ARC Review: Fall for Him

Fall for Him (Forbidden Trilogy #3) by J.C. Valentine

Publication Date: August 25, 2015 (Today!!!)

Publisher: J.C. Valentine

Synopsis:

Life is all about choices. Jo thought she made the right ones, but it turns out she was wrong. She’s lost everyone she ever cared about.

Now, Jo’s going to have to fight for what she wants. She’s going to have to take back control of her life and it’s not going to be easy.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Forbidden Triology hooked me from the beginning with Dance for Me. I couldn’t help but get wrapped up in college student/stripper Jo’s story. Her “relationship” with HIM was hot, hot, hot! Plus, there were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The cliffhanger at the end shocked me and I couldn’t wait for Lie to You to be released.

Lie to You (read my review here) continued the fast-paced, intense, scorchingly hot storyline and has some surprises of its own. Of course, there was another great cliffhanger that left me wanting more.

So, I was super excited to be able to read an ARC of Fall for Him. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Jo. So much had changed for her since Dance for Me. I couldn’t help but wonder what surprises J.C. Valentine had in store for readers this time.

I loved Fall for Him. I thought it was the perfect ending to Jo’s story. And that’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to ruin the series for anyone that hasn’t read it yet. It’s an amazing series filled with many surprises. Readers that like enjoy erotic romances, like Fifty Shades of Grey or Bared to You, will enjoy this series.

Other books in this series:

  

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book That Would Be on My Syllabus if I Taught New Adult Romance 101

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101). I chose New Adult Romance 101. I tried to pick different authors and different types of stories in the genre. All of these books gave me “the feels.”

Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus if I Taught New Adult Romance 101:

1. Left Drowning by Jessica Park

 Left Drowning

2. Bright Side by Kim Holden

Bright Side (Bright Side, #1)

3. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

4. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer's Voice

5. Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

Falling into You (Falling, #1)

6. There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras

There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness, #1)

7. Broken by Lauren Layne

Broken (Redemption, #1)

8. Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

Sincerely, Carter

9. The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)

10. How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

What New Adult book would you add to my list? Let me know in the comments.

Frisk Me

Frisk Me (New York’s Finest #1) by Lauren Layne

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Forever

Synopsis:

Officer Luc Moretti would tell you he’s nothing special. He’s just a cop doing his job. He doesn’t understand why the media’s making such a big deal out of him pulling a little girl out of the East River. He can’t walk down the street without someone wanting a picture with him. Now, he’s being forced to do a special interview he has no desire to do.

Ava Sims has one chance to make anchorwoman and it all rests on the ability to get Officer Luc Moretti to comply with her requests. Too bad Luc isn’t making things easy. Ava’s going to do whatever it takes to get the real story on Officer Luc Moretti.

The only thing Ava and Luc agree on is that they hate each other. Well, until they don’t. Both Ava and Luc are trying their best to keep things professional, but the temptation is just too great. Will their personal relationship mess up their professional ones?

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

So, first off, I have to admit it took me awhile to get into Frisk Me. I think it was Ava and Luc’s constant bickering. They really didn’t like each other and it made it hard for me to like either one of them.

Once I got a little more into the story, I started to really like Luc. He seemed like such a nice guy. (Well, besides to Ava.) His family was adorable. I loved their interactions. My favorite character was Luc’s grandmother, Nonna. She was such a spitfire! There were so many times when I caught myself laughing because of something she was doing or saying. I kind of wish she was my grandma!

Ava took me much longer to like. She was such a selfish person. I wanted to smack her half the time! The only time I really liked her was when she and Luc finally got together. He really brought out the best in her. Not to mention, their chemistry was off the charts!

I liked how Lauren Layne worked social media and how it could potentially affect a police officers life into the story. The only thing I didn’t really care for was how long the bickering went on at the beginning. It just made it hard to fall in love with the characters. For me, that’s important when I start reading a book. So, once I got past all of the initial bickering between the characters, I enjoyed Frisk Me a lot.

**I received an electronic copy of Frisk Me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in the New York’s Finest series:

November 2015

Home is Where You Are

Home is Where You Are Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie(Theresa Paolo)

Publication Date: October 8, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Format

Synopsis:

Anna is the perfect, rule following student. She has a 4.0 and volunteers all her spare time to fill up her Ivy League applications. Dean isn’t so lucky. His parents are gone, his foster parents abused him and now he’s living on the streets. Each day he’s trying simply to survive. Once they meet, Dean and Anna can’t help but fall for each other. Anna would do anything for Dean, but he isn’t convinced he has what it takes to survive. Anna hopes she can be the one to convince Dean that life is worth fighting for.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Home is Where You Are is an incredibly touching teenage love story. It had me hooked from the beginning. I couldn’t help but feel for Dean. Each of his chapters (even the happier ones) were heartbreaking. At times, I found Anna’s perfection a little annoying but I loved how being with Dean transformed her. I loved how they gave each other hope and truly brought out the best in each other.

I would definitely suggest Home is Where You Are to my YA contemporary romance reading friends. If you have a Kindle, it’s a Kindle Unlimited book and it’s also in the Prime lending library.

Before the Blog #6: Waiting On You

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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Waiting On You (Blue Heron #3)Waiting on You (Blue Heron #3) by Kristan Higgins

Publication Date: March 25, 2015

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Synopsis:

Colleen O’Roarke is the matchmaker of Manningsport, New York. She’s constantly doling out romance advice to the patrons at the bar she owns with her twin brother. But Colleen has been avoiding love herself since Lucas Campbell broke her heart. Colleen’s completely fine with being single and having a casual affair here and there. Then Lucas Campbell strolls back into town, opening old wounds.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book? 

Waiting on You had me laughing out loud so many times I think my husband thought I was crazy! What a an amazing romantic comedy! It was so funny and cute. I love this whole series, but this is definitely my favorite.

When did you read this book?

November 28, 2014 (Thanks, Goodreads!). I read it in one day — shows how good it was!

Who would you recommend this book to? 

Contemporary Romance lovers who like a second chance romance with a lot of laughs.

Dietland

Dietland Dietland by Sarai Walker

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Synopsis: 

Plum (Alicia) Kettle is struggling with her obesity. She lives her life hiding in the shadows, avoiding being judged and made fun of. Plum yearns for a “thin” life. One that will start when she undergoes weight-loss surgery. Plum is ready for her transformation until she is introduced to a group of women by a girl that has been not so secretly following her. The leader, Verena, and the women want to help Plum change her perception of herself. Meanwhile, a terrorist organization starts acting on behalf of women everywhere and Plum is convinced the girl that was following her is somehow linked to the horrible crimes.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Dietland is not like anything I’ve read before. It was well written and interesting. The author did an amazing job showing how it feels to be overweight. Many people will be able to identify with Plum’s thoughts and feelings about her body. I really liked the story behind Plum’s experience with the Baptists weight-loss group (not to be confused with the religious group), Verena’s book and how it fit into the story.

I have mixed feelings on the twist the story takes with the terrorist plot. I found it very interesting, but I wasn’t fond of the way it impacted Plum. I know the point was for Plum to become a stronger woman, but I didn’t like how angry and negative she got. I also didn’t care for some of Plum’s experiences while under Verena’s influence. On the other hand, I did think that terrorist plot added something to the story that made it more thought provoking than just a story of Plum dealing with her weight.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Dietland. I think a lot of women will identify with Plum and be intrigued by the intertwining stories.

Thank you to Houghton Mufflin Harcourt for the opportunity to read and honestly review Dietland.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors (no matter the genre or what it’s about…you’ll buy it from these authors!). Here is my list.

1. Maggie Stiefvater – YA Urban Fantasy

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

2. Colleen Hoover – New Adult & YA

Confess

3. Karen White – Fiction

The Beach Trees

4. Jill Shalvis – Contemporary Romance

Animal Magnetism (Animal Magnetism, #1)

5. Kristan Higgins – Contemporary Romance

The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1)

6. Jessica Park – New Adult

Left Drowning

7. Kasie West – YA Contemporary

On the Fence

8. Rainbow Rowell – YA and Adult

Eleanor & Park

9. Kate Perry – Contemporary Romance

Perfect for You (Laurel Heights, #1)

10. Bella Andre – Contemporary Romance & New Adult

The Look of Love (The Sullivans, #1)

Which authors make your auto-buy list? Tell me in the comments!

Mud Vein

 Mud VeinMud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Publication Date: March 8, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Synopsis:

What should be a boring thirty-third birthday for Senna Richards is anything but. Instead of waking up in her own bed, the author wakes up in a house she cannot identify. As she explores her surroundings, Senna finds the house sits alone in the middle of an expanse of snow, surrounded by an electrical fence. She’s trapped. There’s no way to escape–unless she can unravel the clues her captor has left.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Tarryn Fisher. Well, that’s not entirely true. I read Never Never which is a collaboration between Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. After reading it, I decided to read something by Tarryn Fisher because I liked what I read in Never Never and I’ve already read all of Colleen Hoover‘s books.

Mud Vein is a book that sticks with you long after you’ve finished reading it. It’s dark, twisted and a lot disturbing. Mud Vein is not the book for you if you’re looking for something light and happy. It was mentally exhausting. I actually had to take little breaks while reading it and read a romance at the same time. I needed to let my brain relax. It was just so intense all of the time.

Mud Vein is definitely one of those books that the less you know about it when you begin reading, the better it is. While the story isn’t always fun to read (Like I said, it’s dark and twisted.), it’s beautifully written and well-crafted. It was very thought provoking. If you like dark and disturbing thrillers, this one is for you.

A Summer Like No Other

A Summer Like No Other (Broken Dreams) by Elodie Nowodazkij

Publication Date: July 30, 2015

Synopsis:

Emilia “Em” Moretti and her family used to spend their summers with friends in the Hamptons. This year, she’s stuck in New York practicing her dancing, searching for her birth parents, missing her friends and wishing life could go back to before her father was fired from his job.

The worst thing about being stuck in New York, though; is the fact that she won’t get to spend the summer with her brother’s best friend, Nick. Em’s been in love with Nick forever and those summers in the Hamptons meant spending lots of time together.To Em’s surprise, Nick is staying in New York this summer. She can feel the chemistry between them, but she can also tell Nick is trying to fight it. Em is sure it has to do with her brother.

Nick wants to be with Em so badly, but he promised her brother he wouldn’t do anything that could hurt Em. Nick knows his playboy ways will hurt her, so he’s keeping this as platonic as he can — or trying to.

Then, Nick finds out some things that could help Em in the search for her birth parents. The information he gives her, turns Em’s world upside down. As they continue to look for answers, they try to keep their summer relationship cool and casual. But that’s easier said than done.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

** I received an electronic copy of A Summer Like No Other from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the description of this novella. I love books where a girl falls for her brother’s best friend. I only wish the story would have been as cute as the description. I wanted a little more fun and less drama. It felt more like a mystery than a romance.

To be honest, the story was good but it was missing something for me. I think that might have been more of Em and Nick’s shared history. There was mention of previous attraction and chemistry but it would have been nice to have actual flashbacks or something. It seemed like I was told how attracted they were to each other more than they demonstrated it.

I also had a little bit of a hard time connecting with Em. I get she wanted to find her birth parents but it bothered me that it took half the book to know why. I kept wondering what the big deal was. I wish the mystery behind it all would have been brought up earlier.

I really liked Nick, though. He had a ton of charisma and was exactly the type of guy a little sister should fall for.

Overall, I thought it was a good novella. It left me wanting to know what would happen next.

Other books in the Broken Dreams series:

  

I’m Playing Hooky!

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Hello, friends!

I’m going to be away from my computer (starting today) for about a week. I have some fun posts and book reviews scheduled for this time, so hopefully you won’t miss me.

I’ll also be checking in periodically, but my response time will be a lot longer than normal for the next week. Enjoy my scheduled posts and I’ll be back soon to chat again! 🙂

Deanna