RUN AWAY WITH ME By Mila Gray

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RUN AWAY WITH ME By Mila GrayRun Away With Me by Mila Gray
Series: Come Back to Me #3
Published by Simon Pulse on 11/28/17
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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ReviewedbyDani

Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but as their friendship starts to morph into something more a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them.

Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.

Seven years later, Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping run her family’s business. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembers—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away.

Forced to work alongside him for the summer Emerson can’t help but fall for Jake, and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate romance that neither of them wants to end.

But both Emerson and Jake know that if they’re to have any kind of future they must first confront the past—a past that most people want to stay buried.

Short and Sweet

Emerson and Jake used to be best friends until he ends up moving away suddenly. After not seeing each other for seven years Jake is back and wants to try to be friends again and Em just wants to push him away because she knows that if she lets him in she’ll have to relive old memories that she’s been trying to move on from since he left.

Characters

Emerson: Em is such a strong main character I loved her. I liked that she continued to be strong even when she didn’t want to. She has her guard up which is understandable especially after what happened to her which I’ll get more into later.

Jake: I loved Jake too. All he wanted to do was come back to Bainbridge and see Em and try to make things right. He was sweet and he tried his hardest to get close to her without overstepping her boundaries.

Romance

So Jake and Em do have a history they shared their first kiss together when they were 13 and 14. Now fast forwarding to the present Em has her walls up especially when she sees that Jake has returned to the island. When Jake tries to rekindle their friendship he’s met with an Em who just wants to push him away. But Jake didn’t stop and I’m so happy he didn’t because when they finally got together everything felt right. They were meant to be together, they were best friends and they know so much about each other which made it even better. Even though they have a relationship they still have to work on talking about what happened in the past which is still a little difficult. But I’m glad they ended up together they just mesh together so well and they truly love each other.

My Thoughts

~ So when Em was in high school she was sexually assaulted by her ice hockey coach which also happens to be Jake’s uncle. That was the day when Em’s life shattered. No one believed her except her parents and she was ridiculed in school by her peers and called a liar.

~ We also get to see into Em’s personal life which doesn’t seem much better she works at her family business which isn’t doing the best and in the past year her father was diagnosed with MS. Em has to manage all these things in her life and it isn’t easy for her.

~ When Jake finally comes back after seven years Em just wants to know what he’s doing back but she doesn’t want to be his friend again.

~ Jake returning was interesting, we learn about why he left and we get to learn why he returned later in the book. Jake coming back changed things on the island mainly because he’s kind of famous. He still plays hockey and is the #1 draft pick so he’s well known. When he comes back he decides to take a job at Em’s family business to try to get close to her but it also helps pick up business too.

~ I liked Toby’s character. He’s one of Em’s friends and also works at the family business. He has good intentions and he helps Em out a lot.

~ Shay is also one of Em’s friends we don’t see much of her because she’s in another state during most of the book but she’s always supportive of Em and trying to give her the best advice she can.

~ We also get to see some of the towns people like the Walsh brothers who have history with Em and Jake they’re not the best people but they do play a big part in the book towards the end.

Overall

I loved this book! I usually don’t read a lot of new adult but this is now one of my favorites! The progression of the relationship between Jake and Em was perfect. I also liked how Gray touched on the subject of sexually assault and showed how it affected Em’s life. This is such an amazing book and I recommend that everyone picks it up, I plan on reading some of Gray’s other books!

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TWISTED PALACE By Erin Watt

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TWISTED PALACE By Erin WattTwisted Palace by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #3
Published by EverAfter Romance on 11/2/16
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 370
Format: eBook
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From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.

They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

Short and Sweet

Twisted Palace picks up right where Broken Prince ended. Reed has a murder charge over his head and Ella has to deal with her father coming back from the dead. With all the things trying to keep them apart Ella and Reed have to try to find a way to stay together.

My Thoughts 

~ Both Ella and Reed have grown so much from the first book. I love their relationship I think they both make each other better people, they’re perfect for each other. I want what they have lol.

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~ In this book we still get both the POV of Ella and Reed, which I like because we get to see what each of them think especially with everything that is going on around them.

~ This book kind of felt like a mystery. I mean of course Ella doesn’t think her boyfriend is a murderer so she tries to find the person who actually killed Brooke.

~ These two had to deal with adversity, with people talking behind their backs and to their faces and doubting Reed’s innocence.

~ I almost forgot Ella’s father comes back which stirs up a lot of drama. He just popped up out of nowhere like it was normal. I didn’t really like Steve mainly because he just came back and was trying to change everything in Ella’s life.

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~ I love all of the secondary characters like Val! We get to see a little bit more of her and Wade’s relationship. We also get more of Dinah of course because she’s Steve’s wife. I’m still not sure how I feel about her I mean she was still rude to Ella but she just lost her best friend, and Steve treats her awfully.

~ I loved Ella in the first book and I still love her now. I will always root for Ella, she’s strong, independent, and caring. She won’t let people break her she always keeps going and I love her for it.

~The Royals are also more like a family with Ella around. She’s good for them and makes them better. And they’re like the family she hasn’t had in awhile.

~ The ending surprised me I wasn’t expecting it. Wow.

Overall

I would DEFINITELY recommend this series! It’s so addicting and each book seems to be better then the last. I fell in love with the Royals and i’m sure you guys would too. So check this series out! I would love to see novellas or maybe another book focused on a different character from this series but i’m going to miss this series. If you like a little drama and a swoon worthy romance pick this series up!!!

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BROKEN PRINCE By Erin Watt

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BROKEN PRINCE By Erin WattBroken Prince by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #2
Published by EverAfter Romance on 7/25/16
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 370
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Reed Royal has it all―looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely―keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Short and Sweet

Broken Prince starts right where Paper Princess ended with Ella leaving the Royal household alone and with a broken heart. The Royal family desperately wants to find her as she is the glue that held their family together. Reed has a past he needs to explain to Ella and try to regain everyone’s trust by making amends.

My Thoughts

~ I loved this book! It lived up to my expectations. The Royal trilogy is now one of my favorites.

~ In this book we get a dual POV we get to see what Reed is actually thinking. I liked it getting to see things in his perspective and then seeing things in Ella’s was nice.

~ The characters are what really make these books special. They’re apologetically themselves raw, honest, and flawed.

~ I love Easton we learn so much about him and who he truly is.

~ Ella is a great heroine to follow. She’s a genuinely good person and looks out for her friends and won’t stand around when people try to bully her.

~ There were some plot twist that caught me off guard and it just made me want Twisted Palace even more!

~ The romance between Ella and Reed just puts a grin on my face. The chemistry those two share… they’re developing their relationship and I like it!

Overall

If you’ve read the first book you’ll definitely love this sequel. I couldn’t put it down these books are so addicting I just don’t want to leave the world. If you haven’t read Paper Princess you should! All three books are out now, you guys should check them out!

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PAPER PRINCESS By Erin Watt

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PAPER PRINCESS By Erin WattPaper Princess by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Published by EverAfter Romance on 4/4/16
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 370
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Ella Harper is a survivor―a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Short and Sweet

Ella is a teenage girl who has been living alone after her mother’s death, and is working multiple jobs to survive. Ella’s main goal is to graduate from high school and go to college. Everything changes when Callum Royal a friend of her deceased father (who Ella has never met) tells her that he is her legal guardian. Ella moves in with Callum and his five sons who all seem to hate her and now Ella has to learn to survive in this new environment.

My Thoughts

~ Ella has had a hard life, she’s never met her father and after her mother’s death she resorts to stripping to pay the bills.

~ Ella is funny, intelligent, and strong. She dealt with different situations that came her way the best way she could, from rumors, mean girls, and the boys ignoring her and trying to make her life hell.

~ In the beginning the Royal brothers were hard to like because they were stand offish and weren’t even giving Ella a chance. As the book went on and the boys relationship with Ella progressed I found myself liking them and wanting to see more of them.

~ The romance was hot and I think that was because of their love hate relationship. Ella and Reed had a good dynamic.

Overall

This was such a good book, once I got into it I couldn’t put it down it was so addicting! I’m ready for Broken Prince to release to see how different events will play out especially after the ending of this book. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book, but if you plan on reading this book I would suggest waiting until Broken Prince is out because it feels like the wait is so long.

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HEARTSICK by Caitlin Sinead

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HEARTSICK by Caitlin SineadHeartsick by Caitlin Sinead
Published by Carina Press on 02/16/15
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, New Adult
Pages: 224
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Quinn is looking forward to her senior year at Poe University. She has big plans to hang out with her best friend, flirt with a certain boy genius, party at her favorite dive bar and figure out what she's going to do after graduation with her not-so-useful art major. But that's before she meets Luke, a hot townie who's moved back home to help take care of his dying sister. And it's before a weird epidemic sweeps across campus, mysteriously turning people's eyes purple.
Is it an odd side effect from a new party drug?
Is it a rogue virus developed in a campus lab?
Is it the mark of the devil?
Soon the town starts blaming the university and the student religious group becomes frighteningly aggressive in their on-campus accusations. Quinn and Luke are caught in the middle—until a tragic accident forces Luke to reveal the one part of himself he's kept carefully hidden. That he's so much more than the happy-go-lucky boy next door Quinn had believed him to be isn't a surprise…but this truth might be too dangerous for her to handle.
Something strange is happening in and around Poe College, the town and students are quarantined, no one in and no one out. Why? Because someone or something is infecting people with violet eyes! Purple Eye Disease is spreading and doctors think it is carried through bodily fluids. There are other side effects, too, that are not exactly bad, just unexplainable.

Caught in the middle of this is college student, Quinn, a carefree college senior, looking to have fun with her friends. When events in town get nasty, as the fear of the purple eye disease grows, the college is blamed and anyone associated with or having purple eyes becomes a target for violence and even death. Through it all, Quinn becomes involved, she always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to help, but causing more trouble and coming under the scrutiny of the law. Quinn also meets a love interest, Luke. But when Quinn finds out he has secrets of his own she wonders if she can still trust him.

Quinn’s character took some time for me to warm up to, but when the story started getting deeper, so did Quinn’s character. Although there was danger from the unknown and the cult, Quinn was determined to find out the cause of the illness. Half the campus is in quarantine and not allowed to leave but Quinn is constantly breaking the rules and finding more and more clues. She meets Luke right before the epidemic and is constantly ignoring his wishes. She is determined to help her friends and others.

Luke is a loveable character. He is handsome, sweet and caring. Luke is keeping a secret, which when it came out I am not sure why, but it does add to Quinn’s confusion. Neither Luke nor Quinn were looking for a relationship but the epidemic brings them together. Rashid another possible love interest is a scientist. I didn’t really see the connection. Luke was true to his character throughout the story. His interest and concern for Quinn’s safety and those who took ill never wavered.

When we finally dive into the mystery illness, the author gives readers danger and suspense. There are twist and turns that I did not see coming. I would have liked to had more of Quinn and Luke too, but the story is fast-paced. Overall I think Heartsick was a good book.

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WAITING FOR APRIL

by Jaime Loren!

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WAITING FOR APRIL by Jaime Loren!Waiting For April by Jaime Loren
Published by Momentum Books Genres: Fantasy & Magic, New Adult
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I really liked this book! It reminded me of The Archers of Avalon trilogy. What really drew me in was the synopsis, April has died 19 times before and doesn’t know it. I was interested in how her first love Scott from her first life would try to save her now. There wasn’t a dull moment I was so into this book. The only problem I had with this book was probably the ending, I didn’t know how to feel. Other than that I loved this book and the characters and the story. This was the first NA book I’ve read and I’m very impressed, I would definitely recommend this books to my friends. I hope there’s a sequel!

THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF LARA CRAFT by Lola Salt

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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF LARA CRAFT by Lola SaltThe Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft by Lola Salt
Published by Alula Press Genres: New Adult
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Lara Craft’s life involved quite a bit of tribulation. No job, no boyfriend in fact nothing was going right for her and she needed a serious change. So when Lara was offered a job that would allow her to travel around the world,  she jumped at the opportunity given to her. What followed was a story filled with Lara’s hilarious escapades as she embarked on her exciting new career. I absolutely LOVED Lara. She was such a funny, crazy character. Trouble seemed to follow her around every corner. The scenarios that she found herself in were funny and she seemed to meet the most eccentric of characters. With every new job, came another entertaining adventure. There was never a dull moment. If you are in need of a good laugh and want a book to put a smile on your face, I would recommend The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft to you.

THE GIFT by Karli Perrin

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THE GIFT by Karli PerrinThe Gift by Karli Perrin
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Reviewed by Ali
It was the weekend before Christmas and the whole world was on countdown.
Except for me.
Last Christmas, I met a boy.
Last Christmas, we made a pact.
Christmas would never be the same.
Life would never be the same...

***Please note that this is a short story, not a full length novel. It is intended to be a quick, fun and flirty read.***

 
THE GIFT by Karli Perrin is a short and sweet Christmas themed New Adult Romance. It’s a short story, only 38pgs (on my kindle), but still manages to deliver a good romance. THE GIFT tells a sort of meet-cute romance where we’re introduced to Imogene and Blake, two college students, and watch them fall for each other during the holidays. It’s fun to read the banter between the two, the light teasing and flirtation.


I did have a couple ‘huh?’ moments… The story starts out in the present, with just a few lines, and then takes us back to a year ago, where it truly takes places. I don’t feel that this was necessary, as in the end, we’re not brought back to the present. The second moment takes place towards the end and felt as if it came out of nowhere. It may have been added to affirm the feelings of the couple, but I don’t feel that it was required.


While this is a novella, I didn’t find it lacking nor did I need it to be longer.  I will say, that I would gladly read another story where I get to find out more about Imogene and Blake and see how they are doing, though. I will definitely be checking out other reads by Ms. Karli Perrin.


This is a novella that I would recommend if you are short on time, but in the mood for a light and romantic holiday read.
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THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES by Jeaniene Frost

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THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES by Jeaniene FrostThe Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
Published by HQN Books on 2014-08-26
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by Dani

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…. The first in a stunning new series, this is New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost at her dazzling, inventive best.
Ivy didn’t have the easiest of childhoods. She grew up believing she was crazy. She had visions of parallel realms of existence. It didn’t take her long when she was a child to figure out she was the only one seeing these things. Her adoptive parents took her to Dr. after Dr. Her one true supporter was her sister Jasmine. When Ivy’s sister Jasmine goes missing Ivy decides to go looking for Jasmine. As Ivy is searching for her sister, she finds herself in trouble and fighting for her life. She than meets her handsome, rescuer Adrian. When she first meets Adrian he wouldn’t answer any of her questions but Ivy soon learns that Adrian and her are descendants and are the last in their line. There’s a lot of attraction between Adrian and Ivy but Adrian tries to fight his feelings because its in his destiny to betray her. This book was a fast read, it ended with a cliffhanger so I plan on reading the sequel when it comes out.
 
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