Publisher: Atria Books

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Review: Loves Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

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I received this book for free from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Loves Lies Beneath by Ellen HopkinsLove Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins
Published by Atria Books on July 21st 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Source: Simon & Schuster
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Collateral comes a gripping novel about a woman caught in a love affair that could be her salvation...or her undoing.

Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself.

Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.

Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy.

Writing in beautiful prose, Ellen Hopkins unveils a new style while evoking her signature poetic form that readers fell in love with in Collateral and Triangles.

The main reason why I wanted to read this book is because I freaking adore Ellen Hopkins. Also, it sounded good. This is not YA, and it’s not your typical Ellen Hopkins book. This one is not written in verse like her others. It does however have some beautiful poetry throughout. It still was a good solid story though, and as always, it was a great read. The characters were great and there was a bit of hidden mystery to them. This book is about learning to love and trust and so much more. It was not intense or super exciting, but a slow story that pulls you along making you need to see where things are going.

Tara is a woman who is well off. She’s been married three times and has made out good. She does not associate with her mother, but is decently close to her sister. She’s a bit promiscuous, but she’s good at playing the game. Then after a ski accident, she actually falls in love. Something she has never experienced. But there are lingering doubts, and a few secrets on both sides. So her question is if love will be enough.

There’s also the complication of Cavin’s almost adult son. He is manipulative, but also smart and charming. Tara can’t quite figure him out. Sometimes it’s like he’s playing a game and trying to get under her skin, and other times he seems genuine and isn’t playing at anything at all.

The romance aspect was pretty good, but there honestly wasn’t a whole lot of focus on it. Mostly, it’s about Tara getting to know herself while falling in love. Watching her sister struggle though a twenty year marriage that has gone stale. Wondering if she can truly be happy in love forever. On top of all that, someone has been sending her tratening texts and emails. There is a mystery aspect lingering in the background of it all.

I really enjoyed this. It was a slow and steady story that was deeper than it first appears. Throughout the book, I was never sure where things were going, but the ending I totally didn’t expect. Looking back now, perhaps I should have, but that makes it even better really. I thought it all tied up in a cool way and it really solidified my love for this author. She always tells an amazing story so true to real life circumstances. Stories that aren’t easy, but are a reality. I think a lot of people will really like this one.


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Interview with Colleen Hoover + Giveaway!

Interview with Colleen Hoover + Giveaway!

Posted by on 03/18/2015 • 12 Comments

I’ve got the wonderful Colleen Hoover, NA rockstar, on the blog today for a short interview about her newest book, Confess! First let’s take a peek at this pretty for those who hadn’t heard of it yet:

Interview with Colleen Hoover Hi Colleen! Thanks so much for dropping by my little space on the web! Hopeless was the first New Adult book I ever read and I absolutely loved it! But today let’s talk about your newest release – Confess! 🙂

Let’s start with giving us a brief description of Confess using only 2 sentences.

Boy meets girl. Crap, I’m out of sentences.

What was the whole confessions part like – the book mentions they’re actual confessions you received – did you get some that will…

Waiting on Wednesday (100)

Waiting on Wednesday (100)

Posted by on 11/13/2013 • 19 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

A new book by Colleen Hoover! Weeeeee! I loved LOVED Hopeless by her and I have yet to read any others but that book alone convinced me she was a must-read, auto-buy author! 🙂

What are you waiting on, this week?

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Posted by on 04/23/2013 • 30 Comments

Wow where do I start? At the amazing characters? At the sky rocketing chemistry? At the scenes that are so powerfully emotional that you want to curl into a ball and cry for days? I have nothing but praise for this gem that Colleen has created. This book rocked my world, and then it broke it in two.

Before we get down and heavy into the depths, let’s talk about what started it all, and that is the characters. Sky is our protagonist and she could not have been a more enjoyable character for me. She does not have an ounce of superficiality on her body. This girl is honest, so honest that she blurts out the most random and embarrassing things because she doesn’t want to play games or…