{review} Okay (Something More #2) by Danielle Pearl

OkayTitle: Okay
Author: Danielle Pearl
Series: Something More
Publisher: self-published
Published: February 24, 2015
Genre: new adult contemporary

Synopsis: After the horrors she’s survived over the past year, Rory never expected to find the one thing she certainly wasn’t looking for – love. But after the painful realization that her past has left her a dangerous liability to the person she cares for the most, she finally understands that for her and Sam, love means letting go.

Can two people hopelessly in love with one another ever revert back into just friends? Neither Rory nor Sam know for sure. But the one thing they do know – it’s the only choice they have.

As Rory recovers from a devastating assault, Sam will do anything to make sure it never happens again. But how far will he go to keep her safe? Their choices will change everything, and they will either bring them back together, or destroy them irrevocably.

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4 stars This was a touching conclusion to Rory and Sam’s story. It was a long story, but oh, such a very real story. A story about healing, forgiveness and changing, but most of all it was about true love.

This started off right where book 1 ended. I had to go back and read a little bit to remind myself of what happened, as I have the worst memory ever. However soon I was mostly caught up and transported right back into their world. It did take a while to recall who Cam was, and what happened there. (I’m sorry, Cam!)  My heart pained for both Sam and Rory, because while they wanted to be together they really weren’t ready.

2nd ShelfSam was strong, and he was fiercely protective. But what made him so special was that he was so gentle with Rory, and it was hard to do anything but swoon. He was also more ready than Rory for a relationship, but he still needed to figure out his role in her life.

Rory appeared weak, but she was actually incredibly strong even though she still lived her life in fear. She had a lot to deal with emotionally, and it took her a long time to truly see how Sam fit into her life.  I’ll admit that sometimes if felt like she played some mind games with the whole friends/more than friends thing, but I guess we can chalk it up to immaturity and the fact that she had endured so much.

The romance was tender, deep, and heartbreaking. It was so meaningful I truly felt how they almost burst with overwhelming emotions a few times. If you like epic loves, Okay is definitely up there with them.

I have to talk about the cover. I’m sorry, I really don’t like it. That’s not Sam, it’s a dorky guy in all denim making a weird face. eep. The cover for Normal was so pretty, this just didn’t go hand in hand with it. But really, if that’s my biggest complaint for the book you know it’s good. :)

Rec this? Yes, but it would have been ideal to read right after I finished book 1. I had lost some of the meaning about Cam’s relationship with Rory since the reads were not back to back for me…and that my friends is a shame. It was a pivotal point in the book. It’s also a lengthy read, so make sure that you have plenty of time to savor this and enjoy the ride. I know I did. Hope you love it as much as I did!

Happy reading!

Celeste

The Trouble with Faking (Trouble Series #3) by Rachel Morgan

Trouble with FakingTitleThe Trouble with Faking

SeriesTrouble Series

AuthorRachel Morgan

Published:  December 2014

After a stupid miscommunication, everyone in Andi’s new res thinks she’s secretly dating Damien, boyfriend of resident queen bee Charlotte. Since the rumour’s already out there and refuses to be squashed, Andi and Damien decide to keep up the facade in the hopes of snagging the attention of the people they really want to be with.

Brilliant plan, right? Especially since Damien is the guy Andi’s always wanted. But now there’s Mike, the guy Andi’s pretending to be interested in for the sake of the fake relationship plan, and Noah, Damien’s annoying best friend—who is so not Andi’s type—and suddenly the plan isn’t looking so brilliant anymore.

 

Ana will put The Trouble with Faking on her second shelf!

This book did not go the way I expected it to.  But, in a good way.  It’s always great when an author surprises you.  When they they show both you 2nd Shelfand the characters that what you want isn’t always what you need, it’s both shocking and strangely satisfying.  I went into this book having read the first two in the series and thinking I understood the formula.  Here, however, Ms. Morgan changes things up.

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Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride

 

Title: Joyride

Author: Anna Banks  @ByAnnaBanks

Expected Publication:
June 2, 2015

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 288

Genres: Young Adult  Contemporary  Romance

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads: A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 05/20/2015): 4.02

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  • Christina thought this title was good. It goes on her third shelf. To find out why…

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{review} Two Truths and a Lie (PRG Investigations #1) Ashley Stoyanoff

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{cover reveal} Bound by Lies (Bound and Broken #2) by Rebecca Shea

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A Step Toward Falling

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