#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 3rd 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Hope you enjoy!


Blurb:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.

Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.

Promises get broken.

Rules get shattered.

Love gets ugly. 

Review:

BOOK REVIEW.

#UglyLove by #ColleenHoover

“Don’t ask about my past. And never expect a future.”

These are the two rules that Miles Archer has when he begins a relationship with Tate Collins. As this is a CoHo book – we know that there is more to this! Much much more! I didn’t expect it to be as HOT as it was!

I was pleasantly surprised with Maybe Someday and really enjoyed November 9. What I didn’t expect from Ugly Love is how HOT it would be! I can certainly understand the attraction to Miles. He isn’t a bad boy, or another ‘Christian Grey’. Miles is a guy who has had his fair share of heartache and is trying to protect himself. What he didn’t count on was meeting Tate.

The only thing that normally gripes me are Epilogues where they all live happily ever after and all is rainbows, meadows and picnic baskets (think Mockingjay, Fifty Shades, etc) however I felt that the Epilogue for Ugly Love was important to the story. I wouldn’t be the only one with unanswered questions about what happens next!

Learning that this is becoming a movie has me excited. Excellent casting choice was made with Nick Bateman as Miles and CoHo has recently announced in an interview she will be announcing the actress playing Tate pretty soon as well!

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover | #TBT

Hello everyone!

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 1st 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Review:

We are only hours into the 1st January 2016 and I have already completed my first book of the 2016 Reading Challenge;

“A book you can finish in a day”

#November9 by #ColleenHoover

There is a reason I was confident that I could finish this book in a day. Two words – Colleen Hoover. Her writing is infectious and she has a way of writing which grips the audience from the first page.

November 9 tells the story of Fallon and Ben who meet in a restaurant whilst Fallon is talking to her father about moving to New York City. When things don’t go as Fallon would like, Ben swoops in and plays the “fake boyfriend”. Fallon and Ben know they cannot drop everything in their lives to be together so they make a pact. Each year, on November 9th, they will be reunited for one day. After five years (at the age of twenty-three) they will then be in a place to continue a relationship.

As with the majority of NA/YA romance, things don’t always go as plans and a major plot twist in the story has you questioning intentions.

I have Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover also on my TBR for this year and I am impatiently waiting to get stuck in!

What are your thoughts on November 9? Would love to see them in the comments below!

-S.

#LiteracyPiracy @colleenhoover #ISupportArtists #BeAnArtSavior #SupportYourFavoriteArtists

This was originally posted by Colleen in July 2016, whilst it may be 4 years old the sentiment is still as true today as it was then.

As -S said when she orignally shared it on the blogs facebook page in 2016:

This is really important. An issue which affects the book world as well as TV and movies.

Take a minute to read Colleen’s thoughts on literacy piracy.

Don’t be a pirate. Unless you can be Jack Sparrow.

-S.

Colleen Hoover

23 July 2016 

Let’s get real for a minute.

My sales have decreased steadily with every book I’ve written since 2013. I sell less than 1/10th of the books I used to sell. Yet, my social media followers have rapidly increased.

How? Why?

I had a previous book get leaked online three months before it released. It had thousands of ratings before it even went on sale from people who downloaded it illegally. It has more ratings on Goodreads alone than it even has total sales.

There’s something terrifying about that.

I don’t believe people steal art because they are thieves. I believe people do this because they are ignorant as to how their failure to purchase the books they read is contributing to the death of art. If things continue at this rate, a few years from now, musicians and authors will not be able to make a living. We won’t even be able to afford the editing, cover art and formatting of the books we write in our own time, outside of our other day jobs.

Please stop contributing to the death of art. Buy your books. Borrow them from the library. But please know that if you are downloading your books illegally, you are a small contributor to a very real issue. Don’t be that person. Be an art savior.

If people don’t show up at your place of employment and demand you work all day every day for free, you shouldn’t expect that of your favorite authors and musicians.

I want people to read. Reading is great, but it can get expensive. I realize this. If you struggle to afford books, download legally free ones or books that are on sale. You can even borrow ebooks from most local libraries.
I want to help art thrive.

 #ISupportArtists.

As much as you think your personal illegal downloads do not negatively impact artists, they do. More than you know. One negative download is just as impactful as one single purchase. Make sure your impact is a positive one.

#BeAnArtSavior #SupportYourFavoriteArtists

#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview| ALL MY PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover (17th July 2018, Atria Books @atriabooks)

ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover
Published; July 17th 2018, Atria Books

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

I almost could have written this review without even reading the book. Colleen Hoover is my favourite author and can do absolutely no wrong with whatever she releases. 

The thing that surprises me with Colleen is that her books are never the same. I mean of course there is always a love story, who am I kidding – not just any love story but the most EPIC love story ever written with quotes that send shivers down your spine and goosebumps on your arms, but the story behind the love story is always based around something different. 

All Your Perfects is just another example of this. Based around fertility it tells the story of Quinn and Graham, of how they met and how their relationship is now struggling as Quinn tries to deal with not being able to have the one thing she wants more than anything.

I don’t know how much research Colleen needs to do before she writes a story but she always seems to know so much about her subject which really adds to the emotional aspect of the book. In fact this had me in tears which never never happens with a book. It was written so well that I felt Quinn’s heartbreak even though it’s nothing something that has personally affected me.

Graham is of course the most adorable of book boyfriends. His unfaltering love for Quinn, even when he does something so hurtful, is the most amazing kind of love. The way he is determined to fight for what is left of their relationship is heart warming. 

I love how it is told from both the present day and also from the year they met. It really added an element understanding how they fell in love and how their relationship grew to how they are now. It explains why Graham insists on fighting the way he does.

As with all of Colleen’s books I flew through this one, just found myself desperate to know what was going to happen. It is of course well written and some of the quotes are just amazing. It’s one of those books that stays with you long after you have finished. 

I love Colleen and I am already excited to see what she does next because I just know it is going to be awesome!

You can buy ALL YOUR PERFECTS from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

*L*

#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | MAYBE SOMEDAY (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover (18th March 2014, Atria Books @AtriaBooks)

MAYBE SOMEDAY (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover
Published; March 18th 2014, Atria Books

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Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts.

The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

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** WARNING – CONTAINS SPOILERS **
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover was gifted to me for Christmas by my fellow P Turner *L* and after hearing rave reviews by all the P Turner ladies, I decided that this book would be one, of a couple, to be read on a read-a-thon. Although I didn’t finish the book in 24 hours, I spent my New Year’s weekend engrossed in Ridge and Sydney’s story.
And what a story this is. Here is a couple that are unlike other couples from a romance novel, Ridge is a beautiful man, his character so well structured you cannot help but fall in love with him. The relationship between him and our heartbroken heroine Sydney is not your typical relationship but even more beautiful for being so. Sydney is lost, or at least I felt as if the character is, until she finds Ridge. The same can be said for our hero, whose heart splits in two when the friendship between himself and Sydney becomes something more.
Sydney is beautiful and kind, aware throughout that she is walking a thin line with Ridge, learning to communicate with him through sign language and music. As much as she tries to fight her heart, it is safe to say the heart always wins. Hoover has created two amazing characters that draw you into their relationship. We want things to work out between them, we feel every emotion with them, shed tears when they cry and feel happy when they get what their heart desire. This is one of my favourite literary couples.
Hoover is a fabulous writer, one who I feel puts her heart and soul into these characters, you know with every chapter just how much she loves the story and it makes the reader fall in love too. This is a more romantic tale than I’m accustomed to, no over the top scenes here but when we are granted an intimate and steamy scene it is well worth the wait. The sensuality and intimacy of the scene between our characters is divine. I fell in love with Ridge and Sydney even more. Romantic and handled with the utmost care.
A fantastic addition to my bookshelves and one novel I know will be revisited again and again. Thank you *L* for the introduction. I am officially in love with this story and these characters.
My aim for the New Year is to work through reading all the amazing books that have been gifted to me by my fellow P Turners, because I’ve come to trust these ladies whole heartedly, they never steer you wrong.

You can buy MAYBE SOMEDAY from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

*M*

#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | Without Merit by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover (October 3rd 2017, Atria Books @AtriaBooks)

WITHOUT MERIT by Colleen Hoover
October 3rd 2017, Atria Books

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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It doesn’t matter what Colleen writes I know I am going to love it and WITHOUT MERIT was no exception.

Colleen deals with the subject of depression very well and the signs and symptoms someone may experience. I feel this would help alot of readers suffering themselves to identify and hopefully seek any help they may need.

The thing I loved most about this book was the Voss family. Families come in all shapes and sizes and the Voss family are certainly no exception. With the head of the family seemingly uninterested the kids seem to play by their own rules. Colleen manages to turn this on it’s head and we see a very different side to this family. There are alot of characters in this family that I would love to hear more from, I certainly feel that some of them deserve their own book!

Of course it wouldn’t be normal to have a Colleen Hoover book that doesn’t take you on a rollercoaster emotionally and that is definitely the case here. From reading with your heart in your mouth to laughing out loud this book has it all.

Colleen goes back to her Y.A. roots with WITHOUT MERIT and doesn’t let us down.

A Stunning five star read. I only hope Colleen can keep going with these amazing stories she manages to give us.

You can buy WITHOUT MERIT from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

*L*