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Review: One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters

One Day Soon (One Day Soon, #1)One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary:

He found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

He ran away.
I tried to move on.

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

Most lives can be narrowed down to significant moments. Mine was no different. I knew the event that had changed me.

Life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes life is like living in the mud and you feel like you’re sinking deeper and deeper into the pit. If you are looking for a happy, romantic kind of story, this book isn’t for you (at least not in the moment). Like I said, there are times when life is like living in the mud. One Day Soon is that kind of story.

This book left me heartbroken for days. There was a painful yet exciting feeling about not knowing whether the story will end happily or not, and that made my reading experience more thrilling and heartbreaking. When I started the book, I felt like my heart was breaking bit by bit, but it was painstakingly enjoyable. In the end, it was all worth it.

Without spoiling anything, I’m gonna tell you a little about this book.

One Day Soon is a Standalone New Adult Contemporary Romance about the sad and heartbreaking story of Imi and Yoss–two teenagers who met during the lowest season of their lives. Imogen or Imi is a runaway sixteen year old girl who was living with her neglectful mother before she decided to leave their home for good. Yossarian Frazier or Yoss is an eighteen year old homeless boy who instantly became Imi’s friend and protector. They became everything for each other as they tried to survive the life in the pit. Soon they began to dream that one day they will find a happy life together.

Sad and heartbreaking, raw and emotional. This book tore my heart into a thousand pieces and I don’t think I will ever put the pieces back again. My heart was a mess. It took everything in me not to sob and I guess that was a bad thing because until now I haven’t fully recovered. One Day Soon is definitely one of the most heartbreaking books I came across with and reading it was all worth it. It is one of the special books that I will always remember and the kind that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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Here was a boy barely holding himself together. He seemed as though he wanted to curl into himself. I wanted to shield him from everything horrible. Everything ugly.
Just as he had been trying to do for me.
Yossarian Frazier wasn’t an overly complicated person. He was smart. He was thoughtful. He was generous and kind. He was loyal to a fault.
And he was someone who had been forced to make choices that would shatter most people. I could see the fragments being chipped away little by little as he struggled to hold on.
Yet he still sat beside me, with concern on his face, wanting to know if I was all right. When it was obvious he wasn’t.

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Even though it was painful to read most of the times, this book is an eye-opener to some of the ugly truths in life. Maybe not all happy stories have happy endings, but sometimes it’s the saddest parts that make up a beautiful story.

And the ending? Well, I’ll just say it’s beautiful and I am pleased with how the story ends. I’m not gonna tell if this book is a HEA (Happily Ever After) or not. I hope the readers experience the thrill of finding out for themselves.

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Maybe after all these years, I was still just that girl standing up in the rain. Waiting for a boy who would never come.
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5 Bittersweet and Heartbreakingly Beautiful STARS!

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Blog Tour + Review: J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis by Katy Regnery

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JC and the Bijoux Jolis by Katy Regnery is NOW LIVE!

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Blurb:

If the best man and maid of honor are both single, it’s practically an unwritten rule that they should pork.

…so begins a rocky acquaintance between Jean-Christian “J.C.” Rousseau and Libitz Feingold at the wedding of J.C.’s brother and Lib’s best friend. While manslut best man J.C. is surprised when maid of honor Libitz soundly spurns his advances, his curiosity is piqued. The girl he couldn’t have becomes the only one he wants.

So, when he finds a seventy-year-old portrait in the attic of his sister’s mansion that bears an uncanny resemblance to the prickly gallery owner, he enlists her help in solving a mystery seven decades in the making. Traveling from Philadelphia to New York to Marseille, a couple who started off as enemies will discover that even cynics can find true love…and mortal man is no match for destiny.

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EXCERPT

“You must be the famous Libitz,” he’d opened, taking his assigned seat beside her, and flashing his sexiest grin.

After all, if she was his chosen conquest for the weekend, there was no time like the present to work his wiles. Wearing a simple black sheath dress with aqua circles, 70s-style mod make-up and oversized silver and crystal chandelier earrings that almost brushed her thin shoulders, she’d turned to him and blinked those wide, all-seeing eyes.

“And you…must be kidding.”

Taken aback, he’d stared at her for a second before chuckling. “Wha—I mean, how’s that?”

“Let’s start over,” she said, cocking her head to the side. “Here’s your line, Romeo: “Hi, I’m Étienne’s brother, Jean-Christian. It’s nice to meet you.” Want to give it a try?”

He cleared his throat, his smile fading. “Hi, I’m Étienne’s brother, Jean-Christian. It’s nice to meet you.”

She locked eyes with his, her lips neutral, neither tilted up nor down. “Hi. I’m Libitz Feingold, Kate’s best friend…and it’s not cold enough.”

“What?” asked J.C., feeling completely turned around.

“It’s not cold enough in hell for me to fall for someone like you,” she said, then shifted back around to talk to the person on her other side.

Well, fuck me, thought J.C., taking another gulp of beer as he tried to figure out if he was insulted or impressed. After a moment, he nudged her in the side with his elbow and she looked at him over her shoulder, her expression annoyed.

“Yes?”

“I hear the temperature’s dropping there,” he said casually, then added, “because they’re expecting a visit from you.”

“Ha!” she chortled, a genuine grin brightening her eyes for a moment before she quickly reigned it back in to practiced ennui. “Is that right?”

He shrugged, tipping his bottle of beer back as he held her eyes, challenging her to come back at him with something clever. “So I heard.”

“From all the friends you’ve got there?”

He almost spit his beer out. Damn, but she was quick.

“Truce?’ he asked, placing his beer on the table and holding out his hand.

She stared at his hand for a moment, then looked away, leaning forward to pick up her champagne glass and bringing it slowly to her lips. “No, thanks. Mama didn’t raise no fool.”

“You’re unreal.” She shook her head, that bored look still in place.

“Nope. I’m real. I’m just not a good target for charming scamps looking for trouble.”

“A target? Shit. Who got to you?” he asked, feeling a little abused by her insta-judgement of him without actually getting a chance to know him in person. Not that she was wrong exactly. But getting into trouble with the right person could be a hell of a lot of fun.

“The list is long and distinguished,” she shot back.

His eyes widened and his lips wobbled.

“Oh, God,” she said, shaking her head as her cheeks bloomed an appealing pink under her make-up. “I walked right into that one didn’t I?”

“Yes, you did,” said J.C. with what he hoped was a disarming grin. “All together, now…”

“So’s my Johnson,” they said at the same time, quoting the rebuttal line from Top Gun.

“Hey, look at that,” he said, still smiling at her. “You do know how to have fun. I was beginning to worry.”

Her smile instantly faded. “You’re not as cute as you think you are.”

“Yeah,” he said, nodding as he finished the last of his beer. “I am.”

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MY REVIEW

The moment I read the summary of J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis, I knew it was going to be different. A good kind of different. I was not mistaken.

This book is my favorite among all the Rousseau books. Why? Because it is mixed with Historical Fiction and a bit of mystery. This made it more interesting and as I said, different. J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis was romantic… classic and it was elegantly delivered. The writing was smooth and beautiful just like Katy’s other books. I think I can already recognize her books even if she don’t put her name on them.

I instantly loved her characters and since I enjoy witty banters, this book did not disappoint. J.C. is a character to be loved. He stole my heart from the beginning. The manwhore who avoided love as much as he can but ended up helplessly falling in love with this small but beautiful woman Lib— who share the same passion but belongs to a different religion and culture and also engaged to another man. Lib is a strong woman and she is feisty and stubborn and smart and confident and independent yet soft on the inside. She makes a perfect match for J.C. whose character is as strong as her. They make a perfect couple and they are my most favorite in the Blueberry Lane series yet.

I don’t exactly look for it, but there are certain words that usually hit me whenever I read a book. It still surprise me everytime because I find it rare and special and when they do hit a spot, the book suddenly feels like home…

“But forever exists. I promise you it does… It’s a choice. It’s a choice to love someone and be faithful to them and do the work. We’re all capable of that.”


“There was a freshness, a newness, an excitement in finding the right person after knowing so many who weren’t.”

These words are true and I believe them with all my heart.  And for a book to be beautiful and unforgettable, it has to have meaning too. For it to have meaning, it should be able to speak to us–probably in many different ways–but it should speak to us and make us remember their words even before you finished the book. For me, that makes this book not only beautiful and romantic but also hopeful and courageous and brave. Because loving isn’t easy and this book gives hope to those who are afraid to love and be loved in return. Then there’s the magic of destiny and also the truth that we can make them happen.

I loved J.C. and Lib. I loved their story that made them oh so right for each other. Katy has written yet another beautiful love story that will make you feel sexy and will definitely make you swoon!

5 STARS!

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Marry Me Mad is one swoonworthy read!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Book Tour + Review: Marry Me Mad by Katy Regnery

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Marry Me Mad (The Rousseaus #2) by Katy Regnery

Released: October 21, 2016

Blurb:

Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery’s New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in 2016!

For as long as Madeleine “Mad” Rousseau can remember, she’s been the “sweet” twin to her sister Jax’s “sassy.” But after an especially painful break-up, Mad decides she’s had enough of being sweet. Children’s librarian during the day, she begins visiting Philly’s seedier nightspots on a quest for adventure. When Cortlandt “Cort” Ambler, the ex-boyfriend of Mad’s sister, Jax, saves her from disaster on one such evening, an unlikely friendship is born between the rebellious librarian and the moonlighting pianist…and two broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.

​I loved Jonquils for Jax. I really liked Marry Me Mad!

Both books are part of The Rousseau Series but both can be read as standalone. These two books are beautiful in different kind of way that readers will surely enjoy. While Jonquils for Jax is enchantingly sweet, Marry Me Mad is delictably hot. Forget the sweetness of Jonquils for Jax for a while because this book is more spice than sweetness and Katy delivered them well. And oh my gosh. CORT. The banters between him and Mad brought a lot of smiles on my face. I was surprised most of the times because I kinda found myself smiling more times than I can count. And if you want a sexy read with humor and wit, you won’t be disappointed. My favorite is the harp scene. You got to read the book to find out. It’s one of the hottest scene I’ve ever read in a romance books. Katy leveled up the hotness and I bet most of the readers will love it!

In Marry Me Mad, I instantly fell in love with Cort. Knowing he’s an Ambler who are known to be the blacksheep of the Blueberry Lane, added more allure to the personality of this thoughtful, beautiful, and talented soul. Here is a tattooed man who plays piano and harp and has the kindest and the softest of hearts. 

Madeleine Rousseau or Mad for short, is Jax’s twin sister. If you already read Jonquils for Jax, then you know that Jax is the sassy one, the socialite twin, the popular award winning producer in Hollywood and the opposite of Mad. Mad is a librarian, the gentle, sweet and pristine Rousseau sister. But underneath her proper clothes and elegant pearls is a wild woman waiting to be unleashed. 

I had a glimpse of Mad and Cort in Jonquils for Jax but I didn’t see the real Mad until this book. I know she was the sweet sister… the one who always there for you when you need someone to talk to. She’s the listener who lives in the shadow of Jax, but deep inside she has sass and spice which made Cort love her more. 

I think that one of the highlights for me while reading this book is when I realized that many of us can actually relate to Mad. There is always something inside of us, no matter what our exteriors show to everyone else, that is hidden and waiting to be free. I kinda envy Mad for having Cort–passionate and loving and who knows the real her, appreciate her and embrace her wholly. I fall for Cort as well, more and more throughout the story.

Marry Me Mad is like a second chance kind of book for me since Cort and Mad have loved each other since they were little but never had their chance until they meet after ten years or so. It is a story about two soulmates who are destined to love each other, but they needed time to grow separately and learn how to fight for true love and their happiness. It shows that some childhood feelings that is kept hidden through the years, when watered, sometimes makes the best kind of love. It can be a beautiful fairytale. Mad and Cort have that kind of fairytale. 

Though I still love Jonquils for Jax better than Marry Me Mad, this book is all love. For a girl who is a sucker for Happily-Ever-After, Katy Regnery’s books is always a go to. I think this is her forte. She always give beautiful endings. It’s like a sweet escape from all the ugliness in life and it makes you believe that fairytales can still do happen. 

Will I recommend this book? YES. Will I still read the next story? So freaking YES. Now, I am looking forward to J.C.’s story!

4 Stars!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013. 

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller. 

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home

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Review: PUNK 57 by Penelope Douglas

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PUNK 57

By Penelope Douglas

Released Date: October 21, 2016

Summary:

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

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I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

“Close your eyes, there’s nothing to see out here.”

When I finished this book, I wanted to shout to the world what an amazing book Punk 57 is. Really, what did I just read? It was totally an intense experience and I loved every single moment of it. I couldn’t even wrap up the feelings I have for this book and it’s crazy… beautiful and crazy. You see, I still think about it all the time! It has my heart from the beginning up to the last page and I still cannot let go. I thought Bully will forever be my most favorite Pen Douglas’ book but I was wrong. I thought I fell hard for Bully, but it seems like I really haven’t hit the ground yet. Until Punk 57.

Ryen is not the typical heroine that we usually root for, and Misha isn’t the guy I thought he was. He is something else… something more. I fell in love with these characters and I didn’t even need a lot of convincing. Misha stole my heart and he held it. Held it and totally wrapped his hands around it. I dived blind and fast into this book and I was completely blown away (and I recommend that you do the same!). It’s far from what I thought I knew and expected, and nothing like I’ve read before. It was surprisingly a bit dark, edgy, and sexy to the point that it’s almost illegal. I loved the twist and turns of the story and those surprises along the way pushed me to sit straighter on the bed. I think I had thrown a few bad words in the wind as well (sh*t). It was very angsty and gritty that I wanted to punch the other characters’ faces from this book. I don’t want to say anything more than the necessary rambling because I don’t want to spoil the book for those who want to read it and enjoy it to the fullest. Just let me say that I loved this book so much! There are only two books so far that top my reads this year. Absolutely one of these is Punk 57. I don’t read fast… but this book was so hard to put down. If you read and enjoyed anything by Penelope Douglas, I bet you’ll gonna love this book as much or probably more than you love the other books. Yes, I think it’s dark… and it’s sexy and angsty.. more than that it is also sad and heartbreaking. But above all these, I think this book is powerful–it will touch people and most probably change a few hearts.

This book is marked as the Best Romance of the Month in Goodreads and it hasn’t even released yet. This has to mean something good and also one more reason to read it. I looove this book so hard, definitely 5 stars! I would give it a 10 if it’s allowed.

There are books that we read and we hold close to us, and there are books that do the opposite and hold us–those kind that helps us keep going and reminds us why we shouldn’t give up reading. Punk 57 is that kind of book for me… the kind that holds my heart.

“You kissed my hair while sticking me in the heart.
But your house will break before I fall apart.”

5 STARS!

Book Tour (Review): Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

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Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

Published: August 22nd 2016

Synopsis:

He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?


Kevin was kissing another girl. And he wasn’t just kissing her–he was inhaling her.


When you saw your stepbrother kissing another girl, and you’ve been in love with the said stepbrother for years… you run. But make sure to bump into the hottest fraternity guy–Caden. Caden Banks. Beautiful Caden Banks.

Summer Stoltz is a college freshman who’ve been crushing and pining for her stepbrother for years, even before her dad married Kevin’s mom. When she entered college, she hoped to finally be together with him. But sometimes some things don’t go well as planned. Especially when dear stepbrother end up being a big jerk and he has a scorching hot fraternity brother who always appear in the right place at the right moment, and saving her butt every single time. So, who is Caden Banks? He’s the Anti-Stepbrother.

I always love angsty books! Books that can make my heart race. Books that can make my heart hurt and flutter at the same time. These feelings I get from a book are one of the nicest and certainly one of the best things I love about reading. This is why I love Tijan’s books. Whenever I will dive into her stories, it’s like preparing myself for the next trainwreck. The adrenaline is too high, it’s almost intoxicating.

Along with the college drama, the characters in this book also cope up with past hurts and unresolved family issues that has always been one of the interesting flavors in Tijan’s books. At times, it was heartbreaking and sad, but there was never a lack of sexiness throughout the story. Though I expected to be blown away, I wasn’t prepared for the different waves of emotions as the characters played around friendship, brotherhood, love and family drama. I also appreciate that this book wasn’t an instalove romance, but a growing friendship with a simmering love underneath. There were many good things I loved about this book, but mostly I loved Caden’s character. He surprised me the most. I thought he was a bad guy with a good heart, but no, he was a good guy with a big heart. Caden Banks is one freaking hot guy. Caden and Summer is a tandem to watch out for. You’ll love this couple and you’ll wish there was more! I don’t think Caden and Summer are made for just a single novel. I believe they are cut for more and bigger stories. I want a second book! It was like reading Mason and Sam from Fallen Crest but different. And it’s a good kind of different. It just have this familiar feel, the same feel I get from Fallen Crest Series. Readers who enjoy Tijan’s books will surely enjoy this one. I just loved this book! I read it in less than a day!

Anti-Stepbrother will bring you to a world of college drama, fraternity and brotherhood, where there are lies and betrayals but also where unexpected friendship and love may be found. It was a one wild roller coaster ride.

5 STARS

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About the Author

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I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Book Review: Jonquils for Jax by Katy Regnery

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Published: August 5th 2016

Synopsis: 

Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery’sNew York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in Summer 2016!

Jacqueline “Jax” Rousseau is vivacious, rich, smart and beautiful…but that doesn’t mean she’s lucky in love: she’s dated doctors, lawyers, actors and politicians who’ve all managed to end up disappointing her. In fact, she’s on a self-imposed hiatus from love when she has an unpleasant run-in with her neighbor’s gorgeous new landscaper, Gardener Lenox. Jax is not accustomed to gruff, ill-mannered men that can’t be charmed, but when he saves her skin, she realizes that something about Gard intrigues her…and if she can find her way through the armor that surrounds his heart, she might finally find a love that won’t let her down.

I always believe that in what seems like an ordinary life, there are extraordinary moments waiting to happen. Just like this book, it seemed like an ordinary story with ordinary characters. Then slowly and gently, they touched you in a special way until it is etched in your heart. What seemed to be a light and fast read, became something extraordinary and remarkable. You know that book that is simple and an easy-read, when you close the book you thought it was done? Then in your ordinary day, it will just pop in your mind? It’s that kind of book.

Jax and Gard are like two birds without wings. When they found each other, it was like each of them were given a pair and suddenly they know how to fly… together.

I didn’t like Jax much in the beginning until Chapter 6. The moment she walked up to Gard’s cottage holding a pack of Abita along with the hope that Gard will not send her away.

Jax–an award winning Hollywood producer, beautiful, and rich. A girl who used to get what she wants, walking up to a gardener’s cottage, trying to convince a man that he needs her.


“…like a burst of something very sweet and very bright in a dark, bitter life. Like a jonquil. Like a kiss of bright orange in the middle of quiet white.”


Gard–this beautiful man who didn’t think he’s worthy of a Jaqueline Rousseau, is an epitome of a great man who will do anything for the girl he loves. I just wish I’ve seen more of Gard’s life– with his family or an old life, nevertheless, this man with a big heart needs more love and affection than what he has been given.

Katy Regnery’s beautiful writing can easily transport readers to Blueberry Lane which will no doubt give the readers a nostalgic feeling and warmth.

Jonquils for Jax is a light, sweet, inspiring, fun read. If you need a book that will make you feel like you’re on a peaceful vacation and having your own solitude somewhere in the middle of a quiet, beautiful place… this is the right book to pick. It’s the kind of book that you wanna read during the day while lying on a hammock with fresh air on your face, the wind lightly blowing through your hair, or at night under the moonlit sky. Definitely one of the sweetest books I ever came across. It’s the “jonquil” for every reader’s life. You know, that bright orange in the middle of our quiet white?

4.5 STARS

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THE ROUSSEAUS

Jonquils for Jax, The Rousseaus #1 – available 8.5.16
Marry Me Mad, The Rousseaus #2 – available 10.21.16
J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis, The Rousseaus #3 – available 11.29.16

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sara J. Maas

Published: May 5th 2016

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

It was sort of a Beauty and the Beast kind of story, but not entirely a copy of the popular and beloved fairy tale. This book was enchanting and beautiful on its own!

The story is about Feyre and her journey to the land of the Fae–a magical and enchanting world, beautiful but more dangerous than you can imagine. It was said to be forbidden to kill a fae and Feyre knew it too well. However, that didn’t stopped her in killing the wolf-like creature she found in the forest. I imagined Feyre shooting the wolf with her arrow, and skinning it (or more likely “him”). Too much detail there! Anyway, so that was what really happened. She sold what she could sell, and keep what she and her family could eat. Because if you’re the only one who can support your disabled father and your too sheltered beautiful sisters (they irritated me immensely!), then you probably didn’t have a choice but to hunt whatever and whoever is out there available in the forest. So Feyre probably just crossed her fingers and wished that the creature wasn’t a wolf at all but, if it was a fae, then she’ll just face the consequences. She might as well take the risk rather than die of starvation, right?  She couldn’t be that unlucky! But yet she was. ‘Cos the wolf that she killed was Andras. Soon enough, another beast-like creature, as big as a bear, was on their footstep and ready to collect the debt.

I’ve never been a fan of faerie books but since it was written by Sara J. Maas, I decided to give it a try. I loved her Throne of Glass so my expectation for this book was quite high. Once again, she threw me into a world of enchanting beauty–the world of the fae, a place we could only imagine and she made me feel like it was real. I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses for many different reasons, but mostly because of how it made me feel. It kept me awake way past my bedtime cos it wouldn’t let me put down the book.

I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.

I also liked the characters that the author created. There is nothing I like better than a girl who is brave and who knows what she wants, a girl who won’t back down during a fight, and a girl who is willing to die fighting for what she cares about. She’s stubborn and she needed to learn to “feel and love” in the hardest way possible. I liked Tamlin and he was adorable in some scenes, but there was something missing in the chemistry between him and Feyre. I loved them when they’re together, but it wasn’t as spectacular as I expected. Feyre and Tamlin are both good characters. Separately, they seemed to shine on their own… but together they don’t fit perfectly. Feyre is a badass character and she’s a fighter. Someone as complex and as strong as her needs more than just protection from a guy like Tamlin. She  has this hunger to hunt, to fight, to protect and she needs someone who is willing to fight alongside her instead of someone who will put her inside some protective walls… and though it pains me to even think of these two being apart, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there is more about Feyre and Rhysand–the powerful High Lord of the Night Court.

Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

The pacing of the story was good even in the first few chapters where it felt like nothing much happened. The last part of the book though was awesome!  Those last chapters were my favorites because they kept me on the edge of my seat. I always loved an exciting twist!

For though each of my strikes

lands a powerful blow,

when I kill, I do it slow…

If you love fantasy books especially the epic ones, this book is for you. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a page-turner, a gripping, spellbinding story that shouldn’t be missed.

5 STARS

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