by Penelope Douglas Release Date: October 21st, 2016 Genre: New Adult Add to Goodreads Source: Author eARC received in exchange of honest review Synopsis:
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Douglas, comes the latest New Adult romance of love, hate, and everything in between... "We were perfect together. Until we met." Misha I can’t help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me. In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed. It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever… And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us. Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am. We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it? Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances? F*ck it. I need to meet her. I just don’t expect to hate what I find. Ryen He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch. Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his phone number or picture or something. He could be gone forever. Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it. *Punk 57 is a stand alone New Adult romance. It is suitable for ages 18+*
Penelope Douglas is one of my top 5 favorite authors. I have a huge author crush on her. All of her books are the ultimate addiction to me. There so savvy, sexy, and sensual. I like how she makes the main characters the perfect blend of naughty and nice. This adds to their appeal, and allure. I also love how her last few stories are like a puzzle, where there are secrets that need to be brought to light, everything isn't as it seems, and pieces need to be placed to make the picture complete.
Punk 57 was a sensational read. It had so many highs and so many lows. What a wild ride! More than anything, I love the deep meaning and message that the author conveyed through her story a she addresses self-esteem and bullying.
In Punk 57, we learn that Ryen and Misha were set up as pen pals in grade school. Through the years, they have formed an unbreakable bond. These two are closest to each other other. No other person knows as much about them. When Misha stops writing Ryen, she is devastated. She fears that something bad has happened to him, or that he has lost interest in her.
Misha's life is spiraling out of control. When a horrific life altering event occurs, he can't handle it. Ryen and Misha made a pact to never meet in person or see how the other person looks. She is scared that it will change their amazing friendship. They both live in different towns, and attend different high schools, so this isn't too difficult. However, at a scavenger hunt party for his band, Misha discovers Ryen. He doesn't like what he see's, and doesn't reveal who he really is to her. After Misha's life is altered, he assumes a different alias and attends Ryen's high school. He is there for two reasons, and neither of those reasons is Ryen....
When Misha is in daily contact with Ryen he abhors what he see's. She is a popular cheerleader, and acts nasty to those beneath her on the social leader. Misha is quick to put her in her place, and even though they both can't stand the other, they share a deep sexual attraction. This is the beginning of a push-pull dynamic, where these two are constantly fighting and falling for one another. Along the way, we relive the dynamics of high school life, Misha's emotional turmoil, and Ryen's secret shame, feelings of alienation, and being a fraud. She doesn't like who she is, and is missing the times where she could be who she really wanted to be with Misha. These two offered the ultimate comfort, security, and unconditional love to one another. They were each other's sounding board, gave each other perspective on life, and are truly lost with out the other.
Punk 57 added suspense and mystery, as I wondered what reasons Misha had for being at Ryen's high school. We got to meet a grade A douche bad, Cameron, who loved to sexually harass females, and beat-up the less popular males. He was the true villain of the story, and while he made things interesting, I couldn't stand him. Also, there was Ryen's best frenemy, Lyla, who was truly a vile human being. I enjoyed Misha's bandmate, Dane, who was always there for him. I also liked Ten, and J.D. There is a connection to Ms. Douglas' book, Corrupt, that I was overjoyed to discover, and I know other readers will be just as excited!!!
The sexual tension and intimacy between Ryen and Misha was super intense. Fireworks went off whenever these two were in one another's vicinity. Ms. Douglas write's some of the best sex scenes that I have ever read. She knows that the verbal sparring, push-pull, building tensions, and naughtiness, add to the ultimate in intimate scenes, and the overall story.
I give, Punk 57, by Penelope Douglas, 4.5 Outstanding, Sensational, Hot, Addictive, and Meaningful stars! I loved trying to put all of the puzzle pieces together, and was excited by all of the plot twists and surprises along the way! This is such an amazing read, and one that I highly recommend!!!
Punk 57, by Penelope Douglas, was on my "Most anticipated books of 2016" list. She’s an auto-buy author for me. I don’t even need to read the blurb of her new book to make me one-click. Her first novel, Bully, completely stole my breath away and is the book that I read when I need to get out of a book slump. Her characters are unforgettable and her stories linger with you for a long time. I had high expectations for Punk 57 and Penelope Douglas exceeded all of them! I already miss Ryen and Misha and look forward to reading their story again. When a book is that good, you never let it go. Ryen and Misha’s friendship started when they became pen pals. At the age of eleven, Ryen tries to find her place in the world. Things are difficult for her, but the one thing she can always count on his Misha. He always knows what to say to make her smile and bring joy to her life. As years go by, their friendship grows stronger. Their no social media, no phone numbers, no pictures rule is working out for them. Until Misha sees a picture of a girl named Ryen online. His curiosity gets the best of him. Things take a drastic turn the night he comes face-to-face with Ryen. Things are not always as they seem. Reality is about to come knocking on the door. And, it’s ugly. As the story started to develop, I knew that I was in for a roller coaster ride of emotions. The more I read this story, the more I was left speechless with the twists and turns that the author included in this book. This story was all about moments. That moment when the title starts to make sense. That moment when all the emotions that you are feeling are creating a tornado inside your soul. That moment when you simply can’t continue reading because you never want this story to end. That moment when the message that is hiding between the pages of this book becomes loud and clear. The moment when you realize that at the end of the day, there is a little bit of Ryen and Misha in all of us. The chemistry between Ryen and Misha was extremely intense. Their attraction is explosive, all-consuming and seriously hot! I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I was left fanning myself. They have a chemistry that leaves you begging for more! I loved how Ryen’s letters inspired Misha. I loved how their friendship overcame very difficult moments. Moments that have left them emotionally scared. I loved how Misha always pushed Ryen to the extreme and how she always pushed back. Together, they are perfectly imperfect. I love them to pieces and I am so happy that I finally got to read their story. It will definitely make my "Top Reads of 2016" list. If you have not read anything by Penelope Douglas yet, I highly recommend that you add her books to your TBR list. You won't be disappointed!
I give, Punk 57, by Penelope Douglas, 5 thrilling, passionate, intoxicating, unforgettable, all-consuming stars!
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into ten languages and include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as Corrupt and Misconduct. Her New Adult romance, Punk 57, releases October 21, 2016, and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming in January 2017. She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.
Harley & Rose By: Carmen Jenner Release Date: October 18, 2016 Add to Goodreads Source: eARC from the tour host in exchange for a honest review GR's Summary: Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier? Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone. Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue. She’s always been his best friend.
He’s always been hers. She’s in love with him. He’s … not in love with her. He’s … marrying someone else. He’s … hiding something. He’s … well—it’s complicated.
Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner was a beautiful and epic story about best friends and first love. I was excited to read a story of Ms. Jenner's, as many of my co-blogging book buddies have raved about her stories. When I saw the beautiful book cover, and read the book summary, I knew this would be the perfect pick for sampling Ms. Jenner's writing. I too am now a fan of hers, and cannot wait to go back and read more of her books.
The book begins in the present, where Rose comforts her best friend Harley. He was stood up at the marriage alter. While this is a horrible day for Harley, Rose can't help but be a little happy about that fact. She has been madly in love with Harley for many years, and always pictured herself being the one to marry him. When Harley begs Rose to go on his honeymoon to Hawaii with him, she agrees. This will be her chance to hopefully offer comfort, as well as get him to see her in a whole new light.
The story then alters between the present and the past; told in first person by Rose. We go all the way back to when Harley and Rose were just five years old, and learn about their strong and unbreakable bond of friendship, and how they eventually became each others first love. However, things don't quite work out between them as a couple. As a reader, we can see that the love these two have for each other never dies, and in fact grows stronger over the years.
After Harley's break up, Rose eventually confesses her feelings to Harley, and the dynamic between them changes. Sexual tensions escalate, and there is a tough and angst-filled push-pull between Harley and Rose. Harley harbors a secret that will forever change their lives....
Harley and Rose kept me reading late in to the night, with breaks only for food and sleep. I loved reading about their history together. These two were devoted to one another in a way few people are. Just like their mothers, I wanted them to have their happily ever after. The characters personalities shone brightly in the story. Rose was a funny and quirky character that I instantly loved. As a woman, I could relate to her romantic heart, and perseverance. Harley was sweet, charming, sexy, and I could easily picture this heartthrob.
Together, there could be no better mate for Harley and Rose than each other. I believed in their love story, and wanted to give both of them a piece of my mind when they were being stubborn with one another. It was fun reading about the two families coming together, and Rose's mother was especially hilarious during their teen years.
Harley & Rose was a beautiful adventure filled with laughter, love, and heartbreak, as well as firsts, happiness, and tears. I loved all of the Peter Pan references, and the way the author used them to add to the fairytale feel in the story. However, as readers, we also get a healthy dose of reality and how bittersweet it can be.
I give, Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner, 4 First Love, True Love, Forever Soulmates, Pan and Wendy, "Second Star to the Right," Filled Stars!
I take a step toward him and stop. “What if this is a mistake?”
He grabs my wrist and pulls me down on his lap, sliding his hands up either side of my thighs as I straddle him. He kneads my flesh from hips to ass, his fingertips grazing my labia, forcing the breath from my lungs. “Does this feel like a mistake?”
“No,” I pant.
He catches up my hands, causing me to rest a little more of my weight on him, but this makes thought even more impossible to deal with because his thick cock is pressed against me and I can’t help but rock gently in his lap. Harley kisses my fingers. His other hand digs into my hip and rocks me faster.
“Tell me this feels wrong,” he says, almost as breathless as I am. “And if you can’t, then shut the fuck up and kiss me.”
My lips crash down on his.
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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
Searching for Disaster Searching For #4.6 By: Jennifer Probst Published: October 10, 2016 Publisher: Pocket Star Add to Goodreads Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review GR's Summary: The next highly anticipated novella in the Searching For series, a romantic spin-off of the Marriage to a Billionaire series from New York Times bestselling sensation Jennifer Probst.
When Isabella MacKenzie tries to move on from her disastrous past, Officer William Devine is determined to show her that love is the only way to heal. This sexy enovella, the final installment in Jennifer Probst’s heartwarming Searching For series, follows the high-powered women of the popular matchmaking agency Kinnections, located in the small, picturesque town of Verily, NY.
Searching for Disaster was a sweet little page-turning novella, and the perfect way to end the Searching For Series. I am going to miss the characters that I have come to know and love. They are all unique and special. Ms. Probst has brought readers such real characters, with everyday problems, as well as the magic of love, unbreakable friendships, and strong family ties. When you delve into a story by Ms. Probst, you are taken to another place. I get lost and enraptured in her stories. They go by so fast, and I always am a little sad to say goodbye, when I come to the end.
In Searching For Disaster, we get Isabella "Izzy" Mackenzie and Officer William Devine's story. Isabella has always been the rebel or the "wild child," of her family. I disliked her when I initially met her as a secondary character. She is Gen's twin sister, whom we got to know in Searching for Beautiful. Fortunately, Isabella has changed. She had a severe drug addiction, and has been rehabilitated for two years. Gone is the flighty, irresponsible, and self-centered woman that we once knew. She has grown, matured, and is determined to continue to work on bettering herself.
Isabella is working at the matchmaking business, Kinnections. Kate, Kennedy, and Arilyn want to set her up with a love match, but Isabella isn't up for their matchmaking. Officer William "Liam" Devine is searching for something to make his life complete. He wants love. When he goes to Kinnections to get set up, he is shocked to see Isabella, whom he had a one night stand with six years ago, and never forgot. After Liam see's Isabella, he is determined to connect with the woman who got away. Unfortunately, Izzy is filled with self-doubt, and doesn't believe that she deserves a man like Liam. She is convinced that he can do better than her, and she will only hurt him in the long run. Can Liam convince her otherwise?
Searching for disaster brought the element of magic and fate, just like the other books in the series. I love the love spell plot thread in this series. I also enjoyed the fun banter and sexual tension between Liam and Izzy. Liam was a modern day "prince charming." He believed in Izzy, and did everything in his power to make her realize her worth. Even though Searching for Disaster was a novella, Ms. Probst did an excellent job of developing the characters and the story. The plot did not feel rushed, and I was happy with the ending. I highly recommend the Searching for series, and know that readers are going to really enjoy Izzy and Liams's love story.
I give, Searching for Disaster, by Jennifer Probst, 4.5 Magical, Sweet, Fun, and Falling Madly in Love Filled Stars. This novella was a pleasure to read, and I will miss all of these characters dearly. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, but I think you get so much more out of them, if you read them in order.
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.