REVIEW: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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~ Synopsis ~

Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death… 

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase… he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil. 

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t. 

Then the team starting losing. 

Women started dying. 

And everything in my world broke apart. 

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REVIEW

Wow – this book. Moonshot hit me right in the feels for a lot of different reasons. The first being the author – because Alessandra Torre has this insane talent when it comes to characters. They’re three dimensional, complex emotions that hook into you. Ty & Chase were no different. Ty, only seventeen when she meets Chase for the first time, you get that first love feeling, the tingles… the fantastic feeling of the firsts. Those conversations you have at the beginning of every relationship, opening up and falling in love….

Add the fact that Ty’s father is a New York Yankee and Chase is the new trade…. one that her father is warning her about from the get go? Oh the ANGST!!

I was raised a ballrat from the moment I could walk. Every season was spent at the baseball field watching my older brother’s play ball. Eventually, I took over as bat girl…. so reading through Ty’s chapters was very reminiscent of my childhood – sitting around the boys, being completely enthralled in the game…. and that fantasy I had every summer sitting in that dug out …. with whatever summer crush I’d have…. Chase was the epitome of that.

But then we’re thrown a curve – a massive curve that will leave you wondering WTF?!?! And reading as fast as you can to find out what happens next. Somethings I saw coming…. and then BAM! I was hit so hard for a loop – I threw my kindle, cursed Torre’s name and nearly had a fit.

You can tell how good a book is going to be by the amount of cussing you do at intimate objects… i.e. throwing your kindle. But this is why her books are fantastic – she doesn’t ever play by the rules.

And then…. there are the dead girls.

This book is so much more than your average romance – it’s a first time love story, it’s a second chance love story, it’s a suspenseful murder mystery that leave so many questions unanswered until the very end…. one that will leave you gasping!

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About the Author, Alessandra Torre

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at http://www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.

REVIEW: I’d Know You Anywhere by, Laura Lippman

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~ Synopsis ~

Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, thirteen-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects – or wants – to hear from: Walter Bowman. “There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are old now. Still, i’d know you anywhere.”

In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears.

Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she’s never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma in her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She’s always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he’ll tell her – and share the truth about his other victims.

Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long-ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And Eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable, cocooned life, will do anything to protect it — even if it means finally facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she’s kept buried inside.

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I’ve been holding onto this book – in hardback no less, for probably 2 1/5 years. I grabbed it one day browsing around Powell’s bookstore in downtown Portland. I was intrigued from the synopsis, but just never got around to reading it. Until now.

I blame The Girl on the Train – I was in the mood for something similar, something with a little suspense, something with a dark plot that will leave me riveted. And I was not disappointed.

This book – though not overly complicated, weaves us through a number of stories. Eliza’s present, Elizabeth’s past – and the relationship she’s cultivated with Walter Bowman in both. Now – an adult, wife and mother she’s obviously leery of anything to do with Walter, after all she spent over a month with him when she was just fifteen years old, she knows what’s he’s capable of, but mostly she’s worried what will happen if she ignores him – even though Walter himself, and everyone involved won’t allow her to.

Eliza has managed to put everything behind her – she’s found a man who loves her, she’s built a beautiful family, the last thing she needs is any reminders of those weeks she was held captive with Walter. But even so, questions from the past come lingering – complicated questions no one should ever have to think of…. the why’s, the how-comes, and something that’s haunted Eliza this entire time…. why didn’t you kill me?

Walter – though written as a fairly simple character is anything but – and it’s frightening how unassuming his characterizations are illustrated. As if the horrible things he’s done is just something anyone would do given the situation. His rationalizations were incredibly telling – and now Eliza is forced to confront all of her past – and perhaps everyone else’s that suffered.

As the story moves between past and present Laura Lippman gives us a detailed view of how just five weeks can change the lives of people – the people you meet, the experiences you share and how those affect everyone involved. It was interesting and at times disturbing. She is brutal in her honest narration. I’d Know You Anywhere left me satisfied, yet disturbed, but only in the best possible way a book can.

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About the Author, Laura Lippman

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Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.

Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., Ms. Lippman attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light.

Ms. Lippman returned to Baltimore in 1989 and has lived there since. She is the daughter of Theo Lippman Jr., a Sun editorial writer who retired in 1995 but continues to freelance for several newspapers, and Madeline Mabry Lippman, a former Baltimore City school librarian. Her sister, Susan, is a local bookseller. (via the author’s website)

REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by, Paula Hawkins

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~ Synopsis ~

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than god?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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I have been carrying this book around on my Kindle for over a year – I remember grabbing it sometime in 2015 when it hit $1.99 on Amazon …. I just never got around to reading it. But, of course, the second I watch the trailer? I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I got home and nearly devoured this story in one sitting.

Now this book has been compared to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn so much, and honestly that’s probably one of the reasons I never got around to reading it. Gone Girl was not one of my favorites – I liked it, it was an interesting story – but it just didn’t wow me. The Girl on the Train? I wouldn’t say it was a WOW but definitely a Whoa… (does that even make sense?)

The story hooked me in pretty much from the beginning – and I could not put it down. I was up until nearly 2 am trying to finish it, before I just passed out – dreamt about it and immediately picked it back up when I woke up.

Rachel is unbelievably vulnerable, and it was that vulnerability – regardless of the reasons why…. she hooked me. That character… she is so damaged, confused and still trying to deal with the after affects of her divorce…. and everything that entails. During her daily commute she’s almost haunted by her old life as the train passes her old neighborhood…. her old house…. a house that is now filled with a life she is no longer a part of. She becomes pre-occupied with a couple she see’s from the train. Their house, on the same street as her previous home. She even names them… she recreates what their day to day lives are like. She tries to imagine the passion they share – the love that the feel for one another. Perhaps imagining the love she and her husband once shared. It’s sad… it’s utterly depressing. But it was very real. The emotions that Rachel goes through, though her actions may not be the brightest… they’re still very real. She’s fragile in the most honest way.

But when the woman she’s been watching from the train disappears – the fantasy she’s been building in her mind of this woman, and her husband? Comes crashing down…. all around her and the fantasy doesn’t seem to be enough anymore.

Rachel dives in head first into this story – into these lives. At times you may even wonder if any of it was real or if it’s all in her head? There is nothing more curious than an unreliable narrator; and that is the purest definition of Rachel.

I went into this story with a very open mind – knowing it was a psychological thriller. What I wasn’t prepared for was the mind-fuck it would lead me through and now I can’t even explain it properly without ruining the entire story. Arg! Even my husband wouldn’t let me spoil it for him because he liked the looks of the trailer!

The Girl on the Train is a great suspenseful read – the perspectives it gives are eye opening and at times jaw dropping.

Check it out!

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About the Author, Paula Hawkins

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Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in London. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. (via the author’s website)

REVIEW TOUR: Hardball by, C.D. Reiss

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Release Date: March 29th
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Praise for HARDBALL:

“Dash Wallace is a dirty talking, sexy professional baseball player who falls hard for the girl next door, but beware… your heart will take a beating as you watch him struggle with sticking to all he’s ever known at the risk of losing the best thing that ever happened to him. Hardball is one of those books that will suck you in and won’t let you go until you devour every last, juicy bite.”

Sawyer Bennett, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Fiery hot and enticingly realistic, CD Reiss’s captivating writing, complex characters and explosive love scenes make Hard Ball an irresistible modern day romance.”

Katy Evans, NY Times Bestselling Author

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Synopsis:

Perfect ass.

Perfect arms.

Perfect swagger.

They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes.

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C.D. Reiss has done it again – If you’ve fallen for any of her other characters? Be prepared for a very healthy dose of testosterone and sex appeal with Dash Wallace. What do you get when a Librarian and a pro-baseball player can’t seem to get enough of each other? You get some of the hottest stuff I’ve read this year.

Dash isn’t your stereo-typical pro-baseball player…. he’s down to earth… he’s real. Vivian Foster, the librarian who he can’t stop thinking of isn’t sure what to make of the man before her. She’s hesitant to get lost in Dash, he’s rich, famous and gone for most of the year at training and playing baseball…. she knows that this thing between them could destroy her – but he convinces her…. in the sexiest of ways to give it a chance… to forget her reservations (and his own for that matter) and give whatever it is between them a chance to flourish. And does it…. good god.

Vivian is a little closed off – she’s been in a relationship that suddenly is no more. Feeling the affects of everything in her past, yet experiencing something new with Dash – wanted, need even….. and fucking worshiped. Yet, she’s still trying to keep both feet planted on the ground.

I liked Dash at first – I loved him later …. I wanted to throttle him at different spots throughout the story, he’s a very complex character that C.D. Reiss brings to life flawlessly. Vivian is a girl that’s very much inside us all. But as in all C.D. Reiss’s books, her characters are bare…. real and damaged in their own rights which makes them flawed in a very relatable way.

Do yourself a favor and check it out!

About the Author:

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CD Reiss is a USA Today bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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REVIEW: Me Before You by, Jojo Moyes

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~ Synopsis ~

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

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I’ve been carrying this book around for nearly a year and a half in my Kindle, and like most books when I see the trailer for the movie coming out – I dive in (if it’s a goodie – and wow, wasn’t this one?)

I could tell enough from the synopsis that this was going to be a crier – I could tell from the trailer it was probably going to rip my heart out, stomp on it and then smile as if nothing happened. I was right, on so m any levels. But this book really grabbed me, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump the last couple of weeks, starting one book and quitting after a few chapters, starting another one and doing the same. But when I started Me Before You I was hooked and read it in one sitting. Louisa is probably the most adorable character I’ve read in months, and the relationship she cultivates with Will after becoming his caregiver was very different than what I imagined it would be. Louisa is lost – lost in her life and isn’t quite sure what she wants to do with herself, other than help support her family in a job that pays enough and doesn’t leave her with nightmares of chicken giblets. But when she takes a job as a caregiver for Will, a quadriplegic with a less than desirable attitude about his plight, she makes her mission to show him he’s got a lot of living left to do.

While Louisa is trying to show Will adventures, they start to pick at one another, digging below the surface as their relationship blooms into more of a friendship, Lou generally cares for him and as they spend more time together we can see that she’s definitely having a positive affect on Will’s personality. He’s actually laughing – he lets her cut his hair, gives him a shave – his family agreeing he seems more like his old self, but underneath….. I’m not sure anyone has any idea of how frusterating and depressing his plight is. For a man like Will who was very adventurous, traveled, had numerous girlfriends – to be confined to a wheelchair and in almost constant nerve pain, has left him in a daily hell. He talks of the memories he has of his past, that you would think would give him some happiness, but truly they’re only a reminder of what he’s no longer able to do. He’ll never hike another mountain, he’ll probably never make love to a woman in the way he wants and as the story unfolds – there’s hope that Louisa may just be the person to change his mind and turn things around.

With her brightly colored clothing and sense of humor she seems to bring out the best him, even if it is just so he can poke fun at her shoes….. dress and general daily living. Because Will sees that she wants more, but for whatever reason isn’t able to do it. He pushes her to do things – read books, see films, he tells her of places he’s traveled and tries to push her to the realization that her life is better lived outside of their little English countryside – she’s too bold to waste away in this town not doing any of the things she wants too…. In a way they’re both lost in themselves, not sure how to get out of the slump they’ve both found themselves in. But in finding each other, perhaps they can figure it out.

There is so much more I could say – this story broke me in a lot of different ways. Louisa may just be my favorite character so far this year. I laughed – I cried – I fell in love with Will…. I was a complete mess off on through this whole book and it was beautiful….. it helped to remind me why I love reading so much – to get so sucked into a story that everything else around you fades away and you’re only left in their world with your roller coaster emotions.

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About the Author, Jojo Moyes

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Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30, she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University. In 1992, she won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.

Jojo worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.

Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide.

For more information about all of Jojo’s novels, please visit the books page here.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children. (via the author’s website)

ARC REVIEW: Are You Still There by, Sarah Lynn Scheerger

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~ Synopsis ~

After her high school is rocked by an anonymous bomb threat, “perfect student” Gabriella Mallory is recruited to work on a secret crisis helpline that may help uncover the would-be bomber’s identity.

Gabriella Mallory, AP Student and perfect-daughter-in-training, stands barefoot on a public toilet for three hours while her school is on lock-down. Someone has planted a bomb and she is hiding. The bomb is defused but the would-be-bomber is still at large. And everyone at Central High School is a suspect. The school starts a top-secret crisis help line and Gabi is invited to join. When she does, she is drawn into a suspenseful game of cat and mouse with the bomber, who has unfinished business. He leaves threatening notes on campus. He makes threatening calls to the help line. And then he begins targeting Gabi directly. Is it because her father is the lead police detective on the case? Is the bomber one of her new friends? Could it be her new boyfriend with his complicated past? As the story unfolds, Gabi knows she is somehow connected to the bomber. Even worse she is part of his plan. Can Gabi reach out and stop him? Or will she be too late?

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I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Are You Still There is a young adult novel about Gabi’s experience through a lock-down of her high school – and the affects it has on the student body as a whole. It’s a horrific experience, and one we see in too many headlines in the news these days. But reading it from Gabi’s first person perspective, while hiding in a bathroom stall – feet on the toilet, hoping she can’t be seen in case the assailant comes in… the sheer panic as she hears footsteps down the hallway…. the fear when the door to the girls bathroom opens and she knows this is it. Luckily – it wasn’t.

But this is just the beginning.

What turns into one of the most scariest experiences of Gabi’s life – turns even sinister as the would-be-bomber starts leaving creepy little clues for Gabi. And like the synopsis says… she has no idea who the bomber is, or why he’s targeting her, but it turns into a very cryptic cat-and-mouse chase for Gabi to figure out who it is, before they have a chance to do something else.

As kids are picked for a secret crisis-line, Gabi starts breaking out of her perfect-student-daughter shell. She’s hanging out with new friends, even meeting boys for the first time in her high school existence. She’s actually taking herself out of the norm and putting herself out there and that’s very brave for a girl her age. Because nothing is more scary when you’re in high school than diverting from your norm. And I loved Gabi for that – she has guts.

I was going through a YA phase when I received this book and it did not disappoint. It’s not the usual theme of YA I’m used too and it was a definitely a great change of pace. There is suspense without being graphic, the story gave me the chills more than once and left me more than a few times with the heebeegeebees (yes that’s a word.)

But it’s not just suspense, behind this cat-and-mouse chase to find out whose responsible for the failed-bombing, and cryptic messages left for Gabi, it’s also about a girl whose finding herself for the first time – letting loose and allowing herself to have a life outside of her studies and volunteer work. To say Gabi is the perfect child is an understatement – and she deserves to enjoy what time she has left in high school before she gets swallowed up into college and adult life.

There are a lot of stories going on throughout this story – from Gabi’s POV and from the would-be-bomber. It’s scary to see things from that perspective and very emotional. To read the pain they’re experiencing…. and hoping someone will notice? It will definitely make you think… and feel.

Check it out!

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About the Author, Sarah Lynn Scheerger

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Sarah lives in Ventura County, California, with her husband and children. She loves cheese pizza and anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter. She still keeps a pair of tap shoes tucked away—just in case. (via the author’s website)

ARC REVIEW: Untamed (Thoughtless #4) by, S.C. Stephens

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~ Synopsis ~

#1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens brings us the next book in her Thoughtless series!

The spotlight doesn’t only shine. Sometimes it burns.

Being the bad-boy bassist for the world’s hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife, Anna. The one thing it hasn’t brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine.

Without warning, Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he’s caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos. One that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behavior sexy, but lately he’s seen an ache in her eyes–and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers…

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I recieved an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

When SC Stephens announced Thoughful (Thoughtless from Kellen’s POV) I was STOKED! Because I love a males POV romance.

But then she announces she’s going to be continuing the series from all the D-Bags POV? Holy shit!

Griffin has always been my favorite dark horse – background funny guy with his humor, antics and all around good-natured jackass. But in Untamed he’s finally getting the spotlight he’s so desperately wanted – I mean anyone who’s nick-named his man parts “The Hulk”? Who wouldn’t want to read his story?

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(Could this be anymore Griffin?)

But we’re seeing the D-Bags in a different way – they’ve found success, they’re reveling in it – growing up, getting married and starting family’s. Griffin and Anna having had Gibson, and now Onnika – they’re literally living their dreams. But with success, and an ever abundance of attention being thrown at their lead singer Kellen Kyle, Griffin is feeling the tension – expanding it and when it blows? It’s not pretty.

Griffin has been great in the small doses we’ve had of him throughout this series – but getting a full book about him at times was a bit much. He is absolutely in love with himself – and wants everyone to know it and hop on the train. The other guys in the band? They want Griffin to put in the work – show up to practice and help them keep the band as good as they can possibly be. But Griffin being Griffin only see’s what he wants to – what he’s not getting and what everyone else is.

He’s selfish and immature – but also growing in a way that no one else quite see’s accept for Anna – his best friend and wife. The mother of his beloved daughters. He and Anna have truly fostered a relationship that works for both of them – even if no one else understands it, they get one another on just about every level and that’s kinda hard to stomach at times – because seriously, this is Griffin.

Things are shaky throughout this book – egos booming out of control – words are said that can’t be taken back and it’s sad to see. I was disappointed in a lot of the D-Bags, not just in Griffin. I actually felt for the guy through most of it and thought that Matt, Evan and even Kellen were all being dicks. Sure, he’s lazy, self centered and doesn’t understand 90% of what goes into creating their albums, promoting their music – producing – or anything but playing his ass off when he needs too. But this is why we love him. You know going into the story what he’s all about – Sex & Rock N Roll!

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(Seriously – Jesus!)

I was disappointed in a lot of things in this book – the way everyone was treating each other, I could see the premise from the very beginning. And though it was funny and nostalgic and I was really happy to see where everyone has landed throughout this story, I was disappointed in how they treated our Hulk. Sure, he should get his ass up and quit complaining. He should be a more intricate part of the band. But you have to love someone for who they are and not try to change them into someone they aren’t. Anna got that – and that’s why they work. Maybe if Even and Matt – even Kellen realized that more there wouldn’t have been so much tension. I was really rooting for Griffin through out this whole story – and it was awesome to see the father side of him, he he is with his daughters, especially Gibson was heart-melting.

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Everyone has to grow up sometimes – and sometimes you have to swallow your pride. This book seemed to be a stepping stone for everyone – the D-Bags and their significant others – everyone is growing up and starting families and it’s time to stop and realize what’s most important in your lives – love and family. The music will follow… and evolve with you and be better for it.

I gave it 4 stars – at times it was a 5 star book for me, at times it was a 3.5. Griffin is best in small doses – but he deserved his time to shine.

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About the Author – SC Stephens

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S.C. Stephens is a bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellen Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stevens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children. (via the author’s website)