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Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary-3 Stars

When I saw everyone on bookstagram raving about this I decided to try it. I started it in July and finished it in December if that gives you an idea of how much I liked it or not…

The premise seems weird right off the bat but I’m a sucker for romances so I still plowed on. Tiffy needs a place to live, and Leon needs money, so he leases his flat to her.

Leon works nights as a hospice nurse and Tiffy works during the day, so neither should ever be in the apartment at the same time. They share the same bed, but at different times, and each on their side at night. They eventually start communicating with Post It notes left throughout the house before accidentally meeting in person.

The redeeming quality of this book was Leon’s brother, Richie’s story and ultimately Tiffy’s newfound strength and courage she comes to find in herself again. I was wholly invested in finding out how things work out for Richie, more so than I really cared about the romance between Tiffy and Leon. Besides Richie, there’s a few other side stories going on including one with one of Leon’s patients that I was interested in seeing how it played out.

I guess I’m more a fan of insta-love romances because this one took forever to really peak my interest which was unfortunate given how hyped up I noticed it was.

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Book Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee- 5 Stars

 

Imagine if George Washington hadn’t become president but rather a king? This royal twist on American history was a juicy, drama filled contemporary romance and I LOVED IT.

Beatrice has America on her shoulders as she’s next in line to become their first Queen. Thanks to her grandfather for breaking tradition and declaring the Crown will go to the oldest child no matter their gender, Beatrice has been preparing for this most of her life.  She’s always played the part of a regal, sophisticated lady who always follows the rules and sticks to tradition, but when the future seems so close, will she listen to her heart or the Crown? Her parents are putting the pressure on her to find a suitable husband, even going so far as to making her a list to choose from, but she quickly realizes the one she loves isn’t on that list.

This was a great start to a series- it’s fun, juicy, and royally romantic- I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel in 2020! If you enjoy reading YA or books regarding royals, give this one a go!

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book.

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Book Review: Outscored (Rinkside in the Rockies #3) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

Whitney is a seasonal decorator who meets hockey player Gavin while shopping for gnomes at a flea market! The two hit it off immediately. Whitney is so cute and unique. I love her job-getting to decorate homes and businesses for a particular season or holiday sounds so exciting! She’s great at what she does with her routine client base, but doesn’t know how to put herself out their for new business which is getting her some flak at work. Gavin is the team captain, and he’s more than ready to be back on the ice after a traumatic and painful injury. He doesn’t want to let anyone down or seem weak, or like a failure. They encourage each other while struggling with their own anxieties and worries and dealing with past relationship failures.

Their friendship and romance felt so real and sweet. I love all their fun quirks, inside jokes, and the chemistry they shared.  The romance is swoony and heartwarming but like every relationship, it comes with its fair share of drama, conflict, and misunderstanding. This book is also the perfect romantic Halloween read due to a super sweet scene at Gavin’s Halloween party!

I adore Aven’s books, and this is no exception! Especially since the heroine is a redhead named Whitney! 😉 Check this one out if you enjoy reading romance, hockey themed books, or fun, lighthearted novels with a happy ending!

Thank you to the author for my copy of this book!

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Book Review: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim- 5 Stars

After her mother dies, Natalie returns home to her Chinatown neighborhood. She and her mother had drifted apart over the years and Natalie left on bad terms due to disagreements they had over Natalie’s career. She yearned to be a chef, like her grandmother, but her mother discounted her dreams. When Natalie discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant, along with her special handwritten recipe book, she dreams about reopening the restaurant, but first, she has a challenge to complete. Natalie has to find three neighbors in need of something and fix three special dishes from the book to heal and help them. That’s where the magic happens. Natalie adds her own personal touches to her grandmother’s recipes but still stays true to her roots and culture, and these dishes transform those they were prepared for. I adore reading books focused around food, and bonus points if recipes are included! I’m also a huge fan of magical realism, which I was pleasantly surprised to encounter in this book as I hadn’t expected it when I read the synopsis!

Natalie has to deal with many mishaps and misunderstandings that could potentially be a threat to her restaurant’s success as well as her own happiness. This is just one of those books that, even through its sad parts, makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It was an enjoyable debut and I look forward to more from this author in the future!

 

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Book Review: The Princess Pose (Modern Royals #2) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

 

Can a princess and a gardener overcome the obstacles due to royal traditions to see their love blossom?

The first story in the Modern Royals series, A Royal Shade of Blue, introduced us to Princess Elizabeth and Roman Lawler, an estate gardener and now they’re back with their own story! Liz is definitely a modern royal-she desires to be a working royal, helping with children’s charities and events, and hoping to break some of the stuffy traditions a few of her family members cling to. When she runs in to Roman at a yoga class at Cheltham House where he works, the two instantly reconnect.

The chemistry between the two of them is so hot, sweet, and genuine, but Liz has seen how the monarchical traditions affected her cousin Christian and his fiance Clementine, an American. She struggles with wanting to let herself fall in love with Roman but also keep him protected from the fury of her aunt Antonia and the cruel words that will be said about a commoner being with a princess.

One of my favorite things about this book that makes it so different from Aven’s other books is the fact it is written in British English, from Liz’s point of view. I also love the friendship and familial dynamic between Xander, Christian, and Liz. They all seem so down to earth and like a great group of friends even if some of them are in direct line to the throne! I adore all things royal so reading a fresh, modern take on things while still upholding to some traditional values was really enjoyable.

If you’re a lover of romance and royals definitely give this series a try! Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of this book!

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Book Review: The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick- 4 Stars

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Martha Storm grew up reading mostly encyclopedias at her father’s insistence, even though her mom and grandma would sneak and tell her the occasional fairy tale. Martha loved listening, reading, and writing her own fairy tales, but unfortunately her life has turned out to be the complete opposite of one. She’s always taking care of others and never does anything for her own enjoyment until she is mysteriously gifted a book of fairy tales that read suspiciously like ones from her childhood…

Soon Martha connects with Owen, the bookseller who sent her the fairy tales, and sets out on a journey to uncover some family secrets and find her love for creating stories once more. I enjoyed this story so much but found myself getting irritated with Martha at times for being such a doormat to others!

I love books about books. They are just so charming! I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for my copy of this book.

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Book Review: The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin-4 Stars

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After her mom Juliette dies and Eva is clearing out her house, she finds a trunk full of slips of paper containing dreams her mom had but didn’t get to achieve. Using money left to her from the will, Eva makes it her mission to reach all the dreams her mom had, traveling the world and checking them off one by one on postcards she addresses to her mom. She finds a travel agency that includes agents who will escort travelers to their various destinations, and an unfortunate incident leaves Eva stuck with Thor- a Dane whose good looks match up to his godly name, but he is rude and arrogant, at least to Eva’s first impression!

Eva is rather reserved and prefers to stay at home in her pj’s, so this round-the-world trip is a huge change for her. In order to attain some of her mom’s dreams, such as singing on top of the Eiffel Tower and skydiving, Eva has to be brave and live life like her mom did, without fear. I loved visiting all of the different locations Eva and Thor traveled to on this journey. Each location and dream Juliette had is described in such a way you honestly feel you are right there with them. I especially loved their visit in Amsterdam with the tulips, flower parade, and the fact they got to sleep in a windmill-I didn’t even know you could do that! It was so fun and memorable following Eva around as she made her mom’s dreams come true, and along the way Eva realizes some dreams of her own.

While reading this I was rooting not only for Eva as she lived out her mom’s dreams, but for her and Thor as well. The chemistry was obvious between the two of them, but they are both so stubborn and afraid of getting hurt. This book had me laughing and crying all the way to the end. The travelling aspect was really neat, but I also loved the romance of course as well. It was both sweet and a little steamy! I really enjoyed the epilogue but hope to see more of these characters in upcoming books!

I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Free Book Alert! Sugar and Ice by Aven Ellis

Josephine Rossi has recovered from a broken heart, but has vowed that she’s all about the desserts now as a recipe tester for Bake It! Magazine. Cheesecake never breaks your heart. Unless it cracks on the top, but still, it tastes amazing if you bake it just right. She knows what to do in the kitchen as far as making luscious desserts. Men? Apparently she’s not so good at figuring them out, so she refuses to bother. Josephine knows it is safer to stay in the kitchen than to take another chance with her heart.

Denver Mountain Lions forward Cade Callahan is passionate about hockey, but is also about finding love. He thought he had it once, but a disastrous romance last holiday season has him keeping his heart in check. While he’s fearless on the ice, he’s guarded with his heart. Cade is determined history won’t repeat itself again. He won’t let his guard down until he’s certain he’s met The One.

However, Cupid’s arrow might just strike when these two least expect it. When an oven goes out, and a cheesecake for testing has to be baked, and Cade just happens to live in the same building with a working oven…Well, things other than cheesecake might just heat up in the kitchen. Can these two passionate people learn to trust their hearts again? Can love override fear for Josephine and Cade? And will they find the combination of sugar and ice is the sweetest one of all? 

One of my favorite authors, Aven Ellis, has a free book on Amazon today! Sugar and Ice, book one of the Rinkside in the Rockies series, is a hockey romance that is oh-so-sweet and will be the perfect book for Valentine’s Day reading!

This couple will steam up both the kitchen and the ice rink! I love JoJo and Cade, and I think you will too if you enjoy fun, contemporary romances!

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Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover- 4 Stars

This was the most disturbing and confusing book I think I’ve read in a while but I LOVED it! Lowen is an author who agrees to finish writing a series from Verity Crawford after a serious accident leaves her unable to do so. Lowen moves in to the Crawford home to have access to Verity’s files and manuscripts but finds something much more than she bargained for…

Inside Verity’s office is an autobiography Verity has written chronicling her life from the moment she met her husband Jeremy. In the pages of this autobiography Lowen reads about the darkest moments in Verity’s life and mind. With his wife in a practically vegetative state and a new woman living in his house, Jeremy finds himself in a delicate situation with Lowen, and she wrestles with whether or not she should share Verity’s autobiography with him.

What is really going on in that house, that marriage, that woman?! Let me tell you what, this was a FREAKY, creepy, scary story, but not like a typical scary thriller. This is one that kept me from sleeping properly and constantly looking over my shoulder! This book will seriously mess with your mind and stick with you for weeks after-I’m still thinking about it. I wanted to sit in a corner with my knees pulled up to my chest rocking back and forth after I finished this one… but I highly recommend you read it!

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Book Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren- 4 Stars

This was such a fun and refreshing change in the romance genre!

Millie is a professor at UC Santa Barbara who has extensive knowledge on female serial killers, doesn’t let her true emotions show, and dislikes letting anyone get too close to her. Her best friends are four guys, also on staff at the university. When she and Reid, the guy she’s closest to in her group, end up spending a sexy half-night together, their friendship and relationship starts to change, especially when the friends all join an online dating site to find dates for a university black tie event.

Millie writes the bios for all of the guys’ dating profile, but her own falls flat since she doesn’t like to share anything too personal, so she ends up creating a fake profile where she can be someone different. Of course lying online can’t end well, and someone is bound to get hurt. When Millie and Reid spend a few more half-nights together, the lines between friends and lovers start to blur and they have to decide what’s going on. But will Millie’s deceit get in the way of any sort of friendship, platonic or otherwise?

I really enjoyed this novel and I hope the authors make a series out of this because I would love to read books about all of the guys as well!