New Adult

The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen 5 Star Review!

Review:

The Year We Hid Away - Sarina Bowen

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.

Review

The magic of this romance is in the combustion of two people dealing with major life changing crisis and trying to keep it all together. And they fall in love at the worst time.

The building of the heroine’s character as the horrible question what if you parent did something unspeakable and you didn’t know about it. How do you handle that?

Our sexy ginger hero is working flat out to escape poverty and take care of his little sister.

There are so many great twists and turns in this love story. They are both full color and it is a great romance.

Original post:
northamericanwordcat.booklikes.com/post/1511531/the-year-we-hid-away-the-ivy-years-2-by-sarina-bowen-5-star-review

The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years Book 1) by Sarina Bowen 5 Star Review!

Review:

The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years) - Sarina Bowen

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.
Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

 

 

Review

 

Sarina Bowen writes great characters, wonderful plots and achey romance.

New adult with real stakes instead of crazy sauces is well done here.

The hero and the heroine become friends first, fall in love, and then it takes a while before they are an item.

The hero isn’t perfect in terms of his own level of self reflection and heroine is dealing with the major life change of her injury.

It is a really wonderful romance in a awesome setting.

Original post:
northamericanwordcat.booklikes.com/post/1511527/the-year-we-fell-down-the-ivy-years-book-1-by-sarina-bowen-5-star-review

A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes by Helen Juliet 4 Star Review

  A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes by Helen Juliet 4 Stars! 

Nicholas Herald’s only job was to book the music for his sister’s wedding. So when the big day is only a week away and the job isn’t done, his options are running out fast. In the end he throws down his cash on a guitarist with nimble fingers and arresting eyes.

Fynn Dumashie is more than happy to spend time with Nicholas as they feverishly plan the wedding’s music together. But the closer they get to the event, the more Nicholas seems to want something more… If only he could stop fighting himself to ask for it.

With last minute cancellations, wayward family members, and a cat with a serious vendetta against happiness, they’ll be lucky if they make it to the wedding in one piece. Can Nicholas overcome his own fears to accept who he really is before he and Fynn part ways for the last time?

Review

Oh, I really loved this sweet romance. Both heroes are wonderful though we get to know Nicholas much better.

This is a madcap wedding romance as well as a coming of age story. It is filled with great characters and great moments.

We get a really engaging romance as well.

A great deal of fun.

Cake: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson Review

Review:

Cake: A Love Story - J. Bengtsson

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn’t been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

When outspoken, vivacious college student Casey Caldwell was paired with the famously reserved rockstar for a friend’s wedding, she was prepared for the worst. What could they possibly have in common? She was a bubbly talker; he was a reclusive loner. His life was filled with music; she couldn’t carry a tune. She’d enjoyed a happy childhood; his was a well-publicized nightmare.

Yet despite their obvious differences, Jake and Casey found each other, and her light balanced out his darkness. Would their love be strong enough to survive the weight of his tragic past?

 

 

Review 

This book is almost good. If the parts that are summary and telling were rewritten to be action and dialogue there would be a fine love story.

 

The hero and heroine are both good people. The romance has a fantasy quality of running off with the band and they do feel very young.

 

The dynamics of both families are well explored.

 

It just needs more storytelling work.

Original post:
northamericanwordcat.booklikes.com/post/1461809/cake-a-love-story-by-j-bengtsson-review

Never Sweeter (Dark Obsession #2) by Charlotte Stein

Never Sweeter: A Dark Obsession Novel - Charlotte Stein

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Letty Carmichael can’t believe her eyes when she catches a glimpse of her high school tormenter, wrestling champ Tate Sullivan, on campus. College was supposed to be her escape from Tate’s constant ridicule. Now he’s in her classes again, just waiting for his chance to make her life hell. But when Letty and Tate are partnered up for an assignment—on sex in cinema, of all things—she starts to see a kinder, gentler side of him. And when she realizes Tate knows more about sex than she could ever guess at, he soon starts making her blush in a whole new way.

Tate Sullivan is haunted by regret over his cruelty toward Letty. So when she agrees to work with him, he seizes his chance to make amends. He can’t blame her for not believing he’s for real, but soon Tate starts to break down her wall. She wants to know about passion, desire, lust—topics he is well versed in. And in return she offers the one thing he always wanted: the chance to be more than just a jock.

Letty is shocked by how sensitive Tate can be. Still, desiring him feels ludicrous. Loving him is impossible. Craving him is beyond all reason. So why can’t she stop?

Review
Once I could let go of the fact that he used to be her bully and accept the storyline that he had really changed this was a sweet hot romance. The hero and the heroine are both wonderful and funny. There is cool movie fun. Young love is in the air, Tate is very sweet.  Stein has her big well hung man fetish in full swing.  Each lead is nuanced and oh so human worthy of love. Then, just like the last book in the series, it jumps the shark for me with too much outside drama.  But it settles back down again is a lovely, tender, spicy romance that is worth your time.