REVIEW: Fissure

FissureHis confidence on a hiatus, his swagger on sabbatical, and his ego bruised, Patrick Hayward is a shell of the man he once was. Cursing at and writing off love after the only woman he let himself fall for wound up marrying his older brother, Patrick enrolls himself at Stanford hoping college life, the California girls, and the epic surf will get him back to his free-spirited, ladies-man-extraordinaire self. 

Just when Patrick feels the shadow of himself returning, Emma Scarlett enters his life, seeing through his shenanigans and calling him on his crap.

Intrigued by this fascinating creature who is ignorant to his charm, surrounded by four older brothers that look at Patrick like he’s a bug to squish, and dating the same guy for the past six years who gives new meaning to the term territorial boyfriend, Patrick gravitates to Emma, knowing she’s everything he shouldn’t fall for.

So, of course, he can’t help himself.

It doesn’t take long for Patrick to discover Emma has as many secrets as he does. And hers may be just as dark as his.

This time, falling for the girl could not only break his heart, but his spirit. 

FISSURE is the first installment in the two part series, THE PATRICK CHRONICLES, and is a side story to the best-selling YA series, THE EDEN TRILOGY. The final installment, FUSION, will be released in the summer of 2012

AuthorNicole Williams 

Series: The Patrick Chronicles #1

Genre: New Adult

Published: April 2012

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:
Someone should have told me that reading the Eden Trilogy is a prerequisite to reading this series. As far as side stories go this one was hella confusing! I feel like I’ve been dropped on my head in the middle of some weird alternate universe.

Now that I know I’m going in blind and have no idea what the hell it is I’m reading I’m going to continue and when I’m finished not write a review based off what I read but more of how it was written.

So far good, but way too many tangents, Patrick’s mind is a labyrinth I cannot navigate. A part of me believes that even if I had read the Eden Trilogy his inner monologues would leave me confused regardless.

I find it very odd that Emma is so opinionated, sarcastic and a general ball-buster where Patrick is concerned. Yet she is somehow being abused by her masochist of a boyfriend, and she’s okay with that?! And this is where I’ll get “boos” I don’t do domestic violence books because unless its written properly I usually don’t feel any sympathy for the woman. I’m not saying that she’s at fault or deserves whatever some jackass hands to her but simply put: domestic violence writing is sensitive and if not done in a believable and relatable way usually leaves me feeling like (universal) she is some dumb woman who needs to get her shit straight. More often than not its been done well and I know its done well when I feel anger on behalf of the woman and not anger towards her. In this case, I felt anger towards Emma and her “sunny” disposition (while heroic) contrasted too much with her circumstances for me to get angry on her behalf. I just couldn’t sympathize with her.

Honestly, not only was I confused like I said earlier but this book wasn’t anything special to make me (now that I’ve finished it) want to go back and read the first three so I can better understand what they are and what they do. And I also have no desire to continue this series.

But for all those who want to give this series a try, Read the Eden Trilogy first or you will end up not reading the rest of this series or the one before it.

 

Last Line: “Don’t worry about me, Em. No bars can keep me caged.”

2.5 Stars

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REVIEW: Searching For Perfect

Searching for PerfectThe up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.

Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . . 

Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?

Author: Jennifer Probst 

Series: Searching For #2

Published: April 29th 2014 by Gallery Books

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts: 

I don’t think I’ve ever talked feels before. I am now, the feels for this book were outrageous! This was a highly anticipated novel for me. It’s been on my Wishlist for some time now and I finally got it and tore through that bad boy! I don’t know where to start! I apologize in advance if this review goes all over the place, I am that excited.

Kennedy, I had a hard time getting a clear picture of her in my head because she had/has image issues so really all I saw was a smarter Rebecca Bloomwood, you know all colorful wardrobe and impeccable style? Kennedy really resonated with me, maybe because of my own personal image issues but also because image is such a universal demon that we all fight and believing we’re not deserving of love because of what’s inside us. Jennifer Probst took that fear and unworthiness Kennedy struggled with and created a wonderful story with such a wonderful male protagonist.

Ned aka Nate Dunkle, poor man not only has a nerdy first and last name but has the nerdy looks to back it up. I swear his before picture reminded of some 60’s nerd with high-waisted pants and thick rimmed glasses. His transformation was hilarious; Ming (crazy psychic Asian masseuse lady), Benny (the from the Bronx gay with the fake British accent stylist), Connor (misguided lovable big brother), these characters made the story! Along with Kate and Arilyn of course.

I laughed my ass off, not like ha ha that’s so funny but big bursting laughs that got me looks from people. Pro tip:  don’t read funny books in public. In my defense I didn’t know I was going to laugh so hard.

I could seriously go on forever but who wants to read that? All I’ve got to say is read the book please, although it’s in its own series this series ties in quite nicely with the Marriage to a Billionaire series, with pop up appearances by Wolfe, Maggie and the Dolce Familigia clan, also the famous purple book of spells!

*I can’t wait for Gen’s book, my heart is breaking with what she’s going through and while I was reading I couldn’t help but rage at the fact that she wasn’t getting any attention! I want her to have her own book right now! Hopefully before it’s too late 😦

 

5 Stars