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Bloom Maybe in another life, we would have been more than this. More than just friends. Best friends, really. Instead, I watch you with your arms around another. Your sweet words and that usual charm directed towards someone else. It’s okay—I was never meant to be yours to begin with. Carter Countless memories and lingering moments have shifted into a startling perspective. I’ve Bloom Maybe in another life, we would have been more than this. More than just friends. Best friends, really. Instead, I watch you with your arms around another. Your sweet words and that usual charm directed towards someone else. It’s okay—I was never meant to be yours to begin with. Carter Countless memories and lingering moments have shifted into a startling perspective. I’ve spent my years chasing my dreams, my ideal girls, my career in football. But then it happened, over the course of one night, my entire vision centered around someone I didn’t anticipate. A girl who has been here all along.


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Bloom Maybe in another life, we would have been more than this. More than just friends. Best friends, really. Instead, I watch you with your arms around another. Your sweet words and that usual charm directed towards someone else. It’s okay—I was never meant to be yours to begin with. Carter Countless memories and lingering moments have shifted into a startling perspective. I’ve Bloom Maybe in another life, we would have been more than this. More than just friends. Best friends, really. Instead, I watch you with your arms around another. Your sweet words and that usual charm directed towards someone else. It’s okay—I was never meant to be yours to begin with. Carter Countless memories and lingering moments have shifted into a startling perspective. I’ve spent my years chasing my dreams, my ideal girls, my career in football. But then it happened, over the course of one night, my entire vision centered around someone I didn’t anticipate. A girl who has been here all along.

30 review for Meant for More

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♡tanaz♡

    2.5 stars this had the potential to be a 5 star with the whole "friends since childhood where the girl is in unrequited love with the guy who suddenly wakes up one day and realizes how much they love their best friend" but it just wasn't executed well 😭 This is the story of best friends Carter, Bloom, and Liv who have been friends since childhood but Bloom has harbored feelings for Carter who is known as this campus player that never settles down but now he sort of has a thing going with their b 2.5 stars this had the potential to be a 5 star with the whole "friends since childhood where the girl is in unrequited love with the guy who suddenly wakes up one day and realizes how much they love their best friend" but it just wasn't executed well 😭 This is the story of best friends Carter, Bloom, and Liv who have been friends since childhood but Bloom has harbored feelings for Carter who is known as this campus player that never settles down but now he sort of has a thing going with their best friend Liv (they were mostly just making out, but hiding this from Bloom, who was actually aware of it lowkey), so Bloom knowing she has no chance with Carter even tho she loves him, she starts to explore things with Carters best friend Benj. This rubs Carter the wrong way because in his eyes no one is good enough for Bloom, and his reaction is triggered further when he finds out that Bloom is in fact the dreaded V-word, which means her innocence and purity must be kept and not taken... by anyone other than him 🤦🤦🤦 ✨✨SPOILERS✨✨ yea okay so what should make for an angsty, slow burn, cry your eyes out book actually turned into some weird triangle/square situation that was unnecessary. Bloom was weird. Like Jughead from Riverdale level "i'm weird, i'm a weirdo", she just rubbed me the wrong way with how she acted sometimes esp over her dad and Benj, a situation that was in no shape Benj's fault he just wanted to help, but Bloom started getting angry over him being there. idk that was very weird to me, Carter started liking Bloom out of nowhere and acted like a neanderthal caveman, getting jealous and being overprotective like dude, where is my gradual realization of feelings? showing their friendship through more conversations? because all i got from the book was they bonded over Bloom's dads' issues and used to hide in closets (i can't actually remember if it was a closet lmao don't sue me) together. Oh and he's a whOre. Their friendship followed the whole "telling without showing" which I hate, I wanted to see more scenes of them being friends together and spending time together through the years. can you imagine the childhood bond turning into high school angst and then college lust? I was sold a dream. Then the whole square situation happened... I hate when authors try to solve a love triangle by adding someone else in so it's easy for the MC's to get together (like okay simple maths, but not what i was thinking lol), like what was the reason for Liv having a thing with Benj behind Carter and Bloom's back, when in the beginning it was made to seem as if Liv and Carter were feeling each other and Benj really liked Bloom? I did not like that at all, made the angst turn into something point/worthless. I would've preferred it had Carter explored both girls properly only then to realize nah Liv is just a friend Bloom is the love of my life or let Carter work it out on his own rather than the crazy jealousy. Ok, I've said too much, this wasn't a bad book, but I just feel like I got duped into reading a book that promised me TEARS and all I got was a bad case of ANGER ✌️

  2. 4 out of 5

    ⚔Iru⛓nía⚔

    3.5 stars It's official. I am coming out as a voyeur. There are a few things you should know about this story as well, though. Very few but they are ImpOrtAnT. Carter's hand falls to my panties and dips inside of them, and just as Benj thrusts forward and into Liv, Carter's fingers slide down my pussy and inside of me. I gasp and shift forward uncontrollably, but he quickly locks me in place while his fingers pump in and out of me. His other hand slides over my mouth, muffling my sounds while m 3.5 stars It's official. I am coming out as a voyeur. There are a few things you should know about this story as well, though. Very few but they are ImpOrtAnT. Carter's hand falls to my panties and dips inside of them, and just as Benj thrusts forward and into Liv, Carter's fingers slide down my pussy and inside of me. I gasp and shift forward uncontrollably, but he quickly locks me in place while his fingers pump in and out of me. His other hand slides over my mouth, muffling my sounds while my head falls back against his shoulder. My eyes shut uncontrollably, but I can hear Liv and Benj fucking just feet away from us. She's moaning, and Benj is whispering filthy things I know Carter can hear as well. This entire situation is lighting me on fire. *cough-cough* So, the love birds of the book, Bloom and Carter, were sneaking around in Carter's bedroom in the hopes of finding a bit of privacy (tough luck, he-he) when out of the blue the missing parts (Benji and Liv) of the whole love square squad going on in this book crashed in Carter's BEDROOM (privacy is not a kink of these characters here as u can see) like they owned the damn place and started fucking on his goddamn bed like horny rabbits WHILE Bloom and Carter were hiding in the closet. Don't even ask me why. It is complicated. IS THE ENTIRE SITUATION LIGHTENING YOU ON FIRE? But let's remember that we shouldn't be so selfish? After all, Bloom had her orgasm so we gotta be really happy for her u know?: So, I surrender to this, the orgasm twisting inside of me while I watch Benj fuck Liv on Carter's bed. I wanted to be a lil grossed out by the fact that these two little voyeurs were getting it on secretly while watching how their almost-been-boyfriend and almost-been-girlfriend were entangled in the embrace of all-consuming passion (I am sure now everyone who is reading this is truly grossed out). I even wanted Carter to be grossed out by the fact that his bffs were doing their dirty business on HIS bed (hallo, get a room, i would scream from the closet) and staining his sheets without even asking for permission to do so but oh well. Stranger things happen. So we both, Carter and I, were obviously okay with the whole craze. Let's see if the next piece of valuable info will light you on fire. If you think that this is all that there was to it, you are truly delusional cuz right after our horny rabbits flee the scene of shame and utter embarrassment to the whole of the human race, Carter and Bloom get on the same damn bed, which has obviously been a witness to lots of lewdness (poor piece of innocent furniture), and fuck there for the 1st time. Not 2 minutes passed. Romantic first time, isn't it? I mean they are all old friends, almost family, so I guess they all kept it in the family? Does it make sense that I was entertained? Or liked Carter? Or was bored with Bloom? Or wanted to slut-shame Liv and Benji? No?? I liked the writing style and despite finding the cheesiest, weirdest shit on the pages of this book, I think it had great potential. Absolutely every absurd thing found in the story, like for example out of the blue love/lust that childhood friends started developing for each other, could have made sense if the author did not begin the story with Carter falling for one of the die-hard-friends trio, Liv, then suddenly falling out of her and falling for our heroine Bloom at the exact moment when their college buddy Benji expressed his interest in her. Yeah, there were some lame ass talks with minor characters who claimed that Carter ALWAYS looked at Bloom differently, since the times when they were both in diapers and bla bla bla, but it was oh-so-lame because at the very beginning we are told that Carter has something going on with Liv. The story says that Liv, Carter and Bloom have been buddies since forever without actually giving us any solid background so that feel their bond. We don't get the opportunity to watch their dynamics for a while first. I also did not like the tragic and unnecessary situation with Bloom's father because the story was hilarious up until this point and then BOOM it went straight to dramatic kind of a thing with quite a bit of suffering and Bloom's tantrums. Carter, if we overlook his initial bullshit with out of nowhere feelings for Liv and then for Bloom (lmao, what a mess), was my type of guy because I love possessive, domineering and full of themselves men who occasionally display their sweet, tender and caring side. When he pulled his head out of his ass (and that was pretty fast), he had eyes only for Bloom which was exactly what I needed. On this positive note I am making my farewell because studying is a bitch if u know what I mean. p.S. I don't even know if there is cheating in the book because yeah everyone kissed everyone and was sneaking around but at the same time Carter/Liv and Bloom/Benji did not put a label on whatever was going on between them. Carter only kissed Liv, Bloom only kissed Benji before they realised who they really want and then u already know what kind of shit happened. Guess they all deserved each other. Thank god I do not have friends like that lmaooo For more info about this fcking mess consult Mel's awesome review cuz I am shit at retelling the plot and I have no idea how to make it make sense.

  3. 4 out of 5

    mel ☽

    2.5 stars ✩⋆ well this was kind of a mess. i should not read friends to lovers books back to back - *cough* malina *cough* - they're giving me a headache. friends to lovers/unrequited trope would always be a double-edged sword for me because sometimes, the angst is just *chefs kiss* even though there are some elements that i absolutely loathe and i guess i just love stressing myself out so sometimes i like it, i even welcome it so there's that. but sometimes... it's just- well, (childhood) friends 2.5 stars ✩⋆ well this was kind of a mess. i should not read friends to lovers books back to back - *cough* malina *cough* - they're giving me a headache. friends to lovers/unrequited trope would always be a double-edged sword for me because sometimes, the angst is just *chefs kiss* even though there are some elements that i absolutely loathe and i guess i just love stressing myself out so sometimes i like it, i even welcome it so there's that. but sometimes... it's just- well, (childhood) friends to lovers usually goes like this: 1. girl and boy are childhood bffs 2. girl has been in love with boy since forever but boy is obviously a blind dumbass 3. girl stays in the sidelines (never dating and is a virgin- this is very specific by the way) while boy becomes, you guessed it, a ✨ho✨ 4. someone is suddenly interested in the girl, boy finally gets his head outta his ass and "sees" his best friend for the first time because obviously when another dude is sniffing around it's unacceptable. and well, ya know. this is annoying af because you're telling me if there hasn't been another man interested in the best friend, the boy wouldn't have "seen" the girl?? yeah, no. for the most part, this is exactly what happened here but the difference is there are TWO girls in the trio of best friends, Liv (OW), Bloom (h) and Carter (H). Carter noticed Liv first and had a thing with her for a couple months and then Benj (OM) suddenly comes along and shows interest in Bloom so obviously that's when Carter started "seeing" Liv for the first time. so there's this weird love square thing in the first half. i did like some parts as i thought the sexual tension was immaculate and the writing was good! i can also appreciate the author giving a trigger warning in the beginning (spoilers // h's dad committed suicide) so thanks for that. if you like angst, and have no qualms about love square drama, then you'd like this. but anyways, because of the dumbassery of the characters imma rant a little bit so, ✧✦ SPOILERS AHEAD ✦✧ we know Liv and Carter have been keeping their "thing" a secret while Bloom is "sister-zoned" for 2 months(?) now but obviously Bloom isn't a dumbass "It's in the way he watches her sometimes, in the moments she's looking away or laughing at someone else's joke. It's in the intensity of his gaze when she's off on her own. He's always watching her, in different ways than he usually watches me." that's lovely. and you know, in almost all of these childhood friends to lovers books i've read, it's usually just the main characters having special connection right? well here, both Liv and Bloom are equally close to him because they've all been best friends since they were kids buuuut again, he noticed Liv first "I like her, I do. More than a friend, definitely. She's bright and beautiful and supportive. She's hardworking and devoted and funny as hell when she wants to be. I definitely enjoy making out with her, and I love how she knows what she's doing." first of all ew (because he thought about this even after he kissed Bloom). and second, im still salty about this by the way because eeeww. and Carter was exploring a relationship with her until Benj comes along and Carter finds out that Bloom is a virgin... and now suddenly Carter has all these feelings for Bloom just because of... this..?? i'm not convinced whatsoever because i mean- that fast? really? is he a fucking gemini is that it (no offense to geminis by the way, as a virgo i love geminis)? how can one's feelings switch up so quickly and so strongly i don't understand. and then this lovely scene comes up where Carter and Liv are making out, touching her ass and grinding on each other (around 32%), even after Carter started to have all these feelings for Bloom and we find out that these two have actually been making out behind Bloom's back for a couple of months now. "But damn she feels good, and it's not like we haven't kissed or made out before. We have, far too many times than I'd like to admit, and for some reason, a jolt of guilt sparks in my chest when I think about the fact that Bloom hasn't known for a while." hahaha *eye twitches* that's cute. and you know, what happens next?? you guys know what happens next??? well, this dick went to Blooms workshop because she was upset and well, one thing lead to another, and they hook up when he literally just made out with the OW moments ago. and this isn't the only time by the way, a week goes by and he's still spending time with Liv (idk if they did anything) and during his football game Liv kisses Carter, Bloom goes to the bathroom because she saw this and then Carter kisses her, AND THEN she goes out to stargaze with Benj AND THEN makes out with him, goes home because she's confused af AND THENNN hooks up with Carter... so basically, they're all just exchanging DNA's at this point i guess. Chuck? Blair? Serena? Nate?? is that you? silverlining tho, Carter ended it with Liv faster than Bloom ended it with Benj. i also like the fact Carter longed for Bloom more and Bloom wasn't hung up on Carter but obviously, her feelings with Benj was annoying as hell too. but guess what!! this isn't the end of this weird ass love square by the way, we find out that Liv and Benj were sleeping together behind both of Carter and Bloom's back so here i am thinking... wtf was the point??? and y'all know how they found out? huh? well, Carter and Bloom hid in a closet because they heard a couple going inside the room, said couple was Liv and Benj, they start having sex, and Carter and Bloom watch while, ya know, Carter touches her... yeah. in conclusion, everything is a mess and they're all f a k e f r i e n d s honestly, i just couldn't connect with all of the characters because they annoyed me too much. and Carter's feelings switched real fast and when i mean fast, i mean in a day. he had genuine feelings for Liv who he most likely shares the same connection he has with Bloom and then when he finds out about Benj and the fact she's a virgin he suddenly has these intense feelings for Bloom? he went on and on about how he was exploring a relationship with Liv and suddenly he doesn't care anymore and just wants to bone Bloom? nah i don't buy it. and that whole love square resolution wasn't really addressed properly. like, does Carter still have not-so-friendly feelings for Liv? did Liv even have real feelings for Carter? or was she using him to make Benj jealous? were Liv and Benj sleeping with each other this whole time? i need answers pls. ✦✧ ✧✦ there are some cute parts here that i liked, the pottery scene inspired by the movie Ghost? *chefs kiss* (but obviously Carter making out with Liv before this scene happened tainted things). and i do actually like the writing and how i can feel the longing from the characters (mostly on Carter's side). and the storyline with the dad made me tear up a little bit that was really sad. but ugh i just can't with the love square drama y'all. anyways, if there's a book about Liv and Benj, i ain't opposed to reading their side honestly. i wanna know why they're dumb af so there's that.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ApoorvaReads

    2.25 stars ⭐️ “Fire and ice colliding in something forbidden. Melting together to create a new piece. Her own creativity and passion flowing through our touch while my dominance and need fueled the foundation” Hi, don’t you love it when everyone loves a book but you dislike it? Please tell me I’m not the only one. Where do I start with this book? Maybe I’m now a psychopath cause where are the ✨emotions✨ everyone was going on about in the reviews😭 I’m the girl who cries a lot. When I’m happy, I cry 2.25 stars ⭐️ “Fire and ice colliding in something forbidden. Melting together to create a new piece. Her own creativity and passion flowing through our touch while my dominance and need fueled the foundation” Hi, don’t you love it when everyone loves a book but you dislike it? Please tell me I’m not the only one. Where do I start with this book? Maybe I’m now a psychopath cause where are the ✨emotions✨ everyone was going on about in the reviews😭 I’m the girl who cries a lot. When I’m happy, I cry. When I’m sad I cry but my emotions went off with this one and maybe its good because then i would throw this off and set this book on fire (which i technically can’t cause i read on my ipad but you get the point). Too aggressive? Oops- As I was saying, there wasn’t even a single emotion I felt while reading this. This book was a mess. I didn’t connect to the characters at all. I felt no romance between the MCs. It felt more like yk forced love? Idk. It just didn’t seem like “true” love. *whispers* God,help me i read too much😭. The love triangle (or square) felt like author was out of a plotline and i went like omg why don’t I add this necessary plot to make it interesting. Guess what? It didn’t. It felt even more dumb cause ughhhh. I’m so mad someone help me. Carter was the well..Carter. The guy develops feelings for our h Bloom out of the blue when he’s involved with Liv. “I like her, I do. More than a friend, definitely. She’s bright and beautiful and supportive. She's hardworking and devoted and funny as hell when she wants to be. I definitely enjoy making out with her, and I love how she knows what she's doing.  But then there's Bloom.” I usually don’t have problem with Insta love but this was chaos. There was no development. Hell, he realised that he liked her once he got go know that she was virgin and then he saw her like in another way? Sounds weird and uncomfortable to me. There wasn’t even conversation between Carter and bloom which shows us that they were really good friends beside one scene that too was in their past which didn’t help my case at all. Bloom. What can i say? I wanted to love her, I really did but damn my emotionless self couldn’t give a single fuck. When one wants to help us and we don’t need their help we should just decline them but no, baby bloom had to get mad and shout at benji which made me mad😩 I liked her connection with her dad. —SPOILER— AND LOVE SQUARE. I’m sorry but did i mention, it was worthless? It made me hate the book even more. The weird plot twist that benji and liv were sleeping with each other felt so off like ??? Overall, bye cause I can’t do this anymore. It wasn’t good. I agree it had a lot of potential, I mean, the blurb sounded great but the book was meh. Imma go listen to t-swift cause I need to check if i can still feel emotions and I haven’t actually turned into a psychopath.

  5. 5 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***5 "The Trio!!!" stars*** AVAILABLE NOW!!! "Sometimes we have to make the wrong choices in order to understand the gravity of the right ones." The truth is that I was flirting with Liza James for a while now and I decided that the time for me had come to finally see with my very own eyes what all this ranging is over this author!!! And OMG!!! Was i living under a rock??? Because I wasn't prepared of what I've read in here and of how many feelings Liza James stirred inside of me with only ***5 "The Trio!!!" stars*** AVAILABLE NOW!!! "Sometimes we have to make the wrong choices in order to understand the gravity of the right ones." The truth is that I was flirting with Liza James for a while now and I decided that the time for me had come to finally see with my very own eyes what all this ranging is over this author!!! And OMG!!! Was i living under a rock??? Because I wasn't prepared of what I've read in here and of how many feelings Liza James stirred inside of me with only a chapter in... I had such a long time to be wrapped in such sweet agony... On so many antsy moments and i believe that I overenjoyed what Liza James was offering me in here with her amazing writing... "Our souls don't intend on hurting others. We don't go out deliberately damaging the people we care about." Well... This was an amazing story of friends turned to lovers, but I wish I could say that it was simple like that. There were more parts in here that were demanding our attention and things were getting even more complicated with every page that I was reading... I won't hide to you that the author made my heart beat wildly many times and that I got frustrated over and over again, while I was reading this seemingly simple, but at the same outstanding story... The sweet agony of what would happen, the antsy moments, the intensity of our heroes's feelings were getting under my skin and I was feeling like I was living through them!!! "Why does it have to feel so incredibly perfect and be so destructively wrong?" Bloom, Carter and Liv were best friends since middle school and while they are currently on college, their friendship had stayed impact... They are always there for each other, no matter what, but lately Bloom is starting to see that something is changing between Carter and Liv and she just have to accept it, even though she doesn't like it. You see, Bloom was always drown toward Carter, but these two were never meant to be... But he and Liv??? They could be something more... So, she just have to let go and start living her own life and Benj's interest on her is something welcomed at this certain moment.... "He's like a brother to me, really. A big, handsome, incredibly popular and successful football star- brother." Carter is a hotheaded male like every other college boy out there. He has goals and aspirations and he has Bloom and Liv who are the two most important people on his life... But lately, he had started to come closer with Liv in a different way, even though Bloom was always his precious and untouchable best friend, that he would protect with everything he had... And then Benj, his best friend had decided that he wanted Bloom for himself, and Carter had started feel weirdly over that possibillity. And now, he can't seem to stay away from Bloom and to try to get under her skin, as she is under his skin. "I've known you since you were eight... And I feel like I've never actually see you before. Why have I not seen you?" What a mess they had created here!!! Not only Bloom and Carter, but Liv and Benj as well... Nope, it is not what you are thinking, but honestly, I can not explain to you the mess in here... The only thing that I can share is that this story was sooo intense that it was leaving me breathless over and over again. I was cursing Liza for what she was doing to me, but at the same time, it was so intoxicating that i couldn't walk away from the wreckage that I was seeing coming my way... And I loved every single moment in here!!!! And I just need more!!! "We were never supposed to happen. We would have by now if we were." What can I say about Carter and Bloom?? I fell irrevocable in love with both of them... They had a very long road ahead of them to untangle their newfound feelings, but they burrowed into my heart and I don't believe that they can ever leave from there. These two were always meant for more, even though it took them some time to figure it out!!! "When will you understand we shouldn't be together, Carter?" "Never." Bloom was the sweetest creature out there and she deserved to be loved in the way that Carter could love her. She was thinking less of her and she just needed someone to show her the way... She had a difficult life and fate had more pain reserved for her, but Carter was her rock and he could make her believe in life, love and herself again. "He feels like my other half, the other piece to my heart and soul." What can I say for Carter??? He just climbed upon my heart as one of the best book boyfriends out there, even though I have to admit that in the beginning I wasn't having much faith on him... But he proved me wrong over and over again and I loved his big heart full of Bloom. The intensity that was loving her was giving me goosebumps. "You've wrecked my world, and I don't know how to get it back under control." For the end, I left my reservations... I won't hide to you that I was thinking to 'punish' Liza by cutting a half star cause she left unfinished business in here with Liv and Benj and I'm having so many questions that need answers. But I have faith on her that she will deliver a new book in this world and she will make me to fall in love and to see again my beloved characters from here. Liza, I'm waiting impatiently!!! "At the end of the day, you have to go where your soul is calling you. You have to follow the path and where it leads you." **I received an ARC for the exchange of an honest review**

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sam - s.rae.reads

    "I think this was always meant to happen. But we had to find it in our own way, on our own path."  Meant for more is a friends to lovers, college sports romance about Bloom and her lifelong best friend Carter. They have always had a platonic friendship until one day things start to shift. This is a very emotional book but the biggest part of this story is friendships and connections. It's a bit of a love triangle or rather... a love square which I was not expecting and added a lot of angst to the "I think this was always meant to happen. But we had to find it in our own way, on our own path."  Meant for more is a friends to lovers, college sports romance about Bloom and her lifelong best friend Carter. They have always had a platonic friendship until one day things start to shift. This is a very emotional book but the biggest part of this story is friendships and connections. It's a bit of a love triangle or rather... a love square which I was not expecting and added a lot of angst to the book, but i enjoyed it a lot. I thought Bloom and Carter were perfect together and I loved how their friendship started to shift into something more passionate and heated. Liza never fails to deliver on the sexy scenes and there are a few living rent free in my mind right now. I gave it 4 stars because I had a bit of issues with writing, I felt it needed a bit more polishing and editing, however the story and the characters themselves were beautiful. *ARC provided in exchange for honest review see below for content warnings * * CW: suicide, addiction/alcoholism, toxic family dynamics

  7. 5 out of 5

    mila

    AUTHORS STOP MAKING ME CRY CHALLENGE!! I just wanna live a sweet romance vicariously through fictional characters and not get my heart shattered in the process... "𝑰 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏. 𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒘𝒂𝒚, 𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒉." 4.5 || Don't be fooled by the blurb and go into this thinking it's just a friends-to-lovers sports romance. NOOOO, there's much more going on here; relatable characters, a passionate romance 🔥, pain and a lot of angst. This is my first book b AUTHORS STOP MAKING ME CRY CHALLENGE!! I just wanna live a sweet romance vicariously through fictional characters and not get my heart shattered in the process... "𝑰 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏. 𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒘𝒂𝒚, 𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒉." 4.5 || Don't be fooled by the blurb and go into this thinking it's just a friends-to-lovers sports romance. NOOOO, there's much more going on here; relatable characters, a passionate romance 🔥, pain and a lot of angst. This is my first book by this author and I will definitely go to her when I want to cry a little. This was for sure a bittersweet read that left me with a lot of feels, and aren't those the best kind of books? I hope we can have something on Liv and Benj soon too 👀! ARC provided in exchange of an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    SheReads

    2 stars. I was quite disappointed with this book. It had a good story line and plot, but the way it was delivered really let it down. There were so many abrupt scenes that didn't need to be there to be fair. 2 stars. I was quite disappointed with this book. It had a good story line and plot, but the way it was delivered really let it down. There were so many abrupt scenes that didn't need to be there to be fair.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Virgin and manwhore with the added bonus that he is into her best friend before her 🙄 arent romance authors tired of this plot yet? Also it's a triangle between hero, heroine and the best friend...they are all supposed to best friends or something Virgin and manwhore with the added bonus that he is into her best friend before her 🙄 arent romance authors tired of this plot yet? Also it's a triangle between hero, heroine and the best friend...they are all supposed to best friends or something

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I wanted to read this but mostly to see if it was going to be what I thought it was So let me break it down FuCK Boi carter is fucking around with one of his friends the super hot liv who he thinks is gorgeous And don’t worry right before and I do mean like one scene right before he’s with the suppose to be heroine Liv starts grinding on him and he’s into it but don’t worry he feels a tiny spark of guilt then it’s stops only because Benji interrupts them So then he goes to bloom because she’s up I wanted to read this but mostly to see if it was going to be what I thought it was So let me break it down FuCK Boi carter is fucking around with one of his friends the super hot liv who he thinks is gorgeous And don’t worry right before and I do mean like one scene right before he’s with the suppose to be heroine Liv starts grinding on him and he’s into it but don’t worry he feels a tiny spark of guilt then it’s stops only because Benji interrupts them So then he goes to bloom because she’s upset and they get it on yayyyyyy thank god that’s what we was all hoping for right. And then you have bloom the” not like other girls” Jesus fucking Chris please god I will pay for anyone to get read of that sentence. Anyway she low key loves carter but won’t admit it so she starts hooking to with good ole Ben but she really wants carter god know why? So Basically every one just wants every one at this point because it’s college and there all friends and why not right that’s deep right? I guess? Look y’all are easy if this made you cry because all it did was give me a headache from rolling my eyes from the cliches And dick head of a whore fuck boi little man hero And of fucking corse virgin heroine her first sexual experience has got to be with a a guy full of stds who also got the hots for her friends mmmm dream boat I tell ya The sex scenes are evens a cringe dude no just no You call that hot... I call that basic

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Cue the heart flutters. Friends to Lovers is so underrated in my opinion and this book right here gave me ALL THE FEELS. Carter, Bloom, and Liv have been best friends since they were kids but somewhere along the lines, Liv and Carter started to grow closer. Bloom doesn't understand why it bothers her to see them together and doesn't want their dynamic to change. Carter doesn't understand why he's bothered by his friend, Benji, wanting to date Bloom. It's a big, messy love square and I was here fo Cue the heart flutters. Friends to Lovers is so underrated in my opinion and this book right here gave me ALL THE FEELS. Carter, Bloom, and Liv have been best friends since they were kids but somewhere along the lines, Liv and Carter started to grow closer. Bloom doesn't understand why it bothers her to see them together and doesn't want their dynamic to change. Carter doesn't understand why he's bothered by his friend, Benji, wanting to date Bloom. It's a big, messy love square and I was here for it. Liza is an incredible writer and the tension was EVERYTHING. That pottery scene? I can't, omg. 5/5 ⭐ 3.5/5 🌶 ARC provided by Wildfire PR

  12. 5 out of 5

    My Little Booktopia

    "𝑶𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒔 𝒅𝒐𝒏'𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔. 𝑾𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒏'𝒕 𝒈𝒐 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒅𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒅𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕." I’m usually one of those readers who highlights everything in books but with this one I simply couldn’t because I became that engrossed in it. Everything about Carter and Bloom’s story completely drew me in and I never wanted leave; The slow burning angst, the characters connection, their sexual tension, their heartbreak and all the supporting characters were everything I love in a book. Not "𝑶𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒔 𝒅𝒐𝒏'𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔. 𝑾𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒏'𝒕 𝒈𝒐 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒅𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒅𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕." I’m usually one of those readers who highlights everything in books but with this one I simply couldn’t because I became that engrossed in it. Everything about Carter and Bloom’s story completely drew me in and I never wanted leave; The slow burning angst, the characters connection, their sexual tension, their heartbreak and all the supporting characters were everything I love in a book. Not to mention with Liza James’ writing style I truely felt as though I was the experiencing everything the characters were. If you love a slow burn angsty, friends to lovers collage sports romance, then I suggest you do yourself a favour and read this novel. Ms Liza James, you’ve created a masterpiece and I honestly cannot wait to read more of your work. Also please give Liv and you know who their own story, I need to know more !!! Thank you to Liza James and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Please note: This book does contain topics that some readers may find triggering.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mandy’s Book Reviews

    This story blew me away! It’s simply amazing! Bloom and Carter’s story is angsty it’s steamy it’s emotional it gave me ALL THE FEELS ! Liza James might of tried the lighter side of romance but her passion her emotions it was all there ! When I heard she was coming out with something lighter than what she is used to writing or known for I knew I had to read it and I’m so glad that I did! This story was beautiful intense and steamy hot it touched on some heavy issues and our characters persevered This story blew me away! It’s simply amazing! Bloom and Carter’s story is angsty it’s steamy it’s emotional it gave me ALL THE FEELS ! Liza James might of tried the lighter side of romance but her passion her emotions it was all there ! When I heard she was coming out with something lighter than what she is used to writing or known for I knew I had to read it and I’m so glad that I did! This story was beautiful intense and steamy hot it touched on some heavy issues and our characters persevered through them . Carter and Blooms story packed such an emotional gut punch these two characters definitely own my heart and I can’t recommend it enough!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carissa (Novel Confessions Book Blog)

    There are some books that resonate with you for one reason or another and Meant for More was definitely one of those for me. Signing up to get and ARC was a no-brainer for me because I loved Vibe and I was drawn to this one by the blurb. I was absolutely not expecting the impact this book had on me. Bloom and Carter’s story is a friends-to-lovers tale, but calling it that doesn’t do it justice; it was so much more than that. There was so much emotion, a push and pull that kept me captivated the There are some books that resonate with you for one reason or another and Meant for More was definitely one of those for me. Signing up to get and ARC was a no-brainer for me because I loved Vibe and I was drawn to this one by the blurb. I was absolutely not expecting the impact this book had on me. Bloom and Carter’s story is a friends-to-lovers tale, but calling it that doesn’t do it justice; it was so much more than that. There was so much emotion, a push and pull that kept me captivated the entire novel. Add in the struggles that Bloom faced and my heart could barely take it. This book does speak about addiction and mental health, so please be warned. There were so many lines that I highlighted in this book that took me back to my childhood and really hit me hard. Reading this book and seeing Bloom and Carter get their happily ever after despite what struggles they faced left me incredibly happy. I found myself rooting for them and mentally yelling at them to see what was right in front on them. There was a particular scene that happened while Bloom & Carter are in a closet (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it ;)) where I thought I might just spontaneously combust. Phew! The steam!! I absolutely loved this book so much and cannot recommend it enough.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abby J Capps

    Home. He always feels like home. Do you enjoy friends to lovers, sports romance and just the right amount of emotion? Liza continues to show how versatile she is as a writer and nails it!! Carter and Bloom stole my heart easily. Especially Carter, because he totally surprised me!! I was not expecting him to be so... sexy. Reliable. And just perfect. I know if I were in Bloom’s shoes, I’d want someone like Carter holding my hand through it. Heavy topics are covered in this story, but our leading c Home. He always feels like home. Do you enjoy friends to lovers, sports romance and just the right amount of emotion? Liza continues to show how versatile she is as a writer and nails it!! Carter and Bloom stole my heart easily. Especially Carter, because he totally surprised me!! I was not expecting him to be so... sexy. Reliable. And just perfect. I know if I were in Bloom’s shoes, I’d want someone like Carter holding my hand through it. Heavy topics are covered in this story, but our leading characters push through and come out strong. The angst, steam and emotional punch is well balanced and I’m excited to see if Liza revisits this world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Robinson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The plot in this book as well as the blurb, intrigued me. At the core, this book has the possibility to truly shine. The story of a trio of friends, an older brother, and a college football teammate; these five individuals struggling with what life will be like after college all while just trying to finish college. As graduation pulls close for Carter he struggles with what his true feelings for his two best friends are. A trio since childhood; Carter, Bloom, and Liv are always together. Carter The plot in this book as well as the blurb, intrigued me. At the core, this book has the possibility to truly shine. The story of a trio of friends, an older brother, and a college football teammate; these five individuals struggling with what life will be like after college all while just trying to finish college. As graduation pulls close for Carter he struggles with what his true feelings for his two best friends are. A trio since childhood; Carter, Bloom, and Liv are always together. Carter struggles with the difference between platonic love and romantic love he feels for the girls. Bloom has been the child of an alcoholic since middle school. Carter has been with her through the worst of the worst. Liv knows about Bloom and her alcoholic father, yet there are pieces of that relationship that both Bloom and Carter shield and exclude Liv from. Layered on top of this is Benji. One of Carter's teammates and a house mate, Benji is interested in pursuing a romantic relationship with Bloom. When Carter finds out, he is torn between his childhood best friend, feelings he's ignored, pushed down, or mislabeled for her, and a secrest romantic relationship he currently has with Liv. This book had all the best elements for a super star in it's categories. New Adult, coming of age, addiction struggles, childhood trauma, friends to lovers, a love triangle, mental health issues surrounding addiction, loss and grief topped with a division 1 footballer headed into the NFL draft. Honestly, the looming draft is more of a "oh ...yeah" thing in the plot. It seems to be a forgotten stressor or not a big enough stressor in the story. For all of this though, I felt the book was disjointed. Almost as if I were picking up the story a book and a half through a cliff hanger series. Pieces of the childhood friendship are tossed in, but they aren't consistent and don't necessarily flow with the pace of the story when they are addressed. Added to that, Bloom constantly talks about the energy her friends are giving off and Liv is constantly either over emotionally apologizing to Bloom for something or borderline scheming to bring down Bloom's life. Benji and Liv are both written as "players" in the college dating scene, as is Carter, yet none of this really comes into play for Carter's character. Liv and Benji are definitely playing themselves AND the childhood trio, but it comes to light in a very odd and forced way. In my opinion, Liv and Benj need their own book in order to understand their backstory their place in Bloom and Carter's story, and an concise ending for themselves. I was reading an ARC copy of this book, so I typically read past editing issues and other things that pop up in ARCs. The one thing I thought was an ARC issue but wasn't is the dialogue between the characters. I had a hard time connecting with the characters in a linear fashion. Dialogue seems clunky, texting between the group - which is becoming a norm in books - was sporadic in written book text yet mentioned in narration. As stated above, Bloom's character speaks a lot about the energy or feelings she gets from people or situations. The tension will be briefly discussed between characters, but then brushed off for another time. I kept reading for a massive blowup between the group, but it never really came. Other issues cropped up and were resolved or written forward for further tension, but there was never true pressure laid on the original trio, which was a bit of a let down given that their newly discovered sexual tensions were the driver of most of their interactions. The author bravely also added in a parent struggling with a serious addiction problem, a history of past violence, child abandonment, and an absentee depressive parent. Given the home situation the author wrote for Bloom, her character is amazingly strong and was very well handled throughout most of the book. Bloom is portrayed as an artistic soul, with a lot of empath written in as well. At times it seems that she struggles with anxiety and slight depression - understandable for a woman with her background. However, at the same time she is written in as a sorority member - but without any house duties, sisterly interventions, or any real interactions with the sorority members other than Liv. Again, this piece came across as a bit forced in order to give Liv and Bloom a living arrangement that would see them together constantly. After finishing the book, I wish that a different tactic had been utilized for these two women as Bloom's character was very out of place in a sorority setting. The book also deals with addiction leading to suicide, immense grief, attempts at rehabilitation for addiction, suicidal ideation as a result of grieving, and child hood trauma. All of these are very heavy and dark topics. They weren't necessarily glossed over in the story, nor was Bloom written as an anomaly to living through these issues. As with the rest of the plot I felt that the author had done her research, understood the gravity these issues have, and did write proper personality "quirks" into her characters as they worked through these issues. It was more that this part of the plot felt rushed and shoved into places. Overall, I see a lot of talent in this author, as well as these characters. I believe the plot arc was too large for just one book. I would love to see the author possibly revisit this book later in her career for a rewrite and expansion. I can see and did connect with her main characters as a reader. I just felt that my time with each of them was rushed as the author moved on to the next plot point. I would love to see the background story of the trio written as a prologue in order to set the stage so to speak. I would also love a true introduction to Benji and Lucas as I believe they outgrew their roles in this book and need to be expanded more. Liv and Bloom's relationship as two girls growing up with a male best friend followed by attending college as a trio should be explored more and given proper depth. Liv isn't given the credit she deserves as her character devolves into an almost manipulative force in Bloom and Carter's relationship all while she hides a relationship with Benj. Carter and Bloom deserve a fuller story to showcase the back and forth pull their past, their friendship, and Bloom's childhood place on their adult relationship. Additionally, I'd really love to see Carter's parents as they are mentioned here and there as shaping pieces of his character, but they don't appear in the book. Benj and Liv should really have their own story told. Lucas, as Liv's brother, should have his sibling role highlighted a bit more as he is accepting of the trio and their behavior patterns, but he runs hot and cold with whom he would like Liv to be in a relationship with. It would also have been nice to see the tension and anger between Lucas and Carter play out naturally once Carter ended his romantic interest in Liv. I'm not disappointed in this author as I think she did an amazing job in this novel of providing us with a rich plot with many issues seething beneath a friendship. I also can see and appreciate the research that went into the harder issues she writes in this story. They are handled well when they are presented. I would like to see them play the bigger role in the plot. Her characters are fully developed and relatable. I honestly believe that the disconnect I felt with this book is that the author bit off more than she could write into one story. This lead to the disjointed backgrounds, the clunky dialogue, a speed up and slow down reading pace, and the other items I mention in my review. I will be looking for other books from this author. I can tell that she has a talent for storytelling that I would enjoy. I just didn't find this book to be the one from her library for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Romantic Rush Blog

    I’m convinced Liza James can write any genre, any trope, any theme, because Meant for More delivers the same raw, turbulent, and profound reading experience that I’ve come to expect from her as an author- in a genre and trope that is a marked difference from her established work. Friends to lovers, new adult, sports romance - but this story has a deep emotional center and is dripping in angst. And I was totally enthralled- from start to finish. Bloom is one of my favorite heroines of all time- I I’m convinced Liza James can write any genre, any trope, any theme, because Meant for More delivers the same raw, turbulent, and profound reading experience that I’ve come to expect from her as an author- in a genre and trope that is a marked difference from her established work. Friends to lovers, new adult, sports romance - but this story has a deep emotional center and is dripping in angst. And I was totally enthralled- from start to finish. Bloom is one of my favorite heroines of all time- I feel such a personal affinity for her journey. Liza gives her such dynamism and depth as a character. She’s such an open and free spirit- she accepts without judgement, loves without conditions, is kind and generous to those that don’t always deserve it. She’s passionate and creative- she sees the possibility in the world around her, but she’s also stoic and patient. She’s an introvert at home in her own skin- quiet in the way she situates herself in the world around her, radically unique but familiar and open. But her love- her big heart is what I adored the most, she’s a brave heroine in how generously she loves. She immediately spoke to my soul, I felt like I was breathing her every word. Carter, though, took me a minute to understand. Which makes sense- he’s a bit confused. I wanted them to be more decisive early on, to help ME understand. But that’s what makes his story, and his connection with Bloom so dynamic and interesting- it’s messy and hard to unpack, especially at first. But Carter pieces it together- and the more time I spent in his head, the more I loved him. His authenticity, his gentle care, the friend he’s been to many, and his unmovable passion. His initial uncertainty somehow gives him more integrity- makes his emotional journey more genuine, and I found myself loving how focused he was on doing his own emotional work to figure out what Bloom meant to him. Their story is MESSY- complicated dynamics, confusing emotions, sexual tension, secrets, and all that new adult angst. There are parts of this story that aren’t my normal thing and sometimes bother me in NA stories- including a love triangle for portions (in fact, it was more like a love quadrilateral), and I do think we have some unresolved questions that I wanted a bit more closure on….but this story consumed me entirely, that those things barely impacted me. I was a goner for these two- desperately aching for them to just give in. Liza so brilliantly builds a chemistry between them that is equal parts tender intimacy and profound longing. Even before they realize their feelings, we sense the longing between them, the invisible tether between their souls just begging for them to open their eyes. These two just fit so well together- they complement one another, understand each other, two halves of one beating heart. I was as desperate for them as they were for each other. Sometimes I wonder if Liza James can see inside my soul. How does she so intimately understand the nuances and complications of my own lived experience? I have an uncanny level of similarities to Bloom- from my complicated relationship with my father that had the exact same journey as Bloom’s, to my own meaningful sweater, even my own relationships to ceramics and pottery. Bloom’s story feels partly my own- profoundly personal and exposing. But regardless of my personal connections to aspects of Bloom’s story, I’d still have a deep intimacy with this character, because of the poignant emotional resonance Liza brings to every story she tells. What connects me so deeply with Bloom aren’t just the literal ways our stories jive- what connects me to her is the ways in which Liza so vulnerable exposes her heart to us- her soul, her feelings, her emotive journey. Because Liza tells stories about existential pain, the life changing moments both big and small that force us as people to confront ourselves- to face who and what we are, and the hard work it takes to figure out who we want to be. Her story telling is raw, emotionally exposing, resonant no matter what genre she’s writing because of the universality of that emotional experience, of the everyday emotional trauma we experience as human beings just trying to figure out how to BE. And that makes her voice as an author so authentic- so moving and complex, because she explores the raw and gritty quest of identity, and the ways in which loving another can challenge, catalyze, or even destroy our conception of self. And Meant for More does just that- confront dynamics and feelings that challenge the safety, the very fabric of who Bloom and Carter think they are- and who they think they are to each other. These two have to break outside of their comfortable box to explore what existed all along but they couldn’t see- or perhaps wouldn’t. And I love how Liza lets it be messy- because figuring out your path IS messy. Existential progress requires mistakes, bad decisions, unexpected changes and tensions, and yes, even pain. That’s how we grow as humans- and that is how Bloom and Carter grow, too. Sometimes we have to make the wrong choices to understand what our soul truly wants, to know the RIGHT choices. To find ourselves. That’s complicated and hard- but beautiful and true. I’m so excited that Liza decided to lean into this story and genre, and I’m even more excited about what is to come from her next!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Doryne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 Stars Overall Opinion: I have a double feeling about this book. The book is about a trio of friends: Carter (H), Bloom (h) and Liv, who have been supporting each other through thick and thin for years; but the dynamics within the group are shifting at this point. H and Liv are trying to find out what they feel for each other and have been making out for a while now. There is nothing wrong there, but they are doing it behind h's back, and I'm having a hard time with this. If you are a clique 3.5 Stars Overall Opinion: I have a double feeling about this book. The book is about a trio of friends: Carter (H), Bloom (h) and Liv, who have been supporting each other through thick and thin for years; but the dynamics within the group are shifting at this point. H and Liv are trying to find out what they feel for each other and have been making out for a while now. There is nothing wrong there, but they are doing it behind h's back, and I'm having a hard time with this. If you are a clique of 3, you don't hide something like this from the other one. Such secrets can destroy friendships. On top of that, h has also sensed that the dynamics within their group are shifting. She has a hard time with it, but she doesn't dare to confront them. When Benj (one of Carter's friends) starts showing interest in h, she decides (at the insistence of Liv) to open up and see where it could lead. (Or, i.m.o. Liv starts to push her into Benj's arms). This causes H to finally open his eyes and see h "for real for the first time." The result is a lot of childish fuss and a lot of meddling from Liv and Benj (view spoiler)[ who are playing a double game (hide spoiler)] , insecurity and cautiousness from h and persistence from H (which I really liked) From the first chapter, I had sympathy for h, and throughout the book, I started cheering for H as well. Liv and Benj, on the other hand, I found downright deceitful. As a result, they started to get on my nerves more and more as the book progressed. I reread the book the next day, skipping the scenes with Liv and Benj, and found it an enjoyable book to read. Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Blooms and Carter's story. They have, along with Liv, been in a BFFtrio for years. Over the years, H has been quite the playboy, but this has never affected their friendship. Liv too, has some experience with boys; but the reclusive Blooms experience is somewhat limited. (view spoiler)[ She has made out before but is still a virgin, Liv knows this and tells Benj who in his turn informs H (hide spoiler)] When Benj (one of H's closest friends and teammate) mentions that he is interested in h and tells H that h is still a virgin, H begins to feel uncomfortable and protective. During a party they all attend, H drinks too much and starts arguing with Benj. h intervenes and drives her best friend home; an act that opens H's eyes. H starts seeing h in a different light, and, as a result, H has to admit that it is h he wants; that it is h he has always wanted but took for granted. The result is a tangle of feelings between 4 people who each have their own motivations to push and pull between Benj and h / H and h. So our H and h have to overcome some misunderstandings to get their HEA. Point Of View (POV): This alternated between Blooms and Carters POV. Instalove: No. They have been friends for years. It takes another man to show interest in h for H to open his eyes. H (Hero) rating: 4 stars. Carter. He grew on me. Although he was making out behind h back (they were not together at that time. But i.m.o. since they were all close friends, he should have been open about it) as the story progressed, he captured my heart. The way he keeps pushing for the relationship and how he stands beside h at one of the most difficult moments of her life is heartwarming. I never thought at the beginning of the book, but he is definitely boyfriend material! h (heroine) rating: 3 stars. Bloom. I recognized the feeling that sometimes you have to retreat into yourself, especially when you feel hurt. But, in some situations, I did find her too naive, too insecure and too forgiving. Sadness level: I needed no tissues, but some might (view spoiler)[ h father commits suicide (off page) (hide spoiler)] Push/Pull: h pushes H away because she doesn't want to hurt their friends. H is persistent and the main pursuer of the relationship Heat level: Hot. They have some hot tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. Descriptive sex: Yes OW (Other Woman)/OM (Other Man) drama: Yes. Both H and h make out with someone else. (view spoiler)[ H makes out with Liv before he realises that Bloom is the one he truly wants. (They are not together, but h knows and is hurt by it) After H and h kiss and after H tells h that they belong together, h goes on a date with Benj and makes out with him (hide spoiler)] Sex scene with OW or OM: No Cheating: No, (although, i.m.o. H cheats on their friendship) Separation: No separation. Possible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[ h father commits suicide (hide spoiler)] - Does Not have cheating - Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM - Does have the h pushing the H away - Does Not have a separation between the h and H - Does Not have abuse - Does have a HEA ending (view spoiler)[ They promised each other forever but the epilogue is only a few months I the future. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer Briggs

    This was my first time reading this author, but I've been in the mood for an angsty college romance (something I thought I would never say, lol) so when I first read this blurb I was hooked! Best friends to lovers, sort of forbidden love triangle, PLUS college sports thrown in there too? SIGN ME UP. And while I did have a few issues here and there with how cohesive the story was, ultimately this was a really good college romance with all the feels! Bloom and Carter -- as well as Liv-- have all b This was my first time reading this author, but I've been in the mood for an angsty college romance (something I thought I would never say, lol) so when I first read this blurb I was hooked! Best friends to lovers, sort of forbidden love triangle, PLUS college sports thrown in there too? SIGN ME UP. And while I did have a few issues here and there with how cohesive the story was, ultimately this was a really good college romance with all the feels! Bloom and Carter -- as well as Liv-- have all been a trio for years. They are the best of friends, even though they are so uniquely different: Carter is the football star, Liv is the happy go lucky party girl with so much heart, and Bloom is the quiet one, content with staying in the shadows, who feels absolutely *everything.* These three are definitely more like family than friends, but they fit in the best of ways. But Bloom can feel things changing between all of them, especially since Liv and Carter seem to be growing closer, and then her sudden attraction to Carter too (and vice versa) throws them all off balance, and THEN there's the introduction to Carter's best football friend, and this angsty foursome have some difficult and heartbreaking challenges ahead of them. Especially when they are all keeping secrets. I was pleasantly surprised by the direction this story took took us: it's not your usual college romance. Sure, Carter has been with other women before Bloom, but once he acknowledges that his feelings for Bloom have changed in ways he never expected, she is all he can see. He's not screwing his way through the college campus to get over his feelings, but rather HE is the one pursing HER, which I loved. Plus their friendship underneath the attraction and intensity of their love is just so pure and perfect. He is definitely her safe place, and I am so glad that Bloom had that, especially with what she's dealing with in her personal life. (No spoilers, but I definitely felt all the feels!) My only complaint, is that there were quite a few things that were just left hanging: for example, Bloom never confronted Benji (the other person in this quad-thrupple *winks*) about what she found out regarding Liv, nor did she ever explicitly tell him about her feelings for Carter. Nor did we see exactly why Carter's own home life was so strained -- we were told that he and his dad never got along multiple times, but there was no interaction between them at all. And then the time jumps at the end (though they weren't very far in the future) through me for a bit as well. I'm hoping we will get Bengi's and Liv's story since there is obviously SO much to tell, and the angst between them is giving me all the feels already! I'm hoping the lingering questions I have will be cleared up in their book! Despite those few things that didn't feel quite right to me, this is still a very well written romance! I wasn't expecting all the heat either, and that was a GREAT surprise. The filthier my romances are, the better in my opinion, but DAAMMN, Carter has such a dirty mouth. I loved it!! Also, you may be needing tissues close by for that ending! I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future! **I received an ARC of this book and these are my honest opinions!**

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lια ☽

    4.5 "SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT" STARS I was two chapters in when I realized this book was going to be something amazing. Usually books will start a bit slow and build from there, but it was not the case with this one. For me it started with a bang and after only a couple of pages I was already hooked and I stayed that way till after the acknowledgements. I forgot how amazing the friends to lovers trope can be since it's been so long since I read a book that had it. If I stop right now to think the na 4.5 "SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT" STARS I was two chapters in when I realized this book was going to be something amazing. Usually books will start a bit slow and build from there, but it was not the case with this one. For me it started with a bang and after only a couple of pages I was already hooked and I stayed that way till after the acknowledgements. I forgot how amazing the friends to lovers trope can be since it's been so long since I read a book that had it. If I stop right now to think the name of a book in that genre nothing comes to mind, but Meant for More is a book I will remember for a long time. I truly believe there are people in the world that are meant to be, it may take them time to realize that, like it happened with Bloom and Carte but there will come a moment where the chemistry will win and if you are paying close attention you won't let that moment pass you by. Bloom and Carter had their moment, they were not expecting it, but once you realize you found your person there is no escaping it. "While we have been best friends forever, there's a part of me that's always been drawn to him. It's his energy, his voice, the way he holds himself amongst everyone else." In this book I really liked both main characters. Bloom was so relatable, she wasn't perfect, she made some mistakes, she frustrated me but I really felt for and with her. I admired how independent, passionate, strong and genuine she was. Now Carter, he was always so sure of himself and his feelings for her, he is so sweet and caring, I loved how he didn't let her close herself off, he made her talk even when she didn't want to so there was no misunderstanding between them. "I know you since you were eight, and I feel like I've never actually seen you before. Why have I not seen you?" Since the beginning they had such a beautiful relationship, being friends first they were always there to support each other, they knew one another like no one else did so it was easy to go from friends to lovers. I liked that it wasn't all smooth sailing though, there were some mess and angst relationship wise that kept my eyes glued to the pages. "All of the sudden, she's exactly where I need to be heading. It doesn't feel new, it doesn't feel surprising even. It just feels...warm." Even though I am focusing more on their relationship as to not give any spoilers, this book is so much more than just an amazing love story. It brings to light some heavy and important topics that need to be discussed and the author does that in such a heartbreaking and beautiful way that got me sobbing in some parts but so happy and light by the end. This was my first book by her but it won't be the last, she made me feel so many emotions and truly captivated me with her story-telling. P.S. Shoutout to the Ghost scene it was EPIC!!! *𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.

  21. 5 out of 5

    heareads (Debbie)

    The blurb for this book got me and I knew I had to read this book. It screamed angst with a side of friends to lovers and I was all in! Liza is a new author to me and I was immediately taken in by her words and the way she told the story. Bloom, Liv and Carter have been best friends for years, however, Bloom has started to notice things between Liv and Carter changing, looks lingering and little touches and although she has never thought of Carter that way she can’t help but feel things are about The blurb for this book got me and I knew I had to read this book. It screamed angst with a side of friends to lovers and I was all in! Liza is a new author to me and I was immediately taken in by her words and the way she told the story. Bloom, Liv and Carter have been best friends for years, however, Bloom has started to notice things between Liv and Carter changing, looks lingering and little touches and although she has never thought of Carter that way she can’t help but feel things are about to change between them all. When Carter’s friend, Benj, shows an interest in Bloom, he starts getting a little jealous in a way he hasn’t before and not understanding these new feelings he has for both Bloom and Liv. When he gets drunk at a party and Bloom takes him home they share a moment so intense that it ends up changing everything for them. But in the morning things are different, Bloom is with Benj and Carter is with Liv. The angst in this book near had me putting it down a few times, afraid to see what was coming next but I tortured myself and pushed on. Bloom and Carter are intense and are all kinds of sexy and when they knew how real their feelings were for each other nothing could hold them back. Bloom is such a resilient character and I loved her so much. I loved her free and easy go lucky character who was a little bit innocent, but wasn’t shy. She has an alcoholic father and no matter how he treats her or speaks to her, bringing her down, she always wants to find the good in him. Carter. Oh, I had my doubt about him early on but he won me over with his intensity for Bloom and how much he wanted her. When Bloom's world was crashing down, he was there, supporting her, giving her the strength she needed and not letting himself get pushed away by her. I am so glad I went for this read, it’s slow-burn filled with angst that I have been needing to read in a book to make me feel and the anxiety I had at parts was real! It isn’t an easy read, nor plain sailing for them, but what they go through and have to endure makes the story all worth it and I can’t wait to read more from Liza. Although we get a HEA for Bloom and Carter, the story of Liv and Benj is one I need! Please tell me it’s coming? That bedroom scene was all kinds of crazy and a little fucked up 🔥☺️. There were unexpected moments that had me getting the tissues out, so beware if you have triggers - alcoholism/addiction/suicide. ARC received for an honest opinion ____________________ Overall Ratings;⁣ POV - Dual Hero - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heroine - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Story - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Steam - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Chemistry - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Follow me; Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/heareadsrev... Facebook - https://facebook.com/heareadsreviews/

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nikki (Deeply Bookish)

    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. tw// mentions of s*uicide What can I say.. I finished this book in one day so giving it 5 stars is well deserved. It’s a cute friends-to-lovers story that will make you laugh, cry.. basically feel all the emotions you need when reading a book. I will be honest that from the very first moment since I found out about this book, I was scared to read it. I dislike love triangles not because they are not good, but because I get way too frust ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. tw// mentions of s*uicide What can I say.. I finished this book in one day so giving it 5 stars is well deserved. It’s a cute friends-to-lovers story that will make you laugh, cry.. basically feel all the emotions you need when reading a book. I will be honest that from the very first moment since I found out about this book, I was scared to read it. I dislike love triangles not because they are not good, but because I get way too frustrated, and the blurb gave me the vibe this will be it? But I was SO. DAMN. WRONG. And I definitely recommend this to all of you, because you will fall deeply in love the way I did - trust me. Bloom was so amazing and I’m so glad we got a character that loves pottery - this is the first time I read about a character loving this, so it was refreshing for me to read about this hobby. Bloom was really great and such a genuinely nice person, she was never selfish but always cared about others. Considering the fact that she hasn’t had it the easiest in past and that things around her and her best friend Carter started shifting from the „normal“ slightly, she was still willing to sacrifice her happiness and I really admired her for that. Carter was so charming that I immediately fell in love with him. His personality was amazing, and I liked that he, comparing to Bloom, was slightly selfish but it added to their relationship dynamic. I’m glad that we got this really great hero that never, ever, treated Bloom like a doormat. From the very first moment, even though things weren’t playing into „their cards“, he treated her perfectly and it made me tear up quite a few times. The reason why I love this story so much is because it’s about building a relationship and switching from being best friends to being a couple. They had up and downs, but their path was, in my opinion, very well written. I have been a fan of Liza for a while now, so it didn’t surprise me how great this was. I also love that this book doesn’t only look at Bloom and Carter, but it talks about other issues that surround them. It's amazing that it wasn't just about them and their drama. I also liked the side characters - all of them added sparks to the story. I kind of wish we got more of Lucas as he seemed like a really nice person. I really enjoyed this and I’m glad I decided to read it - it was really amazing and I can definitely recommend this story to all of you! *** Follow me on Instagram for book edits.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beatriz Patricio

    Honestly, this book was really hard for me to read. Not because it wasn’t an amazing story, the writing is flawless and the story itself is mind blowing, but because it challenged me. My thoughts, my feelings, my usual tastes. It’s not something I’m used to reading, it’s not a trope I usually pick, it’s out of my comfort zone, but I’m so fucking happy I gave it a chance, because I learned with it, and I feel like it changed me. This is nothing like I’m used to reading by this author, but it’s jus Honestly, this book was really hard for me to read. Not because it wasn’t an amazing story, the writing is flawless and the story itself is mind blowing, but because it challenged me. My thoughts, my feelings, my usual tastes. It’s not something I’m used to reading, it’s not a trope I usually pick, it’s out of my comfort zone, but I’m so fucking happy I gave it a chance, because I learned with it, and I feel like it changed me. This is nothing like I’m used to reading by this author, but it’s just proves how insanely talented she is. She writes such real and complex characters, I fell in love with each one of them. This story is raw, painful, real. You can feel the characters’ emotions on your skin, leaving goosebumps in its wake. It was addictive. Bloom was one of the best characters I’ve read. She’s so complex. Unique. She has this hypnotic energy that surrounds her and captures everyone’s attention. She’s genuine, passionate, confident, strong, and she has this innocence about her that is so fucking endearing. Her heart, even though it’s scarred by pain and heartbreak, it’s so fucking pure and feels so damn much, she’s just genuinely good and so fucking precious. Carter is protective and possessive of the ones he loves. He’s sweet and caring, and the tenderness he has for Bloom melted my heart. He only needed one night, one random moment, to open his eyes and heart to a new universe, a new possibility. He finally saw her. The beautiful woman she is and the depth of his feelings for her. Platonic touches became more, stolen glances hiding sweet and dirty promises, and soft spoken words portraying an immensity of previously unknown feelings. I couldn’t stop reading it, it consumed my every thought, trapping me in this mind-blowing love story. I loved every word that was written, and I really hope Liv and Benj have their own story, because I can’t let go of these characters just yet 💗

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    Liza James has the uncanny ability of being able to write different stories and characters in different genres that always suck you in even if it's a genre you don't typically read. Each character ir story has at least one subject or event that is relatable to the reader in some way. Some part of each book always touches the reader deeper than you can imagine. I loved Bloom and her quirkiness. Carter and his dominant badass QB style who was also soft and overly protective of Bloom and Liv. Liv r Liza James has the uncanny ability of being able to write different stories and characters in different genres that always suck you in even if it's a genre you don't typically read. Each character ir story has at least one subject or event that is relatable to the reader in some way. Some part of each book always touches the reader deeper than you can imagine. I loved Bloom and her quirkiness. Carter and his dominant badass QB style who was also soft and overly protective of Bloom and Liv. Liv rubbed me the wrong way from the very beginning and I don't know why. I just wasn't a fan. Benji, I wanted to know more. I don't read soft or sweet romances and don't typically watch them either. They're just not for me. They're almost always predictable. This book was the same for me in that sense. I felt like parts if it were predictable which left little to be guessed or discovered in certain aspects. But back to Liza's ability to suck you in, there were parts that I wasn't expecting that made me question some things. The friendship dynamic was great between Carter, Liv, and Bloom. Benj entered later but seemed to fit right in. I do wish we would have gotten more background and childhood memories from them. I also wanted more on Liv and Benj as there were secrets eluded to but never explored. Also the changing and shifting relationships were not addressed and I felt like some things would have caused more disruption and divide than they seemed to. All in all it was a cute little college romance with the sorority and fraternity parties and hookups. Some childhood friendships going in different directions and exploring a more mature nature. I rated this based on Liza's writing and story telling abilities because that's what drew me in and kept me reading. I didn't rate it on the story itself because like I said soft sweet romances aren't my thing but I love Liza and will read outside my comfort zone if its from her.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Madi W

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An ARC was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review. So to start off with, this book is the first I've ever read of Liza James but I would love to read more after this! It was by chance I happened to find out about the ARC through the CE Ricci Facebook group, and after reading the blurb (which sounded right up my alley), I had to give it a go. There are some trigger warnings flagged, so if you think they may be too much for you, then please keep that in mind. I really enjoyed Bloom and Carter An ARC was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review. So to start off with, this book is the first I've ever read of Liza James but I would love to read more after this! It was by chance I happened to find out about the ARC through the CE Ricci Facebook group, and after reading the blurb (which sounded right up my alley), I had to give it a go. There are some trigger warnings flagged, so if you think they may be too much for you, then please keep that in mind. I really enjoyed Bloom and Carter's story. Initially when I was reading it, I was a little unsure how I felt about the love triangle (or really it was a square), but I eventually settled in. I'm always a sucker for college-based romances and I wasn't disappointed. It was easy to follow along, and whilst you know where they'll likely end up, it's still keeps you on edge watching them get there. Now, the one biggest challenge I faced with this book was related in particular to Bloom's father, who is an abusive alcoholic. This is where I had to make the decision to take a step back with my viewpoints, and try to read the book with untainted eyes. The reason I say this is because I personally lived through nearly 8 years of domestic abuse with an alcoholic dad. So to say I might have a biased perspective would be correct. I, for one, wish to have nothing to do with my dad, and found that I became irrationally agitated at Bloom for believing she could get him to change (at least, this is my brains interpretation of what she was attempting to do). Thankfully this was something I caught onto very quickly, and was why I made the decision to disconnect myself personally from the story, and try to understand Bloom's actions. Once I did this, I got through the story pretty quickly. There was a good level of smut included, which I'm always down for. And I loved seeing the relationship blossom. Overall, I really enjoyed it and rate it 4 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Lopez

    5/5 🌟 ~ ARC provided in exchange for an honest review ~ HOW?! How did Liza take a hardcore enemies to lovers fan like me and make me fall in love with a friends to lovers? I loved this book and the characters SO MUCH. Carter and Bloom were electric and had this beautiful connection. I could feel the draw they had towards each other almost like it came to life off the pages. AND THE SEXUAL TENSION. THE LOVE.. SQUARE?? I WAS BREAKING A SWEAT. Ok back to the characters 😹 They just felt so real and 5/5 🌟 ~ ARC provided in exchange for an honest review ~ HOW?! How did Liza take a hardcore enemies to lovers fan like me and make me fall in love with a friends to lovers? I loved this book and the characters SO MUCH. Carter and Bloom were electric and had this beautiful connection. I could feel the draw they had towards each other almost like it came to life off the pages. AND THE SEXUAL TENSION. THE LOVE.. SQUARE?? I WAS BREAKING A SWEAT. Ok back to the characters 😹 They just felt so real and more than a fraternity football jock/sorority artist archetype. There was so much substance to each of them that it made you fall in love and feel understood. Bloom made me FEEL SEEN. She was introverted, awkward, creative, passionate, and so fucking giving. Carter was 🥵. He also was so loving and in tune with Bloom’s needs. He knew her better than he did himself. Their gradual progression of giving into this connection while making their friendship even stronger was truly one of the best parts of the story. Amongst all the romance, other relationships these characters had and serious topics addressed made me want to scream cry because Liza wrote them so well. I just- I can’t recommend this enough. READ THIS BOOK.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lizs.book.nook ||Elizabeth||

    Wow, Liza James completely obliterated my heart with this story. It was an emotional rollercoaster that I more than willingly rode. The emotions that Liza so eloquently wrote seeped from the pages. I could feel everything that Bloom and Carter were experiencing. The pain, love, anger, lust and so much more. Their emotions were so raw and unfiltered. So genuine and completely them. Bloom is truly one of my favorite heroines. Her hope, lust for life, happiness and bright light are like a beacon for Wow, Liza James completely obliterated my heart with this story. It was an emotional rollercoaster that I more than willingly rode. The emotions that Liza so eloquently wrote seeped from the pages. I could feel everything that Bloom and Carter were experiencing. The pain, love, anger, lust and so much more. Their emotions were so raw and unfiltered. So genuine and completely them. Bloom is truly one of my favorite heroines. Her hope, lust for life, happiness and bright light are like a beacon for all those souls that are looking for their own light. Blooms complete acceptance of those around her, her genuine kindness, and her passion and creativity are truly one of a kind. You can’t help but smile when you think of the courageous and compassionate woman she is. And Carter...this man. His genuine love and friendship for Bloom is unparalleled. Not only is he a fantastic football player, captain and teammate but Carter is a fantastic friend. Throughout their entire childhood Carter and Bloom’s bond was unbreakable. And as they grew their bond stayed in tact and stronger than ever. It grew and flourished into something even more. This story was beyond beautiful and packed full of raw emotion that will have you tearing up, smiling, laughing, and feeling an utter sense of contentment at the end. Bloom and Carter’s story is anything but perfect, but it’s authentic and undeniably real. This book absolutely blew me away! Liza’s raw, untamed talent is truly magical. One thing I always know for certain, Liza’s reads always hit me right in the feels! Highly recommend you check this story out!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Obsessive reads

    ✸ Friends-to-lovers ✓ ✸ Sports ✓ ✸ Slow burn ✓ ------------------ ✸ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ✸ Angst: 2/3 "𝙄 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙬𝙖𝙮, 𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙝." ✸ TW: Suicide, alcoholism/ addiction Meant for More is a angst filled, emotional, sports romance about friendships and moments in your life. Liza James has amazed me again with how well she can diversify her writing, this book is completely different from her other works. It gives readers the same raw, turbulen ✸ Friends-to-lovers ✓ ✸ Sports ✓ ✸ Slow burn ✓ ------------------ ✸ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 ✸ Angst: 2/3 "𝙄 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙬𝙖𝙮, 𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙝." ✸ TW: Suicide, alcoholism/ addiction Meant for More is a angst filled, emotional, sports romance about friendships and moments in your life. Liza James has amazed me again with how well she can diversify her writing, this book is completely different from her other works. It gives readers the same raw, turbulent, profound feel when they read this. This is about three best friends- Liv, Carter, Bloom and their life where the platonic relationship between Carter and Bloom seems to change. Bloom has always considered Carter to be her best friend and lately Carter and Liv have grown closer which doesn't settle well for Bloom she feels a pain piercing her heart at seeing them together and she doesn't understand why she feels the way she does. Bloom is a character who is free-spirited that had experienced something in her past, she is shy, introvert and always aiming for a better life to those around her and herself. She wears her heart on her sleeves. Carter so fiercely protected about both of his best friends. I loved how their friendship bloomed into into something heated and sexy even when Carter was confused as to why he felt that way about Bloom This book is a lot more than romance, its about friendships their moments together. What I didn't expect is kind of a love triangle, which I'm not a good fan of bc it frustrates me and makes me anxious. But that added a lot of angst to the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bookiechick Reviews

    A friends to lovers, sports romance to get lost in. . Bloom reminds me so much of me when it comes to social interactions and her awkwardness. She’s a real and relatable character that you just can’t help but love. She’s a breathe of fresh air and seeing her grow after dealing with the obstacles that she does really shows her true character and the kind of person she is. She’s tangible and someone that draws you in and is engaging. . Carter went through his own journey, one of self discovery and wh A friends to lovers, sports romance to get lost in. . Bloom reminds me so much of me when it comes to social interactions and her awkwardness. She’s a real and relatable character that you just can’t help but love. She’s a breathe of fresh air and seeing her grow after dealing with the obstacles that she does really shows her true character and the kind of person she is. She’s tangible and someone that draws you in and is engaging. . Carter went through his own journey, one of self discovery and what it really means to embrace your emotions. You can feel his indecision and the battle he had with himself throughout. And it made for a compelling and to writing read on his behalf. There was so much more going on with him then we thought. Popularity can easily blind you to the battles one faces and I loved seeing past all that. Bloom and carter are perfect for each other. Both complimenting each other and both learn things about themselves from each other that by the end, their growth was incredible. . A well developed world. It felt realistic and I was transported into the world of a US college student. I never went to University and reading this felt like I got a little bit of that college experience. It was amazing. Amazingly written plot. It was exciting, thrilling, emotional, a definite page turner and one I could read over and over and never get sick of. Liza has a way of captivating her audience and this was no exception. A truly remarkable story by Liza and I can’t wait to see what other journeys she takes us on.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fallen_Angel.Edits

    WHAT CAN I SAY?! Well first off I’m going to say this- I am not a contemporary reader- I like my books DARK DARK! That’s one of the reason why I fell in love with Liza’s writing. So I’m not going to lie , I went in on this book with doubts that it would satisfy me not because Liza isn’t an amazing writer but because I don’t like the sweet stuff BUT LET ME TELL YOU- I was slapped in the face and boy was I wrong! This book is FIVE STARS and if you get the chance to read it- do it. The story between WHAT CAN I SAY?! Well first off I’m going to say this- I am not a contemporary reader- I like my books DARK DARK! That’s one of the reason why I fell in love with Liza’s writing. So I’m not going to lie , I went in on this book with doubts that it would satisfy me not because Liza isn’t an amazing writer but because I don’t like the sweet stuff BUT LET ME TELL YOU- I was slapped in the face and boy was I wrong! This book is FIVE STARS and if you get the chance to read it- do it. The story between the two characters was so perfectly written- I was drawn to bloom Since the first page. She kind of reminded me of myself a little bit. She loves soo hard and has a free spirit. I love her. It’s like every decision, every spoken word, her thoughts, just resonated with me. Carter OH CARTER!!!! First off- he ain’t your typical bad boy but I fell hard for him. He’s so devoted to his friends and to bloom OMG THAT CONNECTION. Even though it was def like waves crashing l. The build up between these two will get make you want to pull them of these books and slap them to open their eyes! But they really do fit perfectly- the ying to the yang I wasn’t expecting the outcome actually- without spoiling anything but that’s what makes me love this book even more- the turns! The push and pulls- the crash (remember I said it was like waves crashing) Warning this book will make you laugh- will make you cry and will make you punch the air but that’s what makes this book so perfect!! Five stars my lady! Liza can truly write any genre and this is just another example of her great work

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