Whiteout by Adriana Anders, Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday, & Chassing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas

Monday, February 24, 2020

Hi guys!

I don't normally post multiple reviews in a single post, but I'm running behind on my reviews, so please bear with me. I have 3 excellent romance novels for you today, all very different genres. Whiteout is a tense romantic suspense novel, Mermaid Inn a cute small-town contemporary romance, and Chasing Cassandra a swoony historical romance. Scroll down to read my reviews for each book. :)


by Adrianna Anders
Series: Survival Instincts #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 28th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Friends, this book STRESSED me out. It's not that I wasn't prepared for how stressed I would be reading this book. I mean, it is literally a story of two people on the run from some evil men in the middle of Antarctica! Still, though, Whiteout is the kind of book that has you flipping through the pages, but also pausing constantly so you can catch a breath. As you can imagine, reading this book was an exhilarating experience for me. I thought Adrianna Anders did a great job at making me feel like I was on the run with Ford and Angel, trying not to die from the brutal cold and the harsh terrain of Antarctica. The descriptions of the ice-cold sceneries, the sense of doom as their food supply diminished, and the constant danger that Ford and Angel faced were so vivid! Yes, I was fearful all throughout the book, but it's the kind of fear that gave me an adrenaline rush!

You must be thinking, how on earth does a romance flourish in such a setting? I was a bit nervous going into the book that perhaps the romance would be side-lined. I was (thankfully) very wrong. The setting was actually quite perfect at bringing together two characters who could not have been more different from each other. Guys, this book has the sunshine heroine meets grumpy hero trope and it was delicious! Ford was not a man of many words and had this quiet scowly intensity to him that could only mean that he had a ton of pent-up passion. Angel, on the other hand, was all bright and lovely. They were both physically attracted to each other but refused to act on it because Angel thought that Ford could not stand her and Ford was afraid to do anything about his growing feelings for her. Their chemistry was hot and the stormy journey they go through in Whiteout slowly brings them together emotionally and physically. Oooh and the steam-level? Nearly melted all the ice in Antarctica!

If you're looking for a dangerous and sexy love story with a unique setting, I would most certainly give Whiteout a try!



by Jenny Holiday
Series: Matchmaker Bay #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: January 28th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I discovered Jenny Holiday through her swoony Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series in 2018. She's become an auto-read author for me ever since and there's really never a moment when I'm not excited for a new book from her. With Mermaid Inn, Jenny Holiday brings her romance to a small town. It's a charming story with plenty of light-hearted moments and as always, tons of witty dialogues. I love a good small-town romance with nosy meddling neighbors and tight-knit communities and the author definitely delivers with this new series.  

Particularly memorable were the friendships in Mermaid Inn that left me with a permanent grin on my face. Yes, I love a good romance but give me a million scenes of friends being all lovely and supportive of each other and I could not care less if the romance is terrible. Fret not though, the romance in Mermaid Inn is the opposite of terrible. It featured one of my favorite tropes - the second chance romance - and Jenny Holiday tackled it well. With a lot of second chance romances, there's a risk that the reason the couple broke up in the first place isn't all that believable. That wasn't the case here and I understood where both Evie and Sawyer were coming from. It also helped that they were genuinely likable characters. Evie was smart, stubborn, and very goal-oriented. I think a lot of readers will relate to her with her love for libraries (she's a librarian) and mermaids! Being back in Moonflower Bay brought back all sorts of memories for her, happy and sad, and it was a really sweet journey watching her learn to find herself again in her cherished childhood town. Evie did not expect to rekindle her connection with her childhood sweetheart, but with the way fate kept bringing them back together, it was inevitable. I loved Sawyer - he was honorable, kind, and his pure love for his younger sister just about melted me. Evie and Sawyer's second chance at love was a slow-burn one that really relied on building trust between each other again. I loved how they communicated with each other and the chemistry they shared was palpable. It's safe to say that it didn't take much to convince me that these two were meant for each other and they desperately needed that happily-ever-after. :)

Mermaid Inn was an all-around lovely read for me and I look forward to being back in Moonflower Bay and reading how all the other side characters find their happily-ever-afters.



by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #6
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: February 18th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Lisa Kleypas can do no wrong, especially when it comes to her historical romances. Chasing Cassandra was just the fairytale-esque love story I was hoping for my girl, Cassandra. She deserved the world and more and her love interest, Tom Severin, absolutely delivered. This book felt fairly different to me than the previous installments because there did not seem to be a major underlying plot outside of the love story. While I always enjoy the interesting side-stories that LK writes, I found that I didn't miss it here. This is the story of two people falling in love and that was enough for me.

Cassandra and Tom's first meeting is one for the ages. It was entertaining to see this usually controlled, hard, and calculating man become entirely besotted by the charming Cassandra. If you've followed the blog for a while now, you know that there is nothing more romantic to me than a fictional love interest ready to buy the entire universe and beyond for his sweetheart. Tom's infatuation for Cassandra had me wanting to swoon and melt into a puddle, but he also had me laughing at his confusion when she did not immediately leap into his arms. Cassandra was a darling character who shines as bright as the cover of this book. I adored her and her buoyancy and optimism. She just wanted a companion to love and spend the rest of her life with. The progression of Cassandra and Tom's love story was so romantic. They were very much of an opposites-attract couple and I think it was their differences that made them fit so well together. Tom didn't think he was capable of love or feeling any sort of emotion towards Cassandra besides the intense desire to wife her up. Cassandra, her, was very in tune with her emotions so she has her work cut out for her, but she was someone fierce when she put her mind to it. This made her the right partner for Severin. This book was mostly the journey of how Tom learned to be more open with his feelings for Cassandra. It was sweet, satisfying, and a very feel-good story. Plus, no one writes banter and dialogue like Lisa Kleypas! There were plenty of charming one-liners in Chasing Cassandra.

I'm a little sad that there will be no more books about the Ravenels. As with LK's other series, these siblings have managed to unwittingly settle in my heart. I'll miss them, but I'll also be re-devouring these books over and over again.

Have you read any of the books featured in this post? Which book intrigues you the most?
Let me know in the comments below!

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