NEVER ME by KATE STEWART
I was fortunate to have a complimentary copy of this book and I must say that NEVER ME is definitely different from ROOM 212. There’s the second chance at love theme to it but it was so different but in a good way. I must admit though that the first half of the story is a bit slow for me. I had a hard time connecting to Nadine’s character. I wanna understand why she did all those things but I guess my mind cannot digest the whole reasoning because IDK, maybe I was hoping that she knew better. I understand she is damaged and it is hard for her to trust but I just can’t get her. I don’t like that what she did was a way for her to cope. I just don’t see the logic of it. It made me want to punch her. Really.
Also the first part was getting to know Nadine’s other side, the carefree and happy side. That I love about her and the fact that she is strong willed woman. She doesn’t take crap from anybody and deep inside she is as vulnerable as any woman can be. The walls she created was slowly crumbling when she met Spencer. I think Spencer is really a genuine person. He did not judge her or maybe he did but it didn’t deter him from getting to know the other side of Nadine. The side that she kept to herself and others, that she hardly shows. I like that in a way he emancipated her. The chemistry when they first met was so palpable. I think Kate Stewart wrote it so well that if you were reading that moment, you feel that attraction between em.
The second part of the book was more thrilling and exciting for me. The second guessing whether Nadine and Spencer will be together or not. After reading ROOM 212, I really don’t know what to expect. I think when it comes to Kate Stewart’s writing, you really cannot predict. She has this way of making you think and surprise you by doing the opposite and what’s not expected. But I think after reading ROOM 212 and this book, you kinda notice that there’s a pattern in her stories. Especially in the end but what makes me love the whole second chance at love feel of this book is how she managed to surprised me. You think that’s it but there’s another one coming. It’s like she makes you feel down and then after you feel so happy and giddy. I like that feeling. You think you’re sure that it’s then end but it’s not.
As a whole, I love the story. I didn’t like Nadine at first but by the end of the book I love that she is a different person and someone she herself can be proud of. I have 2 or 3 fave scenes in the book, especially towards the end. I appreciate an author who can surprise her readers not just one but twice even thrice while reading her book and Kate Stewart did that for me. ROOM 212 is still my fave book and I think it is still her best book so far but NEVER ME will surprise you and take you to a different side of Kate Stewart’s writing prowess. I wish there’s more. I hope there’s a novella coming or something. I would love to read another Nadine and Spencer book. :)
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So what is a TBR JAR? Well, TBR means 'to be read' and if you are a bookwhore like me you definitely know what this jar is for but for those who does not, a TBR JAR is a jar that aids in deciding what book to read next. For some, it’s so easy to decide what book they’re going to read next but for someone like me who is soooooo fickle and my TBR list in Goodreads is sooooooooooo freakin long (I have like, 3,000 books in that list alone) this jar is really helpful plus it’s fun to make and to look at. ;)
I learned about the TBR Jar days ago in one of the book blogs I follow—- (click HERE!) and I was amazed. See, I am not an artsy person so I don’t have any ideas for DIY (Do It Yourself) projects so when I read about this jar I find it very helpful and easy to make then at that moment, I decided imma do my own TBR Jar. YAY! :D
Obviously you are going to need a jar, it really depends on your taste what kind of jar to use or maybe not a jar, maybe something else. It’s really up to you. And then, colored papers. I personally prefer bright colored papers or note pads. I used Post-its because I have a lot and I like looking at colorful bright things. I also cut the part where the sticky part is in. So what’s in my TBR Jar? Here goes…
- 1st book in a series
I did not include ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) because that usually involves a deadline so every time I get one, it is usually a top priority read and imma change the rules for my TBR Jar, I am going to use the jar every time I am in state as I’d like to call it a "Reader’s Block". Hihihihihi You know, a time when you just stare at your TBR List and have no idea what to read next? Yeah, that state. Like, I said I am fickle and one minute I decide imma do this and then the next it’s a different thing so I am going to treat the jar as a rule, deadline or something, in that way it will help me in setting a pace for my reading pleasure. But in any instance where I picked a book that I don’t feel like reading, imma put it back and choose another. It’s my own so I can definitely bend some rules. :D
So there goes my TBR Jar. I am still finishing it up before I start using it. I need more colorful Post-its, I run out of neon pink and yellow Post-its so hopefully imma finish it this week. It’s easy to make so why not give a shot and make your own. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make a TBR Jar even if you’re not into books (that’s crazy!), maybe a jar for other things? IDK, whatever floats your boat. This is just an idea for booklovers out there but you can definitely make your own version for something. Let me know.
And yeah, I will post my first pick.. soon I hope. :)
Oh well. #loveisblind #makabuang #nangdahilsapagibig (at Bonifacio Residences, Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City)
RHETT (RHETT 1) by J.S. COOPER
Before I start, can I just say that this is one of the hottest, sexiest & handsome-st covers I have ever seen. Hollis Chamber is one hot guy and if you think this cover is hot, wait til you see the cover for book 2. His eyes… swoon!
Alright, I think this is my 4th or 5th J.S. Cooper book and that includes her serials and let me just say that her stories are always good. Stories that will make you feel good and leave you wanting more. She is one those authors who writes feel good stories with matching sexy & kinky vibe to it and Rhett is definitely in that category.
Rhett is an awesome read. Two childhood BFFs who then falls for each other. I like simple storyline like this one because it feels good to read a book with less drama. If you want to feel happy, giddy or feel those butterflies in your stomach, then you should read Rhett. And also if you want to have a break from all the emotional and deep stories you have read, this is your go-to book. I love how it was written. It didn’t feel short nor long, just the right amount to make you want more. There are stories that has a very emotional or dark storyline to make it a WOW book but there are also books out there that has a simple storyline but it will also WOW you and J.S. Cooper’s books are in that list.
I cannot wait to read book 2. So glad the author decided to write one because I feel that there’s more to tell and as a fan, I wanna know more about Rhett and Clementine’s story. The after story is always appreciated. :)
UNMASKED 2 (UNMASKED SERIES) by CASSIA LEO
The mystery and twists of this story is what drives me to want to read more and more from this series. I loooooove it!
In this second installment of Cassia Leo’s UNMASKED SERIES, Cassia Leo delivers again. She maintained the mystery that I love in book 1 and gave us more twist than I can ever imagine and probably she will give us more of that in book 3. Questions readers have in book 1 was finally answered but then there are more questions ahead. IDK what to expect, I’m just gonna take everything as it is and enjoy the awesome feel in reading serials like this one. I have been a fan of Cassia Leo since book 1 of her SHATTERED HEARTS series and this serial is one of her great works. She definitely knows what she is doing and she is doing it really, really good. How she writes stories that is so enticing and makes you devour it in one sitting is a pure talent.
There is a new character in this book and sadly, less of Daimon but more of Alex. Still the story is as good as book 1. Cassia Leo gave us Alex’s side that we didn’t get to see in the first book and gave us something to look forward to. There were many revelations and still more mystery than in book 1 that I am sure fans like me will get the answers in book 3. I cannot wait! I bet the reunion of Alex and Daimon will be mind-blowing. :)
TORRENT (CONDEMNED 1) by GEMMA JAMES
My first book from the author and she blew me away. THIS story is as raw, dark & twisted as it can get. By first chapter, it will make you cringe and make your eyes bulge out because it is that intense. The rawness and dark feel of the scenes are mind-blowing and cringe-worthy. The blurb drew me in and that’s why I added this to my TBR list and fortunately, the author noticed and I was given a complimentary copy. I knew this would be dark because of the warning but I didn’t know it will be THAT dark and so raw.
Torrent should be read with an open mind. Let me remind you that this is fiction and maybe in some unfortunate place this had happened or is happening (some scenes) but have an open mind. Take it as it is even if some scenes are so freakin twisted that it makes you want to stop reading because you need a break or if it makes your stomach hurl, still keep an open mind.
I like how it was written. It was short yet very provoking. And I realized how we humans have dark, twisted fantasies that in books we get those and that makes us human to have those weird fantasies. I wanna read book 2 ASAP. IDK what to think or what will happen in book 2 because it ended in a jaw-dropping scenarios. It was… WOW!
IRIS (THE WILD SIDE 2) by R.K. LILLEY
OMG! R.K. Lilley are into mind-fuck. I swear, she is torturing us with so many mind-fucks. You think you know, but you have no idea. If in book 1, you have this idea who Iris is or what is her work, then you are mistaken. I don’t think anybody who have read book 1 saw what is coming in book 2. We all have questions in book 1 and I personally thought those questions will be answered in this book but I was wrong. I have more questions now compared to the last one. See? Mind-fuck. But that is good, really good. I have read R.K. Lilley’s Up in the Air series and this trilogy is definitely different from that series. The writing, for me is totally different and if R.K. used a pseudo name for this trilogy I would never have guessed that it is the same author. Not every author can do that but she did. IDK how or what her writing ritual is but damn, she is clever and oh so good!
Like I said, I have more questions now that in book 1 but I will stop having ideas in my head and just take whatever she gives her readers. I have this, ‘maybe she was kidnapped’ or ‘maybe she is a sex slave of some sort’ but ya know what? IDC! I will wait for book 3 (BTW, I am dying to read it) and just savor all the mystery that book 2 left us.
THIS story is definitely a must-read. If you want to be mind-fucked then you should read this. You will not be disappointed. I promise. R.K. Lilley delivers.
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