Review ~ The Law of Moses

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Title: The Law of Moses

Author: Amy Harmon

Publication Date: Nov. 27, 2014

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Paranormal Romance

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

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My *****5 Star***** Review

Book. Hangover.

This story. Just wow. There are so many things I love about this book that I don’t know where to start.

Beautiful writing, right from the beginning. This story is so full of thought provoking insight. I copied several passages down just so I could chew on them later. So many profound truths.

But this book is so much more than just beautiful writing. This book will make you FEEL! It was breathtakingly beautiful. Love and loss. Fear and hope. Dread and excitement. Prejudices that will leave you angry.

This story is also a mystery – a paranormal/supernatural mystery. Some nasty crimes are committed. The plot will twist in unexpected ways.

Moses. Moses. Moses. What can I say about Moses. He’s a heartbreaker. He has a curse…or a gift? His life has been beyond hard. He’s created his own law to overcome it – to not get hurt again. He’s been the victim of extreme prejudice and in return he’s become prejudiced. Georgia comes along and makes it hard for him to keep his own laws. He’ll do anything to protect her, though, including from himself.

Here’s the thing. After reading the little snippet you can find with the synopsis, I was quite frankly dreading reading this book. That would have been a error of epic proportions. This was my first Amy Harmon book, but it definitely won’t be my last!

Happy Reading,

Alison

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Review ~ Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Point of Retreat

Series: Slammed #2

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: February 25, 2012

Genre: Contemporary NA Romance

Hardships and heartache brought them together… now it will tear them apart.

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’

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My ****4.5**** Star Review

Oh, my gosh. I thought I was going to have to kill Will!!!! Seeing how he’s totally rockin’ the book boyfriend spot right now, that ain’t cool! I mean I was seriously freaking out over half of this book. FREAKING OUT!!!! Oh, and as soon as I got some happy – DREAD!

Yes! I felt severely anxious. You know. Heart pounding. I had to remind myself to breathe. I just knew something was going to happen and that I wasn’t going to like it. I KNEW!! Oh, but I didn’t because what I thought was going to happen is so not what happened. Does that mean I shouldn’t have been scared – NO! If I didn’t know CoHo likes her HEAs then I really would have LOST it. Seriously!

But, I’m never sorry I spend time in her books. I’m talking kick my heels on my bed, squealing in delight happy! You’ll pick up some great advice along the way, too. Like, don’t waste too much time ‘carving pumpkins.’

I’m butterflying positive this book rocks! Now, onto This Girl!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Slammed by Coleen Hoover

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Title: Slammed

Series: Slammed #1

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: January 5, 2012

Genre: Contemporary YA/NA Romance

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

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So, I’ve read every single book out there that Colleen Hoover has written, except her first Slammed series. BUT, I’m rectifying that now with my very own personally autographed series!

My ****4.5**** Star Review

It’s kind of weird reading her first book last. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well, I did expect the typical CoHo, but I know first books can sometimes be a little off while authors are finding their groove. And, after reading the first little bit, I thought I was in for that, but then, oh, she grabbed me. She reached right out of the pages, grabbed me by my shirt collar, and yanked me right inside!

I’m talking one plot twist after another. Joy. Pain. Will. Did I mention Will? He SLAMMED me! He owned me with his first poetic words. I mean, all of a sudden I am LOVING POETRY! Seriously! I’m making the crap up in my head, staring at the back of my eyelids when I should be in bed! She’s inspiring! You can’t read these words without the urge to go write.

As is typical with all of Colleen’s books, you’ll fall for all of the characters. She always does such an amazing job at developing all of her minor characters.
You’ll love Lake. She struggles, but you’ll completely understand. Your heart will break for her. And Will. Did I mention Will? Yeah, well, he’s
AMAZING!

There really isn’t much more that needs to be said. As I’ve mentioned previously, CoHo doesn’t need good reviews. Her name speaks for itself!

P.S. I’m already reading Point of Retreat, so expect a review soon. I mean I did devour Slammed in just one evening!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ A Stone in the Sea

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Title: A Stone in the Sea

Series: Bleeding Stars #1

Author: A.L. Jackson

Publication Date:

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

He wanted nothing at all…

Until he found she had everything to give…

Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything—fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust settles in L.A.

Shea Bentley is beautiful, kind, and hiding from the very lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced.

When the mysterious, tattooed stranger begins hanging out at the bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but she’s helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense gray eyes tangle with hers.

They both soon find themselves drowning in a sea of desire and passion that won’t let them up for air.

Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he’s not the only one who’s hiding them.

Loving someone always comes with a price. But will it be Shea’s past that costs them everything?

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My ****4.5 Star**** Review

This is one of those books where the very first chapter leaves you wanting more.

Baz is full of mystery. You will be left with more questions than answers in the beginning. It will all start unraveling, though, and the full truth will be exposed. Shea has her secrets, too, and when all is revealed, things get nasty!

I loved seeing the chemistry build between Baz & Shea. You can feel the sexual tension between them. Baz is an MC rider & a bad boy rocker. Not many could resist!

But, there’s more to this story than the romance. There are evil people out to make things bad for them. Baz and Shea both have someone out to get them. The question is will it tear them apart?

I can tell you that you’ll still be left with questions at the end and one heck of a cliffhanger! Those of you that like a nice tidy finish will probably want to hold off for now. But those of you that don’t mind the wait, go pick this one up. This book will definitely bring the FEELS!!

She’d asked me what I wanted from her. The problem was I had no clue. All I knew was it was more. That I wanted more of her dark and her light and her heavy and her soft. I wanted more of her sweet breaths and more of her pounding heart.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Confess

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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My ****4.5**** Star Review

O.M.G.!!! I love how Colleen always adds in a twist. You know to expect it, but you still never see it coming!

You can always count on her for well-developed characters! The distinct personalities always shine through, and you’ll always feel like you know these people personally! This especially astounds me with the fact that she’s written so many books, and it still feels like each individual she includes in her stories is just that – an individual. Even her minor characters are distinct. I always feel like I’ve met a bunch of new people with every story. They all have unique sayings and mannerisms. It’s beyond impressive! And O.M.G.??? Well, he’s just AMAZING!! I’m talking *SIGH*, bring tears to your eyes! Oh, but he’s all guy, too!!

Two days.
That won’t be enough for me, Auburn. I can already tell. And whoever’s favorite color is blue won’t stand a chance in this tent, because I’m about to make sure that the only thing she ever thinks about when she sees a tent again is Oh My God.

The character development is just one of many things I loved about this story, though. This whole novel was shrouded in mystery. Some things will be obvious, and others, well…you’ll never figure out.

This story is full of harshness, beautifulness, and passion – good and bad! Some of this passion will leave you with heart-pounding dread.

But, ultimately, it’s just another AMAZEBALLS book by CoHo! I don’t even feel like it’s necessary to try to persuade you. I mean, it’s Colleen Hoover. Where can you go wrong???

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Only For Him @CristinHarber

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Title: Only For Him

Series: Only #1

Author: Cristin Harber

Publication Date: Feb. 24, 2015

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey—close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He’s the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She’s artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland’s “I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford” support group.

I can’t say no. The girl’s had my heart since before I knew it went missing.

He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother’s gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn’t know her power over him. She’s the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell—though he won’t.

I’m stronger, bigger, more of a man than he’ll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I’ve taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.

Until she discovers Gray’s embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him, for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it’s just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.

My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at… But, given that I didn’t see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.
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* ONLY FOR HIM is the first book in the Only series, all of which will release in Spring 2015.

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My ****4 Star**** Review

Nothing I have ever experienced has anything on this moment, and Gray’s lips haven’t even touched mine.

That gives you just a little taste of the awesomeness that is packed into this short and sweet novella. I’ve found that few authors can pack a serious punch in a novella, but Cristin pulls it off nicely, leaving you wanting more. A LOT MORE! This is one of those stories where you’ll zip through the pages on an emotional overload. The characters are easy to connect with, and you’ll feel what they feel.

She ends this on one heck of cliffhanger, too. The good thing is that book 2 has already been released, and the whole series will be released before the end of spring! Not too much waiting.

I recommend this to all contemporary romance lovers that don’t mind cliffhangers. If the cliffhanger bothers you, then just wait on the full series to be released!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Crave the Rose

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Title: Crave the Rose

Author: Karen Kincy

Publication Date: Feb. 14, 2015

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

While studying abroad at Oxford, Cassia loses her boyfriend in an accident–the night after she catches him screwing another girl. Only Bram, an Irish charmer whose wolfish smile hides his darkest secrets, makes her feel anything but numb. Cassia refuses to be hurt again. This is sex, nothing more, with three little rules:

No cheating.
No lies.
No falling in love.

But rules are made to be broken…

My ***3.5 Star*** Review

This is one of those books that I really enjoyed the overall plot and idea of the characters, but something in the execution was off for me.

Things I enjoyed ~
There are some great one-liners in the story. There were even some fun dialogues here and there.
I liked that Bram had epilepsy. It’s not something overly common in books today. Oh, and he’s Irish, so I couldn’t help but imagine a pretty cool accent!
Unpredictable. I wasn’t sure where the story was heading. It had some very unique elements. Oh, and a twist.
I laughed.
There was also an intense, hold your breath, scary moment.

Things that I had some problems with~
There were multiple times that I couldn’t tell who the speaker was.
The characters were a little bit flat. I wanted the author to dig into them a little more, so I could understand them better.
Cassia could be down right mean sometimes, making it hard for me to comprehend Bram’s attraction.
Sometimes the sex came off a little weird for me.

Overall, I liked the story, but I mostly wanted more depth in the characters. Would I read another book of Ms. Kincy’s? Yes. I’d definitely be open to reading more from her!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Lost to You by @aljacksonauthor

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Title: Lost to You

Series: Take This Regret #0.5

Author: A.L. Jackson

Publication Date: Jan. 15, 2013

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

The New York Times Bestelling New Adult Romance

People come into our lives. Some stay, and many go. Some build us up, while most tear us down. They become our friends, our enemies, our lovers, our tormentors. Christian Davison came into mine, and I knew I’d never be the same.

To Elizabeth Ayers, New York City had always been a dream. She’s worked her entire young life to make it here.

Groomed to one day take over his father’s law firm, attending Columbia University was Christian Davison’s only option.

Neither wanted anything more until they sat across from each other at a café table after being paired as study partners. Christian wants her, but Elizabeth knows better than to give into their intense attraction. Yet there is little she can do to stay away.

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My ****4.5 Star**** Review

LOVE THIS BOOK! Hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’m only regretting that I’m taking so very long to catch up! Prior to 2015, I hadn’t read a single A.L. Jackson book, but had many on my TBR. Now, I’m rushing through them! I have loved every book so far!

I really liked Elizabeth! She’s smart, intuitive, and just has her head on straight. She’s attracted to Christian, but she knows he gets around and she won’t stoop to that. Oh, but Christian starts to make changes because Elizabeth has flipped his world upside down. The crazy thing is, they’re just friends, and Christian doesn’t even want to try for more.

Having the great friendship bond strengthens everything for them, though. You see just how honorable Christian is in his behavior towards Elizabeth.

Apparently, Elizabeth was missing an important distinction. I wasn’t trying to get into her panties. I was trying desperately not to.

There’s more to the plot, though. Elizabeth isn’t from high society, and Christian’s father isn’t cool with any sort of relationship between them. This just heats things up, though. You’ll experience some very sigh worthy moments, but there will also be pain.

Overall this book is just incredibly sweet with a tad bit of sexy. I can not wait to read more of Ms. Jackson’s books!! I highly recommend this to any romance lovers out there!!

About the Author ~ A.L. Jackson

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, Come to Me Quietly, and Come to Me Softly.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

A Stone in the Sea, coming February 23, 2015.
Come to Me Recklessly, coming April 7, 2015

Connect with A.L. Jackson online:

http://www.aljacksonauthor.com
http://www.facebook.com/aljacksonauthor

Happy Reading,

Alison

4.5* Review ~ Verum @Court_Writes

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Title: Verum

Series: The Nocte Trilogy #2

Author: Courtney Cole

Publication Date: Feb. 2, 2015

Genre: New Adult Psychological Suspense

The truth shall set you free.

My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.

My ****4.5**** Star Review

Have you read my review for Nocte yet? If not, HERE it is.

You should read it if you’re looking for my review for Verum because this book is a whole lot of what the first book was. Except, you can expect to be even more thoroughly confused! A WHOLE LOT more confused. This book made zero sense, and yet I know it will make complete sense.

I have to warn you, though, that it is completely maddening. COMPLETELIY!!! I wanted to get on here and give it a 3 star rating just for driving me CRAZY. Uh, it’s a good thing this is just a trilogy because I don’t think I can take much more!!

Nonetheless, if you loved the mind freak that Nocte was, you can expect nothing less from this book!

Happy Reading,

Alison