Saturday, June 30, 2018

Book Review: Incognito by Siobhan Davis

It's Summer people, my favorite season and time to read lots of contemporaries, right?  And I have actually got a head start on this and have read a few already and a few that I have loved.  Which brings us to today's post and book review.  Siobhan Davis is out with another standalone and once I found out I couldn't wait to read it.  Her last standalone was my favorite book of 2017, so that says A LOT.  And because I'm on her ARC list I got to get to read this one a few "days" before release.  And now I'm all ready to talk about it because TODAY is release day.  YEEPEE.  Okay, let's get to the review:

Incognito by Siobhan Davis

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From GoodReads:
A troubled popstar forced into hiding...A sweet small-town girl overcoming tragedy...And the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime.  Dakota's dreams of attending Juilliard were shattered the night tragedy struck her family.  It's one year later, and she's now enrolled at a local university trying to piece her life back together.  Shawn is one of the world's most famous faces, having lived under spotlight since his star exploded when he was fourteen.  Now jaded by an industry forcing him to perform music he no longer enjoys, he craves normalcy and the opportunity to rediscover his muse.  When a crazy stalker gets too close, and death threats start mounting, Shawn's management team comes up with a plan-one which will allow him to work on his latest album while staying incognito on a college campus.  Romance is the last thing on Dakota's mind, but after she crosses paths with a hot, prickly cutie with rock-hard abs and smoldering good looks, she can't sake him from her thoughts.  Shawn can't afford to bring any girl into his fucked-up life, but the gorgeous blonde with the sad blue eyes captivates him in a way no girl ever has, and he finds himself falling hard and fast.  But outside forces are conspiring against them.  When danger draws closer, and secrets are revealed, will their love survive?

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Dakota is your regular small town girl with big dreams but tragedy happens to her family that destroys not only her dreams but her family too.  One year later after the tragedy happens, Dakota is trying to get back up on her feet and live life and move on, she enrolls in a local university to stay close to home because she needs to as life at home needs  her help still.  But she makes a promise that while she is at college she will not trusts just anybody, she will not go to parties because you just not know who to trust.  She ends up with a close group of just three girl friends and that's enough for her but one day she bumps into a hot new guy, someone she hasn't seen before and he ends up on some of her classes.  She can't seem to get him out of her head and he also doesn't leave her alone either, what will she do?

Shawn is as popular as you can get on the music industry but that also comes with trouble and horror sometimes, and when a stalker starts to break into his personal home and leaves him death threats he know that he needs to do something about it.  His management team hires a new security company and they both come up with the plan for Shawn to go into hiding.  But a different hiding, Shawn will go incognito on a college campus and Shawn couldn't be more happy about it.  For the first time in forever he will finally have a chance to have a "normal" life and get to work on his music at the same time.  But then he meets Dakota and his plan takes a different turn, he promised himself that he wouldn't bring a bring to his messed up life, especially the way it is now but Dakota is different from anyone he has ever met.  She somehow walked into his life and make it all the way into his heart in a heartbeat and there is no way out, she is there permanently now and he will do anything to keep her there.  And he will make sure that she is kept safe at any cost, but will she still be there after she finds out the truth?

The more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings are but the deeper the secrets are, will their love be able to survive after Dakota finds out all Shawn's secrets?  Ah, you have to read to find out.  But I can tell you that you will be at the edge of your seat waiting to find out,  there is always some much going on that once you start reading you won't be able to put this book down.  Dakota's life at home is a mess and she needs she will need to make so hard decisions, but she will have some stuff thrown in at her that she wasn't expecting.  Her school life will take different turns after all her decisions.

I loved Shawn, his character development was huge, from the beginning to the end he is a different person but you will love both of them without even knowing how and that is huge in a book, I love how you did that Siobhan.

Their love story was easy to follow and cherish and root for, you just want them to stay together even when things start to fall apart?  You want them to fight for each other...Ah Shawn and Dakota, you guys rock!

Dakota initial tragedy, wow...I can't give anything away because that is a huge spoiler but oh man, I didn't see that one coming and holly molly, did that freaked me out and gave me nightmares.  So well done Siobhan!

5 out of 5 stars for sure...loved every minute of it.

XOXO,

Nelia

Monday, April 30, 2018

Book Review: Seducing Kaden by Siobhan Davis

I'm back with another review and another book review from The Kennedy Boys series, this is book 6 of the series and we finally get to find out more about Kaden, one of the oldest boys of the family and OMG, it was sooo good.  Totally worth the way.  This one will keep you on the edge of the seat from the beginning through the end...let's do this?  Yeah, let's go:

First of all; I want to say that I got an eArc from the author for my honest opinion and you all know that is my honest opinion, right? Right.  Let's get to the review.


Seducing Kaden by Siobhan Davis

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From Goodreads:

Kaden
The woman I love will never be mine because she already belongs to another.
I’ve tried everything to forget her, but it’s impossible when she occupies a starring role in my dreams. My eyes are glued to her shapely curves whenever I see her around campus, and it doesn’t help that she looks as miserable as I feel.
I wonder if she misses me as much as I miss her.
Short of putting a bullet through the skull of that gangster she’s married to, I’m stuck in a hellhole of my own making. 
Until fate intervenes, setting us on a collision course we can’t avoid.

Evelina

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of falling in love. The all-consuming sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of love I swooned over in movies. 
It didn’t take long for that fairytale notion to come crashing down around me. Now I’m trapped in a marriage I despise with no way out.
The only light in the dark is Kaden Kennedy—the one true love of my life. He doesn’t know he is, because I’m forced to love him from afar, condemned to toss and turn at night, crying over everything I want and all I can never have.
Seeing him day in, day out, destroys me, but there’s no other choice; I had to push him away to keep him safe. 
Because if my husband ever finds out I’m in love with another man, I won’t be the only one in danger
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We have all know that Kaden was mysterious and quiet but I was not expecting his story to be like this AT ALL.  First of all, he has fallen in love with someone that is already married.  Say what?  Yeah, are you questioning if you want to read a book about a woman that is married and about cheating?  TRUST me, you will want to read this book because is not at all about what you may be imagining.  There were so may twist that will have you hating her husband so much that towards the end you may be the one that wants to kill the bastard.  I wanted to.  lol.

But don't think that was the only thing that was keeping Kaden and Evelina apart and because I don't like to do spoilers on my reviews I'm not going to go into the details but man, be prepared because other reasons will get your heart racing and you won't be able to put the book down.  There were times that I was screaming at the book, because I was like, don't see each other anymore, you guys are going to get yourselves in so much trouble or get yourselves killed.  And then other times, I would tell them to just pack everything and just disappear.  Yeah, basically I was a mess reading this book.  lol

I loved, loved their story and couldn't get enough of it, once I was done I wanted more.  One of the other aspects that I love about this book was getting to see previous characters and getting a preview of what the next book will be and Oh I cannot wait.

Finally I just have to say: 5 out of 5 stars and I totally recommend this book but more importantly this series.  So what are you waiting for? 

XOXO,

Nelia



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Book Review: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

I got this book from Netgalley, it had been a while since I had been there and was browsing the new books section and came across this one, read the synopsis and loved it.  I had never read anything by Lisa Genova before, yes I know, you are going to tell me that I'm not okay, right?  Right.  After I got my copy sent to me, I add this book to my To Be Read list on my GoodReads and looked up her other books, and that's when I came across her other others, especially Still Alice.  I still haven't read Still Alice or watched the movie for that matter, I read what Still Alice is about and heck yes I want to read, more now after I finished reading Every Note Played.  Her writing is...you know what?  Let's get to today's blog post and review this book first and then we'll talk about Lisa and her writing and everything:

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

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Richard is an accomplished concert pianist, he has gone around the world to play and has received lots of standing ovations.  He is an amazing pianist and he knows it, he also knows that is best asset is his hands and he takes care of them a lot.  He also spends most of his day practicing on the piano because to him to be this amazing and know how to play this well you have to keep practicing, practicing is everything.  But everything has changed for Richard, he now has ALS and the first thing he lost was his entire right arm, the whole arm, including his hand and fingers is paralyzed.  This first loss is like a death, a loss of true love.  He is in denial first, he goes and sees all the medical doctors and all the ALS medical team that he needs to see, but it all goes in one ear and out the other.  He knows the next thing to go will be his left arm and he can't even imagine how that will be like.

Then there is Karina, Karina is Richard's ex wife.  They have been divorced for three years, she tells herself that she is ready to move on, but the truth is, she hasn't moved on.  She is always finding excuses and she is afraid to go after her dream, so she's stuck been a piano teacher and blaming Richard for their failed marriage and all of it. 

But when Richard becomes paralyzed and is longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his caretaker.  As Richard's muscles, voice and breath fade, both he and Karina try to find a way to reconcile their past and find a way to forgiveness. 

One of the things that I loved about this book is that is told on both Richard and Karina's POV; to get to know what each of them are going through and what happened to them in the past and the reasons that got them to where they are now.  Getting to know both POVs and know what Richard is feeling as to what he's going through is so inspiring and heart breaking at the same time, I cried and believe me it was multiple times.  And yes there were times that I also got mad at him, why?  Because, Richard was been brutally honest and for the first time in his life he realized that he did screw up a lot with his wife and daughter and we got to read about it.  Don't think I also didn't get upset a Karina, yes I could totally understand her from the beginning but the more she opened up and the more honest she became we also got to see that she was at fault too.  But I really think the main focus of the book was the ALS and how quick it can change someone's life, either you want it or not.  And it will not only change the person going through it but also the caregiver and the family members too.  It's heartbreaking and emotionally draining to just read a little about it, I give so much respect for all the medical team that are involved with those patients, also to  all the families going through it, the caregivers and my heart goes out to all the patients. 

Lisa Genova did such an amazing job writing this book, the story was inspiring, it touched the subject on such a respected way.  Her writing is amazing, once you start reading you just cannot stop, the book becomes a page turner.  Bow down to her...

Finally I only have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it a million times.  Please, please read it and recommend it.

XOXO,

Nelia

Book Review: The Secret Heir by Siobhan Davis

Jeez, I can't believe how long ago I reviewed a book, my life has gone through more than a 360 and I'm still trying to settle down and hopefully I can get back to my blog and review my books.  Even though I haven't wrote any reviews, I am reading so that means I am a million books behind to review, eh eh eh.  I need a few more hands to help me write all of them, specially all the amazing and favorite books that I have read this year.  But, getting back to this blog post and yes it's a review and about an amazing book from an amazing author.  Siobhan Davis Alinthia series has just came out this year, the first book: The Lost Savior came out in February and now the second book out March 31, you bet you will be hook even more.  Of course, if you haven't read the first book yet, click on my review to read about it and go read it first and then come back and read this one.

And now, let's get to this review:

The Secret Heir by Siobhan Davis

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The book picks up not far from where the first one ended, Tori is devastated but starting to get back on her feet.  She really doesn't have much of a choice, she needs to get back to the boys house and start training as much as she can so she get start getting control of her powers.  But it is easier said than done and the more time that passes the more frustrated and on edge Tori gets.  And to make things worse, Tori's vision is freaking her out and evil finds ways to freak her out even more.  She knows that she shouldn't keep secrets from the guys but when it's something that can ruin their relationship and their fate, she decides that it's better off not risking.

The mystery starts to get weirder and deeper and when someone someone new arrives and rocks their world upside down even more, Tori just can't shake the feeling that the boys are more in risk than ever.  But by the time she figures out what is going one, things take another turn that both the boys and Tori weren't expecting at all and it may be too late for both of them to save each other.

In this book we get to see Tori getting attached more and more with the boys, Coop as always been the more attached to Tori and in this book it's no different, well the only difference I guess is how much more jealous he is.  Maddox and Tori finally got more closer and it was hot, really hot and then their relationship got to the point where it was comfortable and cute and where Maddox wasn't afraid to express himself, I loved it.  But the one that I really loved the most was Beck's character development, he started the book as he was at the last one, wicked shy but as the book progressed so did Beck and by the end of the book he was so much more lay back and spoke more openly with Tori and expressed his feelings too, Beck is so freaking cute...you just cheer for him while you are reading (well at least I did, lol).  Dane...oh man, I think that I still don't know how I feel about him.  I want him in one page and the next page I want to kill him.  Ah, he gets me so frustrated which I don't even know how Tori does it.  At the end of the book, I got to understand him a little more, but man I felt like a little to late dude, right?

And can we talk about that ending?  No spoilers, but Holy MOLLY, I was not expecting that betrayal at all, poor Tori, it's like she can't catch a break and just when she finally got one answer, boom, her whole world gets turned upside down again.  And the boys?  Uh, what do you guys think is going to happen?

I cannot wait for the next book to find out what is going to happen, I literally cannot wait...

5 out of 5 stars for sure, I love when I don't see what is going to happen on a book and Siobhan totally did again with this book!!!!!  Totally recommend this series is you love reverse harem and aliens!

I voluntarily reviewed an advance, complimentary copy of this book!

XOXO,

Nelia

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Book Review: The Lost Savior by Siobhan Davis

This was my first time reading a reverse harem book and I'm happy to report that I liked it, well I more than liked it, I was totally hooked on it and could not put the freaking book down and now I need more of it.  Are all reverse harem books like this one?  If so send me some recommendations, because I need them in my life and if you find one with aliens on it, then those are the ones that I want.  Because this book is an alien reverse harem and OH MAN, Siobhan knows how to write books with Aliens and with the reverse harem on it, it just blew my mind. lol

Okay, I'm going to stop blabbering and get to the review...but first, let me start by saying that I received an eARC from the author for my honest review but as usual that did not affect my opinion at all.  Let's do this :)


The Lost Savior by Siobhan Davis

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The story falls Tori King, a normal senior in high school who lives in a small town and has a super normal life.  Her parents own a farm and she has been in love with the same guy since they were little kids, they are childhood sweethearts and they only thing on her head is planning to go to college and start a life with him.  

But everything changes during one night when she is out with her friends doing a typical teenager thing, shopping for a dress for the prom.  She is confronted with a guy that shows interested in her, she tries to get away from him but they ended meeting him in the middle of the road and from there things just go south.  She fights in off with unbelievable moves and abilities that are unreal.  After the fight, four hot new guys arrive at her school and they just become interested in her like nothing before, the worst is that she feels the same way, she feels a pull towards them that she cannot explain and that just complicates her whole entire life.

When things starts to get worst, the boys reveal their true identity to her and why they are really there and Tori finally realizes that her whole entire life was really a lie.  There is nothing normal about her and she needs to start to figure out how to cope with the truth, but most importantly she needs to figure out how to work out her feelings towards the new guys asap.

Wow, this book was a roller coaster, it kept me on the edge of my seat.  Not only was I trying to figure out what the heck was Tori going to do about all those guys, because come on...I would freaking lose my mind (well maybe not, maybe I wouldn't mind trading places with her lol).  But the poor girl had to come to terms about who she really was and them train and them fight off aliens.  OMG...so much happening but at same time you want more.  I love how all the boys had really different personalities, you really get to know them right from this book and start to cheer for one or the other or maybe for all of them :)

I totally recommend this book to anyone that loves alien romances with twists and some action on it.  You get it all!!!  5 out of 5 stars for sure.  Cannot wait for the next one!

XOXO,

Nelia

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Book Review: Inseparable by Siobhan Davis

Well...Christmas has come and gone and New Years is right around the corner and I have been pretty much MIA for a little while.  I read lots of great books this year and one of my favorites and really at the top, top (can't decide yet of my #1-which could be this one, you just have to wait for that list and my head to make up it's mind lol) well...it's this book.  And probably, this is the book that has given me the biggest book hangover this year too.  Thank God, it was at the very end of the year and after I made my Reading Challenge goal too...hahaha.  Geez...this book, let's get to the review?  Yeah, let's do this.

Inseparable by Siobhan Davis

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The book is about three childhood best friends, Angelina, Ayden and Devin.  They have been friends since they were littles, they grew up next to each other and went to the same school too.  Things have always been about the three of them, they have done everything together, they were they inseparable trio.  But of course once they became teenagers things started to change, feelings started to change and their relationship started to change. 

Angelina tried so hard to maintain their friendship to last, to make the boys stay together and friends but the more time passed the more apart they all became.  During their senior year of high school is went all went downhill.  Angelina's feelings for one of them became too much to hid and when she found out he had the same feelings, she acted on it and of course things went much worse after that. 

I don't want to give the story away and tell you what happened to Angelina, Ayden and Devin, but what I can tell you is to be prepared for everything you can imagine and be prepare to laugh, cry (and Oh Man, will you cry a lot, trust me) and be shocked because so many imaginable things will happen.  This is not your typical love story, there are some triggers, so be prepared because it will hurt you and your heart, but as ususal, Siobhan does an amazing job with them.

This is Siobhan's first standalone novel and I wasn't so sure how it was going to be, because I'm so used to read more than one book for her stories, but Holly Molly, did she do an amazing job with this book.  I am in love with this book, I cannot wait to get a physical copy to add to my book collection!  And I cannot recommend this book enough, please, PLEASE, go and read it, because trust me, you will LOVE it.

Ah, duh...5 out of 5 stars (would give 100 if I could :) )

XOXO,

Nelia

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Review: Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis

I cannot believe that this is book 5 in the Kennedy Boys series...and the more I read of the series the more I want, that's how good this series keeps on getting.  So, I'm not going to talk to much before hand because I have quite a few to say about this book :)...let's get to the review.

But first, I want to say that I got an eARC from the author for my honest opinion and it is so my honest opinion... eheheh.  Okay, let's jump to the review now.


Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis

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From GoodReads:
Brad 
I’m in love with my best friend’s girl.
She knows it. He knows it. Everyone knows it.
Faye will never be mine, but try telling that to my stupid heart. 
An endless rotation of girls streams in and out of my bedroom in a desperate attempt to forget her, but nothing eases the horrid ache in my chest. Rejection isn’t anything new for me, but it hasn’t gotten any easier.
Until she reappears in my life. Like an out-of-control tornado. Storming in, all fierce and angry, ready to steamroll everything in her path. Rachel is trouble with a capital T bundled in a gorgeous, sexy, Irish package.
She pushes all the wrong buttons, and I can’t decide if I want to yell at her or kiss her.
I should steer clear.
But I’ve never been very good at taking my own advice. Especially when it comes to girls I can’t have and shouldn’t want.

Rachel 
I need to escape.
To put as much distance between me and that monster so I can start living my life.
Yet, even the vast Atlantic Ocean isn’t enough to sever the connection. To allow me to forget how he’s ruined me. His hold is more than just physical. He has a vise grip on my head and my heart, and I can’t breathe, can’t think, can’t function.
So, I do everything to blot it out.
Until he reappears in my life.
Brad McConaughey. So hot. So infuriating. So in love with my best friend.
Every word out of Brad’s mouth makes me want to throat punch him or kick him in the nuts. 
But he makes me feel, and I hate him for it. A part of me might actually love him for it.
I should keep my distance, but like destructive magnets, we are drawn together.
This isn’t going to end well.
I know it. He knows it.
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Brad has been Kyler's best friend since they were little kids, but these two have been through a few rough patches and the latest been Brad falling head over heels for Faye.   Even though Faye was up front with him and told him that Ky was the love of her life and that he couldn't ruin his friendship over something that could never exist, hard head Brad couldn't stop thinking about her the wrong way.  He was messed up, and let's be honest here, I freaking started to hate him and couldn't stand him in the last couple books.  Every time he would come up and start with the crap that he was still in love with Faye, I just wanted to shake him up or maybe slap him a couple times and tell him to grow up and move on.  

Now, let's talk about Rachel, I know there may be some people that may have not liked her before, but me?  I loved the girl and all that drinking and not caring?  I knew something was up and I couldn't wait for the day that Siobhan would write about about her.  But when she wrote one for her and Brad?  Uh, I wasn't so sure these two would be a match, he was such and ass and for me Rachel needed someone that would take care of her.  But of course Siobhan proved me wrong and outdid herself a million times.  I freaking loved this book, I didn't fly through it, I devoured it.  

Let's talk a little about what the actual book was about, no spoilers because you will appreciate not knowing too much going to it.  We all know that Brad has been on a bad place on the last couple books, but on this book we can really see how bad he really is.  He literally doesn't care about what people think about him, he just throws himself into alcohol and women, it gets so bad that even his football coach starts to notice.  But then Rachel comes to town and we get to know her a little bit and then a little more, and the more you get to know her the more you want to know, because Rachel is a mystery and she has secrets, secrets from many years, secrets that she has kept from her friends and family.  And those secrets are the reason that she decided to move to America to be away from it.  But, she can't keep running away from it forever, especially when those secrets don't want her to run away.  (be aware that in the book there is trigger warning but the way Siobhan writes it?  I seriously think it was well done and makes us realize that life is not always perfect but we always have to be there for our friends and have our eyes and ears open for them).  Rachel is a fighter and proved it until the very end of the book, did I say how much I love Rachel?  She is one of my new favorite characters in the Kennedy books!!!!  She isn't afraid to speak up and Oh Man, did she put Brad in his place a bunch of times lol.  Which in my opinion showed how much chemistry those two had.  

Brad and Rachel find in each other what they couldn't find alone, a way to find themselves, a way to find love again, to live life again and be happy.  This is not a typical love story but it's one that will touch your heart the same or more.  I could stay here writing about this book all day and all night, but I'm just going to finish it by saying you need to read it period and you will loved it.  

One more thing, 5 out of 5 stars.

XOXO,

Nelia