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.
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.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Jackaby is the first book in the young adult paranormal detective seri**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Jackaby is the first book in the young adult paranormal detective series by author William Ritter. The first three books in the series are already out, and believe me when I tell you, this is a series you are going to want to binge read. I LOVED Jackaby. It is one of my favorite books of the year, and hands down my favorite young adult book I have read in 2016. I need to start Beastly Bones ASAP. If you are new to the series, never fear, I have a giveaway you can enter at the bottom of the post to win a copy of the first book so you can become as addicted to this awesome series as I am.
Jackaby is like a mixture of Sherlock and the anime Ghost Hunt (which, btw, is one of my favorite anime's EVER. If you haven't watched it yet, shame on you! It is on Netflix, so get to it! Even if you don't like Anime's- watch Ghost Hunt. I will accept thank you's in the form of Instagram comments or vanilla cupcakes) I love how awkward, and quirky Jackaby is. While the book had more of a Sherlock, dark and dreary vibe, Jackaby himself reminded me of a mixture of Sherlock's cryptic-ness and the awkwardness of the new detective from the British TV show, Death in Paradise. (also on Netflix) Bottom line- he is a very interesting guy, and I absolutely love him as the main character in this series. I like him even more than his assistant, Abigail, which I didn't think was initially possible. I love Abigail. She doesn't know how to hold her tongue, ever, but there is just something endearing about her. I love how spunky and inquisitive she is. She is the perfect compliment to Jackaby. They really make a great team.
In fact, the two of them together is a lot of magic of the series. I want to go on adventures with them forever. I know there will be at least four books in the series, but I am personally hoping it is even longer than that. I love the paranormal twist to the mysteries, and I really enjoy the mix of creatures and legends that are used. William Ritter does a fantastic job with the atmosphere, world building, and characterization in Jackaby. I fell in love with the characters, and the plot had me totally captivated. I didn't want this book to be over. And I can't wait for more.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Winning It All is the fourth book in the Hometown Players series by Vi**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Winning It All is the fourth book in the Hometown Players series by Victoria Denault. The hometown Players novels are all inter connected standalone, sports romances. This is the first book in the series I have read, but I had no problems following along with the storyline. I think you can really start with any of the books and be just fine. Read the summaries, pick your favorite sounding character and start there. It will at least give you a taste for Victoria's writing style and let you know if you want to continue on with the series or not.
This must be hockey day on Book Briefs because it is the second hockey related sports romance that I have read and reviewed today. And when it comes to sports romances, college football and hockey are my two favorite sub genres and sports. (just like in real life) There is just something about hockey players that I love. They are so fierce and tough on the ice, that I love getting to see them off the ice as well.
Winning it all is Sebastian and Shayne's story. I really really loved Sebastian and I liked Shayne, but it was much less so. I found to her be kind of annoying. I am not saying that I don't understand why she is the way she is. Her issues with her father were pretty serious, and I get the impact they had on her, but she still irked me. I think she was the reason, I couldn't move up from like to love with this book. But Sebastian was a great saving grace for the story. I loved him, and he carried the book for me.
I really enjoyed Winning it All. I thought the writing was great, the romance was fantastic and the characters were fun. Overall, it is a book that I would recommend to others. I would certainly grab another book from the hometown players series and give it a try.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Adult ReviewMy Thoughts The Protector is a standalone adult romantic su**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Adult ReviewMy Thoughts The Protector is a standalone adult romantic suspense by author Jodi Ellen Malpas. Jodi is one of those authors that I have consistently heard excellent things about, but have not had the opportunity to read myself. Now, having read The Protector, I know what all the hype is about. She can write seriously engrossing books. I could not put The Protector down.
The Protector is told in dual narrative between Cami and Jake. Jake is ex military turned private whatever-is-needed, for hire. His latest assignment is playing bodyguard for Cami, the daughter of a rich businessman. I loved Cami (and Jake) but Cami really surprised me. She was nothing like what I was expecting. Normally, in rich daughter gets a bodyguard stories, the girl fits a certain stereotype. And often times that stereotype is a bratty over indulged whiny young woman. But not Cami. I loved how spunky and fiercely independent she was. I loved the storyline surrounding her start up fashion line. She was a breath of fresh air.
And Jake was everything you wanted him to be. He is gruff and kind of grumpy. But he has whip fast instincts and I loved his protectiveness towards Cami. I did feel like a switch flipped between the two of them pretty quickly, and then all at once they went from being at each others throats to more. The-Protector-Quote-Graphic-#3-2
Bottom line: I get what all the hype is about Jodi Ellen Malpas and her writing. She is very talented at writing character driven stories that will make you loose track of the outside world. If you are a fan of strong male and female characters, intense chemistry and intense suspense plotlines, grab a copy of The Protector today. But be warned, block off the rest of your day, because once you pick up this book, you will not be able to put it down.
Worked up is the third book in the adult contemporary Made in Jersey s**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
Worked up is the third book in the adult contemporary Made in Jersey series by Tessa Bailey. I loved this book so hard. I stayed up until 2 am reading, and it is the first thing that has put a smile on my face in days. (it has been a tough couple of days...) Worked up works well as a standalone. I have not read either of the previous two books in the Made in Jersey series, and while we do see glimpses of the couples, they do not distract from Duke and and Sam's story. The focus is always on the two of them. Worked up is the perfect beach or poolside read for people looking for a romance as hot as the Florida sun.
Worked up is told in dual narrative bewteen main characters Duke and Sam. Duke is always taking care of everyone around him. His best friend's family lives with him, and he is resident babysitter to their four year old daughter. And Duke's four divorcee sisters also live with him, so he does not get a moment of peace. It cannot be easy to constantly be surrounded by four siblings and have no where to escape them. Bless his heart. He can't even escape to the local bar to watch sports, because there he meets Sam, and pretty much everything in his world flips upside down. I loved how good of a person Duke is. And I really loved how completely unglued he becomes around Sam. I mean, she really does a number on him without even really doing anything, and I really enjoyed seeing his reaction to her.
And who doesn't love Sam. She loves her puns. No matter how bad they are, they still crack her up, and I just love that about her. She makes me smile. Her quirky sense of humor is so darn adorable. And she can't seem to stay away from Duke either. (not that I blame her, because he is pretty book boyfriend-worthy.) Worked Up is the kind of book you finish and immediately debating starting over again, because you just want more of it. I really loved this story. I need to get more of Tessa Bailey's books because she writes fan yourself worthy romances. I want more. Worked up is one of my favorite reads of 2016. It was darn near perfect.
Note: I will try my best, but there will probably be some spoilers from the first two books. If you are new to the series, check out my review of The Collectors' Society HERE and my review of the Hidden Library HERE and my review of The Forgotten Mountain HERE. These books need to be read in order. The Lost Codex is the fourth and final book in the New Adult Fantasy Series, The Collectors' Society. I was so freakin' scared to pick up this book because I have loved loved LOVED the first three books so much. I didn't want the series to end. But fear not Collectors' Society fans- The Lost Codex is the perfect ending. I don't know why I am surprised because all of Heather Lyons' books are pure perfection. I have loved everything about this series, starting with the covers. They are some of my favorite covers for any series. Which is fitting because The Collectors' Society is ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME. There I said. Favorite of all time. I can't remember a series where every single book has gotten a full 5/5 stars from me. But truth be told, the books in the Collectors' Society deserve more than 5 stars each. This is such an amazing series, and Heather Lyons really ripped my heart out with the Forgotten Mountain, and now again with The Lost Codex.
As is the case with all of the books, The Lost Codex picks up right where the Forgotten Mountain left off. This book is action packed, but even so Heather Lyons's does an incredible job making this very character driven. I loved getting to see Alice and Finn and all of my favorites again. But be warned, not everything is bright and shiny and happy all the time in these books. Loyalties will be tested and there are certainly some cry worthy moments. heather knows how to tug on my heartstrings. But through everything, I really do love Alice. She is so strong and loyal and sharp. I love her ability to see through everything and read people so well.
The real magic of these books is Heather Lyons' writing and her way with words. Every time I see her talk about someone from wonderland, I feel like I am reading Lewis Carroll himself. She has captured the essence of the books in her timelines so well, all the while putting her own crazy spin on them. Heather Lyons continues to surprise and delight me with her masterful writing and story telling. I am so in awe of Heather and her writing. I read The Lost Codex and the entire Collector's Society series really, with wide eyes and dropped jaw, bouncing on the edge of my seat the whole time. The characters all hold a place in my heart, some I hate, some I love, and some totally creep me out, but everyone in this very large cast of characters are so distinct that they stay with me long after I put this book down.
Heather is the best at weaving different characters, clues, and minor plot points that come into play later. I just love reading her books, even when she does things that make me want to cry. Her writing is so exciting and emotional. I want to live inside this series. I just love it so much. Everyone needs to read these books. If you are looking for a fantasy series, an action series, a series for lovers of classic literature, a romance, or just a series that is original and so well done- you are looking at the Collectors' Society Series! It is all of those things and so much more. The ending of this book completely wrecked me. I need the next book now. I cannot say it enough, this is one of my all time favorite series. Read this series! If you haven't you are doing yourself a disservice. I can't wait to re-read this series time and time again. Now I need to get all the books for my bookshelves.
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.
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** 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.
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.
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.
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**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.
**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.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Anything but Love by Daisy Prescott is the third book in the Wingmen s**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Anything but Love by Daisy Prescott is the third book in the Wingmen series. The Wingmen series is a group of interconnected romantic comedies that can each be read as standalones. I know the summary describes this as an enemies to lovers story, but man oh man is that ever right. As soon as you start Anything But Love you immediately can feel how much dislike Cari feels for Erik. After the first scene, I wrote her off. I thought there was no way she was going to be the romantic interest because I could feel genuine hate searing from her eyeballs. But let me just tell you, that made the rest of the book all the more fun. Once I realized that she was Cari, I knew their story was going to be a good one. And it was. Anything But Love is the first book I have read from the Wingmen series and if they are all as funny, and hot, and fantastic as this one, then what the heck have I been doing with my life?? I need to be reading all of Daisy's books!
Anything But Love is the story of Erik and Cari. I didn't know Erik from the previous stories, so I don't know just how much of a player or wingman he was previously, but Anything But Love is one giant rollercoaster of events and emotions for him. The poor guy does not catch a break- his life gets jumbled up in one thing after another. And it certainly does not stay in Mexico like he wants it to. I love a book that can integrate our world of social media well, and social media plays a big part in this story. The scary thing is, it is so realistic. I could see what happened to Erik, happening to guys and girls all over the place. Watching Cari and Erik try and deal with the fallout of everything was half the fun for me. 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!
Bottom line: Anything But Love 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 could see the Wingmen books being made into movies- or at least Anything But Love. It would make a great romantic comedy. Check this one out if you like romantic comedies, and books like Penny Reid.