Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack

Book: Faking It (Losing It #2) faking_it

Author: Cara Carmack

ebook: 304 pages

Published: June 4, 2013

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

From Goodreads: Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

*****

I received Faking It in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss.  THANK YOU! 🙂

While I liked Losing It, I REALLY liked Faking It!  It’s been a few weeks since I finished Faking It, and it still gives me that happy feeling when I think back on it.  We get to hear from both Cade and Max’s point of view.  Both Cade and Max were both delightful in Faking It – I really liked Cade in Losing It, even if he was a sorry excuse for the love triangle… because we all knew that just wasn’t going.to.happen.  Carmack’s character development was awesome  – both main characters were complex and dealing with issues from their past, and I really enjoyed seeing the two of them learn to overcome their obstacles and open themselves up for love 🙂  (hehe, corny, but true!)

ANYWAY, back to Cade in Faking It – he was just perfect.  Swoonworthy, sweet, loyal, and he’s just a darn good person.  We got to hear more about his upbringing (he had a harder than average life…), but despite that all, Cade was such a positive person.  He was down in the dumps when we first meet him in Philadelphia.  He’s heart broken and lost, but after being forced into Max’s life, we get to see the charismatic Cade return.

Max was a multilayered main character – just how I like them.  She was a passionate, functional adult with a strong, unique personality.  While she did a few things that made me want to shake her shoulders and tell her to stop being so cold, I still liked her.  Max felt very real to me.  You’d think she’s untouchable and wouldn’t put up with anyone’s crap, but she’s a broken young woman on the inside.

The chemistry between Max and Cade was hot – although there was an initial attraction, there was no insta-love (THANKFULLY), but their budding romance went from appreciating each other’s good looks to knowing how to be there for one another.  I fell in love with the two of them during their first scene together in the coffee shop, and the two shared some hilariously awkward/hot/sweet/hilarious moments through Faking It.  I will go as far to say I liked Cade + Max > Bliss + Garrick.  I’d love to see what everyone else feels about that!

While Faking It does have some of the heavy New Adult trends, it still had enough of the breezy humor, sexual tension, and adorable moments (without being nauseating..).  Faking It is one of my favorite New Adult books that I’ve read, and consider me being a big CC fan!

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Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cara Carmack

Book: Losing It (Losing It #1)Losing It UK

Author: Cara Carmack

ebook: 204 pages

Published: October 15, 2012

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

*****

Goodreads: Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

*****

I received Losing It from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Losing It was a light, FUN New Adult read.  This was one of the first books in the New Adult genre that I’ve read that didn’t include a disturbing, tragic, damaged past and/or behavior.  I can only take those gut wrenching books a few times a month (they can be QUITE emotional for me).  Anyway, Losing It was exactly how I wanted it to be, and for that Ms. Carmack… I thank you!  I breezed through Losing It, because it was one of those addicting reads, where we jumpred right into the story!  So guess what? Our main character, Bliss, is a virgin (for shame!… JK), and her BFF, Kelsey, wants Bliss to lose IT.  And when I say IT… I mean… doing the nasty/gettin’ it on/sexytimes… you know.  All of that!  That is how our story begins and it carries us through the whole book.

Bliss was a likable enough main character.  She had never met any guy that she was close enough and/or sexually attracted to enough to want to be intimate with them.  Being a Type A person, Bliss also wants to be the one in control… and giving herself to a guy would be a challenge to for her.  The other characters were good, too.  Garrick is the object of Bliss’ affection, and he sounds like the total package.  He has a British accent, he’s incredibly handsome, he owns a motorcycle (of course), and did I mention he has a British accent??  On top of Bliss’ awkwardness on trying to lose it with Garrick, he also ends up being her newest professor!  That’s some bad luck for an almost 1 Night Stand!  I like the love story between Bliss and Garrick.  There’s a bit of a love triangle, because one of Bliss’ best friends has feelings for her.  Fear not… Cade gets his story in Faking It, and it’s AWESOME!  Kelsey was a good enough character, too.  I’m looking forward to her story, too!

This book was a 3-4 star book for me.  I love how it didn’t take itself too seriously.  It was full of laughs, awkward scenes, and romance.  I would recommend this book to anyone!

 

 

Naked (The Blackstone Affair #1) by Raine Miller

Book: Naked (The Blackstone Affair #1)Miller Naked

Author: Raine Miller

Published: August 25, 2012

ebook, 208 pages

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelarge

*****

From Goodreads: Brynne Bennett is living the good life. An American art student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s putting her life back on track with school and lots of hard work. When ultra successful London businessman, Ethan Blackstone, buys her nude portrait, he isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. He wants Brynne in his bed and makes plans to keep her there no matter what. His dominant nature captivates and ensnares despite the demons she carries inside her. But there are secrets in this relationship. Huge ones. Can Ethan free Brynne from the past that has marked her? Will Brynne let him or will the specters tormenting her resurface to destroy them both…

*****

I received this book in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

Let me start this off with a confession.  I’m going to be honest… I didn’t really like 50 Shades of Grey, but this review is for Naked (The Blackstone Affair #1) and NOT 50 Shades, so I won’t dwell on all of the things I disliked about the massively popular trilogy.  The reason I bring that up is because I liked Naked a lot better than 50 Shades of Grey, and Naked is a fanfiction trilogy with the same basic story as 50 Shades. If you liked 50 Shades, I would definitely recommend Naked!  I can see what the hype is about with The Blackstone Affair novels. I’m so glad that I got to read them!  Let’s get to the likes and dislikes…

  • Brynne > Anastasia:  I thought Anastasia Steele was boring, and I like Brynne.  She’s passionate about her career, and even though she has a bit of the damsel in distress thing going on, I didn’t find her to be annoying.
  • Ethan > Christian: Hot, sexy, stalkerish, dominant man.  Yes, to all of those for both of these men!  Still, I liked Ethan better than Christian!  His job seems more legitimate, he seemed like less of a creep, and his past seems more plausible.  Ethan hasn’t ever been interested enough in a woman to pursue a relationship, until Brynne, and the two of them make a good couple.
  • Straight to the sexytimes point: I LOVED how Naked felt more like a slightly long novella than a 400 page novel.  I mean, we already know that the two main characters are incredibly attracted to each other and are going to get it on, so why beat around the bush? I don’t remember unnecessary descriptions, and none of the added characters that don’t add anything to the core story. A big BRAVO to the editor for this story.
  • The Plot:  Predictable?  Of course!  Did I care?  Nope.  I knew what I was getting myself into.  Naked goes between the New Adult and Erotica genre, and I really liked that.  Both Brynne and Ethan have demons from their past, and they are far from perfect, and their pasts do make the story a bit more interesting.  Especially since her past is the storyline that carries through the trilogy… I guess it seems more believable than 50 Shades?  As far as the erotica part, I think that Miller wrote that well, too!
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What I didn’t like:

  • I had a few issues the whole nude model thing.  Why couldn’t Brynne be a beautiful fashion model… heck, even a lingerie model?!  The nude model thing bothers me MOSTLY because it’s a contradiction of what Brynne experienced in her past.  Won’t go into spoilers, but let’s face it, New Adult books flock to the several of the same culprits of the damaged girl formula.  Another thing…. Brynne’s father sends Ethan a photograph of his daughter.  Ummm….  correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that her father sends Ethan her tasteful nude photograph.
  • The whole reminding Brynne to eat thing…. 100710_girl_eating_anorexia_iStock_000013902474Smalllet me roll my eyes once again at this ridiculous sign of dominance.  Yes, Edward, Christian, and, now, Ethan all seem to have to force feed the loves of lives.  Sure, I’ve experienced stressful times or heart ache that make forget to eat, but c’mon.  MAJOR eye rolling when I saw that Ethan was going to have to remind Brynne to eat.  tumblr_me652mT1py1ry1cmf

OVERALL, YES, I say go ahead and read Naked!   If this genre is your thing, then you’ll like it.  Be warned that it does have the same elements of the dominant/stalker man…. and for those reasons, it won’t be getting higher than a 3 star review.

Tear (Seaside #1) & Pull (Seaside #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Books:  Tear (Seaside #1) & Pull (Seaside #2)

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Published: November 23, 2012 & February 27, 2013

ebooks: 214 & 363 pages

B.O.S.SF Review:  largelargelarge

I received both Tear and Pull in exchange for an honest review from Goodreads Read 4 Review.  Thank you to the Read4Review group and Rachel for giving me an opportunity to read and review!  I have been to Seaside, Oregon several times, so it was fun to see a series take place there.  I also appreciate the salt water taffy there 🙂

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This was a very quick read.  Alec and Demetri Daniels, two famous “rockstars” (or maybe glorified boy banders… no judgement… I love boy bands) move to Seaside, Oregon to get out of the lime light. These two, hot brothers both fall for the same girl. Meet Nat, our Main Character in book 1. Nat is a lonely girl who can’t wait to escape life in Seaside. She’s an only child and her parents spend more time at work than with her.

Nat is resistant to the boy band charmers, but she eventually allows herself to befriend them. The hot duo both fall HARD for Nat, and she’s confused on who to pick. She sort of goes for the one who showed interest first, even though we can see that isn’t where her heart lies. Upon first glance, these two boys look like they have it all. Money, good looks, talent, and fame. Underneath their shiny exterior, both of them have several skeletons in their closets. I was more interested in finding out about Alec and Demetri than Nat, probably because she didn’t have too many complexities to her. But that’s OK – I am actually glad that Nat didn’t also share a damaged past. Sometimes, I think that New Adult books overdo it with the damaged past. Because people that don’t experience extreme loss and trauma can still appreciate true love 🙂 (Sidenote: I didn’t care too much for the storyline with Nat’s parents. I can understand throwing themselves into work, but when they go away for a whole weekend… I mean, let’s hope that doesn’t happen, especially since they seem to be nice people).

The whole two brothers fighting over this seemingly amazing girl reminds me of The Vampire Diaries. The two Salvatore brothers love the same girl, and it goes on throughout the whole show. I’m glad that Tear takes care of the love triangle, and then the Seaside series moves on from there.

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I liked Pull even better than I liked Tear! I liked it better for a few reasons… one being that we already had a good feel of the main character, Demetri, so it was easier to jump right into the story. I was also concerned for Demetri by the end of Tear. He’d had a difficult life, and he didn’t know how to deal with it in a healthy way. In comes Alyssa – the short, spunky, beautiful girl that works across the way from where Demetri is working. Alyssa isn’t big into celebrity gossip, but she knows that he has a bad reputation around town. On top of that, Alyssa is dealing with a traumatic past of her own.

I thought that the love story between Demetri and Alyssa was sweet. I liked how there weren’t any love triangles, but that we were able to see how the two damaged characters learned to love themselves (& in turn allowed themselves to be loved by others). The two had a lot to overcome, but I also liked how RVD didn’t give us any surprises with Demetri. Where he was a mess in Tear, we could see how hard he was trying to overcome his addictions and problems. And it was good to see 🙂 The dual POV was a nice change from Tear, as well. We got a good sense of both Alyssa and Demetri, and I was excited to get into his head after how it ended in book 1.

Anyway, I’m very excited for Book 3!!  I liked Rachel Van Dyken and I would like to read more of her books.  I’ve been reading that The Bet is worth reading, too!  Sadly, I missed that Read4Review 😦

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) by K.A. Tucker

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Book: Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Published: December 11, 2012 by Papoti Books
Paperback, 262 pages

BOSSF Review: 4.5 stars (I already want to read it again!)

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*****
From Goodreads: Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

 
*****

I received this book on behalf of Atria Books from NetGalley publisher in exchange for an honest review.  
 
WOW, Ten Tiny Breaths blew me away.  It is a quick read, and I read it in one sitting.   Ten Tiny Breaths has been one of my favorites from the New Adult genre!  Tackling realistic and big issues, the readers go along with Kacey as she tries to heal from her past. 
 
Kacey has the New Adult girl thing goin on – she is escaping her past and is tragically damaged.  Compared to some of the other NA books, Kacey’s past seemed heartbreakingly real.  Just today on ABCNews.com, I saw that a family of 5 was killed in a drunk driving accident.  Life is so precious and it can be taken away from us so quickly.  K.A. Tucker has touched on the different stages of grief incredibly well.   I really liked how she broke up the sections in the book with the stages of grief, too.  Life is a process, and Kacey had some work to do to get through these dark years of her life.  Kacey had turned to drugs and booze, one night stands, and finally kickboxing to act out her pent up anger, but luckily, Livie, her sensible baby sister, gave Kacey a reason to try harder.   Even though the basic formula for NA books fit with Kacey, instead of being socially awkward and timid, Kacey is strong yet reserved.  She was a believable heroine, and I was rooting for her to find her HEA.  
I love the side characters, too!   Kacey’s lovable young sister, Livie, pushes Kacey to take better care of herself.  Livie is innocent and hopeful – after the car crash that killed their parents, Kacey’s personality change makes Livie feel like she’s lost her big sis too :(.  Side note: I am SO excited to see Livie in the second book in this series….  I also enjoyed Kacey’s stripper neighbor and the whole Penny’s staff.  Surprisingly, they were sweet and thoughtful and added a nice comic relief at times.  They each played a crucial role in helping break down Kacey’s walls.  I wish all work environments were as friendly as Penny’s!
 
Trent, Trent, Trent……. gah.  I liked the relationship between Kacey and Trent.  He is hot and caring, and he obviously put a lot of effort into pursuing Kacey.  When the twist happened…. my jaw dropped!  Honestly, I didn’t see it coming…  I would love it K.A. Tucker gave us a novella or story from Trent’s POV…. (Please, please??) My heart ached for Trent after we found out what his dark past was.  
Ten Tiny Breaths does an amazing job looking at some heavy issues.  Forgiveness (tattooed on Trent’s back), the stages or grief, and loss.  TTB had a lot of similarities with Hopeless (right down to the symbolic tattoos on the leading men), and I freakin loved that book too!  The happily ever after seemed a bit far reaching… but I’m willing to still give the two of them my FULL blessing 🙂   I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the New Adult genre.  In fact, I’m going to tell my coworkers about it right now….