Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review of I BELONG TO YOU: An Inside Out Novel by Lisa Renee Jones

Publisher's blurb:
The stunning conclusion to Mark and Crystal’s relationship in the passionate, all-consuming Inside Out series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.


Being that person, that man, is how I define myself, how I allow the rest of the world to define me as well. And now, with a terrible loss shredding me inside out and someone trying to destroy my family to punish me, control is more important than ever. It is everything. It is what I need. It is all I need. Or maybe I just need…her.


  Finally, Mark's story!!! Since BEING ME, I was eager to hear what made Mark Compton act the way he did. We had littler teasers and nudges throughout the series and in his and Crystal's novellas, but here we get the whole story!  

Mark was so wounded and was (silently) crying out for help. He made an absolute mess of his relationship with Rebecca and wasn't ready to try again. Crystal saw that he was hurting and wanted to take away his pain, though she in no way wanted to start a relationship with him.

Mark Compton is one of my top book boyfriends of all time and I was thrilled that Lisa Renee Jones gave him a heroine that didn't lay down and take his 'Master' crap. Crystal was a strong woman who stood up for herself and wouldn't let Mark walk all over her.  They were perfect together.  Each of them needs each other equally and they found a love in each other that can't be topped.


There are so many questions answered in this book that left me satisfied as a reader. We know what has happened to Rebecca and who was responsible. We learn why Mark turned into the Master and why control is so important to him. Mark is forced to acknowledge his emotions, which isn't easy for him. 


Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: LETTING GO by Molly McAdams

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Molly McAdams has created a heartfelt story of love and loss and love again.  Two years ago Grey and Jagger lost their best friend, and Grey's fiancee Ben. Grey had a difficult time coping with the loss, but Jagger was never far from her side.  When Jagger's true feelings for Grey come out, she is at first shocked, but soon discovers that maybe it's time to move on, though guilt is strong on her mind as she isn't sure if she is betraying Ben's memory.

I loved the characters that Ms. McAdams has created. They are multidimensional and very complex. There are so many emotions that passed through me as I read LETTING GO. Sadness, anger, guilt, happiness, and contentment were all things I felt as I read the story. 

Jagger and Grey are so good for each other in their love, and Jagger's sweet understanding of Grey in her grief and his patience as he waits for her to discover her feelings.  Grey's family is wonderful, while Jagger's family is broken, but I loved his sister, Charlie and hope that she can find her HEA someday.

Most people are happy that Grey is finally able to move on, though there are a few that find her actions selfish. Ms. McAdams threw me for a loop though with a bombshell that comes toward the end of the story.  Something that I never saw coming.

This was my first Molly McAdams's book, but it will not be my last.  I look forward to discovering more of her characters and the world she puts them in.

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author returns with a sizzling novel of love, loss, guilt, and forgiveness.

Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

About the Author:
Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach, which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she's not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm...or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

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