REVIEW: BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST

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Synopsis:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

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?

REVIEW

A few days ago I finally got my copy of “By Your Side” in the mail, and despite still being in the middle of reading “The Fill-In Boyfriend”, I couldn’t resist opening it up and diving in. Out of the three books I ordered of Kasie West novels (The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, and By Your Side) I was anticipating this one the most. And since I have the patience of a five-year-old, I put TFIB on the backburner for the time being and lost myself in BYS.

When I was debating how to write this review, I decided bullet points would be the most straightforward option. So please acknowledge exhibit A and exhibit B down below.

WHAT I LIKED

  • Dax and his silent, cute, and mysterious personality.
  • The whole idea of being stuck in a library. Personally, I think that would be any bibliophile’s dream.
  • How Autumn could be herself around Dax and vice versa.
  • Their playful banter.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

  • Dallin the douche canoe.
  • How Autumn couldn’t be herself around her own friends.
  • The way her friends pushed her to do things because they know she has a hard time saying no.
  • The love triangle.

Overall I really enjoyed the premise of the story. I thought it was an interesting, original plotline that showed a lot of heart in its characters, using real life issues a lot of teenagers face as the conflict. One of the main things, though, that bothered me was how almost the entire book was the conflict, unlike most stories that find it 3/4 of the way in, only to have the last quarter of the book to resolve it. I felt drained reading this because it was a constant struggle with the characters, and I don’t know why, but I absorb even fake negative emotions like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. So for me, this was a stressful read lol. But I enjoyed the simple writing style of Kasie West, and thought “By Your Side” was a unique read.

BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST = 3.5 STARS

Happy Halloween Sale!

Happy Halloween everyone! I love Halloween, always have, and to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, and the last day in my favorite month, I’m having a sale for my YA/NA romance, Jump Start My Heart! Sale starts today on amazon.com and ends 11:00 pm Pacific coast time on November 2. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween, readers!

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Synopsis:

What would you do if your summer was hijacked because your parents wanted to study freaking bugs? Well, that’s what happened to me. I thought the summer after high school graduation would be a time to have fun, plan for college, and avoid the parents. I did avoid the parents, just not in the way I wanted to.

So instead of going for the summer to Colorado with Mom and Dad, I went with my only other option: my crazy aunt who I haven’t seen in years. And who just so happens to be a make-up artist in England now. Score, right?

Not.

A week into my vacay my aunt gets a call and away we go on some stupid tour her clumsy friend bailed on. Little did I know that the band we were working for just happened to be the biggest boy band in the world. And one of them just had to make me break my rules…

Maybe I should have gone with the crickets.

This book is clean, YA/NA romance.

New Editions Are Here!

The final editions for both Heart of Onyx and Learning Patience are finally here! I’m so excited to tell you guys that you can now find the third editions for both books on Amazon, and the fact that with those two things out of the way, I’m about to start on the final touches for My Heart’s Only Exception (Separate Ways, #3)!

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Synopsis:

*This book is a standalone*

St. Claire Adams is the newest up and coming rapper to face music since Eminem. He travels the world, performs to crowds of thousands, and he also finds himself in L.A. County jail.

A lot.

And his final arrest gets him in some deep water not only with his bodyguard Dylan, but more importantly with his record label. Now Saint has an ultimatum to face. Either spend the summer getting “personality rehab” at Dylan’s sister’s famous horse training center, or forfeit his contract with the label and lose the dream life he has as a hip hop artist. Which do you think he chooses?

Life is pretty simple for Patience Kellen. At eighteen years old she is the youngest trainer at her aunt Molly’s horse farm, Kellen Stables, and her life pretty much revolves around the horses she molds into prize winning thoroughbreds. So when news that one of Dylan’s protection details needs a bit of down to earth rehabilitation, she doesn’t even flinch. That is until she meets the tatted up rapper who has…let’s just say a mouth on him.

This summer just got a whole lot more interesting. For both parties.

(This is a clean, NA romance.)

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Synopsis:

So I’m told I’m moving to a new country…
I guess I can deal with that.
I have to go to a snobby new school only for the rich and famous…
Um, not ideal, but certainly doable.
Save a world famous pop star and then have the dude kind of stalk you?
Let me think about that for a second…
No.
Of all things mentioned, that is the one I have a MAJOR problem with.

Coming off the shock of my parents’ divorce, Mom springs on me and my younger sister that we’re moving away for her new job promotion. At least it’s London and not some country where they don’t speak English. But being stalked by a pop star wasn’t in the brochure.

What can I say? I’m Darragh Castle, and I pretty much get what I want, when I want it. So you can imagine my shock when I come across the one girl who has ever refused my offer. Little does she know that the word ‘no’ isn’t in my acceptable vocabulary. No matter what, I will be seeing the cheeky little thing again. That I can promise…

This is a clean, YA romance.

 

“A summer of second chances…”

“The girl with a heart of gold.”

“The boy with a record.”

What happens when two sides of the coin meet in a summer of second chances? Find out when you pick up the NA romance, “Learning Patience” on Amazon.

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Synopsis:

***This book is a standalone***

St. Claire Adams is the newest up and coming rapper to face music since Eminem. He travels the world, performs to crowds of thousands, and he also finds himself in L.A. County jail.

A lot.

And his final arrest gets him in some deep water not only with his bodyguard Dylan, but more importantly with his record label. Now Saint has an ultimatum to face. Either spend the summer getting “personality rehab” at Dylan’s sister’s famous horse training center, or forfeit his contract with the label and lose the dream life he has as a hip hop artist. Which do you think he chooses?

Life is pretty simple for Patience Kellen. At eighteen years old she is the youngest trainer at her aunt Molly’s horse farm, Kellen Stables, and her life pretty much revolves around the horses she molds into prize winning thoroughbreds. So when news that one of Dylan’s protection details needs a bit of down to earth rehabilitation, she doesn’t even flinch. That is until she meets the tatted up rapper who has…let’s just say a mouth on him.

This summer just got a whole lot more interesting. For both parties.

REVIEW: ADORKABLE BY COOKIE O’GORMAN

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Synopsis:

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal–even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life–and he’s completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?

REVIEW

To start this review, I’m going to list some of the things I adore most in life.

  1. Romance
  2. Sports
  3. Romance novels with sports

 

And when I found a book with all three?

Yeah, so, I really liked this. If you couldn’t tell by Elaine and I’s shared reactions.

I thought ‘Adorkable’ was an incredibly cute and sweet first love YA romance. One of the better ones I’ve read in a while. I really enjoyed how Sally embraced her nerd card and didn’t change the fact for anyone. She was a lovable, relatable character and I thought she was written to perfection.

Now for Becks…what a sweetie ❤ I was expecting him to be the annoying jock with the ego to match, and I was happily surprised by just how genuine and down to earth he was, especially around Sal. They made a hysterically mismatched pair but that made it all the better. It’s nice to see us nerds win from time to time 😉

Now for the only part I couldn’t stand.

Hooker.

Dear sweet Lord I wanted to strangle her right out of the book. She was written more as a bully than a supposed ‘BFF’. In those contexts I was severely disappointed, but even more so by the fact that she was incessant about matching Sally up with someone. As though at seventeen years old Sally was an effing spinster for not having a man. I know how annoying that is personally to have done to you, so to read about it happening to such a young girl, and by her ‘best friend’, essentially saying that she’s worthless without a boyfriend was disheartening to read.

So listen up, girls. It’s about to get preachy in here.

You are perfectly amazing, accomplished, and worthy without a man. All a man should bring to your life is happiness, respect, and love. Not the title of being ‘interesting’ or ‘whole’ now that you are attached. Your worth as a person is not, and SHOULD not, be centered around whether you have a partner in life.

Okay, so now that my maternal PSA rant is over, I really did love this refreshing read. It was exactly what I needed to get out of my disappointing reading slump.

ADORKABLE BY COOKIE O’GORMAN = 4 GOALS

AUTHOR INFO

Cookie O'Gorman

Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE is out now!

WEBSITE: http://cookieogorman.com

 

 

With Love and Appreciation…

I decided to write this post today because I’ve finally made a decision concerning what my plans are for the next year and possibly beyond in regards to my writing. It’s something I’ve been debating for a while now, and I’ve made up my mind about what to do. And because of that, I felt like I owed it to you all to explain.

Since around summer of 2013, I’ve been writing non-stop. I’ve written five full books and published three, those three having all been done in that first year. Juggling writing along with a possible art career all while deciding on a degree I’d like to pursue has taken up every spare minute of my time. Mix that with editing, cover design, advertising, and about a thousand other jobs I do other than simply writing my books has made my life rather chaotic, and to be honest, stressful at times.

That is why I have decided that after three years of wonderful, life changing insanity to take a break from writing for a while. I love writing. It gave me an escape and continues to now as a sort of therapy for me when the world’s reality becomes too much. But also, I feel like I’ve exhausted my creativity side in the process of discovering this new passion of mine. With every character I create, with ever chapter I write, and every heartbreak I have to manifest and then fix, a lot of myself has been sacrificed to this job. I wouldn’t take back a single second of it, though. It has given me much in return for taking little. But I feel like I need to take some time to become inspired again, to have that zest for storytelling like I did the day I decided to begin messing with a little short story that then became what is now the Separate Ways series.

But don’t worry. I have plans to release My Heart’s Only Exception (Separate Ways #3) and one more New Adult book I’m in the process of writing now before I metaphorically hang up my laptop for a while. I’ve recently been editing Learning Patience and Heart of Onyx in hopes that one day soon I’ll get around to making them into paperbacks. I also have some surprises coming soon in regards to new covers, so I hope you will all stay around for that.

I plan to continue writing reviews when I get the spare time to read. My life has been up in the air lately, so don’t expect me to have a steady posting timeline lol. I just wanted to let you all know that I have greatly appreciated you sticking around with me for the last few years, and I want to thank the people who have helped me get this far in the first place. I never anticipated actually publishing my stories. I always figured they would be for my eyes only. But with my family’s encouragement, my sister’s endless help, and with some online friends, I’ve been able to do something I never thought I would be able to do. For that, I thank you all with my entire being, and look forward to what the future holds.

Don’t worry, my fellow bookies. I’ll be back.

With love and appreciation,

– Inda Herwood

 

REVIEW: RUSH (CITY LIGHTS #3) by Emma Scott

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Synopsis:

To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. –John Milton

Charlotte Conroy, Juilliard-trained violinist, was on the cusp of greatness when tragedy swooped down on dark wings, crushing her hopes and breaking her heart. The music that used to sing in her soul has grown quiet, and she feels on the verge of setting down her violin for good. To pay the bills, she accepts a job as a personal assistant to a bitter, angry young man who’s been disabled by a horrific accident …

Noah Lake was an extreme sport athlete, journalist and photographer. He roamed the world in search of his next adrenaline high, until a cliff-dive left him in a coma. He awakes to find his career gone, his dreams shattered to pieces, his world an endless blackness that will never lift.

Charlotte begins to see that beneath Noah’s angry, brittle exterior is a young man in a pain. She is determined to show him that his life isn’t over, that he has so much to live for, never dreaming that she would become the only light in his darkness, or that he would help her find the music in hers.

The life he knew is over. The life she wants is just out of reach.
Together, they must face their fears and rediscover what it means to really live.

RUSH is Book III in the City Lights Series, and each can be read as a standalone.

REVIEW

I really, REALLY liked this book. Actually, I was surprised with just how much considering a few weeks ago I read the sample and decided to pass on it. But then the other day I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I don’t know why, and I saw that it was still on sale for only $.99, so I picked it up and thought I’d give it a second chance. I am so happy that I did!

Noah has lost everything that mattered in his life, not only his sight. He pushed his family away, his friends, and anything existing outside the walls of his townhouse in New York City after the accident. With nothing but darkness surrounding him, it moved into his heart, fueling his rage at the injustice of it all.

Charlotte had everything she ever wanted until one phone call changed everything, setting a domino effect of horrible events into motion that a year later she is still trying to reconcile with. When a chance opportunity comes along to help her out of her financial troubles, she nearly jumps at the chance, even knowing the consequence is having to live with Noah’s horrid and vile attitude.

Both are broken.

Both are lost.

But can two broken pieces be enough to make a whole?

With beautiful scene description and world building mixed with a romantic aspect that will ruin real life love for you, “Rush” is a book I won’t soon forget. And if you give it a chance, I don’t think you will either.

Rush by Emma Scott = 5 stars

AUTHOR INFO

Emma Scott

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope.

Love always wins.

WEBSITE : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Scott/305284739664184?fref=nf

TWITTER : EmmaS_writes