Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: When Our Worlds Collide by Lindsey Iler


When Our Worlds Collide (Our Worlds #1)
by Lindsey Iler
Published on: 11/18/14
Self Published
Genre: New Adult Romance



Graham Black is everything that she wants.
Kennedy Conrad is everything that he needs.
Graham has a few rules in life. Play baseball to get the hell out of Tennessee and if you plan on dropping your panties for him then you better keep your shirt on.
Graham’s your typical all-American baseball player with the world at his fingertips. His devilish good looks and charm help him crawl into the beds and hearts of the girls at his high school. With secrets that no one knows, he has every intention of running away from his hometown the minute he graduates. Nothing can get in his way. That is until his poor choices collide him into Kennedy Conrad.

Kennedy Conrad has her own set of rules. Dance with your whole heart and get by each day without being noticed. 

Kennedy’s sweet and reserved, everything Graham’s not. After one fated night, she can’t stop him from noticing her anymore. She knows there’s a chance of heartache by letting him in and it’s when the unthinkable happens to Kennedy that Graham realizes that what he’s been fighting is what causes Kennedy to end up hurt.

Is Graham who Kennedy believes him to be? Or is he still who he was the night that their worlds collided? 

Can their love survive one more thing that is meant to pull them apart?


My Rating: 3 3/4 Coffee Cups!!


This was a Kindle Unlimited pick-up that I looked at and said "sure, why not?" I'm not going to lie, the synopsis didn't really catch me and hook me. I had just moved and had no cable or internet so I figured I'd give it a read to pass the time. I am so incredibly glad I did. I won't lie, the synopsis makes you think, "oh no, not another angsty, opposites attract love story", but it is so much more than that.

Kennedy Conrad is probably one of the sweetest characters I've read in a while. She is a great friend, daughter, student and person in general. She is selfless to a major fault (that truly still confuses me a little bit) and she tries to coast through her high school life unnoticed. She has one friend, her best friend Violet who is her complete opposite. Where Violet is a party girl, Kennedy is perfectly content staying home on a Saturday night reading and watching Pretty Woman.

Enter Graham Black. High school heart-throb/breaker, star baseball player, troubled rich kid. He is absolutely terrified of any kind of strings forming with the girls that he hooks up with to the point of making them keep their shirts on during their little escapades. Oh and FYI- although this book is set in their junior year of high school it reads as a new adult kinda book. I can't go into too much detail about how Graham and Kennedy eventually connect, just know that it will have you scratching your head a little bit. That is truly my only real fault with the story. And I ended up getting passed it pretty easily because these two characters have an amazing connection. Graham helps her step out of her comfort zone, pushes her confidence to new heights and makes her feel loved and cherished. Kennedy makes Graham feel like more than he is. A better person, maybe even a good person- which is a concept that he struggles with on a daily basis.

This couple goes through more than any single person's fair share of ups and downs between the typical "oh my gosh she's crossing the social borders of high school!" nay-sayers, the jealous girls and his parents, to the secret that brought them together in the first place. Their strength through all of the obstacles placed in front of them is incredible. And you feel each moment of happiness as much as you feel each moment of hurt and disappointment. Kennedy bears the brunt of the obstacles and her strength in particular is inspiring- even for a fictional character.

This book absolutely does end on a cliffhanger and it's not necessarily a happy one. I will forewarn you of this. I didn't know this wasn't a standalone going in, so I figured I'd spare you what I went through when I finished the book. I literally immediately went on to Goodreads and Amazon hoping and praying that SOMEONE mentions SOMETHING about a sequel. Lucky for us Lindsey Iler is not that mean. Oh and did I mention this is Ms. Iler's debut novel? No? Well I would have had no idea had I not read it somewhere else. This book is wonderfully written in such a way that you completely identify with all of her characters. Except for Craig, no one identifies with him, unless by identify you mean punch in the virtual wee-wee.

This is definitely a book that surprised me- in the best possible way. I picked this book up as something to pass time and ended up reading it in a day. It was a wonderful read, so much that I had to make it my first review in my comeback ;)
  


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I'm BAAAAAAACCCCCCKKKKKKK :)




It's been awhile since you've heard from me. I know, I know I have been completely and totally off the grid and slipping on the whole let you know what books I think are awesome thing. To those who read and followed my blog let me start out by saying I'M SO SORRY!! Unfortunately life has a way of creeping in and sidetracking you, making it so you have less and less time to do those things you enjoy most.. Let's just say moving 5 times in a matter of a year and a half should be a sufficient excuse (and should be some sort of record). So, while my gypsy feet are somewhat stationary I wanted to come back to doing what I love, giving my two cents about books. Trust me I have been keeping up with my reading so I am just bursting at the seams to write review, after review, after review. Let's see Colleen Hoover, Karina Halle, Tijan, Madeline Sheehan, Beth Rinyu and Amy Bartol- I'm looking at you ladies. My faves. And books that I will be reviewing in the next couple of weeks. Along with resuming my countdowns, blog tours, fun cover reveals and all the other things you loved about The Book Cafe. I thank those of you that have stuck with me and I look forward to meeting newbies that come across my blog! My first comeback review will be up tomorrow!




Friday, October 4, 2013

Blog Tour Stop! Good Intentions: The Dead War Series






Good Intentions: The Dead War Series
D.N. Simmons

Dystopian, Dark Urban Fantasy

SYNOPSIS

SciTech Labs was handsomely commissioned by the United States Military to design a revolutionary serum that would create the ultimate soldier. If successful, the soldier would have an increase in endurance, strength, awareness and overall speed. They would become the true super soldier. That's if everything went according to plan.

SciTech put its best scientists on the project and gave them a time limit to complete the job or else. With the pressure on and the stakes high, Vincent Masterson and his team put everything they had into the project. Everything was looking hopeful until an experiment went horribly wrong. The scientists mutated their specimen's DNA, turning it into something monstrous. Now, life as we know it will never be the same.

As it stands, the only thing that can save the human race is one of the two things they should be running from.

Can the human race survive being caught in a bloody war between two vicious predators?

PROLOGUE EXCERPT

The Director of the Biological Research Department of SciTech Laboratories, Dr. Steve Morris sat at his desk in his comfortable black, leather chair as he spoke with the military general across from him.

“I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this little experiment is to be kept top secret?” General Bradley Fuller reiterated. His cold blue eyes attempted to cut ribbons through the debonair attitude of the younger man.

Dr. Morris cleared his throat, blatantly ignoring the General’s glare. “I understand full well the importance of secrecy in this matter and I can assure you that you have nothing to worry about.”

“If it’s all the same to you, I’ll be the judge of that. Trusting SciTech Labs with this wasn’t my choice. However, this company came highly recommended as one of the top labs in the entire country, so here I am.” The General crossed one leg over the other as he rested his hands on his knee. “What can you guarantee as the turnaround time? We want results as soon as possible.”

“Well, from what you’ve shown me, it’s an unknown substance. It might help us if you can give me a little more background on the compound. It would help us to know where it came from,” Steve said.

The General frowned. “Unfortunately, that’s classified.”

Steve scoffed. “General, you’ve got my hands tied—”

“It’s need to know and you don’t have the clearance,” Gen. Fuller interjected brashly. “If you don’t think your department can work under those circumstances I’ll inform my superiors of your noncompliance.”

“General, please, there’s no need for rashness. I only want to give the United States Military Forces our very best effort.”

“The United States Military isn’t looking for ‘effort’, Doctor. We’re looking for results and with what you’re being offered to come up with those results, failure is not an option. Are we clear?”

Gen. Fuller’s stern gaze became even more intense. The nerves Steve was trying to ignore came roaring to the forefront. He shifted in his chair, feeling a lot less comfortable.

Steve cleared his throat. “As they say in the military, crystal.”



4 COFFEE CUPS!

"And So It Begins..."

I was very excited to read this novel as I love anything to do with apocalyptic story lines and I was quite pleased with D.N. Simmons' take on the undead in Good Intentions. This story centers around Dr. Vincent Masterson, scientist at SciTech and man in charge of a secret research project commissioned by the United States Military. The military's desired outcome of this experiment is the ability to create and use super soldiers. The scientists at SciTech also see the potential to cure disease and help the human race in general, with the added benefit of accolades that come with producing life saving medicines. As the title claims, the scientists had good intentions. What they actually cause, however inadvertently, could spell the end of the world as they know it.

I found myself becoming a bit impatient for some action in the beginning of this book. The setup of some of the characters seemed to be of little importance to the survival of the fittest story I knew was around the corner. However, the further I read into this story, the more I saw point of the introductions. This story isn't just a narrative from one person's point of view. The beauty of this book is that the reader gets to see into the minds of multiple characters and their reactions to what could possibly be the end of the world.

Part of me wanted to blame Dr. Masterson for the horrific situation befalling Chicago. I have read many books about zombies and disasters and oftentimes the big bad are either evil, power hungry groups or if accidental, those responsible are anonymous and unimportant to the story. What's different and interesting about Good Intentions is that we get the chance to meet someone who is at fault. And Masterson himself struggles with the guilt of being involved in the project that caused the deaths of so many, including his close friends.

There is another part of this book that I feel like, if I do not talk about it, I will be leaving something out. On the other hand, if I give away too much, I take away something from the reader. I will just say this: I knew what was coming, though because I was far along in the book until it was revealed, I was not expecting that I had already met some of the players in the beginning. This is why I said previously that the character introductions are important to the story and I suggest taking your time and getting to know the potential saviors of Earth.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, shooting pool, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.

To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at www.dnsimmons.com . D.N. is always interested in meeting new and wonderful people

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