REVIEW: Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha YoungUntil Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young
Series: On Dublin Street #1.5
Published by Penguin on June 18, 2013
Pages: 111
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Ellie Carmichael had a crush on Adam Sutherland, her brother, Braden’s, best friend, for years, and although Adam treated her with proprietary concern he made it clear he thought of her only as a little sister.

Over the years, as Ellie’s crush develops into love, her romantic idealism makes it difficult for her to move on. To make matters worse, as she’s gotten older, Adam’s attitude has changed toward her. His affection for her is now joined by attraction, but his loyalty to Braden, and his fear of losing the only family he has, stops him from claiming Ellie the way she wishes he would.

But one night his attraction is put to the test, and as much as Adam would like things to remain the same everything changes between them in a simple brush of the lips.

Soon lust, love, jealousy and heartbreak combine to force change upon their relationship… and Adam discovers the hard way that life is too damn short to spend it on regret.

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I think this one is by far my favorite out of all the books and novellas so far. This novella takes the reader on a journey. You’ll get to experience Ellie’s take on her and Adams relationship from the time she first met him at a young 14 years old.

I love the way this novella is written. It captured my attention on page one and held it until the very end. It’s a given that since it’s a novella it’s a quick read, but I was just so drawn in I couldn’t stop reading. I loved everything about this story. The characters, the setting, the “first love” aspect of the story. It’s truly an incredible read.

Overall, I think Until Fountain Bridge is a great addition to this wonderful series. It’s one of my favorites! I can’t wait to start the next book. If you haven’t read this series yet you need too!

series-listOn Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1)
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An On Dublin Street Christmas (On Dublin Street, #1.1)
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Until Fountain Bridge (On Dublin Street, #1.5) 
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Down London Road (On Dublin Street, #2)
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Castle Hill (On Dublin Street, #2.5) 
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Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street, #3)
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Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street, #4) Goodreads | Amazon

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Review: Come to Me Quietly by A.L. JacksonCome to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson
Published by Penguin on 2014-01-07
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.

Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.

Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own.

Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate.

Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.

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A fellow blogger tweeted about how she loved this book so I decided to give it a try. A.L. Jackson is a new to me author so I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started reading it. When I read the synopsis I thought it had the potential to be a great read. I can honestly say that I’m glad I gave this book a chance. I really enjoyed it.

I loved the main characters. I was able to connect with them and I enjoyed getting to know them.

The heroine: Aleena aka Aly. I really liked her. She’s been in love with Jared since she was a little girl. He was her best friend growing up until he was sent away. When he shows up at her apartment one night she’s shocked to see him. Old feelings are brought back to life and she must face the fact that she still loves him.

The hero: Jared. I liked him too. I couldn’t help but feel so bad for him having gone with he went through. Because of a mistake from his past he thinks he doesn’t deserve Aly or happiness.

Together: I think they were great together. I rooted for them throughout the entire book. I believe the old saying “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone” applies here. Jared sort of ticked me off about 3/4’s of the way in. I thought I was going to have to knock some sense in him lol

At times Come to Me Quietly was a difficult read. I teared up a couple times while reading it. It’s an emotional read to say the least.

Overall, I really, really liked this one. There is another book entitled Come to Me Softly which is set to release later this year. I checked the synopsis and it appears to be a companion novel to this book. I’m really looking forward to reading it. If you’re a fan of New Adult contemporary romances I highly suggest you give Come to Me Quietly a try.

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REVIEW: Believe by Erin McCarthyBelieve by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #3
Published by Penguin on 2014-01-21
Pages: 145
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend's boyfriend. Now she's faced with being THAT girl, and couldn't be more disgusted with herself. She can't even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that's good and oh, so bad…

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin's house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he's drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn't care that he's done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.

But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it's a naïve dream to believe that his record won't catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…

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Believe is book three in the True Believers series by Author Erin McCarthy. I enjoyed this one. There were a few things about it that were unrealistic to me, but for the most part I loved it.

The hero: Phoenix. The poor guy has had it rough in life. The Mann brothers are his cousins. He just got out of jail after doing a 6 months. New to this series, Phoenix, is a take no shit sort of guy. I found that I liked him.

The heroine: Robin. She has been in previous books in this series as a secondary character. I liked her character for the most part. She’s made some mistakes. In fact she made a very bad mistake that has her changing her ways. She’s no longer the party girl she once was. She doesn’t wear revealing clothes anymore or makeup. She’s just chill and trying to blend in. I liked her character. She eaten up by a lot of guilt.

Together: These two make for an odd couple. Even though the attraction is strong there was just something not quite right about these two together. The relationship between the two seemed rushed. I thought a few things that Robin did to be unrealistic to me. Overall though I think they made an okay couple.

Smexy Times: The sexual content is comparable to adult mainstream. The scenes not explicit in nature, but are well written.

Overall: I liked this one. The plot was intriguing and this book held my attention. I didn’t find myself skimming at all. It was a very fast read for me. I think Believe is a great addition to the True Believers series.

series-listTrue (True Believers, #1) 
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Sweet (True Believers, #2)
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Believe (True Believers, #3)
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Review: Sweet by Erin McCarthySweet by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers #2
Published by Penguin on 2013-10-15
Pages: 157
Format: eBook
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Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…

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I loved True which was the first book in this series so I was really excited to read this one. What can I say? I love the Mann brothers. This book was a really fast read for me. It sucked me in and didn’t let go until the very end. I loved the characters and the storyline. I enjoyed watching Riley and Jessica’s relationship grow from the beginning. I did get a little bit frustrated with Jessica at times.

The hero: Is Riley Mann. He’s the oldest Mann brother. He’s the glue that holds his family together. He works hard to put a roof over his brothers’ heads and food on the table. I really admired that about him. He seemed to have a good head on his shoulders.

The heroine: Is Jessica Sweet. She is the daughter of a preacher. I would describe her as a bit wild maybe. She drinks, parties, and has sex. Lot’s of meaningless sex. At first I didn’t care for her. There was just something about her.

Together: These two made an interesting couple. I think with Riley not wanting to jump into a sexual relationship with Jessica made the story that much more interesting. Jessica was forced to really get to know Riley as a person and I think that made their bond so much stronger.

Smexy Times: There really weren’t many scenes in this one. The tension though between these two is strong. It was more of a priority for Jessica then it was for Riley. Which is not the norm. It made things interesting. The scenes are comparable to adult mainstream.

Overall: I enjoyed this one. While it was enjoyable I don’t think it was as good as the first book. Up next is Believe which is the third book in this series. It’s Robin’s story and I can’t wait to get started reading it.

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True (True Believers, #1) 
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Sweet (True Believers, #2) Goodreads | Amazon

Believe (True Believers, #3) 
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