Wednesday, February 11

Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren

In Beautiful Stranger , finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.


I never new I needed another Max Stella read until I came across this novella. Then suddenly I was all giggles and butterflies-in-my-stomach.

This was what I just needed during a stressful week at work (and it's only even Tuesday!). The situation was a far cry from the Max and Sara that we were used to reading--both workaholics and not too shy about their PDAs...and beyond. It was so much fun reading about a couple that was new to the family set-up with their first baby. There was too much adorableness line after line after line. (I cannot imagine my feels when CL comes around to writing a new Will and Hanna book. I would just faint in happiness! I love me some Will, is all.)

So just about everything about being new parents you can read in this fast read. Whether it was about a couple getting back on to their sex life or even simply going on date nights or wanting to go back to work. This was just an all-around funny read (that picture "accident" with Will though) that ended too quickly for me. I just couldn't get enough. 

Also take note that we get introduced to Max's brother Niall here. Another character with a British accent. Seriously, how are we surviving this series again? Ahhh, I'm all melty waiting to read his book!


Final verdict: 9/10. Great funny read.


Beautiful Bastard series reviews:
Beautiful Bastard
Beautiful Bitch
Beautiful Stranger
Beautiful Bombshell
Beautiful Player
Beautiful Beginning

Saturday, February 7

Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

He was my older brother's best friend. 
He was never supposed to be mine. 
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on. 

One of us did. 
One of us left. 

Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me. 
He broke my heart last time. 
This time he'll obliterate it.


How do I review this book without going over-the-top gushy? Yes, from the blurb to that pretty, pretty, pretty cover to just an all-around great read, I just can't stop loving this book. The idea of the story alone already made me want to melt into a puddle.

This was a great read. This was an awesome read. I always love it when the main characters have a long history together and this was a great take on that angle. It was kind of tough reading about how they had to grow up before they could have their time, especially Elle. Oliver was sometimes not the best hero but he had his moments and those were the best ones.

This was my total feel-good of the week. I loved CC's trope--it wasn't hard to read and made for some really comfortable storytelling. I loved how the POV was put together--the main story was Elle's while the past was in Oliver's. It showed just what their story was all through the years, without any bias. The only reason why I am not giving this book a perfect ten was because of that one missing important part--what did Oliver, Elle's brother Victor, and her dad talk about after they were found out? I know later on in the book that Oliver mentioned that they managed to hash things out...but how?! I want to know everything. Tell meee. Hahaha!

To top it off, this book also had some interesting secondary characters. Victor, Elle's bestfriend Mia, and Victor and Oliver's friend Jenson made their mark as well. I know this is a standalone but it wouldn't hurt if those three also get books of their own.


Final verdict: 9/10. Great read.

Beautiful Burn by Adrian Leigh

I've broken him, bent him, and burned him, and each fevered moment was worth every ounce of pain. 

Auburn Lawrence has loved her English teacher, Reed West, since she was sixteen. Through brainstorming stories, reading classic literature, and plenty of fiery banter, they've forged a bond that neither of them expected. 

Propelled by a chance encounter after her graduation, they discover just how deep their connection runs, but love requires more than chemistry to flourish. They spend three electrifying summer months discovering each other under a veil of forbidden passion and desperate lust before they learn that the unattainable is often destined to remain exactly that.

By the time temperatures dip and snowflakes fly, their relationship will face a deep freeze that threatens to snap the bond they thought they shared, shattering their lives one secret at a time.


Notice that everytime someone tells you not to do something, you will almost always do the opposite things and do it anyway? That's basically how I came about reading this. I am not a fan of the teacher-student angle in romance. It just doesn't sit very well with. But I have to admit that I may have read a book or two on this subject. (Blame it on PLL's Aria and Ezra!)

So I gave in and decided to read this. Only to find out that I wasn't becoming a fan of the writing. It was too all over the place without any signs of cohesiveness in the plot. I couldn't put my finger on it only that I felt that the construction of the whole story lacked a solid core. I admit that I was cheering for the two character because, well, what was I reading it for, right? There were many an obstacle and I continually cheered on for both and their struggle to make their story right.

And then, boom! That ending. It totally felt like a slap, a b*tch-you-know-nothing slap. Why did I read this again? What a waste of time when that cover is so gorge. Sigh.


Final verdict: 2/10. Meh.

Tuesday, February 3

Forever With Me by Kristen Proby

Dominic Salvatore seemingly has everything a man could want. He’s found a new relationship with his father and the entire Montgomery family. His vineyard, Cuppa di Vita, is a success. There’s only one thing that eludes him: a certain driven, intelligent, and sexy as hell blonde named Alecia.

Alecia works tirelessly building her event planning business. It’s the most important part of her life. Despite the beautiful, lavish weddings she organizes, Alecia is convinced that the idea of true love is a myth. While Dominic is a sexy, intriguing man, welcoming the handsome Italian into her bed, and her life, is a risk she’s not so sure she’s willing to take.

However Dominic isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and it’s not long before these two are burning up the sheets and discovering a connection that neither can deny. But will it be strong enough to last forever?


It's so sad to finally see the end of this series but at the same time, I'm so glad to have had the chance to live with these characters somewhere in my TBR or read piles; and then looking forward to the next book from the series that was coming out. The wait was sometimes difficult but KB is always her usual self, making all those waiting definitely worth it. She is awesome like that!

Who would have thought that when I started this series, I was going to end up with these characters in the last book. I can still remember first reading about Dominic somewhere along the pages of the first few books and I was already looking forward to his story. (He's Italian, isn't he?) He was the Montgomery that wasn't and then eventually became a true member of the family. Alecia was a character that I honestly did not see getting a story of her own. So imagine my surprise when hints were popping out of nowhere in the previous book about these two.

The reason I am not giving this book a perfect score was because I really did not like it when Dom thought Alecia wasn't being faithful to him. I understand where his character was coming from and what his history was all about. Nevertheless, it still didn't win him any points from me. Good thing Alecia made up for everything by making him sweat and grovel and giving him a hard time. Atta girl, Alecia!

As I have mentioned, this is the last book in the series and it was awesome to read about the shenanigans of the entire gang again. It was so damn hard to say goodbye to these beautiful characters! I am already hoping to bump into some novellas in the future. (Please, please, please.) And that epilogue? Simply fantastic. Just...wow!


Final verdict: 9/10. Great read.


With Me In Seattle series reviews:
Come Away With Me
Under The Mistletoe With Me
Fight With Me
Play With Me
Rock With Me
Safe With Me
Tied With Me
Breathe With Me

 
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