Friday, March 21, 2014

Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

Title: Four Seconds To Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Source: Borrowed from fellow blogger
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo
When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.

Owning a strip club isn't the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict "no sleeping with the staff" rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain's self-control…and it's been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it's too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she's putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she's not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn't really exist--and the girl pretending to be her can't get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited--but losing him when he finds out what she's involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

If you've been following my reviews for a while, you'll know that I have been absolutely LOVING K.A. Tucker's New Adult novels. I devoured Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie, and when I picked up Four Seconds to Lose, the same thing happened. The story completely sucked me in, and once again, I just fell in love with the characters. To say I wasn't disappointed is a major understatement.

Everyone always makes assumptions about the type of person Cain Ford is. Owning a strip club will do that. But Cain refuses to be like all the other strip clubs out there. At Penny's women are safe and Cain will do whatever he can to help them get their life on track. And the one thing he will absolutely not do is sleep with any of his employees. And so far, Cain has been able to stick to that rule. But everything changes when Charlie walks into his club looking for work. Charlie is looking to escape from her past, not get involved with her new boss. But the more they try to deny their attraction to each other, the more Cain and Charlie find themselves being drawn to one another. But Charlie knows that getting involved with Cain could be the one thing to end her. Because if Cain finds out about her past, she could lose the one person she truly cares for.

If nothing else, K.A. Tucker's books always seem to give me ALL THE FEELS. I just can't seem to get through any of her stories without my heart being put through the wringer and me lying on my bed hugging the book. This happened with Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie, and it happened once again with Four Seconds to Lose. The story this time around was different and darker than the previous two. But this darkness and intensity is what kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me turning the pages. There were so many unknowns in this story and I wanted to know them all, being the curious person that I am. Due to the subject matter, though, I can't really say that I connected as much with this story than I did with the other two, but that didn't stop me from loving it. And the characters, more than anything are what drew me in. Unlike in the two previous books, Four Seconds to Lose is told from alternating points of view and I loved what this brought to the story. It allowed me to get to know both Cain and Charlie that much better and made me realize just how intertwined their stories were, whether they knew it or not. 

I don't think I can even begin to explain how much I loved Charlie and Cain. They were both so broken but tried so hard to put themselves back together. As you may know by now, I love it when characters are broken because they just feel that much more real. That's exactly what I got with Cain and Charlie, and I loved them for it. Though she never wanted for anything, Charlie's life was pretty horrible all things considered. The more I found out about her stepfather and his "business," the more I wanted her to find a way out and to be able to do so without having to sacrifice everything and everyone, especially Cain. And I don't really think I can put Cain into words. Whatever image you have of a strip club owner in your mind, think the complete opposite end of the spectrum and you might be getting close to Cain. He's had a rough past, that's for sure, but he's trying his best to atone for it in any way that he can and sees fit. Sure, sometimes I questioned whether the decisions he made were the best ones, but there was never any doubt in my mind that he was a good guy. And at the end of the day, Cain and Charlie were just perfect for each other, even if they weren't always willing to admit it themselves.

I absolutely LOVED K.A. Tucker's Four Seconds to Lose. This is the kind of story that reminds me why I love broken characters so much and why they often make for the best stories. If you haven't picked up any of K.A. Tucker's New Adult titles, believe me when I say that you are seriously missing out.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (84)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where book bloggers devote a post to an upcoming book release they are particularly looking forward to reading.

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio's arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind. 

She doesn't know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio's love was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can't run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

I've read some of Jessica Martinez's other books and really enjoyed them, so I was really excited when I first heard about Kiss Kill Vanish. It's definitely different from her other books, but it sounds really awesome all the same. I can't wait to see how this will all play out and it definitely sounds like a story that will be filled with action and mystery. I can't wait!

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez will be published October 7, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blog Tour - Starling by Fiona Paul & Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of being part of the blog post for Fiona Paul's Starling, hosted by Book Nerd Tours. This is the third and final book in her Venom series, and if you haven't already checked it out, you really should. And as part of today's blog tour, I have the pleasure of having Luca, one of the lovely boys from the story, here to answer a few questions. So without further ado, here is was Luca had to say.

What has it been like being away in France for your studies?

France! That seems so long ago when I think of everything that's happened in the past few weeks. It was…placid, you might say. I went to the university and quietly listened while lecturers and learned men spoke of courts and legalities. I spent most nights studying or writing letters to Cassandra. Returning to Venice, saving her from that wretched madman, it's helped me realize what's truly important. I don't crave excitement quite like Cassandra does, but I feel more alive, more passionate about everything, in her presence.

Did you come back to Venice only to protect Cassandra or were there other forces drawing you back to the city?

I was planning to return to Venice with the opes of setting a date for our wedding, but when I learned of my half-brother's depraved activities, I knew Cassandra might be in danger.

What has it been like reconnecting with Cassandra now that you are both older? Is she still the same Cass you knew before you went to France?

I have enjoyed reconnecting with Cassandra. I only wish it were under better circumstances. She is and she isn't the same girl, if that makes sense. The Cassandra I remember was this impulsive colt-like child. She was all arms and legs and thick wavy hair. Her handmaid was forever shrieking about her mussing her braids or getting her dresses dirty. Now Cassandra is more refined and elegant, but she still has that wild, impetuous streak in her where I never know exactly what she's going to do next.

Why do you think people are trying to hurt you and Cass? Does it have anything to do with the Order of the Eternal Rose and with why you were imprisoned?

It has everything to do with the Order of the Eternal Rose. I will not rest until I see the Order destroyed and its members punished. In the meantime, I will do whatever I must to keep Cassandra safe.

What do you think is going to happen now that you and Cass can't return to Venice? 

Cassandra and I must go in search of the Book of the Eternal Rose. Within its pages lies the evidence we need to destroy the Order. The books was in Florence at one time. Now we are unsure of its location, but we will find it if it is the last thing we do. 


About the Book:
The dark, seductive conclusion to the thrilling Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy!

In the final book in the trilogy, Cass and Luca are back in Venice trying to find the Book of the Eternal Rose to clear Luca's name and keep them both out of prison. But the hunters become the hunted when the Order of the Eternal Rose figures out their plan. Filled with twists and turns, danger and torrid romances, this novel brings the Secrets of the Eternal Rose novels to a thrilling, heart-pounding, sexy conclusion. 

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About the Author:
Fiona Paul lives in the midwest but travels a lot since she can't breathe if she spends too much time away from the ocean. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in psychology and spent a year teaching English in Seoul, Korea while she was deciding what she wanted to be when she grew up. Answer: everything. In addition to being a teacher and writer, she's also worked as a sauté cook, sporting goods manager, veterinary assistant, and registered nurse. When she's not working, you can usually find her kayaking, reading, or helping turtles cross the road. Her future goals include diving with great white sharks and writing more books, not necessarily in that order. Venom is her first novel.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (83)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where book bloggers devote a post to an upcoming book release they are particularly looking forward to reading.

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kick boxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her--fighting for her--is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

At some point in the last two years, you've probably seen me fangirling over Katie McGarry and her books at some point or another. So really it shouldn't be that much of a surprise that I am BEYOND excited at the prospect of being able to read her next book, Take Me On. I've loved everything I've read of her's so far, and I can't wait for me. Katie McGarry also has this ability to write characters that feel like real people and every time, without fail, I fall completely in love with them (don't even get me started on Isaiah). I can't wait to have that feeling again.

Take Me On by Katie McGarry will be published May 27, 2014 by HarlequinTEEN.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 14, 2012
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo
"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them…until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha--even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

With this winter feeling like it's never going to end, I needed a little pick me up and decided to start binge reading some summery contemporary books. I have so many on my shelves that just called out to me and I just needed something to make me forget about the cold and piles of snow sitting outside. And so I finally picked up Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door. And the first thing that went through my mind as I was reading: Why didn't I read this before?! So yeah, I loved it.

Samantha Reed has spent more time than she should have sitting on her roof, looking over the fence and watching the Garrett family. The Garretts couldn't be more different from Samantha's own family: they're loud, they're messy and they're caring. Samantha always thought she would only get to observe the Garretts from afar, that is until Jase Garrett climbs up the rose trellis and joins her on her roof. Before long, Samantha can't remember what life was like before Jase and the Garretts, but she knows her mother would never approve. But when the worse happens, Samantha doesn't know who she should be loyal to anymore. Should she protect her own family, or should she help the family that's embraced her?

Um, why did I not read My Life Next Door until now? WHY?! To say I couldn't put this book down would be a major understatement. Every spare second I had was spent reading this book. I just couldn't bring my self to stop. There was just so much to love about this story that nothing I ever say about it can possibly do it justice. But I'll try. This story completely sucked me in. Right from the start I was drawn in, wanting to know all that I possibly could about the Garretts, wanting to see what would happen between Samantha and Jase. It was just everything I love in a good contemporary story. The whole time I was reading, I just had this big smile on my face. That is until Huntley Fitzpatrick threw in a twist and all of a sudden I was cursing at the book (while still loving it of course). But even through the cursing and worrying about how the story could possibly recover from this, I couldn't stop reading and loving the story. And a lot of it had to do with the characters themselves. If I'm being honest, I couldn't not fall in love with them. Not falling in love with them just wasn't a possibility.

So, the characters. I can't even begin to explain how much I loved them. Right from the start I loved Samantha. I could see just how much she longed to have a life like the one she saw next door. It wasn't so much that she was missing out on anything when it came to material things. But as much as she had everything she could possibly need, she didn't have what she wanted it. And Jase was able to give her that. And I'm not going to lie, within two pages, I was completely in love with Jase. And what did it for me was the way he treated Samantha and seeing just how much he cared about his family. I really can't put him into words. All I can say that is that he was perfect in all the ways that matter. As much as I loved Samantha and Jase, there were so many characters to love in this story, some of them even going so far as stealing the show in some moments. George, Jase's little brother, completely melted my heart any time he opened his mouth. He was just so adorable. And then there was Tim, who completely took me by surprise. I had completely written him off at first, but then he sort of came out of nowhere and, I'll admit, I may have been a little bit in love with him by the end. 

I absolutely ADORED Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door. This book was so much more than I hoped and thought it would be. It's also made me that much more excited to read Huntley Fitzpatrick's next book, What I Thought Was True. And of course, if you haven't already, don't make the same mistake I did and pick up My Life Next Door as soon as you can. It will be totally worth it. 

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Legend by Marie Lu

Title: Legend (Legend #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. 

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths--until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth that what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

I remember when Marie Lu's Legend came out a few years ago, everyone was raving about it. And as much as the story interested me, the hype was too much and I ended up staying away. But then it was chosen for book bloc and I'm happy to have finally been forced to read Legend, because I loved the story.

Day has been living on the streets since failing his Trials when he was 10 years old. His family has spent the last 5 years thinking Day is dead, but without them knowing, he's been taking care of them. But living on the streets, Day has come to be known as the Republic's most wanted and most dangerous criminal. June has always had everything she's needed growing up in one of the richest sectors of Los Angeles. As a prodigy, June's been groomed to work at the highest levels of government. But when her brother is killed in suspicious conditions, June starts to question everything she's ever been told by the Republic. When her path crosses Day's, June becomes even more convinced something else could be going on. But figuring out what really happened on the night her brother was killed means June has to trust the one person she's been conditioned to think is the enemy. Can June let go of everything she knows? And after being along for so long, will Day be able to trust someone else again?

As much as I had heard about Marie Lu's Legend, I really had no concrete idea what it was about. I knew it was dystopian, but that's pretty much all I had to go on. So when I started reading, I had no expectations or pre-conceived notions about the book. I went in with a completely open mind. And this story wasn't what I would have expected. The world that Marie Lu imagined was so interesting, and I loved finding out more about it. Also, I don't know if I'm alone in this, but the whole time I was reading, I couldn't help but draw parallels between this world and the American Civil War. And even if it was all just in my head, the history nerd in me loved it. But Legend had more than just its world working in its favour. The story in and of itself captivated me. Because of the alternating points of view, I kept flipping the pages because I just wanted to know what would happen next, or even just what was going on. And it kept me guessing. Every time I thought I had part of it figured out, the point of view would switch and I would find myself guessing all over again. And if you keep me guessing the whole way through, then you've got me hooked.

June and Day were both interesting to read about and it was great seeing this world through both of their eyes. Each one came from such a different place. June had always had plenty of everything and access to just about anything…at least whatever the Republic wanted/let her access. Day on the other hand, had been taught to distrust everything and everyone in the Republic from an early age. On the surface, the two could not have been more opposite, but when you dug a little deeper, they actually had a whole lot more in common than I would have originally thought. And maybe for that reason it's why I wanted them to trust each other, and work together because that would make them stronger. What I liked most though, was that their relationship wasn't focused on romance, but more on them trying to find a way to fight back against the Republic. So all that to say that I'm looking forward to seeing how this will evolve in the next books.

I really enjoyed reading Marie Lu's Legend and I'm a little stupid for having waited so long to read it. But now that I have, I can't wait to keep going with this story. On the plus side, since the whole trilogy is out, I won't have to wait to read the next books! 

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cover Reveal - Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

It's Time!! The STONE COLD TOUCH cover is here!

We cannot wait to share the cover for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH with you all! STONE COLD TOUCH is a young adult paranormal romance by Jennifer L. Armentrout and is the second full-length novel in The Dark Elements Series being published by Harlequin Teen. You'll want to add this to your TBR pile ASAP. Check out this amazing cover!    

Isn't it awesome?! You can Pre-order it right now!

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Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay… 

"Constantly entertaining...the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance." Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

And...Don't forget to check out the first book in The Dark Elements Series,



One kiss could be the last. Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (82)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where book bloggers devote a post to an upcoming book release they are particularly looking forward to reading.


From the best-selling author of Catching Jordan comes a brand new contemporary YA you won't forget. 

Eighteen-year-old Annie Winters can barely run a mile without wheezing. Still, she's training to run the Music City Marathon in October. That's only seven months away. Running is so not her thing, but she has to finish what her boyfriend started…before he died.

Annie feels guilt that she's still alive and blames herself for his death; she has to do this to honor him. Plus training gives her something to do, it's a distraction. So is Jeremiah Brown. He's an adreline junky who runs marathons backwards. He flirts with Annie on the trails and it makes Annie feel alive and happy and guilty all at the same time. She wants to race into his arms and print in the opposite direction--because loving is a risk she's not ready to take again.

It's no secret that I'm a HUGE Miranda Kenneally fangirl. Every book of her's that I read just makes me love her even more and those books are among my all-time favourites. So really it shouldn't be a surprise that I'm beyond excited at the prospect of reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe (this excerpt might also have had something to do with it). At any rate, July just can't come soon enough so I can get my hands on this book! 

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally will be published July 1, 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

My Life With the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

Title: My Life With the Walter Boys
Author: Ali Novak
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Source: ARC from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo
Jackie Howard does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades--the perfect daughter. And then…

Surprise #1
Jackie's family dies in a freak car accident.

Surprise #2
Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters--her new guardians.

Surprise #3
The Walters have twelve sons.
(Well, eleven, but Parker acts like a boy anyway)

Jackie is now surrounded by the enemy. Loud, dirty, annoying boys--who have no concept of personal space. Okay, several of the oldest guys are flat-out gorgeous. But still annoying. She's not stuck-up or boring--no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents' memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect?

I'm always on the hunt for a good, light and fun contemporary story. When I first read the description for Ali Novak's My Life With the Walter Boys, it sounded like just that. I got sucked into this story right from the start. My only wish is that the story wouldn't have ended because I was just that into it.

Jackie Howard never thought she would have to leave the comfort of New York City. But when her family dies in a freak car accident, she finds herself moving to Colorado to live one of her mom's childhood friend's family. Life with the Walters is nothing like Jackie thought it would be. For starters, she never thought she would be sharing a house with eleven boys. Sure, they might all be gorgeous, but that doesn't mean they aren't annoying, loud, messy and have no concept of personal space. But living with the Walters, Jackie starts to realize that it is possible for her to continue living her life, even while grieving her family's death. But navigating life with the Walters is more complicated than she could have ever thought.

I love contemporary stories that allow me to just get lost in a story and enjoy every moment of it. That's exactly what Ali Novak's My Life With the Walter Boys did for me. Right from the start, I found myself getting sucked in to the this story. I loved the idea of reading a story about a girl living in a house with 11 boys. I have one brother and that sometimes got intense so I can only imagine what it would have been like to live with 11 boys. But beyond just the measured chaos this brought to the story, My Life With the Walter Boys was just a fun story. Sure it has its sad moments, especially when Jackie has to deal with her grief, but more often than not, Ali Novak's story put a smile on my face, that's if it wasn't making me full on laugh. There were just so many humorous situations in this story, which is to be expected when you're dealing with 11 boys ages 21 to 5 crammed in one house. And that's really what made me love this story so much. Even though there were so many of them, each one of the characters was memorable and I loved reading their stories. My only concern is where the story ended. I loved the ending, but as soon as I flipped over the last page, I started wishing and hoping for a sequel. Because I need one. Badly.

I loved reading this story form Jackie's point of view. Jackie was someone who had never really interacted with boys before the start of this story. Often, this meant she had no idea how to navigate a lot of the situations she found herself in. And I loved her awkwardness around some of the boys, especially with a certain Walter boy. More generally though, I loved how she had completely different relationships with each one of the boys. As much as I loved seeing her intact with Nathan and Danny, the majority of the story focused on her interacting with Cole and Alex. I have to admit that this love triangle of sorts made parts of the story a little awkward. But even with the awkwardness, I loved reading about Alex and Cole. The two brothers couldn't have been more different and each one brought something to the table. Alex was more subdued, and if I'm being honest, he's probably the type of person I would gravitate to in real life. But there was just something about Cole that drew me in. I feel like I never really got to the bottom of who he really was. I can only hope that any sequel would revolve around him. I would read that in a heartbeat.

I really loved reading Ali Novak's My Life With the Walter Boys. This is the kind of fun and light-hearted story that makes me love contemporary so much. If you are looking for a fun story that will allow you to escape your own life for a few hours, then My Life With the Walter Boys is the book for you.

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