SALES, NEW RELEASES, PRE-ORDERS, & RECOMMENDATIONS

SALES, NEW RELEASES, PRE-ORDERS, & RECOMMENDATIONS

Here are a whole ton of new books!!! There are new releases, sales, recommendations, and pre-orders. If you missed any previous new releases, be sure to check out last week’s list, 2 weeks ago, and 3 weeks ago.

 

Thrive (Addicted Series) by K&B Ritchie - new release!!

IT’S LIVE!!!! This is the latest novel in the amazing Addicted series, one of my all-time favorite on-going series. The series centers around 3 couples with each book being told from one of their perspectives. This one is focused on Lily & Lo (a sex addict & alcoholic) and it is absolutely fantastic!! I loved it! Read my new review. Please note: This is NOT a standalone.

Must be read in order: Addicted To You (review), Ricochet (review), Addicted For Now (review), Kiss The Sky (review), Hothouse Flower (review), Thrive (review).

 

Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown -newest review!!

This was a unique, captivating standalone about a woman who was the seventh wife in a polygamist family and who fell in love with an outsider. A man who made her want more out of life and the freedom to choose who to love. — It was totally different than anything else I’ve ever read!! Read my review.

“I had my secrets. A voice inside me told me I didn’t belong here, that there was another life waiting for me.”

 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - currently reading!!

I’ve been working up the courage to read this book for ages but I’m reading it now and am totally hooked and loving it (27% in)!! It’s the kind of story that has me thinking about it even when I’m not reading it and I can’t wait to read more!! I know it’s going to be absolutely HEARTBREAKING and I’ve been warned that I’m gonna cry ALL THE TEARS but I have a big box of tissues standing by and I’m SO glad I finally decided to give it a go!! – What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

 

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - upcoming must-read of 2014!!

WOW WOW WOW!!!! I read an early copy of this and it was absolute, stunning PERFECTION in every way. It was SO unique, and so intensely emotional that it just blew me away!! I almost guarantee that you will cry (seriously, my heart broke for Miles!!!) but I PROMISE you it’s worth every tear because the way that it all comes together is just GORGEOUS!!!! Oh and also, it’s HOT!! Like really hot!!! I honestly just loved every single word. 6 STARS!!!!! Be sure to pre-order your copy!! This is a MUST-READ of the year!! Read my review.

 

 

Come Back To Me by Mila Gray (My Review) - Latest recommendation!!

I absolutely love love love LOVED this book!!!!! *wipes happy tears* It was SO much more than I ever expected. Deeply emotional, sexy, funny, romantic…. and it had that special heart-pounding intensity to it. Definitely a new top fav!!! :) — It’s a forbidden romance about a Marine who’s home on leave and drawn to the one girl he can’t have… his best friend’s sister. But he’s only home for 4 weeks before he’s sent out again for another 9 months so every second they have together is stolen and precious…

 

 

 

HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY by Ginger Scott – New Release

This is a bit of a second chance romance with a rock star hero that was released recently. When her son was diagnosed with autism, Avery’s husband left her and her son became her whole world until a man from her past walked back into her life. Mason was a rock star who she’d loved silently for years and who’d broken her heart once. But “time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason.” — I love the sound of it and has great ratings too!!

 

SECOND CHANCES by HM Ward – New Release

Wow, this has HIGH ratings!!! I remember posting about this “forbidden love story” the other day but it’s been getting a lot of buzz so definitely be sure to check it out!! It’s about a single mom who catches the eye of her lawn boy. “Love only comes around once in a lifetime. Only fools think otherwise, and I’m the biggest fool of them all.”

 

THE VIXEN AND THE VET by Katy Regnery 

I love the sound of this book! I was just sent a link to it and thought I’d share in case you’re interested too. The heroine is a journalist who decides to write a piece on the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned home 8 years ago horrifically scarred and hasn’t been seen since… And when Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for her that he hasn’t felt in years. — Also 50% of the proceeds go to charity.

 

NEVER ME by Kate Stewart 

This sounds different! ➜ “I was a thief of men… a whore. Not the conventional type that got paid for sex. I was the girl you talked about in your sad inner circle. The girl you shielded your boyfriend from as you cleverly covered him with your body when I came near. I was at threat to you. Keeping him safe in your grasp was smart. One week… one incredible week was all it took to forever change me. I was NEVER going to be you … until I met HIM.”

 

LOCK & KEY by Kat Porter 

For any biker fans, I’m passing along a reader recommendation here. I haven’t read this book but here’s the info if you want to check it out! ➜ “I swore to myself never again. Never again surrender my heart. Never again sacrifice to the Club. But that all changed in one night. I came home and crashed into him, and my past and present blew up in my face. Both of us lonely, running on empty, and unwilling to admit it. Until now.”

 

MORE THAN FOREVER by Jay McLean –  New Release

This is book four in the More series and you have to read these in order (listed below). This is Cameron & Lucy’s story ➜ “There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured. He promised me that love forever. Even when it wasn’t enough.” — #1 More Than This, #2 More Than Him, #3 More Than Her, #4 More Than Forever.

 

FINDING DANDELION by Lex Martin –  New Release

This is the standalone sequel to Dearest Clementine about a soccer star who has a one-night stand with a girl who, for the first time ever, makes him want “more” but he doesn’t even recognize her the next time he sees her! It can either be read on it’s own or after DC.

 

SESSIONS INTERRUPTED by Kristi Pelton – New Release

This has a bad boy hero in therapy thanks to his drinking problems, anger problems, relationship issues, and court order. But his beautiful therapist catches his eye …. Check out this line from the blurb ➜ “Ms. Keep it Professional thought she had control of these sessions. She didn’t know who she was dealing with. I would turn the tables faster than she could spell — F*CK ME.”

 

PUDDLE JUMPING by Amber L. Johnson –  $0.99 New Release

This was a beautifully written mature YA standalone romance about two childhood friends who are reunited in high school and fall in love. The hero has Asperger’s and the heroine loves him unconditionally. This is their love story. Read my review.

 

53 LETTERS FOR MY LOVER by Leylah Attar — Recommendation

Forbidden romance fans!! This was sexy, daring, and beautifully written Adult standalone — kind of a cross between Adult romance and women’s fiction with an intense forbidden romance spanning three decades. This was not your typical love story!! Read my review.

 

BEAUTY IN THE ASHES by Micalea Smeltzer – New Release

This is a new standalone romance. “Some stories are a fairytale… but this isn’t one.” After the hero’s family is murdered, he retreats from the world. When he moves into a new apartment, the girl across his hall is drawn to him… “something in his broken blue eyes calls to her” and this is the story of two broken souls trying to mend one another.

 

WORD PLAY by Amalie Silver – New Release

This is a funny, quirky standalone romance about a male author who writes erotic stories under a pen-name. No one knows his real name and he plans to keep it that way. Until her. And she’s an infamous blogger determined to discover the secret of his identity…

 

TAMED by Emma Chase – New Release

This is the next book in the hilarious Tangled series and it’s Dee & Matthew’s story!! ➜ Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways. It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful. — #1 Tangled, #2 Twisted, #3 Tamed.

 

INNOCENTS (Dusty 1) by Mary and Sarah Elizabeth – New Release

I finished reading this last night! It was a crazy ride and definitely a big “rule-breaker” book for me. I’ll have a review up soon. ➜ “She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s just hopeless… She loves him. He loves her crazy. This is what happens when a love made of secrets is kept with rules instead of promises.”

 

BEAUTIFULLY DONE by Riley MacKenzie – New Release

This is the standalone sequel to Beautifully Awake (a doctor romance that SO many readers have recommended to me.) but this is about a different couple — it’s Asher’s story. The blurb recommends reading Beautifully Awake first though!

 

THOMPSON SISTERS SERIES SALE – Boxed Set

All 3 books in the Thompson Sisters series are bundled together for only $2.99 total for a limited time!! Each book is a standalone about a different couple. They’re beautifully written, emotional romances with very high ratings!! I loved the first one and can’t wait to read the rest!

 

THE BOOK OF LIFE (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Hardness – New Release

This is the final book in the All Souls Trilogy where the heroine, “a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost manuscript which summons a fantastical underworld that she navigates with vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.” It has very original mythology and a sweet love story. — The first 2 are on sale (usually $12)!! #1 A Discovery of Witches, #2 A Shadow of Night, #3 The Book of Life.

 

WHISKEY PRINCE by Toni Aleo – New Release

This is a standalone romance about a heroine who goes to Ireland and falls in love with a reclusive hero, whose family is famous for their legendary whiskey. But his father has given him an ultimatum and he has only 6 months to get married before he can take over the family dynasty…

 

RICOCHET (Renegade #3) by Skye Jordan – New Release

This is the third standalone in the Renegades series, where all the hero are professional stuntmen!! The hero of this one is a “damaged and dangerously sexy” soldier on leave after a tragic incident… which is when he meets the sultry, snarky heroine. — Series order: #1 Renegade, #2 Rebel, #3 Ricochet.

 

MAYBE MABY by Willow Aster – New Release

This new novel is described as a “heartbreaking, and at times, hilarious story about coping with loss, finding love in New York.” — I haven’t read it yet but I loved another book by this author.

 

 

❤  MORE SALES 

  • Conklin’s Blueprints by Brooke Page ($0.99) — A woman moves back to her hometown where she catches the eye of the “intriguingly mysterious” Tyler Conklin. He has hidden baggage and a lot of secrets… (first of a trilogy)
  • Uncaged Love by JJ Knight ($0.99) — Um, WOW. This has really high ratings!! It’s the first of a completed 5-part series where the hero is a rising MMA fighter and the heroine shows potential as a female fighter and “as they begin her training, their desire for each other sparks a love affair that could jeopardize them both.” — Book #1, Book #2, Book #3, Book #4, Book #5.
  • Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros ($0.99) — After a family tragedy, the heroine is struggling to keep her family together. Then her neighbor (also a hockey star) enters her life… but he has a secret that can shatter their world. (standalone)
  • All of Me by Gina Sorelle ($0.99) — Damaged characters finding love. Hero is ex-military with a bad childhood, he’s anti-social and distant but falls for her… yum!
  • Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris ($0.99) — She’s just looking for a fun night in Vegas. He’s a country music superstar who just wants a weekend of anonymity. But things get complicated when they both wake up the next morning with fuzzy memories… and rings on their fingers. (standalone)
  • Wingman by Bella Jewel ($0.99) – The hero is a sexy businessman who is described in the blurb as: Jealous. Possessive. Obsessed. Gorgeous. A mega asshole. The king of sex. Oh, and also… he’s her boss. (standalone)
  • Inky, Cole, & Nico by JB Hartnett ($0.99) — Trilogy with good ratings.
  • Playing For Keeps by RL Mathewson ($0.99) — Hilarious standalone. Heroine ends up with the neighbor from hell and they fall in love. This is pure, light-hearted, sexy FUN!!!
  • Against The Ropes by Sarah Castille ($0.99) — An MMA fighter who is “all sleek muscle and restrained power is about to tempt her in ways she never imagined…”
  • Fall From Grace & Saving Grace ($1.50) — Awesome paranormal rock star romance book duet.
  • The Mystic Series Set #1-3 by BC Burgess ($0.99) — A paranormal series labelled a “Magical Journey of Epic Romance.”
  • Bad Boys of Summer (7 book anthology) ($0.99)
  • The Call series Boxed Set by Emma Hart ($0.99) — A high class call girl gets booked by a man who she fell in love with seven years ago in Paris. “They walked away at the end of the summer, never imagining they’d meet again. Now he’s her client.”
  • For Your Sake by Elayne DiSano ($1.99) — Biker romance!
  • Needing Moore Trilogy by Julie Richman ($4.99) — High school sweethearts separated for 2 decades reconnect over Facebook and rekindle their love.
  • Hold On Tight (Sea Breeze) by Abbi Glines ($1.99) – This is a standalone romance that is part of Sea Breeze series but it can be read no it’s own and has NO cliffhanger!! ➜ “She had always loved one brother but she was infatuated with the other one…”
  • Tangled by Emma Chase ($2.99) — Hilarious, sexy romantic comedy. I loved it!!!
  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton ($2.99) — Another hilarious, sexy romantic comedy. Top favorite!!
  • Rule, Jet, & Rome by Jay Crownover — Bad boys, bikers, military men… great series of standalones!

 

❤  STANDALONE RECOMMENDATIONS 

If you’re ever looking for a standalone, here’s a huuuuuuge list of some of my favs. They’re all books that wrap up by the end and do not require any other book to be read first or after. 

standalones

❤  PRE-ORDERS 

JULY 2014

AUGUST 2014

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Fifty Shades of Grey — Official Movie Trailer

Fifty Shades of Grey — Official Movie Trailer

Holy hotness!!!

I know the official Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer is already on screens across the world but I loved these books so much that I wanted to post it here too because WOW!!!!! I can’t wait til February!!!

Movie release date is February 14, 2015. Guess where I’ll be on Valentines day?? ;)

On the odd chance you’re one of the readers who hasn’t yet read these amazing books, please be sure to add them to the top of your reading list!! They are absolutely fantastic!!! One of my all-time top favorites!

That elevator scene…… Oh my!!!! 

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SIGNED GIVEAWAY — 8 Colleen Hoover books!!!!

SIGNED GIVEAWAY — 8 Colleen Hoover books!!!!

Colleen Hoover fans, check this out!!!!!

To celebrate the upcoming release of her latest, heart-wrenching standalone romance Ugly Love on August 5th, Colleen has generously offered to gift signed copies of all 8 of her books to one lucky winner!!!

I’ve already read an early copy of Ugly Love and it’s one of the best books I’ve read!! It was unique and so intensely emotional — two of my favorite things in books!! It totally blew me away. I can almost guarantee that you will cry (seriously, my heart broke for Miles!!!) but I absolutely promise you that it’s worth every tear because the way that it all comes together is just gorgeous!!!! Oh and also, it’s HOT!! This is a whole new side to Colleen Hoover’s writing and it is sexy!! I honestly just loved every single word. 6 STARS!! Be sure to pre-order your copy!! This is a MUST-READ of the year!!

UGLY LOVE

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Pre-order UGLY LOVE (Kindle) | Pre-order UGLY LOVE (Paperback)

Read my 6-STAR review

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*** Other books by Colleen Hoover ***

SLAMMED | POINT OF RETREAT | THIS GIRL
HOPELESS | LOSING HOPE | FINDING CINDERELLA
MAYBE SOMEDAY

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Book Review — Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown

Book Review — Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown

“I had my secrets. A voice inside me told me I didn’t belong here, that there was another life waiting for me. And with each passing year, that voice became louder.”

What a unique story!! I love stories that take me on journeys that I’ve never been on before and this was absolutely one of those. Wife Number Seven was captivating and unconventional. The beautiful writing drew me in and the unique story kept my attention from the first page until the last.

The story is about Brinley, the seventh wife in a polygamist family. Bound by the customs of their ways and the beliefs of their faith, her life was fully planned out for her. At nineteen years of age, their prophet assigned her to marry a fifty year old elder in their community. The prophet’s will was not questioned because their belief was that his direction came directly from a higher power. But Brinley dared to dream of more… of a life outside the compound where she could choose how to live her life and who to love.

“Could I ever leave this life?
I’d be lying to myself if I pretended the thought didn’t cross my mind.”

One day, on an errand trip into town, she meets Porter Hammond. He’s not much older than her and had been exiled from their compound a few years back. Call him their resident bad boy, or rule-breaker, if you will. He’s struggling with many things himself too, namely a drug addiction, but he shows her a life and a love that before she’d only dreamed of, and gives her reason to finally want to follow her dreams.

“Why are you really here? … Tell me the truth.” He leaned in closer, whispering into my ear, “It’s okay, you can say it.”

“Say what?” I whispered…

“You’ve been thinking about me, haven’t you?”

Brinley’s moral struggles were portrayed very compellingly as the doctrines that had been drilled into her head her whole life began to pale in comparison to what she wanted in her heart. But those beliefs were designed to keep her bound to their ways and it had strongly shaped her world view in such a way that breaking free was no easy task. I really felt her uncertainty and fear as well as her longing for a new life.

“It seemed that no matter what I did, I’d be haunted by guilt. I could abandon my family, my belief system, and my God, or I could walk away from Porter, the one man who’s ever stirred my heart.”

But no matter how strong those teachings were, she couldn’t stop thinking about the boy with the clear blue eyes who’d challenged her and who’d left their world. They met in secret knowing the consequences of being discovered… but each day, those consequences began to seem more and more like a blessing.

“I want to know everything there is to know about you, the real you. Not the fake mold they’ve placed you in. The real Brinley. The only who matters.”

I’m being asked a lot about this so I just want to address the issue of her “husband” at the compound and to be very clear that this is not a love triangle, neither is it cheating. She was assigned to her husband, a man old enough to be her father and who she absolutely did not love. There are scenes where she has to ‘be with’ him and it’s also not violent or anything but just please know that it is not something she wants at all. The only man she ever loves in this whole book is Porter. Her struggles with leaving the compound have to do with her making the choice to leave the only life and comfort she’s ever known, but her feelings towards her husband are never a factor in that. So I just wanted to be clear on that. Porter is her only love.

“I need you to be mine.”

“I am,” I insisted.

“Mine alone, Brin. Not shared with some fuckhead who has no idea how special you are, how absolutely remarkable you are. Please, please do this. For us.”

I’ll be honest though, before reading this, I was intrigued by the idea but not quite sure if this was the story for me. So I just took a little peek at the first chapter to see what it was like and then totally got sucked in.

I found the culture fascinating and the story captivating. It was eye-opening for sure and I didn’t want to stop reading. I feel that, while the culture in this story was an extreme example, the general commentary on how far people will be willing to go to fit in with their society and to do what they believe is expected of them instead of pursuing happiness reaches far and wide. While the example in this book is specific, I believe the message is universal.

If you’re looking for something totally different, give this book a try!

Rating: 4 — 4.5 stars. Standalone.

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Book Review — THRIVE (The Addicted Series) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Book Review — THRIVE (The Addicted Series) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

“No matter what happens,” Lo says, his lips brushing my ear, “I’ll always be here, Lil.”

Spoiler-free review. Plot is not discussed.

Thrive is the latest fantastic addition to the Addicted series and I absolutely LOVED it!!

I’ve been a huge fan of this series from the start and can honestly say that it just keeps getting better and better. Krista & Becca Ritchie continue to raise the bar and there really is no other series like this.

The Addicted series has everything I could ever ask for in a romance. It has loveable but flawed characters who each have a special place in my heart, some of the very best writing I’ve ever read, and the entire series has this delightful feeling of intensity that always keeps me fully connected to every page of the story. I absolutely ADORE it. I’m addicted. I love it. I crave it. I always read every new book as slowly as I can to make it last longer. And I highly recommend it for every single fan of romance out there!!

Please note that this book, Thriveis not a standalone. This series must be read in order (see bottom of post) and this is the sixth book to be released in it so pleeeeeease be sure to start with the first book.

This series essentially follows three main couples (Lily & Lo, Rose & Connor, and Daisy & Ryke) who are bound together by love, friendship, and family ties. There’s a sex addict, an alcoholic, a virgin, a smartass, a daredevil, and a jackass and I promise you will fall in love with each and every one of them.

“Everyone is staring,” I whisper to Lo….

His gaze softens for me…  “You’re a sex addict and I’m an alcoholic,” he says, “and the whole fucking world knows it. We have to get used to people staring, love.”

Also, within this series, this book is technically a “companion novel”. That means it’s a full length novel but it tells Lily & Lo’s story (in their POVs) during the events of the previous 2 books in the series. This is not a retelling of the same story though and it is a must-read for any fan of this series. It contains new content that fills in all the blanks and truly completes the story so far. You might think that you know the whole story but you don’t really… not until you’ve read this book.

The response to this series has been amazing. It has a strong and very passionate fan base who love these characters deeply and I think one of the main reasons is that the six focal characters, who are the heart and soul of this story, are some of the most well developed characters I have ever read. This is literally the most ‘complete’ story you can imagine. It’s a 360 degree look at these characters lives. We know everything about them and so we care about everything that happens. It’s not just that they feel real to the reader, it’s that you feel like you genuinely know every side of them. You know them better than you would even know a friend because you’ve seen their story through six different perspectives. They become a part of you.

The character dynamics are PURE GOLD. It’s not just about the main couples, but each of the six characters has their own, unique relation to the others. That’s 15 interpersonal connections!!! It’s a helluva lot to build a story on and KBR have done a top notch job of conveying each and every emotion flawlessly.

Although I loved each of the couples, Lily & Lo have always had a special place in my heart. I think the desperation and intensity of their situation is just so heart-wrenching that you can’t help but want to root for these two addicts to make things work. I loved Lo’s fierce protectiveness of Lily and Lily’s unwavering faith in him. The only thing stronger than their addictions is their unconditional love for each other. I love how, no matter what, they are each each other’s highest priority and nothing ever changes that. We’ve seen them hit rock bottom, we’ve seen them support each other every single step of the way, and we’ve seen them begin to get better. Together. Always together. There’s no Lo without Lily and no Lily without Lo.

“The only thing keeping me here is Lily. I try to make every day count for something. For her. When I fuck up, she doesn’t act like it’s the end of the world. She tells me that the next day will be better.”

And best of all, they’re surrounded by a group of people bound together by all different kinds of love who are willing to go to any length for each other, and to protect each other. It’s heart-warming to an extreme.

I think I’ve said this in every single one of my reviews for the books in this series but it bears mentioning again that the main reason I have so much respect for these authors is that absolutely everything in these books makes sense and there is never any contrived drama. The story is intense, heart wrenching, romantic, sexy, fun, emotional, but never once is the integrity of the story or the characters sacrificed. Each line, each plot development, everything makes sense. These characters are each fighting their own battles but I respect the hell out of each one of them. And consequently, I feel the same about the authors.

“There will always be bad days, but it’s how we live those bad days that counts.”

It’s a wonderful feeling to have such complete trust in the authors of a series you love. I was halfway through reading this book before I realized that I actually hadn’t even read the blurb yet. I didn’t need to. I just completely trusted that they would stay true to the characters every step of the way. And they did.

This book ends without any big cliffhanger but the next story is fully set up and I can’t wait to read it. If you’re new to the series, you can easily start it at any time even though there are still more books to come.

My honest opinion is that this is one of the very BEST on-going series out there. I highly recommend it!!!

“We’re going to have our happy ending. It may just take us awhile to get there.”

This isn’t a standalone story and while it’s vital to the series storyline, it’s still genuinely a “companion novel” so I don’t feel right rating it on it’s own because it’s just one part of a much larger story. So, I’m going to just add it in to my full series rating instead.

Series rating: 5 stars. Thrive is not a standalone.

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*** TIMELINE EXPLANATION & READING ORDER ***

The Addicted series has a core ensemble cast of 3 main couples: Lily & Lo, Rose & Connor, and Ryke & Daisy. They are all present in each of the books and their stories are all closely connected.

The books this series should be read in order and tell one continuous story. A huge part of why I am so in love with and so addicted to this series is because I know these characters. I’ve been through their ups and downs, I’ve seen their struggles and triumphs, and so each new development in their story has a lot of meaning to me. Everything carries more weight because I know what these guys have been through to get where they are. In my opinion, these characters deserve to have their story appreciated to the max, and that will come with reading the books in order.

If it helps to know…

  • Then Kiss The Sky continues the same storyline but from a different perspective (Rose & Connors) and while it focuses on their story, it also continues the journey of all the main characters that we’ve been introduced to. It has it’s own HEA.
  • The next book (Hothouse Flower) is the same deal but focuses on a different couple (Daisy & Ryke) while continuing the stories of all 3 couples as well. It also has it’s own HEA.
  • After that, Thrive & Addicted After All go back to focusing on Lily & Lo. Thrive contains their POV during the previous 2 books. Addicted After All will move forward in time in their POV while continuing the story of all 3 couples.
  • Finally, Fuel The Fire (Rose & Connor) and Long Way Down (Daisy & Ryke) will conclude the series.

It is perfectly safe to jump in and start reading this series now. You will not be left hanging! I promise. Cross my heart. No cliffhangers where the story is at now! And – please please please start reading these books, guys. They are just wonderful!!! :D

*** These books should be read in order ***

ADDICTED TO YOU
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Lily & Lo’s perspective

RICOCHET
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Full length companion novel – do not skip!!

ADDICTED FOR NOW
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Lily & Lo’s perspective

KISS THE SKY
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Rose & Connor’s perspective

HOTHOUSE FLOWER
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Daisy & Ryke’s perspective

THRIVE
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Full length companion novel – Lily & Lo’s perspective

—- There is no cliffhanger ^^^ so you’re safe to start now!!! —-

ADDICTED AFTER ALL
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FUEL THE FIRE
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Book Review — Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Book Review — Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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Holy WOW!!! What a beautiful story!!!

It was absolute stunning perfection in every way. My heart is just overflowing with emotions ♥

Starting with Slammed and Point of Retreat, then with HopelessLosing Hope and This Girl, and once again with Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover has proven over and over again that her stories are unique, powerful and incredibly well written. I have come to trust her writing implicitly. I love the passion she conveys in her words, the depths of the connections she establishes between her characters, and the effortlessly beautiful style in which writes her stories. Without a doubt, she is one of my favorite authors.

Ugly Love is beautiful, sexy, and heart-wrenching. It’s powerful, compelling and emotionally charged with a unique storyline that was truly unlike any other I’ve read. For days after  I finished reading, my mind would drift back to Miles and Tate and relive moments of their story because I just couldn’t let go.

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I fell in love with the story on page one. You might think that the first page is a little early to proclaim undying love for a book but I instantly felt connected – it was like I’d just stepped right into the story.

We first meet Tate when she moves in with her brother for a fresh start where her path quite literally crosses with airline pilot Miles Archer as he lies passed out drunk outside her new place. Despite her initial judgment of his character, she quickly learned there a whole side of himself he was hiding from the world – a deep, bottomless pit of pain and sadness.

She wasn’t looking for a relationship and he wanted nothing to do with love but they had an undeniably powerful attraction towards each other. Drawn together, but unwilling to give themselves wholly over, they agreed to a friends-with-benefits arrangement following Miles’ two, unwavering rules that would forever keep a distance between them.

“Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly.  “And never expect a future.”  

The more time they spent together, the more complicated things became as the lines between friendship and love began to blur. As Tate began to give her heart over, Miles fell further away. The pain of his past was so great that he never again would allow himself to fall in love. Not for any reason, or for anyone.

“It’s not that I don’t like you, Tate… I just don’t want to like you. I don’t want to like anyone. I don’t want to date anyone. I don’t want to love anyone.”

However even through the most painful and ugly times, there’s a healing power to love. This story left me emotionally drained but on the most amazing book high you can imagine. It was a powerful journey that showed how even after the worst possible devastation, love can always find a way.

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Every single moment while reading this book, I was feeling something, and feeling it strongly. It was thrilling, mysterious, sexy, alluring, emotional, it was everything in the exact perfect balance. From the start, it was clear that we were not seeing the full picture so each scene gave us another piece of the puzzle that was Miles’ past. Everything just made me want to know more. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

Miles was such an intriguing character to try and figure out. Enigmatic. Mysterious. Smart. Sexy. Sensitive. His past so full of pain that it shut him away from wanting any hope for his future. Not only was he unable to move on, but he genuinely didn’t want to…. and he was willing to do everything in his power, to sacrifice anything, to never again have to experience so much pain. Seeing him struggle internally with both his aversion to love and his growing attachment to Tate was just heartbreaking. His pain felt so real that I can honestly say, I’ve never wanted to hug a fictional character this much before.

“Tate,” He says in a pained whisper. His face moves to my neck, and one of his hands grips my waist… His other hand moves to the back of my head as his lips rest against the skin of my neck. “What do I do?” He whispers. “What the fuck do I do?”

We were shown the story through both Miles and Tate’s POVs in a mix of both present day storylines and flashbacks. The present was told from Tate’s perspective and, because of how mysterious Miles was, we got to see flashbacks from his POV six years earlier. And as these little pieces of his past slowly began to line up with his behaviour in the present, I was able to begin putting together the real story he was hiding.

He kept so much hidden that all the little things between them — the hint of a smile, the stroke of a thumb, a quick glance — became so much more powerful and meaningful. And because of the build up of all these little moments, when Miles and Tate finally got together it was explosive!

Dear long-time CoHo fans, be prepared for hotness!!!!!  This is a whole new side to Colleen Hoover’s writing and let me tell you, it is sexy and steamy!!! Trust me, you will be fanning yourself ;)

“The couch or your bed?” he whispers.
“Both,” I reply.

But on a more serious note…. The more I read, the closer I got to discovering the source of Miles’ pain and when it hit, it was gut-wrenching!!! I can honestly say that few character’s backstories have ever made my heart shatter as Miles’ did. I cried — no, sobbed – so much that I could no longer see the words and so I just sat there with tears steaming down my face absorbing the huge emotions this story evoked.

“If I were capable of loving someone… it would be you.”

I want to promise you though that this story is worth every tear because the way all the pieces of the story come together is absolutely gorgeous. The ending will leave you with a joyous feeling but the journey to get there is not an easy one. It’s beautiful but so broken. Ugly love.

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I’ve read this book twice now and I know I’ll be reading it many more times to come. I have the book hangover of the century and I’m finding it hard to let go of Miles and Tate because of how strongly I connected to them. Truly, I don’t think there can be greater proof that this was a wonderful book.

I’ve loved every book Colleen Hoover has written but this one is my favorite. Ugly Love is a must-read book of the year! I loved every word, I felt every moment, and I will never forget this story.

I don’t give out a lot of 6 star ratings (in fact this will be the first one I’ve given this year) but the truth is that this book went above and beyond. The story was powerful, the writing was stunning, and the way every single piece of it was woven together was simply breathtaking.

Rating: 6 STARS!! Standalone romance.

And… I still want to hug Miles ♥

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