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review 2017-04-18 22:42
Intended for Bristol: A Second Chances Novel - L.P. Dover

Jaxon was the star kicker for the Carolina Cougars.in the NFL. Jaxon had done some bad things to his teammates and was steadily working to be forgiven for. Jaxon is trying to change but it isn’t easy. Then the team gets a new quarterback  named Ryan. Jaxon  didn’t like Ryan right from the start . Then Jaxon decides to go after Ryan’s sister Bristol. Bristol is a good girl but had been burned before and knows what it’s like  to date a football player. Bristol feel there is something about Jaxon. Jaxon has pulled some pretty awful stunts on his teammates. Jaxon is a jerk for the most part in the beginning . Bristol had moved to Charlotte one year ago and works for M & M Architectural Design where she is an interior designer . Bristol had left Texas to leave her past and her cheating ex boyfriend - A NFL wide receiver for Dallas behind her. Jaxon has to show Bristol he no longer that bad boy player jerky guy. Jaxon has no desire to settle down. Jax and Bristol have crazy hot chemistry. Bristol is seeping into Jaxon’s heart. Bristol made Jaxon open his eyes.

I had mixed feelings about this story. Some things I liked and others not so much. It was a quick read. But somethings didn’t feel realistic to me. It was an insta- love/ lust and I didn’t like that. I didn’t care for the overall plot. I also found the story predictable. I did however choke up at times which is good as my emotions were involved. It irritated me that the football team seemed to hate each other instead of working together like a team is suppose to do.. There were some things that confused me at times. Bristol should have already known who Jaxon was since her brother Ryan was on the team. Also I think there was to much information that wasn’t needed shot in at odd times which interrupted the flow of the story for me. Also this was a little too busy for me to completely enjoy this story.I did like Bristol’s character and although I didn’t particularly like Jaxon at first after awhile …. As you can see and as I said somethings I liked and others I didn't.

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review 2017-03-07 21:43
Still not feeling a lot of sunshine and happiness, so...
Secrets of You - Skylar M. Cates

I think I'm done here now. I was sure if anyone's story was going to make me gush it was going to be River's. He's been my favorite since the beginning. I can't help it, I like me a dark, brooding man of mystery in my books it just pushes all my hot buttons and River does that...his story...not so much.

 

Out of all the couples so far in this series though, I do have to admit River and Morgan are definitely my favorites.

 

Morgan has been through such a scary experience when he was attacked behind a club in a previous book but he's learning to deal with his fears and thankfully he was rescued by a mysterious stranger who didn't hang around once he knew Morgan was safe. While Morgan doesn't remember a lot of what happened because he was drugged it was still an incredibly scary experience and he's dealing with it with the help of his friends and his therapist. Morgan's also had a crush on River since the minute he first saw him.

 

River's dark and brooding and when things get to be too much he jumps on his Harley and he rides. No good-byes, see you laters, I'll  be back...he's just gone. He disappears...he runs it's his back-up plan when he can no longer deal. That is until he realizes he's tired. Tired of being alone, of running, of all the dark and bad that's in his life. But mostly River just needs to learn to forgive himself. He's got things in his past. Memories that won't let go of him, things that he blames himself for but maybe...just maybe if he'd open up and talk to someone...he'd gain a better perspective on things and maybe he'd see that while he wasn't totally without blame, he also wasn't responsible for some of it. 

 

Things heat up when River and Morgan find themselves alone in the house for 2 weeks and an evening of celebrating a little too much lowers Rivers resistance to Morgan and Morgan makes it known that he's more than willing to see where the road goes where he and River are concerned. Morgan wants to make River smile again and once he opens up River realizes that he just wants to love and be loved. 

 

'Secrets of You' was about letting go of the past  and looking for a future, learning to forgive yourself and accepting that who you are is ok and it's who you're meant to be. it's also about really loving someone for the first time and knowing when to stay, when you've only ever run.

 

When you get down to it this should have all worked for me. I mean seriously worked and yet somehow...I just didn't connect. River and Morgan should have had me crying and laughing and melting into a puddle of goo on the floor...it was all there and it just never happened.  So I'm thinking it's me, that's right for whatever reason I'm just not connecting with these stories anymore and sometimes things happen that way.

 

While I sincerely hope that there is more to come from this author with this series because I have some awesome friends who really, really want her to write more. I don't think I'll be continuing. It's not that the stories are bad by any means it's just that for whatever reason they're just not my cuppa' but the rest of you carry on and enjoy because these guys are definitely smokin' hot!

 

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An ARC of 'Secrets of You' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-03-07 17:29
Back & forth, back & forth, it's like watching a ping, pong game...back & forth...
Close to You - Skylar M. Cates

I did enjoy 'Close to You' more than 'Lovers, Losers & You' but I have to admit I didn't love it. Tomas and Marc didn't leave me feeling all gushy and happy. In all honesty there were times that if anything I was left feeling slightly annoyed and frustrated and this was mostly because of the shifts back and forth between past and present because of their connection and the fact that they've been best friends for a good portion of their lives I both understand and appreciate the value and importance of having the background between these two men since so much of what's between them in the present is directly related to and a result of their past. It's definitely necessary information.

 

Sadly, this is probably one of my least favorite ways for a story to be told. I've probably only ever read 2 maybe 3 books that were done this way that I ended up really, really liking and 'Close to You' has not added to that list. 

 

There were so many things in this story that should have nailed my hot buttons...second chances, friends to lovers, hurt/healing/comfort, recurring secondary characters which for me makes it feel like I'm spending time with old friends and there were other things but mostly I was looking forward to reading Tomas and Marc's story finding out what was holding these two back from being together. 

 

As much as the shifting back and forth of the timeline kept jerking me out of the story the other thing that frustrated me was the amount of time spent in their heads and I'm not talking about their memories. I'm talking about the self chastisement and the repetition of it that took things for me from being an honest and personal reflection of their lives and events that happened and shaped them into the men that they would become, to what felt like perpetual pity parties.

 

Don't get me wrong neither of these men had it easy. Especially Marc, his life was heartbreaking. No child should ever have to grow up the way he did. There's an expression that says "It takes a village to raise a child". Sadly for Marc there was no village there was only abuse and neglect. From his father to his teachers...especially Mrs. Lynn. She had a moment...a moment in which she could have chose to make a difference, but did she? No, in that moment she chose to be part of the problem. Not until Tomas did Marc have someone in his life who truly saw him...believed in him and knew that there was a good and kind person hiding behind his protective shell. 

 

Also just a bit of a side note on Tomas. While he did have hardships in his life. Losing his father at an early age and his mother definitely had mental health issues. I liked that he also had loving and supportive albeit strict grandparents but he definitely had a strong positive family influence in his life and that was good and helped to add a positive dimension to the overall story. 

 

For me it comes down to sometimes less is more and while I know that getting the background on these two men was so very integral to their story, I needed for it not to have taken up quite so much of the book as it did. I wanted more of them in the here and now finding their way back to each other, developing a relationship as they dealt with the past that both shaped them and tore them apart. 

 

'Close to You' was ok for me and I liked it well enough but I guess I just wasn't feeling the love...I wanted more of the here and now and less of the then and what was.

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text 2017-01-04 15:06
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 256 pages.
Human Target: Second Chances - Cliff Chiang,Javier Pulido,Peter Milligan

re-reading--or loving--Human Target, and various other Milligan titles, although when I get to that weird-looking thing, The Programme, it will be a first-time read. the plan is to sample something random, in between each Milligan book, anyway, that's the graphic novel mandate for now.

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review 2016-12-31 21:11
Intended for Bristol: A Second Chances Novel - L.P. Dover
Nadine's 4 star rating

 

 

Jaxon is the bad boy that rivals all others, this sexy Kicker for the Carolina Cougars just doesn't know when enough is enough. We have seen him try to steal his teammates girlfriend in Catching Summer by arranging for the ex-girlfriend of the player to be found in his bed by the current girlfriend (that Jax wanted for himself) and had a used condom on the floor to look like they had sex...seriously who does stuff like that?? Jaxon that's who! So he's moved on and is trying to curb his outrageous behavior...like that's even possible...anyway, we saw that he can be a true friend to those he cares about like Hayden Hunter who we met in Defending Hayden along with her boyfriend and his teammate Derek. Now this is Jax's story and I had no clue what to expect.

 

Intended for Bristol (Second Chances, #8) by L.P. Dover

 

When Jaxon met Bristol he knew there was something about her he wanted, so he sets out to hook-up with her because that's his MO, just hooking up and moving on, then when he finds out that she's the sister of the new quarterback on the team that he doesn't like he thinks that this would be a perfect way to get back at him. Typical Jax, is he ever going to change?

 

Intended for Bristol (Second Chances, #8) by L.P. Dover
 
There is a lot of angst in this story because hey, its Jax did you expect anything less? But besides all of the craziness going on with Jax and his crazy ass one night stand turned stalker, I really liked Jax and Bristol together, they were good for one another.
 
Intended for Bristol (Second Chances, #8) by L.P. Dover
 
Each of the books in this series (Second Chances) can be read as standalone's but there is character overlapping so if you want the full immersion of the series so you know all the background of each of them start with the first book, otherwise feel free to jump on in with Jax and Bristol.
 
Intended for Bristol (Second Chances, #8) by L.P. Dover
 
***I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I requested from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through Netgalley*** https://www.netgalley.com/
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