Thursday, March 22, 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful DisasterBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you have not read this book, do not read further. Or if you are just wanting to know what its about, don't blame me for giving anything away.

If you do not like cursing or foul language, do not read this review. I express myself alot in my reviews and sometimes it involves cursing so I do not need any comments about my sailor mouth. If you ignore these warnings and have a problem with my review, I don't know what to tell you. This is my review so I deserve respect, so please refrain from bitching or complaining. Thank you. Now lets get on with the review shall we?

I'm a little mad at myself because I had written a really awesome long review yesterday but my computer froze and it got deleted. So I am re writing this from memory. I just hope I cover everything.
First of all, I have to say: WELL DONE JAMIE. WELL DONE. This book was nothing short of fantastic. I am kicking my ass for not reading it sooner. The thing is, at first I never planned on reading it. The initial cover turned me off. It looked freaky. But NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. That saying couldn't be more true. SHIT, this was a great book. I finally bought it on my nook after getting hounded by my wonderful GR ladies, raving about how wonderful it was and how hot and sexy and amazing Travis was. HOLY SHIT. He. Is. Awesome.!! Well, then I started reading more reviews and stumbled upon a review that pissed me off. Okay, so if you're not an author, don't talk. Seriously, I am sick of hearing how much of a troll Jamie is. I saw her post on FB and it really bothered me, so I searched for the reviewer she was talking about. WOW, a bunch of fucking immature brats hating on a woman who wrote a book that she felt was good and touched her heart. Let me tell you this, I am a writer. It is not easy. I'm writing 2 books and being a writer is not a piece of cake. There is alot of sweat, blood and tears that go into a book. Authors pour their heart and soul into each book they write, so unless you are one and are really famous and make lots of money and you're on the Best Sellers list, just keep your nasty comments to yourself. That's called immaturity. Or better yet, just keep your comments to yourself even then. Grow the fuck up!! Okay, I'm done ranting. Sorry, it just bothers me when people attack an author for the sake of feeling better about themselves.

Now, I bought this book right after I read all that crap. I don't understand why people didn't like this book. OKAY, I get it. Not many people are in favor of vulgarity, sex or bad language. Well, face it people its life. Life is full of it. Get over it. Jamie wrote a book based on things that happen in real life. This isn't a fairy tale that's for sure. But it was so well developed and so heartbreaking and disasterous and so powerful, it was BEAUTIFUL!!!I loved every minute of it. I was swept away from beginning to end. I really felt this book took me back to my own life experiences. I went through a similar situation as Abby. I was married to a guy who was very temperamental. He was mentally and emotionally abusive to the point where I thought of ending my life. Yea, thats extreme but he was fucked up in the head and took me down with him. To this day I am still struggling with my past. The emotional and mental scars are still there. But I finally divorced his ass and took our kids with me. So why do I like this book so much if he reminds me of my ex you wonder? Well, first off Travis was never as bad. While reading this book, eventhough memories rushed back to vanished with him being the hero. He may have gotten mad and yelled and threw stuff. But he never belitteled her or hit her. He loved her and I could see that he would do anything for her. He couldn't live without her. They were perfect for each other. I can't say enough how much I loved this book. There are no words that will justify my love for it or for Travis. The sex. I get that not everyone likes the amount of sex that was in it. But I loved it. It was perfect the way it. And believe me, I felt every bit of passion and romance and sexiness that was described. The detail was great. Sure its not really for a pre teen to read. But for young adults/adults, it's PERFECT! I loved the bets that were made in this. It gave the story a little fun spice to it. It was cute.

I loved the storyline. The whole fight aspect of it was awesome! I'm a big wrestling and MMA fan. I used to watch them every week. While the fights were going on, I felt like I was ringside every time. I was nervous and scared for him but when victory came, I was as ecstatic and proud as Abby was. He was a great fighter and eventhough he got beat up a little here and there, I was such a happy fool. Also, when it started out that he was a player and every girl wanted amazed me to see the changes in him. I truly believe people can change, but that's if they want to. He was an ass at times and I wanted to wring his neck but then I wanted to hug and kiss him forever!! The fact that Abby changed him was so beautiful. He meets her, they become friends. Then best friends. Then he wants more than that. All the while he stops sleeping around with every girl he sees and ignores all the girls at school that try to talk to him. That was incredible. Geez, that guy made my stomach do flips inside and out. I love him. The fact that he is some bad ass, motorcylce riding, tatoo addict, fighting hot son of a bitch is appealing to me. But it's funny because my ex had the same description. Well, he didn't fight but he is the one that got me addicted to wrestling and shit. His parents were in a biker club and they all have tatoos. Bottome line, the story line was fantastic.

The characters. I loved the development of the characters. It was one book where I loved most of the characters and they were all my friends. My favorite, besides Travis was America. OMG, I was so on her side most of the time. The way she stood up for Travis to Abby when it seemed like she was playing games with him, I was cheering America on. I was pissed at Abby at the beginning. I hated Parker and everytime they went on a date, I felt like screaming at her. Then when she asked Travis how she looked, it was like a slap in the face. But throughout the book, I really loved her. She was a great lead character. I felt her pain and could relate to her in so many ways. She was strong and brave and really stood up for herself. She did put up with alot of shit from Travis but also I could see she loved him as much as he loved her. Their relationship was such a rollercoaster, I didn't know which way it would turn. I got a headache at times because just when I thought they had it all figured out.......BAM! Another disaster. It left me in tears. But it was a journey I was still happy to venture on. It was worth all the tears. I cried...I laughed....I hurt....I screamed....I smiled....I cursed.I I I I I...I loved. This is one of my favorite contemporary stories. I loved America and Shep's relationship too. They were loyal and great friends to Travis and Abby. I saw the strong friendship and loved they all had for each other. Shep was awesome. He was witty, sarcastic, loving, funny and just a great character. His love for America was so endearing and sweet. They were the perfect best friends. And how could you forget the cool funny gay guy? Finch was amazing. I wish we had more scenes with him but what we got, I loved. He helped Abby through some tough times while she and Travis were apart. I loved the whole Valentine's party date scene. He was so fun. I loved Travis' family. His dad was so awesome! He made me bawl like a baby in the kitchen scene at Thanksgiving. It broke my heart to pieces. It pissed me off when Abby decided not to tell Travis she changed her mind and wanted him back. But I guess there was a reason for that to happen. We didn't get to know his brothers that well, but they seemed like a bunch of fun loving funny guys. The whole poker scene was hilarious. Go Abby. Trent. I loved him. It was so sweet that he came to Travis' last fight as support for his brother and to watch out for Abby. When we thought he died in the fire, I cried my eyes out. It was so emotional. THAT WHOLE SCENE, I was gripping my bed trying to read my nook as my the words were so blurry from an ocean of tears. When we found he was safe and alive, I cried so much of relief. The only characters I didn't like were Benny, Parker and Abby's dad. They were all a bunch of assholes I wished bad things on. Every scene with Parker I cringed with fury. I was glad when she left him at the restaraunt. About time, get rid of his ass!!! Basically, I loved the character dynamic. Jamie did a great job of describing each of them and their roles were amazing and fit the book perfectly. The characters were memorable and I will never forget them. Abby and Travis will always have a place in my heart. I love them as if they were my real friends!

The ending. Oh gosh. This book had me in tears the whole way through. It was emotional for so many reasons. But I loved the end. It was awesome! I can't say enough good things about this ending. It was just perfect in every way. The eloping in Vegas, the tatoo Abby got, the love they shared and how much they are meant for each other. Ugh, this book leaves me speechless. I want to read it again. Remembering everything I loved about this book makes me teary again, it really touched my heart. I recommend people reading it and not letting the reviews deter them from giving this amazing book a chance!! You will be surprised at what you may feel once you pick up this book! I am so excited cause I bought the paperback copy with Jamie's autograph! Can't wait to get it! Here are some of my favorite quotes!

“To douchebags!" he said, gesturing to Brad. "And to girls that break your heart," he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. "And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”

“I knew the second I met you
that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it
wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.”

“I know we're fucked up, alright? I'm impulsive, and hot tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don't deserve you...but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I loved anyone or anything ever. When you're around, I don't need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands...”

“You can’t tell me
what to do anymore, Travis! I don’t belong to you!”
In the second it took him to turn and face me, his
expression had contorted into anger. He stomped toward
me, planting his hands on the bed and leaning into my face.
“WELL I BELONG TO YOU!” The veins in his neck
bulged as he shouted, and I met his glare, refusing to even
flinch. He looked at my lips, panting. “I belong to you.”

“. “I need to hear you say it. I need to know you’re mine.”
“I’ve been yours since the second we met.”

“I don't get scared very often," he said finally. "I was scared the first morning I woke up and you weren't here. I was scared when you left me after Vegas. I was scared when I thought I was going to have to tell my dad that Trent had dies in that building. But when I saw you across the flames in the basement...I was terrified. I made it to the door, was a few feet from the exit, and I couldn't leave.
"What do you mean? Are you crazy?" I said, my head jerking up to look into his eyes.
"I've never been so clear about anything in my life. I turned around, made my way to that room you were in, and there you were. Nothing else mattered. I didn't even know id we would make it out or not, I just wanted to be where you were, whatever that meant. The only thing I'm afraid of is a life without you, Pigeon."
I leaned up, kissing his lips tenderly. When our mouths parted, I smiled. "Then you have nothing to be afraid of. We're forever.”

“He continued to stare out the window. "I meant what I said before. You need to walk away, Pidge. God knows I can't walk away from you.”

“I don't know what I'm going to do with you, Trav! I've dumped someone for you-twice-I've picked up and went to Vegas with you-twice-I've literally gone through hell and back, married you and branded myself with your name. I'm running out of ideas to prove to you that I'm yours."
A small smile graced his lips. "I love it when you say that."
"That I'm yours?" I asked. I leaned up on the balls of my feet, pressing my lips against his. "I. Am. Yours. Mrs. Travis Maddox. Forever and always.”

“Vegas?" I asked. His brow furrowed, unsure of where I was headed.
"Have you thought about going back?" His eyebrows shot up.
"I don't think that's a good idea for me."
"What if we just went for a night?" He looked around the dark room, confused.
"A night?"
"Marry me," I said without hesitation. I was surprised at how quickly and easily the words came. His mouth spread into a broad smile.
"When?" I shrugged.
"We can book a flight tomorrow. It's spring break. I dont't have anything going on tomorrow, do you?"
"I'm callin' your bluff," he said, watching my reaction closely as he was connected. "I need two tickets to vegas, please. Tomorrow. Hmmmm...," he looked at me, waiting for me to change my mind. "Two days, round trip. Whatever you have.”

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Look at what I got in the mail today!!

So this book looks really good. It's a friend of a good friend who wrote this. It sounds fantastic. I can't wait to delve into this, once I finish a couple of others.

Blurb: The feisty and determined faerie Princess Alannah is many things, but she never thought she would be the key to her people’s destruction.

Kidnapped for a power she does not yet possess, Alannah finds herself in the clutches of the most malevolent sorcerer of her time. Maligo. Alannah escapes her prison with help from the handsome and stalwart warrior faerie, Brennus.

Now she must cross mountains and forests fraught with rogue faeries, vicious Fae-hating trolls, dangerous shape-shifters, and more to reach the only ones that can help her control her incoming powers. The Elder Faeries.

With Brennus by her side, Alannah is determined to reach the Elder Faeries and save her people. Maligo is just as determined she never makes it that far.

So I am excited to start this soon. It looks very intriguing!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Two-way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Two-Way StreetTwo-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. Wow. Wow. I finished this in a day, started it last night and couldn't put it down. I freakin loved it!!! Review to come!

Okay, so wow this book was AMAZING!!! First of all, I gotta give the author props! Her idea for the story was so well developed and thought of. Okay, so imagine this:

You and your ex just broke up for some unknown reason and you're heartbroken. He totally disses you and says he met someone else. Okay, whatever, obviously she's a slut and he's a dick. Case closed. Well then there's an important trip that has been planned prior to the break up and you are both supposed to go-together. Oh and its a LOOOOONG drive.
Do you still go?

Well, here is my thoery on this. Depending on the importance of the trip and whether or not you can make arrangements to go without him at the last minute. I mean, you're broken up and he's the why would you put yourself through such a horrible situation like that? Hmm okay while reading this, I totally imagined the whole time that it was me and my douche bag ex husband. OMG, I would have killed him before we got to our destination then threw his body in a secluded river(if there is one). I know, a little masochistic. But yea well, I'm sure we've all had thoughts like that about our exes but its not like we would ever really do it. I would go as far as planning it, then chicken out for the fact that I am not a murderer for one. And for another, I do not want to spend my life in jail. Oh and not to mention, it's a sin.

Getting on with my review now. I bought this book on impulse one night. I liked the plot, the setting, and the cover was interesting. So I bought it, though it sat on my book shelf for a few days and finally, just last night I pulled it out and started. I. WAS. HOOKED. I literally finished it within 24 hours. I couldn't put it down.

So Jordan and Courtney had a nice start to their relationship. They knew each other since high school, though they never really talked much and got together their senior year after hanging out at a party, a few months before graduation. Their friendship was sweet and romantic. It alternated perspectives. We got to see both sides to their story, which just like the title, there are two sides to every story...a two-way street when it comes to relationships. Courtney was still a virgin who was not so popular. But Jordan was the hottest and biggest player in school. Every girl wanted him and he knew it. Even I wanted him. They were a cute pair. Although, I didn't care for Courtney much but I adored Jordan from the start to finish. After catching his mom having an affair, he does his best to stay away from home. he spends alot of time with Courtney and they get really close. But there is a secret that keeps them apart. Eventhough he loves her, he has to break up with her. It's for the best for both of them. I was sad to see it end but once you read on, you understand why he had to do it. She is left in the dark and is forced to move on from him. But then her parents make her go on the trip to their college orientation together. It's a 3-day disaster. So what happens when she finds out all the secrets that's kept them apart? Read and find out.

The writing was captivating, compelling, intriguing, beautiful, amazing, and anything else I could probably think of. The only beef I had with this book was that there were many times a thought was repeated in many parts throughout the book. Like for instance: it would say 'Well, she looks beautiful', "You look beautiful." I said. or many times they would say something and then reiterate the thought many times with 'I mean' at the end. I understood the first time, every time. It was silly things like that. But other than that, it was simply amazing! I could overlook those small mistakes because it was minuscule. One thing I loved about this book was that it went back and forth between the past and the present. It started off in the present and would flip back and forth between both Courtney and Jordan. That was pretty cool to see and I absolutely enjoyed it!

The setting. This was brilliant. I loved the setting, in Florida, North Carolina and many other states that were mentioned. There was alot of detail and I could picture myself there in every second. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's a must read.

The characters. I liked most of the characters. Jocelyn, Courtney's best friend was cool. I didn't like her the first half of the book. She pissed me off. Eventhough she was looking out for Court, I felt she was very hypocritical at times and I wanted to slap her. But she redeemed herself at the end. BJ, Jordan's best friend and Jocelyn's boyfriend was awesome! I liked him alot. He was funny, sarcastic and a loyal friend to Jordan. He was a great character to the story. I could picture him as a cute beefy guy with facial hair and glasses, eventhough he didn't wear any. He kind of reminded me of that nerdy guy on Revenge of the Nerds, not the main character but the big guy. Though BJ was sweet and he was a great boyfriend to Jocelyn. Lloyd was eh, okay. I didn't like him much. Courtney was in love with him for 6 years but never told him. Then after high school before she leaves for college he makes out with her and expects her to just be with him. He was kinda a creep. But luckily he wasn't in the book that much. Then there was Courtney's douche bag dad, which I hated the most! I wanted to beat the shit out of him. Oh and kick him in the balls. But I guess without him being such an evil person, there wouldn't really be a story to tell. Still, I hated him. Courtney, ummm she was ok. I mean I understood her hostility towards Jordan because she doesn't know the reason Jordan had to break up with her. I can sympathize with her to an extent. But she was still kind of annoying and whiney more to the point of "OMG, shut the hell up". But by the end, I liked her better. As for Jordan, I LOVED HIM!!! The whole way through, I felt so much love for him and I felt so bad for him too. He really loved Courtney but there were things he couldn't tell her just yet. And he had his reasons. Some would say it was a cowardice move but I think if I was thrown in that situation, I would have done the same thing. He was sexy and vulnerable and sweet and oh so SWOON WORTHY!!! He made my tummy do some crazy weird stuff!!! He is on my top 10 fictional boyfriend list.

I highly reccommend this book to those that love an adventure or romantic story. It was fun and also at times heartbreaking but it was worth the pain. You saw how their love started out and developed, growing stronger and eventhough it ended, their love never died. So beautiful! Easily 5/5 stars!!

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Josh Hutcherson comes to Dallas

Oh yes, it is Peeta from the Hunger Games!!!!!! It was so amazing!! I got to see him live in person! He came to one of my malls in town. In person, he is so much prettier!!! Of course, you couldn't hear anything the whole time the interview was going on. But seriously, I only came to see him up close! It makes me that much more excited about the movie. YAY!!! THG comes out in like 2 weeks! I am so ready!

Friday, March 2, 2012


Matched #3 by Ally Condie COMES OUT NOVEMBER 13, 2012

Yay!!! Can not wait!!! I love the cover! If you have not read Matched or Crossed, go out and buy them!!! They are great reads!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Perfect Chemistry

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, Simone Elkeles has once again wowed me with her AWESOMENESS!!!! As tears are streaming down my face, of course they are happy tears but also tear of sadness to see Alex and Brit's story unfold in only one book. Oh boy was this book worth every tear I shed tonight-and there were alot. But these last tears were those of happiness for a perfect ending, to the perfect story, with my 2 favorite perfect characters that will live on in my heart forever. Oh Alex and Brit how I will miss thee-I suppose I will see them again in the next 2 books. But that's it for now while I go blow my nose since it's dripping snotty tears. Full review to come SOON!

I am such an emotional wreck, I blame it on Simone Elkeles!!! She does this to me with each book I read. I will finish and then feel depressed or emotional for days! But it's the fact that it gets to me so much that I sit there and cry, even when the ending was pure bliss-perfect. She always has a way of making you feel. You feel for her characters in every book. Every situation. You feel thier love. You feel their sorrow. You feel their fear. You feel their pain. You feel their happiness. You just feel. And it's not something every author can accomplish with with their readers. (Jennifer Armentrout and Simone Elkeles are a rare few) Elkeles is absolutely amazing with her stories that I always feel I'm front and center watching it with my own eyes. I read her books and the world falls away. The Leaving Paradise series(I guess it's not really considered a series with only 2 books) but it left me in tears for days after reading it. The characters touched my heart so profoundly that I was lost in their story all the way til the end. It didn't change at all for this awesome book! Perfect Chemistry was....well perfect! Now, I shall get on with my review before I lose all senses.


This book takes place in Fairfield near Chicago, Illinois. It's about 2 teenagers from very different parts of the tracks. Alejandro, better known as Alex (or Sexy mexy), is a gangbanger trying to protect his family from the dangers lurking around his homelife. He has alot of secrets and his life is anything BUT perfect. Brittany on the other hand has it all, she's a very popular cheerleader(who is captain of the Poms squad) with a hot boyfriend of 2 years who is a football player (go figure) and has great friends. But on the surface she is no different than anyone else. She tries to keep a Perfect front to everyone outside of her home. Her sister has cerebral palsy and her parents are lacking the whole parenting part, though they lead everyone to believe they are the happiest and most perfect family around. It's not the life she's always wanted. Things get a little interesting when Alex and Brit are paired up as partners to work together in a Chemistry project. They can't stand each other and, they both realize how both of them are so different. Alex makes a bet with his friends that he can get Brittany to sleep with him before Thanksgiving. Being friends or anything less than acquantances, if even that would be so catastrophic for their reputations and would only show Alex her real life she is not yet ready for anyone to see. But overtime, things start to sizzle as Alex realizes, she's not as different as he thought. As they spend more time together they start to understand each other more and their chemistry is undeniable. Can they survive the judgements from friends and even strangers?? Can they see each other as more than chemistry partners or would it ruin their perfect/not-so-perfect facade they put up for show?

Okay, so originally I wasn't going to read this. A friend of mine read it and didn't like it at all. We have very similar taste in books so I figured it would be a waste of time. So I decided to toss it aside and instead read Leaving Paradise. Wow, I instantly fell in love with Elkeles' writing style. It was amazing! I read the second book and loved it even more. I wanted more of her writing...more of her books...more of her characters...more of her beautiful stories that made me feel everything. So after many reviews raving Perfect Chemistry and MANY demanding friends, I decided to give it a try. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! Simone delivered a phenomenal story yet again that touched all the way to my soul-and other places. I was so happy I took a chance on this book, I would have missed out on such an emotionally awesome rollercoaster! And I LOVE rollercoasters!! Also, I couldn't help but notice how similar this book was to the movie Crazy/Beautiful, which was one of my favorite movies from years ago. It made me love it even more!! I loved that this book was in alternating perspectives! We got to see both Brit's life unfold as well as Alex's past and fears for his future.

The character dynamics in this were incredible. I loved seeing the different sides-the North side and the South side-so different yet also similar. I loved Isa (Alex's friend), she accepted Brit right away. She never judged her for being who she was. So bittersweet. Sierra, who was Brit's best friend was not accepting of Alex at first but she came around and she made me smile. I enjoyed her character and seeing how she changed her views. She was just looking out for her best friend. *sigh* Paco, Alex's best friend. Oh dear Paco, why??? I loved him the most of the secondary characters. He was just. Amazing. Kind. Sacrificial. Oh God, it pains me to think of him. *SOB* Okay, I really can't say anything else my eyes are watery...the water works will start. Mrs. P, their chemistry teacher was the kind of teacher everyone should have. She believed in Alex, she felt he could change...for the better, for his future. Oh Mrs. P how I loved thee. If I ever had chemistry, I would want someone like her. She. Was. Awesome. Carlos, Enrique, Luis, Shelley (Brit's sister) are still amazing, don't ever let anyone tell you different. I feel your pain as if it was my own. You were such a trooper all the way til the end. I wasn't too fond of Brittany's parents but they came around. And Mrs. Fuentes, might I say your son is like the epitome of HOTNESS and SWEETNESS-total bad ass mix!!! Thank you for producing such a SEXY MEXY!!! Mmmmmmmmm! Hector...I hate you. I wont say much but you're a bastard and got what you deserved!!!

Brittany, I loved her. She was an awesome main character. She puts up a perfect facade to hide her real life and true self from everyone because her parents expect her to be the perfect daughter since her sister is disabled and can't do what normal daughters can do. Haven't we all done that in our lives? Afraid we will disappoint those we care about when they see we are not perfect, so we act perfect just to appease the world? Yes, I am sure alot of people have. It's not easy being popular, especially having a selfish douche bag boyfriend like Collin. Oh he got under my skin, I wanted to beat the crap out of him. He was the typical arrogant bastard only after one thing and when he didn't get it, Brittany was a bitch in his mind or whaaaaaa, she changed. Whaaaaaa, she doesn't love him, whaaaaaa he's gonna cry like a little bitch because his friends have all had sex already and his girlfriend isn't ready to put out. Whaaaaa whaaaaa whaaaa. Ugh! Sorry, for that whining but geez, he pissed me off. Brittany held her own and I was quite proud of her for seeing Collin for what he really was, especially when she finds out he cheated on her over the summer. What a douche! Drop him girl-you deserve better! And she did. She was able to be herself around Alex because he was not disappointed at how different she was, he was more relieved and happy that she wasn't really plastic like he originally thought. She had feelings, a hard life, and made mistakes. She wasn't perfect, and Alex loved her for that. *tear*

Alejandro. Alex. Hot sexy mexy. What can I say?? I instantly fell head over heels in love with Alex!!! He was not perfect and I liked that he wasn't afraid to show his true side even if he got shit for it. Okay, yea he was in a gang and most people would frown upon that. However, if they knew his past and his childhood, they would totally understand him better. He made me cry so many times, he was so vulnerable and so sweet. He was just an ordinary kid trying to get by in life. His sexy Latino speaking self was everything a guy should be (minus the gang part, but what the hell). He was HOT HOT HOT HOT and I mean HAWT!!! Gawd he gave me chills all the way down to my toes. He effected me as much as he effected Brittany. I couldn't blame her for falling in love with him. He didn't judge, at least once he got to know a person and see them behind their protective walls. He loved his family and friends (and boy did he have alot of family), they were pretty close. He would do anything to protect his brothers from their gangbanging fates. I saw how destroyed his life was since he was a kid and man I felt nothing but sympathy and anguish for him. His fate was nothing but scary for him.I can see the choices he made and why he had to make them. But nonetheless, Alex Fuentes is definitely at the top of my list of sexyy boyfriends-along with Daemon. Oh yea, he's that AWESOME! Now I can't wait to read the other 2 books about his brothers-mostly because Alex is in them!!!! He will always be my favorite Fuentes brother!! *SWOON SWOON DROOL*

Okay, now that I've written a novel of a review...I am going to add that despite the graphic contents this book had, it was worth the read. I was so glad I went for it. It shows that you just gotta read it for yourself and make your own assumptions when you're done. I will from now on not base how good a book is by its cover or whether a friend likes it or not. But I will take a chance on my own pretenses. Yes, it had sex in it (and damn it was graphic, though I've seen worse) but I loved it!!! I LOVED IT!! I loved the language, yes there was alot of cursing-but hey that's me!!! I curse like a freakin sailor. I'm not perfect and I never pretend to be. That's why I LOVE SIMONE ELKELES!!! She is real in her books. This is real life and her books portray nothing but that. BRAVO SIMONE, BRAVO!!!! I'm sorry if people disagree with me, but that's your perrogative and I don't judge you for not liking something that I do. It's your right. This is my right. AND I AM PROUD OF IT!!!! WHEW!!!! I love that this book makes me feel free to say what I want. Because dammit I live in a free country-freedom of speech baby!!!! Bottom line, this book isn't for everyone. But for those that loved it-AND TO THOSE THAT CONVINCED ME TO READ THIS, THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Okay, now my hands hurt so it's my cue to stop now. I hope everyone learns a thing or two from this book. I know I did, and one thing I learned was don't be afraid to be who you are because of what others might think. BE REAL. BE YOU.

*Alex 'Fuck Yeah' Fuentes fan for life*

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