Review: Serenade by Heather McKenzie || Where I fell in love with the captor

Title: Serenade
Author: Heather McKenzie
Series: The Nightmusic Trilogy, book 1
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 438 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: April 17th, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Kidnapped and held hostage in the Rockies, a teenage heiress falls for her abductor while her corrupt father and devoted bodyguard fight to get her back. The discovery of true love and dark family secrets turns deadly in this epic coming of age adventure.

Kaya Lowen dreams of living like a normal eighteen-year old, but being heiress to a billion-dollar company has put her life in constant danger. Fiercely guarded by her powerful and corrupt father, she develops close bonds with those who protect her, especially Oliver a bodyguard who has proven his devotion to her time and again. He wins her heart – until a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning everything she believes in.

Haunted by true love and reeling from a guilty conscience, Kaya’s world unravels when she’s kidnapped. Held captive in a rugged wilderness fraught with raging storms, mystical caves and deadly predators, Kaya’s father scours the forest and her bodyguard fights to get her back. But, the discovery of a dark family secret makes Kaya wonder if staying in the arms of her blue-eyed abductor, a captivating stranger with dark secrets of his own, is a safer place to be. At least, that’s what her heart is telling her, her head is saying run…

An epic adventure centered on a smoldering love-triangle, Serenade sings a timeless tale of courage, self-discovery, and life-or-death love that will leave you breathless.


This book really took me on for a ride. So many things happened in this book and I enjoyed it very much.

Kaya desperately wants to live a normal life which is impossible as she is the sole heiress of a billion dollar company. Her father doesn’t give her the time of the day and she is left in the company of her bodyguard and other security officers who in due time has become her only friends. But when she gets kidnapped she comes face to face with a whole new reality she didn’t even think of. Now, it’s up to Kaya to decide if she wants to go back into that prison of a house or finally start listening to her heart.

The plot was pretty interesting and it kept me engaged throughout the book. Kaya’s life is a lot like Rapunzel. She is not allowed to go anywhere outside the premise marked by her father and guards accompany her 24/7. I liked Kaya from the very beginning, she was smart and caring and just craved for a normal life. And with only a few people in her life, she has grown close to the guards, especially Stephen and Oliver. Stephen was more a father to her than a guard and I really loved him. But Oliver… eh, not so much. I didn’t like him much and as the book proceeded, my dislike for him grew more and more. He definitely cared for Kaya but in a weird twisted way, it seemed like he thought he owned her after she agreed to his proposal of marriage.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed how the plot was executed. After Kaya gets kidnapped, things take a different turn. We are introduced to three more people- Luke, Seth, and Reagan. I didn’t know what to think of them at first but slowly they warmed up to my heart. I liked Luke, a lot and it was pretty obvious that he and Kaya had chemistry. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy much in the whole book was the insta-love. I just wished their relationship was more explored because there was plenty of scope for it.

I was glad to see how Kaya handled everything in a mature way and I really loved Luke when he decided to stand by her with whatever decision she took. The plot twist was really, really good. I didn’t expect that to happen. There were so many secrets that Kaya’s father kept to himself and oh my gosh, I hated him so much. And that revelation at the end was mind-blowing, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Overall. Serenade was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and I enjoyed the characters. The insta-love was the only thing that I disliked in this book but I did love Kaya and Luke together. The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. There was not a single dull moment in this book and I will be waiting eagerly for the next one in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Is it already in your tbr?

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon || Where I nearly drowned in cuteness

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 310 pages, Paperback
Published: September 3rd, 2015 by Corgi Childrens
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.


This book was everything! I didn’t think I was going to love this book this much. I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in two sittings. Oh, I soo didn’t want this story to end.

Madeline aka Maddie suffers from SCID, i.e. if she went outside her house she could die at any second. She has never stepped outside her whole life. When Olly moves in as their new neighbour, things begin to change for both of them. Olly has never met a girl like her before and Maddie finally wants something more. It’s up to Maddie to take a leap of faith and move forward or be enclosed in her home forever.

“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

I enjoyed the plot so much. Everyone talked about this book so much that most of the story was spoiled for me. I am guilty here too because I couldn’t stop looking at the reviews either but that didn’t make me feel any less giddy when I started this book. It was so freaking cute. Everything was freaking cute. I was literally dying of cuteness. Lol. Nonetheless, I loved how the plot was executed and this book was so damn addictive!

I fell in love with Maddie and Olly. They were so much different yet together they were absolutely perfect. The email exchanges and messages, their day-to-day encounters and their nighttime rituals were just so sweet and it added more flavour to the story. Unfortunately, I knew the plot twist was coming and when it did it failed to surprise me but weirdly I didn’t mind that at all. Wel,l I should be thankful that my enjoyment was not marred. I liked Maddie’s character so much, she was different… just different but I could connect with her on some level. Olly was absolutely swoon-worthy. I liked him sooo much!! (That would be an understatement.)

Maddie’s decision to listen to her heart surprised me, it proved that she was so much brave than one could ever be and I loved how Olly supported her. And that was one epic adventure and I really, really enjoyed it. The chemistry and romance between Olly and Maddie were just as epic.

“Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”

The other characters were portrayed so well and it played an important part of the story. Maddie’s nurse/caretaker Carla was such an awesome person, she cared about Maddie so much. I took an immediate liking to her whereas her mom gave a different off-beat vibe. Another thing I would have liked is more information about SCID which was there but it was merely brushed by.

Overall, Everything, Everything was a fantastic read! The plot was neatly executed and the characters were felt so real. I loved the romance between Olly and Maddie and I didn’t want the book to end. The writing was beautiful and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes!!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it?

Review: Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis || The sea of unpredictability.

Title: Losing Kyler
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 458 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: March 27th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Condemned to repeat the sins of the past…

Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.

Everything she believed is built on a lie.

And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.

Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex resurfaces—hell-bent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.

Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.

But is it too late?

When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.

But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?


Oh my gosh! Losing Kyler was such a roller coaster ride! It was epic and heartbreaking at the same time. You can read my review of book 1: Finding Kyler, here.

*A little spoilery for those who have yet to read book 1.*

This book picks up right where it left off. After James drops the father bomb upon Faye, everything becomes far more complicated in their life. The more they try to come up with a solution, the more their problem entangles them. But when a new truth is revealed, it’s up to Kyler and Faye to decide what to do with the truth, face it or run from it.

As always, Siobhan managed to surprise the heck out of this book as well. Something or the other kept happening which made it difficult to put this book down. The plot was absolutely unpredictable which kept me on my toes. After Faye learns that James could be her father instead of just uncle, it complicates the relationship between her and Kyler. Their chemistry was off the charts and it was a struggle for both of them to be apart from one another.

He’s like my own personal kryptonite. 

But seriously, the Kennedys are one big messed up family but despite that, I loved the relationship between the brothers and how much they cared for each other despite their inner demons. I really, really hated Addison. I mean how can be a person this low? She is definitely onto something big and I can’t wait to find out about it in the final book of this series. The way she manipulated the situation of Kalvin really pissed me. I hope she gets what she deserves. Among the brothers, I seriously loooove Keaton, he is such a good friend to Faye but I’m really looking forward to reading Kalvin’s story as well.

I enjoyed how the plot was executed. The constant drama and the unexpected plot twists kept me thoroughly entertained. I loved the romance between Faye and Kyler but it felt that their relationship moved nowhere and I wanted more of that. Nonetheless, I was glad to finally know Faye’s whole truth and I hope she gets some closure. But that last plot twist seriously shocked me! I didn’t even see that one coming.

Overall, Losing Kyler was a great read! I enjoyed it so much. I loved how the plot was executed and I enjoyed the character growth. The chemistry between Kyler and Faye was undeniable. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to see how everything goes down in the final book of Kyler and Faye. I’m so freaking excited for it!

Recommend it?

YES!


Sooo guys, have you started this series yet? If yes, how has been your experience so far? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Styled by Piper Lawson

Title: Styled
Author: Piper Lawson
Series: Travesty, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Format: Ebook
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Expected Publication: March 29th, 2017
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

I have a type. Tall. Blond. Sarcastic. Awkward as hell.

That’s right, my type is me. Because I’m better off spending my time alone than with a guy.

Which doesn’t matter since this month, I’m on an open-ended ticket to LA to find a new boutique for TRAVESTY. Not to find a rebound for the breakup that blew my mind. I’m ready to forget all about dicks.

Too bad Ethan Cameron sinks that dream before I get on the plane.

The SoCal realtor might be my business partner’s older brother, but he’s the wrong guy to help us out. Ethan’s arrogant and self-centred, with a dentist’s wet dream smile and pecs that might have their own hashtag. More girls pass through the backseat of his car than through the doors of our SoHo boutique.

He’s also wrong for me. And the more he thinks he knows me, the more I need to prove he doesn’t.

But I can’t ignore the fact that I need Ethan’s help finding a boutique to put TRAVESTY on the map. And no one knows LA style like Ethan.

I survived private school. Growing up with one parent. Dating a gay guy. I can survive one month with Ethan Cameron.

Right?


This book was goddamn awesome! It was light-hearted and a fun read, just the one I absolutely needed right now. You can read my review of book 1: Schooled,, here; book 2: Stripped, here and book 2.5, Sealedhere.

Jordan comes to LA to find a new boutique for Travesty, the clothing line of Lex, Ava and herself. Ethan, Ava’s elder brother promised her that he would help Jordan out. Both of them didn’t expect that they would react differently towards each other and they can’t deny the chemistry between them. But when the future of Travesty in LA becomes uncertain, it’s up to Jordan to figure everything out or to let it go.

I enjoyed the plot sooo much. This book was hard to put down and it was pretty addictive. Jordan steps into LA with one goal in her mind- find a new store for Travesty and get the heck out. She was such a fun and feisty character, I immediately took a liking to her. She didn’t take any crap and the talked her mind. Ethan, on the other hand, was a playboy but Jordan challenged him and kept him on his toes like no other women ever had. The chemistry between them was mind-blowing and I loooved the slow burn romance!

The plot was executed neatly and I was rooting for Jordan and Ethan from the very start. They were perfect for each other, they both had their flaws but they complimented each other so well. Their relationship evolved slowly and I liked how the characters matured throughout the book. And I loved the banter between them, there was never a dull moment in this book.

I was so happy to see the other characters of this series make an appearance. I was a bit mad at Ava for a moment but she is just so spontaneous sometimes but I was relieved when they worked things out. I definitely enjoyed the trio’s friendship. And… I was also glad to see Lex and Dylan finally tie the knot!

Overall, Styled was such a fun read! I loved the plot and the characters. The romance between Jordan and Ethan was sooo good! The writing was flawless and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. One is guaranteed to enjoy if you pick up any book by Piper. I so can’t wait to read more by her.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you started this series yet? If yes. how has your experience been so far? 

Review: Swinging at Love by Kendra C. Highley || Blog Tour

Welcome to my tour stop of Swinging at Love by Kendra C. Highley hosted by Chapter by Chapter. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: Swinging at Love
Author: Kendra C. Highley
Series: Suttonville Sentinels, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count ad Format: 228 pages, Ebook
Published: March 13th, 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley for this book tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how?

Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood.

Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…

Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.


This was a quick read and fun read. This book definitely had its flaws but overall I really enjoyed it.

Tristan is facing a lot of problems in his baseball despite being one of the top players in his team. Alyssa loves her ballet but she can do nothing when her father’s business is going out of market. They both begin to fall for one another when Tristan comes to her father’s batting cage for some alone practice. But things begin to fall out of control when both their best friends confess for a liking to one another. The only way out is to confess the truth or lose their friendship forever.

The plot was predictable and cheesy as hell but at the same time, it was quite enjoyable. Alyssa and Tristan start falling for one another when Tristan decides to do some practice to get out of his slump. Alyssa being a former softball player helps him out and Tristan discovers that she is his muse as well. I enjoyed their relationship. But then, both of Tristan’s best friend confessed he liked Alyssa and Alyssa’s bff confessed she liked Tristan which was kinda weird, even for them and it was quite natural that they couldn’t decide how to break it to them. It did feel a little unrealistic how everything was sunshine and rainbows at the end.

Nonetheless, the characters kept me interested throughout the book. Alyssa was pretty smart and confident and she spoke her mind. She and Tristan were pretty much a perfect couple. Tristan’s gesture to save her family business was really sweet. The other characters were pretty fun to read about as well.

Overall, Swinging at Love was a fun but predictable read. I liked the characters and the romance between Alyssa and Tristan. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

Author Links:

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Purchase Links:

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So guys, what do you think about this book? It is in your tbr? Have you read any other work by this author?

TV Show Review: Full House (Thai)

Show Name: Full House (Thai)
Episodes: 20
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Comedy
Director: Saratswadee Wongsomphet
Cast: D’Angelo Mike, Manaying Sushar, Panichkul Uttsada, Janesuda Jane, Nisachon Siothaisong, Wittawat Arisara
My Rating: 

Blurb:

Aom is a writer who got swindled out of her house during her trip to Korea. She finds out that her house was sold to Mike and in an attempt to get her possessions back, she enters a contract marriage with Mike for one year. Though she lost everything, Aom remains optimistic and takes things in strike. What started out as a business relationship between the two becomes personal as they start to care for each other.


Plot:

The plot was definitely predictable but it was pretty enjoyable as well. When Aom-am gets duped by her own sister, she is forced to make a deal with the new house owner, Mike who is a superstar. I sooo love this trope! And it was perfectly executed in this show. Mike and Aom-am begins to develop feelings for one another how much they try to stay away from each other, they genuinely being to enjoy each other’s company after some time but things begin to take a different turn with Mintra in the picture. Although there wasn’t a full-fledged love triangle but it was almost like that which made it impossible for me to stop after one episode. This show was pretty addicting. There were so many laugh-at-loud moments as well as heartbreaking ones. There were a few things I wanted it to go differently but the ending made everything absolutely okay.

Characters:

Mike (D’Angelo Mike)  I loved his character. He’s a famous star but he begins to care for Aom-am when they start pretending to be playing house for a whole year. But he’s quite impulsive and not-so-good at decision making because there were seriously some moments when I just wanted to hit him with a saucepan (I don’t know why I always want to hit people with a sauce pan…lmao). When he was with Aom-am he was a totally different guy. Most of the guys think it’s mighty difficult to understand a girl, but just small things are the ones which make a difference, just like there were some moments that absolutely melted my heart and those were completely swoon-worthy. Nonetheless, whenever he was with Mintra, he couldn’t absolutely deny her anything. I get it, he was in love with her since his childhood but after he married Aom-am, even though it was kind of fake, he should have at least told her. He sure did but he should have a lot earlier because dude you were getting me confused.

Aom-am (Manaying Sushar) She was just adorable, I loved her bubbly and cheerful personality. She was caring and forgiving despite the fact what her sister did to her for money which was pretty savage. Nonetheless, I enjoyed her sense of humour and she was very dedicated and hardworking towards her book, she never gave up on it despite being rejected for a number of times. When she actually confessed her feelings for Mike, that scene was really heartbreaking and I kinda pretty much broke down. And she was just amazing when she went for Mike knowing that he would never actually say it himself.

Guy (Panichkul Uttsada) Guy was a great guy! Oh well… xD He was genuinely caring and was always there whenever his friends needed him. Without his push and help Aom-am would never have completed her novel and he was the one who called out Mintra on whatever game she was playing with Mike. I really felt bad for him in the end, he’s a guy who deserved a happy ending but he handled everything so maturely. He was a true gentleman.

Mintra (Janesuda Jane)– Oh God! I hated her so much!! She always had feelings for Guy but when he tells her that he sees her only as a sister, she makes up her mind to go for Mike despite knowing that he’s married. She tried full on to break Mike and Aom-am apart and this was the only time I really felt angry with Mike because he didn’t stop Mintra wither when it was clear how much Aom-am was getting hurt. Though she redeemed herself at the very end, I wouldn’t have been so forgiving as Aom-am.

The Romance:

I really, really loved the romance in this show. It’s not heavily reliable on it but the few moments were pretty enough to showcase the evolving relationship between Mike and Aom-am, they had the perfect chemistry. Although they went on their (fake) honeymoon trip, the few itsy-bitsy bits were more than enough for me and sooo damn cute. And that ice-cream eating shoot for the advertisement was hot as hell!

Overall:

Full House was a really fun watch. I binged watched it in two days! The plot was enjoyable and I loved the character growth. The chemistry between Mike and Aom-am was absolutely amazing. I am pretty satisfied with this show, it was just amazing.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have any of you watched this show? If yes, what did you think about it? Any recommendations are absolutely welcome!

What Blogging means to me! || Two Years Blogiversary and Giveaway!

Hey there guys!!

I can’t believe it has already been two years (on 2nd March actually)! I have been actually been blogging for two freaking whole years and I looove it so much! It wouldn’t have been possible without you guys.

Blogging has taught me so much. Here are just a few reasons why I love blogging so much-

  • I finally feel like I belong somewhere. Before I started blogging I barely had anyone to talk to or fangirl about books but now I have you guys. I love sharing my opinions and listening to what you guys have to say.
  • I had never been a voracious reader, I don’t think I even crossed 10 books a year but that also changed, it’s always more than 100 now! 😀
  • I expanded my reading horizons. I stepped outside my comfort level and tried reading books from various genres, loved some, hated some but they were definitely an experience I would never forget.
  • Writing reviews, discussion posts makes me feel so satisfied and at a kind of peace. Do you guys feel the same way?
  • I also found out about about NaNoWriMo while I was blogging which inspired me and challenged me to take my writing seriously.
  • Lastly, this blogging community is epic! I don’t know where I would be without you guys. So, as a token of my appreciation, I have organised a giveaway! Yup! (And it’s also opened internationally!)

Giveaway! (INTL)

2 winners can choose any 2 e-books from the list given below-

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
2. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
3. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
4. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
5. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
6. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Thank you guys for sticking by my side for this long!