We all love a good cliche story- or as I like to call them, Classics. But, which one is your favorite?!
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Rating: 5 stars
They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?
Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.
Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.
Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.
P.S- Yes I know I’m a day late on this . 😛
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
ARC received in exchange for an honest review!
I’m a huge fan of fan of books that have fights that turn into fighting between the characters, and Rikki sure delivered on that. This was my first time reading a book by Abigail Strom, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This book is cute, sweet and yeah, a bit cliche, which I didn’t really mind.
We first meet Rikki Eisendrath when she is 13 years old and is attending her first boy/girl party. When a game of seven minutes in heaven starts, Rikki finds herself in the closet with Sam Payne- the boy she is competing with for the top grade in the class. Sam ends up kissing her- her very first kiss- but when he doesn’t acknowledge it at school, she gets upset, picks a fight, and they don’t end up talking for a few years. I get that Abigail wanted to cause friction between the two, but I thought it was a trivial thing to hold a grudge over for so long.
Flash forward to their freshmen year of college, where Rikki and Sam discover they are put in the same dorm building. Putting their feud behind them (finally!) they call a truce and decide to become friends. Only they start to grow closer than either expected, when Rikki stays in his roommate’s bed (he hasn’t arrived yet) when her roommate has her boyfriend over, and in return, Rikki poses for him for his sculpting class.
I have to say, Sam is a really cute character. He is the type of girl most girls wish they could meet when they are 18 years old. He has his flaws, and isn’t perfect by any means, but that just adds a realistic dept to him. I felt Rikki was a very relatable character- she is still finding herself, isn’t completing confident around guys, and has some very real issues to deal with. As much as I enjoyed her relationship with Sam evolving, I also enjoyed the journey she takes with her roommate. When she first meets Tasmin, she is smoking in their non-smoking dorm room, and Rikki’s vision of the perfect roomie vanishes. Even more so when Tasmin starts kicking her out of the room so her boyfriend can sleep over. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Tasmin at first, but she grows on the reader, just as she grew on Rikki.
The reasoning behind my so-so rating is because I feel there were a few plot holes that were never patched up. One in particular is Sam’s missing roommate. They keep mentioning he hasn’t arrived yet, but near the end of the book it is several months later and he is still MIA. I get that Abigial wanted to have an excuse to make Sam have an extra bed, but it felt a tad unrealistic to me.
All in all this was a cute, fast read that does relieved on the feels. It’s the first in the series, and I will check out the other ones!
I will post the link to Rikki when it goes live!
I’m super excited to be a part of the cover reveal for The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen. Such a gorgeous cover! The Fifteenth Minute will be out October 13th, 2015. Click Here to pre-order on Amazon!
Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.
She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.
But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something’s haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.
DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.
Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.
Author: Shirl Rickman
Rating: 4 stars
FROM THE OUTSIDE, THEY APPEAR TO HAVE IT ALL…
Waking every morning and pasting a smile on her face, Selene Chandler only looks like she has it all: parents that love each other, popularity… but what she actually has, is everyone fooled.
Afraid to let anyone see the real, raw her, Selene’s life is far from perfect, and the well-constructed wall she’s built is so high, no one has ever seen past it except her mother; the one and only person she’s ever felt love from.
A TWIST OF FATE THAT IGNITES A FIRE…
The handsome “golden” boy of Montgomery, Texas, Drake Thomas appears to have the perfect life. The Mayor’s son, Drake is privileged, entitled, and has never faced the consequences of his actions. He’s never had to until one fateful night, his carefully constructed world begins to unravel, and it takes all the strength he didn’t know he had to hold it together.
A CONNECTION THAT CAN’T BE DENIED…
When fate deals Selene a devastating hand, she is forced into a new life, in a new town. Both alluring and beautiful, two strangers lives cross paths in a tangle of feelings impossible for them to ignore.
Desire turns to a longing neither have ever allowed themselves to feel; but will it be enough to tear down their walls and overcome the secrets of their past?
They’re both pretending; but in this life, you can only pretend for so long.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Release Date: September 28th 2015
Arc received in exchange for an honest review
Paul Chapman is not looking forward to the wedding of his big brother Des. Not only will it be another opportunity for his family to nag him about marriage and children- two things not even on the menu for him- but he will have to see his ex girlfriend. Which would be awkward enough as is, but this ex girlfriend also happened to walk out of him after cheating on him with his cousin. Yeah, ouch.
Libby Harris is not looking forward to her phone ringing. She knows it will be another bar calling to turn down obtaining her uniquely flavored vodka flavors. After dropping out of med school, to her father’s dismay, she sent out on a business adventure that she found is not going to plan.
Then she runs into (literally) Paul outside the bar he works at, First, and like any good bartender, he soon has her spilling out her problems to him. He suggests she pitch her product to his brother, the bar owner. Libby is ecstatic- until Des turns her down as well. Feeling an odd urge to help her, Paul comes up with a solution that might end up helping them both out: they should fake a relationship. It would give Des a chance to get to know her, and once that happened he wouldn’t be able to turn Libby down. It would also solve the problem of Paul’s family nagging him if he did in-fact have a girlfriend.
Neither of them are looking for a relationship, but it suddenly starts to feel a little too real for them both. Flirting leads to a kiss which leads to neither of them being able to keep their hands off each other. But while they are both struggling to overcome past relationship issues, the date of their agreed break up is quickly approaching.
This book was really predictable, but I didn’t mind it all too much. It was a quick, fun read with the right amount of drama and tons of ‘aww’ scenes. The writing was really good, the characters had dept to them. They were strong and likeable characters with realistic flaws and weaknesses. And boy do they have chemistry. You can’t help but fall for Paul’s family as well, particularly his mother.
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