Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Harlequin Teen Mini Reviews: Anything To Have You by Paige Harbinson, Heart Beat by Elizabeth Scott, and Forever by Karen Ann Hopkins

      


Anything To Have You
by Paige Harbinson
Published:  January 28, 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Source:  NetGalley PublisherNothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

Natalie and Brooke have had each other's backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can't remember and Brooke's boyfriend, Aiden, can't forget. Suddenly there's a question mark in Natalie and Brooke's friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.

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My Thoughts:  This was my first book by Paige Harbinson, and while I wasn't blown away with this book, I would definitely read more from this author. Brooke and Natalie are best friends, with Brooke being the popular party girl and Natalie the more responsible of the two.  The story is told from both of their points of view.  Aiden is Brooke's boyfriend, and I did really like him.  I also liked Natalie. Brooke, however, was a total biatch.  Brooke convinces Natalie to go to a party one night, at which Natalie gets plastered.  Things happen that change the course of both girls lives, as is revealed as the book progresses.  The story addresses a lot of typical teenage drama, but Harbinson also throws in some serious issues as well.  While there was a HEA ending, which I did like, it was a bit unrealistic.

Forever (Temptation #3)
by Karen Ann Hopkins
Published:  January 28, 2013
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Source:  NetGalley Publisher

All I want is my happily-ever-after.

That's all I've wanted since meeting Noah Miller.

From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I'm carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there's a storm on the horizon, and it's sure to cause serious devastation.

If we can get through this, we'll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever.

But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off.

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My Thoughts:  A beautiful ending to a really good series.  Amish books are hit and miss for me, but this series is definitely a hit.  Rose and Noah's story begins as a forbidden romance between two people from totally different worlds.  As the series progresses, the couple faces obstacles which at times seem almost insurmountable.  In this third installment, the drama intensifies and Noah's character does a lot of growing.  I was very happy with the ending.  Forever is an emotional and captivating love story, and one that is definitely worth checking out.  

Heartbeat
by Elizabeth Scott
Published:  January 28, 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Source:  NetGalley/Publisher

Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

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My Thoughts:  This was a very emotional story for me, one of those that is just heart-wrenching. The characters are both broken people brought together while dealing with painful, tragic situations.  Heart Beat is a raw, gripping story of loss, hope, grief and the pain and joy that are experienced in the process.  The romance was not the main focus of the book, but it added so much to it.  While emotionally taxing, I am glad that I read it.  It is definitely one of those books that stays with you long after you turn the last page.
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5 comments:

  1. I've been meaning to read Heartbeat. It sounds really good!

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  2. Heartbeat is the only one of these I've read and I liked the romance a lot but struggled with the main character. The Karen Ann Hopkins books are ones I've considered reading.

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  3. I'm glad you liked all these! I really want to read the Temptation series. I've only read one Amish book, also titled Temptation!, and I loved it.
    Great reviews!

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