Monday, November 30, 2015

REVIEW: Loving the White Liar by Kate Stewart **GIVEAWAY**

I met my true love when I was twenty-seven. He was handsome, charming, witty, and irresistible. Jayden Monroe came along when I was struggling with indecision and made things simple, turned monochrome into vivid color, and forever altered my perspective on life. 

I was not naive enough to believe in happily ever after, but with Jayden, it seemed possible . . . until I realized something wasn’t quite right. 

You see, I met a man who would be anyone I needed him to be, and after I found out that fact, I knew it would be impossible to walk away. His disorder, however, would change everything I ever thought about love and what it truly meant to accept someone for who they are.

This is not my sob story; this is his success story.

**This is an ADHD love story and is for mature audiences only. This book contains explicit sex and strong language.**

5 "SUN" Stars

I'm a big fan of Kate Stewart's and have thoroughly enjoyed any of her books that I've read. I knew going in that this one was different and again a departure from her other works...I truly don't think she has a 'norm' when it comes to writing and it's that complexity and versatility that I love. She blows me away every time.

Loving the White Liar is a poignant and passionate read that left me overflowing with emotions.

This story is about a young woman, Hilary, who realizes she's just been letting life pass her by without really being in the game. She gives two weeks notice on her waitress job and decides now's the time to make some decisions and choose her own path. Little does she realize, on that same fateful day, while enjoying her daily swim, in walks this deliciously handsome man, Jayden Monroe: the man who would rock her world and steal her heart.

Hilary and Jayden take things nice and slow as they get to know each other. Hilary notices some odd quirks about Jayden but with him being gorgeous, beyond sexy and also super sweet, she doesn't give them a second thought. Once things get serious, Jayden realizes he has to come clean because he wants them to work and so, he tells Hilary that he's ADHD. Like I would have reacted, Hilary shrugs and says okay. Thinking no big deal and having no clue exactly what that entails.

But it is a big deal. Incidents take place that force Hilary to see other sides of Jayden that scare her, anger hurt and also hurt her.

“Okay, so that asshole he’d warned me about had arrived. And I had to say I wasn’t happy to meet him, but I loved him and so I refused to let the asshole win.”

This story reminds us that Love isn't a fairy tale...

It isn't perfect and it can be messy, dirty and sometimes down and out hard. But it's the fight, the perseverance and the unwavering commitment that make it that much sweeter and all the more worth while.

Hilary knows in her heart of hearts that she can't ever leave Jayden no matter what battles they have to face.

“Wrapping my arms around him, I uncorked the cap and took a swallow. His poison could come at me in any form. I would be its greatest contender.”

Hilary and Jayden are two beautifully complex and lovable characters. Like Hilary, I was a goner for Jayden from the onset. He's got that perfect mix of gentleman and Alpha. And Hilary is one great big beautiful soul. Her unconditional love for Jayden is awe inspiring and breathtaking.

If you've a sweet spot for an exceptionally brilliant love story that's real but also magical, I would highly recommend you read this book!!

“This is forever,” he whispered. “No matter how bad we beat the shit out of it. You and me, we are always.”

***An advance reading copy by Kate Stewart was generously provided in exchange for an honest review***

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

REVIEW: The Truth About Him by M. O'Keefe

We played our roles, told each other lies.
But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.
We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:
The thrilling danger.
The raw, naked desire.
The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.
Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

4.5 “You and Me. Bedrock” STARS

This was so good. Enjoyed it as much as the first book and I hope there's more. Molly O'Keefe's writing is spellbinding and captures such beautiful imagery and the emotions of - Annie and Dylan - two beautifully broken people who struggle to shed their lies and fears while daring to believe in hope, happiness and love.
Annie and Dylan's journey picks up right from the nail biting cliffy in book 1. This book is even more of a transformation or metamorphosis for both as actions and consequences force both of them to truly look deep within themselves.

Dylan’s past comes to the forefront as all the ugliness and danger he fought so hard to be rid of takes up residence in between him and Annie.

“I didn’t know what this was, this thing we had between us. But it was powerful. And compelling. And both of us had spilled blood over it.”
Dylan has this ongoing, internal and often violent struggle with himself over Annie. It was raw, gritty and consuming.

“I wanted to fuck her and protect her all at the same time. I wanted to keep her and push her away. I was everything in opposites, and I felt torn apart by her.”

And Annie questions everything about who she is, what she wants and what she's willing to give and take. It was a beautiful thing to see this lost and broken woman grow and come into her own.
“Oh God, I tried not to smile. But I loved her like this. Unchained and furious. It was pure. A mess, but it was a pure mess.”
Not sure if Molly has plans for more in this series but I sure hope so. As much as Blake was a real A--hole in this one, I want him to find happiness too. And yeah, Max too! What can I say? I'm a sucker for a bad boy!

**ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

REVIEW: Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters

She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.

He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.

Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.

4.5 "Sure" STARS

This was an emotional read. Ms. Walters knows how to hit you where it counts and drive home a real,poignant message loud and clear!

“Stop thinking about your life in increments. Seconds. Minutes. Days. Look at the bigger picture and embrace whatever time you have. Don’t look constantly toward the end. Enjoy the right now.”
This is a tale of two broken hearts. One literally and the other figuratively but both as life threatening. Corin Thompson is stuck. Marred in grief and fear and resisting to live her life. Beckett Kingsley is a young vibrant, active man with a sudden and life altering heart condition.

Fate, kismet or whatever it was, brings these two together at just the right moment. These two just naturally clicked and were so right for each other. Their connection was natural and a slow build but so real.
“I need someone who can ride the wave with me. No matter what happens.”
Ms. Walters has this natural knack for creating flawed yet lovely and endearing characters. Corin made me laugh out loud and also sob. I too could feel the suffocating butterflies. Yet when Beck was around: this light, this force, like Corin, I too could feel those fluttering and giddy butterflies!
If you're looking for a special read with love, life, death and hope, this is worth the read!

**ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**