Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1) by Michelle Madow

book cover of The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

Title: The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
Author: Michelle Madow
Release date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Pages: 382
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Reading level: YA

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

I really had high hopes for The Secret Diamond Sisters. The premise was awesome and I had heard pretty good things about Michelle Madow’s previous series. Surprisingly enough, there were very few things I actually liked about The Secret Diamond Sisters.
The characters were the worst I’ve read about in quite some time. All three of the sisters were horrible. They were all severely flawed and I couldn’t get past their flaws. Savannah was horribly naïve and oblivious. All she cared about was money, boys, and clothes. Courtney was too perfect to be true. She was smart, funny, and kind. The perfect daughter, by all accounts. Then there was Peyton, the smart mouthed, bitchy daughter who did everything she could to piss off her dad. I hated all three of them. And then, once the guys enter the picture, things got even worse. I don’t even want to get into that though.
There was some sort of mystery regarding why Adrian sent the girls away but sadly that mystery was not solved in the course of the first book in this series. I’m really curious what the mystery is but not curious enough to continue with this series. I have no idea why it wasn’t revealed in this book but I guess that wouldn’t leave much to draw readers to the next book.
The romances were all cheesy and predictable. There was no chemistry between any of the couples. Savannah pretty much just threw herself at Damon and he pretended to like her so he could hook up with her. Peyton slept with someone on the first night and then was heartbroken when he didn’t want anything to do with her. Courtney fell for her soon to be stepbrother and made that pretty public. All of the “relationships” were fake and everyone seemed to have an ulterior motive.
Overall, The Secret Diamond Sisters is one that I would recommend passing on. This book had almost no redeeming qualities and I won’t be continuing with this series.
What others are saying about The Secret Diamond Sisters:
Miss Literati’s review: “I am looking forward to the sequel, since the last book left off with a month of summer vacation and a whole school year left.”

Once Upon A Twilight’s review: The Secret Diamond Sisters are sure to find themselves in much more drama in Michelle Madow’s next book Diamonds in the Rough.” 

Bookish’s review: Overall, I enjoyed The Secret Diamond sisters.” 

Series:
The Secret Diamond Sisters (#1)
Diamons in the Rough (#2)
Untitled (#3)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lady Thief (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen

book cover of Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Title: Lady Thief (Scarlet #2)
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Release date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Walker
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Reading level: YA

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

Lady Thief, the sequel to Scarlet, was everything I could have hoped for and more. Scarlet would have worked fine as a standalone but I’m so glad there is more to this story because things only got better with this second installment.
Scarlet’s identity is now common knowledge and her marriage to Lord Gisbourne isn’t something she can hide from anymore. Robin and Scarlet’s relationship is at stake but they are willing to do anything for each other. The best option for them is if Robin is appointed the new Sheriff of Nottingham. Prince John and Lord Gisbourne are not going to let that happen though. Not only is their relationship on the line, their lives might be too. Stakes are high and their romance is only the start of problems.
Scarlet is not quite as fierce as she was at the beginning of the first book. Things have not gone well for her ever since Lord Gisbourne reentered the picture. He is a cruel, evil person who takes pleasure in the pain of others, especially Scarlet and Robin. Robin and the gang will do whatever it takes to save Scarlet but they have other things at stake now that they can’t risk. It really is up to Scarlet and Robin to fix things, not just for themselves but for all the people of Nottingham.
Things took a turn for the scary in Lady Thief. I wasn’t sure if A.C. Gaughen was really gonna go there but she did. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you didn’t believe Lord Gisbourne and Prince John were cruel and malicious people after reading Scarlet, you will definitely believe it after reading Lady Thief.
A.C. Gaughen does not mess around. My emotions were all over the place throughout Lady Thief. There were times when I was terrified, times when I was ecstatic, and times when I was absolutely heartbroken. I thought I was going to make it all the way through the book without any tears but that was definitely not the case. Be prepared for tears.
Overall, Lady Thief does not suffer from the second book syndrome. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the final book in the trilogy.
What others are saying about Lady Thief:
Christina Reads YA’s review:A fantastic character cast, fiery heroine, and beautiful writing and voice fill the pages of this empowering retelling of Robin Hood.” 

Anna Reads’ review:And the sequel was no different. Lady Thief was exciting, heart-wrenching and surprising.”

Queen Ella Bee Reads’ review:Bottom line post all of this gushing: If you haven’t started this series yet you are doing all of the wrong things.” 

Series: 
Lady Thief (#2)
Monday, February 3, 2014

DNF Review: Never Too Late (Flirt #2) by A. Destiny and Rhonda Helms

book cover of Never Too Late by A. Destiny and Rhonda Helms

Title: Never Too Late (Flirt #2)
Author: A. Destiny, Rhonda Helms
Release date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 240
Source: Edelweiss
Reading level: YA

Can acting in love lead to the real thing? This standalone addition to the Flirt series is sweet, fresh, and clean.

Abbey couldn’t be more excited. The end of the school year is coming, as is the annual sophomore class renaissance faire…and the headlining theatrical performance, where Abbey will be starring as a lead. There’s only one problem: her costar, Jason Hardy.

Everyone else might think Jason is perfect, but Abbey knows the truth. She remembers what he did at the school dance, and she knows he’s a total jerk.

But during the daily rehearsals, Abbey starts to see a side to Jason she hadn’t noticed before…and he might not be as bad as she thought. Each day she’s falling for him just a little bit more, and she thinks maybe Jason feels the same.

Or maybe he’s a better actor than Abbey could have guessed.

Never Too Late looked like a fun read and I was really in the mood for one of those. I quickly came to realize though that Never Too Late was not the book for me.
This is going to be a really short review because I didn’t make it very far into Never Too Late. Never Too Late will appeal to a younger crowd. It’s a simple story with a very simple writing style. A little too simple, if you ask me. There was nothing special about the story, the characters, the writing, or the romance. I kept wanting something to happen that would keep me interested but nothing ever did.
The characters were also really immature. Abbey hates Jason for some really dumb reason that I can’t even remember. When they both get the romantic leads in a play, Abbey can barely move past her hatred to work with them. Then of course she starts to see another side of Jason but this is only after she finds out that her best friend likes Jason. There is nothing but immature drama all throughout this book and I just had to stop reading.
Overall, Never Too Late is not a good choice for older readers of YA. It’s not a bad book, it’s just a little too immature.
Series:
Lessons in Love (#1)
Never Too Late (#2)
Sunday, February 2, 2014

Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick

book cover of Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Silence (Hush, Hush #3)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Pages: 448
Source: Bookstore
Reading level: YA

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t really care for this series but I have to say that I’m not one of them.  I adored Hush, Hush and while I haven’t loved the rest of the series as much, they are still some great reads.  Silence is definitely a fabulous addition to this series!
I’ll start with the things I didn’t like about Silence since there aren’t very many of them.  My biggest issue was just Nora.  She has always been whiny in the books and that hasn’t changed.  She cries quite a bit and she always relies on other people to save her when she gets into trouble.  She doesn’t even remember Patch and yet she still expects him to come to her rescue in a few parts of the book.  He’s a stranger to her and she trusts him more than she trusts herself.  I can’t get behind that and it really bothers me about her.  I want her to be stronger and just more independent.  However, in this case, it bothered me but it didn’t make me dislike the book all that much.
The story kind of threw me for a loop at first.  Things have changed drastically since the end of Crescendo and for a little bit I was kind of scratching my head wondering what the heck I was missing.  Things were explained pretty quickly though and it started to make sense why things were so different.  Nora’s memory is completely wiped and so it was almost like the first book all over again with her discovering the fallen angels and Nephilim and things like that.  She definitely learned some new things in Silence though that she didn’t know about before.  There was just enough mystery for me to be kept guessing right along with Nora and it kept me hooked.  Silence may have had it’s issues but it is still one book that is extremely hard to stop reading once you get started.
Nora is still the same girl as I mentioned before but she is the only one who is still the same.  Patch is a very different guy now and I almost think I like him more this way.  He’s a bit more reserved, back to his secretive ways, very protective, and super mysterious.  He’s not all lovey dovey although he does have some of those moments too.  He’s just a little aloof and I really do like the tall, dark, handsome, and mysterious air about him.  Vee is also rather changed.  Things have not been going her way since the last book and she has kind of turned into a man hater.  Her comments cracked me up and I have to say that Vee is probably my favorite character out of them all.  She has such an awesome sense of humor and while she does make some mistakes, she’s a really good friend to Nora.  Nora’s mom, however, changed and not for the better.  I couldn’t stand her for most of the book.  She was overbearing and I get that she wanted to protect Nora but she wasn’t doing a very good job of it.  
Overall, while Silence isn’t my favorite book in this series, I enjoyed it and it’s got me eager to finish out Nora and Patch’s story. 


What others are saying about Silence:

Confessions of a Book Addict’s review: “Silence sets us up for what I hope will be an epic ending to the series.” 

Books That Spark’s review: “Once again, Fitzpatrick presents a fast-paced plot which is never short of action, suspense and romance.”

I’m Loving Books’ review: “Overall, definitely a disappointment but I can’t say that I’m really surprised after Crescendo.”

Series:
Hush, Hush (#1)
Crescendo (#2)
Silence (#3)
Finale (#4)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan

Short Story Saturday was created by Lauren at 365 Days of Reading.  I can’t guarantee that I’ll post a review every Saturday but I will post one as often as I can!

I am currently reading Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions.


book cover of Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
Short Story: Scenic Route
Author: Carrie Ryan
Anthology: Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan is a short story set in the world of Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth series. I have not yet read that series but if this short story is any indication, it’s a fabulous series that is supremely creepy. There isn’t a lot of background regarding the world that Scenic Route is set in and that is my only complaint about this short story. However, I feel like if you’ve read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, you will already know plenty about the world.

This story is more creepy in a realistic way than in a horror way. Sure there is talk of the dead wandering around killing people but that’s not really the danger in Scenic Route. It’s other people, living people, that cause the danger to Margie and her sister. I read this story late at night and I felt like I needed to get up and make sure all the doors were locked. It’s that kind of creepy.

Overall, Scenic Route had some flaws but it was a pretty great short story in the end.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

book cover of Cress by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 560
Source: ALA
Reading level: YA

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

The Lunar Chronicles only continues to improve. I honestly thought I couldn’t love the series any more than I did after reading Cinder but I was wrong. Cress is the best book in the series so far and I believe that Winter will be even better.
Marissa Meyer continues to amaze me with her stories. Everything seems separate and yet it somehow all ties together perfectly in the end. That became even more apparent in Cress. Every character, every storyline, every last plot point came together in this book to make for one amazingly convoluted story. No matter how small the detail, it all made perfect sense at the end of Cress.
Cress was an odd character. She was imprisoned on a satellite for years, never having any human contact other than with her captor. She had no clue how to interact with people when she finally did meet them. That became very obvious, very quickly. Cress was awkward in a really adorable way. She was brilliant, as well, which probably didn’t help with her awkwardness. It also didn’t help that she had a major crush on Thorne (who wouldn’t?). There were quite a few laughs at her interactions with Thorne. Thorne was hilarious on his own but add in Cress and I laughed a lot. They were perfectly imperfect together.
The story really comes to a head in Cress. Everything has been leading to a revolution and while that revolution hasn’t quite started yet, it’s pretty much there now. Every last detail is put in place. Every person who is going to be involved has been introduced. Motives have been explored, not just the typical ones but even the unexpected ones. Things are going to go down in Winter. That’s my prediction.
Overall, I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m going to stop now. I have to say though that I can’t recommend this book enough. Cress is the best in the series so far and even though it’s over 500 pages, you will read it in no time! Just think of all that Thorne! That’s why there are so many pages.
What others are saying about Cress:
Queen Ella Bee Reads’ review: “Just stop reading this and go start this series.”

Snuggly Oranges’ review: “This is absolutely fantastic: great characters, wonderful world building, engrossing writing, plenty of feels, and ships that are setting sail.”

Scott Reads It’s review: “My love for Cress is absolutely boundless and I am extremely obsessed with this book!”

Series:
Cinder (#1)
Scarlet (#2)
Cress (#3)
Winter (#4) – 2015

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Niederwald by Rachel Vincent

Short Story Saturday was created by Lauren at 365 Days of Reading.  I can’t guarantee that I’ll post a review every Saturday but I will post one as often as I can!

I am currently reading Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions.

book cover of Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

Short Story: Niederwald
Author: Rachel Vincent
Anthology: Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

Niederwald is set in the world of the Soul Screamers series and I have to admit, it was a little confusing for me. There was a lot of back story to the characters that I did not have and I feel like this story was a little spoilery if you haven’t read the Soul Screamers series.
Emma and Sabine are in Niederwald, Texas for some unknown mission of Sabine’s. Emma really just got dragged along. Sabine is a world class bitch who cares only for herself. The whole reason she’s in Niederwald is to see if the guy she likes will ever break up with his girlfriend. Really? Immature much? That wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t putting Emma’s life in danger. Emma’s human and the other inhabitants of Niederwald are not. Yikes.
I will admit there was a lot of action and intrigue in this short story that made me really enjoy it. I didn’t know what exactly was going on at all times and I had no clue what was going to happen. I enjoyed that about Niederwald even if I didn’t feel like I knew everything I needed to know to fully enjoy the story.
Overall, if you haven’t read the Soul Screamers series, you might want to skip this one. It’s a good story but, like I said, seemed a little spoilery and confusing.
Friday, January 17, 2014

Unbreakable (The Legion #1) by Kami Garcia

book cover of Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Title: Unbreakable (The Legion #1)
Author: Kami Garcia
Release date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Pages: 305
Source: ALA
Reading level: YA

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Kami Garcia’s solo venture but I was pleasantly surprised by it. Unbreakable is a fabulous start to an interesting new series and I am eager for more in this new world from Kami Garcia.
Unbreakable has been compared to the tv show, Supernatural, and I couldn’t find a better comparison. To be honest though, there were a few too many similarities between the show and the book. I could not stop comparing things between the show and the book. That’s truly the only reason I gave Unbreakable 4 stars instead of 5. If you haven’t seen Supernatural, you won’t have this problem but if you do watch the show, just try and stop making comparisons.
The characters were fabulous. Kennedy starts off a little whiny and I was almost positive that I was going to hate her. I thought she was going to be one of those girls who needed a man to protect her. At first, it does seem like that’s the route she’s going to take but that ended up not being the case at all. She’s eager to learn how to hunt and kill ghosts. She knows that she’s a risk to the Legion until she knows how to defend herself and she wants to change that. She’s fierce and awesome and pretty bad-ass, just like the rest of the Legion. Jared and Lukas are twins who are both super hot. They both have different reasons for wanting to help Kennedy but they are both drawn to her and she’s drawn to both of them. It was a little instalovey but not too bad. Priest and Alara were better than Jared and Lukas, in my opinion. Priest was my favorite. He was a well rounded character that I hope to learn more about in the next book. Alara was a little bitchy at first but I grew to like her.
The story is super creepy and I loved that! I’m not a big fan of horror stories but Kami Garcia did it right. The ghosts, the demons, everything was perfect. Normally horror books don’t scare me. I actually find them cheesy a lot of the time. This time I was actually creeped out and I applaud Kami Garcia for that.
Overall, Unbreakable is a must read for horror fans. I loved it and I can’t wait for more!
What others are saying about Unbreakable:
Finding Bliss in Books’ review: “A little predictable in some areas, with other flaws could’ve made this an underwhelming read but the constant action, suspense and horror will satisfy!”

Miss Page-Turner’s City of Books’ review: “Kami Garcia always has another spooky spirit up her sleeve and the legion’s five teens are easily my new favourite ghost hunters!”

A Dream of Books’ review: “I enjoyed Garcia’s world building and I loved some of the action sequences but some aspects of the book just didn’t work for me.”

Series:
Unbreakable (#1)
Unbound (#2) – 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Believe (True Believers #3) by Erin McCarthy

book cover of Believe by Erin McCarthy

Title: Believe (True Believers #3)
Author: Erin McCarthy
Release date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: InterMix
Source: Netgalley
Reading level: NA

Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.

But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…

Believe, the third book in the True Believers series, is a fabulous addition to this new adult series. The stories in these books are nothing too spectacular but I find myself hooked all the same.
Believe is the story of Robin. Robin’s story got started in the previous book, Sweet, but that was just the beginning. Her life has changed drastically since that time. She’s a different person now. I didn’t like Robin in the previous books but that definitely changed with Believe. She was no longer a selfish party girl who only wanted to hook up and drink. She matured and realized that she couldn’t continue living her life that way. Phoenix helped her with that. After spending some time in jail, Phoenix is rather mature for his age. He hasn’t had an easy life and he’s not looking for a relationship. That doesn’t matter when he meets Robin. They immediately hit it off as friends and they go from there.
Robin and Phoenix’s relationship was a little unusual but it worked. They were good for each other. They were able to be honest with each other and they talked about anything and everything. They kind of moved a little fast for me but I still liked them. I wouldn’t advise getting a tattoo of your new girlfriends face but hey, whatever works. That was really one of the only irrational things about their relationship though.
The characters from the previous two books all make appearances in Believe, even the ones that I would rather have not seen. The friendships are as strong as before but they are tested throughout this book, some maybe beyond repair. Honestly, the friendships are what make these books so great. Even if the Mann brothers are related, they still don’t have to be as close as they are. It’s easy to see the love between everyone. That’s what keeps me coming back to these books although the steamy romances don’t hurt either.
Overall, Believe is a fast read that is thoroughly enjoyable. If you’re a new adult fan, I’d definitely recommend this series.
What others are saying about Believe: 
A Novel Idea’s review: “I’m glad I took a chance with this book, because I fell in love with Phoenix and Robin’s story.”

Series:
True (#1)
Sweet (#2)
Believe (#3)
Shatter (#4) – June 17, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sweet (True Believers #2) by Erin McCarthy

book cover of Sweet by Erin McCarthy

Title: Sweet (True Believers #2)
Author: Erin McCarthy
Release date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: InterMix
Pages: 257
Source: Netgalley
Reading level: NA

Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…

Sweet, the second book in the True Believers series, is a great addition to the new adult genre.  This is one of my favorite series’ in the genre so far. 
Riley and Jess have undeniable chemistry even if they are always at each others throats.  They have a very fun banter going between them and it’s easy to see that they are attracted to each other.  Their relationship starts off differently than most and I enjoyed that about them.  There was no insta-love with these two even if they were instantly attracted to each other.
Riley is older than most love interests, even in NA.  I actually really liked that about him because it gave him a bit more maturity.  He was a smart guy (even though he did some dumb things) and he balanced Jess’ relative immaturity.  Jess wasn’t annoyingly immature but she worried about some really dumb things and did things that she knew were stupid.  However, I still liked her.  She was someone I could easily see myself being friends with.  
The story was pretty much just a romance but there was more about the Mann family from the first book.  Riley is 25 years old and capable of taking care of his family but he hasn’t been given legal custody of his youngest brother yet.  With Jess’ help, Riley has to get the house looking like a home so the social worker won’t take him away.  Other than that though there really wasn’t a lot going on.  Luckily, the romance between Riley and Jess is rocky enough to keep readers entertained.  
Overall, Sweet is a really fun read that sets things up perfectly for the next book in the series.  This one makes for a great rainy day read.
What others are saying about Sweet:
Smexy Books’ review: “Sweet is a sexy, romantic, emotional coming of age new adult that uses a different approach to the defining romance than the usual NA offerings.” 
Dark Faerie Tales’ review: “Even with its flaws, Sweet was still a good read for me.” 
Steamy Guys After Dark’s review: “Sweet had everything I love about New Adult–snarky girl, hot guy, and problems that are realistic for someone in their age group.”
Series:
Sweet (#2)
Believe (#3) – January 21, 2014
Shatter (#4) – June 17, 2014