Sunday, November 3, 2013

In A Heartbeat by Liz King


In a Heartbeat by Liz King is her debut novel and wow is all I can say. This story is full of sadness, heart break, redemption and love. The plot and characters draw you in and keep you focused on their story. We get to see the growth of both characters, Lynae and Connor. 

The prologue reveals the pain Lynae experiences at such a young age and then fast forwards to the present time. She keeps to herself and has a few friends but you can tell she's scared to let anyone in until she meets the sexy, beautiful, broken and panty dropping Connor. 

When the two meet at a club, their attraction for one another is evident but then Lynae runs away because of a flashback from her past that still looms in her life. You think that Connor doesn't come back because she freaks him out but you're wrong. Connor sees Lynae again and wow hello!

With my finger still in my mouth I look up and see Connor standing across the street staring at me. Hie eyes are burning like fire. He looks like he wants to devour me. 

His nickname for her is sexy and adorable-"sweetness."

Lynae's scared but slowly her walls break down and lets Connor in. Their love grows and it's incredible to read. They both truly love and care for each other. Connor protects her with everything he is and puts her first. He helps her grow and she helps Connor as well but then Connor's past creeps up on him and it begins to destroy their relationship. 

Towards the end, Connor's insecurities appear and you just want to kick him for being a freaking idiot but then he snaps out of it. The ending is so good but there's a cliffhanger! I can't believe the ending and it makes me want more!

Liz King brings an incredible story to us and I can't wait to read more from her. 

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The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely


The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely is a dual POV story following Harley and Trey. One night changed it all for two broken souls. 

The story starts with Harley and Trey, two broken souls trying to get through their lives and dark pasts. Harley is a high-priced call girl but she's a virgin. She's smart and beautiful but is being blackmailed by Miranda and she's constantly on her toes when it comes to her "mother." Her flashbacks about her childhood are sad and while reading, I wanted to reach into the book and slap her mother!

 Trey is a sex addict who looks at sex as a drug and a conquest. Trey is beyond sexy and beautiful. His story and strength is powerful. His relationship with his parents is also damaged but the story is heartbreaking and he tries to never give up. The love and feelings for Harley grow with each page. I love their connection and the process of their relationship. 

Both of their views are plagued by their pasts but they work together to move on and try to find happiness. Harley and Trey are great characters and the plot is captivating and keeps you drawn in. I love seeing their growth and downfalls.

I love the dual POV because we get to see what Harley and Trey are thinking and feeling. It's great to see both of their thoughts and understand what's going on. Lauren demonstrates their pain and struggle so well. She keeps you on the edge of your seat and keeps you wondering what's going on. They both struggle to be honest with each other and themselves. Their secrets haunt them daily and they need their fix to get through the day.

The Thrill of It is very different from her other books. It's dark and full of angst, betrayal, love and healing. It will make you laugh, cry, yell and nearly throw your reading device against the wall. There is a cliffhanger and I had to read it a few times! 

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I'm With You by Glenna Maynard Review


Cutter and Bella are two broken souls walking around the world, trying to find meaning and purpose.

Bella experiences a great lost; losing her boyfriend Harlan to an accident that causes her to spend time in a hospital under the care of doctors. Her life is turned upside down and she's lost. She goes through the motions of everyday life until she meets Cutter at the bridge where he saves her. That moment brought me to tears. He holds her close and makes her promise him one year. His beautiful words are amazing and romantic. It's an instant attraction/crush.

There is a part in the story, their first time, where I had to stop reading. It took everything in me to finish the book and I'm so glad I did. Honestly, the darkness of that scene is necessary for this book. It portrays how broken Bella truly is but Cutter is her angel and he stays with her through it all.

Their love isn't like anything else. They go through the bad to get to the good. When we find out more about Cutter, it's something that stabs your heart and makes you break down and cry some more.

I wish there was more of a backstory between Bella and Harlan but I'm With You is a great story about finding love again and coming out of the darkness.



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