Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

01maybe SURPRISE!!!!! Colleen Hoover has done it again. Well, that’s not really a surprise. The surprise is that she managed to keep this a secret for so long. This book is proof that Colleen can do no wrong.

Synopsis
When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

Now, I loved Warren, when I read Maybe Someday. He was the comedy relief that was needed, during that high emotional book. After reading this, I was in love with him. In my heart, I always knew there was more to him than just the goofiness we saw. And I was right. He was all heart, with a smidgen of sass.

Warren was comfortable with his life. He went to school, had a job, and was the manager of the Sounds of Cedar. His life was good. He was content. That is, until Bridgette walked in. That boy was in no way prepared for what she would do to him or how all these feeling about her would change him.

She’s so confusing. She’s so frustrating. She’s so damn unpredictable. She’s nothing I’ve ever wanted in a girl. And absolutely everything I need.

Bridgette is this angry mean girl, on the surface, but once you chisel at her defenses a little, you realize you were totally wrong. She’s just a girl who wants to find her place and be loved, just like everyone else. But she is determined to keep those walls up. She will let no one find a way in. Not even this crazy, smooth talking, roomie.

Every human has a weakness and I think I discovered what hers is. Me.

I went in with thinking that this was going to be non stop hilariousness. Boy was I wrong. I was pleasantly surprised at how much my heartstrings were being tugged on. Don’t get me wrong, the pranks were there. Heck, the very first page had me smiling. But this book was filled with so much more than that. The feels were flying non stop. And I may have even teared up once or twice.

Maybe Not is the perfect combination of comedy and romance, and whole lot of heart.

“The only difference between falling in love and being in love is that your heart already knows how you feel, but your mind is too stubborn to admit it.”

~Melpomene

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Get caught up and read Maybe Someday first. You’ll thank me for it.

Review: Twisted, by Emma Chase

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There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. Iโ€™ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself โ€“ and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his โ€“in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know thatโ€™s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone….

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

This story takes place two years after Tangled left off, and it’s from Kate’s point of view.

Life has been perfect for Drew and Kate. Well, that is, until it wasn’t. I must admit, My stomach dropped at one point in this book. I was saddened by Drew’s actions. He most definitely NOT perfect. But I was still shocked. Now, don’t get me wrong, he was still the same smart a$$, and some of his comments cracked me up, but he also needed a swift kind in the balls, for some of his actions.

Kate and Drew’s happily ever after was shattered, and they must figure out if it’s worth the trouble to repair it.

There was lots of funny scenes and sexy scenes, and of course the token, “Holy Crap!!” scene. To quote Grandma, “Don’t believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see.” Truer words never spoken.

This book will take you full circle and end at a very high point. No worries. HEA all the way!!!

~Melpomene

I received this ARC for an honest review.

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Review: Catch of the Day (Destiny Romance) by Carla Caruso

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…Until she met Alex, buff fisherman and talented photographer. They kissed, then thought better of it. They hooked up, then thought better of it. Each time the relationship changed, it went up a little higher and down a little further. It didn’t help that Alex was hiding secrets from his past, and Winnie lacked self-esteem.

Once Winnie formed some solid friendships and work relationships, she was ready to have a real relationship with Alex– but only if he would be honest and reliable. Once Alex dealt with his family secrets and put them out in the open, he was ready to welcome Winnie into his arms.

Cute story, maybe a little drawn out in some places. Reading Alex and Winnie’s texts was fun. Winnie’s desperate neediness was annoying, but it didn’t last long. I loved the beach setting, the Australian idioms, and the magazine life! Worth the $2 for fun, “destination” chick lit.

–Calliope

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New Releases for November 19, 2013

Yet another week I’m thankful for my birthday GCs. I’ll be snagging a few of these.

17831619Beautiful Beginning This is number 3.5 in the Beautiful Bastard series.

17894256The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers series) This is sitting on my Kindle just waiting to be read. I’m hoping during Thanksgiving week.

17908462Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel I LOVE me some Stephanie Plum!! I can’t wait to start this one!!

18086963Holiday Games (A Play-By-Play Novella) Can we just stand here and stare at this for a while?? Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Must grab the print version of this one!

18695377Holidays with the Walker Brothers (Alluring Indulgence) Christmas novella and hot cowboys, what more could a girl want?? In my opinion, nothing. Merry Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Reading!!!

~Melpomene

Review: The Wager, by Rachel Van Dyken

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Let me start out by saying that I never thought I’d laugh so much, or that I’d cry this much, while reading this book. My emotions were all over the place. I completely fell in love with this book.

Char has had a crush on Jake for practically all her life. But in Jr. high, she was tossed aside and was forced to give up on him. He was never gonna like her. So she goes on with her life until one night sends her in a tailspin that brings all these past feelings back up. And when they both are in Kacey’s wedding, it’s the best and worst thing that can possibly happen.

Jake lost Kacey to his brother and is now being forced to watch them get married. What he wasn’t expecting was Char to saunter back into his life. He’s had a crush on her since Jr. high but never did anything about it. And now she’s back and he’s determined to try for her, but since he’s such a manwhore, he doesn’t feel like he’ll ever be worthy of her love.

“Scratches. They always sting before they heal. So it stings to get rejected, but I think in the end it will be worth it.”

Watching Jake and Char go back and forth was hilarious! The banter and flirting was so very fun. Grandma’s antics had me rolling. I don’t remember The Bet being this funny. I’m sure if I was living this, it wouldn’t seem funny, but holy cow, was I cracking up.

“I’m only listening to her because she bought a shock collar the other day.”
Kacey gave him a confused look.
“She doesn’t have a dog Kace. She bought a collar. If I don’t listen, she may use it on me…”

Watching Grandma torture Travis was downright giggle inducing. I felt so bad for the poor guy. But he took it all in stride.

There were also plenty of times I cried ugly tears too. I mean wedding always get me, but this was crazy!

“To my second son…and his new wife… may your bed be filled with laughter, your nights filled with pleasure, your home filled with the smell of good food, and your hearts be filled with joy. This is the reason we are on this earth-to love.”

In the end, Grandma, the master manipulator, got what she wanted…happy grandsons.

“…your hands. God made them to hold mine…
Marriage is just the beginning of our story, and I hope to God that when he write The End, it’s us, on that last page, still holding hands.”

*swoon*

~Melpomene

Buy it now The Wager: The Bet series: Book 2

Review: Rock Chick, by Kristen Ashley

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Why did I read this?? In the back of my head I knew I was gonna like it, but I didn’t wanna get sucked into yet another series. But, silly me, I was sick of seeing it staring at me, when I scroll through my kindle, so I decided to give it a shot. Guess what happened???

That’s right, I LOVED it!!!

Indy Savage has loved Lee Nightingale since she was five. But he never looked at her like that. To him, she was a little sister. She has been avoiding him, for the past 10 years, out of embarrassment. But she seems to have gotten herself in a pickle and he decides to help her. She doesn’t want his help, but he seems to take no for an answer.

She finds herself in many Stephanie Plum moments, that had me cracking up. Stun gunned, dead bodies, stolen diamonds, and the occasional kidnapping. She lives her life like she hasn’t a care in the world.

Lee was the perfect Ranger/Morelli. He owns Nightingale Investigations and is trying to keep Indy in one piece long enough to show her how he feels about her.

It was super fun to read. The banter was hilarious.

“Your grandmother used to say that you two were two souls separated at birth. She mainly meant that you were both trouble and deserved each other.”

The romance was sweet.

“I intend to marry you and spend the rest of my life with you. If that freaks you out, tough, because now that we’ve started this, there’s no goin’ back.”

The romance was HOT.

“I could be on assignment, in a desert as hot as an oven, in a jungle as close as fuck, and sometimes I’d get through it dreamin’ of you saying my name like that.”

Since I’ve read her Mystery Man, Unfinished Hero and Chaos series, I just HAD to like this one as well. Now I have a glimpse into a few of the guys we’ve seen in the other series. Looks like I’ll be going on Amazon to grab the other seven books. ๐Ÿ™‚

~Melpomene

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Review: Geoducks Are for Lovers by Daisy Prescott

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So. This book made me laugh and made me cry… but not until 80% through. The characters were fleshed out and awesome… but they didn’t DO anything until 50% through. Daisy Prescott nailed the landscape in the Pacific Northwest setting… but repeated the same details in every chapter.

Maggie invites a group of friends to her island cottage home before they celebrate a big school reunion. Maggie is surprised when Gil – former best friend and crush – shows up. They spend their time together exploring whether they should start a relationship now, 20 years later.

Cute plot for a rom-com. But it took so very long to get to the plot that I just couldn’t enjoy the book. I was bored for the first half, waiting for something to happen. This was a 2-star book until the 3-star end.

-Calliope

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