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#5GoldenBooks Giveaway, Day 4: I See London by Chanel Cleeton!

Good Afternoon my lovely Book Nerds!

Today I’m giving away: I SEE LONDON by Chanel Cleeton

About I See London:

Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she always wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.

Half French, half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.

This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up

This is open to US Residents only  that can support an ebook version of a novel. The ebook will be coming from Amazon.com. You Must Be 18 Years or Older to Enter. The contest ends December 19 at 11:59 PM EST. Please read the rules below for more information.

Enter Here:

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or GIVEAWAY LINK

Rules:

1. Enter by following the Rafflecopter instructions.

2. If you won, please respond to PopCrunchBoom@gmail.com with your information and to claim your prize (see below).

3. Please no cheating by entering through multiple accounts. Also please be at least 18 years or older or have your parents enter with their information in order to win.

4. Once ordered from the Amazon website, I am no longer liable for lost or stolen packages/emails or any time delays involving delivery.

The giveaway will last from time of the this blog post to 11:59 PM EST on December 19. Winners will be announced the following day before the new giveaway begins or when I have an opportunity to announce it. If you are a winner, you must respond to me at popcrunchboom@gmail.com by the end of the following day to claim your prize or a new winner will be chosen. I will order the book sometime this week and no later than Saturday, December 20th. I cannot guarantee that the books will arrive before Christmas. I am hoping to send them out on 12/20/2014, but may not be able to until sometime that following week as it is the Holiday season and I work full time.

Once a shipment address is obtained, I use it only to send the giveaway to you. I do not keep the address after that task has been completed. Any emails or messages containing that information are deleted from my account. If you post any personal information on your own social media accounts or as a comment on my blog or social media accounts, I am not liable for that decision. If you have any questions about this giveaway or the rules outlined above, please comment below or email me at popcrunchboom@gmail.com.

For more information on I See London, you can read my review here or visit Chanel Cleeton’s Website.

Good Luck everyone!

Later Book Nerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn 

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#5GoldenBooks Day 3 Giveaway!

Good Morning my lovely Book Nerds!

Today I’m giving away: WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L Armentrout

This is open internationally to any country that BookDepository.com will ship to. You Must Be 18 Years or Older to Enter. The contest ends tonight at 11:59 PM EST. Please read the rules below for more information.

Enter Here:

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or GIVEAWAY LINK

Rules:

1. Enter by following the Rafflecopter instructions.

2. If you won, please email me at PopCrunchBoom@gmail.com with your information (see below).

3. Please no cheating by entering through multiple accounts. Also please be at least 18 years or older or have your parents enter with their information in order to win.

4. Once ordered from the BookDepository website, I am no longer liable for lost or stolen packages or any time delays involving delivery.

The giveaway will last from time of the this blog post to 11:59 PM EST the same day. Winners will be announced the following day before the new giveaway begins or when I have an opportunity to announce it. If you are a winner, you must email me at popcrunchboom@gmail.com by the end of the following day to claim your prize or a new winner will be chosen. I will ship out the books once the full week of the giveaways has finished. I cannot guarantee that the books will arrive before Christmas. I am hoping to send them out on 12/20/2014, but may not be able to until sometime that week.

Once a shipment address is obtained, I use it only to send the giveaway to you. I do not keep the address after that task has been completed. Any emails or messages containing that information are deleted from my account. If you post any personal information on your own Instagram account or as a comment on my Instagram account, I am not liable for that decision. If you have any questions about this giveaway or the rules outlined above, please comment below or email me at popcrunchboom@gmail.com.

Good Luck everyone!

Later Book Nerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn 

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My 5 Golden Books Giveaway!

Hello my lovely Booknerds!

In the spirit of the holidays, as announced on my Instagram, I will be doing a 5-day giveaway of books I enjoyed reading in 2014. Each day, starting today, I will be giving away one book from my 5 Golden Books list! The rules are as follows:

1. You must be 13 years or older to enter*. If you are under 13 years old, please grab a parent and have them enter the giveaway with their information.

*Some of the books I will be giving away are New Adult or Adult books. In which case, you must be 18 years or older to enter. I will clearly state this underneath the photo on my Instagram.

2. You must be a U.S. resident in order to enter the giveaway.*

*I will be giving one book away internationally. This book will be clearly identified underneath the Instagram photo.

3. There will be TWO ways to enter:

  • Repost the Instagram photo of the book you wish to win & tag @PopCrunchBoomBooks and #5GoldenBooks.
  • Follow @PopCrunchBoomBooks and comment on the photo with the answer to that day’s questions.  

If you enter both ways, it will count as two entries. Only two entries per person will be considered valid (i.e. more commenting does not = multiple entries and the same goes for multiple reposts). 

Failure to follow these rules will result in an invaild entry. I will choose the winner of the giveaway randomly. The giveaway will last from time of the Instagram post to 11:59 PM EST the same day. Winners will be announced the following day before the new giveaway begins. If you are a winner, you must email me at popcrunchboom@gmail.com by the end of the following day to claim your prize or a new winner will be chosen. I will ship out the books once the full week of the giveaways has finished. I cannot guarantee that the books will arrive before Christmas. I am hoping to send them out on 12/20/2014, but may not be able to until sometime that week.

Once a shipment address is obtained, I use it only to send the giveaway to you. I do not keep the address after that task has been completed. Any emails or messages containing that information are deleted from my account. If you post any personal information on your own Instagram account or as a comment on my Instagram account, I am not liable for that decision. If you have any questions about this giveaway or the rules outlined above, please comment below or email me at popcrunchboom@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!!

Later Booknerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn

Update**

Monday, December 15th’s Giveaway:

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Storm by Brigid Kemmerer!

You can see my review here to understand more about the novel. There might also be a few surprises included with this giveaway! I purchased this book from Amazon.com, so it is brand new. Questions? email me at popcrunchboom@gmail.com or comment below! Good luck! (giveaway ends 11:59 PM EST on 12/15/2014)

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French Kissed by Chanel Cleeton Book Review

Hello Booknerds!

Today I’m closing out the French Kissed Blog Tour! I’m excited and honored to be a part of this tour as I’m a huge fan of the International School series by Chanel Cleeton. French Kissed is the final installment of this series and I couldn’t have been happier to get my hands on this story! So let’s move on right to the review!

*I was provided a free ebook copy of French Kissed in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by any outside factors.*

Warning: This novel is a New Adult novel and recommended for readers 17 & up due to it’s contents. 

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The Review

As I mentioned above, French Kissed is the last book in the International School series by Chanel Cleeton. I was very excited that Fleur was given her own story and I couldn’t wait to see how it played out. But before I launch into my review I have two words for you: THE EPILOGUE!!! Oh my freaking bookish goodness! I was so very happy that Cleeton included that epilogue. If you’ve read French Kissed, you’d understand my inner happy dance at that ending. I was just smiling ear to ear!

OK now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s talk the actual story. French Kissed follows Fleur’s senior year at the International School in London. She’s had a rough few years and now she’s just hoping she can graduate. Fleur’s guarded and puts on a mask of perfection, while deep inside she’s just as vulnerable and flawed as everyone else around. The only one who seems to see past her facade is her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, Max. Saying Fleur and Max don’t get along could be an considered an understatement, but after being paired together for a school project things begin to change. Suddenly, Fleur can’t think of ccanyone but Max.

Max is gearing up for the most important interviews of his life during his senior year at the International School. Landing a job right out of school in the prodigious financial district of London would prove to everyone back home that he could succeed and fulfill his dream. Then, he gets partnered with Fleur in a school project. Although they’ve always been at odds with each other, Fleur has always been the girl Max wanted to be with. Soon sparks begin to fly and Max can only think of Fleur.

While things begin to heat up, disaster is just around the corner. Soon Fleur’s past is threatening her future with Max and Max is doubting he could ever fit into Fleur’s world. In the end will they get their happy ending?

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Leave it to Cleeton to not only provide a steamy read full of chemistry, but also a drama-filled novel that can only come out of the International School setting she created.

What I loved most about this novel was being able to see Fleur as a more developed character. She was such a strong secondary character in Maggie and Samir’s story in both I See London and London Falling. However, with this novel we actually get to delve deeper into her character as the story revolves around her and Max. It was great being able to see Fleur actively working on changing and becoming the person she wanted to be. We also saw more of her flaws and the emotional upheaval she was still dealing with from the years prior. It made her more likable and I was able to connect with her more than when she was just a secondary character.

I also loved Max. He was the perfect type of person to pair Fleur with. His personality was just what she needed and they complimented each other well by the end. Max also had his own growing to do throughout the novel and it was great to see is revelation at the end. Cleeton did a wonderful job of bringing these two characters together and illustrating their relationship.

While I did really enjoy this novel, I have to say my heart is still with Maggie and Samir. Their story will always be my favorite one of this series. I think because there was a bit more drama surrounding it and a lot more of a character change/development for both of them. That isn’t to say Fleur and Max’s story didn’t have enough, it certainly had a lot of action and drama. I think I was just bitten by the Maggie/Samir bug and I’m stuck like this ;)

Anyway, Fleur and Max’s story is definitely worth a read. Fleur very much deserved her own story and her own conclusion. Cleenton’s writing has proved once again that she can produce a witty, sexy and very real story! If I didn’t have to sleep, I’d have finished this novel in one day! Like her two stories before, I couldn’t put this down. So if you’re in the mood for a great contemporary New Adult novel with a European setting then pick up this series ASAP! I will definitely be revising this series in the future as the characters were very memorable and the stories juicy and enjoyable.

I DO recommend that you read the first two book of this series before reading French Kissed. While this novel could technically be read as a standalone, there is so much background and storyline that takes place in the first two books. Without having some of this, I feel like the third book might be a bit confusing and turn some readers off. So I’d definitely recommend you read these novels in sequence!

The Final Grade:

A-rating

The Details:

Publisher: Chanel Cleeton
Pages: 256
Price:
$2.99
Place:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, GoodReads  

Thank you for stopping! To learn even more about French Kissed and Chanel Cleeton, I recommend you read my Release Day post about the novel. Also check my blog for reviews of the first two novels in the series!

So I want to know: Maggie and Samir or Fleur and Max? Who did you love more? Also that EPILOGUE!!! Am I right?! Ugh! Ok leave your thoughts below! I’d love to hear what you thought of this novel and series! 

Later Booknerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn

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5 Essentials for Winter: A Bibliophile’s List

*Deep breath in.* *sigh.* The crisp fresh air of winter is upon is as we enter December. I’m much more of a Fall girl myself, but I have to admit that Winter has its appeals. Something about a gentle, quiet snowfall and snuggling up with some hot coco or a cup of tea with a great book sounds like heaven to me. And don’t think that once you finally have a 9-5 job you stop wishing for snow days, because I still cross my fingers and hope for an office closure. Plus, let’s not forget about the holiday music, the colorful lights brightening the night or the yummy (I really shouldn’t) cookies! Yup, Winter holds its own against the other seasons.
What I think I love most about this season, though, is the reminder that things come to an end. It reminds me that I can shed layers I no longer need or things I want to change. I can become bare to the core and start over fresh in the new season. Winter can be a therapeutic time and not only a time to change, but a tine to heal as well. Winter can be transformative , if you let it. Nature does ;)

So in honor of this season, I thought I’d share my 5 essentials for Winter!

#5. My Journal

Journaling (when I actually stick to it) actually helps me stay sane. Thinking things out on paper or just letting my emotions out each day keeps me calmer and helps me through each day. Writing things down helps not only to let things go, but also makes things more concrete, like future goals and dream or promises to yourself. Not to mention, journals can be so pretty. I’m slightly obsessed! Overall, though, I find that journaling helps me discover more about myself and who I am. It also allows me to see how far I’ve grown and helps preserve some memories for future me to revisit :)

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French Kissed by Chanel Cleeton Is Finally Available!!!

Happy December my lovely readers!

What better way to start off December then with a fantastic New Adult novel?! Chanel Cleeton’s final installment of the International School series came out yesterday and I cannot wait to read it! You’ll have to check back later in December for my stop on the blog tour to read my thoughts on this final book :)

But before that, I’ll have to give you some kind of enticement to come back ;) So here’s a bit about the book below and where to find all three of the books in the International School series. I hope you enjoy and can’t wait to see you guys back here on December 14th!!

FRENCH KISSED by Chanel Cleeton

December 1, 2014

International School Book 3

New Adult Contemporary Romance

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BOOK SUMMARY:

On the surface, Fleur Marceaux has it all. If only the facade matched reality. With one year left at the International School in London, Fleur’s struggling to graduate, her love life is a mess, and she can’t stop thinking about Max, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. But all that pales compared to the blackmailer determined to destroy her.

There’s a social hierarchy at the International School and Max Tucker is outside the velvet ropes. After watching Fleur break his friend’s heart, Max knows to stay away from trouble, despite the crush he’s had on her since freshman year. But when they’re partnered on a project, Max learns there’s more to Fleur than meets the eye, and she just might be worth the wild ride.

The more time they spend together, the further Max falls. And when a kiss awakens a passion Fleur never imagined, she’s unable to resist Max, who she had thought was all wrong for her but might be the only thing that’s right. But will he stand by her when her secrets are revealed?

Don’t miss the final book in the International School series. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 17 and up.

 

Where to Find the Series:

FRENCH KISSED (International School Book #3)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZH8BeL

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1vlkljJ

iBooks: http://bit.ly/1x2UaLu

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I SEE LONDON (International School Book #1)

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/MpM27V

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1ibPGgh

iBooks: http://bit.ly/1ewcogY

My Review

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LONDON FALLING (International School Book #2):

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1n6rvo2

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/VxbiOd

iBooks: http://bit.ly/1ziLXaq

My Review

About the Author:

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean Chanel Cleetoncruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in Asia.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her fighter pilot husband.

She is the author of I SEE LONDON and LONDON FALLING, published by Harlequin HQN, the upcoming FRENCH KISSED, and FLIRTING WITH SCANDAL, the first book in a new three-book series to be released by Penguin/Berkley in 2015.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website:   www.chanelcleeton.com
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/authorchanelcleeton
Twitter:   www.twitter.com/chanelcleeton
Goodreads:   www.goodreads.com/chanelcleeton
Newsletter:   www.chanelcleeton.com/mailing-list/

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AH! I’m super excited that Fleur got her own story! Can’t wait to see how this unfolds :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Later BookNerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn 

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Book Birthday! Bulletproof by Melissa Pearl

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Hey Everyone,

Wow I’ve been super quiet on the blogosphere. Hopefully that will change in the weeks to come. Honestly, I’ve had a bit of a YA & NA dry spell. Mostly a reading dry spell as well. I’m currently on a new life journey to a happier and healthier me. So I’ve been focused a lot on eating right and exercising. But I know I’m getting lazy on the reading front, because I still have time to squeeze in some of my new favorite Fall TV Shows (Scorpion anyone?!). So that’s why I’m super excited to share this Release Day Blitz post from a series I fell in love with earlier this year. Melissa Pearl’s second Songbird novel comes out today and I’m planning on having this novel jump start my reading! So without further adieu….

Bulletproof by Melissa Pearl

Release Day Blitz
November 20, 2014

Morgan Pritchett doesn’t need anyone. Strong-willed and confident, she’s the master of organizing and looking after everyone around her. In her mind, she’s bulletproof.
But she has one weakness – men. She can’t seem to live without them, yet is unable to find her perfect match. After yet another break up, Morgan promises her sister and best friend that she’ll write off men fBullettproof_Pearl_High (1)or the rest of the year…but then she meets Sean Jaxon.
Sean Jaxon has worked hard to become a Hollywood actor, scoring minor roles and slowly making a name for himself as an action sidekick. After a chance encounter with the stunning Morgan Pritchett, he decides to take a risk and put his dancing skills to the test by signing on for the lead role in Superstar, a TV musical. He never thought he’d reconnect with the girl who urged him to ignore his manager and be honest with himself, but when Morgan shows up on the set as a production assistant, he realizes he’s found his ultimate weakness – her.
Their passion for dance and music will bring them together, but will their relationship be able to withstand the forces determined to pull them apart? As Morgan comes face-to-face with her long-buried demons and Sean decides just how much he’s willing to risk for love, these two songbirds discover something…they’re not as bulletproof as they thought.

BUY IT AT:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/BulletproofAM

Bah I’m like a total sucker for anything music or entertainment related (why yes I’ve seen almost every season of SYTYCD and The X-Factor :p), so any Songbird novel will draw me in with just this fact alone. But on the other hand, I’ve actually read and really enjoyed Pearl’s first book, Fever. This is why I’m so stoked for this new novel. I can’t wait to fall in love with her new characters and their storyline. What can I say? I love love ;). Anyways I’m really hoping this one draws me out of my dark days of non-reading.

Let me know what you all think of Bulletproof! Have you read Fever? A Melissa Pearl fan? Dish to me below in the comments! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Later Booknerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn

~*~ABOUT MELISSA PEARL~*~

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Hope(less) by Melissa Haag Review

Hello my lovelies,

I was recently given the opportunity to review Hope(less) by Melissa Haag from Mark My Words Book Publicity. In exchange for an honest review, I was given a free eBook copy of the novel. The below review is my own opinion and not influenced by any out side factors.

Hope(less) by Melissa Haag

The Review

Hope(less) tells of Gabby’s journey with the supernatural. All her life Gabby was able to see tiny glowing sparks of people in her mind. Almost like a people radar system programmed into her brain. All she has to do is close her eyes and concentrate and she’ll be able to see where people are in a certain mile radius. This comes in handy before walking through the park at night, but isn’t the first thing Gabby tells people about herself. Then she meets a warewolf and is exposed to a larger supernatural world. The kicker? Gabby’s one of only a few humans that can be mated to a warewolf. Go figure no one clued her into that fact until she was already up at their compound. Now on top of trying to figure out what she is and what her abilities mean, she also has to worry about possibly loosing the independence she craves by being mated to a warewolf.

Enter in Clay. Clay is quiet and unkempt and not at all someone Gabby wants to be associated with let alone feel something for. Then at the last visit to the compound before college, Gabby meets him and knows instantly that she shares a bond with Clay. But Gabby will do anything to deny the bond and keep her newly found independence. However, Clay isn’t about to give up on finding his mate. He decides to follow Gabby into her new life. As feeling start to grow between the two, a new threat emerges. Gabby sees lights that she can’t label as human or warewolf and they’re stalking her.

This novel had a great premise when I first read it. I was excited to see how Gabby and Clay’s relationship would play out and what role Gabby would play in this supernatural world Haag created. Gabby’s supernatural ability was unique and definitely had me intrigued as to how Haag was going to describe and work-in this ability.

However, when I first began reading the book I was a bit disappointed. The beginning was a bit hard to plow through. There was a lot of unnecessary background scenes that would have been better worked-in  later on in the story as well as some weird time transitions. I felt the beginning would have been a lot better if the story began with Gabby’s last visit to the Hope(less) by Melissa Haagcompound as that’s where the story really seemed to pick up and “begin” in my mind.

I was also a bit unsure of Gabby’s ability. It seemed like a very unique ability for a character and one I have not seen in any other story as of yet. I was super excited to see how Haag would use it in the novel. However, it seemed a bit hard for me to picture the ability in the novel whenever Gabby described it. I was a little turned off from it and it took me a while for it to grow on me. Luckily later on in the novel, the ability was more clearly described and as the action picked up so did Gabby’s use and, later, understanding of her gift.

With all that said, I have to be honest and say that even though I had problems with the novel in the beginning I actually couldn’t stop reading it once I bypassed the rocky beginning. I was hooked on Gabby and Clay and wanted to see how their relationship would evolve and turn out. Would Gabby accept Clay as her mate? Would she let him in? I couldn’t put the book down.

This is where Haag truly excelled. Her ability to bring Gabby and Clay together and the way she wrote their relationship was perfect. I fell in love with this love story. I have to say that Clay might in fact be my new favorite book boyfriend, which is something highly hard to obtain from me ;). I absolutely loved the way he wooed Gabby; the way he sneaked into her heart without her really realizing it. It was a slow love story, but more realistic than the insta-love seen in most books. It was by far one of my favorite love storylines to read. And if you’re a sucker for those types of storylines than I highly recommend this book. :)

As a beginning of a series, Hope(less) was an alright starter. The overall storyline of “judgement has begun” and the mystery sparks of light were not done horribly, but didn’t keep my interest as much as Gabby and Clay’s relationship storyline did. However, towards the end the action really picked up and I think it was enough to easily relay into a second book. I will most likely be picking up the next installment to continue on in the series. However if you’re looking for a very well done paranormal series you might find some disappointment with this opener novel. Personally, I’m going to wait until the second novel before making any decisions on the overall series, but I can see how some might be turned off because of the first installment.

Overall, this story was a keeper for me based solely on Gabby and Clay’s relationship. Their love story was an epic one for me because it seemed so real and Clay was absolutely wonderful. As a paranormal series, this was an okay start, but I’m hoping the next installment will be better in this regard. In the end, I’d recommend this to “romance” lovers and just warn paranormal lovers that it might be a slow start to get through before being able to enjoy the paranormal storyline of this novel.

The Grade:

Ratings---B -plus

The Details:

Publisher: Melissa Haag
Pages:
352 
Price: Free* (Kindle edition)
Place: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads

*Free  as of the date of this review. 

Have you read Hope(less)? What are your thoughts on the series? As in love with Clay as I am? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you think! 

Later BookNerds!

xo,

NicoleLynn