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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: AFTER FOREVER by Jasinda Wilder

After Forever by Jasinda Wilder picks up where Forever and Always abruptly ends. Cade and Ever have been in a horrific car wreck that leaves both of them injured. Cade’s injuries are fairly mild compared to Ever: he has a broken arm and leg.  Ever is not so lucky. She has a traumatic brain injury that has left her in a vegatative state. Cade is left in limbo. He loves Ever dearly but he feels like he is slowly loosing his connection to her. The only person who understands this is Ever’s twin sister, Eden. In a weak moment the two make a shocking decision that will have a lasting impact on everyone.

18664947This book is not an easy read. It’s not a sunny romance filled with hearts and kittens. It is full of heartache and misery and subjects few people want to talk about, much less write about. One of the topics dealt with is Ever being in a coma. Will she ever wake up? How does Cade go on without her? Can he go on without her?

Obviously Cade is dealing with a huge amount of survivors guilt, which comes pouring out in one heartbreaking scene. Cade also refuses to give up on Ever no matter what her doctors say.

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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: EXQUISITE BETRAYAL by A.M. Hargrove

In Exquisite Betrayal by A.M. Hargrove, Fallon McKinley has been blogging and reviewing her favorite romance authors for years. Now she’s headed to Vegas for a book convention and a weekend of fun. A chance run in with a sexy stranger at the airport leads to a one night stand. There’s something about Ryland Thomas Sinclair though that keeps Fallon coming back for more. As the two navigate through their relationship, Ryland eventually confesses a huge secret to her: he’s actually her favorite romance author R.T Sinclair, who she has promoted for years on her blog. Can Fallon keep his secret? Can Ryland Thomas learn to trust Fallon with his heart?

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I purchased this book on July 8, 2014 in preparation for Penned Con. I started reading it and then for some reason I set it aside. I am so sorry I let this book languish on my Kindle because I throughly enjoyed this book.

I love how Hargrove highlights the world of reviewers and book cons. There are average readers, who will read a book and maybe recommend the book to someone. Then there are the Bookworms, who live and breathe books.  We review books on amy site possible  (maybe we even have our own blog ), we shamelessly promote books via social media or word of mouth, we join street teams, .we save our money to meet our favorite authors and get signed books,  and just maybe we become friends with the authors we adore. For those who aren’t aware of the book community,  Hargrove ‘s description of this seems farfetched.
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