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Review of Rule (Rule #1) By Jay Crownover

Rule4 out of 5 Stars (I really liked this book.)

Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA/NA/College (18+), Bad Boy.

Publication: December 2012

Length: 327 Pages

Okay, let me start by saying that I really liked this book. I am not positive if Rule was Jay Crownover first book, but I could not find anything else by her.  All I can say is that she has a new fan and that is me.

I was getting a little frustrated and losing hope that I would not find another good, hot bad-boy with tattoos meets sweet cute girl love story. Well this book brought me out of that drought because I loved it.

These are of course my favorite type of YA/NA stories.   Bad boy meets good girl.  Bad boy has issues as does the good girl, but they start a relationship with a lot of baggage and other drama.  Rule, the bad boy, is a male slut. He is angsty and moody.  Shaw Landon is a beautiful, smart, good girl who happens to love Rule even though Rule has no idea.    Rule and Shaw have known each other since they were 14 years old.    Rule is estranged from his parents after his brother died in an accident 3 years ago.

Every Sunday morning, Shaw picks up Rule and drives him to his parents’ house for brunch only to find Rule with a different girl naked with him in bed. Shaw has not become immune to seeing Rule with those girls.  Shaw just keeps her feelings for Rule a secret, because she knows that he does not share the same feelings that she has for him.

This book had me yelling and frustrated with Rule and yet I could not stop reading.  The story has you sucked in at page one.  It does not drag. Even with the grammar and editing issues, I really enjoyed this book.  The romance was steamy, their relationship was hot and I loved all the characters.

  • Did I skim? No.
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes.
  • Do I recommend? Yes.
  • Will I reread? Yes.
  • Pace of the story: Good
  • Will I read the sequel? Yes. I cannot wait to read Jet’s story.
  • Positives: I liked that the author had one of the obvious angsty issues happen early on in the story.  I hate when the author leaves the obvious conflict for the last 20%.  In Rule, the main characters deal with the obvious conflict in the first half and then the characters deal with another conflict that I did not see coming later on, which made the story all the more interesting.
  • Negatives: Grammar and editing.  The Kindle book edition I had said the editing problems were corrected, but I still saw a lot of misspelled words and grammar issues.  However, once I got passed it, I really enjoyed the story. I think Jay Crownover is a very talented writer and I like her writing style.

 

Series Reading Order:

RuleRule (Rule #1)

AANo Cover YetJet (Rule #2) – Expected Publication 2013

 

 

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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Contemporary Romance, Series, YA/College

 

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Review of Red Flags By C.C. Brown

Red Flags

3 out of 5 Stars 

Genre: Young Adult/New Adult (College), Contemporary Romance, Fiction,

Published: December 2012

 Ugh, this book.  Where do I start?? I hate giving negative reviews, but some things need to be said.

This book is about a 21 year old college student Cara Pinkston.  She meets the” beautiful and rich” Jason Bradley in class. The plot is that Cara and Jason met, have sex and fall in love.  Jason has a ton of secrets that involve his family and previous relationships.    Jason is supposed to be rich, hot and a controlling alpha, but he just comes off as creepy and not sexy at all.  And I am a BIG fan of rich and controlling alphas.  Jason left me screaming to Cara to run and hide.  Jason almost appeared like serial “something” with the way he would act.  If I was Cara, I would be checking America’s Most Wanted.

The first day they met and go back to her apartment, he is already getting jealous and looking through her closet. Then the next day he is grabbing and keeping her phone from her and telling her not to go out with her friends.   I know there are other books where the alpha male takes control immediately in the relationship, but everything that Jason did was felt wrong.  Maybe it felt wrong since Cara was in college.  I can’t put my finger on it.  It felt strange and this is coming from me who practically loves every book that has a controlling, rich alpha male.  I seek those books out.   I first thought all of Jason’s actions were wrong because of Cara’s age, but I loved 50 Shades and Anastasia was young in that book, yet that relationship did not bother me.

Their whole relationship was a complete turn off.  Jason needs some serious help. This book should be used as an example in high school and college of things to watch out for and not seek in a boyfriend.  If you boyfriend shows any of these behaviors…leave immediately.

I usually love drama in a story, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

-Did I skim? Yes, most of the middle.  You will find out everything you need to know about the plot in the last 10%.

-Did I feel connected to the characters?  I felt bad for Cara.  She was blinded apparently by Jason’s “hotness” to notice that he was a nut-case.

-Will I read a sequel if there is one? I am assuming there will be one with that ending, but I am going to pass.

-Ending/Cliffhanger: I was disappointed that I had to find out in the last 2 pages what all of Jason’s secrets and those secrets would make me run even faster.

 

 
 

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Crush (Crush #1) By Lacey Weatherford

Crush

5 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, New Adult

I loved this book and was not disappointed. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

First of all the cover’s post-it note had me laughing. “Do you like me? Check one.” The story behind the post-it note is in the book. Love it!

This is a great YA book.  I loved the mystery, the twist and the chemistry between Cami and Hunter.

Some of you will figure out the twist half-way through the book and that is fine.  I did too.  However, it did not turn me off from reading the story.  Actually, it made me want to read it without stopping since I had to know how it was all going to “go down.”

Plot: Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at a distance, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.

As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.

–         Did I skim? No.

–         Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

–         Did I want to go back to reading when I had to stop? Yes, I did not get anything done that day. This is one book I did not want to stop reading.

–         Do I recommend?  YES! I loved this book!

–         Am I looking forward to the sequel? YES!!

–         Ending/Cliffhanger: Great ending.  I am BIG on endings and cliffhangers and this one was not a disappointment.  It is the last chapter that can make or break a book.

Crush (Crush #1)

Author: Lacey Weatherford

Published: October 2012

Length: 332 Pages

Sequels: Smitten (Crush #2) – Expected Publication: 2013

 
 

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