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Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
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I really thought this was going to come off as overly heavy with the Young of Young Adult, but it surprised me, it deals with some heavy issues and does it surprisingly well. With a feel that reminds me of Open Road Summer, this story did not disappoint and I think I liked this even more than that book. The romance has all the feels, even for YA...and I loved every one of the characters so much. I was also blown away by the songwriting, especially "you'd be mine" and how it embodies the whole story. I would love to hear it put to music. Since I'm from Michigan, I loved that Annie and even the Author is too. There was even a shout-out to Grand Rapids, which I live only a little north of.
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☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A
๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's okay...
Setting⇝ Michigan/Indiana and all over the United States
Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
This is my first book by Alex and what a book it was. Watching Mine is the third book in the series, which I didn’t realise at the time, but having said that it is easily read as a stand alone though the other characters intrigue me so I will have to check out the other books.
Nathan is a voyeur and loves nothing more than watching people have sex, and for the past 2 years he has been watching his neighbour from the darkness of his apartment. A chance encounter with said neighbour, twice in one day no less, makes him yearn for her in way he never thought of before.
This book is definitely a hot read, that despite your best efforts, will leave you hot and bothered. I loved Nathan and is unconventional kink, which yes is not to everyone’s taste but that is the beauty of this series each character has their own and Grayson certainly did an outstanding job at telling Nathan’s story.
Loved the storyline and the hero. Connor has been dear to my heart from the start of the series. The way he has been dealing with Shanna's father - brilliant.
But Marielle and Connor fell in love too quickly and the heroine was all over the place. She was funny and sassy one moment and the next she was so innocent and sweet. I don't know how explain it - it just felt wrong. So, 3.5 stars.
Just as they all knew the legend of the Holy Grail, so had they heard of the Unholy Grail.
Pru has cancer and is looking for any way to negate her grim diagnosis, when she starts up a friendship with Marcus, they begin in earnest a search for the Holy Grail. Our hero is a 600yr old vampire who was once a knight of King Phillips of France who was also on the search for the Holy Grail. What Chapel and his group of mercenaries found instead was the Unholy Grail.
"You do not frighten me."
"I think I do, but not in the way I should."
This started off darkly intriguing with the French band of mercenaries and grail that turned them all into vampires. I read this with the anticipation of a danger filled dark and stormy search and chase, filled with villains coming out of the woodwork. Instead this turned out to be a character driven story with a slow burning romance between Pru and Chapel; read this for the romance, not the adventure.
The Silver Palm. Chapel had heard of them before in whispers and old texts. They named themselves for the silver that crossed the palm of Judas Iscariot— coin imbued with the essence of Lilith, mother of all vampires. The same silver that had been melted down to make the chalice from which he and the others had drunk.
The first half was all about the romance while the second gave us a peek into, what I imagine is the set-up between the villains and future heroes of the series. I was vastly curious about the Silver Palm villains but they only make a very brief appearance and other than their name, not much else is learned about them.
The Brotherhood of Blood.
Even though I was a little disappointed in the balance of romance and action in this one, the set-up of Chapel's friends, The Brotherhood of the Blood, being pitted against the Silver Palms is darkly intriguing. Don't get me wrong, I thought the vast majority of the romance was done well here, Pru is a tough, daring woman willing to fight for what she wants, while Chapel was a more lost in his self-loathing for what he was, but they did have a connection that was felt. I thought the ending was needlessly dragged out angst as a sudden change of heart by Chapel gave us a quick perfect bow ending. I'm going to read the next in the series because, like I said, I'm intrigued by the set-up but I'm going to hope the continuing plot thread plays more heavily.
He smiled— just for her. Every woman should know the joy of having a man be joyful just for her presence.