May 12, 2017

Review: Chasing Ellie by Paige P. Horne

I’m the wild girl whose mom decided she didn’t want to live anymore. I grew up with a daddy who only had half a heart, in a town where everyone knows everyone. I’ve feared love nearly my whole life because I’ve seen first-hand what losing it looks like. It’s ugly, it’s scary and its pain is almost unbearable. When I was nine years old, my daddy told me you’ll only find one true love in this life.

“It’s the rarest but truest love there is, Little Miss. You find it and you never let it go.”

But I didn't share the chief’s feelings.

Until one summer day, when a brown eyed boy with a busted lip and a smirk, showed up in the small town of Green Ridge. Tommy Kingsley started to change everything. The boy from the south side of Chicago taught me that love isn't something to be feared and that it's the only thing that makes everything else worth it. He gave me hope and this story tells you how.

 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

6+++ 'Life is forever changing.' Stars

*****Although Chasing Ellie can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading Chasing Fireflies in order to experience the full emotional onslaught of this beaut! *****

There are books that make you feel, then there are books that become one with your soul, your being, and Chasing Ellie is just that! Paige P. Horne takes us, the reader and characters, on a profound and beautiful journey through the emotional battles of life and love in this heart wrenching yet soul soothing narrative experience.

'When I was nine years old, my daddy told me you'll only find one true love in this life. It's the rarest and truest love there is, Little Miss. You find it and you never let it go.'

Wild, carefree, and adventurous, just like her mama was, Ellie Williams is a free spirit and easy going in all things life except where her heart and love is involved.  Chasing Ellie spans over a decade, following her from adolescence to watching her bloom into a beautiful and intelligent adult. Life hasn't been a walk in the park for her. Plagued by the reputation of the girl who's mother killed herself, watching her father struggle to move on, living with only half his heart intact, she's learned to protect hers. Children see more and are more intuitive than people are aware, thus in some shape and form, plays a part in molding who they are, what they want to be and do in life.

'I don't want to fall in love. It cripples you. I've seen it happen.'

At times I became frustrated with Ellie's character. I just wanted to shake her and tell her to open up her mind, her heart, to just give in to the lure of love. Embrace it! Feel it! Live it! Love... it's such a fickle bastard at times. BUT at the same time I understood her hesitation, fears, and longing to cave to it all. Not only did she have her daddy wrapped around her finger, she had me too.

She's been his since the first moment he laid eyes on her. Rough around the edges, Tommy Kingsley is definitely not your typical boy next door. He's had a hard childhood, and growing up on the south-side of Chicago isn't a walk in the park. So different, yet so alike. I can see why Ellie and Tommy are drawn to each other. They truly are each others yin/yang, the calm in each others perfect storm. He wants more than friendship while she's paralyzed in fear of their relationship changing, that it couldn't go back to what it was if they took that next step, a jump in faith.

'Sometimes life is tough, and other times you make it that way by crappy choices. I get bored easy so I can't commit like Tommy. I'm a liar too because committing is not my problem. Love is. Getting too close is. The fear of someone owning my heart and crushing it is.'

My love for Tommy Kingsley wasn't immediate, he slowly grew on my throughout the story. His perseverance, strength, and will to better himself, to be worthy of Ellie's heart and trust for life set my heart ablaze. He really is book boyfriend material!

'He's what my dreams are made of. He's the sweetest thing that ever happened to me and the only person who can make me feel this way. Alive and so loved.'

Their story is one of turbulent emotions with a magnetic pull so intense yet so fragile the slightest twist of events could sever their connection once and for all. The execution of their story is 'on fleek' *wink* spanning over so many years, not feeling rushed along. Paige P. Horne did a stellar job delivering this heart-wrenching yet uplifting story. It's real, it's raw, it's a one of a kind book that you won't soon forget. A top read of 2017!

May 11, 2017

Review: The Beautiful Game by A. Meredith Walters

Lucas Bradley enjoys many things.
The roar of the crowd.
Scoring a goal.
Being worshipped and adored by a growing legion of rabid, football obsessed fans.
But gaining a reputation as English football's newest bad boy—not so much.

Morgan Carter is a fish out of water.
Having moved from America to the United Kingdom, she had hoped for a great adventure.
Instead she's floundering in a job she doesn't like and a country she doesn't understand.
And she finds herself more than ready to leave the land of hot accents behind.

Until a drunken kiss at the local pub changes everything.

Passions ignite. Tempers flare. And what starts as a temporary distraction turns into something deeper.

Yet sleeping with a man on the cusp of full-blown fame comes with a price—one that Morgan isn't sure she's willing to pay. And Lucas, forced into the spotlight, finds his world turned upside down.

Love is a game.
But are Lucas and Morgan ready to play?
And can they learn the rules before they run out of time?

 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

4 'We kissed like we were drowning.' Stars

Fun, flirty, frisky, and a little bit dirty! A. Meredith Walters whisks her readers away into a whirlwind romance where worlds collide when America takes on England in this fantastic, and addictive opposites attract, modern day sports fairy tale.

It didn't take long to fall head over heels for this sizzling, no holds barred story line! I have to admit I read this one with a shit-eating goofy grin plastered on my face. I mean how could I not?! From the hilarious banter tossed around between characters to the amazing British slang that just wrecked me and had me in fits of laughter. The Beautiful Game was a fantastic read from start to finish.

Morgan Carter has a natural beauty to her, a sparkly aura. She holds herself to a certain level and won't cave, change or chance who she is for anyone, sexy footies be damned. Landing her dream job lands this nerdy IT American in the heart of the UK. Settling in wasn't easy but once she finds her groove, game on! I adore her character, such strength, fire, and passion in her.

Lucas Bradley is the UK's up and coming, sexy AF, bad-boy of sports! This footballer is full of zest for life. His life wasn't always full of cash, with diggers on his tail looking for a good ride *wink* Life for Lucas may seem like one big party but deep down he's a lost soul, in search of his next high on the pitch.

There was no sex in the champagne room LOL No, World's collide in the bathroom of a dank, dirty pub. And as you could say the rest is history! BUT! HOLD UP!! Nothing is THAT easy. Every fairy tale has a villain and good god, this one takes the cake! A WAG and Goal Digger who's looking to step up the proverbial ladder to bigger and better things. She's top shelf level of skag. Look out for this one, her manicured claws will rip you a new one.

I really, really, really liked this book, like, A LOT! The undeniable sexual tension between Morgan and Lucas is off the charts! Their chemistry, attraction, feelings toward one another, just, GAH! A whole lot of sizzle and enough swoon to melt your panties off. Watching this British knight in shining armor chase after his American girl... *le sigh* it was everything! I couldn't set the book down, it had to be devoured! Anxiously awaiting the next installment in the Man of Match series.

May 10, 2017

Review: Love Me In the Dark by Mia Asher

Two strangers in Paris ...
One passionate, earth-shattering kiss.

He was the artist upstairs
with the tantalizing smile and laughing eyes.

He was the devil inviting me to sin,
seducing me to dance in the bright moonlight.

He was desire and need.

When he touched me, my body sang.
My soul came alive.

But I belonged to another man,
and he didn't want to let me go.

 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

4 'I am lost and found in his sweet embrace.' Stars

Intense, primal, and raw! Mia Asher delivers a beautiful, poetic work of prose that will ultimately own you; body, mind, and soul. There's an ethereal essence to this story line, one so delicate yet poignant in delivery. Awe inspiring.

'Le vie est une fleur don't l'amour est le miel.

Love Me In The Dark will set your senses, and emotions ablaze with Mia's heady combination of characters and angst. Afterall, Mia Asher is one of my go to angst and love triangle queens.

'We get lost in a moment that takes us to a place where the past and future are urrelevant --they don't exist. And it feels a little like falling. A lot like flying. Crashing to the ground. Dancing in the clouds. A cage and an open sky. The light of a thousand lamps illuminating the dark sky.'

Valentina, S├ębastien, and William... God, I don't even know where to begin beside the fact that the aforementioned had me on the edge of my seat for the greater majority of the book. The push and pull, right from wrong, lust, regret, shame, hate, and despair, made for one heck of a rollercoaster ride.. GAH! Armed with unexpected twists and turns, this book continuously became more addictive with every flip/tap of the page. I loved each character, flaws, baggage, all of it. I also disliked this trio at times. Their actions will frustrate you, make you want to throw the book at a wall all while getting frisky and caught up in those heated moments between current and new lovers.

'He builds a church with his body in mine, making a sinner and a believer out of me while quieting my demons. Restraint gone, he shoots us intonthr stars until we reach the heavens and beyond. And when we fall and crash, we are reborn on the sheets of this bed.'

You can't go wrong by picking up this highly anticipated read of 2017!