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by Nikki Rae

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18 year old Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. Sure, she’s not exactly happy, but happiness is nothing compared to being like everyone else. She can pretend she’s not allergic to the sun. She can hide what her ex-boyfriend did to her. She can cover up the scars she’s made for herself. Ignore anything. Forget anything. Then Myles enters


18 year old Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. Sure, she’s not exactly happy, but happiness is nothing compared to being like everyone else. She can pretend she’s not allergic to the sun. She can hide what her ex-boyfriend did to her. She can cover up the scars she’s made for herself. Ignore anything. Forget anything. Then Myles enters her life, and he has more than a few secrets of his own. When accident after accident keeps happening to Sophie, she can’t help noticing that he’s everywhere. That he knows too much. That she’s remembering too much.
It’s one thing covering up her own dark past, but does she really need to worry about people finding out just how much Myles likes her? Or that despite how much she doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes, she kind of likes him back? Not to mention the fact that she now has to conceal that Myles drinks blood-that he says he’s about four hundred years old.
She almost forgot about that part.
But Sophie has no plans to ruin the normal life she has created for herself. She can deal with this little glitch, no problem. Even if word has gotten around to the wrong vampire about Sophie and Myles, even if she’s putting the few people she loves at risk. Suddenly, those who were monsters before are just people, and the monsters? They’re real. Now being a normal human being is the least of her problems. Now she has to stay alive.

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Nikki Rae
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Sunshine Series , #1
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Nikki Rae is a student and writer who lives in New Jersey. When she is not writing, thinking, or reading, she is most likely hanging out with her gecko, Neil Gaiman, drawing in a quiet corner, or drinking tea by the gallon. Sunshine is her first book.

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Sunshine 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
This book was completely unexpected. And I mean that in the best possible way. This is the story of Sophie Jean. She has lead a life where you puts on a brave front, but inside is trying to stuff down the pain from a past filled with physical and sexual abuse. She doesn’t want to get close to anyone, she doesn’t want friends. She does want anyone to see who she really is on the inside. Then a new boy comes to her school, and she is tasked with showing him the ropes. Myles and Sophie begin to form a sort of friendship that transforms into more for Sophie. Myles then discovers one of Sophie deep, dark secrets and in turn, reveals one of his own. What will happen when both of them see each other for who they truly are? Ok…I’m just going to say it. I have not enjoyed a book of this genre so much since Twilight. I am NOT saying that it’s like Twilight, because it’s very much its own story. What I’m talking about is the intensity and complexity of the characters and their feelings for one another. It simply sucks you in (pun intended). It’s painful to read at times, but the Sophie’s journey is one worth reading. When she goes into Myles’ world, she transforms, and it’s quite something to experience with her. The writing of this book is also excellent. It deals with some pretty heavy topics, but it’s done well. We all know stuff like that can go south quick! No nosedives here. Thank goodness. Overall, I just thought this was an excellent book. It starts a little slowly but really builds. 4.5 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
Misscrazi93 More than 1 year ago
Sophie isn't like most people. With a deadly allergy to the sun, her pale skin is the source of many vampire jokes. Myles is the new kid in school. With bright blue eyes and skin nearly as pale as hers, he intrigues Sophie. But that's a massive warning sign for her- with 2 best friends, she doesn't need or want anyone else in her life. Slowly gaining her trust, Myles manages to befriend Sophie with only a few minor glitches. Both hiding secrets that have big impacts on their lives, it takes a while for their friendship to hint at something a little more. This book has me hooked from the beginning. Despite her insecurities and many problems, Sophie seems quite feisty and headstrong. I also loved Boo's character as Sophie's best friend and sarcastic meddler! All the characters in the book had very unique and strong personalities which I loved and the storyline was great. I was happy with the way some things were hinted at rather than being spelt out as I think this is more realistic in life. Overall I couldn't find a fault in the book- and I couldn't put it down! 5*****
SBMorales More than 1 year ago
This was such an emotional book. My heart went out to the main character Sophie. Being a teenager and having to face so many diversities. Luckily she has some great friends who are always there for her. The characters were so well written and completely believable. I feel like I know these characters and I'm completely invested in their lives. This isn't your typical story even though it addresses many typical issues people face. If you're looking for something different this is one you gotta try.
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating:  3.5 Rockin’ ¿¿¿¿ Sophie has a problem; she is allergic to the sun! If she goes out during the day she will burn and possibly die from the exposure.  She is the only one of her family that has this problem and is treated by all most everyone like she is a freak.  No she is not a vampire, just looks like one. She has two friends at school that she plays music with and has a created a band with.  Music and her piano are Sophie’s escape from reality.    Myles is a six hundred year old vampire and because of his age he can go out in the sun! He can also eat human food and doesn’t need blood as often as younger vampires.  He wants to experience high school so he enrolls at Sophie’s school and tries to become her friend.  At first Sophie is standoffish but her two best friends pull Myles right into their group.  Myles really likes Sophie but she has some self-destructive issues that are caused by things that have happened in her past.  It’s hard for her to let anyone close especially a male but she finds herself letting Myles in and spending time with him. Will Myles tell Sophie what he is? Who is the monster that is stalking Sophie?  ~TSRBR   Hero –Myles: 4 stars Heroine –Sophie: 3.5 stars Steam: 3 stars  Plot: 3.5 stars  Cliffhanger: Yes Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a uniquely written story about humans and vampires.  Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what happened. ***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NerdAlertBL More than 1 year ago
I received this book in return for an honest review. Wow this book had me hooked from page one. This isn’t normally a style of book that I would read, but I am so glad that I did. This book combines vampires, romance, crazy medical problems, a crazy as hell mother, and friends that anyone would want. Sophie is your average high schooler, well except the fact that she can’t be out in the sun due to her medical condition. Everyone looks at her crazy even in the dead of summer wearing full black garb head to toe. And her mother who thinks she needs to change Sophie because she doesn’t fit into her perfect life. Doctors after doctors look and try different things on Sophie, but nothing ever works. Myles is your sexy vampire who is always around whenever something bad is going to happen to Sophie, and oh yeh his “mom” is a nurse so it’s easy enough for Sophie to get patched up!! Let’s bring in Sophie’s best friends, and that a combination that will have you rolling on the ground laughing that the things that these guys can get into. This book is on the longer side so its not something that you can sit down with and have a quick read. But it is so worth the read. My only complaint about this book is Micheal. He came out of nowhere and for me he seemed to play a big part of the book but was really only in the last 15 20% of the book, he literally came out of nowhere!! This for me just threw me off for a bit. I would still recommend this book 100% and already have the 2nd and 3rd books and getting ready to read them also. Congrats again and great job!! 4.5 stars Reviewed by Jessica Z Review courtesy of nerd alert book love
Allthingsbook-ReviewRL More than 1 year ago
4 Star A perfect blend of emotional, tragic, thought provoking, and paranormal. I thought I was just reading another paranormal romance, but I got a whole lot more than that. With the mixture of action and drama, this book will keep you going until you finish reading. This story concentrates on the pain Sophie has been through and her journey that she takes to open up and be comfortable with someone again.
MarMar25 More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Never too Old for Y.A and N.A and author Nikki Rae for allowing me to read this book for an honest review. This book was wonderful, excellent story, phenomenal characters, you could easily love them and hate them, it was a rollercoaster of emotions, the dark and tortureous past of dear and lovely Sophie made me cry, laugh, cry all over again and sigh, and sigh. Miles, I love you, and your gorgeous blue eyes, fangs and all. Sophie suffered a horrible past, just for being different and lacking the attention of her mother, she received her mother's direct anger and on top of that was molested and even rape. Poor Sophie, noone to tell exactly what happened to her, she is a tortured, lonely and hopeless soul, she thought and believed that she was damaged and worthless, I couldn't blame her for believing that and her only escape from all of that was cutting, inflicting pain to herself and pushing everyone out of her life out of fear. Fear and distrust led her life until she met Miles, dangerous and trushtworthy Miles. Oh Miles, dear Miles, so patient, so kind, so attentive, so generous, wow he is the right medicine to Sophie. I just couldn't simplify Miles in a few words because he was just the perfect boyfriend for anyone, really and he only had eyes for Sophie, he demonstrated Sophie that there was people that really care and love her, that she was everything to him. Miles taught Sophie to live again, to love life and to embrace herself. Ms Rae really got right Sophie's characteristics of a person suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, I applaud you for this gorgeous and wonderful piece of art...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am hooked! This story sucked me in from the very first page and pulled me strait through to the end.  It reminds me a little bit of Twilight but it has a much darker more emotionally twisted feel to it and it definitely can stand on its own. It doesn't hurt that the characters are fantastic, I am absolutely  in love with Jade and Boo and I wish Sophie was real because she could absolutely be my best friend!   I feel like we barely scratched the surface of the vampires and their world and there is definitely more  going on than we know especially where Sophie is concerned.  I really enjoyed this book and I am absolutely  looking forward to devouring the next book in this series. (As soon as I'm done writing this)  In my opinion Sunshine is definitely recommended!
Ana_Torres More than 1 year ago
I started to read the story about Sophie and her unique condition of her having to be completely covered by the sun. It did hold my interest in why she was that way, as an 18 year old in High School, that age is hard enough. To deal with regular teenage issues, she goes through a lot but she is a strong character that deals with deep dark issues with her friend Myles. He helps her but it seem they were more than friends or could of been more than friends. Keeps you reading to see if they will be. But with all the issues going on keeps you reading to find out what will come next for Sophie and for Myles. Both Characters were uniquely written to keep your interest. I don't give out spoilers so you will have to read it to find out what deep dark issues I am talking about. I was given a free copy for in return for an honest review. This is a good read.
CJ8 More than 1 year ago
Sunshine was everything I hoped it would be.  High school musician Sophie is a  deliciously damaged protagonist who calls her overbearing mother “Momzilla” (how could you not love that?).  She has issues, big time, but doesn’t completely shut herself off from the world, which I loved.  Her friends and bandmates are fabulously funny, and the love she shares with her brother, little sister, and stepdad touching.  Her resistance to Myles and the slow build into a relationship were a refreshing change from the common instalove so often seen in stories.  My one, miniscule, teensy complaint is I wanted Myles to be, er, without spoiling any surprises, something more.  But that didn’t change at all how I felt about him as a character.  He’s sweet and strange and exactly what Sophie needs.  Looking forward to reading the sequel!       
jukelley More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 Stars This was the story of Sophie (Sunshine), a 19 year old who has had a very tough life. Her mom is absolutely hateful...just horrible. Sophie has been hurt by almost everyone she's ever trusted, so she is understandably standoffish and pretty much a loner with the exception of her two best friends, twins, Boo and Trei. Sophie is also allergic to the sun. Anytime she goes outside during the day, she has to wear thick sunscreen, a coat, sunglasses, etc. She sees a doctor who seems to do more harm than good, but her mom keeps forcing her to go. I'm telling you, she's a psycho mom. The only people close to Sophie are her brother, Jade, his boyfriend, Stevie, Sophie's stepdad, Adam, and Boo and Trei. (Sophie is very lucky to have Adam. I felt horrible that he was cursed enough to end up married to Sophie's mom. Not sure how that happened...opposites must truly attract.) Anyway, with the beginning of Senior year, a new guy, Myles enters the picture. This story was really the story of Sophie learning to trust again after being hurt by people who she should have been able to trust. The story moved slowly, almost frustratingly so, however, it almost had to in order to be believable. It definitely was not the insta-love we get a lot of, that's for sure. Outside of the Sophie/Myles story, I was really interested in the story of Myles. I'm really looking forward to the next story to see how things move forward and especially to find out exactly what is going on with Myles's world outside of Sophie. There's obviously going to be something special about Sophie, and I'm anxious to see if it is what I expect it will be. I think the story flows pretty smoothly. It has good secondary characters that are very likeable. I would recommend this for those who enjoy YA/NA paranormal stories. This one is definitely YA, although it does deal with rape, just not in a very descriptive way.
Tracylouise1984 More than 1 year ago
This book pulled me in from the start :-) The very first chapter had me feeling sorry for Sophie :-( to have to go through things like that without her moms support, 'How could any mother be like that' i wanted to scream at my ipad :-/.  Sophie was a very interesting character and to me the author went into alot of background detail about her which made readers connect with her more :-) loved the fact she was covered in tattoos aswell, and she just didnt really care what people thought of her.  Myles.......aaahhhhh Myles ;-) dishy.....NOT sparkly :-).........perfect :-) what else could Sophie ask for?!? Other than she really found it hard through past problems, i think the author portrayed the growing attraction brilliantly and the build up was so worth it to learn more about each character first :-) This book dealt with alot of emotional problems, and was so real to life (other than the vampire part ;-).) that i found myself really feeling for what people go through. Overall i really enjoyed this book, I loved the quotes at the start of each chapter. Cant wait to read the next book :-) Was sent this book for my honest review, thank you :-)
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Sunshine was definitely a unique and emotional story. I wasn't sure what to expect from it, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a very well put together story with well built characters that I'm anxious to learn more about. Sunshine by Nikki Rae was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: Mykala Rating: 3 out of 5 Fairies I have a few favourite authors which I love to read, but when I get to start a book by someone new, I am always excited. From the synopsis, I couldn't wait to get started; it sounded right up my street: vampires, secrets and a budding romance, which for me always makes a great read. The cover is nice, but nothing new to what I would expect of a supernatural romance to be. Nikki Rae's book, Sunshine, is detailed but easy to read. It's more tamed than most books with less adult content than I am use to after reading Laurell H Hamilton and J R Ward which makes it a great book for a first time or young paranormal reader. I enjoyed getting to know the two main characters, Sophie and Myles, throughout the book. Past problems and heartache make you like Sophie more and more. You come to realise she is a strong young woman. While Myles helps Sophie come to turns with her past, I feel at 400 years old, he is still young, and I would of expected him to have grown more as a person and be more confident. In saying this, the chemistry between them seems very real. I did find the start a little slow, but once I got into it couldn't put it down. As I got closer to finishing, the plot came quicker, and I didn't want it to end. I am hoping there will be more books that follow the lives of Sophie and Myles and tell us more about the lives of their friends and family. I loved the music references which gave me a music soundtrack to the book. I give Sunshine 3 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who likes a chick lit with a twist. Disclosure: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Sunshine is a complex and intense story that transports the reader into the life of Sophie Jean. Sophie’s life has been an emotional train wreck. Her mother only cares about herself and cannot be without a guy in her life no matter the consequences. Sophie is a survivor or emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. She makes herself get through the day with her happy face permanently in place, but inside she is lonely, angry, and sad. When a new kid arrives at school Sophie is tasked with getting Myles up to speed in his classes. Sophie does not want to get involved with anyone. She does not want friends or a boyfriend. The last guy she date messed her up pretty bad. She is still hiding the scars from that experience. The more that Sophie and Myles are thrown together, the more that Sophie starts to open up. Everyone notices the change that comes over Sophie when she starts hanging out with Myles. Sophie begins to develop feelings for Myles beyond friendship. What she did not know is Myles has a dark secret all his own. When Myles comes across Sophie cutting herself to escape the pain of her reality, he helps her. When he tells Sophie his secret, Sophie cannot believe what he says. He is a vampire. Nikki Rae is a very talented writer that turns these dark situations into a positive. Maybe not what some would consider positive, but in Sophie and Myles’ world it is most definitely a positive. The reader will absolutely love the changes that Sophie goes through. Even though this story has paranormal aspects, the story concentrates on the journey that Sophie takes to open up and be comfortable with someone again. The pain that radiates from the pages is suffocating at times, but we can breathe again when Myles steps in and helps Sophie fight for control. This story will grab you from the start, slap you in the face, and give birth to a whole new world of mysteries that will develop into a promising new series! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Holy Cow!!! Was that ever intense? And the best part? It was intense in a whole new way. The intensity was in the different situations faced by the main character. These weren’t all life and death situations, but still rated off the charts on the intensity scale. Rae has a way with words. Her descriptions were phenomenal and were worked right into the story in such a seamless manner that you cannot help but be impressed. She was also extremely articulate in the way that she wrote. The entire novel was very clear and detailed without becoming extremely verbose. She manages to evoke a wide array of emotions in her readers. By combining reality with the paranormal the situations all seem so real that you cannot help but react to them. Rae also worked some really cool concepts, such as her version of evolving, that aren’t seen elsewhere. The characters in this book were very well developed. There wasn’t a single character that I felt like I needed to know more about in order to understand them or their role in the novel. Details about characters were interspersed in the novel where necessary. Rae never stops the forward flow of the novel in order to develop a character all at once, giving a narrative overload. Obviously, those characters that played minor roles in the novel weren’t quite as detailed as the main characters, but that also prevents unnecessary downtime in the plot in order to develop characters needlessly. This novel was an amazing start to the Sunshine series. It leaves you wanting, no needing, more but also with a feeling of completion. Cudos.