Sunday, April 6

Still Human by Kerry Heavens

Danny and Liv are back...

Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him because she ran without a word when she saw their future mapped out before her. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her and this time he doesn’t think he can move on.

Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her because he broke her heart in the worst possible way, right when things were falling into place. She knows she will never love anyone like she loves him and this time she doesn’t think she can move on.

They needed a second chance because they just weren’t ready for their first, but when events changed everything between them, they discovered they were just human after all. Now Liv and Danny have to find a way to survive being hurt by each other. 

They doubted, they underestimated and they did believe the worst, but only because they were too young the first time and too vulnerable the second time. But now they have changed and if they are not the same, surely things can only turn out differently?

So when the first book ended like it did, I did expect that this book was going to start off being quite a bit sad. A bit?! Right. I was on a high reading the first book only to come crashing loudly back down to the ground. You have favorite books and then you have favorite characters. Liv and Danny were fast becoming mine. These two were just beautiful to read together.

And somehow, as KH maintains the natural prose and relaxed yet intense storytelling, she took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. From the feeling of despair to the high of highs, this second book in this series had me crying in most parts of it. Either that or I would have just imploded! At the risk of not giving away any spoilers, I just would like to say that their wedding was a happy cryfest. I just loved everything about it. Sniff. I want someone to put ointment on my new inks, too. Gaaawd.

I don't think I have ever described a book as being generous. But I guess I will do so in this case. Apropos to the title, there were a lot of human emotions in betweens these pages. An influx of amazing secondary characters that made me all smiley. An extended epilogue? I cannot complain at all. I was glad I set aside my Sunday for these two.

Final verdict: 10/10. The awesome-est of great reads. Must read.

Just Human series reviews:
Just Human

Just Human by Kerry Heavens

Meet Liv and Danny...

Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her, so she lets him go without a fight when his parents make him move back to America. She knows she will never love anyone like she loved him, but she has to move on.

Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him, because she does nothing to get him to stay, so he goes quietly when his parents leave the UK. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her, but he has to move on.

Twelve years on, they have made a good job of pretending, they may have almost forgotten. But when they get in touch via Facebook, it seems that it is all still there. 

They quickly find that they are intensely compatible in ways they hadn’t even begun to explore before they were forced apart. 

Can they put aside their fears and give it a go? Or will deep rooted doubts and insecurities tear them apart?

Saying I was a bit excited to get started on this series is a bit of an understatement. I had to set aside books already lined up for this weekend just so I can get on with Liv and Danny's love story. And I am now grateful that I did because I had a great time reading them.

I wouldn't go so far as to saying that I could relate to the story. (That's best served another day and definitely not through a blog.) But the premise of a rekindled romance after twelve years of silence is really something  that is close to my heart. The initial FB exchange that started their communication again after that time just caused butterflies in my stomach. I guess everyone may have gone through that stage when one had that kind of friend request and couldn't help feeling giddy when they got that message.

That tone really set the mood of the book as being relateable with an easy prose to match...that got me skipping a meal just so I can finish it one go. Note that this is me...who loves to eat much too much. I couldn't help sporting some silly grins when they eventually got around to seeing each other after so many years. It might not have been the easiest of roads but I find that they were able to easily got back together again and how they easily slipped back to being so comfortable with each other. It was totally enviable because I know I wouldn't be able to do that so easily. Not by a long shot.

Ha! I'm gushing. It didn't help one bit that Danny was a total romantic I wouldn't mind having for myself. Le sigh.

Final verdict: 8/10. Good read.

Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Gracia Williams

My cock has an appetite. 

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar...(Although, that's a story for another day.)

As a high profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. 

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats. 

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

At least it was , until "Alyssa"...

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades. 

But then she came into my firm for an interview--a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed...

I am the kind of idiot who did not read anything about this before I started reading it. I. Was. That. Excited. So I started reading it only to realize it was a serial instead of the full-length novel that I expected to read in go.

To make matters worse, I totally loved this! I personally want to jump Andrew's bones. The man was hot and that mouth--phew! That dirty-taking mouth of his just got me going, I tell you. *fans self*

This was a fast-paced, funny, and steamy hot read. I loved Andrew and Alyssa, er, Aubrey's chemistry and the fact that they couldn't stop themselves from having the other. I actually liked that Aubrey wanted to just being friends with the 'mentor' she had met online. But I liked how Andrew just could help himself from seducing her. Those text message exchanges! *swoon* Thoreau me please, thank you.

I cannot wait for the second part in this serial to come out. I want more unf! Hurry, hurry!!!

Final verdict: 9/10. Great read.

Saturday, April 5

Taking A Shot by Jaci Burton

If you want to score, you have to get in the game...

The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she's stuck running the family's sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she's vowed to never fall for a jock-even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty's insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too...

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all-including Ty...

I don't know why but Tyler came out like a brother for me in this book. Yes, he was hot (let's make that cover a guide!) but he just sounded too cute that I really wanted to pinch his cheeks. Like a baby!

So I thought that was going to help me lose interest in the romance aspect of the story. But it kind of added to the appeal because I was rooting for Tyler to come out on top in this story.

When I first met Jenna in the first book of this series, I really didn't know what to make of her character. And I was glad not to make any sort of biases because she turned out to be a great character to read. I personally love sports but a lot of my friends aren't so in reverse, I totally got her predicament in being surrounded by too much of it. Although it started out that she was not going to do anything about it, I loved how she eventually decided to slowly come of her comfort zone. I also liked how Tyler pushed her to really be the person that she was and not to be defined by what was expected of her.

My most favorite part of the book? There wasn't the usual pride that could cause so much drama in the usual stories. When Ty and Jenna had a falling out, there wasn't any childish no-talking-to-each-other part. The willingness to actually talk it out with each other was a good change. Good, good, good.

Final verdict: 8/10. Good read.

Play By Play series reviews:
The Perfect Play
Changing The Game

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