He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. TuckerHe Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on February 2nd, 2016
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death, a story pulsing with the “intense, hot, emotional” (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.

Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.

On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

Ah! Ms Tucker is for sure one of my favorite and must read authors. Ten Tiny Breaths was the first book by Ms Tucker that I read and let me tell you… It literally blew me away. The twist was completely amazing. I totally did not see that coming.

He Will Be My Ruin is Ms Tucker’s first attempt at writing a thriller. Believe me when I say that she nailed it. I loved it! This storyline kept me guessing. Every time I thought I had it solved, I was proven wrong.

Books like this one are my favorite’s. I’m a big fan of books that challenge you. Books that keep you guessing. Books that feature storylines that keep you turning page after page as quickly as possible. Books that you just don’t want to put down.

Ms Tucker achieved all those things within the pages of this one. Did I mention I loved this book? Lol

The character’s were both intriguing and well developed. The storyline unique. I completely, totally, and positively loved it. And that ending! Speechless! I even had to tweet Me Tucker about it.

So overall, if you like books that keep you guessing and completely sick you in. He Will Be My Ruin is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

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About K.A. Tucker

K.A. Tucker is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water.

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

Book Review: November 9 by Colleen HooverNovember 9 by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on November 10th, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Hmm… As most of you know I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover. I love her books. For the most part.

The Slammed series was ah-maz-ing and also The Hopeless series was too. I have to say Hopeless and Losing Hope are my favorite books by her. I know without a doubt that at some point in the future I will read all of those books again.

Fast forward to Maybe Someday. The plot was intriguing and characters were well developed. I liked the idea of a companion music CD was also released. Although, I must say… I didn’t purchase it.

Then comes Ugly Love. I loved this one too. Miles Archer was a very interesting hero. And in case you haven’t heard. Ugly Love is going to be made into a movie. Nick Bateman will play Miles Archer. I think he’s a good fit.

Confess released next. O.M.G. has a new meaning in this book. It’s the initials for the hero. Owen Mason Gentry. He’s an amazing hero. One I was completely smitten with right from the beginning. The plot was unique and I loved pretty much everything about this book.

And finally we have Ms Hoover’s newest release. November 9. Once again the plot is unique, but sadly it’s a bit predictable. I’m not sure I was sold on the whole “only meeting once a year” idea. Again while it’s unique, I don’t think it’s realistic. A lot can happen in a year. 365 days is a long time.

As far as the characters go, I liked both the hero and heroine. I think Ben was good for Fallon’s self-esteem. At times he seemed older then he was. More mature then the average young twenty-something.

For the most part, I liked this book. I can’t say I loved it. It’s not one of my favorite’s by Ms Hoover, but still an enjoyable read.

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on August 5, 2014
Pages: 337
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Ugly Love was a really good book. The plot was intriguing. The characters were full of emotions. I was sort of surprised at how much emotion Miles showed. He’s the type of guy that when he falls, he falls hard. I’ve never met a guy like that in real life. I have a feeling they’re few and far between. I really liked him though. Even when he acted like a butt. And he did. Acted like a butt that is. Several times.

Tate was amazing. I loved her determination when it came to being with Miles. I sort of think the synopsis is a bit misleading when it describes her. I think she acted just the opposite of how she’s described.

The sex in this book is pretty hot for Ms Hoover’s work. Her romance scenes are usually more tame. Almost adult mainstream. In Ugly Love though things gets really hot. Multiple times.

I’ve heard this book will most likely be made into a movie. I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing it. Rumors are Nick Bateman may portray Miles. He even posted a picture of himself holding a copy of the book on Instagram. I’m still trying to decide if I like him as Miles.

If you’re a fan of Colleen Hoover, you’ll definitely want to grab a copy of this one.

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.

Reviews: Confess by Colleen HooverConfess by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria, Atria Books on March 10, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

First of all I just want to say that Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors. She’s an automatic auto buy for me. To say I love her books would be an understatement. I love everything about her books. Her writing style. Her characters. Her ability to grab the readers attention from the very first page and hold it until the very end of the book.

Owen Mason Gentry aka O.M.G. is an amazing hero. I fell hard for him from the very first meeting between him and Auburn. I loved his sense of humor. Auburn did right away too. These two connected right away. Their playful banter had me laughing a lot. The chemistry between them was so strong. If ever two characters were meant for each other it’s these two.

The flow of this story was wonderfully paced. It kept building and building. I had a hard time putting it down. All I wanted to do was read it uninterrupted. I love books that are like this one. Books that capture my attention and hold it until the very last page. Books that have unique plots. I can tell you that this is typical for Ms Hoover’s books.

When I reached the end of this book I was happy with the outcome. I liked the way things ended for these two. I also like the way Auburn grew a backbone and finally took a stand. It was refreshing to see her grow into the woman she became.

Overall, if you’re a fan of Colleen Hoover’s books you’ll definitely want to read this one. It’s another physical book buy for my shelves. And if you haven’t yet read her books I highly suggest you give them a try. I’m telling you… she’s a truly gifted author.

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.

Book Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuireBeautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
Series: Maddox Brothers #1
Published by Atria Books on July 1st, 2014
Pages: 337
Format: eBook
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The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. 

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red. 

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

“In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.”

It pretty much was like re-reading Beautiful Disaster, only with a different clueless girl and another Maddox brother being pushed into the friend zone. Oh let’s not forget the clueless girl’s clueless roommate and her relationships as well. I wanted to punch both girls in the throat.

This book was pretty ‘meh’ for the first half of the book..and then it finally started getting interesting..though not really all THAT interesting. One of the few good things going for this book is that it starts out right before Travis meets Abby, so you get to see a little bit of that relationship developing from the outside but not too much.  Cami has a secret and she doesn’t want Trenton to know because she thinks he’ll walk away from her when he finds out. Throughout this book I didn’t know what to expect when we finally learned of Cami’s secret and then at the end Jamie McGuire totally bitchslaps you in the face with something you didn’t even see coming. Seriously, I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. So kudos to Jamie for giving us that totally unexpected ending.

So if you do want to experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster again, I definitely suggest you read this book.  😉

I will be honest after the way this book ended, I’m definitely going to be checking out the next book in the series to see what the hell is going on.

One last thing…I just realized the synopsis says that Cami is the baby sister to four rowdy brothers..That’s not true, SHE’S THE OLDEST OUT OF THEM ALL. How can she be the baby if she’s the oldest? Huh.

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About Jamie McGuire

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her 2012 novel, Walking Disaster™ debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster™, and the Providence™ series. Her latest books include an apocalyptic thriller, Red Hill™ and a novella, A Beautiful Wedding™.

Jamie now lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

BOOK Review: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover (@colleenhoover)Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #2
Published by Atria Books on July 8th, 2013
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
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In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

I went into this book thinking it was going to be the same story as Sky’s but from a different POV.  IT’S NOT.  It’s much more than that. It was almost like reading a new book, only not. Because we do get some rehashing of scenes that we experienced in Hopeless, but with Holder’s inner dialogue it made it a new experience.
This book invoked so many emotions I would probably forget a few trying to list them off. It was one of the most intense emotional roller coasters I’ve been on.

Holder’s story starts a year before Hope aka Sky comes back into his life.  Right before the turning point that made Holder question his ability to protect the ones he loves. We get to experience the loss of Les, Holder’s sister, and everything that happens afterwards.  When preparing for Les’s funeral, Holder comes across a blank leather-bound journal in her closet. Thus begins the Letters to Les.

Les,

You left your jeans in the middle of your bedroom floor. It looks like you just stepped out of them. It’s weird. Why would you leave your jeans on the floor if you knew what you were about to do?

 

Through Holder’s letters to his sister, we discover that Holder is angry at his sister, because he doesn’t understand why she would kill herself and he feels that he failed as a brother. He also tells his sister about things that are going on with his life, now that she isn’t there to be apart of it.

Les,

Well, congratulations. you’re pretty popular. Not only did you fill the parking lot of the funeral home with cars, but you also filled the lot next door and both churches down the street. That’s a lot of cars.

 

Les,

Happy two-week deathiversary. Harsh? Maybe so, but I’m not apologizing.

I absolutely loved the letters that Holder wrote to his sister. It was an interesting way for Holder to deal with  his grief as well as talk to his sister still. Those letters also came in handy when Sky came into his life and he didn’t know what to do with the discovery of her not being who she thought she was and being everything he’s always been looking for.

My heart stops.

Time stops.

The whole world stops.

I recognize those eyes.

Those are Hope’s eyes.

It’s her nose, her mouth, her lips, her hair. Everything about this girl is Hope.

As most of you guys know, Hopeless has ONE OF THE BEST (not really a) first kiss scenes ever. Rereading that scene through Holder’s eyes made it even BETTER.

 

I have to stop for a moment because if I don’t, I’ll for sure break my one and only rule tonight-which is absolutely no mouth contact. I know if I kiss her right now it’ll be great. But Id on’t want her to have great. I want her to have incredible. Looking at her lips right now, I know for a fact it’ll be incredible for me.

“They’re so perfect,” I say. “Like hearts. I could literally stare at your lips for days and never get bored.”

She opens her eyes and smiles. “No. Don’t do that. If all you do is stare, then I’ll be the bored one.”

Reading the scene when Sky discovers that she’s Hope and the events that happen afterwards are just as heartbreaking as the first time I read them. But Sky and Holder were there for each other when facing her father and discovering things that Holder didn’t expect  and that Sky had blocked from her subconscious.

“I love you, Holder. So much,” she says firmly. “And just so you know… so did Hope.”

 

The supporting characters in this book were amazing. We have Holder’s best friend, Daniel, who I don’t think we met in Hopeless. Then of course there is Breckin, Sky’s most awesome Mormon best friend ever!

Between Holder and Sky’s best friends, we got a little bit of humor and it was a nice thing to have in such an intense story.

We got to see Breckin stand up to Holder after the bracelet scene and tell it like it is. Being a Mormon and all, he wasn’t afraid to stand up to someone who, according to rumor, beat up another Mormon the year before.

 

This book was amazing and like I said before like reading a whole new book, not just another point of view.  Because in the end we have a better understanding of everything that happened. At the end of it all, Holder is able to forgive himself and realize he is not the one responsible for Hope disappearing and for Les’s death.

 

If you haven’t read Hopeless yet,  no worries, this book could be read as a standalone or even before Hopeless.  Although I do suggest you read Hopeless because it’s just as amazing as Losing Hope.

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.