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Author: R.S. Grey

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Review: With This Heart by RS Grey

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: With This Heart by RS GreyWith This Heart by R.S. Grey
Published by Self-Published on 06 April 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, New Adult, People & Places, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 318
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-stars
Also by this author: Scoring Wilder

Place(s) Traveled To: Dallas, Texas // Corpus Cristi, Texas // Odessa, Texas // Marfa, Texas // Boston, Massachusetts

First Line(s): On a rather insignificant Saturday afternoon, I stood in a funeral home searching through rows of urns as if I was browsing down the aisles of a super market.

With This Heart by RS Grey is the second novel of hers that I’ve read and I was really hoping to get another book like Scoring Wilder (my review). Alas, that wasn’t to be and while I did enjoy With This Heart I was often frustrated by it as well. The main character, Abby Mae, would often break the fourth wall during the narration and it almost always took me out of the story. This wasn’t a book that I wanted the character to talk to me it was a book where I wanted to be more of a voyeur peaking into her life for a brief moment in time. There was also much awkwardness to be hard in Abby Mae’s interactions with other characters, including Beck, that would often make me cringe. The mom was overly needy and clingy and while I get the reasons behind it I just got annoyed with it and kept waiting for Abby Mae to put her foot down and say something only she never did.

Abby Mae and Beck were also two very frustrating characters. They had some chemistry but there wasn’t much to build a relationship on as they never talked about the real things. Abby Mae kept big secrets from him and she was also very jealous without cause. There was so much mistrust between them that it seemed impossible for them to build a solid relationship. Plus, when it came to the pointless breakup Beck was just a little too passive and accepting of it. Why not fight for the girl? Why not figure out a way to make things work without either of them having to give everything up. Life isn’t an all or nothing deal and long distance relationships can work.

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I did like that With This Heart  was a road-trip book as I am always a sucker for them. I do think I would have preferred this one a little more if they’d gone out of Texas a bit more. But Texas is a big ass state and there is much to see and do there. Especially since there was a reason behind all the stops that. I also found With This Heart to be a quick read and I read it in a single sitting. I still enjoyed Grey’s writing style and will check out her other books in the future.

With This Heart is also a book that may have annoyed me at times but I was still engaged in the story. I still kept flipping the pages to see what happened next and most of all I did want these two characters to find their happily for nows. I may not have loved it but I did like it and if you and I read with similar tastes then you might like it too.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review5 Comments

Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. GreyScoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
Published by Self-Published on 15 June 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, New Adult, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 356
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Also by this author: With This Heart

Place(s) Taveled to: Los Angeles, California // Malibu, California

First Line(s): Cheat on me once, shame on him. Cheat on me twice…what the actual fuck is going on?

I first heard about Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey from a friend and it sounded like it would be right up me alley. I do love me some sport themed romances especially when there is an aspect of forbidden love to it as well. Kinsley is a rising star in the soccer world and has been recruited to a top school in California and Liam Wilder is a bad boy soccer star…who just happens to be her coach. The attraction between the two is instant as is the edict that they aren’t allowed to date because of their roles on the filed. There is much torture and push and pull and the aches of the heart are huge. I just loved these two together and thought that their relationship was very realistically portrayed. I also loved the secondary characters of Becca and Penn and totally think that Grey wasted an opportunity to have a spin off book staring them.

There were things that I felt were a bit implausable though but maybe its just because I don’t really follow professional soccer. But I found it odd that Liam was constantly stalked by paparazzi and that he was always doing interviews on talk shows and things. And I also found it weird that Kinsley had to report to school 3 months early for soccer practice but again I wasn’t an athlete in college so maybe that was normal. So those aspects took me out of the story a bit as they just never rang true but the rest of the book? That I loved.

Well, with the exception of Tara who was such an evil character that I really wanted to punch her in the face. But what I did like about her was that she added a realistic conflict between Liam and Kinsley and it wasn’t a crazy made up thing that existed in the mind of one of them. All too often in contemporary stories there is this pointless drama/conflict that splits up the characters and it usually results from a lack of communication. There is no point to it all and its something that is easily solved when they finally speak about it but for whatever reason a big formula plot point in stories is that the hero and heroine need to break up before they find their HFN. *le sigh* Its a plot point that I can do without. But here in Scoring Wilder the conflict isn’t pointless and the breakup is so heart wrenchingly real that my heart aches just thinking about it.

Scoring Wilder is a fun read and I got so lost in the story that once I started reading I couldn’t stop. I am so excited to check out other books from RS Grey and have already purchased another title from her that I hope to get to soon. If you like a good romance, especially if you like the sport trope then this is a book for you. I don’t think you’ll regret it, I know I didn’t.

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A favorite quote from Scoring Wilder:

“If only we actually were in Harry Potter. I’d totally Crucio her ass. Yeah, that’s right, I’d use one of the Unforgivable Curses. Come at me, Ministry of Magic.”

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