Review: Forever Changed by Tiffany King

forever changedForever Changed by Tiffany King
Published by Self Published on June 7th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 299
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Kassandra Cole has it all—a stable home with great parents, popularity and all the friends she could ever need. She is used to a lifestyle where everything comes easy to her, from good grades to being captain of the cheerleading squad.

Her entire world is shaken to the core when a fatal accident takes her father, causing Kassandra to re-examine the course her life was on. The actions of one individual forever changes her life, leaving her to pick up the pieces of her broken family. Kassandra begins to question everything she once cherished and the people she disappointed along the way.

Maddon Johnson’s life is as different from Kassandra’s as night and day. Abandoned by his mother at a young age, he is left to deal with his abusive, alcoholic father on his own. He has one goal: lay low and get the heck out of dodge as soon as he is legally old enough.

Everything changes when his father’s tragic actions send Maddon crashing into Kassandra’s world. Suddenly, getting away is the last thing he wants as he discovers it is possible to believe in love after all.

what i thought

Kassandra lost her father to a car accident caused by Maddon’s father. Maddon is a guy that goes to the same school as Kassandra. After loosing her father so suddenly, Kassandra is struggling to find who she is and who she wants to be. The life before the death of her father seems almost unreal to her. Maddon just wants to comfort Kassandra and take her pain away but he knows that will never happen. Kassandra hates Maddon and that his dad killed hers.

Kassandra not only is a teenager, but after the death of her father, she has to care for her little sister. Their mom fell into a grieving period where it was almost as if she wasn’t there. As Kassandra learns more about herself and who she wants to be, she starts to get close to the one person she NEVER wanted to look at again, Maddon.

So much craziness in less than 300 pages in dual perspective! I recently, as in this year, started reading Tiffany’s books and have become obsessed to say the least. She is very good at writing an emotional read without taking it too far or making it unrealistic.

I loved Kassandra’s character; she is incredibly strong for someone so young and what has been placed on her shoulders. Caring for her younger sister wasn’t easy. I love that despite the death of their dad and the grief, she was able to put her emotions aside and truly care for her sister and even her mom. Maddon was such a sweet guy, you can’t help but love him.

Life moves on, forgive and just move on! :)

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Mini Review: A Special Connection by Theresa Troutman

a special connectionA Special Connection by Theresa Troutman
Published by Self Published on February 5th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 145
Source: Finished copy from author
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four-stars

Life has been a constant challenge for Jake Lewis. Left paralyzed emotionally and physically by a car accident, which killed his parents when he was just twelve years old, Jake struggles to be happy. His best friends, Rick Welsh and Samantha Andrews, are a couple who fight as passionately as they make up. This puts Jake in an awkward position. Three friends who are as close as can be. Rick Welsh, the hotshot basketball player, who hopes to leave college and go pro. Samantha Andrews, the brainiac, blessed with common sense and beauty. Jake Lewis, the crippled virgin, who believes no girl could love a damaged guy with a disability. In despair, these friends share a moment that will forever change their lives. Life is messy. Love is complicated. True love doesn’t always come wrapped in a pretty package with a bow on top. Is it possible that the friend you never had sexual feelings for is the person who will touch your soul like no other?

what i thoughtVery quick and cute read. Read this in like an hour or so! Because this was such a quick read, not much development I felt happened. But, nonetheless I very much enjoyed this story!

Jake, our main character was such a sweetheart and I couldn’t help the little crush that developed. After permanently damaging his leg, he has always had difficulty with it. He believed he couldn’t be loved because of his legs and that girls wouldn’t like him..

This completely broke my heart. Again, it was hard not to fall for him. After losing so much in his life, he’s pretty much given up.

I’d recommend to those wanting something quick and something heart-felt. I believe this would be perfect for it.

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Review: Vintage Volume 1 by Lisa Suzanne

vintage vol 1Vintage Volume 1 by Lisa Suzanne
Series: Vintage #1
Published by Self Published on May 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 316
Source: Finished copy from author
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four-stars

Born the daughter of a rock star and his groupie, my life should have been full of glitz and glamour. But the excess and embarrassment of that life didn’t interest me. Instead, I killed time at Vintage, a record store where I stocked shelves and lacked ambition.

Everything changed the moment I pressed play. One simple lyric awakened me.

When I stopped denying my attraction to the man behind the music, I started questioning his intentions. We were meant to cross paths, but it wasn’t because of fate.

Someone was playing with our lives.

what i thought

Roxy (CC or Jimi) has a close, tight-knit group of friends and family. She is the daughter of a rock legend and because of her dad, this is why she has a small group of people. Most people she has tried to let into her life, has abused that relationship to get closer to her rock-star father. Even though she has a small group, the one person she can trust more than anything is her dad. However, Roxy doesn’t like living under her dad’s legend, she just wants a normal life. Roxy works at a music coffee shop called Vintage. There, she meets Parker who is in an upcoming band and she is immediately drawn to him. Having kept her emotions dormant for so long, after spending just a little time with Parker, those feelings are starting to resurface. Just when she thinks meeting Parker was fate, she finds out that it was planned.

I have always enjoyed music related romance stories! I wanted to at times, strangle the main character for being so frustrating, but I do understand why. This was a quick read and Lisa does a fantastic job at grabbing your attention. Not a moment passed where I felt I needed to take a break from reading. There was always something going on and it was impossible to put down because of it. The constant suspense of who’s doing what, what’s going to happen, and everything, it seriously was hard to put down.

The reason why this is 4 stars is because I felt I didn’t get enough of Parker. With everything going on in this book, I think with adding Parker’s perspective (even if it was just a couple chapters here and there) I would have been able to follow him better. With an added perspective, I think this could have been a 4.5 or even a 5 star rating!

This does end on a cliffhanger, just so you are warned. I’m very curious to see how this will play out!

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Review: Love Always by Yessi Smith

love alwaysLove Always by Yessi Smith
Published by Self Published on September 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 220
Source: Finished copy from author
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four-stars

**This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn’t suitable for readers under the age of 17.**

In love with a man on the brinks of greatness, Dee has her life figured out. The love they share is comparable only to the love they feel when they find out Dee is pregnant. Josh and Dee welcome their future together with eagerness as they plan a wedding, baby, and the upcoming tour for Josh’s band Wasted Circle. Big things are finally happening.

During Wasted Circle’s first big show, tragedy strikes leaving Dee alone. The life she and Josh planned for ends up being nothing but desolate promises. Unable to watch his best friend’s girlfriend drown under her own despair any longer, Adam steps in to help Dee cope with her loss and the upcoming birth of her baby. Adam is patient, kind and unrelenting. He stands by her side, never faltering despite his growing desire to be more than Dee’s supportive shoulder and the idea that he is betraying Josh. He refuses to give up on Dee and remains loyally by her side even when she admits herself into a psychiatric ward and he is left to father Josh and Dee’s baby.

But even sweet and sturdy Adam has his limits.

what i thought

Who doesn’t love a good emotional and a crazy roller coaster type of book?!

Dee has always had a rough life until meeting Josh. They were meant for each other. Josh is part of a band called Wasted Circle, and Dee and Josh’s best friend, Adam is part of that band. Dee has just found out that she is pregnant. But tragedy strikes and Dee can’t take it. She falls into a depression and if it weren’t for Adam to hold her along the way, no one knows if she would have survived it. With the love and support of Adam, Dee continues her life, but it isn’t easy.

Okay, Adam is one of the sweetest guys I have ever come across. He literally drops everything to care for Dee, and when the baby arrives, the baby as well. He has a special place in my heart for sure! Yessi Smith did an amazing job with side characters as well! We are introduced to multiple characters such as the HILARIOUS, Hayley and the wicked witch, Amber. I will quickly say, parents like Dee’s are ones I ABSOLUTELY despise. I don’t care what kind of excuse they come up with down the road. Plain and simple, you have a kid and it’s supposed to be your pride and joy. On a better note, Hayley was seriously hilarious! She is one of those friends, that while reading the scenes with her, you literally start dying of laughter.

I did however wish for more in the end, I was confused at first because I wasn’t sure what was going on. I would have liked to see an epilogue from Dee or Adam’s point of view. Why this isn’t 5 stars is because I felt the pacing was a little fast for me, but overall I’m VERY happy with the events that turned out. I’m excited to read more of Yessi’s books!

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My Reading Stack (#18)

reading stackI had a pretty good reading week! I finished 4 books and got halfway through a 5th book!

What I Finished:

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  • Vintage Volume 1 by Lisa Suzanne: Really enjoyed this book. Wanted to strangle the main character for being so frustrating, but I do understand why. But still… I’ll have more thoughts in my full review later this week. But that ending… Ugh. Curious to see how that will play out! Loved Parker and his animalistic ways. ;)
    • FINAL STAR RATING: ☆☆☆☆
  • Forever Changed by Tiffany King: So much craziness in less than 300 pages in dual perspective! I recently, as in this year, started reading Tiffany’s books and have become obsessed to say the least. She is very good at writing an emotional read without taking it too far or making it unrealistic. Even though this is one of her firsts, it was still amazing! I’ll have more thoughts later when I write my full review. :)
    • FINAL STAR RATING: ☆☆☆☆
  • A Special Connection by Theresa Troutman: Very quick and cute read. Read this in like an hour or so! Because this was such a quick read, not much development I felt happened. But, nonetheless I very much enjoyed this story! I’ll have more thoughts soon on my full review!
    • FINAL STAR RATING: ☆☆☆☆
  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I don’t know whether to be really frustrated or really happy. To say the least, I loved this book to pieces! This was my first audiobook and I was very pleased. Though, not too crazy for how the narrator did the male voices, but I think it was the actual story that kept me. I wish I was reading it in physical form or ebook because there were soo many spots I wanted to highlight and mark. I’m still debating if this makes my top reads of 2015 list, I guess we will see as my feelings for this book digest. But this is definitely a solid, 5 star read. Those that haven’t read it yet need to! Such an amazing book, yet so frustrating at the same time.
    • FINAL STAR RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆

The first 3 books listed will have full length reviews that will come later this week! I really enjoyed all the books I read this week! :)

What I Have Started:

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I really wanted to finish this yesterday, but I didn’t have as much reading time as I wanted. But, I did get a little over halfway. I previously (just a couple months ago) read the Clipped Wings duology and absolutely ADORED them! This is soo much different than that duology by far. But I’m absolutely loving this book to pieces!

What’s On the Agenda Next Week:

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I think for my next audiobook, I’m going to listen to Archer’s Voice. I haven’t read anything by Mia Sheridan yet, and she is one of the authors attending Austin Book Fest next year (which I am going to). [I got Audible last week and Maybe in Another Life was my free credit of the month] Fractured Suns and The Gathering of Shadows are the next 2 review books I need to finish. Hopefully I can finish all these and have time for more. I have 2 more review books and I’ll be completely caught up! :D

Trailer Reveal: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We are beyond thrilled to bring you all the Trailer Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s OBLIVION! OBLIVION is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance being published by Entangled Teen, and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling LUX Series. It is being released on December 1st, 2015!! Watch the trailer then pre-order your copy today!

 

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OBLIVION Synopsis:

Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger.It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Cover Reveal: Belong by Jennifer Foor

 

 

 

 

Ten years ago I fell in love with a married woman. I walked

away so she could be happy, moving across the country to make sure I put space

between us. We severed ties, and I promised myself I wouldn’t look back.

Since then I committed to someone else, and we have a child

and a life many would wish for. Except, it’s never been enough for me. There’s

always been something missing; something I never wanted to admit.

With my own marriage failing, I’m forced to go back to my

hometown to bury the man who raised me. I never expected to see her there, and

nothing could prepare me for what would happen the moment my arms wrapped

around hers again.

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“You have every right to assume this can’t be anything more than a temporary affair. I don’t blame you for being cautious, but there is something I want you to know.”

She turned around, finally looking right at me with those hesitant eyes. “What?”

“I still love you.” I swallowed the lump in my throat as the words came out, silently praying she wouldn’t force me to leave. It wasn’t every day that I told someone other than my wife I loved them, but in this instance it was the truest statement I’d ever made. “I feel like I’ve loved you for a lifetime. It’s true. I have loved my wife, but it’s not the same. It’s always been you, Rach. You’re the only woman I know I’ll never be able to let go of. Staying away was my only option. I did it to protect both of our lives, but there’s nothing standing in the way anymore. Please don’t deny us a second chance.” I paused one more time. “I need you, just as much as I think you need me.”

Her shoulders relaxed, and I watched her purse fall from her grip and hit the concrete ground. She shrugged while staring into my eyes. Her lips were trembling, allowing me to almost sense the connection between us. “I’m not strong enough to be with you again. I can’t handle anymore heartache. Being close to you scares me, because I’m tired of the pain and suffering.”

I took two steps forward, breaking the distance between us. “I’m not capable of hurting you again, Rach. If you give me this chance I promise I won’t let you down. Let me be your friend again, and whatever comes with it will be determined by both of us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She’s best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.

She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing

stories that come from her heart.