The Guilded Chain (Surrender #3) by Lauren Smith


You are cordially invited to the engagement party of Hayden Thorne and Fenn Lockwood—” With a pained gasp, Callie Taylor ripped the expensive cream card and blinked hard against the thick tears that started to drip down her cheeks. Fenn, the man she’d loved her entire life, was getting married to her friend Hayden. It was too much to process over the sudden and shattering pain inside her chest.

After her crush of multiple years suddenly finds the woman of his dreams, Callie is left with her heart in pieces.

There was a wildness to her anguish that was breathtakingly gorgeous and something in him had rumbled, like a deep quake beneath the earth. Her pain had unsettled him, and few things ever unsettled him. So he’d decided to stay a few days to make sure she was going to be all right. Of course, if anyone asked, he was only staying to check on the cabins. That was his story and he was sticking to it.

But when Wes Thorne sets his sights on poor, innocent, heart-broken Callie; things start to change quickly… for both of them.

I give this book a 2.7 out of 5 stars. I have to say that after reading the last two books in this series I was a bit disappointed with this addition. I didn’t feel as connected to these characters and I felt that they lacked the depth of their predecessors. Another thing that I was saddened by was the fact that the story for Wes and Callie didn’t run as smoothly and was a bit predictable. On the other hand Smith still has a way of describing things with just enough detail that you can have a clear picture of scenes and events in your head with out overwhelming you with extra tidbit (which is a big plus!). My favorite character in this book would probably be Wes, because he knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to fight for it. While I did like Callie, I felt that she was a bit too cliche. She was super innocent (and naive) and she never really stood her ground when she and Wes had differing opinions. While I did have some trouble with this book particularly some events that happened in the end (can’t tell you because… spoilers) overall I was able to finish the book and was even surprised at one point. This is the third book in a series but it can be read as a standalone (though there are references to the other books).

Check out my reviews on the first two books in the series!

The Gilded Cuff

The Gilded Cage

Everything I Left Unsaid by M O’Keefe

AVAILABLE 10/13/15!
Everyone minds their own here. They all keep to themselves. That’s what Kevin, the park manager, had said when I put down my cash for the trailer. It’s safe and it’s quiet and we don’t truck with no nonsense. Safe, quiet, and no nonsense made this little scrap of swamp a perfect place to end my week of helter-skelter traveling.

Annie is running

She’s finally escaped her own little piece of Hell and she’s finally getting a taste of true freedom

Then she answers the phone…

Make no mistake, Dylan Daniels was the beast. He was the bad guy in the stories. Some other asshole could be the hero, save the day and get the girl. Alone and gruesome, he’d stay up on his mountain with his money and his work, as far from people as he could get because that was how he liked it. It was better. For everyone. But every once in a while he got to worrying about the monsters that lived off the mountain and he called to check up on Ben.

Dylan isn’t looking for anything or anyone new, then he calls

And Annie picks up the phone

One phone call can change everything

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I have to say that I really liked the difference of the setting in this story. While it was pretty weird, I thought it was interesting how the main characters pretty much communicated solely by cell phone. What made this book so different is that these characters started to fall for one another all while never having set eyes on the other. They literally fell for the others personality and how they made each other feel. It was an interesting concept, I kinda thought he was a serial killer or something for a while but he won me over. This was a relatively fast read though there were a few times where the storyline did lag for the most part I had to know what was going to happen next. I think that my favorite character was Annie, even though she did frustrate me at times. I liked that she was sarcastic, funny, and eventually she grew a backbone. I liked that while her past did have a major impact on her life, she was still able to work at finding herself. I was really proud of her for her growth and while I didn’t agree with some of her decisions in the end they were what helped her to be herself and put her past behind her. This is definitely NOT a standalone and it DOES end on a CLIFFHANGER so while you should read it be warned…

Penthouse Suite by Chantelle Llyod

“Caleb you don’t have to do that, I’m fine now. I am literally five minutes away, no need to str-” I never got to finish my sentence because I suddenly felt my body being forcefully pushed to the right hand side of my car and into the glass, but my body didn’t stop there. It was launched out of the window, hard. I didn’t even have time to scream before my body hurtled out and hit the pavement brutally. I felt a warm and sticky liquid on my face and I heard a voice bellowing for someone to call an ambulance, which was only followed by the sound of people’s panicked voices.

Sophie thought that she had everything she ever wanted, a job she loved, and a best friend who understood everything about her

Until Xavier crashed into life… literally

In walked a tall man in a 3 piece black suit that fit him perfectly and definitely screamed RICH. Although his head was down he had a mop of brown hair that was styled in the sexy bed hair way. He looked muscular even with the suit and I wondered why I was checking him out. When he lifted his face, I saw his jaw chiseled and his cheekbones were high. My eyes made contact with his and I audibly gasped. I would remember those eyes from anywhere, even if I had been thrown from a car and I was nearly unconscious when I saw them.

But while Xavier is the charismatic billionaire

Sophie isn’t sure she can give him all her secrets…

I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. Sophie was my favorite character in that she was strong and she never let the fact that Xavier was a billionaire cloud her thoughts. She was always herself and she was determined to maintain her financial freedoms even though he could have taken care of her easily. She did have her short comings and insecurities but they were actually backed up in her crazy past. Some of the things that happened in her past could mess a person up, but with the help of her best friend Caleb she was able to move on and do what she wanted. I liked that Xavier was able to respect her opinions and decisions (for the most part) despite his controlling nature. Though he still did annoying things or they had their misunderstandings I liked that eventually one of them would initiate a conversation and they would hash things out.  I actually really enjoyed this book even though the ending was pretty much a Harlequin ending (if you’ve ever read a Harlequin novel you know what I’m talking about). I didn’t like that the ending was like that, it was cute but I felt that the author was rushed in the end and that it was a bit disappointing. Anyway this was a standalone and i read it on the Wattpad After Dark app (it’s a bunch of free books written by different people, you should definitely check it out)

 

Deep (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott 

That I’d dropped the pregnancy test didn’t even occur to me until I stood on it. My heel pressed down, grinding of its own accord. Plastic cracked and splintered, the noise strangely satisfying. I just stamped on it, over and over, trampling the bastard, pounding it into the scuffed wooden floor. God yeah, the good vibes just flowed. The first test soon met the same fate. I didn’t stop until I was panting and only wreckage remained on the floor. That felt so much better. So I’d been knocked up by a rock star. Big deal.

Lizzy’s life is forever changed after she spent the night with rockstar Ben Nicholson.

Her plans are in ruins and she’s got all new responsibilities awaiting her.

The closer he got and the more I saw, the more my body wanted. The way his T-shirt clung to him, dark from perspiration, made me start panting. The salty scent of sweat coming from his body got me sky-high. I’d sincerely love to explore what else he enjoyed doing that involved getting overheated. Hells yes, sign me up for some of that.

Ben’s fighting temptation, in the form of his best friends little sister in law. When warnings aren’t enough and things get taken too far; Ben must decide if he’s really ready to settle down.

Both Ben and Lizzy have to face the consequences of their actions and find a way to be together… Or go their separate ways.

I give this book a 3.8 out of 5 stars. I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Play and Lead. That is probably because I didn’t really care for Ben, every time I would start to like him he would do something to make me seriously dislike him again. Lizzy was likeable but she let Ben slide a bit too much for my liking. I did like that she grew up and stood up for herself more and more as the story progressed though. By the end of the book I liked her a lot more. One thing that I really enjoyed was the friendship between the two (before they messed it up by sleeping together) and their banter was nice as well. There was this point were everything was really crazy after they slept together and I liked watching them try to fix everything even though Ben was mostly acting like an idiot. This can be read as a standalone, but it’s better if it’s read as a part of the series as the other characters from previous books are in here as well.

Read my reviews on the first three books of the series!

Lick

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Lead

Lead (Stage Dive #3) by Kylie Scott

Intimacy fled and awkwardness rushed right in like a tidal wave. I could almost feel his walls slamming back into place. Mine were slower, weaker, damn them. Someone, somewhere along the line, had swapped my titanium for tinfoil leaving me wide open and exposed. It was all his fault. For a moment he’d actually stepped down from his self-imposed pedestal. He’d been real with me, shown me his fears, and I’d just sort of mumbled some vaguely comforting shit.

Jimmy’s on the road to recovery, after he almost destroyed his relationship with his brother and nearly broke up the band.

Lena’s the one who was hired to make sure Jimmy stays on track. But she has her work cut out for her because not exactly the easiest guy to get along with.

He scowled at the wall, avoiding my eyes completely. “I just … I just wanted to say, ah …” “Yes-s-s?” “Well, that um, you were useful.” “I was useful?” My brows rise to dangerous heights, I could feel them. After everything we’d been through today, useful was as good as it got? A shrug. “Yeah, mostly.” “Mostly? I was mostly useful.” Slowly, I shook my head, biting back an incredulous grin. Lucky my sense of self-worth wasn’t dependent on him or it’d be a sad, shriveled wreck hiding out in the corner by now.

With Lena’s issue with man (she’s been screwed over one time too many)

And Jimmy’s issue with relationships in general…

Will they really be able to find love, and make it work?

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really liked the relationship between Jimmy and Lena, they can pretty much understand one another without words at all. Lena is really funny in that she is witty and very sarcastic. I really like Jimmy, but I’m not really certain why. He is really annoying at times and kind of bossy but I really like him. Maybe I just like the fact that for all his crazy antics, he’s not actually a bad person. He’s been hurt and mislead by the one person who was supposed to be there for him through everything and has closed himself off to the world. I guess I saw his potential and I know I was really happy when he started to change and grow. Of course all the characters from the other books are in this one as well and though it’s not really a standalone, it can be read like one (but you should totally read the other books too!).

You can find my reviews on the first two books of the series below!

Lick

Play

Lick (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott

I woke up on the bathroom floor. Everything hurt. My mouth felt like garbage and tasted worse. What the hell had happened last night? The last thing I remembered was the countdown to midnight and the thrill of turning twenty- one— legal, at last. I’d been dancing with Lauren and talking to some guy. Then BANG! Tequila.

So being 21 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Evelyn wakes up in her hotel with a hot guy in her bed and a ring on her finger (Cartier, 5 carats) O.o

Slowly, he swam into focus. He was built and beautiful and strangely familiar. Impossible. I’d never met anyone like him. He looked to be in his mid to late twenties— a man, not a boy. He had long, dark hair falling past his shoulders and sideburns. His eyes were the darkest blue. They couldn’t be real. Frankly, those eyes were overkill. I’d have swooned perfectly fine without them.

Can two strangers from two totally different backgrounds find love and stay together? Or will pressures be too much, causing their shaky foundation to finally crack…

I gave this book a 2.8 out of 5 stars. I have to say that even though there were characters that I liked in this book I didn’t have a favorite. Evelyn was a little too much of a pushover for my taste and David pissed me off a LOT. I did like that they went through some growth through the course of he book and that Evelyn even got a bit of a backbone towards the end. It’s kinda funny that even though the characters got on my nerves I couldn’t stop reading. Something about the book made me just keep reading, so although the book can be frustrating at times it’s still pretty funny and it’s by no means a ‘slow’ read. This is the first in a series but can be read as a standalone as each book in the series is about a different member of the band.

Four Seconds to Lose by K. A. Tucker

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I believe some people are inherently evil. I believe guilt is a powerful motivator. I believe redemption is something you can strive for but never fully achieve. I believe second chances exist only in dreams, never in reality. I believe you don’t have years, or months, or weeks to impact a person’s life. You have seconds. Seconds to win them over, And seconds to lose them. -CAIN

Cain has never had it easy, his father was a drug dealer who threw him into the underground fighting scene at a young age.

Charlie may be even worse off than he is, Cain knew his father was evil Charlie had to find out about her father’s hidden nature.

Can two people who have been exposed to the worse the world has to offer find solace in each other?

I’ve become a masochist. The affliction seems to have developed overnight. The night that Charlie started working here, to be precise. And each night after that, as I came out to watch her strip.

Cain is struggling to find some way to ultimately soothe his guilty soul.

Charlie is running from a life she never wanted.

When there’s nowhere left to run, where do you go?

I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. My favorite character is probably Charlie, she tries her best and makes due with what she is given. I like Cain in that he always tries to take care of people, if he deems you worthy then he’s got your back and he goes out of his way to make sure that you are safe and cared for.  I really liked this book overall, but I felt that the ending was a bit rushed.  I like K. A. Tucker in that she is a master story weaver, her stories draw you in and tell you a story from two points of view. The stories are woven together and at the end there is a twist that sometimes you see, sometimes you don’t but it’s always exciting.

This is a standalone, but I suggest you also read the other books in this series as the characters are referenced in this book and the other books are really good 😉


Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid

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(Now they have all the parts in one too!)

So if you’ve been keeping track these last few days, or even if you haven’t…

You know that I’ve been reading the Elements of Chemistry and its parts. So, as of my post yesterday I finished all of the parts which together made pretty much one book (which are now all in one, who knew).

Here’s a bit on the two main characters, as told by quotes from the book…

Katy on Martin:

He’d lose his temper and then BOOM! he’d go off on whatever poor soul he happened to believe responsible. If it was a girl, they’d leave crying after coming in contact with his razor wit (and, by razor, I mean cutting and wound inducing).

Katy on herself:

I rolled my eyes and huffed like the disgruntled recluse I was. I would rather shop for a bra than go to a fraternity party, and that was saying a lot.

Katy and Sam (her BFF) on Katy:

‘Katy, you’re beautiful and desirable—’ ‘Oh my God, no more teasing. I’m wearing the dress, aren’t I? I even let you put makeup on me.’ ‘I’m not teasing you. I’m trying to get you out of this perpetual funk you’re in. You hide yourself behind baggy clothes and eyebrows so thick they could be mustaches.’

Katy on the effects of Martin:

I like kissing you. I like the way it feels. I love how you make me feel when you touch me. But what feels good isn’t always what’s good for me, and I’m not willing to settle for being with someone who sometimes treats me well. I’d rather be alone.”

I give this series(?) a 4.8 out of 5 stars. Now, first of all I have to reiterate that I love Penny Reid as an author. Her books are intellectual as well as funny and her characters are quirky and relatable. For the most part the book was amazing, but there were a few things i didn’t like. The main one being the development in the last part (Capture). I felt that from the beginning Martin and Katy where slowly changing and growing the more they were around each other, which was good, they seemed real in that they made mistakes but they also learned from them. They were honest with each other and worked to not only try to better themselves, but to help their significant other out as well. Then there was Capture. Some stuff went down in Heat and by the time you where in Capture Katy made some major changes in her life (good) but she also had a Twilight moment (the part where there were pages with the months but nothing else…). I mean it wasn’t that extreme but there was a period in the book that was painful to read because nothing was really happening. Otherwise it was a great series and I hope you check it out.

Check out my reviews on each part!

Attraction

Heat

Capture

Heat (Elements of Chemistry part 2) by Penny Reid

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As the Elements of Chemistry series is written in parts and (to me) can really only be read together I have decided to do a special 4 day posting ‘event’. Starting with yesterday’s Attraction post I will continue to post about each part on each new day which means I will post about the third and final part tomorrow and I will do an overall review of the parts as a whole on Wednesday! Please look forward to it and let me know what you think.

😉 -Fe

Earlier, after a change, and motion quickly to the string bikini I was wearing, I went back to the debt that’s all you had your hands full-and at one point, your mouth full of a tongue that wasn’t yours-so I figure you were good. You know, are entertained, taken care of, no need of my escort services.

Katy has agreed to spend her Spring break with Martin.

Martin is really messing this up

Are they truly meant to be?

I understand that kissing random girls is in your wheelhouse. Which, like I’ve been saying all along, is another reason why we’re not compatible. Because, as I’ve said-and no judgment-I’m not really into kissing guys who kiss other girls. That’s not in my wheelhouse. So you should go return to your women folk. I’ll be down here reading; no rush.

This is both Martin and Katy first ‘real’ relationship (for different reasons), how bad could it get?

You have no idea…

I give this part 4.5 out of 5 stars. As the parts continue you get a better feeling for the characters and their circumstances. I have to say with this new installment I like Martin a lot more and better understand his personality as well. Another character that becomes more prominent is Sam, Katy’s best friend. You learn more about her and Katy as well by the way they interact. This ends on a cliffhanger, and is very frustrating at times. It is relatively fast paced and definitely funny. This is part 2 of the Elements of Chemistry series, it should NOT be read as a standalone.

Want to read my review on part 1?

Attraction

Attraction (Elements of Chemistry part 1) Penny Reid

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This part of the series is currently free on amazon (as of 6/14/15)

Martin Sandeke, my year-long chemistry lab partner and all around most unobtainable person in the universe- who I never spoke to except to ask for beakers, relay findings, and request modifications to the heat level of my Bunsen burner. And by Bunsen burner I meant, literally, my Bunsen burner. Not the figurative Bunsen burner in my pants. Because I hoped Martin Sandeke had no idea that he affected the heat levels of my figurative Bunsen burner.

Katy is the daughter of a senator and a dean of medicine, granddaughter to a physicist and an astronaut. She feels as though she has big shoes to fill.

Martin is the son of a billionaire and most everyone he meets is out to use him.

What will happen when two totally different people are inexplicably attracted to one another?

‘What was that?’ His eyes stopped moving over my face and instead settled, held mine captive. They were heated and…hot and…intense. I was starting to understand why the blood of a thousand virgins had been sacrificed at his altar of sexual prowess. I tried to swallow. I couldn’t. ‘That was necessary,’ he finally said. Actually, he growled it. ‘Necessary?’ ‘Yes. That needed to happen.’ ‘It did?’ He nodded once and bent as though he were going to do it again. I stiffened, my hands moved instantly to his chest and I thwarted his advance-because, if he started kissing me, it was surely a sign of Armageddon.

Apparently Armageddon…

I gave this book a 4.6 of 5 stars. <– This might be because I now have to continue on to the next book (part?) because of this cliffhanger she just gave me… I have to say that this is the second series that I have started by Penny and she doesn’t disappoint. The characters are well thought out and hilarious, they have unique personalities and they are intellectually funny. She has perfected the method behind the intelligent character. She doesn’t just tell you that a character is smart (anyone can do that) she shows their intellect through the way they act and speak, and she does it in a way that doesn’t make you as the reader feel stupid (I mean I do look up some words they use, but it’s not a lot and they are humorous most of the time). Katy is definitely my favorite character, with her awkward social interactions and witty commentary. She is also very annoying in that she is very naïve, but she is also changing which is satisfying to watch. Martin is frustrating as a character with his complicated personality but it is also understandable. This is definitely NOT a standalone and I would recommend that you purchase all three books at the same time and get comfortable because you will most likely spend all day trying to finish… Don’t say I did warn you…