Review of Confessions of a Wedding Planner

Title: Confessions of a Wedding Planner (Bliss Series Book 1)

Author: Michelle Jo Quinn

Series: Bliss

Publication date: July 26th, 2016

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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PEEK-A-BOO:

A rom-com that will make you laugh, cry, scream, pull your hair out, and start singing (maybe even dancing)… and fall in love.
Veronica Soto-Stewart has had trouble saying no, especially to her ex-boyfriend, the gorgeous surgeon, Dr. Jake Benjamin. And she has done it again when he asks her to plan his wedding to his new fiancée.
Mix in her tough as nails best friend, Chase, and the bachelor-forever, wickedly-handsome, best man, Levi–who both seem to have secret agendas of their own–Veronica is in for one heck of a wedding planning ride!
Can Veronica survive the roller coaster of challenges thrown at her with her heart intact?

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Book Blitz: Aria & Ethan by Kad Rayan

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Hellooo!! there,

Bringing for you all a fantastic story of romance which will touch your hearts. Written by Kad Rayan, it’s a story about Aria and Ethan.

Without further ado, I ask you to check out the cute book cover followed by the excerpt which will give you a glimpse of the strong story-line.

The blurb will tell you about the wonder that is contained in this book. And at the end, don’t you forget to check out the GIVEAWAY!!

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∞ EXCERPT ∞ 

“Aria stop being so stupid!” he hissed at her as though he had had enough, “You are going to do your treatments and you are going to get better.”

“No I am not Ethan! Its over! Just leave me alone!” She gritted her teeth against the tears that threatened to stream down her face.

Ethan dropped down on the floor beside the bed then knelt in front of her. He grabbed hold of her hand and held it so tightly that Aria was forced to feel it.

“Aria, I need you to stop this,” he told her, staring her in the eye as though he was trying to push the words into her mind, “I need you to get better because I need you. Aria I love you and I have always loved you. I can’t imagine my life without you.” Tears started flowing. She saw the seriousness on his face and it made her weep. There was nothing she could do but cry.

“Ethan, please leave me alone,” she wept, “I can’t do this.” Her heart pounded as she saw the bitterness on his face. She wanted nothing more than to throw herself into his arms and take that look off his face but she couldn’t take him down with her. There was no way she could let him give up his dreams to take care of her for the rest of his life. She had to be harsh to be kind.

Ethan looked down at their hands and she was sure that he was going to cry. She wanted to tell him not to. She wanted to tell him that she loved him too and that she wanted to fight for him but she couldn’t hold him down.

“Dad wants me to go on a business trip to New York for a few weeks. I told him that I couldn’t because you need me but I guess I should go and leave you alone,” He sighed as he stood up, dropping her hand from his own”…

… The front door of the house clicked shut as Ethan left the room. She wanted to get up, run to him and tell him not to go but it was never going to happen. Her heart pounded as she realized she had broken her own heart. There was nothing she could do but let him leave. From the way he had spoken he made it sound as if he wasn’t going to come back. The thought of never seeing him again made her feel sick. She wanted to shout out to him and call him back but she couldn’t even manage to open her mouth.

∞ ABOUT THE BOOK ∞

Aria & Ethan

by Kad Rayan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 25th 2016

∞ BLURB ∞

A car accident. Aria is broken. Ethan is her first love but… he’s also her ex-boyfriend.

Do you think True Love can do miracles?

Aria is booktarian (a person who reads a lot of books). She’s pursuing her dream of becoming a writer.

But what to do when your life comes crashing down?

The main story-line is the relationship between Aria and Ethan her ex-boyfriend, leader of a rock band and still in love with her. Ethan’s dedication and love never fails to inspire her.

Do you believe you can help someone who doesn’t want to be helped?

This book is about hope and love. An inspirational Love Story. A Life Lesson.

“He held her hand and began speaking; “I was an idiot all those years ago when I refused to move in with you. Aria, I was scared of the commitment but I’m not scared anymore.”

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If you like heart-wrenching love stories with a Powerful Life Lesson then you’ll love Aria & Ethan. The first tale in a YA contemporary series. Graseen Ville series.

 

 

∞ MEET THE AUTHOR ∞

Kad Rayan

Kad Rayan writes YA books to convey emotions and give readers a tool to increase their experience of life.  He’s a big fan of One Tree Hill TV show. That’s why his stories are set in the fictional small town of Graseen Ville, North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

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Review of A Son of Carver

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Title: A Son of Carver

Author: Haven Francis

Series: A Carver High Novel

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Source: Review copy by YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review

 

PEEK-A-BOO:

Sometimes the best version of yourself is the one you can only see through someone else’s eyes. But what happens when those eyes belong to the one person you don’t want them to?

Thanks to her father’s affair and her parent’s resulting separation, Presley Knox has been ripped from her life in California and dropped into an abyss in the middle of Georgia. With her alternative looks and creative spirit, trying to find her place in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders is hard, but doing it while living with her cousin who belittles her every chance she gets is almost impossible. There is one person in Carver who embodies everything Presley hates about her new life and she can’t help but use him as the outlet for all of her frustrations.

Nash Carter’s bad boy image isn’t a façade; he drinks too much, sleeps around, makes his money street racing and has zero plans for his future beyond living a rowdy life with his likeminded dad and older brother. His good looks, cut body and popularity have always gotten him anything and anyone he’s ever wanted. That is until Presley Knox showed up at Carver High.

Nash knows to steer clear of Presley and her sharp tongue that’s always aimed at him. But that becomes impossible when they’re paired together for a semester-long photography assignment that promises to push them into the depths of each other’s personal lives. In order to survive the semester, Nash implements a new strategy: get the one girl who’s immune to his charm to change her mind about him.

With Nash’s unwavering pursuit to know everything about her, and with the nagging voice inside her head that’s insisting there’s more to him than she’s letting herself see, Presley struggles to keep her wall firmly in place. When it slowly begins to crumble, Nash wonders if he should have kept his distance after all because the girl that’s been hiding under Presley’s hard shell is breaking his heart wide open.

Nash has been a lot of things to a lot of girls, but Presley’s the only one he’s ever wanted to shelter and protect. But how is he going to do that when he knows she’s right to keep their friendship a secret in order to protect herself from him?

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MY TAKE ON A S O C:

Statuary Warning: Due to mature language and content, A Son of Carver is intended for readers 17+.

This book came to me at the time when I had formed a perfect TBR of Fantasy Novels for the month of July. So you can imagine my reluctance to read it :). As I started reading it, I couldn’t make any connection with the book. I wondered… maybe it was because this book didn’t belong to my current ‘Genre mode’ 😉

I was few chapters through but still didn’t feel the click. So, I decided to read it again. And thank God for it, I was certainly not disappointed!!! [ I should thank my library teacher for grilling this habit of not leaving the book before it is finished 🙂 Oh ya! She didn’t use to issue books till the time she was completely sure that we had read it thoroughly. ]

At the beginning, I was a little zapped with so many characters all around and their story-lines crossing or overlapping one another’s. But then I found out that, it was only because there is a prequel to this awesome story. [Though being a sequel, it still can be read as a standalone.] The confusion settles down within a couple of chapters and you can understand the whole plot easily. And then… You start enjoying it. 🙂

The story is about young adults who are in their last year of school. The book deals with the emotions, misunderstandings, traumas, struggles, insecurities and relationships of this young generation… beautifully. It’s a journey towards attaining maturity.

Nash is the famous bad guy of Carver, who has the ability to wrap every girl, of the High School, around his little finger…. except one and only Presley Knox. Tolerating each other is just impossible for both of them… until a photography assignment brings them in front of each other. The story gets really interesting from this point…

In the beginning, they have arguments; they demean each other. But after sometime, they try to adjust and compromise, for the sake of the assignment. Gradually, the assignment just becomes an excuse for staying in each other’s company. Knowing about each other’s life makes them realize their hastiness in judging each other.

Although the book is slow-paced, it has a touch of real life. The incidents, the problems in families, the environment in school, and the means of recreations… all easily connect to the real life. The protagonists are flawed, which adds to the touch of reality. They have made mistakes in their past; they make mistakes in their current situation as well. They have preconceived notions about each other. As they interact more, they not only realize their mistakes but are able to understand the reasons behind other’s actions.  This all has been laid down, splendidly by the author, in the line of growing up, getting matured.

Another topic, which has been exquisitely dealt with, is of giving ‘Second Chance’. Everybody makes mistakes in their life- big or small, but only a few realise. Their journey to redeem themselves can be hard, as the people around do not let go of their faults. That is what happens here as well. Nash is everything what people see in him – a handsome bad boy. But, this is not where his personality ends. He has many more layers to his persona, which he had not shown to anyone till date. The irony is that for whom Nash wants to change, she herself is skeptical about it. Presley doesn’t want anyone to know about their friendship; doesn’t help in making others know about the real Nash. She allows people to believe that her opinions about Nash haven’t changed at all.

I loved this angle of writing. The proficiency of the author is clearly seen while dealing with such issues. This happens in real life too. Many people do not make any attempt to stand by a person who wants to change for better.

But then, Presley has her own reasons to behave like that. She is full of insecurities. She is going through a very bad phase in her life. She is afraid to take anymore. She is afraid to change situations as she isn’t sure about the consequences. She isn’t confident about herself as well.

These are so real life situations. While reading it, I could relate to these thought processes; I could relate to the characters; I could feel their war of emotions; I could feel the joy of falling in love.

That is why, I liked the book immensely.

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CONCLUSION:

For those who like a love story which gradually builds up; For those who believe in Second Chances; For those who are brave to deal with their insecurities
THIS IS DEFINITELY A MUST READ!!

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