Book Reviews- Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

Here I go! It’s better late than never, right? I write this sort of to no one, although I have a few followers, I’m not sure why you guys are following me yet. I’m hoping to gain your real attention one day. But until then, I’m going to wander aimlessly through the blogging world trying to figure it all out. 🙂

Shine Not Burn was released last July, I believe. That’s when I read it anyways. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this gem but I am certain glad I did! This is the story of big city Andie, careful lawyer from Florida with a very simple, very structured life plan. She wants to make partner by 30, married with 2.5 kids by 35. Sounds great, right? She just needs to make it through her best friend, Kelly’s bachelorette weekend in Vegas and focus her eyes on the prize. Enter Mack, Gavin Mackenzie. Sexy Cowboy from Oregon. He’s also been drug to Vegas for a bachelor weekend for his brother when Andie all but literally runs into him.

“My brain barely registered what they were saying. I only had eyes for the god sitting on the stool just twenty feet away from me. Jeans, dress shirt, cowboy hat, five o’clock shadow beard, muscles visible just below his rolled up cuffs, bronzed like he spent most of the day outside. “Be still my heart,” I said, talking to no one.

I was nearly to his spot at the table when the toe of my borrowed heel caught something on the carpet and sent me flying forward. I watched in horror as my hand went out to help find my balance, sending the contents of my glass out in a stream right at the man who’d stepped out of my lustiest of dreams.”

And so begins what should quite possibly be the best day of her life. Andie and Mack hit it off and spend a wonderful evening together that she doesn’t quite remember the next morning. Two years later, Andie’s days away from getting married to a cookie cutter man that fits her life plan when she’s notified by the county clerk’s office that she’s still legally married to a man out in Oregon. What else is she to do? She boards a flight in an effort to fix this little hiccup before he future husband catches wind of it. Little did she know what she would find in Oregon.

I laughed until I cried THROUGHOUT this book! It was just SO good. It’s a definite must read.

Then grab Mackenzie Fire. I’m going to review that next. 🙂


Book Review- That Boy by Jillian Dodd

This book begins in the present day where Jadyn is on a romantic first date with one of her best friends and he proposes. Actually, it’s a full blown engagement party that he’s thrown. As she walks up to the stage to tell everyone that there is no way she’s going to marry that boy. She begins remembering what led them here to begin with.

Jadyn & Phillip have been friends since birth. They had a beautiful and easy friendship until Danny showed up in 5th grade.

I run outside and walk right up to those stupid boys. I ignore Danny and say to Phillip, “I want to play football with you guys, okay?”

Phillip shrugs his shoulders. Danny steps between us and says to Phillip, “No way .She’ll just end up getting hurt and go bawling home.” “Girls aren’t tough enough to play football.”

I look that Devil Boy in the eye.

Dad told me to teach him a lesson by playing football, but I can see now what I have to do. I cock my arm back and punch that boy right in the stomach. Then I move closer and give him a jab in the face. He falls onto his butt in the grass.

The corner of his lip is bleeding and he’s looking at me with a shocked expression.

“You know what? You just might be tough enough to play football.”

Thus begins the beautiful friendship between the three of them. One boy will give her her first kiss, one will teach her to make out. One boy will be flirty and sexy, the other will talk her to sleep at night. Both boys will love her. Both boys will help her through the toughest times of her life. Only one boy will be the love of her life. Which will it be??

This story was so wonderful! it’s written like a journal…I felt like I was in Jadyn’s head throughout the story. I remembered my feelings falling in love and getting mad at stupid boys and just the feelings I felt throughout high school and what not. This book will bring out the ugly tears, the giggles, the feels.

5 beautiful stars!

Eagle Elite Series by Rachel Van Dyken, books 1-3

Starting off my Thursday book reviews, I was trying to figure out where to start. I recently finished book 3 in this series, Entice. & Let me tell you, it was enticing! 😉 However, I feel the need to post the reviews to the first two first, as it is a series. Here we go.

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken (Book 1 Eagle Elite Series)

5 Stars!

I had the most trouble putting this book down. Actually, I don’t think I did. Yes, I read it from start to finish in one sitting. I carried it to the bathroom with me and I’m not sure I ate dinner…I never thought I would be interested in a mafia book, but this was amazing and so well written.

Tracey Rooks grew up in Wyoming on her grandparents farm. It was the only life she ever knew. After her grandfather’s death, Tracey is all he has. When the Eagle Elite scholarship comes up, Tracey jumps at the chance to secure their future. When she unexpectedly wins the lottery, her life completely changes.

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike anyone she has ever met. When she first stumbles in the gates she meets Nixon, leader of the Elect. They have 3 rules- Don’t touch the elect. Don’t look at the Elect. & Don’t Speak to the Elect. No matter how hard she tries she can’t keep them from her. It’s only a matter of time until she finds out why. At first I really was irritated. Nixon was a complete jerk. But when Trace’s life as she knows it begins to unravel, Nixon & Chase are there for her in ways I didn’t expect. It was a wild ride this book but I loved every second of it. Nixon was a passionate, strong man. & Chase was a sweet, funny man. I couldn’t wait to see what was to come in the next book.

Elect by Rachel Van Dyken (Book 2 Eagle Elite)
5 stars!

Nixon. Chase. Trace. Nixon. Chase. Nixon?

Although this story didn’t hold me as completely as Elite did, I was so happy for it. It was an emotional book. When someone loves you so much that they would die for you, it’s a strong, all-consuming love. It’s hard to understand that kind of love. It’s hard to comprehend why someone would leave you after they promised to be there for you forever. Nixon would do anything for Trace. Even if it meant giving her to his cousin who he knew was in love with her. Chase is such a good guy. No amount of beating himself up can make me think less of him. He falls so hard for Trace and who can blame him? He spends almost every waking moment with her but even he knows that she and Nixon are meant to be together. But what happens if that isn’t possible? There were so many possibilities with this book and it just turned out so well. Go ahead- take the ride that is this series- you won’t be sorry!


Entice by Rachel Van Dyken (Book 3 Eagle Elite)
You guessed it, 5 stars!

This book was nothing short of amazing. Rachel Van Dyken has an extreme talent for putting a creative spin on a topic that otherwise, I would not have been interested in. Now I’m waiting very impatiently for the 4th installment in the series!

This is Chase’s story. Chase has agreed to do Mil a favor and marry her. Mil has just become the first female mob boss for the DeLange family and she has a huge target on her back. She needs Chase’s protection and his money.

Money & protection are two things Chase can give, no problem. His heart? How can he give her that if he’s no longer in possession of it. He’s still nursing a broken heart over losing Trace and doesn’t want to entertain the possibility that he could love again. Let alone to give his heart to the girl who embarrassed him so many years ago.

Oh but how the tables turn! As the blurb says, “loyalties will be tested, lovers reunited, and friendships obliterated.”

Hold on to your seat and dive on in! Then check out all of Rachel Van Dyken’s other titles. Especially The Bet series (The Bet and The Wager) You won’t be sorry!