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Thursday, July 31, 2014

ARC Review: Hideaway Cove by Anna Sullivan

As book 2 in the Windfall series Hideaway Cove it follows right after Temptation Bay, just a week later. Not having read the first book in the series I did find myself a little lost, not knowing what was already going on. It is explained but it still seemed like I was missing something, and I was the introduction of the two main characters. Jessica and Holden had an instant attraction and unless you read the first book you won’t know that until half way through the book. I think because I missed out on the first book it prevented me from really getting into the story. I liked the romance and really liked the characters I just couldn’t get in to the overall story.

Eighty years or so ago a baby went missing. Eugenia Stanhope reportedly went down with the ship off the coast of Maine, but now it seems that she was taken to a family on Windfall Island and raised as their own only nobody knows which family on the island it was. Rose Stanhope is determined to find out who it is and she hired Dexter Keegan to find out who the descendent is so they can have their share of the Stanhope fortune. Dex and Maggie had their story in Temptation Bay where they find that Maggie is not the descendent, but now they have to worry about whoever is is in danger.

Jessi and Holden have been dancing a fine dance. Jessi keeps moving away and Hold just keeps following. Jessi is a single mother whose life revolves around her son has no room in her life for romance, but Hold makes her feel things she hasn’t felt in eight years. Hold has trust issues as well and keeps his true identity from Jessi. Hold works his way into the hearts of Jessi and her son Benji. The sudden appearance of Lance, Benji’s father, is suspicious especially when it coincides with the discovery of Eugenia’s baby blanket in Jessi’s attic and the break in of her home and the office. Jessi finally opens herself to Hold but can the truth about who he is break her trust in him and her heart? It was a good book I just didn’t get emotionally invested in it.

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ARC Review: Where You Are by Alla Kar

Where You Are is the first book in Alla Kar's NA Together series. I had never read anything by her before starting this book, so I really didn't know what to expect from her. While there were parts of this story that I liked, there were other parts that I didn't. I think that this story had potential, but ended up falling flat because of the character and the cliches.

When Laney and her roommate Heather's friend Bethany gets treated poorly by the campus player, Heather and Bethany convince Laney to seduce him and break his heart. Laney is known for being the go to girl for boy advice and has helped Heather to have a lasting relationship with her boyfriend Todd. Laney sets out to break Aiden's heart, but vows to keep her real personal life simple. After suffering her own heartbreak back in high school, she has no interest in involving her heart again. But when she ends up running into her ex Lachlan again, things quickly get complicated. Lachlan and Laney both still have feelings for one another, and Lachlan is determined to show Laney that things can work between them. Laney is convinced that she doesn't deserve to be happy with anyone, but especially Lachlan. Can Laney figure things out with Lachlan while also helping her friends with Aiden?

I liked Lachlan. I thought that he was sweet and sexy, and I really liked that he never gave up on Laney. I did however dislike that he was leading another girl on in order to try and make Laney jealous. He kind of acted like it was a big sacrifice and that the ends justified the means, but I just didn't care for that. I thought that he was a good guy and I know he was trying to win Laney back but it didn't feel right the way he was doing it. He should have just been honest with her from the beginning like he was later on in the story. Laney drove me nuts at times. She didn't want to be doing what she was with Aiden and yet she wouldn't stop. She let her friends talk her into doing so many things and then wouldn't back off when they threatened to tell Aiden the truth. She then told him anyways making the whole thing seem like a total waste. I couldn't believe that she would be friends with them after everything. I also felt like while I understood that she was hurt and felt a lot of guilt over what had happened in the past, that she let it affect her for far too long. Lachlan was trying to show her that he had forgiven her and that she should forgive herself, and yet she just continued to break down. She was a little too weak for my taste. I thought that Lachlan and Laney had chemistry between them and that they had a connection and history. They were great for each other and you could see the feelings between them. I just wish that all the other drama wouldn't have continued as long as it did.

I also felt like this book felt a bit disjointed and tended to kind of jump around. Then the story basically wraps itself up very quickly and is over. It was a bit abrupt and felt rushed. I wish that things would have started transitioning earlier and then maybe the ending would have felt different. I also felt that the big secret that Laney was keeping about her relationship ending with Lachlan was carried on for too long. I knew what it was from the beginning and it only became that much more apparent as the story continued. By the time it was revealed it just felt anticlimactic. I think that if you are looking for a quick NA read and are a fan of John Tucker Must Die, that you might enjoy this one and give it a shot. For me, this one just wasn't what I had been expecting or hoping for.

**ARC Provided by YA Bound Book Tours**

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Feature and Giveaway: Hideaway Cove by Anna Sullivan


Jessi Randal walked away from her last relationship with a baby and a broken heart. Now, years later, the last thing this single mom wants is to give Windfall Island-and all its nosy residents-anything more to gossip about. But the moment she lays eyes on the tall, sexy stranger with the slow Southern drawl, she knows she's in delicious trouble . . .

Holden Abbot is on the island to find the missing heir to the Stanhope family fortune. It's his job to charm as many secrets out of the town as possible. And if he can charm Jessi into his bed, even better. When all evidence points to her as the heir, a dangerous enemy sets his sights on Jessi and her son. Now Holden will have to risk everything to protect the family he's come to love.

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Feature and Giveaway: Only with You by Lauren Layne

Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . .

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

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ARC Review: His Reverie by Monica Murphy

I'll be honest, I am completely irritated after just having finished His Reverie by Monica Murphy. Not only did I have some issues with the book, but I think that it is the author's responsibility to let the reader know ahead of time if a book will be a standalone or if it is part of a series. This book's blurb gave no indication that it was anything other than a standalone, but yet ended with a cliffhanger and a note from the author that the story would continue in the next book. While she does say that the next book comes out in about a month, I felt like I had been completely duped and I am not happy about it. I wish I would have known before starting this book what I was in for.

Nick has just been released from jail after they finally realize that he was accused of a crime he did not commit. Withing two months of being released from jail, his mom dies of cancer. Needing to find a way to support himself on his own, Nick takes a job working for Reverend Hale. Things start off strange when he is forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to work there. While Nick adjusts to his new life and working for the Hales, he meets Reverend Hale's daughter Reverie. They are both drawn together, but there are many reasons for them to stay apart. Reverie is sweet and innocent, and has no idea what Nick's past is like. Nick tries to stay away from her, but the draw between them is too strong. Nick and Reverie begin to secretly see each other and things quickly change between them. While Nick and Reverie both try to figure out where the relationship is going, Nick's ex will stop at nothing to get him back. But when everything suddenly changes after a shocking turn of events, will Nick and Reverie be able to make it out together?

I liked Nick at times, and at others I didn't. He was kind of wishy washy and didn't really seem to stand on his own. He was struggling with the life he had been dealt, but I also felt like he wasn't doing much about it either. He let Krista get away with too much and I didn't understand why he would even consider doing anything with her after everything that she had done to him. It made me really dislike him at times. Reverie was better, but I felt like she was extremely naive and sheltered. She had been raised that way, but she also never stood up for what she wanted or expressed herself to her parents. She complained about her situation, but just went along with it rather than stand up for herself like her brother Evan did. I just struggled a lot with these characters, and I found them hard to relate to or root for. While Nick and Reverie were attracted to one another, I felt like their relationship was lacking as well. They hardly had any interactions where they really were able to get to know each other, and most of their exchanges were very brief with few words exchanged. Beyond the attraction and the physical aspects to their relationship, I really just felt like things were too rushed and too insta-love for my taste. I just didn't find the love they claimed to be real or believable.

While I really liked the fact that this story was mostly told from Nick's POV, I did feel like it would have been nice to see more of Reverie's as well. I thought that the idea to use journal entries of Reverie's for her POV was really interesting, but I did feel as though the way it was done wasn't the best. Reverie came off much younger and way more immature than her actions showed. I felt like it almost made her character lose the positive attributes from the rest of the story. It didn't feel true to her character at all unless I misread her maturity level from other parts of the story. I think if we had been given her thoughts and feelings the reader would have seen Reverie in a completely different light and would have been able to identify with her character much easier. I also felt like the whole storyline with the blackmail and ex-girlfriend was just unnecessary. There was enough drama and problems between them from their circumstances and Reverie's family and their employees without adding that in as well. It just felt like too much. I am honestly really torn after finishing this story, because although I want to know what happens and I hate leaving things unfinished I am just not sure that this is one that I will be very excited for. I am sure that I will end up reading the next book, but honestly this whole thing of not knowing about the cliffhanger and series just left a bad taste in my mouth. If you do decide to give this one a shot, just be prepared for the cliffhanger and abrupt ending.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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