Book Review

Six For Sunday

#SixForSunday – February – Read it and weep!

Six for Sunday (#SixForSunday) is a weekly meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But a Lot. The prompts for each week are up well in advance and they are a great way to share your love of all things book.

Today’s Theme is – “Books That Made You Cry”

So this topic isn’t going to be too difficult for me. I’m a character driven reader, so if I don’t connect well to the characters I do generally DNF the book. So as a rule I am usually invested in them and, if the writing is good, will feel their emotions. So I’m very much a book crier. For me the difficulty will be narrowing the list down to just six books but I will try my best!

The Girl & Her Ren (The Ribbon Duet #2) by Pepper Winters

New Adult Contemporary Romance
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This book made me cry so much and so hard that I actually had to stop reading it for a few days. I could only read a few chapters at a time before I was crying so much that I could no longer see the page. This is the second book of a duet, The Boy and his Ribbon must be read first.

This was such an emotionally powerful read that even now, when I think about it, I can feel the tears start to well and my emotions start to swell. The book literally broke something in me and nearly three years later I’m still not ready for a re-read, even though it’s one of my favourite stories ever.

“What do you do when you write down all your secrets? No…that’s not enough. What do you do when you write down all your secrets and the one person who should never read them does?
I’ll tell you what you do.
You hope.”

Ren didn’t know the meaning of love until he took Della for his own.
To begin with he hated her, but as the months bled into years, he learned the opposite of hate, dedicating his life to giving her everything.
Every sacrifice, every gift, he gave wholeheartedly.
But then love turned to lust and ruined everything.

I was stupid to write my secrets down, but I’d been stupid before so it was nothing new.
I couldn’t blame him, hate him, fix him.
I tried to move on without him.
But no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to delete the secrets I’d written.
Until something happened.
Until he came back and read my stupid secrets.
And nothing was the same after that. 

Just An Illusion – EP (and Unplugged and Encore) by D. Kelly

New Adult Contemporary Romance
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There are 5 books that need reading in order to complete Noah, Sawyer and Mel’s story, so I’ve linked to the series page. This book, and to some extent the last two, made me cry. In fact this book made me ugly cry with blotchy face, runny nose, hiccups and the works.

Given that both of these books are NA, it looks like that is my favourite genre, and nothing could be further from the truth. I loved these despite them being from that genre, and most of the time neither of them had that typical NA feel – the characters could have pretty much been any age. Every single time I thought I had sobbed my last, the author found a new way to twist the knife a little more, setting me off onto another sob-a-thon.

Lives are turned upside down…
Everything was perfect before life came to a screeching halt. When devastating loss flips Amelia’s world on its axis, she loses her spirit. Mel isn’t the only one hurting, though; the members of BAD are also struggling to find their way after that tragic night.

Life goes on…
Amelia’s friends move heaven and earth to help ease her sadness. Knowing she’s on a dangerous precipice, they fight through their own pain to bring her safely to the other side of her grief.

Love can conquer…
Amelia knows bottling up her feelings isn’t helping anything. With love at her fingertips, all she has to do is reach for it. Mel’s loved ones desperately hope she can once again find her way to happiness.
Can Amelia overcome her fears to let love in again, or will she let the weight of that night continue to drown her in sorrow?

Her Dark Legion (The Messenger Chronicles #5) by Pippa DaCosta

Fantasy/Sci-Fi RH
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I shed a tear over several of the books in this series, but this is the one that really had my sides heaving and tears rolling down my cheeks. Oh Kesh, Oh Kellee, Oh Eledan and most of all Oh my poor, brave, foolish Talen. If it hadn’t been for Sota and his desire to cheer every one up by tormenting them, I’m not sure my heart would have survived this series.

Pippa DaCosta is a very underrated, very talented and very amazing author.

“I’ve come too far to surrender now…”

Eledan’s nightmare has been unleashed upon the worlds and with Oberon gone, only the messenger crew stand in its way. Kellee, Talen, Sirius, Sota, and Kesh. Together, they are stronger, but there are forces on Faerie who do not want the worlds saved, forces that would see the Messenger and her crew torn apart.
Queen to Faerie’s new king, Messenger and more to the saru, lover to some and a weapon to others, but who is Kesh Lasota really? A guiding light or an unwitting puppet?
Answers are coming.
The time for lies has passed.
And Kesh will soon learn some battles can’t be won alone.

The mind-blowing Messenger Chronicles comes to its explosive conclusion in Her Dark Legion. 

Stolen in Love (Love and Lawbreakers #2) by G.G. Andrew

Second Chance Contemporary Romance
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The heroine of this book, Kim, had problems. Problems that led to people judging her, problems that led to Kim judging herself even more harshly. Sometimes a little understanding goes a long, long way, a little sympathy and understanding starts to heal old wounds, which is what the hero, Scott managed to achieve.

I’ve enjoyed all the books G.G. Andrew has written, sadly she hasn’t released anything for a couple of years now, though she is still active on social media. Hopefully one day soon we will see more of the people in this world.

Kim Xavier steals things. She can’t help it. Recovering from her shoplifting addiction has never been easy, but she’s giving it a shot. When she comes home to a ransacked apartment, Kim knows she’s finally taken the wrong thing from the wrong person. And she can’t tell the police–especially not the cop whose heart she broke months ago.

Scott Culpepper wants Kim Xavier. He can’t help it. Ever since he met the smart-mouthed woman while on patrol in New Haven, he hasn’t been able to get her or her red lips out of his mind. Unfortunately, she’s also got a police record, and the single dad has learned the hard way not to get involved with unpredictable women.

But when Kim is threatened by someone selling information used to harass women online, Scott steps up to keep her safe–even if it means spending more time with her than he should. The two work to unravel the case, which leads them from the dirty underbelly of the Ivy League to posh preschool parties to a drug dealer who can quote Kerouac. Though the biggest danger may be Kim stealing the very thing Scott can’t afford to lose: his heart. 

Unconventional (Unexpected Love #2) by Isabel Love

Contemporary Romance
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Another author who hasn’t released a new book in several years, which is such a huge shame because she is an amazing writer. These characters, and their relationship, are VERY unconventional, this is a high heat level read. But what made it so amazing were Charlie and Quinn themselves, two very damaged individuals trying desperately to protect their battered hearts.

Happily ever after – what a joke! I tried that once and ended up divorced. Now, I only want one thing from men. Charlie Nelson is good at giving me that one thing. Really, really good.
So good, in fact, I discovered a new side of myself. I never knew I liked to watch until I saw his talented hands touching someone else. I never knew I liked to be watched until I felt his searing gaze on me.
Maybe happily ever after isn’t always a white picket fence, wedding bells, and 2.5 kids. Maybe it’s something a bit more…unconventional.

*Warning: this book contains dirty talk and threesomes. Intended for readers over 18 years of age.

Union of Sin (The Vault #2) by Eden Summers

Contemporary Erotic Romance
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Whilst the cover hints at a very erotic read, this had so much more about it than just sex. For once it wasn’t steamy scenes that made this difficult to read in public, it was how hard it made me cry. Cassie and TJ also left me with a huge book hangover, and shattered since I read until 3am to complete it!

One of my favourite elements was that TJ and Cassie both underwent character growth, learning as much about themselves as the did one another.

He’ll do anything to protect her. Even if it means letting her go.
Tate Jackson made a big mistake. No, a monumental one. He picked the wrong place to introduce his wife, Cassie, to the alluring lifestyle they’d fantasized about.
Instinct told him to get her out of the poor excuse for a sex club—but he didn’t. And she was assaulted because of his carelessness. He’ll do anything to protect her from another traumatic experience, even if it means making the agonizing choice to convince his wife he no longer loves her.
Cassie’s not buying it. In fact, Tate is the last person she blames for that horrific night. She’s willing to give him the space he thinks he needs to get his head straight, but when divorce papers arrive, she realizes she’s out of time. She has twenty-eight days to figure out why Tate is ruining a perfect marriage. Twenty-eight days to figure out what he’s hiding. But when she learns the truth, she has to decide if her heart can take the strain of piecing their love back together.

Warning: Dirty tactics, dirtier sex, ropes, masks, guilty consciences, and love stretched so far, no one escapes unchanged. Not even you, dear reader.