Forever Black (Forever #1) by Sandi Lynn

Book Description:

Published: February 16, 2013

Format: Audio/Audible

When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space.” With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black. After finding Ellery in his kitchen the next morning and assuming she broke his #1 rule about sleepovers, he becomes intrigued, not only by her stubbornness and defiance, but by her kindness.

Connor Black, emotionally dead and damaged, that stemmed from a personal tragedy, made a vow to never love or fall in love with a woman, until Ellery Lane walked into his life by accident. After she opens up and shows him her world, Connor starts to feel emotions and feelings he never knew existed. Despite the rumors and warnings regarding Connor Black and his use and misuse of women, Ellery finds herself being drawn into his world.

Ellery knows they can never be together because she is harboring a deep secret that could destroy Connor emotionally forever.

Join Connor and Ellery as they embark on a journey of courage, love and strength. Will it be enough to save them?

Review –

OMG!!!!!

This book was a total emotional rollercoaster ride and while listening to it I experienced frustration, laughter,anger,sadness and joy. I have to admit I cried during a great part of it,  I mean sobbed. It’s a very emotional storyline.

Ellery was diagnosed with cancer at sixteen and now at twenty-three it is back, both parents are dead and her boyfriend of four years just dumped her.

Connor Black, a very rich, thirtyish CEO of his family company wants noting to do with “happy ever after” and just has casual sex with women and send them on their way. Something devastating happened to him when he was eighteen and it has shaped his life.

When these two strong-willed people get together you’d better look out because it will not be smooth sailing.

They get their HEA but the journey there shouldn’t be wished on anyone.

 

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Betrayed (Rosato & Di Nunzio #2) by Lisa Scottoline

Book Description:

Published: November 25, 2014

The women of Rosato & Associates return, after the relaunch of the series that started with Accused. This second entry, Betrayed, stars Judy Carrier, who has had the starring role in only one previous Rosato book. WhenBetrayed opens, Judy Carrier finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Her best friend, Mary DiNunzio, has just become partner and is about to become a bride, leaving Judy vaguely out of sorts. She’s not jealous, but she’s not happy either and she’s wondering where her own career and love life are going. To make matters worse, she is rocked to her emotional foundations when she learns that her beloved Aunt Barb has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She races to her aunt’s side, and so does Judy’s mother, only to find that her aunt is dealing with the sudden death of a friend who had been helping her through chemo. The friend, Iris Juarez, was an undocumented worker at a local farm, but her death doesn’t look natural at all, to Judy. Judy begins to investigate, following a path that leads her into an underground world far more dangerous than she ever imagined. Judy has to dig to uncover what happened to Iris, and at the same time unearth the secrets in her own family.

Review –

I wasn’t  a real fan of the  Rosato & Di Nunzio  series when I started it because of the narrator of the first book I listened to, Accused. Since then I have listened to more and have come to overlook the narrators that bug me and appreciate the ones that do a good job but mostly just appreciate the story lines.

Judy Carrier is front and center in this installment of the series and the book is a stand alone. She is an associate at the all woman law firm run by Bennie Rosato with her best friend, Mary Di Nunzio being Bennie’s partner.

Judy feels left out and a bit jealous of Mary. Mary has a great boyfriend, whom she will be marrying soon, while Judy’s boyfriend is annoying, rough, takes her for granted and dull. Also Mary is a partner and that makes her Judy’s boss and she’s not sure how to feel about that.

The events of her Aunt’s cancer and then the death of her Aunt’s best friend, takes her mind off of herself for awhile but then her life comes crashing down when she decides to dump her boyfriend of many years and finds out the Aunt Barb is really her biological mother.

I love the chemistry between the major characters and the witty dialogue.

It’s a great book  with strong female characters and I highly recommend it.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han

Book Description:

Published: January 1, 2009

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Review –

Five stars *****

OMG!!!!!!   This book is amazing!  Not all people will agree, but if you are a fan of YOUNG ADULT literature, as I am, then you will love it. 

Belly (Isabel) has known  Conrad and Jeremiah since she was about 8-10 years old and would spend each summer at the beach at a house with her mother and brother and the boys Mom and Dad.  Over the years she has come to love Conrad who is now 18 to her almost 16 and he’s acting very strange this particular summer. Jeremiah is always there for her in whatever capacity the situation calls for. The reason for Conrad’s unusual behavior, Belly finally finds out, is his parents (who seemly are so perfect) are getting a divorce and on top of that their Mom’s cancer has come back and it’s bad. At the end of the summer Belly proclaims her love to Conrad who rebuffs her and she knows in her heart that he does care for her.

The end of the book takes place in December and Conrad calls Belly at 12:30 am and asks her to meet him at her corner. He has driven 5 1/2 hours from Boston and wants to see her. Belly has to wait until her Mom is sound asleep before she slips out. She does not leave a note.  When she gets into his car, he says “Are we really going to do this” and she says “Yes” and THAT’S IT-THE BOOK ENDS.

I could not believe it!  I had to get up and walk around while wiping tears from my eyes (it’s a tear jerker) and then I found out it’s the first book in the series.  Well, I guess I will have to make a trip to Amazon since my local library doesn’t have it.

I can’t wait to read it.

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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Book Description

Publication Date:January 10, 2012
Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture! TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012!

The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Review –
I knew a little about this book before I started listening to the audio version, but I wasn’t prepared for a death I really didn’t see coming. This is definitely a “box of Kleenex” story and more if you’re like me,(I cry at the drop of a hat).
I loved this book because of the surprise it gave me, because of the  chemistry between Hazel and Gus,  because of the reality of the storyline and finally because it was written very well and with care.  You can tell when an author is invested in his work or just cranking them(books) out for the money.
The movie comes out in a couple of months and I can’t wait.
Gave a box of Kleenex and start reading today.
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd)

Book Description

Publication Date: September 15, 2011
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
Review
Fantastic, Remarkable and Heartbreaking
I had heard a lot about this book and thought I knew what to expect and I was partially right.  It’s about life, loss, not coping and coping and it will stay with me forever. The Monster is dark,scary and determined where Conor is concerned.  Conor doesn’t understand until the end what the Monster has been trying to get him to understand.  It’s horribly sad and I cried so much I almost couldn’t see the words on the pages near the end but I kept going-I couldn’t put it down.  Every person who has had or does have cancer in their life now needs to read this book.  I wish I’d had it in 1976 and 1977 when Cancer visited my family.  I give this book 5 stars. *****