Savor

Savor ~ Kate Evangelista

(Vicious Feast #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you’ve got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

Again, refer to the warning above.

Review

If you have been a regular on this blog you may be familiar with Kate Evangelista and how much I love her work. so when she asked me to review her latest book Savor I jumped at the chance. and I was not disappointed with this being my favorite of hers so far.

Savor walks the line between contemporary new adult and paranormal romance making it the perfect book for lovers of either wanting to branch into the other.  however I would have found the paranormal aspect unnecessary were it not for the realization  (which I must admit occurred very belatedly {well i did suspect when i first saw the cover but quickly forgot about it when i started the book}) that this book was a companion to Taste (although in my defense it has been a while since I read it {77 books to be exact}). the paranormal elements to this novel were kept subtle with only small hints suggesting there was something more than normal happening until the end… which left me wishing I had the sequel in my hands now.

Dakota was a wonderful female lead strong sure and kick butt, however still vulnerable and damaged she was able to hold her own against Luka and having a character able to play off him and the rest of the strong characters that make up the band. while I had already formed a soft spot for Luka in Taste in this book I fell truly for him and his poor damaged soul.

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Rose of Thorne

Rose of Thorne ~ Mia Michelle

(Rose of Thorne #1)

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Rating 3 Stars

Blurb

When a drunk driver tragically orphans Skylar Rose at the age of sixteen, she leaves her dreams behind and takes on the daunting task of helping her elderly grandmother raise her young sister. While other girls her age were living a typical carefree life, she was picking up double shifts at a local café and struggling to pay the bills.
Always putting her sister’s needs and school first, Skylar has never had time to date or develop relationships. Now a senior in college, she has her sights set on an amazing internship opportunity. The last thing she needed was for a sexy distraction like Sebastian Thorne to walk into her life.
Sebastian Thorne had been an entitled and reckless nineteen year old when he got behind the wheel of his new sports car that night. When his night of indulgence goes tragically wrong, Sebastian hesitantly turns to the one person, he knows can make everything go away…the one person he hates ..his father.
Now twenty-six, Sebastian is the young enigmatic and powerful CEO of his late father’s design company, Thorne Enterprises. With both millions in the bank and a new woman on his arm almost every night, the world never knew the dark secret he carried inside. Still plagued with nightmares from the night of that horrific accident and having to leave the beautiful girl behind, Sebastian vows to find the one that haunts his dreams. Sometimes the choice of revisiting our past opens the door to a future that we never thought possible.
Haunted by their past, these two want nothing more than to have their life given back to them. But what do you do when the person who gave you back your life, was the very one that took it from you in the first place?

Review

this book sits firmly in the New-Adult to Adult age group with strong and graphic scenes. that being said unlike many romances for this age group i have read every second chapter was not a graphic sex scenes leading the story to truly be more about the love and relationship than the lust and sex i have come to expect. that being said this story did admittedly follow many cliches of this genre with the typical tragic and violent past given to the leading lady.

Personally for the most part i was not a huge fan of the characters both were the “perfect” archetype of their gender, him being the handsome rich and powerful “prince” while she was the beautiful innocent damsel in distress. this in itself is usually enough to turn me away from a book however there was something addictive about the writing that led me to continue to race through the story. while sometimes the retelling of entire scenes from another point of view got irritating particularly when they did not add much that the author had not been able to convey through body language or dialogue the split perspectives was done really well with all characters being given a unique and interesting voice.

The plot spun all over the place. going in i thought that the big twist was just going to be that Sebastian was the one responsible for her parents death however for the majority of the book this detail is almost forgotten as Skylar has so many other problems for the story to work through. while at points these extra conflicts seemed unnecessary by the end of the book i was glad for these extra conflicts outside what i had incorrectly assumed to be the main one as they helped to develop the characters in preparation of the unexpected (to me anyway) second book Thorneless which will be out on the 16th, which given the cliffhanger ending i must say i am glad about.

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Romancing the Bookworm

Romancing the Bookworm ~ Kate Evangelista

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Rating 4 Stars

Blurb

Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel.
It’s spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Ronni, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she’s wrangled into waiting tables with Ronni at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick’s Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational’s organizer and campus womanizer by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.
Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he’s concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books. Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he’s convinced it’s a risk worth taking. What he hasn’t planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme.
Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?

Review

from reading the blurb this book was not quite what i expected (i was expecting this “plan to actually involve more scenes from books rather than just romantic dates {but maybe i just did not get the references}) that being said i really really enjoyed this book. Tamara, our leading lady… well to be honest she is basically an extreme version of me… so i connected with her within the first page. while Xavier was the perfect Male lead sweet, thoughtful and of course smoking hot. throw them together add in a best-friend who only wants what is best, a bad boy brother, season with just the right amount of summer beach fun and you have a steamy romance that will have you laughing on every page. One thing i must congratulate the author on is that while this book defiantly has it’s hot and steamy parts it is not overly graphic striking that perfect balance. a book i will read again and again… cause Tamera would want me to.

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Wait for You

Wait for You ~Jennifer L. Armentrout

(Wait For You #1)

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Rating 4 Stars

Blurb

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

Review

This book followed the same formula as many New Adult books do. That being said it still created some beautiful and unique moments. Avery annoyed me some times and I did not see the point in half hiding what had happened to her from us readers (because it wasn’t really hidden just vague), Cam however was love at first sight… even if he could be a cocky asshole. This book is just so quotable and I loved Jacob and Brittany because they are just the people I would want as my best friends (and are bloody hilarious). There were some bits that appeared in here that just made no sense to me (such as Avery’s mother… but maybe I have just had to good a home life). The main tip you should take from this is “the way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach but the way to a woman’s is through her sweet tooth.”

Quotes

“You’ve been checking me out, haven’t you? In between your flaming insults? I feel like man candy.”

“My brain was telling me this was a bad idea and I told my brain to shut the fuck up, because it rarely told me anything helpful.”

“We are your friends. It is the law of friendship that you tell us things you don’t want to tell us.”

“Are you done dressing me like I’m your own personal Barbie?”
“Bitch, if you were my Barbie, you’d be half naked. ”

“I would be clapping like a seal right now if I weren’t so fucking hung over, just so you know. Inside, I am doing happy jumping jacks for you with glittery pom poms.”

Next Book

The Novella Trust In Me (#1.5) is due for release October 22nd

while Be With Me (#2) is due to hit shelves Febuary 4th next year

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Charade

Charade ~ Nyrae Dawn

(Games #1)

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Rating 2.5 stars

Blurb

Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection.

Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom’s dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it’s what he wants too.

Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.

Both Cheyenne and Colt know life is never easy, but neither of them expect the tragedy that threatens to end their charade and rip them apart forever.

Review

I was only going to rate this book 2 stars but then the ending pushed it up. I found I did not really connect with either of the characters and that the book was not quite what i was expecting based on the blurb (or for that matter the happy looking cover). the ending however was touching and I may or may not have shed a few tears. that being said I am not sure if this one is something i would read again. although may still read other books in this series because i have liked this authors other works

Quotes

“Everything’s not always black and white, Princess. Sometimes we have to do shit because there’s not another choice. Maybe you should think about that before you snub your nose at me.”

“Don’t cry, Princess. You know what they say. You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince.”

“The cup is half full, sunshine and flowers and I try to act like I agree, but really I’m pissed someone dumped out half of my drink.”

“If you’re cold I’m doing something wrong.”

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the next book Facade (#2) is expected to be released on the 2nd of July

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From Ashes

From Ashes ~ Molly McAdams

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Rating 4 Stars

Blurb

When Cassidy Jameson’s best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she’s only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there’s something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can’t explain, only problem? He’s always telling Tyler that he doesn’t want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he’d called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn’t care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty’s Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

Review

As soon as I read the Blurb for this I knew I was going to love it. Yet I was still surprised by the complexity of the story. This was not the trashy Romance I was expecting. It was beautiful in its own way and ugly in others but when the beauty and the ugliness came together the end result was breathtaking. That being said some parts were still less than perfect. The main thing that annoyed me was the characters. Ty was meant to care about Cassidy and claims to love her and yet does not even blink an eye at intentionally hurting her again and again **SPOILER** that being said I am glad that she forgives him and they end up friends again **SPOILER** meanwhile although Cassidy has “never thought of the future” due to her past you would think she would make SOME kind of plans once she gets freedom from it. Instead she seems perfectly happy being the perfect little housewife for her best friend and a guy she believes doesn’t even like her (and eventually their friends as well). Gage well actually he was one of the characters I have little to no complaints about any of his issues do bring the story forward and are actually believable in the situation. The more minor characters have very little information given about them. While they were numerous most of the “friends” blurred into one blob. What I really loved about this book though is I kept expecting it to end even if I had over 100 pages. This tells the story of a whole relationship and doesn’t just peter out when they finally kiss. it shows a not perfect relationship but REAL they have their problems but they work them out… and although reading that it sounds like that should be the boring part it isn’t it kept you on your toes and drew you in. I became really invested in their relationship as I got to know them both more and in reality that is what a true romance does. All the best romances have a little heartbreak.

Quotes

“Whoa, got it bad for your cousin’s girl already, huh? You gonna try to get with that?”I eyed Cassi in Ty’s arms and shook my head as I brought my beer up to take another long drink. “Nope.” Yes, yes, I am.”

“But there are only so many times you can handle heartbreak with someone before you have to start protecting yourself.”

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Just One Day

Just One Day ~Gayle Forman

(Just One Day #1)

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Rating 5 Stars

Blurb

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Review

I laughed, I cried, I fell in love, I stayed up til 4:30 AM. I very literally could not put this down. I love the premise of this book, so much changes in a day and in many ways it reminded me of the movie serendipity (a happy accident) I immediately connected with Allyson and loved that from the start this book was just as much about Lulu as it was about Williem. The side characters in this book are no less beautifully crafted, how can you not love Dee? The only complaint I have would be the number of spelling or grammatical errors in my text that jolted me out of the novel trying to work out what she meant. And of course the wait for the sequel, although this just means I will have to read this brilliant book again… although probably not so late at night. now off to google translate those phrases i am just going to “have to look up”

Quotes

“Part of me knows one more day won’t do anything except postpone the heartbreak. But another part of me believes differently. We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”

“Or maybe it’s not a miracle. Maybe this is just life. When you open yourself up to it. When you put yourself in the path of it. When you say yes.”

“You have to fall in love to be in love, but falling in love isn’t the same as being in love”

“And that’s when I understand that I have been stained. Whether I’m still in love with him, whether he was ever in love with me, and no matter who he’s in love with now, Willem changed my life. He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found.”

“But what if Shakespeare― and Hamlet― were asking the wrong question? What if the real question is not whether to be, but how to be?”

ok and now i am going to have to stop myself quoting because there is just too much more to quote READ IT. this is one of those books i have been throwing at people demanding they read ever since i first picked it up.

Next Book

the sequel JUST ONE YEAR will be out in October… and yes i know that is still 5 MONTHS AWAY… (not good enough) we are 5 months closer than when i read this book

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Losing It

Losing ItCora Carmack

(Losing It #1)

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Rating 4.5 stars

Blurb

Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

Review

I loved this book.
from the title and a brief brush over the blurb i figured that this book would go one of two ways.
1. it would be an overly preachy piece of “your virginity is something to treasure” probably religious crap. (no one want’s to be lectured when reading for pleasure)
2. it would basically be about nothing but sex, sex and more sex.
now while neither would of been terrific i was curious enough to try it (while secretly hoping it would not be option 1)
it turned out to in fact be a beautiful love story with a main character who is hilarious and i connected with immediately. the romantic interest was not the bad boy player that i was expecting but a perfectly charming Romeo that i could see myself falling for just as quickly as Bliss. the chemistry between the two of them was explosive but was balanced nicely with enough emotion to ensure it was not just lust.

and here is where we come to the part of the review where i am torn and am going to contradict myself. i loved how the story was just a simple Romance without all the beware stories used to cause drama in most NA books (i was 90% certain that Bliss would get pregnant sometime in this book) but i did however find it somewhat lacking in drama. *SPOILER* Kelsey never finds out she lied, nor is there any drama when she catches him in her bed, and they are never caught (or really even come close) by anyone who matters *END SPOILER* that being said i can’t wait to get my hands on another book by the wonderful Miss Carmack

Quotes

“Are you waiting for an invitation?” I asked, eyeing him standing carefully outside my door. “Is this the part where you tell me you’re a vampire?” He chuckled. “No, I promise the paleness is only because I’m British.”

“I am in love with this burrito. I would marry it if I didn’t want to eat it so badly.”
“The tragedy of true love,” Cade whispered.”

“Honey, right now you look like someone’s adorable little sister. No guy wants to screw his little sister. And if he does, you don’t want to be near him.”

Next Book

Keeping her is book #1.5 and will be released in mid august

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Faking It is book #2 and is being released  4th June

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Series Review: Beautiful

this is one of the rare cases when the series rating probably won’t make sense when compared to the book ratings. while as books these were beautiful as a series this was a disaster. in my opinion sequels should really add to the story and i did not feel as though this quite added enough plus reading one of them spoils the other no matter which way you read them.

Series Rating 2 stars

Beautiful Disaster ~ Jamie McGuire

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Review

I figured i would like this book ever since i read the blurb and when i saw the beautiful cover for the sequel i knew i had to bite the bullet and start this series, although now knowing that the second book is just Travis’s version of this one i am wondering if i maybe should wait to read it.
Despite the unnecessary conflicts arising in this book (from people not just admitting how they feel… although we have all done that) this book was great. Travis may have been a bad boy but he had a heart of gold, while at first this may only seem to be with Abby when you are first introduced to him properly he is quick to defend America as well. Abby may look like a good girl but she is not as good as she wants everyone to believe although i have to admit her secret was not quite as dark as i was hoping for. together the chemistry between these two was explosive and while some of the sex scenes seem to travel very fast (particularly the first one) i must congratulate McGuire on keeping her sex scenes tasteful without removing them entirely. despite how much i was cheering for both of them in real life i would be warning them away from each other. this is not a romantic book (despite being a romance) their relationship is sick and twisted and completely unhealthy he is the controlling, overprotective and violent boyfriend of my nightmares and she is the scared commitment-phoebe who is way to worried about what everyone else thinks. and yet somehow they work so incredibly well and the only reason given is love, but i guess that’s how it works.

Quotes

“I wish you and Travis would just get your shit together! You’re a goddamn tornado! When you’re happy, it’s love and peace and butterflies. When you’re pissed, you take the whole fucking world down with you!”

“You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”

“I knew the second I met you
that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it
wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.”

“To douchebags!” he said, gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart,” he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”

Walking Disaster ~ Jamie McGuire

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Rating 3 Stars

Blurb

Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died:

Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Review

while getting a view into Travis’s head was interesting i felt that this book did not actually give me much more than the last one. while i loved the epilogue the rest of it was all expected and some sections were rushed through. Now i know that as this book actually takes place DURING the last one … and is actually just the same story. i was expecting to be told more about his time away from Abby instead it was mostly comprised of their scenes together (kind of expected in a romance) but as Travis says most of what he is thinking i was not given much insight into his mind, this is more likely praise for the first book for being so well constructed than criticism for this one but it does beg the question was this book really needed? i am not entirely sure who this book is meant to entice. while the cover was pretty enough to make me want to read it and therefor the first one so much is suggested that you may not understand if you had not read the first one, yet there is not enough new material for those of us that have. Despite reading this from Travis’s POV i was still very much given the feeling that this was Abby’s story which gave the tone an interesting touch. while some of these chapters i was interested to see from Travis’s POV it almost seems like the original book could have just been told from a split view (as is so popular these days) maybe even with some overlap and i would not feel as if i was missing all that much.

Quotes

“Her expression turned serious. “In another life, I could love you.”

I watched her for a moment, staring into her glassed-over eyes. She was drunk, but just for a moment it didn’t seem wrong to pretend she meant it.

“I might love you in this one.”

“One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn’t come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never”

“There’s a girl, Dad.”
He smiled a bit. “A girl.”
“She kinda hates me, and I kinda…”
“Love her?”
“I don’t know. I don’t think so. I mean…how do you know?”
His smile grew wider. “When you’re talking about her with your old dad because you don’t know what else to do.”

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