All the Way to Heaven
Anica Tomlin, business major, has just learned that the man she's been planning her future around, her Global Finance professor, already has a beautiful wife and family. Ani cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early a trip to Tuscany but from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her.
When a bicycle accident thrusts Ani into the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family's country villa, perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it's been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before.
Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as Ani begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily-ever-after, unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart.
Although "All the Way to Heaven" is a stand-alone novel, it is the first book in The Fallout Series, a collection of sweet contemporary romances that follow characters featured in the first book."
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am a lover of YA Paranormal but from time to time, I will leave my comfort zone to read another genre...
At first, I thought this book started off really slow and it took me awhile to get into it, but once it picked up a bit, I really enjoyed the book. I loved the setting around Italy and I loved Ani and her adventure that started off quite rocky but ended up, mi amor....The characters are lovable and unforgettable and a wonderful romantic read for all romantics out there. I am giving this book five stars because the author did a fabulous job with the story line and the amazing journey Ani was on to run away from 'REAL' life was something I could relate to. So, even though it started off slow, it was worth it to keep reading!!
A Light in the Dark
On stage, Tish Ransome sings about heartache and passion, betrayal, and about love gone wrong… but she knows very little about any of it in real life. The rockstar princess who swears like a pirate—literally—is loved and adored by family, friends, and fans alike, and her world is filled with good things, her future bright.
Behind the scenes, however, trouble is brewing. When Tom, her best friend and co-founder of the Marauders, tells her he's leaving the band after graduation, Tish must find a new wingman to step into Tom's hard-to-fill shoes. The moment she hears Sebastian Jeffries play, she knows he's the one.
Yet with Sebastian comes a taste of the things Tish only writes about, and she can't resist the lure of the tortured artist. Sebastian, likewise, is drawn to Tish's brilliance, but like a moth that hovers too close to the flames, is he killing himself just to be near her? Can Tish save Sebastian before it's too late, or will he pull her down into the darkness with him?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As everybody knows by now, I am a fan of YA Paranormal, but I do have a tendency to step outside of my comfort zone and read other genres.
I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, so of course, I was curious on what this second book was about....
I must say that this is the perfect cover and title for this story. This author has captured my attention just by reeling me in with the cover alone. The title was magnificently chosen to fit the story, yet not giving anything away....
Onward, for my review.
There were times where I thought the story drug out a little too long, but the plot and storyline was phenomenally well written. This book actually ripped my heart out, stomped on it a few times, and then put it back into place...I laughed and cried throughout this entire story. The battle between Tom and Tish lead us off from the beginning. The raw emotions between them and the their feelings for one another being so different really pulled at my heart strings and made me feel so bad for the two of them.
Tish is a hardcore rocker through and through. She can sing, write songs, and play a mean guitar!! I fell in love with this character from the beginning!! She is also spontaneous, lovable, and has a HUGE heart. I can't help but say that Tish is an awesomely unforgettable main character of the story. I loved how the author made you feel as if you were that character in the story. Every emotion Tish felt, I felt and I imagined myself as the character and not the sidelines reader.
Tom and Sebastian
Both of these characters made me mad and yet sad for the both of them. They are both mysterious and they both love Tish and are constantly battling each other for Tish's attention and love back. These two boys really made a lot. I hated the fact that the were constantly competing for Tish's love and affection. I did love the story of Sebastian and how his dark side was so twisted and not something that I really saw coming. I loved how he protected Tish and I kept wanting and needing to read more about his life. I loved how the author brought forth the love and support Tish had with her family, band members, and friends. It's an incredible way to keep you wanting to read more and I love how the author could intertwine the music world and the world of a normal young adult and the the ups and downs presented to Tish throughout the story.
This is for sure, a tissue, make that a box, worthy story that will tug at your heartstrings and yet make you fall for each character throughout the book. I highly recommend this story to all to read and fall for.