The latest book that I could not put down was Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane. I think she broke me. I don’t remember the last time I cried that hard over a book. She has a way of writing characters who are so broken but yet you care for them so deeply that all you want to do is see them happy.
Beneath the Stain is about Mackey Sanders and the members of his band. I came to care for every single one of them. And I wanted to bring Mackey home with him and give him a nice meal.
I couldn’t do anything while I was reading this book. I tried to sneak in paragraphs here and there and I was definitely up at night, sneaking my Kindle under the covers so the light didn’t bother my husband. It’s hard to say much about this book without giving away spoilers but I craved a happily ever after for Mackey. And then cried when it happened.
I actually think Landry in Trust the Focus would love Mackey if they ever met. They both like tattoos, and are skinny and artistic and eccentric. Both are a little damaged. And I’m sure if he read Mackey’s story, he’d be under the covers up all night too.
With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.
As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.
But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.
Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.
A book that recently kept me awake all night, the kind of read that had me turning off my lights, but then five minutes later grabbing for my kindle thinking, just one more chapter wouldn’t hurt … is Bad Romeo by Leisa Reyven, and trust me, I didn’t want it to end. I’m thrilled there’s a sequel coming, but the fact I have to wait for its release is agonizing.
Bad Romeo totally snuck up on me. I knew I had heard good things, and I even knew I was probably going to like it, but I didn’t realize how much I was going to love it.
There was something so achingly sweet about this book that pulled me in, and once I was caught, I couldn’t stop. It was also one of the freshest reads I had experienced in a while. The dialogue was witty, while still being realistic. Also, a part of me clung to a nostalgic element this book offered, because back in the day I was a drama nerd through high school and college, and I found it so easy to picture my friends having the same hilarious banter, and the sexual tension, that ensued in Bad Romeo.
The slow burn of the transpiring relationship had me as anxious as Cassie was to lose her virginity in this novel. I turned each (kindle) page with finger-swipes of desperation into the wee hours of the morning, needing to know how it ends for this angsty couple, Cassie and Ethan, while their past and present relationship entwined with every passing chapter.
Has a book ever had you hyperventilate? This book made me consider climbing out of bed to get a paper bag for this exact reason, because even when I did hit the last page, come two in the morning, I kept swiping my kindle screen, demanding more, because I was working so hard for a solution, word-by-angsty-word, and then … cliffhanger.
Not only did this book have me up all night under the covers, but it also gave me days of restless slumber, anxious for more.
In this sensational New Adult debut by Alex Rosa, boyfriends are too much trouble. So what’s the harm in a little fun?
With an abusive relationship behind her, Skyler moves out of her Orange County apartment, changes her phone number, cuts ties with her friends, and moves in with her brother Josh, a talent agent with a spare room in his incredible house in Hollywood.
Josh is happy to take Skyler under his wing, but he has one rule: she can’t sleep with his roommate, Blake. That’s fine by Skyler. She doesn’t want a man in her life right now—and certainly not cocky Blake who’s with a different girl every night. But his all-American boy charm and his ripped model physique are difficult to refuse. Josh will never know if no one ever tells him. And a little secret now and then never hurt anyone…