Tag: Romance

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

When I read the blurb for this book, I immediately thought of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and the line when the lead character says: Greek women grow-up and marry Greek men to have Greek babies… or something like that. And that seems to be what is happening in the book when Kristen’s parents send her on a singles cruise to the Caribbean hopeful that she’ll meet a nice Greek boy to eventually marry.   Who she meets is Pasha. He’s your typical brooding bad-boy character. Hockey player. Hot. Oh, and Russian, not Greek. I liked Pasha’s character, […]

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Freeks by Amanda Hocking

Freeks by Amanda Hocking

Freeks is the first book by Amanda Hocking I’ve read. I know, I know. I heard everyone gasp when they read that confession. I don’t know why I’ve never read one of her books before now. They’ve just sort of gotten buried under my ever expanding TBR pile, which has almost taken over my home like the blob in the horror movie of the same name. They just keep expanding. And my list of books to read will expand again when I add everything Amanda Hocking has ever written to it. Step Inside A Wondrously Strange New World… I have […]

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Cover Reveal: Second Window

Cover Reveal: Second Window

I’m a little late posting this, but I wanted to share because I really like the cover. This is the first title from Clean Teen Publishing’s new imprint: CTP Pulse. THE SECOND WINDOW by Erica Kiefer Publisher: CTP Pulse Expected Publication: December 5, 2017  A young adult mystery brimming with romance and betrayal, The Second Window is loaded with twists you’ll never see coming! As her senior year flies by on cruise control, seventeen-year-old Olivia Cole yearns for excitement—something her upscale private school no longer provides. Her job as a grocery store bagger isn’t much help…until the day she has […]

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Feature Friday: Kissing Max Holden

Feature Friday: Kissing Max Holden

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: August 1st, 2017 by Swoon Reads Summary per Goodreads… Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea… After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, […]

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Feature Friday: What To Say Next

Feature Friday: What To Say Next

  Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   Expected publication: July 11th, 2017 by Delacorte Press   Summary per Goodreads… From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell. Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world. KIT: I don’t […]

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Feature Friday: The Impossible Vastness ..

Feature Friday: The Impossible Vastness of Us

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: June 27th, 2017 by Harlequin Teen Summary per Goodreads… I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has. India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to […]

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The Playboy Bachelor

The Playboy Bachelor

I’m not shy about getting all fangirlish over Rachel Van Dyken. I love her romantic comedies. They never fail to put a smile on my face, no matter what my mood. But her newest release—The Playboy Bachelor—this book… This Book, people, is a game changer. If you haven’t read it, you need to. If you’ve never read a Van Dyken book… make this your first. The Playboy Bachelor is layered with snarky bits of dialogue to the depths of emotional pain, and everything in between. I loved Margot. She’s strong but doesn’t know it. It takes a push for her […]

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Feature Friday: Edge of Truth

Feature Friday: Edge of Truth

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: May 30th, 2017 by Harlequin Books Summary per Goodreads… Tensions sizzle in this electrifying novel guaranteed to capture your heart and take your breath away. Fans of Julie Garwood, Suzanne Brockmann and Jayne Ann Krentz will devour this action-packed, emotionally stunning tour de force, where every page reveals another damning secret and daring gamble. Rotting in an African dungeon is the last place journalist Tess Newell expected to find herself. As she’s held hostage by […]

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Feature Friday: Dating You Hating You

Feature Friday: Dating You Hating You

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: June 6th, 2017 by Gallery Books Summary per Goodreads… All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love. Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization […]

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Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy is the first book I’ve read by Camden Leigh and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a short, sexy read, full of angst and southern charm.   First line: “Five years ago, if you’d asked me what I’d be doing today, sitting in a red piece-of-crap car surrounded by the dead, heavy heat of summer on the driveway of a stereotypical plantation—yes, think pristine white siding, wide porches, and an avenue of geriatric trees during an afternoon thunderstorm—would be my last guess.” ~Cassidy   Cassidy and Quinn—the two main characters—are likable and relatable. They are both strong, […]

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Feature Friday: Cheater’s Regret

Feature Friday: Cheater’s Regret

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected publication: May 23rd, 2017 by Skyscape Summary per Goodreads… New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again. Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her […]

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Romeo and What’s Her Name

Romeo and What’s Her Name

Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff was full of cuteness, from the cover, to the title, to the story. Yet, I found that while the story was a cute, sweet romance (sort of. I’ll get to that), it touched on some deeper issues too, like the importance of friendship and learning about and accepting oneself. Emily was a great character. She was funny and smart and most importantly: she wasn’t perfect. She was relatable. One of Emily’s quirks is that she babbles when she’s nervous. Oh, wow, can I relate to that. I felt like I was reading about […]

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The Boyfriend App

The Boyfriend App

I picked up The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise on a whim. I was browsing my local library’s Overdrive account, looking for another book, and it popped up in the “suggested for you” area. It sounded fun and different so I decided to give it a try. It’s the first book of Ms. Sise’s that I’ve read. I was expecting a cutesy, swoony romance. I was pleasantly surprised when the story turned out to be about a high school girl who was somewhat of a hacking genius. Awesome. Yes, there was a romance, but it was surprisingly light. The majority […]

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Forbidden Dance

Forbidden Dance

There are very few authors whose books I’ll read without looking at the synopsis first. Very seldom will I pick up a book based on the author’s name alone. Deanna Roy is the exception. I’ve read multiple books written by her (and her alter egos Annie Winters and JJ Knight). If I see a book authored by her… Done. Don’t need the synopsis. Just grab my tea or hot chocolate, download the book, and start reading.  And, oh yeah, fall in love with the story. That’s a given.     Forbidden Dance, the first book in Deanna Roy’s new Lover’s […]

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Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum… well, I’m going to tell you three things.   First, I almost didn’t read the book because the anniversary of my dad’s death was just seventeen days ago, (at the time I’m writing this review) and I didn’t know if I was emotionally up to reading a story about a girl who’d lost her mother. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to review it objectively. I’m so, so glad I read the book. Even though Jessie is sixteen and I’m, well, not, I could still relate to her. Her character is real. She’s […]

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Feature Friday: Forbidden Dance

Feature Friday: Forbidden Dance

  Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   Forbidden Dance   Expected publication: March 28th, 2017 by Casey Shay Press   Synopsis:   She was hidden from the world. Then he arrived. An emotional new novel from six-time USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy   For four years, I’ve lived in almost total seclusion. Homeschooled, forbidden from social media, seeing no one other than the dancers at Dreamcatcher Academy, where I teach ballet to little girls in wheelchairs.   Then Blitz […]

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The Bachelor Auction

The Bachelor Auction

You just can’t go wrong with Rachel Van Dyken. I’ve read a few of her books. Unfortunately, not all of my reviews survived the migration from Blogger to WordPress, but that’s a different blog post. The point is, I’ve enjoyed all her books. And the Bachelor Auction was no exception.   First lines: He’s senile. Last night he asked if I believed in unicorns.   The Bachelor Auction is a modern day take on the Cinderella fairy tale. And while Van Dyken takes some liberties here and there, changing things a little to make the story work, it was very […]

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Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender, by Ally Blake, is the second book in the Cinderella Project Series. I read and reviewed the first book, Kiss Me Quick, which I enjoyed. I think, however, I enjoyed this title a little more. It had more of a Rom/Com feel to it, which I really liked.   On why Serafina wasn’t invested in finding “The One…”   Marcy joke that her ovaries were merely dormant. That one day they’d erupt and the explosion would be so astronomical it would block out the sun.   Serafina and Murdoch were interesting characters. I found them easy to […]

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New Release

New Release

  I’m so happy to share the news of a good friend’s (and author) new release! Check out the deets…   Parallel Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller Published by Evernight Teen on February 10th, 2017   Synopsis from Goodreads…   How does a cruise change your life? By sailing through the Bermuda Triangle. Carly Carmichael has one goal in life–to perform on Broadway. She refuses to have a Plan B because she’s never needed one–until now. When Carly’s parents send her on a cruise as a graduation present, she takes her best friend and their boyfriends along with her. Once […]

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Kiss Me Quick

Kiss Me Quick

Kiss Me Quick by Ally Blake is the first book in the Cinderella Project Series. It’s a fun, sweet, and super cute romance. But don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t substance behind the sweetness.     It was a quick read. I read it in one sitting—just a few hours. But while short, it wasn’t short on feels. I really enjoyed the characters, especially some of the septuagenarians on the second honeymoon cruise. I only wish I could have had more of the quirky, meddlesome matchmakers! Kane and JJ were great characters and easy to like and […]

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The Star Touched Queen

The Star Touched Queen

There are two main reasons I picked up The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi at my local library. First, the cover. Very seldom do I get sucked in by a cover. And while the cover isn’t the only reason I read the book, it did draw my attention to it. Second, and this is the real reason, I won the second book in the series, A Crown of Wishes, in a giveaway. I was told I didn’t need to read the first book to understand the second. My understanding is that they are more companion books rather than sequels that […]

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CIN

CIN

“Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin; you never come out the way you went in.” Okay, so I have a confession to make. While I’ve never bought a book based solely on a cover I’ve loved (I have not bought one because of a bad cover, but that’s a different post), I’ve also never read a book based on a tagline… until now. The tagline of Pritchard’s CIN caught my eye (or ear, whatever) and made me take a second look at the jacket blurb. And I’m so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed CIN and the world it transported me […]

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New Release

New Release

  I’m thrilled to participate in the blitz for  the first book in Rachel Van Dyken’s: The Bachelors of Arizona. I love her books and writing style and can’t wait to get my hands on The Bachelor Auction! And check out that cover! It’s simple, but the colors just pop.   Title: The Bachelor Auction Author: Rachel Van Dyken Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1 On Sale: October 4, 2016 Publisher: Forever Formats: eBook Price: $4.99 USD (eBook) Find the Book on Goodreads Find The Series on Goodread    Cinderella never had to deal with this crap. Jane isn’t entirely […]

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The Ghost Chronicles

The Ghost Chronicles

The Ghost Chronicles was a poignant story of life, love, and death. It has so many layers; there’s sure to be something for everyone, from the touching love story, the deep emotional parts when Michael, the main character, has to leave his life behind, to the suspenseful events that follow Michael and his “mark.”   The characters were well written. Michael was a strong protagonist and very likable. It was easy to root for him. His ghostly love interest, Sarah, was well written as well, as was their story. I loved the myriad of secondary characters in the ghost world! […]

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Afterlife

Afterlife

  Clean Teen Publishing is proud to bring you, Afterlife, the highly anticipated sequel to Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy…   Everything seems perfect for Emma Bennett—she has a new set of friends she adores and a boyfriend she is crazy about. But when Emma sees a picture of her hunky boyfriend kissing another girl, she begins to question if his love for her is real. As she searches for the truth, will Emma be exposed to the dangers of another world?    Ben Parker enjoys the role of high school student and boyfriend to the love of his existence. Juggling […]

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