New Adult

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

Beautiful disasterTitle: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
My rating★★★★✫

I have bought this book for it’s title and cover. There, I said it. Yes, sometimes I do judge a book by its cover, without even reading the synopsis. Well, in this case it was definitely a good guess, because I really loved the story.

What the book is about

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

What I think about the book

The first part of the story got me hooked. Travis is the ultimate bad boy and I had an instant book-crush on him. Yes, he is everything a girl needs to stay away from, but I do find that quite attractive. Like Abby, I would not rush into things. That seems like a smart thing to do.

Abby didn’t really seem like such a good girl herself, although there was nothing ‘wrong’ with her, I had no idea what was in her past. It became clear that she and her friend America left home for good reasons. When I finally found out what her past was like, it felt like a major plot twist. Whoa! It was not at all what I expected, but at least it made me understand why she was able to stand up to Travis the way she did.

And then there was Parker. I loathe guys like him, who think they can make girls like them with expensive dinners and presents that are over the top. I find it a bit creepy, as if they have no soul. I could not like him, no matter how hard I tried. Ugh. Exit Parker, hello Travis!

Of course Travis and Abby find their way together. You can feel that from the very beginning. Abby and Travis have this friendship / relationship going where things can go either up or down, but nothing in between. When it’s good, it’s awesome, but when it’s bad… You better hide. I can relate to that in a way. For some people it seems like a bad thing, but these two can totally handle each other, good or bad. I liked that.

While I found the beginning of the story total 5 star material, I did end up giving the book just 4 stars. It became a bit unrealistic near the end and things were getting out of control. I still liked it, but it was different somehow. When I finished it, I thought “Did that just happen to them?” and I wondered if the ending was okay. Maybe it was, but I wasn’t so sure. It didn’t change my mind entirely, I still loved Travis and Abby – and all the others in the book.

A Perfect Mistake – Zoe Dawson

18302011Title: A Perfect Mistake (A perfect secret #2)
Author: Zoe Dawson
Publisher: Blue Moon Creative
Format: Kindle
Pages: 252
My rating★★★★✫

A perfect mess, the first part of the Perfect Secret / Hope Parish series, was not just a romantic novel, but also a bit of a thriller. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from the sequel. Still I am someone who enjoys reading series, therefore I did move on to the next part.

What the book is about

How can they have a future when their past is based on a lie?

The perfect preacher’s daughter, Verity Fairchild, has something that only she and God know about and she wants to keep it that way. Her mistake was easy to keep secret when she was out of town, but now that she’s come back to Hope Parish for the summer, she comes face-to-face with the guy responsible for it all. Boone Outlaw nearly ruined everything for her and despite the fact that he’s now working at her father’s church, she’s determined to stay as far away from him as possible.

Boone Outlaw doesn’t understand Verity’s anger towards him. He barely knows her. In high school she was Holy Mary Verity and she was off limits – except in his dreams where Verity seems way too real. Most of the time he was wasted in high school, not the type of boy Verity would ever look at twice, but he can’t shake the feeling that something might have happened between them. He’s going to break his own rules to get the answers he needs straight from Verity.

What will Verity do when she finds something in Boone that she never knew existed and her perfect mistake is the only thing that could stand between them and their happiness? Will she sacrifice Boone to keep her secret?

What I think about the book 

The story of Verity and Boone turns out to be a lot more dramatic. Nothing scary, except for the avances of Billy Joe, the boy that Verity’s father would like to see her end up with. I found him quite creepy and a bit of a stalker. Other than that, the story is mostly romance, lust and drama all rolled into one. It was definitely more the kind of story that I had expected from these series and therefore I found it much better than the first novel.

Once again, the reader doesn’t know the secrets that Verity and Boone carry around with them. Throughout the story they tell each other (and their friends/brothers) about what has happened last summer, the summer of their graduation. O yes, it keeps coming back to that one night. A lot has happened that night and during the year after when the girls (Verity, Aubree and River Pearl) left town. As a reader you get to see both Verity’s and Boone’s point of view, so while they are still a bit in the dark about the other, the reader can see where things go wrong for them. Although Booker was more my type of bad boy, I can see why Verity is falling for Boone Outlaw.

This time I was prepared for the fact that this novel was not quite ‘clean’ when it came to the ‘romantic’ scenes. It didn’t really bother me like it did last time. I guess it is something that comes with the genre of new adult novels. So if you like your books to have clean content, pick another one. If you don’t mind, go ahead and read this.

Then comes spring – CeCe Carroll

then comes springTitle: Then comes spring (Tastes like winter #2)
Author: CeCe Carroll
Format: Kindle
Pages: 159
My rating★★★★✫

In 2014 I have read CeCe’s first novel Tastes like Winter. This month her new book Then Comes Spring has been published. It’s another story about Emma and Jake, the characters I fell in love with in her first book. When CeCe asked on Twitter if anyone was up for reading a review copy I told her I’d love to.

What the book is about

At seventeen, among the shift and collapse of family and friends, Emma fell in love. Jake came into her life and saw her in a way no one else did. But Jake was battling his own demons and with each step forward came several steps back.

Four years later, Emma has changed. When she left High Gate so her mother could pursue a new career in Colorado, things were left open ended with Jake. Emma hoped their fragile bond would grow stronger despite their distance, but life doesn’t always work out that way.

Hardened by a broken heart, Emma ditches hopes and dreams in favor of safer choices. But when Jake appears back in her life, she must decide what she wants, what she needs, and what she can’t live without.

What I think about the book 

I really liked the book. It was fast paced and I could have read it in one sitting if only I could have had my normal concentration. The book is slightly different from Tastes Like Winter. First of all the setting has changed. Since the story continues four years after the last one ended, a lot has changed. Emma moved on to a college in a different state and she seems to be a whole different person. No longer is she the dreamy and introvert girl who spends lots of time locked up in her room with a book, she became a young woman with a goal in life, future plans and friends to hang out with. She is still serious when it comes to her classes, but knows how to enjoy herself. She even fell in love again and feels ready to let a new guy in to her heart. Brandon. Her safe choice. A good guy. Or so she thinks.

When Jake enters the scene again, Emma is shocked. Everything she has been working for over the past four years, seems to fall apart in that second. At first she tries to stay away from Jake, but she can’t. She wants to be his friend, she is curious as to what he has been up to. Wouldn’t we all want to know? I mean, a first love, there is a certain thing about that. They will always be a part of you. So yes, by hanging out with Jake, Emma is playing with fire. Who will she pick? What will she do?

Even though the outcome might not be such a surprise, it was well written and I really enjoyed reading about it. The struggles in Emma’s head are very realistic. What about the future? What if I won’t like the job I will be getting after college? What kind of relationship do I want? There are so many choices that we’ve got to make at the age of 21 that it does freak you out sometimes. That sounds quite familiar to me. I do wonder what Emma’s future will be like and what she will be like five years from where she’s at now. Maybe we will get another story from CeCe Carroll, and otherwise I will just have to guess where it will go from here.

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