Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Forever Pucked (Pucked #4) by Helena Hunting @HelenaHunting

4- 4.5 Stars

I love this series and so thrilled Helena Hunting gave her fans another riotously hilarious, full-length novel dedicated to Alex and Violet’s journey to forever.

It’s amazing how a poorly thought-out one-night stand can turn into a forever kind of love. Because that’s exactly what Alex is: my forever

I was excited mainly because I missed my Alex Waters ~ the super sweet, incredibly sexy hockey player and my favorite hero within the Pucked series. I definitely did not get enough of this gentle giant and his monster junk package in the last two installments, and I was due for a fix. Also, I missed seeing his sensitive side, something that was missing especially when facing off against Miller in Pucked Up. Needless to say in Forever Pucked, Alex’s character was exceedingly romantic and back to his sentimental, love smitten self ~ the perfect soul mate for the off the wall loon that is Violet Hall.

Violet is head over heels in love with Alex and knows deep down their love is everlasting. But when it comes to planning a wedding with the ever-present meddlesome moms duo, even thinking about it riddles Vi with fear. But when a tragic event rocks their world, it was time for Vi to work around her anxieties and for Alex to take charge. Drama and angst aside, it was definitely entertaining to see her torment – from the moms sex-talk over sharing, to the sheer lunacy of her buddies and an unforgettable adult-store shopping escapade, poor Vi had her hands full of craziness to deal with.

The hilarity, the constant over-sharing, the out of control raunchiness topped off by all of Vi’s hijinks, made this a fun read for me. The laughter was endless. But what set this romance apart from the others was the nail biting moments of drama laced within, which caused Violet to reveal a deeper and more serious side of her character. No doubt Hunting pens playfully amusing, light-hearted romantic comedies. Nevertheless, her writing style does have a flair for intensity. This author did a wonderful job of balancing both the elements of humor and solemnity, giving this tale more depth and dynamics to its main characters.

As always, I enjoyed this couple’s shenanigans. I loved seeing how this kooky cast of friends and family interact with one another, guaranteeing me a bawdy yet fun, sexy read. And…Wow, I adored that epilogue. If you are looking for amusing and dirty romances, I recommend jumping into this series from its beginning. I will miss this crew and hope there’s more to come with stories involving Lance Romero and Darren Westinghouse.

 ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole @tillie_cole

A thousand moonbeam hearts and sunshine smiles

Seriously kicking myself for passing up on the opportunity to ARC review “A Thousands Boy Kisses”.  The synopsis appealed to me, but at the time, I wasn’t in the mood for a YA romance and decided to quietly read it at my leisure sometime down the road.

What a foolishly dumb mistake.

This book blew up my Facebook and Good Reads news feed, so I decided to jump.

So freaking happy I did. Tillie Cole penned an epic romance that surpassed anything I could have ever imagined. The YA rating and lack of heat did not take anything away from the experience. In fact, it has become one of my top rated, all time favorite reads. And I highly recommend it for those who are looking for that special, extremely emotional, soul touching, timeless love story.

This destroyed me in every way possible – I was a slobbering puffy eyed, snotty nosed mess by the end. I will tell you, it takes a heck of a lot to bring me to tears while reading. In fact, there are only a minuscule number of authors who can break me. Congrats Tillie, you made the list. By the way, thank you for holding my soul in the palm of your hand, crushing it into smithereens, and making my heart almost burst.  You overwhelmed me and I bawled my eyes out, feeling as if the heartrending events unfolding within the story line were actually shattering my life. Honestly, there were times I could barely handle all the somberness that consumed these characters. IT HURT and it brought me to a very painful place. However, I do not regret a single tear I’ve shed, not one heart twisting moment. For me, this was one of the most amazing love stories…ever.

Early on, we see the blossoming of this couples’ friendship. Rune, an introverted little boy, lost in a new country and missing his home in Norway. He becomes fast friends with a gleefully sweet girl named Poppy. A strong bond quickly forms between the two, as they comfort one another over the years through thick and thin. They are inseparable.

One day, the course of their lives changed, as Poppy’s beloved grandmother passed away. On her deathbed, she consoled little Poppy by gifting an empty Mason jar filled with a thousand pink paper hearts. Poppy’s next adventure is to fill each cutout with the memory of a special boy kiss that caused her heart to burst with excitement. A challenge to gather the memories of a thousand kisses throughout her lifetime. Rune decides he is the only boy Poppy’s lips will forever belong to.

And so begins a beautiful story of destined love between two children whose hearts are forever linked. Rune matured into a broody, angry young man, forced by his father to move back to Norway. During their separation, Poppy mysteriously severed their connection without any explanation. Two years have passed, and at the age of 17, a bitter Rune returns to the US looking for answers. After a rocky reunion, and Poppy finally unleashing her devastating secret, they rediscover not only their friendship, but also their true love.

I fell head over heals in love with Rune, the perfect hero who was forever loyal to Poppy in heart, body, mind, soul and lips. From beginning to end, he captured my affections with all his sweet, yet moody ways. On the outside, he was a rough and tough bad boy. But buried beneath his jaded exterior, lived Poppymin’s tenderhearted ‘forever always’.

Poppy was sincere and adorable. My heart bled when seeing all that she had endured. Strong-willed, spirited and determined, she amazed me. She was a true heroine in every sense of the word.

There are no adequate words to properly describe what I experienced while fully immersed within Rune and Poppy’s world. The entire tale wreaked havoc on my emotions and the epilogue...sigh…you’ll need to experience it for yourself. Tillie Cole in my opinion has outdone herself in creating this couples’ journey, by brilliantly stringing together words describing a transcending, infinite love that deeply touched the heart of me.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan @MSheridanAuthor

For heaven’s sake this has got to be the most challenging and difficult review for me to put together periodand here’s why. Whenever I fall into a fan-freaking-tastic story such as Midnight Lily, I become so totally invested that it overwhelmingly consumes me. I feel compelled to pour my every emotion regarding the story-line, the characters, their journey to love and so on, into my commentary.  It’s just not possible for me to express all that I’ve experienced without revealing major plot twists. I will say there is so much to take in, to digest, to process and interpret, even days after finishing this read. My mind was turned inside out as my heart was flooded with a barrage of emotions. It absolutely kills me to cage in the whirlwind of feels I’ve survived, but any hint will absolutely spoil the story – and that would be an epic injustice. In penning Midnight Lily, Mia Sheridan proved once again she is a masterful storyteller and perhaps… just a tad bit crazed for conjuring up such a crafty tale.

This story was an incredibly intense read for me and a bit different from the romances I usually gravitate too. Nonetheless, I was absolutely taken by the story line, hooked on these characters’ journey, and fell head over heals in love with both the hero and heroine. Their broken souls absolutely shattered me to pieces. It was hauntingly beautiful, so devastatingly dark and painful it hurt my heart ~ but, I savored every moment I spent in their world. As always, Sheridan held my hand tightly throughout this somber read and guided me to the other side, where I found peace of mind and contentment with their ‘happily ever after’. And that ending…holy moly…it was a total ‘mind fuck’ which left me speechless and a little confused (at first). Reflecting back on the story in its entirety I felt as if I was smacked so silly, I totally lost my sanity. 

Midnight Lily was a beautifully written bittersweet romance, which drew me in and held me captive from beginning to end. Weaving passion, heartache and healing with a heavy dose of mystery, this story is a must read. But be warned – pay very close attention to every word and nuance because Mia Sheridan will fuck with mind and toy with your heart. She has outdone herself by creating such an unbelievably brilliant, poignant tale.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review