Another Great Romantic Series Ends: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

Friday, March 30, 2018


by Alisha Rai
Series: Forbidden Hearts #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★1/2
Kiss Factor✷✷✷
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I have been completely obsessed with the Forbidden Hearts series. Is there any trope better than forbidden love? I don't think so. It's been such a consistently great series and the second book especially impressed the hell out of me. The minute I had access to Hurts to Love You, I dove into the book with my sky-high expectations. While I wouldn't say that Hurts to Love You is my favorite book in the series, it was still one heck of an entertaining installment.

I was intrigued by Eve's character from the moment we met her. She seemed like a woman who had undergone a lot despite being a rich man's daughter. In Hurts to Love You, Alisha Rai explored her character on a deeper level. Eve felt like such a real person to me, I connected very much with the multiple aspects of her personality. Her insecurities about her body image, her aspirations, and goals beyond her family's expectations made her stand out. Gabe was also a character I was entirely fascinated by from the beginning. He was quiet and shrouded in layers and layers of secrecy. There was an intensity to him that I found appealing. We figure out all his secrets in Hurts to Love You and a lot of them came as a shocker to me. Despite everything, Gabe was such a fantastic and lovable hero.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

When An Author Makes Getting Lost In The Wilderness Swoony: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


by Jenn Bennett
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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Jenn Bennett can do no wrong! You guys know how I've slowly drifted away from a lot of YA books, but Jenn is the one author who will always bring me back to YA. After loving both The Anatomical Shape of a Heart and Alex Approximately, I knew I was in for a treat with Starry Eyes. I devoured this book from start to finish. It's a story that's just full of heart and I can't wait for everyone else to read.

Jenn Bennett always takes so much care when fleshing out her characters. They are beautifully developed and so intricate they almost feel like real people that I know. With Starry Eyes, she has yet again created such characters. Zorie was such a breath of fresh air. She had a lot of wonderful qualities, but perhaps my favorite part about her was her love for astronomy. The girl knew her stars and telescopes and it was adorable to see get unapologetically nerdy about the topic. Besides her love for astronomy, Zorie was also a girl with a big heart. She was one of the sweetest human beings I've had the pleasure of reading about. Zorie's anxiety was also at the forefront of Starry Eyes, and it was explored with a lot of thoughtfulness. It's something that she coped with using organization and planning, and it was refreshing to see such an honest depiction of how crippling anxiety can be. What really touched me though about Zorie was her relationship with her step-mother. They had a unique bond, and it was gorgeously written. Serious props to Jenn Bennett for not villainizing the step-mother and for actually depicting a healthy relationship between the two. I just loved the love and respect they had for each other. It was absolutely endearing, especially when you considered her relationship with her skeevy dad, who was so unlikeable.

New Beginnings

Monday, March 26, 2018