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Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers #2) by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers, #2)Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me start my saying I loved getting to know another Maddox boy! Thomas is all about his family and he will do whatever it takes to make sure his brothers are taken care of. Liis is all about her job and moving up the corporate ladder. Until she meets Thomas, that is…

If you have read Walking Disaster, this book will clear up a few things for you, too. If you have not, I recommend you run, not walk. It will be worth it!
Amanda 5 Stars!

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The Boys Club by Angie Martin

The Boys ClubThe Boys Club by Angie Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wish Goodreads did half stars…

Thoughts on Sara Langston?

Teresa: Sara’s so naïve—to the point it’s almost annoying. I get that she wants to please her father, but I honestly feel that someone would question it.

Amanda: Sara does not really know what she wants in life. She has always done what she was told to do when she was told to do it. Her father has always controlled her life after her mother passed away when Sara was 12. He chose where she went to school and who she was going to marry.

Thoughts on Gabriel Logan?

Teresa: Logan, to me, is the most real person in this whole story. His emotions and the skewed look on life made sense to me. I only felt he would have checked on his friends and perhaps shown a little more sorrow than he appeared to have, professional or not.

Amanda: Gabe is a man who is afraid to love again, after his pregnant wife was killed. Following that, he was all about his job and bringing down the man that killed his family…who just happen to be Sara’s father.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: I loved that Sara finally came into her own. She was able to see who her father and his fiancé really were. She really came out of her shell after she met Gabe. I was glad he was able to move past grieving for his wife and unborn child. I loved how he was so careful with Sara and always but her first.

Teresa: Honestly, I can’t say I really loved anything about this book. It wasn’t written badly, per say, but it just was not for me.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: At times, I felt this book moved slow and was just dragging things out.

Teresa: Ditto with what Amanda said. I skimmed over the last few chapters. I was bored and just wanted to be done with it.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 2 stars!

Amanda: 3 stars!

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The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

The Law of MosesThe Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thoughts on Georgia Shepherd?

Teresa: I love Georgia! She’s tenacious, stubborn, and has a huge heart. She knows what she wants and goes after it, never taking no for an answer.

Amanda: She has a big heart. She knows what she wants and will not let anyone stand in her way!

Thoughts on Moses Wright?

Teresa: Crack baby…his start in the world was so sad, but I loved that he never let that stand in his way, per say. He did what he wanted, and didn’t really care what other people thought. Granted he wasn’t always comfortable in his own skin, but really, when are any of us all of the time? We watched him grow as a person, and still stay true to himself.

Amanda: He stole my heart right from the start. He had a rough life growing up, but that was what made him who he became. You really got to watch him grow and make his way in life.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: This book let me speechless! I laughed, I cried, and felt everything in between. This is one book that will stick with you. It’s a must read book that is about love, loss, and forgiveness.

Teresa: This book ripped a hole in my heart, not in a bad way, though. [I’m tearing up as I’m writing this review.] Moses made me think about life…loving, dying and death.

The good, bad and the evil.

He made me think about my mom, and things she said before she passed. It gutted me….snot sobbing gutted me.

It’s an amazing read, I love Amy Harmon. Her words get me every time. She’s so talented.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: I can’t think of anything I didn’t like.

Teresa: Not one thing.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 5 plus stars!

Amanda: 5 stars!

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Never Never (Never Never, #1) by Colleen Hoover (Goodreads Author), Tarryn Fisher (Goodreads Author)

Never Never (Never Never, #1)Never Never by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thoughts on Charlie?

Teresa: Narcissistic is my first thought of Charlie. It’s not that I don’t like her, I just see her how she sees herself, or the old her. I feel as though Charlie’s seeing a side to herself she doesn’t like and she’s not sure how to handle it. I feel she has potential, if she allows herself to feel it.

Amanda: Charlie is a scared girl who has no clue what is happening to her. She knows she loves Silas, but she is scared if something happens between them. She just needs to open up and find out what happens.

Thoughts on Silas?

Teresa: I love him! He’s a typical teenage boy, though he doesn’t have a clue as Charlie doesn’t know he’s willing to try. Silas in the process discovers his past isn’t so clean, but he wants her to realize it’s not a game. He cares about her; he wants to love her again.

Amanda: I love Silas. He is so sweet. He might not know what is happening to him and Charlie, but he is not going to let that stop him from loving her.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: This book just sucks you right in. I love that you don’t know what is going to happen next. This book left me speechless. It has left me thinking about it all day.

Teresa: I love the mystery of everything. Silas’ brother, Landon, is great! Landon seems to want to help his brother even though he doesn’t exactly know what’s going on. I love the twist and turns; I’m always up for a book that isn’t the norm, this would fit that to a T.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: I hate that it left me hanging right in the middle of everything. I can’t wait until May

Teresa: It was so short and I’ve got to wait until May for more.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 5 stars!

Amanda: 5 stars!

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Unleashed By Rachel McClellan

UnleashedUnleashed by Rachel McClellan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Amanda: Let me start by saying I really wanted to like this book. It got off to a good start! Then about 40% into Unleashed, it all…went…down…hill…………

There were lots of inconsistencies throughout the book. For example: Claire has a police officer drop her off at band practice because she doesn’t own a car. Her boyfriend, Ethan, also carless, comes to pick her for a date on his dirt bike (because that’s normal), and asks about her bike that’s parked outside. So, off they go for a ride, each of them on their respective dirt bike.

But when they get back, Claire and Ethan go out to dinner in a new mystery car. A vehicle that just appeared out of nowhere? Where’d the car come from and where did it go, because it was never mentioned again. Maybe Harry Potter used the Summoning Charm? “Accio car!”

I focus a lot on how details match up.

And these types of mistakes ruined it for me.

*SPOILER ALERT*

The story had a good plot. “Broken girl fell in love with a boy., but there was another crazy boy who stalked her.” Come to find out…that the stalker was her boyfriend’s inner-self, Gage, after taking a drug he stole from his father’s research lab. The drug caused him to change the way he looked, so she had no clue it was him. What the…?

I wanted to flounce, but I hoped it would redeem itself in the end. Umm…guess it was wishful thinking on my part.

Teresa: I wanted to like this….really I did, but there were too many inconsistencies all throughout the story.

Amanda: 1 star!!
Teresa: DNF!!

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High Stakes (Vittorio Crime Family, #1) by Vanessa Waltz

High Stakes (Vittorio Crime Family, #1)High Stakes by Vanessa Waltz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thoughts on Adriana?

Teresa: I constantly wanted to smack Adriana. She was always downing herself, drinking away her worries or stealing anything she could get her hands on. I felt like even though her upbringing wasn’t the best, she got into an Ivy League University, so she must have done something right.

Amanda: Adriana (Ade) is a struggling college student who also happens to be a thief. She drove me nuts. I hated that she had to give all her money away to pay off her parents’ debt.

Thoughts on Vincent Cesare?

Teresa: I actually liked Vince, he was quite demanding of everyone around him and he didn’t take no for an answer. I think he’s a tough guy but has a good heart inside.

Amanda: Vincent is a captain in the mafia. He runs illegal card gambling. He knew what he wanted and didn’t take no for an answer.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: I loved getting to see Ade grow up. She started out as this girl that did nothing for herself. She wore the same clothes for years and never used makeup. After she met Vincent and started working as a card dealer for him, she really came in to her own. I loved that Vincent would take her places she had never been, or did things for her that no one had ever done for her.

Teresa: I loved that Adriana finally told her mom how she felt, and that she stood up for herself.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: I felt like this book was missing a few things. I wanted more of an emotional connection between Adriana and Vincent. I felt like when they were together, they were either having sex or someone was trying to kill Ade. The ending was very sweet but it ended with many questions still unanswered.

Teresa: I had to think about this question…while I loved the premise of the book, and the story I wanted it to be, I felt there were a few things that were omitted. I wanted more in depth look inside of Adriana and Vincent’s relationship. I wanted to see her struggle with homework, or how she handled her professors after being out all night. I, like Amanda, felt they were always having sex or someone was after them. It was quite redundant, and towards the end of the book I just started skimming. It was fight, argue, make-up sex, someone trying to kill Ade, and repeat.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 3 stars!

Amanda: 3 stars!

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The Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting

The Librarian PrincipleThe Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thoughts on Annaliese Harper?

Teresa: I liked her, but I almost felt like she should have given Ryder a chance instead of assuming the worst about him out of the gate. The lack of miscommunication between them was funny at first, but then I was over it. I was ready for them to move on together.

I did like her blubbering, and how she would get all tongue-tied when he was around.

Amanda: I thought her miscommunications were funny. It cracked me up when she thought she would say one thing, but said something completely different.

Thoughts on Ryder Whitehall?

Teresa: I loved Ryder, though he doesn’t seem to handle woman, or I should say Liese, very well. It’s almost like he had been waiting for her all his life, and just brushed off his chance, and then she was waiting for him. I was ready for both of them to pull their heads out of their butts and get on with it. When they finally did, I was ecstatic.

I liked his domineering personality; it fit with him being a principal. He always seemed to be in control, but Liese would knock him for a loop anytime she was around.

I loved when Ryder would become jealous about Blake! It cracked me up! So possessive…it was cute in a weird way.

Amanda: Ryder was confusing. He acted like he didn’t like her. Once they had sex, he stayed away from the school to avoid seeing her. He was all over the place.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: I loved the photoshopped porn that her friend, Marissa, made. When Ryder found it on her personal laptop at school, I laughed out loud! When Liese and Ryder stopped fighting their attraction to one another, their relationship was hot!! My favorite part was when her parents walked in on them! I laughed my ass off at how they both acted over the whole thing; Liese was utterly calm, and Ryder was panicked, as expected.

Teresa: I did like the banter between Ryder and Liese once they were together. He cared for her greatly, and was gentle with her when she needed it. I loved that!

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: I wanted more angst. There was lots of drama over being caught by their peers, but there was no trouble. I wanted them to fight for their relationship more. I kind of felt like the end of the book was a little rushed. There needed to be a transition between the last chapter and the epilogue.

Teresa: I wanted more angst! I felt it was all about them possibly getting caught, but no one really ever said anything about them. When Sean showed up no one questioned Ryder or the way he was with her.

Marissa annoyed me. I don’t think I could handle a friend like her. I don’t care for people who act like that. I really wanted to meet Ryder’s parents; I mean, he spoke so ‘highly’ of them it would have been nice to meet them. They could have brought the much needed conflict!

I did feel the ending was kind of rushed, too. It was almost as though their life became a fairytale with a nice bow on top.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 3½ stars!

Amanda: 4 stars!

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High Stakes (Vittorio Crime Family, #1) by Vanessa Waltz

High Stakes (Vittorio Crime Family, #1)High Stakes by Vanessa Waltz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thoughts on Adriana?

Teresa: I constantly wanted to smack Adriana. She was always downing herself, drinking away her worries or stealing anything she could get her hands on. I felt like even though her upbringing wasn’t the best, she got into an Ivy League University, so she must have done something right.

Amanda: Adriana (Ade) is a struggling college student who also happens to be a thief. She drove me nuts. I hated that she had to give all her money away to pay off her parents’ debt.

Thoughts on Vincent Cesare?

Teresa: I actually liked Vince, he was quite demanding of everyone around him and he didn’t take no for an answer. I think he’s a tough guy but has a good heart inside.

Amanda: Vincent is a captain in the mafia. He runs illegal card gambling. He knew what he wanted and didn’t take no for an answer.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: I loved getting to see Ade grow up. She started out as this girl that did nothing for herself. She wore the same clothes for years and never used makeup. After she met Vincent and started working as a card dealer for him, she really came in to her own. I loved that Vincent would take her places she had never been, or did things for her that no one had ever done for her.

Teresa: I loved that Adriana finally told her mom how she felt, and that she stood up for herself.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: I felt like this book was missing a few things. I wanted more of an emotional connection between Adriana and Vincent. I felt like when they were together, they were either having sex or someone was trying to kill Ade. The ending was very sweet but it ended with many questions still unanswered.

Teresa: I had to think about this question…while I loved the premise of the book, and the story I wanted it to be, I felt there were a few things that were omitted. I wanted more in depth look inside of Adriana and Vincent’s relationship. I wanted to see her struggle with homework, or how she handled her professors after being out all night. I, like Amanda, felt they were always having sex or someone was after them. It was quite redundant, and towards the end of the book I just started skimming. It was fight, argue, make-up sex, someone trying to kill Ade, and repeat.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 3 stars!

Amanda: 3 stars!

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Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never (Never Never, #1)Never Never by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thoughts on Charlie?

Teresa: Narcissistic is my first thought of Charlie. It’s not that I don’t like her, I just see her how she sees herself, or the old her. I feel as though Charlie’s seeing a side to herself she doesn’t like and she’s not sure how to handle it. I feel she has potential, if she allows herself to feel it.

Amanda: Charlie is a scared girl who has no clue what is happening to her. She knows she loves Silas, but she is scared if something happens between them. She just needs to open up and find out what happens.

Thoughts on Silas?

Teresa: I love him! He’s a typical teenage boy, though he doesn’t have a clue as Charlie doesn’t know he’s willing to try. Silas in the process discovers his past isn’t so clean, but he wants her to realize it’s not a game. He cares about her; he wants to love her again.

Amanda: I love Silas. He is so sweet. He might not know what is happening to him and Charlie, but he is not going to let that stop him from loving her.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: This book just sucks you right in. I love that you don’t know what is going to happen next. This book left me speechless. It has left me thinking about it all day.

Teresa: I love the mystery of everything. Silas’ brother, Landon, is great! Landon seems to want to help his brother even though he doesn’t exactly know what’s going on. I love the twist and turns; I’m always up for a book that isn’t the norm, this would fit that to a T.

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: I hate that it left me hanging right in the middle of everything. I can’t wait until May

Teresa: It was so short and I’ve got to wait until May for more.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 5 stars!

Amanda: 5 stars!

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The Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting

The Librarian PrincipleThe Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thoughts on Annaliese Harper?

Teresa: I liked her, but I almost felt like she should have given Ryder a chance instead of assuming the worst about him out of the gate. The lack of miscommunication between them was funny at first, but then I was over it. I was ready for them to move on together.

I did like her blubbering, and how she would get all tongue-tied when he was around.

Amanda: I thought her miscommunications were funny. It cracked me up when she thought she would say one thing, but said something completely different.

Thoughts on Ryder Whitehall?

Teresa: I loved Ryder, though he doesn’t seem to handle woman, or I should say Liese, very well. It’s almost like he had been waiting for her all his life, and just brushed off his chance, and then she was waiting for him. I was ready for both of them to pull their heads out of their butts and get on with it. When they finally did, I was ecstatic.

I liked his domineering personality; it fit with him being a principal. He always seemed to be in control, but Liese would knock him for a loop anytime she was around.

I loved when Ryder would become jealous about Blake! It cracked me up! So possessive…it was cute in a weird way.

Amanda: Ryder was confusing. He acted like he didn’t like her. Once they had sex, he stayed away from the school to avoid seeing her. He was all over the place.

What we loved about the book!

Amanda: I loved the photoshopped porn that her friend, Marissa, made. When Ryder found it on her personal laptop at school, I laughed out loud! When Liese and Ryder stopped fighting their attraction to one another, their relationship was hot!! My favorite part was when her parents walked in on them! I laughed my ass off at how they both acted over the whole thing; Liese was utterly calm, and Ryder was panicked, as expected.

Teresa: I did like the banter between Ryder and Liese once they were together. He cared for her greatly, and was gentle with her when she needed it. I loved that!

What we didn’t like about the book.

Amanda: I wanted more angst. There was lots of drama over being caught by their peers, but there was no trouble. I wanted them to fight for their relationship more. I kind of felt like the end of the book was a little rushed. There needed to be a transition between the last chapter and the epilogue.

Teresa: I wanted more angst! I felt it was all about them possibly getting caught, but no one really ever said anything about them. When Sean showed up no one questioned Ryder or the way he was with her.

Marissa annoyed me. I don’t think I could handle a friend like her. I don’t care for people who act like that. I really wanted to meet Ryder’s parents; I mean, he spoke so ‘highly’ of them it would have been nice to meet them. They could have brought the much needed conflict!

I did feel the ending was kind of rushed, too. It was almost as though their life became a fairytale with a nice bow on top.

Two Girls with Books’ overall rating?

Teresa: 3½ stars!

Amanda: 4 stars!

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