{review} Becoming His (His #1) by Mariah Dietz

Becoming HisTitle: Becoming His
Author: Mariah Dietz
Series: His
Publisher: self-published
Published: December 1, 2014
Genre: new adult contemporary romance

Synopsis: Sometimes life’s unforeseen paths lead us to discovering sides of ourselves we never knew existed.

Ace Bosse has always found solace at home, but when she returns for the summer from college she builds an unexpected relationship with the reckless Max Miller.

Three years ago, Max left for Alaska to find what he thought he’d lost, but now he realizes just how much he left behind.

Max teaches Ace that sometimes a little crazy is exactly what life needs while learning that some chances are worth taking, regardless of the risks.

But how do you know when you’ve met the right person? And will they be prepared to experience one of life’s biggest obstacles?

Falling in love isn’t easy, but holding on to it is where the real challenge lies.

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**I received a copy of this book from the author,
but that did not influence the review**

4 stars This story gets a swoony 4 stars from me. Parts of this book were 5 very big flashing stars, but then the beginning half was very slow for me, with parts at 3 stars as I found myself putting this down. But I’m so very glad I kept going because once Ms. Dietz got the rhythm of the book going it was outstanding. So overall a 4 rating seemed reasonable.

2nd ShelfLet’s get right to why you should read this book: MAX MILLER. I love Max Miller something fierce. He is sofa king sexy. Like crazy town swoon-ville, my friends. I love love love him. Trust me on this. He is all man, not too sensitive, plenty of brooding and all kinds of perfect.

And then there’s Ace. Oh Ace I love you too. She really was great, but more than once she frustrated me. But it also made her human and imperfect so don’t get me wrong…I still adored her the whole time even if she didn’t act like I wanted her to. I will admit I wasn’t crazy about her nickname, Ace, and wish she was called by her given name, Harper. Or at least have Max call her her that. It fit her so much more, but that is kind of irrelevant, I guess. Just know that I loved watching her evolve, and she did it in a way that made me feel like I truly was a part of her journey too.

The romance was sweet, and yet really deep. Ace and Max had chemistry that absolutely worked and gave me, the reader, butterflies. My heart fluttered and I fell in love just as Ace fell in love. It definitely took a while, and while I do love the slow burn sometimes there were strange time lapses. I would think there was a big moment, like an almost kiss, but then the next chapter would start and say “we ran everyday for the next few weeks”. I didn’t know how something could almost happen then have weeks of normal. I get that time had to pass, but sometimes chapter endings/beginnings were a little jolted. I also would have loved a little more descriptions when we had kissy time because I felt like we waited SO DANG LONG for it. Now, I don’t mean we needed it to be R-rated, just more because I’m a very greedy romantic reader and the love between Max and Ace really was pretty epic. :)

While I loved the main characters there were about 5 million secondary characters. But let me tell you who shined through it all…Kendall and Jameson. I loved them and would definitely read their books as well, because their love felt pretty special and epic too. Maybe they will get a chance to tell their story?

Now, let’s talk cover love. I am really fawning over it. Initially it was just really pretty, but after I read the story I realized exactly what flower it was, and it is perfection. The perfect cover is perfect.

The ending…..oh the ending killed me, I thought it was a stand alone….but it’s not. I need book 2 now….but there’s  also a book 3 so I must wait. I can’t do this to my poor heart, and my poor heart is very broken for quite a few people. Please let there be a HEA!

Rec this? Yes! If you love coming of age and sweet blossoming romance with a very swoony man this is a great addition to your TBR.

Celeste

{release celebration} CARTER REED 2 by Tijan

More Carter Reed? 

Yes, please and thank you!  

You guys, on a personal note I adore this author and everything she writes. She loves her readers as much as we love her. I’m so proud to be a part of her release day celebration. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you love Carter even more this time around! (yes, it’s possible!) xo ~Celeste

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 Synopsis
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Carter bought his way out of the mafia to protect Emma, but when an old ghost returns to the Mauricio Family, a chain of events starts that can harm everyone. While Carter must decide to return to the Mauricio Family or not, a face that is oddly familiar to Emma comes into her life. She’s given the chance to discover more about her family while tensions between the rivaling Mauricio and Bertal Family comes to a head in an explosive way. The truce is officially off, and when the two worlds collide, Carter’s decision is made.

He didn’t start this war, but he will end it.

He will do anything to protect Emma.

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Excerpt

We’d been learning how to shoot for a couple of months now. It had been Theresa’s idea, and these sessions had started to replace our wine nights. It had also been her idea to have Noah be our instructor. Carter was the better shot, but Theresa still liked to keep her distance from him. He still made her uneasy.

Amanda had asked her about it one night at their apartment when I’d gone to the bathroom. I stopped in the hallway when I’d overheard Theresa explain, “It’s not that I don’t like him. It’s just…he’s a killer, Amanda. He’s dangerous. I know he loves her, and I know if anyone is going to protect her, it will be him, but…” She’d sighed. “I don’t know. He’s known as the Cold Killer. It’s hard to get past that, even though I know Emma loves him so much.”

Amanda had asked, “Are you worried for her?”

“No.” She’d hesitated. “I mean…maybe. I’m not worried for her from him, but because of him. He’s with the mafia.”

“She said he’s out.”

“Yeah, well, is anyone really out?”

Amanda had replied, “She wasn’t in trouble before because of him. Emma and I did that all on our own.”

“I know. I really do, and I feel bad, but I’m just on edge with the guy. He’s deadly. Can’t you see it in his eyes?” Theresa got up for the kitchen. “I need a refill. You?”

I had melted backward, back into the bathroom. When she’d crossed the hallway, the bathroom door was shut.

Glancing over at her now, I remembered how her smiles had seemed more forced that night, her laughter a little louder, and the secretive looks she’d sent Amanda’s way. They were roommates. They were going to talk about me. That was obvious, but I’d been hurt, though I knew I shouldn’t have been.

Theresa worried about me. I tried to keep telling myself it was as simple as that.

I tried.

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Carter Reed (Book One)

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Carter Reed 2 (Book Two)

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iBooks: http://apple.co/1ys1cAx

About the Author: I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Stacking the Shelves {81}

Welcome to Stacking The Shelves –
hosted by Tynga over at Tynga’s Reviews!
 
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-Books! Below is all the pretty books  our awesome haul from the last two weeks…

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Red Carpet Day JobHeartfelt Lies

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Never Too LateThe Love Series Box Set

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The Write StuffHim & Her Box SetRedesignedDearest ClementineBeautiful OblivionFallen Crest High

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The Shattered Court (A Novel of the Four Arts #1) by M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court

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Cover Reveal – The Reckoning by S.L. Scott

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Black Iris by Leah Raeder

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{blog tour review} One Night (Only You #1) by A.J. Pine

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Mini Review: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

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Cover Reveal – A Faerie’s Secret (Creepy Hollow #4) by Rachel Morgan

A Faerie's Secret

We're excited to share with you the new cover for A Faerie's Secret by Rachel Morgan This YA Fantasy is the 4th book in the Creepy Hollow series... and we've loved them all! Check out our reviews here, here and here! The book will be released on June 16, 2015 and the cover photography is by Regina Wamba @ Mae I Design. We think it's gorgeous and can't wait to read the … [Continue reading & get hooked!]