ARC REVIEW: #Player (Hashtag #3) by Cambria Hebert

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#Player (Hashtag #3)
Cambria Hebert
Published March 9th 2015
NA > Contemporary Romance | Sports
313pages (kindle edition)
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3 ★★★1/2

 
 
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Players gotta play.
Hate is like a poison. It contaminates everything.
So does doubt.
Even though I deny what I overheard, even though I insist it isn’t true, the seed of doubt has been planted. I can’t help but be tormented with the endless what-if’s that have taken over our lives.
Romeo and I were happy in love. The future stretched before us brighter than any star in the darkest sky. Now everything is broken. Literally broken. Romeo’s entire career is at stake, my entire future is threatened… and my past?
It’s coming back to haunt me.
To haunt us.
Romeo says we’re in this together and right now the only sure thing is us. But how far can a love so new be pushed? The lengths we will have to go to save each other puts everything at risk.
Romeo is a #player but how much of the game can one person play?
 
 
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I will surely miss this couple. Romeo and Rimmel’s relationship is the kind you wish you have with someone. My reading was actually done in parts– by part swooning and part sobbing because of envy.

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First of all, I feel the need to say this. I am so so picky when it comes to NA books. Half of the NA books that I read this month just pissed me off and made me swear off anything NA or college romance on my TBR. But this series totally caught my attention and made me stay until the end.

Second, I need to get this out of my system: Who IS THAT GUY ON THE COVER BECAUSE OH MY GOD I’M TOTALLY CRUSHING ON HIM. That face with Romeo’s attitude is just… I’M DEAD. Rimmel is so lucky I don’t know if I should be happy for her or be jealous.

Third, and this is the review: I’m glad that this is more than just a cheesy love story. If you’ll ask me, this is like the college version of Rock Chick by KA because of the laughs, the adorable yet fierce heroine and the mega hot Alpha love interest. And of course because of the suspense. There was a lot of secrets that was thrown my way that I did not see coming. I was hurt for Rimmel and Romeo. But I cannot deny that it added a flare to the series.

I love how flawed every characters are in here and instead of being turned off I just loved them even more. Romeo is just the PERFECT book boyfriend ever. I WISH THIS GUY IS REAL (and that he’s mine) because I swear, the world will be a better place if there’s a lot of Romeo around. Rimmel grew. I didn’t like her clumsy self before because, well, I just don’t. Its great watching her finally taking her claws out because its about time!

I am so so happy that I finally read books by Cambria, I’m glad I discovered her because I just love her writing so much and I can’t wait to check out her other books.

Lastly, I CANNOT WAIT FOR BRAEDEN’S book. The national BFFL of the book world. I have a theory when it comes to her heroine (I’m still hoping its me) and I am freaking excited. Its time to accept the fact that Romeo is taken and its time to move on…… to Braeden.

Do I recommend this series? You bet your butt I do. Reading Romeo and Rimmel’s relationship was exciting. You will swoon, you will hurt but it will surely bring a smile to your face. Romeo and Rimmel will surely be a favorite for a very long time!

 

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Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

 

 

 

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SNEAK-A-PEEK: Snark and Stage Fright by Stephanie Wardrop

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Snark and Stage Fright
Stephanie Wardrop
Published February 24th 2014 by Swoon Romance
YA/NA > Contemporary
 
 

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Happily-ever-after isn’t as happy or forever as Jane Austen makes it look. Just something Georgia Barrett learns when her sharp tongue costs her the only guy she’s ever really cared about: Michael Endicott.
Determined to move on, Georgia lands the lead role in the school’s fall musical. But to survive on stage, she’ll need to learn to express herself without her protective shield of snark. She soon discovers being honest with others means being honest with herself, and the truth is she’s still in love with Michael.
But from the looks of Michael’s new girlfriend, Georgia isn’t the only one who tried to move on. Apparently, some people are just better at it than others. And when Michael and his girlfriend join the cast of the fall musical, Georgia finds out that snark and stage fright are the least of her worries…
 
 
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We heard Michael’s mom calling from the house, “Michael, phone for you!” and he said, “Well, Georgia and I should get back to the house before we miss lunch … ”

“But I just got here!” Catalina pouted for a second, then said, “Why don’t you go take your call and grab something from the kitchen to bring back so we can catch up? It’ll give me a chance to get to know Georgia—and tell her all your dirty secrets.”

Michael looked at me uncertainly, then back at the house, then back to me. I nodded, albeit reluctantly, so he got up and started walking away. I wanted to stay on that beach blanket and dish with Catalina about as much as I wanted a Sharknado to shoot onto the beach and bite off one of my limbs. At least I’d have a story to tell Cassie later, one that she would actually want to listen to—my afternoon in the sand with my boyfriend’s supermodel summer beach house bestie.

Catalina stretched her impossibly long and tanned legs in front of her and cooed,

“So you and Michael are going out? He makes an excellent boyfriend, doesn’t he? He’s a little stiff at first, but once you loosen him up … ”

I could taste my breakfast in my throat when she said that.

“Michael and I have had a little thing going every summer since I was about fourteen, I guess,” she explained, then gave a sharp little laugh, “Guess not this year!”

“Guess not.”

She looked at me, all of me, up and down and back again, as if trying to figure out how she’d lost out on her yearly fling to a troll like me. But as uncomfortable as she was making me, I was determined to hold my tongue rather than upset any more of Michael’s family, friends, and assembled guests, lest they send me back over the Bourne Bridge to the mainland—leaving Michael here with Catalina.

“So you and Michael … ?” Her question trailed off; it was too ridiculous to ask.

I nodded and said, “Me and Michael.”

“Wow. I mean, I’m sorry, but … Just—wow. It’s a surprise, that’s all.”

I should have held my tongue. Manually.With both hands. But I just couldn’t.

Before I could stop myself, I said, “Well, it’s part of his community service.”

Her sandy brows drew together over her lowered sunglasses and she looked at me.

“Really?” She drew out the word so that it had about eighteen syllables.

“Yeah. Michael got arrested for passing bad checks. But he was just sentenced to community service since his family knows the judge and all. So he has to take orphan girls with no hope of modelling careers down to the Cape once or twice a summer. And I’m this week’s lucky orphan!”

After a few seconds, she snarled, “Michael would never pass bad checks,” and eyed me with great indignation.

“That was the part of the story you found unbelievable? Not the orphanage for failed models?” I laughed.

“I’m finding this whole situation pretty unbelievable, to tell you the truth.” She shook her head. Don’t you find it an eensy weensy bit surprising yourself?” she asked me and then sat there with two fingers poised like pincers a fewmillimeters apart to indicate the “eensy weensy-ness” of my chances of being with Michael.

“What’s that, Catalina? Your cup size before the surgery?” I blurted out—just as Michael showed up.

“Everything okay here?” he asked after he dropped a cloth shopping bag filled with some crusty bread, cheese, and a bunch of big green grapes onto the towel.

I waited for Catalina to burst into wounded tears. But she chirped, “Georgia is sooo funny,” as if we had just been laughing and braiding each other’s hair in one of history’s finest moments of girl bonding.

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Stephanie Wardrop grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, a town mostly famous for being a railroad card in Monopoly. After giving up on her childhood goal of becoming a pirate, she decided to become a writer but took a detour through lots of college and grad school and ended up teaching writing and British and American literature. She’s the author of the Swoon Romance e-novella series Snark and Circumstance, based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and lives in western New England with her husband, kids, cats, and gecko.

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: The Problem With Heartache (Crazy In Love #3) by Lauren K. McKellar

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The Problem With Heartache (Crazy In Love #3)
Lauren K. McKellar
Published February 27th 2015
YA/NA > Contemporary | Romance
251pages (kindle edition)
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4 ★★★★

 
 
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The problem with heartache is that there’s no one-size-fits-all relief package. You can go to classes; you can try to embrace change. But when you wake up at two in the morning, a smile on your face because you’ve dreamt about the could have—the should have—nothing will console you.
Because seconds later, you remember.
And remembering can rip you apart.
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Kate will do anything for her family. It’s why she took the job with Lee. It’s why she’s attempting to forget her pain. But it’s hard to forget, when you’re desperate to hold on. Even if Lee Collins is the perfect package.
Lee will do anything for the ones he cares about. It’s why he hired Kate.
It’s why he keeps his secrets; and it’s why he cannot, will not fall in love. Not with Kate—not with anyone.
Ever.
The one thing he can’t forgive.
The one thing she can’t forget.
 
 
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THE PROBLEM with heartache is that you can’t mourn forever. You can’t walk around the streets wearing black, carrying holy water on your person in the hope that you’ll stumble upon a miracle and be able to use it to bring that person back. One day, you’re gonna forget that tiny vial, and you’re not gonna realise until it’s too late

I just love books about moving on. Love, love, love it! Meaning: I’ve read so many books with the same premise as this book. BUT!!!! The Problem Heartache stands out! I swooned, I cried (I DID AND IT WAS THE SLOW KIND OF CRYING LIKE SOMEONE IS TORTURING YOU. YAH FEEL ME?) I laughed.. and I was filled happiness.

This book is part of a series and sadly, I haven’t read the first two books but I’m telling you, I still understood the story perfectly. I did not, for any second, got lost in the story. Yep, it has spoilers from the first two books, but it didn’t change my mind, I’ll still read ‘em.

Lauren’s writing is incredible. It’s beautiful. Her words does something to my heart. She jut keeps tugging at my heartstrings. I can’t give you any explanation on why this is the first time I read a book from her. I don’t honestly know why either. But I’m glad I discovered her.

The characters are amazing. The kind of book characters that will stay with you. Kate is a mix of sassiness and sexiness and kindness. I adore this girl. I nev experienced grief bit Kate is a perfect portrayal of a woman that is hurt, trying to stay strong and scared of tearing down her walls.

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And of course, Lee freaking Collins. This guy… THIS FREAKING GUY. WHERE CAN I GET ONE, LAUREN? WHERE????

I was going to catch a plane. I was hoping to catch a girl

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The journey until the end wasn’t easy. I got frustrated too. There was some hair pulling that happened. And Lottie totally got on my nerves. (You’re on my list girl, I’m sorry but you are) There was a revelation that was so shocking my mouth was open for 5 minutes. Lauren’s good with surprises.

I don’t know what more to say but READ IT. The Problem with this book is… nothing. Okay, maybe the cover?? Might need some improvement?

This book is wonderful. Its realistic. The characters are authentic. And the writing is beautiful. The love story will make you swoon and will make you believe that moving forward is ALWAYS better than being held back.

 

 

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Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now. She loves books that evoke emotion, and hope hers make you feel.

Lauren lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.

 

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Fingers In The Mist by O’Dell Hutchison

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Fingers In The Mist
O’ Dell Hutchison
Published February 3rd 2015 by Month9Books, LLC
YA > Mystery | Horror
280pages (kindle edition)
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3 ★★★1/2

 
 
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Sixteen-year-old Caitlyn Foster never believed in the legend of the Redeemers. That was before the trees started to whisper her name. Before a murder of crows attacked the town. Before she and her family came home to find a bloody handprint on their front door, marking one of them as a sacrifice. As Caitlyn’s friends are ripped from their homes, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Redeemers come for her. Caitlyn has the power to stop the terror, but she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.
 
 
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Mind your manners and do what’s right,
This will keep you safe at night.
But if you give yourself to sin,
You will let the Redeemers in.
If God’s path is not your goal,
Then the Redeemers will take your soul

The creepy atmosphere of this book is unbelievable! Is there a creepier word than creepy??

Cait just moved back to her old town with her dad, her stepmother that she doesn’t like at all, an ex that still hurting and with people that believes to the group called The Redeemers.

This book is both mystical and creepy. The plot is like one of those you watch on television shows. The way the author set the atmosphere everytime you turn a page is just really impressive. Books that grabs you from the first chapter is rare. And let me tell you, this is one of those books.

The characters are totally intriguing and you can’t help but be attached to them. Cait is a badass protagonist! This girl doesn’t take crap from anybody. If you’re tired with whiny main character, then Caity and you will get along. I adore how she can be scared and still appear as a badass. She can be sassy too if she want. The second characters that plays a huge part in the book can’t be missed as well. They’re fleshed out and just like Caity, they’re absolutely intriguing.

I loved how the things played out until the end. If I have complains, it would just be the pacing and some tiny information that I really wanna know but wasn’t mentioned.

But overall, Fingers in the Mist is a very enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a YA Stephen King kind of book? This is it!

 

 

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O’Dell was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers living there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific Northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst and at night you can either find him sitting at home, dreaming of random super powers he wishes he had, or directing plays and musicals at various theaters around Houston.

 

 

 

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SHORT REVIEWS: Painless, You Own Me, Soul Crossed a.k.a painful, no thanks, stressville

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Painless
S.A. Harazin
Published March 1st 2015 by Albert Whitman & Company
YA > Contemporary
272pages (hardcover)

 

DNF

 

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A first kiss. Falling in love. Going to prom. These are all normal things that most teenagers experience. Except for 17-year-old David Hart. His life is anything but normal and more difficult than most. Because of the disease that wracks his body, David is unable to feel pain. He has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis–or CIPA for short. One of only a handful of people in the world who suffer from CIPA, David can’t do the things every teenager does. He might accidentally break a limb and not know it. If he stands too close to a campfire, he could burn his skin and never feel it. He can’t tell if he has a fever and his temperature is rising. Abandoned by his parents, David now lives with his elderly grandmother who is dying. When David’s legal guardian tells him that he needs to move into an assisted living facility as he cannot live alone, David is determined to prove him wrong. He creates a bucket list, meets a girl with her own wish list, and then sets out to find his parents. All David wants to do is grow old, beat the odds, find love, travel the world, and see something spectacular. And he still wants to find his parents. While he still can.

 

REVIEW:

 

Reading PAINLESS is kind of PAINFUL.

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I was really sad when I decided to DNF this book because I am desperate to like it. The concept of the whole book is very new to me and I want to explore it. It’s actually the first time I’ve heard of Congenital Insensitivity to pain with Anhydrosis–or CIPA for short. The whole premise in interesting and David can be witty and quirky when he wants to.

The delivery was really a letdown. The way it was written is so.. off. It’s so stiff and everything feels forced. Luna, who I did not like at all is so annoying and I can’t believe that sweet David is gonna be paired with up with that kind of girl.

I honestly don’t have anything more to say because this book is big fate MEH to me. The sucky writing really threw me off and there’s nothing than can convince me to try to read it again.

 

 

 

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You Own Me
Mary Catherine Gebhard
Published February 14th 2015 by Trendlettrs
NA > Contemporary
273pages (kindle edition)

2★★

 

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“I’ll love you until you break my heart. I’ll give you the broken pieces of my heart as an offering to you, because you own it. Whole, shattered, alive, or dead; you own my heart no matter what condition it’s in. I’ll stay with you until you figure out how to feel. I’ll stay with you even if you never do.”
This is a story about happiness, and how it doesn’t simply happen because you fall in love.
Lennox is on the run from her ex-boyfriend. She had to drop everything, tell no one, and move to a new town, alone. She expected to be lonely, she expected to be afraid, but she never expected to meet a man named Vic who drove her crazy with lust and anger and called her “Lenny.” If it’s at all possible, Vic is more twisted than the man she ran away from.
She should ignore him, but they’re drawn to each other like magnets. Lennox ran from from Seattle to Santa Barbara to get away from violence, to create a new life, and to be something simple. Instead she’s found herself wrapped up in great friends and an epic love. This new life is the opposite of everything she wants, but it might just be everything she needs.

 

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“Vic positioned himself above me. I felt $@#%# right at my entrance, and for a moment everything made sense. Dean, Vic, his wife, it didn’t matter. All the stars were in place; the universe had aligned”

I’M SORRY WHAT

 

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“his wife…”

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“..it didn’t matter..”

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“All the stars were in place; the universe had aligned”

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This book is all sex with no sense. Talk about a sex deprived.. main character. I am laughing at how ludicrous this book is. The characters, the plot, even the writing.. it’s like it’s destined to be disliked. I am being mean, I’m sorry, but seriously.. have you read the quote above?

The love interest, Vic, is a jerk with bipolar tendencies. And he’s apparently a very high and important cop or spy or… honestly, at this point, I care more about what’s happening to Miley Cyrus’ love life.

And I’m not saying I’m an expert.. or that I’m a professional but if a mere reviewer like me notice grammatical errors like this then this book screams: ‘I NEED AN EDITOR’

I didn’t know what compelled me to finish (okay, I just skimmed the last 30%) this book but it must be something strong. I don’t know maybe I was intoxicated at that time… okay, nope, not possible. Because I still remember how this book badly needs an editor.

 

 

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Soul Crossed (Of Demons & Angels #1)
Lisa Gail Green
Published February 25th 2015 by Full Fathom Five Digital
YA > Paranormal | Romance
252pages (kindle edition)

2★★

 

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One Demon. One Angel. One Soul.
Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam’s beautiful friend, Grace.
Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.
It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.
And only one can claim Cam’s soul.

 

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“Not everyone has your charm, your quick wit, or your looks. You’d be surprised how many things people will do for someone as handsome as you.”

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This book frustrated me so much. Is it my fault that the gorgeous cover and that blurb made me to expect so much? IS IT MY FAULT? Okay, I finished this book. But this will be short and I’ll say what’s wrong: EVERYTHING.

No world building.

Awful characters.

Nonsense plot.

Romance that makes me wanna barf.

Instalove gone wrong (they’re never right tbh)

And this thing that bugged me so much:

“I know I’m a Demon but that’s just wrong”

DUDE, YOU’RE A DEMON!  A DEMON. DEMON MEANS BAD AND EVIL.

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“Why is it my business if he wants to hook up with some slut?”

OOOH, LOOK AT THIS GIRL BEING AN ANGEL AND EVERYTHING.

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And lastly..

“He’s my soul mate,”I say. I know it sounds childish, but in our case it’s true. Our souls are connected.”

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That’s it. I’m out.

Paula