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Scorched by Jennifer L Armentrout book review

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Sometimes life leaves a mark.

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge, and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock-bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

We met Andrea and Tanner in Frigid and even then you could tell you they had a love/hate relationship.
So I was super happy to get a book about them.

Andrea and Tanner aren’t friends, they are more like acquaintances. Tanner knows Kyler and Kyler is dating her BFF Sydney so they have to, sometimes, get along.

They snipe and bicker at each other and when Sydney tells Andrea that they are all going to go away for a week you just know sparks are going to fly.

A few nights before they go out and like usual Andrea gets drunk, this time is different though. Tanner gets jealous when Andrea receives male attention and he steps in.

On the trip up to there week away Tanner and Andrea call a truce to their bickering. But Tanner wants more from Andrea… as his feelings for her come at him all at once he won’t stop until Andrea is underneath him…

Andrea has her own demons and even though she knows she should talk about it all she doesn’t. She bottles everything. When Tanner says he wants her she can’t quite believe it but things get hot and heavy between them and Andrea can’t cope.

She spirals out of control and she’s having the worst attack she’s ever had.

Things get worse though and Andrea won’t accept help, until something happens that makes her change her ways.

But she’s convinced Tanner won’t want her when he finds out the truth.  Can he convince her that he loves her for who she is?

This book.

Andrea was a character I could relate to whole heartedly. She doesn’t think she’s good enough or worthy enough. She knows she’s not relationship worthy and she has problems she won’t talk about. She’s curvy. Her stomach isn’t flat and her thighs rub… everything a guy wants obviously! She’s wanted Tanner for a while and has crushed on him hard. So when he starts paying more attention to her she can’t quite believe it. Why would he want her? To help with her problems, Andrea self medicates with alcohol. Which makes her forget everything.
Andrea doesn’t want to speak her feelings aloud because then it makes everything real but when Tanner says something to her in an argument, Andrea has a massive anxiety attack and she’s mortified that Tanner saw her. She knows she needs help but when they get back home and is alone with her thoughts and drinking… something happens that makes her change her life.

Tanner. He’s hot, just like every JLA guy haha. I loved how Tanner loved Andrea for who she was. Her body shape didn’t bother him, in fact he loves her curves… a lot.
And even though Andrea has a lot of problems that doesn’t bother Tanner either. He wants to help her. He wants to be there for her. He’s the guy I need! He waits for her to open up and his heart breaks when he sees how she acts and behaves when she’s had a drink. Her attack is an eye opener but he still doesn’t run. In fact he gives her space and lets her sort herself out and tells her he’ll be there for her. However long it takes.

What I loved about this book is how JLA touched upon depression and anxiety and how it makes people feel. She delved into the mind set of people and I found myself bonding with Andrea because all the things she’s felt are things that I’ve felt or are still feeling.

This book gave me hope that someone is out there for me who won’t be bothered about my depression and anxiety. Just like Tanner is with Andrea.

Yes this book was slow in some parts and was different from Frigid but that didn’t matter. She brought to life a subject that not many people are familiar with or don’t understand. She made it easier for people to spot those signs.

So thank you JLA for putting depression and anxiety in a book and thank you for giving those who suffer from it hope. Hope that we can get over it and hope that there is a guy like Tanner out there for us.

5 out of 5 stars

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Fall With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout book review

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Roxy’s loved Reece Anders since she was fifteen, so when the straitlaced cop finally surrendered to a steamy encounter years later, Roxy hoped he’d fall for her, too. He didn’t. Or that’s what she’s always believed. But then Reece storms back into her life when the man who injured her childhood friend is out of prison and wanting to make amends-something Roxy cannot do.

The last thing she wants is to go there with Reece again, but he’s determined to prove to her that he’s exactly what she needs. Especially when a sick creep starts messing with her. But what’s more dangerous to Roxy-a psycho after her or the past that refuses to let go allow her to open up her heart again?

Roxy is in love with Reece. That much is obvious and so is her dislike of him. They had a steamy encounter a few years ago but Reece didn’t fall in love with her. In fact he regrets that night.

So when Reece comes back into her life he wants to talk about that night. But there’s something Roxy isn’t telling him and what Reece hates more than anything is lies.

Roxt knows she should tell Reece the truth but when the night ends up with them sleeping together… it just gets more complicated.

Also the gut who seriously injured her best friend is back out of prison and is wanting to make amends with both her and her BFF Charlie. But Roxy can’t let go of the past.

Then there’s the fact that Roxy believes her house is haunted because things are happening there that hasn’t done. And when she wakes up to find a picture of herself fast asleep in her phone she knows she needs to call the police.

But things escalate and so does her relationship with Reece and before she knows it she’s opening up her heart and soul to him.

And of course there’s still that issue of the psycho whose stalking her and when she finds the creepy secret staircase behind her wardrobe Roxy follows it, which ultimately leads her into danger … but will she be okay? And wi Reece save her time?

OMGEEEEEEEEE JLA did it again with this book.
This woman never fails to get me hooked into a story!

We saw Roxy and Reece in the last book about Calla and Jax and I just couldn’t wait for them to have their own story because I needed to know what their deal was.

Roxy is hilarious.  She gets sweet and snarky down to a t. She’s fun and lovable but could cut you down with her sharp wit. She loves her best friend Charlie who was seriously injured and visits him every Friday at the home, even though it breaks her heart that he doesn’t recognise her.
Even though she’s dated a lot her one love of her life is Reece. The sexy, angry and snarky cop. Roxy has always believed that Reece doesn’t feel that way about her but she soon learns that those feelings are reciprocated.
Roxy doesn’t open up and is fearful of losing people she cares about and when things with Reece get more and more heated she pulls away.

Reece…. oh hot damn REECE! Just like Cam, Jase and Jax, Reece is HOT! He knows what he wants and he’s going to get it. He’s had feelings for Roxy for a while and is gutted that he can’t remember their night together a few years ago and he wants to rectify that soon.
Reece is protective of Roxy and can’t stand lies so when he learns the truth of what actually happened that night a few years ago… he does kinda loose it.
He wants Roxy but she has her own demons and so does he and together they know that they can heal their past wounds. But Roxy just has to let him in.

We see all our old favourites in this book too. Avery and Cam, Jase and Teresa, Jax and Calla. We briefly see Ollie and Brit and we get to see Jacob from book 1 with his super hot boyfriend. 

I love how these books all relate to each other and how they link. Friendships get tightened more and this is the last time that they’ll all be together because of graduation.  *sobs*

Just like the other books this one was swoon-worthy, full of snark and heat. It had heart breaking moments aswell as heated moments. Everything about this book was brilliant and this time it had a psycho twist.

It had the heartbreaking pasts like the others did andthis, unlike the others, this one had the love that was deep set from childhood. They’ve known each other for a long time and they didn’t have to get to knoe each other. They just had to tell the truth and open up.

Again this was another brilliant book from JLA. I honestly can’t find any fault with her books haha and its like I need too find something but I can’t!

No wonder she’s in my top 5 favourite authors!

5 out of 5 stars

Fall With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout book review

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Roxy’s loved Reece Anders since she was fifteen, so when the straitlaced cop finally surrendered to a steamy encounter years later, Roxy hoped he’d fall for her, too. He didn’t. Or that’s what she’s always believed. But then Reece storms back into her life when the man who injured her childhood friend is out of prison and wanting to make amends-something Roxy cannot do.

The last thing she wants is to go there with Reece again, but he’s determined to prove to her that he’s exactly what she needs. Especially when a sick creep starts messing with her. But what’s more dangerous to Roxy-a psycho after her or the past that refuses to let go allow her to open up her heart again?

Roxy is in love with Reece. That much is obvious and so is her dislike of him. They had a steamy encounter a few years ago but Reece didn’t fall in love with her. In fact he regrets that night.

So when Reece comes back into her life he wants to talk about that night. But there’s something Roxy isn’t telling him and what Reece hates more than anything is lies.

Roxt knows she should tell Reece the truth but when the night ends up with them sleeping together… it just gets more complicated.

Also the gut who seriously injured her best friend is back out of prison and is wanting to make amends with both her and her BFF Charlie. But Roxy can’t let go of the past.

Then there’s the fact that Roxy believes her house is haunted because things are happening there that hasn’t done. And when she wakes up to find a picture of herself fast asleep in her phone she knows she needs to call the police.

But things escalate and so does her relationship with Reece and before she knows it she’s opening up her heart and soul to him.

And of course there’s still that issue of the psycho whose stalking her and when she finds the creepy secret staircase behind her wardrobe Roxy follows it, which ultimately leads her into danger … but will she be okay? And wi Reece save her time?

OMGEEEEEEEEE JLA did it again with this book.
This woman never fails to get me hooked into a story!

We saw Roxy and Reece in the last book about Calla and Jax and I just couldn’t wait for them to have their own story because I needed to know what their deal was.

Roxy is hilarious.  She gets sweet and snarky down to a t. She’s fun and lovable but could cut you down with her sharp wit. She loves her best friend Charlie who was seriously injured and visits him every Friday at the home, even though it breaks her heart that he doesn’t recognise her.
Even though she’s dated a lot her one love of her life is Reece. The sexy, angry and snarky cop. Roxy has always believed that Reece doesn’t feel that way about her but she soon learns that those feelings are reciprocated.
Roxy doesn’t open up and is fearful of losing people she cares about and when things with Reece get more and more heated she pulls away.

Reece…. oh hot damn REECE! Just like Cam, Jase and Jax, Reece is HOT! He knows what he wants and he’s going to get it. He’s had feelings for Roxy for a while and is gutted that he can’t remember their night together a few years ago and he wants to rectify that soon.
Reece is protective of Roxy and can’t stand lies so when he learns the truth of what actuslly happened that night a few years ago… he does kinda loose it.
He wants Roxy but she has her own demons and so does he and together they know that they can heal their past wounds. But Roxy just has to let him in.

We see all our old favourites in this book too. Avery and Cam, Jase and Teresa, Jax and Calla. We briefly see Ollie and Brit and we get to see Jacob from book 1 with his super hot boyfriend. 

I love how these books all relate to each other and how they link. Friendships get tightened more and this is the last time that they’ll all be together because of graduation.  *sobs*

Just like the other books this one was swoon-worthy, full of snark and heat. It had heart breaking moments aswell as heated moments. Everything about this book was brilliant and this time it had a psycho twist.

It had the heartbreaking pasts like the others did andthis, unlike the others, this one had the love that was deep set from childhood. They’ve known each other for a long time and they didn’t have to get to knoe each other. They just had to tell the truth and open up.

Again this was another brilliant book from JLA. I honestly can’t find any fault with her books haha and its like I need too find something but I can’t!

No wonder she’s in my top 5 favourite authors!

5 out of 5 stars

Never Never Part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher book review

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Just remember.

Never forget that I was your first real kiss.
Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of the..
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes  are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Never and Never Agains, a truth they never could have imagined, beckons to be found.

“Where are you Charlie?”

This book follows on straight from where the last book ended and Silas is once again without a memory.
But this time he wrote down everything that had happened to them in the last 48 hours and one thing is a certain. A person named Charlie is missing and he must find them.

But when Silas goes to Charlie’s house and picks up the letters they wrote to each other people get suspicious. The police get involved when Charlie doesn’t show up and the lead suspect in her disapperance is Silas.

But he’s learning the truth about their pasts and he has a feeling that someone at school may know where Charlie is.

Charlie on the other hand is in a mental home and is being drugged to keep her calm. But she has a feeling that something is wrong and when she starts having dreams about a boy she knows she has to find a way out.

Will Silas be able to save Charlie before time runs out again?

I hoped this book would give me answers… but no 😦

We sort of learnt about the history of what went on between their fathers and why Charlie’s dad ended up in prison but there is more that wasn’t being said too.

I knew the girl the nicknamed The Shrimp had something to do with what was happening. I had her marked from the first book!

This one was a little… I don’t know… slow is probably the only word I can think of. Nothing new was revealed in a way. We went back on the history of them together again and I kinda felt like I already knew most of it. The things with their fathers was interesting because we kinda got to see what happened but I had a feeling it was something along those lines anyway.

I got frustrated because I wanted to learn more about what had happened to them. Why they kept on losing their memories but I was denied that!

Unlike the first one it didn’t end on a cliffhanger. Just a countdown to when they lost their memories again.

I hope part three reveals everything because I’ve been waiting a while.

It was a good read but I felt as though the first book was more gripping than the second.

The characters are more or less the same in this book than they are in the first. I didn’t see much character developments. Maybe that was iust me though.

Part three better give me answers!

4 out of 5 stars

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

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SUN, SEX AND …
STEP-BROTHERS.
ANOTHER SIZZLING STORY FROM HAMILTON HIGH.

Whitley’s dream summer of shopping, partying and tanning on the beach has just turned into a nightmare.  Because her Dad didn’t tell her he doesn’t live by the beach any more, or that he’s got himself a fiancee. A fiancee whose son just happens to be what’s-his-name from last week’s drunken graduation party hook up.

AWKWARD MUCH?

As if the summer couldn’t get any worse, Dad seems to forget Whitley’s even there. She doesn’t fit in with his perfect new country club family, and Whitley does what any girl lucky enough to go all summer unsupervised does: she parties. Hard.

So hard that she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose…

This book starts with Whitley waking up in a guys bed after partying hard at graduation. She can’t remember his name and when he wakes up and automatically thinks there is going to be something more from this hook up, Whitley flees.

Back at home her mother doesn’t really care whats going on and Whitley can only think of one thing: summer in the sun partying, drinking and tanning with her dad at his beach-side home.

What she doesn’t expect however is her dad’s new fiancee and her children… and the son just so happens to be the guy from graduation night…

Whitley loses herself in partying but soon ends up with a bad name, despite the fact that she’s not that bad at all. People are just assuming.
Of course her father is ignoring her which makes everything that much worse and when on a night out things turn dark for her, Whitley gives up the partying lifestyle and starts to see the person that was in front of her all along…

Kody did it again with this book! I loved The Duff so I was always curious as to what her other books would be like and this one didn’t disappoint in anyway.

Whitley is a character that has many sides to her. She has the party girl side which gives her a bad name. She has the sometimes bitchy side and she has the real her. Since her parents got divorced they haven’t really cared about her. Her brother moved and is now married with a kid. Her dad became a play boy and she spent her summers at his condo drinking and tanning, then there’s her mom who is wrapped up in her own world from the divorce and doesn’t pay attention to Whitley. So in a way you can understand why she acts the way she does. She’s not getting attention from her family so she gets it in the form of partying. Its sad aswell because all of it reaches a point that almost doesn’t end well for her. When she gives up partying and drinking its like you see the real her. She’s vulnerable and a little lost. And she starts to see things that she never saw before.

Nathan… Nathan Nathan Nathan… *le sigh* he’s Whitley’s one night stand and soon to be step brother. Nathan is HOT! But unlike Wesley in The Duff, he doesn’t put it around. He’s a geek, despite being popular and into his sports. He gives it straight to Whitley, tells her what he wants. He cares for her but the way she’s acting has to stop. Nathan is good for her. They are great together and he always sticks up for her. You see how their feelings from the one night stand they had grows. He sees beyond her partying ways. And he tells her to talk to her dad instead of bottling everything up. I loved him.

Her dad… I didn’t like him. The more I saw how he ignored her in favour of his new family. Its like he doesn’t care about her and the way it makes Whitley feel makes your heart break. When he’s called out on it though you see the shock on his face and the devastation. Still doesn’t make me like him as much though.

Her step mom Sylvia is pretty cool. She acts like the mom Whitley wants and is there for her. Despite the fact that Whitley doesn’t want her there at first.

Her soon to be step sister Bailey is cool for thirteen too. She looks up to Whitley and helps to get her back on her feet after what happened.

Harrison! Ah I loved the brief moments we got of him in The Duff and he gets more of a roll in this book. At first he unofficially becomes Whitley’s BFF despite the fact she doesn’t do BFF’s. He livens her up when she’s down. Stands up for her and is there for her. He’s got a major crush on Nathan (who wouldn’t?!) and is just amazing. I loved him too and was so so glad we got to see more of him.

We also get to see Bianca and Wesley briefly aswell!

All in all this book showed that you can’t judge a person by they way they act. Sometimes there are things going on and we don’t fully understand it all.
Like The Duff, this book had its sarcastic moments, its funny moments, its heartfelt moments and its sad moments. Kody really knows how to write teenage/YA books. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to read more of her stuff!

5 out of 5 stars