I am a sucker for unconventional lead heroes, and Turnip is all that and more. He was not a knight but a court jeRead the full review at The Book Pile
I am a sucker for unconventional lead heroes, and Turnip is all that and more. He was not a knight but a court jester, as he is quoted in the book. He was not the sharpest weapon in the armory, not all swagger and dashing, nor gifted with the wittiest of tongues; but he was still kind, charming, and ready to give aid to anyone who needed it, and in the process climbed atop a trellis and into your heart.
The heroine Arabella is a good match as well. Being intelligent and able to banter with Turnip, which I especially love. I could also easily relate to her family concerns, and for her own path.
There’s still the mystery of course, and it was entertaining, and made me think for a bit. But it was Turnip, and Arabella, and their chemistry that held this story together, and made me love it. At its heart, this is a lighthearted romcom, and it had me smiling widely at the end of it.
I applaud Willig for creating a lead hero like Turnip and still make him swoon-worthy. And really, “thank you.” Now, I can’t wait to read the rest of the Pink Carnation books and meet all the other characters....more
It’s not always that I read about science fiction in a Philippine setting, and Eliza Victoria’s Project 17 hits tRead the full review at The Book Pile
It’s not always that I read about science fiction in a Philippine setting, and Eliza Victoria’s Project 17 hits the right notes. The story is set in a future where police are now robots controlled by anonymous controllers, and pharmaceutical companies are a huge power1. And in this world, could you really trust the people you work for, or yourself?
Without giving anything away, I loved that Victoria showed a plausible future—not too soon, but still plausible. The places felt cyberpunkish, too, even if Hagonoy, Bulacan seems like an unlikely place for it. I loved the characters, not just the leads, but Lillian’s neighbors Jamie and Max. And Alfred!2
I just wished it was longer. Victoria had built a world that’s both believable and very interesting, and I would’ve wanted to know more about it. I also wish it ended in a more lighter note, or at least given me a more better sense of closure. I also felt that the resolution seemed a bit too convenient, but maybe that’s the limit of the length.
Still, a really compelling read and I highly recommend it....more
This is not your ordinary steamy read. It sets the tone of dark skies, taking shelter from the rain, and findiRead the full review on The Book Pile
This is not your ordinary steamy read. It sets the tone of dark skies, taking shelter from the rain, and finding oneself or another person in the midst of loneliness and irrational fears. This is not a story of loyalty between lovers but between friends. It shows that love is not all chocolates and roses and poems. Temptation can be in the form of ice cream and dances.
This isn’t for everyone, especially due to its theme. But still it’s beautifully written, and all the leads’ feelings are evoked. Other than Rhys and Isaiah, I also want to know more about their mutual friend Nico. They’re all very interesting characters.
All in all, a well-crafted read, but don’t expect it to be light like the others I’ve reviewed. I may not agree with how things went, but I understand why they happened the way they did. I suggest going in without any expectations, and just take it all in as you would when watching the sun set....more
This isn’t for the faint of heart. Right off the bat, we are in the tail end of something, but it does set ofRead the full review at The Book Pile.
This isn’t for the faint of heart. Right off the bat, we are in the tail end of something, but it does set off the tone what kind of woman our lead is. And she may know what she wants, even if she couldn’t have the one she actually wanted. And with that intro, you’ll know what you’re getting yourself into.
I may not able to relate to Chessa, but I thought I understood the way she is. Though for a woman who knows what she wants, I couldn’t wrap my head around why she didn’t try to get the man she wanted all along in the first place. Maybe I have to reread the piece again to see if I missed anything; If she actually tried to hit on him. And the ending was a bit too convenient for me. That being said, this is a short but really hot read. I think the temperature rose while I was reading it. Besides, we’re all just really looking for a quickie, right?
It was also nice that Alba had taken time to show us the beauty of the Hundred Islands. I haven’t been there yet, though I could almost imagine being there with how she described the places Chessa went. Now I want to go there as well, especially with this summer heat.
All in all, this one had me grabbing for some ice cold water and the fan turned up high. It was indeed a delightful short, and does its job for a real steamy read. And I mean steamy....more
I am a sucker for friends-turned-lovers stories. This is my favorite trope, and I can’t get enough of stories that useFull review at The Book Pile.
I am a sucker for friends-turned-lovers stories. This is my favorite trope, and I can’t get enough of stories that use it. The Best Friend Hook Up is one of those. It tells the story of Mara who needed a date for her cousin’s wedding. Who else but her best friend—and known playboy—Ian to act as boyfriend du jour? Things heat up when they spend the a weekend at the beach.
There was chemistry between the leads, a tension that builds up well, and you wonder why they couldn’t have been together sooner. Ian was indeed hot, and it was nice to see his own thoughts on what was happening. Though I wish Mara could’ve stood up for herself a bit more to her cousin. I understand the circumstances, but maybe she could’ve let her cousin treat her differently? I think if this was turned into a novella, there would be more time to develop the details: Mara’s insecurities, Ian’s feelings, their families, the cousin. As for the steamy scenes? They propel the story forward and doesn’t get in the way of the main story (aside from being hot.)
All in all, it was an enjoyable read; A real fun and quick read to get you going on a sizzling summer day....more
Everyone who went through high school had a crush right? It's part of puberty, hormones and all. So what if you meet your crush in your adult life, and not just cute, but actually hotter than you remember? What if also, he was more of a douche than you remember?
That's Blast From Two Pasts, but so much more. Cara is relatable, and Lucas is darn crushable. Even more when he grew up as the hot man she meets. From one seemingly bad circumstance to another, though may seem comical, it was still realistic. And it was a nice way to know each of their characters more, and make us fall in love.
This is a very sweet and satisfying story, and I love what Villar did with the ending for even more sweetness. I can't recommend this enough. ...more
This was another fun and hot read from the bundle. It was fast-paced without feeling rushed, and enough back stoReadd the full review on The Book Pile
This was another fun and hot read from the bundle. It was fast-paced without feeling rushed, and enough back story to learn about the main leads. I like how Kaye knew what she really wanted, and how open she was in doing things. Though Matt wasn’t really my type, I found him really hot. It also doesn’t help that he’s a family-oriented guy. Their sexual tension was hot, and all worth it when finally ending up they way it did.
I also found myself liking Kaye’s friends and coworkers Alan and Kathleen, they sound awesome to be with!
All in all, a real great read. Short, fun, and really really hot.1 Maybe it’s this damn El Niño getting to me, but I really had to stand in front of the fan after the read. And I greedily want to know what happens next. There will be a next, right? Lee? I want more, woman! D’you hear me?...more