Top Ten Tuesday with Elena: Ten Characters Who Are Super Talented

 

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Description: Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a very cool meme I stumbled upon recently, and I love all the Top Ten lists created by The Broke and The Bookish. Today I chose the one that highlights Ten Characters Who Are Super Talented.

So, here’s my list:

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Elena’s Book Crushes: Gabe Hyde and Hayden Stryker

Welcome to another of my posts where I share with you my love for my favorite book boyfriends. Today I’m going to talk about two guys who have many things in common and that are bound to make your heart beat faster. Both these guys have amazing tattoos, both are incredibly handsome and have secrets they don’t want to share…Yes, I’m talking about Gabe Hyde from Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken and Hayden Stryker from Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting.

 

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Elena Reviews: Fearless (Ruin #2.5) by Rachel Van Dyken

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The synopsis:

When I met Kiersten, time stood still. It was as if every cell in my body screamed HER. I couldn’t look away, I couldn’t walk away, I couldn’t even move. My other half, my soul mate, was staring right at me. I had to have her. I had to make her mine. But I felt selfish doing that–knowing that I may not have endless amounts of time to give her…and even now that every things’ over with and I’ve been given that time back.

Nothing is ever certain in this life.

Which is why I’m about to do something crazy, impulsive, daring.
After all, what type of person would I be if I didn’t take my own advice?
I’m jumping off the cliff, I’m living fearlessly.

This is the continuation of Wes and Kiersten’s story.

My review:

“You stopped my heart the day I met you, re-started it, and gave it a new rhythm. You are my heart.”

It’s no secret that Weston Michels is one of my favorite male characters ever. And his incredible love story with Kiersten, which is told in Ruin, is one that touches the soul.

Fearless is the continuation of Wes and Kiersten’s story. It’s a short, sweet and sexy novella that needs to be read after Toxic.

In Fearless the attention goes back to Weston and Kiersten. After Ruin, we saw them in Toxic, where they helped Gabe and Saylor deal with life changing experiences, and now they go back to being the protagonists. When I finished Ruin, I didn’t want to let Wes and Kiersten go, and I wanted to see how things between them would progress. This novella is exactly what I had hoped for.

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Blog Tour! Elena Reviews: Toxic ( Ruin #2) by Rachel Van Dyken + Giveaway

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The synopsis:

Everyone has a secret…

Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He’s been hiding his identity for over four years-hidden from the world that used to adore him–obsess over him–driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice.
But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever.
Pretending isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real self from the people that care about you the most. But if anyone ever discovered the truth it wouldn’t just be his life at risk–but hers.

Saylor doesn’t hate men.
Just Gabe.
Only Gabe.
He’s a reckless, happy-go-lucky, silver spoon fed pain in her ass. Everything about him makes her more and more confused. Unfortunately they both donate time at the same Group Home. If she wasn’t afraid of flunking, she’d be long gone. She hates that she’s attracted to him almost as much as he hates that he’s attracted to her–and she can tell, especially since their first encounter ended up making her knees so weak she couldn’t form coherent sentences for weeks afterwards. But the closer she gets to him, the more confused she becomes. He isn’t who he says he is, and he’s hiding something big.

What happen when two worlds collide? Two worlds that never should have met in the first place? Some secrets are too big to be hidden forever–the only question? Will his destroy everyone he loves? Or finally bring about the redemption he’s been craving for the past four years?

Everyone has a secret…What’s yours?

My review:

“Your identity is found in your heart. Not your job, not your status, your name, what your major is, how much money you have. Your heart has been the same the entire time. So, be who you’ve always been.”

I fell in love with Rachel Van Dyken’s writing when I read Ruin, a book that touched deeply both Tamie and me (you can find our reviews here). Toxic is the follow-up to this novel, and this is Gabe’s story.

We met Gabe for the first time in Ruin as Wes’s best friend, and he immediately captured my attention, so much so that he entered the list of my favorite secondary characters. So I couldn’t be happier that Rachel decided to give Gabe his own book.

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