by Emily R Pearson
When her past comes back to haunt her, will the promise of a future be enough to keep her moving forward?
Six years ago a monster broke Ava Monroe’s soul. She was left with nothing but an empty house and no reason to live. In starting a new life in a new city she finds the strength to carry on, but can she ever erase the demons of her past?
When an act of fate brings Seth into her life, they’ll attempt to discover the truth about their tainted pasts. But Seth Carter has a secret; one even he doesn’t know exists.
Will Ava’s connection with Seth be enough to lift her up, or will it destroy what little she has left?
Oh this books sounds like it’s going to be INTENSE! I love intense!
I’m sorry, but with a title like He Belongs with Me doesn’t that just scream cat fight to you?
It sure does to me and it probably doesn’t help that the story behind this book is two twins who realize they may or may not be in love with the same guy.
My thoughts exactly.
Info on the book:
Maggie & Clara Ryder are identical twins who couldn’t be more different. Maggie was the golden girl. Daddy’s sweetheart with a prim and proper mentality, whereas Clara was the rebellious sister who has purple hair and a don’t mess with me attitude.
And then there’s Leo. Sexy, brooding, alcoholic, playboy, heir to his grandfather’s fortune & empire. Leo has always been Maggie’s best friend and Clara’s arch nemesis. However, everything changes when one night, a terrible date, tears & and a ‘high’ speed golf cart intertwine and Clara ends up realizing that maybe Leo isn’t entirely who she thought he was.
So begins the catalyst for events that will pit Maggie and Clara against each other in a war over who will win the guy’s heart. And what happens when another sexy stranger comes into town who seems all too familiar?
Things Not Found in the Synposis:
For this book I’m loving…
Yep, what can I say. This book has such a fun & upbeat read and therefore requires a fun, upbeat song.
“So come on make me feel alive.” la-la-la…
Yeah, I’m not so good of a singer, as you can probably tell even by reading it on the internet. Rest assured I’ll stick with blogging.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars ****-
Let me explain first off that I had the wonderful opportunity to beta-read this book and now it’s being PUBLISHED!!! EEEP! I’m so excited for Sarah Darlington!
Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. It was so light and the tension between the characters was a lot of fun. I found myself siding with one of the twins though and therefore got all defensive when it came to the other one.
Keep your hands off b*tch he’s mine!
I guess one can say I fell into the trap of the title LOL.
Anyways, this book has got a wicked love triangle/square that leaves you laughing, frustrated, breathless and flushed (because not only is there one sexy hero, but two! TWO!). Both Maggie and Clara have their strengths and weakness as characters and reading both perspectives was great since you got to know them as people instead of just characters. You learnt about their motivations, flaws and driving forces. Sarah did a wonderful job at creating two protagonists who were twins, yet had such distinct voices you could tell who was talking without being told.
Love interests: Dean & Leo.
Dean was great. I think he truly meant well with everything that happened and I felt bad for him at times, because I thought he deserved better than what he was getting. Anyways, I’m really really with how things turned out for him.
Leo… oh Leo. What a … sweetheart. Wait. Did I just say ‘sweetheart’ when in the synopsis it sounded like he was an alcoholic douchebag? Yes, yes I did. To find out what I’m talking about… well you’ll have to read it.
So buckle up readers and get ready for a ride that’ll get you riled up with drama, catfights and a whole lot sexiness.
Let me start by saying I am not a crier.
I do not cry.
But this book… it made me cry. Like a baby.
That’s right, it managed to turn a stone-hearted b*tch into a sobbing pansy in a matter of 300 some pages.
That… that is a job well done, Lisa De Jong. A job well done. I salute you.
I think I truly had to go through the five stages of grief with book. No joke. I honestly think I did.
I read this book probably way back in October/November of 2013 and still 3/4 months later, I feel the lump in the throat, pang in the chest, emotion crushing, tear inducing sensation that this book continues to haunt me with.
Background on the Book:
One night was all it took for Kate to lose everything.
Ever since she’s been wandering through life in darkness, unable to truly move on or open up to anyone – even her childhood best friend Beau.
When Beau leaves for college, Kate is left on her own to deal with the nightmares always churning in her head. She takes a job at the local to pass her days, and it’s there she meets Asher.
Over time, these two create a bond that helps Kate finally begin to heal and piece herself back together. But Asher has a past and secrets of his own and when they come to light Kate’s world is turned upside down in a way she’d never thought possible.
Things not Found in the Synposis:
To represent this book I’m liking….
by Jim Brickman ft. Lady Antebellum
Yeah… not normally a fan of country, but this book was a load of “not normal” for me.
Why this song, well the lyrics to start with. Secondly, the first time I listened to the song while trying to see whether it fit the book, I originally went “Nope”. Mainly because I was like this song is a little too upbeat for something that causes tears. It has too much acceptance and wishful, happiness type thinking. But then I realized you know what? That is the note the book ended on. Just because I was heartbroken and my emotions felt like they’d been put through a cheese grater does not mean there wasn’t a “happy” ending…
So there you go, ta-da! I present Never Alone.
Overall rating: 5 stars *****
Like I said, I bawled like a baby. To those thinking they can multi-task while reading this book… I wish you luck. I tried, let me tell you. I really did. But you know what? I have tear stains in my marketing textbook. I was crying and I didn’t even know I was crying. I couldn’t leave my house because my face was so splotchy and – god forbid – I try and read it on the bus during my daily commute. Don’t do it my friends… don’t do it.
Anyways, read this book if your looking for a Final Destination style roller coaster of a book. It’ll take you up and up… and on the trip down you’ll crash and burn. LOL I’m just kidding…
To me, it was actually a beautifully written book. Kate’s past was tragic and man, let me tell you, the ride up that rollercoaster was amazing with a breath taking view of everything that represented happiness and love. Asher loves with passion and intensity that translates through the pages in a way that left me feeling like I was Kate. I took part of the journey when Kate began to see life as something with unlimited possibilities and I could feel when she was able to finally let things go.
All I can say is that this story – and it’s characters will stay with me for a very long time. And whenever it rains… Damn it, Asher!
Can you honestly go wrong? I mean at look at this cover art!
For those who are a little bit confused about what exactly the ‘Steampunk’ genre is, consider it a sexy Victorian mélange of corsets, clock gears, mad scientist, parasols & so much more.
What’s that? Do I have your attention? I thought so.
Let’s Start with a Little Bit About the Book Shall We?
Five years ago Sera Czedar, a panther shape-shifter, left her family, friends & home behind.
It was the day of her mating ceremony, where she would be chosen by her lover to become his life partner – his mate, his other half. Or was it?
When things go terribly wrong Sera is forced into fleeing from everything she knew and, instead creates a new life for herself in Varselles, the City of Outcasts. There she is a fighter, a woman who is feared in the ring and out of it. Her life begins to fall into place among the shadows and anonymity of the large city, but it isn’t long until her past begins to catch up with her.
When the man she left in a humiliating position while on the eve of their mating ceremony comes to find her, Sera is faced with the fear of facing everything she left behind and hurting those which she swore to protect.
Age is 17+ due to mature subject matter & sexual content.
Anywho, moving onto MUSIC & Review
Now, the point of this blog is hopefully to connect great books, with epic songs. Going through my iTunes, I realized that the song I feel best represents this books is…..
by Florence + the Machine
What can I say, I’m a romantic. 😉
This short story was a lot of fun. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and the sexual tension gave me crazy whiplash! It was sooooo hot, and then something would interrupt it making me angry and frustrated at the cold. It was like torture! I almost couldn’t handle it.
The tension between the MC’s was breath-stealing, captivating & primal. I couldn’t stop reading. I needed to know what happened!
Let me tell you, when the official book 1, Rise comes out, I will be holed up on my couch plowing through it because all this short story did was get me crazy invested.
While the pacing was a little slow at times, it was necessary due to the amount of world and situation building needed. In my understanding the story is a prequel to the series The Cloaked Devices and therefore you don’t learn a huge amount about said devices – which means the true story has yet to begin. How exciting.
Overall rating: 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟-
It was intensely original, I’ve seen very few books out there in the steampunk genre, and let me tell you, I personally think it’s a genre underused. There’s so much potential there and I can’t wait to read more about this amazing world that “Homecoming” has set me up for.
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