Sunday, February 9, 2020

Temporary Wife Temptation


Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee

Goodreads Summary:

Much more than he bargained for…

“You want me to find you a wife?”

“No. I want you to be my wife.”

Garrett Song is this close to taking the reins of his family’s LA fashion empire…until the Song matriarch insists he marry her handpicked bride first. To block her matchmaking, he recruits Natalie Sobol to pose as his wife. She needs a fake spouse as badly as he does. But when passion burns down their chaste agreement, the flames could destroy them all…

My Review:
This is a really quick read about a marriage of convenience. I love reading about marriages of convenience, and this was no exception! I really liked the chemistry between the main characters. It was written well. I also enjoyed the other characters in the story, and getting to know more about Garrett's family. Overall, this is a cute book and I found myself wanting more!

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

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Hearts on Hold


Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid

Goodreads Summary:

What happens in the stacks stays in the stacks…

Professor Victoria Reese knows an uphill battle when she sees one. Convincing her narrow-minded colleagues at the elite Pembroke University to back a partnership with the local library is a fight she saw coming and already has a plan for. What she didn’t see coming? The wildly hot librarian who makes it clear books aren’t the only thing he’d like to handle.

When a tightly wound, sexy-as-hell professor proposes a partnership between his library and her university, children’s department head John Donovan is all for it. He knows his tattoos and easygoing attitude aren’t quite what she expected, but the unmistakable heat between them is difficult to resist.

And then there’s the intriguing late fee on her record. For the Duke’s Convenience… A late fee and a sexy romance novel? There’s more to Dr. Reese than she’s letting on.

John might like to tease her about her late fee, but when he teases her in other ways, Victoria is helpless to resist. Mixing business with pleasure—and oh, it is pleasure—always comes with risks, but maybe a little casual fun between the sheets is just what Victoria needs.

My Review:
This was a sweet story about a professor and a librarian. I felt like the book was longer than it needed to be, and I found myself having to force myself to continue reading. However, it was a cute love story, and I loved the way it ended. I appreciated that the ending wasn't a super quick happy ending that lasted a couple paragraphs. It took it farther than that, and I appreciated it. I loved all of the other characters as well. Their family and friends were an important part of the book, and I liked how well we got to know them.

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

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Kissing Game

The Kissing Game by Marie Harte

Goodreads Summary:

"I bet you a kiss you can't resist me."

Game on.

Rena Jackson is ready. She's worked her tail off to open up her own hair salon, and she's almost ready to quit her job at the dive bar. Rena's also a diehard romantic, and she's had her eye on bar regular Axel Heller for a while. He's got that tall-dark-and-handsome thing going big time. Problem is, he's got that buttoned-up Germanic ice man thing going as well. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Rena's about ready to give up on Axel and find her own Mr. Right.

At six foot six, Axel knows he intimidates most people. He's been crushing on the gorgeous waitress for months. But the muscled mechanic is no romantic, and his heart is buried so deep, he has no idea how to show Rena what he feels. He knows he's way out of his depth and she's slipping away. So, he makes one crazy, desperate play...

My Review:
I saw several negative reviews on this book before I started reading, so I went in skeptical but hopeful. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting, but I still would not recommend this book. First of all, there are SO MANY minor characters in this book. I could not keep them all straight. There were the main characters, then there were secondary characters, but then there were even more that were only mentioned a handful of times. It was difficult to follow at times.

The overall storyline was fine, just maybe not executed in the best way. The conflict between Axel and his family towards the end just felt kind of random. Like there needed to be another conflict, so let's throw this in here. I liked the bet at the beginning of the book, but I was under the impression that the betting game was going to continue throughout the rest of the book. I think it's interesting that the book has "Game" in the title, but the bet at the beginning of the book was really the only thing that was game related. The relationship between the main characters was fine, but I was not a fan of Axel's "dirty talk." I couldn't feel the chemistry between them through the writing. It just made me feel cringe-y and uncomfortable.

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

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sisters of Mercy Flats


Sisters of Mercy Flats by Lori Copeland

Goodreads Summary:

The three wily and beautiful McDougal sisters can swindle a man faster than it takes to lasso a calf. But their luck is running out, and they're about to be hauled off to jail. When the wagon carrying them falls under attack, each sister is picked up by a different man. Unfortunately for Abigail, she's grabbed by a twit of a shoe salesman, Mr. Hershall Digman. She steals his horse and rides off to the nearest town, not giving him another thought...until she discovers those secret papers in his saddlebags. Could Mr. Digman be a Confederate spy?

As if to prove it, the man who comes storming after her is no shoe salesman, but a handsome captain who wants his papers back...at any cost. And Abigail wants a ride back home. Together they embark on his mission, determined not to trust each other...or the God who won't seem to let them go.

My Review:
(Review contains slight spoilers)
I wasn't really in the mood for this book when I picked it up, but the first chapter quickly drew me in. Con artist nuns? Yes please! I was super intrigued. While this was important in the story, I felt like the rest of the book was kind of boring after this. It wasn't bad, just wasn't the most captivating book I've read.

I enjoyed watching the main character evolve, and seeing how certain things that happened changed her. I also felt like some of it was very relatable, even though this was set long ago. If I had to take care of a child for several days, I would probably get attached too. However, I felt like the jealous stuff towards the end was unnecessary. It wasn't done in a way that made me feel the chemistry between the main characters more. It was just frustrating.

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

Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Infinite Moment of Us



The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Goodreads Summary:
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them...

Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.

My Review:

I’m not sure where to start my review of this book. There were things about it that I loved, and things about it that I really didn’t. First of all, this is a young adult book, but I would definitely say it leans on the more mature side of young adult. There is a lot of talk about sex, and some graphic descriptions of this for it be considered a young adult book.

I actually really liked the plot of this book. I thought it was sweet and cute. However, the darker twist toward the end felt a little unnecessary. I get that the author was trying to add another conflict, but I felt like it could have been done differently. The actually ending of the book was cute, but predictable. I almost wish it had one more chapter though. It seemed to end a little early for me.

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

Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Fool's Gold Christmas

A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallory

Goodreads Summary:

The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage the Fool's Gold winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.

Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers' feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he's unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend's sister--off-limits unless he's willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen..

My Review:
This was such a cute Christmas read! I haven't read any of the other books in the Fool's Gold series, so I am not sure how much they overlap. However, this book was easily read as a stand alone.

There were a lot of characters in this book. I know the point was to prove how connected a small town is (and I'm guessing a lot of these characters were from previous books in this series). However, at times it was a lot to keep up with and felt a little unnecessary. That being said, I loved all of the main characters and getting to see their relationships play out. I loved how the three sister-in-laws really looked out for her. I also appreciated the message about how forgiving is easier than living a life full of hatred. You're only hurting yourself doing that in the long run.

Overall, this was a cute book that I would recommend as a light holiday read.

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tweet Cute


Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Goodreads Summary:

A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

My Review:
I want to give this book five stars because it was super cute. However, I kept finding myself wondering how far through the book I was. It seemed longer than it actually was. This is a sign to me that I'm not absolutely loving a book, so I had to go with four stars.

While this book started slow for me, I eventually fell in love with the characters. I loved watching their relationship from both person's perspective as well as both online and in real life. Getting to hear from both Jack and Pepper in different chapters kept the book interesting. I liked knowing what both of them were thinking. That being said, since I knew both sides, there were times that I wanted to yell at them to just talk to each other!

The ending was cute, and I liked the little twist towards the end. It kept it interesting. Overall, it was a cute story.

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Heartbeat


Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Goodreads Summary:

Does life go on when your heart is broken?

Since her mother's sudden death, Emma has existed in a fog of grief, unable to let go, unable to move forward—because her mother is, in a way, still there. She's being kept alive on machines for the sake of the baby growing inside her.

Estranged from her stepfather and letting go of things that no longer seem important—grades, crushes, college plans—Emma has only her best friend to remind her to breathe. Until she meets a boy with a bad reputation who sparks something in her—Caleb Harrison, whose anger and loss might just match Emma's own. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death—and maybe, for love?

My Review:
This book is definitely a tear jerker! I love how quick of a read this was. It didn't feel drawn out, which is something that I appreciate with a more emotional book. I struggled a little bit with Emma's opinion on the whole situation. While she came around by the end, it was not my favorite part of the storyline.
I liked watching how Emma and Dan figured out how to be stepdad and stepdaughter now that her mom was gone. They relationship was hard, but I liked how the author showed their raw conversations when they started to work things out.
The romance in the book is definitely not the main part of the storyline, but it was very sweet none the less. I loved how it was unexpected for the two of them to be together, but they made it work and supported each other.

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

Saturday, January 4, 2020

You Were There Too

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakeley

Goodreads Summary:

Acclaimed author Colleen Oakley delivers a heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her in a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart.

Mia Graydon's life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too — unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of them, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he's been dreaming of her too.

Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question—what if?

My Review:
I had very high hopes for this book, and I was let down big time. I thought the idea of two people dreaming about each other was aa cute premise. However, I feel like that wasn't the focus of the second half of the book at all, and something that was never really resolved either. Which made me feel like I had wasted my time reading all about the dream stuff in the first half of the book.

There is a lot of talk about pregnancy, miscarriages, and infertility in this book. There was nothing in the synopsis to let you know this, but it was a huge topic in this book. I didn't like the way it was wrapped up at the end of the book. It was too cheesy and predictable. Just a magical happy ending.

The ending of this book really frustrated me. First of all, it seemed to wrap up really quickly. The book moved pretty slow until the ending and then all of a sudden several major things happened. Second of all, the storyline kind of went astray for me. < spoiler > I hated that they killed Harrison right as things were getting happy for them again, and then she's just magically pregnant. And she gets the baby that she wants without having to convince him to have a baby. < /spoiler > Not only that, but I feel like the whole idea of the dreams was still not resolved!

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