Synopsis: At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her--and she's forced to decide what her next move should be. Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.,."
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Hello beautiful cover .. Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors, and this happens to be my most favorite book of hers. I'm not a huge fan of love triangles, it's either you like one person and be with them for good. However, this novel is exceptional. It's one of the few novels where I liked the love triangle. It doesn't justify cheating, but somehow it does make it forgivable. The author writes in such an engaging, and precise way - I was hooked from chapter one, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. It's easy to read, and enjoyable as well. It did make me smile quite a few times, a memorable book for sure. I loved Ridge, the male interest of this novel. He's douchebag free. He's a musician, and he's very sensitive. Can you ask for more?
However, his treatment towards Sydney wasn't fair, leading her on and other things. The concept of the book itself was amazing, not the love triangle but the character Ridge. I don't want to spoil the story and give it away. The language they spoke was amazing though, they communicated so well without actually talking. I don't mean that "look into my eyes, read my love for you in them" garbage. It's much more than that.
Syndey at times was so annoying, I wanted to punch her, but then I felt bad for her. It's an uplifting, and heartbreaking novel. It's a classic novel for me, I would really recommend it!
Synopsis: After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
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I hated the protagonist Reagan O' Neil with passion - I wanted to punch her as well. I don't understand why most female characters in New Adult novels are so .. hateful? Honestly, she seems childish and arrogant. I appreciated the bond and friendship she had with Lilah(Dee), because nowadays best friends with girls are rare, too much cattiness. However, she confused me when she trash-talked about some of the other girls in the book. She finds herself to be so highly attractive, and every other girl besides Dee is "forgettable." I'm sure you're gorgeous Reagan, but please calm down. She even called vulgar names to the girls at the front at Matt's concert simply because they were jumping up and down in front of her.
Uhmm .. Hello Reagan? You're doing the same thing..
Where is the feminism these days? This is so common in novels these days. I don't understand the point of trash-talking and shaming other women for just being themselves.. Anyway, that doesn't take much away from the novel though. It does go a point down in my book, but regardless, I liked the novel. Dee and Reagan have been best friends since years, Dee is a young, rich successful musician with a bad past. Not as bad as Reagan's though. Dee is heartbroken and has no privacy whatsoever since she is a celebrity. I couldn't help but sympathize with her. People assume celebrities have it all, when most of the time the opposite it true. I liked her character a lot.
I loved the male character Matt, he was incredibly sweet. I've noticed musicians are much more caring and nicer, than the typical fighter boys in novels.The central friendship between Dee and Reagan is amazing, and Reagan's romantic conflict interest Matt is sweet. It is not a love triangle, thank God. Matt, Dee and Reagan were each dealing with their own demons, and throughout the course of Open Road Summer we get to learn about all of them and watch how they handled them. It's well written though, and I'm glad I picked it up. I would rate it 3.5 butterflies.
Synopsis: "Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, close friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share her life with, however, she just can't seem to get it right. When her latest relationship implodes, and her best friend announces she's engaged, Anne impulsively calls what she thinks is a dating service—only to discover that it's actually an exclusive, and pricey, arrangedmarriage service. Anne initially rejects the idea, but the more she learns about the service, the more she thinks: Why not? After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world; maybe it could work for her..."
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Aaaah .. I haven't liked a book this much in a while, I absolutely love this book. The concept is so different, arrange marriages? It's an original book with a fascinating concept. Anne is a beautiful and successful woman, but has failed relationships so she signs up for an arrange marriage service. Anne's character is strong and independent, she's one of my favorite female characters. Her desperation for commitment, and not love amazed me. Most people just want love, and others aren't ready for commitment.
The idea for Arranged marriage service didn't seem that bad after I finished this novel. Of course, I would never tempt it. My parents will decide that anyway. The idea itself seems quite logical and actually makes sense. Instead of looking at one's wealth, looks, and status - you are matched at how compatible you are for each other.
I didn't see the plot twist coming, it made me love the book even more. I felt like I was Anne, and this was happening to me - which made me bawl over like a two year old. This novel made me laugh, and cry as well. The love interest Jack is adorable, I was cheering for Anne and Jack all the way!
This is a perfect 5 out of 5 butterflies for me! I would really recommend it. Its memorable and an amazing book. It was unique, and I couldn't sleep without finishing it. I'm sad that I finished it so quickly. I hope this comes out in a movie one day.
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*Disclosure: The Book Open Road Summer was sent free of charge via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.