The House Mate is the third book in the roommates series by Kendall Ryan. The roommates series are each standalone contemporary romances. I loved bookThe House Mate is the third book in the roommates series by Kendall Ryan. The roommates series are each standalone contemporary romances. I loved book one, the Room Mate, and book two, The Play Mate. I liked the third book, but maybe not every bit as much as books 1 and 2. It was a pretty close call though. I’ll explain why, but overall this was still a really good read, and I can see people falling in love with this story the most!
The House Mate is the story of Max and Addison. Max is a businessman and bachelor, until his ex from years ago shows up and drops off a baby girl with a note that it is his and she can’t take care of her anymore. Umm, what?? Does that kind of thing happen in real life? Max puts in an ad for a live in Nanny for his newfound baby Dylan (named after Bob Dylan) and he meets Addison. I’m sure you can see where this story is going. I loved the characters. Max and Addison are really great people. In fact, because I loved the two of them so much, they really carried the book for me. Because the plot is not one that I love. I’m sorry, I know I am probably in the minority in this one, but it is just not my favorite story line to read about. (I know I have said that before.) But because I really loved the first two books, and because I wanted to continue the series, I wanted to read The House Mate. And I’m certainly glad I did. I liked this one, it just won’t be my favorite in the series. It still has Kendall Ryan’s signature sass, and URST that I love. The romance is really solid and like I said, I loved Max and Addison. People that like this kind of plot line, will absolutely love The House Mate. Kendall Ryan is a great writer and a fantastic story teller.
Each of the books in the roommates series can be read as total standalones. And I really do mean that in this case. I didn’t notice any character overlap. Just a series of standalone novels that focus on the same trope. So if this is a trope that you enjoy, you will love any and all of the books! Kendall Ryan is a great writer. Her books are predictable in the way you want them to be. You know you are going to have characters with awesome chemistry, URST through the roof and witty and sassy banter. Everything I love. The Roommates series is a great read for me....more
Don't Kiss the Messenger is a the first book in the young adult contem**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Don't Kiss the Messenger is a the first book in the young adult contemporary series, called Edgelake High School by Katie Ray. Katie Ray is actually a new name for YA author Katie Kacvinsky (who wrote the books- First Comes Love, Second Chance, Finally Forever, Awaken, Middle Ground, and Still Point). I have never read any of Katie's books, but I have to say I absolutely LOVED Don't Kiss the Messenger. I can't wait for the next book in the Edgelake High series. Don't Kiss the Messenger is a retelling of the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac. I can't even tell you how much I loved this version of the story.
Our main character, and this tale's Cyrano is a young lady named CeCe. Cece was in a very bad car accident and has really significant facial scarring from reconstructive surgeries. CeCe is a school superstar student. She is brilliant but she is also a really excellent student athlete. I loved how well rounded CeCe is. She is a really hard worker and I admired that about her. Plus, she is super sweet and honestly, she is a great friend. I loved watching her hit it off with Emmett, the new transfer student. Emmett and CeCe have a really great friendship that I thought developed very naturally. I believed it and their feelings 100%. This is what I wish all YA romances grew out of. Katie Ray did an excellent job showing their chemistry and their bonding. I love Emmett and CeCe!!
But, Emmett falls for the other new transfer student, and CeCe's volleyball teammate- Bryn. Bryn is beautiful and really sweet, but I found myself wishing she were not so one dimensional and superficial. I kept wanting to see a glimpse of more from her. Don't get me wrong, she is a sweet girl...but I was kind of with CeCe, I have no idea how Emmett fell for it for one second. One conversation with Bryn and you know everything about her. I am very ready to be proven wrong about her. I have a feeling that the next book is going to be about her and I can't wait! I have an inkling as to who is going to be her romantic interest and I am really excited for their story.
But now back to CeCe and Emmett. I loved watching their journey. I thought this was the perfect modern take on Cyrano de Bergerac. I laughed, I cried, I cheered when they finally got together. This book made me feel great. Plain and simple. And I loved that about it. I can't wait to read more from Katie Ray. This was a total hit with me. If you like really well written YA romances with awesome characters and a real, believable connection and slow build romance, Don't Kiss the Messenger is going to be a favorite of yours. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on this gem.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Royce Rolls is a young adult humorous contemporary by Margaret Stohl.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Royce Rolls is a young adult humorous contemporary by Margaret Stohl. I loved this book. I found it to be hilarious. It is no secret that I am a HUGE reality tv show junkie. I watch all of it...the good, the bad and the plain old trashy. I love it. And I loved Royce Rolls because it took all of the aspects of reality tv...from the filming and production, to the impact that being a reality tv "star" has on your life, to all of the absurd moments. It all worked for me. This book is pure guilty pleasure fun. Now, I will admit that if you find the whole idea of reality tv awful, and you can't stand to even think about it...this is probably not going to be the book for you. You might find it superficial and gratuitous, and unnecessarily dramatic...which it is. But to be fair, those are some of the things I love most about reality tv. I found Royce Rolls to be a great time. I loved this book.
Royce Rolls was a blast for me to read about. I loved everything about the set up of the book. I loved the over the top characters, I loved the meddling from production, I loved the footnotes. It all worked for me. I think this book will appeal to a very specific reader. I think you will either love it, like I did, or it will be a complete miss for you. If you like reality tv, this is going to be a hoot and a half for you to read.
I loved Bentley, the main character. I thought she was likable and sweet. She was really easy to root for. I didn't love all of the characters as much as I loved her, but overall I felt like it was a good ensemble. The real winner with Royce Rolls for me was the writing. I loved all the witty dialogue and the seriously hilarious moments. I thought this was an accurate representation of the reality tv aspect of our society today. Honestly, it felt very on point for me. I also liked that I felt like I was getting a behind the scenes looks at Hollywood and production, which is always really fun.
Bottom line: If you haven't noticed by now, my theme for this book is fun. Royce Rolls is a really fun read. I think fans of reality tv will enjoy this over the top family, crazy moments and funny disalogue. I had a blast reading Royce Rolls. It was just as much a guilty pleasure as reality tv itself.
Cindy Anstey has done it again! Love, Lies and Spies was one of my fav**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Cindy Anstey has done it again! Love, Lies and Spies was one of my favorite books of 2016. And now Duels and Deception is one of my favorite reads of 2017! I just love Cindy's books. Duels and Deception is a companion novel, set in the same time period as Love Lies and Spies. So while you do not need to read Love Lies and Spies to understand Duels and Deception, both of these books are seriously so good that you need to read both. Trust me on that one!
Duels and Deception is a young adult historical romance by Cindy Anstey. Young Adult historical is a genre that I don't read too much of...not because I don't enjoy it. When it is is well done, I love it. But I am super picky when it comes to the writing and world building in my historical books. And Cindy Anstey has the historical writing IT FACTOR in spades. I felt like I was reading a young adult Oscar Wilde. Cindy is my favorite YA historical author. If you haven't read it already, you need to read this book. It is hands, down, one of the best young adult historical romances I have ever read.
I loved the Regency wit and charm. Flirting in their flowery way just seems so much more fun to me. Duels and Deception is the story of Lydia and Robert. Lydia is delightfully headstrong and independent. I loved how she carried herself and how she was not afraid to speak her mind. And Robert is a stand up guy. Fans of good guys will swoon all over Robert. I know I did. Plus, Duels and Deception centers around an estate. And you all know how nerdy I am about estate planning. I can't say enough positive things about this book. Stick with it for the first 6 chapters and I promise you will be sucked in. From that point on, nothing could tear me away from this story. I am having the hardest time picking my favorite of these two books. (I think it might have been Love , Lies and Spies...but only by a hair. )
Just like the first book, Duels and Deception was wonderfully witty, and awesomely romantic in the way only a fantastic historical romance can be. Everything makes it feel more romantic; the flowery over the top language, the setting, the wit and charm of the period- all of it works for me. Cindy Anstey has a fan in me.
Bottom line: If you are a lover of historical fiction, read Duels and Deception. If you are new to the genre or a reluctant reader, read Duels and Deception. It is that simple. Just read this book. I think it is one of the best books of 2017. (read Love Lies and Spies too!) Cindy Antsey is quickly climbing the ranks as a favorite author for me. I have absolutely loved both of her novels!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Blood Rose Rebellion is the first book in the young adult fantasy seri**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Blood Rose Rebellion is the first book in the young adult fantasy series by the same name. It is also author Rosalyn Eves debut novel, which really impressed me. Blood Rose Rebellion was an excellent read for me, and I can't wait to journey back into this crazy world. I loved the fantasy elements a little more than the romance elements but I have a feeling book two will change my mind. I think this is a romance that is going to get better and better with each book, now that the foundation has been laid for the characters and the story.
Blood Rose Rebellion tells the story of young Anna. Anna is a member of a high class Luminate family. Luminate meaning they are the wielders of magic in this world. Only Anna is barren, she can't wield magic. But she does seem to mess up people's spells when she is around. I loved this premise. I found it to be a breath of fresh air from the norm of magic stories where the main character picks everything up just a bit too easily. Nothing really comes easy for Anna. I liked her a lot. But her breaking spells is really only the beginning of the story.
What I loved most about Blood Rose Rebellion is that this was a story that kept growing and growing. You will want to pay attention to the details of the world and its' structure early on because it gets more complicated the more we learn about magic and the binding spell and all that other interesting stuff. So be sure you read closely or you might find yourself confused at some points. The concept of a binding spell to restrict the use of magic for non-nobles was really interesting to me. Plus, the whole idea of rebellion is exciting and thrilling. It all worked really well. I loved the politics and the class structures and how they all played into the mysteries of magic in the world.
Bottom line: If you are a fan of fantasies that have tons of layers, politics, magic and secrets, with action and fighting thrown in, you will love the Blood Rose Rebellion series. I found the premise to be super interesting and wholly unique. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Opposite of You is the first book in the adult contemporary romanc**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Opposite of You is the first book in the adult contemporary romance Opposites Attract series by Rachel Higginson. I flippin' LOVED this book. It is about time I had a 5 star contemporary read and this one earned every bit of those 5 stars. It is so excellent that I want to pick it up and read it again...immediately. You know when you love a book so much you immediately want to read other books like it? Well, The Opposite of You did that to me. I am now craving a great fight/bantering dynamic, so leave me your best new adult/adult recs below.
The Opposite of You is told entirely from Vera's point of view. Vera is a trained culinary chef, a very talented one at that, but because of a troubled past she doesn't feel like she will ever be able to have her own kitchen. So she opens up Foodie the food truck to start her dream of doing upscale comfort food. I totally want Foodie to be real because seeing her weekly menu's made me seriously hungry! The catch is, she opens Foodie up right across the street from the fanciest restaurant in town, with the most famous chef in town- Killian.
To say that I loved the interactions between Killian and Vera would be a total understatement. They are both hard-as*'s and both totally hilarious with each other. Killian would send spies to order her food and sneak it back to him and then send her his notes tearing the food apart. And Vera would retaliate in awesome ways. They may be one of my favorite book couples of the year. Killian is totally book boyfriend list worthy. I just loved him! But together they are even more magical. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I really hope we get to see Killian and Vera in it some more. I have a feeling I know who one of the future couple is going to be. (view spoiler)[coughmollyandezracough (hide spoiler)]
Bottom line: If you like your contemporary romances full of banter, chemistry that sizzles off the page and beyond excellent pacing and writing, you need to read The Opposite of You. This is my first Rachel Higginson book, but it will not be my last. I couldn't put this book down. It was like a perma smile read for me. I loved it so much. And I need more! The Opposite of You is one of my favorite reads of 2017! Everyone needs to go out and buy this book today. Trust me. You will love it.
Sugar on the Edge is my first attempt with a Sawyer Bennett book, and**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Sugar on the Edge is my first attempt with a Sawyer Bennett book, and I was so pleased with the characters and romance! Sugar on the Edge can be read as a standalone but it is also the third book in the contemporary romance Last Call series. Gavin a dark and tortured soul throughout most of the book. I loved that he was an author and his books were his outlet for his dark feelings. I know this sounds weird because I am nothing like him, but I felt like I really got him from the first time I met him. And it was then that I knew this was going to be a fantastic read for me. If you like your romance extra hot with a side of wonderful characters, then Sugar on the edge is the book for you.
Gavin goes to a secluded house in North Carolina to finish his lastest novel. He seems like the biggest of big authors because the money that the publishing companies were paying him was unreal! He basically wants to hole himself up in his house and write all the time. So he gets a maid and gets to work. I think we all know who his maid is going to be...Savannah comes into Gavin's life and shakes everything up. I can't even tell you how much I loved that fact that Gavin made a character about her right from the star. It was so cute, even if she was a meek anti-heroine that would get killed. She was determined to prove him wrong and he was determined to prove himself right. It was a cute back and forth they had going.
Savannah was a cute character and I loved how she challenged Gavin. She made him realize that she was different and she demanded that she be seen as different. It was interesting to see her do that in her sometimes shy way. Savannah was much more my type of character in real life, but the beauty of Sawyer's writing is that it doesn't matter how alike or unlike a character you are, you can connect with everyone in the story.
Gavin and Savannah both made some poor choices in the story. Savannah is stubborn to a fault and Gavin had his boneheaded moments, but for the most part Gavin and Savannah were so patient and wonderful with each other. Their relationship was a unqiue one, but I adored them. I loved their nicknames for each other, and I loved seeing the way they reacted to one another. I was not seeing the big twist towards the end coming, and while I didn't love it, it completely worked for the story. The last call series is perfect for people that love their romance hot and sexy. I can't wait to read the rest of the books.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Toward a Secret Sky is a young adult supernatural romance by Heather M**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Toward a Secret Sky is a young adult supernatural romance by Heather Maclean. It has been a long while since I have read fantasy in the supernatural genre. I tend to lean more towards the paranormal side of things and the magic fantasy side of things, but I really really enjoyed Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean. It made me want to find some other supernatural romances to pick up, in fact.
Toward a Secret Sky is the start to Maren's story. And unfortunately, it starts off in the sad way that many YA books do, with Maren losing the last of her parents. Right before she is sent off to live with relatives in Scotland that she has never met, she finds a cryptic note from her mother warning her of danger and telling her to trust no one. Yes, I am so in. The story that follows was very quest like, which I loved. It reminded me a bit of National Treasure and I know other people are comparing it to Angels and Demons/Da Vinci Code, which I can also easily see.
Toward a Secret Sky does feature a love triangle between a friend and an angel. I really really need there to be another book in this series, because I need to see more of these characters. Plus, I do love a guy wearing a kilt. And Given was just simply adorable. I am so interested to see how everyone is going to develop and see where things are going to go. I really enjoyed this adventure. It was a lot of fun, pretty sweet, mysterious enough to be interesting, and an overall really good read. The plot is multifaceted and fast paced. This book was a really entertaining read.
I loved the fantastic setting in Towards a Secret Sky. And can we just take a moment to discuss the absolutely breathtaking cover. It is even prettier in person. The hardcover is shiny and has raised embellishments. I love it so much. (While I was thinking about my review, I may or may not have been sitting here petting the cover. #IsThatWeird?) The character in this one are great, but I found the plot to be the overall winner. I can see Toward a Secret Sky appealing to younger fans of YA books as well as older. Bottom line: If you are like me, and don't get a chance to read too many Supernatural YA books, check out Toward a Secret Sky. I think you will really enjoy this fast paced, fun read. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Operation Prom Date is a young adult contemporary romance by author Ci**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Operation Prom Date is a young adult contemporary romance by author Cindi Madsen. I have read some of Cindi's adult romances and I really enjoyed them. They were fun and flirty so I was really excited when I saw she was coming out with a young adult romance. And even more excited when it was called the Tactics in Flirting series. Operation Prom Date is the first book in the Tactics in Flirting series. And I have to tell you...I flippin' LOVED this book. It was so cute. I felt like my face was going to hurt after because I was smiling so much.
Operation Prom Date had so many elements in that I love. It had a plot to get a guy that involved using another guy, it had a great friends to more storyline, and it has tons of geeky fandom references! Kate and Cooper are the two main characters in this story, and Operation Prom Date is told in dual narrative between their points of views. What I appreciated most about this was the fact that this was a true friends to more story. Neither Kate nor Cooper had a crush on each other at the start of the story. It developed over time on both of their sides, which was very refreshing. And super cute to get to see their feelings grow in each of their chapters.
Cooper is very into astronomy and rowing (crew). I loved Cooper. He is such a great guy. And Kate is a numbers gal. A super math nerd (I envy the ease at which she can calculate odds and percentages!) but also a total romantic. I loved all her talk of OTP and the different shows she watches. She is always talking about who she ships and cannon couples. I just loved it. The fandom geek inside of me was totally geeking out!
It has been a long time since I have read a young adult contemporary that I loved as much as I loved Operation Prom Date. It is so freakin' cute. You will fall in love with Cooper and Kate. I promise. This book is perfect for fans of all things fandom. If you liked All the Feels by Danika Stone, you will enjoy this one. I loved it! One of my favorites of the year for sure. I totally ship Kate and Cooper. And Cooper has ton book boyfriend material written all over him!
Garden of Thorns is a young adult fantasy by Amber Mitchell. I love th**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Garden of Thorns is a young adult fantasy by Amber Mitchell. I love the concept behind this book. The Garden is a captivity like setting where girls are taken and forced to join a burlesque type troop and perform. The main character Rose escapes and immediately tangled with a group of rebels. They take off on an adventure with differing end goals. I really liked the concept of Garden of Thorns, but the book ended up being just ok. Plus, I do have to point out how beautiful the cover is! I seriously love it!
Rayce and Rose are the two main characters in this story, and while I liked them both well enough, something was missing for me. I'm not really sure what it is, and that is the frustrating part. I guess I was just wishing for more on all fronts. I wanted more description for sure. I was very unclear on a lot of aspects of the garden. Where did they get the girls from. Was it illegal? was it legal? At the start of the story, I thought they were actually flowers. Like the talking flowers from wonderland. It wasn't until the performance scene that I knew any differently.
And then with the whole adventure, it was good. I did like the story more as it went on, but there was something holding me back from loving it. I found it to be a little predictable and a little easy. There wasn't anything compelling or gripping about the characters or the romance or really their situation. There isn't too much romance in the story, but the romance that there was felt very natural. It didn't feel rushed or forced, which I appreciated.
Bottom line: Garden of Thorns is a decent read with a very interesting concept. I wanted to love it more than I did. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book. It was a good read with good writing, and good characters. But I didn't love it. It was just kind of ehh. However; a ton of people have loved Garden of Thorns. (I will link to a couple of other reviews down below) However; if you are a concept driven reader, you will likely enjoy this very unique fantasy setup. Let me know what you think!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**RIVETED by Jay Crownover is the third title in her Saints of Denver Se**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**RIVETED by Jay Crownover is the third title in her Saints of Denver Series, which is a spinoff of her Marked Men Series. Riveted is a new adult contemporary romance. I have not read any of the books in either of these series, and even though each of the books can be read as standalones, i really regret not having read books 1 and 2 in the Saints of Denver Series. Because I already love these characters and I want to know their stories! Riveted had me completely riveted from the very first page. (Sorry, I couldn't resist) This book is seriously so good y'all!
Riveted is the story of Dixie Carmichael and Dash ‘Church’ Churchill. I loved the stark differences between Dixie and Church. Dixie is this eternal optimist. A total hopeless romantic that believes in the perfect fairy tale love story. I loved Dixie. You can't help but want her to get her happy ending. And Church is jaded. Very jaded. How can he not be from his past. For completely different reasons, you want Church to get his happy ending too. And the two of them together was all at once sweet, explosive and sexy. And totally addictive. I could not get enough of these two characters.
And not only them, but the whole crew of characters. I need the other books in this series, in the marked men series, and heck, from every other book Jay Crownover has ever written. I have been bitten by the jay bug and I have been bitten hard. Her words are powerful and addictive and I hung on every single sentence. And I don't say that lightly. She can write a seriously good book. The kind of good book, you know is not just a fluke. No she is the kind of writer that you just know, everything she writes will be gold. I need more. Now. More Dixie and Church. More Wheeler and Poppy, which I think is going to be the next book in the series. (maybe?) And just more Jay's books in general.
Bottom line: If you crave really emotional and powerful new adult contemporary romances, with broken characters and delicious chemistry, Riveted is the book for you. Jay Crownover's writing felt really powerful to me. This is a book that will stay with me long after I finished reading it. I loved Riveted.
Royal Affair is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance,**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Royal Affair is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance, Royal Scandal series by author Parker Swift. I really enjoyed Royal Affair. It is the perfect valentines day read, or really a read for any day of the year. It has lots of romance, sexy times, witty banter and great characters. I can't wait for the next book in the Royal Scandal series, because this one sure did brighten my day.
At first, I has no idea what to make of Lydia and Dylan. I loved both of them, but they also each annoyed me in different ways. Lydia is a pretty independent person, and I really admired that about her. It takes guts to pack up and move to another country for an internship, especially one in the highly critical fashion world. But at the same time, she was the type of independent that views accepting help or nice things from other people as a weakness. Which I don't agree with, and it got to the point of annoying when she was constantly shutting down Dylan's courteous gestures. But Dylan on the other hand was more than a little overbearing. Each one of them took their personalities to the extreme. But oddly enough, they worked well together. I enjoyed reading about the two them...a lot.
While I have never read Fifty Shades of Grey, I have seen some people comparing the two books, and I can totally see that. Dylan is a dominating force in the story. If that is your kind of thing, you will absolutely love this book. It was just a bit too much in terms of their heightened personalities that prevented me from giving this book 5 stars and falling madly in love with it. But don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this story and I will definitely be continuing on in the series. Fans of dominant guys will really love Dylan. He is certainly swoonworthy and the romance did have it's sweet moments, which I loved. I also really liked the whole "royal" aspect to the story. It added another layer both to the plot and to the complexity of Dylan's character.
Bottom line: Royal Affair is a really great start to what looks to be a great romance series. if you are a fan of books featuring a hot romance, hot royals, and a dominant alpha male, the Royal Scandal series will be one you love. I can't wait for the next book.
The Rule Maker is the second book in the New Adult (Or maybe adult- I consider this one a cross over that would appeal to readers of both age groups) in the Rule Breakers series by Jennifer Blackwood. I absolutely loved book one, The Rule Book. It reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada with a male boss, and a whole lot more romance. I really enjoyed it! So I was super excited for The Rule Maker. I really enjoyed The Rule Maker too. I think I liked The Rule Book just a tad more, but this was a great read and an awesome second book in the series. The Rule Maker is Zoey and Ryder's story. We got to see each of them in the Rule Book, so while you can read this independently of the first book, this is a series that I think is great to read in order. Zoey is Lainey's roommate from The Rule Book and Ryder is the the shirtless guy from the first book! ha, I got a real kick out that when I figured it out. Ryder is also one of Brogan's old school friends, which was an interesting connection. I loved Zoey. She is just a bit, a tad, a smidgen tightly wound. She is very much a perfectionist and I just loved her little anal self! And Ryder mixed with Zoey was an awesome combination. I like how they knocked each other off their game just a bit. It was adorable. This whole book was pure fun.
Zoey is working for Ryder's brother on a new resort, and she ends up working more with Ryder while his brother is out of commission, which proved to be all kinds of awkward for Zoey and all kinds of funny for Ryder because they had a brief history with each other. Once again, Jennifer creates releatable and believable characters that you can't help but like and root for. I love her romances and I love getting to really know who the characters are. She is a character driven reader's dream.
Bottom line: The Rule Maker is a great romance for fans of lighthearted fun and great characters. I would read this series in order because while the books do work as standalones, they work even better building on one another. Plus, Lainey and Brogan's story is my fav! The Rule Maker is a strong follow up to a great contemporary romance series. One worth checking out!
No Breaking My Heart is the fifth book in the Barefoot William series**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
No Breaking My Heart is the fifth book in the Barefoot William series by Kate Angell. I have not read any books either in this series, nor by Kate Angell yet. but I was pleasantly surprised by No Breaking My Heart. It was a quick, fun read that made me smile and laugh from start to finish. Which is exactly what I was looking for. Each of the books in the Barefoot William series can be read as standalones. I had no problem jumping right into this story. Each of the books follows a different couple.
No Breaking My Heart is Alyn and Halo's story. And I really liked the two of them, but what I found really interesting was that there was also a secondary couple forming in the story. Landon and Eden. I'm not sure if this is typical in this series, if there is the base set up for the next book and couple it will feature, or if that was unique to this book in the series. If it is a common element, I would really like to go back and read the other books to see how their stories interwove. (or if they did.) So I am not sure if I would recommend that you read this series in order or out of order. (if you have read this series, and can let me know if the secondary couple element was unique to this book or in the whole series?)
No Breaking My Heart was a fun read. That was what I liked most about this story. It was just lighthearted, fun. And it made me laugh. Alyn and Halo cracked me up. From the way that they met, to their interactions- I loved how funny they were! Both of them are just a tad stubborn. Not enough to be annoying, but enough to notice. It worked for their dynamic though. Overall, I really enjoyed this story from start to finish. It was a quick read that will transport you to the beach for lighthearted fun for an afternoon.
The Secret of a Heart Note is a young adult standalone, magical realis**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Secret of a Heart Note is a young adult standalone, magical realism romance by author Stacey Lee. I LOVED this book. And when I say I loved it, I really, really loved it. This book was so much more than I was expecting it to be. And I mean that in the best way possible. Because I was expecting this book to be a cute contemporary romance, but I didn't realize the depth that the aromateur part of the story would be. I fell in love with the idea of someone mixing elixirs and smelling out the subtle notes and scents that make up a person. I really loved the idea of that. And Stacey Lee did an excellent job of making the world of Mim and her mom, the world of aromateurs come to life.
Mim is an awesome character. I loved her. She is kind of an outcast, but as sweet as can be. I loved her interactions with her classmates. So much, that I would love to see more in this world. I know this was meant to be a standalone, but I think Mim could do a lot more with some of her classmates(after they turn 18 of course. ;) ) and I am kind of dying to read more of Mim and Court. I loved watching him get shy and embarrassed when Mim could smell how he was feeling. It was freakin' adorable!
Which leads me to my next point. I can totally see how Mim would be an intimidating girl to be around. She can pretty much smell out your secrets. (not really, but kind of.) I would be nervous to be around her too. The Secret of a Heart Note is a super cute read. One I think all fans of young adult contemporaries and books featuring magic should read. I know it is only the second day of the year, but I think The Secret of a Heart Note might make its way on to my favorites list for 2017! That is how much I loved it. And I really, really loved Court. Seeing him with Mim was just beyond adorable.
Bottom line: The Secret of a Heart Note is a fantastic read. One full of warm fuzzies, a super cute romance, a great world filled with love witches as Mim calls herself, and a really nice story. I want to re-read this one! The Secret of a Heart Note is a favorite of mine.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Cad and the Co-Ed is the third book in the Rugby series by Penny R**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Cad and the Co-Ed is the third book in the Rugby series by Penny Reid and LH Cosway. I am just going to say it...The rugby series is my favorite sports romance series of all time! Which should come as no surprise to any of you because I think by now you know I have a not so mild obsession with everything Penny Reid (and now LH Cosway) writes. Each of the books in the rugby series can be read as standalones and they each follow a a different character, but trust me when I tell you this, you are going to want to read all of the books in this series. So you might as well read them in order. They are all so stupendously wonderful, and they each follow a different member of the rugby team. Please don't make me pick my favorite because I might have a melt down (but if you twist my arm...it's Sean. I just love him. And even more so after this book.)
The Cad and the Co-Ed is Bryan and Eilish's story. Eilish is Sean's cousin, who is like a sister to him. So we get to see ton's of Sean in this story, which made my Sean loving heart very happy. Bryan was a super interesting character. Because when the story starts out, he most certainly is a cad. He was a total jerk, and I was more than a little intrigued to see how he was going to recover from it. Because I did not like my first meeting with him. But fear not, other than that one scene...Bryan is a total reformed Cad. He is such a sweetheart now. I loved that he was a 'boring old man'. (that is so much more my speed. haha) Watching him and Eilish interact was great. Let me set the scene for you Eilish and Sean hook up in the middle of his Cad days. Eilish becomes later involved with the team and Bryan doesn't remember her at all but he certainly wants to court her. Through in a big ole secret, some excellent writing and Penny Reid and LH Cosway grade A humor and you have a great time on your hands.
I also want to share a little secret with you. (please don't hate me.) Books with kids in them are not my thing...at all. So when I saw that Eilish had a child in in the summary I just glossed right over it because all my eyes could see was 'book 3 in the rugby series. BOOOK 3!!!! More Penny Reid. Must have right now!' etc. (those are direct quotes, btw.) I didn't even realize there would be a little boy in this story, but darn it all. Penny Reid and LH Cosway made me like the fact that there was a mini human in this book. Darn them! My point is, even if you are not a kids person, you should still read this book because it is so amazing.
I really don't want to spoil any of the story line for you, but know this. The characters are engaging, and very multidimensional, the romance is some of the best there ever was, the writing is witty and so much fun and the story is so good you will not be able to put it down. Penny Reid has written some of my very favorite romance series. Of all time people. She is one of my favorite authors Of.ALL.TIME! If you are not reading her books, you are doing yourself a disservice. Show yourself some love and read the Rugby series.
Captivate is the first book in the Submerged Sun series by Vanessa Gar**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Captivate is the first book in the Submerged Sun series by Vanessa Garden. The Submerged Sun series is a young adult paranormal fantasy featuring an underwater city and mermaids! As soon as I saw that I thought, Umm, yess! Sign me up please! I really enjoyed this one. It does have a love triangle, so I know that might be a turn off for some people (and full disclosure: if love triangles do bug you, this is a pretty big one, so you might want to skip in that case.) but I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to continuing the series.
I don't read a ton of mermaid books, but I do really enjoy them. I liked Captivate because a lot of it took place in the underwater world, and it was a very cool world, called Marin. Vanessa Garden did an excellent job with the world building in this novel. In fact, it was one of my favorite things about the book. Another great thing were the characters. I really enjoyed Miranda, Marko and Robbie. I am not going to talk about which team I am on for the love triangle. Partially because I don't want to spoil anything and partially because I am a little uncertain as to whether I will change teams in the next book or not. This love triangle had a lot of ups and downs and back and forths in it. And I do mean a lot. As far as love triangles go, this was not a bad one. Sometimes I find love triangles annoying if they seem contrived, but this one didn't bother me at all. I genuinely do see the upside to Marko and to Robbie. (I do kind of wish that Miranda would just choose a side and stay on. The part about love triangles that does become annoying as a series goes on is all the flipping back and forth. I just don't think that is fair to anyone and I don't like to see too much of it. But we will have to wait for the next book in the series to see if that is the case.
Captivate is a well written book with a very interesting concept. Vanessa Garden does some cool and new things with mermaids, which I really enjoyed. It was not like all the other mermaid stories out there, and the world she creates is something pretty special. The characters did fall into some of the more cliche YA stereotypes, so be warns about that. But overall, I thought Capitvate was a strong start to what could be a very promising paranormal series. I am interested to see where it goes next.
Life in the Danger Zone is the third book in the Zone series, by Patri**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Life in the Danger Zone is the third book in the Zone series, by Patricia B. Tighe. The Zone series are each young adult standalone novels told in dual narrative. While you can read these books by themselves, if you are given the chance, I think it would be nice to read them in order. They follow a group of high school friends, and I liked both the first book (Life in the No Dating Zone) and the second book (Life in the Lucky Zone) in the series. The writing in the Zone series is very solid, and the romance will grow on you just as much as the characters will. I think this third installment is my favorite couple yet!
Life in the Danger Zone is a story told between Rose and Sam. What I really loved about this book was the fact that it takes place on a cruise. For some reason, I have been really into cruise books, and that might be why Life in the Danger Zone is my favorite book in the Zone series to date. I also really enjoyed the little mystery thrown in. Rose is on a cruise with her grandparents and she has big plans of lots of relaxing and reading. (which sounds like my kind of vacation!) but what she gets instead is being stuck in a teen group and being accused of stealing. I liked that this was a mystery on a cruise ship. And the romance was super cute as well. I liked Sam, though Rose was my favorite of the two. Sam is a good guy, even though he sometimes struggled with thinking of himself that way.
Bottom line: Patricia B. Tighe has done it again. Life in the Danger Zone is a feel good romance if there ever was one. Not to mention a good mystery. I liked the combination of the two. You will enjoy this lighthearted read if you are a fan of young adult contemporaries. If you enjoyed Life in the No Dating Zone and Life in the Lucky Zone, then you should pick up this next installment. Patricia B. Tighe writes really cute romances and Life in the Danger Zone might be my favorite one yet!This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**YA ReviewMy Thoughts"Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**YA ReviewMy Thoughts"Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love." I mean COME ON! How amazing does that sound? Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a standalone young adult fantasy. It is the story of the Queen of Hearts long before she was the Queen of Hearts. It acts a prequel to the Alice in Wonderland stories and it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. For a number of reasons. I absolutely love retellings, re-imaginings and stories about villainous characters. Not to mention Wonderland is one of my favorite story book lands of all time. So this one was a no brainer for me. And if you can believe it, this is my first Marissa Meyer book. (I know, I know! I have the Lunar Chronicles sitting on my shelf but I have yet to read them. Be sure to tell me how crazy I am in the comments below. :p) So with all of that perfect sounding hype, I was a little scared to pick up Heartless. I mean it sounds perfect, but...what if I don't love it as much as I was expecting. So, I put off reading it for a little while. But, I couldn't put it off forever. every day when I went into my library to pick out my next read, it was staring at me from my bookshelf, telling me that I would rather be reading Heartless. And eventually I caved. And I have to say...it was EVEN BETTER THAN i WAS EXPECTING! Heartless has everything I love in a book- it has amazing characters, it has romance, and it has wonderland! I loved this book so much!
Heartless tells the story of a long Cath- who loves to bake. (it's how she wins the heart of the King of wonderland- and no that isn't a spoiler, you can tell that just from the first chapter.) I loved seeing Cath so passionate about baking, and watching her thoughts wander to baked goods and new ideas when she is talking to someone else was so endearing to me. Like when she was thinking about creating salted caramels at the ball. While I was reading and getting to know the young Cath I couldn't help but stop and wonder how on earth she turns into the ruthless Queen. And that is what made Heartless so magical and wonderful. Marissa Meyer stays true to the wonderland flair in her story and with her characters but she also is so gifted with her character development that Cath turns into a completely different person in your mind. This book has made me want to go straight home and binge read all of Marissa's other books.
There is a great romance in Heartless as well. As soon as I was introduced to the Joker, I was itching for the romance to develop. This is a really hard romance because I knew it was (most likely- see I am still unwilling to accept it!) be doomed from the start because I know how the Queen of Hearts story ends, but it didn't stop me from falling completely in love with Jest. Marissa Meyer has such a way with her characters. you can't help but love them. I wanted Cath so badly to open up her bakery and run away with Jest, even though I know this is a prequel to the wonderland tales. It didn't matter, I couldn't let them go.
bottom line: Heartless is an incredible standalone book. I know people will be comparing this to Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles and I have no idea whether they think it is better or not. Since this is the first book I have read from her, I can't compare them, but I will say this. Heartless is a magical read that will have you thinking about The Queen of Hearts in a different light. I think this is a perfect origin story for this famous villain of Wonderland. I loved it so much. I have an exclusive cover edition coming to me and I can't wait to buy every cover out there for this story. It is one of my favorites of 2016!
YA Review My Thoughts Ahh, I can't believe the Heirs of Watson Island Tr**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
YA Review My Thoughts Ahh, I can't believe the Heirs of Watson Island Trilogy is done. I loved Illusion, it might be my favorite book out of all of them, and this was one heck of an ending. The hard part about this trilogy is that with each of the books it is getting harder and harder to write spoiler free reviews. Martina Boone has created such a detail rich world that is so woven is layers and layers of secrets and mysteries that it is almost impossible to say something about book 3 without giving something away. Needless to say, you need to read this series in order. So if you have not read Compulsion or Persuasion yet, stop reading this review right now and go start reading this series. You will love it!
I can see this trilogy, appealing to so many different kinds of readers. It will appeal to fans of romance, mystery, as well as fans of creepy/dark books. It is labeled as a southern gothic. I can't say that I have had too much experience in this particular genre, but if they are all like the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy, I need to start reading more of them. This series had so many layers and such a depth to its' story.
You really had to pay attention or you would miss something, both in Illusion and in this trilogy. Each of the books really builds and builds so read each page carefully. A few times I felt myself getting swept up in the story and reading quicker and quicker to find out what was going to happen next and then before I knew it I felt a little lost, like I had missed something. When I picked up Illusion, it took me a moment to get back into the swing of things and to remember what each of the three families "gifts/curses" were. But once I did, I was once again completely swept up in the magic that Martina Boone weaves with her words.
The story is crazy good, and it just keeps unfolding. Right when you think there couldn't possibly be any more, there is. I loved this series so freakin much, and I have to say the ending is pretty great. It is not often that I feel like a series or trilogy is wrapped up perfectly, and this one is! I think that is why Illusion is my favorite book in the bunch. I just want to re-read this series right now.
Bottom line: You need to read this series. If you haven't go out and grab Compulsion right now. If you have read the first two books, Illusion is not going to disappoint. I loved Barrie and Eight. Freaking loved them. Not only that but I love how vivid and rich this series feels. I can feel the mansion, the fire, the spirits, and all the tensions among the families. Not to mention the suspicion and distrust that was a tangible force on every page. Martina Boone is amazing at subtly and character building and atmospheric writing. She has created three incredible families, one incredible world and a kick butt story. The Heirs of Watson Island is one of my favorite series. It is great from start to finish.
Only You is the first book in a spin-off from Denise Grover Swank's New York Times bestselling Wedding Pact series (The Wedding Pact, The Player, The Gambler, The Valentine). Only You is also the first book in the Bachelor Brotherhood series. I have never read her Wedding Pact series but I have read lots of her paranormal romances (The Curse Keepers Series and the On the Other Side series and they were both five star reads for me. So I knew I had to give her contemporary romance a spin. And boy, am I glad I did. Only You is everything I look for in a romance. It was cute, sexy and a totally fun and sweet read.
Staying single romances are always a fun read for me. There is just something about finding that special someone when you least expect it, or even when you are warding it off that is always a winner in my book. It just seems so sweet and romantic, and I think we all know that I am a hopeless romantic. Not to mention Denise Grover Swank is an incredible writer, so the story telling is also very strong. I really enjoyed Only You. If you are looking for a quick, cute and fun read that has more than a little spice, check out Only You.
The Right Kind of Guy is part of the What Happens in Vegas series by K**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Right Kind of Guy is part of the What Happens in Vegas series by Kerri-Leigh Grady. This is book 17 in the series. I read book 16 (Hot on His Heels) and to be honest I didn't love it. But each of the books are written by different authors and the only common denominator between them is that they all take place in Vegas, so i thought what the heck. Let's give this one a try. And I am glad I did. The summary sounded amusing, and it was. I liked this one more than the last book in the series, but it was only a pretty good read. It didn't make me leap for joy, but I did enjoy it.
The Right Kind of Guy initially intrigued me because it takes place in a romance writer's convention and the main character is a decently popular romance author, who doesn't believe in real life sweep your off your feet romances. I knew right then and there I had to meet Kelsey F**ing Spencer. (that is how one of her fans kept referring to her as.) And I loved Kelsey. I found her to be a breath of fresh air. I can totally see why Aaron was instantly amused by her. I am not sure I got why he was practically stalking her from the moment he met her, but I do get why he liked her.
The Right Kind of Guy is a very quick read that is perfect for a lighthearted afternoon of frivolous fun. It is not a serious read, but it is very cute. The plot is not terribly likely to happen, but just go with it and have fun. This book will have you smiling for sure. It is the first book I have read from author Kerri-Leigh Grady and I really like her writing style. It is very conversational and she clearly enjoyed witty characters. I enjoyed The Right Kind of Guy.
Tonic is a new adult romantic comedy by Staci Hart. I would put this o**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Tonic is a new adult romantic comedy by Staci Hart. I would put this one more in the vein of a contemporary romance because it takes some time for the comedy part of the romantic comedy to gear up. But either way, I loved Tonic. I was in the mood for a really great romance and it totally hit the spot. I have been wanting to read another Staci Hart book for a while now, because I knew that I would really enjoy it and I was right. She is right up there with Penny Reid and Meg Cabot as my romance go to authors.
I loved the perspective that Tonic took. I am a reality tv show junky and Tonic is about a tattoo shop that is getting it's own reality show. But the story itself is told in dual narrative between Annika and Joel. Joel is the shop owner and Annika is a tv show producer. That is the interesting perspective I am talking about. I think it was a spot on portrayal of the way reality TV works. I loved seeing the producers talk about moving and manipulating the characters to create an atmosphere for drama. Watching them plan out the episodes of the season was super fascinating to me. I have no idea how accurate this is or isn't but it felt pretty accurate to me.
Of course, the reality show, even though it s front and center plot wise, felt secondary to the character development and relationship blossoming between Annika and Joel. I just loved the dichotomy between the two of them. With Annika's ice queen exterior and Joel's dogged determination they were a fiery pair. I think you all know by now that I am a sucker for some URST bickering, and these two had that in spades. But Joel really steps up when he needs to. he is caring and kind and his focus is sexy. I loved him. I really liked Annika too but I don't know how anyone can compete with Joel. (can you tell I have major goo goo eyes for him.) There is just something good about him.
Bottom line: Whether you are more of a Romantic Comedy fan or more of a dramatic contemporary romance fan, Tonic will be a great book for you. Read it even if you can't stand reality TV. Trust me. Joel and Annika will win you over. They won me over right from the very start. Their fire and ice dynamic made for a read that I could not put down and I did not want to end. Staci Hart is quickly becoming an Auto-buy author for me. I love her romances.
I have loved the Imperfect Love trilogy by Kendall Ryan from start to finish. It is the perfect summer series, and in fact it is one of my favorites oI have loved the Imperfect Love trilogy by Kendall Ryan from start to finish. It is the perfect summer series, and in fact it is one of my favorites of the year! It is a fun, flirty and more than a little sexy read. Noah and Olivia are the kind of couple that you just know in your heart of hearts are meant for each other. Now that is not to say that they are great towards each other. They aren’t, and they have so many road blocks, I am sure they will have some whiplash and neck injuries from all of this up and down they are going through. But it is all worth it in the end.
Hitched Volume three picks up shortly after Hitched Volume one leaves off, which is to say it starts off in a cluster shank. Volume two left off at an awful spot, so I was cringing just starting book three. I will say that I think volume three was my least favorite in bunch, but I think most of that has to do with the fact that now is the time that Noah and Olivia really have to buckle down, get to business, and face the really hard stuff. One of the things that I have always appreciated about the Imperfect Love series, and volume three is no different, is that Kendall Ryan takes the time to highlight and develop not only the in private/at home relationship with Olivia and Noah, but also their at work relationship. They are each such dedicated workers that I really enjoyed watching them interact in a professional setting. (it also made for some, let’s just say interesting scenes.)
Bottom line: Hitched and the Imperfect Love series gets under your skin. You can’t help but love the characters, and root for them. Mrs. Ryan has really turns up the heat with Noah and Olivia, and I loved it! Sure, they can be infuriating, but there is just something about them that has me smiling, has me rooting for them and has me absolutely desperate for more. I am addicted to these two. I love Kendall Ryan’s writing. She writes banter and flirty fun so well. The Imperfect Love series is a top read of 2016 for me. I think everyone should check it out. But be warned, don’t start volume one unless you have some time on your hands because you are immediately going to want books 2 and 3....more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Fix Up is a standalone contemporary romance by Kendall Ryan. Even**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** The Fix Up is a standalone contemporary romance by Kendall Ryan. Even though this book works as a complete standalone it is a spin off novel of Kendall's Hitched trilogy. It takes place in the same universe and the characters are friends of the main couple from Hitched, Olivia and Noah. Trust me, when I say you don't need to read Hitched to enjoy The Fix Up. However; hitched is a great trilogy on its' own and I would definitely recommend that you read it.The Fix Up is a really great read. I think I still enjoyed Hitched a little bit more, but this comes in as a close second.
The Fix Up follows along in the same vein as Hitched, but in this case the main guy is British. He has recently come into a rather large inheritance (we are talking $50 million large) but there is a hitch (he-he) in order to receive the inheritance, he must be married. (again, let's put aside the actually legality of this, and pretend this is a valid way to pass along an inheritance, because it makes the story so much more fun.)
One thing I want to point out is that I found the summary to be a bit misleading. I thought that the two main characters, Camryn and Sterling would be really good friends turned more, but in reality they didn't know each other all that well. They had met at their mutual friends wedding and maybe a couple of other odd times, but nothing more substantial than that. It didn't really affect the story, I was just expecting them to know each other better starting off. either way, Camryn is a PR expert and she steps in to help Sterling find a suitable wife so he can secure his inheritance. Sterling has other ideas. Namely, Camryn. This was such a fun read. I love books where one person is so clearly pursuing the other person. Probably because I love determination, and Sterling certainly is determined.
Bottom line: I think everyone knows that Kendall Ryan is an excellent author, so obviously The Fix Up is excellently executed and well written. The characters are life like and fully fleshed out and the chemistry and romance can't be beat. It is really great. The Fix Up is perfect for fans of the Hitched series who want more! I want more!
Vampire Addiction is the first book in the young adult paranormal**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Vampire Addiction is the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, the vampires of Athens, by Eva Pohler. Vampire Addiction is the story of Gertie, who is a book worm that didn't want to go to Athens for a study abroad year. Her parents had to force her to go, so right off the bat Gertie and I butted heads a little. I just couldn't wrap my head around someone not wanting to learn all kinds of things by experiencing a new culture like that, especially someone who is as much of a bookworm as she is. I guess I just equated bookworms with people who have a thirst for knowledge and would love to be able to learn about Athens, while being in Athens! She came across as very immature to me. However, the book did get better, and I ended up liking Vampire Addiction.
Once Gertie gets to Greece, she is immediately taken under the wing of her host family. I loved how involved her host family was. weird things did start happening right away, and soon we are swept up in a whirlwind journey. The vampires of Athens were brought into the story line pretty quickly, and I have to say Vampire Addiction seemed like the perfect title for the story because Gertie was obsessed with them. It seemed like every other word out her mouth was about vampires. every single person she met knew, within their first or second conversation, that Gertie was reading interview with a vampire and that she was fascinated by them. I thought that was a little overboard. Which leads me to my main annoyance with Vampire Addiction. I felt like this book was very cool, but I felt like it lacked finesse. There wasn't very much showing, just a lot of telling. It felt a little abrupt and jumpy.
However, I still enjoyed Vampire Addiction, and that was mainly due to the plot line of the story. even though I felt like the pacing was a bit choppy, I like the blending of mythology and vampire lore a lot. It is something that I haven't seen done much, if at all, and it was a very cool take on subject. I also love the idea that if a vampire drinks from a human that they inherit some of the vampires superpowers for a little while. That is cool, and I could totally see how that would be addicting. Those elements were what kept me interested in Vampire Addiction. I liked this novel, but I didn't love it. I would recommend it to fans of vampire stories that are looking for a unique twist on the lore.
Stroked Long is the second book in the a new adult contemporary romanc**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Stroked Long is the second book in the a new adult contemporary romance series, Stroked, by Meghan Quinn. I loved the first book, Stroked, a LOT, so I went into Stroked Long expecting to enjoy it, but I got so much more than that. This book LEVELED ME. I love this book, and Bodi so hard. It is without a doubt, the best book I have read in 2016. Hands down. I don't even know how to adequately express my love for this book.
I loved Reese from book one, but Bodi made me say Reese who? I can't even decsribe how deep my love for Bodi and Stroked Long goes. This book affected me on a very deep level. The care and liove that Meghan Quinn took describing Bodi's struggles were evidence on every single page. I have seen so many books with OCD characters, and character that have seen terrible tragedies in their lifetime, but none have touched me like Bodi did. I just felt for him so much. And that is all due to how masterful and tender Meghan was in her portrayal of him. Bodi is on my short list of top book boyfriends of 2016. And it will be hard to top him. He deserves so much more attention. (even though he would hate that.) And then there is Ruby.
I remember when I first met Ruby, I was only about 5 sentences into her dialgoe and the only thought running through my head was, "man, she is ANNOYING!" I didn't think there was any way that she would win me over. She has the wrost case of nervous word vomit that I have ever seen, she is distruptive, and loud and totally out there. But darn it, if she didn't make me fall for her just like Bodi did. I think the turning point was when she first went over Bodi's house to work on the foundation project. She is so perceptivve when it comes to reading people, and I loved how she quietly gave Bodi what he needed without making a big deal out of it. I loved this loud over the top person, could reign it in and quietly be there for someone without bringing attention to their eccentricities. Ruby is a good person.
Bottom line: Stroked Long is the best book I have read this year. It was even better than Stroked. It has everything that I look for in my romantic comedy books. It made me laugh out loud so many times, but it also made me cry. It made me feel. It made me fall in love. Bodi and Ruby are pure magic. I don't think you could have found a more mios matched pair if you tried. but they work so beautifully together. And Meghan Quinn's writing is really a work of art. I have not been this moved by a book in a longggg time. I really loved this one! 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.)
The Replacement crush is a young adult contemporary romance by Lisa Br**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Replacement crush is a young adult contemporary romance by Lisa Brown Roberts. I heart this book. It has been so long since I have read a standalone young adult romance that was so cute and adorkable that it put a huge smile on my face, like this book did. I had a blast with the replacement crush. It reminded me everything that I love about young adult contemporary romances. I love the brisk pace of the story. I love the solid friendships, and the cute flush of high school crushes.
Vivian is burned by a secret summer fling that wants nothing to do with her when school starts. (jerk alert!!) so she decides that what she needs to get over said jerk is to come up with a replacement crush, which I have to say, is a solid plan. But, and here is the real kicker...she doesn't want anyone on the list that she could actually see herself liking. She wants to play it safe and just pick guys that she can feel comfortable with but not fall for. Insert the new guy, Dallas here. Dallas is what Vivian and her bff like to call nerd-hot. And let me tell you nerd-hot is my kryptonite. I love Dallas so much, I can't even adequately express my love for him in words. Let's just say he is easily a contender for top book boyfriend of 2016.
It was so much fun to watch Vivian and Dallas embark on what I am going to call the crush dance. You know what I am talking about. When you like someone, or you are starting to like someone and you do that awkward, but totally adorable dance around one another, not wanting to admit what you might be feeling, but also wanting to spend time with the other person, and looking for clues and hints for how the other person feels about you. My heart just can't handle the total cuteness of the crush dance and of this book. I love Viv and Dallas.
Lisa Brown Roberts is a god to of mine for young adult contemporary romances. I know I can always expect great characters, cute dialogue and plot situations and an all around fun read. And The Replacement Crush might just be my favorite of hers yet! Trust me, you will fall in love with Dallas. (but pick another book boyfriend because this nerd-hot guy is MINE.)
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Spindle by Shonna Slyaton is a young adult fairy tale retelling of Sle**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Spindle by Shonna Slyaton is a young adult fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I knew I had to read Spindle because I love retellings, because Sleeping Beauty is one disney classic that I never watched too much and because the cover is bea-u-ti-ful! I mean, seriously it is so pretty! I loved Spindle. I thought it was well executed, had a great flair for the classic story, but Shonna Slayton still made it her own.
Spindle is the story of Briar Rose, a young girl trying to work for a better life for her siblings. I really loved Rose. I thought her work ethic was admirable and I loved her dedication to her brothers and sister. But no story is complete without a prince. In this case, her best friend Henry Prince. Which I thought was a cute twist. His family is hiding a big secret, which totally intriged me. I had my guesses from the beginning but I would be lying if I said I easily had this one completely figured out. Shonna Slyaton does some really cool things with the twists and secrets in Spindle.
The only thing that annoyed me about Briar Rose was her continued fascination with Wheeler. I thought he was a jerk, but she couldn't seem to get him out of her head. But other than that, and a few slow points in the story, I really really enjoyed this tale. I thought it was a lot of fun. I think fans of retellings will love Spindle. I do wish there was a little more romance. It builds throughout the story but it is loaded heavier on the back end of the book.
The industrial revolution time period is the perfect setting for Spindle. In fact, I think that was my favorite story telling decision. It set the mood of desperation perfectly. Spindle is a retelling take you don't want to miss. I can't wait for more from Shonna Slayton.
Two to Wrangle is the second book in the adult contemporary romance se**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Two to Wrangle is the second book in the adult contemporary romance series, Hotel Rodeo by Victoria Vane. It is the the continuation of book 1, Hell on Heels, so you need to read that book first or you will be pretty lost. This series is a bit of an interesting setup. Books 1 and 2 are both about Ty and Monica, so Two to Wrangle wraps up their little duology. And then, book 3 is about another couple- Ty's ex Delaney. (I am unsure if their story is going to be a one or two book deal.) Two to Wrangle is a fun read that is very quick. You could easily read books 1 and 2 in one day if you wanted to wrap up Monica and Ty's story. I do have to say that I don't love the covers for this story. They look kind of photoshopped together, and they just don't do anything for me.
Two to Wrangle is a continuation Monica and Ty's story. Right from the start, I knew this was going to be a back and forth battle between the two of them. And I was right-it sure is a fiery story, maybe even more so than the first book. Now that we know what is happening with the Hotel, the issues between Monica and Ty are not over. Ty and Monica still want different things to happen with the hotel, although in this book it is centering about running the hotel. I really enjoyed the bickering/bantering and full out fighting between Monica and Ty. They are one fiery couple, and I was glad to see that aspect of their relationship had not changed. I am kind of hoping we get to check in with these two again in the third book, because I feel like there are still some unresolved decisions and I want to see what they are up to.
Bottom line: Hell on Heels is a fun and fiery read between two people with very dominant personalities. If you like the clashing on alphas, this is the book for you. Ty and Monica are both used to being in charge, and that was interesting to watch play out. I liked this book, but I didn't love it. No real reason why. It is well written, has good characters and has an interesting plot. it just didn't jump out at me while I was reading it. I do think I liked this one a little bit more than the first book. I enjoyed getting to see more of Monica and Ty, and I am interested in continuing the series. I love that the next book, Beauty and the Bull Rider is about Ty's ex- Delaney. That should be interesting.