The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

I could probably summarize this review in a word: meh.

It was my first Liane Moriarty book, and although the writing was good and I do admit the stories were all blended together perfectly but for some reason the feeling never got to me. I never truly cared about the characters enough to root for them to get a happy ending.

It doesn’t put me off reading another Liane Moriarty book, but I won’t be running to the bookstore (or to the Kindle store, for that matter) to find out what her new story will be.

Reckless by Priscilla West

I was a bit confused by Reckless at first. A few of the initial exchanges between Jax and Riley were a bit of a cliché (Jax’s shirt ripping in two and being chased by an angry mob, for instance), which almost made me give up on the book.

But then, it got way better.

“You’re dangerous,” he said with a low, intimate voice. (…)

He tilted his head, his lips hovering perilously close to mine. My pulse be at erratically. “So are you.”

Jax is the lead singer in a rock band, the Hitchcock’s, and he’s hot enough to make crazy fangirls climax from his voice alone. After an awkward and ultimately frustrating first encounter with Riley, she becomes the band’s new accountant who must, for the sake of her career, make some cuts on the band’s costs. One thing I really liked about Reckless was that Riley wasn’t the sweet, innocent girl you often see in these romance novels – she was flirty and strong and seemed to enjoy life and sex unashamedly.

“Ripe, tender – must be delicious,” he purred, arms crossed and stroking his chin. He nodded toward the fruit in my hand. “The plum, that is.”

Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read and Jax was definitely a sexy book boyfriend. If you’re a fan of the romance genre and are looking for a new series, give this one a try. I am definitely going to be reading Fearless (the second book in the series).

Rating: ♥♥♥½

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Review: If I stay by Gayle Forman

This isn’t a new book by any means, so many of you have probably heard of it. It’s a book about Mia, a seventeen year old girl who has a terrible car accident while on a family trip with her parents and her little brother, and ends up in bad shape in a hospital, looking down at her battered body and trying to decide if she should stay and deal with what happened to her family or let go.

I knew there had been a movie made out of this book last year, but it was one of those cases where I wanted to read the book first. I liked the premise of the book and a few friends loved this book, so I really wanted to be madly in love with it too, but…I couldn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, the book is emotional and you feel for Mia and you sort of end up rooting for her and Adam (Mia’s boyfriend) along the way, but I was mostly left with a bitter taste in my mouth at the end. Like I wanted to ask, is that it? Well, technically, it isn’t. There’s a sequel out now – Where She Went.

Best quote: I shouldn’t have to care. I shouldn’t have to work this hard. I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.

Rating: Three stars