Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

bitter sweetBitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Amrentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

Rating

4 out of 5

3.75 out of 5

My Thoughts

I don’t know how you guys feel about prequel novellas, but for me they are really hit or miss.  It just think it’s hard to tell a good story that has a lot of character development, in such a short amount of pages.  That said, if there is an author that I make it a point to read her novellas, it’s Jennifer L. Armentrout.  Bitter Sweet Love (besides the ridiculously cheesy title) is a great prequel novella to Armentrout’s new Dark Elements series.

Bitter Sweet Love does a wonderful job setting up this new world of Wardens (gargoyles!) and demons.  The main character is Jasmine, a female Warden, who was heartbroken when the boy she loved left home three years ago without ever saying goodbye to her.  So when this boy, Dez, returns three years later, Jasmine’s feelings are decidedly mixed.

Jasmine is sort of quiet, but certainly not a pushover, which made me love her all the more.  Even though the tradition in Warden society is to marry young, Jasmine is not sure she wants that.  She’s still young, and she wants to experience life outside her home.  Female wardens are protected and very sheltered in this society, and it’s left Jasmine with a huge desire to see the world.  I love how she manipulates (but not in a nasty way) the situation with Dez’s return to get a chance to experience life.  

If you are at all familiar with Armentrout’s novels, then you probably know that she usually excels at creating some swoon-worthy guys, and that’s certainly the case with Dez.  I really dislike his name, but I forgive Armentrout’s name choice, because Dez is totally swoony.  But he is also genuinely a nice guy.

The plot is fast-paced, enjoyable, and I like that we get glimpses of the main characters in the main series.  I’m even more excited to read White Hot Kiss now than I was before I read this one.  If you are a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, then you will enjoy Bitter Sweet Love

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What’s So Bad About Escapism?

Let’s Talk About Escapism

We’re all readers here.  Well, I assume we’re all readers.  And we probably all have different favorite books, and different likes and dislikes when it comes to books.  We also probably have many different reasons on why we love reading, and what we like to take away from the books we read.  We also probably have different reasons for reading different books.  I know I have many different reasons for why I am craving a certain type of book.

Probably the main thing that I love about reading is that it’s entertaining.  I want to be entertained, period.  I like all kinds of entertainment.  I love comedy, fantasy, I’ve even branched out a little and enjoyed some science fiction.  I also love romance, in any of the genres above.

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This was me. Stressed, but keeping it all inside.

But at the end of last year, I really started thinking about reading for escape.  The end of last year was pretty rough for me.  I had a lot of work stuff I was dealing with, and in the fall, I hurt my ankle so badly, that I had to be out of work for a week and a half because I couldn’t walk.  And then, at the end of the year, my grandmother passed away, and of course I was very upset.  I’m still upset, truly, but it’s manageable now.

Around December, I started reading for one reason – to forget about what was going on in my life.  That’s not to say that I haven’t been taken away from my life while reading before, but escapism wasn’t my goal while reading.  But at the end of last year, my goal for reading for to forget my life.  Of course I still wanted to be entertained, but I needed to escape.  I didn’t need to just escape, I need to read books that would not be too stressful; ones that I knew would have happy endings.  I turned to the adult historical romance genre, and these books provided exactly what I needed.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been around people before who are real book snobs.  And they always seem to roll their eyes about how books can be a great way to escape.  Book snobs are so annoying, aren’t they?

big bang panicBut I think escapism is NEEDED!  It’s one of the best things that reading does for the reader.  We all have times in our lives when it’s a struggle every day to just get out of bed.  And if we don’t get a little escape, then those problems and worries can just wear you down to nothing.  Well, that’s the case for me anyway.  But getting a few hours of escape by reading a book can help you deal with whatever issues you’re going through.  It takes you out of your situation, and lets you focus on someone else.  And I think, when the book is over, that little respite from your troubles makes it easier to deal with those troubles when you’re not reading.

I know that reading all those romances really helped me not have a complete breakdown. I loved reading about the characters in those books, knowing that they had some real issues to contend with, but that they ALWAYS found a way to make things work.  It helped me to realize that I could handle what I was going through, and that things would work out in the end.

So, what are your thoughts on escapism?  Have you ever been in a situation similar to mine?  Where you NEEDED desperately to escape your current anxieties and turned to some fantastic books to do that?

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Top Ten Hilarious Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

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Today, Top Ten Tuesday is a Rewind week, where we get to pick a past Top Ten Tuesday topic.  There are a lot of topics to choose from, but I thought it would be fun to list book titles that crack me up (for whatever reason).  I’m only picking books that I’ve actually read.

In no particular order . . .

Historical Romance Titles
Okay, you guys, I LOVE Historical Romances.  But seriously, the titles are often hilarious.  Here are a few that really tickle my funny bone

1.  The Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare
With titles like A Night to Surrender, A Week to Be Wicked and A Lady by Midnight, it’s impossible not to crack a smile.  I mean, A Week to Be Wicked!!!  But, on the plus side, these books are AWESOME!  I like that the titles of the books don’t take themselves too seriously.

2.  The Love by the Number series by Sarah MacLean
The titles for this series are SOOOOO Long – Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord.

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3.  Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
I love this book, but “Seduce Me at Sunrise” – ugh!  Words like “seduce” crack me up.  I can’t help it.

Other Than Historical Romances

she went all the way

4.  She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot
I can only think of one thing here . . .

how to flirt

5.  How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
This is meant to be a funny title, and it totally succeeds.

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6.  Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout
It’s just a little cheesy, don’t you think?

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7.  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Another book where the title is meant to be funny.  Not only does the title crack me up, but the book does as well.

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8.  The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
It has the word “goth!”  The title is just so cheesy.  So is the cover.  But the book is surprisingly great!

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9.  Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
I don’t think I need to say anything but “dating on the dark side.”

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10.  I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
The title is certainly eye catching, and I don’t think you can help by smile when you read it.

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So these are the titles that crack me up the most.  Do they make you giggle, too?  What titles do you think are hilarious?

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Express Lane Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

mark of athenaThe Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riodan
Publisher: Hyperion
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the “Argo II, ” she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket, Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving command: “Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. “Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader—but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Rating

4 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

My Thoughts

*so, I’m starting a new type of review on my blog called Express Lane Review.  The idea is that these types of reviews are quick (think express lanes in grocery stores), and each review will have 7 (or less) points.  Let me know if you like them, or if you have any advice.  I’ll still be doing my regular reviews, as well.  I just wanted to have some variety in my review structures*

Point One:  You guys, this might be my favorite Percy Jackson book yet!

Point Two:  The Mark of Athena is very action-packed, as most of Riordan’s books are.  When I think back to where the book started, and then think about where it ended, it’s almost a shock, with all the stuff that occured in between.

Point Three:  Percabeth, Percabeth, Percabeth!  I so ship Annabeth and Percy, and I always have, but never moreso than in The Mark of Athena.  I finally got to seem them together as a couple.  And it was so great to see Annabeth and Percy finally finding each other after so many months apart.

Point Four:  Riordan has done a wonderful job creating the other characters – Leo, Piper, Jason, Frank and Hazel.  I enjoyed the chapters from Leo’s, Piper’s and Hazel’s POV, but, as always, Percy’s and Annabeth’s chapters were my favorite.  Particularly Percy’s.  He’s just the funniest guy ever.

Point Five:  I liked reading about some insecurities that both Percy and Annabeth had developed during their time apart.  Percy is so confident, and it was nice to read about his fears.

Point Six:  The scene with Narcissus was awesome!  It’s definitely a light scene in the book, but ever so enjoyable, and I was laughing out loud.

Point Seven:  Holy cow, the ending!  I can’t even!  If you’ve read The Mark of Athena then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  AHHH!  Thank goodness The House of Hades is already out.  Also – I kind of love Percy even more, which I didn’t think was possible.

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Book Haul #41

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted on Tynga’s Reviews.  The Sunday Post is a weekly event hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Here we can share what new books we’ve picked up this past week as well as other interesting book news.

Library:

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Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
I picked this one up from my library’s overdrive page.  I knew going in that it didn’t have good reviews, but I had to give it a try because it was sort of about Anastasia Romanov.  I already finished this one.

Hex-Hall

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
I picked Hex Hall up from Overdrive, too.  It has been on my TBR list for ages, so I decided to finally give it a try.  I already finished it, and it was a lot of fun.

Life Tidbits

  • I’m so glad that it’s the weekend!
  • I was doing so well with my Goodreads Challenge, and was even around 7 books ahead a few weeks ago.  But the last two weeks I haven’t read much at all.  I wouldn’t say I’m in a reading slump, but I am reading below my usual rate.  I need to get back into the reading zone.
  • I’ve really been into organizing stuff lately.  I have some organizing plans this weekend, so I probably won’t be reading as much, but I’ll organize while I listen to my current audiobook, The House of Hades by Rick Riordan.  I love these Percy Jackson books!
  • I ate out way too much this week.  Seriously, I probably ate out at least once a day between Tuesday-Saturday.  I’m thinking of trying meal planning, so that I don’t end up going out to grab food all the time.  I always end up feeling like a pig when I eat out so much.
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Friend Me Friday: February Blues

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*Friend Me Friday is a new feature I’m starting on my blog.  Every Friday I’m going to share something about myself.  These posts most likely won’t be book related.  The main reason I started blogging was because I wanted to make friends, but sometimes I worry that my personality isn’t shining through my reviews.  I want to share a little bit about myself, so you all can get to know me better.  And, hopefully, I’ll get to know you a little better by the comments I hope you leave*

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I’ve totally been slacking on my Friend Me Friday posts lately, and I blame the February Blues!

What are the February Blues, you ask?  Well, for me it’s when I’m so sick of the cold, the snow, and the winter in general.  And even though I’m ready for winter to be over, I know I still have a few more months before Spring will show her lovely face.

I know I’ve probably mentioned this ad naseum, but I live in Syracuse, NY, which is one of the most (if not the most) snowiest Metropolitan Area in the U.S.  Our winters are dreadfully long, cold, and, of course, snowy.

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There’s my dog, Ginger. This was actually taken in December. There’s a lot more snow outside now, but it’s ugly snow, full of dirt and road salt.

I love snow, especially in December and January.  But by February, with the holidays long passed, and Spring months away, I’m so anxious for Winter to end.

Thankfully, February is almost over, and when March arrives, the end is in sight.

Are you guys suffering from the February Blues?

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Review: One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare

One Dance with a DukeOne Dance with a Duke (Stud Club #1)
Author: Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine
Age Group: Adult
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

In One Dance with a Duke—the first novel in Tessa Dare’s delightful new trilogy—secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.

A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members—yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing “Duke of Midnight.” Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke—until Lady Amelia d’Orsay tries her luck.

In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke’s dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother’s debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club’s founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love?

 

Rating

3.5 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

My Thoughts

If you’ve been following my reviews, I think it’s pretty obvious that I’ve been seriously into the historical romance lately.  I’ve especially fallen madly in love with Tessa Dare.  I’m usually someone who likes to read things in order, NO MATTER WHAT.  But, apparently, I’m all over the place with Dare’s books, because I keep jumping from series to series.  And, technically, I haven’t read any of her series out of order, but I’m not sticking to one series.  Anyway, I decided to read One Dance with a Duke, mainly, because I thought the pink cover was pretty.  The summary looked promising, and it did have Dare’s name attached, so I wasn’t really worried that I wouldn’t like it.  You guys, One Dance with a Duke was a great romance, although definitely not my favorite of Dare’s.

I love, love, love when historical romance writers create heroine that aren’t the bell of the ball.  Because, you know, I think a lot of us can relate to not being the bell of the ball.  And Dare did that with Amelia.  She’s resigned herself to being a spinster (oh my gosh I hate that word so much!).  As I mentioned, she’s often been overlooked by the men in Town, but she’s not a shy creature.  So when she realizes that she has to do something to attempt to save her brother from ruin, she takes matters into her hands.

The Duke of Morland, Spencer, attends balls right at midnight, choses one girl to dance with, and then pretty much leaves.  He’s created quite the stir, because he’s a duke, and unmarried.  And he sort of is mysterious.  But when Amelia learns that her brother owes Spencer money, she decides to make sure that Spencer dances with her, so she can ask him to forgive her brother’s debts.

As you can imagine, Spencer is quite surprised with Amelia’s forwardness, and, against his will, he starts to like Amelia.  The ball doesn’t end quite how either Spencer of Amelia planned, though.

As I mentioned above, I liked Amelia.  I like that she’s so determined to help her brother, even when he may not deserve it.  She loves him unconditionally, and she wants to do whatever she can to help him out.  However, her love for her brother causes some serious rifts between her and Spencer.  And, honestly, Amelia frustrated me a bit towards the end of the novel.  Maybe it’s because I’m thirty, and I could so understand where Spencer was coming from, but I just wanted to shake Amelia, and make her compromise with Spencer.

That said, Spencer needed to work on compromising as well.  When we first meet Spencer, he’s quite aloof, and doesn’t always say the appropriate thing.  But you guys, Spencer totally grew on me.  I mean, seriously, I totally fell for him.  Not that he’s perfect, or anything, because how boring would that be.  I loved seeing Spencer fall for Amelia, and seeing how he learned how to actually talk things through with her.

One Dance with a Duke was a fun historical romance, but it’s not one that I will reach for again.  I think this is one of Dare’s earlier novels, so perhaps that’s why it hasn’t found a place in my all-time favorites pile.  But I did still really like it, and I’m glad I read it.

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Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

kiss of frostKiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Books
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why – especially since I should have been the one who died …

Rating

3.25 out of 5

3.25 out of 5

My Thoughts

I almost never read two books in the same series back to back.  I do this for a couple reasons.  First, I usually need a break.  As much as I might like the book, I need a break from the those characters.  Second, I actually think it helps me enjoy the sequel more if I have a little break.  But I had so much fun reading the first book in the Mythos Academy series, Touch of Frost, that I immediately read the second one, Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep.  Kiss of Frost was a lot of fun, but not quite as much as the first book.

Gwen is still my favorite part of these books, which is a good thing since she’s the main character.  However, she did frustrate me a little bit.  She made some not so great decisions, but ultimately I understood where she was coming from.  I did, however, think she was actually kind of bitchy to some people at school, which really frustrated me.  But it all got resolved, and hey, I can be bitchy sometimes, too.  And Gwen had a lot on her mind, so it’ s understandable.

You guys, I really just love Gwen’s BFF Daphne, and Daphne’s BF Carson.  They are just sooooooo freaking cute together.  And I really like the strong bond between Daphne and Gwen, even after such a short time knowing each other.  Yay to strong girl friendships, am I right?

The writing was still easy-to-read, and fast-paced, but I did find it a bit repetitive.  For example, I can’t imagine how many times I read “Using my psychometry powers” or that Daphne is super strong because she’s a valkyrie.  I mean, I know, already!  Something that I did like, though, that I didn’t find in the first book was less slut shaming.  I mean, Morgan is still called a slut, but Gwen makes a point that she’s still a person with feelings.  And although I would have liked Gwen to not use the word slut, there was definitely approvement.  And honestly, as much as I hate to say it, people call girls sluts way too much in high school.

Kiss of Frost was a nice follow up to Touch of Frost.  Maybe not as amazing, but still fun, fast paced, and a nice way to spend a Sunday.

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Top Ten Reasons I Love Being a Reader

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we get to list reasons why we love being a reader and/or a blogger.  I LOVE this topic!  I’ve actually been thinking of doing a series on my blog about the positives of blogging, but, of course, I haven’t gotten around to it.  So, I’m going to focus soley on why being a reader is the best thing ever!

In no particular order . . .

1.  Empathy
I truly feel that the most valuable thing about reading is that it helps foster empathy in readers.

2.  Escapism
I’ve been planning a whole post on why escapism is so important, but of course I haven’t found the time to put it together.  Hopefully soon, though.  But to keep things short here, basically sometimes we need to be taken away from out lives, especially if things are a little rough.

3.  Entertainment
I’m always a little skeptical of people that say they don’t read for entertainment.  I mean, really?  Puh-lease!

4.  Adventure
I get to go on crazy adventures when I read a book.  And maybe I would never REALLY want to go on such an adventure in real life, but if I get to live such a life vicarious through a story – yes please!

5.  Being Someone Different
Reading lets me get inside the head of someone who is different from me.  It lets me understand what it’s like from someone else’s point of view.  This kind of ties in with the whole empathy thing.  But I also just think it’s fun to be someone else.

6.  Discovering People (Characters) Like Myself
I think we all like to know we’re not alone, so when I come across a character that reminds me so much of myself, I love it.  Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell reminded me so much of me when I was in college, that it was actually kind of scary.

7.  Conversation
Okay, so sure, reading is really solitary, but I think it can also be such a social thing.  I love talking books to my friends (both online and in real life).

8.  Time Alone
I also love reading because it IS a solitary activity.  Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) I like to be by myself, and reading totally supports that 🙂

9.  A Reason to Be Lazy
When I’m in the middle of an amazing book, there is no way I’m putting the book down to sweep my floor.  But I feel like that’s a TOTALLY acceptable reason to not do house chores.  Reading almost always comes first, am I right?  Accept in cases of emergencies, of course.

10.  Something New
I always feel like I learn something new with every book I read, even if it’s a really simple thing.  And sometimes I learn a TON, like with Steve Sheinkin’s The Notorious Benedict Arnold and Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.  These books are informational AND entertaining!

And you know what’s best?  That so many books incorporate ALL THESE THINGS!

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I know, it’s amazing, right?

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Review: Be with Me by J. Lynn

be with meBe with Me (Wait for You #2)
Author: J. Lynn
Publisher: William Morrow
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Amazon
Good Reads  |  Amazon
Rating: 3 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

Rating

3 out of 5

3 out of 5

My Thoughts

If you’ve been following my blog, then you probably know that I’m a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout (AKA J. Lynn) fan.  Armentrout seriously brings on the swoons, and her books are so difficult to put down.  So I was pretty excited for the release of Be with Me, the second book in her Wait for You New Adult series.  Perhaps my expectations were too high, because although I liked it, Be with Me was not as swoon-worthy as I was hoping for.

JLA generally excels and creating characters that I really care about, but that wasn’t the case with Teresa or Jase in Be with Me.  I mean, I liked them, but I didn’t really care too much about what happened to them.  I didn’t have that connection to either of the characters.

Teresa, or Tess as Jase calls her, is a nice girl who had an extremely bad experience with a high school boyfriend.  And Jase has some big issues too, that’s he dealing with.  Tess has been crushing on Jase for years (Jase is best friends with Tess’s older brother, Cam), but Jase has been keeping his distance from Tess.  Well, Jase has been trying to keep his distance, but he kind of sucks at it.  Jase has it in his head that he wouldn’t be good of Tess.

Actually, that big reason on why Jase feels he wouldn’t be a good boyfriend for Tess was a significant reason on why I wasn’t in love with Be with Me.  I won’t spoil anything (although I do think the BIG REASON is very obvious from the beginning), so I won’t go into detail.  But if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about, and I would love to know what you thought of it.  Part of it didn’t bother me at all, but another part – well, let’s just say I wasn’t a fan.

J. Lynn is sort of known for her sexual tension filled books, but I really wasn’t feeling the tension so much in this one.  As I said above, I just didn’t have that connection to either Tess or Jase, which contributed to the lack of sexual tension.  There is so tension, but not what I’ve come to expect in an Armentrout/J.Lynn romance.

Anyway, I liked Be with Me.  If you’ve read and liked Armentrout’s other books, then I think you would enjoy this one.  Do I think you will fall madly in love, though?  Not really.  Is it the worst romance ever?  Certinaly, not, but it’s definitely not JLA’s best work.  I say borrow it from the library or pick it up when it’s a daily deal.

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