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Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma I guess I'll start by saying, I personally don't have siblings so my frame of reference is limited. Even though I know incest isn't accepted by society's standards and is wrong simply from a biological standpoint and I don't personally supprt it, I found myself 100% rooting for this relationship to work. Not only for it to work but for it to fully develope. So it totally made me feel like....

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Even though I consider myself to have a pretty strong moral compass, as soon as I got connected to Lochan and Maya's overwhelmingly torturous love for each other, my morals went

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When the two doomed start crossed lovers finally come together in the most intimate way a part of my brain is thinking

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but my heart was elated. To say I had mixed emotions would be the UNDERSTATEMENT of the year!

I could see the direction of the story early on and the author was pretty clear with Lochan's mental state throughout the story. My heart also went out to Kit. It was clear he suffered from middle child syndrome along with suffering from the neglect they were all subjected to.

Considering what a tragedy the story is, I think it would have benefited with some comic relief. Overall, I'm glad I read it.

Paradise - Judith McNaught This is a great book about a second chance at love. Judith McNaught always has fantastic characters and strong women! It's something I appreciate and look for in my heroines and Meredith is a great example of that :) I definitely recommend this one!
Strange Attractions - Emma Holly To say this book is full of

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would be a total understatemnt. Sexual tension is all part of the sex games they play at B.G. Grantham's estate. This story has a very dark and unique plot with lots of twists, turns and mystery. The sexual dynamic between Charity, Eric and B.G. is one of the best I've ever read.
Cut & Run - Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban 3.5 STARS

This book proves being well read could save your life one day :-) I love the sarcastic banter although it's stronger in the beginning! Overall it was good.
Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love, #1.5) - Jessica Park What can I say? I love my nerdy guys!

"I want the guy. The everything guy. Not the dumb Prince Charming, nauseatingly perfect-everything guy. That's pathetic. I want the flaws-and-all, everything guy."

These characters are so real and that's probably why I love them so much!

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I loved getting to meet Finn! I was so caught up in how much Celeste missed Finn in Flat-Out Love that I never gave a lot of thought as to how much Matty missed him and how hard it was on him too.

I love Matty so much... I really have a thing for intellectual nerdy guys! They really do it for me :)

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I highlighted half the book and could gush for days! I loved Flat-Out Love and I loved Flat-Out Matt as well. The only downside to this book was there wasn't more of it!

On Every Street  - Karina Halle I actually liked Ellie much better in this book. Even though I liked her in S&N, I didn't just love her. I didn't expect to get on board with Javier but he really got under my skin. It's going to be interesting which one I pull for in Shooting Scars. They're kind of even in my mind at the moment. Great read!
River Jordan - Augusta Trobaugh This is a great book with some great southern female characters! I'm sure you'll fall in love with Jordan...I did :)
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes It's been a month since I read this and I'm still too emotionally tore up to even write a serious review. So I'm gonna do this instead.

This book....This book....killed me!

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This book totally messed with me.

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This is how Lou felt....

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She just fell in love with the wrong person. Someone who chose to not love her back. I wanted Will to fight for her, if not for himself. Bottom line is I felt he was selfish.

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This was my reaction to the ending....

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I got angry sad.....And over a month later...I'm still

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Playing for Keeps (A Neighbor from Hell, #1) - R.L. Mathewson So I needed something funny after a dark read and this was recommened by a couple people. It was OK but it wasn't as great for me as it seemed to by for everyone else. The whole grasshopper nickname and food obsession really got on my nerves and once something irritates me it just builds... I probably wouldn't read it again actually.
The Tied Man (The Tied Man, #1) - Tabitha McGowan If you can't handle sick and twisted, this book probably isn't for you.

If you love a total EMOTIONAL .....
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you'll probably love this book!

I loved Lilith and Finn as much as I have any characters ever. Lilith is my favorite type of heroine; strong, smart, independent and she has a hilariously smart mouth. She is able to see Finn in a way no one else can and she's able to see more in him than he can see in himself.

Ah, Finn...poor Finn doesn't "live in a world where rules and laws and common sense could keep you safe. A world where, if you did the right thing you where allowed to get on with your life in whichever way you choose" Finn lives in HELL! A hell where at the end of the day everything cost him. The only question was how much" There is something so angelic about him it was almost impossible for me to endure his ordeal.

This is such a gut wrenching story of perseverance over the harshest of circumstances. Circumstances, where the victims were thrust because they put others first. I think we all have people or things in our life in which we would be willing to endure anything. It asks the question "Do you think everyone has a price"
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I have to be honest, if this were true, I would have given the book a couple more stars...Really. I honestly hated the characters that much.

I cannot for the life of me figure out how so many people love this book. I thought I would love this book. I at least expected to LIKE it!!! I started wondering around 30% and then when I reached the half-way mark I was fairly certain it was going to continue to suck. When Kiera got hit in headI got my hopes up that she would die but she pulled through and then it sucked some more.

First off, the book is way too long. I'm all about getting my moneys worth and reading a long book but only if something is going on and it's not the same old shit over and over and over and over and over...

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Secondly,the heroine (who is also the narrator I kept wishing would die a slow and painful death) has got to be the whiniest, weakest and just plain old blah character to ever grace the page of a book! Most characters will have flaws but she had zero redeeming qualities at all unless you count the fact she had a job. Seriously, I didn't hate Voldemort as much as I hated Kiera and he's the BAD GUY!!! You're not supposed to like him.

Several people kept telling me Kellen would make up for it but...Ummm...NO 10 Kellens couldn't make up for this train wreck of a book. Just the fact he was sooooo attracted to such a loser knocked him down a few notches on my scale. Not to mention he had way too much of a victim mentality for me and I'm not even gonna start about Denny. I didn't connect with any of the characters and that makes for a really bad read for me.

This is one of those books that will continue to baffle me as to why people like it.

Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #2) - C.J. Roberts My version of Caleb :

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Not sure where to start on this one. As much as I loved the book, I know it's not a story for everyone. With that said, it was definitely a story for me. I love characters who persevere through the harshest circumstances and Caleb and Livvie are perfect examples. It's also an example where one was truly the perfect mate for the other...soul mates if you will.

I was surprised at my reaction to some of the content. Example Caleb placed his fingers near his mouth and licked her virgin blood off of them. Livvie's face went from embarassment to horror. Caleb didn't care. "There. Now you're part of me, forever. You're mine, Livvie. I hope you understand" At first I was like WTF? That is disgusting. Then I read it again. Pondered on it for a moment and thought that is one of the most perverse yet romantic things I've ever read .

This book brought me out of the box, stripped me bare and had me all knotted up the entire time. I will never forget these people. That is certain. To me, that is the mark of truly exceptional characters.
Captive in the Dark - C.J. Roberts See Seduced in the Dark Review

Shannon's Review
Painted Faces - L.H. Cosway OK! So I read this book as a buddy read. It was the first book available since joining the group that I hadn't either already read or wasn't a later book in a series I hadn't started. In other words, I didn't pick the book and I'm not certain I would have based on the synopsis. I'm just being honest.

I loved, loved, loved this book!! Now, I'm not sure if it's because I had somewhat low expectations in a way to start with or that I've been in a reading slump since finishing Point of Retreat or that actually, the book is really just that good. I'm sure it's a combination of all three.

Fred may possibly be my favorite all time heroine. She's definitely my right now favorite. Between her smart mouth and aversion to high heels I believe fell in love with her as much as I did Nicholas. For different reasons obviously :-)

Meet Nicholas:
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Meet Nicholas as Vivian Blue:
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Here's the real kicker! I did not expect to get all hot and bothered by Nicholas. I mean, he's a drag queen for crying out loud and I don't like sissy men. I really wanted to help with his make-up the first time she put it on

So yes, my newest favorite book boyfriend is a drag queen!

"I like the him that's underneath the clothes and the painted face. I'd like the him no matter what he wore"

This is an easy must read!
The Painted Girls - Cathy Marie Buchanan The first line in the book "No social being is less protected than the young Parisian girl - by laws, regulations and social customs" pretty much sums up the circumstances in which the van Goethem sisters lived.

I'm not a fan of ballet and due to a horrible experience in Paris twelve years ago, I'm even less a fan of anything French. So, I struggled with those aspects of the story. I still fell in love with all three of the sisters and was really hoping they would rise about their inevitable fate.

If you like historical fiction based on actual people and events, then you will probably like this book.
Swimming - Joanna Hershon I love how the story unfolds with going back in time when the events actually took place and then unfolding the mystery in present day. The book has a very dark tone and that's probably one of the things I liked so much about it. I don't think the story focuses as much on the sibling rivalry as how the tragedy has shaped Lila's life. I didn't connect at all with the parents but really liked all the other characters. It's definitely worth reading.