When I started this book, I was sick and yet, it was hard to put it down to actually take care of my cold because I was hooked from the first chapter.
In Fake Fiancée you meet Sunny and Max. They are from two worlds apart, but at the same time, they have so much more in common than what people actually see.
When they first meet, there is attraction between them. It's obvious to them and it's obvious to us the readers. When both of them need to face ex-lovers they aren't really ready to face, a fake relationship seems harmless. A kiss, holding hands, nothing too complicated for a few hours. But that one moment becomes much more complex as they get tangled into this and Max brings it offers a deal to Sunny to keep the charade going on a much longer basis.
Max is a guy you will like instantly. Yes, he has to learn to think about someone else than himself for a change. But it’s not because he's totally self-centered and selfish since you witness a lot of his kindness throughout the book, but when his football career is on the line, he doesn't think much about what his actions can cause to others.
Sunny is somewhat not your typical girl. She doesn’t care much about what other people think about her. She is described mostly as a hardworking girl who loves her grandma very much and prefers to be hanging out with her best friend rather than partying. But there are other layers you get to see of Sunny has she and Max develop a friendship and when the line between friendship and love blurs, you see even more of how insecure she can be; how scare she is to be hurt again.
Trying to keep this short and without spoiler is getting harder as I want to say so much, but overall, this book was a quick and entertaining read. The interaction between Max and Sunny will give you a lot of feels. If you love drama, you will be served. And you can't be surprised by the hotness of this book with Ilsa Madden-Mills writing it.
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So I was super excited to read Amanda and Tuttle's story. I was jumping up and down when I finally got myOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
So I was super excited to read Amanda and Tuttle's story. I was jumping up and down when I finally got my hands on it and read it. It took me two days to finish it and when I was done, I was asking for more especially with how Monica Murphy left us hanging a little (she's really a meanie lol).
But I loved how she got deeper into these characters. Amanda is still my favourite female character of the series even if sometimes, she annoyed me, but it was mostly due to her doubts which I won't lie, I would totally and probably feel the same if I had been in her shoes, but she's a character who's quite open and she doesn't hide behind a fake persona. She will tell things as they are and that's it.
Before I go to Tuttle, let's go back to some of the characters from the first book...
Her friendship with Olivia is quite entertaining and I loved that she didn't try to hide it when Olivia ended up annoying her. She was a real friend who told her the truth to her face whether Olivia liked it or not. And even if it wasn't explored more in this book, I think that it sort of helped Olivia to have a honest friend like Amanda.
And Amanda also started a sort of friendship with the Emily I didn't really like in the first book and in this book, I hated her a little bit less. Monica Murphy created a character who is the perfect patsy to be annoyed with in the first book, but in the second one, she's trying to give her a more humane face. I'd like to know whether or not it's going to stick or she'll revert to the Emily from the first book.
Dustin and Ryan aren't as present in this book as the first one and it's probably why they didn't annoy me as much, but I will admit that Ryan is sort of growing on me and I could tell there was another side to him other than the wild party animal who wants to jump on any girl. Dustin wasn't even less in the book than Ryan though he was mentionned a few times especially whenever Olivia saw him and his new girlfriend. Olivia wasn't actually thrilled about that part, but she eventually seemed to get over it which was good. I'm hoping their friendship can be salvaged somehow.
Okay, enough about the others... Let's talk about Jordan aka Tuttle and seriously, just one of my favourite guys in this series even if he tends to do a lot of stupid things. I like the way he interacted with Amanda; these two really have something going on with them, but he definitely has a lot of issues to work on and in this book, we go in dept about his family and where his commitment issues come from. Sometimes, I wanted to hug him and tell him everything was going to be fine and some other times, well, he would have deserved a kick in the butt.
But Amanda and Jordan are adorable together when they took away the fear and doubts that could come cloud their happily ever after. They care so much for one another and to think that it keeps being set back because she has doubt or he's scared, it broke my heart each time.
I was left feeling unhappy because their story didn't have an end, but I was also excited about another book so I'm looking quite forward to see where the author is going with this. I want them to have a happy ending, with or without each other (I'm more leaning on the together part, but who knows what Monica Murphy is thinking lol)
So yes, I'm looking forward to the next book and I can't wait to see where she will take us next.
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I won't lie, this book is addicting. I kept reading chapter after chapter wanting to know where it would eOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
I won't lie, this book is addicting. I kept reading chapter after chapter wanting to know where it would end. I wanted to know what more could happen to the characters. I needed to know who would end up crying, mad or happy.
But... The characters all annoyed me. Olivia, Emily, Ryan and Dustin got on my nerves so much that it was quite irratating. I was hoping that by the end of the book, I would at least love one of them, but no.
I tried not to judge because they are teenagers, but at last, I couldn't stop it. They act like babies whenever it doesn't work like this. They turn mean whenever they don't get what they want. And it's a constant battle about who will get with who.
Olivia annoyed me mostly because she can't seem to really make up her mind about what or more accurately, who she wants. Sometimes, I had hope she would actually mature, but in the next chapter, she came back to her old ways.
Emily is obviously in need of attention throughout the whole book. I was really hoping to see that perhaps, she had something to add to why she does, but nothing.
Dustin didn't annoy me as much as the girls, but I really found him annoying. In the end, I will admit that even if I didn't love him, I liked him just a little more when he finally made a mature move.
Ryan was the boy that probably started the whole drama between the three best friends. He is cocky and he knows he's handsome and every girl wants him. I don't know whether he really likes Olivia or he just wants to get into her pants, but honestly, I don't care much about it. His character didn't call to me so whether he ends up with Olivia or anyone else, at this point of the series, I don't really care about him.
Though these four got on my nerves, I fell in love with Amanda and Tuttle aka Jordan. I really liked them even if Tuttle is mostly seen as a womanizer, but whenever he's around Amanda, I can see the good guy behind and Amanda is just a refreshing character among the others, that you can't help but love her.
And I can't forget about Fitch, Olivia's mom's new boyfriend. He gives me the creep. I don't know what to think of him really.
But this book is addictive and I wouldn't be surprised that it compares to the Gossip Girl series at all. It's the first book that got me captivated while its characters annoy me and that just shows you what an amazing writer Monica Murphy is.
So yes, I will continue to the read the next book in this series especially for more Amanda and Tuttle time, but also because I need to know how it will go. I'd like to see Olivia take more control of her life. I'd like to see more inside of Emily's head in hopes that I could understand her. And also, I want to know what the hell Fitch has in mind.
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Maybe I ought to have read the first three books of the Rules series and maybe I ought to have read the otOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
Maybe I ought to have read the first three books of the Rules series and maybe I ought to have read the other series One Week Girlfriend before I read this one but I didn't feel like I missed much to follow this book.
I really liked Sydney Walker. Even if she described herself before as a spoiled girl who just got everything she ever wanted before her dad cut her off, it's hard to see that when you read this book. She is trying to prove herself throughout the book while taking on a job that she has no qualification for. Being a nanny might not have been what she dreamed of, but she made the best of it and. She is determined to make it everything right and prove to her parents she can actually do something right.
Wade Knox is a nice guy. End of the story. I loved him from the beginning. He doesn't go for drama, he doesn't act like a manwhore and he is just really dedicated to his football career. It was a nice change to read about a guy like him. He loves his mother more than anything and everything he does, he does for her even if they don't see each other often, you can tell how much she means to him.
I liked that their relationship wasn’t suddenly spontaneous. Yes, there were chemistry between them, but they didn’t dive in right away; I felt like they took their time; got to know each other. With the fake relationship created by Fable to try to take some heat off of the rumoured affair, the two of them spent a few days together and spent most of it just getting to know one another. If neither of them is looking for a relationship as they both deal with other priorities, neither can deny there is something between them.
Overall, this was a quick read that I enjoyed very much. I’m looking forward to read the beginning of both series and get to know more in depth the story of the other characters.
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I’m really grateful to have gotten the chance to get an advanced copy of this book. I was really intrigued about this book and I won’t lie, it didn’t take the turn I thought it would after reading the summary of it.
Once I was done with the book, I had to take a few minutes to actually see whether I loved it or not. I sort of have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the writing and the idea the author came up with, but I couldn’t attached myself to the characters as much as I wanted to. I was debating between 3.5 and 4 so I finally settled for the middle and gave it a 3.75/5.
I really was hoping that before the end, I would feel something for these characters; that I would connect somehow, but it didn’t happen. Their personalities didn’t call to me and even if sometimes, I felt bad or sad for them, it wasn’t enough to make me love them more.
Though I won’t lie that the Main girl’s best friend did make me laugh. I liked her bubbly personality and I do wish she had been more in the book.
But does that make this a bad book? No. I might have no connected with the characters, but I was still intrigued enough to read until the end. I didn’t want to put the book down because I was intrigued to find what actually happened. I don’t know whether I like or notthe fact that it took a while before we got to understand what happened, but it was still a nice twist to add to this story. What I expected and what was written were two different things and I give her two tumbs up for it because there’s nothing I like more than to be surprised.
This books ends with an ending that could work for a stand alone or an opening for a sequel, but either way, you have still find closure at the end, whether it’s the ending you wanted or not, that will be up for you to decide.
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I will admit that I stalked Rachel for this book until she finally got tired of me and handedOriginal review on Julalicious Book Paradise
I will admit that I stalked Rachel for this book until she finally got tired of me and handed me a copy hahaha No, I’d like to think that she liked me and offered me an advanced copy of this book for that. :)
So once I got back from Apollycon and finished another ARC, I dove right into this book and fell in love with this story.
First warning… If you haven’t read The Fine Art of Pretending… Well go and read it now and stop reading my review because even if I might not really spoil anything from the first book (who I am kidding, yes there will be some minor spoilers), the desire you might get for starting this book might be too strong and you need to read the first book first. End of discussion lol
Okay, let’s be more serious now. So I really sort of liked Justin in the first book and I was happy we got to read his story this time around. I added the word “sort” only because I didn’t want him with Aly, but like always, you want him to have his happy ending and I was happy when Rachel announced that this book was going to be about him.
So let’s start this review for real…
If I had to imagine something about Justin’s past relationships, it wouldn’t have been what I read in this book and I’m glad that Rachel Harris was able to surprise me with this book. I really liked that we got to see more behind the player’s mask. This is really a good case of “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. So even if he was labeled as a player, I would have never believed Justin to be a bad guy. He has always been well liked and I was really intrigued to find out what happened between him and Peyton to cause such a downfall between them. Because from the beginning of this book, you know she doesn’t like him. Well… It’s more like she is mad at him for something. If the cause is known quite quickly, it took a trip to memory land throughout the book to understand the evolution of their relationship and its downfall; to see where it gone wrong and why it should be salvaged.
Peyton’s life was far from being easy and to see how she changed from the event that changed her future to meeting Justin and then from the moment things fell apart between them until the present is quite a shocker. I liked her character very much because in some way, we all relate to her. We all have this point in our life that we just finally break no matter how positive we want to be and that's exactly what happened with her. Throughout the book, you will see a change in her personality, but I feel like you can only connect with her more because of it. Even if some events that happened in her life won’t happen to everyone, the feelings, the thoughts and the reactions are typically teenage-like and you can only remember when you were like this or if you are a teenager yourself, perhaps, you will recognize yourself in this.
Justin is set to get her back, but nothing will be easy and he knows he has a lot to prove to win her back. But even though this is his goal, this book is so much more than that. As he tries to get closer to Peyton again, it brings out a lot of issues back to the surface for him. Things he thought he had dealt with to realize that maybe he hadn't really. You learn a lot about the Justin that not many people know. Peyton was that person who got to know him and I feel that’s probably why these two always gravitated around one another.
If I had to describe this book in one word; like for me what it all sums up to, that word would be trust. Trust is a major theme in this book. From thrusting others to trusting yourself, this is what both main characters will have to learn throughout this book.
So this review might or might not be helpful; I might even have confused you, but I just need to tell you that you need to read this amazing book. You will be captivated from the beginning and you will want to know what happens next.
Do I want more books in this series? Definitely.
And I’m already aware of whom I want the next book to be about and even told Rachel about it. I really hope my review will make you want to read this series and ask for more. I know once you start this, you won’t want it to finish. There will always be a character you want her next book to be about.
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