“Houston, we have a major attraction.”
After years of dealing with a heart condition and an overprotective mother, Airin Delaney is finally having her first taste of freedom in Waikiki—and it’s intoxicating. But it’s nothing compared to the out-of-this-world attraction between her and astronaut Hunter Bryce. Airin is determined to shoot for the stars and experience her first real kiss.
All Hunter has ever wanted is to explore the universe. That is, until a certain black-haired, wide-eyed beauty shakes him to the core. Hunter knows almost nothing about Airin, not even her last name. All he knows is that she’s the kind of girl he could fall over-the-moon in love with. Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t be worse. While Airin is celebrating her first night of freedom, Hunter is celebrating his last—before embarking on an eight-month mission.
It was only supposed to be one night. But sometimes that’s all fate needs to change two lives forever.
Show Me is the second book in the Me Series, which at the time I read this I want aware it was part of a series. But it seems that you don’t necessarily habe to have read the first book. I had no issues, it was different characters. On to the story now. Airin has had health issues since she was a little girl, and has lived a severely sheltered life because of them. She’s a little socially awkward of course when she ventures out to a bar of all places for her first outing. It doesn’t take long before Hunter, who happens to be quite handsome steps in and saves her from a man who is just an ass. And Hunter doesn’t seem to mind her awkwardness, he’s rather intrigued by her. But with his upcoming training mission with NASA, it will take him away for several months and he doesn’t want to start something he can’t continue. But destiny seems to have already intrigued and is taking them both down a different course.
Airin was a little naive sure, but she was so sweet and so smart. Her love for space was something I enjoyed. And for a girl who lived a sheltered life for so long, she sure did know what it was that wanted to do with her life. Hunter’s attraction to Airin wasn’t superficial, it was more. They connected through their love of science and space, but don’t get me wrong the physical attraction was strong just the same. But never over powering to their story. It had it’s up and downs but it was such an enjoyable read following them on their path. Show Me was a sweet, kinda steamy romance, certainly worth reading.
Gripping, romantic, and evocative of its time— A Shine that Defies the Dark is a spellbinding story of one woman who will stop at nothing to survive during a tumultuous time in American history.
After a six-year exile, Ophelia Breaux and her mother are overjoyed to return to the Louisiana bayou. But it seems the ghosts of the epic feud that drove them away still haunt Plaquemines Parish, and with the Great Depression sweeping the nation, the two soon find they can’t make ends meet.
Seeing no other option, Ophelia’s mother takes the drastic step of sharing her bed with the town judge in exchange for a reduced rent. The judge has had a life-long obsession with Momma, and Ophelia is desperate to end this arrangement and get her away from him.
When Remy Granger shows up, Ophelia knows it could mean more trouble—and that’s the last thing they need. Handsome and dangerous, he’s the first boy she ever kissed, and a member of the most notorious family in southern Louisiana—but he’s also got an opportunity for fast money in rumrunning. Ophelia goes all in, and it turns out she may have a knack for the business. But she’s going to have to run even faster if she wants to save Momma… dodging the cops, rival gangs, and her traitorous heart at every turn.
A Shine the Defies the Dark takes us through a journey of a young girl during the era of prohibition. This was a engrossing read from the start and the more I read, the more I wanted to know what was going to happen to Ophelia and her mother. A few years back Ophelia and her mother were basically ran out of town, and now that they are back, they are treated horribly. Her mother is willing to do just about anything to put food on the table and a roof over their head. Ophelia has other things in mind and takes things into her own hands, only things don’t go they way she hopes.
Ophelia was a caring young girl, she loved her momma and I just adored her for it. She puts herself in some situations that were pretty dangerous, but with the backup of a good guy who genuinely cares for her, she does what she needs too. Her love interest Remy, is one of the Granger boys, they are supposed to not be “friends”, so this little forbidden love wasn’t kept a secret very long. Their time together was so sweet to follow. But with the law (good and corrupt ones) at their heels and other moonshiners starting wars over who is allowed to rum run, things get even more dangerous. Ophelia’s world is turned upside down, and I felt just horrible for her. Everything that happened might have been suspenseful but it was a bittersweet ending. Made my heart hurt. But it really was such a great read and I will certainly be on the lookout for more from this author.
Mini Reviews: Review for Show Me (Me series #2) by Abigail Strom & YA Review for A Shine that Defies The Dark by Jodi Gallegos @AbigailStrom @JodiGallegos_ #adult #contemporary #romance #youngadult #historical #romance #minireviews Click To Tweet