Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ARC Review of Inhale, Exhale

Inhale, Exhale
Sarah M. Ross

Jillian had a plan: celebrate the end of her first year of college with an amazing summer full of beaches, barbeques, and bonfires. When her mom insists she needs a summer job, and her boyfriend spends more time with his band than with her, Jillian’s plans go down the drain. 

Grant had a plan: finish his Masters, get a great job at Google, and get the hell out of Georgia. He might be giving up some of the fun of his youth, but he knows his all work and no play method would be worth it when his dreams came true.

But things never go according to plan. 
When temptation brings them together and tragedy tears them apart, Jillian and Grant will be forced to choose: fight for their dreams, or fight for each other.

Okay, I have to start this review off by saying that if you have never read one of Sarah's books, then you can either purchase one of them here or wait for this book to come out and make it your first ever Sarah M. Ross book. Either way, get to reading and falling in love with this author and her writing style. Wow. Just wow.

Inhale, Exhale is Sarah's first New Adult Contemporary, and I have got to tell each of you who are reading this, that she is set to take the genre by storm!!! This book is incredible!!! I've found myself completely blown away. The characters are a captivating, well developed, and impressive bunch of people who I could definitely see myself as being friends with in the real world. I'm not lying. Grant, Jillian, Trish, Ava, and JT are the tops. I only wish the book had been longer, because I wanted to know more about each of them. They really are a fascinating group, and the friendships, camaraderie, and dynamics between them are purely natural. It's like reading a book about some of those people closest to you. 

The love story in this book is beautiful, and so completely fulfilling that I never once found myself wanting or lacking in any area as it all unfolded. From the stellar prologue to the epilogue, I was bound and connected to the love that Grant and Jillian felt for one another, and I was left feeling 100% satisfied. Their love blossomed and built slowly and steadily through the pages, and it was so well done that I actually wanted to crawl into my Kindle and hug them both when they were faced with the biggest challenges. I wish that I could tell you more about the love they shared, but I can't. Granted, I caught myself falling for Grant, but I fell hard for JT. We'll talk about him shortly.

Now, let me talk a bit about how Trish will now and forever be referred to as my fictional best friend. This girl is a riot. She's smart and funny and quick witted. She's loyal to a fault, and she was all too willing to rip Christian to shreds for Jillian. You can't ask for a better friend than that. And THAT is why Trish is my fictional best friend. Not to mention she says some of the best things about JT, but I can't tell you about that either. You've got to wait for the book.

Now, JT. JT is a womanizing computer geek. He knows it, he owns it, and that alone makes him sexy as all hell. That's all I'm saying. So ladies, don't get any ideas. I saw him first!

In all seriousness though, do yourselves a favor and make those e-readers happy by buying your own copy of Inhale, Exhale when it goes live on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble May 7th. I just know you guys will love it. Please keep in mind though, that this book touches on the subjects of drugs, hacking, and violence and is not intended for audiences under that age of 17. It also includes sexual situations, and some pretty heaving petting, so again, not intended for younger audiences.

Also, don't forget to follow Sarah on Twitter and Facebook to keep yourselves up to date on all the latest teasers and news about any and all of her work. You can also check out her website http://www.sarahmross.com.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

ARC Review of No Attachments

Ashton Garrison walked away from a privileged life in order to hide from the one thing she's not willing to face. She knows she left behind a trail of pain, but in the long run, her betrayal will hurt less than the truth. She now has one goal: Live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. She has high hopes that a move to new surroundings will provide the escape she desires, but what Ashton doesn't count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan. Sometimes, when love comes knocking, the pull is too strong not to answer. Suddenly, what she thought she wanted to escape from is what Ashton now wants more than anything.

Nathan Lockton has one mission: find his target and complete the task he was hired to do—no attachments and no emotion necessary. He's done it over and over again. What he thought was a typical lost-and-found job has turned into a life examining moment as Nathan is forced to deal with something he has always ignored--his feelings. Now faced with a decision, Nathan must choose to either follow his heart or complete the job.

Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?

Dear Readers, 

I have just finished reading this beautiful book by the wonderful Tiffany King. Now, while I would absolutely love to tell you that this book is one of her best yet, I cannot truthfully say that. What I can tell you is that I loved it, and as per usual, I cannot wait to read more of her books. Why? Because she knows how to freaking write!!! 

Now, I have to take a minute to explain why I don't feel like this is her best book yet. Mostly, it's because I found myself feeling more detached from the story that I normally do. While there were several touching moments, and I felt for both Nathan and Ashton, I also found myself unsurprised at what was happening. I think a lot of that stemmed from the fact that by chapter 5, I knew the secret of the story, and was therefore left feeling like I'd seen the end of the movie before I'd watched the beginning. It's tragic, really, and not in any way Tiffany's fault. 

This book gets 4 blue butterflies from me. Why? Because of the reasons I gave above. That and I wanted more depth. I felt like I didn't get to know Nathan the way I wanted to. There wasn't enough vulnerability from him. He was just Nathan and he was there. I wanted to know so much more about him, and I feel like I didn't get that. I didn't get to fall in love with him.

All that aside though, this is a really good book, one that I would definitely recommend.