With Visions of Red Series by Trisha Wolfe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: With Visions of Red
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: With Visions of Red Books 1-3
Format: Kindle eBooks purchased from Amazon (Audiobook Purchased from Audible)

Synopsis:
Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive first installment of the Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat and mouse game where no one knows who’s really pulling the strings.

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Review

Excuse me while I pass out from the intensity of this series.

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Foolish Hearts
Author: Emma Mills
Format: Hard copy purchased from Amazon
Synopsis:
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

GOODREADS Review

First of all… I need to thank Peachy over at Book Dragon Lair for introducing me to this book because… OMG I loved it SO MUCH!

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Born, Madly (Darkly, Madly Duet #2) by Trisha Wolfe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Born, Madly
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #2
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon

Synopsis:
Duet: a performance by two.

But who is acting, and who is devolving?

A buried past is unearthed, and Grayson Sullivan—AKA The Angel of Maine—retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially set him free. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she’s fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.

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Review

This was a twisted, dark, beautiful, and satisfying ending to this duology.

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Born, Darkly (Darkly, Madly Duet #1) by Trisha Wolfe

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Born, Darkly
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #1
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon
 
Synopsis:

He challenged her sanity.

She shattered his reality.

They dared each other…to the brink of madness.

A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she’s forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

 

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Review

Whew… that was intense. And twisted. And dark. And somehow… beautiful. Grayson and London’s relationship has definite Joker/Harley Quinn vibes… if The Joker was a cross between Dexter and Hannibal.

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Misadventures of a College Girl (Misadventures #9) by Lauren Rowe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Misadventures of a College Girl
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: Misadventures #9
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Straitlaced freshman Zooey Cartwright has arrived at UCLA determined to have a heck of a lot more fun in college than she did in high school. What’s the first item on Zooey’s agenda before classes start in two days? Losing her pesky V card. She’s definitely not looking for a boyfriend, so where can Zooey find the right guy to do the deed and move along without a backward glance? At a party thrown by a bunch of football players, of course.

Enter Tyler Caldwell. A beast on the field and off, cocky as heck, and often wearing T-shirts with sayings like “God’s Gift to Womankind,” Tyler is most definitely not boyfriend material.

After a make-out session with Tyler leaves Zooey entirely unsatisfied, she is determined never to see him again. But her schedule lands her in not one but two of his classes, and it doesn’t take long before Tyler is giving Zooey exactly what she wants—and a whole lot more she never bargained for. Can Zooey surrender her body to this bad boy without giving him her heart, too?

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Review

It’s official. I have a new favorite Lauren Rowe book.

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Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker

[eBook Purchased from Amazon]

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Every once in awhile a book comes along that does everything right. A book where I have no moments of, “Hmm… was this necessary?” or “This could have been done better.” Until it Fades was that book for me.

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The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Replacement Crush
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Series: None

Synopsis:
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

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Review

After reading The Replacement Crush, I’m 100% sure I have found my ultimate book boyfriend!

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From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

[eBook Purchased from Amazon]

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.

After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.

But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.

Including Ivan Lukov.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

The Hating Game… I mean… From Lukov with Love was so hard for me to rate. I seriously deleted and rewrote 4 and 5 continuously until I finally landed on 5 stars.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli / Love, Simon Movie/Book Review

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Review

I had the opportunity to screen this movie before it officially came out… and I am so grateful that I did!

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By Your Side by Kasie West

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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By Your Side by Kasie West

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

An epic meetcute whilst being locked in a library? YES, PLEASE!

I don’t remember how I initially came across this book, but when I saw that the whole premise revolved around two people meeting after being locked in a library together, I was like GIVE ME THIS BOOK. Then, I believe it went on sale on Audible and I grabbed it immediately.

Then I didn’t read it. And didn’t read it.

Mostly because it was YA and I was super into adult contemporary romance novels, but after reading my last ultra adult romance novel (LOL), I was like, you know what? I need some sweet to even out all the steam I’ve been reading lately!

This book was absolutely what I needed to read. It had everything I like in a good YA: a sweet romance during which the main characters messily find themselves as they find true love, angst, and great insight into lesser known issues.

I cannot tell you how deeply I appreciated that main character’s struggle with anxiety. I had severe anxiety in my late teens and, jeez, I could’ve used a book like this back then. So many of the habits that Autumn deals with, particularly hiding her anxiety from her friends and ultimately coming off as flakey and sensitive because of that secret, were things that happened to be so often.

It took a long time for me to come to terms with my anxiety issues enough for me to just come out and, essentially, warn my friends. It got to the point where I would just say, “No, I can’t carpool, it gives me anxiety when I feel like I can’t leave, so I’ll just drive myself.” Eventually, my friends just accepted that I always drove myself everywhere.

And when Autumn mentions how it is completely about the loss of control and how she gets anxiety about getting anxiety (that evil vicious cycle is so annoying), mega kudos there.

I sure wish I had a Dax back when my anxiety was really bad, but ultimately it took me getting so freaking sick of being limited and held back by my fears and anxiety, I kind of forced myself into uncomfortable situations and really learned a lot of coping techniques. But my story about my struggles with anxiety is for another day.

This book nailed it for me. In so many ways.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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OMG Caitlin Kelly is THE PERFECT YA audiobook reader. Seriously. Her voice has just enough youth in it without sounding childish and her performance was on point.

 

Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

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So many sweet, sweet butterflies.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Yes

I very likely will reread this one.

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

Absolutely need this on my shelf!

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

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Dax is so, so perfect for Autumn. He’s her rock, yet a very safe place to land. I do want to mention that Jeff was an absolutely fantastic character as well. SPOILER He is the type of book boyfriend that a typically main character would go for, but because of Autumn’s anxiety issues, he’s actually pretty terrible for her.

 

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