It's been a hell of a year for me (and everyone, politically). I accomplished a lot in 2016: I pulled myself out of depression, published The Belgrave Legacy, and got admitted to BU, just to name a few. I'm finally ready to move on toward bigger and better things, and I think the perfect word for that in 2017 is "success." And not as in grades, or necessarily traditional measures of success (although I won't be completely forsaking them), but what I personally consider successes. This past year taught me to celebrate the small victories and successes, because when you're feeling down, you don't remember anything good—even if you have a multitude of them to draw on.
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Let me start off by saying that I am so happy for Lindsey Summers for getting her book published. I loved The Cell Phone Swap on Wattpad, and devoured it and everything related to it (the short stories: TCPS Tales, Talon's POV shorts: iAmTalon, and the in-progress sequel that tells Zach's story: Gambling With Hearts).
Second, I received a print ARC from the MaximumPop because I (and others) won a giveaway. My opinions here are my own, and not influenced by the fact that I received a free copy of the book.
I liked how this was streamlined from the Wattpad version, but I think removing the main reason Kelley breaks up with him in the middle (of the Wattpad version) had a lot more gravitas than just the issue that was toward the start of the Wattpad story and was kept.
I'm going to start off and say I almost didn't buy this book. With everything happening with Passengers (issues of consent, rape culture, etc), I was 99.99% sure I didn't want to read a story whose description explicitly states from the male POV that "the day I let her go, I set down a path for her. A path to me." BUT... the only reason I'd even heard about the book was a recommendation of an author friend... and my curiosity got the better of me.
This is clearly the better written, vanilla version of Fifty Shades of Grey because it has a rich business man who is obsessed with a girl right out of college, wants her to be his intern, wants to make her his, and isn't above stalking and controlling her in classic abusive style that should raise every red-flag, but somehow gets a rep for being romantic in a romance novel.
It's the first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve which means it's time for a 99¢ sale! And, to sweeten the deal, I'm also running a giveaway for a Caleb candle.
New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan brings us a brand new standalone--The Room Mate! When someone is off-limits, it's hard to resist.
About the Book
I enjoyed this story a lot. The two main characters, Cass Linford and Adam Grey, were three-dimensional, interesting in their own rights, and played well with each other. They respected and helped each other, and shared some really nice chemistry. The side characters, especially Cass' brother, sister-in-law, and Adam's brother, were entertaining while revealing new information about the main characters.
The main plot wasn't exactly unique, but Adam's backstory was seemed very fresh (at least in the context of fake engagement/marriage stories) and was handled artfully.
I can't believe it's taken me so long to read this story. It came out on October 4, and I literally had NO chance to read it because I was bogged down in papers, exams, and then final papers and final exams, not to mention needing to pack up my dorm room to get it stored for my transfer in January. Anyway, I love this book just as much as I did when I first beta'd it a while back (sometime around 2014, when I was Melissa's PA & she was actively drafting Book 2—which meant I read each chapter as it came out with bated breath).
Title: Hitched (The Complete Series)
Series: Imperfect Love, 1-3
Author: Kendall Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 17, 2016
I have to get my wife pregnant. I know what you're thinking, boo hoo, poor me, right?
The only problem is my darling wife hates my guts. The only reason we eloped was because our fathers, who are business partners, are jointly leaving us their $100 billion company. If we wed.
And she doesn't know this part yet, but it's contingent on us producing an heir.
I have 90 days to knock her up, which might be difficult considering she can't stand to be in the same room as me, let alone share my bed.
Mark my words, I will have her begging for me. I've never backed down from a challenge and
I'm not about to start now.
Filled with hot and humorous moments, you won't want to miss the complete series of HITCHED!
You may be surprised to be reading a review for a second book in a series that started off with a book that I had a huge problem with, but I had actually bought both books at the same time and was curious enough to give this story a chance. And I'm glad I did! There were none of the issues from the first book in this one, and I found myself liking Laurie and Ethan more than either Chelsea or Rafe.
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