11 April 2015

ARC NetGalley: The Story of You and Me by Pamela DuMond

My rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis from GR:
My name's Sophie Priebe and I’m nineteen-years-old. I planned on college, keggers and cute guys—not multiple sclerosis. Yes, my Nana’s had it for decades, but it skipped over my mom. After my diagnosis people treated me differently—so I stopped talking about it and kept it secret. Meanwhile I researched treatments, possible cures—and now I have hope.
I traveled thousand of miles to L.A. to find healing: from stem cell studies to alternative medicine like acupuncture and shamanic vision quests. Some treatments could be dangerous: but I’ll try anything because my stakes are high—life and death. I'll risk everything—except for love. I don’t have time for love.
But my Nana always told me, “Life, the fates, or God has a funny way of messing with one’s best-laid plans…"

My first night in L.A. I landed in the middle of a campus bar fight and a few beer bottle splinters cut my face. The most beautiful young man I've ever met, Alejandro, took me to the ER, chauffeured me to my new apartment and even washed my beer-drenched hair. He and his friends are Drivers: volunteers who drive students who've partied too hard.
My second day I got lost in a dicey part of town and was attacked by gang-bangers. I was lucky—I escaped—this time. While L.A.’s filled with glamour, mansions and celebrities—it’s also infested with folks who would happily take advantage of a new girl.

So I hired Alejandro to drive me to my appointments. He became my un-official bodyguard. He took me to healers in beach towns, mountains and deserts. He invited me to BBQs, and included me with his family and friends. He made me laugh again. My heart started cracking open…
I wish I had told him my secret. When I discovered—he hadn't yet told me his...

*ARC generously provided by NetGalley*

Even if it talk about a quite serious and merciless illness, The Story of You and Me is a sweet story with an intrinsic positivism and lightness.
Exactly for this reason, I liked but not loved this book.
It's difficult to explain, but it's like I didn't want to read about the 'awful' parts of the illness and, at the same time, I'd have liked to read more about Sophie's efforts in dealing with the same illness...
This is something I felt was missing in Sophie's story.

That's said, I really liked the parts focused on Sophie and Alejandro as a couple, even if their relationship is more on the love-at-first-sight side than I'd usually prefer.
Alejandro is, after all, the thing I liked the most in this story!!!

In the end, I'd like to thank the author for the chance of reading her book for free through Netgalley and I hope she appreciates my honest review of her work.

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Here I am

Arghh it's been a while since I posted something...
I confess, I'm a little ashamed of myself!!!

In my defense, I had some eventful months between chicken pox, sentimental problems and a new job...
Well, let's hope that my reader's block truly ended now!

22 February 2015

When Joss met Mat Blog Virtual Tour Giveaway

I'm really happy for the chance to take part in the When Joss Met Matt's Blog Virtual tour here on my blog!!! An event organized by Ballantine Books to celebrate the soon to come release of Ellie Cahill's new book: When Joss Met Matt

While learning more about Joss & Matt, you can also take the chance to participate at the Rafflecopter down below in order to win 1 of ten copies of "When Joss Met Matt"...what are you waiting for?!?!

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In the tradition of New Adult superstar Jessica Sorensen, Ellie Cahill’s debut novel is a charming friends-with-benefits story . . . with a twist!
What if after every bad breakup, there was someone to help “cleanse your palate”—someone who wouldn’t judge you, who was great in bed, someone you were sure not to fall in love with? “Sorbet sex” could solve everything—as long as it never got too sweet.
Joss and Matt have been friends since freshman year of college, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her boyfriend. After a few drinks, Matt humors her with a proposition: that he’ll become her go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. People scoff at the arrangement. But six years later, Joss and Matt are still the best of friends . . . with benefits.
Through a string of boyfriends and girlfriends—some almost perfect, some downright wrong—Joss and Matt are always there for each other when the going gets tough. No strings. No attachments. Piece of cake. No problem. After all, since they wrote the rules, surely they can play by them. 
Or can they?


Advance praise for When Joss Met Matt: 
“Hands down, one of my favorite New Adult reads . . . Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!”New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack 
“This is one of those books that make you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story.”—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Wild
“Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry, When Joss Met Matt is an entertaining escape that will leave you smiling with every turn of the page.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing

Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

06 February 2015

DBML: Choosing Happy by Aria Grace

More Than Friends Series, Book #3

My rating: 3 stars

Synopsis from GR:
Zach's ex, Steve, is living in Portland with many regrets. He has alienated the people he cares most about by making bad choices that continue to haunt him. When he meets a kid that's in a bad relationship and needs some help, Steve reluctantly offers it, knowing it's his chance to redeem himself. What he doesn't expect is to find happiness. It's there, all he has to do it choose to accept it.

[DBML Event: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review]

To be honest I was a little worried to read Steve's story since in the previous book I didn't like him very much...
That said, the Steve in this book is very different from the other Steve and I liked him a lot better!!
I also liked how his relationship with Joey evolved, even if it all went a little fast.

I don't have anything bad to say about Choosing Happy but it also isn't a story that will stay in my mind for a while: a 3star read

In the end, I'd like to thank the author for the chance she gave me to read her book for free and I hope she appreciates my honest opinion

26 January 2015

ARC Netgalley: Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose

The Boys of Summer, Book #2

My rating: 4 stars

Synopsis from GR:
Nikki Case is no fan of baseball. Her ex gambled away a fortune on the sport, and now her PR firm has tasked her with cleaning up the league’s most notorious bad boys. The New Jersey Sonics are known for wild womanizing and booze-fueled brawls, so Nikki expects the worst. Her first stop in the battle to win hearts and minds is star hitter Jake Baldwin—a legendary ladies man so smokin’ he threatens to melt her tough-girl armor.

Although his teammates prank her without mercy, Jake admires the way Nikki gives as good as she gets. She may be the queen of frost, but there’s kindling beneath those sultry curves—and he’s just the man to ignite it. But when a PR nightmare lands the Sonics in headlines across the country, Nikki is ready to walk. Only then does Jake realize how important she is to the Sonics’ success—and that winning the love of a good woman is no game.

*ARC courtesy of NetGalley*

Too Hot to Handle it's an enjoyable read with some very °hot°, as the title say it, moments between the main characters!

While the plot is not exactly original in itself, I liked how the author managed the inevitable drama due to Nikki discovering the silly bet Jake made at her expenses...and that's the reason I awarded Katie Rose's book 4 stars instead of 3.

Moreover, Nikki and Jake are really hot together!!! ;)

At last I'd like to thank the author for giving me the chance of reading her book for free and I hope she appreciates my review.