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Review: Thoughtless by SC Stephens

(Thoughtless, #1)
By: SC Stephens
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: June 11, 2011
Genre: New Adult Romance

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes…and none of them will ever be the same.

This is a tough book to rate. This review is more than likely going to sound more like a rant but I just can’t help it. At first I thought this book was going to be 5 stars but it quickly left a sour taste in my mouth. I hated Kiera and Kellan. To the point where I wanted to stop reading… but I just couldn’t seem to put the book down.

You see, Kiera moves away from family and friends to be with her boyfriend. She transfers school, gets a job and starts settling down with her new life. But one day Denny gets a great opportunity at his internship, he gets to travel from WA to AZ for a huge project but the catch is, he will be gone for a couple of months. At first, Kiera misses him terribly and Kellan is such a sweetheart and tries to cheer her up. He takes her to school, work, watches movies with her, they really become close. In fact, I started to get a little bit uncomfortable with how close. Then one day Denny drops a big bomb on Keira’s lap. He’s been offered the job in Arizona! Which, for an intern as green as he is, is a humungous opportunity. What does Keira do? She flips out, breaks up with him and screws Kellan. Which okay fine, they were technically broken up, but when Denny turns down the job for Kiera, thus losing his internship and comes home, she goes right back to Denny while still being “friendly” with Kellan.

I’m sorry but I don’t condone cheating. I’m a military wife and I’ve gone months without humping some hot guy. We were only dating a year when he went off to a 3 month bootcamp. I remember being just like Keira, I was torn apart that first day. I just went home and cried all day. My mom even took me up to the Adirondacks to have a girls day and cheer me up. So I understand her heart break over that initial 2 month separation, although she could talk to him whenever she wanted whereas I got maybe 2 letters a week from him and that was it. But I just couldn’t get behind every single thing that happens afterwards. I mean, there were times when I literally smacked my forehead and said “oh God, no, don’t do that.” when she’d leave Denny in BED and sneak across the hall to Kellan’s room and then proceed to screw him. I just couldn’t take it.

However, for some reason, I just couldn’t seem to put this book down. I incessantly read it until I was finished and stayed up until the early morning to get to the end. I love the idea of the story but I just wish there wasn’t so much cheating in it.

“I want to be someone’s everything. I want fire and passion, and love that’s returned, equally. I want to be someone’s heart.”


Review: Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West


Pieces of Olivia
(Charleston Haven, #1)
By: Melissa West
Publisher: Intermix Books
Published: July 15, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future.
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal… that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…


1thoughtsThis was a really emotional book. Olivia is clearly still grieving over something that happened to her. She blames herself and is in a very deep depression for a lot of the book. She has PTSD from her past and the littlest thing like a movie theater or a song will revert her back in time to that horrific day. However, she finds comfort in her therapist, her new college roommate, Kara, and Kara’s best friend, Preston. Over time she starts to heal little by little in the hopes of becoming whole again.

“You’re a little wrinkled right now, and I understand how heavy those wrinkles can feel. How permanent they can feel. But I’ve never met a crease that time couldn’t iron out.”

This was a great story. There was so much raw emotion that there were a couple of times where I was balling my eyes out. I don’t often cry like a baby while reading, so when I do, you know the book is good. I never went through what Olivia did, nor have I been to therapy before, but living through it with Olivia definitely brought it to life for me. So many emotions, so much pain. I could understand why Olivia was the was that she was. The girl had survived something horrific.

There wasn’t a whole heck of a lot going on in the story. Just a girl trying to get back to having a normal life again. Now of course there is the love interest, Preston, who is your typical “I don’t want a relationship” guy. Now granted something horrible happened to him to make him become that way, but I didn’t understand how only dating/sleeping with a girl for a couple of weeks really protected his past from repeating itself. Olivia I understood, but his reasoning didn’t make sense to me. Nevertheless, I like the fact that it wasn’t insta-love. Hell, they don’t even say “I love you” until way down the road. There is angst, I will give it that, but thank goodness not the immediate love connection.

This is the second book by West that I’ve read and loved. She’s definitely becoming an author that I will automatically read without waiting to read reviews first. I just really enjoy her writing style. It’s so easy to fall into the characters and live their lives with them. They aren’t just simply words printed on paper. They become alive with every word. You grieve with them, fear for them and in the end you’re sad to see them go when you finish the story.


1favequote“Sometimes it’s all just a guess, Olivia. Life. We move through it, we plan, we try. But at the end of the day, like the weather, it’s all just a guess. We can’t stay inside all day, afraid of the rain. We have to live.”


Review: Five Ways to Fall by KA Tucker

18170583Five Ways to Fall
(Ten Tiny Breaths, #4)
By: KA Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…


1thoughtsReese was left at a diner by her father when she was five. Her husband cheated on her with his ex-girlfriend. So it goes without saying that Reese is kind of a little wild when we first meet her. Ben is a character that we met in previous books. He’s a bouncer at the strip club who just passed the bar to become a lawyer. His father abused his mother, cheated on her and in the end became a bitter husband/father. With a husband/father role model like that, Ben isn’t looking to become anyone’s husband. So he bounces from chick to chick. Which is when he meets a fiery purple haired chick in Cancun. Fast-forward a few months later, they find themselves working for the same law firm.

This was a great story. Yeah, it’s predictable but it’s entertaining. Tucker has a great sense of humor and kept me laughing throughout the entire story. From Reese’s naked drunken starfish re-enactment to Ben being extremely drunk and wearing a thong with his nuts hanging out. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

“I’m going to puke. I’m going to puke doing a facedown starfish if I don’t get up right now. The bathroom is no more than six feet away and I know I’m not going to make it all the way back to my feet. So I do the next best thing.
Scrambling to my hands and knees, I crawl toward the bathroom.”

The author has a great story telling voice. I was never bored with the story or felt like it was rushed. The romance isn’t one that happens instantly or out of left field. In fact, Reese isn’t a fan of Ben’s, not only because he’s sleeps around but because of their first night together where she made a complete fool of herself. Ben is of course attracted to her, she is a female after all, but he can’t quite figure her out. She’s hung up on her now-married ex-husband when what she really should be doing is singing her praises for getting out of the relationship and moving on with her life. She’s a wild child with a fiery attitude and yet she is a paralegal at a highly sought after law firm. She is a nut that he can’t crack which just makes him want to get to know her more. The two become friends and in the end develop a romance. At no point did I feel like anything was unbelievable.

This is a new adult romance however it’s not as explicit as some new adult books I’ve read. There are a couple of sexual scenes but nothing in sordid detail. Anytime there was sex, the author just left that part implied and hanging at the end of the chapter. If you’re looking for a story that will leave a soft spot on your heart, this is it. I fell hard for all the characters involved. Even the secondary characters. I have to be honest, I’m a little bummed by the author’s note at the end that talked about this being the last planned book in the series. I’m really hoping there are some unplanned books in the near future.


1favequote(you know you’ve thought it too)

“When I was sixteen, she made me go to a stuffy country-club Christmas party with one of Barry’s law firm partners’ sons. The guy was a twenty-four-year-old med student with aspirations of becoming a gynecologist. Call me sexist – I don’t really care – but in this day and age of equal rights and women becoming doctors, I wonder about men who choose to poke around in vaginas all day long as a career. Naturally, I spent the entire meal interrogation him on his intentions and his motivations.”


 Previous reviews from Ten Tiny Breaths
Ten Tiny Breaths
Four Seconds to Lose


Review: Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

23123Stupid Girl
By: Cindy Miles
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Only fools fall in love…

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.


1thoughtsThe only reason this gets 2 stars instead of 1 is because I actually stuck with it until the end, even though there were a lot of times where I was ready to throw in the towel.

There is nothing original to this story. It is your typical new adult romance mold. However, that’s not the bad part. The main character, Brax, is a Bostonian who the author never lets us forget about his accent. Every conversation with Brax was then repeated in italic with a the way he sounded. You know like, “stahvin”, “fahkin”, “chowdah”, “fahtha”… and the list goes on and on and on. Good lord, I wanted to strangle the “southie” right out of him. Especially when the author drilled into us over and over that his “southie” was who he was.

Another negative was the abuse in this book. I mean, I’m all for alpha males but goodness, Brax was insane. Like certifiably psycho. He was always showing up with black eyes, bloody knuckles and once had blood covering his shirt. I thought, he must be a wannabe MMA fighter like every other leading male in new adult. Nope! Homeboy just likes to use his fists to solve every problem. For instance when he was grabbing Olivia’s wrist at a bar, crowding her, and the bartender told him to leave her alone, that she said to back off. What does Brax do? He pummels the crap out of the guy. And what’s worse, later in the book there’s a moment where a video of him going bat shit crazy on someone goes viral, Olivia’s mom sees the video and tells her that she’d give Brax a second chance if she were in her shoes. Uh, hold on, your mom said what?! I’m not talking about the next chapter, or later on in the book, we are talking like the next paragraph after they see the video the mom is saying to give this psycho another chance.

There was just a lot of things that were poorly done. If it wasn’t for my crazy drive to finish a story, I’d have put it down after the first psycho beating because the accent was already doing me in. I stuck with it though. Unfortunately, the storyline just never got any better.


1favequoteI found this quote hilarious. For one, it’s a little ridiculous for college freshman to be saying. For another, my boss always asks me, when there’s a room of screaming obnoxious children, “Doesn’t that just make your ovaries flutter?” … The joke being that I don’t ever want kids and instead have fur-babies.

“Now lick your glass, Liv. Ash is watching you. God, he makes my ovaries quiver.”


Review: Breakable by Tammara Webber

(Contours of the Heart, #2)
By: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Berkley
Published: May 6, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

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He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.



Easy told the story of Jacqueline and how she handled a situation that would have led to her being raped. Breakable is Lucas story about his life after his mother was raped and murdered one room over from him when he was a little boy and his road to recovery. Yes, this is essentially the same story as easy, however, at least half of the book is of Lucas’ life growing up that led him to live with the Keller’s in the first place.

I’m not usually a fan of companion novels since they generally seem to be the same story regurgitated back to you, only in a new POV. I’m glad to say that this isn’t all Breakable had to offer. The sections where we go back into Lucas’ past was very fascinating. I like how the author separated the chapters/sections by titling them “Landon” or “Lucas” depending on which time frame we were looking at. Especially since that is how Lucas looks at himself, the boy before he moved away to begin to heal (Landon) and the guy he is now (Lucas).

I don’t think you could read this story without reading Easy. The author doesn’t really go into all the details between the interactions of Jacqueline and Lucas. It was easy to fall back into their story since I’ve read Easy, but I think if I hadn’t, I’d have felt a little disconnected with the relationship between the two. Which, actually worked out for me since I think I’d have been bored if the author rehashed out every little detail that these two had together.

However, even though this was so much more than I thought it was going to be, I really only gravitated to Lucas’ story when he wasn’t interacting with Jacqueline. Maybe it was because it was a fresh new story? Maybe I wanted to get the full story on the Lucas I’d met from Easy? Who knows, but I found myself looking forward to when I’d see the headliner “Landon”. It was great to finally get Lucas’ story of his life leading up to the responsible demeanor he has. Boy, did he come a long way. However, I wish that this was more of a Landon only story leading up to Easy instead of half of it being things I already read before. Either way, I still enjoyed it.


1favequote“There’s no right or wrong way to be a survivor, Jacqueline. There’s no script.”


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Review: Enemy Through The Gates by D.T Dyllin

Enemy Through The Gates
(P.J. Stone, #1)
By: D.T Dyllin
Publisher: iUniverse
Published: Feb. 10, 2012
Genre: Mature YA (17+)

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P.J. Stone, like most eighteen-year-old girls, is a little boy crazy and somewhat obsessed with finding the perfect boyfriend. Some days she feels like she might be the last remaining virgin in her entire high school, and maybe even the entire tri-state area.

After a traumatic night at a friend’s party, P. J. realizes what she truly wants has been right under her nose all along. Bryn O’Bannon, her best friend and partner in crime since age five, is head over heels in love with her, and she feels the same about him.

But P.J.’s life isn’t that simple. She’s a member of a separate society that exists secretly among the rest of the world; the society raises gifted individuals to protect the world from interdimensional interlopers, and P. J. was taught to put duty before her heart. She is expected to choose a suitable mate in order to perpetuate the Seer line. Unfortunately, Bryn is a Guardian and is forbidden to date—let alone mate with—a Seer such as herself.

As if figuring out her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. begins having visions of a threat to her world only she is able to perceive. Now, she must concoct and execute a plan to avert world disaster while at the same time avoiding the dissolution of her love life.


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