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Series: Caught Up in Us

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Lauren Blakely

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Lauren BlakelyPretending He's Mine by Lauren Blakely
Series: Caught Up in Us, Book 2
Also in this series: Caught Up in Us
Published by Self-Published on 02 March 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 140
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Caught Up in Us, The Thrill of It

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York

First Line(s): The metal dug into his wrists.

Pretending He’s Mine by Lauren Blakely is one of those books that starts right in the middle of the story. The prologue is a future event and then it flashes back to where it all started and for me stories that do just do nothing for me. I’ve been having a similar issue with the show Flashpoint which I started to watch on Netflix recently. Pretending He’s Mine is the story of Reeve and Sutton and for the life of me I can’t recall how these characters fit in with those from Caught Up in Us but as with most romance series you don’t need to read one to understand the others.

Pretending He’s Mine is a very quick story and as a result there isn’t a ton of character development. I wish that it had been longer so we could have gotten to know Sutton and Reeve better as they both come across as just surface characters. They both did have some good chemistry and I enjoyed reading their story but I just wish there had been a bit more depth. I could have also done without creepy Janelle.

Pretending He’s Mine is a quirky story and not a bad way to pass the time. Its not my favorite contemporary romance but if you are a fan of the genre then you might enjoy this one as well. While I didn’t always like the characters I did enjoy the overall story better than Caught Up in Us. I just felt that Sutton and Reeve were more realistic. And if you are a fan of the sexy times then this book has it in spades!

irishdarkblue

 

three-stars
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review: Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Caught Up in Us by Lauren BlakelyCaught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely
Series: Caught Up in Us,
Also in this series: Pretending He's Mine
Published by Self-Published on 20 January 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Pretending He's Mine, The Thrill of It

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Paris, France // Mystic, Connecticut

First Line(s): He was my first mistake.

Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely is a new adult title told from Kat Harper’s POV and is a all about lost loves reconnecting. Bryan Leighton was Kat’s older brothers best friend in college and first met Kat when she was 17 and he spent the summer with her family. Bryan is several years older than Kat and they quickly fell for each other until quit suddenly Bryan broke it off and disappeared from her life. Years later, Kat is a successful jewelry designer finishing up her business degree and looking to expand her line. Her path reconnects with Bryan’s when he’s assigned as her mentor.

As a reader, you’d expect sparks to fly instantly when these two reconnect or even for Kat to be more upset about having to work with Bryan than she was. Ok, maybe upset to too strong a feeling as one would expect her to move on from her 17 year old self but she just seemed a bit passive about it all. The emotions Kat felt just never seemed to delve too far beneath the surface and she’d run cold and hot and never seemed to stick with her decisions. Though I did like her scenes with Bryan. I liked their story and I thought that it was fairly realistic.

The plot was decent though it did seem to drag for the first half of the story. This lead to the ending feeling a bit more rushed than I would have liked. It also left less time for Kat to have many reactions to learning about why Bryan broke up with her when she was 17. Though when you learn why Bryan broke things off it makes sense and your heart breaks a little as a result. If I was Kat I would have been more demanding in wanting to know why.

Overall, Caught Up in Us, was a quick read and I pretty much read it in a single sitting. Its not super deep or groundbreaking but it was a fun new adult read. I enjoyed the characters and while I do think that they all could have had a bit more depth to them I do plan on reading the other books in this series.

Caught Up in Us Series Order
Book 0.5: Caught Up in Him (This is was available as a free DL on BN but its really not worth the time it takes to read it, yes it is the start of Kat and Bryan’s romance when she was 17 but everything in this novella is covered – almost word for word – in the main story. Nothing is added to the story by reading this one. Though could serve as a good example if you are on the fence on reading Caught Up in Us)
Book 1: Caught Up in Us
Book 2: Pretending He’s Mine
Book 3: Playing with Her Heart

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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