Julie's Week In Review

What I Read Recently

Unspeakable Truths by Alice Montalvo-Tribue
Going into this book, I was thinking wife loses husband and finds love with the best friend. Easy right?  But, boy were there secrets she didn't know about her deceased husband that even left me reeling as they were revealed.
Poor Everly has just lost Tyler, the love of her life, but little did she know he was not the perfect man she thought he was.  She had always blamed his best friend Luca for his death and because of that Luca had left town.
So years later, he's back and he's revealing all to her, including his love he's always had for her.  In the beginning, I was feeling so bad for her because she was quite pitiful when she lost her husband and was failing miserably at trying to move on.  After the secrets were revealed and knowing Tyler was not the man she thought he was, and with Luca there along the way, she started letting go and I was so happy she did.  I loved seeing Luca break down those walls she had put up and as they started out as friends, it developed into something beautiful.  
Luca and Everly became quite the couple but they knew it wouldn't be easy because of Tyler's parents always interfering.  I loved seeing them fight for their love, be just what each other needed, and finally get their happy ending they deserved.

Vengeance is Mine by Kasey Milstead
After reading the blurb, I was thinking what a great story it would be.  It had great potential but I felt some things were just a little over the top.  I understand it's fiction but to me, it just lacked what I was hoping for; a book that would draw me in.
Alecia seemed like the perfect daughter until she is called home when the unspeakable has happened, her parents' death.  While deciding to avenge their deaths, she begins training and trying to learn more about the MC that wronged her family.
Along the way, she meets Taser, a member of the club.  From the beginning, she knew he was different and he certainly was.  He pleasantly surprised me, that's for sure.  I loved his great twist that really made the story for me.  I just think Alecia's character failed for me.  I couldn't connect with some of her actions within the club and was left with a WTF attitude by the end.
If you're looking for a short read, then this is it.  But, I just felt this was lacking for me.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy
The Deal came along for me at the perfect time.  I was in a rut from reading the same old thing and wanted something different and this was really what I needed.
It's funny, sexy, and such a light book that kept me interested from start to finish.  Hannah and Garrett are the perfect couple and I loved the sarcasm in this book.  I don't know how many times I broke out in laughter during this book and I love that Elle blended a hot and sexy guy with down to earth Hannah.
The characters are well defined and this book was well written.  This book was a quick read but kept my attention throughout the entire book and it's one of the best college romances I've read in quite a while, and I want more of this series.

Hard To Love by Kendall Ryan
This is one of those books that I loved to hate.  I liked Cade and I understood what struggles he faced raising his younger sister by himself.  But, some of his choices really irked me and I just wanted to slap him.   Even though it was a struggle, I felt like him being a porn star was a little low for his character, but yet it was very original.
Alexa was always the good girl who never got into trouble but when she meets Cade she feels things for him that she has never felt before.  With her being a virgin and her friends wanting Cade to be her first, she is thrown into his world and sees the tender side of this bad boy who is raising his sister.  I liked Alexa but it really threw me that with her being a virgin that she would be okay with him being a porn star.  I liked how it all worked out but just a little torn at what it took for them to getting to they happily ever after.

Reckless Love by Kendall Ryan
This is the sequel to Hard To Love and it can be read as a standalone but I wouldn’t recommend it because we meet Ian and MacKenzie in book one.
Ian is one tough badass fighter who is trying to make it big and MacKenzie is a nurse who lost her job.  Ian got her a job at his gym but she doesn’t know this and I love seeing him watch her without her knowing.
As much as he wants her, he knows it will never work.  His life isn’t cut out for relationships.  He’s pretty much a man-whore but as he sees MacKenzie start to date the gym owner, he finally comes to his senses and knows he wants her.
When Ian is hurt and MacKenzie nurses him back to health, the sparks do fly and I love to see Ian soften up when it came to her.  He was tough but sweet with her.  I always love a good fighter book and this one didn’t disappoint me at all.

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