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Taking Shots (Assassins #1), by Toni Aleo

Taking Shots
In Toni Aleo’s exhilarating debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.

No matter how hard she tries, Eleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.

A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the girls, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside throw her insecurities out the window before she misses out on a shot at love.

Oh. My. God!
It took me 10 month to finish this book!….I think I’m in shock.
God it’s going to be hard to review this book.

First of all, I have to say that I like this story and it’s universe (hockey) a lot. So even though my review might be a little harsh and critical in a few lines, bear in mind that I actually enjoyed this book a lot and that I’m reading the sequel and the books after that.

“That’s not what drew me to you, it was your eyes…and your ass.”

So, the characters: I really liked them. Elli and Shea are really funny and sweet and they make a great couple.

I loved how Shea never took no for an answer when it came to Elli and how persistant he was in seducing her and winning her over. God knows it wasn’t an easy feat, but he did it nonetheless. Elli was sweet and all and I liked her, but I wish she would have womaned-up sooner than she did because she put them both through the ringer emotionally.

“What do you want me to say, Elli, I’m sorry? I’m sorry for feeling the way I do? Sorry for wanting to be with you every fucking moment of the day, for wanting only you? I mean what would you want? For me to be a fucking douche, cheating on you, not telling you I actually feel something for you? I mean for the love of God, Elli, what do you want from this?”

I get she has esteem issues because of her family but at some point you gotta realize that the people around you are toxic and make your own mind about things before jumping to conclusion hastily.

I also really enjoyed Shea’s family and Elli’s friend.
Her family on the other hand, I wanted to kill !(except for her dad and uncle) You’ll get why when you read it.

The main remark that I have on this book is that it is soooooooo slow. No kidding, it drags on and on and on…and on again. That’s one of the reasons it took me so long to finish this book.

And the reason why it is soooooooo slow, is because sometimes, the characters keep on repeating again and again the same things. It’s like they are stuck on some train of thoughts and just keep saying the same thing over and over again only with different words!

“Whoever thought up the phrase ‘Absence makes the heart grow founder’ was an idiot.
Absence makes a bitch go crazy.”

The other reason why it took such a long time to finish, is because the characters tend to create problems that are no business being created!
Elli knows her mother and sister are egotistical, selfish bitches, but what does she do? She listens to them, of course! When Shea tells her that he’s been played and that it wasn’t his fault, what does she do? She doesn’t believe him, of course!
I think you’ve got it now, Elli DOES NOT make things easy, for others and for herself. To the point where she’d rather wallow in her sorrow than get her head out of her a** and make things better for everybody! (pardon my French)

But I’ll say it again, this book I really liked. Even though there are those big things that kinda annoyed me a little, or maybe more like frustrated me, the book is filled with funny, sweet moments that made me love the characters and their relationship and how they got to know each other and trust each other with their hearts!

“I was meant to walk on this earth with only you, I was meant to give only you every piece of me. I don’t want anyone but you. I love you.”

And if you’re still not so sure about this book, all I can say is give it a chance. It might not be your cup of tea at all, it might be a book that you’ll love, or like me, it might be a book that will drive you crazy sometimes but still be one of your favorites. I for one, will remember this book with a smile!

And I wanted to add a little bonus here to make amends for the fact that I haven’t haven’t been really present on the blog and regular in my post for the last 2 weeks because of school. Anyway, here’s a little piece of eye candy for you ladies. It also happens to be the new cover for Taking Shots. Let’s just agree those are big selling arguments right there….



Confess, by Colleen Hoover


Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


That could be fate, you know.

She did it again. Colleen Hoover gutted me with her book. I literally just finished reading Confess and I just know I’m in for a big ass book hangover, pretty much like I always do after reading one of her books.

Seriously, I know it took me some time before I picked up one of CoHo’s books and Maybe Someday to make me realize what an idiots I’d been not to have picked it up before, but if you’ve never read one of Colleen Hoovers book or aren’t sure Confess is the book for you, then I’m here to tell you to just give it a chance. It is beyond worth it!

“Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.”

CoHo has a talent for writing amazingly touching and loving characters and to weave a plot. With Confess I found myself in the same situation I was while reading Maybe Someday, which is that I was rooting for the characters to do the right thing, even though the right thing was so wrong (I think you’ll only getting this one if you’ve read either Maybe Someday or Confess).

“There are people you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know.”

Her stories have so much heart and make you feel so much it’s not even funny. Before I started this book, I had to pep talk myself (I say that in the best possible way) because I knew I was in for a roller-coaster of emotions and feelings. Auburn and Owen were amazing characters. So strong and selfless and you know, they just felt real. I know they’re fictional and that this story is made up, but I swear they felt so true to me. And I love that every time I read one of her books I feel that way about her characters.

I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.

I laughed, I screamed at my book because I was so mad at Trey and Lydia and how unfair and cruel they were to Auburn and Owen. I was also repulsed by Trey most of the book because he is such an asshole. What he did and said to both Auburn and Owen made me want to crawl into the book and strangle him.

No one deserves you like I do.
No one sees you like I do.
No one understands you the way I do.
No one makes your heart beat like I do. He presses his palm against my heart.And no one else deserves to be inside you if they can’t get there through here first.

I swooned at Owen’s sweet, tender, kind and charming ways, I smiled because of the connection between Auburn and him and how they just clicked and I fell in love with them (but mostly with him).
Owen was just a good guy you know. He was just good and good to Auburn and I liked that about him, that he was genuinely a good guy. I just wanted Auburn to be with him because they were so good together and for each other and I was sooooo mad when the circumstances made it so they just couldn’t. But I loved what he was willing and ready to do for Auburn’s well-being. You just know he is good for her and her for him and I was frustrated that life (and some assholes) wouldn’t let them just be together.

“Sometimes we don’t get second chances, Owen. Sometimes things just end.”
He winces. “We didn’t even get a first chance.”

This book is a bundle of feelings and emotions and it can not leave you cold. Be it because of the story it tells or the confessions that are written in it that are at times funny, sad, happy and repulsive. To think they are all true confessions from people out there in the world makes this book even more special and real. At least it did for me. I felt the same way I feel when I read thePost Secrets books.
Even without knowing the people who wrote those confessions (because the confessions you read in this book are confessions coming from CoHo’s readers, so they’re all true), you just can’t help but feel for them, be touched by what you read. At some point, you just connect. And it’s exactly what happens with this story and its characters. You just connect with them and you feel for them.

It’s amazing how much distance one truth can create between two people.

I won’t tell you much about the story, its characters and what happens in it. I know it goes against the purpose of a review for some people, but I went into this story blind (which is something I do sometimes but mostly something I do with CoHo’s books) and I think I enjoyed it more because of it so I won’t spoil the story for other people.
I just want to say that you should have faith in this book and in its author because both are amazing.

Selflessness. It should be the basis of every relationship. If a person truly cares about you, they’ll get more pleasure from the way they make you feel, rather than the way you make them feel.

One last thing before I go, you should definitely check out the art and the artist that contributed to this book. Danny O’Connor (aka DOC) has an incredible talent and is definitely worth checking out. Anyway, Google is your friend so I’m sure you can find his work without my help, but here are two of his paintings (appearing in the book) that are my favorites:

girl confess

I'll love you forever even when I can't

I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.

Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street #5), by Samantha Young

Echoes of Scotland Street______________________________________________

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…


“Cole Walker. Cole freaking Walker. All grown-up. And he was my new manager. I was so screwed.”

Arg! I’m all over the place right now. Cole and Shannon’s story just blew my mind!

I loved reading about Cole finding his woman and Shannon was just perfect for him. I loved how they met and their instant connection.

“There’s nothing between us.”
The gloom disappeared from Cole’s eyes and the gold seemed to flare as heat entered them. “Nothing but a shitload of chemistry I’ve wanted to explore since we first met.”

As usual, Samantha put me through an emotional wringer again. After On Dublin Street, Echoes of Scotland Street is the second book in this series that I read so fast! I could not put this book down.

“I’m scared of you, Cole Walker. I’m scared you’ll hurt me or I’ll hurt you…yet I have no intention of turning back. I’m throwing myself off this cliff, consequences be damned.”

Cole and Shannon’s love story sucked me in from the first line until I turned the last page. I was so sucked into the book that I actually faked a headache so I would be left alone to read in peace and not have to be stuck in a social situation that was keeping me from reading. Yep, that’s how good and into it I was. Just sayin’…

“…Cole Walker represented everything wrong with my life and the choices I’d made thus far.”

Shannon was a great heroine. She was strong and sweet and fierce but vulnerable to. I loved watching her find herself again and realize what was good for her. And I loved seeing Cole support her and love her through all this.

“You’re worth every bad thing that’s ever happened to me, because going through them led me to you.”

Cole turned out to be a great male character and a great man (how could he not when he was surrounded by such role models as Braden, Adam, Cameron, Nate and Marco).

“He’s spent his formative years surrounded by men incapable of restraint when it comes to flirting outrageously with their wives. Each one of them … is a cocky, arrogant, overconfident bugger.” (…) “But you won’t find men who are more loyal or loving to their wives.”

I love Samantha Young’s male characters. They’re all charismatic, cocky, romantic, alpha, sexy and so loyal. She writes her heroes so well, I just love these men. And I know it’s bad to play favorites but I especially love Braden, Nate and Cole.

“What are you doing to me, Shannon?”
My breath caught. Finally, I whispered, “Exactly what you’re doing to me.”

I loved that Cole was both badass and boyish, sweet and arrogant and oh my Gosh, the man can be all kinds of hot and bossy in the bedroom…and outside said bedroom too! I swear he had me all hot and bothered more than once while I read. And even though I found this book to have less steamy scenes in it than the other books in this series, it didn’t bother me because it was no less intense and it fit with the book.

“I’m going to f*ck every bad memory of those unworthy gits out of you, even if it takes me a lifetime. Starting tonight.”

What I liked most about him was that he is a good guy. Sure he looks like a bad boy, but truly, he was a good guy at heart, so loyal and protective of the ones he loves. I really loved him in this book. I loved watching what kind of man Cole had become through the series and the relationship he built with Shannon.

“I get you don’t trust me and I get why, but I want you to give me the chance to change that. I think there’s something here that’s worth the effort.”

This book was another amazing read, full of heart and beautifully written. I loved it and I’m so glad to have finally read Cole’s story, but the sad thing is, even though I did enjoy Echoes of Scotland Street and am looking forward to Shannon’s brother, Logan’s story, I just can’t help remembering that this amazing series is coming to an end very soon.

In Flight (Up in the Air #1), by R. K. Lilley

In Flight

When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.


Soooo…In Flight. Well, first off, I liked and enjoyed this read.

“I knew I had a problem. I was starting to like that kinky rich bastard.”

The book is well written, the plot is more than interesting, the sex is oh so hot and you get attached to the characters. I loved that each chapter in this book started with a new name for James and that it described a bit of his personality each time.

“Mr. Stalker
Mr. Kinky
Mr. Spellcaster
Mr. Charming
Mr. Personality
Mr. Stalker
Mr. Celebrity
Mr. Beautiful
Mr. Mercurial”

It took me some time to finish this book but normally, I would have finished it in less than a day. It’s that kind of book. Once you start it, you cannot put it down until you’ve turned the last page.

“I’m going to ruin you. I’ll be your first, and I’ll fuck you so thoroughly that I’ll be your last too. You won’t want any other man after I’ve gotten my hands on you.”

Now, and this is what kept it from earning five stars, is that even if the characters are lovely and sweet and you get to like them more and more as you read the book (especially Stephan and James) Bianca became a problem to me at the end.

“If you are having trouble understanding, let me spell it out for you … This is serious, Bianca. I’ve never been more fucking serious in my life.”

I liked her character a lot, and that from the start. But the thing is, she was so quick to jump to conclusions and think the worst of James when really, nothing justified it, and that is something that annoys me to no end!

“I had fallen in love with a perfect lie.”

I can’t really tell you what happens and what Bianca does or think at that time in the book but it happens close to the end, something like six or seven chapters before it. When you read it, it’s clear she just exaggerates everything that has happened. Well at least that’s how it felt to me. And then she’s all sad and depressed, blaming James for things that he didn’t do. Anyway, sorry for the rant.Well, it’s probably of no help to those who haven’t read the book yet, but when you do, I think you’ll see my point.

“My past has shaped me, that’s true of anyone.”

Anyway, that was really the only thing that bugged me while reading, so all in all, I really recommend this book, and I will be reading the sequel very soon!

Withering Hope, by Layla Hagen

Withering Hope______________________________________________

Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.

As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.

“Being on the brink of losing everything had the remarkable power of setting me free.”

I have a thing for end of the world as we know it stories. Be it a zombie apocalypse or two people getting stranded on an island without anyone knowing it, these scenarios are something I quite enjoy once in a while. So when someone recommended this book to me, I got curious.

“I need him to survive the horrors outside. He needs me to overcome those in his mind.”

I’ve read stories about people stranded on islands or even lost at see with only a raft as a place to live, but never the Amazon rainforest. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it as much at first actually. Let’s just say weird bugs and things that crawl and have more than four legs kind of freak me out. And Aimee describes the forest as a place where, if you stand still for more than thirty seconds, you end up a privileged place for tiny (and not so tiny) eeky creatures to make a home of. So let’s just say that my skin crawled a few times during Tristan and Aimee’s time in the forest.

“There are many things you can hide in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.”

I love this kind of setting because it sort of forces closeness and attachment between the characters. I loved how Aimee’s feelings for Tristan slowly but surely grew from appreciation to attraction and love. I liked how she handled her feelings too. Considering her situation, (to go from loving a man to falling for another), she could’ve easily annoyed me with her conflicted feelings. But Layla Hagen really did a good job balancing Aimee’s feelings of guilt and acceptance of her situation and feelings for Tristan, and made it so that I got why she was feeling guilty and conflicted and also that I wasn’t shocked that she accepted her dwindling feelings for Chris and growing feelings for Tristan.

“Tristan slipped into my soul the way mist travels in the forest after the rain: unseen, unstoppable and ubiquitous.”

I really enjoyed how Layla Hagen wrote her story and characters even though I would have enjoyed more of Tristan’s POV chapters. I liked the pace of the story too even if I thought it was dragging a little at the begging. I also enjoyed the fact that there wasn’t too much drama in this book be it between Tristan and Aimee or with the “triangle” between them and Chris.

“From the plethora of feelings striking me in this moment – heat, guilt, confusion – most powerful is the feeling that I belong here in his arms. I feel at home in them (…) The guilt isn’t from the tingling I feel at his touch. It’s from craving it.”

Tristan’s character is hard to describe. Part of that is because there isn’t many chapters from his POV. But I liked him and how deeply he felt and loved Aimee. The connection between those two is really strong and powerful and intense and part of it is of course because of the setting but also because Tristan himself is quite intense in the way he feels. I liked getting to know him, but I would have enjoyed more of his perspective and voice in the book.

“My peace carries her smell and sounds like her voice. It feels like her touch.”

The last four chapters are full of “action” and I was flipping the pages frantically to know what would happen next. To be honest. The two part epilogue left me with a sort of bittersweet taste. It was really sweet and romantic but I felt the same way I had when I read (and saw) The Notebook. You see it’s for the best and that it’s romantic and true love and all that but you’re still somewhat feeling…not sad but not quite happy either. But to be fair, I don’t think many ending would have worked with this story and the one at the end of Withering Hope was actually well thought of and fitting for this novel and its overall mood but at the same time it left me feeling like this wasn’t quite right either.

“You don’t need me to survive,” he says. “You’re right. I don’t need you to survive. I need you to live.”

So to sum it up, I really enjoyed this book and its characters. I loved how Tristan and Aimee couldn’t help but fall for and l love each other and I would recommend this book for anyone who likes a good stranded-on-an-island story.

“You’re more than I’ve ever had, and more than I’ll ever wish for.”

Falling Away (Falling #4), by Jasinda Wilder

Falling Away_______________________________________________

My name is Benjamin Dorsey. You know my mom and dad’s story. You know Kylie’s parents’ story. You even know Kylie’s story.

You don’t know mine, yet.

You don’t know what a broken heart is until you’ve loved someone your whole life, only to have her slip through your fingers because you waited too long. That’s heartbreak. That’s regret. And how do you live with that? How do you go through the motions when she’s there as a reminder of what you lost, of what you could have had but were too damn chicken to go after? I couldn’t. So I left.

That’s right, I ran away. I found myself across the continent, playing minor league football. I mean, at least I still had football, right?

Nope. That got taken away from me too. A career-ending injury left me down-and-out, scraping the bottom of the barrel, hating myself and hating life. And then I met Cheyenne Leveaux, my physical therapist, who became my one and only friend, the one bright light in the darkness of my messed up life.

But of course nothing is ever simple, or easy.

Tragedy struck, and the rug was swept out from under me yet again, and this time the guilt, the doubt, the secrets, and the old heartbreak may threaten my one chance at true happiness, my one shot at my own happily ever after.

Reading Order: Falling Into You, Falling Into Us, Falling Under, Falling Away


ARC kindly provided by author in exchange of an honest review

I can’t believe this series is over!!!!!!! I’m so glad for this book (and every book in this series for that matter) but I’m sooooooo sad to have to say goodbye to them all! Since I finished it, I’ve been going over all the Falling books and characters in my head and how great and amazing their stories were. I’m seeing a really bad book hangover in my future because of this series….But enough rambling.

“I have to figure out who I am, now.”

I’ve been waiting for Ben’s story anxiously since Falling Under closed on him leaving Nashville behind with a broken heart and a clouded mind. And well, Falling Away, the last and sadly final book in the Falling series, did not disappoint. This book was the perfect closure for this amazing series. This book was as heart-warming and sometimes as heart-wrenching as the previous ones in this series. The fact that these books all tell a story of love that can heal the most broken of hearts and the deepest of wounds is probably why it’s one of my favorite series of all time. And Jasinda’s writing has a lot to do with it.

“I’m not going to let fear hold me back any longer.”

In this book, and like in the last, Ben goes through a lot of painful and traumatic events. My heart ached for him as I followed him wandering around the country with the hope that his broken heart would heal faster. The way he spoke of his heartache was really moving and I really felt for him because of it, butt also because of all the bumps he encounters in his life. We got to know a side of Ben in Falling Under that was sweet but also very…..I’m not sure dark would be that right word but at least, wounded is. Ben, then, was far from perfect because he was blinded by his hurt and regret and even then, I really liked him and really hoped for a happy ending to his story.

“I grew up while I was gone. Not all the way though.”

In Falling Away, I got to see another side of Ben and I was really moved by him. He is such a strong character and man really. He goes through a lot all on his own but through all his pain and heartache, he stayed such a loving and caring man. I fell really hard for him in this book and I’m so happy he got his happy ending with Echo.

“I feel this starvation when it comes to Echo, like I’ve been hungry my whole life, living on an empty stomach, wasting away and living off my own insides, and Echo is a plate of food set in front of me.”

Now Echo. Wow. Her character was really something. I loved her inner voice. When she meets Ben, she is at the dawn of a very dark and difficult time in her life but she still managed to make me laugh. Her life was very different from Ben’s and in a lot of ways, very hard on her but she was such a strong character. Not the easiest girl to get to know, you’ll see but when you know what she’s been through in her life and what she has to go through when she meets Ben, you kind of get why she is so hard to know.

“Somehow, with Ben, everything is just…different. He’s different, and I’m different with him.”

I really enjoyed her character and I loved how Ben’s unrelenting love and caring helped her lower the walls she surrounds herself with and accepted that he sees her for who she is and loves her for it.

“I want more than one kiss. I want more that one night, more than one tumble in the sheets.”

I loved how deeply she felt things and her ability to never hold any punches and to express herself so honestly through her music. Those moments in the book where Echo sings are so gripping because of how true and raw they are. I loved those moments even though they weren’t always easy to read.

“I’m just fucked up and don’t know how to fix it.”

That’s another thing I was looking forward with this book: the music! In Falling Into You, Nell and Colt’s music had really moved me and their connection through it was amazing to read about. That’s one of the many things that made me fall in love with their story. In Falling Into Us, Becca’s poetry moved me a lot too and again, in Falling Under, Oz and Kylie’s connection through music did something funny to me. Falling Away was no exception of that regard. Echo’s lyrics come from her gut and it’s in them that she’s the most open.

“Rip yourself open, and let me in. Let me see you bleed. I can’t promise I can make it all okay, because i can’t. But I can promise to be there when it’s not.”

And I know that the Falling series has come to an end, but I’m really looking forward to Echo The Stars and to get to know more about the very talented musicians and friends that surround Echo. Hopefully, through them, will get to see glimpses of the Falling characters, but even if not, I’m really looking forward to this new series. I hope you are too.

“We’ve all got our journeys, Echo. I can’t change who you are, I can’t change where your life has taken you, or the choices you’ve made (…) but does it make me care for you any less? No.”

This was an amazing journey Jasinda offered us through her books. These books and characters and their stories will be kept very close to my heart and so for a very long time. I cannot tell you enough times to read those books and to make your friends read them as well, because they are amazing and so filled with love! I said it before but I’ll say it again, all the books in this series share an underlying theme, that love can find you in the darkest of times and places, that love can heal a broken heart and the deepest wounds, and that love you can find love even when you are a broken mess.

“You can’t pick and choose which parts of a person you love, Echo. You love the whole person.”

You will not be disappointed by this final installment in the Falling series. It is gripping and yet tender, full of music and deep emotions and because a cherry on top never hurts, it is also really hot! Writing this review was bittersweet as it means the end of these beautiful stories and because I really don’t want to say goodbye to the Falling universe and characters, but the best thing is to know that they are a stretch of an arm away from me and that I’ll always be able to visit them again. I think it’s safe to say I’m having one of the meanest book hangover over this series.

Ugly Love, by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love_______________________________________________

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

“Don’t ask about my past. And never expect a future.”

Wow. This book, like the last one I read by Colleen Hoover, did a number on me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to start reading it because I’ve read quite a few reviews that showed that readers had issues with what Miles does to Tate in the book as well as how she reacts to what he does to her. So even though I was curious when I started this book, I was also a little worried and on the lookout for something to bother me. 

“I suppose if a man lived through the ugliest side of love, he might never want to experience it again.”

Turns out, what happens in the book didn’t bother me very much. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few moments (I’m sure those who have read the book know which ones I’m thinking about) when I was really upset with what Miles did or said to Tate. And there were also moments when I wished Tate wouldn’t allow Miles to hurt her so much. However, I understood why they did and said those things. Doesn’t mean it excuses anything, far from that, but I understood why Tate kept allowing Miles to hurt her so much, and then, I understood why Miles hurt her repeatedly even though he wished he didn’t.

“Make me leave… You don’t need this… I just don’t know how to stop wanting you. Tell me to go, and I’ll go.”

I know what I’m writing is really vague if you haven’t read the book yet, but just like in Maybe Someday, I can’t reveal too much of the story because it would ruin it for future readers. What I’ll say though, is that once again, Colleen Hoover made me feel so many things. She sucked me into the lives of Miles and Tate and I just couldn’t get enough. I had to force myself to stop reading (you know how hard that can be) because it was 5am and I had to be up at 7am. I didn’t see the night go by. Every time I read a chapter I had to start the next, and well, you know how those things usually end up: an all-nighter. Which I don’t regret, AT ALL.

“Love isn’t always pretty… Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

What Miles and Tate have isn’t easy, and like the title says, it could even get ugly, but I loved their story. I loved that Tate didn’t give up on Miles, that she couldn’t because she just knew he felt more than what he showed. I loved Miles even though we only really get to know him towards the end of the book. I felt for him so much. And even though at times I wished his chapters were told like Tate’s and not six years prior his story with Tate, they helped understand him when the moment comes. I didn’t really care for the “poetry” (I have a hard time calling it that in the case of this book but anyway) but I loved reading between the lines of Miles’s story from six years ago, and his story with Tate.

“It’s love in general I don’t want, Tate. Ever. It’s you specifically that I just…want.”

And I liked Tate. I really liked her. I know a lot of readers didn’t and would have wanted her to woman up and not allow Miles to repeatedly hurt her, but those moments when she wasn’t acting like herself because of her love for Miles, those moments when readers found her pathetic for letting Miles do that to her and for getting her hopes up, they made her very human to me.

“I’m terrified to lose him for good, so I sell myself short and take what I can from him, even though I know I deserve better.”

We all hope that in a situation like Tate’s, we would be strong women, who stand up for themselves and don’t take shit from men. And some women do. But still, a lot of us don’t. Even though we know better, we find excuses, we hope that maybe we can make a man change because of us, for us, with time and patience. That’s what Tate does and she gets hurt in the process. Personally, I cringed when I she lied to Miles and wished that with time, he would change his mind and break his rules. I think we all did. But at the end of the day, I could understand why she did that. It doesn’t make it okay, and I often while reading I wished she would just put a stop to it, but I also wished she wouldn’t. Because just like her, I had hope for hers and Miles’s story.

“If I were capable of loving someone . . . it would be you.”

I almost don’t want to mention it because this book is soo much more than that, but since I enjoyed those parts a whole lot, I’ll still say a word about it: THE SEX! Man! I would have switched places with Tate on quite a few occasions during the book. I’m not saying I enjoyed all of it. I especially didn’t like the times Miles put his walls up right after such intense moments, but the man is hot! And skilled from what I read. I also loved those moments because they were some of the rare ones where Miles let Tate see into him, or at least a little bit more of him. It wasn’t much, but those moments as well as those when he was with Tate and started forgetting about the past, the pain and the guilt, those moments were great for me, because those were the moments when you knew that Miles isn’t a heartless asshole. In those moments I guess I was like Tate. They made me hope for more than what Miles was offering her.

You saw something in me that gave you hope in us, and you didn’t give up on that. And Tate? That means more to me than anything anyone’s ever done.

This story was beautiful even when it was ugly. I definitely don’t regret reading this book. I’ll read it again. Colleen Hoover made me love her flawed characters and that’s what I love in books. I love that authors can make me fall in love with imperfect characters with their qualities and their flaws, and sometimes, because of those flaws.

God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.

This book was realistic in the sense the love isn’t always pretty, sometimes it’s ugly. But the ugly makes you appreciate the beautiful even more. So like I said before, this love story was sometimes painful and ugly but it was terribly human. It pictured two people that love changed, not always in a good way, but who in the end, still found their way to each other and to a beautiful love.

“My heart isn’t hurting from pain this time, though. It hurts because its never felt this full.”

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