Rival: A Fall away Novel by Penelope Douglas

rivalSynopsis: Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.

Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….

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4.5 Stars

This is my favorite book by her. I really like Madoc, he’s like the best book boyfriend ever. He has the traits of an alpha male because he pushes but he doesn’t force it; if that makes any sense.  I really like Fallon, she is an alpha female.  Her mom is one sorry bitch though. She had great villain material.

There were some things that I didn’t connect with like the quote, “Nothing that ever happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths” for me that didn’t quite ring true in this book, it was almost opposite.  Because the surface ripples of their experiences absolutely affected their deep calm of themselves.  I don’t know if I am making sense to you but that’s how I felt.

I loved how she put a touch of vulnerability in Madoc with the piano playing and being a Big Brother, that was awesome. I also liked how Fallon changed her mind so much in this book.  That sounds weird but it was almost like she analyzed her situation more than others.  And I enjoyed that quality about her.

The hospital scene stuck out in my mind the most with this book.  It had a high emotional content. I just wished that Madoc had touched on his feelings with regards to it more than he did.

This book can be read as a standalone so give it a shot. It was great.

Favorite Quote:

“You act like you have no heart, like you just swallow your conscience with all of the pain you cause. But I see though it, Fallon. The truth is, you want me like nobody’s business.”  She closed her mouth and swallowed.  “You’ve always wanted me. You know why? Because I don’t try to kill your demons. I run with them.”

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Shifters After Dark 6 book box set

shifters after darkUnfortunately, this set is no longer available to get on Amazon. Sorry guys.  I have tried to see if it was on B&N and Kobo but have had no luck. If you know of a store that carries it I would love to know.

You can find it on Goodreads though, not that that is any help: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23456673-shifters-after-dark

Of Wings and Wolves by S.M. Reine

Synopsis: When 20-year-old Summer Gresham, a coed with a secret shapeshifting ability, is singled out for a prestigious internship, she’s stunned to discover Nash Adamson emphatically requested her. A rebel angel in exile, Nash has more than a few secrets of his own. With an angel war in the making and Summer at its crux, Nash has to choose what matters most: their love, or his freedom.

3 Stars

 This book was pretty slow for my tastes.  And the storyline was kinda hard to follow, like it wasn’t very cohesive if that makes sense.  The love portion was decent and the writing was technically sound, but things happened a bit too fast for me and I didn’t connect with the characters on a deep level that I usually do. I don’t think I will be reading the next one.

Seven Years by Dannika Dark

Synopsis: Lexi Knight hasn’t seen Austin Cole since her brother’s funeral seven years ago. Now a dangerous bounty hunter, Austin reveals he’s also an alpha Shifter. But there’s another shocking twist, putting Lexi’s family in danger. Can their relationship be salvaged from the ruins of their past? Book One in a bestselling series about family, second chances, and finding that person who completes you.

4 Stars

I liked this one a lot.  It had struggle both internally and externally.  Lots of action that I love with shifter stories.  And the steamy scenes were very well written.  The only think I will say that didn’t blow me away was the fact everyone wanted her.  It was like some super scent that permeated off her in waves that drove everyone wild with lust.  It didn’t sit well with me for some reason.  I would read the next one.

Hood’s Obsession by Marie Hall

Synopsis: Lilith Wolf, daughter of the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, is in heat–and being handfasted to the first male in her village to tame her wolf isn’t an option. So when Giles Damien comes calling, she journeys off with him to Fyre Mountain, crossing paths with an angry water dragon, a pub full of Merry Men, and rock dwarves with a taste for flesh … and maybe falling in love. These are the fairy tales no one ever told you about…

4 Stars

I am a huge fan of Marie Hall and have read most of these books already so I immediately liked this one as well.  I fell hard for Giles as soon as he appeared in this book.  Their conversations had a wide range of simple and easy going to intense and heartfelt.  I need to catch up on this series.

Bloodsick by Melissa F. Olson (box set exclusive)

Synopsis: Sashi’s mother warned her not to get involved with werewolf problems. But Sashi, a witch who uses her magic to help cancer patients, has never made a habit of ignoring pain. When she meets an abused shapeshifter, Sashi will risk everything–including her fledgling relationship–to save a woman who can’t save herself. An Old World novella from the author ofDead Spots, Trail of Dead, and Hunter’s Trail.

4 Stars

I think this one is a prequel that was written after the fact.  This one had me a little twitchy. I usually don’t have any triggers when I read but this book is very violent. Extremely violent I would say.  I may have got a little nauseous reading it.  She is very descriptive in her details.  The plot is very intense and a bit complicated. It has so much going on in it and I had to take my time reading it because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with all the storylines going on.  But it has lots of paranormals in it. Witches, werewolves and vampires to name a few.  I like when a book focuses on more than one species.  Like paranormal diversity. J  I am def going to read the next one because I liked it.

The Dark of Twilight by Kate Danley (box set exclusive)

Synopsis: Ever since she was a child working in his kitchen, Aein always longed to join Lord Arnkell’s army. When that day comes and she is sent on patrol with fellow warrior, Lars, it seems her dream has come true. But something has followed her home. When Arnkell’s wedding is interrupted by a werewolf attack, the dream shifts into a nightmare… Book One in the brand-new epic fantasy series Twilight Shifters.

4 Stars

This book took a bit for me to get into.  It had a steady pace and I got a little impatient reading it honestly.  The story is very original though and that’s what kept me from giving up.  It had political intrigue and action along with a bit of romance.  All great things for a well-rounded book in my opinion.  I want to say I will read more of this series but I have so many that I may have to put this one aside for a but and come back to it later.

Heartsong by Kate Danley (box set exclusive)

Synopsis: By night, as a Gabriel Hound, the fae Brinn runs with The Wild Hunt.

3.5 Stars

This book wasn’t bad but it didn’t hold my attention for very long at a time.  The story was good but it moved a bit slow for me.  The details were many and sometimes over abundant for my tastes.  I liked how they were able to share so much of themselves with each other without letting jealousy or vanity get in the way.  And there personalities were more serious than I usually read so that may have made me loose interest as well.  I don’t think I will be reading the next one in this series.

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True Love by Melissa Pearl

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00063]One night can change everything…

Nessa Sloan has been in love with Jimmy Baker since the ninth grade when they started up a rock band together. Five years later they’re about to hit the big time—Chaos wins a recording contract and nation-wide tour with Torrence Records. After their celebration party, the two best friends have a one-night stand that will tear their relationship apart.

On the run from Jimmy’s rejection, Nessa takes off on her motorbike, but an accident brings her escape to a tragic end. Now trapped in a broken body, Nessa has to face a future stripped of the one thing that’s gotten her through every past challenge—playing the drums.

Jimmy never meant to break his best friend’s heart, and he will forever regret taking her to bed then treating her like one of his groupies. But once he’d crossed that line, he couldn’t go back. Now Jimmy is on a mission to do something he’s never done before—win a girl over.

Angry and confused by her new disability, Nessa doesn’t want Jimmy’s help. But she has nobody else to rely on…and his pigheaded ass won’t leave her alone. Can these two stubborn hearts get past their own insecurities to figure out what true love really looks like? Or will they drive each other crazy before they finally see the truth?

It’s infuriating, irresistible, and all-consuming…it’s true love.

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My Review:
3.5 stars — I received a copy of this ebook through netgalley!

Full disclosure: I’ve only read the first book in this series (and quite awhile ago too) and then skipped to this book, so not sure if there was any additional backstory behind Nessa and Jimmy in those books, though I don’t get the impression there was (except maybe a cameo of Nessa in Home?).

I did feel like I was missing something when I first started this book…like I wanted a bit of Jimmy and Nessa’s past at the beginning so I could feel how they were together….  We did get some flashbacks throughout the book, but they were mostly of Nessa’s past with Rosie and her mother, not as much with how Jimmy and Nessa came to be friends…  Maybe I’m just greedy, but I would have loved to have just a little bit of that story, how they met, that kind of thing.  So basically it felt like we were thrust right into the story at the beginning, and I kept thinking “but how did we get here?”  I’m not sure I appreciated that we didn’t learn about what happened on that night or the aftermath until a bit later in the book….and even then we only got certain snapshots.  It made it harder to get a feel for them as a couple and even as characters…or at least it felt that way for me.

Despite the slow start, I did come to feel for both of our characters.  They were each struggling with the aftermath of the accident, and the choices they made that led up to that, and how that affected their future.  And once I got a feel for their chemistry together, I really did feel it.  It just took a bit to get to that point for me.

The story isn’t just about Nessa struggling to deal with her new circumstances wrt her hand….there was a lot of damage done to her from her childhood.  My heart ached for so much of what Nessa was going through.  There were some amazingly heart wrenching scenes in this book that got me in the feels.  The ending felt a bit rushed to me…it wouldn’t have normally, but she was just so stuck in her thought processes, that it was hard to believe that she could get out of it so quickly….but maybe that was just me.  I wanted to see little breakthroughs here and there to prepare for the final breakthrough.  But then again, now I’m sitting here thinking about it and there were some small breakthroughs, so maybe I’m just on crack.

It almost felt like Jimmy’s story really fell to the side and Nessa’s story was the main focus.  I liked him as a character, but I almost wanted a bit more.

Really loved the rest of the band members…mostly Ralphie and Jace (which surprised me).  They added some much needed humour and heart.

I know this seems like a negative review, but it really was an enjoyable story.  I love the way Ms. Pearl writes.  I just wasn’t as enamoured as I’d expected myself to be, and this review it me trying to figure out why.  Sometimes I think I’m harder on authors I love than on others…


#Heart by Cambria Hebert

27463724Lovers Gonna Love…
Family isn’t always defined by blood.
Sometimes family is born of love…
And choice.
Sometimes the bond that comes from someone having your back through the shittiest of times is stronger than anything you get from genetics.
And sometimes you find that piece of your soul you didn’t even know was missing.
I’m a lucky guy like that.
I found a love that will never fade. I found a group of people who aren’t just my friends.
They’ve become my family.
There’s only one place to go from here.
I’m gonna bind myself to Rimmel in every possible way.
I’m gonna bring our family even closer together.
The past has taught me it won’t be easy.
Especially when faced with repercussions from a night that ended in death.
But that’s okay.
Family doesn’t quit each other.
Love like ours never dies.
Happily ever after isn’t just for storybooks.

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My Review:
4.5 stars — OK, this book was just a big bowl of fangirl awesome.  I love epilogues.  I love the happily ever after times.  So this book fulfilled all of that for me, and gave me a whole hell of a lot more.  So it’s not *just* all happiness and roses, there was a lot of plot and strife mixed in too.  But it was definitely heavy on the happy (and I know not everyone is like me and loves that).

You know what else this book gave me?  A second shot at what happened at the end of book 5 with Braeden and Zach (which I’m going to guess if you’re reading this review you’ve read the previous books, otherwise spoilers for book 5).  I had an ethical problem with how Braeden handled Zach being trapped in the car, and it was nice to have them go back to it in this book and have it not be as simple a decision (b/c it would be the kind of thing that would haunt a person).  And in the end, I was satisfied with the way it all played out.  Even though he would have made the same decision, I was glad that it wasn’t just easy for him, I’m glad that it weighed on him b/c while it was a human decision to make, it was still a life being taken.  And they really stressed the part about how he would have died if he had helped Zach, so it puts it into perspective.

Like I said, there were definitely still problems that the family faced (particularly with Robert), but it was mostly a book about them settling into their lives and figuring out their futures.  I will admit, a lot of it was a bit over the top and out there as far as realism goes, but it was the kind of out there that I secretly want to happen and believe happens with friends, so I was totally ok with it.  It was like a love letter to fans, and this fan totes appreciated it.  The characters were still all true to who they were, and we got to enjoy the aspects of each of them that we love so much.  And seeing them together as a family just makes me smile so much.

I think it ended perfectly….any more books and it would have been too much.  This way you just want to go back and reread sometime later and enjoy their story all over again.  And it’s not like we won’t get glimpses of all of them in the spinoff series, which I am seriously looking forward to!!  So thanks Ms. Hebert for giving me another fandom.  It had it’s ups and downs, but it maintained a place in my heart throughout.


Until You: The Fall away Series by Penelope Douglas

until youHave you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or numb to all emotions? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between. Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don’t care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. I hate that I can’t let her go. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn’t trust her—or anyone else. So I hurt her. I pushed her away. But I still need her. She centers me. Engaging her, challenging her, pushing her—it’s the one last part of me that feels anything anymore.

But then she went and screwed everything up. She left for a year and came back a different girl. Now, when I push, she pushes back…and I’m not sure either one of us will ever be the same.

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4 Stars

This story is the companion of Bully told from Jared’s viewpoint. The first book was good, it wasn’t great. But I had some people tell me that this book would give me a better understanding of Jared and I love when authors prove me wrong in my first impression.  I’m weird, I know. Who likes to be proven wrong? In this, I do.

I like the writing, I just didn’t like Jared as a character.  And while I do agree with Lenore that this novel did help me better understand him; At the same time I still have a hard time liking him completely. I like alphas, I’m a huge fan of the alpha dominant, shifter genre but I think because there was so much violence in the book, that’s what really made me cross that line from liking him into a grey area where I don’t really know how to feel about him. And I still don’t, I’m still on the fence.  He’s been through a lot of shit and while I can empathize with his situation, to me that’s not an excuse for the way that’s he’s acting. I don’t know why I can’t give him a pass on his behavior because of his past, I just can’t.  Maybe that’s just how I’m wired. I’m a firm believer in “You are not your past” so I think that might be why I have this block for loving Jared.

I will say this.

The writing, I loved it. I loved the book.

The character himself, not so much.  I’m wondering if that’s what makes me like it more.  Because the writing is so good that it helped me to look past his character deficiencies.  And now I’m just on this kick where I am just reading up all her other books.

This book can be read as a stand alone.  Although Tate’s character is really minimized in this book. If you didn’t read Bully, you wouldn’t really have a feel for her as a person, it’s all Jared in this one.

And Madoc! I was real surprised in the subtle depth she put in to him in this book because in the first book I felt his character was one dimensional but in this book he really blossomed for me.  He took on way more layers than I expected him to. And I think he is calculating in all his decisions and the writing hints at his intelligence.  Almost like a sheep in wolves clothing.  Because he is not a bad guy, he is just using it as a means to an end. He is by far my favorite character in the series. Yeah, I would really recommend this series.  We are going see where it takes me.

Look out for Rival’s review soon.

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A Family Affair (Truth in Lies book 1) by Mary Campisi

a family affariA Family Affair is where it all began…Heartache, Betrayal, Forgiveness, Redemption…all wrapped up in the people you will love to love, and those you will love to hate!

When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the ‘getaway’ cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she’s always held to be true. Her father has another family which includes a mistress and a daughter. Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half-sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one. . .

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3.5 Stars

Contemporary Romance I guess you could call it.  Appropriate for ages 18+ Imagine the conflicting emotions of a daughter finding out that her deceased father had a whole other family.  How would you deal with that?  The potential for emotions in this book was high.  I could already feel my head whirling with all the feelings I was going to go through in preparation for this read.

The parallels between Nate and Charlie were fantastic. Even more so because Nate recognized them himself. He stood out the most in the book to me. Nate’s internal conflict was wonderfully written, his hatred of Charlie and his emotional transfer to Christine were great.  I think that Miriam (the other woman) had a nice contrast to Christine’s mother Gloria as well.    Miriam had a very giving and maternal persona.  Gloria was, in my opinion, a devil woman.  She was selfish, condescending and manipulative, even to her own daughter.  Always looking out for number one and even though she was the villain, she was still one of my favorite characters in the book.  The author did a really good job of making me hate her.

Uncle Harry was a great character. He had the most well rounded personality out of everyone in the book. He knew who he was, he was aware of his indiscretions and his feelings towards himself.  He knew what needed to be done and I really liked that about him.

But for me the MC was plain old vanilla, she didn’t really cause anything to happen in the book, it was really more of her just floating through the aftermath of her father’s death without any direction.  I didn’t really connect with her really well.

Lilly was a good character, she was cute, innocent and forgiving.  She was definitely the glue of the whole story. Without her the story would have been nothing.  Her part in the story was very subtle though.  It was really nice because for her tiny role to have that much impact on everyone else in the book just shows the authors talent in my eyes.

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#Poser by Cambria Hebert

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I am a man who had nothing, but found everything.

I’ll never go back to nothing ever again.

I vowed to protect her, and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.

The pictures I stumbled upon haunt me still, the secret I shoulder is heavy.

They say secrets put distance between two people, but the truth is far more destructive than keeping it will ever be.

I won’t ever tell. She can’t ever know.

When I look in the mirror my reflection is of who I’m afraid I’ll become and not the man I am.

It makes me feel like a poser, no better than all the others pretending to be exactly who they aren’t.

How does a man keep it together when everything is unraveling right here in his hands?

I didn’t start any of this.

I never asked for it.

But it came knocking at my door.

When secrets and threats knock, I don’t hide.

I open the door.

Because the best way to take down a poser is to be one.

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My Review:
3.5 stars — There was so much I still loved about this book, but there were a few choices that the characters made along the way that I just can’t abide by, so it took me out of my enjoyment a bit.

I appreciated all the struggles that Ivy and Braeden were going through, and I especially thought that the portrayal of Ivy’s confusion and symptoms of PTSD from the rape were very realistic (and horrifying and heart wrenching).  I can’t even imagine what it was like to have your body remembering things that your mind cannot, and having no context for why you’re reacting the way you are.

I thought Braeden’s struggle with his Dad was put off and just sort of a small aside.  I don’t know what more could have been done, but it just felt very unimportant when it seemed more important in previous books.  And Braeden’s decision not to tell Ivy didn’t sit right with me….ESPECIALLY as he’s watching her get confused by her reactions.  I just couldn’t ever get behind that decision of his, and I still don’t understand why he made it.  I would want my significant other to be able to heal, and how can she heal when she doesn’t know it happened?  So that was choice #1 I couldn’t get behind.  So it kind of made me have a lack of empathy towards Braeden.  I mean, I know it was hard keeping the secret, but when you think it’s the wrong choice, it’s hard to feel bad for him.

I do love a lot of the rest of Ivy and Braeden’s relationship.  They’re really adorable together, and despite my other feelings, I could feel how much Braeden loved her and hurt for her.  And I forgot to mention this in my previous review, but Braeden loving sprinkles pretty much kills me.  LOVE it.

The Zach stuff was weird.  I haven’t decided how I feel about being in his head.  I had problems with my suspension of disbelief in certain parts of this book, and I guess part of that was in what happened with him.

There were some issues with the climax as well that had me rounding down instead of up.  (see full review with spoiler tags on my Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1441333354?book_show_action=false)

So it had lots of goodness, but there were just a few things that made it difficult for me to enjoy it as much as the rest of the series.  Still looking forward to #Heart though.


There are no Vampires in the Book by Megan Bailey

There are no vampires in this bookSynopsis: TARYN HAD NEVER BEEN NORMAL.
She wasn’t like other girls- not after that night, that thing, took her parents from her. She made it through hospitals, doctors, and therapy by playing by their rules and saying all the things they wanted to hear. But, inside, she held on to the truth.
She knew what she saw.
With her two closest friends at her side, she dedicated herself to a mission. She would train and she would hunt. When the time came, she would be ready. No one she loved would be hurt by one of those monsters ever again

But with high school behind them, new found freedom comes with new responsibilities and new problems. Instead of weapons and self defense classes, she now has jobs and bills. The relation-ship with her best friend was suddenly shifting into new, scary territories. How could she take down bad guys if she couldn’t get her own life in order?

A mysterious stranger who pops up in suspicious places and throws off all sorts of bad vibes. His face now starred in her regular nightmares and plagued her thoughts in the day. Was she overre-acting? Or, was this finally the monster she had been waiting for? As the scars of Taryn’s past rise up to haunt her, she begins to question herself. With her mission faltering and her friendship off kilter, would life ever be the same again?
Would she ever be the same?

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5 Stars!

This book is a book that our book group decided to read and review.  Shout out to https://www.facebook.com/groups/bookbloggerssupport/

This book is a trick.  It is meant to make you think there are vampires in this book and there really isn’t. Damn reverse psychology worked!  I totally fell for it.  It played a little bit of magic on my mind.  I started to suspect about halfway through the book that it wasn’t about vampires and I’m actually happy.

This chic really did believe that vampires were real. I believed it; I bought it hook, line and sinker.   I was on her side the whole time.  I’m still a little upset that I was fooled, I feel like a joke has been played on me.

But for real the characters in the book were really cool, the author wrote it really well.  I can’t even believe I bought it, I totally caved and thought this dude was some crazy dude and he was into some kind of occult shit and he wasn’t.  She was just bat shit crazy and the thing is…Her friends totally backed her on her bat shit craziness which I think is totally admirable because me as a person I don’t know if I would have went that far honestly.

Now the guy I can understand cause when you are in love you do crazy things.  But the girl best friend, I’m like holy shit these people were there for her when no one else was.  Even though they did some shady shit because they knew she was delusional.  But they still were there and they continued to be there and allow her to have her own realization that there are no such things as vampires.  That was very cool in my eyes.  I’m going have to look this author up and see what other books she has because she totally got me.

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#Selfie by Cambria Hebert

25210301It’s all about the #Selfie.

She was the one girl I never wanted.

Until I had her.

One night.

One mistake.

Something we both wanted to forget.

I got rid of the proof. The one piece of evidence that could remind us both.

At least, I thought I did.

When it shows up on the school Buzzfeed, rumors fly. Friendships are tested and the feels get real.

I don’t do relationships. I don’t open my heart.

Especially for a girl everyone knows I hate.

What happens during spring break, stays in spring break.

Until it follows you home.

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My Review:
4 stars — I got it right!!!  I just knew that there was chemistry between Braeden and Ivy…you could just feel it in their bickering.

Damn, I stayed up late reading this book and for once didn’t get up to write my review right away, so this review is going to suffer….I KNOW BETTER!

I will admit that this book started off a bit slower….  I mean yeah, we did get some sexy times right away, but I found the internal dialogue (particularly in Ivy’s head) could be a bit repetitive.  It just felt like the book went over some of the same things more than once (like Ivy’s thoughts about herself wrt Zach, and her guilt over Braeden).  Now, I guess I could see her repeatedly thinking about these things and having them bother her, but in book form it just kind of took something away from the story…like maybe it would have been better if it was just written with a bit more variety or something.

But that’s honestly the only major thing that bothered me with this book.  I enjoyed Ivy and Braeden’s story.  They both had a lot more going on behind the scenes than I would have anticipated.  I really appreciated Ivy’s vulnerability and insecurity — it really fit her character and gave her that extra dimension.  My heart broke for her with how she felt about Zach using her.  You could really see how it weighed down on her.  And Braeden’s family history broke my heart too.  It really explained a lot about why he is the way he is.  There were some moments between him and Rimmel that just got me right in the feels.  But in the end it was the chemistry between the two of them that really sucked me in…you could feel how much they were drawn to each other, but how conflicted that made them.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the climax with the BuzzBoss.  Makes me want to go back to the old books and look through the chapter beginnings and try to see some clues.  I’m curious to see how the rest of the revelations are going to play out in the next book.  I’m looking forward to more good coupledom between Braeden and Ivy…I’ve loved how the subsequent books worked out for Romeo and Rimmel and want all of that goodness for B & Ivy too….

So in the end I wasn’t quite as enraptured as Rimeo (as my husband has started to call them), but definitely still has me sucked into the series and ready for more.