Wanting My Stepsister
Author: Alexa Riley
Publisher: Alexa Riley
Date of Publication: November 15, 2016
Genre: Romance, Adult, Contemporary, Erotica
Libby Moore is trying to figure out what to do with her life. She has graduated high school, but there’s only one thing she’s ever truly wanted in life…the one thing she can’t have…her stepbrother, Jasper.
Jasper Lewis tried to get away from the one person he shouldn’t want. But moving only a couple of miles away was a pitiful effort, and he’s tired of resisting what he wants. He’s coming back to claim what’s been his since day one, no matter what the consequences.
This taboo love is so dirty, so wrong, and your lady business is gonna thank you!
Warning: It’s okay if you like it, because this is a judgment-free zone. But these two are about to get it on like their dad may walk in at any moment. Enjoy!!
Don’t get me wrong. I love Alexa Riley. Her taboo smutty books are really enticing. But I feel like her storylines are kind of repetitive and they are slowly getting old (in my opinion). This book was no different.
Libby Moore is secretly in love with her stepbrother Jasper Lewis. Jasper, on the other hand, feels the same way about Libby. Ever since Libby’s mom married Jasper’s dad, they’ve already been attracted to each other. However, Jasper didn’t want to cross the line by hitting on his stepsister so he moved on his own so he can avoid her. But because they simply can’t get away from each other and the sexual tension is always there, they’re about to do the forbidden.
Just like Alexa Riley’s previous books, this book was a short and fast moving read. What I loved about it was the fact that it has enough substance that equals the amount of smut. However, I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. The steamy scenes were of course, uber hot and Jasper was such a dirty talker but oh my, why did I encounter the word “kitty” again? I swear this word was always present in the previous books. (?) lol.
Anyways, I believe fans of Alexa Riley will enjoy this book more than I did. I just don’t think this is her best.
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The Year We Fell Down
(The Ivy Years #1)
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Sarina Bowen
Published: September 11, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.
She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.
Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.
Also, he’s taken.
Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.
They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.
But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.
My problem with The Year We Fell Down is, I couldn’t connect with the romantic aspect. The characters are actually likeable and I have no problem with that, but the way the romance was delivered, it was kinda off. I love friends-to-lovers tropes, unfortunately this one didn’t get me. Perhaps it’s just me but I feel no chemistry between the two.
The story centers around Corey Callahan, a college girl who became handicapped after an ice hockey accident. She met the gorgeous ice hockey player Adam Hartley in a dorm room and instantly became friends with him since the guy also had a minor accident and at that time, had an injury. They shared a platonic relationship, even though deep down inside Corey slowly fell for him. But because Hartley already has a girlfriend, this attraction is clearly a complication.
What I loved about this book was Corey’s character development and strength. I loved how she eventually accepted her condition and delved into a different sport when she realized that ice hockey is not for her. Despite her condition, she was able to live normally and I think that’s really awe-inspiring.
There was also no insta-love involved so it was good. However, I wish it didn’t took Hartley a while to realize that he’s wasting his time on his bratty girlfriend.
I would still love to read the rest of the books of this series since a lot of reviews say that they’re much, much better, so let’s see. 🙂
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Author: Penelope Ward
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: February 3, 2016
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?
Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.
When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.
The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.
The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.
I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.
The worst part? He didn’t come alone.
I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection.
The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.
Author’s note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
(I buddyread this book together with my friends sis Bea, Jovel, and Elena)
I did not hate this book, but I didn’t especially love it either. Since this book came out and basically became a hype, I was so thrilled to read it especially because the synopsis is so interesting and I’ve been hearing lots of good things about Penelope Ward. That’s why I’m so bummed thinking about how this book became a disappointment for me.
At 1-10%, I found the story promising. My reaction was like,
At 11% to 39%,
At 44% onwards…
I guess I just didn’t like the plot and how the entirety of the storyline was conveyed. The writing style of Penelope Ward was exceptional (I’d give her that!), but I really wasn’t that invested with the story. Plus, the sudden turn of events at 40% and the rest of the book seemed off. It basically ruined the whole stuff.
The ending and the epilogue were sweet though and the romance was okay. There were even lots of sexy times. I also loved Justin’s character and how adorable he appeared to be. Not to mention he’s smoking hot and his character as well as Amelia’s developed in the later part of the book. Hence, the 2.5.
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