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Book Review: All I Want is You

all i want is youSummary

Cayson is in love with Skye Preston, his best friend for over twenty years. They grew up together, bathed together, and spent every holiday together. Hoarding the secret hasn’t been easy. Every time Cayson sees her with a boyfriend, he wants to smash his fist into a wall. 

But he could never tell her the truth.

The close friendship they have is too good to be ruined. If he confessed his deepest feelings, how would it change what they have? Would he lose her altogether?

But everything changes when Cayson finds Skye at a party, drunk and incoherent. Unable to stand on her own two feet with breath reeking of alcohol, she’s easy prey to the men staring at her noticeable chest. Cayson immediately scoops her into his arms and takes her home. But when they arrive at the house, Skye doesn’t want to sleep. Instead, she wants Cayson in a way she’s never had before. 

What will this mean for their relationship? Is it the start of something Cayson has always dreamed of? Or will it be the end?

In My Opinion…

Caution: May Contain Spoilers

This book came in my email as a free box set of the first three or four books, I believe. I heard of E.L. Todd so I figured, why not? I’m a sucker for romance and best friends who turned into more.

Right off the bat, the book confused me. I understood the concept: all these young adults were best friends and/or related in some way. So they called their friends parent’s aunt and uncle. However, that wasn’t really explained in the beginning so you have Cayson calling Skye’s parents Uncle and Aunt without really understanding that they’re only friends.

And, there were too many characters trying to be the main character. All together there are six or seven characters that always showed up at one point or another. Some are related to Cayson, some are related to Skye, and they’re all friends.

Too confusing.

Still, after I figured out the situation, I continued to read. It’s a cute, corny book that is all the rom-com you’d expect. I was waiting for that fateful moment when Skye gets drunk and Cayson saves her. I was waiting for the AH HA moment when they finally get together.

Except…it never happened. Skye doesn’t “remember” any of it and Cayson doesn’t remind her. He just stomps out, annoyed at Skye and feeling like “it didn’t mean anything to her” because she didn’t mention it.

If they were as close of friends as the book claimed, he should’ve been able to talk to her about it. Or at least admit to her what she did. Cayson shouldn’t have kept that from her and then get annoyed when she didn’t do anything after it.

And then he acts like a little high schooler, ignoring her and getting upset because she is still with her boyfriend. Cayson becomes whiny and almost unbearable. A grown man should not be acting like a high school girl. It really pulled me out of the book and the storyline.

In the end they get together, no surprise there. But the story was drawn out, the plot weak at best.

I might read the second story, maybe it will pick up from there. One can only hope.

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Book Review: Carolina Isle

carolina isleSummary

Ariel and Sara never imagined their high-spirited attempt to step into each other’s shoes would cause such upheaval. The lifelong pen pals, who look exactly alike, meet for the first time in their twenties and embark on a daring adventure of changing identities. Southern belle Ariel is determined to win the heart of a man who doesn’t know she exists, while Sara yearns to leave behind her hardscrabble existence and taste the good life that fate has denied her. But in pretty Arundel, North Carolina, nothing is as it seems—including the dangers that are closing in on their new dream lives, as the deepest of fears and darkest of secrets and betrayals come to light. 

In My Opinion…

Caution, this may contain spoilers!

I had high hopes for this book. The summary seemed pretty awesome and the cover was pretty. I picked this up at a garage sale (or was it a thrift store?) and had to add it to my collection. I started reading this book at the beginning of last week and finished it by the end of it.

I was completely disappointed.

I hate writing book reviews on books I didn’t like because, as an author, I know how it feels to put all your heart and soul into it. I never want to knock down another author, but I promised myself that I would write a the most honest book review that I could.

Based on the summary, it seemed like the cousins were going to trade places and, because of that, there are misconceptions and misadventures. And then, through that, they learn a little bit about each other and about themselves. I thought it was going to be a happy, heartwarming story.

This was not what happened.

First of all, I can’t believe that two cousins would look so much alike that they could be mistaken for each other. I just don’t think it’s possible.

Second of all, the whole “switching places” thing lasted for, maybe, thirty or forty pages. That’s it. They are found out and nothing happened.

Then there’s the whole part of the story where they go to the Island and everything gets messed up. It’s like a Silent Hill type thing, sort of. The island is creepy and everyone is against the “outsiders.” So much so, that they actually put them in jail, and then trying to frame them for a murder (after they’re let out of jail)

Okay, I could’ve gotten through that. I was interested in what secrets and betrayal was out there…what they were going to find out about each other.

But the secrets and betrayal? Had nothing to do with the four main characters. In fact, the secrets and betrayals had to do with the people who lived on the island. And it had barely anything to do with the main characters.

Another problem I had with this story is how the author kind of glosses over parts. Stories like this, you have to delve into the story, use lots of details and stuff. This story…nada. Nothing. In fact, huge parts are just never hit on. And the suspense at the ending? Weak at best. There was supposed to be some what of a build up…some tension, and then the explosive conclusion.

That’s what I thought it would be…

Turns out, I was wrong again. There was just about no tension as we got closer to the end. And then the explosive conclusion? Not there. It was just like Ariel (the rich cousin) found the treasure and that was it. Done. Finished. The epilogue takes place a year later.

All in all, if I didn’t get this at a garage sale I probably would’ve been upset about it. I’m not sure if I will read another book by this author, but I’d like to think that I would give the author another chance.

Until next time…happy reading!