Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: No Pants Required

No Pants Required No Pants Required by Kim Karr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

4 I want her again and I haven't even had her yet stars!

Here I am promising more when now hasn't even taken place yet. What the fuck is wrong with me?

This book is just what I needed while on vacation. It's the perfect summer-time RomCom. It's light and funny and hella sexy. Yes, I said hella. Because honestly, there's no other way to describe Camden Waters. That man is one fiiiiiine man. He's smart, fun, and super hot. He's a dirty talker, a romantic, and and and....

Yeah, I'm not sure what else there is to say about Cam. After some serious heartache and setbacks, Cam decides to take his life into his own hands. He leaves the busy New York for laid back Cali. In order to get to Laguna before his first day as a lifeguard, he must board a plane.

Enter Makayla. Smart girl who decides she needs a change in her life. She has enough cash stacked away so she can move to Laguna to live with her bestie, Maggie. She can also afford to take the summer off. Makayla needs something new. She needs to find the old her--or maybe the real her--and she can't do that in New York. Not anymore.

Armed with an iPod and a plane ticket, Makayla receives an email from Maggie with a list of 10 "out of Makayla's comfort zone" things to do. Read smut in public? Buy a bikini and wear it? Join the Mile-High club? Wait---whaaaat?!

How in the world is she supposed to do that. She doesn't flirt. She doesn't do random hook-ups. She's the good girl. She's the uptight bitch, or so her ex thinks so. Humph. That asshole shouldn't get any say whatsoever, but what do I know?!

I'd say these two have quite the meetcute, but that simply isn't true. I won't tell you how they meet, but it's a hell of a story (and conveniently you can find it when you grab this book).

All I'm sayin' is that I wish I had her guts with the Mile-High club adventure. I always get stuck next to kids and gross people on airplanes. Where's my Cam?! I want to sit next to a hottie who likes to read smut.

Need some hot excerpts because you aren't quite sure you want to read this--despite me telling you that you do want to read it--then here you go. Grab a fan. They're hot.

"So, here's how this is going to go. First, I'm going to taste your sweet pussy and eat you like you are my last meal, and then I'm going to fuck you like you've never been fucked."

"Watch me,"
I tell her. "What?" she asks, almost confused. "I want you to watch me make you come."

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Review: Maybe Someday

Maybe Someday Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know when you find that one book that you didn't expect and it becomes everything you want in a story? No. Well, Maybe Someday was that book for me. I stumbled upon it last year right before I went on vacation. I read the book for the i>very first time while sitting in the kitchen at my boyfriend's parents' house. Why do I share this with you? What does this have to do with this audio listen? Well, everything. It has everything to do with it because as I sat in that kitchen, I fell in love. I fell in love in the same way you learn to bake; slowly, carefully, and passionately. I fell for Ridge and Sydney. I fell for the way they moved (in that dress), the way they resisted, and the way they waited.

As this is technically my third re-read of this book, I have to say that I was no less in love with these characters. In fact, I found myself loving them a little bit more than the first time. I'm not sure if this is because I know where the story leads or if it's because I feel like I know the characters a bit better, but I know that I am still in love with these two. This is the couple that firmly planted me in CoHo's corner for life. This is the couple that I always return to. When asked for a top book boyfriend, Ridge makes that list every single time.

Listening to Ridge and Sydney fall in love is a whole new experience. It's one thing to read and devour with my own eyes, but it's an entirely different feeling to hear them fall in love. The narrators bring something I never expected to their love and it isn't something I'll ever forget.

Why do I always come back to Syd and Ridge? Easy. Their love wasn't easy. They struggled, they pushed, they pulled. In the end, it was all worth it. It was worth every bit of pain, every flaw listed, every hurt, and every smile. Their love was beautiful.

This year, with this reread (okay, this listen), I fell in love while sitting in my car on a 16-hour car ride home from that very kitchen I sat in last year. I drove for 12 hours. For almost 10 of those hours, I spent my time with Ridge and Sydney, Warren and Bridgette, Maggie, Brennan, and Sounds of Cedar. Immersing myself in this world will be something I do from now until I can no longer see or hear.

"For her I bend, for you I break"

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