Publisher: Flirt

Average Rating: 4


Review: Broken by Lauren Layne

Posted 23 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Broken by Lauren Layne

Check out my review of Isn’t She Lovely (Redemption #0.5) I read and enjoyed the prequel to this series, Isn’t She Lovely, so I was interested to see what Olivia’s story would be like. I enjoyed Broken as much as, if not more than, Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia’s story was more heartfelt and had more emotional drama than the story in Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia is hired as a companion for Paul Langdon—an injured war veteran who pushes everyone away. Paul kept the novel interesting with his emotional baggage that he was carrying. It was like a constant push-pull type of plot. It wasn’t boring and it was a captivating story, but it was more emotional than anything action-y. Olivia Middleton was the main female character. We hadn’t learned much about her personality in the prequel. She was an okay character. At times she came off as a bit spoiled but she had a good heart. She wasn’t by any means perfect and she was hiding some things within herself. She was a real character with feelings and she was pretty relatable, especially as the novel wore on. Paul was kind of a jerk. He pushed any and everyone away because of his injuries. He had some pretty traumatic experiences in his time in the service but I personally thought that was no excuse for the way he treated people. He definitely […]


Mini-Review: Draw Me In by Regina Cole

Posted 9 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Draw Me In by Regina Cole

Draw Me In was an okay contemporary read. It was not anything super special. It followed the typical NA trope: girl meets boy, one of the two or both have baggage, they get together, crap hits the fan, and then they work it out and get back together. And this novel followed that exactly. I, for the most part, enjoyed Hailey’s character. She was likable and relatable. She was trying to do what was best for her to reach her dreams regardless of the family issues she was dealing with. She was admirable. Neill was not. He was a coward, plain and simple. He shied away from their possible relationship at every turn. And the cause of that? You guessed it—he has baggage from a previous relationship. A druggie ex-girlfriend that took advantage of the things he offered. And so he projects the fears and feelings from that relationship onto Hailey. It felt really weird for me, the roles reversed, because often it is the girl who does that exact thing: not trust a guy because they’ve been hurt before. Although it showed a vulnerable side to Neill’s character it quickly got old and annoying. His character made it hard to really and truly enjoy this novel. That being said, the plot was paced well and it was a somewhat enjoyable novel for the most part. However, due to the […]


Mini-Review: Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzito..

Posted 27 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola

“‘Though I will tell you, you ruined me. I’ve held a lot of girls I kissed to your standard and I’ve been sorely disappointed.’” Just a Little Crush was a cute and entertaining second chance romance. Brinley and Ryder didn’t depart on great terms in high school and now they are attending the same college together. And now all of a sudden, Ryder is showing an interest to a skeptical Brinley. But as it turns out, Ryder is part of a game that could be possibly more humiliating than what she experienced in high school. And it’s up to Ryder to prove that what he feels for her isn’t a game and is real. As I mentioned, Just a Little Crush was an undeniably cute read. It wasn’t without its fair share of drama though, so I wouldn’t insert it into the fluffy category. The two main characters were on and off constantly throughout the novel but at no point did I stop believing in them and their relationship. Ryder was seemingly genuine for a large majority of the novel. My confidence was shattered in him at points, but that’s part of what made this a good novel: I was invested in the outcome. I adored Brinley. She was sweet and reminded me of myself. She was a relatable character that I wouldn’t mind befriending! The plot was well-paced and the […]


Review: The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

Posted 17 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

The Real Thing was interesting but pretty predictable. Once we were in on Eric’s background it as easy for me to predict what was going to happen. This kind of took away from the plot because I was expecting everything that happened about half way into the novel. So when these things happened, I felt no thrill or excitement. There wasn’t really much going on, plot-wise, other than finding out about Eric’s past and seeing how he deals with it and his relationship with his best friend, Em. Eric’s story was, perhaps, the most exciting thing that was going on with the plot for the duration of the novel. Despite the slightly dull and predictable plot, it was still an engaging read. I actually didn’t like Em much. She was addicted to social media and networking and it made me feel distanced from her character, much like Eric felt in the actual novel. With her being constantly “plugged in” it was difficult for me to find something in her character to relate to. She was always assuring Eric that she would fix her problem, but it came off to me like she wasn’t really trying. At least, not nearly as much as Eric was trying to overcome his problems for her. Because of this I thought of her character as a bit careless in addition to disconnected. Eric was perhaps […]


Review: Shattered by Tracy Wolff

Posted 17 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Shattered by Tracy Wolff

Check out my review of Shredded (Extreme Risk #1) I absolutely adored Shredded and the emphasis on snowboarding in this series. After the cliffhanger/lead-in at the end of Shredded, I couldn’t not pick this one up! Shattered is Ash’s novel and follows his life after his parents die and his brother becomes paralyzed in an accident on the way to watch Ash at a competition. Ash has decided to give up snowboarding because of it and to take care of his little brother. Tansy is a cancer survivor working for a company that grants terminal children a wish. Her first assignment is to get Ash Lewis to agree to board one last time so the little boy, Timmy, can have his wish. However, it isn’t easy at all because Ash refuses to get back on a board. After some conniving planning from his manager, though, and a mysterious donor, Ash and his gang are off to grant little Timmy his wish. Like Shredded, Shattered is big on following Ash’s emotional journey after a tragedy. The story was compelling and heartfelt and it made me feel everything from anger to sadness. The characters were very relatable and realistic and the events in the novel were as well. We see a lot of internal struggle in this novel like we did in Shredded, although snowboarding doesn’t have quite as big of an […]


Mini-Review: Forbidden by Lori Adams

Posted 5 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Mini-Review: Forbidden by Lori Adams

“I’m hesitant to explain, still trying to figure out my feelings for Michael. Sometimes I sense a unique connection to him, like that night on the hill before things got weird. Sometimes I have an overwhelming physical need to be with him, need being the watchword; it consumes me until I’m trembling and flushed. I wake in the middle of the night covered in sweat. Other times I remember how he spoke to me, how bossy he comes across, how radical his mood swings. And I get infuriated all over again.” I really enjoy novels involving angels and demons so this was a given for me, especially considering it was published by Random House Flirt, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite publishing imprints. This novel’s plot kept me thoroughly engaged with its battle between good and evil. Sophia St. James moves to a small town in Connecticut, never expecting to see Guardian Angels in spirit form. In fact, she is the only one who can. “My days toss and turn like a restless ocean and I am adrift in quiet anonymity. A solitary buoy in the wake of passing ships, wanting to join them but somehow sensing something different is coming along.” Sophia was a great character. She was strong and brave and I loved her narration. Michael was the angel. He was moody, protective, and volatile. It […]


Mini-Review: Third Degree by Julie Cross

Posted 21 June, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Third Degree by Julie Cross

I have read and enjoyed Julie Cross’ young adult series, the Letters to Nowhere series, and this was her first time dabbling in the New Adult age group. Third Degree chronicles the life of a child prodigy and genius, Isabel Jenkins, after she fails the exam necessary to enter residency after medical school. She decides to start over in college but never thought that she would fall for her Residential Advisor. This novel was just as great as her young adult novels. I enjoyed watching Isabel adapt to life as a regular college student, considering that she had already completed college and medical school once before. It was really funny at times seeing her struggle to fit in. Then there was Marshall, the RA. He was independent and had a couple of medical problems but he really brought Isabel out of her shell and pushed her to do things that she would have never done. He had the opposite personality of Isabel’s. He was chill and fun while she was a bit high-strung and overanalyzing. However, they really complemented each other and their personalities meshed quite well. Overall, Third Degree was one of the better New Adult novels that I’ve read and I can’t wait to see what else Cross comes out with.  


Review: Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne

Posted 1 April, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne

“The distinction between harmless and not-so-harmless touch is infinitesimal here, but I’ve definitely crossed the line.” “‘Oh, honey,’ Amy says, as she gestures to the server for another round. ‘Life is nothing but phases. Some things stick, lots of things don’t. You’ll figure it out.’” “I should have been the one to see it on my own, without my ex girlfriend spelling it out for me. I should have realized that what Stephanie and I felt together was every bit as real when we were in pastels, or naked, or wearing spikes and leather.” “‘I could eat,’ she interrupts. ‘But don’t even think about taking me to one of those uppity multi-coursed, tiny-plate monstrosities.’ I roll my eyes. ‘No prob, I’ll just cancel all the dozens of reservations I’d made in hope that my film partner would want to go to an elaborate ten-course meal at four in the afternoon.’ ‘You’re very sarcastic.’ ‘Me?’ I ask. ‘Honey, your sense of humor is drier than astronaut food.’” I love the idea of fake-to-real relationships! They’re my favorite! This novel follows Stephanie, a hard-as-nails girl with a burden she’s been carrying for years, when she’s paired with the rich and preppy Ethan for a summer class. Assignment? Write a screenplay. Except Ethan and Stephanie are complete opposites. So when Ethan proposes that Stephanie act as his girlfriend to get his mother off […]


Review: Shredded by Tracy Wolff

Posted 25 March, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Shredded by Tracy Wolff

 “He’s got his snakebites in this afternoon, and suddenly I want to know what the little silver balls will feel like against my lips when I kiss him. If I kiss him. Which I won’t. I’m done with adrenaline junkies just asking to get killed. And even if I wasn’t, the glimpses I’ve seen of him—of the scars on his body and the ones that lurk beneath his pretty-boy façade—scare the hell out of me. So that’s it. I’m grateful for what he did, but I’m done. Finished. I’ll dry his clothes, but then he has to go.” “‘Just because something bad happened to him doesn’t mean it’s going to happen to me, too,’ I tell her, because I have to make her understand. ‘Just because you think you’re invincible doesn’t mean you really are,’ she counters.” “Hell, she deserves so much more than me—a selfish prick who spends too much time playing around with his own fucking death wish. But that’s just too damn bad because I’m not going to give her up. It’s obvious she has ridiculously fucked-up taste in guys—present company totally included—so it’s not like I can turn her loose on the world and hope she ends up okay.”  “I can’t help wondering if there’s something pathologically wrong with me that the only two guys I’ve ever been interested in have been like that. Remi always […]