August 6, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Favorite Reads – August 6th, 2017
Favorite Reads – Random Books I’ve Loved
I know that I’ve been silent on my favorite reads lately (months I mean), but I’ve been in quite a horrid reading slump that has sputtered back to life. Finally.
With the deadline of Seth in February, Unexpected in May, and Xander just last month, I have been in a place where I couldn’t get interested in a book or my reading slump prevented me from picking something up and enjoying it. But over the last month, I have read several ARC’s that I have fallen in love with and they have restarted my love of reading again. And today, I would like to share three of them with you. There are much more, and they will come out in future blog posts, but let’s celebrate that there are more than the three below.
Until then, Happy Reading!
Bloom by Ruthie Luhnow
“I kissed you because I thought I’d never see you again.”
It took shy dreamer Rory Fisher the entire school year to work up the courage to kiss Milo and only a minute to completely embarrass himself. But nearly ten years later, when Rory runs into Milo—handsome and mysterious and devastatingly sexy—sitting alone at a bar, Rory is determined to not run away this time. As one night together turns into two, then three, then more, Rory finds himself falling hard and fast for the wounded man he sees behind Milo’s dark, brooding artist facade. Too bad Milo’s made it clear he’s not looking for anything serious.
“I don’t let guys stay the night. And I definitely don’t let guys stay the night three weekends in a row.”
Still reeling from a bad breakup, Milo Ventura vows he won’t let himself fall in love again. But there’s something about Rory’s frat boy exterior and his shy, sweet interior that has Milo breaking all his own rules. And when Milo finds himself pretending to be Rory’s boyfriend at a wedding—and enjoying it—he knows he’s in big trouble. Rory wants to be with Milo, but what will happen when Rory discovers just how broken Milo really is?
“I want to love him. I just don’t know if he’ll let me.”
Milo cares more deeply for Rory than for anyone he’s ever known. But he also knows he’s damaged, skittish—and how can he trust that Rory won’t hurt him like everyone else has? When Rory gets a job in California, he’s not sure he dares to ask Milo to come with him. He loves Milo—but is he asking for more than Milo can give? Will their love wither on the vine, or are they brave enough to give it the chance to bloom?
My Rating and Review
I absolutely loved this book. From Rory, a jock who fit it with that crowd, yet he’s shy and unsure of himself when starting his relationship with Milo. Milo, the artist/writer/poet who is getting over an emotionally abusive relationship and remembered Rory from high school. The developing relationship between the two is beautiful.
The characters are flawed and make poor decisions, but you root for them in the end because you know that when they have their HEA, it will be worth it. And it absolutely is.
Several times throughout the book, my heart stopped in fear that they wouldn’t be able to work through their issues and I had to push through, to find out what happened next. I will have to re-read the book soon because I loved it. The ending is perfect and I will definitely be reading more from Ruthie Luhnow in the future!!
In Southern Deep by Marissa Holt
What do you do when one man could give everything you need in the world…but the whole world is against you having him?
Jeremy Lyles can’t believe his eyes. Sean Sax — his onetime best friend, who disappeared from his life seven years ago — is working as a bouncer at an Atlanta nightclub. Muscular, tattooed, and very much the bad boy, Sean is irresistible…even though Jeremy considers himself straight.
Sean knows he should stay far away from Jeremy. His troubled background and rough ways will never be welcome in Jeremy’s world. More, Sean doesn’t want his kind of trouble to intrude on his friend’s life. But sensitive, adorable Jeremy is exactly what he wants, and Sean finds himself unable to say no.
Afraid of his father’s disapproval, Jeremy tries to hide his relationship with Sean even as the heat between them intensifies. But constant meddling from both families strain things to the breaking point, especially when Sean learns that Jeremy’s keeping secrets. When Sean’s past returns with a vengeance, Jeremy must risk everything to save the man he loves.
My Rating and Review
I loved this book from beginning to end. Jeremy and Sean we meant to be together and I loved how their story developed. I don’t want to give the story away but it’s contains a little angst, a little heartbreak, but the complete realization that Sean and Jeremy will have their happily ever after!!! I can’t wait to read more from Marissa Holt, especially after this book.
Only You by A.T. Brennan
Moving out of the apartment I shared with my brother could have been a disaster. After making the decision only weeks before the start of school, I’m forced to sign a lease to sublet a place with a roommate I’ve never met. Adam doesn’t seem like a serial killer, and he is the star pitcher of the school baseball team, so I guess I’m safe. Except for the fact that my body can’t seem to understand that he’s straight and not interested in someone like me.
Getting cheated on by the girl I was supposed to be moving in with sucked, but having to find a new place only weeks before the start of school added a layer of awful I didn’t want to deal with. Thankfully the guy I end up rooming with seems cool, but there’s something about Logan that makes me question everything I’ve ever thought about myself. I’ve always been attracted to women, so why can’t I get my handsome roommate out of my head?
My Rating and Review
Hot! Hot, hot, hot and very loving and sweet! I was hooked the moment I started reading. Logan was funny, self-deprecating, and a great guy. Adam was a strong and although an athlete, a very understanding about the way other’s lived their life and didn’t judge anyone. From the moment Logan and Adam met, there was electricity between them that they couldn’t deny and it set the pages on fire. I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading it and I found myself wanting more of Logan and Adam’s story, even though the book itself was satisfying and made me smile several times as I read it. Only You is a wonderful must-read!!