Fav: Love Me With Lies Series by Tarryn Fisher

I’ve read most of Tarryn Fisher’s books, but her Love Me With Lies series still remains my absolute favorite. And even though I read it years ago, the quotes still give me chills   The first 2 books are also currently on sale, so if you love some angsty romance, now is the time to grab it!  Scroll down to read my view for book 1. To read my reviews for book 2 and 3, click here and here.

The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies Book 1) ➜ http://amzn.to/2hLisMd

Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies Book 2) ➜ http://amzn.to/2A0dOV1

Thief (Love Me With Lies Book 3) — MY FAV ➜ http://amzn.to/2iJQHoi


“You are the only woman I know how to love. The only woman I want to love.”

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I would like to start my review with a question: Why is everyone in this book such an asshole?

My next question: Why did I love them anyway? Does loving a bunch of assholes make me an asshole?

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before where I hated every single main character. Yes, you read that right. I hate them all. Including Caleb. BUT (before you kill me) I will say I also have never read a book where as much hate as I had, I LOVED them just as much. So yes…. I hated them. I loved them. And I hated myself for loving them.

“You can only give your heart away once; after that, everything else will chase your first love.”

And even though I didn’t understand the majority of the decisions any of these lunatics made, I still found myself COMPLETELY intrigued and invested in this story and was not able to put it down.

I still found myself gasping, and screaming, and getting that giddy feeling in my chest whenever Caleb said something sweet or romantic:

“Can I be your favorite girl?”
“You already are, Duchess.”

UGHH that nickname.

“And my personal favorite, your lips.” He smiled as a pink flush crept up my neck. “Full and sensual, puckered, and always turned down at the corners. They kind of make me want to kiss them until they smile.”

And I was pleasantly surprised with how funny this was. All of Olivia’s inner thoughts, especially when it came to Leah, were hysterical.

“She is the devil’s spawn, evil, with red hair and motives as big as Ursula the sea witch’s ass.” –that quote right there had me laughing so hard I almost choked on my drink.

I fell in love with Tarry Fisher’s writing and I just love books that are so different than what I have read in the past. Books that frustrate and anger you, and make you sigh and then want to weep and then laugh all at the same time. Books like this one.

“Caleb was like a hurricane that swept through my life, stirring up things inside of me that I never knew existed.
He is a longing I will never cure.”

I am so enraptured with these characters and this story. Brilliantly and flawlessly written.

Other favorite quotes:

“I didn’t choose her,” his voice breaks. “Love is illogical. You fall into it like a manhole. Then you’re just stuck. You die in love more than you live in love.”

“I’ve got more of her in my veins than blood.”

“Let me carry you out. I’ll never let you touch the ground. I was made to carry you, Olivia. You’re fucking heavy with all of your guilt and self-loathing. But, I can do it. Because I love you.”

“I wanted it — that was the surprising part. Selfish, self-centered Caleb Drake loved a girl so much he could already feel himself changing to accommodate her needs. I fell. Hard. For the rest of this life and probably the next. I wanted her — every last inch of her stubborn, combative, catty heart.”

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin: SO. GOOD.

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1) by Michelle Hodkin – 5 Stars!

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**May contain some slight spoilers from the Mara Dyer Trilogy

*I can’t really say much on the plot without majorly spoiling the previous books, so a few things I’d like to point out:

1) You absolutely should not read this if you haven’t read the Mara Dyer trilogy first. (To read about my undying love for this trilogy, click here. I cannot recommend this series enough.) It will make zero sense. You should also not read this if you have read the Mara Dyer trilogy but haven’t at least brushed up and refreshed your memory on what occurred in those books. Though this is technically a different series, it starts where The Retribution of Mara Dyer leaves off. I was scrolling through reviews on Goodreads and noticed some people took off stars because they couldn’t remember what happened in the first 3 books. Umm…What? Personally, the second I heard we’d be blessed with more Noah Shaw in our lives I carved out time to re-read the Mara Dyer books. Because a.) more Noah (duh), and b.) because SO much happens in those books I knew there was no way I could dive back into this world and remember everything that occurred. And honestly, bless Michelle for not reiterating every fact that was laid out in the first 3 books. If I wanted to read all that again, I would have re-read them. Which I did. 😉 I am glad she didn’t include too many info dumps.

2) This is a completely and totally different tone from Mara Dyer’s POV. It’s still creepy and sarcastic, but it’s also haunting and morose and a little sad. Just like our boy Noah. And Noah’s voice is SO distinct. What an undeniable talent Michelle has. This story remains completely original. It’s taken turns I did not expect AT ALL.

3) Mara has always been a little bit crazy. I don’t think anyone can deny that. But home girl has kind of gone full on psycho in this and you know what? I am here for it. (Which brings me back to point 1. If this bothers you, maybe you need to recall the prophecy that was discussed in book 3. It pretty much SAYS THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.) And back to point 2. I LOVE how their relationship isn’t all sunshine and roses. It could never be. It would never be. All the circumstances surrounding them, the past, the secrets, all the unknowns, and that god damn prophecy- all of this has combined and is working against Noah and Mara. And I for one CAN NOT WAIT to see what will happen.

4) SO many things happen in this book. (If you need me to point them out, I will.) The last 10% had my heart in my throat. Was everything answered? No. Does that mean nothing happened? Also no. There were so many subtle things that were occurring that Michelle just slyly slipped in without drawing too much attention to them. Why is she so amazing? We got new characters, the reappearance of old characters (!!!!holyshit!!!!), deaths, mystery, and that FREAKING ENDING. WTF WAS THAT ENDING.

5.) “I want her to split me open, to dig her fingers in and pry open my ribs, lick my heart and my blood and my bones. Pick open my bones and suck out the marrow. I want to be devoured by her. And she wants to devour me just as badly. It’s in every look, every movement, every smile.”

“If I believed in God I would pray, beg, anything to stop time, to live in this moment with her forever. Tonight is a perfect thing in a broken world, and she is the queen of it. Her pleasure, searing white, arrows through mine, and I would let the Earth ice over to keep the sun from rising, but after hours of her, it rises anyway, sunlight staining our sheets, our skin.”

^THIS reads like fan fic? HA..HAH…AHHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Please, someone show me a fanfic that’s written with the same amount of intellect, snark, and distinction that’s in Michelle’s writing.

Michelle’s writing is just ridiculously good and her story telling ability is just insane. Bravo for delivering something that was so different and totally not what I was expecting. I thought we got most answers in The Retribution of Mara Dyer, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. I honestly do not know how I’ll be able to wait for the second installment.

T H I S W A S J U S T S O G O O D!!!!!!!!!! The Mara Dyer Trilogy remains a top of mine, and these characters will ALWAYS be my favorite. If you want something out of the box, READ THESE BOOKS!


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The Evolution of Mara Dyer | http://amzn.to/2yA7gZm
The Retribution of Mara Dyer | http://amzn.to/2AF78JT

💚Review: Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ricthie💚

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Lovers Like Us (Like Us #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie – 4.5 Stars

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NEVER have I ever loved a cast of characters as much as I love these.

I am going to try to review this without major spoilers and without fangirling like a fucking loon. But I make no promises (about the fan-girling part.)

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This book was EVERYTHING. The deepening of Maximoff and Farrow’s relationship.

“I don’t have the answers,” I say seriously. “I just listen to my body.”
“And what does it say?” His voice is a graveled whisper.
I rake a hand through my hair. “Need. Want…You.”

The family dynamics. The HYSTERCIAL moments. (I will never hear or read the word “SEPARATE” without thinking of Thatcher and cracking the hell up.)

And this gem:

“God, could you even imagine? What would I say? Hello Mr. Moretti, I’m in need of some oral assistance. Would you be so kind to spread my knees?”

That scene had me laughing for about 4 minutes straight.

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I love how much I laughed while reading this. If I had to sum up this book in one word, it would just be FUN.

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Each character is so distinguished (Charlie, my emotional baby I LOVE YOU. Kinney is just gold. Donnelly is the most amazing loyal hysterical muffin and I want to eat him up. Thatcher, mannnnn I can’t wait to see you crack) each moment just stands out (side note – I can honestly read moments of Lo and Rose bickering and never ever EVER tire of it), and every book just makes me so much more excited for the next. (*chants* THANE THANE THANE!!!!)

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I honestly can’t wait for more books on this whole gang. NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE writes ensemble casts like Krista & Becca and never have I read a series where the world that’s been created feels SO REAL. Like I could walk around Philly and pass a Super Heroes and Scones or see one of them walking down the street. I adore every single character they’ve created and their books remain my most anticipated and favorite reads!

💚Lovers Like Us is out now! | http://amzn.to/2zbSKbu 💚


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Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie is LIVE!!!! Excerpt and Signed PB Giveaway!

Lovers Like Us

by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Like Us Series #2
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 *SHOUTS FOR ETERNITY* I AM SO EXCITED FOR LOVERS LIKE US!!! To read my 5 STAR review for Book 1, Damaged Like Us, click here.  

Keep scrolling for an EXCERPT of LLU and a GIVEAWAY! 

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Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he’s the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can’t be bent:

Keep your relationship secret from the public.

Farrow is confident he’s the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff’s fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients.

On the road.
In a sleeper tour bus.
For four rocky months.

Sexual frustrations, check. Road trip drama, check. Awkward bonding, check.

But Farrow couldn’t have accounted for a high-risk threat (identity: unknown) that targets Maximoff before the ignition even turns. And it hits Farrow — someone has it out for the guy he loves.

Every day, Maximoff & Farrow’s feelings grow stronger, and together, they’ll either sink or swim.

Damaged Like Us

by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Like Us #1
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Purchase: Amazon | iBooks

Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.
Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.


 EXCERPT 

Proactively waiting isn’t my thing. I can admit that. So when Farrow unwraps a piece of gum and tugs open the fridge, I ask him, “Need help?”

He chews his gum slowly and glances at me in a way that reminds me he’s twenty-seven. I’m twenty-two, and he’s more than capable to do shit himself.

Farrow starts to smile. “It’s cute that you think I need help getting eggs.” He grabs a carton and kicks the fridge closed.

“You could’ve dropped the fucking eggs.” I’m fighting a stupid battle. And I grimace-smile which makes me want to poke my own eyes out.

Farrow pops his gum. “You mean you would’ve dropped the eggs.”

“Did I? Pretty sure I meant you could’ve.”

Farrow sets the carton by the sink. “I have steadier hands than you.” He leans close and whispers huskily, “You’re not beating me at this.”

I shake my head on instinct. When it comes to Farrow, boyfriend or not, I don’t want to concede that fast. “It’s not proven yet.”

He rolls his eyes into a smile. “Hold out your hand.”

I extend my hand, palm-down. Wondering how he can discern any shake just by sight.

Farrow rotates my wrist. “Like this.” And then he smashes an egg right in my palm.

Don’t smile at him. Don’t smile at him. “Thanks for that,” I say sarcastically, hand dripping in broken eggshell and yolk.  

“Anytime.” He laughs, and I act quickly and wipe the runny egg onto his black V-neck, feeling the ridges of his six-pack beneath.

Farrow props his elbows on the sink and actually lets me use his shirt as a towel, even while he’s wearing the thing. Christ.

He’s a Grade A sexy asshole.


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About Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

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A million stars for Still by Kennedy Ryan

“Anything that ended would never be enough for a love like ours. A love like ours is only satisfied by forever.”

STILL (Grip #2) by Kennedy Ryan – 5 STARS

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I’m not going to speak on the storyline with this review. I don’t want to give anything away, especially since I’ve been recommending this series to everyone and threatening bodily harm if they don’t read it. 🙂

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But like I said in my review for book 1, Grip, I want to bow at Kennedy’s feet. This woman was born to write.

“Ask me in a million seconds, ask me in a billion years,
Do you love me? And I will say still.
Ask me when we toil, when we rest,
when we fuss and fight.
With the taste of anger burning my lips, I will say still.”

THIS is what a romance should be. THIS is the type of romance I imagine every person on the freaking planet aspires to have. What romance authors aspire to WRITE.

“I will worship you.
My eyes will never stray.
My heart will never wander,
gladly leashed to you all my days.
I am fixed on you.”

Do you hear that? Oh, that’s just the sound of my heart ripping out of my chest and throwing itself at Grip. That’s just the sound of my sniffling the MILLION TEARS I shed while reading this epic story.

“And when the years have passed,
and we have watched a thousand sunsets,
and we are bent, our bodies crooked with age ask me again.
In the twilight, in the shadow of the life we have shared,
ask me if I love you, and my heart will answer before my lips can part.”

This book is magic.
It’s despair.
It’s love.
It’s passion.
It’s EVERYTHING.

“My love, my life, my heart never left your hands.
Always, evermore, even after.
Still.”

I cannot recommend it enough.

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🎼🎙️💜 Grip (Book 1) | http://amzn.to/2ypoM6n
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DROOLING OVER THIS COVER REVEAL! Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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*faints*
*wakes up*
*FAINTS AGAIN*
*CAN NOT FORM PROPER WORDS*

HOLY SWEET MOTHER OF MERCY my most anticipated book of the YEAR has a cover. A blurb. And it’s up for PRE-ORDER!!!!!!!

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💛 LOVERS LIKE US (Like Us #2) is coming October 31st!!
(pre-order here) ➜ http://amzn.to/2yfmbM3 

#LoversLikeUs is book 2 in the Like Us Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie and book 1 WAS FREAKING PHENOMENAL. I can’t wait to get my greedy little hands on this!!!! LOOK AT FARROW!!!!!!!!!!! *DROOLS FOR ETERNITY*

Look at these freaking studs. They look SO GOOD side by side!

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To read my 5 million star review for book 1, click here.

DAMAGED LIKE US (Like Us #1) is also currently on SALE! NO ONE writes romance like Krista & Becca Ritchie do. If you like steamy, funny, just downright amazing m/m romances, READ THIS BOOK!
Get it now! ➜ http://amzn.to/2yfxLan

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BLURB:

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he’s the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can’t be bent:

Keep your relationship secret from the public.

Farrow is confident he’s the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff’s fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients.

On the road.
In a sleeper tour bus.
For four rocky months.

Sexual frustrations, check. Road trip drama, check. Awkward bonding, check.

But Farrow couldn’t have accounted for a high-risk threat (identity: unknown) that targets Maximoff before the ignition even turns. And it hits Farrow — someone has it out for the guy he loves.

Every day, Maximoff & Farrow’s feelings grow stronger, and together, they’ll either sink or swim. ​

​​The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. You must read Damaged Like Us, Book 1, before reading Lovers Like Us.

 

Review & Giveaway!: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – 4 Stars

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Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.

This is going to be one of those reviews where I won’t discuss details of the plot (sorry!). But there is too much that happens to discuss without giving too much away.

Right from the start, this story will cause your jaw to drop. Colleen just drops bomb after bomb and doesn’t let up until the end. My eyes were glued to the pages and I didn’t want to put this down until I was able to finish it.

There’s a reason this woman hits best seller lists every time she releases a book. None of her books are like the last. They are always totally unique and refreshing, and Without Merit is no different. And while this may not be for everyone (especially those who like books that focus heavily on the romance), I can’t say enough how much I appreciate when authors write books outside of the norm for them.

This was a gripping and at times surprisingly humorous story about mental health, a dysfunctional family, perspective, compassion, and love that’s so well written you’ll have a hard time putting it down until you’re done.

Bravo to Colleen for going completely out of the box with this one. The characters were so unique, so quirky, so DIFFERENT, but their personalities or actions never once felt forced or disingenuous. I honestly felt like I was given an inside look into a real family and their issues while reading this. The characters felt that real. And THAT takes some talent.

Without Merit is out now!

*A BIG thank you to Atria for providing an ARC*

 


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ABOUT WITHOUT MERIT:

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, WITHOUT MERIT explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

FIND COLLEEN ONLINE: 

Website: www.ColleenHoover.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ColleenHoover

Twitter: @ColleenHoover

Instagram: @ColleenHoover

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Cover Reveal! The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane

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I love love LOVE college romances! Looking forward to this one!
The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane releases on NOVEMBER 21st!

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This tight end is at the top of his game.

He’s good with his hands, even better with his sexy mouth, and the best at making me forget my own name. His—ahem—stats are perfect.

But I can’t fall for him.

He might be everything I want, all rolled into a glorious package of gridiron god, but there’s one teeny-tiny problem. The vile, loathsome team I’ve spent my entire life hating—my beloved school’s arch-rival?

This guy is their star player.

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About the Author:

Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is married with two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn’t be any happier.

Stalk Nikki:

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5 HUGE STARS for Grip by Kennedy Ryan

“If I break your heart, I break mine.”

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Grip (Grip #1) by Kennedy Ryan – 5 HUGE STARS!6c050-goodreads-button

I’m apologizing right now for the amount of gushing coming your way and the amount of quotes I’m about to share. But I can’t help it. It’s very rare for me to pick up a book or series with the hype I have seen for this one and for me to actually understand what all the fuss is about. But WOW. Kennedy knocked me off my feet. The romance, the steam, the humor, the issues regarding race she delves into. Kennedy’s story telling and prose is off the charts amazing.

Grip picks up 8 years later from where Flow leaves off (to read my review of the FREE prequel Flow, click here), with Bristol managing Grip’s musical career. Bristol has kept Grip at a distance, stubbornly ignoring the insane pull they feel toward one another while trying to forget the intense week they spent together and that kiss under the stars. But their infatuation for one another is INTENSE.

“And you watch me.” He dips his head until he traps my eyes. “You watch me all the time. You can’t keep your eyes off me any more than I can keep my eyes off you.”

Try as she may, Bristol isn’t fooling anyone, especially Grip. He knows deep down, behind all that bravado and her well-guarded heart, Bristol wants him just as much as he wants her.

“It makes me want to set the world on fire.” His words come softly, but the truth roars in his eyes. “To think of you with them.” There haven’t been nearly as many men as he probably assumes, but I don’t reveal that. I can’t offer him any relief. “You wanna know what consoles me, though?” He looks up at me, calculation in his eyes. Before I can tell him I don’t want to know, he goes on. “For one, I know when we’re together, it’ll only take once for me to fuck their memory out of you.”

Even though on the surface Grip & Bristol seem so wrong for each other, their connection runs deep. And despite what society and friends and family might tell them, despite the years apart, the other people they saw, they know there is no one else for them.

“A fiery chord bridges the distance between our bodies, and I want to pull her close enough to burn me, to hurt me, to destroy me. Sometimes I don’t think I care as long as she’s close. I just want to feel her, even if it burns me alive.”

O M G just typing these quotes is giving me goosebumps all over again.

Without breaking rhythm, I bend to her ear. “You have nothing to be afraid of.” I press her hand to my chest, over my heart. “This is yours. No one else’s.” I dip my head, slowing to nothing, but keeping her eyes. “I’m yours. No one else’s.” I scatter kisses over her cheeks. “Even when we fight, I feel you. Your anger, your frustration. I feel your pleasure like it’s mine. Your emotions like they’re mine…Don’t you feel how connected we are?” I ask. “If I break your heart, I break mine.”

I’m not going to lie. This book was tough.
It hurt.
SO many scenes hurt my heart.
But god damn it, it HURT. SO. GOOD.
Kennedy Ryan is a goddess and I want to bow at her feet for creating one of the best and most influential romances with such well thought out characters and dynamic relationships I have read.

Her words are poetry, her characters are flawed and real, and the angst and tension leapt off the pages and GRIPPED ME from page one and didn’t let go until the end. You know a book is good when you have to go back and re-read scenes over and over because you can’t get over how beautiful the words are.

“Her tears come even as our bodies resume a ferocious pace. We splinter into a thousand pieces in her kitchen, becoming more together than we were apart. More than we were alone. With whispered promises and words of love, we exchange hearts.”

I was hooked from Flow. My infatuation with her words just grew in Grip. And I am freaking ecstatic this story isn’t done and I get to read one more book about this complex and amazing couple.

I CAN NOT recommend this series enough. READ IT!!!!!!!

💜 Reading order 💜:

FLOW, Prequel *must be read first*➜ (FREE!) http://amzn.to/2xVguDa
GRIP (Grip #1) ➜ (99c Salehttp://amzn.to/2wCUMDG
STILL (Grip #2) ➜ (LIVE!) http://amzn.to/2hrQRij

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Review: Drumline by Stacy Kestwick ⭐🥁

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Drumline by Stacy Kestwick- 4/4.5 Stars

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OMG. Dirty talking heroes on college snare lines is like my new favorite thing. Stacy Kestwick- where did you come from girl and when can I get more?!? This book was so much better than I expected it to be and was just the book I needed to get me out of my book funk. When I picked this up, nothing was grabbing my attention and I had DNFed 3 other books. But I saw a teaser on Stacy’s FB page, picked this up, devoured this sweet, funny, sexy as all hell little story, and well… you can now just call me Mrs. Bronson. And no I’m not kidding. I don’t know the last time I read about a hero as freaking perfect as he was.

I’m not going to write a long winded review about the plot. No no, the blurb will tell you. I’m going to let the hero Laird’s fine ass sell you on this book for me:

“I’d started to measure time by the number of hours until I’d see her again. And the answer was always too fucking long.”

“I wasn’t lost.”
“But I was, Reese.” I opened my eyes and searched her face. “I didn’t know where you were, so I was.” <— my fave line.

“I wanted to find out what made her laugh, discover the secret to making her smile so big that dimple appeared, and uncover her greatest fear so I could stand by her side when she had to face it. Yeah, this wasn’t a girl who’d let me do the dirty work for her, slay her dragons while she cowered in the ivy-covered tower. Reese would be on the front lines, carving her own path and wielding her own sword. And I wanted to be the one to have her back on the journey.”

“You feel this.” I pointed between us. “It’s basic. Call it hormones, call it chemistry, whatever. There’s something there when I look at you. When I touch you. Your body reacts, just like mine does.”

“What would you have done with my panties?”
“Later that night, after I’d climbed in bed, I’d have used them while I stroked my dick. Pretended the slight scratch was your nails. Or your teeth. Pumped myself raw into the same scrap of cloth that had been pressed to you all day until I came.” I paused to run the tip of my tongue along her earlobe, and an absurd sense of pride swelled my chest when her breathing stuttered.
“Then I’d have done it all over again.”

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And the hysterical heroine Reese, too:

“Breathe, Reese,” he chided. I hadn’t even realized I was holding my breath, and the air escaped in a whoosh. He grinned wolfishly. “I won’t bite. Unless I think you’ll like it.”
My head fell back on the pillow. Unless I think you’ll like it. His words echoed in my head. Dear Peter, Paul, and all the apostles, even the shitty one, Judas.
I would. I would like it.”

Ok, just one more quote:

“Fuck, Reese,” he murmured against my lips, his hands slipping up to frame my face. “What am I going to do with you?”
I lost myself in the nocturne of his kiss, the endless way his mouth slanted over mine, our bodies tangled together like a chord.
I kissed him until I was breathless, the answer to his question settling quietly between my ribs.
Everything.”

I lied. I think ^that was my favorite quote.

This book made me realize just how much I have missed reading NA romance and how rare it can be to find one that is as funny, emotional, sexy, and well paced as this one is.

Bravo Stacy Kestwick. I adored this story and characters SO MUCH and can’t wait to read more from you!

Drumline is out now!! (click below to purchase)