Say You Still Love Me

Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Romance
Source:  Meriah at Atria Publicity

Goodreads:  Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.

On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.

Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.

The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.

Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.

Ope’s Opinion:  K.A. Tucker knows how to develop wonderful women characters!  I love the story too, although I could live without the steamy parts of this book.  I knew when I started reading, since it is a new adult book, that there would be some steamy scenes – I just wish there was less steamy and more left to my imagination. 

The chapters flip from the young Piper and Kyle to the adult Piper and Kyle.  It was a great way to feel that first love, then see the grown up love. When the misunderstandings and secrets come out they explained what happened between camp ( past ) and present day.  Present day was my favorite part of the story, but it would not be complete without the background of their story which began at camp.

The twists keep coming right up to the end.  It kept me reading.  I did enjoy the ending.

 

Tell Me Lies

Author: Carola Lovering
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: New Adult Fiction
Source:  Stephanie at Simon & Schuster

 

Goodreads:  A thrilling, sexy coming-of-age story exploring toxic love, ruthless ambition, and shocking betrayal, Tell Me Lies is about that one person who still haunts you—the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget.

Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.

Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.

Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. Deep down, Lucy knows she has to acknowledge the truth about Stephen. But before she can free herself from this addicting entanglement, she must confront and heal her relationship with her mother—or risk losing herself in a delusion about what it truly means to love.

With the psychological insight and biting wit of Luckiest Girl Alive, and the yearning ambitions and desires of Sweetbitter, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the exhilaration and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go, even when you know you should.

Ope’s Opinion: Getting past the constant use of the “f” word was the first stumbling block in this book.  Stephen has no redeeming qualities – he is self centered, abusive and toxic.  Lucy is the definition of insanity – she keeps doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. 

This story is told from each of their perspectives.  It hops from present to past and back, but is well marked. They had a train wreck of a relationship.  You wanted to read it to see where it was going,  but it was not enjoyable.

The ending brought this book from a two chair to a three chair.

Until It Fades

Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: New Adult
Source: Simon & Schuster

Goodreads:  Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

Ope’s Opinion:  This is my second K.A. Tucker book.  I thought the first one was okay, so decided to try her again.  I sure am glad I chose this one!

Although some say this a predictable story, I thought there were a enough twists along the way to make it interesting.  The characters were ones I became invested in and wanted the happy ending for them.

This book was set in the present, but had flashbacks.  The flashbacks were sad and helped the reader understand Catherine’s hesitation with her relationships.

I will keep K.A. Tucker on my radar to see what she has coming up next.

 

It Ends With Us

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Author:  Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: New Adult
Source:  Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:  Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

Ope’s Opinion:   Oh, My … This was an intensely great book.  It is really hard to review this book without talking about the spoilers.

The characters are very deep and realistic.  I personally do not know anyone in their situations, but I sure could feel their angst.  Colleen Hoover made me understand their circumstances.

I love the way this book ended, but now I would like a sequel.  I want to know where everyone is now.

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Confess

Author: Colleen Hoover             confess
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: New Adult
Source:  BEA

 

Goodreads:  From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. 

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…

Ope’s Opinion:  My attention was caught from the beginning of this book.  As I got further into it, I thought I knew where it was going – I was Wrong!!!!!!  Colleen Hoover wrote in a some amazing twist and turns that I did not see coming at all.  This story had me holding my breath at several different times.  I was rooting for Auburn all the way through it.

The ending was not what I expected – it was better!!  I can not wait to read Colleen Hoover again and again…

Side note – there was a lot of use of the “f” word, but if you can skip over that – it was worth the read.

Rating:  5 – This book is so good it will be passed on and on and on….

 

Rock Angel

Author: Jeanne Bogino                  rock angel
Publisher:  Prashanti Press LLC
Genre:  New Adult
Source: Book Sparks

 

 

Goodreads:  Shan is young, beautiful, talented, and addicted to heroin in Rock Angel, a novel that follows her meteoric rise to guitar goddess stardom in the 90’s. She is discovered in New York by a handsome, arrogant musical genius named Quinn, and sparks fly between them when he hires her as lead guitarist of his band. Although Quinn is accustomed to bedding a different groupie every night, he can’t ignore his deepening feelings for his new band mate. From gritty Greenwich Village clubs to L.A.’s Troubadour; gigging and touring the country to the cover of Rolling Stone, Rock Angel is infused with the passionate music and intense sexual chemistry of Shan and Quinn. Shan must work out her personal demons and learn to trust Quinn enough to love him, but still remain true to the music that has always been her salvation. A hot, hard-driving story set in an intoxicating world of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, Rock Angel is the first novel by author, Jeanne Bogino.

Ope’s Opinion:  I liked all the inside view of the music industry.  I also liked the realistic way the author dealt with addiction.  It was written in a way that made you really root for Shan to beat and stay away from the drugs.  In the music business it doesn’t seem like it would be easy to stay strong.  I know sex, drugs and rock and roll are usually expected to be together, but there was too much description of the sex scenes.  

I love the cover of this book.  I think I would like to frame it!  I really like it when the cover represents the book, but doesn’t give anything away.

The story was  a little long and drawn out for me – which I know  is realistic with addiction, but hard to read some times.

I hear there is another book coming out called Angel on High.  I will be interested to see where she takes the story.

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book so much I know several friends to share it with.
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Jane’s Melody

Author:  Ryan Winfield                 jane
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre:  New Adult
Source: BEA

 

Publication Date:  October 7, 2014

 

Goodreads:  What boundaries would you cross for true love? 

That’s the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can shed light on her daughter’s death—only to find herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will leave you both tantalized and in tears, Jane’s Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone.

Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it’s too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no limits.

Ope’s Opinion:  Let me start this review telling you my perspective – I am a mother of two grown daughters.  So I can relate to Jane’s perspective.  

 I can’t imagine not talking to either of my daughters for a year ( not saying it couldn’t happen, just can’t imagine what it would be like ).  Next, I can’t imagine loosing one of my daughters – that must be excruciatingly painful.  This book started out very sad and slow.  I had great sympathy for Jane.  I could understand her trying to figure out what her daughters life was like before she died.

I can see how Jane would want to know Caleb.  She thought he had answers to what her daughters life was like before she died. Having said that it was hard for me to jump from her grief to her wanting to have a relationship with Caleb.   Their age difference seemed like a very unlikely relationship.  Also, her being an educated working woman, I can’t imagine her wanting to be with a man off the streets.

The next chapter is in Jane’s life is the book called Jane’s Harmony.

Rating: Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
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