Sunday, January 10, 2021

Shipped by Angie Hockman


Shipped by Angie Hockman 

Henley works in marketing and is up for a promotion for the director of digital marketing. Her competition is Graeme who is her office nemesis. He works remotely from Michigan (the office is in Seattle), but has still managed to make her life difficult. He took credit for one of her ideas right after he got hired, and she has hated him ever since. Their boss tells them that they need to go on a company cruise and come up with a proposal to boost sales. The best proposal wins the promotion. 

The enemies part of this book was over pretty quickly. I felt like they talked fairly early in the book about why Henley dislikes Graeme, and then were friends after that. While I appreciated the honesty and communication, this book was advertised as hate to love but turned into more of a friends to lovers book. I actually prefer friends to lovers, but just a heads up if you are thinking this is going to have a lot of hate to love in it. 

Since they are on a cruise ship together and have to go on the excursions together to get the full experience, there is a lot of forced proximity. However, Henley’s sister Walsh is also on the cruise and that seemed unnecessary. I liked the sister relationship conversation we got to see at the end of the book, but other than that I felt like her characters just got in the way. 

The romance was cute. I liked how they were fighting their feelings for each other since they decided to keep things professional until after the promotion. It caused for a lot of little swoony moments like their pinkies touching. Those little moments are definitely the best part of this romance, as this is a closed-door romance. 

4 stars

I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Ten Rules for Faking it by Sophie Sullivan



 Ten Rules for Faking it by Sophie Sullivan

Everly is having a rough start to her year. On her thirtieth birthday, she caught her boyfriend in bed with his assistant. She goes to work at the radio station and is telling her best friend Stacey this without realizing they are on air. The listeners get upset on her behalf, and start flooding the station with calls and e-mails. 


Chris is their boss at the radio station, but his dad owns the station. His dad wants to fire Everly and Stacy for this accident. Chris stands up for them and comes up with a plan to get the rating for the show up. Guys can apply to take Everly  on dates, and she will discuss each one on air. At the end, she will pick her favorite. Think The Bachelorette, but on the radio instead of on TV. 


While this does improve the ratings, Everly has anxiety and she has to learn to let down her walls and trust people. This is a struggle for her throughout the whole book, but she does finally learn to let people who are worth trusting into her life and her heart. I loved watching her grow in this area. However, I felt like the romance was really a side plot to this storyline. While this is a great story with lots of character growth, the growth doesn’t really happen until the very end of the book, and I was hoping for more romance.  


Chris also learns to stand up to his dad, and to find out what makes him happy instead of what pleases his dad (because nothing pleases his dad). This plays out into how and why the romance works at the end. However, once again I felt like this kind of overshadowed the romance plot. 


Overall, this is a cute story. I would recommend this if you like a slow burn, very low steam romance with lots of character growth. 


3 stars

I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Lauren Rowe Duet Announcement

  


Get ready for an all new enemies-to-lovers duet romance from Lauren Rowe coming THIS April!

 

 

Book 1, Falling Out of Hate with You will be releasing April 15th and Book 2, Falling into Love with You is releasing just FOUR days later on April 19th!!

 

BOTH books are available for preorder!!

 

 

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FALLING OUT OF HATE WITH YOU

 

I’ve tried to like Adrian Savage, the mercurial frontman for Fugitive Summer, while serving as his band’s opening act on tour. We’re stuck together for three months, after all. And I’m well aware I’m lucky to be here. 

 

But it’s proved impossible. He’s far too rude and dismissive a guy to get along with. And way too good at getting under my skin. In fact, at this point, I think it’s fair to say I downright hate his guts.

 

Global thirst trap that he is, though, I’m finding it extremely difficult not to want to jump Savage’s bones, despite how much he infuriates me. I hate myself for it. But my body is going rogue on me. It doesn’t matter, though. I’m determined to resist him. 

 

In fact, what I’ve decided is that, as long as I’m here and stuck with him, I’m not only going to give Savage the sound tongue lashing nobody else around here has the balls to deliver, I’m going to bring that bad boy to his knees.



FALLING INTO LOVE WITH YOU

 

 

I’m obsessed with Laila Fitzgerald. There, I finally admitted it. I’ve tried not to want her. I tried to step aside when my best friend said he wanted her. But it’s proved impossible. She’s too gorgeous and talented, too charismatic and badass, for me not to want her for myself

 

Unfortunately, though, karma’s a bitch. In trying to do the right thing by my best friend, I’ve done the wrong thing by myself. I’ve pushed her away every chance I’ve had. Dug way too deep a hole to crawl out of . . . And now, Laila downright hates my guts. And rightly so.

 

But since we’re stuck together, yet again—and, this time, even more closely—I’ve decided nothing will stop me from getting what I want. This time, I’m going to figure out a way to coax Laila into falling out of hate with me . . . 


About the Author: 

Lauren Rowe is the USA Today and international #1 best-selling author of newly released Reed Rivers Trilogy, as well as The Club Trilogy, The Josh & Kat Trilogy, The Morgan Brothers Series, Countdown to Killing Kurtis, and select standalone Misadventures.

Lauren's books are full of feels, humor, heat, and heart. Besides writing novels, Lauren is the singer in a party/wedding band in her hometown of San Diego, an audio book narrator, and award-winning songwriter. She is thrilled to connect with readers all over the world.



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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

You Have a Match by Emma Lord

 You Have a Match by Emma Lord

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.


But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.


When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.


The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby's growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.


But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.


My Review: 

I really enjoyed Tweet Cute, so I was very hyped for her next book. While this one was cute, it was just your typical YA contemporary filled with some drama and some romance. 


The romance was frustrating because both characters had feelings for each other but neither one would tell the other person. There was also another friend who caused problems with this as well. I think this is typical for a YA novel, but if this was the case it needed more angst. I couldn’t feel the chemistry between this couple. I wanted them to get together just so all the back and forth would be done. 


The main plot of this book is definitely the sisters finding out that they are related and trying to find out why and how they were separated. This part of the book was interested, but seemed very drawn out as well. 


3 stars

I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Scandal in the VIP Suite (Miami Famous #1) by Nadine Gonzalez

 Scandal in the VIP Suite (Miami Famous #1) by Nadine Gonzalez

Nina has a suite at a hotel in Miami booked for a week. Her mom passed away a year ago, and always wanted to stay in this suite because of how many celebrities had stayed there before her. Nina is planning to stay there to remember her mom. There is a mix up, and Nina ends up sharing the suite with a famous actor named Julian. They are attracted to each other and quickly develop a relationship. They end up working together on a new movie, and fall in love in the process. 


The romance was cute. I appreciated the forced proximity of them sharing the same room. They were together so early on in the book though I wasn’t sure what else would happen. There was a lot of book left to fill. Turns out there is a conflict right at the end that was caused due to distrust. I don’t love a conflict at the end of the book, and especially not if it is caused by distrust or lack of communicating. 


3 stars

I recieved this book for free in return for an honest review. 

Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers #3) by Chloe Liese



 Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers #3) by Chloe Liese 

If you still haven’t read anything by Chloe Liese, you need to fix that ASAP! This is the third book in her Bergman Brothers series, and I fell in love with the characters and Chloe’s writing yet again. 


This is the story of Freya, who is the first born of the Bergman family, and her marriage to her college-sweetheart Aiden. Aiden and Freya’s marriage is in trouble. Aiden is keeping things from Freya and Freya feels like he doesn’t desire her anymore. It’s way more complex that just that, but I don’t want to spoil the whole book. Aiden has anxiety and that comes into play a lot with what he is sharing and not sharing with Freya. However, she has always understood and supported him when he is feeling anxious, so she is confused and upset what is different now that he won’t continue to open up to her. 


I loved how much we got to see the rest of the Bergman family in this book. The Bergman brothers meddle and try to help push Aiden and Freya back together, but also show how much they will support and love them through this hard time. 


This book had so many things I highlighted about marriage! While not all of it was completely relatable as I am still a newlywed in the honeymoon phase, it definitely made me thing about and look at marriage and relationships in different ways. I loved this so much. I also really appreciated the conversation about happily ever after and how unrealistic it is. No one will always be happy for ever after, but they can always be each other’s always ever after. 


5 stars

I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy Reid



Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy Reid

The sinful wallflowers are a group of ladies who want to take ahold of their lives and their futures and live the way they want to. This is the second book in the sinful wallflowers series, but we don’t see much of Kitty from the first book. There are a few mentions of her, but not many. I was hoping to see more of her and the duke, but this book can definitely be read as a standalone. 

Maryann’s parents have arranged for her to marry an older man who is really sleazy and terrible to her (and others). In order to escape the marriage, she plans to be ruined by Nicolas who is a notorious rake. When a scandal sheet writes that Nicolas was seems climbing out someone’s bedchamber window but they don’t know whose window it was, she decides this is her chance. Maryann very loudly tells her friend at a party that it was her window he climbed out of and that he kissed her thoroughly. As she planned, others overheard and spread this rumor. Nicolas is intrigued by Maryann and why she started this rumor. He actually sneaks into her bedchamber that night, and questions her. He quickly becomes infatuated with her and allows her to continue using his name. He sneaks into her room on multiple occasions and they talk and play games and get to know each other. 


Meanwhile, Nicolas is trying to find and ruin five men who hurt a past love and friend. He thinks Maryann’s brother might be involved in this, so he knows he needs to distance himself from her, but he cannot. There were a few twists in this book about the investigation and surrounding events. However, they were semi-predictable. The twist regarding which men were involved, I figured out rather quickly. 


Nicolas is a great example of an “alphamellow” hero. He is very fierce and many men are scared of him. Few would dare cross him. However, he is completely captivated and a mushy marshmallow when it comes to Maryann. He has the fiercest desire to have her physically, but also to protect her and keep her safe. I loved how they developed such a flirtatious friendship first. I also really appreciated how open and honest they were with each other. They really didn’t keep anything from each other, and that was so refreshing to see! There was no miscommunication in this book, and they openly shared even their smallest thoughts with each other. Their romance, though developed in secret, was so swoony! 


4.5 stars

I received this book for free in return for an honest review.