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review 2018-01-03 23:59
The Closer You Come (Original Heartbreakers) - Gena Showalter

Jase is an ex-con with a lot of scars and nightmares. All he wants is a quiet life and a fresh start. Brook Lynn is a small town girl trying to make ends meet and rope in her wild and crazy older sister. When they meet, he is actually in bed with her older sister, and she doesn’t give him a second thought until he dumps her into their backyard pool to cool off from her fight with her party girl sister. From that moment on they can’t help but think of each other and when he offers her a job, she can’t resist (partly because she gets fired from her other two jobs because of her sister and her health issues). I loved their chemistry. I liked that the relationship developed really slow and steady, it wasn’t rushed, it felt real. I liked how she helped him with his demons and the sparks definitely flew and were very hot. Their passion and developing love was great to watch. I loved how he was redeemed and saw that he did have a right to a happily ever after and how she was strong enough to go for what she really wanted, which was a life with Jase.

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review 2018-01-03 05:09
Alice in Zombieland
Alice in Zombieland - Gena Showalter

Let me start out by saying that this is not the most well-written to exist out there. I'm pretty sure this came out during that period where the Twilight craze was still a thing and everyone was all on board for characterizing their male leads like Edward Cullen for some odd reason instead of maybe taking more inspiration from J. K. Rowling rather than Stephanie Meyer.

But damn it I enjoyed this.

To start off, while Cole had the personality traits of literally every alpha male lead to ever exist in romance, I really didn't mind him. Don't get me wrong, the dude was demanding and commanding as fuck, he was ridiculously territorial and jealous (which I guess is seen as a desirable trait judging by the kinds of memes I've been seeing), and unnecessarily aggressive. But you know what I appreciate, the fact that he understands that no means no, that you don't take advantage of someone while they're drunk because it's, ya know, rape. I appreciate the fact that in every makeout scene that took place, he checked with Alice to make sure that she was okay with what was happening, he checked during their makeout to make sure she was still gung-ho about what they were doing. I loved that he encouraged her to stick by her principle's and belief's and to not let anyone change them.

Because you honestly don't get to see that a lot of times in YA novels and it's just nice to see consent being emphasized.

Cole was also incredibly kind and caring, and I guess he kind of earned the right to be that controlling (at least in the appropriate situation) because of his experience.

I appreciated that Alice stood up to him and Kenzie and told them that they couldn't boss her around ... even though she ended up doing whatever Cole wanted anyways. Don't get me wrong, she did stand up to him in lots of situations and refused to give in to whatever Cole wanted.

But this girl was also so hormonal that it actually didn't happen all that often. In the situations involving zombies I guess it made sense that she gave in to whatever Cole said because, as I mentioned, he is the experienced one here. But other times I was kind of like girl, come on. We're all hormonal here but don't let your ovaries do the talking sis.

Still, I appreciate that she was at least noisy and upfront about all of the negative mentioned traits above.

And I liked how loyal she was to Kat and stood by her even when the rest of Kat's friends basically abandoned her because of Frosty, even though she was kind of terrible at actually being there for Kat. Don't get me wrong, Alice's intentions with Kat were always wholesome and she really did love Kat, but more often than not she was all bark and no bite. I hope that she becomes a better friend to Kat in the rest of the books.

Lastly, I loved that this girl was so kickass, yeah she was kind of a pushover when it came to Cole because girlie wanted to bang, but when it came time for business, she could kick some serious ass.

And to move on, I loved Kat, I loved her confidence, I loved that she stood by her decisions and that she made sure everyone knew she was confident and that they couldn't put her down. I loved that she knew that she had good qualities about her and that she was worthy of love and capable of making good decisions. I just really loved her confidence, you don't always get to see that kind of confidence in characters. And you know what, it wasn't irritating, it didn't come off as cocky and annoying, you could just tell that Kat felt good about herself, and I don't know how, but it made me happy and made me feel good about myself.

Oh, and in case you didn't get it from just about every other review, but this definitely not an Alice in Wonderland retelling despite what all the signs may be pointing towards.

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text 2017-12-31 16:45
Can’t Hardly Breathe By Gena Showalter $1.99
Can't Hardly Breathe - Gena Showalter

Bullied in high school, Dorothea Mathis’s past is full of memories she’d rather forget. But there’s one she can’t seem to shake—her long-standing crush on former army ranger Daniel Porter. Now that the sexy bad boy has started using her inn as his personal playground, she should kick him out…but his every heated glance makes her want to join him instead.

Daniel returned to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, to care for his ailing father and burn off a little steam with no strings attached. Though he craves curvy Dorothea night and day, he’s as marred by his past as she is by hers. The more he desires her, the more he fears losing her. 

But every sizzling encounter leaves him desperate for more, and soon Daniel must make a choice: take a chance on love or walk away forever.

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review 2017-12-15 19:02
Can’t Hardly Breathe
Can't Hardly Breathe - Gena Showalter

The Original Heartbreakers, Book 4

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Dorothea Mathis:
Daniel Porter:
Holly, Ryan, Brock, Jude:

The Story:

I had a hard time sticking to the book but I couldn’t turn off the audio. I think my contacts may be partially to blame. Haven’t been able to get into reading since I got the new script. Anyway after initial reading delays I found myself quite addicted to the story. I liked Dorothea’s determination to change her life. I like Daniel’s devotion to Thea, once he pulled his head out of his butt. I also like his devotion to his father… and the pups. I love the way they tease each other and “negotiate”. I also love his friendship with Jesse Kay and her readiness to kick his butt.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


3.5 Stars

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review 2017-12-04 00:00
Can't Get Enough
Can't Get Enough - Gena Showalter Strength lies in allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. There in lies the beauty of The Original Heartbreakers. These towering pillars of testosterone know what it means to protect the weak, but do they understand what it means to risk their hearts. Can't Get Enough is more than just a playboy bachelor with a grudge. Lyndie and Brock's battle is in finding the courage to face life's heartaches with courage and hope. In that aspect Lyndie has more strength in her little figure, than Brock has trust in his heart. Getting lost in Ms. Showalter's stories is never a problem. In the end the cause justifies the means.
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