Tuesday, December 30, 2014

REVIEW: Reclaiming the Sand (Reclaming the Sand #1) by A. Meredith Walters

Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

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What a profoundly AMAZING read, there is so many great Reviews already for this one I'm going to just write some of my thoughts. This is the kind of book that starts off cold but warms your heart the more you read and get into. It is gripping touching and if there was EVER a hero in a book Flynn sure is one.

This is about a girl who is in a group of friends that bully a boy named Flynn who has Asperger's syndrome who ends up falling for a boy with such disability and to me this is a story about how maybe in society is deemed as not right?? mmm maybe more that in school its deemed as odd and therefore Ellie turns into Flynn's Bully just like the others.

Ellie has been brought up in the foster care system she knows only how to survive in that she drinks, she has a temper and she works in a shop its a daily routine she knows inside and out but that's her life, but then there's Flynn the boy that makes her heart do somersaults and he makes her nervous and he also makes her FEEL which is so not like her she doesn't feel she just does so she becomes just like the gang she has been part of for such a long time. A BULLY.

Ahhh our Boy Flynn I have so much to say about him, firstly he has Asperger's I know I know I've already said that but let me say this ~ Meredith Walters has done her research concerning the subject matter, Flynn is the kind of hero you do nothing but fall for. Flynn has routines he doesn't understand mannerisms, reactions (although is trying in current times to work them out concerning Ellie) he may not understand why people are laughing, are they being funny or are they being cruel? In society people don't understand the Autism spectrum I'd say he's just mis-understood, in school he's an easy target and that is what he becomes with Ellie's friends. He becomes the guy to take the pain away from then someone to blame the issues on and the one people just want to ignore cause they don't understand how to react to him. He's the target for ALL in many ways so get your tissues ready cause this sure will make you cry.

Flynn is the kind of person that touches you right in the middle of your heart, he's so very refreshing he is very pure innocent and just so beautiful the kind of soul you just don't want to taint the kind of person that you just don't want to see any harm come to, he see's the good in everyone and is easy to forgive I just can't explain him enough he's the hero that you want to hug knowing that he doesn't want that hug. A gentle spirit.

But he doesn't know how to explain himself to show emotion and when he is needed he just can't give, saying that he shows himself in other ways little gestures little parts of him that others don't ~ see Ellie does.

Ellie in time starts to see life differently and wants to better herself there is lots of obstacles in their way, but Flynn see's what's in Ellie that others don't. I LOVED reading the PRESENT but I hurt in the PAST. This story takes you back in time to when Flynn was bullied as a teenager to Present where he gains strength and begins to see the differences in things and makes an effort to do what he is not so comfortable with mmm maybe fight even for his voice to be heard yet he still has Asperger's so he still has misunderstandings but he does start to gain control in his choices.

And Flynn see's the good in Ellie where as others don't. Two different people, two different personalities, two separate goals except LOVE IS LOVE and the HEART knows what the HEART WANTS~ this statement is sooo true and I fell for this story 100%.

So was it easy to read? NO it hurt but it made me happy and smile and at times laugh too so yes enjoyable.

Would I recommend this story? Yes, yes I just love Meredith's writing her descriptive words, emotions and subject matters that are REAL and NORMAL and HEARTWARMING.


Shannie's Book Hangovers of 2014

(Click on the covers for more info or to purchase)
Innocence Series by Alessandra Torre

Songs of Submission Series by C.D. Reiss

The Original Sinners: The Red Years by Tiffany Reisz

(There are 7 novellas that can be enjoyed with this series. Here is a complete list as well as the reading order suggested by the author.)

The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

Stark Series by Sigal Ehrlich

Reasonable Doubt Series by Whitney G.

(I read as 3 seperate parts, but it's now available as a boxed set)

Irresistible Series by Senayda Pierre

The Billionaire Banker Series by Georgia Le Carre

Ruthless People (Ruthless People #1) by J.J. McAvoy

To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, following the life and marriage of Melody Nicci Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage was arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam, next in line to lead the Irish, believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. Bred to be a Boss, a world-class marksman, master of disguise, with no mercy and no fear. Twenty-four years later, she has achieved more than any man could even dream of, killing anyone who steps in her way. She knows exactly what type of man Liam is, and she would rather die than give up the power she has spent her whole life building. But with no other family left, she must not only learn to work with Liam, but the whole Callahan clan.

The Mafia of the past is evolving, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to figure out how to work as one to take down those who stand in their way, all while keeping up appearances.

Power, Family, and Respect are everything.

All or Nothing Trilogy by C.C. Gibbs

Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson

Before there were bikers, or fighters, or even good old-fashioned jerks, there were Navy SEALs. They put the bad in badass because, well…it’s their job.

Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. Little boys want to grow up and be like him. The job, the glory—it’s all his. Not because it’s handed to him…because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it—or destroys it. Unfortunately he does both at the same time. 

Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she’s ever loved, the very last thing she’s looking for is a relationship—especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering. Hesitant, yet trusting to a fault, she gives in. 

She knew she shouldn’t take the chance, especially a second time, but love is irrational and their love is perfect, infallible. Or so she thought…

The downfall to having everything is you have that much more to lose. A man like Maverick can’t have it all without something slipping out of grasp.

Crazy people perish for love. 

Good people live for it. 

Love doesn’t die. No matter how many bullets you put in it. 

*Due to sexual content and graphic language this book is intended for readers 18+*

Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy

Ryan Kendall is broken. He understands pain. He knows the hand of violence and the ache of loss. He knows what it means to fail those who need you. Being broken doesn’t stop him wanting the one thing he can’t have; Finlay Tanner. Her smile is sweet and her future bright. She’s the girl he grew up with, the girl he loves, the girl he protects from the world, and from himself.

At nineteen, Ryan leaves to join the Australian Army. After years of training he becomes an elite SAS soldier and deploys to the Afghanistan war. His patrol undertakes the most dangerous missions a soldier can face. But no matter how far he runs, or how hard he fights, his need for Finlay won’t let go.

Returning home after six years, one look is all it takes to know he can’t live without her. But sometimes love isn’t enough to heal what hurts. Sometimes people like him can’t be fixed, and sometimes people like Finlay deserve more than what’s left.

This is a story about war and the cost of sacrifice. Where bonds are formed, and friendships found. Where those who are strong, fall hard. Where love is let go, heartache is born, and heroes are made. Where one man learns that the hardest fight of all, is the fight to save himself.

Fight For Me by Bethany Bazile

I just needed someone to show me how to fight for me…

When tragedy hits Alexis Cole is shattered. She carries the blame on her shoulders after losing a big piece of herself. When Ryder Hayes sweeps back into her life, she has something to hold on to, but just as quickly as he appeared he was gone. When fate-or meddling parents-throw them back together they can no longer deny the heat that’s burned between them for years.

Ryder has always wanted Lexi, but he’s never fought so hard against something in his life. Saving Lexi from her past was never on his agenda, but he could never bear letting her drown in it. With his UFC championship title on the line, the last thing he needs is to be distracted by Lexi. When she’s thrown back into his life he can no longer fight their attraction. 
But once he claims her he knows he’ll never let go.

***Mature content warning*** This title is intended for Adults 18+ due to language and explicit sexual content.

*If you have an aversion to steamy scenes, you may not want to board this ride, because it will be a hot and sweaty one.*

The Right Kind of Love by Kennedy Kelly

Damaged, but not broken, Sydney Summers picks up her life and moves halfway across the country. 

After a tragic event that has rocked her to the core, she is determined not to let it taint her future. Her entire world is turned on its axis when her new roommate isn’t the person she thought they would be. Making the best of the situation, like she always does, she trudges forward and learns that, although life may not seem perfect all the time, it can end up being pretty damn good. 

Damien Blue, a tattoo artist by day and a musician by night, is a man-whore. With a revolving bedroom door, he knows no limits when it comes to women. Then he meets his game-changer. Everything he knew before is completely and utterly turned upside-down when he can’t keep the one woman he thinks is too good for him from his mind or his heart. 

When fate rears its ugly head again, will they be able to come together as one, surviving their hot and cold relationship? Will Sydney be able to let go of her past and fight for their future? 

Together, will they be able to find The Right Kind of Love? 

(17+) This book contains mature subject matter that is not suitable for those under the age of 17

Wildcard: The Complete Serial by Missy Johnson

Wishing you a WONDERFUL 2015 with many Book Hangovers & 5 Star Reads xo