Review: Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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Summary:

From the New York Times bestselling authors of Stuck-Up Suit andCocky Bastard, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
Money or love? Which would you choose?
You probably just answered the question in your head thinking it’s an easy decision.
For me, it’s not. Did I mention it’s a lot of money? A hell of a lot.
I needed to go far away to think it through.
As I embarked on an impulsive trip, I hit a detour when I met sexy Carter in the airport lounge. We struck up a heated conversation.
Then, he left.
I thought I’d never see him again.
But fate had other plans.
Surprise! He was the pilot of my flight.
The bigger surprise was the adventure that followed after the plane landed.
Carter was dangerous and always on the move.
Even though our connection was magnetic, I knew it was only temporary.
He would give me tickets, and I would follow him around the world to exotic places.
A bevy of flight attendant exes and rumors about Carter’s reputation were never far behind.
I didn’t know what to believe.
But I was addicted. Nothing else mattered anymore. And I was going to get hurt. Because a part of me wanted to be the one to finally ground the playboy pilot.
At the very least, he was taking me on a thrilling ride.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

Review:

I was hooked from the very first page, I immediately thought this’d be a great read, but then Kendall’s plans were revealed and I just, I can’t believe she even thought about doing it! In order to get her grandfather’s inheritance she has to do something, which isn’t bad per se but it’s absolutely wrong to do for money! At least in my opinion. So I kind of pretended that wasn’t actually happening, so to be able to enjoy the book. That was actually the only thing I didn’t like about Kendall.

Because the book was definitely enjoyable, not amazing but pretty good. Carter’s one of those completely unapologetically outspoken guys, cocky as hell, he can say the rudest things and somehow seem charming. It was sooo funny! Yes, he’s a playboy, I mean he’s a young hot pilot, of course he is. He’s been hurt when he was younger, so that didn’t help him wanting to open up to someone. But once he meets Kendall and goes on this crazy adventure with her, something starts to change. It’s not that original but it’s fun nonetheless.

Overall, the book was funny and cute, Carter’s rude humor was addictive, I just wish that that one thing wasn’t part of the story.

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Review: Stay With Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn

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Summary:

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought shed left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming. Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from they moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

Review:

Hi everyone! *waves* The 31st of March comes out the next book in the Wait for You series and I’m so excited, mainly because I just finished this one and the next book is about Roxy aka my spirit animal, so I’m very curious about what its going to go down between her and Reece. But we will talk about that in another review soon, this one is for my babies Jax and Calla.

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Recommendation Saturday

Thank God It’s Saturday! Which means time for a good book! Don’t you know what to read this weekend? No fear, we have some killer recommendations for you. Which one do you want to read this weekend?

Amy’s pick: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Summary:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

Why should you read this book?

This book is unlike anything you have ever read. The writing style is original, as are the characters and the story is simply magical.

“Something about the circus stirs their souls, and they ache for it when it is absent.”

The moment you turn that first page, you’ll be hooked and you won’t be able to put the book down until you turn the last page.

I wrote a review for this book, which you can read here. Please, check it out. It’s definitely a book worth reading.

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Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Summary:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Review:

Hello! It’s Alex with another review. I had never read a Colleen Hoover’s book (much to Manu’s dismay), so I think it was about time I did and honestly this book did not disappoint, I loved every part of it.

“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

Yes, this book makes you wonder and think about love a whole lot, but not only the good aspects of it, no. We get the ugly and the beautiful part of love, and how it changes people once it’s over; it’s quite a realistic description of it and for that I’m really grateful.

The story is told by two points of view but set in different timelines. Tate Collins’ point of view is set in the present. She just moved in with her brother when she meets airline pilot Miles Archer, the hot guy next door, with his whole baggage full of issues. Miles’ point of view is set six years earlier, when something happened that changed his whole life and completely ruined his idea of love. He believes that the beautiful side of love isn’t worth the pain that comes with the ugly. And going back and forth in time, you’re kept wondering what on earth could have happened that was so horrible, so heartbreaking, to turn a normal teenage boy into a man so broken. Colleen Hoover takes you by the hand and shows you exactly what she means when she says ugly love.

“He’s everywhere. Everything is Miles. That’s how it is when a person develops an attraction toward someone. He’s nowhere, then suddenly he’s everywhere, whether you want him to be or not.”

Obviously, Tate is really attracted to Miles (honestly, I don’t blame her) to the point that she doesn’t care if the only way to have him, somehow, is by starting a no-strings attached relationship. These kinds of relationships aren’t meant to last, and we all know that, so what will happen to them? Will Tate give up on Miles? Will Miles finally open his heart to her and to love? You need to read the book, to find out! But please, have a lot of tissues by your side because it definitely gets ugly for your eyes.

“I’m terrified to lose him for good, so I sell myself short and take what I can from him, even though I know I deserve better.”

I really liked all the characters, Tate was really funny and witty, when she didn’t turn liquid for Miles, that is, but even then she was adorable. And she was real, because for once, we’re not faced with a girl so strong that she won’t come to compromise for the man she has feelings for; you may not agree with her choices but they make her character feel a lot more relatable. Because, let’s be honest, we all do, or will do, stupid things when it comes to love. Miles was the flawed guy you could expect him to be, but to be honest, you’ll die with his point of view, he was so cute and full of life. Together they are just adorable, weird, intense, and to die for, only when they are not fighting the forces of love.

“He laughs with relief. “Yes.” The word yes is so much more beautiful coming from his mouth, laced with that voice. He could probably make any word beautiful. I try to think of a word I hate. I kind of hate the word ox. It’s an ugly word. Too short and clipped. I wonder if his voice could make me love that word. “Say the word ox.” His eyebrow rises, like he’s wondering if he heard me right. He thinks I’m weird. I don’t care. “Just say it,” I tell him. “Ox,” he says, with slight hesitation. I smile. I love the word ox. It’s my new favorite word.”

Also, let’s take a moment to appreciate the side characters; Cap and Tate’s brother,Corbin, both of them we’re so funny and definitely lightened the mood and talked some sense into Miles and Tate. Could we maybe have a book about Corbin? Because I think I really need one.

I could probably quote the whole book just to make a point, but I don’t want to spoil everything, so just read it!

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Review: Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Summary: 

Love is a circus

“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future–acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*

Review:

Where do we even begin? We love the Ritchie sisters and we had no doubt we’d love their first standalone, and that’s exactly what happened!

Amour Amour is entirely told from Thora’s pov. And Thora’s voice is adorable! She’s a girl who risked everything, her family, her friends, her scholarship, a future that was well defined, to follow her dreams. That’s what this book is mainly about, following dreams; it doesn’t matter if it seems impossible, if no one believes you can make it but you, you have to try, or you’ll spend your whole life wondering that famous what if… and that just sucks. Like Thora says, she’s her own cheerleader, and that’s how it should be for everyone.

I’m going for it. Every part of my body says to jump and fly, no matter how hard voices like Shay and my parents try to ground me. I understand their realism, but I don’t want to look back and regret not taking the plunge.

This is Thora James, funny, stubborn, she believes in herself, she believes she can get into the circus, even though she knows she’s not the best at what she does. But that doesn’t matter, she believes her passion, her love, her dedication, will be rewarded. We just love her, with her RBF and all.

You can do this, Thora James. My pep talks are the most cliché in the history of pep talks, but it always works well enough. I am my biggest cheerleader. Always have been. Probably always will be.

Now add to the picture the God of Russia, Nikolai Kotova, he’s part of Amour; the show Thora is auditiong for. It’s a show that explains all kinds of love; if you’re wondering which kind of love Nik represents, well… obviously passion!

First impression: he’s tall. And very masculine. With needle-sharp focus, he inspects his surroundings. Us. The audience. My heart thumps as his gaze drifts closer. Why? I swallow hard, and I realize it’s his daggered, concentrated expression. It’s his muscular, I-catch-women-for-a-living body. And his powerful stance, exuding confidence like he’s in charge, even if he’s aloone. Even if he’s in the circle. The center of a show. All eyes on him.

Most of the time, that’s how Nik is described; as someone who gets everyone’s attention. As soon as he’s performing, it’s impossible to take your eyes off of him. He was born in the circus, and when he had to decide whether to leave with his older brothers and live his life, or stay in Vegas to take care of his younger siblings, that’s what he does.

He’s made me appreciate myself more, love myself more, and as a result, I’ve come to see him as more than just a great athlete, a charismatic performer.
Nikolai Kotova is the sum of his brothers and sister. And more.
He is selfless, loyal, dedicated and wholly determined—the most responsible twenty-six-year-old, the most mature man. He is power and strength. But most importantly, he is love. And family.

Nikolai is very honest, he never sugarcoats things. And at first he might seem impossible, but getting to know him, unveiling the mystery one layer at the time, you can see how caring and sweet he his. He puts everyone else’s happiness before his own. That’s probably why he decide to help Thora and train her.

“I admire your courage. I know what you’ve given up to be here. I know the kind of artist it takes to land a role. I know that you won’t receive one on your own. And I imagine you, myshka, two years from now, working at Phantom with the same aspirations, the same dreams, in the same place where you are now. It’s wasted courage. And wasted love. You shouldn’t have to waste those things.”
I’m speechless.
And overwhelmed. When someone reaches out and gives you a hand—for no other reason than to see your success—it’s powerful. And rare.
He wipes beneath my eye with his thumb. “I’d rather feed your hunger than watch you starve.”

Nik has a no relationships policy for Thora and himself, so we’re faced with a bit of angst at the beginning of the book; but don’t fear my friend, this is K&B Ritchie we’re talking about, they’ll feed our hunger (see what I did there? lame I know). There are so many swoon worthy moment in this books we seriously lost count.

He gauges my reaction. “Breathe, myshka.” “I am,” I whispers. Am I? He kisses me, and he forces oxygen into my lungs, one of the most intimate moments of my life. Right now.

Unfortunatly it’s not all unicorns and rainbows, I cried a lot, there are some problems going on. Thora and Nikolai’s future (Thoralai, that’s my shipname for them, I don’t know if there’s an official one) is uncertain, they don’t know where they’ll be, and they made a pact to never put love before the circus.

“Don’t love me more than your dreams, myshka.”

I’m still sobbing about that *wipes tear away* And can we just appreciate the fact he calls her myshka? It is so adorable, you just have to smile and squeal every time you read it. Oh, wondering what it means? Read the book and you’ll find out *winks*

Manuela, our precious photoshop wizard, made a gorgeous edit…

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Don’t mind us, we’re all sobbing right now.

Anyway, it’s also very adorable, that Thora and Nikolai have a rather noticeable height difference; Thora is really scared about some technicalities if they were to be together (I laughed a lot about this I’m sorry)…

“We’re not going to fit together.”
“We are,” he says lowly. “In all ways.”

I, Amy, relate to Thora on that level since I’m the same height as her. I relate to her on a lot of things, she has definitely made my list of favorite female characters.

When Thora worries about fitting together, other characters are worried about this, like John Ruiz *heart-eyes*, my baby John…

“How do you two even work?” His face is still in that grimace. “Are you always on top?”

John is Camila Ruiz’ cousin, she’s Thora’s roommate at first. He’s always scowling, angered with the world, he’s not friends with anyone… at least that’s what he says. Truth be told, he’s a great friend, he truly cares about all the people around him… especially someone, who I ship him with so much, but I don’t want to ruin the surpirse to you. Also, he reminds us a little of Ryke Meadows. A little bit.

“She’s not my type! While her ambitions are slightly endearing, they’re mostly delusional! But that’s not even the problem.” I did catch that compliment in there. I mean, this could be worse. Right?
“What’s the problem?” Nikolai asks, opening the floodgates.
“She has a vagina!” The music switched songs right when he screamed that. It came out so much louder than it should have.

Then we have the whole Kotova family. Oh my God, there are so many Kotovas we thought we were going to explode from happiness!

There is a lot of testosterone in this room, and they’re all eyeing me like I’m a new species. “I… don’t speak Russian.” I put it out there, just like that.

So, we meet Timo, Luka and Katya, the younger siblings Nikolai is taking care of. There’s so much to say about them, they’re all so unique and go through an amazing development, but I really want you to find out by yourself. But let me just say that Timo has stolen my heart and ended up on my list (guess who said this, Amy and her lists) of favorite sidekick characters. Krista and Becca, maybe a sequel from Timo’s pov? Or Katya’s? Both are fine! Or Luka, I want one from Luka’s pov tpo *Alex nods excitedly.*

“Katya is sweet and friendly. Luka is generous and kind. And Timo is… captivating, more full of life than anyone I’ve ever met.”

I, Paula, don’t know why none of the girls are talking about the biggest otp of this book, no, not Thoralai (although they are otp too) but TIMO AND JOHN, I read the book later than my girls because I was too busy and from the first moment Timo sits down in front of John I just knew I ship them and I needed them to be together.

Even when it feels like your ambition is impossible to achive, even when everything is against you, don’t give up, keep dreaming; you never know what the future holds. That’s what Thora’s adventure taught us. Also, we think what we see of Thora from her thoughts, how that reality that sometimes trying your hardest you don’t achieve anything but then someone does nothing and gets what you have been working for so hard, it’s very real and relatable.

People search a lifetime to find one soul-bearing desire, and now I’m going to have to find two. Because I’m not good enough at the first. It’s devastating. I’m clawing at something that doesn’t want me. And to say goodbye is like severing a part of me that I can’t easily replace. I’m lost.

There’s a couple we love a lot… they’refrom the Addicted series, that has a cameo in this book! Plus there are some references to Princess of Philly (the reality show of Kiss the Sky), and it was a lot to take, we’re emotionally unstable. And when you thought it couldn’t get any better.. they drink Fizzle. So done with this world.

Hope you pick up Amour Amour, and enjoy it as much as we did!

We’re definitely looking forward to more of these ladies’ books (*squeals* Fuel the Fire and Long Way Down are up next!)

Let us know your thoughts on Amour Amour, spread the love and be happy, okay?

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AMOUR AMOUR BLOG TOUR, character profile: Thora James

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Good morning Fizzle Force! How are you feeling? We’re good, we’re jUST HERE SCREAMING BECAUSE AMOUR AMOUR COMES OUT IN 3 DAYS (!!!!) WE REPEAT 3 DAYS!

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We’re gonna stay up Thursday night… patiently waiting for the ebook to be available. And when it’s downloading we’ll be jumping and screaming in front of our laptops like

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Anyway, back to important stuff! The blog tour starts today *drum rolls* and we are part of the first stop, so…

*clears throat*

Ladies and gentlemen we are glad to introduce to you….

Thora James!!

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CHARACTER PROFILE: THORA JAMES

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Name: Thora James
Dream Cast: Grace Plowden, model
Age: 21
Height: 5’2’’
Hair: Dirty Blonde
Eyes: Very Dark Brown (almost black)
Current Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
College: 3 Years at Ohio State University

Likes:

  • The Circus
  • Aerial Silk
  • Paranormal Romance Novels (also known as PNRs)
  • PNR TV shows: The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Witches of East End
  • Looking at the positive side of things
  • Tequila Sunrises
  • Practicing in gyms with 40+ foot ceilings

Dislikes:

  • Early, early mornings
  • Bruises
  • Hangovers that disrupt normal coordination
  • Corsets with wires that poke you in the boob
  • Quitters
  • Men who are overly crude
  • Slot machines

On a normal day you can find her: In the gym, trying to nail down a trick on aerial silk. She’s good, but not the best at her discipline (and she knows it) so she practices all the time in order to improve.

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Isn’t she amazing? She sounds so badass and such an independent woman!

You can read a little snippet of the prologue here , seriously we love Thora James so much already. Great job K&B!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

General information: 

Title: Amour Amour
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: Standalone New Adult Romance
Pub Date: December 12th, 2014
Add it: Goodreads 
Amazon: Purchase links not available until December 12th

 

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Summary:

“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future–acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

KBR Author picKrista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book  geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as  kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

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GIVEAWAY

Click the link below if you don’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in this giveaway, you can win a Kindle Paperwhite or 3 singed copies of Amour Amour. It’s open internationally!

If you are participating in the giveaway, you can leave a blog post comment answering either one of these questions: do you share any traits with the main character, Thora? If so, which ones? Or who are you more excited to meet in Amour Amour?

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Review: Play of Light by Debra Doxer

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I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.

At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.

That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.

But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?

~ This is a standalone story. ~

Review: 

Hello, it’s Alex! Do you feel like reading the story of a childhood crush that turns into an epic love? Stick around.

I was given an early copy of this e-book on behalf of Xpresso Books in an exchange of an honest review. And I was actually really excited to read this because I think childhood love has some kind of special magic to it and this book definitely didn’t disappoint in that aspect.

“I fell in love with Spencer Pierce the day he saved me from the pirates.”

Sarah, or Sarah Smile as I very much like to call her, knows she needs to go back to her hometown to feel some kind of closure. One night, when she was fourteen something happened that changed her life and made her family and herself move out and leave her old life behind. Now, she wants to go back and solve some things. But that also means meeting Spencer Pierce again, her old school crush, after he betrayed her that night a long time ago.

I enjoyed this novel a whole lot, for me it was well structured in a sense that you know what happened the night at the middle of the book or so. It’s really annoying when authors try to maintain a mystery that is not there because everyone can see what’s going on, Doxer didn’t do that at all. She exposed the truth in a moment that I think it was appropriate and necessary. Also, I loved the alternation between the present and when Sarah was fourteen because you can see how much she has grown and changed. And can we please take a moment to talk about how cute Spencer and Sarah relationship was?

“What do you know? It’s a guitar. Otherwise known as a chick magnet.” Giggling, I shook my head at him and said, “Like you need one,” then clamped my mouth shout.

“Skip school and go into Boston with you? Today? Are you serious?”
“Too much for you, right? Too bad for a good girl like you” Then he leaned in close and said, “I dare you.”
That did it. Those were the magic words. “I would go. Right now.”

The only thing that annoyed me a bit was the fact that once Spencer and Sarah met again, it’s instant love. I would have liked the book to have a little more of their present relationship building up. Nonetheless, this is an easy, fast, emotional and cute read you will not want to put the book down. You will want to finish this in one sitting.

“I thought I couldn’t really love anyone until I saw Spencer again. Then I realized the problem wasn’t that I couldn’t loveit was that I couldn’t love anyone but him.”

I also thought that all the art references were extremely interesting, I took history of art classes so when I realized the connection I couldn’t stop myself from looking for the pieces of art.

If any of this sounded interesting to you, you should check this book out, it comes out Monday the 9th!

PS: The cover is utterly beautiful and it’s so meaningful to the story, I adore it.

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