Sisters in Love (Love in Bloom: Snow Sisters #1)
on May 24, 2014
Danica Snow doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body. Her clothes, her career, everything about her life is logically structured, with clear goals and never a step out of line — until Blake Carter appears.
Still reeling from the recent death of his friend and the complicated and altogether confusing discovery of that friend’s biggest secrets, Blake can’t figure out how to reconcile the emotional side of his life with the side of him that’s spent years indiscriminately having one-night-stands. Now that his two conflicting ways of life have collided, he’s finding they don’t go so well together, a realization that lands him on the confessional couch of one Dr. Danica Snow, therapist.
The therapy subject made for a really interesting getting to know each other bit, and it sort of stripped away a lot of the posturing people tend to do on their way to becoming a couple. I really liked seeing Blake work through the mess his late friend and business partner kept secret. It was an interesting turn that I didn’t expect at all, and it added a bit of mystery that seemed to fit in perfectly.
I also loved Danica, the way she had it all together but realized that life according to plan wasn’t necessarily the most fulfilling one and questioned her choices; however, I felt like I understood Blake more than I did her. His thoughts reflected his attraction to her, as well as his emotions, whereas hers seemed more centered around how her attraction to him might destroy her professionally. Granted, her own feelings came into clear view later, but for a good while she was more introspective, comparing herself to her rather wild sister Kaylie. Unfortunately, their story came to an end sooner than I’d have liked, but as the first book in the series, I’m not too disappointed. I’m just off to read Kaylie’s story now!
Lovers At Heart
on June 07, 2014
Treat Braden remembers it clearly, the morning the saw the woman who consumed his thoughts making the walk of shame from one of his employees' rooms. The disappointment and raw pain that shot through him came out in judgement and anger, and when she looked at his face, she knew exactly what he thought of her. But months later, he still can't get her out of his mind, wishing he had another chance.
Max Armstrong never expected to see him again, but when Treat shows up at the festival in Allure, all those feelings she had come rushing back. But she's known his brand of judgement before, and it all but destroyed her. So falling head over heels for him isn't exactly on her agenda, even if she can't help doing so. Now she just has to get past her insecurities to give him another chance.
TheVerdict: Oh, holy angst, Batman! Treat might be one of the most romantic fictional men I've ever met, but Max has got some serious issues. Not that I didn't like her, but wow. Her internal monologue was all twisted up, and while it later became clear why she had such a problem trusting love, she seriously had me wondering if she'd ever get it together enough to solidify a relationship with Treat.
But drunk Max? Drunk Max I looooooved! Yeah, she was kind of awesome, and in her odd drunken way, she made a lot more sense. I was pretty mad at her for ignoring all the omg-he's-so-perfect things that Treat said and obsessing over Thailand instead (trust me, it makes sense if you read the book). But then she had a few too many drinks, and voila! Max became every woman who's ever been in love with a man. Now, who can't relate to that?
I have to say that Lovers at Heart really surprised me. Neither Max nor Treat were your typical romance novel characters. Treat was all ready to throw caution to the wind and ditch his pride, unlike pretty much every other romantic hero in history, and Max was wonderfully neurotic. It made for a whole new dynamic, and I had to sit down and read it cover to cover. Sleep was forgotten. Food was delivered. Romance novel was devoured. And now I'm off to read about Rex –because, yum!
Lost in Me
on Aug. 06, 2014
When Hanna wakes up in a hospital bed, she has no idea how she got there. But what's even stranger is that she seems to have awakened in some dream world, where everything she's ever wanted has come true. She has her mother's approval, a sparkly ring on her finger, a flat stomach, her dream business, and the man she's been crushing on since she first discovered boys. But she doesn't remember a diet, a proposal, even a date with Max before he showed up as the doting fiance. In fact, she remembers nothing of almost a year of her life. And she certainly doesn't remember the tattooed musician who appears in her bed a few days later.
But: If you hate cliffhangers as much as I do, don't even think of reading this book before you have all three books in the series in hand. While at least some of the mystery is resolved by the end of the book through recovered memories and conversations, everything of substance is left up in the air in the worst possible way.
The Verdict: Wow. I thought I knew what I was getting into here. A book about someone who has amnesia is supposed to be pretty standard, very predictable. There's going to be some plot twist revealed just as some couple starts coming together, and the recovered memories are going to bring to light some dark secret that I'll have already figured out, thanks to heavy-handed foreshadowing and obvious clues. But not so with Lost in Me. Not at all.
The last thing Hanna remembers before the apparent fall down the stairs that zapped her memories is being the overweight girl who wanted the unattainable guy. But according to her doctor and everyone else, that was almost a year ago, and it seems that her whole life has changed since then. She's lost tons of weight, and the guy wasn't so unattainable after all. In fact, he's practically perfect in his adoration of her, and while she may not remember how their relationship came about, she can see in his eyes just how real it all is. But there's a bit of a mystery as well, something stranger than just not being able to remember.
For one, she and Max have apparently never slept together, and even though he says it's because she wanted to wait until they were married, she can't imagine herself having ever made that decision. And then when she wakes up to a man who she thinks is Max, only to find out he's a complete stranger who clearly knows her body way too well… Well, like anyone else would in her shoes, she completely freaks out. Does this mean she was cheating on Max? Were they broken up? And why is this guy saying he's in love with her?
As the mystery of pretty much everything continued to unfold, I couldn't seem to guess correctly. I thought perhaps Max wasn't such a good guy, but then it looked like he didn't have a bad bone in his body. I thought perhaps Nate was the one for her, but then it became clear that he never made her any promises of a real relationship. There's an eating disorder, a doctor concerned that her fall wasn't a fall at all, friends she doesn't even remember, and a strange strain in her relationship with her sister.
And then there was a cliffhanger from hell. By that point, I knew not everything would be resolved, and that book 2 would be an actual continuation, not just another added story. And while against all clues, I did manage to guess the cliffhanger before I got to it, I still wasn't prepared for the story to end on such an unfinished note. I'll give Lost In Me credit for saying to hell with all the cliches and creating a truly interesting story about someone suffering from amnesia, but the cliffhanger really killed off some of my love for it. Part of me wants to snatch up the next book right this second, and part of me wants to find a different series to get into, at least until I've scrounged up the money to buy Book 3 — it's cheap, but I'm cheaper.
I think anyone who reads my reviews here knows that I do love to get lost in a series, but I hate feeling like I've been tricked into it. In any case, I imagine I'll finish off the series eventually. For now, though, I'm willing to bet that book 2 has a screwy ending as well, so I'm not gonna chance it before I have the last one lined up as well. While we're at it, Lexi Ryan is a new author for me, so if you've read her other stuff, I have to ask… Do all her series go all cliffhangery (