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review 2017-11-20 15:51
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily - Laura Creedle

Lily Michaels-Ryan is a highschooler with ADHD. When breaking something lands her in detention with Abelard, a beautiful and brilliant guy who has Asperger's, she can't help but feel intrigued. He seems thirty seconds behind in a conversation while she's thirty seconds ahead. When a paper gets posted online - one that never should have been posted in the first place - Lily and Abelard discover that they both love old novels, especially The Letters of Abelard of Heloise. The two fall for each other hard but their relationship isn't going to be an easy one. 

Those black lines through the hearts got my attention. I was hooked from the very first page. The writing is so good - the whole book flowed smoothly, the characters were three-dimensional and they were interesting. We get a glimpse of what it's like for Lily being a teenager with ADHD. School is hard for her and nobody understands her. She feels like she's dragging her mother down. She has to make some tough choices. I like how the author showed how naive she was and also how she grew and took charge of her life. Lily and Abelard were so cute together and you can't help but root for them. This is one of those stories that will stick with you long after you've read it.

I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers for an ARC.
 

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review 2017-11-20 11:25
A Wolf's Love: A Paranormal Romance Short Read (Flame #5.5) by Caris Roane
A Wolf's Love - Caris Roane
A Wolf's Love is a short story addition to the Flame series. Cole and Lauren were together, until Lauren did something that Cole couldn't accept, and he called it off. However, when a teenager is kidnapped, Cole is the one that Lauren turns to, even though he refuses to help (at first). What follows is the two of them putting another's needs before their own, and working together to save her.
 
As with all Caris Roane's books, this is very well-written. It may only be a short story, but a full story is here. Nothing has been skimped on, instead you can settle in for a very good read. Personally, I would recommend that you start at book one, just to get the full enjoyment of the world of the Flame, but it isn't fully necessary. You 'could' read them in any order and as a standalone, but I do feel that you would miss something out of this well-developed world. With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, I can highly recommend this short story.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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review 2017-11-19 18:50
Love Lessons (Love Lessons, #1) by Heidi Cullinan
Love Lessons: Love Lessons Series, Book 1 - Heidi Cullinan,Iggy Toma

Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Kelly Davidson has waited forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he realizes finding Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus. Worst of all, he’s landed gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view. As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his fear that love was never meant to last.

 

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 am pretty convinced that Heidi Cullinan can't write a bad book,.

This is a lovely New Adult romance with a shy hero and and a not shy hero. The hero with the chip on his shoulder ends up being super nurturing and kind. The shy hero ends up being mega sexy.

I love this romance which looks at intimacy and falling in love along with the real dramas of becoming a grown up. 

Good stuff!

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review 2017-11-15 22:14
With the Virtue Duo you get an unadulterated make-no-apologies straight-up love triangle.
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

Book Title:  Sweetest Venom

Author:  Mia Asher

Narration:  Lucy Rivers & Jeremy York

Series:  Virtue #2

Genre:  Erotica | Romance

Setting:  New York

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3.2/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  2.8/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  5+

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I went into this knowing it would have too much explicit sex for my liking…and so I wasn't pissed off about that.  I also fast-forwarded through them some, and that helped, too.  I do have to give the narrator's props for reading these sex scenes out loud, because wow, they were raw.  Also some props for the Author, for always keeping it real with the way she writes her sex scenes.  (I suppose I can let it slide the couple times she referred to a vagina as a sex…serious pet-peeve of mine.) 

 

While I had some issues with the MC (Blair is one f'-ed up chic) and the believability of the story...I think, overall, I liked how different this story is…it wasn't cliched like a lot of New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories out these days.  The fate of the love triangle will leave you wondering just which direction it's going in, right up until the very end.

 

Will I read more from this Author? Maybe…

 

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review 2017-11-15 20:24
Great Read
Let There Be Love (The Sled Dog Series) ... Let There Be Love (The Sled Dog Series) (Volume 1) - Melissa Storm

Let There Be Love by Melissa Storm is an entertaining read.  Ms. Storm has given us a well-written book loaded with amazing characters. Lauren found a box with memories of dog sled racing in a closet after her father is killed in an auto accident.  She knew nothing about his life as a racer and goes to Alaska to investigate.  Shane was injured in a snowmobile accident and Lauren is hired to help with the dogs while he recovers.  Their story is full of drama, suspense and bits of humor.  This is a clean read, appropriate for any age.  I enjoyed reading Let There Be Love and look forward to my next book by Melissa Storm.  Let There Be Love is book 1 of The Sled Dog Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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