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WHERE I BELONG and ALL I WANT (Alabama Summer Series Books 1 & 2) by J DANIELS

Standalone enemies to lovers
We had originally planned to start this series at Book #3 as we were told each could be read as standalone.
But then something happened around 20%.
We fell in complete book love with the other characters and HAD to know more about them. We grabbed book one and couldn’t stop reading until we finished all three book! Here are our reviews for Book one and Two.
#BOOKSERIESLOVE!
Our Review for WHEN I FALL (Book Three) to follow shortly.

WHERE I BELONG – THE ALABAMA SUMMER BOOK ONE

Where I Belong


SYNOPSIS

When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.
Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.
Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.
Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.
Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.
Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.
Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.
What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?

Where I Belong

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars

 “Little Miss Unwilling to Let Go of the Past.”

We had originally planned to start this series at Book #3 as we were told each could be read as standalone. So, we started reading When I Fall, however, by 20% we had to put it down. Why? Well, we fell in complete book love with the other characters who’d each had a book already. Hence, a book binge began as we read Where I belong and All I Want in one sitting. J Daniels is a brilliant Author; she reeled us in hook line and sinker with characters that had us swooning, laughing and ultimately ending up with a lot of freezer time. Their stories were addictive and highly entertaining. One word – unputdownable!

“Sleep, Angel. You have me. I’m never letting you go.”

Where I Belong is the story of Ben and Mia. Ladies, Ben will literally ROCK YOUR WORLD! He’s without question one of our favourite heroes out there. Incredibly sexy, a cunning linguist …holy hell he knows what to do with that filthy mouth of his. But above all; he had a side to him that’ll make your ovaries melt while you swoon over his protective side. He was perfection!

“And say what, angel? That I could kiss you for hours. That I love the taste of you on my tongue.”

As for Mia; she’s so incredibly lovable, sweet, feisty and compassionate. Their story is romantic, funny and bloody hot. It’ll satisfy all your reading needs; no question!

Yes, it was a tad predictable and insta-love, but overall we just can’t recommend this Author and this series highly enough. What a fantastic weekend we had reading!

When she looked at me, she saw me. My hopes, my fears….She fucking owned me with that stare and I never wanted to look away.’

Where I belong is a story of childhood memories; forgiveness and second chances. It’s a story of family and friendships and a love so incredibly passionate and romantic.

Oh and on a last note; you will meet one of the cutest kids out there – Nolan will melt your heart – he’s a true scene stealer!

ALL I WANT – THE ALABAMA SUMMER BOOK TWO

All I want

SYNOPSIS

Luke Evans is a heartbreaker.

I didn’t want to give mine to him. Not when he kept me out. 
He gave me enough, just enough to make me fall in love with him. I say this to convince myself. But I know the truth. 
I would’ve fallen in love with him at a distance. 
Handing my heart over to Luke was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I was naive when I wished for more, when I hoped he wanted the same things I did. 
I try to hate him. I try to forget him. 
But it’s not that easy. 
Love is a ruthless bitch, and I’m her latest victim.

Tessa Kelly is a man-eater.

When she sets her sights on you, she doesn’t just consume your heart, she goes for your soul. 
What we had was perfect, real, and all I would ever want. 
But she destroyed it. 
She destroyed us. 
I try to hate her. I try to forget her. 
But it’s not that easy. 
Love is for people who have hope, and I have none.

Warning:
This book contains adult themes. 18+.
All I Want is a standalone novel, but to fully appreciate the f****ed-up mess that is Luke & Tessa, pick up Where I Belong first.

♥ 

All I Want

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

“Do you love me today?”

We first met Tessa the sassy, plucky no nonsense, straight talking girl in Where I Belong. She gave us a good laugh and made no apologies for who she was and we loved her character.

“I hate that I can’t hate you enough to forget you.”

The relationship between Tessa and Luke (Ben’s best friend) was touched upon in book one and the miscommunication that had become synonymous with this pair in Where We Belong is carried forward into All I Want, only this time around we gained more of an insight into what lay beneath the animosity between Luke and Tessa, the deeply guarded secrets that plagued Luke, and the reasoning behind the turn their relationship took.

‘I let her in as much as I can, and it has to be enough because that’s all I can give her.’

There’s no doubting the deep attraction between Tessa and Luke, the chemistry between them crackled and we felt the affection between them, but boy did they love to provoke one another!  Sometimes their back and forth could be entertaining, other times it could be so bloody frustrating. There was a time or two we wanted to shout….TALK TO EACH OTHER!

“Let me go.”
“I can’t.” “I can’t let you go, Tessa. Please don’t ask me to do that.”

We could never have envisaged the depth of the man beneath the fun loving, self-assured, easy going Luke we were acquainted with in book one. Little did we realise the huge emotional barriers this man had constructed as a result of his painful past. Now, whilst we understood his reluctance to let Tessa in, there were times we could have throttled him with his own handcuffs! He acted in ways that would have sent a lesser woman running to the hills. Luckily Luke didn’t bank on the tenacity of this woman!

“I love you. Those words are yours. I’ll never say them to anyone else.” 

We’re addicted to this series and it’s not just the romance factor, but also the friendship dynamics which are so important. The banter between the characters is both moving and fun, each bringing so much to the story. There are no secondary characters here, we’ve fallen in love with them all.

We really enjoyed this one, though not as much as Where I Belong. Whereas book one was sweet, sexy and romantic, All I Want was a much angstier read with two strong headed characters whose battle of wills could be as exhilarating as it could be exhausting. We’re absolutely LOVING THIS SERIES and enjoy catching up with all the characters as their stories weave throughout each book.

Once again, that little chap Nolan stole our hearts!  He never fails to put a huge smile on our faces.

If the push/pull, will they/won’t they angst gets your heart racing. If you enjoy a romance with plenty of love, wit, pure emotion and a huge (and we mean…huge) steam factor….then this book is for you!

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 THE ALABAMA SUMMER SERIES by J DANIELS

J Daniels series

WHERE I BELONG  BOOK ONE
Our Review
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ALL I WANT BOOK TWO
Our Review
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WHEN I FALL BOOK THREE
Our Review
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WHERE WE BELONG – BOOK #3.5
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CONFESS by COLLEEN HOOVER

Confess

SYNOPSIS

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. 

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Confess

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“It’s not a confession if no one reads it. It’s just an unshared secret.”

First up, we have to commend those who shared their real life confessions in this book. Some were shocking, some heartbreaking, all extremely personal. It’s not something we could have done because once shared the anonymity of those confessions ceases to be personal and private, but our hats go off to those who did share, it certainly couldn’t have been easy putting yourselves out there and we applaud your bravery because knowing they were real certainly added another element to this story.

It’s been too long since we’ve picked up a Colleen Hoover book so to say we were enthusiasticly opening our Kindles to start Confess is an understatement. We couldn’t wait to be enveloped in the beauty of this author’s words and the uniqueness that is so prevalent in her stories.  To us, reading a Colleen Hoover book is like being coming home. Her stories and characters are, in a way, comforting. We expect to be captivated, comforted, warmed throughout whilst at the same time experiencing first hand the trials of her characters. We adore the “Colleen-isms”, as we call them.  You know, the little ‘something’s’ that make her books so remarkable and captivating.

“I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.”

There hasn’t been a book of hers we haven’t fiercely loved and so it is with the heaviest of hearts we have to say, on some levels Confess didn’t work for us. There were things we loved and things we didn’t.

If there is one thing Colleen Hoover does spectacularly well it’s creating the most wonderful heroes. She writes her men with the perfect balance of sensitivity and vulnerability yet with a presence that is so commanding in the best possible way. They’re men who love with all their hearts, they’re not pushovers but neither are they weak. They’re men we respond to and can’t help but fall in love with and Owen Mason Gentry is no exception. What a beautiful man. HE is what kept us flipping the pages.

‘My mother says there are people you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know. I feel like Owen is the latter.’

Another aspect of this authors work we love is the way she makes us work emotionally  in her storytelling, never failing to bring us into the story, thus ensuring we FEEL every up, every down, every hope, every despair, every joy and every heartbreaking moment right along with the characters. We don’t just read her books, we become a PART OF HER STORY and our hearts are normally held ransom right until the very end.

However, (and this is possibly the hardest thing we’ve had to ‘confess’) we’re sad to say we didn’t experience the emotion in Confess as we have in previous Colleen Hoover reads.  That ‘Colleen-ism’ that we love with a passion seemed to be absent this time around. Oh we felt certain parts of the story – how Owen’s life was woven into Auburn’s and how this was brought to its conclusion was wonderfully moving and a definite highlight, but for the most part, it all felt a little too convenient and rushed .

It was as though we were being told ‘this is how it is’ rather than being shown. We felt we weren’t afforded the nitty gritty of the characters or the actual story, which felt underdeveloped and non cohesive.

We did feel for Auburn at times, but mostly she frustrated us. Lydia’s dismissal and manipulation of Auburn was abhorrent and as much as we understood the reasoning behind Auburn’s hesitancy in standing up to this wretched woman and Trey, it frustrated us that she didn’t and the way this, and other aspects of the story were wrapped up felt  a little too opportune.

‘How can a fifteen-year-old girl defend her love when that love is dismissed by everyone?’

Now, there were many parts, Owen in particular, that touched on that Coho magic we’ve come to love and we savoured every one of those , but overall it fell short for us. We were excitedly anticipating Confess, looking forward to having our hearts shredded and healed in true Coho fashion but it didn’t eventuate. Whilst we did enjoy Confess we didn’t fall madly, deeply in love as expected and it hurts our hearts to ‘confess’ this. We missed the way Colleen Hoover used to grab our hearts, twist them in our chest then slowly let go as we sobbed from the beauty of her characters and words. Now we can’t wait for her next book and hopefully feel the return of that Coho magic we so desperately love.

On a side note:  We reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the Publisher which did not contain the paintings that were so crucial to the story and wonder if this would have enhanced the emotional pull of the story for us.

 

♥  ♥

  CONFESS by COLLEEN HOOVER
Releasing 10th March 2015 – Pre Order your copy here
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Confess

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