[Book Review] That Sexy Stranger – Nadia Lee

Synopsis

The Romans had carpe diem; I have carpe David.

You know what’s frustrating about the love of my life? He thinks he’s in love with someone else…and has been dating her for five years! I know, right?

Then they suddenly break up. And he and I are on the same business trip. My chance to convince him we’re meant to be!

Except when I go to his suite in my sexiest lingerie and with my sexiest toys, David’s gone. Instead, there’s some guy who thinks I’m the evening’s professional entertainment.

As if!

Walking out of the room should’ve been the end of it…

…until that man, Luke, shows up again, ostensibly to return something I left behind. (A sex toy…a very very dirty one…)

…and refuses to go away because we apparently have “chemistry.” And okay, he’s admittedly hot, but there’s more to a relationship than chemistry, right…?

What have I done to deserve this?


Quick Stats

Page Length: 320
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Sammie and Luke.


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When David breaks up with his long-term girlfriend, it’s the moment Sammie has been waiting for. Sammie decides to surprise David on a business trip by waiting in his hotel room in just lingerie – only its, not David that turns up, its a random guy who thinks Sammie is that evening’s entertainment. Cue Sammie fleeing the scene and hoping like hell to not run into Luke again, except Luke has other ideas.

I really enjoyed That Man Next Door so I was really excited to read this book I was not disappointed. I thought the story was really good. I found myself laughing a lot throughout, there were so many funny moments, particularly the parts involving sex toys in the workplace!

I liked both Sammie and Luke. I thought Sammie was relatable in that like so many of us sometimes do, she has been going after something that she thought she wanted but when she was really honest with herself she realized that she wanted something entirely different. Luke was really lovely I just wish this book had been duel POV’s because I would really have liked to read things from his perspective and see what was going on is his mind.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


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[Book Review] The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey

Synopsis

Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.


Quick Stats

Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Lauren and Beau.


Review

Lauren meets Beau as a teenager when he rents the small apartment attached to her parent’s property. Beau is older and nothing like the boys that Lauren usually spends time with and although their interactions are limited, Lauren can’t  help but be drawn to him, that’s until an unexpected event separates them.  Fast forward 10 years and they are reunited, only this time the rules have changed…

Firstly, huge thanks to R.S. Grey for providing me with an advanced copy of this book.

I absolutely adored this book! I literally got to the end of the this and was like nooooo! I need more story!

I really liked how the story was set out. The first few chapters take place in the past, so I got a nice little history of exactly how the two main characters met. I got to see Lauren go through that awkward teenage phase and how Beau had to put up boundaries and remain in control because of the age difference. Which really gave great depth to their feelings when the story switches back to the present day. I could really feel the longing that they had for another. I thought their chemistry was great and I loved that New Orleans was the setting for the story, its a place I’ve always wanted to visit and  RSG gave such great descriptions of everything that I felt like I was there.

I liked Lauren both as an adult and a teenager. I think that we can all relate to the awkwardness of teen Lauren – going after things we think we want, wanting to fit in, having lots of feelings and being terrified about what to do with the,. Adult Lauren is much more in control but still scared particularly when it comes to her feelings for Beau.

I loved Beau! His restraint when he first met Lauren made him very likable, although he did he did have feelings for her when they were younger he didn’t act on them because she was so young, and you don’t really realize the extent of them until they are together as adults and that’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to spoil it  – However I will say that I need read more of Beau Fortier.

To conclude this was a such an enjoyable read. R.S. Grey’s books just keep getting better and better! I really hope we get a sequel because I loved this story and the characters so much!!

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My Rating 5/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


About R.S. Grey

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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[Book Review] Ryan’s Bed – Tijan

Synopsis

I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident.

I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should’ve left…

I didn’t.
I didn’t jump out.
I didn’t get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.

I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.

The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have.
He became my sanctuary.

Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.


Quick Stats

Page Lenght: 250
Publication Date: 2018
Characters: Mackenzie, Ryan, and Willow


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I usually start my reviews with a summary of the story, but for this one, I just need to tell you how it made me feel:

Stunned! I got to the last page and I couldn’t believe it. I just for like 5 minutes in an emotional stupor.

Mackenzie first sleeps in Ryan’s bed just hours after finding her twin sister Willow dead. Willow took her own life and now Mackenzie has to find a way to go on without her sister all the while carrying a secret only she know.s

This story is beautifully sad. Many times during reading this I had blink back tears and swallow the huge lump in my throat. I was not prepared. Mackenzie’s grief was heartbreaking and she goes through a number of coping strategies to deal with her sister’s grief, the most prominent being trying to not feel and ignore her grief.

I really liked her relationship with Ryan, it didn’t start out in the best way but they he couldn’t have been more perfect for, he got exactly what she was going through and was non-judgemental throughout the whole book.

This is a particularly difficult subject matter and I think Tijan did a brilliant job of approaching it, capturing that suicide doesn’t end with the person who takes their life, but lives on in the people they leave behind.

The last line will stay with me for a long time.

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My Rating: 5/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟  🌟

[Book Review] The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Synopsis

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 384
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Jude, Cardan, Lock, Vivi, and Taryn


Review

Wooza! This book was so good.

At the age of 7, Jude’s parents have murdered in front of her and then she and her sisters were then stolen away to High Court of Faerie. Years later Jude just wants to be one of them. To do this she wants a place in court but to do this must defy her nemesis, Carden.

I loved this story. Jude is a such a different character to what I normally come across, she has been brought up by the person who murdered her parents. This has had a profound effect on Jude, she has been in survival mode for the last 10 years doing anything she can to fit in and be part of Faerie. Despite being terrified 90%  of the time Jude is brave and strong and I really admired her courage.

Carden and his friends torment Jude on a daily basis, he is the definition of a jerk but some reason I found myself liking him. I can’t really explain why because he is a dick for the majority of the book.

The story itself is a whirlwind of twist and turns and betrayals at every corner. It kept me guessing until the very end. This is the first book by Holly Black that I have read but after this, it certainly won’t be the last.  Overall this was a really awesome story and if you love books about the fae then this is a must-read.

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My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

[Book Review] Lullaby (The Sand Maiden Book 1) L.R.W. Lee

Synopsis

You’ve heard of the Sand Man. Meet his counterpart, the Sand Maiden.

Alissandra thrills to help her human charges make sense of thoughts that need refinement, problems that need solutions, worries that beg for action, and things they should or shouldn’t have said, as she weaves their dreams. She’s been doing it her entire immortal existence. But when the most powerful king in Dream realm sets his sights on her current charge, Prince Kovis Altairn, to exploit him in his quest to conquer Wake realm, Ali has no choice but to flee and pray the sovereign doesn’t hunt her down.

Prince Kovis Altairn, crown prince and the most powerful sorcerer in the Altairn Empire, knows nothing about Dream realm, let alone his sand maiden. So when Ali is discovered naked in his bedroom, how will she convince him of her intentions, as well as the danger?


Quick Stats

Page Length: 421
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Ali, Kovis


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Ali Escapes from Dream Realm and her cruel father after she finds out he is going after her human charge in the hope to take over Wake Relm. Ali is thrust into in Wake Realm meets Kovis her starbeam, with his help she is hoping to stop her father’s plan.

I have put off writing this review for so long. I started this book initially back in the beginning of December. I got about 3 quarters of the way through and then stopped. I read a couple of other books before going back to it. I found it very difficult to get through.

There are a number of reasons why but the main issues are, I felt zero connection to the main character, Ali is underdeveloped in such a way that it was difficult to even like her. She comes across as having the emotional maturity of a 6-year-old. Her lack of self-confidence was frustrating because she stayed that way through the entire book, she barely grew as a person despite everything she accomplished.

The story touched on sexual assault but again this was not fully explored so it ended up giving the story a real ick factor in the way some of the characters behaved towards one another. Kovis is the main love interest and he is just so bland and dull, the term of endearment he uses for Ali felt condescending and made me cringe every time I read it.

Overall I was really disappointed by this book. I thought the concept was really good the execution was poor. I won’t be continuing with this series.

My Rating: 2/5 🌟

 

[Book Review] Man Card – Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Blurb

Nothing ventured, nothing banged…

Ash
I still don’t know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor–our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down…
It can never happen again. I don’t even like Braht. He’s too slick. He’s a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can’t I get him out of my head?

Braht
There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She’s the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don’t call her the Ashkicker for nothing.
Eventually I’ll win her over…if my past doesn’t ruin everything first.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 453
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Ash & Braht


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ash and Braht are competitors at work, Ash doesn’t even like Braht and Braht well he is determined to win Ash over. And then they bang! and suddenly Ash can’t get Braht out of her head.

This was one of those real laugh out loud books, lots of humor and funny moments. The rivalry between Braht and Ash was really well done, it helped build the tension between them brilliantly.

I liked Ash’s feistiness and determination to be independent, but I also liked that she had lot’s of vulnerabilities which I thought made her relatable and gave her character lots of depth. It took a few chapters to warm up to the Braht because he’s a little different from the typical macho male love interest but he is just so damn nice and thoughtful that I couldn’t help but start to like him. The way he looked after Ash was so sweet.

Overall this was a very enjoyable read and a brilliant follow up to Man Hands. I highly recommend this book.

My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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[Book Review] Caraval by Stephanie Grabber​

Blurb

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 407
Publication Year: 2017
Characters: Scarlett, Donatella “Tella”, Julian and Legend


Review

Scarlett and Tella live on a tiny island with their cruel and abusive.  father. Over a number of years, Scarlett has been writing to the Caraval Master Legend asking him to visit and put on his infamous Caraval show. This year Caraval is finally coming to Isla De Los Suenos (a nearby island) and Master Legend has sent tickets for Scarlett and Tella.

I think I can sum up this book in one word: WOW! this was totally different to anything that I have read for a long time. At first I was a little hesitant to even read it because (and I know how odd this is going to sound) I have read so many good things about it and I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t live up to the hype but I needn’t have worried because it 100% met my expectations.

I enjoyed all the magic and mystery of the book, there were many moments where I thought the story was going to go one way but then it completely went I different way instead. It really kept me guessing right until the last page. The twist and turns made it a really addictive read.

I really liked how well Scarlett’s character developed over the course of the story. She started out not weak as such but kind of trapped by her own fear of things and the need to control and do things a certain way. It was good to see her relax a little and realise things can be done a different and that there is more than one way out of a bad situation.

I would like to have seen more from Tella and Legend, well particularly Legend because he so full of mystery and intrigue, but I think their story will be expanded in the next book.  Overall this was a really good read and I’m glad I gave it a chance.

My Rating: 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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Mini Book Reviews

This week I’ve been on a quest to find a nice light romantic read, and because I’ve read two books in quick succession I thought I’d do mini reviews:

Book 1: Undeclared (Woodlands #1) by Jen Frederick

Blurb

For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But 17612258when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

I really wanted to love this book, I thought the synopsis had a lot of promise but ultimately, I was left disappointed. My main problems were that I didn’t like Noah, his possessiveness rang a few alarm bells and it just didn’t sit right with me. I also thought some his behaviors towards Grace at times was pretty shitty and the fact that she didn’t stand up and demand that he treated her better was astounding.

Grace annoyed the hell out of me as well. I felt no connected to her and her self-pity and lack of confidence in herself were a total turn off.

I also felt the story writing to be a little stuffy, and not really to my taste.

My Rating:  2/5 🌟 🌟


Book 2: The Boy Next Door (Off-Limits Romance #2) by Ella James

Blurb

The boy next door. That’s what he was. Dash Frasier—my hero from the day we met, when I was six and he was nine. His sister was my best friend, the three of us one happy crew. Then one sweaty summer night changed everything.35104252
No one understood me like Dash. No one made me feel so loved. That’s why, when he skipped town, it wrecked me.

Now I’m older. Wiser. I’ve just snagged my dream job, writing at a film studio. The lead animator on my project? You guessed it.

He’s not the boy next door. Not anymore.

I’m guarding my heart this time.

But Dash has secrets that could break us both.

This book surprised me, it turned out to be a lot heavier than I was expecting. The start of the book took you back to when Amelia first met Dash so it was nice to get that back story, from then on it was dual perspective.

I liked both the main characters. I picked up almost straight away that there was something amiss about the way Dash was behaving. I enjoyed the chemistry between him and Amelia. I think that fact that I didn’t guess what drove Dash away from Amelia was what kept me hooked until the last page.

Overall I can’t say that I loved this story but it was a fairly good read.

My Rating: 3/5  🌟 🌟 🌟


So as far as my quest goes neither of these books have matched what I’m looking for. I’m a 3rd of the way through The Allure of Julian Lefray (by R.S Grey) and so far this is holding a lot more promise. Review will probably arrive tomorrow!

Stay Tuned!

 

The Names They Gave Us – Emery Lord

Blurb

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?


Stats

Page Length: 400
Publication Year: 2017
Genre:  young adult
Characters: Lucy, Henry


I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review

Thoughts

I think it’s important to point out that I’m not religious in any shape or form, I get why people believe but it’s not for me. So I went into this book pretty open minded.

Story/ Characters

This story at its core is about how someone’s faith in god is tested when the tough times happen. I found Lucy’s portrayal of this to be very well done and although I don’t believe in god I do understand what’s like to be let down by something you have had faith in your whole life.

This book to be very emotionally charged, Lucy’s utter despair at the thought of losing her mother to cancer is so heart-breaking. The subject of adoption is also a major theme is this book. There was one chapter that particularly got to me and that was a story about Posey and the Dreaming Tree.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Lucy and Henry, I thought it was written in a sweet way.

Each kiss a phrase exchange between us: There you are. There you are. I wasn’t even looking for him, so why do I feel found?

Unfortunately, as much as I liked most of this book I felt that the ending let it down big time. Nothing was really resolved, and I felt this made the story feel unfinished.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

Even though the ended did annoy me slightly I would recommend this book because for some reason after reading I felt incredibly grateful.

If you life your YA emotionally charged that you’ll enjoy this book.

My Rating:  3/5

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When It’s Real – Erin Watt

Blurb

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?


Stats

Page Length: 416
Publication Year: 2017
Genre:  Young Adult, Romance
Characters: Vaughn and Oakley


I received an ARC of this book from NetGally in exchange for an honest review.

Thoughts

My first thought when finishing this book was – wow this was so much better than Paper Princess/ That’s not to say that I didn’t like PP, I just wasn’t overly fussed about all the drama etc.

Story

I really enjoyed this story. It’s told in the first person from both Vaughn’s and Oakley’s perspectives.

Oakley is your typical spoilt pop star whose management is trying to change his image to make it look as though he is growing up. Enter Vaughn who is just a regular girl who’s parents died leaving her and her older sister to take on the responsibility of raising her twin brothers.  Oakley’s team decide that the best way to make it seem that he is growing up to fake a relationship with a normal girl.

What starts out as just a job suddenly becomes much more and the lines between what is real and what isn’t start to blur.

Characters

I think having the dual perspectives in this book was really helpful. Had this not been the case liking Oakley would have been nigh on impossible because in the beginning of the book he is a total jerk. But like all young men who have fame at a young, he is just deeply unhappy, lonely and spoilt and this really shows at his early meetings with Vaughn because he just can’t seem to wrap his head around why she wouldn’t want to hang around with him. I did like his back story as well. The way he was brought up and his relationship with his Dad was quite sad so it was nice to see him building bridges with his mother. I thought his character development was very good, he went from being an arrogant ass to more laid back and it was really great to see.

Vaughn – I really enjoyed the innocence of her character. In the beginning, she is still with her first boyfriend who she thinks she’s in love with (but really isn’t) which becomes more evident when they eventually break up. I loved that she took on everything that came with Oakley the good and the bad and that she just like him for him. Her back story really gave her character depth and explained why she had just settled with being with W (the ex BF) for long. I also loved her confidence with herself. She wore what she wanted and didn’t feel the need to change her look to be with Oakley, in fact, she insisted that her look stay the same.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

I loved this book. I really did for me it’s the perfect example of why I love YA so much. If you enjoy stories when the rich famous guy falls for the normal everyday girl. Then this is for you.

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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