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Samantha Reads

I love books. And music. My husband, my two wild boys and my friends. Hoodies, tattoos, the late Janis Joplin and Marilyn Monoe. Also Jensen and Supernatural.

Currently reading

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach
Present Perfect - Alison G. Bailey 1 star for Amanda. 5 stars for Noah. The writing was not bad, if you could handle the whiny main character.
Arsen - Mia Asher I finished Arsen last night and my head is still spinning. I can not recall a single book that made me feel this torn up. One minute I'm reading along and I'm tempted to throw my Kindle across the room. The next I'm almost in tears because Cathy's story is so real and it's brutal.

Cathy has it all, or at least those on the outside would think that. What they don't know is that she is crumbling inside.

"My body is a ticking time bomb. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Everything dies inside me. Nothing survives."

After three miscarriages her marriage to college sweetheart Ben, is starting to waver and she feels as if she isn't women enough. Let me say here that I can completely relate to this. My husband and I tried to have children for 3 years and had multiple miscarriages. It took a huge toll on our marriage.

Enter Arsen, sexy playboy who doesn't bother to hide the fact that he wants to "fuck" Cathy. Cathy finds the blonder haired,l younger man sexy and hot but refuses to give into his advances. Except she does. Slowly and at first it's not a sexual relationship. Arsen is someone she can talk with. About her miscarriages and her marriage. He's there for her, in ways that Ben is not. But I felt Ben could have been there for Cathy if she had just let him in.

"People say that if you play with fire, you'll only get burned. Well, when it comes to Arsen, I not only want to get burned, I want to be incinerated."

The book gives us some glances into Ben's POV and even once delves into Arsen's but the majority of it is told by Cathy, weaving past and present together.

There were plenty of sex scenes and as you can guess from the blurb not all of them are with Ben. Those scenes with Arsen are hard to read. Don't get me wrong they were hot but at the same time you (I...) wanted to scream how wrong it is to cheat.

I really hated Arsen in the beginning. Then I liked him and in the very end I LOVED him. I loved Ben throughout. Cathy was the opposite of Arsen for me, I loved her, felt "meh" about her and then I absolutely hated her.

This book is 5 stars for sure for me but I can't say I will be recommending to everyone I know.
Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1) - Abbi Glines Unprotected sex with a known man-whore? Gross. And there was the whole fact that she was screwing her stepbrother. Which bugged me a lot at first but than not so much. And of course all the guys wanted her, she was perfect in every way. Blah. I have the next one on my Kindle already so I'll probably read it soon but I predict a pregnancy in the near future. Because we all know the pull out method doesn't work.
Big Girl Panties - Stephanie Evanovich Review to come...but I was not impressed.
Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison - Piper Kerman Piper's story was interesting. Sentenced to 15 months in a woman's prison for a crime she committed a decade earlier. The book was good overall but I feel it could have been a whole lot shorter. There was some repetitiveness that got old. Which is the reason I gave it 3, instead of 4 stars.
Sophie & Carter - Chelsea Fine Wish it was longer...
Battered Not Broken - Ranae Rose Mix one female who started training in mma after an attack with one Marine who also fights in the ring. Add a dash of the brother who's a gang lord. A pinch of action to rival the current blockbusters and a pound of sex. Stir in the sweetest bestfriend. Cook on low heat with a sprinkle of cheezy and repetitive writing and you have three generous stars.
Get Bent (Hard Rock Roots, #2) - C.M. Stunich I really disliked this book compared to Real Ugly. It seemed drawn out and went over the same shit chapter by chapter. And then it ends with another fucking cliffhanger. Really- it did. Who was wearing America's wedding band???? I want to know but alas I will wait for the third book. Which will hopefully wrap things up in a nice, sex and music filled box with a real ugly bow on top.
Real Ugly (Hard Rock Roots, #1) - C.M. Stunich This book is dirty. Gritty and vulgar. There is nothing sweet about this book. Yet, I loved it anyway but the ending really threw me. On to the next one.
Losing Me, Finding You - C.M. Stunich Okay, this was hot. That's all folks. Just one steamy book. There was some plot but it was blah and didn't do much for me and I was more focused on the sex than anything else.

Amy Allison Cross is a 21 year old virgin. She lives with her over protective mother and abusive father in a small southern town. She fills her days reading lady porn. Yup, there are all sorts of references to well known books. When the Triple M motorcycle club shows up in town it sets her world spinning. Actually, one biker sets her world spinning. Austin Sparks. Tattooed, sexy and a little mysterious Amy is drawn to him. No longer a virgin thanks to Sparks Amy begs him to take her with him. She doesn't really care where they go, only that she wants to leave her family and small town behind. Austin is the typical male hero. He's obsessed with having her in his bed and will do just about anything to keep her there.

A guilty pleasure read for me. I will be reading the next book in the series.
The Hazrads of Skinny Dipping - Alyssa Rose Ivy Reed is the only reason I finished this book and he also made me give it two stars. The mc was annoying and the other characters were flat dirt the most part, excluding Reed.
In The Stillness - Andrea Randall I had a hard time connecting with Nat. This surprised me since I was no stranger to self harm throughout my teenage years and I have child with a genetic condition that *may* cause permanent hearing loss within the next few years. But I really did love the flashbacks with Ryker and I practically soaked my pillow with tears when Ryker sends the boys a birthday gift. Still something was missing for me and in the end I'm giving this 3.5 stars.
Who Will Make the Pies When I'm Gone?: Living the Dark Side of Cancer (No Sugar Added) - Jamie C Schneider Rating on the writing alone, which was jumpy and jumbled I would give this book 2 stars. But Jamie is one courageous woman. So I went fit middle ground. Facing a diagnosis of late stage ovarian cancer she tells all. From the medical staff that both ignored her and helped her to the unpleasant and brutal side effects of her debulking surgery and chemo we get a glance at her life with cancer.
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes I made it to the Epilogue of Me Before You before the tears started. And it wasn't a pretty cry. It was quite possibly the ugliest cry I have ever had in my entire life. This book just reaches out to the readers heart and never lets go. The writing is amazing though it did take me some time to get used to the British sayings. The subject is not an easy one to tackle but Moyes handled it with grace. I think everyone should read this book. One of the best I have read in a long time.
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness Beautiful and terrifying. I didn't cry as most reviewers said they did but A Monster Calls tugged at my heartstrings and made me hug my kids a little bit closer.
A Different Blue - Amy Harmon I didn't just read this book. I devoured it.