Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean

4 Stars

Beneath the Lake was my first time travel romance, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. There was something about all the details coming together to form a complete story that hooked me. At the end of the book I was in love.

THE BLURB

Reeling from her boyfriend’s indiscretions at a party, Lacey Montgomery escapes into the throes of a torrential storm. Her car spins out of control and hurtles into the depths of an icy, black lake. She awakens in the arms of a handsome stranger, in a place she’s never heard of—thirty-four years before she was born.

Bobby Reynolds is smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes. Learning the truth about her origin does nothing to stop the passion taking root in his heart and leaves him torn between finding a way to return Lacey to her time and convincing her stay with him.

Will the couple be able to discover the key to a mysterious portal before time rips them apart? Or will their spirits wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake?

The descriptions are what drew me in at the beginning, but slowly I began to fall in love with the characters.

I turned in a huff, glancing over the banister, and realized I wasn’t alone. All eyes gazed up as if some starlet had spilled fine Bordeaux on her snow-white Valentino dress.

Watching this story unfold over decades and the plot twists that came along with it had me nearly in tears at the end of the book. Early in the story, some of the dialogue felt out of place and pulled me out of the story so it took me a bit longer than expected to finish this book. BUT once I got into the meat of the story I was pulled back in and rewarded with gems like this…

His touch ignited desire in the deepest depths of my soul, a burning, bubbling molten lava flowing through my veins. There was no denying we were two parts of one heart.

Overall, reading this sparked an interest in a genre I previously had no interest in exploring. I’m excited to see where the rest of the books in the series go.

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I received a copy of this from NetGalley so that I could give an honest review.

 

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

5 Stars!

Let me start by saying that I’m pretty sure I was one of the few fans of this genre that has never read anything by Colleen Hoover. I had very high expectations and she didn’t let me down. This book was nothing short of exceptional.

Hopeless is the story of Sky and Dean. Dean has spent some time in juvi, and Sky is a complete slut…. or that’s what the rumors would lead you to believe. Their tale isn’t easy, and they have more than their share of heartbreak along the way, but the emotions are worth it and there is happiness at the end of all those twists and turns.

I barely paused long enough to highlight anything, but here is one of my favorites.

You can hold my hand, you can run your fingers through my hair, you can straddle me while I feed you spaghetti, but you are not getting kissed tonight. And probably not tomorrow, either. I need this. I need to know for sure that you’re feeling every single thing that I’m feeling the moment my lips touch yours. Because I want your first kiss to be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses.

The entire book made me feel like that. And, once again, I couldn’t stop reading.

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Say Something… by T.A. Roth (The Speak Series)

5 STARS

I ran across this book on NetGalley and couldn’t request it fast enough. It is so hard to find books with Hispanic characters in them, let alone REALLY GOOD BOOKS. I am SO glad I found this one. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the pale, insert gorgeous eye color here hunks that are featured in 95% of the books I read but being that my husband is Mexican…. I crave a little something different.

If you keep staring at me like that, we won’t make it out of this hallway.

I connected with this book from the very beginning and kept trying to sneak in chapters throughout the day. It had me laughing and then crying.It’s dual POV with a very occasional extra POV thrown in. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that had others outside the main couple, but I really enjoyed it and it gave a lot of insight into the additional characters.

Our tongues dance in perfect rhythm. Her hand works its way up the back of my neck, and she softly tugs at my hair. I moan and her grip tightens. I harden against her, and with our close proximity, I know she can feel it. One word is on loop in my head “mine,” and it’s scaring the shit out of me.

I will throw out a trigger warning, one of the characters dealt with childhood sexual abuse and while not explicit, it is emotional.

Then OMG! That ending! I am so glad book 2 is already out, because I never saw that coming.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Living With Regret by Riann C. Miller

5 STARS!

Let me start off with saying, that if Mrs. Miller does not write a sequel to this starring Lacey and Jake…. I will be completely devastated. Now off to the book.

Living with Regret is a standalone second chance romance with a bit of a twist. Jordan and Chase fell in love at 17. He was the star football player that could have any girl he wanted (but didn’t) and she was the new girl that was happy to finally have a place to belong after being moved around for years. He asked her out repeatedly until she finally said yes. She was reluctant, but after that first date she was his. Then, his father convinced him that things would be better for both Chase and Jordan if they broke up…. so he broke her heart.

The man I’m going to spend the rest of my life with won’t need a break from me. He’ll know from the moment I enter his life that I’m worth keeping. That’s the type of man I deserve to be with and I’m not going to settle for anything less.

Fast forward 10 years later, and Jordan is the CEO of her family’s very successful cosmetics company and Chase is playing professional football. He gets a concussion and when he wakes up, he has “rewritten” his memories and believes that he never broke up with Jordan. He believes that she is his wife, and has been for many years. At the request of his mother, and against her better judgement, she plays along in hopes that it will help restore his memories.

I’ve never read a book by Riann C. Miller, but I will definitely be seeking out the other books she has written. The book hooked me from the very beginning and I became so invested that I was completely angry at some of the characters. Not so angry that I didn’t still want that happily ever after… but what they went through to get there was a roller coaster of emotions.

“Thank you? For what?” I mumble

Chase gives my hand a squeeze before answering me. “For tonight, because I already know it’s going to be the best night of my life.” He smiles at me one last time before starting his truck.

That was the first crack in the wall I’d built around my heart, a wall that I later learned didn’t stand a chance against the powerful determination of Chase Adams.

The writing was phenomenal, and I stayed up late to finish this book that kept me wanting more. And now that it’s over? I still want more.

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I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Coming Home by Jourdyn Kelly (An LA Lovers Book)

4.5 STARS

This is the first book in the LA Lovers series. It is a standalone, though the characters from the next book make an appearance in this one, and vice versa. It’s told in alternating viewpoints that add an authenticity to the story that may have been missing if it had just been told in Blaise’s point of view.

I loved Blaise. She’s a cake eating, flower shop owning woman with a passion for life. Her relationship with her best friend was one of my favorite things and you just really wanted them BOTH to find Mr. Right. Her best friend is the heroine of book 2, so hopefully we find her happy ending soon.

Greyson was a little harder for me to fall for. On paper he’s amazing. He’s ex Delta Force and full of confidence and charisma. The fact that he was almost 40, and still living under the thumb of his controlling, cold hearted parents felt out of character for a man who otherwise seemed to know what he wanted.

Blaise and Greyson meet one hectic morning when Greyson parks in Blaise’s “flower shop van only” parking. He’s in her spot, and she’s in a hurry, so she blocks him in. They butt heads from the beginning, but there is an instant attraction that is undeniable (though Blaise tries her hardest to resist.) He pursues her relentlessly, and just as she’s beginning to soften to his advances she finds out about his soon to be “arranged” marriage. They are finally able to move past that, when another bomb drops. Then the book becomes a soap opera, complete with her being held captive, a kidnapping, and a murderous grandfather.

The crazy made me keep reading until the early hours of the morning, and I loved it. There were a few questions that were never answered, and while they weren’t MAJOR plot points… inquiring minds want to know. The first was her best friend’s “secret”. It was talked about throughout the book, but we never find out what it is. Also I was curious about the ancient plant that she recreates in the lab because of a special request. I was really fascinated by that, but it appears that it was a tie in from another series she authors…. so I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking that one up too. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and will be adding some of her other books to my to-be-read list.

My favorite scene in the whole book? In the car.

Greyson leaned towards her, essentially trapping her between a rock — him — and a hard place — the closed door that she seriously thought about opening even if it meant she’d fall out on her ass.

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I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.