Genre: Coming of Age

The Bad Boy Next Door by Jody Holford

Posted April 3, 2017 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
The Bad Boy Next Door by Jody Holford

I like stories about neighbors, nothing like the person you literally just can’t get away from. I wasn’t 100% on board with the title, but the description won me over. I am also a big fan of starting over, so I was really kind of excited to see Shay start her life in a new place and all that jazz. I wanted to like Shay, I really, really did. I mean she has a lot of good qualities, she’s nice, she’s a good friend/neighbor even though everyone she is meeting is very new to her, she goes out of her way to be grateful to people who are kind to her, so she’s not like a bad character or something. BUT, she has like a mania for being independent, to like such a degree that it’s kind of annoying. I mean I get that she grew up with older brothers, and her family basically coddled her, and she wants to make it on her own, which I support, but I mean come on, like can’t you just accept other people being kind to you without it being some kind of threat on your independence. Also when things start to pick up with Wyatt, she is a little bit overly emotional, I mean she jumps to conclusions about things really quickly, and reacts really quickly. I don’t know she bugged me. Wyatt, I understood a lot more. He’s coming off an undercover assignment, and is carrying some serious baggage and trust […]

A Star to Steer Her By by Beth Anne Miller

Posted March 29, 2017 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
A Star to Steer Her By by Beth Anne Miller

I kind of wish there were more books coming out about the ocean, I mean sure there are books that take place in a tropical setting, and that’s nice and everything, but in the book the ocean is basically a character on its own, and I loved it. I spent a significant amount of time when I was growing up on an island, and my parents favorite form of family vacations was cruise ships, so it was really easy for me to fall in love with this book. And I have to say I’m pretty jealous of Ari and the experience she got to have. I’m not really one for sailing, probably because it’s not something I’ve ever done and lingo goes over my head, but the author did a great job explaining things but not making it overwhelming. Ari is going on this semester at sea experience, and she has been wanting to back out of it for some time, clearly when the book starts there is some sort of traumatic event that she is trying to get past, including what seems like a pretty substantial injury to her leg. It was so easy to like Ari right from the beginning, normally it takes me a minute to get to know a character and decide if I like them or love them, or whatever, but with Ari it was immediate. She’s complex and interesting, and sad but strong, she’s so easy to love and kind of identify with that […]

Encore by Tara Kelly

Posted December 7, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Encore by Tara Kelly

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. From the blurb it had all of the elements I was looking for in a book, it just didn’t come together for me. I love books in the music scene, and I was excited about the going on tour aspect on the book, I also liked how the blurb alluded to the girl having a thing for one of her bandmates. Ultimately, I wasn’t in love with any of the characters in the book. First of all the main character, our heroine, Jasmine, is young, I think for the entirety of the book she is 17, and honestly it really comes off that way. I have a hard time really getting into characters who are that young, and that was a big problem for me. I didn’t find Jasmine to be super likable, it wasn’t that she wasn’t likable, it was more that she was so in her own head that I just didn’t enjoy her all that much. And the other characters in the book didn’t stand out to me either as being really likable either. It’s hard for me to like a book when I don’t love at least one of the characters in a book. Also I really felt like the author was trying to make a lot of points with this book, I mean she touched on a lot of different issues in one book. While I really like when an author brings issues […]

F*CKER by Amo Jones

Posted August 31, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
F*CKER by Amo Jones

I had never read Amo Jones before, but this cover just screamed out to me, it could be because I’m a huge fan of curse words, or maybe that the title is written in an awesome glittery font, or maybe its the cover model, but I wanted this book and I wanted it bad. I honestly didn’t even realize this was the second book in the series until about midway through the book when they started introducing other characters. But honestly you can read this book completely as a stand alone, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything while reading this book. So Ryker and Bryleigh met when they were in high school together. Ryker played basketball and was fairly close with Bryleigh’s dad because of the basketball. So when her dad sends him to a party she is going to in order to make sure she is safe, well let’s just say it gets the ball rolling on this high school romance. These two heat up like crazy, and quick too. They both seem to be fairly volatile around each other, and have some serious jealously problems, which is interesting because I’m fairly certain these two basically agrees on no commitment. But regardless, it all comes crashing down. I don’t want to explain how because frankly it needs to be read, I mean it seriously broke my heart when I read it, and you guys need to experience that. So flash forward 8 years and both Ryker and […]

Catching Lucy by Terri Anne Browning

Posted August 15, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Kindle Unlimited, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Catching Lucy by Terri Anne Browning

I love best friends who turn into something more, I don’t know why but I really do. Now normally I am not a huge fan of novellas, I like full length books because I like to follow the characters on a journey, but these novellas follow the same cast of characters and lead into a full length book, so I was willing to give this novella a shot. So Lucy and Harris basically grew up around each other, they both come from families that have money and are celebrities, so its understandable how they would be able to bond with one another. But when the book starts, it seems like Lucy and Harris are more than a little bit on the outs. Lucy is basically avoiding him and Harris is determined to get Lucy back in his life. These novellas are pretty short so I don’t want to go to far into the story or I think I would ruin the enjoyment of the book. But I really did enjoy beginning to get to know these two characters. I liked how they got along, and how things were so strained in the beginning and then really evolve into something more. I liked how Harris is really a pretty honorable guy who wants to not only do right by Lucy but also do right by their families and friends. It was easy to really like them both, and I look forward to seeing where there journeys take them, and maybe get […]

Undeniable by Micalea Smeltzer

Posted July 5, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Undeniable by Micalea Smeltzer

I had high hopes for this book, largely because I’m kind of a huge fan of the whole best friends little sister thing, and I love when two people have to hide their relationship from others. So when we meet Karlie and Holden things aren’t exactly what I would call romantic. There is an age gap between the two of them and while Karlie definitely has a thing for Holden, he is a bit on the stand offish side with her. Until of course we find out that it is because he is has a thing for her too. Karlie is young, and lives with her older brother, and to say she is babied by her older brother would probably be a huge understatement. In fact I had a big problem with the way that Karlie allows for the people in her life to baby her. She’s might be young, but she’s an adult, so I mean why would she allow her brother to continue treating her like she was a child. I did like that she did go for what she wanted with Holden though, I mean she clearly wanted him, and even though she knew that it was a situation that her brother would not approve of, she went for it anyways. Of course this whole thing doesn’t play out the way either of them expected. I don’t want to ruin it with a spoiler, but let’s just put it this way, something horrible happened, everyone found out […]

Cherry Popper by Jade Sinner

Posted June 17, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Kindle Unlimited / 0 Comments
Cherry Popper by Jade Sinner

So this is a quick novella, like super quick. If you are looking for something hot and steamy that goes by quickly, then this is your book, without a doubt. I myself tend to prefer books with a lot of character development, but I decided to give this book a try because I have been trying to walk outside of my comfort zone, and I want to like novellas, plus this had the whole best friends sister thing going for it, so I figured hey why not. Unfortunately because this book is in fact so short, I’m not sure I can say all that much about it because I don’t want to ruin it for you. There is still a little bit of character development, the characters themselves are likable, and if you like an alpha type who has no problem getting down and dirty this is without a doubt something you should pick up. I did like it more then I was thinking I would, and I think I would read more of this author in the future, I’d love to see what she could do with a full length novel.

Missed Connections by Tamara Mataya

Posted June 7, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Missed Connections by Tamara Mataya

So the whole idea behind missed connections is really interesting, I’ve seen that section on Craigslist before and the idea for it it just kind of bizarre, but yet interesting. I always wondered if people actually read these things and actually connect with people. So the fact that this book has a lot to do with missed connections made it appeal to me. So when the book starts we meet our lovely heroine, Sarah. She is down on her luck, she’s lost her job and apartment, she’s boyfriendless, and she is crashing on her best friends couch while she tries to get a job pretty much anywhere on the planet. I totally understood how she felt about the whole picking herself up after following down, and oh my gosh the interview with the crazy hippies at the beginning, that was absolutely hilarious. So Sarah gets this job that finally gets her life going on the right track, but honestly its the job from hell, I mean she works for a bunch of new age hippies, but they are some of the most judgmental new age people I have ever seen (or read). So there were actually a lot of things I liked about Sarah, how she pushes forward to make a life for herself and doesn’t stop, I like how she handles herself in a horrible working environment, but there were also some things I didn’t love about her. I felt like through a lot of the book she was […]

Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren

Posted May 14, 2016 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren

Every once in a while I pick up a book from Kindle Unlimited that I completely totally love, this was one of those books. I loved this book from beginning to end, there was just so much going on that I liked, that I was beyond happy I rented this book. First things first, I love a good college romance, and more than that I love when the characters actually feel like real people who actually go to college, and not some super nice, clean cut version of what people really are. Life is messy, people are flawed, and I love when books put that up front and in your face. Emerson is the culmination of so many girls I knew when I was in my early 20s. She’s flawed, she has painful history, both her parents dying on the same day in a car accident after being long divorced (read between the lines here), oh and did I mention it was her birthday. Needless to say she doesn’t really believe in relationships, not just because she doesn’t trust them, but because the idea of letting anyone get too close and having to endure that kind of heartbreak again, it just not something she can handle. I like how up front she was about her rules, about how she has sleep with quite a few people and has no real intention of stopping, but mostly I liked her actual relationships with people, her sister Quinn and her best friend Cole, […]

Someone Else’s Love Letter by Deborah Blumenthal

Posted March 1, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Just Okay, Review / 1 Comment
Someone Else’s Love Letter by Deborah Blumenthal

I loved the idea of a found love letter driving a story, that and the fact that this book takes place in one my favorite cities in the world was enough for me to want to read this book. I will say after finishing it, I was a little surprised honestly, it wasn’t what I was expecting. So we meet our heroine, Sage, just around the time she finds the love letter in question. She is really taken by the words on the page as well as the detail in choosing the ink and the paper, the whole package really appeals to her. She gets it in her head that she has to meet the person who wrote this letter, so she sets out to do just that. I have to say, right from the start, I don’t know how I feel about this. I mean it was intriguing to be sure, but I think I may have judged her, I mean she’s intrigued in the author in more than just a platonic way. But the author clearly has feelings for someone, does this mean she’s going to try and step in? Thankfully that’s not what happened, and the letter ultimately opened up a lot of people to her, it took on a journey with many people, new friendship, and definitely new experiences as well. This book is really one woman’s journey through a small fragment of her life, and sure there are romantic elements to it, but it isn’t […]