Undecided by Julianna Keyes @TastyBookTours @JuliannaKeyes

Undecided by Julianna Keyes @TastyBookTours @JuliannaKeyeson April 4th 2016
Pages: 300
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Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding…
five-stars

One of the best books I have read all year. I loved this book and the characters. It was just a pure delight to read. The feelings I experienced as I took the journey with Nora Kincaid is exactly how I want to feel whenever I read a book: excitement, exhilaration, anxious, sadness, but most of all hopeful. This book hit the spot!

I want to first say that this book is NOT a true love triangle. This book was really more about self-discipline, growth and then young love. What I loved most about this book was the character development and growth. Nora Kincaid is a college sophomore who partied hard as a freshman and thus began the 2nd school year on academic probation. She was determined to do all things opposite from the prior year. The plot then takes us on this journey as Nora attempts to reinvent herself as well as regain her self-respect. Along the way, Nora learns that being on the extreme of any spectrum isn’t the best approach to living a fulfilling life. She also learns the value of “seeing” and “being seen” because sometimes the thing you want most is right in front of you.
Crosbie is everything I would want in a college guy. He partied hard with his fraternity but he learned to treat others with more care as he matured the second year. His friendship with Kellan and his attention to Nora was such a treat to relish.  He was hard working, determined and understanding. Crosbie was also really sweet and forgiving, so that is why he is one of my favorite heroes of 2016.

I really wish that more new adult authors would write such beautiful stories where the plot focused on their characters development as people and less of those contrived disagreements. The dialogue, the writing style and the whole story flowed together so well. I will admit that I like angst in my story and there was some mild angst. I felt like I knew the ending but the ride to the finish line was worth the time. The lessons they all learned made them better people. I loved that Nora and Crosbie didn’t see each other until they were ready to SEE each other. I loved Crosbie’s willingness to empathize and forgive past mistakes. My heart was full. If you want a story with some meat and really likable characters, then this story is for you. I hope there is a sequel to this book.

*Special Thanks to Tasty Book Tours for the ebook given in exchange for an honest review.

Bound to Fate (Bound #1) by Kiru Taye

Bound to Fate (Bound #1) by Kiru TayeSeries: Bound #1
on 2016-01-25
Pages: 296
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Lara Johnson is coping with the emotional scars of losing both parents in a tragic incident and facing the challenges of starting a new school. Getting involved in a relationship isn't on her priority list. Certainly not this illicit desire for a man, who demands the best from her, yet leaves her breathless in his presence. All Ike Thomas wants to do is to keep out of trouble and get through the one year internship required for his degree program. But trouble finds him, in the form of an intelligent and brave girl who turns his world upside down. Falling in love is forbidden. So why does it feel so right? A love like theirs cannot be denied. But catastrophe lies in wait and one night changes their lives forever. Bound to Fate is a story about surviving tragedy, forgiveness, and the overwhelming love that pulls through against the odds. Content warning: This book contains scenes that might be triggering for some readers.
four-stars

I really enjoyed this book because the location and culture resonated within me. The storytelling was vivid and descriptive, that I felt like I was watching a film. I can’t say that I considered this story a love story as much as a story about growth, hope, survival and second chances.

Lara Johnson moved to live with her Aunt in Enugu (Nigeria) with her younger sister after a tragic car accident left them orphans. The transition was rough for the introverted Lara, who was still having nightmare from the crash. She was in a new state, a new home and was beginning a new college. But she found comfort in a teacher, Ike Thomas, who was suffering from loss of his older brother. Their mutual grief and physical attraction soon turned into a relationship. Ike and Lara were young so there was physical intimacy but not much emotional intimacy. So when some devastating events occurred at a college party, Lara and Ike’s infatuation didn’t survive those issues. Lara and Ike’s lack of communication resulted in Ike breaking things off. Lara was heartbroken but they their separate ways.

Five years later, Lara got a job working at a company owned by Ike’s family and they resumed their physical relationship despite the fact that Ike was engaged to be married. Lara was still suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so she was still having anxiety attacks regularly.
This time around with the support of her best friend, Lara was able to get the help she needed and finally decide make her move to get what her heart has always desired, Ike Thomas.
But Ike is engaged to another and his family expects his compliance as this union has business implications for the family empire. The decision is very complicated for Ike because following his heart will mean disappointing his family again.

I have to be honest here. I didn’t like Ike Thomas. I felt as the older one in the relationship, he was selfish and self-centered. If he loved Lara, he would have noticed that something was very wrong after the house party incidents. In addition, Ike lacked remorse about his infidelity which turned out to be multiple incidents with different women. Ike’s fiancee was a piece of work. That’s another reason I questioned his character. How could he live with such a devious person and have no idea what a malicious person she was. I just couldn’t get past all of that.
I felt bad for Lara and hoped she would find a man better than Ike. She was a survivor and she was a hard worker. I wished that Ike had been as loyal as Lara was. Lara made me proud, not because she always made the best decisions, but how she rebounded if she made a wrong turn.

The author did a great job developing Lara as a heroine and making the reader empathize with her. This is my first book by the author and I am definitely going to check out more of her work.

*Special Thanks to KT Press via Netgalley for the e-book given in exchange for an honest review.

Dual Review: Getting Him Back (Ethan & Wyatt #1) by K.A. Mitchell

 

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Getting Him BackGetting Him Back by K.A. Mitchell
Series: Ethan & Wyatt
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Pages: 133 • Format: eARC
Published By: Carina Press
Purchase Links:
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An unexpected fresh start leads to an unlikely-but-absolutely-perfect pairing in this male/male new-adult novel from bestselling gay romance author K.A. Mitchell

Ethan may have followed his high school sweetheart to college only to get dumped his first day there, but he’s not going to let that stop him from exploring all his new life has to offer. Sex-only hookups, his photography, new friends and a campus-wide game of zombies vs humans all help keep his mind off his broken heart and move him toward building a new, better life without his ex.

And then there’s Wyatt. Mysterious, grouchy—hot. And possibly not gay. But Ethan’s not going to let that stand in the way of figuring out what makes Wyatt tick. New college goal? Get Wyatt into bed and into Ethan’s life.

Step one: arrange a “tutoring” date. Step two: “accidentally” bump into Wyatt as often as possible. Step three: explore the sexy body under that ever-present hoodie. And when their friendship deepens into something neither of them expect, convince Wyatt he’s not just a pity fling or a one-time hookup, but that Ethan is in it for the long haul.


Ezi and Sara have found a book they both agree on and decided to do a dual review because two is always better than one, right? See what the ladies thought of K.A. Mitchell’s New Adult Romance. 

four-half-stars

Ezi: It was independence time for Ethan Zachary Monroe and he was as stoked as kid in the candy store. Ethan was moving out of his parents’ home and into his dorm room at Coburn College. Now he can be with the love of his life, Blake, and away from the prying eyes of their families.

Except the Blake broke up Ethan upon his arrival. But Ethan resolved to get his man back and he just needs a little inside information to figure out his obstacles. Who better than to feed him information than Blake’s roommate, Wyatt Reese?

Sara: Meeting Ethan as he is beyond excited and anxious to finally get to college and back to his boyfriend Blake was bittersweet. As the blurb states, Ethan gets dumped his first day on campus and it was painful. Blake St. Pierre… ugh. Whatever dude I’m ashamed you are a fellow ginger, but you do have one hell of an interesting roommate named Wyatt Reese so I will forget you exist now. Kay? Thanks.

As Ethan begins to navigate college life and that of a newly but not happy single boy, he makes a few friends who only want the best for him. Makayla and her “I know people” connections cracked me up and her getting Ethan out of his dorm and to a party where way too much purple stuff is consumed sets the story in action.

So, Ethan goes to the party, gets drunk and does something stupid. BUT the something stupid puts him literally in the path of Wyatt who, scrambles the hell out of Ethan’s brain and emotions, but he has a plan to use Wyatt to get Blake back.

“Sorry. I don’t think I’ve got what you’re looking for.”

 

—well, let’s just say I didn’t agree about him not having what I was looking for. But it didn’t matter because I was in love with Blake.

 

Uh… You sure about that Ethan???

Ezi: Wyatt on the other hand decides that he wasn’t going to be used in Operation “Getting him Back”. Not when Wyatt finds Ethan attractive and wants him for himself.

Sara: Ethan asks Wyatt to tutor him in Calculus but Wyatt knows what he really wants and it’s not higher level math help.  But Ethan sees something in Wyatt that he can’t shake and can’t shake the dirty thoughts about the emo-ish dude who loves a good hoodie until he forces the issue on more levels than one.

Gah.  I loved Wyatt so much and while he shares the name of my youngest son, it wasn’t odd to read him because he’s adorable and prickly and just so… Wyatt.

The attraction between the boys is immediate and believable. You never know when you’ll meet that person that hits every one of your “I want” buttons even when you didn’t know you wanted them. That is what this is between Ethan and Wyatt and it was a pure joy to read.

I liked that Ethan grew from this love sick boy following his boyfriend to college to a young man who fiercely protected those he loved. He was amazing with Wyatt in every way and Wyatt in turn allows Ethan to be the man he needs to be.

Ezi: This novel was delightful. Ethan and Wyatt were charming characters and I found the story the author wove delightful.  It wasn’t overly dramatic and angst-filled. It was a sweet and simple college romance. At first, Ethan felt like a fluffy character. But he was just had a generous in spirit. Ethan had ample self-esteem and his capacity for acceptance was high. Wyatt, on the other hand, lacked self-worth and was afraid. Wyatt has been terrorized since he was a kid because he had different color eyes as a result of Waardenburg syndrome.

According to WikipediaWaardenburg syndrome is a rare genetic disorder most often characterized by varying degrees of deafness, minor defects includes Heterochromia (eyes of different colors) and patches of white pigmentation of skin etc.

So Wyatt learned to actively keep everyone at bay. But Ethan was just as persistent at breaking down barriers. I loved Ethan’s inner fortitude and at the same time longed to hug Wyatt.  While there were hugely emotional scenes, the author managed to make me feel a little sad for the characters and then the next minute, I was smile really wide.  

Sara: I have so many highlights from this book that I can’t decide what to use. This was a great New Adult novel with enough swoon worthy and melt your heart moments along with the great sex scenes. Oh boy, the sex… yeah, Mitchell knows how to connect your head, heart and libido and make you in the scene with these boys. You feel the intimacy and know, what they are doing is NOT just sex.

Ezi: I appreciate that the author didn’t give us a plot with manufactured conflicts and those stupid miscommunication plot twists. This story was so realistic that it could have been my freshman experience. The writing was straightforward that I was engrossed in what was happening there at Coburn College. I can’t wait for the next book.

Sara: Getting Him Back, wasn’t what I thought it would be going in and I am so damn thankful for that. I loved that there was depth and character and a real story that sometimes can get lost with the New Adult genre, but not here. I was sad when this story ended, I was so in love with Ethan and Wyatt but how can I complain about that Epilogue??? I made a silent squee, to not wake the sleeping husband next to me, when I turned the page and saw it. And then… and then there is more with these two? Another book??? Oh yeah! Please and thank you for that.

 

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About K.A. Mitchell

K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was surprised to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.

The Mistake (Off-Campus, Book 2) by Elle Kennedy

The Mistake (Off-Campus, Book 2) by Elle KennedySeries: Off-Campus #2
on April 28, 2015
Pages: 296 pages
AmazonNarrator: Lorelei Avalon
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He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.
four-stars

I am really enjoying Elle Kennedy right now. Like I have said before her writing style is fun, flirty, and clever. I love her characters and I love that there is a serious issue in the plot, but it isn’t so heavy that the whole story is sad.

We met John Logan, the best friend of Garrett Graham, in book 1 (The Deal). He was Garrett’s wing man and was a smart mouthed Lothario. John was in his senior year and was struggling with his decision to forgo professional hockey in lieu of taking over the family garage repairing cars.
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All those partying ways changed when he met Grace Ivers, a freshman psychology major who didn’t know much about hockey. Logan was used to groupies and people wanting to be around him because he was a hockey player, Grace was one of the first people who saw the guy. Somehow Logan decided that he didn’t want Grace and pushed away.
When he realized “The Mistake”, Logan spent the year courting Grace, who didn’t make his wooing easy. She definitely made him earn her esteem back.

Again, Lorelei Avalon gave the story a great youthful narration, but not so young that it felt like a young adult story. The story made chuckle a lot because Grace and Logan had witty repartee. It was nice to have young adult stories where the characters had depth, and the story wasn’t weighed down with sex. Definitely a great follow up to The Deal.

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Heat (Elements of Chemistry #2) by Penny Reid

Heat (Elements of Chemistry #2)  by Penny ReidSeries: Elements of Chemistry #2
on April 19th, 2015
Pages: 188 pages
AmazonNarrator: Cris Dukehart
Four days left.
Private beach (…and boat).
Not so invisible girl.
And maybe less of a jerk-faced bully than originally thought.
What’s the worst (or the best) that could happen?


Kaitlyn is finding life outside of the science cabinet of obscurity to be quite illuminating …and so are her pants.

When things heat up between Kaitlyn Parker and Martin—previously known as the jerk-faced bully—Sandeke, she places her trust in the one person she never thought capable of earning it, let alone keeping it safe. Fortunately or unfortunately for Kaitlyn, where she gives her trust she can’t help but also give her heart.

But how will the world beyond the sanctuary of their newfound connection react to their relationship? Soon senators, chinless billionaires, and elements beyond Martin and Kaitlyn’s control want to weigh in on the young couple’s future.

Navigating the chaotic inferno of new love might be more than Kaitlyn bargained for, and much, much more than her trust—or her heart—can handle.
five-stars

This book picked right up where book 1  Attraction ended with Kaitlyn Parker at her Lab partner Martin Sandeke’s party watching him with another girl. But Martin manages to quell squash the misunderstanding and then him and Kaitlyn give into the attraction she has been fighting.

They are so cute together. I love Kaitlyn’s clear sense of right and wrong, and how she works hard to stay true to her values. She manages to get Martin to stop being so angry and share a little of his plans. Unfortunately, the plan Martin has to get vengeance has collateral effects for many people. Kaitlyn has to make a hard choice about how she can counteract Martin’s plan. Will their love survive Kaitlyn’s choice?

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I highly recommend having all 3 books on hand before beginning to read this series. I don’t know how people managed to read these books and wait for the next one. I love the writing, the humor, the character development and the narration of the series. What a refreshing change. I am about to move on to book 3.

**Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for a honest review.

Heart Breaker (Break on Through #2) by Harper Kincaid

Heart Breaker  (Break on Through #2)  by Harper KincaidSeries: Break on Through #2
on 2015-07-28
Pages: 219
AmazonB&N
Love wasn’t in the script... Break on Through, Book 2Former man-eater Samantha Lockhart has been an actress long enough to be able to spot a smooth-talking player a mile away. Dark-haired, bourbon-eyed, a wicked smile...Kyle Masterson is one of the best.From his bad-boy motorcycle boots to his good-ole-boy Southern drawl, everything about Kyle screams sex appeal. But after a tragedy hits close to home, Sam tries to convince herself she’s done with players on and off the stage. Kyle, a V-twin-riding divorce attorney, has witnessed enough horror stories of love gone wrong to know that while women are welcome in his bed, they’re definitely not in his future. But once the petite, mercurial redhead catches his eye, he can’t think of anything—or anyone—else. Sam’s trust doesn’t come easy, but the more time they spend together, the deeper they both fall. Yet just as they’re breaking through each other’s barriers, someone who doesn’t like being upstaged makes a deadly play of his own. And if Sam refuses, she may not be able to breathe a word to anyone...ever.Warning: Contains a small-town thespian who isn’t easily fooled and a lawyer with a weakness for V-twin engines and sassy redheads.

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Attraction (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

Attraction (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid @ReidRomanceSeries: Elements of Chemistry #1
on 2015-04-09
Pages: 160
AmazonNarrator: Cris Dukehart
One week. Private beach. Invisible girl. Jerk-faced bully. What's the worst that could happen? Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can't escape the notice of Martin Sandeke-bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe's hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor-who also happens to be Kaitlyn's chemistry lab partner. Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn't interested in exploiting his stunning rower's build, chiseled features, and family's billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water. When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?
five-stars

If you are looking for a refreshing, humorous New Adult read minus pathetic female heroine, this is it. I was hooked on this story! What a refreshing New Adult book.
Kaitlyn Parker was a breath of fresh air, sweet, honest and principled.
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and Martin Sandeke was handsome, smart, athletic but had an axe to grind.
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Kaitlyn and Martin are partners in chemistry lab. Martin is an athlete, a member of the crew team. Kaitlyn is a quirky nerd who refuses to wax her eyebrows or put on makeup. What do these two have in common? What would be the attraction? The author definitely gave us glimpses on what driving “jerk face” Sandeke.

I loved Kaitlyn as she was a straight shooter. It wasn’t that she lacked a filter, she just wasn’t pretentious and didn’t play games. She was also really naïve and green in the ways of relationships. I loved her synonym games and I loved her matter of fact explanations.

Parker: “You made me feel like Chinese left overs and you don’t want anyone to sample me.”
Martin: “I don’t!”
Parker: “I get a vote on who gets to eat my noodles” ( and compared herself to low mien)

Martin is a more complex character. It’s clear that he feels isolated and unhappy inside despite his outward appearance of confidence. He appears to be successful and dominate at their ivy league school, but he seems to lack a real emotion connection. He does honestly enjoy Parker’s unconventional reactions to everything. He surprised me with knowledge of her habits, which shows a genuine affection for her. They embarked on a group vacation for Spring Break and began to get to know each other. It was sweet, enlightening and funny. I was really appreciative of the author’s weaving of the relationship…then the reader is left dangling at a crucial scene!

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WHYYYYYYYY? *sighing* I am currently listening to book 2 as I obviously have to know what happened next. I don’t know what I will do if book 2 ends like this. I may have to ask Donald Trump for the author’s phone number since he is given out people’s phone number on social  media (LOL)!

**Thank you to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

Façade (Games #2) by Nyrae Dawn

Façade (Games #2) by Nyrae DawnSeries: Games #2
on 2013-07-02
Pages: 304
AmazonNarrator: Jesse Bernstein, Sophie Eastlake
Can love save them?

After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is alright. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she's never been--and into the arms of Adrian Westfall.

To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his façade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.

Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate, carefree love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together, or tear them apart forever?
three-half-stars

18 yr old Delaney Cross and her older brother Maddox are still trying to regain their equilibrium after their father’s car accident killed a 3 year old boy and their mother attempted suicide. They decided that redemption would begin by gaining the forgiveness of the family their father’s accident affected.

When Delaney meets Adrian Westfall, he isn’t what she expected. She decided to befriend him before revealing that she is daughter of the man who killed his nephew. The closer they got the harder the secret became and Delaney didnt know if Adrian would forgive her. Could she risk losing his love or could they move forward once she reveals her secret?

I have read 3 new adult books in a row where the MC blamed themselves for everything short of the sun rising every day. That whole martyr thing is starting to feel disingenuous and it overly dramatic.

The audiobook was good, the narrator kept me engaged and how the author told it kept me waiting for the other shoe to drop. It had some twists and certainly explained Adrian’s pain. I really felt bad for Adrian, but Delaney’s mother was a piece of work. I wonder why the kids never went to see their father in prison and ask him some questions regarding their mother. I hope that Maddox’s book explains more about her abusive behavior but that woman was self-centered and horrid.
I am glad Delaney found someone who cared about her other than her brother and I hope Maddox finds peace too.

Harder (Caroline & West #2) by Robin York

Harder (Caroline & West #2) by Robin YorkSeries: Caroline & West #2
on 2014-07-01
Pages: 352
AmazonNarrator: Emily Beresford
In Robin York’s provocative new novel, two young ex-lovers find themselves together again in the shadow of tragedy—and an intense, undeniable attraction.

Caroline still dreams about West. His warm skin, his taut muscles, his hand sliding down her stomach. Then she wakes up and she’s back to reality: West is gone. And before he left, he broke her heart.   Then, out of the blue, West calls in crisis. A tragedy has hit his family—a family that’s already a fractured mess. Caroline knows what she has to do. Without discussion, without stopping to think, she’s on a plane, flying to his side to support him in any way he needs.   They’re together again, but things are totally different. West looks edgy, angry at the world. Caroline doesn’t fit in. She should be back in Iowa, finalizing her civil suit against the ex-boyfriend who posted their explicit pictures on a revenge porn website. But here she is. Deeply into West, wrapped up in him, in love with him. Still.   They fought the odds once. Losing each other was hard. But finding their way back to each other couldn’t be harder.
three-half-stars

3.75 stars, not quite 4-stars.
I hate that this book went from a Revenge Porn Plot to a “save him from his hot mess family” angsty NA. The Revenge Porn thing is not been explored that much so I was really enjoying it. But I guess the author defaulted to NA standard, rude boy from a messed up family who needs that love to give him the strength to aim higher and.

If you liked Wes and Caroline in book 1, then it is the same but reverse here. In Book 1, Caroline was drowning in misery after her ex Nate released her pictures on social media. Wes gave her space, encouragement and used the bakery to give her something else to focus on. In this book Caroline was the anchor for Wes after his father died and his family was in a tailspin. Caroline had to endure some seriously mean attempts by Wes to push her away before he finally gave up fighting her and gave into their love. He found peace and joy and a clearly path to a new future.

I have mixed feelings about Caroline.  When she wants something, she just ignores everything else. Some would call it focus and determination, I call saw her as having tunnel vision. I get her need to save Wes the way he saved her, but I found she sacrificed Bridget, her father’s efforts on the lawsuits and even her own dignity at times to the altar of Wes. Maybe Wes was worth it, but I wanted more of a focus on the issue with Nate–on that crime that needed to be addressed more.

*Special Thanks to Librarything for the advanced reading copy, though I chose to get the audio

Deeper (Caroline & West #1) by Robin York

Deeper (Caroline & West #1) by Robin YorkSeries: Caroline & West #1
on 2014-01-28
Pages: 400
AmazonB&NNarrator: Lynde Houck, Mike Chamberlain
In the New Adult debut from beloved contemporary romance author Ruthie Knox, writing under the pseudonym Robin York, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.

When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.   West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.   They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.   When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.
four-stars
I only read this book because I won book 2, Harder, from Librarything and I’m so glad that I did. This book grabbed my attention from page one.Caroline  Piasecki was a college student who decided that after 3 yrs with her first boyfriend . He decides to get revenge by posting intimate pictures of her on social media. Caroline was devastated and confused as to what she could do because she now feels like anyone she’ll meet,any potential job opportunity or even family friends would have seen her naked.Resident bad boy West Leavitt  encourages Caroline to stop hiding and fight back by living her life. They develop a friendship but she learns West has deeper issues than she does. Can she help him live again, the way he has helped her?

This book felt like it was fast paced in some arenas, then slow in other areas. I liked Caroline and I liked  West. They were both survivors. Caroline was betrayed by her ex boyfriend and  West was betrayed by his parents, both had to learn to trust again. Nice story and I look foward to book 2.