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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe

The Darkest Part is the first book in Trisha Wolfe's Living Heartwood Series. This is the first book that I have ever read by her, but it sounded really good so I couldn't wait to give it a shot. While I did enjoy parts of it, there were some things that didn't work for me. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I do think that it was different from other NA books out there, and part of that was that although it isn't a paranormal book it does have a paranormal sort of feel at times with what the main character is going through. While I am not a huge fan of the paranormal genre, it didn't bother me in this case. 

After losing her fiance in a horrible accident, Sam has barely been surviving. She has withdrawn from everyone around her and prefers to spend time alone, as it is the only time when her fiance Tyler appears to her. While everyone around her believes that she is crazy, Sam believes that Tyler's ghost is there for a reason. Thinking that he will forever be trapped as a lost soul, Sam knows that she needs to help Tyler move on. She convinces his brother Holden to help her get some of Tyler's ashes to spread on a road trip that would have been her and Tyler's honeymoon. As Holden and Sam set out on the trip though, they quickly realize that the connection they once shared has never gone away. As Sam and Holden face their feelings and Sam's psychosis, they also begin to unravel the many secrets that Tyler and Holden had between them. Soon Sam begins to realize that Holden and Tyler had much more to their lives than she ever knew about, and she begins to question everything she thought she knew.

One of my biggest issues with this story was that I never felt like I could connect with the characters. Sam annoyed me for much of this book, and I thought that she was weak a lot of the time. Yes she had some mental things going on, but yet she knew exactly what was happening to her. She knew that the things she was experiencing weren't normal, and yet she preferred to stay in the dream world where Tyler still talked to her rather than to take her pills and try to move on with her life. She had let everything go that she seemed to love before, and she really was just a shell of her former self. Holden cared about Sam and Tyler that was obvious, yet he seemed to just give up easily at times without ever putting up a fight. He had given up Sam for his brother Tyler, and didn't even tell his brother how he truly felt. He lied about it and left. I also didn't like how all the secrets he kept about Tyler and things that he did never came out willingly. If he truly loved Sam as much as he said he had all those years, I have to wonder why he never thought that she deserved to know the truth about the man that she was going to spend her life with. While Holden and Sam did have a connection that she hadn't shared with Tyler, I felt like it wasn't really as strong as it should have been for the love they were proclaiming. These two hadn't really been together as kids, though they did have a very brief thing before he left her. Then they go on this trip after not having talked or spent time together in a very long time and they love each other? After she had been engaged to his brother and been in a relationship with him for years? I just didn't buy it and didn't see how it would have been so strong so quick. I did feel the tension and attraction between them, but their sexual chemistry was about the only thing I felt was really easy to believe at that point. 

I will also say that my other big problem with this story was the back and forth. This book alternates POVs as well as shifts between the past and the present and I felt it was a bit confusing and disorienting at times. I like getting to see inside both of the main characters heads, but I felt like in this case there was just too much going on to keep straight. There had to have been a better way for the author to give us the information that we needed about the past and present without making the reader feel lost and trying to figure out where and when we were and which character's head we were inside. I do think that this story was good, if a bit slow at times, but I just wish that it had been arranged differently. I wanted to see more of a connection building between Holden and Sam, with less focus on her and even her relationship with Tyler. There was so much about Tyler that was revealed throughout the story, and I found the whole thing interesting. But I felt like Holden and Sam's connection with him got a bit lost in everything else. I will say that this was different than other NA books out there, and that it was worth the read. I am interested to read more in the series after meeting a few other characters in this book. I am hoping that they don't have the same issues as this one did though and that I am able to connect with those characters better.

**Review Copy Provided by AToMR Tours**

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Feature and Giveaway: Meet Me at the Beach by V.K. Sykes

When Lily Doyle spots her high school crush Aiden Flynn on the inbound ferry, she knows trouble is about to dock in Seashell Bay. And not just because he's more handsome than ever. If Aiden's in town, the rumors must be true about his family's plan to sell their coastal land to the highest bidder. But Lily will do whatever it takes to convince the hottest guy on the beach to protect their idyllic island home.

Gorgeous Lily Doyle was the only thing Aiden missed after he escaped from his hometown to play pro baseball. Now all Aiden wants is to wrap up the business deal and get back to his life, not relive a past that still haunts him. But as memories rush in about the night of passion he and Lily shared long ago, everything else washes right out to sea-everything except the desire that still burns between them.

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Monthly Giveaway - March

Want to win some goodies?

Each month here at Ramblings From This Chick we will be giving away various prizes to followers of the blog with a there being a new prize(s) available every month.

Here's your peek at this month's prize:

2 lucky winners will win a print book from the RFTC Book Stash!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekly Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners from last week.

Lea Je
Perfect Kind of Trouble by Chelsea Fine

Saving Quinton by Jessica Sorensen

Maria V.
$10 Gift Card + Goodies from Amanda Usen

All winners have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. =)

ARC Review: Slow Burn by K. Bromberg

Slow Burn is the fifth book in the Driven series by K. Bromberg, but this book is a standalone. The first four books center on Rylee and Colton, while Slow Burn is the story of Haddie and Becks. I honestly couldn't wait to dive right into this book because I loved these characters so much as secondaries that I knew they would be great main characters as well. K. Bromberg has done it again, and I found myself falling just as hard for Haddie and Becks as I did for Ry and Colton. If you aren't reading this series, you are seriously missing out. 

After losing her sister and seeing the pain that her brother-in-law has been going through, Haddie makes the choice to remain unattached. She wants no strings and is determined to keep everyone as far away from her as possible. But when she spends one night with Beckett Daniels, everything begins to change. Though Becks and Haddie have always been attracted to one another, they never expected to feel more for one another. As much as Haddie tries to keep Becks at arms length though, she finds out quickly that he is relentless when it comes to getting what he wants. Becks wants Haddie and isn't afraid to fight for her. Can Becks convince Haddie to take a chance and let him in, or will she continue to push him away and risk losing a love that isn't easy to find?

I loved both Haddie and Becks. Becks has always fascinated me and I loved what a great guy he is. He is just one of those good and sweet guys that genuinely cares about those he lets close to him. His bromance with Colton was always one of my favorite parts of the previous books, and I couldn't help but want more of Becks. Seeing him with Haddie though gave me a whole new perspective on his character, and I really enjoyed getting to see beneath the surface with him. He was so much more than I ever expected, and I loved him just as much as Colton. Haddie had always been the best friend to Rylee, and I loved what a rock she was. But in Slow Burn, we really got to see that she had so much more going on than anyone knew. She was determined to be strong and not let others see her vulnerability, and it really broke my heart at times. I understand why she was doing the things she did, and yet it still drove me crazy. I felt so badly for her that she was willing to go it alone in order to try and protect those around her from getting hurt. She had such a big heart and loved those around her so much, and yet it was clear that she needed someone to lean on. Becks didn't let her continue to get away with it though, and I was so glad that he saw through her facade and didn't let her push him away. He was exactly what she needed and I loved that he never gave up on her. These two had so much of a connection, and I really enjoyed seeing them fall for one another. The chemistry and attraction had always been obvious between these two and they were so hot together. But the emotional bond they were forming was so strong, and it was what made these two so special. 

Overall, this book was a great addition to the series. I honestly didn't know if anyone would compare to how much I had loved Colton and Rylee, but these two were just as great. They were different than Colton and Rylee, and that was made this book work so well to me. If you go into this one expecting the same type of story as the previous books, you will be disappointed because Slow Burn is nothing like that. But Slow Burn was just as great in different ways. This book was emotional and touching, and once again K. Bromberg was able to show readers how fantastic of a writer she is. I felt invested in these characters from the start, and I felt like Haddie and Becks were so real to me. These characters will always have a special place in my heart, and their story was absolutely beautiful. I honestly cannot recommend the Driven series enough, and I really think that these books have something for everyone. K. Bromberg has solidified herself as one of my favorite authors, and she continues to prove why she is worthy of being an auto buy for me. If you are looking for emotionally deep and beautiful stories full of sexy and sweet times, look no further than K. Bromberg.

**ARC Provided by Penguin Group Signet Eclipse**

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