Release Blitz: Chasing Spring

27171677Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Feb 1, 2016
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I follow the lovely R.S. Grey on Instagram and I am so excited to read Chasing Spring, her new book released today!  I bought the book on Amazon earlier.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to pick it up yet because of some crazy things– it’s only Monday but I don’t think I can handle this week!

Summary
I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

 I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July.  She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved. Teaser 1 Teaser 2

About R.S. Grey
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”.  Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads!

November 9

20875599Rating: 4 Stars
Published: November 10, 2015
Genre: New Adult // Romance
Favorite Quote:

When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.

I think this is my favorite CoHo book, hands down.

Initial Thoughts

  • So many people love Colleen Hoover’s books. I’m kinda sad I don’t love them like they do. But I do appreciate them for escapism value. I love getting lost in their world.
    I didn’t read too much about the book before I started because I wanted to be completely surprised. That helped.
  • I was easily swept into this book and I love that Hoover’s writing can instantly take me away.
  • I like that the characters Hoover writes are flawed. It makes them more interesting & relatable.

Characters

  • Fallon didn’t cry as much as Sydney (Maybe Someday) did and I’m grateful for that. There was just one too many crying scenes this time.  Fallon, as a name, didn’t fit her.  I’m not sure why but it just didn’t seem believable to me. (Also, Fallon & Sydney’s first thoughts were both violent.  Not sure what that’s trying to prove.)
  • I’m honestly not sure what to think about Ben. I didn’t hate him. I didn’t love him. But I loved his story.
  • Since this structure of this book left little room for major supporting characters, there wasn’t a chance to get to know the people that surrounded Fallon & Ben in their respective lives. I was okay with that but just wished I knew a little more.

“She “loved me” in quotations
She kissed me in bold
I TRIED TO KEEP HER in all caps
She left with an ellipsis . . .”

End of Book Thoughts

  • I’ve decided that if I enjoyed a book // found it entertaining // got lost in it, etc. then I will give it stars. (Speaking of stars, I really need to come up with a rating guide but it kinda scares me because if I change my mind, things will get confusing etc etc.)
  • There were some incredibly cheesy moments & cliches but then there were some moments that made my heart sing.
  • There’s a cameo by Miles & Tate. That was mildly exciting.
  • I would love a sequel to this written in a different style.  I would love the chance to get to know the characters & their family/ friends more.  I want to see how Fallon & Ben make their relationship work.

What’s your favorite Colleen Hoover book?

Maybe Someday

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Rating: 3 Stars
Published: March 2014
Genre: New Adult // Romance
Favorite Quote:

I need someone who is willing to watch me brave the ocean and then dare me not to drown.

Sydney’s heartbroken.  She just found out her boyfriend, Hunter, and her best friend, Tori, have been sleeping together.  When the cute guitar player, Ridge, from across the courtyard offers her a place to stay while she picks up the pieces of her life, Sydney finds it hard to say no to him. Little does she know that accepting his offer means finding a new way to think about the world around her.

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Wait for you (Wait for you #1)

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Rating: 4 Stars
Published: February 2013
Genre: New Adult // Romance
Favorite Quote: 

“We are your friends.  It is the law of friendship that you tell us things you don’t want to tell us.”

I read this one sitting.  I didn’t think I would but I found that I couldn’t put it down! There was just no good place to stop (and I certainly didn’t mind). This book got me out of my reading slump, and for that, I am very grateful.

I’ve read books by Jennifer L. Armentrout before and I’ve loved them.  But this was my first foray into her books written as J. Lynn.  I get it now.  I totally get the hype because it’s so compelling. The stories aren’t perfect, and sure, they have some cliches.  But I’m not reading this thinking it’s the next Jane Austen.  I’m reading this for fun. I’m reading it to get lost in a story.  I’m not reading it for literary value or to critique it until there’s nothing left.

I think it handles the rape aspect very well.  From what I’ve read, this book really takes to heart what it means to be a victim of rape.  In this case, no one believes her which, unfortunately is a tired trope that happens far too much in reality.  I’d like to see a book take on what it means to be believed despite the circumstances.  Of course, her dark secret is pretty obvious and easy to guess.  I think the secret part was drawn out a little too much but at the same time, it shows how hard it is to admit even to herself.  That’s normal.

As for the person who was sending her emails and texting her rude messages, it makes sense, too in the context.  However, I think it was pushed a little too far to the extreme.  It clearly wasn’t her fault that the rapist was never put behind bars.  There are too many people who are scared to come forward because of the way the system works.

I liked Avery’s friends.  They were funny and real.  Talking about boys and not pushing the serious topics because their friendship is new.  I actually had friends like them in my freshman year of college so it was fun to go down memory lane.

“I would be clapping like a seal right now if I weren’t so fucking hung over, just so you know.  Inside I am doing happy jumping jacks for you with glittery pom poms.”

As for Cam’s family, they’re wonderful and I would love more of them.  I don’t think Cam read as much as a “bad boy” as a protective older brother.  Sure, he did something shitty but he doesn’t really have “anger issues”.  As for the former “player” or whatever, he grew up, simple as that.  It wasn’t a cliche, I think.

“I think the key to the start of any good relationship is to remember how the other person likes their coffee.”

I thought this was a decent read.  I have this as an ebook, and I’m not entirely sure if I’ll read the next books in this series but it’s still worth the read, I think.  It’s definitely on par with Beautiful Disaster or Broken at Love.  Fun, sexy, and a little cliched but perfectly enjoyable.

Rules of Seduction

Thank you NetGalley and Vook for providing me with a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review!

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Rating: 3 Stars 
Published: April 21 2015
Genre: New Adult // Romance
Favorite Quote: 

“We’re lying to him.  She’s lying to him and I’m lying to him and together we’re lying to him.  We’re just a bunch of lying liars who lie.”

Danika, her friends call her Dani, dreams of being a director.  She packs her bags and leaves home to make it big in Los Angelos.  When she arrives, she finds out the company that she got an internship folded and she’s out of a job.  Luckily, she runs into an old friend from grade school who scores her a job on show her boyfriend’s in.  But since Elise has had relationship issues in the past, she asks Dani to try to seduce Tate in order to prove his fidelity.  Things get awful complicated when Dani finds out she actually wants to be around Tate and that he may not be the asshole he once seemed to be.

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Fearless (Reckless #2)

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Rating: 2.5 Stars
Published: November 2014
Genre: New Adult // Romance
Favorite Quote: 

“Time stopped.  Suddenly, I felt I could hear every noise in the room: the blades of the ceiling fan circling through the air.  The street vendors three stories below taking orders.  My own heart beating.”

Fearless by Priscilla West is about my favorite couple, Riley & Jax. They met when Riley became Jax’s tour accountant. Their chemistry was palpable and they couldn’t stay away.  Reckless was left on a cliffhanger.  Riley and Jax were in a dangerous situation attempting to get away.  This installment picks up right where it left off.

I liked that it gave more insight into the relationship between Riley and Jax.  It showed them as more human, complicated, and flawed. It was interesting but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

For those whose were wondering, this doesn’t actually become an official “romance” book until 89% through the novel. It’s more of a new adult romance novel akin to Beautiful Disaster.

When I pick up a book like this, I want it to be steamy. This was not.  If there’s another book in this series, I hope it’s far more exciting than this.

Beautiful Surrender (Surrender #3)

This week on NetGalley Friday, we have part two of the Forever series by Priscilla West. Thank you NetGalley and Priscilla West for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Rating: 3 Stars
Published: November 2013
Genre: Romance

In the continuation of Kristen & Vincent’s story, things begin to heat up (and not just in the bedroom).

I’m really glad Riley and Kristen got to have a heart-to-heart in this one.  It makes them seem more like real roommates than two people who share a living space. It’s also nice to get to know Riley as a secondary character (since she’s the lead in Reckless). It rounds her out as a person.

I liked the scene with Vincent and Kristen in his office where he tells her to wear his shoes. That was cute.

The whole crazy ex-boyfriend was a bit much and kinda felt like deja vu from another book I read (though, I can’t place it).

Over all, it’s an interesting series and fun to read.  I liked Reckless so much more but I did enjoy the characters of Vincent & Kristen, even if they were very reminiscent of Fifty Shades of Grey (without the red room of horror).  Don’t forget that these are short books and really should be read as one!

Secret Surrender (Surrender #2)

This week on NetGalley Friday, we have part two of the Forever series by Priscilla West. Thank you NetGalley and Priscilla West for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Rating: 3 Stars
Published: September 2013
Genre: Romance // New Adult

Things are heating up between Vincent & Kristen.

I enjoyed this one much better than the first.  The language was better and since it already set up the storyline, they got right into the action.

The private island bit reminded me of Twilight, though, so that was unsettling.

“hot seed” REALLY

“My hand flew to the base of my neck and my breath caught.  How could a cock be so savage-looking and beautiful at once?” IT CAN’T.  Dicks are gross. They are not attractive. Neither are vaginas. There’s a reason it’s called “bumping uglies”.  And yes, I know this is a romance novel, but honestly.  And yes, I know this is just my opinion and others will disagree with me.

 

Forbidden Surrender (Surrender #1)

This week on NetGalley Friday, we have one part of the Forever series by Priscilla West. Thank you NetGalley and Priscilla West for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

18277024Rating: 3.5 Stars
Published: August 2013
Genre: New Adult // Romance
Favorite Quote:

“You’re Romeo and I’m Juliet. If we get together, bad things will happen.”

The Forever series follows three couples and the different sets can be read in any order. Surrender follows Kristen & Vincent through their wild ride of a romance.  Kristen hasn’t been in a relationship in a few years and is content just focusing on her career.  When she and her boss fly to South Africa to pitch to a potential client, Kristen meets Vincent.  He’s the CEO of the company and the man that Kristen needs to convince to sign with them. Enter the meet-cute. Kristen learns Vincent can be very persistent and won’t stop until they’re together (and she has no objections).

It’s so short! Considering it’s a trilogy, all three should have been one book. Or maybe just two. By the time I really got into the story, it had ended.

I liked Kristen and Vincent. It very much reminded me of Fifty Shades but without the BDSM. I really didn’t like all the dominance that Vincent had.  It wasn’t overt but it was enough that made me question if Kristen thought for herself at all.

I enjoyed Kristen and Riley’s (her roommate’s) relationship.  I think that could have been explored a little more but I know that wasn’t the focus of the book, clearly. But through telling Riley about her escapades could be a way to learn about Vincent & Kristen’s relationship through bonding with her roommate.

I read Reckless by Priscilla West first. It was my first book of hers. I loved it. Normally when I read romance novels I’m bothered by the language they use to describe body parts. But I don’t remember being annoyed in that book. In this, however, Kristen describes feelings in her “sex”. I HATE that terminology.

And of course, par of the course for romance novels, some of the lines and come-ons were either cliche or completely unrealistic. Also, where are all these young gorgeous billionaires (not celebrities) that I keep reading about and how do I by chance interact with them and have them fall in love with me? Because really.

It was sexy and fun to read. Even though I thought it was too short, I liked that it was a quick read. I will for sure be reading the other two!

Over all, I think it was a solid attempt. This was a bit of a let down after Reckless but it’s also kinda of a good thing because it means that she’s getting better in her writing. That means only more good things lie ahead.

After reading all the books in the Surrender series, I have to tell you, be prepared to read all them in one setting.  Since they’re all so short, you’re better off reading them as one.

Mistletoe and Mr. Right

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Bloomsbury Spark for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I was happy to read this just in time for the Holidays!

 

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Rating: 3.5 Stars
Published: November 2014
Genre: New Adult // Holiday Romance

Mistletoe and Mr. Right is a short novella about Jessica MacFarlane who takes the initiative and surprises her boyfriend in Ireland for Christmas.  What starts out as a way to see if her and Brennan are meant to be, turns into Jessica figuring out that the best laid plans don’t always work out the way we think they will.   Enter Grady, the handsome worker at Brennan’s family B&B, will he derail Jessica’s plans?

(Disclaimer: This would have been more stars if it was longer and a little more fleshed out.  I know the point is that it’s a short story but I loved it and I want more!)

Reading descriptions of Ireland makes me want to go back overseas. I loved reading about County Clare!  The descriptions of the characters were fantastic and really make me want my own hot Irish boyfriend (actually, I’d prefer Scottish but I digress).

If you’re looking for a cute romance to warm your heart for the Holiday season, this is it! While I would have loved for it to be longer, it just long enough to get me invested in the characters. Jessica’s character is witty and completely filled out but I would love to know more about her! Her thoughts are relatable and the whole novella is just plain fun!

I would love a sequel to this in full novel form… maybe about Jessica’s internship in Greece?

So grab some hot chocolate, a warm blanket, and a sit by the window. Hopefully snow is falling to set the mood, and dig into this adorable novella about a 20something finding love in Ireland.