Review: Better (Too Good 2)

Better
Better by S. Walden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. – Corinthians 13:13

Better picks up where Good ended. Cadence and Mark are living together and trying to make a life together. But Mark is keeping a secret about his past from Cadence because it is so hard for him to talk about.

Since Cadence’s parents disown her for her relationship with her previous math teacher, Mark selflessly puts his own dreams of grad school on hold to make sure that Cadence is able to go to college. But she still feels as if she is missing out on something. When she stumbles upon the secret that Mark is hiding, she shuts herself off to him and begins partying and drinking and making very bad decisions

He wanted her home, safe and sound, with a restored heart and mind. It couldn’t happen overnight; he knew that. But he’d do everything in his power to nurture her back to health. He’d tell her every day how sorry he was until her heart decided to believe it. – Mark

She thought she was supposed to cry for her pain, but she had no tears. Her heart was detached, unfeeling. She wanted to be close to him, but the wedge between them was thick and unyielding, and she feared it would divide them permanently.
“I’m just so angry with you. It’s taken root in my heart, this anger. It’s grown a monumental hatred that’s made me crazy. I don’t even know who I am anymore.” – Cadence

I liked this book much better than the first one because I was a little uncomfortable about the student/teacher relationship and I felt as if he was taking advantage of her. Book 1 was written from the POV of Cadence. Book 2 was written from a narrators POV and gave me more insight into Mark. I came to understand him much better and realized he really did love her. He wanted her from the first moment that he saw her on the side of the road while he was changing his tire. He was going to find her either way but fate stepped in and sat her in the front of his class and changed both of their lives forever.

“I’m gonna love you for the rest of my life. You know that? Even when my mind goes and I’ve no idea who or where I am, I’ll know you. And I’ll love you.” – Mark

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Cover Reveal: VIP by M. Robinson

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The beginning- A point in time or space where something starts.
32 year old Sebastian Vanwell, was a very successful yacht broker, who always loved the design and architecture of a luxurious yacht. His only addiction was being on the water. He loved it, he thrived on it, and he needed it in his life. After a very stable, loving child hood with a few bumps, Sebastian married the love of his life. The one person that he knew would always be there. Julia was his rock, and he loved her more than life itself. Sebastian kept his addiction to the water under control, wanting to keep his time with his wife and son his number one obsession, that was until he saw her. This new addiction haunted him, the one compulsion that he couldn’t control no matter how hard he tried.
Ysabelle Telle hit him hard, knocking the wind from his lungs. Coming from worlds apart, beautiful, dark complexion Ysabelle Telle didn’t have the rich, protected background that Sebastian Vanwell had. Ysabelle lived a life of hell, in poverty, growing up with a drug addict mother that never cared, and horrific living conditions. Ysabelle lived for one person and one person only; herself. She was pure perfection, her beauty along with a flawless body had men lined up, driveling over her insuring her success as a VIP.
There are too many words that describe the effects when two diverse worlds like theirs collide. They both have too much to lose to get caught in the forceful pull, which could destroy them both.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and drug use. Intended for mature audiences.

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M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein.
She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left.
She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.
Her debut novel VIP will be released in December 2013. Add it to your TBR list!!
 

Review: Broken Beauty

Broken Beauty
Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mia Abbott-Renou appears to have it all but nothing could be further from the truth. While at a party she is raped and beaten by two men, one of which is someone that she knows. Unknowingly to her, he slipped something in her drink and changed her life forever.

I was putting on makeup this morning and noticed something weird. All my bruises are gone, and I look… normal. But even without the bruises, I’m not me yet. I hate that feeling I hate that I jump whenever I hear a door close and look under the bed several times after dark to make sure they aren’t there. I know they aren’t, but I can’t stop the fear. – Mia

Mia is taken to the hospital by two police officers Dom and Kiesha and they stay by her side through the night. Her father the Politian, can’t pull himself away from is busy career and he sends his lawyer and his publicist. Even though Mia knows one of the men who raped her she is encouraged to say that she doesn’t remember who hurt her because he is the son of her father’s biggest contributors. Her father is actually more concerned with is political career then the welfare of his daughter and he is trying to spin her rape into a positive for his campaign.

I feel so bad for Mia. Her life is a mess and she has no support. People are looking at her as if she is the one to blame for the rape. The only people who bring her comfort are the police officers that found her.

The author does a very good job of making the reader understand what Mia is experiencing. The physical and emotional aspect of it. It ends with a cliffhanger and I would have rather read a longer book instead of having to get the story in 6 installments. It was a very good story and I look forward to see how this painful story unfolds.

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Review: Remembering Joy

Remembering Joy
Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

His touch could pull me from the darkest recesses of my mind. He had a way of healing me. – Alexis

Adam did not expect to fall in love with Alexis, the person he has spent the last 10 years hating for destroying part of his family. The only thing is; she doesn’t remember her transgression. When Adam sees Alexis across the bar, he decides to seek revenge by destroying her life. Things start to get complicated when he starts to realize that she isn’t the monster he had pictured in his head all of those years, but is a generous and kind person.

I still didn’t understand how I could be so attracted to her; I had hated her for so long. Yet, I kept flipping back to that kiss on the sidewalk and how she had pressed her body into mine. I’d felt the charge between us, and I know that she felt it, too… It was going to make getting her to fall for me a little harder … but not impossible. She would fall for me … and the harder the better because I was going to break her heart. Even if I smashed into a million pieces, it would only be a fraction of the heartache that she’d caused me every single day for the past 10 years. – Adam

It is hard to write a review without going into the story too much and ruining it for you. What Adam doesn’t know that she was also forever changed by that day 10 years ago and she has it in her head that she is broken and doesn’t believe that anyone would ever want a relationship with her because she is unable to provide something that most couples seek.

My apartment was my safe haven. It was the only place where I didn’t have to pretend that I was a whole person. In this space, I wasn’t the pretty girl with the perfect job made possible by an Ivy League education and a privileged upbringing by perfectly doting parents. Instead, I was free to be the broken, tired, lonely girl that I really was. In this place, it was okay that I wasn’t allowed to want for more because what I already had took everything in me. – Alexis

This is the first book of a series. It didn’t end with a HEA but it wasn’t a cliffhanger either. But he story is far from over. There are still a lot of things to tie up and explore. I will be looking forward to reading the next in the series!

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Review: Facade (Games 2)

Facade
Facade by Nyrae Dawn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So good! I didn’t want to put it down!

This book is about Adrian, who we met in book 1 Charade, and Delaney. They are tied together by a shared tragedy. But Delaney is the only one that knows. Adrian does not know that she moved into town with her brother to find him. She want’s to apologize for her fathers mistake, a life altering drunk driving accident that sent him to prison. Not only did a young child lose his life, but two families were torn apart, creating broken people.

Adrian self medicates with weed, alcohol, and women, trying to run away from the pain and guilt that consumes him. He does everything that he can to not think about the accident. But it is not working any more and it is killing him inside.

“Once upon a time, there was a guy. Not a real good guy. Some would probably call him the villain. He didn’t care, though. He knew it was true. Knew he used people and other shit to forget. He didn’t plan on changing either. Knew he couldn’t. That was who he was, so he might as well acknowledge it, right?” – Adrian

Delaney just wants to fix everything. Help everyone heal. Her mother, who keeps trying to kill herself and who blames Delaney for everything wrong on her life. Her brother Maddox, who thinks that he needs to protect her. Adrian’s sister Angel, who just wants her brother back. And Adrian, who is broken in so many ways.

But she didn’t intend to fall in love with him.

I think it’s too late. Too late to walk away and too late to pretend there’s not more to my reason for being around him. There’s something about him that I don’t want to deny. Something that speaks to me, me. When others feel like this foreign language I’m trying to work out, I somehow understand Adrian. Not all of him. I’m not that stupid. I also know it could all be in my head, but it feels real and I like him and it’s too late to turn back. – Delaney

When the truth finally comes out the pain that they both go through is heart-wrenching. And then the ball drops :-O Totally Did. Not. See. That. Coming! I can’t really say more because I don’t want to ruin it for you, but read this book!!

“You helped me stop bleeding. You made my heart beat when I thought it was gone. All those things you said I do for you? They’re nothing compared to what you do for me. You reminded me what it feels like to love. You made me fall in love and, fuck, I don’t want to lose that. I don’t want to lose you.” – Adrian

**Swoon**

Book 3 comes out in January – and it is Maddox’s story – I can’t wait!!

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