Mind Mates is the second book in the Pull of The Moon series by Mary H**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Mind Mates is the second book in the Pull of The Moon series by Mary Huges. I had no idea that this wasn't the first book in the series while I was reading it, but it does make sense because there are a lot of terms and things going on. But Mary does include a glossary of terms at the start of the book to help you keep foreign words in order, which I really appreciated. I enjoyed Mind Mates. It is a quick paranormal romance read dealing with wizards and shifters and a nice little action adventure mystery.
Mind Mates alternates between Emma, a wolf shifter, and Gabriel's, a wizard, point of view. I do wish the point of view shifts were a little better labeled, but overall it wasn't too hard to keep track of who was speaking or thinking. I really liked Emma and Dr. Light. I loved that Dr. Light is a big ole techie. And Emma is pretty quirky and cute herself. They make a good match and I had a lot of fun reading about this forbidden couple. Wizards and Shifters are a big no-no.
Parts of the book were a little cheesy, but all in all this was a quick and fun read. I liked all the magical creatures. I didn't love simple minded the alpha wolf was. He seemed like he could hardly even string a sentence together. I wish he was a little more complex character, but as it was it was easy to hate him. Emma and Gabriel were well developed and flesh out, which is more important to me. If you are looking for a quick read that will put you in a witchy good mood, check out Mind Mates and the Pull of the Moon series. The books do not need to be read in order to understand and enjoy the characters and plot.
All the Ways you Saved Me is the first book in the new adult contempor**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
All the Ways you Saved Me is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Love Unplugged by author Jamie Howard. I have not read too many books by the Swerve line from St. Martin's Press, but I have to say All the Ways you Saved me was a very good read. It was just the right amount of emotional and romantic. but still realistic. I very much enjoyed it. I am a sucker for a bucket list/to-do list type book, and when you add in wonderfully rich and fleshed out characters, I knew I was in for a treat.
The best part about All the Ways you Saved Me are the characters. Bianca and Ian are so lifelike, so realistic you will swear you actually know them in real life. They became my friends. Another thing I really liked about All the Ways you Saved Me was the premise. I have read lots of bucket list type stories, but this one is unique because it is not a bucket list Bianca has created to break herself out of her rut, but rather a bucket list she found from her friend who tragically died. Bianca then sets out to complete the list in honor of her friend. I thought that was a beautiful idea. It was very much a touching and moving journey.
I loved Bianca and Ian. So much. There is so much raw emotion packed into this story, you just have to hold on tight and enjoy the ride. It is one heck of a ride. I read a lot of books, so it is always an unexpected treat when a book moves me and affects me as much as All the Ways you Saved Me did. I really loved it. I can't wait for more people to read All the Ways you Saved Me so we can gush and chat about the characters. I think you will become fast friends with them.
King of Wall Street is a sexy, standalone, contemporary romance by Lou**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
King of Wall Street is a sexy, standalone, contemporary romance by Louise Bay. Louise Bay is a go to favorite of mine for sexy romances. I have seriously loved all of her books. I don't think she has ever gotten lower than 4.5 stars from me. (you can see my reviews of her books HERE) King of Wall Street might be my favorite book of her yet! I loved, loved loved that it is a standalone romance. Harper and Max are fantastic together and i am super excited that I didn't have to wait for multiple installments to continue with their story.
King of Wall Street is told in dual narrative between Max King and Harper Jayne. Harper is Max's newest employee, and she also lives in his building so their paths just keep crossing. Which is bad news for both of them because Max can't stop thinking about her, and the only way he knows how to deal with that is to be a grade A jerk to her. And Harper just thinks he is an ass. Which as I am sure you can tell, leads to something pretty explosive between them. But King of Wall Street is more than just a great romance. It is also a really sweet story. I loved the back story with Max and his daughter. I liked that she was already a teenager, and I loved that it was her that was doing most of the encouragement for Max getting a girl friend. It was very mature of her. In fact, all of King of Wall Street was refreshingly drama free. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved that.
Louise Bay always impresses me with her stories. I know they will be very well written, very well thought out, and have amazing characters with even more amazing chemistry. If you have not yet read a Louise Bay romance, I think King of Wall Street is the one you need to start with. And you need to read it ASAP. It is my favorite book of hers yet! I want more Max and Harper. Maybe we can write Max's sister's story and we can see them again? HinthintwinkwinkLousie. :)
Bottom line: This is a fantastic romance. One of my favorite reads of 2016, hands down. Read it now.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Unscripted Joss Byrd is author Lygia Day Peñaflor's debut novel. I fou**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Unscripted Joss Byrd is author Lygia Day Peñaflor's debut novel. I found Unscripted Joss Byrd to be a very interesting read. One that I don't see too much of in young adult literature. I think the fact that the novel draws on Lygia's firsthand experience as a teacher for young Hollywood stars adds a level of credibility that made me feel like what I was reading was part expose and part fiction.
I consider Unscripted Joss Byrd to be young adult fiction because of the maturity and nature of some of the situations and themes, however the main character is a little on the young side. I think I would have preferred Joss to have been a couple of years older. In the end, it worked out alright because I think Hollywood ages you so much that you end up being older than your years, but that was my main hold back with the story.
What I loved the most about Unscripted Joss Byrd was that I felt like we were given a special sneak peak into the private lives of a famous actress. It was like being a fly on the wall in the life of Joss. The story had a very realistic feel to it. Lygia Day Peñaflor holds no punches with Unscripted Joss Byrd. When there is a dark underbelly in Hollywood, Lygia Day Peñaflor exposes it for what it is. But at the, I don't feel like she over exaggerated anything or created any drama for drama's sake. I feel like she stuck to what the true ugly facts of the industry are. And I appreciated that. At least, I felt like she did. (But what do I know.)
Bottom line: If you like your contemporary reads with some grit and real-worldness, Unscripted Joss Byrd is the book for you. I really enjoyed this one, and Joss Byrd is a great young adult voice.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** When I read Pawn a few years ago, I told you I was a little burnt out**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** When I read Pawn a few years ago, I told you I was a little burnt out on dystopian. And that was at a time where Dystopian novels were at their peak. They seemed to be everywhere! And they all kind of started to look the same to me. And I got kind of bored of reading the same formula over and over again. But I really enjoyed Pawn. It didn't seem to be just like all the other dystopians out there, and it was really well executed. I loved the world building that she had in Pawn. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and the world is awful and disgusting enough to have you completely invested in the series. But after I finished reading Pawn, there was such a long wait until Captive came out, and I kind of jumped back off the Dystopian bandwagon. I have read a couple since then, and they were mostly all kind of blah to me. Nowadays I tend to stay away from them, but I kept going back to Captive. I wanted to read it and see if I would enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Pawn. And I did! This is a series that makes me believe not all Dystopians are bad!
Kitty is an interesting character to me. Sure, she is a little gullible, but she is only a teenage girl thrust into a world of so many lies and political deception, that I don't blame her for not knowing which way is up and who to believe. I continue to be fascinated by the world that Aimee Carter created. There is a lot going on in Captive. This series is not short on action, and I couldn't always tell which way things were going to go. The amount of lies, and new characters that Aimee Carter introduced in this installment had me second guessing almost everything. It added to the drama of the book. I think the Blackcoat Rebellion series should be dubbed a s new genre- a dystopian soap opera. It was kind of amusing how much of a dramatic turn this story has taken, and I think there is even more drama in store for us in the next book. (which I think is the final book in the series, but I am not totally sure.)
I am not totally sure about my feelings for Benji anymore though. This book made him seem a little less steadfast than I remember from the first book. I remember being super impressed by his loyalty to Kitty, and now I a little less sure. We will have to see what happens in the next book. Overall, I am really enjoying the Blackcoat Rebellion series. I have always been a fan of Aimee Carter, and now I am even more so, because she brought me a dystopian drama series that I am really enjoying. I thought Captive was a strong follow up to Pawn, and I am tough critic when it comes to dystopian novels. Bring on Queen!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Seducing the Boss is an adult contemporary romance by Mari Carr. I pic**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Seducing the Boss is an adult contemporary romance by Mari Carr. I picked this book up because I loved the summary, but I didn't love the title (still don't because I don't believe that really fits the tone of the story) and I don't love the cover, but I wanted to give it a shot because the summary sounded like it would be a cute romance that I would enjoy. I think I should have trusted my gut on this one, because while I did like it a little, I didn't love it. I will say that I seem to be the odd one out on this opinion because on goodreads everything I saw was 4 or 5 stars.
Seducing the Boss is told in dual narrative between Sara and Kellum. I think part of my problem is that I just didn't love Kellum. I know, go ahead and stone me now, but I found him to be kind of a shallow jerk. Especially at the start of the story, and it left a bitter taste in my mouth that was hard for me to shake. He does get better and more personable as the story goes on, and I don't think there is any doubt at all that he develops real, and deep, feelings for Sara, but something about him just didn't jive with me. Sara and Kellum do have some great chemistry and there was not a whole lot of unnecessary drama, which I really appreciated. That was probably my favorite part of the book. I liked that once the romance became real, it wasn't dramatic just for the sake of being dramatic.
Overall, this one is good if you like workplace romances, which I do, but it was only an ok read for me. Everyone else seems to be loving this steamy romance, so I might be the odd one out. It was good, but I couldn't connect with Kellum 100%, so I think that was what prevented me from going from like to love. The writing is very solid, and the romance is hot, so I would like to read another of Mari Carr's books. I feel like I might enjoy the story a lot more with different characters.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Bad Judgment is a new adult standalone romance by author Meghan March.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Bad Judgment is a new adult standalone romance by author Meghan March. This is the first book that I have read by Meghan and I am seriously kicking myself for that, because Bad Judgment is one of my favorite books I have read all year. I loved it so much, I wish I could drop everything I am doing right now and read it again. I love a book with a law school setting. (yes, I know I am a weirdo, but it gives me some sort of sick pleasure watching characters deal with the joy of law school.) Everything about Bad Judgment was perfection to me. The characters were great, the romance was scorching and setting was very accurately portrayed. Someone point me in the direction of all Meghan's other books ASAP because I feel a binge read coming on.
Bad Judgment is told in dual narrative between Justine and Ryker. Justine is an uber committed law student that has just had her scholarship yanked, and Ryker is...well, the only thing Ryker is focused on, is Justine. I love a good slow burn romance, and I really love a guy with laser focus like Ryker. There is something to be said for his level of persistence. I know Justine has always thought he was just in it for the chase, but I never once got that impression from him. Ryker and Justine have an awesome build up to an absolutely stunning and explosive slow burn romance. I cannot get the two of them out of my head. I love them so much.
I think Bad Judgment is a must read romance for fans of new adult/grad school romances. I love a good build up and this is one of the best slow burn romances I have read all year. (maybe even longer.) Without becoming even more gushy, I will simply say this. I think this is a do not miss book. It is not predictable There was at least one twist that I not only didn't see coming, but even after it happened I flat out didn't believe it. I was still waiting for it to curve back around to what I was expecting. And that does not happen to me very often. Meghan March has a new fan in me. I need to read more of her books because I freakin' loved Bad Judgment.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Furthermore is a middle grade fantasy novel by Taherah Mafi. Even thou**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Furthermore is a middle grade fantasy novel by Taherah Mafi. Even though this book is technically middle grade, I think it will appeal to fans of young adult books. It is a very detailed and long novel and felt like upper middle grade/lower young adult to me. Furthermore is a delightful book. It is the story of 12 year old, and later a little bit older, Alice, who was born without any color in a land where colors almost seem to take on a life of their own. Ferenwood is a really cool town, that reminded me of wonderland. Fans of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and other childhood fantasy tales will really enjoy the town of Ferenwood and Furthermore.
Alice is such a great character. I loved going on this adventure with her. Her father disappeared a few years before our tale starts and once she turns 12 she ventures out to find him. At the start of the story, you can see that Alice and her mother have a rocky relationship. I wouldn't go as far to say that her very real mother is like an evil step-mother, but things are strained between the two of them. After Alice runs away from home she meets all kinds of whimsical and fantastical creatures and characters. I want to see Furthermore brought to life on the big screen because I feel like it would be perfect in the style of Tim Burton and the new Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp). I read this book in one very long afternoon turned late night because I couldn't put it down. Tahereh Mafi is a master story teller. I love her young adult Shatter Me series, and seeing her hand at middle grade was insta love for me. Fans of Whimsical writing will become enchanted with Furthermore.
I can't get over how beautifully done this book is. From the absolutely perfect cover, to the magnificent writing, the pictures that Tahereh Mafi is able to paint with her words are downright magical. I know what Ferenwood looks like, and if they have a movie they better pay as much attention to the details and descriptions of scenes as Tahereh does because she lays it all out in such a perfectly described and richly detailed way. As far as descriptive writing goes, she is one of my all time favorite authors. She is so talented it is scary.
I am crossing all of my fingers and toes that there is going to be another book in Ferenwood. The end of the story (and no this is not a spoiler) says "until next time dear reader" but on the very next page it says The End. So I am not totally sure what comes next, but I know one thing. I am pounding my fists on the table demanding more Alice, Oliver and everyone else! Get ready to go on a magical adventure with Furthermore. This is a book you do not want to miss.
The Sapphire Heist is the second book in the Jewel series by Lauren Bl**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Sapphire Heist is the second book in the Jewel series by Lauren Blakely. The Sapphire Heist is an adult romantic suspense series about bodyguards and jewel heists and all kinds of things that are sure to get your heart pumping. The novel is told in dual narrative, which is really my very favorite narration method. Nowadays, whenever I pick up a book told entirely from one person's point of view, I find myself missing the other person. I really enjoyed the tension in the air throughout the story, and the passion between Jake and Steph. This was a great read for me and I can't wait for more. This is a continuation of the first book in the series, The Sapphire Affair, so if you have not read book one, you need to start there. (you can check out my review here)
I think it is hilarious how neither Jake nor Steph fully trust the other one. They are each so used to either being dishonest or dealing with dishonest people, that their trust meter is so shattered. It is the cause of most of their strife in this novel, and I don't think that is going anywhere anytime soon. I still really like the two of them together, but I will admit that aspect got a little old before the book was over. But in the end that didn't matter too much because their chemistry is still off the charts! And because the mystery and suspense is so awesome that you can't help but fall in love with this series.
I still think this series would make a kickass movie. The suspense is edge of your seat stuff, the mystery is awesome and the romance will have you thinking Antarctica is too hot. This is a wild ride of a book, and I can't wait for more. (There had better be more!)
Also note: ** THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR & THE SAPPHIRE HEIST are being released by Montlake, which is an Amazon publishing company, and will only be available for sale at Amazon. You can download a free Kindle reading app for any smartphone or tablet here: http://amzn.to/1MIyrHi ***
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Laws of Attraction by R.C. Boldt is the fourth book in the adult roma**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Laws of Attraction by R.C. Boldt is the fourth book in the adult romance teach me series. Each of the books in the Teach me series work as standalones. I have not read any of the previous three books,. but I wasn't lost at all. I will say this though, now that I have expereinced the magic of R.C. Boldt's books, I need more. I really loved Laws of Attraction.
This is why I loved this book so much. Does the above quote look like the words of a player. A guy who would not settle down for anyone? No, but he is just a big ole softie. I love it when anti- love guys are the most romantic ones of all. And the Laws of Attraction was a very romantic story. At least, it felt that way to me. I loved Lawson so much! All the way down to his goofy t-shirts. I loved him so much that I felt bad for pegging him in a certain stereotype from reading the summary, because in reality he is a giant teddy bear that would make any girl swoony. And he is hilarious.
Bottom line: Laws of Attraction is a great read. And I mean really great. The writing is witty and chuckle worthy. The characters are swoon worthy, and the romance is melt your heart great. I really, really loved Lawson and I really really loved this book. It put R.C. Boldt on my radar in a big way. If you are a romantic at heart, this is the romance for you.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Best Friend Bargain is the third book in the adult contemporary ro**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Best Friend Bargain is the third book in the adult contemporary romance Kisses in the Sand series by Robin Bielman. I read the first book in the series, Keeping Mr. Right Now and I really enjoyed it. I missed the second book in the series, but that is ok because while each of the books are set in the same world, they each work really well as standalones. The Best Friend Bargain is a fun, quick little read that will put a smile on your face.
The Best Friend Bargain is told in dual narrative between Olivia and her best friend Danny. I'm not sure why, but when I originally read the summary, I thought this was going to be a fake marriage/relationship/fake baby turned real type of book, but I was wrong. This is a very real marriage and baby book. It took me a little by surprise when I 1) found out that Olivia was actually pregnant, by someone other than Danny and she really wanted to marry Danny and have him pretend to be the father, and 2) that Danny so easily and readily jumped on board. That is a HUGE thing to ask of your friend and an even bigger thing to accept, no questions asked. For that reason, I found the story to be a little unbelievable. But once I pushed past that and just went with the flow, I really enjoyed Danny and Olivia.
It is clear to see that they care about each other so much. I can honestly say they would do anything for the other one. And that kind of friendship is really hard to go by. I don't read too many books that feature kids and/or pregnancy so this was a bit out of my comfort zone, but it was funny to see these two people, not only try and deal with all the things that go along with a first time pregnancy, but also deal with planning a wedding, an deal with fooling everyone into thinking they are really getting married (this one didn't seem to be too hard.), not to mention living with one another for the first time. As you can probably tell, each of those things led to some cute and funny situations.
Bottom line: Even though The Best Friend Bargain was a bit unbelievable as far as the premise goes, the actual story was very cute. If you are looking for a quirky but adorable quick best friends romance, check out The Best Friend Bargain. However, if the plot seems a little hard to imagine for you, this might not be a good match.
Under a Million Stars is a young adult contemporary standalone novel b**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Under a Million Stars is a young adult contemporary standalone novel by author Rita Branches. Last year, I read and absolutely loved Painting Sky by this author, so I knew that I had to grab Under a Million Stars as well. While, I didn't love this book quite as much as I loved Painting Sky (it was a very different tone), I did really, really enjoy this story. It will make you an emotional wreck, so be prepared for that. The story starts out with Charlotte finding out her parents and her brother have all just been killed in a car accident while they were on their way to watch her play in a piano recital. Talk about some harsh grieving. Charlotte really goes through an emotional ringer, and Rita is such a strong and descriptive writer that she brings the readers right through that emotional wringer with Charlotte (and Jacob)
Under a Million Stars is told in dual narrative between Jacob and Charlotte. They used to be best friends, and their parents are actually Charlotte's godparents and guardians under her parents will. (side note: Yay for Rita getting the terminology correct for this part!) Jacob and Charlotte don't speak anymore because of a strange falling out they had years ago. You know pretty early on that Jacob is holding on to some important information regarding that but it is all very hush hush for a while. And no, I am not going to ruin anything.
Under a Million Stars is a story that is about so many things. It is just as much about Jacob as it is about Charlotte and everything she is going through. These two will make you smile just as much as they make you cry. They are wonderfully complex characters that still stay true to their age. Under a Million Stars is a fantastic example of deep, complicated and multi faceted young adult fiction done right. I really enjoyed this book. And it has further cemented author Rita Branches in my mind as a strong writer that I want to read more of. While I would not consider Under a Million Stars to be a light, happy go lucky read by any stretch of the imagination, it is a beautiful read. But you might want to read this one with tissues near by. Or maybe I am just a big cry baby...which I will admit might be the case. Either way, Under a Million Stars really ripped my heart out of my chest at times.
Bottom line: If you are looking for a wonderfully detailed, emotional read with multi dimensional characters, Under a Million Stars is the book for you.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Looking for Trouble is the first in a new adult contemporary romance s**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Looking for Trouble is the first in a new adult contemporary romance series, called Nashville U, by Stacey Mosteller. This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading by author Stacey Mosteller. I really enjoyed Looking for Trouble. it is what I would consider a classic new adult tale of falling for the wrong brother, but with a twist. Stacey kind of takes the idea and spins it on its' head, making it feel fresh. I really enjoyed it. even though I knew which brother was going to be the love interest, I expected the book to take a few different twists and turns, and I was pleasantly surprised when they didn't happen.
Looking for Trouble is told in dual narrative between Kat and Clay. Kat has had a crush on her best friend, Max for as long as she can remember. Max just happens to be Clay's brother- who is a huge pain in Kat's side. You know where this is going. Except...maybe you don't. I loved that Stacey took such a classic storyline, and made it her own. I can't wait to read more of this series and more by this author. I am not sure who the next book is going to be about, but I have a feeling it is going to be about a new couple.
Clay is the stereotypical player with a soft side. Even though him and Kat are always butting heads, Clay isn't a total jerk to her. Sure, sometimes he says jerky things, but honestly. he really does seem to take into consideration for her feelings. Which is more than I can say about his brother- her supposed best friend. In fact, my only gripe about Looking for Trouble is that we didn't get a good enough picture of the friendship between Kat and Max. I wanted to see why they were so close, but a majority of the story was spent on Clay and Kat instead. Not that I am complaining about that, because they are pretty explosive together. And I absolutely loved that this was a slow burn romance. It wasn't some hot and heavy right off the bat thing where the characters regret afterwards. They slowly worm their way deeper and deeper into the life of the other, until they are en grained. That is my favorite kind of romance.
Bottom line: If you are a fan of new adult stories featuring falling for the wrong guy, I think Looking for Trouble is a really great series for you to start. It felt similar to other stories, but it is very well done and Stacey Mosteller has managed to put her own twist on the story. This is a series I am looking forward to continuing. Be sure to grab a copy when it releases on September 20th.
The Architect of Song is the first installment in author A.G. Howard's**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Architect of Song is the first installment in author A.G. Howard's Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga, which according to the summary follows the "generations of one family as - haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts - they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness." It has been so long since I have read a ghost story, and even longer since I have read a historical ghost story. I adored The Architect of Song. It is such an atmospheric read. It is on the slow side, but when you are in the mood for a very well written, meandering, but romantic book, The Architect of Song is a great one for you to check out.
Because of the slow, descriptive pacing throughout, coupled with the fact that The Architect of Song is 425 pages, it took me some time to read. Actually, it took me a few days, which is very odd for me. But I rather enjoyed the denseness of this story. It allowed me to take my time and savor the characters. I love Juliet. As soon as she described how she tricks the world into thinking she is not deaf, she fascinated me. Then there is the ghost (AKA Hawk). He is a delight as well. I liked him so much that I was disappointed when the Viscount finally made his appearance as a love interest as well in the story. Juliet is a wonderful 1880's female protagonist. She is all at once true to the time, but still pushes boundaries. It was a very complex persona that A.G. Howard developed and I thought it was perfect!
The Architect of Song is a perfect mix of mystery, twists and turns and romance. It is unlike other new adult novels I have read in the past, because the romance in this one does not take over everything else this book has to offer. Instead, the romance (and yes, there is a love triangle- you are forewarned.) blends in with the rest of the story, which is actually what I prefer with atmospheric reads such as The Architect of Song. A.G. Howard really did a great job with this one. I love a new adult time period piece.
Bottom line: Fans of A.G. Howard need to read The Architect of Song. The book ends at a good place, so you aren't left hanging until book 2, but I am certainly very interested in continuing the Haunted Hearts Legacy series. The Architect of Song is a haunting and mystery time period historical that is beautifully done. It is a slow paced and dense read, but one that is well worth the time and effort. The Architect of Song is a book meant to be savored.
Resisting the Rebel is a young adult contemporary**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** YA ReviewMy Thoughts
Resisting the Rebel is a young adult contemporary romance by author Lisa Brown Roberts. It is a fake relationship trope story. I have seen so many of these this year, that even though I love them so much, I can't help but compare them to one another. Resisting the Rebel is a book that I almost gave up on. I would say, for about the first 20% of the story or so, I really wasn't liking this story. I just kept thinking to myself that the characters were a little too over the top. They were all cliches, which doesn't normally bother me, but they were each just too much. And because I have read so many fake boyfriend/girlfriend stories, I couldn't help but feel like this one didn't measure up to the others. But then...Resisting the Rebel really started to pick up. I ended up enjoying this one, much to my surprise. I still didn't love it as much as some other fake relationships books I have read this year, but it turned out to be much better than I was initially expecting.
I liked Caleb pretty much from the jump. I don't know why he was classified as a bad guy, because right from page one he was helping Mandy out. I think he is really just a big old teddy bear. Mandy on the other hand is like a tiny tornado. She made me dizzy just listening to her. Eventually she grew on me but it took some time. She was over the top hippie dippy, and over the top with everything, really. But I will say one thing about her...she acts her age. I had to keep reminding myself that she was only 16. And one of the things that I ended up enjoying the most about Resisting the Rebel is the amount of character growth that occurs from start to finish in this book. By the end of the book, not only did I understand Mandy better, but Mandy understood herself better, and that was kind of cool to see.
The romance between Caleb and Mandy was really cute. it started out as a means to an end for both of them. For Mandy it was to catch the eye of her longtime crush, who was being courted by the resident mean girl, and for Caleb it was to get his crazy ex off his back. Once their fake relationship started, the book became exponentially cuter. I had a lot of fun with the story from this point on. And the summary is right...there are a lot of swoon kiss moments.
Bottom line: Resisting the Rebel is a book that got off to a very rocky start for me, but ultimately ended up being a good read. It wasn't my favorite fake relationship book that I have read in 2016, and it does feature a lot of cliches, but as long as you are ok with that, Resisting the Rebel is a cute romance.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Playing by Her Rules is the first book in a new contemporary romance s**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Playing by Her Rules is the first book in a new contemporary romance series, called the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, by Amy Andrews. I suppose you could call this a second chance at love novel, but it is like an ex novel. I really liked the story line in this one, because surprisingly it is one that I have not seen done much. Matilda is a writer, and she gets assigned to cover one of her ex-boyfriend's rugby team- sparks fly. And I don't necessarily mean positive sparks. I loved how feisty Playing by Her Rules was. It was so much fun to read!
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I have to say, the whole cover makes Tanner seem all kinds of devilish. And at first glance, I can't say that description is too far off. But make no mistake, Matilda can more than hold her own. She is not letting go of the past, even though Tanner is determined to get her to change her mind. It was a battle of wills between these two and I loved every second of it! It made for a fiery, but satisfying slow burn romance that had as many hot moments as it did hilarious moments. And I don't know about Tilly, but I was a goner the second Tanner turned his wooing skills on her. The guy can be sweet when he wants to be, and a sweet Tanner is pretty lethal.
Bottom line: if you are looking for a second chance romance featuring two strong personalities, a battle of wills, lots of tension, and freakin' great writing, Playing by Her Rules is a book you need to read. It is one of my favorites of the year. I can't wait to read the other members of the Rugby team's stories. I love this series so much, I hope Amy Andrews writes a story for every last player!
The Playboy's Proposal is the third book in the contemporary romance s**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Playboy's Proposal is the third book in the contemporary romance series from author Ashlee Mallory and the Entangled Bliss imprint. Each of the books in the Sorenson family series can be read as standalones. I read, and thoroughly enjoyed, the first book in the series, Her Backup Boyfriend. I really enjoyed it, but I never got around to reading the second book in the series. When I saw the third book was out, I couldn't pass it up. I love a makeover story. And I'm not sure what it is, but I have been reading a lot of books that have been good but kind of meh lately. So I was very excited to see how much I was truly enjoying The Playboy's Proposal. It was a book that I didn't want to be over.
Benny is great. I love how spunky and sassy and down to earth she is. I loved that she didn't back down from her loud neighbor when he was stealing her parking spot and partying at all hours of the night. She decided to get even. Go her. Of course, Henry had another card up her sleeve that even Benny couldn't resist. Catching the eye of the doctor at work that she has had a major crush on. Henry decides to help her land a date with Dr. Seely and Benny agrees to drop her complaints against Henry. I really liked the build up between Benny and Henry. It was a really sweet slow burn attraction between the two of them. The kind that sneaks up on you, until it is all you can see. Even if Henry was a bit pig headed about is feelings for a long time. (Come to think of it...Benny was too. They really are a perfect match!)
Bottom line: This book is a really quick read, one that is meant warm your heart a bit and make you swoony. It accomplishes those goals and then some. Even though the book is on the shorter end, I felt like I really got to know the characters, and it was fun to visit the Sorenson family once again. It all culminates into a really fun read. One that I would recommend to others. I can't wait to continue the series. I liked this one even more than the first book in the series.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Random Acts of Marriage is the second book in the adult contemporary r**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Random Acts of Marriage is the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, called Wedding Favors, by Boone Brux. The books in the Wedding Favors series can each be read as standalones, and I had no problem jumping in with book two. In fact, I was surprised to learn that this was part of a series, and even more surprised to learn that the couple from the first book was Dani and Jamie, because of certain events that took place in Random Acts of Marriage. Either way, Random Acts of Marriage was a quick fun read that left me feeling slightly warmer than lukewarm.
Random Acts of Marriage is the story of overly uptight Kinni and go with the flow Price. I liked the opposites attract angle of the story, and I really enjoyed Price. Kinni seemed a bit over the top, even for me. The idea behind the story is that as a wedding favor, the bride asks Kinni to just let loose and have some fun in the week leading up to the big day. Price overhears Kinni reluctantly agree to let her hair down (kind of) and decides to take advantage of this. Price was my favorite part of the story. I loved all of his attempts to trick Kinni into having fun, and I loved his big scottish family! I would totally read a spin off series about them! I want to go to a highland games with them.
I think the main reason that I couldn't completely connect with this story was that it all seemed kind of all over the place. It didn't have a nice flow, I couldn't keep up with the pacing. It was fast and then slow and descriptive. Kinni was up and then she was down. Price wanted to have fun and then he wanted something more on the next page. I know this sounds weird, but I couldn't find my groove. I felt kind of on edge the whole time. Nonetheless, it was a cute story. I liked Kinni and Price together. They do a good job of balancing each other out, and Price is such a sweetheart underneath his cocky exterior.
Bottom line: I did enjoy Random Acts of Marriage. It was a fun, quick read, and I think fans of opposites attract story lines will enjoy this one. I debated between 2.5 and 3 stars for a long time on this one, and ultimately I decided to go with 3 stars because even though this book felt a bit all over the place, I did like it. I am not sure I will be continuing with the series. I would be all over a spin off featuring Price's family though!
Wilder is the first book in the new adult sports romance ( but a diffe**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Wilder is the first book in the new adult sports romance ( but a different kind of sports- think x games, not football or hockey) by Rebecca Yarros. It is also the first book in the Renegades series. The Renegades are group of extreme sports junkies that are youtube stars. I can't wait to read the rest of their stories. I love that the renegades are a mixture of guys and girls. That will make for a great series, I think. Every now and again you read a book that gets you really excited for the books to come. Wilder is one of those books.
Wilder is told in dual narrative between Paxton Wilder and Leah. Pax and Leah stole my heart! The book starts out great, but it is the slow burn romance sizzling between these two that really kicks it up a few notches in my book. First of all, the book is set on a year long school study cruise going around the whole. Umm, can we just pause for a moment to digest that? Is that not THE COOLEST THING IN THE WHOLE WORLD?! Where was that option when I was in college? Man, I feel like I really missed out. Pax is on the cruise filming a documentary to capture the renegades stunts all over the world, but also keeping his grades up to keep his dad appeased. That is where Leah comes in. If you are thinking this is just a fluff book, you are wrong.
Yes, it is a lot of fun, but Wilder has a depth that really surprised me. Both Leah and Pax's backstory surprised me. The multifaceted sides to all of the characters personaliities pleasantly surprised me. Overall, I just flipping loved Wilder. This book utterly captivated me. There were so many surprise elements that I didn't see coming. Yes, there are hints about Leah's "secret" but I was still surrpised. And Wilder was the biggest surprise of all. I just love this book. If you are on the fence about picking this one up or not, pick it up. Read it now. You will thank me for it. Wilder is another one of my top picks for 2016 books.
Sigil in Shadow by Constance Roberts is a historical mystery in a**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** 4.5/5
Sigil in Shadow by Constance Roberts is a historical mystery in a royal court setting. Not a historical in the sense that it is modeled after events in history, but the book takes place in the past. I love a good royal court setting in a book, especially a book that has a mystery element to it because I feel like politics and high society and people trying to climb the court ranks all lend themselves really well to deception, betrayal and mind games galore. I adored Sigil in Shadow. I think this is a book that deserves to be put out in the spotlight of the young adult world. I have not heard too much hype surrounding this book, and I am shocked! This is a book worth reading, and then some.
Sigil in Shadow follows Ellary, a young girl with an aptitude for healing. Ellary's talent with healing and making potions for healing reminded me of the Maria V. Snyder's Healer series. I think this book would be perfect for fans of the Healer series. Ultimately it is Ellary's healing powers that land her in the castle court, and this is where her real adventure begins. I loved meeting the cast of secondary characters, including the princess Corrin, who actually surprised the heck out of me in a good way. Constance Roberts does an excellent job of creating solid friendships among the characters, which I really appreciated. There are enough bad guys running around that you don't need friends to also be a bad guy. My only complaint is with the romance in the book. It felt lacking in some way. I wanted to see more development between the couple. I felt like they started out great and then just kind of stagnated. However, there is so much else going on in the story that the romance felt secondary to me.
I'm not sure if there is a planned sequel to Sigil in Shadow or not, but I really hope there is. This is such a fantastically developed world that it would be a shame to not visit it again. Not to mention there are so many characters that I want to read more about. Please Constance, please write another book! I really loved Sigil in Shadow. It has wonderful fantasy elements, a fantastically detailed world, great characters, and a twisty-turny adventure. Bottom line: Sigil in Shadow is a really great book.
Fool Me Once is the second book in an adult contemporary romance serie**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Fool Me Once is the second book in an adult contemporary romance series, called Foolproof Love, by Katee Robert. I really enjoyed the first book, Foolproof Love. I thought it was a fun book, and I loved the small town- gossipy setting. I knew I was going to love the second book before I even sat down to read it, because I love the little spitfire that is Audrey. I couldn't wait for her story.
Fool Me Once is told in dual narrative between Audrey and Quinn, which I have loved. Audrey and Quinn are each dynamic and explosive characters in their own right, but when you add them together- holy cow. You better step back. Audrey is a mega gamer, and she is pretty bad- A. So Bad-A that she is one of 10 gamers invited to a huge conference to alpha test (which comes before beta testing) a very popular game. The only problem is that Audrey has severe panic attacks and being in a crowded room with a bunch of strangers crowding her sounds awful to the extreme. Quinn has to go to his stuck up family's wedding, and because he doesn't want to hear a bunch of stuff about matching him up with a suitable woman he wants to bring a date. Reluctantly Audrey and Quinn decide they can help each other out. Quinn can be Audrey's wall between herself and the masses of people (he's big, so he makes a great wall!) and Audrey can ward off all of Quinns family. (She is a fantastic resting B face so she is great at warding people off.) That is, if they don't kill each other first.
I loved this story. It has a road trip, which is always fun, and I liked that it was split between Audrey doing Quinn a favor and Quinn doing Audrey a favor. Plus, all of that alone time leads to some most excellent chemistry. These two don't do anything half way. So when I say they have chemistry, it is scorch your eyebrows off- hot!
Bottom line: Fool Me Once is a whole lot of fun. Audrey and Quinn will leave you fanning yourself! For people, that love enemies to more stories, love a roadtrip, Love fake relationships and love great chemistry between characters, Fool Me Once will be right up your alley. Fool Me Once was even better than Foolproof Love, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably is the second book in the Sweet Love seri**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably is the second book in the Sweet Love series by Kira Archer. The Sweet Love series is a series of standalone romantic comedies. I never read the first book, so I am not sure how much over lap there really is in the series, but Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably read as a standalone. I wasn't lost or confused at any point. I loved this book. It put a big smile on my face. I loved the dichotomy between crazy Gina and orderly Rick.
Gina blows into Rick's neatly organized life like a hurricane. She really is a force of nature, and it cracked me up watching Rick at first try to tame her, and finally just try to go with it. I felt like I could see his jaw ticking while he was dealing with her a few times. I loved it. Rick first meets Gina because he is called in to investigate a peeping tom, who turns out to be Gina. Who is hosting her own little stake out to try and catch her ex red-handed. I felt bad for poor Rick, because you can totally tell that he is a guy that is completely used to calling the shots and being able to hold his own, but he is so in over his head with Gina. As they got to know each other, Rick's personality started to relax and shine through. And man is he funny! I didn't think he would, but he ended up making me laugh just as much, if not more, than Gina!
Bottom line: I loved every second of this chaos collides with orderly romance. It made me laugh, it made me feel warm fuzzies and most importantly, it put a big smile on my face. Plus Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably really made me want a cupcake. If you are looking for a cute, sweet and tons of fun romance the Sweet Love series and Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably is a great read. Opposites attract at its' finest!
Must Love Wieners is the first in a new series , called Rescue Dog Rom**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Must Love Wieners is the first in a new series , called Rescue Dog Romance by Casey Griffin. I am a huge dachshund lover, so I couldn't possibly turn down this book. (I have three dachshunds at home- a Black and Tan named Harry, A red long haired name Ron and our newest addition to the clan, a little puppy (who just turned one a few days ago!) named Albus Severus. So that should tell you that I love Harry Potter and I love Wiener dogs!) I was initially thinking it would be something along the lines of Must Love Dogs, but with Dachshunds. I was kind of right, but also kind of wrong. I didn't anticipate the mystery element surrounding Must Love Wieners.
The mystery in this book was a little slow going, but once it got started man oh man did it pick up in intensity fast! I really enjoyed the msytery/stalker/arsonist that all come to play in this story. It was much more high stakes than I originally anticipated. The romance was good as well, and I really liked both of the characters. Aiden initially seems pretty perfect, but Piper took a little bit to grow on me. I really liked her, and I completely felt awful for her because she does seem to have the worst luck in the world. Her life seems like a series of unfortunate events all tied together very closely. But she is just so stubborn!! I just wanted her to get over herself a little bit and accept help from people that so clearly cared about her. But her love for dogs more than made up for her stubborn streak. And at least she chose the right dog breed- she is certainly like a dachshund. They are stubborn to a fault too. I loved seeing Piper's little made up conversations with the dogs. It was hilarious because I have found myself imagining a look from one of my pups means the same thing as some of Colin's looks. They are too funny.
Overall, this book took me by surprise. I thought that I would enjoy it, but I didn't know in quite what way I would enjoy it. I wasn't sure if it would be campy or not. Turns out, it's not. The mystery is surprisingly great and the romance is sweet. I can't wait to see what the dachshund rescue center has in store for us next. Each of the books in the series will feature a different couple, but I am kind of hoping that we get to see a little more of Piper and Aiden because I feel like their story just kind of stopped. We solved the mystery and then bam- we were at the end f the book. I want a little more from them. But overall, this book was better than I expected! And if you are a dachshund lover, you will love Colin!
Shadow Bloodlines is the first book in the young adult series by the s**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Shadow Bloodlines is the first book in the young adult series by the same name by author Andrea R. Cooper. This is my first book by Andrea and I have to say, I am impressed with her ability to create an engaging world that felt fresh to me, even though I have read the concept dozens of times in young adult novels. I liked her take on shifters, and I loved that this book features a gargoyle. (I am not going to lie- that was at least 70% of the reason that I picked this book up. It is a creature that fascinates me and I don't get to read a lot about.) Shadow Bloodlines is a series that I want to continue.
The set up for Shadow Bloodlines in one that I am sure we have all read about before- teenage girl has a secret about her past and her families past concealed from her from birth, and once she finds out about it, she is set off on a whirlwind adventure. But don't let that deter you, if done right, this is a trope that I really enjoy. And Shadow Bloodlines is done right. I was immediately sucked into Beth and Amar's story. Beth comes from a shifter family, but unlike other books I have read- her shifter father is no where in the picture. Normally when the parents are hiding a secret from their kid, they go out of their way to be overly protective all the time- not completely absent from their lives. It was an interesting twist on the story. The biggest twist of all comes from the way the shifters are depicted. In the Shadow Bloodlines universe, present day shifters can no longer actually shift into their chosen animal. That power has eroded over time, but instead they are left with abilities, traits and powers unique to their shifter animal. That was a very cool take on the shifter idea for me.
As for the other aspects of Shadow Bloodlines, like the characters, pacing, and plot development, I was equally impressed. There are no over the top perfect characters- both Beth and Amar felt like real people- flaws and all. The plot held my attention all the way through and I am very excited to see what is going to come next. Amar was exactly the way I like my gargoyles too- stoic and protective. I do want some more romance in the second book though. (I don't see that as being a problem though! ;) )
Bottom line: If you like paranormal books that have all the elements of a classic paranormal that you love, with new and interesting twists thrown in, the Shadow Bloodlines series is a great one for you. It has romance, adventure, mystery, and some seriously awesome bad guys. (I didn't even talk about the bad guys because I think they are only going to get cooler in the second book, and I figured I talk about them in my next review.) I need book 2 in my life right now.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Gun Runner is the first book in the adult romantic suspense series**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Gun Runner is the first book in the adult romantic suspense series, called Mafia Made by author Scott Hildreth. This is the first book of Scott's that I have had the pleasure of reading, and I have to say that The Gun Runner lived up to its' expectation. Based on the summary, I was expecting something fast paced with high intensity and lots of sexy. It was all of those things. Fans of suspense and Mafia themed books will really enjoy The Gun Runner.
It isn't often that I get the chance to read books by male authors, and I have found that I particularly enjoy romantic suspense or mystery books written from a male perspective, because I love the high action, high intensity that they can bring. Scott Hildreth does a great job with the pacing and anticipation building in The Gun Runner. I was immediately sucked into Tripp's company, and everything that goes with Gray market (I didn't even know there was a gray market) weapons dealings.
The Gun Runner is told in dual narrative between Tripp and Terra. Tripp is hardcore. Seriously hardcore. It took me a little bit to warm up to him. He is so brash and so blunt that he is like a shock to the system. And I think Terra would agree with that. Tripp is the alphas' alpha. Tripp and Terra are explosive together. Even their names match- I love the whole T and double letter thing they both have going. But you want to know what I loved most of all about The Gun Runner? It wasn't the awesome action or the intense scenes, though both of those were great. It wasn't even the sizzling chemistry between Tripp and Terra. Though I readly loved the intensity Tripp has when he has his attention turned to something he wants- and what he wants is Terra. No, what I loved the most about the Gun Runner is that Tripp and Terra's story is going to continue in book two! This is a true series, not a series of interconnected standalones. I didn't even realize until I was finished reading The Gun Runner, but I have really been craving a series that follows the same characters throughout the books. I'm not ready to say good bye to Tripp and Terra yet. If you like true Alpha guys and intense chemistry and even more intense action, The Gun Runner and the Mafia Made series is a great one for you to check out.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Stroked is a new adult contemporary romance by Meghan Quinn. It is the**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Stroked is a new adult contemporary romance by Meghan Quinn. It is the first in a new series by the same name and I am pretty stoked for Stroked! With the summer olympics coming up, it is the perfect time to find a hot new swimmer as my next book boyfriend and that is exactly what I found in Reese!
Stroked is told in three point of views- Reese, Paisley and Bellini. Bellini is so over the top, that even though she is awful, she is hilarious! She is a rich reality show royalty and she has set up a publicity relationship with Reese, who is known as the Silver Stroke because he has been unable to win a gold medal so far, to help both of their public images out. I got such a kick out of Bellini. The author's tongue in cheek style, along with the crazy rediculousness that is Bellini paired really well. But obviously, this is the story of Reese and Paisley. I really enjoyed them together. I liked that Reese knew he liked her off the bat- not in a creepy insta love kind of way, but in a this seems like a cool chick that I would like to get to know better- kind of way. I respected his dogged attempts to continually chase her. He did not give up. And Paisley is great. Reese did win my heart more than her though.
Stroked has everything that I look for in my romantic comedy books. It made me laugh out loud so many times, there are really great characters, who have out of this world chemistry and I love the Olympic theme. I think Meghan Quinn has a gold medal series here! (sorry, I couldn't resist.)
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**We Are Still Tornadoes is a young adult novel by Michael Kun and Susan**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**We Are Still Tornadoes is a young adult novel by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen. We Are Still Tornadoes is an epistolary novel, which is a book told through a series of letters. There are so many things I love about We Are Still Tornadoes, one of them being the format. I loved getting to read the letters back and forth from these two high school friends that parted ways after senior year. I also loved the way Michael Kun and Susan Mullen partnered to write this story. Susan would draft Cath's letters and Michael would draft Scott's letters. I love this because it added two distinct personalities and vibes to the characters. Of course, I also love the 80s setting, and I love that these two authors met in law school (I realize that has nothing to do with the story, but I love finding lawyer authors.)
We Are Still Tornadoes made me feel nostalgic in all the best ways. I used to love writing letters to my friends. (yes, even though I could text.) And the whole friends to more concept is a favorite of mine. We Are Still Tornadoes will have you laughing, it will make you sad, it was make you want to blast some great 80s music and watch some old school MTV, but most of all this is a book that will put a smile on your face. I really really enjoyed We Are Still Tornadoes. It is part realistic fiction, part humor, part romance, and part classic romantic comedy, (yes that gets it's own category, it is not the same as humor or romance.)I think everyone will find something to love about We Are Still Tornadoes. I am so glad I read this book.
Hot on His Heels is the 16th book in the What Happens in Vegas series**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Hot on His Heels is the 16th book in the What Happens in Vegas series by Margo Bond Collins. Hot on His Heels is an adult contemporary romance from the entangled Lovestruck line. And I have to say, the two main characters Sadie and Jake, did seem very lovestruck throughout the story. But unfortunately, I also have to say that I didn't love Hot on His Heels as much as I wanted to. It is a quick read, and I can see a lot of people really enjoying the spicy-sweetness of the story but it didn't mesh with me and my personality.
Hot on His Heels is an interesting concept. Jake is a very famous romance editor, but because his brother is an ultra conservative politician and doesn't want to smear his public image Jake has decided to hide behind a female persona. Sadie is a literature professor that is beautiful but has no idea and who is working on an academic piece that she thinks is bound to get a whole new generation to love an accept romance and erotica as a valid literary genre. (I was actually pretty interested in her thesis, but we don't get to delve too deep into that. But it seems like a cool idea.) Anyways Sadie is convinced that if she can get an interview with her favorite editor, her writing will be complete. Insert Jake as said female editor, and you get the idea. Could be a very cute concept. But it fell apart pretty immediately for me.
Jake is instantly taken with Sadie, but I never really felt his connection deep down. Especially since he found out that she was person harassing him for so long. But regardless, that wasn't my main issue with the story. I thought Sadie and Jake were cute together, but the characters and the writing were too political for my tastes. First you have the ultra conservative big bad wolf of a brother that made Jake believe (self imposed belief, I might add) that he had to hide everything about himself. The there were anti-men comments hidden behind a veil of feminism. (This is the one that really bugs me. Having feminist beliefs and being a feminist does not mean that you are anti-man, and you have to use the word man as an insult. But I digress.) I felt like the characters beliefs and the writing were very polarizing, and to be honest they rubbed me the wrong way. I understand that will not be the case with all readers, and like I stated earlier, I think many readers will enjoy Sadie and Jake's story. Sadly, I am not one of them. Hot on His Heels didn't work for me.
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**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**NA ReviewMy ThoughtsPlease Note: this is the second book in a series,**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**NA ReviewMy ThoughtsPlease Note: this is the second book in a series, that should be read in order.
If you are new to the Wingmen Inc. series, first check out my review of book one- The Matchmaker's Playbook HERE
The Matchmaker's Replacement is the second book in a new adult contemporary romance series, called Wingmen Inc., by Rachel Van Dyken. As the title and series name suggests, the series centers around two college friends that have a side business where they set up women with their crushes. I read, and enjoyed The Matchmaker's Playbook, and while technically speaking the stories can be read as standalones, because the two friends are very integral in each others stories, and in their business, I feel like I got much more out of the story having read Ian's story first. Ian is present throughout The Matchmaker's Replacement and it was kind of cool to see how he is now with Blake, knowing how he was before. That will be even more interesting with Lex.
I used to think Ian was the main guy at Wingmen Inc., and maybe that did used to be true, but now that he is with Blake everything seems to be falling to Lex's shoulders. So much so, even though he completely detests Gabi (longgg backstory on that one.) he is willing to reluctantly bring her on board to open their market to helping guys land their girls as well. Lex is brilliant, but can be a total jerk face. I mean in, I felt his callousness oozing off the pages. I know it was a front to keep his distance from Gabi, but oh my goodness was he ever convincing. Which for me, made it all the more satisfying when he started to check in on Gabi more and look out for her more. It was really cute. There is just something about Lex that makes you want to go Awh. Sure, he is a gruff guy that will insult you to your face. (and he doesn't hold any punches- he goes right for what will hurt you the most.) However, seeing that soft marshmallow-y center gets me every time.
As you have probably already guessed The Matchmaker's Replacement is Lex and Gabi's story. Gabi has always been off limits to Lex because she grew up as Ian's best friend. In an attempt to stay away from her, Lex has always been a grade A jerk towards her. I predicted after finishing book one that I might enjoy book 2 even more than the first, and I was totally right. I think I connected with Lex more than I did Ian. I really liked Ian and Blake, but I love Gabi and Lex. And I love all the nerdy goodness for Lex. He calls himself a villain, an anti-hero and he calls his bedroom the inner sanctum. Come on! How can you not love him?
Bottom line: If you are a fan of match making romantic comedies, and you liked the movie Hitch (though they do make fun of the movie hitch in this one)- The Matchmaker's Revenge, and will be a big hit for you. The writing is really solid, the characters are great, and the plot is very entertaining. Not to mention the romance is top notch. Overall, it was a really good book. I liked this book even more than the first one!
Earlier this year, I reviewed Anything but Love by Daisy Prescott, whi**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Earlier this year, I reviewed Anything but Love by Daisy Prescott, which is the third book in the Wingmen series. I enjoyed the book so much that I knew I wanted to go back and read books one and 2. So today I have my review of the first book in the Wingman Series, Ready to Fall. The Wingmen series is a group of interconnected romantic comedies that can each be read as standalones. Ready to Fall made me want a lumberjack, and I didn't think that phrase would ever be coming out of my mouth. But it sure is true. I will take a John day, any day. Daisy Prescott does a fantastic job with romantic comedies. I think her books will be perfect for fans of Penny Reid, and you all know how much I love Penny Reid.
What I loved most about Ready to Fall, is that it is told from John's point of view. Yes, an all male point of view romantic comedy. Why are there not more of these? I felt for John. He is such a great guy. Yes, he is a playboy but he seemed so difference from Erik in book 3, Anything but Love. Erik seemed like more of a manwhore, and john seemed more of a guy that wasn't ready to settle down but had moreso be lied to and wronged in his past. Can you tell how much I love John, by how I am already defending him. He is the kind of guy you picture showing up and saving you/sweeping you off o f your feet. No matter how much he may not think so, John makes a perfect hero. I liked Diane, his love interest, as well, but John just stole the show for me. I loved watching the two of them dance around each other, never quite making a move. It was great to have sweet couple to root for. Once again, I think this book would make a great movie. Maybe someone could take all four of the books in the wingman series, and make like a Love, Actually or Valentine's Day mash up of the stories and we could watch them all play out at once?I also wouldn't mind all of them being turned into their own movies or the guys getting their own show. (Either way, someone make it happen!)
Bottom line: Ready to Fall is a solidly great book. The writing is top notch, the characters are relatable, and likeable. And the story line will have you laughing. I am a new (newly huge) fan of Daisy's. I just love her writing. She writes fantastically delicious tension, and her humor is spot on. And I know this has nothing to do with the story, but I also love that her bio says she lives in a real life Stars Hollow. I want to visit! Check this one out if you like romantic comedies, and books like Penny Reid. (and yes, I said that in my last review too, but it is still true!) If you have never read a Daisy Prescott book, you need to fix that ASAP! Trust me.