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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A New Author To Fangirl Over: A Girl Like Her & Untouchable by Talia Hibbert + A Gorgeous Cover Reveal

A GIRL LIKE HER

by Talia Hibbert
Series: Ravenswood #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 14th 2018
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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A Girl Like Her was my first read from Talia Hibbert, which is surprising since I've heard nothing but praise for her books in the romance community. Better late than never though, right?

Let me begin by talking about what I enjoyed in A Girl Like Her. I found the characters to be extremely well-written. In Ruth Kabbah, we have somewhat of an unconventional romance heroine and I found that to be so refreshing. She was on the autism spectrum, was cranky a lot, and liked to be left to her own devices in her apartment. Her career as a comic book artist certainly allowed her to thrive in those personality traits of hers. Ruth also was somewhat of a social pariah and had a reputation for being the town Jezebel. I found Ruth's character to be endearing even when she was acting all grumpy. You guys know how often I read books about grumpy heroes, so it was super refreshing to read about a grumpy heroine instead. When Evan, a retired soldier, enters her life as her next-door neighbor, Ruth's whole life turns upside down. Evan was another character I liked in A Girl Like Her. He was such a sweet and gentlemanly guy - totally 100% a soft boy! He was patient, kind and just so compassionate with Ruth. It made my heart melt to watch him try his best to understand her and just be there for her.

The romance between the two was really sweet. Ruth is extremely reluctant to pursue any sort of romantic relationship with Evan because of how south her previous relationship went. They indulge in a friendship with Evan cooking meals for Ruth and Ruth sharing her comic books with Evan. The whole set-up was just too adorable for words and it allowed the two of them to become intimately acquainted with each other. I enjoyed watching this friendship morph into something deeper and more romantic. Overall, I also enjoyed Talia's voice though I will admit that were some spots, especially in the beginning, when I struggled, but that feeling went away fairly quickly. I also didn't really care for the main conflict and reveal in the book, that revolved around Ruth's past and a particularly sour relationship, mostly because the other party was such a douche and kept raining on my happy parade.

A Girl Like Her was definitely a very lovely read and I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. Plus, I love a romance that can put a smile on my face. I need to pick up Ruth's awesome sister's book next!

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UNTOUCHABLE

by Talia Hibbert
Series: Ravenswood #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: August 11th 2018
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

It's been a while since I've devoured a romance book as I did with Untouchable. This book was like crack. If you've been following me for a while now, you know that I haven't sat down and finished a book in one day in months, but Untouchable made me abandon all my work and just lay down in bed to finish up this book. I loved everything about it and Talia Hibbert has certainly got a fan in me. :)

In the first book of the series, we met Hannah, Ruth's sister. Untouchable tells her story. When I met her in A Girl Like Her, I knew I would like her, but I didn't think that I would adore her this much. Hannah truly was a breath of fresh air with how relatable she was for me. She was fierce, independent, and such a gorgeously written character. She was also a little bit of a mess, which made her so damn easy to empathize with. I know some readers don't enjoy reading heroines who are complicated and chaotic, but I am not one of those readers. I find heroines like Hannah to be much more interesting because they are much more representative of the women that I know. Hannah was also an angry woman, especially at the messed-up small-town folks in Ravenswood. Even though Hannah might have been a cyclone, she was also someone who was willing to change that. She was absolutely hardworking, honest, and so real. It's safe to say that I had a bit of a crush on Hannah. Nate, her childhood crush, love interest, and new boss, was also a wonderful addition to Untouchable. Man, did I fall hard for that guy or what? He was so swoony. Everyone and their mother knows that single dads in romance novels are kryptonite, and Nate just about upped the sexy factor with how kind and sweet he was. Not to say that his multitude of tattoos and nip piercing didn't add to his hotness (COME ON!), but what really got me was his personality. The way he was around his kids and his willingness to do everything to ensure they were happy even though he barely had time to grieve the loss of his wife made him incredibly attractive.

Nate was the perfect match for Hannah. Unfortunately for the two, their relationship was a little bit precarious since Hannah is hired to be a nanny to Nate's children. The two of them were definitely hesitant since they were both principled people who were very aware of the power dynamic between them. They can't fight the attraction, however. Slowly, their banter and their friendship develops into something much more powerful. It was done all very tastefully. I loved how open they were with each other. Talia Hibbert touches on anxiety and depression a lot in Untouchable through these conversations and the scenes of them sharing their every thought served to make me believe in the strength of their relationship. I also loved how there was this softness to their romance that made me want to squish these two together. Undeniably, the chemistry was also out of this world. I love an author who can write a sensuous sex scene without making me feel like I'm a perv! Talia is definitely talented in that area. Oh, and the side characters were just as lovely as Hannah and Nate. I loved seeing Ruth and Evan being blissfully happy, mama Kabbah being the sublime matriarch that she was, and Nate's two adorable devil-children stealing every scene they were in. I also have to give a special shoutout to Rae and her giant dog, and Zach, Nate's brother. These two are being paired up next and I CAN'T WAIT!

Isn't always so exciting to discover a new author? If you haven't read anything from Talia Hibbert, then don't be an idiot like me and miss out on her books. These are just the perfect books for anyone seeking warm and captivating romances!

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Cover Reveal
I am very excited to help reveal the cover for the next book in the Ravenswood series! It is so sexy and gorgeous! Like what does one do to look as beautiful as these pretty couples??? I NEED TO KNOW!

Anyways, take a peek below:

THAT KIND OF GUY

by Talia Hibbert
Series: Ravenswood #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: May 2nd 2019

She wants a fake relationship. He needs something real.

If there’s one thing Rae can’t stand, it’s pity. She’s forty, frazzled, and fed up—so attending an awards ceremony alone while her ex swans about with his new wife? Not an option. To avoid total humiliation, Rae needs a date of her own. And her young, hot-as-hell new best friend is the perfect candidate…

Zach Davis, king of casual hookups, has a secret: the notorious womaniser craves emotional connection, and anonymous encounters leave him feeling hollow. After years of performance, Zach’s desperate to be himself. So why does he agree to play Rae’s fake boyfriend? And why does it feel so easy?

When the line between pretence and desire blurs, Zach’s forced to face an unexpected truth: there’s nothing phoney about his need for Rae. But the jaded divorcée’s been hurt by playboy men before. Can a weekend of faking it prove that Zach’s for real?

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ALSO, the whole Ravesnswood series has a new look and I am just OBSESSED with these beautiful covers! 
Take a look below!


Have you read Talia's books? What do you think of the new covers?
Let me know in the comments below!

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