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Review: NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

In November 9 by Colleen Hoover, Fallon O’Neil, a former teen actress, has decided to move to New York City and is meeting her father, the famous actor, Donovan O’Neil, to break the news to him. Fallon is not in a great mood to begin with as it is the anniversary of a fire that left part of her body scarred and ended her acting career. Donovan and Fallon end up getting in a huge argument when suddenly a stranger plops down in their booth. Claiming he is Fallon ‘s boyfriend,  Benton James Kessler is confident, cocky, and hot in the way he shuts down  Donovan. Fallon and Ben end up spending the rest of the day together before Fallon’s flight to New York. They agree that they will meet every year on November 9th at the same time and place. They are not allowed any contact with each other throughout the year. As Ben and Fallon fall in love with each other, Ben realizes he needs to tell Fallon the horrible secret he is hiding. Will the truth rip them apart or will they find a happily ever after?

25111004Colleen Hoover has become one of my must buy authors. I don’t care what the book is about. Hoover could write a book about paint drying and it would be epic.

I thought I knew who my favorite hero was out of all of Colleen ‘s books. And then along came Ben Kessler. Ben is devastated by his mother’s suicide and commits a stupid act that leaves him haunted. Ben is confident,  sexy,  and his words to Fallon will have you equal parts swooning and crying. Not to mention Ben goes on a romance novel binge when he finds out Fallon loves reading them and he becomes determined to be better than any book boyfriend. Fallon and Ben even have a hilarious conversation about romance novels and refer to it as booksting  (my new favorite word).

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Review: POINT OF RETREAT by Colleen Hoover

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover picks up where Slammed left off, except this time the story is told through Will’s point of view. Lake and Will are doing the best they can in raising their brothers and trying to balance school with parental duties. Will hasn’t been completely honest about his past with Lake and when an ex-girlfriend re-enters his life, all heck breaks loose. Lake isn’t sure she can trust Will or if they are even together for the right reasons. Can they move past these obstacles and find true love? I think this is my favorite book out of the series so far. I loved Will ‘ s character so I was super excited to see the this book was from his POV.

13372690This book should come with a warning not to read it at bedtime. I decided one night to read a few chapters and just when I told myself to go to bed, chaos ensues. I was freaking out, crying, trying to read faster to see what happened. The result? I ended up staying up to finish the book and was exhausted at work the next day (but it was so worth it!).

I enjoyed reading about Lake and Will struggling to be parents to their siblings. When the boys get suspended from school after defending a friend who was being bullied, Lake and Will are caught between being proud of them and having to punish them. They come up with a fake yelling argument to scare the boys that had me laughing out loud.

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Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

In Slammed, by Colleen Hoover, Layken Cohen’s Senior year is not going as planned. After her father’s unexpected death, her mother moves the entire family from Texas to Michigan. Lake is trying to make the best out of a bad situation. When she meets her sexy neighbor Will Cooper, the two hit it off instantly and suddenly Michigan isn’t so bad. Then Lake learns what Will does for a living and there is absolutely no way they can be together because of his career. If that wasn’t bad enough, Lake’s mother reveals the real reason she moved the family to Michigan. How will Lake deal with both of these blows?

13372690I was a little skeptical about reading a book about a high schooler. Being an adult, I find it difficult to relate to younger characters, but the buzz on social media was too much for me to ignore. I shouldn’t have worried at all because Hoover once again delivers another outstanding book. What happens to Lake and Will could certainly happen to anyone at any age.

If I had to pick a favorite character from this book, I would have to pick Will. He has such a quirky sense of humor. The fact that he is raising his brother at such a young age after their parents died gave him bonus points. Will tried so hard throughout the book to do the honorable thing with Lake when it would have been very easy to give in to temptation.

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Review: MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

In Maybe Someday, by Colleen Hoover, college student Sydney thinks she has a good life. She’s studying what she wants to instead of what her parents want her to, she has a nice apartment with her BFF, and a loving boyfriend. And now she has a new friend, a talented musician who loves to play guitar outside on his balcony where Sydney can hear him. On her 22nd birthday, Sydney learns that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her BFF. Devastated, Sydney has nowhere to go until Ridge, her new friend, steps in and offers her a place to live for free if she’ll help him write lyrics for his band. Their friendship quickly escalates into something so much more but Ridge has a girlfriend and Sydney doesn’t want to hurt the girlfriend like her friend did to her. Can Ridge and Sydney fight their attraction to each other or will it destroy their friendship?

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I was struggling with a massive book hangover when I finally got my copy of this book in at the library. I devoured this book,curious as to how  thing were going to work out. I stayed up past my bed time and if I hadn’t had to work, I probably would have finished this in 2 days.

I was wondering how Hoover would put her own spin  on a classic love triangle. She had me dying in parts and sighing in admiration of Ridge ‘ s devotion to Maggie,  his girlfriend.  It was hard not to like Maggie but I wanted Sydney to be with Ridge. I loved how both characters fought their attraction to each other all in the name of protecting Maggie.  I was tempted several times to sneak a peak at the ending but forced myself not to.
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Review: UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

In Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, Tate Collins has just gotten out of a relationship. She’s not looking for love but lust is okay.  When she meets her brother’s friend, Miles Archer,  their chemistry is undeniable. Miles and Tate agree to a no strings relationship that involves just sex and nothing else. At least that is what they keep telling themselves. Can they stick to their rule or will love find a way into their hearts?

I am not sure how to even start this review. It was such an emotional roller coaster. I actually peeked at the ending of the book about halfway through just to make sure that Miles and Tate got their HEA. I never ever do that when I am reading!

The thing about Miles Archer is that he knows love isn’t all rainbows,  hearts and sunshine. He has experienced the dark side of love. Love ripped his heart out, stomped on it, and drop kicked it to the curb. He simply doesn’t feel like he can love again or that he deserves to love again after what he endured.

Poor Tate. She tried so hard to follow his rules but she just couldn’t do it. She needed to be his friend, confident, and lover like she needs air to breathe.  Every time Miles threw up a road block, Tate found a way around it and kept coming back for more.

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