Sweet

Sweet (Contours of the Heart #3) by Tammara Webber

Publication Date: April 27, 2015

Synopsis: 

Sweet is a spinoff of Easy and Breakable from the Contours of the Heart series. It is a standalone novel. While there are a couple of mentions of characters from the first two novels, you won’t feel like you’ve missed anything if you haven’t read them.

Bad boy Boyce Wynn is everything Pearl Torres Frank shouldn’t want. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks and doesn’t care what the world thinks of him. But Pearl wants him. She always has. Pearl knows there’s more to Boyce than the tough guy everyone sees.

Now, Pearl’s home from college for summer. Before she heads off to medical school in the fall, she’s determined to have Boyce. It doesn’t matter what it may cost her.

Boyce has been fighting his obsession with Pearl forever. He’s been waiting in the wings for her to be single. Now, she’s home for the summer and it’s his chance to make his move. Can he prove to her he’s worth taking a chance on a former bad boy?

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pearl and Boyce’s love story definitely was sweet! I loved how they had been in love with each other for years, but hadn’t really acted on it. Their shared history was a cool aspect to the story. I especially liked how Boyce pushed Pearl to make her own decisions and protected her. He won me over in Breakable, but I adored him even more in Sweet.

There were just a couple of things that held me back from giving Sweet 5 stars. One, all of the flashbacks. While I liked learning their shared history through the flashbacks, there were just too many of them. They overtook the current story at times. Two, I wasn’t 100% sold on the way the story wrapped up. I don’t want to ruin it, but it just seemed a little out there to me. It didn’t ruin the story or anything and I really liked the book. I just would have rather seen something different happen.

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.

Wild Reckless

Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Publication Date: March 17, 2015

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

Thanks to Kensington Worth’s parents, her senior year of high school is going to suck. Instead of completing high school at her Chicago private school with her best friends, she’s stuck at a public school in the middle of nowhere. She should be practicing piano with her favorite instructor. Now, she’s practicing solo in her new dining room. It just isn’t fair. To top it all off, her new neighbor has it out for her. He’s doing everything to ruin what little she has left.

All the rumors are true. Owen Harper is trouble. Everyone knows it. He’s wild and he’s reckless. Since he’s trying to ruin Kensi’s life, she should be running in the opposite direction. But after one horrible night, she can’t stay away from him. Kensi sees things in him no one else does. She knows those rumors cover up something more, something good.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book! Oh, man. I loved this book. It was soooo good. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. It dealt with so many issues and brought out so many feelings. I want to say more about it, but I’m at a loss for words. It’s that good. It makes me want to dump my TBR list and read the rest of Ginger Scott’s books immediately.

Wild Reckless is a contemporary romance that YA, NA and adult readers will enjoy. I think readers that love Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber and Jessica Park will especially enjoy this Ginger Scott novel.

How We Deal with Gravity

How We Deal with GravityHow We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

Publication Date: June 11, 2014

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

Nothing in Avery Abbot’s life has gone as planned. She dropped out of college to get married and have a baby. Then, her husband left her without a backward glance when their one-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed with autism.

Now, Avery plans her days around Max’s needs. What she wouldn’t give for someone to share her joys and pains with. But Avery knows her chance at love has passed. Or at least she thinks it has until Mason Street saunters back into town.

Mason’s spent the last five years on the road with his band, living his dream–until it all came crashing down. With a dropped record contract and nowhere else to go, he ends up back where his love for music began: the Abbot house.

While Mason’s rediscovering his love for music, he’s also learning about the kind of person he is. He thought he and Avery were friends, but her reception of him is less than friendly. Can he prove to her that he’s changed?

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

How We Deal with Gravity is the first book I’ve ever read by Ginger Scott. A friend on Goodreads suggested it for a buddy read and since I always like the books the people in the group suggest, I decided to join in. I’m so happy I did!

How We Deal with Gravity sucked me in from the Prologue. It had me close to tears. I do not have a child with autism, but I do have a nephew with it. I could totally picture my sister-in-law as Avery. The selflessness Ginger Scott gives Avery is the same selflessness I see in my sister-in-law.  It made me love Avery’s character even more.

And Mason. Oh, Mason. What a special guy. He may just be my new favorite book boyfriend. Mason starts out as kind of a jerk, but I loved the way he tackled learning that he wasn’t all that. The way treats not just Avery but the entire Abbot family warmed my heart.

The writing and storyline were spectacular. Mason and Avery’s chemistry was hot! There were even a couple of things I didn’t see coming in the story. I honestly don’t have even one complaint about it.

How We Deal with Gravity has cemented Ginger Scott’s place as one of my favorite go-to authors.  I can’t wait to read another one of her novels.

Again

Again (Fate #4) by Elizabeth Reyes

Publication Date: August 3, 2015

Synopsis:

Twenty-nine-year-old Sydney Maricopa knows what it’s like to fall in love with his best friend. He knows how much it sucks when said best friend is in love with someone else. He’s been there, done that. He’s not going through that again.

So when Sydney meets adorably hot nineteen-year-old Emi in his apartment building, he’s determined to keep things strictly platonic. One, she’s too young for him and two, their lives are too interconnected.

It doesn’t take long for Sydney to realize he’s in way over his head. He’s in love with the girl he said he wouldn’t fall for. Once again, she has a boyfriend. But this time, Sydney’s not backing down. He’s going to tell her how he feels.

Sydney’s plan to woo Emi is on track until something he never expects happens. Now, Sydney’s stuck making a decision that could ruin their friendship and possible relationship forever.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

When I saw that Elizabeth Reyes was going to be releasing Again, I was super excited for a couple of reasons. One, I love Elizabeth Reyes’ books . Two, I’ve always wondered what happened to Sidney after Forever Mine (The Moreno Brother’s #1).

I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Reyes’ novels because I absolutely love the characters she creates–especially the guys. She knows how to make the best alpha males. They’re all gorgeous, sexy, sweet, strong, smart, determined and jealous. Yes, I said jealous. It feels weird to be complimenting jealousy, but the jealousy these guys exhibit is pretty hot.

Sydney was all of those things. He may not have been as “rough” as some of the other guys from The Moreno Brothers or Fate series, but Sydney was all man. It was fun to get to know him in a way other than Sarah’s friend.

The women Reyes writes are great, too. They’re all strong, independent, beautiful and they know how to put those jealous guys in their place! Emi was all of those things, but what I liked best about her was she was just so darn adorable. Well, until her jealous side came out and then she was as crazy as any other nineteen-year-old.

My favorite thing about Again was the story of how Sydney and Emi went from friend zone to romance. I loved the way the book started out and then how I was able to see the progression of their relationship. They had such great chemistry and were so adorable. It was such a fun friends to lovers story.

I wanted to give Again 5 stars really, really bad. There were just one tiny thing that bothered me a bit. I wasn’t big on Sydney’s storyline and choice near the end. It was foreshadowed, but it felt really abrupt. I guess I was thinking it was going to go in a different direction than it did. But other than that, I loved this story!

Again is a great friends to lovers story. It’s definitely for a more mature audience. I would also recommend reading Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers #1) prior to reading Again to be familiar with Sydney’s previous storyline. (It’s FREE to download right now on Amazon!) You wouldn’t need to read the entire series before reading Again, but there are references to friends and family from both The Moreno Brothers and Fate series.

Other books in the Fate series:

Fate (Fate, #1)  Breaking Brandon (Fate, #2)  Suspicious Minds (Fate, #3)

Books in the related The Moreno Brothers series:

Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #1) Forever Yours (The Moreno Brothers, #1.5) When You Were Mine (The Moreno Brothers #1.6)  Always Been Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #2) Sweet Sofie (The Moreno Brothers, #3) Romero (The Moreno Brothers, #4) Making You Mine (The Moreno Brothers, #5)  Tangled (The Moreno Brothers #5.5)

Saving Toby

perf6.000x9.000.inddSaving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link

Publication Date: August 26, 2013

Synopsis:

Everyone in town knows the Faye boys are bad news, but Claudia can only remember Toby Faye as a nice kid. So when Claudia receives a job offer that will have her working with Toby and his mother, Julia, she accepts it.

Claudia never thought working near Toby would be such a measure in self-control. Toby’s made it obvious he wants her. Claudia can’t deny that she wants him, too. Just as they’re beginning to fall for each other, Toby is linked to a brutal hate crime. Claudia knows Toby couldn’t be involved, but her policeman father isn’t so sure.

As the police investigate, Claudia is be forced to choose sides and try to hold together a relationship that may have been doomed from the start.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved Saving Toby. It was fun, romantic, intense and fast-paced. The chemistry between Toby and Claudia was amazing.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Toby’s cocky personality. The way he antagonized Claudia made me smile. It was just what her uptight personality needed. 

Despite her age, Claudia was very mature. I was surprised at how mature she was through the second half of the story. I don’t think many young adult women could handle things the way she did.

The hate crime part of the book was so intense! I could see what was going to happen and I was so worried for Toby! (I admit I may have had to take a little break from reading because it was stressing me out — but in a good way!)

Overall, Saving Toby was an amazing New Adult read. The writing was excellent and I was completely drawn into the story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Keeping Claudia. I would highly recommend Saving Toby to fans of authors Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, and Jessica Park.

Thank you to Suzanne McKenna Link for the opportunity to read and honestly review Saving Toby.

Before the Blog #2: There is No Light in Darkness

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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There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness, #1)There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras

Publication Date: January 10, 2013

Publisher: Claire Contreras

Synopsis: 

Blake Brennan’s past is a mystery to her. She lost her parents violently as a young child and was sent to be raised by her loving aunt. When her aunt died, Blake was raised by a woman named Maggie along with Aubrey, Cole, Dean and Becky. They became her family.

Now that Blake’s an adult, the death of her parents continues to haunt her. Blake decides to search for the truth about their death. Doing so unleashes a series of events that bring the past and future together. Blake must decide which is more important to her: the truth or the lives of her family.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book? 

Because I absolutely loved it. It has everything: a steamy romance, suspense, mystery, twists and turns, and amazing characters. It also has an AMAZING ending and a big cliffhanger! (But don’t worry because the second novel, Darkness Before Dawn, is already out.) I didn’t want to put it down. I was so hooked that I read it every chance I got.

When did you read this book?

I read it this past February after having read Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras. I liked that book so much that I decided to read more of her novels.

Who would you recommend this book to? 

Everyone!

 Read. This. Book. Seriously. Read it.

I think there are aspects of it almost any reader would like. Well, I should probably say mature readers. There is explicit language and sexual content.

Calm Like Home

Calm Like Home - Kaisa ClarkCalm Like Home by Kaisa Clark

Publication Date: July 15, 2015

Publisher: Kaisa Clark

Synopsis:

Alexa Clausen looks forward to her summers waiting tables. It may or may not have to do with the fact she gets to work with the gorgeous Adam Westbrook. She’s decided this is the summer for her chance with him–if only she can get up the nerve to show him she’s interested.

Alexa didn’t have to worry, though; Adam is definitely interested in her. Every minute with his infectious smile is exciting and fun. Alexa never knew she could fall so hard or so fast for someone. The only problem is Alexa feels like there’s something missing. Adam seems to be hiding something. She’s determined to break down his walls and learn everything there is to know about him, if Adam will let her.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh, my goodness. This book was so easy to identify with. It felt like a flashback to my college days. Seriously. At the time, I worked in a restaurant and my apartment had a pool. I didn’t have a relationship with anyone from work, but I did hang with my co-workers. I remember the camaraderie between us. It was just like the banter the author created between the characters in Calm Like Home. Their exchanges were so much fun to read!

I also remember it being a tough time relationship wise — the insecurity and always wondering where I stood in relationships. So many of Alexa’s emotions in this book were mine back then. Really, the ups and downs of the story couldn’t have been more perfect. Kaisa Clark did an amazing job writing a relationship where one person isn’t willing to share all of themselves with the other person. Every emotion in the story felt genuine. The story was sweet, but very real and raw. I loved it.

My only complaint with Calm Like Home is that it ended before I wanted to be done reading it. I wanted more Alexa and Adam! (I know, I know. That’s not really a complaint.) I would highly suggest it to readers that love emotionally packed NA romances. The sex scenes are not descriptive, so it would even be safe for a less mature reader.

Thank you to Kaisa Clark for the opportunity to read and honestly review Calm Like Home.

Tamed

 Tamed (Tangled, #3)Tamed (The Tangled Series #3) by Emma Chase

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Synopsis:

Matthew is a player, but he’s an honest player. He has no problem letting the women he hooks up with know he’s not interested in more than one night. Well, at least he wasn’t until he met Dee. Dee blew his mind and Matthew wants more than one night with her. Convincing Dee is a lot harder than it sounds, though. Dee’s dealt with her fair share of jerks and isn’t so sure more than one night with Matthew is a good idea. But when phenomenal sex is at stake, Matthew can be pretty persuasive.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Tamed was one of the books I picked up on my trip to Portland’s Powell’s City of Books last weekend. I was drawn to it first by it’s cute cover. When I skimmed the description it sounded like a fun read.

It was totally a fun read. Tamed is written completely in Matthew’s POV and instead of just being what he’s thinking as he’s going through the story, he’s actually telling you the story. His take on relationships and the dating tips on men he hands out made me crack up. It felt like I was being told a story by a male friend.

I really liked Matthew. He was a self-confessed player, but he was also so much more than that. I loved his relationships with his friends and family. Dee was a cool character I would want to be friends with. I loved her craziness. Together they were just so darn adorable.

I would highly suggest Tamed if you’re looking for a fast-paced, fun, steamy read. It’s the third book in The Tangled Series, but it can be read as a standalone novel. I hadn’t read the previous books and it didn’t matter at all. The first two books are another couple in the book, but Tamed takes places concurrently with the first book in the series and it doesn’t really give away much. I’m really looking forward to going back and reading the first two books now. I already have them on hold at the library!

Oh! I almost forgot! I also got a bonus short story at the end of the book called Holy Frigging Matrimony. It’s a novella update to the first book in the series. It was really cute as well.

Other books in this series:

Tangled (Tangled, #1)   Holy Frigging Matrimony: A Tangled Series Short Story (Tangled, #1.5)  Twisted (Tangled, #2)