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Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare Review

Surviving Adam Meade
Shannon Klare
(Surviving Adam Meade, #1)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…

With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.

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Review

4 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Surviving Adam Meade is an enemies to lovers story. Claire is forced to change high schools her senior year, starting in a new school leaving behind her entire life. Also, she’s coach’s daughter what leads her to meet Adam. Quarterback, heartbreaker and a bit of an asshole.

Their chemistry is clear, they both prank and attack verbally each other (the use of sarcasm is so good, I loved it). They realised they like each other but are afraid of their future together.

The first part of the book, all the banter and bickering is, for me, the best part of the book. Although it loses its force when they start dating. I expected it to be more passionate. Also, the jumps between scenes inside chapters are to fast. One paragraph you have Claire in class and the next she’s at home, without making a big separation between them. It was weird for me while reading.

Overall, I truly liked it. Both main characters are funny and sort of real-life related. Perfect read for summer.

Author Bio:

Shannon Klare is a southern housewife, born and raised in Texas. When she isn’t writing or daydreaming new plots, Shannon is a reality TV fanatic and movie connoisseur. Surviving Adam Meade is her debut novel.

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How To Breathe Underwater by Vicky Steiner Review

How to Breathe Underwater
Vicky Skinner
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she’s been a part of her whole life.

Now in a new home, new school, and faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn’t so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There’s only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?

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Review

3.75 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫

How To Breathe Underwater tells the story of Kate. It starts with a boom, her father is cheating on her mother and she finds out in the middle of a swimming practice. Her life changes drastically, she has to move to a different city and start again. That’s when she meets Michael, her neighbor and they develop a friendship.

Kate has mixed feelings about everything that’s happening, thinking about every decision she has made. She’s learning to be herself and that’s very authentic and I like when characters are realistic.

The chemistry is easy and fast between Michael and her, they connect like they’ve known each other their whole lives.

The book in itself is good, I’d consider it a fall reading, so perfect for the months ahead, but the drama was easy to spot since the beginning (for myself). I saw what was going to happen when I read the first chapters so later when it happened I wasn’t very surprised. However, you read about a teenager growing up faster than she should be and making mistakes.

I recommend it for those who like to read young adult and romance.

Author Bio:

Born and raised in Texas, I don’t act like much of a Texan. I like cold weather and hate country music. I have a gorgeous husband, two dogs, and a Literature degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. If I’m not at home reading a book or doing laundry, I’m probably at the bookstore, nannying three rambunctious boys, or stuck on the side of the road with car trouble. I’m a reader, a writer, and a bit of a crazy person.

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Cry Baby (Review)

Cry Baby by Ginger Scott
A Contemporary Young Adult Romance
Release day: June 22, 2018
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“Cry Baby is brilliantly written. It’s hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking and will leave you thinking about it for days afterward. Bravo, Ms. Scott. This boy-man stole my heart and I don’t want it back.”- L.J. Shen, Bestselling Author

Blurb:

Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his.
He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his face was touched by the cold metal of the rival gang’s gun. Loyal even though his mom begged him to run the moment she returned home from rehab.
He thought about becoming someone else. It was hard not to crave the life of a regular 17-year-old. It’s the only reason he stayed in school—to pretend. But he always fell back in line.
Loyal.
Riley Rojas didn’t belong in Tristan’s real world. She should have only been part of the fantasy, one of the many faces he got to pretend with amidst rows of metal chairs and desks and whiteboards with assignments. But there she was, moving boxes from the back of an old pick-up into a house Tristan had shot up on a dare with his friends only a few months before.
Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, Riley took up space on his streets, her loud mouth fearless in the face of the gang leaders who terrified everyone else. She pushed Tristan around on the hard court, and she balled better than his friends—better than him
sometimes. She challenged him. She needed him. He liked it. And when her pale blue eyes stared into his, he quit wanting to pretend.
He couldn’t ask her to leave because she’d only dig her heels in deeper. He couldn’t ask because he didn’t want her to go. She was blurring his lines. She was testing his loyalty.
He was falling in love.
And it was going to tear him apart.

Review:

4 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I’m always waiting for her books, they never disappoint. Since I first read How We Deal With Gravity I was hooked in her way of writing.
Cry Baby is just one of her masterpieces. The message and the topics are on point right now. The main characters have great chemistry and I really liked their personalities.
Riley is so headstrong, independent and fierce, you just end up loving her when you get to see her soft, sensible side.
Tristan is just too cute. He follows his own ideals and is very loyal to them, that something admirable in someone and that I value.
Like in the rest of Ginger Scott’s books there’s more to the story than just the relationship between the main characters. I admire her braveness to write about these topics and how she is able to accomplish it in a real way. I feel this could actually happen.
Also, how young people is represented, their personalities, how they behave is how I feel it should be. They’re almost adults and their way of thinking is in constant change, however their values and loyalty are always the same, that’s admirable, it takes real courage.
So go read it NOW.
ARC kindly provided by Wordsmith Publicity

About the Author:Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

Callan (Review)

About the book:

Callan

by Sybil Bartel

(Uncompromising #5)

Publication date: March 20th 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Callan

I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult—my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.

And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.

Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life, claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.

But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.

I didn’t find my sister.

I found someone else.

CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the exciting Uncompromising Series!

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Review:

3,5 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫

First book about someone’s life after getting out of a ‘cult’ I’ve read.

In general, I’ve liked it. The first 3 chapters I was lije ‘ok I don’t know what’s going on, what’s happening in’ but it was necessary too much action in just a few pages for the story.

Callan’s way to be is marked by his past on the compound and it’s shown perfectly. His sort of robotic way of talking, his behaviour, how he showed his emotions and his empathy. For me, they seemed cute and adorable at times, although in this current era there are things that a woman should not accept. He wasn’t disrespectful to women and when he was (sometimes he didn’t notice he was because he thought how he was acting or what he was saying was normal) he apologised.

Emily is the perfect prototype of what an independent woman is known to be: works and studies, doesn’t needs a man to be complete or to protect her, can speak for herself. Generally, her character was liked but when she doubted herself and the reassurance came from the male part was just a big contradiction. If she thinks she doesn’t need a man to protect her why is she only reassured by one. That is my main problem with her and the book. I believe in strong characters that fight for themselves, even if sometimes they need a push.

Their chemistry was really good and developed in a good way during the book.

Other characters, I liked most of them, but Phoebe (her sister) was a bit insufferable.

Overall, it’s a good book about a taboo topic, cult religions, so go check it out!!!

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AUTHOR BIO:

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

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The Year We Hid Away (Review)

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The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2)

Sarina Bowen

Publication date: June 1st 2014

Genres: new adult, romance, college sport

She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.

Review:

3.5 🌟 🌟 🌟

First read of 2018, it fell into my hands January 1st. I knew this author from her books with Elle Kennedy (Him/Us, WAGs). The Year We Hid Away is the 2nd book in the series, even though I haven’t read the first one I didn’t miss anything. I’m going to divide my review in two:

Romance: both of them share a couple of classes and start going to the library. It’s a very ‘normal or common’ beginning for a relationship. The development it’s a bit fast but with their lives taking over it was to be expected. No big problems about love and relationships.

Drama: way too much. It was the reason I spent half a night reading. Each of them has really serious problems. The book deals with many big topics (Rape, foster care, drugs, death, etc. I don’t want to make spoilers) in just 272 pages.

The main characters are very similar: strong, selfless, don’t like asking for help, with their head over their shoulders.

To sum up, good story that gets lost behind all that drama. I recommend this author, even though this wasn’t one of my favorites Him/Us are such good books and the WAGs series too.

Read,

Bhaltair.

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About the Author

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

 

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Walk the Edge

Walk the edge by Katie McGarry.

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At the beginning of the year I found this book but I haven’t been able to read it until now, and I have to say I just love it. Razor and Breanna has so much passion and chemistry. I haven’t read yet the first one, I jump straight to this one and I don’t regret it, but now I want to read the other. This book builds an intriguing story that would make you want to read page after page. Breanna trying to show herself to the world and no letting others get in her way, though it’s really complicated, is impressive, she is really fearless. Razor has demons like everybody else, but his chase him all the time, and in place to continue living he has to let them go. I liked a lot to see them getting better together, that’s something I admire in books and in real life. Also, they’re so cute together. Highly recommended it.