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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Until Friday Night ~Review


"Pain comes to all of us
some time or another. 
Its how we learn to cope with it
that determines out future. "


Back of Book:
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.


Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell ap To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…



I picked this book up for two reasons, 1: The cover was pretty and 2: I've heard some good things about this. I am very glad that I did. When I first started reading this, I wasn't sure what to expect. We have a girl who doesn't speak and a guy with a secret no one else knows. This is a perfect combination! So if course West tells Maggie in good faith that she can keep the secret, I mean, who is she going to tell?! I loved this book, I thought it was sweet. West is easily one of my favorite leading men. He's just a little broken.... which now that I think about it, I kinda have a thing for the broken men characters. UGH! What is wrong with me?

Anyway..... This was a cute little story that I really enjoyed reading. It was a pretty quick read, I think it only took me two days to finish it. What I really loved about this book was the fact that it included Maggie's cousin in such a strong brotherly role. When an author includes family, I feel it just makes the story so much more relatable.

All in all this was a great little book! It was a quick entertaining read that kept me turning pages till it was over. Although there is a sequel, it revolves around other characters in the book, and I'm not sure I'm ready to read about anyone other than Maggie and West

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Cupcakes and Ink ~Review


"The only think I like better than
Tenley's cupcakes with buttercream icings is
Tenley decorated with buttercream icing."




Back of Book: 
Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.


Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish fa├žade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.


I absolutely adored the Clipped Wings series, however. This wasn't my favorite book. It was fine, but I didn't feel like it added anything to the story. Really this isn't a necessary read. Clipped Wings, and Inked Armor, were fantastic and rank high on my top favs. But Cupcakes and Ink, doesn't make the cut. You can read this if you want. It was still really well written and had the characters that I loved, but it just wasn't the same.

But what can you expect from a .5 book. Why do authors do that anyway? Book 2.5, or 1.5. Why not just add the tiny book into the chapters of the actual book? That's just my opinion anyway. This was still a good book, despite not adding any new elements to the story.


It was still an entertaining read, but not my favorite out of the three.