The very first Ginger Scott book I read was in her Falling Series, so I was really excited to see a new book released in that world. And I wasn’t disappointed. In Your Dreams was well-written, a compelling story filled with broken characters and an intriguing plot line.
Casey Coffield was probably the least-likable character in The Girl I Was Before, where he made his debut. He was Houston’s best friend, but it really made no sense. Casey came across like the biggest loser imaginable, someone who used Houston and took advantage of his good nature. When I realized this new book was about him, I had a lot of doubts.
But by showing us life through Casey’s eyes, the author showed us his redemption. Now, don’t get me wrong–I didn’t like Casey at the beginning of his book any more than I had before. But inch by inch, little by little, he changed–and the transformation was both believable and beautiful.
Murphy, the female lead, was a terrific character–strong, fierce and lovable. Her family was perfect, as well–their compassion and grace were a huge part of the story.
I loved this book–and I’m waiting impatiently for Ms. Scott’s next release! She never disappoints.
Usually when I post reads to this day on the blog, I’ve finished the book and can tell you how I felt about it overall. Today’s different. I’ve been short on good reads lately, so today really IS What I’m Reading #Wednesday.
I’ve been waiting for this book since I finished the first one, Wild Reckless. I loved that one, even though it was mostly YA, a genre I rarely read; the depth and the plot line overcame any misgivings I might have had.
Now I’m about a third of the way into the second book, and I’m not disappointed. We’re back in Woodstock, a small town near Chicago, and we’re back with the Harper family. This time, younger brother Andrew is the main character. He’s a kid who’s the unlucky recipient of his family’s legacy: the Harpers are the subject of rumors, speculation and bad opinion after the family’s suffered in the aftermath of mental illness.
This story picks up about a year after the first one, but then we jump ahead five years. I’m not going to spoil the plot by talking about why we make the leap; suffice it to say that it works.
I’m eager to read the rest of it and see what happens with Andrew and Emma, his love interest. She’s got a secret we don’t know, and while I can guess at it–maybe?–I’m not sure.
So far, the characters are likable, the story is moving along well, and I’m enjoying it. I’ll come back and update once I’m finished.
I was trolling the ‘Zon last week when lo and behold, I saw that The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan had been released! I gobbled it up–you might remember that Kristen wrote The Hook Up which I’d found earlier this year. I was so excited to read this book, and it didn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved the relationship between Ivy and Gray and the easy way it developed. Both were well-rounded, believable characters, likable and real. I was thrilled with the bumps along their way and how they were resolved. It was a story worthy of the huge hangover it gave me.
I sighed as I finished, flipping back onto the home screen of my Kindle, and I blinked in surprise and then glee–because there was The Mistake by Elle Kennedy, the follow up book to The Deal. It was like a miracle . . . a reader’s miracle.
While I was enjoying it, though, I was surprised to come across a familiar name from another book. Drew Baylor? But he was a character in The Hook Up. I loved it, though–characters crossing worlds. How cool! So imagine how giddy I was when I reached the end of the book and found out about a very cool Facebook group that lets fans of some of my favorite authors hang out and chat!
The Locker Room celebrates the books and characters of Cora Carmack, Elle Kennedy, Kristen Callihan, Monica Murphy and Sarina Bowen. It’s a dream come true.
So to recap: this week’s books were both excellent follow-ups to the fabulous first books. Both were deep and sassy love stories, deep and realistic characters, men who make us all go ga-ga and women who are more than capable of kicking a little ass.
What could be better? So glad you asked. All Played Out, the Rusk University book I’ve been waiting for over the last months, finally hit my Kindle last night. You know what we’ll be discussing next Wednesday.
One Really Happy Reader