Sunday, November 25, 2018

Broken Love Review

Broken Love (Shattered Love Series #2)
By: Stacey Marie Brown

Life shattered my bones, now it wants to break my heart. 
Jaymerson Holloway thought all her grief and pain were behind her. Unfortunately, life has other ideas. 
Where stories don’t end happily. 
Where hearts shattered into pieces and love slips through your fingers. 
Leaving everything behind to follow her dreams, Jaymerson travels to Italy, where she learns to stand on her own, move on with her life, and open her heart to another. But nothing prepares her for seeing Hunter’s life explode over the TV screen and watching his success, which comes with lots of women wanting a piece of The Haze. Crueler is the agony of seeing him fall in love with another. But that isn’t even the worst of it. 
When she returns home and their paths cross, they are no longer the same people. The old animosity they once felt for each other flares the ties between them. Especially when more secrets and truths are uncovered. 
Like moths to flames, their undeniable chemistry continues to pull them to each other and tangle their lives together, even though it will only end in heartbreak and sorrow. 

I remember when I finished reading Shattered Love, and thought there was no way I would be able to wait so long for Broken Love to come out to find out what happens next with Jaymerson and Hunter. I absolutely fell in love with the first book, if you enjoy contemporary romance or aren't familiar but are willing to try something new, I highly recommend these books. The third book hasn't even come out yet and I can already say with absolute certainty that this is one of my favorite series'. I've already read both books more times than I can even count, and Broken Love only came out a couple weeks ago. I love them that much. Ok ok, enough about my obsession with these books. Now to the good stuff.

In the first book we watched Jaymerson and Hunter go through a lifetime worth of hardship and heartache to finally be able to be with each other. Honestly, the book ended on such a high note for me that if the author, SMB, had have left it as a single book, I would have still been happy. In saying that, this book is everything I didn't know I needed for these characters. SMB created some of my all time favorite characters with Jaymerson and Hunter and honestly, I was a little bit angry with her for putting them through so much all over again. Especially Hunter, seriously SMB, couldn't you have just given the guy a break?? However tragic his story was I have come to believe it was necessary to the plot (not that my acceptance of this lessens my ridiculously bitterness of this, of course). That's right peeps, Hunter is yet another of what I refer to as my "book boyfriends". Read the books and I promise you, you will understand exactly why.

Jaymerson's character undergoes a huge transformation in this book, which is inspiring to see. In the first book she became such a victim of circumstance to her classmates and we watched her undergo so much bullying that her self confidence took a huge hit. In Broken Love she really comes into her own and even when faced with past bullies, she is so confident and self aware that no matter what hurtful things they say she rises above it and moves beyond their pitiful attempts to reduce her to the broken girl she was in high school, after her accident. 

I loved the hot and cold dynamic between Hunter and Jaymerson, and the mystery behind each of their love lives. Neither of them really wanted to be the first to come out and tell the other where they stand and there were a lot of guessing games happening between the two which caused more problems. Hunter has the ability to turn off his feelings like a faucet and sometimes his behaviour changes so quickly that he becomes a huge asshole in the blink of an eye (which is somehow still sexy) and Jaymerson is more of the wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve type, so she's the one who gets more obviously hurt by the way Hunter treats her. This wasn't your typical guy chases girl or even girl chases guy story, they both chase each other, until the chase ends and they're thrown together. That's when the book gets even juicier. 

If you've read all of this and still think 'hm. I don't think I would like this' then I have described it poorly and I apologize. I really can't tell you how much I love this series. The third, and final, book is coming out next year and while Jaymerson and Hunter are not centric to the story, I am still ardently awaiting the book. I already know I'm going to love it (but no pressure SMB). 

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

House of Darken (Secret Keepers #1) Review

House of Darken (Secret Keepers #1)
By: Jaymin Eve

When Emma moves to Astoria, Oregon, she is given two rules: 

#1 – Don’t cross to “their” side of the street.

#2 – Don’t mess with the elites, especially Lexen Darken, top elite and resident bad boy. 

While she finds this both weird and insulting, Emma has no actual intention of breaking these rules - until her guardians go missing. Now all bets are off. Only a single line separates her side of the street from the elites', and she's crossing it.

Captured and held by Lexen and his brothers, she learns the rules are in place for a very good reason. There's a secret world hidden in this small town which goes far beyond the one she knows and understands. 

A world not for humans.

Every now and then I come across a gem of a book and can't understand how I've never heard of it before. House of Darken was hands down one of those books. I saw it advertised on FB as part of a series, and liked the cover. I didn't even have to read the synopsis to know that I wanted to read this book. By chapter three I was hooked and knew that there was no way I was putting this book down until I was finished it. 

My favorite reads are always ones where I can picture the setting and where the author creates a homey feeling within me. There was something about the way Jaymin described the town, school and even Emma's dilapidated little house that made me feel warm and cozy. Emma and her guardians are no strangers to hard times and Emma's awareness and acceptance of their stressed financial situation was refreshing. Her attitude was one of gratitude, even though she was barely given the necessities she needed to live. I loved that the author included that type of attitude and circumstance in this book geared to young adult readers, because that display of positive attitude from a strong teenage female can be inspiring in young people and open their minds to their own situations. Bookworms like myself always draw inspiration and strength from our favorite characters, so for the author to give us such a positive influence in Emma is fantastic.

I also loved the glimpse into how the 'other half' live with the mansions, the expensive school, expensive cars and snotty, entitled rich kids who call themselves the "elite". I loved that there were clear lines drawn between the classes, based on income and how that line became blurred when Emma ventured onto a side that she clearly did not belong on. 

As always, my favorite part was the bad boy in the book, Lexen Darken. Seriously, why do authors always give us these physically strong, beautiful, badass men and then give them soft gooey sides, making readers develop crushes on fictional characters. Please, Jaymin, throw me a bone here and tell me that Lexen is based on someone real. I'm begging you. Lexen's character begins as the proverbial asshole and the more we get to know him the more we learn how fiercely protective he is of his family, how loyal he is to his friends and how powerful he is as a draygone born. Honestly, I'm still not entirely sure I understand what he is and what his people can do, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to read all about them and know more. 

I have already downloaded the next three books and am looking forward to the next installments in this series. And for real, how did I not know about this series before now??

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Don't Bait Me Review

Don't Bait Me (Nora Jacobs #3) By: Jackie May Now that Nora has been outed as an underworlder, all she wants to do is lay low, figure...