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Insider (Exodus End #1), by Olivia Cunning

Insider____________________________________________

Toni wants to be an insider.
Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock…
Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she’s reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who’ve been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He’s always ready to roll…
Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he’s not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he’s looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

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Finally! I read it!

“A sweet lamb left to fend for herself in a den of wolves. Whatever will we do with you?”

I was so happy to finally get my hands on Insider after waiting for it for so long. This story has been a long time coming and I was glad to be able to go back to Olivia’s rock stars’s universe.
And even though it wasn’t a Sinners book, I had a blast reading it. Logan and Toni’s story was fun and hot and sexy and I just loved going back to all those rock stars, and to finally getting to know a little more the members of Exodus End. I was really looking forward to know more about Dare and seeing Reagan again was great too.

Ouch! There’s a gearshift in my ass.
Oh, sure, you barely know this car, and yet you’re already giving it privileges you won’t give me.
Not inside my ass. It poked me in the hip.
You got me all excited for nothing. Back seat?

This book funny and sexy. I either laughed or squirmed, with the occasional swoon here and there. Logan and Toni couldn’t keep their hands for themselves and acted like two lovesick, horny teenagers, but it was just too funny.

So whose idea was the cleavage cam?” he asked.
Mine. It’s impossible to get anyone’s attention when Max is around.
Tell me about it, Logan grumbled.
So I figured if they wouldn’t talk to me, maybe they’d talk to my boobs. Okay, who’s next? she called out.
Logan leaned toward her chest.I’m Logan Schmidt, and I’ve been a fan of Toni’s boobs for almost a day now.

I have to say, the way (and speed) Logan and Toni fell into bed together was a bit much (considering not even a night passes before they sleep together) and that in the first chapter she is still a virgin and is painfully naïve about all things regarding sex.

The only woman I want is you.”
“Even though I’m inexperienced?”
“Hell, I think it’s because you’re inexperienced. It’s refreshing.

So yeah, it wasn’t really realistic the whole virgin-sleeps-with-a-rockstar-within-an-hour-of-meeting-him-and-he-falls-madly-in-love-with-her plot starter wasn’t really realistic but even though I would have liked to see Logan seduce Toni into bed, rather than have her just roll into one with him an hour after meeting him, the way the story progressed and the easy and instant connection between those two made it work for me. Sure it seemed a bit out of character for someone like Toni to do that but for some reason, it didn’t bother much and the rest of the story did it for me.

“He nipped her skin, and her entire body jerked.
“Oh!” she gasped.
Got yourself a vampire fetish?” he asked with a chuckle.
“What? No, of course not. Vampires aren’t real.”
“But I’m all about bringing your fantasies to life, babe. If you want to be banged by a sparkling dick, I’ll go get the glitter.”

Logan was a blast. At Toni’s contact he was a horny, obsessed, one-minded man but I liked him to bits. It was fun seeing him falling for Toni and try to deny it. And I loved how into Toni he was and what he was ready to do for her. I just wish he didn’t belittle himself so much and that when it comes to what he brings to the band, at least someone around him would tell him that he matters in the band or something.

You’re crazy, she said with a laugh. And thank God for that.
When it comes to you, I don’t know how to be sane.

Toni was a character I liked even though she was beyond clueless at first and that her confidence issues infuriated me. I liked seeing her become more confident and start to stand for herself. She was sweet and kind and funny and quirky. She wasn’t your typical journalist and that made a difference here. She cared more about people than her job and her integrity made her even more likable for me. I liked how she and Logan just clicked and worked together.

He’s shoved me out of my comfort zone so many times, I’m not even sure I have a comfort zone anymore. I’ll just hang on for the ride and see where he takes me.

It was easy to read this book and even though there isn’t much drama in it, I enjoyed it. And the drama there was didn’t create a clusterfuck of gigantic proportions in this book, even though it did screw things up for some characters. I knew it was coming but there was a twist I hadn’t seen coming which made the plot intriguing. I just wish the Bitch of the book didn’t get away so easy. I would have loved to see her get what she deserved after of the shit she created for the band and Toni.

That’s the one thing that I regret about this book but it goes hand in hand with the my feeling that the book ended rather abruptly. The book in itself was a bit longwinded, so having it finish so abruptly made me wish Olivia would have actually taken her time with the ending and maybe condensed some other part of the book. But I still enjoyed myself reading this book.

It just bothers me that Reagan has to go through all the shit coming her way. She really doesn’t deserve it. But I’m looking forward to her book and seeing how the guys of the band will react and hopefully shelter her in Outsider. I really wish she’ll finally feel like she is a part of the band for real.

“One of the things you should consider stressing in your book is how little fucking privacy a man has while on tour with his band.”
“I can include that,” she said, “but I think fans are more interested in the size of your dick.” She backed into the bathroom . “I know I am.” She bit her lip before closing the door in his face.

Also, I liked Olivia’s note at the end of the book. What she wrote about what it feels like to finish a series and to have grieve the “loss” of the characters was so true. She also explained why it took so long for Exodus End to see the light of day and the reason for the other series that she wrote. But anyway, her note actually moved me a little and I could relate to what she was telling us. I also liked that she mentioned it and actually explained to her readers what had been going on with her and the reason for Exodus End‘s late releasing.

“You don’t have to lie to save my feelings, Logan. I’m a big girl.”
“I’m not lying. I wish I could fast-forward time a couple of hours so the show would be over and I could teach you more about making love. And you can teach me how to love someone.

If you’re fans of Olivia’s rockers romance then grad Insider and start reading! I know I’ll really be looking forward to read Reagan, Dare, Steeve and Max’s books!

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Deep (Stage Dive #4), by Kylie Scott

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Don’t miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in theUSA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible…but will it lead to a connection of the heart?_____________________________________________

“I don’t think friends that are just friends are meant to do this.”

I was so looking forward to this book. Ben’s story was one I really wanted to read after Jimmy’s. I’m a sucker for people starting out as friend and slowly (or not slowly at all) falling for each other. I swear I could read about it day in day out. Anyway, the tiny tiny preview we had at the end of Lead had me biting my nails and tapping my feet with impatience.

“Turns out a boy rat and a girl rat, both virgins meeting for the first time, can fornicate immediately in a proficient fashion. No messing around working out the mechanics, they’re just into it. But not so much with the higher primates like monkeys. They bumble and fumble their way through initial attempts, working out the relationship and requirements. So it was a relief to know it wasn’t just me. Or even just humans. Apes screw up first dates too.”

Ben and Lizzy’s story starts pretty much at the same time Anne and Mal’s story does. I loved seeing them “seduce” each other via texts. I don’t know about you, but ever since FSoG’s (I know I know, many of you didn’t like it but bear with me) emails exchanges, I really enjoy reading what characters send each other. I loved it in Wallbanger and Beautiful Player when the characters wrote each other funny, witty, sexy texts and well that hasn’t changed since. So when Ben and Lizzy started texting each other, it put a smile on my face.

“I wouldn’t settle for less than a good thing.”

I really liked Lizzy’s character. I like how Kylie Scott makes her female characters. They’re always sweet and witty and they feel fresh but they’re not doormats. When the guys give them shit (and gosh knows sometimes the get a little bit of a rockstar attitude) they always put them back in their place. Sometimes it takes a few tries but they have backbone and I like that in my heroines. Lizzy was no exception and I like that she wasn’t afraid to ask Ben for what she wanted and that she wouldn’t settle for less from him. Considering what happens to her in the book and her age, I was pretty impressed with how she dealt with the situation.

“Don’t you sweetheart me. It was your penis that did this.”

Ben now. Ah Benny Benny. It may sound weird, but he was both exactly and absolutely not like what I expected. He was the broody moody quiet type that I was picturing all along. I really enjoyed his rough on the edges, simple and quiet attitude and the moments he was playful. But I never expected him to be so slow to get his shit together and to man up and to be so hesitant to invest himself.

“I don’t want to take your freedom. I just want a place in your world. An important one.”

I get that he liked his life the way it was and that he had a hard time with change. Most of us do and I got why it could have been hard for him to get on board from the start given the situation. But he kept making the wrong decisions and saying the wrong things and basically acting like a jerk when he I thought he was a pretty okay and reliable guy. In a way, he was the immature one out of the two of them, despite his age. So yeah, sometimes, Ben made me smack my hand on my forehead with the stupid things he said or did. But thankfully, he makes it all better in more ways than one.

“Let me assure you, there’s nothing bad about the man naked. Everything was as it should be and then some. In fact, he’d looked a lot like a dream come true.”

Now, Ben might be a little inexperienced in the relationship area, but boy does he make up for it in other. Seriously, I don’t know if Kylie Scott tried sex with a bearded man in her researches for the book, but boy did she sell it well. I swear, every time I meet a guy with a beard, I’m tempted to ask him to let me try some bearded loving! I have a colleague at the office who must think I have a thing for him now because every time I see him I stare at his beard with a wicked little grin on my face. As usual, I wasn’t disappointed at all with the steamy parts in this book! There wasn’t a crazy amount of sexy scenes in the story but it didn’t bother me. And considering the length and pace of the book, it felt just right.

“How do you feel about my reproductive organs now?”
“I feel that I’d very much like to fire-truck you.” Once more he sat back, arms spread out along the back of the couch. Such a slow, filthy smile on his handsome face. “Just so happens, I’d very much like to be fire-trucked by you.”
“Child appropriate dirty talk. There’s something very wrong with that.”

Actually, that’s one thing that surprised me about this book. I found it really really short. I swear, one minute I was starting it, and the next, I was three chapters from the end. That’s how it felt anyway. Since it was the last book in this serie, I really didn’t want it to end so fast but it’s one of those books you have a hard time putting down for the night. But when I realized I was so close to the end, I actually stopped reading it altogether for a week because I didn’t want it to end so soon. That really the only bad thing I have to say about Deep. I wish it had been longer because I really didn’t want Stage Dive to come to a close.

“You can have my time, and you can have my attention. Sweetheart, you can have whatever the fuck you want, I promise. Whatever you need. No more holding back, no more fear. And if you still feel you have to get on that plane tonight, then we’re doing it together.”

So now, I’m basically begging and praying to all that is holy that there is some more to come for this serie. A spin-off about Vaughn where there’d be cameos of the characters of Stage Dive would be good.

Lead (Stage Dive #3), by Kylie Scott

Lead______________________________________________

Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.  

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.
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I seriously loved this book!

“I’d fallen for the unsuitable, unstable, and outright criminal assholes in the past, but I was done with that. Especially the asshole and the unstable portion. There’s no way I had feelings for him. I’d really grown as a person and shit, right?”

Jimmy’s story was one that had me curious to be honest. From what we see of him in the last two books, you know his character’s going to be interesting but I was worried I would have a problem with him. Turns out, I love Jimmy so much more now that I’ve read his story and gotten to know him better!

“He was usually such a maddening man, so thoughtless and rude. Anger, however, made my job easier. When he behaved like an ass I could remain indifferent for the most part. These dangerous new feelings running through me, however, were soft and sappy, warm and weepy. No way could I afford to care this much.”

I’m not sure everybody would feel that way about him though. Let’s face it, Jimmy can be an asshole when he wants to be. He is grumpy, emotionally limited and quite simply, he has issues. Lots of them. But what redeemed him in my eyes is that on top of all his flaws, the guy has a heart of gold and really cares for the people he loves. And what he went through in life explained why he acts like he does. I’m not saying that it excused everything he did, but I understood him and his actions.

“He turned being a caveman into an art form.” 

So yeah, I really liked Jimmy, bad mood and caveman/asshole-ish tendencies included.

“Now suddenly, his pain felt like my own, tearing up my insides, leaving me raw.”

This book is ….I wouldn’t say darker than the other books but it deals with more seriously matters than the others (death, grief, addiction, recovery, etc…). But Kylie Scott managed to keep the story quite light and humorous even with such themes.
I loved the prologue and first chapter of the book. The prologue really set the tone of the relationship Lena and Jimmy have. And I simply loved the connection they had together, how they just clicked even though they argue all the time, you just feel it, together, they work. And then there’s the first chapter that was so intense and also where is was very moving to see Jimmy like that so early on in the book, but in a way, it made him really likable to me and set a mood that I really liked for the rest of the book.

“You’re a bit of a smart ass. I like that.”

I loved Lena! I mean really loved her. I won’t try to say exactly why I loved her so much because it’s going to end up in a complete fan girl rant if I do. All you need to know is that she made me laugh a lot throughout the book, that I loved how good she was for Jimmy and I loved that she gave as good as she got when Jimmy was being an idiot. And she has such a big heart! I really loved her character and the connection she has with Jimmy, how she gets him and cares for him. And I freaking loved the banter! I was in banter heaven with this book and God knows I love good banter.

“He was my Romeo in black jeans and this story had just as much a chance of dying as tragic a death as the original.”

And boy, was it hot when they finally caved in and had sex! I mean holy hotness! I want a Jimmy too if he’s that good!

“My head spun, my senses reeling from overload. My sex had never been so spoiled.”

Of course, seeing the characters from the previous books was great! It was great to see their weird little family interacting. And with each book I read, I love Mal a little bit more.

“Interesting. I’m going to tell you what I told Killer at puppy training today when he tried to mount a teacup poodle he’d only just met. If she means something to you, you gotta do the woo, son. You can’t just be trying to stick it in.”

The plot is nothing exceptional but I seriously enjoyed myself reading Lead. I was sucked in by the story and the characters. I love this kind of stories and dynamic between the characters.

“Sometimes things that make the least sense are the most true. Such is the mystery of life.”

And now I can’t wait for Ben’s story in Deep! I just can’t believe we’ll have to wait until September 2015 to read it! That’s a bummer right there!

“The truth is, I’m all about you, Lena. You’re my best friend. You’re my girl.”

Lick (Stage Dive #1), by Kylie Scott

Lick__________________________________________________________

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.
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Well holy rock star! Where can I find a David Ferris, please?

Lick is the second book in this series that I read. For no reason at all I started this series with Play, which actually is the second book in the Stage Dive series.
And even though I had very much enjoyed Play, when I read it I thought it was a little bit on the crazy-unrealistic side of things, much like its male character, Mal.
With Lick though I didn’t feel that way at all. I really enjoyed the story and characters, even when a certain rock star was being a complete jerk.

I had this book on my Kindle for quite some time now and wasn’t really feeling any urge to start reading it. At all. But then, while stalking another book blogger, I found this quote from the book…

“Let me get this straight, you don’t remember anything?”
“No,” I said, swallowing hard. “What did we do last night?”
“We got fucking married,”

…and I was pretty much sold!

I’m really lucky these days when I pick a story about a Vegas wedding because it’s the third one I read and they have all been really good.

“Me, my life, all of it seemed to be in a state of flux. That shouldn’t have felt as strangely good as it did.”

I really enjoyed Evelyn’s voice in the book. I liked how down to earth she was and caring and kind but didn’t take shit from other people. And I really enjoyed when she stood up for herself. I could really relate to her about her situation on her studies and the fact that she didn’t have everything figured out about what and who she wanted to be. I really connected with her on that level. And I liked how loving and forgiving she was with David and his issues.

“I needed a dose of reality. Someone who’d actually say no to me occasionally and call bullshit on that scene.”

I very much liked how she treated him like a normal person and not the rock star he is, and so, didn’t let him walk all over her. There is one moment in the book where he really screws up (and that’s why I didn’t give this book 5 starts actually) and tries more or less to turn the tables on Ev and I liked that she didn’t back down then. I loved Ev even more for not taking shit from him then.

“You asked me if you were my attempt at normal. I need you to understand, that’s not it at all. Being with you, the way I feel about you, it does ground me. But that’s because it makes me question fucking everything. It makes me want to make things better. Makes me want to be better. I can’t hide from shit or make excuses when it comes to you because it won’t work.”

David was too a very nice character. I really liked the fact that he wasn’t your typical self involved rock star. Yes he wasn’t perfect. He definitely has trust and abandonment issues, but he means well and loves so deeply. And man, was he hot! He seriously made me squirm.

“Truth was, I wanted him. All of him. The good and the bad and the bits in between.”

Even though I had enjoyed Play when I read it, and was curious about the serie (I did buy Lick after reading Play after all), I wasn’t ….really involved in the serie to the point I wanted to read more about it right away. But now, I’m really curious about the other characters! I loved knowing how Nate and Lauren got together, and I’m really looking forward to Jimmy’s and Ben’s stories!

“Love isn’t always smooth or straightforward. It can be messy and painful,” he said, “Doesn’t mean it isn’t the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you.”

Bad For You (Sea Breeze #7), by Abbi Glines

Bad For You________________________________________________________

Innocence was never meant for the addictive… 

Addiction was something Krit Corbin accepted as part of his nature a long time ago. He decided to embrace it and flip his finger at the rules. Women had always been the number one thing on his list of addictions. He couldn’t get enough. Being the lead singer in a rock band had only made access to his favorite addiction that much easier.

Being alone was the only thing Blythe Denton understood. The small town minister’s family that raised her hadn’t accepted her as their own. The minister’s wife had always made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. When Blythe is sent away to college and given a chance to finally be free of living as an unwanted burden, she looks forward to having peace in her life. Being alone isn’t something that bothers her. She escapes reality in the stories she writes.

However, the ridiculously sexy tattooed guy who keeps throwing parties in the apartment above hers is driving her crazy. For starters, he doesn’t treat her like she would expect a guy with a different woman always hanging on his arm to treat someone as uninteresting as her. She looks nothing like the gorgeous women she sees parading in and out of his apartment, but for some strange reason he keeps showing up at her door.

During a party at his apartment, Krit’s new neighbor comes to the door with her long brown hair pulled up in a messy knot and a pair of glasses perched on her cute little nose. She wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay.

Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet. And Blythe Denton realizes too late that she’s finally been claimed.

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I’m in a Abbi Glines mood lately. When I first started reading her books, it was the Vincent Boys that got me hooked.

Her stories are both light and very emotional and usually deal with some dark and heavy stuff. But they just have a little something that seriously make you come back for me. Now, if I’m totally honest, those books are always slightly overpriced. To me, those books are summer read and even if it’s always a little bit the same thing, I still really enjoy them.

It’s been a while since I read a book from the Sea Breeze serie and I’m glad I pick this one to get ease back into it. That’s another thing I really like about Mrs. Glines’s writing. Most of the time you can pick any book in the serie and not have huge spoilers from the stories of other characters. So I was able to read Krit and Blythe’s story without too much difficulty. Now, if it really bothers you to read about some of the previous characters without knowing their whole story, then you might want to read those books in the right reading order.

“You don’t just fit into my world, Blythe. You are my world.”

In Bad For You, we have two characters that are complete opposites. Krit, the tatted, man-whore, bad-boy who lives next door and Blythe, the innocent, fragile and slightly traumatized by her past new girl in town. From there starts a game of “I want you but I can’t have you because I’m not good for you, but I just can’t stay away from you…” you know the drill.

“She was so innocent and …hell, she was precious. I closed my eyes and let out a string of curses. I was so losing badass points for that thought.”

Blythe character was sweet if not a little too skittish. With a childhood like the one she had, you get why she is how she is nom, but the girl had zero self-confidence and kept apologizing for everything, even things that weren’t her fault. She is also super innocent and let’s just say that having a guy like Krit leaving next door to her after having been sheltered her whole life does things to her. Especially when said guy seems to always be around.

“Okay, maybe death was worth getting to feel Krit’s abs.”

Now Krit. The moment he sees Blythe, he’s immediately attracted to her (as she is too him), but of course, he won’t come close to her because she is obviously too innocent for him. Now, that’s what would have happened if Krit didn’t have an addictive personality and became addicted to Blythe.

“Craving touch wasn’t a fucking sin. I had gone without it growing up and I liked affection.”

Now, if you have read the Too Far serie, and liked it you probably won’t thing anything of it but if not, then the way he was with Blythe, especially towards the end might creep you out a little. He becomes kind of obsessed with her.

But something I really liked about Krit was his dirty mouth. Gosh Ladies, if you have a soft spot for dirty talkers, then Krit is an expert! He might not be my favorite in the serie but I still liked him a lot.

“I had always wanted to belong to someone.”

Now, I enjoyed this book. It was the first one I read in the Sea Breeze serie since Because Of Low and I liked what I got. This book is your typical NA book, so if you’re up for an entertaining and steamy love story with a bad boy rocker and his very innocent and gorgeous neighbor you’ll want to give this book a shot. Don’t expect something super original because it’s not. But it’s still entertaining and had me very interested.

Forever Too Far (Too Far #3, Rosemary Beach #4), by Abbi Glines

Forever too far

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Rush promised her forever… but promises can be broken.

Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.

Blaire believed in her fairytale… but no one can live in a fantasy.

Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.

Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone… too far?

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I’m probably going to have people throwing rocks at me for saying this but I thought this book wasn’t really worth it. What I mean by that, is that it was the kind of book that the serie would have been better off without, at least as far as Rush and Blaire’s story is concerned. I enjoyed it, but not as much as Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far. I think if Abbi Glines had given Rush and Blaire an epilogue in Never Too Far, it would have been more effective than a whole book. So part of what really saved the book for me was that Forever Too Far introduced Grant and Harlow’s story and the issues and the people, they are going to have to deal with.

But I didn’t think this book was bad. Some things did make me roll my eyes, but I still enjoyed reading it.

One thing that annoyed me a little, and I can’t believe I’m saying this since I have a huge crush over him, was Rush, and more precisely, how overbearing he was around Blaire through half the book. I love the devoted kind when it comes to men but here, he was seriously pushing it. If there were any doubt Rush was completely crazy for Blaire and loved her more than anything, this book made sure we got the message loud and clear.

“I’m nothing like you. The woman I got pregnant happens to be my heart. I’ll marry her and spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to make her smile.”

The moment he saw Blaire do something other than smile, he was on high alert, letting everything drop to run to her rescue. So that was a little too much for me. And then, when he should have been taking her side and protecting her from his evil sister’ venom spewing, he just went and told Blaire not to say upsetting things to Nan. I kind of saw red at this point. Thank God he finally decided that Nan wasn’t his problem to deal with. It was about time. He started getting better on the hero thing by the middle of the book.

“I was admitting I’d failed my little sister. Instead of feeling guilty I felt a huge burden lift from my shoulders.”

Now Nan, my friend, we are not done with. Far from it, if this book is any indication. This girl has serious issues, and if only she weren’t a raging bitch, we might feel sorry for her. But since she is, it’s hard to feel bad for her. Especially when every time she opens her mouth, something nasty comes out of it. At the end of Never Too Far, I thought she might be getting better, but any hope I had for her just vanished in this book.

“If she had a parent who gave a fucking shit about her maybe she’d have been as normal as Harlow. But she didn’t. You left her alone with my mom. NO kid should be subjected to that. At least my father came and got me. Spent time with me. Gave me the feeling of being wanted. You never did that for Nan. She’s fucked up because of you.”

She hurts everyone around her, and with a father like hers, I get it, she has her reasons to be mad, but she even lashes out on the people that are nothing but nice to her, just because she is hurting. And then she still finds a way to play the victim. And I hated that she manipulated Rush’s love for her to force him to constantly choose between her and Blaire. I really hope something happens to her and makes her want to change. Her attitude is seriously driving away everybody around her, and if she doesn’t change and come to terms with her issues, she’s going to end up all alone with her bitter heart.

“All Rush’s life he’s thought of Nan as his child. He’s raised her. She’s an adult now and it’s time he let go. He’s figuring out how to do that and I think he’ll find it. He loves you. I know he does. Any fool can see it all over his face.”

So you get it, even though it is still Rush and Blaire’s story, a good deal of it revolves around Nan and how Rush has to keep the promises he’s made to Blaire. So the time he takes to figure out how to do that is a little bit infuriating even though we get that it’s not easy for him to make a decision like this one.

This book has three chapters that are written from different characters: Grant and Harlow. I really liked reading from their POV and wished their chapters were longer. It really made me want to read Take A Chance.

“One day, brother. One day you’ll understand. And when you do, I’m going to laugh my ass off.”

One thing that seriously made me swoon, was the addition to Blaire and Rush’s family and how Rush was around the little guy! It was seriously sweet. It was one of the things that made me like this book. From the moment Nate arrives I was in overload of sweetness and cuteness. Seeing Rush as a Daddy was just great and made me gush like a crazy fan girl. And the whole going into labor and delivery debacle was quite funny too.

“Be glad I don’t have my gun because right now I’m considering the different ways I can get you to shut up. Let me scream and back off,” I snapped at him and grabbed my stomach as another contraction hit. “Time to check you again,'”the bubbly nurse with bright red hair puller back in pig tails said as she all but bounced into the room. She needed to be glad I didn’t have my gun too. Because she’d be next on my list.”

So all in all, even though I liked the book and I’m glad I read it, I don’t think a whole book was necessary to conclude Rush and Blaire’s story. But I get why Abbi Glines went and wrote this book and how it helped introduce the story of other characters.

“I want you right here beside me… forever.”

Play (Stage Dive #2), by Kylie Scott

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Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?___________________________________________________________________

I never know how to review books that make me feel like Play made me feel. But I’m gonna try to write something that makes sense anyway. Before you read this book, I think you should prepare for a whole lot of crazy.

“Anne, my pants itch. I think I’m allergic to them. Come help me take ’em off.”

I’m a sucker for rockstar stories. Olivia Cunning is one of the author that I read the most and I’ve read both the Sinners On Tour serie and the One Night OF Sole Regret serie and I’m most likely going to read her up coming serie about rockstars.

So when I found Play, I was happy to go back to a genre that I know and like very much. I haven’t read Lick even though I’ve heard of it. But Play’s synopsis caught my attention.

“What’s under here?” He toyed with the hem of my sleep shirt.
“You’ve forgotten already?” He dragged my T-shirt over my head and tossed it aside. “Oh, breast. Best present ever. Thanks pumpkin.”

And to be honest, I enjoyed myself reading this book. I really did. From the rockstar shenanigan to the romance in the story to the very memorable characters. This book made me laugh a lot and awww sometimes too. It actually half convinced me to read the previous book in the serie and to give a chance to the up coming on because I’m really curious what will happen to some of the secondary characters.

But I also found myself rolling my eyes for the most part of the book at some of the stuff happening in it because of how crazy things went sometimes. I don’t want to say unrealistic, but I can’t come up with another word just yet.

“The drummer was nuts. He’d always been riding the edge of needing immediate admission to a nice, soft, padded white room. And for a while, it had been kind of charming in an offbeat fashion. But now he’s officially lost all semblance of control.”

Mal Ericson is the reason why so much crazy is going on the book but Anne’s reaction to some of his crazy was just not the reaction anyone would have had. I mean, if a rockstar you’ve only met the day before suddenly opens the door to your own apartment saying he’s your new roommate and boyfriend, how would you react after the initial shock? You try to reason with him? You scream that he’s completely lost his mind? You at least ask for a good explanation of what’s going on in your own apartment? Right? Well apparently, not Anne. She barely argues with our rockstar (granted, it’s hard to argue when you’re facing someone as hyper as Mal Ericson) and pretty much goes along with every crazy ideas he comes up with. So it’s very entertaining and everything but it definitely to learn to go with the flow. But Mal is quite charming and makes you laugh either you want or not so it’s kind of hard to like the book anyway.

“Hello, Anne’s clitoris. It’s me, Malcom, your lord and master.”
“Oh, god, no.” I covered my face with my hands. “Please don’t.”
“Shh. This is a private conversation.”

Anne was an interesting character even though I thought that the book never really delt with her issues: her mother, Reece her best friend and “abuser” as well at times, her ex-roommate, etc…But the fact that she doesn’t really know who she is anymore and miss the person she used to be spoke to me. And it was nice to see her becoming more herself with Mal.

“Years back, before all the shit with mom, I’d been different, braver. Something about Mal reminded me of the adrenaline-junkie tomboy I’d been. I missed that girl. She’d been fun.”

Mal Ericson is one of the things I loved the most about this book. He’s all over the place, never does what you expect him to do, and sometimes it seems like he doesn’t come from and live in the same world as you. But he’s a sweetheart and you love him with all his crazy.  And even though it was weird as all gets out, watching him barging in Anne’s life was so interesting and funny.

“I’m your boyfriend now, which means there’s no room for your hipster admirer. He’ll just have to lick his wounds while we lick other things.”

So except the part where the things that happen in this book don’t seem like it would actually happen in real life and the skimming of issues, well I still liked this book a lot and I’m still tempted to give a chance to the other books in the serie.

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