Saturday, July 30, 2016

Till I Kissed You (Cottonbloom Novels #3) by Laura Trentham



https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1632412488






It’s summertime in Cottonbloom, where two lovers find themselves at a crossroads just as things start to heat up. . .

Regan Lovell grew up on the wealthy Mississippi side of Cottonbloom—and now, as mayor, she’s determined to save it from the fate of so many small towns. Part of her plan to help the local economy is the Labor Day tomato festival. If only she wasn’t being undermined by Sawyer Fournette, who’s planning a crayfish-themed celebration on the Louisiana side of the river on the very same weekend. The pranks and sabotage are getting out of hand, and she’s had it with him—no matter how much she enjoyed those stolen hours in his truck bed, so many years ago…

Sawyer knows that Regan's never forgiven him for breaking her heart—but despite his reputation as a low-class swamp rat, he’d never hurt the woman who still secretly drives him crazy with desire. Someone in Cottonbloom has it out for her, though, and Sawyer intends to watch her back…and the rest of her too, if she can ever let go of her distrust. But will a common enemy be enough to unite them—and finally fulfill the promises they made one passionate night under the stars?




Before you read this book I can only recommend that you read the other two in the series.


Am I a fan of second chance romances? No.

Did this work for me? Yes.

Regan and Sawyer were sweethearts what they had was the real deal but with a lot of things in life it didn’t go as planned. Sawyer the swamp rat and Regan Lovell the sip couldn’t have come from more different worlds and yet they were the only ones they let their guards down around.

She would love Sawyer Fournette forever.

11 years later.

She hated Sawyer Fournette.


A lot has changed in eleven years. How do you get over the betrayal of the past? With great difficulty but if it is true then it will work out. The first cut of betrayal is always the deepest and the one that shall forever show a scar that will never cease to exist.

We experience how Sawyer and Regan try to deal with past hurts. Should they be buried in the past? But when it all boils down to it isn’t the past that counts but the future.

On top of that to improve Cottonbloom they have both entered the same competition. Heart of Dixie magazine caught wind of them both entering the festival to win the prize money. So what to do well pit the Louisiana Cottonbloom and the Mississippi Cottonbloom together and see what happens. Turns out a lot can happen in one summer. They wanted to play up the decades old rivalry.

In the end they team up together to find the culprit who is trying to sabotage both of the festivals.
Misunderstandings and immaturity but not fate had doomed them to nearly unhappiness. But they work it out. Even if it is hard and past hurts have to be put aside you know.

“I understand more than anyone what it is to protect yourself from being hurt. Just remember that living is laying your heart on the line for someone else to protect.”

I didn’t expect them to make each other jealous. Mistakes are made once again what had my blood boiling the most was that they could just have talked sooner but no lets our insecurities get in the way.

She had once been in love like Monroe. She had walked around pooping rainbows and smiling at rain. It was a once-in-a-life-time kind of thing, and she’d lost it.

Now I might compared to other reviewers be harsher but I’ll tell you exactly why I gave it 4 stars, Regan! Seriously woman what is your problem?

There were just some occurrences in the book where I could have smacked her.

She made exactly the same mistake as a grown woman as when she was a teenager and this is where I could have hit her. They pinkie swore. Pinkie swears are to be taken very seriously.

What she saw wasn’t what happened and well her mother is something else alright trying to stick a wedge between the two. In some ways Regan was still that teenage girl as well as Sawyer still being the teenage boy. Some have to fight tooth and nail for what they want. The echoes of the past are always strong especially when you live along the only person that you ever loved or in this case still love.

There are absolutely hilarious moments in the, it all comes back to the rabbit kafuffle. The pillow massacre but there are serious moments in the book as well there is the pavilion incident. The crayfish basket vandalism. A teensy weeny bit of B & E to keep things exciting.

“If I’m moving in, there’s one thing that has to change.” Her hand tightened. The gash on his arm throbbed. “What?” “I can’t handle living with all these pillows. I’m pretty sure they’re spawning.”
This is the end to a fantastic series and it went out on a bang. An emotional rollercoaster ride to a wonderful series. A farewell to a beautiful town filled with all sorts of characters. Not only is there a reuniting of the couples that are meant to be but a town that should have never split in the first place.

I couldn’t have said it better Sawyer. This reminds me of Friends with Ross & Rachel.

“Techically, you were on a break” Sawyer’s laugh was humourless. “That excuse has failed through the ages. I didn’t even attempt it.” Stand-up guy there Sawyer. He is a softy between the rough edges.

Even friends and family see what they can’t.

“Puh-lease. You are two are meant for each other. Like Romeo and Juliet. “They both died at the end. It was not a love story. “Okay bad example. How about Pretty Woman except she was a hooker. The Notebook? Wait, she lost her mind in the end, didn’t she? Never mind, you’ll write your own story. Like me and Cade.”

I would go all cougar on Jeremy. He has a chip on his shoulder and can’t seem to catch a break in life but I know his time will come. Ms. Trentham will give him all the love that he desires and needs.

To get the creativity running I listened to Winning Streak by Glen Hansard. Bang Bang by Lawrence Taylor. 7 years old by Lukas Graham. Picture by Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow. Twist the Knife by Leslie Clio.






Right Through Me (Obsidian Files #1) by Shannon McKenna








Stranger, speak softly...

Biotech tycoon Noah Gallagher has a deadly secret: his clandestine training as a super-soldier gives him abilities that go far beyond human. Yet he's very much a man. When Caro Bishop shows up at his Seattle headquarters with a dangerous secret agenda, his ordered life is thrown into chaos. Caro is a woman like no other—and her luminously sensual beauty cloaks a mystery he must solve.

Caro's lying low, evading a false charge of murder. She means to clear her name, and she'll do whatever it takes to survive—but seducing a man like Noah is more than she bargained for. His amber eyes have the strangest glow when he looks at her—she could swear he sees the secrets of her heart. The desire smoldering in Noah's eyes awakens her own secret hunger, but Caro has to resist his magnetic pull. Anyone close to her becomes a target. The only right thing to do is run, far and fast, but Caro can't outrun Noah's ferocious intensity—or deny the searing passion that explodes between them.

Nothing else matters—until a vicious enemy bent on the ultimate revenge puts his murderous plan into play. Noah and Caro must battle for their lives...and their love...


This blurb sounded amazing…

Genetically modified humans with special abilities. Very cool.

With a somewhat scientific twist to it. Even better.

With a kickarse heroine and an alpha male Hero to die for. Sign me up.

Unfortunately the book frustrated me to no end. There is good frustration when it comes to books but there is frustration that drives you up the wall and where you want to pull your hair out because the characters are just irritating as hell.

I fell into the latter category. This book has so much potential which could have made the book easily a five star read.

The beginning and the world that Ms. McKenna created is captivating and sucked me in. Getting to know the complex characters was a pleasure to read.

Obsidian turned them into super soldiers when they were teenagers and their time was up until they rebelled and escaped form Midlands part of Obsidian.

Noah is a modified human, a CEO of a company. Cold hearted, analytical, logical and void of emotion. That is until his sister Hannah buys him a belly dancer for his birthday and his world is filled with colour.

There is instant attraction but Caro doesn’t have time for the distraction as she is on the run and being framed for a murder that she didn’t commit.

But Noah can’t seem to let her go after their one unforgettable night they spent together. Noah is controlling with everything even his tribe of fellow misfits who also escaped from Midlands.

I liked him until everything he did took over the whole book and then just became too much. Caro didn’t trust anyone. I get it due to the loss that she experienced but there was just too much back and forth between them.

Don’t get me wrong I love me some sex and hot scenes in a book but every time we would get to an interesting aspect of the overall plot they would have sex. They didn’t talk but had sex when it came to talking at any time they had sex. Yes I think through him being modified that was the reason why they had such an intense connection.

The story dragged on and admittedly I skimmed but I think I got lost somewhere along the way. It started off strong and then it fizzled out picked up again and fizzled out.

I will continue in the series as this is a good start to the series.








Thursday, July 28, 2016

Burn (Duplicity Duet #2) by Elisabeth Grace



Goodreads Review







"No"
One word.
Two letters.
But those two letters changed everything.
It was impossible to predict the impact I would have on the life of the only woman I'd ever truly loved. No way to know that I would result in her ruin.
I’d suffer for eternity with the knowledge that it was me who brought devastation to her doorstep.
Though I deserved the anguish I felt, to see her suffer was unacceptable.
I would fix this.
Somehow I would prove to her that I wasn't the monster she thought I was.
Even if it meant becoming a monster in order to make that happen.

Love is just a word until someone enters your life and gives it meaning.












SPOILER FREE – well I will try. But I could quote the shite out of this book it was that bloody brilliant. I highlighted so much. Thinking oh that is good and oh I can use that alas I can’t or maybe I will. Read on to find out.


I was so pissed at the end of book one that the only questions that came to mind were.


Was it worth saying no, Marco? Was it? What was worth so much for that outcome? Why would you do that?


I’d burn this whole cesspool of a city to the ground until I’d exacted revenge on all of them. Every. Single. Fucking. One.


To the heroine – right along with you there sweetheart. Where is my Samurai sword and oh give me a gun and we’ll do a lot of damage.


But then…..


Yes this is another damn dear letter


Dear Elisabeth,





May I call you Elisabeth? Yes/No? Well I'm going to anyway. To answer your question.





Was it possible to write about an inherently good person doing bad things and have readers root for her?





Yes Elisabeth you did. Every step of the way I was rooting for the heroine. I'm still rooting for her now. And to be honest I think that this is one heroine that I won’t forget this year. On top of that you made me like Marco, how dare you! After what happened in the first book how could you take away the hate I had for him. I needed him to pay for Brandi more than anyone else. My world was flipped upside down.


Your very irritated fan Kate.








I was also so nervous to start this book. With questions of will I like this book? Will it be on par with the first one? Can it be topped? What if I’m devastated with the outcome and I can’t give it the stars that they deserve. But my fears were taken from me.


4.5 ‘Anger and frustration. Hurt and sorrow. Love and loss’ Stars


This book picks up exactly where the first one stopped.


We find out Brandi’s real name.


“Emily I whispered. Recognition lit his eyes, swallowed swiftly by gratification. He knew the significance of what I’d given him. “My real name is Emily Ross.”


The unimaginable has happened, worlds have broken down only to collide at a velocity that neither MC ever saw coming. It comes down to trust and in the end trusting the wrong people.


It was then that comprehension dawned. The expression on her face…it wasn’t just the pain […] It was betrayal.


For the love of Marco Valenti I didn’t see that coming. Marco, Marco, Marco what have you gotten yourself into?


Both characters felt betrayal, the lies, the anger the despair the isolation. It’s true what they say that there is a fine line between love and hate.


“You don’t hate me, Tesoro. You hate the fact that you still want me, and I’m going to prove it to you.”


I’d let her know that she was mine regardless of who she fucked. […….] She wouldn’t be able to sleep with another man without finding them lacking.


And I was on that journey with them every step of the way. What they felt I felt.


Marco becomes a different man with more edge and hardness to him but those kind of things shape a person. We see a visible and believable change in him.


The metamorphis from man to monster occurred in that precise moment.


They each change through what they experienced. Marco for the better in my opinion but Emily? Not so much. Revenge and vengeance consume them both and they each deal with it differently.


“Careful, cara. The revenge you seek may very well be your destruction.”


But at the same time the unwanted. Reality kicks in. Blame is laid at the feet of others or one’s self.


It would be a fair trade for my failure to protect […….] from the wolf with a lover’s tongue.


They deal with losing what they lost and figuring out how they could get it back


For one brief moment, I’d known true happiness…. Even if it had been a lie.


All I wanted was for this woman to love me as she had for a brief moment in time.


Marco did anything to earn back what he had but lost.


There was only one person’s forgiveness I longed for, and I wasn’t sure I’d ever manage to get it. Some things just weren’t worthy of the forgiveness.


But with all Emily’s feelings impacting him he never gave up and he was strong and always knew to say the right thing.





“Amore mio, some rocks turn to dust under pressure. You have transformed into a diamond.”





There are so many emotions running through me right now that it is hard to process them all at once. You have to read the first book to enjoy this one. Let me just get one thing straight though. This book is outstanding. I felt as if I read a completely different book to the first one. Ms. Grace is one talented cookie. It is rare that with a two part book you can get so many different facets at times I felt as if it was written by someone else that is how good she is.


I had one seed left that I was keeping close to me truly with the hope of what I wanted to be true. At the worst of times Ms. Grace managed to coax a smile out of me.


And then the story twists and turns again. WTF? I didn’t see that coming.


My heart cracked a bit because she was on a downward spiral and some of the things that she did. They each lash out at one another and say some truly horrible things.





With space and time and slowly acquainting one another again. With trust built etc. HE proved his worth. Emily not as much as Marco but she did as well.





“I love you Marco Valenti. Truth is, I never stopped. And I never will.”


I realised that sometimes dreams don’t come in the form you thought they would. It doesn’t make them any less amazing. The universe just knew what you needed better than you did.





The End





Spoilers & me the nit-picker.


So a small logical okay a major logical part of me thought stop people think about what you are doing and the pieces that are right in reach but they didn’t seem to grasp until… praise the Lord it then hit Marco.


This is what bothered me. There was a scene where Brandi thought and walked in on an awkward situation with Alexa. Nothing happened. She asks if something happened and Marco denied it vehemently but the amount of times that Brandi threw it in his face with what she was doing. Puhlease…. Although I did like the reversed roles where the woman got to lash out in that respect. I didn’t completely feel that Emily worked through her emotions of revenge when it came to the twist being revealed.


If push came to shove how far would you go it? To make those pay for what they did.










Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Gun Runner (Mafia Made #1) by Scott Hildreth





Goodrreads Review






The first book in a seductive new series from Scott Hildreth, the #1 Amazon bestselling author of BRAWLER and HARD CORPS.

Tripp


Once, I took down terrorists on the front lines as a marine.
Now I'm in the business of bad.
I've sold guns to people others might not approve of.
I've eliminated the criminals, the lowlifes and the thugs who've tread on my turf.
And I looked the Sicilian Mafia boss in the eye and told him to f*** off.
No one tells me no, unless it's their last word.
I didn't just act the part of bad—I lived it. Then she stumbled into my life.
I tried to stay away from her. Tried focusing on moving my merchandise. But one smile from Terra was like a shot to the heart.
She's mine now. And no one threatens what's mine.

Terra

I've seen a lot of terrible things in my life.
I grew up around lies and deception, and I ran away from all of them.
Until I met him.
I knew he was corrupt. I knew he was dangerous.
I should have stayed away, but my attraction to him, my need for him, overrode my logic.
Now I love him.
If he finds out who I am, we're done and I'll be nothing.
I never wanted to be the Mafia princess they tried to make me, but mia familia had other plans. And what mia familia wants…it gets.
Only Michael Tripp can save me.

Tripp and Terra's story continues in Book Two of Mafia Made, The Game Changer.
 


Scott Hildreth writes an engaging story with interesting characters. So far I have tried one other book by the author but couldn't get past the sample due to the heroines body issues that she had. There is enough body shaming in social media so I don't need to read about it. You don't have to do it to yourself. But I'm getting off topic here.

Micahel has sepent the last ten years in the Marines he is now a free man and has established his own business as a arms dealer. He is a grey area of the law. He has no family and likes it like that. That is until he one day saves a Italian damsel in distress.

Terra is a mafia princess and after a split with her ex who drags her out of the coffee shop and is abusive she gets saved by a knight in shining tarnished armour. They hit it off and the relationship development progressed naturally. I loved that there is no instalove or cheating which I love. They can't forget one another but they both have their secrets.

You know what they say though.

Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead. Terra finds out his secret. So get off your high horse there sweetheart cause you ain't much better. You lied big time. This is no the colour suits you when it totally doesn't.

My problem with Terra? Trust fund baby and spoilt. Michael is a fantastic hero. The sex scenes are hot.

When I read a mafia book I expect it to be dirty and gritty. Ok so this wasn't rainbows and unicorns but I felt as if that edge was missing.

Me being ambivalent about this book is noone's fault but my own the same applies that I lost interest in the story.



 

Turbulent Intentions (Billionaire Aviators #1) by Melody Anne




Goodreads review





The Armstrong brothers are wealthy, wild-at-heart bad boys—until their father’s will demands they prove themselves and marry in order to inherit their fortune.
Eldest brother Cooper channels his reckless spirit into becoming CEO of his own airline. The only thing better than the adrenaline rush of flying is his one-night stand with a stunning stranger. At first he doesn’t recognize the fiery barista he clashes with years later at an airport coffee shop. But when Stormy Halifax turns up as his new house sitter, Cooper knows she’s his Cinderella. And he doesn’t just want her in his mansion. He wants her back in his bed.
Stormy can’t believe she’s living under Cooper’s roof. Gorgeous and arrogant, he’s convinced she’ll surrender again—and he’s right. But just as Stormy is succumbing to a world of pleasure, her trust is shattered. And the biggest challenge Cooper has ever faced will be proving he wants Stormy, now and forever, for all the right reasons.


Excruciatingly painful. I haven’t had a strong dislike for a book in a very long time. You have been warned. Full rant ahead.

This sounded really promising but…..





Have I learnt my lesson? Probably not. Because I’m slow…….



I’m sure I’m up to making it 25 or 26 times now. Yet. It. Doesn't. Work.

Where to start?

The first 10 % is tough going we meet all four brothers and they are nasty. They are arrogant, spoilt, full of themselves, egoistical, selfish, spineless, yes the list could go on but I'll stop here. Hang on and a certain expected entitlement.

It got to the point where I was going to stop reading. Their father is dying and they go out drink, pick a fight, and throw their money around. What the fuck? Your. Father. Is. Dying. Grow a pair. Pronto.

On top of that the stipulations of the inheritance has changed. They don’t get their fortune until they have achieved becoming men and oh yeah once they get married they get the dosh. You all see where this is going right? Yeah me too.

If any of you are called Stormy or you know someone with that name then please forgive me but she sounds like a complete airhead, well the name does anyway. If I'm digging the grave I might as well go all in.

Stormy crashes a wedding with her friend and meets Cooper Armstrong. They each fall into one another’s arms and yet they cross paths six years later. HE can’t remember that they slept together. I mean how can he it was six years ago and she was blonde but now is back to being a brunette. Maybe I should cut him slack. Ah no!

And it just goes backwards and forwards from there. Seattle really is quite small so imagine my surprise that Stormy knows Uncle Sherman. And the coot is a meddling.

Quite frankly I didn't get their issues at all. It was predictable. The misunderstanding was for nothing. There were certain elements that reminded me of other books so there were story plots being reused. As this is an extended and re-edited version I don't know what the first book was like.

I think that women should have the right to do whatever they want. If they want to be a Mum then that is cool. If you want to be a career driven woman. Super these are all role models that we need. But Stormy didn't even attempt to go after her dreams. She was sitting around at home waiting for Cooper to turn up. I mean why?

This book is sickeningly sweet. Too sweet. Toothache sweet well for me anyway. This is the second book I read by her. The first one was yep you guessed it a millionaire romance. Did I learn my lesson? No see above because dumb.

There are some positive bits to this book let me think what they are.



Still thinking here…..

Yeah might take a while…..



Got it, Uncle Sherman.

Oh I got another one.

I finished it.

I get naming your kids Cooper & Nick. But Maverick and Ace. This isn't Top Gun you know. What's wrong with normal names? Give me a Tom, Dick and Harry.

This is just my personal opinion. Therefore take it with a pinch of salt. As I am a glutton for punishment I probably will read the second one. It reminded me a lot of the meddling relatives of the other book I read by Ms. Melody.











Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hook (Duplicity Duet #1) by Elisabeth Grace








Women loathed me without even knowing my name. Men coveted the very idea of me.

Escort. Call girl. Prostitute. Hooker. Whore.

I'd heard it all. Done it all.

Over the years I'd felt a lot of things about my occupation...but not regret--never regret. I had my reasons for doing what I did and nothing and no one had ever made me question them.

UNTIL MARCO VALENTI.

He'd changed me and I'd naively fed into the fairy tale.

But Marco wasn't my Prince Charming. He had secrets of his own. Secrets that would eventually rip away everything I held dear.



Dear Elisabeth,

May I call you Elisabeth? Yes/No? Well I'm going to anyway. To answer your question.

Was it possible to write about an inherently good person doing bad things and have readers root for her?

Yes Elisabeth you did. Every step of the way I was rooting for the heroine. I'm still rooting for her now. And to be honest I think that this is one heroine that I won’t forget this year.

4’This ain’t Pretty Woman peeps’ Stars.

Experience the life on an escort in Las Vegas. Or more than likely Brandi’s life as an escort in Las Vegas. We first meet Brandi with a john and get a feel for her character. I shall only refer to her as Brandi in this book as we don’t find out her real name to the very end. This aspect of the book I loved.

She is real she doesn’t make herself out to be anything that she isn’t. She is candid about her job.

Yes I let them use my body. But I used them, too. I took their money, and in return I fulfilled their deepest fantasies.

She is funny, smart and loyal and will go above and beyond for those that she loves and this is where I was caught and captivated. We find out why she does what she does. She doesn’t have daddy issues or a drug problem. It is unconditional love that makes her do the things that she does.
I. Don’t. Judge. You. Quite the opposite I understand you. Wouldn’t you do anything for your child? We see what her evenings are like and what her days consist of how she looks after her son, Daniel who has muscle dystrophy. A single mother with a special needs kid. Each interaction that she had with her son only solidified the compassion I felt for Brandi.

I personally really liked Brandi. I don’t know how I would have dealt with Brandi’s profession but I wanted to be her friend. I didn’t want her to be alone. I wanted her to share her pain, her hopes and her dreams. What a ride, what an emotional rollercoaster.

This book is outstanding, it is riveting and an engaging read. I laughed at the GFE/PSE, I cried. All the emotional ques set by the author where met to my emotional responses.

The Hero of the book is Marco Valenti. He is a new john for Brandi and their first encounter is unique. It is a battle of the wills but one thing is for sure Brandi is most likely to fail all three escort rules epically.

Somehow my body knew what I didn’t already. Marco Valenti would be the springboard in my life that caused everything to change.

Marco is smooth, intelligent, and powerful combined with his Adonis good looks and being rich and last but not least let’s not forget the Italian accent. He is lethal for any woman. Even the White Witch from Narnia woGoodreads reviewuld drop her panties for him.

Marco books Brandi and what started out as a one-time booking turned into a lot more. But Marco has enemies and they have set their sight on Brandi to get what they want from him. He is possessive and obsessed and will do anything for Brandi. He is very alpha but it doesn’t border on treating Brandi like an object. And other men touching her? No.

“I didn’t want his hands on me.” My breath was shallow as I admitted what I’d been trying so hard to keep hidden.

“Why?” His dark eyes were searching as he looked down upon me. “Because they weren’t yours.”
This is where it got difficult for me where I would have liked to have seen his POV because although his character is three dimensional I felt disconnected to him because I didn’t get enough insight to how he ticked. But he accepts her life, her job, her son.

They form a tight relationship I can’t really say what the time span is in how long they knew one another. They were good together. They have chemistry.

“I knew we would be amazing together.” I didn’t admit it to him, but I’d known it too.

I felt as if they could have had a more emotionally connection and although that did happen it happened at the very end and therefore for me it felt rushed. They briefly touch on the demons and the scars that they have. I know why dwell on the past. But at times he is so sweet.

“I see you for who you really are. I don’t look at you and see what you do to make money. I see the woman, the mother, the lover, the friend.”

And then the unthinkable, the unimaginable happens what I never would have really thought Ms. Grace would write and her my heart stopped.

I screamed, the sound of the gunshot reverberating through my head and ripping my soul to shreds. Mine too Brandi, mine too.

And here we see what kind of impact one small word can have.

The eyes of the man I thought loved me bore into me from above, and the realization hits- he is the one responsible.

By the way - I’m still hoping that I’m wrong.

There were some things that niggled at me and apart from that I have nothing negative to say about the book. I also took a gamble with this book as I requested an ARC for the second book and thought, no problem I’ll read the first. All good. Now as Murphy’s Law is my best friend I realized the error of my ways and thought oh shit if you don’t like it then what are you going to do about reading the second one. Well I would have to force myself or skim. Luckily for me I loved this book so it all didn’t backfire on me.

Luckily for me I can go off and read book two.


       

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Edge of Glory (Friendship, Texas #1) by Magan Vernon

 







"Welcome to Conti's. I'm Lia and I'll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh".

I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar… and I just made an idiot of myself.

The rest of the table looked up to see me standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognized from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team... they didn't say anything, they didn't even blink.

"Uh… I mean…"

I couldn't even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes.

What was I supposed to say? Sorry I just made a weird noise, it's just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?
 
 
It's hot to feel the rush,
To brush the dangerous
I'm gonna run right to, to the edge with you
Where we can both fall far in love - Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga -

I really can't remember how I stumbled across this book. I checked the author's website out and saw that ARCs could be requested so I applied and got one.

For a change it is a romance with a swim theme so not your typical football, hockey etc. Which means that it is refreshing and different.

Jay Morningstar an Olympian swimmer who is trying to get back on the right track. He comes from Hollywood and he is one of the rich and famous. He is made out to be a dumb jock and with some of his escapades when he his fame get to him that it was the truth. He moves out to Friendship, Texas to concentrate on his swimming again. Until he finds something he likes more than swimming.

Rosalia 'Lia' Conti is socially awkward with no experience with boys/men, her Sicilian family is very overprotective. Her interactions with her family and generally her family were an absolute riot. Throw in a cheeky brother, a goat that shares crisps with her Nonna and a loud father and you'll be laughing your arse off. She has insecurities and she lets everyone play on those insecurities.

There were a lot of things that irritated me about this book.

I felt like it had more of a YA feel to it than a NA but that could have been to the secondary characters Sofie, Scotty etc. because when the MCs where alone it a NA vibe to it.

Jay was a great Hero UNTIL he got back to L.A. for his sisters reality TV show marriage. Then he turned into an utter douchecanoe. I wanted to rip his bollocks off and make him eat them. Yes I feel very strongly about this as Lia was the one who suffered the most.

There was also a sweet epilogue included and I really hope that Sonny gets a book.

This book did suck me and I enjoyed every moment of it. So my personal feelings a side and the issues that I had it then deserves 4 Stars but due to the problems I had I would give it 3 Stars instead.

The foreword mentions how important this book is to her and I think that one can really tell.