My Little Obsession With Laurann Dohner’s Books

I have been on a Laurann Dohner binge. I’m not even kidding you guys. I’m sure it’s not healthy to binge this many books by one author in such a short amount of time. I’ve just been reading one book after another so fast that I don’t even have time to write about how amazing they are. I just rush to get my hands on the next book in the series because I already know I’m going to love it.

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The Year We Hid Away (book 2 of the Ivy Years) by Sarina Bowen


She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep. 

I really liked this book! I felt like I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I couldn’t ease the tension in my shoulders from thinking about everything that was going on throughout this book. I really liked the first book in this series but I loved this one. I felt like this one was more raw and captivating so if you loved the first one then you will definetly fall head over heels for this one!

I felt the characters were more personal in this book. I really connected with Scarlet and Bridger even though I couldn’t relate to their lives at all. I feel like that’s how you know you’ve read a really good book, if you can relate to a character’s situation even though their situation has never happened to you before.

These characters are so easy to fall in love with also. They are so beautiful inside and out.

I’m not sure what else to say other than I loved it and I hope that you will read this book too!

Scorched Treachery (book 3 of Imdalind) by Rebecca Ethington


While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread.
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Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before. 
With Ryland’s screams and Sain’s fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free.
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Ilyan’s whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnỳ. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so. 
But when his father’s magic removes Joclyn’s mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything.
Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible. 
They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan’s heart may not be strong enough to keep it pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother’s care.
Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so.
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Well there I go again finishing this series in a day. What can I say Rebecca Ethington has be ADDICTED TO THIS SERIES!!



I have a love hate relationship with this book. I love it because the story line and characters of this entire series is amazing and I can’t see how someone would not love it but I hate it because I was expecting the point of view of Joclyn, since that was the point of view I read in the first two books. Not that it wasn’t cool to see through others eyes but from the beginning of the book until the last couple of chapters at the end it was a huge rewind. They went back to retell the stories from Wyn’s and Ilyan’s point of views. I kept expecting to hear from Joclyn but it wasn’t until the last couple of chapters when everything was back from where we left off in the second book.

Don’t get me wrong I still love this book and am excited to see what’s next I was upset that the book didn’t immediately pick up where the second book did. However, don’t let this discourage you from reading this book! You find out a LOT of information through Ilyan and Wyn’s point of views. Like in this first two books, you get taken on an emotional rollercoaster. I CRIED DURING THIS BOOK and felt like my heart was breaking a few times for these characters.

I can’t wait to see what happens next! I love how this series keeps me guessing and anticipating what is going to happen. I seriously recommend this series if you love to be kept on the edge of your seat and if you want to fall in love with some amazingly developed characters.


“She is not mine. I love her more than I have any other. I love her enough that I would rather see her happy than in my possession. My time will come.” 

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“I would do anything to protect her, to help her, to let her become what she wanted and needed to be. I would give her my heart, if that were required. She had it until it beat its last.” 

Sweet Fall (Sweet Home book 2) by Tillie Cole


We all have secrets.

Secrets well buried.

Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.

Lexington “Lexi” Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve. When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year’s NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track. But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman, a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.

Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?

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Overall Thoughts:

If you want a book that pulls at your heart strings and leaves you feeling raw and constantly thinking about beautiful characters then please please pick up this book!!


Concerns:

I guess my only concern for this book was that I’ve never read anything like it before so I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. Usually I pick up books where I can relate to the main character because then I really get involved with the book and can fully escape into their world. I’ve never had the thoughts Lexi had and I’ve never experienced something so heartbreaking as Lexi but I couldn’t put down this book because I NEEDED her to have a happy ending. 

Praise:

I give all my love to this author because this book was so beautifully written and portrayed. This book has honestly stayed on my mind for a couple of days now. I can’t stop thinking about Lexi and Austin. 

I want to go so far into depth about everything I had read and really discuss it but I’d hate to be the one to ruin anything but I will mention two things without ruining everything.

I first read the “Forward” that the author had wrote saying that the disorder Lexi has, the author also has. She said in order for Lexi to be authentic, the author wrote from a very personal place and it felt like I was reading the author’s soul. I think this is what made this feel so raw to me. It wasn’t just a random person trying to describe what it’s like to have this disorder, but from a person who suffered with this before writing from experience. I just want to hug both Lexi and this author and tell them how strong and beautiful they are!!

The second thing that left me raw was Austin’s story. Someone he loves in the book is currently dealing with a disease that has no cure. I know someone that’s father is currently dealing with this same disease and having read details about what victims of this disease have to go through just brought tears to my eyes.

Tillie Cole shined a light on two very serious and relevant situations that I feel like don’t get discussed as often as they should. I’m so happy I read this book because it dragged you through basically every emotion you can think of.

Thank you, Tillie Cole, for such an amazing read.

Who I Imagined:

Favorite Quotes:

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“I prayed that same little blond girl didn’t grow up to be insecure. That she didn’t count calories religiously before putting a spoonful of food in her mouth, check the nutritional information on packages for the carbs, the sugars, the saturated fat. Didn’t hide her true beauty because she couldn’t stand the sight of her natural face. Didn’t freak out when that same little boy who is showing her so much affection as a six-year-old grows up and wants to kiss her some more…Didn’t grow up to let a throwaway comment from that boy she liked rob her of her childhood and shred her self-esteem.”

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Just realized my quote probably spoiled a little bit but I had to put it because I loved it and it really touched me so I hope you don’t mind too much!