I’m looking for the girl I’ll regret if I let her go.— What If, Rebecca Donovan ❤️
As the Dawn Breaks by Erin Noelle
I love novellas, sometimes I love it more than the novel it originated from, but it’s a bittersweet feeling—I guess—because novellas are usually brief, and good stories must not be brief. Can somebody dare cross that line?
Anyway… this book is Leo’s version of the story—yes, that Leo from When the Sun Goes Down. As a reminder (for both of us), I grabbed this below description from my archives when I wrote a review of the first book.
Leo is Katrina’s oldest bestfriend, first crush and her lover for a very long time but their relationship remained platonic and professional after the tragedy that happened to her family. I had an impression about Leo that he’s a pervert, masochistic man who follows whatever Kat asks her to do. But then i understood later on that this man’s feelings for Kat transcended what’s rational and moral, he was a slave of his feelings for her that he will support whatever she wants to do for as long as it brings her happiness. The things he did for her, i couldn’t ask for a greater proof of his unconditional love.
Let me add that Leo and Katrina were also intimate for a very long time. But the extent of their relationship didn’t achieve the most coveted happy-ending, they’re meant for different people.
When I started this book, I was just curious about what happened to Leo when he mysteriously disappeared in WTSGD. I didn’t expect anything more or less than the Leo I recall from the previous book, although a part of me knows that this was a chance to his own happy ending. The man who’s been so in control of his emotions was suddenly pining for the blonde bartender he met for the first time. Not to mention she’s a very pregnant lady. That moment I knew that Leo Basille is every single-mom’s dream man, and I don’t care if he was once a beast.
Trystan Fields (coolest name ever!!!) has a baby on the way, and the father of her child chose to travel and leave her be—which forces her to juggle school and bartending. She met Leo on Katrina and Lucca’s wedding, where she agreed to show him around the place the next day. Despite her “daddy issues”, Leo wasn’t scared off. Maybe it was magic, maybe they were soul mates, but the two hit it off instantly on the first day they agreed to hang out by the beach and eat cheap food. Which also lead to something more. It wasn’t just fun, it was life-changing for both of them.
They might have known what they mean for each other but that memorable day was left with sad goodbyes as they went separate ways. Leo went back to living a solitary life far away and Trystan needs to keep going for her baby. Two years later, an accident brought him back near her again. And this time, Leo isn’t going anywhere. <INSERT EPILOGUE HERE>
Now that I’ve read the three sides of this story, I appreciated its essence more than I had before. If you’ve read WTSGD, you cannot miss this one for the following reasons: (1) because it’s part of the story, (2) because you deserve to read what Leo and Trystan has to say, (3) because Leo is swoon worthy, (4) because Leo has a unique version of romance. Okay? Whatever.
Call me weak…call me a pussy…take my fucking man-card—I don’t give a shit; if you’ve ever truly loved someone and willingly walked away from that person, only then can you understand the shattered pile of ruin my heart was in. But slowly—and boy, do I mean excruciatingly slowly—did I pull myself up from the despair and desolation, and found my will to live again.
“Even though sunset is the sexier answer—dreamy, romantic, when people fall in love under the stars, and all that jazz—I love when the dawn breaks. It reminds me each new day is exactly that, an opportunity for a new beginning, another chance to take control of your life and own it,”
IT’S TRUE WHAT THEY SAY. People come into your life for a reason—some are a blessing, while others are a lesson. I’ve learned some can be both.
You can’t make someone be what they don’t want to be, no matter how much you hope and try.
Inevitably, the dawn breaks each and every day, and inescapably, so does my heart.
Finding forever happiness is more than worth the risk of temporary humiliation.
“Now, I’m willing to risk it all for a chance—a chance at my happiness. Until I met you, I never lived for me, never thought I deserved to be happy, but you make me want that.”
“Trys, I’m not stupid enough to think we can declare our love for each other—we spent one night together two years ago—but I’m finally smart enough to admit I love myself enough to pursue the things in life I want.”
Reasonable Doubt Series by Whitney G.
I was thinking of just rating this series and skip writing a review because i don’t know how to pull it off without being too vague and/or too explicit. This story went better with each volume, and it actually progressed into something that made more sense than just a bedroom conversation. Although that part wasn’t lost in the three volumes, but at least it offered a major twist to watch out. More importantly, it wasn’t a dumb read—the characters are excellent conversationalist and they were witty in a whole ‘nother level. Courtroom level, specifically.
Aubrey and Andrew met at an online dating site, both hiding in different identities. They got to know each other more thru phone calls and e-mail exchanges, in their own twisted way. Then something changed when Aubrey applied for an internship in Andrew’s firm, and because they weren’t familiar with who they really are, it took a few more encounters before the truth was revealed. What didn’t change though is that they still crave for each other, and she makes him break his stringent rules since day one.
Girl gets emotional and boy has a heart of stone, thus things get a little dramatic. I sympathized with Aubrey and i really wanted to choke Andrew for being so damn difficult and a royal asshole. But sooner we’ll understand that there’s a sad story behind his numb state, and then i forgave him because when life fucks up, it does change people. I know, right. Turns out our Andrew used to be a perfect man—sweet, caring and trustworthy. And the people whom he invested it all betrayed him and stripped him off of everything that gave him reason to live.
Don’t worry though, Andrew found his way back to being the ideal man and Aubrey held the key to it. They’re a good fit, apparently. It just took an extra-long time for them to figure things out, practice honesty and trust, what to keep and what to give up, so on and so forth.
This may not be totally my kind of story, at least not anymore. Haha. But I’m glad I gave it a try, because—DUH—Andrew is a heartthrob, even in his darkest. ;)
Certain truths have to be withheld? And that the ultimate conviction is up to those who can discern which is which?
“When something is over, the final words—good or bad, don’t make much of a fucking difference.”
“I heard she ended your one dinner, one night, and no repeats streak… ” “I’m pretty sure that she didn’t.” “Is that so?” I narrowed my eyes at him. “Is it still going on? Is that still your personal motto?” “To a certain extent,” he said, pressing his lips against mine. “Since I still like the sound of it, and will only be dating her from here on out, I’ll just replace the word ‘one’ with ‘more’…”
Finding forever happiness is more than worth the risk of temporary humiliation.—
Erin Noelle, As the Dawn Breaks
Well deserved Leo, very well deserved. ❤️
Feels like forever ago since i last read a book, been jumping from one read to another because nothing seems right. Haha.
Will start with an Erin Noelle creation later. ;)
BTW, ^that’s from Kristen Callihan’s The Hook Up, should you wanna give it a try. Not just for me yet. (No offense, Drew Baylor!)
We take a chance from time to time
And put our necks out on the line
And you have broken every promise that we made
And I have loved you anyway
Took a fine time to leave me hangin’ out to dry
Understand now I’m grievin’
So don’t you waste my time
Cause you have taken
All the wind out from my sails
And I have loved you just the same
We finally find this
then you’re gone
Been chasin’ rainbows all along
And you have cursed me
When there’s no one left to blame
And I have loved you just the same
And you have broken every single fucking rule
And I have loved you like a fool
So you find yourself at this subway
When your world in a bag by your side
And all at once it seemed like a good way
You realized its the end of your life
For what it’s worth
Here comes the train upon the track
And there goes the pain it cuts to black
Are you ready for the last act?
To take a step you can’t take back
THIS SONG. It hit me so close to home, and will be on repeat for a very long time. Watching this movie is the best thing that happened to me today. (because the other four ones sucked.)
Adam Levine, you’re a phenomenal rockstar and still remains one of the most sexy, good-looking vocalist for me ever, (even if you’re off the market now!!!) but Keira Knightley won me over with this song. Felt it to the bones.
Unmasked:Volume 3 by Cassia Leo
Daimon Rousseau, Alexandria Carmichael
With this type of particular series, a story should be powerful enough to own a reader’s heart and bestow commitment towards it. Surprise, surprise—Cassia Leo hooked me up so bad that i can vividly recall the scenes i’ve imagined when i read the first and second volumes, it was easier to pick up where i left off. Apparently, my heart got the memo fast because soon as i started reading, it also started racing.
The story is too good for it to be this short, I realized. It’s multi-layered, thrilling, and sometimes mind-boggling—the adrenaline rush is comparable to watching an action film and an unconventional love story in the midst of a crime. I have never quite read something like this, my idealism was compromised but it was a good bargain.
My review of the Volume 1: http://pragmaticintrospection.tumblr.com/post/89821008573/unmasked-volume-1-by-cassia-leo-daimon-rousseau
The confusion of their identities was resolved, thank God. And it’s a much deserved happy ending after an insane roller coaster ride. I tried writing about the story but miserably failed so i’m not gonna tell you anything more than what I’ve said for volume 1 (boo me!). JUST TRUST ME THAT IT’S WORTH THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, PLEASE?
Sorry for the crappy run through, this was something that put me out of my element. Or maybe I am out of my element. What else can i say? It was sexy, violent, an experimental love story of unique characters—this was written for the movies. Yeah, that good. I’m done here.
(compiled! Because this is the best thing I could give you!)
The monsters we can’t see are the scariest ones of all.
Never underestimate the lengths a person will go to for revenge.
“The world is full of cruel injustice, ma chérie. Injustice that will make you want to give up everything and everyone you’ve ever loved. But it’s also full of devastating beauty.”
“Don’t let the injustice distort your appreciation of the beauty in this world.”
What is forgiveness? Does it mean you forget the wrongs committed against you? Does it mean you embrace your tormentor?
My purpose is to save her. To love her. And I will stop at nothing to do just that.
No one can compare to my Alex. There is no way I could ever enjoy being with another woman now that I’ve had a woman like her. And for a man like me to swear off all women for one girl, I’d have to be insane or in love. Or both.
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
“I love you, Alex. I’ll always love you.”
“In the light and in the dark. With a mask or without. I love everything about you.”
“Alex, I am on my knees asking for your forgiveness. I know that there will be times when you will look at me and you’ll think of your father. There will probably be times when you’ll want to poison me or step on my throat, but I need you to promise me that you won’t.”
“I promise I won’t try to kill you… even when you infuriate me by making fun of how I tried to kill you.”
“But I can promise I’ll be there to hold you when the pain becomes unbearable.”
The monsters we can’t see are the scariest ones of all. I finally understand what she meant by this. The monsters we can’t see, the ones that dwell only in our minds, are the scariest ones of all. Because there’s only one way to fight those monsters. With the help of someone who loves you.
“Nothing has caused more foolishness in this world than the pursuit of beauty. It’s foolish to pursue something that is everywhere.”
“Thank you for turning on the lights and showing me what I could not see.”