Anyone who knows me well knows I love anything even remotely Sherlockian, so when I discovereFind this and other reviews at Ramblings of a Daydreamer.
Anyone who knows me well knows I love anything even remotely Sherlockian, so when I discovered the Every series, I was incredibly excited. I loved Every Breath, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Every Word, although I’ll admit I was nervous…I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the first book or that it would lose that spark that made the first one so special. Having now devoured Every Word, I can say I think I might love it even more than the first book, and that’s saying a lot!
Every Word picks up several months after the events of Every Breath. Rachel is still on house arrest, and her time with Mycroft is limited, but their relationship is going strong…until he takes off suddenly for London to help investigate an accident similar to the one that killed his parents and left him with unspeakable emotional scars. Knowing what Mycroft is like, Rachel is sure he’ll need help - specifically her help - so she goes after him.
What ensues…London! Sexytimes! Excitement! Intrigue! Horrifying, gruesome events that will possibly leave you traumatized and having nightmares!
Seriously, this book has everything. And it was so much more than I expected in a lot of ways - a lot sexier, a lot more disturbing, a lot more twisted, a lot more exciting. It was incredibly mature and yet maintained its YA feel. Mycroft absolutely broke my heart. He was so damaged, and there were things he said and did that made me want to just break down and sob. He and Rachel are both such vivid, real characters, I feel almost like I’m Rachel and I’m right there with Mycroft as he says these things that alternately break your heart, piss you off, and make you swoon.
Marney does an incredible job of making you feel like you’re part of the story - you can see everything unfold with perfect clarity. Having just been to London for the first time in June, it was thrilling to recognize places mentioned in the book (especially 221B Baker Street, which I recognized the moment they emerged from the tube station and mentioned the Pizza Express across the street!), and it was one of many, many elements that made me feel connected to the story. I’d be reading and when I had to go back to real life, it was almost jarring because I was so sucked into the story. These books would make a terrific TV show or movie.
I can’t recommend Every Breath and Every Word highly enough. I’ve read a lot of Sherlock-esque books, and I think these books - Every Word in particular - are my new favourites. With tons of action, a romance that will leave you breathless, and a mystery that keeps you guessing (and raises even more questions by the end), Every Word is a must read....more
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Castle Castle series, A Brit on the Side. I loved Bea and Jasper, plus the story made me wish I knew a fam
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Castle Castle series, A Brit on the Side. I loved Bea and Jasper, plus the story made me wish I knew a family like the St Juliens and could visit/stay at a place like Castle Calder. I was excited to return to Castle Calder in A Brit Unexpected. I’m happy to say I loved this standalone companion even more than the first book.
After his high-profile ex-girlfriend starts spreading falsehoods about Greyson that could hurt his career, both he and Claire get roped into a fake dating scheme in an attempt to help Greyson’s public image. What starts off as a wary, tentative arrangement quickly turns into something more.
I really loved these two. Claire had a great voice; she’s relatable, and her inner monologue was hilarious. I especially loved the creative (very British) expletives and alternatives. I’ve always had celebrity crushes and imagined what it would be like to date this actor or that singer, so this book appealed to me on that level, but it was more than that. Without being full of angst like a lot of books with a similar premise, it was a relatable story about two people who had reservations and made mistakes, but grew separately and together. Because Claire and Greyson seemed so real, it made them easy to root for.
I think one of the things that made this book so unique is the fact Claire is British, when usually these types of books feature American girls, who often view celebrities differently. I’ve heard countless times that Brits don’t get as star-struck as North Americans do (like, for instance, I know I’d make a complete fool of myself if I even met a celebrity crush, let alone got to date them...there would likely be tears and babbling and redder-than-a-tomato blushing). A lot of Brits are like *oh there’s Benedict Cumberbatch on the tube, no big deal* or *I just passed Tom Hiddleston walking down the street, how cool* whereas North American girls would be more likely to do a scream-faint-stalk combo. So I loved that while Claire had her moments of fangirling and being awe-struck by Greyson, she wasn’t the fall-all-over-yourself fangirl. Also, a lot of ‘real person dates a celeb’ stories have endless drama and ‘but other girls are so much prettier, why would he date me?’ and constant thoughts about the celebrity’s status. There was very little of that in A Brit Unexpected, which was refreshing.
A Brit Unexpected is an absolute delight. Fast-paced, funny, and sexy, this book is a refreshing change from the norm. It’ll definitely be one I recommend often to people looking for a well-written, engaging romantic comedy. ...more
When I read Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told, I found myself as interested in Katya as I was in Navy. She seemed to lead an interesting lif3.5 stars
When I read Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told, I found myself as interested in Katya as I was in Navy. She seemed to lead an interesting life, and she clearly had some issues in her past that caused her to be the way she was. I was happy to hear she was getting her own story with How Not to Fall in Love.
I liked Katya a lot. She was an interesting mixture - on the one hand, she seemed to have it together, but underneath she was damaged by things that happened in her past and was struggling. She seemed happy with her life of no commitments and didn’t have plans to change, but deep down she was a romantic who needed to learn a few lessons about life and love in order to open up her heart. I enjoyed watching her growth and found myself cheering her on. Of course, it didn't hurt that Spencer was hot and swoony and ended up being really good for Katya in a lot of ways. Their romance was believable and enjoyable.
How Not to Fall in Love is a sweet, funny, romantic novella that can be read as a standalone. If you’re looking for a something light and feel-good, be sure to give this one a try! ...more
AJ Pine’s Kingston Ale House series quickly became a favourite of mine. Starting with BrynnFind this and other reviews at Ramblings of a Daydreamer.
AJ Pine’s Kingston Ale House series quickly became a favourite of mine. Starting with Brynn and Jamie’s story in The One That Got Away, then Holly and Will’s story in Six Month Rule, then Annie and Wes in Three Simple Words, and finally Grace and Jeremy in Worth the Wait, I loved each new book more than the last.
We got to see Jeremy throughout the series, so I was excited to finally read HIS book. After having his heart broken by his former girlfriend, Jeremy is resistant to commitment or letting anyone get close. He’s always been the sort of guy who goes with the flow and accepts whatever falls into his lap. He’s okay just getting by, doing what needs to be done, but not really striving for more. Enter Grace - strong, driven, independent. Having been deeply hurt by her ex, she decides she needs to make some big changes in her life. She goes on a six-month cleanse, which includes no men. She needs to figure out how to separate physical connection from emotional connection, and hopes once the cleanse is over she’ll have everything figured out. She wasn’t expecting Jeremy to enter her life, or to have an instant connection with him.
Worth the Wait had so many of the elements I love in romance. I enjoyed the themes of trust and commitment, learning from mistakes, and learning to move forward after being hurt. I loved watching Grace and Jeremy form a friendship that slowly turned into something more. Considering Grace was on a ‘man cleanse’ I didn’t expect there to be much in the way of sexytimes but OH BOY let me tell you: this book is sexy. I’m talking need a cold shower sexy. There’s a lot more to it than that, though; Grace and Jeremy form a real bond, and they grow a lot over the course of the story, both personally and as a couple.
One of the things I love most about Pine’s books is her ability to write fantastic ensemble casts. I fell in love with her characters in the If Only series, and fell just as hard for the Kingston Ale House gang. I can imagine being part of this group, hanging out at the Ale House, and being part of this mismatched group of family-like friends. I’ll miss these characters and think of them often, the way I still do with the If Only characters. While each of the books in the Kingston Ale House series can technically be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the whole series - in order - so you get the full effect of the relationships between the characters. I got excited every time familiar characters showed up, and I'm not even going to lie, I cried like a baby at the end of Worth the Wait seeing everyone get such beautiful happily ever afters.
Fun, romantic, and sexy, Worth the Wait is the perfect end to one of my favourite series. Grace and Jeremy are relatable characters who are easy to fall for separately, and make you want to root for them as a couple. Pair that with great side characters, plenty of giggles, and an engaging plot - oh and the SUPER HOT SEXYTIMES - and Worth the Wait is definitely a book that should be on your TBR....more
Having read and loved Dierdre Riordan Hall’s Young Adult novels Sugar and Pearl, I was excited to read her debut women’s fiction novel, Love, Hate, anHaving read and loved Dierdre Riordan Hall’s Young Adult novels Sugar and Pearl, I was excited to read her debut women’s fiction novel, Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told. I wanted to love this book, but...it hurts my heart to say this...I didn’t. I’ve been reading a lot of women’s fiction lately, and rom-coms are totally my jam, both in book and movie form, so I had high hopes for this one. While the story had good elements and a fun premise, what kept me from ever fully connecting to it was Navy herself. There were things I sympathized with - mostly her feelings of being lost and unsure - but for the most part, I just couldn’t connect with her. She frustrated me from the beginning with how she constantly compared herself to Kat and laid out all the things she wasn’t - beautiful, fun, able to trust, successful, etc. She focused so much on negative things and on the past, and refused to move on. Every time she took one step forward, she ended up taking two or three steps back, and she was constantly going over how she’d been hurt, how she couldn’t trust men, especially Carrick, how she kept herself guarded, etc. I did appreciate her ultimate growth and how she really came into her own, but the journey was rocky.
All that being said, my issues with Navy could totally be ‘me things’ that might not bother other people. There were things I enjoyed about the book, such as Navy and Kat’s friendship. I’m a sucker for strong female friendships that have their ups and down, but where the characters ultimately love each other unconditionally. Navy’s dates were also fun and often had me smiling...and glad I’m not part of the dating scene!
I enjoyed the overall premise of Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told. Navy was an avid reader and had far more book boyfriends than real boyfriends - both of which I can relate to. I think many of us live inside fictional worlds for various reasons, and sometimes forget there’s a whole real world out there waiting to be discovered and lived in. It was nice to see Navy maintaining her love of books and book boyfriends while realizing she can still have a real and fulfilling life outside the pages.
Despite my issues, Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told was a book with a fun premise, interesting characters, and a lot of real-life emotion. If you’re a fan of women’s fiction, I’d encourage you to give this one a shot!...more
If you know me well, you’ll know I love romantic comedies - bonus points if they happen to beFind this and other reviews at Ramblings of a Daydreamer.
If you know me well, you’ll know I love romantic comedies - bonus points if they happen to be set in England. Sweet Pursuits fits both of these categories. Set in the small town of Saffron Sweeting, this book follows Bella on her quest to win back her ex, the ‘love of her life’, who not only dumped her, but took off to America without a backward glance...until several years later when he returns to England for his job. Bella, having never moved on, is determined to win Owen back by shedding some weight, sprucing up her wardrobe, and reminding him of the good times they shared.
I’ll admit, at first I had some issues with Bella wanting to lose weight to get Owen back. I’m generally against people changing to impress someone else, but I hung in there, having a feeling Bella’s misguided attempts would eventually turn into something more. They did. I grew to really admire Bella - she was smart, funny, and determined, the type of heroine who’s capable of saving herself from distress, albeit with a bit of help from loyal friends, both old and new. She learned a lot through the course of the book, and grew as a person. It was a pleasure to watch, and it inspired me in my own quest to become healthier and stick to my goals.
Besides Bella, Sweet Pursuits had a great cast of characters. There were a lot of people to keep track of, which threw me a bit at first, but as each character’s personality began to shine through, it was easy to keep up. Each character added something special to the story, and it was nice to see Bella opening herself up to new people as well as new experiences.
Funny and charming, Sweet Pursuits is the type of chick lit I love. With a smart, well-rounded main character, a fun ensemble cast, and a plot that kept me interested, I'd definitely recommend Sweet Pursuits. ...more