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Rules of a Rebel and a Shy Girl by Jessica Sorensen

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Official Blurb

Willow
It started with a kiss and ended with a list. The middle is a bit more complicated.
The list of rules is supposed to protect mine and Beck’s friendship and stop us from accidentally kissing again. But most of all, it’s supposed to protect my heart from getting crushed and keep me from ending up broken like my mom.

I’ve always been great at following rules. But the more time I spend with Beck, the more I can’t stop thinking about that kiss and how amazing his lips felt against mine. For the first time in my life, I wish I was a rule breaker. But I can never cross that line. Not with Beck. Not with anyone.

Besides, if Beck knew the truth about my life, then the list wouldn’t have to exist because he wouldn’t have kissed me to begin with.

Beck
It started with the most amazing kiss ever and led to Willow handing me a list.
That stupid list. When she gave it to me, I wanted to shred it to pieces, pull her against me, and kiss her until she realized a piece of paper wasn’t going to stop me. Willow’s been my best friend since forever and she should know by now that I’m not a follow-the-rules kind of guy.

She may think that kiss was a mistake, but she’s wrong. Kisses like that can’t be a mistake. Willow and I belong together, have since the day I promised to always protect her from the bad stuff in her life. And somehow I’m going to prove it to her. Just like I’ll always protect her no matter what.

A standalone contemporary romance.
Suggested reading age 18+

Review

I am so excited to have had the opportunity to read and review this book! As seems to the M.O. of every Jessica Sorensen book I’ve read (which, BTW, is all of them!), it’s good to go in expecting to cry a little. And giggle a little. And a smile a whole, whole lot. For me, it was a quick, wonderful read that left my heart all warm and gooey inside.

We met Beck and Willow in Confessions of a Kleptomaniac (another super awesome book if you haven’t read it yet you can find it here) and while in the book I didn’t care one way or the other for Willow’s character, I fell in L.O.V.E. with Beck. He is interesting and kind and I wanted to know more about him from the moment we were introduced. And though I went in only luke warm about Willow, that quickly changed.

She is one of the strongest of Sorensen’s female characters but that does not mean she is without vulnerability. And as a girl who struggles with anxiety and stress and who takes on the weight of the world, I connected with Willow (though what I’ve been through is nothing in comparison to what this chick has to battle).

So one of my favorite things about Jessica Sorensen is that her female leads lean on their male counterparts for support and aide–Ella relied on Micha. Kayden lifted Callie up. Grey encouraged Luna. And Beck was Willow’s anchor. But in none of her books does the guy get credit for “saving” the girl. These are not damsels. Like in real life, they lean on the people they love for help, but they make the decisions to save themselves. And that is why I will always read Jessica Sorensen’s books. And in part why I loved this one. And definitely why I will talk it up to everyone I know.

You can pick up your copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

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Karma by Nadine Nightingale

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I’m super excited to be a part of this awesome blog tour for the premier book in Nadine Nightingale’s new Drag Me To Hell Series, KARMA!!

Buy Links!!!

AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AU | Barnes&Nobles | KOBO | Goodreads

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Synopsis

People call me all sorts of names—bad girl, black sheep, and my all-time favorite…Satan’s bride. I could blame the fact I’m a witch for my behavior, but the truth is I’m infuriating, arrogant, and stab-worthy.

Alex Remington is a hunter and everything I’m not—righteous, honest, caring. We used to have a thing, but that was before he learned I’m a witch and tried to kill me.

Eighteen months later, he’s back in my life and we have a deal; I’ll help him save his brother and he’ll disappear from my life for good. But karma can be a real bitch…

Review

After reading the synopsis, I was so thrilled to be gifted Karma in exchange for an honest review. Ex-lovers, witches, hunters… sounds like my kind of book! Unfortunately, I felt a bit let down by this novel. While the plot was intriguing, felt new and fun, and the world easily captivated me, I, sadly can’t say the same for the characters.
Amanda, or Manda, wasn’t a character I initally fell in love with. She’s rough around the edges and a bit bitchy so it wasn’t easy to like her. Still, as the novel went on she grew on me a little. Though I was still often annoyed by our heroine, I found myself rooting for her and invested in her story – probably because as I said, the plot was damn interesting! Manda may have grown on me but her counterpart did not.
Now let me tell you, I love me some jerky men – in novels at least – it makes for excellent angst and banter. The thing is, most of the book boyfriend jerks I fall in love with are jerks with a heart. They have that softer side or misguided motivations that cause a jerky nature. Alex was just mean. And for someone who came to our heroine requesting her help he was nothing but an ungrateful ass.
Not to mention he’d do something like demand Manda conjure up some spell to help him and get mad if she couldn’t and then disgusted with her witchy nature if she could. The moments Alex showed some form of softening toward Manda seemed insincere at best.
I give this one 3 ½ stars because I did really enjoy the plot. I though the story telling was great, the plot interesting and I certainly wanted to know more, but I just couldn’t connect with the characters. I will add that while I will go into the next novel in this series a tad more skeptical, I’ll still give it a chance because the story is good and I have hopes that the characters will become more likable!

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About The Author

Nadine aka Dini is a traveler at heart. She considers the world her home and practically lives out of her suitcases. When she’s not glaring at a blank page or abusing her poor keyboard, she spends her time reading, watching movies (preferably horror), pretends to work out, and hangs out with friends and family. Poor girl also suffers from a serious Marvel superhero addiction. So, if you run into her at night, wearing black, know she’s secretly dreaming of being the infamous Black Widow.

Her love for writing started in the sixth grade where she annoyed her classmates with a short story featuring Sailor Moon characters, a cemetery, and creepy ghosts. Yes, she’s always been addicted to the dark side. Nadine writes paranormal romance. Her debut novel “Karma” the first book in her paranormal romance series Drag.Me.To.Hell. is published by the Wild Rose Press and will be out in May 2016. She has a serious girl crush on her protagonist Amanda Bishop.

Nadine has a BA in Comparative Religions and studied Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.

 

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