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This is book about young love. Sparrow Fisher is young and inexperienced. Until she meets Ian Sterling, that is.

Ian is a somewhat famous musician that Sparrow has felt drawn to even before they actually met. Their relationship has all of the ups and downs of real relationships, especially familiar to anyone that has ever gone through a long-distance relationship.

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At times, the relationship is challenged and the characters are forced to ask the question-is true love enough?

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So, I should say that I had high expectations for this book considering all of the rave reviews I read prior to reading it myself. With that being said, I found it rather slow from the start…

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Finally, the story started to pick up when Sparrow moves to New York and finds some trouble in the name of Asher (another famous person in the music industry). This part of the story really drew me in and I thought it would play a much bigger role in the story than it did but it kind of got swept under the rug, for the most part.

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Towards the end of the book, something strange happens. It was like all of a sudden the story was being written in fast-forward. Everything seemed very rushed and I wasnt a fan. I think this is why it took me so long to finish the book.

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Some things I liked:

I liked that Ian had an adorable nickname for Sparrow- ‘little bird’

“Little Bird, our love has been hard-earned from the very beginning. It is more precious to me than anything on earth. I can’t just let go of it. And I won’t stop fighting for it.” ~ Ian

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I liked the friendship dynamic between Sparrow and Tessa (her best friend and college roommate).

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“Books,” I say firmly. “I’m crazy about books.”
He laughs. “Okay. That’s cool.”
“I like to read them and write them,” I say shyly.
Hello, my name is Sparrow and I am a nerd.”

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I will say that Willow Aster is a great writer and I think she has a lot of potential to write some really great love stories. I just didn’t connect with this one as much as I had anticipated. Better luck next time I guess…

I give this 2.5 stars

Conversation….OVER

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I am SUCH a bad book reviewer! I have been swamped with last minute assignments for school, but good news is…I graduate in less than a week! So frakkin excited.

But on to more important news, like what am I reading?!

I’m still finishing True Love Story by Willow Aster. I hope to be done tonight or tomorrow.

And I’m also starting a new ARC kindly provided to me by Netgalley.
Come Undone by Jessica Hawkins.
I cannot wait!

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*ARC kindly provided by NetGalley and Premier Digital Publishing for an honest review*

OMG OMG OMG!!! This book BLEW my socks off…and my shirt… and my pants…

There really aren’t enough words in the English language to describe how unbelievably sexy this book was.

Please allow me to introduce you to William Maddox Lambourne and Catherine “Cat” Kelly. They are both gorgeous in their own right but William…Oh EM GEE!

“That face-those eyes. He had dark brown hair, wavy and thick and tousled. It was sexy hair. The kind of hair a man sports after he’s been rolling around in bed.”

I am picturing Chris Pine here, mostly for his strikingly sexy blue grey eyes MEOW

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Cat was smokin hot as well!

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Cat is a photographer that is going through a tough time in her life after to loss of her first husband Jace.

William is a billionaire food aficionado and is obsessed with getting Cat into his bed…and into his heart.

I have heard people say that this book is like 50 Shades of Grey but it is OH SO MUCH MORE! There is a lot of character development and it really makes William and Cat more relatable. I loved the relationship between Cat and her best friend Beckett…reminded me of my friendship with my best guy friend.

The scene with Cat, William and the pain au chocolat will go down in infamy as the number one fantasy that will keep recurring in my dreams…

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And I shall never look at a kitchen floor the same way again!ladiesaroused

There are so many parts of this story I loved, EVEN the cliffhanger ending (I cannot wait for the next book in the series!)

Some of my favs:

“What kind of burglar turned on the lights and cooked dinner? Dropping my bags at the door, I walked and arrowed for the kitchen. I stepped inside and halted because he was there.”

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“‘That’s the last time you’ll open your mouth to another man’, he said, his voice husky and seductive. I couldn’t stop the tremor of pleasure that raced through me at his sey tone. ‘From now on, I’m the only man that feeds you.’ My skin where his breath touched it fired in response, and I squirmed in my seat. His closeness and his voice turned me on, but I didn’t appreciate his warning. Who the hell did he think he was? Did other women tolerate this sort of behavior?”

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“I lifted the gift from the box and stood, allowing the floor-length silk dress to cascade to the floor. “Oh, Beckett.” I sighed. No one had ever given me surprise gifts, and no one had ever given me something like this”

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“‘Every girl, and some guys, I know would love to be in your shoes. Youre Julia-fucking-Roberts in Pretty Woman. But prettier, of course. You are William Maddox Lambourne’s girlfriend.’ Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. The comparison resonated. And the real question remained-was I the princess or the whore?”

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This book was seriously sexy, deliciously hot and over-the-top AH-MAZING!

Highly recommended for my fans of erotic romance!

5 out out 5 stars!!!

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Alexa McKenzie, a woman after my own heart… An owner of a bookstore and desperate to save her family home…

Nicholas Ryan, a billionaire on the verge of inheriting his father’s corporation…

The only catch is, in order for Nick to inherit the company, he must be married; and Nick doesnt believe in marriage.

Alexa needs money and Nick needs a wife. What are a girl and boy supposed to do?!

Luckily for both Alexa and Nick, they are old childhood friends and decide that they will get married and solve both of their problems once and for all. The deal states, no sex…no entanglements.

WTF?!

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So anyways…moving on…

I anticipated that this book would be cliché from beginning to end; that the story would jump from page one to hot and heavy on page two… BUTTTTTT

I hate to say it, it was kind of slow for me. I ended up spending most of the book looking like this

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but THEN, something exciting happened…

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Oh wait…nevermind.  Jennifer Probst has a talent for building up to that moment when they would finally realize they love each other, and then pulling the rug out from under you. Leaves you wanting and sexually frustrated!

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This happens a few times. Nick and Ryan are just about to hook up and something else happens to interrupt them!

For the LOVE!!!  Can’t they just hook up already?!

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Then finally, the clouds part, the sun rises, and all of my prayers are answered… Nick and Alexa realize how much they mean to each other

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The book ends on an odd note, with more of the focus on Nick’s sister and another character from the story, but it was meant to build up to a second installment in this series. I haven’t yet read the second book, but its on the list.

This book had me all over the place in terms of emotions. Bored. Happy. Frustrated. Laughing. More Laughing. Smiling.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Hell, at this rate she’d end up in the mental institution by the end of the year. Cause: Celibacy.”

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“I’m tired of females who order a salad, then look as if they deserve a medal. A good meal is a gift.”

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“I suck at it? You’re acting like this is some stupid play you’ve put together for the neighbors. This is real life, and I’m doing the best I can.” “My plays were not stupid. We made a lot of money in admission tickets. I thought Annie was excellent.” He snorted. “You can’t even sing and you cast yourself as Annie.” “You’re still pissed because I wouldn’t let you play Daddy Warbucks.” He plowed ten fingers through his hair and made a noise deep in his throat. “How the hell do you get me on these ridiculous subjects?”

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“The breath whooshed out of her lungs and she swayed as her feet cut out on her. She expected a precise, controlled kiss to calmly show her mother they were lovers. Instead she got hot testosterone and raw sexual energy. She got warm lips melded over hers. His teeth nipped. His tongue burrowed in- side and plunged in and out with sheer command, bending her back over his arm to take every last drop of her resolve.”

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Overall, this book started off kind of slow but I am happy that it did. It really built up the excitement and anticipation. There were many parts of the book that had me laughing out loud (particularly the scenes involving the fish and the dogs).

I give this 4 out of 5 stars.

I finally gave in one day and YOWZA! I don’t know what I was expecting but I certainly was not expecting to fly through this series in a matter of 3 days!

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I am going to preface this review by saying that I am not reviewing this book in terms of grammar or spelling or syntax or what not… There are too many things wrong in those areas to even begin to talk about them all, but more importantly, I don’t think they detract from the story too much.

So a basic overview…

Anastasia Steele, or Ana for short, fills in for her friend and roommate at an interview of millionaire entrepreneur, Christian Grey.

What neither one was expecting was to be swept off of their feet by one another… (literally… Ana bites it HARD when she see’s Christian)

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I have my ideas of who I think is a perfect Christian and a perfect Ana but I don’t want to get bogged down in the debate over who should play whom in the upcoming movie so I will just let you all use your imaginations.

Im fairly certain you wont have a hard time coming up with something…..

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Christian is the epitome of the alpha male and Ana, while standing her ground for the most part, is what I would call a reluctant submissive.

I was expecting a lot more shock value with this book. When everyone was telling me about all of the BDSM that was in the book, I was prepared to spend most of my time looking like this:

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However, I didn’t think there was anything that RISQUE in the series… Maybe that says more about me than it does about the book, but moving on…

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There are some points in the story where it feels like storylines are just thrown in the mix to give the book some essence of mystery and climactic power but I think they were kind of dumb to be honest.

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In the final book of the series, right before the epilogue, the last page of the last chapter ends on a scene that I honestly thought was one of the perfect endings of any erotic romance I have ever read. But of course, the book goes on in the epilogue and I was grateful to have more Ana and Christian but I would have preferred to have it end on that moment of submission (I don’t want to give too much away…but if you read the series, be on the looking for the last chapter in Fifty Shades Freed)

I will leave you with some of my favorite quotes from the series… ENJOY!

“We aim to please Miss Steele” Christian, 50 Shades of Grey

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“Laters, baby”-Christian, 50 Shades of Grey

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“Does this mean you’re going to make love to me tonight, Christian?” Holy shit. Did I just say that? His mouth drops open slightly, but he recovers quickly.
“No, Anastasia it doesn’t. Firstly, I don’t make love. I fuck… hard. Secondly, there’s a lot more paperwork to do, and thirdly, you don’t yet know what you’re in for. You could still run for the hills. Come, I want to show you my playroom.”
My mouth drops open. Fuck hard! Holy shit, that sounds so… hot. But why are we looking at a playroom? I am mystified.
“You want to play on your Xbox?” I ask. He laughs, loudly.
“No, Anastasia, no Xbox, no Playstation. Come.”… Producing a key from his pocket, he unlocks yet another door and takes a deep breath.
“You can leave anytime. The helicopter is on stand-by to take you whenever you want to go, you can stay the night and go home in the morning. It’s fine whatever you decide.”
“Just open the damn door, Christian.”
He opens the door and stands back to let me in. I gaze at him once more. I so want to know what’s in here. Taking a deep breath I walk in.
And it feels like I’ve time-traveled back to the sixteenth century and the Spanish Inquisition.
Holy fuck.” -Christian and Ana, 50 Shades of Grey

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You wanted hearts and flowers,” he murmurs.
I blink at him, not quite believing what I’m seeing.
“You have my heart.” And he waves toward the room.
“And here are the flowers,” I whisper, completing his sentence. “Christian, it’s lovely.” -Christian, 50 Shades Darker

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“I’m talking about the heavy shit, Anastasia. You should see what I can do with a cane or a cat.” -Christian, 50 Shades Darker

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“And now my past and my future are colliding in a way I never thought possible.”

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Check it out…I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up!

This book started off with so much promise. The book description had me HOOKED from the jump…

Emma lives a very self-destructive life, barely making her way through college. Her world is turned upside down after meeting Mr. Honor, her new history teacher whose idea of discipline may be a little too much for Emma to handle. While trying to figure out their new relationship, they also have to deal with the very real possibility that someone has discovered their secret and is trying to hurt them. But Mr. Honor is keeping a few secrets of his own from Emma.

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Ok, first and foremost, I HATE that the teachers name is Mr. Honor. I think the author could have been a BIT more creative with that…

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I liked the idea of an alpha male character and a school setting (this is the premise of a book im writing on my own actually) BUT, Mummert does a complete SHIT job at capturing the essence of ‘college’. I’m fairly certain that this book was originally written with Emma being in high school and having an affair with her high school teacher. I’m not really sure why the publisher or the author decided to change that, perhaps they were worried about portraying a statutory rape situation, but for whatever the reasons, there is NO EXCUSE for just going through the book and changing the words ‘high school’ to ‘college’… Which it seems like this is exactly what they did…

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There are so many G L A R I N G L Y obvious situations where I wanted to reach through my Kindle and punch characters in the face because under the premise of this being a college relationship, the shit just made ZERO sense. Like none. NADA.oh-heeeell-to-the-no

Let me best illustrate the nonsense that was this book by providing you with some epicly STUPID things that are written…

  • BELLS… As in, bells ringing at the start and end of class…

Umm, who in the hell goes to COLLEGE and has bells alert them to the start or end of class periods… People in high school, that’s who!

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  • PERIODS…As in, different class periods…

You don’t call them periods in college, number one… and number two, you CERTAINLY don’t have a ‘lunch period’

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  • CLASS NAMES…As in, English class, History class and so on…

In college, your classes arent identified by the subject they fall under. The names are specific to the content taught in that class. For instance, History class would be something like Early American History in college. This particular part of the story irritated me the most…I dont know why, it just did…

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  • GETTING CAUGHT IN THE BATHROOM, SMOKING… As in, Mr Honor seeks out Emma in the bathroom where she is smoking with 2 other girls from her class

Number one, nobody gives a shit if you’re in class while you are in college. If they take attendance, all they do is mark you absent and the class moves on. No professor is wasting their time to come and find you in the bathroom and then turn around and reprimand you for smoking.

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  • SIGNING IN…As in, Emma needing to be SIGNED IN by her Aunt for being late to school one day

Are you fucking kidding me?! I can’t even… I literally have no words for how fucking STUPID this is…

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I absolutely DO NOT recommend this book… It really is a shame because like I said, it had SO MUCH promise. The fantasy of a professor/student scenario is a must have for a lot of people, myself included, and this book completely missed the mark…

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Not going to lie, this was one of the best series I have ever read. It requires a really good and long commitment, considering the length of each book, but I promise, you will not be let down.

I have heard from multiple people, that the Audiobook version of this is quite remarkable but you are looking at over 35 some odd hours for each book. I personally feel that you could read the book version a hell of a lot faster but I will leave that up to you all!

Now on to the story!

Starts off with Claire Randall in the year 1945. She is a nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband. A stroll to an ancient stone circle suddenly catapults Claire back in time to the year of our Lord, 1743.

Claire is an “outlander” in this new world… Under the protection of Highlander, James Fraser, Claire will have to battle her own convictions of what is right and wrong and what it means to really love someone…

Claire goes against your typical idea of what a woman would be like around this time…no damsel in distress act for her!  She is a very strong and well-developed character who can hold her own against the foreign surroundings.

James, or more affectionately–Jamie–is ruggedly handsome and strong but has his own weaknesses and faults. He is the romantic male lead that all other writers aspire to have their characters resemble.

There is obviously time travel (don’t be deterred by this), romance, lots of sex (also, don’t let this be a deterrent), violence, witchcraft, highlanders in action and much much more…

This entire series will take you on a journey throughout time and have you going through all of the emotions of Jamie and Claire. I will leave you will some of my favorite lines from the book. Perhaps they will speak to the reasons why this book series is NOT to be missed!

“I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break.  It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower’s stem.” -Dragonfly in Amber

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“I will find you,” he whispered in my ear.  “I promise.  If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you – then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes.  For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust.  But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance.  When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”

His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God!  I loved her well.”-Dragonfly in Amber

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“You are safe,” he said firmly.  “You have my name and my family, my clan, and if necessary, the protection of my body as well.  The man willna lay hands on ye again, while I live.” -Outlander

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I could go on and on and on and on…. You get the picture!

Dont worry about the language..sometimes it can be hard to read but it passes. I loved this series so much I am actually about to start round two on the whole thing. If you are interested in reading the series we could do it as a buddy read…what do you think?!  Leave your feedback in the comments!

Jocelyn Butler is a woman who has lost everything in her life…

Braden Carmichael is a man who wants what he seemingly cannot have…

Together, the two will break down walls, learn from one another and ultimately find a love neither one was prepared for…

Let me just tell you, I have a serious addiction to books set in Ireland and Scotland. I am envisioning a nice Gerard Butler-esque portrayl for Mr. Braden Carmichael…

YUMMMMMMY

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I imagined a version of Jennifer Lawrence for Jocelyn. Snarky, Gorgeous and a GREAT RACK!

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This book starts off hot and steamy, literally… Braden walks in on Jocelyn fresh out of the shower. YOWZA

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There are some lines in the book that legit almost made me drop my kindle in excitement, such as:

“Babe, nice lingerie is for seducing a man. I’m already fucking seduced.” -Braden Carmichael

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“We fuck, we have fun, and then we spoon. I don’t go home…” -Braden Carmichael

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And then there were the ones that just made me cry…

“Sometimes the clouds weren’t weightless. Sometimes their bellies got dark and full. It was life. It happened. It didn’t mean it wasn’t scary, or that I wasn’t still afraid, but now I knew that as long as I was standing under it with Braden beside me when those clouds broke, I’d be alright.” -Jocelyn Butler

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“I feel like I’m missing something really important when you’re gone. So important I don’t feel like myself. I’ve never felt like someone was mine before. But you’re mine, Jocelyn. I’ve known that from the moment we met. And I’m yours. I don’t want to be anyone else’s, babe.” -Braden Carmichael

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There is a really sweet friendship between Braden’s sister and Jocelyn and that too made me cry…

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All in all, I would have to say that I most definitely recommend this book. It reminds us what it means to lose the ones we love and our hope and faith in life…only to find it all over again in the least expected of places.

Check it out and leave your comments and feedback!

Welcome to my book review blog! I will update as I finish books as well as provide reviews for some books I have already read. If you have any suggestions for books I should check out, let me know in the comments!!

I dont have a lot of time these days to read for fun BUT I will be able to get back on the ball soon. I hope you enjoy the reviews and are able to find a nice little something to read and love as much as I did!!

So without further ado…