Summer of Series: You Haven’t Read That?!

Happy almost summer everyone!!

As I sit here writing this post, it is the day before Memorial Day and there are officially 12 school days sitting between me and summertime. *insert caffeine aided shriek here* Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE teaching my tiny humans, but I am beyond ready for summer, and you know what summer means….

LOTS AND LOTS OF READING!

Summertime for me means trying to catch up on all the books I have to read, and I can’t say enough how ready I am for another summer filled with good times, good people, and of course, lots and lots of good books.

It’s obviously no secret that I am perpetually behind on reading all the books I want to read. I feel as if that is pretty much the story of my life at this point. It’s also no secret that I have a ton of unread books that seem to be piling up quicker than you can say “How many books do you have?” My real life never-ending book basket is proof of that, and that thing keeps expanding every day. (Sorry Mom!)

Now a few years back I did a blog post series that I titled Summer of Series. My goal with that blog post series was to read through some of the many series I own. You see I have a thing for books, and especially series. I LOVE me a good series. (That’s probably why over the years I’ve continued to buy complete series like I need my next breath.) There’s just something about a good series, where you spend multiple books in one world with a set of characters that gets my heart beating just a bit faster in the best kind of way. Like for real y’all. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good standalone novel too, but a good series is my absolute favorite and is something I live for!

When I did my original Summer of Series I had set out to read around 20 different series, and I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that I failed at reading even a quarter of those series during that summer. But that being said, I haven’t given up on my love of series and I haven’t given up on my love for this blog post series, which is why I decided to bring it back for another summer filled to the brim with some amazing series. And I for one couldn’t be more excited to get this all started again!

So welcome to Summer of Series: You Haven’t Read That?!

For this summer I decided to pick some series that have been recommended to me for forever. These are the books and series that when I mention I haven’t read them yet, I get some serious side eye….hahaha, just kidding, but I do have a lot of people that ask me “You haven’t read that yet?” Many fellow readers, bloggers, and even some authors have told me I NEED to get to reading these books stat, so I guess it’s high time I start listening to them.

For this post series, I decided that I would focus in on those highly recommended series to finally see what I have been missing out on all these years. (It also made for a pretty great blog post series title, if I do say so myself.) Some of these series I originally intended to read the last time I did my Summer of Series, and others have been added to my list over the years. Some of these series came out years ago, and others are more recent, but they’re all ones that I’ve been dying to read, and they all have been recommended to me sooooooo many times before.

I know there are hundreds of more books and series I could focus on, and believe me I want to read them all, I just chose to focus on these ones because some of them have been in that big old never ending book basket for years, and they needed to see the light of day. Y’all get my crazy thinking, right? Right.

I’m hoping that this summer and this blog post series will allow me to get to as many of them as I possibly can, while also allowing me to connect with some of y’all about these books and how great I know they’re going to be!

Now for the sake of realism, I realize that I’m yet again being a bit ambitious with how many series I selected to try to read, but I figure there’s nothing wrong with aiming high.

So without further ado, let’s get this Summer of Series off to a good start!

I’ve got some great posts, some giveaways, and some good books planned for the summer, and I hope y’all are as excited as I am! I also hope y’all have some great books you plan to read too because you know I’d LOVE to talk about them!

So here’s to the next 3 months filled with some amazing series that I can’t wait to dive into!

p.s. If you have a series from the picture that you would recommend me starting with, please feel free to comment with your recommendation!

Listed below are the series pictured that will be part of Summer of Series. Click the series title to head to Amazon for that series, and click the author’s name to head to their website.

 

Summer of Series: The Edge of Never Series by J.A. Redmerski

Background

Labor Day has come and gone, which means it is officially the end of summer. *Insert tears here.*  That also means that it is time to end my Summer of Series.  At the beginning of this summer I set out to read some of the many unread series that I owned. I had a goal of reading 5 of them, and I ended up reading 4 including the one I’m posting about today. (Check out more on those series here: The Blackstone Affair, The Stage Dive Series, The One Night Series) So I almost made my goal, but really I had the chance to read and LOVE so many of the books that I’ve had forever and have been dying to read! I honestly couldn’t be more thrilled with what I got to read and experience with these books this summer….it was amazing to say the least.

I absolutely loved my Summer of Series, and I wish it wasn’t ending here, but alas summer is over so I guess I must move on to something else. That in no way means I am abandoning the idea of reading all of those fantastic series, it just means I need to find a new name for my series reading endeavor…I’m thinking of calling it Falling Into Series… (Get the fall theme?!) but we’ll see where that goes. I wanted to end my Summer of Series with a series that I have had for forever. Literally. And I think it’s only fitting that not only was this series not on my original Summer of Series list, it’s only two books which makes it more of a duet than a series, but I just couldn’t not read it anymore. So with a little encouragement from one of Author M. Mabie (who is amazing by the way, if you haven’t read her books, do it. I LOVED them all!) I decided to finally read The Edge of Never & The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski.

What can I say about these books….I LOVED every spectacular word of them. Wholeheartedly with everything that I had. They were mesmerizing, bursting with vibrancy and feeling and so much meaning, and I was so beyond emotionally invested in everything that I was reading. Camryn and Andrew’s story gave me everything, and I gladly accepted everything they gave me because I was completely blown away by everything that I got from them. These characters are more, their story is more, and just everything about them is more. I loved these books, and I’m so mad at myself for waiting years to read these books. Yes, years!!

I have waited way too long to fall in love with these characters, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with what I got from their characters and from their unforgettable story.

The Edge of Never & The Edge of Always tells the story of Andrew Parrish and Camryn Bennett. Two vibrant, unique, authentic and mesmerizing souls whose paths cross in the middle of nowhere on a Greyhound bus, and what happens when their two distinctive paths begin to intersect in ways they never imagined they could. Their journey together in this series has its ups and downs, twists and turns, and it definitely puts your emotions through the ringer a bit, but through all of that you fall heart first in love with these two characters and just who they are. Their characters are real and messy and they have gone through way more than any one person deserves, and when you begin their story you will begin connecting to them from the very first word and you honestly won’t stop.  I don’t know if I will ever truly stop thinking of these characters in some way, shape or form. They’re that memorable. They’re that consuming. They’re that everything.

Edge of Never

This author does an amazing job of allowing you the chance to get to know them, to understand them, and to fall in love with their characters over the course of this series. You get such a foundation with them both, you get the phenomenal opportunity to get into both of their heads, and you just get them. You get why they think the things they do, why they’ve made the choices the do, why they chose to go on this great adventure with one another, and so much more. You get Camryn and Andrew full force, and it’s the best thing because it allows you the chance to love them fiercely. I cared so much for the two of them, felt for everything that they were going through, and just relished in the connection I felt to them both. I loved their characters so truly, connected with them so hard, and just loved them both to pieces because they were who they were and they didn’t apologize for it one bit.

Suffice to say, Andrew and Camryn are just about every positive adjective under the sun.

Camryn is real and relatable, and has such a determination and fire to her that just makes you love her. You get to know her first in these books, and I felt like she was the closest of friends after reading these books. Andrew is charming and witty, and has that same kind of determination that just sets him apart. He’s highly memorable for so many reasons, much of which comes from the life and goodness that just emanates from him in the most amazing way. These two cross paths in the most unlikely of ways, when neither of them is looking for anything, and yet soon they find that they have found their everything.

Their connection and story begins to build, and build, and build some more in The Edge of Never, and then continues to build and grow and evolve in The Edge of Always. J.A. Redmerski does an utterly fantastic job of creating that build, that tension, and all of the glorious feeling to go along with it. She pushes these characters in the best way, she makes them fight and work and choose, she allows them to grow and evolve as individuals, and that results in something that is nothing short of spectacular. Getting what I did from Andrew and Camryn’s characters was wonderful in every way. These two have such a spirit and drive to them that is so distinctive, and you get to experience that vibrancy and liveliness while falling so hard for their characters.

Their story was mesmerizing and enrapturing to say the least, and the moment I started these books I could not put them down. Along that event filled ride, I got every lick of emotion and feeling and intensity from them both because of this author’s fantastic writing and storytelling. She creates a book and a world that you get to live and breathe and experience everything in. You get every hope and fear, every want and desire, every moment of falling and feeling, every moment that makes your heart literally beat out of your chest. You get everything because J.A. Redmerski thoughtfully crafts and cultivates everything in such a way that you’re there with Camryn and Andrew, living and experiencing it all, and that will just leave you in literary awe with what you get from them.

Edge of Always

What can I say? I loved these books.

I loved the moments that made me laugh, the moments that felt like my heart was being ripped out of my chest repeatedly, the moments that gave me hope and tried to heal me right along with Camryn and Andrew. I loved when these characters made me feel, and think, and wonder, and when they just blew me away with who they were. I loved where I got to see them go, how they evolved and changed, and how they stayed the same too. I loved everything about The Edge of Never & The Edge of Always because these books were well rounded, outstandingly written, and just captured every single aspect that makes a book exceptional to read.

When I finished these books, I seriously wanted to kick myself for having waited so long to read them, but in the end I am just so in love with these books and what they gave me. They gave me so much, and I know that I will never forget so many things about these books and Andrew and Camryn’s wonderful little selves. This series was just amazing. Period. I loved every feeling and emotional word, every breathtaking moment, and every single thing I felt and thought and experienced while reading because it just made me fall under the spell of these characters even more. I loved getting to be there through it all with them, and let me just say that J.A. Redmerski gives you every ounce of their story in a way that just works for these characters. Their story will satisfy you in every way, make you feel so much, and will have you loving everything that you’re getting because it is truly something else.

These books are some of the best I’ve read, and what they evoked in me as I experienced them fully is something I will always remember and love. Just like I will always love Camryn and Andrew, everything they went through, everything they fought for, and everything that they are, because all of that is absolutely phenomenal.

These books reminded me once again what books can do for you, what they can make you feel and think and experience, and how they can blow you away in every way if you give them the chance too.

Keep reading below to find out more on The Edge of Never & The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski!

**Please be aware that both books in the series are featured below. While the synopsis’, quotes, as well as my reviews for each book are as spoiler free as possible, you might find out more than you want to about Andrew and Camryn’s story if you read too much, so if you plan to read the books, start with The Edge of Never. **

Edge of Never Series

 ~The Edge of Never~

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16081272“Heart always wins out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way.”  

Synopsis:

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Read My 5 Star Review of The Edge of Never

~The Edge of Always~

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17899696“I guess we are just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl,” I say.
Her eyes narrow. “I’ve heard that somewhere before.”
I smile and point at her briefly. “Pink Floyd. But it’s the truth.”
“You think we’re lost?”
I tilt my head back a little and look up at the stars behind her and say, “In society maybe. But together, no. I think we’re right where we need to be.”  

Synopsis:

Five months ago, Camryn and Andrew, both dealing with personal hardships, met on a Greyhound bus. They fell in love and proved that when two people are meant to be together, fate will find a way to make it happen.

Now, in the highly anticipated sequel to The Edge of Never, Camryn and Andrew are pursuing their love for music and living life to the fullest as they always swore to do. But when tragedy befalls them, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. As Camryn tries to numb her pain, Andrew makes a bold decision: To get their life back on track, they’ll set out on another cross-country road trip. Together they find excitement, passion, adventure-and challenges they never could have anticipated.

Read My 5 Star Review of The Edge of Always

Be sure to check out more about these unforgettable books, and the fantastic J.A. Redmerski at the following links!

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Summer of Series: The One Night Series by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Background

So for my next choice in my Summer of Series, I decided to read The One Night Series by Jodi Ellen Malpas. I absolutely loved her This Man series, so I figured I would probably love these books too, but I was not prepared for how much I would LOVE  these books. I loved every single phenomenal word of them. They were everything. This series is definitely one of the best series I have EVER read. It completely consumed me from the moment I started it, and I never wanted to these books to end.

This series gave me a truly incredible and breathtaking love story that I know I will never forget.

This series follows Olivia Taylor and Miller Hart aka “M”, and what starts out as a promise of one night of immense and unforgettable passion, quickly turns in to something neither of them expected. One night changes everything for Livy and Miller, and I mean everything. One Night Promised, One Night Denied, and One Night Unveiled follows these two on their incredible and utterly emotional, passionate, and captivating journey as they try to figure out where their immense connection and feelings for one another could lead them, if they only give it a chance. It follows them as that one night becomes something so epically more. As that one night becomes everything.

The One Night Series was consuming, intense, and mesmerizing as all get out. My heart was so completely invested into this story and to these characters, and because of this author’s outstanding writing, I got to fully experience every lick of this amazing series. It had the most superb level of passion and heat, darkness and light, emotion and feeling. It truly had every single thing that makes a book and series extraordinary to read and experience.

This series and Livy and Miller fulfilled me so remarkably. They made me feel alive when I was reading these books and experiencing their story. They gave me it all, and I basked in every single thing they gave me because it was extraordinary, magnificent, and the perfect balance of everything. These books had and were everything.

I think The One Night Series may have even surpassed the This Man series, which is definitely saying something because I loved Jesse and Ava something fierce, but Miller Hart and Olivia Taylor just completely stole my heart. They made my heart feel alive, they made it melt and squeeze, and they made it break and hurt quite a few times too, but the completely took it in this series. I honestly think they’ll always hold a some piece to my heart, because after reading these books I know I will always remember their dynamic, distinctive, and truly wonderful characters, and the epic love story they shared together.

One Night Promised

Livy and Miller’s characters were both phenomenal, thoughtfully crafted and layered, and just so enrapturing. Throughout this series you get to peel back those layers and see the real them, which is nothing short of wonderful because let me tell you, Livy and Miller are a force to be reckoned with and there is so much to know about them. Livy is sassy and spunky and has such a fire to her. She’s also got past filled with hurt that has lead her to the present of this book and to one Miller Hart. Miller hart is enigmatic, possessive, intense, and just everything that makes a male character swoonworthy. Along with Livy’s character , he’s got past laced with more demons and pain than you can shake a stick at.

They’ve both experienced more than their fair share of hurt and darkness, but what they feel and experience together is nothing but light and heat and spark filled, and you will bask in everything you get to experience with them as they try to figure out what to do with all that their feeling. That was honestly one of my favorite aspects of this series. Getting the chance to see two authentic, dynamic, and fantastically complicated characters come together and attempt to overcome that darkness that has ruled their lives for so long. Experiencing their fight and determination will make you love their characters immensely, and will have you wanting to give it your all too in hopes that they can find a way to be together.

Their journey together will make your heart race more times than you can count, and be prepared for some tough emotional moments that will have you reeling, but also be prepared for a love story that will completely leave you in awe.

It’s been 2 days since I finished these books, and I am still in awe. That is a true testament to the shear amazingness and talent of Jodi Ellen Malpas and the stories, world, and characters she so superbly created. Along with Miller and Livy, Jodi Ellen Malpas creates wonderful and distinctive supporting characters that I just loved. They were incredible, and Livy’s Nan is just about the best person ever. She’s a true gem. Her writing is truly exceptional and beautiful, and just allows you to live through this series with Livy and Miller, and to feel every ounce of what these books have to offer.

One Night Denied

I felt every raw and honest and exceptionally crafted emotion. I experienced every moment of wonder and hope, every moment of passion and heat, every moment of heart melting triumph and visceral heartbreak. Every moment of laughter, tears, shock, fight, feeling, and intensity. Every. Single. Glorious and real and brilliant all-feel consuming thing.

After reading this series, so many phrases will hold new and utterly wonderful meanings. Every time you read “The Special One”, or the word fascinate, or Miller and Livy’s thing, or the phrase “Just…Fucking…Perfect”, or the word habit, you will smile or melt or both. These phrases and their meanings are just one of the many aspects that makes this series the truly phenomenal thing that it is.

The One Night Series by Jodi Ellen Malpas will give you everything and more. It’ll give you Livy and Miller and their breathtaking, emotional, and unforgettable journey together. It’ll give you an enthralling story you can’t put down, and truly don’t ever want to end. It’ll give you every aspect that makes a book and a series exceptional, because that’s what this series is. Exceptional.

When all of the distinctive and extraordinary pieces of this story and these characters fully come to light, you will be blown away by the wondrous, awe-inspiring, and beautifully breathtaking thing you just experienced. You’ll just love it whole heartedly, feel it so deep in your bones, and you’ll have no doubt that Miller and Livy’s story is everything.

Keep reading for more on the consuming, mesmerizing, and utterly superb One Night Series by Jodi Ellen Malpas

**Please be aware that all of the books in the series are featured below. While the synopsis’, quotes, as well as my reviews for each book are as spoiler free as possible, you might find out more than you want to about Livy and Miller’s story if you read too much. If you plan to read this series, and I HIGHLY recommend that you do, start with One Night Promised and go from there with Livy and Miller.**

The One Night Series

~One Night Promised~

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21795430“His eyes are smiling, and then like a sun breaking through the gray clouds on an overcast, smoggy day in London, his mouth smiles, too—his perfectly straight, white teeth on full display, his eyes sparkling wildly. He accepts me. All of me.”  

Synopsis:

ONE NIGHT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH . . .

Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M.

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He’s obnoxious but well-mannered. He’s a gentleman but aloof. He’s passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can’t deny him . . . or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed-and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he’s aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession-an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair…

Read My 5 Star Review of One Night Promised

~One Night Denied~

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22361144“We’re more broken if we don’t have each other. Let me put us back together again. I need you, Olivia. Desperately. You’re making my world light.”  

Synopsis:

The passion that burned between Livy and Miller in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries…

He’s amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she’s never before known. For Livy, there’s no turning back. She’s determined to be the light in Miller Hart’s dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price…

Miller knows that the power he possesses hasn’t come without sacrifices-but he won’t let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs…from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself.

But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about Miller that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he’s ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all…

Read My 5 Star Review of One Night Denied

One Night Unveiled

~One Night Unveiled~

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22511163“You possess every part of me, Olivia Taylor. For all of the wrongs I have done and all that I am yet to do, I’m asking for your mercy. Only your love will see me through this hell.”  

Synopsis:

A life without secrets and a passion without end . . .The story of Livy and M’s passionate love affair comes to a stunning conclusion in the final book in the One Night trilogy!

Livy has never known pure desire like this. The gorgeous Miller Hart captivates her, seduces her, and worships her in deliciously sinful ways. He knows her innermost thoughts, drawing her ever deeper into his dangerous world.

Miller will do anything to keep Livy safe, even if it means risking his own life. But his dark history isn’t the only thing that threatens their future together. As the truth of Livy’s family legacy unravels, an unsettling parallel between past and present comes to light. Her world spinning out of control, Livy finds herself caught between the rapture of an all-consuming love—and a deadly obsession that could destroy them both …

Read My 5 Star Review of One Night Unveiled

Be sure to check out more about these utterly wonderful books and the amazing Jodi Ellen Malpas at the following links!

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Summer of Series: The Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott

Background

So I love me a good rocker series, which is why I picked Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive Series for my next set of books to read in my Summer of Series. I had heard such amazing things about this series, and by chapter 1 of the first book Lick, I knew that I was going to love everything about this series.

The Stage Dive Series was bursting with so much distinctive vibrancy and liveliness, some seriously amazing and authentic characters that I completely fell in love with, and stories that were completely enrapturing from the moment I started them. Once I started this series, I couldn’t stop reading, and I practically devoured all 4 books within just a few days. They completely consumed me.

I was completely pulled into the world of these books, and this author’s phenomenal writing put me right into that world, heart first with these fabulous characters.

Each of the 4 books in this series follows a different member of Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock groups around in the world of these books. I loved that I got to know each and every one of the members of this band throughout this entire series and in their individual books. The way Kylie Scott wrote and crafted these books just allows you to really connect to all of them so much, and you will love them all fiercely for the wonderfully distinctive people they are.

David, Ev, Mal, Anne, Jimmy, Lena, Ben, and Lizzy are just kind of the best. They are all extremely authentic, intense and consuming in their own unique ways, and they all come across as extremely real when you read this series. That was one of my favorite aspects in this series: getting to know so many varied and engaging characters that I just completely fell in love with. Of course they all have their flaws and they’re complicated as all get out, but that just made them all the more real to me, made them more dynamic, and it made me love them more because I felt like I really got to know the real and honest them.

The Stage Dive Series also gives you 4 different stories that just pull you more and more into the world of these books. Each couple gets their own book, thus their book has a distinctive flavor and feel to it because of the characters themselves and the story they have. I loved that so much because it gave me 4 wholly unique stories  to enjoy, while weaving that vibrant thread of this series and the characters throughout each book in the best possible way. Their stories are also filled with such a phenomenal level of emotion and feeling that you get to fully experience because of Kylie Scott’s fantastic writing.

I felt each and every one of their stories whole heartedly. Their ups, their downs, highs and lows, and everything glorious thing in between. I felt their struggles and triumphs, their vulnerabilities, their stubbornness, and everything that made them who they were. I got to fully experience it all, and I pretty much just relished in that because it made these books and characters come to life.

Lick

I have to say one of my favorite aspects of this series was the big ass smile I had on my face when I was reading every single one of these books. I also burst out laughing reading them more times than I could count, and I will tell you right now that Mal is guaranteed to have you in hysterical fits of laughter in no time in each and every one of these books. That man is pretty much the best. Trust me.

Lick, Play, Lead, and Deep were each superbly balanced books with so much life, love, heat and passion, ups and downs, and glorious tension weaving their way throughout the magnificent and unforgettable pages of these books.

I loved everything about these books and their characters. This series once again reminded me why I love a good rocker book, but these books were honestly so much more than that. They were exceptionally written, captivating as hell, and had such fire and spark bursting from their pages. I loved all of the stories and characters I got to fully experience and connect with in this series, and I couldn’t get enough time with all of these phenomenal characters. They were all fabulous in their own way, and they are just one of the many aspects  that makes this series the outstanding thing that it is.

The Stage Dive Series was fantastic in every way, shape, and form. All of the books within it are must reads that will have you wishing like crazy that Stage Dive was a real band that you could fall in love with because the members of that band are truly memorable  in the most fantastic ways, and their lady friends are even better.

Believe me, these books are well worth a read this instant. Don’t be like me and wait forever to read and fall in love with them. Each book will just leave you in love with these characters and their world, so get to falling in love with them as soon as humanly possible. You won’t be sorry that you gave the members of Stage Dive a chance, and when you give them that chance, you’ll be blown away by what they give you.  

Keep scrolling below for more on the vibrant and utterly consuming Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott

*Though each book follows a separate couple, I would recommend reading them in order so that you get the most out of reading these phenomenal books!*

Stage Dive Series

~Lick~

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18873617“You asked me this morning in the car if I thought you were scary. The answer is yes. You scare me shitless. I don’t know what I’m doing here. But I hate the thought of leaving you.”  

Synopsis:

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

Read My 5 Star Review of Lick

~Play~

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19095025“Pumpkin, I’m always serious when it comes to you. Even when I’m messing around, I’m still serious as shit. Whatever you need, whatever I have to do. It’s been that way since we met. Haven’t you noticed yet? We’re fucking destined or something. I can’t help myself. It’s pathetic, really.”

Synopsis:

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

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Deep

~Lead~

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19286623“Sometimes, when you’re not being a jerk, I like you so much it hurts. I like the way your true self comes out when you think no one else is looking.”  

Synopsis:

Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

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~Deep~

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18461986“You’re giving him a place to belong, things to plan for, a life outside of all of this. Idiot didn’t even realize he needed it, but he does. You’re grounding him. No one else has given him that in a long time.”  

Synopsis:

Don’t miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in the USA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible… but will it lead to a connection of the heart?

Read My 5 Star Review of Deep

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Summer of Series: The Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller

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I am so excited that my Summer of Series has finally begun! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the first series I chose to read because I practically devoured it (in 2 days!). So without further ado, let me introduce you to The Blackstone Affair by the utterly fabulous Raine Miller.

This series was breathtaking, all-consuming, and had the perfect balance of emotion, feeling, and intensity.

It also had me ready to catch the very next plane to London in hopes that I could find my very own Ethan Blackstone, because let me tell you he will totally steal your heart and win you over about 2 seconds after you meet him. Not to be outdone, Brynne the main lady of the hour, will have you rooting for her, loving her, and feeling so authentically connected to her just as quickly. The Blackstone Affair follows these two dynamic and exceptionally developed characters, as they try to overcome their own trauma laced pasts in hopes of seeing what could happen if they explore the majorly intense connection they share.

What I think I loved about this series the most was that I got to experience everything so fully with both Ethan and Brynne, and I truly got to feel and see their evolution as characters as their relationship progressed. I got to see them at their highest, and I got to enjoy that immense joy and elation right along with them. I felt and saw them at their lowest points, and my heart broke just like theirs did with what they went through in both the past and present. I was also their with them through all the twists and turns and ups and downs that came their way as they tried to make their relationship work.

I loved that this series gives you two extremely authentic, strong willed, and multifaceted characters who had their flaws right along with their strengths.  Two people who had experienced darkness, and were still working through that with everything they had. What Ethan and Brynne both individually went through will make your heart go to them, but it will also make them feel very very real to you as you get to know and fall in love with them.

Naked

I also had the phenomenal opportunity to experience how hard Brynne and Ethan fell because I fell right along with them, heart first into everything that they were sharing. I got their passion, their heat, and their seriously spark filled relationship. I melted at their words. I swooned with them more times than I could count. I also felt all of the heartbreak that came along with those heart melting moments.

These books are written and developed exceptionally. Raine Miller’s outstanding writing allows you to fall right into the story with Ethan and Brynne. Her writing also makes it possible to become as captivated by Brynne and Ethan as they are by each other, and throughout each book in this series you will become more and more connected to them both. You will feel for them, you will care for them, and you will fight like hell for them and for what they’re fighting for. That extraordinary level of connection to this story and book is all possible because of Raine Miller’s magnificent writing. The world she creates in this series through her incredible storytelling and writing feels wholly real, and the minute you begin these books you will be imagining, feeling, and experiencing everything that enchanting and utterly mesmerizing world has to offer.

I felt every word of these books.  I experienced every single thoughtfully crafted and varied emotion weaving its way through these mesmerizing books. I was whole heartedly captivated by these extraordinary characters and their unforgettable story.

The Blackstone Affair was a superbly balanced and beautifully written love story that gives the perfect amount of love and joy, heartbreak and hurt, passion and intensity, and more charm and swoon than you can shake a stick at, as Brynne and Ethan explore the power and beauty of the connection and feelings they share for one another.

Ethan and Brynne, and their story together will blow you away. It’ll leave you in awe with what you get to experience with them. You will love their characters, be rooting for them like crazy along the way, and relishing in all of the fight and determination these two have to be together.

I promise you that this series will consume every part of you. It will steal your heart, and give you so much to feel and experience. It will enrapture you within its magnificence, and you will not want it to end. Ever.  

So if you’re ready, keep scrolling below for more on the breathtaking series, The Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller.

**Please be aware that all of the books in the series are featured below. While the synopsis’, quotes, as well as my reviews for each book are as spoiler free as possible, you will probably find out more than you want to about Ethan and Blaire’s story past Naked.  So if you’re planning to start this series start with Naked, the first book in the series, and go no further until you finish that amazing book.** 

The Blackstone Affair

~Naked~

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17182456“That picture changed everything. I was not the same after I saw it and I couldn’t go back to the man I’d been before seeing it either. Not after we met that night on the street. My whole world altered because of a photograph. A photograph of my beautiful American girl.”  

Synopsis:

The first book in the bestselling Blackstone Affair trilogy! Naked desire. Secret Satisfaction. An affair you’ll never forget.

Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When successful and charismatic London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn’t taking “no” for an answer. 
At first, his dominant nature captivates her, but it isn’t clear if the force of his powerful desire will ultimately awaken or dispel the demons Brynne is carrying inside. There are secrets on both sides of this relationship—huge ones. Can Ethan erase the scars of Brynne’s past so that she can reveal her true self to him? Or will the shadows cast by Ethan’s own mysterious former life destroy their chance at happiness?

Naked is the sizzling, unforgettable story of what happens when a strong woman meets the one man powerful enough to strip away all her defenses, leaving her standing naked and perfect before him.

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~All In~

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16141265“I have no intentions of letting you go.” I swallowed hard. “If you come with me you’re signing on for all of me, Brynne. I don’t know any other way to be with you. It’s all in for me. And I want it to be all in for you too.”

Synopsis:

The second part in The Blackstone Affair series! Looming danger. A love worth fighting for. A man who’ll go all in.

Ethan Blackstone has a problem on his hands. He’s broken Brynne’s trust and she’s left him. He’s unwilling to live without her and isn’t giving up—he’s dead-set on getting his beautiful American girl back. The passion between them was explosive, but the secrets they hid from each other are dark and chilling and are powerful enough to destroy their shot at a life together.

With political threats now directed at Brynne, Ethan is running out of time and he’ll need to gather all his strength and agility to protect her from the dangers that could take her away from him forever. Will Ethan be able to save Brynne from a past that keeps her locked in fear? Will he ever feel the warmth of her touch, the solidity of her trust again? This is a love-struck man who is willing to do whatever it takes to possess the heart of the woman he loves. He’ll go to any lengths to protect her. He’ll go all in.

Here is the fiery story of what happens when two people surrender to a love so great it can heal the scars of the past and give way to a life of pure, rapturous ecstasy.

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Eyes Wide Open

~Eyes Wide Open~

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17623388“The one who had the power to take me apart was also the only one with the power to put me back together again.”  

Synopsis:

The third part in The Blackstone Affair series: A love on the brink of being destroyed. The fight of a lifetime to keep it alive.

Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them. Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they’ve forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them?

A stalker is still lurking in the shadows, plotting evil amidst the distraction of the 2012 Olympic games in London. Brynne and Ethan are on the cusp of losing everything as the stakes rise. Will they yield to circumstances beyond their control or will they give every ounce of fight they have left to save each other and win the ultimate prize of a life together?

Eyes Wide Open is a passion-wrought story that shows us what pure love can achieve when tested and what the heart can accomplish despite danger and adversity.

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~Rare and precious Things~

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17907518“I knew more happiness and love than I’d ever experienced in my life, and now understood how precious it was to have that love.”

Synopsis:

The fourth part in the New York Times bestselling series, The Blackstone Affair: A bright beginning for two damaged souls fighting for their hard-won love, and the promise of a new hope to secure their happily ever after.

Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstone’s prepare for the birth of their precious baby and the challenges of settling into a new home. But things get complicated when specters from the past reappear to threaten the very foundation of their relationship.

Ethan and Brynne will have to fight harder than ever for each other. Rare and Precious Things is the story of two people who both need the other in order to be complete, but learn just how “rare” their brand of love is when they have to risk everything in order to hold onto it.

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Summer of Series

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Well it is officially summer!

Okay, well technically it’s only Memorial Day, but you catch my drift. This is the day that along with being a day of remembrance, signifies the beginning of summer.

I for one could not be more ready for summer, especially after this horrid winter. I love me some summer something fierce, which may or may not have something to do with the fact that I get 8 weeks off from the tiny humans.

That’s neither here nor there, but suffice to say, summer is one of my favorite times of year. 

It’s when the cookouts start, it’s when you spend your nights seeing more lighting bugs than you can count, and it’s when the pool or beach becomes your home away from home.

It’s also when I get to read until my heart’s content.

In the summer, much of my day or night is spent between the pages of a good book, and that makes me happier than a clam, since we all know I am a book addict.

Now you all know that I hoard paperbacks along with a crazy amount of Kindle books. That’s kind of my shtick. It’s also the whole reason behind this blog’s name, because my book basket is truly never ending.

Well this summer I’ve decided to make a dent in that basket. I’m really going to do it! Or, I’m going to give it the good ole college try, because that basket is insane right now.

Now while I obviously have a plethora of unread paperbacks in my never ending book basket, what you might not know unless you’ve perused the book basket page of this blog, is that I have a ton of unread series.

19 series to be exact.SoS

I own every single book in those 19 different series, some in e-book, but most in paperback. I’ve seriously been dying to read them all because I seriously love me a good series. Always have, always will.

There’s just something about a good series that I just love. Whether the series is 3 books long or 8, whether it focuses on one character’s story or more than one, I adore me a series to pieces.

The series are a random mix of books across a few genres from both traditionally and independently published authors. Most are a wide array of romance, but there’s some young adult thrown in there for funsies too. I’m ashamed to admit that a lot of those books have been calling my book basket home for years, and that many of them are well loved favorites that came out years ago.

I’m so epically behind.

So this summer I am making it my goal to read through some of these series. I am hoping to get through at least a third of them. (Big dreams I know.) What can I say, I’m an optimist!

I’m even being kitschy about it, and giving this endeavor a name: Summer of Series

Along with some cover reveals, release posts, and some other reviews that I can’t wait to share with y’all, this summer will be entirely focused on my Summer of Series endeavor. Each series will have its own post filled with my reviews, teasers, and some of my favorite quotes from the books. To go along with these posts I’m also going to be giving away some books from some of my favorite series ever, so be sure to stay tuned for that too!

Basically, I am devoting this summer to FINALLY reading these book series that have been shouting at me for years! I hope y’all are just as ready for this as I am because I know these series are going to be nothing short of fantastic.

If you can’t tell, I am so effing excited for this summer, and these Summer of Series blog posts!

Expect tons of reviews, some giveaways, and plenty of fun and craziness on here this summer with this series of blog posts.

I have a feeling it’s going to be one helluva summer, so let’s get it started people.

Bring on the series!

gtm

p.s. If you have a series from the picture that you would recommend me starting with, please feel free to comment with your recommendation!

Listed below are the series pictured that will be part of Summer of Series. Click the series title to head to Amazon for that series, and click the author’s name to head to their website.

And the one series that wasn’t even in my Summer of Series originally…