My Blue by Emery Jacobs Review + Giveaway

 

Title: My Blue
Author: Emery Jacobs
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 18, 2019

Blurb
Leo
For most of my life, Ella Blue had been by my side. My best friend. My
whole world. Then she vanished. Without a trace. I didn’t know how to move on
without her, but I knew in my heart I’d never let her go—I’d wait for her
forever.
Ella Blue
For me, no time has passed. I have no clue what happened to the last
eight years of my life.
I have no memories of a life without Leo. He’s always been my one
constant. And now I’m stuck in the past, trying to figure out if we can find
our way back to each other.
How can I move forward when I don’t know what I’m leaving behind?
Ella and Leo must rediscover their love—a once-in-a-lifetime love…for the
second time.

My review:

Ella Blue and Leo are high school sweethearts who have grown up together and have loved each other basically their entire lives. On the night of Ella Blue’s 17th birthday, she and Leo are celebrating together when he is arrested without cause. She appeals to her father, who sends Ella Blue to an all-girls boarding school in Florida and threatens Leo if she ever contacts him again.

Eight years later, she is in a band and has a concert in her old hometown. Leo is shocked to see Ella Blue on stage, but she leaves before he can get to her. She disappears and turns up two days later disoriented and with amnesia. Her last memory is her 17th birthday with Leo eight years ago. Together they try to work out what happened to her and piece together not only that night but the previous eight years of her life.

This book was pretty good, but I had mixed feelings reading it. In the beginning, since Ella’s first instinct is to go to her father for help, we assume they have a good relationship. However we’re blindsided by the cold tyrant he really is. There is no backstory of her family life at all.  The main story of the book is perfectly frustrating, in that it’s not easy to figure out what happened to Ella Blue the night of the concert. However, at 85% in we still don’t know and I was starting to think this was a duet and I had missed that information. The story gets wrapped up fairly quickly, though, and there is still room for an epilogue in that last 15% of the book. We still have the unanswered question of what happened initially in Ella Blue’s relationship with her parents to go from loving and happy to the tyrant and the puppet against their daughter.

Overall, a good story but the ending seems rushed.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Author Bio
Emery grew up in Southern Arkansas and has lived most of her adult life
in Northern Louisiana. She spends her days working as a Nurse Practitioner in
rural health and her nights reading, writing, and occasionally sleeping.
She loves real life romance…lots of angst and heartbreak, but always a
happy ending.
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Excerpt:

We’re a couple of minutes away from my apartment, which also
means we’re almost at the end of our date. End-of-date protocol often means a goodnight
kiss.

And I’ve eaten onions. Lots of them. What the hell was I
thinking? I feel around in my shorts pocket, hoping I have a random stick of gum. I find a tiny
square packet and pull it out, along with an old tissue. I shove that back in my pocket and sigh
with relief as I carefully open the Listerine Pocketpak. There’s one strip left. I pop it in my mouth,
wishing I had water since my mouth is dry and I’m suddenly super nervous.

Griffin pulls up in front of my apartment building. I swallow a
bunch of times, trying to get the strip to dissolve on my tongue and glance out the tinted
window, seeing it from his perspective. I don’t live in a bad part of town, but I sure as hell
wouldn’t leave this car sitting out here for any length of time unless I wanted it keyed or stripped
down.

Griffin shifts into park and turns to me, one hand resting on the
back of my seat near the headrest. “I had a great time, Cosy.”

“Me too, thanks for dinner.” I tried to fork over my share, but he
was quick on the credit card draw.

“It was my pleasure.” He leans in the tiniest bit, a nonverbal cue
that he’s going in for a kiss.

I mirror the movement, giving him the go ahead. My stomach
flutters in anticipation. I exhale slowly through my nose. Even though the Listerine strip should
be doing its job to mask the onions, I don’t want to ruin the moment by breathing that in his
face.

His fingertips skim my jaw, and I close my eyes. And then his
lips brush my cheek. I wait for them to move a couple of inches to the right, but after what feels
like a lot of seconds—and is probably only a few—I crack a lid.

Griffin is still close, a wry smile on his lips and a smolder in his
eyes.

“Seriously, that’s it? A kiss on the cheek?”
His smile widens, making his eyes crinkle at the corners. He’s
nothing like the guys I usually end up on dates with. College boys don’t take things slow. If I
were out with one of the guys from school, I’d be sitting in a beat-up Civic with some stupid
music playing, and he’d be all over me with his tongue halfway down my throat, copping a
feel.

“I thought all the onions you ate were the equivalent to garlic for
vampires.” Griffin fingers my hair near my shoulder. I’d really like him to finger something else.
Wait. I mean I’d like to feel his hands on me. Not in my pants. Okay, maybe I’d like them in my
pants, but not after date number one.

“I wasn’t thinking, and I really like onions. A lot. In hindsight, it’s
not a great date food. I feel kinda dumb. And I guess at first I wasn’t so sure about you. How
was I supposed to know you’d actually be kind of normalish?”

“Normalish?”
“Well, you drink club soda on purpose, so you can’t be all
there.” I tap his temple.

Griffin circles my wrist with his fingers and drops his head, lips
brushing over my knuckle. “We can’t all be perfect, now, can we?”

“I suppose not, and perfect is boring.”
“That it is.” He hums against my skin, and I feel it through my
entire body. “I would like to try that kiss again, if you’re still interested.”

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Carpool by Noelle Adams

 

 

Title: Carpool

Series: Milford College #1

Author: Noelle Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 17, 2019

 

Blurb
The last thing I want is to share a forty-five minute commute with the most obnoxious (and attractive) man I know. But I can’t afford a new transmission right now, so I’m stuck with Marcus for at least a month.
He promises to be good, but Marcus Greene is never good. And I’m not sure how long I can resist him.
Carpool is the first book in the Milford College series, novellas about the faculty and staff of a small liberal arts college.

My review:

This was a fun, quick read. It’s a single POV story, told from Jennifer’s perspective. Jennifer’s transmission is broken, and since all of her extra money goes to her grandmother’s nursing home, she can’t afford to have it fixed so the mechanic is working on it in his spare time. She lives in her small hometown, though, 45 minutes from the college where she works. Marcus also lives in the town and works at the same college so it makes sense for them to carpool.

I did like how the long commutes forced them to really talk and get to know each other. They may have grown up together, but they didn’t really know each other well. Marcus was so supportive of her, too, especially with her grandmother.  There were a couple things I didn’t love, though. First, Jennifer’s name isn’t given until 18% into the book. I have no problem with first person point of view, but I’d like to know who that person is. We also didn’t get Marcus’s side of anything. But the biggest negative to me is what did Marcus do when he was growing up that was so bad?? We know she was warned to keep away from him her whole life. The town gossips like crazy. He has a bad boy reputation, yet he has a director position at the college and helps his dad on the farm when he isn’t working. Beyond the usual teenage crap, how is he supposedly such a bad boy?

Overall, this was an enjoyable book.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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Excerpt

I nod and open the passenger door, reaching down to grab the strap of my purse.
I blink when he gets out too.
“What are you doing?” I ask, my voice sharp because I’m confused.
“I’m walking you to the door. Do you have a problem with that?”
“But why?”
“Why not?”
I don’t have an answer to the question. And since he didn’t give me an answer, I feel
like I don’t have to give one to him either. 
But I’m shuddering with something like excitement as we reach the front stoop of my grandmother’s house. I stop and stare up at him. He’s gazing down at me with that same deep, warm expression I saw in him earlier.
Right before he kissed me.
“Why are you doing this, Marcus?” My voice breaks slightly because I’m pulsing with
everything I’m feeling.
“I’m just standing at your door.”
“You know what I’m talking about.”
He nods, his mouth relaxing slightly. “I’m doing it because I want to kiss you again, and I think you want that too.”
I lick my lips. He sees it. His expression heats up.
It thrills me so much I quickly get my tongue back into my mouth and swallow hard. “I
don’t know, Marcus. I don’t usually do things… just for fun.”
“I know you don’t. But I keep telling you that you’re allowed. Kissing me would be fun for you. And for me. It doesn’t have to mean anything more. It doesn’t have to
change anything important about your world. So why shouldn’t we do it again?”
“Because… because I think it would… If we do it again, we’re going to do more than kiss.”
He chuckles softly and reaches up to brush some hair back from my face. “Yes. We probably will.”
“And you think that can be just for fun? No… no… pressure or complications?” I can’t
believe I’m even considering no-strings-attached sex, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. 
That’s what Marcus is offering.
And I want it so much.
“Yes. I think so. If that’s what you want.”
“That’s all it could be between us. For obvious reasons.”
He gives a slight nod. “Yes.”
This confirms a tiny, lingering question I’d never even acknowledged. And it makes
things so much safer. 
Safe enough for me to let myself be tempted for real. After all, sex with Marcus is going to be good. I know it for sure. And if I can enjoy it—have some fun—in a way that both of us agree will lead to nothing disruptive to my life, why the hell shouldn’t I?
Why can’t I be like everyone else and just let go now and then?
It doesn’t have to threaten the security of my world.
I really think I could let go with Marcus and still be safe.
He confirms this by saying in a more serious tone, “I’m here for anything you want,
Jennifer. Anything. Just name it. But if it’s not what you want, all you have to do is tell me, and I’ll never make a move on you again.”
I gulp. “I… do want it.”
“Yeah?” He tilts his head down.
“Yeah.” 
“So you want to try to have a little fun and see what happens?”
Somehow I’ve made up my mind. I’ve decided. Everything inside me wants to do this, so I’m going to do it after all. “Yeah. That’s what I want.”
His eyes smolder in a way that makes my heart clench.
And other parts of me clench as well.
“So I can kiss you again?”
I nod. “Please do.”

 

Author Bio

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was
twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different
states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get
her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her
life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.
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