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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!

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Book Review: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch-4 Stars

I really enjoyed Love & Gelato so I was excited to finally get around to reading Love & Luck! In this book, we follow Lina’s (from L&G) friend Addie around Ireland when she travels there for her aunt’s wedding. She has had her heart broken and suffered some embarrassment thanks to a boy, so when she finds an eccentric guidebook called Ireland for the Heartbroken, complete with homework she has to complete in various destinations all over Ireland, she decides to read the book and travel along on its journey through the country.

This book is definitely geared towards younger readers but I thought it was still a good read. I liked how readers got to experience various sights of Ireland along with Addie while she tried to mend her broken heart and the relationship with her brother. Love & Luck was quirky and fun to read.

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Book Review: Spring at Blueberry Bay (Hope Island #1) by Holly Martin- 5 Stars

This is a super romantic, cozy read! Bella in currently unemployed after the boss at her last job was found embezzling funds. One day she comes home and finds a homeless man begging on her stoop and being the compassionate heart she is, Bella invites him in. This man is not who he says, but it may not necessarily be a bad thing, and soon you will find out why he did what he did.

This was such a sweet book. I loved the setting on Hope Island; it just seems absolutely gorgeous. Bella is great at her job and I love the passion she has not only in her career but towards those she loves. Isaac has a huge heart and is smart, handsome, and caring and the relationship between the two of them seemed so genuine and relatable.

This steamy book will make you laugh, cry, and swoon. It is just adorable, and I look forward to reading the others in this series!

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Book Review: The Au Pair by Emma Rous-4 Stars

Seraphine and Danny are twins. The day they were born, their mother threw herself over the cliff at their estate, Summerbourne. 20+ years later, their father dies in a tragic accident at home, and while Seraphine is going through his things, she comes across a photo of the family on the day they were born, but with only one baby in the picture. Seraphine sets out to discover which of the twins is pictured and why there’s only one of them, but she gets more answers than she bargained for. Seraphine goes looking for the Au Pair, Laura, that her older brother Edwin remembers as being the one who took the picture. While searching for Laura they come across a man named Alex who was also part of this family’s life before Seraphine’s mother died. Laura and Alex are adamant that Seraphine stay away from them and Seraphine is left with even more questions. What really happened to their mother? Has everything Seraphine thought she knew about her family a lie?

Full of shocking twists, intriguing mystery, and family secrets, if you’re a fan of mystery thrillers you will not be disappointed in this one. My jaw dropped at the end because until secrets were revealed, I had no idea and I was completely taken aback! I definitely recommend!

 

I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley.

This does not influence my review-all opinions are my own! The Au Pair releases 01/08/2019.

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Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang-5 Stars

Well this was unexpectedly steamy and I loved it! Stella has Asperger’s. She’s brilliant, beautiful, and rich, but she isn’t good with people or relationships, so she hires Michael, a swoon worthy, delicious looking, sweet escort to teach her about sex and how to have a boyfriend.

This was obviously sexy and steamy as we have an escort service situation going on, but it was also really funny and romantic as well as emotional. I really got invested in Stella and Michael’s relationship as well as Stella’s life in general and how she dealt with obstacles while having Asperger’s.

If you’re looking for a hot romance, this is definitely it, but it’s also got some depth with the realness of Stella’s feelings and emotions! The romantic scenes are frequent and the author builds up the anticipation just enough to keep your interest. Stella’s inner struggles with self-perception as well as how others view her just seemed so raw and real and I found myself hurting for her but also cheering her on! I highly recommend!

 

Thanks to my sweet friend Jenn at Live, Read, and Prosper for letting me borrow this amazing book!

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Book Review: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover-3.5 Stars

I don’t like to do spoilery reviews on my site so this will probably be a very short review so I don’t give too much away. I usually love CoHo’s books, I want to say that first off, but this was my least favorite.

All Your Perfects tells the story of Graham and Quinn-their first meeting, the falling in love, the marriage, and the absolute wreck of a life they are both living in the present tense.The chapters alternate between THEN and NOW telling their story. I only liked the last 15% of the book, and the “THEN” chapters. On a very small level I can relate to Quinn in one aspect but overall I found her actions and treatment of Graham detestable. Obviously Graham is not without fault here either but Quinn, Quinn just really did me over.

I did not find myself as emotionally invested in this book as I have with all her other books. Like I said, the last 15% was amazing, it wrecked me with every emotion I have, but it wasn’t enough to redeem the book as a whole. I do hope for a sequel though to finish out the rest of their story!

 

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Book Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover-4 Stars

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CoHo is one of my favorite authors when it comes to raw, gritty, dramatic romance. I always say her novels are like Lifetime movies in book form! In typical CoHo fashion this book deals with heavy subject matter, (i.e. suicide, abuse, mental illness, etc) so proceed with caution.

Without Merit tells the story of the Voss family. They are screwed up, messed up, harboring hurt, pain, and secrets.

Merit lives in an old church building that her father turned into a house. Her sick mother lives in the basement, and upstairs, her father lives with his new wife, their son, Merit’s twin Honor, and their brother Utah. Something horrible has happened to Merit and she feels disconnected from the family. She hates keeping their secrets, dealing with their drama, and feeling alone. When a hot stranger passionately kisses her one day, she can’t stop thinking about him, even after realizing he thought she was Merit, and he moves in with them.

Throughout the book Merit struggles with the secrets and resentment she’s been holding on to. While there is romance in this book it’s not as heavily focused on like other books by this author. Mostly, it’s about Merit coming to terms with her life and situations involving her dysfunctional family. Merit is about to literally and figuratively collapse from the weight of secrets she is responsible for.

It was tough to read at times but there’s also that dry wit and humor I love in a CoHo book as well!

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Book Review: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch-4 Stars

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This was such a sweet and charming novel! It’s a happy coming of age tale that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy!

After Lina’s mother passes away she fulfills her dying wish that she go to Italy and get to know her father, Howard. The father Lina never heard about for sixteen years, and now she’s expected to LIVE with him in a country she’s never been before?!

When Lina begins reading her mother’s journal, her new friend Ren makes it his mission to help her tour the places her mom mentions. Lina begins to unravel the mystery of her father and her mother’s true love while exploring the city her mother adored.

Love and Gelato was such a cute story about what it means to fall in love, and what it means to be a family. The descriptions of the Italian countryside and all the sightseeing Lina does was magical and I felt like I was right there with her! All in all it was a charming little story and I definitely recommend!

 

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Book Review: A Royal Shade of Blue (Modern Royals #1) by Aven Ellis-5 Stars

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I love the royals and I am obsessed with everything Aven Ellis writes so I was ecstatic when this landed in my inbox! Life has been crazy but I’m finally getting around to reviewing! It’s out now so make sure to get your copy!

Clementine Jones loves antiques and their history. When a mysterious British guy named CP sends her an Instagram DM Clementine doesn’t expect to be able to talk to him so easily, especially not knowing what he looks like. She’s able to reveal her biggest secret and turn to him for encouragement during a frightening time in her life, and she begins falling for him. But when CP finally shows her what he looks like, she can’t believe she’s been catfished by someone pretending to be a prince!

Clem and Prince Christian, or CP, dive headfirst into a relationship but of course they each have their baggage. Christian detests the traditional monarchy and the way his mother acts, as if being royal is everything. Her status means more to her than her family and Christian desperately wants to stay out of that rigidity. Clem’s family is very protective and overbearing due to a childhood incident and because of that, she feels trapped a lot of times and just wants to live her life on her terms.

I loved all of Christian’s family, except of course, his mother. Jillian, Clem’s flatmate, was also a favorite and I would LOVE for her to get her own story!

I absolutely adored this story. Aven has a way with words in all of her novels, but I could truly feel myself there with Christian and Clementine while traipsing around Oxford or lounging about with their dogs. Aven really does her research and I loved all the historical elements sprinkled about, including just the day to day life of a royal!

This was such a fresh, modern take on a royal love story! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will probably have an urge to watch Shrek after reading it! 😉 It’s light-hearted, warm, and funny and the romance is oh-so-sweet and sexy! I highly recommend!

 

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins-3 Stars

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Well, this was a letdown. I was really excited for this one but it was rather strange. I think it was supposed to be scary but it was more so just sadistically weird and rather gruesome, especially for a YA, so it seemed odd.

Makani has moved from Hawaii to small town Nebraska and is hiding a dark secret. High school students are individually being murdered in gruesome ways, and as the body count gets higher, Makani fears for what might happen if her past is found out.

It was pretty gruesome but it wasn’t a frightening thriller which is what I prefer, suspense and thrill over gore. I did like the relationships between Makani, Ollie, and her friends and the revelation of the killer was interesting but I felt the overall ending and book as a whole fell flat for me.