Wait For You – Jennifer L Armentrout

Wait for you

Author- Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication date- 26th February 2013
Genre- Romance, new adult, contemporary romance
Book description- Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.
Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.
Some things should never be kept quiet…
But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?
And some things are worth fighting for…

My Review

I had heard of Jennifer L Armentrout before but never J. Lynn then I did a little research and found out that J. Lynn is actually Jennifer’s older alter ego! So I stumbled upon this book one night and by sunrise I had finished it,  I loved it from start to finish, it did have some flaws but what book doesn’t!? Wait for you is another one of those typical love stories with the hot popular guy and quiet girl who slowly fall in love but have a past that they have to confront to make their relationship work. They fall out, make up and then live happily ever after.Sounds like most books these days right? But this one does have something about it that made me look past the lack of originality and that was the amazing character development! Rather than rush right in and tell the secrets of the characters and make them obviously fall in love straight away Armentrout has really built up the relationship between Cam and Avery.

It all starts with Avery bumping into Cam in the hallway on the way to class which he just also happens to be in, they end up becoming partners in a class project, Avery is reluctant to admit she likes Cam at first but when he makes it a daily thing to ask her out (Cutest thing ever!) she has to finally say yes months later. When Avery finally says yes their relationship starts to build up more and they spend more time together. Some time later her big past secret comes out that she was abused by a guy she liked at a party and her parents pretty much shrugged it off so it didn’t make their family look bad, little does Avery know that there was another girl it happened too. After confronting her past and telling Cam everything their relationship is perfect again, that is after they broke up, fell out and didn’t speak for a while! All in all it was a good story line apart from the obvious typical love story scenarios . 

The only few things I didn’t like about the book as already mentioned was the lack of originality, a few spelling mistakes here and there but mainly the thing that bothered me most was the transition between chapters they were very quick and sudden, one moment they’re having a conversation and the next its a week or so later and something different is going on. I think if Armentrout was to expand some of the chapters and put more detail into certain parts it would have been perfect. 

Moving on to the things I loved about this book the main one being the character development. I also really liked how rather than blurt out her big past secret to Cam straight away or him try to force her to tell him she keeps it quiet for some time only dropping small hints to him that she will tell him soon and that he will stick around and support her with whatever it is. The author has done well to keep the book exciting and keep the reader hooked and that’s what I love to get out of a good book. 

I have read that there is a book from Cams POV which I may possibly read soon, there is also a book too be expected based on Cams sister and best friend. I can certainly say I will read more of Armentrout. 

I am going to give this book a

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The Bet – Rachel Van Dyken

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Author Rachel Van Dyken

Publication date– 26th March 2013

Genre- Romance, Young adult

Book Description– “I have a proposition for you…”
Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all.
Four days.
She could do four days!
But she wasn’t counting on Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement.
One thing’s for certain.
One brother is right for her.
One wants a lifetime.
And one is in league with the devil.
She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood.

My review 

I ALWAYS JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!  As I did media studies while at sixth form we were always told to analyse the front covers of magazines, books, posters etc, ever since then I always find myself judging covers of books before actually reading them. If I see a book with a tree on it i’m going to just assume it has something to do with maybe nature, a family (Links to a family tree) or an adventure. So that is what I did with this book I saw an attractive couple looking happy and cute together so I instantly knew it was going to be a romance book, this is where I start to judge. Everytime I see a cover like this I have the same thought “ugh another sappy romance” But really I know thats what I love. I adore a good love story, so I don’t know why I always think this. Maybe because so many love stories have the same cover? Anyway getting to my point, I saw this book on my kindle and again thought oh another love story, why not lets give it a go so…. I did and AGAIN I fell in love with another book!

So I found this book while browsing for books similar  to Beautiful Disaster, I had seen it a few times and was hesitant if to get it or not, not a clue why I was but I got it anyway. This was my first ever book I have read by Rachel and I must say I will be reading more of hers.

The story is about  a girl ; Kacey, who makes a deal with her best friend (who she has grown up with) Jake. The deal is she pretends to be engaged to Jake for a few days to make his gran happy and also save his chances of  CEO of his family’s company and in return he will pay of her student debts. Kacey is still reeling from the event that ruined their friendship but she still agrees to do it. She has grown up with the Titus family feeling as though they are her own since she lost her parents years ago. When she returns home to the titus family she finds Travis or better known as Satan to her to have grown up completely and be super hot! The thing Kacey doesn’t know is Travis has been in love with her since they were children and his feelings still haven’t changed.

I genuinely did like this book but there were a few things that I didn’t like or that could have been different starting with the immaturity of the characters, they are supposed to be in their 20’s but they are rolling on the floors and throwing eggs at each other, I know its supposed to be all cute and romantic but there was nothing cute or romantic about  a hot guy with egg down his pants! There relationship (Kacey and Travis) is cute but a little annoying with all the remarks about the past such as frogs in beds I don’t think we needed to know too much about their past as it would’ve been nice to kind of imagine it ourselves, but I guess it worked!

Another thing that made me a little annoyed was Jake’s character he starts out so cool and I really liked him then we realise what a total Douchebag he is and hate him, then I started to feel a little sorry for him and then I hated him again! This isn’t a bad point to the book may I add, just me ranting a little and venting about a douche of a so called “best friend” If my bestfriend did that to me, I would never do them ANY favour!

The last thing about the book that I think could’ve made it better would have been if there was an epilogue to let us know what happened in the future with Kacey and Travis, and also Jakes reaction to them marrying.

 

Moving on to the good points now, I always think its better to start with the negative and then soften to wound with the good stuff!

I absolutely love the entire idea of friends when younger grow up to marry. When I was younger all of my best friends were boys, they were just more fun and better tree climbers than the girls! Travis had always been in love with Kacey but bullied her rather than actually be nice to her because he knew she didn’t like him. It was heartbreaking when Kacey watched the tape of jake giving her the gift originally from Travis and seeing him run off because he knew she hated him. I actually felt a lump in my own throat reading that.

When Travis revealed he brought her parents restaurant I was in tears its such a lovely and cute thing for him to do for her even though she didn’t like him until the visit!

This was just such a great heartwarming book and I really did love it. The characters were great apart from the immaturity. Grandma was hilarious dating men at their age and always telling the boys what to do. She is a great character and I really liked her.

I would recommend this book to any romance lover because you will fall in love with it from the very first word. I’m going to give this book a 4 out of 5 and I hope you all read it and enjoy it as much as I did

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Remembering Love – Nadine Christian

Author – Nadine Christian
Publication date –  1st February 2013
Genre – Romance, Mystery, New adult,
Book description – When her beloved foster parents pass away, Holly discovers a past of both shocking and heartbreaking: the murder/suicide of her biological parents on the South Pacific island of Pitcairn, famous for the HMAV Bounty mutineers. Travelling to a home she does not remember, Holly reconnects with long-lost childhood friend Jack. An old friendship quickly becomes more… until a dark secret is uncovered.




My review

This book was actually suggested to me by Nadine Christian herself! I have to say I am so glad she did because it is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Nadine Christian herself seems so lovely and is obviously very talented. I started this book around 11am today and finished 3 hours later, left feeling as though I wanted to read it again.
It is different to what I have read before there is so much more mystery around the secrets in this book compared to others which drop big hints. I think thats what I loved most about Remembering Love, the fact i knew there was a big secret waiting to come out and the build up to it was fantastic.

This book was written in Third person, omniscient. This is when the narrator follows the actions and thoughts of all the characters. Nadine has done really well here as other books I have read written in this narrative have became really confusing, this is the first story I have not got confused about and have been able to follow every little action and thought from each character.

This story is an interesting one as there are so many deaths and you can feel heartbreak for each one. You can also feel the frustration Holly is going through to find out information about her real parents, especially when James died without telling her everything. Thank god for her mother’s diary! Although to read the ending with her her mother’s diary it was heartbreaking!

The characters are really relatable and I love how everyone is close together on the island I loved all of the characters and could feel the chemistry between them. I wish I has a best friend like Kristy. The one character that really annoyed me was Masie, she was so frustrating always calling Celeste and Holly whores and then to find out it was actually Masie that was having the affair with James I wanted to kill that woman myself. The worst bit was she made Holly and Jack question their relationship as friends/lovers by dropping the “you are brother and sister” bomb on them! So much love for this book I could go on all day about how much Masie ticked me off and how much I adored the relationships between the characters.

Another thing that really had me hooked was the location knowing Nadine is from the island of Pitcairn it made me feel more like I was there, the description of the island and reading how they have to walk around with a torch at night, how there is such a small population there and everyone knows each other, also the part about the ghost birds and how their electricity is generated, shows it was all from Nadines own knowledge of her home island.  Its really interesting to know this is where Nadine lives, this is her home and she is sharing it in her book. She has made it sound like such a loving community and a beautiful place to live. After reading this I researched the island a little and it is now on my bucket list to visit Pitcairn.
Many authors live in one country and base their book in another, and when reading you can sometimes tell they are not from the place of which they set their book in from little things like the weather, slang and even the characters. Whereas this book you can tell straight away it has a personally streak in from the author.

I don’t think I have anything bad to say about this book other than I want to read so much more about the peoples lives on the island! It is just so interesting. I suggest to everyone to research the island of Pitcairn, and to also read this amazing book.
Also I think it would be really cool if there was another book based back when Celeste and Sammy were alive and to tell Celestes story or maybe even James’s as he knew the mother and Holly personally.

I loved this book so much I will for sure be reading it again!
I am going to give it a 5/5 and suggest that everyone reads this. This book should have so much more recognition and so many more readers because it is honestly magnificent. I’m in love yet again with another book.
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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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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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Stephanie
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