Saturday, September 21, 2013

Reflect Me

I was given a copy of K.B. Webb’s novel, Reflect Me as an ARC. It was not in exchange for a review, but I loved it so much that I couldn’t imagine not giving one. I actually finished Reflect Me less than ten minutes ago, and I am still so in shock by the sheer brilliance that is this book that I had to pull out my laptop and write the review this second.

Where do I begin? Okay, here’s the synopsis:

If you’re looking for a story about a sweet, innocent virgin who rides off into the sunset with a reformed bad boy, then you’re looking in the wrong place.

Some people don’t get a happily ever after. Molly Scott is one of those people, and she knows it. With the kind of past that she has, and the secrets that she holds, she knows that even if she found Prince Charming, he wouldn’t want her. She refuses to dwell on her less than ideal situation though. This is her life, no point in complaining.

Logan Wade had his life planned out, until all his dreams came crashing down around him. Now, he’s come back to the town he swore he would never see again to start fresh. He has no plans to ever settle down again, that’s how he ended up back here in the first place.

When Molly and Logan meet, they are forced to rethink the lives they thought they knew and the futures they were so sure they wanted. Suddenly, Molly wonders if there is a better life outside of the hell she has built for herself, and Logan begins to rethink his resistance towards settling down again.

They say love conquers all, but Molly and Logan are about to find out that sometimes love just isn’t enough.

OKAY. Do you got that?

Firstly, this book starts off with a hell of a first line. “No one will ever want you, just remember that.” Let that sink in for a moment.

When I read that line, I was immediately floored. It knocked the wind out of me to be honest. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was amazing, it was heartbreaking, it made me miserable to see that jump off the page at me, but it was so fucking brilliant that I had to go get some coffee and my softest blanket to make myself comfortable to prepare for the roller coaster ride.

Molly has just given birth to her daughter and this is what her “boyfriend” (and I use that term loosely to describe Brian James) has to say to her. From the very first line, I could tell that this was not going to be like every other story about the troubled girl with her own personal version of Hell inside the walls of her home, and a cute little country boy who sweeps her off her feet. This is not that kind of story. It is intense, it is brutal, it is emotional, and I could actually feel the author’s words flying off the page and nestling themselves in my heart. I felt every single emotion with Molly. I felt her immediately react to Logan, I felt pain every time Brian talked down to her, and I felt an overwhelming sense of affection any time Molly’s best friend Wynee was in a scene.

I was hooked to this book, to put it simply. I was so angry with Brian—if I could have leapt into this book and kicked his ass, I totally would have—and I found myself falling for Logan. But more than that, I found myself smiling at the fact that even though Molly’s life is pretty much shit, she has a beautiful daughter who brings out the best in her, she has friends who adore her and stand by her side—I mostly smiled because I saw a lot of my friends’ qualities reflected in Wynee (I LOVE her!)—and she has music, which, really, is one of the universal languages that everyone understands.

I am very critical when it comes to books, especially ones that deal with emotional subjects like this one does. I very rarely give a 5 star review, but for this book, I wish I could give it more than just 5. Here’s why:
-I ugly cried. You seriously have to read those three words. I cry over everything, but rarely do I ugly cry. I ugly cried all over the place—red eyes, tissues, face all splotchy, a runny nose, and a headache afterward—because Logan and Molly’s story put me through the ringer.
-I had to hold my breath more than once.  There were so many shocks and turns in this book—and realistic ones! There weren’t twists just for the sake of being twists. They had me on the edge of my seat, and I thought I was going to have a heart attack.
-I considered throwing my phone across the room at least 6 times. You know that moment where you’re reading a book, and something happens and you’re all like, “What the FUCK just happened, and WHY?” Yeah, that happened at least 6 times. I don’t have an eReader, but I have the Kindle app on my phone, and I legitimately considered throwing it at the wall. When a book makes you so angry that you find yourself wanting to ruin your treasured electronic devices over it, it’s got to be good.
-I had a constant inner battle going on between reading faster because I wanted to see what would happen, and reading slower because I wanted to love this book a little bit more along the way, and cherish every single word even more.
-I was in love with Logan from the second he stepped onto the page.
-I felt the urge to hug Molly throughout the whole book. Molly is the most well-rounded character I have ever read. I simply adore her.
-I UGLY CRIED. Seriously, this is SO HUGE for me that it made its way onto my list twice.

But the best part of it is that it wasn’t all painful. It wasn’t all frustrating, it wasn’t all sad, or heartbreaking, or vomit inducing (I felt sick during every scene that featured Brian).

 It was sweet, and loving, and gentle, and it was realistic in the way that Molly and Logan’s love wasn’t perfect. It was far from it. Logan isn’t this perfect man with a perfect body and a gorgeous face and a panty dropping smile. Okay, he is, but he is flawed, and he’s got scars too. But Logan and Molly heal each other’s scars together, and they don’t do it within 48 hours. They do it over a slow progression of time, slowly letting each other in, slowly trusting each other more and more each moment they spend together. Molly and Logan are real.

Here are my favorite quotes:
“I can totally see you beating some random chick’s ass.” –Logan
“Don’t ever compare me to Brian James again. I’m not fucking kidding, Molly. I am nothing like him, and deep down you know it. You’re scared. I get it. Shit, I am too. I need to be in your life and I need you in mine. I don’t like being needy, Molly. It’s not a good quality for me to have, but with you, I am. I need you.” –Logan
“That’s what walls are for, Logan, to keep people out. Did you ever think that there’s a reason I have walls? That some pretty fucked up shit has happened in my life to make me this way. Do you really want a friend like that?” -Molly
“Damn, Molls, you can’t honestly still think that boy doesn’t want you! He said he wanted to eat you! What more does he need to do? Buy a billboard on 165? Would that get your attention?” –Wynee
 “Fuck me. If this is a dream, then I have no plans of ever waking up.” –Logan
“Molls, you know I love you, but sometimes, you’re fucking stupid.” –Wynee
“Checkmate, bitch!” –Molly
“I could have sworn I heard Logan say he loved me, but just like all the good things in my life, I knew it was only a dream.” –Molly

I believe I have a new favorite author, and rightfully so. K. B. Webb is so talented it’s almost unreal. I cannot accurately describe the love I have for this book, but it is definitely one that I will be reading again and again and again. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

**C.S. Janey Cover and Title Reveal**

Title: Sugar Baby Lies
Author: C.S. Janey
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: Oct 29th, 2013
Cover Design by: James,

When Lucy met Bradley, their arrangement was simple: she’d be his companion and he’d compensate her for it.
Two years pass before Lucy finally admits to herself that she’s broken Rule #1: she’s gone and fallen in love with him.
Afraid of losing Bradley, she doesn’t dare declare her feelings; but soon, he is the one acting strange.
When Lucy finds out the past Bradley hides from the world, she begins questioning their whole relationship.
The revelations leave her wondering if she is the one with the most to lose or if he is...

Excerpt: *language warning* (Unedited, subject to change, all rights reserved)
Something had changed in the last week - in the last twenty-four hours, actually - and I wanted to know what it was. I sat up abruptly, scowling right back at him.
“Don’t lie to me, Bradley. You may pay me to have sex with you, but I’m not stupid.”
His eyebrows rose at my words. “What does that have to do with anything?”
“Before me, had you ever done this? Paid someone?”
Now he sat up, sighing as he tossed back the covers. Standing up, he walked over to the bar. “Do you want something to drink?”
“No,” I huffed. “I want you to answer me.”
He stiffened, his back straightening even as he poured a drink before replacing the cap. “I don’t like your tone. And I don’t like when you question me.”
“Well, too fucking bad.”
He whirled around, the drink in his hand sloshing over the rim a little, his face growing stormy. “Excuse me?”
“You heard me. I know you have perfect hearing.”
He took a drink, his eyes never looking away from me, but I saw the smirk on his face before he did so. I didn’t say anything else. I waited for him to answer me.
“No.” His sudden words startled me and I jumped at them. “When I met you, it was the first time.”
I cocked my head to the side, raising a brow at him. “Why?”
He shook his head. “I don’t think it’s any of your business.”
I hopped out of the bed and started picking up my clothes. “I guess you won’t mind if I leave and go back home then.”
“What?” He sounded incredulous, but I didn’t look at him. “Lucy, stop.”
“No.” I began getting dressed, my back facing him. “I think leaving is a great idea.”


C.S. Janey is a big fan of romance - writing and reading.
The mother of one, she currently spends her days writing, reading, and protecting her son from himself as he pretends that he is a superhero.
Sugar Baby Lies is a complete standalone story with no plans for any spin-off's or continuations.
Surrender To You was her first contemporary adult romance novel. Intended to be the first of a series, the story is still considered a standalone. She also has many other works in progress and hopes to share them with the world soon.
Look for Grace’s love story in the future, along with Yvette’s.
To keep an eye out for those stories, as well as other exciting information, connect with the author at the locations below - and follow to stay up to date!

WEBSITE: C.S. Janey's Website

Can't wait to dive in and read this! Cover is ah-mazing!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Yours Truly

Let's talk about Ariana Grande. You know her name.  You know her laugh. You know her gorgeous smile. But do you know her voice? 

Star of Nickelodeon’s hit shows Victorious and Sam and Cat, Ariana Grande has become almost a household name. But her superb acting isn’t the only thing she’s known for.

We got our first taste of Ariana’s chops in the Victorious episode, “Freak the Freak Out”, and I recall comparing her voice to Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey. Now, I’m here to take back my words. Homegirl is in a league of her own.

When she released her multi-platinum single, The Way featuring Mac Miller, she took the world by storm and blew us all away. But if her performance on Freak the Freak Out was just a taste, The Way was an appetizer, and her new album, “Yours Truly” is the entire 5 course meal.

With catchy beats, an homage to my favorite musical Wicked, and a breathtaking ballad with The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes, I’ve come to see that Yours Truly is one of my favorite albums of the year: right up there with DEMI by Demi Lovato, Paramore by Paramore, and Nothing To Lose by Emblem3.

1.Honeymoon Avenue 5:39
2.Baby I 3:17
3.Right There (featuring Big Sean) 4:07
4.Tattooed Heart 3:14
5.Lovin’ It 3:00
6.Piano 3:54
7.Daydreamin’ 3:31
8.The Way (featuring Mac Miller) 3:47
9.You’ll Never Know 3:34
10.Almost Is Never Enough (featuring Nathan Sykes of The Wanted) 5:27
  11.Popular Song (Feat. MIKA) 3:20
  12.Better Left Unsaid 3:31

As part of my review, I am going to highlight my favorite songs with a brief description of how they make me feel along with a favorite lyric.
Honeymoon Avenue
Favorite lyric: “They say only fools fall in love/ Well they must’ve been talking about us”
Baby I
This song can make even the biggest introvert (ME) want to get up and dance until they can’t dance anymore. This is definitely an everyday favorite of mine (Shower song!).
Favorite lyric: “Baby I’ve been feeling you/before I even knew what feelings were about”
Right There
Favorite lyric: “Never has it been so easy/To be in love and to give you this heart of mine”
Tattooed Heart
I actually prefer Ari’s voice in ballads. This is one of my favorites simply because it is a ballad, and the soul inside of her voice truly shines in this song.
Favorite lyric: “It doesn’t have to be forever/Just as long as I’m the name on your tattooed heart”
Lovin’ It
Favorite lyric: “Boy you change the way I breathe/When you put your lips on me”
Favorite lyric: “And I could sing about Cupid and his shooting arrow/In the end you’ll find out that my heart was battered”
Favorite lyric: “Now I can’t wait to hold you in my arms/I know I was made for you/I’m in love with all your charm”
The Way
This song really blew me away. Not only are her vocals out of this world fabulous on the track, but I actually got to see Ari perform The Way live on Ellen, and she’s an even better performer in person. So I am a bit biased about this song because I’ve seen it live.
Favorite lyric: “I got a bad boy I must admit it/You got my heart don’t know how you did it/And I don’t care who sees it babe/I don’t wanna hide the way I feel when you’re next to me”
You’ll Never Know
This is the ultimate EFF-YOU song. With more class than Taylor Swift, Ari provides the song to play for a guy who expected you to wait around while he gets his sh** together. It’s catchy, lyrically brilliant, and her voice is amazing as always.
Favorite lyric: “If you woulda manned up/ put your hand up/Stand up/Tell me how you really felt/Maybe it’d be different/If you spoke I would’ve listened/but now I’m with somebody else”
Almost Is Never Enough
I love this song more than I should. It is hauntingly beautiful, and as I’ve mentioned before, I love Ariana’s voice in ballads. She’s so soulful, charismatic, and has such a sultry voice that you have to close your eyes to truly hear this song because the minute she begins singing, you won’t want to pay attention to anything else.
Favorite lyric: “We can deny it as much as we want/But in time our feelings will show/Sooner or later/We’ll wonder why we gave up/The truth is everyone knows/Almost is never enough”
Popular Song
I adore this one because the chorus pays an homage to the song “Popular” from Wicked. It’s catchy, and the featured artist really makes the song twice as amazing.
Favorite lyric: “Popular, I know about popular/And all that you have to do is be true to you/That’s all you ever need to know”
Better Left Unsaid
Favorite lyric: “I told you once ‘Get out of my life./ I don’t need ya, I’ll be alright’/But some things are better left unsaid”

So what are you waiting for? You should go buy Yours Truly ASAP. You won't be disappointed.
-Jass <3
Yours Truly on iTunes
Yours Truly on Amazon