Books that made me: Dream
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Like, literally! These are the books I'm reading right now (on #7!) and I can't get enough. So much so, they even show up in my dreams. There is nothing more fun than dreaming you're a wizard who kicks ass. Unless you start making out with the guy you're supposed to be fighting. Not that that happened... ;-)
Storm Front blurb:
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.
There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.
Magic. It can get a guy killed.
Books that made me: Wonder
The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy by Michelle Warren
I don't think anyone can read these books without wanting to be Sera. Michelle creates an amazing world that's so vivid, it makes you wonder if it could really exist. I mean, why can't there be a secret society of Wanderers? This book is chock full of adventure, twists, excitement, and feels!
Wander Dust blurb:
Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish.
The Lady in Black burns Sera’s memories.
Unexplainable Premonitions catapult her to other cities.
The Grungy Gang wants to kill her.
And a beautiful, mysterious boy stalks her.
But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.
Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.
A book that made me: Fall in Love
Business as Usual by Denise Grover Swank
It's not hard to swoon over book boyfriends, there are plenty, and I love a bad boy with issues as much as the next girl, but only in books. There is always that part of me that knows I'd never want that guy in real life, but in Business as Usual, Ben is a KEEPER! He's the kind of guy you want to be with for real, and I'm totally in love!
Business As Usual blurb:
Lexi Pendergraft has given up on finding love after a disastrous encounter with her last boyfriend. Instead, she focuses on two things: One, setting up a summer program for underprivileged middle-school aged students. And the second, getting to the bottom of her brother Reed’s recent strange behavior. His secret is destroying his relationship with his fiancée Caroline, and Lexi will do anything to help him save it. Especially after he gave up his dream to give Lexi a chance at a semi-normal college experience, something her parents threatened to steal from her after her rape a year ago.
Ben Masterson is determined to make it through his final semester of his senior year at Southern University. After recently losing his full ride scholarship, he’s suffering from sleep deprivation while trying to keep up with his mechanical engineering courses and working three part time jobs. He thinks he’s lucked out getting a job in the university math lab. The only problem is his boss—Reed Pendergraft.
As part of a role in a community theater play, Lexi wears a black wig and feels a confidence she hasn’t experienced in over a year. When she wears it to a bar close to the theater, she doesn’t think Ben, a bartender there, recognizes her. While Ben’s intrigued about what she’s up to, he’s smart enough to stay far away from his overprotective boss’s sister Until fate forces him to help her, but why won’t she tell him her real identity?
A book that made me: Ugly Cry
The Memory Thief by Emily Colin
This is a beautiful and heart wrenching story. You need a box of tissues to read it, but it's worth it! This one one of those books that make you cry even when it's over and all you're doing is thinking about it. <3
The Memory Thief blurb:
When Madeleine Kimble’s husband Aiden dies in a mountain climbing accident, Maddie can only think of his earnest promise to return to her and their young son. Aiden’s best friend J.C. feels great remorse over his inability to save him, but J.C.’s grief is also seasoned with the guilt of loving Maddie through the years. Meanwhile, across the country another young man wakes up in a hospital and finds that his memories have been wiped clean, and replaced with haunting dreams of a beautiful woman and a five year old boy whom he feels driven to find. What Nicholas Sullivan discovers upon his journey is utterly unexpected—and it will change all of their lives, especially Maddie’s.
A book that made me: "Is it getting hot in here?"
The Whitman University Series by Lyla Payne
Okay, I WAS going to put Broken at Love (Book #1) here, but I just couldn't leave out the rest. These are all stand alone novels, but it's better to read them in order. Lyla Payne is a word goddess. I love everything this lady writes, and boy can she do steamy!
Broken At Love blurb:
When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.
College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.
But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?
Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.
To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.