Tied By Carina Cole | Book Review

A broken Princess Rescued by her Unconventional Prince.

Carina Cole, Tied, Romance, #amreading

Sleep, who needs sleep? Is it the best idea to stay up most of the night reading an author’s latest release? Maybe not, but in this case, it was worth every second.

Tied is the second book in Carina Cole’s Devils Wolves Series. It pulls at your heart strings as much, if not more than Torn, the first book in the series.

Tyler, who survived severe burns to his face and body and a damaged vocal cord, lives in seclusion in the woods. He’s long since lost his friends and has limited contact with his family. One day as he was walking through the woods around his home he discovered her.

Holly was abducted when she was eight. Ten years passed before Tyler stumbled upon her and her dog Poppy. From the moment she saw him from the dark hole there was a connection. Her prince had come to save her just like she always knew he would.

Holly goes to live in an inpatient facility to learn how to live as an adult and attend therapy for the terrible things she endured over the last ten years. Her strained relationship with her parents leaves Holly feeling more alone than she did with “the bad man”. All the while she wonders when her prince will come back for her. She knows that he with him she can have a happily ever after.

Holly found both Tyler and her lost dog in the same woods that he found her. Due to his vocal cord injury, Tyler rarely speaks. That doesn’t stop Holly from talking to him. He can’t resist the beautiful blond that looks at him like he’s just like everyone else. Not with pity or disgust like so many people had. From there a beautiful friendship develops.

Seeing Tyler and Holly grow and heal each other is a true treat. Carina Cole writes in a way that has your heart feeling what the characters are feeling. They are both so scarred inside and out, but their scars and their past are what connects them. Both feel like misfits in the real world, but when together it feels like home.

If you enjoy, friends to lovers and a bit of a slow burn then this book is a must. If you have a tender heart you may want to grab the tissues. This was truly one of the most beautiful and unique love stories I’ve ever read. It deserves more than 5/5, but since that’s as high as we go, here 5/5 it is.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unstable By S.E. Hall | Book Review

Unstable is full of Love, Loss, and Self-Discovery.

Unstable, S.E. Hall, Romance novel, romance, love, loss, second chance love, Henley, Keaton,

I read A LOT of books. I set my Goodreads challenge at 70 books. It’s April and I’m at 34 books. That doesn’t include the books I’ve re-read. S.E. Hall’s Unstable was one that left me with a book hangover.

I kept thinking about Henley, Keaton and Gatlin. If you’re a reader you know the feeling that I’m talking about, book hangover.

Henley returned to her hometown fort the first time in eight years after the death of her mother. She hadn’t spoken to or seen her mother in those years. Coming back to the farm brought back a lot of pain and unwelcome memories for Henley.

When she arrived Gatlin, a hired hand, greeted her. He became more than just her friend, but her crutch. He helped her through the many emotions of being back at the farm.

Keaton Cash was the boy next door that she always saw as her enemy. She thought he was a nuisance and was not happy to see him when she got home. Keaton Cash didn’t care how hard Henley tried to push him away. He pushed back refusing to let her continue to shut him out.

It’s so hard to review this story without giving too much away. There are some twist and turns that I did not expect. There’s only one chapter from Keaton’s point of view and it blew my mind. Hall was clever in the execution.

There’s so much to this book. I won’t ruin it by going into great detail. I think that it is worth the read. It isn’t a cookie cutter second chance or enemy to lover romance. It deals with issues of love, loss, mental health, and guilt. The title Unstable goes deeper than you would even guess.

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Influenster Spice VoxBox

InfluensterSpice VoxBox

Who doesn’t like free stuff? The answer is no one! Everyone likes to get free things, especially if they are useful things. I was lucky enough to qualify for the Influenster Spice VoxBox.

If you don’t know what infuenster is it is a website where you can review products that you love and potentially get to try out free products like the ones I got. All you have to do is link your social media accounts to the website and be active on the site.

A little run down of what was in this Spice VoxBox:

  • Boots Botanics Organic Hydrating Day Cream– I typically have pretty oily skin. In the winter time I do get some dry patches around my mouth. I have been using this cream daily since I got it and I must say I do like it. For someone who has oily skin it does not leave me looking or feeling greasy.
  • Soap Box Shampoo & Conditioner– I’ve used these a couple of times since I have received them. First off they smell really great! The products themselves didn’t wow me, but they got the job done.
  • Foot Petals Give ’em Boot– I have not used these yet quite frankly because I’m forgetful. They do feel soft to the touch though.
  • SinfulColors SinfulShine 2-Step Manicure– I was already a huge SinfulColors fan because they are affordable and really great quality. I already had a few of the 2-step Manicure polishes  and was not complaining when I received more. Although they don’t last anywhere near as long as a gel manicure, I did feel like they took a bit loner to chip than my normal polish does (which isn’t saying much).
  • Yogi Tea Samples– I received two flavors, Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy  and Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy. I have tried the Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy and it was actually pretty tasty. I was surprised that I felt like I could taste the vanilla hints.
  • Not Your Mother’s Styling Mousse– This is a product I have not yet tried. I keep saying I am, but I’m actually quite lazy when it comes to my hair. What I can attest to is that it smells delicious!
  • Veggie Stix– These. Are. My.JAM! I have had Veggie sticks before from different brands, but these are my favorite. I had to practice great restraint with these. They had a great crunch to them and you could have like 80 or something crazy for 120 calories. That’s a lot of snacking! I will purchase these with my own money!

This was a pretty solid box. I got a variety of different things to try and I don’t think anything was especially disappointing. If I had to choose one thing in the box to recommend it would be the Veggie Stix. Try them, you will love them. If you haven’t already go sign up for influenster.com and see if you may qualify for the next VoxBox. You have nothing to lose, it’s free!

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Maybelline The Brights & Color Blur Lip Pencil

Summer to me means bright colors and fun times. The Maybelline The Brights pallet seemed like the perfect thing to bring some fun makeup looks for the summer.

Maybelline The Brights PaletteI had heard about this palette, but I saw it in Target for the first time this past weekend.  I really like The Nudes and The Blushed Nudes so it was only right that I tried The Brights.

The brights palette and Maybelline color blur in I like to Mauve it

I will say that out of the three palettes, this one has my favorite colors. As far as performance, it is probably in last place. The color pay off is not as vibrant on the skin as it is in the package. However, if you use a white eyeshadow base, they do a pretty decent job.

I liked to mauve it maybelline color blur lip pencil I also thought I would pick up and try Maybelline’s Color Blur lip pencil to see how I liked it. I got mine in the color I like to Mauve It.

I liked to Mauve it. Maybellline New York  lip pencilIn the picture above I used the “blur side” to blur the color out. To be honest, I am not really sure the point of the blur. I will say this product is so moisturizing on the lips, especially for something that is supposed to be matte. I don’t know if this color is for me, but I would definitely try another one in a different color.

Maybelline The brights palette and color blurI created fun little look with the palette to see how it would perform. I think it came out pretty good with the white eyelid base. This is I like to Mauve it on my lips. Over all I think for $9.99 the brights palette isn’t a bad buy. Pick up a good eyeshadow base and you create some pretty looks.

Have you guy tried the Brights Palette or any of the Color Blur lip pencils? Let me know your thoughts on them in the comments!

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Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

I did it. I couldn’t resist. I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey yesterday… and I drug my my fiance’ along with me. He was a trooper.

I read the books a few years ago, and I must admit, at the time I enjoyed the books. I know a lot of people have complained that the writing isn’t great. I’m not saying it was wonderful. I am an absolute book worm, and my genre of choice is romance. I have read many romance books ranging from bestsellers to first time writers. Fifty Shades doesn’t fall into my top favorite books, but where I was in that time in my life I liked it.

Well the movie is a different story. I want to start by saying I don’t’ think this is a book that really should have been made into a movie. One of the things I absolutely love about reading is that I can image characters, scenes, rooms, settings, or whatever, however I want. I create everything in my mind. I don’t know that this is a book that could truly be put into movie form and still portray everything the book did. I will say the set, from Christians penthouse, to the view, to the red room were all actually very realistic and well done.

Then there was the acting. I don’t know much about the actors themselves, but at some points it was painful for me to watch. It seemed very forced and mechanical in a way. My fiance made the comment that he kept waiting to see what the big climax, no pun intended, or conflict of the story was. It
did finally come in the final few minutes of the movie, but I think it left me more disturbed than anything.

I hate to say I overall was not impressed with the movie. After seeing the previews I had a feeling that it would be that way, but I still had to see it. They did a great job on the set, I think the acting fell short. However the acting may have fell short because, like I said, I don’t know that this was the best book for a movie adaptation.

Lanee’

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