A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove ☆

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5starsplus

Hope was a dangerous thing, and it had no place here.

Title: A Boy Worth Knowing
Author: Jennifer Cosgrove
Number of pages: 172 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Nate is the sweetest and he really is worth knowing.
Bad things about this book: Too short? Maybe not, it ended perfectly.
Do I recommend it? Yes, please love it as much as I did.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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I LOVED IT!!! It was adorable and sweet and gave me so many feelings!! At one point I was fuming, almost crying because I was sad and frustrated. My poor baby Nate; such a short book giving my heart an incredibly hard time. It was hardly fair because I cared for Nate and it was an immediate thing the attachment I felt for him. I didn’t think it was rushed; you just met the guy and start wanting all the best for him. Simple as that.

Since he was twelve, Nate has been able to see and communicate with the dearly departed. It’s a family thing but his ability is somewhat stronger than his relatives’. As a result, his own mother who lacks the medium ability is scared of him and kicks him out of the house and forbids his sister to have contacts with him. It was hard for me not to want to reach inside the pages and slap the woman. That sweet boy was hurt and his mother didn’t want to have anything to do with him. He goes to live with his aunt and talks frequently with his grandma who passed away a couple years before. She is a great confidant; a little nosey, though.

Dear, sweet Aunt Susan, what is it like in your simple life? Where people actually talked to each other? Asked questions and got answers? What was that like? I bit my tongue.

Nate is an outcast, bullied and ignored by his schoolmates who call him crazy. Nate is lonely and resigned to be by himself until the new boy, James, sits next to him and friendship blooms almost immediately. James likes Nate and Nate is confused by this: does he like him as a friend or maybe he can hope for something more? Oh boy, Nate was conflicted and didn’t want to risk the only friend he had to find out if they could be something more.

To make things weirder, if that was even possible, James had a ghost in tow: his brother David who passed away only a few months before James moved. James is clearly mourning his brother but won’t talk about it. He is suffering and David appears very often to tell Nate to help his brother move on so that he can be happy again. David and Nana are somewhat love advisors to Nate with his struggles of the heart. Nate likes James a lot and I suffer with him everyday he can’t tell James how he feels; every time Nate suffered because of James, I suffered and my heart broke in a million pieces.

He chuckled, and I was quietly overwhelmed by the idea that someone wanted to talk to me.

The frustration and sadness I felt reading some chapters were overwhelming; I thought I was going to start ugly sobbing at any moment. I did have tears in my eyes. I was so sad for Nate and for all the unfairness he was experiencing. I thought he was incredible and the thought of him being used to be alone, to be disappointed and left behind, made me hurt so much I still want to cry just thinking about it.

This book was so short but so full of emotions. I loved every page of it and I will put it in my favorites book drawers in my mind. It deserves this and much more. It was an adorable love story with a twist of paranormal so it was just the kind of book that’ll get to me and I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

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It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

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3stars

Is that how hearts work? Is love just a parasite that jumps bodies?

Title: It Only Happens in the Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Number of pages: 384 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The paragraphs with all the romantic movies clichés at the beginning of the chapters!
Bad things about this book: I found the main character not very likeable but that’s my opinion. Nothing bad about the book per se.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s very enjoyable.
Rate: 3/5

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I finished it yesterday but gave myself the whole night to think about it and this morning I’m confirming what I thought yesterday.
While I enjoyed it, minus some parts, I found myself laughing just a little and shaking my head a lot.
I kind of want to write a spoilery review because there’s one thing that bothered me so much I’m still mad about it. There were a few minor things that, in my opinion, were left just there while they needed to be explained. Give me all the facts and I will formulate my opinion, okay?

I read this fast because I wanted to see how it was going to end yet knowing how things were going to unfold but in the end it just didn’t get to me. I related to Audrey in some aspects but I didn’t connect with her. I don’t know how to explain it. I didn’t find myself cheering for her happy ending like I usually do in this kind of books. Why???

I didn’t like Audrey very much; I found her a little bit too whiny and I’m not talking about the obvious reasons she has to be whiny about but the boys’ reasons. It became more annoying the more I read. She had an embarrassing and traumatic experience with a stupid ex-boyfriend and now she does everything in her power to feel guilty on the inside and isolating herself on the outside. It’s not going well, she is stuck because she let her self-isolation going for too long and now she doesn’t know what to do to get her friends back and to stop being ashamed to be in the same room as her ex. Now she can’t stand romantic movies with all their perfection and happily ever afters.

I don’t think her problems are trivial and I cannot judge the way people might react to certain situations. We can’t act and react all the same way but her voice doesn’t resonate with my feelings. I don’t feel sad for her, I don’t root for her, I don’t care if she gets the boy or if she gets to make her dreams of acting come true. I found myself thinking she was often selfish and incoherent. You can’t be mad at people not doing what you think they are supposed to do. If something is not fair, say something! You can’t expect people to act how you want them to act, to behave the way you want them to behave. It doesn’t work that way. Yes, you have to tell someone if what they’re doing hurts you or annoys you, but you don’t get to reshape them completely to please you.

If you want a personalized boyfriend then maybe you were born in the wrong century. It’ll be easy to build yourself a perfect machine who does everything the right way. What’s the fun in that, though? I felt that Audrey was projecting all the things she wanted in a relationship in Harry and he, with his many flaws, was destined to fail in the boyfriend exam sooner or later. She’s been warned about him, she knew he liked to do many things she didn’t like; love is powerful but two very opposite people can only have a tiny fraction of happiness before everything goes kaboom. People reshape themselves a little when they’re in a relationship, each maintaining their peculiarities and personalities, but starting up with so many red flags sure isn’t the best way to built something that’s going to last or make you happy.

I guess I just didn’t like the way she faced the world. It’s a pity: I wanted to like her and to like this book with such a cute cover. There were positive aspects I liked about this book, for example I agreed with all the ridiculous clichés she wrote about romantic movies. Those bits were fun to read; I instantly thought of so many movies with those exact same scenes.

I have been avoiding the spoilery part of the review because I’m still conflicted: do I say it or not? That bit bothered me and it’s still bothering me to no end. It’s about Harry. I think the parts that really bothered me were about him and how those things weren’t explained or treated the way they deserved. I think I’ll carry this with me and it’s going to the unresolved stuff drawer in my brain. Oh well!

I will still read Holly Bourne’s books because I have always enjoyed them. Always! I trust her to come out with a new book that will give me smiles and happiness!

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Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke

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5stars

“Reminds me of myself,” Aiden had admitted. Smashed up and spread out, not ruined, but a little bit of a mess. A lot of a mess.

Title: Fortitude Smashed
Author: Taylor Brooke
Series: The Camellia Clock Cycle Book #1
Number of pages: 312 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: The character growth and the insight of the relationship.
Bad things about this book: Nothing. It has trigger warnings at the beginning so read them before starting the book.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it is something else but, beware, it feels like a hit or miss kind of book. I loved it!
Rate: 5/5

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This is my 100th book and with it I’ve officially completed this year’s Reading Challenge! Yay!

Imagine being born in a world free of homophobia with all the unjustified hate it comes with, being free to love whoever you like and being certain at some point in your life you’ll find your soul mate thanks to a clock installed on your thumbnail. Imagine how restless yet relieved you must feel knowing the time will come for you to love and be loved like nothing you’ll ever dreamed of. Imagine the possibilities. Imagine the euphoria. Imagine the pain of having and then maybe losing. Imagine.

This book enchanted me. It starts fast throwing the soul mate bomb right from the beginning. We meet Shannon, a 25-year-old detective, trying to catch a burglar in an art gallery. Said burglar is no other than Aiden, his Rose Road, his soul mate. The clock times out and it’s electrifying. Literary electrifying. Something awakes in both of them and no matter how much they want to fight it, there’s really no way the clock is wrong. There’s too much interest, too much chemistry, fate is not wrong.

“The world loves you.” Shannon sighed against his mouth. “And if it ever stops loving you, remember that I do.”

There’s not a “but he’s a guy” part. Why is that? At first it got me puzzled and I was anxiously waiting for the homophobic remarks but it seems that in this version of the world there is no such thing as sexual interests. They all like whomever they want to like, no exceptions, no one’s save. The sea has plenty of fish and all of them for you to choose. They might have different tastes, who doesn’t, but never and I repeat never people are questioned or looked differently because of the ones they love. I loved the little bet Shannon’s parents had going on about his Rose Road being a boy or a girl. See? If only the real world was this problem free. Shouldn’t be that hard. Guess it’s only my occasionally over optimistic brain at work again.

I now realize that everything I can say about the story might ruin it. I don’t even want to tell you about the characters, their backstories, because I’m afraid I’ll give too much up. The summary tells what’s necessary to know and that’s how I got hooked and that’s why I got all kinds of feelings reading it almost nonstop until I woke up yesterday a little hangover and the first thing I did before leaving the bed was finishing the last 20% I got left to read.

They kissed, messy and overwhelmed and honest, the kind of kiss that told a story—incomplete—but a story all the same.

This book is a journey. It’s slow and it doesn’t give you in detail everything that’s going on. It’s like a documentary on the lives of Shannon and Aiden from the day they found each other and found out they were each other’s Rose Road, each other’s soul mates. You see pieces of their lives from both their points of views. You see their fears, their pain, their past, their weaknesses, everything they have to fight to be the best version of themselves and open up to this new reality. It’s not over sexualized; there are not explicit sex scenes and, as much I never say no to those, I felt this book maintained its “I’ll give you just what you really need to know” vibe it had going on all along.

The new reality comes like lightning. It struck them and changes them, making both of them vulnerable, forcing them to believe that fate is real and it’s beautiful. I truly loved the concept of this book and the slowness of the events, how they happen when they’re supposed to happen, how they make you shake with anticipation and anxiety. I was constantly afraid, constantly fighting different feelings, constantly cheering and daydreaming. I was cuddled by the emotions and I felt myself relaxed a little into the story as I let it unfold. And it unfolded like magic. Magic like knowing you’ll find your soul mate to love but not taking it for granted because life gives but it also takes so you cherish it, protect it, save it if necessary, and open your heart to all the possibilities your future have from the day the clock flashes 00:00.

“You’re my best kept secret, Aiden. You’re the most vibrant thing in the room, artwork unlike any other.”

I think this book is wonderful and it touched every fiber in me. I find myself smiling thinking about it. I feel a little bit like the painting “Fortitude Smashed”: nature and art mixed, bright colours, fragile, one of a kind, kind of messy, a strong will and a fighter. Art that gets noticed, it is loved but it’s also misunderstood.

“Reminded me of you,” Shannon said. It was easy to say because it was the truth, but if he had to explain it, Shannon feared he might ruin everything.

I loved this with all my heart. So many feelings, tears and happiness. The struggles, the self-sabotaging, the pain, the suffering, the love hard and real and overwhelming. It was deep and it was great. A book I will remember and keep with me from today on.

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This scene broke me. I was laughing so hard I had to stop reading for a while and focus real hard to start breathing again.

“Gardenia?” Warmth pooled in Aiden’s abdomen, spreading out into the rest of him like unruly vines. “They don’t give you cop-scented soap with your uniform?” Aiden felt Shannon’s smile pressed between his shoulder blades at the top of his spine.
“You don’t like it?”
“That’s not what I said.”
“What do you use? Ice Pick? Eagle Screech?”

How ridiculous are some of real life “for male” bath products? Let’s make it male, real male: black, grey or dark blue and with an awful improbable name, that’s it!

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Skin After Skin by Jordan Castillo Price

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4stars

“Look at you, all angular and pissed off.”
Yeah, a diet of ramen and disappointment will do that to you.

Title: Skin After Skin
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #8
Number of pages: 387 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: How Crash becomes the Crash we know is interesting.
Bad things about this book: Quite long and the part with Jacob was too long in my opinion.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the PsyCop series, I can’t recommend it enough.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I have been postponing this review for days and it’s not only because I started re-reading the entire series from book one; I suspect it’s because I am angry a little bit about the truths in this book. I have read of Vic having impure thoughts about Crash and about Vic’s memories of his time with ex-boyfriend Stefan, but none of that had made me as angry as seeing first-hand how Jacob and Crash met each other and how they were together. Seven months worth of anger. I was scowling the whole time. I couldn’t help it, it just felt wrong.

“You know what they say about regret. That and fifty cents will buy you a cup of who-gives-a-shit.”

When Crash was introduced I didn’t like him very much. Not because he flirted a lot with Vic (maybe it was also a little because of that, though) but I didn’t really like how he behaved, how he doubted and diminished everything. I didn’t know much about him, his backstory, but what I saw was something I could have lived easily without. Things changed little by little and then Crash became an important friend to Victor and a valuable character who contributed plenty to the story.

For all that Vic has the self-esteem of a teenage girl at fat camp, the minute he wants something, he becomes the center of the universe.

I have to admit that it was kind of nice, different, seeing things from Crash’s pov: his stylist career, his misadventures, the Sundays with his mother, what is going on inside his head, how he start seeing and feeling his talent. Seeing him with Jacob, though, that was hard for my heart because I love Victor to the moon and back and Jacob with someone else was really painful to read. The after Jacob bit was of course better and it was Vic’s appearance that got me going until late at night, or early in the morning, to see how things were going to end. I’m all about Victor Bayne.

Who was I to rob him of his hard-earned discomfort?

Vic from Crash’s eyes was everything I imagined and more; all his anxieties, his many mood swings, all of what makes Vic the man we all love, the man that I adore! Crash feeling Vic getting a “vibe” every time he does some flirting and Vic backing up because he is not on the market was just what I needed after those wrong lovey-dovey chapters. Oh my, those really messed up with my head. I wish I had skipped them altogether. I will now have those images in my head and I won’t be able to unsee them. Just like Victor after finding that camcorder that I now know where Jacob got. Some things are better left unknown. Now it’s just too late.

I’d suspect it wasn’t really Vic and just some bizarre pre-death hallucination if not for the look on his face, the same petulant scowl he gives me whenever I offer him a hand-job, a gemstone cleanse or a veggie burger.

As much as I love Crash as the shop owner, without a shop for now, I really liked him as a stylist. I saw how he understood what the person wanted and he was able to give them that and so much more. A whole experience, not cheap, but that could really change someone’s day or maybe someone’s life. I like people who are like that: they do so little but it changes so much. Like a compliment on a very bad day and a cheer when you feel like everything you do is wrong. I can’t hate Crash, I just can’t. I will just erase those images from my mind and I will pretend that they didn’t happen.

The one that got away, not that’s a plot line that I’m willing to explore fully. We didn’t get much; at first there was attraction for this mysterious new colorist called Red and it didn’t go anywhere. Crash was smitten, that was obvious, but there was more to the story and it didn’t end with the “all sweaty in bed happily ever after” I was envisioning but knew from the other books that it wasn’t going to happen, not yet. Crash wasn’t a stylist anymore, he was broke and in search of the one thing that’d change his life for the better. One bad thing after the other and we get to see how Crash came to be the person I hated at first and liked later on.

“Apparently my Saturn is fucked.”
“And you wish it was Uranus?”

(This made my laugh so hard I can’t barely still keep it together!)

There was so much more to him but he is cocky and stubborn and it was hard for me to relate until I saw how much of that was appearance to hide his fragility and self-doubt. I knew he had potential but he kept kicking himself down, declaring defeat before even trying. It dragged his bad luck; he could’ve had more chances if things weren’t left unspoken, if he had given people the time to explain themselves. He just gave up easily and it made me mad. I was glad when he woke up because I was almost trying to reach inside the book and slap him real hard!

No, Gaydar wasn’t one of the six official psychic talents.

There are so many parts in this book that were merely mentioned in the other Psycop books and it was wonderful to see, for example, how awful Vic types on the computer, how is it to be on the other side when Vic speaks to ghosts, how Caroline is around Crash and some margaritas, and the involvement of Constantine Dreyfus in everything! The guy was literary everywhere. I was surprised, pleasantly surprised, by how things were so much clearer now that I got this other point of view to analyze. Things make so much more sense now.

I now realize that this review is more about Vic than it is about Crash but when there is Victor Bayne there is me, crazy about him, not being able to reason when he is around, even for a short amount of time. I’m not even sorry it turned out this way. It is what it is.

Long story short, this book was really nice even with the hard parts that I’m already pretending to have forgotten. It was refreshing and different from the other psycop books. I’m glad we got to see this much about Crash and I wish him only the best. Now, please, can someone kindly tell me when the last book of the series is going to be released? I’m not ready to say goodbye but I’m missing Victor so badly it hurts!

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The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

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4stars

“Being lost, being without the plan I’d armed myself with my entire life, got me out of my comfort zone in ways that challenged me and forced me to grow as a person.”

Title: The Big F
Author: Maggie Ann Martin
Series: /
Number of pages: 304 (paperback)
Good things about this book: Sweet and funny and well-written.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it is a fast read.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Super cheesy. Extra cheesy. Cheese fest!! I can’t deny that cheese carnivals make me laugh but at the same time I like them. Really like them. It’s cliché, it’s predictable, it’s my safe haven. You just know that no matter how many things go wrong there’s going to be a happy ending that’ll make you all smiles and giggles. Just how I like them.

I couldn’t put it down and as much as it was almost 99% obvious how this was going to end, I wanted to know how they were going to get there. I was happy the dreaded trio was not present; won’t say what those are because it may spoil the book a little but if you want to know if there is something you won’t like, just ask.

I feel happy and light right now. The perfect book to calm my restless soul. The little things gave this binge-reading adventure a cute side; the family drama, the friendships, the love for pizza, the pressure of not being a disappointment, and love. You may think everything will go wrong because of one mistake, one failure, but then you take the wheel of your life and lead it to a different road, in the meantime finding different parts about yourself that you just didn’t know were there.

“Did you moan after eating an Oreo?” Porter asked.
I smacked him on the chest. “Shut up. It was delicious.”

Danielle failed a class and now she can’t go the college she chose, that her mom “the college whisperer” thought was perfect for her. Time to think of a plan B and set things straight: find a job, register to the community college for one semester and pass that damned class, be stronger, be independent, find the way to get back to the planned path. Easy! Add Danielle’s childhood crush, a coworker and his notebooks of gossip (yes, that’s a gossip journal, Porter), and maybe this plan B will have a few unpredictable turns.

Luke is a nice guy, maybe too busy with football training and team dinners, but he is sweet and you see he likes Danielle. It just seems too perfect from the beginning, like it was supposed to be that way because they already knew each other and it looked like fate. I thought Luke was a little flat, his personality just didn’t show, he was just nice, and I only saw him as a handsome guy with very blond hair. Love is in the air? I didn’t feel it.

He liked to act all tough and smart and cool, but really he was just a nice kid with eyelashes that were too long for his own good.

Porter, Danielle’s coworker at the bookstore, is the boy with the gossip notebooks and the long eyelashes. He likes to write whatever he sees that catches his eyes. He calls himself observant, maybe he is a little judgey, who knows? Maybe he is both. His little notebooks are a nice touch, though; they give him something more than what Luke has, they make him more interesting. Porter is Luke’s roommate: love triangle? Porter and Luke would have made a wonderful couple but that’s just me and my rainbow filter.

This book is a journey to find who Danielle truly is and wants in life; what she is passionate about not what she thinks she likes to do. It’s about self-discovery and taking her life in her hands and fighting the monster of failure to achieve the level of certainty of who she wants to be. It’s light and fun, sweet and cheesy, and it didn’t make me angry, not once: that’s a plus some books just don’t have.

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GhosTV by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“I’d blow someone for a valium,” I said in Jacob’s ear.
“Maybe he’s got one… but try offering a hand-job first so you retain some leverage.”

Title: GhosTV
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #6
Number of pages: 379 (ebook)
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne and all his new paranormal misadventures.
Bad things about this book: There’s one thing I thought important that wasn’t explained.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the entire series and short stories.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

It all started with a bitchy remark and a very bad haircut. Doesn’t sound very paranormal and it’s true but that’s how this whole adventure with slimy hands and lack of ghosts begins. Victor is everything but an athletic human being: he is just like me, straining a muscle doing the easiest of tasks. His lack of self-esteem is causing him to take physical activities into consideration. Can you believe it? My Victor running? My Victor doing weights? Are you crazy? He’s perfect the way he is. That damn woman putting weird ideas in his already overcrowded head!

“Don’t tell me you tried a tanning bed.”
“No. I went outside.”

(^^^ I laughed so much! Tell me about it, Vic!!)

Victor had the wonderful idea of getting his hair cut by a newbie with a disastrous outcome. Thankfully, Crash saw the horror and fixed it giving my Vic a sexy haircut that he admired every time he found himself in front of a mirror or any reflective surface. Jacob also seemed to appreciate it. Lucky him! Being as insecure as he is, I was so happy seeing Victor giving himself some credit; he is a beautiful almost 40 year-old man with amazing abilities and he deserves all the happiness the world can give him.

But this book wasn’t about Victor’s haircut or his lack of upper or lower body strength: this book was about Lisa missing and Victor teaming with Jacob and an improbable Dreyfuss to find her and the other women missing in PsyTrain in California. We find something more about Jacob’s talent and also something more about what the hell that FPMP does and who is the one spying on Vic.

“I tried not to look too puzzled, since everyone could see everyone else in all those mirrors, and I like to keep my bewilderment to myself when I can help it.”

There aren’t ghosts in this book, barely one and not important to the story. This book is all about the GhosTV Dreyfuss has found and given Victor and astral projections. The GhosTV is capable of amplify or diminish psychic activity in its vicinity so Vic was able to see ghosts more or less solid. That was really useful to avoid using all the million pills he usually takes to calm him, to sleep, and to avoid ghosts. But this time the GhosTV is inside PsyTrain and this place has something going on that is not what usually Vic faces. So the TV might make things accidentally messier! For the best? That depends.

First the lack of ghosts, then the disappearance without trace of Lisa and her roommate, with no connection to nothing they did in the facility whatsoever. But is it really that way? Is this place truly different from Camp Hell? What exactly do they do in this place? There are mysteries and Victor meets again a “friend” from Camp Hell, he discovers new things he can do now, maybe increasing even more the level of his talent. He can astral project himself and, contrary to other people doing it, he can actually remember what did he see and talk about during his travels.

I loved everything paranormal that happened in this book. I loved the new abilities and the prospect of being able to grow more as a medium for Victor. I loved that he showed he really cared about Lisa and he did everything in his power and more to find out what happened. I loved how he showed how much he loves Jacob and how much he means to him; they are in this world together after all.

“You got to ask yourself what’s more important– to try to do everything your own way and lose it all, or to ask for help so you can get what you need, when you need it. Always remember, you not here in this world alone. You got friends.”

Can’t wait for Spook Squad after that ending!! Not really a cliffhanger but now everything can and will change and I want to find out how Victor will face this new life setting. Can I say again how much I love Victor and his scowls, his smiles, his sloppiness, his new hair and his beautiful heart? I love everything about him and I know that, by reading the PsyCop series, you too will find yourself falling hard for him. It’s inevitable! Let yourself love that man; he deserves it! As you do!

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Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“He’s my bodyguard – that’s not changing.
It’s not.
But I can’t even think about anyone else. He hasn’t just pitched a tent in my brain and dick. He’s built a fucking stone castle.”

Title: Damaged Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #1
Number of pages: 352 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I loved the different POVs.
Bad things about this book: It has sequels and bad things can still happen.
Do I recommend it? Yes, do read it.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

This was just perfect. No real drama at all. Two wonderful main characters and super interesting side characters. There are so many names to remember but at the beginning of the book there is a very useful characters list. Thank you for that! This is my first book by the Ritchie sisters so I don’t know the background stories of Maximoff’s parents, uncles and aunts but it is still a very enjoyable book to read as a stand-alone of a brand new series. I don’t know if I’m going to read the other series introducing the parents. We’ll see.

There’s only one thing that scares the hell out of me, though. There’s going to be sequels, at least two, so there’s still room for drama and for things to go unnecessarily wrong. I don’t want it, ok? People can be lucky and have a drama free love life! It happens and I wish for it!

Maximoff Hale, aka Moffy, is a handsome bisexual cinnamon roll, named after Quicksilver from the X-Men, super rich with a heart of gold and eyes so green they were described at every possible occasion. I get he has wonderful forest green eyes but I don’t need to be reminded of them constantly. In real life I don’t think people goes all “He turned those forest green at me etc”; it just doesn’t sound right. It was funny, though, because of its cheesiness. I love improbable cheesy lines; they are my number one source of entertainment in romance novels.

Farrow Keene is the handsome tattooed and pierced bodyguard of Moffy, who changes hair color frequently, and has been Maximoff’s crush since he was sixteen years old. Farrow finds Moffy very attractive and he now sees him as a man, even with the 5 years age gap. Five years isn’t much; Moffy is 22 so Farrow being 27 isn’t scandalous or illegal. They’re both grown up men and they are everyday fighting the sexual tension, the very palpable sexual tension between them. The flirting was off the charts! I also find Farrow hilarious and I loved their scenes together.

I would choose the words: sexually frustrated and fucking complicated. But let’s go with excited. It’ll cause the least amount of friction right now.

Since Moffy can’t have friends (I repeat, people are disgusting), he spends his non-working hours with his cousin and roommate Jane and her many cats. Jane is a cat lady and I love her: eccentric and adventurous, she has too many haters because of her body, because of what she wears and what her parents did when they were younger. She is a strong girl but she needs protection so I will fight anyone who wants to do her harm! Those brats and their filthy hater mouths need to learn a lesson and I hope someone is willing to slap the stupidity out of them. I volunteer myself!

“I’ve heard you call Walrus a little bastard about thirty times.”
“With affection,” I say.

The hate towards Moffy and his siblings is over the top, infuriating and unfair and is often what sets him off and takes him to be violent against people (read: sucky people) in public places. He loves his family and is willing to do anything in his power to make their lives easier. Moffy lives to protect his family and Farrow is paid to protect Moffy. What are they going to do now that they have more to fight for? It’s a story worth waiting for. The love story of the century!

“We’re in this shit together, and we’re going to get out together. No matter what.”

I hope we’ll see more of the siblings and the cousins in the next book. I know I want to know more about the ballet rebel with his tattoo and the rainbow brigade. Tom sounds like a very interesting guy! Things are going to get messy, and even if I’m pretty sure of that, I’m not one bit ready to see it happening! Please, gods of Asgard grant my wish, let them have the happy ending they truly deserve!

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