“Oh, I’m sure it is crazy. But isn’t that our thing? Or have you gotten boring now?”
Can't Help Falling In Love by Erika Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Something about an Erika Kelly romance gives me the warm and fuzzies in my heart. Even through the inevitable heartache, I never lose that sense of hope I feel inside. From second chances to bad romances, there is always a sense of beauty in the recklessness. Coco and Beckett keep up the heart tingles with a love story that will leave you breathless. One night changes everything for two strangers looking to have a bit of fun. When the morning comes, the surprises roll in. Life moves on and heartbreak awaits, but can one unexpected twist help reunite these strangers in the night? Temptation packs a sweetly, addictive punch.
Falling For Her by Monica Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Monica Murphy gave me my "can't put it down" moment. Falling for Her is the best kind of binge. Jake and Hannah could be a cliche, but end up stepping out of the obvious and into the emotional. Jake is the cool guy with the world at his feet. Hannah is the girl that is easy to forget. Except when she isn't. I'm not usually into young adult romance, but Ms Murphy has me rethinking my stand on that.
There are those that work incredibly well in either format and Garret Leigh seems to consistently achieve this with her stories.
I read Micah's story back in April of this year when it was first released and I knew back then that if there was an audio release that I wouldn't hesitate to revisit it in audio format.
"Falling For My Roommate" is a story of starting over, second chances, finding love, comfort and healing.
Of course it goes without saying that I've already reviewed this story and I admit I'm not above borrowing from that review in my efforts to once again explain why and how much I've enjoyed this audio book.
As I said in my original review "Falling For My Roommate" may not be my favorite Garrett Leigh book but given that I happily gave it 4 stars, I'd hardly call it anything less than enjoyable.
Micah's story is one that we've all seen to one degree or another in today's headlines...a well known athlete who looses his focus on his sport to the glitter and gloss of fame and all that it brings...sex, drugs, booze, parties, faceless and meaningless sex all combining in career ending tragedy.
Ready to restart his life as just another regular guy Micah finds himself sharing an apartment with Sam...a well packaged, gay, book-nerdish, bartending, English Lit student who doesn't see Micah the sports star. He sees Micah the man and he falls and falls hard. But Sam also recognizes that Micah's still fragile so he's determined to be the friend that Micah needs. While Micah sees himself as unworthy of someone as wonderful as Sam and is determined to keep his feelings to himself and just be Sam's roommate and hopefully a good friend.
Dan Calley was the narrator for this story and while he's not entirely a new to me narrator. I've also listened to 3 previous books of Ms Leigh's that he's narrated and I've found everyone of them to be well done and extremely enjoyable. Mr. Calley gives these characters depth and personality adding yet another layer to an already rich and evocative story.
"Falling For My Roommate" was neither a sweet nor fluffy story but it was a story with the best kind of HEA...one that could happen. Micah had to slay his own dragons and for as much as I appreciated Sam it wasn't because he was someone's white knight charging to the rescue. It was because he was strong enough to be there for someone he cared about, not just the man he loved but the man he considered to be his friend and he knew that he couldn't be Micah's salvation but rather a loving and supportive friend.
For me this story felt real...it's out there and one has only to look for it and some have already lived it.
An audiobook of "Falling For My Roommate" was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Falling For My Enemy packs loads of heat and personality into a deeply emotional romance. Black gives a bit of food for thought with Jeremiah and Maggie. He's the man intent on shaking up her town. She's the woman who refuses to back down. Two strong personalities have the ultimate fight on their hands until love makes compromise even more of an uphill battle. Black exposes the heart as she tempts the senses with a sensual battle of wills.