Coffee and a Review with He Belongs With Me by Sarah Darlington

imagesHappy Monday!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  I am going to start your week off with an enjoyable read that is both entertaining and written well.  He Belongs with Me by Sarah Darlington is a nice addition to the New Adult genre.  I look forward to reading more from her.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great week everyone and I will see you guys again on Friday!

21486045Book Blurb:

Two girls. One Leo. Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather’s world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis. But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo… which girl will win his heart? Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing’s for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong. *NEW ADULT ROMANCE. Recommended for 17+ due to sexual situations and adult language.*


Maggie and Clara are as different as two identical twins can be.  Maggie is the sweet and dependable one.  While Clara is the rebellious opposite of Maggie.  This has always been the way.  Even Leo, Maggie’s best friend, is Clara’s mortal enemy.   That is until one night when Clara runs him over with a golf cart.  Soon, Clara and Leo go to NYC together and figure out that all along they have had feelings for each other.  This puts Maggie in a position that she isn’t used to.  But, Maggie has her own problems.  The one boy she has always loved comes back into her life and she begins to wonder if she still has feelings for him or if she has really loved Leo all along.  All of this has to be sorted out before someone makes a mistake that will break someone forever.

This was an enjoyable story.  I liked the characters of Leo and Clara.  Maggie was a bit dull to read but Dean made things with her more interesting.  Though this was a good story I felt like it was too predictable.  Also, I really didn’t see much of a love triangle at all.  I feel like the book description is a bit misleading and in the end after reading the book could turn a reader off.  I did, however, love how it ended.  I was happy all the questions got answers and it wrapped up very nicely.  Overall, I think this was a good debut novel for Sarah Darlington.  I think she has some great potential and would love to read another book by her.  If you don’t pick this book up for the story at lease pick it up for the hot sexy men, Leo and Dean.  :)

Fresh Face Friday: Together Tea with Marjan Kamali

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you have had a great week and are looking forward to a great weekend.  Today I am bringing to you a great book by Marjan Kamali, Together Tea.  This is a unique perspective of Iran and Iranian culture through the story of a mother and daughter.  This story really sucked me in and kept me enthralled.  You will enjoy the sights and sounds of Iran and New York.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the weather with a good book outside.  :)

16240786Book Blurb:

In Together Tea, Marjan Kamali’s delightful and heartwarming debut novel, Darya has discovered the perfect gift for her daughter’s twenty-fifth birthday: an ideal husband. Mina, however, is fed up with her mother’s years of endless matchmaking and the spreadsheets grading available Iranian-American bachelors. Having spent her childhood in Tehran and the rest of her life in New York City, Mina has experienced cultural clashes firsthand, but she’s learning that the greatest clashes sometimes happen at home.

After a last ill-fated attempt at matchmaking, mother and daughter embark on a return journey to Iran. Immersed once again in Persian culture, the two women gradually begin to understand each other. But when Mina falls for a young man who never appeared on her mother’s matchmaking radar, will Mina and Darya’s new-found appreciation for each other survive?

Together Tea is a moving and joyous debut novel about family, love, and finding the place you truly belong.


Mina is tired of her mother’s matchmaking. All she really wants to do is  paint but she is committed to getting her MBA because her parents want her to.  Darya, Mina’s mother,  loves mathematics and statistics. She  knows she can find the perfect husband for her daughter through her spreadsheets, but when the most recent match doesn’t work Darya is at her wit’s end.  So, when Mina announces she wants to return to Iran to visit her family her mother heartily agrees to go with her.  On their trip over to Iran they remember how life was before moving to America and how things changed through historical events.  Once in Iran the familiarity that rushes back to both of them fills them with both joy and sorrow.  It is during one of these times that Mina finds a man who her mother wasn’t thrusting upon her.  Through her experiences in Iran and remembering both the good and bad in both their home’s, Mina and Darya appreciate what they have and what they have lost.

This was a great novel.  It really brought a different perspective to a culture that is not always highlighted well in American society.  I think using the mother/daughter dynamic really illustrated the cultural differences and the similarities that all mothers and daughters share.  The timeline in this was a wonderful tool to accentuate the before and afters of significant political strife.  The use of the family dynamic and how they are affected by the Islamic Revolution, the return of the Ayatollah and Iran/Iraq war.  In addition to the great historical aspect and the wonderful cultural illustrations, the characters were very vibrant and brilliant.  You could really relate to their strife and their reasoning in the decisions that they made.  Marjan Kamali has done a phenomenal job bringing the beauty and complexities of the Iranian culture and people.  If you want to read a book that will enlighten you and entertain you pick up, Together Tea.

Author Bio:

6547914Marjan Kamali was born in Turkey to Iranian parents. She holds an MFA in creative writing from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University. Her work has been a top finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Asian American Short Story Contest.

Together Tea is her first novel and has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist. It will be translated into several languages including German, Italian, Norwegian, Czech, and Slovak.

Marjan lives in the Boston area with her husband and their two children.

Coffee and a Review with Silver Rain by Jan Ruth

untitled10Happy Monday!  Today I am gonna start your day and your week with a sweet romance.  It’s a wonderful story that shows that you can fall in love at any age.  Jan Ruth tells a wonderful tale that will keep you turning the page.  Be sure to read my full review after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week.

18779229Book Blurb:

Al is the black sheep of his family, Kate, the good shepherd of hers. Can black and white become silver, or just a dark and dangerous grey?

Alastair Black has revealed a secret to his wife in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage. A return to his childhood family home at Chathill Farm is his only respite, although he is far from welcomed back by brother George.
Kate, recently widowed and increasingly put upon by daughter, sister and mother, feels her life is over at fifty. Until she meets Alastair. He’s everything she isn’t, but he’s a troubled soul, a sad clown of a man with a shady past. When his famous mother leaves an unexpected inheritance, Kate is caught up in the unravelling of his life as Al comes to terms with who he really is.
Is Alastair Black her true soulmate, or should Sleeping Beauty lie?

This publication is written in British English. Spellings and grammatical conventions are conversant with the UK.


Al has lost everything.  He just lost his house, his marriage has fallen apart and now he must go to the one place he hasn’t been in 15 yrs.  Kate lost her husband over a year ago.  Though she lost him she isn’t as upset as everyone assumes.  She decides to vacation at her sister in laws house to escape all the reminders of her dead husband.  That is where Al and Kate meet.  Though Al has brought his haughty girlfriend there is an attraction between Kate and Al that can’t be denied.  Though they have a strong connection the secrets they both hold could destroy any possible relationship.  Can Al and Kate find the love they both want and never had or will the skeletons come out and kill any prospect of love.

This was a sweet love story with a lot of twists.  I really enjoyed the characters of Al and Kate.  It was definitely a story where you could see the influence each character had on the other.  The twists added a wonderful element with the development of their love story.  Though the story was good, it was a bit difficult at times with the British English.  I have read books with the use of British English before but there were a lot of things that I couldn’t interpret.  Overall, it was a great book even with the few confusing British English/American English terms.  The story was strong and the love natural.  You will definitely love Al and Kate.


Review: Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni

Happy Friday, Everyone!  I hope you all have had a great week and looking forward to a nice weekend.  Today, I am reviewing Cassandra Giovanni’s newest book Flawed Perfection.  I honestly was left speechless with this book.  I was drawn in and taken for a ride only to be left fabulously heartbroken in the end.  It was a fabulous book that I can’t wait to read the next in her series.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Oh, and don’t forget only a couple more days left in my big blogiversary giveaway!

18302556Book Blurb:

Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player–he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.

River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She’s been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she’s stuck right in the middle of the brothers dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn’t even know she’s the ultimate prize.

Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girls’ hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself–or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all…


River has loved Adam for as long as she can remember and for just as long Bobby has loved River.  The problem is that River is best friends with both Adam and Bobby, who happen to be brothers.  Now that they are all grown up and live across from each other things are becoming more difficult.  Bobby tries his best to slyly seduce River, which never works and River pines over Adam.  Adam is an enigma even as an adult and ties River up in knots not knowing what feelings are real or just friends.  After Adam helps River with a work emergency their feelings for one another are finally known.  They decide to keep their relationship a secret until Bobby finds out in an unceremonious way and is enraged.  It seems that the relationship of all three will never mend until everything is put aside.  When they decide to finally fix things tragedy strikes and crushes the fragile relationships.  Can any relationship bounce back from tragedy or will it all crumble?

This book left me wrecked after I read it.  I was emotionally drained and loved every minute of it.  The love triangle of River, Adam and Bobby was fantastic.  From the beginning you know who River will choose.  But, love is complex and this story does a phenomenal job of showing how even those who are supposed to love you no matter what can hurt you beyond repair.  This story is so strong and poignant because of not just the love triangle but of the side relationships the characters have.  You feel just as heartbroken and sad as they do when their parents hurt them or when Bobby hurts Tara.  You also feel the love that River’s Dad shows her and the love that both of the Beckerson boys show her.  I think the underlying damage that is in a past the reader isn’t privy to is shown through the characters and it takes a very talented writer to be able to illustrate that kind of pain that is not witnessed.  Overall, this is a book I will be feeling for a while.  I can’t wait for the next one and will be waiting anxiously.  Cassandra Giovanni definitely has a new fan in me.  If you are like me and love books that will tear your heart out and leave you feeling an emotional wreck only to want to pick the book back up and read it again than Flawed Perfection is right up your alley.

Review: Bagpipes and Bullshot by Janice Horton

Happy April Fool’s day!  Today is a day full of checking your chairs and the hands that you shake.  Though it is a day for pranks I don’t have one for you today.  My Day 9 review is another of Janice Horton’s works, Bagpipes and Bullshot.  This is one of her full length novels.  This was a fun read that I couldn’t put down.  When I read this book I really wished I was the cowgirl finding her Scottish Laird.  For more of my rave review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Happy April Fool’s Day! :)

18688402Book Blurb:

A contemporary tale told with timeless Scottish romanticism and a knowing sense of humour. Bagpipes and Bullshot twists an everyday love story with a whole cast of village eccentrics into an entertaining play on rural life.


Oley first meets Innes when Innes plays the bagpipes at her mother’s wedding.  After a few dates they have grown to really care for each other.  But, Innes must go back to Scotland.  Not ready to let Oley go he asks her to be his cattle manager and come to Scotland with him.  Oley’s first instinct is to say no but after some thought about what she needs and wants she agrees.  When Oley arrives to Scotland she wasn’t expecting what she saw.  Innes is a Laird and lives in a large home.  As Oley spends more time with Innes and his Scottish estate she begins to fall hard for both.  But, there are things conspiring against them to thwart their happiness.  It gets so rough that Oley almost loses everything.  Can Innes and Oley fight against those who wish them harm or will their love crumble like the buildings on Innes’ estate?

I loved this book.  Its both entertaining and addicting.  Innes and Oley’s love story is so sweet and natural.  What woman wouldn’t want a Scottish Laird to come sweep them off their feet.  It was fun to see the opposites attract work in their favor.  With Oley and her work and Innes and his they should want completely different people but in reality they are perfect for one another.  The story takes you from Texas to Scotland and that in itself is a fantastic aspect to the story.  I also love the element of intrigue that is within the story.  The factors fighting Innes and Oley being together add a wonderful roller coaster ride.  Overall, this was a fantastic read that I fell in love with.  Anyone who likes a good love story with a few hurdles will adore this story.

Review: He Ain’t Lion by Celia Kyle

Day Eight of our celebration.  Today I am reviewing Celia Kyle’s He Ain’t Lion from her Ridgeville series.  This is a great paranormal romance that I discovered.  I couldn’t stop myself with just the first book.  I couldn’t help it.  When it comes to sexy shifters I just gotta read the book.  Its a very sexy, steamy read with some drama thrown in there for good measure.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

13638353Book Blurb:

Life sucks… And then you get turned into a werelion…

Curvaceous, blonde bombshell Maya Josephs is looking for a little action to take her mind off of her recent break-up. Crazy werecats or not, an evening at Genesis is exactly what she needs. And when she meets the hotter than hot, super-sexy owner, Alex O’Connell, the alpha lion shifter is just the man to fit the bill for a one-night stand.

Dumped like a rotting piece of meat by her ex, Maya is on the prowl, fixin’ to do whatever it takes to get herself a piece of the gorgeous furball. Besides, what’s the harm in a girl having a little bit of fun?


Maya picked the wrong day to come to Genesis.  This is there night for sexual inhibition.  The only ones allowed to be privy to this ritual are the fellow shifters and those humans in the mix and willing to participate in these sexual evenings.  Maya is none of that.  So, when Maya is summoned to the owner’s office she doesn’t know what to expect.  When Alex summons Maya he has all the intentions of throwing her out of the club.  But, once he meets her he realizes that is the last thing he wants.  Maya and Alex feel an attraction that pulls them together and she is so glad when he decides to let her stay.  Not only stay but stay with him.  Unfortunately, during the steamy evening Alex bites Maya and mates with her.  All of a sudden Maya’s one night stand changes her life completely.  Can Maya adapt to her new life or will she regret the little bit of fun she had with her lion?

I loved this story.  This is definitely a great series to start reading.  In this book you can already tell some of the stories and sexy shifters that will pop up in future books.  I really loved the characters and the story.  Maya and Alex are a wonderful couple.  I think her feistiness is just what the alpha lion needs.  The story itself is a wonderful beginning.  It is this story and its characters that drove me to dive right into the second book.  As a little spoiler to come the books are all connected in some way and you will see familiar faces.  Overall, this is a great addition to the paranormal romance genre and it now a new series I am following.  If you like sexy shifters and steamy sex scenes you will love Celia Kyle’s He Ain’t Lion.

Review: How Do You Voodoo? by Janice Horton

As promised here is my Day 7 review.  I am spotlighting How Do You Voodoo by Janice Horton.  This is the first in her trilogy.  They are all short novellas.  In How Do You Voodoo we are introduced to Janice Horton’s wonderfully imaginative writing.  The story is definitely addictive and had me picking up another of her stories right after I finished this one.  Its a great romance with a bit of a lesson.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Oh!  Don’t forget you only have one week left for my big giveaway!

18718254Book Blurb:

Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career. In her attempts to get uncursed she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, involved in a voodoo ritual, reveals one or two unrests in her own past and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm, that would be a witch doctor, right…?


The beautiful but selfish and self-centered Nola is returning from her getaway to the Caribbean.  Now that Nola was on her way back to the UK and  looking forward to a big photo shoot all she wants to do is rest on the plan.  But, all of that is thwarted when a woman is brought into the cabin where she is and begins making a lot of noise.  Nola being the diva that she is is angered by this disruption.  She is rude to the hysterical woman and to the flight crew.  While Nola is busy demanding things the woman begins placing a voodoo curse on Nola.  At the time Nola doesn’t believe that could be what the woman was doing.  But, when her precious looks seem to be gone almost over night then she believes.  In an attempt to beg the woman to lift the curse.  When she finds out what happened to the woman she thinks all hope is lost.  That is until she finds the woman’s son.  With her son she must help him so that he will help her, but in doing so will the curse be lifted or will she be forced to leave the career and life she has lived for so long.

Though this was only a novella, this story was as good as some of the full length novels I have read.  The story was wonderfully told and the characters did a great amount of developing in a short amount of pages.  I really enjoyed Nola’s transition and the value the finally found in being judged by who she was instead of what she looked like.  I think this story was great example of the kind of storyteller Janice Horton is.  I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy and one of her full length novels.  I know that I will enjoy those as much as I did How Do You Voodoo.


Review: Tales from Aulora by Helen A. Quinn

I know I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday’s review, but today your going to get a double review.  First up today will be Tales from Aulora by Helen A. Quinn.   This was a very unique novel.  Its a set of tales that follow elite workers that make wishes come true.  A very imaginative story that is a unique addition to the fiction world. Be sure to check my complete review after the book blurb.

21294141Book Blurb:

Tales from Aulora uncovers the secret world of wish making through a series of eight human wishes that arrive on Aulora.

Travel from 1381 to 2009 as Bill and Bob receive requests (that’s wishes to you and I) to help a village idiot clear his name and find his way home, protect a woman from those who accuse her of witchcraft when she saved a young girl’s life, allow a Lord to maintain his lazy lifestyle, save two boys from a sadistic teacher, restore a troubled rock star’s success, help a teenage girl with self esteem issues, reunite a teenage boy with his mother and deal with a love request that is littered with complications.

Set against daily challenges, personality clashes, a recalcitrant boss and an ever increasing workload, Bill and Bob uncover a much darker force that is hell bent on destroying humans and the cause of failed requests. When the Negativities are uncovered and a powerful antidote is found and used against them, the future of Request Making hangs in the balance when the Negativities declare war on Aulora.


This collection of stories was a really different read.  It was organized in a way that is reminiscent of Chaucer.  With the main characters of Bill and Bob the stories show how complicated a simple wish really is.  Every story from helping the village idiot to a love request wish has Bill and Bob fighting those Negativities that would prefer to keep all wishes unfulfilled.  It was an interesting read but it does get a bit complicated and at points it can lose the readers interest.  Though I felt it was a unique book in its story and organization I thought that the story needed to be a bit more fluid than it was.  Overall, the individual stories were okay but in general I felt the stories were a bit too sectionalized and that made for a very slow read.



Review: The Underground City (Lily Harper #2) by H.P Mallory

I know today’s review is a bit late, but Day Five’s review is The Underground City by H.P Mallory.  This is the second book in her Lily Harper series.  I just adore H.P Mallory.  All of her stories are full of fun and sass that makes you want to read more.  I have read all three of her series’.  This second installment does what H.P does best it makes the story even more exciting and develops the characters and storyline until your begging her for the next book.  Be sure to keep reading after the book blurb for my review.  And don’t forget about my giveaway still going on.  Only a little over a week left.

18001753Book Blurb:

Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here…

Lily Harper narrowly survived her first mission as a Soul Retriever in the first level of the Underground City. After that harrowing trip, she wants nothing more than some down-time, but as with most things involving the afterlife, nothing ever quite works out the way Lily wants it to.

Her newest mission will see her traveling to the sewer aqueduct of the Underground City and later, the prison. But, luckily for Lily, she’s got the hunky yet antisocial bladesmith, Tallis Black, by her side. And quite possibly unluckily for her, she’s also got her guardian angel, Bill, who’s up to his old, foul-mouthed antics.

Between learning how to wield her sword, personal training with a hot-headed demon, traveling to the Underground City not one but two times and discovering that the leader of the Underground City harbors a curious fascination with her, Lily’s hope was abandoned a long time ago.


The Underground City takes up where Better off Dead left us.  Tallis has come to see Lily and not for the reasons Bill assumes.  Tallis has come to continue training her and has a surprise in an additional trainer.  Tallis will train Lily in the sword and her other trainer will turn her body into a lean fighting weapon.  Lily can handle the first part its the second part that has her bulking.  That is until she receives her next assignment.  Lily is being made to go back to The Underground City to retrieve another soul.  Only this one is located in the second level.  Unsure of how to get back in since her previous trip burned a bridge or two, Tallis uses his indepth knowledge to get them to that level but it requires some really dirty work.  Once they are there they come across a minion of the Leader of The Underground City.  Lily is being summoned to meet the mysterious leader.  For Lily dealing with the enigmatic leader is all in a days work.  She does after all have to deal with a malcontented, sexy, yet so frustrating, Tallis and the never helpful, always pain in the ass, guardian Angel Bill.  All Lily is sure of is that it’s not going to be easy retrieving all of souls to get herself out her contract.

I love these characters.  H.P Mallory has such a way of creating characters that will excite and frustrate you.  I adore Tallis but I can’t wait until we start really discovering who he is.  Bill as always is entertaining.  His use/misuse of the English language is always hilarious and most of the time quite funny and confusing.  This second book in this series did a fantastic job in propelling the story onto the next level.  It introduced new characters and developed the existing ones to keep the story interesting.  Lily’s adventures in soul retrieving is so fun and entertaining.  I have to say that my favorite part of this series is the use of Dante’s Inferno and his circles of hell.  It definitely makes it unique read and great series that H.P Mallory has yet again created.  Overall, a great story and wonderful series.  If you’ve never read any of H.P Mallory’s books you are definitely missing out on a fun and exciting read.




Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Day Four of our review fest is a book I’m going to be raving about for a long time.  Colleen Hoover has easily become one of my favorite authors.  Her stories are wonderfully written and they have such deep emotion entwined you can’t read one of her books without tearing up at least once.  But, for Maybe Someday it is a complete experience.  I think I will dub it the “Colleen Hoover Experience”.  She manages to blend music and her story so seamlessly its as if you can hear the songs being written.  Though the best thing with this particular book is this can be a complete experience.  There is a soundtrack with all of the songs from the book.  Yes, I am a total fangirl and have the soundtrack but it was phenomenal listening to the song that was just mentioned in the book.  Ok, enough of my gushing.  You can read the rest of my review after the book blurb.  Believe me you won’t want to miss this one.  Oh and don’t forget about my giveaway.

17788403Book Blurb:

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…


When we first meet Sydney she has just punched both her ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend.  She is standing in the rain waiting for a cab plotting ways on how to now hurt Ridge.  Ridge is/was Sydney’s neighbor across their courtyard who have inadvertently started writing music together.  Ridge sends down his roommate to pretty forcibly bring Sydney up to their apartment.  When the now soaked Sydney finally meets Ridge in person she finds her self  attracted to him even though she is still hurting over the horrendous betrayal of her best friend and boyfriend.

Ridge sees that Sydney is now in need of a home and he has an extra room.  He offers Sydney the extra room in exchange for helping him write songs for his band.  Sydney reluctantly agrees.  As Sydney and Ridge get closer they fight the attraction they have toward each other.  Ridge is loyal to a fault to his girlfriend and will not betray her no matter what, but his heart is pulling him toward Sydney and he knows that he will never leave his girlfriend for anything.  Sydney’s attraction to Ridge is growing exponentially but she too will not do what was done to her.  When things finally come to a boiling point choices must be made and consequences paid.  Can the mind overrule the heart or will the heart win the war on love?

I LOVED this book.  I mean to the point of when I was done I wanted to re-read it so that I could experience it all over again.  Maybe Someday really has a wonderfully poignant story that has so many levels you don’t even feel like your done when the story is done.  You face the challenges that the characters face and you become emotionally ensconced in the story.  I think most people have felt the love that has gotten away or the choice you wish you could do over.  This book does such a wonderful job taking those emotions and some how make you relive them.

Ridge and Sydney are such well-developed and evolved characters.  They grow through the story even when you think they won’t.  The story though fairly simplistic is so real.  It illustrates the real challenges in life and in relationships.  This really is a story about a boy, a girl and the beautiful music they make.  It seems that it can be innocent but when the heart is involved nothing is completely ruled out.  I think the torment they both go through fighting what could easily have been a cheating situation brings a level of morality that you don’t necessarily see in books now a days.

Overall, this is the epitome of a “Colleen Hoover Experience”.  Her love of music and writing is shown through out this story.  I was so excited for this book and I was not disappointed at all.  I couldn’t put it down.  I know it may sound cliché but I laughed and I cried among all of the other emotions Colleen Hoover wrung out of me.  I have to say this is one of her best books.  I will always have a place in my heart for Hopeless (my fave) but this has definitely wormed its way in and with the soundtrack has given the reader a chance at a unique intimacy with a book.  It makes me wish that every book that writes songs or has music in it came with a soundtrack.  But, because it doesn’t that makes it all the more rare.  Believe me when I say go out and get this book and the soundtrack.  You will never experience anything like it.

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