Friday, September 23, 2016

Ruby's Choice by D.F. Jones

- Goodreads Synopsis -
Ditch Lane Diaries: Ruby’s Choice is the debut novel by D.F. Jones and book one of the Ditch Lane Diaries. Ruby’s Choice is a coming of age story set in the late 1970’s in Middle Tennessee with a splash of paranormal which will blossom in the second and third books of the series. Ruby’s Choice-Everglade, Tennessee, 1977 Stuck in the Middle with Two Ever since Ruby discovered an amber-encased spider web in the Campbell Ridge Cave, she has had dreams of births, deaths and glimpses into the future. Ruby’s dreams have foretold the daughter of her high school friend, Cathy, the death of her beloved Aunt Sammie, and the coming of a new love in her life. Ruby’s shift is coming to a close at Everglade General Store. As she stacks the last row of bath soap, Ruby recalls the delicious dream she had the night before. In the dream, a gorgeous guy is kissing a tickle spot, just behind her left earlobe, sending shivers up her spine. If only that dream could come true, instead of the one where a state trooper gives her a seventy-five dollar speeding ticket! Ruby snaps back to reality when she hears the store’s front door bells chime. If she didn’t know any better, she’d say the frickin’ Adonis from her sexy dream just walked through the door. Reed Jackson and Brent Brown introduce themselves to Ruby as members of the local baseball team her brother, George, manages. Brent mentions they specifically came out to the store to meet George’s hot, little sister. Ruby is slightly confused when she hears Reed murmur Tap It under his breath, but then she remembers the rumor going around campus about Reed and Brent’s dating game, where the two best friends compete to have a girl profess undying love to one of them. And Tap It is a winner takes all—all of what, though, Ruby has no clue. Ruby decides that she’ll play along, but according to her rules. She’ll suss out if either of these players is worthy of her love and respect. One thing is for sure, Ruby is no pawn. Who will be Ruby’s Choice?

Ruby's Choice was the first book I have read by D.F. Jones. Ruby's Choice was an amazing book full of drama, mystery, obstacles, secrets, love, and friends! This book really does have it all. One thing I really enjoyed was that there were two different stories going on at the same time. D.F. Jones really impressed me. I absolutely loved all the characters and that is always a huge plus! It is hard to enjoy a book when there is a character in it that you can not stand.

This book is about Ruby and her friends Sandy and Anna, who discovered a set of stones while exploring Campbell Ridge Cave. These stones are very special stones and have picked the three girls for a reason. Each girl is now destined for something greater and at this point in time, all three are still unsure as to what it is. Ruby's Choice obviously focuses a bit more on Ruby than the other girls. Ruby is faced with a big choice in this book. Who knew this choice would be about boys! Ruby is stuck and unsure which boy to date. I can not really say more without giving things away! But I can say that these boy looked at Ruby like she was a game. Everything changed when Ruby proved that she could play the game better.

"There, I have professed my love to you, the game is over. You have won." He said," Silly goose, I told you this thing between us has nothing to do with Tap It."

As I was reading, I felt like I was watching a movie! This book was so entertaining and fun to read. I picked this book up and had it read within a few hours. I absolutely LOVE, love triangles so I ate this book up. A lot of people hate love triangles, and I have even witnessed a few people leaving books bad reviews just for the fact that they do not like love triangles. In my opinion, they make the book more fun. You are more into the relationships and you even pick a team in hopes that the person picks the boy or girl that you like better too. Love triangles are extremely frustrating and I totally feel for all the people involved,but I just love them. I already mentioned this above, but I did love how the author had Ruby's boy problems and the stone mystery going on at the same time. While reading, I had completely forgotten about the girls and their stones until the end when Ruby and the girls bring it up again. We do get a little insight on the stones and what they mean at the end! So you definitely have to read the book to see what boy Ruby picks and what the girls are destined for. You should also read this book to check out what kind of game "Tap It" is! But to be honest, you just need to read this book!

D.F. Jones really surprised me and I am so excited to finish this series. I am now a huge fan of D.F. Jones' work. Her writing was so unique and flowed so perfectly that I forgot I was even reading. I highly recommend this book.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Jason's Princess by Elise Manion

- Goodreads Synopsis -
Five years after her parents' tragic death, Julie Armstrong is still managing to raise her seventeen year old brother, Charlie. Barely making ends meet, there's no time to seek out her Prince Charming, even if one exists. This is the real world, after all, and the only eligible men in her town resemble toads with ink.

Jason King might have ink, but he's definitely no toad, even if Julie thinks he's one. He wants nothing more than to ride in on his dark horse and protect Julie and her young brother. He's sat on the sidelines way too long, keeping them safe.

But when trouble finds its way back home, Julie must rely on the one man whom she's held responsible for all her troubles for the past five years. Will she ever find her Prince?

The moment I finished Jarod's Heart by Elise Manion I knew that I was a huge fan and needed more! I patiently waited for the release of Jason's Princess and when it arrived, it definitely did not disappoint! I was so impressed. This book was everything I expected and more.

"When your eyes met mine, my heart beat so hard, I thought it was going to break a rib or two. You were the prettiest thing I had ever seen."

The King Brother novels blow my mind! They only get better and better. I am a sucker for a romance story and on top of that, Elise Manion throws in mystery and crime! Romance and crime are two of my favorite things so I find myself wondering how these books can get any better.. BUT THEY DO!  Manion's characters are phenomenal and so easy to relate to. I absolutely love each and every character in this series! Jason's Princess swept me off my feet and took me into some type of book dream land. The world did not matter and who ever tried to talk to me was irrelevant up until the moment I finished this book. Manion's words flowed so beautifully through my mind.

"Jason couldn't believe how one woman could be so beautiful just by smiling. If he hadn't loved her before, he was definitely falling hard now."

At the mention of Josh, I have to talk about Jason! Jason King is my new book boyfriend and I am head over heals for this character. In Jason's Princess, Jason falls for a girl named Julie. It was love at first sight and she was all he wanted, but Julie was in a relationship. Julie thought Jason did not notice her much and Jason thought the same about Julie. This all changed when Julie and her brother Charlie began being followed. Who is targeting them? Who could ever want to hurt them? The King brothers stand together to protect Julie and Charlie and in the process discover some seriously mind blowing information about Julie and her family. Julie is in extreme danger and has been for a while. I didn't know what to think when Manion threw this bomb at me. I still can't believe how twisted and crazy the story got! Jason King caring so much about Julie and Charlie is what melted my heart! Jason would do anything to keep Julie safe and he won me over real quick. Jason and his family are a dream. Jason's mom has such a kind soul and is the nicest person I have ever read about in a book.

I easily found myself wishing I was Julie! Julie is so very lucky to have such caring friends, family, and JASON! Me wanting to be Julie, wanting to be in the story, means that Manion's writing is so real and so vivid that I felt like I was in the book.. I felt like I was Julie at times. I lost myself in this book. Manion really has a way with her words! Her book brought me out of a reading slump that I have been in for about 3 weeks. The moment I read the first page of this book I was hooked. Once I was finished it took me forever to recover. I did not want to start reading another book because that would mean admitting that the King brother's story was over.

Jason's Princess was full of love, friendship, death, mystery, and heart break. This book has it all and I am still recovering from a Jason's Princess hangover. I need more of the King brothers in my life and if you are reading this, then I think you need some King brothers in your life as well! This is a book that needs to be added to your reading list! You will not regret it. I promise.