Let me start off by saying that Reid Knox is an awesome name for a hero.
Reid is everything the blurb says, broody, temperamental. I often found myself really frustrated with him, but then he'd do something swoon worthy and I loved him, but then AGAIN he effed up...
Summer... I liked Summer. Her mother's been feeding her hate for her dad and brother ever since she could remember, and you could tell how reluctant she was with them, especially Jack. I was so glad she was strong enough to let that go and just be happy with her family.
These two are... well. Let's say there's a lot of back and forth, which is usually not my thing, but I didn't think it was over the top. All the drama sort of made sense, for which I'm thankful.
I really liked that Summer realized what she has with Reid is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and held onto it when a lesser woman would have walked off. I can't help it, I like it when my characters are smart enough not to let their pride screw up their lives.
The twist in the story - I didn't figure it out. The author's writing has improved A LOT (I just love it when I see that <3) since her first book - I've been following her work and every time it gets better and better.
Now. RYAN. I love me some Ryan. Can I just say that the friendships and sibling dynamics she writes are always so awesome? The Summer/Ryan duo had me cracking up, you could tell it was the best of platonic m/f friendships ever. He's her pole! Lolololol.
Ryan and Reid OMG! Loved them. There's one scene that had me lol twice (cause I read the book twice).
Xander and Summer. I wish I had a brother like Xander, really. He's so protective of her while at the same time being an annoying brother.
And I want a Dash and Tag book. AND SILAS. I want a Silas book. Please. Silas.
For those who like to know these things, there are a couple of graphic sex scenes in the book.
Overall, I loved this book once I got into it. The beginning was a bit rushed for me, but after 20% or so, I found I couldn't put it down. I definitely recommend. Can't wait for Ryan book, what with that shocker in the end and all.
This is a full story with a proper ending - no cliffhanger. The books in the series will be about different characters.
First I need to say that you do not have to read the prequel novella to this book, but it's free, so why not?
So, I read Rebecca Berto's first full novel (Drowning in You) earlier in the year and I had some issues with it, but this one completely convinced me.
I knew she was a good writer - there's this almost lyrical quality about the way she expresses herself, but in Pulling Me Under it takes a whole new level.
It's so well crafted - there are twists and turns at every corner, and I absolutely loved and felt for Katie and everything she's been through. Her pain from losing Paul omg... it broke me. I understood her and I just wanted her to get better :( it was heartbreaking.
I found myself really invested in the story. At times I wanted to scream at Katie's questionable choices, or just to wake up already and see what she's missing right in front of her - Ella, her mother who seemed to really be trying to make amends, and of course, Liam.
The book is not really so much a romance, but there is romance in the background and it's slow building (just the way I like it) and sweet. Liam is definitely swoon-worthy.
Now, writing. I could gush, but I won't. She creates realistic, well-developed characters that really feel like you actually know them by the end of the story.
The big twist - I had my suspicions, but I thought it was really smart and well done.
My only complaint - the ending felt sort of rushed.
Ah, for those wondering - no graphic sex scenes but I'd put a trigger warning for this one:
It's not really that graphic, but it's there so I think it matters to mention it just in case.
So, beautifully written, intense and heartbreaking story with characters you will fall in love with and root for until the very end. What's not to recommend there? Can't wait for Rebecca Berto's next book :).
Avid readers, stop this! Amazon is deleting erotica books and self published authors. They will delete it from your device.
For all those wondering why the heck so many Goodreaders have migrated to BookLikes.
After a while, I've come to the conclusion that my shelves are a disaster... I have a bunch of books I haven't even read in my "Reviewed" shelf. I think this is gonna be painstakingly slow... fixing it up.
Freckled cheeks, sunburns, a river bankyoung, wild, and brave. Sophie Kaden falls in love with the smartmouthed boy she can't seem to forget. She's looking to fit in for the summer; he's just hopeless. She's afraid to let go; he won't let her.
I never rate my DNFs. Everyone who knows me, knows this. In this case, I think the book deserves it (this review is about the book, not the author.)
Not to beat around the bush, I read up to 20% (ish) at which point I just threw my hands in the air and thought - I THINK I'VE READ ENOUGH.
For those who have read Dusty, the recently popular Twilight fanfiction which you can read (for free) here, step away from this book if you're not a fan of deja-vu.
Why is that?
Let me demonstrate.
"This is my brother, Edward," Alice says, pointing toward the boy with the same color eyes as her. "He swears he's cool because he's a sixth-grader, but he isn't even that awesome."
Edward pushes Alice. "I'm cool." He laughs. "And I'm awesome."
Dusty by YellowBella, Chapter 2: Dry and Dusty
“This is my brother, Bensen,” Ivey said, pointing to you with a flip of her wrist. “He swears he’s cool because he’s a sophomore next year, but he’s not that cool.”
You pushed Ivey, puffing out your chest. “I’m cool.” More laughing. “And awesome.”
Stahl, Shey (2013-09-20). For the Summer (Kindle Locations 466-469). . Kindle Edition.
Ah, but it happens in every book. Two books can think of the same thing, we've seen it over and over.
How about 327050925629 same things? Coincidence?
Eep, so. When I heard there will be a the-guy-that-didn't-win story I was kind of excited.
I'll admit I've held a grudge against him in the second book, and I found it really hard to let go, even if my heart broke for him. I sort of felt he brought it on himself.
But I couldn't help but feel for him in this novella.
A little bit insta-love? But still, it was short and sweet, and I loved Aubrey.
And I'm glad I got more than I expected because I thought this story was over with the second book.
So, I'll admit, I thought this was one of those books that will never happen.
And I didn't even realize how much I was looking forward to it until I saw the release date three days ago and then spent the next two in anticipation of buying it.
And India Lee does it again. Everything I loved in the first book is back in full force in this one (yes, including the womanizing douchelord aka Liam Brody who is not so womanizing nor is he a douchelord.)