DIRTY RED by Tarryn Fisher – a review by Shannon

Love me with lies

Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher
Book Two from the Love With Me Lies Series

“My name is Leah, and I will do whatever it takes to keep my husband.”

Tarryn Fisher gave us all a nice Christmas surprise with the early release of her 2nd book from the Love Me With Lies series called Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2). This series centers around three characters: Olivia, Leah, and Caleb.

You will love them and you will hate them. This book focuses on manipulative Leah and lies; lies that spill into her toxic relationship. I love the fact that this story switches from past to present in order to help us understand the relationship between Caleb and Leah.

Leah will make you want to punch a wall because she is so cold and heartless. How could anyone like her? I’m not saying I like her, but I am saying I can understand some of her issues.
Leah has problems that are deep and manifest into the person she has become. This author creates the perfect villain. And every blue moon, even a villain deserves a break. Leah stops at nothing to protect what she has, and what she wants to keep, and she evens uses people to do so. She can and will do anything to make it happen, no matter the consequences.

There were a lot of “oh my word, no she didn’t” scenarios that keep you wanting Leah to do good, just once! And, I was somewhat cheering for her in a small way. Leah is not liked by anyone, and who can blame them? She personified Bitch like no other, but she has a sordid past that no one knows about except for Caleb. But, what would you do if you had to constantly worry about your marriage? Eat more frozen vegetables obviously!

I hope my review of this book will pique your curiosity to read this series, so you can understand why I love this author. You will not want to put this book down. You will get sucked into Leah’s debacle and be left counting the days until you get your hands on the 3rd book.

I definitely give this book 5 hookers!

Other ratings:
Angst – 5 hookers
Mindf**k – 5 hookers
Steam – 1 (alluded to but not descriptive)

*The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1) is on sale for just 0.99 right now, so if you haven’t read this incredible series, here is your chance!*

**Tarryn is having a giveaway to celebrate the Love Me With Lies Re-Blog Tour. Below is a picture of the prizes you could win if you enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post. Good Luck!! **

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THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN – by Jessica Sorenson

Holy shit! These were honestly the first words that came to mind as I finished the last sentence of The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden. This isn’t the first book I have read from Jessica Sorenson, but it is by far the best. I loved everything about it! Well, maybe not the ending, but we’ll discuss that later.

Let’s start with Callie. She is a girl that should have had a dream life. But she doesn’t. You don’t know why that is…you have and idea, but nothing definite to back up your ideas. You just know she has made herself invisible on the teenage radar..until one night when she saves a boy at a party.

That boy is Kayden…he seems to have it all…good looks, athletic ability, popularity. But Callie sees a different side to Kayden’s life that night and neither of them forget it.

Skip to college. Callie has lost her emo look, has a best friend (whom I love), and has a list of things she needs to do to help her survive and move on. Kayden is at the same college on a football scholarship. They bump into each other and soon, despite trying not to, begin a friendship. Soon, they are opening up to each other about the reasons they are the way they are.

Friendship turns to romance turns to can’t breathe without you love. And they help each other to realize they cannot move forward until they each confront the past. When I got to the Callie’s bedroom part, I was mentally shaking my pom poms and doing cartwheels. It is hot, sweet and made me want more.

Now, let’s discuss that ending I referred to earlier. I saw some of it coming, but dammit, not all of it. I cursed Jessica Sorenson. I cursed my Kindle. And I prayed that she was typing away furiously on the next book. I need it – like today!!

This is a text from a friend that I suggested the book to:

Heather – “OMG OMG OMG! I JUST FINISHED CALLIE AND KAYDEN…OMG!

Me “Ummm.., sorry I didn’t warn you about the ending J

Heather “Yeah, be glad it was such a good book!”

Jessica Sorenson doesn’t write about petty teenage problems. She delves into heartbreaking, real life problems that many of us have never or will ever experience. I cannot wait for the next book, The Redemption of Callie and Kayden.

4.5 hookers (might have been five if she hadn’t written such a mindf**k of a cliffhanger)

 

PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry

I bought Pushing the Limits (Harlequin Teen) because I saw that it was on sale for like 10.00 off. It’s kind of like when you see a pair of shoes on sale for next to nothing. You might not know the designer or even if you have anything to wear with them, but you buy them anyway. I mean, come on, one can never have too many shoes or books. Man, was I glad I bought this one. It has a The Sea of Tranquility feel (one of my favorite books of 2012).

My favorite books are the ones that make me emotional. To me, there is nothing like finishing a book and not being able to get it out of your head. I also tend to gravitate toward the books that have a lot of heat. Since this book was a YA novel, I didn’t know if it would do it for me. Well, it did. What it lacked in steam, it made up for in feelings.

The two main characters, Echo and Noah, meet because of therapy. They have both suffered tragedies that have left them scarred both emotionally and physically. Echo knows something happened to her, she just doesn’t remember the actual event.. Noah remembers exactly what happened to change his life and sometimes that is worse than not knowing.

I was completely caught up in this book. The author took me back to high school, when wearing the right clothes and sitting at the right lunch table could make or break you. I felt the loss of these two broken souls. I also felt the love and relief when they figured out how to survive in their “new world”. Like I said, it is YA, but the emotions and the gutwrenching ordeals and decisions that had to be made were all grown up ones.

As I have said before, it takes a lot to make me cry. I have no doubt many of you will get choked up reading Echo and Noah’s story…especially when certain things are remembered and decisions are made.

I will definitely be reading more books by Katie McGarry…

This one is a solid 4 hookers!

AVOIDING COMMITMENT – A Review by Lisa

Have you ever had that one particular guy you just couldn’t, wouldn’t, say no to?

It doesn’t matter what he wants.

It doesn’t matter that you are in a relationship.

It doesn’t matter that he is either.

 

The two of you have some sort of magnetic pull or cosmic thing going that you simply cannot stay away from each other.  It is impossible to say no to him.

Well if you do, or if you ever did, this is the book for you to make you finally realize that it was all crap because you see Lexie & Jack have never been together.  They have never been in a relationship.  Did they have one?  Yes.  But were they ever a couple?  No.

Lexie receives a phone call waking her up one morning from Jack.  She has not heard from him in 2 years when he left her in New York with a broken heart.  She can’t believe that it is even him on the line.  You see Jack needs her to talk to his girlfriend, Bekah, who wants to marry him.  Bekah has talked to his two ex-girlfriends and now he wants Lexie to come to Atlanta to meet Bekah.

In Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding Series) you see all that Lexie & Jack went through together and how their non-relationship hurt those around them.  Linde goes back and forth between the past & present.  The way she does it doesn’t seem to hurt the story but rather help you understand their 6 year non-relationship even more.  This is the 1st book of a series and I highly recommend that you go straight onto the 2nd one (Avoiding Responsibility) as soon as you finish.

Hands down a 5 hooker read.

 

HAPPY HOUR (Racing on the Edge Series) by Shey Stahl

Let me start off by saying that I am not a Nascar fan. I have never watched a race (don’t hate). It’s just not my thing..my sister loves it. Hell, she got married at Talladega – yes, that is what I said – so I am not a stranger to the sport. I just never got into it…until I read Happy Hour.

The first book in the Racing On The Edge series is funny, hot and the characters are so real you feel like you belong in the family. The book centers around the love story of the main characters, Jameson Riley and Sway Reins. But it is not, by any means, one of the gooey, hurt your teeth love stories. It is hot and it is hysterical. Jameson is the new “it” boy on the track and Sway is his longtime best friend. I won’t give anything away because getting to the actual “love” in the book is half the fun.

Shey does such a bang up job on the characters in Happy Hour that you want to read just as much about the secondary characters as you do the lovebirds. Jameson’s crazy siblings, Spencer and Emma, are the typical brother and sister. Annoying, tattling, prank playing kinds! You spend most of the book either laughing at them or wanting to spank them. Add in Jameson’s parents, Sway’s dad and his live in girlfriend and her twin boys, and the boyfriends and in-laws and chaos ensues! You also get plenty of  fast paced drama on the racetrack.

Jameson is hot, Sway is beautiful and they are both down to earth. Jameson has a horrible temper and Sway is the one that can rein him in. Don’t get me wrong..their story is not perfect… they mess up, they fight and they act like idiots sometimes, but that is why you will be invested in them.

You even learn about the sport of racing without realizing it. That’s how good Shey is! You understand the racing terms, the circuit talk and the different types of race cars with no effort on your part. Heck, when I finished this book, I actually watched my first race. My sister was so proud!

I loved this book so much that I went and downloaded the rest of the series as soon as I finished Happy Hour. Those reviews will come later but to let you know, she just released the last book in Jameson and Sway’s story, The Legend (Racing on the Edge).

So if you want to laugh hysterically, swoon and get an adrenaline rush read Happy Hour (Racing on the Edge) by Shey Stahl.

4.5 hookers to Happy Hour

 

Great Series! Bargain Price!

Just found out an awesome series I read a while ago, Lost & Found by Lori Otto, is on sale today. I will be reviewing these later, but just know they made me cry. I am talking the ugly cry, and I am not a book crier! The first one is free and the others are bargain priced at 1.99 each. I have posted the reading series below…happy reading

UPDATE!  Thanks to a hooker, I found out that there’s a better deal for all 3 at $2.99 – Thanks Lisa!

 

‘sup my hookas?

The Book Hookers - Chicks hooked on books!

The Book Hookers – Chicks hooked on books!

‘sup? And welcome fellow hookers! My name is Tracy and I am a read-a-holic. I have been an avid reader since birth. I read so much that my husband would go to the grocery store and bring me 5 paperbacks at a time so he wouldn’t have to go everyday. My typical genre was James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Stephen King and the like.

Then two life changing events occurred. First,  I got a kindle for my birthday. Wow! The next few years I almost broke us buying ebooks because it was so easy, and like I said, I read a lot.  The second event was when my husband published his first ebook. That’s when I discovered the world of Indie authors. Who knew you could read a gazillion books for mere pennies, if not free! (Okay, so I was a late bloomer when it came to the Indie world, but I have been making up for lost time ever since!)

With my intro to the Indie world, I soon found a whole sub-culture of devoted Indie readers on the social networks like Facebook and blogs like Maryse’s . With my desire for reading and my passion to discuss books with others, it seemed only logical that I start a book blog.I hope you enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy the process of getting them to you!

Here are some hookers (our term of endearment for each other) that you will see guest posting frequently..they are the inspiration and my never ending cheering section! Let me introduce you to them:

  • Dawne – A Mississippi wife and mom of 2, Dawne is a book guru. She likes every genre and has read everything. If I need a book, she is my go to gal. Her taste also runs to UV Blue and tequila on occasion.
  • Lisa – The friend that introduced me to book boyfriends! She is the hooker that lives with her two “girls”. She loves cooking, beer, and SEC football…I tend to live vicariously through her J
  • Shannon – A Southern born transplant to the Midwest.. a mom of 3 who likes reading smut, fantasy, and a few historical novels from time to time..oh, and she likes wine..wine is very important!
  • Patrice – A Texas girl who is living the minivan dream. A self professed nail junkie, she loves to read (not necessarily practice) self help books.
  • Angie – The kind hearted hooker. A mom of 2, she prays for everyone and tries to keep the club in line. She may be the good girl, but she has been known to like a little smut.
  • Margaret – Joined this group about the same time I did, and the others corrupted her right along with me. She is a wife and mom of 2 girls, lives in Tennessee, and loves her book boys as much as I do!
  • Katelyn – A Southern girl trapped in a Missouri world. The ultimate mom on the go..she nevers slows down, but she will brake for a good book and glass of wine. She has been known to play devil’s advocate in discussions of  characters that others hate (Leah, for example)
  • Cindy – Tennessee gal… cookbook junkie… reads health related books as well as parenting, home education, organization, and Christian-based life skills books. Loves a good romance or mystery book too! Cindy is the vegetarian and how books are judged…she is the non-smut girl, so books are either “Cindy-proof” or “nonCindy”

I hope you enjoy what you find here! Drop me a line, leave a comment, or just basically “holla”!