Stealing Home by Becky Wallace

Thursday, August 29, 2019

STEALING HOME

by Becky Wallace
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Publication Date: July 9th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷

A couple of my blogging friends loved Stealing Home, and I had previously enjoyed Becky Wallace's fantasy duology, so I thought this book would be a perfect fit for me. It also is a sports romance and everyone knows that even though I am the least sporty person you'll probably ever meet, I devour any book with sports at the center. Stealing Home was exactly what I was hoping it would be: a cozy, fun, and fluffy read with a lot of depth to it!

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SPIN THE DAWN

by Elizabeth Lim
Series: The Blood of Stars #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: July 9th 2019
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

What a creative and captivating tale Spin the Dawn was! I have to thank Heidi for putting this book on my radar with her very convincing review. I took my sweet time reading this book, but it was because I truly wanted to savor every word of the story. I haven't read a YA fantasy novel this enjoyable in a very long time.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019



The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

Monday, August 26, 2019

THE WALLFLOWER WAGER

by Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke #3
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 13th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

Tessa Dare and her books always deliver on stories that leave me in a warm and fuzzy cocoon. It's no wonder that she is one of my favorite authors with how much she makes me laugh and swoon. You can't ask for more from a book. The Wallflower Wager is another success for this talented author. I loved every minute it and I've already re-read it twice.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019



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Thursday, August 22, 2019



The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory & Husband Material by Emily Belden

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

THE WEDDING PARTY

by Jasmine Guillory
Series: The Wedding Date #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: July 16th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷

I was looking forward to reading The Wedding Party since I enjoy Jasmine Guillory's writing style. However, I was let down by the book. I managed to finish it, but it was mostly out of frustration, if that makes any sense. If you've read The Wedding Date or The Proposal, you've read The Wedding Party. Guillory offers nothing new in terms of tropes and content. Here again, we have a relationship that begins as a casual no-strings attached relationship between Theo and Maddie, just as the first two books. Personally, it's not one of my favorite tropes, so perhaps that's why I was so over it in this one. Speaking of tropes, I thought The Wedding Party was supposed to be an enemies-to-lovers story, but I would not call it that. Sure the two of them disliked each other initially, but there weren't any strong enemies-to-lovers vibes. It was sorely lacking in that intensity and chemistry. I generally had a hard time feeling anything for Maddie and Theo's relationship. I did not think they shared any chemistry and I found their relationship rather bland. All they do is have sex and eat pizza (seriously, so much freaking pizza it's actually repulsive). There was no build up to an emotional connection which made it very hard to care for this relationship. I don't think I liked the characters all that much either, if I'm being honest. I found Maddie to be quick to judge at times, and Theo was rather flat. It's a shame because I think these characters had potential, but they weren't for me. What I did enjoy The Wedding Party was the friendship between Maddie and Alexa. It was actually so good that I almost wish the book focused on their friendship instead of the lackluster romance. Ultimately, The Wedding Party was a bit of a disappointment. I unfortunately think Guillory's romances are too surface-level for me so I'm unlikely to pick up more books from her in the future.


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HUSBAND MATERIAL

by Emily Belden
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher:  Harlequin
Publication Date: December 30th 2019
Source: ARC Received for Review
Star Quotient: DNF

The premise of Husband Material sounded pure bonkers and soap-opera level drama, so of course I was intrigued by it. I mean a book that's about a woman whose ex-husband's ashes show up out of the blue at her door step and secrets being revealed in the process? I was so down for it! Unfortunately, this book was quite lackluster. It had all the ingredients for a good romance novel, but the execution felt flat for me. I think a major reason why I didn't click as much as I would have liked for Husband Material was my boredom towards the main character, Charlotte. I'm not sure what it was, but I felt like she was rather one-dimensional, as were the other characters in the book, including the potential love interest. As a result, I just did not care enough about this story to want to progress with it. I also could not care less for Charlotte's evil ex-mother-in-law, who seemed to be out to get Charlotte for some reason. I believe I got about halfway through this one before I decided to call it quits. It's sad, but Husband Material was just not my cup of tea. Others, however, might have better luck with it.

What are some disappointing books you've read this year?
Let me know in the comments below!



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Tuesday, August 20, 2019



Once Upon A Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

Monday, August 19, 2019

ONCE UPON A BAD BOY

by Melonie Johnson
Series: Sometimes in Love #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: June 25th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Sometimes an unexpected book comes along that has you dropping all of your duties to read. Once Upon a Bad Boy was one of those books for me. I knew it was going to be enjoyable having read the first two books in the Sometimes in Love series, but I didn't realize just how consumed I would be with this story.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019



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Thursday, August 15, 2019



I Loved These Grumpy Babies: One Day to Fall by Therese Beharrie

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

ONE DAY TO FALL

by Therese Beharrie
Series: One Day to Forever #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: August 12th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2
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One Day to Fall was another incredible and emotionally-satisfying love story from one of my favorite authors. I always seem to say this about Therese Beharrie's books, but damn can this woman get me attached to the characters and their one-day romances so fast. You can't even tell that One Day to Fall takes place in one day because there is so much going on in terms of events and character growths. Truly, this was an exceptional book and I'm going to want all of you to pick it up.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019



The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Monday, August 12, 2019

THE RIGHT SWIPE

by Alisha Rai
Series: Modern Love #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 6th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷

Alisha Rai's The Forbidden Hearts series is one of my all-time favorite series. It's the perfect blend of angsty, sexy, and touching romance. I was excited to read The Right Swipe and I will say that I went in expecting something similar in tone to The Forbidden Hearts books as it's a spin-off. However, the cover should have clued me in. That's not to say I didn't enjoy The Right Swipe. I did. A lot. But I feel like I should warn fans of Rai not to expect anything close to The Forbidden Hearts series.

I will come out right away and say it: The Right Swipe has a romantic thread and a HEA, but the romance was not at the forefront. This is a book that tackles a lot of social issues and has lots of commentary, so if that's not your jam, you might not like this book as much as I did. I enjoyed it because I'm not opposed to the idea and I love when a book forces me to think. The lead heroine, Rhiannon, is a ruthless business-savvy young woman who was not afraid to go after what she wanted. Her current goal: a rival dating app that she wants to merge with her own company. I've read several reviews from readers that seemed to dislike Rhiannon and her tough exterior. I understand where they were coming from, but I had no such trouble with this heroine. She was certainly tough as balls and very much closed off emotionally, for reasons that, for me, were understandable. I enjoyed her drive and ambition and found myself easily rooting for her success. She faced a lot of obstacles in her career thanks to gross men because she was a woman and a woman of color at that. Her handling of everything that came her way was so inspiring. You just want to cheer for her wholeheartedly! We see a lot of emotional growth from Rhiannon throughout The Right Swipe and her working through her issues on her own was very satisfying for this reader.

Samson was a character that I was ready to be mad at because after he and Rhiannon shared a passionate night after meeting through a dating-app, he ghosted her. We find out soon enough that Samson had a legitimate reason for his actions, so I was very quick to get over my annoyance towards him. He was such a sweetheart of a hero. I loved him so so much. He was this big rugged football player, but was one gentle bear on the inside. He was patient, loving, and respectful of everyone around him, especially Rhiannon. With how much he had gone through including a career-ending injury and his father and uncle's deaths, he had so much sunshine and positivity to him. He obviously had a lot to work through too and as with Rhiannon's arc, it was very rewarding to watch him process everything on his path to his HEA. I found it very insightful that Alisha Rai highlighted the impact of CTE on players and the people around them. It was food for thought and I liked that it got me researching more on the condition. With all that the book tackled and Rhi's hesitancy towards love, the romance did take a backseat here. The scenes that Rhiannon and Samson did share were very emotionally fulfilling and full of chemistry. I enjoyed watching Samson shower her with love and all sorts of yummy food. He was very thoughtful! Fair warning though that it did take some time for Rhiannon's shell to crack and to let him in.

All in all, The Right Swipe was very captivating. It may not have been the usual steamy romance-driven book I've come to expect from Alisha Rai, but it was incredible in its own way. I didn't get a chance to speak about the secondary characters in this book, but let me just wrap up this review by saying just how much I am looking forward to the next two books. They are going to be great!

Have you read any latest romance novels that tackle more than just the romance?
Let me know in the comments below!



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Saturday, August 10, 2019



Smitten By the Brit by Melonie Johnson

Friday, August 9, 2019

SMITTEN BY THE BRIT

by Melonie Johnson
Series: Sometimes in Love #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: May 28th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

It took me a while to jump into Smitten by the Brit even though I liked Getting Hot with a Scot and really enjoyed the glimpses of Bonnie and Theo. I regret not reading it sooner because this book was even better than the first.

Getting Hot With The Scot by Melonie Johnson

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT

by Melonie Johnson
Series: Sometimes in Love #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 30th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2

I'm not one to be able to resist a good rom-com featuring a hot Scot, so it didn't take much convincing for me to add Getting Hot with the Scot to my to-read list. This turned out to be a treat to read and by the end of it, I was eager to read more from Melonie Johnson.

Brazen And The Beast by Sarah MacLean

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

BRAZEN AND THE BEAST

by Sarah MacLean
Series: Bareknuckle Bastards #2
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 30th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

There's a reason why Sarah MacLean is one of the most beloved historical romance authors. I'm not sure how she did it, but with Brazen and the Beast she has written a book that is even more superior to the first book, which was pretty fantastic on its own.

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Monday, August 5, 2019




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Saturday, August 3, 2019