Five Ways To Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths #4)

Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths, #4)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Ten Tiny Breaths
One Tiny Lie
Four Seconds To Lose

Synopsis:

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…  

Thoughts:

After absolutely loving the previous book in this series, Four Seconds To Lose, I had high hopes for Five Ways To Fall. However, I was slightly disappointed with Five Ways To Fall. I would totally still recommend the series, especially to fans of New Adult and romantic fiction but I just found this book to be a bit predictable and not as gripping as some of the other in the series.

This book follows Ben Morris who was the hot bouncer/law student (what a combination!) who we’ve seen cameos from in other books and a new character Reese McKay- who is a troubled girl who married young and then was cheated on by her husband. Ben and Reese meet in Cancun one night when Ben is partying and Reese is celebrating her 21st birthday. They very nearly get together but there’s a vomit incident…Later on they have an unexpected meeting and their feisty relationship develops even further.

I think one of the reasons why I didn’t connect with this story as much as I wanted to, was that I didn’t really buy into Ben and Reese’s relationship. I have to say that I preferred Reese to Ben as I liked her feisty side. Ben was cocky and I couldn’t really get over that…even though he does grow towards the end of the story- so there’s that!

The plot wasn’t nearly as exciting as Four Seconds To Lose and I think that was this book’s downfall. If you’re looking for a romance story then I definitely think you shouldn’t be put off as the romance is well written and it’s certainly a readable story!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!

A decent read, but not nearly exciting as its predecessors!

Four Seconds To Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3)

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Ten Tiny Breaths
One Tiny Lie

Synopsis:

When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.

Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control… and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.  

Thoughts:

I dip into this genre every now and then. I can honestly say that I’m not a huge fan of the New Adult genre. I like Katie McGarry’s writing and now, I can safely say, I really enjoy K.A Tucker’s writing. I have really enjoyed the series so far but Four Seconds To Lose felt different. It has a much darker feel to it which I enjoyed! I was excited to read this book when I learnt it was about Cain…a character who intrigued me in Ten Tiny Breaths.

Four Seconds to Lose introduces its readers to a new character called Charlie Rourke. Right from the beginning we learn that Charlie has a complicated life. She grew up with her step-dad Sam as a guardian. Charlie’s mother and brother have died and Charlie is left with a very shady guardian. Her step-dad deals drugs and uses Charlie as part of the drug drops. Charlie is sent to Miami for a dealership, but she has plants to break free. Charlie goes to a strip club owned by Cain in order to seek employment and get some money so she can finally get away from her step-dad. Cain and Charlie have a connection and Charlie finds herself wanting to stay in Miami with Cain.

The plot was brilliant. I loved the element of danger, the mystery and the build up to Cain and Charlie’s relationship. The drug element of the story built and built and I knew that it wasn’t going to end well. It certainly kept me turning the pages.

I actually really enjoyed both the characters of Cain and Charlie. I loved the way Cain treated Charlie. I was expecting him to be a bit of an arrogant idiot, but he wasn’t at all. He really cared for all of the girls that worked for him, despite him owning a rather seedy business. I adored the character of Charlie. I really wanted her to tell the truth throughout because I didn’t want anything to get in the way of her relationship. I loved how strong she was and how determined she was to change her life.

I loved to see some of the other characters from the previous two books pop up. I love when there’s connections between the books. That said, Four Seconds To Lose can be read as a standalone book as it doesn’t connect to the previous two books in a confusing way. It complements the story if you know of the previous characters but it’s not a necessity to know of them.

I am looking forward to finishing this series (I aim to pick up the next book after my current one!) and exploring more of K.A. Tucker’s work in the future.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A sweet, emotional but dark read. Possibly my favourite in the series so far!

Falling For The Chance

Falling for the Chance by [Mitchell, Kennedy L.]

 

How did I get it?:
I received it from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion of the book!

Synopsis:

Two years after losing her fiancée, twenty-seven year old Emily Heart still hasn’t recovered. Everyone has told her to get back out there, to live her life – her best friend going as far as setting her up with an online dating profile – but she just can’t move on. Not only can she not move on emotionally but she has now found herself stuck in a career path far from where she saw her future self. One hot Friday afternoon in Dallas she meets two potential men that could make her see things differently.

Martin and Mike couldn’t be more opposite, leaving Emily to figure out who will be the one her heart – not just her body – will fall for.

This Dallas based, young adult romance is hilarious, passionate and will have you laughing out loud as Emily tries to figure out her love life.

Thoughts:

I was asked if I wanted to read a copy of Kennedy Mitchell’s book Falling For The Chance. I really enjoy the genre, so after reading the synopsis, I was intrigued enough to want to give it a go. I’m pleased that I got around to reading it as it really was a cute romance. It wasn’t a perfect read for me, but it was highly enjoyable and it didn’t take me long to read at all.

The book centres around Emily, who we find out has lost her fiance. 2 year later, Emily is beginning to move on. Her friends are encouraging her to move on and continue living her life to the fullest. Emily had moved jobs and found herself on a career path that she really never expected but she couldn’t deal with the old job and her grief. Whilst cleaning for a new client, Emily finds herself highly attracted to him. However, she also has a connection with an old work colleague. Emily needs to make the right choice and figure out who she is really attracted to.

I thought this was such an easy to read book. It read to me, like a New Adult read with the older characters, but I do think it fits well into the YA genre. It has some sex scenes, but nothing overly graphic. Falling For The Chance has some great characters. I particularly enjoyed the friendship between Emily and her best friend. They reminded me of one of my best friends!

Falling For The Chance is full of romance, laughter and some more dramatic moments. I think it’s worth reading if you’re looking for a fast-paced YA/NA romance.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A sweet romance!

One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2)

One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Ten Tiny Breaths

Synopsis:

Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

Thoughts:

I had such mixed feelings about Ten Tiny Breaths. I adored it and strongly disliked the ending at the same time. Yet, something made me want to carry on the series! I read One Tiny Lie expecting not to like it, but I did. Sure, it had some moments which made me roll my eyes a little, but on the whole, I thought it was a highly enjoyable reading experience and I’m glad that I carried on!

One Tiny Lie follows Livie, Kacey’s sister from the previous book. Livie goes tp Princeton following the path she believes her father would’ve wanted for her. Kacey is trying to encourage her sister to live a little and enjoy herself. Livie has always been a straight A student and never stray from the path that she believes she should be following. Kacey encourages Livie to drink one night and make the most of her college experience. Livie finds a group of friends who encourage her to be more outgoing. Livie has dealt with so much heartbreak, it’s nice to see her unwind a little. Livie parties with her roomates and then there’s the boys…Ashton and Connor. Ashton is the guy she shouldn’t be with, but wants to be. Connor is the guy that her parents would approve of and expect her to be with.

This story is full of angst, but I loved it nonetheless. I was impressed with how well K.A. Tucker portrayed Livie’s feelings of being trapped and how she felt pressure to be someone she wasn’t deep down. I loved the interactions with her therapist and her sister. I thought the chemistry between Livie and Ashton was incredibly well written. At first, I thought Ashton was going to be a ‘typical’ arrogant character, but he has much more depth to him than first meets the eye and I always enjoy that. I enjoyed watching his story unfolding and learning more about him as a character.

I am intrigued to see where the rest of the series goes and will certainly be starting the next book with an open mind.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! Well worth reading if you like New Adult.

November 9

November 9

How did I get it?:
A Christmas Gift from a blogging Secret Santa!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Slammed series

Hopeless duology 

Standalones

Synopsis:

This is a love story between a guy (me) and a girl (Fallon).
I think.
Can it even be considered a love story if it doesn’t end with love?
Mysteries end when the mystery is solved.
Biographies end when the life story has been told.
Love stories should end with love, right?
Maybe I’m wrong, then. Maybe this isn’t a love story. If you ask me…I’d say this might even be considered a tragedy.
Whatever it is—however it ends—I promised I would tell it. So without further ado.

Once upon a time…I met a girl.
THE girl.

Thoughts:

I really enjoy Colleen Hoover’s books. I totally get that she’s not for everyone and some people are beginning to find her books a little samey. However, for me, I have enjoyed every one of her books so far even if I feel different about them all. I enjoy the characters that Colleen Hoover creates. Things that bother me in other books, don’t seem to bother me in a Colleen Hoover book. November 9 isn’t flawless. There were quite a few things that bugged me, which is why I didn’t give this book 4 stars. If you’re a fan of Colleen’s writing, then I’d definitely check this book out.

November 9 is about Ben and Fallon. Fallon had started working as an actress and had a promising future ahead of her, until an accident changed everything. Fallon was left with some scarring which she became completely self conscious over and as a result damaged her acting career. Fallon’s relationship with her Dad had changed since the accident and during a lunch together, it became clear just how difficult the relationship had become. Ben was in the same restaurant as Fallon and he stepped in to save the day. Ben and Fallon had an instant attraction to one another and after Ben stepped in, they made plans to see each other, once a year, on November 9. This was also the anniversary of the terrible accident.

November 9 is well written. You find yourself wondering what’s going to happen on the next November 9. I was rooting for Ben and Fallon and wished they could spend more time with one another. I have to say, it is a very angst ridden book. There’s so many emotional twists and turns and some which don’t feel overly believable. Ben does some terrible things within the book and it didn’t sit very comfortably with me.

That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the story. I really did. It didn’t take me long to read and I was very intrigued by the concept. I wanted to see what secrets were hiding. I was waiting for the plot twist and I certainly wasn’t disappointed when it came.

I think if you enjoy Colleen Hoover’s previous books or if you’re a fan of romance then this could certainly be a read for you!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.

Intriguing concept although a few things niggled at me!

Sophie

Sophie

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Lulu Publishing

Synopsis:

Sophie Banks has worked hard for what she has: top of her senior class in high school, gainfully employed, and hopelessly in love with the handsome Eric Lawrence. With graduation a mere three months away, Sophie’s life is on track until a family brawl turns her world upside-down. Between being exposed as having a less-than-ideal home life and faced with a principal who is fed up with her antics, Sophie is forced to live with a guardian, the strictest teacher from her parochial school, Ms. Brooke Jennings. Balancing her new life while hiding her old, Sophie is overwhelmed. On one lonesome drive home she’s involved in a life-changing car accident. Brooke’s loyalty through it all has Sophie seeing her guardian in a whole new light-as the mother she desperately needs. If only Sophie can get the rest of her family to feel the same. When Brooke moves in, love and loyalty will be tested, but will Sophie get the happy ending she’s fought for?

Thoughts:

I have to admit that I was immediately intrigued by the cover of this book. Its simplicity totally drew me into requesting the book. I totally went into it, not knowing much about it. I’m glad I did read this book, but I don’t think it’s a book that will stay with me for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, it is a decent read and I do think that many people will enjoy reading it! However, parts of it were completely unrealistic which did affect my enjoyment of the book.

Sophie centres around a girl who is seemingly reckless, daring and determined to break the rules/fight against authority. We learn that there is much more to Sophie than first meets the eye. For some reason, which we don’t find out immediately, Sophie’s headteacher is determined to make her graduate. Sophie has an awkward family/personal life, which slowly unravels as the story progresses. Sophie’s teacher takes her in and acts as her guardian.

This is where it all became a little muddled for me. As a teacher myself, it just seemed entirely unrealistic, especially as their relationship progressed. I just didn’t buy it at all. Sophie as a character, is intriguing and I liked reading about her relationship with Eric and his brothers (even though there were some very awkward and also unbelievable moments along the way!)

Little grips aside, this book did keep me gripped and certainly kept me turning the pages. I did enjoy the writing style, it was the plot and the characters that didn’t make this a solid 3 star read for me.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me! 2.5 stars- I did enjoy reading this book and think many more will enjoy reading it too. I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief with regard to the plot.

An unrealistic plot somewhat affected my reading experience.

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5)

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)

How did I get it?:
It was free!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Slammed
Point of Retreat
This Girl
Hopeless
Losing Hope
Maybe Someday
Ugly Love
Confess

Synopsis:

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Thoughts

Yes, I might call myself a bit of a fan of Colleen Hoover’s writing. I’m a little bit behind as she’s releasing books SO quickly, but when I was in need of a short read between books, I remembered that I hadn’t read Finding Cinderella yet. Finding Cinderella is a novella that leads on from Hopeless and Losing Hope. It can also be enjoyed as a standalone, however I personally think it’s better to read it if you have some background information on Holder and Sky.

Finding Cinderella centres around Six, Sky’s best friend. We find out that Six is upset for some reason. She goes into a cupboard at school to escape and finds herself with a guy in there. Six builds up a quick relationship with this guy who she can’t see as it’s dark. Cue instalove and Six being a ‘slut’ which doesn’t really matter as she’s known as a ‘slut’ already! Six warns that she’s leaving soon so it can’t become a thing.

The story then jumps on a year. Six is back from her trip to Italy. She meets Sky’s boyfriend’s best friend (ooh I wonder who it could be!) It is very much insta-love like. I don’t usually get on with instalove, but for some reason when Colleen Hoover writes it, I seem to be okay with it, even if I roll my eyes.

This story may not be overly believable but it was adorable at the same time. It was the light read that I was looking for!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An enjoyable novella which doesn’t take long to read. It enhances the Hopeless experience!