Rebel – Elle Casey

Blurb

Teagan Cross, college senior, rebel, and wiseass extraordinaire, goes from princess to pauper in a single phone call. Overnight, her life of privilege becomes one of survival, and no matter where she turns, it seems like the world is out to get her. She’s not going to fall apart, though. She’s a rebel and she’s strong … determined to live life on her own terms … and nothing’s going to stop her from getting things done and making things right. But when a twist of fate brings her to the doorstep of a different kind of Rebel, she’s forced to figure out when something’s worth fighting for and when something’s worth letting go.


Stats

Page Length: 294
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: New Adult/Romance
Characters: Teagan, Rebel


So after a week where I read two exceptionally brilliant books, this one left a lot to be desired. I think my main irk with this book is that I didn’t really feel anything for the characters and as I hate DNF’s I powered through.

Story/ Characters:

I thought the story was well written, it’s told in the first person from Teagan’s POV. I did think it lacked something but I can really put my finger on exactly what. So to try to keep things constructive:

What I liked

  • The whole rich girl loses her fortune and must learn to look after herself storyline always draws me into a story
  • Teagan’s independence

What I didn’t like

  • Rebel, for some reason I just kept picturing Vin Diesel which was very off putting. Looking back I think this is because of his description or lack of, the only thing we find out is that he is really good looking, is packing muscle and has tattoos. No hair or eye colour was mention from what I remember.
  • How Teagan came to lose her money was a tad strange and we never learn the whole truth
  • The ending, there were so many loose ends. Apart from Teagan and Rebel deciding to be together nothing else was resolved!

Conclusion:

There’s not a lot more I can say really. I can say that I probably wouldn’t recommend it.  There are two more books in the series but I’ll probably give those a miss.

My Rating 2/3

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Holiday in the Hamptons – Sarah Morgan

Blurb: 

The perfect summer escape…?

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…

Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…


STATS

Page Length: 384
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Characters: Fliss, Harriet, and Seth


I received an advance copy of this through NetGallley in exchange for my review.

Professional Reader

Story

I felt this story was very well written, however it was a bit slow going in the beginning. I really liked the storyline, it’s definitely a bit different to what I’ve read recently. I thought the attention to detail was really excellent, the descriptions of the beach and surroundings were really good. I had no trouble in picturing what I was reading.

I felt that Sarah Morgan really nailed what it was like to grow up in an emotionally abusive home. The damage this did to Fliss was very accurately portrayed, I think any adult who witnessed this and experienced this as a child (myself included) will relate to some if not all of what Fliss felt.

Characters 

Fliss is such a complex character, in the beginning, I did get a little frustrated with her, her opinion of herself but as I learned more about her upbringing how her father treated her it all came together and made sense.

Seth is your typical good guy who made mistakes in his past and is now working towards fixing them. I liked how patient and understanding he was about how Fliss was feeling for the most part.

Harriet, who is Fliss’s identical twin. To begin with its plays out as if she is the complete opposite of Fliss, and this is somewhat true but here is a passage towards the end where you see she has the same feisty and protective streak that Fliss, she just hides it well.

Conclusion

To conclude I did enjoy this book. I felt it was a little drawn out with in the beginning but overall it was a good read. My Rating 3/5.


This book is due for release on 15th June 2017, Pre-order here.