Friday, February 15, 2013


Happy Friday, my friends!
Today is just not my day.. But whatevs.

So.. I've been reading. A lot.
You're shocked. I know.

When the new year rolled around, I set myself a goal to read 50 books in 2013. Well we're about 7 weeks into 2013 and I've already read 17 books. I should have no problem surpassing my 50 book goal.

Here are the last five books I've read.

The Unidentified Redhead by: Alice Clayton

Here's the synopsis:
When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actor, it's a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best friend and agent, that dream could become a reality, but at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? Will an unexpected sizzling romance with the entertainment industry's newest 'it' boy shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life? Alice Clayton spins a playful and erotic May to December romance in this, her debut novel. Clayton's funny, borderline neurotic heroine is perfect in her imperfections, and the off the charts sexual chemistry between her and her charming, yet blissfully unaware leading man are the true heart of The Unidentified Redhead. With laugh out loud dialogue and a super steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the Paparazzi has never been so fun.

My thoughts:
I'm a big fan of Alice Clayton. Her books are so much fun to read and are genuinely funny. {I reviewed another one of her books here} I really enjoyed the Redhead Series. It's a well-written, laugh-out-loud funny book. And if Grace Sheridan was a real person, I swear we'd be BFFs. Grace is witty, sassy and just flat out funny. It doesn't hurt that the book is full of passion and romance.

The Redhead Revealed by: Alice Clayton
Here's the synopsis:
As their careers catch fire, Grace and Jack -- everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, funny, and feisty couple -- find themselves on opposite coasts. Grace has landed in New York City, where she loves being onstage again, particularly because she’s playing a fabulous character in a musical written by her old college flame, Michael. Their rekindled friendship makes exploring the city that much more fun. 

Wait, it’s just friendship, right?

Meanwhile, in L.A., Jack can scarcely keep up with the swirling throngs of women who track him everywhere he goes, the endless press appearances, and the ridiculous rules his manager, Holly, keeps concocting for him -- all part of the buildup to the release of Time, his steamy new film.

Thank goodness for phone sex.

But even when their schedules allow them to connect, Grace and Jack must keep their relationship off the radar and away from paparazzi cameras. Sure, the sex is sensational, but can this duo survive swirling rumors, the demands of their chosen professions, Grace’s raging internal battles, and a whopping nine-year age difference? 

Tick-tock, the clock is ticking. Isn’t it?

Alice Clayton brings the second installment of a tale told with her magical mix of humor and heat, so cuddle up under the sheets and flip on the Golden Girls. Grace and Jack are at it again.

My thoughts:
This is book two in the Redhead Series. And I thought this book was just as great as the first. It was a good continuation of book one. After finishing The Unidentified Redhead, I seriously couldn't buy this book quick enough. There's nothing better than a steamy romance that produces legitimate LOLs! Both books in the Redhead Series made me immensely happy. I laughed, I swooned and I may have shed a tear. I highly recommend Alice Clayton's books.

Bad Rep by: A Meredith Walters
Here's the synopsis:
"Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes".

Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.

She thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual.

It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.

But attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others dictate her life and her heart?


My thoughts:
I am a sucker for the bad boy romances. I don't know what it is about the "bad boys" that draws me in. But I can't get enough. There is a lot of bullying that goes on in this book. And the things that are said and done to Maysie literally broke my heart. But true love can conquer all. I really loved the story and the love that Jordan and Maysie shared.

I do have one complaint. This book makes sorority girls look awful (really the whole Greek system). I was a sorority girl and many of the things that took place in this book would NEVER have happened. Maybe at some schools, but it certainly wasn't my experience.

Reason to Breathe by: Rebecca Donovan
Here's the synopsis:
"No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection while pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises - not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - but at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide. 

Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope.

My thoughts:
Oh my word. This book pulls at so many emotions. Emma Thomas has had a hard life. She's strong, but extremely closed off. Her only focus is graduating high school to escape this life she is living. A new guy moves to town and he forces his way into Emma's life. In a good way. Evan is determined to find out what Emma is hiding and to protect her from it. I couldn't turn the pages of this book fast enough. And beware... Reason to Breathe ends on a major cliffhanger!

Barely Breathing by: Rebecca Donovan
Here's the synopsis:
Emma’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe. Now everyone in Weslyn knows Emma’s secret, but Carol can’t hurt Emma anymore. Some are still haunted by the horror of that night, and some must face the repercussions of their choices. Fans of Rebecca Donovan’s debut novel will discover there’s still much to learn about Emma’s life.

My thoughts:
Wow. This is book two of the Breathing series. Book one left me in desperate need to find out what happens. This book was equally as intense and emotional as the first. There were definitely tears shed while reading this. At times, I found myself super frustrated with Emma. I somehow wanted to force her to let someone in. I am anxious for July to get here so I can get my hands on Out of Breath, book three, of this series. I desperately want Emma to have her happy ever after. 

Have a good weekend!


Kristen said...

I had the Breathing one on my to read list after seeing you marked it. haha I'm planning to add Bad Rep as well!

Married...with a Pup said...

Seriously we are book reading soul mates haha. I've read all of these books and have to say that the redhead series might be my all time favorite. There is nothing bad I can say about it! I'm so excited for the last breathing series to come out!

Leslie said...

So glad you read the other Alice Clayton books...I want to read them so bad!! I finally finished reading The Edge of Never...holy cow was that emotional!