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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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2018 A Year in {Book} Review- My Top 5 Favorite Books of the Year

I thought I would start 2019 off with a review on my favorite books of 2018. I read a total of 32 books this year and picked 5 of my top favorites. As you can tell, psychological thrillers and romances are my favorite genres!

 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang– This was an unexpected steamy romance about a girl with Aspergers who hires a male escort to teach her how to be in a relationship.

My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris- A fun choose your own adventure where the reader gets to decide how their love life pans out!

A Royal Shade of Blue by Aven Ellis- This novel delves into the world of royals and what happens when one of them falls for a commoner.

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena– When the power goes out at a resort in the Catskills and hotel guests start ending up murdered, it’s up to the remaining survivors to figure out who the killer is before they’re all goners!

The Wife Between Us by by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen– A thriller involving a jilted ex wife, a much younger soon to be wife, secrets, and the husband that ties them together. Or is it?

 

I have reviews for all of these on my blog; just search for the title if you’re interested! Have you read any of these? Let me know what some of your top favorites of 2018 were in the comments!

 

I read a few others this year that I would add to this list but didn’t because they actually aren’t being published until 2019!

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Book Review: Swing and a Miss (Washington DC Soaring Eagles #2) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

Welcome back to DC, the home of the Soaring Eagles baseball team! Katie is still reeling over the night she fainted on her crush, baseball player AJ Williamson after getting the chance to meet him thanks to the fact her best friend Hayley dates his teammate, Brody.

Katie’s always loved baseball. She’s had a crush on AJ the baseball player forever, but when she gets the chance to really know the real him, she begins to fall for Andrew Joseph, who is more than a baseball star-he’s a lover of Fraiser, old movies, and amusement parks.

All of the interactions between the two of them just seemed so real and genuine. I loved how AJ stopped in to the coffee shop where Katie works after his game and they spent ours talking, and sharing coffee and pastries, and when they spent the day riding roller coasters together!

Of course, with new relationships come doubts that can threaten to tear a couple apart. Katie will be starting law school soon and knows it will take up all of her time. AJ is a celebrity, and he’s never felt settled in his life thanks to his parents moving him around constantly. Will Katie’s past celebrity crush cause AJ to have doubts that he isn’t good enough and that she just wants to be with him for the baseball part of him? Will he be okay with the fact that Katie’s schoolwork leaves little time for love and fun?

This is such a sweet romance! Even if you don’t like baseball you will still appreciate the relationship and fun moments between Katie and AJ!

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review!

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Book Review: The Bottom Line by Aven Ellis-5 Stars

 

Aven Ellis takes readers back to Chicago and to the world of the Chicago Buffaloes hockey team. This time around, Taylor Hartigan has quit her job that made her miserable and moved back to her hometown in beloved Chicago and cute Canadian Hunter Riley has just been traded to the Buffaloes.

They are both struggling with big life changes and feeling like failures, but can’t forget the moment they shared over a year ago when Hunter broke the glass at a game right in front of Taylor, making her spill nachos ALL OVER HERSELF!

Taylor and Hunter are PERFECT for each other. They understand how hard each other wants to work for what they want, they uplift and encourage each other, they have fun, and the building romance is so swoon worthy! They don’t want to let this relationship fail like they feel they have both failed in their careers, but can they realize they can be successful both in their work and in love?

As with all of Aven’s series readers get to follow up on couples from other books. I love seeing how their relationships are flourishing and seeing what they’re in to now! If you’ve enjoyed Aven’s Chicago on Ice series you will love this one.

 

The Bottom Line releases October 17th.

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Thank you SO MUCH to Aven for an advance copy of this novel.

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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: My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris- 5 Stars

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I’m writing this review after doing only one “choosing.” I plan to go back through and select different choices to see the other outcomes!

I loved reading the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a kid so I was excited for this adult version! It’s hilarious and saucy. The first adventure I embarked on I chose the rugged Scot, Mac. It’s set in the Regency time period but with a funny, almost satirical twist. The romance at times was steamy but comical and left me crying with laughter! I can’t wait to choose different paths and see where I end up.

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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!