When eighteen-year-old Irene Adler meets her new neighbor, the gorgeous, brilliant, and arrogant Sherlock Holmes, she never expects him to be the one to make her feel like life is worth living again. Ever since her sister’s death, she’s been addicted to risk-taking as a way to deal with her depression, and Sherlock quickly becomes the biggest risk she’s ever taken.Locked is the story of a broken girl and the genius who gives her life back to her. It’s the story of a witty asshole who’s never known love, and the girl who shows him what love means. It’s the story of an unexpected connection, two people who save each other, and the importance of seeing the goodness underneath.
Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayalAs Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.
You always remember your first time…Whether it’s the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren’t ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level–or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.
Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters’ lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.
Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.
NOTE: These stories are works of fiction. If you want to know about our first times, you’ll have to buy us a pet monkey first.
Check out some of the authors dish about their main characters!
Andrew Shaffer: The unnamed narrator is a booksmart English major who spends too much time studying and not enough time partying—at least according to his best friend Allen.
Julie Cross: Audrey appears quiet and timid on the outside, but inside she has gifted intuition when it comes to reading people and a fierce loyalty to those she loves.
Lisa Desrochers: Rene Vargas’ army unit was blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, and she’s scarred in more ways than one. She’s kickass is so many ways, but her whole life has changed, and now she’s left to discover who she is…with some help from Rick Hamilton (Lexie’s dirtbag ex from A LITTLE TOO FAR).
Mark Perini: Luke comes off a bit nerdy, but he’s got an inner Juno cool that he’s just now figuring out about himself. He wants that movie romance but doesn’t think it’s in the cards for him. Well not yet anyway.
Melissa West: Summer is strong and opinionated, and Blake is a classic guy’s guy with a huge heart.
Myra McEntire: Ben is not your typical jock, but he is an amazing athlete. Liza is a go getter with a crunchy shell and a smooth center.
One kiss could be the last.Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
Thank you to Lisa of Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.
Oh holy gobsmackin’ awesomeness. How to start this review? How to justify all of my raging feelings and hormones with words? Can I just say that WHITE HOT KISS is as amazing as Roth? Would that one-liner review be enough? No? You don’t even know who the heck Roth is and why he’s making my panties do double knots by itself? Roth is a demon and I would like to sign up to have his babies right now. I’d be willing to be a hellspawn factory if he gets to do it. Really now. Because my thoughts are in the gutter and there’s no freaking way I will be able to write a coherent review without typing Roth and exclamation marks too many times, this is going to be a list review. Yay!
1. World building. I have previously read the prequel novella BITTER SWEET LOVE (Linked is my review and it is free so grab it!) and loved it. While you don’t need to have read it to drown in the terrific that is WHITE HOT KISS, it served as an appetizer and a sneak peek into the world of The Dark Elements series. I’ve wanted to learn so much more about the world and WHK certainly delivered that. While it is still set in a world and time similar to ours, demons run amok in here and Wardens, or commonly called gargoyles, are the ones eradicating them. Before, Wardens did this in secret but when portals to the “topside” (or earth as we know it) have let demons come and go as they please a decade ago, the Alphas (or the Big Guys Who Call The Shots) let the Wardens come out. Naturally, there were humans who totally abhorred the Wardens. ANYWAY, see, just sharing those bits ended up in a lengthy paragraph and I haven’t even grazed the surface. JLA just kept on unraveling layers and layers of the world she has crafted and it was just glorious.
2. Good vs evil. I loooooove stories exploring the extremes. Especially romances using it as a theme. Past and present. Famous and an average person. Good and evil. So naturally, I relished every scene and dialogue talking about good and evil. Roth is a demon and he’s supposed to be completely evil but he is so obviously not. He cares for Layla and HE IS NOT ALL BAD. Layla has been raised to believe that all demons are bad but Roth made her see that good and bad isn’t as clear as black and white. There are all sorts of gray areas and every single one of us has both good and bad in them. I freakin’ dig this aspect of the novel. I love villains in general and they are usually just misunderstood hot people (I think it’s a requirement that villains are hot). As expected, the demon not being THAT bad gets ice-cream-with-sprinkles points. Tons of it.
3. Free will, labels and identity. Let’s get all of the deep stuff out so I can proceed to spazzing, okay? WHK also tackled free will. Is free will real or are we kidding ourselves believing we have a choice in the matter? Are our fates determined even before we’ve been born? You’ll be thinking of these questions while reading WHK. That is, if you still have enough brain cells to do so because I’m sure Roth sizzled them all. If you’re a demon, are you supposed and expected to be bad? I know that this is a paranormal novel but it can be applied to real life too. Do labels make your identity?
4. Characters. I mean, you get a half-Warden-half-demon protagonist. Who can suck your soul in very close or intimate contact. Hence being unable to kiss anyone. Anyone with a soul that is. (DEMONS DON’T HAVE SOULS!) Two best friends who are entertaining. A demon who you can’t resist and who surprises you. Then your ~first love~ aka your adopted hot brother. Clans of Wardens. All sorts of demons. The dynamics of all the characters are just so well-attuned that it’s an ensemble. Even Morris the human chauffeur got a bit close to me in his very limited scenes. Jennifer L. Armentrout was able to showcase each character and made them shine when the spotlight was theirs. I never once felt like there were impertinent scenes, dialogues and subplots. Because all were necessary to make WHK as amazing as it is.
5. THE romance. Oh for the love of all holy and unholy things. You’ve read my introduction, right? Needless to say, the romance was SWEET. SEXY. HOT. But still clean enough for a YA novel. But it’s definitely an upper YA in my opinion. We have off-the-charts sizzling, crackling chemistry between Layla and Roth. Zayne should just turn into his stone of a gargoyle shell (He’s so boring anyway!) and let Layla and Roth be. Just trust me on this. You will end up a pile of squealing, squirming, hyperventilating, fanning-yourself mush of goo with super red cheeks from all the blushing.
6. ROTH. Who names a snake tattoo that is actually a familiar that can get out of your skin and be real Bambi? Only Roth. Who names his badass tattoos after cute Disney animal characters? Only Roth. Who is so much hotter than Hell itself? Only Roth. Roth, Roth, Roth. Seriously, Roth is just *sigh*. I am now daydreaming.
7. Roth’s hotness.
8. Roth’s sweetness.
9. Roth’s kiss.
10. Roth’s touch.
11. Roth’s playfulness.
12. Roth’s smugness.
13. Roth’s smirk.
14. Roth’s honesty.
15. The extra bonus scene at the end from Roth’s perspective. OH FREAKIN’ HELL FREEZING OVER MY HEART (this doesn’t make any sense but whatever I am incoherent)
16. You probably get it now. ROTH FOREVER UNTIL INFINITY. Roth is THE reason. Roth ad infinitum.
All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can’t decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.
Once we’re at the candy stand, Terrence places his order while I scope out the scenery. I keep a low profile until I see Micah. He leans against the edge of the carousel booth and motions someone over to him. It’s a guy. He’s shorter than me, about Micah’s height. Brunette. Thin but somewhat athletic. Then Micah hugs him.
“Uh oh,” Terrence says, following my gaze. “You better go squash that now or someone else will be playing your Xbox games.”
“Shut up,” I mumble. But he’s right. Micah is all too friendly with this guy.
It physically stings. What the fuck is wrong with me? There’s no way I’m jealous. I mean, yeah, if this dude showed up at his house and crashed an Xbox session, I’d be pissed. But Micah is free to talk to whomever he damn well pleases.
Except this guy.
I tell Terrence that I’ll be back and make a beeline for the carousel. I slow down once I’m a bit closer, shake my hair like an emo kid to look a little more natural, and stand tall – because you know, male dominance and all that. Whatever that other guy says is in one ear and out the other the moment Micah sees me.
“What are you doing here?” he asks. He smiles, though, so obviously this isn’t an awkward moment…unless he’s expecting an orgy.
“Terrence had to bring something to his cousin, so I just tagged along,” I say as nonchalantly as I can. “Busy night?”
Micah shakes his head. “Nah, dead actually,” he says. “Oh, this is Tyler, Emilia’s boyfriend. You remember my cousin Emilia, right? Pax’s sister?”
I swear, something inside of me literally crumbles like a broken statue. I don’t know if it’s my lungs or my heart or maybe my entire ribcage. I should have the words ‘fucking idiot’ permanently inked into my forehead, branded like a goddamn cow.
Tyler reaches out to shake my hand, mumbles something about Emilia wasting too much time looking at nail polish, and how he better get back and find her. I finally catch a bubble of oxygen about the time he walks away.
“So, Fourth of July? You coming?” Micah asks, completely oblivious to my male dominance and green glow of envy.
Terrence’s shadow closes in on us just as the question leaves Micah’s mouth.
“What’s happening on the Fourth?” he asks, looking at me instead of Micah. Terrence is damn good at playing dumb as shit.
“We’re having a cookout on the res, pretty huge,” Micah says. “And then we go down to our side of the river for the fireworks show. It’s epic. You should come too.”
“Hell yeah,” Terrence says, nodding along like this is such a freaking brilliant idea. “McCoy here can give me directions. I’ll definitely swing by.”
And then, as quickly as he popped over here to seal the deal for my weekend, Terrence makes some lame excuse about going to look for some Adidas shorts and that he’ll wait for me at the sports store but “no rush.”
When I finally break away from Micah fifteen minutes later, I take the walk of shame down the mall to find Terrence. I dread having to look him in the eye when I know, without a doubt, that he was right.
I want Micah to want me.
According to Hayley love is a subject of ridicule, a myth created by hopeless romantics.When Hayley makes a resolution to declare her loose lifestyle era R.I.P, it’s all good in theory…That is until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected, mid-thirties business man who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships as well as his strict preserve of his private life.Opinionated, sharp tongued Hayley accidently steps into his office leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed.Both Hayley and Daniel can’t avoid the immediate instigation of the attraction between them.In a unanimously agreed upon verdict by Hayley and her two best friends, Ian the gay self-absorbed, aspiring model and Natasha the witty, borderline neurotic soul mate, Daniel Stark is to be Hayley’s pure physical attraction, emotions aside era closure.Will it indeed be a closure, or a beginning to something neither Hayley nor Daniel ever bargained for…
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Thank you to Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours and Sigal Ehrlich for the signed review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.
I feel really bad that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I would like since I even received a signed paperback as a review copy all the way from I think Germany? Especially with how I think that the only reason I didn’t connect with this novel – and I only learned it while reading LAYERS and reading other reviews – was because I am apparently not fond of billionaire novels. Maybe it’s just me who didn’t quite like LAYERS because the reviews I’ve read were all glowing and called it a great billionaire novel. Then I realized that the problem’s with me and not the book.
First, this is my first billionaire novel. And said billionaire in the story, Daniel Stark, irritated me. I don’t mind assholes if they’re assholes to everyone. Hey, that’s your attitude, can’t do anything about it. But if you’re a boss, the CEO to a big company, and you’re an ass, oh good lawd, stop me from strangling someone. Daniel Stark was the epitome of the rich-guy-who-is-so-good-he-cannot-fathom-us-normal-earthlings who was such a mean boss. Then he goes all sweet on Hayley and HEY, how can you be so two-faced? Well, I guess, when you’re trying to get inside someone’s pants and/or you love said girl, you can be sweet to her and be a jerk to everyone. Fine, he’s also good to his mother but ANYWAY, I just can’t stand mean bosses.
Aside from Daniel, Hayley’s characterization didn’t sit well with me as well. She was supposed to have been a no-strings-attached kind of girl before but I couldn’t pick that up from her actions and thinking. The story begged her to be that girl but her actions spoke otherwise. I just couldn’t reconcile her characterization with her actual character.
Daniel was domineering and I had flashbacks to Fifty Shades of Grey. While this book is not erotica, it still had steam and some sensual and sexual scenes but there was nothing graphic. Then there’s that bit about predictability. I know, I should not expect when reading a book but every action these characters took was the same from all the books I’ve read before. This is my first billionaire novel, yes, but I guess formulas are universal because that’s what I got.
Dump be the bit where it’s also a series and I just couldn’t stand behind reading a series where I have a vague idea what’s going to happen. Do take my thoughts with a grain of salt because like I said, fans of billionaire novels did enjoy this book. So if you dig dickwad billionaire bosses, you might enjoy this book. If not, maybe you can try for yourself. As for me, I’m out!
So thank you Sigal for the wonderful message on the copy you sent me and I’m really sorry for not liking your book. I do admit though that your writing was good and that it’s completely me and not you in this case. What I did like about the book was it constantly incorporated songs into the narrative – what was playing at this moment and so on. With that, it actually inspired me to make a playlist for the book! Go check it out here!
In less than seven years, eighteen-year-old Ryla Jensen will succeed her father as the president of Neress, a nation where all citizens are cared for from the moment they’re born. Fed, sheltered, even educated—every need of theirs is met.The only price they pay is their free will.Groomed since childhood to take on a role she’s not even sure she wants, Ryla’s only escape from the pressures of duty is her sister, Alanna. But when her eyes are opened to the oppressive regime her father built, she begins to question everything she’s set to inherit—and finds herself at odds with her sister’s blind allegiance to their father.Torn between loyalty to her family and the fight for freedom, Ryla must decide just how far she’s willing to go to make a stand and risk losing the person she loves most in the world: Alanna.
The Polaris Uprising started out a bit slow and while its writing was good, it didn’t captivate me immediately. Maybe it’s because the author spent time with character introduction and world building and it’s written in the third person point-of-view. It’s not exactly my favorite perspective. But the set-up and characters were interesting enough so I continued reading.
Neress is a country ravaged by war and brought back into order by Ryla Jensen’s father, the President. In exchange for providing for the citizens, their free will was taken away from them. Every choice has been made for them and while some are thanking the President for everything that he has done the past three decades in making their country rise up from the ashes, there are still a lot of people not happy with it, primarily the Polaris Movement. Ryla’s as naive and sheltered as can be, which kind of reminded me of Natalie in Elizabeth Richard’s Black City. She has always seen everything from the inside and has been oblivious to how people suffer on the outside and how her father hasn’t been the glorified hero and leader she thinks he is. It took a boy (of course it’s a boy HEE) and her father including her in government meetings (she is geared up to succeed him) to open her eyes to the cruelties of her father’s regime. Sounds like your run-of-the-mill dystopia, right? Yes, I do admit that but here are the reasons why The Polaris Uprising should be read and not glossed over as “just another dystopian novel”. (And I couldn’t resist making a list review!)
1. Family-centric. Sure, there is romance as after all, Tyson was the one who opened Ryla’s eyes to the world around her. But see, it was never the focus. The focus was Ryla and her older sister Alanna. Alanna’s turning twenty-five and getting married to Owen, who she loves and who loves her. Not everyone is as lucky as Alanna to be in love with their genetic match. Alanna and Owen’s love story was also explored but still, romance wasn’t the main foothold of the book. It was always Ryla and Alanna’s sisterhood and how vast their differences is. Their personality, their beliefs, everything. They love each other so much but here comes THE question: Which has more weight? Love or principles? Love or your beliefs?
That was what made me in awe of The Polaris Uprising. It’s not just about going against the government. It is going against the one person you love the most, the one person you can’t live without. And it’s not a lover but it’s family. A sister. Good lord, Jennifer, you certainly know how to twist me.
2. Romance. I know, I just said it wasn’t romance-centric. It has a lot of scenes dedicated to Ryla and Tyson and Alanna and Owen but these just served as another plot arcs. Even still, they were grin-inducing and heart-flutter-inducing. I didn’t know when it happened but I just got so invested in each of the couple, it took me by surprise. Sure, Ryla and Tyson’s development were a bit fast but hey, you can always be attracted and you can always care for a person. Alanna and Owen’s were a bit a-long-time-making so when the fruits of that seesawing were reaped, it was cute and sweet.
3. The ideologies. I touched upon this a bit with Reason #1 but I’ll talk a bit more about it here. It always boils down to this: equality or freedom? If you yearn for equality, you can never be free. And if you want to be free, there can never be equality. A perfect society only exists in theory, if the ones that make it are not humans. Alas, we are humans and the human nature is a savage beast tamed by social conventions and culture. Oh yes, I know my social science courses will pay off someday. (Disclaimer: I do believe in the innate good of people but I also believe in the innate evil, or more like selfishness or survival instincts, in us.) Ryla’s father chose equality for his nation – no one will starve and everyone will be provided for – but in return, they couldn’t choose who they’ll marry or what their careers will be. There’s bound to be dissent in every government, however close it might be to the perfect society, because humans always wish for what they don’t have. ANYWAY, my point is, this book isn’t just for young adults. It can be for all ages because it will certainly make you think. I read books for entertainment but when it can give me an intellectual discussion I’d likely tackle with only myself, it just makes me even happier.
4. THE ENDING. Or better yet, the better half of the novel with all the deaths (Gasp! Don’t be angry at me, that is not a spoiler. It is a dystopian novel after all.) and the action and the EVERYTHING. I’ve never read anything like The Polaris Uprising with regards to the set-up in the revolution in dystopians and I just applaud Jennifer Ibarra for it.
So Jennifer Ibarra, JOB WELL DONE! I am eagerly awaiting the sequel because this story demands to be told. I do hope you’d still stir the social scientist in me with all the thoughts on government and society.
Just look up in the sky and find the brightest star and that’s where I’ll be looking too
Before Gray Weathersby uncovered the truth about Claysoot and the Laicos Project, a girl named Bree came of age in the coastal settlement of Saltwater—and made her own surprising journey to the world beyond its borders. In Stolen, discover the story of Bree’s life before she was Snatched from her home, before she joined the rebellion, and before she met a boy named Gray…
Stolen showed how large and teeming with possibilities is the world Erin Bowman crafted for this series. Saltwater is loads different from Claysoot – geographically and culturally. It was even more amazing to read now that we know that it’s all an experiment and that being snatched or heisted is not a supernatural event.
Aside from how Stolen enlarged the whole picture, it also put Bree into center focus. Bree has been headstrong ever since and I love her even more after reading this novella. And if you’re following me on Twitter, you might have read a series of tweets where I quoted Stolen. Yes, in such a short novella, I still found quotable passages. Lastly and the most important of all, Stolen totally gave me so much feelings. This novella explored Bree’s “love life” in Saltwater. It was heartbreaking and I just felt so much empathy for Bree. I wanted to hug her every single time. Gah, Erin Bowman, you are wonderful but you do know how to strike where it hurts.
Fire meets ice. Love meets hate.Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to the Buttcrack-of-Nowhere Ohio to help her mom escape a bad relationship.All the girls in her new school want one thing – Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.The game board: East Summit High.The reward: Something neither of them expected.**This book contains language, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.
Even weeks after reading Lovely Vicious, I am still in a book hangover because of it. It certainly didn’t help that I’ve read the sequel, Savage Delight, just a week ago, as it fueled my obsession and love even more. Naturally, I ended up making a playlist for Lovely Vicious as it’s all my mind can think about. Once again, key lyrics included. Hope you like it!
Jack and Isis get into a war, pissing each other off and one-upping one another. This song would be Jack’s anthem during the war. He doesn’t even understand why they’re at war but he still fights.
If Jack has a war song, Isis has one as well and this is it. She’s smug as she thinks (and she really is) winning. Here she is even telling Jack to try harder and be more creative in their war.
World-weary Jack is so tired of people. The only one he cares about and wants is Sophia…
…Until he meets Isis. She seems like a completely happy girl but Jack sees through her walls and finds a lonely and damaged girl.
No spoilers but this would be Jack’s song during the scene at the seashore room. And with how smart Jack is, I think he can probably think and write these poetic words as well. Really, Coyote Theory’s lyrics are always beautiful and if they ever try to write a story, I think it would have a superb writing.
Next next week, I’ll be posting my playlist for Savage Delight so be pumped for that! Yes, it’s an order. Hee. For those who have read Lovely Vicious, what do you think of my song choices? Feel free to sound off on the comments section!
Sara Wolf is a romance author who, in-between wrangling a husband and a parakeet, inhales a lot of chai tea and gardens (badly!!).
My name is Alex Mills and I have a superpower.Don’t be jealous, it sucks. I can’t control it. My mind is a mutinous SOB that takes over when I go to sleep. I’m just a girl trying to get some shut eye while it decides to throw a rager that can land me just about anywhere in the world.The base of the Eiffel Tower.The shore on the coast of Ireland.The third baseline at Wrigley Field.Sounds exciting and fun right? Wrong. My not so superpower is unpredictable, uncontrollable and annoying as hell. It’s also how I met Nick.Every cloud has a silver lining. Nick is mine.Nick is extraordinary as well. He can’t feel fear. Never has, never will. It’s worked out for him as a PJ in the Air Force, one of the most dangerous jobs in the military, but where it’s not helpful is with his social skills. Nick is cold, distant and apathetic.He’s also my hero. And if he’s to be believed, I’m his.I first met him when he died and that wasn’t even the weirdest moment of our relationship. Neither is this moment here and now, trapped together in an island prison on the Behring Sea. It’s a long, strange story between his death and this prison. One full of sheep, docks, Jabberwocks and a very special stone. I could tell it to you if you’d like to hear it. I’ve got time…
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Thank you to Chyna of Lite-Rate-Ture Book Tours and to Tracey Ward for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.
From the get-go, the unique premise and characters and the engaging writing grabbed me. I immediately felt that I was reading something great, probably a four-star read. We have our heroine Alex who ends up in places when she sleeps. Random forests or in Russia or anywhere. Then we have Nick, training to be a PJ in the Air Force Pararescue (“a personal recover specialist with emergency medical capabilities” as the Internet says), who feels no fear. Nada. His part of the brain which processes fear and basically, emotions, isn’t working properly. Thus, he’s cold and aloof, perfect for the career he wants. One training day, the Golden Boy drowns and suddenly and magically teleports to a riverbank where Alex was. She saves his life and goes back to his training camp miles and miles away, alive. Color me interested. Heck, color me gimme-more!
They then subsequently meet in their dreams again and again. At first, Nick is hesitant of Alex and believes she’s not real. I mean, he dreams of her so how can she be real? But slowly, Nick’s walls are chipped away and he opens up to Alex. He still doesn’t believe she’s real but they build a relationship, not exactly romantic at first, in their dreams. While I usually scoff at people loving the person in their dreams, I somehow get it in this situation. Alex is the only person of interest in Nick’s mind so it’s natural that he gravitates to her. As for Alex, at first, she only wants to learn how Nick controls his dreams so she can control hers as well. Along the way, they got to spend so much time together that they got to know each other.
I had so many questions about the world, the dreams, the set-up and how everything works. As I went deeper and deeper into the story and the mystery, I became even more engrossed. Can’t blame the girl who loves secrets and mysteries even if they’re sometimes frustrating. Anyway, the novel was doing good in my opinion until it reached halfway. When everything didn’t make sense.
The characters I like and might even love started acting WAY out of their personalities. It’s like, we need to move the story in this direction and so, the author wrote it that way, without stopping to think if the characters’ actions were organic to themselves. I felt like I was reading a whole new set of characters because they completely changed. That was what disappointed and in the end, made me give this book two stars. “It was good until…” would be its motto.
Then but when Alex and Nick had sex in their dreams, I thought it was too much. I think phone sex would have been better than to read them doing it in their dreams.
Sadly, as I love mysteries and I certainly didn’t get any answers in this book (because it’s a series GAH) and I even have more questions than I started with, I am still interested in the sequel because I want to know what happens. I want my questions answered! The bit near the end came out of nowhere but it seems like it will be good because the plot in this first book is just a part of the bigger picture. Now, I am frustrated as heck because I want to know what happens but I don’t want to read the next book anymore. I guess I’ll just have to face that problem when it arises.
I was born in Eugene, Oregon and studied English Literature at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) It was there that I discovered why Latin is a dead language and that being an English teacher was not actually what I wanted to do with my life.
My husband, my son and my 80lbs pitbull who thinks he’s a lapdog are my world.