Awakening Autumn ~ Review

Alison here ~

Title: Awakening Autumn
Series: Unexpected Love #2
Author: Lora Richardson
Release Date: July 20, 2019
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance/High School
Blurb: I’ve set my heart on someone for the last time. Any guy interested in me is going to have to do all the daydreaming, all the yearning, and all the pursuing. I’ve never been the object of someone’s desire, and that’s fine. It’s no big deal if I graduate high school without my first kiss, as long as I don’t have to feel the sting of rejection again.

The first order of business is to make sure I don’t daydream about Owen Anderson. Owen, who finds me crying over my last crush. Owen, who seems to show up every time I’m at my most overwhelmed. Owen, who cannot possibly see me as anything other than a walking disaster.

Just once I’d like him to see me strong and capable with decent hair. Not that it would matter if he did, because he’s way out of my league, and I’m not going to let myself think of him in that way. Or think of him at all. Nope. No way. But he keeps showing up, and I keep wondering if maybe, just maybe, Owen sees something more in me than I think he sees.

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Vanishing Summer ~ Review

Ali here ~

Title: Vanishing Summer
Series: Unexpected Love #1
Author: Lora Richardson
Release Date: Mar 24, 2019
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance/ High School

He disappeared four years ago, and I’m to blame. Now he’s back.

I call it the vanishing summer. Everett, my best friend and the first boy I ever kissed, was kidnapped; taken from right beside me. Three months later my mom died. They were both just gone. The bright, fearless spark inside me was gone, too—blown clean out.

I learned that the worst could happen at any moment and with no warning. I didn’t want to go outside anymore. I avoided the woods where Everett and I had played. I hated to let my brother and my dad out of my sight. For four years, I lived with a pounding heart and shaking hands.

But I’m sixteen now, and ready to find my way back to myself, to somehow move forward. Therapy is helping. I let one new friend into my life, and she’s helping, too. I’m trying this new thing where I act like the old me—unafraid and confident and bold. I’m doing scary things and trying not to let them scare me.

Then one night as I’m sitting outside in the dark, Everett walks through the trees and back into my life.

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20 Series I Need to Catch Up On

And my 2020 goals continue!! Today I’m sharing 20 book series that I want to make progress on in 2020. There are a handful of these that I will for sure finish, but others…well, let me just say that I’d be SHOCKED if I caught up – *cough* Black Dagger Brotherhood *cough*. I mean, have you seen the size of those books?!?

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Trusting Winter ~ Review

Ali here ~

Title: Trusting Winter
Series: Unexpected Love #3
Author: Lora Richardson
Release Date: Nov 5, 2019
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Blurb: He wants to date her, but she’s afraid of being hurt. He’s persistent, but she’s unwavering. Which one will get what they want?

Once people find out my parents are in prison and I’ve spent half my life in foster care, they write me off. Moving from one place to another, living with strangers, and making friends only to move away, has worn down my heart. It’s easier to keep people at a distance than it is to feel the pain of another good-bye, so that’s what I do.

But I’ve never known anyone like Eddie. He’s open and trusting and carefree. So, basically my opposite. He has these blue eyes that see right through me, and he makes me want to spill all my secrets and drop all my walls and let him in.

The problem is, I’m sure it won’t be long before I have to leave. Nothing ever lasts for me, and I don’t imagine this will, either. My heart can’t take leaving behind one more person I love, so I just won’t love anyone.

Trusting Winter is Book 3 in the Unexpected Love series, but can be enjoyed as a standalone.

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