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review 2014-03-02 01:49
Everneath - Brodi Ashton

I loved this book! I put off reading it for so long and I'm super mad at myself for it! 

At first I was completely confused thinking surely there was a book before this one but no the story just starts off after a century in the Everneath which turns out to be six months on the surface (Earth). Needless to say there is some catching up that has to take place and while that can be a slow process in this case it wasn't. I was instantly hooked from chapter one and couldn't stop until the end and now I'm counting down the days till the next installment shows up on my doorstep. Nikki is such a strong and selfless main character, I was dying for her to tell Jack EVERYTHING. While I normally don't like love triangles this one wasn't too bad because I could sense the substance between Jack and Nikki whereas with Cole it was obvious he's a slimeball who's suffering from puppy love. Team Jack all the way!! 

This was a super fast, suck you in, can't catch your breath read. I'm super anxious to start the next book!! Why couldn't I have predicted my love for this book and just buy the whole series?!

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review 2014-01-08 21:27
Eden - Keary Taylor

Oh my goodness this book! I was so confused when searching for this book on Goodreads because it's actually under the name "Eden" evidently it's been revamped into a series since everyone loved it. I don't know if that means the author wrote more or if it was originally longer and she just split it up. Also I love the cover of this edition better, very badass!

 

The MC, Eve, is so badass and tough and all "I can take care of myself", I really love a strong female lead. The only problem I had with her was her confusion over who she loved and really the only reason it bugged me was because I was sure she would choose the wrong one! I also loved the idea behind the story. That in our quest for immortality humans built something that ended up taking us over and destroying our world. This is actually a real fear of mine or really any dystopian setting. I need to stop reading dystopians...or start doomsday prepping. The story is told from Eve's POV so we follow her along as she struggles to keep the small community of people who she considers family alive. Not long after the start of the book three new people stumble upon Eden (the name of the community) one of them being West who has his own secrets, one of which will make Eve rethink her entire being.

 

The book is full of action, never feeling dull or slow and as I've already stated the romantic tension of "whose she going to choose" really had me turning the pages. Overall I feel this book was good both for it's action and for it's romance though I feel that it's a little on the heavier side of Romance but I'm okay with that. I'm pretty excited to pick up the next book!

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review 2012-11-01 00:00
A Summer to Remember (Bedwyn Family Series)
A Summer to Remember - Mary Balogh Oh i loved this book! We were introduced to Lauren in the previous book ...and i thought it was a character a bit hard to relate, she used this ice mask to conceil her emotions and i just didn't get her need to be always the prim and proper lady, even when she was just with her best friend Gwen. But i admit i was mistaken,in this book we get to see why she feels the need to be "perfect" and even why she needs at least a summer of rebellion, a summer to find herself. No better to help her than Kit,the rake in service (yes, we all love the rakes and most of all because, reformed rakes do make the best husbands ^^). What i love most about this 2 is how complex they really are, and what started with a wager and so much flirting (in his part) became so much more ... they tought they were ill suited for each other when in truth they were perfect *sighSeriously, their scenes together were just heartwarming and made me grin like a fool :D
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review 2011-11-22 00:00
A Summer to Remember (Bedwyn Family Series)
A Summer to Remember - Mary Balogh This book truly was written before the Bedwyn sagas... I didn't think it was, but I discovered I was wrong.This book is about Kit Butler, 2nd son and now the Viscount Ravensberg. Kit was a soldier, as second sons are supposed to be, and he was a decorated spy and war hero. But when his eldest brother, Jerome, drowned in a flood helping nearby neighbors, Kit found himself the heir. And so, he sold his commission and tooled around London for a year, dreading the return to his home because of the way he left 3 years ago...Lauren was just about to walk down the aisle at her wedding only a year or so ago. She was to marry Neville, whom she grew up with as brother-sister; except it was expected they would marry when she grew up. When Neville went off to war, he told Lauren not to wait. When he returned, however, they got engaged and planned their wedding. Except that as Lauren was about to walk down that aisle, a disheveled woman walked into the church, who just happened to be Neville's bride -- the one he married on the Continent. And so Lauren's dreams and purpose in life were shattered in an instant.Kit is the devil-may-care rake who is now the heir to his family's title and fortune. Lauren is the perfect lady, albeit older now (26) and somewhat "damaged" because of her infamous wedding that didn't happen. Kit takes a dare from friends to woo and wed Lauren within 6 weeks time. Seems Kit must return to his homestead to celebrate a milestone birthday for his grandmama, and Kit's family has already arranged and contracted a marriage for Kit with Freya Bedwyn. Except that Freya was engaged to his brother Jerome -- that was a big part of the fray 3 years ago: Kit broke his brother's nose and fought with Freya's brother, Ralf, to try to stop their engagement. Kit and Freya had a fling that summer, and Kit was determined to marry Freya, himself, and take her with him to march with the drum. But Freya wouldn't have it; she was a duke's daughter, and she wanted the heir.Lauren suspects that Kit's suit isn't all about her; she knows there's another motive. So when Kit confesses the bet to her in a moment of honor, Lauren surprises him and herself by agreeing to a sham betrothal until the end of the summer, when she will break it off. In the meantime, she will travel with Kit to his home and get him off the hook for wedding Freya -- he'll be free to make his own choice of bride. Lauren wants a summer of adventure... and romance... and Kit agrees to give her a memorable summer.There are elements of the Bedwyn sagas in this book: 1) The sham betrothal reminded me of the one that Freya agreed to in her own book. And some of the interactions between Kit and Lauren reminded me of parts of Freya's experience, as well -- not just because Freya must attend the christening of Kit and Lauren's son, but elements of the romance. 2) Lauren's determination to go into spinsterhood with some "experience" reminded me of Ralf's story -- his wife, Judith, took her own pleasure with Ralf intending never to see him again before she went off into her own spinsterhood.But most of this book is refreshing and real. While it's a romance, there are many underlying issues and emotions that both Kit and Lauren must deal with in their lives. They find freedom with each other -- each helps the other to be free of his or her past. And when the time comes to break off the engagement, Kit is determined to keep Lauren, and she's determined to live her life as she pleases.When Kit comes to tell her the one thing he's not told her -- that he loves her -- he discovers that she's found herself truly free. She's now free to choose her life and her love, without the past or Society or family dictating her will and wishes. Lauren chooses. And Kit chooses. And while we aren't surprised with their choices, we've definitely learned something about freedom and choice and love along the way.
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review 2011-06-23 00:00
A Summer to Remember - Mary Balogh This is a wonderful story about love. It may seem like that is the plot of all romances but in this one there is no secret duke, no murder to solve, no vampires or any other big distractions. And yes, it's about Kit and Lauren coming to know each other and fall in love but it is also about familial love as well. As Lauren helps Kit reconnect with his family, the love they share and the love that Lauren finally feels secure in with her own family are also important. In so many romances the couple seems to exist in a vacuum with no friends or family, when in reality those other relationships are just as important as a romantic love. This is one of the few romances I've read that's captured that. The only thing keeping this from 5*s is that it took me a while to warm up to Kit and especially to Lauren. In some ways, the reader has to work to get to know them they way they work to get to know each other. It's not a very big issue but it did make me feel like I was pushing myself a bit in the beginning to read it.
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