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.

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.