Review: Your Forever Love by Layla Hagen

Your Forever Love by Layla HagenSynopsis:

Eric Callahan is a powerful man, and his sharp business sense has earned him the nickname ‘the shark.’ Yet under the strict façade is a man who loves his daughter and would do anything for her. When he and his daughter move to San Francisco for three months, he has one thing in mind: expanding his business on the West Coast. As a widower, Eric is not looking for love. He focuses on his company, and his daughter.

Until he meets Pippa Bennett. She captivates him from the moment he sets eyes on her, and what starts as unintentional flirting soon spirals into something neither of them can control.

Pippa Bennett knows she should stay away from Eric Callahan. After going through a rough divorce, she doesn’t trust men anymore. But something about Eric just draws her in. He has a body made for sin and a sense of humor that matches hers. Not to mention that seeing how adorable he is with his daughter melts Pippa’s walls one by one.

The chemistry between them is undeniable, but the connection that grows deeper every day that has both of them wondering if love might be within their reach.

When it’s time for Eric and his daughter to head back home, will he give up on the woman who has captured his heart, or will he do everything in his power to remain by her side?

Favorite Lines:

“…but she’s gotten under my skin, and I like how it feels.”

“Then stop looking for excuses and start finding solutions.”

My Opinion:

It seems that the series is going in order as far as family members go; after all there are a lot of them to get through. Your Forever Love follows Pippa Bennett and Eric Callahan. This is the first in the series to follow a female Bennett, so it was interesting to see inside the Bennett family from a female perspective.

I remember saying in my past reviews for this series that I wish there was more drama, more heartache for characters, and this book delivered. It still wasn’t the worst scenario that I have ever read this normally the characters have a minor hiccup and then get back together. In this book, Hagen gives us the feels train. I know for me, my heart was literally hurting reading certain parts of the story; which, as bad as it sounds, is always a good thing. I think this is the first book in the series to actually make my heart hurt and, in my mind, that means it was the best so far.

I love that Pippa has an addiction to sugar and sweets and I love that Eric takes the time to really figure her out. Pippa is always used to being the listener in her family, always analyzing and reading her siblings but Eric comes into her life and gives her a taste of her own medicine. I think it’s really sweet that he figured out what she wanted and tried his best to give it to her. It makes us all want a relationship like Eric and Pippa.

Summary:

Throughout the series, we get to see more and more of the Bennett siblings and are constantly introduced to new characters. This makes us, as readers, wonder who is going to star in the next book in the series and I can’t wait to see how Hagen continues to tie everyone together. I loved this book and can’t wait to see what’s in store in the next one!

 

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Review: Your Captivating Love by Layla Hagen

Your Captivating Love by Layla HagenSynopsis:

Logan Bennett knows his priorities. He is loyal to his family and his company. He has no time for love, and no desire for it. Not after a disastrous engagement left him brokenhearted. When Nadine enters his life, she turns everything upside down.

She’s sexy, funny, and utterly captivating. She’s also more stubborn than anyone he’s met…including himself.

Nadine Hawthorne is finally pursuing her dream: opening her own clothing shop. After working so hard to get here, she needs to concentrate on her new business, and can’t afford distractions. Not even if they come in the form of Logan Bennett.

He’s handsome, charming, and doesn’t take no for an answer. After bitter disappointments, Nadine doesn’t believe in love. But being around Logan is addicting. It doesn’t help that Logan’s family is scheming to bring them together at every turn.

Their attraction is sizzling, their connection undeniable. Slowly, Logan wins her over. What starts out as a fling, soon spirals into much more than they are prepared for.

When a mistake threatens to tear them apart, will they have the strength to hold on to each other?

Favorite Lines:

“Do you have any idea how many thoughts a woman can have in one night? Women are masters at overthinking words, overblowing situations.”

My Opinion:

Your Captivating Love is book two in The Bennett Family series and it was just as addicting as the first book was. It is a NSFW story, please protect your eyes. This story follows Logan, the second oldest sibling in the family, and Nadine, Ava’s friend, as they navigate their lives and find themselves falling for each other.

Again, this book was easy for me to get lost in and I read it in one sitting (what else is new?). Like the last book in the series, it is definitely a cliché romance book so steer clear of it if you don’t like the stereotypical love story. This series is turning out to be really easy to enjoy and once I start a book in it, I can’t seem to put it down.

We are starting to see the matchmaking aspect of the series and character’s from previous books and future books are being interwoven throughout the storyline, which is something that I love and definitely look forward to seeing more of in future books as the series progresses.

Summary:

Overall, this story was so cute (but also sexy as hell) and I couldn’t get enough. Good thing there are 9 books (so far) in the series, plenty more for me to get my fill of cliché romance with. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy a quick, but worthwhile read. Happy reading!

 

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Review: Your Irresistible Love by Layla Hagen

Your Irresistible Love by Layla HagenSynopsis:

Sebastian Bennett is a determined man. It’s the secret behind the business empire he built from scratch. Under his rule, Bennett Enterprises dominates the jewelry industry. Despite being ruthless in his work, family comes first for him, and he’d do anything for his parents and eight siblings—even if they drive him crazy sometimes. . . like when they keep nagging him to get married already.

Sebastian doesn’t believe in love, until he brings in external marketing consultant Ava to oversee the next collection launch. She’s beautiful, funny, and just as stubborn as he is. Not only is he obsessed with her delicious curves, but he also finds himself willing to do anything to make her smile.

He’s determined to have Ava, even if she’s completely off limits.

Ava Lindt has one job to do at Bennett Enterprises: make the next collection launch unforgettable. Daydreaming about the hot CEO is definitely not on her to-do list. Neither is doing said CEO. The consultancy she works for has a strict policy—no fraternizing with clients. She won’t risk her job. Besides, Ava knows better than to trust men with her heart.

But their sizzling chemistry spirals into a deep connection that takes both of them by surprise. Sebastian blows through her defenses one sweet kiss and sinful touch at a time. When Ava’s time as a consultant in his company comes to an end, will Sebastian fight for the woman he loves or will he end up losing her?

Favorite Lines:

“There is a bit of fire in everything and everyone.”

“This man sneaks pheromones in his cologne, I swear.”

“If you aren’t next to him, he searches for you. I’ve watched him. He’s not even aware. He simply needs you.”

My Opinion:

Honestly. I just wanted a book I could get lost in and not have to think really hard about and this book was perfect. I was craving a sweet romance story and wasn’t disappointed. Warning: this book is NSFW or not safe for work (for the kids in the back).

It tells the story of a CEO who runs his family’s company. Of course, he isn’t your stereotypical CEO, he’s nice and caring, not cold or rigged. But his life is missing a certain something…love (obviously). Then he meets Ava, and falls head over heels.

What I liked about this book was that it was an easy read but still had a good storyline. Of course it’s a cliché book, but sometimes that’s not always a bad thing. If you despise stereotypical love stories this definitely isn’t the book for you. But I just wanted to get lost in the pages and ended up staying up half the night to read this in one sitting.

The only thing I didn’t like about this story is that I wish it had more problems throughout it. I know you’re thinking “You cynical person, why does there need to be more problems?” and I will tell you why. Because I feel like when characters have to overcome more obstacles it brings them closer together. I’m a sucker for painful emotional moments because they are so raw and so much more real. I just wish this book had that element.

Summary:

Overall, this was the perfect, easy read love story. Characters were charming, the romance was both sweet and spicy, and it was well written and easy to follow. I definitely recommend Your Irresistible Love as a quick but lovely read.

 

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Review: Restore me by Tahereh Mafi

Restore MeSynopsis:

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

Favorite Lines:

“But the fire of true hatred, I realize, cannot exist without the oxygen of affection. I would not hurt so much, or hate so much, if I did not care.”

“Idiots are highly flammable, love. Let them all burn in hell.”

“So this— This is agony. This is what they talk about when they talk about heartbreak. I thought I knew what it was like before. I thought I knew, with perfect clarity, what it felt like to have my heart broken, but now—now I finally understand.”

“In the steady thrum that accompanies quiet, my mind is unkind to me. I think too much. I feel, perhaps, far more than I should. It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that my goal in life is to outrun my mind, my memories.”

My Opinion:

HOLY FREAKIN CRAP.

Restore Me is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series (not counting the two novellas). Originally this series was supposed to end after the third book but Mafi decided to pick it back up and I am beyond ecstatic that she did.

Everything that you knew from the last books is about to be thrown out the window and you get to live through it with Warner and Juliette. This story follows up shortly after the events that took place in book three of the Shatter Me series. Juliette is the Supreme Commander and trying to figure out how to rule. This book is a dual POV book, which has me shook. I love love love hearing from both leads in the ship to see their feelings for each other. Mafi is unlike any other writer I’ve ever read from in the way she can create such complex but completely realistic human emotions in her stories. She is able to capture exactly how characters feel in such a vivid and raw way…there is no other writing style like it.

One thing that I kind of thought was missing from this novel is Mafi’s usual way of descriptive writing. Normally, she uses such beautiful language in her books. She combines lyrical metaphors and heartbreakingly accurate descriptors that I felt were somewhat absent in this book. Don’t get me wrong, they are still present but do not occur as often as they did in the rest of the series; which is a shame because I truly believe this is what sets Mafi apart so much. Don’t take this as me saying this wasn’t worth the read. This book might be the best one in the series so far (I might be bias because I just finished it so it’s fresh on my mind). But this story is full of so much action and drama and emotion that it will leave you wanting to keep turning the page until you reach the end of the book.

Summary:

Like I said earlier, this book takes the series to a whole different level and allows for so much expansion in the future. I think that’s what made it so interesting, the introduction of a whole new area to be explored moving forward; I can’t wait. This book is a must read if you have read the rest of the Shatter Me series. Now I just have to wait a whole year for the next book…

 

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Review: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Temptation by Wendy HigginsSynopsis:

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the Dukes’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoonworthy, this companion volume to the Sweet Evil series, told from the perspective of the mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into the true emotions that drive him.

Favorite Lines:

“When I’m with her I feel…different. Lighter or some shit.”

“Look at me, lovely Anna.”

“That causes some idiotic thing inside my chest to swell and strengthen. I think Anna Whitt is bad for my health.”

“My sweet and lovely little Anna. This is good-bye.”

“Don’t go. Don’t bloody leave me. Throw your arms around me. I don’t care if you smear my face with paint, Anna. Tell me you love me. Show me you still want me. Torture me a bit more. Oh, God…”

My Opinion:

Sweet Temptation is a companion novel in the Sweet series. It is from Kaidan’s point of view and goes through all three books from his perspective. Honestly, it was so adorable to watch Kaidan develop feelings for Anna and try to talk himself out of them by saying it’s for his job. This whole book had me smirking and internally shrieking because it turns out Kaidan was developing feelings for Anna when we, as readers, were unaware from Anna’s point of view in the other books. This book made my heart hurt with how sweet Kai was and how much he truly cared for Ann. It was a whole different level than I originally thought… a whole better level.

The only thing that was kind of confusing was following some of the events in this book because it’s from Kai’s point of view and it’s technically book 4 in the series, so it was kind of confusing to have to recall some things that happened in the other books that were in Ann’s point of view. That being said, I enjoyed Kai’s POV nonetheless.

Summary:

This novel was the perfect unofficial ending to the series. I say unofficial because the series already ended and this was just a bonus book. It was most definitely a bonus and I am so, very happy that Higgins graced us with its existence.

 

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Review: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy HigginsSynopsis:

It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom

Favorite Lines:

“You’re my dream. My only dream.”

“Life was often so cruel, so ugly. And then, in the midst of all the madness, a precious gift would be placed in your lap. Because life could also be so sweet.”

“To love or have loved, that is enough… There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

My Opinion:

I ended up reading this book in one sitting and it had me crying both happy tears and sad tears not even 10 minutes apart. Sweet Reckoning is technically the last book in the Sweet series, there is a book from Kaidan’s point of view that I am dying to read and will be reading next (stay tuned for that review).

Sweet Reckoning gave me all the feels. This is the first book that we actually get to see Kaidan and Anna together (spoiler alert). As much as I enjoyed the tension and anticipation over the past two books, its nice to have a happy ending. As an added bonus, you will fall in love with their feelings towards one another and Kai’s protectiveness of Anna. Throughout the book, you will see Kai step up constantly to try and keep Anna safe while they try to navigate the dangerous world they are a part of.

In the book, you will see a lot more ships get together. Some of these couplings cause heartbreaking events to take place but the way Higgins writes them out, you’re oddly okay with the turnout. There is a VERY sad event towards the end of the book that will make you cry (unless you don’t have a heart) and will make you question why bad things have to happen to good people. At the same time, I understood why said “sad event” had to take place and how it added to the storyline.

One thing that I really didn’t like about the book was I felt like too much was happening in such a short amount of time. I think this comes from me being used to reading books with almost 500 pages in them so to read a book with under 300. I will probably always feel like there could be more time spent and more details or events put into the story. Honestly, I just wanted to spend more time reading about the characters and being happy for them.

Summary:

Overall, Sweet Reckoning was the perfect ending to the series and like I said, I can’t wait to read from Kai’s point of view. You’ll snicker, smirk, hold your breath, and cry from this book and, to be honest, you shouldn’t want it any other way. This books is a must read to find out how Anna and her friend’s adventure comes to an end. I really hope you love it as much as I did! Happy reading!

 

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Books I am Most Looking Forward to in 2018

This list is not in any particular order and does not show any favoritism.

War Storm by Victoria AveyardWar Storm (Red Queen, #4) by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: May 15th, 2018

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

A Court of Frost and StarlightA Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 1st, 2018

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

ToG7Throne of Glass Book #7 by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: October 31, 2018

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Restore MeRestore me (Shatter Me, #4) by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch–and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

Review: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril by Wendy HigginsSynopsis:

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Favorite Lines:

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all…”

“I was more myself with you during those three days than I’ve ever been with anyone in my life. It’d be easier if I could be fake with you, but you bring out everything in me, little Ann. All of it.”

“’Spend the night with me. I’m tired of living like I’m not alive.’ He dropped his hands from my face to grip my shoulders. ‘I’m bloody sick to death of it. I want one night to be alive. With you.’ He closed his eyes and leaned his forehead on mine. ‘Please, Anna. One last night and we’ll go back to being safe again. I need this. I need you.’”

My Opinion:

Coming into this book, I read the synopsis and figured there wouldn’t be any Kaidan but I was desperate for whatever I could get so I dove in. Naturally, I got hooked and stayed up until 3am to finish the book in one sitting; I’m a sucker. Sweet Peril, and the whole Sweet series for that matter, takes place over an extended period of time. Because of this, the books will jump ahead every few months and then pause to spend some time in each area. I usually don’t like this way of writing because I feel like you are missing out on a lot of the character time, but Higgins really makes it work in Sweet Peril. If anything it really adds to the build up and anticipation of the story.

At the end of Sweet Evil, the first book in the series, Kaidan moves to L.A. without saying goodbye to Anna and sends her a postcard that breaks your heart in such a simple way (you’ll understand if you have read it). Sweet Peril, focuses on Anna as she tries to navigate the world alone without Kaidan in the same state as her. Like I said above, I was sure that there would be no Kaidan and the story was going to focus on Anna but Kaidan does make his appearances every once and awhile and these were the moments I was living for. Because he was out of the state, Kaidan was not around much but Anna would seek him out for obvious reasons and when they saw eachother….my heart would stop beating and I would hold my breath (you would think I was Anna seeing him or something). Your heart will actually stop every time she sees him; that’s how good Higgins is. She builds up with such anticipation and makes you want the ship to happen so every little second that you get with them is like sweet, blissful, torture.

One thing that I have love/hate feeling towards is Kaidan’s behavior. I get why he is doing what he is doing and it becomes more clear towards the end of this book why he acts the way he does, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. He is such a little butt for denying her for so long but I feel for him and think its sweet. I still want to just skip to the part where he admits his feelings and stops being all “knight in shining armor” in his own way. But ultimately the way he acts is part of his personality that draws readers to him and makes us love him even more.

Something that I am going to admit and wish that I didn’t feel this way because it’s slightly embarrassing is that I relate to Anna and the way she feels about Kaidan on a cellular level. I think that is what makes me relate to her so well and how I see myself reflected in her. She knows how she feels and she gets rejected over and over and some of her thoughts throughout the series so far are her trying to deal with that rejection and figuring out how to live her life. I think a lot of us readers have been in her shoes but I have never read a series that laid out feelings so similar to mine and let me relate in a much deeper and more personal level. The vulnerability that Anna feels is not something that a lot of writers can nail on the head as well as Higgins did.

Summary:

Overall, I am in love with this series so far. So much so, that I might even venture to say it’s in my top 5 for favorite series. I am seriously going to have to reread all the books once I finish the series, which is not something I normally do right away. If you want all the feels with biblical references thrown in here and there, then this is the book series for you. It is extremely well written and addicting. I can’t wait to read the next one!

 

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Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil by Wendy HigginsSynopsis:

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Favorite Lines:

“’Which is your favorite place?’ I asked. ‘I’ve never been terribly attached to any place. I guess it would have to be…here.’ I stopped midchew and examined his face. He wouldn’t look at me. He was clenching his jaw, tense. Was he serious or was he teasing me? I swallowed my bite. ‘The Texas panhandle?’ I asked. ‘No.” He seemed to choose each word with deliberate care. ‘I mean here in this car. With you.’”

“The purpose of life is to find your way back to a spiritual way of thinking and living—to be able to get past the physical stuff. That’s pretty much the whole test. And every soul is given talents and strengths to help them along the way.”

“He’d been right when he said the truth could hurt far worse than any lie.”

My Opinion:

I’m going to start this review by telling you all how I found this book. I previously read and reviewed the Lux series. It wasn’t my first time reading it but it was my first time reviewing it. During the reread for the review, I noticed that the main characters had to get fake IDs under the names of characters from Katy’s favorite book. So, I googled the characters names to see if they were real characters in a book and they were! They were the characters from this book and the synopsis sounded interesting so I decided to read it. I’m not entirely sure why there were bad reviews on Goodreads but I have noticed that a lot of people are very harsh on a lot of books that I end up loving. The lesson to be learned is don’t listen to reviews and give a book a chance because you might love it despite it not being another readers cup of tea.  I was not familiar with the author in the slightest but I’m very glad that I read it because once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I ended up staying up until after 3am to finish it.

I kind of think that the title Sweet Evil is lame, but this book is anything but lame. The story follows a girl named Anna who is adopted at a young age and has special powers. Because she was adopted she doesn’t know why she has these powers and tries hard to have a normal life. Then Kaidan Rowe happens. Next thing she knows, Anna is going across country with Kaidan finding out as much as she can about this world she didn’t know existed but she is a part of, all while falling for the off-limits Kai.

I didn’t like that Kai is soooooooo off-limits (but understandably so). Higgins does a really good job at making it understandable why Kai is the way he is. It’s just so frustrating because you ship him with Anna and you want it to happen. I found myself thinking “screw the rules, get together already”. And maybe they will….eventually.

I love that Anna and Kai mesh so well together. They aren’t the same, but Anna shows Kai a different way to live and Kai brings Anna in to his world. They both are learning and discovering new things together. I related to how Anna felt after certain things happened between Kai and her. How she was struggling to move on and her overall thought process; I’ve been there. I was reading it and literally thinking “this is me”. I know this is vague, but you’ll get it once you read it. If you’ve ever gone through any sort of breakup or rejection you’ll read it and go “Wow. I’m not the only one who thinks like this”. I know I did.

Summary:

Overall, I loved this book. It wasn’t too confusing and it has just the right amount of mystery and intrigue. Now all this series needs is for my ship to get together (it better get together). I highly, highly recommend this book if you want a romance that makes your heart soar and then crash (don’t worry, it should get better). Like I said, don’t judge the book based on other reviews, including my own.  I’m here to write about books that I have read in hopes of inspiring you to read them if you’re looking for your next book series and aren’t sure what to read. I’m not here to tell you that a book isn’t worth your time or that you have to read the series. I hope you read this review, and make your own judgement of whether this would be something your interested in. Until next time, happy reading!

 

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Review: The Liberty Box by C.A. Gray

The Liberty Box by C.A. GraySynopsis:

Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancee and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie.

Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.

Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?

Favorite Lines:

“…the missing link between our physical bodies and our awareness is our minds.”

“…power is never the point. Power is a byproduct of a peaceful and quiet mind…but the moment power becomes an end in itself, the peace evaporates.”

My Opinion:

I was contacted to read and give an honest review of this book by the author and I was pleasantly surprised with the novel. The story follows Kate and Jackson, two very different people living very different lives that get caught up in the same problem: the government is actually crazy and people are brainwashed; no big deal. The citizens in this story who live in the Republic, formally known as America, all live with a metaphorical film over their eyes that causes them to think they are all happy and healthy when in reality, they are starving and the country is in ruins. It kind of reminds me of a video game called “We Happy Few” where people take medicine to live in a “perfect” society when in reality everything is much darker than originally thought.

This story was full of very interesting concepts that make me curious to read more about them. A lot of what I found interesting revolves around being completely at peace with your mind and being in control of your thoughts beyond just our basic understanding of the brain. While doing research for this review, I learned that Gray is actually a Naturopathic Medical Doctor which could explain some of the events and concepts that take place in the book.

The only thing that I feel is missing from this book, and it might just be me and my preferences, is that I wish that this book had more romance in it. There are touches here and there, there is an obvious connection between Kate and Jackson. I understand the hesitation, given the previous events that took place in but there was very little on the romance side. Perhaps this is because Gray wants to stick to more action based writing rather than emotions but with the introduction of a potential love triangle at the end of the book I hope she includes more of a romantic side in her upcoming books.

Summary:

Overall, this story was very well put together and like I mentioned before, was full of concepts that I found fascinating. I have never read a story about a dystopian world in such a manner as The Liberty Box, making it an utterly unique tale. I will be interested to see where Gray takes the story next and look forward to continuing the series.

 

The Liberty Box