Genre: #Romance #ContemporaryRomance #DarkRomance
My Rating: 5
Publication: January 22nd 2019
Read: January 15th 2019 *ARC provided by author
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ADD STRENGTH TO YOUR TBR
There’s a girl asleep by my bed. Her name’s Sophie and she’s the love of my life.
She doesn’t know that. I’ve never told her, nor given her any clues. I’ve been careful. I’ve been diligent. I’ve been the biggest asshole the world has seen.
To her. And to everyone.
But after I fell sick, she came back and she’s still here. I don’t know why, if it means anything, what she wants from me.
I know I want everything from her but I can’t ask for it.
Because I fucked up, I’m probably dying, and it’s too late for second chances… right?
This short novel is a standalone story in the Wild Men world (companion to Dark Child), and will release in October as part of the Cards of Love 2018 series.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh wow! This was another amazing book by one of my favorite authors. Jo Raven has a talent for writing that is so unique. No other author I have read, tortures their heroes like she does. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to watch a character suffer and be able to do nothing but read faster to get to the HEA. Jo raven writes from the heart and amazes me constantly.
If you’ve read Dark Child then you know of Griffin and Sophie. And while you do not have to read that book prior to Strength, I recommend you do because there are quite a few mentions that might make the book even more enjoyable for you.
Griffin is going through dark times. Not only does he suffer from PTSD, there is an issue with his health. My heart broke for this man over and over. In addition to his self-loathing, Griffin believes himself unworthy of Sophie’s love. Sophie was an amazing, strong character. She was just what Griff needed to help him heal. Sophie would teach this tortured man how to love as well.
I can go on but that would mean I’d have to give you details and since I refuse to ruin this book for you, you will have to read it on your own. I promise if you are already a fan of Jo’s, she won’t let you down. And if you haven’t read anything by her yet, I absolutely recommend that you do!
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
Author: Madison Faye
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A Junkyard Boys Novel
Genres: #Romance #SecondChanceRomance #DarkRomance
My Rating: 4.5
Publication: August 30th 2018
Read: September 29th 2018
POV: First-person alternate perspectives
Series: Junkyard Boys: The Junkyard Boys; The Scrapyard Man; A Junkyard Wedding; Salvaging Max; Recycled Memory
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Marcus “Memory” Mecken
I fought for respect, then I fought for my country. Now I’ll fight for her.
I made a choice, one I thought was for her own good. Her future was bigger than our love, or so I thought. Years have passed when I find her working at a rundown diner and realize everything I’ve sacrificed was for nothing. That wasn’t part of the plan, and now I want answers.
I fought for love, then I fought for my sanity. Now I’ll fight to keep him away.
He made a choice to give up on us, on love, and it cost me everything . Now he’s back and looking for answers. Too bad. The girl he left behind is dead and buried. He wants answers? Well, good luck trying to find them. I’ll never tell.
He doesn’t deserve to know.
Fight for something or die for nothing.
The Junkyard Boys are forced to team up and set things right in order to help their brother bring home the only girl he has ever loved.
Can two lost lovers, torn apart for years, recycle old feelings from the past and reclaim their future? Will they fight to piece together their broken hearts, or will the past prove too much to overcome?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is my first book by SH Richardson and my first in the Junkyard series. Regretfully I did not read the prior books in the series. Yet. I am definitely going to, though. I felt Recycled Memory was a very tense, emotional read. I was overcome with so many feels. I felt everything from sadness and frustration to anger and fear. The angst in this book is palpable. You can’t help having that sick feeling you get in your stomach when you know something awful is coming. With that said, this book also has suspense and definitely darkness as well as some violence. One thing I cannot say is that this book was sweet and romantic.
I loved nearly every character in this book. However, there were definitely a few I wanted to jump into the pages and choke, lol. But no, I’m serious. While I haven’t read the prior books in the Junkyard series, I did not feel lost. Actually I was very intrigued by these characters and want to read the other stories, which I suspect are just as angsty.
I also want to assure you there is a happy ending.
So where to begin…Marcus and Maribel…..
These two met as twelve and fourteen years olds. Maribel was a prodigy. A young, nerdy, lonely girl. She was exceptionally brilliant and lived to please her father. Maribel had no friends, her choice. Her parents loved her but they had their priorities in the wrong places. Her sister was her worst nightmare. I thought that girl was awful. How she could treat her little sister the way she did was disgusting. There is no redeeming that girl in my opinion.
Maribel and Marcus met one day while he was fighting with a group of boys in the schoolyard. Maribel happened by and got in the middle of the fight to stop it. Did I mention she was a tiny thing? You’ll just have to read the book to learn the circumstances. But from that day forward, they became something beautiful. Even if they didn’t realize it yet. I’ll say that the first half of the book takes us back in time to experience the dynamic between these two complicated characters.
As high school comes to an end, they are torn apart by a bad decision that Marcus thought was right. Of course years later he came to regret what he did. His actions caused a crushing turn of events. Unfortunately, for Marcus, he would soon learn the devastating repercussions that his actions caused. I’ll say it now. Even though, I knew it was coming, my heart wasn’t prepared for that moment of the book. Sadly, after that, my feelings for him took a nosedive. Marcus needed to redeem himself to me as well as Maribel.
This book is very intense. Very passionate. It is not your typical cookie-cutter romance. It’s dark and angsty and I loved it. SH Richardson has a talent for pulling you in and keeping you engaged. I did not want to put this book down until I got my happily ever after. And here is where I recommend you not start this book late in the day because you will not be able to put it down either.
This is my honest and unbiased opinion. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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