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.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Hidden Pieces


Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes

Goodreads Summary:
Embry Woods has secrets. Small ones about her past. Bigger ones about her relationship with town hero Luke and her feelings for someone new. But the biggest secret she carries with her is about what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. The fire. The homeless guy. Everyone thinks Embry is a hero, too, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Embry thinks she’ll have to take the secret to her grave, until she receives an anonymous note—someone else knows the truth. Next comes a series of threatening messages, asking Embry to make impossible choices, forcing her to put her loved ones at risk. Someone is playing a high stakes game where no one in Embry’s life is safe. And their last move...is murder.

My Review:
This was such a good read! I will admit that I almost put it down at one point. The first half, while interesting, seemed to drag a little bit. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, but I found myself needing more excitement. Yes it was suspenseful, but I didn’t really feel that urgency until later in the book.

The second half of the book was where things really sped up and got good! There were lots of things happening, and yet I still wanted more! I needed to know who the culprit was! I definitely didn’t think it was going to be who it ended up being. While I considered a few different characters, all of them were wrong.

I also liked the Epilogue. I think it wrapped up the story really nicely and gave us the ending we all wanted. It did this without being cheesy or over the top as well, which is always appreciated.

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Girl You Thought I Was


The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips

Goodreads Summary:
No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret-at least not one that she's deeply ashamed of. To everyone she meets, she comes across as sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan knows that looks can be deceiving. For over a year, she's shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time she tells herself it will be the last, and each time it never is.

But when she's caught and sentenced to thirty hours of community service, the image Morgan has carefully constructed starts to crumble. She's determined to complete her punishment without her friends discovering the truth about her sticky fingers, but that's easier said than done...Especially once she meets Eli, the charming, handsome nephew of the owner of the charity shop where Morgan is volunteering. Soon, Morgan is faced with an impossible decision: continue to conceal the truth or admit that she's lied to everyone in her life, including the boy she's falling for.

My Review:
This book was your typical young adult romance, with a shoplifting twist thrown in. The first half of the book was when we really got to know the main characters. I found myself rooting for them throughout the whole story. In the second half of the book, that is when the real conflicts began. Sometimes books can frustrate me by how drawn out the conflict(s) are, but this book didn’t feel that way. It was just the right amount of timing to add some grit to the book to keep the reader interested, but not long enough that the reader gives up on it. I loved the way everything all came together in the end. It was so sweet, and the perfect ending.

It was interesting to me when Morgan realized why she had been shoplifting. I hadn’t thought about it in that way, so it was very enlightening (not that it makes shoplifting okay). I loved how well we got to know each character. There were several main characters in this book, but I never felt overwhelmed by it. This was a really easy, fun read, and I would definitely recommend it!

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

Monday, May 28, 2018

Kiss Me in New York


Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider

Goodreads Summary:
It's Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.

Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd.

Charlotte's flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can't bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they'll focus on healing their broken hearts ... together.

Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they're not only over their exes --- they're falling for each other.

Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte's flight leaves New York forever?

My Review:
This was a very fun read! It was a little weird reading about Christmas in June, but I loved it none the less! I really enjoyed how well I felt like we got to know the main characters in this book. I felt like I was right there with them on their journey to complete the ten things in their book. This book definitely had me feeling all the feels! There were moments of sadness and then moments where I was literally laughing out loud. This definitely kept me interested in the story line.

The romance in this book is very sweet, and I found myself wishing it would hurry up and happen already! While many things about this book were predictable, I still really enjoyed every second of it. Fans of contemporary young adult romance, will love it. I would definitely recommend this book!

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

Friday, March 16, 2018

Love, Lucy

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Goodreads Summary:
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse have to be, does it?

In this stunning novel, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

My Review:
The beginning of the book reminded me a lot of Just One Day by Gayle Forman. It is the romance of two people who met overseas and their journey exploring. We quickly are taken back to the U.S. though where we will read about Lucy’s first year at college. This book definitely held my attention and kept me reading. However, I found that there were several things that got a little repetitive.

The romance was so sweet, and I found myself rooting for Lucy and Jesse throughout the whole book. While I was quite annoyed with her friend Charlene at one point, I definitely came to like her by the end of the book. I also really loved that the first part of the book was set in Italy. If you know anything about me, Italy is one of my all time favorite places!

4.5 stars