Review: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London



Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.

Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the ├╝ber-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I am a gigantic fan of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the movie (Matthew Macfayden…SWOON!) so I jumped at the chance to read this book and I am SO GLAD I did!

Spring was an amazing MC. She was snarky and unique, which was my favorite thing about her. I liked that she always spoke her opinion, even though it got her into some trouble a lot. She definitely had the whole ‘pride’ thing going on strong. She’s an incredibly dedicated person in everything she does and I was really impressed with her. I strive to be like her every day, never backing down in absolutely anything.

Henry Knightly…you have bewitched me, body and soul. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on. But seriously, he is a total sweetheart. At first, he was really shy and quiet and exactly like Mr. Darcy. But he transformed into a great guy. He cared so much for Spring and yeahhhh he made some mistakes at the beginning, but he made them thinking he was doing good so I can’t fault him at all. I want my own Henry. P.S. I loveeee his name!

I liked the secondary characters pretty well. Julia, or Jane Bennett, was a good friend. Dart, or Mr. Bingley, needed to grow a pair and stand up to Henry. If he did, a lot of heartache would have been avoided. But then there wouldn’t have been much of a story...which would have been a shame. I love me some angst!

Even though I knew who every character was supposed to be and exactly how the story would end, I was pleasantly surprised and never bored. I read it in one night even though I had class early the next day. It was addicting. The NA novel is not one of the steamiest I have ever read, but I still loved every look and kiss that was shared. So romantic! :)

I ardently recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good introduction into new adult. And especially to fans of Pride and Prejudice!

Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: Without another word, he bent his flour-covered face to mine, and I stopped breathing altogether. When he kissed me, there was an explosion of stars behind my eyes. His body shifted, pressing me hard against the wall, leaving me no choice but to grab on to the curves of his elbows. His hands still held my neck, fingers moving over my skin, his thumbs brushing across my cheeks. I could taste the sugar on his lips, the flour and the sweet tang of cranberries, a delicious combination that made my mouth water. Without realizing it, I parted my lips, needing a deeper taste.
Definitely, Maybe in Love
Rating: 4.5/5 Tar Heels!

Blog Tour: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Half-Blood Day!

Hey guys! I'm helping celebrate the release of Sentinel on Half-Blood day! Check out the rest of the schedule of the tour here! To help celebrate, I'm sharing my review of Half-Blood, which was one of my first reviews like ever so it's entertaining for me to read!

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Half-Blood Links:
 This book is a classic JLA book. It’s full of swoon-worthy guys and lots of action!

One thing that was very unique to this book is the lore. I loved the myths behind the Hematoi, descendants of the gods, and their relation to Greek mythology. It is one of my majors after all.J The pure-bloods have godlike powers and can harness the four elements. The half-bloods are trained to be either Sentinels, or daimon fighters, guardians of pure-bloods, or servants. To add a kicker, half-bloods and pures absolutely cannot engage in relationships, no matter what. This world will suck you in and leave you wanting more!

The plot is exciting and will keep your eyes glued to the paper. After 3 years of being on the move with her mother, Alex is finally back with the Hematoi and safety of the Covenant. She has to wiggle herself back in the good graces of the Dean, her uncle, so she does not become subjected to becoming a servant. She has to learn how to fight the daimons, the ‘super bad’ guys who feed off of the pure-blood’s souls.

Alex is such a strong heroine; she fights with all she’s got and is very feisty, especially against authority. She is a self-proclaimed bad ass and thinks she can conquer the world without any help. Meet Aiden, the absolutely yummy pure that is assigned to help her rein in her passion to train her to become a Sentinel. Long workouts in the gym, sweaty combat practice… it all leads to a wonderful FORBIDDEN attraction. Aren’t all the best relationships forbidden? Aiden is so responsible and practical, but also will do anything to protect Alex.

I loved Caleb, Alex’s best friend. It was so refreshing reading about a male best friend who was absolutely trustworthy and awesome. Enter potential love triangle participant Seth. He is the Apollyon, the only half-blood who can harness the elements, and who has a ‘connection’ to Alex (I can’t say anymore than that)!

I cannot wait to read the second book, Pure; I’m sure it’ll be just as captivating and amazing!

Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: "His gaze and fingers followed some unseen path as he rolled me on top. "You're so beautiful. So brave, so full of life." He guided my head down and dropped a sweet kiss against the scar of my neck. "You have no idea, do you? You have so much life in you, so much."

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
Rating: 5/5 Tar Heels!

And here's a interview with the amazing JLA! 
For JLA – Half-Blood was your first published book.  Does it hold a special place for you or do you wish you could have a chance to re-write it?  

Half-Blood definitely holds a special place for me, and I wouldn’t want to re-write it.  I’m happy with the book.

For Leon – You defended Alex and advocated for her to stay and be trained.  If you’d know she was gonna be such a pain in your ass, would have do that again.  Why?  

Oh yeah, Alex needed to be trained, but I would have advocated for an attitude adjustment along with the training.

For Aiden – That day that Alex meets Seth for the first time, did you notice anything then that could have warned you of what was to come? 

Everything about him warned me.

For Seth -  Did you know that Alex was not impressed with your name when she met you?  She thought you should have a more Greek name like Apollo or something.  Turn around is fair play.  Your thoughts on her name?  

She’s named after a boy.
Spencer Hill Press is giving away a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository or any indie bookstore of the winner's choice to not only stock up on amazing books, but to perhaps buy a Nook HD or Kindle Fire. 


About the Author:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. 

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Book Blitz: The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

 

Paperback, 296 pages
Expected publication: October 22nd 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
ISBN 1937053644 (ISBN13: 9781937053642)
Edition language: English

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields, with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne's heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now "Persephone," and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they'll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they'll die
And here's an excerpt!

Gruff fingers yank a blindfold off my face, light splashes into my eyes, and I blink. Gray walls swim about my head, and the ceiling soars much too high above me. I don’t know this place. I was walking to my bathroom when someone grabbed me from behind and forced a sour-smelling cloth over my face and—someone grapples with my hair, and I flinch. Who—who is touching me?

I try turning in the flimsy chair, but someone’s grabbing my shoulders, forcing me not to move. Spasms of fear shoot up and down my arms and legs. I try swinging my fists to make them loosen their grip, but my captor’s fingers only tighten.

Raising my arm to jab my captor in the gut, I pause. Someone’s laughing. How do I know that sound? It’s beautiful and low, a laugh I could recognize anywhere. Glancing around the sun-filled room, I find the source almost immediately. It’s Teo, my Teo, standing across from me on the hardwood floor, beaming at me. His ebony eyes shine forth like two onyx stones, and even his olive-toned skin makes me breathe a bit shallower. Choking back a strangled laugh—no one’s here to hurt me—I reach out for the love of my life, too tongue-tied to say anything.

His lips spread into a thin smile, reminding me of his mouth melting into my own. Fire raged beneath my skin with that kiss and it felt like I was lifted up into the air and floating. It’s been six days since our kiss and we still haven’t been able to talk about it. I tried repeatedly to go into his classroom, but it was like our school had purposely decided to schedule a more than average number of parent-teacher meetings.

Locking his eyes on mine, Teo asks, “Manicure?”

I glance down at my fingernails, trying to see why he would think I needed a manicure, when my shoulders are released and pale, icy fingers grip my hand. Chills run through me.

A flat, tenor voice says, “Yes.” And I’m startled to see my fingernails are actually painted. Clear and shiny.

The fingers drop my hand, and my captor walks around to face me. White uniform, white skin, white hair. He’s albino. Who is he?

About the Author:

Mary Gray has a fascination with all things creepy. That's why all her favorite stories usually involve panic attacks and hyperventilating. In real life, she prefers to type away on her computer, ogle over her favorite TV shows, and savor fiction. When she's not immersed in other worlds, she and her husband get their exercise by chasing after their three children. THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM is her first novel.

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