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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-01-03 13:35
Under the Lights (The Field Party #2) by Abbi Glines Review
Under the Lights (Field Party) - Abbi Glines

Goodreads Synopsis: In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

 

 

Review:

 

I was really disappointed in this book. I loved the first book in the series and was so excited to read the next instalment. Unfortunately it just did not live up to my expectations.

 

I struggled to find redeeming qualities of this story as all the storylines were too far fetched and overly dramatic. Firstly, I thought through being in all 3 (Willa, Brady and Gunner) of their heads it would provide a greater insight into their dynamic but instead all we got were the two boys internally fighting for Willa and both thinking they know whats best for her….boring! Their internal monologue was so back and forth, first Brady couldn’t have Willa because he could never understand pain like hers but then Gunner couldn’t have her either because his life was too messed up and he would end up hurting her, neither of them were capable of another thought that didn’t revolve around Willa!! The 3 of them were best friends when they were younger yet we didn’t get a single scene of the 3 of them hanging out together. Gunner and Willa would shut Brady out because he has “a perfect home life and can’t handle darkness” since when does your home life determine whether you can be a good friend! This was just too ridiculous.

 

Then there’s Gunners family, just wow! Talk about drama overload. So his dad wasn’t his dad and it was bad enough who his real dad was but what really annoyed me was we never got an explanation from his mom. I know she explained things to Gunner behind the scenes but I would have really liked to have heard the explanation for why she was the way she was and didn’t care for Gunner. I feel it would have made a better story if his mom had loved him and it could have been the two of them against the rest of the family. I suppose that wouldn’t have fit with his “I’ve never felt loved” thing but I just couldn’t buy both of his parents not caring and his whole family being a dramatic mess.

 

Willa’s grandmother was also being way overprotective. Yes she made a mistake and it had horrible consequences but her grandmother needed to let her spend time with her friends and trust that she wasn’t going to get knocked up like her mom (which had nothing to do with the mistake she made). Keeping her from socialising was not going to help her move on with her life. I also felt that Willa never actually dealt with what happened to her. She went through something very traumatic yet it was just something else that took a backseat to the love triangle.

 

We had all this drama throughout the book and then voila last chapter everything gets worked out...how convenient. It ended quite abruptly and left us with so many unanswered questions! Brady never even found out about Willa and Gunner, some friends they were.

 

I hate to do this but I had to give it 2.5 stars as there was absolutely no character development, it was way too whiney and too focused on the love triangle that everything else was sort of brushed to the side. I’m really hoping the next book will be more in line with the first and doesn’t leave me down like this one did.

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review 2016-12-09 18:31
Review: A Kiss Under the Christmas Lights
A Kiss Under the Christmas Lights - Peggy Jaeger

Set to take the CPA exams and start her career, Gia San Valentino is thrown for a loop when she finds herself instantly attracted to and completely taken with the wrong man. Unable to shake her feelings, Gia is emotionally torn because of an unknown, yet simple misunderstanding. Constantly surrounded by her family, Gia is worried the horrible truth will soon come out. 

 

A Kiss Under the Christmas Lights is a delightful holiday novella centered on a large Italian family and its traditions. I thoroughly enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Gia's life. The author invests time developing the San Valentino family, bringing heart to the story, and Gia's loving, meddling family provides tender moments with a healthy side of humorous embarrassment. Told from Gia's first person POV, we get to experience every laugh, fear, and joy along side her. 

 

While this story isn't an instalove tale, it is evident right from the start the Gia and Tim share something special. The love-at-first-meeting attraction comes across as right and true. However, due to a misunderstanding, Gia is emotionally wrecked and guilt-ridden over her attraction. After a while, it became stressful for me. It's obvious to the reader what is going on, but Gia thinks she's got the hots for an unattainable man. While the author does a great job of keeping Gia's physical attraction appropriately compartmentalized, after their third meeting, I wanted her to be able to enjoy her feelings for Tim without the guilt. 

 

With that said... the author successfully keeps the mood light, even when the book deals with serious situations. And while the romance is a huge part of the story, there are other things going on in Gia's life, keeping the focus off her guilty conscience. 

 

A Kiss Under the Christmas Lights is a sweet, light-hearted read. This holiday novella is a perfect gift to enjoy snuggled on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa. 

 

My Rating:  B+ Liked It A Lot

Review copy provided by author

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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review 2016-11-03 22:39
Under the Lights - Dahlia Adler

I usually open up my reviews with a general statement about the book, but fuck it, I'm just gonna skip right to discussing characters.

 

Well, I really liked Vanessa. She was funny, sarcastic, and oh so relatable. Not to mention, we need all the queer people of color we can get in literature #weneeddiversebooks.


In the beginning, Josh was a douche. A hilarious douche, but a douche nonetheless. But he grew up so much throughout the story and he also said this gem (I think?? Or was it Bri?): "fuck pleasing everybody else. You only live once. Who are you gonna do it for?"
Side note: that quote ^^ is amazing
One more thing about characters: Zander was a goddamn asshole. I felt sorry for him, but he was also a jerk.

 

I love the romance between Bri and Van. So adorable!!!

 

I liked the ending. I thought there was a few things not concluded but overall I was satisfied with how things finished.

 

Tl;dr version- I didn't fall in love with it, but it was enjoyable enough, and I do recommend it.

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review 2016-09-13 20:21
Heat and plot
Love under the Lights (Whole Lotta Love) - S.L. Carpenter,Sahara Kelly

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Toni Sinclair is stuck between a rock and a…rock. The hard place is about to show up. After she blows her top at her scummy sexually harassing boss and storms out she wonders how the hell she’s going to find another job and pay down her pile of debt. Lucky for her she runs into a successful adult film actress. Suze thinks Toni has what it takes, so she gives her a number to call. Is Toni desperate enough to dial that number?

 

Well-written with depth to the characters this isn’t porn about the porn industry. This is a romance that happens while filming porn. Toni and cameraman Paul Whittaker fall for each other a bit quick, but considering the circumstances it’s forgivable. A little on the short side (the story, not *ahem* other things) it’s a quick naughty read with lots of heart.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/love-under-lights.html
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review 2016-07-14 00:00
Under the Lights (Field Party)
Under the Lights (Field Party) - Abbi Glines I really enjoyed this book. I am a big Abbi Glines fan, and this one of my favorites that I have read. The way Willa lost her friend, I lost someone close to me the same way, so I know that kind of pain. I don't like to give away spoilers in my reviews, so I won't say who she ends up with, but I am sooo glad of who it is. My only complaint about this book is the ending. Yeah it was the end part was cute in the way they kept their promise to each other and everything came back to where it started six years before, I wish there was just a little bit more after that. Maybe graduation and see a little bit more of their HEA.
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