This is Falling (Falling #1) by Ginger Scott

22927275Blurb: First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how.

And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.

And then he showed me how to fall.

*This is a standalone in a three-part series that will focus on different characters. Each book can be read on its own.

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Favorite Quote: It’s like I’m caught in an internal tug-of-war with myself—my heart begging to beat from thrill, but caged by fear.

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4 Stars

This book was excellent. The story of how she came out of her shell was deeply moving and perfectly paced.  The love story was intense and sensual, albeit a bit slow.

Her trauma was not to be too big for her to overcome it.  It had a very real and deep presence in her life.  Yet, she was actively trying to move on from it.  She was smart enough to know if she didn’t start trying that her trauma would always control every aspect of her life.  And I could totally identify with that.  We all have some kind of trauma that has/had left us emotionally despondent.  Its how we adapt and overcome that really shows how strong we are.  And she was one of the strongest characters I’ve read in along time.  She wasn’t irrational, and she could have been and it would have been believable. She was forgiving, even though she carried so much pain and guilt.  She was afraid, yet so brave as well.  Balanced but damaged is the best way I could explain it.  Aren’t we all?

Nate was quick to recognize his affection.  He knew what he felt the moment he saw her. And just as fast seemed to intuitively know she needed time to explore these new feelings.  He was patient but not a saint.  He did use some underhanded tactics but came clean about them almost right away making me tend to think he realized this was not the right way to get her to like him.  This made his character even more believable in my eyes.  Except for the one instance, which I will refrain form explaining because… spoilers, he seemed to be pretty stable.  He could lighten up a heavy encounter easily and I really liked how the author made their emotions clear but multi-dimensional.

This book showed that even though shit may have hit the fan, you CAN still have fun. The story had great ebb and flow.  Emotive characters are my favorite to read about. Especially when they have a lot of internal conflict they are struggling to control.  This is a great book and I highly recommend it.

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The Winning Side (University Park #3) by C.M. Doporto

The winning sideBlurb: Lexi’s determined to keep her word and stand by Raven’s side because her love for him is too strong to deny. As Raven learns to deal with the issues that are destined to destroy him and their relationship, their love is taken to a new level. As doors are closed and new ones are opened, Lexi and Raven find themselves in a heavenly bliss, but not without the challenges from Raven’s past. With a true test of love, Lexi and Raven have to decide if they are willing to do whatever it takes to be on the winning side.

 

 

 

 

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DNF

This story was sooooo slow.  I started reading this series in 2014 I think and I breezed through the first two books.  Then when I started the last one I stopped reading it.  Fast forward three years later and I figured I’d come back and try to finish it since I’ve been on this kick lately about trying to finish all the series I have ever started.  (This is gonna be a lifelong commitment. )

I don’t know if my tastes have changed but I found this book kinda basic.  The scenes were going from showing to telling quickly with little to no transition. It was choppy and repetitive.  And I found some things that just didn’t jive with the plot.  It’s too bad. I really wanted to add this to my list of series finales for the year.

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Carter Reed (Carter Reed #1) by Tijan

18221931Blurb: Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by her boyfriend. She had two choices. Call the cops and be killed by his family’s mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her. Carter Reed. He’s a weapon for the rivaling mafia family, but he’s also Emma’s secret. Not only was he best friends with her brother, but she’s the reason he became that weapon in the first place.

 

 

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DNF

This book started off with a bang and I was excited to see how it would play out.  But then….it got boring and repetitive with her running away and his possessiveness.  And things were happening that were really explained in the book until after they happened. I tried to hold on but then I thought, “Why?”  So, I let it go.

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MC Chronicles: The Diary of Bink Cummings: Vol 4 (Novella) by Bink Cummings

28198194Blurb: Fat and pregnant, I’m at the end of my rope with swollen ankles and exhaustion.
Growing a little person inside of me is no small feat, and when that same little person decides it’s time to be welcomed into the world, I’m suddenly catapulted into the beauty of motherhood.
Join me in my birthing journey.
You’re in for one helluva ride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.5 stars

I’M DONE!!!!!!

So this was a really short novella and I finished it pretty quickly.  This book actually wasn’t necessary to the ending of this series.  I could have never read it and it wouldn’t have made a difference.

There was a loose end in the last book I was hoping would be resolved, but it wasn’t. A fact I’m really upset about because during the ENTIRE series this issue with her mom was made in to this really big deal.  And when it finally all came to a head, it was explained away as if it was CRITICAL to the entire story.  I was so pissed, and that was the beginning of the end for me.  So I probably wasn’t that invested in this book as I could have been.  I’m nursing a pretty wicked readers remorse headache right now.

This book seemed to just be a fun, extended epilogue really.  She finally had the baby that shes been carrying around since the second book.  And it was just more of the same.  Big is sweet and he loves her, she is a bitch and she loves him  No growth of characters and no resolving of loose ends.

I’m glad I’m finally done with it.  Would I recommend this series?  Yes, with a cautionary warning. Is it one I’d re-read in the future. Uhhhhhh, not really.

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The Diary of Bink Cummings: Vol 3 (MC Chronicles #3) by Bink Cummings

BC3Blurb: Tests, life is full of them. The world is constantly putting you through them to see how much you can take before you break. Before you are no longer who you are. Before your world dissolves around you. How long you can stay strong and overcome the obstacles.
It’s no secret that Big and I butt heads. It’s no secret that I not only dislike my mother, I hate her because she hates me. But can these people break me? Can they push me to the edge of insanity, ready to jump?
Having stayed and moved in with Big, I was living the life I never even knew I wanted. Every day was filled with promise, warmth and unconditional love. Until the day, it wasn’t. Until the day it all changed and I quickly learned what I’m made of, thanks to the truths behind many years of painful secrets.
It only took a single day for my world to never be the same. One day to change me forever. One day for revelations. One day I’ll never forget……

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3 stars

The beginning of this book was great!  It was consistent with the previous books storyline.  But then, towards the end I got a bit lost.  Everything just went from deliciously melodramatic to absurdly ridiculous!

It was the equivalent of ‘jumping the shark’ (bonus points for knowing the reference!).  Binks’ stubbornness and pride really got to me in this book. I just couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t admit her feelings to Big.  It was childish really, holding them over his head like some kind of emotional blackmail.  I kept thinking ‘they are gonna fuck this baby up when it arrives’ cause they don’t know how to be reasonable with each other.   And I know it’s an MC book and its wildly unbelievable.  I get that, I can suspend my belief for the enjoyment of a book.  But the ending was even too much for that I think.

I had to just laugh at their over the top antics.  It took me right out of the story honestly.  And while I still enjoyed it, I’m not really looking forward to the next one if I’m being honest.  This series has hit the end of the road for me.  I will finish it though, because the last book is a novella and I can power through it.  I need to read the last one for my reading challenge.

I still think there were some loose ends that needed to be addressed.  Like what happened to her mom?  That’s a big loose end to just leave hanging like that.  Maybe the novella will give me some closure.

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The Diary of Bink Cummings: Vol 2 (MC Chronicles #2) by Bink Cummings

diary of BC 2Blurb: When changing life’s course, you never consider what twisted curve-ball fate might dump in your lap. Growing up in the MC, then gaining my own personal Independence was not only a curse, it was a blessing. So when I decided to say fu*k my past and embraced my future, away from the only place I called home, I tried to re-invent myself, by becoming the woman I am today.
Until, one day, fate reared its ugly head, forcing me to return to the place I ran from. The place where I had no choice but to face HIM. And hide the biggest secret of my life, as I wallowed in silent fear, of the insurmountable repercussions it would evoke when anyone found out the truth.

 

 

 

 

Favorite Quote:

“I want you on the back of my bike, livin’ in my house, havin’ my daughter. I wanna own all your smiles and only see you cry when you’re happy. I wanna die in your arms because it’s the only fuckin’ place I’ve ever truly lived,” he says decisively, as if he doesn’t even have to think about it.

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4 stars

*Original review*

Holy crap on a cracker, I thought it couldn’t get better. I was wrong.

Bink realizes that Big is too possesive and refuses to cave to his domineering nature. Good for her! She steals away into the night and makes it to Chicago, about three hours away. I can’t even sum up this story anymore and frankly I don’t want to. Read the damn book!

It’s so worth it. Second book blows the first one out of the water. Really.

*re-read*

Wow, I have become more wordy as I get older. Also, I’ve noticed that I don’t like Big as much as I used to.  Maybe I’ve become enlightened, whatever the reason, he’s a pretty big douche-nozzle.  Unfortunately, I still find him attractive in a ‘I’d rip his balls off if a man ever did to me what he did to her’ type of way.  So yeah, still working on those issues. 😉

The weird attraction they have to each other is impossible to not love though.  Their chemistry is the main basis for their relationship.  The sex thing got a little old but is a big part of their characters as bikers.  At first I didn’t see the big picture.  They were just people who like to have sex, anywhere they could.  But as I started to read the third one, I realized this is an intregal part of their characters.  They are very sexual beings.  Or maybe I just became numb to it.  ::shrugs::

Don’t get me wrong, they have tender moments, quite a few actually.  Which just help provide the depth a reader needs to not chalk this up to some shallow story.  No, this book is pretty well rounded, except in sex and violence.  But hey, its a MC book, you gitta expect that.

I quite like it.  Another score for an MC book.  Maybe I’m just a more than normal picky reader when it comes to this genre.

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Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect #2) by Mary Frame

22888717Blurb: Freya Morgan thought it was a great idea to hire the bad boy on campus to beat up her douchebag ex-boyfriend after he cheated and treated her like crap. Fast forward a few months, and nothing she’s done has helped her get over the scars left behind by her ex. Not the paid beating, not the string of sucky dates, nothing.
Dean Collins is in trouble, and it’s all Freya’s fault. After all, she started the trend of all the ladies on campus paying him to do their dirty work. But now, two of the boys he was hired to beat up are dead, and he’s the only connection.

When Freya agrees to help him find the real killer, she discovers that this bad boy isn’t so bad, after all. And getting involved with him means more than finding a killer, it means potentially losing her life…and her heart.

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Favorite Quotes: 

“Don’t you know how these things work? When there’s a mystery to be solved, it’s always the person you least suspect, not the person you hope it is.” He laughs. “This isn’t an Agatha Christie novel.” “You’re right,” I sigh and sit down on the swing next to him. “If this was an Agatha Christie novel, the writing would be way better.”

“There are plenty of reasons to go around,” I answer. “Considering his status as the Duke of Douche.” I know you shouldn’t speak ill of the dead and all that, but I’ve never understood that philosophy. An asshole who dies is still a dead asshole.

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4 stars

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Falling From Grace (Grace #1) by S.L. Naeole

FAlling from graceBlurb: When you wake up in the morning and your eyes take in the first hints of light that shine through your window, the dust motes catching and reflecting the sun’s rays like little diamonds, the shimmering hues of yellow and orangey gold breaking through into your room, the first thing you think about usually isn’t how you’re going to make it through the worst day of your life.

Unfortunately for Grace Shelley, that’s exactly what she’s facing as she ponders what to do now that she’s going to be starting out her last year in high school without her best friend. She’s not exactly the most popular girl in school – well, not the most popular girl in school to like, anyway – and everything seems to be hinting at another status quo year for her until she bumps into a stranger who leaves her stumbling for words and chasing after her heart.
The new guy in school is different. Robert doesn’t care about the rumors he’s heard about her or that no one else seems to see her the same way that he does; he only wants to be her friend. That’s when things get complicated. When Grace learns that he’s not your typical high school boy and that he’s actually a wingless angel who’s looking for someone to trust, she’s thrust into his world where not all angels are meant to protect human beings, and where the changes she brings into his life changes everything in hers.

 

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2 stars

Okay this is one of those books that are super confusing but you can’t stop reading it.  I don’t know why I keep falling in to these writing traps.  So this story line was ALL over the place.  Not much was resolved by the end, in fact there was so much info dumping that I couldn’t tell you what the story was really about.  It was a giant cargo plane stuffed with fireworks that crashed into an oil tanker. You can imagine right?  And I just couldn’t look away.

Strike one: info dumping.  I mean, it was in almost every chapter!  And it wasn’t even relevant!  This book needs a developmental editor stat!

Strike two: insta-love!  Like three days in.  ::Cue the petty eye roll::

Strike Three: No real plot.  Boy meets girl, boy likes girl. Girl has massive self confidence issues and keeps him at arm’s length. Boy takes offense and misunderstands ALL THE TIME. Then they make up, wash, rinse, repeat.   :shakes head:  Oops, sorry, did I spoil it for you?

Strike Four: The climax!  What the eff! It was confusing and again, didn’t make sense with the rest of the storyline. It all seemed a bit thrown together with no real direction, no focus. This story could have been fantastic if an experienced editor was employed to take out the massive fluff in this book.

Definitely not reading anymore in this series. Truth be told I should have DNF’d it but I kept holding out hope it would redeem itself.  And in some places it felt like it was going in that direction.  But then some random piece of info would get thrown in, complete with a long drawn out explanation, and by the time I realized there was no resolution I was done with the book.  I felt like I was Jedi mind tricked!

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Poppy (A Force of Nature Fairytale #1) by M.A. Horst

35095909Blurb: Storm, the eldest son of a heartless businessman, is forced to choose a bride. His father wants grandchildren to secure the future of Royal Industries, and he wants them now.

Forced to choose from a specific list of women that’s been promised to the Royal family, Storm holds a masquerade ball and invites the six women.

Poppy has lived a sheltered life. She has been homeschooled by her overprotective mother. Attending the masquerade ball is an exciting experience for her until she lands in the arms of Storm Royal. Electricity crackles around them.
Poppy’s delicate new love is shattered when she finds out why Storm really wants to marry her. She’s only a means to an end, another piece of property.

Can Storm win Poppy’s trust while trying to keep his fiery desire for her under control?

This is one force of nature Poppy didn’t see coming.

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3 stars

There is a warning on this book that is it insta-love but I didn’t see it cause I generally don’t read the blurb and just go off of recommendations.  I probably wouldn’t have read it if I had seen it.  I’m not a fan of insta-love, so it makes sense that I didn’t enjoy this story as much as I should, but that’s a personal preference.

This story is pretty straightforward as far as re-tellings go.  It doesn’t really deviate from the original. The sex scenes were hawt! Very delicious writing in that aspect.  I enjoyed when Poppy lost her timidity and stood up for herself. The story itself seemed a bit fast paced IMO. Now this is a novella so some is to be expected, however, I still felt it could have transitioned in a different way to help with the pacing.

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Bossypants by Tina Fey (Author/Narrator)

bossypantsBlurb: Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update”, before “Sarah Palin”, Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both of those dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon – from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

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3 stars

It was funny. I never noticed the hands on the cover were not hers, LOL.  I think I might like her less after reading this though.  It wasn’t bad, but I wrinkled my nose at some of her beliefs.  She made her views very clear in this book.  I did kinda see what she meant about the sexism in the workplace and adapting to it.  Her way of handling it seems way more diplomatic and subtle than what I’d like to think I would have done.

And while I do enjoy hearing opposing views, I guess I just wasn’t feeling it as much as I wanted to. I learned a lot about her life growing up which was interesting. She seemed to have a similar childhood to mine, except of course, my parents weren’t republicans. 🙂 And she knows how to nail a punchline. This chic is hilarious!

This book was released in 2011 and while its not that far in the past I could still see how my views have changed and grown in that time. At any rate I’d read another books by her, if only to laugh at her jokes.

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