A Jeri Release Day Review: Secrets of You (Sunshine and Happiness #4) by Skylar M. Cates

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

secrets-of-youI hated giving this book 3 stars. I really went into it thinking it would be a 4, maybe even 4 ½ star read for me. I had read the previous three books in the series and really enjoyed them. We met River in book 1 as he is one of the roommates and Morgan in book 2. So this coupling has been building and I was SO ready for it.

So when all of the other roommates go on a 2 week cruise, River and Morgan inevitably end up in bed. BUT, Morgan was willing to hide their relationship from their roommates for River. Not cool. River never even asked him to hide, so why compromise who you are?

River has also been carrying around a big secret about his past. Something that has been alluded to over and over again. But once the secret came out, I was shocked that it even was a secret. So he had guilt and shame, but still. I don’t think it warranted this big build up and secrecy.

That being said, River and Morgan together were amazing. Their chemistry was off the charts, even with Morgan being slightly gun shy after his attack in a previous book and River’s loss. I really liked them together and pegged them as an up coming couple since book 2. They were total opposites, but fit together so well.

So this was sweet, romantic, hot…. But the angst I was expecting for either or both character just wasn’t there.

Cover Artist: AngstyG.  Love the design and mood of the cover.  Just strikes the right tone.

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Book Details:

ebook, 220 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635333148 (ISBN13: 9781635333145)
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesSunshine and Happiness #4

A Stella Review: Here For You by Skylar M. Cates

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Here for You by Skylar M. Cates coverLife is a thread connecting us. One pull and it all unravels. 

Cole Gannon arrives in the seaside town of Ocean Vista to work as a bartender and finally find a place to belong.  Determined to make a home for himself, Cole lives happily with his four colorful roommates, whom he considers brothers. The only problem is Cole’s attraction to Ian Stark—a guy all wrong for him. He wishes he didn’t keep running into the sexy lawyer.

  Ian knows Cole is attracted to him, but the younger man keeps him at arm’s length. It only makes Ian more determined to be with Cole and learn all his secrets. But while Ian has built a successful law practice, he hasn’t done too well with relationships.  

When a sudden and devastating tragedy occurs, it shatters Cole’s world and throws Cole and Ian together in unexpected ways. In an instant, everything between them changes forever.

I’m an emotional person, I know, but this book really wrecked my heart. I cried almost through all of it. I’ll try to not talk much about the plot cause I don’t want to give away any little detail that could spoil your reading. I have read other books by Skylar M. Cates and I can say I have always loved them.  I like her writing style, it’s easy to read even when the subject isn’t easy at all, but to me Here For You was something else for different reasons.

As I already said it’s really emotional, not just for the tragedy that occur in it, but in the background created for some of the  characters or in the way Cole is working hard to make a family of his own, where his blood family was a failure. Reading about this strong need he has and seeing him insecure and scared of losing the most important people in his life when everything was crushing down, was what left had me sobbing and gasping for breath. I love Cole, he’s caring and so strong, but the change (he and his friends have to face) is so irreversible it’s not easy not let go.  Its not just the fear of failure but hoping that  everyone will help him to continue and try to put together all the broken pieces his family has became.

I found the first thirty pages (more or less) really slow, because the author focused her writing on the secondary characters, introducing them very well.  We see nothing about the MCs together. In fact this is a choral book, obviously required in a story like this. I was able to know a lot about Cole and Ian’s pasts, I got to meet the second characters and feel how they hurt, each one in a different way. I fell for them as I fell for the sweet Cole and the protective and too perfect Ian.

Most of all, Here For You is Cole and Ian’s story, they are hot together and perfect for each other. Cole is taking care of himself since he was a little boy but when he meet Ian and once he stop running away from him, Cole discovers Ian can be his anchor, the one who can take care of him.

From the beginning I had the strong feeling this was going to be a part of a new series, there are all the premises of a great series, I already can see one couple having its beautiful and troubled story (I hope!).

This is the kind of book I like to read. It has already a place in my best of 2015. Highly highly recommended!!

Cover art by AngstyG. This artist is slowly becoming one of my favorite. I love this cover, has something magical and sweet.

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Book Details:
Published February 27th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ebook, 234 pages
ISBN13 9781632168139
Edition language English
Series: Sunshine and Happiness #1