Book Review: Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields

Posted April 11, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Book Review: Suddenly Forbidden by Ella FieldsSudden Forbidden by Ella Fields
Series: Gray Springs University #1
Published by Ella Fields on January 24th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 295
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted

I thought he'd always be mine,even when I was forced to say goodbye.

We were never meant to let go, but it happened anyway. Too bad I didn’t know someone was waiting to take my place, or I would've held on a lot tighter.

Two years later, we were exactly where we'd always planned to be. I'd kept my promise.He'd forgotten all about his. Not only had he moved on, but the person he'd moved on with was my best friend, leaving me to begin college with a broken heart.

I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to tell you some other guy stepped in, repaired my shattered pieces, and made me smile again.

This isn't that kind of story.

My heart might have been broken, but it refused to fall out of love.

WARNING: this book contains cheating.

This book was brought to my attention by my friend Ames who blogs over at Bookish Ames. She really enjoyed this one and as she was describing it, it sounded like something I would enjoy as well. So I started the book just as soon as I could and I finished it rather quickly. I should preface this review by warning you that there is cheating in this book and though I’m not normally a fan of that kind of things in my romances, it wasn’t a deal breaker for me in this book.

Quinn and Daisy have been best friends since they were kids. When they were of age for their friendship to blossom into something more, they went there without second thoughts. They were young, they were in love and right before Daisy turns 16, her parents move her to the next state over and her blossoming relationship with Quinn suffers a huge blow. Promises that they made to each other are thrown into question and it’s two years later, Daisy shows up for her freshman year at Gray Springs University hoping that she runs into Quinn again and that they can try to get back to where they were when they lived next door to each other.

For a while, Daisy doesn’t see Quinn at all but when she finally does, her heart is shattered into a million pieces because Quinn isn’t alone anymore. He has a girlfriend and that girlfriend used to be Daisy’s other best friend, Alexis so the betrayal is strong but Daisy isn’t the only person who is shocked. Quinn hasn’t seen Daisy in years and he wasn’t prepared for the feelings that would storm him when he finally does see her again.

Once they finally see each other, they see each other everywhere. Quinn and Alexa are in love now and Daisy tries to stay away because she’s hurt, she’s angry at the both of them and she’s still in love with Quinn. No amount of staying away helps because he’s had her heart since she was a little girl and that’s not going to change.

So this is a second chance romance set at Gray Springs University and every time that Quinn sees Daisy, the past rushes back to him and bombards him with feelings that he’s having trouble controlling. He wants to do right by Alexis but even Alexis knows about him and Daisy. She was there through all of it. He’s screwed any way that he looks at it because the more that he sees Daisy around, the stronger their bond becomes and trying to outrun something that is in his blood isn’t going to last.

Seeing Quinn and Daisy interact with each other and trying to find a new normal was angsty and so full of promise that when they inevitably come together, I was disappointed but I was also not surprised. Quinn tries his best to try to make things right and Daisy suffers from so much guilt and I thought that Ella Fields handled this complicated mess in a way that made me feel for everyone involved. The story is well written and the emotions I felt were real and I just could not stop reading. In the end, this book turned me inside out and it ended the way that it was supposed to end. I’m anxious for the next book and have every faith that Toby and Pippa’s story will be just as angsty and good as this one was.

Gray Springs University Series

Bittersweet Always releases sometime this year and I’m so here for it.

Final Rating

4 out of 5


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Week in Review (85)

Posted April 9, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

This was our first week without Caiden and we’ve all been a little down because we miss the little guy but he’s happy to be reunited with his parents, his Mom especially so I’m glad for him. With him gone, I’ve been keeping myself busy with books, TV and movies.

Over the weekend, my brother, sister in law and I took Meghan out for a belated 21st birthday celebration and we got Meghan pretty wasted. She was hurting the next day which made me laugh. Good time though.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (85)If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales
Published by Macmillan on May 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley

Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person.

We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things? What then?

When Winter Halperin—former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert—gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people knows what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her.

With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Does she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?

First and foremost a novel about public shaming in the internet age, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say is also an exploration of the power of words, the cumulative destructiveness of microaggressions, and the pressing need for empathy.

I’m determined to finish this book and then move on to the other books that I must read in the next week or so. Wish me luck.

What I Read

Nothing. I went an entire week without finishing anything. I read a few chapters of If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales but that’s about it. I wasn’t in the mood to read. It wasn’t the book but seriously, an entire week of not finishing at least one book? Send help!

What I Reviewed

In Skates Trouble (Chicago Rebels #0.5) by Kate Meader | 3 out of 5
Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.25 out of 5
JockBlocked (Gridiron #2) by Jen Frederick | 4.75 out of 5

Iron Man (2008) | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (84)
Monthly Recap: March 2018

What I Watched on TV

For the People: This show is really shaping up to get a regular spot on my weekly TV watchlist. I’m really connecting with all of the lawyers (which is no easy feat considering how different each lawyer is) but my least favorite of the lawyers was up front and center this week and Seth really surprised me. I didn’t think he had it in him to keep me interested and while he did annoy me, he also won me over in the end and I’m glad. This show is so good. I’m crossing my fingers that this show doesn’t lose me the way that Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder did.

Chicago P.D.: I’m all caught up on this show and I’m still on the fence about continuing it or not. Right now, I’m only watching it for Jay Halstead, out of loyalty but I don’t know, I’m just not as into it as I used to be and I’m over Lindsay leaving the show. I actually like the girl that replaced her but everyone else? Meh.

Splitting Up Together: There are only two episodes of this show out right now and I watched them both. Enjoyed them both, too. I love Pam from The Office so I’ll watch her in whatever she’s in and I’m not at all mad that I started this one. It’s sweet. It’s funny and the cast is great. I’m all in.

Legion: My co-worker was talking about how much she’s enjoying this show and so I started it on a whim and I’m hooked. I’ll definitely be binge-watching this show for the next little while.

What I Watched in Movies

Thor Ragnarok (2017) | 4.5 out of 5
Triple 9 (2016) | 3.5 out of 5
Special Forces (2011) | DNF
The Titan (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
Amateur (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) | 5 out of 5
The Avengers: Age of Ulton (2015) | 4.25 out of 5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) | 4 out of 5

What I Got

After Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan
My Way Back to You (Second Chances Duet #2) by Claire Contreras
The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle

What I Got for Review

More than Words by Mia Sheridan
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Movie Review: Iron Man

Posted April 5, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Iron Man (2008)
Starring: Robert Downing Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Leslie Bibb, Clark Gregg
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 2 May 2008
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2:06
Movie Type: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Tony Stark. Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Son of legendary inventor and weapons contractor Howard Stark. When Tony Stark is assigned to give a weapons presentation to an Iraqi unit led by Lt. Col. James Rhodes, he’s given a ride on enemy lines. That ride ends badly when Stark’s Humvee that he’s riding in is attacked by enemy combatants. He survives – barely – with a chest full of shrapnel and a car battery attached to his heart. In order to survive, he comes up with a way to miniaturize the battery and figures out that the battery can power something else. Thus Iron Man is born. He uses the primitive device to escape from the cave in Iraq. Once back home, he then begins work on perfecting the Iron Man suit. But the man who was put in charge of Stark Industries has plans of his own to take over Tony’s technology for other matters.

It’s been years since I’ve watched this movie so because I couldn’t remember a damn thing about it, I re-watched it to kick start my Marvel Movies Project and while I enjoyed it, the Iron Man portion of the Marvel movies will never be my favorite.

The movie starts off with Tony Stark living it up and not having a care in the world. He’s a rich party boy who cares only about what’s in front of him and not much else. He’s also a genius that makes high power military grade weapons and sells them so he’s got fans but he’s also got haters. Things take a turn for Tony when he’s getting ready to speak at a weapons presentation and he’s attacked and wakes up in enemy lands with a car battery attached to his heart. Seriously.

This is probably only the second time that I’ve watched this movie and I’ve got to say that I enjoyed the movie a lot more this time around than I did the first time. Tony Stark and Pepper Potts were a lot more fun this time around and seeing Tony trying to do right by everyone was so rewarding when he finally got into that Iron Man suit and started doing what he was meant to be doing.

The actual story for Iron Man isn’t that original but Robert Downing Jr. did the role justice. He was the perfect Tony Stark and his humor brought a lot of enjoyment to my viewing of this one. I enjoyed the slight romance between him and Pepper and I enjoyed seeing him take the bad guys down so I’m glad that I went back and watched this one. I liked this movie fine but I just like the other movies more. Now, I’m even more excited to watch the rest of the movies.

Movie Trailer

My Rating

3.5 out of 5

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