Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November Nine by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: November 10th 2015
Links: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

My life is a legit mess right now. I feel like this happens every time I read a new Colleen Hoover book, so I shouldn’t be surprised. I finish a CoHo book, and I don’t even know what to do with myself anymore. She put me through the wringer with November 9, she really did. This for sure is one of my top reads of the year now. It’s a beautifully written story, gut-wrenching at times, but it’s also the cutest darn book I’ve ever read. November 9 has everything I love in a CoHo book – a unique storyline, lovable, unforgettable characters, and laugh-out-loud humor. I’m amazed that over and over, Colleen Hoover delivers another captivating read that will blow her readers away. I was stunned by November 9 – and I loved it so, so much!

“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”

For some reason, it’s always best to go in blind when you pick up a book by Colleen Hoover. It’s like when you put faith in CoHo, you know she’ll deliver her best. And you can tell she’s delivered her best with November 9 – it’s truly a brilliant book. She’s created characters who’ve spent mere hours together over the course of several years, and yet you can FEEL the powerful connection and love they have for each other. I’ll be honest, I was a bit wary I wouldn’t be able to believe in the love between Fallon and Ben – falling in love when you’ve only known each other for hours sounds unbelievable, right? But I believed it – Colleen Hoover’s exceptional writing and storytelling made me believe in it.

He laughs quietly. “You were just thinking dirty thoughts.”
“Was not,” I quip.
“Fallon, we’ve been dating for two hours now. I can read you like a book, and right now I do believe that book is full of erotica.”

Hands down, November 9 is the CUTEST book of Colleen Hoover’s to date. I was a giggling mess during the first half of the book – though honestly, I still had a couple of giggles even during the heart-wrenching parts, because I feel like that’s just the way Colleen Hoover writes. The humor in the book is absolutely brilliant and effortlessly incorporated. I don’t understand how CoHo is able to create such funny characters, but I love it! Ben is absolutely ridiculous, in the cutest, funniest, most adorable way. And Fallon’s sass and wit is the perfect complement to Ben’s type of humor. I fell in love with these characters first because of how funny they were, but as I read, I definitely grew to appreciate their other aspects that made them feel real to me.

It took four years for me to fall in love with him.
It only took four pages to stop.

But don’t let the humor fool you – to say that November 9 is a gut-wrenching story is an understatement. It almost hurt to read the heartbreaking moments, that’s how emotional I got. I’m so impressed with the way Colleen Hoover is able to provoke such powerful emotions through her words, to make me so invested in the story that I hurt when the characters hurt. This is the type of book that will have you feeling practically every emotion there is to feel… it’s brilliant!

A body is simply a package for the true gifts inside. And you are full of gifts. Selflessness, kindness, compassion. All the things that matter.

I was up until 2AM reading and finishing November 9 – I LOVED IT SO MUCH! I will admit that the plot twist was fairly predictable – but while I was able to guess what happened, I definitely wasn’t ready for the onslaught of emotions this book would make me feel. Colleen Hoover has a gift at making readers invested in her stories, and November 9 is no different. This book wrecked me, in the best and worst of ways. This is also the first time a book has ever make me cry tears of joy – I was crying and laughing and smiling as I was reading the last lines of the novel. This is a breathtaking, emotional, incredible read that I’d recommend to everyone.

5 hearts
lacey


Also by Colleen Hoover

Slammed by Colleen Hoover Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Confess by Colleen Hoover It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Slammed: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Hopeless: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Maybe Someday: My ReviewEbook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Ugly Love: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Confess: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
It Ends with Us: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads


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Top Ten Tuesday {19}: Books on My Fall TBR

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

  1. Ms. Manwhore (Manwhore #2.5) by Katy Evans (Oct 6) ~ This is Malcolm and Rachel’s final book! I’m going to be so sad when their story is over, because I absolutely LOVED them!
  2. Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss #3) by Nalini Singh (Oct 6) ~ I love Nalini Singh, and I adore her rock star series! I have a feeling Rock Redemption is going to be a heavily emotional read – my favorite kind 😉
  3. The House by Christina Lauren (Oct 6) ~ If you know me, then you know how much I love Christina Lauren. I will honestly read anything and everything by them, and can’t wait to read this YA book of theirs! It sounds fascinating!
  4. Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton (Oct 20) ~ Alice Clayton writes the FUNNIEST books ever. Wallbanger will forever remain a top favorite, but I’m very excited for this new series to come out.
  5. Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4) by K.A. Tucker (Oct 27) ~ K.A. Tucker writes some awesome romantic suspense – I’ve really enjoyed her Burying Water series, so I’m excited for this 4th book!
  6. Slow Play (The Rules #3) by Monica Murphy (Nov 3) ~ I have a thing for bad boys, and I have a feeling Tristan is going to be my favorite bad boy of the Rules series.
  7. November 9 by Colleen Hoover (Nov 10) ~ COHO. It’s been too long since her latest release, and I’ve been dying to get another fix of her books! CoHo is probably my all-time favorite author, so of course November 9 is at the top of my anticipated releases!
  8. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (Nov 10) ~ I don’t have much time for YA these days, but of course there are exceptions, and Marissa Meyer is one of them. I’ve loved the Lunar Chronicles from the very start, and cannot wait for this final book.
  9. Reap (Scarred Souls #2) by Tillie Cole (Nov 10) ~ I totally LOVED Raze! Tillie Cole writes the best dark romances – so, of course, I have high hopes for Reap!
  10. Corrupt by Penelope Douglas (Nov 17) ~ Corrupt is probably my MOST anticipated release of the year. I’ve been DYING for it ever since Penelope announced it. It’s supposed to be a little dark and twisted, and the teasers have been KILLING ME!

Click on the covers below to preorder!

Ms. Manwhore by Katy Evans Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh The House by Christina Lauren Nuts by Alice Clayton Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker
Slow Play by Monica Murphy November Nine by Colleen Hoover Winter by Marissa Meyer Reap by Tillie Cole Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

What books are you excited for this fall?

lacey


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Audiobook Review: Never Never: Part 2 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

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Never Never: Part 2 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
Series: Never Never #2 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: August 11th 2015
Length: 2 hours and 39 minutes
Narrated by: Kevin Free & Elizabeth Evans
Links: Audible • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

I was seriously addicted to the first part in Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher’s Never Never series, so I of course I’d be incredibly excited for the second! I was hoping to get some answers in this second part, since the first left me with so many questions. Although I wasn’t quite satisfied with the story in this book, I once again enjoyed Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher’s fantastic writing and storytelling. The two of them write in such a compelling way that I didn’t want to stop listening to this audiobook.

Never Never: Part Two picks up right where Part One left off: Silas has once again forgotten all his memories. This time around, he has the help of quickly getting access to the letters he wrote to warn himself and Charlie about losing their memories. Charlie is missing, and even though Silas has never really met her, since he has no memories, he still has a desperate need to find her and help her.

This novella is super quick and super short. I adore Silas, who seems like such a good, sweet guy. I love that he cares for Charlie, even though he doesn’t know who she is, because deep down he knows he’s always loved her. And I really liked that Silas’ brother Landon gets involved, because I absolutely love him!

The story, though, is just TOO short. The writing is fantastic, of course, but I was hoping for something more. The audiobook is only 2.5 hours, almost half as long as the first part. As much as I like the narrators, I just wasn’t as satisfied with the book as much as I wanted to be because I wish it was longer. We only get tiny scraps of clues that still don’t lead us to how or why Charlie and Silas keep losing their memories every 48 hours.

Still, if you were a fan of Part One, you most likely won’t want to miss Part Two. Just a warning though, that this ends in a cliffhanger again! If you don’t mind the cliffie, then I recommend you keep reading this series to see where it goes!

3.5 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Never Never series

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher Never Never Part 3 by Collen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

#1 ~ Never Never: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Never Never: Part 2: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Never Never: Part 3: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads


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Top Ten Tuesday {18}: Auto-Buy Authors

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

It’s been SO LONG since I’ve done a TTT, but this week’s topic was calling to me. So here are my top ten authors whose books I always, always buy and read! (You can click to covers to go to their Amazon page.)

  1. Colleen Hoover ~ Honestly, CoHo is the only author I love whose every book is on my shelf. I’ve loved her since the moment I picked up Slammed and I haven’t regretted it since.
    Slammed by Colleen HooverPoint of Retreat by Colleen HooverThis Girl by Colleen Hoover Hopeless by Colleen HooverLosing Hope by Colleen HooverFinding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover Maybe Someday by Colleen HooverMaybe Not by Colleen Hoover Ugly Love by Colleen HooverConfess by Colleen HooverNovember Nine by Colleen Hoover
  2. Penelope Douglas ~ Bully is one of my top favorite books of all-time! The whole Fall Away series is a favorite, actually. I love Penelope’s writing and her flawed characters are so real yet lovable. She has two upcoming standalones that I can’t wait to get my hands on, and I know I’m going to love them!
    Bully by Penelope DouglasUntil You by Penelope DouglasRival by Penelope DouglasFalling Away by Penelope DouglasAflame by Penelope Douglas Corrupt by Penelope DouglasMisconduct by Penelope Douglas
  3. Krista & Becca Ritchie ~ An author duo I always recommend is Krista & Becca Ritchie!!!! Their Addicted series is probably my top favorite new adult series – it’s so fresh, unique, and utterly flawless! I love every one of their characters and the writing just keeps getting better and better.
    Addicted to You by Krista & Becca RitchieRicochet by Krista & Becca RitchieAddicted for Now by Krista & Becca RitchieThrive by Krista & Becca RitchieAddicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca RitchieHothouse Flower by Krista & Becca RitchieFuel the Fire by Krista & Becca RitchieLong Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie Amour Amour by Krista & Becca RitchieInfini by Krista & Becca Ritchie Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  4. Christina Lauren ~ Another author duo! I adoooore CLo’s books and characters – I fell in love with the Beautiful Bastard series, then with the Wild Seasons series. I wish they never stop writing!
    Beautiful Bastard by Christina LaurenBeautiful Bitch by Christina LaurenBeautiful Stranger by Christina LaurenBeautiful Bombshell by Christina LaurenBeautiful Player by Christina LaurenBeautiful Beginning by Christina LaurenBeautiful Beloved by Christina LaurenBeautiful Secret by Christina Lauren Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina LaurenDirty Rowdy Thing by Christina LaurenDark Wild Night by Christina LaurenWicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren Sublime by Christina LaurenThe House by Christina Lauren
  5. Tessa Bailey ~ Tessa. Bailey!!! No one does dirty-talking alpha heroes like her! I’ve enjoyed every one of Tessa’s sexy-as-hell books, and I doubt I’ll ever stop!
    Protecting What's His by Tessa BaileyProtecting What's Theirs by Tessa BaileyHis Risk to Take by Tessa BaileyOfficer Off Limits by Tessa BaileyAsking for Trouble by Tessa BaileyStaking His Claim by Tessa Bailey Unfixable by Tessa Bailey Riskier Business by Tessa BaileyRisking it All by Tessa BaileyUp in Smoke by Tessa BaileyBoiling Point by Tessa BaileyRaw Redemption by Tessa Bailey Owned by Fate by Tessa BaileyExposed by Fate by Tessa BaileyDriven by Fate by Tessa Bailey Chase Me by Tessa BaileyNeed Me by Tessa BaileyMake Me by Tessa Bailey Off Base by Tessa Bailey & Sophie Jordan
  6. Katie McGarry ~ One of my favorite YA authors! Her Pushing the Limits series is absolutely gorgeous, and her newest MC series is so fascinating!
    Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarryCrossing the Line by Katie McGarryDare You To by Katie McGarryCrash Into You by Katie McGarryTake Me On by Katie McGarryBreaking the Rules by Katie McGarry Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarryWalk the Edge by Katie McGarry
  7. Nalini Singh ~ The Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series are two of the best paranormal romance series I’ve ever read! I live for the day a new book from Nalini Singh comes out. Her rock star series is also a joy to read!
    Slave to Sensation by Nalini SinghVisions of Heat by Nalini SinghCaressed by Ice by Nalini SinghMine to Possess by Nalini SinghHostage to Pleasure by Nalini SinghBranded by Fire by Nalini SinghBonds of Justice by Nalini SinghBlaze of Memory by Nalini SinghPlay of Passion by Nalini SinghKiss of Snow by Nalini SinghTangle of Need by Nalini SinghHeart of Obsidian by Nalini SinghShield of Winter by Nalini Singh Angels' Blood by Nalini SinghArchangel's Kiss by Nalini SinghArchangel's Consort by Nalini SinghArchangel's Blade by Nalini SinghArchangel's Storm by Nalini SinghArchangel's Legion by Nalini SinghArchangel's Shadows by Nalini SinghArchangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh Rock Addiction by Nalini SinghRock Courtship by Nalini SinghRock Hard by Nalini Singh
  8. J.R. Ward ~ The BDB boys!!! I love them all so hard. This vampire series is one of the few I continue to keep up with, and as long as J.R. Ward keeps writing, I won’t stop reading her books!
    Dark Lover by J.R. WardLover Eternal by J.R. WardLover Awakened by J.R. WardLover Revealed by J.R. WardLover Unbound by J.R. WardLover Enshrined by J.R. WardLover Avenged by J.R. WardLover Mine by J.R. WardLover Unleashed by J.R. WardLover Reborn by J.R. WardLover At Last by J.R. WardThe King by J.R. WardThe Shadows by J.R. WardThe Beast by J.R. Ward The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward
  9. Katy Evans ~ I absolutely ADORE Katy Evans!! I love the Real series (Rogue is my favorite!) but the Manwhore series stole my heart! Katy writes such powerful, romantic stories that are so easy to fall in love with.
    Real by Katy EvansMine by Katy EvansRemy by Katy EvansRogue by Katy EvansRipped by Katy EvansLegend by Katy Evans Manwhore by Katy EvansManwhore +1 by Katy EvansMs. Manwhore by Katy Evans
  10. Emma Chase ~ I love love loooove Emma Chase’s voice! Her writing is so unique and hilarious. You can’t help but fall in love with her books and characters (Drew!).
    Tangled by Emma ChaseHoly Frigging Matrimony by Emma ChaseTwisted by Emma ChaseTamed by Emma ChaseTied by Emma Chase Overruled by Emma ChaseSustained by Emma Chase​Appealed by Emma Chase

Some honorable mentions are:

Olivia Cunning ~ My favorite rock star author! The Sinners On Tour series is my top favorite rock star series – I loved every single dirty, amazing moment of the series. If you love rock stars, I highly recommend Olivia Cunning!
Backstage Pass by Olivia CunningRock Hard by Olivia CunningHot Ticket by Olivia CunningWicked Beat by Olivia CunningDouble Time by Olivia CunningSinners at the Altar by Olivia Cunning Insider by Olivia Cunning

Sarah MacLean ~ My favorite historical romance author! She wrote One Good Earl Deserves a Lover… need I say more? Honestly, I don’t read much historical romance, but whenever I’m in the mood for it, I know I can always pick something by Sarah MacLean and I’ll enjoy the hell out of it.
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLeanOne Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLeanNo Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLeanNever Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLeanTen Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLeanEleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

Who are your auto-buy authors?

lacey


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Audiobook Review: Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
Series: Never Never #1 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: August 11th 2015
Length: 4 hours and 23 minutes
Narrated by: Kevin Free & Elizabeth Evans
Links: Audible • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

I love dual narrator audiobooks and I love Colleen Hoover, so I couldn’t not listen to the Never Never audiobook! This book was quite the experience – I almost have no clue what I just listened to (I was left with so many questions!!!!) but I know that I enjoyed it. Never Never is mysterious, dark, and complex, with a storyline that keeps you reading and wanting for more.

Silas and Charlie wake up one day with no idea who they are. As they navigate through the mystery of why they have no past memories, they slowly learned clues that reveal who they are to each other. I’m not going to say much about the plot, because I highly recommend going into this blind. The blurb doesn’t tell you much, and that’s exactly the way it should be. All I will say is that even though it’s highly suspenseful and heart-pounding and you’re literally going “What is going on” the entire time – at its heart, Never Never is a love story, a love story that’s captivating and heart-wrenching. I fell in love with the Charlie and Silas. Especially Silas. The two of them together are a hot mess and yet they’re perfect for each other.

This audiobook was fantastic to listen to. The narrators perfectly matched the characters and overall, they were just really easy to listen to. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher’s writing is spectacular, so I have no complaints about that. However, even though I know this is a series of novellas, I do wish Never Never longer – the audiobook is about 4.5 hours long, half as long as what I usually listen to, so I finished this pretty quickly. And when I finished, I was left with so many questions that I’m really hoping will be answered in the next book.

If you’re in the mood for something that will get your mind revving and leave you hanging for more, I highly recommend Never Never. I loved the writing, the narrators were great, and I couldn’t get enough of the characters.

4 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Never Never series

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher Never Never Part 3 by Collen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

#1 ~ Never Never: Shirley’s Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Never Never: Part 2: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Never Never: Part 3: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads


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