REVIEW: Aligned: Volume 3 by Ella Miles

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PLOT:

He’s alive.
I don’t know how, but he’s standing here in the doorway. A torn piece of green silk sticking out of his pocket matching the fabric that I carry with me everywhere to remember him.
My heart has been torn in two.
I don’t know who I’m supposed to love. A man that has stolen my heart or my husband who I thought was dead.
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He’s fucking alive.
That can’t be possible. I found someone I could finally love. Someone I want to spend the rest of my life with.
But I can’t love Alex.
Not now. I have to let her go. It’s the only way I can save her. I just hope I’m strong enough to save myself.

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Since the beginning the book is as intriguing as the other two. I found myself wondering really hard what is Landon hiding? What did he do to Caroline? I’m afraid is going to be something along the lines of rape or abuse… Specially giving his tendencies towards BDMS and all that. I was hoping I could find out in this volume, but I guess I have to wait for the next.

And then there’s Ethan, which I can’t figure out between chapters. I didn’t know I like him or not and I had the impression Alexa was with him to find something out and to investigate him. But, as in the first two books, that impression could have changed so easily. What I do know from the start is that he and his mother somehow planned what happened to Alexa. So that puts Ethan in the “don’t like” lane even more strongly.

I was so happy when I found out Alexa rather to be call Alex in the past too. Like Landon calls her. These are the things that got me absolutely loving this book, that it keeps getting better and better.

Plus, now Caroline and Drew have a secret too – Wow, this mess keeps tangling more and more!

So I’m left with a lot of questions, AGAIN!
Who’s the killer?
Does Landon’s secret have anything to do with Alex?
Did they meet each other before?
Or is Ethan behind it all?
And, Caroline is pregnant!! Is it Landon’s or Drew’s? Because there is definitely something between Caroline and Drew!

I have that feeling where I really want to know what’s going on but I kind of don’t want the books to end either!
So, I’m jumping to the next… I’ll report the outcome soon!

Happy reading,
Trish 🗯

REVIEW: Aligned: Volume 2 by Ella Miles

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PLOT:
My mind is a mess.
I can’t live this way anymore. He thinks I’ve told him the worst, but I’ve barely told him anything at all.
I can’t love Landon.
He just brings more confusion. I need to leave. Then I can break through the chaos that haunts me.
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My mind has never been so clear.
I’m writing new songs faster than ever before. I’m falling for her, even as the secret that I’ve kept hidden for years threatens to reveal itself.
I can’t love Alex.
Everyone will know I’m a monster. I’ll stay away. It’s the only way.

SPOILERS ALERT!!

Wow, again this thriller left me with my mouth open! In the last book I really though Alexa was in love with Ethan and missing him after the accident but I never imagined she had lost her memories and she didn’t remember anything from her past life. But she keep surprising me and being a really brave character! I think going to NYC to find her own answers and face her demons is the best decision she ever made in this book.

I absolutely loved how Landon was incapable of staying away of Alex, no matter what. And we got to uncover another layer from his character: he was an alcoholic and like his dad, he lost control with the drinks, so he stopped. He also pushes Alex to live, to take risks because I cares about her (the best example is their scene in the cliff, awesome).

And what is it about Ethan? Was he a bully or an abuser? I’m so confused about him – sometimes he seemed nice through Alex’ perspective and other I wondered if he was mean to her. I guess I got the opportunity to find out in the next book, knowing he’s ALIVE and all! A really freaking turning point, if you ask me! Best way to end a book!ç

Maybe the only thing that seemed a little bit unrealistic to me was the fact that now Alex is a super woman and knows how to control her panic about her sex encounters. Now she seems to know what she needs when she needs it, no matter how rough or wild.

But other than that, I keep giving this thriller my 5 full stars!
Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Trish

REVIEW: Aligned: Volume 1 by Ella Miles

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PLOT:

He’s an arrogant complication.
I don’t care if Landon Davis has sold millions of records. I don’t care that his damn crooked grin makes my panties wet.
I can’t want him.
I should be mourning, but I can’t. I just need him gone. Then I can align the chaos floating in my head.
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She has a f*cking boyfriend.
I’ve seen the picture of them together. But Alex Blakely still wants me. And who am I not to oblige when her body is begging for me?
I need one night to own her body.
I should be focused on getting my career out of the gutter. I’ll take one night first. Then I’ll be gone.

SPOILERS ALERT!!!!

WOW!! Just WOW!
This book blew my mind completely!! I almost don’t have word to describe how much I enjoyed it and how hung I’m on the story! I can’t wait to read Aligned: Volume 2.

I got hook since the beginning – I couldn’t stop reading and I finished it within hours of starting it. The first chapters helped me to get into Alexa and Landon’s frame of mind. I got to know that something happened to her and she lost something (and someone) important but we readers don’t get to much details and we start forming questions such as: why did she move to LA? Why isn’t she giving her full name?

Alexa come across as a very affected person – with self-esteem issues that are more than understandable considering she has scars all over her, she’s missing part of her leg and she has panic attacks very frequently. She keeps referring about herself as a monster, word that we keep reading between the lines not only from her, but also from Landon; he feels like a monster too.

But really, Landon just behaves as any rock star would: cocky, arrogant an with a huge ego. We see some of his “monster” side in the way he treats Caroline, but other than that he’s just another Justin Bieber. But while the books moves forward, we get to see Landon the guy, not the singer. He takes his time with Alex; he’s not jumping her or invading her (at least not after the first time in her house). And even if his intention aren’t the purest, I gave him points for being patient with her.

We get really good turns on the events during the chapters, like when we see Landon in the club and think nothing happen when in reality her already knows Alex is married but he goes after her anyway. This kind of spins keep us readers really interested.

Its also amazing how Ella Miles gives us pieces of Alexa’s story at the beginning of each chapter. At the end I came back to all of them and read them in order and understood better what was going on. We also get lyrics of Landon’s songs to Alex. This helped a lot to developed the characters emotional state and the motivation for their actions.

And wow! At the last chapter, the author left us in a cliff! Alexa is full of mystery: What’s going on with her mom? Is Ethan dead? Why is she lying to Landon? What is she hiding?

So, I can only give 5 enormous stars to this book and run to read the second and untangle the mess I’m in now!

Happy reading,
Trish 🗯

REVIEW: To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles #1) by Lauren Layne

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PLOT:

“Discovering her fiancé is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning… is theirs?”

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

As usual, Lauren Layne didn’t disappoint with her new book “To have and to Hold”. This is the perfect reading if you are looking for an engaging story with a happy ending!
Lauren always manages to list her characters’ issues in a way we understand them and hurt for them. And, at the end, you definitely feel closure for their situations.

In this case, Brooke and Seth were both burn by past relationships. But while Seth was extremely realistic, maybe to the point of pessimist, Brooke always saw the glass half full. She believed in happy endings still, after being left alone in the altar by her con man past fiancé.

Her optimism was contagious and, even if I was glad she understood she couldn’t avoid pain because she couldn’t move forward, I really liked that she chose to see the happy and beautiful things in life instead of focusing in the mistakes and bad experiences. It’s easy to be a victim when this kind of things happen and she refused to be one.

Then when she fell for Seth, she knew he wasn’t a prince charming – he was a moody, cranky and extremely controlling man. But she fell for him nonetheless. The best part was that, at the end, Seth was still the same. He didn’t make any promises to change which was the most realistic outcome for this story. We love people as they are, we cannot expect them to change.

So, bravo Lauren!
Once again you made me fall in love with your tale.
Can’t wait for the next book, “For better or for Worse” on August 30th!

Happy reading,
Trish 🗯

REVIEW: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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PLOT:
Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death… 

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase… he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil. 


I tried to stay away. 

I couldn’t.
Then, the team started losing. 

Women started dying. 
And everything in my world broke apart.
 

SPOILERS ALERT!

There’s been a while since a book got me completely caught and I’m not anticipating what’s going to happen at the end. Most of the time I have a pretty good idea of how the story is going to end. No with Moonshot. Alessandra Torre made sure us readers couldn’t know how Ty’s story ended. I spent most of the book afraid of what I was going to find in the next chapter and thinking that probably Tyler was going to die or that Chase was going to cheat and leave her. Or that Tobey was the actual killer. Thousands of scenarios that weren’t real. I was absolutely surprised with the outcome and the final chapters and as a fan girl (in my case, soccer) I could relate to Ty’s feelings all the time.

Now, in truly spoiler’s form, the story starts as a teenage dream – Chase Stern was going to play in the Yankees and Tyler, ball girl and pitcher’s daughter, couldn’t believe her luck. I think how would feel if I had the chance to be close to David Beckham and understand her perfectly. What she doesn’t know is that Chase is not a golden boy, but a damage guy with a drug addiction and bad attitude.

I really liked the fact that we could hear Chase point of view in some of the moments because, otherwise, I would have hated him from word one (I mean, he’s inhaling cocaine and sleeping with a teammate’s wife!). He was trouble but Ty’s sweetness and innocence saved him from himself.

Then, the whole “I sleep with other man because you left me” part was really frustrating, but then again, Tyler is a fresh 18 years older by then and she clearly didn’t have enough experience to handle the situation. And besides, if my boyfriend (or whatever they were at that point) came out of my room, after we share a moment, to consume cocaine with other girls instead of talking to me, I would have gone drown myself in alcohol too. The sex part was just a consequence of that.

Apart from that, Ty and Chase’s relationship was gorgeous! Pure teenage love on her side and false expectations on his part. He though she was pure and virginal because she was 18 and she was going to forgive him for everything he did. She though he was a knight in shinning armor and was going to come back for her after he left. Then 4 years forward, full lives formed, he comes back expecting to find her the same – and yes, Tyler still loves him, but I think is great she wants to spare her husband the pain. If Chase wanted her, he had to wait! She even said so at some point! This was great because she’s not a little girl anymore and she cannot leave everything behind just because he decided it was time to reach out.

In the end, I never would have guessed a journalist was the killer and that it was because he was in love with Tobey. I though it was going to be Tobey himself for most part of the book, so it was nice how it turned out. And I didn’t feel bad because Tobey was cheating on Tyler because she was in love with someone else all that time too. So, perfect ending for all the characters.

Five moonshot stars to this book! 😉
Trish 🗯

REVIEW: One Night with a Hero (The Hero #2) by Laura Kaye


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PLOT:
He wants just one night…
After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.
…what they need is each other.
Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?

SPOILERS ALERT!
I’ve read a couple of books with unwanted pregnancies on the story this past week. I don’t know if it’s the universe sending me a sign or something, hahahah. But joke aside, I think everything that has landed in my hands lately has the same subject on its pages.
In every final I can only think about the fact that these books are truly optimistic about the outcome. But then again, they’re suppose to be fiction. In real life, no one is so happy about these situations and everyone tends to be frustrated at the end.

Having said that, I have to take part of this book, One Night with a Hero, out of my judgmental analysis. Because in this case in particular Brady, the father, reacted as I expected any man to react to this situation. Like a jerk – I know, I don’t have much esteem for the male kind, but sadly this proves to be true in real life. He pushed Joss away of selfish reasons and only came back when he was sure he would stay and stick around no matter what.
This made the story so much believable for me.

So, I’ll give 3.5 stars to it 😉

Happy reading,
Trish 🗯

REVIEW: Her Forbidden Hero (The Hero #1) by Laura Kaye

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PLOT:
She’s always been off-limits…
Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend’s little sister, but her return home changes that…and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco’s not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he’s not about to let her see the mess he’s become.
…but now she’s all grown up.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can’t stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa’s not looking for protection—not anymore. Now that she’s back in his life, she’s determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time…

SPOILER ALERT!
 
What a lovely story!
That’s the general idea this book left me with – not the typical “she’s my best friend little sister and I can’t have her”.  Their issues where legit and the reasons why they avoid each other part of the book were solid.

One of the things I liked the most was the fact that it was a pretty straight forward story – non undercurrent intentions or big secrets to uncover. The characters basically say what they mean (if they could jajaj) and act as they want.

Alyssa was a emotionally scarred girl that grew to fast and was forced to be independent and solved her own life by her own. And then Marco was physically scarred and emotionally unattached to himself; his guilt and shame were like a rope cutting through his throat.

At the end, both of them understood that they could fix each other if they sticked together.

The only thing I could phantom was the fact that, if they were so close to each other back in the day, why hadn’t they keep in contact after he came back from war. I know he came back damaged but she could have call or something.

Anyway, four stars to this lovely story!
Now moving to the next!!

Happy reading,
Trish 🗯