Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reveiw: Lila Felix's "Caught in a Jam"

Title: Caught in a Jam
Author:  Lila Felix
"I’ve loved her since we were kids. But loving someone gets tough when they don’t love you back."
Nixon Black has made mistakes. He made one mistake that
 would change his life forever. Now he’s working and in school—and he's up to his eyeballs in responsibility--in the
 form of
 a three year old, red-headed genius. He gave up dating when Scout was born, but every night he retreats to another
 life in his mind, one he could’ve had with her.
Journey spent her formative years on the arm of any boy that didn’t expect anything out o
her. She was hiding from the one person who did expect something in return—Nixon. Years after being cheated on and dumped for the last time, she takes a job at a daycare center where there’s a genius of a ginger haired girl whose last name is Black.
But the roles have been reversed and Journey is no longer Nixon’s first priority. Can he
make room for the new Journey? And when he does, will he be able to forgive the old one?

Buy Links:
ladies THIS is Nixon Black *sigh*
( Caue Amaral)
Journey Holt
Scout Black *soo cute*
Katya Efermova
My Review:


"Caught in a Jam" is a beautiful testament to the power of true love enduring all tribulations? Again, Lila Felix magically weaves us into the lives of her characters so the reader deeply feels a full range of emotions. Because of Lila's incredible talents, I feel like a member of the Black family & not an outsider looking in.  I hope if you read the "Love & Skate Series" (or any of her other brilliant books!) you'll feel the same way! Ok so let’s talk about the book!!
Nixon Black *sigh* God I love him!! Trust me you'll want to add him to your book boyfriend collection as well!! Using drugs, drink & women, Nixon has been trying to unsuccessfully forget the love of his life, Journey Holt. But the result of one night puts Nixon's social & dating life on hold, because now he has a daughter, Scout. Following suit of the other Black men, Nixon steps up to the challenge. Not only is he one hell of an amazing (& sexy) single dad he has a nice job, goes to school & still finds time to clean house & play with Scout (perfect right?) Yet, with all this perfection a Nixon is missing a piece of his heart: "There was only one presence who would ever be able to fill the space beside me and be the calm to the tempest in my soul." ~Nixon
 After years of being cheated on by countless men & hiding her true feels for Nixon, Journey is broken. She's realized it's time to grow up & shed the old selfish Journey & forge a new life for herself. Little does she know her new job at a daycare center, will forever change her life for the better. Her favorite student just happens to be the daughter of her true love, Nixon. Journey is stunned & elated to reunite with him, but does Nixon have room for love in his hectic life?
What I Thought: 
So I obviously LOVED this book!!! One of things I love about Lila's "Love & Skate Series" is that you never have to say goodbye to your favorite characters from the previous books! She brings them all back & never keeps their lives stagnate, you get to see how they've grown, changed & pass their wisdom onto the current character. Nixon was such an incredible strong & devoted man (he IS a Black though right?) Even though he had the responsibility of raising Scout, he was honored to do it, “Most people lived under the assumption that sex made a boy become a man, but when I walked with her tiny hand in mine, I was a better man."  He completely credits Scout for saving his life. *sigh* so sweet right?
It was awe inspiring to watch two people that ached for each other for so long to finally come together & the love ignite into a burning passion. These two had their own love unique love story to interweave into the Black family tapestry. I can't tell you this was my favorite of the “Love & Skate Series" because as I've told Lila, I honestly choose ONE above the others. I can say I'll come   back to visit the Black family often!! “I don’t ever want to be separated from you again. Don’t you know by now that I’m in love with you? Don’t you know that I want you with me always?”~Journey
My Favorite Quotes: 
Most people lived under the assumption that sex made a boy become a man, but when I walked with her tiny hand in mine, I was a better man.

There was only one presence who would ever be able to fill the space beside me and be the calm to the tempest in my soul.

The door opened and I was suddenly the audience to a modern Norman Rockwell-esque picture of marriage and family.

“Don’t leave me hanging like this Journey. After all this time, you owe me.”

“Journey, I’ve waited so freakin’ long for you to come back. You have no idea.”

"I hope you’re all in because I think I need you more right
now more than I’ve ever needed anything in my life.”

"I have to kiss you just once. I’ve needed your mouth on
mine for almost my whole life. Please...”

We know you’re in a better place. Sometimes people need
to grow up a little before they’re ready to handle that kind
of love.”

"But I love you, not your past or
the mistakes you’ve made. Just like I hope you love me,
not my mistakes. "

"If I told him what I wanted right then, the elevator
would’ve exploded, or at least caught fire."

“I’d put aside my love for you so long that when you
showed up, it buried me.

“I don’t ever want to be separated from you again.
Don’t you know by now that I’m in love with you? Don’t you
know that I want you with me always?”

"When I see you make honorable decisions, when I see how you love without end. That’s how I know I’ve done a decent job."
~Aunt Sylvia

When you’re hurt, I take care of you. When you need me, I’m there. When you’re sad, my shoulder is yours. You and Scout are my Sun. I will revolve around my girls, always.”

"When I had come undone, she pulled me back together—like a button."

All of the following can be found at the above links!
Skate Series

Love & Skate:
On the rink she’s tough, she’s a leader, she’s fast and she’s the epitome of a rebellious girl. But Nellie’s been hurt, only once, but it was enough to make her look at life through different eyes and off the rink she’s a timid girl who loves with no pretenses.
A long time ago Owen Black was betrayed by the girl he thought he loved and the guy he called his best friend. The anguish set off a domino effect of negativity in his life and he never has fully recovered. He meets Nellie Forrester and thinks he can let it go for her.
But how can you love someone when the wounds from your past are still wide open?

How It Rolls:
Despite the odds, Reed Wolfe is making it, by the skin of her teeth. Her dreams and aspirations will have to wait until she can get on her feet. Because right now she’s homeless and churning on a downward spiral.

Falcon Black is existing. Not living, not thriving, just jutting along a path. But when he finds Reed, he can’t resist the urge to help her, lighten her load. But Falcon tends to go overboard, over the line, crossing boundaries he never thought he would and risking her trust in the process.

Can she accept his love or will it end up smothering her?

Down 'N' Derby: 
 Maddox is running.
By accident, he discovered long ago that he was adopted as a baby and his need to find his biological father has consumed him ever since. Now, on a road trip, determined to find his father and his sanity, and armed with locations and his cousin, Nixon, to help him, maybe he can find the answers he’s been searching for. With nothing but a suitcase and a wad of cash to get him there, lead after lead takes him further from home.
But he’ll find much more than he intended.
He finds Storey, a pint sized pin-up model who has learned painful lessons about guys. Her wounds run deep, but so do his. She knows what she wants, but will she recognize it when it’s right in front of her?
Maddox can’t touch anyone without feeling like his skin is crawling, but just maybe his instinct to protect this amazing girl will supersede his own hang-ups.
If he can brush her skin and start to feel alive inside...everything will change
 She's spent a long time in a bubble. In an odd turn of events, Corinne is taken out of boarding school and plunged into high school where bullies reign and nice guys come in last.

But this is after she's already fallen in love with Abel over the summer.

Abel is trapped, with friends he secretly hates, but has chosen to stay with the status quo. It's just high school, right?

What do you do when the person you love sees the very worst part of you? And how do you help them when they discover their life is a hoax?
Remi Harris has a plan. Graduate high school, go to college, become a history teacher, be self-sufficient unlike her mother who is a struggling single mom. And the word ‘boy’ has no place in her plan.
Cooper Neal has been sent to his estranged father’s house to spend his Senior year getting to know him. And maybe, just maybe, there will be some cute girls in the small town.

Cooper sees Remi and he falls hard. Remi sees Cooper and wonders if she can do both. The question is; will he ruin her plans, or will she let him be a part of them?
Jenna has spent too long being complacent and accepting. Her mother and step-father constantly belittle and berate her for simply being alive. She passes through life keeping everyone and everything at arm’s length because it’s just not worth the questions or the pity party. She takes what they dish out and just tries to survive.
She has thought up a million different ways to get away from them, but lacked the motivation and the sheer will. Like a fast moving tornado, her motivation comes in the form of a boy who cares for her as none other has and who shows her a glimpse of hope, a glimpse into a life she never thought she could have.
But is her new motivation enough to get her out....

Seeking Havok

Striking (writing with Rachel Higginson)
About My Girl Lila:

Lila Felix lives in the swamps of Louisiana with her husband and three boisterous children. She loves coffee, anything cinnamon and loves to cook. She is a big roller derby fan. When she's not writing, she's watching 80's movies, reading, and collecting duct tape.

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