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Review: Fall With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Title: Fall With Me
Series: Wait For You #4
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publisher: Avon Impulse/William Morrow
Publication Date: 31 March 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

REVIEW 

As usual I became so utterly invested in the characters and their story I forgot to make articulate notes for the review.

There is a whole lot of plot packed into Fall With Me. Aside from the romance there is an edge-of-your-seat thriller woven seamlessly in the chapters. Alongside emotional trauma and how incidents shape/affect the way in which people live their lives. High tension throughout in all respects ;)

The spark between Roxy and Reece is undeniable; more than that there is a deep emotional connection, they just ‘get’ each other. They are perfect for each other, family and friends have been rooting for them as a couple for a long time :) Miscommunication and misunderstandings have taken its toll on their friendship. However, forced together by outside circumstances they are given a second chance at shaping their relationship into something more.

Told from Roxy’s point of view (I would have loved to see what was going on in Reece’s head at times) she is a wonderful, caring person. Creative and artistic, her inner monologues are hilarious and very relatable. Her character development and growth is the cornerstone of the story via a myriad of emotions and events. The outstanding thing for any person is the quest for happiness, not having to justify undertaking the things that make you happy. You don’t have to have a high-flying career to be happy or a degree come to that. (Just don’t tell my children I said that) :)

Reece has his own barriers and triggers in place that shape the plot and their relationship. Totally alpha but a good guy to his core – OH MY ;) I can’t really go into details about the plot as I really want you to get the full impact by reading it yourselves. I will say that there is a lot to take in. the inclusion of the characters from the previous books was as always a brilliant addition to the story and provided continuity of story and the feelings it invokes.

For me the outstanding theme within Fall With Me was that holding on to negativity in emotions and actions can prevent you from moving forward in your own life. I would even go so far as to say that the negativity creates physical barriers to fully experiencing happiness. Letting go of negative emotions is a difficult and ongoing process but it is definitely worthwhile. Positivity allows progress in all areas and is reflected in the wellbeing of the individual.

Fall With Me continues my ongoing adoration of Jennifer ♥

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FALL WITH ME Synopsis

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

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Fall With Me Excerpt

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Review: The Hazards of Sleeping With a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Title: The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend
Series: Hazards #5
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.

When Kyle’s life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

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REVIEW 

Jade and Kyle have made an appearance through the series and I love both of them. I am so happy that Alyssa shipped them together ;)

Although they have major chemistry, Jade and Kyle have never broached the subject afraid of destroying their friendship. They are very comfortable and honest with each other for the most part. However, they have both been shaped by past events and the burden of the secrets they carry. Insecurities stemming from their families tug at the heartstrings and ultimately cause barriers to a deeper relationship.

Neither Kyle or Jade see themselves clearly. They are both truly wonderful people and need to realise their own worth.

The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend is a very fast read touching on a lot of themes including tragedy, depression, guilt, regret and irrational blame. Ultimately, the foundations of any relationship whether romantic or platonic provide the support we need as individuals. The saying ‘stronger together’ would most definitely apply to Jade and Kyle.

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About THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND

Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.

When Kyle’s life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand. 

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Tantalising Trailers: The Sound by Sarah Alderson

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Title: The Sound
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: Aug 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads

When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston’s elite, she’s hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.

What she doesn’t count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer…