REVIEW: The Problem With Forever – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: The Problem With Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: ★★★★½

It’s no big secret that I love Jennifer Armentrout and (with only a couple exceptions) everything she writes. At this point in my life, I think I’ve grown past reading high school contemporary romances. It’s hard to find one that I really enjoy but I knew I’d make an exception for JLA. And boy, I was not let down. This book was excellent. It was raw, emotional, heart-wrenching, and real– a hauntingly beautiful story

“I promised I’d keep you safe forever. Just don’t make a sound.”

Her writing was flawless and addicting as usual. I was gripped from the prologue. I knew from the beginning my heart was going to get painfully squeezed but it was going to be totally worth it. Not to mention, childhood best friends to something more is my bread and butter. Sign me up every time. Mallory was a wonderful main character. I enjoyed watching her character develop throughout the story. Her growth was very well written and felt real. Her quiet strength and courage by the end of the book was something to admire. Rider was fantastic as well. He was sweet, protective, flawed, and totally adorable. Every time he blushed or his cheeks turned pink I turned into a puddle of mush. Seriously. I don’t know how she does it, but JLA writes the most swoon-worthy guys. She holds the most spots on my top ten Book Boyfriends which is pretty impressive.

Mallory and Rider’s background was not easy to read: it was heartbreaking. The effects of their childhood has stayed with them and affected the way they now live their lives, but in very different ways. I loved reading about their struggles to overcome the trauma and to heal, both themselves and each other. The ending was perfect and sweet and beautiful.

“I want to be the guy worthy of your love, and I swear, if you’ll have me, I’ll do everything in my power to be that man. I’ll never stop trying. Ever.”

I literally did not want this book to end. I kept finding out things to do rather than finish it because I didn’t want it to be over. The Problem With Forever is an emotionally gripping read that I highly recommend!

REVIEW: Risuko – David Kudler (ARC)

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Title: 
Risuko
Author: David Kudler
Rating: ★★★

ARC received through NetGalley.

The first thing that drew me to Risuko was that beautiful cover. I literally could not resist founding out more about this book once I saw it. The plot seemed pretty interesting enough so I decided to give this a try. The book is actually geared more towards Middle Grade readers than Young Adults, but besides that, I found it all together enjoyable. I don’t know much about Japanese culture or history so it was very interesting for me to read and learn.

The first part of the book was a bit slow, but picked up and was considerably better in the latter half. A lot of the book is focused on Risuko doing menial tasks, and while it was honestly a little boring at times, I think it served a purpose. The author is clearly building towards other books, and I believe the small, inconsequential chores we were reading about will later become important to her training and her character development. One thing I really liked was the struggle between Risuko’s new role as a kunoichi and her personal mantra to “do no harm”. As the books continue, there will be a internal struggle for her to resolve. I also have to say that although I typically don’t care for storylines about side characters, I found myself loving the tension between Mieko and Masugu. From the beginning, I wanted to know more about what was going on! What’s the story there? Tell me more!

I do wish the book had more action in it. A book about young ladies learning to fight for a war? Yes, please! But I’m sure this book was just a premise to the next, in which I hope is more fast paced with more action. If I was younger, I probably would have rated the book higher. I do think Risuko will be a big hit with other people and a young audience!

REVIEW: Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

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Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Rating: ★★★★★

This book was an emotional roller coaster. I won’t lie: I was wary about reading it. I tend to stay away from books that have a lot of hype, especially when they’re about to be made into movies, because I always end up feeling underwhelmed when I read them. I added it to me TBR list anyway, since the synopsis was interesting and the plot seemed different and unique enough that I figured I might end up enjoying it, but I honestly wasn’t really planning to read it anytime soon. It was going to be a “filler” book-something to pass the time between releases of books I’ve been waiting to read-and not something I was expecting a whole lot out of. As with The Dark Days Club, I was once again sorely mistaken.

Me Before You was one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. I laughed. I cried. I cursed. I made obnoxious noises of disbelief and anger (that ending, that ending). The relationship between Lou and Will was so honest and beautiful and I loved seeing it grow over the events of the novel. Lou’s feelings towards him changed so gradually that, like her, I didn’t notice how they had shifted from feelings of friendship to deeper romantic love until it was all consuming.

“I know it’s not how you would have chosen it, but I know I can make you happy. And all I can say is that you make me…you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you-even the you that you seem to think is diminished-than with anyone else in the world.”

The writing itself was wonderful and compelling. A lot of what was written and the reactions and choices made by the characters were completely realistic and natural. The blend between the humor and the emotional and the serious issues in the book was balanced nicely and no doubt one of the reasons I enjoyed it so very much. I’m glad I took the chance on this book, because this is a story I will not be forgetting anytime soon

REVIEW: Any Duchess Will Do – Tessa Dare

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Title: Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove #4)
Author: Tessa Dare
Rating: ★★★★★

I decided I would start this blog with a bang (pun totally intended) and review a recent book that I adored. Tessa Dare has done it again. I have to confess that while I’m a sucker for romance books, typically the serving girl/aristocratic guy trope just doesn’t do it for me. However, I am so glad I convinced myself to pick up this book. This book was such a fantastic read, which is unsurprising considering I’ve loved everything else I’ve read by this author so far. It was funny, emotional, sexy, and entertaining. 

“I think we’ve done enough,” she whispered. “I’m a confirmed disaster.”
“Oh, yes. A comprehensive catastrophe. A beautiful, perfect failure.” He pulled back to regard her. “And I could not be more proud.”

Pauline was such a great character to read. She was bright, witty, caring, and honest…with a tendency to cuss! I don’t often comment that characters remind me of myself, but she totally did. Griffin was completely swoon-worthy, being the slightly arrogant, smart, protective, reserved man that he was. While I had kind of guessed what his secret was, it didn’t make it any less heartbreaking when it was revealed. I also loved the Duchess of Halford. She was such a hoot. The poor woman just wants a grandchild to love and make atrocious looking knittings for!

“Cor.” She unleashed her broadest country accent as she tipped her head to admire the lower curve of his tight, aristocratic arse. “I’ll have great fun with you on the wedding night.”

The banter between Pauline and Griff was fantastic. I was literally laughing out loud at parts and by the second chapter I was hooked. The sex scenes were highly passionate and seriously steamy! The ending was perfect and sweet and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series come fall.