It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover #BookReview

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What’s it about?

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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Review

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Colleen Hoover was, is and always will be one of my favorite authors. I don’t know how she does it but she delivers the most heartfelt stories E-V-E-R-Y SINGLE TIME. One of the many many reasons why she’s so successful I think is that she makes her characters always so honest. I love that about her books. It feels like you see their true selves, their soul in what they say. The characters just worm their way into your heart in no time. She already tied in ‘sweet and sour’ moments in her earlier novels which were picked up by many readers afterwards (it means you share your best and worst moment of the day). In It Ends With Us Lily and Ryle have their moments of ‘Naked Truths’ where they are telling it to each other just like it is, the raw truth, without any filter, and well it just works, they delve deep in their inner selves and that in turn touched me.

Lily was such a realistic character and Colleen made me really see and understand that nothing is only a black and white situation, that you’re often in one of love and hate at the same time. She paints a realistic picture of how it’s like to live with someone you love dearly and where you have so many good moments with but then those 15 bad seconds can destroy the image you had from your father forever. It still haunts Lily to this day, when it’s not even an issue anymore, but you carry it with you of course for the rest of your life…

Colleen brilliantly inserted the sensitive subject of domestic abuse into the storyline. But above all the story is still – as always – even more about love and the lengths we go for it. It is such an emotional story that made ME cry because Lily was embedded so deeply into my heart.

It Ends With Us… four little words that hold so much power in them once you’ve read the novel.. I knew it was going to be meaningful and deep in advance but she really got to me.

I’m convinced this is a story that really only Colleen Hoover can tell in such a perfect way. It’s such an amazing and profound novel, I could re-read it right away! If you haven’t read any novel by Colleen Hoover yet, this is a perfect one to start with!

Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them. It’s not a person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.

I’m the proud owner of a paperback copy which I paid full price. This is my honest opinion.

Exposure by Tracy Ewens #BookReview

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What’s it about?

If only life were as simple as smiling for the camera.

After years of braving the Arctic’s frigid temperatures or endless hours tracking the Spirit Bear to capture the perfect shot for National Geographic, Meg Jeffries decides to move back to the city—San Francisco. She wants a life with more stability. The kind that lets her see her family more than once a year and comes with owning a toaster or a full-sized tube of toothpaste. But creating her new “ normal” is not without its obstacles. Meg is confident and successful behind a camera. A little extra publicity can’t change that… until it does.

Westin Drake is famous for fast cars and box office sales. Yet he’s a terrible driver and secretly hopes his fifteen minutes is almost up. West moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco, looking for some substance and time near his family. But now that the buzz of his next film, Full Throttle – Floor It, is hitting maximum fervor, West keeps everyone at arm’s length so he can protect the people he loves… until he can’t.

When the public mistakes a simple kiss on the cheek for a budding romance, Meg and West are caught in a media frenzy. Somewhere amid the backseat getaways and plastered smiles, Meg discovers the man behind the glossy photographs, and West wonders how he’ll ever let her go once the cameras stop rolling. Love is never simple, especially when the world’s watching. How much are two people willing to expose for a chance at a true happily ever after?

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Review

star three and a half

Throw two opposites together and you get.. a very enticing story. The people in this story are two sides of a coin, she is used to being free, alone, breathing in fresh air, he is used to the flash of the cameras wherever he is. Can you see the hurdle there? OK I could spot it a mile away but what’s life (in books) without a little drama, too damn easy I’d say. So I’m not complaining that there were maybe-probably-definitely some big choices to be made here. I was very curious to see how their interest in each other was going to develop… would they give love a chance when it would also imply that one of them had to make a life-changing choice. Were they going to make it? I wouldn’t bet any money on it when I started to read this anyway but you never know…

Meg has led the most interesting life looking through her camera lens, capturing the most amazing wildlife in faraway countries. Reading about her encounters with bears etc made me just dream away. West is an A-list actor and in a few months he’ll shoot movie number 5 of the Full Throttle series. He’s more than a pretty face though even if nobody is interested in that.

She’s been living her life in her own little bubble so Meg doesn’t know who he is when she meets him at the Climate Wellness Symposium where she’s the key speaker and he has to introduce her. They hit it off right away and they’ll be seeing each other a lot more when they make a business deal for the presentation of more climate awareness projects together. They start to really like each other’s company but is there really a future for them ahead when they lead so very different lives?

She: Do I look polished? (..) He: No. (…) She: What image do I project then?

Spring, he thought, or the rich colors of the hills afer a deep all-dry rain. She looked alive and somehow despite her work, she didn’t notice the world could be a dreary place. 

Probably best to keep that to himself.

She’s like a breath of fresh air for him and I can totally see the appeal of this strong and independent woman. He – I like to think he reminds me of Paul Walker – is a good guy who has an eye for detail and appreciates the art in the city. Yes he’s a celebrity and has bodyguards and all that but he comes from a normal family and maintaining a level of normality and looking after his family still mean everything to him.

This was an enjoyable and sweet romance but I didn’t have any heart-melting moments like I always have with my number one author. It was great to see them bond at one moment over the fact that they’re both the youngest of the family. There were definitely some highlights in the story and I really liked that they found redeeming qualities in each other and it wasn’t just a flash of physical attraction, but I still wasn’t swooned by their story like I wanted. I think it was a good read overall but it isn’t a really memorable one for me.

This novel was included in my one-month subscription Bookworm box (May edition) and this is my honest opinion.

Taking flight

Taking flight

Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_stars_1457015877_81_246_96_2

What’s it about?

The trouble with growing up is that you have to figure out who you want to be…

As if moving out of her parents’ house and away from her hometown wasn’t scary enough, Cory Sorrano finds herself at Southern Gulf University not knowing a soul on campus. She is chasing her childhood dreams of becoming a female pilot in the male-dominated aviation industry and already feeling the pressure to succeed.

On the first day of class, Cory quite literally bumps into Samson Wallis, a fellow Aviation major who is easy on the eyes but has an equally gorgeous girlfriend back home in Virginia. As the two help each other navigate through the ups and downs of their freshman year in college, people around them can’t help but notice their unmistakable chemistry.

As Cory struggles to understand her magnetic friendship with Samson, she also needs to make sense of her complicated relationship with her dark and mysterious flight instructor, Cole Turner. Will she ever be able to make it as a female pilot with all of these handsome distractions surrounding her?

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Review

An enjoyable and easy read. At the start of college, Cory develops strong ties with 2 hot-looking and interesting guys in her life, one being a fellow student called Samson, and the other her flight instructor Cole. There is no love triangle and there is no cheating involved, although there is definitely a magnetic friendship with Samson and chemistry with Cole too.

This novel differs from many other YA books in the fact that Cory is going to aviation school and for once her roommate is a devout Christian instead of the usual party-going girl. Also the choice of her major is quite original, being a pilot is her lifelong dream. It was really entertaining to read about her first steps in aviation and the procedures of the aviation fraternity.

I instantly liked Cory, her no-nonsense attitude, her adorable clumsiness, and the fact that she’s not stuck-up, like Adeline, at all. With two boys vying for her attention, and Cory who feels good with both of them, you can’t be surprised that drama and heartbreak is inevitable. But who’s heart will be broken, will it be Cory’s perhaps? You’ll have to read to find out! I really liked the ending too, it leaves a small window open for possible change in the sequel.

*I received a free copy of this book from GenuineJenn in exchange for my honest opinion*