Saturday, December 28, 2019

House Rules


House Rules (Uptown #3) by Ruby Lang

Goodreads Summary:

ROOMMATE WANTED to share a gorgeous sun-filled apartment in Central Harlem. Must love cats. No ex-husbands or wives need apply.

Seventeen years ago, different dreams pulled Simon Mizrahi and Lana Kai apart. But when Lana takes a position as a chef back in Manhattan, her apartment search puts her right in her ex-husband’s path. Music teacher Simon is also hunting for a new place to live, and when Lana proposes they be platonic roomies, well…it’s not the worst idea he’s ever heard.

A sunny uptown two-bedroom sounds far more appealing than the cramped, noisy space where he’s currently struggling to work. Still, Simon has seen firsthand that Lana’s a flight risk, so he agrees on a trial basis.

Three months. With strict boundaries.

Living together again feels wonderfully nostalgic, but when the ex-couple’s lingering feelings rise to the surface, the rules go out the window.

Of course, chemistry was never their problem. But while Simon’s career feels back on solid footing, Lana is still sorting out what she wants. With their trial period soon coming to an end, they’ll have to decide if their living arrangement was merely a sexy trip down memory lane or a reunion meant to last.

My Review:
This is the third book in a series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone book. I liked that there wasn’t a lot of drama in this book. It was a fairly realistic love story. It was a cute story, and I liked the romance aspect of it.
I wish we could have seen the couples connect a little bit more by talking to each other instead of just the physical stuff. Also, some of the first more physical scenes were a little cheesy and unrealistic.
Overall, it was a cute story and I appreciated how short and easy it was to read. It’s not one that I would reread though.

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

Thursday, December 26, 2019

The Italian Cure


The Italian Cure by Melodie Campbell

Goodreads Summary:

Charlie's world comes crashing down when her fianc leaves her for another woman. Then Aunt Della wins a trip for two to Rome. Maybe Italy can cure her broken heart? Charlie and Aunt Della board the tour bus in Rome and meet a fun and diverse group of travelers. Rocco, the tour guide, is particularly attractive. Charlie isn't the only one who thinks so. The bus driver, Tony, is also her age. They become friends and explore sites together. Charlie quickly falls in love with Italy. Who needs romance when you have Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast? But with adventure comes danger in the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Charlie wanders from the group and is mugged. She chases the thief who stole her purse into the far reaches of the ruins. Lost and alone, Charlie finds courage she never knew she had. Physical courage is one thing, but will she risk falling in love again? Anything's possible in The Italian Cure.

My Review:
This is a very cute, quick read. I really enjoyed this novella despite it being quite predictable. I love Italy, and loved how much of it was included in this story. I also really appreciated that the main character didn’t spend a ton of time feeling sorry for herself. I enjoyed that she was more focused on enjoying the trip. I would have liked to have the ending be more developed, but overall it was a good read. It just ended really quickly.

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

Monday, December 23, 2019

One Christmas Eve


One Christmas Eve (Cedar Street #2) by Shannon Stacey

Goodreads Summary:

They couldn’t be more different. Or more perfect for each other.

New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey returns with a warm and cozy opposites-attract Christmas story.

Zoe Randall is busy living her life as she damn well pleases. She’s back in her favorite town, her divorce in her rearview mirror, and living out her childhood dream of running a bookstore with her cousin. She has no interest in the uptight nerd who opened his boring-ass business next to her shop…until he complains about one of her sexy window displays.

Then it’s game on.

Preston Wheeler knows he takes life a little too seriously. But when the saucy bookseller next door starts pushing his buttons, he can feel that changing. Beautiful, vivacious Zoe challenges him in all the best ways, and soon he’s pushing her buttons right back: teasing and flirting all the way through the holiday season.

As Preston loosens up and Zoe is treated to the man behind the suit (particularly his forearms), she realizes she’s more interested than she cares to admit. And Preston comes to see the beauty—the absolute delight—in adding Zoe’s bright splashes of color to his once very black-and-white existence.

My Review:
This is the second book in the Cedar Street series, but it definitely stands on its own. I did not read the first book and did not have any problems understanding the storyline.

This is a very quick, steamy read. It is a perfect easy read for the busy holiday season. I absolutely loved both the characters, and how we really got to see both of their personalities. I loved how it was really woven throughout the whole book.

The fact that they communicated through books was adorable, and the gift at the end was so sweet! I loved this book, and am interested in reading more from this author.

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

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Aiming for Love


Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy

Goodreads Summary:
Growing up in Colorado, Josephine Madson has been fascinated by but has shied away from the outside world--one she's been raised to believe killed her parents. When Dave Warden, a rancher, shows up to their secret home with his wounded father, will Josephine and her sisters risk stepping into the world to help or remain separated but safe on Hope Mountain?

My Review:
This was an easy, quick read. I have read several other books by Mary Connealy and am definitely a fan. However, I felt as though certain aspects of this book were extremely similar to other books by her. The canyon gave me major deja vu to the last time I read one of her books. I kept thinking maybe it was the same book, but this one was just released.

Overall, I loved the characters and the storyline. I felt as though the ending was a little odd though. There was stuff happening with one of the sisters that was never wrapped up. Maybe it will be addressed in the second book. The main characters had a happy ending and their story did seem to be complete, but it also seemed really rushed. I felt like the ending kind of came out of no where.

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Romance for Cynics

Romance for Cynics by Nicola Marsh

Goodreads Summary:
Must. Not. Fall. For. Fake. Boyfriend.

Cashel Burgess's PR team has come up with a plan to salvage his reputation and show his "softer" side by entering him in a Valentine's Day competition to find Australia's Most Romantic Couple. It's so ridiculous it might actually work. The hitch? He doesn't even have a girlfriend. But that's not about to stop him….

Thanks to a good-for-nothing ex, gardener Lucy Grant hates Valentine's Day. But when Cash makes her an offer too good to refuse, Lucy finds herself half of the most cynical couple in Australia! The only problem is, when a man fakes it this well, a girl might be tempted to turn fiction into fact….

My Review:
This was a very cute, easy read. This is a couple that I found myself instantly rooting for. I loved the chemistry that they had right off of the bat, and I couldn't put this book down. I thought the idea for the different dates from the PR firm were cute, but they didn't focus on that very much in the second half of the book. Overall, a great read!

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

Friday, January 4, 2019

Evermore


Evermore (Everless #2) by Sara Holland

Goodreads Summary:
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.

My Review:
This book was a great sequel to the first book. I found myself wishing for more of the story to be about blood being used as time. Instead, this book had a large focus on the twelve lives of the Alchemist. While this was still an interesting read, it got confusing at times. It would skip back through memories without always giving a warning.

The ending was the best part of the book, as it definitely caught me by surprise. I did not really love the way that the story ended, but I have to say I definitely wasn't expecting it to end the way that it did! I love a good twist.

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