Clara and Her Secret Affair by Angela Glasgow

I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

This story takes off immediately. Opening the first page placed me in the center of the excitement, ready to read the next happening event.

Clara was the heroine of the story who attended a Catholic school. She was popular and the leader of her clique. She didn’t have time for the boys who attended the all boy school–separating hers by an iron fence. But that changed when she met Gabriel. The mysterious boy who held her attention; the boy who made her question everything. Would she give in to her desires and abandon her beliefs? You have to read it to find out.

I enjoyed this book it was a quick read. The author writes extremely well. It kept me engaged. The story ends on a cliffhanger, so get ready for part two.

4/5

After The End by Natasha Preston

I loved this book. The writing was compelling from the first page. The characters were well developed, and the emotional impact hopped off the page. Let’s get into it!

Tilly, the heroine of the story, lost her brother, Robbie, to a car accident. He made the wrong choice after drinking with friends, Lincoln and Stanley. Robbie was the only one who lost his life that night. 

When we opened the first page Tilly was morning. When she learned Lincoln Reid was returning to town, a fresh wound was opened–causing her to withdraw from the world around her even more. 

The night of the accident was Lincoln’s biggest regret. If only he made a different choice. Robbie was his friend. Although he wasn’t driving he was riddled with guilt. That night never escaped him. To make matters worse, Tilly was next door and he was in love with her. In the past, they had a friendship. Unfortunately for him, she wouldn’t speak to him. He was partially to blame, right? He attempted to avoid her, but living in a small town made it impossible. He didn’t want to accidentally run into Tilly or her family, causing them more grief. However, Tilly seemed to be everywhere. 

Tilly had to learn how to be around Lincoln without the blatant animosity. The more she was around him, the more she realized she missed her old friend. As her heart softened, she wrestled with her feelings. She couldn’t give in to him. I mean, he was partially to blame for her brother’s death, right? Would she give in or hold Lincoln accountable. 

Lincoln noticed Tilly’s battle of the heart. It was not the time for him to back down and he wouldn’t no matter the cost. What would happen in this tug of war of hearts? Will love win? You have to read it to find out. 

Tilly was strong-willed and stubborn at times. She was also over-protective and fragile. Lincoln was the last thing she needed, right? 

Lincoln was a loyal man and friend. He wanted to make things right. His intention was to renovate his parents home and move on with his life. But of course, it was more complicated than that. 

After I read the blurb, I knew I would love this book. It was emotional, captivating, and heart wrenching. I highly recommend it!

5/5

The Opposite of Falling Apart by Micah Good

I went back and forth with the rating of this book because the first twenty percent discussed their ailments, and I found myself losing interest. However, I kept reading, and I’m glad I did because the beginning allowed me to walk in their shoes. It helped the reader to empathize with their situation. The more I read the more I understood the characters and I fell in love with the storyline. The Opposite of Falling Apart also had wonderful wonderful passages and quotes.

“I’m not trying to fix you,” she said again, clearing her throat to get past the lump that was choking her. “Because there’s nothing to fix,’ she finally said. You’re not broken, Jonas. You’re fine. You’ve always been fine. More than fine. I was just–I guess I was just trying to help you see that.” 

“You shouldn’t expect that people will leave just because of your anxiety. Yeah, it makes things different. And yeah, it makes things harder. But if people leave you just because you have this thing that you have this thing that you have to deal with, then that’s their fault, okay?” 

The characters stayed true to who they were throughout the story. Their ailments overtook them at times, which caused them to make horrible decisions, but I understood they were not entirely at fault. 

Brennan was a complicated character. She was dealing with social anxiety. And while I can understand, I wanted to scream at her when she remained frozen and afraid. I feel she should have been taking her medication regularly and maybe things would have progressed smoothly. She was stubborn. However, I rooted for her. I wanted her to win. She also had moments where she was strong–especially when it came to helping Jonas. That’s what I loved about her. 

Jonas lost his leg in a car accident and as you can imagine, he wasn’t the same since. He disconnected from everyone. He was opposed to wearing prosthesis and afraid and afraid of driving. I couldn’t blame him for that since that’s how he lost a limb. But he pressed on aimlessly–seemingly without purpose until he met Brennan. 

All he wanted to do was everything–everything it took to make things better for her. 

When their worlds collide, meaning and happiness shift in their world the way they never thought it could. 

I adore this book. It was so sweet in so many ways. 

Brennan made him want to forget about the leg and just focus on her. 

It was touching and had my tears flowing in some places. 

“…Brennan you make me think of alternate endings” 

So although I wasn’t fond at first with the long explanation in the beginning. I grew fond of these characters, their lives, and their experiences. 

The book had an amazing message of hope and strength. I recommend reading it so you can get the message and so much more. 

4.5/5

Taking Root by Katherine McIntyre

Danny Reynolds was always on the run. She was uprooted from place to place because her dad was a psychopath killer. The body count continued to rise as long as he was on the loose. So Danny had to hide even changing her name and identity to Sam Peterson. Her mom was under protective custody with a handler as well. Unfortunately, they were in different locations, so Danny had tol face the nightmare alone. 

She was planted in Charleston near her childhood home. But like so many other locations, she knew it would be temporary. It was for her safety. Especially since, she and her mom were also targets that her dad was aiming for. 

Danny worked for a family as a gardner–something she enjoyed. One evening after work, she went to a local bar. That’s where her past and present collide. Her world stopped when she ran into Adrian Dukas. He was the love she always wanted, but it never happened because she had to disappear and change her life thanks to her dad. Initially, she tried to play it cool. She didn’t want to be recognized by Adrian or anyone else but the look in his eyes said it all. He knew. Would he keep her secret? 

Since Sam/Danny was back in Adrian’s life, he was determined to keep her there. The chemistry from the past only grew between them. But as danger loomed closer, Danny worried. Would she be able to stay out of harm’s way? With Adrian’s prying family, would he be able to keep Danny’s secret? You’ll have to read it to find out. 

This book had me on the edge of my seat. McIntyre did an excellent job of developing that factor to the story. The more I turned the pages, the more gasps escaped me. What would the outcome be? 

The only qualm I had with this book is the narration is a bit too long in some places, causing me to forget the previous statement a character may have made. Other than that, it’s a great read. 

Danny’s a strong female character. She was always ready for whatever life threw at her. She had to be. Adrian was a hopeless romantic–my favorite characteristic in a male character. It was a perfect combination between the two. 

Their interactions and chemistry were explosive. If you love intense romances, crack open the pages of Taking Root. 

4/5

The Second We Met by Maya Hughes

Have you ever read a book and wished it didn’t have to end? That was how I felt about The Second We Met. It was a feel good story about trust, love, and following your heart. It was quick, intense, and believable. Let’s get into it!

Elle is the heroine of the story. She had been hurt multiple times by guys she thought that she could trust but that failed, causing her guard to go up. She was ready to reject any guy who crossed her path. 

Unfortunately for Elle, she accidentally walked into her neighbor’s Nix house.  She thought she was walking into her new residence for her last year of college, instead she got an eyeful of his naked body. Initially, she couldn’t take her eyes off of his ripped figure. However, when she discovered who he was and what he did, a popular football player, she was immediately turned off, and did everything to stay clear of his presence. 

Nix can’t understand Elle’s animosity. But considerate personality eventually caught her attention. However, he still detected that she was still holding back. 

Being a football player he always had admirers that seemed to give him undue attention wherever he went. But there was only one thing he wanted to catch and it wasn’t on the field. It was his neighbor across the street. Someone that could change his world, Elle. 

Despite her shell-like exterior, she slowly softened. In spite of it all, he wouldn’t stop until she was completely his. How would he do it? The challenge was on. 

I enjoyed how the book flowered. I like that we get a view of Elle from his perspective, which is a little different from how others view her initially. 

I also liked Elle’s altruistic attitude. She helped those in need. I mean, who doesn’t love someone like that?

The side characters also had an interesting story happening between them. I can’t wait to find out more about them in Maya Hughes upcoming book. 

I highly recommend this book! 

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. 

5/5

The Boyfriend Contract by Victoria James

The writing in this story was gripping and the plot was awesome! I hope you have a box of tissues ready for this beauty. It was an emotional roller coaster ride, and I was there for every moment of it. Let’s get into the details!

Emily Birmingham came from a rich family. She had a big heart, but was often ridiculed by her brother. Unfortunately, after her parents died, her brother inherited the family business– a hotel empire, and she inherited her grandmother’s house in the small town of Maple Hill. So, she moved there with the thought of getting revenge on her brother and starting her own country inn.

On her way to her new home, she stops for coffee. That’s where she meets the handsome Cooper Merrick and her world changes. She’s not only attracted to his exterior. There is something deeper behind that physique.

Her story continues when she arrives at her late grandmother’s house. Although, she wanted to make it into an inn, there was one problem. She had to get the town’s approval. Unfortunately, they didn’t like change.

Emily was determined. She was not going to be persuaded like she was in the past by her bully brother. She had a winning spirit and a few people on her side. With all of this in the midst, love was the last thing on her mind. At least she thinks it is…

Enter Cooper. Coincidentally, he was one of her contractors to help turn her house into an inn. Although he was a man with a hidden past. He didn’t want Emily’s decisions to be influenced by the things he experienced. He was a widow. Emily wasn’t supposed to find out right away. As he began to learn about her, his attraction only grew. But when he asked her out on a date, she suggested a contract they were supposed to follow. There were various rules that they weren’t allowed to break or discussions that were off-limits. He knew there was a deeper intent behind her requests. However, there were rules that he implemented as well. What harm could it be to write a contract? Right?

This story pulls your heartstrings. Emily was a character with a big heart. She had goals in mind. In the end, she wanted to make a difference. I like that she maintained a strong persona in the face of adversity. She was from a rich family but she didn’t display a spoiled personality. I also enjoyed the friendship that developed between her and Cooper’s sister and his family.

I won’t say much about Cooper except he was a sweet guy with barriers around his heart. Will Emily be able to knock them down?

You have to read it to find out.

Overall, I can’t say enough about this book. It makes you think about life and the things that matter. I would definitely recommend it. If you love small-town romances or just a romance in general. Grab a copy of this book and don’t forget your box of tissues!

4.5/5