I can’t keep up with how many books I’m reading!
V is for Virgin and A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram
Read on 29/08/14 and 30/08/14. I bought and read these books totally on a whim, the stories sounded interesting and the whole ‘saving yourself for marriage’ thing seemed a bit different. A bit of background for you, Val is the main character in this book and its from her POV. She was adopted when she was a baby because her mother got pregnant from a one-night-stand. She cared about Val but knew she couldn’t raise her so she gave her to a family that could and left her with a letter and a necklace. Now Val is older she understands what her birth mother went through and is determined to never let the same thing happen to her. One night her boyfriend tries to sleep with her and she tells him no, says she’s saving herself for marriage. They break up, he gets with a ‘slutty’ girl and she tries to embarrass Val in front of the entire school. Val sticks up for herself and ends up on a video that goes viral. It ends up attracting a lot of attention, including that of a cute lead singer called Kyle who wants nothing more than to prove to Val she’s missing out. The second book is from Kyle’s perspective and is set 4 years after the first book. It follows Kyle as he tries to show Val he doesn’t just want to sleep with her. It was definitely an interesting read.
Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover
Featuring Rule (31/08/14), Jet (31/08/14), Rome (04/09/14), Nash (11/09/14) and soon to be featuring Rowdy and Asa. Again, I totally bought these on a whim and then got hooked by the drama. And boy, is there drama. The first book is about a girl named Shaw who is training to be a doctor (which is funny because that’s my doctor’s surname) and a man named Rule who works in a tattoo studio. Shaw’s best friend was Rule’s identical twin brother Remy who died in a car accident years ago. Shaw has feelings for Rule and always goes out of her way for him, including picking him up every Sunday morning to take him to dinner with his family, even if that means having to encounter every one-night-stand he happens to have in his bed that morning. She never asks him for anything…until her birthday. Things change between them and if that isn’t enough Shaw’s ex is a psycho who wont take no for an answer. The second book Jet is about Jet (duh) and Ayden who were both in Rule. Jet is a lead singer in a band and Ayden is a southern girl with a patchy past who happens to be Shaw’s good friend and room mate. Ayden’s brother Asa is bad news and she thought she left all that behind her, but she was wrong and shit is definitely hitting the fan. Also featuring Jet’s crazy father. Book 3: Rome is about Rule’s eldest brother Rome and Cora, the piercer from Uncle Phil’s tattoo studio. Rome is dealing with the revelations from Rule and also suffers from his military trauma. I definitely wouldn’t have put them two together but eh, it works and they’re adorable. The last book that’s out is Nash, which is about Saint and Nash and deals with a lot of the heavy stuff that came out in Rome. Nash also works in the studio and Saint is a nurse in the hospital, hence her being in Rome. You can already tell Jay Crownover is lining up her next duo’s with Rowdy and Salem and what I’m going to guess is Asa and Royal. Also, I’ve never heard such random and weird names in any books ever but hey, whatever works for you, right? These books were all pretty short, fun and easy to follow.
Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
Read on 01/09/14. The cover was cheesy and so was the name, I thought eh, why not? The story is about Kinsley, a female soccer (uh, I hate that word) player who happens to be awesome. She’s made it onto a team with an awesome reputation because of the coach and she’s aiming to get onto the Olympic team. This year there’s another coach joining the ranks and it’s none other than the hunky soccer star Liam Wilder. Kinsley is dealing with a horrible, fame-hungry team member and a forbidden infatuation at the same time. Quite a lot happens and there’s a bit of miscommunication (as always) but when it comes down to it Liam and Kinsley are pretty adorable together. A quick and fun read.
Fix You by Mari Carr
Read on 02/09/14. I didn’t know what to expect with this one, but I wasn’t disappointed. Zoey and Rob have been friends for years and she’s cared about him for a long time. She never had the guts to tell him how she feels but after discovering she has cancer she knows she has to come clean. What she doesn’t know is Rob feels the same way about her. They stick together through the good and the bad, and they both make sacrifices for each other. Zoey has doubts whether things are real between them or if it’s only because she’s ill that he cares. The characters are in their 30’s so its not an age group I read about often, but the flashbacks were nice and helped to give background to the characters. It was a pretty short read.