9/30/14

I Want It That Way-2B Trilogy #1 {My Thoughts}

I Want It That WayI Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
ASIN B00K4M3I0S
edition language English
series 2B Trilogy #1
other editions (2)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

My Thoughts
What can I say, am a sucker for anything written by Ann Aguirre no matter whether it is SciFi-YA-NA-Romantic Suspense-Contemporary Romance or something somewhere in between as everything that I have read by her so far manages to touch my heart deeply.

This first book in the 2B Trilogy is certainly no exception.

From the truly adorable 4 year old Sam, Daniel Tyler’s son, to Nadia-her roommates Max/Lauren/Angus and most especially downstairs neighbor Ty himself these characters very easily became real to me as read about their lives and how Nadia and Ty’s relationship started.

As the chapters passed by every little tidbit added to the story, one of my favorite moments is when Nadia is confronted with the reality of a 4-year-olds mercurial temperament when she is called upon to babysit Sam while Ty resolves an issue at his work. I would have personally had to have been put in a straight jacket, Nadia’s ability to deal with the minor crisis and greet Ty with a smile at the end of a long night won my heart to her side for sure!

To say that this story has its ups and downs would be a fair assessment, however what made it worth sticking with was the fact that everything came across as experiences that real people deal with in their lives all the time with the characters never coming across as total flakes when they messed up.

One of the many things that I totally loved in this story was the way in which Nadia and Ty finally dealt with the issues that were obstacles to their relationship becoming more than just the occasional friends with benefits. It may have taken a serious wake-up call on both their parts to get to the point where talking about being a family with Sam for the long haul but in the end it was well worth what these two lovers went through.

Really but looking forward with breathless anticipation to book 2 As Long As You Love Me which thanks to publisher and Netgalley have waiting on my Kindle and will read closer to end of September release.

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9/26/14

Shatter-True Believers #4 {My Thoughts}

Shatter (True Believers, #4)Shatter by Erin McCarthy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Berkley Trade
original title Shatter
ISBN 0425275108 (ISBN13: 9780425275108)
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series True Believers #4
other editions (1)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
From the USA Today bestselling author of True, Sweet, and Believe comes a tantalizing New Adult novel about finding love in the most unexpected ways…

Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…

My Thoughts
With each book in the True Believers series there has been a running theme of overcoming adversity and heartbreaks in the lives of the main characters, Shatter proves to be filled with the expected roller coaster of emotional highs and lows.

Kylie and Jonathon are the proof that opposites attract, he is to be blunt a genus braniac nerd and she is the stereotype for a “dumb blonde” but together they find that as a couple they have something that clicks into place and they fit perfectly like interlocking puzzle pieces.

With the support of her friends Kylie finds herself getting past the devastation caused by her cheating ex boyfriend, when she least expects it she finds herself facing some tough decisions that lead to a sense of peace that she embraces completely until the night her world is once again turned upside down.

Jonathon cannot be more unlike Kylie, he is a dedicated math geek, overthinks things to the point of obsession and yet he is also a kind and caring young man who proves over and over again that he can be counted on when things get rough for them both.

As to not spoil the read for anyone there will be no specific details shared but can honestly say that you will find yourselves once again turning pages quickly wanting to see how things turn out for everyone and most of all how Jonathon and Kylie’s relationship issues are resolved.

I cannot believe how much my attitude has now shifted as far as Kylie is concerned, this book totally put me solidly in her corner and Jonathon was just such a joy to read about that I almost envy her!
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9/25/14

Personal-Jack Reacher #19 {My Thoughts}

Personal (Jack Reacher, #19)Personal by Lee Child
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Delacorte Press (first published September 1st 2014)
ASIN B00HBQWGXK
edition language English
series Jack Reacher #19
other editions (13)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
With nine straight #1 New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, after the game-changing twist Child offered readers in Never Go Back, comes a breathtaking new thriller featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero Jack Reacher.

Lee Child has become a bestselling juggernaut, and his iconic hero Jack Reacher has been dubbed "one of the most enduring action heroes on the American landscape.” (The New York Times). With each new entry, critics fall harder for Reacher and legions of new fans climb on the bandwagon. Now, Child once again gives a jolt of pure adrenaline to the suspense genre, with a story so gripping that even the most weathered Reacher fans will find themselves on the edge of their seats. Where will Reacher turn up this time? And which bad guys are in for a hard fall? Stay tuned to this spot-as one of the most popular authors in the world is about to become even bigger.

My Thoughts
Jack Reacher is a character new to me and after not having read the first 18 books in series had no preconceived notions of what the book would unveil nor were my expectations high as this particular genre is usually pretty fairly straightforward in the setup, action, suspense and execution of .

The book is first person, we see exactly what Reacher sees, feel exactly what he feels as it happens and for me that made this smoother reading and much easier to connect with the character throughout the story.

The only thing that felt noticeably off was we spend a lot of time rehashing some of the same material from chapter to chapter, understand this makes for a longer novel but it also eventually brings a certain amount of boredom to the flow of the story which in turn makes the reader lose momentum at times.

The pace is for the most part slow, than all of a sudden the action is at warp speed for a short time than we go back to almost a crawl and this causes the reading to feel choppy and uneven.

I admit to the reader becoming overwhelmed with details at certain points in the story that seem disconnected but when taken as a whole these details all add up at the end.

Did I like Jack Reacher, not really. Was I impressed with Reachers characters abilities, yes at times very much. Would I read more in the series, maybe a few of the earlier books. Is the twist at the end solid enough to be believable, totally for me but it was a bit of a letdown also because it proved that once again the line between the good guys and the bad guys is not really as easy to define as we would wish it to be.

All in all this is a book that in my opinion may gratify fans of the series and the character more than first time readers like myself, not that I was not satisfied with the ending as I am.

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