Ryan’s Bed…Review

Review: This is going to be a serious post because of the serious nature of this book. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting into when I started this book even though I read the blurb. I felt so many things while reading this book. Once I finished it I found myself reading the last 2 pages over and over again, then sitting there for a few moments and truly processing what I just read. This book deals with some heavy stuff and as a person who has experienced death but not as close to me or in that manner that this young lady lost, I was at a loss for words. But because I couldn’t relate doesn’t mean I couldn’t empathize. Which I did a lot. It wasn’t super emotional like some books and although I didn’t cry, I kept thinking, “wow, this is simply horrible.” Please don’t take this as a reason not to read the book. I wholeheartedly enjoyed the read but not in the typical happy-go-lucky way I usually do. This is the type of book that makes you want to go hug your kids or somebody’s kid and say, “Hey, I love you and everything’s gonna be alright.” This book definitely made me rethink how I deal with people that are grieving. For me, I tend to process things and move forward. I understand that death is a part of life so I tend to not dwell and accept it as fact, however, that doesn’t give me or anyone the right to tell someone to “get over it already” and that is what I feel the overall message of this novel is. It shows grief in a way that I never looked at, and through the eyes of a minor. It made me, as an adult, stop and think about how I deal with my kids when they are going through something, whether it be grief for just something they are going through. You’ll have to bear with the teen angsty stuff to really get the message but overall this is a story of a family losing its way and finding it again with the help of a friend who understands. I really can’t put into words in the right words a proper review of Ryan’s Bed other than it’s worth the read. 4 stars from me guys.

ryan's bedBlurb: I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident.

I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should’ve left…
I didn’t. I didn’t jump out. I didn’t get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.

I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.

The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have.
He became my sanctuary.

Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.

Ryan’s Bed

 

Follow Me Back…Review

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Review: I can’t remember if I’ve ever read an A.L. Jackson novel before. I am sure I have but I read so much that sometimes I tend to forget books until I start reading them and then I’m all like “Ooooohhhh, now I remember” I can’t say I had that happen during this particular book, as I know I’d never read it, however, the author’s writing felt so familiar to me as I devoured this cute AF love story. So, Kale is a hot doctor…hot pediatric doctor *swoon* who doesn’t want a serious relationship so he can take care of the babies. Love him already don’t you. He is the stuff wet dreams are made of and Hope knows it too. Hope is our cupcake baking heroine who manages to steal Kale’s heart. Petite, cute and a mom, she is a ball of awesome sauce and a joy to read. The story is filled with a bunch of cuteness, via Hope’s son, Evan and Kale’s goddaughter Frankie Leigh. There’s also some good drama because what romance novel can survive without it. I  live for drama…well drama in books and on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, NOT in my life. I’ll take that drama-free thank you very much. Anyway, I was left feeling a little out of sorts once the dust cleared because I needed Hope and Kale to stick it to her no good baby daddy, the bastard. Overall, this was a very good read. I’m gonna give it 4 solid stars and I plan to read more by A.L. Jackson that I apparently have on my Kindle but somehow managed to not dig into.

 

followmebackBlurb: Dr. Kale Bryant is gorgeous, compelling, and married to his job. The only thing he has time for are one-night stands and short-lived flings.

Until the first time he sees Harley Hope Masterson sitting across the room. He wants her in a way he hasn’t wanted anyone.

Harley Hope doesn’t have time for another complication – one arrogantly beautiful doctor included.

When he begins to pursue her, her walls begin to crumble.

He’s irresistible.

One touch is fire.

One kiss, and they’re spinning out of control.

But taking this single-mom won’t come without consequences. Especially when he finds out he’s her son’s doctor.

Now Kale must decide if loving her is worth risking it all.

But sometimes even hope needs a hero . . .

Follow Me Back

Unloved…Review

Katy Regnery does “modern fairytales” and I’ve read just about all of them. This one is her rendition of Beauty and the Beast and a pretty good one at that. Don’t look for singing candelabras though.

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My name is Cassidy Porter…

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was convicted twenty years ago for the brutal murder of a dozen innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware – every day of my life – that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It’s a promise I would have kept…if Brynn Cadogan hadn’t stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain…

Unloved.

Review: I fell in love with Cassidy from the moment he is introduced in this story and I knew from that moment he was gonna melt my heart. This character, for me, is what makes this story. He is sweet, kind, helpful and so very naive that you have no choice but to love him. However, the female lead, Brynn, is just a tad off. Not off in the head, but off in a way that I really can’t put my finger on. She is introduced early on (dual POV) and my feelings start with empathy, then morph into sympathy (we all know what it’s like to want closure), then into REALLY??!!??! (eye roll). I kept reading, however, and I thought I had this story figured out. Um… No.

As I devour the pages in the second half of the book we get to the part where Belle…excuse me Brynn, has to go home. We know this from the original story so don’t start with the spoiler BS, kay. Ok, so I’m all prepared for some angsty turmoil and searching for her beast but…yeah, I didn’t see it coming. And boy was I a tad upset about it. Not upset that the story wasn’t predictable, I was upset that the story suddenly didn’t make sense. It felt like the ending belonged to a different story. Like the author had to wrap it up and just went with what was easy. I can’t tell you what it is without spoiling, but…yeah…the ending. Well, what leads us back to our beast right before the end is so whackadoodle that it took this from a 5 star to a 4 star read for me.

Check out Unloved, a love story via Amazon