Review: Forever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title:  Forever With You

Series: Wait for You

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Genre:  New Adult Romance, Coming of Age Fiction

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Synopsis:

In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you’ve never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It’s out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she’s got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph’s eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick’s self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he’s knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she’s building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can’t walk away. Not when she’s the only one who’s ever made him wish for forever . . .

Review:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I love Jennifer Armentrout and everything she has ever written.

Forever With You is the next book in the Wait for You series.  This is one of my favorite series for a number of reasons.  Armentrout always includes all the main characters from the previous books in the series in the current book, the books are filled with lots of feels, and then there is Katie.  I love Katie.  She is in my top five all time favorite book characters…and she’s never even been a main character.

In Forever With You, we finally get Nick’s story.  Nick is a bit of a mystery in the other books he shows up in, but as a reader  you kind of have a feeling there’s more to him than meets the eye.  I wasn’t sure what to expect now that we finally get his story and I was overwhelmed, in a good way.  Nick is so much more.  I don’t spoil, as I’ve said so many times before, but let me tell you, you will love Nick!  He met his match in Stephanie for sure.

Forever With You is a funny, heartbreaking and emotional read that will leave you with a satisfied smile on your face and a happy little sigh.

Review: The Consequence of Revenge

  

Title: The Consequence of Revenge

Series: Consequences Book 2
Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Publisher: Skyscape

Publication Date: 6/9/2015

Format: ebook, paperback 

Genre: New Adult Contemporary 

Pages: 320
Rating: 5/5 ⭐️
Where to buy: Amazon Exclusive http://tinyurl.com/pwxs8r6
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: After losing his best friend to another guy, the notoriously too-confident Max Emory suddenly feels lost. He may have devastatingly good looks, an abundance of charm, and a claim to one of the biggest hotel empires around, but he has no ambition anymore. So when his fed-up friends decide they’ve had enough of his moping, they sign him up to be the next bachelor on the reality series Love Island. And between his pride and his forged signature on an ironclad contract, Max just can’t say no.
Now he’s stranded in paradise with twenty-four women, one terrifying goat, and Becca, the breathtaking barista who already turned him down back home. The closer Max gets to Becca, the more determined he becomes to win her over. As she gets to know him better, things start heating up. But is Becca really after Max’s heart—or is she after the cash prize she could claim once the cameras stop rolling?
Review: I loved this book!!!

Before I go any further I should warn you of a couple of things. First, most of this book is written from Max’s perspective, so there is a whole lot of boy humor. I mean a lot! There are references to boy parts, sex, bodily fluids, etc. If you are easily offended by boy humor, then this book may not be for you, but at least give it chance because it’s funny as heck and makes up for it in the last half of the book and then some. Okay, second warning – this is not your typical NA romance; in fact, it takes awhile for the romance to even appear. Yet again, give it a chance. 
With all of the above disclaimer stuff done – this book rocks! Max is one of the most likable male characters I’ve read in a long time. He’s not alpha or sappy or over-the-top or wounded. He’s just a fun-loving guy with no direction masking the disappointment of losing his best friend, who he loved, with sarcastic humor and lots of deflection. His relationship with his brother and his best friends is some of the best comraderie I’ve read in a long while and Max is usually right at the center of it all. His interaction with Becca goes from crash and burn to slowish burn. Their relationship is not quite insta-love but close, but it works. The contestants are a hoot with lots of stereotyping that is funny without being crass. There is quite the menagerie of animals – a gecko, a shark and my favorite of all, a goat! Trust me, you’ll see!!! The story moves along at a good pace and ends with a bang and is then nicely wrapped up with a well-done epilogue. 
One thing I can say for sure: you will never think of gummy bears the same ever again! 

Review: Nowhere but Here (Thunder Road) by Katie McGarry

  
When I left my review for this book on Amazon, I titled it SOA (Sons of Anarchy) Lite. I suppose that wasn’t really fair. I mean the comparisons are motorcycle club and epic romance. Honestly, it was the comparison I made in my head when I tried to envision the Olivia (club matriarch) character. I could not stop picturing Gemma…no matter how hard I tried. 

Emily is the daughter of Eli, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club. However, she has been living far away in Florida, away from the club and the club’s lifestyle. She is thrust back into the scene after the death of her grandmother. When Emily returns to Kentucky for her grandmother’s funeral she is an awkward reunion, danger and secrets galore. She is forced to stay in Kentucky while her mother and adoptive father return to Florida. Over the course of the summer, secrets are revealed, relationships are tested and young love blossoms. 

Emily kind of grated me at first, but she eventually gets over herself and holds her own and then I really liked her. Her relationship with Oz was a nice slow burn of hate turning into young, epic love and was written very well. Something I think Katie McGarry does better than a lot of authors is write strong, emotional characters that make you really feel. This is no exception. 

I don’t really have any real criticisms other than I was left wanting more Emily and Oz.  The next book in the series focuses on new main characters in the club, which is par for the course with McGarry’s series. However, I really wish she would go back and revisit Emily and a Oz in a later book because I think there is so much more to their story. 

This book was published on 5/26/2015 and is now available for purchase. 

My rating 5 out of 5 🌟

Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

  
I was super excited for this book. I feel like it was on my to-read list for forever.  I read it in one day. I guess that means I liked it. I did, but it was not an easy book to read. I also wasn’t truly prepared for the actual plot and story based in the synopsis. The concept was different, each chapter being one of the 99 days, but it worked. It worked really well actually.  The subject matter was rather deep for something marketed as a YA novel. It’s definitely mature YA.
Molly was friends with the Donnellys her entire life. The sister, Julia Donnelly, was her best friend.  Gabe Donnelly, the older brother, was her friend. Patrick Donnelly, Julia’s twin, was Molly’s true best friend and boyfriend. They had issues and broke up. She made a mistake. Her mother capitalized on her mistake (you will have to read it to find out how). She was bullied and ousted and full of guilt so she ran and left town for a year. The book begins with her return and ends with the end of summer. 
None of the characters are easy to like, with the exception of Gabe, who later lost points in the likability category.  Molly, the main character, was the most difficult to like, which was hard for me. Molly is wishy-washy at times, insolent some of the time and other times down right frustrating. I know she’s an 18 year old, but come on, most 18 year-olds I know can better handle the situation. Molly lies, cheats, and blames but almost never takes responsibility for her part in the disaster. 
The writing, though, was phenomenal. It is gritty and real; although, I hate when people use the word like, which I realize is how a lot of people talk, and these characters used it often, but….I digress. 
All in all I would recommend it. 4.5/5.