Review + Giveaway: You’re Still The One by Rachel Harris

You're Still the One -coverTitle: You’re Still The One
Author: Rachel Harris
Publication Date: February 15th 2016 by Entangled Bliss
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

Love is one dare neither of them can take…

Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her ” summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.

For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm–but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.

Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them…knowing that once it’s all over, so is their time together.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I was really excited for this book ever since Rachel started posting teasers in the Flirt Squad group, which I’m a part of! I absolutely adored the premise of the story from the teasers I’ve read.

I’m really glad to say it did not disappoint. This was actually my second Rachel Harris read. I also loved her book, The Fine Art of Pretending. This book made me swoon hard! The concept of the story was pretty much simple and used up but it didn’t make me feel like I was reading a typical romantic novel. It was really interesting and light to read.

 The characters were really easy to love. Arabella was really smart, strong, independent and relatable! She’s very easy to get into and I had no problems reading into her perspective. Charlie was definitely one hot guy! I’m not much into country singers but from what I imagine, his personality isn’t much like cowboys which I liked. He’s actually pretty adorable and has a soft spot despite his strong exterior.

I also loved Abby, Charlie’s niece. She’s really adorable! I also loved the way how her depression became a central point in the novel. It was handled really well too!

Overall, this book was really enjoyable and I was swooning because of the chemistry between Charlie and Arabella, which has sparked since the start. I’d definitely recommend this book!

ABOUT RACHEL HARRIS

Rachel Harris - Author photoNew York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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After You by Jojo Moyes

after youTitle: After You (Me Before You, #2)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publication Date: September 29th 2015 by Penguin
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.

Honestly, I’m putting this up front, it was not as good as the original. I guess because I felt everything in Me Before You. I was devastated almost beyond repair. HOW COULD ANYONE RECOVER FROM WILL? EVEN I CAN’T!

So yeah, there were less feels in this book, but… but, this was not a bad book, I didn’t hate it, I actually enjoyed it. This book feels like closure to me, it kinda helped in healing the wound that Will left me.

Actually, almost all my opinions in Me Before You still stands. You still need to acclimatize yourself to her writing in the first few chapters because it’s written in British English and sometimes they use different words, phrasing things differently. It’s simple and pretty straightforward that you might think it’s gonna be boring, but I wasn’t bored. In fact, I finished it in a day!

“You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.”

Louisa is still as loyal, and as caring as they come. She’s not the most ambitious bloke, but very, very likeable. I still do not like Lou’s sister, but amazingly, her mom changed a lot in this book, she became a super cool and awesome mother! Patrick is still kinda pathetic. (Although, I’m sure he won’t be as pathetic in the Me Before You movie because he’ll be played by Matthew Lewis!)

A plot twist was added in this book to remember Will, I’m not sure it worked. The only new character I liked was Sam, even though I’m not supposed to root for him because of Will, but he really is every bit of a dream guy for me (No disrespect to you Will, I still love you)!!!!!! Lou’s support group were all annoying.

“Sometimes the illusion of happiness could inadvertently create it.”

I guess, Ms. Moyes has this incredible gift of making you feel attached to her characters that you become sad when they’re sad, and vice versa, you become so happy when they’re happy. You root for them to have a happy ending despite all the heartaches they’ve faced.

Overall, still a great read despite not being as good as the first one. (I mean, I already knew it was impossible)

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Blog Tour: Jaded by Michelle Bellon (Book Review)

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Title: Jaded
Author:
Michelle Bellon
Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis:

To what lengths will a man go for the woman he loves?

Reed Dartmouth will learn the answer to those questions time and time again throughout his relationship with Jade Montgomery.

When he first meets her as a young, gentle boy the heartache from losing his mother only a year before is still fresh and painful. Jade is different from anyone else he’s ever met; tough, sassy, and even a bit cruel. But she’s also the same as he is: she knows what it’s like to lose a parent.

Their friendship begins and a bond like no other is formed. Time passes and Reed learns that not only are Jade’s parents dead, they were murdered and she’s made an oath to one day bring them justice. No matter the price.

As they grow older their love evolves but for Jade, old habits die hard and she can’t stop hurting those she loves the most. Even in the midst of searching for her parents’ killers, passion ignites and jealousy burns as Jade tests Reed’s devotion for her. Will she push him too far?

 

I loved the book. From the cover,  the characters and to the plot. It’s very interesting and I have managed to read it fast because I was so hooked to the story.

I really like the character of Reed and how the story focuses on him, unlike others that mostly focuses on the female protagonist. I usually enjoy books that focuses on the male protagonist’s POV because it’s fun for me to have a look on what’s going on in the minds of the opposite sex. This book falls to that category. Jade’s character on the other hand, is really complicated. I had a love/hate relationship with regards to her character. However, I understand where her “character complications” are coming from because of her past. The emotions were raw and believable that I fell for it. It made me really emotional while reading the book.

I felt really nervous towards the end of the book because it seemed like I’m not going to get a good ending. Oh, but I was wrong. I liked the ending. I just think that the thrill with regards to the conflict from Jade’s past was lacking. I wish I’d seen more action to that, but then again, this is a romantic novel not a suspense-thriller one. Also, I wish I’d seen more on Justine, I felt like Mia’s character was her replacement.

I also like the narrative of the story. It’s divided into three parts, starting from when Jade and Reed were pre-teens until they were adults. It makes the book organized and easier to read. Also, it gives the readers the experience of growing up with the characters, which is pretty cool.

ABOUT MICHELLE BELLON

 

 

AuthorShoot.078BWMichelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children. She drinks ungodly amounts of coffee and has an addiction to chapstick.

She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won three literary awards.

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