Minute Reviews [23]

Posted January 31, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, 5 Stars, Audiobook Review, In Review, Minute Reviews / 0 Comments

Minute Reviews

An unofficial goal of my Tackle My TBR Challenge is to actually review the books I read. I did a good job of reading the books in January, but failed at the reviewing aspect… until now. With that, I give you an all-challenge-related edition of Minute Reviews!

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Minute Reviews [23]Ghosted by J.M. Darhower
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 24, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 452 pages
Narrator: Christy Romano, Zachary Webber
How I got it: Kindle Unlimited
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

He's a troubled young actor, Hollywood's newest heartthrob, struggling with fame as the star of the latest superhero franchise. Through scandal after scandal, addiction on top of addiction, a flurry of paparazzi hunt him as he fights to conquer his demons.

She's a single mother, assistant manager at a grocery store, existing in monotony with her five-year-old daughter. Every day when she goes to work, lurid tabloids surround her, the face of a notorious bad boy haunting her from their covers.

A man and a woman, living vastly different lives, but that wasn't always the case. Once, they were just a boy and a girl who bonded over comic books and fell in love unexpectedly.

When Kennedy Garfield met Jonathan Cunningham back in high school, she knew he had all the makings of a tragic hero. With stars in his eyes, and her heart on her sleeve, the pair ran away together to follow their dreams.

But dreams, sometimes, turn into nightmares.

Now, years later, the only thing they share is a daughter—one who has no idea her father plays her favorite superhero. But Jonathan is desperate to make amends, and at the top of his list is the woman who gave up everything for him and the little girl he hasn't yet met.

In Review My Thoughts

There are probably a million reasons second chance romance is one of my favorite tropes, but the biggest is because of books like Ghosted. This book gave me ALL THE FEELS. It’s one of the best second chance stories I’ve ever read and I know my words won’t be able to do it justice, but I’m going to try. This was a read-in-a-day-because-you-can’t-think-of-putting-it-down type of book. I love those.

I just couldn’t get enough of Jonathan and Kennedy and their story — in the present or past, in Kennedy’s notebook. Those little flashes backwards, told through Kennedy’s writing, were perfection and a great addition to the book. Their past wasn’t always pretty, so that made for some serious angst and emotion as they were face-to-face again. But don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t an overly heavy book. There were plenty of lighter moments, lots of smiles and a few giggles and some serious steam, as well. A lot of those moments included Madison, Jonathan and Kennedy’s daughter and the cutest, most charming book kid I think I’ve ever read. Oh man, did I get all heart-melty with some of her scenes with Jonathan.

Basically, you just need to add Ghosted to your TBR immediately. It’d been on mine since I saw other bloggers raving over it late last year and I’m only sorry I didn’t get to it sooner. It was a gorgeous book. It was my first J.M. Darhower book, but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. In addition to loving the characters and story, I loved her writing style. I can’t wait to tackle her backlist.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“You’re the queen, baby… I’m just a commoner.”

“We were fire and gasoline. We burned hot for a long time.”

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About J.M. Darhower

USA Today Bestselling Author of predominately romantic suspense novels about the baddest bad boys and the ladies who love them. Fangirl at heart, J.M. is obsessed with books, music, Star Wars, and all things Marvel, especially the glorious Sebastian Stan. She spends her days in a tiny town in North Carolina, churning out words and chasing down Pokemon.

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Minute Reviews [23]Constant by Rachel Higginson
Series: The Confidence Game #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Publication date: November 16, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 266 pages
How I got it: Kindle Unlimited
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Fifteen years ago I met Sayer Wesley. I fell in love with him. I promised I would never leave him. I swore nothing could break us apart.

Five years ago I broke my promise. I ran away. I took the one secret that could destroy us both and disappeared.

Five days ago I thought I saw him.

I knew it was impossible. Sayer was locked away, serving a deserved sentence in federal prison. He couldn’t find me.

He wouldn’t find me. I was too good at hiding. Too good at surviving.

Because if Sayer ever found me, there would be hell to pay for a plethora of sins. The worst of which, he didn’t even know about.

Five hours ago, I told myself I was crazy.

Five minutes ago, I saw him again.

Five seconds ago, I was too late.

In Review My ThoughtsHooooooollllllllyyyyyyy crap, this book. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this one because it’s so very different than the other of Rachel’s books I’ve read. I expected it to be a bit darker and I anticipated there would be some suspenseful moments, but it was more than that. Constant was virtually unputdownable. I literally couldn’t enough of Sayer and Caroline and their story.

Constant was another second chance story with another adorable kid, but so very different than others I’ve read in the past. In fact, I’m not going to get very deep in the plot because I honestly believe it’s best if you just go in totally unspoiled and experience it yourself. It flips back and forth between present and past, but is told entirely through Caroline’s POV. I really liked her as a character, but that did leave me wondering what was going on with Sayer, and what was motivating him. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed being utterly enthralled and addicted to this book. I couldn’t flip pages quickly enough because I HAD TO KNOW what was going on and how it would all end.

Constant ends in a pretty wicked cliffhanger and I’m really glad the second book, Consequence, isn’t all that far away because I have SO MANY QUESTIONS that need answered. Oh, it’s worth mentioning I did have an ARC of this book that I didn’t get to before release because I suck. I did grab it off Kindle Unlimited just so I knew I was reading the final version. 🙂

FAVORITE QUOTES

Sometimes life doesn’t work out the way you plan. Sometimes circumstances change and sometimes they’re for the better. But he was my constant then and he is the constant ghost that haunts me now. I might not be with him, but he will always be with me.

He was at once utterly beautiful and every nightmare I had ever had come to life.

“I’m not here to play games with you, Caro. I’m here to live out a dream I once had with a girl I once loved.”

“I always think you’re pretty, but tonight you’re making it hard for me to breathe.”

He kissed me like I was breakable and delicate and his. He kissed me like he couldn’t stand being apart for a second longer. He kissed me like I was his breath and he needed me to keep living.

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About Rachel Higginson

Rachel Higginson is the best-selling author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us and The Star-Crossed Series.

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days writing stories and raising five amazing kids.

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Minute Reviews [23]Sweet by Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #3
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audiobook, Length: 9 hours and 32 minutes
Narrator: Christy Romano, Zachary Webber
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge, 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.

He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient. Now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:
Sweet.

In Review My Thoughts

Y’all, why in the world did I wait so long to read Sweet? I loved the first two books in Tammara Webber’s Contours of the Heart series when I read them AGES ago before I started blogging. But for one reason or another, I never did read this one even though I pre-ordered it! I’m ashamed. I’m also very glad I decided to make it my first audiobook of the year because I enjoyed it so very much.

Pearl and Boyce’s story was … *swoon*. I’m a sucker for a friends first story and even though that sometimes means seeing one of the characters (*cough* usually the man *cough*) with other characters, I’ve learned to deal. The payoff is worth those limited other woman scenes. Thankfully there aren’t any such scenes in Sweet, though there is talk of other women. But that’s real life, so I can handle it. It’s not like he was a cheating bastard or something. Ha! But I digress. Pearl and Boyce, even as friends, had a ton of chemistry and they were easy to root for. Their friendship gave them a solid foundation for what each of them was dealing with and what was to come.

Sweet had plenty of feels, but never really felt too angsty for me. I fell for both of the characters fully and I really enjoyed shipping them. They’re both going through some growing pains in life and I liked how that had a way of bringing them together, but still gave them the strength to handle things on their own. Sweet was a great coming of age story with characters it was easy to love. And that epilogue? Swoons. For. Days.

FAVORITE QUOTES

In four years, nothing had erased or even dimmed my memories of Boyce. His kiss. His touch. The disorienting intensity of his gaze. 

For my heart, he was a grounding wire, the needle of a compass, a gravitational pull.

My heart—carefully concealed and never worn on my sleeve or any other visible place—turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to reason. It craved what it wanted, and for years, it wanted one thing against all better judgment: Boyce Winn.

“Take what you want from me then. It’s been yours all along.”

We were all parts of this interconnected life. We existed for it and because of it and sometimes in spite of it.

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About Tammara Webber

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Easy and Breakable (Contours of the Heart series - NA), as well Between the Lines, Where You Are, Good for You and Here Without You (Between the Lines series - YA/NA).

I'm a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I'm Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.

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Minute Reviews [23]Roman by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #7
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: eARC, 242 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review My Thoughts

I know I said it when I reviewed Max earlier this week, but I still can’t believe I’ve let myself get this far behind in the Cold Fury Hockey series. I still have TWO books to read before I’m caught up! The only good thing about that is that I’m getting to discover these books for the first time while waiting for the next books to be released. I am enjoying that part.

Roman is probably my favorite book boyfriend of the bunch. I know, it’s been ages since I read the others so I’m probably forgetting some of the finer points and swoons the other guys delivered… but still. He was amazing. Bad boys don’t always do it for me, but this one certainly did. Of course, there was a whole lot hidden under that bad boy exterior. I absolutely adored Lexi, too. She was a great heroine and it was easy to cheer her on as she met her father for the first time and explored things with Roman. And Lexi’s dad, Brian? I loved him. He totally accepting of Lexi and it was such a great bonus to watch him fall in love, too.

Roman (the book) felt a little different than some of the other Cold Fury Hockey books because it delivered a delicious slow burn AND a bonus romance and I loved it. It was smart, sexy, sweet and even emotional at times with the romance and the new family dynamic.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“I like that. You moaning my name. Let’s see how many more times I can get you to do that.”

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About Sawyer Bennett

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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