Luca is a reluctant hero and Ava is the reporter who is determined to expose him as a fraud. Luca didn' Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Luca is a reluctant hero and Ava is the reporter who is determined to expose him as a fraud. Luca didn't set out to be a hero ... he was just doing what any compassionate person would do and it's not his fault that there always seems to be someone filming him when he's just being nice. He didn't ask to be a hero and he sure as hell doesn't want the stigma that seems to come with that label. He wants to be just a normal cop. Ava is waiting for her shot at the big time and she thinks that Luca is the key to her success. What could be better than bringing a hero down amidst a scandal but what if Luca really is the hero that the public is making him out to be ...
It's been a while since I've read a book that grabbed me from the very first page. I don't think I even made it to the end of the first page and I knew that Frisk Me was going to be good. I had high hopes for this one because I thought that the blurb sounded pretty interesting and I NEEDED this book to be good. I've been in a massive book funk for the past two months and nothing seemed to crack it. Until this one. I found myself staying up super late just so that I could finish a chapter. And then the next one and the next one. I absolutely loved all of the characters that Lauren Layne created. I think that all of them played a really important part in the plot and there weren't any that I was wondering why in the hell they were included or excluded for that matter.
The plot was fabulous, there weren't any slow parts or sections that shouldn't be included because they were boring or unimportant. Everything was just ... great. I really don't know what else to say at this point. Frisk Me was great and Lauren Layne is now one of my favorite authors. I'm also super excited for the next novel in this series. I'm telling you, it better be as awesome as this first one or I will be totally pissed. I have super high expectations for anything from this author now. No pressure.
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Omar has one priority in life: work. If it doesn't have to do with his business, he wants nothing to do Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Omar has one priority in life: work. If it doesn't have to do with his business, he wants nothing to do with it. Then comes along the client that wants to know he has a life outside of work and Omar sets out to find himself a fake fiance. He looks no further than his assistant, Devi. Devi really wants no part in this massive deception but after Omar assures her that he will come clean after the client realizes how valuable pairing up with Omar would be, she relents. Neither was ready for what happened next.
I thought that the summary sounded cute on this one and I couldn't wait to dive into it. Honestly, it was ... okay. I didn't really relate in any way with Omar or Devi. They seemed like shallow characters that didn't have anything to them. Omar works hard and loves working hard and works to love work and loves to love work. Got it. But what else? There were these little hints dropped about his background but nothing was ever really fleshed out. I enjoyed his character but I just didn't know him. And I felt the same way about Devi. And then them together ... just didn't seem realistic. For a dude who has his head only focusing on business and it had been that way for forever ... I just don't see him falling for some chick after one day. I mean, come on. Can people fall in love that fast? Sure. But the way that his character was set up, it just didn't seem authentic.
The story was pretty good. Although, there was a moment when things escalated so quickly that I actually wondered if I missed a chapter somewhere. Again, it just didn't seem natural to the flow of the story that was established in the first chapter.
Basically, I felt conflicted about this one. It wasn't my favorite but it wasn't the worst either. I will probably give the author another shot on her next novel because I did enjoy the story line.
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Maya is just a wallflower. At least, that's what she thought she was. Her mission was to make it throug Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Maya is just a wallflower. At least, that's what she thought she was. Her mission was to make it through high school without drawing any attention to herself. She was so close to accomplishing her goal before everything blew up in her face, she became the center of attention and the girl every girl wanted to be or be friends with. The Scions changed everything.
I'm pretty conflicted on this one. On one hand, I really enjoyed All I've Never Wanted ... I enjoyed the back and forth between the characters and most of the storyline. But on the other hand, it was a little much in some places. The story felt bogged down by everything that was going on within these pages. Just when it felt like the story was picking up, it would start slowing down again. There was just so much going on. I don't want to get into everything that was happening because I don't want to spoil the surprises for anyone else but keep in mind that there are like 10 subplots going on with this main storyline.
I'm a big fan of Cinderella stories (like many other ladies) but I think that there is a point when it can be pointed out too often how rich someone is compared to their potential love interest. I get it. These kids (The Scions) are powerful ... they come from very wealthy and powerful families, they get special treatment at school, they fly private jets during their lunch hour at school, have yachts, wipe their asses with $1000 bills. They are wealthy. Got it. It felt like that piece of info was force fed to the reader a little bit. Was it important to the story? Absolutely. But there's no reason to beat a dead horse. They're rich. Got it.
All of that being said, I did find myself growing attached to Maya. She was a wonderfully written main character and I really enjoyed experiencing things with her. Most of the time, she balanced out the richy rich talk within the novel with her down-to-earth outlook and behaviors. The other characters were okay ... I wasn't nearly as attached to them as I was Maya though.
There are a lot of reviewers who are comparing this to another series ... I think it was some kind of manga ... and instead of reviewing just this book, they are doing a comparison of the two. Sometimes that isn't fair at all. From what I understand, there are some similarities or something and people are losing their shit over it. I've never heard of that manga series or whatever but if you're looking for a nice summer read, give this one a try. Don't worry about what others are saying, you should try it out for yourself. You just might find a new author to follow.
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Lexi is an imposter in her own life. She pretends to be something that she isn't so that she can score Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Lexi is an imposter in her own life. She pretends to be something that she isn't so that she can score the boy she thinks she would never deserve. She's the perfect friend, student and comes from a perfect family at school but at home, things are a bit different ... her mom is a drunk, her dad isn't in the picture and Lexi lets a drug dealing loser climb through her bedroom window regularly so that she can get a little taste of some bad-boy action. Can Lexi keep up the perfected charade or will things come crumbling around her?
I thought that Faking Perfect would be an interesting coming of age story with a bit of a twist. There were quite a few things that I didn't count on though ... and not in a good way. I'm just going to be brutally honest here ... the book was slow, up tight and the storyline felt smothered. A story can be up tight? Sure. Let's see if I can explain what I mean ... the story felt stifled. Everything was just so buttoned up and exact, it didn't feel real. Even if this character was pretending to be perfect, life doesn't happen neatly. It just doesn't. Sometimes shit happens. Sometimes you lose your shit. Sometimes you find out shit. And when you've got your thigh high waders on and you're trying to just cope with all this ... shit ... stuff doesn't happen neatly. Even when things went wrong for the characters in this book, the outcome from most of the situations was just too convenient. I don't want the easy way out for characters because that isn't realistic. Not everyone will lose their job and on the same day, win the lottery, find their long lost dog from 13 years ago, win the heart of the long-time crush and trip over keys to a free Ferrari on the way into the drug store. Now that didn't happen in the book, but that's kind of what it felt like. Stuff just doesn't happen that way. That isn't to say that this book isn't gritty and heartfelt ... the characters went through some tough crap and while I get it, I also just wanted them to get OVER it.
There were also just so many characters. I didn't know who the hell half of these people were most of the time. I got about halfway through the book and had to go back and highlight where each person came into the story so I could go back and try to remember who the hell they were and why they were so important that they needed to be included in the storyline. I don't mind a whole bunch of characters but make them matter and bring them up a lot or make them secondary characters and don't bring them up as much or even make them insignificant and just bring them up once but it has to be just one of those three choices.
I don't know that I'll be reading another novel by this author. Faking Perfect has received okay ratings but it was definitely not for me. I didn't like the flow or the convenience issues and then the character stuff. Oh. My. Gosh. I forgot the ending. The. Ending. I hate the ending. I was always taught to never say hate because it's such a strong word but I had REALLY strong feelings about not liking the ending. It just ... ended. Nothing was closed out or buttoned up, it just ended. And from what I understand, this isn't part of a series so ... I don't get it. Why. WHY?!? Le sigh.
I really hate not liking a book. It pisses me off, to be honest. Especially if a lot of other people liked it and I didn't because I sit around wondering what little piece of magic I missed that everyone else was able to catch and ride to the end. But that's the way things go sometimes. Oh, well. On to the next one.
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Whimsy has responsibilities. She can't continue to rely on someone else to help her take care of her si Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Whimsy has responsibilities. She can't continue to rely on someone else to help her take care of her sister. She needs money yesterday. Whimsy comes up with a fabulous plan, not only will it get her out into society but it will pad her pockets and make her future a little more secure. Whimsy is going to become a matchmaker. And really, what an easy job! At least that's what she thinks. Enter Valerian ... he also needs money, his estate is crumbling around him, his life is in shambles and his brother keeps blowing through money like it's going out of style. Valerian decides that he's going to become a matchbreaker. He also thinks his job couldn't be any easier! Valerian and Whimsy have no idea that they are working to sabotage the other.
When I read the summary for this one, I was intrigued. I've never read anything like this and the matchbreaker idea was fabulous! Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. It's been a long time since I didn't connect with a historical romance novel, I love just about every one that I come across. But there was just something off about this one.
I didn't find myself connected to the characters in any way. I found them to be a bit boring and shallow. I just couldn't drum up any type of reaction to them except indifference. There was literally no love lost on the people in this novel. That is just so weird for me. Only a handful of times have I just not connected with any of the characters. I really could have cared less about any of them.
Because I couldn't seem to connect with the characters, it made for a VERY long read. It took me forever to get through this one because everything felt just so ... long winded. I know that sounds rude, but why take seventeen pages to say something that could be said in one paragraph? I don't mind books that take a leisurely jaunt around the plot but this was just too much. I found myself just not wanting to read at all rather than continue Whimsy's story.
This book is really well liked ... I'm definitely in the minority with my feelings on this one. Hopefully you'll have better luck than I did.
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