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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I loved these two together and they are definitely one of my favorite couples that I've read this year. They just seemed genuine and I loved watching these two together. I know I already mentioned this but they had great chemistry. I was rooting for these two from the first page. It takes talent to be able to hook me that quickly and I tell you, I was hooked from page one. Drew and Anna had heat, they were funny and what I liked most is that they were smart. They weren't your typical cookie cutter NA characters.
Another thing that I loved about The Hook Up is that it felt like a complete story. It's not a quick telling of these two falling in love. Nope. We get to see their highs and lows. We get to see them grow both as a couple and as individuals. The Hook Up is longer than your typical NA but the pages just seemed to fly by. You become so engrossed in this world that Kristen Callihan has created.
I picked this up on a whim and I'm so glad I did because it has easily become one of my favorite reads of 2014. I've been in a book funk for the last few weeks and this definitely pulled me out. I only wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next book because I definitely can't wait to see what's in store for everyone. I highly recommend this one!
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I have been looking forward to reading this story since I first read the blurb. I loved the cover and was really excited to read about this broken soldier and the girl that would heal him. Broken by Lauren Layne was really great, and I am so glad that I got to know Paul and Olivia. If you are looking for a story about healing and moving forward with a Beauty and the Beast feel, you should definitely check this one out. It was everything I had hoped for, and I can't wait to read more from Lauren Layne in the future.
After making a mistake and hurting a few of the closest people to her, Olivia gives up her NY life and decides to get away for awhile. She should be finishing her final year at NYU and on her way to a business degree, but decides to help out a war vet that needs a caretaker. Her parents help set up the position and when she shows up in Maine, the last thing she expects to find is someone close to her age. Paul is scarred on the outside, but it is even more clear that the real damage is underneath the surface. Olivia knows that the only way to get through to him is to treat him as though he is anyone else and to not show him how he affects her. They both feel attraction to one another, but with Olivia working for his father and Paul determined to keep up his facade things don't go well. But as they begin to get to know one another, they realize that their connection is stronger than they first thought and soon are finding it harder to fight what is between them. But can Paul open up to Olivia and trust that she won't run and leave him? Can Olivia convince Paul that what she feels for him is worth taking a chance on and that he should get back to living his life rather than holing up in his house like a recluse?
I really liked Paul, even when he wasn't always the nicest. He was filled with guilt and pain from what he went through and he was clearly struggling with everything. He had been used to being athletic and running was his passion, but he was also used to looking a certain way. He had never had problems before everything happened, and he needed someone to show him that it didn't matter what he looked like on the outside. I was really glad that Olivia was able to dish it right back when Paul would give her crap. She treated him normal from the very start, and I think that went so far in helping him heal. It was clear that he needed someone to get him out of his funk, and I really enjoyed seeing him as he started to lighten up. He was a lot of fun and was really likable once he stopped trying to push her away. I really liked Olivia. She was also filled with guilt and pain and was punishing herself for a mistake that she made. But I loved her with Paul, and I think that he was as good for her as she was for him. He helped her to move on from the past and start to find a new her. She was able to discover more about herself and I think the time out of the city really helped her to see what was possible for her in the future. Things between them weren't always easy, and they both hurt each other and made some bad decisions. But they also had an undeniable chemistry and you could see the bond they shared grow as the book progressed.
Overall, this book was really enjoyable and I loved watching Olivia and Paul not only heal but fall in love with one another. I think that they both deserved a second chance at happiness after everything that they had been through and I was glad that they were able to be there for one another. I thought that the ending was great, and I really loved that they were able to start on a new path with each other. I really loved Lauren Layne's writing style and the story kept me interested and not wanting to put the book down. I can't wait to read more from Lauren in the future, and I would definitely recommend this book to romance and NA fans. I think that this book has a lot that more people can identify with, and the characters are easy to relate to and root for.
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Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
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The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love
Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?
Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…
Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.
That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.
All’s fair in love and football…Game on
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Monday, September 1, 2014
Cole Reynolds had it all. And then one night he makes a bad choice... and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he'd be able to lean on his best friends. The best friends that have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they're gone. Worse, there's the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn't intentional and yet he can't ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. The all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won't so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip of what once was important-college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It's not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there's only one person who can give that to him...
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