Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Understatement Of The Year REVIEW *~* 5 STARS *~*

**I received this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

So if you're new to this blog you may not have realized that I am a true "fan girl" for Sarina Bowen's Ivy League series... well I am. 
This book...  just wow. The Understatement Of The Year did not disappoint!

One word can sum up my feelings about this book... LOVE.

I have loved each book in the Ivy Series, the last one (a novella: Blonde Date) I have raved about since reading. So I didn't know how much more love I could have for the next book. 
This book exceeded my expectations BY FAR. I cried in the best way possible. I laughed... my cheeks hurt from smiling... but gosh did I have so many heart twisting moments that I had to hold my reader away from my face so I wouldn't drop tears on the screen. 

Let's back up for a second and lay out the preliminary info... then check out my full review below!
In case you've missed it, here's the link for the  Goodreads page and the book blurb: 

What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexual preference from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.

This Book Nerd Says: 

As I said up there ^^ I loved this book! I didn't expect anything less than a good read from Bowen because she never seems to disappoint me, but honestly I didn't expect to love it THIS much.
Almost from the page 1, for me it was exactly on page 5, I was completely sucked in to this heartbreaking, complicated, BEAUTIFUL love story. It was the moment when Graham and Rikker came face to face after a horrible incident drove them apart five years earlier. My heart was racing for them! I mean to come face to face with your former best friend... your first love... it transported me to those moments in those bygone years, where you dang near have a coronary watching that person from your past walk into a room...

"But a glance was enough to make me understand just how hard this was going to be. Because you never really get over your first love, right?"

[This was about the same time that I put down the book and grabbed some Ben & Jerry's from the freezer... messy relationships demand Ben & Jerry's ice cream.]

Back into the story...
When I first started reading I kept feeling so much sadness for Rikker.
He's the new guy on the team with the baggage of the new label, plus the unwanted celebrity that came with it. All of that just added to the already heavy pressure of proving himself to his team. I felt his loneliness coming off the pages and found it twisting around my heart. I wanted him to be happy... and I of course knew that the one person that would make him happy, was also being a butthead!
And then the darndest thing happened y'all... I went and fell in love with Graham too. I know, I know- I just called him a butthead, but that was the defensive love for Rikker talking (and a bit of the ice cream therapy). Graham, I think, broke my heart more than anyone. He was even more lonely that Rikker, but we have to watch him struggle to figure it out. 

Even though Rikker was lonely having to fight the battles of the sideways looks, the 'jokes' in the locker room, and being forced to tell your big secret to the world, Rikker had already come to terms with who he was and how he loved.
Graham on the other hand had been running from himself for years and didn't seem to know how to stop. Even when he begins to find his happiness, he was still struggling to stop hiding even from the people he didn't have to hide from. 

So we now have two guys. 
Both are incredibly lonely. 
Both are miserable. 
One is trying to drink himself into a new identity. 
They are not happy... until they're together. 
And gosh when they get together *whew* the desperation to touch one another is crazy intense. Sexual tension is just not enough to describe those moments.
But Graham can't stop being afraid. So that means for Rikker to be happy for those few moments a day he has to be the 'dirty little secret' and that just makes the loneliness worse. 

"Rock meet hard place." 

Tears I'm telling you. Never did I think I'd read a scene in a book about two guys in the drive thru at a fast food joint and get all choked up, but Sarina Bowen made that happen for me.  

I said at the outset of the review that if I could only sum up  this book with one word it would be Love. But I don't want to limit that to meaning that it was only about the romantic love story between Rikker and Graham, because that would greatly diminish the big takeaway. When I thought of LOVE for this book-
I thought of the love of a best friend- the way Rikker and Graham began... the way I'm certain (in my book nerd life mind) they'll continue to be always.
I thought of the love of a family- Rikker's Grandma. Mrs. G.-  how they personified that maternal love, the kind of love that will love you through and through, the 'always have, always will' kind.
But mostly I thought of the love of your own self. Learning to accept yourself & your truths has a direct impact on the way we accept love. 

It didn't escape my knowledge that while there were several events that led them to three different hospitals, three different times... it was a hospital that served as the backdrop for some of the most defining moments in the story. It was something I saw fitting to acknowledge because in life, it is also in the times of tragedy that the fight or flight instinct kicks in, and that is most definitely pertinent to the story of Graham and Rikker. 

Then there's my usual end of book question:
Would I want to hang out with these characters in real life?  Umm... HECK YES.
I want to have a dance party with Skippy.
I want to have a girls night out with Bella. 
I want to have a Real Stix video game night complete with grinders and drinks from the package store like the proper Connecticutian (say that three times fast) that I am would. 
And I want Hartley & Corey, Scarlet & Bridger, Andy & Katie (my loves haha- you had to know that was coming), and now Graham & Rikker ... all my Harkness friends in my head to be there. 

Beautifully written this book lives up the three previous books in the series without a doubt. I am absolutely looking forward to what comes next! 
...And the wait begins...

(P.S.: I started reading Big D's name as Big Douche... mmmhmmm... I said it.)

ICYMI here are the previous books in the series:
#1 The Year We Fell Down (March 2014)
#2 The Year We Hid Away (June 2014)
#2.5 Blonde Date (July 2014)

AND BE SURE TO STOP BACK BY ON 10/2/14 FOR THE RELEASE DAY LAUNCH! There's going to be a giveaway!!!


Monday, September 29, 2014

REVIEW for Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson

BOOK BLURB (courtesy of Goodreads)

Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. Confused by the numbness he feels upon hearing the news, he decides that he needs some time to come to terms with it. One decision to visit his favorite diner causes him to unwittingly put himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight - and to live.

Because there's a difference between living and just being alive.

Goodreads- Where We Fell

This Book Nerd Says: 

This is my second time reading anything by author Amber L. Johnson. My first read of hers was Puddle Jumping (if you missed my review you can check it out HERE ) but I thought it was a phenomenal story. one of my favorites of the year hands down. I have raved about it so much since reading, and I immediately felt like I became a fangirl. 
So I was both excited and a little nervous to read Where We Fell because it would be read in the shadow of my 6 star love for Puddle Jumping
Turns out I had no reason to be nervous. I knew I was going to completely love it before I was even halfway through the book. I don't know exactly how she (Amber Johnson) does it. This is another quick read, but somehow she packs in a story that is just so beautiful. She takes these more realistic situations and infuses them with charm, humor, and so much emotion. Once again I loved the characters from the first moment I met them until I closed the book. It was so refreshing to have these characters be so endearing. 
If you loved and adored John Green's Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters (TFIOS) as much as I did... I'm going to need you to meet Oliver Bishop and Hannah Hartwell. You are going to love them too. I promise.
I adored the natural banter between them starting from the moment they share a slice of Jesus pie. 
Oliver is finishing his senior year of highschool, on the cusp of the last summer break before going off to college when he gets news that changes all his plans... it changes his life. That day he goes to his favorite diner, orders his usual meal, and he meets a girl that teaches him about living even when you may be dying. 

This my book nerd peeps is yet another favorite (in case you haven't figured that out yet haha) I'm going to have to give this one 4.5 Stars

Here is the link to check it out!
Amazon: Where We Fell

Hope you love it as much as I did!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

REVIEW.... Draw Me In by Regina Cole

**I received this copy in exchange for an honest review**

Goodreads Blurb: 
In Regina Cole’s steamy novel of hot ink and delicious angst, two tortured artists take a leap of faith—but the past threatens to tear them apart.
After her parents pull the plug on her college fund to finance their nasty divorce, Hailey Jakes is desperate to pay her own way and finish her degree in graphic design. She can hardly believe her luck when the sexiest guy she’s ever seen hires her to be the receptionist at his tattoo shop. With sea-blue eyes, jet-black hair, and full sleeves of tattoos on his muscular arms, Neill Vanderhaven looks like the kind of guy who wouldn’t give her the time of day. In fact, he’s mesmerized by her—and it doesn’t hurt that she’s talented as hell.
But Hailey and Neill have more in common than instant chemistry: They’re both carrying serious baggage. Hailey’s parents split after years of blowout fights and sloppy affairs. Neill just got out of something serious with a woman who loved her bad habits more than she loved him. When they take the plunge on a new relationship, they’re both breaking their own rules.
But then a terrible misunderstanding brings Neil’s worst fears to life, and their connection threatens to come crashing down. What they have is more than skin-deep, but now Hailey and Neill need to decide whether the kind of love that lasts forever is worth such exquisite pain.

Goodreads Link DRAW ME IN

This Book Nerd Says: 
This book is a nice fast read with a decent plot. Hailey Jakes is a college student who finds herself desperate for a job after a phone call from her father changes all her plans about school. She finds herself at Sinful Skin as the new receptionist. But this place soon becomes more than a job for Hailey as she comes to regard it as a haven away from everything else in her life. Within the walls of the tattoo shop she not only gets much needed reassurance about her future she gets a heaping dose of man candy in the form of her new boss, Neill Vanderhaven.
Neill is hot, tattooed, and a motorcycle riding twenty four year old guy who is less bad boy more sweet and sensitive boy.
The drawback to this is he is a little too sensitive at times. 
Neill has his own dark memories from his childbirth and his previous relationship, both of which have left him a little on the insecure side.  
That comes to a head when Hailey, going through her own drama, seems oblivious to the brush off she's giving more and more frequently. Both of these things left me frustrated with them, wondering when they were going to get their 'ish' together and freaking talk about what they were going through/feeling, like a couple should. 
Despite that I honestly enjoyed the story from start to finish. I liked that though their pasts may have been different, their connection through art drew them further together. I appreciated the undertones of how Hailey recognizes that being a tattooist would give her art a new level of life, how it could give her life new hope. 
It had a different element which I won't give away to keep it all spoiler free. I kind of picked up on it right away (my spidey senses) but it was still intriguing to watch it develop over the course of the story. 
Plus, the other backstory characters from the tattoo shop were probably my favorite element of the story. 
Overall I'm going to give this story a solid 3.5 stars!

Happy Reading!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

REVIEW.... Wrecked by Priscilla West

**I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Goodreads Book Blurb: 
“There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”

Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy, Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.

The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.

Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”

Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “the Hammer.”

Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.

Lorrie knows that Hunter is the exact type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.

As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?

Goodreads Link: Wrecked

This Book Nerd Says: 

Honestly I was a little wary before I began reading this book. I'm a fan of the college romance & I'm a fan of the athlete/fighter stories; The drawback to reading so many stories especially in the New Adult genre is that certain plot lines begin to feel redundant. 
I was pleasantly surprised that Wrecked actually kept me interested and even smiling at a few different occasions. 
Not so surprising is that we have the hot, tattooed & muscled bad boy fighter with a reputation in the cage and in the bedroom, who becomes intrigued with the girl who does not want a relationship. They quickly develop a blurred line friendship although Hunter makes it clear that he wants more. 

"To Snorrie and Gunther. May their friendship be filled with miscommunication and drama." 

Once they give in to their true desire it becomes an all consuming passion for each other. 
They both have their own secrets...private battles... and thus gives the story a twist that I honestly wasn't expecting. It something that gave this story an edge over the other "fighter stories" I've read previously. No spoilers...

"Maybe a little pain now is better than a lot of pain later..." 

The highlight of this story for me is Hunter. 
How could I not feel a little swoony over a six foot two, ripped brawler, with gorgeous eyes and a tender side that makes your heart flutter a bit? (Answer: I can't.)
Did I mention he kind of looks like Tom Hardy? **SWOON**
But even more than his looks is his personality. I loved what he brought to the story. He has a genuine sweet side that made him so endearing. 

The drawback for me unfortunately was Lorrie. 
*Sigh* I hate that I felt frustrated with her most of the story. The mixed signals and jealousy began to irk me just as much as they drove Hunter nuts. I get that she has her own baggage to deal with but I hate that she seemed to use that as her defense for the push/pull going on with Hunter. Some of her reactions were a little over the top as well. 
Though I might add that I did feel slightly more defensive of her towards the end of the book. 

Be aware this book does leave on a cliff hanger but because the second book is already available you don't have to wait too long to find out what happens next. 

I'm giving this book a solid 3.5 Stars

You can purchase WRECKED here: 
Amazon: Wrecked

Barnes & Noble: Wrecked

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

REVIEW... Worth The Fall (The McKinney Brothers #1) by Claudia Connor

Goodreads Book Blurb:
Prepare to be swept away by a talented debut author with a passionate, powerful story to tell.

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.
They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

Goodreads Link: Worth The Fall

This Book Nerd Says: 
This book kept me up all night- and in the best way possible! I could not put it down. You ever get that feeling when you're reading a book when your heart is thumping so hard in your chest and your cheeks hurt from smiling? (If you haven't just nod your head anyway and humor me for now) 
That was me from the beginning to end of this book. 
So much swoon packed into this book. Alert the media: I just found another book boyfriend!

Matt McKinney is a Navy Seal who ends up at the beach trying to figure out how to relax while still fighting the memories of losing his best friend. At 34, he is still torn between the life he's living as a SEAL and the life he wants... a life full with the love of his very own family. He finds himself drawn to a beautiful woman on the beach. 
Not too shocking right?
Well this woman isn't alone, she's brought along her four children and a quickly noticed pregnant belly.
(stay with me now...)
Abby just wants to have a week to enjoy the beach with her children. After becoming a widow, she's determined to have everyone know that she is fine, she has always been fine, and she doesn't need help from anyone. 
She is going to be FINE
                              Then she meets Matt. 

Matt can't stay away. He soon finds himself spending the entire week with her. He falls for her children just as he feels himself falling for her. A week isn't enough and he knows that what he always wanted, just may have become what he found. 

"But at some point everything inside him had shifted. Abby had gone from the kind of woman he'd want if he ever settled down to the woman." 

Abby's life thus far has made her put up a wall. She'd rather push people away than wait to be abandoned; leave before you're left. Matt's job as a SEAL means he would leave her, over and over again. But something about the way he loves her children... the way he loves her... makes her want to have the one thing she never had from anyone except her kids. Real love and a real family. But can she figure out a way to leave her past out of her future? Especially when her future now affected the lives of five little ones.

"Would they all grow up to be like that? Like herself? Too afraid to reach for more because they were afraid of falling?"

The more time they spend together the more Matt realizes that he doesn't want to be anywhere else but with Abby and the kids who stole his heart. But he still has the promise he made to his fallen best friend... He is faced with a difficult choice to make, a choice between a promise he made in his past and a woman who stopped believing in promises long ago. 

"I don't want to hurt you, baby, I swear, but please don't ask me to let you go.  Give us a chance. Give me a chance."

There's something about a man like Matt. 
Big, Strong, Handsome & Sexy stepping in and loving children the way they deserve. He stakes claim on them as his and is so heart achingly sweet and protective. I swear my heart burst with affection for him too many times to count. I loved his collective love for them just as much I adored the individual approaches he took to each child... especially with sweet Annie!
Such a sweet and swoon-filled love story, with a tearjerker of a sweet moment at the end... seriously aww inducing!

Cannot wait for more of the McKinney Brothers!!

This Book Nerd Says: 4.5 Stars!!

Purchase Links: 


P.S.: That cover?!.... *whew* 

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Recommendations and Reviews...

Hey all!
I've been quiet with my reviews but that's because I've been sick (insert boos) however I've still been reading! So I wanted to post some of the books that I have been reading with some star ratings and brief comments to help  you out if you're searching for something new to read. 

Happenstance 2
Goodreads Book Blurb: 
Erin Easter was now Erin Alderman, because Erin Alderman was dead. 

In the second installment of this USA Today bestselling series, follow protagonist Erin, a high school senior in tiny Blackwell, Oklahoma. After a terrible accident leaves two classmates dead, Erin learns that she was switched at birth. Shortly after, she moves into the home of her true parents, Sam and Julianne Alderman, transforming Erin over night from pariah of Blackwell High School, to the only child of one of the most affluent couples in town. 

Also being pursued by her childhood crush, Weston Gates, the dream she once had is now reality. But when Erin stumbles upon secrets that gives her the answers she’s been searching for, she also finds a truth she never wanted to know.

Goodreads Link for Happenstance 2 

This is the second novella in a series, you must read the first book before reading this one. I enjoyed Happenstance 2 more than I enjoyed the first installment. Maybe because the first book was leading up to this one, I don't know, but I found this one less predictable and a bit more intriguing than I anticipated it being. I absolutely look forward to the third and final installment in the series. 
If you're looking for a quick and sweet read with a dash of intrigue this may be the book for you. 

This book nerd says 3.75 stars!

Draw (Gentry Boys#1)
Goodreads Book Blurb: 
“All my life I’d always known what the Gentry boys were. A set of fraternal triplets born to a depraved family, they were rough, sexy and wild as wolves.”

I don’t even know if love is real. After running from the bastard who brutalized me, I limped back to Arizona, choosing a vibrant college town in the hopes of starting over. I never expected to find him there. Cord Gentry. He and his brothers were tough, lusty forces of nature I’d known since childhood. Years ago, Cord seduced me as a sick game. I’ve hated him ever since. Now here he is again, a man who beats other men bloody for money.
Cord has always been heartless, dangerous, not to be trusted. 
And I want him so much I can’t think.

They called us ‘those white trash Gentry boys’ until we believed that’s what we were. Our people squatted at the edge of a hellhole prison town for generations. The childhood we endured was the stuff of nightmares. I’d learned early on that my brothers, Chase and Creed, were the only people on earth worth my time. 
They all told us we were bad, that we’d always be bad. 
The horrors of the past have scarred my soul. 
But now I need to be better. For her.

Goodreads Link for Draw 

Okay this book... 
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Sometimes I read a book that causes these little voices of protest in my head; once that happens it's hard to ignore. Thus was the issue with Draw for me. (Spoiler Free) My biggest issue with Draw would actually have to be with Saylor. 
After we figure out the reason why she hates Cord Gentry as much as she does, I don't blame her. What I did find fault in is how quickly she forgives him and sets about falling in love with him?
She seemingly goes from one awful relationship into one with Cord. 
But it's love... and it's a book... I know, but for me it didn't work. Reality kept me wanting to shake her and tell her to slow down a minute and think. 
But thinking took a back seat to all the hooking up... 
Once it happens for them... it seems to take hold of the rest of the book and the story for me kind of fell short- becoming just some words to fill up the space between each screaming orgasm. 
I did like the concept of the triplets. The  Gentry brothers have a bond that is indestructible and the author did a great job at making us really see the connection between them and how that affected both their past and their present. I loved the individual personalities each brother brought to the story and how they seemingly balanced each other out. 
I just didn't love it. 
But I'm sharing because every one has their own flavors and maybe you will love it. 

This Book Nerd Says: 2.75 Stars

I Want It That Way (2b Trilogy #1)

Goodreads Book Blurb: 
Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. 

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other. 

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

Goodreads Link for I Want It That Way 

I was looking forward to reading this book as I am a big fan of Aguirre's Razorland Trilogy (YA). 
This book was neither here nor there for me.
Ty is a single dad. I loved that aspect. 
Nadia is a college student who works hard to support herself to ease the burden from her parents. I loved that about her. Her appreciation for what she has in her parents went a long way for me.  
They both happen to live as upstairs and downstairs neighbors. Sharing sweet moments on their porch is their thing. 
Nadia's love of children and working with them is endearing. This helps in her building an adorable relationship with Ty's son. 
For me, Nadia's feelings for Ty seem to develop too fast and without enough substance. Although it's not "spoken" of to him, we know how she feels and I was left with the 'hmmm....?' face. They don't spend that much time together, and half of their conversations seem to happen at night on their prospective outside porches.
I took issue with Ty's refusal to start a relationship. But that's exactly what they started anyway (A rose by any other name and all that jazz)
I took issue with Nadia's acceptance for less than she actually wants from Ty just because she doesn't want to lose him.

The premise is sweet but the story never seemed to hit that point for me. It was just... okay. I found myself distracted by Nadia's relationship with her best friend Lauren... and their roommate Max. At various points I was more interested in wanting to know more about them than Ty and Nadia. 
It was just a lot of up and downs that led to halfway frustrations for me. 

The ending was sweet so there is no sad notes. So you won't need the heartbreak tissue box for this one.

This Book Nerd Says: 3 Stars

Okay now I'm off to drink another cup of tea and start another book. 
Happy Reading!!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review... Unlit Star

Book Blurb:

We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.

Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different. 

He falls far and he falls hard. 

Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life's ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun. 

Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.

Goodreads LinkUnlit Star

This Book Nerd Says: 
Unlit Star tells the story of Rivers and Delilah. 
They never ran in the same social circles in high school, in fact it was some of those closest to Rivers that made it their daily mission to taunt Delilah for years. Delilah has a reputation for dishing it right back to them, uncaring what people think about her. While those around her thinks she's weird, she's keenly aware of her place in the greater scheme of things. 
Now high school is over and she decides to take a summer job that leads her to spending more time than ever with Rivers Young. 
Rivers is everything every all american guy would want to be, except when reality infiltrates his seemingly perfect world he crashes and no one around him seems to know how to help him. 
...except Delilah. 
She doesn't exactly know how to help him, but she's determined to do so. 
When Rivers pushes, she pushes right back. And before either of them know it they're both being pulled into wanting more. 
But this time more may be too difficult to give.

I went into this book fairly blind. I had it on my shelf but I didn't read any reviews before I actually started reading. 
Honestly for the first 30 % of the  book I struggled to keep reading. I thought about putting it aside for another time (which I almost never do). But it was at the same point that I was about to give up, it all changed for me. 
I fully lost myself in the witty and well written dialogue between Rivers and Delilah, smiling often on the screen. It was healing and heartwarming.
I try to keep all my reviews spoiler free so I won't give anything away about the turn around and when I started to have an inkling about the story. But I turned page after page from that point forward hoping for the book to end at a different point than I had a feeling it was going to. 
Be aware that while the story will touch your heart it's a sweet-bitter kind of ending versus the standard happily ever after.
Keep the tissues handy for this love story!

I gave this book FOUR Stars!

You can purchase at these links.

Amazon:  Unlit Star
  (only .99 for Kindle right now!)
Barnes & Noble: Unlit Star  (only .99 for NOOK right now!)