Jun 29, 2012

REVIEW: Noah (5th Street, #1) by Elizabeth Reyes

I absolutely, positively adored this novel! Elizabeth Reyes you are amazing! Seriously! Having read all the novels in her Moreno Brothers Series, I went into this with great expectations. I already knew this author was extremely talented in her story-telling and this was no different!

Rating: 5/5 stars
If I could give it more I would because that's how great I thought it was. No half stars for this one.
The cover is extremely attractive, it basically represents the book (the hero's a boxer). It's  cute, adorable and hot all in one. I thought the boldness of the boxing gloves was immediately eye-catching. I didn't have to read the blurb to know that boxing was involved.

I adored Noah! When we first encounter Noah, he's looking for his real first break to be a trainer at the 5th Street Gym, where he meets our heroine Veronica. When I found out he was nineteen I was like damn . . . young but then it was like Noah heard me (okay it was Veronica) and said his line about age being nothing but an illusion. 
He reminded me a bit of those Moreno boys with his persistence but his patience and just plainly the way he cared for Veronica aka 'Roni' made me melt. And he wasn't shallow, he had seen something in her even when she was overweight. He didn't suddenly become attracted to her after she lost the weight. There was always that gap that I swore Veronica wouldn't close with the qualms about their age differences but I knew this had to work out because they just belonged together. Noah's the kind of guy girls wished they had. He wasn't afraid to commit and he was confident of his feelings about her and them together.

Noah and the boys:
I loved the dynamics of these guys together. This is friendship! They all always had each other's back. The closeness and familial bond among Noah, Gio, Hector and Abel was absolutely endearing! Noah would do anything for each of them and they for him. It was refreshing, that bond, with them being so young. I loved all the scenes with them together. Not just friends but family!

This woman was seriously depressed, in a rut, when her best friend decided to take action and help her get her life back in order. That meant getting back into shape and losing the extra pounds she'd gain while her mother was ill. Veronica was a heroine that basically represented something that can happen to anybody. Fiction is fiction, but this could be a real situation. She'd let herself go as her mother slowly faded away. She'd alienated her boyfriend (well . . .he left her. The douche).
When she meets Noah, her trainer at the gym, she sees all his hotness but she dismisses him because she knew he was way younger than her. 
I personally thought that Noah had a point. Age is really only a number, your as younger as you feel. I'm in my early twenties and I still feel like a teenager . . . sometimes!
I understood her qualms about wanting to just be friends with Noah and not cross that fine line that they were walking between friends and more. She really needed a friend. Someone to be there for her, someone she could count on and she didn't want to risk losing it. Also, Noah was young, she was justified in thinking that he may not be ready for the kind of relationship that she, at 28, would be looking for. Still after he made it clear to her he was serious, admitting after so long how he felt about her, she was still reluctant which I didn't understand. 
What I think it was, as Nellie told her, she hadn't trusted him completely and that's important. I felt like she used their age and their friendship as a cover for her own insecurity about herself and how her past relationship ended.

Noah & Veronica:
They were simply magic together. I absorbed every scene with them together. The dynamic between the two was very well-written. I honestly didn't want the novel to end. The intruders (that's what I call Rita and Derek), just served to amplify the tension in their dynamic. I loved how he set aside his own plans just to be with her. He used every excuse he could, even showing her how to use his iPhone, to be close with her, being cautious and patient in his advances because he knew she was skittish.
Noah's patience could rival a saint! He was overly patient with her. It took him a long time to tell her how he felt. When he told her he loved her, my heart clenched. I hoped for a different reaction from Roni but she made it up in the end scene in the gym.
Boy was that make-up/ declaration hot hot hot! I was smiling from ear to ear and a tad bit jealous! The epilogue was so cute and adorable. 

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned my whole life, time and age are but an illusion.” 
― Elizabeth Reyes, Noah

All in all, this novel was must read. I had it on my Summer Challenge list along with Gio (which I'm very excited to start. I wanted to wait till I got Gio to read Noah so there wouldn't be any waiting! hehehe).
As I was saying, it's a must read! On my keeper-shelf and one of my favorite books of 2012!

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Summer Reading Challenge . . .

I previously made a post about my summer reading challenge and subsequently deleted it as I was dissatisfied with the layout of my post. It's a bitch sometimes getting my posts to look like I want it too and then my web browser decides to be a real MF right when I'm in the middle of my blogging. In my zone . . .
So I'm re-posting my desire to read a certain set of books this summer. Some are recently released novels while others are novels I've been putting off for a while but have a great desire to read.

Here's the list:
* Unsticky- Sarra Manning
* Noah (5th Street, #1) by Elizabeth Reyes
* Gio (5th Street, #2) by Elizabeth Reyes
* A Midsummer's Nightmare- Kody Keplinger
* Her Forbidden Hero- Laura Kaye
* Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
* Slammed by Colleen Hoover
* Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
* Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
* Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
* Original Sin by Samantha Towle
* Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
* Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard
* The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
* On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
* What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
* Rules of Negotiation by Inara Scott
* The Thing About The Truth by Lauren Barnholdt
* The Next Door Boys by Jolene Perry
* Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
* Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
* First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky
* Sempre by JM Darhower 
* Onyx ( Lux #2) Jennifer L Armentrout
* Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding # 1) by K.A Linde
* Once Burned (A Night Prince Novel) by Jeaniene Frost
Avoiding Responsibility (Avoiding #2) K.A Linde
* What A Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn
* Not What She Seems by Victorine E. Lieske
* A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer
Blood, Bath & Beyond by Michelle Rowen
* The Right To Remain Mine by Linda Kage
* Lengths by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt
* My Heart For Yours by Jolene B. Perry & Steph Campbell
* The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

{35 novels}

As time passes, when I complete one of the novels on the list, I will re-edit this post and strike-through the finished novel and as new anticpated novels are released, they'll be added in this same post.
I've already started! Wish me  . . . aww heck, I don't need luck! I'm sure these novels will keep me very entertained throughout the rest of summer!

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Happy Reading . . . to me

Jun 26, 2012

An India Grey Legacy Hit!

Craving The Forbidden by India Grey

     A thoroughly enjoyable read from Ms. Grey. Sophie is an unconventional heroine who captures the eye of Kit Fitzroy , the 'girl-friend' of his brother, Jasper. 
     It's a weaving of secrets and lies and seduction. There are quite a few secrets uncovered in this novel with regards to Jasper's and Sophie's relationship and Kit feeling like he wants to covet this woman who he feels is off-limits, Kit uncovers a family secret that turns his world over and in the midst of all this a longing to be loved is fulfilled when these two characters, Kit & Sophie, are brought together. 
     I totally loved that Sophie wasn't your conventional heoine, shy and innocent, she was worldly. She came across like a tart at the start of the novel when she first meets Kit but her character's really just a great friend trying to help out a long-time friend who needed her.
     There is a lot of family drama at the heart of this novel. Betrayal and angst. Kit learns the truth about why his father has always been more indifferent to him to his brother. There is overwhelming sadness with the death in the family and the break in the developing relation with Sophie and Kit. Lots of sexual tension and longing with these two and by the Gods am I glad he caught her before she left. The final scene was satisfying and sweet, a little funny (epilogue). This is a two part story that continues with In Bed with A Stranger.

In Bed With A Stranger by India Grey 

The sequel/finale to the Fitzroy Legacy was filled with major drama and emotions. There were secrets and obstacles on both sides that threatened to keep them apart but they fought through and made it till the end because of their love. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed these two novels. They were both total hits for me!

COVER REVEAL: Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2) by Sylvia Day

Ahhhhhhh! So after reading Bared To You, I found a new hero to obsess over. Gideon Cross! Good lord . . . I want more Gideon and Eva . . .  of course! I can hardly wait until October 2nd! And it's within my birthday month . . . wooohoooo . . . can't get any better than that! This cover is tamed compared to the cover I had gotten on Bared To You before it was changed but I love it nevertheless!

Gideon's initials! Oh I love the cover. Man how I wish it was October already. Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one! I know it's gonna' be good!

You can pre-order it on Amazon now! 

previous cover
This post was originally COVER REVEAL for Deeper into You (Crossfire, #2) but the author has since changed the title to Reflected in You. New Title! 
Me personally, I don't care what it's called, I just can't wait to read it.
Since it was for the same novel, I just re-edited my previous post.

You can check out the Author's Facebook page for more info. 

And her Official Website

Jun 25, 2012

COVER REVEAL: Shadow's Claim (The Dacians, Realm of Blood & Mist, #1) by Kresley Cole

She not done with the Immortals we've come to know and love and lust after. The Dacians are next and first up is Trehan and Bettina's story!
Color me ecstatic!

Totally love this cover! I'm always excited about this author's work and I've never been disappointed! I can't wait to read this novel which is slated for release on November 27th 2012! 
Be sure to also look out for Ms Cole's other upcoming release Poison Princess, the first novel in the Arcana Chronicles releasing October 2nd 2012!

Jun 7, 2012

Cover Reveal: Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J.R. Ward

     Can I just say that I am screaming right now!!!!! Qhuinn and Blay are finally getting their story! After all the teasers, is what I call them, from the other books, I've anticipating the day when J.R. Ward would announce that their story would be next. When she announced they would be next, I ran around my house doing a happy dance! I've been on this ship since Lover Mine and I just want these two together so bad!! I've been eagerly anticipating more news on this! I don't think hat I've ever wanted two fictional characters together more than these two!
     All the scenes involving them were so emotional. Qhuinn damn . . . do you see this cover? It's Qhuinn with the blue and green eyes. I would have liked both him and Blay but Ms Ward cleared up that:

 "I do think it's going to be important for people to realize the story's going to be written as it comes (came) to me, and that they're not getting special treatment either for or against them because of their sexuality- to me, this story has always been about Qhuinn coming around and accepting who he really is and who he really loves- so the title and the cover was always about him in my mind. This is not to diminish Blay or his journey or his role- not at all. And it is not a case of the book focusing solely on Qhuinn and ignoring Blay's feelings (because he's going to have some big issues to deal with, too.) I just think Qhuinn's the one who's fought against their HEA and is the one who has to travel the most to get there. If that makes any sense?" 

     Release is slated for March 2013! Though it's next year, I'm still stoked about this. Since she announced it I've been ecstatic and now the cover! That much closer. Super duper excited. Can hardly wait to read a whole novel about them. Imagine a full-length novel about these two after only reading short scenes in the other books. And now that Qhuinn knows how he feels about Blay! Gosh I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat right now. 
     I know it's not gonna' be all roses, they both would have things to get through but I just . . . this cover just made my day! Thank you WARDEN!



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