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Reviews books at tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com from a southern collegiate perspective. BIG fan of Cassandra Clare and Jennifer L. Armentrout. "And why do we fail Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."

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Everything For Us (The Bad Boys, #3)
M. Leighton
Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater SO excited to read this. I always loved Cole. :)

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass)

Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas That ending? TORTURE! How am I supposed to wait a YEAR?!?!

Defiance (The Courier's Daughter Trilogy)

Defiance (The Courier's Daughter Trilogy, #1) - C.J. Redwine I LOVE LOGAN!

Origin (Lux)

Origin - Jennifer L. Armentrout Oh my God! That was freakin' amazing. Opposition is going to be EPICCC.
Unafraid - Melody Grace This book was received from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review.Unafraid was another new adult win for me! It is a really refreshing storyline and I read it in one sitting. I dare ya not to like this one.Brittany is such a strong girl. She was dealt a shit hand in life, her dad leaving their family and her mom loved booze more than Brittany. She has dreams, dreams she wants more than anything to accomplish She’s extremely pessimistic and I really can’t blame her because of her upbringing, but I wish she didn’t have such a load on her shoulders. She expects the worst out of Hunter, just because of her past experience, and I love when he proves her wrong.Hunter truly is a golden boy, just like Brit thinks. He is so dang considerate, sweet, and just perfect. And yet, he is messed up inside just like Brittany. But he doesn’t let it stop him from giving his all to her and showing her so much love. He’s headstrong, just like his counterpart and never gives up no matter how many times she tells him to go away.I loved seeing Juliet and Emerson back in action. They are so cute together and Emerson loves his little sister and will beat up anyone that hurts his sister. Garrett is like a surrogate brother to Brittany as well and I really love his character.The thing I loved about Unbroken, Juliet and Emerson’s book, and this book is that the couples have a past. Brit and Hunter have a complicated past, and I enjoyed having it unfolded in pieces. I love having deliciously tortured pasts. :) Hunter and Brit may have not seen each other in three years, but none of their feelings ever diminished. Their relationship develops fast, and they feel so strongly for each other. Their sexy times were beyond sexy and their sweet times were adorable.I liked this installment even more than Unbroken and I can’t wait to see what Melody has up her sleeve for us!Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: It’s the kiss I’ve been waiting three long years to taste again, but it’s nothing like I imagined. Sweet and soft, hot and slow. My eyes drift shut with bliss as his mouth dances softly over mine. He’s barely touching me, but the shudder of pleasure that rolls through me is enough to make my heart stop and my legs buckle. Hunter wraps an arm around my waist, holding me up, and I sway into him, lost in the darkness.Rating: 4.5/5 Tar Heels! See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

My Favorite Mistake

My Favorite Mistake - Chelsea M. Cameron Well, as much as I love new adult, I feel that there are very similar plotlines that grace many of the new adult novels. Unfortunately this one didn’t stand out to me at all.Taylor Caldwell gets a huge shock when she realizes her new roommate is sexy Hunter Zaccadelli. Immediately they butt heads over every single thing and they start a bet that Hunter will move out when Taylor either truly loves or truly hates him. As they start spending more time together, Taylor realizes that there is more to Hunter than she ever thought but can she trust him to keep her biggest secret?Taylor was a really unlikeable heroine. The whole book she was prickly and just not really nice at all. I couldn’t understand why she outright automatically started to dislike Hunter. Yeah she had trust issues and a bad past, but I just couldn’t get over her attitude to actually feel bad for her. I also thought she was extremely whiny. I cannot stand when girls are like “I’m so messed up. I can’t love or be loved by anyone. Wahhhh.” Clearly, I didn’t like Taylor a bit.Hunter was definitely better and more likeable than Taylor. Yes, he could be a complete tool at sometime but at least he was upfront about his feelings about Taylor and not in denial the whole time. I did think that he has some cute hobbies, such as cooking (totally adorbs) and playing the guitar. I usually fall like the bad boys, but he was a stereotypical bad boy that I couldn’t really remember once I finished the book.I actually liked the secondary characters. Their roommates were funny and I enjoyed the healthy relationships they were a part of. Hunter’s family was also really sweet.And the plot? The bet? Totally didn’t get it. I didn’t find it believable whatsoever. I also thought that I had read this book a million times before and there was nothing special about the sad girl and the misunderstood bad boy story in this book. The romance, which usually is my favorite part, was one of the worst parts, so I felt really let down. I didn’t feel convinced that they felt for each other at all due to the insane amounts of ups and downs they went through.As much as I wanted to like this book, and trust me, I really did, I really did not. Hopefully you’ll have more luck than me.Rating: 2.5/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

The Liberator: The Collector 2 (Dante Walker)

The Liberator - Victoria Scott This book was received from the YA Bound tours in exchange for an honest review.The Collector was one of my most anticipated reads of 2013 and it was amazing (read review here.) Dante Walker is a sexy enigma and how I wish he was my man!Dante had so much growth in this book it was astonishing. Yeah yeah he is still the same snarky guy who has the best inner monologue ever (“His tampon must be killing him.”) but he has changed so much. He’s a one-woman man now and forever and everything he does is for Charlie. He still may struggle for balance between his life as a collector and as a liberator, but I think he does a great job.Charlie also changed a lot, and sometimes not for the best. But I knew the reasons behind her changes, so I could overlook them. She’s still the same sweet girl everyone loved from The Collector. I love her selfless self and her need to do good for everyone. She sees the good in Dante and makes him a better guy. Charlie has also grown stronger in this installment and she’s pretty kick-ass.When I saw the synopsis for The Liberator, my heart fell. I thought, “Oh nooooo. A dreaded love triangle.” Butttt y’all have nothing to be worried about. Thank goodness. Aspen is really a great character. Rough around the edges like Dante, she has a great heart and it is so evident in the choices she makes. I love Annabelle, Grams, and Max just as much as I did in the last book. The secondary characters are just as amazing as the main ones, and I care equally about their storylines, which is irregular but so important for me in a book.The plot starts out after the aftermath of book one and quickly accumulates into a perfect blend of action and down time. I absolutely adore being in Dante’s head. He is so hilarious but sweet at the same time. His thoughts about Charlie break my heart and then immediately repair it. They are precious. Their romance is brought to the next level and oh my, let me tell you, it was smokin’! Definitely one of the hottest YA books I’ve ever read.I think I know the title of book 3 and I know it’ll be an intense conclusion. So many questions and too long of a wait! If you haven’t read The Collector yet, what are you waiting for????? POW!Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: Her lips move against mine, hesitantly at first, then with hunger. My heart hammers when I grasp that she’s not going to pull away this time. I place both hands around her waist and pull her closer. I lose myself in the taste of her lips. Her hair spills over her shoulder, and I breathe in the sweet blossom smell as I trail kisses down her neck. Charlie circles her arms around my neck and leans into me as a fire builds in the pit of my stomach. I feel her fingers digging into my back, and a low moan escapes my mouth as she brushes her hands over my chest, my hips, and just below the waistband of my jeans.Rating: 5/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

This Is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks Like - Jennifer E. Smith If you’re looking for a really adorable summer romance, this book is perfect for you. It’ll make you happy. :)Superstar Graham Larkin accidentally e-mails small-town girl Ellie O’Neill about the care of his pig, Wilbur. They start up a correspondence every day, and soon, they both know each other better than anyone. In order to meet Ellie, Graham makes sure his new movie films in Ellie’s town. When they finally meet, they spark up a romance, but will Ellie’s secret prevent their happily ever after?Ellie was actually a really sweet character. She didn’t have a normal upbringing but her mom and her had a tight little family. She made some strong decisions but other than that, she wasn’t a horribly memorable character unfortunately. I also enjoyed that she didn’t completely fangirl over Graham like all other girls.Graham had a regular upbringing and he became famous in his teen years. He wasn’t stuck up like I first thought he may be. I am not a fan of those guys. But Graham was surprisingly kind and funny and really down to earth. I loved everything that he did for Ellie when she really needed it the most. He was swoony a bit, but I could have used some more swoons from him.Ellie’s mother was a great mom and Quinn was kind of a crappy friend to Ellie but slightly redeemed herself at the end. Again, I think one of my biggest problems with this book is that I wish that the all characters were more developed. Oh well.I loved how we got to see the e-mail correspondence between Ellie and Graham. It showed how their relationship started but again I had a problem with the 3rd person POV just like I did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I don’t know, but for some reason it just really peeves me and makes me enjoy the book less. It’s sad because I love the plotline a lot. I also thought the plot could have been a bit more developed and the story kinda ended abruptly. The romance was cute and clean. I always have a thing for movie stars falling in love with regular people.While this is by no means my favorite contemporary, it’s a cute, light read. Especially for summer!Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: He leaned in, his lips meeting hers, which tasted faintly of peanut butter, and he closed his eyes, and he held her by the shoulders, and he kissed her. It was exactly as he’d thought it would be, like the first time and the millionth time all at once, like being wide awake, like losing his balance. Only this time, it wasn’t just him; this time, they were losing their balance together.Rating: 3.5/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)
Catching Liam - Sophia Bleu I know I probably don’t mention it enough, but I really do love new adult. Probably because I am exactly the age of the characters in it. Anywayyyy, what I really love about this book is that it broke the mold of most new adult books I have read. It was beyond refreshing.Jillian is not interested in relationships. She doesn’t do them and she never will, and she has her reasons. But when Liam sticks around the next morning to make her waffles, he starts getting under her skin. And damn it, he won’t go away. Although he seems to be sticking around, Jillian can’t seem to keep him at a distance like she always does. But their relationship has an expiration date and there is a secret Jillian is keeping. Can she finally learn how to trust Liam before it is too late?Jillian took some getting used to as a character. She is really standoffish to Liam and to pretty much everyone who she is not close with. And trust me, there were a lot of people who fell into that category. But when you figure out her reason, it’s totally understandable. She deals like she knows how, and that’s that. I’m glad Liam broke her out of her shell.Which brings me to Liam. Because of him, I will never look at waffles in the same way again. Seriously, this guy is a gorgeous Scottish boy who doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. He’s sweet and does anything that Jillian needs. He was persistent even when Jillian seemed to not want anything to do with him. I kinda really love that in a guy. Also, Liam told me why Scottish men wear kilts. ;) Trust me, you wanna find out.I love the secondary characters! For the most part at least. Jess and Cassie were freakin’ wonderful best friends. What they did for Jillian was just so great and I wish I had such dedicated friends. I really dislike Jillian’s mother for most of the book. She was up and then she was down but if I was a mother, I wouldn’t want to go through what she did. So I kind of feel for her.At first, from reading the synopsis, I thought this would be a light, breezy summer read. But as I got more into it, I realized there was much depth to it and I was really pleasantly surprised. It was great. As for the romance, their relationship starts off a little unconventional to say the least. But as it progresses, I was again surprised by the route it took. It was steamy and it was sweet and it was everything I love in a romance.If you’re looking for an amazing new adult book that strays away from the norm, please pick this one up. You’ll not be disappointed. Liam will make sure of it!Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: He pushed my hair aside and gripped my chin, bringing my lips to meet his. The kiss was soft and deep, slipping into something serious. His hands didn’t waver. Instead, he held my face and my belly with gentle strength, forcing me to focus on the press of our lips. His tongue brushed the back of my teeth, and I nipped at it, causing him to growl slowly and shift his body, but he didn’t bring it into closer contact with mine.Rating: 4/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

Out of Play

Out of Play - Nyrae Dawn, Jolene Perry This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.When I read this synopsis, I knew I had to have it. See, I played hockey with guys for over 9 years and I’ve been waiting for a story with a girl hockey player. And ahhhh I loved it. I could totally relate to things Penny was going through.Penny was a really great heroine. I loved her feisty attitude and her badassery. She’s very self sufficient and very driven. She knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid to step on people’s toes to achieve it. She is gorgeous but doesn’t know it and she’s just really down to earth. She’s so tough but I realllyyyy loved that she was girly at the same time.Bishop was also a great character to me. At first, he was totally in denial about his problems but when he met Penny and Gramps, he had his life really put into perspective. He realized he was not as strong as he thought and that he needed some real help. It was interesting to read about someone going through an addiction because I really haven’t before. At times, he didn’t make the best decisions, but he definitely made up for them. And danggggg he was sexy!One of my favorite characters of all was Gramps! His story was so sad but I just adored how much he cared for Bishop when Bishop really needed him. Penny’s mother annoyed the mess outta me in the beginning but she redeemed herself at the end. The boys on the team were such a great group and I could feel the camaraderie they had. It was adorable how they worked so great with Penny. It really reminded me of when I played hockey…memories. :)This is a dual POV book, with Perry writing Penny and Dawn writing Bishop. I can’t decide whose POV I liked more because they were both amazing. I do wish there was a bit more action other than the last little bit of the book. Other than that, this book was a slam dunk. The romance was cute cute cute. I love books where the rockstar gets together with a normal girl. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite storylines ever. And this was one was just so sweettttt and well excecuted.As a hockey lover, I knew I’d love this one and I really did. While it is not a top favorite of mine, it is most definitely worth a read.Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: His lips touch mine as he speaks. My heart starts hammering at the thought. “I—” I was going to say I don’t think so, but the way he’s looking at me... I let him take my hands with his and guide me to lying down next to him. Close. Touching. I can’t take in a deep breath with his bare chest against me, but I love it. Love that he does this to me, to my body. Love that he wants to be here. Wants to have this effect on me.
Our eyes lock in the dim light. “You’re beautiful, Penny.”Rating: 4/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

By Referral Only (Whitman University, #2)

By Referral Only (Whitman University, #2) - Lyla Payne When I first read Lyla’s debut, Broken at Love, I was struck at how different it was from other NA novels. Bad boy meets good girl with a twist. This companion novel was equally as great to me, and I loved how it featured a good ‘ole good boy!Ruby Cotton’s family comes from new money and she attends a school full of students from old money. After being burned her freshman year, she carefully guards her heart from everyone. When she starts a man rating website, Cole Stuart is continuously ranked low, and since Ruby keeps running into the Scottish charmer, she’s determined to find out the reason behind the low ratings. After she finds out his secret, Ruby needs to decide if Cole is worth all the trouble after all.Ruby Cotton, whose name I love by the way, was a really insecure girl when she really didn’t need to be. She was pretty and funny, and it must’ve been horrible for her to go through what she did just because she was not ‘old money.’ It made me so mad because basically her whole school was stuck up preps. I really loved her unfiltered mouth and she really wasn’t shy to say or do anything.Cole was the sweetest good boy ever and he is SCOTTISH which makes him 10 times hotter. He made some mistakes when he was a bit younger, but they changed him for the better. I adored how shy he was with Ruby, which was a nice change from the playas that are normally showcased in new adult books. Cole was always good in a sticky situation, and I loved how he appreciated where Ruby came from and how it made her into the girl she was today.I am loving the companion novel trend because it always has cameos of couples from the previous books. It’s nice to see how the couples are through others eyes, and I was glad we got to see Quinn and Emilie and their happy honeymoon stage bliss. I was also big fans of Cole’s whole family. The parents and his siblings, despite their wealth, were really supportive of Ruby.I actually really enjoyed the plot. I thought it was a perfect mix of drama and romance and steaminess. I’m glad the romance was not insta-love but insta-attraction. Ruby thought Cole was gorgeous (because he was!!) but she hated that she was attracted to him. I don’t like when people keep secrets, especially when it’s much easier to tell than not to tell. But oh well, I got over it. Cole’s hotness helped. In the end, I’m so glad that Ruby found her unicorn. :)I wonder/hope there is another Whitman University novel. I can definitely go for a book about one of Cole’s super hot brothers!Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: I got to work, unbuttoning his shirt and checking his face every couple of seconds. It dropped off his shoulders and I hooked my fingers under the hem of his undershirt, letting my nails trail up his chest until it landed on the floor, too. His impossibly perfect upper body pushed my desire to places I didn’t know existed. I pushed up on my toes, hands exploring every inch of rock solid muscle, and kissed him.Rating: 4.5/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

The Art of Love

The Art of Love - Anne  Whitney This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.As many of you know, I have a huge love for new adult books. Something about them is just so awesome, and this was definitely different than any one I have read yet. Even though I always love the story about the ultimate bad boy falling in love with the perfect good girl, I do enjoy a nice break from it.Marina Phillips has just escaped from horrible life from her tyrant father, and she happened to escape to the busiest place on the planet, New York City, with absolutely no money or place to stay. She then meets Fitz, a performance artist, while in the middle of one of his infamous naked performances. He, along with his friends Viridian and Derek, offer Marina a place to stay. When suddenly the whole country is searching for Marina, she is transformed into Mary, a hip girl with confidence. Will her new disguise be enough to stay away from her father forever?Marina had a ghastly life growing up. Her father basically hated her and treated her like a slave. Because of this, she is a very sheltered girl, making it hard for her to be in the real world. I just felt so bad for her having everything thrust at her at once. I do admire her strength through everything she’s been through. I didn’t understand some of her reservations at being in a relationship with Fitz. I was confused by her reasoning at times, but I’m glad she found who she was meant to be.Fitz was possibly my favorite part of this book. It was hard to wrap my mind around the fact that he let a complete stranger live with him, but then I came to realize that it is just the kind of person he is. Quirky and strange, he’s immensely good looking and he knows it, hence being a naked performance artist. His ability to love fully was awesome, and I just loved his pretentious self a lot!Viridian and Derek were such great additions to the story. Viridian is a struggling artist, but I loved her spirit and drive. I know a second story has been hinted at, and I’m hoping it’s hers! Derek was the funniest part of the whole story. He’s, erm, very fashionable and adorable, and he even may get his own short story!This was a pretty fast paced book, and I read it in a couple of hours. I loved how the plot was super different from any new adult book I’ve ever read. It was a nice change. I liked the romance at times. Again, I was confused at some of the decisions that Marina made in regards to their relationship, but it all worked out in the end. I did want a little bit more steamy times.This book is a great addition to the budding NA genre, and I’d recommend it to anyone of that age! :)Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: His heart is racing like mine. I open my mouth to tell him this, but he cups my cheek and our lips meet, feverish and full on. This is both exciting and frightening at the same time. I can do nothing but moan dreamily into his mouth as my body molds against Fitz, who has thrown all hesitancy out of the window and kisses me with such force that I almost forget how to think, how to breathe.Rating: 4/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

Subject to Change: 2 (Picturing Perfect)

Subject to Change: 2 (Picturing Perfect) - Alessandra Thomas After I read and liked Picture Perfect, a standout NA book about insecurities about body image, I knew I needed the companion novel starring the best friend. True is, I enjoyed this one even more!Joey promised her father on his deathbed that she would follow in his footsteps by going to medical school. Skip to a couple years later and Joey is drowning in school work. She is not up to par on her grades, and she basically hates every second of it. When she takes an easy business class to boost her GPA, she gets stuck with a lazy partner for a semester project. Hawk is everything she should stay away from but everything she can’t stay away from. When the road to medical school gets to be too much for Joey, can Hawk help Joey realize she really needs is not what she is convinced she needs?It took me a while to warm up to Joey. She needed to be more confident in herself because she clearly did not enjoy the road that she was on, but I knew why she was so hesitant to change it. She promised her father on his deathbed, but I just think he would have wanted her to be happy, not miserable. When she finally realized it, I screamed in happiness and joy. I’m glad that Hawk was such a good and unexpected influence on her.At first glance, Hawk is a major bad boy who seems that he has a carefree attitude towards school, among other things. But that’s not who Hawk is. He’s had a rough life and has lost a lot of people along the way, and he’s doing all he can to keep it together. He works hard to support his sister and himself, and it’s impressive of him to even go to school. In my opinion, he gives Joey the best gift of all: how to relax and do what you love.I was so happy to see Cat and Nate make a reappearance and they’re happier than ever. I severely disliked Joey’s mother. She didn’t seem to be proud of her daughter who works harder than all of her other children combined. Hawk’s sister, Olivia, was definitely rough around the edges, but I think it is because of the hardships she’s endured in her early years. She was one of my favorite characters. Maybe she’ll get her own book? *nudge, nudge* *wink, wink*This plot was basically about self-discovering, but I could’ve used a smidgen more action. Not much, but definitely some more. I wanted to be in Hawk’s head, especially during some crucial scenes, but I loved the writing. I felt Joey’s indecision the whole time, and it was really rough. The romance was scorching and adorable. They were two completely different people who started off wanting different things in life, and they’re really volatile together. But they have the sweetest moments that made me go awwwwww. For basically the whole book. And Thomas can sure write very smexy scenes.I’m really hoping there is another companion novel to the great NA series. Goodness, will I ever tire of these amazing books?Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: All of a sudden, his fists loosened, his fingers working their way out of my half-tangled strands to brush down my neck, then grip my shoulders and tug my body upward so that we stood face-to-face. His fingers brushed lightly down my check, and he kissed me so tenderly, his lips clinging to mine, so slow to break away that I thought my heart would break.Rating: 4/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

Redesigned: Off the Subject #2

Redesigned - Denise Grover Swank As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to be on the blog tour. I heart me some nerdy guys, and Reed fit the bill perfectly!Caroline is a fashion design major, and she’s come a long way from where she grew up. She constantly tries to forget her past, and when she meets Reed Pendergraft, her perfectly constructed life becomes a complete mess. Reed is her absolute opposite, and when he is assigned to be chairman of the fashion show committee, they are forced to be together all the time, butting heads. She soon realizes that he is more than she pegged him for, and maybe she realizes he’s all she’s ever needed.Caroline was a really interesting character to read about. I completely understood her reserves about wanting to have a comfortable life. I am SO GLAD she finally realized money isn’t everything, but it was still kind of hard to understand her thoughts before she had her epiphany. She was definitely feisty and gave Reed a tough time when he was being a jerk. She was so kind to the adorable little kids in her fashion show because she knew what they went through.Reed, my new adorkable love, really is like a sex panther in bed. I don’t have really any other way to describe it. When I first started reading, I was totally shocked by Reed and his snarky, sexy side. Oh goodness he was amazing when he was being bossy and all. At first, he was a jerk face to Caroline, but it was just a defense mechanism. He eventually showed his sweet side, and I really loved sweet Reed.I totally loved that Scarlett and Tucker, from After Math the first book, made appearance. Tucker was definitely overprotective of Caroline since she’s Scarlett’s best friend, and it was funny how he threatened to beat up anyone who hurt her, and he maybe came through on that promise. Possibly. Lexi, Reed’s sister, was so nice and bubbly all the time, despite all she’s been through. Tina, their mutual friend, is still annoying.I appreciated the way Swank involved the charities and foundations dealing with children who don’t have a lot. I liked how Caroline dealt with the cute kids to make sure they had a great day. The romance was so amazing. I am such a sucker for hate turned to lust turned to love stories. Why? I have no idea, but keep ‘em coming. They had some serious sexy scenes, but also some really sweet scenes. Yay for nerdy boys!There is a third book coming out in the series, and I am so curious as to whose story it will be. Lexi’s perhaps? I hope so. :)Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: A low growl escapes into my mouth, and his tongue follows it. His arms wrap around my back and pull me to his chest, crushing my hand between us as he takes control. His mouth is punishing as he claims mine. Simmering anger ignites my desire, a strange mixture of hate and lust. The concoction makes me so hot I want to strip off my clothes. And strip off his. I want to see what’s under his shirt. I want to feel his skin under my fingertips.Rating: 4.5/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)

After Math

After Math - Denise Grover Swank After being scheduled for the blog tour for the second book in the series, Redesigned, I realized I hadn’t read the first…so I got right on that. And I’m sure glad I did. New adult for the win again!Scarlett is an introverted math major with a slim amount of friends and no social skills. And she much prefers it that way. When she is forced to tutor Tucker, the schools resident soccer player and playa, she realizes that he is not the same guy that everyone thinks he is. Inside he is very lonely and tortured, and Scarlett recognizes a kindred spirit in Tucker. But will all of his lies and secrets push Scarlett away for good, or will they survive all the impeding destruction?Scarlett, despite her shyness and awkwardness, is internally strong. She may not seem like it, but she’s been through some really rough patches and I admire her tenacity. She’s beyond smart and very driven and knows exactly what she wants. I thought she would shy away from any kind of relationship and get scared, but she really held her own with Tucker and it was nice to see.Tucker is a pretty misunderstood guy. During their first few meetings, I caught a glimpse of the inner Tucker, the one he keeps hidden from everyone else. And I loved it. But what I didn’t like was when he kept reverting back to his bad boy ways, but I understood why. I didn’t like how he kept crucial secrets from Scarlett, when I thought he could have easily told her.Caroline, Scarlett’s best friend, was very wary of Tucker at first because of his previous ways. She was like an angry guard dog watching the front door every time he came home so he didn’t take advantage of her BFF. It was admirable.I wished there was a bit more of a plot other than the trials and tribulations of their relationship. Something outside of the two of them, ya know? But alas, it didn’t take much away from my enjoyment of the book as a whole. I also did wish that we got some Tucker POV for my enjoyment, but that’s just me being selfish. The romance was special because they went through their whole life not connecting with anyone, and then BAM! They meet. Epic connection ensues. Smexy sparks fly. But who knew the university bad boy was such a sweetheart?I’ve read Caroline’s story already, and I liked it even more than this one. It’s got a very sexy math major nerd who sure was experienced in other…subjects. ;)Favorite Swoon-worthy Quotes: His lips find mine, tentative at first, as though he took my words to heart and he’s afraid I’ll shatter if he’s not gentle. His tongue works slow magic on my lips before discovering the inside of my mouth. He’s slow and tender, coaxing my tongue to join his. My stomach tingles, and an ache deep inside my abdomen catches me by surprise. I release a tiny gasp, and Tucker wraps an arm around my back, pressing my to his chest.Rating: 4/5 Ravens!

Dare You To

Dare You To - Katie McGarry I totally devoured Pushing the Limits last year, and it was even one of my top 10 reads of 2012. I knew Dare You To would be as good, but it completely blew me out of the water.Beth has been forced to pick up her life and move it to a small town where her famous uncle lives. No one understands her at her new school, and she craves the day she will be able to free her mother from the hell they both live in. What she didn’t expect is Ryan Stone, the town’s golden boy, to actually understand her deepest fears and darkest desires. Ryan is dealing with major family drama and pressure to do exactly what his father wants, but together, they surprisingly find everything they’ve ever needed. As long as Beth can trust enough to give her heart to Ryan.Beth is a broken, broken girl. She has gone through so much in her short 17 years than most people will go through in a lifetime. Without Noah and Isaiah, I shudder to think how she could’ve turned out. Although she seems so rough on the outside, it’s just really a façade. She doesn’t want anyone to know what she is really like. I admire her strength, even when it feels like everything is going wrong in her life. She really just needed a hug. *hug for Beth* Poor girl.Now to the boy who broke down Beth’s unyielding walls…Ryan Stone. Now this is what a good boy should be like. I usually never go for the good boys because they are boring and all I really hear when they talk is blah, blah, blah. But oh no. Not Ryan. He’s not a super goody-good boy, which I love, and he’s just a really deep character. Now granted, he does not have the frightening home life that Beth has, but it’s bad in its own way. More on his dad later. But the bottom line is Ryan is just pure amazingness.As always, her secondary characters are awesome. My heart freakin’ broke for Isaiah. Not nice Katie, not nice! I know that Beth and Isaiah are really just meant to be friends, that didn’t stop me from feeling insanely bad for him. I liked Beth’s Uncle Scott pretty well. I knew he was just doing what was best for her. Ryan’s dad is kind of a horrible person. What gives him the right to treat both of his sons the way he did? He totally shoved baseball down Ryan’s throat when he clearly had other talents.As always, McGarry’s writing is just so beautiful. I feel every single thing that Beth and Ryan felt. The plot flowed as easy as a river without rocks, and I kinda possibly read it in one sitting, staying up until 3 a.m. even though I had class the next day. Oops…:) Ryan and Beth had a couple of really tough first meetings and I was wondering how in the heck Katie was gonna pull this one off. But without fail, she made it such a wonderful and sweet romance. Prepare yourself for the swooniness. You’ve been warned!After reading Dare You To, I have a hard time picking who is my favorite, Noah or Ryan. They are both pretty damn perfect in different ways, and I am stoked to read Isaiah’s story! I’m sure it’ll be a three-way tie between the best guys.Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: We fall backward onto the bed and Beth continues to move with me. I moan when her hair brushes my chest and her lips kiss my neck. Against my skin, her mouth tilts into a smile. My hands wander underneath her shirt. Her body is burning hot under my touch and I was her skin brushing against mine.Rating: 5/5 Tar Heels!See more reviews at www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com! :)