Before you go – Clare James

 

Sexy young couple passionately kissing in bedroom.

Author- Clare James
Publication date- March 30th 2013
Genre- Romance, New adult,

Book description- After a public sex scandal at her college, Tabby moves to a new city with a new school, convinced she can start over. But she soon realises the changes are not enough. Tabby must take action to help her heal and move on from the past.

And though it sounds crazy, she believes a one-night stand is the best way to take back what’s hers. If she can choose where, when, and most importantly, who … maybe she can regain control.
First, she needs a willing participant.She finds more than that when she meets Noah Adler.
Unfortunately, she can’t go through with it. And when she tries to forget about the plan—and the guy—it becomes impossible.
Noah quickly weaves his way into her new life and her heart. But as he comes dangerously close to discovering her secret, Tabby’s at risk of losing it all.

My Review
 
So I started this book last night and it took me around 2 hours to read. Yes I obviously enjoyed it. It is in first person through the character of Tabitha Kelly (I had a cat called Tabby when I was younger so it made me giggle a little.) The story starts out with Tabby in a bar trying to get a guy, at first I was thinking it was going to be a girl who was desperate for sex and attention etc etc. Little did I know Tabby was actually drugged and made out to be a slut in her old college. This is what drew me in even more after reading about her past, as being a teenager myself, I have seen my friends and other people get hurt and humiliated by things like this. Silly pictures and videos so I found it really interesting to actually read a fictional story about what is a common thing these days. It is also so different to any other book I have read normally its an abusive past, murders and chapters of sex but, this book actually stood out from others I have read.

Clare James was brave with this book as it touches a soft subject but she did it well. As everyone knows there are so many books with the characters having a big dark secret past but the thing that makes this book unique is the way the writer has included the therapy and exercises people go through to help what they have been through. It was realistic and that’s what makes this book so good. I imagine many people can relate to this book and Tabitha. A lot of teenagers these days go through therapy and attend groups to help with their pasts or issues they may be having in life.
The one thing in this book that made me smile was the Butterfly project, I personally know people who have used this to stop themselves harming their own bodies. People who do not know what the Butterfly project is i will explain. It is a project created for self harmer’s who need help and motivation to stop harming. The rules are simple. The harmer draws a butterfly on their places of harm, if the butterfly fades without them self harming it means it has lived and flown away. If they do harm it means the butterfly has died and must start its life again. The idea is to name the butterfly after a person who is loved by the harmer, motivating them not to hurt that person.

The only things about this book that made me question it was the character of Jules. Considering she was supposed to be Tabby’s new best friend and support her through her therapy she seemed more like a shadow. She wasn’t there much and it would have been good to see her more in the book and learn more about her. Although Clare James has announced there will be another book with Jules and Thomas’ story so I guess that will learn us more about the other characters. I would also like to know more about Noah and Jenna’s past.

The character of Noah was beautiful you could feel the love and passion between him and Tabby. One thing that did make me cringe a little was Noah’s way of getting Tabby to trust again. I found it a little bit awkward but hey it worked for her!

I am going to give this book a 4/5 because I loved it so much, it was face paced and hooked me right from the beginning. The characters are relatable and realistic. I am really impressed by this book. It is honestly beautiful and I can not wait to see what else Clare James has to come!

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Stephanie
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Beautiful Disaster- Jamie Mcguire

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Author- Jamie Mcguire
Publication date-  14th August 2012
Genre-  Romance, New adult
Book description-  Abby Abernathy doesn’t drink or swear and she works hard. Abby believes she has created enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college, her dreams of a new beginning are quickly challenged by the university’s walking one-night stand. Bad Boy. Travis Maddox, handsome, built, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs – and wants – to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight club, and his days as the notorious college Lothario. A disaster waiting to happen…Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain celibate for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Or the start of something beautiful? Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. Or that this is the start of an obsessive, intense relationship that will lead them both into unimaginable territory…

My Review

Being totally honest the only reason I bought this book was because it was in the ‘similar to Fifty Shades of Grey’. After reading the Fifty Shades books I flew into that pit of fifty shades post depression just like every other person. So when I saw Beautiful Disaster I thought I would give it a go and thank god I did!

It is written in first person, in Abbey Abernathys point of view. She is introduced as the quiet goody two shoes but as the story moves on we learn she’s not so good and she has a big past. After losing her bet with Travis she is left to live with him for an entire month. Over the month they learn new things about each other, learn about each others past and quickly fall in love but not admitting it to each other until the month is up and after dating other people. Long story short, two people with a past fall in love but are scared to admit their feelings and let each other in, when they finally do its happy ever after. Kind of.

If you fall in love with characters easily you will sure fall for Travis within the first two chapters!

There was a few things in this book that made me think WHAT THE HELL!? others that made me a little confused and angry and a lot that made my heart melt! Starting with the what the hells…

At one point in the book Travis starts singing I can’t get no satisfaction in the middle of the cafeteria and the football players sing as back up! At first I thought this was meant to be an exaggerated comparison, unfortunately not, it was a cringe moment in the book and I don’t understand why it happened.
Another what the hell moment is at the end Abby and Travis finally get married in Vegas (shocker.. not) She then gets a tattoo of “MRS MADDOX” and refers to it as her brand! SERIOUSLY!? I found it was little creepy and weird, we live in 2013 everyone knows not to get someones name inked on you! Its strange!

The one thing that confused me is why Jamie Mcguire used Country names in this book I mean one sure but two? America and Brazil were names used in this book and at first I was like huh why is she talking about countries until I realised they were in fact names! Not that its a big thing or really a point I should of made but it just confused me a little.

Moments that got me angry were ones when Travis was ‘trying to get Abby back’ I would normally call this stalking. He sat outside her apartment for days, he was controlling and seemed to find any way possible to keep her to himself all the time. He bought her a puppy just to bring her back to his apartment… CREEP! although many people ask why people get pulled into these bad boy characters who are violent and abusive to others I have to say I am a sucker for it. These controlling and violent characters always make me swoon, no idea why! Must be the writers effects.

Moving on to the good points, I love this book more than anything even though I have had a little moan about it, I have to admit it is my favorite book I have read so far, so different and intense. I sat through this book crying along with the characters emotions and getting butterflies when the cute little moments happened. The sexual tension between Travis and Abby was almost unbearable, you can tell they are in love and how much they want each other and its so frustrating reading about Abby going on dates and Travis hooking up with girls. I’m not going to lie it broke my heart a little! I recommend this book to ANYONE AND EVERYONE its perfect for any romance fan.

I always find self-published books to be the best they aren’t always well known so when a book like BD gets big you know we have another talented author in the world.

Coming back to the beginning of my review, I don’t see why Beautiful Disaster was linked to Fifty Shades at all. Yes the characters have a past but fifty shades is all about the dominance and learning how to love etc  whereas BD is about just love, there is no crazy wild sex scenes or red rooms like FS. I’m glad I found this book though as it has really inspired me to write more and learn more about self publishing.

I am giving this book a 5 out of 5 because I loved it that much!
I am suggesting that everyone reads it even if romance isn’t your genre.

I will be doing a review on Walking Disaster Jamie Mcguire’s second book, the same story but from Travis Maddox’s point of view, in the next few days be sure to keep an eye out for it.

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Stephanie
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Lost In Distraction- BJ Harvey

Author- BJ Harvey
Publication date- 3rd April 2013
Genre- Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Crime
Book Description- In the three years after a horrible crime claimed her family, Elise Halliwell has been alone, shut off from the world in a self-imposed emotional exile. She goes through the motions, finishes high school and moves across country to start college and begin the next step in her predestined life.

But her exile is dramatically cut short by the entrance of a dark haired, blue-eyed, smirking man who shakes her to the core, achieving what everyone else before him has failed to do, he makes her feel again.

As much as he wishes it were different, fate has not brought Braxton James into Elise’s life, or has it. Brax has to keep her safe from people in her life who have ulterior motives and may want to hurt her.

Elise has no idea the threat she faces, and Brax wants to make sure it stays that way. But as Brax struggles with getting close to her, he begins to live a lie. Unable to resist the pull that is Elise’s bright green eyes, infectious giggle, and loving heart, he finds it impossible to stay away, so the double life of being Elise’s boyfriend and keeping her safe begins.

My review
 
When I opened the book I realised that the writer had wrote the book in each character’s point of view, now normally I’m not a fan of this so at first I wasn’t looking forward to it. Elise’s character seemed mysterious and to be honest I thought she was going to be boring and rude, turns out shes a pretty cool down to earth character. After reading the first three chapters the book had already pulled me in, the way I had both character’s point of view was actually interesting and  fun to read how they were both feeling and what they were thinking.
I love the way we have Brax and Shays (Braxtons best friend and partner) relationship and also the way all three of them (Brax, Shay and Elise) get on. Shay sees Elise as a sister which I find amazing because in some books we read how the character may have jealousy or hatred towards the lovers friends etc.
Many people said the prologue ruined the book a little for them as they knew what was going to happen. Lucky for me I never read the prologues as I find them like other people said a little bit of a devil, they ruin the book a bit. Reading the prologue after I have finished the book though I do understand why some people said it ruined it for them but it doesn’t give away the entire plot or story!
There were a few things about this book I didn’t like or understand starting with Gibbons point of view, I found that after reading his little part I knew who was behind it and what was happening, although after finishing the book I’m rather happy I read his part as the book ended so sudden I would not of known who was involved as there are so many people it could be. So I guess this bad point actually has a pro to it.
Another thing I think the writer could have done differently is the name of Harry Brimstone. One point he is referred to as Harry the next, Brimstone and then uncle Harry, after a while it gets a little confusing.
I found throughout this book I felt like there was a lot of tension building up and something big was going to happen but in fact there was not much action at all, I mean when Elise went outside to confront the guy in the Black car something could’ve happened he could’ve shot a bullet or drove at her or even kidnapped her but nothing happened he just drove of. I found that this happened throughout the book it was building up to something big but the only big thing was the ending which ended too soon!
Coming to the ending in a moment, I’m guessing I liked how we were all in suspense and maybe that was BJ Harvey’s plan all along to set us up for a big ending (Which we have to wait until September for *sob*)
Another thing I don’t understand is if Brax doesn’t trust Gibbons (One of their bosses) then why when Shay calls and says Boss man (the big boss) has told Gibbons they must leave Elise alone and they will have a back up team watching her, does Brax not call up Boss man to check with him first. If he had done that I know the story would of went the other way but still its common sense!
The ending of the book seemed so sudden, if any of my reader are from England we all know Eastenders, something happens and we are waiting to see what happens next and suddenly bum bum bummm its finished and we have to wait until the next episode. Not that I am comparing this book to a soap or even worse Eastenders, I’m just saying that is how it felt. Since I read this book on my Kindle I was reading how Elise hung up and heard a gunshot then turn the page and oh the book is finished! Leaving me with a ton of questions! Who shot the gun? Is Elise hurt? Will Brax come back? I’m not a patient person so leaving me with that cliffhanger is very mean BJ Harvey!
Turning the bad points into good now, I love how the characters have great chemistry between one and other. They are all so close and you can feel the love between them.
It is a quick easy read, not too complicated (if you can keep up with the harry and brimstone name change)
the story flows really well. I did find it a little simply written with short sentences and small words etc but hey makes it more easy to read!
As I said above the story being in different points of view really helps tell the story.
I am counting the days down until the second part is released!
I have really enjoyed this book and would recommend to any reader who is down for romance and thrills.
I paid around £2.00 on my kindle for this book but I would of been open to spending more on it after reading the book!
If you are unsure about the book I would say give it a go, you can never judge a book by its cover! Thinking of that in fact the cover is a wonderful flawless photo and I have to admit it was the reason I bought the book!
I am going to give this book 4 stars out of 5 simply because of the very few faults it had e.g spelling mistakes,  quick ending and the confusion between some characters.
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Thank you very much for reading and I hope you read the book and fall in love with it just as I did!
Until next fellow readers
Stephanie
xox