Tuesday, October 21

Final Call by Emma Hart

We crashed and burned like a falling plane. Hard and fast with an inevitable explosion. Another few weeks together changed my life the way the first did. At twenty-four, I became naïve again. I became a dreamer again. A believer. And walking away hurts just as much as it did seven years ago.

But over doesn’t have to mean over-at least in Aaron Stone’s mind. His pursuit is relentless, his determination unwavering. He’ll go to any lengths to keep me and prove that I belong to him. Unfortunately, love isn’t easy, and whether or not I forgive him is irrelevant to his past catching up with us. Once again, our relationship is haunted by a secret, one that could destroy everything, and the secret is born from the need to protect the other…

But the tables have turned, because the secret is mine.

Ahh, I love this series. This was a series that was a total (hot!) combination of romance, drama, sexy, and fun. This book started off a few weeks after the end of the first book, when Aaron was finally (finally!) a divorced man. (What? What? if you didn't need to know that yet, go read the first book. For chrissakes.)

Majority of the book focused on Aron and Dayton trying to fix their relationship and finally making a go for it. I loved how, despite the differences in their status in life, Dayton still managed to keep some sort of upper hand in many facets in their relationship.

Aaron's ex-wife, meanwhile, provided entertainment conflict-wise. All those stuff about women scorned and what have you. I hate how some people (because this happens in reality, too, and not just in fiction) just couldn't seem to understand when they aren't wanted anymore that they would go to the extent of destroying other people's lives. But it made for good reading here, at least.

This was another win for EH because once again, second-chance books are high in my books and she did an awesome, engaging writing here. Hell, yeah. And then she gave us Tyler--he makes me all so giddy for the spin-off series from this one. He's also British, ladies! Ooooooh. Let's go!!!

Final verdict: 9/10. Great read.

Call series reviews:
Late Call

Echoes Of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good...

Wasn't it just recently when this series started and out Cole was just a baby? Okay, maybe not literally. But you know what I meant. It's the characters that you see grow as you read a series along that is hardest to let go of and whose stories are the hardest to form an opinion on. Do you get happy because they finally have their own story or do you feel bad that they're all grown up, acting all adult-like? Gasp.

But ever since I read a grown-up Cole in the previous book I should've been ready for this already. I'm still trying to convince myself that he had grown up now. After all, it was to become such an awesome man. Although it is kind of expected considering how awesome his family was.

Thankfully, SY delivered. This book was a wonderful addition to the series. The fact that Cole was a tattooed hottie actually made it easier for me to accept that he's all grown up. A serious hottie just like all the men in his family, this time with a touch of badass. Ahh, sigh. And I guess it was only right that he finally gets his woman and his HEA.

It also made sense that Cole's story focused on trust and that was really important considering how his life was like when he was younger. Although Shannon didn't start out to be my favorite character, she really grew on me. And trust me, by the time you get to the last page of this book, you'll love her, too. I did. 

PS Also, I'm sooo glad this isn't going to be the last book in the series because I'm not ready to say bye-bye to this beautiful family yet. Nuh-uh.

PPS Is it just me or does the guy on the cover looks bit like Jame at first glance? Double sigh.

Fina verdict: 9/10. Great read.

On Dublin Street series reviews:
On Dublin Street
Until Fountain Bridge
Down London Road
Castle Hill
Before Jamaica Lane
Fall From India Place

Monday, October 20

Yours At Midnight by Robin Bielman

Lyric Whetsone only had eyes for Quinn Sobel's brother Oliver, until a car crash took Oliver's life on New Year's Eve. Then, a moment of shared grief between Quinn and Lyric became something more impassioned, something that frightened Quinn so much he ran from Lyric's bed and her life, disappearing for four long years. 

Now Quinn's back for another New Year's Eve, struggling for closure, desperate to leave his grief in the past and make amends with the girl of his dreams.

But Lyric has a secret—one that could drive Quinn from her life forever. Will Quinn run away from the love and acceptance he's always wanted...or will he claim his New Year's kiss and make her his at midnight?

This was my second attempt to do a Christmas-themed book supposedly for last week but unfortunately, it was one heck of a workweek then so I didn't get to finish this until this weekend.

Nevertheless, this was a good choice of a read. Although it may not be a quick entry to my favorites shortlist, this book left me with very little to complain. And the only thing I could complain about was the lack of epilogue because I really thought this was the kind of story that needed to have a HEA after the The End part. Know what I mean?

But I loved the simple writing and the simple, clean storyline. When one has tons of dark romances and smut-laden reads, books like this become a novelty. I love the characters, too. That should be a good thing as I have some other RB books set aside for future reading.

Final verdict: 8/10. Quick, feel-good read.

Wednesday, October 15

The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jennifer Snow

Since leaving Brookhollow and her fiancé, Luke Dawson, twelve years earlier, Victoria Mason hasn't looked back. She's traded the small-town dream of marriage, kids and family Christmas dinners for late nights working at a high-powered acquisitions firm, lunches at trendy New York restaurants and jet-set vacations on the slopes. 

So her latest work assignment, to acquire Brookhollow's sporting-goods store, poses a challenge for Victoria, in more ways than one. Because it's almost Christmas, and she's got other holiday plans. And the owner is reluctant to sell. And the owner is Luke. She needs to wrap up the deal before she gets caught up in her old life and her old love...or becomes trapped under the mistletoe. Again.

I read this book for a challenge which was, for this week, to finish a Christmas-themed book. My initial reaction was to be apprehensive about doing it because I thought it was too early to start reading these books. But I went ahead and did it anyway.

By the time I was finished reading this book though, I was grinning like an idiot. When I got to the last page, it left me nothing but good vibes. It was good to finally realized that I didn't need extreme situations or plotlines to have a convincingly good story. (Wow, these still exist!) I have probably buried myself in too much heavy romances that I thought this was a breath of fresh air.

I loved Luke. I loved that he was upfront with things that matter. Although Victoria wasn't really my most favorite character, I was a bit admiring of the fact that she really went for her dreams despite the costly sacrifices that she made. I don't think a lot of people in reality can do what she did. It was admirable that she really went for her goals but at at the same time, it was kind of sad because why couldn't she have made some sort of compromise so that she could have it all? But I guess life doesn't always work like that.

Nevertheless, this was a great read because of its simplicity. Sometimes, less is really more. But it was also funny, fast-paced, and more realistic than many books out there. Love, love this. And seriously, who doesn't love second-chance books, huh? Blame it on this book because now I feel like I can read a Christmas-themed book every week until February.

Final verdict: 9/10. Great read.

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