Sometimes sugar isn’t so sweet and secrets can be deadly…especially with matters of the heart.Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty, practically shirtless and swinging from chains as he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.
Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who’s filling in for Olivia’s cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can’t help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?
Olivia pounded on his chest, but it was a futile effort. He just grabbed her wrists and went on kissing her. She felt her knees weaken as the kiss intensified, so much that she found herself clinging to him just to stay upright.
“What do you want from me, Olivia?” he asked, voice deep with wanting, when they surfaced for air. He stared at her so earnestly, his eyes pleading for her to utter the words he wanted to hear. It was a desperate look, one that said he’ll finally walk away if that was what she wanted.
Olivia didn’t know what to do. She was attracted to Nate, she knew that at least. But what did she want? Her hands slid from his shoulders to his nape. She searched his face for answers. Her brain told her to walk away, but all she could hear was her heart thumping his name in an odd rhythm. Nate. Nate. Nate.
This time, it was she who was reaching up to kiss him. Tentatively, as if she was hoping to find the answer between his lips. Her fingers made small movements on his nape, the tips flicking through the stubby hair by the top of his spine.
“Liv, we can’t go on like this,” he protested, desperately not wanting to get caught up in uncertainty. “I’m through with this pointless game. What do you want from me?”
Olivia stared at Nate, asking herself the same question. With Nate’s arms wrapped around her, everything was so real. But reality was fickle, and this same Nate could pack his bags and fly off the next day, a wave going where the current takes him. Still, Olivia knew what she wanted.
“You,” Olivia replied. She was done fighting her feelings. Perhaps she would regret it all later. But for now, Nate was hers. Possibly just for the moment, but hers nevertheless. “I want you.” She went crashing into him, the full weight of her emotions finally making itself known.
It’s a tough question since I don’t really choose books based on category / genre. I read a little bit of everything so my selections don’t necessarily belong to the “mature” genre.
• Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series
Your classic Regency series, the sex scenes are restrained befitting the genre, but it’s always full of heart, humor, and endearing characters. I’ve read almost all of Julia Quinn’s books but the Bridgerton series is my hands down favorite.
• Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door
While this is YA, I decided to include this because I love how Ms. Fitzpatrick writes her love scenes. It’s never a graphic illustration of what happens between the sheets, but a delicate emotional unfolding that takes you into the character’s mind and heart.
• Everything Yoshihara Yuki
I am a voracious reader of Japanese manga, and my favorite mangaka when it comes to sexy reads is Yoshihara Yuki. Her handling of relationship dynamics are a memorable mix of sexy and funny, delivering laugh out loud scenes and sweet yet steamy moments.
• Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate
Sensual and magical, Like Water for Chocolate is a sensory treat that tugs on your heartstrings and leaves an indelible mark. The narrator’s retelling of her great Aunt Tita’s sad tale is wistful, romantic, and leaves one yearning for food and love.
• Bianca Mori’s One Night at the Palace Hotel
I don’t get to read many Filipino mature titles written in English, so the short stories that were part of #buqosteamyreads were very welcome. One standout among the ones I’ve read is One Night at the Palace Hotel because it delivers in both story and sizzle. And despite it being about the rich and the really rich, I found it pretty compelling, the same way you’d be engrossed to high society gossip.
About Chrissie Peria
When not obsessing over fictional people doing fictional things, Chrissie obsesses about food: the eating, the cooking, and the procuring of it.
An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking, and babysitting a tiny human and a curly-haired dog. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer. Her first book, All’s Fair in Blog and War, is a finalist in the 2014 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards.
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One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton – the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.From International Bestselling HarperCollins Author, Becky Wicks, comes a new adult romance that will leave you starstruck.***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***
In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to stay hidden?Wick had thought her troubles were over.But she should’ve known better.Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed! The paperback of Find Me is on sale simultaneously, and a digital original novella from Romily, featuring Griff, is on sale just a few weeks before!
Thank you to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for the review copy! Receiving a copy did not affect my views in any way. There will be spoilers from the first book so read at your own risk!
I really liked FIND ME (click for my review) but this series got elevated to I-love-it status after I’ve read Griff’s prequel novella, LIE FOR ME (click for review). I’ve had an eARC of REMEMBER ME in my Kindle for months but only after squealing like a sugar-high kid because of Lie for Me did I turn into NEED-TO-READ-REMEMBER-ME-NOW. In fact, I dropped everything I was doing and just read. Screw reading schedules, I needed my dose of awesome hacker Wick, her intense chemistry with Griff, Griff, and the expected mystery thriller YA novel Romily Bernard will surely deliver. And goodness, delivered on your doorstep with a freebie on the side (*ahem Milo ahem*). I’ve actually read Remember Me twice already. Yeap. That good. So, what exactly makes Remember Me awesome?
The mystery, specifically, the murder. So in Find Me, Wick’s friend Tessa committed suicide because of someone and that person was targeting Wick’s younger sister Lily next. It was up to Wick to find who pushed Tessa to take her own life and who’s threatening her sister. With her hacking skills and with Griff’s help, she solved it but without repercussions. A bad arm, fear of darkness and some more issues are the scars left by Wick’s previous dash with danger. It isn’t at all different in here because Judge Bay’s assistant was murdered, with the words “Remember Me”. It is now again up to Wick to solve the murder, thanks to Carson, the cop who is now using her to solve his cases, with Wick’s illegal extracurricular hacking activities as his leverage.
The extra mysteries. Not only do we have a murder on hand, someone is also sending Wick evidence about her mother’s death. Not only that, we also get another dead body and another dead body too. Romily Bernard has made this all the more darker than the first book! *giddy eye glint* I believe that the more deaths (in mysteries), the merrier!
Illegal activities abound! More hacking, more breaking and entering, more illegal things. It might not be realistic but who cares! I read books because I can live a thousand lives through them! All that breaking and entering by Wick. The explosives. The tracking. Everything.
Wick’s personal issues. Picking up from the events of the first book, Wick and Lily are now living with Bren and after everything that went down, Bren becomes overprotective. And very hardworking too because the town is looking down upon Bren. Aside from Wick’s difficulty in connecting with Bren, especially now with her receiving all these DVD tapes about her mother, we also get more of a feel of what Wick thinks. How she wants to be good but ultimately ends up being bad. How she doesn’t want to be fragile around Griff but he makes her feel special, wanted and breakable. How she will and actually did sacrifice her own freedom just so she can protect the ones she love. We read a lot of Wick’s internal struggles and thoughts and I just love that Romily Bernard further explored Wick’s character and personality.
The romance and Griff, oh Griff. I mean, COME ON. Griff is at the top of my favorite YA heroes. A hacker, rides a motorcycle, an artist, caring, altruistic, has a self-deprecating humor, filial, sensitive, supportive, sexy, really, this list can go on and on. Like the previous book, Wick and Griff’s chemistry was sizzling and SERIOUSLY, how did you do it, Romily? This book is for YA readers but I felt hot while reading it. Just proof of how great Romily is at writing scenes oozing with romantic chemistry and leads that you just want to grow up and translocate to a new adult novel. Haha!
We also get a third wheel in the whole romance. Yes, there’s a love triangle but while some of you might feel off about this, I was like, GAME! Wick became a bit of a noble idiot in here but for once, I didn’t care. I thought Milo’s entrance into Wick’s life, who’s a computer builder who believes that Wick should do what she’s great at which is hacking, was organic. He wasn’t introduced just because we need a love triangle to shake things but he was the opposite of Griff’s kind character. While Griff would be a person who’ll tell authorities about a bully, Milo and Wick are the type who’ll get revenge. I love the contrast that Romily showed and so, I was down with Wick loving Griff but liking Milo too because he understands her. And don’t we all crave understanding? Plus, Milo’s hot too. Hehe. I will be Team Griffick forever but that’s because I want Milo for myself. Kidding! Haha! But really, I still ship Griff and Wick.
I hate to say this but Remember Me was gearing up to be a five-star read for me right from the start but the drop in the rating was caused by the big ole reveal and the resolution. It felt rushed to me and while I didn’t guess right away whodunit (like I did with Find Me) because my brain was pretty much a mush, the conclusion wasn’t satisfying to me. Not only did it felt rushed but for me, it came out of nowhere? Or maybe I wasn’t just paying attention because like I said, mushed brain.
However, damn that ending! Romily Bernard definitely knows how to write endings because BAM I need the third book!
I highly recommend the Find Me series to any mystery-loving YA reader because this series rock, you guys. Hacking! Illegal fun times! Cracking cases! Romance! Sarcastic badass heroine and a very sweet hero! Just, READ THIS SERIES.
Life’s. Little. Surprises.The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan “Ace” Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she’s his saving grace, too.Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn’t turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won’t back down easily. He’s ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?Two lives.One story.And an unexpected journey to falling in love.
Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have).We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming.Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same. So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening.
*This review is super late. The draft has been sitting since March and I read it last March so forgive me if I can’t remember details! This review will be short too because like I said, I can’t remember everything and I don’t take notes.*
Fun fun FUN!!! I had a blast reading this. The style takes a bit of getting used to as it seems like there’s an omnipresent narrator when in fact, all of them are narrating it. Sounds confusing? You see, after getting flu shots, most of this class (oh lord, I can’t remember their class name!), suddenly got telepathic powers. They now know what everyone is thinking and now, all of their secrets are out in the open with them. Mackenzie cheated on Cooper (poor, poor Cooper!!!), Tess is in love with Teddy and he doesn’t, and who’s hooking up with who. So now, they’re all telling us all the stories because really, what someone thinks about is common knowledge to all of them. Once you get the hang of the narration, all you’ll have is FUN.
Going into detail, I just love how Sarah captured teenspeak and teens perfectly. Sure, their concerns might appear shallow but it’s nice to look into these teens because everyone’s been in their shoes. And while some people might think this is a shallow read, for me, it didn’t appear shallow. I think it subtly tackles privacy and the knowing how other people think can be a metaphor/analogy for today’s social media, where we know what everyone thinks or everyone wants you to think about.
As for the characters, I loved them all. We get all the stereotypes in high school: the shy girl, the couple, the mind-in-the-gutter guy, the nerds, the short guy, the scary girl, everyone! It’s like a heightened version of high school because this class knows everything and they also know what each other are thinking. How do they keep secrets? As expected, everyone is irritated with someone and it was so campy and addicting to read about these teenagers get at it or be passive-aggressive about it. I especially enjoyed being able to win over a guy because you know what he wants. That’s a smart way of using your power! But ultimately, not fulfilling because kids, you should be who you are. No pretending. 🙂
Before I end up writing yet another long review, just know that I really enjoyed reading this and that’s all it matters at times. So looking forward to the sequel!
This Game Is Getting All Too RealHe said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.
What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss–the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died–is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made–good and bad–that led to her last kiss.Bethany Neal’s suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars