Saturday, July 15, 2017

Better When He's Brave

Book: Better When He’s Brave (The Point #3)
Author: Jay Crownover

Summary:Titus King sees the world in black and white. Right and wrong. Which is why as a teenager he left behind the only family he’d ever known to make a better life for himself. Now a police detective in one of the worst cities in the country, he can’t deny his life has turned into a million different shades of gray.
The new criminal element in The Point has brought vengeance and destruction right to Titus’s front door, and the difference between right and wrong is nothing compared to keeping those he loves alive. To add to his already strained moral compass, the beautiful and mysterious Reeve Black has made her way back to town, and she might be as dangerous to Titus as the guy trying to destroy the Point because he needs her—in more ways than one.
Reeve knows all about how ruthless this new threat to destroy The Point can be… and instead of running away, she wants to help. She has a lot to repent for and saving the city, plus the hot cop that she hasn’t been able to forget might just be the only way she can finally find some inner peace.
With an entire city poised on the brink of war, Titus and Reeve stand in the crossfire—and it will take two brave souls to fight for the ultimate love.

Review: I love this book!!! Like the plotline and story is totally on point, the descriptions, and writing is amazing, but honestly what makes this story is the characters and the amazing job Jay does in bringing them to life. Reeve is totally not who I expected her to be, especially when we met her in the first book of this series and even in the beginning of this book, but later when you learn more about her and why she does what she does you can’t help but like her and respect her. Then there is Titus a cop trying to do what’s right and live in a black and white world but he grew up in a gray world and still has friends and family living in that world. The emotion behind him and why he does/acts the way he does is what made his character work so well. Plus the tension between Reeve and Titus ……. I could feel the sexual tension between them for so long so when they actually acted on this tension it was ten times hotter because of that! I also find it super funny and perfect for the Point that the hot cop is in a relationship with a strip club manager -  only in the Point!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Better When He's Bold

Book: Better When He’s Bold (The Point #2)
Author: Jay Crownover

Summary:There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who is bad. . . . Welcome to the Point.
In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them. Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like The Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself?
Brysen Carter has always seen the real Race—a guy too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous. Basking in his golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she’ll eventually get burned. She has enough problems without the risky danger and mayhem that comes with a guy like Race. Too bad Brysen faces a threat close to home that might be more dangerous than anything The Point has ever produced.. And the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can’t allow herself to have.
Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?

Review: I think what I love the most about Jay Crownover's books is that the “hero” of the story is never what you expect them to be and are they nowhere close to being a “typical” male role they are the BAD bad boys. I like how different they are and that makes the feel of the story so different from an others that I have read. I also like how she deals with situations in her stories, like poverty, stealing, sex trafficking, gambling and so much more when a lot of other authors would stay as far away from these situations as possible but Jay adds them and is realistic about what's going on and makes them a true part of the story. I also think that not only are the characters strong in this story but so is the general plot line and it sucks you in and makes you want to be in the world with these people. They feel so real and like they are your best friend or in some cases worst enemy. I love that the story is so different but at the core the idea of falling in love, having a family and living life is still relevant. I think that if people gave this book and series they would love it as much as I do!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Vision in White

Book: Vision in White (Bride Quartet #1)
Author: Nora Roberts

Summary: Wedding photographer Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be's encounter that has them both seeing stars.

A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac's type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends—and business partners—to see her way to her own happy ending.

Review: Who hasn’t played wedding day as a kid or planned out their dream wedding? I mean hardly any girls and so this book series is like a dream come true and made me want to find 3 friends to create my own wedding company!! First off I love all Nora Roberts books so I’m not going to lie that all of them usually get 5 stars rating from me and this one does too! I love love love Carter - I need to find someone like this in real life. I mean who doesn’t love a quirky, clumsy, super loveable Professor. When he totally blurted out to Mac that he had a crush on her in high school my heart melted and he became my number one “Book Boyfriend”. It was also very interesting to see Mac as the one unwilling to completely commit and has a hard time even being in a relationship. I think so often we always assume it's the man, when in reality it could be anyone, especially those that grew up watching rough relationships. You also couldn’t help but cheer her on when she stood up to her mom and then when she finally told Carter how she felt about him. Plus I loved all the added things about the weddings, how they ran the business and how much Mac loved taking pictures. I think my favorite thing about this book/series overall is how amazing the characters are even the secondary characters! Great series for any reader, but especially those that love weddings!

Better When He's Bad

Book: Better When He’s Bad (Welcome to the point #1)
Author: Jay Crownover

Summary:There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.
Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.
Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.
Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize . . . some boys are just better when they’re bad.

Review: Shane “Bax” Baxter is bad, and no where near the typical “bad” boy, but just straight up BAD. I have never read about a character like him and I’m not going to lie I love him and I hate him all at the same time. I mean he is a total asshole yet deep down you know he’s being that way for a reason. I just can’t help but love him and love him with Dovie. I think Dovie is perfect for Bax because unless you grew up like they both did they know how the other works and what makes them tick. This book sucked me and made me feel like I grew up and lived in the point. (I didn’t but I can pretend while reading :)) I also think that Jay did something so different with not making him become the “hero” I mean yes he saved the girl and such but it’s not like he actually changed his behavior because he went on to still run a chop shop and fight in illegal fights. I also love how Dovie rose above it all to go on and help other kids in the streets! This book was just so different from Jay’s other series and it was just an intense read that I couldn’t get over. I literally put it down when I was finished and was sad to see Dovie and Bax go because I just liked it that much!

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Liar

Book: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts

Summary: Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions…
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning...

Review: First off if you have never been reading a Nora Roberts story, then you need to drop what you are doing and go pick up one right now! She is the queen of romance novels and I love all her different genres including this one which definitely falls under a mystery. She creates these amazing stories that suck you in and make you feel like you are there and experiencing everything with the main characters! I also love how she definitely keeps you in suspense and legit I had no clue who the “bad guy” was until the end so that’s how you know it was a good suspense! I also just love the characters in this story. The super strong family that Shelby has - I mean I wish I had a grandma like hers! Also Griff took my heart 100% who doesn’t love a sexy contractor a man who knows what he wants when he see’s it and doesn’t let anything not her financial situation, having a child, a crazy ex and people out to hurt her stop him from getting what he wants. Plus all the sweet/cute/sexy/amazing things he does from getting the puppy, babysitting kids, creating a Shrex room and so much more! I love Nora’s stories and how different each one is and how here writing style is so beautiful but in a real world way!