I never got around to it, despite promising myself several times. Well now, I can finally move it from my TBR to my read list. And it was more than worth the wait.

 

I feel like I need to kick myself when I put off reading a book I really want to read. It happens from time to time and 99% of the time, I end up adoring it. Like with this one.

 

As with all other KJ Charles books I've read, I loved both plot and characters. She is my go to for historical books and she does paranormal in a way that I enjoy, too, despite being more of a contemporary girl. 

 

This book spans over twenty years, with each chapter telling the story of a different case. It isn't just about the cases, though. It's about the toll it took on both Simon and Robert and the ups and downs of their lives. Certain cases impacted their lives, both as a couple and individually.

 

It wasn't smooth sailing for these guys. They had bumps along the road. Robert learned that fairly early on and saw what getting into this life would bring, but it only brought him and Simon closer together. And then there was a chapter near the end that brought one of the biggest bumps in the road. But they overcame it together and I like how it was handled by them. I understood Simon's anger at what Robert had done, but I also understood Robert and why he did what they did. It made sense for him to do it in my mind and I liked how he brought up something Simon had said in an earlier chapter of the book.

 

A few cases were more intriguing than others and after reading the acknowledgements at the end of the book, I think I understand why. One chapter in particular made me a little more wary of butterflies.

 

The ending was ugly and sad, but also beautiful in a way that was befitting this story and these characters. It felt so very final, which is why I was able to find closure when I finished, because even though it was not your traditional happy ending, I was able to find the happy in it.

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

There is no way I could write a review that would do this book justice, so I won't even try. But I will say this book is so powerful and raw and should be read.

Some Skylar and Rafael for this Saturday morning. <3

Spencer Cohen, Book Three - N.R. Walker

BR with Cristina, January 2017!

 

 

The Spencer Cohen Series, Book Two - N.R. Walker

BR with Cristina, December 2016!

The Spencer Cohen Series, Book One - N.R. Walker

BR with Cristina!

 

I loved this. The whole book was really good, but the last couple of chapters were the ones that really had me fall in love with this book. Can't wait to read the next two books.

Overexposed - Megan Erickson

I'm still processing my thoughts on Overexposed. It feels like I'd been waiting forever for it and when I finally got around to reading it, I was nervous, excited and so ready to dive back into this series.

 

It didn't let me down.

 

After rereading the other three books in the series, I fell in love with Levi again and really couldn't wait for his story. He was amazing as a secondary character, but as a man character, he was even better. He was more lovable and my heart ached for him throughout this book.

 

I wanted him to find happiness. I wanted some good to happen after such a devastating blow.

 

His relationship with his sister was beautiful. I only wish we'd been able to meet her. I'm sure I would have loved her character even more than I did.

 

When Levi met Thad, I was so excited. Thad was such an amazing guy and while I didn't always know what to make of him, his sweetness and the way he looked after Levi just warmed my heart.

 

I felt the emotional parts of this book. And emotional is something Megan Erickson does well. Some of my favourite moments in her books are the emotional ones. And the sexy ones, those are always awesome in her books.

 

I'm sad for this series to end. Really sad, but Megan has said there's hope for another book, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that it happens.

 

The epilogue was absolute perfection for me. It really felt like the ending this series needed and it was so nice to catch up with the couples from the other three books, as well as get more Thad and Levi.

 

Highly, highly recommend this series and this author. Her books are always perfection.

Adulting 101 - Lisa Henry

This book was just as good as I thought it would be. Loved it pretty much from beginning to end and really enjoyed the ending. It was nice and worked perfectly for these two characters.

 

The cover is perfect for this story, too.

 

Will definitely read this again sometime. Perfect for when I'm looking for an easy read.

The Visit: Fast Connection Bonus Scene - Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

Loved this! <3

All the Rage - Courtney Summers

All The Rage has been on my radar for months. I've seen a few friends read it and I've had people recommend it to me. I knew I was going to read it. I just wasn't sure when.

 

I read it a little over a week ago and I can't stop thinking about this. I keep going back to this book, back to Romy and her story and the story of the other characters in this book. Including the characters I felt nothing but anger for.

 

This book was impossible for me to put down. Every time I told myself to take a break, that I was getting angry, I would keep reading. When it was almost finished and I didn't want it to be over soon, I urged myself to take a breather. But I didn't.

 

Once I was finished this book, I let out a big sigh and went over it all in my head.

 

The rage I felt while reading this lasted for hours after.

 

All The Rage is not an easy book. This is not the book to read if you want a sweet YA romance. Because this is not that story.

 

This is a story about rape. About rape culture. And about the aftermath for the victim of a rape, who is not believed for the most part and who has to live in a town where people judge her for telling the truth.

 

This book is brutal and real and honest. 

 

All The Rage is not a graphic book. But it doesn't need to be. Romy's thoughts and feelings alone are enough to leave an impact and enough to make me want to recommend this again and again.

Falling - Suki Fleet

I'm pretty new to Suku Fleet's books. I've read one other one and have been meaning to read more ever since. I'm glad I chose this as my second read of hers because it's the type of book I normally read. Sad and heavy at times, with some sweet moments and some steam.

I love the writing. Suki Fleet's writing is beautiful and always sucks me in. This book is in first person present tense, which I know will put some people off. But if that doesn't bother you and you like deeper books, then I would definitely recommend taking a chance on this.

Josh, our MC, was a little hard to like in the beginning. He grew on me over the course of the book. I ended up loving him. Josh is a survivor. He survived crippling mental illness that left him unable to cope with day to day life. It led him to multiple attempts to end it all, until he finally got the help he needed. But even after getting that help, he wasn't fully there.

Angus won me over almost immediately. He was such a sweet guy and I really liked his personality. He had his struggles, too, but was genuinely a really sweet person.

I loved the two of them together, when Josh finally gave in and admitted he liked Angus. Seeing their relationship develop filled me with hope.

I'm really looking forward to reading more from this author. I think I'm onto a new favourite of mine!

Fast Connection - Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

BR with Cristina!

 

I'm really loving this series! Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell make an awesome writing team. Their books are amazing and always grip me and leave me not wanting to put the book down until it's over.

 

So okay, I have to admit, I was a tiny bit nervous about this book. I had a feeling I would love it because Strong Signal was all kinds of amazing and left me with a happy smile and feeling content. But I knew one of the MC's in this had kids and that's not always my favourite things in books. However, it worked really well here. I loved Luke's kids and his ex-wife, who was all kinds of awesome, too.

 

Dominic really grew on me from the first book. He was my favourite of the two here. I loved the way he did his best for his family, even if I didn't always believe they deserved it. And when he finally stood up for himself, I was so freaking happy.

 

Luke took some time to grow on me. He was an ass at first and while I got it to a point, the way he treated Dominic bugged me. But once he won me over, he really won me over and I couldn't have loved him more. Some of his parenting moments made me laugh out loud, too.

 

Duffy, Dominic's dad, was a difficult character. I never really forgave him for the way he was for the best part of the book. His turn around did seem real enough. But I don't know if I fully cared. Although I was glad for Dominic and his sister.

 

The ending was perfect. After all the ups and downs in Luke and Dominic's relationship, it was so good to see them happy. So good!

 

Smoke & Mirrors - Charlie Cochet

I'm so happy right now.

 

I loved and adored this.

 

Will review soon.

Te Quiero - Suki Fleet

 

I really liked this!

 

 

Suki Fleet is one of those authors I noticed around for a while, but never really got around to reading her bools. So I decided I was going to try something of hers and a friend suggested this would be the best place to start.

 

She was right.

 

This short was exactly what I needed to read right now. It worked for me in the moment and has left me with a hopeful smile on my face.

 

 

 

The book only spans a couple of days. But those two days are all it took for me to invest in Ally and Levi's story. It has left me wanting more. Much more. I'll be eagerly awaiting more of their story and I'm excited to see where they go.

 

Oh, and I really want Rob to suffer the consequences of his actions.

 

 

Te quiero might be the first book I've read from this author, but I promise it won't be my last.

Broken - Nicola Haken

Wow.

 

I'm trying to process my thoughts on this as I type but I keep coming back to wow. This book was a journey. An emotional, trying and sometimes painful journey. But it was so worth it.

 

This is one of those books I devour in one sitting and can't stop thinking about a long time after I finish.

 

I loved Broken. I loved how it dealt with mental illness and how real it felt to me. James's struggle was so very real to me. It felt like I was being sucked in every time his POV came up. It was hard for me to read his internal struggles and to see how distant he felt from everyone.

 

I loved him. Yes, he was arrogant and cocky, but there was something about him that I found likable. I also loved Theo. They were the perfect match and it was enjoyable to see their relationship grow. It was a bit of fun in what was really a heavy book. 

 

The secondary characters were great. I especially loved James and Theo's brothers. I also really liked Theo's mum and best friend, Tess.

 

One of the characters I hated? James's mum.

 

There aren't enough words to describe my hatred for that woman. I could not stand her and felt my blood boil every time she appeared on page. I'm so glad she wasn't in this a lot, because I couldn't have taken it. And I'm not sure how James and Max could stand her being around. Yes, she was their mum, but God. That woman.

 

This isn't going to be the book for everyone. There are triggers in this and some will find it very hard to read. But if you like emotional books that deal with serious issues, then this will be the book for you.