Month: April 2015

Kane’s Hell

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4.5~ My Sweet Hell~ Stars

In my opinion Elizabeth Finn is a Queen of unforgettable antsy stories and Kane’s Hell is no different. My emotions were all over the place. I loved than hated than loved again while the pieces of this story finally came together.

”How can one little thing destroy so much?”

Kane and Helene have been best friends since childhood. At the age of seventeen they’re brushing against the idea of something more. Their flirty behavior and easy banter has them both ready to explode but they never got their chance. One horrible night changes the course of their lives, leaving them both broken.

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Kane takes off leaving Helene behind to deal with her pain by herself and has absolutely no contact with her for eleven years. Suddenly he’s back in her life popping up everywhere and she’s not sure what to make of him.

One thing is very clear… they’ve handled their pain in very different ways. Helene jumped head first into her education. She continues to pursue just about every degree she’s capable of receiving. Kane however, jumped head first into every fight and whore he could find. His list of mistakes are longer than anyone would want to know.

descriptionNow Kane’s back and he’s enrolled in a college course that Helene (or his Hell as he liked to call her) teaches. Kane’s not pursuing a degree it’s clear he’s taking this class for one reason only…the teacher.

You slowly learn what happened to Kane and Helene and truly it’s heartbreaking and personally I found it slightly hard to read. The more you learn the more I understood how Kane could go from the nice sweet seventeen year old to the person he is today. That being said, I still almost hated him a few times, actually I did hate him at times. He’s emotionally hurt and when Helene doesn’t except him back with open arms he acts out in hurtful ways.

Since Helene’s focus has been her education, boyfriends and sex have taken a back seat. As much as her heart would like to explore something with Kane she wonders how she could ever compare to the lifestyle he’s lead for eleven years.

Moving forward means putting the past behind them but in order for that to happen, Helene needs answers, answers to questions that Kane’s not ready for.

”I needed you, and you left me. You left me in this place to deal with…everything on my own.

I need you to let me be angry with you. I need you to let me yell at you…forgive you.

Just tell me why? Why?”

“I can’t”

As the list of reasons Helene should walk away continue to pile up it’s their strong attraction and intense connection that she finds hard to ignore.

descriptionI think I was able to forgive Kane’s behavior and actions because everything he does is driven from his deep seeded pain. Helene is truly his sweet Hell and if given the chance Kane he’d do just about anything for her.

I’ve yet to read an Elizabeth Finn book that hasn’t stood out and the same is said about Kane’s Hell. This gut-wrenching story is without a doubt one that I’ll always remember!

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Beautiful Secret

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3.5 Stars

There’s something about Christina Lauren books that I’m addicted to. I know without ever reading the blurb that I’m going to add the book to my TBR list. The Beautiful Bastard series has been one of my favorites and a lot of fun to read but Beautiful Secret stands out in a completely different way because it has such a unique hero.

Niall Stella is Max Stella’s younger brother (Max is the hero in Beautiful Stranger). Niall is recently divorced from the one and only woman he’s had a relationship with. He met his ex-wife when he was barely a teenager and they married young. Now Niall is close to thirty and discovering that single life is lot harder than it looks.

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Ruby Miller is a twenty-three year old student working in London on an internship where she’s form a huge crush on Niall. Niall on the other hand doesn’t even know Ruby exists let alone the fact that they work at the same company until Ruby is chosen to take a month long trip with Niall to NYC.

Niall soon learns that Ruby’s outgoing personality and flirty nature are hard to resist. In a very short time, Niall opens up to Ruby more than he ever did in all the years he was with his ex-wife. Suddenly it’s not just Ruby that has a crush. Life is easy in NYC where it’s just the two of them but when they return to London they quickly discover that real everyday life is messy.

”I didn’t think men like you really existed”

Neither did I. Niall is definitely a unique hero. His respect for woman in general and how he views sex was a pleasant change. His only experience when it comes to how to handle a woman is what he learned from being with his ex-wife. That’s both good and bad. He’s divorced for a reason but he has a hard time breaking some of his old habits. He’s compassionate and overly sympathetic which in the beginning made me love him, but it also caused him to not use his head towards the end and left me with some mixed feelings toward his character.

I had mixed feelings on Ruby right from the start. She didn’t just have a crush on Niall, she was in full blown stalker mode. However, she grew on me and I was really happy to see how she stood up for herself at the end.

I’m not sure what’s next for this series, just that I’m sure I’ll read it!!

Wild Reckless

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4.5 Stars

This is my third Ginger Scott novel and there’s no doubt now that I’m a huge fan. Wild Reckless kept my attention and I couldn’t put this book down! I’ll even go as far as saying it made the top of my list for favorite YA/NA novels.

Kensi has to start her senior year of high school at a new school after her parents decided a move was best for their family. Being the new girl at almost eighteen is already hard but when Kensi learns she’s now neighbors with the wild and reckless Own Harper her life is about to get a whole lot harder.

Owen and his family have been the town’s outcast since Owen was just five years old and his father publically committed suicide. It doesn’t really matter what Owen is capable of, he living up to the reputation the town has of him.

Kensi is still angry about the situation she’s in, and while she can’t really take it out on her parents she’s not about to back down to her punk new neighbor. Everyone else might be afraid of Owen, but Kensi’s not and she’s not about to back down to him even if that means starting a war.

I’m starting a war with a guy who doesn’t lose-a guy who doesn’t play by the rules. A guy who scares me, and who knows where I sleep at night.

What Kensi never expected was how this war with Owen resulted in her learning her own families dirty little secret and the real reason for their move. In the blink of an eye, Kensi goes from pushing Owen’s buttons to needing him to take her away from her own problems.

As Kensi slowly starts getting to know Owen she’s discovers there’s a lot more to him then what everyone else sees. He might be wild, he might be reckless but in his soul he’s a really good person who would do just about anything for the people he cares for. Kensi has heard the warnings, she knows she might not survive loving Owen but it doesn’t change what she feels in her heart.

Loving Owen Harper is dangerous; yet I can’t help myself.

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Ginger Scott made me completely forget that I was reading a book about high school kids. The drama felt real and not childish in anyway. Both Owen and Kensi’s characters are well developed and hard not to love. I can honestly say that Wild Reckless is a book that I won’t forget about down the road.