When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle

When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult

Pages: 347

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: “Marry me.”
“What?” I stared back at him, unblinking.
He moved closer, taking my face in his hands. “I love you, Evie. I look into the future, and the only thing I see clearly is you. Marry me.”

What’s an eighteen-year-old girl who was madly in love with her nineteen-year-old boyfriend say?

Of course, I said yes.

Twenty-four hours later, I married Adam Gunner at a Vegas chapel to the sounds of “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Not the best omen. I get that now.

Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why.

I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years.

Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers.

Answers I can’t give.

My Review: When I Was Yours is the second book out of the three I have read this weekend that has torn me apart. This book was full of heartache and pain.

Adam spent a full week just watching Evie as she drew on a large rock on the beach outside of his home. A full week it took him to build up the courage to even speak to her. But when he did, it changed his life forever.

Evie and Adam spent full year together having fun in love and then they got married and a week later Evie was gone with no reason. She vanished. Not even a PI could track her down and Adam was left with ten years of pain and questioning. And now she’s back, working at a coffee shop inside of the hotel Adam is living in and he wants answers.

I gave it a four instead of a five because it was predictable, but I still really enjoyed it and felt the angst and tension. The author did a really good job at constructing the characters.

I am not sure if I have ever read anything by this author before because I am so bad at keeping up with the authors because I read so much, but I am definitely going to look for more from her.

A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner

A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.

Pages: 380

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (I would give more if I could.)

Goodreads Summary: It’s crazy how fast the buzz comes back after you’ve been sober for so long.

Whiskey stood there, on my doorstep, just like he had one year before. Except this time, there was no rain, no anger, no wedding invitation — it was just us.

It was just him — the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle.

It was just me — the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less.

But we can’t start here.

No, to tell this story right, we need to go back.

Back to the beginning.

Back to the very first drop.

This is my love letter to Whiskey. I only hope he reads it.

My Review:

This book is called A Love Letter to Whiskey, well I want to write a love letter to this book Sometimes you pick up a book and they wound you. This gutted me, but I loved it. It hurts when you know that two people belong together, but they never can seem to get the timing right.

Truly, the heart break started even before the story began, with the quote the author added to the beginning.That is where the knots in my stomach formed.

“One day, whether you are 14, 28, or 65, you will stumble upon someone who will start a fire in you that cannot die. However, the saddest, most awful truth you will ever come to find- is they are not always with whom we spend our lives.”- Beau Taplin

Brecks was different, she wasn’t blonde or curvy like her best friend Jenna. She wasn’t into sports, but she loved surfing. Her family life was the opposite of perfect. While trying to keep up with Jenna, she spots the hottest guy she had ever seen and before she knows it, she is flat on her butt. They collided, but before she could speak, before she could tell  Jenna that she wanted dibs, she watched it happen. Even though she was the one that was literally on the ground, she witnessed as Whiskey A.K.A Jamie, as he fell for her best friend.

Bad timing. It seems as though that all there ever was between Jamie and B. While Jamie was with Jenna, she and Jamie became best friends automatically, even though she was sure there was more between them. They were drawn to each like moths to a flame.

The way the story reads is so gripping. From the first lines, you are hooked. B was a true addict to Whiskey, but she wasn’t an alcoholic. Her weakness being the Whiskey eyes of Jamie Shaw and I don’t blame her.

The electric heat of the chemistry between the two characters was amazing. The author literally made me feel each emotion right along with them. There is so much angst and pain.You want it to work, but real life doesn’t work that way.

I, too was an addict. An addict of the author’s words. You consume them and it leaves you wanting more and more and at the end you are breathless.

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How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Pages: 368

Published on: July 26th 2016

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: How to Hang a Witch

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself. 

My Review: This is another book that I discovered on Facebook and I actually enjoyed this one! There is a little video preview of this book and at first I thought I was a movie because it was so good!

Sam Mather moves to Salem, where her father had grew up. When word gets around in her new school that she is a ‘Mather’, she’s doomed.

You see, she is a descendant of Cotton Mather, who basically caused the Salem Witch Trials. So, everyone hates her, except for Jaxon, who is her new next door neighbor and Elijah Roe, a spirit.

Together they discover that there is a curse hitting the streets and killing all of the descending families that were involved in the Trials so long ago. They must find a way to stop it before it kills everyone in town!

I really enjoyed this book. I don’t have any complaints. It really takes you on a trip and shocks the crap out of you in the end! And what’s great is Adriana Mather, who is the author is really a descendant of Cotton Mather!

Read it! It’s prefect for Halloween!

His Brat: A Dark Bad Boy Romance by Isabella Starling

His Brat by Isabella Starling is a fairly quick read with about 221 pages, according to Amazon.com. It is a contemporary romance as well as new adult. If you do not like reading a lot of sex, you might want to skip this one.

If you sleep with someone random and then discover that they are now in your family, what would you do?

This was a very interesting read, some may even consider it to be taboo, but really it isn’t.

Six months ago, Max Rivers was a bachelor. He was thirty-five and wealthy and he comes from a pretty famous family. So of course, someone who is in the running to be mayor would want to snatch him up, purely for business of course.

Max lets his friends take him out for his last night of freedom and this is where he meets Lola Grace. Lola is a young woman in a pink wig at a bar she isn’t old enough to be served alcohol in, but for whatever reason, Max is drawn to her. Even after discovering her age, he still takes her home to his apartment.

After their night together, he is aware that this couldn’t last, due to his business agreement that was going to begin that very day.

Lola Grace arrived to have brunch with her mother and was completely ambushed. The man who she had spent the night with, the very man that had taken her virginity, was apparently married…to her mother.

This book was a little different than what I have previously read. It is somewhat a branch off from the ‘Stepbrother’ books that seem to be EVERYWHERE these days. So if you are a fan of those books, check this one out. Instead of stepbrother, it takes it to a whole other level by using the stepdad as the love interest.

I thought this was an okay read. There is a lot of curse words in there and a lot of sex, so if that offends you, this might not be your next read. But there is a lot more to the book than that. It does have a plot.

I would give it 3 stars, because like I said it was an ‘Okay’ read. It was one of those insta-love books and I prefer to have the build up of the love story.

Fractured Beat (Meltdown Book 1) by RB Hillard

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If you know me, you should know that I am a sucker for band reads. I suppose it’s always been my fantasy to somehow go on tour with a hot band. Of course, that will never happen, but I can read and dream. I picked this up after reading the blurb and was intrigued by it.

As it begins, we meet Grant Hardy, lead singer of the band Meltdown. He is making his way to the stage when something just doesn’t feel right. He has had a few drinks, but nothing that should have made him feel this way. Sweat begins to bead down his back, his chest tightens, his vision blurs and before he knows what happens, everything goes black.

He awakens in a facility, a rehab facility. Here is the problem, he isn’t an addict.The band couldn’t take the turmoil that would follow after the public discovers that Grant literally OD’d on stage, so they sent him to rehab for two weeks. Once the two weeks was up, he would then return on tour, but not without a personal counselor following him and treating him along the way.

Mallory Scott, was the lucky counselor that was hired to treat Mr. Hardy. She flew to meet the band in Houston and was basically thrown into the middle of the fire. There was major tension with the band.

Grant was convinced that someone was trying to kill him by drugging him, however the rest of the band along with management, did not want to believe that. At first Mallory did not either, because of course an addict was going to deny their problem, she knew all about it.

After spending time with the band, Mallory noticed first and foremost that Grant Hardy was an ass. But she begin to assess him and realized his honestly and truly didn’t seem to be on drugs. She believed him.

The story turns into a witch hunt so to speak to finding the person that was trying to end Grant’s career and possibly his life.

“If you have to go, you need to know…When I catch you, which I will, I will unravel you.”

This was a very interesting read. It was enjoyable and I would rate it  4 1/2 stars. The reason to me it is not a five if because there were a few chapters in the beginning when the author would switch the point of view between Mallory and Grant, it would basically repeat the previous chapter almost completely, but just in the other person’s point of view. I, for one, am not a fan of this.

Other than that I really enjoyed it. It is considered romance and it is one of the best kinds because there wasn’t an insta-love relationship. So if you are into band reads and romance, check it out! It is a series and I wouldn’t be opposed to reading on.

A Shade of Vampire Book One 

A Shade of Vampire By Bella Forrest. 

A couple days ago, I ran across this book on my Facebook. I saw it and though, “it’s been a really long time since I have read a vampire book, so why not?”, and I bought the first book. 

Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday was not like any normal teenagers birthday. She was walking along the beaches of Cancun alone. Her best friend had totally ditched her and she was so heart broken, even after his attempt to apologize. When out of the dark of night, she is grabbed and whisked away from the beach into The Shade. 

She is chosen among four other young girls just like her to be a part of a harem for Derek Novak. 

Derek is a Vampire who has been in a deep sleep for I think it was 400 years. The ladies chosen were to be his salves or dinner. 

Once he awakens and sees Sofia for the first time he is immediately attracted to her realizes there is something different about her. He takes her as his personal salve and makes her go home with him. 

I don’t want to give away to many spoilers, but in the very main beginning, before her abduction, Sofia has a panic attack and we learn she suffers from Anxiety. However, when all of this is going on at the Shade, she seems very calm. 

It was confusing for the author to just switch the characters like that. Going from panic attacks at a football game to a strong woman who isn’t even that terrified of a Vampire. 

I did go on and read book two. This is a huge series but the story of Sofia and Derek only goes to book seven I believe. But once you finish book two and follow into with three, you start to see how it will unfold. 

It’s a lot like Twight and even if you are familiar with The Shadow Hunters, it reminds me of that also. 

I am conflicted as to if I should complete at least the seven books about Derek and Sofia or not. I will let you know if I do. 

My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray

My Hope Next Door

Getting out of town for Katie Stone, seemed like the right idea at the time. Running away from the demons of her small hometown. However, when returning home four years later, she never realized how hard it is to bury those demons and put them to rest would be.

A bad girl during her teenage years,  the new Christian, Katie, comes home to help her parents and struggles to let go of her past. Judgemental looks fill the eyes of the congregation at church, the grocery store, everywhere. Everywhere but next door.

When returned, Katie realizes her parents now have a new neighbor, Asher Powell. They grew up in the same town, but their lives were complete opposite. Asher was the good, Katie was the bad. Katie’s parents were never really involved in her life, Asher’s dad is the town Pastor.

Even though they have vast differences, Asher and Katie strike up a friendship that help the two of them through rough times in their lives. Asher is totally swoon worthy. He is a hot nerd, what is better than that?

This book was amazing. I devoured it like chocolate cake. It didn’t want to put it down and I didn’t want it to end. That is how you know you have a good read on your hands.

The story is about overcoming your past, living with your mistakes and trying to move on and grow from them. That is a lot of what becoming a Christian is. Katie learns to not let judgement people stop you from living your life. She and Asher both learn to stop living in the past, which is something that is so hard to for some of us.

This read was relatively “clean”. There are a few bad words here and there and talk of drug use and abuse. There is no sexual content at all just a slight mention, which is great. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading smut/steamy reads too.

You all have to check it out!

 

Torrid Affair by Callie Anderson

Torrid Affair by Callie Anderson

*NOTICE* Please be aware prior to reading this book that it does involve infidellity.

Love is a fire burning out of control. As great as it can be, it also destroys, kills even. The thing about love is that you can’t help who you love. You can’t control fate.

Love triangles are always an icky situation. But when you are in love with your best friend’s husband who also happens to be your brother in law, thing are extra icky with a side of sticky.

The story of Nate and Brielle is filled with consuming love and also intense heartbreak. They meet in college after Nate steals Brielle’s parking spot which makes her late for class. He takes her out on a date to clear the air. The thing is, both of them really hit it off.

Enter Delaney, who is Brielle’s best friend and roommate. She drags Brie to a football on Saturday to meet “Moose”, this new guy she has been seeing since the semester started. Lo and behold this “Moose” is Nate.

They both decide to keep their date a secret and just be friends. But you know what they say; Love is friendship on fire. Due to the fact, they can’t be together, Brielle starts going out with Julian, Nate’s younger brother. However, things don’t always go as planned. You can’t stop fate or love.

This story never slows down. It keeps you on your toes from the first page. I was happy and heartbroken all at the same time. There is a lot of angst, so don’t dive in, hoping for mushy gushy with a happy ending, because you aren’t going to get all of that.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars! It is a must read for those who enjoy love triangles! Callie Anderson does an excellent job!

 

The Silent Waters by Brittainy Cherry

Hi Bookworms! I just want you to know first that this was one of those books that was so good, I was put in a book coma. 

If you are not aware of the term “book coma”, let me explain. Book coma is when you read a book that is so amazing that it literally stops you from moving on. This could mean your inability to write the review and also the inability to move on to another book. 

Today is technically Tuesday (it’s 4:39am) and I am sitting here trying to review this book that I completed on Friday! I have been unable to pick up another book also. 

The Silent Waters by Brittainy Cherry begins with to tell the tale of two people, starting out from childhood. 

Maggie May Riley and her dad had been making it on their own when her dad remarries. This changes her life completely because she now has siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. When she meets her new family, she is also introduced to Brooks Tyler Griffin, her brother’s best friend. 

From the age of ten, Maggie knew she wanted to marry Brooks. He, however, didn’t feel the same. But she was persistent on marrying him in the woods by the water. She planned it all, down to what he would wear and where they would live following. 

But the day of the “wedding”, changed all of their lives forever. What happens on that day will haunt them all forever. 

There are moments in our lives that change you. Emotions that get the fire burning in side of you. Moments that completely shut you down on the inside and you can’t do anything to heal it, but only time can. 

The Silent Waters is a devastatingly beautiful tale, even down to the cover. It reminds you that you have to keep pushing forward, even while you can’t find your voice. 

The book is a part of a standalone series, Elements. I was unaware of this until later on and come to find out, I had already read the other two books in the series. They are equally beautiful. 
The way Brittainy Cherry writes is truly an art form. Her characters make you feel real emotions, whether it be love or even hate. 

This book and this author can’t be missed, so please check them out. And if you couldn’t tell, I rate this book 5 out of 5! 

Until the next one!