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Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

TITLE: Neighbor Dearest
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 275
PUBLISHER: Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
SERIES: Standalone but related to Stepbrother Dearest
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a friends-to-lovers story with sexy new characters.

After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec.

Damien was a hotter version of my ex.

The neighbor I'd dubbed "Angry Artist" also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking.

He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall.

Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist.

The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.

We got to talking.

He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup.

He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn't be anything more.

Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same...because his heartbeat didn't lie.

I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien.

I just hoped he wouldn't shatter it for good.

Author's note - Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

This book was nothing like what I expected. In fact I went into it not knowing really what to expect and I could not be more happy with the outcome! I've read books by Penelope Ward before and this is by far my most favorite title of hers to date (not including the ones she's written with Vi Keeland).

Chelsea is coming out of a long term relationship with a man she thought she'd one day marry. Needless to say she's a bit emotional and trying to understand why he ended it when to her everything was perfect. She begins talking to a long distance therapist who supposedly excels in helping a person overcome their breakup. While have a particularly interesting phone conversation with said therapist where it is explained to her Elec left her for his 'unicorn' we are greeted with the brilliant humor of her hot landlord Damien who has been listening into her conversation (possibly innocently...) through a hole in her wall she didn't know existed.

I wish I had Damien's endless words of wisdom when going through breakups. Chelsea and Damien begin a friendship of sorts after numerous albeit hilarious run-ins. Hello Firestarter! This book moves at a steady pace and not once did I feel the need to skim ahead to get to the good parts because all of it was good! Penelope Ward is a solid writer who always is able to present such unique and original story ideas. I really loved Damien and was so glad to see that he was more than meets the eye.

Chelsea and Damien face some rough challenges very early on with each other and I honestly did not see that particular plot twist coming. I felt for both Chelsea and Damien and fell in love with Damien over and over again. His dedication to those he loves (and the Double D's!) is so beautiful.

I highly recommend reading this book it has everything a reader could want in a book and so much more!

Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 299
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
SERIES: A Wicked Saga #2
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

*Ques internal screaming* I feel like I waited forever for this book. And OMG am I glad to have it finally. The cover is absolutely gorgeous just like Wicked's was and speaks volumes about the book!

 I would like to take a moment to appreciate all that is Tink. For real. He should come stay at my house and be my BFF where I will feed him sugary goodness all day everyday and we will Amazon shop till our hearts content. I need a Tink in my life. He is probably my most favorite character in this series (sorry not sorry Ivy and Ren). I loved him in Wicked but in Torn he just...mic drop.

Torn picks up right were Wicked left off and suddenly we are all back in NOLA sweating our butts off with Ivy. There are some awesome plot twists that I never saw coming in this book and we are introduced officially to probably one of the best bad guys I've read about in a long time! We really get a better peek into all that is Ren in Torn as well which is something I was seriously craving. He's always been a bit of a mystery to me and his dedication for Ivy is tested this go around. I have to say, I was on the edge of my seat freaking out right alongside Ivy when it came to wondering what Ren would do.

Ivy has to make some hard choices in this installment to the Wicked saga and I surprisingly supported all of her decisions (while yelling at her when she was at Ren's house during that one scene we won't talk about...) She is such a fantastic character and I'm so glad she stayed true to herself. Though there was a bit of a gap between the release of Wicked and the release of Torn I was so happy to find that JLA did not let us down and instead was able to toss us right back into this incredible world she has built.

I'm not going to lie when I say that I think JLA is one of the Queens of the Dreaded Cliffhangers. We saw it in Wicked and we see it again in Torn and I cannot wait until the release of the third and final book in the series, Brave (goodness what a title!). If you enjoy a little fantasy, a head strong and bad-ass female lead and a mystery and swoon-worthy guy then I highly recommend reading the Wicked saga!

Wait For You (Wait For You #1) by J. Lynn

TITLE: Wait For You
RATING: 5 Adoring, loving stars!
PAGES: 332
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
SERIES: Wait For You #1
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…
(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Wait For You is the first book in the Wait For You series by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing under the pen name J. Lynn. I feel the extreme need to immediately blast to the world my endless love for Cameron. Seriously I don't think I would ever be able to choose between Daemon or Cameron (I'm sorry Daemon I still love you!). This book is one of those books that you will remember forever, the characters will forever be written into your heart. I don't say that lightly because I know how after reading so many titles eventually things begin to blur together but Avery and Cam are forever.

This book is one you want to read when you need to be reminded of the goodness in love and people again. How love is selfless and enduring and how the right person can appear in your life when you least expect it. JLA's exquisite writing is once again on point and her character's voices and thoughts are real. I've always loved how easy it is to connect with her characters but in Wait for You I felt like I actually knew them.

Avery has her challenges and a past that isn't rainbows and sunshine. But she is a survivor and I admire that quality in her. Choosing to attend a college far from home to escape a less then superb past she is the new girl on campus. And of course we have the incredibly talented Cam who likes to cook and turtles. He is a total dreamboat! This is not an insta-love book which is something I really appreciate because as they get to know each other the feelings develop naturally and seem more realistic. And poor Avery rushing to reach her first class only to smash into a delicious wall of a man!

"He was gorgeous in all the ways that made girls do stupid things."

I could go on about my love for Cam for days, months even.

“It’s like we’re a catastrophe waiting to happen.”

If you're into new adult reads and need something fresh and creative that will breath life into you I highly recommend this book. The characters are beautifully developed and the love they feel is so awe-inspiring. J. Lynn has gone above and beyond with this title.

Onyx (Lux Series #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 366
PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen
SERIES: Lux Series #2
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…
(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

There is a reason JLA is my favorite author. She has brought her A game to the second addition of the Lux series! Daemon Black is back and my goodness I have missed him! Daemon and Katy now have a weird alien connection thanks to Daemon's "alien mojo". Strange things begin happening to our heroine Katy, un-explainable things. Meanwhile they discover they may have a larger threat then just the Arum looming above their heads.

"Daemon was a total babe, but he was stab-worthy, which, at times, zeroed out the babe part."

Not only has JLA brought her A game in writing this book but boy oh boy is Daemon bringing it! Seriously he is the epitome of book boyfriends. We finally get to see another side to him that was hinted at in the first book Obsidian, a sweet side. And I totally fell even more in love with him. The same witty banter I loved in Obsidian makes an appearance again here in Onyx and I have grown to adore it more and more. JLA stays really true to her character's personalities while allowing them to grow at the same time which is an incredible feat!

“Resistance is futile, Kitten.” “So is your charm.”

Ugh. Swoon! I was always a huge fan of Katy as well. She's an incredibly likeable character and someone who is so easy to relate to (especially for us book worms). But in Onyx we get an entirely new side of her as well and it is amazing! I'm am all for kick-butt females who are equal to their counter parts and JLA has delivered that to us in the form of Katy. I warn you though, be prepared to binge read the entire series especially after reading Onyx because...dat cliffhanger though!

"Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…"

King (King Series #1) by T.M. Frazier

AUTHOR: T.M. Frazier
RATING: 4 Stars
PAGES:  302
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace (self-pub)
SERIES: King (King Series #1)
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.

Warning: This book contains graphic violence, consensual and nonconsensual sex, drug use, abuse, and other taboo subjects and adult subject matter. Although originally slated to be a standalone, KING is now a two part series.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

This was the first book by T.M. Frazier I have ever read and I went into it a bit unsuspecting. I do feel the need to point out the warning listed in the summary, this book is not appropriate for young readers and deserves a mature audience. With that being said I was blown away by this book! I surprisingly really liked Doe. For a girl who wakes up with no memory she is astonishingly resilient. I couldn't imagine waking up in a hospital and not knowing a single person and then finding out that no one is looking for you. How heartbreaking that would be.

Doe's not a quitter though. And life on the streets is tough. She befriends a hooker named Nikki and together they devise a plan to put food in Doe's belly and get shelter over her head on a regular basis. Of course the obvious answer to solving these problems is to become a biker's girl. Doe and Nikki infiltrate a party and Doe makes it her mission to lure in a biker, because if she doesn't she knows she won't survive. I admire her tenacity, her will to live even though she's got nothing truly obvious to live for as she has no memory. But as Doe has no doubt learned things at the party don't necessary go as planned.

Enter King. The bad boy every girl secretly desires. He's delicious all tall, dark, and deadly. He's also a prick, big time! I liked King from the very start. Sure I don't usually go for or celebrate convicts but he just has that aura that leaves you wanting him. I also feel the need to mention that this book's cover is AMAZING!

King is an incredibly dark romance, it's not for those who want hearts and flowers. But it's so real, the characters, their feelings, the things that happen to them are not that hard to imagine happening to people in those situations. But it's so sexy and witty and alluring and it draws you into a world so different from most. T.M Frazier knows how to draw her readers in and keep them on the edges of their proverbial seats and I love her for it!

I would totally recommend this read for someone who is mature and looking for something more than hearts and flowers, and who enjoys an incredible cliffhanger because boy does T.M Frazier know how to leave her readers hanging!

Obsidian (Lux Series #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

TITLE: Obsidian
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Amazing, Awesome, Breath-Taking Stars!
PAGES: 335
PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen
SERIES: Lux Series (#1)
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

I read this book back in 2012 for the first time. It has taken me forever to finely feel confident that I can review this wonderful and amazing book and MAYBE do it justice. As some may know J. L. Armentrout is hands down my favorite author. This was the first book of hers that I ever had the pleasure of reading and for me it was this incredible experience. The Lux Series has since become my most loved series and one I recommend to every reader whenever I'm asked.

In Obsidian we are first introduced into the incredible Lux world. It follows Katy, your average teenage girl who loves books and blogs about them (because seriously, who wouldn't want to talk about books?!). She is one of the most awesome female leads I have ever read. She's not perfect which is something that immediately drew me into her, made her more...real to me. She's been through some really challenging things that no young teenage girl should be forced to go through but she is not a weak character. She does not let her past make her whiny or seem incompetent. And I absolutely adore that about her!

Katy is the new girl in a small town that has a bit of an air of mystery around it. As if being the new girl isn't rough enough it doesn't help that the next door neighbor,  who is drop dead gorgeous by the way, is a total douche-canoe. Enter Daemon Black. Every girl's dream book-boyfriend with the dark hair, flashing green eyes and this incredibly witty, albeit douch-y, humor. The interactions between them draw you in and even though Daemon's a little rough around the edges you keep rooting for him, because he's just that type of character that you just have insta-love for.

"He was probably the hottest guy I’d ever seen in real life, and he was a total douche."

This first book in the Lux series is an incredible introduction into the world of glow-worm aliens (haha!) and all that is amazing about Daemon Black. This book has been so life-changing for me. It was the first time ever that I was (and still am) incredibly passionate about the characters. Armentrout built this believeable world to where I'm sure if I ever go to West Virginia there will be aliens who are just trying to blend in. Everyone needs to read this book, or really any book by Armentrout. She has woven together words in such a beautiful way that you find yourself immersed in a world that is more than it appears. Daemon and Katy are relationship goals and Jennifer L. Armentrout is author goals!

"Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys."